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Author: Zehra Phelan
Over the weekend, Disney made a couple of important cast announcements for both of their hotly anticipated offerings, The Lion King and Mary Poppins. Disney had already created a buzz with the announcement of these two remakes which has now skyrocketed for these re-imagined childhood favourites. The stakes are high for Disney, so only the best acting talents will do.
In the case you have been living under a rock of late, The Jungle Book director Jon Favreau will be taking the helm of the all new live-action reimaging from Disney, The Lion King. After the huge success of The Oscar-nominated The Jungle Book last year which saw critics and audiences salivating over the Favreau’s visually stunning production it was a complete no-brainer that he should be leading the pack.
We couldn’t be happier to hear the great »
- Zehra Phelan
Mary Poppins Returns is set in 1930s depression-era London (the time period of the original novels) and is drawn from the wealth of material in Pl Travers’ additional seven books. In the story, Michael (Whishaw) and Jane (Mortimer) are now grown up, with Michael, his three children and their housekeeper, Ellen (Walters), living on Cherry Tree Lane. After Michael suffers a personal loss, »
- Paul Heath
Lansbury, who has previously worked with Disney on Bedknobs and Broomsticks and Beauty and the Beast, is set to portray the Balloon Lady, a character “who wreaks helium havoc in the park during one of Mary Poppins’ outing with the Banks children.” The character was first introduced as the Balloon Woman in the second book of author P.L. Travers’ book series, Mary Poppins Comes Back.
Mary Poppins Returns is being directed by Rob Marshall (Into the Woods) and sees Emily Blunt (The Girl on the Train) taking on the title role alongside Ben Whishaw (Spectre), Emily Mortimer (Hugo), Julie Walters (Harry Potter), Colin Firth (The King’s Speech), Meryl Streep (Florence Foster Jenkins), Pixie Davies (Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children), Nathanael Saleh (Game of Thrones), Angela Lansbury (Murder, »
- Gary Collinson
The Berlinale has always had a reputation as a festival that takes its politics seriously, but this year the politics were bound to be a little more urgent than usual. This was, after all, the first A-list European festival to happen since the Trump inauguration. As competition jury member Diego Luna, the Mexican star of Rogue One, pointed out: “There’s no better place to send a message than Berlin” – a city that knows its fair share about the futility of walls.
The jury – headed by director Paul Verhoeven and including Maggie Gyllenhaal and artist Olafur Eliasson – may or may not choose the most political films in contention, but they will have noticed how many films seemed »
- Jonathan Romney
Mary Poppins Returns is positively brimming with talent. Emily Blunt takes on the titular role that Julie Andrews once played, while Lin-Manuel Miranda, Meryl Streep, Ben Whishaw, Emily Mortimer, Colin Firth, Julie Waters and Dick Van Dyke round out the ensemble. Now, they’ll be joined by another tremendous screen presence, as Angela Lansbury enters the newest live-action Disney sequel.
Five-time Tony winner Lansbury will play the Balloon Lady, who was originally featured in P.L. Travers’ novel. While it’s presumably a minor role, it definitely won’t be Lansbury’s introduction to Disney. She previously starred in Bedknobs and Broomsticks and also gave her voice to Mrs. Potts in the original 1992 Beauty and the Beast. She won’t reprise the role in the live-action adaptation, however. Those duties now belong to Emma Thompson. Oddly enough, Thompson played Travers in Disney’s Saving Mr. Banks. The studio likes to keep people in the family, »
- Will Ashton
Ensuring that no corner of its upcoming Mary Poppins Returns is devoid of whimsical old-school Britishness, Disney has announced that Angela Lansbury has been cast in the Emily Blunt-starring sequel. Lansbury—whose past Disney collaborations include Bedknobs And Broomsticks and Beauty And The Beast—will play the Balloon Lady, a beloved character from P.L. Travers’ original Mary Poppins books.
Lansbury joins a cast that includes Blunt as the supercalifragilisticexpialidocious nanny herself, along with Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ben Whishaw, Emily Mortimer, Julie Walters, Colin Firth, Meryl Streep, and a small appearance from the original films’ Dick Van Dyke. Set in Depression-era London, the film sees Poppins return to once again inject some joy into the lives of a now-adult Jane and Michael Banks, and is set for a Christmas 2018 release.
- William Hughes
17 February 2017 1:03 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Angela Lansbury, a veteran of Disney musicals both live-action (Bedknobs and Broomsticks) and animated (Beauty and the Beast), has joined the cast of Mary Poppins Returns, the currently filming sequel to 1964’s Mary Poppins, in which she’ll be featured as the Balloon Lady, a character who appeared in Pl Travers’ series of Mary Poppins children’s books.
