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Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures has released the first movie poster for Saving Mr. Banks starring Emma Thompson and Tom Hanks. The mouse house decided to premiere the one-sheet on their DisneyParks Blog (which covers the company’s many theme parks). Check it out now, after the jump.
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One of the biggest no-shows at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con is Disney. The company who owns Pixar, Lucasfilm and more is letting its comic book division, Marvel, give a presentation to the crowd but the rest of the stacked upcoming Disney slate is nowhere to be found. The reason is that the company’s very own biennial convention, the D23 Expo, takes place a few weeks later. From August 9-11 in Anaheim, CA, all things Disney will be celebrated including their upcoming movies.

A press release has now confirmed at least a few of the movies that will be showcased at the event. There will be an animated presentation, which will focus on Frozen and The Good Dinosaur, and a live-action presentation, which features Saving Mr. Banks, Tomorrowland and Thor: The Dark World. One glaring omission (among many) is Star Wars Episode VII, but that doesn’t mean it won’t show up. Read the full press release below. Read More »

SAVING MR. BANKS

There’s a certain kind of stress that comes with watching a favorite book get adapted into movies, and I can only imagine that the process must be even more nerve-wracking for the authors of those books. It can’t be easy for them to see their work chopped up and rearranged, or to find that what soars on the page drops with a thud on the screen.

In Saving Mr. Banks, writer P.L. Travers (Emma Thompson) tries to save herself that grief by refusing to hand over the film rights to her Mary Poppins books. But Walt Disney (Tom Hanks) doesn’t give up easily, and, well, if you’ve ever tried to wrap your mouth around the nonsense word “supercalifragilisticexpialidocious,” you can probably guess how that goes. Watch the first trailer for the fact-based drama after the jump.

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Tom Hanks / Emma Thompson

Watching Disney’s Mary Poppins as a small child, I remember being amazed by the (in my view) radical technology that allowed real movie stars to stand alongside cartoon critters. Little did I know that combining animation and live-action was the least of the struggles in getting the picture made.

The upcoming drama Saving Mr. Banks chronicles Walt Disney‘s fourteen-year effort to convince P.L. Travers, author of the original Mary Poppins books, to give over the movie rights. The film’s got “awards season” written all over it: John Lee Hancock (The Blind Side) directs from a Black List script by Kelly Marcel, with Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson in the leads. The first official image has just hit the web, and you can check it out after the jump.

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The Muppets Again - train station with James Bobin

Disney just changed a bunch of release dates and titles, offering a glimpse at what the company that owns Pixar, Marvel and Lucasfilm has in store in the coming years. No Star Wars Episode VII news yet, but here are the highlights:

  • The Muppets …Again has changed its title to Muppets Most Wanted. It still opens March 21, 2014.
  • Two untitled Marvel movies will be released May 6, 2016 and May 5, 2017.
  • Brad Bird’s Tomorrowland arrives a week earlier on December 12, 2014.
  • Rob Marshall’s musical Into The Woods is now scheduled for December 25, 2014.
  • A sequel to Planes, called Planes: Fire and Rescue, will be released on July 18, 2014.
  • Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day starring Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner opens October 10, 2014.
  • Lasse Hallestrom’s The Hundred-Foot Journey comes out August 8, 2014.

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When filming a major Hollywood movie at one of the busiest locations on the planet, a photo or two is bound to leak out. That’s just happened with Saving Mr. Banks. Tom Hanks, who plays Walt Disney in the film, has been spotted in character during filming at Disneyland in Anaheim, California. The film, which will be released December 20, 2013, tells the story of Disney’s 14-year effort to convince Mary Poppins author P.L. Travers to turn over the rights to her book. Emma Thompson plays Travers, and she’s been spotted by photographers, too.

Directed by John Lee Hancock, Saving Mr. Banks co-stars Colin Farrell, Paul Giamatti, Bradley Whitford and Jason Schwartzman. After the jump, see several images of Hanks, Thompson and the filming and read some of Hanks’ thoughts on the Disney character. Read More »

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Edgar Wright‘s Ant-Man will be released November 6, 2015. That’s the biggest news coming from Disney this morning as they’ve released an update to their schedule. They also confirm that Iron Man 3 and Thor: The Dark World will be in 3D, a new Pixar movie will be released on November 25, 2015 and the Tom Hanks film Saving Mr. Banks will be released December 20, 2013. Read much more after the jump. Read More »

When a project starts out with A-list leads like Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson, it’s not surprising when the supporting cast turns out to be equally impressive. Paul Giamatti, Jason Schwartzman, and Ruth Wilson have just joined the cast of Saving Mr. Banks, Disney’s drama about the making of Mary Poppins.

Though the film’s still in pre-production, it already boasts some serious pedigree, and not just in terms of acting talent: The Blind Side helmer John Lee Hancock is on board to direct from a Black List script by Kelly Marcel. More details after the jump.

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It seems like biopics and other similar true life stories are exploding in development right now, and we’ve got casting for three big ones. First up, the Jimi Hendrix film All is By My Side has just added a young Keith Richards. British actor Ashley Charles will play the Rolling Stones songwriter and guitarist.

John Ridley is directing the film now, with Andre Benjamin as Hendrix, and Hayley Atwell as Linda Keith, who during the story’s time frame was dating Richards. She ‘discovered’ Hendrix and tried to get the Stones management to work with him, to no avail. Keith Richards likely won’t play a big part in the film, which chronicles the days before Hendrix made it big.

Fun fact checking: let’s see how people refer to Richards in this film. In ’63 the Stones manager started listing the guitarist as Keith Richard, and it wasn’t until the ’70s that he once again became Richards.  [THR]

After the break, Donal Logue plays an important figure in the New York music scene, and Colin Farrell is in talks for the Mary Poppins film Saving Mr. Banks. Read More »

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