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‘Tad The Lost Explorer’ & The Mythological Locations in Film

Mythical cities and locations have intrigued historians, scientists and humankind for centuries. Did they exist? Where did these stories come from? Well, whether we’ve found any real-life evidence related to these legendary locations, films have explored these in great depth over the years. One such film is Tad the Lost Explorer and the Secret of King Midas; Midas was a revered king in Greek mythology in which he had the power to turn everything he touched to gold. To celebrate the release of the film in cinemas on the 9th February we’ve looked at movies that include some of these widely speculated wondrous locations.

Atlantis: The Lost Empire

“…in a single day and night of misfortune, the island of Atlantis disappeared into the depths of the sea.” Maybe one of the more famous mythical locations in history, Atlantis was first introduced to us by Plato in his Timaeus and Critias works.
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‘The Chronicles of Narnia’ Revival in the Works From TriStar, Mark Gordon

‘The Chronicles of Narnia’ Revival in the Works From TriStar, Mark Gordon
TriStar Pictures, eOne, and the Mark Gordon Company are breathing new life into C.S. Lewis’ “Chronicles of Narnia” series as the three will co-produce a new installment — “The Silver Chair.”

The film will be financed by TriStar, eOne, and the Mark Gordon Company, with Sony and eOne distributing the movie. Mark Gordon, C.S. Lewis’ stepson Douglas Gresham, Vincent Sieber, and Melvin Adams will produce the film.

David Magee is adapting the script.

This will be the third studio and fourth go around for the series with Disney producing the first two and Fox handling the most recent film, “The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.” The seven novels in the series have sold more than 100 million copies worldwide.

Nicole Brown and Hannah Minghella will oversee the project for TriStar. Sara Smith is developing the project for the Mark Gordon Company.

Deadline Hollywood first reported the news.
See full article at Variety - Film News »

Walden Media Shakes Up Its Image With ‘Everest’

Walden Media Shakes Up Its Image With ‘Everest’
Walden Media, a company best known for children’s fare like “Bridge to Terabithia” and “The Chronicles of Narnia,” is broadening the definition of what it means to be family-friendly.

Take its next project, “Everest,” which premieres this Wednesday at the Venice Film Festival. The drama about a group of mountain climbers and their desperate struggle to stay alive atop the world’s most famous peak is a gritty survival story that feels far removed from the coming-of age portraits or fantasy adventures that defined Walden’s last decade in the film business. Yet Walden executives argue it’s very much in keeping with its core mission.

“We saw it as a compelling story for adults to take their teenage kids to see,” said Frank Smith, president and CEO of Walden Media. “‘Everest’ is PG-13 not because it has any language or sexual content or extreme violence. It’s due
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'Dragons' Dominate by Default

'Dragons' Dominate by Default
How to Train Your Dragon continued to do its thing over the weekend, and that was all it needed to return to the top spot. New releases The Back-Up Plan, The Losers and Oceans generated little interest, while Dragon's photo finish rival from last weekend, Kick-Ass, conked out. Overall business suffered as a result: it was by far the lowest-grossing weekend of 2010 and was down 13 percent from the same timeframe last year when Obsessed grabbed first place. Easing 23 percent to an estimated $15 million, How to Train Your Dragon again saw the smallest dip among nationwide releases, though it was actually steeper than its previous two weekends. Its total climbed to $178 million in 31 days, handily eclipsing Monsters Vs. Aliens through the same point. Dragon and Monsters had pretty much the same Spring release pattern and Monsters had a much bigger start, but Dragon ultimately resonated better with audiences. At its current pace,
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Exclusive: Ryan Phillippe Confirms 'Captain America' Audition

'After Superman, he was kind of my favorite,' actor tells MTV News.

By Eric Ditzian, with reporting by Josh Horowitz

Ryan Phillippe

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The pool of leading Hollywood men reportedly up for the role of Captain America — a crew so diverse it has at one time included funnyman John Krasinski and action-flick vet Chris Evans — has grown by one. MTV News has exclusively confirmed that Ryan Phillippe will audition for the part.

During a conversation at the South by Southwest music and film festival on Monday (March 15), the 35-year-old Phillippe himself revealed that he's set to audition for what would be the lead role in "The First Avenger: Captain America."

