Word on the Street
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.
Isis Mussenden (Narnia costume designer) has uploaded twenty-six images: eighteen photos from the set, and eight pieces of artwork. View them here
MPC has posted a 6-minute video podcast on the visual effects in The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. Interviews with the VFX team are included, along with new footage showing shots in the early animation stages. The team discusses DragonEustace, the mist, and Reepicheep. View it here.
To all of you young ladies who have been emailing us begging for advice on how to audition for Polly Plummer in The Magician’s Nephew, this story is for you! Tony Nixon, who played Rynelf in The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, has typed a really cool blog offering advice to aspiring actors and actresses who want to be in future Narnia films.
When a film is cast it is the job of the casting director(s) to find suitable applicants to audition. Every now and then we might see a “worldwide campaign” to find the next (insert stars name here) and thousands of young hopefuls lined up around the block to get seen. But honestly I can’t remember the last time this happened. It’s not practical and is time consuming. Usually the method is this.
1) A casting brief is sent out to Actors agents (possibly worldwide, but for smaller roles usually in the country where most of the filming will take place) this brief will contain details of the role. A Character description, Age, Gender and any physical traits etc, ethnicity.
2) The Actors agents then submit Actors they represent that they think might be suitable for the role. Occasionally an Actor may hear through the grapevine of a role and ask his/her Agent to submit them for it.
3) The casting director (s) will decide who they want to see for Auditions. The director may also be involved in seeing the selection of reduced candidates. Now they may ask to see you on a show-reel (DVD) or they may ask to audition you straight away, it varies. For overseas jobs I have sent show-reels and audition tapes.
4) IF you get an audition you may get the role or you may just go through to “Call back” auditions and have to audition again.
To read Tony’s full blog, you can check it out here.
To promote the April 8 DVD and Blu-ray Disc release of The Chronicles Of Narnia: The Voyage Of The Dawn Treader, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment is teaming up with Macy’s Flower Show at Herald Square in New York City.
A garden inspired by the film will be open free to the public from March 27 to April 10, and a special family day will take place April 9 at 2 p.m. Macy’s customers who make a purchase of more than $50 in the childrens section with receive a Narnia goodie bag with a copy of the newly-released The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader DVD. Family day activities include activity stations, coloring stations and readings from the book.
The full story is available here.
In an article posted at Christianity Today, Devin Brown asks the question: “Would C.S. Lewis have renounced Turkish Delight from Ash Wednesday to Easter?”
In his short essay “Some Thoughts,” C. S. Lewis examines the paradoxical fact that the Christian calendar is as full of feasts as it is fasts, as full of fasts as it is feasts.
How did the Christian faith come to have this unique “two-edged” character, a stance which is both world-affirming and world-denying? Lewis explains that on one hand “because God created the Natural—invented it out of His love and artistry—it demands our reverence.” But at the same time, “because Nature, and especially human nature is fallen it must be corrected and the evil within it must be mortified.”
The Chronicles of Narnia are one of four British fantasy series selected for the Royal Mail’s new ‘Magical Realms’ stamp collection. The stamps feature Aslan and the White Witch from Narnia, Dumbledore and Voldemort from Harry Potter, Merlin and Morgan LeFay from Arthurian Legend, and Nanny Ogg and Rincewind from Discworld. You can check out the stamps and order them from the Royal Mail’s website here.
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader is no longer Fox’s highest grossing 2010 release domestically. Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan, which released on December 3, has now grossed over $105m domestically, passing Dawn Treader’s $103.8m. The film was nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Director and Best Picture. Natalie Portman won for Best Actress.
You can now see James McAvoy (Tumnus) playing a young Professor X in the trailer for 20th Century Fox’s “X-Men: First Class,” which releases June 3. Patrick Stewart (who reads “The Last Battle” on audio) played the character in the previous X-Men films. View the trailer here.