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They came via hyperdrive and warp speed, and even by New Jersey Transit, these devotees of Stars both Trek and Wars to mix with the high-rolling, arts-underwriting swells at a benefit performance for the Montclair Film Festival. But mostly, these disciples of sci-fi's top-shelf franchises made a pilgrimage to the Garden State to watch Stephen Colbert host a two-hour "celebrity nerd-off" with director J.J. Abrams, just three-and-a-half weeks before the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens. If you listened closely on Saturday night, you could hear a million-ish »
Todd Haynes first got wind of the fact that someone was hoping to make a film of Carol, Patricia Highsmith’s lesbian love story of 1952, from his friend and long-term collaborator, the “insatiably brilliant” Oscar-winning costume designer, Sandy Powell. It was 2012, and the two of them were appearing at a 10th anniversary screening of Far from Heaven – Haynes’s lush homage to the 50s melodramas of Douglas Sirk – at a New York museum. “She told me she’d been doing all these guy movies,” he recalls. “Then she said: ‘But there is a frock film coming up: it’s an adaptation of The Price of Salt [the original title of Highsmith’s novel] and Cate [Blanchett] is attached.’ It sounded right up my alley.”
Haynes, busy with other things, »
- Rachel Cooke
The process of excitement for us filmgoers is normally the same. We hear about a film in development that appeals to us, especially if it’s the next entry in a popular franchise, and then we patiently wait for, or perhaps anxiously anticipate all that comes next: director, screenwriter and casting announcements, set photos and promotional artwork, a release date and the highly revered trailer. We think about so many factors leading into a film’s production, exponentially raising our level of enthusiasm for something that has yet to be released. One thing we don’t think about as much as we should, however, is how much the film costs to make.
We know that movies aren’t cheap for the studios, but perhaps we don’t think about total cost as much because things like trailers, or prior knowledge of a franchise, give us something of an approximation that will tell us, »
- William Penix
“Really, I would say that it was the first movie I saw, when I was 3 years old —"Mary Poppins"— that set in motion a kind of obsessive relationship to the big screen” said director Todd Haynes in 2013. And next week, the culmination of that obsession, and the latest addition to an increasingly impressive, coherent corpus of work, opens in limited release. “Carol,” starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara (our dazzled Cannes review is here), is a film of such shimmering, heartfelt loveliness and consummate craft that it’s hard not to see it as a creative apex for Haynes. Certainly, with the awards talk it has been generating, the uniformly rapturous critical response, and a sense of its accessibility to a wider theatrical audience than he has ever reached before, it’s tempting to look at “Carol” as the Rome toward which all the roads of Haynes’ career leads. However, »
- Jessica Kiang
The dramatic use of actors playing multiple characters is a bold and rather theatrical device that has its ups and downs. It goes at least as far back as Captain Hook being played by the same actor who plays the Darling children's father in stage productions of Peter Pan, a technique largely adopted in film adaptations of the story, too (hello to Jason Isaacs).
It's used a lot in cinema too. Done well, it's impressive, but when it's bad, it's Jack & Jill. Whether used in comedy or drama or outright horror, there are countless examples of actors delivering terrific performances in more than one role at once, and that's before we even get past Cloud Atlas. Still, we've had a go at totting up 25 of the best. »
Feast your ears on 13 new re-imagined versions of iconic Disney songs like “Colors of the Wind”, “Let It Go”, and “Zero to Hero”. These and more are all part of Disney's newest album titled “We Love Disney”, which features an array of current artists, ranging from pop star Ariana Grande to rockers Fall Out Boy. “We Love Disney” was released on October 30, 2015 and takes listeners on a journey down memory lane through some of Disney's most beloved songs. Some of them sound similar to the originals, but many have been remixed or done in radically new styles. The “We Love Disney” complete track list includes: 1. “Friend Like Me” from “Aladdin” - Performed by Ne-Yo This track brings the dazzling world of the Genie into the swigging jazz age. Ne-Yo sizzles with a crooning vocal that is complimented by a driving big band, muffled jazz trumpets, and an upbeat snapping tempo. »
- Lauren Gallaway
The Modern Ocean is about the competition for valuable shipping routes and the search for priceless material, as bitter rivalries take vengeance on one another in the battle of the ocean floor.
