Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Friday Fan News Round-up

Various Alice in Wonderland Blackberry themes (free registration with site required) for BlackBerry Bold 9000 and Blackberry Storm.

Tim Burton's art and movies will be shown at the New York Museum of Modern Art. The show will run November 22, 2009 through April 26, 2010.

If you're like me, you didn't notice the house in the background of the scene in the teaser trailer where Alice runs up to the rabbit hole. Turns out it's an 18th Century historic house, Antony House, in Plymouth in the UK, where they also did some filming for the movie. Here it is on Google Maps.

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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Alice News - Curiouser and Curiouser

Actually, there isn't much curious here. Just more news about Alice in Wonderland.

First up an interview with director Tim Burton. He was asked if he had read the book and at what age. (Are there people who direct movies WITHOUT reading the book???) Burton's answer:
Oh yeah, when I was maybe eight, ten or whatever. I had a weird connection because I bought the house. I don’t know if you know the illustrator, Arthur Rackem. I live and work out of his studio. In 1905, he did some amazing versions of Alice in Wonderland, Sleepy Hollow, things that I’ve been involved with, so I felt there was a weird connection to me — the material, and life. It always helps somehow.
I found this very interesting. I love the Arthur Rackham illustrations for Alice in Wonderland.

Next up Anne Hathaway is in a list of top contenders to be America's next sweetheart.

Last, and this isn't exactly news, but a company named Dust Furniture is selling furniture that looks like it would be at home through the looking glass. Here are some examples, below. They also have an Etsy store!

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Monday, July 27, 2009

Alice 2010 News - Videos and Photos from Comic Con Tea Party

Different places to see the "Tea Party" for Alice in Wonderland that happened at Comic Con 2009. 

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Alice Teaser Trailer Scene by Scene

Over at MTV, blogger Adam Rosenberg had the great idea to do a scene by scene rundown of the Alice Teaser Trailer. This appealed to my OCD and so I couldn't help myself. I had to do the same but different.

Cheshire Cat Wallpaper

Shot 1: Alice running through a garden, no doubt following a rabbit who may or may not be talking to himself about a very serious date and consulting a watch.

Shot 2: Alice leaning over a hole, and just between you and me, it really looks like she forced that twig to snap.

Shot 3: Alice goes head over heels and into the hole.

Shot 4: In case you didn't know, this is a Tim Burton film.

Shot 5: Down and down and down falls Alice. Readers of the original will remember quite a bit of exposition on the part of Alice during her fall. She expected the Antipathies. We are treated with lanterns, furniture, windows, cabinets, paintings, and barrels. Some careful scrubbing reveals a skull whizzing by. No ORANGE MARMALADE here.

Shot 5: We see Alice falling face first, and it looks like she's very tired.

Shot 6: Alice hits the ground. In the book this involved a heap of dry sticks and leaves, which I'm sure she would have preferred over a tile floor.

Shot 7: Alice blacks out and when she comes to, she's in a bathtub packed with ice clutching a note about how someone just stole her kidneys. NO NO that's not what happens. Alice comes to in a room with a tiny door and a bottle. We can't see it, but I bet the bottle says "Drink Me".

Shot 8: Alice drinks. She is no doubt experiencing deja vu.

Shot 9: Alice sets down the bottle and shrinks. There is a key in view on the table. Seeing as how her dress did not shrink with her, hopefully there is something nearby with a "wear me" sign on it.

Shot 10: Alice wandering around in front of the garden shown in some of the concept art panoramas. This is the place with the chatty flowers in front of the topiary garden. We see a flamingo topiary bird to the right. Alice has some serious decolletage now.

Shot 11: Alice walking through a giant mushroom forest with several friends. Tweedledee and Tweedledum, the Dodo, the White Rabbit, and is that the dormouse running ahead?

Shot 12: Alice and the White Queen on a balcony of a huge castle overlooking a chasm. They are standing next to a telescope. The White Queen looks a little like she's dancing. I keep pushing this out of my mind because it's too horrible to dwell on, but somehow the White Queen looks like Ali G here. Not a good look on her.

