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Tim Burton‘s Alice in Wonderland is one of the director’s weakest efforts, but it’s also by far his highest grossing.  The movie made over $1 billion worldwide at the box office, and I’m surprised it’s taken so long for a sequel to start moving into production.  But four years later, production has begun on Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass with James Bobin (The Muppets) in the director’s chair and the original actors returning along with new additions to both the live-action and the voice cast.  Plot details are scarce, but the story will “revisit Lewis Carroll’s beloved stories with an all-new new tale that travels back to Underland—and back in Time.”

Hit the jump for the press release, which includes the full cast and who they’re playing as well as the production’s key contributors behind the camera.  Alice in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass opens May 27, 2016.

Check Out Art from Rhys Cooper’s “Femme Fatale” Spoke Art Gallery Show Inspired by Alice in Wonderland, Maleficent, Poison Ivy, and More

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There are quite a few iconic women of fiction in Rhys Cooper’s “Femme Fatale” show, all of which highlight the traits and mythologies so revered by fans of the characters.  It’s nice to see such strong examples of heroines (and villainesses) on display, favoring their sources of power and authority rather than their sexuality (though many of them do share a particularly bold choice of lipstick).  The bold screen-prints feature both regular and variant editions of such memorable characters as Alice in Wonderland, Maleficent, Rogue, Little Red Riding Hood, and more.  The Spoke Art gallery solo show kicks off May 31st in San Francisco.  Hit the jump for more information and a sample of Cooper’s work.

Nicole Kidman Joins GENIUS; Adrien Brody Boards THE SEPTEMBERS OF SHIRAZ; Mark Rylance Is the Mad Hatter’s Father in ALICE IN WONDERLAND 2

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A few casting notices to report:

  • Nicole Kidman will reportedly join the cast of Genius, which centers on the relationship between author Thomas Wolfe (Michael Fassbender) and his editor Max Perkins (Colin Firth).
  • Adrien Brody will star opposite Salma Hayek and Shoreh Aghdashl in the thriller The Septembers of Shiraz, set during the Islamic revolution in Iran.
  • Mark Rylance is in negotiations to play the Mad Hatter’s father in the Alice in Wonderland sequel.

Hit the jump for more on each project.

Helena Bonham Carter Ready to Return as the Red Queen in ALICE IN WONDERLAND Sequel, THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS; Taraji P. Henson Joins TERM LIFE

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Here’s a look at the latest casting news for the following films:

  • Helena Bonham Carter is in final negotiations to reprise her role of the Red Queen in Disney’s Alice in Wonderland sequel, Through the Looking Glass.
  • Taraji P. Henson has joined Term LifePeter Billingsley’s crime drama fronted by Vince Vaughn and Hailee Steinfeld.
  • Olivia Cooke is in talks to lead Alfonso Gomez-Rejon’s Me & Earl & the Dying Girl, adapted by Jesse Andrews from his own novel.

Hit the jump for more on each project.

Director James Bobin Talks Infusion of History and Comedy in ALICE IN WONDERLAND 2; Says Film Has a “Slightly More Human World”

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Director Tim Burton’s 2010 live-action adaptation of Alice in Wonderland was a massive success for Disney, kicking off a boom of 3D films and grossing over $1 billion at the worldwide box office.  It was never a question of if Disney would move forward with a sequel, but rather when the follow-up would come to fruition.  That time, apparently, is now, as last year the studio set The Muppets director to take the helm of Alice in Wonderland 2.  Stars Mia Wasikowska and Johnny Depp are poised to reprise their roles from the first pic, and the sequel has already been dated for a May 27, 2016 release.

While recently speaking with Bobin in anticipation of another Disney sequel, Muppets Most Wanted, Steve also took the opportunity to ask the filmmaker about the Alice in Wonderland follow-up, titled Through the Looking Glass.  While the director couldn’t go into specifics, he spoke of how his passion for history and love of Lewis Carroll’s comedy leanings made the job a perfect fit and discussed his visual approach to the film, adding that it takes place in a different part of Underland.  Read on after the jump.

Mondo Announces SXSW Disney Gallery Event “Nothing’s Impossible”; Unveils Gorgeous Ken Taylor ALICE IN WONDERLAND Print

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Mondo is preparing something very special for the upcoming South by Southwest Film Festival in Austin: a gallery show devoted entirely to Disney films.  “Nothing’s Impossible” is a gallery event courtesy of Mondo and Disney’s “Oh My Disney” blog, and it will feature what’s sure to be some incredible Disney-inspired prints by artists like Martin Ansin, Ken Taylor, Aaron Horkey, Daniel Danger, Rich Kelly, Mike Mitchell, JC Richard, and more.  The gallery event will kick off in Austin on March 7th and will run through March 11th.  Mondo and Oh My Disney will be unveiling some of the posters digitally every week leading up to the opening, and they’re kicking things off in true jealousy inducing fashion by previewing Ken Taylor’s absolutely gorgeous print for Disney’s 1951 animated adaptation of Alice in Wonderland.

