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Though the general public doesn't always share their enthusiasm, Hollywood loves making movies about itself. Whether fictional or based in reality, it's rare for a year to pass without some kind of film about filmmaking, from classics like "Sunset Boulevard" and "Mulholland Drive" to, uh, not-classics like "Hitchcock." In recent years, "The Artist" and "Argo" have both been critical and commercial successes (and not coincidentally, Best Picture Oscar winners), and Disney are clearly hoping that the same kind of success follows for "Saving Mr. Banks," which examines one of the family friendly company's most beloved films, 1964's "Mary Poppins," and their own founder and figurehead, Walt Disney, here played by megastar Tom Hanks. Hanks and Disney aren't the film's center, though. Instead, it's focused on P.L. Travers (Emma Thompson), the author of the books on which "Mary Poppins" was based. As the film begins, Disney, whose children loved the books, »
- Oliver Lyttelton
On Monday evening, Emma Thompson,Tom Hanks, Julie Andrews, Dick Van Dyke, and the cast of Saving Mr. Banks gathered for the premiere of the film at Walt Disney Studios in Los Angeles. Saving Mr. Banks opens in select cities this Friday, everywhere December 20.
Walt Disney Studios has announced the release of Saving Mr. Banks: The Official Multi-touch Book, based on Disney’s highly anticipated film..
Exploring the previously untold story of how Walt Disney worked his magic on author P.L. Travers to secure the rights to her book, “Mary Poppins,” the book includes a foreword by Academy Award®-winning composer Richard Sherman; never-before-seen correspondence between Walt Disney and P.L. Travers; rare storyboards and scripts from the Disney archives; an interactive timeline of historic Walt Disney Studios milestones; original recordings of the Sherman Brothers, performing their “Mary Poppins” hit songs; facts and profiles on the key characters in Saving Mr. Banks »
- Michelle McCue
The Disney company wasn't sure they were ready to jump on board "Saving Mr. Banks" (December 13), admits motion picture chairman Alan Horn. He wasn't sure it was the right thing to do, but production head Sean Bailey lobbied hard, and they finally decided that having some control by financing this $35 million Australian/British/Us co-production of the origin story of the "Mary Poppins" movie was a good idea. It's great to watch what happens when a family picture is so inside the Disney wheelhouse, as the marketing as been inventively spot-on, from sending out "Mary Poppins" Blu-rays and mounting sing-alongs with composer Richard Sherman and Emma Thompson to staging the premiere right on the Disney lot Monday night, where the "Saving Mr. Banks" gang joined up with "Mary Poppins" stars Dick Van Dyke and Julie Andrews to sing "Let's Go Fly a Kite" in front of the Main Theater. This »
- Anne Thompson
But Julie Andrews wasn’t among them.
Andrews, who starred in the 1965 Oscar-winning film adaptation of the Rodgers & Hammerstein classic, explained, “Alas, I did not . I had a speaking engagement and I couldn’t. But my kids did record it. I’ll get around to it.”
- Associated Press
Audiences sat at Burbank’s Walt Disney Studios on Dec. 9 to watch the premiere of “Saving Mr. Banks” — a Disney movie about the making of a Disney movie. As producer Alison Owen put it best, “I feel like I’m inside a Russian doll: There’s dolls inside dolls inside dolls.” What could be more meta? Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke, who starred in “Mary Poppins” — the subject of the film — and Richard Sherman, one half of the Sherman Brothers who scored “Poppins,” were in the audience. Sherman was introduced before the screening alongside Jason Schwartzman, who depicts him in “Banks.”
“It’s very unusual for us to do a premiere here on the lot, but we couldn’t resist in this case, inviting you all to a movie studio to watch a movie about making a movie,” Walt Disney chairman Alan Horn said. “This is very special »
- Maane Khatchatourian
Author P.L. Travers, whose "Mary Poppins" books were turned into a fanciful Disney film, was a notoriously prickly woman -- and according to Tom Hanks, she wouldn't have cared for "Saving Mr. Banks," the movie that tells the story of her struggle with Walt Disney over the rights to her creation.