Shot 13: Twisty trees and the Cheshire Cat, appearing in head-only form, with a nice toothy smile. Nice gratuitous CGI iris action on the eyes after a blink.

Shot 14: Panning shot of Crispin Glover (!) as the Knave of Hearts, looking at what is presumably a map.

Shot 15: Helena Bonham Carter as the Red Queen, throwing open some doors. The people inside, behind her are kind of grotesque. There is a man with an enormous forehead, a woman with three chins, a woman with huge ears, and a man who looks a little normal. She looks mad.

Shot 16: Whew! This is a lot of work. We have here a monster with black spots and a bunch of cool CGI red card soldiers. The monster roars.

Shot 17: It looks like Alice got a face full of roar, although I doubt that's really it. There is wind gusting in her face. THAT's confusing.

Shot 18: Alice is talking to Tweetledum and Tweedledee. An enormous bird swoops down and takes off with them. Alice ducks and then turns to watch them go.

Shot 19: Some frog pages open the same doors we just saw the Red Queen open. It looks like the Mad Hatter is walking out with card soldiers behind him. On the left is a mural of a gryphon, and on the right, the Jabberwock. There is someone riding the Jabberwock.

Shot 20: The Mad Hatter's hat is on the ground. Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter bends down to pick it up, and we get full-on shot of the Mad Hatter. LOOK-ENG GOOD.

Shot 21: In case you didn't know this was Johnny Depp, they're going to show you his name.

Shot 22: The Mad Hatter walks over a nicely done, traditional tea party and jumps down to...

Shot 23: Confront Alice, who is still small from drinking the shrinking potion.

Shot 24: The Mad Hatter tells Alice she is terribly late and calls her naughty. *groan* Behind him is what looks like a derelict windmill.

Shot 25: The Mad Hatter throws his hat and we see the next few things from the interior of his hat.

Shot 26: Disney - A Film by Tim Burton - Alice in Wonderland

Shot 27: The Mad Hatter, laughing.

Shot 28: The White Rabbit, looking a lot like Danny DeVito, pointing to his pocket watch as if to remind us:

Shot 29: "You've got a very important date." March 5th, 2010

Shot 30: It's not really its own shot but I make the rules around here. The zeroes of 2010 turn into Cheshire Cat eyes and we are treated to his toothy smile again.

Shot 31: Whew last one. The Mad Hatter unfurling two rolls of fabric by throwing them at the camera. Out shoot letters.

Shot 32: "Go through the looking glass in Disney Digital 3D IMAX 3D in select theaters" Then more writing. Credits. Danny Elfman. I'm not typing all this go watch it yourself to see the end.

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Friday, July 24, 2009

Alice in Wonderland News

More news about Alice in Wonderland. The media machine has definitely kicked into life. Here are some links for you today:

The official Disney Alice site has a lot of new stuff on it, including enormo-vision versions of the teaser trailer that was released yesterday, and a synopsis. There is also a way to sign up with Disney for news (click on the hat), although I don't think that's specific to Alice in Wonderland.

There is what appears to be an official Alice in Wonderland Twitter account which is talking about a Tea Party and how to get tickets to it. Importantdate Via

The Leaky Cauldron Lists Harry Potter actors who will be appearing in Alice 2010. I had known about Severus Snape (Alan Rickman), but hadn't put Bellatrix Lestrange on my list (silly me), also there is Wormtail (Timothy Spall). The completeists out there should add: Stephen Fry, the UK Harry Potter audio book narrator.

Disney Announces Alice in Wonderland video game which will be for the Wii, Nintendo DS and Windows PC. Many other sites expressed their disappointment that it wouldn't be a port of American McGee's gothic Alice game to the Wii platform.

Rotten Tomatoes covered the Disney segment of Comic Con 2009 which happened yesterday, and which included a visit from Johnny Depp.

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Thursday, July 23, 2009

Alice Teaser Trailer

You'll probably need a Facebook account and maybe have to be a fan of the Mad Hatter.

