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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

March 9, 2010 at 9:41 AM

“Alice in Wonderland” lights up box office, “Dragon Tattoo” on the way, and more

So, let’s raise our heads from the Oscar floor, and see . . . hmm, “Alice in Wonderland” had a pretty decent opening weekend, setting a box-office record for a winter release, for a 3D picture ($116 million, to “Avatar’s” $77 million), for a non-sequel, and for any movie featuring Helena Bonham Carter with a seriously enlarged head. I loved the film; did you?
Elsewhere: Betty White is finally going to host “Saturday Night Live“; the Swedish film of “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” arrives in Seattle next week (and thanks to all who recommended the book; I’m really enjoying it, though I’m wondering how the filmmakers will handle all the long narrative conversations); Amanda Seyfried is in talks to star in a new, dark adaptation of “Red Riding Hood,” directed by Catherine Hardwicke (“Twilight”), and that weird Kanye-esque moment at the Oscars in the short documentary category was every bit as strange as it looked.

Here’s Swedish actress Noomi Rapace as Lisbeth Salander in “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.” Rumors abound about who will play the role in the upcoming remake; did I hear Carey Mulligan? (Photo courtesy Music Box Films)

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