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War of the Worlds, Chocolate Factory Trailers

michael posted more than 9 years ago | from the slurms-mackenzie dept.

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rocketjam writes "The trailer for Tim Burton's version of 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory' is online at Yahoo. The movie stars Johnny Depp and scheduled for release in July of '05. I think Tim Burton is the perfect director for a new Willie Wonka movie. The trailer looks very Burtonesque." And reader daquake writes "Our first peek at Steven Spielberg's contemporary version of War of the Worlds is available from Apple. Spielberg's installment is just one of many that have been developed throughout the years including a film produced last year n England."

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Charlie and Chocolate Factory (2, Interesting)

superpulpsicle (533373) | more than 9 years ago | (#11052264)

That has to be the number 1 druggy movie ever.

Re:Charlie and Chocolate Factory (1, Redundant)

UWC (664779) | more than 9 years ago | (#11052289)

You're forgetting the crazy psychedelic scenes toward the end of 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Re:Charlie and Chocolate Factory (5, Interesting)

Tackhead (54550) | more than 9 years ago | (#11052327)

> > That has to be the number 1 druggy movie ever.
>
> You're forgetting the crazy psychedelic scenes toward the end of 2001: A Space Odyssey.

So watch both sequels at the same time:

Oompa Loompa, doopity doo,
All these world are belong to you!
Ooompa Loompa, doobie-doo-dopa,
Keepa you space probe offa Europa!

Re:Charlie and Chocolate Factory (2, Funny)

maxbang (598632) | more than 9 years ago | (#11052317)

Yeah, but have you ever watched it...on weed?

Re:Charlie and Chocolate Factory (1)

Shadow Wrought (586631) | more than 9 years ago | (#11052409)

Yeah, but have you ever watched it...on weed?

Does sitting on the lawn count? Its certainly more weed than grass...

Re:Charlie and Chocolate Factory (1)

garcia (6573) | more than 9 years ago | (#11052326)

That has to be the number 1 druggy movie ever.

No, but you were close as Johnny Depp acted in that one... Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas [imdb.com] although I thought the book was much better.

Nothing will ever be better than the Family Guy's Willy Wonka remake as Wasted Talent [familyguyfiles.com] :)

Great movie for Burton to do (5, Interesting)

vivin (671928) | more than 9 years ago | (#11052367)

IMHO, this is a movie that will make full use of Burton's talents. Willy Wonka is a deeply eccentric character, and Burton is known for his well... "Burtonesque" way of doing things. Burton will really bring out the weirdness of Wonka. Although the book and even the previous movie (where Gene Wilder did a GREAT job) have alluded to it, I think Burton will really bring out how weird and eccentric and mysterious Wonka really is.

Re:Charlie and Chocolate Factory (1)

Omniscientist (806841) | more than 9 years ago | (#11052407)

You are forgetting "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas", which also stars our friend Johnny Depp as Hunter S. Thompson.

Marylin Manson meets Willy Wonka... (4, Funny)

neuro.slug (628600) | more than 9 years ago | (#11052271)

Wow, that's one scary Willy Wonka. I can almost see him saying:

"Hello, Charlie.."

-- n

Also... (1)

JaffaKREE (766802) | more than 9 years ago | (#11052298)

Johnny Depp looks crazier and crazier in every movie. I thought he must have peaked in 'Secret Window', but this definitely takes the craziness up a notch.

Re:Marylin Manson meets Willy Wonka... (5, Insightful)

hey! (33014) | more than 9 years ago | (#11052355)

Well, Gene Wilder I think had an important insight into the character. Willy Wonka is supposed to be scary even a bit creepy. He is not like your parents, who will protect you from the consequences of your actions. He will let you be free, but you have to suffer the consequences.

Re:Marylin Manson meets Willy Wonka... (4, Insightful)

garcia (6573) | more than 9 years ago | (#11052420)

He will let you be free, but you have to suffer the consequences.

Just because his actions creep you out (that crooked smile and that detached wonder he seems to have) does not mean that he has to look like The Crow in a purple robe or a hollow eyed heroin addict.

