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Emily Blunt plays the world’s most iconic nanny in the first ‘Mary Poppins Returns’ teaser trailer

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During the 90th Oscars on Sunday evening, Disney unveiled the first teaser trailer for Rob Marshall’s highly anticipated Mary Poppins Returns, an all-new sequel to the Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke-led 1964 classic, which stars Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda and will open in theaters just in time for Christmas this December.

According to the film’s official synopsis, Mary Poppins Returns is set in 1930s Depression-era London and is inspired by the material written in PL Travers’ additional seven books where the world’s most iconic nanny re-enters the lives of the Banks family after Michael, who is now grown up, suffers a personal loss and needs Poppins’ help to rediscover the joy and wonder missing in both he and his family’s lives.

Blunt stars as Poppins, a nanny with a unique set of magical skills; Miranda as her friend Jack, an optimistic street lamplighter; Ben Whishaw as Michael Banks; Emily Mortimer as Jane Banks; Julie Walters as the Banks’ housekeeper Ellen; Colin Firth as William Weatherall Wilkins; Meryl Streep as Topsy, Mary’s eccentric cousin; Angela Lansbury as the Baloon Lady; and Dick Van Dyke as Mr. Dawes Jr.

Marshall directed Mary Poppins Returns from a script written by David Magee, while Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman are writing all new songs in addition to Shaiman’s composition of an original score. The film will open in theaters on December 25.

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Seth Rogen and Charlize Theron strike up a hilarious romance in the first ‘Long Shot’ trailer

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Ahead of the film’s world premiere at the South by Southwest Film Festival next month, Lionsgate has released the first trailer for Long Shot, the eagerly awaited romantic comedy starring Charlize Theron and Seth Rogen from The Night Before and 50/50 director Jonathan Levine.

Long Shot follows Fred Flarsky (Rogen), an unemployed journalist who reunites with his first crush (and former babysitter) Charlotte Field (Theron), one of the most influential women in the world. As she begins eyeing a run for the Presidency, she hires Fred as her speechwriter, making him a fish out of water on her elite team.

However, despite Fred’s unpreparedness for her glamorous lifestyle in the limelight, sparks begin to fly as their unmistakable chemistry leads to a round-the-world romance and a serious of unexpected (and somewhat dangerous) incidents.

In addition to the dynamic duo that is Rogen and Theron, Long Shot‘s incredible ensemble cast also includes the likes of O’Shea Jackson Jr., Alexander Skarsgård, Andy Serkis, Ravi Patel, Randall Park, and June Diane Raphael.

Long Shot will have its world premiere at South by Southwest on March 9 before opening in theaters nationwide on May 3.

You can check out the newly released trailer for the film below.

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As the awards season race nears an end, Spike Lee begins to plot his next directorial effort

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As Spike Lee’s Oscar campaign for BlacKkKlansman begins to near an end, the legendary director is already beginning to put the pieces together for his highly anticipated next project, which is in talks to be distributed by Netflix.

Per Variety, Lee has tapped Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman to join the ensemble of Da 5 Bloods, a drama which follows five Vietnam veterans who return to the jungle to find their lost innocence.

Delroy Lindo and Jean Reno are also said to be in negotiations to star.

Lee, in addition to scripting the film along with Kevin Willmott, based on an original screenplay by Danny Bilson and Paul DeMeo, is also producing along with Beatriz Levin, Lloyd Levin, and Jon Kilik.

Sources tell Variety that production on Da 5 Bloods could begin as soon as next month after Lee is done campaigning for BlacKkKlansman in the ongoing awards season race.

BlacKkKlansman, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival last May, marked a return to form for Lee, earning the iconic filmmaker multiple Oscar nominations last month, including best picture and best director.

2018 was also a big year for Boseman, who starred in Marvel’s billion-dollar-grossing superhero pic Black Panther, another strong contender in the Oscar race, with nominations for best picture and visual effects.

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Academy reveals the four Oscar categories that will be presented during commerical breaks

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After announcing last year that select categories will be presented during commercial breaks when the 91st Oscars air on ABC later this month, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences revealed today the four categories that will be affected by this unfortunate break with tradition.

In an effort to keep the length of the Oscars telecast to three hours, the Academy says that cinematography, film editing, makeup and hairstyling, and live action short will be presented during commercial breaks, edited, and aired later in the broadcast.

“Viewing patterns for the Academy Awards are changing quickly in our current multi-media world, and our show must also evolve to successfully continue promoting motion pictures to a worldwide audience,” Academy president John Bailey wrote in a letter to members. “This has been our core mission since we were established 91 years ago—and it is the same today.”

He added, “The executive committees of six branches generously opted-in to have their awards presented in this slightly edited timeframe for this year’s show, and we selected four. In future years, four to six different categories may be selected for rotation.”

Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that an example of what this new format will look like was shown to a number of different branches of the Academy and the reaction, surprisingly enough, seemed to be relatively positive despite initial concerns.

“It is said to have included most of the presentation, minus the winner’s walk to the stage,” writes THR. “The goal, they were told, was also to include the spirit of each winner’s acceptance speech, although the speeches could be edited if they turn into a long list of thank-yous.”

Some members who were shown the demo said that it “provided a respectful acknowledgment of the affected category.”

Final voting for the Oscars will begin on Tuesday, February 12, with the ceremony itself airing live from the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles on Sunday, February 24 on ABC.

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