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The 25 greatest movies about making movies

Mark Harrison May 19, 2017

From the currently playing Their Finest to the likes of Bowfinger and Boogie Nights, we salute the movies about making movies...

If you haven't caught up yet, Their Finest is currently playing in UK cinemas and it's a gorgeous little love letter to perseverance through storytelling, set against the backdrop of a film production office at the British Ministry of Information during the Second World War. Based on Lissa Evans' novel, Gemma Arterton and Bill Nighy play characters whose access to the film industry has been contingent on the global crisis that takes other young men away from such trifling matters, and it's a real joy to watch.

Among other things, the film got us thinking about other films about making films. We're not talking about documentaries, even though Hearts Of Darkness, the documentary about the making of Apocalypse Now, may be the greatest film about
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25 films all but guaranteed to cheer you up

Joe Richards Mar 24, 2017

Need to find a bit of movie happiness? Here are 25 films that might just do the trick...

Let's face it, we could all probably do with a little bit of cheering up right about now. Times are scary and times are tough, so it's perfectly natural to look for some kind of reassurance that everything will indeed be all right in the end.

Film is perhaps one of the most powerful and effective tools in doing this. It can be a transportative experience, an escape from reality, and, most importantly, it can act as a reminder of all that is good in the world.

With that in mind, here’s a list of 25 movies that are almost-guaranteed to make you smile and restore your faith in humanity...

City Lights

In truth, any of Charlie Chaplin’s films are perfect for those times when you just need to smile.
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Debbie Reynolds: Her 11 Best Musical Moments on Screen and on Stage

Debbie Reynolds: Her 11 Best Musical Moments on Screen and on Stage
Debbie Reynolds, who died on Wednesday at the age of 84, was one of the last icons of Hollywood’s Golden Age.

Throughout her nearly seven decade career, Reynolds made a name for herself as a triple-threat singer, dancer, and actor — with roles in big-screen MGM musicals and Broadway shows. She was also chart-topping recording artist and dynamic live performer, who toured the country for years as a night club entertainer.

Music was an inescapable part of Reynolds career. Here are 11 of her best musical moments.

“Aba Daba Honeymoon” (1950)

Arthur Fields and Walter Donovan’s “Aba Daba Honeymoon” was first recorded
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Dick Van Dyke to Appear in ‘Mary Poppins’ Sequel

Dick Van Dyke to Appear in ‘Mary Poppins’ Sequel
Dick Van Dyke will appear in the upcoming “Mary Poppins” sequel, Disney confirmed on Tuesday.

The veteran actor played both the chimney sweep, Bert, and the bank chairman Mr. Dawes Senior in the 1964 original, starring opposite Julie Andrews.

The film won five Oscars in 1965 including a best original song awards for “Chim Chim Cher-ee,” performed by Dyke in the movie. The song was penned by dynamic duo Richard M. and Robert B. Sherman, otherwise known as the Sherman Brothers.
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Exclusive: Dick Van Dyke Opens Up About Joining 'Mary Poppins' Sequel: 'I Gotta Be a Part of It'

Exclusive: Dick Van Dyke Opens Up About Joining 'Mary Poppins' Sequel: 'I Gotta Be a Part of It'
Dick Van Dyke is headed back to the magical world of Mary Poppins!

The 91-year-old actor recently sat down with Et where he revealed that he's got a cameo role in the upcoming Mary Poppins reboot!

"I'll be going to London in the spring to do my role, and I get to do a little song and dance number," Van Dyke explained. "I gotta be a part of it."

News: Dick Van Dyke Sings at a Denny's and Makes Everyone's Day

The iconic comic, who famously played the chimney sweep/street artist/one-man-band Bert, also played the elderly, bearded bank manager Mr. Dawes in the 1964 original.

This time around, though, Van Dyke said the filmmakers were looking for him to play the role of the banker's son, and he joked that it would be an easier role to take on.

"This time there's no four hours in the makeup chair, I grew into
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‘The Jungle Book’ Composer John Debney Discusses Percussive Sound, Fantasound Inspiration And Family’s Disney Legacy

‘The Jungle Book’ Composer John Debney Discusses Percussive Sound, Fantasound Inspiration And Family’s Disney Legacy
An Oscar nominee for Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ, composer John Debney found in Jon Favreau's The Jungle Book the fruition of a very personal family legacy. The son of Disney Studios producer Louis Debney, John is among the few who can claim vivid personal memories of Walt Disney himself—not to mention the Sherman Brothers, the legendary songwriting duo behind the original animated Jungle Book and many Disney classics. Speaking with Deadline, Debney recalls his…
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Doctor Who: The Best Episode from each NuWho Doctor

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Author: Reuben Roper

Doctor Who. Love it or hate it, it’s a massive part of British culture. There can’t really a person in England who doesn’t know the terms Tardis, Dalek, or Sonic Screwdriver.