Re:Marylin Manson meets Willy Wonka... (4, Insightful)

DarkSarin (651985) | more than 9 years ago | (#11052589)

And you don't find Johnny Depp (ala pirates of the c.) to be just a shade creepy? Depp is a good choice, methinks, and I don't think that this is going to be a bad movie.

Will it live up to the high bar set in the 70's? Perhaps, but I think you (and everyone else) should compare it to the book, not the Gene Wilder starring flick that we all know and most of us love (I have a friend that won't watch movies with midgets--eg, willow, willy wonka, ewoks, etc).

Re:Marylin Manson meets Willy Wonka (edit) (1)

neuro.slug (628600) | more than 9 years ago | (#11052363)

Edit:

That was supposed to be:

"Hello, Charlie.." [/hannibal] -- with html brackets.

What's that silly preview button for, anyhow?

Johnny Depp as Willy Wonka?! (1)

American AC in Paris (230456) | more than 9 years ago | (#11052272)

*ahem*

No, no, that wasn't me just sqealing like a little schoolgirl just now. It was...erm, my case fan!

Now go away. I--uh, need to replace my case fan.

Re:Johnny Depp as Willy Wonka?! (1)

dzoey (578558) | more than 9 years ago | (#11052464)

I don't know...Willy Wonka as a metrosexual? Depp's Wonka looks like someone out of Caberet or Moulin Rouge.

this movie is going to be awesome (4, Interesting)

hsmith (818216) | more than 9 years ago | (#11052285)

The original was nothing like the book, it was dark and gloomy.

i think burton w/ depp will combine to make an kick ass flick the way the book intended it to be. i hope burton redoes alice in wonderland, THAT would be a trippy movie

Re:this movie is going to be awesome (1)

Alphi1 (557250) | more than 9 years ago | (#11052334)

The original was nothing like the book, it was dark and gloomy. i think burton w/ depp will combine to make an kick ass flick the way the book intended it to be. i hope burton redoes alice in wonderland, THAT would be a trippy movie

The original was dark and gloomy, but the one working on this is KNOWN for "dark and gloomy", and somehow this is a change? Huh?

Re:this movie is going to be awesome (0, Flamebait)

squaretorus (459130) | more than 9 years ago | (#11052509)

Congratulations on the coolest subject line ever to appear in slashdot relating to a movie. I'm assuming your an enthusiastic kind of a guy about pretty much anything - do you stand in the supermarket at the chillers and shout 'this phish food is gonna taste awesome' while smacking your lips and shaking your hips??? I bet you do! admit it!

Re:this movie is going to be awesome (4, Insightful)

mothlos (832302) | more than 9 years ago | (#11052510)

No, the original film based on the musical was not too much like the book, but this movie doesn't look like it will shape up to capture the 'feel' of the book either. The book was always goofy but with an edge of sinister that you just couldn't grasp. This trailer with the music chosen and the silly slapstick Burton has Depp doing as well as the camera direction (the down shot on the group standing next to the chocolate river) makes it feel like Burton isn't catching the British part of all of this.

Just like Planet of the Apes, he just doesn't 'get' the concept of the story and even if he is truer to hard action the original work, he just doesn't have it in him to be true to the idea of it.

Re:this movie is going to be awesome (1)

SiO2 (124860) | more than 9 years ago | (#11052525)

Do you mean that you would like to see Burton remake "Alice in Wonderland," the Disney hatchet-job? No thanks! Personally I would like to see Burton make "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" and "Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There," which are two brilliant books by Lewis Carroll, the pseudonym of Charles L. Dogson. Perhaps you've heard of them?

SiO2

YAY!!! (-1, Troll)

pixieluv (806247) | more than 9 years ago | (#11052286)

I cant wait to see this movie!! It is gonna be soooooooo good :P Just look at Big Fish, Nightmare Before Christmas, Beetlejuice, Batman to name a few od Tim Burtons greatest movies!!! Tim Burton is the #1 best director and that trailor kix bum :)

Re:YAY!!! (1)

UWC (664779) | more than 9 years ago | (#11052323)

To be fair, Burton didn't direct The Nightmare Before Christmas.

