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It makes perfect sense that any of the marketing we've seen for "Saving Mr. Banks" so far has focused almost exclusively on the relationship between Walt Disney (Tom Hanks) and P.L. Travers (Emma Thompson), and that makes sense. That is what the film deals with for the most part, but there's another relationship in the film that is, in its way, even more important.
Colin Farrell plays Travers Robert Goff, father to Helen Goff, aka Ginty (Annie Rose Buckley), the little girl who eventually grows up and takes the professional pseudonym of P.L. Travers. He is her world, as we see in flashbacks, and Farrell is great in the role. He shows us exactly why he would be so revered by his little girl, the dreamy and inventive personality that makes him so much fun to be with, and he also shows us why Goff was such a disaster in the professional world. His alcoholism is just part of the problem. He is simply not wired for adult life, and the ways he fails are heartbreaking. One of the things that has always defined Farrell is that sense of danger that is always simmering, and the thing that makes him dangerous here is just how much faith his daughter has in him, and just how misplaced it is.
As sprawling and convoluted and ludicrously overlong as this season of "Sons of Anarchy" has been, it basically boils down to two major storylines: Jax's attempt to extract SAMCRO from the business of gun running and longstanding connections with the IRA and Tara's attempt to extract her boys from the dangerous world Jax is trying to make safer.
One of my few complaints about "Frozen," the latest animated musical from Disney, is that they played a pretty aggressive game of bait-and-switch with audiences with the film's marketing. Sure, it paid off in a record-breaking weekend for the company, and in the world of the movie business, that makes them right and me wrong, but I still feel like the campaign they ran was a disservice to both the movie and the audience.
Ultimately, sell the movie you made. When I see a trailer that I find really appealing or intriguing or provocative and then I see the movie, and it's nothing like that trailer, it is unfair of me to be upset because it's not the trailer, and yet it's almost impossible not to have that reaction. From a pragmatic business angle, I understand that a trailer is just a piece of marketing, and its only real purpose is to get someone to pay money to see something. But from the point of view of being a film fan, I consider a great trailer to be a promise, a taste of a meal that someone is going to serve, and when someone tells me they're serving sushi, I don't want to eat a hamburger.
Report: "Dancing with the Stars" wants an all-Oscar winners season, featuring Renee Zellwegger
A source tells Radar Online that Zellwegger would be the "lynchpin" of a season made up of Oscar winners. PLUS: Why it took so long for Mark Ballas to quit smoking.
Paul Rudd goes crazy for One Direction in "SNL" promos
"Saturday Night Live" has released a whopping 3-1/2 minutes of Rudd promos.
Another "Breaking Bad" alum joins Fox's "Broadchurch" remake
Kevin Rankin, who played the Nazi with the mustache on "Breaking Bad," will reunite with Anna Gunn on "Gracepoint."
History channel to tackle Jesus' "Lost Years"
"Hostel's" Eli Roth will produce a drama series examining Jesus Christ's undocumented years.
"Downton Abbey's" Christmas special will be set in Buckingham Palace
The two-hour event will feature a royal scandal.
"Jeopardy!" settles the GIF pronunciation debate
The Soft "G" was part of an answer on tonight's show.
Former MTV VJ Kennedy joins Fox Business Channel
Lisa Kennedy Montgomery will host a primetime roundtable discussion show called "The Independents."
Albuquerque's Minor League Baseball team celebrates "Breaking Bad"
The Albuquerque Isotopes are selling two shirts in tribute to Walter White.
Watch Paul Walker's early TV roles: From "Charles in Charge" to "Highway to Heaven"
Walker often played a teen heartthrob when he was a teenager.
"Castle" bringing back James Brolin
He'll reprise his role as Rick's dad.
"Men at Work" gets cameos out of Ryan Phillippe, David Krumholtz, Emmanuelle Chriqui
Phillippe will play himself on the TBS comedy.
"The Wire's" David Simon pens a tribute to Michael B. Jordan
GQ asked Simon to write a piece in honor of Jordan's breakout performance in "Fruitvale Station."
"Saved by the Bell's" Screech regrets making a sex tape and badmouthing his former castmates
Dustin Diamond tells Oprah Winfrey Network: "Looking back, now, in my thirties, I realize that was really dumb."
