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Commonwealth Journal Friday, March 5, 2010 Somerset, Kentucky A7 Entertainment FILM REVIEW ‘Alice in Wonderland’ feels more like ‘Alice in Hollywood’ By JAKE COYLE AP Entertainment Writer In Tim Burton's "Alice in Wonderland," Alice has grown — not by "drink me" potion or "eat me" cake — into a 19-year-old girl. Working from Linda Woolverton's very Holly- wood screenplay adap- tation of Lewis Carroll's classic tale, Burton shifts the story from a child Alice to a near-adult Alice, viewing her estration to marry a man she disdains) and falls down the hole, which sits at the base of a tree that could very well be the same one from Burton's "Sleepy Hollow." Alice doesn't remember last her trip to Wonderland. This time, the plot is similar, but slightly different. It's journey through a drearier, more dangerous looking-glass. We glimpse the prim, Victorian child of Carroll's tale in the film's opening as she's awakens from what sounds like her trip to Wonderland. Her father tells her that her deranged dreams do indeed mean she's bonkers, but he assures, "All the best people are." It's a neat line and it's at the heart of Burton's 3-D version of Carroll's beloved book, which also draws heavily from its sequel, Looking-Glass." It was shot in "Through the 2-D, but transferred to 3-D after- ward, and its effects are more distracting than spectacular. One does, though, get a bit queasy hearing of such classics "updated" as if they're local TV newscasts. The film quickly fast forwards 13 years and Alice (played by the startlingly promising Mia Wasikowska, who prev- iously impressed watchers of HBO's "In Treatment"), is lured back to Won- derland by the familiar, punctually paranoid rab- bit (voiced by Michael Sheen). She flees a white and pastel-colored reality (where she is being arranged with great orch- RABBIT Continued from PAGE A6 Theatre season presented by Lake Cumberland Performing Arts in partnership with The Center. The play, set to begin at 7 p.m., chronicles the story of a stuffed rabbit and his quest to be real through the love of his owner. “It is a pleasure to bring a performance to The Center that is a favorite of children of all ages. This is a great opportunity to share a cultural experience with family and friends,” Dianna Winstead, associate director of arts and culture for The Center, said. Prior to the performance, Kentucky author Lisa Hibbs will be IRISH Continued from PAGE A6 area with his singing and piano playing. His talent was recognized on a national stage two years later when he joined well- known Irish bandleader Paddy Noonan on a coast- to-coast tour. In 1994, Cooney launched a solo recording career, and has not looked back. With a distinct voice and dynamic presence, Cooney per- forms many of stage the traditional Irish ballads, including one of the crowd’s favorites, “Danny MMF Continued from PAGE A6 Although No Tale Lights first emerged in late 2006 embracing their brand of jam oriented reggae rock, they have steadily expanded their musical horizons to extremely original and powerful heights. NTL expels everything from southern rock, funk, soul, blues, folk, alt- country, electronica, and neo- psychedelia. By the time this group of young musicians reached the year 2009, the sound that they have so viciously sought after has begun to take shape. No Tale Lights has a craving to become as innovative and recognizable as their fellow Kentuckians My Morning Jacket, Alt-country band Wilco, Oklahoma natives The Flaming Lips, and over sea heroes Radiohead. The passion these young men have for what they do is undeniable and contagious. No Tale Lights’ primary song generator and lead guitarist Austin Roush started the band alongside his Underland, not Wonder- land. The tea party is more faded and ram- shackle. Alice is beset by questions that she's "the wrong Alice." This Alice is far from Carroll's. Where the Alice of the 1865 book is confused and essentially