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.
By Jen T. Tuazon
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.
BY Jen T. Tuazon
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.
BY Joanna Mendoza
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.