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  • Belfast rectory that inspired Narnia author CS Lewis may be set for listed status

    04/26/2016 9:32:08 PM PDT · by BlackVeil · 8 replies
    Belfast Telegraph ^ | 19 April 2016 | Rebecca Black
    CS Lewis was baptised at St Mark's Church off the Holywood Road in east Belfast and attended it as a child. The old rectory beside it would also have been familiar territory to the author as it was once home to his grandfather, the Rev Thomas Hamilton, who was the first rector at St Mark's. A distinctive lion's head-shaped door knob on the rectory is even believed to have inspired the key character of Aslan ...
  • Will C.S. Lewis’ spirituality survive in future Narnia films?

    07/07/2015 4:55:27 AM PDT · by BlackVeil · 25 replies
    Crux ^ | February 27, 2015 | By Steven D. Greydanus
    “The Chronicles of Narnia” film series has been somewhat at sea since “The Voyage of the Dawn Treader” (2010), the film adaptation of the third book published in the fantasy series. With a Blu-Ray edition of “The Voyage of the Dawn Treader” to be released next week, Narnia fans are wondering what’s next for the series. Christian viewers in particular are concerned if production changes mean the books’ spiritual themes will make it on to the big screen. Reports in 2011 suggested that book six – the creation-myth prequel “The Magician’s Nephew” – might be adapted next, rather than book...
  • Authorized CS Lewis NARNIA Audio Book

    11/30/2014 7:34:35 PM PST · by CharlesOConnell · 2 replies
    Open Culture ^ | December 19th, 2011 | C.S. Lewis
    Free Audio: Download the Complete Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis Read by Dr. Chrissi Hart (British Accent) Before the days of Harry Potter, generations of young readers let their imaginations take flight with The Chronicles of Narnia, a series of seven fantasy novels written by C. S. Lewis. Like his friend J.R.R. Tolkien, Lewis served on the English faculty at Oxford University and took part in the Inklings, an Oxford literary group dedicated to fiction and fantasy. Published between 1950 and 1956, The Chronicles of Narnia has sold over 100 million copies in 47 languages, delighting younger and older readers worldwide. The seven volumes in...
  • Jill Freud, Inspiration for Lucy in 'Narnia,' Reveals C.S. Lewis Memories

    09/05/2014 2:05:34 AM PDT · by BlackVeil · 16 replies
    Hollywood Reporter ^ | 19 Aug 2014 | Paul Bond
    There are multiple films in the works that will explore the relationship between literary fantasy giants J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis, one called Tolkien & Lewis from Attractive Films and another called Jack & Tollers from Third Dart Studios. Still another from Fox Searchlight will focus only on Tolkien and is titled, appropriately enough, Tolkien. While the films are in the early stages, one of them — Tolkien & Lewis — is set to announce an interesting castmember: Jill Freud, aka the real Lucy Pevensie from Lewis’ books about Narnia. ...
  • Why Narnia Still Matters

    11/23/2013 1:00:22 AM PST · by BlackVeil · 21 replies
    Time Magazine ^ | 23 November 2013 | By Lev Grossman
    I have a funny sort of personal connection to C.S. Lewis, who died 50 years ago today. It’s through my mother: she was born in London and is just old enough to remember the Blitz, and like the Pevensie children in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, she was sent to the countryside to escape the bombing. Unlike them ...
  • A 'mere Christian'? Assessing C.S. Lewis after fifty years

    11/22/2013 6:19:20 PM PST · by BlackVeil · 9 replies
    Australian Broadcasting Commission ^ | 22 Nov 2013 | Alister McGrath
    Few can have failed to notice that this day marks the fiftieth anniversary of the death of C.S. Lewis (1898-1963). Throughout the summer, Lewis has featured prominently in literary festivals across the length and breadth of England. His home church - Holy Trinity, Headington Quarry, Oxford - arranged a modest celebration of the anniversary in September, and found themselves swamped by the public interest. ...
  • 50 Years Ago Today - Loss of a Great Man

