Lin-Manuel Miranda hints at In the Heights delay

Lin-Manuel Miranda has hinted at a delay to his movie In the Heights by revealing he was still working on it when the coronavirus outbreak hit America. The Mary Poppins Returns star is in charge of the music in the movie musical, the film adaptation o…

Lin-Manuel Miranda has hinted at a delay to his movie In the Heights by revealing he was still working on it when the coronavirus outbreak hit America.

The Mary Poppins Returns star is in charge of the music in the movie musical, the film adaptation of his Broadway show, and was working on the score when U.S. citizens were advised to self-isolate to help curb the spread of Covid-19.

In a video interview with Rosie O’Donnell on a one-off revival show of The Rosie O’Donnell Show on Sunday night, Miranda revealed there was a lot of work left to be done on the movie, which was slated for a U.S. release on 26 June.

“We were literally recording the score when all of this started happening,” he explained. “There’s a lot that remains to be done on that movie. We were finishing the score and the mixing and just getting the music exactly right.”

The Hamilton creator, who also stars in and is producing In the Heights, remained vague about whether the film would keep its current release date but made it clear his heart is set on it getting a theatrical run.

“I’m really hopeful that that’s something we all get to watch in the theatres together – when it’s time, and no sooner, to go out,” Miranda explained.

Most film and TV productions have shut down as a result of the outbreak due to social distancing measures instructing people to stay at home and avoid social contact with too many others.

Last week, Chris Meledandri, founder and chief executive of film and animation studio Illumination, revealed that animated sequel Minions: The Rise of Gru would no longer be released in July because his team are unable to continue working on the film.

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Emily Blunt regrets wedding day spray tan

Emily Blunt deeply regrets not getting a professional spray tan for her wedding day.The British actress married actor/director John Krasinski in Lake Como, Italy back in July 2010, having become engaged the year before. During an appearance on The Late…

Emily Blunt deeply regrets not getting a professional spray tan for her wedding day.

The British actress married actor/director John Krasinski in Lake Como, Italy back in July 2010, having become engaged the year before.

During an appearance on The Late Late Show with James Corden on Thursday night, host James commented that Emily and John would soon be celebrating their 10-year wedding anniversary and asked if she would have changed anything about her big day.

And the Mary Poppins Returns star did not hesitate to admit she wished she hadn’t used an at-home self-bronzing kit the night before.

“I got a bad spray tan and I would probably change that,” she said. “I look at the pictures and it just has an orange hue that is unnatural to normal skin colour.

“It was a do-it-yourself (kit). Why was I on a budget on my wedding day? Why? It was a bit patchy… It stinks! And it was a very hot day, so if you sweat and you have a spray tan, wearing white. (It was) just seeping orange (everywhere). It was terrible.”

Emily didn’t divulge any further details about her wedding.

However, she did open up to James about her early performing days and the “unofficial” girl band she joined growing up.

“I mean, we were huge in my school… I think we were called Harmonious, or something. We were a close harmony a capella group. We’d sing, like, TLC’s Don’t Go Chasing Waterfalls. It brought the house down,” the 37-year-old laughed.

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The Favourite and Black Panther win top honours at Costume Designers Guild Awards

The Favourite, Black Panther and Crazy Rich Asians were the big winners at the Costume Designers Guild Awards (CDGA) on Tuesday night (19Feb19). Sandy Powell, who took home the costume design BAFTA earlier this month (Feb19), won the Excellence in Per…

The Favourite, Black Panther and Crazy Rich Asians were the big winners at the Costume Designers Guild Awards (CDGA) on Tuesday night (19Feb19).

Sandy Powell, who took home the costume design BAFTA earlier this month (Feb19), won the Excellence in Period Film prize for her work on Yorgos Lanthimos’ comedy-drama, while Black Panther designer Ruth E. Carter won the Excellence in Sci-Fi/Fantasy Film for the Oscar-nominated Marvel movie and Mary E. Vogt was presented with the Excellence in Contemporary Film accolade for Crazy Rich Asians.

