Alice in Wonderland
June 10, 2011 | 5:28 a.m.
The Tim Burton exhibit at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, on display in the museum’s Resnick Pavilion through Halloween, collects a number of props, costumes and other artifacts from the director’s film work — and even previews some maquettes from his upcoming stop-motion animated feature-length retelling of his 1984 short “Frankenweenie.” That film is just one of three projects that will bring Burton’s name back to the multiplex in 2012, though: He’s also directing a big-screen version of the vampire soap opera “Dark Shadows” with Johnny Depp as Barnabas Collins, and he’s producing the literary adaptation of “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter,” author Seth Grahame-Smith’s alternative recounting of the life of our 16th president. Burton said he immediately sparked to the idea for the film, which stars Benjamin Walker as Lincoln and posits that the president had supernatural motivations […]
Feb. 18, 2011 | 10:04 a.m.
During her early days as a school teacher in Southern California, Kathryn Beaumont had some conversations that got curiouser and curiouser. That’s the sort of thing that happens when you’re a former child actor who has given voice to two of Walt Disney’s most famous young heroines. Beaumont, now 72 and living in Burbank, recently recalled one of the encounters: “The children were lined up outside my door for coming in,” Beaumont said. Also outside was a student’s mother, who said, “I don’t want to take too much of your time, but I took my daughter to ‘Alice in Wonderland.’ ” The daughter insisted that Alice was now her teacher, and she and the mother had argued about it. “So I had to tell her,” Beaumont said. “She was really in shock.” Beaumont told that bewildered parent that she had been […]
Nov. 19, 2010 | 2:27 p.m.
THE HERO COMPLEX INTERVIEW: DANNY ELFMAN (PART 2) Fans of Tim Burton’s films have come to treasure the scores penned by composer Danny Elfman as an essential part of the viewing experience. For the most die-hard enthusiasts, Warner Bros. has released a special limited edition package, “The Danny Elfman & Tim Burton 25th Anniversary Music Box,” to commemorate the partners’ creative collaboration. Available only through www.elfmanburton.com, the set includes expanded versions of all 13 of Elfman’s scores from Burton’s films — from 1985′s “Pee-wee’s Big Adventure” through this year’s “Alice in Wonderland” — plus rare and previously unreleased music from their projects, a DVD featuring an hour-long conversation between Burton and Elfman and a 250-page hardcover book with a foreword by Johnny Depp, in addition to other collectibles. Elfman recently sat down with Hero Complex contributor Gina McIntyre to discuss […]
July 13, 2010 | 3:40 p.m.
The ArcLight Cinemas will be the House of Mouse this August — and it’s old-school Mouse. The three ArcLight locations — in Hollywood, Sherman Oaks and Pasadena — will screen 14 films from the Disney library that span five decades, including “Cinderella,” “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea,” “Mary Poppins,” “The Jungle Book,“ “Peter Pan” and “The Black Hole.” Continue to the second page of this post for a full list of the films, by location. The ArcLight Hollywood will feature live-action Disney films with a sci-fi and adventure tilt; the ArcLight Sherman Oaks will present true classics from Disney’s vault of animated features; and the newest ArcLight location, in Pasadena, will dig into Disney musicals. The theaters in Sherman Oaks and Pasadena will also feature an exhibit of classic posters, including vintage artifacts from the the Walt Disney Archives collection, from July 14 to Aug. 31. […]
April 13, 2010 | 12:37 a.m.
This is a longer version of my Los Angeles Times Sunday Calendar cover on Hollywood producer Dick Zanuck, who is having quite the year with “Alice in Wonderland,” “Clash of the Titans” and “Book of Eli.” I interviewed Zanuck last year on the set of “Alice,” a few months later on the set of “Clash” and on several occasions here in Los Angeles. Growing up with the last name Zanuck in Old Hollywood was just like real life — only different. As a youngster, Richard D. Zanuck had to sell copies of the Saturday Evening Post to learn the value of hard work. “Of course,” Zanuck said with a wink, “my dad did have a chauffeur take me to pick up the papers.” And even though Zanuck says he never played “catch on the beach” with his dad, he knew his […]
March 16, 2010 | 2:00 p.m.