Hit the jump to preview the print for Alice in Wonderland and to read the full press release concerning “Nothing’s Impossible.”

Sacha Baron Cohen in Talks for ALICE IN WONDERLAND Sequel; Bruce Willis Joins Sci-Fi Thriller, VICE; Lindsay Lohan Movie Is INCONCEIVABLE

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Here’s a look at today’s latest casting news:

Hit the jump for more on each project.

Disney Dates ALICE IN WONDERLAND 2 for May 27, 2016 and JUNGLE BOOK for October 9, 2015; Ron Howard’s HEART OF THE SEA Arrives March 13, 2015

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Release dates for a few promising upcoming films have been announced.  Briefly:

  • Disney’s sure-to-be CGI-filled sequel Alice in Wonderland 2 will be released on May 27, 2016.
  • Disney has also set a release date for director Jon Favreau’s new adaptation of The Jungle Book, which joins the box office apocalypse of 2015 on October 9, 2015.
  • The closest release date comes to us by way of director Ron Howard’s real-life drama Heart of the Sea, which has been dated by Warner Bros. for release on March 13, 2015.

Hit the jump for more on the aforementioned properties.

Johnny Depp in Final Talks for Disney’s ALICE IN WONDERLAND Sequel Directed by James Bobin

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It’s no surprise that after the lackluster performance of Disney’s The Lone Ranger, star Johnny Depp is reported as being in final talks for a sequel to the studio’s highly lucrative Alice in Wonderland.  Depp starred as the Mad Hatter in the original picture which grossed over a billion dollars worldwide.  Director James Bobin (The Muppets) steps in for Tim Burton this time around.  Deadline also reports that the sequel is part of a relatively new multi-year deal between Depp and Disney that will allow him to produce movies at the studio.  Depp was in the news earlier this week when it was announced that he’d play the title role in Lionsgate’s Mortdecai.  He hopes to fit that particular film in between his roles in the Disney productions Into the Woods and Pirates of the Caribbean 5.

James Bobin in Early Talks to Direct Disney’s ALICE IN WONDERLAND Sequel, Possibly Titled ALICE IN WONDERLAND: INTO THE LOOKING GLASS

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Though he’s currently filming Disney’s The Muppets sequel, The Muppets … Again!, director James Bobin is reportedly in early talks for another Disney sequel: Alice in Wonderland 2.  Tim Burton’s 2010 original 3D picture brought in over $1 billion at the box office, so it comes as little surprise that the studio is moving forward with another installment.  Screenwriter Linda Woolverton returns to pen the script for the sequel, which is possibly tagged Into the Looking Glass.  Joe Roth, Suzanne Todd and Jennifer Todd will also return as producers.  Variety also reports that the original Alice in Wonderland is on its way to becoming a musical through Disney Theatrical Productions, based on another script by Woolverton.

Weekend Box Office: OZ Stays on top; THE CALL Connects, BURT WONDERSTONE Bombs

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For a second week in a row, Oz the Great and Powerful reigned at the domestic box office. The Disney hit earned an estimated $42.2 million, down 47% off from last weekend’s debut. But the big news this week is the film that took second place. With an estimated $17.1 million from 2,507 locations, The Call wound up stealing the spotlight from the comedy debut of The Incredible Burt Wonderstone.

 Title  Weekend Total
1.  Oz the Great and Powerful  $42,222,000 $145
2.  The Call  $17,100,000 $17.1
3.  The Incredible Burt Wonderstone    $10,305,000 $10.3
4.  Jack the Giant Slayer  $6,220,000 $53.9
5.  Identity Thief  $4,500,000 $123.6
6.  Snitch  $3,500,000 $37.2
7.  21 and Over  $2,619,000 $21.8
8.  Silver Linings Playbook  $2,587,000 $124.6
9.  Safe Haven  $2,495,000 $66.9
10.  Escape from Planet Earth  $2,327,000 $53.1

Weekend Box Office: OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL Claims Third Highest March Debut of All Time

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The fact that we all saw it coming doesn’t make it less sweet. Disney’s Oz the Great and Powerful opened big this weekend, earning an estimated $80.2 million from 3,912 locations. Not only does that more than double 2013’s highest debut, it also stands as the third-best March opening of all time, behind Alice in Wonderland and The Hunger Games.

