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Five Reasons ‘Stranger Things’ Worked, and One Big Question

26 July 2016 4:43 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Stranger Things” has pulled off an increasingly rare feat. In an age in which TV is saturated with what often feels like too much TV, it’s become a true word-of-mouth hit.

Of course, “hit” might not be the right word: Netflix, of course, does not release viewership figures. But there’s no denying that “Stranger Things,” which had a relatively low profile at its release, has gotten a lot of buzz. Positive reviews probably helped, but anecdotally speaking, people are doing a very old-fashioned thing: They’re telling their friends that this spooky drama is something special. It’s been fun to watch the show’s fanbase grow, quietly but relentlessly.

So I’d like to revise my review a little. When I first wrote about “Stranger Things,” I’d only seen four episodes, and now that I’ve seen all eight, my assessment is even more positive. There’s a decent chance it could end »

- Maureen Ryan

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65 Wonderful Stills From Alice and Wonderland on Its 65th Anniversary

26 July 2016 11:30 AM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Let's go down the rabbit hole, shall we? On July 26, 1951, Disney's Alice in Wonderland introduced audiences to a wonderful fantasy world. Given the film's enduring popularity, it would seem many moviegoers have never returned to reality. Sixty-five years after its release, the animated cult classic—based on Lewis Carroll's Alice books—remains a fan favorite that has inspired theme park attractions and live-action film adaptations (starring Helena Bonham Carter, Johnny Depp and Mia Wasikowska). Walt Disney had been trying to adapt Alice in Wonderland for the big screen since the 1930s. When it finally hit theaters, the studio's 13th animated feature included the voice talents of »

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Aftrs' Friday on My Mind to feature Greg McLean in conversation at Acmi

19 July 2016 5:12 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Greg Mclean on the set of The Belko Experiment.

Greg McLean will appear in conversation at Acmi this Friday July 22 as part of Aftrs' Friday On My Mind talks series..

The Wolf Creek director will be in conversation with Acmi's Head of Film Programs, James Hewison.

McLean will discuss the impact of the original film, the process of adapting the original story into graphic novels as well as the six-part TV series that premiered recently on Stan (on which McLean served as an executive producer) and the opportunities afforded by digital platforms.

McLean's other Ep credits include.Red Hill, Crawlspace, Down Under and The Legend of Ben Hall.

He established Emu Creek Pictures, a production company based in Melbourne, after the success of Wolf Creek.in 2005. His next film, Rogue, was produced by Harvey and Bob Weinstein and starred Sam Worthington and Mia Wasikowska..

In 2013 he directed Wolf Creek 2, »

- Staff Writer

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Greg McLean in conversation at Acmi in Aftrs Friday on My Mind talk

19 July 2016 5:12 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Wolf Creek.

Greg McLean will appear in conversation at Acmi this Friday July 22 as part of Aftrs' Friday On My Mind talks series..

The Wolf Creek director will be in conversation with Acmi's Head of Film Programs, James Hewison.

McLean will discuss the impact of the original film, the process of adapting the original story into graphic novels as well as the six-part TV series that premiered recently on Stan (on which McLean served as an executive producer) and the opportunities afforded by digital platforms.

McLean's other Ep credits include.Red Hill, Crawlspace, Down Under and The Legend of Ben Hall.

He established Emu Creek Pictures, a production company based in Melbourne, after the success of Wolf Creek.in 2005. His next film, Rogue, was produced by Harvey and Bob Weinstein and starred Sam Worthington and Mia Wasikowska..

In 2013 he directed Wolf Creek 2, which Margaret and David famously declined to review, »

- Staff Writer

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Robert Pattinson to Headline the Zellner Brothers’ Western ‘Damsel,’ Their Followup to ‘Kumiko’

13 July 2016 1:57 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Team Bunzo hasn’t had much to celebrate of late, with the Zellner Brothers’ “Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter” now a distant enough memory for bunny- and/or Fargo-obsessed fans to wonder what’s next. David and Nathan will soon be back with “Damsel,” however, and per a new report from The Film Stage, the Western is said to have found its lead in Robert Pattinson. Mia Wasikowska, the actor’s “Map to the Stars” co-star, is reportedly in talks to join as well.

