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  • Golden Compass Rules Out Sequel- Christians Rejoice

    12/31/2009 10:39:15 AM PST · by truthandlife · 23 replies · 771+ views
    ctor Sam Elliott claims that the Catholic Church prevented Hollywood from proceeding with the next two film’s in the His Dark Materials trilogy based on Philip Pullman’s books. “The Catholic Church ... lambasted them,” said Elliott. “I think it scared New Line off.” The film...angered Catholics who accused it of promoting atheism. In the book trilogy, set in a series of parallel worlds, heroine Lyra fights the Magisterium, an evil organisation some have interpreted as being based on the Catholic Church. Pullman, 63, told the Western Mail: "If Sam is right then I am very disappointed because it obviously would...
  • Actor blames Catholic Church for lack of Golden Compass sequels

    12/16/2009 6:28:30 AM PST · by NYer · 85 replies · 2,658+ views
    cna ^ | December 16, 2009
    London, England, Dec 16, 2009 / 02:18 am (CNA).- Actor Sam Elliot has blamed the Catholic Church for stopping sequels from being made to the Golden Compass movie based on the first book of Philip Pullman’s atheistic trilogy His Dark Materials. The film, starring Nicole Kidman, Daniel Craig and Eva Green, grossed more than $380 million worldwide after its Christmas 2007 release, but took in only $85 million in the U.S. According to the Internet Movie Database, the film had a budget of $180 million.The 65-year-old Elliot, who played a Texan “aeronaut” in the film, charged that a Catholic-led...
  • Atheist author tells of disgust after America’s religious right halts Compass movie follow-ups

    12/16/2009 12:14:03 AM PST · by Brugmansian · 53 replies · 2,129+ views
    ATHEIST author Philip Pullman yesterday spoke of his “disgust” at the triumphalism of America’s religious right following its successful campaign to sideline attempts to dramatise the last two books in the writer’s His Dark Materials trilogy. Actor Sam Elliott, who starred in the film version of the first novel The Golden Compass, that grossed Ł230m, says a campaign by conservative Catholics has halted plans to complete the trilogy.
  • Christian protests puts Philip Pullman's (author "Golden Compass") film trilogy in doubt

    07/18/2008 1:50:59 PM PDT · by yankeedame · 17 replies · 169+ views ^ | 18/07/2008 | Stephen Adams
    Christian protests put Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials film trilogy in doubt By Stephen Adams Last Updated: 1:01pm BST 18/07/2008 The future of the film trilogy based on Phillip Pullman's books His Dark Materials is in doubt after the controversial author said he did not know if the sequel to The Golden Compass would be made. The first in the trilogy, which starred Nicole Kidman and Daniel Craig, was dogged by accusations from American religious groups that it was anti-Catholic and even sought to "destroy God". British author Pullman admitted such objections may have hit US box office sales.... The...
  • Sequels for The Golden Compass Yanked Off the Table (Awwwwwwww!) & Director Throws Tantrum

    01/18/2008 2:05:30 PM PST · by winstonwolf33 · 15 replies · 124+ views ^ | January 18, 2008 | Kyle Smith
    The writer-director of “The Golden Compass,” Chris Weitz, is peeved. The movie tanked so badly that the second and third installments are not going to be made (it did fairly well overseas, but unfortunately for New Line Cinema, that didn’t help because it pre-sold those rights). In an article in the December Atlantic, Hanna Rosin wrote about Weitz’s evident frustrations in making the film. (After he first agreed to do it, he dropped out, fearing either the Christian Right or the atheist followers of the book, then changed his mind again, then alarmed fanboys by basically telling them that...
  • The Golden Compass -- box-office update (Falls to #12 In 4th Weekend)

    12/30/2007 8:26:08 PM PST · by icwhatudo · 49 replies · 430+ views
    FilmChat ^ | December 30, 2007 | Peter T Chattaway
    It opened three weeks ago at #1. Then it slipped to #3, and then to #9. And now, in its fourth weekend, The Golden Compass has fallen off the weekly top-ten chart altogether, landing at #12 with a "domestic" cume of $58.9 million -- and thus it continues to trail behind last year's considerably cheaper fantasy flick Eragon. And don't even bother trying to compare this film's grosses to those of the recent fantasy blockbusters whose ranks this film so desperately wanted to join. But wait. Variety reports that The Golden Compass is still #2 overseas -- surpassed only by...
  • Weekend Box Office Results - Dec 21-24, 2007 (Golden Compass Craters)

