The Golden Compass

(2007)

The first movie based on the bestselling Philip Pullman novels. The "His Dark Materials" trilogy is comprised of "The Golden Compass," "The Subtle Knife" and "The Amber Spyglass". It revolves around a young girl who travels to the far north to save her best friend. Along the way she encounters shape-shifting creatures, witches, and a variety of otherworldly characters in parallel universes.

‘The Golden Compass’ Points Its Way to the DVD and Blu-Ray Shelves on April 29th

Get ready for some fighting bears and magical compasses on DVD and Blu-Ray.

The Golden Compass is coming to the DVD shelves on April 29. The movie will be available in a number of formats. There will be a single-disc edition available for $28.98, a two-disc special edition priced at $34.99 and a Blu-Ray disc, with all the features of the two-disc edition, will sell for $39.99. The film stars Nicole Kidman, Daniel Craig and Dakota Blue Richards.

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Box Office Beat Down: ‘The Golden Compass’ Points Itself Towards First Place with $26 Million

It was another long, slow weekend at the box office. Only one new film managed to crack the top ten. Luckily for New Line, it was their very expensive fantasy epic The Golden Compass, which came in at number one. While it only managed to grab $26.1 million, which isn't nearly enough to see it recoup its expenses, it wasn't the wash many people thought it would be. A lot of the reviews have called the film pointless and boring. And then there was that whole antireligious backlash that the film received prior to its release. It's still a little too early to say if there will be a follow-up (New Line had high hopes of turning this into a franchise). This is the type of movie that could really flourish on the home video market if New Line plays its cards right.

Next week will see the Will Smith thriller I Am Legend into theaters, as well as the family comedy Alvin and the Chipmunks starring Jason Lee.

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Nicole Kidman Is Mrs. Coulter in ‘The Golden Compass’

Wicked meets Versace with an evil hench-monkey to boot.

Nicole Kidman certainly epitomizes the glamorous life of a Hollywood star. The press junket for The Golden Compass took place across the pond in London last week. There were quite a few events with the cast and crew, sans Nicole Kidman, who was kept away from the lurking media until the last press conference. I've seen local U.S. reporters chomp at the bit for some Kidman action, but the international press were really fired up. It was a scene, about as ostentatious as it gets. They also had a genteel British moderator to deflect any personal questions (insert Keith Urban here) and to make sure the other cast/crew got some questions thrown their way. I must say it was a rather impressive display of international stardom. I guess Nicole is truly a story the world over.

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Daniel Craig Is Lord Asriel in ‘The Golden Compass’

Daniel Craig: It didn't really cross my mind. I genuinely was just such a fan of the books. When I heard that this was on the cards, I've got to do this; I've got to get involved with this. I'm such a Philip Pullman fan and actually his philosophies, morals and the way he looks at the world. He does what he does brilliantly as a writer. He writes children's stories with major adult themes and major ideas about making the right choices.

Daniel Craig: I'm not surprised, no. Philip is being very vocal about it. For me, I don't think the story isn't at all anti-religious in any way. I think what's it more against is the control and the misuse of power that any organised religion, or any political organisation exercises over the people they're supposed to represent. I think that, for me, is what's important in the movie. The character I play has all these revolutionary ideas. I think the classic thing is that majority people who are criticising it probably have never read the books, and need to. And I'm sure that the Catholic Church, which is being directed as you know, can handle it.

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Watch the First Five Minutes of ‘The Golden Compass’

This is the first movie based on the bestselling Philip Pullman novels. The "His Dark Materials" trilogy is comprised of The Golden Compass, "The Subtle Knife" and "The Amber Spyglass". It revolves around a young girl who travels to the far north to save her best friend. Along the way she encounters shape-shifting creatures, witches, and a variety of otherworldly characters in parallel universes.

The film opens this week, December 7th, 2007.

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Special Sneak Preview of ‘The Golden Compass’" This Weekend

New Line Cinema will present special sneak previews of its highly anticipated fantasy adventure The Golden Compass this weekend in 800 theaters nationwide prior to the film's worldwide opening on December 7th.

Based on author Philip Pullman's bestselling novel, The Golden Compass tells the first story in the "His Dark Materials" trilogy. An exciting fantasy adventure, the film is set in an alternative world populated by talking bears who fight wars, witches, Gyptians, and daemons. In the world of The Golden Compass, a person's soul lives on the outside of their body in the form of a daemon, an animal spirit that accompanies them through life. At the center of the story is Lyra (played by newcomer Dakota Blue Richards), a 12-year-old girl who starts out trying to rescue a friend -- and winds up on an epic quest to save not only her world, but ours as well. The Golden Compass stars an ensemble cast that includes Nicole Kidman, Daniel Craig, Sam Elliott (Ghost Rider), Eva Green (Casino Royale) and the voices of Ian McKellen (The Lord of the Rings), Ian McShane (Deadwood), Freddie Highmore (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory), Kathy Bates (Charlotte's Web), and Kristin Scott Thomas (Gosford Park). The film is written and directed by Chris Weitz (About A Boy, Antz) and produced by Deborah Forte and Bill Carraro.

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We Visit Rhythm & Hues for a Special Look at ‘The Golden Compass’

The visual effects team gives us an early look at some of their Daemons.

The Full ‘Golden Compass’ Trailer Has Arrived!

New footage from the upcoming Nicole Kidman film is now online.