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Oscar Nominations 2014: No Sure Thing – Looking At The Snubs And Surprises

January 17th, 2014 12:00pm EST
2014 Oscar Nominations
The 2014 Oscar nominations have arrived in a busy week filled with Golden Globes, Critics' Choice Awards and SAG Awards. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences filled this competitive film year with quite a few snubs. Left off the Oscar list are big names like Tom Hanks, Emma Thompson, Oprah Winfrey and Robert Redford. Movies that seemed to be sure-things in September are nothing but a distant memory to Oscar voters like Saving Mr. Banks and Lee Daniels' The Butler. Who will come out on top? Well, it no longer seems to be handed to 12 Years a Slave because Gravity and American Hust...
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The Biggest Snubs From The 2014 Oscar Nominations

January 16th, 2014 12:03pm EST
Captain Phillips
Not everyone or every movie can be nominated for an Academy Award, but that won't stop us from declared who was snubbed by the Academy this morning when the nominations were announced.

Inside Llewyn Davis: Many of today's snubs felt like it was the Academy saying, "give someone else a chance." After six Oscars and countless nominations, Joel and Ethan Coen were stricken from the record this awards season - other than cinematography and sound mixing nods. The film has an astonishing 94% on Rotten Tomatoes after over 200 critic reviews, but it did not receive one best picture nomination from...
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'American Hustle,' 'Her' And '12 Years A Slave' Top Producers Guild Nominees

January 2nd, 2014 11:38pm EST
American Hustle
American Hustle, Her and 12 Years a Slave are among the top films of 2013, according to the Producers Guild of America, which announced its list of nominees for the 25th annual Producers Guild Awards on Thursday.

The three films, along with Gravity, The Wolf of Wall Street, Blue Jasmine, Captain Phillips, Saving Mr. Banks, Dallas Buyers Club and Nebraska were all given a strong Oscar boost as they were announced as the nominees for the 2014 Darryl F. Zanuck Producer of the Year Award.

The films that make the short list of nominees each year usually go on to land several Golden Globe and O...
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'The Hobbit' Holds Off Competition From 'Anchorman 2' To Top Weekend Box Office, 'Frozen' Holds Strong In Fifth Week

December 23rd, 2013 11:03am EST
The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug
Peter Jackson's second film in his "Hobbit" trilogy, The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug, held off competition from Will Ferrell's Anchorman sequel, Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, to top the weekend box office.

"Smaug" broke the $100 million mark in its second week of release, adding another $31.4 million to its gross, for a total of $127.5 million.

"Anchorman 2" upped its five-day total to $40 million, coming in second with $26 million in weekend receipts.

Disney's Frozen held strong in its fifth week of release, adding $19 million to its gross and closing in on the $200 million mar...
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Box Office Predictions: 'Hobbit' Vs. 'Anchorman' Vs. 'American Hustle'

December 20th, 2013 10:11am EST
Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues
1) The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug- 35M Weekend, 126M Total

Even with an impending 50% drop, it looks as if The Hobbit is going to win the weekend, but Will Ferrell and company are putting up a big fight. Had Anchorman opened on Friday, the demand might have put it higher, but with a spread out 5 day weekend.

2) Anchorman 2- 30M Weekend, 45M Total

The hit comedy managed 8M on Wednesday, putting it on a fast track for a huge weekend, heading into an even bigger Christmas. The counter programming here is perfect, as it is really unlike everything else in the top 10. An Anchorman 3 seem...
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'The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug' Tops Weekend Box Office

December 16th, 2013 6:49am EST
The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug
The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug has knocked Disney's Frozen from the top of the box office, pulling in a whopping $73.7 million on its opening weekend.

Peter Jackson's epic fantasy sequel becomes the fourth biggest December debut behind part one of the trilogy, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Will Smith's "I Am Legend", and "Avatar."

"Frozen," Disney's animated take on Hans Christian Andersen's "The Snow Queen," fell to second, pulling in an impressive $22.2 million in its fourth week of release.