Also, I like how you left out Planet of the Apes.

Re:YAY!!! (1)

Baikala (564096) | more than 9 years ago | (#11052526)

Oh yes! He bring an stop motion animation director to do the actual and tedius frame-by-frame filming, but this is his child, that's why my spetial edition DVD says "Tim Burton's Nightmare Before Christmas" on the title.

Compare to Original (1)

Nemesis099 (60955) | more than 9 years ago | (#11052287)

I just hope the movie lives up to the original. I always felt the point of the original was that honesty was something that is rewarded. I hope the message isn't lost.

Re:Compare to Original (1, Informative)

NardofDoom (821951) | more than 9 years ago | (#11052495)

The original sucked compared to the book. Oompa Loompas aren't orange, they're short hair guys who look like us. And the elevator didn't look like that in the book, it was totally clear with buttons all over the place.

That movie pissed me off to no end. I hope this one's better.

News for Nerds, remember? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11052306)

I can accept War of the Worlds as nerd-pertinent, but not Charlie and The Chocolate Factory.

Tell me what I want to know!

Special release for OS X users! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11052307)

Apple and the fudge packery!

Re:Special release for OS X users! (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11052500)

I want to stick my POO POO in your PEE PEE hole!

Contemporary War of the Worlds (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11052311)

*Yawn*

Evil, vaguely Arabic aliens invade. Only the square jawed hero (played by the guy from that movie that was vaguely popular last year), the love interest (with that woman from the movie your girlfriend watched) and the wisecracking black sidekick (fuck knows, they all look the same to me) can defeat them. 2 hours of bland Hollywood shite. This is the sight of a culture so bereft of originality that plagiarism is hailed as a creative force.

Nightmare inducing grin (3, Funny)

Gudlyf (544445) | more than 9 years ago | (#11052312)

As if the first Woka movie's boat ride scene wasn't enough to give kids nightmares [retrocrush.com]...dear lord that grin on Depp in the trailer...that grin...

shiver

Re:Nightmare inducing grin (1)

cdoty (94782) | more than 9 years ago | (#11052383)

To me, the Oompa Loompahs themselves were more frightening. They were just.....wrong, and gave me nightmares for weeks.

Re:Nightmare inducing grin (1)

JLyle (267134) | more than 9 years ago | (#11052438)

As if the first Woka (sic) movie's boat ride scene wasn't enough to give kids nightmares...
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory is tied with Poltergeist for the most nightmare-inducing movie of my childhood. For me, though, the worst scene was not the boat ride but the scene where Augustus falls into the chocolate river and gets sucked up into one of the pipes. That movie still freaks me out, much to my wife's amusement.

Oompa Loompa Crime Wave (1, Funny)

wheelbarrow (811145) | more than 9 years ago | (#11052313)

For the original Willy Wonka movie, there were lots of midgets imported into the Hollywood area to play the Oompa Loompa characters. Once filming was complete, there was nothing for all of those midgets to do. As one would expect, they turned to a life of petty crime. The Hollywood police department is worried about the same thing happening again.

Re:Oompa Loompa Crime Wave (1)

mclove (266201) | more than 9 years ago | (#11052587)

Funny story, but untrue - the movie was actually shot in Germany, see IMDB [imdb.com]. In fact many of the Oompa Loompa's didn't even speak English.

The "In a world guy" (1)

blackmonday (607916) | more than 9 years ago | (#11052314)

This reminds me of the time NPR interviewed the "In a World" guy. You know, the same guy that seems to narrate every single movie preview, many times starting with "In A World Where ...". I'd like to listen to it, but my employer blocks streams from NPR. Some of you may be more fortunate.

Re:The "In a world guy" (3, Insightful)

GuyZero (303599) | more than 9 years ago | (#11052413)

Canadian comic Sean Cullen does a great bit on this guy. http://www.seancullen.com/

The formula is:
* "In a world..."
* followed by some sort of contradiction
* "one man..."
* is doing some generic action

They run the bit on those "Just for Laughs" shows on CBC every so often.

