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Emily Blunt on taking over from Julie Andrews for Mary Poppins Returns

Following her role in husband John Krasinski’s acclaimed horror A Quiet Place, Emily Blunt will next be seen taking on the iconic role of Mary Poppins in Disney’s upcoming sequel Mary Poppins Returns.

Speaking to Variety, the actress has been chatting about stepping into the shoes of Julie Andrews and what drew her to the film, which reunites her with her Into the Woods director Rob Marshall.

“Rob Marshall called me a couple of years ago and pitched it to me,” said Blunt. “The script hadn’t been written and they hadn’t written the songs, they were just crafting a narrative. He explained that this was much more in the same world as the books. It’s set in the ’30s during the Great Depression, which is when P.L. Travers wrote them. It was the idea of having a darker backdrop in which hope could reappear from the skies.
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Rupert Everett as Oscar Wilde in Full UK Trailer for 'The Happy Prince'

"I can make you happy." "Yes, you can." Lionsgate UK has released the trailer for Rupert Everett's film The Happy Prince, which he not only wrote and directed (and produced), but he also stars in it. Everett plays the infamous, talented writer Oscar Wilde, who was exiled from London at the end of the 1800s after it was discovered that he is gay. He spends most of his time in Paris, drunkenly making a fool of himself. The film's cast includes Colin Firth, Emily Watson, Colin Morgan, Edwin Thomas, Tom Wilkinson, and Anna Chancellor. This premiered at Sundance and played at Berlinale, but unfortunately it's an awful film, not only forgettable but the kind of film you want to scrub from your memory as soon as it's over. So boring and the filmmaking is very bad. I do not recommend this unless you're a really big Oscar Wilde fan.
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Tom Courtenay: 'I've done my best work since I was diagnosed with prostate cancer'

The veteran actor used to be so insecure about his work that he ‘couldn’t bear looking back’. Now, he says, everything has changed

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Over coffee and biscuits in a Soho hotel, the actor who played Billy Liar is showing me a picture of his dog on his iPhone. If this was not weird enough, Tom Courtenay then points out that Stanley, his seven-year-old pointer, is gazing longingly at Colin Firth on a Sunday supplement cover. “We did a film together … me and Colin, that is,” 81-year-old Courtenay explains with a wink. “Extremely unsuccessful but very enjoyable; we laughed all the time. So we now have a running joke on these things,” he says, wiggling his phone, “which is nice. I also sent him another where Stanley was deciding between him or Dustin Hoffman.”

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First trailer for Rupert Everett’s directorial debut The Happy Prince

Lionsgate has debuted the first poster and trailer for Rupert Everett’s feature debut The Happy Prince. The biographical drama stars Everett as author, poet, and playwright Oscar Wilde alongside Colin Firth, Colin Morgan, Edwin Thomas, Emily Watson, and Tom Wilkinson; take a look below…

In a cheap Parisian hotel room Oscar Wilde lies on his death bed and the past floods back, transporting him to other times and places. Was he once the most famous man in London? The artist crucified by a society that once worshiped him? The lover imprisoned and freed, yet still running towards ruin in the final chapter of his life? Under the microscope of death he reviews the failed attempt to reconcile with his long suffering wife Constance, the ensuing reprisal of his fatal love affair with Lord Alfred Douglas and the warmth and devotion of Robbie Ross who tried and failed to save him from himself.
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Rupert Everett’s The Happy Prince debuts its first trailer

Following on from its UK premiere at BFI Flare: London Lgbtq+ Film Festival, Rupert Everett’s The Happy Prince – which focuses on the final years of Oscar Wilde, and the ghosts that haunted him – has debuted its trailer.

Written, directed by and also starring Everett, British actors including Colin Firth, Emily Watson, Colin Morgan and Edwin Thomas (Endeavour) make up the cast.

Also in trailers – Elle Fanning is the woman behind Frankenstein in trailer for Mary Shelley

The film opens in the UK June 15th. Here’s the first trailer.

