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Sicario sequel gets a new title and director

Sicario sequel gets a new title and director

Emily Blunt won’t be returning for the follow-up that is set to focus on del Toro’s hitman.

Details on the sequel to Sicario – one of last year’s most underrated dramas – has begun to trickle in following its greenlight earlier this year.

Officially titled Soldado, the follow-up is moving ahead without original director Denis Villeneuve. Instead, Deadline reports that Stefano Sollima will step behind the camera. The filmmaker’s previous credits include acclaimed Italian miniseries Gomorra and gritty drama Suburra.

Casting-wise, it was previously reported that Emily Blunt would be reprising her role of idealistic FBI agent Kate Mercer. However, her decision to take on the role of Mary Poppins in Disney’s upcoming remake has officially rendered her unavailable with Benicio del Toro and Josh Brolin sharing lead duties.

Their characters – hitman Alejandro Gillick and CIA Agent Matt Graves – will return in a story from Sicario screenwriter Taylor Sheridan that continues to focus on the illegal smuggling of drugs across the border between Mexico and the U.S.

While the Spanish word ‘sicario’ means ‘hitman’ in English, the translation of ‘soldado’ is ‘soldier.’ Original director Villeneuve (Prisoners, Enemy) is currently hard at work making Blade Runner 2 with Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford, and House of Cards ‘ Robin Wright.

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Emily Blunt to star in Mary Poppins Returns

Emily Blunt to star in Mary Poppins Returns

It’s official! Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda will star together in Disney’s upcoming Mary Poppins live-action adaptation, Mary Poppins Returns.

Blunt has been cast as Mary Poppins and Miranda will play a new character, a street lamplighter named Jack. The film will take place in Depression-era London (when the books were originally written) and will follow a now-grown Jane and Michael Banks along with Michael’s three children. After suffering a personal loss, the family is visited by Mary Poppins and Jack who help them rediscover the joys and excitement within the magic of life.

While some people were a bit skeptical of the new film, this casting could change their minds. In fact, here are 8 reasons Blunt and Miranda are the perfect pair for Mary Poppins Returns.

Emily Blunt to star in Mary Poppins Returns

About Marry Poppins Returns

Disney is bringing Mary Poppins back to the big screen. No, she isn’t leaving the infamous Disney vault. The magical nanny will come back to life in a new, original, live-action adaptation that will be directed by Into the Woods’ Rob Marshall.

The updated version will take place during the 1920s Depression era in London, which is about 20 years after Disney’s classic Mary Poppins starring Julie Andrews. While the Disney classic focused on the first installment of author P.L. Travers’ eight-book series, this movie, which is not a sequel, will focus on Mary’s further adventures with the Banks family.

But you can’t just bring a classic film back to life without some serious backlash. Twitter is absolutely pissed about the idea of Disney messing with Andrews’ famous character. People were furious about Jumanji, but those people had nothing on what’s being said about Disney’s billionth live-action film. Haven’t the people in Burbank, Calif., ever heard the expression, “Don’t fix what isn’t broken”??

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Emily Blunt confirmed for Mary Poppins role

Emily Blunt confirmed for Mary Poppins role

Disney has confirmed that Emily Blunt will play Mary Poppins in an upcoming remake of the much-loved film. The studio has also announced plans for nine new live-action movies inspired by previous hits, including a 101 Dalmations spin-off Cruella, starring actress Emma Stone in the leading role.

Emily has long been rumoured to play the title role in the Mary Poppins reboot since it was announced in September. However the actress, who is pregnant with her second child, previously played down reports that she had already been offered the role, telling Digital Spy: “No, I’ve heard rumours of this and people have spoken to me about it today and there’s not been anything official. I mean, she’s an icon.”

The new film will be set 20 years after Disney’s original Mary Poppins, and will draw inspiration from all of P.L Travers eight book series, with Into the Woods director Rob Marshall already on board.

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The Art of Politics

The Art of Politics

The production was able to leverage Matt Damon’s celebrity to further the authenticity of David Norris’ life in The Adjustment Bureau. During the shoot, Damon was asked to take part in President Clinton’s Global Initiative.

Recounts Hackett: “We had the idea, and the Clinton people thought it was fine, that Matt would go in wardrobe as David Norris, who would logically be at this type of an event. We could get him interacting with President Clinton and other heads of state.” A skeleton crew, led by cinematog – rapher John Toll, was granted the security clearances necessary to follow Damon around the event documentary- style, while producer Moore worked to persuade other world leaders and politicians to appear in the film as well.

