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Anne Hathaway Reflects On Getting To Know You Moment With Julie Andrews

It was back in 2001 when Anne Hathaway starred in The Princess Diaries and, in effect, began her road to stardom. Earlier this year Hathaway divulged that a third installment was a possibility as a script had been written. The actress and Julie Andrews are both interested in another go round, which is great news.

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1972: The founding fathers musical "1776"

We're looking back at the 1972 film year before the Smackdown.

by Anna

Peter H Hunt's 1776, based on the stage musical of the same name, chronicles the many woes that went into the Declaration of Independence’s creation. At the forefront of its writing are the “obnoxious and disliked” John Adams (William Daniels), the dry-witted Benjamin Franklin (Howard Da Silva), and the homesick Thomas Jefferson (Ken Howard). Amid the clash of words and egos of the other delegates of Congress, will they succeed?

Recruiting many of the names involved with the original Broadway production (Producer Jack L. Warner’s attempt to atone for casting Audrey Hepburn over Julie Andrews for My Fair Lady), 1776 had the misfortune of being released the same year as another period piece musical.

Would 1776 have won more acclaim had it been released a different year?
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Home Entertainment: ‘Mary Poppins Returns’ Blu-ray Review

It would be quite easy to dismiss a sequel to one of cinema’s most beloved family features some fifty-plus years on from the release of the original, but this is Disney, and they would only push forward and step on hallowed celluloid with a tale worth telling with a team worthy of telling it. Mary Poppins Returns is a modern-day masterpiece that in fifty more years, we could look back on with that same fondness and magical exception in which our generation looks back at the flawless 1964 original.

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Set some twenty-four years after the events of the first movie, Mary Poppins Returns centres once again on the Banks children, Michael (Ben Whishaw) and Jane (Emily Mortimer), now grown up with responsibilities of their own. Michael has three children, Annabel, John and Georgie, but we learn that he has sadly lost his wife a year earlier. Struggling with balancing home and work life,
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A Quiet Place 2 Begins Shooting This July, Cillian Murphy Joins Cast

A Quiet Place 2 Begins Shooting This July, Cillian Murphy Joins Cast
I don't know about you, but I firmly believe with all my horror heart that one of the best scary movies to hit our genre in quite some time was last year's surprise hit A Quiet Place. We've known for a while now that the film is all set to spawn a sequel here soon, but today we have word that A Quiet Place 2 is going to be kicking off principal photography in New York on July 8th. Not only that but we also hear that Batman Begins and Dunkirk actor Cillian Murphy might be joining in on the fun this time around as well.

Details on just what the hell will happen in this new movie and just who the hell Cillian Murphy is playing are scarce, to say the least at this point in time. That said, we are hearing through the grapevine that Murphy's character will
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Lifetime Plans 150 Movies Including ‘Clark Sisters’ Biopic From Queen Latifah, Missy Elliott and Mary J Blige

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Lifetime Plans 150 Movies Including ‘Clark Sisters’ Biopic From Queen Latifah, Missy Elliott and Mary J Blige
Lifetime is beefing up its TV film slate for next year, increasing the total to 150 movies and bringing in Missy Elliott, Mary J. Blige and Queen Latifah to help.

The high-profile female trio will executive produce a biopic on the Clark Sisters. The authorized movie will detail their humble beginnings, struggles to find their place, to later becoming the best-selling Gospel group in the music world. The movie will feature re-recordings of some of the Clark Sisters biggest hits like “You Brought The Sunshine” and stars SAG nominee Aunjanue Ellis.

Elsewhere on the scripted front, Lifetime has set a miniseries on the female rap duo Salt-n-Pepa.

Also Read: Julie Andrews to Receive Venice Film Festival's Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement

The miniseries follows the story of nursing students Cheryl “Salt” James and Sandra “Pepa” Denton as they fall into the world of rap and hip hop, after recording for a friend’s school project.
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Blu-ray Review – Aquaman (2018)

Aquaman, 2018.

Written and Directed by James Wan.

