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Along with news that film has been set a November 29th release in the UK, Walt Disney Pictures has sent over this new UK trailer for ‘Saving Mr. Banks,’ the account of Walt Disney’s twenty-year pursuit of the film rights to P.L. Travers’ popular novel, ‘Mary Poppins’, and the testy partnership the filmmaker develops with the author during the project’s pre-production in 1961. Two-time Academy Award-winner Tom Hanks plays Disney (the first time the entrepreneur has ever been depicted in a dramatic film) alongside fellow double Oscar-winner Emma Thompson in the role of Travers.
Before actually signing away the book’s rights, P.L. Travers’ demands for contractual script and character control circumvent not only Walt Disney’s vision for the film adaptation, but also those of the creative team of screenwriter Don DaGradi and sibling composers Richard and Robert Sherman, whose original score and song (Chim-Chim-Cher-ee) would go on to win Oscars at the 1965 ceremonies – the film won five awards of its thirteen nominations.
Screen Daily bring word that director Bill Condon and actor Ian McKellen are teaming up for ‘A Slight Trick of the Mind,’ a feature film about a retired Sherlock Holmes. Based on a novel of the same name by Mitch Cullin, the screenplay is being adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher. The film is the second collaboration between ‘The Fifth Estate’ director Condon and ‘The Lord of the Rings’ star McKellen, who also worked together on ‘Gods and Monsters.’ Written and directed by Condon, ‘Gods and Monsters’ won the best screenplay at the Oscars and earned McKellen a best actor nomination.
Set in 1947, ‘A Slight Trick of the Mind’ follows a long-retired Sherlock Holmes, who lives in a sleepy Sussex village with his housekeeper and her amateur-sleuthing son. But rather than enjoying a peaceful retirement, the famous Baker Street detective is haunted by an unsolved case from 50 years ago. He remembers only fragments: a confrontation with an angry husband, a secret bond with his beautiful but unstable wife.
IMAX Corporation and Empire Cinemas today announced an agreement to install an IMAX theatre at London’s famous Empire Leicester Square, one of the UK’s oldest and largest cinemas that is home to some of Europe’s biggest movie premieres. The Empire Leicester Square first opened its doors as a theatre in 1884 and from the earliest days of the moving image has been at the forefront of advances in cinema technology, where, in March 1896, Louis and Auguste Lumiere presented the first theatrical performances of a projected film to a paying U.K. audience.
Justin Ribbons, CEO of Empire Cinemas, said: “We’re extremely excited to be adding an IMAX theatre to our flagship location. The introduction of IMAX further reinforces our commitment to providing the most cutting edge, immersive viewing experience to our customers and will reinforce The Empire Leicester Square’s position as the home of the UK’s best cinema-going experience for years to come.”
Yahoo! Movies has debuted this red band behind-the-scenes featurette for the mafia action-comedy, ‘The Family’ (Malavita). Directed by Luc Besson (The Fifth Element, The Professional), the film stars the likes of Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer, Tommy Lee Jones, Dianna Agron and John D’Leo. ‘The Family’ is the story of the Manzonis, a notorious mafia family who gets relocated to Normandy, France under the witness protection program. While they do their best to fit in, old habits die hard and they soon find themselves handling things the “family” way. Arriving in cinemas on September 13th in the US and November 8th in the UK, the script is adapted by Luc Besson from the book ‘Badfellas’ by author Tonino Benacquista.
With Jason Reitman’s latest film ‘Labor Day’ set for release on December 25th, Deadline are reporting that the ‘Up in the Air’ and ‘Juno’ director is fast mobilizing his next film: an adaptation of the Chad Kultgen novel ‘Men, Women and Children.’ The outlet adds that Adam Sandler, Jennifer Garner, Cameron Diaz and Rosemarie DeWitt are circling the project, which is eyeing a November start. The book focuses on a family with junior high school students and deals with the navigation of sexual awakenings in a digital age where the Internet has made pornography, blogs and social networking just a few clicks away. The book is officially described as follows.
Chad Kultgen, cult hero and author of the buzz-generating illicit classics The Average American Male and The Lie, cuts to the quick of the American psyche like no other author writing today. In Men, Women & Children he explores the sexual pressures at work on a handful of troubled, conflicted junior-high students and their equally dysfunctional parents. From porn-surfing fathers to World of Warcraft-obsessed sons, from competitive cheerleaders to their dissatisfied, misguided mothers, Kultgen clicks open the emotionally treacherous culture in which we live—in his most ambitious and surprising book yet.
Warner Bros. Pictures has unveiled this new full-length trailer for Alfonso Cuarón’s (Children Of Men, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban) ’Gravity.’ The sci-fi thriller, which stars George Clooney and Sandra Bullock as astronauts stranded in space after their shuttle is caught in a meteor shower, is pencilled in for a October 4th bow in 2D, 3D and IMAX.
‘Gravity’ is written by Alfonso Cuarón and his son, Jonás Cuarón. In the film, Sandra Bullock plays Dr. Ryan Stone, a brilliant medical engineer on her first shuttle mission, with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky (George Clooney) in command of his last flight before retiring. But on a seemingly routine spacewalk, disaster strikes. The shuttle is destroyed, leaving Stone and Kowalsky completely alone–tethered to nothing but each other and spiraling out into the blackness. The deafening silence tells them they have lost any link to Earth…and any chance for rescue. As fear turns to panic, every gulp of air eats away at what little oxygen is left. But the only way home may be to go further out into the terrifying expanse of space.