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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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​Alessandro Nivola: ​'It's been nice picking through my dad's experiences for the Sopranos film​'

The American actor on playing a rabbi, jet ski racing with Robert De Niro and exploring his Italian-American heritage

Alessandro Nivola was born in Boston in 1972. Graduating from Yale, he made his Broadway debut in 1995 opposite Helen Mirren in A Month in the Country. Two years later he played Nicholas Cage’s villainous younger brother in Face/Off, before decamping to Britain to star in a series of independent films including Love’s Labour’s Lost. Last year he played a London rabbi in Sebastian Lelio’s Disobedience and, in the forthcoming Channel 4 adaptation of Lucy Kirkwood’s play Chimerica, he stars as a war photographer haunted by his image of a Tiananmen Square protester in 1989. Nivola lives in Brooklyn, New York, with Mortimer and their two children.

Where are you right now?

I’m in a car in Manhattan, going home from a rehearsal for the Sopranos prequel film [tt8110232 autoThe
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​Alessandro Nivola: ​'It's been nice picking through my dad's experiences for the Sopranos film​'

The American actor on playing a rabbi, jet ski racing with Robert De Niro and exploring his Italian-American heritage

Alessandro Nivola was born in Boston in 1972. Graduating from Yale, he made his Broadway debut in 1995 opposite Helen Mirren in A Month in the Country. Two years later he played Nicholas Cage’s villainous younger brother in Face/Off, before decamping to Britain to star in a series of independent films including Love’s Labour’s Lost. Last year he played a London rabbi in Sebastian Lelio’s Disobedience and, in the forthcoming Channel 4 adaptation of Lucy Kirkwood’s play Chimerica, he stars as a war photographer haunted by his image of a Tiananmen Square protester in 1989. Nivola lives in Brooklyn, New York, with Mortimer and their two children.

Where are you right now?

I’m in a car in Manhattan, going home from a rehearsal for the Sopranos prequel film [tt8110232 autoThe
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Win ‘Mary Poppins Returns’ On Blu-ray

Coming to the home formats on 15th April is the much-loved Disney sequel Mary Poppins Returns. The film hits digital download, DVD and Blu-Ray following a massively successful theatrical run and we have three copies of the film to give away on Blu-ray.

In Mary Poppins Returns, Michael Banks (Ben Whishaw) — just a child when Mary Poppins first visited 17 Cherry Tree Lane — is now a grown man raising his children Annabel (Pixie Davies), John (Nathanael Saleh) and Georgie (Joel Dawson) with help from his sister Jane (Emily Mortimer). Times are tough in Depression-era London but the winds begin to change and the enigmatic governess, whose unique magical skills can turn any ordinary task into a fantastic adventure, enters the lives of the Banks family once again, having not aged a single day. Teaming up with an old friend, Jack, they take the Banks children on a series of whimsical adventures,
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‘Victoria’ Star Laia Costa & ‘Cromo’s Guillermo Pfening To Front Isabel Coixet’s HBO Europe Drama ‘Foodie Love’

‘Victoria’ Star Laia Costa & ‘Cromo’s Guillermo Pfening To Front Isabel Coixet’s HBO Europe Drama ‘Foodie Love’
Laia Costa, star of German crime feature Victoria, and Cromo and Supermax star Guillermo Pfening are to star in Isabel Coixet’s HBO Europe drama Foodie Love.

Production has begun on the series, which is an eight-part, half-hour series about the relationship between two food lovers who meet through a mobile app.

BAFTA Ee Rising Star Costa plays one half of the couple whose relationship is forged between courses. She plays a thirty-three-year-old book editor, smart, and somewhat suspicious of relationships. Argentinian actor Pfening plays the other half, a successful mathematician, cultivated, and at times a little naïve.

The two thirty-somethings embark on getting to know each other with the doubts of those who retain the scars of previous relationships. Over several dates they’ll have to discover if their common devotion to Japanese yuzu or shared distaste for foodie pretension are enough to build the foundations of a lasting love story.
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WarnerMedia Denies Reports Suggesting Owner At&T Considered Selling HBO Europe

WarnerMedia has denied that owner At&T is considering selling the European arm of HBO. This comes after a report in the Financial Times this morning.

WarnerMedia CEO John Stankey has put his name to the on-the-record denial, an unusual move for a major media company. The newspaper had claimed that At&T had held internal discussions about a sale of HBO Europe to help pay down its debt.

“We normally do not comment on speculation, but when a news outlet is advised that their reporting is factually incorrect and report it anyway, we feel compelled to set the record straight,” said Stankey. “There is no truth whatsoever to the Financial Times’ story saying At&T is or has considered selling HBO Europe. It’s completely baseless and inaccurate. HBO Europe is a valuable asset for our growth plans in Europe.”

