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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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‘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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Dick Van Dyke, Hayley Mills & Others Celebrate Disney Musical Legends Sherman Brothers At Joyous Motion Picture Academy Tribute

Dick Van Dyke, Hayley Mills & Others Celebrate Disney Musical Legends Sherman Brothers At Joyous Motion Picture Academy Tribute
Keala Settle, co-star of the smash movie musical The Greatest Showman, hit the stage at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Samuel Goldwyn Theatre on Wednesday night to sing a killer rendition of the iconic Disneyland theme, “It’s a Small World,” the kickoff to a magical night as Oscar celebrated the writers of that tune: Disney legends Richard M Sherman and Robert B. Sherman.

So the lyrics might have said “it’s a small world,” but the lines outside the Academy to get into this sold-out tribute were anything but small, with upward of 100 turned away due to capacity issues. Every seat was taken, and some even tried sitting in the aisles for this once-in-a-lifetime show called The Sherman Brothers: A Hollywood Songbook, timed to Richard Sherman’s 90th birthday (the actual date was June 12). He is the surviving brother of the duo, with Robert having passed
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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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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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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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The 25 greatest movies about making movies

Mark Harrison May 19, 2017

From the currently playing Their Finest to the likes of Bowfinger and Boogie Nights, we salute the movies about making movies...

If you haven't caught up yet, Their Finest is currently playing in UK cinemas and it's a gorgeous little love letter to perseverance through storytelling, set against the backdrop of a film production office at the British Ministry of Information during the Second World War. Based on Lissa Evans' novel, Gemma Arterton and Bill Nighy play characters whose access to the film industry has been contingent on the global crisis that takes other young men away from such trifling matters, and it's a real joy to watch.

Among other things, the film got us thinking about other films about making films. We're not talking about documentaries, even though Hearts Of Darkness, the documentary about the making of Apocalypse Now, may be the greatest film about
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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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25 films all but guaranteed to cheer you up

Joe Richards Mar 24, 2017

Need to find a bit of movie happiness? Here are 25 films that might just do the trick...

Let's face it, we could all probably do with a little bit of cheering up right about now. Times are scary and times are tough, so it's perfectly natural to look for some kind of reassurance that everything will indeed be all right in the end.

Film is perhaps one of the most powerful and effective tools in doing this. It can be a transportative experience, an escape from reality, and, most importantly, it can act as a reminder of all that is good in the world.

With that in mind, here’s a list of 25 movies that are almost-guaranteed to make you smile and restore your faith in humanity...

City Lights

In truth, any of Charlie Chaplin’s films are perfect for those times when you just need to smile.
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Debbie Reynolds: Her 11 Best Musical Moments on Screen and on Stage

Debbie Reynolds: Her 11 Best Musical Moments on Screen and on Stage
Debbie Reynolds, who died on Wednesday at the age of 84, was one of the last icons of Hollywood’s Golden Age.

Throughout her nearly seven decade career, Reynolds made a name for herself as a triple-threat singer, dancer, and actor — with roles in big-screen MGM musicals and Broadway shows. She was also chart-topping recording artist and dynamic live performer, who toured the country for years as a night club entertainer.

Music was an inescapable part of Reynolds career. Here are 11 of her best musical moments.

“Aba Daba Honeymoon” (1950)

Arthur Fields and Walter Donovan’s “Aba Daba Honeymoon” was first recorded
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Exclusive: Dick Van Dyke Opens Up About Joining 'Mary Poppins' Sequel: 'I Gotta Be a Part of It'

Exclusive: Dick Van Dyke Opens Up About Joining 'Mary Poppins' Sequel: 'I Gotta Be a Part of It'
Dick Van Dyke is headed back to the magical world of Mary Poppins!

The 91-year-old actor recently sat down with Et where he revealed that he's got a cameo role in the upcoming Mary Poppins reboot!

"I'll be going to London in the spring to do my role, and I get to do a little song and dance number," Van Dyke explained. "I gotta be a part of it."

News: Dick Van Dyke Sings at a Denny's and Makes Everyone's Day

The iconic comic, who famously played the chimney sweep/street artist/one-man-band Bert, also played the elderly, bearded bank manager Mr. Dawes in the 1964 original.

This time around, though, Van Dyke said the filmmakers were looking for him to play the role of the banker's son, and he joked that it would be an easier role to take on.

"This time there's no four hours in the makeup chair, I grew into
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‘The Jungle Book’ Composer John Debney Discusses Percussive Sound, Fantasound Inspiration And Family’s Disney Legacy

‘The Jungle Book’ Composer John Debney Discusses Percussive Sound, Fantasound Inspiration And Family’s Disney Legacy
An Oscar nominee for Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ, composer John Debney found in Jon Favreau's The Jungle Book the fruition of a very personal family legacy. The son of Disney Studios producer Louis Debney, John is among the few who can claim vivid personal memories of Walt Disney himself—not to mention the Sherman Brothers, the legendary songwriting duo behind the original animated Jungle Book and many Disney classics. Speaking with Deadline, Debney recalls his…
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Doctor Who: The Best Episode from each NuWho Doctor

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Author: Reuben Roper

Doctor Who. Love it or hate it, it’s a massive part of British culture. There can’t really a person in England who doesn’t know the terms Tardis, Dalek, or Sonic Screwdriver.

As the Doctor and Ace walked into the sunset in 1989’s Survival, little did anyone know that the series was soon to be cancelled, possibly gone forever.

Luckily, in 2005, much loved writer Russell T Davies revived the show for the 21st century. This separated Who into two categories – Classic Who, and NuWho.

So, to count down to the Christmas special, here is my review of each NuWho Doctor’s best episodes.

