Posted by: rearadmiral | September 15, 2013

The Firth as a Bear


The Anglophile Channel
FIRTH ALERT! “Please look after this bear….” Colin Firth is to head an all-star cast as he becomes the voice of Paddington Bear in a new film slated for Christmas 2014. Scripted by Emma Thompson the film will also star Hugh Bonneville as Mr. Brown, Sally Hawkins as Mrs Brown and Nicole Kidman playing an evil taxidermist. Firth said he’ll play Paddington, the bear from darkest Peru, with “a slight Peruvian flavour”. Also cast are Julie Walters as housekeeper Mrs Bird and Jim Broadbent as antiques shop owner Mr Gruber. Paddington Bear, a most beloved character in children’s literature, is about a bear that is found at Paddington Railway Station in London by the Brown family, sitting on his suitcase (bearing the label “Wanted On Voyage”) with a note attached to his coat which reads “Please look after this bear. Thank you.” Paddington Bear sales are SURE to go through the roof during Christmas 2014…as are, I’m sure, visits to Paddington Station where you can buy the bear at PB kiosks! Did you read or ever own a Paddington Bear?

Happy Birthday to Jessica Brown Findlay!! (September 14, 1989)
Downton Abbey, other movies

“Whom are you going to dance with?” asked Mr. Knightley.

She hesitated a moment, then replied, “With you, if you will ask me.”

“Will you?” said he, offering his hand.

“Indeed I will. You have shown that you can dance, and you know we are not really so much brother and sister as to make it at all improper.”

“Brother and sister! no, indeed.”



I love that Carol Shields’ Bio of JA is recommended. Also, “All Roads….” by Amy Elizabeth Smith and “An Jane Austen Education” by William D. They are among my favorite “about Austen” books. I would add John Mullan’s 20 Critical Questions…-Kirk

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Elinor could sit still no longer. She almost ran out of the room, and as soon as the door was closed, burst into tears of joy, which at first she thought would never cease.

~ Sense and Sensibility, Jane Austen

“I must confess that I think her as delightful a creature as ever appeared in print, and how I shall be able to tolerate those who do not like her at least I do not know”.

Jane Austen on Elizabeth Bennet, 1813.



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