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Joe Johnston on Star Wars 40th Anniversary

Posted May 29, 2017 4:09 pm by The Rose-Tree Dryad 4 Comments

The Silver Chair director Joe Johnston shared a series of tweets today reflecting on the 40th anniversary of Star Wars. Johnston began his career working on the first Star Wars film as a concept artist and sounds technician, and was an art director of visual effects for the second and third films of the trilogy. Here’s a snippet of what he has to say about the experience and why it was so special:

With few exceptions, the people who came together in 1975 to put Lucas’s creations on screen weren’t seasoned veterans of the film industry. A few had a little previous experience but for many of us it was our first entry into the world of cinema. George Lucas didn’t assemble a team of technical experts. He called on largely untested people who had imagination, talent and a passion to try things that had never been done before. The adventure we shared happened because the right elements came together at a moment in time sparked by the brilliant vision of one man.

We are all well aware that our unique experience on the original Star Wars trilogy—the way our teams of passionate people created such stunning visual effects in the pre-digital age—will never happen again, to those who lived it or to anyone else in the future of filmmaking. We’re profoundly fortunate to have been at the right place at the right time, escorted through it all by the creative mind of George Lucas.

Fans of Narnia know that things never happen the same way twice, but here’s to hoping that the time is right for The Silver Chair to come together in a new and magical way through the efforts of an imaginative and passionate team!

The Magician’s Nephew Stage Play Up Next at Logos Theatre?

Posted May 18, 2017 2:14 pm by Glumpuddle 2 Comments

Exclusive: The Academy of Arts has confirmed that their current intention is to produce The Magician’s Nephew as their next Narnia stage production. They are still working on obtaining all the necessary approvals.

The Prince Caspian stage play at the Logos Theatre has been getting rave reviews from fans (including Douglas Gresham) but not everyone can make the trip to Taylors, SC. We have gotten word that The Academy of Arts has considered taking the show on tour. This may not happen.

Tickets are still on sale for Summer performances of Prince Caspian at the Logos Theatre. NarniaWeb will be attending a performance so watch for a review.

Thanks to ‘TolkienFan’ for the tip.

UPDATE: We have gotten word that plans to take Prince Caspian on tour have been abandoned for now. The logistical challenge of accommodating the show’s special effects on the road proved to great.

Logos Prince Caspian Stage Play DVD Has Been Cancelled

Posted May 12, 2017 11:06 am by Glumpuddle 4 Comments

Word has reached us that, unfortunately, the DVD recording of the Prince Caspian stage play at the Logos Theatre has been cancelled. But tickets are still available for upcoming performances in Taylors, SC.

NarniaWeb will be attending a performance. Check back this Summer for our review.

Douglas Gresham has been praising the show (watch video). “I was amazed at the quality of the stage work, the acting, and everything to do with this production,” he said. “It’s the first ever professional production of Prince Caspian on stage. It’s important to me that a production that opens the idea of Prince Caspian on stage should be a very good one, and this is.”

Video: Gresham Introduces Prince Caspian at the Logos Theatre

Posted May 5, 2017 1:50 pm by Glumpuddle 8 Comments

The Academy of Arts has posted a video of Douglas Gresham (stepson of C.S. Lewis) introducing the Prince Caspian stage play at the Logos Theatre in Logos, SC.

“I was amazed at the quality of the stage work, the acting, and everything to do with this production. It’s the first ever professional production of Prince Caspian on stage. It’s important to me that a production that opens the idea of Prince Caspian on stage should be a very good one, and this is.”

The video also includes new footage of the production. Buy tickets for upcoming performances.

Watch Douglas Gresham Live at Wheaton College

Posted April 3, 2017 2:02 pm by Glumpuddle 14 Comments

Douglas Gresham (stepson of C.S. Lewis) will be speaking at Wheaton College in Wheaton, IL tonight. The event will be streamed live beginning at 6:55pm CST.

“Evangelism and C.S. Lewis: A conversation with Lewis’ stepson Douglas Gresham, with music by Meg Sutherland.”

Professor of evangelism Dr. Jerry Root will interview C.S. Lewis’ son, Douglas Gresham, about Lewis’ legacy as an evangelist. Singer-songwriter Meg Sutherland will perform songs from her debut album, “Courage, Dear Heart,” which features songs inspired by the creative legacy of Lewis.

Evangelism and C.S. Lewis is sponsored by the Billy Graham Center for Evangelism and the Marion E. Wade Center at Wheaton College.

We will see if he offers any new information about The Silver ChairView the stream here.

UPDATE 4/18/17: View the recording of the event. You can also read our notes. The event begins with a few songs from Meg Sutherland. Gresham unsuccessfully tried to get her song “Real” into the closing credits of The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.

C.S. Lewis’s Favorite Pub Being Refurbished

Posted March 24, 2017 2:30 pm by Glumpuddle 5 Comments

The Eagle and Child, the Oxford pub frequented by C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Charles Williams, will be getting refurbished to include seven hotel rooms. The project is scheduled for completion in 2018. Read more.

Work-in-progress versions of books like The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe and The Lord of the Rings were read aloud in this pub by members of the Inklings. A plaque on the wall reads: “The conversations that have taken place here have profoundly influenced the development of 20th century English literature.”


See William Moseley in ‘The Little Mermaid’ Trailer

Posted March 10, 2017 8:02 pm by Glumpuddle 5 Comments

You can see William Moseley (Peter) in a new trailer for Conglomerate Media’s The Little Mermaid (not to be confused with Disney’s upcoming live-action film). Moseley plays a young reporter from a small town in Mississippi investigating reports of a real mermaid. View the trailer.

Narnia on Netflix

Posted November 7, 2016 8:58 pm by Glumpuddle 8 Comments

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005) is now available to stream on Netflix. Thanks to ‘Wolfloversk’ for the alert.

Andrew Adamson to Direct ‘Curious George’

Posted August 9, 2016 7:51 am by Glumpuddle 9 Comments

Andrew Adamson (aka Andrew Son-of-Adam) has signed on to direct and co-write a live-action adaptation of Curious George, the classic children’s book series by Margret and H.A. Rey that first appeared in 1941. Ron Howard and Brian Grazer will produce. Read more. Among our readers, Adamson is best known for directing The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005) and Prince Caspian (2008).

This will likely keep Adamson busy for at least a couple years, which might discourage the fans hoping he will someday return to Narnia.

Harper Collins Releases Narnia Colouring Book

Posted March 28, 2016 6:25 pm by fantasia_kitty 14 Comments

Coloring Book CoverIf you’ve jumped on the coloring book bandwagon like I have, then you will be thrilled to learn that Harper Collins has released ‘The Chronicles of Narnia Official Colouring Book.’ According to Harper Collins’ website, the 96 page book features the original art by Pauline Baynes, maps, favorite quotes, and more.

Order your copy on Harper Collins’ website here.

UPDATE: Here’s a video review from Glumpuddle’s personal channel.