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Every year there seems to be at least once Oscar bait-y movie that is about the making of another movie. Last year, we had "Argo" and, to a lesser extent, "Hitchcock," films about how the fantasy of movies intermingles all too well with the reality of our lives. The year before that it was "The Artist," which took home the Oscar for Best Picture and encouraged swaths of Middle America sit through a black-and-white silent movie.
This year's movie-about-a-movie Oscar contender is Disney's "Saving Mr. Banks," which details a three-week period in the lives of Walt Disney (Tom Hanks) and "Mary Poppins" author P.L. Travers (Emma Thompson) as they try to hammer out a workable deal for the big-screen adaptation of her beloved children's book. It's not an easy task, with the endlessly opinionated Travers constantly butting heads with Disney, who occasionally comes across as a used-car salesman posing as a magician. »
- Drew Taylor
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
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. »
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
She's played a seductive killer, a damaged prostitute, and an anguished schizophrenic. Does Ruth Wilson never fancy doing something lighter? As she makes her directing debut, she talks to Andrew Dickson
"Um," says Ruth Wilson worriedly, her brow furrowing and her long limbs coiling in embarrassment around her chair. "I am a bit of a control freak. Well, not really. Not totally." She halts. "Ok, I am a bit." Blimey. All I've asked is whether she's ever performed drunk. She seems scandalised by the notion. "No, no," she says. "The idea of not being in control of your faculties, I don't think so. Too much responsibility. Too scared!"
Fear isn't a concept you associate with Wilson, who has made her reputation in some unflinching roles: a sensuous Stella in A Streetcar Named Desire, a psychologically harrowing Karin in Ingmar Bergman's Through a Glass Darkly, Anna Christie in Eugene O'Neill's »
- Andrew Dickson
The Sundance Institute has released the movie line-up for their Spotlight, Midnight and Sundance Kids selections for The Sundance Film Festival 2014. The Midnight selection has always been my favorite because its always packed with really crazy, fun, and messed up films. It looks like another great collection of films this next year! They include films such as Cooties with Elijah Wood, Dead Snow: Red vs. Dead and more. Sundance Kids is a new addition this year which, if you couldn't tell, is meant for younger audiences.
The Festival takes place January 16-26 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden, and Sundance, Utah, and we will be there to cover as many of the films as humanly possible. Director of Programming, Trevor Groth, had this to say in a statement.
“The films in the sections announced today round out our 2014 Sundance Film Festival program and further reflect the depth and »
- Joey Paur
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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)
Sundance’s Spotlight section works as a sampling of quality items that dug their knees in the sand of the Croisette, or hit the asphalt payment in Toronto. It’s an acknowledgment of U.S film distributors (in this case: Radius-twc, Magnolia, Music Box Films, A24, Sony Pictures Classics, Strand Releasing) who’ve all contributed to my favorite disease – one that is called cinephilia. It’s also a look into 2014 – which is when they’ll be unveiled theatrically. And finally, it’s a way in which to receive the extended Sundance family once again such as Richard Ayoade (preemed his debut feautre here – Submarine) and Jeremy Saulnier (was at the fest as a cinematographer for Matthew Porterfield’s I Used to Be Darker). Here are the eight selections:
Blue Ruin / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Jeremy Saulnier) — A mysterious outsider’s quiet life turns upside down when he returns »
- Eric Lavallee
The 2014 Sundance Film Festival has announced its "Spotlight" category, which they describe as "Regardless of where these films have played throughout the world, the Spotlight program is a tribute to the cinema we love." They've released new images and brief synopses for the following Spotlight selections: Blue Ruin – Written and directed by Jeremy Saulnier; starring Macon Blair, Amy Hargreaves, Sidné Anderson, Devin Ratray, and Kevin Kolack. The Double – Directed by Richard Ayoade; starring Jesse Eisenberg, Mia Wasikowska, Wallace Shawn, Noah Taylor, Cathy Moriarty, and James Fox. Locke – Written and directed by Steven Knight; starring Tom Hardy, Ruth Wilson, Olivia Colman, Andrew Scott, Tom Holland, and Bill Milner. R100 – Written and directed by Hitoshi Matsumoto; starring Nao Ohmori, Lindsay Kay Hayward, and Hairi Katagiri. Hit the jump to check out the images and synopses. The 2014 Sundance Film Festival runs from January 16 – 26th. Images and synopses via Sundance. Blue Ruin / U.S. »
- Matt Goldberg
When Sundance announced the films in competition for the 2014 festival yesterday, its organizers noted that they were impressed by the caliber of cinematic artistry — mostly due to technology — that freed up filmmakers to experiment with different genres. No category of the festival is more rooted in genre than Park City at Midnight, the late-night section that specializes in horror and the supernatural, and this year’s slate has several potential breakouts. “The Midnight lineup came together in a way that is about the strongest group we’ve ever had, top to bottom,” says Trevor Groth, Sundance’s director of programming. »
- Jeff Labrecque
“The Guest,” the latest effort from horror helmer Adam Wingard; “Killers,” a Web-based serial-killer thriller from Indonesia’s Mo Brothers; and “What We Do in the Shadows,” a mock-doc collaboration between New Zealand-based directors Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement (of Flight of the Conchords) are among the eight oddball titles set to make their world premieres in Park City at Midnight at the 30th annual Sundance Film Festival.
