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News for Dec. 29, 2005

It’s the rhyme of the season: SNL’s plain whitebread rappers toast pastries, weed and Narnia

12/29/05, 5:24 pm EST - Xoanon

“Saturday Night Live” has become relevant again thanks to a comic rap video inspired by Hollywood’s latest fantasy blockbuster, cupcakes and marijuana. The sketch, “Lazy Sunday,” which aired on Dec. 17, has turned into an Internet sensation under the name “Chronic of Narnia Rap.” The two-minute, 20-second music video has been downloaded more than 1.2 million times from youtube.com and can be viewed at other Web sites as well. [More]

Check out our link to it here. [More]

Narnia knocks Kong off UK box office summit

12/29/05, 12:51 pm EST - Xoanon

LONDON: Narnia, the big screen adaptation of the CS Lewis children's fantasy, roared back to the top of the British film charts over Christmas, ousting monster blockbuster King Kong after just a week. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe bounced back to the number one spot taking £2.8 ($NZ7.17) million over the festive weekend to bring its overall UK takings to almost £ 25 million, Screen International said. That meant King Kong, the three-hour $US200 ($NZ298) million-plus remake of the 1933 classic boasting astounding special effects, fell to second place. [More]

News for Dec. 27, 2005

As a witch, Swinton casts spell

12/27/05, 10:44 pm EST - Xoanon

When considering whether she wanted to play the role of the evil White Witch in ``The Chronicles of Narnia,'' Tilda Swinton remembered what Margaret Hamilton said about being the Wicked Witch of the West in ``The Wizard of Oz.'' ``She was talking about waiting for a subway train in New York and noticing, out of the corner of her eye, little children backing away from her,'' Swinton recalls. ``And I thought, `Is this what I want? Children shying away from me for the rest of my life?' '' [More]

Two colleges lay claim to Narnia portal

12/27/05, 10:42 pm EST - Xoanon

MONTECITO, Calif., Dec. 26 (UPI) -- Two U.S. colleges claim to have the piece of furniture that inspired C.S. Lewis to write "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe." The dueling wardrobes are in the English department at Westmont College in Montecito, Calif., and the library of suburban Chicago's Wheaton College, the Los Angeles Times reported Monday. Both Christian schools say their wardrobes were owned by the author, who died in 1963. But there is no concrete proof which armoire was the one that led Lewis and countless readers to the land of Narnia. Westmont's Web site claims its Lewis wardrobe in Reynolds Hall "served as a model for the magical one he described in his famous children's book." Wheaton officials tend to downplay the literary significance of their armoire, the Times said. However, there is a sign posted next to the wardrobe in the Marion E. Wade Center research library warning: "We do not take responsibility for people disappearing."

News for Dec. 23, 2005

"Narnia" gets China's nod for spring run

12/23/05, 10:45 pm EST - Xoanon

BEIJING (Hollywood Reporter) - Disney will release "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe" this spring in China, a company spokesman said Thursday, making the family fantasy the third Hollywood film accepted by Beijing for 2006. "Narnia" is likely to open following the January 13 release of "King Kong" and early-February premiere of "Memoirs of a Geisha." China limits to 40 the number of foreign-made films allowed to be exhibited each year, and caps at 20 the number of imports that are allowed to earn their producers a share of China's box office receipts. [More]

Third Austin C.S. Lewis Conference

12/23/05, 12:42 pm EST - Xoanon

Larry writes: This feast for your mind and soul will be April 29, 2006, at St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas. Featured plenary speakers are William Lane Craig, Peter Kreeft and Frederica Mathewes Green. David Payne is our featured performer for the evening play. All Narnians are welcome! [More]

Georgie Henley Nabs Phoenix Film Critics Award

12/23/05, 11:55 am EST - Xoanon

The Phoenix Film Critics Awards were announced a few days ago and little Georgie Henley has won Best Performance by a Youth in a Lead or Supporting Role - Female.

27,000 pirated DVDs seized Malaysia

12/23/05, 11:33 am EST - Xoanon

BUTTERWORTH: A total 27,000 pirated DVDs worth about RM400,000 were seized by the state Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs enforcement unit in a raid at Taman Chai Leng, here. State enforcement director Fahmi Kasim said a 10-man team led by his deputy assistant director Norashikin Abdul Hamid, raided a house in Lorong Kurau at about 10.30am yesterday. New blockbuster movies such as King Kong, The Chronicles of Narnia, and Aeon Flux were among the titles seized. [More]

News for Dec. 22, 2005

Crowds flocking to kiwi movies

12/22/05, 2:18 pm EST - Xoanon

NEW ZEALAND-made movies King Kong and Narnia are pulling in audiences in unprecedented numbers and will "probably knock Harry Potter off his perch", Regent 3 Cinemas co-owner Brent Goodwin says. Mr Goodwin said since the films, now screening in Masterton, had opened this month there had been an amazing response, with both playing consistently to full houses and with no sign of slowing down. "King Kong especially has been incredible, and if a three-hour movie can keep 60-odd kids transfixed in their seats, that is an extraordinary achievement. [More]

News for Dec. 20, 2005

Film draws religious parallel

12/20/05, 9:43 pm EST - Xoanon

SANFORD - The movie, “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe,” brings to the big screen both the fantasy and the profoundly Christian message in English author C.S. Lewis' novel of the same name, according to those who have seen it. Christians, especially those who had read and loved Lewis' enchanting tales of Narnia as children, held their breath until the film's release, wondering if Walt Disney Pictures and its partner in the production, Walden Media, would be faithful to the story. After viewing the film at Spring Lane Cinemas, the unanimous judgment of viewers queried by The Herald was an enthusiastic yes. [More]

News for Dec. 19, 2005

Narnia Hits #1; Inspired-by Soundtrack Sales Follow Film Success

12/19/05, 10:23 pm EST - Xoanon

According to CNN online reports yesterday, “another fantasy world has joined Hollywood's* *instant-blockbuster club. Disney's "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" -- adapted from C.S. Lewis' tale of enchantment, epic battles and talking animals -- debuted as the weekend's top movie with $67.1 million, according to studio estimates Sunday.” According to a feature in Variety posted online yesterday, “this is the second-highest weekend gross ever for December, behind only that of "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King," which debuted with $72.6 million in 2003.” [More]

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News for Dec. 18, 2005

SNL's Narnia Goof

12/18/05, 10:13 pm EST - Xoanon

The December 17th episode of 'Saturday Night Live' featured a 'Digital Short' called "Lazy Sunday' with Chris Parnell & Andy Samberg. It took me by complete surprise that this Beastie Boys type rapsong is about going to see 'Narnia'...Take a look! (8.5MB MOV)[More]

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