- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Creative differences

C.S. Lewis, author of the classic “Narnia” children’s books, which soon will make their big-screen debut with Disney’s “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,” was “absolutely opposed” to a live-action version of his stories, a newly published letter shows.

He went so far as to say a live-action feature based on the books would be “blasphemous.”

“I am absolutely opposed — adamant isn’t in it! — to a TV version,” he wrote to BBC producer Lance Sieveking, who had created a radio version of his book that Mr. Lewis approved.

“Anthropomorphic animals, when taken out of narrative into actual visibility, always turn into buffoonery or nightmare — at least with photography,” he wrote in the letter, which was published recently on the literary Web site Nthposition.com.

However, the letter, which singles out the late Walt Disney, suggests that Mr. Lewis wouldn’t have minded an animated version.

“Cartoons (if only Disney did not combine so much vulgarity with his genius!) would be another matter,” he wrote.

Bowl with a Bang

The Rolling Stones will take a brief break from the second leg of their Bigger Bang tour to perform at the Super Bowl.

The rock legends will go onstage during the halftime show Feb. 5 at Ford Field, the National Football League said yesterday.

“We are thrilled to perform for millions of fans at one of the most exciting and highly anticipated sporting events of the year,” the band, which earlier in the day announced its European tour dates, said in a statement.

Daddy day care

New dad Heath Ledger is leading a less-than-glamorous life these days and loving every minute of it.

According to the Internet Movie Database, the “Brokeback Mountain” star, who fathered daughter Matilda with actress Michelle Williams, says, “My life right now is … I wouldn’t say reduced to food, but my duties in life are that I wake up, cook breakfast, clean the dishes, prepare lunch, clean those dishes, go to the market, get fresh produce, cook dinner, clean those dishes and then sleep if I can. And I love it. I actually adore it.”

Black hole sum

Rocker Chris Cornell is suing his former manager over the supposed mishandling of Soundgarden royalty checks.

The wrinkle is that the manager is Mr. Cornell’s ex-wife, Susan Silver.

According to E! Online, Mr. Cornell, who fronts the band Audioslave, is seeking more than $1 million from Miss Silver, who still manages Soundgarden, the Seattle grunge rock band that disbanded in 1997 after scoring hits such as “Black Hole Sun.”

The lawsuit claims Miss Silver “conspired to divert monies owed to Mr. Cornell,” as well as former band mates Ben Shepard, Kim Thayil and Matt Cameron (now Pearl Jam’s drummer).

Mr. Cornell’s attorney, Martin Singer, insists this isn’t simply a case of good love gone bad.

“She’s not just an ex-wife; she’s a manager,” Mr. Singer said. “The royalties that [Mr. Cornell] would otherwise be getting are going to other parties as a result of her animus toward my client.”

Compiled by Scott Galupo from Web and wire reports.

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