26 February 2010

World Premiere Of Alice In Wonderland In London Makes Tim Burton Happy

Alice in Wonderland had its world royal premiere in London on Thursday February 25, 2010. The stars of the film, including Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway and Helena Bonham Carter came to the premiere in central London's Leicester Square where hundreds of fans were waiting to see them in pouring rain.

Curiously the British movie theater chain Odeon had resolved a dispute with Walt Disney Pictures about the release date for the DVD version just in time for the world premiere. Thus the U.K. audience will see the movie in theatres in 3D!

Tim Burton told a press conference he was relieved the issue was resolved.
"I'm just glad it's resolved. We made it 3D to be shown in the 3D screens and so I'm just very happy and grateful," he said. "3D and Alice seem to fit," Burton told Sky News. "There's something about the trippiness of the Alice world that helps bring you into that 3D space."

All is fine in Wonderland after all, or is it? Here are a couple of clips of the movie.

25 February 2010

Underland In Shock - Mia Wasikowska As Alice Loses Her Dress

The habitants of Wonderland, or Underland as Tim Burton calls it, are up for a shock when Alice -Mia Wasikowska- grows to a size of a church tower and her dress is ripped off at the process. Alice hides behind tall bushes when she's discovered by the feared ruler Iracebeth, the Red Queen. Luckily Iracebeth notices a similarity between herself and this huge newcomer to the 'queendom' - they both have a huge head - and she shows some compassion by ordering the servants to sew some clothes for the poor giant.

The White Rabbit, called McTwisp, is behind this misfortune of Alice, because he feeds Alice a cake that makes her grow - too much.

Watch for yourself, here is a clip of the film. The full movie will be on the big screens in 8 days! Unless you live in the U.K., Ireland, Italy or Holland.  Executives at Odeon, which owns 107 cinemas in the U.K. and Ireland, have decided to boycott Burton's 3-D film after plans were announced to launch the movie on DVD just three months after it hits theaters. The Dutch film lovers are also going to miss out because many movie theatre owners in Holland are going to boycott Alice in Wonderland if the early release of the film to DVD goes ahead.  Australians instead are going to get special treatment, because the film hits the movie screens early - Thursday March 4, 2010! Life in Wonderland isn't fair, is it?

17 February 2010

Alice in Wonderland Star Mia Wasikowska Talks About Filming With Tim Burton And Johnny Depp


Mia Wasikowska - Alice- explained her feelings about the weirdness of filming in Wonderland in an interview with Geoff Boucher. She told how acting in an animated film required her to act with stickers and baseballs as her partners against a green-screen.
Mia Wasikowska: "It is really strange [acting on green-screen]. But Wonderland itself is bizarre and weird and comical and confusing, so it's appropriate that, we were in this green-screen environment where it doesn't always make sense to you. Things were just really odd and weird, and I suppose that was suitable to what we were working on. It put you in the right frame of mind. And it made you rely on your imagination more."

Mia's views about acting with Tim Burton as the director:

Mia Wasikowska: "Right from the beginning, we had a very similar view as to how Alice should be played.  He's very precise and clear and patient, and that was exactly what I needed as far as direction in this kind of film because it was so complicated. One of the most interesting things about Tim is that he does communicate visually, but he is also very precise and uses a language that people can identify with.

Mia liked to work with Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter:

Mia Wasikowska: "He is such a cool guy. He has the humanity to keep this sense of self. He's very kind and generous and so smart. To be able to watch Johnny -- just like with Tim -- as he takes something from the page to reality and how hard he works and what he brought to it and how much he brought to it, it was amazing. It is inspiring too that he does things in a purely joyous way and has fun with it all, because so often there are people who seem disgruntled. To keep that love of what you do is so important. And watching him and Tim work together is fun. They have a very deep rapport. Watching them, it's like they speak their very own language."

Countdown until the movie Alice in Wonderland hits the big screens: 16 days!

09 February 2010

Movie Stills And Quotes From Alice In Wonderland

24 Days To Go until Alice in Wonderland hits the cinemas in the US!
Here are a few movie stills to keep the anticipation up. They look very promising, like the movie trailers we have seen.  Actually I saw the latest long Alice in Wonderland trailer in 3D when I went to see Avatar. While I loved Avatar and the 3D world in it, seeing the Alice trailer on big screen and through quality 3D glasses filled me with such excitement. It is going to be brilliant!

Anyway, here are some great movie pictures with quotations of the characters from the original Alice books.

The Mad Hatter - Johnny Depp
"If you knew Time as well as I do, you wouldn't talk about wasting it." -The Mad Hatter

Mallymkum, The Dormouse - Barbara Windsor
 Dormouse: "You've got no right to grow here."
Alice: "Don't talk nonsense. You know you're growing too."
Dormouse: "Yes, but I grow at a reasonable pace,
not in that ridiculous fashion."

Iracebeth, The Red Queen - Helena Bonham Carter
Red Queen: "I don't know what you mean by YOUR way? All the
ways about here belong to ME!"

Ilosovic Stayne, the Knave of Hearts - Crispin Clover
"The Queen of Hearts, she made some tarts,
All on a summer day:
The Knave of Hearts, he stole those tarts,
And took them quite away!"

The Caterpillar - Alan Rickman
Caterpillar: "Keep your temper!"
"One side will make you grow taller and the other side will make you grow shorter."