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The Golden Compass Movie: Pullman on Storytelling

Whatever stories are made of, words aren’t fundamental to it. Something else is. And what I think is fundamental to the narrative process is events — stories are made of events….Whether we read it in a children’s book or hear it being told to us in a class, it doesn’t matter. It’s the story itself, the events themselves that have that power to affect us.

From a truly wonderful interview by James Mustich with Philip Pullman (and one he especially recommends).

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Waiting for Lyra: The Truth Will Out

Great news this (although not for Bill Donohue):

More than ten years after its original publication, “The Golden Compass” (Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books) has hit USA Today’s Top 50 Best Sellers list, having seen a 500% increase in sales over the last three months.

The Golden Compass’ Popularity Surges in Weeks Leading up to the New Line Cinema… | Reuters

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Waiting for Lyra: Non-Armoured Bears

A Scottish zoo expects a rise in visitors to see the only polar bear in the U.K. in response to the movie.

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Waiting for Lyra: The Guardian Review

If Darth Vader wore a blond wig, a slinky dress and a dab of Chanel behind each ear, he could hardly be as evil as Nicole Kidman, playing the gorgeous villainess Mrs Coulter in this spectacular new movie version of Northern Lights, the opening episode of Philip Pullman’s fantasy series His Dark Materials.

Read the rest of Peter Bradshaw’s review here.

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Waiting for Lyra: More Media

This informative Newsweek article, “A Director Confronts Some Dark Material,” includes some pithy quotes from author, actors, and director.

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Waiting for Lyra: Donna on Dust

Another smart and thoughtful piece from religion scholar Donna Freitas.

God in the dust – The Boston Globe

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Waiting for Lyra: Panserbjørne

Two very cool film clips and an interview here.

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Waiting for Lyra: Director Chris Weitz Answers Some Questions

“What I would say to fans of the book who are worried about the fidelity of the film is – just see the film.” Chris Weitz

MTV Movies Blog » ‘Golden Compass’ Director Chris Weitz Answers Your Questions: Part I

(Thanks to bridgetothestars for this and the Richards’ feature in the previous post.)

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Waiting for Lyra: Dakota Blue Richards

“She didn’t want to be an actor; she wanted to be Lyra.”

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Waiting for Lyra: The Brad Pitt of Children’s Literature

Move aside all you wannabee hot men of children’s literature, here’s the man making many swoon these days. “Meeting Philip Pullman was my equivalent of meeting Brad Pitt, one-on-one. “commented Donna Freitas, a scholar of religion and co-author of Killing the Imposter God: Philip Pullman’s Spirtual Imagination in His Dark Materials, after interviewing him recently. Here is Donna’s heartfelt report on that experience. And here is her intelligent response to the controversy surrounding the religious ideas in the trilogy.


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