There's no word yet on when The Modern Ocean will go into production or release in cinemas.
Lauren Conrad - whose wedding photos are Pinterest gold, even a year later - is a huge inspiration when it comes to Halloween costumes; not only does she always have cute and original ideas, but she also swears by DIYing her designs each year. She's dressed up as Minnie Mouse, Mary Poppins, and even the Twitter bird, so in honor of Lauren's crafty costume ideas, we've rounded up her outfits from Halloween. Scroll through now to glean some inspiration from Lauren's looks over the years, and check out more celebrity costumes from stars like Kim Kardashian and Heidi Klum. »
- Brittney Stephens
And while Danny’s still away helping his dad in this week’s episode, available today on Hulu, his ma steps in to help care for Leo.
“She’s great at taking care of the kid, doing the house,” Rhea Perlman, who makes her first Season 4 appearance in the episode, tells TVLine. “But, you know, Annette is Annette. She’s gonna get under your skin — especially if you’re Mindy. »
We have the first look at the brand new production of Mary Poppins, which kciks off in Bristol this next week, before going on a UK and Ireland tour in 2016.
The musical plays at the Bristol Hippodrome from Thursday 29 October, before flying on to Dublin, Manchester, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Southampton, Norwich, Plymouth and Newcastle throughout 2015/16.
Starring Zizi Strallen as Mary Poppins and Matt Lee as Bert, the magical story of the world’s favourite Nanny arriving on Cherry Tree Lane has been triumphantly and spectacularly brought to the stage with dazzling choreography, incredible effects and unforgettable songs. The stage version of Mary Poppins is brilliantly adapted from the wonderful stories by Pl Travers and the beloved Walt Disney film.
The stage production of Mary Poppins is co-created by Cameron Mackintosh and has a book by Oscar-winning screenwriter and “Downton Abbey” creator, Julian Fellowes. It has a timeless score by Richard M »
- Paul Heath
Welcome to Princess Ariel's world, Jessie J! The British singer is the latest musician to cover "Part of Your World" from Walt Disney Animation's 1989 classic The Little Mermaid. The song appears on the compilation album We Love Disney, out Oct. 30. It also includes contributions by Ne-Yo (Aladdin's "Friend Like Me"), Kacey Musgraves (Mary Poppins' "Spoonful of Sugar"), Fall Out Boy (The Jungle Book's "I Wan'na Be Like You [The Monkey Song]") and Rascal Flatts and Lucy Hale (Frozen's "Let It Go"). "I selected 'Part of Your World' from Little Mermaid because when I was little, I always loved this song," Jessie J said of choosing the »
It wasn't too long ago that fans of the 1964 classic Disney musical Mary Poppins started forming lynch mobs when speculation broke out on the internet that a reboot was imminent. Well, fear not Poppinites, because director Rob Marshall assures us that his pending project is no remake, but rather an extension of the original. Marshall explained to Vulture that his take on the Mary Poppins character has nothing to do with the original, with the exception that it features the same characters and exists in the same universe. That is to say, it will be based on the book series by P.L. Travers, just like its predecessor was. Marshall expanded on the new film's plan in the following statement: P.L. Travers wrote eight books all together. They worked from the first book, and we are working from the other books, not touching the iconic brilliance of Mary Poppins. »
As Disney continues its remaking expeditions, we're hearing the Mary Poppins revamp will actually be a sequel of sorts, not a refreshed look at the 1964 classic.
"Pl Travers wrote eight books all together," he continued. "They worked from the first book, and we are working from the other books, not touching the iconic brilliance of Mary Poppins.
"This is an extension. I'm a huge fan of the original, and I'm a very good friend of Julie Andrews, and I hold it in such awe.
"There is all this new material - it was the Harry Potter of its time - and they were never turned into anything further than that adventure."
And a "good friendship" with Julie Andrews could mean we see her appear in the new film.
Marshall added: "She is a very dear friend, »
We know that Disney is working on a new live-action "Mary Poppins" movie, the big question though has been what exactly is it. Is it a remake, a prequel or a sequel?