    11/22/2013 7:45:33 AM PST · by Joe 6-pack · 30 replies
    Self | 11/22/13 | Joe 6-Pack
    Clive Staples Lewis November 29, 1898 – November 22, 1963
  • The Lion’s World [Rowan Williams on Narnia]

    09/03/2013 5:07:59 PM PDT · by BlackVeil · 22 replies
    Englewood Review of Books ^ | 10 June 2013 | Peter Stevens
    Recently, while discussing the role of fictional stories in spiritual formation with my students, I found myself returning to the works of C.S. Lewis as an example. While I did not discuss The Chronicles of Narnia, I can undeniably say that the fictional works of Lewis have shaped me spiritually. From a young age, I have read and reread the Narnian stories. They have become a part of my spiritual formation and of many others as well. Lewis has had this effect on Rowan Williams, former Archbishop of Canterbury, as well. He also confesses to repeatedly reading and studying the...
  • Ulster inspiration of the magical land of Narnia

    07/09/2013 1:15:11 AM PDT · by BlackVeil · 8 replies
    Belfast News Letter ^ | 9 July 2013 | by Philip Bradfield
    A new book has been published which collects all CS Lewis’ references to his Ulster childhood and the possible role of such places in inspiring many of his greatest works. CS Lewis – And The Island Of His Birth, by Sandy Smith, lifts the lid on CS Lewis’ early life in Belfast and allows the reader to walk in Lewis’ footsteps on a journey that covers Belfast and Ireland north and south, encapsulating the places that many believe were the inspiration for some of his greatest works. Lewis mentioned parts of Northern Ireland at various times in his writing. “That...
  • Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader Movie Review

    12/17/2010 5:05:17 AM PST · by Making_Sense [Rob W. Case] · 17 replies
    MSMB ^ | December 17, 2010 | Rob W. Case
    It is the third film installment of the Chronicles of Narnia series. The film begins in England, where Lucy and Edmund are staying with their “personality deficient” Uncle, Aunt, and trouble-maker, cousin Eustace. Eustace is very snotty, spoiled, loud, and hates his cousins. Eustace’s hatred for his cousins causes him to torment them. None too soon, when a painting of a ship on the wall starts “moving,” suddenly water starts filling up the room and Edmund, Lucy, and Eustace are from that water, transported into the seas of Narnia. Upon arriving in Narnia, a very large, dragon shaped ship approaches...
  • Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of Dawn Treader Debuts No. 1 at Box Office

    12/13/2010 9:57:41 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 64 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 12/13/2010 | Katherine Phan
    "The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader" debuted at the top of the box office this weekend. The third movie entry based on the beloved children novels by C.S. Lewis raked in $24.5 million in U.S. and Canadian theaters despite a weak start on Friday. In the latest Narnia movie, the two youngest Pevensies, Edmund (Skandar Keynes) and Lucy (Georgie Henley) journey back to the magical Kingdom along with their bratty cousin Eustace (Will Pouter). Led by King Caspian (Ben Barnes), the crew set out on a quest on the Dawn Treader to battle new threats to the...
  • Joy Behar, Narnia Numbskull

    12/11/2010 7:14:33 PM PST · by Nachum · 42 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | 12/11/10 | Tim Graham
    On Thursday's edition of The View, Joy Behar displayed how little she knows Sarah Palin's favorite authors. As they discussed Palin's answer to Barbara Walters asking what she reads, and Walters said Palin reads C.S. Lewis for "divine inspiration," Behar asked "Aren't those children's books?" She wasn't joking, but she obviously liked the idea that Palin wasn't smart enough to read "adult books." The Narnia books aren't exactly Dr. Seuss. Behar isn't educated enough to know about his classic works of nonfiction in Christian apologetics, like Mere Christianity and The Screwtape Letters.
  • The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (Review, spoiler alert)

