New York, NY — TWC-Dimension announced today that Grammy award winning recording artists Pharrell Williams and Gwen Stefani have teamed up to co-write and perform the original song “SHINE” for the upcoming family comedy adventure PADDINGTON. The film will be released in the US and Canada on January 16, 2015, with a qualifying run in December. The response to the film from advance screenings has already been fantastic.
Pharrell and Gwen previously teamed up on songs including “HOLLABACK GIRL”, “CAN I HAVE IT LIKE THAT”, and “SPARK THE FIRE.” Pharrell recently received an Academy Award Nomination for his original song “Happy” featured in the animated film DESPICABLE ME 2.
PADDINGTON is the first film adaptation of author Michael Bond’s beloved classic series of children’s books. The film is produced by David Heyman (HARRY POTTER franchise, GRAVITY) and stars Hugh Bonneville (DOWNTON ABBEY), Sally Hawkins (HAPPY-GO-LUCKY), Jim Broadbent (HARRY POTTER, CLOUD ATLAS), Julie Walters (HARRY POTTER, BRAVE), Peter Capaldi (DOCTOR WHO), Michael Gambon (HARRY POTTER), Imelda Staunton (MALEFICENT), Nicole Kidman (THE HOURS, MOULIN ROUGE) and Ben Whishaw (SKYFALL) as the voice of Paddington. Paul King (THE MIGHTY BOOSH) wrote and directed the film.
“Pharrell and Gwen are the perfect artistic duo and they truly brought to life the charm that Paddington represents in the terrific song SHINE,” said Bob Weinstein. “We are so proud to have them be a part of this classic film.”
“What a wonderful opportunity, as a parent, to contribute to something as classic, authentic and generational to all of our lives, as Paddington Bear,” said Pharrell Williams.
“I am honored to join forces with Pharrell and be part of bringing this beloved classic to life for Paddington’s next big adventure,” said Gwen Stefani.
PADDINGTON tells the story of the comic misadventures of a young Peruvian bear who travels to the city in search of a home. Finding himself lost and alone, he begins to realize that city life is not all he had imagined – until he meets the kindly Brown family who read the label around his neck that says “Please look after this bear. Thank you,” and offer him a temporary haven. It looks as though his luck has changed until this rarest of bears catches the eye of a museum taxidermist. The film features an entirely computer-generated bear who interacts with a cast of esteemed actors.
About Pharrell Williams
Redefining cool for a new generation, Pharrell Williams is a creative force, using music, fashion, and design to express his distinctive style. From his beginnings as a teenage prodigy and multi-instrumentalist in Virginia Beach back in the early ’90s, through enough hits to earn him Billboard’s Producer of the Decade in 2010, to his current status as multi-media superstar, Williams has never stopped creating. Starting his producing career as one half of The Neptunes with Chad Hugo, Williams has helped create such classics as Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky,” Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines,” Nelly’s “Hot in Herre,” Jay-Z’s “I Just Wanna Love U (Give it 2 Me),” Britney Spears’s “I’m A Slave 4 U,” and Justin Timberlake’s “Like I Love You.” With over 100 million copies of his productions sold, his music sounds like something no one else has thought of just yet. He’s also created a new way of looking at established stars like Snoop Dogg, Madonna, and even the Rolling Stones. Over four albums, Williams and Hugo along with Shae Haley created an unpredictable hybrid as part of the alt-rock/hip-hop group N.E.R.D. The music industry has honored Pharrell with 7 Grammy Awards (including 2004’s and 2014’s “Producer of the Year”) and ASCAP’s prestigious Golden Note Award in 2012. He also received a 2014 Academy Award Nomination for his original song “Happy” featured in the animated film Despicable Me 2. “Happy” remained atop the Billboard Hot 100 chart for ten consecutive weeks, peaked at #1 on iTunes in 103 markets worldwide, and is the lead single off of his new album “G I R L.” Pharrell’s second solo album “G I R L” was released on March 3, 2014 to rave reviews. His prolific body of work also ranges from designing a sculpture with Tokyo-born artist Takashi Murakami to accessories and jewelry for luxury goods brand Louis Vuitton, to t-shirts for Japanese mega-brand Uniqlo, to adidas sportswear and to the forthcoming perfume collaboration with Comme des Garcons. Pharrell’s work in the humanitarian field is an extension of his humble success. In 2008, he founded From One Hand To AnOTHER (FOHTA), a foundation focused on supporting the Pharrell Williams Resource Centers’ learning programs for underserved youth in at risk communities across the nation. This past March Pharrell partnered with the United Nations Foundation to celebrate the International Day of Happiness inspiring individuals all over the globe to demonstrate their unique “happy.” Now, with his latest venture i am OTHER – a multi-media creative collective that serves as an umbrella for all his endeavors, including Billionaire Boys Club & ICECREAM apparel, textile company Bionic Yarn and a dedicated YouTube channel – Williams’s vision continues to push pop culture forward. This fall, Pharrell will continue to spread this vision and happiness as he heads out on a 23-date “Dear G I R L” tour across Europe.
