Alice In Wonderland premieres in London

February 25, 2010

Disney held the premiere of the Tim Burton directed "Alice In Wonderland." Johnny Depp who plays The Mad Hatter and Mia Wasikowska who plays Alice meets Prince Charles. The film opens in 3D opens in theaters March 5.
View the "Alice In Wonderland Trailer": Alice Trailer

(photo credit: JDR)
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Former 'All My Children' star Mark Consuelos appears in the new movie 'Cop Out'

February 24, 2010

Check out former "All My Children" star Mark Consuelos in the new film "Cop Out." The film about 2 NYPD cops tracking down a stolen rare high priced baseball card stars Bruce Willis and Tracy Morgan. Kevin Smith of "Clerks" fame directs.
"Cop Out" opens Friday, February 26.
(pictured: Tracy Morgan, Bruce Willis and Mark Consuelos in "Cop Out; photo: Warner Bros.")

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'Twilight Saga: Eclipse' renews partnership with Burger King for promotional campaign

February 23, 2010


Burger King will once again sponsor the summer release of “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse.” The studio and the burger giant will work together to promote the film in theaters on June 30, 2010.

The two partnered successfully to promote "The Twilight Saga: New Moon" with exclusive merchandise at the restaurant. That promotion campaign that ran last year, featured a special “New Moon” fan pack, a series of limited-edition "New Moon"-themed BK® Crown Cards, “New Moon” water bottles and much more. Stay tuned for additional details about Burger King Corp.’s promotion of “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse.”

In “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse”, Bella once again finds herself surrounded by danger as Seattle is ravaged by a string of mysterious killings and a malicious vampire continues her quest for revenge. In the midst of it all, Bella is forced to choose between her love for Edward and her friendship with Jacob — knowing that her decision has the potential to ignite the ageless struggle between vampire and werewolf. With her graduation quickly approaching, Bella is confronted with the most important decision of her life.

"The Twilight Saga: Eclipse" opens in theaters on June 30.
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General Hospital unveils new opening

February 22, 2010

Beginning tomorrow, popular ABC soap opera General Hospital will have updated. The show has had the same opening overall pictures for a number of years and many of the actors shown in the last few frames of the old credits have moved on or have been recast. The show marks broadcasts its 12,000 episode on February 23.

Check out the video below:

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Interview: Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio talk 'Shutter Island' and more



Martin Scorsese's latest film, “Shutter Island”, starring Leonardo DiCaprio was the number one movie at the box office this weekend, taking in more than $40 million dollars. This film marks the fourth time the actor and director have worked together. Their previous works were "Gangs of New York", "The Departed" and "The Aviator". "The Aviator" and "The Departed" each garnered multiple nominations during Oscar season with "The Departed" ultimately winning the award for best picture and vest director for Scorsese.

“Shutter Island,” based on the novel of the same name, is set in a hospital for the mentally and criminally insane.

Scorsese and DiCaprio appeared on "Nightline" and talked about making the film, fame and what its like to work with each other.

“I didn’t know anything about the story,” Scorsese said when commenting about the "Shutter Island" story. “I started reading it [the script] at about 10:30 at night and I needed to go to bed… I found I could not put the script down and was constantly surprised by the different levels of the story.”

“Having worked with Leo on 'Gangs of New York,’ ‘The Aviator’ and ‘The Departed,’ I thought immediately that he should do this,” Scorsese said on casting DiCaprio for the role of Daniels. “We have a way of working together now and I had faith and trust in him as an artist to achieve the many psychological and emotional states that Teddy has to reach, and to transform throughout. Have I seen him do this before? Not to this level, I think. As he gets older, he goes deeper and deeper.”

The challenges faced when shooting the movie helped the cast and crew better understand the conditions some of the patients in such a hospital might experience.

“If there wasn’t a crane dropping water on you then it was guys with fire hoses or a giant fan blowing air into your face,” DiCaprio said. “But the result was that it ended up feeling very real to us.

When asked about their working relationship and what it's like to work with Scorsese, DiCaprio tells "Nightline", "... Look, for me it’s very simple, I’m getting to work with a master filmmaker and I am inspired by working with him. And more so than all that, he kind of has this infectious appreciation for cinema as an art form … and when you’re around someone that loves movies that much and has such a commitment to making good movies, you get on that roller coaster too, and everyone enjoys that process — it’s infectious".

There is speculation that the two may join forces again to work on a biopic of the late Frank Sinatra, but all either would only say that he's [Scorsese] working on it.

"It could be, it very well could be", the director said about a possible Sinatra film. "We just had some meetings on it in Los Angeles and we’re going to the next step and see what we can do, you know. It’s a matter of timing too.."

When asked if it matters whether or not people will like the movie or not, DiCaprio comments, "The only one thing I’ve learned in my career … the only thing you know is that you have no control of what people think, you only can go in there with the best intentions, give everything you possibly can, try your best to make the best possible movie you can. Then it’s kind of like giving birth, you give it out to the world and it will either become a juvenile delinquent or the next president of the United States."

(pictured: Mark Ruffalo and Leonardo DiCaprio in "Shutter Island.")
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Miley Cyrus and 'Twilight' co-stars Stewart and Lautner will present at The Oscars


Oscar organizers announced Monday that "Hannah Montana" star Cyrus, "High School Musical" actor Zac Efron, Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner of the "Twilight" Movies are the latest presenters announce at the Academy Awards on Sunday March 7.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences previously announced that last years Oscar winners Sean Penn, Kate Winslet and Penelope Cruz will be around to present the awards to the actors in their respective categories.

