Every week in /Answers, we attempt to respond to a new pop culture-related question. This week’s edition asks “What is your favorite movie musical?”
As always, we have submissions from the /Film writing crew and podcast team alongside a special guest. This week, we are joined by Bill Condon, director of Disney’s live-action Beauty and the Beast, as well as Dreamgirls, Gods and Monsters, Kinsey, and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn. Find out our favorite movie musicals of all time below!
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Disney is continuing to dig around in their vault for new movies inspired by their old movies with Mary Poppins Returns, a sequel to the 1964 live-action musical classic Mary Poppins that will have Emily Blunt stepping up to play the titular nanny instead of Julie Andrews. The film won’t arrive until Christmas Day in 2018, but production has already begun at Shepperton Studios in Shepperton, Surrey, England.
Along with Disney’s announcement of the commencement of production, the full cast has been confirmed (most of which we already knew about), and the official synopsis has been revealed as well. Check out the Mary Poppins Returns synopsis and more details after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, December 20th, 2016 by Angie Han
Mary Poppins Returns will largely feature a brand-new cast, with Emily Blunt stepping into the title role, Ben Whishaw and Emily Mortimer playing the Banks children, Lin-Manuel Miranda playing Mary’s new buddy Jack, and more. But they’re also making room for one of the classic stars. Dick Van Dyke has confirmed he will return for the new film, which takes place about 20 years after the events of the original. Van Dyke played Bert, the chimney sweep with the atrocious Cockney accent, in the 1964 movie.
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Posted on Thursday, October 20th, 2016 by Angie Han
Mary Poppins Returns just got even more British. Colin Firth has signed on for the Disney sequel, joining Emily Blunt as the practically perfect nanny and Lin-Manuel Miranda as her lamplighter buddy Jack. Also starring are Meryl Streep, Ben Whishaw, and Emily Mortimer. Find out which character Firth is playing below. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, October 6th, 2016 by Angie Han
Who knew the Banks kids from the original Mary Poppins would turn out so well? Emily Mortimer has just been cast in Mary Poppins Returns as the grown-up Jane Banks, joining Ben Whishaw as her brother Michael Banks. The Disney sequel stars Emily Blunt as the ageless magical nanny, Lin-Manuel Miranda as her buddy, and Meryl Streep as her cousin. Read More »
When it was announced that Chicago director Rob Marshall would be helming a reboot of Mary Poppins, I wasn’t interested. Don’t get me wrong; I like the original Walt Disney adaptation quite a bit, but for me what makes the film is the music by the Sherman Brothers. And I was very skeptical that they would be able to recapture that magic, even with the pitch perfect casting of Emily Blunt as the titular hero.
But when it was revealed that Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda would be co-starring in a role similar to the one Dick Van Dyke played in the original, I finally got invested. If Lin-Manuel Miranda would be providing his songwriting skills for this Mary Poppins sequel, it could end up being something special.
And now Miranda is finally talking about the upcoming Mary Poppins sequel Mary Poppins Returns, giving us a little tease as to what we might expect. Hit the just to learn some new Mary Poppins Returns details.
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Posted on Wednesday, September 7th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
In this edition of Theme Park Bits:
- Hostel director Eli Roth lends his talents to Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights.
- Visitors to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party will get a Zootopia exclusive.
- Disneyland is getting a villain and ghost-themed Halloween parade.
- The dance troupe Jabbawockeez returns to Halloween Horror Nights.
- California Adventure’s Twilight Zone Tower of Terror is getting a temporary seasonal re-do.
- Legendary Imagineer Tony Baxter shares an early design for a Mary Poppins ride.
- A look at new decorations popping up for Halloween Horror Nights.
- Early footage of the under-construction Star Trek: Operation Enterprise.
- Check out the full map for Universal Studios Florida’s Halloween Horror Nights.
- Go behind-the-scenes of the latest Frozen stage show.
- And more!
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Posted on Tuesday, May 31st, 2016 by Angie Han
Earlier this year Disney staked out three more release dates for its live-action fairy tale series, and now we know what one of them will be. The studio has announced that Mary Poppins Returns, the sequel to its 1964 classic Mary Poppins, will arrive December 25, 2018. As previously reported, Emily Blunt takes over the role of the practically perfect British nanny, while Hamilton superstar Lin-Manuel Miranda stars as a new character named Jack.
Along with that release date comes many new details about the story, so keep reading for all the latest on Mary Poppins Returns. Read More »
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Posted on Wednesday, February 24th, 2016 by Angie Han
Disney’s Mary Poppins sequel seems like kind of a tough sell. How many people have really been clamoring for a new take on that childhood classic? But its cast, at least, is unimpeachable. Emily Blunt is in the title role, and now Hamilton mastermind Lin-Manuel Miranda is looking to star alongside her as the Bert equivalent. Read More »
UPDATE: After many months of rumors, Variety has finally confirmed that Emily Blunt is in talks for Mary Poppins. Original story from September 17, 2015 follows.
Disney has already invested in Emily Blunt with a small role as Miss Piggy’s assistant in The Muppets and one of the lead roles in the Broadway musical adaptation of Into the Woods. Recently there have been rumblings that Blunt is under consideration for Captain Marvel along with Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation star Rebecca Ferguson, but the actress had an interesting theory as to why those rumors keep circling.
And now Disney has another role for which they think the star of Edge of Tomorrow and this weekend’s Sicario would be perfect: Mary Poppins. That’s right, according to a new rumor, the House of Mouse wants Emily Blunt as Mary Poppins in the recently announced musical sequel set in Depression-era London, about 20 years after the original. Read More »