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Peggy Siegal and John Lee Hancock, director of Saving Mr. Banks, held a reception for two-time Academy Award-winning Emma Thompson, the star of his film, who plays P.L. Travers, author of Mary Poppins in her battles with Walt Disney. Co-screenwriter Kelly Marcel and producer Alison Owen joined in at Graydon Carter's Monkey Bar in New York for the celebration of the upcoming theatrical release. Disney is played by Tom Hanks as a closeted smoker who rolls out the charm to convince the very reluctant author to give him the rights to her books. Colin Farrell, as Travers' alcoholic father (in flashbacks to the Australia she left behind) is one who needs to be saved.
- Anne-Katrin Titze
All films based on real events should have historical license. The most important thing is trying to tell the best story possible, and if that means playing a little fast and loose with the facts, then so be it. But when those facts become elastic in order to serve an agenda coated in mawkish sentiment, then history a serious consideration rather than a suggestion. In the case of Saving Mr. Banks, Disney is attempting to rewrite history in service of bolstering the argument of corporate wisdom seducing the misguided artist who doesn't understand that synergy is the best way to catharsis. The film pays a bit of lip service to cold studio pragmatism, and Tom Hanks is at his most charming, but Saving Mr. Banks' warm, sunny attitude can't mask calculating, self-congratulatory motives. In 1961, P.L. Travers (Emma Thompson) is an uptight, bitter author, whose crushing debt reluctantly forces her »
- Matt Goldberg
When we first meet Colin Farrell.s character in John Lee Hancock.s Saving Mr. Banks he seems like he is the truly ideal father figure, playing the dad of a young P.L. Travers (who, as an adult, is played by Emma Thompson). He loves his children more than anything in the universe, sees the everyday as an adventure and believes the world is meant to be explored. He.s a Disney character if there ever was one. But as the film.s story progresses we slowly begin to realize that perhaps he is not the man who we all think he is and want him to be. It.s that altering of the audience.s perception that is at the heart of the Irish actor.s performance. Last month I had the pleasure of sitting down with the star one-on-one at a press event for Saving Mr. Banks, »
Disney has released two new behind-the-scenes featurettes for director John Lee Hancock’s upcoming film Saving Mr. Banks. The film’s story focuses on Walt Disney’s (Tom Hanks) pursuit of the film rights to author P.L. Travers’ (Emma Thompson) novel Mary Poppins and the rocky relationship that formed between the two. The film is considered a potential Oscar contender, especially as far as Hanks and Thompson’s performances are concerned. One of these two featurettes explores how Hanks approached playing Walt Disney in what will be the first time the visionary has ever been portrayed onscreen, while the second featurette delves into the music of Mary Poppins, as B.J. Novak and Jason Schwartzman play the legendary Sherman Brothers. Hit the jump to watch the new featurettes, and if you missed Steve’s lengthy and wide-ranging chat with Hanks, click here. The film also stars Bradley Whitford, Paul Giamatti, Annie Rose Buckley, »
- Adam Chitwood
Before the adaptation Mary Poppins was a gigantic hit, Walt Disney himself had to convince author P.L. Travers that her story belonged on the big screen. This untold history gets its own adaptation with Saving Mr. Banks, arriving in limited release December 13 before expanding nationwide December 20. Walt Disney Pictures has released four featurettes that give fans behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with cast members such as Tom Hanks, Emma Thompson and director John Lee Hancock. We also hear from Mary Poppins composer Richard M. Sherman, who tells his own personal stories about interacting with Walt Disney.
Saving Mr. Banks was released December 13th, 2013 and stars Emma Thompson, Tom Hanks, Annie Rose Buckley, Colin Farrell, Ruth Wilson, Paul Giamatti, Bradley Whitford, B.J. Novak. The film is directed by John Lee Hancock. »
Rated PG-13 for thematic elements including some unsettling images Cast: Emma Thompson, Tom Hanks, Colin Farrell, Jason Schwartzman, Bradley Whitford, Ruth Wilson, B.J. Novak, Annie Rose Buckley, and Paul Giamatti Written By: Kelly Marcel and Sue Smith Directed By: John Lee Hancock Where is the line between commercial entertainment and artistic integrity? Funnily enough, the making of Saving […]
Read Review: Saving Mr. Banks on Filmonic. »
- Andrew Shuster
Saving Mr. Banks is a tale of two halves. The first half involves a rather standard setup with more flashbacks than any film need utilize. We're introduced to the ever lovable and determined Walt Disney (Tom Hanks) and the persnickety P.L. Travers (Emma Thompson), author of "Mary Poppins", a book Disney had promised his daughters he'd make into a movie and has spent the better part of 20 years trying to convince Travers to sell him the rights. However, as much as I grew tired of the looks back on the early life of Travers as the story builds, the second half puts all of those flashbacks into perspective, resulting in a wonderful third act where Thompson shines, giving the film an emotional weight that's as welcomed as much as it is cliched. Hollywood may revel in making movies about making movies, but it's hard to fault them as working with »
- Brad Brevet
See 3 new featurettes from the wonderful-looking Saving Mr. Banks one on music, the story and a behind-the-scenes featurette on Tom Hanks. Saving Mr. Banks opens in limited theaters on December 13th, followed by a wide release on December 20th, 2013. Starring are Emma Thompson, Tom Hanks, Paul Giamatti, Jason Schwartzman, Bradley Whitford, Annie Rose Buckley, Ruth Wilson, B.J. Novak, Rachel Griffiths, Kathy Baker and Colin Farrell. The film is produced by Ian Collie, Alison Owen, Philip Steur, and executive produced by Paul Trijbits, Christine Langan, Andrew Mason and Troy Lum. »
Well, here is an "excruciating" admission from Sharon Osbourne. The former reality star confessed to Howard Stern on Sirius Xm radio on Wednesday, Dec. 11 that she completely fabricated the story about getting vaginal rejuvenation surgery. The 61-year-old Talk co-host told Stern that she lied to fans about undergoing the painful procedure, after appearing alongside Colin Farrell on the Graham Norton Show last month. Osbourne told Norton during the Nov. 29 interview that no procedure was more painful than "having my vagina tightened." She descriptively continued, "Oh, [...] »
Looks like Disney is getting to end 2013 on their own terms, a privilege rarely granted to your average person, but certainly less rare for multinational mass media conglomerates. It’s been a year where having the last word might be more important for the company than most, as the House of Mouse has taken a fair bit of battering in the last twelve months. Lucky for them, that house is home to cleanup extraordinaire Mary Poppins, and her roundabout return vehicle, Saving Mr. Banks, seems perfectly designed to ensure Disney goes into 2014 with as spotless a reputation as possible.
