Charlie and the Chocolate Factory News

AnnaSophia Robb To Play Carrie Bradshaw In 'Sex And The City' Prequel

February 28th, 2012 8:52am EST
AnnaSophia Robb
"Charlie & The Chocolate Factory" star AnnaSophia Robb has landed the coveted role of Carrie Bradshaw in a prequel to the "Sex And The City" TV series.

The young actress, who recently portrayed real-life surfing shark attack victim Bethany Hamilton in "Soul Surfer," joins Stefania Owen among the cast of the new high school drama, "The Carrie Diaries," which is set in the 1980s.

"Sex And The City" creator Candace Bushnell will be one of the show's executive producers.

Ke$ha To Cameo On Victoria Justice's Show 'Notorious'

April 3rd, 2011 4:09pm EDT
Pop star Ke$ha has filmed a guest role in hit kids show Notorious in an episode inspired by Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

The "TiK ToK" hitmaker plays herself in an episode titled Ice Cream for Ke$ha, in which she offers up a private performance as the prize in a 'Golden Tickets'-style competition, based on the contest featured in Roald Dahl's famous novel and movie adaptations.

Ke$ha's 11-year-old brother Louie also makes an appearance in the episode.

Notorious star Victoria Justice tells, "It was really fun to film. It's the first time on my show that we've had a successful...

Hayden Panettiere Celebrates 21st Birthday With Oompa Loompas & Fire Breathers

August 24th, 2010 11:44am EDT
Hayden Panettiere
Hayden Panettiere celebrated her 21st birthday with a kooky party filled with burlesque dancers, fire-breathers and performers dressed as "Charlie And The Chocolate Factory"-style Oompa Loompas.

The actress reached the landmark age on Saturday and was treated to a quirky bash, organized by her "Scream 4" co-star David Arquette who hired out the four-storey Cavern Club venue in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

The actor filled the party with performers from Vaudeville-inspired comedy show "Beacher's Madhouse" and presented the star with a specially designed 3D dolphin cake, to celebrate Panettiere's l...

Johnny Depp Would Have Played Alice In Tim Burton's 'Wonderland'

March 5th, 2010 12:02pm EST
Johnny Depp
Johnny Depp was so desperate to team up with his movie collaborator Tim Burton for Alice In Wonderland - he would have happily played the female lead.

Depp and Burton struck up a friendship after the Hollywood hunk appeared in 1990's Edward Scissorhands, and they have made a series of movies together over the last 20 years, including Sleepy Hollow, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.

And Depp insists he would have played Alice in Burton's take on the Lewis Carroll classic just to get the chance to work with his pal again.

He tells Para...

Fairy Tales We'd Like To See Remade By Tim Burton

March 5th, 2010 10:00am EST
Tim Burton
Tim Burton and Johnny Depp’s newest collaboration, Alice in Wonderland, hits theaters today. Tim usually scores big when he remakes anything, and it is rumored that he is working on revamping the Disney fairy tale Sleeping Beauty as a live-action picture, focusing on the film’s villain, Maleficent.

Best known as the director of Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Sweeney Todd, Tim usually creates dark and quirky-themed movies and loves using Johnny Depp in his films. We picked a few more fairy tales we’d like to see remade...

Exclusive: 'Fantastic Mr. Fox' Red Carpet Premiere (Video)

November 23rd, 2009 1:49pm EST
Jason Schwartzman, Fantastic Mr. Fox
The highly anticipated release of this year's #1 animated film "Fantastic Mr. Fox" is finally here! This witty film takes us through the life of Mr. Fox (George Clooney), where he has to put his rebellious tendencies aside and mature into a loving, responsible and respectable father.

Along the way, Mr. Fox falls back on his mischievous ways but stays dedicated to his family in the end.

This fox tail is based on the children's book by Roald Dahl, who also brought us one of the greatest stories of all time, "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory". While being director Wes Anderson's first ev...

The Best & Worst Children's Books Made Into Films

October 16th, 2009 11:59am EDT
Where The Wild Things
Where The Wild Things Are based on the beloved children's book opens in theaters today. Although some critics say the visuals are spectacular while the script is a little thin, it should draw in massive crowds due to its iconic standing in the children's publishing world.

Children's books made into movies go over much better when viewed in two age brackets: when the audience is comprised of children who have recently read the book, or when the audience is comprised of adults so far removed from childhood that anything resembling their favorite book is romanticized and judged in a less se...

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...

Johnny Depp Wants To Play A Vampire

August 17th, 2009 8:37am EDT
Johnny Depp
Johnny Depp is bidding to take his favorite childhood TV show, vampire thriller Dark Shadows, to the big screen.