Starring Jason Momoa, Amber Heard, Willem Dafoe, Patrick Wilson, Dolph Lundgren, Nicole Kidman, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Ludi Lin, Temuera Morrison, Michael Beach, Randall Park, Graham McTavish, Djimon Hounsou, John Rhys-Davies, Leigh Whannell, Sophia Forrest, Natalie Safran, and Julie Andrews.

Synopsis:

Arthur Curry, the human-born heir to the underwater kingdom of Atlantis, goes on a quest to prevent a war between the worlds of ocean and land.

This is a solid, if not slightly uneven entry into the DC Universe. I really enjoyed this film for the amazing visuals and interesting storyline. I felt like Jason Momoa did the role of Aquaman justice in this first solo outing. The movie has so much going on that you have to watch it multiple times to take every little detail in. Director James Wan has lovingly created a world where Atlantis exists and where Aquaman is a beer guzzling,
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How Mary Poppins Returns Challenged Director Rob Marshall

Don Kaye Mar 19, 2019

The director of musicals like Chicago and Into the Woods tells us why Mary Poppins Returns was his most personal project.

With Mary Poppins Returns debuting on Blu-ray, 4K Ultra HD and DVD today (March 19) after bowing on digital platforms a week earlier, Den of Geek had the chance recently to sit down with director Rob Marshall and learn what drove him to create a sequel to one of the most beloved movie musicals -- and most famous Disney films -- of all time.

Before speaking with Marshall, we and other reporters piled into a screening room on the Disney lot to watch the “making of” mini-documentary included with the Blu-ray. After the screening, Marshall sat for a brief Q&A where he was joined by the still radiant (and sharp) Angela Lansbury, a living legend and dynamo at 93 whose appearance near the end of Mary Poppins
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Patrick Wilson doesn’t think Ocean Master will be the main villain in another Aquaman movie

Given the enormous box office success of Aquaman, it’s no surprise that Warner Bros. has already set a December 2022 release date for a sequel to the highest-grossing DC movie of all time.

During an interview with Syfy Wire, Patrick Wilson was asked about the future of his character Orm, and while he’s yet to hear whether he’ll be involved in Aquaman 2, the actor has expressed his excitement over potentially getting to reprise the role – although he doesn’t believe we’ll see Ocean Master as the main villain in any more films.

“You can’t kill him. He’s too important to [Arthur’s] journey,” said Wilson. “He’s a foil to [Aquaman]. He’s not gonna be a main villain in another movie. I don’t think Orm ends up in Belle Reve like he does in the New 52. I assume they’re gonna keep him in some
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Ica Frames of Representation unveils 2019 programme, launches work-in-progress section

Festival to feature 12 UK premieres.

The UK’s Institute of Contemporary Arts (Ica) is introducing a work-in-progress event to its annual festival Frames of Representation (April 12-20).

Run in partnership with Sundance Documentary Institute, Cineteca Madrid and Kingston University, the initiative will give two filmmakers the opportunity to present their projects to both the festival audience and industry professionals, who will provide development feedback.

The two selected filmmakers will be announced closer to the festival.

Further events taking place include a workshop on cinematic language with filmmakers Zhu Shengze and Adele Tulli, who will both have films screened during the festival.
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Julie Andrews to Receive Venice Film Festival’s Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement

Julie Andrews to Receive Venice Film Festival’s Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement
Julie Andrews will be awarded the 2019 Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at this year’s Venice International Film Festival, the festival announced on Friday.

The star of “Mary Poppins,” “The Sound of Music,” “Victor Victoria” and many more will be recognized for her international success as part of the 76th annual edition of the festival. The decision was made by the board of the Biennale di Venezia, chaired by Paolo Baratta, following the proposal made by the Director of the Festival, Alberto Barbera.

“I am so honored to have been selected as this year’s recipient of the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement,” Andrews said in a statement. “The Venice Film Festival has long been recognized as one of the world’s most esteemed International Film Festivals. I thank La Biennale for this acknowledgement of my work and I look forward to being in that beautiful city in September for this very special occasion.
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A Golden Lion for Julie Andrews!