Key & Peele do Michael Jordan vs. Muhammad Ali
It's the latest Epic Rap Battle of History.
"Curb Appeal" star who was died in motorcycle accident encountered another accident in October
On Oct. 21, Bill Beckwith posted on Facebook that he assisted in helping the victims of a head-on collision and that it was "a solid reminder that our lives can change at an instant, and to be grateful for what I have right now."
"Arrow" releases a training video warning of the dangers of ninjas
"Ninjas are a real and serious threat."
Baltimore criminal who claims he inspired "The Wire" indicted on 21 federal drug and gun charges
Nathan "Bodie" Barksdale was taken into custody last week.
Did "The Originals" model itself on "Angel"?
"The Vampire Diaries" spinoff has a lot in common with the "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" spinoff.
Tim Tebow sparks a TV bidding war
The former QB is said to have interest from SEC Network, CBS Sports and Fox Sports.
Gillian Anderson poses with an eel wrapped around her naked body
"The X-Files" alum is trying to promote Fishlove, a campaign to highlight the collapsing fish stocks.
Charlie Brown: Bigger than Jesus?
Read an appreciation of "A Charlie Brown Christmas."
Watch "SportsCenter's" Ron Burgundy interview Peyton Manning
The "Anchorman" star will guest co-host Thursday's 6 pm edition of the ESPN news show.
Christian Slater weds for the 2nd time
The "Mind Games" star married girlfriend Brittany Lopez on Monday.
"Facts of Life's" Kim Fields welcomes her 2nd child
Fields, 44, gave birth to her 2nd son on Tuesday.
Malin Akerman's estranged husband files for divorce
The "Trophy Wife" star has been married for six years. PLUS: Akerman says the Christmas episode will "blow your mind."
Eyebrows were raised back in September, when Woody Allen was announced as the 2014 recipient of the Cecil B. DeMille Award for career achievement at the Golden Globes. Not, of course, that it was a controversial selection in itself: you could argue for the award being a tad redundant, given that Allen hasn't exactly been under-recognized in his career, but hardly undeserved.
A quick review of tonight's "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" coming up just as soon as I take an elfie selfie...
I never realized that the Producers' Guild of America announces their TV nominations separately from their film ones, but I suppose it makes sense -- the buzz around the feature film nominees sucks up a lot of oxygen, so this way, everyone gets to feel special for a time. (The PGA actually announced their documentary nominees last week, so they really are spreading the joy.)
Happy Tuesday, boys and girls! Welcome to the second installment of the new Firewall & Iceberg video show! This week, Dan and I are talking about a pair of '30s & '40s gangster dramas in the "Bonnie & Clyde" remake and TNT's "Mob City." Then it's off to a viewer mail segment — and, remember, please send questions (the more succinct they are, the better the chances of us answering them in the video show) to firstname.lastname@example.org — that includes some spoiler discussion of "The Walking Dead" mid-season finale, followed by a look back at TV history that jumps us ahead to previewing "The Sound of Music Live!"
Because you demanded it last week, here's a time breakdown of the segments:
"Bonnie & Clyde": 0:30- 5:30
There's a Stat Phoebe Tonkin cameo (sort of) and hopefully fewer technical glitches than last time. Hope you like, and hopefully back tomorrow with a new podcast.
As I work on a larger piece about Warner's ongoing DC "problem," I saw a story scroll past that made me smile. It's not news so much as a bit of backstory that makes a scene that we saw in a recent movie seem even sweeter.
We ran a story about one of the post-credit scenes in "Thor: The Dark World," the one that exists largely to drop a few narrative bread crumbs for next year's "Guardians Of The Galaxy," but that was just one of the two scenes that were hidden during the credits for the film.
In the other one, we see that Jane Foster (Natalie Portman) is still sitting at the breakfast table in her English apartment when there's the familiar sound of the Rainbow Bridge opening up and depositing Thor back on her balcony. She runs into his arms, they embrace, and some serious making out commences. It's a nice swoony punctuation mark at the end of the film, and it seemed appropriate since one of the signatures of the "Thor" films seems to be palpable sexual tension between Jane and Thor, something that not every superhero series is able to pull off.