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The end is here – if someone asked you what the most important movie musical of all time was, it would come from this portion of the list. Obviously, it’s all subjective, but it’s difficult to make a case against the influence of these films on our culture and the industry as a whole. So, cue the orchestra and practice your dance moves, because the closing number is here.
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10. Saturday Night Fever (1977)
Directed by John Badham
Signature Song: “Stayin’ Alive” (http://youtu.be/Fa9n7GirhsI)
After making a name for himself with TV’s “Welcome Back Kotter,” John Travolta became a star with 1977′s cultural landmark Saturday Night Fever, a dance musical where Travolta plays Tony Manero, a young man who works a dead-end job, but spends his weekends as the king of the dance floor at a Brooklyn disco. The soundtrack, which was »
- Joshua Gaul
Sometimes a movie that screams Academy Award-pedigree just doesn’t score the nominations--let alone the rewards. Such was the case in 2013 for Saving Mr. Banks, which landed numerous critics’ award nominations but tallied only one Oscar nom (for Best Original Score). Perhaps that says more about the strength of the then seemingly wide-open Oscar field than the film itself, since Saving Mr. Banks is a thoroughly delightful film. Hit the jump for my Saving Mr. Banks Blu-ray review. Saving Mr. Banks follows Walt Disney’s twenty-year pursuit of the film rights to P.L. Travers’s Mary Poppins. Emma Thompson plays author Travers, whose declining financial situation forces her finally to consider Walt Disney’s (Tom Hanks) offer after many years of turning him down. Travers flies to Los Angeles, where she works with--or, more often than not, vetoes the work of--screenwriter Don DaGradi (Bradley Whitford) and songwriters Richard & Robert Sherman (Jason Schwartzman and B.J. Novak, »
The Turner Classic Movies (TCM) Film Festival wrapped up its 5th annual hoorah in Hollywood on Sunday and this year was chock full of joyful and exciting films and special guests. There were so many wonderful old movies that most people have seen, but for me the true thrill was the chance to see a beloved movie on the big screen, the way it was intended.
Throw in some amazing guests and it was absolute gold.
Walt Disney’s The Jungle Book (1967)
Screened at the beautiful El Capitan Theater, The Jungle Book was the last Disney animated feature that was overseen by Walt Disney himself. After the success of Mary Poppins and other Disney hits such as The Parent Trap, The Absent Minded Professor and The Sword in the Stone, Disney went back to the well and asked songwriters Bobby and Richard Sherman to take a swing at its animated »
- Melissa Thompson
Though narrowly – and somewhat unfairly – missing out on an Oscar nomination for her portrayal of P.L. Travers in the brilliant Saving Mr. Banks, British actress Emma Thompson now returns with something a little lighter, but by no means more entertaining, as she stars alongside Pierce Brosnan in Joel Hopkins’ comedy caper, The Love Punch.
Thompson plays Kate, who after waving her daughter off to university, is on the end of a shock visit from her former husband, Richard (Brosnan). Though still on regular speaking terms, spending a lot of time together is something they haven’t done for a good long while – but when Richard claims that a conniving French businessman (Laurent Lafitte) is screwing them both out of their pensions and life savings, they jump on the next place to pay him a visit. As expected, the arrogant tycoon plays hardball, and so the pair are forced to concoct a plan, »
- Stefan Pape
★★★★★Set in and around the 1964 production of Disney's classic Mary Poppins, Saving Mr. Banks (2013) stars Emma Thompson as author, P.L. Travers and Tom Hanks as Walt Disney himself. The film depicts the author's 1961 visit to Los Angeles as she is relentlessly pursued by Disney, in his attempt to obtain the rights to adapt her popular novel. Directed by John Lee Hancock, the film explores the origins of Mary Poppins, adding a new dimension to the world's most famous flying nanny and her creator. After reluctantly agreeing to meet Walt Disney, prim and proper Travers flies from her London home to Los Angeles to discuss the possibility of a big screen adaptation.
- CineVue UK
An Oscar winner, a major Oscar nominee, two more pieces of Oscar bait, and a few movies that never got anywhere near Oscar. Welcome to What to Watch. We don’t play favorites. Oh, wait, yes we do. You should definitely rent or buy the titles on this first page. The second page is more optional.
Photo credit: Disney
The best Disney movie since “The Lion King” (Disney, not Pixar), “Frozen” gets the lavish Mouse House treatment. There’s no better studio for family releases and they’re not about to slack on one of the biggest moneymakers of their existence. We are Just getting started with “Frozen”. You know how “Beauty & The Beast” and “The Lion King” became industries unto themselves? Spawning Broadway musicals, theme park rides, new shows, straight-to-dvd sequels, etc.? “Frozen” will end up the same way. If you have a kid, you won’t »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Moviefone's Top DVD of the Week
What's It About? Anna (Kristen Bell) doesn't know why she and her sister Elsa (Idina Menzel) have grown apart over the years. Doesn't she want to build a snowman like they used to do when they were kids? Actually, Elsa is a little too good at building snowmen, because she's the gosh-darn Ice Queen and turns everything to frost when she gets mad or stressed out. Anna goes on a mission to save her sister, along with a dude named Kristoff (Jonathan Groff), his beloved reindeer, and a talking snowman named Olaf (Josh Gad) who just wants a hug.