    12/23/2007 7:26:30 PM PST · by gridlock · 48 replies · 205+ views
    Box Office Mojo ^ | 12/23/07 | Box Office Mojo via Reuters
    1 N National Treasure: Book of Secrets BV $45,500,000 - 3,832 - $11,873 $45,500,000 - 1 2 1 I Am Legend WB $34,225,000 -55.7% 3,620 +14 $9,454 $137,490,000 - 2 3 2 Alvin and the Chipmunks Fox $29,000,000 -34.5% 3,499 +24 $8,288 $84,867,000 $60 2 4 N Charlie Wilson's War Uni. $9,618,000 - 2,575 - $3,735 $9,618,000 $75 1 5 N Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street P/DW $9,350,000 - 1,249 - $7,485 $9,350,000 $50 1 6 N P.S. I Love You WB $6,505,000 - 2,454 - $2,650 $6,505,000 - 1 7 4 Enchanted BV $4,152,000 -25.0% 2,752...
  • [Harry Forbes & USCCB] Film Office under fire for doing its job

    12/21/2007 6:27:25 PM PST · by GratianGasparri · 6 replies · 574+ views
    Fairfield County Catholic ^ | December 22, 2007 | By JOSEPH McALEER
    USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting under fire for review of "The Golden Compass"; Director reminds readers, "We have the Church's best interests at heart." By JOSEPH McALEER Fairfield County Catholic, December 22, 2007 "Hollywood history is rife with examples of literary works that, by dint of problematic sexual, violent, or religious content have been softened to varying degrees to mollify public sensibilities." So began a review of The Golden Compass written by Harry Forbes and John Mulderig, director and media reviewer, respectively, of the Office for Film & Broadcasting (OFB) of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). The...
  • Vatican Newspaper: Golden Compass a Gnostic, Hopeless Story From the 70's

    12/19/2007 6:03:48 PM PST · by marshmallow · 6 replies · 160+ views
    Vatican City, Dec 19, 2007 / 02:35 pm (CNA).- The daily edition of the official Vatican newspaper has come out with a harsh criticism of the movie "The Golden Compass", describing it as a hopeless story based on the ideology of the 70's. In a long editorial article, Andrea Monda, a well known literary and movie critic who writes for several Italian newspapers, says "the Golden Compass of Chris Weisz, is as much of an anti-Christmas film as it can be." The news that during its opening weekend, the Golden Compass made far less than what New Line expected, “can...
  • Vatican Blasts "Golden Compass" as Godless and Hopeless

    12/19/2007 2:42:20 PM PST · by khnyny · 31 replies · 228+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | December 19, 2007 | Philip Pullella
    The Vatican on Wednesday condemned the film "The Golden Compass," which some have called anti-Christian, saying it promotes a cold and hopeless world without God. In a long editorial, the Vatican newspaper l'Osservatore Romano, also slammed Philip Pullman, the bestselling author of the book on which the family fantasy movie is based. It was the Vatican's most stinging broadside against an author and a film since it roundly condemned "The Da Vinci Code" in 2005 and 2006. "In Pullman's world, hope simply does not exist, because there is no salvation but only personal, individualistic capacity to control the situation and...
  • 'Compass' was not golden in opening week at box office

    12/17/2007 5:56:14 PM PST · by rhema · 51 replies · 72+ views
    Midland Daily News ^ | 12/16/2007 | John Telfer
    Well before "The Golden Compass" opened last weekend, e-mails were circulating throughout the country warning people that this film could cause children to become fascinated with atheist Philip Pullman's "His Dark Materials" trilogy. "The Golden Compass" is the first book of that series. The e-mails stated that the movie was toned down from the book series, which in the last book ends with the children killing God. The fear was that innocent children would see the film and want to know more about the book series behind it. The movie industry has experienced these kinds of grass-roots attacks on questionable...
  • ‘I Am Legend’ Has a Healthy Start (NY Times Error On Golden Compass Slide)

    12/17/2007 10:55:37 AM PST · by icwhatudo · 70 replies · 160+ views
    NY Times ^ | December 17, 2007 | staff
    “I Am Legend” (distributed by Warner Brothers), starring Will Smith, right, in a postapocalyptic vision of a zombie-infested Manhattan, hauled in an estimated $76.5 million in its debut to capture first place in the weekend box-office rankings compiled by the tracking company Media by Numbers. Second place went to another newcomer, “Alvin and the Chipmunks” (Fox), a resurrection of the musical-cartoon franchise, which took in $45 million. Dropping to third place from second last week, the fantasy “The Golden Compass” (New Line) had $9 million in sales. “Enchanted,” Disney’s revisionist fairy tale, took in $6 million, bringing its total gross...
  • Update on 'Golden Compass' earnings [Disaster in U.S.; studio head looks for someone to blame]

