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Emma Thompson on Mike Nichols: 'He lifted us all up'

When Mike Nichols died yesterday at the age of 83, he left behind an immense legacy of work that will live forever, from his comedy routines with Elaine May to films like The Graduate and plays like The Odd Couple. But if the last 24 hours have proven anything, it’s that his true genius lay in his relationships with other people and his ability to make those around him feel special and alive. During his long career, Nichols worked with and mentored the most talented writers and actors of multiple generations, and the outpouring of genuine sadness and fond recollections has been truly stirring.

Emma Thompson worked with Nichols on several projects, including Primary Colors, Angels in America, Wit, and The Remains of the Day, which he produced. Her tribute to Nichols, below, captures more than just an artist, but a man who lived a wonderful life and shared it generously. READ FULL STORY

Emma Thompson on 'The Love Punch,' vulgarity, and fielding marriage proposals -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

To the best of my knowledge, Emma Thompson is the only Oscar-winning actress (and screenwriter) who’s ever said that extreme vulgarity in modern comedy is “just like watching somebody getting their dick out and putting it on someone’s shoulder.” (You only get to read it, but I had the pleasure of hearing it spoken aloud, as if by Jane Austen herself.)

In The Love Punch, Thompson and Pierce Brosnan play a long-divorced couple who begin to fall back in love with each other as they try to steal a diamond from the unscrupulous billionaire who sank their financial fortunes. Celia Imrei (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel) and Timothy Spall (Harry Potter) play their couple-friends who become their partners in crime. It’s an old-fashioned caper of a movie from writer/director Joel Hopkins (Last Chance Harvey), and while there is no pecker-on-shoulder contact, there’s one crazy turn after another as the four friends try to right a wrong.

In a slightly NSFW exclusive clip from the film, which opens in theaters on May 23, the ex-spouses decide that it’s time to fight fire with fire. And if that means they have to act like the Pink Panther diamond thief, so be it. Then, in a charming interview, Thompson discusses working with James Bond, marriages that go the distance, and the number of times men have asked to marry her. For the record, she’s already married to actor Greg Wise (Sense and Sensibility) — and my proposal did not count. READ FULL STORY

Casting Net: Anna Kendrick finds 'Mr. Right'; Plus, Nick Offerman, more

• Anna Kendrick (Pitch Perfect) will play a woman looking for love in the Max Landis-scripted Mr. Right. She thinks she may have found the one till she discovers that he’s a hit man…but, you know, a reformed one. His past catches up with him and suddenly both of their lives are in jeopardy. Sam Rockwell (The Way Way Back) has also joined the cast, but it was unclear from the report whether he is her Mr. Right. Paco Cabezas (Tokarev) will direct the pic, which is scheduled for a fall shoot. [Deadline] READ FULL STORY

'Saving Mr. Banks': See the deleted scene that explains everything -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

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Most deleted scenes are superfluous or rough edges that were sacrificed for a smoother narrative. It’s the rare deleted scene from a movie that captures the entire story in a single sequence, but that’s exactly what exists for Saving Mr. Banks. Walt Disney’s decades-long courtship of Mary Poppins author P.L. Travers to adapt her stories into the 1964 musical was belligerent and difficult, as Travers refused to sign over the rights for fear of seeing her heroine “cavorting and twinkling” like one of Disney’s cartoon creations. When Travers reluctantly travels to Los Angeles to meet Disney and his writers, they eventually — but barely — begin to win her over. Until she finds out about the dancing penguins.

Furious at the prospect of undignified animation, which Disney had specifically promised her would not be used, Travers (Emma Thompson) storms into Disney’s office, essentially calls him a liar, hands him the contract back — unsigned — and heads back to England. Disney ultimately follows her there for the climactic heart-to-heart… but there was another scene filmed that originally served as a bridge between these two crucial moments.

In the deleted scene, available on the Saving Mr. Banks Blu-ray, Disney (Tom Hanks) follows Travers outside, where she’s sitting on a bench waiting for her driver (Paul Giamatti) to take her home. Disney pleads for her to reconsider and help him understand why this process is so difficult for her. She chastises him again for his deception, and then blurts out, “The books weren’t written for the children. They were written for the promise breakers.”

