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Oscar Flashback: Best Original Songs of the early 1970s, including ‘Theme from ‘Shaft,’ ‘The Morning After’

Oscar Flashback: Best Original Songs of the early 1970s, including ‘Theme from ‘Shaft,’ ‘The Morning After’
This article marks Part 11 of the Gold Derby series analyzing 84 years of Best Original Song at the Oscars. Join us as we look back at the timeless tunes recognized in this category, the results of each race and the overall rankings of the winners.

The 1970 Oscar nominees in Best Original Song were:

“Whistling Away the Dark” from “Darling Lili

“For All We Know” from “Lovers and Other Strangers

“‘Til Love Touches Your Life” from “Madron”

“Pieces of Dreams” from “Pieces of Dreams”

“Thank You Very Much” from “Scrooge

Won: “For All We Know” from “Lovers and Other Strangers

Should’ve won: “Whistling Away the Dark” from “Darling Lili

1970, the year voters embraced monumental pictures including “Patton” and “Mash” and far lesser efforts like “Airport” and “Love Story,” marked a comparably mixed bag in Best Original Song, sporting a truly grand Julie Andrews tune and respectable winner in “For All We Know,
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Happy 50th to Underappreciated Steve Zahn

by Nathaniel R

"Bad Ape" is still one of the best movie characters of 2017. He comes courtesy of the ambitious War for the Planet of the Apes, various visual effects technicians, and Steve Zahn who brilliantly embodies him. On the actor's 50th birthday a quick list of our 5 favorite Zahn performances over the years. He's one of Hollywood's most reliable (and most adorable) character actors and still has never really gotten his due. 

01 "Sammy Gray" in Reality Bites

02 "Glenn Michaels" in Out of Sight

03 "Lenny Hase" in That Thing You Do!

04 "Bad Ape" in War for the Planet of the Apes

05 "Fuller" in Joy Ride

P.S. Also celebrating birthdays today: actors Whoopi Goldberg, Gerard ButlerXiaoming Huang, Frances Conroy, Chris Noth, Joe Mantegna, and Shawn Yue, cinematographer Conrad W Hall, and director Gary Marshall; And though they are departed they are not forgotten: author Robert Louis Stevenson, and actors Hermione Baddeley,
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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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30 Disney Songs That Will Bring You Right Back to Your Childhood

Catchy, heartfelt songs have been a staple of Disney movies since Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs debuted in 1937 and got us all humming "Heigh-Ho" whenever we have tedious work that needs to be done. It's nearly impossible to narrow down the dozens upon dozens of timeless classics into this "best of" list, but PopSugar took on this Herculean task in order to create a thorough, varied and toe-tapping playlist for all the Disney fanatics out there. Check out our favorite Disney songs of all time, and then use our Spotify playlist to enjoy them for yourself. RelatedFeel the Love Tonight With This Romantic Disney Playlist "Heigh-Ho," the Dwarfs chorus (Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs) "When You Wish Upon a Star," Cliff Edwards (Pinocchio) "Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah," James Baskett (Song of the South) "Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo," Verna Felton (Cinderella) "Once Upon a Dream," Mary Costa and Bill Shirley (Sleeping Beauty) "Cruella De Vil,
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From Notting Hill to Hampstead: why do directors get London so wrong?

Dancing cockneys, cobbled streets, red phoneboxes and cold cliques … why are film-makers still peddling dated tourist-friendly fantasies of London when the reality is so much more interesting?

“Portobello Road! Portobello Road! / Street where the riches of ages are stowed / Anything but anything a chap can unload / Is sold off the barrow of Portobello Road / You can find what you want in the Pooooortobelllllllo Road!”

Until I moved to London from New York that song, performed in the 1971 Disney classic Bedknobs and Broomsticks, formed the entire basis of my idea of the city. As a kid I was obsessed with this movie, in which three children are sent out of London during the second world war, only to go back into the city with their new guardian – who happens to be a witch, and even more excitingly happens to be Angela Lansbury – to find a book of spells which will end the war. So they head, yes, to Portobello Road.

