Talking Polar Bears, Alethiometers, Nicole Kidman - What's Not to Like?!

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Some people, like LotR aficionados, have waited most of their adult lives for their epic to hit the big screen. Others, notably Harry Potter and Narnia fans, haven't really had to suffer the bittersweet agony of waiting for some director to do justice to their literary childhood fantasia.

Our time has finally come. And it's either going to be really crappy, in which case it takes New Line Cinema down along with it, or it's going to blow our fucking minds.

The epic we're referring to is The Golden Compass, part one of a trilogy we've read at least six times. Watch the Comic Con preview for the fullest effect.

While we doubt Daniel Craig and Nicole Kidman would ever let us down, we realize how stupid it is to pin all our broken dreams on an adaptation, so we are holding our emotions at arm's length.

Total costs for this one film ran over $200 million, so if it tanks, New Line Cinema is probably through. But the graphics on the website are awesome, so we're not super-worried.

The reason why we're writing this up is because we've just burned over 20 minutes learning how to read an alethiometer (a kind of truth-telling compass) and taking a quiz to find out what our daemon was. (A daemon is the outward animal representation of your soul.)

20 minutes is a really long time to spend on a promo site, man. Please do go look RIGHT NOW.

The Golden Compass comes out this December. Watch it - or better yet, read the trilogy first, so we'll finally have somebody to rhapsodize with. (Seriously - it's impossible to have a rational discussion about dark matter, the Aurora Borealis, and talking polar bears out of their natural context.)

by Angela Natividad    Aug-31-07   Click to Comment   
Topic: Best, Online, Promotions, Trends and Culture   

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Nicole Kidman has rarely not not let us down.

Practically every film she makes is a load of old toss and if you add in Mr Craig, I think the few people who saw Invasion would not jump to their defence.

Or were you being sarcastic?

Posted by: BK on August 31, 2007 7:31 AM

Nicole Kidman has rarely not not let us down.

Practically every film she makes is a load of old toss and if you add in Mr Craig, I think the few people who saw Invasion would not jump to their defence.

Or were you being sarcastic?

Posted by: BK on August 31, 2007 7:32 AM

Sarcasm at its very worst. But then again, Daniel Craig made a very decent Bond, and how many actresses are brave enough to take on a Baz Luhrman film?

Posted by: Angela on August 31, 2007 10:04 AM

The Others...Far & Away...Cold Mountain...Moulin Rouge...Batman Forever..Come on!

I love Nicole Kidman. You people are crazy! She's a great actress.

Posted by: ME! on August 31, 2007 11:07 AM

The Others...Far & Away...Cold Mountain...Moulin Rouge...Batman Forever..Come on!

I love Nicole Kidman. You people are crazy! She's a great actress.

Posted by: ME! on August 31, 2007 11:07 AM

I'm confused. The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe came out before I was born (in 1950). How is over fifty years not a long wait for fans of that book.series?

Posted by: That Queer Chick on August 31, 2007 1:30 PM

Hey -- anyone who's read the book knows that the lead character is a GIRL!!! A fantastic girl! Nicole Kidman is probably going to play MRS. COULTER, beautiful, seductive, evil -- She can probably do a good job with that.

Posted by: drsheep on August 31, 2007 2:18 PM

Hey -- anyone who's read the book knows that the lead character is a GIRL!!! A fantastic girl! Nicole Kidman is probably going to play MRS. COULTER, beautiful, seductive, evil -- She can probably do a good job with that.

Posted by: drsheep on August 31, 2007 2:19 PM

This looks great. The books are fantastic and much more than "kid's books." In fact, the author, Phillip Pullman, is reviled by many religious people for his atheist stance, which makes its way into his story. I think the film will tone that view down a bit because they are replacing the Church with something called the Magisterium, a totalitarian entity.

Plus, put me in the Nicole Kidman Love Camp. I think she is fantastic. Sure she has done some duds, but have you ever seen her in To Die For, the Hours, Dead Calm, or a film called Birth? She will make a perfect Mrs. Coulter.
A great fansite for the film is at: http://bridgetothestars.net

Posted by: Nitespore on August 31, 2007 2:37 PM

The books are a great trilogy. I'm just hoping this does well enough to guarantee the sequels being made. And hopefully it'll do well enough for them to take some liberties with the subject matter so as to do the books justice.

There's another great fansite here: http://www.hisdarkmaterials.org

Posted by: pygmyduff on August 31, 2007 8:51 PM

Nitespore: I'm nervous about the film for just that reason. Apparently the original director decided to nix any overt religious references (which will be tough to hold up in the 3rd installment, assuming it's made), and Lyra's big quest revolves mainly around her desire to find a family.

That's somewhat probable, I guess.

In Nicole Kidman's defense, she was also hand-picked by Pullman to play Mrs. Coulter. She does indeed look stunning in the previews.

Posted by: Angela on September 1, 2007 1:27 AM

Poor Nicole!! Wish people would leave her alone. She is a classy, unselfish person. I loved every movie I've seen her in. I just don't understand somebody blaming a whole film on just one actor. The Invasion was not that bad and I think Nicole did great! I loved all the movies mentioned above....Cold Mountain, Too Die For, Dead Calm, etc. She's as good if not better than some of the actresses out there today.

Posted by: gloria on September 1, 2007 1:11 PM

Poor Nicole!! Wish people would leave her alone. She is a classy, unselfish person. I loved every movie I've seen her in. I just don't understand somebody blaming a whole film on just one actor. The Invasion was not that bad and I think Nicole did great! I loved all the movies mentioned above....Cold Mountain, Too Die For, Dead Calm, etc. She's as good if not better than some of the actresses out there today.

Posted by: gloria on September 1, 2007 1:13 PM

Poor Nicole!! Wish people would leave her alone. She is a classy, unselfish person. I loved every movie I've seen her in. I just don't understand somebody blaming a whole film on just one actor. The Invasion was not that bad and I think Nicole did great! I loved all the movies mentioned above....Cold Mountain, Too Die For, Dead Calm, etc. She's as good if not better than some of the actresses out there today.

Posted by: gloria on September 1, 2007 1:13 PM

Nitespore skrev:

they are replacing the Church with something called the Magisterium

It was called the Magisterium in the books themselves (at least, its management echelon was); I gather, however, that they're removing or downplaying the specifically religious aspects, as Angela says. (How much they're doing this, I dunno, given that at least one trailer has had the word "heresy" get thrown around by the old men of Jordan College.)

Posted by: Captain Slack on September 2, 2007 8:12 AM

I saw The Golden Compass movie a couple of days ago and I thought it was amazing! I was really surprised at how well it stuck to the story. The special effects are so cool, especially in the bear fight. I'm Matt from a His Dark Materials fan site, DaemonNet and I think this film is amazing!

Posted by: Matt Marsland on December 9, 2007 6:14 PM





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