Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Narnia Composers Win Awards

From The Hollywood Reporter: BMI London awards film, TV music prizes
Golden Globe-winning composer Alexandre Desplat, Grammy-winning composer David Arnold, and composing brothers Harry and Rupert Gregson-Williams were among the winners in the 2007 BMI London Awards announced Tuesday evening.

The film and television music prizes were among honors handed out to members of Britain's Performing Rights Society and other European rights services for top play in the U.S. in 2006 at the American music rights organization's annual London shindig.
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Arnold, a Grammy winner for "Independence Day," was cited for his score to "Casino Royale." He composed the music for three previous James Bond films and is on board for the untitled "Bond 22" plus the animated "Agent Crush" and comedy "How to Lose Friends and Alienate People." Arnold, who is also very busy in the pop world working with such acts as the Kaiser Chiefs, has scored TV's "Stargate SG-1" since 1997.
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Harry Gregson-Williams won for the Aardman/DreamWorks animated film "Flushed Away" and Tony Scott's Denzel Washington thriller "Deja Vu." His credits include such DreamWorks hits as "Antz" (1998), "Chicken Run" (2000), and "Shrek" (2001) with John Powell. He scored "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" (2005) and is working on "The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian" due in 2008, both directed by Andrew Adamson for Walt Disney.

Singer Spied With Narnia Book

From TMZ: The Britney Spears Coffee and Gas Roundup

Because of technical difficulties (and irrelevant comments on the story itself), we are unable to post photos, but who cares anyway. The video on the website shows the indecently-dressed Britney Spears sitting in her car, and to fend off paparazzi, she holds a copy of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe in front of her face.

Werewolves in Adamson's Future

From In The News: Narnia director eyes werewolf pic
The long-haired Kiwi, currently working on Prince Caspian, the second film in the Chronicles of Narnia franchise, is rumoured to direct the werewolf thriller Benighted for Warner Bros.

According to Variety, Adamson will produce the adaptation of Kit Whitfield's novel with Martin Scorsese stalwart Graham King, while Patrick Smith Kelly (A Perfect Murder and Don't Say A Word) is likely to script.

The movie would be a world away from the glossy world of Narnia and Adamson's Shrek films, with its tale of a world 90 per cent werewolf and a minority human population responsible for keeping the peace when the lycanthropes get all riled up during the full moon,
(Incidentally, the publication inaccurately reports that Prince Caspian is due for release on June 27th, 2008. The real release date is May 16, 2008.)

**Update**
June 27th is the release date for the UK.

Friday, October 12, 2007

Idaho Theater Features Narnia

From the Idaho Statesman: GREAT FAMILY SHOW OPENS IN NAMPA
The Encore Theatre Company will present "The Chronicles of Narmia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe," by C.S. Lewis, for four performances this month.

It will run at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 18, 19, 20, and at 2 p.m. Oct. 20 at the Nampa Civic Center.

Center director Bill Stephan says the show faithfully recreates the magic and mystery of Aslan, the great lion (played by Joe Peppley) as he struggles with the White Witch (Fern Gautier) and the four children who find their way into Narnia through an old wardrobe.

One of the finest actors/singers in the valley, Gregg Irwin, is playing Tumnus, and the director is Jodi Perry. Stacy Irwin, Gregg's wife, is the choreographer.

Jodi says this is a story of faith, courage and love, with its triumph of good over evil offering a true celebration of life.

Tickets are available by calling 468-555; $12 for adults and $8 for children 12 and younger.

Stephan said a portion of the proceeds for this event will benefit expansion of the center.
Link to The Encore Theatre Company

VDT Featured By BoxOfficeProphets

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader - Movie of the day, October 11, 2007
Numerous heavily-CGId battles will ensue, naturally. Along the way they learn lessons about greed, meet mermaids, and even visit an island where everyone's dreams come true, as long as they watch out for that mass of darkness near the back.
Only slightly correct...the mermaids never make direct contact with the crew of the Dawn Treader, and the island is not where dreams (wishes) come true, but dreams (including nightmares), setting each and every sailor but Reepicheep into a panic.

Disney's Zoradi To Discuss Upcoming Films At Festival

Once again from Inside Indiana Business: Stars Coming Out For 2007 Heartland Film Festival
The 2007 Festival will feature an exciting lineup of special events and screenings for film aficionados of all ages. It will kick off Thursday, October 18

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Festivities will also include: a special presentation with Mark Zoradi, President of Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Group, giving moviegoers the inside scoop about upcoming Disney films such as “Enchanted,” “National Treasure: Book of Secrets” and “The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian."

