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  • Directors Round Table: J.C. Chandor on his 'years of mediocrity'

    Directors Round Table: J.C. Chandor on his 'years of mediocrity'
    Henry Ford said that "failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently." That's a sentiment shared by some of Hollywood's top directors, including Paul Greengrass ("Captain Phillips"), J.C. Chandor ("All Is Lost") and...
  • Directors Round Table: Nicole Holofcener on gut instinct

    Directors Round Table: Nicole Holofcener on gut instinct
    The trouble with making movies is that you have to start over each time — with a new script, a new cast and a new set of challenges. According to six of Hollywood's top directors, that's part of the process but also part of the point. At the...
  • Is 'Saving Mr. Banks' too hard on 'Mary Poppins' creator?

     Is 'Saving Mr. Banks' too hard on 'Mary Poppins' creator?
    In the winter of 1933, in a thatched cottage in Sussex, England, a complicated woman named Pamela "P.L." Travers began to write "Mary Poppins," the first in a series of novels that would inspire the beloved 1964 Walt Disney movie and supply generations of...
  • Film directors build, and tear down, comfort zones

    Film directors build, and tear down, comfort zones
    Movie crews can number as many as 300 people. And yet amid all that hubbub, film directors can craft the most personal moments: Joaquin Phoenix confessing his love for an operating system in "Her"; Robert Redford facing his mortality in "All Is Lost";...
  • Exceptional Minds School Helps Kids with Autism Find Their Niche

    For the majority of young adults diagnosed with autism, finding a skilled job -- especially one in the entertainment biz -- is a pipe dream. But thanks to Exceptional Minds digital arts vocational school, it doesn't have to be. With the school's help,...
  • Turkey's Kanal D Turns 20 in Volatile Market

    Irfan Sahin averages 10 cups of Turkish coffee and too many cigarettes a day. As he edges toward his 50th birthday, he quips that these habits might keep him from reaching old age, yet he appears anything but worried. "It's the quality of life that...
  • Palm Springs Film Festival: Canadian Films Draw Praise

    Canadian films and filmmakers are drawing more and more global recognition, and the 25th Palm Springs Intl. Film Festival has programmed a hefty sidebar of films from the Great White North that make a compelling case for a Canadian renaissance. Palm...
  • Variety Creative Impact Award in Directing: John Lee Hancock

    John Lee Hancock was already a Disney veteran when he came onboard "Saving Mr. Banks," having helmed "The Rookie" for the studio a decade ago. But in telling the knotted tale of Walt Disney's struggle to adapt P.L. Travers' "Mary Poppins" books, the...
  • Review: 'Saving Mr. Banks' ★★★

    Review: 'Saving Mr. Banks' ★★&#9733
    No feathers, animated or otherwise, will be ruffled by "Saving Mr. Banks," director John Lee Hancock's genial fictionalized account of how Walt Disney seduced "Mary Poppins" author P.L. Travers into allowing, for 5 percent of the gross, the supernatural...
  • 'Saving Mr. Banks' director: 'Such an advantage' shooting in L.A.

    'Saving Mr. Banks' director: 'Such an advantage' shooting in L.A.
    John Lee Hancock's new film, "Saving Mr. Banks," about Walt Disney's efforts to persuade testy British author P.L. Travers to make her "Mary Poppins" novels into a screen musical, is one of an increasingly rare breed: a studio picture shot in Los Angeles....
  • Film Reviews: Opening This Week (Dec. 9-13, 2013)

    The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (Warner Bros.) If "An Unexpected Journey" felt like nearly three hours' worth of throat clearing and beard stroking, the saga gets fully under way at last in "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug," the similarly...
  • 'Saving Mr. Banks' review: Stuffed and squeezable

    'Saving Mr. Banks' review: Stuffed and squeezable
    *** (out of four) At some point in “Saving Mr. Banks,” which is inspired by the true story of Walt Disney (Tom Hanks) convincing author P.L. Travers (Emma Thompson) to license the film version of “Mary Poppins,” you may want to...