January saw the premiere of Escape from Tomorrow, a surrealist horror film shot guerrilla-style in Disneyland, leading to plenty of industry handwringing over whether Disney would take legal action. Even though its response was measured -wisely choosing to ignore the film, so as to avoid making a Matterhorn out of a »
- Sam Woolf
Walt Disney Pictures has released two new behind-the-scenes featurettes from director John Lee Hancock's Saving Mr. Banks , opening in limited theaters this Friday before expanding wide on December 20. Check them both out in the players below! Saving Mr. Banks is inspired by the extraordinary, untold backstory of how Disney's classic Mary Poppins made it to the screen and the two new videos take a look at Tom Hanks in the role of Walt Disney and the film's approach to the Mary Poppins 's memorable songs. The film also stars Emma Thompson, Colin Farrell, Jason Schwartzman, Bj Novak and Bradley Whitford and you can check out ComingSoon.net's conversation with cast by clicking here . »
Walt Disney Pictures returns to the world of Mary Poppins this Friday when director John Lee Hancock's Saving Mr. Banks opens in limited theaters before expanding wide on December 20. The film is inspired by the extraordinary, untold backstory of how Disney's classic Mary Poppins made it to the screen. ComingSoon.net got a chance to talk to stars Emma Thompson (who was just nominated for a SAG Award ), Colin Farrell, Jason Schwartzman, Bj Novak, Bradley Whitford and Hancock about the film. You can check out the interviews in the player below! »
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
Chatshow host ignored repeated orders not to wear ribbon, while guests including Jeremy Clarkson were allowed to do so
Chatshow host Graham Norton has had his knuckles rapped by BBC bosses for "illegally" wearing a red ribbon on World Aids Day on his show.
The 50-year-old ignored BBC orders not to wear the ribbon on his show on 29 November this year – sparking the wrath of BBC chiefs, who outlawed him from wearing the ribbon to highlight World Aids Day on 1 December.
Despite the fact that all of his guests on The Graham Norton Show – Jeremy Clarkson, Jo Brand, Colin Farrell and Sharon Osbourne – were all allowed to, and did, wear the red ribbons – the Irish comic was told not to.
The gay comic, a passionate supporters of Aids charities – including the Elton John Aids foundation – flouted the ban despite being repeatedly told not to wear the ribbon on the popular show. »
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 »
This year’s Oscar race has had bloggers buzzing about the most cutthroat best actor category in years — with at least seven “locks” for five slots — but there’s an even bigger logjam in the supporting actor contest. When the nominees are announced in January, the Academy won’t be able to avoid snubbing some of the best performances of the year.
The one sure bet for a nomination is Jared Leto, electrifying as a cross dresser with AIDS in “Dallas Buyers Club.” Leto picked up both the New York Film Critics and L.A. Film Critics prizes, and he could very well win the Oscar, which would thrill fans of “My-So Called Life” and his band 30 Seconds to Mars. That’s one way to keep the Oscars young, even if many Academy voters have never heard of Jordan Catalano.
As a corrupt stockbroker in “The Wolf of Wall Street, »
- Ramin Setoodeh
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
As 2013 winds down to a close, Warner Bros. has unveiled some new images from a few of its 2014 titles. The debut image from director David Dobkin’s (Wedding Crashers) dramedy The Judge shows Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall face-to-face, as Downey Jr. plays a man who returns to his hometown when his father is suspected of murder. The film opens on October 10, 2014. Additionally, the first image from writer/director Akiva Goldsman’s fantasy pic Winter’s Tale highlight’s the film’s lead romantic duo played by Colin Farrell and Jessica Brown Findlay. The story revolves around a thief who breaks into the home of a bed-ridden young woman and ends up falling in love with her, but as we saw in the debut trailer it also involves a significant time jump. The film will hit theaters on February 14, 2014. Finally, Warner Bros. has also released a few new images from The Lego Movie, »
- Adam Chitwood
‘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
Marvel has confirmed that director Drew Goddard ("Cabin In The Woods"), screenwriter of "World War Z", will write and direct the Marvel Television and Netflix television production "Daredevil" based on the Marvel Comics superhero:
Goddard will write and direct the first episode of 'Daredevil', setting the tone and look for the show, while also serving as series Showrunner and Executive Producer for 13 episodes premiering on Netflix in 2015.
"...living in the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood of New York City, 'Matt Murdock' is blinded by a radioactive substance that falls from an oncoming vehicle.
"While he no longer can see, the radioactive exposure heightens his remaining senses beyond normal human ability. His father, a boxer named 'Jack Murdock', supports him as he grows up, though Jack is later »
- Michael Stevens
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