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Philip Pullman Backs Book Charity Funding

30 December 2010 5:00 AM, PST | Look to the Stars | See recent Look to the Stars news »

Author Philip Pullman is applauding a decision by the British government not to cut funding to a charity that provides books to children.

Booktrust was set to lose £13m of government funding for its bookgifting programs in England, but a U-turn by parliament means the organization can continue its work.

“Every child is [in need of books],” the author – best known for the His Dark Materials series of books, including Northern Lights/The Golden Compass – told the BBC. “There is no point on focusing on who you think are the most needy if you miss the rest. This is something that is universal, it should be like healthcare – everybody should be able to benefit from it.”

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Seven-Day Summary:'Tron' Dominates,'Fockers' Dwindle... >

24 December 2010 4:11 PM, PST | Box Office Mojo | See recent BoxOfficeMojo.com news »

For the week of Dec. 17-23, Tron Legacy dominated with $68.2 million, while Little Fockers took over on Wednesday and Thursday with relatively disappointing numbers. Overall business was down 16 percent from the same week last year when Avatar led. While Tron Legacy compared favorably to its 1982 predecessor, Speed Racer, The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008) and other titles, it paled relative to Avatar, which raked in $137.1 million its first week. More indicative of Tron Legacy's trajectory was that it did not hold as well as Avatar through the week: Monday-Thursday accounted for 44 percent of Avatar's opening, but only 35 percent of Legacy's. Nonetheless, Legacy's estimated attendance has already surpassed the final levels of Speed Racer, Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow and Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within among similar movies, and it's more than half of the first Tron. Yogi Bear debuted in second with $28 million, which was modest for its »

- Brandon Gray <mail@boxofficemojo.com>

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Rumored Choices For ‘Dark Tower’ Lead: Mortensen, Craig, Jackman and Hamm

20 December 2010 8:16 PM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

The La Times’ Hero Complex ran an impressively in-depth article exploring Ron Howard‘s barely in the works, multi-platform adaptation of Stephen King‘s über-tale, The Dark Tower (and I wrote up a post examining what details Deadline could pull from Howard). Now Moviefone explores the supposed shortlist of leading men in consideration for the lead role of Roland of Gilead, the last gunslinger of a quasi-futuristic (and weirdly familiar) world, with his all-consuming quest to find the Dark Tower.

The role call (ha! get it?): Viggo Mortensen, Daniel Craig, Hugh Jackman, and Jon Hamm. All of these actors are stars, they’d all give the role a nice weight, and – perhaps most importantly – they’d attract the kind of budget required to pull off what Howard and producer-writer Akiva Goldsman have in mind.

Stephen King wrote the epic series’ opening line when he was nineteen years old (a »

- Anthony Vieira

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Weekend Report: 'Tron' Recycles the Power

19 December 2010 10:32 AM, PST | Box Office Mojo | See recent BoxOfficeMojo.com news »

Twenty-eight and a half years after the original Tron disappointed, Walt Disney Pictures tasted some box office revenge with Tron Legacy, which blasted off with energizing numbers over the weekend. The other new nationwide releases were largely modest by comparison, and overall business was off two percent from the same weekend last year when Avatar was unleashed. Tron Legacy raked in an estimated $43.6 million on approximately 5,600 screens at 3,451 locations, more than doubling the opening weekend gross of Speed Racer and posting initial attendance comparable to past December release The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008). Those may sound like low hurdles, and one could point out how Tron Legacy fell short of Avatar's $77 million first weekend or the Star Trek reboot's $75.2 million. But Tron Legacy had a greater uphill battle than those titles, given the potential niche appeal of its premise and the status of its 1982 predecessor. Legacy appears to have »

- Brandon Gray <mail@boxofficemojo.com>

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Friday Report: 'Tron' Raves

18 December 2010 6:47 PM, PST | Box Office Mojo | See recent BoxOfficeMojo.com news »

Twenty-eight and a half years after the original Tron disappointed, Walt Disney Pictures tasted some box office revenge with Tron Legacy, which blasted off with energizing numbers on Friday. The other new nationwide releases were largely modest by comparison, and overall business was off slightly from the same Friday last year when Avatar was unleashed. Tron Legacy raked in an estimated $18 million on approximately 5,600 screens at 3,451 locations, nearly tripling the opening day gross of Speed Racer and posting slightly higher initial attendance than past December release The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008). Those may sound like low hurdles, and one could point out how Tron Legacy fell short of Avatar's $26.8 million opening day (after a comparable midnight opening gross of around $3.5 million) or the Star Trek reboot. But Tron Legacy had a greater uphill battle than those titles, given the potential niche appeal of its premise and the status of its 1982 predecessor. »

- Brandon Gray <mail@boxofficemojo.com>

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[DVD Review] Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole

18 December 2010 3:58 AM, PST | JustPressPlay.net | See recent JustPressPlay news »

First off, just wow. This film has remarkably and unexpectedly incredible visuals. With that said (and to be expounded upon more later on) let’s continue.