    12/17/2007 7:35:58 AM PST · by Constitutionalist Conservative · 192 replies · 734+ views
    Deadline Hollywood Daily ^ | December 16, 2007
    And in only its second weekend in release, the bottom fell out of costly domestic flop The Golden Compass from New Line, which forked over $200+ million to make it. I know, I know, the pic is doing OK overseas after earning $50.9 mil from 27 territories December 7th-9th. But the fantasy epic is so lost domestically it earned only an anemic $2.6 million Friday and $3.7 million Saturday from 3,528 nearly empty runs for 3rd place and a new cume of just $40.5 mil. I hear studio topper Bob Shaye once again is blaming everyone but himself -- including...
  • Will Smith 'LEGEND' Tops Box With Est. $70M Weekend...

    12/15/2007 9:45:26 AM PST · by IDontLikeToPayTaxes · 75 replies · 416+ views
    Deadline Hollywood Daily ^ | Dec 15, 2007 | Nikki Finke
    SATURDAY AM: Some amazing numbers were posted Friday for this weekend's movie releases. Warner Bros' I Am Legend opens closer to $80 million than the studio's hoped-for $50 million from Friday through Sunday after making a whopping $29.6 million Friday in 3,606 theaters.... *snip* And the bottom fell out of costly domestic flop The Golden Compass from New Line, which forked out $200+ million to make it, in its second weekend in release. I know, I know, the pic is doing OK overseas. But the fantasy pic is so lost domestically it earned only an anemic $2.6 million Friday from...
  • A Missed Message, The Golden Compass Reengineers the Davinci Code, for Minors

    12/14/2007 10:34:18 PM PST · by Coleus · 5 replies · 62+ views
    The recent movie, The Golden Compass, is little more than a reinterpretation of Sony films’ blasphemous The Da Vinci Code, reengineered for children.  Many writers have rightly criticized the film from its multiple censurable aspects, and who could blame them?  After all, there are myriad angles from which it should be condemned.  It portrays the Catholic Church as an evil institution called the “Magisterium,” led by men who live in buildings resembling cathedrals, dress like bishops and strive to control men’s minds.  Furthermore, author Philip Pullman is an avowed atheist who has affirmed: “I am trying to undermine the...
  • The Broken Compass

    12/14/2007 7:33:13 AM PST · by Thorin · 70 replies · 676+ views ^ | December 14, 2007 | Tom Piatak
    The Broken Compass Posted by Tom Piatak on December 14, 2007 It seems fitting that Hollywood has chosen to observe Christmas in the year Christopher Hitchens’ atheist manifesto became a best-seller by releasing The Golden Compass, a movie based on the first volume of a fantasy trilogy His Dark Materials by another angry British atheist, Philip Pullman. Lest there be any doubt what Pullman’s objective is, he told the Washington Post in 2001 that “I’m trying to undermine the basis of Christian belief” and the Sydney Morning Herald in 2003 that “My books are about killing God.” Pullman, in fact,...
  • Narnia Its Not (The Golden Compass's Atheism Doesn't Refute Deep Magic Of Faith Alert)

    12/13/2007 9:14:59 AM PST · by goldstategop · 74 replies · 303+ views ^ | 12/13/2007 | Don Feder
    Like Japan's sneak attack on Pearl Harbor, "The Golden Compass" (an atheist's stealth attack on faith) was unleashed on December 7. Unlike Yamamoto's attempt to sink the U.S. Pacific Fleet, there isn't much bang to "The Golden Compass." The $150-million blockbuster is as flat as cola left in a glass overnight. The first in a planned cinematic trilogy intended to rival "The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe" and "The Lord of The Rings," "Compass" may turn out to be the "Heaven's Gate" of juvenile fantasy films. The movie is based on a series of children's books ("His Dark Materials"),...
  • Sympathy for the devil: thoughts on 'The Golden Compass' [movie review]