The Happy Prince Official Synopsis

The film opens in Paris, where Wilde, by now in his forties, penniless and in poor health, is still reeling after being imprisoned in England for his love affair with Lord Alfred ‘Bosie’ Douglas (Morgan). Out of prison but a pariah, Wilde swings between grief and a determination to wrest whatever pleasure and beauty he
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Trailer & Poster Arrive For Rupert Everett’s ‘The Happy Prince’

Lionsgate UK has released the new trailer and poster for Rupert Everett’s Oscar Wilde film The Happy Prince. The film arrives in cinemas this June after premiering at various film festivals to huge acclaim during the early part of the year. As well as the new trailer, we also have the new UK quad poster for the feature.

The film had its UK premiere on 28 March as part of the BFI Flare: London Lgbtq+ Film Festival, following world and European premieres at the Sundance and Berlin film festivals. The final years of Oscar Wilde, and the ghosts that haunted him, are vividly evoked in Everett’s directorial debut.

The film features a stellar supporting cast of British actors including Colin Firth, Emily Watson, Colin Morgan and Edwin Thomas (Endeavour).

Related: The Happy Prince review [Berlinale]

Building from his own 2012 lauded stage portrayal of Wilde in David Hare’s The Judas Kiss,
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Milos Forman Remembered by Larry Flynt, Judd Apatow and More: ‘Genius of Cinematography’

Milos Forman Remembered by Larry Flynt, Judd Apatow and More: ‘Genius of Cinematography’
Oscar-winning director Milos Forman — best known for “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” and “Amadeus” — passed away on Saturday at the age of 86, and the filmmaker was immediately championed on Twitter as the news spread.

Writer Larry Karaszewski, who worked with the director on “The People vs Larry Flynt,” said he will “miss his laughter.”
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The Top Five Colin Firth Movie Roles of His Career

Colin Firth has been kind of on a rollercoaster of success over the past several years when it comes to being noticed and then just lost in the shuffle it feels like. He’s a great actor but he’ll do something wonderful and then kind of lie back for a year or so. Then he’ll show up again in something appealing and then fade back. It could be that he doesn’t want to stress himself out doing too many movies or it could be that he doesn’t always find parts that make him stand out so much. I didn’t add in

The Top Five Colin Firth Movie Roles of His Career
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Milos Forman, Oscar-Winning Director of ‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,’ Dies at 86

Milos Forman, Oscar-Winning Director of ‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,’ Dies at 86
Czech-born director Milos Forman, who won best directing Oscars for “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” and “Amadeus,” has died. He was 86.

Forman died Friday in the U.S. after a brief illness, his wife, Martina, told the Czech news agency Ctk. She said that “his departure was calm, and he was surrounded the whole time by his family and his closest friends.”

Having made just one American film at the time, the ironic comedy “Taking Off” (1971), which won critical acclaim but failed to connect with audiences, Forman seemed an unlikely choice to direct the adaptation of Ken Kesey’s countercultural novel “Cuckoo’s Nest.”
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Helen Hunt Signs With UTA

Helen Hunt Signs With UTA
UTA has signed actress, writer, producer and director Helen Hunt.

Hunt’s expansive body of work includes projects spanning across film, theater and television. On the film side, Hunt will next star Netflix’s “Candy Jar” opposite Christina Hendricks and Uzo Aduba. Currently, she can be seen in theaters in the drama “The Miracle Season.”

Hunt has starred in countless iconic films, including “As Good As It Gets” opposite Jack Nicholson for which she won an Academy Award, Golden Globe and SAG Awards for her role. Her repertoire of classic features includes starring roles in “What Women Want,” “Castaway,” and “A Good Woman.”

Additionally, Hunt’s performance in “The Sessions” scored her nominations for an Academy Award, Golden Globe, SAG and BAFTA Awards and earned her an Independent Spirit Award for supporting actress.

On the television side, she was recently seen in the Fox drama “Shots Fired” alongside Sanaa Lathan,
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Oscar Winner Helen Hunt Signs With UTA

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United Talent Agency has signed actress, writer, producer and director Helen Hunt in all areas, the agency announced Thursday.

The Academy Award winner’s signing follows reports that she is seeking to reboot her star-making sitcom “Mad About You,” which is big business on the heels of Roseanne Barr’s resurrection. Hunt was previously repped by CAA for 25 years.

