Specials: War ending. Quaid meditating. Narnia clip playing.

Tuesday's specialsTHE WAR IS OVER. Oprah... Dave. Dave... Oprah. I expect a talk-show troop withdrawl will follow straightaway.QUAID TALKS ABOUT HIS CHRISTIAN FAITH Meditation, he says, should be yours... mine... ours...."IT'S UNDERWHELMING!" "IT'S LESS THAN ORIGINAL!" Critics are raving about today's special sneak-preview clip of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. They're raving about how much it looks like footage from the video game, or a scene from The Return of the King in … [Read more...]

Specials: Sermon contest! 100 spiritually significant films! Gibson sues CleanFlicks (for Jesus’ sake)! Ebert loved Oprah!

Monday's specials: Will Your Pastor's Sermon win Narnia Sermon Contest? In other words, can your pastor be bribed into lacing your Sunday morning worship with Hollywood propaganda? What's that? Is that the sound of a whip lashing in the foyer? And who's that bearded guy with the whip?Come on. Let's keep Narnia propaganda where it belongs! Which leads me to my next story... Will you be using Narnia toilet tissue? Mmmmmm. Soft as Aslan's fur....The Top 100 Spiritually Significant … [Read more...]

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

Sunday's specials:SATAN WILL BE "WHATEVER YOU WANT HER TO BE" 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 … [Read more...]

Specials: Hopkins hoopla. Aslan music. Shopgirl. Image honored.

Wednesday specials:THIS YEAR'S DEMILLE Lecter will get some lovin'.DOES ASLAN HAVE A THEME? Listen to clips from the first Narnia soundtrack here!WALTER SEZ: GO SHOPPING! After stirring things up with his controversial post about Wendell Berry, now Adam Walter's stirring a different pot... he really liked Shopgirl!IMAGE ANTHOLOGIZED CONGRATULATIONS to Greg Wolfe and Image journal! You'll find the following news in their new Image Update. Every year, Image is proud to publish … [Read more...]

Specials: New Image is here! Gresham interview, part 2.

Wednesday's specials:Good news! I've just snared a deal for a new monthly film column. Can't tell you where yet, but I'll give you the details soon.THE NEW ISSUE OF IMAGE IS READY FOR YOU Click here to peruse the contents of the new issue. (New Scott Cairns poetry! Woo hoo!) The latest Image update sums it up like this: Image issue #47 features Texas portraitist John Cobb's chapel, a portable structure composed of panel paintings of his friends and neighbors. Also: John Terpstra's … [Read more...]

New York Times considers the marketing of Narnia

from The New York Times: The spiritual character of "Narnia" is being reinforced with the debut on the charts last week of a Christian pop album of music inspired by the film. But prospects for a previously announced secular soundtrack now seem cloudy, executives involved in the process say. Disney executives say that at the very least the CD will be delayed beyond its planned Oct. 25 release.Mitchell Leib, president of music for Disney's Buena Vista film unit, said he still expected to … [Read more...]

The Third Episodes – X-Men and Spider-Man. Vancouver vacation. And David C. Downing’s Narnia Adventures.

Kirsten Dunst has apparently confirmed the much-mocked rumor that the two villains of Spider-man 3 are, indeed, Venom (Topher Grace) and Sandman (Thomas Haden Church).And if the leading actress in the film is wrong about its characters, well... this project is in deep trouble."But I know the general story," she insists. "There's a lot that they're trying to fit into this one."And that's not the only super-three-quel trying to fit in a lot characters...I've just returned from a … [Read more...]

New feedback at CT: Narnia

A letter worth noting at the Feedback page for Christianity Today Movies: Narnia Evangelismposted 09/02/05Your Reel News column states, "It's not surprising that believers would see [The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe] as not just mere entertainment, but as an evangelistic opportunity. "In stark contrast, C. S. Lewis' close friend Walter Hooper argues "I was worried that those who talked about 'teaching' the stories as Christian 'theology' might by such efforts frustrate the spell of … [Read more...]

More specials: Serenity clip. Best album of ’05? Smog video. Narnia pics.

More specials:A truly troubling clip that seems to be from Joss Whedon's Serenity. Viewer discretion ... no, make that listener discretion advised.Josh Hurst just noticed that Sufjan Stevens' Illinois is no longer the "best-reviewed album of the year" ... at least for now. Who took over the #1 spot? The New Pornographers.It's the feel-good music video of the summer! Smog's I Feel Like the Mother of the World, starring a rather notorious actress.There are a bunch of … [Read more...]

I’ve Got a Golden Ticket to Narnia!

Woo hoo!!! I've just been informed that I have the enormous privilege of covering The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe for Christianity Today.And since I'm enormously skeptical about the whole affair, rather than a blindly loyal "Narniac" who's already calling the film a "classic" before seeing it, I hope I will give it a fair shake for all of you.The season of the witch can't come soon enough.... … [Read more...]