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    Emma Thompson: Non-Twinkling, Non-Cavorting and Wonderful in 'Saving Mr. Banks'

    The encouraging scene in the trailer for Saving Mr. Banks has Emma Thompson as the recalcitrant author P.L. Travers, telling her agent why she does not want Walt Disney to put her heroine on screen. "I know what he'll do to her -- she'll be cavorting and twinkling," she says, with great derision.

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    Disney Cracks The Whip, Nabs Rights To Future 'Indiana Jones' Films

    "I would do it in a New York minute, yes," Harrison Ford said earlier this year about returning for another "Indiana Jones" sequel. "I don’t think there is any barrier to Indiana Jones being an old fart. I’m old enough that we don’t need (Sean) Connery any more. I’m old enough to play my own father!...

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    Why Disney Is At War With Its Own Image

    One of the most prominent storytelling factories in modern times has begun to grapple with its legacy in the public eye.

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    Diane Disney Miller (1933–2013)

    It is truly the end of an era. Diane died today of complications from a fall at age 79. She was the eldest daughter of Walt and Lillian Disney - and the person behind both the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles and the Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco.

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    Catching Up With Two Disney Legends

    Yours truly plays m.c. for songwriter Richard Sherman and actor Jason Schwartzman, who plays him in Disney’s "Saving Mr. Banks." (Photo Courtesy of AFI) With the impending release of "Saving Mr. Banks" and the recent stage production of "The Jungle Book," Sherman has been busier than the Energizer...

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    Weekend Top Ten: 'Thor' Bashes Box Office, 'Ender's Game' Collapses

    Led by a strong performance by 3-D enhanced "Thor: The Dark World," overall grosses came in about equal to last year, keeping pace with the 2012 year-to-date total. (2013's top ten grossed $159 million against $161 million last year.) With $86,109,000 for the weekend, "Thor" came in just behind "Sky...

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    Review: Thompson Triumphs in 'Saving Mr. Banks,' which Adds Spoonful of Sugar to Backstage 'Mary Poppins' Tale (TRAILER)

    For 20 years, Walt Disney avidly pursued the film rights to "Mary Poppins," and for 20 years, author P.L. Travers rebuffed the mogul's tenacious advances, fearing the ways he might maul her beloved book and character. This is the tale that "Saving Mr. Banks," which had its world premiere at the BFI ...

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    Animation Oscar Frontrunners--Will Pixar Skip This Round?

    Could this be an award season with no Pixar Oscar nominee? In a weak year for top animated features, enough have been officially submitted to the Academy for Oscar consideration to likely make a race with five nominees, even though several of the films have yet to qualify via a required Los Angeles ...

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    Tom Hanks Talks His 'Life in Pictures,' Hair-Raising 'Captain Phillips' and Sugar-Coating Walt Disney at London Film Festival (CLIPS)

    During his 33-year career Tom Hanks has branched into writing, directing and producing, both in film and television. But it was as an actor that he was in London this month, performing a rare double as his films "Captain Phillips" and "Saving Mr. Banks" opened and closed the London Film Festival, re...

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    Disney in the News, from 90th Birthday Bash to Controversial 'Escape from Tomorrow' and Oscar Contender 'Saving Mr. Banks' (VIDEO)

    Disney takes its 90th birthday celebration to Chicago, burnishes the animation mogul's legacy with "Mary Poppins" backstory and would-be Oscar contender "Saving Mr. Banks," and ignores controversial guerilla Disney filmmaker Randy Moore's "Escape from Tomorrow." Will they sue?

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