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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
Angela Lansbury has joined the cast of Disney’s “Mary Poppins Returns,” starring Emily Blunt, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Meryl Streep. It is directed and produced by Rob Marshall and will be set in the 1930’s Depression-era London. Michael and Jane are now grown up. Michael (Ben Whishaw) lives with his three children and their housekeeper, but when he suffers a personal loss, enigmatic Nanny Mary Poppins (Blunt) re-enters their lives. The film is produced by Marshall, John DeLuca (“Chicago”) and Marc Platt (“La La Land”). The screenplay is by David Magee (“Life of Pi”) based on the “Mary Poppins” stories by P. »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
With the cast of Marvel and Freeform’s Cloak & Dagger TV series rapidly coming together, the two leads Aubrey Joseph (The Night Of) and Olivia Holt (Kickin’ It) – who are portraying Tyrone Johnson and Tandy Bowen – have shared a couple of images showing them together during a break in filming. They’re out of costume, but with the show not set to premiere until late in 2018, this may be the best we get for some time yet…
“Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger” is a coming-of-age series based on the beloved Marvel characters. Tandy Bowen and Tyrone Johnson come from starkly different backgrounds, each growing up with a secret they never dared share with another soul.
Once a privileged little girl, Tandy Bowen watched as her family was destroyed by a disastrous storm that uprooted her life. Now in her late teens, an unexpected encounter with a boy named Tyrone sparks a life changing event. »
- Gary Collinson
The Hollywood Reporter has learned that James Cromwell has joined the cast of Universal Pictures' upcoming Jurassic World sequel - a move that will reunite him with his former on-screen daughter Bryce Dallas Howard, who played the Gwen Stacy to his Captain Stacy in Sam Raimi's Spider-Man 3. Details about his Jurassic role and/or about the film's plot weren't provided. Cromwell is now the latest actor to join this ever-growing cast, following Toby Jones (Captain America: The First Avenger), Rafe Spall (Life of Pi), Justice Smith (The Get Down), Daniella Pineda (The Originals), and Ted Levine (Monk). They'll all join returning stars Chris Pratt (Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2), Bryce Dallas Howard (Black Mirror), and B.D. Wong (Gotham) for the next adventure in the land of the prehistoric. J.A. Bayona is helming (A Monster Calls, The Impossible) the highly anticipated project with a script from original Jurassic World scribes, »
When Ang Lee first approached Oscar-winning cinematographer John Toll (“Braveheart,” “Legends of the Fall,” “Cloud Atlas,” “Sense8”) with his ideas for “Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk,” Toll was somewhat skeptical. Lee felt the time was ripe for a quantum leap in filmmaking technology that would combine 4K resolution, 3D capture, and high frame rates. The undertaking would require innovation at every step, and stretch technology to the breaking point. Toll had little or no experience with 3D, but he respected Lee as a filmmaker, and the early tests piqued his interest.
“Movies haven’t changed for a long time, and I think we’re all dying for a change,” said Lee at Nab in 2016. “When I was a kid at the movies, I got excited and my blood pressure shot up. I want to be that person when I go to the theater now. With more information, it feels more human. »
- David Heuring
“The Jungle Book” demanded verisimilitude in its effects, but employed no real animals in photography, unlike “Life of Pi,” which employed its fantasy elements to dramatize the visual effects and a real tiger to cut alongside the digital.
VFX supervisor Rob Legato says despite the minimalistic sets (a small hill or a short walkway), the film was made as — and meant to look like — a live-action film. It was filmed over two years, after six months of prep; “The Jungle Book” team took the success of movies like “Life of Pi” and “Gravity” as proof that the dream was possible.
Technology, improved over half a decade, now better simulates — rather than imitates — real life. “The real weight of things, the turbulence of water — all that is not just animated from scratch,” Legato says. “There’s some mechanics involved. If you move one thing, it affects other things.”
The simulations are really what drive believability; Legato, »
- Dani Levy
Jones will oversee all creative development and business operations for the Los Angeles-based Vr studio. Blackthorn is known for the Vr series “The Abbot’s Book,” which was part of the 2016 Sundance film festival’s New Frontier program, and the fantasy film “Dragonflight,” featured at last year’s Tribeca film fest.
Michael Conelly, creative director and president of Blackthorn, said Jones’ background in the cable business would help the company expand its operations. Jones is the first to serve in the CEO spot at the company founded in 2014.
“The field is evolving quickly, but content remains king and Larry’s background in entertainment meshes perfectly with our vision for a Vr-first studio cultivating a library of cutting-edge, story-driven experiences that our audiences will literally step into in the coming years,” Conelly said.
Jones left TV Land »
- Cynthia Littleton
Late last month, Marvel announced that Aubrey Joseph (The Night Of, Run All Night) and Olivia Holt (Kickin’ It, Didn’t Do It) have secured the roles of Tyrone Johnson and Tandy Bowen in the Cloak & Dagger TV series, and now comes word that six more actors have joined the cast.
