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Emily Blunt: ‘Mary Poppins’ Still Has A Story Left To Tell

Mary Poppins is widely acknowledged as a classic, and rightly so. It was nominated for 13 Oscars and won five of them, including a Best Actress trophy for its legendary star, Julie Andrews. Now, 54 years later, Disney is continuing the story with a new movie, Mary Poppins Returns. It’s had some people scratching their [...]

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‘Mary Poppins’ Returns Star Lin-Manuel Miranda on Playing the Spiritual Successor to Dick Van Dyke [Set Visit Interview]

‘Mary Poppins’ Returns Star Lin-Manuel Miranda on Playing the Spiritual Successor to Dick Van Dyke [Set Visit Interview]
Lin-Manuel Miranda is best known as the writer and star of the Broadway smash Hamilton, but pretty soon, he may be just as well-known for his work in Disney musicals. After snagging an Oscar nomination for his songwriting work on Moana, Miranda steps in front of the camera in Mary Poppins Returns, where he plays […]

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Emily Blunt Uses Magic to Help Banks Family in 'Mary Poppins Returns' Trailer

Emily Blunt Uses Magic to Help Banks Family in 'Mary Poppins Returns' Trailer
The official trailer for Mary Poppins Returns debuted on Monday.

A sequel to the 1964 film Mary Poppins, the 2018 musical fantasy film follows grown-up Jane (Emily Mortimer) and Michael Banks (Ben Whishaw). After the death of Michael's wife, Mary Poppins (Emily Blunt) returns to help raise the new generation of Banks children. Street lamplighter Jack (Lin-Manuel Miranda) and the eccentric Topsy (Meryl Streep) also join Mary to help the family in their time of need.

The Rob Marshall-directed film also stars Julie Walters, Colin Firth, Pixie Davies, Joel Dawson, Nathanael Saleh, Dick Van Dyke, Angela Lansbury and David Warner.

The ...
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Emma Thompson movies: 15 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Howards End,’ ‘Sense and Sensibility,’ ‘Remains of the Day’

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Emma Thompson movies: 15 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘Howards End,’ ‘Sense and Sensibility,’ ‘Remains of the Day’
Emma Thompson is having quite the year so far. In June, the British actress, 59, acquired the title of capital-d Dame, thanks to Queen Elizabeth.

Then there is her still-thriving career. She joins her “Howards End” and “The Remains of the Day” co-star Anthony Hopkins in a BBC co-production of Shakespeare’s “King Lear” that will stream on Amazon starting September 28. She plays Goneril, the devious eldest daughter of Hopkins’s tragic royal who takes advantage of his descent into madness.

The double Oscar winner is the main attraction in “The Children Act,” which is now in theaters and is also available on DirecTV. In the drama, based on Ian McEwan’s novel, she plays a British judge who must decide whether a teen boy suffering from leukemia can be forced to get a blood transfusion to save his life — even though it is against his beliefs as a Jehovah’s Witness.
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Feinstein's/54 Below Will Celebrate Dame Julie Andrews This Sunday

Feinstein'S54 Below,Broadway's Supper Club, presents54 Celebrates Dame Julie Andrewson Sunday, September 16.What do A Spoonful of Sugar,' Do-Re-Mi,' I Could Have Danced All Night,' and Ten Minutes Ago have in common Why Dame Julie Andrews of course Over the course of her practically perfect seven-decade career, Julie has entertained and inspired audiences across the globe with her performances in My Fair Lady, Cinderella, Camelot, Mary Poppins, and The Sound of Music to name just a few of our favorite things.
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Bobby Conte Thornton, Samantha Massell, Storm Lever, and More Will Celebrate Dame Julie Andrews at Feinstein's/54 Below

What do 'A Spoonful of Sugar,' 'Do-Re-Mi,' 'I Could Have Danced All Night,' and 'Ten Minutes Ago' have in common Why Dame Julie Andrews of course Over the course of her practically perfect seven-decade career, Julie has entertained and inspired audiences across the globe with her performances in My Fair Lady, Cinderella, Camelot, Mary Poppins, and The Sound of Music to name just 'a few of our favorite things.'
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The Best Debut Movie Performances of All Time — IndieWire Critics Survey

Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of film critics two questions and publishes the results on Monday.

