Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Illinois Theater Stages Narnia Musical

Curtains up to present "Narnia, the Musical"

In four performances starting Thursday, Edwardsville's Curtains Up Theater Company presents "Narnia, the Musical," a play based on "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe," the second in a series of books by C.S. Lewis.

The play will be performed in the Dunham Hall Theater

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The play is directed by Jessica Bell of St. Louis, assisted by Carol Hodson of Edwardsville. Musical director is Karen Perry of Collinsville. Jerry Mueller of Godfrey designed the sets, and his wife, Sue, is in charge of costumes.

Monday, August 27, 2007

New C.S. Lewis Tours in Belfast

In the footsteps of Narnia's creator

Visitors to Belfast can now follow in the footsteps of the man who wrote The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe.

A new series of tours celebrate the city's link to Clive Staples Lewis.

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The two hour tour takes visitors to CS Lewis' birthplace and past Little Lea, an Edwardian home on Circular Road in east Belfast, where, many believe, the seven-year-old boy hid in a wardrobe and dreamed up his make-believe world.

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The Belfast tour also explores a little-known Lewis link to the Titanic.

Sunday, August 26, 2007

HarperCollins in Trouble?

Second quarter income drop for HarperCollins

HarperCollins saw a decrease in operating income for the second quarter, ending 31st December, parent company News Corp has announced. Operating income was 54m dollars for the second quarter, a 29.8% decrease from 77m dollars a year ago.

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"The results were not unexpected," said HarperCollins c.e.o. Jane Friedman. "We knew it was going to be tough, but it was better than I anticipated. I feel we have had a very, very good quarter."The second quarter last year was the most successful quarter for C S Lewis' "The Chronicles of Narnia" series, which made 104m dollars, Friedman said.

It sounds as if Narnia sales temporarily (artificially, if you will) boosted profits for previous quarter(s), and this is a more appropriate level of operation. However, we're sure they have more companion products in store, and can count on heightened interest in the original series with Prince Caspian and Voyage of the Dawn Treader coming down the pike.

Ideal for Lion Parties?

The Narnia Estate

No word on any affiliation with the movie, but this place, located near downtown Chicago, looks fabulous. Ideally located too, near Wheaton College, one of the noted locations for housing C.S. Lewis memorabilia.

Strike Threatens "Dawn Treader" Schedule?

Studios stock up as contract deadlines loom

"....an impending labor dispute ... could devastate the local economy. [Justice League of America] is but one of many projects caught in an industry-wide scramble to assemble films that can be completed before a potential talent strike shuts down film production next summer, according to interviews with two dozen studio executives, agents, producers and screenwriters. Studio executives and producers are accelerating screenplay revisions and A-list directors are postponing editing so they can compile footage on back-to-back movies should actors swap punch lines for picket lines.

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Disney is determined to wrap principal photography on its third "Narnia" film, "The Voyage of the Dawn Treader," as soon as possible, even as it completes production on the second film, "Prince Caspian." The visual effects on "Dawn Treader" would be added during any strike interruption."


**Update September 17**

NarniaWeb points out that The Silver Chair is included in the strike list.

**Update September 19**

Rather than try to cram both films in before the strike, Disney has moved Dawn Treader's shoot to after the strike.

Friday, August 24, 2007

Narnia, Potter Tied for First in Australia

Harry Potter and Narnia Chronicles voted top reads for kids

The modern-day magic of Harry Potter, Hermione and Ron may have bewitched a generation of young readers but they were not quite enough to beat a lion, a witch and a wardrobe in The West Australian’s poll to find the State’s favourite children’s book.

Readers voted for the top 12 children’s books to read before the age of 12 on thewest.com.au this week.

C. S. Lewis’ The Chronicles of Narnia series and J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter books tied as the most popular titles, with each receiving 29 votes — 11 more than the nearest competitor and top-ranking Australian title, Marcia Vaughan’s Wombat Stew.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

New Production Blog on Narnia.com

"Ultimate Fan" contest winner reflects on experience (**Note** Link will change in a few weeks)

The winner of the Ultimate Fan contest is reflecting on her experience visiting the set in Prague, and releases a few tiny details about the film. (Something about Caspian riding in to Aslan's Howe on a horse?)

Check it out!

"Shadowlands" Coming to London's Wyndham’s Theatre

Full Cast Named for West End Shadowlands, 8 Oct

Full dates and casting details have now been announced for the first major revival of William Nicholson’s award-winning 1990 play Shadowlands which, as previously reported (See News, 13 Aug 2007), transfers to the West End this autumn with Charles Dance and Janie Dee (pictured together). Following a brief regional tour, the production will have a limited 11-week season from 8 October (3 October) to 15 December 2007 at Wyndham’s Theatre.

Set in Oxford in the 1950s, Shadowlands tells the true love story of CS Lewis (Dance) and Joy Gresham (Dee). Lewis, a leading Christian academic and author of many classic books including The Chronicles of Narnia, remained a bachelor until his fifties, when he met Joy. Enchanted by the American divorcee, he secretly married her and cared for her when she became terminally ill. His encounter with love and loss led him to reconsider many of the beliefs he had previously held so staunchly.

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I am a frequent contributer of news to NarniaWeb.com, and have some inside sources for Narnia news. Sometimes, NarniaWeb considers the news noteworthy, sometimes they don't. This blog is a "storage place" of sorts for all news regarding Narnia (film AND books) and C.S. Lewis. It will contain everything from news on small-town plays to grand theatrical productions, and all the news in between.