| Dec 12, 2013
| 12:39 PM
A J.R.R. Tolkien dragon will torch the competition as "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" slithers into theaters this weekend.
The 3-D "Hobbit" sequel, starring Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins and Ian McKellen as the wizard Gandalf, is expected to...
| Dec 15, 2013
| 6:30 PM
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
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...
| Dec 12, 2013
*** (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...
| Dec 13, 2013
| 2:30 PM
If James Franco's "Look at my shee-yit!" scene in "Spring Breakers" was one of 2013′s funniest movie moments, it was also perhaps the most emblematic of a year that, as many others have pointed out, was all but overrun by spectacles of consumerist...
| Dec 11, 2013
| 12:30 PM
In the screenplay for "Saving Mr. Banks," Kelly Marcel and Sue Smith very casually -- and elegantly -- let the audience in on the big secret of artists and writers, in the middle of a key conversation between Walt Disney and P.L. Travers. Disney, in...
| Dec 12, 2013
| 10:58 AM
An untethered astronaut, a sexy hustler, a rich woman stripped of possessions and the persnickety creator of Mary Poppins are among the roles in which their creators earned nominations in the Golden Globes lead actress categories in drama and musical or...
| Oct 29, 2013
| 4:23 AM
Some of the youngest performers in the Lehigh Valley will take the stage Sunday when Civic Theatre holds its inaugural “Broadway Kids” production. A dozen young performers, ages 9 to 13, some of whom have graced local and even Broadway stages,...
| Dec 5, 2013
Long before Walt Disney's "Mary Poppins" arrived in theaters in 1964, the studio chief was wooing the story's author, P.L. Travers, trying to nab the rights to the famed books that eventually became his blockbuster film. It was a bumpy ride, as we see...
| Dec 9, 2013
| 5:00 AM
Though it's been nearly half a century since she played the winsome Jane Banks in the 1964 classic "Mary Poppins," Karen Dotrice still refers to Walt Disney as Uncle Walt.
"He went out of his way to be solicitous," Dotrice, 58, said at her Brentwood...
| Nov 19, 2013
| 10:30 AM
It's long overdue that somebody bring Walt Disney to the screen. Tom Hanks playing him is a dream combination. They have the same eyes. And Emma Thompson gives the full range of emotions as P.L. Travers. For me, watching her childhood onscreen and knowing...
| Oct 16, 2013
| 2:57 PM
Walt Disney was a man of many hats, and not all of them had mouse ears attached.
The Chicago-born animation, filmmaking and theme-park pioneer, a man who invented new techniques when existing ones couldn't deliver on his vision, is celebrated in the...
| Oct 22, 2013
| 9:00 AM
Whimsic Alley calls itself "a shopping haven for wizards of distinction," catering to "Harry Potter" fans with merchandise that includes wands, books, neckties and sweater vests for those looking to re-create the boy wizard's look.
It even has a...