January 17, 2010 |
CAST: Johnny Depp, Mia Wasikowska and Helena Bonham Carter. Directed by Tim Burton. BACK STORY: There's no mistaking the singular surrealism of Lewis Carroll, but despite the familiar faces on the movie posters it would be a mistake to call Burton's vision a pure adaptation of the author's 19th century writings or even a live-action remake of Walt Disney's 1951 animated film. "It's a completely different and new story, but it has a lot of the same characters in it," said Wasikowska, the 20-year-old Aussie who portrays Burton's older Alice.
March 23, 2010 |
It's becoming increasingly clear that Disney's March 5 release of "Alice in Wonderland" may have helped trigger a dramatic tipping point in film history. The movie's 3-D ticket sales have been astounding, which has helped spur even more momentum for Hollywood's rush to turn nearly every movie imaginable into a 3-D release. The film provided a much-needed hit for Disney, even though the executives who put it into production -- Dick Cook and Oren Aviv -- weren't around to enjoy its success, having lost their jobs long before the film arrived in theaters.
December 7, 2009
SERIES Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: When a boy is set on fire, detectives Stabler and Munch (Christopher Meloni, Richard Belzer) end up at a private school, where their student escort (Jesse McCartney) introduces them to a chastity circle. Dann Florek co-stars (8 p.m. NBC). Accidentally on Purpose: Scheduling issues force Billie and Zack (Jenna Elfman, Jon Foster) to take parenting classes separately, she attends with her sister Abby and her friend (Lennon Parham, Ashley Jensen)
January 7, 2010
Folk troubadour and sometimes-actor Bonnie "Prince" Billy may not be the first person you think of when you hear the phrase "Ladies' Night" -- we always think Kool & the Gang -- but Cinefamily will present his hand-picked double feature of films that explore the mystique of the fairer sex. On the bill: "A Woman's Secret," Nicholas Ray's 1949 soapy noir with Maureen O'Hara, and Wim Wenders' "Alice in the Cities," with Yella Rottländer playing an...
May 30, 2010 |
Alice in Wonderland Walt Disney, $29.99; Blu-ray, $39.99/$44.99 Give Tim Burton credit: When asked by Disney to make a live-action, 3-D version of "Alice in Wonderland," he didn't take the safe route. With the help of screenwriter Linda Woolverton and skilled computer-animators, Burton reinvents Lewis Carroll's creation as the story of a young woman (played by Mia Wasikowska) who returns to the surreal land she dreamed of as a girl and gets involved in an epic battle between queens.
June 25, 2012
The track record of adapting hit films into TV series has been spotty at best. For every small screen success such as CBS' "MASH," there have been such turkeys as the recent NBC series "The Firm. " The stars aligned for CBS in 1976 with the sitcom "Alice," a warmly funny adaptation of Martin Scorsese's 1974 "Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore," for which Ellen Burstyn won the Oscar as a widower with a young son who ends up working at a greasy spoon named Mel's. Warner Archive just released the first season on DVD. Linda Lavin was perfectly cast as Alice, as were Polly Holliday and Beth Howland as waitresses Flo and Vera.