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Walt Disney Pictures has released their 2013 preview, which showcases their slate of movies for the new year. The studio's new releases include Oz: The Great and Powerful, Iron Man 3, Monsters University, The Lone Ranger, The Little Mermaid 3D, Delivery Man, Thor: The Dark World, Frozen, and Saving Mr. Banks.
Oz: The Great and Powerful - March 8th
Walt Disney Pictures' fantastical adventure Oz: The Great and Powerful, directed by Sam Raimi, imagines the origins of L. Frank Baum 's beloved character, The Wizard of Oz. When Oscar Diggs (James Franco), a small-time circus magician with dubious ethics, is hurled away from dusty Kansas to the vibrant Land of Oz, he thinks he's hit the jackpot, fame and fortune are his for the taking, that is until he meets three witches, Theodora (Mila Kunis), Evanora (Rachel Weisz) and Glinda (Michelle Williams), who are not convinced he is the great wizard everyone's been expecting. »
The Library of Congress’ National Film Registry is a treasure trove of excellence in filmmaking. It has everything from silent films to animated shorts, avant-garde fare to Hollywood blockbusters, documentaries to old-time serials. To be eligible for inclusion, a film must be at least ten years old and meet the simple threshold of being “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant”. As of 2012, 575 films have been preserved. 25 more will join them at the end of the year.
But there are literally dozens of classic films out there that are long overdue for inclusion. Whether we grew up with them as kids or discovered them at some point along our film-watching odyssey, they deserve to be placed among the very best of American cinema. Here are ten of what I consider to be likely contenders for inclusion in the registry. They represent a wide variety of genres and filmmaking techniques.
10. Mary Poppins
- Thomas Ahearn
The author who created "Mary Poppins" had a spoon full of Hatred for everyone affiliated with her movie ... this according to "Poppins" star Dick Van Dyke. DVD -- who played Bert in the 1964 classic -- was out in Malibu yesterday ... and told us he was super-excited about Tom Hanks playing Walt Disney in an upcoming movie about the making of "Mary Poppins."But Dick explained ... there was some Major Drama behind the scenes, telling us »
- TMZ Staff
Makers Of ‘Rake’, ‘Saving Mr. Banks’ Feted Australia’s Essential Media and Entertainment, producers of TV legal drama The Rake and Saving Mr. Banks, the film about Australian author P.L. Travers and the making of Mary Poppins starring Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson, has been named Independent Producer of the Year. The award was made by the Screen Producers Association of Australia. Essential and Sony Pictures TV are planning a U.S. pilot remake of Rake for Fox Broadcasting starring Greg Kinnear. Headed by Chris Hilton, Ian Collie, Sonja Armstrong and Carmel Travers, Essential Media’s slate also includes the Jack Irish crime drama telemovies starring Guy Pearce for Australia’s ABC, My Brother, the Serial Killer for Discovery Channel, and Raising The Curtain, a celebration of Australia’s history of live theater. - Don Groves ‘Voice UK’ Coaches In Return For Season Two BBC One is bringing back all »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
The film is about the making of "Mary Poppins" with Emma Thompson playing the book's author P.L. Travers. The rest of the impressive cast includes Colin Farrell, Paul Giamatti, Jason Schwartzman, B.J. Novak, Bradley Whitford and Rachel Griffiths.
Filming for the movie began in September in Los Angeles with scenes being shot at Disneyland on Tuesday (Nov. 6) and Wednesday. Fans tweeted pics, like the one at right, of Hanks portraying the mustachioed entertainment icon at the Happiest Place on Earth.
