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This Monday, Tim Burton, along with French actress Marion Cotillard, was awarded with a very high honor among the French entertainment industry. He was added to France’s cultural honor roll, which the director is very proud of.

During a ceremony in Paris, Burton was given a medallion and made an official officer in France’s National Order of Arts and Letters. This couldn’t come at a better time for the quirky movie afficionado. With his latest release of Alice in Wonderland, he’s got millions of fans eating out of his hands.

The Associated Press reported the following statements made by Burton about the high honor: 

“From the beginning of my career, I always felt a very special place in my heart (for) France,” he told the crowd of journalists and fans. “Because whether or not you liked the movies, I always felt that the French were looking for the poetry, looking for the meaning, looking for the things I was trying to do.

“France has such a special place in my heart and I feel much more at home here than I do in my own country, and I always have,” he said, adding: “I thank you very much.”

That last comment has brought some controversy to people from the United States, but we’ll let that slide here. Come on, let the guy enjoy his honor!

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Kate Langenburg/A&E Groove

Appropriate post title…considering that seeing Alice in Wonderland is very much like tripping on mushrooms.

The movie, which I happened to see in 3D, is nothing short of spectacular with bits and pieces of happiness and wonder mixed in. Characters that you remember from your childhood Alice in Wonderland books come back to life, but in a new way….a way that Tim Burton can only produce.

Spoiler Alert! The movie takes place with a much older Alice, who comes back to Wonderland after having years and years of ‘dreams’ about it. This time around, she still thinks it is a dream and keeps trying to pinch herself to wake up. But it doesn’t work. This is the real deal, Alice.

The entire plot of the movie is laid out in the very beginning, which many people may find to be poor writing, but it served well here. Knowing the ending of the movie does not mean that you will know how characters get there. The journey through Wonderland is psychedelic and winding, as Alice prepares to slay the Jabberwocky, a dragon type creature who is loyal to the Red Queen.

Johnny Depp did a wonderful job as the Mad Hatter, but was very much upstaged by Mia Wasikowska, who played Alice. Other memorable characters were the Cheshire Cat, who floated along and disappeared at his whims, the caterpillar, and of course, that big headed Red Queen, played by Helena Bonham Carter.

My only qualm — seeing the movie in 3D may not have been worth the extra money. There was nothing in particular that stood out as an incredible 3D scene. If you want to save money when you see this, just pay for the regular version. It’s basically the same.

Alice in Wonderland is worth the watch. Tim Burton’s world of big and tall mushrooms, forests, oversized chess boards, and towering castles is unlike anything I’ve ever seen in a movie before. It’s far out, dude.

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Kate Langenburg/A&E Groove

Earlier this week, it was announced that a fourth installment of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies will begin shooting in Hawaii this summer.

Johnny Depp will return as Captain Jack Sparrow, as will Geoffrey Rush as Barbossa. However, two of the movie’s major characters will not be returning for the film: Keira Knightly and Orlando Bloom. According to an article from Movie Talk, the two stars wanted nothing to do with the new film. In an interview, Knightly said, “It was a completely fantastic experience, and it was an amazingly large portion of my life, but I don’t think I need to go there again. I think that it’s done.”

So, I ask myself, how can this happen? More or less, how will this movie continue to be a success without two major characters? Disney will just have to find some other aspect to focus on instead.

To elaborate on that new focus, the newest Pirates of the Caribbean is actually based off of a book called “On Stranger Tides,” written by Tim Powers. It has to do with a boy named Jack who sets out on a quest to find the fountain of youth after he is captured by Blackbeard, the infamous pirate.

The film will open May 20, 2011. Until then, we will be seeing much more from Johnny Depp. Don’t forget — Alice in Wonderland will be premiering on March 5 of this year. I can’t wait to see him in the role of the Mad Hatter.

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“Well, after this I should think nothing of falling down stairs,” said Alice. Indeed. Especially when Tim Burton is involved.

I could not be more pleased with the upcoming Alice in Wonderland. If it were any other remake of a movie, I think I would not be so enthralled, but like I hinted, Tim Burton is the master of making great movies.

If you haven't already seen this picture, here is Johnny Depp in full Mad Hatter gear. Photo from loyalkng.com.

If you haven't already seen this picture, here is Johnny Depp in full Mad Hatter gear. Photo from loyalkng.com.

There is no doubt in my mind that this film will be much darker than any remake of Alice in Wonderland you’ve seen before. Just take a look at his remake of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. He creates a silly, sick, twisted feel in each of the movies he provides for movie-goers.

And how about the cast for Alice in Wonderland! It’s no surprise that Johnny Depp is on board, but it’ll be amazing to check out his character, the Mad Hatter. So far, the pictures of him in full costume posted on various movie websites are quite appealing.

And of course, if Johnny Depp is on board for a Tim Burton movie, we also have to assume that Helena Bonham Carter will be signed up, too. She has appeared in many of Burton’s films, including Sweeny Todd, Corpse Bride, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. (Well, she is dating the man, after all.) In Alice in Wonderland, she will be taking on the role of the Red Queen of Hearts.

I do have to admit, I’m a little surprised at the choice for Alice. Many people have not heard of Mia Wasikowksa before, including myself. Her most well-known role has been in the tv series “In Treatment.” But sometimes, putting less known actors in movies will skyrocket their careers. Let’s hope that works out nicely for her.

Other characters that will be interesting to see are the Caterpillar, played by Alan Rickman, and of course, the Cheshire Cat, played by Stephen Fry. So far, no pictures have been posted of those roles on the internet. But if Tim Burton has anything to do with it, you know they’ll look phenomenal.

Well, now all we have to do is wait. Unfortunately, the movie isn’t slated to come out until March 5 of 2010. I’ll keep watching my copy of the Nightmare Before Christmas until then.

Check out slideshows, trailers, and movie information at IMDb. Also, feel free to share your thoughts about the upcoming movie.

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