The new film, scheduled for release by Disney on Dec. 25, is directed and produced by Rob Marshall and stars Emily Blunt, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ben Whishaw, Emily Mortimer and Julie Walters with Colin Firth and Meryl Streep. The film introduces three new Banks children, »
- Gregg Kilday
Angela Lansbury has joined the cast of Mary Poppins Returns, the all-new sequel to Disney’s 1964 film “Mary Poppins” currently filming at Shepperton Studios. She will feature as the Balloon Lady, a treasured character from Pl Travers’ series of Mary Poppins children’s books. The film is scheduled for release December 25, 2018.
A five-time Tony Award winner and the recipient of an honorary Academy Award, three Academy Award nominations and bestowed with numerous other accolades, Angela Lansbury’s career encompasses more than 70 years. She is a beloved member of the Disney family and starred in “Bedknobs and Broomsticks” and voiced Mrs. Potts in the animated classic “Beauty and the Beast.”
Her roles in film, television and theater range from “Gaslight,” “The Picture of Dorian Gray,” “The Manchurian Candidate” and “Death on the Nile” to “Murder, She Wrote,” “Mame,” “Blithe Spirit,” “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” and “Gypsy.”
- Melissa Thompson
The movie is currently filming at Shepperton Studios in London. Lansbury will portray the Balloon Lady, a character from P.L. Travers’ series of Mary Poppins children’s books. The film is scheduled for release Dec. 25, 2018.
Lansbury is a five-time Tony Award winner and has earned three Academy Award nominations. She’s starred in “Bedknobs and Broomsticks” and voiced Mrs. Potts in the animated “Beauty and the Beast.” Her notable roles include “Gaslight,” “The Picture of Dorian Gray,” “The Manchurian Candidate,” “Death on the Nile” and the TV series “Murder, She Wrote.” She has also appeared in “Mame,” “Blithe Spirit,” “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” and “Gypsy.”
- Dave McNary
Angela Lansbury, who has starred in a number of Disney films over her long career, has just joined the cast of Rob Marshall’s sequel Mary Poppins Returns, which is filming at Shepperton Studios. She will portray the Balloon Lady. The film is scheduled for release Christmas Day 2018. Directed and produced by Marshall, who directed Chicago to six Oscars including Best Picture, Mary Poppins Returns stars Emily Blunt, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ben Whishaw, Emily Mortimer and Julie… »
After winning numerous awards with his acclaimed hit The Lunchbox, director Ritesh Batra returns with his next feature film The Sense Of An Ending which releases in select theaters in the Us on March 10 and additional cities on March 17.
Academy Award® winner Jim Broadbent stars in this new film based on the Man Booker-winning novel by Julian Barnes along with a stellar cast that also includes Charlotte Rampling and Emily Mortimer. Tony Webster (Broadbent) leads a reclusive and quiet existence until long buried secrets from his past force him to face the flawed recollections of his younger self, the truth about his first love (Rampling) and the devastating consequences of decisions made a lifetime ago.
To give you an idea of the scope of this film check out the new trailer for The Sense Of An Ending
Recently named by Variety as one of 10 Directors to Watch, Ritesh Batra will »
- Stacey Yount
Author: Stefan Pape
Sally Potter returns to the silver screen with a wickedly fast-paced, endearingly transient comedy that, while unashamedly overstated, is grounded by its connections to modern British politics – making it all rather apt for this picture to thrive in its farcicality. The monochrome aesthetic may give this piece a timeless feel, but it seems like a particularly pertinent presentation of a nation who currently find their left wing politics in turmoil.
The film opens with Kristin Scott Thomas as Janet, pointing a gun at the camera. Rewind an hour or so, and we learn she’s the host of a dinner party, inviting friends round to celebrate her recent promotion to shadow health minister, and its a dinner party, we have already gathered, that is to eventually turn sour. Her husband Bill (Timothy Spall) is in a peculiar mood, not exactly one for conversation – but the arrival of »
- Stefan Pape
Take a trip down memory lane with new photos from CBS Films’ The Sense Of An Ending starring Academy Award winner Jim Broadbent, Harriet Walter, Michelle Dockery, and Emily Mortimer, alongside Charlotte Rampling. The new drama, directed by Ritesh Batra (The Lunchbox, Netflix’s Our Souls At Night), opens in select theaters March 10.
Read Variety’s review from the Palm Springs Intl. Film Festival Here.
