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Emma Thompson Loved Playing 'Rude' Marry Poppins Author In 'Saving Mr. Banks'

December 12th, 2013 8:20am EST
Emma Thompson and Tom Hanks
Saving Mr. Banks tells the story of the making of Mary Poppins. Tom Hanks plays Walt Disney himself and Emma Thompson plays Poppins author P.L. Travers, who fought Disney on making the film a musical and including animation. The film portrays Travers as an abrasive British curmudgeon (Travers was Australian and moved to London), and Thompson embraced her impolite side.

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“Is it not rather nice for all of us who’ve been so well brought up and we’re all...
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'Mary Poppins' Tops Festive Film Poll

December 26th, 2012 5:07pm EST
Mary Poppins
Mary Poppins has topped a poll to find Britain's favorite festive film.

The 1964 movie musical, starring Dame Julie Andrews as a magical nanny, has been watched more than eight times by the average Briton over past Christmases.

The second most popular film for families to tune into is Home Alone, which has been watched just over seven times on average.

The Wizard of Oz and another Andrews classic, The Sound of Music, are third and fourth respectively, in the poll by U.K. TV company Freeview.

British actress Denise van Outen, a spokesperson for Freeview, says, "It's no surprise to he...
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Tom Hanks In Talks To Play Walt Disney

April 10th, 2012 8:00am EDT
Tom Hanks
Tom Hanks is slated to play beloved moviemaker Walt Disney is a new film about the making of Mary Poppins.

The Forrest Gump actor is set to star opposite Emma Thompson in the movie, which chronicles Disney's battle to secure the rights to Mary Poppins. Author P.L. Travers rebuffed the mogul's efforts to convince her a big screen version of her books would be a good idea.

Rumors suggest it took Disney two decades to be given the green light and he had to surrender script approval rights to the stubborn author. When filming got underway in the early 1960s, Disney and Travers clashed over...
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Julie Andrews Celebrates 'Breakfast At Tiffany's' In NYC

September 19th, 2011 12:40pm EDT
Julie Andrews Breakfast at Tiffany's 50th Anniversary Screening
“Breakfast at Tiffany’s” is the kind of movie that feels familiar the first time you watch it, and seems fresher and brighter every time afterwards. It’s iconic. It’s Audrey Hepburn. It’s fashion and the little black dress.

It’s Moon River, a song “Sex & the City” fans may remember Carrie and Big dancing to in the show’s post-9/11 love letter to New York.

It’s New York at its most beautiful, romantic, and hopeful.

While the city has changed and there are certain details (Mickey Rooney) that may not be considered “timeless,” Audrey Hepburn’s Holly Golightly is the type of stylish modern w...
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Cute Pic Of The Day: Jennifer Garner & Her Daughter In A Horse & Carriage

August 26th, 2010 11:32pm EDT
Jennifer Garner
Jennifer Garner took her daughter Violet on a horse and carriage ride around New York's Central Park earlier this week.

The mother and daughter played pat-a-cake and laughed as they took in the sights. Later, Jen took her eldest daughter to see the Broadway production of "Mary Poppins."

Jennifer is one of the most down-to-earth celebrities we know. Last month she bought gas to help two stranded strangers get on their way. The actress was driving in Los Angeles when she came across two helpless women whose car had run out of fuel.

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Michael Jackson's 'Beat It' Lyrics To Be Auctioned

May 18th, 2010 9:45pm EDT
Michael Jackson
The handwritten lyrics to Michael Jackson's "Beat It" are to go under the hammer at a memorabilia auction in California next month.

The late pop superstar gave his scribbled notes, signed by the King of Pop himself, to a producer pal.

Marc Kruskol, spokesman for auction house Profiles in History, says, "This piece has been in private hands since being written. It's an incredible piece from the legendary King of Pop and it's in fine condition."

The "Beat It" lyrics won't be the highlight of the memorabilia sale - the pink satin gown Marilyn Monroe wore in the "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best F...
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A Few Of The Best Movie Musicals

December 24th, 2009 9:33am EST
Nine
On Christmas Day a brand new musical hits the theaters, titled "Nine," and it got Starpulse thinking about the musical genre. The hits on Broadway always keep people wanting more, and over the years musicals have been beloved on the big screen as well. They've won Oscars, attracted huge movie stars, and everyone loves a good dance routine. Here's a look at the best movie musicals in no particular order.

"The Sound of Music," made in 1965, is an Academy Award winning movie and one of the most successful film musicals of all time. After being adjusted for inflation, it is rumored the movi...
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Sarah's Cinema Musings: Foodie Film Flights

July 17th, 2009 1:54pm EDT
When Harry Met Sally
Someone recently emailed me for a sightseeing recommendation for an upcoming journey to New York City. It seemed a bit odd because although I visit often, I have never lived within the city walls. I recommended the usual - a tour of NBC, shopping in Soho, a slow walk through The Strand bookstore, etc. My email pal thought I was joking.

