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Mary Poppins Returns Preview Celebrates the Music and Magic of Cherry Tree Lane

Disney is ringing in the holidays with the ultimate music and magic extravaganza Mary Poppins Returns, which should be fun for the entire family, including all aunties and uncles, grammies and grunkles. It may even win over your mysteriously dark cousin who just arrived from parts unknown. Today, we have a special look at this sequel fifty-four years in the making.

Get your umbrellas out, and put some sugar in your pocket. You'll want to be first in line when Mary Poppins Returns opens in theaters nationwide December 19! In Disney's Mary Poppins Returns, an all new original musical and sequel, Mary Poppins is back to help the next generation of the Banks family find the joy and wonder missing in their lives following a personal loss.

Emily Blunt stars as the practically-perfect nanny with unique magical skills who can turn any ordinary task into an unforgettable, fantastic adventure and Lin-Manuel Miranda plays her friend Jack,
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'Mary Poppins Returns,' 'BlacKkKlansman' Producers on Their Movies' Appeal in Trump Era

'Mary Poppins Returns,' 'BlacKkKlansman' Producers on Their Movies' Appeal in Trump Era
Late summer hits Crazy Rich Asians and BlacKkKlansman may not seem to have much in common with highly-anticipated year-end films Mary Poppins Returns and Roma, but all four movies reflect current political and social issues ranging from inclusive storytelling to racism to hope (or a lack thereof). 

During a panel discussion at the Producers Guild of America's Produced By: New York conference on Saturday, producers, writers and actors from those titles talked about their films' timeliness, with the teams behind BlacKkKlansman and Mary Poppins Returns each saying that their film speaks to the "scary," "cynical" atmosphere America is currently in.

BlacKkKlansman explores ...
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‘Mary Poppins Returns’ Director Rob Marshall Breaks Down the New Cast [Set Visit]

‘Mary Poppins Returns’ Director Rob Marshall Breaks Down the New Cast [Set Visit]
I visited the London set of Mary Poppins Returns back in 2017 and came away thoroughly charmed. Director Rob Marshall‘s upcoming sequel to the Disney classic looks to have its heart in the right place every step of the way, complete with two thoroughly charming leads, elaborate musical numbers, and even an extended animation sequence […]

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Domestic Box Office Hits $10 Billion at Record Pace in 2018

The record pace of the 2018 box office continues unabated, as comScore announced Sunday that domestic grosses for the year have hit $10 billion faster than any other year in box office history.

Though only five films have posted opening weekends of $100 million or more — with the last being “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” five months ago — the 2018 box office has been highlighted with two $200 million-plus openings, including a record $257 million launch by “Avengers: Infinity War.”

Also Read: 'The Grinch' Pilfers $66 Million at Box Office

Even in recent months, the box office has been buoyed by strong, $50 million-plus openings from films like “Mission: Impossible – Fallout” and “Venom,” while a variety of non-blockbusters like “Crazy Rich Asians” and “A Star Is Born” have provided sustained four-quadrant turnout. As a result, 2018 has seen record high monthly grosses in February, April and October, as well as the second-highest total for June and September.

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Domestic Box Office Hits $10 Billion Mark In Record Time

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By the end of today, the domestic box office per ComScore will have hit the $10 billion mark, doing so in record time: Ten months and 11 days.

Given how U.S./Canada ticket sales have been clicking ahead of last year at the same point in time by 10%, it’s clear we’re headed for a fourth year that will cross $11 billion. 2016 repped a banner year with $11.4 billion and so far 2018 is pacing 5.6% ahead of that Jan.-Nov. 11 period ($9.5 billion).

But without a Star Wars movie at the tail-end of this year, many were expecting us to be down from previous years. Let’s not forget the year-end 2017 holidays got us to a great start: There was $102.9M carryover juice from The Last Jedi, which made $620.1M in its entire run, and $235.5M from Sony’s Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle which racked up $404.5M in its 2017-18 play.

