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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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Stars of Stony Brook University Gala Honoring Dorothy Lichtenstein Raises $7.1 Million

Nearly 700 guests gathered on Wednesday evening at Pier Sixty at Chelsea Piers to honor one of America’s most dedicated and energetic art and education benefactors, Dorothy Lichtenstein, at the annual Stars of Stony Brook Gala.

The philanthropist and wife of the late artist Roy Lichtenstein was recognized for her long-running support of a host of arts, cultural and science initiatives at the University, including the Stony Brook Southampton creative writing and film program, one that provides a vital incubator for students and established writers and filmmakers at campuses on Long Island’s East End and in Manhattan.

Since its inception in 2000, the Stony Brook Foundation’s Stars of Stony Brook Gala had raised $50 million to support student scholarships and a featured academic program of excellence. This year’s Gala adds a new record with over $7.1 million raised, including a $5 million donation from Lichtenstein earmarked to support Stony Brook Southampton
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Julie Andrews' Granddaughter Shares Memories of Growing up With Her Famous Grandma (Exclusive)

In an exclusive interview with Closer Weekly, beloved star Julie Andrews' granddaughter Kayti Edwards shares memories of growing up with her famous grandmother. Kayti, 41 — the child of Jennifer Edwards, Julie's husband Blake Edwards' daughter from his first marriage — grew up down the street from her famous grandparents. "I could walk to her house in Malibu... we'd be there all day," she shares. That family time was important because Julie's life "was very busy," says Kayti. To keep order at home, Kayti says her grandmother "was very strict. We had a set schedule. We had tea time." And the actress who played one of the most famous no-nonsense nannies on film, Mary Poppins, was protective of her own brood. "She guarded us," Kayti adds. Julie and Kayti with their family. (Photo Credit: Kayti Edwards) Their tight family bond allowed Kayti to see a side of Julie, 82, that few others did.
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Dick Van Dyke Once Had to Apologize for His "Atrocious" British Accent in 'Mary Poppins'

If you hadn't realized that Dick Van Dyke is American before you saw Mary Poppins, his British accent was probably a clear indication! In fact, the actor recently apologized to the English people for the "atrocious" accent he used playing chimney sweep Bert in the beloved 1964 musical. That mea culpa came last July, after the British Academy of Film and Television Arts picked Dick for its 2017 Britannia Award for Excellence in Television. "I appreciate this opportunity to apologize to the members of BAFTA for inflicting on them the most atrocious cockney accent in the history of cinema," he said, per The Guardian. But Chantal Rickards, BAFTA's La chief executive, was gracious about Dick's Cockney cock-up. "We look forward to his acceptance speech in whatever accent he chooses on the night," she said. "We have no doubt it will be supercalifragilisticexpialidocious." (Photo Credit: Getty Images) At a 2014 red carpet event, the
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Emily Blunt movies: 12 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘The Devil Wears Prada,’ ‘Sicario,’ ‘Into the Woods’

Emily Blunt movies: 12 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘The Devil Wears Prada,’ ‘Sicario,’ ‘Into the Woods’
2018 is promising to be quite a year for Emily Blunt. The British actress has received some of the best reviews of her career for the film “A Quiet Place,” which is directed by and co-stars her real-life husband John Krasinski (“The Office”). As a pregnant wife who helps to lead her family to safety by trying to outwit alien creatures by not making a sound, Blunt offers a nearly silent performance with acting registering mostly with her face, a bold move that could result in awards attention later in the year.

See ‘Mary Poppins Returns’ trailer: Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda fly a kite [Watch]

And to top that off in December, Blunt will also play the title character in Disney’s “Mary Poppins Returns,” paired up with Tony winner Lin-Manuel Miranda as well as her third go-round with on-screen nemesis Meryl Streep, with whom Blunt co-starred in “The Devil Wears Prada” and “Into the Woods.
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Emily Blunt movies: 12 greatest films ranked from worst to best

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Emily Blunt movies: 12 greatest films ranked from worst to best
2018 is promising to be quite a year for Emily Blunt. The British actress has received some of the best reviews of her career for the film “A Quiet Place,” which is directed by and co-stars her real-life husband John Krasinski (“The Office”). As a pregnant wife who helps to lead her family to safety by trying to outwit alien creatures by not making a sound, Blunt offers a nearly silent performance with acting registering mostly with her face, a bold move that could result in awards attention later in the year.