The key crew even had a fortuitous encounter with President Obama’s advance team at The Waldorf Astoria hotel during the first week of shooting, and it secured some bonus technical advice as it prepared to shoot the concession speech scene. Key learning? Lose a Lucite podium in favor of a more traditional one.

Damon’s publicity tour stops to promote The Informant! also benefited The Adjustment Bureau. The Informant! was being released just as production began, and so Damon’s appearance on The Daily Show With Jon Stewart became another opportunity to shoot a campaign-stumping scene for David.

“The way people react to Matt Damon is not unlike how they would react to a celebrity politician,” says Hackett. “We used that overlap to our advantage. He can walk down the streets of New York and people recognize him and camera phones come out. But that was value for the movie because, again, they are reacting to Matt Damon, not dissimilar to how we would like them to be reacting to the character of David Norris.”

Another aspect of this character that plays well into Damon’s filmic experience is the physicality of stunts. Much like the tireless athlete Jason Bourne, David Norris finds himself literally outrunning Fate.

“There are a number of corridors and stairwells, lobbies and elevator banks in this film,” states production designer Kevin Thompson. As David navigates Manhattan, eluding agents and eventually making a final dash into the heart of The Bureau itself, he is running for his life.

As an actor who enjoys performing his own stunts, Damon had athletic ability to spare while playing Norris. But that was occasionally frustrating to the Ginger Rogers to his Fred Astaire. “Matt’s a good runner. He’s fast, annoyingly fast,” laughs Emily Blunt, who was forced to keep up with him while she wore flats for many of her character’s chase scenes with David.

Perhaps the only element in the film that seems to be a departure from Damon’s prior acting roles is the love story. “This is the most romantic lead I’ve ever had,” admits Damon. “It was definitely new territory.”

Related Link: Read the Full Productions for The Adjustment Bureau

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The Art of Dance

The Art of Dance

From the beginning of principal photography of The Adjustment Bureau, Emily Blunt was upfront about her lack of formal dance training. “I was honest. I’ve never danced in my life,” she says. “I met George, and I said, ‘I’ll work my ass off for you if you let me do this.’”

The performer immediately asked to meet with the film’s choreographer, BENOIT-SWAN POUFFER, from Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet, which would become the actual company that Nolfi wrote into the film’s script.

Founded in 2003 by Nancy Laurie and artistically directed by Pouffer, Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet of New York City has a core group of 16 dancers, and it emphasizes acquiring and commissioning new works by the world’s most sought-after, emerging choreographers. With performances often incorporating multimedia presentations, Cedar Lake is known for its daring, athletic movements and its integration of ballet into contemporary and popular forms.

When Nolfi approached Pouffer to have his company involved in the film, Nolfi discussed a female dancer in the role of Elise. Remembers Pouffer of his earlier conversations with Nolfi: “I said, ‘Okay, but make sure that it is a dancer because I’ve seen many movies fail because it’s difficult to show how a dancer is.’ Then a month later they said, ‘We found the actress: Emily Blunt.’ I said, ‘She’s not a dancer. What are we going to do?’ But it’s been such a pleasure. Emily came in full-force, and I felt that she wanted to get the style and the behaviors; she’s done an amazing job.”

Pouffer’s objective was never to make Blunt a trained dancer. He felt the best way to approach teaching a non-dancer to perform would be to draw the parallel to her acting skills. “I was here to explain to her that some dancing is not necessarily done by dancers. It’s movement and understanding phrasing and theatricality when you dance,” the choreographer explains. “It’s like learning dialogue, learning a script.”

In fact, he used the emotional tones of the screenplay to inform his choreography for Elise’s numbers. “The solo scene was interesting to work with Emily because it’s a moment where she’s asking herself some questions,” he says. “She’s going through something. So we had to, movement-wise, express the step of anxiety.” Throughout all the training, Blunt was game for the ideas her instructor aimed to execute through her movements. “Emily’s special,” Pouffer comments. “She’s strong. She’s not scared.”

Producer Carraro, who had recently worked with Blunt in London on The Wolfman, was confident that she had the work ethic and athletic ability to take on the challenge. Still, the prospect of training to become Elise was ini – tially intimidating for Blunt, who not only had to achieve the pre – cision and form of a professional dancer on screen, but also didn’t want to disappoint the Cedar Lake professionals whom she would be rep resenting. With Pouffer instruct – ing her on dance and a personal trainer working her out for hours a day, six days a week, Blunt began an entire lifestyle overhaul that transformed her body into that of a dancer’s.

