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Film Review: Reality Trumps Fantasy In 'Spiderwick Chronicles'

February 12th, 2008 5:29pm EST
The Spiderwick Chronicles
The Spiderwick Chronicles may not be in the same fantasy league as the tales of J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis and J.K. Rowling. Yet the family flick based on the books of Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black is an all-around class act, even if its world of ogres and goblins is a bit stale in the wake of its more ambitious cousins in the over-the-rainbow genre.

The human characters are the main source of wonder here. Freddie Highmore, Sarah Bolger and Mary-Louise Parker authentically capture the fractured spirit of a family newly cast into single-parent mode, while David Strathairn adds a wistf...
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'Prince Caspian Movie Tie-In Edition'-- Read It Before You See The Film

February 6th, 2008 8:00pm EST
The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian
The countdown to Walt Disney Pictures' and Walden Media's film The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian begins this week with the release of The Chronicles Of Narnia Movie Tie-In Edition.

For the first time, readers can experience Narnia in a collectible edition featuring an 8-page, fold-out insert based on C.S. Lewis' own timeline conceived for Narnia. The stunning cover artwork from 'The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian' movie introduces a dashing new hero-actor Ben Barnes ('Stardust') as Prince Caspian.

The full-color timeline, recreated from C.S. Lewis's original and paire...
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Celebrity Birthdays, January 3

January 3rd, 2008 3:00am EST
Mel Gibson
Happy Birthday to "Home Alone 3" star Alex D. Linz (1989), New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (1981), Winnie Cooper from "The Wonder Years" Danica McKellar (1975), German Formula 1 driver Michael Schumacher (1969), Chinese actress Joan Chen (1960), actor/director Mel Gibson (1956), "Dallas" actress Victoria Principal (1946), Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones (1946), Buffalo Springfield singer/songwriter Stephen Stills (1945), hockey legend Bobby Hull (1939), comedic actor Dabney Coleman (1932), American actor Robert Loggia (1932), Italian film director Sergio Leone (1929), director ...
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'The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar' Launches

April 24th, 2007 10:56am EDT
LOTR O
Turbine, Inc. and Midway Games Inc. announced today that The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar is now available for purchase across North America. The game is the first and only massively-multiplayer online game based on the books of J.R.R. Tolkien. In development for over four years, the game opens up the mystical world of Middle-earth and creates the opportunity for endless adventure.

Legions of fans have been waiting in great anticipation for the opportunity to start their adventure in Middle-earth and as of today, the wait is over! The Lord of the Rings Online delivers an...
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Pre-order Plan Announced For 'The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar'

January 25th, 2007 10:18am EST
LOTR Online
Turbine, Inc. and Midway Games Inc. today announced the details of the revolutionary pre-order Founder’s Program for The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar. The highly anticipated massively multiplayer online game, The Lord of the Rings Online, lets players experience the greatest epic fantasy adventure of all time and join with millions of fans from around the globe in the vast world of Middle-earth.

This exciting Founder’s Program rewards all players who pre-order The Lord of the Rings Online with special $9.99 monthly subscription pricing, early access to the game (beta ver...
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Celebrity Birthdays, January 3

January 3rd, 2007 3:00am EST
Mel Gibson
Happy Birthday to "Home Alone 3" star Alex D. Linz (1989), New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (1981), Winnie Cooper from "The Wonder Years" Danica McKellar (1975), German Formula 1 driver Michael Schumacher (1969), Chinese actress Joan Chen (1960), actor/director Mel Gibson (1956), "Dallas" actress Victoria Principal (1946), Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones (1946), Buffalo Springfield singer/songwriter Stephen Stills (1945), hockey legend Bobby Hull (1939), comedic actor Dabney Coleman (1932), American actor Robert Loggia (1932), Italian film director Sergio Leone (1929), director ...
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Kurt Cobain Overtakes Elvis As Highest-Paid Dead Celebrity

October 25th, 2006 9:47am EDT
Kurt Cobain
Kurt Cobain has overtaken Elvis as the highest-paid dead celebrity. Latest figures - compiled by Forbes.com - show the late Nirvana frontman has made $50 million in the past year despite having killed himself in April 1994.

By comparison, second placed Elvis - who has held the top spot since 2001 and has been dead for almost 30 years - made just $42 million dollars in the past twelve months.

Other big earners who have long since passed include Peanuts cartoon creator Charles Schulz - whose Charlie Brown and Snoopy cartoons are still syndicated in newspapers across the world - whos...
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The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar, Expands Beta Sign-Ups

August 3rd, 2006 11:47am EDT
LOTR Online
Turbine, Inc. announced today that the highly-anticipated The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar has entered the alpha phase of development. The first and only massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMORPG) based on the literary works of J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings Online will allow players to explore Middle-earth, the most famous fantasy world of all time. The company also announced that over 125,000 fans have already signed up for the Beta Program.

“Turbine is committed to delivering the most immersive and accurate online Tolkien experience possible and to...
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EA Announces Lord of the Rings RPG For Xbox 360 and PS3

July 13th, 2006 1:20pm EDT
Return of the King
Electronic Arts announced today the development of The Lord of the Rings, The White Council, an all-new role playing game (RPG) for the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system, PlayStation 3 computer entertainment system, and PC. The game, inspired by the New Line Cinema feature film trilogy that grossed more than $3 billion, will feature an original storyline derived from J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings novels under an agreement with EA. The game is scheduled to ship in late 2007.

“Our extremely talented and dedicated team is committed to creating an incredible new experie...
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Midway Announces E3 Lineup

May 4th, 2006 12:30pm EDT
Blitz: The League
Midway Games Inc., a leading interactive entertainment software publisher and developer, announced its lineup to be shown at the annual Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3), May 10–12 in Los Angeles. This year's lineup showcases proven brands such as Blitz: The League, Unreal Tournament 2007 and Mortal Kombat: Armageddon; exciting new properties such as John Woo Presents Stranglehold; kid's properties like The Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy; high–end PC titles such as The Lord of the Rings Online: Shadows of Angmar along with full support for both handheld and next generation game systems...
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Celebrity Birthdays, January 3

January 3rd, 2006 3:00am EST
Mel Gibson
Happy Birthday to "Home Alone 3" star Alex D. Linz (1989), New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (1981), Winnie Cooper from "The Wonder Years" Danica McKellar (1975), German Formula 1 driver Michael Schumacher (1969), Chinese actress Joan Chen (1960), actor/director Mel Gibson (1956), "Dallas" actress Victoria Principal (1946), Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones (1946), Buffalo Springfield singer/songwriter Stephen Stills (1945), hockey legend Bobby Hull (1939), comedic actor Dabney Coleman (1932), American actor Robert Loggia (1932), Italian film director Sergio Leone (1929), director ...
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