    12/10/2010 2:02:46 PM PST · by paudio · 36 replies
    Focus on the family ^ | Dec 10, 2010 | Paul Asay
    Before this film, I think the cinematic Narnia series was a little like Lucy, looking enviously at big-sister Susan. Maybe it was trying too hard to be the next Lord of the Rings or aspire to Harry Potter-level success. It worked so hard to be literary and spectacular that, just maybe, it forgot what the Narnia books were at their core: children's stories. Meaningful stories, yes. Good stories, absolutely, filled with allegorical heft and layers of meaning … but at their core, they're meant to be fun. Dawn Treader found the fun. For two hours, I was engrossed in a...
  • New "Narnia" Film Stirs Religious Controversy [Aslan represents Mohammed too]

    12/10/2010 8:00:31 AM PST · by ZGuy · 82 replies
    ABC News ^ | 12/9/10 | Paul Bond
    The studios behind the new "Narnia" movie are walking a tightrope in their quest to promote the third film in the fantasy franchise to a Christian audience and to general moviegoers. But they also are going out of their way not to pigeonhole the film as something that will appeal just to the world's 2.2 billion Christians. Case in point is Liam Neeson, who voices Aslan, the resurrected lion in the upcoming film. The actor said at a news conference last week that his character doesn't necessarily represent Christ. That might be news to Lewis, though, who wrote the opposite...
  • Liam Neeson angers Narnia fans by suggesting Aslan is Mohammed

    12/05/2010 1:07:39 AM PST · by BlackVeil · 13 replies
    Daily Telegraph ^ | 4 Dec 2010 | By Roya Nikkhah
    The actor who voices the lion in the film adaptations of the books has angered some fans of the stories, who claim he is distorting Lewis’s intentions to be “politically correct”. Aslan the lion features in all seven Narnia books, guiding children away from evil and harm and encouraging them to do good. Lewis was clear that the Aslan was based on Christ, and once wrote of the character: “He is an invention giving an imaginary answer to the question: “What might Christ become like if there really were a world like Narnia?”.” ...But ahead of the release of The...
  • The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (New trailer)

    11/10/2010 4:41:58 PM PST · by paudio · 33 replies · 1+ views ^ | 11.10.10
    Lucy and Edmund Pevensie return to Narnia with their cousin Eustace where they meet up with Prince Caspian for a trip across the sea aboard the royal ship The Dawn Treader. Along the way they encounter dragons, dwarves, merfolk, and a band of lost warriors before reaching the edge of the world.
  • Official Trailer for 'Voyage of the Dawn Treader' Hits Web (3rd in Narnia Chronicles Series)

    06/19/2010 8:21:53 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies · 461+ views
    Christian Post ^ | 06/19/2010 | Josh Kimball
    The first official trailer for the third movie installment of the “Chronicles of Narnia” made its public debut Thursday morning, giving fans a peak at what some thought wasn't going to be after Walt Disney Pictures abandoned ship. Released at midnight, the two-minute trailer for "The Voyage of the Dawn Treader" beckons Narnia fans to “Return to Hope,” “Return to Magic,” and “Return to Narnia” five years after the first film hit theaters to positive reviews and box office success. “You have returned for a reason. Your adventure begins now,” says the series’ central character, Aslan, in the trailer. Also...
  • Why There Is No Jewish Narnia

    05/03/2010 1:16:39 PM PDT · by Borges · 99 replies · 1,439+ views
    Jewish Review of Books ^ | MICHAEL WEINGRAD
    Although it might seem unlikely that anyone would wonder whether the author of The Lord of the Rings was Jewish, the Nazis took no chances. When the publishing firm of Ruetten & Loening was negotiating with J. R. R. Tolkien over a German translation of The Hobbit in 1938, they demanded that Tolkien provide written assurance that he was an Aryan. Tolkien chastised the publishers for “impertinent and irrelevant inquiries,” and—ever the professor of philology— lectured them on the proper meaning of the term: “As far as I am aware none of my ancestors spoke Hindustani, Persian, Gypsy, or any...
  • Dawn Treader Update:'Narnia' drifts from its vision