" actually am going in to meet on 'Captain America,' which is kind of cool," he said. "After Superman, he was kind of my favorite."

Phillippe's potential audition was first published by HitFix.com, which cited
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Christmas and new year TV films

Not sure what to watch? We can help with our comprehensive guide to the best films on TV this Christmas and new year

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Saturday 19 December

Yes Man (Peyton Reed, 2008)

10am, 8pm, Sky Movies Premiere

Remember Jim Carrey in Liar, Liar, where he forces himself to tell the truth for 24 hours? Well, here Jim Carrey forces himself to answer yes to any request, for a year. Which is upping the ante somewhat, but doesn't make it a better film. This is a return to the manic, gurning, not-very-funny Carrey, as if The Truman Show, Eternal Sunshine etc hadn't happened. Just say no.

The Golden Compass (Chris Weitz, 2007)

11.40am, 8pm, Sky Movies Family

What with Harry Potter, Narnia, Lemony Snicket and all,
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Next 'Narnia' installment eyeing Australia shoot

Next 'Narnia' installment eyeing Australia shoot
Sydney -- Australia is becoming preferred destination for big-budget shoots again as the Aussie dollar becomes more competitive, with the announcement Friday that Walden Media and Twentieth Century Fox's "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader" will be made in Queensland.

It follows confirmation earlier this month that "Green Lantern" is set for a Sydney shoot later this year.

The Queensland government is in final negotiations to secure the shoot.

"Securing 'The Voyage of the Dawn Treader' would represent a welcome economic stimulus to Queensland, as well as significant job creation and the ongoing development of creative and technical skill," Queensland premier Anna Bligh said.

Principal photography is scheduled to begin in late July and wrap early November, with the production based at Warner Roadshow Studios on the Gold Coast.

Along with a number of unspecified incentives to secure the shoot, Warner Roadshow Studios tank facilities were
See full article at The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News »

Studio Takes On Next Narnia Movie

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Studio Takes On Next Narnia Movie
The third installment in The Chronicles Of Narnia series is set to hit the big screen - after Twentieth Century Fox stepped in to co-finance the project. Disney decided to back out of co-financing the third movie in Walden Media's fantasy series, despite the first two films garnering huge revenues at the box office.

The franchise's first outing, The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe, raked in more than $745 million (£532 million), while follow-up Prince Caspian took in $419 million (£299 million) worldwide.

And Fox bosses have now rescued plans for the third installment in C. S. Lewis' classic series - Voyage Of The Dawn Treader - and have already started work on a script.

The film, directed by Gorillas In The Mist moviemaker Michael Apted, is slated for release in November 2010 and will star Prince Caspian lead Ben Barnes.

Disney jumps ship on next 'Narnia'

Disney jumps ship on next 'Narnia'
"The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader" will have to sail without Disney.

While declining to elaborate, Disney and Walden Media confirmed Tuesday that for budgetary and logistical reasons the Burbank-based studio is not exercising its option to co-produce and co-finance the next "Narnia" movie with Walden.

The third entry in the series, based on the classic books by C.S. Lewis, was in preproduction and set for a spring shoot for a planned May 2010 release. The development puts the participation of the talent attached in doubt. Michael Apted was on board to direct a script by Steven Knight. The key players of the second installment, "Prince Caspian" -- Ben Barnes, Georgie Henley, William Moseley and Anna Popplewell -- were to return for the third film.

Walden has a strong relationship with the Lewis estate and will shop "Treader" in hopes of finding a new partner. The most likely candidate at this stage is Fox, which markets and distributes Walden fare under the Fox Walden banner.
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Peacock to adapt 'The Partner'

"Nights in Rodanthe" screenwriter Ann Peacock has signed on to adapt John Grisham's 1997 novel "The Partner" for the big screen.

The project, from Oscar-winning producer Bob Chartoff ("Rocky") and newcomer Velocity Management, centers on a disillusioned lawyer who steals $90 million from his law firm, stages his own death and successfully disappears for several years. What at first seems to be a brilliant white-collar crime is further complicated by a murder charge.

Chartoff and Lynn Hendee will produce for Chartoff Prods., while Grant Turck and Mark Bethea will produce for Velocity. Pernille Trojgaard of Buttercookie Prods. put together the initial financing and will executive produce.