Both Carter and Powell are up for the Best Costume Design Academy Award on Sunday. Powell appears in the category twice, for The Favourite and Mary Poppins Returns, while the remaining nominees include Mary Queen of Scots’ Alexandra Byrne and Mary Zophres for The Ballad of Buster Scruggs.

Carter, who has previously been Oscar-nominated for Malcolm X and Amistad, took home two prizes at the CDGA on Tuesday night, as she had already been announced as the recipient of the Career Achievement Award.

According to Deadline, Halle Berry took to the stage at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Los Angeles to heap praise on Carter, who “helped me to be the very best crack ho’ that I could be” in 1991’s Jungle Fever, her first-ever movie.

Other honorees included Oscar favourite Glenn Close, who said she was “very moved” to receive the CDGA Spotlight Award, and added, “It has been my great privilege to have stood for hundreds of hours being draped, pinned and trimmed by many of you in this room.”

Ryan Murphy was presented with the Distinguished Collaborator honorary award by his American Horror Story regular Sarah Paulson, while costume designer Betty Pecha Madden was bestowed with the Distinguished Service Award.

Other winners on the night included the teams for TV shows The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story, Westworld, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and RuPaul’s Drag Race, and Natasha Newman-Thomas, who won the Excellence in Short Form Design prize for Childish Gambino’s music video This is America.

The full list of winners is as follows:

Excellence in Period Film: The Favourite – Sandy Powell

Excellence in Contemporary Film: Crazy Rich Asians – Mary E. Vogt

Excellence in Sci-Fi/Fantasy Film: Black Panther – Ruth E. Carter

Excellence in Period Television: The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel – Donna Zakowska

Excellence in Contemporary Television: The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story – Lou Eyrich & Allison Leach

Excellence in Sci-Fi / Fantasy Television: Westworld – Sharen Davis

Excellence in Variety, Reality-Competition, Live Television: RuPaul’s Drag Race – Zaldy Goco

Excellence in Short Form Design: Childish Gambino, This is America – Natasha Newman-Thomas

Career Achievement Award: Ruth E. Carter

Spotlight Award: Glenn Close

Distinguished Service Award: Betty Pecha Madden

Distinguished Collaborator Award: Ryan Murphy

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Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse dominates Annie animation awards

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse swung to victory at the 2019 Annie Awards, picking up all seven of the prizes it was nominated for, including Best Animated Feature. The movie, which focuses on a new Spider-Man named Miles Morales, also claimed accol…

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse swung to victory at the 2019 Annie Awards, picking up all seven of the prizes it was nominated for, including Best Animated Feature.

The movie, which focuses on a new Spider-Man named Miles Morales, also claimed accolades including Writing In An Animated Feature Production for Phil Lord and Rodney Rothman, Directing In An Animated Feature Production for Rothman, Bob Persichetti, and Peter Ramsey, and Character Design In An Animated Feature Production for Shiyoon Kim.

The film’s domination caused an upset for Disney projects Incredibles 2 and Ralph Breaks the Internet, which had led all nominees heading into the Los Angeles ceremony on Saturday (02Feb18), with 11 and 10 nods, respectively.

However, Incredibles 2 only managed to pick up Storyboarding in an Animated Feature Production and Music in an Animated Feature Production, while Ralph Breaks the Internet had just the one win in Animated Effects in an Animated Feature Production.

Mary Poppins Returns landed Best Animated Special Production and Character Animation in a Live Action Production for the section where the characters enter a hand-drawn animated world, while Voice Acting in an Animated Feature Production went to Bryan Cranston for Wes Anderson’s stop-motion film Isle of Dogs, and Best Animated Independent Feature went to Mirai.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’s triumph at the Annie Awards is the latest success for the film this awards season. In January, it won the Golden Globe for Best Animated Feature, beating Incredibles 2, Ralph Breaks the Internet, Isle of Dogs and Mirai. All five are also competing for the Academy Award, and the winner will be unveiled on 24 February. The first three titles are currently nominated for the BAFTA.

