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The Walt Disney Co. has opted to open Saving Mr Banks on a limited number of screens in the Us on December 18, a week before it goes into wide release.
The move is seen as evidence the studio is positioning the film for the awards season; it opens in Australia on Boxing Day. Emma Thompson stars as Mary Poppins. Australian author P.L Travers, with Tom Hanks as studio head and animation guru Walt Disney.
Disney acquired worldwide rights from the Australian producers Hopscotch Features and Essential Media & Entertainment and the UK.s Ruby Films.
Directed by John Lee Hancock (The Blind Side) and scripted by Kelly Marcel and Australian writer Sue Smith, the plot chronicles the author.s childhood in rural Queensland and her struggles to bring the novel to the big screen.
- Don Groves
The Oc, Episode 1, Season One: “Pilot”
Directed by Doug Liman
Written by Josh Schwartz
Originally aired Au
It’s 2003 and the first week of August. In one month, it’s back-to-school time. But before that, newbie showrunner Josh Schwartz is coming to get you. He’s coming to claim your soul – to sink his hooks into you and drag you into the deepest recesses of his soapy teen drama. Little do you know how much this 90210 knock-off will surprise you with its stubbornness, subversiveness, intelligence and, most of all, heart. Welcome to the dark side. Or, if you prefer…*punches reader in the face*…welcome to The O.C., bitch.
The O.C. had no right to be as good as it was. Most of these characters appear to be walking, talking cliches: the nerdy kid who gets picked on, the silent brooder from out of town who shows him life outside »
- Sean Colletti
Shortly after announcing the release dates of two untitled Marvel movies, Walt Disney Pictures announced Planes: Fire & Rescue, a sequel to this summer's Disney's Planes, which is arriving in theaters rather quickly with a July 18th, 2014 release date already planned. This was originally set to be a direct-to-dvd franchise, but it looks as though Disney has enough confidence to make it a theatrical enterprise. No further details have been given at this time.
Also announced was a new title for The Muppets...Again, which is now Muppets Most Wanted. It will keep its original release date of March 21, 2014. Disney's Muppets Most Wanted takes the entire Muppets gang on a global tour where they find themselves unwittingly entangled in an international crime caper. The comedy stars Ricky Gervais, Ty Burrell and Tina Fey.
Saving Mr. Banks has been given a limited release date on December 13, 2013, with its wide release date of December 20, 2013 unchanged. »
We're just over a month away from Comic-Con in San Diego where we'll hopefully be seeing some promising snippets of the films to come in the next couple years. But before that, Disney is looking to 2014 and well beyond with a press release detailing some release date changes for films like Saving Mr. Banks with Tom Hanks (rhyming not intentional) and Brad Bird's Tomorrowland. In addition, one particular title change for an anticipated sequel has been made and two new projects from Marvel Studios have been dated, though we likely won't hear details about those until Comic-Con, or maybe the studio's D23 expo this year. Here's a rundown of the projects with new release dates and information straight from Walt Disney Studios: Saving Mr. Banks Release Date: Limited 12/13/13, Wide 12/20/13 Cast: Tom Hanks, Emma Thompson, Colin Farrell, Paul Giamatti, Jason Schwartzman Director: John Lee Hancock (The Blind Side) Synopsis: Inspired by true events, »
- Ethan Anderton
Freaks and Geeks Episode 7 ‘Carded and Discarded’
Directed by Judd Apatow
Aired 1/10/2000 on NBC
Technically the tenth episode (in terms of production order) of Freaks and Geeks, there’s a noticeable dissonance in this episode’s tone when contrasted against the episodes surrounding it – things are markedly more optimistic in the first two thirds than in last week’s ‘I’m With the Band’ and next week’s ‘Girlfriends and Boyfriends’. But considering where it was placed (after a two-month hiatus at the end of 1999), ‘Carded and Discarded’ actually provides a nice light moment in between the dark stories bookending it.
