Meryl Streep has blasted Walt Disney for being a "gender bigot."
The August: Osage County star hit out at the business magnate while speaking at the Hollywood Foreign Press Association gaga in New York City on Tuesday, where she was invited to honor Emma Thompson for her portrait of Mary Poppins' creator P.L. Travers in Saving Mr Banks.
"Not only is she not irascible, she's practically a saint. There's something so consoling about that old trope, but Emma makes you want to kill yourself, because she's a beautiful artist, she's a writer, she's a thinker, she's a living, acting conscience," Streep said of Thompson.
However, the 64-year-old actress used her nine-minute speech to throw in some subtle digs at Walt Disney, whom she branded a "hideous anti-Semite." According to Variety, Streep said, "Some of his associates reported that Walt Disney didn't really like women," before quoting animator Ward Kimball as saying, "He didn't trust women or cats."
Posted by Veronica Santiago Categories: 20th Century Fox, Disney, New Line, Action, Adaptation, Adventure, Animation, Documentary, Drama, Family, Horror, Music, Romance, Satire, Science Fiction, Sequels, Comedy, Home Entertainment, Lists, New Releases
Here are some of the DVD and Blu-ray options available this week:
- The Boys: The Sherman Brothers' Story: DVD
- Cairo Time: DVD, Blu-ray
- Fantasia/Fantasia 2000: DVD, Blu-ray
- Going the Distance: DVD, Blu-ray
- Knight and Day: DVD, Blu-ray
- Meet the Fockers: Blu-ray
- Meet the Parents: Blu-ray
- The Sorcerer's Apprentice: DVD, Blu-ray
- The Twilight Saga: Eclipse: DVD, Blu-ray **releases 12/4**
- Vampires Suck: DVD, Blu-ray
- Waking Sleeping Beauty: DVD
Make sure to also check out the TV-on-DVD options for this week.
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Not many people realize this, but Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is Disney‘s very first full-length animated motion picture. Some would say it is the most prized possession inside the Disney Vault, since one could argue that this movie not only pushed the still-young Disney studio well on its way to being the global powerhouse that it is today, but it also expanded and legitimized the art of animation. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is the first movie to be released as part of the Disney Platinum Series, which has been around for a while now. However, when it came time to get the Blu-ray treatment, Sleeping Beauty and Pinocchio were both released before Snow White, as Disney wanted to get this one just right. The result? The Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Diamond Edition Blu-ray set.
Is it worthy of the title? Journey with us as we dig deep into the Snow White Diamond Edition and find out.
Disney has just added 5,000 characters to its arsenal.
In a deal announced today, The Walt Disney Company says it intends to purchase comic book giant Marvel Entertainment. The acquisition is worth a whopping $4 billion.
“This transaction combines Marvel’s strong global brand and world-renowned library of characters including Iron Man, Spider-Man, X-Men, Captain America, Fantastic Four and Thor with Disney’s creative skills, unparalleled global portfolio of entertainment properties, and a business structure that maximizes the value of creative properties across multiple platforms and territories,” Robert A. Iger, Walt Disney Company’s President and CEO, said in a press release.
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Posted by Veronica Santiago Categories: Disney, IFC Films, Magnolia, Universal, Action, Adaptation, Adventure, Animation, Documentary, Drama, Family, Foreign, Independent, Political, Religious, Comedy, Sports, Lists, New Releases
Here are some possible suggestions for your upcoming weekend:
- WALL•E (G): starring Fred Willard, Jeff Garlin, Sigourney Weaver (directed by Andrew Stanton)
- Wanted (R): starring James McAvoy, Angelina Jolie, Morgan Freeman (directed by Timur Bekmambetov)
- Elsa & Fred* (PG): starring Manuel Alexandre, China Zorrilla, Blanca Portillo (directed by Marcos Carnevale)
- Finding Amanda* (R): starring Matthew Broderick, Maura Tierney, Brittany Snow (directed by Peter Tolan)
Warner Home Video - the last major studio to spread the love between both Blu-ray and HD DVD - has finally chosen to consolidate. Unfortunately, its a decision owners of the Toshiba system aren’t going to like. As of May 2008, high definition titles released by the company will be Blu-ray exclusive.
This a major blow for the HD DVD camp which is now fighting a lopsided battle. Although Paramount Studios (with Dreamworks) announced back in August that it was joining the underdog’s team, it is now only one of two major studios (Universal being the other) on that side of the fence. Meanwhile, owners of the Sony product have selections from Walt Disney, Sony, Fox and Lionsgate to choose from.
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Posted by Johnny Mercedes Categories: Buena Vista, Disney, Universal, Warner Bros, Action, Adaptation, Adventure, Animation, Short Films, Drama, Family, Foreign, Foreign Language, Period, Sequels, Comedy, Thrillers, Distribution, Home Entertainment, Lists, New Releases
Disney/Pixar’s quaint animated story about Remy the rat and his penchant for the culinary arts releases on Blu-ray this week, shortly after taking the US and UK by storm. And with no other major title to contend with (Chuck & Larry do not count), Ratatouille is sure to take high-def home entertainment by storm too.
Check the full list of high-def releases after the jump.
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