“Wind’s in the East, Mist coming in – like something is brewing, and ‘bout to begin…”

Words made famous throughout the world by the 1964 Walt Disney Company film Mary Poppins. We all know Mary Poppins – the classic, bright, and colorful musical starring Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke. But what’s seldom known is that before everyone’s favorite magical Nanny was brought to life by Julie Andrews, she was a character in the books of P.L. Travers – born “Helen Goff” – who based her characters and stories upon her own life.

Now, seventeen years after her death, The Walt Disney Company is trying to make amends for the way they treated Travers during the development of Mary Poppins – with the new biographical drama starring Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson, Saving Mr. Banks.

The film tells the story of the fight between Walt Disney (Hanks) and P.L. Travers (Thompson) over the film rights to her Mary Poppins books. Disney – saying that he is honoring a promise to his daughters – has, for twenty years, been wheedling at Travers to sign the rights to him. Refusing to prevent her “beloved” Mary Poppins from becoming a cheery and charming musical animated circus, Travers has held the line firmly against Disney from 1938 to 1961, when she is informed by her literary agent that she is – almost entirely – out of money, and must take Disney’s offer. Her agent notes that Disney seems very interested in making the adaptation – even having offered her control over the shooting script for the film, which is something – the agent says – Walt Disney has never done before.

Throughout the film, we are treated to flashbacks portraying Travers’ youth with her father – Travers Goff (Colin Farrell) – and her loving relationship with him. As the film progresses, it becomes obvious that the character of Mr. Banks in Mary Poppins is heavily based upon Travers’ own father; and she gets very defensive of the character – at one point exploding that Disney and his minions have made him “too cruel” and storming out of the studio. Travers wins out on that battle – approving an alternate ending to the film which features a new song by the Composer and Lyricist Sherman Brothers (Jason Schwatzman and B.J. Novak) entitled “Let’s go Fly a Kite,” centering around Mr. Banks’ redemption and fixing a damaged kite for his children.

On other battles, however, she loses – chiefly in her opposition to any and all animated sequences (at one point having believed that the famous dancing penguins from “Jolly Holiday” would be live penguins trained to dance).

One of the shining stars of the film, however, is Tom Hanks’ performance as Walt Disney. Charming and precocious, Hanks seems to leak the exuberance of Disney – having dedicated weeks of research into the man behind the mouse to perform the role with accuracy. Thompson also wows as Travers, packing an emotional punch in the final scene as she attends the Los Angeles premier of Mary Poppins – to which she was initially not invited – and is shown weeping as she watches the film.

In reality, they were tears of indignation and fury. In the film, they’re not described as such, but a scathing comment with regard to the dancing penguins betrays some hint of frustration.

Whether or not it was the Walt Disney Company’s intention, this biopic has shown that – while Disney himself may have possessed a charming and genial gentle side (which Hanks displays to great effectiveness in the film’s penultimate scenes) the film highlights Disney’s overt and complete disregard for Travers’ wishes, thus serving, mostly, as an illustratory film as to how the Walt Disney Company screwed over that one author – who hated the film so badly that she never forgave Disney – to make the film they wanted.

Saving Mr. Banks is now playing everywhere.

Netflix announces new Bill Nye the Science Guy talk show

BILL! BILL! BILL! BILL! BILL! BILL!

11:39 am EDT, August 31, 2016

Warm up those microscopes — Bill Nye is coming back to television thanks to Netflix!

Netflix has announced Bill Nye Saves the World, a new talk show slated for Spring 2017.

In a statement, Netflix says “each episode will tackle a topic from a scientific point of view, dispelling myths, and refuting anti-scientific claims that may be espoused by politicians, religious leaders or titans of industry.”

Read full article

Warm up those microscopes — Bill Nye is coming back to television thanks to Netflix!

Netflix has announced Bill Nye Saves the World, a new talk show slated for Spring 2017.

In a statement, Netflix says “each episode will tackle a topic from a scientific point of view, dispelling myths, and refuting anti-scientific claims that may be espoused by politicians, religious leaders or titans of industry.”

“Since the start of the Science Guy show, I’ve been on a mission to change the world by getting people everywhere excited about the fundamental ideas in science,” said Bill Nye in a press release.

