Vampires, monsters and clones are invading your DVD collection. Let them in! You won't regret it!
With four not particularly exciting movie releases this weekend, Alice in Wonderland was able to hold onto the number one spot and make an additional $62 million bucks at the box office. That gives it over $200 million in the U.S. and more than double that worldwide -- if Burton hadn't used both Alice books to make this movie, (and if he was at all prone to making sequels), we'd say a sequel was a no-brainer, but most likely he'll just get his pick of beloved childhood properties to re-imagine after he gets done with the full-length version of Frankenweenie, the short film about a reanimated dog that got him fired from Disney in 1984 for wasting company resources. So, of course, Disney is producing the remake. Apparently, money talks!
For the staff at Movies Without Pity, there is usually only one reason to watch the Super Bowl: to recoup our gambling losses for the season. Also, new movie trailers! Granted, not all of them are first looks -- all of these films have had teaser trailers and even full trailers before -- and all of them are a content-light 30 seconds. But for movie buffs like us, the excitement of who will win the game nicely translates into excitement (and sometimes disappointment) for the films advertised.
Take a classic, family-friendly film property and add a fan-favorite director, an iconic movie star and 3-D glasses, and you've apparently got a smash hit on your hands. Alice in Wonderland, the latest funhouse-mirror remake by director Tim Burton, opened to $116 million at the box office, the sixth biggest opening of all time, helping make it the biggest March opening ever in the U.S. That beats Burton's previous biggest opening, for Planet of the Apes ($68.5 million), and considering how much better this movie is than Apes, we hope it will outgross it in the long run, as well. Another $94 million from overseas placed it at number 14 on the list of biggest worldwide openings, so things are looking good there, too.
Anne Hathaway has been cast as the White Queen in Tim Burton's reimagined Alice in Wonderland, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Meanwhile, Helena Bonham Carter has won the role of her nemesis, the Red Queen. In other shocking news, the nation's top scientists reported today that zebras have stripes, the sky is generally blue, and fresh, hot French fries are more delicious than old, stale rice cakes.
A Festival for the Rest...ival, Animation Desensitization, Camera... Action Jackson!, For Kids!, For Your Amusement (Park), Lights, Little TV Shows That Done Hit the Big Time, Separate but Sequel, Taste the Reading Rainbow, The Biz, The Casting Conch, We Call Do-Over, You KnowDisney's Big Day: Cars 2, Pirates 4, Lone Ranger and Plenty of Depp!
At Wednesday's Walt Disney Studios Showcase, the Mouse announced a ton of new projects, most of them starring Johnny Depp. Not only will the actor definitely be playing the Mad Hatter in director Tim Burton's motion-capture CGI Alice in Wonderland (as rumored back in July), he'll also be returning as Jack Sparrow for yet another Pirates of the Caribbean movie (that's four now, for those of you not counting at home). What are they going to call this one, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Successful and Still Mildly Enjoyable Franchise?
Jon Favreau must really like AC/DC. Or, more likely, the band's blistering guitar rock, violent lyrics and electrically inspired name simply make them perfect candidates to provide the entire soundtrack to Iron Man 2. Rockers providing soundtracks is nothing new, but rather than featuring all-new songs, like Queen did for Highlander and Daft Punk is doing for Tron, the AC/DC soundtrack will be a "greatest hits" collection, including some of their best-known anthems from as far back as 1976. (The promo video is set to 1980's "Shoot to Thrill.") With this in mind, we looked at other tentpole films slated for this year and picked the bands (and solo artists) with suitable back catalogs to provide all of the music for each movie.
Guess who's officially lost it? Johnny Depp! Add him to the list of celebs who've gotten progressively banana salad over the years, which is currently dominated by Miss Tyra Banks. It seems that in order to get into character for his role as the Mad Hatter in the forthcoming Tim Burton adaptation of Alice in Wonderland, dude ate his hat. That's right, ate it.
It may seem silly to us now, but mark my words, one day there will be a Sherlock Holmes Meets Alvin and the Chipmunks movie, and no one will even blink.
If you go chasing rabbits, and you know you're going to fall, tell them a hookah-smoking caterpillar has given you a call. Also, tell them you're hot new actress Mia Wasikowska, and you're there for your 3:30. (They may ask you to spell it.)