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Wamg At The Saving Mr. Banks Press Day

19 December 2013 4:40 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

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. This past  month Wamg attended the Saving Mr. Banks press conference where Tom Hanks, Emma Thompson, Colin Farrell, Jason Schwartzman, Bj Novak, Bradley Whitford, director John Lee Hancock, writer Kelly Marcel and producer Alison Owen discussed making the film, Nanny McFee, and scarring grandchildren with Winnie the Pooh.

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. »

- Melissa Howland

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Colin Farrell and Kelly Marcel on Prepping for ‘Saving Mr. Banks’ with ‘Poppins’ Party

5 December 2013 11:11 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Saving Mr. Banks” screenwriter Kelly Marcel was a “Mary Poppins” pro as a kid compared to the pic’s co-star Colin Farrell. “It was definitely the film we watched every Christmas,” said Marcel at a Q&A following a screening of Disney’s “Saving Mr. Banks” Wednesday at the ArcLight as part of the Variety Screening Series.

Farrell had a different childhood movie in mind.

“I’m sure I’d been shown (‘Mary Poppins’) one Christmas when I was way into single digits,” said Farrell. But “I was more of a ‘Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory’ boy. I was more interested in fizzy lifting drinks and Everlasting Gobstoppers than I was in spoonfuls of sugar.” But his involvement in the tale of “Poppins” author P.L. Travers and her run-ins with Walt Disney juxtaposed with a look at her childhood brought him closer to the “Poppins” musical. “I do feel an affinity for it now, »

- Terry Flores

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Food Network: Brand Tie-Ins That Sizzle but Don’t Burn

5 November 2013 10:50 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Imagine being able to pay for the privilege of having Sandra Lee or “Barefoot ContessaIna Garten use a specific kind of butter, sugar or spice in one of the recipes they prepare on TV’s Food Network.

For years, that sort of thing had only been a pipe dream of various marketing executives. The people behind Food Network have kept the outlet’s how-to programming — the backbone of its daytime schedule — free from shout-outs to various comestibles made by Pillsbury, Kraft or McCormick.

“We always had a policy of not doing that and the reason was that we really wanted to build a brand based upon authority and trust,” says Karen Grinthal, senior VP of ad sales for Food Network and its sibling, Cooking Channel. “We couldn’t risk losing that neutral status, which is what would have happened if we had appeared to endorse any brand within the content. »

- Brian Steinberg

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5 Best Bets on TV This Week: Celebrating Billie Jean King and Seeing a Different Side of Ricky Gervais

9 September 2013 2:09 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Sure, Sunday tends to be overcrowded with high-end TV, including "Breaking Bad," "Boardwalk Empire," "The Newsroom," "Dexter," "Ray Donovan" and more, but what to watch the rest of the time? Every Monday, we bring you five noteworthy highlights from the other six days of the week. "The Heart, She Holler": Season Premiere Tuesday, September 10 at 12:30am on Adult Swim Like if David Lynch directed a '80s soap opera set in an offensive, supernaturally-tinged version of Appalachia starring Patton Oswalt and it was all meant to be funny, "The Heart, She Holler" is uniquely weird and sometimes nightmarish television from the makers of "Wonder Showzen." The second season, which kicks off this week and airs throughout the month, finds Amy Sedaris taking over a role for Kristen Schaal in her first regular TV gig since "Strangers With Candy." Check out our interview with series creators Vernon Chatman and John Lee. »

- Alison Willmore

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5 Best Bets on TV This Week: Celebrating Billie Jean King and Seeing a Different Side of Ricky Gervais

9 September 2013 2:09 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Sure, Sunday tends to be overcrowded with high-end TV, including "Breaking Bad," "Boardwalk Empire," "The Newsroom," "Dexter," "Ray Donovan" and more, but what to watch the rest of the time? Every Monday, we bring you five noteworthy highlights from the other six days of the week. "The Heart, She Holler": Season Premiere Tuesday, September 10 at 12:30am on Adult Swim Like if David Lynch directed a '80s soap opera set in an offensive, supernaturally-tinged version of Appalachia starring Patton Oswalt and it was all meant to be funny, "The Heart, She Holler" is uniquely weird and sometimes nightmarish television from the makers of "Wonder Showzen." The second season, which kicks off this week and airs throughout the month, finds Amy Sedaris taking over a role for Kristen Schaal in her first regular TV gig since "Strangers With Candy." Check out our interview with series creators Vernon Chatman and John Lee. »

- Alison Willmore

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The Heart, She Holler: Season Two Starts September 10th

14 August 2013 4:52 PM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

The second season of Adult Swim's comedy series The Heart, She Holler is set to kick off on Tuesday, September 10th, at 12:30am. The cable channel will re-air the first season in a marathon on Monday, September 2nd, at 12:30am.

The series is written and directed by John Lee and Vernon Chatman. It stars Patton Oswalt and Heather Lawless and Amy Sedaris will guest star in season two.

What do you think? Have you seen this comedy series? Will you be watching season two on Adult Swim? »

- TVSeriesFinale.com

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TV Review: ‘Inside Amy Schumer’

24 April 2013 4:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Like a lot of female comics, Amy Schumer seeks to distinguish herself in part by proving she can be just as filthy as the boys, and other than genitalia, there’s not much to differentiate “Inside Amy Schumer” from countless others Comedy Central sketch shows featuring guys. The one welcome point of departure — at least in the first few episodes, featuring the requisite mix of standup, skits and man-on-the-street interviews — are some genuine laughs. Even if being dirty feels like a bit of a crutch, as a TV presence Schumer appears to have legs, whether or not this series does.

The opening certainly dampens expectations, in a sketch where Schumer plays an eager actress auditioning for a viral video so disgusting, degrading and heavily bleeped as to sound like a retelling of “The Aristocrats” joke. Hang in there a while, though, and Schumer conducts funny interviews with a model and »

- Brian Lowry

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