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700 Local Extras

Posted December 23, 2004 2:56 pm by Tirian

One of our spies in New Zealand has heard directly from one of the helicopter pilots that there were 700 local extras being used as they were filming the final battle sequence. The size and scope of this battle is going to be huge!

BBC Re-releases Audio Drama

Posted December 21, 2004 11:35 am by Tirian

With the building expectation for the feature-film of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, BBC Audio Books have recently reissued Brian’s classic radio dramatisation of CS Lewis’ entire Chronicles of Narnia (from The Magician’s Nephew to The Last Battle in a limited edition. The seven double-CD sets come handsomely boxed in their own “wardrobe”. More on Brian Sibley’s website.

AICN Sees Narnia Clip

Posted December 13, 2004 10:57 am by Tirian

In their annual 24-hour long movie preview session, Ain’t It Cool News caught a glimpse of some footage from the Narnia film. Their report: “This was mostly a behind the scenes look at the WETA progress being made on the design of the film. Some of the creatures looked frighteningly similar to LOTR while the Minotaur stood out as an exceptionally cool design….. The minotaur from THE LION, THE WITCH, AND THE WARDROBE looked photo-real. Nice.” [Warning: Some strong language on this site.]

Amy Lee Rumors Continue

Posted December 9, 2004 8:23 pm by Tirian

Evanescence lead singer Amy Lee reasserted her claim that she is working on music for The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. In a recent E! Online article she claims “I’m doing some cool, ethereal vocal stuff throughout the score and also a song for the end credits.” The production will not corroborate her story, so we know we are getting the runaround from someone. We’ll have more on this story as it continues to unfold.

Production Cuts Off Media After Selwyn Issue

Posted November 29, 2004 3:34 pm by Tirian

NZCity reports today that The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe filmakers have issued a blanket ban on media interviews after a controversial resource consent application in which the Selwyn District Council had given the filmmakers the go ahead to build a major road in the area. Film spokesman Ernie Malik says media coverage of the film has been restricted until all aspects of the issue are settled.

Posters Up In West Coast Theaters

Posted November 27, 2004 10:07 am by Tirian

Christopher writes to tell us that The Lion, Witch, and The Wardrobe advertisements are out in Cinemark Movie Theaters on the west coast. It’s about eight feet tall and it’s the open wardrobe, and when you look inside you see a character standing at a lamp post (which is lit up), and at the bottom of the wardrobe you see “Narnia December 2005”.

Walden May Take on Charlotte’s Web

Posted November 19, 2004 8:24 am by Tirian

According to Empire Online, Walden Media and Paramount are in talks right now to film a mixed live-action and CGI version of the beloved children’s classic Charlotte’s Web. The film is due to begin shooting in January and is directed by Gary Winick (13 Going on 30) and written by Susannah Grant (Erin Brockovich) and Karey Kirkpatrick (Chicken Run).

Tilda Swinton Wins Best Actress at BAFTA

Posted November 15, 2004 8:47 am by Tirian

The film Young Adam swept the field at the BAFTA Scotland awards last night, as stars of the big and small screens celebrated the best in Scottish film and television. Not only was it declared best film, it also won best director for David MacKenzie, best actor for Ewan McGregor and best actress for Tilda Swinton. See the whole story at (this site has a great picture of Tilda as well).

Narnia Poster Spotted In London

Posted November 10, 2004 9:27 am by Tirian

The Hollywood News spotted a Narnia banner with the original artwork and the new logo at Sunday’s London Film and Comic Con. Click here to see the poster and logo together.

Amazon Preselling LWW Movie Edition

Posted November 5, 2004 8:41 am by Tirian

Amazon UK is preselling The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe with a cover from the movie. The cover isn’t yet available and the book won’t be released until June 20, 2005! Here’s the description from Amazon: On 9 December 2005, Andrew (Shrek) Adamson’s live-action film adaptation of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe will be released by Disney, and it is already being hailed as the biggest film franchise of all time, guaranteed to appeal to adults and children across the globe. A second film is already in development. Sporting breathtaking new photographic covers, these new adult editions of the seven Chronicles of Narnia now give everyone an opportunity to experience the adventures in their original form. Read what everyone will be talking about by Christmas and savour once more some of the best-loved stories ever written.