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At The Movies With Mr. MilitantNegro™: The Equalizer Starring Denzel Washington.


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Sony/Columbia Pictures have spent years attempting to get a cinematic version of The Equalizer off the ground. The original television series ran from 1985-89, and starred the late Edward Woodward – in a Golden Globe-winning role – as Robert McCall, a g-man turned private detective, who spent his days helping out the weak and under-priviledged in an effort to make up for past dark deeds.

 

The film version – a loose adaptation of that premise – lay dormant until last year, following the departure of star Russell Crowe and director Paul Haggis (who had previously collaborated on The Next Three Days). Progress re-started once Denzel Washington came aboard to headline, based on a script draft written by Richard Wenk (The Mechanic). Sony intended to fast-track the project, but things failed to roll along as smoothly as the studio wanted – with both Nicholas Winding Refn (Drive) andRupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) passing on the director job, before Antoine Fuqua (Olympus Has Fallen) accepted the position.

 

That means Sony has been forced to abandon the April 11th, 2014 release date it originally had in mind, so as to allot the necessary amount of time for filming. The Equalizer features a supporting cast that includes Chloë Grace Moretz (Kick-Ass 2), Marton Csokas (Noah) and Melissa Leo (Wayward Pines), and is now slated to reach theaters on September 26th, 2014.

 

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‘The Equalizer’ TV Trailer: Denzel Washington Doesn’t Look at Explosions

 

It’s always worth being nice to people who work in retail, because one of those people might just have a secret past as a black ops commando and a hunger for vigilante justice. That’s the case with Robert McCall (Denzel Washington), a calm-voiced Homemart employee with OCD who made a promise to his wife that he’d never go back to his old life of violence. For sadistic mob boss Teddy (Martin Csokas), however, Robert is willing to make an exception.

 

 

 

The Equalizer, directed by Antoine Fuqua (Olympus Has Fallen) is loosely based on the 1980s TV show of the same name, and Sony is so confident in its potential that a sequel is already in development. If this goes ahead, with Washington’s involvement, it will mark the first time that the star has ever appeared in a direct sequel to one of his movies.

 

First comes the task of getting people into the theaters for The Equalizer, however, and so a new minute-long trailer for the movie has been released, which also offers a preview of upcoming single “Guts Over Fear” by Eminem and Sia, which is featured in the film. The trailer includes a few new clips, including a scene where Robert is asked by his curious colleagues about his life before Homemart. To top things off, there is an obligatory shot of Washington walking away from an explosion in slow motion.

 

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The Equalizer also stars Chloë Grace Moretz as Teri, an underage sex worker whom Robert meets during one of his usual late-night visits to his favorite diner, and who inadvertently draws him into a vigilante mission against the Russian mafia. The screenplay was penned by The Expendables 2 writer Richard Wenk.

 

For more details about the story and production of The Equalizer, don’t forget to check out Screen Rant’s set visit report, as well as our interviews with producer Todd Black, director Antoine Fuqua and star Denzel Washington. Let us know in the comments if the combination of fast-paced action and the sweet sound of Eminem’s voice in this latest trailer have convinced you to check out The Equalizer in theaters next month.

 

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The Equalizer hits theaters September 26, 2014.

 

The Equalizer Official Trailer #1 (2014) – Denzel Washington Movie HD

 

 

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Washington’s next starring vehicle – expected to be an R-Rated dramatic thriller along the lines of the actor’s previous collaboration with Fuqua on Training Day (which snagged Washington an Oscar) – shall now serve as counter-programming, to Laika’s quirky family-friendly stop-motion feature The Boxtrolls and the surreal sci-fi film Selfless from director Tarsem Singh (Immortals, Mirror Mirror), during its opening weekend.

 

The Equalizer is budgeted at $50 million (which includes Washington’s $20 million salary), with studio executives hoping that the film performs well enough at the box office to serve as the foundation for Washington’s first-ever franchise. All things considered, such an achievement shouldn’t be too difficult to manage, given that Washington’s last four movies have grossed somewhere between $80 million and $130 million in the U.S. (before factoring in the international market).

