‘Saving Mr. Banks’: Untold story of ‘Mary Poppins’ Journey from book to screen

Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson in "Saving Mr. Banks" (Photo courtesy of Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)

Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson in “Saving Mr. Banks” (Photo courtesy of Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)

In 1961, Walt Disney invited Mary Poppins author P.L. Travers to his studio in Los Angeles to discuss, in person, his continued interest in obtaining the movie rights to her beloved book and character–a pitch he first made to her in the 1940s. Still hesitant and disinterested after all those years, Travers wanted to tell the Hollywood impresario to go fly a kite but with dwindling sales of her books and a bleak economic future looming, P.L. Travers said yes and embarked on a two-week sojourn in Los Angeles that would ultimately set the wheels of the beloved film in motion.

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Watch Rob Lowe as JFK and Ginnifer Goodwin as Jackie in ‘Killing Kennedy’

By Jen T. Tuazon

The National Geographic Channel's Killing Kennedy

The National Geographic Channel’s Killing Kennedy

To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the assassination of US President John F. Kennedy, the National Geographic Channel and Academy Award winning director Ridley Scott present Killing Kennedy, a short film recreating that fateful day in Dallas, Texas half a century ago and based on the bestselling book “Killing Kennedy: the End of Camelot” by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard.

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‘Parks and Recreation’ star Chris Pratt adds comic charm to ‘Delivery Man’

Chris Pratt at the San Diego Comic Con 2013 (Photo courtesy of Dreamworks/Disney)

Chris Pratt at the San Diego Comic Con 2013 (Photo courtesy of Dreamworks/Disney)

Actor-on-the-rise Chris Pratt, best known for TV’s Parks and Recreation (check a best-of-Chris blooper reel here!) and the Oscar-nominated Moneyball, now stars opposite Vince Vaughn in DreamWorks Pictures’ new life-affirming comedy Delivery Man.

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THROWBACK: ‘Groundhog Day’: An unlikely philosophical story

BY Jen T. Tuazon

Groundhog Day (1993, Comedy)

Groundhog Day (1993, Comedy)

The critically acclaimed movie Groundhog Day, from its title, to its plot, to its main star, would never have struck me as a “thinking” movie. But the film is just that. And more.

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WELCOME to our happy place

BY Joanna Mendoza

Here at The Movie Clubbers, we can shamelessly show appreciation for any movie we liked–even those that critics bashed. (Photo courtesy of http://www.sxc.hu)

Here at The Movie Clubbers, we can shamelessly show appreciation for any movie we liked — even those that critics bashed. (Photo courtesy of http://www.sxc.hu)

I find that critics are sometimes a little too hard on movies. Don’t you?

Say Star Trek Into Darkness. I absolutely loved it. And so did many non-critics I know. So I went positively livid when someone at work told me that, after reading some negative reviews, he realized the sequel wasn’t as good as he originally felt it was.

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