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Emily Blunt: World, Meet Your New Mary Poppins

They don’t come more talented or tough-minded than Emily Blunt, but even she was initially daunted by the title role in Mary Poppins Returns, out next Christmas. The 34-year-old British actress (and mother of two) talks about her spin on the iconic nanny, her social-media skepticism, and her most recent challenge, in A Quiet Place, directed by her husband and co-star, John Krasinski.

VANITY FAIR – Emily Blunt has sparred with Meryl Streep (twice), out-action-starred Tom Cruise, and ruled the British Empire on-screen. But on this blustery Brooklyn afternoon in November, the 34-year-old English-born actress—surprisingly delicate in person, given the strength she projects on film—is perched on a window seat in a Cobble Hill café, laughing about her first professional heartbreak.
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Emily shares Julie Andrews’ Reaction to “Mary Poppins Returns” Casting

Emily Blunt shares Julie Andrews’ reaction to Mary Poppins Returns casting

After a string of increasingly dark roles including Edge of Tomorrow (2014), Sicario (2015), and Oct. 7’s hotly anticipated The Girl on the Train, Emily Blunt is ready to lighten up. “I enjoy the challenge to be versatile… [but] I want to find the silliness again,” she tells EW.

And her next major role will be a big departure from The Girl on the Train: She’s stepping into Julie Andrews’ iconic shoes as Mary Poppins in Rob Marshall’s Mary Poppins Returns, currently slated for a December 2018 release. “I feel a little more trepidation with this [character] because she’s so emblematic of people’s nostalgia,” Blunt says. “It’s such an important character in people’s childhood.”

While Andrews’ version of the magical nanny was sweet but firm, Blunt says her Mary Poppins will be slightly different — closer to the character from P.L. Travers’ original series. “We’re delving into the books a lot more,” she explains, “which is a different version of the character, I’ll say that much.” When she’s reminded that book Poppins is slightly tougher than fans of the 1964 film might expect, Blunt gives a coy smile: “She’s a little meaner, yeah.”

Blunt hadn’t yet spoken to Andrews when she sat down with EW in early August, but Mary Poppins Returns director Rob Marshall had — and he relayed the experience to her. “Rob said he was in the Hamptons, and he saw [Andrews], and he said, ‘It’s top secret, but Emily Blunt’s playing Mary Poppins,’” Blunt recalls. “And she went, ‘Oh, wonderful!’”

“I felt like I wanted to cry,” she says. “It was lovely to get her stamp of approval. That took the edge off it, for sure.”

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Emily Blunt On Hiding Her Real-Life Baby Bump

In Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s Into the Woods, the Baker’s Wife yearns for a child. Emily Blunt had that part of the role covered — almost too well. The Golden Globe-winning actress was pregnant on set…and had to hide her real-life baby bump from the cameras.
“At the time, I was pregnant,” explained Blunt — who gave birth to her first child, Hazel, in February 2014 — in an upcoming interview with Playbill magazine. “I hadn’t had my daughter yet, but it was kind of extraordinary being pregnant and playing this woman, who was desperately yearning to be pregnant, and feeling like I was the luckiest person in the world… In a way, it gave me a deeper insight into this woman and her yearning to be a mother. Those maternal instincts were kicking in for me. It was kind of a trip, being pregnant and hiding behind every tree in the woods by the end of my pregnancy!”
She continued, “I don’t know if there are many roles in Hollywood that I would have been able to play pregnant, but the Baker’s Wife is certainly one of them because I feel like she would have eaten a lot of carbs working in the bakery.”
Although Blunt was strongly connected to her character — both preparing to give birth for the first time — she knew very little of the enchanted Woods before discovering them through the eyes of director Rob Marshall.
“I’ve never heard of it,” she admitted. “In England, it’s not as big of a musical. The way I found out how much of a big deal it was here was that [when I told] my husband — who is not a fan of musicals — I was auditioning for ‘Into the Woods,’ he sang, ‘Into the woods!’ And, I went, ‘How do you know it?! You don’t even like musicals.’ He said, ‘Because every college in America does Into the Woods.'” Continue reading…

Source: Playbill.com

Critics Choice Awards Images

I have added images of Emily at the Critics Choice Movie Awards, from last week.

here is a small article i found about the event:

In a segment presented by Jimmy Kimmel and Emily Blunt, Damon was given the fourth annual Joel Siegel Award for Service to the Community. While Kimmel provided comic relief, joking that the Oscar winner is “the greatest guy in the world,” the actor received serious accolades for his charity, Water.org.