This autumn and August surprised many.
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Why the Mary Poppins Returns Cast Thought Meryl Streep Died on Set

Why the Mary Poppins Returns Cast Thought Meryl Streep Died on Set
Meryl Streep may just be the most convincing actress in history. As Topsy, the three-time Oscar winner has a scene-stealing supporting role in Walt Disney Pictures' Mary Poppins Returns (in theaters Dec. 19). Streep's character, who is a cousin to Mary Poppins (Emily Blunt), is an oddity who involuntarily spends every second Wednesday upside down. She visits to the Banks to fix family heirloom and sings the jazzy "Turning Turtle." Streep took the role solely to work with Rob Marshall, who directed her in 2014's Into the Woods. "Rob knew that I wanted in on whatever it was he did next. But I had no idea what he had in his head. And when he [and producer John DeLuca] invited me to talk through...
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Updated Academy Award predictions for early November

Next week, the Independent Spirit Awards will announce their nominations, moving us forward in the fall precursor season. I won’t be predicting the nods this year, just since it’s an exercise in futility, but I will have more to say about them next Friday. Today, we’re focused on Oscar noms, which I will be continuing with every week or two, obviously. Before long, every week will be necessary, once the precursors come in hot and heavy. For now, we’re still just rearranging our proverbial dance cards based on hunches and buzz. It won’t be long though that things start to change in a notable way, one way or another. For this update, I’ve mainly made small changes. We’re still waiting on a few things to begin screening, like The Mule and Vice. At the same time, we’ve just seen the debut last
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Emily Blunt Gives Devil Wears Prada Fans What They Want as She Answers Vogue's 73 Questions

Emily Blunt Gives Devil Wears Prada Fans What They Want as She Answers Vogue's 73 Questions
From assistant to editor!

Emily Blunt channeled Meryl Streep as she recreated several scenes and moments from 2006’s The Devil Wears Prada during her 73 Questions Interview with Vogue.

The Mary Poppins actress, 35, who was acting as Vogue’s Editor-In-Chief while Anna Winter was “in Europe,” was flummoxed when asked to choose between two identical looking belts.

“It’s a tough call, they’re both so different,” Blunt deadpans in the video, just as Streep did as editor Miranda Priestly in Devil Wears Prada.

Eventually, she calls her brother-in-law, Devil Wears Prada co-star Stanley Tucci for guidance.

“I don’t really know,
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Comeback Kid: Movie Theaters Rebound With a Vengeance

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Will movie theaters finally get some respect?

That’s the question exhibitors are pondering as 2018 races toward a record year at the domestic box office — a result that few saw coming. Yet it remains to be seen if cinemas, frequently written off as lumbering anachronisms, will be able to convince investors and analysts that their success represents a trend.

“Moviegoing doesn’t get its due because it’s not the sexy new technology, but the numbers speak for themselves,” said Kyle Davies, president of domestic distribution for Paramount.

Fall hits such as “Venom,” “A Star Is Born” and “Halloween” are powering the domestic movie business to an unexpectedly strong third quarter and positioning the industry to have a very merry holiday season. Theatrical revenues have improved by 10% year over year, and attendance is up 7.7%, a sign that the boom isn’t just attributable to higher ticket prices. More people are
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Taking a first crack at Golden Globe predictions

One of the glitziest precursors out there is the Golden Globe Awards. They may not be incredibly influential, Oscar wise, but they definitely factor into the race. It’s an interesting situation, one we’ve detailed in the past (and may very well get into again). As such, the Globes get more than their due. Today, I wanted to take an initial crack at predictions for the award, pairing them with my standard Academy Award predictions. A lot of this is even bigger guesswork now, as you’ll see below. Still, it’s worth a shot, right? Exactly. I knew you’d agree with me. Now, we can move on. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association (or HFPA) do favor celebrities, so this could end up being a hell of a haul for Bradley Cooper and his filmmaking debut A Star Is Born. There’s a chance that he wins two individual statues,
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‘Nutcracker and the Four Realms': 4 Reasons Why It Cracked at the Box Office

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Three weeks from now, Disney should be back to making box office money hand over fist with “Ralph Breaks the Internet,” but it’s always noteworthy when the top studio in Hollywood suffers a flop as big as “Nutcracker and the Four Realms.”

Filmed on a pricey $130 million budget, “Nutcracker” has posted a domestic opening this weekend of just $20 million and $58.5 million worldwide. With family films like “The Grinch,” “Fantastic Beasts” and the aforementioned “Ralph” headlining the rest of the November slate, all signs point to “Nutcracker” dropping down the charts very quickly in the weeks to come.

“Obviously, while we try to put all our films in the best position to succeed, some might not connect as much as we hope,” said Disney domestic distribution head Cathleen Taff.

