Specials: Satan smiles. Over the Rhine live in OH. New Sorkin show. Potter money.

Sunday’s specials:

Thanks to Chattaway for catching this alarming quote from Tilda Swinton, who plays the White Witch in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe:

Disney is counting on the film to lure mainstream audiences while holding a special appeal to evangelical Christians, who the studio expects will respond to Lewis’s biblical allegories.

But when the issue of religion surfaced at Thursday’s promotional event, Swinton played it safe. Asked by one child if her character Jadis, the White Witch, represented Satan, the actress answered: “You can read it however you want, and it can grow in your mind. So, I can be whatever you want me to be.”

Huh. That sounds so much like something the White Witch herself would say. I wonder if she then handed him some Turkish Delight.

My friend Todd Truffin, a whimsical writer with impeccable taste in music, reports from Belleville, Ohio, where Over the Rhine and Kim Taylor endured the cold to deliver a warm and wonderful set.

Rumor has it that the new Aaron Sorkin-scripted series Studio 7, which follows the SportsNight approach except that it focuses on a sketch-comedy show, may star James Urbaniak, who was fantastic in Henry Fool and American Splendour. Woo hoo!

Think of the millions more who are going to rush right out and start studying witchcraft!

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Jeffrey Overstreet has two passions: writing fiction, and celebrating art — music, cinema, photography, literature — through writing and teaching. He is the author of a “memoir of dangerous moviegoing” — Through a Screen Darkly. And his four-novel fantasy series, The Auralia Thread, which begins with Auralia's Colors, was published by Random House. He speaks at universities and conferences around the world about understanding art through eyes of faith. He is earning his MFA in Creative Writing at Seattle Pacific University, where he has worked for 11 years as an editor, writer, and communications project manager. His work has been recognized in The New Yorker, TIME, The Seattle Times, IMAGE, Ravi Zacharias International — and Christianity Today, where he served as a film journalist for more than a decade. He recently began a weekly column called "Listening Closer" for Christ and Pop Culture.

  • Ryan Yates

    I was assuming that the aspect ratio would match, but the image was cropped.

  • Nick Alexander

    Woohoo! That’s the SECOND win I have, based on a movie I didn’t see! (Thank you imDB!).

    PS- you sure you didn’t want to have “Weird Al” as the hint?

  • sg

    Ok. Yeah. I didn’t think of it that way. I guess it would depend on the inflection in her voice as to how she meant that…

  • Jeffrey Overstreet

    I don’t expect her to accept the Christian allegory. But “I can be whatever you want me to be”? What, you mean, like… the tragic hero?

  • sg

    Why is that quote alarming? Just curious. Is it alarming when someone who is not a believer doesn’t attribute Christian allegory to a part they play?

    I agree that it is quite like the White Witch to say what she said. Maybe she’s just completely absorbed the character…