Blunt, who stars with Damon in the upcoming film “The Adjustment Bureau,” explained that the organization Damon co-founded with Gary White helps to “provide developing countries with safe drinking water and sanitation by partnering with local communities.”

As Blunt delivered the staggering statistics that less than 1 percent of the Earth’s water is drinkable and more than 1 billion people don’t have access to clean water, Kimmel continued to kid with Damon, telling him, “Sean Penn is actually in Haiti right now … carrying things!”

Source: MTV

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Emily the villain in ‘Iron Man 3’

Hollywood studio bosses have come up with an ingenious solution to the on-set rivalry between actresses Scarlett Johansson and Gwyneth Paltrow – separating them.

I revealed how the pair clashed on the set of Iron Man 2 after Scarlett, 25, was drafted in to play the femme fatale Russian spy character Black Widow.

At 37, Gwyneth, who plays Iron Man’s feisty PA Pepper Potts, was not impressed when her younger rival received more attention in the publicity campaign and made her displeasure known to film bosses.

Now I hear producers are planning to give Scarlett her own role in a break-out movie and are also hoping to land British star Emily Blunt to play the villain in the next Iron Man instalment.

‘The plan is to cast Scarlett as the Black Widow in a spin-off film with Robert Downey Jnr called The Avengers,’ says a source.

‘They are desperate to have Emily as the villain in the next Iron Man film and will continue to have Gwyneth playing Pepper, though she won’t feature in The Avengers.’

Source: DailyMail

Salmon Fishing…filming starts

Commuters may have done a double take this morning as the cream of British acting talent shot scenes for a new film on the streets of London.

Kristin Scott Thomas, Ewan McGregor and Emily Blunt were out and about filming romantic comedy Salmon Fishing In The Yemen.

The movie is an adaptation of Paul Torday’s novel, which tells the story of a government scientist called Dr Alfred Jones who is given the seemingly impossible task of introducing salmon into the Yemen wadis by a sheikh.

And given the political nature of the film, the cast were suitably attired in smart clothes to portray their parliamentarian characters.

Scott Thomas play Patricia Maxwell, the British Prime Minister’s spokesperson – an ever so slightly more glamorous version of spin doctors past and present, Alastair Campbell and Andy Coulson.

Her character decides the salmon introduction is the perfect news story for the area and puts Alfred in charge of the project’s success.

McGregor stars as Dr Jones while Emily Blunt plays the representative for the sheikh, who starts to fall for the scientist as they begin working together on the project.

The trio are in their second week of filming, and have previously shot scenes on Hampstead Heath and on the banks of the Thames, where McGregor was photographed showing off his fly fishing skills.

Salmon Fishing In The Yemen is due for release in 2012.

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Emily joins campaign for U.K. Film Council

LONDON — Emily Blunt, James McAvoy, Bill Nighy and Ian Holm are just some of the 50-plus actors who have put their names Thursday to a letter calling for the government to save the U.K. Film Council.

The open letter penned to The Daily Telegraph, the national newspaper long regarded as having Conservative views, condemns the Tory-led coalition government’s recent decision to axe the government-backed agency (HR 7/26).

Signatories also including Timothy Spall, Pete Postlethwaite and Sophie Okonedo added their names to the letter warning that the decision to pull the plug threatens to seriously damage the entire British film industry.

“Everyone, including those in the film industry, knows that times are tough. But the UKFC doesn’t waste money, it makes it,” the letter reads. “Thanks to its [UKFC] efforts, our film industry — worth £4.5 billion ($7.16 billion) a year — has rarely been stronger.”

Source: HollywoodReporter

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