“Today, I’m excited to be working with Netflix on a new show, where we’ll discuss the complex scientific issues facing us today, with episodes on vaccinations, genetically modified foods and climate change. With the right science and good writing, we’ll do our best to enlighten and entertain our audience. And, perhaps we’ll change the world a little.”

Netflix also promises that “In Bill’s unfiltered style, he will bring in special guests, conduct experiments and demonstrations, and ultimately let the facts lead the argument.”

Bill Nye is best known for Bill Nye the Science Guy, the half-hour PBS show that ran from 1993 through 1998.

The theme song is iconic. Science RULES!

The new Netflix series seems like a continuation of Bill Nye the Science Guy, so we’re very excited for the new show to launch in 2017.

Your wish is Marvel’s command. Fans have wanted to see a live-action Squirrel Girl adaptation, and it looks like it might actually happen thanks to New Warriors.

If you don’t know who Squirrel Girl is, do yourself a favor and look her up. Her name is Doreen Green and, shockingly, she can talk to squirrels. (Who would’ve guessed?) But it doesn’t stop there! She’s also got super strength and speed.

Fans have been fantasy casting the role for a while, but when Anna Kendrick said she wanted to play the character, the internet went wild.

Read full article

Your wish is Marvel’s command. Fans have wanted to see a live-action Squirrel Girl adaptation, and it looks like it might actually happen thanks to New Warriors.

If you don’t know who Squirrel Girl is, do yourself a favor and look her up. Her name is Doreen Green and, shockingly, she can talk to squirrels. (Who would’ve guessed?) But it doesn’t stop there! She’s also got super strength and speed.

Fans have been fantasy casting the role for a while, but when Anna Kendrick said she wanted to play the character, the internet went wild.

Shannon Purser has also declared her interest in the role. You’ll know her as Barb from Stranger Things, but she’s also just been added to Riverdale.

Before we can start casting, however, we need a show, and according to TV Line, that show is New Warriors.

Marvel and ABC Studios are currently shopping the project around, which would be a half-hour comedy based on the character. One of the tell-tale signs of a Squirrel Girl story line is its lighthearted and humorous nature, so this sounds like a perfect fit.

TV Line reports that the show is being described as “the junior version of The Avengers,” and that “the New Warriors are a superhero squad made up of teenagers.”

Marvel has, of course, brought plenty of its characters to the small screen and to great success. There’s even a chance that this project could be tied to some of the Netflix properties, as Doreen acts as a nanny to Luke Cage and Jessica Jones’ daughter, Danielle, in the comic books.

Just think about that crossover potential.

Are you looking forward to this ‘New Warriors’ show if it stars Squirrel Girl?

Shannon Purser plays fan-favorite character Barb on Stranger Things and now she’s joining a new project on The CW.

A lot of people instantly fell in love with Barb the moment she graced our screens in the Netflix hit series Stranger Things, and who can blame them? She was cool, confident, and not at all worried about what the popular kids thought of her.

Then the Demogorgon arrived. But that’s a tale for another day.

Read full article

Shannon Purser plays fan-favorite character Barb on Stranger Things and now she’s joining a new project on The CW.

A lot of people instantly fell in love with Barb the moment she graced our screens in the Netflix hit series Stranger Things, and who can blame them? She was cool, confident, and not at all worried about what the popular kids thought of her.

Then the Demogorgon arrived. But that’s a tale for another day.

EW is now reporting that Purser has joined Riverdale, the television show based on the Archie comics.

Purser will be portraying Ethel Muggs for at least three episodes.

Don’t expect her to follow in the footsteps of her comic book equivalent, however. Ethel may have a crush on Jughead in the source material, but EW is reporting that she’ll have her heart set on someone else.

Ethel will also be teaming up with Veronica and Betty as they set out to get revenge on Reggie Mantle, Archie’s nemesis.

In July, we brought you our thoughts on the Riverdale pilot after we saw it at San Diego Comic-Con. It’ll be premiering midseason next winter on the CW and provides a darker spin on the original Archie characters as they become wrapped up in a murder mystery.

Though the pilot has already been shot, the remaining 12 episodes have yet to be filmed. Production on the rest of the season will begin in early September, and the show is expected to premiere in early 2017, barring any complications.

Are you looking forward to seeing Shannon Purser on ‘Riverdale’?