Emily Blunt: ‘Mary Poppins Returns’ Properly Honors The Original

Mary Poppins ReturnsIt takes a lot to rain on a Mary Poppins fan’s parade. (After all, they have umbrellas!) But for many, dark clouds gathered on the horizon when Walt Disney Pictures announced they would be making Mary Poppins Returns. We admit it — we were skeptical ourselves. After all, the role of Mary Poppins is so closely associated with Dame Julie Andrews, who won an Oscar for her performance, that it seems sacrilegious to let another actress play the character. We give Emily Blunt credit for her courage, knowing she’s following in the hallowed footsteps of a true legend, and she believes people will be quite pleased with the film and the way it pays homage to the original.

Mary Poppins Returns will open in theaters on Christmas 2018.

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Tracy Morgan’s Back & Ready To ‘O.G.’!

After the success of 30 Rock, Tracy Morgan’s career was on a roll. But then came 2014’s tragic accident — a truck driver fell asleep at the wheel and hit the vehicle carrying Morgan and members of his team. One of Morgan’s friends was killed, and Morgan was seriously injured. After being in a coma for two weeks, he began a long, grueling rehabilitation. Three years later, he’s ready to resume his career with a new series called The Last O.G. He told us that, in a way, the series mirrors his own life. While his character starts a new life after being released from prison, Morgan feels like he’s starting anew after the tragedy. (Click on the media bar below to hear Tracy Morgan)

The Last O.G. premieres Tuesday, October 24 on TBS.

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“First Kill” With Bruce Willis Hits Blu-Ray In September

firstkillHayden Christensen going toe to toe with Bruce Willis sounds like a solid cinematic pairing, and their action thriller First Kill hits Blu-ray and DVD September 5 via Lionsgate.

Christensen is Will, a Wall Street Broker who attempts to bond with his son Danny (Ty Shelton) on an outdoors trip. What begins as a peaceful life in a cabin ends up a nightmare after they witness the killing of a corrupt police officer. After Danny is taken hostage by the criminals, Will must help them escape from a police chief (Willis) who’s hot on their trail. Gethin Anthony, who played Charles Manson on NBC’s Aquarius, co-stars.

The picture is directed by Steven C. Miller, who worked with Willis last year in the engaging action drama Marauders. Johnathon Schaech and Adrian Grenier both delivered excellent work in Marauders, and hopefully First Kill reaches similar heights performance wise.

Special features on the disc includes director’s commentary, deleted scenes, the featurette “Behind the Scenes of First Kill,” and cast interviews.

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Francois Arnaud Talks ‘Midnight, Texas’ Universe: “It Just Feels Right”


In the supernatural series Midnight, Texas Francois Arnaud plays Manfred, a psychic who’s on the run and seeking a little shelter. The term out of the frying pan and into the fire applies to Arnaud’s journey, as Midnight is a town where a vampire (Peter Mensah), assassin (Arielle Kebbel), angel (Jason Lewis), and a werewolf (Yul Vázquez) reside.

Arnaud credits Midnight, Texas writer/producer Monica Breen for immediately setting the right tone for the show. “I think from the moment I read the script I knew it had a very specific voice in the dialogue particularly,” said Arnaud. “I didn’t have a huge experience with network television but I had done something on Blindspot and I read a lot. I auditioned for Constantine, and oftentimes you feel like you’re fighting against the dialogue just to make it work. Monica’s ear is so good and very quickly after the pilot I felt she was listening to what we were doing. Very soon, I felt like she started writing for us – I would read a line that was specifically written for my delivery (laughs). It just feels right.”

Click on the media bar to hear Arnaud glowingly talk about the special effects team behind Midnight, Texas:

Co-starring Parisa Fitz-Henley, Midnight, Texas airs Monday nights on NBC (10/9c).

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‘Dunkirk’ Grabs #1 Box Office Spot And Beats ‘The Emoji Movie’


Dunkirk was the #1 movie over the weekend as it took in $28.1 million and beat newcomer The Emoji Movie which, despite horrible reviews, still managed a second place finish ($25.6 million). Charlize Theron’s star power was not enough for Atomic Blonde which finished at #4 with $18.5 million. This weekend’s top 10:

1. Dunkirk – $28.1 million

2. The Emoji Movie – $25.6 million

3. Girls Trip – Continues its strong run with a $20 million weekend.

4. Atomic Blonde – Action flick performs below expectations. Still, with a $30 million budget, the picture should make a profit for Focus Features.

5. Spider-Man: Homecoming – Spidey is officially back, as it makes $18.5 million and to date has grossed over $280 million domestically.

6. War for the Planet of the Apes – $10.3 million

7. Baby Driver – $4 million

8. Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets – A precipitous dip for this awesome sci-fi flick, which unfortunately didn’t find a sizable audience stateside.

9. Baby Driver – $4 million

10. Wonder Woman – $3.5 million

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