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Season's Greetings and a look ahead to the films of 2013

29 December 2012 1:16 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Just a brief note to wish all of our readers a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from everyone here at Flickering Myth, and to say thank you for supporting the site over the past twelve months.

We'll be revealing our "Top 10 Movies of 2012" on New Year's Eve, but like us you'll likely be casting your eye towards 2013's cinematic slate by now, so to help you plan your viewing here's a selection of potential highlights to look out for in the coming year (roughly sorted in order of arrival)...

Gangster Squad (dir. Ruben Fleischer) - trailer here

Stand Up Guys (dir. Fisher Stevens)

Broken City (dir. Allen Hughes)

The Last Stand (dir. Kim Jee-Woon) - trailer here

Hansel and Gretel Witch Hunters (dir. Tommy Wirkola) - trailer here

Movie 43 (dir. Virtually Everyone in Hollywood) - trailer here

Parker (dir. Taylor Hackford)

Bullet the the Head (dir. »

- flickeringmyth

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Tom Hanks on playing Walt Disney in Saving Mr Banks: 'I can't screw up'

14 November 2012 10:02 PM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Tom Hanks has revealed that he was nervous about appearing in the upcoming Disney film Saving Mr Banks. The 56-year-old actor stars opposite Emma Thompson in the film about Mary Poppins author Pl Travers. In the film, he plays Walt Disney, as he worked with Travers on the film adaptation of her book, which would later become a movie classic. Hanks told E!: "I don't want to p*** anybody off. I want to be accurate, more than anything else. "John Lee Hancock is the director, and it's really the story of Emma Thompson more than it's about me, so, you know, I don't want to screw up." In an effort to capture the spirit of the famous producer and animator, Hanks revealed (more) »

- By Zeba Blay

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Tom Hanks on playing Walt Disney in Saving Mr Banks: 'I can't screw up'

14 November 2012 10:02 PM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Tom Hanks has revealed that he was nervous about appearing in the upcoming Disney film Saving Mr Banks. The 56-year-old actor stars opposite Emma Thompson in the film about Mary Poppins author Pl Travers. In the film, he plays Walt Disney, as he worked with Travers on the film adaptation of her book, which would later become a movie classic. Hanks told E!: "I don't want to p*** anybody off. I want to be accurate, more than anything else. "John Lee Hancock is the director, and it's really the story of Emma Thompson more than it's about me, so, you know, I don't want to screw up." In an effort to capture the spirit of the famous producer and animator, Hanks revealed (more) »

- By Zeba Blay

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Tom Hanks Reveals the Pressures of Playing Disney: "I Don't Want to Piss Anybody Off!"

14 November 2012 11:57 AM, PST | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

One of Hollywood's most beloved actors, Tom Hanks, playing one of the world's most beloved legends, Walt Disney? Seems like Saving Mr. Banks should be the perfect fit! But that doesn't mean there isn't a certain amount of pressure in taking on the man who created Mickey Mouse. "I don't want to piss anybody off. I want to be accurate, more than anything else," Tom told us last night at the L.A. premiere of American Master: Inventing David Geffen presented by the Peggy Siegal Company. "John Lee Hancock is the director, and it's really the story of Emma Thompson more than it's about me, so, you know, I don't want to screw up." And, if you had any doubts, it appears that he »

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The Alamo: a cannon that fails to fire

8 November 2012 3:37 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

A bold attempt to retell the story of the battle of the Alamo is let down by the unrelieved gloom and the ponderous pace

The Alamo (2004)

Director: John Lee Hancock

Entertainment grade: C–

History grade: B+

In 1836, Mexican forces took the Alamo mission, near what is now San Antonio, Texas, from a small band of Texian defenders. (Texians were American settlers in Texas. They did not start to be called Texans until after the state's declaration of independence later that year.)