Peacock, repped by CAA, also penned "Kit Kittredge: An American Girl" and co-wrote "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe."

Grisham is repped by David Gernert.
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The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian

The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian
Opens: Friday, May 16 (Walt Disney Pictures)The lion is back, the witch puts in an appearance, but that musty old wardrobe has been put out of commission in "The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian," a worthy if somewhat less wondrous successor to that 2005 phenomenon.

Several shades darker in tone than the previous edition -- which, to be fair, didn't carry the burden of expectation that a sequel must bear -- the return to Narnia still casts a transporting spell that should nicely build on that $745 million worldwide foundation.

The second installment in C.S. Lewis' seven-part fantasy series, Prince Caspian finds the four Pevensie siblings (Georgie Henley, Skandar Keynes, William Moseley and Anna Popplewell) a year older and quite a bit wiser when they're summoned back to Narnia.

But 1,300 years have passed in their beloved home away from home, which has become a more savage place under the tyrannical reign of the evil King Miraz (Sergio Castellitto), who plots to ensure that the rightful heir to the throne will no longer be his nephew, Prince Caspian (British stage actor Ben Barnes), but his own newborn son.

Having fled his would-be killers, Caspian joins forces with Narnia's youthful kings and queens to take down Miraz, with a little help from Trumpkin the Red Dwarf (a heavily disguised Peter Dinklage) and Reepicheep (voiced by Eddie Izzard), a valiant mouse rather reminiscent of "Shrek's" Puss in Boots.

Given that the sequel is again directed by Andrew Adamson, who also was behind those first two Shrek movies, that shouldn't come as a complete surprise, but the more somber Caspian also shares elements with the second Lord of the Rings installment, The Two Towers, as well as the later, moodier Harry Potter editions.

The loss-of-innocence theme of the first Narnia is significantly deepened in the script, written again by Adamson along with Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, lending itself to that darker look.

But there's still much to appreciate in those gorgeous special effects and grand-scale battle sequences, not to mention Dinklage's terrific turn as the curmudgeonly Red Dwarf who handily manages to outmaneuver the title character as Narnia's most colorful new inhabitant.

Walt Disney Pictures and Walden Media, Mark Johnson/Silverbell Films

Cast: Georgie Henley, Skandar Keynes, William Moseley, Anna Popplewell, Ben Barnes, Peter Dinklage.

Director: Andrew Adamson; Screenwriters: Andrew Adamson & Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely; Executive producer: Perry Moore; Producers: Mark Johnson, Andrew Adamson, Philip Steuer; Director of Photography: Karl Walter Lindenlaub ; Production Designer: Roger Ford; Music: Harry Gregson-Williams; Costume Designer: Isis Mussenden; Editor: Sim Evan Jones.

Rated PG, 137 minutes.

HBO acquires films from Disney

HBO has bought an 85-title feature library package from Disney-ABC Domestic Television.

Included are Disney's The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, National Treasure and The Princess Diaries; Miramax's Finding Neverland, Sin City and the Oscar-winning Chicago; and Touchstone Pictures' The Village and Step Up.

The films will become available to HBO beginning in 2012 for license terms between 18 and 24 months, depending on the film.

This is the second big Disney movie library package HBO has acquired in the past six months, following the purchase in October of 100 titles, including Pearl Harbor, The Sixth Sense and Pulp Fiction.

Newer Disney films go to Starz Entertainment, which recently renewed its output deal with the distributor.

Financial terms of the HBO deal were not disclosed.

Walden names Bostick co-CEO

Producer Michael Bostick has been named co-CEO of Walden Media and will share the title and responsibilities with the company's Cary Granat.

Walden Media and sister company Bristol Bay Prods. are divisions of Anschutz Film Group, which, unhappy with the boxoffice performance of many of its films, overhauled both businesses in January, resulting in a dozen layoffs.

Bostick, who joins April 16, will be responsible for the acquisition and development of all future Walden Media and Bristol Bay films other than the company's The Chronicles of Narnia franchise and a few other specific projects that Granat will oversee. The pair will jointly supervise physical production and marketing, with each responsible for films from his development slate. Granat and Bostick report to Anschutz CEO David Weil.