 

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The Equalizer is a 2014 American action thriller film directed by Antoine Fuqua and written by Richard Wenk, based on the television series of same name, which starred Edward Woodward. The film stars Denzel Washington,Marton Csokas, Chloë Grace Moretz, David Harbour, Haley Bennett, Bill Pullman, and Melissa Leo. This was the first film to have Village Roadshow Pictures co-finance the deal with Sony Pictures Entertainment since Saving Silverman in 2001.

 

Plot

Denzel Washington plays McCall, a man who believes he has put his Special Forces past behind him and dedicated himself to beginning a new, quiet life. But when McCall meets Teri (Chloë Grace Moretz), a young girl under the control of violent Russian gangsters, he can’t stand idly by—he has to help her. Armed with hidden skills that allow him to serve vengeance against anyone who would brutalize the helpless, McCall comes out of his self-imposed retirement and finds his desire for justice reawakened. If someone has a problem, if the odds are stacked against them, if they have nowhere else to turn, they call the Equalizer.

 

 

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Directed by Antoine Fuqua
Produced by Todd Black
Jason Blumenthal
Denzel Washington
Alex Siskin
Steve Tisch
Mace Neufeld
Tony Eldridge
Michael Sloan
Screenplay by Richard Wenk
Based on The Equalizer
by Michael Sloan andRichard Lindheim
Starring Denzel Washington
Marton Csokas
Chloë Grace Moretz
David Harbour
Bill Pullman
Melissa Leo
Music by Harry Gregson-Williams
Cinematography Mauro Fiore
Edited by John Refoua
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Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release dates
  • September 7, 2014 (TIFF)
  • September 26, 2014(United States)
Running time 131 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $50 million

 

Cast

 

 

Production

 

Development

In June 2010 it was announced that Russell Crowe was looking to bring The Equalizer to the big screen directed by Paul Haggis, with Crowe attached to play Robert McCall.

 

In December 2011, it was reported that Denzel Washington is set to star in the title role of the film version, to be financed by Sony Pictures Entertainment and Escape Artists. Director Antoine Fuqua came on board to direct on March 21, 2013, reuniting the two from their successful collaboration on their 2001 Oscar-winning film Training DayChloë Grace Moretz was announced as co-lead to Washington on May 10, 2013. On May 31, 2013, Melissa Leo was then cast in the film. Leo previously worked with Washington in the 2012 film Flight, and Fuqua in Olympus Has Fallen (2013).

 

 

Filming

Filming began in June 2013 with locations in Salisbury, Hamilton, Chelsea, Haverhill, and Boston, Massachusetts.

 

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Marketing

The first official image from the film was released on December 6, 2013. Sony originally planned on an April 11, 2014 release date but pushed it back to reach theaters on September 26, 2014. The first official poster for the film was released on April 16, 2014. On April 22, USA Today revealed some photos from the film.

 

On May 24, the trailer for the film was released. On June 12, another official trailer of the film was released. On July 16, the IMAX poster for the film was released.

 

On August 25, 2014, American rapper Eminem‘s “Guts Over Fear” featuring Sia, with production by Emile Haynie previews of the song premiered in trailers for the film.

 

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Release

On June 25, 2014, IMAX Corporation announced that they had made a deal with Sony and it would release the film in its IMAX screen theaters worldwide from September 26.

 

The film will be released at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival on September 7, 2014.

 

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Reception

The Equalizer has received mixed to positive reviews from critics. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds a rating of 66%, based on 29 reviews, with an average rating of 6.1/10. The site’s consensus states: “The Equalizer is more stylishly violent than meaningful, but with Antoine Fuqua behind the cameras and Denzel Washington dispensing justice, it delivers.” On Metacritic, the film has a score of 54 out of 100, based on 7 critics, indicating “mixed or average reviews”.

 

 

Sequel

On February 24, 2014, it was announced that Sony Pictures and Escape Artists are planning for a sequel to the film, with Richard Wenk penning the script.

 

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The First-EVER White House Student Film Festival


 

 

By Jueseppi B.

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The First-EVER White House Student Film Festival

 

Something big is happening today, and you don’t have to be a kid to be excited about it:

 

We’re launching our first-ever White House Student Film Festival — and we’re inviting K-12 students from around the country to create and submit one- to three-minute short web videos.

 

Finalists could have their videos screened at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave, and posted on the White House website. It might just be cooler than having your homework up on the fridge.

