I'm not sure if everyone knows this, but Mary Poppins was real. Maybe she didn't have the talking umbrella, or the bottomless bag, but she was modeled after an actual person, and "Saving Mr. Banks" is her story.
The new Disney film features Tom Hanks as Walt Disney and Emma Thompson as Lyndon Goff, the author who wrote the Mary Poppins book series (under the pseudonym P.L. Travers), which served as the basis for the 1964 Disney movie. If ever a "meta" movie existed, it would be this one, since it's a movie about the creation of a movie based on a book written by a woman's real-life experience.
As with most Disney things, it will likely be wonderful. Aside from Thompson and Hanks — who just finished his role on Broadway in Lucky Guy and now has time to do things like promote new movies — a few others will star, including: Jason Schwartzman; Paul Giamatti; Colin and B.J. Novak.
As someone who loves Tom Hanks, Disney, Emma Thompson, AND "Mary Poppins," I feel like this movie is an all-around win. Will you be seeing it?
Personally, I feel that you never really grow out of the Muppets, except for that weird twilight when you're a teenager and you hate everything. But then you quickly go back to realizing how awesome the Muppets are, and it's hard not to love Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Animal, Gonzo, and Fozzie all over again.
Their popularity is evident in their films that are released every so often — often a spoof on already-beloved tales, but sometimes, as with the 2011 movie "The Muppets," a completely original story. So is it really that strange there's a rumor the Muppets may head to Broadway?
Recently, Variety reported that Disney Theatrical Productions held a stage show of the Muppets at Disney’s New Amsterdam Theater to explore the possibility a full Broadway production. The show included a few sets and 85 Muppets, performing pre-existing Muppet material.
Should the show head to Broadway? Well... how about a pros and cons list?
Most movie sequels are bad. Really bad. I'm not going to sit here and try to come up with a list of the worst ones, because I typically try to stay away from movies I think will be awful. That said, I have seen my fair share of awful sequels and they are not pretty. As a follow-up to our post about the best movie sequels, here are a few we could have done without.
1. Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen
Typically, I enjoy movies that try to come up with some other title for its sequel rather than merely slapping the number "2" (or "3" or "4") on the end. That is not the case with "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen," as there is little that could have been done to save this movie for me. The first film was okay, and I understood the appeal. But I thought the ending to the first film was fine on its own — the Autobots had relocated to Earth and now Sam had a really cool car. Good enough for me! Not good enough for Hollywood. The second film takes everything about the first film and amplifies it in the worst way. Were they even telling a story in the second film? I'm still not sure. The movie also came under fire for introducing two robots that had people wondering: uhh, is this racist? Here's what Roger Ebert had to say: "If you want to save yourself the ticket price for this movie, go into the kitchen, cue up a male choir singing the music of hell, and get a kid to start banging pots and pans together. Then close your eyes and use your imagination."
On Monday, I wrote about the best Disney songs, and the list was not without its tearjerkers. As much as Disney wants you to believe it's all whimsical and happy, the truth is that most of its movies will make viewers cry. There is no classic Disney film that's a bigger offender than "The Lion King" during that scene. You know what scene I'm talking about — just after Mufasa tries to rescue little Simba from the stampede... oh, God, it's so sad. As it turns out, dogs are not immune from having Disney feelings either, as evidenced by this video of a dog who can't hold it together during the emotional moment. It's so cute it almost makes you forget you're watching one of the saddest scenes ever.
Aside from the circus, Disney On Ice shows are easily the most beloved family show on TN.com. They bring everyone's favorite Disney characters to life... on ice. I used to attend shows like these as a kid, and I always loved them. There was nothing quite like getting to see princesses, whether Cinderella or Jasmine, up close, while also singing along with them to songs from Disney movies I already loved.
Disney films have some of the most iconic songs of all time. There's nothing like Snow White singing "Whistle While You Work" to get your Monday morning going, right? (You may think I'm being facetious, but I can assure you, I am not. This playlist on YouTube is pretty much my favorite ever.)
The current Disney On Ice shows touring the U.S. — Rockin’ Ever After, Passport to Adventure, 100 Years of Magic, Princesses and Heroes, Let’s Celebrate! — feature characters from some of my favorite Disney movies, like "The Lion King," "Toy Story," "Aladdin," and "The Princess and the Frog." So here are some of my absolute favorite Disney songs, from the very films that make up the current Disney On Ice performances.