Depp and regular collaborator, director Tim Burton, hope to turn the 1960s series - about a man struck down with a vampire curse - into a movie franchise.

The actor says, "I was obsessed with (lead character) Barnabas Collins. I have photographs of me holding Barnabas Collins' posters when I was five or six."

And Burton - who worked with Depp on movies Edward Scissorhands, Sleepy Hollow and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - admits work is already under way.

The dire...

Tis The Season For... Christmas Movies?

December 24th, 2008 6:20pm EST
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Aah, the holiday season. Strange how we cherish a time of year when the malls are over packed... it's cold outside... it's impossible to find a parking space... the line at the post office is out the door even at their slowest time of day... it's impossible to find the season's latest hot toy... people who have no clue what 'hustle & bustle' means and stroll slowly through busy stores so you're stuck strolling right behind them when all you want to do is get in and out. Christmas shopping is a mission, not a casual day at the mall to comparison shop. That's what the internet and the weekly ...

Check Out 'Soccer Mom' On DVD

September 13th, 2008 9:00am EDT
Soccer Mom
Missi Pyle And Emily Osment Star In 'Soccer Mom,' On DVD Sept. 30Anchor Bay Entertainment is proud to release the hilarious and heart-warming family film, Soccer Mom on DVD September 30, starring Missi Pyle (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) and Emily Osment ("Hannah Montana").

Soccer Mom tells the story of a single mom who poses as a famous soccer pro to try to save her daughter's soccer team. The movie is presented in partnership by Ladies' Home Journal. Soccer Mom will also air on Starz Kids & Family Channel on September 29, 2008.

When Becca's (Emily Osment) losing soccer tea...

'The Golden Compass' Arrives In A Two-Disc DVD Edition April 29

April 27th, 2008 9:00am EDT
The Golden Compass
Embark on a heroic journey to save humanity as The Golden Compass arrives on DVD from New Line Home Entertainment on April 29, 2008. The sweeping family fantasy follows a curious young heroine, Lyra Belacqua, and her quest to protect the coveted Golden Compass – the last of a mystical, powerful device that can unveil the truth, reveal what others wish to hide and even see the future. Lyra's courageous nature and determination to protect the device – and rescue her best friend – open the door to an adventure that will take her over sky and ocean to the wilds of the icy north, where she will ...

Johnny Depp Vows Never To Make A Romantic Comedy

April 17th, 2008 3:04pm EDT
Johnny Depp
Johnny Depp has vowed never to star in a romantic comedy because he considers the genre "boring." The 44-year-old shot to fame in the 1991 fantasy epic Edward Scissorhands and has since made his name by taking on a variety of quirky film roles - including turns in Sleepy Hollow, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and most recently in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.

And Depp insists he will never be drawn to roles in light-hearted films - no matter how much money he is offered.

He says, "There is a dark side in me, like in each one of us. I only feel the fun factor...

Film Review: Reality Trumps Fantasy In 'Spiderwick Chronicles'

February 12th, 2008 5:29pm EST
The Spiderwick Chronicles
The Spiderwick Chronicles may not be in the same fantasy league as the tales of J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis and J.K. Rowling. Yet the family flick based on the books of Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black is an all-around class act, even if its world of ogres and goblins is a bit stale in the wake of its more ambitious cousins in the over-the-rainbow genre.

The human characters are the main source of wonder here. Freddie Highmore, Sarah Bolger and Mary-Louise Parker authentically capture the fractured spirit of a family newly cast into single-parent mode, while David Strathairn adds a wistf...

Johnny Depp Is Sick Of His Good Looks

January 22nd, 2008 12:07pm EST
Johnny Depp
Hollywood actor Johnny Depp breaks down in tears every time he looks in the mirror - because he is too good looking.

The Pirates Of The Caribbean star is famed for choosing obscure roles - in such films as Edward Scissorhands, Ed Wood, Charlie And The Chocolate Factory and Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street - that take attention away from his handsome Hollywood image.

The 44-year-old star says, "I cry every morning when I look in the mirror. Every single morning, because I gotta live with this cute face."

On Tuesday Depp picked up a Best Actor Oscar nomination ...

Point/Counterpoint: Should Hollywood Stop Remaking Classic Films?

January 18th, 2008 1:45pm EST
Rob Zombie
Over the years many classic movies have been remade. Don't get me wrong, some of those remakes have been really good. But the majority of the movies have been really bad.

These days, special effects are being taken to a whole new level, but that's not always a good thing. One of the main reasons these films are classics is because CGI was in the distant future. People loved the original "Godzilla" because you can see the man in the Godzilla costume crushing a cardboard box, also known as Tokyo.

