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Gaga In Wonderland

Posted by LiveFor on March 9, 2010

When Wonderland is threatened by a pop-music hating Queen Of Hearts, Lady Gaga returns to her homeland to kick some evil ass… but mainly dance, sing, and weird it up.

All together “Ra Ra-ah-ah-ah, Roma Roma-ma, GaGa, Oh la-la”

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Alice in Wonderland, 2010 – Movie Review

Posted by LiveFor on March 7, 2010


Director: Tim Burton
Starring: Mia Wasikowska, Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Anne Hathaway, Crispin Glover, Matt Lucas, Stephen Fry, Paul Whitehouse, Michael Sheen, Timothy Spall, Alan Rickman

Score: 8 / 10

This review by Pamela Fruendt

What’s there to say about ALICE IN WONDERLAND? Certainly not “off with their heads!” Kudos to Linda Woolverton’s script which took the best of Lewis Carroll’s ideas and wove them together with our favorite characters into a reworked story that gave Tim Burton something to run with and run he did. Burton has created an absolutely magical, vibrant, dazzling world in ALICE IN WONDERLAND. Forget those critics who brand parts of the film too dark. Underland has been at war which, as the Mad Hatter shows, leans towards destruction. There is much light to this ALICE IN WONDERLAND. And muchness too.

Mia Wasikowska is perfect as 2010’s sweet, but nobody’s fool Alice Kingsleigh. Mia’s someone to keep your eye on in the future. Johnny Depp gives another finely nuanced performance as the Mad Hatter. His portrayal is especially poignant in that the Hatter knows something is terribly amiss with him yet carries on as best he can. As an aside…despite Depp’s protestations to the contrary, his dancing ability seems more than adequate. Futterwhacking, anyone?

Helena Bonham Carter nearly steals the film as the unloved petulant Red Queen. Anne Hathaway plays a quietly powerful Underland version of a valley-girl-type White Queen while Crispin Glover’s Knave of Hearts maintains just the right amount of distaste and admiration for the Red Queen. And I mustn’t forget Tweedledee and Tweedledum – Matt Lucas has taken such a tiny role and made it so memorable.

The animated characters from The Cheshire Cat (Stephen Fry) to the screaming March Hare (Paul Whitehouse) to Bayard, the adorable Bloodhound (Timothy Spall) and all those not mentioned are exquisite both in design and execution.

But what’s wrong with ALICE IN WONDERLAND? For me it was the 3D technology which I found distracting and superfluous. Avatar needed 3D…ALICE doesn’t. I’m actually looking forward to the early DVD release so I can see the film on my 42″ Sony 1080p…then I’ll be able to concentrate on the story and not 3D. But I will admit it could just be me. I may even try to find a theater without 3D to check myself.

So, go see ALICE IN WONDERLAND. Expect to see a good film with great performances. And don’t forget your futterwhacking shoes…

Have you seen Alice in Wonderlan? What did you think of it?

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The Language of Johnny Depp

Posted by LiveFor on March 4, 2010

Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland is out tomorrow so what better time to look at Mr Depp’s unique way with the English language.
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Alice in Wonderland – Behind the scenes of Tim Burton’s latest

Posted by LiveFor on March 2, 2010

A great featurette on the making of the film. Thanks to Pamela Fruendt for sending the link.

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Alice In Wonderland – Michael Sheen and Matt Lucas talk about Tim Burton’s film

Posted by LiveFor on February 24, 2010

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Toy Fair – Alice in Wonderland, The Mad Hatter, Back to the Future Minimates and the Scarlet Witch

Posted by LiveFor on February 17, 2010


Lots of amazing toys and statues have debuted at the New York Toy Fair this year. Here are a few more.

Above are the action figures for Mia Wasikowska’s Alice and Johnny Depp’s Mad Hatter from Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland. Below is a cool Minimates Delorean and Marty McFly in rad suit from Back to the Future. Below that is a great statue of Marvel’s Scarlet Witch.


Source: io9

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Alice in Wonderland – Super Bowl TV spot

Posted by LiveFor on February 9, 2010


At first I wasn’t that fussed about Tim Burton’s take on Alice in Wonderland, mainly because I wasn’t a fan of the original tale. However, the more I see of it the more I like it.

Johnny Depp and Mia Wasikowska seem particularly good and it all looks lovely.

Thanks to Live for Films researcher and reviewer Pamela Fruendt for pointing out this spot.

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Alice in Wonderland – What’s real and what isn’t

Posted by LiveFor on February 6, 2010


Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland could be a lot more than you think it is. LFF’s Pamela Fruendt pointed out a great article over on Rotten Tomatoes that explains what is CGI and what isn’t. Plus they had the great photos of the Caterpillar (voiced by Alan Rickman) and Crispin Glover.

“We basically have three live-action characters,” explains David Schaub. “They are Alice (Mia Wasikowska), The Mad Hatter (Johnny Depp) and The White Queen (Anne Hathaway). The Tweedles and the Knave of Hearts are real heads blended onto animated bodies. That creates a special look that you won’t have seen before. It’s very cool. Meanwhile, Helena Bonham Carter’s character (The Red Queen) is an amalgamation of all kinds of different techniques, which we then distorted.” One of the most difficult characters to create, though, was The Cheshire Cat. “That was hard because he actually floats,” says Schaub. “So we had to think, if a cat could float, how would a cat float? Then he’s got this huge grin the whole time, which causes problems because he’s got to have emotions. But how do you make him anything other than happy when he’s got this permanent smile? It was intense.”

As for Wonderland itself, it’s almost entirely CGI. “There is one significant prop where Alice steps into Wonderland and goes down some stairs,” says Schaub. “That was an amazing piece of architecture. But everything else is a CG environment.”

“It’s funny,” laughs costume designer Colleen Atwood, who has worked with Tim Burton on seven films over the past 20 years, including Edward Scissorhands, Big Fish and Sweeney Todd. “Tim, Johnny and I had all made sketches of what we thought the Mad Hatter should look like. Then, when we sat down to discuss it, we realised they were all really similar!” One of the most interesting things about the Mad Hatter’s costume is that it changes colour according to his mood. “It’s like a mood ring,” explains Atwood. “I made his suits in different colours, with layers of other colours, and then they enhanced it with CGI. It’s going to look really fun.”

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Alice in Wonderland Featurette – Meet the Mad Hatter

Posted by LiveFor on January 21, 2010

Our first look at Johnny Depp’s portrayal of the Mad Hatter in Tim Burton’s new film.

Due out on 5th March 2010.
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Alice in Wonderland – New Trailer

Posted by LiveFor on December 16, 2009

From Walt Disney Pictures and visionary director Tim Burton comes an epic 3D fantasy adventure Alice in Wonderland, a magical and imaginative twist on some of the most beloved stories of all time. Johnny Depp stars as the Mad Hatter and Mia Wasikowska as 19-year-old Alice, who returns to the whimsical world she first encountered as a young girl, reuniting with her childhood friends: the White Rabbit, Tweedledee and Tweedledum, the Dormouse, the Caterpillar, the Cheshire Cat, and of course, the Mad Hatter. Alice embarks on a fantastical journey to find her true destiny and end the Red Queen’s reign of terror.

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