Chronicles of Narnia

Dec. 10, 2010 | 5:26 a.m.

REVIEW: Narnia franchise sails on with ‘Dawn Treader’

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Los Angeles Times film critic Betsy Sharkey reviews the latest of C.S. Lewis’ “The Chronicles of Narnia” adaptations to hit the screen, “Voyage of the Dawn Treader.” If you part the roiling seas of “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader,” and look beyond the good vs. evil religious allegories ever present in the C.S. Lewis stories, you will discover the best thing about the present voyage — a rat and a brat. For fans of the series, that means the long tail of Reepicheep is back with Simon Pegg giving excellent voice to the swashbuckling rodent whose rapier wit is as erudite as his swordsmanship is sharp. Though the Reepster will be facing greater foes, his biggest challenge is taming Eustace (Will Poulter), the obnoxious young cousin whose family Lucy ( Georgie Henley) and Edmund ( […]
Nov. 04, 2010 | 5:22 a.m.

‘Narnia’ stars look for magic in shopping malls

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What’s more magical than a mall? If you want to reach American consumers, it makes perfect sense to go straight to the place where they doing the consuming. In the 1980s, pop singer Tiffany proved it when her handlers cleverly booked a concert tour of the malls of America (you can see a bit of her Paramus,  N.J, stop thanks to the way-back machine known as You Tube), and this holiday season the cast members of “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader” will be following in the singer’s food-court footsteps, albeit with some 21st century bells and whistles. On Nov. 12, Georgie Henley (who portrays Lucy Pevensie) and Will Poulter (who plays Eustace Clarence Scrubb) will appear at the Beverly Center in Los Angeles at 4 p.m. for a lighting ceremony in an “Ice Palace,” an “immersive and […]
Feb. 25, 2009 | 6:58 p.m.

The army of Narnia: Bill Westenhofer reveals the magic behind the beasties

WIZARDS OF HOLLYWOOD: BILL WESTENHOFER This is the fourth installment in our series "Wizards of Hollywood," where we shine a spotlight on the masters of movie magic, the effects specialists who can dazzle us with screen images of liquid robots, giants and goblins, ferocious dinosaurs or just a special human soul who ages in reverse. Today, guest contributor Liesl Bradner interviews Oscar-winner Bill Westenhofer. Bill Westenhofer of Rhythm & Hues Studios in Los Angeles has worked on "Spawn," "Men in Black II," "Stuart Little," "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" and last year he won an Academy Award for his labors on "The Golden Compass." Right now he’s working on "Land of the Lost," the Will Ferrell special-effects comedy based on the old Krofft Brothers television show. My most memorable scene on film is the […]
Jan. 21, 2009 | 12:26 a.m.

‘Chronicles of Narnia’, David Lynch, Superman vs. Spider-Man all in Everyday Hero headlines

It’s a brand new day, here’s the latest edition of Everyday Hero, your roundup of handpicked headlines from across the fanboy universe… COMIC BOOKS LOSING THEIR POWERS?: The American comic book has, in some ways, never been bigger in pop culture than today with the commercial blockbusters in Hollywood and the critical respect for graphic novels. But business reporter Tiffany Hsu writes that the core publishing business that has struggled in recent years is up against the wall in the current economy: "A high-stakes battle for survival is underway in the comic book universe, and superheroes such as Wonder Woman and Wolverine have been enlisted in the fight. Even President-elect Barack Obama — and an impostor — have been recruited to help Spider-Man. With mixed results, the nation’s comic book publishers and hundreds of neighborhood shops are fighting off a […]
Dec. 26, 2008 | 11:24 p.m.

‘Watchmen’ ruling, Eartha Kitt and ‘The Green Hornet’ all in Everyday Hero headlines

Welcome to the holiday hangover edition of Everyday Hero, your roundup of handpicked headlines from across the fanboy universe. Today is Dec. 26. 2008, and, like the egg nog you find in your fridge in March, there’s nothing but sourness in today’s update…. FIRST WE TAKE MANHATTAN: Just when you thought the long, strange odyssey of the “Watchmen” film adaptation had settled into a steady stroll toward a March release date, a California courtroom decision looks at the Rorschach test and sees something completely different. Now the release date of the film may actually be pushed back. An old friend, Michael Cieply, has the story: “In a surprise ruling, a federal judge in Los Angeles said he intended to grant 20th Century Fox’s claim that it owns a copyright interest in the ‘Watchmen,’ a movie shot by Warner Brothers and […]
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