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Previewing Sundance 2019: The HeyUGuys team is ready for another year and is here to preview the biggest names, films and expectations

HeyUGuys will have its Sundance team back in the Mountains next week as Nathan McVay and Ty Cooper travel to Utah to discover the year’s best Independent films. The 2019 lineup is a little different to years past, but still has a deep crop of big names, films and choices.

Each year after the slate is announced McVay and Cooper e-mail back and forth discussing the lineup and what movies excite, surprise or confuse them. Here are some highlights of their e-mail exchange for a very unconventional preview of this year’s Sundance.

Nathan:

Thursday, Dec 6, 15:24 Cst

Well it’s incredibly cold outside, I am always freezing, and I have no more money left because I have spent it all on Christmas presents. You know what that means?

Yup! It’s Sundance Lineup season! While I can never be disappointed by a Sundance lineup, this year definitely took me by surprise.
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Gary Oldman Joins Olga Kurylenko In UK Action-Thriller ‘The Courier’

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Gary Oldman Joins Olga Kurylenko In UK Action-Thriller ‘The Courier’
Exclusive: Oscar-winner Gary Oldman has joined Olga Kurylenko in UK action-thriller The Courier, which is due to begin shoot in London next month.

Kurylenko will play a courier whose daily deliveries are interrupted when she discovers that her latest package is a bomb aimed at killing a witness who is about to testify against a ruthless crime lord, played by Darkest Hour star Oldman.

Additional casting is under way on the film, which comes from Signature Films, the production arm of UK distributor Signature Entertainment, and new UK outfit Rollercoaster Angel Productions.

Directed by Zackary Adler (Rise of the Footsoldier III), the film will be produced by Marc Goldberg (Final Score), James Edward Barker (Mara), David Haring (Pandas) and Andrew Prendergast (An American Exorcism). Douglas Urbanski (Darkest Hour), Oldman’s long-term producing partner, will serve as executive produce. Script comes from Andy Conway and Nicky Tate. Capstone Group spinoff Blue Box is handling international sales.
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How Did Mary Poppins Do It? Watch How Emily Blunt Slid Into the Tub Without CGI

Mary Poppins Returns truly made the impossible possible.

A new behind-the-scenes clip released by Disney shows the great lengths director Rob Marshall went through in order to make the movie as real as possible — including Emily Blunt disappearing into the bathtub!

In the movie, Mary Poppins is giving the Banks kids a bath when they slowly start vanishing under the mountain of bubbles. The nanny then looks straight into the camera and slides backwards into the tub — and then underwater! — for a fantasy sequence. And while the shot looks like it could be CGI, the behind-the-scenes video shows that Blunt,
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Disney in early stages of Mary Poppins Returns sequel

Well, it doesn’t seem like we’ll have to wait 54 years for another Mary Poppins outing, as Mary Poppins Returns director Rob Marshall and producer John DeLuca have confirmed that Disney is already working on a follow-up to December’s Emily Blunt-headlined sequel.

“It is early stages but I will say right now that there were eight books, so there’s a lot of great material still to mine,” Marshall tells The Sun. “That’s what we worked from, those incredible eight books of P.L. Travers. So, you know… If there’s a great character and story to tell, why not?”

Producer DeLuca also stated that Emily Blunt is keen on a return as the magical nanny, adding: “Emily does light up when she speaks to me about it. And if the people want it, I think it will happen.”

Mary Poppins Returns has grossed over $262 million at
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‘Mary Poppins Returns’: Emily Blunt Explains Why ‘I Am Not Julie Andrews’

‘Mary Poppins Returns’: Emily Blunt Explains Why ‘I Am Not Julie Andrews’
Anyone expecting too many spoonfuls of sugar in “Mary Poppins Returns,” Disney’s $130-million sequel to the Julie Andrews Disney classic set 25 years later in depression era London, will be disappointed. That’s because Emily Blunt, who reunited with her “Into the Woods” director Rob Marshall, returns some edge to the character created by British author P.L. Travers back in the 30s. “I get her,” Marshall said of Blunt. “I find her quick and clever; I knew she’d find her own way heading back to the books of refining this eccentric character.”

Mary Poppins in the books “was terribly funny,” Blunt told me. “For sure, the vanity and humor is there, but she’s not very sunny. She’s odd.”