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Narnia Featured in New Public Service Announcements

From Animation World Network: Library of Congress Uses Animation to Promote Literacy
As a prelude to its annual National Book Festival in Washington, the Library of Congress launched a series of public outreach initiatives designed to promote the joy of reading and to better share the Library's programs and collections with the public.

The Library and the Advertising Council announced a new series of public service advertisements developed to inspire young people to "explore new worlds" through reading and to promote literacy in all types of learning, including books, periodicals and cartoons, through a new website.

The new PSAs, created pro bono by The Geppetto Group, Walt Disney Studios Home Ent. and the Brigham Young University (BYU) Ad Lab, are based on fiction classics THE WONDERFUL WIZARD OF OZ and the CHRONICLES OF NARNIA, as well as stories of King Arthur and the Round Table. The PSAs aim to inspire children in grades four to six to get more enjoyment out of reading and thereby inspire them to become lifelong learners.

Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Marketing Alliance Makes For Disney Promos

From Inside Indiana Business: Heartland Signs Major Deal With Disney, Best Buy
Gaining further recognition that its signature award is steadily becoming a mark of quality for consumers, Heartland Truly Moving Pictures™ has finalized a marketing alliance with the Walt Disney Company and Best Buy™ for a regional promotion of Disney titles which have received the Heartland Truly Moving Picture Award. The promotion will offer a consumer discount on sixteen DVD titles, and will run in nine Midwestern states from October 14 until supplies last, concurrent with this year’s Heartland Film Festival.

Among the animated and live-action movies are classic films such as Cinderella, Peter Pan, Bedknobs and Broomsticks, The Jungle Book, Old Yeller and The Little Mermaid; more recent children’s hits including Toy Story, Toy Story 2, A Bug’s Life, Cars, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Ice Princess and Bridge to Terabithia; as well as adult-oriented fare such as Remember the Titans, Miracle and Glory Road.

Sunday, October 7, 2007

Walden's Granat Speaks About Future Plans

From ComingSoon.net: Walden's Narnia Plans After the Third Pic
Walden co-founder and president Cary Granat gave Variety an update:

Hopes are highest for "Prince Caspian," which will cost at least $100 million. Granat promises that the battle-filled sequel is easily distinguishable from its predecessor and the third pic on the sked, "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader."

Producers had announced at Comic-Con in July that auds could expect one "Narnia" installment each May for the next few years. Granat is committing publicly to only four or five, saying that "Silver Chair" might be the best bet for the fourth, followed by "Magician's Nephew," but he admits that there are a multitude of possibilities.

"There are a lot of stories to be taken from the seven books," he notes.

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

British Author: "The Silver Chair was my comfort book"

From The Times of London: Stories that linger a lifetime
The Silver Chair by C. S. Lewis was my “comfort” book, the story I returned to when I was down. I liked the way that Eustace and Jill weren’t quite as goody-goody as Eustace’s cousins in some of the other Narnia books. They were real children with real fears. I loved that they were given tasks and managed to mess up most of them but still triumphed. This book had a darker edge to it than any of the other Narnia books – and that appealed. When the Green Witch tried to convince Puddleglum, Eustace and Jill that there was no overworld, no sun, no Aslan, it was so menacing, yet so seductive. And Puddleglum’s physical and verbal response struck a chord. That scene told me to believe in God, myself and whatever I was doing. If others ridiculed or dismissed my efforts, then I shouldn’t let that stop me. It was a message that has stayed with me.

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Gregson-Williams Composes for Video Game

From GameZone: Harry Gregson-Williams to Score Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare will feature an original score by Stephen Barton with the Main Theme & Music Production provided by award-winning composer Harry Gregson-Williams. Gregson-Williams’ work has been featured in numerous feature films, television series, and videogames with credits including Enemy of the State, Man on Fire, Spy Game , The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, and Team America: World Police. The soundtrack for Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare was performed and recorded by a full orchestra, largely at the legendary Abbey Road Studios in London, England.

“Harry Gregson-Williams was the perfect choice to craft an immersive and rich soundtrack that matches the heightened atmosphere and tension of Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare,” says Grant Collier, Studio Head at Infinity Ward. “Harry’s wealth of experience, passion and intensity together with the talents of young composer, Stephen Barton, shine through in the score draws gamers deeper into the epic and cinematic experience that is Call of Duty 4.”

A step down, or a step up?