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Billy Eichner has spent years terrifying and rewarding pedestrians on "Billy on the Street," which premieres its fourth season October 8 on TruTV. The gonzo game show sees Eichner approaching strangers in New York City with a microphone, forcing them to play pop culture-related games, and giving them minuscule amounts of money for their trouble. Occasionally he brings along celebrity guests like Will Ferrell, Amy Poehler (his costar on "Parks and Recreation"), Paul Rudd, Neil Patrick Harris, Lena Dunham, and -- during one incredible moment -- Michelle Obama and Big Bird. It's a show where anything can happen, but it usually boils down to intense yelling. We caught up with Eichner to discuss bringing on Tina Fey for the fourth season premiere, the art of mocking celebrities on Twitter, and whether his character on the Hulu series "Difficult People," created by his costar and frequent collaborator Julie Klausner, is basically just him with a different name. »
- Louis Virtel
Blunt is said to be the frontrunner for the role at Disney, although it is unclear whether she has yet been formally approached by the studio.
- Tom Beasley
Anytime someone wants a female actress who can kick ass in their movie, Emily Blunt's name always seems to end up on the shortlist. Blunt herself is well aware of the typecasting, telling Indiewire in a recent interview:
"We don't see women in these kind of roles. So I think as soon as you do a role like that, like Charlize [Theron] did or I did, or Rebecca [Ferguson]'s done - there's like four of us or something. And Jen[nifer] Lawrence.
So I feel like us four, we get talked about - and Angie, Angelina [Jolie Pitt]. So it's a list of like, four women who are going to be considered for those kind of roles. So I think that's why the rumors happen, because they're like, 'who else? Surely not another girl can wield a gun,' you know what I mean? 'A woman doing push-ups? There's only one who can do that. »
- Garth Franklin
Disney’s remake pledges a return to the source: Pl Travers’ stories. Travers hated the 1964 movie, but it was more faithful to her books than she realised
When I was growing up, I had access to two VHS videos. One was The Snowman, the classic adaption of the Raymond Briggs cartoon, and the other was Mary Poppins. (I’m talking about the mid-1980s, when this represented an extraordinary range of options on top of Britain’s four terrestrial TV channels.) As a result, I watched Poppins probably 3,000 times; I know it from the first spit-spot to the umbrella’s final squawk. It is thanks to this movie that I still misuse the word “amortize” and, in times of stress, can be unaccountably soothed by the phrase “Shipyards, the mercantile”.
I was, therefore, interested to read this week of a new Poppins movie in the works, to be directed by »
- Emma Brockes
Mary Poppins: Disney is developing a new version of Mary Poppins. Rob Marshall (Into the Woods) will direct; the story will take place some 20 years after the events depicted in the 1964 family musical and will draw from the same source, a series of books by P.L. Travers. Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman (Hairspray) will compose new songs; David Magee (Finding Neverland) will write the screenplay. The making of the 1964 movie, starring Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke, was the subject of 2013's Saving Mr. Banks. [EW.com] Doctor Strange: Rachel McAdams was first rumored for the female lead in Doctor Strange back in July, and now the actress says that she will indeed join what she described as a "kind of psychedelic Marvel comic" movie, though she did not...
- Peter Martin
Mary Poppins: Disney is developing a new version of Mary Poppins. Rob Marshall (Into the Woods) will direct; the story will take place some 20 years after the events depicted in the 1964 family musical and will draw from the same source, a series of books by P.L. Travers. Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman (Hairspray) will compose new songs; David Magee (Finding Neverland) will write the screenplay. The making of the 1964 movie, starring Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke, was the subject of 2013's...