We woke up to wonderful news, to distract us from this hacking cold that's not going away *sniffle*, Julie Andrews has been named as the recipient of this year's Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement. She'll be honored at the 76th annual Venice Film Festival which runs August 28th through September 7th.

The film lineup won't be announced until later in the summer but this is exciting news to tide us over 'til then. We hope Julie is helicoptered & parachuted umbrellas in from the sky to accept her Golden Lion!

About this choice, the director of the festival Alberto Barbera says:

“At a very young age, Ms Andrews made a name for herself in the music halls of London and, later, on Broadway thanks to her remarkable singing and acting talent. Her first Hollywood movie, Mary Poppins, gave her top-tier star status, which was later confirmed in another treasured film, The Sound of Music.
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Julie Andrews To Receive Venice Film Festival Career Achievement Golden Lion

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Julie Andrews To Receive Venice Film Festival Career Achievement Golden Lion
The Venice Film Festival has designated Julie Andrews the recipient of the 2019 Golden Lion for Career Achievement. The Mary Poppins and Sound Of Music star will receive the honor at the 76th Lido event which runs August 28-September 7.

Andrews responded today, “I am so honored to have been selected as this year’s recipient of the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement. The Venice Film Festival has long been recognized as one of the world’s most esteemed international film festivals. I thank the Biennale for this acknowledgement of my work and I look forward to being in that beautiful city in September for this very special occasion.”

Venice chief Alberto Barbera noted, “At a very young age, Ms Andrews made a name for herself in the music halls of London and, later, on Broadway thanks to her remarkable singing and acting talent. Her first Hollywood movie, Mary Poppins, gave her top-tier star status,
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Venice Film Festival to honour Julie Andrews with lifetime achievement award

Venice Film Festival to honour Julie Andrews with lifetime achievement award
“An extraordinary career which has admirably parsed popular success with artistic ambition, without ever bowing to facile compromises.”

Oscar-winning English actress Julie Andrews will receive the Golden Lion for lifetime achievement at the 76th Venice International Film Festival.

She was chosen by the Biennale board of directors chaired by Paolo Baratta on the recommendation of festival director Alberto Barbera.

“Her first Hollywood movie, Mary Poppins, gave her top-tier star status, which was later confirmed in another treasured film, The Sound of Music,” said Barbera. “Those two roles projected her into the Olympus of international stardom, making her an iconic figure
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Julie Andrews to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award at Venice Film Festival

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Julie Andrews to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award at Venice Film Festival
Oscar-winning actress and singer Julie Andrews will be honored by the Venice Film Festival with its Golden Lion award for lifetime achievement.

Best known for her iconic roles in “Mary Poppins” and “The Sound of Music,” Andrews has starred in more than 40 movies, including a memorable performance as Victoria Grant and Count Victor Grezhinski in “Victor Victoria” (1982), which was directed by her late husband, Blake Edwards. He also directed Andrews in “10” (1979) and in “S.O.B.” (1981).

“This Golden Lion is the well-deserved recognition of an extraordinary career which has admirably parsed popular success with artistic ambition, without ever bowing to facile compromises,” Alberto Barbera, the Venice Film Festival’s artistic director, said in a statement.

“I am so honored to have been selected as this year’s recipient of the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement,” Andrews said, thanking the festival’s parent organization, the Venice Biennale, “for this acknowledgment of my work.
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Julie Andrews to Receive Venice Film Festival Lifetime Achievement Award

Julie Andrews to Receive Venice Film Festival Lifetime Achievement Award
Julie Andrews, the English star of such classic movies as Mary Poppins and The Sound of Music, will receive the Golden Lion for Career Achievement at the 76th Venice Film Festival, organizers said Friday.

The decision was made by the board of the Biennale di Venezia, chaired by Paolo Baratta, based on a proposal made by festival director Alberto Barbera.

