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PostSubject: Movie News   Tue Dec 07, 2010 12:36 pm

The title say it all.

Here is the first movie atricle

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Plot needed big changes, new Narnia filmmakers say (Reuters)
Source: Reuters Tue Dec 07, 2010, 8:35 am EST

LONDON (Reuters) - The makers of the latest blockbuster based on C.S. Lewis's "The Chronicles of Narnia" books admit they departed significantly from the source material, but believe the changes made for a better film.

"The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader" hits movie theatres this week in the key U.S. and British markets, and much is riding on the third installment of the franchise.

The action-packed, effects-laden 3-D film follows Lucy and Edmund Pevensie and their surly cousin Eustace to Narnia where they embark on an epic sea adventure with Caspian and the feisty talking mouse Reepicheep.

British director Michael Apted, best known for Bond film "The World is Not Enough," said the Lewis estate initially questioned the need for changes to the storyline made in the script, but eventually agreed that they were necessary.

The original Lewis novel, third in the seven-book children's series, was too episodic for the big screen and lacked a narrative thread to drive the plot forward, Apted said.

"You've got to have a reason in a movie to go from A to B to C, especially in a commercial movie. So that was a big problem," Apted told Reuters in a recent interview.

He and the screenwriters spent two years coming up with an alternative, eventually deciding to borrow from the fourth Narnia novel "The Silver Chair" and its theme of captives being held underground as a way of moving the story along.

"They (the Lewis estate) were a bit put out by it at first," Apted added. "We gave them the original script to look at which was the pure adaptation of the book, and I think that they could see that there was just an inner inertness to the story."

Watch the trailer for "The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader":



REVIEWS MIXED

By using elements of The Silver Chair, production company Walden Media and new partner Twentieth Century Fox may find it easier to make the fourth movie in a franchise which Apted argued would be difficult to sustain for seven titles.

"I would be surprised if they did all seven books," Apted said. "I suppose the fourth one might work better now after the changes we made in the third ... but after that it goes haywire.

"With a franchise, the continuity of characters is actually quite crucial and I don't know how they are going get beyond book four. I think it is a problem."

He said he would be prepared to direct a fourth film were it to be made and if he was asked.

Mark Johnson, a producer on all three Narnia movies, told a press conference last week he would like to adapt all seven C.S. Lewis novels.

Early reviews of The Dawn Treader have been generally positive, with review website www.rottentomatoes.com giving the movie an aggregate score of 61 percent.

"It's thoroughly satisfying and enjoyable and leaves you wanting more ... roll on (hopefully) the next in the series, The Silver Chair," wrote Mark Adams in the popular British tabloid newspaper The Mirror.

But The Hollywood Reporter's Todd McCarthy was less impressed, saying: "This tedious third entry doesn't bode well for the continuation of the franchise."

Walt Disney Co. partnered Walden Media in the first two films before dropping the franchise.

" The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe " was a hit with global ticket sales of $745 million, but sequel " Prince Caspian" was seen as a failure despite earning $420 million in ticket sales.

(Reporting by Mike Collett-White, editing by Paul Casciato)


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PostSubject: Re: Movie News   Mon Dec 13, 2010 10:29 pm

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Jack Sparrow Faces New Dangers in the Trailer for 'On Stranger Tides'
by: Matt McDaniel

Captain Jack Sparrow has been betrayed, marooned, imprisoned, cursed, sentenced to hang, and eaten by a giant sea monster. And each time he still came out on top. So you didn't think he'd stop at just three movies, did you?

Walt Disney Pictures just released the first trailer for Capt. Jack's fourth adventure, "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides." And while several of the elements that made the original three films one of the top five trilogies of all time are the same, much has changed.

Johnny Depp is back, of course, as Jack, along with Geoffrey Rush as his old nemesis, Barbossa, and Kevin R. McNally as his first mate, Gibbs. But Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley do not appear in this installment. Instead, Jack confronts new threats, including a legendary pirate, and a woman from his past that reignites an old flame. Jack will have to face them all as he pursues the ultimate hidden treasure: finding the Fountain of Youth.

Watch the exclusive trailer premiere for "On Stranger Tides" below, and then scroll down to see what changes are in store for Jack in the new movie.



Jack Takes London
Captain Jack is out of his element as he finds himself on dry land in England and a captive of the British Crown. Richard Griffiths -- who plays Harry Potter's uncle Vernon Dursley -- appears as King George II.

Barbossa Switches Sides
Captain Barbossa, last seen at the end of "At World's End" running off with the Black Pearl, is back, but he's out of his pirate gear and in a naval uniform. And with that pegleg it looks like he lost a limb somewhere along the way.

Meet Angelica
Penelope Cruz plays Angelica, who has a history with Jack and her own agenda. She's Spanish, like the actress playing her, and she's obviously capable with a sword and not afraid to stand up for herself. She must get that from her father, Blackbear

The Pirate All Pirates Fear
Ian McShane is Blackbeard, the real-life pirate (born Edward Teach) who terrorized the seas in the early 18th century aboard his ship, Queen Anne's Revenge. He'll stop anyone who tries to get to the Fountain before him.

Supernatural Dangers
Every "Pirates" movie has some sort of paranormal adversary, like the cursed crew of the Black Pearl and Davy Jones' fishy fiends. The last movie even had a goddess, th vengeful Calypso. In this one, Jack faces the walking undead -- zombies.

Beautiful Threats
Mythological creatures don't have to be ugly to be treacherous. To reach the Fountain, Jack will sail through "mermaid waters." And these aren't like Disney's other little mermaids. They tempt sailors to their soggy deaths.

X Marks the Spot
Throughout the trailer, Jack sports two cuts on his face in the shape of an "X." What does it mean? We'll have to wait until this summer to find out.

"Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides" sails into theaters in 3D and in IMAX on May 20, 2011.

Source: blog.movies.yahoo.com


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