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Release Date: Dec. 7, 2007

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Nicole Kidman stars as “Mrs. Coulter” in New Line Cinema’s release of Chris Weitz’s THE GOLDEN COMPASS. Photo Credit: ©2007 Laurie Sparham/New Line Cinema

Based on author Philip Pullman's bestselling and award-winning novel, The Golden Compass tells the first story in Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy.

The Golden Compass is an exciting fantasy adventure, set in an alternative world where people's souls manifest themselves as animals, talking bears fight wars, and Gyptians and witches co-exist.

Dakota Blue Richards stars as “Lyra” in New Line Cinema’s release of Chris Weitz’s THE GOLDEN COMPASS. Photo Credit: ©2007 Laurie Sparham/New Line Cinema

At the center of the story is Lyra (played by newcomer Dakota Blue Richards). Dakota plays a 12-year-old girl who starts out trying to rescue a friend who's been kidnapped by a mysterious organization known as the Gobblers - and winds up on an epic quest to save not only her world, but ours as well.

Daniel Craig stars as “Lord Asriel” in New Line Cinema’s release of Chris Weitz’s THE GOLDEN COMPASS. Photo Credit: ©2007 Laurie Sparham/New Line Cinema

The Golden Compass stars an ensemble cast that includes Nicole Kidman, Daniel Craig, Sam Elliott, and Ian McShane. The film is written and directed by Chris Weitz (About A Boy, Antz) and produced by Deborah Forte and Bill Carraro (Frequency). It is executive produced by Andrew Miano and Paul Weitz (In Good Company). The Golden Compass is scheduled for a Dec. 7, 2007 release.

Starring: Nicole Kidman, Dakota Blue Richards, Sam Elliott, Eva Green, Tom Courtenay, Ben Walker, Adam Godley, Simon McBurney, Nonso Anozie, Jim Carter, Clare Higgins, Jack Shepherd, Magda Szubanski, Ian McShane, and Daniel Craig.


LOS ANGELES (December 11, 2007) New Line Cinema’s musical comedy Hairspray and fantasy adventure The Golden Compass both received multiple nominations for the 13th Annual Critics Choice Awards this morning from the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), including in the Family Film (Live Action) category.
The Golden Compass also earned a nomination in the Young Actress category for 13 year-old Dakota Blue Richards, who plays Lyra. The BFCA includes 200 television, radio and online critics.  The 13th Annual Critics Choice Awards is held Jan. 7, 2008 at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium.

The Golden Compass' Popularity Surges in Weeks Leading up to the New Line Cinema Film's Dec. 7 Worldwide Release

Books Climb USA Today's 'Top 50 Bestselling Books List' More Than 10 Years After Publication; Close To 10 Million Visitors View Movie's Official Web Site

More than ten years after its original publication, "The Golden Compass" (Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Random House Children's Books) has hit USA Today's Top 50 Best Sellers list, having seen a 500% increase in sales over the last three months.

The omnibus edition of Philip Pullman's complete "His Dark Materials" trilogy -- of which "The Golden Compass" is the first novel -- has moved onto USA Today's Top 50 list as well. "The Golden Compass" has sold over 3.5 million copies in the US to date, and the trilogy has sold over 7 million copies.

With the upcoming worldwide release of New Line Cinema's highly anticipated feature film on December 7, the film's official web site ( has received nearly 10 million unique visitors. Plus the movie website has an innovative "Daemon" feature that has garnered more than 20 million views. The film's trailers have been streamed over 10 million times online.

Late this summer, Pullman's "His Dark Materials" trilogy went back on the "Book Sense National Best Seller List" for "Children's Fiction Series," and has since spent 19 consecutive weeks on that list, which is compiled from hundreds of independent book stores across the US.

The film has received early critical acclaim in the United Kingdom with a four-star review from one of the country's leading national newspapers "The Guardian" which calls it a "spectacular new movie ... It has no other challengers as this year's big Christmas movie."

NEW YORK, Nov. 28, 2007 /PRNewswire/ --

About New Line Cinema Corporation:

Celebrating its 40th anniversary year, New Line Cinema is the most successful independent film company in the world.  Its mission is to produce innovative, popular and profitable entertainment in the best creative environment.  In addition to the production, marketing and distribution of theatrical motion pictures, the fully-integrated studio has divisions devoted to home entertainment, television, music, theater, merchandising and an international unit.

In 2005, New Line partnered with HBO to form Picturehouse, a new theatrical distribution company to release independent films.  A pioneer in franchise filmmaking, New Line’s Oscar-winning The Lord of the Rings trilogy is one of the most successful film franchises in history.  New Line is a division of Time Warner, Inc. (TWX).

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2007 Film Entertainment Magazine / All rights reserved.

Film Entertainment Magazine

by Philip Pullman (Author)

Some books improve with age--the age of the reader, that is. Such is certainly the case with Philip Pullman's heroic, at times heart-wrenching novel, The Golden Compass, a story ostensibly for children but one perhaps even better appreciated by adults. The protagonist of this complex fantasy is young Lyra Belacqua, a precocious orphan growing up within the precincts of Oxford University. But it quickly becomes clear that Lyra's Oxford is not precisely like our own--nor is her world. For one thing, people there each have a personal dæmon, the manifestation of their soul in animal form. For another, hers is a universe in which science, theology, and magic are closely allied:

As for what experimental theology was, Lyra had no more idea than the urchins. She had formed the notion that it was concerned with magic, with the movements of the stars and planets, with tiny particles of matter, but that was guesswork, really. Probably the stars had dæmons just as humans did, and experimental theology involved talking to them.

Not that Lyra spends much time worrying about it; what she likes best is "clambering over the College roofs with Roger the kitchen boy who was her particular friend, to spit plum stones on the heads of passing Scholars or to hoot like owls outside a window where a tutorial was going on, or racing through the narrow streets, or stealing apples from the market, or waging war." But Lyra's carefree existence changes forever when she and her dæmon, Pantalaimon, first prevent an assassination attempt against her uncle, the powerful Lord Asriel, and then overhear a secret discussion about a mysterious entity known as Dust. Soon she and Pan are swept up in a dangerous game involving disappearing children, a beautiful woman with a golden monkey dæmon, a trip to the far north, and a set of allies ranging from "gyptians" to witches to an armor-clad polar bear.

In The Golden Compass, Philip Pullman has written a masterpiece that transcends genre. It is a children's book that will appeal to adults, a fantasy novel that will charm even the most hardened realist. Best of all, the author doesn't speak down to his audience, nor does he pull his punches; there is genuine terror in this book, and heartbreak, betrayal, and loss. There is also love, loyalty, and an abiding morality that infuses the story but never overwhelms it. This is one of those rare novels that one wishes would never end. Fortunately, its sequel, The Subtle Knife, will help put off that inevitability for a while longer. --Alix Wilber --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Publishers Weekly
Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy now appears in sophisticated trade paperback editions, each title embossed within a runic emblem of antiqued gold. The backdrop of The Golden Compass: His Dark Materials, Book I sports a midnight blue map of the cosmos with the zodiacal ram at its center. The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass carry similarly intriguing cover art, and all three titles offer details not seen in the originals: in Compass and Knife, for example, Pullman's stamp-size b&w art introduces each chapter; Spyglass chapters open with literary quotes from Blake, the Bible, Dickinson and more.

Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

• Hardcover: 432 pages
• Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers; 10 Dlx Anv edition (October 24, 2006)
• Language: English

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