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The Tribeca Film Festival began as a way for New York to rebuild culturally after the World Trade Center attacks in 2001. For the first time since then, the area around Ground Zero is dominated by a sparkly, newly finished Freedom Tower, which represents so much more than the city’s resilience and recovery. The Tribeca festival played a small, but not insignificant, role in that recovery, inviting artists and film lovers to the city and reassuring New Yorkers that life can be beautiful even in the darkest of days.
After more than a decade of growth, Tribeca is also entering »
- Jeff Labrecque
It was a Disney-themed night on "Dancing with the Stars" on Monday night – and it was magical!After the big switch up last week, the celebrities returned to their original dance partners to perform dances to classic Disney songs from films such as "Frozen," "Cinderella," "Beauty and the Beast" and more.While the performances were much better than last week, one couple's happily ever after came to an early end with the show's first elimination since week two. So, who went home? Cody Simpson and his partner Witney Carson were sent packing after receiving the lowest number of votes. The other two couples in the bottom three? Candace Cameron Bure and Mark Ballas and NeNe Leakes and Tony Dovolani. On the flip side, Big Time Rush hunk James Maslow got the first perfect score of the season with his contemporary dance to "Let It Go" from "Frozen." Here's a recap »
- tooFab Staff
Dancing with the Stars returned Monday night with the celebrities back with their original professional partners following the Switch-Up. This week, they were tasked with taking on Disney-themed routines set to songs from the classic movie musicals.
Dancing With the Stars Recap
First to hit the dance floor was Drew Carey and his pro partner Cheryl Burke, who choreographed an Aladdin-themed quickstep. Even though they threw the Genie into the dance that was set to the tune of “Friend Like Me,” the judges couldn’t be distracted from Carey’s lack of technique. Scores: 7+7+7+7=28
Next up was ice dancer Charlie White and Sharna Burgess. For their jazz routine, they channeled Mary Poppins, dancing to "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious." The routine included a cane for White and the iconic dancing penguins. Though white dropped the cane, the cheeriness of the performance along with his technical skill impressed the panel of judges. Scores: 9+10+9+9=37
Inspired by Beauty and the Beast, »
It was a Disney-themed night on Monday's Dancing with the Stars - and it sure was magical. The night, with guest judge Donny Osmond, produced a majority of high scores, including the first perfect 40 out of 40 of the season. But unlike during last week's partner switch-up night, this time one more couple was sent packing. Keep reading for all the results ... Drew Carey kicked off the show doing an Aladdin-themed quickstep with partner Cheryl Burke. Despite coming out with a breakthrough performance the week prior, this week's dance scored a 28 that was criticized by head judge Len Goodman for the technique. »
- Dahvi Shira
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
Tonight on Dancing With the Stars, Donnie Osmond’s purple socks return to the ballroom as a guest judge. The Season 9 celebrity champ is part of tonight’s Disney Night, and if you recall, Donny has a Disney connection — he sang “I’ll Make A Man Out Of You,” in Mulan. In honor of the night, Disney and Dancing With The Stars have a very special show open. Check it out here. Animated Disney character will also make appearances in tonight’s dances. This could either be really cute, (like when “Burt” danced with Penguins in Mary Poppins) or terrible (like when … Continue reading →
The post Tonight on “Dancing With the Stars” Be Our (Disney) Guest appeared first on Channel Guide Magazine. »
- Kellie Freeze
"I've always had enormous Mary Poppins bags, like the kind she'd keep pulling stuff out of!" Jordana Brewster, the 33-year-old star of TNT's Dallas (Mondays, 9 P.M.), tells Us Weekly. Now mom of 7-month-old Julian (with husband Andrew Form, 45), she admits her Coach bucket bag -- identical to one she carried at age 10 -- gets a bit messy: "But I have a lavender sachet, so it smells good!" What else does she have tucked away? Cold Comfort "This Green Sprouts teething ring is awesome. I put [...] »
Roman Polanski revels in recounting the story of how he met his wife, actress Emmanuelle Seigner, to whom he has been married for 25 years, and who is the mother of his two children. The year was 1985, and Polanski was in pre-production on “Pirates,” the problem-plagued, big-budget adventure comedy that remains the greatest critical and commercial failure of his career. With his casting director, Dominique Besnehard, he planned to attend a Paris drag cabaret in search of a female impersonator to play a role in the film. Besnehard asked if he could bring along a young French model who had recently filmed a small part in Jean-Luc Godard’s “Detective” but claimed to have no interest in an acting career. Polanski instantly replied, “Bring her.” The model turned out to be Seigner.
