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'Alice in Wonderland' 2010: Lewis Carroll Travesty One of Worst Tim Burton Movies

'Alice in Wonderland' 2010: Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter. 'Alice in Wonderland' 2010: Plenty of visuals, no substance In the interest of full disclosure, I should start this commentary on Alice in Wonderland by saying that I have never been a fan of Tim Burton's works. I've enjoyed a couple of his movies, but the vast majority of them I've found uninspiring and, really, quite boring. Burton's eye for unusual worlds, particularly in terms of art direction and costume design, is not lost on me. But how can I possibly find Tim Burton a great director when he continues to offer the same tricks, over and over again? True, Burton's stories and characters change from movie to movie. What […]


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'Alice in Wonderland' 2010: Lewis Carroll Travesty One of Worst Tim Burton Movies



Marvel 'Avengers' Box Office: Ahead of 'The Dark Knight' & 'Star Wars'?

Marvel 'The Avengers' movie vs. 'The Dark Knight' June 29 '12 update: Starring Scarlett Johansson (photo, as Black Widow), Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Robert Downey Jr, Tom Hiddleston, and Jeremy Renner, Joss Whedon's The Avengers movie has officially surpassed Titanic's original box office take. Back in 1998, James Cameron's romantic epic starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Gloria Stuart, and a gigantic iceberg cumed at $600.78 million. After adding $838,000 on Wednesday, The Avengers' cume stands at $601.21 million. And just last week, Whedon's actioner also surpassed the inflation-adjusted take of Christopher Nolan / Christian Bale / Heath Ledger's The Dark Knight. Titanic, of course, continues well ahead of the Avengers movie in number of tickets sold – even […]


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Marvel 'Avengers' Box Office: Ahead of 'The Dark Knight' & 'Star Wars'?



Michael Gough Dies: 'Batman' & 'The Go-Between' Actor

Michael Gough, whose only important role in his 60-year career – if news reports are to be believed – seems to have been that of Batman's butler in Tim Burton's 1989 film and its sequels, Batman Returns, Batman Forever, and Batman & Robin, died earlier today. Gough was either 93 or 94, depending on the source. Those whose idea of movie history is restricted to Hollywood blockbusters made in the last three decades would have no idea – and wouldn't care less, really – that among Gough's other film credits, almost invariably in supporting roles, are Julien Duvivier's hauntingly beautiful version of Anna Karenina (1948), starring Vivien Leigh; Alexander Mackendrick's brilliant comedy The Man in the White Suit (1951), with […]


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Michael Gough Dies: 'Batman' & 'The Go-Between' Actor



Tim Burton & Helena Bonham Carter + Halle Berry & Marisa Tomei: The Oscars

Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter at the Academy Awards. Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter on the Oscars' Red Carpet Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter sported matching hairdos upon their arrival at the 2011 Academy Awards ceremony held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Tim Burton's global blockbuster Alice in Wonderland, in which Helena Bonham Carter is one of the featured players (as the Red Queen), won Oscars for Best Costume Design and Best Art Direction. Bonham Carter was a Best Supporting Actress nominee for Tom Hooper's The King's Speech (as another queen, Elizabeth). Helena Bonham Carter: Career boosted by Oscar nomination Helena Bonham Carter's film career began in earnest in James Ivory's 1986 Best […]


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Tim Burton & Helena Bonham Carter + Halle Berry & Marisa Tomei: The Oscars



'Uncle Boonmee,' Juliette Binoche & Best Actor Tie: Cannes Film Festival Winners

Apichatpong Weerasethakul Thai drama Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (top); Xavier Beauvois' Of Gods and Men (middle); Mahamat-Saleh Haroun's A Screaming Man (bottom) Apichatpong Weerasethakul's Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives, a dreamlike Thai drama about a man dying of kidney failure that left many puzzling over its meaning, won the Palme d'Or at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival. “I would like to thank my mother and my father, who 30 years ago, they took me to a little cinema in our little town, and I was so young and didn't know what it was on the screen,” Weerasethakul said upon accepting his award. “I didn't know the concept of cinema. With this award, I […]


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'Uncle Boonmee,' Juliette Binoche & Best Actor Tie: Cannes Film Festival Winners



'Avatar' Trailing 'Ben-Hur'? & James Cameron 3D Fantasy vs. 'Alice in Wonderland'

'Avatar' set with James Cameron and Sam Worthington. Avatar inflation-adjusted domestic box office chart James Cameron's socially conscious sci-fi/fantasy/adventure mix Avatar hasn't been the top grosser at the North American box office for nearly two months. Starring Sam Worthington, Zoe Saldana, and Sigourney Weaver, Avatar was initially dethroned by the Channing Tatum / Amanda Seyfried tearjerker Dear John, followed by Garry Marshall's all-star Valentine's Day, the Martin Scorsese-Leonardo DiCaprio thriller Shutter Island, and, for the last three weekends, Tim Burton's 3D extravaganza Alice in Wonderland. Avatar is still doing okay business, but it lost quite a bit of steam globally after Alice in Wonderland took hold of hundreds of IMAX and 3D screens. Adding insult to injury, Tim Burton's fantasy […]


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'Avatar' Trailing 'Ben-Hur'? & James Cameron 3D Fantasy vs. 'Alice in Wonderland'



'The Bounty Hunter' Beaten & Kristen Stewart Biopic Disappoints

'The Bounty Hunter' with Gerard Butler as another über-macho character. Box office: 'Alice in Wonderland' leaves 'Diary of a Wimpy Kid,' 'The Bounty Hunter' far behind March 21, '10, update: Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland grossed an estimated $34.5 million at the North America box office this weekend (March 19–21, '10), easily fending off new entries Diary of a Wimpy Kid and The Bounty Hunter, the latter starring Jennifer Aniston and Gerard Butler. Thus, Alice in Wonderland has managed to top the box office chart for the third consecutive weekend. The 3D fantasy adventure featuring Mia Wasikowska, Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, and Anne Hathaway dropped a perfectly acceptable 45 percent from a week ago. To a large extent thanks […]


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'The Bounty Hunter' Beaten & Kristen Stewart Biopic Disappoints



Matt Damon & Robert Pattinson Movies Flop

Matt Damon in 'Green Zone': Political thriller is latest Universal and Iraq War box office bomb. Box Office: Matt Damon political thriller 'Green Zone,' Robert Pattinson romantic melodrama 'Remember Me' flop March 15, '10, update: Starring Matt Damon, Paul Greengrass' Iraq War thriller Green Zone landed far behind top movie Alice in Wonderland this past weekend (March 12–14). Faring even worse – though on about 15 percent of Green Zone's budget – was Allen Coulter's romantic melodrama Remember Me, toplining Twilight Saga actor Robert Pattinson in his first star vehicle. In Green Zone, Matt Damon plays the leader of a U.S. Army team who uncovers a government conspiracy in Iraq. American and Canadian audiences couldn't care less. Green Zone pulled […]


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Matt Damon & Robert Pattinson Movies Flop





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