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.
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!
We can't wait to see David O. Russell's American Hustle, which boasts a roster of the director's all-stars like Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper, when it opens in limited release this week. The trailer is incredible, but the looks of the actors are really what we can't get enough of (like in these amazing posters). We have all the best pictures from the movie, and the awesome '70s style is there — not just on Lawrence, but also on costars Christian Bale, Jeremy Renner, and Amy Adams.
Silver Linings Playbook director David O. Russell is back to work with Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence, only this time around, Christian Bale, Amy Adams, and Jeremy Renner are in the mix for American Hustle. Is the '70s-set drama worth all the hype? Find out in this week's Watch, Pass, Rent segment!
It's the most wonderful time of the year: time to watch as many Christmas movies as you can until you're physically unable to continue! We've decided it might be best to ease you into it, so instead of making you watch the whole films, we've rounded up the most GIF-worthy moments of 12 classic, wonderful Christmas movies. We'll be adding in a new GIF every day, so check back to see which movies make our list!
There are so many different story lines in Love Actually, which means at least one of them is going to mirror your own holiday experience. Basically, it's fitting for any mood you're in, from down in the dumps to head in the clouds.
Come on, there's no way you're going to get through this movie without laughing. And if you do somehow manage to make it through without laughing, then you're just a regular Scrooge.
Aside from the fact that the terrifying abominable snowman gave me years and years worth of nightmares, I watched this one countless times as a kid.
See the rest of the holiday movie GIFs when you keep reading.
There was a lot of LOLing in movie theaters this year, thanks to stars like Melissa McCarthy, Seth Rogen, James Franco, and more who starred in hilarious comedies. The setups ranged from end-of-the-world comedies to a buddy cop flick and a movie about a sperm bank mix-up, so there was a lot to choose from in the genre. Which comedy made you laugh the most?
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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is coming out this weekend with its second installment in Bilbo Baggins's fantastical journey, and we have a all the character posters to get us excited. Of course, we love seeing Orlando Bloom back as Legolas, but it's also exciting to see new franchise star Evangeline Lilly with her own poster as elf Tauriel. See those and the rest of the epic posters!
We're helping you take the headache out of gift shopping this holiday season, and if you're stuck on what to give the guy in your life, then we have the answer — if he's a pop culture addict, that is! Scroll through for tons of fun ideas for your boyfriend, husband, or guy BFF. You're sure to find the perfect present, whether he's devoted to Game of Thrones, Arrested Development, The Big Lebowski, or something else entirely.
We all remember Kellan Lutz from his breakthrough role as Edward's brother in Twilight, but now he's going from vampire to divine hero. Lutz plays Hercules himself in The Legend of Hercules, a new origin story that follows his journey from mortal to demigod. We've already seen those muscles on display in the Legend of Hercules trailer, but now we've got a better look at the film with a brand-new batch of pictures from the epic adventure — and yes, a closer look at those abs. Check 'em out before the movie hits theaters Jan. 10.
Downton Abbey returns next month, and Michelle Dockery (aka Lady Mary) is dropping some serious hints about this season. Last we saw her — spoiler alert! — new mother Lady Mary was widowed when her husband, Matthew (Dan Steven), died in a crash accident. "Mary's grieving for her dead husband," Dockery explains. "It takes her a bit of time to move on, but eventually she does." Interesting! Dockery also gets into a charming anecdote involving kazoos, Liam Neeson, and her mother. Totally worth the watch.
The show returns to PBS on Jan. 5, and you can watch the clip when you read more!
It's just a fact: some of the best movie scenes involve dudes without shirts. This has definitely been the case in 2013, a year filled with guys shunning shirts on the big screen. Josh Duhamel started the year off on a good foot with plenty of shirtless scenes in Safe Haven, Charlie Hunnam kept the ball rolling in Pacific Rim, and who can forget Sam Claflin as Finnick in Catching Fire? Before you welcome 2014, take a look back at some of the shirtless highlights of 2013.
Has there ever been a better year for drama on cable? Maniacal meth dealers blew our minds, retro gentleman showed their true colors, and badass bikers roamed the land. It's been a truly fantastic year for those who have cable TV — and who love drama. But what series was the best of the best? You tell us!
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'Tis the season for holiday movies, and because Christmas favorites never go out of style, we're highlighting Will Ferrell's hilarious Elf. It became an instant holiday classic in 2003 and nearly a decade later, it's still going strong. Buddy's adventures in NYC are chock-full of amazing lines, so check out some of my personal favorites before you submit your own!
As Winter sets in, all we really want to do is make some hot cocoa and navigate to Netflix, which has a great crop of seasonal favorites to enjoy. Hoping for some holiday classics? Look no further, because we've rounded up the best of Netflix's Christmas-themed movies. Whether you're looking for nostalgia, animation, or something slightly spooky, take a look at what Netflix has to offer!
Once upon a time, Tim Burton created Jack Skellington, and a holiday hero was born. The Nightmare Before Christmas is a great film, because you get to watch it twice a year: once on Halloween and once on Christmas!
No one does Christmas quite like Clark Griswold, and nothing says "holidays" quite like a viewing of National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation. Learn from Clark's mistakes; make sure your family brings its own trailer to sleep in.
Yes, this Jonathan Taylor Thomas gem is currently streaming on Netflix. Relive his struggle to get home in time for the holidays in I'll Be Home For Christmas all over again! Bonus: Jessica Biel is in it. Keep reading to see more movies.
Everyone loves a bad boy — or girl! Some of TV's most interesting characters are the villains, and while some of them are traditionally evil, others have found creative ways to be cruel. From this year's crop of witches, killers, schemers, and, oh yeah, a headless horseman, which of the following was 2013's best TV villain?
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