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Given her well documented objection to anyone – and particularly Disney – adapting her stories into other media, we can’t imagine P.L. Travers, were she alive today, would be thrilled to learn that the Mouse House is returning to the Mary Poppins well. But it’s true: Into The Woods’ Rob Marshall is developing a new film about the character.According to Entertainment Weekly, the studio and filmmakers (including Marshall’s Woods collaborators John DeLuca and Mark Platt) have been working with the Travers estate and already have the backing of Poppins co-songwriter Richard Sherman. He won’t be providing the main music this time, however; that job falls to Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman. As for the source material? The team is sticking with Travers’ tales: the Poppins stories expand beyond the original tome across a book series that ran between 1934 and 1988; the 1964 original only drew from the first instalment. »
Not content with bringing a whole bunch of their animated movies to the screens in live-action form (Cinderella, the upcoming The Jungle Book, Maleficent etc), Disney are now looking to bring a new Mary Poppins film to screens. The new movie will be set 20 years after the original film, which starred Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke, and will directed by Rob Marshall (Chicago).
David Magee, who wrote the Academy Award winning Life Of Pi, and Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, will pen the screenplay for the new movie, which will use ideas from the Pl Travers novels, the last of which was published in 1988.
- Paul Heath
Walt Disney Pictures is teaming up with filmmaker Rob Marshall to develop a sequel to the studio's beloved 1964 classic Mary Poppins. Variety confirms that the story will be set 20 years after the film, using plot lines from author P.L. Travers' eight literary sequels, including the first follow-up Mary Poppins Comes Back. No specifics were given for the story, except that this sequel will follow the title character's furthering adventures with the Banks family.
The original Mary Poppins starred Julie Andrews as the title character, alongside Dick Van Dyke, David Tomlinson, Glynis Johns, Hermione Baddeley and Reta Shaw. Author P.L. Travers wrote eight Mary Poppins books, but it isn't known if this theatrical follow-up will be adapted from a specific story within those books, or if it will be an amalgam of those stories. P.L. Travers' literary sequels include Mary Poppins Comes Back (1935), Mary Poppins Opens the Door (1943), Mary Poppins »
In every job that must be done, there is an element of fun. For Disney executives whose job it is to dream up new versions of the company's classic films, "fun" looks like a new Mary Poppins musical from Rob Marshall, with Smash's Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman writing the songs. EW reports that the musical will be based on the later novels in P.L. Travers's Poppins series, but that the project is "decidedly not being developed as a sequel," whatever that means. Regardless, it looks like Tom Hanks was more convincing than we thought. »
- Nate Jones
See Also: Disney releases The Jungle Book teaser
The film will retain its London setting and will take place 20 years after the events of the classic 1964 musical, utilising stories from Pl Travers’ original series of children’s books.
Hopefully, a spoonful of Disney will help the remake go down.
- Tom Beasley
After the giant success of “Alice In Wonderland,” “Maleficent” and “Cinderella,” Disney are preparing to reboot everything—“Beauty & The Beast” and “The Jungle Book” are well into production, and everything from “Dumbo” and “Aladdin” are in the works to some degree or other. So it was only a matter of time before they got around to “Mary Poppins.” Read More: Disney Cracks The Whip, Nabs Rights To Future 'Indiana Jones' Films EW report that Disney are developing a new story featuring the magical nanny created by P.L. Travers, with “Chicago” and “Into The Woods” helmer Rob Marshall set to direct, and his producers on the latter project, John DeLuca and Marc Platt, backing him. “Life Of Pi” writer David Magee will pen the script, and “Hairspray”’s Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman will write songs for the project, which would be set in London in the 1930s, and pick up »
- Oliver Lyttelton
Practically perfect! More than 50 years after Julie Andrews gave fans a spoonful of sugar as the world’s most beloved nanny, Mary Poppins, Disney is reprising the iconic role in a new original live-action musical film, Entertainment Weekly reports. The film will be set 20 years after the original story’s Depression-era London, and will use some of author P.L. Travers’ original children’s books for the storyline. Into the Woods director Rob Marshall will spearhead the project with songwriting team Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman (Hairspray, Smash) composing original [...] »
"Mary Poppins" is coming back to the big screen: Disney is working on a new, original musical starring its classic magical nanny.
