From October 9-11 in NYC, the Lewis Carroll Society North America will be presenting their “Alice in the Popular Culture” conference, as part of Alice150, in celebration of the 150th anniversary of the publication of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. There will also be an important colloquium about Alice in Translation at the Grolier Club on October 7-8, and many other celebratory events during the month of October in NYC and elsewhere. Please check out the Alice150 page, as for the first time reservations are required to attend the meeting (at no cost, however).
Great times are in store for us at the Spring meeting on Saturday, April 26th, held at the New York Institute of Technology’s Manhattan campus. In honor of our Fortieth Anniversary, founding members Morton Cohen, Edward Guiliano, Michael Patrick Hearn, David Schaefer, and Justin Schiller will present a panel on the founding and early days of our Society, “There’s Glory for You.” Presentations will follow by Rob Stone on “The Game of Alice in Wonderland”; Craig Yoe on his new book, Alice in Comicland; composer Bruce Lazarus et al. performing his song cycle, Carrolling;Chris Morgan on editing The Games & Puzzles Pamphlets (Volume V in our series); poet Jessica Young on “The Story We Don’t Talk About: A Dark Re-envisioning of Alice in Wonderland”; April Lynn James & Madison Hatta performing “The Twinkle Bat Variations: A Work- and Life-in-Progress”; Mike Schneider on What Is the Use of a Book Without Pictures?: The Wordless Alice Project; andTim Manley on Alice in tumblr-Land. The meeting, as always, is free and open to the public. For more info visit this LINK
By: Michael Arbeiter of Hollywood.com
Remember that surge of confusion and bizarre awe you felt upon watching Johnny Depp perform the futterwacken at the end of Tim Burton’s Alice and Wonderland? Well, that same feeling is about to overtake you: Hollywood.com has confirmed that Disney is currently developing a sequel to the film, which will again draw from both Lewis Carroll stories Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass.
Linda Woolverton, who adapted Carroll’s works for Burton the first time around, has a long history of well-received screenplays for family movies: she is responsible for The Lion King, and contributed to Beauty and the Beast and Mulan. Not a bad track record, though her first stab at Alice in Wonderland did leave a bad taste in the mouths of many critics and adoring fans of the source material (and its earlier cinematic incarnations). Still, it’s no mystery why Disney would return to Burton’sWonderland world for a second go: the 2010 movie grossed over a billion dollars, cementing it firmly as one of the highest-earning films of all time. It presently stands at No. 12, right between Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace and The Dark Knight.
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by James Hibberd of EW.com
NBC is going further down the rabbit hole. The network has greenlit a pilot order for its Alice in Wonderland sequel project.
Titled Wonderland, the show is a modern-day follow-up to Lewis Carroll’s classic novel that will focus on a new character, Clara. Here’s the official logline: “Seven years ago Clara’s life took an unexplained turn for the worse, but a mysterious stranger tells her there may be an explanation after all … an explanation that lies in the fantastical world of Wonderland. Determined to revive her dreams and get her life back on track, Clara agrees to wage war against the reigning but malevolent Queen, the woman we once knew as Alice.”
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