Walt Disney Pictures send word that ‘Alice In Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass’ begins principal photography this week. James Bobin (The Muppets, Muppets Most Wanted) is directing the film, which revisits Lewis Carroll’s beloved stories with an all-new new tale that travels back to Underland – and back in Time.
The ensemble cast includes Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter, Hatter Tarrant Hightopp, Anne Hathaway as the White Queen, Mirana, Mia Wasikowska as Alice Kingsleigh, who’s on a quest to help the Mad Hatter, Helena Bonham Carter as the Red Queen, Iracebeth, Rhys Ifans as Zanik Hightopp, the Mad Hatter’s father, Matt Lucas as both Tweedledee and Tweedledum, Ed Speleers as James Harcourt, and Sacha Baron Cohen as Time. The film also features Stephen Fry as the voice of Cheshire Cat, Toby Jones as the voice of Wilkins, Alan Rickman as the voice of the Blue Caterpillar, Michael Sheen as the voice of the White Rabbit, Timothy Spall as the voice of Bayard, Paul Whitehouse as the March Hare, and Barbara Windsor as the voice of Dormouse.
The first two images have arrived online from Tim Burton’s ‘Big Eyes,’ which is set for a December 25th release. Starring Amy Adams, Christoph Waltz, Danny Huston, Krysten Ritter, Jason Schwartzman and Terence Stamp, the film is based on the true story of Walter Keane (Waltz), who was one of the most successful painters 1950s and early 1960s. The artist earned staggering notoriety by revolutionizing the commercialization and accessibility of popular art with his enigmatic paintings of waifs with big eyes. The truth would eventually be discovered though: Keane’s were actually not created by him at all, but by his wife, Margaret (Adams). The Keanes, it seemed, had been living a lie that had grown to gigantic proportions.
James Gunn Posts A Heartfelt Thanks To Cast, Crew, Marvel & Fans; Teases Work On ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy 2′
This past weekend, Marvel’s ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ opened to a colossal $94 million at the North American box office - the top August debut of all time and the third best debut of 2014 so far after ‘Transformers: Age of Extinction’ ($100 million) and fellow Marvel movie ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ ($95 million). Following these box office estimates and a glowing response from fans and critics alike, writer-director James Gunn has posted on his Facebook page a message to the fan community and those behind and in front of the camera, thanking them for the success of the film and letting us know he’s already working on the sequel – which is set for July 28th, 2017. The post reads as follows:
From The Weinstein Company comes this new collection of clips from ‘The Giver,’ the adaptation of the Lois Lowry novel from director Phil Noyce. While there’s been a plethora of movies involving dystopian young adult novel storylines, ‘The Giver’ was ahead of its time, winning the Newbery medal in 1994. Starring Jeff Bridges, Brenton Thwaites, Meryl Streep, Katie Holmes, Alexander Skarsgard, Odeya Rush and Taylor Swift, the film lands in US cinemas on August 15th. Expect news on a UK release shortly.
While information seems to be muddled, numerous outlets are reporting that Japan’s legendary animation house, Studio Ghibli, is going into hibernation. Whispers of the studio’s potential closing have circulated since late last year, after co-founder and writer-director-illustrator-producer Hayao Miyazaki announced he was retiring and Ghibli producer/co-founder Toshio Suzuki stepped down from producing and became the studio’s general manager instead.
Hayao Miyazaki’s career spanned over fifty years and includes many celebrated features, from ‘The Castle of Cagliostro’ to ‘Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind,’ ‘My Neighbor Totoro,’ ‘Princess Mononoke,’ ‘Ponyo,’ ‘Spirited Away,’ and beyond. Miyazaki has won hearts and accolades around the world in a career that began in the 1960s. The most recent feature film of Miyazaki, ‘The Wind Rises’ (‘Kaze Tachinu’), was nominated for an Oscar.
After receiving glowing reviews and an A CinemaScore from audiences, James Gunn’s ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ has opened to a record-breaking $94 million in North America, the top August debut of all time and the third best debut of 2014 so far after ‘Transformers: Age of Extinction’ ($100 million) and fellow Marvel movie ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ ($95 million). Internationally, ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ also got off to a huge start by opening to $66.4 million in 42 markets for a global opening of $160.4 million. At this moment in time it’s only playing in 50 percent of the foreign marketplace, and saw big numbers in Russia ($13 million), the UK ($10.8 million), Mexico ($6.5 million) and Brazil ($5.4 million).