From Mike Scalise at Movie Fone: ‘Alice in Wonderland’: Even More Wonderfully Weird in Full-Length Trailer

When the first trailer for Tim Burton’s live-action take on Lewis Carroll’s ‘Alice in Wonderland’ premiered at Comic-Con in July, it seemed like Burton had all the pieces in place for another goth-stained, Burtonesque classic: Mia Wasikowska as a 19-year-old Alice, Helena Bonham Carter as the diminutive, treacherous Red Queen, Anne Hathaway as the rival White Queen, and Johnny Depp’s orange-haired Mad Hatter bouncing manically in between them.

But we only caught glimpses of Burton’s Wonderland then, snippets of landscapes, hints at the twists and turns Burton made to the famous fairy tale land. In this full-length trailer, we see Wonderland bloom in full: a place that’s as dark and fog-ridden as it is vibrant and mysterious.

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By Meredith Woerner at i09: Daybreakers Explains How You Doomed Us All To A Viral Vampire Future
Learn how we’ll all evolve into vampires in the future, in this new Daybreakers breakdown video. Plus, tips on how to capture wild humans. vampire death-scene wallpapers, and new posters.

At the Daybreakers sponsored site Capture Humans, there’s a Facebook video that, once hooked up to your page, will explain the viral “gift” that is vampirism — by establishing you and all your Facebook friends as the original vampires. It’s actually pretty fascinating and helps build the vampire world that exists in Daybreakers. See if you can catch the picture I used for “patient zero.” It also gives a bit of background to the Bromley and Marks “blood bank,” where future vampires will keep their currency. The “population control” is pretty intense as well.

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by Ethan Anderton at First Showing: Thor Writers Taking on Futuristic Vampire Flick Damn Nation
As books, television and movies are increasingly inundated with insulting excuses for vampires, the only light at the end of the tunnel is the January release of Daybreakers. However, it looks like vampires might get a redemption as THR’s Heat Vision reports that Ashley Edward Miller and Zack Stentz (who recently wrote Thor for Marvel) have signed on to adapt Damn Nation, a Dark Horse comic book which tells a story of the survivors of an attack from “inhuman nocturnal predators.” The action takes place after an evacuation of the US as the government has relocated to London while scientists search for a solution.

A return to form for vampires is wholly necessary right now to undo any damage done by the fashion ad worthy incarnations of the classic blood suckers seen in pop culture today (e.g. Twilight, Vampire Diaries, etc).

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via Sci Fi Wire:

Trailer makes Robin Hood look like Lord of the Rings

The steal-from-the-rich-and-give-to-the-poor saga of Robin Hood makes for a lighthearted and playful story, right? At least that’s the way it’s always been, considering the countless movies and TV series so far. But if we’re to judge by the new trailer from director Ridley Scott, his upcoming onscreen reunion with Gladiator star Russell Crowe will result in a Robin Hood who’s more of a medieval action hero.

Robin Hood, which also stars Cate Blanchett as Maid Marian, hits theaters May 14, 2010.

Is Peter Parker heading to the Shire?
Well, seeing how it doesn’t seem possible for one guy to play two of the most beloved genre characters of the past 100 years, rumors that Tobey Maguire, who plays Peter Parker/Spider-Man in Sam Raimi’s superhero film series, might be in the running to play Bilbo Baggins in the upcoming two-part film version of The Hobbit may be a little hard to swallow.

Yet that’s exactly what Latino Review says might be going down, based upon a hint that Maguire would be working on a movie with The Hobbit director Guillermo del Toro “in the near future.” Latino Review further claims that Maguire’s agency is indeed in talks to have the Brothers star appear as the brave little hobbit Bilbo.

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Three Kings director to be brains of Austen Zombies movie?
We reported earlier that Natalie Portman will be producing and playing Elizabeth Bennet in the new filmed version of Seth Grahame-Smith’s Romero-ized take on Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. Well, according to, it looks like this mash-up of manners and monsters will get a director in the form of indie dynamo David O. Russell, who has made Spanking the Monkey, Three Kings and I Heart Huckabees and who shows a fondness for genre through his producing duties on Outer Space Astronauts.

While those who know Russell’s work might think his absurdist and quirky take on filmmaking might not dovetail with the traditions of English social comedy that are the cornerstone of the “straight” parts of Grahame-Smith’s “expansion” of Austen, his dialogue and tackling of themes hint that he is a really literate guy and might be able to pull off this hybrid.

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By Fred Topel: 11 movies that changed sci-fi (and 9 that didn’t)

James Cameron promises that this week Avatar will revolutionize not only cinema, but also science fiction itself. It seems like the movies that actually mark changes come out of nowhere and don’t make such big promises, but we’ll see. As we await the highly anticipated return of Cameron, check out the movies that actually did revolutionize sci-fi—plus those that made those big promises but fell short of delivering on them. First, those that changed things …

The Day the Earth Stood Still
For a while, sci-fi had been the genre of throwaway mutant monster movies, perhaps with a little touch of Red Scare metaphor. The original Robert Wise Day brought social statement to the forefront. The drama of an alien invasion and a destructive robot also made people think about humanity’s capacity for violence.

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By Lauren Davis at io9: Check Out New Iron Man 2 Footage. True Blood Gets Its Werewolf and Doctor Who Revisits an Old Enemy.

Tony Stark loses his head in Iron Man 2 footage. True Blood finally casts the werewolf Alcide, and the Eleventh Doctor will inherit one of the Tenth Doctor’s most popular enemies. Plus Inception, Toy Story, Forbidden Planet, and Chuck spoilers.

Iron Man 2: Entertainment Tonight premiered a few moments from the film, including a scene where Pepper kisses Iron Man (well, his helmet, anyway).

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The more I see of Alice in Wonderland, the more excited I get. The same is true with Daybreakers. And Robin Hood looks like a mix of Gladiator and Lord of the Rings, but in a bad way. I’m still not sure about it.

What do you think of all the videos? Which movie are you looking forward to the most?