From Helena Howard in “Madeline’s Madeline” to almost the whole cast in “Skate Kitchen,” this summer has been rife with unforgettable debut performances from movie stars in the making. With that in mind, we asked our panel of critics to name the greatest film debuts of all time.

Ethan Warren (@ethanrawarren), Bright Wall/Dark Room

Out of any question I’ve been posed for this survey, this one provoked the most agony in narrowing it down to just one. But with my back to the wall, I have to go with a performance so towering, so iconic that it’s sort of flabbergasting to remember it’s a feature film debut: Julie Andrews in “Mary Poppins.” She’d been starring on Broadway for a decade, but being good onstage is no
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‘Christopher Robin’ Comes Home in This Charming Riff on ‘Mary Poppins’

While I was a voracious movie-goer growing up who would devour every last movie I could get my hands on (especially the ones that I wasn’t supposed to), I must confess to having a few glaring blind spots from my younger days that I have only recently corrected. For instance, I never saw Bambi (1942) until my then-girlfriend sat me down A Clockwork Orange style and made me when I was already well into my college years. I didn’t see Dumbo (1941) until my now-wife similarly forced me to watch it after I already had my degree in-hand. And, until

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Film Review: Ewan McGregor in ‘Christopher Robin’

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Film Review: Ewan McGregor in ‘Christopher Robin’
There’s a scene in “Shadowlands,” the 1993 portrait of novelist C.S. Lewis, in which a young boy is excited to discover the giant wooden wardrobe that inspired “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.” He throws open the door and reaches through the coats hoping to find Narnia … only to feel cold, hard wood at the back of the armoire. Disney wouldn’t dare undermine one of its franchises with such a scene, and yet, with “Christopher Robin,” it’s made a movie that feels similarly disenchanting — the latest and least of the studio’s live-action reboots of a widely adored cartoon.

Whereas “Winnie-the-Pooh” author A.A. Milne probably would have approved of the concept behind director Marc Forster’s well-meaning spinoff, it’s hard to imagine him being especially pleased with the result, in which an enchanted reunion between the now-adult title character (Ewan McGregor) and his stuffed bear helps
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Oscars 2019: Walt Disney Studios hoping to make magic with ‘Mary Poppins Returns,’ ‘Black Panther’

Last year, Walt Disney Studios reaped a pair of Oscar bids for the the smash hit live-action version of one of its most lauded cartoons, the 1991 Best Picture nominee “Beauty and the Beast.” This year, it has both the long-awaited sequel to “Mary Poppins” and the most successful entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, “Black Panther.”

In “Mary Poppins Returns,” Emily Blunt takes 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. Dick Van Dyke, who was both chimney sweep Bert and bank president Mr. Dawes Sr. in the original film, returns to play Dawes, Jr. in this version with Oscar winner Colin Firth (“The King’s Speech”) in
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Dick Van Dyke, LeAnn Rimes Salute Sherman Bros. — Writers of ‘It’s a Small World,’ ‘Winnie the Pooh’ — for Classic Film Songs

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Dick Van Dyke, LeAnn Rimes Salute Sherman Bros. — Writers of ‘It’s a Small World,’ ‘Winnie the Pooh’ —  for Classic Film Songs
Everyone who left the Samuel Goldwyn Theater Wednesday night was humming. It might have been “A Spoonful of Sugar,” “Winnie the Pooh,” “It’s a Small World” or any of a dozen other tunes written over the past 50 years by Richard M. Sherman and his late brother Robert B. Sherman, but they were humming something.

The Motion Picture Academy’s two-and-a-half-hour salute to the songwriters, billed as “The Sherman Brothers: A Hollywood Songbook,” may have been the most joyous celebration in that theater in recent memory. Multiple standing ovations and a warm, infectious feeling of Disney-fueled happiness were the order of the evening.