“That was the best casting of his entire career,” Polanski says with a laugh. “It’s funny that I »
- Scott Foundas
★★★★★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
What’s new, what’s hot, and what you may have missed, now available to stream.
new to stream
An Inconvenient Truth: eight years on, Al Gore’s impassioned plea that we do something about global warming is even more necessary (because we’ve wasted nearly a decade doing nothing) [my review] [at Netflix] The Rise (aka Wasteland): smooth, accomplished British crime indie tweaks clichés of the genre in a marvelously satisfying way [my review] [at Netflix] After Tiller: documentary portrait of abortion doctors in America looks at those who do important, compassionate work, but isn’t as engaging as it should be [at Netflix]
streaming now, before it’s on dvd
new to stream
Frozen: the showstopping central musical number is a glorious anthem to female power and ability… and so, in fact, is »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Exclusive: Kelly Brook has been tapped as one of the leads in NBC‘s multi-camera pilot One Big Happy, marking the first U.S. series regular role for the popular British actress/TV personality. Written by Liz Feldman and directed by Scott Ellis, One Big Happy revolves around two platonic friends since childhood — a lesbian, Lizzy (Elisha Cuthbert), and her straight male best friend, Luke (Nick Zano) — who have been living together and trying to have a baby via artificial insemination for some time. They finally get pregnant, just as Luke meets and impulsively marries the love of his life, pretty young British woman Prudence (Brook). Kind of a sexy Mary Poppins, Prudence is a free spirit with a refreshingly skewed perspective that Luke finds wholly enchanting. About to be deported, Prudence marries Luke in a whirlwind and soon becomes a part of an unusual family unit. Warner Bros TV »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Walt Disney Studios’ “Frozen” easily debuted at No. 1 on both national home video sales charts the week ending March 23, selling more than three times as many copies as all 19 other titles on the Nielsen VideoScan First Alert top 20 sales chart combined.
The year’s Oscar winner for animated feature film, “Frozen” earned nearly $400 million at the domestic box office alone, with a global ticket tally of more than $1 billion – only the second animated feature to cross that milestone, after another Disney film, “Toy Story 3.” Last week Disney reported first-day disc sales of 3.2 million units, a tally that includes advance orders.
Two other new releases debuted high on both the First Alert chart, which tracks overall disc sales, DVD and Blu-ray Disc combined, and Nielsen’s dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart. Another Disney film, “Saving Mr. Banks,” about the real-life drama behind the making of “Mary Poppins,” debuted at No. »
- Thomas K. Arnold
Not Rated, 1 Hr., 23 Mins.
More connect-the-dots detective thriller than traditional doc, John Maloof and Charlie Siskel’s revelatory riddle of a film unmasks a brilliant photographer who hid in plain sight for decades working as an eccentric French nanny. Her name was Vivian Maier, and judging from her haunting, humorous, and long-unseen street portraits, she was like Mary Poppins living a double life as Diane Arbus. (Also available on VOD) A- —Chris Nashawaty
Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil le Clercq
Not Rated, 1 Hr., 31 Mins.
A spooky, heartbreaking documentary about Tanny le Clercq, the solemnly intoxicating »
- EW staff
Last month, an incredible story hit the web about a young autistic child who was able to connect with his father because of a shared bond over Disney movies. The story went viral, but there was someone behind the scenes who is perhaps the reason it was ever written in the first place—Jonathan Freeman, a celebrated member of the Disney family who met the father and son after a performance in Broadway’s Mary Poppins.
While chatting with EW about his role in Disney’s latest Broadway outing Aladdin (in which he’ll reprise his original voice part as »
- Marc Snetiker
As the parent of a 1.4-year-old, I am constantly thinking about when and how to introduce movies to my son. While I think The Muppets or Mary Poppins might be the first live-action film, Harry Potter is on the radar. Now, it looks like I can make one purchase to solve all of my Potter problems. Here’s the news release from Warner Bros. Home Video:
The Harry Potter™ Wizard’s Collection, released in 2012, sold more than 30,000 sets at $499.99 Srp and is now completely sold out. To continue offering fans access to the most successful film franchise in history, a new collection will be available April 29 – the Harry Potter™ Hogwarts Collection. The collectible box set is sure to please fans who want the world of Harry Potter™ conveniently available in one place. Included in this set are all eight Harry Potter™ films, plus a whopping 45+ hours of previously released bonus »
- Jeff Bayer
The 50th anniversary screening of Mary Poppins is expected to be one of the highlights at the Tribeca Drive-In, set to run from April 17-19, alongside as the 30th anniversary screening of Splash.
