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London celebrates ‘Christmas’ early

Disney stages three live music, interviews

LONDON — London got into the festive spirit early thanks to Tuesday’s world preem of “Disney’s A Christmas Carol.”

The merrymaking started on three stages spread across the city, each featuring live music and interviews with the cast, including Jim Carrey, Bob Hoskins and Colin Firth, who then switched on London’s Christmas lights.

Carrey told the 14,000 Londoners watching: “I want to thank the people of Britain for the legacy of Charles Dickens and the chance to tell this story — this story couldn’t be more important now — it’s about the immorality of greed. Oh, I forgot to thank you for the Supernanny.”

Thesps, helmer Robert Zemeckis, producers Steve Starkey and Jack Rapke and Disney execs then converged for the premiere on Leicester Square, which had been transformed into a winter wonderland, replete with faux snow, Christmas trees, roasted chestnuts, carol singers, folk dressed in Dickensian costumes, hordes of celebs and Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli.

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