Bridge to Terabithia

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  1. Galactus

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    Bridge to Terabithia Begins Production
    Source: Walden Media February 17, 2006


    Bridge to Terabithia, the motion picture adaptation of Katherine Paterson's Newbery Honor award winning best-selling novel, began principal photography on location in Auckland, New Zealand. The project is a co-production between Walden Media (The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, Because of Winn-Dixie) and The Walt Disney Studios. International sales and distribution will be handled by Summit Entertainment.

    Josh Hutcherson (Zathura, The Polar Express) stars as Jess Aarons, an 11 year old boy whose efforts to be the fastest runner in his grade are thwarted by a new girl who outruns all the boys. Anna Sophia Robb (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) stars as Leslie Burke, the new girl who becomes friends with Jess despite their awkward introduction.

    She ultimately opens up a world of imagination for Jess in the land of Terabithia that changes his life forever. "Bridge to Terabithia" also stars Zooey Deschanel (Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, Elf) as Miss Edmunds, the music teacher at Jess and Leslie's school, and Robert Patrick (Walk the Line, Ladder 49, Terminator 2: Judgement Day) joins the cast as Jess Aarons' father.

    Together Jess and Leslie create the world of Terabithia, an imaginary kingdom filled with all manner of magical beings. While the real world of family and school may be filled with challenges, in Terabithia, Jess and Leslie rule as King and Queen.

    Brimming with fantastical creatures, palaces and beautiful forests - the kingdom of Terabithia will be brought to life by the creative wizards at the Academy Award winning visual effects facility Weta Digital in Wellington, New Zealand. Weta Digital is responsible for effects in the Academy Award winning "Lord of the Rings" films and King Kong and is co-owned by a team of Academy Award winners including director Peter Jackson, effects specialist Richard Taylor and editor Jamie Selkirk.

    The film marks the big screen directorial debut of famed Academy Award nominee and Emmy-Award winning animator Gabor Csupo (Rugrats in Paris, The Wild Thornberrys Movie). Former Production President of Universal Pictures Hal Lieberman (Around the World in 80 Days, Terminator 3: The Rise of the Machines) produces with Lauren Levine (I am David), and the author's son David Paterson, (Love Ludlow) who wrote the screenplay, based on the novel by Katherine Paterson, with revisions by Jeff Stockwell and Kevin Wade.

    The talented team of filmmakers includes two-time Oscar-nominated cinematographer, Michael Chapman (Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, The Fugitive), Production Designer Robert Gillies (The World's Fastest Indian, Boogeyman), Costume Designer Barbara Darragh (River Queen, The Frighteners) and film editor John Gilbert ("The Fellowship of the Ring").
    Katherine Paterson's Bridge to Terabithia is a timeless classic from one of the world's most renowned children's book authors.

    Ms Paterson is the author of 14 novels, numerous non-fiction and essays for children and young people including Bridge to Terabithia and Jacob Have I Loved, both winners of the prestigious Newbery Medal in 1978 and 1981. Her novels have sold over 5 million copies since 1978 and are published in over two dozen languages worldwide.

    Bridge to Terabithia will film on location in West Auckland, New Zealand including the rural forest areas of Riverhead and Puhoi. The company will film for 10 weeks and production will conclude in early April 2006, with Walt Disney Pictures planning an early 2007 release.
     
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    I remember reading the book when I was a kid.
     
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    Puhoi? nnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnggggnnnnI'm driving past there on Monday... Suddenly I have the itch to get back into some weird costume and jump in front of the camera again. :eek: There are times when having a real job with real responsibilities makes me yearn for the days of bumming around as some dead soldier or blue one-eyed weird thing from another galaxy. :(
     
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    I read that book when I was eight... Dont really remember it though.
     
  5. Pink Ranger

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    Beautiful, sad book. This sounds really promising.
     
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    terry78 Ooooh Angela

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    Looks pretty good, and I love seeing that beautiful NZ scenery again. What an awesome country.


