Will Peter Jackson Direct “The Hobbit”? He Wonders Too.

There's some interesting stuff in Quint's interview with Peter Jackson at AICN today. Basically, Jackson explains that... and this is hard to believe... nobody at all has ever even phoned him to ask him if he's interested in directing The Hobbit. He's filling up his work calendar, MGM's talking about making the movie in a couple of years, and nobody's bothering to check to see if he'll do it. … [Read more...]

Reviews for Walden Media’s William Wilberforce Biopic

Peter T. Chattaway has posted some sizeable excerpts from the first reviews of Amazing Grace, the new film by Michael Apted about William Wilberforce's passion for the abolishment of slavery. … [Read more...]

Congratulations to Erin Zindle and Randall Moore of "The Ragbirds"

Last year, Erin Zindle and Randall Moore delivered one of the best band-debut albums in the last decade. The Ragbirds' Yes Nearby is still getting a lot of play at Overstreet headquarters. This year, they've got a new live album, Catching Fire, that I've been enjoying for a few months now. So what's next? … [Read more...]

Adam Walter on that Steve Taylor/Michael W. Smith movie

Adam Walter has seen The Second Chance, that film directed by Steve Taylor that stars Michael W. Smith. Sure it has some problems. For one thing, it’s only going to appeal to church people--and yet, it’s possibly the first movie that has come out of the Christian film industry that I’d even recommend to Christians. It has its moments of heavy sentiment and slightly-contrived dramatic tension. But it also has an impressively well-paced, fluid narrative, and there’s one honestly-moving, … [Read more...]

I Know Who Joss Whedon Should Cast as "Wonder Woman."

Okay, am I losing any sleep over who's going to play Wonder Woman? No, not really. But Joss Whedon is writing it, so I want it to succeed, because the more that Whedon succeeds the more likely we are to see more episodes of Firefly or a sequel to Serenity. So... with what little I know of the Wonder Woman comics, I can tell you this: Rachel Bilson is no Wonder Woman. Bison is little. She's a kid. Wonder Woman? Who would I cast? … [Read more...]

MGM planning "The Hobbit" … in Two Movies?

Peter T. Chattaway points to a Variety article that brings some clarity to the rumors I mentioned last week. Looks like MGM is hoping Peter Jackson's up for The Hobbit after all... maybe even a two-film version of it. I would have mixed feelings about seieng Jackson as the director. He would need to take a hint from the critics of King Kong and try to restrain himself from going over the top at every possible opportunity. The Hobbit is a much smaller story, and needs to be treated that … [Read more...]

Phillip Pullman Makes It Easy

No need to speculate about what Pullman's stories are about when he keeps coming right out and saying things like this. … [Read more...]

What’s In the Book? Here’s an Outline…

This is the Table of Contents for the book. Each chapter is a mix of memories, excerpts from interviews, reviews, and exploration. … [Read more...]

A Word from Teilhard de Chardin

"By means of all created things, without exception, the divine assails us, penetrates us, and molds us. We imagined it as distant and inaccessible, whereas in fact we live steeped in its burning layers." - Teilhard de Chardin, The Divine Milieu   … [Read more...]

The Seed of an Idea


Auralia, still as death, like a discarded doll, lay in a burgundy tangle of rushes and spineweed on the bank of a bend in the River Throanscall, where she was discovered by a hapless old thief ... - One day in 1996, before Anne and I were married, we went hiking with our friends Jon and Anna in a vivid territory of woods, waterfalls, and boulders near Flathead Lake, Montana. Somehow, our conversation meandered from thoughts on the scenery, wildlife, bears, and blackberries, to explore … [Read more...]