Mary Poppins is widely acknowledged as a classic, and rightly so. It was nominated for 13 Oscars and won five of them, including a Best Actress trophy for its legendary star, Julie Andrews. Now, 54 years later, Disney is continuing the story with a new movie, Mary Poppins Returns. It’s had some people scratching their heads, wondering why a movie like Mary Poppins would ever need a sequel. But Emily Blunt, who was given the daunting task of taking the role Andrews played to perfection, says the reason is simple: There’s more we can learn from Mary and the Banks family. (Click on the media bar below to hear Emily Blunt)
Mary Poppins Returns opens in theaters on December 19.
Emily Blunt, who scored a hit earlier this year with husband John Krasinski in A Quiet Place, is back with a highly anticipated sequel. Mary Poppins Returns features the umbrella wielding nanny (Emily Blunt) returning to help the Banks family (Ben Whishaw plays Michael Banks and Emily Mortimer is Jane Banks) after they suffer a personal loss. Hamilton’sLin-Manuel Miranda co-stars as Poppins lamplighter friend Jack and 92-year-old Dick Van Dyke reprising his role as Mr. Dawes Sr. Meryl Streep also stars with as Mary’s eccentric cousin Topsy.
Directed by Rob Marshall (he worked with Blunt and Streep on 2014’s Into The Woods) and scored by Marc Shaiman (Hairspray), Mary Poppins Returns should be one of this year’s biggest hits. Check out the trailer and tell us what you think!
Mary Poppins Returns opens natioonwide December 19.
One of this year’s most anticipated features is Sicario: Day of the Soldado, the unexpected sequel to Sicario. Josh Brolin and Benicio Del Toro return for this installment, and although Emily Blunt and filmmaker Denis Villeneuve are not part of the project, the sequel was penned by Sicario screenwriter Taylor Sheridan (Wind River, Hell or High Water).
“Right from the top, from the first pages, (the script) was great,” said Del Toro. “There was Taylor all over it. So (the) actors, director, producers, and everyone involved in this film, we just try to bring Taylor’s script to life. We’re brought alive because of Taylor’s work.”
Click on the media bar to hear Del Toro talk about his character’s moral dilemma in Sicario: Day of the Soldado:
Sicario: Day of the Soldado, co-starring Catherine Keener and Matthew Modine, opens nationwide June 29.
A Quiet Place regained the top spot in its third weekend with $22 million as it narrowly beat out Dwayne Johnson’sRampage which came in at #2 with $21 million. Directed by John Krasinski, A Quiet Place has made over $207 million worldwide. Amy Schumer’s latest comedy I Feel Pretty debuted at #3 with $16.2 million. Here’s the top 10:
A Quiet Place – $22 million
Rampage – The $120 million budgeted action spectacle makes $21 million in its second weekend. Flick has amassed over $283 million worldwide.
I Feel Pretty – Amy Schumer’s latest makes $16.2 million.
Super Troopers 2 – Comedy debuts with a $14.7 million weekend. It’s a solid weekend considering the movie cost $13.5 million.
Blumhouse’s Truth Or Dare – Scare pic starring Lucy Hale takes in $7.9 million.
Ready Player One – Steven Spielberg directed adventure collects $7.5 million. Domestically it’s made over $126 million.
Blockers – John Cena comedy rakes in $6.9 million
Black Panther – Marvel film continues to rake in the dough with $4.6 million
Traffik – Paula Patton and Omar Epps thriller debuts with $3.87 million.
The hits keep on coming for Dwayne Johnson, as his latest feature Rampage narrowly beat out A Quiet Place with $34.5 million. The $120 million budgeted film may not have had a monstrous opening weekend, but considering it’s made over $114 million internationally, prospects are looking solid for the feature. Here’s the top 10:
Rampage – $34.5 million
A Quiet Place – John Krasinski and Emily Blunt make a fine on-screen couple as their film makes $32.6 million in its second weekend. Budgeted at just $17 million, the feature is one of this year’s biggest hits.
Blumhouse’s Truth or Dare – Lukewarm reviews didn’t stop this Lucy Haleheadlined film from taking in $19 million. Film’s low-budget ($3.5 million) means it’s another hit for Blumhouse Productions.
Ready Player One – Steven Spielberg’s latest takes in $11.2 million.
Blockers – John Cena comedy takes in $10.3 million
Black Panther – Domestically, it’s grossed over $673 million. This weekend it makes $5.3 million
Isle of Dogs – Wes Anderson’s latest foray into stop motion animation grosses $5 million.
I Can Only Image – Faith based drama continues to do strong business with $3.8 million. Feature has amassed over $75 million with just a $7 million budget!
Tyler Perry’s Acrimony – $3.7 million
Chappaquiddick – Indie drama with Jason Clarke as Ted Kennedy takes in $3 million.