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News for Feb. 19, 2006

Narnia Wins at BAFTA Awards

2/19/06, 8:35 pm EST - Xoanon

BAFTA 2006 The Lion The Witch and the Wardrobe won only 1 award at the BAFTAs (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) awards tonight (February 19th) in the UK. Howard Berger, Gregory Nicotero & Nikki Gooley were on hand to collect the award for Best Makeup & Hair. James McAvoy also picked up the 'Orange Rising Star Award'. Take a look at the list of winners and nominees here. [More]

News for Feb. 16, 2006

'Narnia' Sequel Will Be 'Bigger and Better'

2/16/06, 8:18 pm EST - Xoanon

LOS ANGELES (Zap2it.com) - With "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" up for three Oscars and winging its way to DVD in April, its filmmakers are eager to face the challenges of making the sequel, "Prince Caspian." "[Director] Andrew Adamson had just signed on to do 'Prince Caspian' and literally took off the next day to New Zealand to get out of LA [to] recharge the batteries and recharge his creative energies," says visual effects supervisor Dean Wright at an effects presentation at Sony Imageworks on Wednesday, Feb. 15. [More]

Taylor Slays TV Dragon

2/16/06, 8:13 pm EST - Xoanon

Richard Taylor—best known for his Oscar-winning work with the New Zealand F/X house Weta, as well as his collaborations with King Kong director Peter Jackson—told SCI FI Wire that he's spent four years developing a children's television production company, and that the company's first show, Jane and the Dragon, is currently in full production. "There's very little television in the Western world that empowers young girls to act above their station, and our story is a very simple story of a young girl born into a medieval court," Taylor said in an interview. "She's going to become a lady-in-waiting as her mother has and her mother before that, but she doesn't want to do that. She doesn't want to do that. She wants to become a knight, because by being a knight she can change the world around her for herself and her friends." [More]

News for Feb. 13, 2006

The 'Bad Boy' of 'Narnia'

2/13/06, 1:01 pm EST - Xoanon

It's not easy being Edmund in "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe." Three of the four Pevensie siblings are brave, heroic and all-around noble in C.S. Lewis' classic Narnia series. But Edmund causes most of the problems by taking the side of the evil White Witch. And, ultimately, he makes the biggest change when he repents. We wanted to know how 14-year-old Skandar Keynes (pronounced CANES) feels about playing Edmund in the film, "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe." But we figured the best person to ask the questions would be someone who's tackled the part, too. [More]

News for Feb. 11, 2006

Baker & Rangi at Collectormania G-Mex This Weekend

2/11/06, 10:11 am EST - Xoanon

Sala Baker and Shane Rangi are slated to be guests this weekend at 'Collectormania G-Mex' in Manchester, UK. From the press release: This February Manchester will play host to the largest collectors event in the North of England, and to launch the show with a real bang we will be giving you the chance to meet the stars of the greatest tv shows such as Star Trek, Lost and Stargate SG-1, and this Winter’s biggest blockbuster movies, King Kong, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, and Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe! [More]

News for Feb. 10, 2006

Hobbits, Witches, King Kong Lift New Zealand's Filmmakers

2/10/06, 11:43 am EST - Xoanon

Feb. 10 (Bloomberg) -- New Zealand's film industry is showing it's not all scenery and hobbits. The South Pacific nation's movie business, catapulted to fame by Peter Jackson's ``Lord of the Rings'' trilogy, which was filmed in the country, is tapping a surge in funding to make films such as Toa Fraser's ``No. 2,'' winner of the world cinema audience award at last month's Sundance Film Festival. Local studios have gained from Hollywood-funded productions such as ``King Kong,'' the latest blockbuster by New Zealander Jackson, and Andrew Adamson's production of ``The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,'' both filmed in the country. That boosted production financing to a record NZ$596 million ($406 million) in the year ended March 31, 2005, from about NZ$300 million in 1999. [More]

News for Feb. 02, 2006

McAvoy Makes 'Sexiest' List

2/02/06, 8:16 pm EST - Xoanon

More than 10,000 women voted for their pin-ups in a survey in March's edition of New Woman magazine. The top 100 of which have been posted on independent.co.uk, James McAvoy has made the list, he clocks in near the end at 85. Get the entire list here. [More]

News for Jan. 31, 2006

NZ has rivals for Narnia sequel

1/31/06, 6:42 pm EST - Xoanon

New Zealand faces competition from Ireland as location for the filming of the next movie in the Narnia series, Prince Caspian. According to the Irish Independent newspaper, Ireland is being looked at as a likely location for the sequel to the Christmas movie blockbuster The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. "Disney scouts are here checking out locations in several counties for Prince Caspian," the paper reported. Irish film industry chiefs said they hoped Disney would opt for Ireland. Ireland offers tax rebates for co-productions which amount to 18 per cent of 60 per cent of the gross spending by a production in Ireland. More than $NZ360 million was spent on the production of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, directed by New Zealander Andrew Adamson, which has already grossed ($NZ1.08 billion) worldwide since its December release. [More]

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