Officially holding the record for longest gap for a sequel at 54 years, Mary Poppins Returns and is poised to do it in a huge way. The Rob Marshall-directed Musical starring Emily Blunt in the iconic titular role, is fresh-off four Golden Globe nominations including Best Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical, Actress in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical (Emily Blunt), Actor in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical (Lin-Manuel Miranda) and Best Original Score.
In town to promote the Film is English Actress Emily Mortimer, who plays the adult version of central Mary Poppins character Jane Banks. Mortimer has drawn acclaim for her performances in a duo of Martin Scorsese films Hugo and Shutter Island, Woody Allen‘s Match Point, plus roles in HBO’s The Newsroom. Oxford-trained Mortimer returns to the City, her first visit in a while, having starred in 2007’s Toronto-made Lars and the Real Girl alongside Ryan Gosling. Joining her is best friend Dolly Wells, with whom she created Comedy Series Dolly & Em. Wells starred in 2018’s Can You Ever Forgive Me? as Lee Israel’s (Melissa McCarthy) love interest, Anna.
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Gracing the Blue Carpet at Scotiabank Theatre were a bevy of familiar Canadian names who showed their pure excitement for the Film including the likes and families of Ben Mulroney, Carlos Bustamente, Morgan Hoffman, Lauren Orlando and Sarah Fisher.
We ask Mortimer about how she came to be involved with Mary Poppins Returns.
“I met Rob (Marshall) at his apartment. Someone told me that he and his producing partner John (DeLuca) saw me on a morning chat show and thought I’d be a good for Jane Banks. I don’t know if that’s true, but I met him and he was so inspiring why we needed Mary Poppins to return to our lives at this particular moment in time where life feels confusing, painful and strange. I walked out of the meeting convinced we needed to make this Movie.” .
We asked her the most daunting thing about becoming Jane Banks.
“As a child, she’s one of the most famous children in cinematic history played so brilliantly by Karen Dotrice. How do you begin to step into those tiny little shoes? I think with everyone involved with the Movie, it comes from a place of love. Everybody approached this Film loving the original and not wanting to let it down, wanting to give it their all and make it special, yet also different in its own light. There was no cynicism. It was a special experience.” .
We ask Dolly Wells what the legacy of Mary Poppins means to her.
“It means my childhood. I wish I could remember the first time I saw it. It reminds me of Christmas, my family and the fire roaring. The excitement of being a child and that anything is possible – that a nanny can have a never-ending bag of magic, can click her heels and burst into song. It has an appealing sense of joy and hope.” .
We congratulate her on Can You Ever Forgive Me?‘s two Golden Globe nominations.
“I had such nice times. Marielle Heller (Director) should have been nominated. We had a really great times. Melissa is a dream – everything you’d imagine. The performance by the incredible Richard E. Grant is charming and brilliant. Marielle has a delicate touch and this is only her second film.” .
We ask Wells about her childhood best friend, Mortimer and at what point they realized they could be collaborative partners.
“20 years ago, it was kind of her idea. She said, ‘Why don’t we write something together?’. Before that, I’d always be leaving things in a drawer that I’d written. I was too shy. It took about ten years to make a movie and now we are writing something else.” .
See some Snaps of the night:
Ben, John, Brian and Isabel Mulroney
Morgan and Sydney Hoffman
Carlos Bustamente and Family
See some highlights from the Blue Carpet:
Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Canada release MARY POPPINS RETURNSWednesday, December 19, 2018.
Photos taken on the NIKON D3400
Video taken on the Samsung S7 Plus
(Photo/video credit: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Canada/Amanda Gilmore/Mr. Will Wong)
A new Featurette has surfaced for MARY POPPINS RETURNS! Take a glimpse at the Music and magic behind this eagerly-awaited Sequel directed by Rob Marshall and starring Emily Blunt, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Meryl Streep, Julie Walters, Colin Firth, Angela Lansbury and Ben Whishaw.
In Disney’s “Mary Poppins Returns,” an all new original musical and sequel, Mary Poppins is back to help the next generation of the Banks family find the joy and wonder missing in their lives following a personal loss. Emily Blunt stars as the practically-perfect nanny with unique magical skills who can turn any ordinary task into an unforgettable, fantastic adventure and Lin-Manuel Miranda plays her friend Jack, an optimistic street lamplighter who helps bring light—and life—to the streets of London.
See the Featurette:
Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Canada release MARY POPPINS RETURNSFriday, December 19, 2018.
(Photo/video credit: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Canada)
Much speculation has circled surrounding the casting of the upcoming BOND 24 Film, but rumours were put to rest earlier this morning at London’s Pinewood Studios as Director Sam Mendes unveiled not only the title and release date of the upcoming Sony Pictures release, but also its Cast!
Starring in SPECTRE, which is an acronym for Special Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion, once again is Daniel Craig who has helped revive the Franchise to much critical and commercial success. The Villain is to be played none other than by two-time Oscar Winner, Christoph Waltz in the role of Oberhauser. Andrew Scott, known best for his work in Sherlock and this year’s Festival Darling, PRIDE, also joins the Cast with Dave Bautista (Guardians of the Galaxy), Lea Seydoux (Blue is the Warmest Colour) and Monica Belluci (The Passion of the Christ).
The Synopsis for SPECTRE is as follows:
A cryptic message from Bond’s past sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organisation. While M battles political forces to keep the secret service alive, Bond peels back the layers of deceit to reveal the terrible truth behind SPECTRE.
See Mendes’ announcement below:
Sony Pictures release SPECTRE on Friday, November 6, 2015.
Just one of several Stars to show-up to promote Warner Bros.’ Sci-Fi Epic, Cloud Atlas, handsome British Thespian Ben Whishaw made his way over to the hoards of Fans waiting outside the venue yesterday. The Actor last came to TIFF back in 2009 for Jane Campion‘s Bright Star alongside Abbie Cornish and he next can be seen in Skyfall, the latest in the James Bond Franchise.