Festivities and the show, hosted by Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin begins at 3pm on March 7 on ABC.
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We Are The World For Haiti 25: Official Video

February 20, 2010

In celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the famous "We Are The World" recording and to help with the aftermath of the Haitian earthquake, artists got together to re-record the Grammy Award winning song penned by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie. Quincy Jones gathers some of the biggest names in music today to sing the song, including Barbra Steisand, Janet Jackson, Celine Dion, Toni Braxton, Jeff Bridges, The Jonas Brothers, Justin Bieber, Enrigue Iglesias, Wyclef Jean, Benji Madden, Usher, Jennifer Hudson and more.

Check out the official video below:
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'The Hurt Locker' and 'Up In The Air' nab Writers Guild Awards



The Writers Guild of America Awards celebrated critically acclaimed "Up in the Air" and "The Hurt Locker" for Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Original Screenplay respectively.

Mark Boal is the writer of "The Hurt Locker" and Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner wrote "Up In The Air" based on the novel by Walter Kirn.

Both films are front runners in all major categories for next months Academy Awards.

"Hurt Locker" is one of the top contenders for Best Picture at this years Oscars with a total of nine nominations, tying for the most of any film this year. Director Kathryn Bigelow just won the DGA award for best Director. The film tells the story of a journalists time during the Iraq War.

"Up in the Air" has been a highly celebrated film this awards season as well, with Academy Award nomination including acting nods for George Clooney, Vera Fermega, and Anna Kendrick and best directing for co-writer Jason Reitman.

Honorary awards were bestowed were given to Barry Levinson ("Avalon"),Larry David ("Seinfeld," "Curb Your Enthusiasm"), Stan Berkowitz ("Justice League"), Anthony Peckham ("Invictus," "Sherlock Holmes") and Carl Gottlieb ("Jaws".)

The awards season caps with the Academy Awards, hosted by Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin, will be held on Sunday, March 7 on ABC.
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Terri Hatcher, Benji Madden, Eric Dane, Ricki Lake amoung artists attending World Poker Tournament


World Poker Tour and Commerce Casino will roll out the red carpet for the most glamorous stop on the poker circuit—the 8th Annual WPT Invitational. The exclusive, invitation-only event welcomes Hollywood celebrities, industry VIPs and world-class poker players who go head-to head in a freeroll Texas Hold ‘Em poker tournament for charity, $200,000 in cash prizes and eternal bragging rights. One hundred percent of the proceeds will benefit Chrysalis, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping homeless and economically disadvantaged individuals become self-sufficient through employment opportunities.

More than 100 celebrities are expected to attend, including Eric Dane, Teri Hatcher, Benji Madden, Jesse Metcalfe, Jamie Lynn Sigler, Hank Azaria, Michael Vartan, Ricki Lake, Marlon Wayans, Chris Kattan, Camryn Manheim, Kevin McKidd, Jerry Ferrara, Balthazar Getty, Shannon Elizabeth, Eddie Cibrian, Donnie Wahlberg, Jennifer Tilly, Billy Burke, Ron Livingston, Laura Prepon, Danny Masterson, Chris Masterson, Jordy Masterson, Harry Morton, Willie Garson, Ricardo Chavira, Matthew Lillard, Alessandra Torresani, Ethan Embry, Zachary Quinto, Rick Yune, Melinda Clarke, Ian Gomez and Ben Lyons. On the professional players side confirmed to attend are Mike Sexton and Vince Van Patten, Howard “the Professor” Lederer, Andy Bloch, David “the Dragon” Pham, Antonio “the Magician” Esfandiari, Phil “the Unabomber” Laak, Erik Seidel, Allen Cunningham, Bill Edler, Mark Seif, JC Tran, Linda Johnson and Yevgeniy Timoshenko.

The big event kicks off at 8pm, February 20th at:

The Commerce Casino
6131 East Telegraph Rd
Los Angeles CA
(323) 721-2100

(pictured: Terri Hatcher)
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Devo asks fans for advice

To our friends, partners and team at Devo Inc.,

Devo’s coming baker’s dozen of new sonic missives this Spring has sparked a flurry of activity here at Devo Inc. I’m excited to announce that our partners, Warner Brothers and the ad agency Mother LA, have initiated a series of studies to help the band determine every decision it makes regarding its body covering, its brand color, its graphic icons and even its choice of vocal style and instrumentation on any given song!

I know. You probably think this idea sounds a bit crazy, right? Actually, it’s not at all. In the new spirit of trying to bring the best possible content to a world that seems to be reaching the boiling point, Devo wants to know what you, the harried content consumers, really think. They know that in today’s world people don’t have time to waste. You need to know what you’re getting and get what you want, when you want it!

Devo has remarked that the typical artist feels special because he or she invents his own world and sticks to it, all outside opinions be damned! Instead the band feels it’s much more special to actually listen to others’ ideas and feelings and take them into account. It’s a brave new attitude that I commend them for.

On behalf of Devo I can sincerely say we would really appreciate it if you could help us out. Follow the link here to be part of the study: http://www.clubdevo.com/colorstudy We look forward to your participation.