 

The topic: Highlighting the importance of technology in the classroom — and imagining how technology will change the educational experience for kids in the future.

 

Interested, or know someone who would be?

 

Check out our official page here — where you can learn more, read the official rules, learn how to submit your video, and hear from Bill Nye (the Science Guy). And if you’re a parent, guardian, or teacher, make sure you spread the word to kids with big ideas.

 

Announcing the White House Film Festival

 

Published on Nov 25, 2013

If you thought having your school work posted on the fridge at home was cool, how about having a video you made posted on the White House website and screened at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave at the first ever White House Film Festival? We think that’s pretty cool too. That is why we’re excited to announce the White House Film Festival. A video contest created specifically for K-12 students, where finalists will have their short films shown at the White House. Finalist videos may also be invited to attend, featured on the White House YouTube channel, the White House Blog and White House social media pages. Please review the official rules and submit your video at WhiteHouse.Gov/FilmFest

 

 

 

THE PRESIDENT HAS AN ASSIGNMENT FOR YOU

Our schools are more high-tech than ever. There are laptops in nearly every classroom. You can take an online course on Japanese — and then video chat with a kid from Japan. You can learn about geometry through an app on your iPad. So, what does it all mean?

We’re looking for videos that highlight the power of technology in schools.

 

 

CALL FOR ENTRIES

Yeah, having your schoolwork posted on the fridge at home is cool. But having a video you made posted on the White House website and screened at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue? We think that’s pretty cool, too. That’s why we’re super-excited to announce the
first-ever White House Student Film Festival: a video contest created just for K-12 students, and whose finalists will have their short films shown at the White House. Finalist videos may also be featured on the White House website, YouTube channel, and social media pages.

 

Here are more important details you should know:

  • Every student entry has to have a parent/guardian or teacher sponsor.
  • Films can be submitted now through January 29th, 2014.
  • If your video is selected as an official selection, you could have a chance to attend the mid-February screening at the White House.

 

Read the complete rules (and submit your video!) here:

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We can’t wait to see what you make.

 

 

ARE YOU IN?

Submissions for the White House film festival will be accepted from November 25 through January 29, 2014. Videos must be uploaded to YouTube or Vimeo to be submitted. You and a parent/guardian must complete the form below and submit a link to your video.

 

Important Entry Requirements:

  • Open to U.S. students in grades K-12. All entries must be submitted by student’s parent or guardian.
  • You must submit your Entry online during the Competition Period. Time and eligibility of Entry will be determined by The White House in its sole discretion.
  • You may not submit more than one Entry.
  • Your Entry must have been created on or after November 25, 2013.
  • Your Entry must be three (3) minutes or less in length (including opening and/or closing credits).
  • Your Entry must not infringe any third party copyright or trademark, or violate the rights of any person or entity.  Make sure that you only use content in your Entry that you are authorized to use, including, without limitation, music, images, film clips, and other intellectual property.
  • Your Entry may not contain images or likenesses of any individuals who have not provided their authorization or whose parents or guardians have not provided, authorization if such individuals are under the age of majority in their jurisdiction of residence.
  • Entries must be appropriate for viewing by the general public; appropriateness will be determined by the White House in its sole discretion.

 

 

STUDENT FILM FESTIVAL OFFICIAL RULES

 

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OPEN ONLY TO K-12 STUDENTS AND PARENT OR GUARDIAN.

 

By entering the “White House Student Film Festival” (“Competition”), entrants accept and agree to be bound by these Official Rules. Any violation of these rules may, at Sponsor’s discretion, result in disqualification. All decisions of the judges regarding this Competition are final and binding in all respects. (The White House is referred to in these rules as the “Sponsor”).

 

1. COMPETITION PERIOD. Competition begins 1:00 AM EDT November 25, 2013 and ends 11:59 PM EDT January 29th, 2014 (“COMPETITION PERIOD”). Online entries must be received by the end of the Competition Period.

 

2. ELIGIBILITY. The Competition is only open to students enrolled in grades K-12 in the United States and U.S. territories who are at least 18 years old as of the date of entry and the parent or legal guardian of a student below the age of majority in their jurisdiction of residence.

 

3. HOW TO ENTER. In order to enter this Competition, entrants must upload their video onto YouTube or Vimeo. Entrants must read and agree to all rules and regulations, submit the online entry form online, and submit a link to their video on the White House website.

