Alice in Wonderland
Why Remaking The Wizard of Oz Is a Really Bad Idea
Fresh on the heels of Alice in Wonderland's box office success, rumors are flying about not one, but two feature film remakes of The Wizard of Oz. Now, there's more than one way to retell a story, and there are a few ways to redo Wizard that would probably work. The odds of Hollywood actually finding those particular ways is unlikely.
More and more often these days, I find myself shouting at movie trailers and announcements: "WHY would you remake that?" Clash of the Titans? The Karate Kid? My Fair Lady?
I'd like to take some time and explain when a remake generally isn't a good idea, and when it generally is, and whether or not this means that The Wizard of Oz is something we should revisit.Read on...
Smoking Caterpillar Robs Alice in Wonderland of G Rating
Alice in Wonderland is hitting theaters today, on regular screens, in 3D, and IMAX 3D. We haven't seen it yet, but we are cautiously optimistic: On the one hand, the beauty of Lewis Carroll's story came from its wit and logic puzzles, not from cr8zy holograms and Johnny Depp as a presumably roguishly sexy Mad Hatter (and early reviews have been mediocre); on the other hand, the trailer did look pretty cool, and Alice in Wonderland seems hard to totally bungle.
Oddly enough, this Alice in Wonderland is rated PG; the original, 1951 Disney animated Alice in Wonderland had a G rating when it was rereleased in 1974. (MPAA ratings didn't exist until 1968.) What accounts for the discrepancy? A certain smoking caterpillar has a lot to do with it, apparently:Read on...
All of Alice in Wonderland, One Tattoo
Medway, MA-based tattoo artist Holly Azzara has condensed the story of Alice in Wonderland -- from rabbit hole to Cheshire Cat to Red Queen -- into one glorious full-back, double-sleeve tattoo.Read on...
Disney Launching New Clothing Line Aimed At…Goths?
Disney has a long history of taking its princess characters and turning them into merchandising juggernauts the likes of which the world has never seen (since Star Wars, that is.) Their mission continues, with a movie you may not have thought of, and to a sub-culture that you wouldn't think would be very receptive to overtures from "The Happpiest Place on Earth." But, according to The Wall Street Journal, Disney has licensed a line of clothing, accessories, and fragrances based on Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland to Hot Topic, aimed at "young women and teenage girls, particularly those who gravitate to darkly romantic entertainment like the "Twilight" series." Translation: goths.Read on...