Hanks, who plays Disney in "Banks," said that Travers would most likely have applied many of the same criticisms she lobbed at "Poppins" to the new film had she lived to see it.
"She would absolutely hate it," Hanks said during a red carpet interview at the film's premiere at Walt Disney Studios Monday. "She would say, 'Why don't you make a movie about the poetry that I wrote?' She would hate this movie. But that's what's great about it."
Meanwhile, his co-star, Emma Thompson, who plays Travers, had a different take on the author. Thompson thought her »
- Katie Roberts
Tom Hanks had his hands full when he and wife Rita Wilson met up with Emma Thompson on the red carpet at the premiere of Saving Mr. Banks in La on Monday evening. Rita greeted Emma with a big hug, and then the two playfully pretended to fight over Tom. While Tom and Emma's characters have a combative relationship in the film (Tom plays Walt Disney and Emma plays author P.L. Travers), the two appeared to be very friendly off camera. We caught up with Tom Hanks on the red carpet, where he talked about his relationship with Emma, calling her a "blast" to work with and that sharing scenes with her "is like playing soccer with Pelé." We also chatted with Emma at the premiere, where she talked about her character and how she had her hair dyed and permed to resemble the author's real-life 'do because she refused to wear a wig. »
- Maria Mercedes Lara
Steve McQueen's "12 Years a Slave," Alexander Payne's "Nebraska" and Spike Jonze's "Her" led the nominations for the St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association's annual awards. Each got nods across the board, including best film -- where they compete against "American Hustle" and "Gravity." Full list of nominations below. Best Film "American Hustle" "Gravity" "Her" "Nebraska" "12 Years a Slave" Best Director Alfonso Cuarón, "Gravity" Spike Jonze, "Her" Steve McQueen, "12 Years a Slave" Alexander Payne, "Nebraska" David O. Russell, "American Hustle" Best Actor Christian Bale, "American Hustle" Bruce Dern, "Nebraska" Chiwetel Ejiofor, "12 Years a Slave" Michael B. Jordan, "Fruitvale Station" Matthew McConaughey, "Dallas Buyers Club" Best Actress Amy Adams, "American Hustle" Cate Blanchett, "Blue Jasmine" Sandra Bullock, "Gravity" Judi Dench, "Philomena" Meryl Streep, "August: Osage County" Emma Thompson, "Saving Mr. Banks" Best Supporting Actor Barkhad Abdi, "Captain »
- Peter Knegt
Steve McQueen's "12 Years a Slave" led the winners of the Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association. The film took prizes for best film, best actor, best supporting actress, best adapted screenplay, best acting ensemble and best music score. McQueen didn't take best director, however, as that prize went to Alfonso Cuarón. Full list of winners and nominees below (winners in bold): Best Film "American Hustle" "Gravity" "Her" "Inside Llewyn Davis" "12 Years a Slave" Best Director Alfonso Cuarón, "Gravity" Spike Jonze, "Her" Baz Luhrmann, "The Great Gatsby" Steve McQueen, "12 Years a Slave" Martin Scorsese, "The Wolf of Wall Street" Best Actor Leonardo DiCaprio, "The Wolf of Wall Street" Chiwetel Ejiofor, "12 Years a Slave" Matthew McConaughey, "Dallas Buyers Club" Joaquin Phoenix, "Her" Robert Redford, "All Is Lost" Best Actress Cate Blanchett, "Blue Jasmine" Sandra Bullock, "Gravity" Judi Dench, "Philomena" Meryl Streep, "August: Osage County" Emma Thompson, "Saving Mr. »
- Peter Knegt
Practically perfect in every way! Mary Poppins costars Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke reunited Monday, Dec. 9, at the L.A. premiere of Saving Mr. Banks. The pair, who starred in the 1964 movie based on P.L. Travers' books, posed happily alongside Tom Hanks, Emma Thompson, Colin Farrell and the rest of the Saving Mr. Banks cast. In Saving Mr. Banks, Thompson plays Travers and Hanks portrays Walt Disney. The film follows the negotiations that needed to happen in order for Disney to secure the rights to make Mary Poppins into the film Andrews and Van Dyke would later star in. At a BAFTA event last month, Thompson admitted those working on the film "were all surprised that Disney had let us make it in »
It's a jolly holiday, indeed! Nearly 50 years after the release of Mary Poppins, the classic film's stars Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke came back together again at the premiere of Saving Mr. Banks at the Tcl Chinese Theatre in Hollywood on Monday, Dec. 9. Though neither appear in the Walt Disney film that stars Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson, its based on the making of Mary Poppins, with Hanks playing the role of Walt Disney and Thompson as author P.L. Travers. During the big night, [...] »
Emma Thompson is drawing raves for her turn in "Saving Mr. Banks" as the notoriously prickly author P.L. Travers, who gave Walt Disney (Tom Hanks) the devil of a time in handing over her prized creation, Mary Poppins. How demanding is she? At one point, she insists that he remove the color red from his film adaptation!