Why are we celebrating this? (5, Insightful)

nasalgoat (27281) | more than 9 years ago | (#11052322)

All they seem to do now is remake movies that don't need to be remade. The original Willy Wonka was a perfectly excellent film and I see no need to ruin it with a remake. Same with War of the Worlds.

Whatever happened to original scripts?

Re:Why are we celebrating this? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11052352)

cause the original was stupid.. and not based on the book.

k thx.

Re:Why are we celebrating this? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11052572)

and neither is this remake, so whats your point?

Re:Why are we celebrating this? (1)

ConceptJunkie (24823) | more than 9 years ago | (#11052365)

They're all going to Adam Sandler. *phew*

Given the original scripts coming out, mabye tons of remakes isn't so bad after all.

Re:Why are we celebrating this? (1)

UWC (664779) | more than 9 years ago | (#11052394)

Both of these movies are adaptations of books. I imagine neither director will use the previous movies significantly for inspiration. Burton's movie even uses the title of the book (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory rather than the previous movie's title, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory).

This being Slashdot, and text being a rather lossy format when compressing sarcasm thereto, you may be trolling. If it is indeed a troll, I commend you, for its subtlety is unrivaled by all but the most accomplished of trolls.

Re:Why are we celebrating this? (2, Interesting)

Monsieur Canard (766354) | more than 9 years ago | (#11052579)

IIRC correctly from watching this recently on AMC's "pop-up video" version of this, the reason that the title was changed in the original movie has something to do with Quaker Oats.

Oh look. A link -> http://www.davidlwolper.com/shows/details.cfm?show ID=276 [davidlwolper.com]

"Willy Wonka" was 100% financed by the Quaker Oats Company, a television client of Wolper's who was buying a candy company and wanted to come out with a candy called the Wonka Bar when the picture was distributed so there would be cross-promotion. The name of the picture was changed from "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" to "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" so the name Wonka could become popular. When the picture was released, the candy was released at the same time. However, the candy had a problem and had to be withdrawn. The picture went on to be successful even though the candy didn't.


The candy had a problem. That just can't be good.

Hollywood made an updated war of the worlds once (2, Insightful)

Nine Tenths of The W (829559) | more than 9 years ago | (#11052335)

And it was pure, unmitigated crap. What's wrong with steampunk Victorians fighting off a Martian invasion? It's not like Hollywood has any regard for science anyway.

Re:Hollywood made an updated war of the worlds onc (2, Interesting)

HTH NE1 (675604) | more than 9 years ago | (#11052555)

What's wrong with steampunk Victorians fighting off a Martian invasion?

You'll get them. There are two War of the Worlds movies coming out. The other one from Pendragon Pictures will be set in the original book's setting.

I know what I'll be doing this weekend: retooling and reorganizing my War of the Worlds website [war-of-the-worlds.org]. Interesting that this Spielburg version is depicting the alien hand holding the Earth in a manner very reminiscent of the 1988-1989 season of the TV series.

I just wish I had a complete working copy of the old waroftheworlds.com Radio Classics website, especially their story, "The Last Chat Room". Lost my copy to hard drive corruption. Random two-byte errors in the image files. Anyone who can help, drop me a line at my site, either having an archived version or can repair damaged GIF and/or JPEG files. (The Way-Back Machine [archive.org] sadly doesn't have a copy.)

No creativity (5, Insightful)

rice0067 (220981) | more than 9 years ago | (#11052356)

Its nice to see that there is no creativity left in the movie industry. Why not come up with something new instead of redoing movies that there perfectly good to begin with.
that means:
Willy wonka....
War of the worlds...
Oceans 11..
Manchurian candidate.
Star Wars special editions.

While we are at it might as well remake casablanca.
And teen wolf.

Re:No creativity (1)

White Roses (211207) | more than 9 years ago | (#11052468)

To be fair, the original Ocean's 11 isn't a pace on the contemporary version. The original was a showcase for the Rat Pack and little more. The contemporary version is very well done, expertly directed and filmed, with an engaging plot and a fantastic ensemble cast. Now, Ocean's 12, I don't know. It'd have to be Godfather Part II good to make it in my book.

