‘Saving Mr. Banks’ to Open AFI Fest 2013

 Walt Disney (Tom Hanks) confronts P.L. Travers (Emma Thompson) Ph: François Duhamel ©Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Disney announced today that Saving Mr. Banks has been chosen to open AFI FEST 2013, presented by Audi, on Thursday, November 7. The film, which will have its North American premiere at the festival, stars Academy Award®-winning actress Emma Thompson and Academy Award®-winner Tom Hanks, both of whom will be in attendance at the Opening Night Gala, along with director John Lee Hancock and other stars from the film.

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‘Saving Mr. Banks’ New Hi-Res Still

 Walt Disney (Tom Hanks) confronts P.L. Travers (Emma Thompson) Ph: François Duhamel ©Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Walt Disney Studios has provided us with a new hi-res still from its upcoming feature, Saving Mr. Banks, which has been added to our gallery of images from the film below.

When Walt Disney’s daughters begged him to make a movie of their favorite book, P.L. Travers’ Mary Poppins, he made them a promise — one that he didn’t realize would take 20 years to keep. In his quest to obtain the rights, Walt comes up against a curmudgeonly, uncompromising writer who has absolutely no intention of letting her beloved magical nanny get mauled by the Hollywood machine. But, as the books stop selling and money grows short, Travers reluctantly agrees to go to Los Angeles to hear Disney’s plans for the adaptation.

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‘Mary Poppins’ Blu-Ray New Bonus Features Detailed; ‘Saving Mr. Banks’ Sneak Peek

'Mary Poppins: 50th Anniversary' on Blu-rayWe have been provided with some additional details on the new bonus features that will support on the 50th Anniversary edition of Mary Poppins as it makes its Blu-ray debut on December 10, 2013 (now available for pre-order).

Mary-OKE will highlight popular music from the film, specifically ‘Spoon Full of Sugar,’ ‘Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious,’ ‘Step In Time,’ ‘Chim Chim Cher-ee’ and allows viewer to sing-along to animated words that display onscreen in unique ways.

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D23 Expo: Treasures of the Walt Disney Studio Archives Photo Tour

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Disney D23 Presents the Treasures of the Walt Disney Studio Archives is easily one of the most popular attractions during the biennial D23 Expo, arguably second only to the star-studded arena presentations, and this year is sure to be no different.

Although smaller than last year’s presentation, by focusing on timeless properties such as Disney’s oft-foray into the world of L. Frank Baum’s Oz and the 1964 classic Mary Poppins, the archives team has managed to produce a solid sampling of fascinating objects that span decades film and parks history.

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‘Mary Poppins: 50th Anniversary Edition’ on Blu-ray in December

'Mary Poppins: 50th Anniversary Edition' on Blu-ray‘Winds in the east, mist coming in… like something is brewing and about to begin. Can’t put me finger on what lies in store, but I fear what’s to happen all happened before.’

Except that what will be in store hasn’t happened before — at least not like this. On December 10, 2013, Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment will release the beloved 1964 classic, Mary Poppins, on Blu-ray for the first time ever. That would place its release just a few days before Saving Mr. Banks opens in limited release on December 13 and on the same day its soundtrack, with music composed by Thomas Newman, is slated to be released.

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‘What I Likes’ ‘Mary Poppins’ Video Remix by Pogo

Australian video remix artist Nick Bertke (aka Pogo) has just released his latest Disney collaboration, ‘What I Likes’ featuring audio and video from the Walt Disney classic, Mary Poppins, featuring Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke. You can find the video embedded below.

‘What I Likes’ comes as Mary Poppins is about to celebrate its 50th anniversary and as Disney is preparing to release a film based on the actual events that lead to its production, Saving Mr. Banks in which Walt Disney attempts to court author P.L. Travers in his quest to turn her stories into a film.

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‘Saving Mr. Banks’ Theatrical Poster

'Saving Mr. Banks' PosterThe Walt Disney Parks official blog today revealed the theatrical poster for Disney’s upcoming film, Saving Mr. Banks which opens in theaters limited release on December 13, 2013, followed by a wide release on December 20.

We also recently shared the news that Amazon.com has begun taking pre-orders for the two-disc deluxe soundtrack for the film, scored by Thomas Newman.

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‘Saving Mr. Banks’ Soundtrack by Thomas Newman Available December 10

Walt Disney (Tom Hanks) shows Disneyland to "Mary Poppins" author P.L. Travers (Emma Thompson) in Disney's "Saving Mr. Banks," releasing in U.S. theaters limited on December 13, 2013 and wide on December 20, 2013. Ph: François Duhamel ©Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.Ahead of any official announcement and without many details, Amazon.com has begun listing the official original motion picture soundtrack to Disney’s Saving Mr. Banks for a release date of December 10. The film is slated to open in limited release beginning December 13 with a wide release, a week later on December 20. Composed by Thomas Newman, the Saving Mr. Banks soundtrack, deluxe edition, consists of two CDs and is now available for pre-order.

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D23 Expo: Additional Panels; Harrods’ Princess Dresses Come Stateside

A stunning display of exclusive gowns inspired by Disney’s iconic Princesses will make their U.S. debut at the D23 Expo inside the Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives exhibit. These handcrafted designs by world-leading designers will be available for viewing each day of the event, August 9–11 at the Anaheim Convention Center. Included are works inspired by the individual stories of the Disney Princesses by Ralph & Russo (Tiana), Versace (Cinderella), Elie Saab (Aurora), Marchesa (Ariel), Escada (Jasmine), Missoni (Mulan), Roberto Cavalli (Pocahontas), Jenny Packham (Rapunzel), Valentino (Belle), and Oscar de la Renta (Snow White). The stunning dresses were first showcased in an ultra-glamorous set of window displays at Harrods, the luxury store in Knightsbridge, London, during the 2012 holiday season.

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WATCH: ‘Saving Mr. Banks’ Official Trailer featuring Tom Hanks as Walt Disney

Walt Disney (Tom Hanks) shows Disneyland to "Mary Poppins" author P.L. Travers (Emma Thompson) in Disney's "Saving Mr. Banks," releasing in U.S. theaters limited on December 13, 2013 and wide on December 20, 2013. Ph: François Duhamel ©Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.Walt Disney Studios has just released its first official trailer for Saving Mr. Banks, the account of Walt Disney’s twenty-year pursuit of the film rights to P.L. Travers’ popular novel, Mary Poppins, and the testy partnership the upbeat filmmaker develops with the uptight author during the project’s pre-production in 1961. You can watch it embedded below.

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