Variety, DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg says that decisions being made in the next 30-60 days will determine the future of the platform. In short, Katzenberg says 3D just for the sake of 3D is not a good decision, because “all 3D is not created equal.” In that regard, the DreamWorks exec had some strong words for the 2D-to-3D conversation of Warner Bros.’ Clash of the Titans. “We’ve seen the highest end of [3D] in Avatar and you have now witnessed the lowest end of it [in Titans],” he says. (Warner Bros. said it is not commenting on Katzenberg’s statements at this time.) READ FULL STORY »The issue of 3D is being debated all over Hollywood in this post-Avatar world, where it seems every-other movie being released boasts a third dimension. In a lengthy interview with
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He’ll be directing a stop-motion animation version of The Addams Family, according to Mike Fleming at Deadline Hollywood. File under “things that make sense.” And also “things I am excited for.”Tim Burton has his 3-D follow-up to Alice in Wonderland booked:
Burton’s Addamses will be based on Charles Addams’ original cartoons and not the old TV show or the ’90s movies. Look at that print and tell me it doesn’t scream Tim Burton. It so does! And not just because the Addams Family sports a goth-y aesthetic or is both friendly and creepy (though yay on both counts), but because Morticia and Gomez are one of fiction’s most romantic couples, and Tim Burton knows how to tell a love story. He’s a pro at adapting familiar stories — Batman, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (let’s not speak of Planet of the Apes) — but my favorite entries in the Tim Burton oeuvre are ones that could be summed up as “I love something so much that I’m not like everyone else.” Edward Scissorhands. Ed Wood. Pee-wee’s Big Adventure. The Nightmare Before Christmas. Big Fish. If he can infuse Morticia, Gomez, Wednesday, Pugsley, Thing, Cousin Itt, Lurch, Uncle Fester, and Grandma with that kind of self-possessed dreaminess, we’re all in for a treat.
Sing the song in your head, PopWatchers. Are you snapping along for this?
You don’t see a ton of Nightmare Before Christmas spoofs, which makes this St. Patrick’s Day take on “What’s This?” that much more fun:
Yep, that’ll be stuck in my head forever.
Back in 2003, Johnny Depp famously panicked Disney executives with his whacked-out turn as Pirates of the Caribbean‘s Captain Jack Sparrow — only to have the character become an instant icon. For the upcoming 3-D Alice in Wonderland, opening March 5, Depp decided to dive even further down the rabbit hole with an orange-haired, green-eyed, nonsense-spouting take on Lewis Carroll’s Mad Hatter. Alice is Depp’s seventh collaboration with director Tim Burton, and anyone who’s seen the other films they’ve made together — including Edward Scissorhands, Ed Wood, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory — knows they share a taste for, as Depp puts it, “the slightly left of center.” Still, with this gonzo turn as the Hatter, Depp braced himself for a full-blown freakout in Disney’s executive suites. “When we first went in to do the camera tests, I was thinking, ‘They’re going to lose their minds,’” Depp recalls. “But Tim fully supported it. It was a couple of solid hours in the makeup chair everyday but it really helped. You start to understand who the guy is through all that weird kind of Carrot Top kabuki.”
Alice marks Depp’s first foray into the brave new world of 3-D filmmaking, but the actor (who admits he still hasn’t seen Avatar) says he won’t be able to fully appreciate that extra dimension. “I’m actually unable to see 3-D,” he says. “I’ve got a weird thing where I don’t see properly out of my left eye, so I truly can’t see 3-D.” Then again, he never likes watching himself onscreen anyway. “So I have an excuse this time,” he says, laughing.
For more on Alice in Wonderland, plus an exclusive interview with Johnny Depp and Tim Burton about their 20-year partnership, pick up the new issue of Entertainment Weekly, on stands February 26th.
Any New York-based Tim Burton fan should rush over to 53rd Street sometime between Nov. 22 and April 26, 2010. Why? The Museum of Modern Art will be running a retrospective exhibition on the imaginative director. And, if you ask me, an exhibit on the man behind Edward Scissorhands, The Nightmare Before Christmas and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, would include too much glorious quirk and animated derangement to ignore!
MOMA hardly needs to advertise such a cool exhibit—I was there before you could even say Mars Attacks!—but they’ve released this fun 30-second animated spot from the director anyway. So take a look and enjoy 30 fun seconds from Burton. READ FULL STORY »
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