Thompson's Oscar competition this year will surely include Cate Blanchett as another extremely high-maintenance character in Woody Allen's "Blue Jasmine." Awards groups tends to love these kinds of bigger-than-life roles, so our list of some of the most ridiculously hard to please film characters of the past three decades includes several memorable, Oscar-winning roles.
- Sharon Knolle
Title: Saving Mr. Banks Walt Disney Pictures Reviewed for Shockya by Harvey Karten. Data-based on RottenTomatoes.com Grade: B+ Director: John Lee Hancock Screenwriter: Kelly Marcel, Sue Smith Cast: Emma Thompson, Tom Hanks, Paul Giamatti, Jason Schwartzman, Bradley Whitford, Annie Rose Buckley, Ruth Wilson, B.J. Novak, Rachel Griffiths, Kathy Baker, Colin Farrell Screened at: NYC, Regal E-Walk, 12/9/13 Opens: December 13, 2013 J.K. Rowling became the richest woman in England for her Harry Potter book, which not only sold four hundred million copies but gained even a wider audience through the movie adaptations. You’d think that anyone would jump at the chance to get a Hollywood producer to sign you up [ Read More ]
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- Harvey Karten
Saving Mr. Banks tells the tale of when Walt Disney (Tom Hanks) invited Mary Poppins author P.L. Travers (Emma Thompson) to his studio in Los Angeles in 1961, to discuss his interest in obtaining the movie rights to her beloved book and character. While there, Travers, who had been resistant for 20 years, spent two weeks uncompromisingly fighting every idea and suggestion, on the road to bringing this classic to the big screen. At a press conference to promote the film’s release, co-stars Emma Thompson and Tom Hanks talked about bringing the essence of these people to life without doing an exact imitation, what they learned about these individuals from playing them, the characters they were each obsessed with, growing up, and what P.L. Travers might have thought of this film. Thompson also addressed whether there might ever be another Nanny McPhee movie. Check out what they had to say after the jump. »
- Christina Radish
Amended 3.30pm: Is Mail Online ever going to put its house in order? Does it care about plagiarism? Has its editor, Martin Clarke, ever explained the meaning of common journalistic courtesy - let alone copyright - to his staff?
I ask these questions against the background of yet another blatant rip-off by the Daily Mail's website. But this blogpost has been amended to put that attack on the Mail into context.
It involves an exclusive interview with Nelson Mandela's eldest daughter, Maki (Makaziwe Mandela-Amuah), which was obtained by freelance Sharon Feinstein and published by the Sunday Mirror yesterday.
Feinstein, a long-standing freelancer with a terrific track record in interview scoops, was astonished when a friend called to tell her that her interview was being run by Mail Online.