Promise breakers, like Disney. Promise breakers, like Travers’ Aunt Ellie, who promised her everything would be okay when she came to help their crumbling family in the Australian Outback decades earlier. Promise breakers, like her beloved alcoholic father (Colin Farrell), who promised that he’d make his family proud again.

You can almost imagine the insightful scene was one of the first ones written — and the last one cut — because everything the audience needs to know is there. It captures everything. Perhaps that’s why it was nixed: the clues were ultimately deemed too concentrated in one place. Or perhaps the content and tension were too similar to the subsequent sit-down in London. Still, it’s a great scene that underscores Travers’ deep emotional attachment to her literary characters, and allows Thompson another opportunity to shine. Click below to watch: READ FULL STORY

'Love Punch' trailer: Watch Emma Thompson and Pierce Brosnan bicker -- VIDEO

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The sassy Emma Thompson and always-charming Pierce Brosnan star as a divorced couple  in The Love Punch. In the film, the two discover their retirement fund has been stolen so they take it into their own hands to get the money back. This leads to a trip to France together, where they enlist their friends to help them steal a diamond.

At one point in the trailer, a hotel desk clerk assumes the two are traveling together to see “if the flame still burns,” which Thompson adamantly denies. But later she tells Brosnan, “You’re much more likable these days,” as they lie on a bed together. Will they rekindle their romance, It’s Complicated-style? Will they try to rekindle their romance and end up realizing they’re still not right for each other, also It’s Complicated-style? We’ll have to wait until April 18, when the film hits theaters, to find out.

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Casting Net: Joseph Gordon-Levitt for 'Sandman'?; Plus, Emma Thompson, more

• Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Don Jon) is nearing a deal to produce a big screen adaptation of Sandman and is rumored to be in talks to direct and star in the comic book adaptation as the character Morpheus. David S. Goyer (The Dark Knight) is penning the adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s classic graphic novel for Warner Bros. Gordon-Levitt can be seen next in Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (out Aug. 22, 2014). [Deadline; BadassDigest]

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'Saving Mr. Banks' poster: Mary Poppins casts a long shadow

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And, evidently, so does Mickey Mouse.

This new poster for Disney’s Saving Mr. Banks literally illustrates the film’s central conflict: the struggle between Mary Poppins author P.L. Travers (Emma Thompson), who was firmly against the notion of turning her masterpiece into a feature film, and Walt Disney (Tom Hanks), who spent years trying to persuade her to change her mind. Spoiler alert: Disney won.

(Extra spoiler alert: Travers despised the Disney version of Poppins, especially its original songs and animated sequences; she agreed to let Cameron Mackintosh adapt it into a stage musical only if he promised to allow only English-born writers onto its creative team.)

The film premieres in limited release Dec. 13 and in wide release Dec. 20. Check out the trailer below.

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'Saving Mr. Banks' trailer: Tom Hanks is Walt Disney -- VIDEO

Most of us know the story of Mary Poppins — the magical nanny who had a voice of gold and a knack for made-up words. But does anyone know the story behind the magical film?

Saving Mr. Banks, starring Oscar winners Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson, aims to answer that question. Thompson plays P.L. Travers, the Australian-British writer who created the Mary Poppins series of novels. And Hanks? Well, he plays this random, little-known guy named Walt Disney who wants to adapt the novels. We all know what happened after.

Check out the trailer below:
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New 'Beautiful Creatures' trailer: Witchy women

Twilight is the gift that keeps on giving — for fans of paranormal teen novels, at least. Those who flood theaters to see Breaking Dawn — Part 2 will be treated to new trailers for two upcoming films based on beloved supernatural YA series: The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones and Beautiful Creatures. The latter follows 15-year-old Lena Duchannes (Alice Englert), a witch — sorry, “caster” — who is fated to become either good or evil on her 16th birthday. That destiny takes a back seat when Lena meets Ethan Wate (Alden Ehrenreich) — a dreamy normal kid determined to save his new love from her possibly dark future.

This new trailer reveals much more of the movie’s southern gothic plot, which was kept pretty opaque in the teaser released in September. It also introduces the rest of the film’s cast: an imposing stable of actors who look like they’re either taking this material fairly seriously (Jeremy Irons, Viola Davis) or having great fun with it (Emma Thompson, Emmy Rossum). Watch Lena and Ethan’s love story bloom as Thompson chews the scenery below:

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