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In the arena of law, it’s commonly known — and widely derided — that one can unfairly “win” any debate by using the so-called “Helen Lovejoy defence,” named after the self-righteous wife of the town reverend in “The Simpsons,” whose fallback argument on any issue amounts to the inarguable emotional plea, “Won’t somebody please think of the children!?” As it happens, British law has someone tasked with doing exactly that, and she is the subject of Richard Eyre’s beautifully complex “The Children Act,” adapted by Ian McEwan from his 2014 novel of the same name, which is itself christened after a 1989 U.K. law known as the Children Act, dedicated to the welfare of minors.
From the moment she awakens till her head hits the pillow at night, family court judge Fiona Maye does little more than think of the children, ruling on whether to separate conjoined “Siamese” twins with one case (a tricky decision, as »
- Peter Debruge
Once a writer’s greatest work has already been adapted enough times, the only thing left is to make a movie about their life instead. That’s why we’ve got movies about P.L. Travers, A.A. Milne, J.M. Barrie. The latest famous writer who uses initials instead of a name and is getting a movie about his life is J.R.R. Tolkien, with Deadline reporting that Nicholas Hoult is “in early talks” to play the Lord Of The Rings and Hobbit creator in a movie appropriately named Tolkien.
The film is set to be directed by Dome Karukoski from a script by David Gleeson and Stephen Beresford, and the Deadline story says it will examine “the formative years of the orphaned author” as he looks for “friendship, love, and artistic inspiration” alongside a “fellow group of outcasts.” Eventually, Tolkien and his friends must venture into the »
- Sam Barsanti
Disney has some incredible reboots in store, but one of the most highly anticipated has to be the upcoming sequel to Mary Poppins, Mary Poppins Returns. While nothing can top the original, the film has some incredible stars lined up, including cameos from the original cast! Not to mention, the production team certainly knows a thing or two about musical adaptations. Get all the details about the movie, as well as the release date, here. The Cast Emily Blunt will take on the coveted role of Mary Poppins, and Lin-Manuel Miranda will play a lamplighter named Jack. The film also stars Colin Firth, Meryl Streep, Ben Whishaw, Emily Mortimer, and Julie Walters. Dick Van Dyke (who played Bert in the original movie) will also make a special appearance as Mr. Dawes Jr., the chairman of Fidelity Fiduciary Bank. Pixie Davies, Nathanael Saleh, and Joel Dawson will play the three new Banks children. »
- Kelsie Gibson
Disney’s D23 Expo in Anaheim once again demonstrated its unrivaled franchise power through Marvel, Lucasfilm, Disney and Pixar, as well as the unique mining of its animated legacy. And, in highlighting its social relevance, the emphasis was on diversity and unity in conquering prejudice and hate.
On Friday, the Expo was ecstatic over the hilarious clip of Vanellope (Sarah Silverman) getting snarky with all of the Disney princesses in “Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2” (November 21, 2018) — the ultimate Mouse House strut. It was also refreshing to learn that Holly Hunter’s mom, Helen/Elastagirl, will be the star of Brad Bird’s “Incredibles 2” (June 15, 2018), picks up where the last one left off in 2004, with the Underminer (John Ratzenberger) wreaking havoc.
However, on Saturday, Disney wowed them with clips and behind-the-scene footage from “Mary Poppins Returns,” “A Wrinkle in Time,” Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” “Avengers: Infinity War,” and “The Lion King. »
- Bill Desowitz
15 July 2017 7:08 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Fans at D23 got a magical first look at Mary Poppins Returns.
The film takes place 25 years after the 1964 original. The children of Michael and Jane Banks are now adults, and have just experienced a personal loss. Poppins (Emily Blunt) and her lamplighter pal Jack (Lin-Manuel Miranda) must step in to help.
Director Rob Marshall and Blunt came out to show off the first teaser for the film, whch is both a sequel to the Julie Andrews classic and draws on the books of P.L. Travers' as well. The Disney Orchestra was onhand to play music from the film, »
- Aaron Couch,Carolyn Giardina
Next year, one of the most iconic characters in all of cinema is back on the big screen in Disney's highly-anticipated Mary Poppins Returns. We've already seen first look photos of both Emily Blunt as Mary Poppins and Lin-Manuel Miranda as the lamplighter Jack, but today we have even more new images, along with behind-the-scenes photos and concept art. We also have more details from director Rob Marshall, who teases how he brought Mary Poppins back to life.
Entertainment Weekly debuted its new cover for this week's print edition, which features Emily Blunt in full costume as Mary Poppins. The site also has new photos featuring Lin-Manuel Miranda as Jack, Pixie Davies as Annabel Banks, Joel Dawson as Georgie Banks, Nathanael Saleh as John Banks, Emily Mortimer as Jane Banks and Ben Whishaw as Michael Banks. There are also behind-the-scenes shots with Lin-Manuel Miranda, Emily Blunt, Pixie Davies, Nathanael Saleh, »
Who needs a Mary Poppins sequel? That was our mindset when it was announced that Disney would be revisiting the world created by its beloved adaptation of the P.L. Travers novel. It was an astounding musical that shaped the childhood of countless folks around the world. Along with many of Disney’s classics, this one was firmly in the realm of “why would you even bother?”
However, our tune changed a bit when it was revealed that Emily Blunt would be playing the titular nanny in Mary Poppins Returns, and that musical genius Lin-Manuel Miranda would also be joining the fun as a lamplighter. But, of course, a great cast isn’t a guarantee of great movie, and while spirits are high, we’ve had very little to see of the finished product thus far.
