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Titles and Release Dates For the Hobbit Films Announced; White Council & Dol Guldor Confirmed!

The studios behind The Hobbit films announced the titles and release dates of Peter Jackson’s two-film adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s beloved classic novel. The two films, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and The Hobbit: There And Back Again will be released on December 14, 2012 and December 13, 2013 respectively. The Lord of the Rings film trilogy, also directed by Jackson, also had release dates in December around Christmas. The films will be released in 3D and IMAX 3D as well as in 2D. Continue reading

ABC Family Preview of ‘Deathly Hallows: Part 2’

A preview of the upcoming film, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2, was aired as part of ABC Family’s Harry Potter Weekend this past Thursday. The preview includes new scenes (and some old footage we are familiar with from other trailers) from the final film as well as interviews with Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, David Heyman, Emma Watson, David Yates, and David Barron. Enjoy!

“The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe” 1967 TV Serial Footage

Surviving footage of the 1967 TV serial The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe is on YouTube. Produced by ABC (Associated British Corporation) for ITV (Independent Television, which was set up to provide competition for the BBC), The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe was the first television adaptation of the beloved first Narnia novel. The serial was released in ten parts, although only parts one and eight have survived since according to NarniaWeb, recordings were usually erased for other shows or simply tossed out. Below is the eighth part of the serial titled “The Triumph of the Witch”. I have to warn you: Aslan has sort of a Michael Gambon Goblet of Fire moment in the second video. While watching, I was thinking Aslan needs to chill out.

Looking for the King: An Inklings Novel

Has anyone heard of this novel by C.S. Lewis scholar, David C. Downing? I came across the novel’s official website today and was intrigued by the premise. The novel takes place in 1940 in England, where two Americans, one of which was researching the historical evidence for King Arthur and the other troubled by strange dreams, are searching for the Spear of Destiny. They come across and are helped by the Inklings, including C.S. Lewis and J.RR. Tolkien. The novel was published recently (end of October 2010) and looks like an interesting read.

Review: The Narnia Code by Michael Ward

The publication of Planet Narnia was a watershed moment in C.S. Lewis studies. Scholars before were confused as to why only three novels in The Chronicles of Narnia seemed to contain obvious biblical references (Creation, Death/Resurrection, Last Things) while the rest of the novels didn’t.

Michael Ward discovered through his reading of “The Planets,” a poem by Lewis, that beyond the story and the biblical meanings, there was a third layer, a secret code, namely that Lewis infused the characteristics of the seven planets in Medieval Cosmology into each Narnia tale. Now Ward has brought his scholarly findings to a larger audience with the release of The Narnia Code.

The Narnia Code is a fast paced, easy to read book that serves as an excellent introduction to Ward’s discovery of the planetary blueprint that undergirds the Narnia series. Throughout the book, you will learn many things about the seven planets (Jupiter, Mars, Sol, Luna, Mercury, Venus, and Saturn), their characteristics, and word origins that escape our modern (or perhaps post-modern) minds. For example, I never thought the word commerce was connected with Mercury. Fascinating. This book provides a glimpse into Lewis’s appreciation of the pre-Copernican worldview and how his thoughts on the kappa (hidden) element in story show most prominently in how each Narnia book is infused with the characteristics of the planets. The end of the book has a helpful discussion guide.

This book will leave you wanting more and lead you to Ward’s larger work, Planet Narnia, and perhaps to the Narnia series knowing that it was the product of an intricate mind. More importantly this book will give you insight into Lewis’s Christian thinking and understanding that “The heavens are telling the glory of God…”

Daniel Radcliffe Singing “The Elements”

This was taken a few weeks ago during the London Premiere of the film Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I. Daniel Radcliffe rushed over to the studio from the premiere to appear on BBC’s Graham Norton Show where among other things, he does a rendition of Tom Lehrer’s “The Elements”, a song of the Periodic Table.

Brilliant!

Update: The entire interview is worth seeing: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VciOMkwZQYc.

A Letter to David Yates

Dear Mr. Yates,

I am not much of a fan of your previous Harry Potter films. There, I said it. I know that this is probably not a good way to start a letter and you are probably thinking that I’m a slimy nosed git who doesn’t appreciate all the hard work that it takes to make even one Harry Potter film, much less four. I will understand if you decide to chuck this letter in the bin without reading the rest. Please be patient with me. Continue reading