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News for Nov. 02, 2005

Narnia in Arlington: No Wardrobe Needed

11/02/05, 6:43 pm EST - Xoanon

Welcome to the land of Narnia, where talking creatures abound and a White Witch turns all who cross her into stone. In this cold country where "it’s always winter and never Christmas," hope and faith have seeped away into the snow drifts. The only chance at the spring of change stems from an ancient prophecy centering around "two sons of Adam and two daughters of Eve" who will be able to fall the witch and bring peace and hope to the creatures. [More]

Total Film publishes limited-edition covers for The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

11/02/05, 6:42 pm EST - Xoanon

A wardrobe is one of the cover stars of the next issue of Total Film magazine. The monthly title, published by Future Publishing, is giving readers the choice of three limited edition covers for its December issue, each featuring one of the heroes of the Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe film. The magazine has made the new Disney movie - the first installment of a potential Chronicles of Narnia series tipped to rival the success of the Lord of the Rings Trilogy - the focus of its issue out on Thursday 4 November. [More]

Narnia chronicled on Calgary stage

11/02/05, 6:36 pm EST - Xoanon

CALGARY - The prairies are taking on tinsletown in the battle for Narnia. With the impending release of Hollywood's The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe, Rosebud Theatre is taking on the challenge of presenting their version for the stage without CGI or THX sound. The theatre has cast two actors to portray thousands of characters from the novel. Karl Sine and Cari Russell are putting every acting skill they have to work to make C.S. Lewis' novel come to life on the Rosebud Theatre stage, which opens Nov. 4. [More]

BOOK REVIEWS: Three different takes on Narnia's creator

11/02/05, 6:35 pm EST - Xoanon

(CSM) - In his erudite new biography of Clive Staples Lewis, Alan Jacobs estimates that from 1949 to 1955, Lewis wrote 600,000 words of prose (not counting work on his book on 16th-century literature). In anticipation of the new movie "The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe," Harper Collins is releasing all of them, and then some. One hundred and seventy books on, by, or about the famous author and defender of Christianity are being pumped into 60 countries in time for the Dec. 9 premiere. [More]

Beyond the Wardrobe

11/02/05, 6:31 pm EST - Xoanon

In October 1945, C.S. Lewis wrote a slightly grumpy reply to someone asking him to do a book on Christianity, in plain language, specifically for workers. Since giving a series of wartime BBC lectures on the faith's basics, Lewis had become a kind of Christian Answer Man, and frankly, he had other ambitions and projects. "I am nearly 47," he complained. "Where are my successors?" "It's interesting," says Alan Jacobs, author of The Narnian (HarperSanFrancisco), a new Lewis biography, "that 60 years later, nobody has really turned up." Lewis, whose day job was Oxford medievalist, did eventually get around to other work, including seven children's books about a place called Narnia. Ninety-five million Narnia books have been sold since then, and as Disney begins test screenings for its December release of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, based on the series' first volume, the septet is back near the top of the children's best-seller lists. [More]

Narnia promotion enchants library

11/02/05, 1:17 pm EST - Xoanon

A faun carrying an umbrella. A queen in a sledge. A magnificent lion. The images appeared in the mind of British writer C.S. Lewis more than 50 years ago, prompting him to write "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe." The novel about the Pevensie children, evacuated to the countryside from World War II London, and their discovery of the magical land of Narnia on the other side of a wardrobe, has captivated generations of children and adults. [More]

News for Nov. 01, 2005

Lewis & Tolkien Biographer George Sayer Dies

11/01/05, 8:53 pm EST - Xoanon

Mike writes: George Sayer, author of Jack & recorder of the 1952 home-made tapes of Tolkien reading from The Hobbit & The Lord of the Rings, died recently in Malvern, Worcs.

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News for Oct. 31, 2005

Want To Visit WETA Workshops in New Zealand?

10/31/05, 6:57 pm EST - Xoanon

The awesome folks at Ubisoft are about to launch a contest to get your knees shaking, your heart a-pumping and your mouth drooling! Pick up 'Peter Jackson's King Kong: The Official Game of the Movie' and you could win an all expense paid trip to Wellington to visit WETA WORKSHOP!! That's right! You heard it here first folks! Swing on over to kingkonggame.com for full contest rules and details.

