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Theatre: Further Cast Announced For ‘Mary Poppins’ Return

Cameron Mackintosh and Disney are delighted to announce that Petula Clark and Joseph Millson will join the Company to play the Bird Woman and George Banks in the new production of Mary Poppins, which returns to its original West End home at the Prince Edward Theatre from 23 October 2019. They join the previously announced Zizi Strallen in the title role and Charlie Stemp as Bert.

Petula Clark

The magical story of the world’s favourite Nanny arriving on Cherry Tree Lane has been triumphantly and spectacularly brought to the stage with dazzling choreography, incredible effects and unforgettable songs. The stage version of Mary Poppins, brilliantly adapted from the wonderful stories by Pl Travers and the original beloved Walt Disney film, continues to be a smash hit around the world since it opening in London 15 years ago.

Petula Clark became a star in the UK at nine years old singing for the
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Andre Previn, Four-Time Oscar-Winning Composer, Dies at 89

  • Variety
Oscar-winning film composer and symphony orchestra conductor Andre Previn died Thursday at his home in Manhattan, his manager confirmed to the New York Times. He was 89.

The former enfant terrible of motion picture scoring and accomplished jazz pianist was honored with four Academy Awards. He won the first two, for best scoring of a musical picture (a category that has since been retired), for “Gigi” and “Porgy & Bess” in 1958 and 1959, respectively, while still in his 20s. He then won two for best adaptation or treatment (another retired sub-category) in 1963 and 1964 for “Irma la Douce” and “My Fair Lady,” respectively.

He later abandoned films to conduct such esteemed orchestras as the London Symphony Orchestra and the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

Previn’s jazz influence was pianist Art Tatum and, from the age of 12, he developed a proficiency in jazz piano, which led to his first film assignment at age 16, while still a
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‘Mary Poppins Returns’ Composer Channeled Sherman Brothers for Fresh Songs

  • Variety
‘Mary Poppins Returns’ Composer Channeled Sherman Brothers for Fresh Songs
Back in 2014, composer-songwriter Marc Shaiman came across a vinyl copy of the “Mary Poppins” soundtrack album and created a Facebook video of himself dropping the needle onto the record, then sitting back in ecstasy. He called his video “Heaven.”

A few months later, he learned that the Walt Disney Studios was embarking on “Mary Poppins Returns,” a sequel to that 1964 classic, and he begged director Rob Marshall for the job of writing the songs (along with his co-lyricist Scott Wittman).

Repeated listens of the “Poppins” soundtrack — with its iconic, Oscar-winning tunes by brothers Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman — formed the basis of “my entire musical life,” Shaiman says. “I learned everything about songwriting, arranging, orchestrating and writing for film from the ‘Mary Poppins’ soundtrack. For the first 18 years of my life, that was my school.”

Shaiman and Wittman got the job, and their nine new songs (mostly sung
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‘Mary Poppins Returns’ Oscar categories: Lin-Manuel Miranda goes for the Egot as a leading actor

‘Mary Poppins Returns’ Oscar categories: Lin-Manuel Miranda goes for the Egot as a leading actor
Lin-Manuel Miranda is just an Oscar away from Egot, and we now know his category placement at upcoming awards for “Mary Poppins Returns.” Disney Studios has announced on its Fyc campaign website that he will compete in the leading race as Best Actor. That decision will apply for Academy Awards 2019, Golden Globes, SAG Awards, BAFTA, Critics’ Choice and more (although Academy Awards voters can place contenders wherever they wish).

SEEWho needs an Oscar to reach Egot?

The Rob Marshall film opening December 19 is a sequel to the original Disney smash from 1964, which won Julie Andrews a Best Actress Oscar. The plot involves the title character returning to visit the adult versions of the Banks children and help them through new difficulties in their lives. Emily Blunt takes over the role from Andrews.

