First Look: Alice in Wonderland

Tim Burton and Johnny Depp have partnered for the seventh time. This time for a remake of Alice in Wonderland and the first pictures of the film look absolutely fantastic.

According to producer Richard Zanuck, “The book itself is pretty dark. This is for little people and people who read it when they were little 50 years ago.”

Follow this link to see pictures of the White Queen (Anne Hathaway), Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum (Matt Lucas) and the Red Queen (Helena Bonham Carter, in yet another perfect role).

Until we can see some footage for what is guaranteed to be a trippy and cool adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s book, here is a clip from the Disney 1951 animated film.

Alice in Wonderland will be released March 5, 2010.

Michael Moore Wants To Tackle The Economy

It was only a matter of time before Michael Moore began work on his next documentary. Although it is still untitled, Moore’s latest project focuses on everyone’s favorite topic at the moment: the economy.

Sure, Moore’s documentaries are pretty one-sided but no one in Hollywood (just don’t tell Michael Moore that he is a member of anything Hollywood) has really addressed the economic crisis – sorry, downsized Oscar parties don’t count. Moore’s take is bound to be an interesting one and one that will spark a lot of debate.
Here is his teaser trailer for the documentary:

Preview: The Princess and the Frog

Last night when I went to see Up (review coming shortly) I saw the trailer for The Princess and the Frog

Just by judging the trailer, The Princess and the Frog looks like an amazing throwback to earlier hand-drawn Disney movies. What is more interesting to me however is the hype surrounding the film months before its December release. Princess Tiana (voiced by Anika Noni Rose) is the first black Disney princess. Some see her as a character young girls can embrace, while others do not. 
Disney asserts that Prince Naveen, who hails from the fictional land of Maldonia and is voiced by a Brazilian actor, is not white. But critics see him as non-black. As Angela Bronner Helm, a blogger, writes: “Disney obviously doesn’t think a black man is worthy of the title of prince,” “His hair and features are decidedly non-black. This has left many in the community shaking their head in befuddlement and even rage.”

The debate surround Princess Tiana and Prince Naveen brings up an important question: Does The Princess and the Frog eliminate or promote racial stereotypes?

The New York Times ran an excellent article on Saturday that addresses this question and looks at the representation of race in past Disney films.

Zac Efron Plus 20 Years

I was not anticipating what this review of 17 Again has to say. You mean I’ve seen this movie (aka Big aka 13 Going on 30) before? Never saw that one coming. On the plus side, the review also features the best lead sentence that I’ve read in a review in quite some time.

Review: You’ve seen 17 Again — again and again17 Again is one of those movies that requires you to suspend all disbelief and assume that someone who looks like Zac Efron could, in 20 years, turn into someone who looks like Matthew Perry.

Zac Efron becoming Matthew Perry is pretty scary! I’ve never thought of it that way before. This movie is a warning for our future!

All kidding aside, it is a good review. And quite honestly, I will most likely see this movie (sad and embarassing but true). Zac Efron is just too dreamy for me to ignore.