Mia Wasikowska (born 14.10.1989) Mia Wasikowska is an Australian actress famous for her breakthrough title role in 'Alice in Wonderland'.
Childhood: Mia Wasikowska was born and raised in Canberra, Australia. Her parents are Marzena Wasikowska and John Reid, both photographers. She moved to Poland for a year in 1998 as a child for her mother's work. She trained in ballet from the age of 9 'til she was 14, training 35 hours a week with it in mind as a career.
She quit due to an injury and too much pressure to look good. She later became interested in acting and contacted several talent agencies online with only one response.
Acting career: Mia Wasikowska made her acting debut in 2004, appearing in two episodes of the soap 'All Saints'. Her first film was 2006's 'Suburban Mayhem'. In 2007, she appeared alongside Radha Mitchell and Sam Worthington in the horror film 'Rogue'.
In 2008, she took to the States to star in the series 'In Treatment' during which she had to leave school for a time. That year she also starred in 'Defiance' opposite Jamie Bell. In 2009, she appeared in the biopic 'Amelia' with Hilary Swank, Richard Gere, Ewan McGregor and Christopher Eccleston. That year also saw her in 'That Evening Sun' with Hal Holbrook, for which she had to learn a Southern American accent in two hours for the audition.
The following year she landed the leading role in Tim Burton's 'Alice in Wonderland' opposite Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter and Anne Hathaway. The movie grossed over $1 billion at the box office. That year also saw her in the comedy 'The Kids Are All Right' with Annette Bening and Julianne Moore.
In 2010, she portrayed the title character in Cary Fukunaga's mini-series 'Jane Eyre' opposite Michael Fassbender. She was cast at the recommendation of director Gus Van Sant after appearing in his movie 'Restless'. In 2011, she was in 'Albert Nobbs' opposite Glenn Close and Antonia Campbell-Hughes after Amanda Seyfried dropped out. That year she joined the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
In 2012, appeared alongside Shia LaBeouf in 'Lawless' and in 2013 starred with Nicole Kidman and Matthew Goode in 'Stoker'.
Personal life: Mia Wasikowska enjoys photography, often using a Rolleiflex camera and taking photos on the set of her movies. One picture, featuring Jamie Bell, was a finalist in the 2011 National Photographic Portrait Prize. The actress currently lives in Sydney, Australia.
Sometimes Time is everyone's worst enemy.
Alice is back in Wonderland and this time things aren't as wonderful as they once were. Tim Burton has ceded the role of director to James Bobin for the intense sequel 'Alice Through the Looking Glass', that once again differs largely from the Lewis Carroll original.
Alice must return to Wonderland to rescue the Hatter
The defeat of the Jabberwocky should've brought peace to the world, but a new evil has arisen that this young woman may not be able to fight. Now getting on with her life, though still thought of as an oddity amongst her peers, Alice is revisited by Absolem in his butterfly form. He urges her to return to Wonderland to rescue the Mad Hatter and his friends from certain death in the face of a new foe.
Alice once again returns to Wonderland and meets a lot of familiar faces. This time her biggest enemy is Time, quite literally. As the Blue Caterpillar reminds her, 'You've been gone too long, Alice there are matters that might benefit from your attention. Friends cannot be neglected.' Instead of falling down a rabbit hole, this time Alice gains entry to wonderland through a large mirror which takes her to a topsy-turvy universe which could only be associated with Wonderland. There appear to be a few differences between the book and the new film; whilst Lewis Carol's original version of the book was based six months after the original tale, the inclusion of Time might mean that Linda Woolverton's version make time travel much quicker in Wonderland. Again, Carol used many chess analogies in the book, at the moment its unknown how much this will play a part in the movie. The majority of the lead cast from Tim Burton's 2010 version of Alice in Wonderland including Johnny Depp as Mad Hatter, Helena Bonham Carter as the Red Queen and Anne Hathaway as the White Queen. Alice Through The Looking Glass was directed by James Bobbin who previously worked on the 2011 Muppets film and Muppets Most Wanted.
