Legendary novelist C.s. Lewis has been honoured with a memorial stone in Poets' Corner at London's Westminster Abbey. The writer, best-known for creating The Chronicles of Narnia, was remembered in a ceremony at the cathedral on Friday (22Nov13), exactly 50 years after his death at the age of 64.
A memorial honouring Lewis was placed in a section of the building known as Poets' Corner, where literary figures such as Jane Austen, Elizabeth Gaskell and Ted Hughes have floor stones.
Several hundred people, including family, friends and former students of Lewis, turned out for the event.
Lewis' death on 22 November, 1963 received minimal media attention because it happened on the same day U.S. President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas.
An unseen essay by famed author C.s. Lewis is to be published for the first time. The piece, in which The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe writer outlines his thoughts on God and the nature of truth, was rescued from a bonfire following Lewis' death in 1963.
It is to be published next week (beg25Nov13) to mark the 50th anniversary of his passing on 22 November (13).
The essay was among a bundle of papers Lewis' brother Warren had earmarked for burning which were saved by the writer's secretary, Walter Hooper.
He says, "Warren was moving to a smaller place, so he began burning up the family papers. He loved his brother dearly, but he wasn't interested in anything except things of a family nature."
Fox Searchlight executives are developing a biopic about famed author J.R.R. Tolkien. The writer, who penned classics such as The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, is the latest literary legend set to have their life played out on the big screen.
The film will chronicle the key moments which led Tolkien to create his iconic books, including his service in World War I, his role as a code breaker-in-waiting during World War II, and his friendship with Chronicles of Narnia author, C.S. Lewis.
Cowboys and Angels director David Gleeson, a self-confessed Tolkien superfan, will pen the screenplay.
The film adaptations of C.S. Lewis' Chronicles of Narnia novel series have been moreover quiet participants in the voluminous fantasy franchise game. Releasing three movies between 2005 and 2010, the brand never quiet took off to the degree of modern YA publications. But despite an underperforming third chapter, Narnia held a steady enough fanbase to provoke a return to cinemas three years later: JoBlo.com reports that the C.S. Lewis and Mark Gordon Companies are stepping forward with an adaptation of the author's book The Silver Chair... the fourth Narnia book of seven published by the writer, the sixth in Harper Collins' publication order, and the absolute last in the ranking of engaging titles.
The Silver Chair wrangles a number of characters introduced in previous installments of Lewis' series, and introduces original individuals as well. The story takes place, in the realm of Narnia, decades after The Voyage of Dawn Treader (the third of the released Chronicles of Narnia films), but only a year later in the time of "the real world." Although the Pevensie children do not play the same focal role in The Silver Chair that they do in the prior stories, we might imagine filmmakers augmenting their presence in order to thicken the thread between the fourth film and the previous three.
There are no names on board as of yet, so it is up to die hard Lewis fans to imagine what form The Silver Chair might take on the big screen.
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A fourth installment of The Chronicles Of Narnia film series is heading for the big screen. Executives at the C.S. Lewis Company have granted Saving Private Ryan producer Mark Gordon's company the rights to jointly develop and produce a movie adaptation of the fourth book in the author's fantasy collection, The Silver Chair.
A statement released by Gordon reads: "Like many readers, both young and old, I am a huge fan of C.S. Lewis' beautiful and allegorical world of Narnia. These fantasy stories inspire real-world passion among millions of devoted fans around the world. As we prepare to bring the next book to life, we are humbled and excited to contribute to the outstanding legacy of Narnia."
The first Narnia trilogy, starring Liam Neeson as the voice of lion Aslan and Tilda Swinton as the White Witch, grossed a total of $1.6 billion at the global box office, with the last release, 2010's The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, banking $415 million (£276.7 million).
If we think back, we can remember all of the great stories we consumed as a child: the works of Roald Dahl, E.B. White, C.S. Lewis, and more. But how well do we remember these great constructs of literature? Can we name odd quotes and passages from the books that we loved in our younger days?
This latest BuzzFeed video puts our literary memories to the test, offering snippets from our favorite childhood stories and asking us to name the titles from which they originate. Check out the video and see how many you can identify (make your first grade teachers proud).
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Beloved British author C.s. Lewis will be celebrated with a literary festival in England later this year (13) to mark the 50th anniversary of his death. The writer, who penned the hugely successful children's series The Chronicles of Narnia, will be honoured with the four-day C.S. Lewis Jubilee Festival in September (13).
