Tim Burton's "Alice in Wonderland" to be Released March 5, 2010 

Read the full press release:

Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures and IMAX Corporation today announced that Alice in Wonderland, directed by Tim Burton and starring Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter, Anne Hathaway as the White Queen and Mia Wasikowska as Alice, will be released to IMAX(R) theatres simultaneously with the film's wide release on March 5, 2010.

The special IMAX(R) 3D release will be digitally re-mastered into the unparalleled image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience(R) with IMAX DMR(R) (Digital Re-Mastering) technology. This is the third film confirmed out of the five-film agreement between IMAX and Disney, which was announced on November 19, 2008.

Commenting on the announcement, Mark Zoradi, president, Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Group, said, "If ever there was a film that cried out to be presented in Disney Digital 3D(TM) and the premium IMAX 3D format, Tim Burton's fantastic interpretation of Alice in Wonderland is that film. This is going to be an eye-popping cinematic experience as Tim takes moviegoers down the rabbit hole and into the dimensional world filled with incredible characters, sly humor, and wild adventures. Disney's partnership with IMAX is taking shape with two amazing films already on the schedule. We look forward to working with them in bringing exciting new experiences and quality entertainment to IMAX screens around the world."

"We think that Disney's new Alice in Wonderland is exactly the type of 3D story telling that will resonate with IMAX audiences," said IMAX Co-Chairmen and Co-CEOs Richard L. Gelfond and Bradley J. Wechsler. "We believe our worldwide commercial theatre network will be approximately 50 percent larger by the time this film is released, giving more and more people a chance to experience the magic of Disney in IMAX."

"Alice in Wonderland is a fantastic addition to our 2010 film slate," added Greg Foster, Chairman and President of IMAX Filmed Entertainment. "Combining a beloved Disney classic re-designed through the imagination of Tim Burton's creative vision with these incredibly outrageous characters and world class actors certainly makes for an event-status film, and we're pleased to add another level of excitement to this highly-anticipated movie."

Visionary filmmaker Tim Burton will put his distinctive touch on the combination live-action and performance capture version of Lewis Carroll's classic tale "Alice in Wonderland." The all-star cast includes Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter, Crispin Glover, Alan Rickman and Mia Wasikowska as Alice.

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Gossip: Who Wants to Replace Zac Efron in "Footloose" Remake? 

That word "Gossip" in the headline is a dead giveaway because "Gossip Girl" star, Chace Crawford has reportedly auditioned to replace Zac Efron in the "Footloose" remake.

Efron, who was set to channel original film's star Kevin Bacon for the revamp, quit unexpectedly due to "script disagreements" but really, because the actor does not want to shake his booty for the camera anymore.

And so, enter Crawford. E! Online is reporting that the actor impressed movie studio bosses, one source tells the website, "He did really well."

Wow, this is sorta like "All About Eve" with actors vying to be the next dance king for "Footloose."

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Russell Crowe Wants to Sing in Film! Hear Him Grunt! 

Well, Russell Crowe was once a member of the rock band Thirty Odd Foot of Grunt, so he can probably belt out a tune or two. The actor wants to follow the footsteps of fellow Aussies Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman for a movie musical!

Crowe revealed he's currently looking at a script for a new film, that will have him sing sing sing!

He reveals to WENN, "There is a film that I'm looking at next year based on a book from an Australian writer which has a character within the book that plays in a band, so that's something I'm looking at the moment."

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"Star Trek" the Sequel Already in the Works! 

The upcoming "Star Trek" movie will not invade theaters until May 8 but Paramount is so sure it'll be a hit that they asked a team of screenwriters to begin working on the sequel!

Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman (who wrote the upcoming "Star Trek" film), along with Damon Lindelof have been commissioned for the follow-up.

Director JJ Abrams is also returning, but for now, just to produce. No word yet on whether he'll helm the sequel.

Lindelof tells Variety, "There's obviously a lot of hubris involved in signing on to write a sequel of a movie that hasn't even come out yet. But we're so excited about the first one that we wanted to proceed."

As for the plot? The writers want to take a cue from you, movie buffs. The team wants to hear your fan reactions when the new film opens in May.

Kurtzman adds, "Obviously we discussed ideas, but we are waiting to see how audiences respond next month," he said. "With a franchise rebirth, the first movie has to be about origin. But with a second, you have the opportunity to explore incredibly exciting things. We'll be ambitious about what we'll do."

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Another Actor Joins "Twilight's" Sequel -- "New Moon" Plus the Vampire Saga's DVD Sales! 

British actor Jamie Campbell-Bower has been hired by Summit Entertainment to join the cast of "The Twilight Saga: New Moon."

You may remember Campbell-Bower from "Sweeney Todd" and honestly? I'm not a big fan of this guy, I think he's way too pretty, he looks like Scarlett Johannson. :happy

BUT, he may be good in the role of a Volturi vampire.

By the way, the sequel, starring Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson, is shooting right now in Vancouver under the helm of director Chris Weitz.


Its DVD sales is now hitting 5.6 million units! "Twilight" has officially passed previous title-holder, DreamWorks' "Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa." The animated film has sold 5.3 million units since its release Feb. 6.

So with sales numbers like this? Expect more "Twilight" goodies to come your way, Twi-hards!

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