| Aug 30, 2013
| 8:00 AM
When the screenwriter Aaron Guzikowski was a child, he once drew some disturbing pictures in art class — so disturbing the teacher called his parents in for a talk.
"I think the school was really worried by what it said about my home life," said a...
| Nov 19, 2013
| 8:30 AM
On the first day of rehearsals for "Saving Mr. Banks," Jason Schwartzman was running 20 minutes late. By the time he got to the tableread with Emma Thompson and the rest of the actors, he was in an apologetic frenzy. It got worse when Thompson, whom he...
| Feb 17, 2014
| 7:25 AM
"Mary Poppins" is a screen classic, but Walt Disney’s dealings with novelist P.L. Travers in getting the movie rights to the story weren’t nearly as genial.
This enjoyable behind-the-scenes story draws fine performances from Tom Hanks as...
| Dec 13, 2013
| 10:30 AM
In any film, words are just the starting point. As the project moves along, cinematographers, production and costume designers, visual-effects artists and other below-the-line artisans contribute immeasurably to the storytelling, and to the lasting impact...
| Dec 20, 2013
| 12:30 PM
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...
| Dec 12, 2013
| 12:49 PM
A creative dispute between a writer and a studio head over the direction of a prospective motion picture sounds like the kind of movie scenario only a lawyer could love.
But when the writer is cranky, crusty P.L. Travers, who means it when she says "I...
| Sep 12, 2013
| 2:00 PM
TORONTO — Watching Steve McQueen's achingly brilliant "12 Years a Slave" at the Toronto International Film Festival, I was struck by many things. The film's artistry — script, performances, imagery — is significant. The movie is...
| Sep 9, 2013
| 8:17 AM
After wowing festival audiences in Telluride and Venice, Sunday's gala premiere of Alfonso Cuaron's stunning space survival story, "Gravity," became the hot ticket at the Toronto International Film Festival. That will happen when no less than James...
| Sep 17, 2013
| 3:15 PM
As if we need another reason to love Sandra Bullock.
"The Heat" star is Vogue magazine's October 2013 cover girl just before the release of her highly anticipated lost-in-space thriller "Gravity," co-starring George Clooney and helmed by Spanish...
| Sep 13, 2013
| 7:00 AM
TORONTO — It was after midnight, after the gala showing of director Alfonso Cuarón's "Gravity" at the Toronto International Film Festival on Sunday, after the wildly emotional standing ovation, after actress Sandra Bullock in a stunning black-and-...
| Sep 25, 2013
| 6:00 AM
Location manager Brian O'Neill needed a location to film a wedding scene for the upcoming move "The Wedding Ringer," and he knew just the place: Hollywood United Methodist Church at the corner of Franklin and North Highland avenues.
With its Gothic...
| Oct 5, 2013
| 9:08 AM
If you're a film fan, by now you've either seen "Gravity," made plans to see "Gravity" or gotten annoyed at your significant other for choosing another movie because they're "a little scared" by the prospect of sitting through the tension of "Gravity."...