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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
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
(Thanks, Marshall!) Top Ten Films Of 2013 (in alphabetical order) “12 Years a Slave” “American Hustle” “Captain Phillips” “Dallas Buyers Club” “Gravity” “Mud” “Nebraska” “Philomena” “Saving Mr. Banks” “Short Term 12″ Best »
- Ryan Adams
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
‘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
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
“Saving Mr. Banks” is the fifth film directed by John Lee Hancock, who began his career as a writer, scripting the 1993 Clint Eastwood film “A Perfect World.” His new film travels between Los Angeles in 1961, London at the same time, and flashbacks to P.L. Travers’ youth in Australia.
Cinematography: John Schwartzman
I like to get everyone on board as soon as possible so we can have lots of discussions with John, production designer Michael Corenblith, costume designer Daniel Orlandi. That’s the way it ought to be. Everybody should be finishing each others’ sentences. Too often people don’t have good prep and they paint themselves into corners. I had been to Australia and seen the two houses and towns where the Goffs lived (i.e., P.L. Travers’ childhood home). The sun and the light felt very much like Southern California, so John and I embraced that. The light and »
- Tim Gray
Los Angeles Film Critics Awards winners 2013 (photo: Sandra Bullock in ‘Gravity’) The Los Angeles Film Critics Association (Lafca), which has been around since the early ’70s, announced earlier today, December 8, 2013, their list of 2013 winners and runners-up. Although there were a handful of offbeat choices, what’s most surprising is how mainstream were most of the Los Angeles Film Critics’ picks this year — Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity was the top film, with a total of four wins — and that there were no less than three ties, including one for Best Picture: Gravity and Spike Jonze’s Her. See below. (See also: Full list of Boston Society of Film Critics 2013 winners.) Best Picture (tie): Gravity and Her. Best Foreign-Language Film: Blue Is the Warmest Color, directed by Abdellatif Kechiche. Runner-up: The Great Beauty, directed by Paolo Sorrentino. Best Documentary: Stories We Tell, directed by Sarah Polley Runner-up: The Act of Killing, »
- Andre Soares
I love, love, love Emma Thompson . both as an actress and as a person! And you will fall in love with her performance in the upcoming .Saving Mr. Banks. where the actress plays P.L. Travers, the real-life author of .Mary Poppins,. the book! Thompson has many delicious repartees with Tom Hanks who plays Mr. Walt Disney Himself, as well as the trio of Bradley Whitford (co-writer Don DaGradi), Jason Schwartzman (Richard M. Sherman), and B.J. Novak (Robert B. Sherman).
In this interview with the legendary Thompson, we talked about:
*** How did he get attracted to making the movie?
*** Her character, Pamela, oh I.m sorry, Mrs. Travers
*** I told her that this is her movie . but she didn.t want to accept that . I Love Her! »
Director John Lee Hancock helped give Sandra Bullock her first Best Actress Oscar award for .The Blind Side,. and now, the filmmaker is back with .Saving Mr. Banks,. a behind-the-scenes look at the making of .Mary Poppins. with Emma Thompson as the author P.L. Travers and Tom Hanks as Mr. Walt Disney himself!
I sat down with the director at Walt Disney Studios to talk about the movie:
*** What got him interested in making the movie?
*** What research did he do to make the movie?
*** What made him choose Emma Thompson?
*** What does he want viewers to feel after watching .Saving Mr. Banks?.
CBS Films’ “Inside Llewyn Davis” opens today, amid very positive reviews. It was written and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen, who produced along with Scott Rudin; the siblings also edited, under the name Roderick Jaynes. In an interview with Variety, the two talked about their invaluable collaborators in re-creating the Greenwich Village folk music scene before Bob Dylan revolutionized it. They took their visual inspiration from a Bob Dylan album cover, and talked about the subtle hazards of recording the songs live and of shooting in New York, even in buildings and rooms appropriate to the era.
Cinematography: Bruno Delbonnel
Ethan: “Freewheeling Bob Dylan”; it’s an iconic Greenwich Village early ’60s (image). For the the look of the movie, that’s what we talked about with Bruno; that was a touchstone. We wanted desaturated color, desaturated ectachrome look. It’s the picture of the Village that we wanted to present, »
- Tim Gray
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“Saving Mr. Banks,” which is rated “PG-13” and opens wide on Dec. 20, 2013, also stars Paul Giamatti, Colin Farrell, Jason Schwartzman, Annie Rose Buckley, Ruth Wilson, Bradley Whitford, B.J. Novak, Lily Bigham, Kathy Baker, Melanie Paxson, Andy McPhee, Rachel Griffiths and Ronan Vibert from director John Lee Hancock and writers Kelly Marcel and Sue Smith.
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- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
SAG Award nominations will be announced next week, and among the films likely that will no doubt be recognized are “August: Osage County,” “Before Midnight” and “Saving Mr. Banks.” The films have also been praised for their scripts, with WGA noms unveiled Jan 3. While these pics are deserving of attention in both realms, the contributions of the directors are mysteriously shortchanged.
There is a special place in the cinema pantheon for directors who don’t make a fuss: No auteur flourishes, no startling camera angles. They’re just there to serve the material and they do it so well, their work is almost invisible. Don’t critics and industry folks realize how hard that is?
John Wells (“Osage”), Richard Linklater (“Midnight”) and John Lee Hancock (“Mr. Banks”), pictured left to right, worked with a strong cast and screenplay, so some people may think they just pointed their cameras and let it happen. »
- Tim Gray
Two-time Academy Award®–winner Emma Thompson and fellow double Oscar®-winner Tom Hanks topline Disney’s Saving Mr. Banks, inspired by the extraordinary, untold backstory of how Disney’s classic “Mary Poppins” made it to the screen.