De-evolution is real,

COO for Devo Inc.

Greg Scholl
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Thorsten Kaye and Alicia Minshew return to All My Children

February 19, 2010


Thorsten Kaye and Alicia Minshew, who play the popular couple Zach and Kendall Slater will be making a brief return to "All My Children" in April.

The Slaters left the show to reconnect as a family when Kaye decided not to stay with the show when production moved to Los Angeles. Minshew is currently on maternity leave after giving birth to a daughter in November. The actress is expected to return full time later this year.

Their April return has the couple returning in the wake of Greenlee's return from the dead. Kendall was driving the car the night of the accident in which Greenlee was presumed dead.

Minshew's first air date is April 9; Kaye is back on April 13.
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Conan O'Brien takes his show on the road


The Wrap is reporting that Conan O'Brien is preparing to perform on stage in the upcoming months. The site reports that the ousted host of "The Tonight Show" is considering performing a live show in several cities across the country.

There continues to be a lot of speculation about where on television, O'Brien might end up once his contract clause with NBC has expired. Part of O'Brien's settlement deal with NBC prohibits the comedian from hosting a new show before September. The road show, if it comes to fruition, would be a way around that clause.

Since O'Brien's public statements about NBC's desire to change the course of history with the tonight show and his subsequent departure from the show, O'Brien supporters have been very vocal, siting "Team Coco" as their slogan.

During his last days at NBC, thousands of supporters rallied outside of NBC studios with "Team Coco" signs and banners in protest of NBC's decision to move now defunct "Jay Leno Show" out of primetime and by into the late night lineup.

While host of "Late Night With Conan O'Brien", the show had successful runs on the road with shows airing from Chicago, San Francisco and Finland. It is speculated the the road show may be in that vain.

Details are still unclear as to what O'Brien's next TV venture will be, but all signs still point to Fox as the leading candidate to pick up a show featuring Conan O'Brien in the future.
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Mo'Nique and Sandra Bullock to appear on Barbara Walter's last Oscar special

February 16, 2010

Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress Oscar nominees Sandra Bullock and Mo'Nique are continuing their celebrated road to Oscar with appearances on the highly regarded Barbara Walters Oscar Night Special.

On the show, Walters interviews Oscar hopefuls about all of their experiences, both personal and professional that led the women to this point.

Mo'Nique has a very successful talk show on the BET Network and Bullock has starred in some of Hollywood's biggest blockbusters, including The Proposal, Speed, and Miss Congeniality.

The tradition of Barbara Walters and Oscar night will soon be coming to an end as the popular host announced on "The View" that this years special will her her last. The show has been on the air on Oscar night for the past 29 years. The Barbara Walters Special will be on Sunday March 7, just before the 82nd Annual Academy Award winners are announced.
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Damn Yankees to hit big screen with Jim Carrey and Jake Gyllenhaal

February 8, 2010

A film version of the hit Broadway Musical "Damn Yankees" is coming to the big screen, Broadway World reports. Funny man Jim Carrey is attached to play Applegate, while Oscar Nominee Jake Gyllenhaal is expected to play Joe Hardy.

The film is expected to be a modern adapation of the classic musical.

The musical is based on Wallop's novel "The Year the Yankees Lost the Pennant." It tells the story of Joe Boyd, the ultimate baseball fan, who sells his soul to the Devil for the chance to help his team win the pennant race against the Yankees.
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All My Children Promo 2010: Week of Feb 8: Coming Home


All My Children continues it's full-court press campaign to get long time viewers back to the program. The show fired it's controversial head writer, Charles Pratt, last year and booked fan favorites, Brooke (Julia Barr), Jackson (Walt Wiley) and Dixie (Cady McClain) to return for story arcs.

Here is the promo announcing Brooke's return that ABC calls, "Coming Home".



(pictured: Julia Barr photo: abc)
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Tonight's TV highlights: HBO's 'The Black List'


The Paley Center for Media in Los Angeles previewed HBO's The Black List Project: Volume Three. Photographer Timothy Greenfield-Sanders and critic Elvis Mitchell continue their exploration of what it means to be African-American in today's world with the third volume of their series "The Black List".

This edition features interviews with John Legend, Whoopi Goldberg, Lee Daniels, Debra Lee, and Beverly Johnson. After the screening, which included highlights
of the previous two programs, a panel discussion was held with panelists including Greenfield- Sanders, Mitchell, model Beverly Johnson, actor Lou Gossett JR and TV Producer Suzanne de Passe discussed the project.

At the screening, Gossett mentioned that he feels that The Black List is great to show young people that there is no such thing as impossible.

Beverly Johnson said that it she was honored to be part of the project as it gave her a chance to tell her story in a documentary.

Suzanne dePasse, when asked what she walked away from the project with, she stated that she felt in good company as this gives you an oral history that is so personal and that it picks out the essence of the interview.

dePasse also commented that being Black is like a shadow that always follows you.

Greenfield-Sanders said that the idea behind the documentary is to make five small stories. He also stated that the project has entered a partnership up with The United Negro Fund. This will allow the film to be shown on colleges across campus and will be the complete interviews.

Mitchell noted that the key part to see them is not as victims but as being African American in the 21st century.

