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Mia Wasikowska planning to buy first home in Australia

September 2nd, 2013 3:11am EDT
Mia Wasikowska
Actress Mia Wasikowska is determined to seek out new projects that will allow her to spend more time in her native Australia after deciding to purchase her first home there.

The Alice in Wonderland star, 23, has been renting accommodation in the U.S. since breaking into Hollywood at the age of 17, but after filming new drama Tracks in the desert Down Under, Wasikowska is keen to set down more permanent roots back home.

She tells Reuters, "I've been back and forth from America and Australia and I've always lived at my parents' house when I've come back. (But) I'm going to live here and it'...

The Nine Spookiest Kids' Movies

August 16th, 2012 4:07pm EDT
ParaNorman, the animated tale of a boy who saunters around town with a secret ability to see and speak to ghosts, was awarded a comfy PG rating by the MPAA and will probably draw in this weekend's under-13 crowd with no trouble. However, is it just us or is the concept of a kid who sees ghouls and comes to blows with zombies in order to save his town a tad spooky for the kiddies?

Chances are it's good clean fun, but given writer-director Chris Butler's experience with movies which tow the line between having a few frights and scarring a kid for life (he was a storyboard artist on Tim Burto...

Check Out 'Alice In Wonderland' On Blu-ray & DVD June 1

May 29th, 2010 7:18am EDT
Alice In Wonderland
Director Tim Burton delivers a visually dazzling take on the classic Lewis Carroll tale in "Alice In Wonderland."

Nineteen-year-old Alice (Mia Wasikowska) is attending party at a lavish country estate when she sees a white rabbit with a pocket watch dart into the bushes. Curious, she follows the rabbit to an enormous tree, and tumbles down a hole that takes her to Underland, a strange world inhabited by anthropomorphic creatures in search of someone to save them from the dreaded Red Queen (Helena Bonham Carter), who has assumed control of the kingdom by decapitating anyone who dares disag...

Anne Hathaway Turned Down 'Alice In Wonderland' Lead

February 5th, 2010 9:22am EST
Anne Hathaway Turned Down
Anne Hathaway turned down the title role in Tim Burton's new Alice In Wonderland movie - because she was fed up with playing a "pretty girl in a fairy dress." The actress was asked to star as Alice in the upcoming fantasy film but opted instead to play the White Queen - because she had previously played a pretty protagonist in The Princess Diaries movies which launched her career. The role of Alice eventually went to Australian newcomer Mia Wasikowska, but Hathaway has no regrets about her decision.

She tells Britain's GQ magazine, "The studio had the Alice script a long time ago and I...

Writer's Viewpoint: Tim Burton Has Become A Fad Disguised As Art

August 19th, 2009 10:40am EDT
Tim Burton
I'm not against fads per se, but this Tim Burton mess bothers me. It's not the kind of harmless era-defining fad that jelly bracelets and scrunchies were in the 80s, and it's certainly not as subtle as Apple's catchy use of the lower-case "i."

Since the turn of the new millennium, Tim Burton has emerged as a kind of self-perpetuating cultural organism, eating other fads and franchises as it grows overstuffed and unable to control its own ego. And now it might be too late for us to do anything about it. It's like a monster straight out of, well - a Tim Burton film.

The kind of people...

Lindsay Lohan's Film Flop To Go Straight To Cable TV

March 26th, 2009 8:45am EDT
Lindsay Lohan
Lindsay Lohan's film career has been dealt another blow - her latest movie will not be released to cinemas.

Labor Pains will premiere on cable TV in America in July before going straight to DVD in August. In the film, Lohan plays a woman who fakes pregnancy in a bid to keep her job.

The actress has completed just one movie since her 2007 flop I Know Who Killed Me, and recently lost out on the lead role in director Tim Burton's forthcoming remake of Alice in Wonderland. She also pulled out of Dylan Thomas biopic The Edge of Love, and was replaced by Sienna Miller.

In a rece...

Worldwide Vocal Sensation Gabriella Cilmi Readies U.S. Debut

November 14th, 2008 6:30pm EST
Gabriella Cilmi
Universal Republic Records is unveiling one of the most anticipated U.S. debuts of the year as Aussie vocal star Gabriella Cilmi (pronounced chill-me) serves up her worldwide smash hit "Sweet About Me" to U.S. radio stations this month. Her stateside album debut, Lessons To Be Learned, is scheduled for release March 17, 2009.

The 17 year old phenomenon just swept the prestigious Australian Recording Industry Association Music Awards (ARIA Awards), taking home an unprecedented six trophies on the strength of her breakthrough debut album, Lessons To Be Learned. The Melbourne-born Cilmi...

Happy 'Slutty' Halloween

October 27th, 2008 10:52am EDT
Slutty Halloween
We've all done it ladies! We've put the word "slutty" in front of whatever it is we've chosen to go as for Halloween. Things that aren't normally slutty will find a way to be slutty like police officers or even our favorite Disney character. And dressing up in a bra and booty shorts is a perfectly acceptable costume. This must be a guy's favorite holiday! Who needs to go to a strip club? Just go to a bar on Halloween!

The movie Mean Girls describes it best - "Halloween is the one night a year when girls can dress like a total slut and no other girls can say anything about it." On the ...