‘Carded and Discarded’ – like many episodes of Freaks and Geeks – are about the idealistic minds of youth, and how that naivety leads to both moments of wonderment and disaster. This comes to a head memorably when the geeks meet Maureen, the new girl »
A total of 16 young filmmakers collected trophies at the Student Academy Awards on Saturday night, hosted by comedian Bob Saget at the Motion Picture Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.
Three international student filmmakers and 13 student filmmakers from the Us picked up prizes in the alternative, animation, documentary, narrative and foreign film categories.
Miss Todd, a student film from the UK’s National Film and Television School, won gold in the foreign category – the first time an animated film has won the prize since the launch of the awards in 1972.
Directed by Kristina Yee, co-written by Frances »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
Sixteen students from colleges and universities around the world were honored last night (June 8) as winners at the 40th Student Academy Awards ceremony at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.
The medal placements were announced at the ceremony hosted by writer-director and 1978 Student Academy Award® winner Bob Saget. Writer-director Kimberly Peirce and actors Clark Gregg, Jason Schwartzman and Quvenzhané Wallis presented the awards.
The winners are:
Gold Medal: “Dia de los Muertos,” Lindsey St. Pierre and Ashley Graham, Ringling College of Art and Design
Silver Medal: “Will,” Eusong Lee, California Institute of the Arts
Bronze Medal: “Peck Pocketed,” Kevin Herron, Ringling College of Art and Design
Gold Medal: “A Second Chance,” David Aristizabal, University of Southern California
- Michelle McCue
The world's future filmmakers got a preview of the kind of Hollywood glamour and glory that could be theirs someday as the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences presented its 40th annual Student Academy Awards.
Sixteen college students from around the globe were honored at the Saturday night ceremony, held at the academy's Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills and hosted by onetime Student Academy Award winner Bob Saget. Presenters included writer-director Kimberly Peirce and actors Clark Gregg, Jason Schwartzman and Quvenzhane (kwuh-vehn'-juh-nay) Wallis.
This year's student honors included two each from the University of Southern California, Ringling College of Art and Design in Florida and the School of Visual Arts in New York.
Past Student Academy Award winners have gone on to receive eight Oscars and 46 Oscar nominations. Could Saturday night's winners be far behind? Remember these names:
Gold Medal Winners
_ Brian Schwarz, University of Texas at Austin, »
The 40th annual Student Academy Awards honored 16 students from various universities on June 8, with USC and the U. of Texas, Austin among top winners.
Former Student Academy Award winner (1978) and writer-director Bob Saget hosted the kudos at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, while Kimberly Peirce, Clark Gregg, Jason Schwartzman and Quvenzhane Wallis presented the honors.
The awards have a different format from the Oscars, with the student awards placing directors as gold, silver and bronze winners in five categories (alternative, animation, documentary, narrative and foreign).
Schools that received honors for the first time included Elon University, Occidental College and the University of Michigan in the U.S. competition. Zurich University of the Arts and Rits School of Arts and Erasmus University College Brussels were first time winners in the foreign competition.
Winners are as follows:
- Michael Palumbo
Sixteen students from colleges and universities around the world were honored Saturdaynight as winners at the 40th Student Academy Awards ceremony at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. While the students’ name has been previously announced, at the ceremony, Bob Saget, a Student Academy Award winner himself in 1978, revealed the gold, silver and bronze medal placements awarded to the honorees. Writer-director Kimberly Peirce and actors Clark Gregg, Jason Schwartzman and Quvenzhané Wallis presented the awards. Photos: 26 of Summer's Most Anticipated Movies: 'Man of Steel,' 'Wolverine,' 'The Lone Ranger' This year’s winners are:
- Gregg Kilday
There are plenty of filmmakers who work with the same actors more than once.
Judd Apatow has his crew of goofy doofuses. Wes Anderson usually calls on Bill Murray and Jason Schwartzman to be achingly cool sad-sacks. Christopher Nolan apparently cannot make a movie without Michael Caine. And so forth.
