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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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Wes Anderson Is an Advertising Genius: 15 Amazing Commercials Directed by the Indie Auteur — Watch

Wes Anderson Is an Advertising Genius: 15 Amazing Commercials Directed by the Indie Auteur — Watch
Wes Anderson is easily one of the most singular voices in contemporary cinema, and it turns out the same is true of Wes Anderson in the world of advertising. The director has been courted by companies such as American Express, Prada, Hyundai, and At&T over the years to unite their products with his trademark style, and the results are some of the best commercials of the 21st century.

In celebration of Anderson’s ninth feature “Isle of Dogs” opening in theaters, IndieWire looks back at Anderson’s celebrated collection of commercials and short film advertisements. The clips not only bare Anderson’s trademark style but also feature some of his greatest collaborators, including co-writer Roman Coppola, cinematographer Robert Yoeman, and actors like Jason Schwartzman and Adrian Brody.

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Watch the director’s 15 most memorable ads below.
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Jan Maxwell dead: Tony Awards record holder dies at 61

Jan Maxwell dead: Tony Awards record holder dies at 61
Jan Maxwell, a beloved mainstay of New York City theater, died on Feb. 11 at the age of 61. Over the course of her illustrious career, in which she appeared in 13 Broadway and numerous Off-Broadway productions, Maxwell earned five Tony Award nominations for her work in both musicals and plays, comedies and dramas, displaying a near-unparalleled mastery of both genres.

Maxwell first appeared on the Great White Way in the original production of “City of Angels” as an understudy, swing, and replacement. Her first bid at the Tony Awards came over a decade later for her featured role in the musical “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” in 2005, for which she won her first Drama Desk Award. She went on to earn Tony nominations for her performances in the play “Coram Boy” (2007) and in revivals of “Lend Me a Tenor” (2010) and “The Royal Family” (2010), taking home her second Drama Desk for the latter.

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Interview: Author Joe Ballarini Discusses A Babysitter’S Guide To Monster Hunting and the Upcoming Film Adaptation

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If you've read my work on Daily Dead or listened to my ramblings on the Corpse Club podcast, then you might be aware of my deep love for Dance of the Dead, Gregg Bishop's midnight movie masterpiece that blended prom, zombies, and the music of Pat Benatar (via a great cover) into one of the most memorable rentals I ever enjoyed from Blockbuster. When I saw that Joe Ballarini, the screenwriter of Dance of the Dead, had written a new book (for children and adults) called A Babysitter's Guide to Monster Hunting, I knew that I had to talk with him about it, and I recently had the great pleasure of doing just that.

In addition to A Babysitter's Guide to Monster Hunting—the first in a planned three-book series from Katherine Tegen Books (an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers)—Ballarini also discussed his plans for the future installments in
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Rube Goldberg Machines in Movies

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Rube Goldberg machines are deliberately complex contraptions that use simple motion to carry out larger tasks. This is a look at some of the most impressive Rube Goldberg machines in film.

Rube Goldberg was an engineer-turned cartoonist who is most famous for the animated contraptions he drew. Goldberg used engineering principles to create fun diagrams of machines which performed simple tasks in complicated ways. Most often his machines were designed to perform everyday household tasks in zany, creative ways. He used a lot of unconventional techniques and materials to create these contraptions.

Due to the fun nature of Goldberg’s animated and real-world creations, it is no surprise that he has had an impact on film. Since film is a visual medium in motion, it is actually the perfect way for Goldberg’s unique machines to come alive. This is a look at some of the best Rube goldberg-inspired machines,
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Win tickets to Pinewood Outdoor Screening and book

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Pinewood Cinema has announced that it will host an exclusive outdoor screening of Damien Chazelle’s multi Academy Award-winning “La La Land” under the stars in the magnificent and iconic gardens of Pinewood Studios in Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire on Friday 8th September at 20.00 (gates open 19.00). To celebrate the event we’ve got a pair of tickets to give away to the event, along with a copy of the new Pinewood 80th anniversary coffee table book.

This special screening offers an exclusive opportunity to spend an evening in the historical gardens where a host of major feature films and television dramas were shot including, From Russia With Love, Goldfinger, Bugsy Malone, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Cinderella and more recently, Disney’s Mary Poppins Returns starring Emily Blunt.

La La Land” is a bewitching romance paying tribute to the Hollywood musical. Set in present day Los Angeles,
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Dick Van Dyke to receive Britannia award

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Dick Van Dyke to receive Britannia award
Comedian ‘apologises’ for Cockney accent in Mary Poppins.

Dick Van Dyke will receive the Britannia Award For Excellence In Television from BAFTA La in October.

The celebrated actor and comedian will collect his honour at the 2017 Amd British Academy Britannia Awards on October 27 in Beverly Hills.

The 91-year-old entertainer has earned five Emmys, a Tony, a Grammy, the SAG Lifetime Achievement Award, and induction into in Television Hall of Fame in a career spanning more than seven decades.

Television credits include The Dick Van Dyke Show, Jake And The Fatman, and Diagnosis Murder. In film he famously appeared in Mary Poppins and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, as well as Dick Tracy, and more recently the Night At The Museum films. He won a Tony for Bye Bye Birdie.