    01/02/2010 9:34:09 PM PST · by HokieMom · 15 replies · 1,084+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | December 31, 2009 | Julia Duin
    A year from now, "The Voyage of the Dawn Treader" will be released in a theater near you. < break > In a recent interview posted on, Douglas Gresham, stepson to C.S. Lewis and the man who's supposed to be holding the line on what his stepfather would have wanted, said he was "ambivalent" on changes made in "Voyage." But, he was presented with a choice of either accepting those changes or not having a film. < break > "Narrow-minded in a faith way"? That's going to rev up Christians to see this movie. Christian Web sites such as...
  • Narnia crew take to Queenslanders

    09/09/2009 12:40:29 AM PDT · by BlackVeil · 3 replies · 530+ views
    Wynnum Herald ^ | 25 Aug 09 | anon
    IT SEEMS Queensland is making as big an impression on The Voyage of the Dawn Treader’s cast and crew as the world of Narnia has made on us. Edmund and Lucy Pevensie, along with their cousin Eustace Scrubb and their friend King Caspian (played by Skandar Keynes, Georgie Henley, Will Poulter and Ben Barnes respectively) have begun filming the third Chronicles of Narnia movie at Warner Roadshow Studios at Movie World on the Gold Coast. And although official dates have not yet been released, locals can look forward to some big Narnia names coming to the area, when filming kicks...
  • Surprised by Jack (C.S. Lewis critics bump into the back of the wardrobe)

    03/22/2009 4:27:02 AM PDT · by rhema · 79 replies · 2,540+ views
    WORLD ^ | February 14, 2009 | Janie B. Cheaney
    Nearly every Christian with a liking toward fantasy has their favorite Narnia book, Narnia scene, or Narnia character. But so do many non-Christians. C.S. Lewis' classic children's books are a milestone of literary consciousness for young readers of every background and persuasion: for some, a passport through the wardrobe into the real, living Kingdom of Christ. For others, a painful journey from delight to dismay. That was the experience of Laura Miller, columnist for and regular contributor to The New York Times. In her early teens, Miller was stunned to realize that the stories that enchanted her childhood were...
  • Fox agrees to step in on next "Narnia" movie

    01/28/2009 8:47:16 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 23 replies · 901+ views
    Twentieth Century Fox has agreed to co-finance the third movie in the “Chronicles of Narnia” series, pending approval of the final script and shooting budget. If all goes as planned, Fox and Walden Media, which controls the movie rights to C.S. Lewis’ classic children's books, hope to be begin production on "The Voyage of the Dawn Treader" by late summer so it will be ready for holiday 2010 release.
  • Bush at the Stone Table: The Sacrificial Presidency of George W. Bush

    01/18/2009 6:20:01 AM PST · by vietvet67 · 35 replies · 1,428+ views
    American Thinker ^ | January 18, 2009 | Paul Kengor
    Some time ago, writer Andrew Klavan wrote a compelling review of the movie "Batman," comparing the caped hero to George W. Bush. Both figures gave of themselves on behalf of good in a knock-down, drag-out battle against pure, unmitigated evil, and neither was appreciated -- quite the contrary, they were often viewed as the bad guys by an ungrateful public. Klavan's analogy was right on. My mind, however, for several years now, has raced back to another movie when I think about George W. Bush -- actually, a scene in the movie, based on a scene in a book by...
  • Disney ditches Narnia

    12/25/2008 5:50:35 PM PST · by grandpa jones · 58 replies · 2,837+ views
    News24 ^ | 12/25/08 | (SA) staff
    Los Angeles - Disney confirmed Wednesday that it would not be involved in the third film of "The Chronicles of Narnia" fantasy series, dealing a blow to the franchise based on CS Lewis's classic books. A spokesperson for Disney confirmed in an e-mail that the company had chosen not to exercise an option to co-produce and co-finance the next Narnia film with producers Walden Media. The Hollywood Reporter cited "budgetary and logistical reasons" for Disney's decision, which leaves the third film The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader facing an uncertain future. The film was due to...
  • Still No Green Light for Third Narnia?