There is no director in Hollywood today, however, whose acting troupe is as deep and devoted to each other as Joss Whedon’s. Since launching his first TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer in 1997, the writer-director-composer-and-even-occasional-actor has cultivated relationships with dozens of performers on screens big and small, many of whom have appeared in at least two of his productions. The network of stars is so vast, in fact, that it is known among Whedon’s fans simply as the Whedonverse. »
A midriff-baring Gwen Stefani was by Gavin Rossdale's side at Tuesday night's La premiere of The Bling Ring. Gavin joined Emma Watson, Taissa Farmiga, and the rest of the film's young cast for the debut, as did many members of director Sofia Coppola's family and inner circle - Francis Ford Coppola, Jason Schwartzman, Sofia's Somewhere leading man Stephen Dorff, and Chloë Sevigny among them. The crime drama is based on true events that took place around La in 2008. The real "Bling Ring" used social media to track down celebrities' whereabouts and robbed their homes when they were out of town. Victims included Rachel Bilson, Miranda Kerr, and Paris Hilton, who allowed Sofia to shoot in her home to re-create the robberies that took place there. Yesterday, Paris told us seeing the movie was an "emotional" experience and said she never got an apology from any of the teens who stole from her. »
- Brittney Stephens
Acclaimed comedy director Mike Mitchell and Emmy Award winning writer Erica Rivinoja are tackling something notoriously small for their next big screen project - the iconic troll dolls (which stand at about two inches tall). DreamWorks Animation Skg, Inc., which recently announced the acquisition of the Trolls franchise, has tasked Mitchell and Rivinoja with reimagining the Trolls universe on the big screen. Mitchell, currently directing the live action sequences in The Spongebob Squarepants Movie 2 has garnered a fan base among family audiences for hits such as Shrek Forever After, Sky High and Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chip-Wrecked, and has a proven track record taking legendary characters on new adventures. Rivinoja has been lauded for her work on comedies including South Park and Up All Night. Under the direction of this new creative team Trolls will be distributed by Twentieth Century Fox on November 4, 2016.
I had little idea of what to expect going into a viewing of Roman Coppola's A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III, having only seen these suggestive posters. What I found was a surprisingly charming tale of a gifted man obsessed with beautiful possessions who is having trouble letting go of his latest love. It was the cast that really drew me in, sporting Charlie Sheen, Jason Schwartzman, Patricia Arquette, Katheryn Winnick, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Aubrey Plaza and Bill Murray, plus the written and directorial effort from the Oscar-nominated Roman Coppola. It's a fun little gem of a picture you probably missed in theaters, so hit the jump to check out my review of the film on Blu-ray to see if it's right for you. The Feature: At a runtime of 87 minutes, this is a quick little tale that mixes the absurd with the all too real »
- Dave Trumbore
Sheen revealed in a promotional interview for the film that he was constantly amazed by the subtlety that Murray brings to his characters.
"He changed the way I looked at the world through his work," the Anger Management actor said, according to USA Today.
"His brain opens up in like six different hatches when they call 'action'... His rhythm is very bizarre.
"You don't know if he's forgotten his line. You're working with him and I've known him for an hour, you don't want him to quit because of you, but you're about to interrupt him seven times in the same scene."
A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III stars Sheen as a ladies' man whose life begins to collapse when he is dumped by his girlfriend. »
IFC has announced that the second season of Comedy Bang! Bang! will kick off on Friday, July 12th. They've ordered 20 new episodes and have numerous guest stars booked.