In the wake of the overwhelming success of the Harry Potter film franchise, studios have bought up rights to countless young adult fantasy novels and thrown their film adaptations at the wall hoping that one of them will stick as the next big thing. City of Ember, The Chronicles of Narnia, Percy Jackson and the Olympians, The Golden Compass, and now Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole have all failed to make the mark needed to establish themselves as the serious contenders for that all-important “family film” niche. In the case of Legend of the Guardians, directed by Zack Snyder, the fault doesn’t lie with the visual or audio presentation as it features stellar animation, well-executed fight sequences (owl-on-owl violence »

- Lex Walker

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Seven-Day Summary: 'Dawn Treader' Sinks

17 December 2010 12:56 PM, PST | Box Office Mojo | See recent BoxOfficeMojo.com news »

It was a tough week for the The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader and The Tourist, as both newcomers underperformed against modest expectations. The picture was rosier for Tangled, which eased 31 percent, and Black Swan, which finished in fifth place despite playing at only 90 locations. Overall box office was down around five percent from the same week last year, when The Princess and the Frog led. The third installment in the Narnia series earned $30.4 million in its first seven days, which was less than half of predecessors The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe ($81.3 million) and Prince Caspian ($68.1 million). It also finished below The Golden Compass's $31.9 million start. If Dawn Treader can follow The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe's pattern from here, it will ultimately finish with just over $100 million, which is a far cry from Prince Caspian's $141.6 million. The Tourist debuted to a soft $22.1 million. »

- Ray Subers <mail@boxofficemojo.com>

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"Skins" unveils new characters, takes a gender bending turn

16 December 2010 11:37 AM, PST | AfterEllen.com | See recent AfterEllen.com news »

After weeks of promising and hinting and teasing and Tweeting, Skins UK has finally unveiled the character names and bios for the forthcoming fifth series, and, my, what an intriguing gender bender they have displayed in Franky Fitzgerald! I'm just going to take a shot in the dark here and say Franky is exactly who Jamie Brittain was talking about when he told me: "One of the characters in the next generation is very much in the tradition of Skins portrayal of sexuality, but you won't quite know what or who she is for quite a while."

Actually, I know exactly who she is: Little panserbjørne-riding Lyra Belacqua from The Golden Compass, for starters.

But seriously, though, let's just break this down, shall we? Franky's relationship status? "N/A." Franky's religious views? "Joan of Arc was cool." Is it safe to pair that with the suit and hair and call her queer? »

- Heather Hogan

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Kidman weeps in Rabbit Hole, revels in home life

15 December 2010 7:00 AM, PST | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

Nicole Kidman is giving audiences grief with her latest drama, Rabbit Hole, playing a disconsolate woman coping with the death of her child.

Yet 10 years after one of Hollywood's most-publicized splits, the breakup of her marriage to Tom Cruise, Kidman is in the happiest of places, with little to sob about.

After a shaky few years when she made such duds as The Stepford Wives, Bewitched, The Golden Compass and The Invasion, Kidman is back in Academy Awards contention for the first time since back-to-back nominations for 2001's Moulin Rouge! and 2002's The Hours, which earned her a best-actress Oscar. »

- Cineplex.com and contributors

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Four Reasons Voyage Of The Dawn Treader Missed At The Box Office

13 December 2010 9:22 AM, PST | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Though it was positioned in Fox's marketing as the big holiday release to beat and even got a London premiere with the Queen in attendance, The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader sure didn't look like a blockbuster when it opened in the U.S. on Friday. It topped the box office, sure, but with a paltry $24.5 million, less than half the opening weekend numbers of the first two films in the franchise, and less even than 2007's The Golden Compass, another adaptation of fantasy children's literature now regarded as a flop. Fox will probably do fine with their investment-- Dawn Treader has already made $105 million overseas-- but it's clear that interest in the franchise has seriously waned since The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe made $745 million worldwide. So what happened? It's not like people aren't seeing fantasy movies, with the Harry Potter franchise raking in money »

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All is well with Narnia

13 December 2010 8:22 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

I am a Christian minister who dislikes Narnia, but I think media attacks on the Voyage of the Dawn Treader film are over the top

Is the new Narnia movie, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, tantamount to Christian propaganda? Or is it an affront to the faithful, its makers so irreligious and "stupid" that they have destroyed the Christian thinking behind the books?

