Whether you plan to take on the night or hang at home with some horrifyingly good reads, here are 13 magically inspired quotes to put you in the best of spirits for this wicked holiday.
A well-composed book is a magic carpet on which we are wafted to a world that we cannot enter in any other way.
― Caroline Gordon, American Novelist and Literary Critic
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Words! Mere words! How terrible they were! How clear, and vivid, and cruel! One could not escape from them. And yet what a subtle magic there was in them! They seemed to be able to give a plastic form to formless things, and to have a music of their own as sweet as that of viol or of lute. Mere words! Was there anything so real as words?
Oh the places you’ll go! There is fun to be done! There are points to be scored. There are games to be won. And the magical things you can do with that ball will make you the winning-est winner of all.
Magic exists. Who can doubt it, when there are rainbows and wildflowers, the music of the wind and the silence of the stars? Anyone who has loved has been touched by magic. It is such a simple and such an extraordinary part of the lives we live.
― Nora Roberts, American Romance Author
I address you all tonight for who you truly are: wizards, mermaids, travelers, adventurers, and magicians. You are the true dreamers.
This Sunday, His Dark Materials will premiere on HBO. Starring James McAvoy (Dark Phoenix), Dafne Keen (Logan), Ruth Wilson (The Affair), and Lin-Manuel Miranda (Mary Poppins Returns), the series is an adaptation of the fantasy series of the same name by Phillip Pullman that follows two children on their adventures through various parallel universes. But this isn’t the first adaptation of Pullman’s work.
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In 2007, New Line Cinema released The Golden Compass, based on the first book in the series, originally titled Northern Lights. It follows a young girl named Lyra who travels across a parallel universe in order to save children from a secret organization under control from a powerful church. With big names like Nicole Kidman and Daniel Craig starring in the film, a budget of $180 million, and coming from the same studio that made The Lord of the Rings, it looked like The Golden Compass could be the next big fantasy epic.
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Unfortunately, the film failed to catch on with critics and audiences. Reviews for the film were mixed, praising the visuals but criticizing the story. The film also didn’t make as much money as the studio hoped, with some believing that it was the reason New Line merged with Warner Bros. Quickly forgotten by the public, plans for a film trilogy were scrapped. So what went wrong?
It all came down to studio interference. His Dark Materials was already known for controversy from religious groups for its anti-religious undertones. New Line intervened, with executives ordering the darker elements and atheist themes to be removed and the story to be significantly changed. The director of the film confirmed that New Line interfered so much and ruined the whole experience.
Thankfully, it looks like the television adaptation will fare much better. Positive reviews point to a more faithful adaptation that successfully balances fantasy elements with complex themes.
Charlotte’s Web, one of the most iconic works in children’s fiction, is getting a new audiobook! Each beloved character is voiced by a different actor, but perhaps even more exciting than this is the fact that the role of narrator is read by Meryl Streep.
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Streep is one of the Hollywood’s most revered actresses. Over the course of her career she has been nominated for 21 academy awards, has played titular characters in iconic films like The Devil Wears Prada and Mamma Mia, and has spent the past two years starring in HBO’s Big Little Lies.
Streep certainly doesn’t need the extra work (especially so soon after the premiere of Netflix’s The Laundromat, which has already received 8 award nominations), but we should all be grateful that she decided to put in for the time.
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On top of the privilege of getting to hear Streep’s iconically dulcet tones read one of your favorite childhood stories, this new audiobook will also feature an appreciation written and read by Melissa Sweet. Sweet, a Caldecott Honor winner, is the author and illustrator behind works like A River of Wordsand You Nest Here With Me.
Plus, fans of the original story can look forward to having their favorite characters brought to life by a full cast. The roles of Charlotte and Wilbur will be played by voice actors January LaVoy and Kirby Heyborne, respectively.
This new audio rendition of Charlotte’s Web will be available for listening this Tuesday, though it’s available for preorder now!
The latest adaptation of A Christmas Carol will come in the form of a miniseries set to air on FX in December. The series will star Guy Pearce (Iron Man 3) as Ebenezer Scrooge as he is visited by three ghosts on Christmas Eve in order to change his heart. Executive produced by Ridley Scott and Tom Hardy (who also stars in an undisclosed role), we now have our first look at what the adaptation will look like.
In an interview with the magazine, Serkis admitted that he did not initially want to take on the role, but eventually changed his mind when he was shown what the producers were planning:
Do we really need another one? But this is the most amazing piece. It felt very contemporary and fresh.
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One of these fresh takes was Pearce portraying a younger version of Scrooge that embodies the same personality as the classic character, without the unappealing older look that he is known for. Writer Steven Knight hoped that this new version would make him more appealing to the audience:
What I wanted to do was to make Ebenezer Scrooge someone who, if it weren’t for what he is and how he behaves, would be an attractive man. I didn’t want to make him look like his soul, because his soul is pretty wretched. But on the outside, he’s okay. I wanted the audience to say to themselves, ‘Why is this person like this?’
Hold onto your hats, nineties fans. This is a wild one. Remember Barney the Dinosaur? That cuddly, cute dinosaur who you probably haven’t given a second thought to beyond nostalgia. Well, Barney is coming back with a vengeance! According to Hypebeast Barney the Dinosaur is the latest property to be given the green light for a live action film. The purple T Rex is coming to the big screen, with Get Out and Black Panther star Daniel Kaluuya set to produce the film through his company 59%.
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In collaboration with Mattel, 59% is all set to give Barney his new lease on life. On the film, Kaluuya was quoted saying:
Barney was a ubiquitous figure in many of our childhoods, then he disappeared into the shadows, left misunderstood. We’re excited to explore this compelling modern-day hero and see if his message of ‘I love you, you love me’ can stand the test of time.
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Mattel said this new film will be something of a new spin on the old show, giving Barney a reboot for the new generation. On the project, Mattel said:
Working with Daniel Kaluuya will enable us to take a completely new approach to Barney that will surprise audiences and subvert expectations. The project will speak to the nostalgia of the brand in a way that will resonate with adults, while entertaining today’s kids.
It’ll be interesting to see what they mean by all this. Will Barney be given a gritty, realistic take or show up as the same old lovable dinosaur he’s always been? We’ll have to see in 2020, but what do you think of this admittedly odd project?