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Kate Langenburg/A&E Groove

No, not to Pamela Anderson, unfortunately.

Sacha Baron Cohen has finally tied the knot with his sweetheart Isla Fisher. The two have been together for quite some time now — about 10 years — and, apparently, things are going well for them.

As reported on Indyposted.com, they got hitched in a very secretive, small ceremony in Paris. It better have been worth it for Fisher. She spent the better part of three years converting to Judaism so that she would gain the approval of Cohen’s parents. How traditional…and sweet.

Of course, Cohen has been in movies like Borat, Ali G Indahouse, and the latest screen gem, Bruno. (That last part was sarcasm, if you didn’t pick up on it.) You might know Fisher from movies like Confessions of a Shopaholic and Wedding Crashers.

It’s hard for me to picture these two together, but you know what they say…opposites attract. The fact that they’ve been together so long says worlds about their strong relationship. Congrats!

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Kate Langenburg/A&E Groove

Have you been to or driven by a Blockbuster video store lately? I don’t know about you, but I’ve been noticing the ‘SALE’ or ‘DVDS AS LOW AS $2.99’ signs in the windows. Perhaps online movie renting services are finally catching up with them?

As a matter of fact, the movie superstore is actually thinking about filing for bankruptcy. According to USA Today, Blockbuster ended 2009 with nearly $1 billion in debt. That’s quite a bit of debt, guys. On April 1 of this year, the company will have to make an interest payment, but who knows if that will happen.

With the rise of movie rental sites on the internet, like Netflix and Redbox, it’s no big surprise that Blockbuster is having some problems keeping up. A main issue they face is their pricing policies. To rent one video from a Blockbuster store costs the consumer nearly $5, while a one month subscription with an unlimited amount of DVD rentals from Netflix starts at $8.99.

Also, internet movie rental sites have become so popular that many post offices now have separate mail drop boxes to accommodate just the DVDs coming and going by mail. Even though Blockbuster also offers these services, it may be too late for them to catch up.

The digital age is upon us, and if you can’t find a way to make a successful business venture in it, you’re out of the ballgame. As far as renting movies goes, check out this smartmoney.com article about the best movie rental options.

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Kate Langenburg/A&E Groove

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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