Having noted that the dramatic competition lineups (unveiled Wednesday) contained a number of films with comedic and horror-thriller elements, festival director John Cooper pointed out that the distinctions between competitive and non-competitive titles were blurring more than ever.
“We considered all the Midnight titles for competition at one point,” he said. “It’s very fluid.”
- Justin Chang
Tommy Wirkola’s Dead Snow sequel, Adam Wingard’s The Guest and Xyz Films’ Killers from The Mo Brothers are among the Park City At Midnight line-up as festival heads also unveiled Spotlight selections and the inaugural Sundance Kids section on December 5.
The Sundance Kids strand is programmed in cooperation with Utah children and youth festival Tumbleweeds, and will premiere Ernest And Celestine starring Forest Whitaker and Lauren Bacall and Zip & Zap And The Marble Gang with Javier Gutiérrez.
“The films in the sections announced today round out our 2014 Sundance Film Festival programme and further reflect the depth and diversity of modern independent film-making that will satisfy everyone from festival fledglings to fanatics,” said director of programming Trevor Groth.
The Sundance Film Festival is set to run from January 16-26 2014 in Utah. Organisers will showcase 117 feature selections, of which 96 are world premieres, representing 37 countries and 53 first-time film-makers, including 34 in competition.
The selections »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
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, »
We have added a set of 18 new pictures from the forthcoming Walt Disney Pictures drama, "Saving Mr. Banks."The film stars Emma Thompson, Tom Hanks, Colin Farrell, Paul Giamatti, Jason Schwartzman, Bradley Whitford, Annie Rose Buckley, Ruth Wilson, B.J. Novak, Rachel Griffiths and Kathy Baker.wo-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 »
- Anthony Pearson
When you watch the trailer for Saving Mr. Banks, you see a film full of enchantment, and one that celebrates the wonderment and allure of cinema. However beneath the surface, lies a harrowing and affecting tale of a tragic childhood – and at the heart of this poignancy, is Ruth Wilson – and we caught up with the talented actress ahead of the film’s November 29 release.
Playing P.L. Travers mother in flashbacks, Wilson speaks about capturing that melancholy in an otherwise fun production, how she was approached for the role in a hotel lift – and her own appreciation for of Mary Poppins, which she most recently watched at a party at co-star Colin Farrell’s house.
Your role is one of the saddest, if not the saddest in the entire film – yet is shy of much dialogue. Was it a challenge for you to express a lot of these emotions without the use of words? »
- Stefan Pape
Walt Disney (Tom Hanks) tries to convince Mary Poppins author P.L. Travers (Emma Thompson) that there is still a child in all of us in this scene from Saving Mr. Banks. Although it went on to become a cinematic classic, Mary Poppins' road from the page to the screen was not an easy one, particularly because P.L. Travers had no interest in seeing her beloved character turned into a Disney icon. Watch what happens as Walt Disney convinces P.L. Travers to go one one of his Disneyland merry-go-round rides.
Saving Mr. Banks comes to theaters December 13th, 2013 and stars Tom Hanks, Colin Farrell, Ruth Wilson, Emma Thompson, Paul Giamatti, Jason Schwartzman, Bradley Whitford, Steven Cabral. The film is directed by John Lee Hancock. »
Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street is officially still in the running for this year’s Oscar race, with Paramount willing to push Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit into January to give Scorsese the Christmas slot in its place.
And with the renowned director reuniting with Leonardo DiCaprio once more, it’s really not surprising that there’s so much buzz surrounding this one.
The studio treated us to the first clip from the movie last week, and now a handful of great images has surfaced, along with two new posters.
A New York stockbroker refuses to cooperate in a large securities fraud case involving corruption on Wall Street, corporate banking world and mob infiltration.
DiCaprio is joined by one of the finest casts of the year, starring alongside Jonah Hill, Matthew McConaughey, Margot Robbie, Jon Bernthal, Jean Dujardin, Jon Favreau, Kyle Chandler, Cristin Milioti, Rob Reiner, and Spike Jonze. »
- Kenji Lloyd
Director: John Lee Hancock.
Running Time: 125 minutes.
Hard as it may be to imagine, Saving Mr. Banks is a film about Disney, by Disney that is balanced. Telling the true story of how Mary Poppins found its way to the big screen, it is handled with sensitivity by director John Lee Hancock and performed impeccably by all involved.
Australia, 1906. P.L. Travers is in the midst of moving with her family to a secluded ranch house away from everything and everyone. Along with her father (Colin Farrell), mother (Ruth Wilson) and siblings she troupes to the railway station and hikes to their new home. »
- Sam Carey
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