The Spider-Man outing, featuring the voices of Shameik Moore, Mahershala Ali and Jake Johnson, was released to glowing reviews in December and has so far grossed over $347 million (£266 million) worldwide against a $90 million (£69 million) budget.

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Oscars show to include all Best Song performances after backlash

The 2019 Oscars show will include performances of all tunes nominated in the Best Original Song category after all.According to editors at Variety, officials at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences originally planned to only include performa…

The 2019 Oscars show will include performances of all tunes nominated in the Best Original Song category after all.

According to editors at Variety, officials at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences originally planned to only include performances of two nominated songs during the telecast on 24 February (19), with those tracks reported to be Shallow from A Star Is Born and All The Stars from Black Panther.

As recently as last week (ends27Jan19), representatives for the other nominees in the category – Diane Warren’s I’ll Fight from documentary RBG, When a Cowboy Trades His Spurs for Wings from The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, and The Place Where Lost Things Go from Mary Poppins Returns – were told there wasn’t “enough time” for them to be included.

However, sources have now told the film publication that there will renditions of all songs at the ceremony even though some may only be in “truncated, 90-second form”.

On Thursday, an Academy spokesperson took to Twitter to confirm that Jennifer Hudson has been tapped to sing I’ll Fight during the show, while The Place Where Lost Things Go will be performed by a “surprise special guest”.

That means a performance of When a Cowboy Trades His Spurs for Wings, penned by David Rawlings and Gillian Welch, is the only song not yet officially confirmed for the Oscars telecast. The song was originally performed by Willie Watson and Tim Blake Nelson.

Lady Gaga, who has also been nominated in the Best Actress category for A Star Is Born, is expected to sing Shallow, while Kendrick Lamar and SZA are lined-up for All the Stars. Meanwhile, fans have speculated that it is most likely that Emily Blunt will make an appearance during The Place Where Lost Things Go, which was written by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman.

The news comes as the 2019 Oscars is still without a host, with Kevin Hart pulling out of the role in December after homophobic messages he posted on Twitter in the past re-emerged online. The last time the Academy Awards went host-less was 1989.

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Dick Van Dyke wore his favourite dance shoes for Mary Poppins sequel

Dick Van Dyke insisted on wearing his own dance shoes in Mary Poppins Returns.The legendary actor, who had a lead role in the 1964 original, is back for Rob Marshall’s sequel, which stars Emily Blunt in the tile role – replacing Dick’s co-star Ju…

Dick Van Dyke insisted on wearing his own dance shoes in Mary Poppins Returns.

The legendary actor, who had a lead role in the 1964 original, is back for Rob Marshall’s sequel, which stars Emily Blunt in the tile role – replacing Dick’s co-star Julie Andrews.

Triple Oscar-winning costume designer Sandy Powell is behind the film’s stunning clothes, and she loved meeting Dick and fellow film legend Angela Lansbury during fittings.

“It was amazing, of course. They were both incredible sweethearts. I remember going to meet Dick Van Dyke in his home and doing a fitting in his suit,” Sandy recalled to Deadline. “We were just regaled with stories, which was so fantastic. He was easy, absolutely easy. The only thing he insisted on was wearing his own dance shoes, which of course you couldn’t say no to. He was going to jump up on the table and dance, so he had to wear whatever was comfortable.

“And Angela was just a delight. Incredibly sprightly, both of them. So full of energy.”

For Mary Poppins Returns, which stars Ben Whishaw and Emily Mortimer as the now grown-up Michael and Jane Banks, Sandy and her team created 440 costumes from scratch. A lot of these were based on the trends of England in the 1930s, when the second film is set.

“The thing with Mary Poppins is it’s a fantasy world, but only when it goes into the fantasy world bit,” Sandy outlined. “The rest of the time, it’s in the real world, and I tried to be historically accurate. Most of the clothes in the background, they’re all originals from the period, so that is all historically accurate, including the clothes that Mary Poppins is wearing.”

