Just a few quick news items here.
1. Reuters reports that thousands of girls auditioned today for the part of Lyra Belacqua in The Golden Compass, the first film in the ‘His Dark Materials‘ trilogy. “The girls were asked about what they thought their ‘daemons’ — best described as animal-shaped creatures that correspond with each character’s personality — would be.” Sounds like the perfect approach, to me.
2. Reuters and the New York Daily News both have items up on Gretchen Mol’s comeback, if we can call it that, as The Notorious Bettie Page. Both articles allude to the character’s Christianity, but the Associated Press isn’t impressed by the film’s treatment of this theme: “only belatedly, and superficially, does the film touch on the conflict between her Christian faith and her prurient image.”3. The Associated Press reports: “Dolores Hart, who at age 24 startled the film world in 1962 by leaving a thriving screen career including two roles opposite Elvis Presley to become a nun, has returned to Hollywood for her first visit after 43 years in a monastery. . . . To spread awareness about a largely mysterious neurological disorder that afflicts countless Americans, including herself, called peripheral idiopathic neuropathy.”