Apparently she was not looking for a tour guide, she was looking for film spots. Specifically, she wanted restaurants that appeared in her favorite films. So with a little bit of research, I found the following:

Katz's Deli - New York City (When ...
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Movie Remakes & Recastings We Hope To Never See

June 8th, 2009 9:40am EDT
Mary Poppins
In the wake of the current brain-draining drive to remake just about everything Hollywood has ever had to offer, there are some films that are so sacred they should never be touched. This is a blatant retort to the deluge of watered down franchises, remakes, medium changes, etc. It ranges in levels of snark from low to apocalyptic strength.

My frustration with this extremely long trend came to a fever pitch after watching the Obsessed trailer. Anyone even peripherally familiar with Fatal Attraction could easily catch the obvious, racially spurred recasting of a classic film.

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This Week's Movie Buzz: See It, Rent It, Or Skip It?

May 18th, 2009 9:25am EDT
Terminator Salvation
The first three weeks of the summer movie season started out a bit slow, but from here the momentum really starts to build. There's a spike in the number of movies premiering with six coming out this week, two of which are sequels. One of those sequels is a movie I've been anticipating since I heard it was in development. Hint: it involves giant robots, and it's not "Transformers 2."

Opening in cinemas this week are "Terminator Salvation," "Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian," "Dance Flick," "Easy Virtue," "The Girlfriend Experience," and "The Boys: The Sherman Brothers...
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'The Unborn' Is In Theaters Friday; Check Out These Other Great Babysitter Flicks

January 6th, 2009 5:00pm EST
The Unborn
Writer/director David Goyer (Blade: Trinity, The Invisible, Batman Begins) gives a terrifying glimpse into the life of the undead in The Unborn and follows a young woman pulled into a world of nightmares when a demonic spirit haunts her and threatens everyone she loves.

Starring Odette Yustman, Meagan Good, Cam Gigandet and Gary Oldman, The Unborn is a thrilling tale of one woman's survival as she fights a family curse and struggles to shut a doorway from beyond our world that has been pried open by someone who was never born.

In The Unborn Odette Yustman plays the babysitter, h...
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Spotlight On Movies That Became Musicals

August 28th, 2008 10:30am EDT
The Little Mermaid
Fans of movie musicals know that most of their favorites, like "Grease," "West Side Story," "The Sound of Music," and "Oklahoma!" were adapted from popular Broadway plays. However, the trend in recent years has been to flip that formula around by taking a big-screen hit and trying to turn it into a small-stage sensation.

Disney has had great success with its theatrical adaptations, starting in 1994 with the critically-acclaimed "Beauty and the Beast." The hits kept coming with stage productions of "The Lion King," "Mary Poppins," and, most recently, "The Little Mermaid."

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Spotlight On Talented, Oscar-Winning Movie Stars

June 23rd, 2008 8:45am EDT
Daniel Day-Lewis
There are many talented people in Hollywood who have won a coveted Oscar, and there are so many talented winners that it's difficult to just name a few.

Daniel Day-Lewis is known as one of the most selective actors in the industry; he's starred in only four movies in the last 10 years. Whenever Day-Lewis has a movie being released, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences stands up and takes notice. He's won two Academy Awards for Best Actor: His first was in 1989 for his role as Christy Brown in "My Left Foot" and the other in 2007 for his work as Daniel Plainview in "There Wil...
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Star-Crossed Lovers Create Road to Ruin in 'Before the Rains'

May 14th, 2008 4:25pm EDT
Before the Rains. Photo credit: Alphonse Roy
(Hollywoodchicago) – By its very nature, colonialism is bad karma waiting to happen.

You are a sovereign nation with weaponry and a desire for treasure. While you invade and take over a country with that treasure, it also comes with a society you don’t understand. You stir in religious dogma, native slavery and the defiling of lands and create an evil stew that’s ripe to boil over.

The country of India was a prime example of this scenario. The British got their bad karma handed back to them as depicted in the new film “Before the Rains”.

Set in 1937, the film begins with a Br...
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Celebrity Birthdays, October 1

October 1st, 2007 3:00am EDT
Randy Quaid
Happy Birthday to British DJ and rapper Dizzee Rascal (1985), baseball slugger Mark McGwire (1963), Puerto Rican actor Esai Morales (1962), comedic actor Randy Quaid (1950), Panamanian baseball star Rod Carew (1945), Mary Poppins star Julie Andrews (1935), Harry Potter's first "Dumbledore" Sir Richard Harris (1930), "Hannibal Smith" from The A-Team George Peppard (1928), Happy Days actor Tom Bosley (1927), 39th President of the United States Jimmy Carter (1924), comedic actor Walter Matthau (1920), and Russian pianist Vladimir Horowitz (1903).
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Celebrity Birthdays, October 1

October 1st, 2006 3:00am EDT
Randy Quaid
Happy Birthday to British DJ and rapper Dizzee Rascal (1985), baseball slugger Mark McGwire (1963), Puerto Rican actor Esai Morales (1962), comedic actor Randy Quaid (1950), Panamanian baseball star Rod Carew (1945), Mary Poppins star Julie Andrews (1935), Harry Potter's first "Dumbledore" Sir Richard Harris (1930), "Hannibal Smith" from The A-Team George Peppard (1928), Happy Days actor Tom Bosley (1927), 39th President of the United States Jimmy Carter (1924), comedic actor Walter Matthau (1920), and Russian pianist Vladimir Horowitz (1903).
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