The Shermans — Dick, who just turned 90, and his brother Bob, who died in 2012 — penned some of the most memorable movie songs in history, many of them for Walt Disney. As Dick Van Dyke, reminiscing about being on the set of “Mary Poppins,” put it, “there was
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‘Who Framed Roger Rabbit’ Creators on How They Broke All the Rules

‘Who Framed Roger Rabbit’ Creators on How They Broke All the Rules
Robert Zemeckis and his cinematographer Dean Cundey went into a meeting with Disney where they were told everything they could not do to make “Who Framed Roger Rabbit.” Walt Disney himself got his start making live-action and animated hybrids as far back as the 1920s. It was fused in the DNA of the company. Execs there knew best.

Don’t move the camera, don’t shoot close-ups, don’t get fancy with lighting. Basically don’t do anything that would take too much work for the animators.

That didn’t fly for Zemeckis.

“When Bob and I left the meeting where they had said six or eight things that we should or couldn’t do, Bob and I said, ‘Well, those are the rules we’re going to break. How are we going to do it?'” Cundey recalled in an interview with TheWrap to commemorate the film’s 30th anniversary.
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Tony Awards 2018: Records, milestones and fun facts about this year’s winners include ‘The Band’s Visit,’ ‘Harry Potter,’ Laurie Metcalf …

Tony Awards 2018: Records, milestones and fun facts about this year’s winners include ‘The Band’s Visit,’ ‘Harry Potter,’ Laurie Metcalf …
Out of all the winners (and losers) in the 26 competitive categories at the 2018 Tony Awards, several of them stand out as particularly noteworthy when considered in the context of history. So what were this year’s most interesting facts, records and milestones?

“The Band’s Visit” is the first Best Musical winner to have been based on a movie since “Kinky Boots” in 2013. Of its 11 Tony nominations it managed to win a whopping 10 awards (including Best Musical). The only prize it didn’t end up taking home was Best Scenic Design of a Musical for Scott Pask. It is now tied with “Hello, Dolly!” (1964) and “Billy Elliot” (2009) as the third most awarded production in Tony history, behind “The Producers” with 12 wins in 2001 and “Hamilton” with 11 victories in 2016.

“The Band’s Visit” is also the first Best Musical winner to have won every single acting award it was nominated for since
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Lauren Ambrose could break ‘My Fair Lady’ Tony Awards curse

Lauren Ambrose could break ‘My Fair Lady’ Tony Awards curse
The current revival of “My Fair Lady” marks the fifth time that this “perfect” musical has graced the Great White Way. Emmy nominee Lauren Ambrose of “Six Feet Under” makes her Broadway musical theater debut as Eliza Doolitle, the Cockney flower girl who is turned into a society lady by Professor Henry Higgins. She is a strong contender to win at Sunday’s Tony Awards and, in so doing, would be the first actress to take home Broadway’s highest honor for one of the best roles in musical theater.

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Julie Andrews created the role in the original 1956 production of the Lerner and Loewe musical. Though the show won six Tony Awards Andrews lost to Judy Holliday for “Bells are Ringing.” Among the wins for “My Fair Lady” were Best Musical and Actor (Rex Harrison) as well as director,
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Julie Andrews May Have Lost Her Singing Voice but Her Health Is Still in Great Shape

When it comes to Julie Andrews' health, she knows better than anyone that just a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down. The 82-year-old singer and actress — known for her timeless roles in Mary Poppins, The Sound of Music, and of course, her illustrious Broadway career — has been outspoken about her health ever since undergoing vocal chord surgery in 1997. When she awoke from the surgery — the goal of which was to remove noncanerous nodules from her vocal chords — her gorgeous singing voice was all but destroyed. "If it had happened earlier, it would have been really devastating," she once told People of her trauma. "As it was, it was devastating." Julie posing with Ken Berry. (Photo Credit: Getty Images) "I thought at the time [of the surgery], my voice was what I am. But it seems it's not all that I am," the actress, who went on to star and sing
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L.A. Now Casting: Dance Your Way Onstage With a Role in ‘Mary Poppins’

