Jun 23, 2009

Alice In Wonderland 2010!

I came across the released cast photos yesterday and could not contain my excitement! Granted it, I'm slightly bitter that I myself am not in it, but I still have my Thundercats dream and a few other projects I feel I personally SHOULD be a part of, but I digress. Tim Burton is the only man I can imagine who could do justice recreating the vivid, visually stimulating Lewis Carroll classic, with his cinematic genius. And from the look at the cast photos and a few scenery stills, we will all be impressed and amazed.

Susan Wloszczyna of USA TODAY wrote, "The traditional tale has been freshened with a blast of girl power, courtesy of writer Linda Woolverton (Beauty and the Beast). Alice, 17, attends a party at a Victorian estate only to find she is about to be proposed to in front of hundreds of snooty society types. Off she runs, following a white rabbit into a hole and ending up in Wonderland, a place she visited 10 years before yet doesn't remember."

Burton turned to Johnny Depp for the seventh time to help recreate this acid trip, as the Mad Hatter,

I find this image very reminiscent of his role in Burton's Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, or maybe it's Gene Wilder that I'm reminded of? Yeah, that must be it, regardless Depp will be superb in this role, especially since he has many previous work experience with such animated eccentric characters to draw from.

Burton turned to his muse and wife of 8 years, Helena Bonham-Carter to take on the role of the cantankerous Queen of Hearts, who appears to be merging with the Red Queen also.

To Burtonize this character, Helena's head will be increased three times the size of her body, also the monarch known for dismemberment, "Off with their heads!" will have a moat filled with former foes. (Was that an unintentional example of alliteration? Ooh, I'm good!).

Anne Hathaway was unexpectedly cast as the White Queen,

I'm actually quite in love with this image of her, but nobody can take the place in my heart of Carol Channing's White Queen. Anne described her character with a Happy Bunny caption, "Cute but Psycho. Things even out."

Further photos include Matt Lucas as Tweedledee and Tweedledum,

Whom, I've learned from his IMDB page, is the voice of Astroboy... They're remaking Astroboy!?!?! I'm feeling both nostalgia and annoyance (an emotion which was often evoked as a child when there was nothing else on TV to watch, besides Astroboy).

And we can not forget the heroine, Alice herself,

Played by little known aussie actress, Mia Wasikowska. When referring to casting Mia, Burton had this to say, "We met a lot of people, but she just had that certain kind of emotional toughness, standing her ground in a way that makes her kind of an older person but with a younger person's mentality."

In this photo, Mia here reminds me of a young Mischa Barton, circa Sixth Sense.

And in this, Kirsten Dunst, circa Interview with a Vampire. Anyway, I think it's a clever move to chose an unestablished actress to play Alice, they usually possess innocence, naivety, and curiosity that veterans lack.

The CG animation is visually surreal,

and in true Burton fashion, a little creepy. I'm growing curiouser and curiouser to see promo photos of some of the other characters, including Alan Rickman as the Caterpillar (could he possibly outdue Sammy Davis Jr though? I think not!), the evil Saruman (Christopher Lee) as the Jabberwock, Stephen Fry as the Cheshire Cat, and often deranged Crispin Glover as the Knave of Hearts.

Jun 4, 2009

Miley Cyrus Has a Clothing Line?!

I shouldn't be surprised that a Disney princess has a clothing line, true. Miley may not be the first, Stuff by Duff existed years before we had even experienced the Hannah Montana explosion, it's her collaboration that I am both shocked (and even impressed) by. Ms Miley Cyrus is teaming up with the genius behind BCBG and Hervé Léger, Max Azria for her low-cost Wal-Mart clothing line! I've been a BCBG fan for a mighty long time, and I'm truly surprised that Tunisian designer would team up with a teeny-bopper (alright, I suppose she's a full-fledged teenager by now) to put out an affordable clothing line, considering he already has that in BCBGeneration. And Miley Cyrus at that?! While I believe she's been looking great lately, the photo above makes me question her judgement, although not nearly as much as her flaunted friendship with Spencer and Heidi Pratt (I just shuddered). I'm not sure I can really condone this partnership, then again I highly doubt I'm their target market, then again what twenty-something-year-old wouldn't want access to Max Azria fashion for under $20!

Note: Check out the link to NY Mag, besides the first look- I hate knee-high black leather boots- I absolutely love each of Miley's outfits critiqued by the Fug Girls.

Jun 1, 2009

2009 MTV Movie Awards

I didn't have much of a chance to watch the MTV Movie Awards last night, since I was trying to research Max Weber and Emile Durkheim's take on modernity (for a term paper for my sister), but the parts I did catch during my MANY lengthy breaks taught me there are really only two things from last night's show that need discussion; Eminem's teabaggage by Bruno, and Megan Fox's hair!


There's been a lot of debate over whether or not this was planned, I myself am not 100% sure, since Eminem does indeed looked rightfully disturbed. But with that said, I'm not sure that even Sasha Baron Cohen himself is that dedicated to portraying one of his many characters that he'd risk his head (pun 100% intended) being lowered into a pit of rappers and yes-men without their consent. You can join in the discussion over at 2Dopeboyz and hear what everyone else has to say, all I know is that if MTV had pulled something like this on me (if they knew who I was, and I actually got invited) without my consent, they'd be receiving calls from my lawyers in the morning (if I had a team of lawyers that is).

Moving onto something equally disturbing from last night's show,

WHAT WERE YOU THINKING?!?!?! Do you not own a mirror? Ok maybe you don 't, you're Megan Fox, everything looks good on you...except this hair! Why would you let ANYONE do this to you! Again, you're Megan Fox, you're normally very very attractive, the most common used word to describe you is "Hot." Only with this hair, you are not hot, even bordering on unattractive. You are not pulling off the Robert Palmer Addicted to Love sexy backup band look! Instead you're pulling off the Robert Pattinson Twilight press tour look. And that my normally smoldering friend, is NOT a good look.

And here's the worst part, I really liked your black and gold strapless Dolce & Gabbana brocade cocktail dress. Even with the stripper inspired shoes, mostly because I would expect nothing less from you. It resembles a reincarnation of Beyoncé's Oscar dress and is encouraging some inspiring thoughts; no matter how grim something appears, there could always be a silver (or in this case gold) lining.
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