Thursday, February 21, 2008

Apted to Address College (Britain)

From How-Do: Hollywood director Michael Apted to deliver David Plowright lecture in Salford
Acclaimed film director Michael Apted, the man behind films such as Gorillas in the Mist and The World is Not Enough, has been signed up to deliver the first annual David Plowright lecture in March.

English born Apted, who is also responsible for the recent big-screen interpretations of the world of Narnia (the third of which, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, launches later this year), worked at Granada under the late Plowright prior to his Hollywood success.

As such he is planning to delve into the issue of whether his former boss’ dreams of ‘bringing Hollywood to Salford’ could be set to come to fruition with the much-lauded Mediacity development.

As he explained: “I called my lecture ‘Hollywood on Irwell’ because that was David’s witty yet serious sound bite on his dream to build a creative hub of media talent that would be the envy of the rest of the world.

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Voyage of the Dawn Treader Begins?

From MoviesOnline: Narnia the Voyage of the Dawn Treader Begins Production

There's no word if this is a picking up of the pre-production already in progress, or if this is old news.

Disney Releases Mobile Phone Game

From TechGadgets: Disney Brings Five Brand-New Titles for Mobile Phones

Walt Disney Internet Group has unveiled a bumper line-up of mobile games along with customized content. These are developed for all-aged users thanks to the easily playable and highly enjoyable nature of the game.


Narnia Prince Caspian mobile game, which is based on the classic books by C.S. Lewis is introduced. Playing the role of the prince, you have to clear out the enemies and restore the golden age. The land has been controlled by evil king Miraz, known for its [SIC] rule over the land without mercy.

Friday, February 8, 2008

Centaur stage for reluctant star

From The Scotsman: Centaur stage for reluctant star

Profile of White Witch actor Tilda Swinton

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Narnia Effects Guru Judges Contest

From Ninja Crayon: Antics Contest!
Antics is hosting a contest to be judged by 3-time Oscar Winning VFX Sup., Jim Rygiel.


Whether you are a filmmaker, Machinimator, animator or simply anyone with a creative vision, now is your chance to show off your storytelling skills in the Antics Medical Shorts Competition.

Judging the submissions will be 3-time Oscar Winning VFX Supervisor Jim Rygiel.

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Former Disney Exec Could Join Fledgling Walden

From the Los Angeles Times: Former Disney executive could join Walden Media
Walden Media, the producer of family films backed by billionaire Philip Anschutz, is in discussions to hire former Walt Disney Co. executive Nina Jacobson in a senior post amid a restructuring of the company.

The moves follow a spotty track record for Walden's films, which, despite the firm's 2005 blockbuster "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" and its ambitions to compete with Disney in family entertainment, have had limited success at the box office.

Jacobson is under contract as a producer for DreamWorks SKG. People close to Anschutz cautioned that an agreement had not been reached and that Walden Media was talking with other candidates about the post.

Jacobson's Disney experience, which included oversight of the "Pirates of the Caribbean" and "National Treasure" movie franchises when she headed production at the studio, gives her a strong background in family movies. She did not return phone calls seeking comment.

Cary Granat, chief executive of Walden Media, is expected to stay at the company to shepherd the upcoming "Narnia" sequels, as well as other special projects. Disney is scheduled to release "The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian" in May.

"We are restructuring, not retrenching," said David Weil, chief executive of Anschutz Film Group. "I think we can do it better than we have. Sometimes we have done it very well. Other times not as well."

Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Strike Impacts Narnia Production Anyway

From Variety: Warner sets layoffs due to strike
The pinkslips just keep coming -- even though film production remains robust.

Faced with the death of scripted TV production and ongoing uncertainty over the WGA strike, showbiz continues to trim jobs.


Anschutz Film Group shingles Walden Media and Bristol Bay shuttered the majority of their creative departments and laid off much of the physical production staff as well. Exec veep of production Alex Schwartz was among those let go. Walden will retain the key players on its "Narnia" team.
Despite the delay in the production of Voyage of the Dawn Treader, the strike nonetheless impacts Prince Caspian work as well. And with the last-minute FX hustle that LWW was forced into, one wonders if the quality will not suffer as well.