Blunt, of course, is campaigning as Best Actress. Three-time Oscar champ Meryl Streep and honorary Oscar recipient Angela Lansbury
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Explore the legacy of Winnie the Pooh with Christopher Robin featurette

Following the arrival of the latest trailer for Christopher Robin [watch it here], Walt Disney Pictures has now released a featurette for the live-action family adventure which sees stars Ewan McGregor, and Hayley Atwell, director Marc Forster, and songwriter Richard M. Sherman discussing the legacy of Winnie the Pooh; take a look here…

In the heartwarming live action adventure “Disney’s Christopher Robin,” the young boy who loved embarking on adventures in the Hundred Acre Wood with a band of spirited and lovable stuffed animals, has grown up and lost his way. Now it is up to his childhood friends to venture into our world and help Christopher Robin remember the loving and playful boy who is still inside.

Christopher Robin is set for release on August 3rd 2018 and features a cast that includes Ewan McGregor as Christopher, Hayley Atwell as his wife Evelyn and Mark Gatiss as his boss Giles. The voice
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Dick Van Dyke, LeAnn Rimes Salute Sherman Bros. — Writers of ‘It’s a Small World,’ ‘Winnie the Pooh’ — for Classic Film Songs

  • Variety
Dick Van Dyke, LeAnn Rimes Salute Sherman Bros. — Writers of ‘It’s a Small World,’ ‘Winnie the Pooh’ —  for Classic Film Songs
Everyone who left the Samuel Goldwyn Theater Wednesday night was humming. It might have been “A Spoonful of Sugar,” “Winnie the Pooh,” “It’s a Small World” or any of a dozen other tunes written over the past 50 years by Richard M. Sherman and his late brother Robert B. Sherman, but they were humming something.

The Motion Picture Academy’s two-and-a-half-hour salute to the songwriters, billed as “The Sherman Brothers: A Hollywood Songbook,” may have been the most joyous celebration in that theater in recent memory. Multiple standing ovations and a warm, infectious feeling of Disney-fueled happiness were the order of the evening.

The Shermans — Dick, who just turned 90, and his brother Bob, who died in 2012 — penned some of the most memorable movie songs in history, many of them for Walt Disney. As Dick Van Dyke, reminiscing about being on the set of “Mary Poppins,” put it, “there was
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The Academy’s Summer Screenings Include Grease And Hairspray (1988)

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced its summer programming lineup this week for both Los Angeles and New York. A full schedule and tickets for the screenings can be found here: oscars.org/summer-at-the-academy.

Schedule is as follows, participants listed will be in attendance (schedules permitting):

June

Sideways (2004) – June 1 – 7 p.m.

Academy at Metrograph, New York City

With Oscar®-winning co-writer Jim Taylor.

George Stevens Lecture: Alice Adams (1935) – June 4 – 7:30 p.m.

Samuel Goldwyn Theater, Beverly Hills

With Academy Writers Branch governor Robin Swicord.

Acting And Performance Capture:

A Revolution In Technology And Collaboration – June 14 – 7:30 p.m.

Presented by the Academy Science and Technology Council

Samuel Goldwyn Theater, Beverly Hills

Co-hosted by Oscar-winning visual effects supervisor John Nelson and actor Cch Pounder.

With actor Karin Konoval and more.

The Sherman Brothers: A Hollywood Songbook – June 20 – 7:30 p.m.

Samuel Goldwyn Theater, Beverly Hills

With Oscar-winning
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‘Thursday Night Football’ Ratings Steady With 2016 In NBC Return; Seahawks Win

Surely one of the big takeaways from last night's return of Thursday Night Football to NBC will be the likely end of Richard Sherman's season this year. On a night that began with a tribute to veterans and no protests by players on either team, the Seattle Seahawks beat the Arizona Cardinals 22-16. However, the Emerald City cornerback took a number of hits on the field in Glendale in the Copper State and eventually exited the Week 10 game in the third quarter with what…
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Sherman Brothers' New Musical Levi! to Have World Premiere in Los Angeles