Hunt delivered an iconic performance in James L Brooks’ “Mad About You” and “As Good As It Gets” opposite Jack Nicholson for which she won an Academy Award, Golden Globe and SAG Awards for her role. Additionally, Hunt’s performance in “The Sessions” was nominated for an Academy Award, Golden Globe, SAG and BAFTA Awards and earned her an Independent Spirit Award for “Best Supporting Female.”

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Hunt will next star Netflix’s “Candy Jar” opposite Christina Hendricks and Uzo Aduba. Currently, she can be seen in theaters in the drama “The Miracle Season.”

Additionally, Hunt transitioned behind the camera into directing with the feature “Then She Found Me” which Hunt co-wrote, produced and starred in opposite Colin Firth, Matthew Broderick and Bette Midler. She additionally wrote, directed, produced and starred in the comedy film “Ride.” More recently, Hunt has directed episodes of Ryan Murphy’s “Feud: Bette and Joan,” CBS’s “Life In Pieces,” NBC’s “This Is Us,” Showtime’s “House Of Lies” and “Californication” as well as ABC’s “Revenge,” “Splitting Up Together” and “For the People.”

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BritBox Adds Feature to Change Accents: Get All The Details!

Do you like British TV?

We already told you about their service that has some of the best TV from across the pond, and now the streaming service is adding a game-changing new feature. 

That feature is Interp-Brit, and we think it's going to change the way you watch British television. It allows you to change the accent on all of the TV shows from the library. 

The reason for all of this is to allow viewers to understand every single word from some of their favorite British TV shows. 

That means you can listen to Benedict Cumberbatch, Rowan Atkinson, Colin Firth and Judi Dench with American accents in some of their most notable roles. 

Related: BritBox: A Streaming Service for the Die-Hard Brits Among Us

Per the official description of the exciting new feature:

"Switch from British to U.S. dialogue at the touch of a button. Every show
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The Cast of 'What a Girl Wants,' Then and Now

The Cast of 'What a Girl Wants,' Then and Now
It’s been 15 years since Daphne Reynolds (Amanda Bynes) had to learn to be a proper debutante in Warner Bros.' What a Girl Wants. The New York-based teen set off across the pond in order to meet and try to impress her estranged politician father (Colin Firth).

The teen comedy, based on a 1955 play called The Reluctant Debutante by William Douglas-Home, hit theaters on March 27, 2003, and earned Bynes a Kids' Choice Award in 2004 for favorite movie actress. Though Bynes hasn’t made a film in eight years, The Hollywood Reporter looks at what she and the rest of...
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Emily Blunt Says Tom Cruise Asked Her to Do the Sequel to ‘Edge of Tomorrow’ But She Was Busy Shooting ‘Mary Poppins’

Emily Blunt Says Tom Cruise Asked Her to Do the Sequel to ‘Edge of Tomorrow’ But She Was Busy Shooting ‘Mary Poppins’
Good things take time. Nearly 55 years after the original “Mary Poppins” dropped into theaters, care of Julie Andrews and her iconic umbrella, the film is finally getting a sequel, this one starring Emily Blunt as the eponymous nanny with a magical way of doing things. The film, “Mary Poppins Returns,” reteams Blunt with her “Into the Woods” director Rob Marshall, hinting that there will be no shortage of large-scale musical set pieces. Still, the biggest challenge for Blunt was the most obvious one: taking over such a beloved character, who also happened to be played by an equally as beloved actress.

“Rob Marshall sort of protected me from the idea that I felt like I was moving a boulder out of the way of this iconic role played by someone as iconic and as brilliant as Julie Andrews,” Blunt told IndieWire. “Ultimately, he allowed it to feel like an intimate
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'Crowhurst' Trailer: Thriller From Simon Rumley Details Sea-Voyage Mystery

'Crowhurst' Trailer: Thriller From Simon Rumley Details Sea-Voyage Mystery
The story of Donald Crowhurst has captivated folks ever since the amateur sailor died while competing in an around-the-world yacht race sponsored by the Sunday Times.