The event has been organised by the Holy Trinity church in Oxford where the devout Christian worshipped before his death in 1963, the same day U.S. President John F. Kennedy was assassinated.
Reverend Tim Stead, vicar of Holy Trinity, says, "We're proud to be able to honour his memory in this way. We've already had expressions of interest in the festival from across the world and we look forward to welcoming many people and sharing with them in the many facets of Lewis' life and work."
The Narnia books have sold more than 100 million copies around the globe and have spawned a number of film adaptations, including Prince Caspian and The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.
Our favorite shows feel perfect for their respective networks: The nude-friendly Game of Thrones is a tried-and-true HBO series, the tortoise-slow Mad Men fits AMC’s intelligent and patient viewers, and The Big Bang Theory never met a laugh track CBS didn’t like. But what if those series appeared on different networks? How would the show change? We’re exploring just that in our Network Swap series. Next up: What if Dexter aired on Vh1?
TV Rating: TV-CTB. As in, make sure you are Close To Bathroom. Now that Dexter is a reality show, the decapitations and graphic blood splatters are going have a nice, disturbing, disgusting Discovery Channel feel. Shark Week has nuthin' on this.
Logline: A new reality series focusing on the Miami Metro homicide unit… and Dexter Morgan (Michael C. Hall) and Debra Morgan's (Jennifer Carpenter) newly complicated relationship. Dexter is no longer just America’s most loved serial killer — he's a serial dater as well. Debra, meanwhile, is the hopeless, lovestruck drama queen who aims to turn the homicide unit against her adoptive brother after he spurns her advances. (Yes, adoptive brother. What's a reality show without an uncomfortable romance?) Who will side with Dexter and Deb in this reality war?
Demographic: Women and Men 18+ who inexplicably find themselves marathoning Mob Wives and Basketball Wives on lazy Saturdays.
Pilot Plot: Deb creates a fake dating profile for Dexter on eHarmony to get revenge on him for denying her love. Too bad there already is a profile for Dexter — which he actually created to find hot dates and lure in his victims.
Breakout Star: The sassy Masuka (C.S. Lee), of course.
Soundbite: “Dexter is Miami’s most well-endowed serial killer," Masuka says in a sexy, yet creepy voice over. "Can I get myself a bite of that?"
Sweeps Twist: Deb has a secret of her own: She was married to a Mob serial killer briefly before he ratted out his entire maffioso family, and he was sent to prison to serve two life sentences back-to-back. Oh and, Sgt. Angel Batista (David Zayas) is openly gay and dating Masuka.
Reason People Watch: Because the blood and drama in Mob Wives and Basketball Wives just wasn’t enough.
What the Critics Say: “This is how you mix drama and blood, True Blood." "Dexter — a real show that kills it." "Can I put my DVR out of its misery?"
Spin-Off Possibilities: Deb Morgan stars on The Bachelorette: On the Wings of a Serial Killer. Maria LaGuerta (Lauren Vélez) partners up with Big Ang to fight crime in NYC. And Joey Quinn (Desmond Harrington) nabs a starring role in Magic Mike 2.
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If there was any doubt that the seventh season of Dexter was going to be a big one, they were put to rest at the Comic-Con panel tonight. Lucky for you, Hollywood.com's own Shaunna Murphy was on the scene to get all the killer details.
Fans were treated to several exclusive insights on where the show takes our beloved serial killer, his lovelorn step-sister Deb, and his toddler son Harrison. It should go without saying that major spoilers are awaiting you if you choose to read on!
Attending the panel this evening were cast members Michael C. Hall (Dexter), Jennifer Carpenter (Deb), and guest star of Chuck fame, Yvonne Strahovski (newcomer Hanna). Also on hand were executive producers Sara Colleton and Scott Buck.
So what are we in for next season? As we mentioned before, a big part of the season will deal with Deb's knowledge of Dexter's dark passenger — well, at least she knows he killed Colin Hanks. Fans were treated to two minutes from the opening of the season, which picks up right where we left off all those months ago: Travis is on the table dead, and Deb cannot deal with what she's seeing. Dexter lies to her (of course) and tries to explain that he'd come to do one more forensics sweep. Deb is clearly not buying it, as she continues to mention the fact that he was wrapped just-so in plastic. The scene ends with Deb calling the police while Dexter screams "no!" You can check it out here:
So where does this leave us? With a lot to unravel, apparently! Carpenter told the audience that "this is the first year where I [as Deb] have felt lost...there's no compass. I've never moved with such uncertainty through every line; through every 'f**k' and bad word. In a weird way, the tables feel like they've turned: I'm the one that's trapped in my f***ing head." This uncertainty and instability is a continued thread throughout the season, as both Dexter and Deb have to deal with the repercussions of Dexter's son Harrison getting older.