The documentary is a great look at what life is like to be an African-African today. All the interviewers are very well done. You get to learn something new about each of the artists. It is more than just an autobiography on each. Music artist John Legend spoke about his upbringing, how he got into music and recording.

The Black List consists of the documentaries for HBO, a book, and a gallery exhibition of photographs, on display in the Paley Center’s gallery. This is the first time any of these photographs have been seen in Los Angeles.

In Los Angeles, fourteen portraits are on display, representing
the California-based participants of The Black List: Volumes One, Two,
and Three. Featured along with Slash are Kareem Abdul- Jabbar, Angela
Davis, Suzanne dePasse, Laurence Fishburne, Lou Gossett, Jr, Hill
Harper, Beverly Johnson, Suzan- Lori Parks, LaTanya Richardson, Chris
Rock, Maya Rudolph, Keenan Ivory Wayan and Serena Williams.The exhibit
is free admission to the public and runs until April 4 th.

"The Black List" premieres on February 8 on HBO.

For More Information on the exhibit: The Black List Project

(pictured: whoopi goldberg)
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HBO's documentary "The Black List Volume 3" premieres at the Paley Center

February 4, 2010
The Paley Center in Beverly Hills hosted the premiere and panel discussion for HBO's documentary, "The Black List: Volume 3". The popular series celebrates acheivements of Black Americans which each telling their story and views on Black life in America.

The documentary debuts on HBO on February 8.

Featured in the film were model Beverly Johnson, producer Suzanne dePasse, Academy Award winners Louis Gossett JR and Whoopi Goldberg, musician John Legand and many more.

After the screening the filmakers Elvis Mitchell and Timothy Greenfield-Sanders were joined by Johnson, dePasse and Gossett for a Q& A panel discussion.


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New Movies: Dear John in theaters this weekend


"Dear John" starring Channing Tatum and Amanda Seyfried opens in theaters on Friday. Check out the official trailer below:



(photo credit: channingtatum.unwarpped.com)
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Oprah Show regular Nate Berkus lands own television show

February 2, 2010

"The Nate Berkus Show" will debut in first-run syndication in the Fall on the ten NBC Local Media television stations across he country. The show will be produced Berkus' good friend Oprah Winfrey's Harpo Productions. Berkus has been a regular the Oprah Winrey show for nearly ten years, helping America beautify their homes. The popular designer's home makeover segments on Winfrey's show were some of her highest rated and most popular episodes.

"The Nate Berkus Show" (working title) will be a daily syndicated series that will present a broad range of subjects and guests based on lifestyle, entertainment and personal transformation, the company hopes.

"We are pleased to partner with NBC stations to launch 'The Nate Berkus Show,'" said Erik Logan, president, Harpo Productions. "Combined with Harpo's legacy of success in daytime, and our strong partnership with Sony, NBC's commitment and support offers the perfect platform to launch syndication's next breakout series."


"We're excited to add a great talent like Nate Berkus to our programming lineup," said John Wallace, president, NBC Local Media. "We believe the show, with its broad appeal and themes of lifestyle and inspiration, will be a strong fit for the NBC Local statoins."

Nate Berkus' relationship began with The Oprah Winfrey Show in 2001. After making over a small space for "The Oprah Winfrey Show," Berkus became a featured design expert for the show.
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One Life To Live Weekly Promo Week of Feb 1: A Storm's Coming

This week on One Life To Live, a storm is coming as Mitch has Jessica kidnapped and hidden at the top of Lantano Mountain. Will Jessica's loved ones get to her in time?

One Lie To Live airs weekdays on ABC and weeknights on SOAPnet.

Check out the clip below:
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Anne Hathaway talks Tim Burton, The Mad Hatter and playing The White Queen in Tim Burton's 'Alice In Wonderland'


Anne Hathaway has proven to be a actress who adapts easily to every film genre. The popular actress just announced the 82 Academy Awards nomination, an honor she received in 2008 when she was nominated for best actress for her role in "Rachel's Getting Married."

On March 5, she will appear on the big screen along with Johnny Depp for the Disney 3-D highly anticipated film, "Alice In Wonderland." Hathaway can also be seen in the upcoming "Valentine's Day" opening on February 12, 2010.

Hathaway recently sat down to chat about the film.


Q: Is this an adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s books?

A: This is “Alice in Wonderland” 10 years later. The story isn’t the same. And in re-reading the book in preparation for the film, I noticed that a lot of it is Alice trying to figure out who she isn’t by process of elimination. She knows that she isn’t all the things that people are saying that she is, and so, by going through all of them, she gets a better idea of what she is. And in the Tim Burton “ALICE IN WONDERLAND,” Alice is trying to name who she is without using the process of elimination in a similar way. There’s a great line in it, where someone says, “You seem like Alice, but you’ve lost your muchness.” That’s my favorite line. So I think if the book is about Alice exploring her imagination, this one is about Alice finding her soul.


Q: And why are the characters also great for a Tim Burton movie?


A: One of the reasons why “ALICE IN WONDERLAND” and Tim are such a great match is because nothing is exactly as it seems in Wonderland. Nothing is entirely good or entirely bad. There’s a mixture of life and texture and intention, and I think that’s something with which Tim is really comfortable. And if you look throughout his filmography, nothing is ever what it appears to be or should be. So, I think in that sense, living in the questions, the ambiguity, but also the specificity of the world—these are things in which Tim excels as filmmaker. I believe the filmmaker and the subject matter complement each other really beautifully in this film.

