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Review: Decent & Well-Acted 'Saving Mr. Banks' With Tom Hanks & Emma Thompson

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 10, 2013 7:07 PM
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Saving Mr. Banks
Though the general public doesn't always share their enthusiasm, Hollywood loves making movies about itself. Whether fictional or based in reality, it's rare for a year to pass without some kind of film about filmmaking, from classics like "Sunset Boulevard" and "Mulholland Drive" to, uh, not-classics like "Hitchcock." In recent years, "The Artist" and "Argo" have both been critical and commercial successes (and not coincidentally, Best Picture Oscar winners), and Disney are clearly hoping that the same kind of success follows for "Saving Mr. Banks," which examines one of the family friendly company's most beloved films, 1964's "Mary Poppins," and their own founder and figurehead, Walt Disney, here played by megastar Tom Hanks.

Sundance First Look: Jason Schwartzman & Elisabeth Moss In 'Listen Up Philip' & Miles Teller In 'Whiplash'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 4, 2013 4:32 PM
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More stars, more directors and lots of exciting stuff hitting Sundance. Our look at the movies hitting Utah continues with two indie filmmakers tackling some bigger movies....

Chris Pratt Looking At The Brochure For 'Jurassic World,' Josh Brolin Checks Out & Irrfan Khan Being Sought

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 13, 2013 8:39 PM
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Chris Pratt
So, is Chris Pratt going to be the next big thing? The "Parks & Recreation" star certainly has a busy agent, who has lined him up in a co-starring role opposite Vince Vaughn in this month's "Delivery Man," and of course the actor will be seen in next summer's Marvel gamble "Guardians Of The Galaxy." And that's following stints in stuff like "Moneyball" and "Zero Dark Thirty" that allowed him to show a bit of range. And it looks like another tentpole project is coming Pratt's way.

Watch: Wes Anderson's New 8-Minute Short 'Castello Cavalcanti' Starring Jason Schwartzman

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 13, 2013 2:02 PM
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PRADA presents "CASTELLO CAVALCANTI" by Wes Anderson
So, here's the deal on Wes Anderson's "The Grand Budapest Hotel": in theory, it could've been released this year and there was even some rumblings of an appearance at New York Film Festival last month, before it was ultimately decided to wait until 2014. So, what to do until then? Well, you could dive into our feature Trailer Deconstruction: Wes Anderson’s ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ or you could enjoy something else brand new from the director, which finds him once again working with a longtime pal and associate.

BFI London Film Festival Review: 'Saving Mr. Banks' With Tom Hanks & Emma Thompson

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 20, 2013 6:00 PM
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Saving Mr. Banks
Though the general public doesn't always share their enthusiasm, Hollywood loves making movies about itself. Whether fictional or based in reality, it's rare for a year to pass without some kind of film about filmmaking, from classics like "Sunset Boulevard" and "Mulholland Drive" to, uh, not-classics like "Hitchcock." In recent years, "The Artist" and "Argo" have both been critical and commercial successes (and not coincidentally, Best Picture Oscar winners), and Disney are clearly hoping that the same kind of success follows for "Saving Mr. Banks," which examines one of the family friendly company's most beloved films, 1964's "Mary Poppins," and their own founder and figurehead, Walt Disney, here played by megastar Tom Hanks.

Watch: First Trailer For Wes Anderson's Quirky Ensemble Comedy 'The Grand Budapest Hotel'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • October 17, 2013 10:00 AM
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Grand Budapest Hotel, Ralph Fiennes
Teased earlier this week with the poster, the trailer for Wes Anderson's eighth feature length effort, "The Grand Budapest Hotel" has finally arrived. The auteur has said several times in recent years that he has no plans to change up his famously idiosyncratic style. "My natural handwriting is neat and it is like my personality. Somewhere along the way I made this choice: I can force myself to not be what I feel I naturally am or I can just go with it and develop it," he said last year in Cannes. "[Repeating myself] is not something I think about. I really think about just the world of this movie, and what this one is going to be." And yes, this 'Grand Budapest Hotel' trailer is very Wes Anderson-y, showing off his second period piece following the '60s setting of "Moonrise Kingdom."

TV Dial: Amazon Eyes Pilot From Roman Coppola & Jason Schwartzman, David Slade Goes 'Crossbones' Style & More

  • By Kristen Lopez
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  • August 16, 2013 10:38 AM
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In spite of the disaster that was Amazon’s scripted series/continuation of the film, “Zombieland,” the company isn’t content to get out of the scripted content game altogether. The massive online provider of everything has purchased two additional pilots to turn into series: “Bosch," based on the series of popular procedural novels written by Michael Connelly, as well as “Transparent” starring Jeffrey Tambor. Amazon also has its eye on “The After,” from “X-Files” creator Chris Carter. But for our purposes, the most interesting of the bunch is “Mozart in the Jungle” from Jason Schwartzman and Roman Coppola, about the classical music scene in New York.

Jason Schwartzman & Elisabeth Moss To Star In 'The Color Wheel' Director Alex Ross Perry's 'Listen Up Philip'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 26, 2013 4:02 PM
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Jason Schwartzmann, Elisabeth Moss, Alex Ross Perry
Shot on black-and-white 16mm film, noted for its abrasive, rapid-fire dialogue style, we'll fully admit, "The Color Wheel," director Alex Ross Perry's screwball-ish black comedy divided Playlist writers from the rest of the world, even though it was a cause celebre film for indie filmmakers and indie-championing publications. (And yet enough of us liked it to include the film's climax in our Best Movie Scenes & Moments Of 2012) Still, any time an indie filmmaker gets a shot into the big leagues, or at least a chance to work with professional actors and not their friends, it's always worth keeping an eye on. Hell, look what it did for Joe Swanberg and the Duplass Brothers, with "Drinking Buddies" and "Cyrus" easily being among their best films to date.

Watch: Jason Schwartzman, Patton Oswalt, Billy Dee Williams & More Visit The 'Star Wars' Cantina

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 10, 2013 1:15 PM
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Of the many little things in the "Star Wars" universe that fans have latched onto, the Mos Eisley Cantina from the first "Star Wars" maybe one of the most enduring. Granted, a lot happened there. It's where Han Solo shot Greedo, where Han Solo and Chewbecca are first introduced and Ponda Baba gets his arm sliced off by Luke Skywalker. But even with all of that, the bizarre atmosphere and futuristic space jazz captured the imagination of diehard and casual fans alike, with that cantina continually referenced in pop culture, perhaps most notably a few years ago in an Adidas spot featuring Daft Punk, Noel Gallagher, Ciara, Ian Brown of the Stone Roses, David Beckham, Jay Baruchel and Snoop Dog (watch it here). Well, it has been revisited again.

Jason Schwartzman Has 'Big Eyes' For Tim Burton; Cillian Murphy Goes 'In The Heart Of The Sea'

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • June 20, 2013 8:58 AM
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It’s no secret that the past decade has seen Tim Burton in a creative slump, but with the Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz-starring “Big Eyes,” he’s set to escape his blockbuster rut. Now THR is reporting that the film is getting another actor outside of Burton’s regular troupe.

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