‘Mary Poppins Returns’ Teaser Trailer Debuts With “Wonderful” Entrance

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Mary Poppins was released in 1964, so the wait for a sequel has been a long time coming. The teaser trailer to Mary Poppins Returns, featuring Emily Blunt as the titular character, has debuted and while Poppins doesn’t make an appearance towards the end of the 95 second clip, it is still a must see video.

For one, we get to see Hamilton’s Lin-Manuel Miranda navigate a kite and Mr. Banks (Ben Whishaw) softly exclaim “Mary Poppins, it is wonderful to see you.” Blunt immediately replies to the couple (Emily Mortimer plays Mrs. Banks) “Yes it is, isn’t it?” while looking at herself in the mirror.

It will be hard to match Julie Andrews’ iconic performance as Mary Poppins, but Blunt is more than capable of putting her own spin to the character. Co-starring Dick Van Dyke and Meryl Streep, Mary Poppins Returns is set for a Christmas release. Check out the teaser trailer and tell us what you think!




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Damon J. Gillespie Brings Football Background To ‘Rise’ Journey

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One midseason program that is gaining its share of hype is the drama Rise, a collaboration between Friday Night Lights producer Jason Katims and Hamilton producer Jeffrey Seller. The project centers on Lou Mazzuchelli (Josh Radnor), a teacher who attempts to inject new life into the school’s struggling theater department.

Co-star Damon J. Gillespie personally related to his character Robbie Thorne’s journey on Rise, as Robbie attempts to balance his football endeavors along with his burgeoning passion for theater. Gillespie also had his share of experiences on the football field and eventually studied musical theater at Roosevelt University in Chicago.

Click on the media bar below to hear Gillespie elaborate on how football and theater made an impact on his life.


Co-starring Auli’i Cravalho (Moana) and Rosie Perez, Rise premieres March 13 on NBC (10/9c).

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Will ‘The Mayor’ Be A Landslide Of Laughs… And Lessons?

147275_0139Who would ever think of electing a celebrity into public office, right? That’s the premise behind ABC’s new series, The Mayor. It follows a struggling rapper who hatches a crazy publicity stunt — a political campaign — to get his career on track, and winds up being elected mayor of his hometown. Since the central character is a rapper, of course you can expect music to be part of the show. Producer Daveed Diggs, who has won Grammy and Tony Awards for his work on the hit musical Hamilton, said you’ll find a lot of positive messages, too. (Click on the on the media bar to hear Daveed Diggs)

The Mayor airs Tuesday nights at 9:30/8:30c on ABC.

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‘Hamilton’ Connection Was Huge For ‘The Mayor’s’ Lea Michele

The Mayor puts Lea Michele back in familiar surroundings. The show, like Glee, will feature a lot of music. (It’s about a struggling rapper who, after mounting a campaign as a publicity stunt, is elected mayor of his hometown.) That music will come from Daveed Diggs, who has won Grammy and Tony Awards for his work on the Broadway hit Hamilton, which was a big plus for Michele when she decided to sign on to do the show. (Click on the media bar below to hear Lea Michele)

The Mayor airs Tuesday nights at 9:30/8:30c on ABC.

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With ‘Hamilton’ & ‘Moana,’ Lucky Lin-Manuel Miranda Strikes Gold Twice

nup_175644_0108Shortly after leaving the Broadway stage from his Tony winning show Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda finds himself with another hit on his hands with Pixar’s Moana where he composed and wrote songs for the film.

As many know, putting together and making a Pixar film can take much longer than making a live feature film. That was the case for Lin-Manuel Miranda who told us getting Moana was a surreal experience because it was while he was in preparations for Hamilton.

For a lot of creative people, it can be very difficult balancing two completely different projects. But for Miranda, it was refreshing working on both projects because once he was overdosing working on Hamilton day and night he had newfound energy working on Moana.


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