Stars Grazing NYC Premiere of 'Inkheart'

The cast of "Inkheart" walk on the red carpet for the New York City premiere of the action fantasy movie on Thursday, January 15. Spotted among the movie's stars are Brendan Fraser, Eliza Bennett, Andy Serkis and Paul Bettany, the latest who is accompanied by his actress wife Jennifer Connelly.

Also standing up to promote the movie and do some interviews with the press are the movie's director Iain Softley, producer slash author of the adapted book, Cornelia Funke, President and COO of Warner Bros. Entertainment Alan Horn, singer/songwriter Peter Cincotti and actress Sienna Guillory.

"Inkheart" centers its story on Mortimer "Mo" Folchart and his 12-year-old daughter, Meggie, who share an extraordinary gift for bringing characters from books to life when they read aloud. But there is a danger: When a character is brought to life from a book, a real person disappears into its pages. Meggie's mother was kidnapped in one of the mystical worlds, and Mo is determined to save her from the evil Capricorn. It will hit the U.S. theaters on January 23.

According to, the movie is most likely to have sequels. Screen plays for "Inkspell" and" Inkdeath" reportedly are available and that the director and cast members have confirmed that they are on board.

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May 6, 2009 2:25AM EDT

They had me at "Hay". Hay-on-Wye, that is, the English town that's riddled with antiquarian bookstores, and where Inkheart begins — surrounded with books. There are books wall to wall. We're awash in books. Buried in books. Whispering books, talking books (and no, I don't mean the recorded kind), living books. As in Jasper Fforde's Thursday Next series, it's possible for people in the bookworld to enter ours, and vice versa. But what it takes is a silvertongue, a person who can read aloud and make the printed word come to life. Brendan Fraser, Eliza Hope Bennett, Paul Bettany, Andy Serkis, and Helen Mirren are the featured actors, and they're all excellent, but the real star of this film is the written word in all its glory, joy, majesty, power, and beauty. A wonderful film in every sense of the word. Word!

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