There is a dispute about the facts here. It is agreed by both Feinstein and the Mail that she was not credited. »
- Roy Greenslade
‘American Hustle,’ ‘Gravity’: AFI Awards 2013 - big-studio movies rule once again (photo: Christian Bale and Bradley Cooper in ‘American Hustle’) The American Film Institute has released AFI Awards list featuring the Top Ten Movies of 2013. As usual, the AFI Awards mostly focus on mainstream, popular fare from the big studios; in fact, they’re a sort of more upscale, Oscar-friendlier People’s Choice Awards, i.e., no Twilight, no The Fast and The Furious, no Adam Sandler, scattered super-hero movies, mostly bypassing Harry Potter. (You’ll see why they’re so big-studio-friendly once you scroll down a bit to check out the list of this year’s AFI Awards’ jury members.) Six of the AFI’s Top Ten 2013 movies come courtesy of the Hollywood majors: American Hustle, Captain Phillips, Gravity, Her, Saving Mr. Banks, and The Wolf of Wall Street. Additionally, 12 Years a Slave was released by Fox Searchlight Pictures, »
- Anna Robinson
Every Friday through the Oscars on March 2, 2014, Variety’s awards editor Tim Gray offers a rundown of the warming trends and cold fronts in our weekly “Temperature Gauge,” in addition to his latest projections in each of the major awards categories.
What’s New This Week?
The N.Y. Film Critics on Dec. 2 announced their winners, kicking off a flurry of kudos. Early recognition helps boost the profile and reputation of certain films, but there are still three months to go before the Academy Awards.
Rising: “Her,” With wins from the National Board of Review and L.A. Critics, the film burst onto the awards scene in a big way.
Falling: Out of the Furnace. The film’s cool B.O. bow and cold reception from critics votings group last week mean it has an uphill battle to gain traction.
Steady: “Inside Llewyn Davis.” With rapturous reviews, stellar B.O. »
- Tim Gray
Finally, we’re approaching the most magical season of the year: Oscar time. And better yet, we’re in the middle of one of the best film years of the past decade. Most of 2013′s buzziest movies are undisputed triumphs (12 Years a Slave, Gravity, Nebraska, etc.) and I’m torqued for a February telecast of hotly contested categories and a swarm of deserving Best Picture nominees.
But just because we have a batch of Oscar-ready movies doesn’t mean we shouldn’t voice complaints about them. So often with Oscar bait, it feels like legitimate criticism goes forgotten and communal approval takes over. Before Oscar campaigns kick into overdrive this year, we’re voicing our ten biggest complaints about ten of the year’s most critically beloved (and Oscar-readiest) movies. Keep in mind these are only gripes about the movies released so far. We’ll be similarly critical of August: Osage County, »
- Louis Virtel
Adèle Exarchopoulos (‘Blue Is the Warmest Color’) and Cate Blanchett (‘Blue Jasmine’): Best Actress tie two years in a row at Los Angeles Film Critics Awards (photo: Léa Seydoux and Adèle Exarchopoulos in ‘Blue Is the Warmest Color’) (See previous post: "James Franco Tattoos, Gold Teeth: Lafca Winners." Another non-Hollywood Los Angeles Film Critics Association’s selection was Best Actress co-winner Adèle Exarchopoulos, cited for her performance as a young woman who falls in love with blue-haired Léa Seydoux in Abdellatif Kechiche’s controversial Cannes Film Festival Palme d’Or winner Blue Is the Warmest Color. The lesbian romantic drama also took home the Lafca’s Best Foreign Language Film Award. Blue was also the luckiest color, at least in the Best Actress category: Cate Blanchett was Exarchopoulos’ co-winner, for her performance in Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine, in which she plays a character somewhat similar to A Streetcar Named Desire »
- Andre Soares
Spike Jonze's "Her" and Steve McQueen's "12 Years a Slave" dominated the nominations for the Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Associations. Both movies received nods for Best Film along with David O. Russell's "American Hustle," Alfonso Cuaron's "Gravity," and the Coen Brothers' "Inside Llewyn Davis."
Here's the complete list of nominations, winners will be announced on Monday!
"12 Years a Slave"
Steve McQueen, "12 Years a Slave"
Chiwetel Ejiofor, "12 Years a Slave"
Best Supporting Actor
Daniel Brühl, »
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