Q: Describe the character you play.

A: I play the White Queen. When I was trying to work her out, I kept saying to myself, ‘She is a punk-rock, vegan pacifist.’ So I listened to a lot of Blondie, I watched a lot of Greta Garbo movies, and I looked at a lot of the artwork of Dan Flavin. Then a little bit of Norma Desmond got thrown in there, too. And she just kind of emerged. And I really like her. When I first came onboard the project, Tim talked a lot about the relationship between the sisters, and that really opened the character up to me a lot. She comes from the same gene pool as the Red Queen. She really likes the dark side, but she’s so scared of going too far into it that she’s made everything appear very light and happy. But she’s living in that place out of fear that she won’t be able to control herself. There’s a lot to play around in. It was awesome. I had so much fun.

Q: Why did you want to be in this film and play this role?


A: I’m just going to be a gushy fan for a second. I love Tim Burton—he’s one of my all-time favorite filmmakers. For as long as he’s been making films, I’ve been going to them opening weekend. And I watch them again and again on DVD. I love his aesthetic. I love his ability to pace as a filmmaker, his comfort with things that are kind of odd—he also finds a way to ground them. I think it’s very unusual to find a filmmaker who isn’t trying to be different for the sake of being different, to show you something you’ve never seen, but is actually yearning to stretch the limits of his imagination. So everything Tim does comes from a very pure place. And I think that’s why his movies, in spite of the sometimes off-beat subject matter, have such heart. I love that. “Alice” itself is such a classic, amazing story, and it has been told so many times—but when I heard the combination Tim Burton/”ALICE IN WONDERLAND,” I knew it was going to be a very specific, very wonderful adventure. I love my character. I love that she seems to be the voice of reason—you’d think that she would be the good queen. But she didn’t have to be. I really had a lot of fun playing around with this idea, that what’s good in Wonderland is not necessarily good in the real world.

Q: What’s going on with the White Queen when we first meet her?


A: The White Queen has had her crown taken from her, and she’s basically powerless to stop her sister’s reign of tyranny. Her sister is the Red Queen. And so, she is waiting. She’s basically taken a vow of non-violence that she cannot break, and she’s waiting for her champion to arrive to help her reclaim her throne—the citizens of Underland would like to see that happen. They want to see her restored to power, because she’s kind.


Q: Who plays the Red Queen?


A: Helena Bonham Carter, in addition to being one of the most brilliant women I’ve ever had the pleasure to talk to, is so much fun as the Red Queen. She has so much energy that she gives to it. And her characterization is so lovely and demanding, not child-like but childish, and selfish and impossible to please. Then, at other times, she’s really vulnerable and sad, because this person is going to be lonely forever, because she’s just so darn selfish. She’s endlessly entertaining in the role. Her look and the dedication that it takes—three, four hours to get into that hair and makeup.

Q: Talk about the actor who plays The Mad Hatter.


A: The actor who plays the Mad Hatter, Johnny Depp—I have so much fun watching him in all of his movies as an audience member, so to actually get to watch him perform live is such a treat. He’s so inventive—and he’s kind, just a very kind, warm man. But to actually watch him in his element, in his zone, just acting, it’s a thrill. I want him to do theater so that everyone else can get in on it. He’s very powerful. I just felt very privileged to get to watch him.


Q: What is your impression about how this film is being made?


A: I took a very Zen approach to filmmaking on this one. It sounds silly, but I had no idea what was going on. I walked in and it was like being in a neon-green terrarium—green on all sides, and tons of empty space. Tim knew what was going on—he was the one that is in control of it. All I needed to do was hit my mark and say my lines, and wait for Tim to tell me that we’re ready to move on. And that was my approach to it. I didn’t put any other pressure on myself. I just showed up and acted.

Q: What are you wearing in this movie?


A: I’m wearing a dress designed by Colleen Atwood. It’s grand and the most fragile dress I’ve ever worn in my life. I love it so much. It’s beautiful. If you ever had a dream of being any kind of fairy princess, this is the dress you would wear. I love the idea that it’s this idealized, fairy-tale Queen, but it is in a Tim Burton movie, so there’s darkness mixed up with it as well.

Q: What do audiences have to look forward to with this film?


A: Because the world of this film begins and ends in the imagination of Tim Burton, you’re not seeing a movie that’s been shot on locations that you’ve seen a million times. Because this world has no rules, you’re seeing so many different and separate brushstrokes and colors and characterizations somehow getting combined through Tim. And what I think you’re getting is an absolute exploration of the imagination. I think that’s the essence of the book, and I think that’s the spirit Tim’s brought to the film. Everybody on the film was so clever, so creative, so imaginative—and I think that’s what the film is about—how can we tell a story that honors the imagination in the most imaginative way humanly possible? And that’s such a fantastic idea.

Tim Burton's "Alice In Wonderland" opens in Disney Digital 3D on Friday, March 5.