As the Doctor and Ace walked into the sunset in 1989’s Survival, little did anyone know that the series was soon to be cancelled, possibly gone forever.

Luckily, in 2005, much loved writer Russell T Davies revived the show for the 21st century. This separated Who into two categories – Classic Who, and NuWho.

So, to count down to the Christmas special, here is my review of each NuWho Doctor’s best episodes.

Christopher Eccleston (2005)Best Episode: Dalek – By Robert Sherman

This fantastic episode revived The Daleks, not seen on screen for seventeen years. Big Finish writer Robert Sherman wrote this fantastic tale explaining the Time War and how The Time Lords and The Daleks were both destroyed,
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Theatre Review: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (UK Tour)

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang tour review: An evening of magic and make believe of fifty years ago with the technology of today.

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang tour review, Katey Thompson, November 2016.



The musical Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is based on the story that Ian Fleming (of James Bond fame) wrote for his son. A tale of a magical flying car and its adventures with two children and their father.

This extravagant production does not disappoint from beginning to end with the upbeat music of the Sherman brothers. The fabulous choreography by Stephen Mear is enchanting from the opening scene to the finale. The staging is simple but changes effectively from a garage, to a windmill, to seaside, to the kingdom of Vulgaria, travelling from grand-prix to stormy seas, and cloudless skies, by means of the simple but highly effective use of a video backdrop. This all added to the magical
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‘Mary Poppins Returns’ Details Revealed By Lin-Manuel Miranda

‘Mary Poppins Returns’ Details Revealed By Lin-Manuel Miranda
When it was announced that Chicago director Rob Marshall would be helming a reboot of Mary Poppins, I wasn’t interested. Don’t get me wrong; I like the original Walt Disney adaptation quite a bit, but for me what makes the film is the music by the Sherman Brothers. And I was very skeptical that they […]

The post ‘Mary Poppins Returns’ Details Revealed By Lin-Manuel Miranda appeared first on /Film.
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Floyd Norman: An Animated Life – Review

So, in the mood for another feature-length doc on the “mouse house”? I’m referring to Mickey’s home base, the cartoon factory that is the Walt Disney Studios. It’s comprehensive archives have provided terrific stories in recent years, all informative and very entertaining. Let’s see, there’s Walt & El Grupo, about the Ww II South American trip. And The Boys: The Sherman Brothers’ Story spotlighting that song-writing duo. Oh, and Waking Sleeping Beauty, which focuses on the late 1980’s revitalization of the feature animation department, is a must see. Only a few weeks ago, audiences were moved by the story of the Suskind family in Life, Animated. Now, here’s another terrific addition to that revered roster. The talented directing team of Michael Fiore and Erik Sharkley introduce us to a fascinating man well known to the world of cartooning, but now the general public will meet
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Will "Loving" Help June 12th Become a Holiday?

On this day in history as it relates to the movies...

1916 Disaster epic super producer Irwin Allen is born. (More on him this afternoon)

1919 Stage legend Uta Hagen is born. Though she only ever makes three movies, she originates Tony winning roles on stage that later win Oscars for movie stars (The Country Girl and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?). Also the co-author of "Respect for Acting" and a reknowned acting teacher with 70s legends Pacino & De Niro as students

1928 Oscar winning composer Richard M Sherman (of Sherman Brothers fame) is born. Jason Schwartzman plays him in Saving Mr Banks (2013) about the making of Mary Poppins (1964)

1942 Anne Frank receives a diary for her 13th birthday. She does not live much longer during the horrific events of The Holocaust but The Diary of Anne Frank becomes a key text of the 20th century. The George Stevens film adaptation (of the Pulitzer winning play of the same name by the screenwriters) released in 1959 receives 8 nominations including Best Picture and takes home three Oscars

1946 Oscar-nominated costume designer Maurizio Millenotti is born in Italy. Credits include: Otello, Hamlet (1990 version), Malèna, The Passion of the Christ and Federico Fellini's And the Ship Sails On.