HBO Europe has been aggressively growing its original programming business
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Win Mary Poppins Returns on Blu-ray

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To mark the release of Mary Poppins Returns on 15th April, we’ve been given 3 copies to give away on Blu-ray.

In Mary Poppins Returns, Michael Banks (Ben Whishaw) — just a child when Mary Poppins first visited 17 Cherry Tree Lane — is now a grown man raising his children Annabel (Pixie Davies), John (Nathanael Saleh) and Georgie (Joel Dawson) with help from his sister Jane (Emily Mortimer). Times are tough in Depression-era London but the winds begin to change and the enigmatic governess, whose unique magical skills can turn any ordinary task into a fantastic adventure, enters the lives of the Banks family once again, having not aged a single day. Teaming up with an old friend, Jack, they take the Banks children on a series of whimsical adventures, encountering colorful characters like Mary’s eccentric Cousin Topsy (Streep), Jack’s lovable band of leeries and bank executives William Weatherall Wilkins (Colin Firth) and Mr.
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‘Avengers: Endgame’ Helmers Joe & Anthony Russo’s Agbo To Godfather Remakes Of MGM Library Title IP

  • Deadline
Exclusive: MGM has made an inventive deal with Agbo Films partners Joe & Anthony Russo that will see the Avengers: Endgame helmers essentially become the spiritual creative architects of some of the iconic properties in the MGM library. They’ve made a multi-film non-exclusive creative partnership to co-develop, co-produce and co-finance a slate of projects.

The deal can extend to projects originated by Agbo, but the driving force behind this is that they will creatively steer the refurbishment of the classic library titles. The first film projects to be produced through the partnership includes a re-imagining of The Thomas Crown Affair, which long has had Michael B. Jordan attached to star and produce through his Outlier Society banner. That one could end up directed by the brothers, who love the Steve McQueen-Faye Dunaway original. The next crack at the script will be taken by Matthew Michael Carnahan, the writer whose credits include Deepwater Horizon,
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Trailer: ‘Head Full Of Honey’ Starring Nick Nolte – Written & Directed By Til Schweiger

Warner Bros. Pictures has debuted a new look trailer for their upcoming release, Head Full of Honey. The film stars multiple Oscar nominee Nick Nolte and is the English language directorial debut of German actor/ filmmaker Til Schweiger who both writes and directs.

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Nolte stars as Amadeus, a recent widower whose strong personality, charm and sense of humor can no longer mask the life-altering onset of Alzheimer’s. Unable to live alone, Amadeus reluctantly moves in with his son, Nick (Oscar nominee Matt Dillon) and Nick’s wife, Sarah (Emily Mortimer)—a couple who are dealing with problems of their own—and their bright 10-year-old daughter, Tilda (newcomer Sophia Lane Nolte), outside of London. There, despite the disruption and chaos that ensues when Amadeus becomes part of the already tense household, he and his granddaughter develop a special bond. Tilda’s patience and affection for her grandfather
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Wamg Giveaway – Win the Blu-ray Combo Pack of Mary Poppins Returns and a Mary Poppins Compact Mirror

Disney’s “Mary Poppins Returns,” the irresistible, timeless sequel based upon the Mary Poppins Stories by Pl Travers, has had audiences dancing in their seats and critics singing its praises, earning Academy Award® nominations for best original song, best original score, best costume design and best production design. Directed by Academy Award winner Rob Marshall, who helmed screen adaptations of “Chicago,” “Nine” and “Into the Woods,” and starring Emily Blunt, Golden Globe®-nominated for her role as practically-perfect nanny Mary Poppins, and award-winning composer, lyricist and performer Lin-Manuel Miranda as charming lamplighter Jack, the fantastical film arrives into homes instantly on Digital 4K Ultra HD/HD and Movies Anywhere March 12 and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD March 19 — with a sing-along version and never-before-seen bonus features.

Now you can win the Win the Blu-ray Combo Pack of Mary Poppins Returns and a Mary Poppins Compact Mirror with digital messaging.
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Tribeca Film Festival feature line-up announced by Anne-Katrin Titze - 2019-03-07 17:54:35

Isabelle Huppert stars opposite Lou de Laâge and Benoît Poelvoorde in Anne Fontaine's White As Snow (Blanche Comme Neige aka Blanche-Neige) Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

The feature film line-up for the 18th edition of the Tribeca Film Festival has been announced.