As “Avatar” seems to have brought 3-D out of the woodwork, so too has “Alice in Wonderland” caused the many filmed versions of Lewis Carroll’s adventurous novel to resurface. DVD specialist Dennis Lim wrote a Sunday Calendar story summarizing some of the new releases of old material that reacquainted us with various interpretations of Alice, the Red Queen, the Mad Hatter and more. Here’s an excerpt. — Jevon Phillips More than a children’s classic, “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland,” the 1865 book by Lewis Carroll, is ground zero for a multi-tentacled media franchise that has been going strong for nearly 150 years. The Victorian forebear of a variety of 20th century artistic movements, drug cultures and fashion trends, it has inspired untold authors and musicians, served as the basis for dozens of film and television versions, and been tailored and twisted to fit almost […]
March 11, 2010 | 11:32 p.m.
WORKING HOLLYWOOD The Los Angeles Times lands on the doorstep (and the desktops) of the film industry and one of the paper’s ongoing features is Working Hollywood, which delves into the workaday life of the movie community. Here’s one of those features, which is landing here at the Hero Complex due to the film in question — Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland,” a movie we’ve covered intensely. When Steve Chapmanwas growing up in San Jose, he used to build his own “Star Wars”-inspired toys out of plastic containers. Now he’s part of a team that creates digital models for films such as “Alice in Wonderland.” “What we do is cyber-scan the actors, the sets, the cars and whatever else needs to become a computer model for the visual effects,” Chapman said. “Usually, this involves lasers.” Chapman made the leap from […]
March 10, 2010 | 11:13 p.m.
SCENE STEALER Patrick Kevin Day talked to actor Crispin Glover about the whimsical 3-D adventure movie, “Alice in Wonderland,” and acting on stilts as the Knave of Hearts. You can read his previous Scene Stealer interviews and Liesl Bradner’s Wizards of Hollywood series right here. Crispin Glover is no stranger to effects-heavy movies — he was Grendel in Robert Zemeckis’ performance-capture “Beowulf,” after all. But Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland,” a hybrid of live-action, motion-capture and animation, was even more of a challenge, at least partly because Glover stood on painters stilts for most of his scenes as the Knave of Hearts. “I was quite surprised at how stable they were,” the actor said. “One can be very athletically involved in them, including sword work.” That doesn’t mean they weren’t without their dangers. “I finished a take with Johnny […]
March 09, 2010 | 1:20 p.m.
With “Alice in Wonderland” moving front and center in the public imagination, L.A. Times staff writer Adam Tschorn went down the rabbit hole to discover the secret behind Alice’s enduring popularity. Here’s an excerpt from his Sunday piece in The Times’ Image section. When Lewis Carroll popped Alice down the rabbit hole in 1865, he had no way of knowing that the girl in the pinafore dress — along with the creatures that populate “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” and its 1872 sequel “Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There” — would become a permanent fixture on our pop culture landscape. The phenomenon encompasses more than the 100-plus versions of the book – the most recent of which, published last month, pairs Carroll’s text with illustrations by Camille Rose Garcia and recently hit the Los Angeles Times and New York […]
March 09, 2010 | 5:40 a.m.
This is a longer version of my story on Matt Lucas that appears in Tuesday’s Los Angeles Times Calendar section. A week before the London premiere of “Alice in Wonderland,” a special screening was held at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood and the lucky fans who attended were giddy to see celebrities in the crowd such as Crispin Glover, the film’s villain, who slouched down in a front-row seat, and “Star Trek” leading man Chris Pine, who was all smiles and handshakes. One actor who wasn’t mobbed by fans, though, was Matt Lucas, who plays Tweedledee and Tweedledum in “Wonderland” and looks far different than he did in the role and not just because of the digital effects. “I’ve lost 50 pounds since I made the movie,” said Lucas as he declined a free bucket of buttery popcorn. “No […]