Monday’s specials:

CHATTAWAY DISCOVERS NEW NARNIA STORY!
Yikes! Chattaway has stumbled onto one of the things I’ve dreaded… the first of the new stories about Narnia, NOT from the mind of C.S. Lewis. Here’s the Amazon info page.

Speaking of Narnia…

NEWSWEEK ENTERS NARNIA
The inevitable splashy article that contains enough information to qualify as a review of the movie:

Will the movie be too religious for a wide audience? Might it not be religious enough for Lewis’s Christian fans? … The speculation is understandable, partly because the climax of “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” can be read as an allegory for Jesus’s death and resurrection—though how many of us read it that way when we were 8?—and partly because, after “The Passion of the Christ,” movies are increasingly regarded as things to play tug of war with, rather than share. In any case, NEWSWEEK was given an exclusive look at a rough cut of the movie. “Narnia,” a $150 million production cofinanced by Disney and the educationally minded Walden Media, is a PG-rated movie about, and for, families. A movie that features a pitched battle with children, Minotaurs, polar bears and talking wolves, but no bloodshed. A movie that understands the pulse-quickening value of peril and betrayal, but prizes loyalty and forgiveness. It’s faithful to the novel, and only as Christian as you want it to be.

“Only as Christian as you want it to be?” Couldn’t the same thing be said of The Passion of the Christ? What the heck does that mean?

GRESHAM REMINDS EVANGELICALS… LEWIS WAS A SMOKER AND A DRINKER!
Christianity Today has a new interview with Douglas Gresham about C.S. Lewis.

WILCO WILL ROCK
Wilco’s aiming for a 2006 release of a new studio album. Their double live album comes out November 15th.

CRITERION’S NEW FILM PUBLICATION
Focus is the new online film journal by Criterion. Cool.

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