Pete Wentz Had Lego Bumblebee Made For Wife

May 30th, 2008 9:51am EDT
Pete Wentz
Pete Wentz commissioned an artist to build a huge bumblebee out of Legos as a wedding day treat for his new wife Ashlee Simpson.

The Fall Out Boy rocker asked Nathan Sawaya to make the symbolic creature out of 18,000 Lego bricks.

Sawaya tells E!, "In Hindu myth, Kama, the god of love, has a bow and arrows, and the bow string is made up of bees. In the ancient Greek world the bee symbolised the soul because they migrated in swarms. And the Roman god of love, Cupid, is often pictured with bees or being stung. I made this bee for a boy who wanted to give his girl a special ...

Simpson And Wentz Marry In Fairy Tale Wedding

May 18th, 2008 1:16pm EDT
Ashlee Simpson
Ashlee Simpson and Pete Wentz exchanged vows in an intimate wedding ceremony on Saturday evening, their spokesperson has confirmed. The top-secret event was held at Simpson's parents' home in Encino, California, and was attended by 150 guests, including Nicole Richie and Joel Madden, actor Donald Faison and the pop star's big sister Jessica, who served as maid of honor.

Jessica's boyfriend, Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo, was also present at the ceremony, despite reports the couple has split.

Ashlee wore an ivory lace Monique Lhuillier gown, complete with a diamond necklace ...

Disney Animator Dead At 95

April 16th, 2008 8:56am EDT
Alice in Wonderland
Legendary Disney animator Ollie Johnston has died, aged 95. Johnston, who contributed animation to classic films like Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Cinderella and Alice in Wonderland, was the last of Walt Disney Studios' Nine Old Men.

He passed away on Monday at a care facility in Washington of natural causes.

(This news article provided by World Entertainment News Network)

Marilyn Manson Denies Tim Burton Movie Involvement

December 6th, 2007 6:00pm EST
Marilyn Manson
Shock rocker Marilyn Manson has dismissed reports Tim Burton is to direct his forthcoming Lewis Carroll biopic, insisting news about the filmmaker's involvement is all hearsay. Manson is due to start filming his delayed movie, Phantasmagoria: The Visions of Lewis Carroll, and believes the media got their reports mixed up when news of Burton making a film based on one of Carroll's novels surfaced earlier this year.

He says, "I've read that he's making Alice In Wonderland, but my film isn't Alice In Wonderland. It's about the period in which Lewis Carroll was writing it. I've based it al...

Lewis Carroll Diaries Inspired Manson To Make Biopic

July 14th, 2007 2:00pm EDT
Marilyn Manson
Shock-rocker Marilyn Manson was inspired to make a new horror biopic about Alice In Wonderland author Lewis Carroll after reading the writer's diaries. Manson plans to start shooting the delayed project, Phantasmagoria: The Visions of Lewis Carroll, later this year.

The Rock Is Dead singer says, "I read Lewis Carroll's diaries, and he's a very fractured soul. I think I identified with it more than just fascination; I was in the same mental state."

Manson will play Carroll in the film, which will also feature Lily Cole, Tilda Swinton and the rocker's girlfriend Evan Rachel Wood.


Stars Dress Up For Disney

January 28th, 2007 2:00pm EST
Beyonce, Scarlett Johansson and Lyle Lovett are bringing the magic of Disneyland and Disney World to life in a series of arty new ads, snapped by celebrity photographer Annie Leibovitz.

The acclaimed photographer persuaded a host of famous friends to help her publicise Disney's Year of A Million Dreams campaign - and dressed them up as their favourite animated characters.

Beyonce conjured up Alice in an Alice In Wonderland scene, which also features Oliver Platt as the Mad Hatter and Lovett as the March Hare, while Johansson poses as Cinderella for another of the breathtaking ads....

Celebrity Birthdays, January 27

January 27th, 2007 3:00am EST
Alan Cumming
Happy Birthday to tennis pro Marat Safin (1980), English rapper Tricky (1968), Faith No More signer Mike Patton (1968), X-Men actor Alan Cumming (1965), actress Bridget Fonda (1964), Iron Maiden guitarist Janick Gers (1957), actress and former Mrs. Cruise Mimi Rogers (1956), Russian dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov (1948), Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason (1944), "Six Feet Under" actor James Cromwell (1940), American actor Troy Donahue (1936; d. 2001), Actress Donna Reed (1921; d. 1986), "Alice In Wonderland" author Lewis Carroll (1832; 1898), and Austrian composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756; d. ...

Celebrity Birthdays, January 27

January 27th, 2006 3:00am EST
Alan Cumming
Happy Birthday to tennis pro Marat Safin (1980), English rapper Tricky (1968), Faith No More signer Mike Patton (1968), X-Men actor Alan Cumming (1965), actress Bridget Fonda (1964), Iron Maiden guitarist Janick Gers (1957), actress and former Mrs. Cruise Mimi Rogers (1956), Russian dancer Mikhail Baryshnikov (1948), Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason (1944), "Six Feet Under" actor James Cromwell (1940), American actor Troy Donahue (1936; d. 2001), Actress Donna Reed (1921; d. 1986), "Alice In Wonderland" author Lewis Carroll (1832; 1898), and Austrian composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756; d. ...

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