Michael C. Hall explained it thusly: "As Harrison gets older and grows more receptive, it becomes a dicier propostion every day. The fact that someone who is also one of Harrison's guardians, Deb, has a sense of what she's dealing with, that changes things as well. But Harrison is still an individual." So what does this mean for adorable little Harrison? Will he start to sense his father's evil deeds? Will Deb feel a need to protect him or take him away from his father? Looks like Dexter may have to finally, actually figure out a way to shield his son from his own handiwork.
But that isn't the only thing that's shifted: it seems as though Deb's confidence in her position (at work, and now over Dexter) does not waver (even if her emotions go on a roller-coaster): "If anything, it's not that she's shying away from the power that she has. She actually needs it. Its the one card she has to play."
Also bringing some mysterious power to the table is new guest star Yvonne Strahovski. Her character Hanna has a dark past (or does she mean...dark passenger?!) that must somehow come into play this season. Strahovski explained that she plays "a woman who is a woman of mystery with a dark past. She meets Dexter, and helps him with an investigation." That's all you're going to get, though. Mystery and intrigue abound!
Towards the end of the panel, things got more lighthearted. There was a joke that this will be an "all bath salts season" because the show takes place in Miami (the same place where the gruesome cannibal-tinged murder took place earlier this year. Florida, man!), as well as something that seemed to be a jab at Jennifer Carpenter's cooking skills. At one point a fan asked about the biggest lie Hall had ever told. "That was delicious," was his response. There were some side-eye/death stares then exchanged between Hall and Carpenter, causing a raucous laughter to emit from the crowd.
Fans were also treated to a season 2 trailer for Homeland, Showtime's other award-winning hit show. There was a brief discussion surrounding the state of the characters on the upcoming season — as well as an announcement that the show will return to the Middle East. At the end of season 1, fans were devastated when the eternally beleaguered Carrie Mathison Claire Daines underwent electroshock therapy. This season will dedicate some time to putting the pieces back together, according to producer Howard Gordon.
So there we have it! Another panel down: are you happy with what you learned about the upcoming season of Dexter, or did you wish you knew more? Let us know in the comments below!
Additional reporting by Shaunna Murphy.
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The film and television nominations for the 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards have been released, recognizing achievements in both individual performances and the strengths of ensemble casts. This year's television award nominations are listed below, including many worthy recipients, but there are also a few surprising absences. Among the hard-hitters listed below are dramas like HBO's Mildred Pierce and Boardwalk Empire, AMC's Breaking Bad and comedies such as ABC's Modern Family (which swept the Emmys this year) and NBC's 30 Rock. However, some might be surprised not to find the new Showtime drama Homeland or NBC's secret weapon Parks and Recreation.
The 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards will air live at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on Jan. 29, 2012 on TNT and TBS.
Click here to read the list of this year's film nominees.