on a journey of self- discovery, Burton's Alice is more sure of herself. The exchange with the smoking blue caterpillar (voiced by Alan Rickman) is less "Who-o-o are you-o- o?" and more about Alice proving herself — to the caterpillar and everyone else. "This is my dream. I make the path," she says. Burton's "Alice" reflects today's times more than Carroll's era. There's triumph over the "dom- inion over living things" practiced by the cruel, bigheaded Red Queen (a brilliantly thin-skinned Helena Bonham Carter), and there's Alice's girl power. By the end, she confidently returns to begin, of all things, a business endeavor in China. The take-home lesson of Carroll's tale is something quite different. It's not fuel for upright adulthood, but "the simple and loving heart of her childhood." Burton's film is not lacking whimsy. Much of its design is wonderfully imaginative — surely the biggest draw of the movie. Credit also goes to the visual effects of Ken Ralston and the costumes of Colleen Atwood. There are elegant moments — the overhead shot of Alice shrinking into the billows of her dress, or the great, big slobbering tongue of the beastly Bandersnatch. The incredibly tweaky March Hare (voiced by Paul Whitehouse) is also a joy. But Burton has beefed up the original story so that it feels less personal and more like the many action films about young, maturing heroes who must slay a giant villain. Danny Elfman's score keeps the mood dark. The Cheshire Cat (voiced by Stephen Fry) — whose handling normally tantamount — passes curiously without energy, like a bow made out of courtesy. And then there's the Mad Hatter, a role so reading from her first published children’s book, “Allie Doogledorf and the Mighty Mess,” during a free pre-show event from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in The Center’s front lobby. Hibbs, a first-grade teacher, has a passion for creative writing and for children. It has been her life- long dream to make a contribution to children’s literature, and “Allie Doogledorf and the Mighty Mess” is her first book to reach print. Although the story is based on a fictional character, the plot reflects Hibbs’ personal childhood struggle with tidiness and organization. An optional “kids-friendly” buffet of hamburgers, hot dogs, chips, fruit, brownie, iced tea, and lemonade will be served by Sonny’s Boy,” as well as his own hit songs. Among them include “The Irish Wedding Song,” “Boston Rose,” and “Daughter of Mine.” Prior to the Center Stage performance, local musicians Tom Taksa and Larry Buchanan will perform at a free pre- show event from 6-7 p.m. in The Center’s front lobby. Taksa, who plays the alto sax, and Buchanan, a pianist, combined their talents two years ago to create a light jazz sound. Both are accomplished musicians. befitting Johnny Depp (working with Burton for the seventh time) that it might seem too obvious for him. There is a trace of the been-there-done-that to Depp's somewhat rootless performance, but wishing for him to cut back on playing mad clowns would be like telling Fred Astaire to quit all that dancing. The many moving parts is — Anne Hathaway slides nicely into Burton-world as the White Queen, Crispin Glover plays the Knave of Hearts — nevertheless add up to less than a good "Alice." The 1933 version with Cary Grant and W.C. Fields may still take the cake. Though Burton's film boasts some excellent performances, as "almost Alice." Bar-B-Q during the pre-show event. The cost of the meal is $7 for adults and $3.50 for children. Tickets to “The Velveteen Rabbit” are $4 for children younger than 12 and $6 for adults and children older than 12. For more information or to purchase tickets, contact The Center Box Office at 606-677-6000 or send an email to boxoffice@centertech.com. Online tickets may be purchased at www.centertech.com. The Kentucky Arts Council, the state arts agency, supports Lake Cumberland Performing Arts with state tax dollars and federal funding from the