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Chicago – In the latest HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film with our unique social giveaway technology, we have 100 pairs of advance-screening tix up for grabs to the “Mary Poppins” backstory “Saving Mr. Banks” with Emma Thompson and Tom Hanks!
“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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NBC’s staging of “The Sound of Music Live” predictably became online water-cooler TV, generating a steady deluge of Twitter commentary. The observations ranged from snark to swooning over the classic tunes featured in the beloved musical about a nun-turned-governess who helps an Austrian family learn to sing and escape the Nazis.
A few studios banked on a big turnout for the tuner starring Carrie Underwood and Stephen Moyer to serve as a platform for pic ads. Disney gave a big plug for its “Mary Poppins” tale for “Saving Mr. Banks” (make that three), while CBS Films’ pushed its Oscar hopeful “Inside Llewyn Davis.” There were also blurbs for “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” and “Frozen.”
For the live East Coast airing, there was plenty of criticism about Underwood not being up to snuff for the lead role and the production not measuring up to the 1965 Julie Andrews pic. »
- Cynthia Littleton
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.
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. But, as the books stop selling and money grows short, Travers reluctantly agrees to go to Los Angeles to hear Disney’s plans for the adaptation.
For those two short weeks in 1961, Walt Disney pulls out all the stops. Armed with imaginative storyboards and chirpy songs from the talented Sherman brothers, »
- Movie Geeks
“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
The expectant mama looked so glamorous at her second baby shower, which she celebrated with her husband Kevin! See all the pics from the fun party and get all the details, right here!
Danielle Jonas and her husband Kevin Jonas celebrated a beautiful baby shower thrown by Fit Pregnancy magazine on Dec. 3 in New York City. The magazine’s Dec./Jan. 2014 cover girl showed off her growing baby bump at the party, which was filled with beautiful decorations and too-cute baby gifts for their little girl, who is due to arrive in Jan. 2014!
“Danielle was glowing and feeling great, Kevin was by her side all night and told everyone this was her favorite cover so far because she felt the most confident and like a woman,” an eyewitness at the party told HollywoodLife.com. “Kevin wouldn’t comment on the band, »
- Kristine Hope Kowalski
Stan Lee Media has launched a new lawsuit seeking the rights to some of Marvel Comics most popular properties.
The failed dot-com is seeking control over characters created by its namesake, including Iron Man, the X-Men and Thor, reports Deadline.
The case comes out of a lawsuit Marvel parent company Disney launched against American Music Theater for using Spider-Man, as well as elements of Mary Poppins and The Lion King in its Broadway: Now & Forever show.
Amt claimed that it had received the rights from Stan Lee Media.
Stan Lee Media's previous lawsuit against Disney was rejected in September, with the presiding judge declaring it "completely frivolous".
Marvel Comics legend Lee has not been associated with the company for years. »
Disney is closing out 2013 with the swell one-two punch of November’s excellent animated film Frozen and December’s Saving Mr. Banks, which stars Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson and tells the story behind Mary Poppins’ long road to the big screen. To celebrate the end of the year, Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment has provided us with a few holiday gift baskets full of Disney Blu-rays that the whole family can enjoy. From Planes to The Little Mermaid, from Iron Man and Hulk: Heroes United to Mickey’s Christmas Carol, this gift basket has you covered. Hit the jump to find out how you can win and to see the full list of items included in said gift basket. In order to enter the contest, email firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and address and include Disney Holiday Giveaway in the headline. You also need to have “liked” Collider on Facebook. »
- Adam Chitwood
The long-established educational organisation also gave Jonze its best director award, for the film starring Joaquin Phoenix as an office worker who falls in love with his computer system (voiced by Scarlett Johannson). Jonze also wrote the script, but the NPR's best original screenplay award went to the Coen brothers for Inside Llewyn Davis. The Martin Scorsese-directed The Wolf of Wall Street took the award for best adapted screenplay.
