Thursday, November 6, 2014


  I've arrived in London at the beginning of a great publicity stunt for the movie Paddington. And what a coup for that crafty old movie mogul and Oscar campaigner Harvey Weinstein, the movie's producer. .

David Beckham's Golden Paws Bear
  All across the city, along what is being called the Paddington Trail, are 50 statues of the famous bear designed by celebrities and artists, incuding David Beckham's Golden Paws, Emma Watson Flutterby, Benedict Cumberbatch's Sherlock Bear and Nicole Kidman's Blush.
Visitors can follow in the furry footsteps of Paddington, visiting locations across the capital from as far west as Heathrow through to the O2 in the east, taking in some of London’s key cultural and landmark hotspots such as The Royal Opera House, Museum of London, Horse Guards Parade, the Museum of Childhood, Selfridges and, of course, Paddington Station.
Benedict Cumberbatch's Sherlock Bear
  A website details a full list of designers and their designs and visitors to London can find out more about the trail and download the trail map, share their pictures and discover the stories behind each statue and location.

Paddington’s origins date back almost sixty years to when his creator, Michael Bond, bought a small bear from Selfridges on Christmas Eve 1956, as a present for his wife, and named him after the nearest railway station to which they lived.
 In Michael Bond’s original tales, the young bear finds himself alone in a big and unfamiliar city.  Taken in by the Brown family, he finds a warm welcome and a safe place to stay and sets out to discover more about his adopted city. 
Due for release on November 28, the big screen debut of PADDINGTON will showcase many of the trail locations in the capital, including his first port of entry – Paddington station. The film, produced by Harry Potter producer David Heyman, stars Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters, Peter Capaldi, Jim Broadbent and Nicole Kidman with Ben Whishaw as the voice of PADDINGTON.

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