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Oscar's Music Masters

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • March 8, 2010 6:53 AM
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The gifted and prolific Alexandre Desplat, whose scores this year alone include Fantastic Mr. Fox, A Prophet, Coco Before Chanel, Julie & Julia, and The Twilight Saga: New Moon, poses with Academy music branch governor Arthur Hamilton, whose many songs include the standard “Cry Me a River.”
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My ET Online Oscar Predictions

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • March 5, 2010 11:45 AM
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Alice in Wonderland

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • March 5, 2010 5:00 AM
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  • 67 Comments
How you react to this film will have a lot to do with your expectations. I didn’t expect a work of genius. In fact, I approached it with trepidation, worried that Tim Burton’s weird sensibility layered on top of Lewis Carroll’s already-surreal material would create a kind of overkill. I’m happy to report that I was pleasantly surprised. First things first: with no disrespect to Burton, this struck me more as Linda Woolverton’s Alice. As the principal screenwriter of the Disney features Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, and Mulan, she has solid experience creating strong female characters. Here, she has reinvented Alice as a willful 19-year-old girl (nicely played by newcomer Mia Wasikowska) who flees from a stifling arranged marriage and falls down a rabbit hole. She has no memory of having visited this magical world once before, as a child.

Famous Voices For "Alice"—Now And Then

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • March 4, 2010 5:00 AM
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Hollywood's All-Star 'Alice'

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • March 3, 2010 5:00 AM
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Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland has always held great appeal for Hollywood. Johnny Depp is a big lure, but back in 1933 Paramount put almost all of the studio’s star-power into its production, including Gary Cooper, Cary Grant, and virtually every actor it had under contract—including W.C. Fields as Humpty Dumpty.
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secret's out -- Leonard Looks at The Young Victoria

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • March 3, 2010 2:46 AM
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secret's out - The Hugh Hefner Interview

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • March 3, 2010 2:40 AM
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book review — 3 Significant New Film Books

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • March 1, 2010 4:10 AM
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GEORGE LUCAS’S BLOCKBUSTING(George Lucas Books/It Books) Edited by Alex Ben Block and Lucy Autrey Wilson, with a Foreword by Francis Ford Coppola

Good Movies—Resurrected

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • February 26, 2010 8:28 AM
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Ellen Burstyn in Resurrection (1980)
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film review - A Prophet (Un Prophète)

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • February 25, 2010 9:40 AM
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I like movies that take me on an emotional journey. The central character of A Prophet is Malik, a 19-year-old petty criminal (Tahar Rahim) who’s being sent to prison. We don’t know what he’s done, or very much else about him; he’s quiet and keeps to himself. Then he is targeted by one of the prison kingpins, a tough, Corsican mobster named Cesar (played with quiet intensity by Niels Arestrup), who forces him to commit an unthinkable act. This is the turning point in his life, and it leads him to experiences he never could have planned or predicted.

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