Both, if recent press reaction is to be believed. The Guardian's own Andrew Pulver noted "the sledgehammer moral lessons with nakedly religious overtones" found in "the godlike burbling of Liam Neeson, the voice of Aslan", whenever "the lion has to deliver one of his homilies".

On the flip side, Neeson remarked in a press conference last week that, in addition to Aslan's Christ-like qualities, he finds elements of "Muhammad, Buddha, all the great, great prophets and spiritual leaders that we've had over the centuries". The comment »

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‘Voyage of the Dawn Treader’ crashes, ‘Tourist’ underwhelms, ‘The Fighter’ and ‘Black Swan’ shine in limited release.

12 December 2010 4:11 PM, PST | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

hollywoodnews.com: It was a gruesome weekend for wide releases, as two sure-fire openers underperformed, which frankly ought to make Disney very nervous for next weekend. Debuting at a somewhat soft number one was The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader. The picture is the third in the Chronicles of Narnia series, and likely the last. The first two films in the series were financed in a joint venture between Walden Entertainment and Walt Disney. But after the (comparatively) underwhelming domestic performance of the second film in the series, Prince Caspian, Disney cut its losses and 20th Century Fox picked up the popular fantasy franchise. With a $24.5 million opening weekend for a $140 million venture, Fox will likely do the same cutting and running unless overseas numbers astound. This opening weekend is nearly identical to The Golden Compass, which opened with $25 million on this weekend in December 2007. That infamous »

- Scott Mendelson

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Box office report: 'Narnia' underperforms but finishes first with $24.5 mil

12 December 2010 11:52 AM, PST | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

Well, that didn’t go as planned. Two high-profile films, the 3-D fantasy epic The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader and the romantic thriller The Tourist, registered inauspicious openings as the overall box office trailed last year for the fifth weekend in a row. Fox’s Dawn Treader, the third film in the franchise based on C.S. Lewis’ beloved children’s novels, led the frame with $24.5 million, according to studio estimates. That’s a disappointing opening for a series whose first two entries, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and Prince Caspian, debuted to $65.6 million and $55 million, »

- John Young

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'Narnia' Fails to Tread Water, 'Tourist' Trips

12 December 2010 10:08 AM, PST | Box Office Mojo | See recent BoxOfficeMojo.com news »

Few journeyed back to Narnia over the weekend, and few sparks were set off by the coupling of two hot stars. Between the soft debuts of The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader and The Tourist and the uninspiring holdovers, this holiday season's tepidness continued: overall weekend business was off nearly five percent from the same period last year when The Princess and the Frog led. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader docked with an estimated $24.5 million on approximately 6,500 screens at 3,555 locations (3D showings at 1,989 venues accounted for 54 percent of business). It was hoped that a return to December along with marketing that pushed the first movie's lion, witch and Christian angles and the addition of the 3D illusion would rekindle interest, but the third Narnia mustered a weaker start than fantasy also-ran The Golden Compass, let alone the other Narnias. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, »

- Brandon Gray <mail@boxofficemojo.com>

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Friday Report: Third 'Narnia' Flounders, 'Tourist' Doesn't Sizzle

11 December 2010 5:15 PM, PST | Box Office Mojo | See recent BoxOfficeMojo.com news »

On Friday, few journeyed back to Narnia and few sparks were set off by two hot stars' coupling. Top Ten business was a touch higher than the same Friday last year but still continued the tepidness of this holiday season. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader docked with an estimated $8.2 million on approximately 6,500 screens at 3,555 locations (3D showings at 1,989 venues accounted for nearly 55 percent of business). It was hoped that a return to December along with marketing that pushed the first movie's lion and witch and the addition of the 3D illusion would rekindle interest, but the third Narnia mustered a weaker start than fantasy also-rans like Eragon and The Golden Compass, let alone the other Narnias. The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe pulled in $23 million its first day, while The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian claimed $19.4 million. The Tourist fared relatively better than Narnia, »