National Endowment for the Arts. Taksa, formerly of California, studied saxophone and is accomplished in jazz improvisation. Buchanan studied piano Indianapolis serve at Conser- vatory. Sonny’s Bar-B-Q will an “optional” catered dinner buffet for pre-show guests. The cost of the meal, which includes pulled pork and smoked turkey sand- wiches, Cole slaw, baked beans, potato salad, iced tea, and lemonade, is $7 for adults and $3.50 for children. For more information or to purchase tickets for “Forever Irish,” contact The Center Box Office at 606-677-6000 or email boxoffice@centertech.com. Online tickets may be purchased at www.centertech.com. The Kentucky Arts Council, the state arts agency, supports Lake Cumberland Performing Arts with state tax dollars and federal funding from the National Endowment for the Arts. 100 Mercury Blvd. Somerset (Across From Somerset Mall) www.somersetcinemas8.com 606-451-0014 Lightning Thief Fri - Thu: 1:30, 4:25 Shutter Island (R) Fri - Thu: 1:00, 4:05, 7:00, 9:55 The Crazies (R) 1:50, 4:30, 7:05, 9:20 Fri - Thu: (PG-13) The Wolfman (R) Fri - Thu: 7:25, 9:50 Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel (PG) Fri - Thu: 12:45, 4:00 Wonderland (PG Fri - Thu: 7:30,9:40, 10:00 Showtimes For Week of Friday, March 5th through Thursday, March 12th, 2010. 1:05, 1:35, 4:20, 4:35, 7:10, NEW THIS WEEK: Alice in Crazy Heart (R) 1:20, 4:00, 7:20, 9:50 Fri - Thu: Cop Out (R) Fri - Thu: 1:25, 4:15, 7:15, 9:45 Dear John (PG-13) Fri - Thu: 7:35, 10:00 the caterpillar says to our heroine, it's merely "Alice in Wonderland," a Walt Disney Pictures release, is rated PG for fantasy action/violence involving scary images and situations, and for a smoking Running time: caterpillar. 109 minutes. Two stars out of four. AP Photo/Disney In this film publicity image released by Disney, Johnny Depp, left, Mia Wasikowska, center, and Anne Hathaway are shown in a scene from the film, "Alice in Wonderland." STARTS FRIDAY LOVELY BONES (PG13) Weekday 4:00 7:00 9:45 Weekend 1:00 4:00 7:00 9:45 Weekday 4:15 7:30 AVATAR(PG13) LEGION (R) BOOK OF ELI (R) TOOTH FAIRY (PG) FROM PARIS WITH LOVE (R) Weekend 1:15 4:00 7:00 9:30 Weekend 1:30 4:05 7:05 9:30 Weekday 4:00 7:00 9:30 Weekend 1:00 4:15 7:30 Weekday 4:05 7:05 9:30 VALENTINES DAY (PG13)Weekday 4:00 7:00 9:35 Weekend 1:15 4:00 7:00 9:35 Weekday 4:05 7:05 9:30 Weekend 1:30 4:10 7:10 9:20 Weekend 1:15 4:05 7:05 9:30 Weekday 4:10 7:10 9:20 BLIND SIDE (PG13) Weekday 4:00 7:00 9:45 Weekend 1:00 4:00 7:00 9:45 WHEN IN ROME(PG13) Weekday 4:10 7:10 9:20 Weekend 1:30 4:10 7:10 9:20 ©2010 Newspaper Holdings, Inc. brother Brandon (lead vocals), Tyler Blair(drums and percussion), Brandon Schleter(Bass), and Mike C. Jones (rhythm guitars). The band has recently won Clear Channel Lake Cumberland’s Battle of the Bands in addition to Cruiser’s Live Music Showcase Battle of the Bands. In the summer of 2009 the band appeared at the prestigious Master Musicians Festival alongside the likes of Richie Havens. The band recently recorded a twelve song LP with recording engineer Travis Gearhart of Goose Creek Symphony fame. The new recordings show off the bands eclecticism as well as their prowess on their respective instruments. No Tale Lights is beginning to mature into something very special and have huge plans for the near future if they can just catch a few breaks. Tickets are $5 at the door. The Carnegie Community Arts Center is located at 107. N. Main Street in downtown Somerset. RESIDENTIAL/COMMERCIAL March 13 7:00 Center for Rural Development March 14 2:00 2:00 & 7:00 Tickets $5 Advance/$7 Door March 20 March 21 2:00 Presented by Lake Cumberland Children’s Theatre by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc. Directed by Matt Thompson ©2010 Newspaper Holdings, Inc. Cumberland Townhomes Listed by Cumberland Realty, 140 Stonecrest Drive, Somerset, KY ©2010 Newspaper Holdings, Inc. “Available For Lease To Own” Lees Ford Drive

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