(source: businesswire pictured: Anne Hathaway as "The White Queen" photo credit: businesswire/disney)
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'Avator', 'Hurt Locker', Lee Daniels and Sandra Bullock all receive Oscar Nominations


Nominations for the 82nd Academy Awards were announced and as no surprise many of the actors, actresses and films that have been on film critics Top Ten list were nominated, including first-timer, directors Kathryn Bigleow (The Hurt Locker), Lee Daniels (Precious: Based on the novel 'Push' by Sapphire), and Jason Reitman (Up In The Air) and actresses Monique (Precious: Based on the novel 'Push' by Sapphire), Gabourey Sidibe (Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire) and Maggie Gyllenhaal (Crazy Heart).

No stranger to the prestigious awards nominations is Meryl Streep, arguably the best actress of her generation. The two-time Oscar winner landed her 16th nomination for her role as Julia Child in "Julie & Julia." Streep had become the most nominated actor in Academy Award history.

This year marks the Academy's return to 10 Best Picture Nominees rather than the usual 5, the first time 64 years.

This year's ceremony will be hosted by Alec Baldwin and Steve Martin and will be broadcast Sunday, March 7 on ABC.

Here is a complete list of the nominees:

NOMINATIONS BY CATEGORY – 82ND AWARDS

Performance by an actor in a leading role


Jeff Bridges in “Crazy Heart” (Fox Searchlight)

George Clooney in “Up in the Air” (Paramount in assoc. with Cold Spring Pictures and DW Studios)

Colin Firth in “A Single Man” (The Weinstein Company)

Morgan Freeman in “Invictus” (Warner Bros.)

Jeremy Renner in “The Hurt Locker” (Summit Entertainment)

Performance by an actor in a supporting role


Matt Damon in “Invictus” (Warner Bros.)

Woody Harrelson in “The Messenger” (Oscilloscope Laboratories)

Christopher Plummer in “The Last Station” (Sony Pictures Classics)

Stanley Tucci in “The Lovely Bones” (DreamWorks in assoc. with Film4, Distributed by Paramount)

Christoph Waltz in “Inglourious Basterds” (The Weinstein Company)

Performance by an actress in a leading role


Sandra Bullock in “The Blind Side” (Warner Bros.)

Helen Mirren in “The Last Station” (Sony Pictures Classics)

Carey Mulligan in “An Education” (Sony Pictures Classics)

Gabourey Sidibe in “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire” (Lionsgate)

Meryl Streep in “Julie & Julia” (Sony Pictures Releasing)

Performance by an actress in a supporting role


Penélope Cruz in “Nine” (The Weinstein Company)

Vera Farmiga in “Up in the Air” (Paramount in association with Cold Spring Pictures and DW Studios)

Maggie Gyllenhaal in “Crazy Heart” (Fox Searchlight)

Anna Kendrick in “Up in the Air” (Paramount in association with Cold Spring Pictures and DW Studios)

Mo’Nique in “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire” (Lionsgate)

Best animated feature film of the year


“Coraline” (Focus Features)
Henry Selick

“Fantastic Mr. Fox” (20th Century Fox)
Wes Anderson

“The Princess and the Frog” (Walt Disney)
John Musker and Ron Clements

“The Secret of Kells” (GKIDS)
Tomm Moore

“Up” (Walt Disney)
Pete Docter

Achievement in art direction


“Avatar” (20th Century Fox)
Art Direction: Rick Carter and Robert Stromberg
Set Decoration: Kim Sinclair

“The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus” (Sony Pictures Classics)
Art Direction: Dave Warren and Anastasia Masaro
Set Decoration: Caroline Smith

“Nine” (The Weinstein Company)
Art Direction: John Myhre
Set Decoration: Gordon Sim

“Sherlock Holmes” (Warner Bros.)
Art Direction: Sarah Greenwood
Set Decoration: Katie Spencer

“The Young Victoria” (Apparition)
Art Direction: Patrice Vermette
Set Decoration: Maggie Gray

Achievement in cinematography

“Avatar” (20th Century Fox)
Mauro Fiore

“Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince” (Warner Bros.)
Bruno Delbonnel

“The Hurt Locker” (Summit Entertainment)
Barry Ackroyd

“Inglourious Basterds” (The Weinstein Company)
Robert Richardson

“The White Ribbon” (Sony Pictures Classics)
Christian Berger

Achievement in costume design


“Bright Star” (Apparition)
Janet Patterson

“Coco before Chanel” (Sony Pictures Classics)
Catherine Leterrier

“The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus” (Sony Pictures Classics)
Monique Prudhomme

“Nine” (The Weinstein Company)
Colleen Atwood

“The Young Victoria” (Apparition)
Sandy Powell

Achievement in directing


“Avatar” (20th Century Fox)
James Cameron

“The Hurt Locker” (Summit Entertainment)
Kathryn Bigelow

“Inglourious Basterds” (The Weinstein Company)
Quentin Tarantino

“Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire” (Lionsgate)
Lee Daniels

“Up in the Air” (Paramount in association with Cold Spring Pictures and DW Studios)
Jason Reitman

Best documentary feature


“Burma VJ” (Oscilloscope Laboratories)
A Magic Hour Films Production
Anders Østergaard and Lise Lense-Møller

“The Cove” (Roadside Attractions)
An Oceanic Preservation Society Production
Nominees to be determined

“Food, Inc.” (Magnolia Pictures)
A Robert Kenner Films Production
Robert Kenner and Elise Pearlstein

“The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers”
A Kovno Communications Production
Judith Ehrlich and Rick Goldsmith

