The Chronicles Continue—No big surprise here, but after the large opening of The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, Disney is rushing ahead with a sequel. Disney was hoping for a $60 million opening weekend, and wound up with even more than that. Plans for a Harry Potter-sized franchise are all but assured. (Just like Harry Potter, the Narnia books have seven volumes.) Seems that Disney is hoping to get The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian into theaters by December 2007.
Arresting visual fantasy creates a nice place to visit, but you might not want to live there
For true fans, Dave McKean and Neil Gaiman, the minds behind the new fantasy film Mirrormask, need no introduction. For those who haven't followed the comic book industry for the last couple decades, Gaiman is the award-winning writer of the groundbreaking fantasy series Sandman. McKean is his longtime collaborator, the creator behind most of the elaborate cover art that graced the Sandman series over its long life. If, by chance, you've never read the Sandman series, I suggest you go out right now and purchase each and every issue.
turned- musical- turned- movie- musical fails to produce solid entertainment
The Producers began life as a film by Mel Brooks. Shortly after Hairspray (a film by John Waters) became a big hit as a Broadway musical, The Producers was tapped as the next movie-to-stage surefire smash (proving that Hollywood isn't the only industry incapable of coming up with original ideas). The odd twist in the tale comes now that The Producers has been made back into a movie.
... And a Happy View Year
Christmas Day around the dial
Whether you're searching for something to pass the time while the coffee percolates and the kids wake up, or if you're just in the mood for some vegetative, post-present-opening entertainment, this year's Christmas Day television roster is filled with appropriate holiday treats.
The Week in Sloth
“Deal or No Deal” (KOB-4 7 p.m.) Is it me, or is this the worst game show ever broadcast on television? It's basically the equivalent of watching people flip coins. And it's hosted by Howie Mandel.
“Earth, Wind and Fire: Tribute on Ice” (Bravo 7 p.m.) I guess you haven't achieved the level of true soul music legends until someone produces an ice-dancing spectacular featuring your tunes.
“Being Bobby Brown: Christmas with the Browns” (Bravo 8 p.m.) Well, I guess it beats Christmas with the Bonaduces.