 
Entries must address at least one of the following themes:

 
(1.) How you currently use technology in your classroom or school OR
(2.) The role technology will play in education in the future.

 

The entry must: 
(a.) include the title of an original video,
(b.) the filmmaker’s name,
(c.) have been created on or after November 25, 2013,
(d.) be three (3) minutes or less in length, including opening and/or closing credits,
(e.) only use authorized content, including, without limitation, music, images,film clips, and other intellectual property,
(f.) only contain images or likenesses of any individuals who have provided their authorization or whose parents or guardians have provided authorization if such individuals are under the age of majority in their jurisdiction of residence,
(g.) be appropriate for viewing by the general public (appropriateness will be determined by the White House in its sole discretion),
(h.) be originally authored or the entrant must have written permission to use copyright protected material. All text, images, videos, and other content and materials submitted by entrants, including without limitation, the items described in subsections (a) – (h) above, shall be referred to hereafter as the “Submission.”

 

Entrant represents and warrants that Submission is the original work of entrant, it has not been copied from others, and it does not violate the rights of any other person or entity. Entrant further represents and warrants that Submission adheres to the fundamental spirit of the Competition and does not contain any defamatory, obscene, or otherwise unlawful matter.

 

If selected as potential finalists, entrants shall be required to complete a release confirming the consent, release and grant of rights set forth in Section 6 and provide such information as may be required for with The White House to conduct a background check (no personally identifiable information, including names or social security numbers of entrants, will be collected or maintained by the U.S. Department of Education). The Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify any entry at its sole discretion.

 

4. FINALIST SELECTION AND NOTIFICATION. There will be two rounds of judging. A panel of judges consisting of White House staff will conduct the preliminary and final review and select films that will be presented at the Film Festival at the White House. In the preliminary and final rounds, judges will review and score the Submissions according to the following criteria:
(1.) Creativity in expression of the theme,
(2.) Originality of the Submission, and
(3.) Technical Quality of the final video product.

 

Second round contestants will be notified via email. If any such entrant: (i) cannot be contacted; (ii) does not respond within five (5) days from the date the Sponsor first tries to notify her/him; (iii) fails to return all releases and other requested documents; such entrant forfeits and an alternate will be selected. The White House in its sole discretion will select finalists for exhibition at the White House Film Festival.

 

5. PRIZE DESCRIPTION. Finalists will have their short films shown at the White House. Finalists have an opportunity to be invited to attend the screening at the White House. Finalist videos may also be featured on the White House website, YouTube channel, Vimeo, and other social media pages. Finalists will be presented with a certificate celebrating their achievement.

 

6. OWNERSHIP AND LICENSE. Ownership in any Submission shall remain the property of the entrant, but entry into this Competition constitutes entrant’s irrevocable and perpetual permission and consent, without compensation, with or without attribution, that the Sponsor may use, reproduce, print, publish, transmit, distribute, sell, perform, adapt, enhance, or display such Submission, and the entrant’s name and/or likeness, for any purpose, including any and all media now in existence or hereinafter created, throughout the world, for the duration or the copyright in the Submission. Sponsor and/or others authorized by the Sponsor shall have the right to edit, adapt, and modify the Submission.

 

7. PARTICIPATING ENTITIES. This Competition is administered by The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20502.

 

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At The Movies With TheObamaCrat™: Saving Mr. Banks


 

By Jueseppi B.

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Saving Mr. Banks is a 2013 American-British-Australian biographical comedy-drama film directed by John Lee Hancock from a screenplay written by Kelly Marcel and Sue Smith. Centered on the production of the 1964 Walt Disney Studios film, Mary Poppins, the film starsEmma Thompson and Tom Hanks with supporting roles from Paul GiamattiJason Schwartzman,Bradley Whitford, and Colin Farrell.

 

Taking its title from the patriarchal character of the same name, the film depicts author P. L. Travers (Thompson) and her two-week briefing in Los Angeles as she is persuaded by filmmaker Walt Disney (Hanks), in his attempts to obtain the screen rights to her novel.

 

Produced by Alison Owen for Walt Disney Pictures, in association with BBC Films and Essential MediaSaving Mr. Banks will be released theatrically in the United States on December 13, 2013 in limited release and in wide release on December 20.