Also Read: 'Bohemian Rhapsody' Is the Box Office Champion With $51 Million Opening

It’s the worst opening for a
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‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Rocks Box Office While ‘Nutcracker’ Collapses

  • The Wrap
20th Century Fox is enjoying its biggest weekend at the box office since the release of “Deadpool 2” thanks to New Regency’s “Bohemian Rhapsody,” the Queen biopic that is closing in on a $49-50 million opening weekend, while its main competition, Disney’s “Nutcracker and the Four Realms,” is shaping up to be one of the biggest bombs of 2018.

Bohemian Rhapsody” has received lukewarm reviews from critics who praised the film’s concert scenes and Rami Malek’s performance as Freddie Mercury but criticized its script. But for Queen fans, the positives far outweighed the negatives, as early audiences gave the film an A on CinemaScore compared to 59 percent critic score on Rotten Tomatoes. The film made $18 million on Friday from 4,000 screens, which includes $3.9 million from Thursday previews.

Also Read: October Box Office Finishes Over $800 Million for First Time Ever

This is the second film in the past month
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Mary Poppins Returns Pop! Vinyl, Rock Candy and Vnyl. figures revealed by Funko

Funko has released promotional images for its upcoming tie-in products for Disney’s fantasy adventure sequel Mary Poppins Returns which includes four Pop! Vinyl figure variants of the titular magical nanny, along with a Jack the Lamplighter Pop!, a Mary Poppins Rock Candy , and a Mary & Jack Vnyl. 2-pack; take a look here…

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Mary Poppins Returns is set in 1930s depression-era London (the time period of the original novels) and is drawn from the wealth of material in Pl Travers’ additional seven books. In the story, Michael (Ben Whishaw) and Jane (Emily Mortimer) are now grown up, with Michael, his three children and their housekeeper, Ellen (Julie Walters), living on Cherry Tree Lane. After Michael suffers a personal loss, the enigmatic nanny Mary Poppins (Emily Blunt) re-enters the lives of the Banks family, and, along with the optimistic street lamplighter
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Actors who could earn second consecutive Oscar nomination in 2019: Timothee Chalamet, Margot Robbie …

Actors who could earn second consecutive Oscar nomination in 2019: Timothee Chalamet, Margot Robbie …
Many actors have gotten on a hot streak with the Academy for a specific period of time in the Oscars’ 90-year history. Recently we’ve seen Octavia Spencer, Bradley Cooper, Mark Ruffalo and Amy Adams earn consecutive nominations at the Oscars. There are currently a number of last year’s Oscar nominees who could earn an afterglow nomination just one year later, proving Sally Field correct in her second acceptance speech for Best Actress when she exclaimed: “You like me, right now, you like me!”

Two of the most recent Best Actor nominees could find themselves competing yet again in 2019, this time in Best Supporting Actor. Timothee Chalamet and Daniel Kaluuya were two of the most celebrated nominees for their performances in “Call Me by Your Name” and “Get Out,” respectively, and now they’re earning acclaim for their latest projects. Chalamet plays drug addict Nic Sheff in “Beautiful Boy,
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‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Drums Up $3.9 Million at Thursday Box Office

  • The Wrap
‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Drums Up $3.9 Million at Thursday Box Office
Rami Malek and Fox hit a high note with “Bohemian Rhapsody,” drawing $3.9 million in Thursday night showings as it stays on track for a $40 million box office bow.

For comparison, Warner Bros.’s critical and commercial hit “A Star is Born” earned $3.2 million in early Thursday showings on its way to a $42.9 million opening weekend. “Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again” hit theaters with $3.4 million in early previews, pulling in $35.0 million in its first weekend for Universal. Independent trackers are looking for “Bohemian Rhapsody” to open to the tune of $35-$40 million.

Bohemian Rhapsody” has been heavily criticized for its series of events and its effectiveness as a biopic for Queen front-man Freddie Mercury.