Anything can happen if you let it, including a role in the musical “Mary Poppins!” Glendale Centre Theatre in Glendale, California, is currently casting ensemble members for its upcoming production of the show, based on the movie of the same name. Non-Equity talent, aged 18–30, who can dance and sing is wanted to be ensemble dancers. Performers with strong skills in musical theater styles, such as jazz and tap, will portray chimney sweeps, park-goers, toys, customers, kite flyers, and more. Ballet and/or tumbling skills are a plus. There will be an open casting call in Glendale, California on May 20. Rehearsals will begin on June 4, and the show will run from July 13–Aug. 25, Thursdays through Sundays. Talent will be paid a flat rate of $660. Make this the life you lead by applying directly at Backstage here! Check out Backstage’s Los Angeles audition listings!
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Lin-Manuel Miranda Says "It's Awesome" Working With Dick Van Dyke in 'Mary Poppins Returns' (Exclusive)

Hamilton mastermind Lin-Manuel Miranda has won three Tonys — but he tells Closer Weekly it was an even greater honor for him to work alongside Dick Van Dyke, one of his childhood heroes, in Disney's musical film Mary Poppins Returns. Lin-Manuel plays an apprentice of Dick's chimney sweep from the original film, and the 92-year-old icon takes on a new role as a banker. Dick and the original Mary Poppins cast. (Photo Credit: Getty Images) "I mainly talked to Dick about [his Tony-winning 1960 turn in] Bye Bye Birdie, because I played Conrad Birdie in 6th grade, so we talked a lot of song and dance," Lin-Manuel, 38, tells Closer. "Dick has more energy than I will ever have in my life, and it's incredible," gushes Lin-Manuel. "It's humiliating, and it's awesome!" For more on Lin-Manuel Miranda, pick up the latest issue of Closer Weekly, on newsstands now — and be sure to sign up for our newsletter for more exclusive news!
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Dave Michener Dies: Veteran Disney Animator, Story Artist, Director Was 85

Dave Michener, a veteran Disney animator, story artist, and director from 1956 up until his retirement from The Walt Disney Studios in 1987, has died at 85. He passed away on February 15 at his home in Los Angeles from complications due to a virus, according to his wife.

Over the course of his 31-year career with Disney, Michener contributed his artistic talents to such Disney classics as Sleeping Beauty, One Hundred and One Dalmatians, Mary Poppins, The Jungle Book, Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day, The Aristocats, Robin Hood, The Rescuers, The Fox and the Hound, and finally The Great Mouse Detective (for which he received a co-directing credit alongside John Musker and Ron Clements).

Michener was born in Los Angeles on November 5, 1932. His father was a famous architect who helped design many of the iconic buildings in the Miracle Mile district of the city. His uncle was the best-selling author James Michener.
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Disney Animator Dave Michener Dies at 85

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Dave Michener, an animator and story artist who worked at Walt Disney Studios for more than 30 years, died on Feb. 15. He was 85. His wife Donna said he died at his Los Angeles home from complications due to a virus.

He co-directed “The Great Mouse Detective” alongside John Musker and Ron Clements.

Michener worked at Disney starting in 1956 until his retirement in 1987, contributing to classics like “Sleeping Beauty,” “One Hundred and One Dalmatians,” “Mary Poppins,” “The Jungle Book,” “Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day,” “The Aristocats,” “Robin Hood,” “The Rescuers” and “The Fox and the Hound.”

The animator started his career at Disney right out of college when he was hired by Walt Disney himself, who had seen one of his art exhibits at the Chouinard Art Institute. Michener went on to produce and direct character animation for the Epcot Center in Orlando, Fla. in the 1980s, followed by similar
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2018 Tony Awards nominations: 18 fascinating facts, records and stats about this year’s Tonys contenders

Out of the all nominees spread across the 26 categories at the 2018 Tony Awards, 18 of them stand out as particularly noteworthy items of trivia.

Three of this year’s acting nominees have now been nominated for every single appearance they’ve made on Broadway to date: Glenda Jackson (“Three Tall Women”) with five; Diana Rigg (“My Fair Lady”) with four; and Andrew Garfield (“Angels in America”) with two.

Three of the four nominees for Best Lead Actress in a Play represent the only recognition for their productions: Condola Rashad (“Saint Joan”); Lauren Ridloff (“Children of a Lesser God”); and Amy Schumer (“Meteor Shower”).

Three of last year’s acting nominees are back in the running this year: Laurie Metcalf, who won Lead Actress in a Play last year for “A Doll’s House, Part 2” is nominated for Featured Actress in a Play this year for “Three Tall Women”. One of Metcalf
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