Starring Academy Award winner Jim Broadbent (Iris, Gangs of New York, Moulin Rouge!), Harriet Walter (Babel, Atonement, Sense and Sensibility), Michelle Dockery (Babel, Atonement, Sense and Sensibility), Emily Mortimer (Shutter Island, Hugo, Lars and the Real Girl), Billy Howle (The Witness for the Prosecution, Cider with Rosie, Glue), Joe Alwyn (Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, Higher Education, Keepers), Freya Mavor (The Lady in the Car with Glasses and a Gun, Sunshine on Leith, Skins), Matthew Goode (The Imitation Game, Belle) and Charlotte Rampling (45 Years, »
- Michelle McCue
The Party review
It has been five years since Sally Potter’s last film, the very well received Ginger and Rosa. Her latest takes center stage at the Berlin Film Festival with a huge, if limited central cast. We open on Kristin Scott-Thomas’ Janet pointing a revolver directly at the camera, a monochrome image that sticks in your mind as we track slightly in time r to cover the events leading up to it. Janet is celebrating career glory, a newly-appointed role as a shadow-minister in parliament, a position that she has been working up to for decades. She’s having a small gathering to celebrate and has invited a few good friends over to to her home. Her phone is constantly ringing with messages of congratulations, »
- Paul Heath
Liberalism will eat itself! At least according to The Party, that is, and we’re not just speaking figuratively. Indeed, at one point in Sally Potter’s new film — a riotous, if undeniably stagey black-and-white mid-length feature — a central character (played by Kristen Scott Thomas) decides, however subconsciously, to chew her own arm instead of sensibly taking out her anger on her unfaithful husband. “But I don’t believe in revenge,” she cries out. You can tell even she is having a hard time believing it. This poor soul — the main host of the titular gathering – – has just learned that her husband, Bill (Timothy Spall), is not only dying of cancer, but has chosen to live out his remaining days with the younger woman with whom he has been having an affair for the previous two years.
The character’s name is Janet and the party is intended to be a celebration for her, »
- Rory O'Connor
It may have its uses in describing butter cookies and cat videos, but it’s fair to say that “short and sweet” is an over-applied compliment: Sometimes it’s better to be short and severely, cheek-shrivelingly sour. So it proves in “The Party,” a deliciously heightened, caviar-black comedy that sets up its brittle, bourgeois characters like bowling pins and gleefully knocks them down in 71 minutes flat. Slight and self-contained, it won’t go down in cinema history as anything but, perhaps, the most purely fun film ever made by peculiar British experimentalist Sally Potter. Still, this sketch of an ambitious Westminster politician and dinner-party hostess (Kristin Scott Thomas), whose life comes spectacularly apart before the canapés are even served, is a consummate drawing-room divertissement, played with relish by a dream ensemble. Notwithstanding a somewhat strained twist, it’s as slender, sharp and snappish as a wishbone; chic arthouse distributors should »
- Guy Lodge
A tepid farce that that combines the brevity of a one-act play with the lo-fi desperation of a student film, “The Party” is the kind of star-studded misfire that might only have made sense in the context of an artistic movement like Dogme 95, whose strict dictums could have explained its experimental zeal and excused its fundamental shabbiness. Of course, such formal recklessness is par for the course when it comes to the cinema of Sally Potter, a British dynamo whose work ranges from a radical adaptation of Virgina Woolf’s “Orlando” to an erotic Joan Allen drama that’s spoken entirely in iambic pentameter. But if the dazzling eccentricities of Potter’s previous films might help to prepare viewers for her latest trick, their intellectual rigor casts this new one in a strange and unflattering light. It’s different, yes, and made with conviction. But it also feels flimsy, hollow, »
- David Ehrlich
13 February 2017 6:12 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Sally Potter says her latest movie is a pared-down and more human alternative to Hollywood’s usual fare.
"It's kind of an antidote to massive budget films with millions of special effects and stuff, which in the end creates a kind of numbing effect: I want more, I want more, I want more," the British auteur said Monday at a press conference for The Party, ahead of its world premiere at the Berlin Film Festival.
- Etan Vlessing
Starting today at 7:30Am Et/4:30Am Pt, you can watch a live stream of the Berlinale press conference featuring the cast and crew of “The Party.” Filmmaker Sally Potter is expected to attend the conference, as well as cast members including Patricia Clarkson, Bruno Ganz, Cherry Jones, Emily Mortimer, Cillian Murphy, Kristin Scott Thomas and Timothy Spall.
Potter’s newest feature is premiering in competition at the Berlin International Film Festival.
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Per the film’s official synopsis, “Janet has just been appointed minister in the shadow cabinet – the crowning achievement of her political career. She and her husband Bill plan to celebrate this with a few close friends. The guests arrive at their home in London but the party takes an unexpected turn for the worse when Bill suddenly makes two explosive revelations that shock Janet »
- Kate Erbland
We’ve just received an official release from Disney that shooting has officially started on Mary Poppins Returns, the long-awaited sequel to the original classic.
Production has commenced at Shepperton Studios just outside of London. The film, which stars Golden Globe® winner Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda and is directed and produced by Oscar® nominee, Emmy® and DGA Award winner Rob Marshall, is scheduled for release in December 2018.
The film also stars: Ben Whishaw, Emily Mortimer and Julie Walters with Colin Firth and Meryl Streep. In addition, Dick Van Dyke plays Mr. Dawes Jr., the chairman of Fidelity Fiduciary Bank, which is now run by William Weatherall Wilkins (Firth).
Mary Poppins Returns is set in 1930s depression-era London (the time period of the original novels) and is drawn from the wealth of material in Pl Travers’ additional seven books. In the story, Michael (Whishaw) and Jane (Mortimer) are now grown up, »
- Paul Heath
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