- Andrew Pulver
The small Chicago house where Walt Disney was born is to be turned into a museum, with a Kickstarter campaign to support renovations
• Read the Guardian's review of Saving Mr Banks, the story of Walt Disney and Mary Poppins
Walt Disney's birthplace is like something from the start of one of his films: a wooden house in Chicago that was the first humble chapter in an extraordinarily successful life. Now, as the Walt Disney Company celebrates its 90th anniversary, plans are being launched to turn the house into a museum.
The project is being proposed by Dina Benadon and Brent Young, a married couple whose company Super 78 Studios designs theme park attractions for the likes of SeaWorld and Universal Studios. They bought the house, built by Walt's father in 1893, for $173,000 earlier this year, and plan to recreate it as it was when Disney lived in it.
"We don't want »
- Ben Beaumont-Thomas
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is poised to enter the top 10 biggest sellers of 2013, with The Hobbit: The Desolation posing its greatest end-of-year threat
• More on the UK box office
• Hunger Games: Catching Fire – review
Following its sensational debut the previous weekend, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire had no problem hanging on to the top spot, with a gross (£5.53m) more than triple its nearest rival, Gravity, with £1.74m. The drop for Catching Fire – down 46% – will be considered respectable, given the huge anticipation for the film, which saw fans rush to see it on opening weekend. The original Hunger Games fell only 33% in its second frame, but declining revenue curves for sequels are invariably steeper. Last November, the final Twilight dropped 66% in its second session.
- Charles Gant
The best movie culture writing from around the internet-o-sphere. Just leave a tab open for us, will ya? “How We Made Mary Poppins” — Karen Dotrice (Jane Banks) recounts the story behind the story — including some shock at Julie Andrews smoking a practically perfect cigarette. “The Strange Case of RoboCop 2” — Sam Strange at Badass Digest puzzles out a giant mess with a silly nougat center. “Behold the Passion…the Spectacle…the Splendor of ‘Trailers From Hell’: An Interview with Joe Dante” — With a title that long and expository, I’m not sure I have to write anything here. »
- Scott Beggs
Statistics paint grim portrait of UK movie production. Plus: the rest of the day in film
- Only 7% of UK films turn a profit, with the percentage even lower for low-budget productions.
- Rita Ora to play Christian Grey's sister in Fifty Shades movie.
- Police deny "second car theory" in Paul Walker crash.
- Monsters University battles Frozen at Annie nominations.
Your feature presentations
- Supercali-fag-on-the-set-ious! Behind the scenes at the making of Mary Poppins.
- "Cinema Paradiso is about the power of dreams": what child star Toto did next.
- And we'll have snaps of all the orcs, elves and stars at The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug premiere in La.
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It may only be November, but the starter pistol has already fired and the Oscars race is well and truly under way. We've already seen a host of films - from Gravity to Captain Phillips - released in cinemas, but many more are on their way looking to leave their impression on Academy Awards voters.
Digital Spy looks at 15 films competing for golden statues below...
Paul Greengrass and Tom Hanks's bracing hijacking drama Captain Phillips left audiences on the edge of their seats and threw its leading man right into the mix for the Best Actor race. Greengrass bagged a directing nomination back in 2007 for United 93, so expect him to be in the race.
12 Years a Slave
• Saving Mr Banks - review
• Emma Thompson: 'Pl Travers would rather have looked down on film'
Karen Dotrice, played Jane Banks
Uncle Walt, as I called him, was determined that although I was an eight-year-old working on a film, I should still have a magical time. He flew my mother and two sisters to the Us to be with me during the nine months of filming. Whenever we had a free weekend, he'd lend us his plane – called Mickey Mouse – and we would go down to his ranch in Santa Barbara. I was a nervous flyer so he had the plane done out like a sweetshop. When the seatbelt sign went off, we could sell candy to our mum.