When Walt Disney’s daughters begged him to make a movie of their favorite book, P.L. Travers’ “Mary Poppins,” he made them a promise—one that he didn’t realize would take 20 years to keep. In his quest to obtain the rights, Walt comes up against a curmudgeonly, uncompromising writer who has absolutely no intention of letting her beloved magical nanny get mauled by the Hollywood machine. But, as the books stop selling and money grows short, Travers reluctantly agrees to go to Los Angeles to hear Disney’s plans for the adaptation.
For those two short weeks in 1961, Walt Disney pulls out all the stops. Armed with imaginative storyboards and chirpy songs from the talented Sherman brothers, »
- Movie Geeks
The precursor awards are underway and I waited until seeing the likes of American Hustle, Saving Mr. Banks and Love Survivor before rushing to update my predictions once again. That said, after the Gotham Awards, New York Film Critics Awards, and National Board of Review announcing their favorites it's time to start offering some updates as the only major Oscar player I have yet to see is Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street, but even that we have some advance buzz concerning and even more is on the way as additional New York and Los Angeles critics will be seeing it over the weekend. Now for today's action where I'll be updating all the major categories from Best Picture to Best Animation over the course of the day. First off, we'll begin with Best Picture and Best Director, which are detailed below along with links to browse my complete, »
- Brad Brevet
A year or so ago, the very idea of Saving Mr. Banks was one that inspired some jokes and no small amount of ridicule. "It's Disney saluting Disney" was a popular phrase, and I even once suggested it was potentially going to be the equivalent of watching Mickey Mouse masturbate. Well, now having seen John Lee Hancock's film, I can say that it doesn't deserve any ridicule, since it's a solidly good movie. That being said, it's got both the feel good quality and the tear jerker quality going in its favor, so I have no doubt that this is going to be a big favorite for the Academy. The question is, can it sneak up and win Best Picture? It's not the frontrunner, but it could very well prove to be a big spoiler when the awards are handed out. Perhaps more than any other contender for Best Picture this year, »
- Joey Magidson
Variety announced today that actor Jonah Hill will be honored with the Creative Impact in Acting Award at the 2014 Palm Springs International Film Festival (Psiff).
The award will be given to Hill based upon the breadth of his recent body of work, from his Oscar-nominated role in Moneyball to his role in the anticipated upcoming Martin Scorsese film The Wolf of Wall Street.
Pics: Role Call: Who Got Hired in Hollywood?
Variety also revealed Monday that Saving Mr. Banks director John Lee Hancock will be handed the Creative Impact in Directing Award for his "outstanding contributions to the art and business of cinema."
Pics: Stars On Set
The awards »
Variety has chosen its 10 Directors to Watch for 2013 and believe it or not, five of the 11 directors on the list (one entry consists of a pair) are women. Could it be an encouraging sign that gender inequality in film may be on the decline? The Directors to Watch for 2013 are: Amma Asante ("Belle") Clio Barnard ("The Selfish Giant") Anthony Chen (Ilo Ilo") Paul Duane ("Very Extremely Dangerous" "Natan") Ben Falcone ("Tammy") Maya Forbes ("Infinitely Polar Bear") Aron Gaudet & Gita Pullapilly ("Beneath the Harvest Sky") Dome Karukoski ("Heart of a Lion") Justin Simien ("Dear White People") Gren Wells ("The Road Within") Read More: Gender Inequality in Film in Infographic Form Variety will honor the "Directors to Watch" and recognize John Lee Hancock ("Saving Mr. Banks") with the Creative Impact in Directing award and actor Jonah Hill ("The Wolf of Wall Street") with the Creative Impact in Acting Award at a brunch on Jan. »
Variety has chosen its 10 Directors to Watch for 2013.
At a time when many have criticized the entertainment industry for the absence of female directors, it’s worth noting that five of the 11 directors on the list (one entry consists of a pair) are women.
Amma Asante (“Belle”) Clio Barnard (“The Selfish Giant”) Anthony Chen (“Ilo Ilo“) Paul Duane (“Very Extremely Dangerous.” “Natan”) Ben Falcone (“Tammy”) Maya Forbes (“Infinitely Polar Bear”) Aron Gaudet & Gita Pullapilly (“Beneath the Harvest Sky”) Dome Karukoski (“Heart of a Lion”) Justin Simien (“Dear White People”) Gren Wells (“The Road Within”)
Variety will also recognize John Lee Hancock (“Saving Mr. Banks.”) with the Creative Impact in Directing award and actor Jonah Hill (“The Wolf of Wall Street”) with the Creative Impact in Acting Award.
The Dec. 17 issue of Variety will include profiles of the directors and Creative Impact honorees, who will also be honored at a brunch on Jan. »
- Variety Staff
So you’re casting a movie, and you want top-tier talent—not just for the leading roles but deep into the lineup. It’s a studio film but not one that features Norse gods or guys in robot suits—so your budget isn’t exactly top tier. In most cases, this would be a time to jump straight to the B list. But in this case, you’re Ronna Kress, and you’re casting a film about the making of one of the most beloved movies of all times, “Mary Poppins.” Put that B list away. “Saving Mr. Banks” features Emma Thompson as novelist and Poppins creator P.L. Travers and Tom Hanks as obscure mid-century studio boss Walt Disney. And those two are just the beginning. “It was a movie made for a price, and that’s always a tough sell,” Kress said. “But we were fortunate enough to attach Tom and Emma, »
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