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Nicole Kidman reads 'Paddington Storytime' in the US

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Nicole Kidman entertains young children in Tennessee by reading "Paddington Storytime" at Barnes & Noble  (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for The Weinstein Company)

Nicole Kidman entertains young children in Tennessee by reading "Paddington Storytime" at Barnes & Noble (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for The Weinstein Company)

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Nicole Kidman entertains young children in Tennessee (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for The Weinstein Company)

Nicole Kidman entertains young children in Tennessee (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for The Weinstein Company)

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Nicole Kidman visits Barnes & Noble.  (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for The Weinstein Company)

Nicole Kidman visits Barnes & Noble. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for The Weinstein Company)

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Nicole Kidman in Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for The Weinstein Company)

Nicole Kidman in Tennessee. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for The Weinstein Company)

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Kidman reads "Paddington Storytime" at Barnes & Noble celebrating the upcoming movie. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for The Weinstein Company)

Kidman reads "Paddington Storytime" at Barnes & Noble celebrating the upcoming movie. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for The Weinstein Company)

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Nicole Kidman reads "Paddington Storytime". (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for The Weinstein Company)

Nicole Kidman reads "Paddington Storytime". (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for The Weinstein Company)

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Nicole Kidman. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for The Weinstein Company)

Nicole Kidman. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for The Weinstein Company)

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Hollywood actress Nicole Kidman. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for The Weinstein Company)

Hollywood actress Nicole Kidman. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for The Weinstein Company)

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Nicole Kidman. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for The Weinstein Company)

Nicole Kidman. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for The Weinstein Company)

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Nicole Kidman. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for The Weinstein Company)

Nicole Kidman. (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for The Weinstein Company)

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Nicole Kidman entertains young children in Tennessee by reading "Paddington Storytime" at Barnes & Noble (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images for The Weinstein Company)

Nicole Kidman treated children in Tennessee to "Paddington Storytime" at Barnes & Noble to celebrating the upcoming movie.

Kidman co-stars in the film as a taxidermist looking to complete her collection of rare animals.

To celebrate the film which opens in the US on January 16, Ms Kidman animated the story yesterday to children in Brentwood, Tennessee.

One of the world's best beloved bears, Paddington will also be one of the most endangered in the new movie, as Kidman's character looks on him as a stuffed collectable.

Ben Wishaw, Kidman's co-star has revealed he originally said no to voicing Paddington Bear in a new movie.

The James Bond actor has taken over the part from Colin Firth, who stepped down from the role earlier this year, admitting that he was having trouble finding the Peruvian bear's voice.

Ben told Marie Claire magazine: "I said no the first time. I just thought, I'm not very good at doing voices, I can't do it and I don't think I'll be right for it."

Asked what changed, he said: "[Director] Paul King sent me a very sweet note asking me to reconsider. I had imagined I'd just be putting my voice to something but they actually filmed my face and mouth and took footage of my movements, so there was a blending of me and the bear. I tried a few different things with my voice and over time realised that it should sound like I do in real life."

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