In Other News

Rupert Everett May Quit Acting

Posted October 1, 2004 7:20 pm by Tirian

Ireland On-line reports in an interview with Rupert Everett that after he finishes his current projects (a Sherlock Holmes TV movie and The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe) he may stop acting for a while. He says: “I’m not working for the rest of this year, I hope. I don’t know that I ever want to work again actually to be honest. To a certain extent, acting has slightly lost its allure for me. It’s quite hard work and I’m quite bossy and control-oriented, so that’s quite a difficult mixture sometimes.”

Bits From’s Panel Report

Posted October 1, 2004 11:27 am by Tirian

There are a lot of panel reports coming out and we’ve tried to only report the ones that have unique content. Here are the unique parts from’s report: 1) Director Andrew Adamson was picked by Walden Media after delivering a 20 page “term paper” on his vision for Narnia. 2) With the large number of animal characters, everyone is concerned about making a “talking animal” movie and they are going to great lengths to make all of the creatures look natural. 3) The creatures in the film have not been toned down and some of them will be scary for kids. Howard Berger did the “kid test” on all of the creations and asked his own children what they thought and would go back and do extra work when his kids said that things looked “cheesy”.

Sean Connery Not Being Considered

Posted September 27, 2004 7:47 pm by Tirian

In our never-ending quest for truth, we’ve been able to confirm with the production that Sean Connery is not being considered for the role of Aslan. Reports sprung up earlier today at Ain’t It Cool News that Connery was being considered for the role. Publicist Ernie Malik has confirmed for us that veteran actor Sean Connery is not the actor who the production is eyeing to be the voice of Aslan. (There is someone else but we don’t yet know who this is because the deal isn’t in place.)

Mark Johnson’s Next Project

Posted September 23, 2004 8:33 am by Tirian

Word has it that Narnia producer Mark Johnson has signed on to produce Russell Crowe’s film called The Long Green Shore. This will be the first film directed by Crowe, the star of A Beautiful Mind, Master and Commander, and Gladiator. Click here for the story from 7 News.

Casting News for Extras

Posted September 22, 2004 8:50 am by Tirian

Here’s a bit o’ news from our spy, Skye05. Apparently people are still being cast or temporarily cast for background roles. Skye knows someone who is tall and got a call a week ago. They worked on the set for two days. This doesn’t mean that they are still accepting applications, but if the production already has your information, there’s still a possibility that you could get a call. The production also employs people just to fan and water background artists in those prosthetic suits! That would be the job, eh?

Macs on the Set and Narnia DVD News

Posted September 20, 2004 10:55 am by Tirian

See MacWorld’s Macs bring Lord of the Rings, other DVDs to life for an interesting look at the way that Macintosh technology is being used on the set of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. The article also talks about Narnia DVD producer Robert Myer Burnett and his visit to the set.

James McAvoy About To Leave for NZ

Posted September 20, 2004 9:31 am by Tirian

In this September 20th piece I like knowing I’m about to do something bad Scotland’s The Herald states that McAvoy will be heading to New Zealand next week for his six-month stint on the Narnia project. Talking about The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe he says, “It’s a cliché but it was one of my favourite books when I was a child. It terrified me but I loved it.” (Warning: there is some strong language in this article.)

LWW is Gregson-William’s Dream Project

Posted September 19, 2004 1:42 pm by Tirian

This from Film & Video (Harry Gregson-Williams Sounds Off). When asked “What’s your dream project?” Narnia composer Harry Gregson-Williams answered: One I’m working on: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, a Christmas 2005 release. It has [director] Andrew Adamson, who directed Shrek and Shrek 2. It’s live action with a lot of computer-generated imagery, with characters that are half-man, half-beast, like Lord of the Rings. You never know what the future holds, because there are lots of books of Narnia.

More International Release Dates

Posted September 17, 2004 8:32 am by Tirian, an excellent Dutch-language Narnia movie news site, has just let us know that they’ve received word on two more international release dates: Dec. 22nd for Holland and Dec. 21st for Belgium. These are preliminary dates so they can still change, but they seem to fit well with the schedule setup for the rest of Europe.

Barnes & Noble to Host Online CON Class

Posted September 15, 2004 1:48 pm by Tirian

Barnes & Noble will be hosting an online class for those interested in an in-depth study of The Chronicles of Narnia. The class starts October 4th and runs for four weeks. Click here for more information on joining this free class. Thanks to Nennare for finding this!