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It seems like a given that Tom Hanks, one of today's most beloved and well-known stars, would play Walt Disney, one of Hollywood's most beloved and well-known icons, in the first film about Disney himself, "Saving Mr. Banks."
But, although Hanks jokes that he's made a "cottage industry" out of playing real people, he wasn't at all sold on playing such an icon. As he told Moviefone, once he read the script, he was on board, particularly because it's mostly Emma Thompson's movie. She plays P.L. Travers, the author of "Mary Poppins," who turned down Disney's attempts to make the books into a film for 20 years, fighting him every step of the way.
Hanks shared how working with Thompson was like "a convivial three-hour dinner with maybe a little too much wine going down one of us," why the creative process can be so damn difficult, and how he »
- Sharon Knolle
It may be hard to believe, but it’s the 25th Anniversary of Big, and there’s a new Blu-Ray release to get the film out to a new generation… and because you want to own it on Blu-Ray.
Loaded with special features, and boasting a couple of cool extras, this is a Blu-Ray that has to be on your list. You really want to pick up at least two, of course, because someone on everyone’s list wants this one. Speaking of two, I have two copies available for a couple of lucky winners.
It can be hard to pull yourself away from the nostalgia, but this one holds up surprisingly well. It has a few notes that may catch the next generation off guard (as they wonder why so-and-so doesn’t just pick up their cell phone, etc.), but the fun is timeless.
Catch all the info below, »
- Marc Eastman
The 'Forrest Gump' actor said that his family had got their first colour TV in 1968 and they always watched because the English video just looked so weird, Contactmusic reported.
Hanks said that the show also had the guy with the big red hair and the bow tie Jon Pertwee.
The 57-year-old actor stated that everyone talked in English accents and there were these big salt and pepper shaker robots and they wouldn't be able to make sense of anything.
Hanks added that it was intriguing. »
- Ketali Mehta
Netflix has released the first trailer for Season 2 of House of Cards, while announcing that all 13 episodes will be available to subscribers starting Friday, February 14.
The second season of the Netflix original series, from Media Rights Capital, House of Cards premieres Friday, February 14, 2014. All 13-episodes of the season starring Academy Award winner Kevin Spacey (Horrible Bosses, American Beauty, The Usual Suspects) and Golden Globe nominee Robin Wright (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Forrest Gump), who both received Emmy nominations for their performances in the first season, will be available for members to watch instantly in all territories where Netflix is available.
To read the full press release: clickHere »
The acclaimed and contemporary American remake of celebrated 1990 UK series House Of Cards has unveiled a teaser trailer and press release confirming that the show will return on the 14th February 2014. Following a hugely successful 13-episode run, released exclusively on the increasingly popular video-on-demand service with a pilot directed by the brilliant David Fincher, Kevin Spacey’s Frank Underwood and the majority of the cast return for a second season. Expect more political scandal and cover-ups from the House of Representatives.
(Beverly Hills, CA – December 4, 2013) – The second season of the Netflix original series, from Media Rights Capital, “House of Cards,” premieres Friday, February 14, 2014. All 13-episodes of the season starring Academy Award® winner Kevin Spacey (“Horrible Bosses,” “American Beauty,” “The Usual Suspects”) and Golden Globe® nominee Robin Wright (“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” “Forrest Gump”), who both received Emmy® nominations for their performances in the first season, will be available »
- Craig Hunter
Netflix has come to the rescue with some solid plans for your upcoming Valentine’s Day/Presidents Day weekend. What better way to celebrate your relationship than to sit on the couch for three days straight, binge-watching season two of House of Cards? The streaming service announced today that all 13 episodes of the engrossing political drama series’ second season will be made available on Friday, February 14th, so make reservations with your couch accordingly. Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright return for season two, as Francis and Claire Underwood “continue their ruthless rise to power as threats mount on all fronts.” Though David Fincher didn’t direct any season two episodes, he is still involved as an executive producer and fellow producer Dana Brunetti recently told us that the busy filmmaker still had a hand in many aspects of the second season. Wright, Jodie Foster, Carl Franklin, James Foley, and John David Coles »
- Adam Chitwood
Sky is opening up its online film rental service Sky Store to allow access for non-subscribers for the first time.
The pay-tv operator has made the Sky Store service available to all consumers via skystore.com as well as through its Iptv service Now TV and the Roku and Youview set-top boxes, giving people access to 1,200 movie titles.
Previously it could only be accessed by Sky TV subscribers.