The Los Angeles City College Lacc Theatre Academy and Kritzerland Entertainment present the world premiere of Levi, a classic fit new musical based on the life of Levi Strauss, with a book by legendary cult film writerdirector Larry Cohen and Janelle Webb Cohen, and music and lyrics written by Disney's most celebrated Oscar-winning composers Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman Mary Poppins, The Jungle Book, Chitty Chitty, Bang Bang, Charlotte's Web, The Aristocats, Bedknobs and Broomsticks and more.
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Jezebel Working For Hugh Hefner Sounds Like a Horror Show of Blood and Semen and Pelvic Cheeseburger

  • The AV Club
Jezebel Working For Hugh Hefner Sounds Like a Horror Show of Blood and Semen and Pelvic Cheeseburgers | Deadspin Richard Sherman Says Fantasy Football Has Ruined Fans’ Ability To Feel Sympathy For Injured Players | Earther What America’s First Offshore Wind Farm Can Teach Us About Saving Birds | Splinter Republicans…

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Donald Trump Doubles Down On NFL Stance: Kneelers Should Be Fired

Update with comments from Richard Sherman and Doug Baldwin: Richard Sherman of the Seattle Seahawks took to Twitter in regards to Trump’s comments calling his behavior unacceptable and saying, “If you do not condemn his divisive rhetoric you are condoning it!” The behavior of the President is unacceptable and needs to be addressed. If you do not Condemn this divisive Rhetoric you are Condoning it!! — Richard Sherman (@RSherman_25) September 23, 2017 He elaborated on…
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Ice Cube's Pep Talk to Seahawks Addresses National Anthem Protests

  • TMZ
[[tmz:video id="0_4dnvsrz3"]] Ice Cube dished out some life lessons as the guest speaker during a Seattle Seahawks team meeting, but the gist of his speech echoed one of his hit tracks -- Do ya thang! The rapper made a surprise visit to the Seahawks' facility Saturday along with NBA legend Allen Iverson -- the 2 are in town for the BIG3 playoffs Sunday at KeyArena -- and coach Pete Caroll let Cube address his squad. Among the topics
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Photo Coverage: Paper Mill Playhouse's Mary Poppins Celebrates Opening Night!

Paper Mill Playhouse, recipient of the 2016 Regional Theatre Tony Award is currently presenting the hit Broadway musical Mary Poppins based on the stories of P.L. Travers and the Walt Disney Film with original music and lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman, book by Julian Fellowes, new songs and additional music and lyrics byGeorge Stiles and Anthony Drewe, and co-created by Cameron Mackintosh. BroadwayWorld was there to capture the cast on opening night
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Elena Shaddow and Mark Evans to Lead Mary Poppins at Paper Mill; Cast Complete!

Paper Mill Playhouse,recipient of the 2016 Regional Theatre Tony Award, hasannouncedcasting for the hit Broadway musical Mary Poppins based on the stories of P.L. Travers and the Walt Disney Film with original music and lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman, book by Julian Fellowes, new songs and additional music and lyrics by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe, and co-created by Cameron Mackintosh. Bank of America is the Major Sponsor of Mary Poppins.
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Jennifer Lopez Sued Over Custom Hoverboards for Vegas Show (Video)

  • TMZ
Jennifer Lopez got some fancy new wheels -- custom hoverboards -- for her Vegas show, but forgot to keep her end of the bargain ... according to the company that made the gear. Sidekick Group Corp says it shipped out 42 hoverboards for J Lo and her dancers to use in her "All I Have" show at Planet Hollywood Las Vegas. The company says it didn't charge cash, but their signed contract did require Jennifer to do a few things in return.
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Seahawks K.J. Wright Says Richard Sherman Ain't Leaving! (Video)

  • TMZ
[[tmz:video id="0_tg8rivpv"]] Maybe K.J. Wright knows something we don't ... but the Seahawks Pro Bowl linebacker is adamant Richard Sherman is Not leaving Seattle.  On Wednesday, Pete Carroll said other teams have called and expressed interest in the leader of the Legion of Boom ... and Carroll said the team has talked about it ... but so far, no official moves.  Enter Wright ... who told us straight up, "Sherman's not going anywhere. He's gonna be here." K.J.'s
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Richard Sherman Threatens to Ruin Reporter's Career, Apologizes (Audio)