    12/12/2007 8:01:06 PM PST · by topher · 4 replies · 133+ views
    Denver Catholic Register - Archbishop's Column ^ | Week of December 12, 2007 | Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, OFM cap
    Sympathy for the devil: thoughts on 'The Golden Compass' When the first Harry Potter movie arrived in theaters several years ago, many Catholic families had divided views about the film. Some enjoyed it as an innocent and intriguing fantasy. Others avoided it because of its emphasis on magic. But the screen adaptation of Philip Pullman’s book, “The Golden Compass,” which opened in Denver on Dec. 7, will likely produce far more agreement. No matter how one looks at it, “The Golden Compass” is a bad film. There’s just no nicer way to say it. I saw it at an 8:30...
  • Catholic Bishops Order 'Golden Compass' Review Off Web Site

    12/12/2007 6:40:58 PM PST · by icwhatudo · 18 replies · 469+ views
    Baltimore Sun ^ | December 12, 2007 | Chris Kaltenbach
    "The Archdiocese of Baltimore is grateful that the Conference withdrew the review because it caused much confusion in the Catholic Community," Baltimore Archbishop Edwin F. O'Brien said in an e-mailed statement. "From all reports, the review failed to adequately warn parents about the movie's widely recognized dark themes and anti-Catholic imagery." . . . "We saw this thing exploding over the weekend," Donohue said. "It was just a matter of time before they had to take it down."
  • 'Golden Compass' an attack on faith? (Nah, says Rabbi, it's a good message movie for our children)

    12/12/2007 11:41:17 AM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 46 replies · 681+ views
    Jewish Light ^ | December 12, 2007 | RABBI MARK FASMAN
    The controversy surrounding the recently released film, The Golden Compass, is in part because of the author's avowed atheism and in part because of the message of the film and its potential effect on children. This is a "fantasy Western," complete with Sam Elliot in a cowboy hat. There are good guys and bad guys with a confrontation and battle between the two (good wins). In addition to the human beings, there are also demons and witches and goblins — some good and some bad. Compare The Golden Compass to the first Star Wars film and to the Harry Potter...
  • "Boycott Worked": Compass Flops - Opening Weekend $26 Million; Narnia $63 Million

    12/11/2007 6:34:08 AM PST · by Between the Lines · 48 replies · 583+ views
    Life Site ^ | December 10, 2007
    NEW YORK, December 10, 2007 ( - 'The Golden Compass", the atheist-inspired film which sought to replicate Narnia's success at the box office at Christmas two years ago has flopped by comparison. Based on the anti-Christian novel by Philip Pullman, Compass took in $26.1 million in its first weekend, whereas 'The Chronicles of Narnia' garnered $65.5 million on its weekend debut. The Catholic League, which organized a boycott of the controversial film, as it would lead children to reading the anti-Christian books, saw the poor box office showing as evidence of a successful boycott. League President Bill Donohue said, "Our...
  • Sympathy for the devil: thoughts on ‘The Golden Compass’ [Golden Compass movie review]

    12/11/2007 7:12:52 PM PST · by topher · 42 replies · 234+ views
    The Denver Register [December 12, 2007 Issue] ^ | December 12, 2007 Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe | Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, OFMcap
    Archbishop’s Column, Denver Catholic Register December 12, 2007 Sympathy for the devil: thoughts on ‘The Golden Compass’ When the first Harry Potter movie arrived in theaters several years ago, many Catholic families had divided views about the film. Some enjoyed it as an innocent and intriguing fantasy. Others avoided it because of its emphasis on magic. But the screen adaptation of Philip Pullman’s book, “The Golden Compass,” which opened in Denver on Dec. 7, will likely produce far more agreement. No matter how one looks at it, “The Golden Compass” is a bad film. There’s just no nicer way to...
  • 'Golden Compass' Doesn't Get the Lead Out

    12/11/2007 3:23:15 PM PST · by I still care · 68 replies · 162+ views
    Box Office Mojo ^ | Dec 10, 2007 | Brandon Gray
    Not the oasis it was intended to be, The Golden Compass failed to guide the box office out of the desert. A dispirited response to the fantasy adaptation combined with a largely pathetic group of holdovers led to the least attended early December frame in 13 years. The Golden Compass pointed to $25.8 million on approximately 5,600 screens at 3,528 theaters, which was about average for a live action fantasy. The turnout was well below half that of The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe or The Lord of the Rings movies, and the picture was...
  • [USCCB] 'Compass' review gets pulled

    12/10/2007 9:52:03 PM PST · by GratianGasparri · 56 replies · 255+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | Dec 11, 2007 | The Washington Times
    The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has withdrawn a positive review of the film "The Golden Compass," after more than a week of criticism about the church's apparent approval of a pro-atheism work. The review, which had said that the film "can be viewed as an exciting adventure story with, at its core, a traditional struggle between good and evil, and a generalized rejection of authoritarianism," was not available on the Web site last night.
  • CO gunman killed self