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Emily Blunt leads the pale and interesting crowd at the Critics’ Choice Awards

Emily Blunt led the glamour at the Critics’ Choice Awards on Sunday night (13Jan19), going for a pale and interesting look in a show-stopping white gown.The Mary Poppins Returns star wowed as she posed on the blue carpet in her bejewelled Prada dress, …

Emily Blunt led the glamour at the Critics’ Choice Awards on Sunday night (13Jan19), going for a pale and interesting look in a show-stopping white gown.

The Mary Poppins Returns star wowed as she posed on the blue carpet in her bejewelled Prada dress, which clung to her svelte figure in all the right places. Adding some extra glamour, Emily paired the ensemble with diamond drop earrings, a matching bracelet and rings, while holding a sparkling clutch bag. Allowing the attention to fall on her dress, the mother-of-two went for a simple make-up look and left her blonde hair loose in gentle waves.

Emily wasn’t the only famous face to opt for a pale hue at the star-studded Los Angeles awards ceremony. Chrissy Teigen went all out in her Maison Yeya dress, showcasing her post-baby figure perfectly thanks to the sexy cut and cinched in waist of the strapless, white dress. Giving Angelina Jolie a run for her money, Chrissy happily posed with her leg poking out between the gown’s thigh-high split, and went for some extra drama courtesy of a dark plum lipstick and backcombed hair.

Lady Gaga courted attention in her dress for the occasion, choosing an uncharacteristically simple Calvin Klein By Appointment number in a delicate blush pink colour. The 32-year-old singer teamed the gown with a pair of custom Giuseppe Zanotti lace-up boots, which she hid beneath the flowing fabric of the strapless gown.

Angela Bassett wowed in a white and silver Jenny Packham dress as she posed for photographers, while Killing Eve star Jodie Comer showcased her English Rose complexion in a white, lacy Zuhair Murad gown.

Meanwhile, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel star Rachel Brosnahan gave the trend a modern take in her Carolina Herrera trouser suit, which she paired with Jimmy Choo heels and Nikos Koulis jewellery.

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Aquaman rules North American box office for second week in a row

Aquaman is continuing to triumph over the North American box office in its second weekend on release. The superhero film, which stars Jason Momoa, Amber Heard, and Nicole Kidman, has secured the number one spot again with $51.5 million (£40.5 million…

Aquaman is continuing to triumph over the North American box office in its second weekend on release.

The superhero film, which stars Jason Momoa, Amber Heard, and Nicole Kidman, has secured the number one spot again with $51.5 million (£40.5 million). The film earned $67.4 million (£53.1 million) in its opening weekend and on Friday (28Dec18) it beat its fellow DC Comics film Justice League’s worldwide total of $657.9 million (£518.1 million). The North American total for the movie stands at $188.7 million (£148.6 million), while its global earnings have passed $748.8 million (£589.7 million)

The superhero movie is also the highest grossing DC film at the box office in China, with a $260 million (£204.7 million) haul.

Emily Blunt’s Mary Poppins Returns comes in second with $28 million (£22 million), bringing its U.S. total to around $100 million (£78.7 million). Transformers spin-off Bumblebee is third with $20.5 million (£16.1 million), while Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse comes in fourth with $18.6 million (£14.6 million). Clint Eastwood’s The Mule rounds out the top five with $11.9 million (£9.4 million).

Meanwhile, it’s another good week for movies centring on women – the Ruth Bader Ginsburg biopic On the Basis of Sex, which stars Felicity Jones as the top judge, has earned $1.5 million (1.2 million) in its limited release and Nicole Kidman’s Destroyer, which also came out over Christmas, has taken in $58,470 (£46,100) in its first week on release in North America.