    However, I find myself wanting to see an epic fantasy movie that isn't so kid-centric. Narnia and Terabithia are great, but how about something a bit more adult like LOTR was. Perhaps some kind of Forgotten Realms movie?
     
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    terry78 Ooooh Angela

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    This will be very adult, towards the end. Google this book and you'll see why.
     
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    Don't you people hate AOL movie players. ARGH. Anyway this looks like it will be a interesting film
     
  10. Pink Ranger

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    Come to think of it, its like the non-evil version of Heavenly Creatures.
     
  11. Galactus

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    Terabithia" Being Misrepresented?
    Posted: Sunday February 4th 2007 9:18am
    Source: Assorted Sources
    Author: Garth Franklin



    Early reviews for "Bridge to Terabithia" online have revealed the film to be a coming of age drama along "My Girl" & "Stand By Me" lines.

    This seems rather strange as Disney's marketing trailers and TV spots peg this as more of a "Narnia"/"Eragon" style fantasy adventure.

    A similar thing happened last month when Disney marketed "Primeval" as a serial killer movie when it actually turned out to be a very odd giant croc meets "Hotel Rwanda" themed B-movie.

    Despite the mislead though, and unlike "Primeval", word on "Terabithia" seems to be pretty good.
     
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    seemed interesting until i saw the kids. movie automatically blows to me. im tired of these kid centric movies where they go off to some fairyland and try to be heroes.

    borefest!
     
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    terry78 Ooooh Angela

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    ^It's not made for you, it's made for kids.
     
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    reminds me of narnia too much....... and it doesnt help that its the same studio too
     
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    unfortunately. if i had kids i would'nt take them to see this anyway.
     
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    I remember this as one of the few books I read for class in elementary school that I really liked. I'm going with my little cousins to the movie, as I think it's a good story for children. There is that element of sadness, but Stand By me also had some sadness, and that's my favorite movie to this day. Sadness does not make it inappropriate for children.
     
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    I read this book when I was a kid and I look at the trailer and I honestly can't remember any of that! I guess I will have to re-read it or something.
     
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    I read this book back in elementary school. It was pretty depressing. I'll probably end up seeing it.
     
  19. hammerhedd11

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    This doesn't look very interesting. Probably at best a renter.
     
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    Movie Reviews: 'Bridge to Terabithia'


    Although billed as a fantasy film for kids, Bridge to Terabithia has found a warm reception among adult critics. "Consistently smart and delicate as a spider web, Bridge to Terabithia is the kind of children's movie rarely seen nowadays," comments Jeannette Catsoulis in the New York Times. Many of the critics warn parents of the Very Sad Thing that occurs in the story. Claudia Puig in USA Today cautions: "The plot takes a sad turn that could be disturbing to some children." Echoes Melinda Ennis in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution: "The twist may be too upsetting for younger children." Several critics suggest that to describe what it entails would be a spoiler. As Cristy LeMire writes for the Associated Press: "What starts out idyllic and wholesome can be heartbreaking by the end. That's all we'll say. After all, some things are better left to the imagination." Others suggest that the ending will not leave children traumatized. Indeed, writes Elizabeth Weitzman in the New York Daily News: "Everyone involved [in the making of the film] genuinely seems to believe in the power of imagination to enliven -- and enlighten -- the darkest realities, and that's a magic this film captures beautifully
     
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    I saw that it got some good reviews.
    I'll pass, though
    F*** that shyit...
     
  22. cryptic name

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    i remember reading this book in 5th grade. as i remember it, the fantasy angle didn't play nearly as big a role as the advertising shows. and if i'm not mistaken,
    the girl dies in the end
     
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    The fantasy in the movie was just their imagination. It still is a story about the relationship of two young children that feel like outcasts and find each other.
     
  24. Captain_Death

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    I never even heard of this till I saw the trailer.
     
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    does the girl still not have a tv? and do they say "yes'm"?
     

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