Here's a snippet of what to expect in the near (and not so near) future.
Walt Disney Pictures have been having a field day with the amount of fairytale re-makes and endless sequels being released and announced recently. No doubt one of the most prestigious film companies in Hollywood, being nearly 100 years old, the unit and its studio parent Walt Disney Studios are responsible for some of the greatest classics ever produced - but what can we expect on our screens in the next 5 or so years?
The Jungle Book is set for release next year
Everyone's excited to see Emma Watson and Dan Stevens in the 2017 live action re-make of 'Beauty and the Beast', and we've already received a teaser for Jon Favreau's 'The Jungle Book' starring Scarlett Johansson, Idris Elba and Bill Murray. But did you know Disney are also re-launching the likes of 'Mary Poppins', 'Winnie The Pooh', and 'Pinocchio' with a script from Peter Hedges? As for sequels, 'Toy Story 4' is a no-brainer, and 'The Incredibles 2' and 'Frozen 2' already have a buzz about them, but what about 'Wreck-It Ralph 2', 'National Treasure 3' and 'Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales'?
It's been a pretty spooky year...
It's almost Halloween and, if you're staying in, you're going to have to go through that difficult process of deciding what film to put on. 2015 has seen rather a few horror movies, but it has to be noted that only a handful of them are worth your time.
Mia Wasikowska stars in Crimson Peak
Here's the top five best and worst scary films of the year:
Continue reading: What Should You Watch This Halloween? 2015 Horror Films Ranked
The big screen adaptation of R.L. Stine’s series has topped the US box office in its opening weekend.
Jack Black’s Goosebumps has taken the top spot at the US box office this weekend, amassing $23.5 million from 3,501 theatres. The family-friendly horror comedy is based on R. L. Stine’s series of books and stars Jack Black as a fictional version of the author.
Jack Black stars as R.L. Stine in Goosebumps.
The film’s plot sees a variety of Stine’s characters escape from his books and start chaos in the real world, with the writer, his daughter and their teenaged neighbour tasked with returning them back to the pages of his fiction.
Gifted Mexican filmmaker Guillermo Del Toro (Pan's Labyrinth) makes an odd misstep with this overwrought gothic horror thriller, which is so bloated that it's more silly than scary. At least it features a starry cast that has a lot of fun with the characters, providing some emotional undercurrents as things get increasingly crazed. But the truth about this film is that it's a haunted house movie with ghosts that aren't remotely frightening. And worse yet, they're essentially irrelevant to the story.
It's set in late-1800s Buffalo, as young aspiring writer Edith (Mia Wasikowska) is unsure about the romantic advances of her childhood friend Alan (Charlie Hunnam), who is now a hunky doctor. But he fades into the background when the dashing Sir Thomas (Tom Hiddlestone) arrives from England seeking funding from Edith's father (Jim Beaver) for a machine to mine valuable clay from his crumbling ancestral home. As he sweeps Edith off her feet, Thomas' sister Lucille (Jessica Chastain) enters the picture with a clearly nefarious plan of her own. Sure enough, Thomas whisks Edith off to get married and return to the family mansion, a freaky towering wreck that oozes red clay. Or that might be blood. And since Edith has a history of seeing ghosts, the house feels particularly crowded to her.
The spirits are rendered as stretched-out skeletons surrounded by spidery wisps. And in England they're of course blood-red. Oddly, they merely seem to be observers to this story, never actually doing much proper menacing. And since they look faintly ridiculous it isn't easy to muster up the dread required to make this work as a horror movie. Everything else on-screen is just as absurd. The mansion looks more like an elaborately dilapidated over-sized movie set than a neglected manor house. Thankfully, Del Toro packs every scene with witty details and a lurid colour scheme that keeps the audience on its toes.