The move is part of a drive by Sky to make its content available more widely, following a move to make a raft of entertainment channels including Sky 1, Sky Atlantic, Sky Living, Comedy Central and Fox available via Now TV last month.
The latest movies available on the Sky Store service including Man of Steel, The Hangover 3, Despicable Me 2 and The Lone Ranger, are available to stream for £3.49, with classic films such as The Godfather, Forrest Gump and Top Gun available for between 99p and £1.99.
Nicola Bamford, director »
[Press Release] (Beverly Hills, CA – December 4, 2013) – The second season of the Netflix original series, from Media Rights Capital, “House of Cards,” premieres Friday, February 14, 2014. All 13-episodes of the season starring Academy Award® winner Kevin Spacey (“Horrible Bosses,” “American Beauty,” “The Usual Suspects”) and Golden Globe® nominee Robin Wright (“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” “Forrest Gump”), who both received Emmy® nominations for their performances in the first season, will be available for members to watch instantly in all territories where Netflix is available. From director David Fincher (“The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” “The Social Network”), award-winning playwright and Academy Award® nominated screenwriter Beau Willimon (“Farragut North,” “The Ides of »
- Pietro Filipponi
The second season of the Netflix original series "House of Cards" premieres Friday, February 14, 2014. All 13-episodes of the season starring Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright, who both received Emmy nominations for their performances in the first season, will be available for members to watch instantly in all territories where Netflix is available. From director David Fincher ( The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo , The Social Network ), award-winning playwright and Academy Award nominated screenwriter Beau Willimon ( Farragut North , The Ides of March ) and Academy Award winner Eric Roth ( Forrest Gump , Munich , The Insider ), this critically-acclaimed drama slithers beneath the curtain and through the back halls of greed, sex, love and corruption in modern Washington »
Sky has opened the doors on its movie rental service, and will be launching an app for both YouView, Now TV and Roku set-top boxes.
Which streaming service is best?
Sky will also add archive titles to Skystore.com like the Godfather and Forrest Gump.
The Sky Store website will be the primary movie rental portal from Sky for those without YouView, Roku and Now TV boxes.
It's a clear attempt to take on Netflix and LoveFilm, the difference in Sky's offering being that it operates a pay-per-view model.
"We're delighted that millions more homes can access hundreds of box office smashes alongside best-loved movie classics. All you need is an internet connection and away you go", said Nicola Bamford, director of Sky Store.
Movies are available for 48 hours once viewing starts. »
Nearly 4 years ago, we learned that Robert De Niro was being lined up to play iconic football coach Vince Lombardi in the Espn Films biopic titled Lombardi, to be written by Oscar winning Forrest Gump writer Eric Roth. However, there has been no updates on the state of that project since then. Now Legendary Pictures is looking to play football the same subject after spending time in the ballpark with their Jackie Robinson biopic 42. Deadline has word that Legendary has hired J.C. Chandor (writer and director of All Is Lost and Margin Call) to script a biopic on the Green Day Packers coach with an eye towards directing. As we've explained before, Lombardi is a legendary coach most know for his work with the Packers from 1959-67, winning no less than five NFL championships during his nine years with the team. He went on to accomplish a 105–35–6 record as head »
- Ethan Anderton
The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty looks like Forrest Gump on acid. That being said, I really want to see it. Ben Stiller has proven to be an adept dramatic actor (Permanent Midnight, The Royal Tenenbaums) and as a director he has done a fine job with Reality Bites, The Cable Guy, Zoolander, and Tropic Thunder. But, there never seemed to be anything behind the camera that was more than just workmanlike. The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty appears to be Stiller breaking out of his directorial »
- Alex Maidy
Daniel Day-Lewis spoiled us. Last year, the Best Actor race was an easy call, but this time around, it’s the hardest of the Oscar fields to predict. The race is jam-packed with worthy contenders, each with an equally strong chance of finding his name in that winning envelope on March 2.
With a month to go before voting opens we could still see some shifting. Who could still sneak in? Forest Whitaker for The Butler or Joaquin Phoenix for Her have the potential to rise in the ranks. So does Oscar Isaac for his musical, downtrodden turn in Inside Llewyn Davis. »
- Anthony Breznican
“I don’t escape it in my sleep,” Darabont says between sips of coffee. “I go home, and whatever amount of sleep I do get, I’m dreaming about being on set and all the thorny possible things that could happen, but it’s an abstraction of those problems. … It’s just my subconscious messing with me. It’s always been that way.”