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Much like his “Twilight” screen partner/former flame Kristen Stewart, Pattinson has found a new niche in the art-house world over the last few years, with films like “Cosmopolis” and “The Rover” surely testing the limits of his fanbase. No word on whether “Damsel” will be as extreme as those earlier projects, »

- Michael Nordine

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Robert Pattinson Leading Zellner Brothers’ Western ‘Damsel’; Mia Wasikowska in Talks to Join

13 July 2016 12:59 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

The Zellner brothers — consisting of David, writer and director, and Nathan, writer and producer — have been working their way further and further into the spotlight as of late. After years of praise that never quite translated into commercial notice, last year’s Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter proved about as popular and successful as a semi-austere, primarily Japanese-language film concerning a woman’s search for the treasure from Fargo might be — enough, perhaps, to attract two noteworthy players for the next endeavor.

Various sources have told us the Zellners are now directing Robert Pattinson in Damsel, a “Western Era comedy about a man trying to marry the woman of his dreams.” While the Utah Film Commission notes production began this week, our biggest indication that the ball’s rolling is a series of set photos showing Pattinson in — drum roll! — western-appropriate garb. That’s not all! Those who desire a Maps to the Stars »

- Nick Newman

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Alchemy Files for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Protection

7 July 2016 1:03 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Troubled independent distributor Alchemy has filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection in the U.S. bankruptcy court in Delaware.

The move had been expected since last week when reports emerged that the company was taking steps to liquidate its assets.

In its filing, the company said it has $50 million to $100 million in liabilities and $10 million to $50 million in assets. The petition also said Alchemy has between 200 and 999 creditors.

The company recently launched a series of cuts in its work force, leaving Alchemy with about 25 employees. It was the second series of staff reductions this year. Alchemy co-president Kelly Summers left the Los Angeles-based company recently.

The company, formerly known as Millennium Entertainment, relaunched itself as Alchemy early last year  and was an aggressive buyer at film festivals. It announced in July that it had acquired ANconnect and Anderson Digital and formed a strategic alliance with Arc Entertainment to act as aggregator for Walmart, »

- Dave McNary

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Distributor Alchemy Likely to File for Bankruptcy Protection

29 June 2016 4:55 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Troubled independent distributor Alchemy is likely to file for bankruptcy protection as early as this week, according to an informed source.

The company recently launched a series of cuts in its work force, leaving Alchemy with about 25 employees. It was the second series of staff reductions this year.

Additionally, Alchemy co-president Kelly Summers left the Los Angeles-based company recently.

The company, formerly known as Millennium Entertainment, relaunched itself as Alchemy in January 2015 and was an aggressive buyer at film festivals. It announced in July that it had acquired ANconnect and Anderson Digital and formed a strategic alliance with Arc Entertainment to act as aggregator for Walmart, Target, Best Buy and Sam’s Club with 50 new content partners, including Bagdasarian Productions and DreamWorks Animation’s nontheatrical and classics divisions.

In December, CEO Bill Lee stepped down and the company promoted Summers and Scott Guthrie to the posts of co-presidents.

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- Dave McNary

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Mia Wasikowska Dazzled In Cavalli Couture At ‘Alice Through The Looking Glass’ Tokyo Premiere

22 June 2016 12:49 PM, PDT | Uinterview | See recent Uinterview news »

Mia Wasikowska upped her fashion game for the Tokyo premiere of Alice Through The Looking Glass Tuesday. Mia Wasikowska’s Latest Look Wasikowska hit the red carpet premiere of the Alice in Wonderland sequel in Tokyo in an embellished black cutout Cavalli Couture gown. She wore her short blond hair swept back and went with a […]

The post Mia Wasikowska Dazzled In Cavalli Couture At ‘Alice Through The Looking Glass’ Tokyo Premiere appeared first on uInterview. »

- Chelsea Regan

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What Was Your Favorite Anton Yelchin Performance? — CriticWire Survey

20 June 2016 8:13 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Every week, the CriticWire Survey asks a select handful of film and TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Monday morning. (The answer to the second, “What is the best film in theaters right now?” can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: In honor of the late Anton Yelchon, who was killed in a tragic accident early Sunday morning, which was your favorite of his performances?

Christopher Campbell (@thefilmcynic), Nonfics

It’s definitely not his best movie, and maybe it’s not really technically his best acting, but my favorite of Yelchin’s performances is in “Terminator Salvation.” You could tell he tried to sound like Michael Biehn in “The Terminator” in his portrayal of young Kyle Reese, and that meant a lot to me as a fan of these movies. And it shows how much he took care in his work »

- David Ehrlich

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Where Did 'Alice Through the Looking Glass' Go Wrong?