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Director Bill Condon on the political relevance of Disney’s live-action Beauty and the Beast

Author: Stefan Pape

Few films released last year carried quite the same political message than Disney’s Zootropolis, as a studio that so often preaches positive messages in the realm of a family adventure movie. Beauty and the Beast is no different, and when we spoke to Bill Condon, the man at the helm of the live-action reimagining of the classic animation, he discussed why this is such an important, pertinent piece of cinema.

So, why the Beauty and the Beast story, and why now?

Honestly, it wasn’t a now, I’ve always wanted to, it’s just, to be perfectly frank, I heard they were doing it and I wanted to get involved with it. I didn’t go to them and say, ‘you should do Beauty and the Beast’, but having said that, it did feel to me that it had a continuing relevance with a lot of the themes.
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Disney legends cast in The Lion King & Mary Poppins Returns

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Author: Zehra Phelan

Over the weekend, Disney made a couple of important cast announcements for both of their hotly anticipated offerings, The Lion King and Mary Poppins. Disney had already created a buzz with the announcement of these two remakes which has now skyrocketed for these re-imagined childhood favourites. The stakes are high for Disney, so only the best acting talents will do.

In the case you have been living under a rock of late, The Jungle Book director Jon Favreau will be taking the helm of the all new live-action reimaging from Disney, The Lion King. After the huge success of The Oscar-nominated The Jungle Book last year which saw critics and audiences salivating over the Favreau’s visually stunning production it was a complete no-brainer that he should be leading the pack.

Related: Jon Favreau on The Jungle Book

We couldn’t be happier to hear the great
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Angela Lansbury joins the cast of Mary Poppins Returns

Legendary actress Angela Lansbury will return to work at Disney for the in-production movie sequel, Mary Poppins Returns.

The film, which is now shooting at Shepperton Studios in the UK, also stars Emily Blunt, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ben Whishaw, Emily Mortimer, Julie Walters, Colin Firth, Meryl Streep and Dick Van Dyke.

Lansbury, who has worked with the House of Mouse on the likes of Bedknobs and Broomsticks, as well as the 1990s version of Beauty and the Beast, will play the character of Balloon Lady in the film.

Mary Poppins Returns is set in 1930s depression-era London (the time period of the original novels) and is drawn from the wealth of material in Pl Travers’ additional seven books. In the story, Michael (Whishaw) and Jane (Mortimer) are now grown up, with Michael, his three children and their housekeeper, Ellen (Walters), living on Cherry Tree Lane. After Michael suffers a personal loss,
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Angela Lansbury joins Disney’s Mary Poppins Returns

Entertainment Weekly has confirmed that legendary actress Angela Lansbury is set to appear in Disney’s upcoming sequel Mary Poppins Returns.

Lansbury, who has previously worked with Disney on Bedknobs and Broomsticks and Beauty and the Beast, is set to portray the Balloon Lady, a character “who wreaks helium havoc in the park during one of Mary Poppins’ outing with the Banks children.” The character was first introduced as the Balloon Woman in the second book of author P.L. Travers’ book series, Mary Poppins Comes Back.

Mary Poppins Returns is being directed by Rob Marshall (Into the Woods) and sees Emily Blunt (The Girl on the Train) taking on the title role alongside Ben Whishaw (Spectre), Emily Mortimer (Hugo), Julie Walters (Harry Potter), Colin Firth (The King’s Speech), Meryl Streep (Florence Foster Jenkins), Pixie Davies (Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children), Nathanael Saleh (Game of Thrones), Angela Lansbury (Murder,
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Angela Lansbury Joins Mary Poppins Returns

Mary Poppins Returns is positively brimming with talent. Emily Blunt takes on the titular role that Julie Andrews once played, while Lin-Manuel Miranda, Meryl Streep, Ben Whishaw, Emily Mortimer, Colin Firth, Julie Waters and Dick Van Dyke round out the ensemble. Now, they’ll be joined by another tremendous screen presence, as Angela Lansbury enters the newest live-action Disney sequel.