Bostick is an Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning producer who has produced such films as Bruce Almighty, Liar Liar and Evan Almighty. He was associate producer on Apollo 13 and has produced such TV programs as 8 Simple Rules and From the Earth to the Moon.

He had been heading Tom Shadyac's Shady Acres Entertainment.

Eclectic mix practices Sundance steps

Eclectic mix practices Sundance steps
Sundance will bring a reliable cast of characters when it opens Thursday. Sam Rockwell will hobnob at the Riverhorse. Robert Redford will endorse indie film at the Eccles. John Sloss will manage wee-hour buyer visits to the Cinetic condo.

But this year's festival will bring a few sights that might make seasoned attendees drop their badges. A number of unlikely Sundance types -- from big studio producers to a television production banner to the son of a former Disney CEO -- are making their way to Park City.

Sundance, the specialty world's blend of trade show and high school reunion, always brings together an unlikely mix. Partying college students, European directors, swag culture and specialty execs all bump up against one another. You might be at a Miramax party and Tara Reid might happen in, grind on the dance floor for five minutes and leave. And you might watch her for a few minutes, then turn back to Daniel Battsek and continue your conversation about the auteur theory.

But even by the eclectic standards of Park City, this year will see some unusual players in the fray.

Producer Mark Johnson, best known for such big studio productions as The Chronicles of Narnia and Rain Man, is involved with two films at the festival: the Southern melodrama Ballast and the Maria Bello missing-wife saga Downloading Nancy.

Sacha Gervasi's only film credits are screenwriting the Warner Bros. hairdressing comedy The Big Tease and Steven Spielberg's Tom Hanks/Catherine Zeta-Jones vehicle The Terminal. But he is rolling the dice with no distributor on his directorial debut, the low-budget docu Anvil! -- billed as a nonfiction version of This Is Spinal Tap.

Barry Levinson and Art Linson, both veteran studio talents, will be at the festival with 2929's Hollywood spoof What Just Happened? starring Robert De Niro. And Rawson Marshall Thurber, who directed the hit comedy Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story and is attached to Imagine's big-screen version of Magnum, P.I., will unveil The Mysteries of Pittsburgh, Groundswell Prods.' literary adaptation of the Michael Chabon novel.

Black Monday at TV studios

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The force majeure ax swung wide Monday as four TV studios -- CBS Paramount Network TV, Universal Media Studios, 20th Century Fox Television and Warner Bros. TV -- tore up dozens of overall deals.

All four issued similarly worded statements blaming the writers strike for the terminations, which are expected to save the studios tens of millions of dollars. But none came close to the nearly 30 overall deals axed at ABC Studios on Friday. CBS Par and 20th TV each dropped half that number. UMS and WBTV stayed in the single digits, with WBTV's termination tally said to be less than five deals. Like ABC Studios, CBS Par, UMS, 20th TV and WBTV mostly went after writers, producers and directors with no active projects.

CBS Par's force majeure list includes some high-profile writing and nonwriting producers: Hugh Jackman, whose Seed Prods. inked a multiyear deal at the studio in August; "The Chronicles of Narnia" producer Mark Johnson; veteran writer-producer Rene Echevarria, who co-created CBS Par's USA Network series "The 4400" (he will continue his services as exec producer on the studio's NBC drama "Medium"); the Emmy-winning "Sopranos" writing duo of Mitchell Burgess and Robin Green; Barry Schindel ("Numbers"); and John McNamara ("Fastlane").

Scribes Jennifer Levin ("Without a Trace"), Liz Astrof ("The King of Queens") and the team of Aron Abrams and Greg Thompson ("Everybody Hates Chris") also received termination letters from CBS Par.

HarperCollins, Sharp form 'strategic alliance'

NEW YORK -- HarperCollins Publishers is forging its first partnership to develop and produce films based on its large collection of properties.

The publisher is forming a multiyear alliance with Hart Sharp Entertainment offshoot Sharp Independent called Sharp Independent at HarperCollins. The division will acquire film rights to existing and future HarperCollins adult titles to create new films, housed in HarperCollins offices and overseen by Harper/Morrow president and group publisher Michael Morrison.