31 May 2016 3:02 PM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Like a heroine tumbling through the rabbit hole, Disney took its own great fall this past weekend, as prospective tentpole Alice Through the Looking Glass coughed up a meager $34 million at the box-office in its opening days of release. A paltry sum in comparison to the $116 million opening weekend that Tim Burton's 2010 original "dark" fairy tale garnered, this sequel's poor showing registered as a sizable blip in Disney's ledgers. Floppier than the average flop, Disney's new folly provided industry competitors and common filmgoers several valuable lessons about how movies are made and sold. »

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How Alice Through The Looking Glass Literally Threw Mia Wasikowska Back Into The Fictional World

29 May 2016 6:09 PM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

While most hit movies are able to produce a sequel within two years of the original.s release, that wasn.t the story for Alice in Wonderland. Instead, it look six years for Alice Through The Looking Glass, and in that time actress Mia Wasikowska has gone on to star in some fascinating and excellent projects. In coming back to the role of Alice, however, director James Bobin did his part to literally throw her back into the part . specifically by having her first day on set be a sequence where she is falling into Underland. Earlier this month, I had the pleasant opportunity to sit down with Mia Wasikowska at the Alice Through The Looking Glass press day in London, England, and while we touched on many aspects of her return to the part, one of the funniest bits of trivia she revealed was how the production schedule made »

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Movie Review – Alice Through the Looking Glass (2016)

29 May 2016 4:00 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Alice Through the Looking Glass, 2016.

Directed by James Bobin.

Starring Mia Wasikowska, Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter, Alan Rickman, Stephen Fry, Michael Sheen, Timothy Spall, Rhys Ifans, Matt Lucas, Richard Armitage, Andrew Scott, Lindsay Duncan, and Sacha Baron Cohen.

Synopsis:

Alice returns to the whimsical world of Wonderland and travels back in time to save the Mad Hatter.

In an age where Hollywood cannot go more than two years tops without cashing in on a sequel to a smashing box office success, it is absolutely flabbergasting from a business perspective that Alice Through the Looking Glass is just now being released a little over six years after Tim Burton rebooted the iconic characters and story with Alice in Wonderland. That movie made over $1 billion too, begging the question, why was there no immediate follow-up?

Well, after having watched Alice Through the Looking Glass, it seems safe to assume »

- Robert Kojder

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Alice Through the Looking Glass review – Hg Wells meets Hogwarts

29 May 2016 12:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

James Bobin’s effects-heavy adaptation has little in common with the source material

It’s hard to think of a movie franchise that is less in tune with the spirit of the source material than Disney’s effects-bludgeoning, action onslaught adaptations of Lewis Carroll’s whimsical Alice stories. This sequel to Tim Burton’s megabucks first film has a new director – James Bobin takes over and Burton produces – but it refers more to Alice’s first big screen outing than it does to anything in Carroll’s books. Despite the fact that Alice (Mia Wasikowska) is now a sea captain who can escape pirate pursuers by stunt piloting a three-masted sailing ship over a sand bank, the forces of patriarchy in Victorian England are still out to oppress her.

As with the last film, Alice escapes to “Underland”, where she finds the Hatter (Johnny Depp, looking as though he fell »

- Wendy Ide

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‘X-Men’ Dominating Johnny Depp’s ‘Alice’ with $80 Million

28 May 2016 8:01 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

X-Men: Apocalypse” is showing superhero power at the U.S. box office with a formidable $80 million over the four day of the Memorial Day holiday — doubling “Alice Through the Looking Glass,” Saturday estimates showed.

U.S. audiences responded enthusiastically to Fox’s latest iteration of its sturdy “X-Men” franchise, which is performing in line with recent expectations. In a rare battle of tentpole franchise films opening against each other, Friday’s first day for “Apocalypse” generated about $26.4 million  at 4,150 locations while Johnny Depp’s “Alice” sequel finished under $10 million at 3,763 sites, projecting to a four-day total of around $40 million that’s well below earlier forecasts.

X-Men: Apocalypse,” the fourth “X-Men” movie directed by Bryan Singer, is continuing an impressive legacy on the Memorial Day holiday. Singer’s “X-Men: Days of Future Past” opened to $110.6 million two years ago; in 2006, Brett Ratner’s “X-Men: The Last Stand” opened with $122.9 million.