The official site reports that Andrea Roth (Rescue Me, Blue Bloods), Gloria Reuben (ER, Mr. Robot), Miles Mussenden (Bloodline, Queen Sugar), Carl Lundstedt (Grey’s Anatomy, Conviction), James Saito (Life of Pi, The Devil’s Advocate) and J.D. Evermore (True Detective, The Walking Dead) have all be cast in the Hulu series.
Reuben will play Tandy’s mother Melissa Bowen, “the eternal optimist despite the struggles to adapt to her new existence. While complex and emotionally composed, her love for her daughter burns bright”, with Johnson as Tyrone’s mother Adina Johnson, who “invests every aspect of her being »
- Gary Collinson
Six new series regulars have been announced for Marvel and Freeform's live-action adaptation of the Cloak & Dagger comic book. After a different pair of actors were initially rumored, a couple of weeks ago we found out that the heroes of light and darkness would actually be played by Aubrey Joseph and Olivia Holt, and now we have details on who'll be playing their parents as well as several other supporting characters. Here are the breakdowns via TV Insider: Andrea Roth (Rescue Me, Blue Bloods) as Melissa Bowen, Tandy's mom. Gloria Reuben (ER, Mr. Robot) as Adina Johnson, Tyrone's mother. Miles Mussenden (Bloodline, Queen Sugar) as Tyrone's father, Michael Johnson. Carl Lundstedt (Grey's Anatomy, Conviction) as Liam, a townie who operates as Tandy's partner in crime while moonlighting as her boyfriend. James Saito (Life of Pi) as Dr. Bernard Sanjo, an emotional cornerstone in Tyrone's life. J.D. Evermore (True Detective, The Walking Dead) as Detective Connors, »
Kristen Stewart says appearing in “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk,” provided a rare opportunity to work with director Ang Lee, who is noted for such films as 2012’s “The Life of Pi” and “Brokeback Mountain,” for which he won a Best Director Oscar. In fact, Stewart says she jumped at the part even though she has only three scenes in the wartime drama about a veteran’s return to his hometown. Stewart co-stars with lead actor Joe Alwyn, Garrett Hedlund, Vin Diesel, Steve Martin and Chris Tucker. ...Read More »
- Keith Girard
Ang Lee's latest film is an unconventional film being distributed, on the whole, in a very conventional way...
In the race to set forth the future of cinema through various technological advances, Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk feels like a major casualty. Once tipped for the Oscar race, the latest film from Ang Lee has bombed at the worldwide box office and been all but ignored by critics and awards bodies. This is partly due to complications in exhibiting the film in its intended format, because cinemas haven't adapted for this war drama as they did for major blockbusters of recent years.
Avatar successfully made the case for 3D, like the gift of fire from James Cameron to studio arsonists who post-converted every tentpole movie in sight, while Peter Jackson's Hobbit films were less successful in pioneering higher frame rates, inadvertently exposing the actors' make-up and making the audience dizzy. »
Variety is reporting that the cast of Universal Pictures' upcoming Jurassic World sequel has just added another key piece in Ted Levine, who is best known to audiences for his villainous turn as Buffalo Bill in 1991's Silence of the Lambs. Further details about his role and/or any hints about the film's plot are being kept under wraps. Levine is the latest new face to board the franchise, following Toby Jones (Captain America: The First Avenger), Rafe Spall (Life of Pi), Justice Smith (The Get Down), and Daniella Pineda (The Originals), who will all join returning stars Chris Pratt (Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2), Bryce Dallas Howard (Black Mirror), and B.D. Wong (Gotham). J.A. Bayona is directing (A Monster Calls, The Impossible) with a script from original Jurassic World helmer Colin Trevorrow and his writing partner Derek Connolly. Production has been slated to begin this Spring in England, »
The film, which stars Emily Blunt (“The Girl on the Train,” “Into the Woods”) and Emmy, Grammy and Tony Award winner Lin-Manuel Miranda (“Hamilton,” “Moana”) and is directed and produced by Oscar nominee, Emmy and DGA Award winner Rob Marshall (“Into the Woods,” “Chicago”), is scheduled for release December 25, 2018.
In addition, Dick Van Dyke plays Mr. Dawes Jr., the chairman of Fidelity Fiduciary Bank, which is now run by William Weatherall Wilkins (Firth).
- Melissa Thompson
The sequel to Disney's 1960s classic, Mary Poppins, is currently underway as filming has officially started. We already knew Emily Blunt was playing the titular role, along with Lin-Manuel Miranda as a co-star, but the rest of the stacked cast has been revealed with today's announcement. Come inside to learn more!