About Gwen Stefani
A three-time Grammy winner, Gwen Stefani has achieved worldwide success as a performer, songwriter and recording artist selling more than 30 million albums worldwide with No Doubt and as a multi-platinum solo artist. Stefani released two highly successful solo albums – “Love.Angel.Music.Baby” and “The Sweet Escape” – featuring hit singles “Rich Girl,” “Sweet Escape,” “What Are You Waiting For?” and “Hollaback Girl,” a No. 1 single she recorded with Pharrell Williams that became the first digital download to sell more than 1 million copies in the United States. In addition to her singing-songwriting career, Stefani is widely recognized as a trendsetter and accomplished designer within the fashion industry launching several successful brands including L.A.M.B., Harajuku Lovers, DWP and Gx. Stefani is currently putting the finishing touches on her new album to be released in early 2015.
About The Weinstein Company and Dimension Films
The Weinstein Company (TWC) is a multimedia production and distribution company launched in October 2005 by Bob and Harvey Weinstein, the brothers who founded Miramax Films in 1979. TWC also encompasses Dimension Films, the genre label founded in 1993 by Bob Weinstein, which has released such popular franchises as SCREAM, SPY KIDS and SCARY MOVIE. Together TWC and Dimension Films have released a broad range of mainstream, genre and specialty films that have been commercial and critical successes. During Harvey and Bob’s tenure at Miramax and TWC, they have received 331 Oscar nominations and won 79 Academy Awards.
Since 2005, TWC and Dimension Films have released such films as GRINDHOUSE; 1408; I’M NOT THERE; THE GREAT DEBATERS; VICKY CRISTINA BARCELONA; THE READER; THE ROAD; HALLOWEEN; THE PAT TILLMAN STORY; PIRANHA 3D; INGLOURIOUS BASTERDS; A SINGLE MAN; BLUE VALENTINE; THE KING’S SPEECH; THE COMPANY MEN; MIRAL; SCRE4M; SUBMARINE; DIRTY GIRL; APOLLO 18; OUR IDIOT BROTHER; I DON’T KNOW HOW SHE DOES IT; SARAH’S KEY; SPY KIDS: ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD IN 4D; MY WEEK WITH MARILYN; THE IRON LADY; W.E.; CORIOLANUS; UNDEFEATED; THE ARTIST; BULLY; THE INTOUCHABLES; LAWLESS; KILLING THEM SOFTLY; THE MASTER; SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK; DJANGO UNCHAINED; QUARTET; ESCAPE FROM PLANET EARTH; DARK SKIES; THE SAPPHIRES; SCARY MOVIE 5; KON-TIKI; UNFINISHED SONG; FRUITVALE STATION; LEE DANIELS’ THE BUTLER; THE GRANDMASTER; SALINGER; 12-12-12; PHILOMENA; MANDELA: LONG WALK TO FREEDOM; AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY; VAMPIRE ACADEMY; THE RAILWAY MAN; THE IMMIGRANT; YVES SAINT LAURENT; BEGIN AGAIN; THE GIVER; FRANK MILLER’S SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR; THE DISAPPEARANCE OF ELEANOR RIGBY; TRACKS and ST.VINCENT. Upcoming releases include THE IMITATION GAME; BIG EYES and PADDINGTON.