Movie Exclusive – Stunning First Trailer for “Saving Mr. Banks”

Those of you who are fans of Disney and all of the great movies produced by the major company will be excited to hear about the company’s next project, Saving Mr. Banks. And you may also be excited to hear a trailer and an exclusive first still have finally been released!

In my opinion, Disney could have another Oscar-winning film on their hands with this one. Not only is does it feature a 1961 Disneyland, when the park was just six years old, but it has an amazing cast and a strong story. And in addition to those amazing qualities, writer-director-producer John Lee Hancock is directing the film.

The story follows Walt Disney and Austrilian-born British author P.L. Travers, who wrote the novel Mary Poppins. As they go through the creative process of bringing Travers’ novel to life on screen, she is very protective of her work and has very strong opinions about almost every aspect of the film. However, Disney is trying to find a way to ensure Travers is proud of the project and as the process continues he finds out the truth behind her motivation for Mary Poppins.

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Tom Hanks is portraying Walt Disney, Emma Thompson portraying P.L. Travers, and B.J. Novak and Jason Schwartzman are portraying the musical Sherman Brothers. For those of you who may not know, the Sherman Brotthers were responsible for writing most of the music in the Mary Poppins film.

Plus, actors Paul Giamatti, Colin Farrell, Ruth Wilson, Bradley Whitford, and Kathy Baker are all part of the cast. Watch the stunning and wonderful new trailer for Saving Mr. Banks here.

What do you think of this new trailer and the still? What do you think of the cast behind this film? Do you think Saving Mr. Banks could be a potential award contender?

Sources: Moviefone and YouTube

Casting Rumor – Anna Kendrick Could Journey “Into the Woods” as Cinderella

Casting rumors circulating actress Anna Kendrick are stating she is in talks to play Ciinderella in the Disney adaptation of the hit Broadway musical, Into the Woods. The actress revealed her vocal talents last year in Pitch Perfect and is currently working on an adaptation of another musical, The Last Five Years.

This project already has a great cast lined up with Meryl Streep, Johnny Depp, Jake Gyllenhaal, Chris Pine, Emily Blunt, James Corden, Tracy Ullman and Christine Baranski all in various stages of negotiations. Corden will be playing the Baker, Ullman will be playing Jack the Giant Killer’s mother, and Baranski will be playing Cinderella’s Stepmother.

Into the Woods is a very unique, interesting, and darkly comedic musical. The story follows a Baker and his wife, who are on a journey to try and find the witch to get her to lift a family curse she has cast on them. On their journey, they cross paths with several quirky fairytale characters, including Rapunzel, Cinderella, and Little Red Riding Hood.

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Cinderella’s situation is a little different in this musical as she is already married to the Prince (Pine), but it turns out he is quite vain. However, she is still trying to find herself and her place in the world.

Rod Marshall will be directing Disney’s adaptation of this popular musical. Plus, John DeLuca is producing, James Lapine wrote the screenplay, and David Krane will be working on the music for the highly anticipated movie musical.

Will you be interested in seeing Into the Woods as a movie musical? Do you think Kendrick will be right for the role of Cinderella? Be sure to check in for more news about Into the Woods as production development and casting continues!

Sources: The Hollywood Reporter, MovieFoneand IMDbPro

Casting News – Dylan O’Brien Cast in “The Maze Runner” Adaptation

Actor Dylan O’Brien, who plays Stiles on the hit MTV show Teen Wolf,  has recently signed on to star in the film adaptation of James Dashner’s The Maze Runner.  O’Brien was cast as the male lead, Thomas.

The Maze Runner is the first book in a post-apocalyptic book trilogy. The story follows Thomas as he discovers his memory has been erased and he is trapped inside a mysterious maze with dozens of other boys his age. Thomas then takes it upon himself to become a leader of sorts and gets the boys to all work together to find a way out of the maze.

O’Brien will be joined by actors Will Poulter, Kaya Scodelario, Aml Ameen, and Thomas Brodie-Sangster for this film. Poulter has been cast as Gally, Scodelario will playing Teresa, Ameen is going to be portraying Alby, and Brodie-Sangster will be playing Newt.

The Maze Runner film adaptation will be directed by Wes Ball and Dashner will be writing the screenplay with Noah Oppenheim. Filming and production is supposed to start next month and the release date is currently set for February 14, 2014.

What do you think of this casting news? Are you a fan of James Dashner’s novels? Do you think O’Brien is the right choice for Thomas? Who is your favorite character in The Maze Runner?

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Sources: MovieFone and IMDbPro

“The Hunger Games: Catching Fire” – Two New Capitol Portraits Revealed

Lionsgate is continuing their marketing campaign and revealing new Capitol portraits every day for The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Today, the two portraits that were revealed feature Jeffrey Wright as Beetee and Jena Malone as Johanna Mason. These portraits are the first official look at these actors in character as they two of new characters entering the franchise.

If you have not seen them yet, take a look at the portraits that were revealed on Monday here and the portraits that were revealed yesterday here.  According to the current countdown on the Capitol Couture website, there is about seventeen (17) hours until the next portrait is released.

However, the hint for the next portrait is: “#SolidAsARock with just the right #TouchOfShyness.” Personally, I think this means we are going to get a look at Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson)!

Who do you think it could be? What do you think of these portraits so far? Are you excited to finally get an official look at the new characters joining the franchise? Sound off in the comments below!

Catching Fire - Beetee portrait

Catching Fire - Johanna Mason portrait

Sources: Mockingjay.net, Moviefone, and Capitol Couture