Re:No creativity (3, Funny)

Mad_Rain (674268) | more than 9 years ago | (#11052551)

While we are at it might as well remake casablanca.
And teen wolf.


SSsssshhh! You're going to give them ideas!

Movie Exec: I bet Keanu Reeves would be great for Rick's part!
Keanu: You'll, like regret it - maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, but you'll be all like 'Whoa!'

noooooooooooooooo!

Re:No creativity (1)

SolvayGuy (318977) | more than 9 years ago | (#11052583)

While we are at it might as well remake casablanca.


"Rick, Save me, Rick!"
(Rick (Played by Samuel L. Jackson) Throws table over grabs his guns and opens fire on the Nazis, slaughtering them all.)
"Terra del Fuego... baby!"
(Rick then gets flown to Germany and fights hitler to the death in an epic matrix style martial arts battle, with Rick's highly tuned Tai-Chi style easly beating Hitler's Tiger-style Kung-Fu)
"Heil This!... mothafucka!"
(The Movie Ends when a pan out shows that Hitler's Body is nowhere to be found.)

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I'm just not feelin' it... (3, Insightful)

phaln (579585) | more than 9 years ago | (#11052373)

While I think Burton will do a decent job with Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, I really don't think it stands a chance of beating the 1971 version with Gene Wilder. There's a certain magic to it that I don't think can be replicated so easily into a polished Hollywood flick, no matter who's directing.

War of the Worlds, so far, looks like one worth checking out.

Re:I'm just not feelin' it... (1)

gilesjuk (604902) | more than 9 years ago | (#11052419)

Watching the trailer I just feel that it's just a remake of the original film, not an alternate vision of the book.

Just shows how the original film adaption got the visuals pretty much spot on. As much as I like Burton's style I don't think (looking at the quick trailer) that he's added much. I guess he couldn't really use his dark style so much when creating the interior of a sweet factory.

Re:I'm just not feelin' it... (1)

phaln (579585) | more than 9 years ago | (#11052507)

Well, there's a creepiness factor in the original that just seems utterly missing from this teaser. Gene Wilder, the period in time [aesthetically], and the dark humor all lent itself to a very creepy yet entertaining flick for all ages. I'm feeling a lot of gloss and a lot of what made the original great missing from what I've seen so far. Don't get me wrong, I like Depp's acting, but Wilder had something inexplicable in his role that I still don't think will be properly replicated.

Re:I'm just not feelin' it... (1)

cjpez (148000) | more than 9 years ago | (#11052498)

I really don't think it stands a chance of beating the 1971 version with Gene Wilder.
Not unless Johnny Depp can make it through the whole movie without blinking even once. Those eyes!

What's the objection to the use of the word "and"? (1)

91degrees (207121) | more than 9 years ago | (#11052381)

I mean how hard is it to use a conjunction, and give us the gramatically correct headline "War of the Worlds, and Chocolate Factory Trailers".

See how much clearer it is. Took me a while to work out what "war of the worlds, chocolate" was, and why its factory shoudl have a trailer.

And it's not like you have the excuse of typesetting restrcitions. You have the whole wiidth of the page.

Johnny Depp seems wrong for the part (2, Informative)

psychotic_venom (521968) | more than 9 years ago | (#11052387)

The idea of having Tim Burton direct this remake seems like a masterstroke, but after seeing the preview, Depp seems so wrong for the part. I'm sure he'll bring his flare, and he's an amazing actor--but there's something about the way he was holding himself that seemed distinctly non-wonka. I for one *liked* the fact that the original movie was so much darker than the book, so I hope that this one stays dark in vibrant Burton-esque way.

Geoffrey Rush (1)

DaedalusLogic (449896) | more than 9 years ago | (#11052541)

Would have been a cool choice. Did anyone see "The Life and Death of Peter Sellers"? He did an amazing job. He could bring that amazing creepy/whimsical kind of attitude to Wonka.

