Tag Archives: Tom Hanks

Book Review: ‘The World According to Tom Hanks’

Book Review: ‘The World According to Tom Hanks’

‘The World According to Tom Hanks’ is THE book that fans of the actor deserve. While I’m a huge fan of Mr. Hanks and his movies, I honestly didn’t know much about him personally before reading this book. Read More

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10 Things Parents Should Know About ‘Bridge of Spies’

10 Things Parents Should Know About ‘Bridge of Spies’

Steven Spielberg returns to his continuing series of history-based films (including Schindler’s List, Amistad, Munich and Lincoln), turning his attention this time to the Cold War, and the result is a mature and intelligent film about a good man trying to act according to his conscience in a world where that’s unappreciated. Read More

8 Things Parents Should Know About Saving Mr. Banks

8 Things Parents Should Know About Saving Mr. Banks

After 20 years of steadfast refusal, author P. L. Travers, in need of money, grudgingly agrees to entertain a movie offer from Walt Disney for her book, Mary Poppins. She flies to Los Angeles to work with Disney’s production staff, including screenwriter Don Da Gradi (Bradley Whitford) and songwriters Richard and Robert Sherman (Jason Schwartzman and B.J. Novak). Travers constantly clashes with all of them, as well as her affable chauffeur, Ralph (Paul Giamatti). Read More

Saving Mr. Banks: A Cast and Crew Roundtable

Saving Mr. Banks: A Cast and Crew Roundtable

Saving Mr. Banks tells the story of Walt Disney’s effort to film Mary Poppins; author P.L. Travers reluctantly travels to Los Angeles to meet with Disney and consider his offer, which she had previously rejected for 20 years. The intractable Travers and the relentless Disney clash repeatedly over differences major and minor; she objects to the use of animation, the casting of Dick Van Dyke, the inclusion of singing and dancing, and even whether the father in the story should have a mustache. Songwriters Richard and Robert Sherman (Jason Schwartzman and B. J. Novak) and screenwriter Don DaGradi (Bradley Whitford) bear the brunt of Travers’ constant objections, while Disney tries to figure out some way of getting her to sign the contract. Read More

First trailer for Saving Mr. Banks

First trailer for Saving Mr. Banks

Disney has released the first trailer for their new film about a key point in the studio’s history, chronicling Walt Disney’s (played by Tom Hanks) relentless effort to acquire the rights to Mary Poppins, and author P.L. Travers’ (Emma Thompson) resistance to the notion. Saving Mr. Banks tells not only that story, but also the story of Travers herself and the events of her own life that inspired the creation of her famous nanny. In her books, Mary Poppins is, like Travers herself, a considerably less sweet and charming personality than the winsome figure played by Julie Andrews; she’s tough, unsentimental, and not given to indulgence of herself or anyone else. Read More