Blunt’s Mary Poppins falls somewhere between the weird book character and Julie Andrews’ cheery 1964 creation. It helps to love the original movie because Marshall — who began his Broadway
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‘Mary Poppins Returns’: Emily Blunt Explains Why ‘I Am Not Julie Andrews’

‘Mary Poppins Returns’: Emily Blunt Explains Why ‘I Am Not Julie Andrews’
Anyone expecting too many spoonfuls of sugar in “Mary Poppins Returns,” Disney’s $130-million sequel to the Julie Andrews Disney classic set 25 years later in depression era London, will be disappointed. That’s because Emily Blunt, who reunited with her “Into the Woods” director Rob Marshall, returns some edge to the character created by British author P.L. Travers back in the 30s. “I get her,” Marshall said of Blunt. “I find her quick and clever; I knew she’d find her own way heading back to the books of refining this eccentric character.”

Mary Poppins in the books “was terribly funny,” Blunt told me. “For sure, the vanity and humor is there, but she’s not very sunny. She’s odd.”

Blunt’s Mary Poppins falls somewhere between the weird book character and Julie Andrews’ cheery 1964 creation. It helps to love the original movie because Marshall — who began his Broadway
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TV Interview: Michael Weatherly Talks ‘Bull’ Season 3

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Inspired by the early career of American TV personality Dr. Phil McGraw and his trial-consulting firm, Bull stars Michael Weatherly as the brash but charming Dr. Jason Bull. During its first two seasons, the drama followed the intriguing work of Bull and his team of experts as they used psychology, intuition and high-tech data to evaluate jurors, attorneys, witnesses and the accused to come up with winning strategies.

As Season 3 of Bull arrives on UK TV screens this Friday 11th January on Fox, James Kleinmann spoke to leading actor Michael Weatherly in New York for HeyUGuys about the evolution of his character and the series itself.

Michael Weatherly as Dr. Jason Bull Photo: David M. Russell/CBS©2016 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights Reserved

“At the very end of Season 1 I took the opportunity to flip the character,” Weatherly begins. “The new showrunner Glenn Gordon Caron really wanted to flip Bull
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Palm Springs Fest Honors Wide Range of Art and Artists, From ‘Poppins’ to Spike Lee

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The Palm Springs Intl. Film Festival Gala on Jan. 3, held at the Palm Springs Convention Center, honors a variety of talent. For more information, see psfilmfest.org/events/events-calendar/film-awards-gala. Those being feted include:

The cast of “Mary Poppins Returns”

Ensemble Performance Award

“‘Mary Poppins Returns is a happy film, that re-creates the magic and adventure of the first film,” said festival chairman Harold Matzner. “In this outstanding sequel, Mary Poppins is back to help the next generation of the Banks family as they race to keep the bank’s executives from foreclosing on their home. Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda lead an excellent ensemble cast that also includes Colin Firth, Meryl Streep, Ben Whishaw, Emily Mortimer, Dick Van Dyke, Angela Lansbury and many others.” The film has been named one of the top 10 movies of the year by AFI and the National Board of Review. It’s received four Critics Choice nominations,
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Does ‘Mary Poppins Returns’ Have a Post-Credits Scene?

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Does ‘Mary Poppins Returns’ Have a Post-Credits Scene?
More than five decades after the original “Mary Poppins” hit theaters, the magical nanny is returning in the aptly-titled “Mary Poppins Returns,” with Emily Blunt taking over the role originated by Julie Andrews. You gotta imagine the folks in charge over at the Mouse House are at least considering the possibility of turning “Mary Poppins” into an honest-to-god franchise. Emily Blunt has even suggested she’d be happy to return for more.

If there are “Mary Poppins” movies on the horizon, it would be understandable to wonder if, in the modern franchise tradition, whether or not “Mary Poppins Returns” has a post-credits scene to tease the future of the series. Using bonus scenes after the credits was popularized by the Marvel Cinematic Universe and has since become a staple of franchise films in general. So why not “Mary Poppins Returns” as well?

So, given that line of thought which no
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10 Netflix Movies to Ring in Your New Year's Eve

Finding New Years Eve films on Netflix isn't as easy a task as you might think. The simple reason being is that there really aren't that many of them. I was quite surprised to realize this so, I had to revise my expectations a bit. Eventually, the list became more about movies that evoke the holiday/New Year's spirit which is how I eventually put together 10 films for your Netflix New Year's Eve.

As I stated, this list is more about how the holidays make us feel. It was important for me to try and capture that because this time of year means many things to many different people. This list does its best to represent the highs and the lows of the holiday season. This is a special time and one that needs to be documented and cherished because it only comes but once a year, right?