There are few movies that have scared me, and one of those films was the 1978 movie "Ha...

Johnny Depp Wants To Play Michael Jackson

January 18th, 2008 9:08am EST
Johnny Depp
Hollywood actor Johnny Depp is hoping to play troubled pop star Michael Jackson in a movie of the singer's life.

The Sweeney Todd star was rumored to have modeled himself on Jackson for his role as Willy Wonka in 2005 movie Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

However although Depp believes any similarities to the pop superstar in his portrayal are purely coincidental, he would love to take on the role of the Thriller hit-maker, insisting, "There is still time to play him."

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(This news article provided by World Entertainment News Network)

Westlife Singer Says Best Thing About Christmas Is TV Programming

December 26th, 2007 2:00pm EST
Westlife singer Nicky Byrne is aiming to spend the festive period in the comfort of his living room chair - watching an endless stream of classic movies on TV.

The Irish star's annual Christmas ritual is to take in film after film - an activity that can only be rivaled by the unwrapping of gifts.

He says, "The best thing about Christmas is all the presents and the films that are on the telly. All the movies that are on like Star Wars and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Home Alone, Superman, Back To the Future, Superman. I love all that."

(This news article provided by ...

Helena Bonham Carter Asked Depp To Be Godfather

December 21st, 2007 11:02am EST
Helena Bonham Carter
Johnny Depp was surprised when he was asked to be godfather to director pal Tim Burton's son - because the quirky moviemaker couldn't bring himself to do it himself.

Instead, Burton asked his wife Helena Bonham Carter to put the idea to the actor.

Depp was working alongside Burton on the set of Charlie And The Chocolate Factory when he received a message to call Bonham Carter urgently.

And the actor, who quickly agreed to be four-year-old Billy's godfather, was puzzled that Burton hadn't asked him personally.

He explains, "This is Tim Burton in a nutshell - we were doi...

Jonathan Rhys Meyers Wants To Play Highmore's Father Again

November 30th, 2007 5:30pm EST
Jonathan Rhys-Meyers
Irish actor Jonathan Rhys-Meyers wants to play young star Freddie Highmore's father again - when he's in his 60s. The Mission: Impossible 3 star played the 15-year-old's dad in acclaimed new movie August Rush, and he insists Highmore is set to become one of the world's greatest actors.

So, he wants to come full circle and play the grown-up Highmore's father when the young actor is at the height of his success.

Rhys-Meyers explains, "He learned from the master, Johnny Depp, in Finding Neverland and Charlie And The Chocolate Factory - that was Freddie's first really big introductio...

Keri Russell: 'Highmore Is A Normal Kid'

November 9th, 2007 11:49am EST
Keri Russell
Actress Keri Russell has lavished praise on child star Freddie Highmore - because he's "just a normal kid". The actor, 15, shot to fame playing the title role in 2005's Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, and Russell insists it's refreshing to work with a youngster who isn't obsessed with their career.

She says, "Who doesn't love Freddie? He's the best thing going. I love that guy! In general child actors are creepy, but when he's not shooting, he's a normal kid. Without naming names, you have eight-year-olds today who are going on chat shows and talking about their career arcs."


Witches, Werewolves And Warlocks Invade ABC Family's Ninth Annual '13 Nights Of Halloween'

October 17th, 2007 8:00pm EDT
13 Nights of Halloween
ABC Family has a frightful line-up of new programming for its ninth annual '13 Nights of Halloween' programming event. The new ABC Family original movie "Nature of the Beast" and the basic cable premieres of "An American Haunting" and "Boogeyman" will join other Halloween themed programming airing the 13 nights leading up to Halloween (October 19 - October 31).

ABC Family's new original movie "Nature of the Beast," premiering Sunday, October 21 (8:00 - 10:00 PM ET/PT) is a darkly wicked tale of one happy couple's road to wedded bliss. Julia and Rich are in the throes of planning the...

Celebrity Birthdays, September 13

September 13th, 2007 3:00am EDT
Fiona Apple
Happy Birthday to "Boy Meets World" actor Ben Savage (1980), singer Fiona Apple (1977), Rascal Flatts guitarist Joe Don Rooney (1975), Iced Earth singer Tim "Ripper" Owens (1967), sprinter Michael Johnson (1967), British drummer Zak Starkey (1965), Megadeth singer/guitarist Dave Mustaine (1961), jazz guitarist Joe Morris (1955), record producer Don Was (1952), actor Raymond O'Connor (1952), Village People 'cowboy' Randy Jones (1952), "Designing Women" actress Jean Smart (1951), "Gimme a Break" actress Nell Carter (1948; d. 2003), former Chicago singer Peter Cetera (1944), British actress Ja...