“The training was unreal. I hurt every day. It’s one thing to say, ‘I’ll do it for you,’ but it’s another thing to actually do it,” Blunt says of her promise to Nolfi. “It was hell to learn at first, and then it became invigorating, and one of the biggest, life-expanding experiences I’ve ever had.”

Moore notes that since Blunt was cast in late July 2009 and the film began shooting in New York in September, she didn’t have many months to train. Though the performer did work with body doubles, and films have the luxury of shooting at specific angles and cutting around talent in postproduction, many of the cast and crew admit that Blunt rarely relied on visual crutches to express her character in motion.

Remembers Nolfi: “Emily came out here a couple months before production and she was dancing five or six days a week and working out, taking it seriously on the physical performance level.” The director also stresses that Blunt was not learning simply standard ballet techniques. “It’s ballet-based contemporary dance, so it doesn’t look like your mother’s or father’s ballet. It looks like modern dance, and it is set to modern music; you couldn’t possibly do this dance without a lot of ballet training.”

Her co-star agrees with his director’s assessment. “I’m normally the actor who ends up having to do a boatload of training for things,” says Damon. “On this one, I just sat back and watched Emily; she was just so great and utterly believable.”

Related Link: Read the Full Productions for The Adjustment Bureau

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Emily Blunt Career Milestones

Emily Blunt Career Milestones

Born: Emily Olivia Leah Blunt
Birth Date: February 23, 1983
Birth Place: Roehampton, London, England, UK

Emily Blunt shot to international prominence with her lead role in the multi-award-winning British movie My Summer of Love, filmed in the summer of 2003. Blunt played the mysterious and priv ileged Tamsin, who becomes the obsession of a local girl, in this intoxi – cating romance from Pawel Pawlikowski. The Independent praised her “genuine grace and predatory charisma.” Blunt won the Most Promising Newcomer award at the 2005 Evening Standard British Film Awards and was nominated in the Best Newcomer category at the 2004 British Independent Film Awards.

The critically acclaimed Gideon’s Daughter, in which Blunt starred alongside Bill Nighy and Miranda Richardson, was shot in October 2004. The film was first broadcast on BBC One in February 2006 and appeared on BBC America in April of the same year. Blunt won a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television for her performance.

In 2005, Blunt flew to New York to start work on The Devil Wears Prada. An adaptation of the hugely popular Lauren Weisberger novel, the film features Blunt as the intensely neurotic Emily Chalton, senior assistant at Runway Magazine, who is permanently on the verge of a nervous breakdown. Directed by David Frankel and co-starring Anne Hathaway, Meryl Streep and Stanley Tucci, the film opened to great acclaim in the U.S. in June 2006 and made more than $125 million at the U.S. box office.

The critics shared the audience’s love for The Devil Wears Prada and for Blunt: The Los Angeles Times called her “scene-stealing” while the Telegraph praised her performance as “terrific” and “a catty delight.” Blunt was nominated in the Breakout Female category at the 2006 Teen Choice Awards for her performance and was also nominated in the Best Supporting Actress category at the Golden Globes and the BAFTAs for the role. The movie was released worldwide in October 2006 and made more than $320 million at the box office. Blunt went on to be nominated for the Rising Star Award at the 2007 BAFTAs.

In August 2006, Blunt started work on The Great Buck Howard, written and directed by Sean McGinly and co-starring Tom Hanks, John Malkovich and Colin Hanks. Blunt plays Valerie, a self-assured publicist hired by a luckless magician trying to reinvigorate his career. The film premiered at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival and was released in the U.S. in March 2009. Following this, Blunt filmed Dan in Real Life, with Steve Carell, Juliette Binoche and Dane Cook. It was released in the U.S. on October 26, 2007, and in the U.K. on January 11, 2008.

Blunt went on to make The Jane Austen Book Club. She starred alongside Maria Bello, Kevin Zegers and Hugh Dancy. The film was released in the U.S. on September 21, 2007, followed by a U.K. release on November 16, 2007.

Blunt next spent two months in Albuquerque, New Mexico, filming Sunshine Cleaning. The film was directed by Christine Jeffs and tells the story of two sisters (Blunt and Amy Adams) who start up a successful business cleaning up crime scenes. It was released in the U.S. in March 2009. Blunt was nominated for a Critics’ Choice Movie Award for Best Supporting Actress for the role.