Then here it is: Alice in Wonderland Trailer on Facebook.

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Alice In Wonderland Trailer Leak?

Superpunch has screengrabs from an Alice in Wonderland 2010 trailer which appears to be on YouTube, but which refuses to play for me citing copyright issues. Seeing as how today is supposed to be the release date for the Alice 2010 trailer, I'm sure we'll all see it soon. In the meantime, you can look at the stills from the trailer here. Mmmmmm. Cheshire goodness. Later note: It can be found here until Disney gets to them.

Speaking of the movie, I hope nobody is surprised that Johnny Depp's is the most popular Facebook army. See the next post for details...

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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

New Alice 2010 Photos and Facebook Mayhem

First up, Disney has announced a promotion for Alice in Wonderland using Facebook. They have set up three fan pages. One each for the White Queen (Anne Hathaway), Red Queen (Helena Bonham Carter), and Mad Hatter (Johnny Depp). The group that has the most followers on Thursday July 23 at 4 PM Pacific Time will get to see the debut Alice trailer that's been in the news lately.

Slashfilm has posted a description of the trailer. If you want to keep it as a surprise stop reading now and continue to the photos, below.

Alice in Wonderland features gorgeous imagery. Alice never speaks in the trailer. Depp does a voiceover for the trailer as the Mad Hatter. “There is a place like no place on Earth… some say to survive it you need to be mad as a hatter. Which, luckily; I am.” We get to see Alice discover and fall into the rabbit hole. Drinking the potion and shrinking. They show the Cheshire’s face as they did in the animated Disney film - as a floating head. Never complete. I also caught the White Queen, Red Queen, Rabbit, the Tweedles, and some characters that I assume are new for this version. The 3D in Alice is subtle. It didn’t appear to have anything thrown in just to prove it was filmed in 3D.

Here are the new photos! You will notice that the Red Queen photo has changed.


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Alice in Wonderland Related News Items

OK OK these aren't about the Tim Burton movie, but this site is also about Alice in Wonderland independent of the 2010 movie. Here are some items:

Giant Solar Flowers with WiFi and places to plug in a laptop will be touring cities across the US to publicize the next generation of the Toyota Prius. They started in Boston. As one blog who covered it commented, the giant flowers make you feel like you're in Alice in Wonderland. This detail is just too juicy to leave out: The next Prius will have solar panels to ventilate the interior of the car when it's parked in the sun. How cool is that?

Next, inspired by Alice in Wonderland and fashions of the 1930s and 40s, an enterprising vintage fashion fan has created a dress she calls "The Alice Project." It looks really awesome!

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Monday, July 20, 2009

Alice in Wonderland Vogue Shoot

In the "Everybody Else Has Already Posted It" category, here is a set of photos from a 2003 Vogue Magazine shoot done by Annie Leibovitz with Natalia Vodianova as Alice Liddell. I like to enumerate, so besides whole lot of Alice, we have here a representation of:
  • Lewis Carroll (a.k.a English author Charles Lutwidge Dodgson 1832 – 1898)
  • Alice falling down the tunnel with the White Rabbit
  • Drink Me - Alice outgrowing a house
  • Alice and the Caterpillar
  • Alice, the Duchess, and the baby who turns into a pig
  • Alice with the Cheshire Cat
  • Alice with Tweedledee and Tweedledum
  • Alice at the Tea Party with the Mad Hatter and the March Hare
  • Alice with the Red Queen playing croquet with a flamingo
  • Alice with the Mock Turtle and the Gryphon
  • Lastly Through the Looking Glass

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Sunday, July 19, 2009

Tim Burton Talks about Alice 2010 at Comic Con 2009

Tim Burton is expected to show what is being describes as a "pre-trailer" at Comic Con 2009. When asked about what was going to be shown, he said that due to what they were doing and the technologies involved, they didn't have much footage that was ready to show yet. The footage will be shown Thursday July 23 at the Disney 3D panel at Comic Con 2009.

As we've mentioned before, they're using live action actors, motion-capture, and 3D animation all together to make this movie.