    12/11/2007 12:01:33 PM PST · by ironwill · 253 replies · 1,114+ views ^ | Dec 11 02:47 PM US/Eastern | By JUDITH KOHLER
    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - The man who killed four people at a church and missionary training center died of a self-inflicted shotgun wound, police said Tuesday. Matthew Murray, 24, was struck multiple times by a security officer at New Life Church Sunday but died after firing a single shot at himself, the El Paso County Coroner's Office concluded after an autopsy.
  • ‘Compass’ Can’t Cure What Ails Box Office (Dinosaur Media DeathWatch™)

    12/10/2007 3:28:24 AM PST · by abb · 119 replies · 275+ views
    The New York Times ^ | December 10, 2007 | Brooks Barnes
    Hollywood is counting on the impending arrival of a naughty chipmunk, a treasure hunter and Will Smith to reverse a lingering box office malaise that deepened over the weekend with disappointing sales for “The Golden Compass.” The movie business is running into the 2007 home stretch with a serious limp. Measured in dollars, ticket sales for the crucial holiday season, which began Nov. 2, are down 6 percent through Sunday compared with last year, according to the box-office tracking company Media by Numbers. Attendance, meanwhile, is off by more than 10 percent. snip Through summer’s end the box-office story was...
  • Michael Medved on 'The Golden Compass'

    12/09/2007 2:06:22 PM PST · by Coleus · 33 replies · 759+ views
    Michael Medved says 'The Golden Compass' movie is a very complicated thing. It is based on the novel, Northern Lights (later renamed 'The Golden Compass'), which is the first in the His Dark Materials trilogy by Philip Pullman.   Michael says this movie is good enough to drive kids to read the books. It is very entertaining and well-done. However, people must really question the message it is sending, which is an attack on the church. Michael says the message will probably go over the heads of the young children that see the movie, but older teens and adults should be...
  • 'Golden Compass' lackluster at U.S. box office (Anti-God movie bombs with $26.1M opening weekend)

    12/09/2007 11:19:37 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 56 replies · 141+ views
    Reuters ^ | 12/9/07 | Reuters
    LOS ANGELES, Dec 9 (Reuters) - "The Golden Compass," a $180 million family fantasy starring Nicole Kidman and Daniel Craig, did not meet expectations at the North American box office, opening at No. 1 but with weekend ticket sales of just $26.1 million, its distributor said on Sunday. New Line Cinema, a unit of Time Warner Inc, had hoped the film would pull in between $30 million and $40 million. "It's a little bit disappointing," said Rolf Mittweg, president and chief operating officer of New Line's worldwide distribution and marketing operations.
  • Box Office: No Saturday Miracle Surge For The Golden Compass

    12/09/2007 8:39:12 AM PST · by keat · 171 replies · 281+ views
    / ^ | Sunday, December 9th, 2007 at 3:00 am | Steve Mason
    There was no Saturday miracle surge for New Line. The Golden Compass, an effects-laden family film starring Nicole Kidman with a reported budget of $200M, received a modest 16% increase from its opening day, posting an estimated $10.2M on Saturday. Assuming a Sunday drop of 33%, Compass will finish its opening weekend with a disastrous $25.84M. (For a comparison to other big budget, family-oriented films in this mold along with details about New Line’s dismal 2007 and Nicole Kidman’s box office cold streak, scroll down to my Friday Night report.) Disney’s Enchanted blew past $80M domestic with a $4.9M Saturday,...
  • "Golden Compass" disappoints at box office (Praise the Lord!)

    12/08/2007 11:24:02 PM PST · by DesScorp · 83 replies · 123+ views
    REuters ^ | Dec. 8 2007 | Dean Goodman
    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - "The Golden Compass," a costly fantasy starring Nicole Kidman and Daniel Craig, got off to a slow start at the North American box office and will likely fall short of opening-weekend expectations. New Line Cinema's $180 million film sold an estimated $8.8 million worth of tickets during its first day in theaters on Friday, according to data issued on Saturday by tracking firm Box Office Mojo ( After Saturday and Sunday sales are factored in, the film will come in at No. 1 with about $28 million when the studios issue their weekend estimates on Sunday,...
  • Signs hint 'Compass' may miss blockbuster territory (heh heh heh)

