September 11, 2013 |
TORONTO -- At a film festival, when you're hoping to cram 20 or more movies into a week of nearly nonstop watching, by about Day 4 your brain goes into a fog -- all the faces and the stories start blurring together. I made it to Day 6. And then ... Desperate to shake it off Tuesday night, I opted for the Zen meditation of “Tracks,” the new film from John Curran. If you've seen the director's “The Painted Veil,” you know he has a way with meditative beauty in even the most difficult of circumstances.
March 10, 2011 |
Of all the stars Mia Wasikowska saw at Vanity Fair's exclusive Oscar party last month, Justin Bieber was the one she found most fascinating. There he was, in all his pint-sized teen idol glory, scurrying around the Sunset Tower with Disney star Selena Gomez in tow. "They were just, like, snickering and running away somewhere," the actress, 21, recounted. But unlike Bieber's legion of screaming tween fans, Wasikowska wasn't interested in the romantic status of the pair. Instead, she was struck by how many partygoers also seemed unable to tear their eyes away from the young singer.
March 14, 2011
'Jane Eyre,' the film starring Mia Wasikowska that is based on Charlotte Brontë's novel, debuts in limited release in Los Angeles and New York and achieves the highest per-theater average box office of any film this year. 'Lofty 'Eyre' Just like its strong-willed heroine, "Jane Eyre" is proving to be a quiet but powerful force. The new Focus Features film based on the 19th century Charlotte Brontë novel debuted in only four theaters this weekend and generated the highest per-theater average of any film this year.
February 28, 2013 |
What would happen if a psychopath fell for a sociopath? The short answer in "Stoker" is people die. The longer answer in the new thriller from South Korean director Park Chan-Wook is a bizarrely perverse, beautifully rendered mystery that you may or may not care to solve. It has fine performances from Mia Wasikowska, Matthew Goode and Nicole Kidman - we'll leave you guessing who's the more twisted of that trio. And an out-of-nowhere script from rising British-born, Brooklyn-raised actor Wentworth Miller, best known for starring in the edgy TV drama series "Prison Break.
February 28, 2010 |
If you're going to tumble down a cinematic rabbit hole with a filmmaker, who better to go with than Tim Burton? The director who has brought Willy Wonka, Beetlejuice, Batman and Edward Scissorhands to the screen now takes a crack at the surreal characters of Lewis Carroll in a film, opening March 5, that may be titled "Alice in Wonderland" but is more like a sequel, with its title character (portrayed by Mia Wasikowska) making a return visit to the land of tea parties and talking cats.
March 7, 2010 |
To reinvent the madcap look of "Alice in Wonderland" for the 21st century, Tim Burton turned to longtime collaborator Colleen Atwood. The costume designer, nominated eight times in the Academy Awards, took time out from working in Venice on her next film, "The Tourist," to talk about how she re-dressed the characters (the cast is led by Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Mia Wasikowska and Anne Hathaway) in the early Victorian tale, starting with Alice and her famous blue frock. The new Alice is 19 years old, and she's not the typical frilly Disney character.