First Clip and Two Featurettes for SAVING MR. BANKS Starring Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson

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Disney has released the first clip and two featurettes for John Lee Hancock‘s Saving Mr. Banks.  The 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.  Judging by the brief clip, which centers on the first meeting between Disney and Travers, the two lead actors look like they’ll have some good chemistry.  As for the featurettes, one explains the appeal of the story, and the other celebrates Thompson’s performance.  The latter is a bit confusing since everyone is praising the complexity of the character and the depth of Thompson’s performance, but all we’re seeing is a prim-and-proper fish-out-of-water.  At the end of the featurette, we get a glimpse of the dramatic side, but I’m worried these moments will feel forced in the movie.  My current prediction is that Hancock has created a nice picture that will invite backlash if it picks up any awards steam.

Hit the jump to check out the clip and featurettes.  The film also stars Paul Giamatti, Bradley WhitfordJason Schwartzman, B.J. Novak, Annie Rose Buckley, Ruth Wilson, Rachel Griffiths, Kathy Baker, and Colin FarrellSaving Mr. Banks will premiere at AFI Fest in November and opens in theaters on December 20th.

James McTeigue to Direct Thriller SURVIVOR; Milla Jovovich, Emma Thompson, Pierce Brosnan, and Angela Bassett to Star

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The Raven director James McTeigue is lining up his next project, and things are moving rather quickly.  Deadline reports that McTeigue will helm the thriller Survivor for Millennium Films, with Milla Jovovich, Emma Thompson, Pierce Brosnan, and Angela Bassett set to star.  Jovovich leads the cast as a State Department employee stationed in London who is tasked with preventing terrorists from entering the United States.  When she is targeted for death and framed for crimes she didn’t commit, she must race to clear her name and stop a large-scale attack from reaching Times Square on New Year’s Eve.  Fingers crossed this is really the long-awaited prequel to the 2012 celebrity-filled romcom New Year’s Eve.

Production on Survivor is set to begin in London on January 20th with a script by Bill Shelby.  McTeigue, who also directed V for Vendetta, has a number of other projects in various stages of development, including a remake of the Jean-Claude Van Damme martial arts pic Bloodsport for Relativity Media.

4 New Images from SAVING MR. BANKS Featuring Tom Hanks, Emma Thompson, and Jason Schwarztman

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Disney has released a few new images from director John Lee Hancock’s (The Blind Side) upcoming film Saving Mr. Banks.  The pic focuses on Walt Disney’s (Tom Hanks) twenty-year pursuit of the film rights to author P.L. Travers’ (Emma Thompson) novel Mary Poppins and the rocky relationship that formed between the two.  All eyes are on this one as a potential crowd-pleasing Oscar contender, and the first trailer definitely teased a pair of excellent performances from Hanks and Thompson.  In these new images, we also get a look at Jason Schwartzman and B.J. Novak as brothers Richard and Robert Sherman, who composed the score and songs for the eventual Mary Poppins film.

Hit the jump to take a look at the images.  The film also stars Paul Giamatti, Bradley Whitford, Annie Rose Buckley, Ruth Wilson, Rachel Griffiths, Kathy Baker, and Colin FarrellSaving Mr. Banks will premiere at AFI Fest in November and opens in theaters on December 20th.

First Trailer for SAVING MR. BANKS Starring Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson

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The first trailer has been release for John Lee Hancock‘s Saving Mr. Banks.  The first trailer has been release for John Lee Hancock’s Saving Mr. Banks.  The film focuses on Walt Disney’s (Tom Hanks) twenty-year pursuit of the film rights to author P.L. Travers’ (Emma Thompson) novel Mary Poppins and the rocky relationship that formed between the two.  In some ways, it’s pure Oscar-bait and easily digestible as well as a little on the sappy side, but it also looks quite charming.  Hanks and Thompson look like they have great chemistry, and  I got a big laugh when they come across the problem of trying to sell Travers on “supercalifragilousexpialadocious”.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer.  The film also stars Colin Farrell, Paul Giamatti, Jason Schwartzman, Bradley Whitford, Annie Rose Buckley, Ruth Wilson, B.J. Novak, Rachel Griffiths, and Kathy BakerSaving Mr. Banks opens in limited release on December 13th before going wide December 20th.

