Author P.L. Travers earned a permanent place in most of our childhoods with her beloved character Mary Poppins, but the story of her own life is in many ways just as mysterious and surprising as that of her fictional nanny. The upcoming film Saving Mr. Banks tells the story of the unlikely collaboration between Travers and Walt Disney (played respectively by Emma Thompson and Tom Hanks, pictured below) as they adapted her book for the big screen. The film gives us a glimpse at some of the author's backstory and eccentricities, but there are also many compelling details and anecdotes about her unique life and unforgettable work that didn't make it into the movie. Read on for more about the woman behind Mary Poppins.
As Saving Mr. Banks illustrates, Disney spent years courting Travers via letters and calls, hoping to fulfill a promise he made to his two daughters to bring their beloved Mary Poppins to the big screen. His bid to convince Travers he would do Mary justice took nearly two decades. Travers was a tough costumer, but eventually caved to Disney's pleas, flying to Los Angeles for two weeks to work on the script at the studio and eventually signing over the rights.
For a woman in 1920s and '30s England, Travers had an atypically open attitude toward sex and love. She struck up an affair with a much older married man when she was in her 20s, and a few years later lived with a woman, Madge Burnand, for a full decade. Travers stayed tight-lipped on the nature of their relationship, but many historians believe that their "intense" bond may have been romantic; a recent biographer recovered a topless photo of Travers lounging on the beach that is believed to have been taken by Burnand.
Lea Michele chose the setting of The Ellen Degeneres Show and Ellen's company to open up for the first time on camera about Cory Monteith's death and what the past few months have been like for her. Lea stopped by Ellen's talk show for an interview, which airs Wednesday, just days after releasing "Cannonball," the first single off her forthcoming album Louder. The Glee actress talked about what it meant for Kate Hudson to open up her home to Lea in her time of need, what made her want to write a song about Cory, and why she decided to return to work on the show that brought her and Cory together. Lea also share the story of "Cannonball," which was written by Sia, and how she is finding strength even through the grief.
Death comes to American Horror Story this week on the show's epic midseason finale, "Head." We get a whole lot of info on Hank and his troubled witch-hunting background, Myrtle gets revenge on the council that sent her to burn at the stake, and the best news of all: Fiona cures Kyle! Sort of. All of this leads up to an insane sequence in which a ton of people die, including a couple characters we've gotten to know.
This midseason finale is everything I wanted and more. Madison wears a ridiculous fur hat in humid New Orleans, there's an insane death-by-bees scene, and there's even a heinous act of violence involving a melon baller. It's fantastic, and I'm really bummed that we have to wait until Jan. 8 to get more of Coven. Let's talk about this week's episode when you keep reading.
If Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill fans thought the duo would swim in safe territory for 22 Jump Street, buckle up your life vests, 'cause the waves are about to get bumpy! The actors shared an exercise in bonding in Puerto Rico this week, jumping into the tropical surf for a wild swimming — or near-drowning — scene. In other fun filming moments, Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson gave us a chemistry lesson when they shared their first kiss on the set of the Fifty Shades of Grey movie, and Kerry Washington got creative with the wardrobe department on the set of Scandal. Check out all that and more in this week's best on-set pictures!
Tom Cruise is here to kick butt and take names — this time with Emily Blunt at his side. The trailer for the stars' new action film Edge of Tomorrow (previously titled All You Need Is Kill) is out, and it's got a lot of heavy machinery, including Cruise himself. The actor is outfitted in what looks like a combination of a Transformers suit and that crazy brace Matt Damon wears in Elysium. He and Blunt play soldiers caught in the middle of a time loop. Every time they die in the midst of some epic future-style battle, they just wake up and have to live it all over again. It's like Groundhog Day but more painful.
There's a lot going on here: aliens, explosions, suggestions of romance, but not a ton of plot details. I'm always up for seeing Cruise bring the action; I just hope there's more to the story than repetitive battle sequences alone. One thing I love about this trailer? The bizarre computer-y song playing. The movie opens on June 6, and you can take a look at the trailer when you keep reading.
Nominations for the 2014 SAG Awards were announced this morning, and we've got all the details! Jennifer Lawrence garnered a nomination for her supporting performance in American Hustle, which was also nominated for outstanding cast performance. The biggest nominee is 12 Years a Slave, which earned a nomination for outstanding cast performance in addition to individual nods for Chiwetel Ejiofor, Lupita Nyong'o, and Michael Fassbender. Dallas Buyers Club was also nominated for best cast, and Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto both scored individual nods.
The television nominees were mostly standby favorites, including Modern Family (plus individual nods for Ty Burrell and Julie Bowen), Breaking Bad, Boardwalk Empire, and The Big Bang Theory. Interestingly, Netflix continued its lucky streak, scoring nominations for House of Cards' Kevin Spacey and Arrested Development's Jason Bateman. It's also nice to see Elisabeth Moss and Holly Hunter get more recognition for Top of the Lake as well as Peter Dinklage for Game of Thrones. The SAG Awards ceremony will air Jan. 18 on TBS and TNT. Find out who's been nominated when you keep reading!