18th ANNUAL SAG AWARDS NOMINATIONS: PRIMETIME TELEVISION
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
Laurence Fishburne - Thurgood (HBO)
Paul Giamatti - Too Big to Fail (HBO)
Greg Kinnear - The Kennedy (Reelz Channel)
Guy Pearce - Mildred Pierce (HBO)
James Woods - Too Big to Fail (HBO
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
Diane Lane - Cinema Verite (HBO)
Maggie Smith - Downton Abbey (PBS)
Emily Watson - Appropriate Adult (Sundance Channel)
Betty White - Hallmark Hall of Fame: The Lost Valentine (CBS)
Kate Winslet - Mildred Pierce (HBO)
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series
Patrick J. Adams - Suits (USA)
Steve Buscemi - Boardwalk Empire (HBO)
Kyle Chandler - Friday Night Lights (DirecTV)
Bryan Cranston - Breaking Bad (AMC)
Michael C. Hall - Dexter (Showtime)
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series
Kathy Bates - Harry's Law (NBC)
Glenn Close - Damages (DirecTV)
Jessica Lange - American Horror Story (FX)
Julianna Margulies - The Good Wife (CBS)
Kyra Sedgwick - The Closer (TNT)
Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series
Alec Baldwin - 30 Rock (NBC)
Ty Burrell - Modern Family (ABC)
Steve Carell - The Office (NBC)
Jon Cryer - Two and a Half Men (CBS)
Eric Stonestreet - Modern Family (ABC)
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series
Julia Bowen - Modern Family (ABC)
Edie Falco - Nurse Jackie (Showtime)
Tina Fey - 30 Rock (NBC)
Sofia Vergara - Modern Family (ABC)
Betty White - Hot in Cleveland (TV Land)
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
Boardwalk Empire (HBO) - Steve Buscemi, Dominic Chianese, Robert Clohessy, Dabney Coleman, Charlie Cox, Jose & Lucy Gallina, Stephen Graham, Jack Huston, Anthony Laciura, Heather Lind, Kelly Macdonald, Rory & Declan McTigue, Gretchen Mol, Brady & Connor Noon, Kevin O'Rourke, Aleksa Palladino, Jacqueline Pennewill, Vincent Piazza, Michael Pitt, Michael Shannon, Paul Sparks, Michael Stuhlbarg, Peter Van Wagner, Shea Whigham, Michael Kenneth Williams, Anatol Yusef
Breaking Bad (AMC) - Jonathan Banks, Betsy Brandt, Ray Campbell, Bryan Cranston, Giancarlo Esposito, Anna Gunn, RJ Mitte, Dean Norris, Bob Odenkirk, Aaron Paul
Dexter (Showtime) - Billy Brown, Jennifer Carpenter, Josh Cooke, Aimee Garcia, Michael C. Hall, Colin Hanks, Desmond Harrington, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Rya Kihlstedt, C.S. Lee, Edward James Olmos, James Remar, Lauren Velez, Peter Weller, David Zayas
Game of Thrones (HBO) - Amrita Acharia, Mark Addy, Alfie Allen, Josef Altin, Sean Bean, Susan Brown, Emilia Clarke, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Peter Dinklage, Ron Donachie, Michelle Farley, Jerome Flynn, Elyes Gabel, Aiden Gillen, Jack Gleeson Iain Glen, Julian Glover, Kit Harington, Lena Headey, Isaac Hempstead Wright, Conleth Hill, Richard Madden, Jason Mamoa, Rory McCann, Ian McElhinney, Luke McEwan, Roxanne McKee, Dar Salim, Mark Stanley, Donald Sumpter, Sophie Turner, Maisie Williams
The Good Wife (CBS) - Christine Baranski, Josh Charles, Alan Cumming, Matt Czuchry, Julianna Margulies, Chris Noth, Archie Panjabi, Graham Phillips, Makenzie Vega
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
30 Rock (NBC) - Scott Adsit, Alec Baldwin, Katrina Bowden, Kevin Brown, Grizz Chapman, Tina Fey, Judah Friedlander, Jane Krakowski, John Lutz, Jack McBrayer, Tracy Morgan, Maulik Pancholy, Keith Powell
The Big Bang Theory (CBS) - Mayim Bialik, Kaley Cuoco, Johnny Galecki, Simon Helberg, Kunal Nayyar, Jim Parsons, Melissa Rauch
Glee (Fox) - Dianna Agron, Chris Colfer, Darren Criss, Ashley Fink, Dot Marie Jones, Jane Lynch, Jayma Mays, Kevin McHale, Lea Michele, Cory Monteith, Heather Morris, Matthew Morrison, Mike O'Malley, Chord Overstreet, Lauren Potter, Amber Riley, Naya Rivera, Mark Salling, Harry Shum Jr., Iqbal Theba, Jenna Ushkowitz
Modern Family (ABC) - Aubrey Anderson-Emmons, Julia Bowen, Ty Burrell, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Nolan Gould, Sarah Hyland, Ed O'Neill, Rico Rodriguez, Eric Stonestreet, Sofia Vergara, Ariel Winter
The Office (NBC) - Leslie David Baker, Brian Baumgartner, Creed Bratton, Steve Carell, Jenna Fischer, Kate Flannery, Ed Helms, Mindy Kaling, Ellie Kemper, Angela Kinsey, John Krasinski, Paul Lieberstein, B.J. Novak, Oscar Nunez, Craig Robinson, James Spader, Phyllis Smith, Rainn Wilson, Zach Woods