Here's a press release with the details:
Comedy Bang! Bang! Returns With Guest Stars…
Appearances by Selma Blair, Andy Daly, Will Forte, Chris Hardwick, Nick Kroll, Thomas Lennon, Jack McBrayer, Christopher Meloni, Bobby Moynihan, Bob Odenkirk, Jordan Peele, Horatio Sanz, Kristen Schaal, »
Scott Aukerman's podcast-turned-surreal talk show "Comedy Bang! Bang!" returns to IFC for a second season on Friday, July 12 at 10pm, the network announced today. The half-hour show, hosted by Aukerman (the co-creator, director and producer of the brilliant "Between Two Ferns") and his "band," Reggie Watts, will have a 20 episode run this year, double the number from last year. The new season will run in two chunks, from July 12 through September 13 and from October 18 through December. The guest list includes Jessica Alba ("Sin City"), Aziz Ansari ("Parks and Recreation"), David Cross ("Arrested Development"), Zach Galifianakis ("The Hangover"), Bill Hader ("Saturday Night Live"), Pee-wee Herman ("Pee-wee's Playhouse"), Rashida Jones ("Celeste & Jesse Forever"), Anna Kendrick ("Up in the Air"), Jason Schwartzman ("Moonrise Kingdom"), Casey Wilson ("Happy Endings") and many, many more. Read More: Scott Aukerman Brings Celebrity Guests and a 'Bizarro Version' of Himself...
- Alison Willmore
Scott Aukerman's podcast-turned-surreal talk show "Comedy Bang! Bang!" returns to IFC for a second season on Friday, July 12 at 10pm, the network announced today. The half-hour show, hosted by Aukerman (the co-creator, director and producer of the brilliant "Between Two Ferns") and his "band," Reggie Watts, will have a 20 episode run this year, double the number from last year. The new season will run in two chunks, from July 12 through September 13 and from October 18 through December. The guest list includes Jessica Alba ("Sin City"), Aziz Ansari ("Parks and Recreation"), David Cross ("Arrested Development"), Zach Galifianakis ("The Hangover"), Bill Hader ("Saturday Night Live"), Pee-wee Herman ("Pee-wee's Playhouse"), Rashida Jones ("Celeste & Jesse Forever"), Anna Kendrick ("Up in the Air"), Jason Schwartzman ("Moonrise Kingdom"), Casey Wilson ("Happy Endings") and many, many more. Read More: Scott Aukerman Brings Celebrity Guests and a 'Bizarro Version' of Himself »
- Alison Willmore
"Spock, I do not know too much about these little Tribbles yet, but there is one thing that I have discovered. I like them … better than I like you." –Dr. McCoy, "Star Trek" (1967)
Greetings from the apocalypse! The trouble with Tribbles is not how cute they are but how much they multiply, or in the case of "Star Trek Into Darkness," the silly plot point for which they cameo. That's the only thing I'll spoil from that movie (besides that it stinks), but luckily there's some sweet alternatives this week that boldly go where no J.J. Abrams movie has gone before … coherence.
Friday, May 17
Pow! In Theaters
Oh boy. "Star Trek Into Dumbness" finally fulfills J.J. Abrams' five-year mission to run this franchise through a Cuisinart of stupidity. I would need a spoiler avalanche to make a proper case for how this sequel squanders classic characters and scenarios from »
- Max Evry
Currently filming his latest comedy drama The Grand Budapest Hotel, which is set to star an ensemble cast including Ralph Fiennes, Jude Law, and Saoirse Ronan, Wes Anderson has been producing quirky dramas for almost twenty years at this point in time.
Director, screenwriter, actor, and producer of features, short films and commercials, Anderson’s work is mostly known for his family struggles, flawed characters, British rock soundtracks, and colourful cinematography. Not only do his films compare in visual style, though, they also often include regular collaborators Bill Murray, Anjelica Huston, Owen and Luke Wilson, and Jason Schwartzman.
Here’s some of his best:
Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)
A personal favourite of mine is Anderson’s adaptation of the classic Roald Dahl book, Fantastic Mr. Fox, which was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature in 2009. As one of his most recent pieces of work, it was hard to »
- Charlie Derry
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