This week’s Memorable Movie Moment takes us back to director John Sturges‘ 1963 war-era classic, The Great Escape. Set in a POW camp in Nazi Germany, the film follows the true story of a group of Allied prisoners who sought to accomplish the biggest jail break ever conceived, scattering more than 200 Allied troops across the country in an effort to divert Nazi war efforts on finding and re-capturing the escaped soldiers. The Great Escape is famous for a number of reasons. It featured an all-star cast including Steve McQueen (The Cincinnati Kid, The Sand Pebbles), James Garner (The Rockford Files, The Notebook), Richard Attenborough (Jurassic Park, Elizabeth), Charles Bronson (Once Upon A Time In The West, Death Wish), Donald Pleasance (Halloween, Escape From New York), and James Coburn (The Muppet Movie, In Like Flint), several of which were actual POWs with the Allied Forces during World War II. It also set and broke a number of on-screen records, ranging from the scale of the production (an entire replica of a real-life German POW camp was built in which to shoot the film) to the impressive array of stunts. Continue reading →
It’s been a few years now since Tim Burton re-imagined Lewis Carroll’s classic tale Alice in Wonderland for the big screen, with Johnny Depp in the role of the Mad Hatter. Walt Disney Pictures has since been working on a sequel to Alice, which grossed over a billion dollars worldwide and brought Carroll’s surreal world to the big screen in 3D and IMAX. Screenwriter Linda Woolverton is currently working a script for Alice 2, with Johnny Depp and Mia Wasikowska both reprising their roles, but without Tim Burton directing the project. Instead, Muppets director James Bobin will be taking over for Burton, and Sacha Baron Cohen may be joining Depp and Wasikowska for the new movie. Cohen was last seen in Tom Hooper’s Les Miserables in 2012 and is presently working on several projects, including the action-comedy Grimsby (expected to go into production by the end of the year) and The Lesbian with Paramount Pictures. Depp is also signed on with Disney for a fifth installment of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, and is currently filming Transcendence with director/cinematographer Wally Pfister. The new Alice project will be titled Through the Looking Glass (based on the book by Carroll) and is expected to be released in May 2016.