Entertainment Weekly reports that the film is already moving through the development stages, with director Rob Marshall ("Chicago," "Into the Woods") at the helm. Marshall will re-team with his "Into the Woods" producers John DeLuca and Marc Platt for the project, which is set to be a new musical adventure featuring the Poppins character -- and not a direct sequel to the famous 1964 version.
The new Poppins film will take place in Depression-era London, some 20 years after Disney's classic Mary Poppins, and will draw from existing Poppins tales in the rest of author P.L. Travers' 1934-1988 children's book series. The practically perfect 1964 screen adaptation starring Julie Andrews pulled its story primarily from the first installment in Travers' eight-book series; the new project (which is decidedly »
- Katie Roberts
There are different ways shows move from screen to stage, but the Broadway adaptation of the musical within the show “Smash” is a singular event. “Bombshell,” the musical bio of Marilyn Monroe, first introduced in the hit NBC TV show starring Megan Hilty, featured music from Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman (“Hairspray”). After a one-night-only performance on June 8 received a positive response from fans, a fully realized Broadway production is set to include choreographer Joshua Bergasse (“On the Town,” “Gigi”). Also attached to the project are “Smash” producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, as well as Steven Spielberg, executive producer for the TV version. No word yet as to whether or not Hilty, Katharine McPhee, Debra Messing, Jeremy Jordan, Anjelica Huston, or newly minted Tony winner Christian Borle (“Something Rotten”) will reprise their TV roles in the stage production. Inspired by this post? Check out our theater audition listings! »
Bombshell is becoming a real-life Smash. Universal announced Monday that due to the overwhelming response from the one-night only Bombshell benefit concert earlier in June, it is going to develop the show for the stage. NBC chair and musical lover Bob Greenblatt said, "Over the course of two seasons an entire ‘Bombshell’ score was written to service Smash storylines, and now that show will have a chance to stand on its own." Meaning: The fake drama to bring Bombshell to Broadway is a reality! Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, who were executive producers on the series, will be co-lyricists with Shaiman as the composer. Otherwise, Universal didn't make any firm commitments as to what shape Bombshell would take, and certainly didn't make any casting announcements, but we're crossing our fingers for the girl who wants it more. »
- E. Alex Jung
Oh, who are we kidding? That’s half the fun of the news that Universal Stage Productions has begun development on a stage musical version of Bombshell — the fictional Broadway show at the center of NBC’s two-season musical-within-a-musical drama Smash.
News of Bombshell‘s resurgence comes a week after a buzzy Actors Fund benefit featuring the show’s music that starred Smash cast members Hilty, »
Some very lucky Smash fans got the chance to fade in on a girl with a hunger for fame once more last night at the "Bombshell on Broadway" Smash reunion concert. Katharine McPhee, Megan Hilty, Debra Messing, Christian Borle, Will Chase, Jaime Cepero, Jeremy Jordan, Leslie Odom Jr. and more of the show's cast reunited to perform all of the songs from the fake Marilyn Monroe musical that was at the center of NBC's short-lived Smash. Those songs included "Let Me Be Your Star," "Don't Forget Me," "Cut, Print...Moving On" and "They Just Keep Moving the Line." The cast, assembled by executive producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, and the men behind the music, Marc Shaiman and Scott »
'Sleepless in Seattle': Meg Ryan 'Sleepless in Seattle' review: Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks in an affair to forget In Krzysztof Kieslowski's Three Colors: Red, the last installment of his "Three Colors" trilogy, the word "magic" is never bandied about. No need to. Magic is just about everywhere in that lyrical tale about love and fate. On the other hand, the word "magic" seems to crop up every other minute in writer-director Nora Ephron's Sleepless in Seattle. Ephron and fellow Oscar-nominated screenwriters Jeff Arch and David S. Ward (plus an uncredited Delia Ephron) were apparently trying to create screen magic through the power of suggestion. If you repeat it often enough... Following in the footsteps of Claude Lelouch's 1974 hit And Now My Love, with added touches borrowed from Leo McCarey's 1957 romance classic An Affair to Remember (itself a remake of McCarey's own 1939 Love Affair), Nora Ephron »
- Andre Soares
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