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Weekend Recap: 'Alice in Wonderland' Sequel, Heroine Complex Short Films, Depp's Don Quixote, What's Next for Refn, Cuaron and Abrams

Thompson on Hollywood By Maggie Lange | Thompson on Hollywood December 10, 2012 at 12:12PM

Disney is making moves to follow up "Alice in Wonderland" with a sequel. The 3-D 2010 Tim Burton film, featuring Mia Wasikowska as Alice and Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter, grossed $1 billion worldwide. Variety reports that Disney has brought back scriptwriter Linda Woolverton, who also wrote "Beauty and the Beast" and "The Lion King," to do the job.
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- Disney is making moves to follow up "Alice in Wonderland" with a sequel.  The 3-D 2010 Tim Burton film, featuring Mia Wasikowska as Alice and Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter, grossed $1 billion worldwide.  Variety reports that Disney has brought back scriptwriter Linda Woolverton, who also wrote "Beauty and the Beast" and "The Lion King," to do the job.

- More Depp news: the actor's production company Infinitum Nihil will revive Spanish masterpiece "Don Quixote."  Depp is following on the heels of old "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" collaborator Terry Gilliam's aborted Quixote film. Depp has reportedly recruited Jeff Morris and Steve Pink, who worked together on the upcoming "True Memoirs Of An International Assassin," to modernize Cervantes' classic.

Heroine Complex

- To go along with A. O. Scott's "Heroine Complex" article (our take on it here), the NYT Magazine created thirteen short films with this year's women of cinema: Jennifer Lawrence, Rebel Wilson, Naomi Watts, Marion Cotillard, Quvenzhané Wallis, Anne Hathaway, Elle Fanning, Kerry Washington, Helen Hunt, Shirley MacLaine, Amy Adams, Emmanuelle Riva, and Keira Knightley (a few select ones included below). Head here for Gawker's hilarious analysis, which ranks the films on levels of bizarreness.

- "Drive" director Nicolas Winding Refn is currently in negotiations to direct Sony Pictures' "The Equalizer," with Denzel Washington. Based on a television series, "The Equalizer" tells the story of an enigmatic former covert operations officer, who spends his days helping people in need.  Production should begin in spring 2013.

Iron Man 3

- In an interview with Wired, "Iron Man 3" director Shane Black describes the movie as a "techno thriller."  Despite assurance that this installment would not be as serious as its heavy trailer, Black also called it "gritty intense," reports The Playlist. "Iron May 3" hits theaters May 3.

- Warner Bros. is beginning to look at casting for a television series from Oscar-nominated filmmaker Alfonso Cuaron and J. J. Abrams, currently titled "Believe."  Directed by Cuaron, "Believe" centers on a young girl with amazing powers and the man who must to protect her.   Though the show isn't green lit, casting for a high-concept drama can be the difference between a must-watch and a shrug.

Rogen and Streisand

- Barbra Streisand and Seth Rogen chat about "Guilt Trip," a movie that sets them up as a mother and son embarking on a road trip.  The pair does seem to have chemistry, but the highlight of the NYT interview is Streisand calling Zach Galafanakis: "Javalopolis."

- In an interview with the LA Times, Francis Ford Coppola waxes poetic about his motivation in filmmaking: "Ultimately with all of cinema, we are just trying to learn about ourselves. I have always used the opportunity to make a film to learn more about myself, which I am still doing."  In the interview, he talks about "The Godfather," "Apocalypse Now Redux," and Zoetrope Studios.

This article is related to: Alice in Wonderland, Walt Disney Pictures, Walt Disney, Linda Woolverton, J. J. Abrams, J. J. Abrams, J.J. Abrams, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicolas Winding Refn, Iron Man 3, Seth Rogen, Francis Ford Coppola


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.