Earlier this morning, Walt Disney Studios debuted the first teaser trailer for Disney’s Beauty and the Beast live action remake (March 17, 2017), which you can find embedded below.
Earlier this evening, Disney legend Alan Menken kicked off a new series at Lincoln Center in New York City titled ‘Artist to Artist’ with the premise that a newcomer to the industry would have the opportunity to interview a master of the craft.
While the majority of the interview included Menken recalling his storied legacy in the world of musical theatre, the closing end of the production ended on what Menken is currently working on. Of the numerous projects Menken was able to recall (the Tangled Disney Cruise Line show and animated series not among them), one he spoke at length about was the Beauty and the Beast live action remake starring Emma Watson.
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Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment has released a first-look at one of the deleted scenes that will be available on the Saving Mr. Banks blu-ray (available to own on March 18, now available for pre-order). Titled ‘Pamela Leaves,’ the scene features Emma Thompson as P.L. Travers contemplating leaving Los Angeles when she’s confronted by Tom Hanks as Walt Disney. It’s worth noting that according to information that we previously shared regarding the bonus features, there should be about a minute more of the film in the actual blu-ray clip.
Unofficially confirming a report we initially made over a month ago, Saving Mr. Banks will in fact be arriving on Disney Blu-ray on March 18, according to the newly dated listing on Amazon. Although the date has yet to be officially confirmed with Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment, this is in line with a previous listing from Walmart which has subsequently been removed.
Ahead of any official announcement, we have learned of several of the bonus features for the Blu-ray release of Saving Mr. Banks.
As we have previously reported, Walmart had added an entry for the film with a release date of March 18, 2014, although Walmart has since removed that listing and no official date has been announced.
The currently known bonus features include:
- Deleted Scene: Star Gaze (2:14)
- Deleted Scene: Nanny Song (2:19)
- Deleted Scene: PM Leaves (2:26)
- The Walt Disney Studios from Poppins to Present (13:59)
Walt Disney Studios opened its doors to the public this week for its exclusive early nightly screenings of Saving Mr. Banks which is currently in limited release in select cities with a wide release scheduled for December 20, 2013. The engagement offers the public a rare glimpse into the production studios which is an opportunity rarely afforded — outside of being personally invited, this is usually limited to the Adventures By Disney Backstage Magic Tour or occasional tours conducted by Disney D23, for which one must be a member. After a screening of the film (along with a sizzle reel of the film’s star-studded premiere), guests were invited to visit several key sites located on the Studios campus, many of which had a direct part in the production of Disney’s Mary Poppins. We were invited for an exclusive tour of the locations featuring props, sets, wardrobe and more from Saving Mr. Banks as well as other celebrated artifacts before the public had the chance to see them and are pleased to share photos and video from our experience.
As a quick follow-up to its listing for Frozen on Blu-ray (along with an apparent exclusive on the 3D version), Walmart is now listing Disney’s Saving Mr. Banks with a release date of March 18, 2014 as well. Perhaps most interesting, however, is that not only does this come ahead of any official announcement, but it appears the listing is currently only available through the direct link which was supplied to us by Walmart via its electronic catalog — it does not yet appear to show up in any search results, which may cast further doubt on whether the release date has any legitimacy at this point.
As part of its ‘For Your Consideration’ campaign for the 2013 awards season, Walt Disney Studios today released the final draft of Kelly Marcel’s script for Saving Mr. Banks, a film which has already been garnering a string of accolades, particularly for Emma Thompson in the starring role of P.L. Travers.
The script, which is available on Disney’s For Your Consideration website, can be directly accessed here.