    11/17/2008 2:49:09 PM PST · by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle · 29 replies · 1,181+ views ^ | 11/14/08 | Walden Media
    On Friday, Walden Media announced that Co-CEO and co-founder Cary Granat was exiting the company. One thing we noticed in the press release, however, was that The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader has not yet gotten the green light: Cary Granat, Co-CEO and co-founder of Walden Media, will transition from his Walden position to a consultant for the company effective December 1. Granat will be Walden's creative consultant on the third installment in "The Chronicles of Narnia" franchise – "Voyage of the Dawn Treader"- which the company hopes to greenlight soon. He will also provide consulting...
  • Jesus will be Our Good Lord

    09/27/2008 7:43:53 AM PDT · by Thane_Banquo · 12 replies · 646+ views
    9/27/08 | Thane_Banquo
    In C.S. Lewis's book The Silver Chair, the children Eustace and Jill are called into Narnia to find a lost Prince of Narnia, Prince Rillian. They find in a land deep under the surface of the earth, under a witch's terrible enchantment. The children succeed in freeing Rillian and killing the witch. They then have to leave her undergrond castle to battle her minions. They don their swords and their shields, their bows and their quivers, and they march forth. But before they leave to face what might be certain death, Rillian reminds them that, regardless of whether they live...
  • Reviews and Discussion of Prince Caspian

    06/19/2008 9:05:22 PM PDT · by DaveLoneRanger · 41 replies · 255+ views
    This is the "official" thread for discussing Disney/Walden's second installment in the Chronicles of Narnia series. This thread is primarily intended for people who have already seen the movie, as the following review contains some mild spoilers. Here is the review I wrote after seeing the film. The long-awaited Narnia sequel is here, and as promised, delivers a far more “savage” journey into C.S. Lewis’s Narnia. The two-and-a-half hour film doesn’t stop for long, featuring two heavy battle sequences and one intense duel. (As opposed to the one battle for The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.) And as you...
  • 'Indiana Jones' Earns $311 Million Worldwide

    05/27/2008 6:53:46 AM PDT · by Dr. Scarpetta · 111 replies · 331+ views
    Yahoo & AP ^ | May 26, 2008 | RYAN NAKASHIMA
    The most recent Indiana Jones film more than recouped its big budget with an estimated $311 million in global box office sales through the long weekend, according to studio estimates Monday. Families went in droves to catch "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull," a PG-13 adventure starring Harrison Ford as the whip-cracking archaeologist who took 19 years to return to the big screen. Paramount Pictures estimated the action sequel made $151.1 million in the U.S. and Canada from Thursday to the holiday Monday and $160 million overseas. It marked the second biggest Memorial Day weekend opening ever,...
  • Prince Caspian Rules

    05/20/2008 8:57:23 PM PDT · by SamuraiScot · 24 replies · 1,699+ views
    The Distaff Side ^ | May 20, 2008 | Karen Anderson
    This is one movie that I have enjoyed as much as the trailer! As the end credits started to roll, my six-year-old (girl) popped up her head and loudly asked if I would buy the DVD. . . THE GUYS...ARE GUYS! They are not "juiced up" thirty-somethings with sculpted muscles and steroids to match, nor are they psychologically tortured, identity-challenged, oversexed teenagers. They are young males who are not afraid to spill some blood when necessary for the greater good. . . THE GIRLS...ARE GIRLS! . . . [T]he usual "girl empowerment" pomposity that almost universally plagues today's child actresses...
  • REVIEW: Prince Caspian Rules

    05/20/2008 6:50:24 PM PDT · by tcg · 10 replies · 139+ views
    Catholic Online ^ | 5/21/08 | Deacon Keith Fournier
    From the moment we walked into the Theatre I could feel the excitement in the air. The make up of the crowd spoke to both the extraordinary appeal of the writings of C.S. Lewis and, I would soon discover, the brilliance of this wonderful film. The Box Office results from the first weekend confirmed what I was about to experience. Prince Caspian Rules. The audience was an inter-generational sampling of every ethnic variety of family. There were grandfathers and grandmothers, mothers and fathers, children of every age, teenagers, and grandchildren. As the lights dimmed, many people were hurriedly trying to...
  • 'Narnia' Retreats with Sequel