 

 

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Published on Jul 12, 2013

Author P.L. Travers travels from London to Hollywood as Walt Disney adapts her novel Mary Poppins for the big screen.

 

 

 

 

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Directed by John Lee Hancock
Produced by Alison Owen
Ian Collie
Philip Steuer
Written by Kelly Marcel
Sue Smith
Starring Emma Thompson
Tom Hanks
Paul Giamatti
Jason Schwartzman
Bradley Whitford
Colin Farrell
Music by Thomas Newman
Cinematography John Schwartzman
Editing by Mark Livolsi
Studio Walt Disney Pictures
BBC Films
Essential Media
Ruby Films
Hopscotch Features
Distributed by Walt Disney Studios
Motion Pictures
Release date(s)
  • October 20, 2013
  • (BFI London Film Festival)
  • November 8, 2013
  • (AFI Film Festival)
  • November 29, 2013 (UK)
  • December 13, 2013 (US)
Running time 125 minutes
Country United States
United Kingdom
Australia
Language English
Budget $35 million

 

 

Plot

The film centers on the life of Travers, shifting between 1907 with her childhood in Queensland, Australia, the negotiations with Walt Disney and the making of Mary Poppins in 1961. While in California for filming, Travers thinks back to her difficult childhood in Australia, most especially to her father, the inspiration for the role of the story’s patriarch, Mr. Banks.

 

 

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Published on Nov 12, 2013

A look at how Emma Thompson took on the challenging role of P.L. Travers.

 

Two-time Academy Award®–winner Emma Thompson and fellow double Oscar®-winner Tom Hanks topline Disney’s “Saving Mr. Banks,” inspired by the extraordinary, untold backstory of how Disney’s classic “Mary Poppins” made it to the screen.

 

When Walt Disney’s daughters begged him to make a movie of their favorite book, P.L. Travers’ “Mary Poppins,” he made them a promise—one that he didn’t realize would take 20 years to keep. In his quest to obtain the rights, Walt comes up against a curmudgeonly, uncompromising writer who has absolutely no intention of letting her beloved magical nanny get mauled by the Hollywood machine. But, as the books stop selling and money grows short, Travers reluctantly agrees to go to Los Angeles to hear Disney’s plans for the adaptation.

 

For those two short weeks in 1961, Walt Disney pulls out all the stops. Armed with imaginative storyboards and chirpy songs from the talented Sherman brothers, Walt launches an all-out onslaught on P.L. Travers, but the prickly author doesn’t budge. He soon begins to watch helplessly as Travers becomes increasingly immovable and the rights begin to move further away from his grasp.

 

It is only when he reaches into his own childhood that Walt discovers the truth about the ghosts that haunt her, and together they set Mary Poppins free to ultimately make one of the most endearing films in cinematic history.

 

Inspired by true events, “Saving Mr. Banks” is the extraordinary, untold story of how Disney’s classic “Mary Poppins” made it to the screen—and the testy relationship that the legendary Walt Disney had with author P.L. Travers that almost derailed it.

 

“Saving Mr. Banks” is directed by John Lee Hancock, produced by Alison Owen, Ian Collie and Philip Steuer, and written by Kelly Marcel and Sue Smith. Executive producers are Paul Trijbits, Christine Langan, Andrew Mason and Troy Lum.

 

 

 

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Development

In 2011, Kelly Marcel’s screenplay was listed in film executive Franklin Leonard‘s Black List, voted by producers, as one of the best screenplays that were not in production.

 

In November 2011, Walt Disney Studios‘ president of production, Sean Bailey, was informed that the film rights to Marcel’s screenplay were available. Bailey discussed the potential of producing the film with studio executives, including Disney CEO Bob Iger and studio chairman Alan Horn, who referred to the film as a “brand deposit”, a term adopted from Steve Jobs. Iger approved the film and subsequently contacted Tom Hanks to consider playing the role of Walt Disney, which would become the first ever depiction of Disney in a mainstream film. Hanks accepted the role, viewing it as “an opportunity to play somebody as world shifting as Picasso or Chaplin“. Hanks took several visits to The Walt Disney Family Museum and interviewed some of Disney’s former employees and family relatives, including his daughter Diane Disney Miller. In April 2012, Emma Thompson entered final negotiations to star as P.L. Travers, after the studio was unable to secure Meryl Streep for the part. Thompson described the role as the most difficult one she’s played, elaborating that Travers was “a woman of quite eye-watering complexity and contradiction”

