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Will Poulter Wins BAFTA

Posted February 17, 2014 6:07 am by glumPuddle 22 Comments

Will Poulter, who played Eustace in 2010′s The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, is this year’s BAFTA Rising Star winner. Congratulations, Will! See the fill list of winners.

The 21-year-old appeared in We’re the Millers last year alongside Jennifer Aniston and Jason Sudeikis. Will he reprise his role as Eustace Clarence Scrubb in The Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair? The character is 9-years-old according to C.S. Lewis’ timelime.

Will Poulter Nominated for BAFTA – Vote Now

Posted January 16, 2014 9:59 pm by glumPuddle 17 Comments

Will Poulter as EustaceLast week, Will Poulter (Eustace) was announced as a BAFTA Rising Star nominee. You can vote for him here. Past winners include James McAvoy (Tumnus)

Last year, Will appeared in We’re the Millers alongside Jennifer Aniston and Jason Sudeikis. He will celebrate his 21st birthday next week.

Will he return to Narnia in The Silver Chair?

Douglas Gresham Remembers C. S. Lewis’ Death

Posted November 26, 2013 6:55 pm by glumPuddle 2 Comments

cs-lewisMuch was written this past weekend about the 50th anniversary of the death of C. S. Lewis, who passed away less than an hour before President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. Lewis’ stepson and co-producer of the recent film adaptations, Douglas Gresham, shared his memories of that day in an article by The Independent.

“It was a cruel blow,” he says. “Most of us regarded [JFK] as a great hope for Western civilisation. But it was only the first blow of the day. Soon any thoughts about Kennedy would go completely out of my mind.”
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“I didn’t think much about the timing,” he says. “I didn’t intellectualise the whole thing. It was a situation of being numb and carrying on, irrespective of what was going on in the wider world. Because my world had suddenly become very small and I ceased to be interested in anything else. Grief is a selfish thing – it shuts out everything except your own pain.”
Read the full story

Lewis was diagnosed with end-stage renal failure in mid-November 1963. Days later, he collapsed in his bedroom and died in his brother’s arms a few minutes later. It was one week before his 65th birthday.

Other articles:
Remembering C. S. Lewis (NarniaWeb)
Three Great Men Died That Day (DailyBeast)
CS Lewis honoured with Poets’ Corner memorial (BBC)
Why Narnia Still Matters (Time)

After reflecting on Lewis’ death, do not forgot to celebrate his life, and all the lives he changed, on his birthday this Friday! Post your thoughts in in our forum, as a comment below, or on our Facebook page.

Video: Andrew Adamson Discusses ‘Mr. Pip’

Posted September 28, 2013 9:33 am by glumPuddle 6 Comments

Narnia director Andrew Adamson’s next film Mr. Pip, based on the novel by Lloyd Jones, releases October 3. In a new behind-the-scenes feature, he talks about the challenges of adapting the story for film, and why he wanted to direct it. View it here.

“I know my agents would wish I was much more available for casual meetings, because things come out of those – you happen to just be sitting with somebody and they talk about an idea and you respond to it and before you know you’re making a film. And to be honest, Shrek and Narnia both happened that way.”

Mr. Pip trailer

C.S. Lewis Jubilee Festival in Oxford

Posted September 23, 2013 11:48 pm by glumPuddle 4 Comments

November 22 will mark fifty years since Narnia author C.S. Lewis (1898-1963) passed away. Over the weekend, fans gathered in Oxford for the C.S. Lewis Jubilee Festival to celebrate the acclaimed author. It was held at Holy Trinity Church, Headington Quarry, where Lewis is buried.

Professor Alister McGrath (“C.S. Lewis: A Life”) spoke at the event, saying he believes Narnia is the biggest reason Lewis is still remembered. “The Chronicles of Narnia has stood the test of time remarkably well,” he said.

Read the full storylewis tombstoneUPDATE: Listen to audio recordings of the speakers here.

One of C.S. Lewis’ Former Homes Could Be Torn Down

Posted September 16, 2013 6:57 pm by glumPuddle 8 Comments

Hillsboro House Oxford Mail reports that campaigners are trying to save Hillsboro House, a former home of Narnia author C.S. Lewis, from being torn down for “potential redevelopment.”

Lewis lived at the house for eight years after serving in World War I. He and his friend Paddy Moore had made a pact that if one of them died in the war, the survivor would take care of the others’ family. Paddy was killed, so Lewis moved in with his mother, Janie Moore, to look after her. The house is located on Holyoake Road in Headington.

A spokesman for agents Elwood and Company said: “There is absolutely opportunity for it to be restored as a house. We are not advertising it to tear it down and build ‘X’ amount of flats, we have been instructed to put it up for sale.”

Abingdon resident Ronald Brind would like to save the house and “make it like the Kilns, as a place for visitors to explore.”

Read the full story

Georgie Henley to Attend Cambridge

Posted August 18, 2013 8:27 pm by glumPuddle 17 Comments

Georgie HenleyAccording to Yorkshire Post, Georgie Henley (Lucy) will be studying English at Cambridge University… the same university where C.S. Lewis taught for nine years! In the article, Georgie discusses balancing studies with her acting career, and reflects a bit on being cast as Lucy at the age of 8:

“My first acting job was the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe so it was a real jump in at the deep end from doing nativity plays and pantomimes. I know I have been given some incredible opportunities.”

Congratulations, Georgie!

Lewis accepted the Chair of Medieval and Renaissance Literature at Cambridge in 1954 (the same year “The Horse and His Boy” was published), and remained there until shortly before his death in 1963.

Nicholas Hoult Auditioned for Caspian

Posted August 12, 2013 9:03 pm by glumPuddle 3 Comments

In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, actor Nicholas Hoult (X-Men: First Class, Warm Bodies, Jack the Giant Slayer) recounts his audition for the coveted role of Caspian.

“One of my all-time worst [auditions] was definitely Prince Caspian,” he says. “They asked if I could do a Hispanic accent. I was like, ‘What would I base that on?’ They were like, ‘Have you seen Shrek? Puss in Boots.’” Hoult says that he had prepared for the audition, but not with any sort of accent in mind. “I was doing the scene, but in my head before saying each line, I was trying to do my Antonio Banderas impression, saying [in a Desperado voice] ‘I am Prince Caspian!’ It was horrendous. It sounded more like Borat.”

Holt was seventeen years old when he auditioned. Ultimately, of course, 25-year-old Ben Barnes was cast. Read the full story.

Walden Media Restructuring

Posted August 2, 2013 6:24 am by glumPuddle 11 Comments

WaldenDeadline is reporting some big changes happening at Walden Media, the company behind the three Chronicles of Narnia films. Employees will be laid off, and the company is no longer developing original content. An official statement said:

The company will remain a co-financier of film projects originating with studio partners or independent production companies. Walden will continue its mission to seek out projects that tell uplifting and inspiring stories for the whole family.

Read the full report

Kickstarter for Narnia Swordplay Documentary

Posted July 17, 2013 10:34 am by Tirian 8 Comments

The team behind last year’s Reclaiming the Blade documentary is planning to release a new documentary called Reclaiming the Blade: Sons of Fire. This documentary will feature Ben Barnes and William Moseley and will be of particular interest to Narnia movie fans and any who are interested in swordplay. The Kickstarter is looking to raise $150,000 for this film – learn more about this initiative. Thanks to Sui-Lun for the alert.

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