Word on the Street
This year’s “Doctor Who” Christmas special will be a take on “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardobe”: “The special sees the Time Lord (Matt Smith, 28) crash land in war-torn England. Posing as the caretaker of a creepy old house in Dorset he embarks on a magical mystery adventure with Madge Arwell and her two children, Lily and Cyril. The three have been evacuated from London as the capital comes under attack during World War Two. And there’s plenty of surprises as the Doctor leads them into a new world.” Read the story here. Thanks to ‘Ellie’.
Beards and bedsteads! A few days ago, Peter Dinklage (Trumpkin) won the Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (“Game of Thrones”). You can view his speech here. Thanks to ‘Estera’ for the alert.
William Moseley (Peter) makes an appearance as Wheeler (“Fire!”) in a recent Captain Planet parody video by Funny or Die. “Captain Planet” was a television series created by Ted Turner in the early 90s. Funny or Die is a comedy video website founded by Will Ferrell and Adam McKay’s production company. View the video here. There is also a behind-the-scenes video. (Warning: Strong language and some sexual content in both videos).
Captain America: The First Avenger, written by Narnia screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, hit theaters yesterday. Markus and McFeely have already started working on the script for the sequel, which will take place before The Avengers (releasing next Summer). Watch a clip.
TIME has posted a picture of Ken Stott (voice of Trufflehunter in Prince Caspian) in costume as Balin in The Hobbit, directed by Peter Jackson. View it here (left). Balin is the cousin of Gimli. In the first Lord of the Rings film, the fellowship fight a cave troll at Balin’s tomb in the Mines of Moria. The first Hobbit film, An Unexpected Journey, releases in December 2012. The next film, There and Back Again, releases a year later.
Ben Barnes (Caspian) has been cast in “The Seventh Son,” Warner Bros’ upcoming adaptation of the first book in the Wardstone Chronicles by Joseph Delaney. He will be playing “the young farmhand who discovers he has an aptitude for perceiving the supernatural.” He joins Jeff Bridges and Julianne Moore. The film will be directed by Sergey Bodrov, and is currently set for a 2013 release. Read more.
If you see Disney/Pixar’s Cars 2, which opened today, keep an ear out for Eddie Izzard (voice of Reepicheep in Prince Caspian) as the voice of Sir Miles Axlerod.
Marvel’s Captain America: The First Avenger does not hit theaters until July 22, but Narnia screenwriter Stephen McFeely is already working on the script for the sequel. Read more.
Andrew Adamson is producing a computer-animated feature film based on the Dark Horse Comics title, “Beasts of Burden.” Both the film and four-issue mini-series are “set in a community called Burden Hill where a series of supernatural events occur, causing a gang of dogs (and one cat) to team up in order to keep their owners and the town’s residents safe.” Read more. Back in June 2007 while filming Prince Caspian, Adamson told NarniaWeb: “[Computer animation] is definitely something I still want to keep involved in because it’s an art form that I really like and I think it allows you to do very different things than you can’t necessarily do in this medium.”
20th Century Fox’s X-Men: First Class hit theaters on Friday and grossed $56m in the United States in its opening weekend. The film features James McAvoy (Tumnus) as a young Professor Xavier, who was played by Patrick Stewart in the previous films. Most reviewers have praised McAvoy’s performance. Entertainment Weekly writes: “McAvoy and Fassbender are a casting triumph. These two have, yes, real star magnetism, both individually and together.” Watch a clip.