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MOVIE NEWS FOR JAN. 28TH: NEW ALICE IN WONDERLAND STILLS, RESIDENT EVIL: AFTERLIFE, BOOK OF ELI, AND MORE

by Allan Ford at filmofilia: Great New Hi-Res Alice in Wonderland Images
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Walt Disney Pictures has released five new hi-res images from Tim Burton’s 3D re-imagining of “Alice in Wonderland.”

“Alice in Wonderland” movie plot: From Walt Disney Pictures and visionary director Tim Burton comes an epic 3D fantasy adventure “Alice in Wonderland”, a magical and imaginative twist on some of the most beloved stories of all time. Johnny Depp stars as the Mad Hatter and Mia Wasikowska as 19-year-old Alice, who returns to the whimsical world she first encountered as a young girl, reuniting with her childhood friends: the White Rabbit, Tweedledee and Tweedledum, the Dormouse, the Caterpillar, the Cheshire Cat, and of course, the Mad Hatter.

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Ryan Rotten and Heather Newgen at Shock til You Drop: Shawn Roberts Talks Wesker in Resident Evil: Afterlife
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Shock Till You Drop caught up to actor Shawn Roberts (Land of the Dead, Diary of the Dead) at the red carpet premiere of Edge of Darkness to talk about his upcoming turn in Resident Evil: Afterlife, the fourth installment in the video game adaptation franchise.

“I play Albert Wesker who is head of the Umbrella Corporation who is responsible for the outbreak of the T-virus, or the Uroboros virus,” he told us, hinting that this entry may be extracting elements from Resident Evil 5. “It was nice to be in a position of sitting back playing with my puppets as they were. We finished in December and I guess right now it’s just about making sure the technology gets into the screen so 3-D can happen.”

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by Andrée Seu at World Mag: Musings on The Book of Eli
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I haven’t seen the movie The Book of Eli but I have read the book How the Irish Saved Civilization. Thomas Cahill’s work describes how the island people preserved Western civilization from being entirely lost, copying Bibles as fast as their hands could write while barbarians were running around torching the libraries of Europe. I understand that Eli is also about protecting the Bible (though reviews suggest the idea is books in general, which may be so).

All this was marinating in my brain this morning as I happened to read Jeremiah 36 and plunged into a little fantasy of my own.

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By Scott Timberg at io9: New Evidence That Frank Herbert Loved David Lynch’s Version of Dune

A 1983 promotional interview with Frank Herbert and David Lynch, freshly posted on YouTube, features Dune author Herbert explaining in unambiguous terms his fondness for the Lynch Dune film that polarized his readers.

David Lynch’s 1984 adaptation of Dune, with its grotesque baron, lithe Sting and pre-Blue Velvet Kyle McLachlan, sharply divided the audience for what’s often considered SF’s bestselling novel. It succeeded neither critically nor commercially — even the easy-going Roger Ebert dissed it, calling it “a real mess… incomprehensible, ugly, unstructured, pointless.” Audiences generally agreed, and many of the novel’s fans thought the baroque film took too many liberties.

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By Annalee Newitz at io9: “The Eclipse” Is A Gorgeous, Contemporary Irish Ghost Story

The latest film from Irish playwright Conor McPherson, The Eclipse now has a sumptuous trailer that will suck you into this tragic, literary ghost story.

Featuring moody but subtle acting from leads Ciarán Hinds, Aidan Quinn, and Iben Hjejle, The Eclipse is the story of three people whose lives collide during a literary festival in a seaside Irish town. Hinds plays a man raising his two children alone after his wife died in an accident. He’s haunted, perhaps literally, by the ghost of his wife, and this is what eventually brings him together with Hjejle, playing a writer who pens novels about ghosts.

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via Reelz Channel: Werewolf Movie Timeline – The Highs and Lows Before New Moon
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Just like the spike in movie vampires, werewolves are now roaming big and small screens in increasing numbers thanks to The Twilight Saga. Next month The Wolfman opens, a remake of the 1941 classic that introduced most of the werewolf mythology still prevalent today. And next season, True Blood will add a handsome werewolf distraction for Sookie.

We look back at notable wolves that preceded Jacob and his pack — some of which are all too deserving of a silver bullet — in our Werewolf Movie Timeline.

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I can’t wait for Alice in Wonderland and Resident Evil. And The Eclipse looks really good (and creepy).

What movies are you excited to see?