1962 Three bank robbers escape from Alcatraz. The story becomes the Clint Eastwood picture Escape From Alcatraz (1979)

← 1967 The Supreme Court strikes down anti-miscenegation laws banning interracial marriage in the Loving v Virginia case. This year's Oscar hopeful Loving (2016), starring Ruth Negga and Joel Edgerton tells the Loving story. There's also a movement to make June 12th, "Loving Day," an official Us holiday for celebrating multiracial families. Sadly the movie isn't opening today for this anniversary so we'll have to wait months to see it. Perhaps the 50th anniversary next year, after the story is more widely known with the movie, will help add momentum.

1985 Dave Franco is born

1992 Housesitter with Steve Martin, Goldie Hawn and Dana Delany hits theaters

2010 Slow burning hit "Bulletproof" peaks on the Us charts nearly a year after its release. Two years later Beca deploys it to fuck up Aubrey's stale act in Pitch Perfect (2012)
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Why We'll Never Forget Robert Mapplethorpe

Robert Mapplethorpe decided he was an important artist long before he was even making important art. Growing up in 1950s Queens, New York, he escaped to art school in Brooklyn, searching for a way to transform himself. He was the outcast who took drugs and dressed weird, until he found his path to stardom. That ambition shines through in the new HBO documentary, Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures. Directed by Randy Barbato and Fenton Bailey — the producers of RuPaul's Drag Race who have also examined oddballs and outliers in documentaries such as Party Monster,
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Scarlett Johansson, Lupita Nyong’o And Idris Elba Featured In Character Images From Jon Favreau’s The Jungle Book

Photo by: Sarah Dunn. ©2016 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Brand new special shoot images featuring the cast of Disney’s The Jungle Book have been released.

Featuring Idris Elba, Scarlett Johansson, Lupita Nyong’o, Sir Ben Kingsley, Christopher Walken and Giancarlo Esposito, each image pairs the actor with their onscreen character, as well as quotes from the actors.

Voiced by Idris Elba, Shere Khan bears the scars of man, which fuel his hatred of humans. Convinced that Mowgli poses a threat, the bengal tiger is determined to rid the jungle of the man-cub. “Shere Khan reigns with fear,” says Elba. “He terrorizes everyone he encounters because he comes from a place of fear.”

Kaa is a massive python who uses her voice and hypnotic gaze to entrance Mowgli. The man-cub can’t resist her captivating embrace. “Kaa seduces and entraps Mowgli with her storytelling,” says Scarlett Johansson. “She’s
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Lin-Manuel Miranda joining 'Mary Poppins 2' seems practically perfect in every way

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Lin-Manuel Miranda joining 'Mary Poppins 2' seems practically perfect in every way
When you're talking about Hollywood songwriting history, Robert B. Sherman and Richard M. Sherman are as close to royalty as you get. Just walking through any Disney park on the planet, you are surrounded almost continuously by their music, whether it's the omnipresent "It's A Small World" or the fiendishly infectious "The Tiki, Tiki, Tiki Room" or the songs from the various films they contributed to like "I Wanna Be Like You" or "Trust In Me" from The Jungle Book. By far, though, their most lasting and memorable contributions to the Disney legacy came with their work on Mary Poppins. "Feed The Birds." "Chim Chim Cher-ee." "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious." "A Spoonful Of Sugar." "Jolly Holiday." "I Love To Laugh." "Stay Awake." Even some of the lesser-known tracks like "Sister Suffragette" or "The Life I Lead" or "The Perfect Nanny" are just perfect. And as I wrote in my Film Nerd 2.0 piece on Mary Poppins,
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'Mary Poppins 2' Wants 'Hamilton' Creator Lin-Manuel Miranda

'Mary Poppins 2' Wants 'Hamilton' Creator Lin-Manuel Miranda
Disney's Mary Poppins sequel is moving forward in the right direction, with Emily Blunt entering talks to play the magical nanny last week. Today, Variety has word that Lin-Manuel Miranda, the star and creator of the hit Broadway sensation Hamilton, has engaged in talks with the studio to play Jack. This character is said to be a lamplighter, who resembles Dick Van Dyke's character Bert from the original Mary Poppins.

This new Mary Poppins project will be set in the 1930s, 20 years after the events of the original movie, in Depression-Era London. The plot follows the adult Michael Banks, who now has children of his own. When his big sister Jane returns to town, after falling on hard times, their beloved Mary Poppins comes back to help. The story will be pulled from author P.L. Travers' eight literary sequels, including the first follow-up Mary Poppins Comes Back, but
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'Mary Poppins 2' Wants Emily Blunt as the Magical Nanny

'Mary Poppins 2' Wants Emily Blunt as the Magical Nanny
Back in September, Disney announced they were moving forward on a Mary Poppins sequel, that will take place roughly 20 years after the events of the original movie, set in the 1930s. We haven't heard anything about the project since then, but today we have word from The Hollywood Reporter that Emily Blunt is in talks to star as the title character. The actress' name surfaced as a potential candidate to play Mary Poppins in September, but now negotiations are officially under way.

