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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 ReturnsRead More »

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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 »

Emily Blunt as Mary Poppins

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 »

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If you’re in the market for some last-minute Christmas presents for that cinephile in your life who puts up artwork on the walls to show love for their favorite films, we have good news and bad news. The good news is that Hero Complex Gallery has some new prints for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Mad Max: Fury Road and Mary Poppins. The bad news is that some of them are already sold out. But them still look fantastic, so they’re worth checking out. Read More »

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A new Mary Poppins is coming from Disney, that much we know. But exactly what kind of a new Mary Poppins are we talking? Is it a remake? A sequel? A reimagining from a different perspective? One of those weird reboot-quel hybrids that spends the running time of an entire feature film explaining that technically, this reboot is actually a sequel? (Yes, Terminator: GenisysX-Men: Days of Future Past, I’m talking about you.)

Based on director Rob Marshall‘s comments, the answer appears to be “none of the above.” It’s definitely not a remake, but it’s not quite a sequel; either, instead, it’s what he calls an “extension.” Read his Mary Poppins remake comments after the jump.  Read More »

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Disney’s apparent quest to update every single movie in its catalog continues unabated. The next classic in its sights is Mary Poppins, as Rob Marshall has signed on to direct a new live-action musical based on P.L. Travers‘ books. (The struggle to get the rights of which were chronicled in another recent Disney movie, Saving Mr. Banks.) More details on the new Mary Poppins sequel after the jump.  Read More »

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Video remix artist Pogo has been remixing films into music for a four years now. He has done a number of live action film remixes, including: A.I.Lord of the RingsTerminator 2,  Groundhog Day, Pulp Fiction, and even Back to the Future. But he has mainly focused on animated films, including Disneya nd Pixar: the Up-inspired Upular, the Toy Story-inspired Toyz Noize and Buzzwings, the Monsters Inc-inspired “Boo Bass” and others. Pogo’s latest remix (with video made by Joshua Kershaw) combines a bunch of Disney movies, cutting the live action Mary Poppins with animated films like Peter Pan, , Alice in Wonderland, Aladdin and The Little Mermaid. Enjoy Pogo’s The Trouble video remix now embedded after the jump.

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Today I bring you a roundup of a couple cool movie/tv-related projects up for vote at LEGO Ideas and also one cool science fiction LEGO product that was voted into production and coming out next month. Hit the jump to check out all three LEGO projects and hopefully help vote them into production.

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A lot of you know quite a bit about film, but I bet the video below features a few details that will be new to all but the most technically-aware readers.

The site filmmakerIQ.com has put together a great video that explains the origins of film compositing as used in special effects. It begins with the short in which Georges Melies tore his own head off three times in a row to present audiences with himself surrounded by three talking heads. The explanation moves from there to the early blue screen process, and then to the means used by Disney to make the compositing in films like Mary Poppins look amazingly good. (Do you know the name Petro Vlahos? After this, you will.)

This video explains the intricate technical hurdles that made blue-screen compositing so time-consuming, and does a great job explaining the shift to green-screen use and digital. It’s a great video that breaks down a complex process to easily understandable bits. Read More »