And to top that off in December, Blunt will also play the title character in Disney’s “Mary Poppins Returns,” paired up with Tony winner Lin-Manuel Miranda as well as her third go-round with on-screen nemesis Meryl Streep, with whom Blunt co-starred in “The Devil Wears Prada” and “Into the Woods.” Other legendary stars in the film will include
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Emily Blunt Reveals She Had John Krasinski ‘Fire’ Her Friend From ‘A Quiet Place’

Emily Blunt Reveals She Had John Krasinski ‘Fire’ Her Friend From ‘A Quiet Place’
Emily Blunt had to get husband John Krasinski to “fire” a rival actress to make way for her to star in his horror film “A Quiet Place,” she revealed on a U.K. chat show Friday. Appearing on the first episode in a new season of British chat show “The Graham Norton Show” to promote the film, the actress said she had to insist Krasinski, who directed and co-stars in the film, fire another actress to allow her to take the role. Although Blunt did not name the actress she said she was a “good friend.”

Sitting beside Krasinski on the show, which was recorded Thursday, Blunt said she had initially been reluctant to appear in the horror film when her husband pitched it to her as she had just given birth to the couple’s second daughter, Violet, and was about to start shooting “Mary Poppins Returns” so felt “in a state of joy.
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Burt Reynolds movies: 12 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Deliverance,’ ‘Boogie Nights,’ ‘Smokey and the Bandit’

Burt Reynolds movies: 12 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Deliverance,’ ‘Boogie Nights,’ ‘Smokey and the Bandit’
In the 1970s, Burt Reynolds was arguably the biggest movie star in the world. He had made his name through television, appearing as a regular for 50 episodes on the hit series “Gunsmoke,” then headlining his own series, “Hawk” and “Dan August.” But then Reynolds got his big break in feature films, co-starring in the John Boorman classic “Deliverance” (1972).

Though Reynolds was soon starring in such box-office hits as “The Longest Yard” and “Smokey and the Bandit,” he never abandoned television, utilizing such talk shows as “The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson” (where he was one of the funniest guests ever) to hone his image, strutting on as a sex symbol and then acting like an utter goofball once he sat the guest’s chair. The contrast between the Cosmopolitan centerfold and the delightful talk show guest endeared Reynolds to moviegoers.

In between his more serious films, such as 1979’s “Starting Over,
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Mary Poppins Returns: Emily Blunt Was ‘Frozen With Fear’ Over Role

Emily Blunt reveals she was absolutely terrified at the proposition of playing the marvelously magical nanny in Mary Poppins Returns, admitting the idea of filling Julie Andrews’ shoes was utterly intimidating to her. The film follows up on Robert Steven’s 1964 classic film, Mary Poppins, itself loosely based on P.L. Travers’ novel series. Blunt stars in Mary Poppins Returns alongside Lin-Manuel Miranda (Jack), Meryl Streep (Topsy-Turvy Poppins), Ben Whishaw (Michael Banks), and Emily Mortimer (Jane Banks).
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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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Beatles Singer Ringo Starr Is Knighted by Prince William at Buckingham Palace — See the Pics!

What an honor! Beatles singer Ringo Starr was knighted by Prince William for his services to music at London's Buckingham Palace on Tuesday, March 20. "It means a lot actually. It means recognition for the things we've done musically and in life. So, I was really pleased to accept this award," the 77-year-old music icon told reporters after the special ceremony. When then asked by the BBC what he'll be doing with his new knighthood medal, Ringo — who will now be known as Sir Ringo Starr — jokingly replied, "With this, I'll be wearing it to breakfast." The event interestingly came 21 years after Ringo's Beatles bandmate Paul McCartney was similarly knighted by Queen Elizabeth in Buckingham Palace back in 1977. The Duke of Cambridge knights Sir Ringo Starr for services to music at today’s Investiture ceremony
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Julie Andrews Can't Wait to See Emily Blunt as Mary Poppins: "I Admire Her Enormously" (Exclusive)