I was startled, on the first day, when we were »
- Anna Tims
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, »
Reel-Important People is a monthly column that highlights those individuals in or related to the movies who have left us in recent weeks. Below you'll find names big and small and from all areas of the industry, though each was significant to the movies in his or her own way. Sheila Allen (1932-2013) - Actress and widow of producer Irwin Allen who appears in his films The Poseidon Adventure, The Towering Inferno, Viva Knievel! and When Time Ran Out... and later produced the 2006 remake Poseidon. She died from pulmonary fibrosis on November 15. (THR) Marc Breaux (1924-2013) - Choreographer for Mary Poppins (see below), The Sound of Music and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. He died on November 19. (THR) Anwar Brett...
- Christopher Campbell
After this warts-and-all account of Pl Travers' life, we don't need to bother watching Saving Mr Banks
Oh dear. Mary Poppins and video games today, neither of which have really played any meaningful part in my life. Still, I suppose if anyone can get me into either, then Victoria Coren Mitchell and Charlie Brooker can. Guess who's on which. Brooker on Poppins – ha, that would have been interesting. Chim Chimney ...
The Secret Life of Mary Poppins: a Culture Show Special (BBC2, Saturday) is actually the secret life of her creator, Pl Travers. Victoria Coren Mitchell – bossy and stern, clipped, strict and ultimately mysterious – flies in on an east wind, to the Kent cottage where Travers lived. She sits where Travers sat, looks out of the window and in the mirror, of course, though sadly doesn't slide up the bannisters. But she does talk of the magic in the »
- Sam Wollaston
It's a good time to be Walt Disney Studios. Between acclaimed making-of-Mary Poppins drama Saving Mr Banks and the imminent release of "new Disney classic" Frozen, the studio's 90th birthday was the precursor of a remarkable hot streak.
When Digital Spy sat down with the cast of Frozen, which includes Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel and Jonathan Groff, we took the opportunity to ask them a devilishly tough question: What's their favourite Disney movie of all time?
Based loosely on Hans Christian Andersen's The Snow Queen, musical animated film Frozen follows young princess Elsa (Menzel), who is exiled from her kingdom after her dangerous ability to create snow and ice is revealed.
Elsa's plucky younger sister Anna (Bell), relishing her newfound freedom, journeys out into the wilderness to find her sister and bring her home.
Along her way, Anna enlists the help of mountaineer Kristoff (Groff), his reindeer Sven, »
Anyone who has seen and loved Mary Poppins as much as I have knows one thing for certain: it's not about the kids. For all its riotous scenes of young Jane and Michael having tea parties on the ceiling and jumping through chalk pavement pictures, it's the uptight Mr Banks who is the real target of Poppins's attentions, as she seeks to break him out of his "bank-shaped cage" and reconnect him with what really matters – his family. No wonder the enduring Disney classic ends with Mr Banks himself leading everyone in a tear-jerking chorus of Let's Go Fly a Kite; after all, it was his story all along.
This is the central thrust of Saving Mr Banks, a lovely, sentimental and quietly insightful account of the making »
- Mark Kermode
The Westbury gallery in London’s Mayfair was recently adorned with rare Bollywood memorabilia. “Conferro Auctions”, a British based auction house, premiered through a special and rare event – a vintage Bollywood auction that took place on the 29th of November.
Consisting of a 150 lots, the memorabilia reflected a wide range of vintage Bollywood posters, banners, LP’s, synopses, lobby cards and gramophones. From Amitabh Bachchan’s angry Deewar (1975) to Rehka’s courtesan persona in Umrao Jaan (1981), the gallery was truly a celebration of Bollywood and the history that has been made since the very first Bollywood film Raja Harishchandra, a century ago in 1913. The auction covered the myriad of Bollywood’s journey, including the shockingly erotically charged poster for Satyam Shivam Sundaram (1978) to the vintage Purab aur Paschim (1970) LP and so much more.
Not only providing a unique opportunity for buyers to own a piece of Bollywood history, the auction »
- Aashi Gahlot
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