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  • Is 'Saving Mr. Banks' too hard on 'Mary Poppins' creator?

    In the winter of 1933, in a thatched cottage in Sussex, England, a complicated woman named Pamela "P.L." Travers began to write "Mary Poppins," the first in a series of novels that would inspire the beloved 1964 Walt Disney movie and supply generations of...
  • Directors Round Table: Nicole Holofcener on gut instinct

    Directors Round Table: Nicole Holofcener on gut instinct
    The trouble with making movies is that you have to start over each time —¬†with a new script, a new cast and a new set of challenges. According to six of Hollywood's top directors, that's part of the process but also part of the point. At the...
  • Leaps of faith and appetites for work attract Tom Hanks

    Leaps of faith and appetites for work attract Tom Hanks
    In 1979, when Tom Hanks was just another struggling New York actor, he withdrew a biography of Walt Disney from the public library and found himself fascinated by the animator's story, in particular his tenaciousness in the face of early professional...
  • Directors Round Table: J.C. Chandor on his 'years of mediocrity'

    Directors Round Table: J.C. Chandor on his 'years of mediocrity'
    Henry Ford said that "failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently." That's a sentiment shared by some of Hollywood's top directors, including Paul Greengrass ("Captain Phillips"), J.C. Chandor ("All Is Lost") and...
  • Directors Round Table: Paul Greengrass on embracing 'blind panic'

    Directors Round Table: Paul Greengrass on embracing 'blind panic'
    What's a filmmaker to do when his climactic final scene just isn't working? For Paul Greengrass, director of the hijacking thriller "Captain Phillips," the answer was to pull a 180 -- to head to the other side of the ship and improvise an entirely new...
  • Directors Round Table: Spike Jonze wants to hear from critics' heart

    Directors Round Table: Spike Jonze wants to hear from critics' heart
    Want to know how to quiet down a room full of top Hollywood directors? Try asking whether they read their own reviews. At the recent Envelope Directors Round Table, filmmakers Paul Greengrass ("Captain Phillips") Nicole Holofcener ("Enough Said"),...
  • Exclusive: 'Tolkien' biopic will look at origins of 'Hobbit,' 'LOTR'

    With Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” set to hit theaters, the work of J.R.R. Tolkien is again about to satisfy millions of moviegoers. But what about the man who created it? Tolkien led a complicated and...
  • 'Saving Mr. Banks' review: Stuffed and squeezable

    'Saving Mr. Banks' review: Stuffed and squeezable
    *** (out of four) At some point in “Saving Mr. Banks,” which is inspired by the true story of Walt Disney (Tom Hanks) convincing author P.L. Travers (Emma Thompson) to license the film version of “Mary Poppins,” you may want to...
  • SAG Awards: '12 Years a Slave,' starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, leads noms

    Five black actors, ranging from a television superstar to a Somali-born newcomer, have earned Screen Actors Guild Awards nominations for their film performances, a reflection of an especially strong year for movies featuring actors of color. The movie...
  • Golden Globes nominations: Six big snubs and surprises

    Golden Globes nominations: Six big snubs and surprises
    The Golden Globes have a long and often amusing reputation for nomination-morning howlers. But when the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn. unveiled its 2014 nominees Thursday morning, there was no “Tourist,” no “Burlesque,” no “...
  • For 'Mr. Banks,' Simi Valley works as Australian outback

    Michael Corenblith is grateful for the rolling hills of Simi Valley. The production designer on Disney's "Saving Mr. Banks" relied heavily on the 10,000-acre Big Sky Ranch in the Ventura County city to help re-create the childhood home of P.L. Travers,...