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First Family Portrait Sparks Bout of 2009 Nostalgia

In the new book “The Obamas,” New York Times correspondent Jodi Kantor, writes about a secret White House cover-up. What officials at the nation’s capital tried to keep under wraps wasn’t classified military information, but apparently a 2009 Halloween party attended by the cast of Tim Burton‘s Alice in Wonderland:

White House officials were so nervous about how a splashy, Hollywood-esque party would look to jobless Americans — or their representatives in Congress, who would soon vote on health care — that the event was not discussed publicly and Burton’s and Depp’s contributions went unacknowledged.

I can see why Kitty Kelly, whose claim to fame is being the author of unauthorized biographies of Nancy Reagan, Frank Sinatra, the Bush family and Oprah, skipped this one. There may be a juicy story lurking somewhere in the Obama White House, but this isn’t it. For me, the picture brought an unexpected bout of 2009 nostalgia.  I was taken back to a screening of Tim Burton‘s Alice in Wonderland at the Navy Pier Imax Theater. As everyone exited the theater, there was a man dressed up as Johnny Depp‘s Mad Hatter greeting the kids, and adults, who had just seen the movie. The costume and makeup was an exact replica of Depp’s in the movie and as I was walking through the crowd, a young child yelled out, “You were good in the movie!” Just like the child’s innocent response, that post-Avatar time period, when speculation over the 3D movie craze was at a fever pitch, already seems like a bygone era. Now, with hindsight being 20/20, we can thank James Cameron for the fact that every Disney movie will now get a 3D re-release complete with an ever increasing surcharge. In Hollywood, that’s what they call progress.

[New York Post]

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