More on Alice in Wonderland 2010 and What Tim Burton is up to here. Seems like he talks about crazy a lot. Crazy crazy crazy.

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Saturday, July 18, 2009

More Alice in Wonderland Concept Art

Some of these are old news and thus are probably yawn-worthy for most of you, but a couple are ones I haven't seen yet. Concept art for Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland, featuring Alice and a whole lot of mushrooms. We also seem to have a doorway of a strange ruin, a room with some seriously menacing wallpaper, and a sprawling messy tea party. Last, we have a strange 3D of Alice, the doorway, and a bridge. I'll have to fire up my 3D glasses later and see how this looks.

Here they are:

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Friday, July 17, 2009

New Alice Photo out of Comic Con 2009, AND

First up we have a new photo of Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland. It's a wonderful photo of Mia Wasikowska as Alice Kingsley. This is out of promotional photos from Comic Con 2009 which is happening in San Diego right now. Lookeng Good.

Next we have a blog entry by an artist who was Johnny Depp's stand in during the shooting of Alice in Wonderland 2010. He titles it: Andrew hangs out with Johnny Depp and Tim Burton every day for 5 weeks

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Thursday, July 16, 2009

Tweedledee or Tweedledum Papercraft

File this under "That didn't take long." Henk at has posted a Tweedledee/Tweedledum papercraft inspired by the Tim Burton movie. I guess the face is a composite of the two in the widely release photos of the characters from Alice in Wonderland 2010.

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Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Mary Louise Parker heats up Alice in Wonderland

What is this all about?!? Mary Louise Parker reading some of Alice's Adventures Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll.

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Alice 2010 News Here and There

Alice Footage to screen at Comic-Con 2009? Sounds like! Thursday July 23rd from 11 AM to 12:30 PM in Hall H, Walt Disney Pictures will feature footage, cast members, and unseen footage from upcoming 3D films, including Alice In Wonderland. They also mention A Christmas Carol and Tron (They're remaking those?) Guests include Steve Lisberger, Sean Bailey, Tim Burton, and Robert Zemeckis. Patton Oswalt will moderate.

Anne Hathaway is going to be a cute, psycho White Queen. Details here.

Johnny Depp talks about playing the Mad Hatter, from an interview here.

"Well, the Hatter was awfully fun, you know? The Hatter was like... After doing something like John Dillinger, a performance where it's so restrained because of the responsibility you have to that guy, the Mad Hatter was like being fired out of a cannon. The Hatter was great fun and, again, it's one of those things where you're just amazed that that I'm not fired. I truly am."

Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland featured in Vanity Fair Magazine, here.

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Monday, July 6, 2009

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Alice in Wonderland is coming

I started this blog to follow the buzz about Tim Burton's upcoming movie, Alice in Wonderland, which looks like it's going to be going by the nickname "Alice in Wonderland 2010". The expected release date is March of 2010 (thus the 2010.) Just to get a move on, here's a photo and the cast according to IMDB.

Mia Wasikowska - Alice Kingsley
Johnny Depp - The Mad Hatter
Michael Sheen - The White Rabbit
Helena Bonham Carter - The Red Queen
Anne Hathaway - The White Queen
Alan Rickman - The Caterpillar
Stephen Fry - The Cheshire Cat
Crispin Glover - The Knave of Hearts
Christopher Lee - The Jabberwock
Matt Lucas - Tweedledee / Tweedledum
Noah Taylor - The March Hare
Timothy Spall - The Bloodhound
Marton Csokas - Charles Kingsley
Eleanor Tomlinson - Fiona Chataway
Annalise Basso - The May Pole Dancer
Jemma Powell - Margaret Manchester
John Hopkins - Lowell Manchester
Lindsay Duncan - Helen Kingsley
Barbara Windsor - The Dormouse
Frances de la Tour - Aunt Imogene
Austin James Wolff - The May Pole Dancer
Eleanor Gecks - Faith Chataway
Tim Pigott-Smith - Lord Ascot
Geraldine James - Lady Ascot
Lucy Davenport
Leo Bill - Hamish Ascot

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