In late 2007, Blunt was seen in Mike Nichols’ Charlie Wilson’s War, with Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts and Philip Seymour Hoffman. The film was released in the U.S. in December 2007.

Blunt next filmed the Martin Scorsese-produced biopic The Young Victoria. She plays Britain’s Queen Victoria in the early stages of her life, and the film is written by Julian Fellowes and directed by Jean-Marc Vallée. The cast also includes Miranda Richardson, Jim Broadbent and Rupert Friend. The film was released in the U.K. in March 2009, earning Blunt high praise from U.K. film critics. Wendy Ide atThe Times wrote, “Rising star Emily Blunt plays the cloistered young monarch with a playfulness and a lively spirit.” Blunt received Golden Globe Award and Critics’ Choice Movie Award nominations for Best Actress for her performance. In February 2010, Blunt was seen in the much anticipated period thriller The Wolfman. Directed by Joe Johnston, Blunt starred opposite Benicio Del Toro and Anthony Hopkins, and played the female lead role, Gwen Conliffe, a woman mourning the death of her husband who becomes close to his brother as they hunt the werewolf that killed him.

Next, Blunt voiced the female lead role of Juliet in Disney’s 3D animation Gnomeo & Juliet, with James McAvoy voicing Gnomeo. The film is an animated retelling of William Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet,” using gnomes. Directed by Kelly Asbury, the film’s soundtrack is written and produced by Elton John. It will be released internationally by E1 Entertainment and is scheduled for release in the U.K. and U.S. on February 11, 2011.

In December 2010, Blunt was seen playing Princess Mary in a retelling of Jonathan Swift’s iconic novel, “Gulliver’s Travels.” Blunt starred along side Jack Black and Jason Segel in the film, which follows the modern-day adventures of travel writer Lemuel Gulliver.

In early 2010, Blunt filmed Salmon Fishing in the Yemen in London, Scotland and Morocco. She costars, opposite Kristin Scott Thomas, Ewan McGregor and Amr Waked, in this remake of Paul Torday’s bestselling novel, telling the story of Dr. Alfred Jones (McGregor), a fisheries scientist, who finds himself reluctantly involved in a project to bring salmon fishing to the Highlands of the Yemen. Blunt plays Harriet Chetwode-Talbot, the representative of fly fishing- obsessed sheikh (Waked). The film is directed by Lasse Hallström and slated for release in 2012. In October 2010, Blunt was cast in Lynn Shelton’s as-yet-untitled project. The cast also includes Rachel Weisz and Mark Duplass. Blunt and Weisz play sisters who fight over Duplass. The film is being shot in Washington and will be released in 2011.

Also in October 2010, Blunt was cast as the female lead in the time-travel thriller Looper. The film is centered on a group of killers who send bodies of their victims back in time. Blunt will play a single mother forced to go to great lengths to protect her son. Her co-stars are Bruce Willis and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, with Rian Johnson directing. It is sched uled to begin production in Louisiana in January and slated for a late 2011 release.

Blunt recently joined the cast of Disney’s The Muppets. Ricky Gervais, Alan Arkin, Jack Black, Billy Crystal, Zach Galifianakis and Jean-Claude Van Damme, are also lending their voices to the latest installment, which sees the Muppets reunite to put on a show in order to save their movie studio from a developer. James Bobin is directing and the script was written by Jason Segel and Nicholas Stoller. The film is due for release in the U.S. in December 2011 and the U.K. in February 2012.

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Emily Blunt: A star who’s about to be born

Emily Blunt: A star who's about to be born

Despite indelible performances as Anne Hathaway’s tormentor in “The Devil Wears Prada” and as Tom Hanks’ seductress / underwear model in “Charlie Wilson’s War,” Emily Blunt remains a household-name-in-the-making probably because she’s such a chameleon.

But the star, as they say, is on the rise: The London-born actress can now be seen as a savvy publicist in “The Great Buck Howard”; as Amy Adams’ lost-soul sister in “Sunshine Cleaning”; and, soon, as “The Young Victoria.”.

Q. The character-driven “Sunshine Cleaning” seems neither comedy fish nor dramatic fowl. How do you see it?

A. I certainly signed on to do an upbeat drama, so it’s pretty much what I expected. But it’s tonally complicated, and quite melancholy. The girls are going through a crisis; it involves a catharsis. They’re looking for escape. And they’re survivors in very different ways.