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- Dave McNary

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'Alice Through the Looking Glass': Critics Lament, "All Frosting, No Cake"

27 May 2016 2:59 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Alice Through the Looking Glass brings back Mia Wasikowska's Alice, Johnny Depp's Mad Hatter and the rest of Wonderland in the sequel to the 2010 Tim Burton film.  The sequel, which also stars Anne Hathaway, Matt Lucas, Rhys Ifans, Helena Bonham Carter, Sacha Baron Cohen and Alan Rickman, opens May 27 with director James Bobin taking up Burton's mantle.  As of Friday, Alice Through the Looking Glass had a low score of 34 on Metacritic and 29 percent on Rotten Tomatoes, leaving critics unimpressed with the screen adaptation of Lewis Carroll's work (one reviewer put it bluntly: "All frosting, no

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- Jennifer Konerman

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‘X-Men’ Hammering ‘Alice Through the Looking Glass’ at Friday Box Office

27 May 2016 2:32 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

X-Men: Apocalypse” is ruling the Memorial Day holiday weekend with a brawny $92 million over the four days — more than double “Alice Through the Looking Glass,” early estimates showed Friday.

Fox’s ninth “X-Men” movie was performing at the top end of  expectations of $80 million-plus with an opening day of $30 million, which included $8.2 million in Thursday night previews.

Disney’s “Alice” sequel was coming in well below recent forecasts — which had been as high as $60 million —  with a $10 million opening day Friday. That projects to a four-day total of around $40 million.

X-Men: Apocalypse,” the fourth “X-Men” movie directed by Bryan Singer, was poised to continue the  impressive legacy on the Memorial Day holiday. Singer’s “X-Men: Days of Future Past” opened to $110.6 million two years ago; in 2006, Brett Ratner’s “X-Men: The Last Stand” opened with $122.9 million on its way to a $234.4 million total — both bests for the durable franchise

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- Dave McNary

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A Less Hostile View of ‘Alice Through the Looking Glass’

27 May 2016 11:27 AM, PDT | Leonard Maltin's Movie Crazy | See recent Leonard Maltin's Movie Crazy news »

Having just seen Disney’s Alice Through the Looking Glass on opening night, with a paying audience at the El Capitan Theater in Hollywood, I am late in filing my review. I had a mixed reaction to the film, but I am somewhat surprised by the hostility expressed by my fellow critics. I took it as a given that this sequel to the 2010 Disney mega-hit would have little to do with Lewis Carroll. I also knew that screenwriter Linda Woolverton would call on the same female-empowerment theme that marked the previous Alice, directed by Tim Burton. And I knew that this modern interpretation of Alice would be perfectly personified by Mia Wasikowska, who seems incapable of striking a false note...

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- Leonard Maltin

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Alice Through The Looking Glass Review

27 May 2016 11:06 AM, PDT | www.themoviebit.com | See recent TheMovieBit news »

Despite receiving mixed reviews, 2010’s Alice in Wonderland remake went onto to be a huge box office draw, banking over a billion dollars worldwide. You would have thought a sequel wouldn’t have taken six years to come our way, but here we are, with The Muppets director James Bobin taking the reins from Tim Burton, telling an original story involving Lewis Carroll’s beloved characters, one which inexplicably involves time travel, giving us the chance to glimpse the origins of  the Mad Hatter, the Red Queen, and the rest of the crazy lot. After years of following in her father’s footsteps and sailing the high seas, Alice (Mia Wasikowska) returns to Underland to find the Mad Hatter (Johnny Depp) is not himself, adamant his family he thought were dead are still very much alive and growing ever more darker whenever anyone doesn’t believe. Apparently the only way »

- noreply@blogger.com (Tom White)

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Alice Through the Looking Glass Review Roundup: Did Critics Like Disney's Sequel?

27 May 2016 8:48 AM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Welcome back to Underland, Alice. In Disney's new film Alice Through the Looking Glass, the sequel to the studio's 2010 hit live-action adaptation of Alice in WonderlandMia Wasikowska reprises her part as the British heroine, while Johnny Depp returns as the Mad Hatter, whose mental health is even more unstable in the wake of an attack on his family. Alice aims to go back in time to save them. During that time, she also learns about the pasts of the White Queen and Red Queen, played again by Anne Hathaway and Helena Bonham Carter. Alan Rickman provides the voice of Absolem the Caterpillar again, marking the final role for the actor, who died at »

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