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Yeah, we know. Christmas is over, the presents have been opened, the roast beast has been eaten and all eyes are on tomorrow night when the countdown to 2014 begins. But let's not let the spirit of season disappear just yet. In case you missed them during whatever marathon you watched over the past week, or during the rollout this fall, Best Buy issued a quartet of Christmas ads rounding up Jason Schwartzman, Will Arnett, Maya Rudolph and LL Cool J giving their own consumerist spin on “Twas The Night Before Christmas." Yes, each rendition ends up with a purchase at Best Buy, but what's Christmas without shopping? Anyway, give them a spin below, each one followed by a making-of featurette right after. [The Inspiration Room] »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Continuing our daily 10-part series previewing key movies of 2014, we take an advance look at next year's comedy hopefuls
• 2014 in preview: science-fiction
• 2014 in preview: drama
• 2014 in preview: Oscar contenders
• 2014 in preview: romance
Jason Segel and Cameron Diaz play a couple who make a sex tape one night, then realise it's gone missing the next morning, prompting a "frantic search for its whereabouts". Segel and Diaz reunite three years on from Bad Teacher (and a half year ahead of Bad Teacher 2, which is also being directed by the man in charge here, Jake Kasdan, whose first ever job was on Freaks & Geeks). This is also, possibly, Segel's Machinist: he's got ever so thin for the part.
Opens 25 July in the Us, 5 September in the UK
Saving Mr. Banks is based on a true story. Well, it's based on a true story the way the movie Mary Poppins is based on the book Mary Poppins — which is to say loosely, and without some of the really unusual and intense juicy parts. The movie tells the story of author P.L. Travers (Emma Thompson) and her collaboration with Walt Disney (Tom Hanks), et al, on the movie adaptation of her beloved children's book, an adaptation she was loath to agree to in the first place. In Saving Mr. Banks' end credits, we hear some of the actual tape recordings of Travers's contentious writing sessions with Disney and two of his most successful songwriters, Richard and Robert Sherman (played in the movie by Jason Schwartzman and B.J. Novak). Was she cantankerous? Hard to please? It sure seems like it! But the movie distorts or just plain leaves out »
- Margaret Lyons
Based on the pedigree of Saving Mr. Banks all signs point to a possible fluff piece. Disney is making a movie about Disney? Surely it will be a hyperbolic celebration of past Disney glory, especially when it is coming from John Lee Hancock – the same director that gave us overly sentimental movies like The Rookie and The Blind Side.
Fortunately it is not an idealistic glorification of a modest past. Saving Mr. Banks does much more than document the making of the American classic Mary Poppins. It is a dissection into the way art can be used to work through and process our personal demons. That dissection may over simplify matters at times, but it is still willing to go to »
- Dan Clark
Now playing in theaters is Saving Mr. Banks, the new film from The Blind Side director John Lee Hancock. Based on a true story, the pic focuses on Walt Disney’s (Tom Hanks) twenty-year pursuit of the film rights to author P.L. Travers’ (Emma Thompson) novel Mary Poppins and the rocky relationship that formed between the two when she finally came to Hollywood. Loaded with great performances, a strong script, and the first time Walt Disney has been portrayed on screen, Banks is a likely contender for this year’s award season. The film also stars Paul Giamatti, Bradley Whitford, Jason Schwartzman, B.J. Novak, Annie Rose Buckley, Ruth Wilson, Rachel Griffiths, Kathy Baker, and Colin Farrell. At the recent Los Angeles press day, I landed an exclusive interview with Schwartzman, who plays Mary Poppins songwriter Richard Sherman. He talked about how he got involved in the project, the way he prepared for the role, »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
‘American Hustle’ and David O. Russell movies box office: Russell’s latest has stronger than expected wide-release debut, could become the director’s top-grossing movie (photo: Amy Adams in ‘American Hustle’) Directed by David O. Russell, and starring Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams, Christian Bale, Jennifer Lawrence, and Jeremy Renner, American Hustle opened with a better than expected $19.1 million after expanding to 2,507 North American locations, according to studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo. Some pundits had been expecting a debut in the low-to-mid teens. For comparison’s sake: Three years ago, David O. Russell’s The Fighter, which also featured American Hustle‘s Christian Bale and Amy Adams, expanded to 2,503 locations, grossing a considerably more modest $12.56 million. Comparisons to last year’s Silver Linings Playbook — also directed by Russell, and featuring Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence — are impossible to make, as that film expanded to 2,523 locations only on its tenth »
- Zac Gille
Today’s film is the 2013 short Castello Cavalcanti. The film is directed by Wes Anderson, who shares writing duties with Roman Coppola, and stars Giada Colagrande and Jason Schwartzman. Schwartzman rose to prominence with a leading role in 1998′s Rushmore, going on to performances in I Heart Huckabees, Shopgirl, Marie Antoinette, and Scott Pilgrim vs. The World. His newest film, Saving Mr. Banks, opened in wide release in American theatres this weekend.
