• Official Film Chart 24th April 2019
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    Official Film Chart 24th April 2019

    Mary Poppins Returns debuts at Number 1 with the second highest weekly sales of the year so far. The 2018 sequel to the much-loved 1964 Disney classic has racked up over 280,000 sales on disc and digital formats. The only film to surpass this figure in a week is 2019's biggest seller so far, Bohemian Rhapsody which holds at Number 3 on this week's chart. Starring Emily Blunt as the titular character, the sequel sees beloved nanny Mary Poppins return to London during the Depression to visit now-grown Jane and Michael Banks (Emily Mortimer and Ben Whishaw), who have suffered a personal loss. With the aid of her cheerful lamplighter friend Jack (Lin-Manuel Miranda), Mary tries to help the family – now including Michael’s three children – to rediscover the joy and wonder that’s been missing. Meanwhile, the original Mary Poppins (1964) enjoys a resurgence as it floats up to Number 21 on this week's chart. It has now sold over 2.1 million copies on disc and digital download in total. Last week’s Number 1 Aquaman bobs down one place to Number 2. Ralph Breaks The Internet drops two to 4, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald remains at 5. Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse hangs in the Top 10 at Number 6. A Star Is Born celebrates its tenth week in the Top 10, this week climbing one place to Number 7, while Venom takes over this week’s Number 8 position. Ahead of the cinematic release of Avengers: Endgame, Avengers: Infinity War returns to the Top 10 after climbing six places to Number 9 Finally, a second appearance from Disney’s magical nanny as the boxset of Mary Poppins/Mary Poppins Returns debuts at Number 10. This week's Official Film Chart online show contains a sneak peek at Bumblebee, a prequel to the Transformers films which is available to download & keep from April 29.

  • 'Mary Poppins Returns': How we wrote the film's Oscar-nominated songs
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    Tom Butler

    'Mary Poppins Returns': How we wrote the film's Oscar-nominated songs

    Scott Wittman, who co-wrote the 'Mary Poppins Returns' soundtrack with Marc Shaiman, shares how the film's songs - including 'The Place Where Lost Things Go' - came together.

  • 'Mary Poppins' chimney sweep 'blackface' dance is racist, claims academic
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    Ben Arnold

    'Mary Poppins' chimney sweep 'blackface' dance is racist, claims academic

    The chimney sweep dance in Mary Poppins, led by Dick van Dyk’s affable jack-of-all-trades Burt, harks back to ‘blackface’ tropes, an academic has claimed. In an article in the New York Times, Daniel Pollack-Pelzner, a professor of English and gender studies professor at Oregon’s Linfield College, has said that in the book by PL Travers, the sequence signifies ‘racial panic’. Pollack-Pelzner flatly calls the scene ‘blacking up’, and while it may seem innocuous, it has other more troubling connotations.

  • BAFTA 2019 nominations: The biggest snubs and surprises
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    Sam Ashurst

    BAFTA 2019 nominations: The biggest snubs and surprises

    Black Panther, Mary Poppins and Oliver Hardy all have reasons to be upset.

  • The best movie posters of 2018
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    Chris Edwards

    The best movie posters of 2018

    These are the one-sheets that won 2018.

  • Is Mary Poppins a Time Lord? Emily Blunt has her say
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    Tom Butler

    Is Mary Poppins a Time Lord? Emily Blunt has her say

    Like The Doctor, Mary only appears at times of crisis, she carries a bag that is bigger on the inside than the outside, occasionally wears a bow tie, and can converse with animals.

  • 'Mary Poppins Returns' cast explain why its taken 54 years for a sequel to be made (exclusive)
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    Tom Butler

    'Mary Poppins Returns' cast explain why its taken 54 years for a sequel to be made (exclusive)

    It's taken over 50 years for a sequel to Mary Poppins to arrive, and now we know why.

  • 'Mary Poppins Returns': Emily Blunt is keen on a third film and has an idea for a title
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    Tom Butler

    'Mary Poppins Returns': Emily Blunt is keen on a third film and has an idea for a title

    Emily Blunt is dreaming about returning as Mary Poppins and has a great idea for a title.

  • 'Mary Poppins Returns' breakout Kobna Holdbrook-Smith shares his journey from 'struggling actor' to blockbusters
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    Tom Butler

    'Mary Poppins Returns' breakout Kobna Holdbrook-Smith shares his journey from 'struggling actor' to blockbusters

    British actor Kobna Holdbrook-Smith says hard work and determination propelled him from theatre education to starring alongside Emily Blunt in 'Mary Poppins Returns'.

  • Lessons Hollywood should learn from 2018 movies
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    Hanna Flint

    Lessons Hollywood should learn from 2018 movies

    2018 has been a great year for cinema and Hollywood could learn a lot from its successes and failures.

  • Dick Van Dyke says he PAID Walt Disney $4000 to play banker in 'Mary Poppins'
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    Ben Arnold

    Dick Van Dyke says he PAID Walt Disney $4000 to play banker in 'Mary Poppins'

    Dick Van Dyke so wanted to play two roles in Mary Poppins that he paid Walt Disney for the privilege. Van Dyke was already signed up to play Bert the chimney sweep in the classic children’s fantasy movie, but he also wanted to play the role of the doddering Mr Dawes Sr, the tyrannical boss of David Tomlinson’s George Banks at the Dawes Tomes Mousley Grubbs Fidelity Fiduciary Bank. In a televised interview on ABC with Lin-Manuel Miranda, who stars in the forthcoming Mary Poppins Returns, Van Dyke revealed: “When they made me up as the old man in [the original movie], I had to go to go to Walt and ask him for the part, he didn’t give it to me.

