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Things We Saw Today

Things We Saw Today: The Disney Villainpuff Girls

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Not all that glitters is gold

The Geekiest Moments of the Golden Globes

The Golden Globes, that other movie awards ceremony, happened last night, and between hosts Amy Poehler and Tina Fey, and other lovely ladies and gents in attendance, there were quite a few clips you’re probably interested in seeing again. And if you didn’t see them the first time, then you should come on in and watch Tony Stark give Lois Lane a Golden Globe, find out who got an award straight from the Khaleesi, and who showed up for a tiny Pirates of the Caribbean reunion.

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Meryl Streep Takes Walt Disney To Task In Emma Thompson Speech

“Some of his associates reported that Walt Disney didn’t really like women,” she began. “There is a piece of received wisdom that says that the most creative people are often odd or irritating, eccentric, damaged, difficult; that along with enormous creativity comes certain deficits in humanity or decency. We are familiar with this trope in our business: Mozart, Van GoghTarantino, Eminem. Ezra Pound said, ‘I have not anyone worth a damn who was not irascible.’ Well I have: Emma Thompson. Not only is she not irascible, she’s practically a saint…Streep then couldn’t resist returning to Disney the man: “Disney, who brought joy arguably to billions of people was, perhaps, or had some racist proclivities. He formed and supported an anti-Semitic industry lobbying group and he was certainly, on the evidence of his company’s policies, a gender bigot,” she said, before reading an actual 1938 letter from Disney rejecting a female applicant to the animation trainee program. “When I saw the film, I could just imagine Walt Disney’s chagrin at having to cultivate P.L. Travers’ favor for the 20 years that it took to secure the rights to her work. It must have killed him to encounter in a woman an equally disdainful and superior creature, a person dismissive of his own considerable gifts and prodigious output and imagination.”Entertainment Weekly reporting on Meryl Streep’s speech on Emma Thompson at the National Board of Review dinner.

Variety cited a line from that letter…

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It's A World of Laughter A World of Tears

Tom Hanks Gives Us His Best Walt Disney In The Saving Mr. Banks Trailer

Just the other day we saw our first official image of Tom Hanks and the always wonderful Emma Thompson from Saving Mr. Banks. The film will tell the story of P.L. Travers (Thompson), creator of Mary Poppins, and Walt Disney’s long road to capturing her works. I have to admit, the trailer tugged at my heartstrings a bit.

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Things We Saw Today

Things We Saw Today: First Look at Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson in Mary Poppins Bio Pic

Saving Mr. Banks promises to tell the story of the tumultuous working relationship between Walt Disney and author P.L. Travers, creator of Mary Poppins. (Bleeding Cool)

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Sure. Fine. Whatever.

So There’s Going To Be A Men In Black 4

I almost used this picture for the top pic. Because really, people. 

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it's time to play the music

Beasts of the Southern Wild‘s Quvenzhané Wallis Possibly to Live a Hard Knock Life in Annie Remake

Blast it, Annie remake. I didn’t want anything to do with you, and then you have to go and possibly be casting Beasts of the Southern Wild‘s Quvenzhané Wallis as your lead. Stop it. I don’t want to look forward to you.

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Things We Saw Today

Things We Saw Today: Tom Hiddleston and Tilda Swinton as Vampire Lovers

Here’s the first pic from Jim Jarmusch‘s Only Lovers Left Alive, starring Tom Hiddleston and Tilda Swinton as, you guessed it, vampire lovers. Named Adam and Eve, incidentally. No release date for this one yet, sorry folks. (/Film)

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Officially Official

‘Mary Poppins’ Production Biopic is a Go, Emma Thompson is P.L. Travers

You feel us, Banks?

Ms. Poppins and her umbrella are getting some serious mileage, of late. Hot on the chimney-top stomping heels of a hit Broadway translation, the Walt Disney Co is putting semi-biopic Saving Mr. Banks onto the slate for next year. Yesterday marked the start of production on the 60s period piece, which will chronicle Walt Disney‘s 20-year odyssey to obtain the screen rights to P.L. Travers‘ books and character, focusing on the tension between the author and the company’s founder during the making of the classic film. In the author’s corner is the immeasurable Emma Thompson, and in Disney’s, none other than Tom Hanks. Paul Giamatti, Colin Farrell, and Jason Schwartzman round out the cast, though IMDB has no listing yet for who’s on deck to play Julie Andrews.

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Girls Just Wanna Have Fun

New Brave Images Show Merida’s Swordplay Skills

We’ve been witnessing Princess Merida’s skill with a bow for a while (and even seen a real-life redhead doing the same) but now we know she’s a very well-rounded lady. Disney-Pixar released two new stills from Brave that show she’s also quite good at swordfighting. Hit the jump for the other new shot. 

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