“Which Way Home”
A Mr. Mudd Production
Rebecca Cammisa

Best documentary short subject


“China’s Unnatural Disaster: The Tears of Sichuan Province”
A Downtown Community Television Center Production
Jon Alpert and Matthew O’Neill

“The Last Campaign of Governor Booth Gardner”
A Just Media Production
Daniel Junge and Henry Ansbacher

“The Last Truck: Closing of a GM Plant”
A Community Media Production
Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert

“Music by Prudence”
An iThemba Production
Roger Ross Williams and Elinor Burkett

“Rabbit à la Berlin” (Deckert Distribution)
An MS Films Production
Bartek Konopka and Anna Wydra

Achievement in film editing


“Avatar” (20th Century Fox)
Stephen Rivkin, John Refoua and James Cameron

“District 9” (Sony Pictures Releasing)
Julian Clarke

“The Hurt Locker” (Summit Entertainment)
Bob Murawski and Chris Innis

“Inglourious Basterds” (The Weinstein Company)
Sally Menke

“Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire” (Lionsgate)
Joe Klotz

Best foreign language film of the year


“Ajami” (Kino International)
An Inosan Production
Israel

“El Secreto de Sus Ojos” (Sony Pictures Classics)
A Haddock Films Production
Argentina

“The Milk of Sorrow”
A Wanda Visión/Oberon Cinematogràfica/Vela Production
Peru

“Un Prophète” (Sony Pictures Classics)
A Why Not/Page 114/Chic Films Production
France

“The White Ribbon” (Sony Pictures Classics)
An X Filme Creative Pool/Wega Film/Les Films du Losange/Lucky Red Production
Germany

Achievement in makeup


“Il Divo” (MPI Media Group through Music Box)
Aldo Signoretti and Vittorio Sodano

“Star Trek” (Paramount and Spyglass Entertainment)
Barney Burman, Mindy Hall and Joel Harlow

“The Young Victoria” (Apparition)
Jon Henry Gordon and Jenny Shircore

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original score)

“Avatar” (20th Century Fox)
James Horner

“Fantastic Mr. Fox” (20th Century Fox)
Alexandre Desplat

“The Hurt Locker” (Summit Entertainment)
Marco Beltrami and Buck Sanders

“Sherlock Holmes” (Warner Bros.)
Hans Zimmer

“Up” (Walt Disney)
Michael Giacchino

Achievement in music written for motion pictures (Original song)


“Almost There” from “The Princess and the Frog” (Walt Disney)
Music and Lyric by Randy Newman

“Down in New Orleans” from “The Princess and the Frog” (Walt Disney)
Music and Lyric by Randy Newman

“Loin de Paname” from “Paris 36” (Sony Pictures Classics)
Music by Reinhardt Wagner
Lyric by Frank Thomas

“Take It All” from “Nine” (The Weinstein Company)
Music and Lyric by Maury Yeston

“The Weary Kind (Theme from Crazy Heart)” from “Crazy Heart” (Fox Searchlight)
Music and Lyric by Ryan Bingham and T Bone Burnett

Best motion picture of the year

“Avatar” (20th Century Fox)
A Lightstorm Entertainment Production
James Cameron and Jon Landau, Producers

“The Blind Side” (Warner Bros.)
An Alcon Entertainment Production
Nominees to be determined

“District 9” (Sony Pictures Releasing)
A Block/Hanson Production
Peter Jackson and Carolynne Cunningham, Producers

“An Education” (Sony Pictures Classics)
A Finola Dwyer/Wildgaze Films Production
Finola Dwyer and Amanda Posey, Producers

“The Hurt Locker” (Summit Entertainment)
A Voltage Pictures Production
Nominees to be determined

“Inglourious Basterds” (The Weinstein Company)
A Weinstein Company/Universal Pictures/A Band Apart/Zehnte Babelsberg Production
Lawrence Bender, Producer

“Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire” (Lionsgate)
A Lee Daniels Entertainment/Smokewood Entertainment Production
Lee Daniels, Sarah Siegel-Magness and Gary Magness, Producers

“A Serious Man” (Focus Features)
A Working Title Films Production
Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, Producers

“Up” (Walt Disney)
A Pixar Production
Jonas Rivera, Producer

“Up in the Air” (Paramount in association with Cold Spring Pictures and DW Studios)
A Montecito Picture Company Production
Daniel Dubiecki, Ivan Reitman and Jason Reitman, Producers

Best animated short film


“French Roast”
A Pumpkin Factory/Bibo Films Production
Fabrice O. Joubert

“Granny O’Grimm’s Sleeping Beauty” (Brown Bag Films)
A Brown Bag Films Production
Nicky Phelan and Darragh O’Connell

“The Lady and the Reaper (La Dama y la Muerte)”
A Kandor Graphics and Green Moon Production
Javier Recio Gracia

“Logorama” (Autour de Minuit)
An Autour de Minuit Production
Nicolas Schmerkin

“A Matter of Loaf and Death” (Aardman Animations)
An Aardman Animations Production
Nick Park

Best live action short film


“The Door” (Network Ireland Television)
An Octagon Films Production
Juanita Wilson and James Flynn

“Instead of Abracadabra” (The Swedish Film Institute)
A Directörn & Fabrikörn Production
Patrik Eklund and Mathias Fjellström