“I appreciate this opportunity to apologise to the members of BAFTA for inflicting on them the most atrocious Cockney accent in the history of cinema,” Van Dyke said
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I’ve got questions about the Cars cinematic universe

Simon Brew Jul 19, 2017

With spoilers, some questions have sprung to mind about Pixar's Cars films. Er, can you help?

The world of the Cars films has always been a bit of a puzzle for me. I don’t have a massive affection for the films, although quite enjoyed movies number one and three. The origins of this particular film world are said to lie in a road trip that John Lasseter – who directed the first two movies – took with his family. That, combined with work Pixar had already been doing on a film called The Yellow Car, set things into motion, and in 2006, the film debuted as Pixar’s fifth feature.

I don’t want to delve into the critical response to Cars. I don’t think it’s going out on too far of a limb to call it Pixar’s least-regarded boxset, but also, I get that these
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One of Our Aircraft Is Missing

Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger officially become ‘The Archers’ for this sterling morale-propaganda picture lauding the help of the valiant Dutch resistance. It’s a joyful show of spirit, terrific casting (with a couple of surprises) and first-class English filmmaking.

One of Our Aircraft is Missing


Olive Films

1942 / B&W / 1:37 flat Academy /103 82 min. / Street Date November 15, 2016 / available through the Olive Films website / 29.98

Starring Godfrey Tearle, Eric Portman, Hugh Williams, Bernard Miles, Hugh Burden, Emrys Jones, Pamela Brown, Joyce Redman, Googie Withers, Hay Petrie, Arnold Marlé, Robert Helpmann, Peter Ustinov, Roland Culver, Robert Beatty, Michael Powell.

Cinematography Ronald Neame

Film Editor David Lean

Camera Crew Robert Krasker, Guy Green

Written by Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger

Produced by The Archers

Directed by Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

There are still a few more key Powell-Pressburger ‘Archer’ films waiting for a quality disc release, Contraband and Gone to Earth for just two.
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Mark Burnett and Roma Downey to Launch Faith-Based Network

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Mark Burnett and Roma Downey to Launch Faith-Based Network
Mark Burnett and Roma Downey are set to launch faith- and family-based network Light TV. In partnership with Fox stations and affiliates, it’ll debut next month. Light TV will not air linearly, however, it’ll run on Fox TV’s digital sub-channels. The network will feature wholesome entertainment programming, like MGM’s “Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader,” “Rocky,” “Hoosiers,” “Red River,” “Little Man Tate,” “The Nutcracker,” “Lilies of the Field,” “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang,” “The Black Stallion,” “All Dogs Go To Heaven,” “Pink Panther,” “Fame” and “Mr. Mom.” Light TV will also air acquisitions like “Highway to Heaven” and “Heartland.
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MGM, Fox Stations to Launch Light TV Digital Multicast Channel From Roma Downey’s LightWorkers Media

MGM has set a deal with Fox Television Stations to launch Light TV, a faith and family-oriented digital channel created by Roma Downey’s LightWorkers Media.

The channel is set to bow next month as a digital multicast offering on Fox stations in top TV markets including New York, Los Angeles and Chicago.

At the outset Light TV will feature movies and TV series, most of them from MGM library, ranging from the Fox game show “Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader”to the vintage NBC drama “Highway to Heaven” and pics including “Rocky,” “Hoosiers,” “Red River,” “Little Man Tate,” ”The Nutcracker,” “Lilies of the Field,” “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang,” “The Black Stallion,” “All Dogs Go To Heaven,” “Pink Panther,” “Fame” and “Mr. Mom.”

Downey’s LightWorkers Media production banner was acquired by MGM two years ago as part of its purchase of Mark Burnett’s One Three Media. Burnett
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DVD Review – The Small World of Sammy Lee (1963)

The Small World Of Sammy Lee, 1963.

Directed by Ken Hughes.

Starring Anthony Newley, Julia Foster and Robert Stephens.


The compère of a seedy strip club struggles to keep one step ahead of the bookies to whom he owes money.

Before video came along, the only way to see a film was at the cinema or on TV. As such as soon as the dawn of home release (with VHS evolving into DVD’s, and now Blu-ray) came, there was an entire history of film to catch up on in terms of releasing. The more iconic films would take precedent, or the box office success. Or some older films could be caught in a mire of rights issues due to folded companies or sold rights. British cinema boomed in the 60’s, yet finding available releases of some lost nuggets of gold can be tough and good releases even more difficult.
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Theatre Review: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (UK Tour)

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang tour review: An evening of magic and make believe of fifty years ago with the technology of today.

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang tour review, Katey Thompson, November 2016.

The musical Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is based on the story that Ian Fleming (of James Bond fame) wrote for his son. A tale of a magical flying car and its adventures with two children and their father.