Q. Both Norah in “Sunshine Cleaning” and Valerie in “Buck Howard” do not seem to be easy characters to wrap your head around.

A. I’m drawn to any character who strikes me as being complicated and a challenge, because I feel people are complicated. They’re not easy to sum up. And I don’t want to pigeonhole myself. Norah’s an American girl, vulnerable, curious – there was lots to play with.

Emily Blunt: A star who's about to be born

Q. How was it playing the world’s coolest aunt to little Jason Spevack in “Sunshine Cleaning”?

A. We worked a lot together, hung out, played games – he’s a sweetheart. By the time we got on camera, he was comfortable leaning on me.

Q. Were you as comfortable with Amy Adams?

A. We both understand sisters – they can be your best champion, and they can also break your heart. Amy’s also the best playmate. She’s not self-conscious, doesn’t mind making an idiot of herself, and we pushed each other. We also laughed a lot.

All About Emily Blunt

Emily Blunt is a British actress best known for her roles in The Young Victoria (2009) and The Devil Wears Prada (2006).

She was born Emily Olivia Leah Blunt on February 23, 1983, in Roehampton, South West London, England, the second of four children in the family of a teacher mother and barrister father. She received a rigorous education at Ibstock Place School, a co-ed private school at Roehampton. However, young Emily Blunt had a stammer, since she was a kid of 8. Her mother took her to relaxation classes, which did not do anything. She reached a turning point at 12, when a teacher cleverly asked her to play a character with a different voice and said, “I really believe in you”. Blunt ended up using a northern accent, and it did the trick, her stammer disappeared.

Emily Blunt: A star who's about to be born

From 1999 – 2001, Blunt went to Hurtwood House, the top co-ed boarding school where she would excel at sport, cello and singing. She also had two years of drama studies at Hurtwood’s theatre course. In August 2000, she was chosen to perform at the Edinburgh Festival. She was signed up by agent, Ken McReddie, who led her to the West End and the BBC, scoring her roles in several period dramas on stage as well as on TV productions, such as “Foyle’s War”, “Henry VIII”, and “Empire”. In 2001, she appeared as “Gwen Cavendish” opposite Dame Judi Dench in Sir Peter Hall’s production of “The Royal Family” at Haymarket Theatre. For that role, she won the Evening Standard Award for Best Newcomer. In 2002, she played “Juliet” in “Romeo and Juliet” at the prestigious Chichester Festival.

Blunt’s career ascended to international fame after she starred as “Isolda” opposite Alex Kingston in Boudica (2003). A year later, she won critical acclaim for her breakout performance as “Tamsin”, a well-educated, cynical and deceptive 16-year-old beauty in My Summer of Love (2004), a story of two lonely girls from the opposite ends of the social heap. Emily Blunt and her co-star Natalie Press shared an Evening Standard British Film award for Most Promising Newcomer. In 2005, she spent a few months in Australia filming Irresistible (2006) with Susan Sarandon and Sam Neill. Blunt gave an impressive performance as “Mara”, a cunning young destroyer who acts crazy and surreptitiously provokes paranoia in others. She also continued her work on British television, starring as “Natasha” in Stephen Poliakoff’s Gideon’s Daughter (2005) (TV) opposite Bill Nighy, a role that won her a 2007 Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role.

She continued the line of playing manipulative characters as Emily, a caustic put-upon assistant to Meryl Streep’s lead in The Devil Wears Prada (2006). Blunt’s performance with a neurotic twist added a dimension of sarcasm to the comedy, and gained her much attention as well as new jobs: in two dramas opposite Tom Hanks, then in the title role in period drama The Young Victoria (2009). Her most recent works include appearances as antiques dealer Gwen Conliffe in The Wolfman (2010) and as ballerina in The Adjustment Bureau (2011).

Emily Blunt is a highly versatile actress and a multifaceted person. Her talents include singing and playing cello; she is also skilled at horseback riding. She was in a relationship with Canadian singer Michael Buble, whom she met at the Australian Logie Awards in 2005, and again a few months later backstage at his Los Angeles concert. Their relationship ended in 2008. Blunt’s friend, Anne Hathaway, introduced her to John Krasinski, and they have been together since November 2008. On August 28, 2009, Blunt and Krasinski announced their engagement. The couple married On July 10, 2010, at the estate of their friend, George Cloony, on Lake Como in Italy. Emily Blunt and John Krasinsky are living in Los Angeles area, California.

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