I have serious doubts about the viability of a sequel to a movie as perfect as Mary Poppins, but as far as totally teasery trailers go…..this was a nice one. I love that Dick Van Dyke is involved. I love the cast. I think if anyone can come close to Julie Andrews in today’s world, Emily Blunt has the best shot, but I’m going to be skeptical about Mary Poppins Returns until proven otherwise. Read below for more from Coming Soon.
The cast of Mary Poppins Returns includes Emily Blunt (The Girl on the Train, Into the Woods), Emmy, Grammy and Tony Award winner Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton, Moana), Ben Whishaw (SPECTRE), Emily Mortimer (Hugo) and Julie Walters (Harry Potter films), with Colin Firth (The King’s Speech) and Meryl Streep (Florence Foster Jenkins). In addition, Dick Van Dyke plays Mr. Dawes Jr., the chairman of Fidelity Fiduciary Bank, which is now run by William Weatherall Wilkins (Firth), and Angela Lansbury will play the Balloon Lady, a character from PL Travers’ original children’s books. Continue reading Mary Poppins Returns Teaser #1 (2018) *Another Spoonful On Its Way*
I think Emily Blunt is the most versatile actress in Hollywood. There is literally nothing she cannot do and do well. Drama, comedy, period pieces, she’s the best female action star since Sigourney Weaver, and on top of all of it she can sing and dance. I have never seen Blunt turn in a bad performance, even if the movie she was in didn’t entirely click. That skill set is going to allow her to break through that idiotic wall that exists for actresses between 40-60. Even the best actresses usually have an area of weakness. For example, as superb as she is, no one is going to buy Meryl Streep in an action film. I use Streep as an example, because it was Blunt’s role as her acerbic assistant in The Devil Wears Prada that first got her wide notice, and you CAN stick Blunt in action/science fiction films like Sicario, Looper, and the underrated Edge of Tomorrow and she will blow you away in either setting. Turning only 34 this week, Blunt has a long career ahead of her making what I can only imagine will be one of the most diverse filmographies in movie history.
Continue reading Emily Blunt’s 10 Best Movies
Blockbuster books used to be a prime source for Hollywood adaptations, and still are when they happen, but the sad fact is that there are a lot fewer blockbuster books than there used to be. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins certainly broke out and became that rare novel that everyone was talking about, and, therefore, because I happen to run in very literate crowd, I was peer pressured into reading it. They sold me on, “Oh it’s even better than Gone Girl!” No. No it is not. Gone Girl was written by Gillian Flynn, who is extremely dark and twisty, but is also one of the best, most-compelling authors writing today, and the film adaptation of that by David Fincher was fantastic.. The Girl on the Train is a slog as a novel and, in that respect, its adaption is a very faithful one.
Continue reading Movie Review: The Girl on the Train (2016) *Stop the Train; I Want to Get Off!*
Today’s Election Day here in the United States, which means as you read this, there is every chance I am in a voting booth screaming and banging my head against the wall. So, I decided to forgo anything thematic and focus on what appears to be the upcoming weekend’s science fiction masterpiece, The Arrival, and more specifically Denis Villeneueve. He first popped on to my radar with the amazing Incendies, then I am still trying to recover from Prisoners, but for most audiences he went mainstream with last year’s Sicario. Continue reading My Favorite Scene: Sicario (2015) “Border Crossing”
Each Thursday we look at what is going to be coming out in theaters this weekend, show you the trailers for the big releases, predict the box office winner and just generally give you enough of a carrot to pull you through the rest of the work week. October 14th brings three new wide releases, but nothing of the caliber still we saw in September. Continue reading In Theaters This Week (10/14/2016) – The Accountant, Max Steel, Desierto