“Kavi”
A Gregg Helvey Production
Gregg Helvey

“Miracle Fish” (Premium Films)
A Druid Films Production
Luke Doolan and Drew Bailey

“The New Tenants”
A Park Pictures and M & M Production
Joachim Back and Tivi Magnusson

Achievement in sound editing

“Avatar” (20th Century Fox)
Christopher Boyes and Gwendolyn Yates Whittle

“The Hurt Locker” (Summit Entertainment)
Paul N.J. Ottosson

“Inglourious Basterds” (The Weinstein Company)
Wylie Stateman

“Star Trek” (Paramount and Spyglass Entertainment)
Mark Stoeckinger and Alan Rankin

“Up” (Walt Disney)
Michael Silvers and Tom Myers

Achievement in sound mixing

“Avatar” (20th Century Fox)
Christopher Boyes, Gary Summers, Andy Nelson and Tony Johnson

“The Hurt Locker” (Summit Entertainment)
Paul N.J. Ottosson and Ray Beckett

“Inglourious Basterds” (The Weinstein Company)
Michael Minkler, Tony Lamberti and Mark Ulano

“Star Trek” (Paramount and Spyglass Entertainment)
Anna Behlmer, Andy Nelson and Peter J. Devlin

“Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” (DreamWorks and Paramount in association with Hasbro,
Distributed by Paramount)
Greg P. Russell, Gary Summers and Geoffrey Patterson

Achievement in visual effects


“Avatar” (20th Century Fox)
Joe Letteri, Stephen Rosenbaum, Richard Baneham and Andrew R. Jones

“District 9” (Sony Pictures Releasing)
Dan Kaufman, Peter Muyzers, Robert Habros and Matt Aitken

“Star Trek” (Paramount and Spyglass Entertainment)
Roger Guyett, Russell Earl, Paul Kavanagh and Burt Dalton

Adapted screenplay

“District 9” (Sony Pictures Releasing)
Written by Neill Blomkamp and Terri Tatchell

“An Education” (Sony Pictures Classics)
Screenplay by Nick Hornby

“In the Loop” (IFC Films)
Screenplay by Jesse Armstrong, Simon Blackwell, Armando Iannucci, Tony Roche

“Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire” (Lionsgate)
Screenplay by Geoffrey Fletcher

“Up in the Air” (Paramount in association with Cold Spring Pictures and DW Studios)
Screenplay by Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner

Original screenplay


“The Hurt Locker” (Summit Entertainment)
Written by Mark Boal

“Inglourious Basterds” (The Weinstein Company)
Written by Quentin Tarantino

“The Messenger” (Oscilloscope Laboratories)
Written by Alessandro Camon & Oren Moverman

“A Serious Man” (Focus Features)
Written by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen

“Up” (Walt Disney)
Screenplay by Bob Peterson, Pete Docter
Story by Pete Docter, Bob Peterson, Tom McCarthy

Official Oscar website at www.Oscar.com

(pictured: Anne Hathaway and Actress Anne Hathaway and The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Tom Sherak announce the Best Director nominations for the 82nd Academy Awards. Photo: Chris Pizzello/AP)
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Lost prints available for purchase on exclusive online site

February 1, 2010

In preparation for the premiere of the finale season of "Lost", ABC has announced full cast prints available for purchase at the official "Lost: Photo Gallery.

Fans of the series will be able to purchase exclusive photo images to keep as their own personal "Lost" memorabilia from a specially created website. The official "Lost" Photo Gallery, www.officialLostphotos.com, is the sole home of all of the cast images from every season of "Lost" going back to the series premiere in 2004. Available on the site are more than 25 unique photo selections featuring the cast in different settings, including the various lush Hawaiian backdrops that became the series' signature palette.

The website will be available through the airing of the series final episode in May 2010.

Among the recognizable images are the cast on the beach surrounded by the wreckage of Oceanic Air flight 815 from the first season, numerous depictions of the cast among different Hawaiian landscapes, and this season's most recent photo portraying the cast in a "Last Supper" homage.

The final season of "Lost" premieres Tuesday, February at 9pm on ABC.
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ABC.com offers special General Hospital episode with Commentary


General Hospital's "Dante is Sonny's Son" storyline escalated to a thrilling twist when Sonny shot Dante last week. In the storyline, Dante (Dominic Zamprogna) is an undercover cop assigned to infiltrate the Corinthos Mob Organization led by Sonny Cortinhos (Maurice Bernard). As Dante's cover is blown and Sonny discovers he's a cop, the mobster retaliates by shooting him. Unknown to both men, they are father and son. Sonny finds out he has another son as Dante fights for his life.

"General Hospital" stars Dominic Zamprogna (Dante) and Lisa LoCicero (Olivia) provide fans expert insights online with ABC.com's new Expert Commentary feature while they watch last Friday's episode of "General Hospital" online. Zamprogna and LoCicero will provide compelling, behind-the-scenes play-by-play.

Viewers of the site's Full Episode Player now have an opportunity to watch specific episodes with text commentaries from the stars of ABC's series and specials, as well as producers, writers, directors, production and costume designers, music supervisors and network executives, among others.

General Hospital airs weekdays on ABC and weeknights on SOAPnet. To view the show online and to view the special episode with commentary, visit: abc.com

(pictured: Dom Zamprogna as Dante Falconeri photo credit:abc)
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