 

 

Movie Bytes : Saving Mr. Banks Official Trailer + Trailer Review : HD PLUS

 

Published on Jul 12, 2013

Saving Mr. Banks debuts its first official trailer for 2013, and you can see it here today plus get a trailer review! Beyond The Trailer host Grace Randolph gives you her reaction to this trailer for Saving Mr. Banks starring Tom Hanks, Emma Thompson, and Colin Farrell! Does Tom Hanks look like Walt Disney to you? Are you interested in the making of Mary Poppins? Plus with Beyond The Trailer’s Trailer Plus, you’ll get a link to other movie news, reviews, and trailers! Enjoy this official HD trailer and trailer review for Saving Mr. Banks before you see the full movie in 2013! And make Beyond The Trailer your first stop for entertainment news on YouTube today!

 

 

 

Filming

Principal photography began on September 19, 2012. Although some filming was originally to be in QueenslandAustralia, all filming took place in the Los Angeles area, including theWalt Disney Studios lot in BurbankDisneylandBig Sky Ranch, and the TCL Chinese Theatre. For the Disneyland sequences, certain areas were cordoned off during the park’s daily operation, including Sleeping Beauty CastleMain Street U.S.A.Fantasyland, and the Astro Orbitor attraction, while the park’s cast members were hired as extras.

 

Emma Thompson prepared for her role by listening to Travers’ own recordings conducted during the development of Mary Poppins, and also styled her natural hair after Travers’, due to the actress’s disdain of wigs. To accurately convey Walt Disney’s Midwestern dialect, Tom Hanks listened to archival recordings of Disney in his car and practiced the voice while reading newspapers. Hanks also grew his own mustache for the role, which underwent heavy scrutiny—with the filmmakers going so far as to matching the same dimensions as Disney’s. Although the filmmakers did not receive any creative interference from Disney regarding Walt Disney’s depiction, the studio did request to omit any lit cigarettes from being shown on-screen, due to The Walt Disney Company‘s fervent policy of not depicting smoking in films issued under the Walt Disney Pictures banner. Jason Schwartzman and B. J. Novak worked closely with Richard M. Sherman of the Sherman Brothers during pre-production and filming, with him describing the actors as “perfect talents” for their roles as Richard and Robert B. Sherman. Filming was completed on November 22, 2012.

 

 

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Release

 

Saving Mr. Banks held its world premiere at the London Film Festival on October 20, 2013. On November 7, 2013, Walt Disney Picturesheld the film’s U.S. premiere at the TCL Chinese Theatre during the opening night of the 2013 AFI Film Festival., the same location where Mary Poppins was premiered. The original film was also screened for its 50th anniversary. Saving Mr. Banks will also serve as the Gala Presentation at the 2013 Napa Valley Film Festival on November 13, and will be screened at the AARP Film Festival in Los Angeles, California on November 17, as Disney is heavily campaigning Saving Mr. Banks for Academy Awards consideration. The film has been widely considered to be a front-runner for Best Picture at the 86th Academy Awards.

 

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Critical reaction

Saving Mr. Banks has received acclaim from film critics; with major praise directed to the screenplay, John Lee Hancock‘s direction, and acting, particularly Emma Thompson and Tom Hanks‘ performances. Film review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reports that, so far, 86% of critics gave the film a “fresh” rating, based on fourteen reviews with an average score of 6.3/10. Metacritic, another review aggregator, assigned the film a weighted average score of 74 (out of 100) based on seven reviews from mainstream critics, considered to be “generally favorable”.

 

The Hollywood Reporter praised the film as an “affecting if somewhat soft-soaped comedy drama, elevated by excellent performances.” In regards to Thompson, the Reporter wrote that “Emma Thompson takes charge of the central role of P.L. Travers with an authority that makes you wonder how anybody else could ever have been considered.” Scott Foundas of Variety also lauded the film, writing that the film “has all the makings of an irresistible backstage tale, and it’s been brought to the screen with a surplus of old-fashioned Disney showmanship…”, highlighting that Tom Hanks’ portrayal captured Walt Disney‘s “folksy charisma and canny powers of persuasion — at once father, confessor and the shrewdest of businessmen.”