- Brandon Gray <mail@boxofficemojo.com>

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Weekend Briefing: 'Voyage,' 'Tourist' Travel Into Choppy Waters

10 December 2010 2:44 PM, PST | Box Office Mojo | See recent BoxOfficeMojo.com news »

This weekend, the slow holiday season seeks rejuvenation with the releases of The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader on at least 5,500 screens at 3,555 locations and The Tourist on approximately 3,400 screens at 2,756 locations. The third Narnia movie, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, arrives two and a half years after the last one, The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, derailed the budding movie franchise. Caspian debuted to $55 million on approximately 8,400 screens at 3,929 locations and closed with $141.6 million, paling compared to first movie The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe's $65.6 million start on 6,800 screens at 3,616 sites and $291.7 million final tally. The drop-off inspired distributor Walt Disney Pictures to cut ties to Narnia, but 20th Century Fox later picked up the reins. Fox scheduled Voyage of the Dawn Treader to mirror the early December release of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe back in »

- Brandon Gray <mail@boxofficemojo.com>

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From Harry Potter to Narnia: the pressure on film franchises to perform

9 December 2010 4:00 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

In the world of film franchises, it's billions or bust – anything less than Harry Potter-style success spells the end for a series. Cath Clarke reports on how Narnia went to the brink

The omens suggest there may be a happy ending in sight in the saga of the Narnia franchise. Last week snow was falling – as if Aslan himself had ordered it – as The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, the third in the Chronicles of Narnia series, was premiered as the royal film performance. (Rumour has it the Queen shed a tear or two; maybe it was from relief – last year she had to sit through The Lovely Bones.) But in 2008 it was different story: it looked like curtains for Narnia after Disney unceremoniously dumped the series – disappointed with the performance of film No 2, Prince Caspian. Production of Dawn Treader was downsized, then delayed; for a while it looked likely »

- Cath Clarke

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The Family Have Taken Charge Of Cinema

7 December 2010 4:00 AM, PST | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

As has been widely reported, Harry Potter made a massive impact at the box office in the last few weeks, and continues to do so. Success was inevitable, and the level of success predictable. Harry Potter is one of the most popular book series of all time, appealing to fans both young and old. All previous installments in the Harry Potter movie series have made hundreds of millions of dollars, and with the finale in sight, anyone with even a passing interest in the boy who lived wants to see how it all ends.

The success of Harry Potter financially, particularly in the case of Deathly Hallows, is also however part of a much bigger movie trend. We have seen, in the last year particularly, an apparent rise in the popularity of the family movie. Whilst in the past it has been big, effects heavy action movies that have been the big hitters, »

- Barry Steele

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Framestore Talk Harry Potter and the Visual Effects

1 December 2010 2:12 PM, PST | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Last night I managed to overcome the snow and the crowds in the West End of London to meet the people at Framestore. These are the people who provided Dobby and Kreacher for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 and who were coincidentally celebrating the forthcoming release of the latest Narnia film, Voyage of the Dawn Treader, which they also worked on.

I sat down with Christian Manz, the VFX Supervisor with credits including The Golden Compass, Nanny McPhee and previous Potter and Narnia films, and he explained how he and his team were tasked with bringing the Potter house-elves Dobby and Kreacher to life.

The visual effects company inherited Dobby from the earlier Potter films which had come from the famed Industrial Light and Magic in the Us, Framestore won the work for the Deathly Hallows based on a demo that they created and that it had »

- Colin Hart

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A working life: The special effects animator

26 November 2010 4:01 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Animator Kevin Spruce brings magic to movies, creating new worlds and mystical characters for films such as The Matrix

When the screensaver on Kevin Spruce's computer kicks in, vivid green symbols tumble down his PC, a replica of the letters and numbers that cascade down computers in the sci-fi movie The Matrix. In that film, Keanu Reeves is invited to take a trip "down the rabbit hole" to discover an alternative reality. While walking around Spruce's offices, I occasionally feel as though I'm on a similar journey.

I'm in the West End offices of Framestore, the largest visual effects and computer animation studio in Europe. As I sit talking to Spruce I'm flanked by a foot-tall sculpture of a polar bear from The Golden Compass (for which Framestore won a 2008 Academy Award for Best Visual Effects) and a model of a stegasaurus from an episode of the BBC TV series Walking With Dinosaurs. »

- Mark King

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