Sunday, February 28, 2010

ALICE IN WONDERLAND Faces Theater Boycott Threat

AMC Theaters are threatening the blockbuster new version of ALICE IN WONDERLAND with a boycott threat unless the producers of the movie keep the current theater to DVD cycle at 17 weeks, rather than shortening it to just 12 weeks. Theater owners fear that a shorter box office to DVD cycle will mean less movie-goers. However, a recent trend has been towards shorter theater to DVD cycles as movie producers attempt to maximize profits while films are still hot and fresh in the public mind.

The new version of ALICE IN WONDERLAND has so many blockbuster powerhouse factors going for it. The film is from Disney and director Tim Burton, and stars Australian actress Mia Wasikowska as 19 year old Alice Kingsley, along with box office smash star Johnny Depp. The film cost $150 million to produce and is shot in 3D. AMC would be damn fools to turn down an opportunity to play this film which will surely be a box office smash for sure.

Actress Mia Wasikowska is very nice, yet not very well known in the U.S. yet. I got to meet this talented 20 year old actress a few months ago when she was working out of my Clinton Market grocery store filming the new Gus Van Sant project tentatively titled RESTLESS. RESTLESS now looks likely to have a 2011 release date. Mia Wasikowska is also scheduled to star in JANE EYRE in 2011 as well. Besides ALICE IN WONDERLAND, the very versatile young actress will appear in the controversial film THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Since just 2004, the young actress has had 17 films including the upcoming JANE EYRE and RESTLESS.


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