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Narnia sequel set be shot in NZ

10/31/05, 6:46 pm EST - Xoanon

The sequel to The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe is in advanced planning and looks set to be shot in New Zealand. Britain's Daily Mail reported that the film's young stars were on stand-by to appear in Prince Caspian, one of seven books in C S Lewis' Chronicles Of Narnia series. "We've got a script nearly ready, but The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe has to come out and do well first before we get the green light," executive producer Perry Moore said. It would also be shot in New Zealand, with Weta Workshop again providing special effects. [More]

News for Oct. 30, 2005

North Pole's out; Narnia's in

10/30/05, 10:28 am EST - Xoanon

Most years, shopping malls decorate to look like the North Pole. But this year, a Mecklenburg mall is aiming more for Narnia. Northlake, the newly opened center at Interstate 77 and W.T. Harris Boulevard, is one of 11 malls owned by Taubman Centers Inc. that will be decorated with scenery from the Disney film "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and The Wardrobe," set for release Dec. 9. Malls have embarked on smaller-scale film promotions before, and corporate sponsorships aren't unusual. But industry experts say it's rare for a shopping center to focus most of its holiday decorations on a single film. [More]

News for Oct. 27, 2005

Borders to host author

10/27/05, 7:57 pm EST - Xoanon

Bruce Edwards, a professor of English at Bowling Green State University and a C.S. Lewis scholar, will discuss "The Spiritual World of Narnia" at 7 p.m. tomorrow at Borders Books & Music, 5001 Monroe St., in Westfield Franklin Park. Two of Edwards' books on the subject have been published this month: 'Not-a-Tame Lion: Unveiling Narnia through the Eyes of Lucy, Peter, and Other Characters Created by C.S. Lewis' (Tyndale) and Further Up and Further In: Understanding C.S. Lewis' 'The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.'' (Broadman and Holman) Edwards will sign books after the free lecture.

Narnia attraction takes visitors on a journey

10/27/05, 7:50 pm EST - Xoanon

Disney-MGM Studios in Orlando will open a new attraction in December called Journey Into Narnia: Creating The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. The walk-through attraction will offer visitors a peek at the props and some of the story line from the Walt Disney Pictures and Walden Media's film The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. The movie, based on the C.S. Lewis book, premieres nationwide in theaters on Dec. 9 and the attraction will open the same day, Disney spokesman Charles Stovall said. [More]

News for Oct. 26, 2005

New Scottish film school honors Swinton

10/26/05, 7:40 pm EST - Xoanon

EDINGBURGH, Scotland, Oct. 26 (UPI) -- Hollywood actress Tilda Swinton will receive an honorary doctorate from Edinburgh's Napier University, Scotland's first specialist film school. Swinton, 44, has accepted the university's invitation to award her with the honorary doctorate from the School of Design and Media Arts, The Scotsman reported Wednesday. In return, officials said they were hopeful Swinton, who lives in Nairn with her husband, screenwriter John Byrne, will become involved with the school's Screen Academy. There are only seven film specialist schools in all of Britain, The Scotsman noted, and the Napier University program is the first of its kind in all of Scotland. [More]

Hollywood's Elite Speak Out on Faith in Film -- Narnia and DaVinci Code

10/26/05, 7:38 pm EST - Xoanon

Hollywood's Holy Heavyweights: Christian Culture-Makers Speak Out on Faith, Films and Culture. New book exposes truth to faith in Hollywood. Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) October 26, 2005 -- It’s not Kabbalah or Scientology, but Christianity that’s making a splash in Hollywood these days. Christians are behind some of the biggest movies and TV shows out there –- productions like The Exorcism of Emily Rose, Joan of Arcadia, Fantastic Four, X-Men and That '70s Show. Behind the Screen: Hollywood Insiders on Faith, Film and Culture, (Nov. 2005,Baker Books) is a collection of essays by screenwriters, directors and producers who are breaking barriers and religious stereotypes in Hollywood. Behind the Screen is edited by Spencer Lewerenz, and Barbara Nicolosi, a former nun and founder of Act One, an organization that has made its mission, to train committed Christians to work in mainstream TV and film. [More]

Ian Brodie: Author Of Cameras In Narnia

10/26/05, 1:48 pm EST - Xoanon

Ian Brodie is author of 'Cameras In Narnia: How The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe Came To Life'. Ian also wrote the hugely successful 'The Location Guidebook', the definitive Lord Of The Rings guidebook, which has sold a whopping 250,000 copies to date. His latest offering goes into the world of Narnia to reveal how the magic was made. [More]

News for Oct. 24, 2005

ECCHO students to present ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’

10/24/05, 5:47 pm EST - Xoanon

A magnificent lion, a terrifying witch, fauns, ghouls, talking animals, wandering children and an enchanted wardrobe are all part of “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe," to be presented in Waxahachie. About 30 young actors will perform a theatrical adaptation of C.S. Lewis’ tale Oct. 26, 28 and 29 and Nov. 4. The Ellis County Christian Homeschool Organization will present this play at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 26 at Park Meadows Baptist Church, 3350 N. U.S. Highway 77; at 7 p.m. Oct. 28 at the Nicholas P. Sims Library lyceum, 515 W. Main St.; at 3 p.m. Oct. 29 at the lyceum; and at 7 p.m. Nov. 4 in McCafferty Hall at Southwestern Assemblies of God University, 1200 Sycamore St. [More]

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