  • How 'Mary Poppins Returns' reinvents the beloved nanny for the 21st century
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    Tom Butler

    How 'Mary Poppins Returns' reinvents the beloved nanny for the 21st century

    Mary Poppins has been reimagined for the 21st century from the boots up.

  • Oscar buzz for 'Mary Poppins Returns' after first Hollywood screening
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    Tom Butler

    Oscar buzz for 'Mary Poppins Returns' after first Hollywood screening

    Emily Blunt has been tipped to receive her first ever Oscar nomination for 'Mary Poppins Returns'.

  • How 'Mary Poppins Returns' connects to the original 1964 film
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    Tom Butler

    How 'Mary Poppins Returns' connects to the original 1964 film

    What are the narrative threads that connect 'Mary Poppins Returns' to the original, and how come Mary hasn't aged?

  • Dick Van Dyke is blowing people's minds in the 'Mary Poppins Returns' trailer
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    Tom Butler

    Dick Van Dyke is blowing people's minds in the 'Mary Poppins Returns' trailer

    The 92-year-old is back in Mary Poppins Returns playing Mr Dawes Jr., the son of his original character (it's set 25 years later), and the first look at him in the trailer is really quite eye-catching.

  • 'Mary Poppins Returns' set visit report: Disney’s sequel will be ‘a gift to the world’
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    Tom Butler

    'Mary Poppins Returns' set visit report: Disney’s sequel will be ‘a gift to the world’

    Find out how Rob Marshall, Emily Blunt, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Dick van Dyke, and Ben Whishaw are teaming up to make the sequel to the most practically perfect movie of all time.

  • Emily Blunt is magical in the new 'Mary Poppins Returns' trailer
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    Laura Hannam

    Emily Blunt is magical in the new 'Mary Poppins Returns' trailer

    Emily Blunt teases her long-awaited Mary Poppins Returns starring role in this enchanting trailer.

  • Dick Van Dyke is sorry for 'atrocious' cockney accent in Mary Poppins
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    Ben Arnold

    Dick Van Dyke is sorry for 'atrocious' cockney accent in Mary Poppins

    Though Mary Poppins herself said, 'the sound of it is something quite atrocious', she wasn't referring to Dick Van Dyke's cockney.

  • Why Julie Andrews will not appear in Mary Poppins Returns
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    Ben Bussey

    Why Julie Andrews will not appear in Mary Poppins Returns

    Director Rob Marshall explains the kind-hearted reason the star of the 1964 original won't be back in the upcoming sequel.

  • Check out the first look at Mary Poppins Returns
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    Ben Arnold

    Check out the first look at Mary Poppins Returns

    Here we have the first look at the new Mary Poppins – with Emily Blunt as the magical nanny, and Lin-Manuel Miranda as her lamp-lighting chum Jack.

  • Emily Blunt snapped filming Mary Poppins Returns as London goes back in time
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    Ben Arnold

    Emily Blunt snapped filming Mary Poppins Returns as London goes back in time

    Old fashioned Routemasters and handsome old sports cars took over the streets around the Royal Exchange over the weekend, filming scenes of the Mary Poppins sequel. Emily Blunt, taking over the role of Poppins from the legendary Julie Andrews, was on-set for the scenes in the City of London. Both the Bank of England and the Royal Exchange were also locations featured in the first movie, made in 1964 with Andrews and Dick van Dyke, while this movie is set 25 years later, in 1935, during the Great Depression. Saw #MaryPoppins being filmed today in London! pic.twitter.com/ceARQUUjHS

  • Disney release first photo of Emily Blunt as Mary Poppins
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    Ben Bussey

    Disney release first photo of Emily Blunt as Mary Poppins

    Production is currently underway on ‘Mary Poppins Returns,’ a belated sequel to the 1964 classic, and now Disney have released the first image of new leading lady Emily Blunt, taking over from Julie Andrews in the title role. “‘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.

  • Julie Andrews reveals she 'almost died' on the set of Mary Poppins
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    Julie Andrews reveals she 'almost died' on the set of Mary Poppins

    Andrews was appearing Stephen Colbert’s ‘The Late Show’ in the US when she revealed the near catastrophic incident. Dick Van Dyke, who of course played chimney sweep Burt in the original, will also be making a cameo.

  • Mary Poppins Returns: Meryl Streep confirmed as Mary's cousin Topsy as first details emerge
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    Tom Butler

    Mary Poppins Returns: Meryl Streep confirmed as Mary's cousin Topsy as first details emerge

    Filming on the long-awaited ‘Mary Poppins’ sequel has begun! The Walt Disney Studios confirmed principal photography on ‘Mary Poppins Returns’ is now underway at London’s Shepperton Studios in a press release loaded with piles of new supercalifragilisticexpialidocious information. Most excitingly perhaps is the news that Meryl Streep is confirmed to be playing Topsy, Mary’s “eccentric cousin”, while Dick Van Dyke’s role has been revealed to be Mr. Dawes Jr., “the chairman of Fidelity Fiduciary Bank”, who we presume is the son of the secondary character he played in the 1964 original. ...