And let’s be real, why would we? The film is still well over a year from its October 2018 release, »
- Joseph Medina
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Mary Poppins Returns! Or rather, she will on December 25th, 2018, but Entertainment Weekly has returned from Cherry Tree Lane today bearing gifts – specifically, a slew of new photos for Disney and Rob Marshall’s magical follow-up.
It’s a sequel that’s been on the cards for a generation, and it’s really a testimony to the enduring legacy of P.L. Travers’ eight-book series that even now, more than 50 years after she first floated via umbrella onto the big screen, that Mary Poppins is still one of, if not the most renown nannies in cinema. Edge of Tomorrow actress Emily Blunt closed a deal to play Poppins more than a year ago after receiving the blessing of Julie Andrews, and up above you’ll see Blunt kitted out in period garb and floating over the cobbled streets of London. »
- Michael Briers
Mark Harrison May 19, 2017
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 »
As I've said before, I'm more than a bit iffy about this new Mary Poppin Returns film on principle, but can't deny that I've liked everything I've seen so far of it. Emily Blunt looks great, and I like that it's bringing in characters from P.L. Travers' other books (like Angela Lansbury as The Balloon Lady). Hell, even Dick Van Dyke is coming back! As a different... Read More »
- Damion Damaske
Colin Farrell is in negotiations to star in the live-action adaptation of the 1941 Disney classic “Dumbo,” which will be directed by Tim Burton. According to Deadline, if the deal goes through, Farrell will portray Holt, a widowed father of two, from Kentucky. In January, it was reported that Will Smith was in early talks to co-star in the film in what seems to be the same role. Eva Green and Danny Devito are also in negotiations to co-star in the project.
The live-action remake of “Dumbo” is written by Ehren Kruger, who is best known for writing “The Ring” (2002), as well as three of the films in the “Transformers” series: “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” (2009), “Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011), and “Transformers: Age of Extinction” (2014). Kruger is producing “Dumbo” alongside Justin Springer »
- Yoselin Acevedo
This article originally appeared on EW.com.
She’s practically perfect from every angle.
Disney has just released a dazzling first look at Mary Poppins Returns, the forthcoming sequel in which the titular nanny is played by the correspondingly magical Emily Blunt. The original follow-up to the cherished 1964 musical will arrive in theaters Dec. 25, 2018.
In this new image, we get just a taste of all the trappings that will help transform Blunt into the legendary caretaker — namely, a stunning peacock-cobalt ruffled coat and a deep rich bird-adorned pink hat, both instantly parallel to but distinctive from what Julie Andrews donned »
- Marc Snetiker
Jason from Mnpp here with a tidbit of movie news that hit over the weekend - it is official: after a few months of rumors the legendary Dame Angela Lansbury has joined the cast of Mary Poppins Returns, the sequel that Rob Marshall is currently directing with Emily Blunt stuffing her little feet into the great big sturdy shoes of Julie Andrews. The film will tackle elements drawn from the other seven books that Poppins author P.L. Travers (and tell me you don't immediately picture Emma Thompson when I say that name) wrote about the characters.
Lansbury is set to play "The Balloon Lady," and having never read the books I had to do some real digging to find out who the heck that supposedly "beloved" character was -- not even Wikipedia was any help. Thankfully Homorazzi knew what was up:
"Her character was introduced in Mary Poppins Comes Back, »
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 Mary Poppins sequel just added some Hollywood legend star power.
Original castmember Dick Van Dyke will also be in the film, which is set in 1930s London, the movie will draw from the wealth of material in author P.L. Travers' Mary Poppins series of books, which is where Lansbury comes in.
The 91-year-old actress will play the "Balloon Lady" in the movie, a beloved character from Travers' stories.
Filming for the movie is underway now, but we'll have time to take many spoonfuls of sugar while we wait for it to come out.
More: Emily Blunt and 'Hamilton' Superstar Lin-Manuel Miranda to Headline 'Mary Poppins' Sequel
Mary Poppins Returns is set »
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
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
Did Bad Boys 3 get delayed for nothing? It was rumored that the upcoming sequel, titled Bad Boys for Life, was in danger of being canceled altogether as Will Smith entered negotiations for a human role in Disney's live-action adaptation of its animated classic Dumbo. While Will Smith was never confirmed for that impending fairy tale adventure about a circus elephant with big ears, it was later announced that Bad Boys 3 was being bumped from January to November 2018. And that the previously planned Bad Boys 4 was being indefinitely delayed. Many speculated Dumbo was to blame, but that may not be the case.
Dumbo was announced as part of Disney's release slate last April. But has only recently started casting, with Tim Burton set to direct. Will Smith was reportedly in negotiations to star in the movie about the flying pachyderm. But it now appears that those talks have broken down, »
Disney has some incredible reboots in store, but one of the most highly anticipated has to be the upcoming sequel to Mary Poppins, Mary Poppins Returns. While nothing can top the original, the film certainly has some incredible stars lined up, including cameos from the original cast! Not to mention, the production team certainly knows a thing or two about musical adaptations. Get all the details about the movie, as well as the release date, here. The Cast Emily Blunt will take on the coveted role of Mary Poppins, and Lin-Manuel Miranda will play a lamplighter named Jack. The film also stars Colin Firth, Meryl Streep, Ben Whishaw, Emily Mortimer, and Julie Walters. Dick Van Dyke (who played Bert in the original movie) will also make a special appearance as Mr. Dawes Jr., the chairman of Fidelity Fiduciary Bank. Pixie Davies, Nathanael Saleh, and Joel Dawson will play the three new Banks children. »
- Kelsie Gibson
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