Films of note include the documentaries The Projectionist by Abel Ferrara, Jeanie Finlay's Seahorse, executive produced by Virunga director Orlando Von Einsiedel, and Frédéric Tcheng's Halston; the directorial débuts from Dolly Wells with Good Posture, starring Emily Mortimer, and Christoph Waltz's Georgetown with Annette Bening, Vanessa Redgrave, and Waltz; Roads with Fionn Whitehead, Stéphane Bak, and Moritz Bleibtreu, directed by Maren Ade's Toni Erdmann producer, Sebastian Schipper; the Oren Moverman and Trudie Styler produced Skin, directed by Guy Nattiv, Michela Occhipinti's Flesh Out, produced by Marta Donzelli, and Anne Fontaine's White As Snow with Lou de Laâge, Isabelle Huppert, Damien Bonnard, Vincent Macaigne, Charles Berling,
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‘The Bookshop’ Director Isabel Coixet Cooks Up TV Debut With ‘Foodie Love’ For HBO Europe

‘The Bookshop’ Director Isabel Coixet Cooks Up TV Debut With ‘Foodie Love’ For HBO Europe
The Bookshop filmmaker Isabel Coixet is writing and directing her first series for television – half-hour drama Foodie Love.

The director, who is behind My Life Without Me, Map of the Sounds of Tokyo and Emily Mortimer-fronted The Bookshop, is making the original Spanish production for HBO Europe. Produced by Miss Wasabi Films, production begins later this year.

The eight-episode series follows foodie lovers that find their match via a mobile app. Two thirty-somethings who embark on getting to know each other with the doubts of those who retain the scars of previous relationships. Over several dates they’ll have to discover if their common devotion to Japanese yuzu or shared distaste for foodie pretension are enough to build the foundations of a lasting love story.

Miguel Salvat, Steve Matthews and Antony Root executive producers alongside Coixet.

Coixet said, “Foodie Love is the fusion of two of my passions: love stories and food.
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Emily Mortimer & eOne To Reboot Classic British Legal Drama ‘Rumpole Of The Bailey’, As Created By Her Father

Emily Mortimer & eOne To Reboot Classic British Legal Drama ‘Rumpole Of The Bailey’, As Created By Her Father
Emily Mortimer is to reboot classic British series Rumpole of the Bailey – the legal drama originally created by her father John Mortimer.

The Newsroom and Mary Poppins Returns star is in the early stages of development with the remake, which will be produced by her own indie King Bee and eOne.

The series, which ran on ITV predecessor Thames Television between 1978 and 1992, starred Leo McKern as Horace Rumpole, an elderly barrister in London who defended a weird and wonderful mix of clients. It started as a radio play on the BBC before making the move to television.

The reboot was revealed at a Deadline-moderated Banff Connect event in London by Polly Williams, eOne’s head of scripted development in the UK. The Designated Survivor studio has a first-look deal with Mortimer’s company, which she runs with her husband Alessandro Nivola.

Williams told Deadline that Mortimer has “reimagined” the series
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Jennifer Esposito Is Back in the Spotlight: Here's What She's Been Up To

Jennifer Esposito Is Back in the Spotlight: Here's What She's Been Up To
Jennifer Esposito has begrudgingly found herself back in the spotlight after she weighed in on ex-husband Bradley Cooper’s intimate Oscars performance with Lady Gaga.

When the actress, 45, commented “Ha” to a post by comedian David Spade that joked about the possibility of an X-rated romance between the A Star Is Born costars, fans noticed.

“So confused. I get off a flight to see a comment I made of “Ha” to a joke from @DavidSpade has gone wild!?” she wrote on Twitter Tuesday. “Somehow I’m insulting an X by laughing at a joke someone else made? Pls take your insanity elsewhere.
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Mary Poppins Returns to Home in March

  • Comicmix
Disney’s Mary Poppins Returns, the irresistible, timeless sequel based upon the Mary Poppins Stories by Pl Travers, has had audiences dancing in their seats and critics singing its praises, earning Academy Award® nominations for best original song, best original score, best costume design and best production design. Directed by Academy Award winner Rob Marshall, who helmed screen adaptations of Chicago, Nine and Into the Woods, and starring Emily Blunt, Golden Globe®-nominated for her role as practically-perfect nanny Mary Poppins, and award-winning composer, lyricist and performer Lin-Manuel Miranda as charming lamplighter Jack, the fantastical film arrives into homes instantly on Digital 4K Ultra HD/HD and Movies Anywhere March 12 and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and DVD March 19 — with a sing-along version and never-before-seen bonus features.