"Saving Mr. Banks" is scheduled to hit theaters Dec. 20, 2013. »
In case you were wondering why Tom Hanks was going everywhere in a mustache... All is revealed in these new photos from Saving Mr. Banks, about the making of making of Mary Poppins, in which the two-time Oscar winner suits up as entertainment icon Walt Disney. The pioneering Hollywood visionary sported a famous 'stache and Hanks is nothing if not an actor who's willing to not shave his upper lip for a few months. Emma Thompson plays Mary Poppins author P.L. Travers. Colin Farrell, Paul Giamatti, Jason Schwartzman, B.J. Novak, Bradley Whitford and Rachel Griffiths also star. Filming kicked off in September in Los Angeles and »
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
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
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
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. »
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 Schwartzman. Saving Mr. Banks opens on December 20th, 2013. Images courtesy of Inside the Magic (via »
- Adam Chitwood
There aren't many studio creators that the average movie-goer could pick out of a line-up, but Walt Disney's look was pretty damn iconic. From the nice suit, to the short and tight haircut to the perfectly manicured mustache, Disney didn't need to be palling around with Mickey Mouse to get noticed. Thus it's a very specific look that Tom Hanks will be trying to capture in the upcoming biopic Saving Mr. Banks, in which the Oscar winning actor plays the film mogul, and it's a look that we have our first shot of today. Slash Film has found image Tweets from Twitter user/actor Melissa Farley and Imagineering Disney that give us our first look at Hanks in the full Walt Disney costume. You can check out two images below and head over to the source for the first look at Emma Thompson as author P.L. Travers in the »
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
Saving Mr. Banks accounts Walt Disney’s twenty-year pursuit of the film rights to P.L. Travers’ popular novel 'Mary Poppins' and the testy partnership the upbeat filmmaker develops with the uptight author during the project’s pre-production in 1961. Two-time Academy Award®-winner Tom Hanks (“Philadelphia,” “Forrest Gump”) will essay the role of the legendary Disney (the first time the entrepreneur has ever been depicted in a dramatic film) alongside fellow double Oscar®-winner Emma Thompson (“Howard’s End,” “Sense and Sensibility”) in the role of the prickly novelist. Hanks was spotted in his Walt Disney attire today at Disneyland Park between scenes. The photo comes courtesy of actress Melissa Farley: Before actually signing away the book’s rights, Travers’ demands for contractual »
- Pietro Filipponi
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
Los Angeles, Oct 28: Actress Emma Thompson sported a sophisticated look to shoot for upcoming Walt Disney biopic "Saving Mr Banks".
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
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
Production on Disney's "Saving Mr. Banks," yet another behind-the-scenes Hollywood movie (see "Hitchcock," "The Girl," "My Week with Marilyn"), was well under way in Los Angeles last week when the news broke that scribe Kelly Marcel landed the coveted gig to adapt E.L. James erotic bestseller "Fifty Shades of Grey." This was not in Disney's marketing plan. The studio acquired distribution rights from BBC Films, which financed the Ruby Films and Essential Films project based on Marcel's 2011 black list script. It makes sense that Disney would want to have some say in this movie about the studio's founder and an iconic property. Everyone remembers the final result--a 1964 musical blockbuster that won five Oscars including best actress Julie Andrews-- of what was a long and fraught negotiation between Disney studio chief Walt Disney and bestselling children's author P.L. Travers. See original trailer below. »
- Anne Thompson
Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele have found a screenwriter.
Kelly's credits include serving as the co-creator and executive producer of Fox's now-cancelled "Terra Nova" and she also penned "Saving Mr. Banks," a movie currently in production with Disney about the company's 20 year pursuit of P.L. Travers' novel, "Mary Poppins," which has Tom Hanks, Emma Thompson and Colin Farrell attached.
Kelly hit Twitter to express her joy over being selected for the ...
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- firstname.lastname@example.org (AccessHollywood.com Editorial Staff)
E L James' erotic novel is one step closer to hitting the big screen as Universal Pictures and Focus Features announced Oct. 8 they hired Kelly Marcel to the bestseller into a feature film. Kelly Marcel, a 38-year-old British writer, is best known for her work on the late Fox series Terra Nova. On the big screen, she most recently wrote the script for Saving Mr. Banks, film about the making of Mary Poppins. That movie, which is currently in production, will star Tom Hanks as Walt Disney and Emma Thompson as Poppins writer P.L. Travers. "Kelly’s work demonstrates her flawless structural technique and passionate commitment to emotion, humor and depth of character which is particularly visible in the celebrated screenplay for the upcoming Saving Mr. Banks,” said Michael De Luca, one of the films producers. "We were all taken with the depth and passion of Kelley's engagement with »
- Hollywood Life Staff
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