    12/08/2007 6:17:51 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 115 replies · 178+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | December 7, 2007 | Josh Friedman
    No one in Hollywood quite knows where "The Golden Compass" is pointing, though it appears to be south of blockbuster status. ...Unlike "Narnia" or the "Rings" and "Potter" movies, most of which hauled in more than $60 million in their first three days, "Compass" may open in the $30-million neighborhood, or worse, according to market analysts. [Yet] it's unlikely to spell financial catastrophe for New Line. The studio admits to a production price of $180 million, though some industry insiders believe the true cost soared past $200 million... Even so, the film was cofinanced by Royal Bank of Scotland, and...
  • What Should Christians Do About 'The Golden Compass'?

    12/08/2007 2:07:44 PM PST · by wagglebee · 105 replies · 756+ views
    Christian Post ^ | 12/7/07 | R. Albert Mohler, Jr.
    The release of The Golden Compass as a major motion picture represents a new challenge for Christians – especially parents. The release of a popular film with major actors that presents a message directly subversive of Christianity is something new. It is not likely to be the last. Having seen the movie at an advance viewing and having read all three books of His Dark Materials, I can assure Christians that we face a real challenge – one that will require careful thinking and intellectual engagement. Why is this movie such a challenge? First of all, The Golden Compass...
  • 'Golden Compass' 2007's Biggest Bomb (Bad Friday Box Office number)

    12/08/2007 9:18:08 AM PST · by LdSentinal · 171 replies · 285+ views
    Nikkie Finks ^ | 12/8/07
    SATURDAY AM: Friday night only $8.6 million from 3,528 theaters with anemic per screen average. Weekend estimate for $27 million. Cost of movie: $200+ million. Wildly expensive flop should sink New Line Cinema chairman Bob Shaye's chances to stay on when his contract expired in 2008... Full report coming...
  • How Catholic-bashing became respectable

    12/07/2007 6:23:36 AM PST · by NYer · 37 replies · 71+ views
    New Statesman ^ | December 6, 2007 | Melanie McDonagh
    It is worth asking in passing whether Jews could now be depicted with the same idiom as is now being deployed against Catholics It's not that often a train of thought unites Nicole Kidman and Peter Viereck, the American maverick conservative. But I had been to a screening of The Golden Compass, the film that Kidman effortlessly illumines, and I was thinking about the villain of the piece, which wasn't anyone at all so much as an institution called the Magisterium. In the Philip Pullman novel on which the film is based, the other word for the Magisterium is the...
  • The Golden Compass

    12/07/2007 11:30:46 AM PST · by Borges · 29 replies · 281+ views ^ | 12/07/07 | Roger Ebert
    Review: **** "The Golden Compass" is a darker, deeper fantasy epic than the "Rings" trilogy, "The Chronicles of Narnia" or the "Potter" films. It springs from the same British world of quasi-philosophical magic, but creates more complex villains and poses more intriguing questions. As a visual experience, it is superb. As an escapist fantasy, it is challenging. Teenagers may be absorbed and younger children may be captivated; some kids in between may be a little conflicted, because its implications are murky. They weren't murky in the original 1995 novel, part of the His Dark Materials trilogy by Philip Pullman, a...
  • 'Golden Compass' Looks Leaden This Wkd (Anti-God movie bombs overseas, expected to flop in US)

    12/07/2007 10:40:07 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 50 replies · 282+ views
    Deadline Hollywood ^ | 12/07/07 | Nikki Finke
    My box office gurus are telling me that New Line Cinema's holiday tentpole The Golden Compass is going to be a huge bomb. They predict an opening domestic weekend starting today only in the high $20s million from 3,528 theaters. That's disastrous because, with a pricetag of $200+ million without P&A costs, the fantasy epic should be making a minimum $50 million debut. Not to mention that the studio has spent big bucks marketing the heck out of the PG-13 pic based on UK author Philip Pullman's young adult book trilogy His Dark Materials. Problem is, Golden Compass has sparked...
  • Thre Golden Compass: Dusted (MTV Movie Review: clutter, confusion, and strangely lacks magic)

