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Critics vs. Academy: Do 'The Secret Life of Walter Mitty,' 'Saving Mr. Banks,' and 'The Book Thief' Need Great Reviews?

A look at the gap between critics and Academy voters. Will "The Book Thief," "The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" and "Saving Mr. Banks" scoot past reviewers?
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 18, 2013 5:23 PM
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Awards Circuit: AFI FEST 'Out of the Furnace' Review, BAFTA Britannia Awards to Clooney & Elba, Thompson & Penn Sing 'Mary Poppins' (VIDEO)

Awards season is in full swing with the AFI Fest world premiere of "Out of the Furnace" (review), BAFTA Britannia awards for Clooney and Elba, Emma Thompson and Sean Penn singing the "Mary Poppins" songbook and more.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 10, 2013 7:38 PM
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Review: Thompson Triumphs in 'Saving Mr. Banks,' which Adds Spoonful of Sugar to Backstage 'Mary Poppins' Tale (TRAILER)

For 20 years, Walt Disney avidly pursued the film rights to "Mary Poppins," and for 20 years, author P.L. Travers rebuffed the mogul's tenacious advances, fearing the ways he might maul her beloved book and character. This is the tale that "Saving Mr. Banks," which had its world premiere at the BFI London Film Festival and North American premiere at AFI FEST, sets out to tell, interspersed with flashbacks to Travers' own difficult, unexpected childhood in the Australian Outback. Travers is Emma Thompson's best leading film role since Elinor Dashwood in "Sense And Sensibility," 18 years ago, and she makes the Australian-born British transplant a curmudgeonly delight.
  • By Matt Mueller
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  • November 8, 2013 1:03 PM
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Tom Hanks Talks His 'Life in Pictures,' Hair-Raising 'Captain Phillips' and Sugar-Coating Walt Disney at London Film Festival (CLIPS)

During his 33-year career Tom Hanks has branched into writing, directing and producing, both in film and television. But it was as an actor that he was in London this month, performing a rare double as his films "Captain Phillips" and "Saving Mr. Banks" opened and closed the London Film Festival, respectively. While in London Hanks discussed his craft and career at BAFTA’s latest “Life in Pictures” event, a series of onstage interviews whose subjects have included Dustin Hoffman and Meryl Streep. “The first job I ever got was because I was louder and funnier than the others – or maybe just louder,” he said.
  • By Demetrios Matheou
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  • October 20, 2013 3:22 PM
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'Saving Mr. Banks' Producer Owen Says Film Industry Should Embrace the Internet in Keynote for BFI London Film Fest

“It’s about bloody time!” said Clare Stewart, the BFI London Film Festival’s Artistic Director, in her introduction to the first woman to give the festival’s annual industry keynote address, the fourth. British producer Alison Owen focused her 40-minute talk at the Curzon Soho Cinema on "The Power Of The Story" and exhorted the film industry not to be afraid of the internet, but rather embrace its potential because “the internet is a container, not a substance.”
  • By Matt Mueller
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  • October 18, 2013 2:09 PM
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AFI FEST Adds Centerpiece Galas and Special Screenings, World Premiere of Peter Berg's 'Lone Survivor'

The American Film Institute (AFI) is adding more Centerpiece Galas and Special Screenings. They include John Wells and Tracy Letts' Toronto title "August: Osage County" on November 8 and the world premiere of Peter Berg's war film "Lone Survivor" (November 12) as well as Bernardo Bertolucci's Oscar-winning "The Last Emperor" in 3-D on November 10.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 17, 2013 9:00 AM
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Disney in the News, from 90th Birthday Bash to Controversial 'Escape from Tomorrow' and Oscar Contender 'Saving Mr. Banks' (VIDEO)

Disney takes its 90th birthday celebration to Chicago, burnishes the animation mogul's legacy with "Mary Poppins" backstory and would-be Oscar contender "Saving Mr. Banks," and ignores controversial guerilla Disney filmmaker Randy Moore's "Escape from Tomorrow." Will they sue?
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • October 14, 2013 4:10 PM
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AFI FEST 2013 Opens with 'Saving Mr. Banks' and Closes with 'Inside Llewyn Davis,' More Early Details

The American Film Institute has announced early details of its AFI FEST 2013 program. The North American Premiere Gala of Disney’s "Saving Mr. Banks" will open the festival on Thursday, November 7. The Coen Brothers' "Inside Llewyn Davis" will close the festival on November 14.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • September 4, 2013 9:00 AM
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WATCH TRAILER: In 'Saving Mr. Banks,' Hanks as Disney Courts Thompson as 'Mary Poppins' Scribe UPDATE

The first trailer from director John Lee Hancock's "Saving Mr. Banks" starring Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson has arrived. In the film, Hanks plays Walt Disney, who brings author P.L. Travers, played by Thompson, from London to Hollywood in the early 1960s to adapt her novel "Mary Poppins" for the screen.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • July 11, 2013 2:02 PM
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Oscar Watch: Disney Gives 'Saving Mr. Banks' a Limited December Run Ahead of Wide Holiday Release

Early buzz is good on Disney's indie pick-up "Saving Mr. Banks," and the studio appears confident that critical reaction and word-of-mouth will be upbeat, as they are moving the anticipated year-end entry up to December 13 in limited release, ahead of its wide break set for December 20.
  • By Tom Brueggemann
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  • June 13, 2013 9:27 PM
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