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Casting Net: Sacha Baron Cohen joining 'Alice in Wonderland' sequel?; Plus, Penelope Cruz, Bruce Willis, more

• Sacha Baron Cohen (Borat) is in early talks to join the cast of Disney’s Through the Looking Glass, the sequel to Alice in Wonderland. James Bobin (The Muppets) will direct, with Johnny Depp (The Lone Ranger) and Mia Wasikowska (Stoker) reprising their roles as the Mad Hatter and Alice, respectively. Details of the plot are being kept secret, with filming expected to begin toward the end of the year with a May 27, 2016, release date. [Variety]

• Penelope Cruz (Vicky Christina Barcelona) will co-produce and star in the Spanish-language film Ma ma, directed by L.A.-based Spanish director Julia Medem (Sex and Lucia). Luis Tosar (Miami Vice) and Asier Exteandia (Broken Embraces) will co-star in the film, which will shoot in Spain this spring. Cruz will play the lead told of Magda in the intimate woman’s drama laced with moments of comedy. [Variety]

'Alice In Wonderland' screenwriter Linda Woolverton penning sequel for Disney

Tim Burton’s wily, psychedelic Alice In Wonderland is getting a sequel, and the original film’s screenwriter is penning it for Disney.

EW confirms that the Disney-attached script is being written by Linda Woolverton, who also wrote the screenplay for 2010’s 3-D fantasy box office hit starring Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter, Mia Wasikowska as Alice, and wild-eyed Helena Bonham Carter as the Red Queen. Other return figures are Joe Roth, Suzanne Todd and Jennifer Todd as producers.

EW's special tour of Disney's archives (see items from 'Pirates,' 'Lost,' 'Snow White') and studio backlot -- EXCLUSIVE


We can all recall fondly the episode of Lost in which Hurley clutched his winning lotto ticket in disbelief. Or when Johnny Depp first appeared as the Mad Hatter in Alice in Wonderland, with his wildly ornate top hat. Or when the title heroine of Mary Poppins caused a pile of wooden blocks to come alive and stack themselves inside the toy chest. But what happens after these iconic props are finished playing their parts?

They end up settling in for a cozy retirement at the Walt Disney Archives, a treasure trove of paraphernalia for pop-culture fiends that ironically must remain closed to the public, lest these objects become irreparably damaged. But EW was granted exclusive access to the facility, along with a rare tour of the Walt Disney studio backlot in Burbank, Calif., joining members of Disney’s D23 Official Fan Club. After speaking with these hardcore Disney enthusiasts — who are the only members of the public granted access to the studio’s lot — I got to check out some instantly recognizable objects from Lost, Pirates of the Caribbean, Alice in Wonderland, Mary Poppins, and Enchanted. But by far the coolest moment was when the archivists unveiled some never-before-seen items from one of the crown jewels of the Disney canon, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, which is about to celebrate its 75th anniversary. Check out my video report below: READ FULL STORY

Trilogy planned for Kristen Stewart and Charlize Theron's 'Snow White and the Huntsman' -- EXCLUSIVE

Snow White and the Huntsman may have more to overcome than just one clash with the Evil Queen.

Producer Joe Roth tells EW that he plans on making the folktale action-adventure movie into a trilogy. “It’s meant to be the first in a series of films,” he said. “This story will end, but there will be questions remaining for these three characters.”

It’s an ambitious move by the Alice in Wonderland producer, who is in a neck-and-neck competition with a rival Snow White film starring Julia Roberts. Shooting is already underway on that movie, while Roth’s film — which stars Kristen Stewart and Thor‘s Chris Hemsworth as the title characters and Charlize Theron as her wicked royal highness — begins principal photography in August.

The two movies will open roughly two-and-a-half months apart next year. Roth’s movie debuts second, on June 1, but he’s hoping audience’s will be drawn in by a Lord of the Rings-style take on the centuries-old tale. READ FULL STORY

Costume Design Guild honors 'The King's Speech,' 'Black Swan,' 'Alice in Wonderland'

kings-speechImage Credit: Laurie SparhamThe 13th Annual Costume Design Guild Awards were held last night, and Black Swan‘s Amy Westcott and The King’s Speech‘s Jenny Beavan were honored for excellence in contemporary film and period film, respectively. Alice in Wonderland‘s Colleen Atwood took home the prize for excellence in fantasy film. Beavan and Atwood are also nominees at this Sunday’s Oscars. In the TV categories, winners were Glee‘s Lou Eyrich, Boardwalk Empire‘s John Dunn and Lisa Padovani, and Temple Grandin‘s Cindy Evans. Aude Bronson-Howard was also recognized for excellence in commercial costume design for “Chanel — Bleu de Chanel.” Previously announced honorees included Halle Berry (Lacoste Spotlight Award), Joel Schumacher (Distinguished Collaborator Award), Julie Weiss (Disaronno Career Achievement in Film & Television Award), and Michael Dennison (Hall of Fame Award).

