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Tax Incentives Lure Pirates V Down Under

It’s a strong possibility the fifth edition of Disney’s Pirates of the Caribbean franchise will be filmed no where near the island nations south of the continent. Instead, production will move down under to the land of Oz, thanks to a $20.2 million tax incentive… Read More »Tax Incentives Lure Pirates V Down Under

Alice in Wonderland Sequel Begins Production With All-Star Cast and Crew


Back in 2010, “Alice in Wonderland” was a fanciful wonder on screen and at the box office for Disney pulling in more than one billion dollars. In fact, that might be considered the last time Johnny Depp had a real box office blockbuster. Depp is returning to play the Mad Hatter in “Alice In Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass.” So let’s all hope for a return to 2010 when it comes to his star power at the box office.

The sequel will revisit Lewis Carroll’s beloved stories with an all-new new tale that travels back to Underland—and back in Time. “Alice In Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass” is produced by the returning team of Joe Roth, Jennifer Todd, Suzanne Todd, and Tim Burton. John G. Scotti is the executive producer; Linda Woolverton (“Maleficent,” “Alice In Wonderland,”) penned the screenplay.

The gang, as they say, has been brought back together for the cast:

  • Johnny Depp (“Pirates of the Caribbean” films, “Alice In Wonderland,”) returns to the big screen as the Mad Hatter—Hatter Tarrant Hightopp.
  • Anne Hathaway (“Les Misérables,” “Alice In Wonderland,”) portrays the White Queen—Mirana.
  • Mia Wasikowska (“Jane Eyre” and “Alice In Wonderland”) once again appears as Alice Kingsleigh, who’s on a quest to help the Mad Hatter.
  • Helena Bonham Carter ( “Les Misérables,” “Alice In Wonderland”) returns as the Red Queen—Iracebeth.
  • Rhys Ifans (“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I,” “The Amazing Spider-Man”) fills the shoes of Zanik Hightopp, the Mad Hatter’s father.
  • Matt Lucas (“Alice In Wonderland”) returns to the revelry in a dual role as Tweedledee and Tweedledum.
  • Ed Speleers (TV’s “Downton Abbey,” “Eragon”) portrays James Harcourt in the film.
  • And Sacha Baron Cohen (“Hugo,” “Les Misérables”) was called on to bring Time to the big screen.

“Alice In Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass” also boasts an extraordinary voice cast:

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Disney Rolls Film on Into the Woods All-Star Musical

into-the-woods-album-obcrI’ve long looked forward to a movie musical production of Stephen Sondheim’s “Into the Woods;” however, I did not expect Disney to be the studio to take it on. The subject matter does feature familiar Disney territory of fairytales, but while the stories are familiar kid tales, the situations are sometimes very adult. Never-the-less, Disney’s “Into the Woods” kicked off production last week, featuring an award-winning production team and all-star ensemble cast.

Rob Marshall, the talented filmmaker behind the Academy Award®-winning musical “Chicago” and Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,” will direct the film. Legendary composer Stephen Sondheim will pen an all-new song for the big-screen adaptation. I can listen to the Broadway version of Into the Woods all day.

“Into the Woods” is a modern twist on the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tales, intertwining the plots of a few choice stories and exploring the consequences of the characters’ wishes and quests. This humorous and heartfelt musical follows the classic tales of Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Rapunzel—all tied together by an original story involving a baker and his wife, their wish to begin a family and their interaction with the witch who has put a curse on them.

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