- Deepayan Sengupta
Disney knows how to cross-promote better than anyone in the business. With “Saving Mr. Banks” hitting theaters and earning Oscar buzz for Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson, it makes total sense to re-release “Mary Poppins” on Blu-ray. If you’re not familiar, “Banks” is the story of the making of “Poppins” and fans of the new film will love the opportunity to check out what resulted from this mostly true story.
With or without “Saving Mr. Banks” to tie it in with, “Mary Poppins” has held up remarkably well. It’s a beloved family classic that has been given the full HD upgrade from Disney. It looks better than ever with a perfect HD polish. The special features are nice, especially the new ones and the ability to sing along with your favorite songs, but it’s the quality video and audio on the movie itself that’s most notable. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Directed by: John Lee Hancock
Running Time: 2 hrs 5 mins
Release Date: December 13, 2013 (Chicago)
Who’S It For? Fans of Disney, specifically those who are in their secret D23 club.
Disney’s Saving Mr. Banks is engineered to capture the experience of watching a story that is supplanted with the copyrighted “Magic of Disney,” from humanizing a king and showing him as socially accessible in his own castle, to the usage of music (granted, from another musical) as its spiritual force. In this way, Saving Mr. Banks parallels last month’s Disney project Frozen, especially with the immediate similarities of icy women learning to warm up due to accepting the social embracing of others. But, »
- Nick Allen
“A spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down.” Famed catchy lyrics to a Mary Poppins song written by the legendary Sherman Brothers. Set in 1961, Saving Mr. Banks is a sentimental story of how the wily genius Walt Disney (Tom Hanks) persuaded the grumpy British dame, Pl Travers (Emma Thompson) to come to Los Angeles to sign away the screen rights to her novel, Mary Poppins.
Directed by John Lee Hancock (The Blind Side), this was a project ‘Uncle Walt’ had been working on for twenty years ever since his children (little at the time) fell in love with the books about the magical nanny. The film sees Colin Farrell (In Bruges) as her doting father, Travers; Jason Schwartzman (Rushmore) and Bj Novak (The Office) as the iconic songwriting duo the Sherman Brothers (who brought us Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Jungle Book lyrics/tunes).; Bradley Whitford (The ...
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- Tiffany Rose
After unveiling a star-studded poster yesterday, a new trailer for Wes Anderson's The Grand Budapest Hotel has arrived online, which serves the dual purpose of introducing the many characters, as well as showing off the film's hugely impressive ensemble cast.
Among the name set to appear in the film are Ralph Fiennes, F. Murray Abraham, Mathieu Amalric, Adrien Brody, Willem Dafoe, Jeff Goldblum, Harvey Keitel, Jude Law, Bill Murray, Ed Norton, Saoirse Ronan, Jason Schwartzman, Lea Seydoux, Tilda Swinton, Tom Wilkinson, Owen Wilson and newcomer Tony Revolori.
"The Grand Budapest Hotel tells of a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars and his friendship with a young employee who becomes his trusted protégé. The story involves the theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance painting, the battle for an enormous family fortune and the slow and then sudden upheavals that transformed Europe during the first half of the 20th century. »
- Gary Collinson
‘Mary Poppins’ among 25 films chosen for the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry (photo: Julie Andrews in ‘Mary Poppins’) The powers-that-be at the United States’ Library of Congress have chosen to give the Walt Disney Studios a little support. Saving Mr. Banks, directed by John Lee Hancock, and starring Tom Hanks as Walt Disney and Emma Thompson as Mary Poppins author P.L. Travers, opened to solid — though hardly outstanding — box office numbers at 15 North American venues last Friday, December 13, 2013. The movie, which also features Colin Farrell, Ruth Wilson, Paul Giamatti, Jason Schwartzman, and Rachel Griffiths, opened in wide release in the U.S. and Canada today, Dec. 20. On Wednesday, Dec. 18, the Library of Congress announced that Mary Poppins (1964) had been included among the 25 movies added to the National Film Registry "to be preserved as cinematic treasures for generations to come." Directed by Robert Stevenson, Mary Poppins remains one of the biggest blockbusters ever, »
- Andre Soares
Now playing in theaters is Saving Mr. Banks, the new film from The Blind Side director John Lee Hancock. Based on a true story, the pic focuses on Walt Disney’s (Tom Hanks) twenty-year pursuit of the film rights to author P.L. Travers’ (Emma Thompson) novel Mary Poppins and the rocky relationship that formed between the two when she finally came to Hollywood. Loaded with great performances, a strong script, and the first time Walt Disney has been portrayed on screen, Banks is a likely contender for this year’s award season. The film also stars Paul Giamatti, Bradley Whitford, Jason Schwartzman, B.J. Novak, Annie Rose Buckley, Ruth Wilson, Rachel Griffiths, Kathy Baker, and Colin Farrell. At the recent Los Angeles press day, I landed an exclusive interview with Emma Thompson. She talked about how she got involved in the project, the way she prepared for the role, getting to »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
Every December, fans can look forward to some of the best movies each particular year has to offer, as the awards season really heat up. This year, Disney's Saving Mr. Banks is riding a wave of critical acclaim that could lead to a slew of Oscar nominations in various categories. The film takes fans behind-the-scenes at Walt Disney Pictures in the early 1960s, showing how Walt Disney (Tom Hanks) ended up convincing author P.L. Travers (Emma Thompson) to turn her beloved book Mary Poppins into a movie. We sent Todd Gilchrist to sit down with Emma Thompson, Colin Farrell (Travers Goff), Jason Schwartzman (Richard Sherman), B.J. Novak (Robert Sherman), Bradley Whitford (Don DaGradi) and director John Lee Hancock to discuss this drama, which expands nationwide on December 20. Check out our exclusive interviews with the cast and crew of Saving Mr. Banks.