First Image from SAVING MR. BANKS Starring Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson

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Disney has released the first image from their potential awards contender, Saving Mr. Banks.  The film focuses on Walt Disney’s (Tom Hanks) twenty-year pursuit of the film rights to author P.L. Travers’ (Emma Thompson) novel Mary Poppins and the rocky relationship that formed between the two.  Once you have two respected actors playing famous people, you’re already on the awards radar, and the outstanding cast also includes Colin Farrell, Ruth Wilson, Rachel Griffiths, Bradley Whitford, Jason Schwarztman, and Paul Giamatti.  The image above takes place at Disneyland in 1961, and as you can see, Travers’ is less than impressed.  Thompson says that while she usually plays characters with clear moral guides, “[Travers] was not like that at all. She was far more chaotic and confused and morally various.”  I have full faith in Thompson’s ability, and I’m eager to see how director John Lee Hancock (The Blind Side) brings the picture together.

Hit the jump to check out the image.  Saving Mr. Banks opens December 20th.

Atlanta Readers: Win Passes to an Early Screening of BEAUTIFUL CREATURES

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I’m not embarrassed to say I’m intrigued by Beautiful Creatures.  I know I’m not the target audience, but that doesn’t mean I’m excluded from enjoying the film.  For those unfamiliar with the movie, it’s supernatural love story centering on Lena Duchannes (Alice Englert) a “caster” (a.k.a. a witch), her relationship with Ethan Wate (Alden Ehrenreich), and her dread at being chosen for good or evil.

I’m pleased to announce that we’re giving away 20 passes to the Atlanta screening of Beautiful Creatures.  Hit the jump to find out how you can check out the film early and for free.  The film also stars Jeremy Irons, Viola Davis, Emmy Rossum, and Emma ThompsonBeautiful Creatures opens February 14th.

39 New Images from BEAUTIFUL CREATURES Starring Alice Englert, Alden Ehrenreich and Emmy Rossum

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A host of new images from director Richard LaGravenese’s supernatural love story adaptation Beautiful Creatures reveal great looks at stars Alice Englert and Alden Ehrenreich.  While the movie may draw comparisons to The Twilight Saga, one thing that stands apart is the amazing costume design for Beautiful Creatures, which really puts an emphasis on Southern Gothic.

Also starring Emmy Rossum, Jeremy Irons, Viola Davis, Emma Thompson and Thomas Mann, Beautiful Creatures opens February 14th.  Hit the jump to check out the new images.

New TV Spots for BEAUTIFUL CREATURES and OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL

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New TV spots have been released for Beautiful Creatures and Oz the Great and PowerfulBeautiful Creatures is a supernatural love story centering on Lena Duchannes (Alice Englert) a “caster” (a.k.a. a witch), her relationship with Ethan Wate (Alden Ehrenreich), and her dread at being chosen for good or evil.  This TV spot sells the love-angle, but I can’t help but being slightly intrigued by the supernatural element of the story.  As for Oz the Great and Powerful, the TV spots are about ringing in the New Year with Sam Raimi‘s Wizard of Oz prequel.

Hit the jump to check out the TV spots.  Beautiful Creatures opens February 13th.  Oz the Great and Powerful opens in 3D on March 8th.

BRAVE Ultimate Collector’s Edition Blu-ray Review

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Would we look at Brave more kindly if it didn’t come from Pixar? Would its flaws and foibles bug us quite so much if another studio took it on? Probably not. It has so much to recommend it – its technical credentials are so strong and its characters sufficiently endearing – that its problems wouldn’t matter so much. Unfortunately, this isn’t another studio and Pixar demands standards far beyond those of mortal men.  They did so well for so long that “good enough” no longer cuts it. Brave, sadly, can’t climb any higher than that. Hit the jump for my full review of the Blu-ray.

New Trailer for BEAUTIFUL CREATURES

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A new trailer for the YA adaptation Beautiful Creatures has been released online.  The Southern supernatural romance centers on two mystically charged teens who are mysteriously drawn to one another despite never having met, and uncover some unsettling secrets about their families and the small southern town in which they live.  I found the first trailer intriguing yet a tad confusing, but this clip really digs into the plot and makes Beautiful Creatures look like a lot of fun.  We see a lot more of the characters played by Emma Thompson, Jeremy Irons, and Viola Davis, and it’s starting to make sense why actors of their caliber signed on; Thompson in particular looks to be having a blast chewing the scenery.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film also stars Alice Englert, Alden Ehrenreich, and Emmy RossumBeautiful Creatures opens on February 13, 2013.