Lisa Bunnell, Focus Features’ president of distribution, is particularly charged by the Ginsburg movie’s success, stating, “Audiences across the country truly love the movie…

“As a woman heading up a studio’s distribution team, a part of our industry that has traditionally been filled by men for decades, I can’t help but watch this film and know that Ruth’s work help make that possible.”

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Dwayne Johnson got paid more than double Emily Blunt’s Jungle Cruise salary – report

Dwayne Johnson reportedly got paid $13 million (£10.2 million) more than his co-star Emily Blunt for new Disney movie Jungle Cruise.TMZ reports the former wrestler, who was named the highest-paid actor in the history of Forbes’ Celebrity 100 list ea…

Dwayne Johnson reportedly got paid $13 million (£10.2 million) more than his co-star Emily Blunt for new Disney movie Jungle Cruise.

TMZ reports the former wrestler, who was named the highest-paid actor in the history of Forbes’ Celebrity 100 list earlier this year (18), got a $22 million (£17.4 million) cheque for the movie, based around the famous ride in Disney’s parks around the world, while Mary Poppins Returns star Emily negotiated $9 million (£7.1 million).

Dwayne will also be taking home the eye-watering sum for forthcoming film Red Notice alongside Wonder Woman Gal Gadot, though it’s not yet known what her pay is.

Jungle Cruise hits theatres in 2020, and also stars Jesse Plemons, Paul Giamatti, Edgar Ramirez and Jack Whitehall.

British comedian Jack, who sparked romance rumours with fellow Brit Kate Beckinsale after they were caught kissing after a dinner date in November, is playing Disney’s first-ever openly homosexual character.

The casting sparked backlash from the LGBTQ community, with some slamming Disney’s decision to cast a straight actor in such a milestone role.

TMZ reporters revealed details of the coming out scene after a test screening took place, with viewers telling the website Jack’s character McGregor avoids using the word “gay” when opening up to Dwayne’s alter ego Frank, but he makes it very clear he isn’t into ladies when he details his dating history.

The film is set in the early 20th century, and the scene, where McGregor also says his sister Lily, played by Emily, was the only one in his family to accept him and support him regardless of the “person” he loves, was apparently well received by the test audience – though it was noted the word “gay” was missing.

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Lin-Manuel Miranda felt spoiled as a theatre actor working on Mary Poppins Returns

Theatre star Lin-Manuel Miranda has had a “joyous transition” to film by working on Mary Poppins Returns.The actor plays Jack, a cockney lamplighter and former apprentice of Bert (Dick Van Dyke) from the original film, alongside Emily Blunt who pla…

Theatre star Lin-Manuel Miranda has had a “joyous transition” to film by working on Mary Poppins Returns.

The actor plays Jack, a cockney lamplighter and former apprentice of Bert (Dick Van Dyke) from the original film, alongside Emily Blunt who plays the titular character.

Miranda is best known for creating and starring in Broadway smash Hamilton, which has won numerous awards and is credited as a pop culture phenomenon, but found it easy to adapt his theatre background in order to work on the Disney flick.

“The only difference is that you finish a musical number and you have to wait for a year and a half for the audience, as opposed to the instant gratification of a theatre ovation,” he laughed during an interview with SciFiNow magazine. “But that is also the joy of it. We rehearsed for three months before we started shooting anything and so I feel spoiled as a theatre actor sort of transitioning to film, three months is actually more than we got to rehearse Hamilton.

“Rob (Marshall, director) comes from the theatre as well and he really runs it like you are putting on a musical. And so it’s been a very joyous sort of transition to film.”

Miranda has already impressed in his Mary Poppins Returns role, having been nominated in the Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy at the forthcoming Golden Globe Awards.

And of the fun-loving part he plays, the 38-year-old composer insisted the experience went far “beyond dreams”.

“Who dreamed there was going to be a sequel to Mary Poppins?” he asked. “And much less that you are going to get to be in it, singing and dancing with Mary Poppins and dancing on lamp posts, while BMX bikers are riding by doing stunts and you are a balancing a flaming stick on the end of your foot? That’s an audacious dream to have.”

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