Bonus material explores the making of Mary Poppins Returns, going behind the scenes with the star-studded cast and crew who collaborated to make even the impossible possible.
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‘Mary Poppins Returns’ Review

Stars: Emily Blunt, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ben Whishaw, Emily Mortimer, Pixie Davies, Nathanael Saleh, Joel Dawson, Julie Walters, Meryl Streep, Colin Firth, Dick Van Dyke, Angela Lansbury, David Warner | Written by David Magee | Directed by Rob Marshall

The long-awaited fifty-five years in the making and hotly anticipated sequel to the classic Disney property and much beloved P.L. Travers character Mary Poppins has finally come to fruition in the rather poetically titled Mary Poppins Returns. Directed by Rob Marshall, Mary Poppins Returns is an unconditionally delightful and charming romp from start to finish with bubbling chaotic fun firing on all cylinders with enjoyable performances and exceptional production design.

Emily Blunt is exceptional in the titular role of Mary Poppins. Utterly benevolent at every single seductively delightful turn. The level of homage to character originator Julie Andrews is both fond and dearly evident. Yet Blunt undoubtedly stands on her own two feet of
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Mary Poppins Returns Brings the Magic Home This Spring with Tons of Extras

Disney's "Mary Poppins Returns, the irresistible, timeless sequel based upon the Mary Poppins Stories by Pl Travers, has had audiences dancing in their seats and critics singing its praises, earning Academy Award nominations for best original song, best original score, best costume design and best production design.

Directed by Academy Award winner Rob Marshall, who helmed screen adaptations of Chicago, Nine and Into the Woods, and starring Emily Blunt, Golden Globe-nominated for her role as practically-perfect nanny Mary Poppins, and award-winning composer, lyricist and performer Lin-Manuel Miranda as charming lamplighter Jack, the fantastical film arrives into homes instantly on Digital 4K Ultra HD&#8482/HD and Movies Anywhere March 12 and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray&#8482 and DVD March 19 - with a sing-along version and never-before-seen bonus features.

Bonus material explores the making of Mary Poppins Returns, going behind the scenes with the star-studded cast and crew who collaborated to make even the impossible possible.
See full article at MovieWeb »

Bring the Magic Home with Mary Poppins Returns on Blu-Ray/4K in March

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This morning brings all the details on the upcoming 4K Ultra HD and blu-ray release of Mary Poppins Returns, including when you can get it and all the special features included. Come inside to learn more!

If you missed out on the return of Mary Poppins in theaters this past Holiday season, or just want to re-watch it in the comfort of your own home, you'll get the chance soon enough. Disney has announced the digital version of the film will be available on March 12th, with the physical copy arriving a week later (March 19th) with oodles of bonus features to enjoy:

Disney’s “Mary Poppins Returns,” the irresistible, timeless sequel based upon the Mary Poppins Stories by Pl Travers, has had audiences dancing in their seats and critics singing its praises, earning Academy Award nominations for best original song, best original score, best costume design and best production design.
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Aaron Sorkin Says He Has ‘No Plans’ to Revive "The Newsroom"

  • The Wrap
Aaron Sorkin Says He Has ‘No Plans’ to Revive
ACN is not coming back on the air, according to Aaron Sorkin.

The creator of HBO’s cable news drama “The Newsroom” said on Monday night that he has “no plans” to revive the series, a week after one of the show’s cast members, Olivia Munn, said she’s had conversations about bringing the series back. But Sorkin seemingly canceled those rumors on Monday’s “Late Late Show.”

“I wish the show was on the air now. I’d love to be writing it now. But there are other things coming up. I have no plans to return to any of that,” Sorkin told host James Corden.

Last week, Munn spoke with Entertainment Tonight about the possibility of a “Newsroom” revival.

“Tom Sadoski and myself, we’ve actually been having conversations with Sorkin about that,” she told Et.
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Bette Midler to Perform Song From ‘Mary Poppins Returns’ At Oscars

  • Deadline
Bette Midler to Perform Song From ‘Mary Poppins Returns’ At Oscars
Bette Midler will be taking the stage at the 91st Academy Awards.

The Tony, Grammy and Emmy winner shared the news on Twitter Saturday that she’ll be performing “The Place Where Lost Things Go” from Mary Poppins Returns.

“So, (drum roll) Ladies and Gentlemen, I will be chanteusing (that’s singing) on the Oscars on Feb 24…the nominated song from “Mary Poppins”…”The Place Where Lost Things Go” …so excited!!” she wrote and was immediately retweeted by the Academy.

So, (drum roll) Ladies and Gentlemen, I will be chanteusing (that's singing) on the Oscars on Feb 24…the nominated song from "Mary Poppins"…"The Place Where Lost Things Go" …so excited!!

— Bette Midler (@BetteMidler) February 17, 2019

Mary Poppins Returns is directed by Rob Marshall and features a star-studded cast, including Emily Blunt, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Emily Mortimer and Ben Whishaw. The film is nominated for four Oscars — costume design, original score, production design,
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