15 Things to Know About Richard LaGravenese’s BEAUTIFUL CREATURES From Our Set Visit

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Stepping out of the van, the heat hits all of us at the same time, and before we’ve even made it halfway up the dirt pathway—to where a sprawling, vine-covered Gothic mansion is quietly redefining the word “imposing”—every one of us is starting to sweat. The person guiding us to our destination points, and we all look around a corner to see what appears to be a checkered ballroom set into the center of a topiary garden. Dozens of elaborately-costumed actors and actresses are milling about: some have foot-tall, brightly-colored hairdos, others have their faces covered in intricate makeup jobs, and all of them must be dying in this swampy heat. Just as we’re starting to make sense of what it is we’re looking at, Jeremy Irons walks by holding a Styrofoam cup of coffee and nods a “Hello” at us.

Earlier this year, I was invited out to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where Warner Bros. and director Richard LaGravenese were bringing the YA novel Beautiful Creatures to life. To say the visit was surreal doesn’t quite do it justice, but I’ll give it a shot. Meet me after the jump to find out what I learned on the Beautiful Creatures set…and why Warner Bros. might have the next, big Twilight-sized YA hit on their hands.

First Look at Tom Hanks as Walt Disney in SAVING MR. BANKS

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If you caught Tom Hanks doing any of the press rounds for Cloud Atlas, you may have noticed his oh-so-regal mustache.  The atypical facial hair was for a high profile role that Hanks is currently filming: that of Walt Disney in the real-life drama Saving Mr. Banks.  The story centers on Disney’s twenty-year pursuit of the film rights to author P.L. Travers’ (Emma Thompson) novel Mary Poppins and the rocky relationship that formed between the two.  Our first images of Hanks and Thompson in character have surfaced today, as the production filmed a few scenes on the grounds of Disneyland.

Hit the jump to take a look at the images.  Directed by John Lee Hancock (The Blind Side), the film also stars Colin Farrell, Ruth Wilson, Rachel Griffiths, Bradley Whitford, Paul Giamatti, and Jason SchwartzmanSaving Mr. Banks opens on December 20th, 2013.

BEAUTIFUL CREATURES Featurette Reveals Behind-the-Scenes Footage with Commentary from Cast and Crew

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If you enjoyed the recent images and trailer for director Richard LaGravenese’s Beautiful Creatures, but found yourself a bit lost in the story, you’re in luck, because a new featurette is here to explain it all to you.  Based on the trilogy by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, the story centers on two star-crossed teens who uncover some unsettling secrets about their families, themselves and the small southern town in which they live.  The featurette shows that the adaptation is more than just “Romeo & Juliet meets Twilight meets True Blood.”

Starring Alice Englert, Alden Ehrenreich, Emma Thompson, Emmy Rossum, Jeremy Irons and Viola Davis,  Beautiful Creatures graces theaters on February 13th, 2013.  Hit the jump to watch the featurette.

First Trailer, Poster, and New Images for the Southern Supernatural Romance BEAUTIFUL CREATURES

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The first trailer and poster for director Richard LaGrevenese’s Beautiful Creatures have landed online.  Based on the three-book series by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, the story centers on two mystically charged teens who are mysteriously drawn to one another despite never having met, and uncover some unsettling secrets about their families and the small southern town in which they live.  I’m unfamiliar with the book series and found myself a bit lost when watching the teaser, but I dig the atmosphere and Southern Gothic aesthetic.  Moreover, watching Emma Thompson play a disapproving, devoutly religious Southern woman is a delight.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer, poster, and a batch of images, and be sure to take a peek at our set visit preview right here.  The film also stars Alice Englert, Emmy Rossum, Jeremy Irons and Viola Davis.  Beautiful Creatures hits theaters on February 13th, 2013.  

Production Begins on SAVING MR. BANKS Starring Tom Hanks as Walt Disney and Emma Thompson as P.L. Travers; 2013 Release Date Planned

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Filming has commenced on Disney’s star-studded real life drama Saving Mr. Banks.  The film chronicles Walt Disney’s twenty-year pursuit of the film rights to author P.L. Travers’ novel Mary Poppins, and the rocky relationship that formed between the two.  Tom Hanks will take on the daunting task of portraying Disney (the first time he’s ever been portrayed in a dramatic film), while Emma Thompson is set as Travers.  Director John Lee Hancock (The Blind Side) has assembled a killer cast that includes Colin Farrell and Ruth Wilson (Anna Karenina) as Travers’ parents, Rachel Griffiths (Six Feet Under) as Travers’ aunt who was the inspiration for the character of Mary Poppins, Bradley Whitford (The West Wing) as screenwriter Don Dagradi, and Jason Schwartzman and B.J. Novak as the songwriting Sherman Brothers.  Moreover, Paul Giamatti and Kathy Baker also appear in supporting roles.

Hit the jump for more on the project, including the film’s full synopsis.

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