'Black Swan,' 'True Grit,' 'TRON: Legacy' land Costume Design Guild award nominations

The Costume Designers Guild announced the nominees for their 13th annual awards today, separating them into three categories — contemporary, period, and fantasy film — among 11 nominees, including awards season regulars like Black Swan, The Social Network, The Fighter, and The King’s Speech. Here’s the full list of nominees:  READ FULL STORY

2011 Critics' Choice Movie Awards: The winners list, led by 'The Social Network'

The Critics’ Choice Movie Awards aired on VH1 last night, awarding top honors to The Social Network for Best Picture. Other top awards went to The King’s Speech, Black Swan, The Fighter, Toy Story 3, True Grit, Easy A, and Inception. The full list is as follows:

BEST PICTURE: The Social Network

BEST ACTOR: Colin Firth, The King’s Speech

BEST ACTRESS: Natalie Portman, Black Swan


'Inception,' 'Boardwalk Empire' highlight VES nominations

Inception, which featured an amazing zero-gravity brawl and a Paris that folds in on itself, earned four nominations at the 9th annual Visual Effects Society Awards. HBO’s Boardwalk Empire, which transforms modern-day Brooklyn into 1929 Atlantic City, led all shows and movies with five nominations.

Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual-Effects Driven Feature Motion Picture
Iron Man 2
TRON: Legacy
Alice In Wonderland
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1

Art Directors Guild nominees announced

Today begins the flurry of guild award nominations that can give you a good idea of which films are going to do well with the Academy. (As opposed to the Golden Globes or critics groups, many people who vote for guild prizes also vote for the Oscars.) The Art Directors Guild has announced its 15 nominees, including all the expected visual feasts (Alice in Wonderland, Harry Potter, Inception) and overall awards contenders (The Social Network, The King’s Speech, True Grit). Here are their lists: READ FULL STORY

Demi Moore in 'The Joneses': Does her art imitate her life?

demi-moore_240.jpg Image Credit: Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic.comDemi Moore plays a wife and mother in The Joneses, and “plays” is the operative word. Not only does Moore act the part of a character named Kate Jones in the thin satire opening this weekend, but Kate (if that’s even her real name) is herself a fiction, an imposter housewife played by an employee of an insidious marketing company. Accessorized with a fake husband (David Duchovny) and two fake young-adult children, our “Kate” has got a job to do: She and her photogenic all-American “family” must, by flaunting their enviable lifestyle, persuade everyone who ogles their beauty (as well as the beauty of their expensive cars, golf clubs, handbags, jewelry, dinnerware, etc.) to want to be just like the Joneses, and buy the same luxury goods. Gotta keep up!

Me, I’m less interested in the stuff the Joneses are peddling — square, gadgety goods, nothing really cool or stylish or worth buying unless you’ve got conservative tastes and live in a suburban gated community– than I am in the almost eerie sight of sleek, glossy, age-retardant Demi Moore on the job. We’ve known the actor for a quarter of a century now (St. Elmo’s Fire came out in 1985, Ghost in 1990); we’ve seen her naked in Vanity Fair. And yet there is something profoundly opaque and perpetually red-carpet-ready about her presentation. She’s Demi Moore (real-life woman nearing the age of 50) playing “Demi Moore” (tweeter, spokesmodel, beauty standard, brand) playing Demi Moore (veteran movie actor in an industry that fetishizes younger women) playing in a movie in which she plays a woman whose life is all veneer.

The result? I’m fascinated by the star — and confounded by her. I’m impressed with her — and rarely feel warmed by her performances. I admire her toned, unblemished loveliness and am convinced she lives in a universe that exists only in photos, movies, TV, and tweets. I never think, “I’ll have what she’s having.” But I do wonder what it’s like, for real, to play the role of Demi Moore with such labor-intensive attention to detail. So I keep coming back for more. Which means she’s made a sale, right?

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