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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

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by Maggie Lange
December 10, 2012 12:12 PM
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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.

- 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.

- 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.

- 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.

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