"I am so honored to have been selected as this year’s recipient of the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement," Andrews said in a statement. "The Venice Film Festival has long been recognized as one of the world’s ...
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Aquaman producer doesn’t think there needs to be any more Justice League-style team-ups from DC

Peter Safran, a producer for Aquaman, thinks that there is no need for future DC team-up movies in the style of Justice League.

The Dceu has been a tale of two halves. WB first tried to imitate the McU, going after big superhero team-ups, which didn’t quite pan out for them. Now, however, they have found much success (commercially and critically) by focusing on individual films that aren’t necessarily building towards anything bigger.

One man who thinks that this should the way forward for the considerable future is Peter Safran, one of the producers for Aquaman. Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, Safran said there is no real need for more team-up movies:

“I think that when you’re making really strong standalone movies, there’s really no need to bring them together. You want to give these characters room to breathe and live, and tell their stories.”

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Aquaman spinoff The Trench could come before Aquaman 2 says producer

Peter Safran, one of the producers for DC’s Aquaman, says that spinoff The Trench could come out before Aquaman 2.

There is no question that Aquaman was a rip-roaring success, pleasing audiences around the world and making bucket loads of cash in the process. WB was so pleased with the film, they are even going to make a spinoff movie called The Trench, which could actually come out before Aquaman 2.

During a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Aquaman producer Peter Safran spoke about The Trench and what it means to DC: “We always, even from the early concept art days, loved the idea of a Trench movie. Then, when audiences embraced it in the movie itself the way they did, particularly that ant farm shot where the camera follows the Trench [creatures] following Arthur and Mera down into the deep, we just knew that we had something very
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Aquaman 2 gets December 2022 release date, new characters rumoured

Having signed up screenwriter David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick earlier this month, Warner Bros. and DC Films have now set a release date of December 16th 2022 for their Aquaman sequel, where they will be hoping the movie can replicate the success the first film enjoyed over the holiday period.

James Wan is overseeing development on Aquaman 2, but at this point it hasn’t been determined whether he’ll be back in the director’s chair. He will however be producing both the sequel and the spinoff film The Trench with Peter Safran.

It is of course very early days on Aquaman 2, and unlikely that any specific story details have been finalised yet; however, fan site The Aquaverse is claiming that the sequel will feature an appearance from The Others, a superhero team created by Geoff Johns for the New 52 universe who Aquaman assembles in his fight against Black Manta.

The Others #Aquaman2⃣
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Keegan-Michael Key Drops in Like Mary Poppins Holding an Umbrella at the 2019 Oscars

Keegan-Michael Key Drops in Like Mary Poppins Holding an Umbrella at the 2019 Oscars
Keegan-Michael Key took flight over Hollywood’s biggest stars at the 91st Academy Awards on Sunday.

Before introducing Bette Midler‘s performance of the Oscar-nominated song “The Place Where Lost Things Go” from Mary Poppins Returns, Key, 47, flew from the orchestra pit to the ceiling of the Dolby Theater just like the magical nanny herself.

The actor spun a few times as he floated down and held a black umbrella. He landed in the middle of the aisle, where he fumbled with the umbrella for a bit before introducing Midler’s performance.

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Bette Midler Channels Mary Poppins for Oscars Performance

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Bette Midler Channels Mary Poppins for Oscars Performance
Bette Midler proved a more than suitable fill-in for Emily Blunt (or Julie Andrews) as she informally inherited the role of Mary Poppins for a performance of the nominated song “The Place Where Lost Things Go” at the Academy Awards Sunday night — although no one would mistake her cleavage-baring dress for a nanny’s uniform.

Midler adopted a colorful look, in contrast to the somberness of the ballad, which was written for a scene in which Mary Poppins finds a metaphor to talk to children about their mother’s death. The inherent warmth in her voice made her a solid choice for the gig … as did her previous experience with the song’s co-writer, Marc Shaiman, who accompanied her on piano.

Shaiman is up for for two Oscars this year, contending for best score for “Mary Poppins Returns” as well as sharing the nomination for “Lost Things” with his co-lyricist,
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