Tyler Perry's A Madea Christmas debuted third with a meager $16 million take.

The Hu...
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Review: 'Saving Mr. Banks' Doesn't Need Any Saving - It's Perfect!

December 12th, 2013 8:45pm EST
Saving Mr. Banks
 

How a person feels about a particular film has nothing to do with whether it's good or bad; whether the critics love it or hate it or what your friends say about it. It's your own personal experience that counts. Some films just work for you and others don't. It's the same with art, music, and theatre - no matter how much you argue with someone over the merits of a certain film - it's not going to change the kind of experience you have.

That being said, I absolutely loved every second of 'Saving Mr. Banks' directed by John Lee Hancock ('The Blindside'). From the brilliant performances o...
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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.

Related articles: SAG Award Nominees Announced; Star-Studded 'Saving Mr. Banks Premiere'; Tom Hanks Terrified His Granddaughter At Disneyland

“Is it not rather nice for all of us who’ve been so well brought up and we’re all...
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Golden Globe 2014 Nomination Predictions

December 11th, 2013 8:30pm EST
Dallas Buyers Club
The Golden Globe nominations are tomorrow morning. The Globes tend to nominate big films and big actors. Case in point, the Globes nominated The Tourist. So, smaller actors in smaller films are likely to get lost. This is not the awards show for Fruitvale Station. That being said, there are always a few performances from new actors that can’t be ignored. Even though no one knows who she is, Lupita Nyong’o is still going to get a globe nomination. Here’s a brief overview of what I think will land where:

BEST DRAMA:
12 Years A Slave
Gravity
Captain Phillips
Saving Mr. Banks
Dallas Buyers Clu...
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Tom Hanks Talks Playing Walt Disney In 'Saving Mr. Banks'

December 11th, 2013 11:36am EST
Tom Hanks Rita Wilson - 'Saving Mr. Banks' Los Angeles Premiere
There are arguably no current stars as famous as Tom Hanks. The two-time Academy Award winner has starred in films that are part of everyone’s collection for decades. Perhaps then it was appropriate that our era’s biggest star played Walt Disney, one of the century’s most famous figures. Or, maybe it made it more challenging for Hanks to disappear into the character of Walt Disney in his new movie, Saving Mr. Banks.

Related articles: SAG Award Nominees Announced; Star-Studded 'Saving Mr. Banks Premiere'; Tom Hanks Terrified His Granddaughter At Disneyland

“Well, we had the most discussed,...
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Star-Studded 'Saving Mr. Banks Premiere' Includes Colin Farrell, Tom Hanks, More Celebs

December 10th, 2013 8:23pm EST
Colin Farrell
Several old school Hollywood stars came out to celebrate the "Saving Mr. Banks" premiere in Los Angeles on Monday.

The film centers on Walt Disney (Tom Hanks) who spends years in pursuit of the film rights to P.L. Travers' (Emma Thompson) popular novel, "Mary Poppins."

The stars of the original "Mary Poppins," Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke, made appearances at the premiere, as well as Hanks, Thompson, and some younger faces, including Colin Farrell.

"Saving Mr. Banks" hits theaters on Dec. 13.

Check out more photos from the premiere...

Emma Thompson

Tom Hanks & Rita Wilson

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Tom Hanks Terrified His Granddaughter At Disneyland

November 11th, 2013 6:08pm EST
Tom Hanks
In the upcoming movie Saving Mr. Banks, Tom Hanks plays Walt Disney during the development of Mary Poppins. In one scene, he takes Poppins author P.L. Travers (Emma Thompson) to Disneyland. Hanks took his granddaughter to the happiest place on earth while filming there, and thought everything would go well. 

“An interesting thing happens as a grandparent, that you see no reason whatsoever that your granddaughter shouldn’t be delighted to take a ride on The Winnie the Pooh Adventure,” Hanks told reporters at a press conference this weekend. “It’s Winnie the Pooh, it’s fun, it’s Pooh Bear, i...
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