Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Spiderwick movie to be released on Valentine's Day

Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies present The Spiderwick Chronicles, a motion picture based on Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black's best-selling fantasy series of the same name, scheduled for release on February 14. The screenplay pulls plot elements from all five of the original books. Helen Grace (Mary-Louise Parker) and her three kids leave New York City and move to a secluded, run-down mansion that Helen's great-uncle, Arthur Spiderwick, has left to her. Jared is hesitant about the experience, but his twin brother Simon (both played by Freddie Highmore) and his older sister Mallory (Sarah Bolger) are willing to give it a try. When mysterious things begin to happen, Jared gets the blame, and he explores the house to find out what's really going on. He discovers a dusty old volume, penned by Arthur Spiderwick, describing fantastical creatures that supposedly inhabit the estate and can only be viewed with a Seeing Stone. Jared and his siblings forget their differences when they become embroiled in an adventure that involves all sorts of faerie species - both helpful and harmful. Click on the link above to access the movie's Web site, www.spiderwickchronicles.com, offers a plot preview, film clips, and more. Kids can click on a "Field Guide" icon to access information about various creatures and drag a Seeing Stone across the screen to reveal otherwise hidden images. (from SLJ's Extra Helping, 1/22/08)

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