We haven’t yet seen a trailer for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, but tonight ABC Family aired a making-of featurette about the film featuring some pretty tasty first-look footage. That featurette is now online, via Facebook. There will be more Potter footage unveiled over the weekend, but this is a good start. Read More »

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Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: I celebrate all levels of trailers and hopefully this column will satisfactorily give you a baseline of what beta wave I’m operating on, because what better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? Some of the best authors will tell you that writing a short story is a lot harder than writing a long one, that you have to weigh every sentence. What better medium to see how this theory plays itself out beyond that than with movie trailers?

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Alice in Wonderland Movie Trailer #3

Alice in Wonderland

Disney has released a third trailer for Tim Burton‘s Alice in Wonderland, which is scheduled to be projected in 3D in front of prints of James Cameron’s Avatar. The trailer gives us a glimpse at some of the characters that have been, until now, kept in the background or off screen. There are so many wonderful visuals in this trailer, that I’ve compiled a collection of 40 screenshots so that you can see everything (click here to see the gallery). Watch it now embedded after the jump. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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A new magazine scan has revealed very many of the characters from Tim Burton‘s upcoming Alice in Wonderland semi-sequel-adaptation-thing. This includes the Caterpillar, as played by Alan Rickman and if I’m correct, we haven’t seen him before now.

Get a look at the full spread and also a close-up of scan of Rickman’s wriggly alter ego after the break.

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When it was first announced, Disney said that Tim Burton‘s adaptation of Alice in Wonderland would be filmed using a hybrid of live-action and performance-capture/computer animation. Well it appears that Burton is also employing stop animation as well. Alan Rickman, who plays the Caterpillar in the film, explains to MoviesOnline that his face is transplanted onto a completely animated caterpillar.

“So, it’s a mixture. The movie is a mixture of live action, animation, and stop motion, so it’s very complicated and I don’t think all three have been put together ever before,” reveals Rickman. “So I’ll be with a live action Alice. I will be a construct.”

I don’t believe that the three have ever been mixed together in one movie before (I’m sure someone will correct me in the comments). It also doesn’t sound like Rickman shot his part on the green screen stages at all.

Rickman tells Buzzine that he’s “only done the first stage of it, which is them recording me saying these lines quite badly. Then, somewhere down the line, they’ll have animated it and I’ll redo it.” He also reveals that Helena Bonham-Carter, who plays The Red Queen, is “in a costume and in makeup but her head is going to be made three times bigger than it actually is on top of the costume.”

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“Closer to 50!”

Remember when we reported last week that Keanu Reeves flicked his hand dismissively at the notion of all sequels? Well, we lied. Actually, the Internets lied. Sort of. Reeves talked to MTV about a second sequel to his amazing Bill and Ted’s filmography following 1991′s Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey, and said he remains stoked on headbanging in a phone booth with co-star Alex Winter aka Bill S. Preston, Esquire but not until they’re 50. Also, there might be a bathroom stop in Bummerville because Reeves says a remake is on the horizon…

“I hear they’re doing a remake,” Reeves said of the movie that launched him to fame. “[Alex Winter and I spoke] on the phone the other day [about it]. We’re great friends.

“The most serious we ever got was a few years ago,” he confessed of a hitherto unknown third film. “I had once mentioned about doing it when we were 40. Now maybe the only shot we have is to do it when we’re 50.”

Winter and Reeves are both in their early 40s, which is unfortunate because another sequel could probably be a big hit and I’m all for Valley Speak making a brute force comeback to the well-quaffed ire of Jeff Wells at Hollywood Elsewhere. Which reminds my ego: I once threw a Bill and Ted’s party at a log cabin in Miami complete with a phone booth stuffed with unmentionable antics and a massive UM football player dressed Socratically who dragged a keg onto the street, sat on it, batted others away, and nursed the tap like a goat teat. Wyld Stallyns, get it together and go for the trilogy, and bring William Sadler. [Belch]

Requisite Alex Winter Update: Alex Winter has directed a Big Pharma-comedy called We’re Here to Help starring Alan Rickman (Hans) that is due this year. Go Winter!

Bill and Ted’s Remake Update: Apparently Moviehole has gotten wind of the remake, and they report it will likely go straight-to-DVD. The gist? The “phone” is “funkier.” I’m guessing this means cell phone > phone booth. (LAME.) The new Bill and Ted are 10th graders. They meet snooze-worthy historical figures like Ghandi and Calamity Jane. Remake has fewer “Whoa”‘s. (LAME). “Cool and hip” references aplenty including a “we’re going to miss The Dark Knight!” scene. Wyld Stallions? No, this time it’s the “Atomic Gorillas.” (LAME.) Worthy? The site says it mostly depends on who they cast. Bummer.

Discuss: Do you miss the “phone booth?” Who had more gnarlitude, Bill or Ted? Are these movies smartly stupid or stupidly smart?

New Sweeney Todd Photos and “Forgive” TV Ad

Sweeney Todd

Paramount has sent us three new stills and a television advertisement (titled “Forgive”) from Tim Burton’s Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. The film is of course  based on the hit Broadway musical which tells the infamous story of Benjamin Barker (Johnny Depp), a.k.a Sweeney Todd, who sets up a barber shop down in London which is the basis for a sinister partnership with Mrs. Lovett (Helena Bonham Carter). The photos also feature Alan Rickman as Judge Turpin, and Jamie Campbell Bower as Anthony Hope. Check out the photos and video below. Click on the images to enlarge.

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