What Do Paul Bettany and Nicole Kidman Have Against Christianity?

According to Cinematical, Nicole Kidman and Paul Bettany have joined the cast of Philip Pullman's The Golden Compass as the "villainous" Mrs. Coulter and Lord Asriel.If this report is just a rumor, I'm doubtful. If it's true, I'm baffled. I hope it's a rumor. … [Read more...]

Specials: Swinton’s "State of Cinema" speech. Director dumps Pullman project.

SWINTON COMES OUT SWINGING The White Witch speaks!Wow, what a letter. Take the time to read the whole thing. It'll make your head spin.And speaking of dangerous fantasy-land personalities...PHILIP PULLMAN NEEDS DIRECTION Once again, a director has departed the film production of His Dark Materials. Shopgirl director Anand Tucker has abandoned ship, and now, round and round we go, the controls are back in the hands of Chris Weitz, who left the project once before. … [Read more...]

Specials: GetReligion on a Republican Conspiracy in Narnia

It's Narnia day at Looking Closer. The first of many to come, I'm sure.Don't miss GetReligion's great blog entry on how a non-story is becoming a big story...Warning! Children reading classic books!And by the way... a follow-up note to my previous post about Philip Pullman's claim* that The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe is devoid of any Christian virtue.*(How Pullman can say that with a straight face utterly astounds me -- I've always been a bit frustrated with the overly … [Read more...]

Specials: Phillip Pullman Attacks Narnia, Again. March of the Value-less Penguins

Today's specials:Once again, ladies and gentlemen, the author of The Golden Compass attacks C.S. Lewis's The Chronicles of Narnia as "racist" and "misogynistic." If you think Pullman's accusations are interesting, wait until you read the comments following the article.UPDATE: Neb's comment in reply to this post was so good, I'll include it here in the post: Pullman amazes me yet again with his abundance of sour grapes. I've read the Narnia chronicles, and I've read the "His Dark … [Read more...]

Deicide Dumped from Phillip Pullman adaptation

So, Chris Weitz is withdrawing all references to God and the church from his adaptation of Phillip Pullman's The Golden Compass. … [Read more...]