Iconic movie star Julie Andrews was "practically perfect" in 1964's Mary Poppins — and she earned an Oscar to prove it. But the grande dame of musical movies is sure Emily Blunt, who plays Mary Poppins in the new version (titled Mary Poppins Returns) descending into theaters in December, will make the role her own. "I admire her enormously," Julie exclusively told Closer Weekly at the Raise Your Voice concert honoring the star in NYC on March 5. "It's a brand new film based on all of the other stories Walt Disney had in his trunk based on P.L. Travers' Poppins character," Julie explained. "It's wonderful Emily is the new Poppins." Looking back on the original, in which she starred with Dick Van Dyke, Julie, 82, marveled, "It was 50 years ago, and that boggles my mind!" Julie and Dick in Mary Poppins. (Photo Credit: Getty Images) The original Mary Poppins — along with
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Stage Door: "My Fair Lady" through the Years

by Nathaniel R

Tony season is (nearly) upon us so we're reviving the Stage Door column toward the end of March. But before we start reviewing shows, a history lesson.

Julie Andrews and Audrey Hepburn as Eliza Dolittle

My Fair Lady began its classic life in 1956 as a Broadway musical. No, that's not quite right. It began its life as George Bernard Shaw's play Pygmalion, which premiered way back in 1913, over a century ago! That play inspired the stage musical by Lerner & Loewe. On March 15th previews will begin for the latest Broadway revival. Lauren Ambrose (Six Feet Under) headlines as Eliza Dolittle, with Harry Hadden-Paton as Professor Henry Higgins, two time Tony winner Norbert Leo Butz (♥︎) as Eliza's father, and showbiz legend Dame Diana Rigg (The Avengers, On Her Majesty's Secret Service, Game of Thrones, etc...) as Higgins' mother.

This will be the sixth major incarnation of the hit musical.
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Disney Is Going to Push ‘Black Panther’ For Oscars, and Christopher Nolan Predicts Best Picture Nomination

Disney Is Going to Push ‘Black Panther’ For Oscars, and Christopher Nolan Predicts Best Picture Nomination
The Shape of Water” was just announced as the 2018 Oscar winner for Best Picture, but Hollywood doesn’t sleep when it comes to Oscar season. Disney is already preparing a massive awards push for its Marvel tentpole “Black Panther.”

A Disney executive told Deadline that “Black Panther” will be one of two tentpoles the company puts its weight behind next awards season. The other is “Mary Poppins Returns;” Emily Blunt stars in the title role, which won Julie Andrews an Oscar.

Fortunately, “Black Panther” has at least one confirmed Academy member supporting it, and he happens to be a directing powerhouse. Deadline reporter Pete Hammond ran into Christopher Nolan, and asked which films were on radar for next year’s Best Picture race. Nolan said he predicts a Best Picture nomination for “Black Panther,” even though superhero films have long been avoided in the Oscars’ biggest category. Nolan’s own
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Christopher Nolan Tips Black Panther For Best Picture Nomination At The 2019 Oscars

Could Black Panther be the one to break the Oscar duck for comic book movies? Christopher Nolan certainly thinks so.

While attending the 90th Academy Awards this past weekend, the Dunkirk helmer and all-around cinematic visionary thrust his support behind T’Challa’s solo adventure on the belief that it’ll be “among the Best Picture nominees” of 2019.

No other comic book movie – not even The Dark Knight – has achieved such a feat, and the fact that a director of Nolan’s prestige has backed Black Panther to be in the running for Best Picture only fills us with a palpable sense of enthusiasm. Just imagine how Ryan Coogler feels.