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Washed-up alcoholic Sam Houston (Dennis Quaid) is selling investment in Texas. Washed-up politician David "Davy" Crockett (Billy Bob Thornton), rejected by the electors of Tennessee, is interested. "I told them: 'You can go to hell. I'm going to Texas'," he says defiantly. They're joined by washed-up knife-fighter and committed slave-owner Jim Bowie (Jason Patric), who is ailing with tuberculosis, and washed-up lawyer William Travis (Patrick Wilson), who cruelly abandons his family. »

- Alex von Tunzelmann

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Another Director up for 'Star Wars', Leto Returns to Acting, and Cooper to Play Bond Creator in Biopic

7 November 2012 7:00 AM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

1.) While he's been off focusing on his band 30 Seconds to Mars in recent years, I've always liked Jared Leto's acting and have been waiting for him to make his return to the big screen. Well now, Leto (Fight Club, Requiem for a Dream) has been cast alongside a skinny Matthew McConaughey in The Dallas Buyer's Club. The film will mark Leto's first on-screen role since 2009's Mr. Nobody, which I don't believe was ever actually released in the U.S. The move comes a few days after Jennifer Garner was cast as the female lead, replacing the previously attached Hilary Swank. The film tells the true story of Ron Woodruff (McConaughey), who contracted AIDS in 1986 and spent the next six years smuggling drugs into the U.S. to help himself and fellow patients. Leto will play one such patient, a cross-dresser named Rayon who producers reportedly view as a key role. »

- Kevin Blumeyer

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First Look At Tom Hanks As Walt Disney In Saving Mr. Banks

7 November 2012 5:04 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

If you’re the Walt Disney Company and you need to cast Walt Disney for an upcoming Walt Disney-based film, you can’t get somebody who associates as a sexual deviant or a pimp or an asshole – you need an actor who comes over pure and inherently good-willed, somebody that the world already likes. Because your company’s colossal reputation is built around one man’s ideology, isn’t it? That’s why we say sorry, Gary Oldman, but no Walt Disney for you. Tom Hanks, on the other hand… well, perfect.

Yep. Tom Hanks is set to play ol’ Walt himself in the upcoming flick Saving Mr. Banks, which tells the true story of how Disney tried to convince Mary Poppins author P.L. Travers to allow him to make a motion picture out of her book. No points for guessing whether he succeeded or not. Okay, have a few points if you like. »

- T.J. Barnard

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First Look at Tom Hanks as Walt Disney in Saving Mr. Banks

7 November 2012 3:04 AM, PST | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

With a terrific cast led by Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson, Saving Mr. Banks is one of the most promising high-profile films currently in production.

Due for release in the height of the awards season next year, Hanks stars as Walt Disney in the drama that tells the tale of how author P.L. Travers (Emma Thompson) was pursued by Disney for the rights to her novel, Mary Poppins, and now the first look at the pair filming on the grounds of Disneyland have surfaced online.

“When Travers travels from London to Hollywood in 1961 to finally discuss Disney’s desire to bring her beloved character to the motion picture screen (a quest he began in the 1940s as a promise to his two daughters), Disney meets a prim, uncompromising sexagenarian not only suspect of the impresario’s concept for the film, but a woman struggling with her own past. During her stay in California, »

- Kenji Lloyd

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First Look: Tom Hanks as Walt Disney in Saving Mr. Banks

6 November 2012 4:53 PM, PST | WorstPreviews.com | See recent Worst Previews news »

Tom Hanks is portraying Walt Disney in the upcoming "Saving Mr Banks" movie, and has been spotted shooting scenes at Disneyland. The film co-stars Emma Thompson, Colin Farrell, Paul Giamatti, Bradley Whitford and Jason Schwartzman. It's directed by John Lee Hancock and set to hit theaters on December 20th, 2013. Check out some set photos below. Plot: The film centers on the creator of Mary Poppins, Pl Travers (Thompson). The story shifts back and forth between 1961 and 1907, showing Travers during her childhood and her experience negotiating with Walt Disney (Hanks) for the film of Mary Poppins. Travers father (Farrell) was a banker who slowly slid into alcoholism as the family fell into financial hardship. Travers looked up to her father, and the breaking of his spirit had an effect on her writing. She was extremely reluctant to sell Disney the rights to make Mary Poppins into a movie, mainly because the story was highly personal, »

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Here's What Tom Hanks Looks Like as Walt Disney in 'Saving Mr. Banks'

6 November 2012 3:08 PM, PST | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

The first image(s) of Tom Hanks as Walt Disney have arrived online via Twitter user Melissa Farley and Imagineering Disney who snapped the pics at Disneyland where filming is taking place on Saving Mr. Banks, a behind-the-scenes drama about the making of Mary Poppins. The movie marks director John Lee Hancock's follow-up to the surprise hit The Blind Side, which sort of blindsided everyone when it quietly inched its way into awards season with multiple Oscar nods and a win for Sandra Bullock in the Best Actress category. Hanks, who looks more like a slightly overweight version of Tom Hanks with a mustache than Walt Disney, will star in the film alongside Colin Farrell, Emma Thompson, Paul Giamatti and Jason Schwartzman. Due out on December 20, 2013, the film will...