    05/19/2008 4:34:55 AM PDT · by netmilsmom · 29 replies · 135+ views
    Box office Mojo ^ | 5/19/08 | Brandon Grey
    The second coming of Narnia had a less passionate opening reception than its predecessor and, being the sole new nationwide release of the weekend, led to one of the softest mid-May periods of the decade in terms of overall foot traffic at the movies. The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian captured a sizable estimated $56.6 million on approximately 8,400 screens at 3,929 theaters to top the weekend, but the reportedly $200 million sequel heralded a theatrical lull for the franchise based on C.S. Lewis' series of religious fantasy novels. The previous adaptation, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch...
  • 'Prince Caspian' pushes 'Iron Man' off throne

    05/18/2008 1:11:41 PM PDT · by Dawnsblood · 50 replies · 184+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 5/18/08 | RYAN NAKASHIMA
    "The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian" dethroned "Iron Man" as ruler at the box office, pulling down $56.6 million, according to studio estimates Sunday. The Walt Disney Co.'s action sequel took in less domestically in its opening weekend than "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe," which sold $65.6 million in North America in its debut weekend in December 2005. "Caspian" also raked in $20.7 million overseas. But Disney expects the PG-rated movie, based on the C.S. Lewis fantasy series, to ride high through the coming Memorial Day weekend. The first "Narnia" tale grossed $745 million...
  • Narnia seizes box office crown: Disney sequel nets $19.3 million Friday (Prince Caspian)

    05/17/2008 7:56:14 PM PDT · by paudio · 39 replies · 402+ views
    Variety ^ | May 17, 2008 | ANTHONY D'ALESSANDRO
    Walt Disney sequel "The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian" had no problem reigning over Friday's box office, grossing $19.3 million as it opened in 3,929 theaters. "Caspian's" opening day haul came in slightly lower than industry expectations and behind first Narnia installment, "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe," which pulled in $23 million on its first day and $65.6 million for its final three-day in December 2005. Both pics are co-productions with Walden Media.
  • A WAR FLICK WITH HONOR (Narnia's Prince Caspian)

    05/17/2008 3:52:14 AM PDT · by paudio · 76 replies · 374+ views
    NYPost ^ | May 12, 2008 | MICHAEL WARD
    HOLLYWOOD seems to have concluded that war movies don't sell. But "Prince Caspian" seems likely to prove the opposite. "Caspian," the new Narnia film from Walden Media based on the CS Lewis classic, is expected to do quite well. The secret: It's not anti-war. Flicks like "Stop-Loss," "Lions for Lambs," "In the Valley of Elah" and "Rendition" have bombed because they're painfully anti-war - and the heavy-handed ideology makes for artistic as well as commercial failure. "Caspian" is a fantasy, of course - but also a war story. Indeed, it's the tale of a just war: Prince Caspian's fight to...
  • 'Prince Caspian': Interview with Doug Gresham

    05/09/2008 6:29:14 PM PDT · by tcg · 12 replies · 107+ views
    Catholic Online ^ | 5/10/08 | Deacon Keith Fournier
    I still remember the day the “Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” was released; I was the first in line, with my adult son. It was a marvelous masterpiece of a movie. I know that Prince Caspian will be even better. I told Doug during our interview, that I am so excited about seeing this film that I feel like a child again. He laughed and told me I will be thrilled. He continued “...the enemy has tried to steal the film industry, but he has not succeeded. Many in our day seem to think that it is political leaders...
  • Narnia's Secret:The Seven Heavens of the Chronicles Revealed

    12/21/2007 12:41:07 PM PST · by rhema · 5 replies · 305+ views
    Touchstone ^ | December 2007 | Michael Ward
    "Always winter, and never Christmas” are, perhaps, the most famous words C. S. Lewis wrote. The phrase comes four times in the opening Chronicle of Narnia, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. First, Tumnus informs Lucy of a White Witch who has made it “always winter and never Christmas.” Lucy passes on the grim news to Edmund and later Peter. Finally, Mr. Beaver announces, in great excitement, “Didn’t I tell you that she’d made it always winter and never Christmas? Didn’t I tell you? Well, just come and see!” The reason for his excitement is that he can see...
  • 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"),...
  • "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...
  • Prince Caspian Teaser Debuts Tonight

