Walt Disney Studios held a special Alice in Wonderland event last night in association with Hot Topic at the Hollywood and Highland Center in Los Angeles. The event was streamed live on the internet where tens of thousands watched Kerli, 3OH!3, Metro Station and Never Shout Never perform their respective tracks off of the Almost Alice soundtrack. In addition, the enthusiastic crowd was greeted by cast members Mia Wasikowski, Helana Bonham Carter, Anne Hathaway, Crispin Glover, Matt Lucas, Michael Sheen and Johnny Depp as well as Tim Burton himself.
We are pleased to share with you several photos from the event, courtesy of Walt Disney Pictures, as well as interviews with the cast that took place backstage.
Variety has reported interest by Walt Disney Studios in producing Prom, a comedy written by television writer Katie Wech. Citing the success of High School Musical as inspiration, the teen romp is said to be written in the vein of film legend John Hughes or Cameron Crowe. Quick to note that the project is still in development stages, Variety suggests Disney is looking at a way to produce the film for only five to ten million, significantly less than even the aforementioned Disney Channel Movie cost, most notably by casting virtual unknowns for the leads, thus heightening the film’s chances at churning a profit.
THE BIG PICTURE
- DIVINE DIGS – Director Tim Burton’s London office was once owned by Arthur Rackham, a famous English book illustrator who created the iconic color plates for the 1907 edition of “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.”
- THE QUESTION IS WHO ARE YOU? – Lewis Carroll is actually a pen name for Reverend Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, a lecturer in mathematics at Christchurch University in Oxford, England.
Originally slated to be released on April 2, the release date for Touchstone Pictures’ The Last Song has been moved to March 31, 2010.
The Associated Press is reporting that The Walt Disney Company affirms that the Miramax label will continue to exist and the films reported as being shelved will be distributed throughout theaters through 2011.
Disney says the most recent move was in line with the long term plans involving Miramax which include reducing the number of films produced per year to a maximum of three.
The article attributes an email sent from a [former?] Miramax employee, directing recipients to a specific Disney employee as the source of confusion.
The Wrap reported yesterday that Disney has officially decided to shut down Miramax Films after a recent period of slowly shrinking the production and distribution company, most recently ousting its president Daniel Battsek and closing the New York offices. Founded in 1979 by brothers Bob and Harvey Weinstein, the pioneering film company was named in honor of the Weinsteins’ parents (Miriam and Max) and was acquired by Disney in 1993. After a strained relationship with The Walt Disney Company, the Weinsteins left Miramax in 2005 and began another new film company on their own.
Released a few days ago, exclusively through MTV, Walt Disney Studios has now offered us the following hi-res image of a sleek new Tron Legacy billboard ad featuring a yellow light cycle. This ad compliments the original blue version we first introduced you to last month.
In this new clip from When in Rome, courtesy of Touchstone Pictures, Nick (Josh Duhamel) takes Beth (Kristen Bell) out for a romantic dinner in an experimental restaurant he hopes will pick up where the two left off in Rome, he gets a bit more than he bargained for, the least of which is the waitress (Kristen Schaal of HBO’s Flight of the Conchords and Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story 3).
Principal photography is underway in London for Walt Disney Pictures’ “JOHN CARTER OF MARS.” Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Andrew Stanton brings this captivating hero to the big screen in a stunning adventure epic set on the wounded planet of Mars, a world inhabited by warrior tribes and exotic desert beings. Based on the first of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ “Barsoom Series,” the film chronicles the journey of Civil-War veteran John Carter, who finds himself battling a new and mysterious war amidst a host of strange Martian inhabitants, including Tars Tarkas (WILLEM DAFOE) and Dejah Thoris (LYNN COLLINS).