Sitting on the floor of his Spanish-style offices in Los Feliz, Darabont takes drags off an e-cig, vaguely resembling the characters in his period drama that draws on the rich heritage of L.A. noir — except that he’s wearing one of his signature Hawaiian shirts, and his nearby iPhone is »
- AJ Marechal
When a filmmaker creates a period piece, the audience will expect certain details to be highlighted as an effort of world-building and cinematic magic. They are commonly referred to as costume dramas, a display of a large amount of money pumped into costume and set design to amaze modern audiences in their plight for historicity. With The Great Gatsby, Baz Luhrmann was able to milk our infatuation to the point that several men’s fashion designers crafted clothing lines around the film. There are anywhere from one to three big pictures like this each year that will flaunt their stars in period-perfect garb, take home their Best Picture Oscar, and fall into obscurity. What may rescue many of these films is their ability to not simply match the look of the past, but its feeling, the atmosphere of the times that helps audiences relate to characters long dead and presented in unimaginable circumstances. »
- Zach Lewis
Golden Globes ballots will be mailed Nov. 27 with film entries broken down as usual between dramas and comedies.
The organization is more confident than I am. For several films in this year’s race, it’s hard to see where to draw the line. I was deeply moved by “Nebraska” and “Before Midnight,” but they Are comedies. “Enough Said,” “Her” and “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” are also comedies, but more heartfelt and touching than many dramas.
Several studios submitted films as comedies to the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. on the supposition that the race is less competitive than the jam-packed drama race. So you can’t blame the strategists for trying, but the HFPA makes the final decision, with nominations to be announced Dec. 12.
Paramount’s “The Wolf of Wall Street” (pictured above) is apparently a comedy. (No one can dispute that, because no one’s seen it. »
- Tim Gray
By Mark Pinkert
This is the second article in a three-part series.
Earlier this month, the acclaimed writer/producer/director Joss Whedon spoke at an Equality Now benefit dinner and suggested that the word “feminism” be removed from the English lexicon. According to Mr. Whedon, the word is problematic because it assumes that gender equality is not the “natural state” but something that needs to be achieved. Though several self-purported feminist bloggers have criticized this idea, Whedon’s speech does raise some interesting questions about how prejudice can hide away in the depths of language and rhetoric.
Thankfully, we have reached a point where shouting sexist comments is socially unacceptable and utterly disgraceful; anyone who does becomes ostracized by civil people. But that does not mean gender prejudices have been cured. The most corrosive type of sexism, and the one Whedon was getting at, is the kind embedded in words and institutions, »
- Mark Pinkert
Even if you're not one to pay attention to the names behind the scenes, it's a sure bet that you're very familiar with the work of production designer Rick Carter. Carter began working with director Robert Zemeckis on 1989's Back to the Future Part II and has worked creatively with the helmer ever since on films like Death Becomes Her , Forrest Gump and Cast Away . He has also teamed with Steven Spielberg on more than half a dozen projects, including both Jurassic Park and The Lost World and, most recently, Lincoln , which won him his second Academy Award. As if that's not impressive enough of a resume, Carter won his first Oscar for his work on James Cameron's Avatar and is currently hard at work doing production design for J.J. Abrams much-anticipated Star Wars: Episode »
Like most Americans living today, I was born after November 22, 1963, so I don't remember John F. Kennedy and can't tell you where I was when news broke of his assassination. So here's what I know about the man, his presidency, and his death, thanks to the history professors of Hollywood.
Let me see if I have this right: JFK was a handsome man with the charisma of a movie star. (Indeed, he had connections to Hollywood through his father, a onetime movie producer; through his brother-in-law Peter Lawford and fellow Rat Packer Frank Sinatra; and through his torrid affair with Marilyn Monroe.) Through his youth, good looks, charisma, and forward-looking rhetoric, he inspired a nation to stop wearing hats, build rockets to the moon, and join the Peace Corps. His even more attractive, youthful, stylish, and patrician wife Jackie swept out the dowdy cobwebs of the Eisenhower years and turned »
- Gary Susman
Movies have the power to enchant us, move us, amuse us, and scare the hell out of us – the reason we’re all attracted to the cinema as an artistic medium ultimately comes down to the fact that it allows us to feel such a wide spectrum of emotions. But one could argue that the most appealing emotion associated with the experience is one of pure satisfaction, though we’re not necessarily talking about a film’s overall ability to make us feel entirely satisfied when we walk out the theatre (i.e “I’m glad I went to see that”).
No: we’re talking about those individual moments which occur within the films themselves – moments which allow us to feel a sense of complete, unbridled satisfaction. Those moments where you find yourself staring at the screen in awe after a long, perilous journey, or at the point where a »
- Adrian Smith
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