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 where the cast gets to dance with cartoon animals. It all seems so lovely.

With the film now just over a month away, a new batch of images has arrived alongside a new featurette diving into how the film came together. And because we have even more from our original set visit that didn’t make the initial cut, we’ve packaged it all together with some quotes from Rob Marshall about the new cast, that big animated sequence, and more.

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mary poppins returns sneak peek

Mary Poppins Returns is destined to be another Disney hit, because it continues to look overwhelmingly charming. The sequel to Disney’s 1964 classic finds Emily Blunt taking up the umbrella as magical nanny Mary Poppins, who once again has to help the constantly troubled Banks children. Lin-Manuel Miranda co-stars, along with Meryl Streep and more, with director Rob Marshall at the helm. A new Mary Poppins Returns sneak peek below provides us with yet another delightful look at the film.

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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 a singing and dancing lamplighter named Jack. With Dick Van Dyke’s Burt nowhere to be seen, Jack gets to fill that role in Rob Marshall’s sequel to the Disney classic. It certainly helps that Jack grew up as Burt’s young protege.

When we visited the set of Mary Poppins Returns last year, we sat down with Miranda for a moderated Q&A. He spoke about the differences between working on stage musicals and film musicals, his fondness for the original movie, and getting to meet (and work with) the legendary Dick Van Dyke.

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Any actress who dares take over the role of Mary Poppins from the great Julie Andrews is asking for trouble. Few characters are so iconic, so tied to a single performer. But not every actress is Emily Blunt, the phenomenally talented performer who can play everything from English royalty to badass alien killers. If anyone can play everyone’s favorite magical nanny, it’s her.

While visiting the set of Mary Poppins Returns last year, we were able to spend a few minutes with Blunt for a moderated Q&A, where she spoke about taking over an iconic character, stumbling through dance sequences, and making Mary Poppins her own.

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Last year, I flew across the Atlantic Ocean to visit London, England. Specifically, I visited London, England so I could visit a recreation of London, England on a series of sound stages at Shepperton Studios. But this wasn’t just any recreation of London. This was the London of Mary Poppins Returns, a London full of magic and whimsy and yes, lots and lots of music.

A direct sequel to the 1964 original, Mary Poppins Returns stars Emily Blunt as the magical nanny and Lin-Manuel Miranda as Jack, her new partner-in-song-and-dance. Rob Marshall, the director of Chicago and Into the Woods, is behind the camera and everything we saw on set suggests that this movie should be a delight.

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mary poppins returns trailer

Remember Mary Poppins? She’s back, in sequel form. Mary Poppins Returns resurrects everyone’s favorite supernatural nanny, with Emily Blunt taking over for Julie Andrews. The film finds Mary back to help the next generation of the Banks family, and yes, it looks whimsical as hell. Watch the Marry Poppins Returns trailer below.

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Nan Lawson - Meet Cute 2

Cinema is full of famous couples, and pop culture artist Nan Lawson pays tribute to nearly a couple dozen of them in her Meet Cute 2 art show at Gallery 1988. However, rather than assembling the most obvious couples from the big screen, Lawson has focused on some more niche choices and less likely pairings that we’ve seen in movies over the years.

Gallery 1988 has unveiled the entire line-up of pieces in the Nan Lawson Meet Cute 2 art show, featuring the couples of The Big Lebowski, Beetlejuice, Baby Driver, Mary Poppins, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Parks and Recreation, The Royal Tenenbaums, Bob’s Burgers, Batman Returns, Stranger Things, The Shape of Water and more. Read More »

2018 movie photos

2018 is fast approaching, and that means we’re due for a surge in new photos from the year’s most anticipated movies. Superheroes, magical nannies, and VR video game players galore populate a new batch of 2018 movie photos. And while we’ve already seen a few sneak peeks at films like X-Men: Dark Phoenix, A Wrinkle in Time, and Avengers: Infinity War, these new photos give us something new to chew on.

See some of the new 2018 movie photos below.

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Morning Watch - Making a Chewbacca Mask

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, John Oliver turns a Q&A about Wag the Dog into an opportunity to question Dustin Hoffman about sexual harassment accusations made against him. Plus, check out the process of making an incredible, professional Chewbacca mask, and see what Mary Poppins would be like with Michael Rooker as Yondu Udonta in the lead role instead of Julie Andrews. Read More »

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Guardians of the Galaxy 2 - James Gunn

With the home video release of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 arriving this month, director James Gunn has been making the publicity rounds all over the place to talk about the Marvel Studios sequel. Just this weekend brought a far-out music video for the “Guardians Inferno” disco track from the film’s soundtrack, and you can see Gunn shaking his groove thing all over the place.

Thankfully, James Gunn was able to sit still for a little bit to talk about the developing cosmic movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 soundtrack the role that he wanted David Bowie to play before the musician sadly passed away, and how the Mary Poppins reference came to be included in the movie. Plus, “Guardians Inferno” star David Hasselhoff reveals he’s been trying to convince Gunn to tackle a Knight Rider reboot. Find out all about these tidbits below. Read More »