    12/04/2007 7:25:08 PM PST · by DaveLoneRanger · 25 replies · 81+ views
    The first official teaser for The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian debuts tonight. Link will be posted at approximately 10:30 PM EST on!
  • 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...
  • Anti-Christian Children's Novel Coming out as Time Warner Film in December starring Nicole Kidman

    08/23/2007 10:54:21 PM PDT · by monomaniac · 18 replies · 837+ views ^ | August 20, 2007 | Elizabeth O'Brien
    Anti-Christian Children's Novel Coming out as Time Warner Film in December starring Nicole Kidman By Elizabeth O'Brien LOS ANGELES, August 20, 2007 ( - The best selling novels of atheist author Philip Pullman, which were written specifically to indoctrinate children with anti-Christian values, have sparked the creation of a controversial new fantasy film to be released this December 7 by New Line Cinema - a Time Warner Company. Starring Nicole Kidman, "The Golden Compass," is based on Pullman's "His Dark Materials" trilogy, which includes "Northern Lights" (re-titled "The Golden Compass" in the United States), "The Subtle Knife" and "The Amber...
  • "My books are about killing God!" An athiest's 'Narnia' knockoff

    10/26/2007 8:54:15 AM PDT · by SvdByFaith · 42 replies · 1,183+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | October 26, 2007 | Dr. Ted Baehr
    On Dec. 7, 2007, the movie "The Golden Compass," based on the first book in the fantasy trilogy entitled "His Dark Materials" by atheist Philip Pullman will be released in theaters throughout the world. Pullman wrote his fantasy trilogy because he was so upset by the Christian evangelism of C.S. Lewis in his wonderful series of Christian tales entitled "The Chronicles Of Narnia." Pullman is an avowed atheist who has dedicated his life to undermining Christianity and the Church among young readers. The film's release is only another example of a culture spiraling away from faith, a culture into which...
  • The Golden Compass is pointing towards anti-Catholicism (starring Nicole Kidman - a Catholic)

    08/20/2007 1:02:12 PM PDT · by NYer · 87 replies · 1,890+ views
    American Papist ^ | August 20, 2007 | Thomas Peters
    CathNews alerts us to the potential problem: Nicole Kidman has denied that a new film she's making is anti-Catholic. The movie features an organisation known as "The Magisterium", which kidnaps children to remove their souls.The Brisbane Times reports that Kidman told a US magazine that her Catholic faith affected her consideration of the script for the film, which is titled The Golden Compass.The fantasy film is based on a novel by Philip Pullman called Northern Lights. It is already attracting attention in the US for avoiding much of the book's perceived anti-Catholic rhetoric.Kidman said some of the religious elements...
  • Critics Slam 'Golden Compass' Movie for 'Castrating' Anti-Church Themes

    10/16/2007 10:17:59 AM PDT · by NYer · 102 replies · 3,289+ views
    Christian Post ^ | October 15, 2007 | Joshua Kimball
    LONDON – A debate over a movie’s anti-religious antagonism – or lack thereof – is heating up ahead of its upcoming release, with some accusing Hollywood of “castrating” the anti-Catholic themes present in the novel from which it is based. The expected blockbuster, “The Golden Compass,” is named after the American title of best-selling author Philip Pullman’s novel “Northern Lights” and will star actress Nicole Kidman and James Bond star Daniel Craig. The original children’s novel, part of Pullman’s “His Dark Materials” series, rejects organized religion – in particular, the Catholic Church – and critics of the movie version say...
  • Wolf Man and Narnia 3 pushed back by actors strike