Five-time Tony winner Lansbury will play the Balloon Lady, who was originally featured in P.L. Travers’ novel. While it’s presumably a minor role, it definitely won’t be Lansbury’s introduction to Disney. She previously starred in Bedknobs and Broomsticks and also gave her voice to Mrs. Potts in the original 1992 Beauty and the Beast. She won’t reprise the role in the live-action adaptation, however. Those duties now belong to Emma Thompson. Oddly enough, Thompson played Travers in Disney’s Saving Mr. Banks. The studio likes to keep people in the family,
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Newswire: Angela Lansbury to make Mary Poppins Returns even more whimsically British

Ensuring that no corner of its upcoming Mary Poppins Returns is devoid of whimsical old-school Britishness, Disney has announced that Angela Lansbury has been cast in the Emily Blunt-starring sequel. Lansbury—whose past Disney collaborations include Bedknobs And Broomsticks and Beauty And The Beast—will play the Balloon Lady, a beloved character from P.L. Travers’ original Mary Poppins books.

Lansbury joins a cast that includes Blunt as the supercalifragilisticexpialidocious nanny herself, along with Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ben Whishaw, Emily Mortimer, Julie Walters, Colin Firth, Meryl Streep, and a small appearance from the original films’ Dick Van Dyke. Set in Depression-era London, the film sees Poppins return to once again inject some joy into the lives of a now-adult Jane and Michael Banks, and is set for a Christmas 2018 release.
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Oscar Winner Angela Lansbury Added To Mary Poppins Returns Cast

Angela Lansbury has joined the cast of Mary Poppins Returns, the all-new sequel to Disney’s 1964 film “Mary Poppins” currently filming at Shepperton Studios. She will feature as the Balloon Lady, a treasured character from Pl Travers’ series of Mary Poppins children’s books. The film is scheduled for release December 25, 2018.

A five-time Tony Award winner and the recipient of an honorary Academy Award, three Academy Award nominations and bestowed with numerous other accolades, Angela Lansbury’s career encompasses more than 70 years. She is a beloved member of the Disney family and starred in “Bedknobs and Broomsticks” and voiced Mrs. Potts in the animated classic “Beauty and the Beast.”

Her roles in film, television and theater range from “Gaslight,” “The Picture of Dorian Gray,” “The Manchurian Candidate” and “Death on the Nile” to “Murder, She Wrote,” “Mame,” “Blithe Spirit,” “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” and “Gypsy.”

Directed
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Exploring Disney's Fascinating Dark Phase of the 70s and 80s

Ryan Lambie Jun 26, 2019

Space horror in The Black Hole. Animated death in The Black Cauldron. The '70s and '80s were a unique period in Disney's filmmaking history.

When George Lucas started writing Star Wars in the early '70s, the space saga was intended to fill a void left behind by westerns, pirate movies and the sci-fi fantasy of old matinee serials. "Disney had abdicated its rein over the children's market," Lucas once said, according to Peter Biskind's book, Easy Riders, Raging Bulls, "and nothing had replaced it."

Indeed, Disney was one of many Hollywood studios that Lucas had approached with Star Wars and they, just like Universal, United Artists, and everyone other than 20th Century Fox boss Alan Ladd Jr., had turned it down flat. Science fiction, the thinking went, was box office poison; even Lucas, who'd insisted that Roy Disney himself might have snapped
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Exploring Disney's fascinating dark phase of the 70s and 80s

Ryan Lambie Dec 7, 2016

Space horror in The Black Hole. Animated death in The Black Cauldron. Ryan looks back at a unique period in Disney's filmmaking history...

When George Lucas started writing Star Wars in the early 70s, the space saga was intended to fill a void left behind by westerns, pirate movies and the sci-fi fantasy of old matinee serials. "Disney had abdicated its rein over the children's market," Lucas once said, according to Peter Biskind's book, Easy Riders, Raging Bulls, "and nothing had replaced it."