Frankly speaking, it's still a little odd to be writing about a sequel to Mary Poppins. It's not something I thought would ever happen, but lo and behold...Mary Poppins Returns already started filming. Today Disney brings the announcement for the start of production, giving us some more insight into the sequel's story as well as the impressive cast they've assembled.
“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, »
- email@example.com (Jordan Maison)
Production on Mary Poppins Returns, the all new sequel to Disney's 1964 film Mary Poppins, has commenced at Shepperton Studios. The film, which stars Golden Globe winner Emily Blunt (The Girl on the Train, Into the Woods) and Emmy, Grammy and Tony Award winner Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton, Moana) and is directed and produced by Oscar nominee, Emmy and DGA Award winner Rob Marshall (Into the Woods, Chicago), is scheduled for release December 25, 2018.
The film also stars Ben Whishaw (Spectre), Emily Mortimer (Hugo) and Julie Walters (Harry Potter films) with Colin Firth (The King's Speech) and Meryl Streep (Florence Foster Jenkins). In addition, Dick Van Dyke plays Mr. Dawes Jr., the chairman of Fidelity Fiduciary Bank, which is now run by William Weatherall Wilkins (Firth).
Author: Stefan Pape
One of the sub-plots in Ang Lee’s latest endeavour, the sharp, contemporary war satire Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, is a rather meta narrative of a Hollywood producer wanting to turn this story into a movie. They discuss the potential project, which would have starred Hilary Swank as the eponymous role, and it sounds rather tempting. Then as this production progresses, you can’t help but wish you were watching somebody else give it a go, as fans of the original Ben Fountain novel this film is based upon, may well be left wanting.
Billy Lynn (Joe Alwyn) is 19 years old, and returns home from the Middle East with his entire Bravo Squad – led by the uncompromising Dime (Garrett Hedlund) – to partake in a victory tour following their heroics on the battlefield, which happened to be caught on camera, as the group of young men »
- Stefan Pape
Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk review: Ang Lee goes all-in and take a huge gamble on this commanding, inventive and brave piece of modern filmmaking.
Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk review
It’s an understatement to say that Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk failed to ignite the box-office Stateside when it was released last year. A lot of that could have something to do with the timing, its anti-war message, or maybe director Ang Lee’s format of choice – the mind-bending 3D at 120 frames per second. More on that in a second.
Lee’s first film since the Oscar-winning Life Of Pi revolves around a day in the life of Billy Lynn and his fellow soldiers of Bravo Squad as they attend a Dallas Cowboys Thanksgiving Day football game after returning home from a tour of duty during the Iraq War. »
- Paul Heath
Author: Stefan Pape
Legendary filmmaker Ang Lee follows up Life of Pi and returns to the real world – and in quite striking fashion – with Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk. To mark the release of the film here in the UK, we caught up with the Taiwanese director.
Lee discusses with us why he opted to use 120 frames per second, and whether or not he will release another version of the film for cinemas not equipped to play the film as he intended. He also speaks about why he chose British newcomer Joe Alwyn to play the title role, and what it was like working with Kristen Stewart.
Finally, we asked if he attempted to reunite Destiny’s Child for the film (as a version of the band appears during the very halftime show this film is based upon) and finally we discussed his next project, Thriller In Manila – focusing »
- Stefan Pape
This past weekend, the American Society of Cinematographers awarded Greig Fraser for his contribution to Lion as last year’s greatest accomplishment in the field. Of course, his achievement was just a small sampling of the fantastic work from directors of photography, but it did give us a stronger hint at what may be the winner on Oscar night. Ahead of the ceremony, we have a new video compilation that honors all the past winners in the category at the Academy Awards
Created by Burger Fiction, it spans the stunning silent landmark Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans all the way up to the end of Emmanuel Lubezki‘s three-peat win for The Revenant. Aside from the advancements in color and aspect ration, it’s a thrill to see some of cinema’s most iconic shots side-by-side. However, the best way to experience the evolution of the craft is by »
- Jordan Raup
The inevitable occurred Saturday night as Damien Chazelle accepted the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for “La La Land” from last year’s winner, A.G. Inarritu. The DGA winner is usually a pretty certain match with the Oscar for the Best Director — the winner has not gone on to take the Academy Award only seven times. (The most recent example: in 2012 non-Oscar directing nominee Ben Affleck won the DGA Award for “Argo,” while Ang Lee won the Oscar for “Life of Pi.”)
Chazelle beat fellow first-time DGA and Oscar nominees Barry Jenkins (presented by his charming trio of stars in $1.5 million “Moonlight”), Kenneth Lonergan (introduced by “Manchester By the Sea” star Casey Affleck) and Denis Villeneuve (tributed by Amy Adams of “Arrival”).
“Film is a universal language,” Chazelle said, recalling how the French New Wave directors fell in love with Hollywood sans sub-titles. He also »
- Anne Thompson
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