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- Erik Davis

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Saving Mr. Banks Set Photos Reveal Tom Hanks as Walt Disney

6 November 2012 2:47 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Tom Hanks has a very Disney-esque quality about him, but casting him as Walt Disney is distracting, because he's Tom Hanks. It makes sense from a financial standpoint, but Saving Mr. Banks might be more believable if Walt Disney Studios had cast someone less well known to play the role.

We say this only because a couple of set photos have come in, and though Hanks has the moustache and smile down, its hard to believe the two entities are one. The movie, which follows author P.L. Travers (Emma Thompson) from London to Hollywood as Walt Disney Pictures adapts her novel Mary Poppins for the big screen, is currently shooting at Disneyland, which has been retrofitted to appear as it did in the 1960s. It's one of the most visited attractions in the world, so of course a couple of sneaky set photos have leaked out. Check them out and decide for yourself. »

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First Look at Tom Hanks as Walt Disney in Saving Mr. Banks

6 November 2012 2:18 PM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

If you caught Tom Hanks doing any of the press rounds for Cloud Atlas, you may have noticed his oh-so-regal mustache.  The atypical facial hair was for a high profile role that Hanks is currently filming: that of Walt Disney in the real-life drama Saving Mr. Banks.  The story centers on Disney’s 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.  Our first images of Hanks and Thompson in character have surfaced today, as the production filmed a few scenes on the grounds of Disneyland. Hit the jump to take a look at the images.  Directed by John Lee Hancock (The Blind Side), the film also stars Colin Farrell, Ruth Wilson, Rachel Griffiths, Bradley Whitford, Paul Giamatti, and Jason SchwartzmanSaving Mr. Banks opens on December 20th, 2013. Images courtesy of Inside the Magic (via »

- Adam Chitwood

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Get your first look at Tom Hanks as Walt Disney in Saving Mr. Banks

6 November 2012 10:59 AM, PST | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

Let me begin this by saying that Tom Hanks was an excellent choice to portray Walt Disney. They may not look exactly the same, but seeing Hanks as Disney in these photos makes me happy. That said, yes, Hanks was spotted on set of Saving Mr. Banks. We've got our first look at him as well as co-star Emma Thompson as Mary Poppins author, P.L. Travers. There was also a photo taken of the extras in 60s fashions. John Lee Hancock (The Blind Side) is directing the story of, "Travers, »

- Niki Stephens

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First Look At Emma Thompson In Saving Mr. Banks!

3 November 2012 3:38 PM, PDT | Filmofilia | See recent Filmofilia news »

Stay awake, don’t rest your head. Don’t lie down upon your bed… sings Mr. Banks in Mary Poppins, and today we’re here to share first set photos from the upcoming Walt Disney biopic titled Saving Mr Banks. Ok, this time it’s not all about Mr. Banks, because these photos give us a first look at Emma Thompson who plays P. L. Travers, author of a legendary series of children’s books.

John Lee Hancock directs the movie from a script written by Kelly Marcel, and as we previously reported – the whole thing will center on the life of Travers. That basically means they will first take us back to 1907 where we’ll have a chance to see her childhood in Queensland, Australia.

Then, of course, director Hancock will tell us the true behind-the-scenes story of the making of Walt Disney Pictures’ 1964 film classic, based on Travers’ book. »

- Jeanne Standal

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Thompson adopts regal look for biopic - Realbollywood.com News

28 October 2012 2:17 AM, PDT | RealBollywood.com | See recent RealBollywood news »

Los Angeles, Oct 28: Actress Emma Thompson sported a sophisticated look to shoot for upcoming Walt Disney biopic "Saving Mr Banks".

Thompson, 53, plays author P.L. Travers who made the character of Mary Poppins. She was shooting at the studio Friday in a white dress with a blue pashmina, reports dailymail.co.uk.

Walt Disney, the founder of the animated studio, spent 14 years trying to persuade Travers to allow him to make a film on her children's story.

