His Willy Wonka ranks pretty high on the list of Johnny Depp’s 12 Weirdest Characters. The grimacing? The top hat? The Anna Wintour bob? While the character was more likely to drew comparison to Michael Jackson when Tim Burton‘s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory came out in 2005, Depp finally revealed on Ellen the source material for his weird, waxy version of the classic candy man. “Certain ingredients you add to these characters — Willy Wonka, for example, I imagined what George Bush would be like…incredible stoned,” he told her delighted audience. Now, we assume Johnny means the first Bush rather than Dubya. We can see Bush Sr. busting out the same kind of paranoid fidgeting. Bush Jr. would probably just getting really giggly and start choking on pretzels, which would be an awesome idea for the next remake!
We just wonder which president Depp will be channeling for the new Beetle Juice sequel? Okay, we know he wasn’t technically in the first film but seeing as how Tim Burton has considered making a new one, Depp will probably be in it somewhere. “I’ve gone and met with Tim Burton about it, I’ve gone and met with Michael Keaton about it. In theory everybody would be open to it if the script is good, so now it’s just my job to make sure the script is good,” Dark Shadows screenwriter SethGrahame-Smith told MTV about the proposed sequel earlier this year. Maybe Johnny could just cameo as those shrimp cocktail hands that latch onto people’s faces? Sounds like a stoned John Adams move if we’ve ever heard one!
The fact that the British Film and Television Awards took place on the same day as the Grammys probably only annoys folks like us, who would really like to be giving both events our full attention. And so it goes that we basically ignored the U.K.’s Oscars, missing adorable speeches from The Artist’s Jean Dujardin and Michel Hazanavicius (whose Best Actor and Best Director wins were two of seven awards for the film), and not catching that cute moment in which Best Actress winner Meryl Streeplost her shoe climbing the stairs to the stage and Colin Firth ran to get it for her and place it on her feet. Until now, of course. On the red carpet, there were a handful of A-listers, a few Mad Men and Downton Abbey faves, and a lot of Brits that haven’t fully crossed over to the states yet. To our slight disappointment, there weren’t too many total fashion fails, but we managed to find a few (Oh, Christina Hendricks, why must you do that to your body?). Mostly, though, we saw some sexy strutting from the likes of Viola Davis, Christina Ricci and Brad Pitt. See for yourself who was hot, and who was just a hot mess, in the gallery below.
See, we actually really like the idea of a Tim Burton version of Sleeping Beauty. It seems like a better story for his dark, cartoon-y style than, say, Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, which may or may not have caused us to have a hallucinatory panic attack in the candy aisle at Rite Aid. Sadly, Tim Burton’s Maleficient is a no go, despite the inclusion of Angelina Jolie as the titular evil queen and the fact that it’s the creepiest of the Disney princess story in need of a live-action remake (blood on a spinning wheel? enchanted comas? It’s like the Brothers Grimm wrote it for him). Seeing as how Hailee Steinfeld’s Sleeping Beauty is also on the way, Disney will hopefully find another director soon. You know, even those animals dancing around in the prince’s clothes in the animated Sleeping Beauty was Burton-esque. Birds getting together to wear a coat: there’s just something just not quite right about that.
Helena Bonham Carter is gorgeous, talented, and a walking fashion disaster. But at least she knows it. When she was recently asked about what she plans to wear at the upcoming Academy Awards, Bonham Carter responded “I have no idea. Of course I want to have fun…It’s probably going to be a catastrophe. But it’s like, I’m gonna go for it.”
The actress, who is nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for The King’s Speech, is eccentric to say the least when it comes to her red carpet style. Most recently, she was called out for wearing two different colored shoes at the Golden Globes this year, but she, and we, embrace the weirdness. So this is hardly a worst-dressed list or a post making fun of the woman we love for embodying Bellatrix LeStrange, the Queen Mother and human pie-maker Mrs. Lovett. Rather, it’s a celebration of her offbeat style, her penchant for teasing her hair to the heavens and then sticking stuff in it, and her bizarre accessories. Which look do you find most entertaining?
Like candy floss, director Tim Burton‘s version of Lewis Carroll‘s fairytale is momentarily delightful, wholly un-nourishing and may leave viewers with grumbling stomachs (or retinas). Beneath the hallucinogenic imagery, however, is a surprisingly tough-minded heroine. Back in “Underland” for the first time in years, Alice (Mia Wasikowska) is charged with rescuing the blighted world from the Red Queen and her hideous Jabberwocky. Burton is unfamiliar with a light touch, so what began as English whimsy is leadenly obvious or just plain bizarre. As Alice uses a combination of stubbornness and wit to save the day, budding emo girls will become delighted with a new heroine to call their own. Alas, Johnny Depp‘s Mad Hatter is closer to Edward Scissorhands’ more obnoxious brother.