Christopher Eccleston (2005)Best Episode: Dalek – By Robert Sherman

This fantastic episode revived The Daleks, not seen on screen for seventeen years. Big Finish writer Robert Sherman wrote this fantastic tale explaining the Time War and how The Time Lords and The Daleks were both destroyed,
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Kevin Smith Wants to Remake Disney's Bedknobs And Broomsticks

I don't know why, but for some reason, Kevin Smith wants to remake Disney's 1971 film Bedknobs and Broomsticks. During a recent episode of his Fatman on Batman podcast, Smith sang the opening lyrics to a song called "Portobello Road," which was written by the Sherman Brothers for the film.  

Bedknobs and Broomsticks was a British-American musical fantasy film that combined live-action and animation. The story follows three young individuals, Charlie, Carrie and Paul, who move to a small village during World War II. Their they discover their host, Miss Price, "is an apprentice witch! Although her early attempts at magic create hilarious results, she successfully casts a traveling spell on an ordinary bedknob, and they fly to the fantastic, animated Isle of Naboombu to find a powerful spell that will save England!"

During the podcast, Smith explained that a remake of the film would work great for today and talked
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Theatre Review: Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (UK Tour)

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang tour review: An evening of magic and make believe of fifty years ago with the technology of today.

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang tour review, Katey Thompson, November 2016.



The musical Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is based on the story that Ian Fleming (of James Bond fame) wrote for his son. A tale of a magical flying car and its adventures with two children and their father.

This extravagant production does not disappoint from beginning to end with the upbeat music of the Sherman brothers. The fabulous choreography by Stephen Mear is enchanting from the opening scene to the finale. The staging is simple but changes effectively from a garage, to a windmill, to seaside, to the kingdom of Vulgaria, travelling from grand-prix to stormy seas, and cloudless skies, by means of the simple but highly effective use of a video backdrop. This all added to the magical
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‘Mary Poppins Returns’ Details Revealed By Lin-Manuel Miranda

‘Mary Poppins Returns’ Details Revealed By Lin-Manuel Miranda
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 […]

The post ‘Mary Poppins Returns’ Details Revealed By Lin-Manuel Miranda appeared first on /Film.
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Floyd Norman: An Animated Life – Review

So, in the mood for another feature-length doc on the “mouse house”? I’m referring to Mickey’s home base, the cartoon factory that is the Walt Disney Studios. It’s comprehensive archives have provided terrific stories in recent years, all informative and very entertaining. Let’s see, there’s Walt & El Grupo, about the Ww II South American trip. And The Boys: The Sherman Brothers’ Story spotlighting that song-writing duo. Oh, and Waking Sleeping Beauty, which focuses on the late 1980’s revitalization of the feature animation department, is a must see. Only a few weeks ago, audiences were moved by the story of the Suskind family in Life, Animated. Now, here’s another terrific addition to that revered roster. The talented directing team of Michael Fiore and Erik Sharkley introduce us to a fascinating man well known to the world of cartooning, but now the general public will meet
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Will "Loving" Help June 12th Become a Holiday?

On this day in history as it relates to the movies...

1916 Disaster epic super producer Irwin Allen is born. (More on him this afternoon)

1919 Stage legend Uta Hagen is born. Though she only ever makes three movies, she originates Tony winning roles on stage that later win Oscars for movie stars (The Country Girl and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?). Also the co-author of "Respect for Acting" and a reknowned acting teacher with 70s legends Pacino & De Niro as students

1928 Oscar winning composer Richard M Sherman (of Sherman Brothers fame) is born. Jason Schwartzman plays him in Saving Mr Banks (2013) about the making of Mary Poppins (1964)

1942 Anne Frank receives a diary for her 13th birthday. She does not live much longer during the horrific events of The Holocaust but The Diary of Anne Frank becomes a key text of the 20th century. The George Stevens film adaptation (of the Pulitzer winning play of the same name by the screenwriters) released in 1959 receives 8 nominations including Best Picture and takes home three Oscars

1946 Oscar-nominated costume designer Maurizio Millenotti is born in Italy. Credits include: Otello, Hamlet (1990 version), Malèna, The Passion of the Christ and Federico Fellini's And the Ship Sails On.

1962 Three bank robbers escape from Alcatraz. The story becomes the Clint Eastwood picture Escape From Alcatraz (1979)

← 1967 The Supreme Court strikes down anti-miscenegation laws banning interracial marriage in the Loving v Virginia case. This year's Oscar hopeful Loving (2016), starring Ruth Negga and Joel Edgerton tells the Loving story. There's also a movement to make June 12th, "Loving Day," an official Us holiday for celebrating multiracial families. Sadly the movie isn't opening today for this anniversary so we'll have to wait months to see it. Perhaps the 50th anniversary next year, after the story is more widely known with the movie, will help add momentum.

1985 Dave Franco is born

1992 Housesitter with Steve Martin, Goldie Hawn and Dana Delany hits theaters

2010 Slow burning hit "Bulletproof" peaks on the Us charts nearly a year after its release. Two years later Beca deploys it to fuck up Aubrey's stale act in Pitch Perfect (2012)
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Why We'll Never Forget Robert Mapplethorpe

Why We'll Never Forget Robert Mapplethorpe
Robert Mapplethorpe decided he was an important artist long before he was even making important art. Growing up in 1950s Queens, New York, he escaped to art school in Brooklyn, searching for a way to transform himself. He was the outcast who took drugs and dressed weird, until he found his path to stardom. That ambition shines through in the new HBO documentary, Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures. Directed by Randy Barbato and Fenton Bailey — the producers of RuPaul's Drag Race who have also examined oddballs and outliers in documentaries such as Party Monster,
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