- The Washington Times - Monday, October 17, 2005

Pullman strike

Writer Philip Pullman is outraged over plans to adapt “The Chronicles of Narnia” into a movie series, calling C.S. Lewis’ books “racist” and “misogynistic.”

Mr. Pullman, author of the saga “His Dark Materials,” also characterized the 1950s-era allegories as “reactionary.”

“If the Disney corporation wants to market this film as a great Christian story, they’ll just have to tell lies about it,” he told London’s Observer newspaper.

Lon Allison, director of the Billy Graham Center, countered: “We believe that God will speak the Gospel of Jesus Christ through this film.”

The first film in the series, “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,” is due in December.

Cover-up

The iconic photo of a naked John Lennon curled alongside and kissing Yoko Ono published in Rolling Stone a month after his December 1980 death has been ranked the top magazine cover of the past 40 years by a panel of magazine editors, artists and designers.

Others on the list include images from the September 11 attacks, the Vietnam War and of Katiti Kironde II, the first black woman on the cover of a national women’s magazine, in the August 1968 Glamour.

The American Society of Magazine Editors announced the winners of the competition yesterday during the American Magazine Conference in Puerto Rico, Associated Press reported.

“Both the choice of a cover and the execution of a cover are crucial for any magazine,” said Mark Whitaker, ASME president and editor of Newsweek. “Every editor wants their cover to stand out.”

Home bounds

“Today” show news anchor Ann Curry has been clashing with neighbors since she bought and renovated a four-story brownstone in November 2003, neighbor Lynne Lummel told the New York Post for yesterday’s editions.

Last week, the city’s Landmarks Preservation Commission told Miss Curry that she has to shorten the 18-foot penthouse she built atop the home or appeal for an exception to city rules, agency spokeswoman Diane Jackier said.

TomKat casualty

All the hoopla over Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes’ whirlwind romance must make Chris Klein a little queasy.

Mr. Klein, you will recall, is Miss Holmes’ ex-fiance. The couple broke off their engagement in March, not long before the beast known as TomKat began to roar.

The actor told Details magazine: “We grew up. The fantasy was over, and reality set in. We weren’t lighting each other’s fires anymore.”

But the “American Pie” star, 26, cautions that we shouldn’t break out the hankies.

“I’m not lonely, I’ll tell you that. I’m certainly not crying myself to sleep at night, sucking my thumb. No, dude, I’m out and about.”

Rocky’ redux

Yo, Adrian. Good news.

Sylvester Stallone has signed on to reprise his role as boxer Rocky Balboa in the sixth installment of the long-running film series, which he wrote and will direct.

Sources tell the Hollywood Reporter that “Rocky Balboa” is similar in tone to the first two movies and centers on the aging Italian Stallion’s comeback.

“In many ways, the screenplay really took me back to the original ‘Rocky’,” Revolution Studios founder Joe Roth said.

Mr. Stallone issued similar talking points, telling Variety magazine, “We’ll try to capture the essence of the first couple of films.”

Compiled by Scott Galupo from Web and wire reports.

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