  • TMZ
[[tmz:video id="0_idii7i02"]] Richard Sherman vowed to single-handedly ruin a reporter's career Tuesday -- seriously -- all because the guy asked a question the Seahawks star didn't like.  It all went down right after Sherman wrapped up a news conference -- in which 710 Espn Seattle reporter Jim Moore had asked Sherman about criticism of the team's offensive coordinator.  Sherman didn't like the question ... and as he was leaving the conference, he went up to Moore and said, "I'll ruin your career.
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Did Erin Andrews Confirm Her Engagement to L.A. Kings Player Jarret Stoll?

Rumors have been flying that Erin Andrews is engaged to her boyfriend, NHL player Jarret Stoll -- but the Dancing With the Stars host had been fairly quiet on the matter -- until now.

In several recent social media posts, Andrews, 38, subtly implied that the rumors may just be true.

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The first, which helped kick the rumor mill into high gear on Thursday, featured a screenshot of a weather report, with the Fox NFL sideline reporter referring to her "ring game" in the caption. "This weather at Lambeau is really going to put a damper on my ring game @jarretstoll."

Those responding with congratulatory messages on Twitter and Instagram included Andrews' Fox Sports colleague, Charissa Thompson, and past and present wives of Stoll's L.A. Kings teammates.

The second cryptic kinda-sorta confirmation came a few hours later, in response to a query from DWTS pro Emma Slater.

"What?!!!! Would you
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‘La La Land’: How Damien Chazelle’s Path to Success Mirrored the Dreamers in His Musical

‘La La Land’: How Damien Chazelle’s Path to Success Mirrored the Dreamers in His Musical
Oscar contenders can be the auteur, the veteran, the journeyman who’s elevated his craft. However, perhaps the most exciting breed is the Breakout, and that’s Damien Chazelle.

He’s not a rookie. His second feature, “Whiplash” (Sony Pictures Classics), scored a shocking five nominations including Best Picture, Adapted Screenplay (from his short), Editing, Sound Mixing, and a win for Supporting Actor J.K. Simmons.

However, following that breakout success is often a tall order for young directors, whose celebration is often followed by a morass of dealmaking and development hell.

That wasn’t Chazelle’s fate. With critically hailed fall festival hit “La La Land” (Lionsgate, December 9), Chazelle magically modernizes the colorful swirl of Jacques Demy French song-and-dance musicals “The Umbrellas of Cherbourg” and “Les Desmoiselles de Rochefort” along with backstage showbiz romantic musicals such as “New York, New York” or Gene Kelly-starrer “Singin’ in the Rain.” In “La La Land,
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‘La La Land’: How Damien Chazelle’s Path to Success Mirrored the Dreamers in His Musical

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‘La La Land’: How Damien Chazelle’s Path to Success Mirrored the Dreamers in His Musical
Oscar contenders can be the auteur, the veteran, the journeyman who’s elevated his craft. However, perhaps the most exciting breed is the Breakout, and that’s Damien Chazelle.

He’s not a rookie. His second feature, “Whiplash” (Sony Pictures Classics), scored a shocking five nominations including Best Picture, Adapted Screenplay (from his short), Editing, Sound Mixing, and a win for Supporting Actor J.K. Simmons.

However, following that breakout success is often a tall order for young directors, whose celebration is often followed by a morass of dealmaking and development hell.

That wasn’t Chazelle’s fate. With critically hailed fall festival hit “La La Land” (Lionsgate, December 9), Chazelle magically modernizes the colorful swirl of Jacques Demy French song-and-dance musicals “The Umbrellas of Cherbourg” and “Les Desmoiselles de Rochefort” along with backstage showbiz romantic musicals such as “New York, New York” or Gene Kelly-starrer “Singin’ in the Rain.” In “La La Land,
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