    12/07/2007 10:43:59 AM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 57 replies · 288+ views
    MTV Movie News ^ | December 7, 2007 | Kurt Loder
    Where are Harry and Frodo when you really need them? Here is a magical-mystery movie with everything money can eagerly buy: big-name stars, boffo effects, a story pre-sold in a mass-cult fantasy novel. The only thing "The Golden Compass" lacks, alas, is magic. And its mystery is a little too mysterious. The picture looks great — director Chris Weitz and his town-size team of digital technicians have created a fantasy world of misty cities, gleaming dirigibles and intricate steampunk gadgetry that really pops. But in attempting to cram as much as possible of Philip Pullman's 400-page novel into a two-hour...
  • Bishop Jerome Listecki of La Crosse Warns Against The Golden Compass

    12/06/2007 10:30:44 PM PST · by Salvation · 19 replies · 569+ views ^ | December 6, 2007 | Bishop Jerome Listecki
    Bishop Jerome Listecki of La Crosse Warns Against The Golden Compass December 6, 2007 Dear Pastor,My responsibility as a Bishop is the inform you as well and the faithful as to any movies, activities or entertainments that question or undermine the belief of our people and subvert the message of salvation which you as pastors deliver to your communities.On December 7, 2007, the movie The Golden Compass will be in theaters. The trailers on TV make it look like one of C. S.  Lewis' stories from the "Narnia Chronicles." The problem is that The Golden Compass comes from a...
  • BROKEN 'COMPASS' (Anti-God movie gets 1.5 star review)

    12/06/2007 4:02:42 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 121 replies · 175+ views
    NY Post ^ | 12/6/07 | Kyle Smith
    ANTI-CHURCH MOVIE REVIEW ‘NARNIA’ KNOCKOFF WAY OFF COURSE FIVE minutes before “The Golden Compass" started, I was wondering when it was going to start. Forty minutes into it, I was wondering exactly the same thing. “The Golden Compass," a sort of “The Empire Strikes Harry Potter of the Caribbean," only with giant polar bears wearing suits of armor and punching each other in the face, reminded me why I stopped reading sci-fi and fantasy when I was 15. It was the nouns. “Hark thee, my fair Stenerud, and wield well this ancient benirschke. Journeyest then to the plain of Septien,...
  • Ad Agency Pitching 'Golden Compass' Ads to Catholic Diocesan Papers Halts Ads

    12/06/2007 8:57:26 AM PST · by NYer · 12 replies · 262+ views
    LifeSite ^ | December 5, 2007 | John-Henry Westen
    BALTIMORE, December 5, 2007 ( - Controversial advertisements suggested to the nation's top 50 Catholic diocesan papers advertising the upcoming movie "The Golden Compass" have been pulled.  A letter from Advertising Media Plus (AMP) to the papers last week suggested the ads. The ads were based on a positive review of the film by the Office for Film and Broadcasting of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops. tracked down those in charge of AMP and found surprisingly that it was ultimately the Archdiocese of Baltimore's Cathedral Foundation, which publishes the English weekly version of the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano....
  • Golden Compass Getting Bad Reviews

    12/06/2007 8:55:37 AM PST · by icwhatudo · 125 replies · 338+ views
    rottentomatoes ^ | 12-6-07 | self
    Christians staying away from a movie that wants to "Kill God in the minds of children" isn't the only challenge facing the new film Golden Compass. The critics just don't like it.
  • Medved addressing bad messages in "Golden Compass" Now

    12/05/2007 1:15:32 PM PST · by Cinnamon Girl · 57 replies · 427+ views
    KRLA 870 Medved Show
    Michael Medved is discussing the upcoming film "Golden Compass" now. I'm not familiar with the book, but I've seen that there is controversy about it being anti-Christian. He says people should be concerned and is explaining it now.
  • Liars And Kidnappers [Hollywood promoting atheism Alert]

    12/05/2007 6:28:36 AM PST · by Zakeet · 140 replies · 116+ views
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | December 4, 2007
    A star-studded, big-budget fantasy film released for Christmastime features religion as the villain. Hollywood is collaborating with a militant atheist British children's book author to indoctrinate children. "The Golden Compass," which opens this week, stars Nicole Kidman and cost Time Warner's New Line Cinema $180 million to produce, is based on the first installment of Phillip Pullman's children's book trilogy "His Dark Materials." Pullman is a fire-breathing British atheist who has told the Washington Post that "I'm trying to undermine the basis of Christian belief" and remarked that "My books are about killing God." He has also noted that "I...
  • Official "The Golden Compass" New Movie Trailers (anti-Christian)