Dustin Hoffman Desperately Wanted Willy Wonka Role

June 29th, 2007 2:25pm EDT
Dustin Hoffman
Dustin Hoffman has revealed he fought Johnny Depp for the role of Willy Wonka in director Tim Burton's movie adaptation of Roald Dahl's Charlie & The Chocolate Factory.

The 69-year-old star tells USA Today newspaper he desperately wanted to play Wonka in the hit 2005 film.

He says, "I was told that it was Johnny and Tim's (film) - and that was that."

(This news article provided by World Entertainment News Network)

Celebrity Birthdays, June 7

June 7th, 2007 3:00am EDT
Anna Kournikova
Happy Birthday to "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" actor Jordan Fry (1993), Russian tennis star Anna Kournikova (1981), Philadelphia 76er Allen Iverson (1975), New Zealand actor Karl Urban (1972), musician Dave Navarro (1967), comedian Jim Gaffigan (1966), WWE star Mick Foley (1965), the purple one, Prince (1958), South African musician Johnny Clegg (1953), "Batman Begins" actor Liam Neeson (1952), late New York Yankees captain Thurman Munson (1947; d. 1979), Welsh singer Tom Jones (1940), film director James Ivory (1928), rat-packer Dean Martin (1917; d. 1995), and "Driving Miss Daisy" ...

Freddie Highmore Leads An Incredible Line-Up Of Talent In 'Arthur And The Invisibles,' On DVD May 15

May 3rd, 2007 11:39am EDT
Arthur And The Invisibles
A magical tale of a young boy's courageous journey to save his grandfather's home from demolition, Arthur And The Invisibles soars onto DVD May 15th from Genius Products LLC. and The Weinstein Company.

Using a brilliant combination of live-action and ground-breaking 3D-CG animation, Arthur And The Invisibles features heartwarming performances by talented young actor Freddie Highmore (Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, Finding Neverland) and Hollywood legend Mia Farrow (The Omen, Hannah and Her Sisters) along with the vocal talent of such superstars as Madonna, David Bowie, Snoop Dog...

Tim Burton To Receive Lifetime Achievement Award At Venice Film Festival

March 22nd, 2007 10:57am EDT
Tim Burton
Tim Burton is to be honored at the Venice International Film Festival later this year, for his contributions to the movie industry. The Batman director will receive the lifetime achievement award at the Italian festival which begins on August 29, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Organizers also declared yesterday that 5 September will be 'Tim Burton Day' - a full 24 hours dedicated to the 48-year-old, whose credits include Edward Scissorhands, The Nightmare Before Christmas and Charlie And The Chocolate Factory.

(This news article provided by World Entertainment News Network)

Johnny Depp: 'We Should Celebrate Our Individuality'

December 28th, 2006 10:41am EST
Johnny Depp
Johnny Depp loves being labeled weird. The actor - who has portrayed a host of eccentric characters on the big screen, including Captain Jack Sparrow in The Pirates of the Caribbean and Willy Wonka in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - believes he discovered who he really is as a person by taking on oddball roles.

He said: "I was given the weird badge but I think everybody's weird and that's the key to it. We should celebrate our individuality, not be embarrassed or ashamed of it. We all have idiosyncrasies. People do themselves a great disservice by not allowing themselves to see who...

Danny Elfman's Original Score For Charlotte's Web Hits Stores Dec. 5; Features Sarah McLachlan; Win It!

December 6th, 2006 4:37pm EST
Charlotte’s Web
Three-time Oscar nominee and Grammy Award-winning composer Danny Elfman’s inspiring score for the motion picture Charlotte’s Web will be released December 5 on Sony Classical’s original soundtrack recording, which will also introduce the original song “Ordinary Miracle,” performed by Sarah McLachlan and written by acclaimed songwriter/record producer Glen Ballard and music legend Dave Stewart.

In the classic tale of Charlotte’s Web from writer E.B. White, someone very small finds that the most powerful force in the world is friendship. In the big-screen adaptation, the characters embar...

Daddy Warbucks Is The Richest Fictional Character

November 21st, 2006 12:18pm EST
Daddy Warbucks from Annie has topped the Forbes "Fictional 15," an annual listing of the wealthiest fictional characters. Santa Clause was eliminated from the list this year because Forbes was inundated with letters from children insisting the jolly man is "real."

According to Forbes, Warbucks, an ex-U.S. Army general turned industrialist, is worth $36.2 billion, thanks to the ongoing conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan and because of a contract to provide oil-well maintenance in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

The Fictional 15 are:

1. Oliver "Daddy" Warbucks (Annie)


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