Directed by John Lee Hancock, the role of American producer Disney will be. »

- Anita Agarwal

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Captain America: The Winter Soldier Release Date; Thor: The Dark World & Iron Man 3 Will Be In 3D

15 October 2012 2:59 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Break out the movie planner calendar fellow Movie Geeks. Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures has sent us their schedule, along with the official names,  of when their films will be hitting cinemas. Among the familiar faces are Captain America, Thor and Iron Man who all came together to save the world in the Summer of 2012 in Marvel’s The Avengers. In August, Disney Studios  announced a release date for Marvel Studios. sequel to the biggest Super Hero blockbuster and third highest grossing film of all time. Joss Whedon returns to write and direct the Untitled Marvel.S Avengers Sequel set for release May 1, 2015.

Now for the new stuff. Phineas And Ferb moves to a 2014 debut from it’s previously announced date of July 28, 2013. While many of these titles and dates you see below were announced at Comic-Con in San Diego over the summer, you’ll find some that are new. »

- Michelle McCue

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Disney sets new 'Saving Mr. Banks,' 'Phineas and Ferb' and Pixar movie release dates

15 October 2012 11:06 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Walt Disney Studios announced some new release dates for a number of films this morning.  The biggest news was that Marvel Studios' "Ant Man" was officially green lit for 2015, but the studio had release date shuffling for some of its non-superhero efforts as well. "Phineas and Ferb," an animated kids movie based on the popular Disney Channel series, will now hit theaters on July 28, 2013. It had previously been listed as a 2014 undated effort. John Lee Hancock's "Saving Mr. Banks," the story of the long relationship between "Mary Poppins" author Travers Robert Goff (Colin Farrell) and Walt Disney »

- Gregory Ellwood

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Kelly Marcel Confirmed As 50 Shades Of Grey Writer

9 October 2012 6:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Universal have finally confirmed a screenwriter for the much anticipated Fifty Shades Of Grey movie, and it’s Kelly Marcel.

The writer and actor is most famous for creating and producing dinosaur romp Terra Nova. But it may please UK film fans to know that, as an actor, she did the rounds in The Bill and Casualty. She has recently wowed Hollywood bigwigs with her script for Saving Mr Banks, the Disney produced movie about Walt himself trying to seduce Pl Travers, author of the Mary Poppins novels, into selling him the film rights to her practically perfect creation. Details about that project can be seen here.

Its been a heated competition to become the writer, with unlikely candidates coming from all angles (much like Christian Grey himself).  At one point Jim Piddock (Best In Show) was attached to pen the piece and Brett Easton Ellis threw a strop when »

- John Sharp

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Universal Has Found Someone to Write Their ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Movie

8 October 2012 4:56 PM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Universal has announced who will write their film based on your mom’s favorite book about kinky sex, Fifty Shades of Grey.

What? You don’t believe me?

Well, it just so happens I have a press release to prove it!

Universal Pictures and Focus Features today announced that Kelly Marcel will write the screenplay to the highly anticipated film adaptation of “Fifty Shades of Grey.” Michael De Luca and Dana Brunetti will produce the film based on E L James’ #1 Bestselling book, alongside James. The announcement was made by Universal Pictures Co-Chairman, Donna Langley and Focus Features’ Chief Executive Officer, James Schamus.

Marcel wrote the 2011 Black List script, Saving Mr. Banks, the story of Walt Disney’s twenty-year pursuit of the film rights to author P.L. Travers’ novel, “Mary Poppins,” and the rocky relationship that formed between the two. The film is currently in production at Walt Disney Studios starring Tom Hanks, »

- Philip Sticco

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Kelly Marcel to write screenplay for adaptation of ‘Fifty Shads of Grey’

8 October 2012 4:14 PM, PDT | The Moving Arts Journal | See recent The Moving Arts Journal news »

Universal City, CA, October 8, 2012—Universal Pictures and Focus Features today announced that Kelly Marcel will write the screenplay to the highly anticipated film adaptation of “Fifty Shades of Grey.” Michael De Luca and Dana Brunetti will produce the film based on E L James’ #1 Bestselling book, alongside James. The announcement was made by Universal Pictures Co-Chairman, Donna Langley and Focus Features’ Chief Executive Officer, James Schamus.

Marcel wrote the 2011 Black List script, Saving Mr. Banks, the story of Walt Disney’s twenty-year pursuit of the film rights to author P.L. Travers’ novel, “Mary Poppins,” and the rocky relationship that formed between the two. The film is currently in production at Walt Disney Studios starring Tom Hanks, Emma Thompson and Colin Farrell with John Lee Hancock directing. Marcel served as the co-creator and executive producer of the Amblin/Fox-tv series Terra Nova, for which she wrote the series’ pilot episode. She »

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