Why We're In: This is one of the best Disney movies to come out in years. Even adults are secretly listening to Menzel belt out the Oscar-winning song "Let It Go" on their headphones.
Moviefone's Top Blu-ray of the Week
What's It About? »
- Jenni Miller
At a couple points during one of the precious few special features on the Saving Mr. Banks Blu-ray, the people on screen, from the film’s director to family members of some of the men who worked with Walt Disney in the 1930s and 1940s, echo the following talking point: Walt Disney was not a nostalgic man, but one who was constantly looking forward into the future. By “talking point,” I don’t mean to infer that this statement is inaccurate, at least in terms of Disney’s public statements. The phrase “Keep moving forward” is part of one of many quotes attributed to the legendary figure, even becoming the backbone of the 2007 animated film Meet the Robinsons. So yes, Walt Disney, at least publicly, was very passionate regarding the future. But hearing this bromide in the middle of a special feature regarding a movie so wholly obsessed with building »
- Josh Spiegel
Most deleted scenes are superfluous or rough edges that were sacrificed for a smoother narrative. It’s the rare deleted scene from a movie that captures the entire story in a single sequence, but that’s exactly what exists for Saving Mr. Banks. Walt Disney’s decades-long courtship of Mary Poppins author P.L. Travers to adapt her stories into the 1964 musical was belligerent and difficult, as Travers refused to sign over the rights for fear of seeing her heroine “cavorting and twinkling” like one of Disney’s cartoon creations. When Travers reluctantly travels to Los Angeles to meet Disney and his writers, »
- Jeff Labrecque
Is there anything Emma Thompson cannot do? The British actress, snubbed for an Oscar nomination this year for her turn as Mary Poppins writer P.L. Travers in Saving Mr. Banks, proves herself a felonious triple threat as the cannibalistic cook Mrs. Lovett in a five-night-only concert version of Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd, which opened Wednesday night at Avery Fisher Hall in NYC’s Lincoln Center. (If you’re unable to snag a ticket to one of the remaining performances, fret not: PBS is filming the production for broadcast later this year.)
Thompson sings surprisingly well, she quips, she does pratfalls, »
- Thom Geier
Sure, P.L. Travers might be the most publicly known disaffected author (at least as it applies to the full-scale cinematic and, on her end, utterly despised imagining of her beloved “Mary Poppins” by Walt Disney — what, did you miss Saving Mr. Banks?), but she’s far from the only one. Stephen King is notoriously not a fan of The Shining, Anthony Burgess so disliked the movie version of his A Clockwork Orange that he regretted writing his own book, Bret Easton Ellis almost roundly dismisses movie takes on his novels, and the list goes on and on (we’re betting that Mark Helprin isn’t too excited about the recent spin on Winter’s Tale), but it doesn’t always have to be the case. In fact, it’s sort of fun when it’s not. The Ya genre has been mostly lucky when it comes to author-approved movies – at least when it comes to its most »
- Kate Erbland
Star Wars, Jaws, Indiana Jones, Superman. You can’t think of these adventures without instantly hearing the music. Film scores have always been the emotional heart of the story that forever resonates with an audience.
For the first time as part of its annual Oscar Week events, the Academy presented a live “Oscar Concert” celebrating this year’s nominated scores and songs.
In what was a glorious program for music lovers, the huge audience at UCLA’s Royce Hall experienced an unforgettable night. The Academy’s 80-piece orchestra performed suites from each of the nominated original scores and prior to each piece, all the nominated composers participated in a brief conversation with film critic and radio host Elvis Mitchell about creating their scores.
Musician, Common, was the perfect host for this historic event. After a enthusiastic introduction by the actor, the evening began with Academy Governor Charles Fox conducting Jerry Goldsmith’s “Fanfare for Oscar. »
- Michelle McCue
It.s the time of year when some of last year.s holiday favorites are headed into homes. Recently, Walt Disney Home Entertainment announced that its emotional winter movie, Saving Mr. Banks, which follows the relationship of Walt Disney and P.L. Travers and the making of Mary Poppins is headed onto Blu-ray, DVD, On-Demand and Digital very soon. The flick will hit all formats beginning on March 18. The mostly true-to-life narrative follows Travers in the year 1961, when Walt Disney himself is courting the author in order to make her famous books a theatrical reality. Travers is notably highstrung and against a theatrical production, but Banks and his team are determined to show her the magic that Disney can offer. We know by now that Mary Poppins eventually made its way onto the big screen, but the two larger-than-life characters, played by Emma Thompson and Tom Hanks, still make the »
Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment proudly announces the home entertainment release of the heartwarming drama Saving Mr. Banks, arriving on Blu-ray + Digital Copy, DVD, Digital HD and On-Demand on March 18, 2014.
Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson bring to life the untold true story about the origins of one of the most treasured Disney classics of all time. John Lee Hancock (The Blind Side) directs this acclaimed film, which reveals the surprising backstory behind the making of Mary Poppins. Determined to fulfill a promise to his daughters, Walt Disney (Hanks) tries for twenty years to obtain the rights to author P.L. Travers' (Thompson) beloved book. Armed with his iconic creative vision, Walt pulls out all the stops, but the uncompromising Travers won't budge. Only when he reaches into his own complicated childhood does Walt discover the truth about the ghosts that haunt Travers, and together, the set Mary Poppins free.
Welcome, gorgeous people, to the biggest night in British Film. We’re here at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden and we’ll be liveblogging as the night rolls on.
12 Years a Slave, Gravity, American Hustle, Captain Phillips and Philomena have the majority of nominations and are all competing for Best Picture. It is an undeniably strong year for British Film and we’re grateful for a spotlight as wide and as bright as this one to be shone this evening.
If you haven’t already checked out our BAFTA competition, do so now - the prizes are worth £700. Blimey.
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- Jon Lyus
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: March 18, 2014
Price: DVD $29.99, Blu-ray $36.99
Saving Mr. Banks tells the contentious history of one of the most jolly children’s musical movies.
Tom Hanks (Road to Perdition) stars as Walt Disney, who’s pulling out all the stops to fulfill a promise he made to his daughters: to adapt the book Mary Poppins into a movie. The problem is, the book’s author, P.L. Travers (Emma Thompson, Nanny McPhee Returns), isn’t too thrilled about a Hollywood version of her work, and she does everything she can to stop it.
Along the way, the two must learn about each other’s childhoods to find a way to meet in the middle.
"It explores a similar genre to Seven, but it's different," Farrell told me. "'I haven't seen a single frame of it yet, but I can't wait to see how the film turns out."
Deadline Hollywood says the film stars Hopkins as a psychic crime analyst who comes out of retirement to help a veteran FBI agent (Morgan) and his young partner (Cornish) to solve a series of bizarre murders.
Farrell was tight-lipped about details surrounding his character, but The Hollywood Reporter says he plays the serial killer who boasts supernatural powers of his own. »
- Tim Lammers
Is the Academy’s music branch growing up? This year’s crop of original-score nominees embraces not only traditional orchestral scores by veteran composers but also a hybrid score that stretches the definition of “music” into sound-design territory and another by members of an indie-rock band.
“I think they’re changing,” says one high-ranking studio music exec, although he believes some choices are automatic by branch members, “more strategic paper voting than intelligent music voting.”
He’s referring to the three scores written by Oscar veterans: John Williams for “The Book Thief” (a record 49th nom, with five wins), Thomas Newman for “Saving Mr. Banks” (his 12th nom) and French composer Alexandre Desplat for “Philomena” (his sixth nom). While all three may be music-branch favorites, they also penned scores that were among the year’s most acclaimed.
“Small pieces can deliver very forceful and powerful ideas, musically and dramatically,” says »
- Jon Burlingame
The release of The Jungle Book on Blu-ray today has become, as when Saving Mr. Banks was unveiled a couple months ago, an unplanned forum on a most thorny issue for the Disney uber-fan: was Walt Disney a racist/sexist/anti-Semite, and if so, was he a super-racist/sexist/anti-Semite, or just your average, garden-variety racist/sexist/anti-Semite? Even though the 1967 animated film based loosely on a collection of stories by Rudyard Kipling opened months after Disney passed away, this was the last film on which he had any serious impact. And, since Meryl Streep chose to make her speech applauding Emma Thompson for her performance as P.L. Travers in Saving Mr. Banks as much about exactly how bad a man Walt Disney was, the issue of his true personal feelings–whatever those may have been–and whether or not they crept into the films he made has become unavoidable as of late. »
- Josh Spiegel
When the work of the Walt Disney Company is referenced in popular culture, it is often generalized and boiled down to princesses, Mickey Mouse, and fireworks over Cinderella’s castle as music swells. (“Get your Disney World vacation planning DVD today!”) Unfortunately, this is an extremely simplified image of the company and its legacy in feature films. In the 77 years since Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, the Walt Disney Company’s feature films have gone through distinctive eras. There was the rise of Disney live-action, the decade following Walt Disney’s death, the era of acquisition (Marvel, LucasFilm), and the first and second animation renaissance periods, to name a few.
To give a broader view of the Walt Disney feature film, it is easiest to look at some of these specific eras and pick out the good, the best, and the worst representations of that era. This is by »
- Rachel Kolb
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