 Title Weekend Total
1.  Oz the Great and Powerful $80,200,000 $80.2
2.  Jack the Giant Slayer $10,020,000 $43.8
3.  Identity Thief $6,300,000 $116.5
4.  Dead Man Down $5,350,000 $5.35
5.  Snitch $5,100,000 $31.8
6.  21 & Over $5,056,000 $16.8
7.  Safe Haven $3,800,000 $62.8
8.  Silver Linings Playbook $3,745,000 $120.7
9.  Escape from Planet Earth $3,270,000 $47.8
10.  The Last Exorcism Part II $3,120,000 $12

Producer Joe Roth Talks OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL, Sam Raimi, MALEFICENT, the ALICE IN WONDERLAND Sequel, and More

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From director Sam Raimi, Oz the Great and Powerful imagines the origins of the wizard that was first brought to life in author L. Frank Baum’s book The Wizard of Oz, in a fantastical adventure that utilizes 3D to enhance what is truly an awe-inspiring movie-going experience.  When small-time circus magician Oscar Diggs (James Franco) is unexpectedly carried from Kansas to the vibrantly beautiful Land of Oz in a tornado, he soon meets three witches – Theodora (Mila Kunis), Evanora (Rachel Weisz) and Glinda (Michelle Williams) – who are unsure about whether he truly is the great wizard that they’ve been expecting.  In one of the biggest tales of fake it ‘til you make it, Oscar must use his magical skill and a little ingenuity to help good triumph over evil.

At the film’s press day, Collider got the opportunity to speak with producer Joe Roth during both the press conference and a 1-on-1 interview about how this project came about, his prior experience with the original The Wizard of Oz film, how involved he was in shaping which Baum tales they would blend together to tell this origin story, how important it was to center the film around a flawed hero, why Sam Raimi was the right director, assembling this talented cast, and the most challenging aspects of such a big production.  He also talked about the high-risk and high-reward involved in taking on such iconic characters (he’s done it with Oz, Alice in Wonderland and Snow White), their spin on the Sleeping Beauty story for Maleficent and how crucial the casting of Angelina Jolie and Elle Fanning was, how they’re approaching the Alice in Wonderland sequel, and that he hopes to go into production on a very low-budget movie based on the book Heaven is for Real in the summer.  Check out what he had to say after the jump. 

Mia Wasikowska Talks STOKER, the Status of the ALICE IN WONDERLAND Sequel, and Jim Jarmusch’s ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE

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Park Chan-Wook’s (Old Boy) American debut Stoker, an odd little film if ever there was one, has the Asian auteur taking on Hitchcock.  Ostensibly a remake/reimagining/updating of Hitch’s own Shadow of a Doubt, Stoker centers on a young pubescent girl, whose father has recently died under ‘mysterious’ circumstances.  Enter an equally ‘mysterious’ long lost uncle (Mathew Goode), a series of murders, a distant never-present mother (Nicole Kidman) – and Park has all the ingredients he needs to make a pretty damn efficient thriller/melodrama.  Ol’ Hitch would be proud.

Mia Wasikowska (Alice in Wonderland) is the standout here.  As India, the fatherless young woman who comes to suspect her ‘Uncle Charlie’ is a murderer, Wasikowska deftly uses her delicate features as a counterbalance to her character’s darker and more perverse proclivities — for the film is less a mystery about who Uncle Charlie is and more so who India really is.  In the following interview with Wasikowska, she discusses working with Park Chan Wook, India’s ‘self-discovery’, a potential sequel to Alice in Wonderland and her upcoming vampire Jim Jarmusch film Only Lovers Left Alive.  For the full interview, hit the jump.

Disney Developing ALICE IN WONDERLAND Sequel with Returning Screenwriter Linda Woolverton

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When a movie grosses over a billion dollars in the worldwide box office, like Disney’s Alice in Wonderland back in 2010, you can pretty much guarantee a sequel is on the way. That seems to be the case for Alice, because screenwriter Linda Woolverton is reportedly penning the sequel. Woolverton wrote the original Tim Burton picture, which starred Mia Wasikowska in the title role and Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter. Her latest effort, Maleficent, is currently in post-production. Variety reports that she also wrote the script for a stage play and musical adaptation of the 2010 Alice in Wonderland, which is to be directed by Rob Ashford. The sequel’s details are obviously being kept under wraps, but keep an eye on this one for future developments. Hit the jump to see the trailer and poster from the original film.

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