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Indeed, Disney was one of many Hollywood studios that Lucas had approached with Star Wars and they, just like Universal, United Artists and everyone other than 20th Century Fox boss Alan Ladd Jr, had turned it down flat.
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Best of the Week: First Look at 'The Mummy,' a Surprise From Wes Anderson and More

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The Important News Star WarsRogue One: A Star Wars Story will not get any kind of sequel of its own. Jurassic Universe: Justice Smith joined Jurassic World 2. Indiana Jones: Indy 5 is still in the thinking stages. Lego Movies: Billy Dee Williams will voice Two-Face in The Lego Batman Movie. Ghost Corps: Ivan Reitman says more Ghostbusters will be made. Pokemon Universe: Rob Letterman will direct Detective Pikachu. Disney Remakes: Kevin Smith wants to redo Bedknobs and Broomsticks. Disney Sequels: Robert Zemeckis says Roger Rabbit 2 would feature a digital Bob Hoskins. Reboots: The Escape From New York "remake" will actually be a prequel to the...

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Kevin Smith Exits ‘Buckaroo Banzai’ TV Series, Open To Remaking ‘Bedknobs And Broomsticks’

While everyone else was putting their feet up over the Thanksgiving weekend, it seems Kevin Smith was exiting projects, as well as conceiving other ones. So let’s just jump into the latest from the filmmaker.

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For a while now, Smith has been talking up a “Buckaroo Banzai” TV series he’d been developing based on the cult 1984 movie and which had progressed to a point that a deal had been locked down at Amazon.

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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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Movie News: Kevin Smith Wants to Remake Disney's 'Bedknobs and Broomsticks'; Watch New 'Fences' Trailer

Bedknobs and Broomsticks: Kevin Smith says he wants to remake Disney's Bedknobs and Broomsticks (above right). Set in London during World War II, the 1971 musical fantasy mixed live action and animation, much like Mary Poppins and Pete's Dragon. With a remake of Pete's Dragon already out and a Mary Poppins sequel on its way, Smith says the time is right for a new version of Bedknobs and Broomsticks, which followed three orphan children and a friendly witch (Angela Lansbury). [CinemaBlend]   Soldado: Back in April, we heard that Soldado, a sequel to Sicario, was on its way, again based on an original screenplay by Taylor Sheridan. Since then, we learned that director Denis Villeneuve and star Emily Blunt would not be returning. Explaining Blunt's absence...

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Kevin Smith Wants a ‘Superman Lives’ Animated Movie and To Direct A ‘Bedknobs and Broomsticks’ Remake

Kevin Smith Wants a ‘Superman Lives’ Animated Movie and To Direct A ‘Bedknobs and Broomsticks’ Remake
The history of Tim Burton‘s squashed Superman film, Superman Lives, has been well documented. Just last year there was Jon Schnepp‘s documentary, The Death of “Superman Lives”: What Happened?, which featured writer-director Kevin Smith discussing his time on the comic book movie. Now, Smith says he still wouldn’t mind seeing the script he wrote realized, at least in animation. Below, learn […]

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Newswire: Like many stoners before him, Kevin Smith wants to remake Bedknobs And Broomsticks

For many children, watching the Disney film Bedknobs And Broomsticks serves as one of the first times you realize that the line between cleverness and absolute madness is blurrier than first imagined. The 1971 fantasy film stars Angela Lansbury as an apprentice witch who takes on the care of three young children while attempting to learn the final spell from a magic correspondence school run by a charlatan, only to learn they have to travel to a 2-D animated realm so as to steal back a magical medallion which teaches her a spell to bring a museum of artifacts to life in order to fight the Nazis. The above sentence, while seemingly providing all the evidence needed to prove the clever/insane theorem, actually doesn’t begin to do justice to all the randomness contained in the film, such as the fact that it repurposed a song written for Mary ...
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