Extras: The many featurettes included in Disney’s Blu-Ray/DVD combo pack look at costume design, makeup and other “making of” aspects.
Marion Cotillard had an award-related mishap in Paris today, with French culture minister Frederic Mitterand accidentally stabbing her in the chest with the pin of her “Order Of Arts And Letters” medallion, which she was awarded alongside Alice In Wonderland director Tim Burton, who will also lead the jury at this year’s Cannes Film Festival (might be a good year to enter something spooky and/or based on a children’s story, directors. Just saying.).
The fashion at the world premiere of Tim Burton‘s Alice in Wonderland was just as dark as his gothic interpretation of Lewis Carroll‘s classic tale. Aussie newcomer Mia Wasikowska (Alice) held her own alongside silver screen veterans Anne Hathaway(The White Queen) and Burton’s wife Helena Bonham Carter (The Red Queen). Wasikowska wore an open-backed laced gown, Hathaway sex’d it up in a slinky bronze dress, and Bonham Carter donned an expectedly kooky ensemble. Which Wonderland star looked the most glamorous? [Photo: Getty Images]
More shots of Burton’s darlings below, as well as Johnny Depp, Avril Lavigne, and models Lily Cole and Daisy Lowe.
Helena Bonham Carter brought her son Billy Ray Burton to the 250th birthday party of legendary toy store Hamley’s in London yesterday, and it looks like the kid is a chip off the old block…the block being Tim Burton, director of Sleepy Hollow, Ghost Bride and the upcoming Alice In Wonderland, and the Siouxsie Sioux-worshipping actress that has appeared in every movie he’s made since they met on the set of Planet Of The Apes (a brief detour from gothic fantasies that Burton’s been making up for ever since). Think he picked out that skull mountain T-shirt or the Adam Ant jacket himself?
Between dad’s macabre mind and mom’s crazy cat lady sense of style, we can’t wait to see where Billy Ray will go next. Check out some of Helena’s wilder outfits in the gallery below.
The New Year is upon us, and while resolutions and wishes are abound, we’re wondering what’s brewing in the world of cinema. Anticipation is already sky-high for the third film of The Twilight Saga and the first half of the final film of the Harry Potter series, but what else is waiting in the wings? We’ve got Angelina Jolie in a wig, Megan Fox in a corset, and an uber buff Jake Gyllenhaal.
Here are 10 movies worth your $12.50 + popcorn in 2010.
The Wolfman: February 12th
Benicio Del Toro has been holding out on us! Typically attracted to critic-friendly films (Traffic, Things We Lost in the Fire, Che), Del Toro gets horrific for Valentine’s Day weekend in The Wolfman,starring as the legendary moon-hatin’ monster. Critics’ Choice-nominatedEmily Blunt plays his fur-lovin’ love interest and always-great Anthony Hopkins co-stars as Del Toro’s father.
Alice in Wonderland: March 5th
Tim Burton + Johnny Depp. Do we really need to say more? Previous collaborations of the eccentric duo include Edward Scissorhands, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. This fantastical gothic version of Lewis Carroll’s classic tale is sure to be visually stunning and over-the-top. Naturally Johnny Depp is The Mad Hatter, while Australian actress Mia Wasikowska snagged the role as Alice. Burton’s wife Helena Bonham Carter plays the part of The Red Queen with Anne Hathaway as The White Queen. Other highlights include Alan Rickman as The Caterpillar and Michael Sheen as The White Rabbit. Can you feel our excitement?
Well played, Johnny Depp. While Twi-Hards worried whether Robert Pattinson would really be People‘s Sexiest Man Alive last night, the real winner kept his mouth shut at the Museum Of Modern Art’s Tribute To Tim Burton. Looking cool next to punk priestess Patti Smith, Depp reminded us he was playing gothic cuties like Edward Scissorhands for the dark-minded director when Pattinson was in pre-school. Learn from a pro, kid!
Joining predictable attendees like Depp, Burton’s wife Helena Bonham Carter and Batman Returns villain Danny DeVito were some ladies we’d never take for goths: Brooke Shields, Gabourey Sidibe from Precious and Mary-Kate & Ashley Olsen! Granted, the raccoon eyes should have tipped us off with those two.