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2006-06-30 05:50:00

LONDON (Reuters) - A 12-year-old schoolgirl has been cast as Lyra Belacqua, the central character in Philip Pullman's best-selling children's trilogy "His Dark Materials" which is being adapted into a big-budget film series. The studio is banking on a similar success story to that of the Harry Potter movie adaptations, announcing on its Web site that it was spending $150 million (82 million pounds) on "The Golden Compass," the first of the three books. New Line, which also made the hit "The...

2006-04-11 14:17:05

By Adam Pasick OXFORD (Reuters) - Thousands of young girls auditioned on Tuesday for a chance to star in a new movie franchise that promises to be a dark rival to the "Harry Potter" films. Philip Pullman's bestseller "His Dark Materials" trilogy is being adapted for the screen by New Line Cinema, which also made the "Lord of the Rings" films. The first installment, "The Golden Compass," follows a young protagonist named Lyra Belacqua who travels to the Arctic Circle to save a friend...