This extravagant production does not disappoint from beginning to end with the upbeat music of the Sherman brothers. The fabulous choreography by Stephen Mear is enchanting from the opening scene to the finale. The staging is simple but changes effectively from a garage, to a windmill, to seaside, to the kingdom of Vulgaria, travelling from grand-prix to stormy seas, and cloudless skies, by means of the simple but highly effective use of a video backdrop. This all added to the magical
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Anthony Newley in clip from 1960s British thriller The Small World of Sammy Lee – video

Set in the grimy streets of early-60s Soho, The Small World of Sammy Lee is a lost gem of British cinema. Starring Anthony Newley as a strip-club compere who owes a large amount of money to a local villain, it was written and directed by Ken Hughes (best known for Chitty Chitty Bang Bang) and was photographed by the renowned Wolfgang Suschitzky. It also features a host of recognisable faces in smaller roles, including Steptoe’s Wilfrid Brambell, The Rag Trade’s Miriam Karlin, and Till Death Us Do Part’s Warren Mitchell.

The Small World of Sammy Lee is released on Blu-ray on 14 November

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Drive-In Dust Offs: Patrick (1978)

With the massive success of Carrie (1976), telekinesis was quickly added to horror filmmakers’ arsenal as a new weapon to terrify audiences. The immense power of the film left some reticent to tackle the subject for fear of falling short; however Brian DePalma stepped up to the plate with The Fury (1978), and that same year fledgling Australian filmmaker Richard Franklin made Patrick, a suspenseful, darkly humorous tale of a nurse and the psychokinetically disposed comatose patient that loves her.

Released on its native soil October 1st, 1978, Patrick was bought up for distribution by over 30 countries after a successful screening at the Cannes Film Festival, easily earning back its $400,000 Aud budget (half of which was chipped in by the Australian Film Commission). More good news followed as Patrick was well received by critics, and rightly so – it’s a tense little beaut with an emphasis on character and scattered shocks throughout.

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Get All Kinds of Emotional Watching Dick Van Dyke Perform "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" in a Denny's

I don't know why this gave me the feels it did, but I got ridiculously emotional in my office today watching Dick Van Dyke singing in a Denny's! I never even liked the film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, but it's amazing to see a man of 90 still performing like he's in his prime. I can only hope I'm that healthy in my later years.
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Dick Van Dyke Surprises Denny’s Diners With a Cappella Rendition of ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’ (Video)

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Dick Van Dyke Surprises Denny’s Diners With a Cappella Rendition of ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’ (Video)
Almost 50 years after the release of “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang,” actor Dick Van Dyke broke out into an a cappella performance of the song at a Denny’s restaurant. On Facebook, Van Dyke wrote, “Breakfast at Denny’s, with a side of grits makes me want to sing!!” In the video, the 90-year-old actor sits at a table in the diner chain’s Santa Monica, California location and sings the song with three other men, receiving applause and cheers from surprised diners. Also Read: Dick Van Dyke Cheats Death in Flaming Car Disaster “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” was released in
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Exclusive Artwork: The Magical Movie World of Roald Dahl

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"Hold your breath. Cross your fingers. Here we go!" In celebration of the release of The Bfg on July 1, we asked artist Alina Chau to create an original piece of artwork exclusively for Fandango that captures the magical movie world of Roald Dahl. Chau’s whimsical illustration style and watercolors showcases our favorites from Dahl including: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (script only), The Bfg, The Witches, James and the Giant Peach, Matilda,...

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Stagebox Children's Open Audition Call

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***Children’S Open Audition Call, On Stage At The Savoy Theatre With Double Olivier Award Winning West End & Broadway Choreographer Stephen Mear And Leading Musical Director Nigel Lilley, London, 3rd July 2016***

A children’s open audition call will be held on stage at The Savoy Theatre on 3rd July 2016 to find 25 of the UK’s most talented musical theatre performers! The audition workshop day will be led by the Stagebox Resident Team alongside double Olivier award winning West End & Broadway Choreographer Stephen Mear (Gypsy, Mary Poppins, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang) and leading West End Musical Director Nigel Lilley (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Bend It Like Beckham, Spring Awakening). Stagebox Artistic Director Sammy Murray is also a leading television and film choreographer and is currently working with Jenna Coleman on new primetime ITV Drama "Victoria". Sammy is also known for her choreography on BBC’s “That Day We Sang” (starring
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Winter is Blogging 6.3: Oathbreaker [Contains Spoilers]

Writers: David Benioff, D. B. Weiss.

Directors: Daniel Sackheim.

Cast: Emilia Clarke, Kit Harrington, Lena Headey, Peter Dinklage, Sophie Turner, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Gwendoline Christie, et al.

Synopsis: Daenerys meets her future; Bran meets the past. Tommen confronts the High Sparrow. Arya trains to be No One. Varys finds an answer, and Ramsay gets a gift.

We start where we left off, which is gazing upon the naked body of Jon Snow after he is newly resurrected by Melisandre. And yes, there are more important things in this very moment than the public outcry to see his pecker, so if that’s what you’re tuning in for – it’s time to hang up your hat and call it a day. Regardless, our beloved Jon, though clearly – and understandably – flabbergasted as he rises to his feet, and bereft with grief and disappointment as he realises his actions spurred his assassination, takes Ser Davos’ coat.
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