 

Overall, he praised the film as “very rich in its sense of creative people and their spirit of self-reinvention.” David Gritten of The Daily Telegraph noted that the confrontational interaction between Thompson and Hanks as “terrific”, singling out Thompson’s “bravura performance”, and calling the film itself as overall “smart, witty entertainment”. Kate Muir of The Times also spoke highly on Thompson and Hanks’ performances. Alonso Duralde described the film as a “whimsical, moving and occasionally insightful tale”, elaborating that “director John Lee Hancock luxuriates in the period detail of early-’60’s Disney-ana“. IndieWire‘s Ashley Clark felt similarly, stating that the film “is witty, well-crafted and well-performed mainstream entertainment which, perhaps unavoidably, cleaves to a well-worn Disney template stating that all problems—however psychologically deep-rooted—can be overcome.”

 

Another staff writer labeled Thompson’s performance as her best since Sense and Sensibility and stated that “she makes the Australian-born British transplant a curmudgeonly delight. In her hands, Travers is less fire-breathing gorgon than prickly, tut-tutting schoolmarm — far less fearsome, for instance, than Meryl Streep in The Devil Wears Prada.” Peter Bradshaw enjoyed Hanks’ role, suggesting that, despite its brevity, the film would have been largely “bland” without it.

 

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At The Movies With TheObamaCrat™: The Book Thief


 

By Jueseppi B.

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The Book Thief is a 2013 American drama film based on the novel of the same name by Markus Zusak, directed by Brian Percival and screenplay by Michael Petroni, with musical score by John Williams. The film stars Emily WatsonGeoffrey RushSophie NélisseBen Schnetzer, Nico Liersch, and Joachim Paul Assböck.

 

The Book Thief
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Directed by Brian Percival
Produced by Ken Blancato
Karen Rosenfelt
Screenplay by Michael Petroni
Based on The Book Thief
by Markus Zusak
Starring Sophie Nélisse
Geoffrey Rush
Emily Watson
Ben Schnetzer
Music by John Williams
Cinematography Florian Ballhaus
Editing by John Wilson
Studio Babelsberg Studios
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release date(s)
Running time 131 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $126,984

 

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While subjected to the horrors of WWII Germany, young Liesel finds solace by stealing books and sharing them with others. Under the stairs in her home, a Jewish refuge is being sheltered by her adoptive parents.

 

 

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Plot

The movie tells the story of young Liesel Meminger (Sophie Nélisse). After she finds her first book beside her brother’s graveside, she is sent to foster parents Hans (Geoffrey Rush) and Rosa (Emily Watson). While in the comfort of her new found parents, World War II breaks out and Rosa and Hans shelter a Jewish refugee named Max (Ben Schnetzer).

 

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Cast

 

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Production

A search for an actress to play the eponymous book thief, Liesel Meminger, occurred across the world. On February 4, 2013, it was announced that French-Canadian actress Sophie Nélisse was cast in the role, with Geoffrey Rush and Emily Watson set to play Meminger’s foster parents.

 

Principal photography began in early March 2013 at Babelsberg Studio in Potsdam-BabelsbergGermany. The first trailer was released on August 21st.

 

Markus Zusak, author of the book on which the film is based, has confirmed on his blog that the film will be narrated by the character of “Death”, as was the novel. Fans theorized that Death might be voiced by the anonymous American actor that was used in the official trailer. It was then announced that actor Roger Allam of Game of Thrones would portray Death in the film.

 

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Soundtrack

The music for the film was composed by John Williams, and the soundtrack album containing the score will be released by Sony Classical. The album will be released in the United States on November 19, 2013.

 

The Book Thief marks the first time since 2005 Williams has scored a film not directed by Steven Spielberg.

 

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Release

Scheduled for nationwide release on November 27, 2013, The Book Thief‘s limited theatrical release was moved forward to November 8, 2013, due to being ahead of schedule, and so as to compete in the 2013–14 award season. It premiered at the Mill Valley Film Festival on October 3, 2013 and was screened at the Savannah Film Festival on October 29, 2013.

 

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