Now, just
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‘Mary Poppins Returns’ Cast Tapped for Palm Springs Film Festival Honor

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‘Mary Poppins Returns’ Cast Tapped for Palm Springs Film Festival Honor
The cast of “Mary Poppins Returns” has been selected for the Ensemble Performance Award by the Palm Springs International Film Festival.

The honor will be presented at the festival’s Film Awards Gala on Jan. 3 at the Palm Springs Convention Center. Cast members Emily Blunt, Pixie Davies, Nathanael Salah and Joel Dawson are expected to attend the event, where the award will be presented by the film’s director Rob Marshall. The festival, now in its 30th edition, runs from Jan. 3 to Jan. 14.

“‘Mary Poppins Returns is a happy film, that re-creates the magic and adventure of the first film,” said Festival Chairman Harold Matzner. “In this outstanding sequel, Mary Poppins is back to help the next generation of the Banks family as they race to keep the bank’s executives from foreclosing on their home. Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda lead an excellent ensemble cast that also includes Colin Firth,
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‘Mary Poppins Returns’ to Receive Ensemble Award at Palm Springs Film Festival

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‘Mary Poppins Returns’ to Receive Ensemble Award at Palm Springs Film Festival
Mary Poppins Returns” will receive the Ensemble Performance Award at the 30th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival, the festival announced on Friday.

Stars Emily Blunt, Pixie Davies, Nathanael Salah and Joel Dawson are expected to accept the award at the festival, which will be hosted by Mary Hart and Entertainment Tonight. The award will be presented to the cast by the film’s director Rob Marshall.

Academy Award-winner “Argo” and Academy Award nominees “American Hustle,” “The Big Short,” and “The Social Network” are past honorees of the ensemble award.

Also Read: 'Aquaman,' 'Mary Poppins' Lead Crowded Field in First 'Star Wars'-Free Box Office in 3 Years

Mary Poppins Returns is a happy film, that re-creates the magic and adventure of the first film,” said Festival Chairman Harold Matzner in a statement. “Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda lead an excellent ensemble cast that also includes Colin Firth,
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Les Misérables' Andrew Davies: 'I haven't added much sex to it. Sorry to disappoint'

Britain’s greatest transformer of literary classics on his BBC One adaptation of Victor Hugo’s masterpiece

We’re just minutes into our interview and already the conversation has turned to brothels and sadomasochism. But perhaps this is not entirely surprising. Sauce is, after all, Andrew Davies’s trademark. As Britain’s greatest transformer of literary classics into raunchy, bodice-busting primetime TV, Davies is the man who added incest to War and Peace, put daddy-issue sex into the backstabbing Westminster drama House of Cards, and reinvented Mr Darcy from Pride and Prejudice as a wet-shirt-clad Colin Firth. None of those things, purists note, appear in the original texts.

Despite all these achievements, the 82-year-old writer never quite managed to smuggle his steamiest offerings into the nation’s living rooms. Take his adaptation of Fanny Hill, the 18th-century “memoirs of a woman of pleasure” that became one of the most prosecuted and banned novels.
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Can the 2019 Oscars out-real the year of ’12 Years a Slave’ with 6 or more bio films up for best pic?

Can the 2019 Oscars out-real the year of ’12 Years a Slave’ with 6 or more bio films up for best pic?
If Gold Derby’s combined Oscar odds for the Best Picture category reflect reality, six out of the top 10 contenders fit the mold of a biopic. They include “Roma,” “Green Book,” “The Favourite,” “BlackKklansman,” “Vice” and “First Man.”

If these are among the titles that will make the cut come January 22, when the nominations will be announced, the number of true-life stories would equal the number in 2013 when “12 Years a Slave” won Oscar’s top prize. But the bio boom doesn’t stop there. The top 52 also features “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “Can You Ever Forgive Me?,” “Boy Erased,” “Beautiful Boy,” “Mary Queen of Scots,” “The Mule,” “The Old Man and a Gun,” “A Private War,” “Welcome to Marwen,” “On the Basis of Sex,” “Colette,” “The Front Runner,” “At Eterinity’s Gate” and “Stan & Ollie.”

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To sort of quote “A Few Good Men,
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Box Office: ‘Aquaman’ to Claim No. 1 Spot With $70 Million

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Box Office: ‘Aquaman’ to Claim No. 1 Spot With $70 Million
The DC universe’s latest installment, “Aquaman,” is headed for a splashy debut, with an estimated $70 million from 4,125 North American locations.