I'll say it... (1)

holden caufield (111364) | more than 9 years ago | (#11052408)

I don't see anything original in the Willy Wonka trailer. I'm sure it will make a boatload of money when the DVD is released.

Marilyn Manson (4, Informative)

gamgee5273 (410326) | more than 9 years ago | (#11052425)

I remember a few years back, when Burton first started talking about doing the remake, that he wanted Marilyn Manson to be Willy Wonka.

No matter how flipped-ouyt this version looks, can you imagine one with Manson in it? That would have rocked. :)

Heh. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11052430)

He said Burtonesque.

Good choices (1)

Lonesome Squash (676652) | more than 9 years ago | (#11052442)

Roald Dahl's work tends to be a little creepier, a little darker, a little weirder than most children's fiction. The original Charley and the Chocolate Factory film caught some of that (I quite liked Gene Wilder in that regard), but it felt disjointed, like an intrusion into what felt like it was supposed to be a nicer film.

My hope is that Burton doesn't overdo it and miss the complexity the other way by doing that "HEY, LOOK EVERYBODY, I'M MAKING A DARK FILM" thing he sometimes does.

It's the combination of wholesome, non-ironic, typical childhood themes and imagery with a lurking psychological darkness that make Dahl such a treat.

A treatment like "Mathilda" got, where you lose some of the remarkable sweetness in order to make it more like "Home Alone," or in this case, "The Nightmare Before Christmas," would be a disappointment.

Tim Burton has lost it (5, Insightful)

hcsteve (814889) | more than 9 years ago | (#11052447)

Does anyone remember Planet of the Apes? The original is a classic, and Burton's remake was one of the most memorable stinkers in recent movie history. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a classic film, even if it doesn't hew very closely to the book, and I fear that a Burton remake will be Planet of the Apes all over again. Please, Tim Burton, leave my childhood alone.

Re:Tim Burton has lost it (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11052575)

Geez. I can't stand all you whiners. Waaaaa, leave my childhood alone, waaaaaa! Get a life. If you can't enjoy the movie, don't go watch it.

With this remake... (2)

gandell (827178) | more than 9 years ago | (#11052452)

I can't help but wonder if anyone will ever use the second book (Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator), and make a sequel. Yes, it wasn't as good as the first, but that's prose for you.

Re:With this remake... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11052549)

Let me think... Are you talking about the book featuring stupid-as-hell American President? Well, there might be some problems approving the script...

Burton's Creative Genius (1)

eseiat (650560) | more than 9 years ago | (#11052456)

No one can knock Tim Burton's eerie sense of genius. His movies are visually stunning and have always captured nuances and emotion that are desperately missing from other director's work.

What I particularly love about this remake is that 1) Depp replaces Wilder, whom I always loathed as Willy Wonka because he seemed more comical than deranged and 2) Burton always gets his actors to breath life into their characters, which results in the actors becoming the character, as opposed to what happens so frequently in movies which is that the character "wears" the actor and it never seems quite right.

That grin of Depp's; that right there is reason enough to want to be there opening night!

I can only hope that Spielberg can do good (1)

djeddiej (825677) | more than 9 years ago | (#11052462)

After "The Terminal" (sarcasm), I am anxious to see Spielberg doing something with action and suspense again. BTW I was not able to view the trailer in Full Screen Mode with the current IE or Mozilla. with IE, the native pop-up blocker kept on asking to install the Apple ITunes Listener or something like that...and I thought Apple was beyond this. On Mozilla 1.7.x I get "itms is not a registered protocol". I did get to see it in large screen mode.

I was literally captivated by the book when I was a kid. And kudos to the folks that did the poster - a tribute to various incarnations of the cover.

Am I the only one who CAN'T STAND Johnny Depp? (0, Flamebait)

arhar (773548) | more than 9 years ago | (#11052473)

I think he's a talentless hack who only became famous because of his good looks - just like Leonardo DiCaprio. And it's a damn shame Tim Burton is in love with him, because Tim Burton is a GREAT director.