The story will be pulled from author P.L. Travers' eight literary sequels, including the first follow-up Mary Poppins Comes Back. The first Mary Poppins movie was released in 1964, starring Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke, with the story set in 1910. This new report reveals that the sequel is set in Depression-era London, following the adult Michael Banks, who now has children of his own. When his big sister Jane returns to town,
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Why wasn't the best movie trailer of Super Bowl Sunday shown on TV?

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Why wasn't the best movie trailer of Super Bowl Sunday shown on TV?
To be honest, it feels like the studios just don't care anymore. There was a time starting in the late '90s where each year, the Super Bowl trailers were bigger and more amazing. The studios really pulled out all the stops to try to dazzle this gigantic captive audience, and this Sunday, on what should have been the biggest Super Bowl show of all time, everything felt perfunctory. Phoned in. Just one more commercial or trailer or spot. I liked the Jason Bourne spot. "When the world is at war, we need the perfect weapon" seems like a pretty good line to reintroduce Matt Damon's superspy to the franchise that was as much a showcase for Paul Greengrass as it was for Damon. Having the two of them back makes this one of this summer's biggest events as far as I'm concerned. The commercial itself was fine. Didn't knock me out.
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Richard M. Sherman Talks Writing Mary Poppins Songs In New Academy Originals Episode

Composer Richard Sherman attends Mary Poppins 50th Anniversary Commemoration Screening at AFI Fest at Tcl Chinese Theatre on November 9, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by John Sciulli/WireImage)

In 2013, Disney’s celebrated the 50th anniversary of one of its best loved films – Mary Poppins. Starring Dick Van Dyke and Julie Andrews, in her Academy-Award winning role, the movie featured iconic toe-tapping songs including “A Spoonful of Sugar” and “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious,”

In the latest episode of The Academy’s on-going series, “The Story of Writing Songs for Mary Poppins,” features Academy Award-winning composer Richard M. Sherman. In the episode, he recounts the experience of working with his brother Robert B. Sherman to create the beloved songs featured in the film Mary Poppins.

He shares anecdotes of his interactions with Julie Andrews and Walt Disney, as well as the creative process behind writing the songs “A Spoonful of Sugar” and “Feed the Birds.”

Mary Poppins,
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Best Witches In Movies

The Witch Queen’ in The Last Witch Hunter.

The Witch: I’m not a witch, I’m not a witch!

Sir Bedevere: But you are dressed as one!

The Witch: *They* dressed me up like this!

Crowd: We didn’t! We didn’t…

The Witch: And this isn’t my nose. It’s a false one.

Sir Bedevere: [lifts up her false nose] Well?

Peasant 1: Well, we did do the nose.

Sir Bedevere: The nose?

Peasant 1: And the hat, but she is a witch!

Crowd: Yeah! Burn her! Burn her!

Monty Python and the Holy Grail

Throughout history, witches have always gotten a bad rap. The Salem Witch Trials proved that.

Things didn’t improve with the birth of cinema. Filmmakers have had a magical time telling the tales of sorcery, magical powers and witchcraft.

Good or bad, funny or downright scary, their stories have fascinated moviegoers and these burnt offerings show no signs of slowing down.
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Jason Manford, Lee Mead and Martin Kemp lead cast in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang tour

The fantastic Chitty Chitty Bang Bang musical will hit the road again in 2016, and it has been confirmed this morning that the show will feature a new, all-star cast.

Caractacus Potts will be played by Jason Manford (The Producers, Sweeney Todd) from 10 February until 24 April, and he will return to the show from 5 October 2016. Lee Mead (Casualty, Legally Blonde, Joseph and The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat) will play Caractacus Potts from 4 May until 18 September 2016.

Martin Kemp (EastEnders, The Krays) will play the Childcatcher until 24 April 2016, and Amy Griffiths (Everyman, Stephen Ward, The Pajama Game) will play Truly Scrumptious.

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang will also feature Phill Jupitus (The Producers, Hairspray) as Lord Scrumptious/Baron Bomburst until 24 April 2016, Michelle Collins (EastEnders, Coronation Street) as Baroness Bomburst, and Andy Hockley (The Phantom Of The Opera) as Grandpa Potts.

Ewen Cummins plays The Toymaker/Mr Coggins, with Sam Harrison as Boris and Scott Paige as Goran,
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