    09/19/2007 7:16:46 AM PDT · by DaveLoneRanger · 14 replies · 69+ views
    The Guardian ^ | September 19, 2007 | Staff
    Two potential blockbusters, Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader and The Wolf Man, starring Benicio Del Toro, have seen their respective release dates pushed back by six months in what appears to be one of the first signs of the impact of next summer's actors strike. Dawn Treader is moving from a May 1, 2009 date to May 7, 2010 ... The actor's strike looks set to take place in June next year and will in fact manifest itself as a combined strike by the Screen Actors Guild, the Directors Guild of America and the Writers Guild...
  • Comic-Con: ‘Narnia’ Filmmakers Go The Distance, Plan For Seven Films

    07/28/2007 6:39:13 PM PDT · by DaveLoneRanger · 58 replies · 735+ views
    MTV News ^ | July 28, 2007 | Shawn Adler
    Over 6,000 visitors to Comic-Con joined the Pevensie children and stepped through the wardrobe to journey into Narnia, with never-before-seen footage from “Prince Caspian” at the Disney Panel. And, according to director Andrew Adamson and producer Mark Johnson, they’ll be doing it again every year for the next decade. “As long as you keep embracing these movies, we’ll make all seven,” Johnson told an appreciative audience. “We start the end of January on “Voyage of the Dawn Treader.’ Our goal is to give you [a new] one every May starting [next year].” The announcement came after a computer pre-visualization which...
  • Dawn Treader Begins - Third Narnia gets new director

    04/10/2007 5:41:12 PM PDT · by DaveLoneRanger · 13 replies · 433+ views
    IGN ^ | April 10, 2007 | Paul Davidson
    The accelerated production schedule for The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader appears to be going ahead as planned. As we reported earlier, Walden Media and Disney are hoping to release Narnia films roughly one year apart from each other. Given the complexity of these big-budget, effects-laden films, that means overlapping production schedules. Dawn Treader is expected to begin filming soon after the Prince Caspian shoot ends, utilizing a separate crew and director. Sources have supplied additional confirmation of this to the website, stating that a new director has already been chosen for the third film, and...
  • Production Begins on Prince Caspian (Narnia sequel under way)

    02/19/2007 12:16:22 PM PST · by DaveLoneRanger · 39 replies · 1,069+ views
    Walden Media via NarniaWeb ^ | February 16, 2007 | Staff
    "The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian," the second live-action/CGI motion picture adaptation of C.S. Lewis’ beloved series of literary classics, began principal photography on location in Auckland, New Zealand, on February 12, 2007. The production, once again a joint venture between the Walt Disney Pictures and Walden Media, continues the franchise which commenced with the spectacular, Oscar-winning 2005 release, "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe," which went on to earn over $745 million dollars in its worldwide theatrical release, making it one of the most successful movies ever made and one of the biggest successes...
  • "The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian" News Summary (February 6, 2007)

    02/06/2007 6:16:08 AM PST · by DaveLoneRanger · 10 replies · 491+ views | Various
    Filming is close to beginning on the sequel to Walden Media's adaptation of C.S. Lewis's classic "The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe." Because of that, all kinds of casting news has been trickling out. Prince Caspian Cast British actor Ben Barnes has been selected for the role of the youthful exiled Prince Caspian. Prince Caspian Audition Scenes - An actor that auditioned for the role of Caspian sent NarniaWeb these excerpts of audition scenes. Yes, they do hint that there is a little romantic spark between Caspain and Susan. Eugh. Alicia Borrachero Cast as Prunaprismia Fans might remember the...
  • C.S. Lewis' Next Hollywood Project ("The Screwtape Letters" gears up for production)

    02/01/2007 10:19:32 AM PST · by DaveLoneRanger · 102 replies · 2,041+ views
    IGN ^ | February 1, 2007 | Staff
    C.S. Lewis may be best known for his Chronicles of Narnia series of books, but with the success of the first Narnia film, it seems Hollywood is ready to start adapting the author's other works as well. First up: a big screen version of Lewis' The Screwtape Letters. Ralph Winter Prods. is producing the film along with Walden Media, reports Variety. Walden is no stranger to Lewis' work, having already worked with Disney on the first Narnia, as well as its upcoming sequel Prince Caspian. Planned for a 2008 release, Screwtape Letters is described as follows: "[It] takes the form...