The move makes sense for HarperCollins, which has had big success with film adaptations from such titles as The Chronicles of Narnia series and The Pursuit of Happyness. But SI head Jeff Sharp's screen adaptations in recent years have been disappointments at the boxoffice.

Sharp's reported $13 million all-star adaptation of the novel Evening earned $12.5 million this year. His reported $20 million adaptation of the Broadway hit Proof took in $7.5 million in 2005, his $6.5 million adaptation of A Home at the End of the World earned just $1 million in 2004 and his reported $10 million 2002 adaptation of Nicholas Nickleby grossed $1.6 million.

Disney delays 3rd 'Narnia'

Disney and Walden Media have postponed the start of production on The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, the third Narnia movie, from January until summer 2008.

As a result, the film's release has been pushed back one year to May 7, 2010. Disney and Jerry Bruckheimer Films' G-Force is moving into Dawn Treader's original May 1, 2009, release date.

The companies blamed the delay on "the challenging schedules for our young actors."

Michael Apted is helming Dawn Treader.

The second film in the franchise, The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, is scheduled to open May 16. Caspian originally was set for release in December, but the companies postponed its original release date by five months after Sony decided to release The Water Horse, in which Walden is also involved, in that month.

G-Force is a blend of live action and CG characters and marks the directorial debut of visual effects innovator Hoyt Yeatman. The story follows a team of guinea pigs that are highly trained elite agents on a dangerous mission.

Disney in happy place with Q3

Walt Disney Co. CEO Robert Iger gave a shout-out Wednesday to teen star Miley Cyrus as he announced strong financial growth across most of the conglomerate's business units.

Beyond his enthusiasm for Cyrus and her hot-selling albums, Iger praised Disneyland's new Finding Nemo submarine ride, gushed over the company's Club Penguin acquisition and predicted long-term success for Ratatouille even though the movie hasn't performed as well as other Disney/Pixar films.

He also promised that a High School Musical 2 back-to-school marketing tie-in with Wal-Mart will be "the biggest we've ever seen."

Disney posted fiscal third-quarter income of $1.18 billion, up from $1.13 billion a year ago, as revenue rose 7% to $9.05 billion.

The company enjoyed a 23% surge to $1.36 billion in operating income at its media networks division, primarily thanks to higher affiliate revenue at ESPN and Disney/ABC Cable Networks.

Operating income rose 12% at consumer products and 13% at parks and resorts. At minus 20%, studio entertainment was the laggard because of tough comparisons with last year's big-selling DVD The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.

As for revenue, the once-ailing consumer products division was the star, garnering $549 million in sales, 23% more than last year.

'Happy' leads DVD sales in '07

Consumers spent a projected $10.7 billion on home video in the first six months of the year, down 2% when compared with the midway point of 2006, according to studio estimates and Home Media Magazine market research.

Rental spending was projected to remain flat at $3.9 billion, while DVD sales were pegged at $6.8 billion, down 3%.

One reason for the decline in consumer spending could be the overall weaker boxoffice value of first-half DVD releases, off about 9% year-over-year.

Warner Home Video's Happy Feet was the top-selling DVD released in the first six months with sales of 8.6 million units.

The top-selling DVD in first-half 2006, Buena Vista Home Entertainment's The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, sold 11.8 million units, while the top seller at the halfway mark of 2005, Buena Vista's The Incredibles, sold about 16.1 million. Happy Feet and The Incredibles were March releases, while Narnia came out in April.

With a U.S. boxoffice gross of $291.7 million, Narnia was the biggest theatrical release of the three.

Apted To Direct Next 'Narnia' Tale

Enigma filmmaker Michael Apted is taking over from Andrew Adamson to direct the third installment in The Chronicles Of Narnia series. Disney Pictures and Walden Media announced on Wednesday that Apted, 66, will direct The Voyage Of The Dawn Treader, which is scheduled for release in 2009. Adamson is currently filming Prince Caspian in New Zealand - which is set for release next year, following the success of The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe in 2005. In chronological order, The Voyage Of The Dawn Treader and Prince Caspian are the fifth and fourth books respectively in C.S. Lewis' seven book series, but filmmakers have chosen the order so the first movie's child actors can continue to play their characters before they are too old.
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