The forecast sits at the higher end of most predictions for the film’s pre-Christmas debut. “Aquaman” has amassed $350.7 million internationally, including $18.9 million on Friday. Jason Momoa stars as the titular hero, with Nicole Kidman, Amber Heard and Patrick Wilson co-starring.

Warner Bros. gave the film a pricey $200 million budget, which it has already recouped overseas. It’s the first standalone Dcu film since 2017’s “Wonder Woman,” which debuted with $103 million last year, eventually totaling $412 million domestically.

The Transformers franchise’s newest addition, “Bumblebee,” is edging “Mary Poppins Returns” for second place with an estimated $22 million from 3,550 domestic sites, compared to “Mary Poppins'” $21 million.

“Bumblebee” earned $8.46 million on Friday with $2.15 million from Thursday previews. The Paramount pic opens in China, which has proven to be the “Transformers” franchise’s most successful market,
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Mary Poppins Returns Review

Voting took place at my old elementary school this year, and the experience of walking through that building after so many years closely resembled the experience I had watching Rob Marshall’s Mary Poppins Returns. With chairs and desks much closer to the ground than I remember, many of the same faces on staff, and little changes here and there to the décor like the names underneath the appropriately amateurish artwork lining the hallways, I enjoyed seeing the old amongst the new, knowing that the students there now are probably having as much fun as I once did.

With little changes here and there, Mary Poppins Returns does a fair enough job making the classic’s formula its own. Though not one part of it surpasses the 1964 Julie Andrews film (which would certainly be no easy task), its electrifying song-and-dance numbers, a blend of tenderness and somberness from star Emily Blunt,
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Mary Poppins Returns is a Long Way from 1964

Mary Poppins Returns is a sequel to the classic 1964 film, Mary Poppins, starringEmily Blunt as Mary Poppins, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ben Whishaw, Emily Mortimer and Julie Walters with Colin Firth and Meryl Streep. This highly-anticipated sequel will be the hit of the Christmas box-office, but until then, we thought it would be fun to go back in time to 1964 to see what life was like and what was popular when the original film was released 54 years ago
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Mary Poppins Returns Review Roundup: Does the Sequel Bring the Magic Too?

Mary Poppins Returns Review Roundup: Does the Sequel Bring the Magic Too?
Mary Poppins is back! But does she win over the critics? Emily Blunt takes on the role of the magical nanny in Mary Poppins Returns, Disney's new sequel to its hit 1964 musical film—and is even nominated for a 2019 SAG Award for her performance. The new movie, also a musical, also stars Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ben Whishaw and Emily Mortimer, Meryl Streep and Colin Firth and also features none other than original actor Dick Van Dyke. Mary Poppins Returns is now in theaters. The film received mostly positive reviews from critics. 1. CNN's Brian Lowry writes that Mary Poppins Returns "could just as easily be titled "Mary Poppins...
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Film Review: You’ll Be Wild About Magical ‘Mary Poppins Returns’

Chicago – They did it. Walt Disney Studios took one of their most beloved live action/animated films and rebooted it for a new millennium. “Mary Poppins Returns” is a song-filled, emotional and magical celebration of all things Mary P, combining the elements that made it great the first time with the modern movie strengths of today.

Rating: 4.5/5.0

Credit goes first and foremost to veteran director Rob Marshall (“Chicago”). Given all the legacy he had to deal with, he chose to create his own version by not borrowing one familiar song (except for incidental background instrumentals) from the 1964 film and mixing the right chemistry of current performers and wily veterans to retell the story of Mary Poppins. Emily Blunt portrays the title nanny, and understands the mystery of the character by going back to the source storybooks (by author P.L. Travers) for characterization, while formulating a character that conjures enchantment and
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Mary Poppins Returns – Review

With the big year-end holidays just days away, many are rushing out of town to be with loved ones, which makes it a perfect time for the movies to ponder that age-old question, “Can you really go home again?”. In other words, can you recapture the wonder and general magic of our childhood years? The Disney Studios certainly hope that’s possible, for they’ve got a lot riding (financially and artistically) on a sequel to their founder’s last great box office triumph (certainly “Uncle” Walt’s biggest “mainly” live action hit). But wait, you may ask, didn’t that celebrated “man from Marceline Missouri” pass away in 1966? Exactly, and this classic hit theatres two years before that, even inspiring a “making of” docudrama five years ago, Saving Mr. Banks. So, can this icon, a different sort of soaring super-heroine, save filmgoers from the holiday flick doldrums (so many
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