Indeed, as we reported late last night, Disney is said to be preparing a huge Oscar campaign for Black Panther and Mary Poppins Returns, which seemingly boasts a phenomenal performance from Emily Blunt, who assumed the role made famous by Julie Andrews.
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Paramount Dedicates Building to Pioneering Director Dorothy Arzner

Arzner: IMDb

With 20 feature credits to her name, Dorothy Arzner is the most prolific female director of all time. History has neglected to give the trailblazing filmmaker her due, but Paramount recently honored the late talent. The studio has dedicated its Dressing Room building on Melrose Ave to Arzner. “Paramount reserves this honor for the most respected of its industry professionals, and Arzner is in excellent company on the lot with other edifices named after such female legends as Lucille Ball, Clara Bow, Marlene Dietrich, Edith Head, Sherry Lansing, Carole Lombard, Mary Pickford, Gloria Swanson, and Mae West,” Deadline reports.

Born in 1897, Arzner decided to pursue a career in the business after visiting a film studio. “I remember making the observation, ‘If one was going to be in this movie business, one should be a director, because he was the one who told everyone else what to do,” she recounted.
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Yondu Hijacks the Mary Poppins 2 Trailer

Mary Poppins is back, y'all. Disney recently released the first teaser trailer for the highly-anticipated Mary Poppins Returns, which stars Emily Blunt as the famed, magical nanny in the role that was originated by the legendary Julie Andrews. She looks absolutely perfect in the trailer as Mary Poppins, but you know what makes it even better? Replacing Mary Poppins with Yondu from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, as evidenced by this fan trailer.

This fan trailer doesn't utilize the entire Mary Poppins Returns teaser trailer. Just the bit that really counts. We see Lin-Manuel Miranda flying a kite in a storm and when the clouds open up, instead of seeing Emily Blunt, we see Michael Rooker's Yondu, who drops his instantly classic line, "I'm Mary Poppins, Y'all." It makes the look on Lin-Manuel Miranda's face a little more priceless. Not for nothing, but Disney owns Guardians of the Galaxy
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Mary Poppins Returns Teaser Trailer – But With Yondu

A fan-made video hilariously spoofs the recently released Mary Poppins Returns teaser trailer by featuring Guardians of the Galaxy‘s Yondu Udonta (Michael Rooker) instead of Emily Blunt. Directed by Rob Marshall with the story by Marshall, David Magee, and John DeLuca, the movie is the long-awaited sequel to the 1964 classic, Mary Poppins starring Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke.

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‘Mary Poppins Returns’ in First Teaser Trailer

Over half-a-century since the Julie Andrews-led classic debuted, Disney is returning to the world of Mary Poppins. Succinctly titled Mary Poppins Returns, the sequel is set 25 years after the prior film, with Emily Blunt taking the lead role this time around. Directed by Rob Marshall (Chicago, Into the Woods), the first teaser trailer has landed today.

Returning to Cherry Tree Lane, we only get a brief glimpse at our lead as well as the supporting cast, including Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ben Whishaw, Emily Mortimer, Pixie Davies, Joel Dawson, Nathanael Saleh, Julie Walters, Colin Firth, and Meryl Streep. Ahead of a Christmas Day release, check out the teaser below.

“Mary Poppins Returns” stars: Emily Blunt as the practically-perfect nanny with unique magical skills who can turn any task into an unforgettable, fantastic adventure; Lin-Manuel Miranda as her friend Jack, an optimistic street lamplighter who helps bring light—and life—to the
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‘Mary Poppins Returns’ trailer: Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda fly a kite [Watch]

‘Mary Poppins Returns’ trailer: Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda fly a kite [Watch]
If you were wondering why Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda were presenting together on the 2018 Oscars, it is because they co-star in the upcoming Disney film “Mary Popplns Returns.” The first trailer for this red-hot Christmas release aired on ABC (which is owned by Disney) during the Academy Awards. Take a look at Blunt, as the titular no-nonsense nanny, as she sails through the air to land at the feet of Miranda who plays her pal, the streetlighter Jack.

Blunt is taking on the role that won Julie Andrews an Oscar more than half a century ago. In this follow-up, Poppins’ original charges, Michael (Ben Whishaw) and Jane (Emily Mortimer), are now grown up. Michael, his three children and their housekeeper, Ellen (Julie Walters), live in the house on Cherry Tree Lane. In this teaser, we see Mary and Jack help the family rediscover joy and wonder.

“Mary Poppins” was
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