Also Read: 'Bohemian Rhapsody' Film Review: Queen Bio Won't Exactly Rock You

The film has a 59 percent score on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, and critics have panned the film’s screenplay for leaning on
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‘The Favourite’ is an Oscar favorite in key categories

‘The Favourite’ is an Oscar favorite in key categories
Yorgos Lanthimos‘ latest film, “The Favourite” was certainly the people’s favourite at the London Film Festival. Here’s the synopsis of the Fox Searchlight picture: “In early 18th century England, a frail Queen Anne (Olivia Colman) occupies the throne and her close friend Lady Sarah (Rachel Weisz) governs the country in her stead. When a new servant Abigail (Emma Stone) arrives, her charm endears her to Sarah.”

Lanthimos contended at the Oscars in 2015 for his original screenplay for The Lobster.” He lost that race to another writer/director, Kenneth Lonergan, for “Manchester by the Sea.” Lanthimos is currently ranked fourth in our predicted Best Director nominees, just ahead of Spike Lee with “BlacKkKlansman.” Ahead of him, however, are a trio of very strong competitors. Damien Chazelle (who won for “La La Land” in 2017) is in third place with “First Man” while Bradley Cooper is second for his directorial debut on “A Star is Born.
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Best Actress Oscar slugfest: Editors debate ‘exciting’ battle between Lady Gaga, Glenn Close, Olivia Colman and … [Watch]

  • Gold Derby
“It does seem like Best Actress this year is one of the most exciting — if not the exciting — races to watch,” declares Gold Derby’s Marcus James Dixon in our latest editors’ slugfest with Chris Beachum, Daniel Montgomery and Joyce Eng. “Anything can happen in terms of nominations,” he continues, “and then just wait till Oscar night to see who actually wins. It’ll be huge.” Watch our Oscar battle above.

SEEIf Lady Gaga (‘A Star Is Born’) can’t save the Oscars, no one can

“Right now I’ve got Glenn Close,” Montgomery readily admits about the star of “The Wife.” “I think I switched to Lady Gaga [‘A Star Is Born‘] at one point and then I switched back to Glenn Close. I’m kind of going back and forth on that. I think we’ll see the critics’ awards probably go to maybe some combination of Glenn
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Golden Globes: It’s Time to Separate the Music From the Laughs

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Golden Globes: It’s Time to Separate the Music From the Laughs
Let’s face it: the “musical” element of the Hollywood Foreign Press Assn.’s Best Picture, Musical or Comedy, category at the Golden Globes is a holdover from a different era, when films that featured production numbers were a staple of the business.

The category was initiated in 1951, the year of “An American in Paris,” and its early days honored films including “The King and I,” “My Fair Lady” and “The Sound of Music” as well as stars like Donald O’Connor in “Singin’ in the Rain.” Lately, however, it has become a repository for critical duds that would otherwise have no lane to swim in — films such as “The Phantom of the Opera,” the 2005 remake of “The Producers,” “Nine,” “Burlesque” and “The Greatest Showman.”

Meanwhile, musical dramas like “Dreamgirls” and “Les Misérables” have at times boxed out true comedies in the category, to say nothing of dramatic biopics that
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'Mary Poppins Returns': Everything to Know About the Long-Awaited Sequel to the Disney Classic

Fifty-four years after Disney's Mary Poppins bowed on the big screen, the "practically perfect" nanny is gliding back into theaters.

Disney first announced plans for a sequel to the live-action/animated classic in 2015, with Rob Marshall (Chicago, Into the Woods) attached to direct. Emily Blunt and Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda joined the project in February 2016. Over the next few months, the rest of the sequel's star-studded cast took shape — Meryl Streep, Angela Lansbury, Colin Firth and original Mary Poppins star Dick Van Dyke are all set to appear in the film.

Marshall and Blunt screened the first footage from ...
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Can ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Rock the Box Office Despite Tepid Reviews?

  • The Wrap
After an October that blew by everyone’s expectations and set industry records, the calendar now turns to a November that should eventually keep the momentum going after a relatively slow start this weekend, with Fox/New Regency’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” leading the release slate and expected to take No. 1 this weekend with a $35-40 million opening from 4,000+ screens.

The Queen biopic is facing mixed reviews with a 56 percent score on Rotten Tomatoes. Critics have panned the film’s screenplay for leaning on biopic cliches and heavily altering the history of the famed British rock band, while failing to reveal anything insightful about them.

The parts of the film that did earn praise are the elements that mainstream moviegoers are likely to be interested in, namely the lead performance by Rami Malek as Queen’s iconic frontman Freddie Mercury. The role is getting buzz for potential Oscar contention this winter,
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