Continue reading: Crimson Peak Review
The first full-length trailer for Guillermo Del Toro's 'Crimson Peak' is just as terrifying as you'd expect from the director of Mimic and The Devil's Backbone.
Back in February, horror fans were given a first glimpse of Guillermo Del Toro's Crimson Peak, and now the acclaimed Mexican director has unveiled the full-length trailer of a film that is sure to top many people's must-see lists this Halloween.
Don't be afraid of the dark... Mia Wasikowska in Crimson Peak
Set in a spooky mansion in Victorian England, Crimson Peak tells the story of a young author, played by Mia Wasikowska, who discovers her charming new husband (Thor's Tom Hiddleston) is not quite who he appears to be.
Edith Cushing is an aspiring writer of horror, who soon becomes plagued by shadows of the past following a tragic occurrence within her family. She meets the handsome and mysterious Sir Thomas Sharpe who is impressed with her work and asks for her hand in marriage. While she has reservations about rushing into a marriage with a stranger so quickly, she proceeds to move into his enormous spooky house with him and his brooding sister Lady Lucille Sharpe. It quickly becomes clear, though, that the Sharpes are hiding something from Edith, when she is refused a house key on the basis that part of the house is 'unsafe'. It's not long before she begins to feel a presence around her, terrifying apparitions start to rise from the shadows and a plague of blood engulfs the walls. The determined author ventures on a quest to uncover the truth about the house's violent and deadly past - and she has rather a lot of questions for her new housemates.
Continue: Crimson Peak - Extended Trailer
In the 19th Century in Cumbria, England, an old house stood overlooking a tremendous stretch of land. That house was Crimson Peak, inhabited by Sir Thomas Sharpe (Tom Hiddleston) and his sister, Lady Lucille Sharpe (Jessica Chastain). When author Edith Cushing (Mia Wasikowska) marries the handsome and quite Thomas Sharpe, she moves to Crimson Peak to live with the siblings. However, upon arrival, strange thing begin to occur. Mysterious visions and terrifying objects begin to emerge, showing that the house is not as it appears. As Cushing struggles to get to the bottom of the house's dark history, the secrets of the family steadily begin to unveil themselves to her.
Continue: Crimson Peak Trailer
Life-changing moments feature in each of the nine short films in this Australian anthology, and each is told with remarkable artistry and sensitivity. While the filmmakers use different styles of filmmaking, there's a clever connection between the shorts, as themes of inner longing are made resonant by earthy honesty. So even if each brief segment film feels like just a fragment of an idea, taken together the film is remarkably moving.
It opens and closes with the animated "Ash Wednesday", using the T.S. Elliot poem to explore the idea of communal memory. From here a variety of mini-stories unfurl, often using the same character names even though the films are dramas, comedies or documentaries, and many have no dialogue at all. The lighter clips include "Reunion", in which a couple (Cate Blanchett and Richard Roxburgh) are surprised that spending Christmas with his mum isn't as awful as expected. "Cockleshell" follows a young guy (Toby Wallace) who's obsessed with the girl (Brenna Harding) next door. And both "Big World" and "Boner McPharlin's Moll" take lively kaleidoscopic looks at how reality is often nothing like our idea of how things should be.
Other segments are dark and provocative, including "Aquifer", about a man (Callan Mulvey) who is pushed by a news headline to recall a painful childhood memory. Two young boys (Jakory and Jarli-Russell Blanco) have a creepy adventure while on a beach day out with their dad and uncles in "Sand". The most moving film is "Commission", in which a young man (Josh McConville) drives to the outback to tell his estranged dad (Hugo Weaving) that his mother is dying. The best performance comes from Rose Byrne in the eponymous "The Turning", as a trailer-trash wife and mother whose friendship with a rich woman (Miranda Otto) sparks a religious epiphany. And the most unforgettable short is "Long, Clear View", impressively directed by Mia Wasikowska, which follows a young boy (Matthew Shanley) playing with his dad's rifle.
Continue reading: The Turning Review
Date of birth
14th October, 1989
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