Two big Oscar-worthy movies are opening in theaters near you. First, we have .Inside Llewyn Davis. from Joel and Ethan Coen. The film is set during the 1960s Village folk scene and it follows a week in Llewyn Davis. (the fantastic Oscar Isaac) life as he navigates through the ups and downs of a struggling musician. Featuring a talented supporting cast headed by Justin Timberlake, Carey Mulligan, John Goodman, and F. Murray Abraham.
We also have .Saving Mr. Banks,. Emma Thompson stars as P.L. Travers, the author of the .Mary Poppins. book. Walt Disney (Tom Hanks) has been courting her so he can turn the book into a movie. The film speaks volumes about art and how we use it to be at peace with our past. Colin Farrel, Jason Schwartzman, Bradley Whitford, and B.J. Novak co-star for director John Lee Hancock.
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I'm very tempted to go to Berlinale in February just to see Wes Anderon's new film The Grand Budapest Hotel open the festival. Past romance, part Agatha Christie-style mystery, Anderson has gathered some of his usual troupe (Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray, Willem Dafoe, Owen Wilson) and added in some brilliant ones (F. Murray Abraham, Saoirse Ronan, Léa Seydoux, Mathieu Amalric). And hats off to him for finally giving Ralph Fiennes a comedic role, the man does not get enough of those.The Grand Budapest Hotel recounts the adventures of Gustave H, a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend. The story involves the theft and recovery of a priceless Renaissance painting...
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"Saving Mr. Banks," the tale of how P.L. Travers' (Emma Thompson) novel was made into beloved Disney movie "Mary Poppins," has opened to rave reviews for the entire ensemble. Bradley Whitford, who plays real-life screenwriter Don DaGradi in the film, tells Zap2it that it was a little intimidating playing a real-life person, but he certainly wasn't under the same kind of pressure as co-star Tom Hanks, who plays Walt Disney.
"I had a latitude and a freedom that you don't have like with what Tom is doing," says the "Trophy Wife" star, "which is playing someone who is as familiar as Walt Disney."
"I think what Tom does is such a great example of somebody playing someone who is familiar and iconic and finding the resonances within himself for that character," Whitford adds. "Walt's sense of possibility, Walt's constant awareness of his good fortune, Walt's never-ending hunger to keep going creatively. »
After yesterday’s new poster for Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel offered images of the various oddball characters in the film (see it lower down the page), here comes a brand new trailer that does something similar using footage. And it’s as quirky as you could possibly wish. The Grand Budapest Hotel’s story revolves around Ralph Fiennes’ Gustave H, hotel manager and serial guest lover. His travails appear to begin when a deceased client of a certain age (Tilda Swinton) turns up dead in the hotel and leaves him a valuable painting in her will - much to the distress of Adrien Brody’s Dmitri.There’s mystery, crime, danger, laughter and, of course, a whole lot of weirdness to be found lurking within, all swirling around a none-more-Andersonian cast including Willem Dafoe, Edward Norton, Owen Wilson, Jeff Goldblum, Jason Schwartzman, Saoirse Ronan, F. Murray Abraham, »
Focusing on a huge pink hotel, the theft of a priceless painting and an inheritance waiting to be claimed, as with many Anderson productions The Grand Budapest Hotel is home to a massive cast. Starring Bill Murray, Willem Dafoe, Adrien Brody, Jude Law, Ralph Fiennes, Harvey Keitel, Edward Norton, Jason Schwartzman, Saoirse Ronan, Jeff Goldblum, Owen Wilson, Mathieu Amalric, F. Murray Abraham and Lea Seydoux, this is going to be one of the highlights of 2014!
The Grand Budapest Hotel will open from 7th March 2014. Can’t wait until then? Check out this motion poster, »
- Jazmine Sky Bradley
Truth be told, I’m not a huge Disney fan. I enjoy the Disney movies I watch, though I haven’t seen all (or even most) of them. I do, however, admire the story behind P.L. Travers and her treasured Mary Poppins, and it’s that affecting controversy – not the promise of The Mouse – that piqued my interest. In this case, Tom Hanks is simply a magnificent bonus. Furthermore, Colin Farrell is much more integral to the film than the trailers lead you to believe. For that, we can be grateful, for he added an element of charismatic grit to an otherwise luminous film.
Saving Mr. Banks is based on the »
- Mandi Hall
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