    11/12/2007 7:42:12 PM PST · by pillut48 · 58 replies · 261+ views
    "In Lyra's world, a person's soul lives on the outside of their body, in the form of a daemon--an animal spirit that accompanies them through life. A child's daemon can change shape, assuming all the forms that a child's potential inspires; but as a person ages, their daemon gradually settles into one form, according to their character and nature...In our world, it is possible that people that people have daemons as well, only they are invisible. If you would like to learn more about your daemon, and create a daemon avatar to take out into the world with you, select...
  • The Golden Compass -- A Briefing for Concerned Christians [Albert Mohler - SBC]

    12/04/2007 7:35:32 PM PST · by Alex Murphy · 19 replies · 311+ views
    Florida Baptist Witness ^ | December 4, 2007 | R. ALBERT MOHLER Jr
    The release of The Golden Compass as a major motion picture represents a new challenge for Christians -- especially parents. The release of a popular film with major actors that presents a message directly subversive of Christianity is something new. It is not likely to be the last. Having seen the movie at an advance viewing and having read all three books of His Dark Materials, I can assure Christians that we face a real challenge -- one that will require careful thinking and intellectual engagement. Why is this movie such a challenge? First of all, The Golden Compass is...
  • 'I want God to be dead in my works' (says Pullman author of The Golden Compass)

    12/04/2007 8:52:33 AM PST · by Between the Lines · 40 replies · 73+ views ^ | December 03 2007 | Bronwyn Gerretsen
    A controversial children's movie described as anti-Christian is set for release in South African cinemas on Friday, prompting an outcry from Christians, and email circulars warning people against taking their children to see the film. The Golden Compass is based on the book Northern Lights, the first of a trilogy entitled His Dark Materials by British author Philip Pullman. Pullman has described himself in the European and American press as both an agnostic and an atheist. He was quoted saying that to his knowledge, there was not the "slightest evidence" that God existed. He added that he loathed The Chronicles...
  • The Golden Compass Brings Nietzsche to Narnia: The Philosophical Underpinnings of His Dark Materials

    12/04/2007 8:49:42 AM PST · by NYer · 112 replies · 444+ views
    Catholic Exchange ^ | December 4, 2007 | Marc T. Newman, Ph.D.
    When parents look at the beautiful covers adorning the gift-boxed sets of Philip Pullman's fantasy series, His Dark Materials, they might be forgiven for believing that these books follow in the tradition of J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings or C.S. Lewis' The Chronicles of Narnia. In fact, the publishers are counting on it. The display tables have arrived just in time for Christmas and the release of the screen adaptation of the first volume: The Golden Compass.What Pullman's promoters desperately hope is that parents will not get beyond the colorful covers, which appear to depict nothing more than an...
  • Golden Compass promoters trying to advertise in Catholic press (using USCCB positive review)

    12/04/2007 7:39:35 AM PST · by NYer · 22 replies · 102+ views
    CNA ^ | December 3, 2007
    CNA STAFF, Dec 3, 2007 / 05:44 pm (CNA).- The promoters of the controversial movie, The Golden Compass, are making an effort to diminish the boycott being threatened by Catholics and other Christian groups. The advertising agency for the movie has sent an email to the top 50 weekly Catholic newspapers asking that they consider running an ad promoting the movie. Advertising Media Plus, the agency promoting The Golden Compass, is trying to use a review by Harry Forbes, the director of the U.S. Bishops’ Conference Office for Film & Broadcasting, as leverage against the boycott being called for by Catholics...
  • Christian groups slam new Kidman children's movie

    12/04/2007 6:52:40 AM PST · by guinness4strength · 159 replies · 117+ views ^ | 8-3-07 |
    Some, like the Catholic League, are saying Golden Compass is a $182 million movie project with an anti-religious message for kids Note: Nicole Kidman is a Catholic and claims she doesn't think it to be anti-Christian... full story:
  • US Bishops asked to Fire Chief Film Critic over Glowing Reviews for "Brokeback" and "Compass"

    12/04/2007 6:44:54 AM PST · by GratianGasparri · 6 replies · 826+ views
    Lifesite News ^ | December 3, 2007 | John-Henry Westen
    US Bishops asked to Fire Chief Film Critic over Glowing Reviews for "Brokeback" and "Compass" "Bishops horrified at what has been done in their name" By John-Henry Westen WASHINGTON, DC, December 3, 2007 ( - The Bishops of the United States are being asked to fire the chief movie reviewer for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). Harry Forbes, the Director of the USCCB Office for Film and Broadcasting, has reignited scandal by praising the film "The Golden Compass" which is based on an anti-Catholic novel. Forbes caused similar controversy two years ago when he issued a glowing...