The real-life story follows family man and businessman Crowhurst, who, once he realized he was dangerously in over his head while in the race, began reporting false positions and fabricating his logbook. His boat was eventually found adrift with evidence pointing to a mental breakdown and likely suicide.

Colin Firth took a more dramatic turn in the the recent (and more big-budget) movie The Mercy, which also chronicled Crowhurst. Now Crowhurst, directed by Simon...
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Colin Firth and Wife Livia Make First Public Appearance Since Affair and Stalking Scandal

Colin Firth and Wife Livia Make First Public Appearance Since Affair and Stalking Scandal
Colin Firth and his wife Livia Giuggioli are still going strong, despite the affair and stalking scandal that broke earlier this month. The couple made their first public appearance together at the Chopard Press Conference at Baselworld 2018 in Basel, Switzerland on Thursday alongside Julianne Moore. Livia hosted the Q & A event, in which Colin and Julianne discussed Chopard's latest initiative. The couple's public appearance Thursday comes just two weeks after Livia admitted to having a past affair with her alleged stalker. In a statement to E! News on March 9, the couple's rep addressed Livia's former romance with Marco Brancaccia. "A few years ago Colin and Livia privately made the...
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Crowhurst Review

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There’s something rather endearing about Simon Rumley’s small budget biopic in which he details the mental unravelling of yachtsman Donald Crowhurst, just before his disappearance whilst trying to solo circumnavigate the globe in 1968.

Released a mere 6 weeks after James Marsh’s The Mercy, which pretty much told the same story, albeit with a bigger budget and bigger stars (Colin Firth and Rachel Weisz play the doomed sailor and his wife Clare), Crowhurst offers a flawed, yet deeply engaging story about a weekend sailor who cheated his way into winning the first Sunday Times Golden Globe prize by lying about his whereabouts during the race. Crowhurst was eventually declared winner by default when his competitors withdrew from the race one by one, however the sailor never made it back home to collect his prize and is believed to have killed himself out of the sheer embarrassment of being found out.
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Colin Firth Is Determined to Keep His Family Together After Reuniting With Wife Livia (Exclusive)

At the London premiere of Colin Firth's new film, The Mercy, he appeared with his wife of 20 years, Livia Giuggioli, on Feb 6. They appeared as solidly together as ever. So it came as a surprise when the Oscar-winning actor and the Italian film producer recently revealed that they've been struggling to put their marriage back together following a crisis. "A few years ago Colin and Livia privately made the decision to separate," their rep said in a statement. "During that time Livia briefly became involved with former friend [Marco] Brancaccia. The Firths have since reunited," the spokesperson added. The glamorous pair has one of the longer-lived marriages in Hollywood and Colin, 57, has acknowledged that they work hard at it. "You just navigate things on a daily basis," he said, adding, "We are crazy about each other." So while Colin and Livia, 48, have accused Italian journalist Brancaccia of carrying out "a
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Crowhurst review – tormented sailor's heartbreaking voyage

Justin Salinger gives a superb performance as the guilt-ridden yachtsman lost in a hellish nightmare at sea, in the wake of Colin Firth’s starrier take on the same true story

Just last month, we had a new movie entitled The Mercy, starring Colin Firth, about the strange true story of amateur British yachtsman Donald Crowhurst who entered a round-the-world sailing competition in 1968, started radioing in fake coordinates when the going got rough and finally took his own life at sea, overwhelmed with loneliness and guilt.

Related: 'The boat's been found and he's not on it': tragic sailor Donald Crowhurst's final voyage, by his son
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Sales companies, international buyers on long list of TWC creditors

A creditor filing at a Delaware court running to 394 pages on Tuesday (March 20) revealed celebrities, sales companies and international buyers who are owed money by The Weinstein Company (TWC).

A creditor filing at a Delaware court running to 394 pages on Tuesday (March 20) revealed celebrities, sales companies and international buyers who are owed money by The Weinstein Company (TWC).

TWC also gained approval from a judge for a $25m loan by Union Bank to pay its remaining employees as it files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

Dallas-based private equity company Lantern Capital has bid $310m in cash and $125m in assumed liabilities for TWC,
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