The broader roster of free community events at the upcoming 13th Tribeca Film Festival (Tff) encompasses the Tribeca Family Festival Street Fair, which will transform a downtown street into a Tribeca Studios Backlot interactive film set.
Other attractions include the Tribeca Food Feast, a new Games For Change Public Arcade, live Broadway performances, arts and crafts and puppet shows.
The Tribeca/Espn Sports Day will allow visitors to participate in athletic-themed activities like baseball, sailing and golf and offer the opportunity to meet some of New York’s sports stars, mascots and personalities.
“The family and free community events at Tff are longstanding and beloved traditions,” said Tribeca Family Festival creative director and producer Peter Downing. “I know the range of activities, from outdoor »
What’s new, what’s hot, and what you may have missed, now available to stream.
new to stream
Avengers Assemble (aka Marvel’s The Avengers): one of the best superhero movies ever made, this is funny, poignant, exciting, and involving [my review] [at Netflix] Call Me Kuchu: powerful documentary about gay men fighting for equal rights and human dignity in Uganda [at Netflix] Fright Night: 2011 update of the classic 80s comedy horror features a killer performance by David Tennant as a stage magician [my review] [at Netflix] Populaire: ridiculous charming and totally delightful, this is a sly sendup of sports movies within a hugely smart and funny nostalgic romance [my review] [at Netflix] The Queen of Versailles: entertaining look at the financial troubles of one of the wealthiest families in America… and perhaps one of the most dysfunctional [my review] [at Netflix]
streaming now, while it’s still in theaters
The Machine: the bleak chic of this Sf drama is intriguing, but the »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Philomena is released in time for Mother's Day, while a Mubi tie-in adds to a strong week for documentary
Aesthetically more at home on DVD than it was in cinemas – not that it didn't pull in the crowds – Stephen Frears's Philomena (Fox, 12) hits shelves in perfect time for what will surely be robust Mother's Day sales. Still, unlike most titles reserved for that dread marketing assault (why does everyone in retail assume any mum's favourite colour is baby pink?), there's a reserved dignity to this effective little tearjerker. That owes less to Frears's autopilot direction than a script – co-written by Steve Coogan – that packs surprising layers of moral and political adjustment into what is otherwise too-tidily packaged melodrama. You've doubtless already heard the story of Philomena Lee, parted from her infant son by the Catholic church and seeking reunion decades later; she's played with grace and good humour by Judi Dench, »
- Guy Lodge
Not much to speak of in the pre-amble this week except that From Dusk Till Dawn episode 2 on Netflix continued in fine form and presented an interesting and somewhat unique version of a vampire which was actually quite scary. If you have written this off because it sounds cheap and forced (admittedly on paper it does) I urge you to give it a watch, the dialogue alone is better than most TV shows, “Got your balls on?” is a great line I will repeat ad nauseam henceforth.
In other news Netflix CEO Reed Hastings has criticised internet providers for not providing a good enough service to allow users to use Netflix to its full potential and the costs of maintaining such a connection, mainly what ISPs are expecting streaming companies to pay them. This has also kicked off a debate about net neutrality which I know little about. I believe »
- Chris Holt
Fresh from a triumph in New York, one of our most extravagantly talented stars will soon unveil one of her most cherished projects to date, Effie, a film about John Ruskin – lawyers permitting.
Picture gallery here
It was only a matter of time until the BBC broadcast images of Emma Thompson's downstairs lavatory. The combination of her larky sense of humour and love of a theatrical flourish made it somehow inevitable. And so last month it came to pass. The actress, having been overlooked for an Oscar nomination, was televised at her home receiving a "Mark"; a golden statuette in the likeness of the Observer's film critic, which was offered in recognition of her screen portrayal of the author of Mary Poppins, Pamela Travers.
She was, Kermode said, "sheer perfection in the complex role of 'Mrs Pl', never allowing the author to descend into crotchety caricature, constantly suggesting a »
- Vanessa Thorpe
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