It's no surprise that those Tim Burton movies that don't have Johnny Depp in them are the best - 'Big Fish' for example, was one of the greatest movies of last year, if not of all time.

Fuck Johnny 'Butt Pirate' Depp, I hope he dies and goes to hell!

yes (1)

dougnaka (631080) | more than 9 years ago | (#11052586)

you must not have seen what's eating gilbert grape. I really thought Leo was mentally handicapped he did such a good job. And Johnny Depp is one of my all time favorite actors, c'mon man! 21 jumpstreet! get with it.. gosh

Johnny Depp (5, Funny)

the Dragonweaver (460267) | more than 9 years ago | (#11052480)

Does anyone else look at Depp and think, "Oh God, that's Michael Jackson!"

Brings an extra level of creepiness, donchathink?

War of the World's Chocolate Factories (1)

lbmouse (473316) | more than 9 years ago | (#11052502)

War of the World's Chocolate Factories

Just had visions of Swiss confectioners invading Pennsylvania.

I'm A Coors Man Anyway (0, Offtopic)

jstrain (648252) | more than 9 years ago | (#11052511)

SILVER BULLET!!! From the Family Guy where Joe isn't allowed to tour the brewery because it isn't handicapped accessible.

Chocolate Factory is Not a Remake (5, Insightful)

ytsejammer (817925) | more than 9 years ago | (#11052518)

From what I understand, Burton's movie is not intended to be a remake, but rather a better interpretation of the book.

So, I think it would be well advised for those of you looking to this movie in the hopes (or the fears) that it will be an updated Willy Wonka to attempt to forget about Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and instead view this movie as the screen adaptation of the book 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory'.

In fact, if I remember correctly, Roald Dahl was not happy with 'Willy Wonka', which I can understand since the book is incredibly darker than the movie.

Hopefully, with Burton directing, we can get a more faithful interpretation of the book that stays true to the dark material.

Straight from the book... (4, Interesting)

Aash (130966) | more than 9 years ago | (#11052521)

Did anyone notice that the narration in the War of the Worlds trailer is almost word-for-word from the beginning of the book?

From the trailer:

"No one would have believed in the early years of the twenty-first century that our world was being watched be intelligences greater than our own, that as men busied themselves about their various concerns, they observed and studied. With infinite complacency, men went to and fro about the globe, confident of their empire over this world. Yet, across the gulf of space, intellects vast and cool and unsympathetic regarded our planet with envious eyes, and slowly and surely drew their plans against us."

And from the book:

No one would have believed in the last years of the nineteenth century that this world was being watched keenly and closely by intelligences greater than man's and yet as mortal as his own; that as men busied themselves about their various concerns they were scrutinised and studied [...]. With infinite complacency men went to and fro over this globe about their little affairs, serene in their assurance of their empire over matter. [...] Yet across the gulf of space, minds that are to our minds as ours are to those of the beasts that perish, intellects vast and cool and unsympathetic, regarded this earth with envious eyes, and slowly and surely drew their plans against us.

I think that's pretty cool.

Re:Straight from the book... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#11052582)

Just like in the '38 Welles Broadcast, and the '53 Film, and the 70's musical, and the 2nd trailer to the Pendragon Pictures version.

The opening narration has become somewhat untouchable..

Has anyone else noticed? (4, Interesting)

WormholeFiend (674934) | more than 9 years ago | (#11052528)

The alien hand on the War of the Worlds poster has its middle finger on top of Texas.

Not that it necessarily means anything...

Original "Wonka" by Quaker Oats (1)

RobertB-DC (622190) | more than 9 years ago | (#11052550)

The original movie is the only movie credit listed for The Quaker Oats Company [imdb.com]. It's surprisingly tripadelic for a product tie-in movie, though perhaps that's because Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers hadn't redefined the concept of TV/Movies as long-format commercial.

Can the new version top the original, and capture more of the book's dark side? I suspect so... the picture on the Yahoo! site looks more like A Clockwork Orange than Benji, and the trailer looks deliciously dangerous.
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