The film's director Rob Marshall this week claims that it's none of those things, telling Vulture at the National Arts Awards this week that this is definitely not a remake. He explains that this version will be set in 1934, when the original book was published, and will pull most of its material from the subsequent books in the series:
"It is not a new Mary Poppins. P.L. Travers wrote eight books all together. They worked from the first book, and we are working from the other books, not touching the iconic brilliance of Mary Poppins.
This is an extension. I'm a huge fan of the original, and I'm a very good friend of Julie Andrews, and I hold it in such awe. »
- Garth Franklin
It's been a few weeks now since it was revealed that Disney was working on a live action sequel to Mary Poppins. Rob Marshall, the director of Into The Woods, Chicago and, er, Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides is the man tasked with bringing the new film to the screen. And he's been talking for the first time about what we can expect.
Basically: not a remake, for a start.
In conversation with Vulture, Marshall said that "it is not a new Mary Poppins", and that "[author] P L Travers wrote eight books altogether. They worked from the first book, and we are working from the other books, not touching the iconic brilliance of Mary Poppins".
"This is an extension", he added. "I »
It was late last month when we brought you the news that Disney and Into The Woods director Rob Marshall were moving forward with a new Mary Poppins film, and even now, we’re struggling to shake off our lingering apprehensions.
Said to be set a full 20 years after the wondrous events of the 1964 classic, the House of Mouse offered precious few details on whether the modern tale would reboot the original, act as a remake, or spin off the story of the titular English nanny. Fast forward to today and Marshall himself has shed some light on the subject at hand.
Speaking with Vulture, the director noted that upon taking up the mantle to bring P.L. Travers’ iconic character back to the big screen, he considers his creative venture as more of an extension to the existing lore, as opposed to an out-and-out remake.
“It is not a new Mary Poppins… »
- Michael Briers
"It is not a new Mary Poppins," Marshall told Vulture last night at the National Arts Awards about his upcoming Disney musical about the iconic nanny. Instead, Marshall's project will be set in 1934, when the original P.L. Travers books were written, and draw from the other books about the iconic nanny. "P.L. Travers wrote eight books all together. They worked from the first book, and we are working from the other books, not touching the iconic brilliance of Mary Poppins. This is an extension. I'm a huge fan of the original, and I'm a very good friend of Julie Andrews, and I hold it in such awe," he said. "There is all this new material — it was the Harry Potter of its time — and they were never turned into anything further than that adventure."Marshall would love for Julie Andrews, who played the nanny with a bagful of tricks, to »
- Katie Van Syckle
If you are of a certain age, your knowledge of the Suffragette movement could be related to that song about it in Disney’s Mary Poppins, but now a lot of people are going to have their eyes opened with this sincere and engrossing movie that looks at the battle for the right of women to vote and forge equality with men. Suffragette is a smartly written and directed film that examines the grit and personal sacrifice that went into something most people take for granted. But… »
This is a reprint of our review from the 2015 Telluride Film Festival. If only Carey Mulligan had been inspired to protest for the right to a better script for "Suffragette," an overly schematic look at the struggle for women’s voting rights in 1910s Britain that almost gets by on the strength of a great slow burn of a lead performance. As much as the movie wants to overplay its hand at virtually every turn, Mulligan just as surely undersells the transformations that her initially mousy laundry worker undergoes on the way to suffragette city. She deserves a vehicle that’s worthier of her nuance, but she’ll pick up a lot of women’s (and men’s) votes in early 2016 anyway. If your idea of the English suffrage movement was mostly informed by Mrs. Banks in "Mary Poppins," director Sarah Gavron and writer Abi Morgan want to give us »
- Chris Willman
The upcoming We Love Disney compilation album has gathered a cornucopia of musicians to cover the most cherished Disney tunes — everyone from Ariana Grande to Fall Out Boy to Jessi Ware has lent their vocal chops to the sing-along extravaganza, out October 30. The latest preview to the album comes from country darling Kacey Musgraves, who teaches us that the Mary Poppins staple "A Spoonful of Sugar" works really, really well when it's mixed with some good old-fashioned country twang, banjos, and fiddles. Consider us charmed. »
- Devon Ivie
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