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We entered Westworld at Comic-Con — here's what happened

Prepare to learn more about yourself than you’d expect at HBO’s interactive ‘Westworld’ experience

Ever wanted to enter Westworld? If you’re headed to Comic-Con this week, you just might get your chance.

HBO is hosting an interactive and immersive experience that takes fans into the android populated world. Comic-Con attendees can book a trip at the Westworld appointment desk, located in the lobby of the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel, on Thursday, July 20, Friday, July 21 and Saturday, July 22 starting at 9:30 a.m. PT until all slots for the day have been filled. Beware though, you may just learn more about yourself than you wanted to. Will you survive the activation?

Here’s what we experienced:

Entering the Westworld experience, you’re greeted by a duo of “Hosts” who take your name and check you into your appointment. “You’re in the right place,” an emotionless, possible android said. “Would you mind taking a seat? A member of Delos will be with you shortly.”

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'American Gods': Gillian Anderson on Becoming Marilyn Monroe and David Bowie
‘It makes sense that one of the most powerful gods in the story is embodied as female.’

“I didn’t know all that much about Marilyn as much as we all know what’s in the greater consciousness: the key pieces of her death and her struggle and her marriage and all that,” Anderson tells EW. “And actually, I was surprised at how easy I found it to immerse myself in that and how much fun it was. She was definitely the one I had the most fun doing, just because there’s an imminent joy to her. There is also with Judy [Garland], but there’s something so delightful and delicious about Marilyn that was a lot of fun to jump into. And there’s a mechanism that we used to get her floating — I was on this robotic contraption that had been built with fans in it so that my skirt was constantly moving, even though they were going to recreate and enhance some of that in CGI. So for the majority of that scene, it was me being driven around via remote control with fans blasting vertically up my dress.” Anderson laughs: “So, that was fun.”

How Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Mary Poppins sequel character connects to Dick Van Dyke

Lin-Manuel Miranda first heard the pitch for Disney’s Mary Poppins Returns sequel between a matinee and evening performance of his Broadway smash, Hamilton (you probably haven’t heard of it). It was during his final few months in the musical, before his summer departure in 2016, when director Rob Marshall and producer John DeLuca met Miranda at a hotel across the street from the theatre to pitch the role they had in mind: Jack, a charming working man who watches over London’s gaslamp-lined neighborhoods with a band of lamplighters known as Leeries.

Miranda, who deems the film his “first big movie,” recalls the pitch: “They said, ‘We’re not asking you to be Dick Van Dyke, but what we know is, it’s Emily Blunt and you, and we want to build it around you guys.’ They told me Dave [Magee] was writing the script, and I just absolutely fell in love with the pitch and their story. Plus, Rob made Chicago — I think it’s the best modern musical adaptation we have — so I knew I wanted to be in that room and go on that ride. In no world in my mind did the chance to play in the land of Mary Poppins even exist. It’s just this sort of iconic thing that’s from your childhood, and it’s crazy to even get to do it.”

While much of Mary Poppins Returns is directly based on P.L. Travers’ book series, Jack is more of a new creation for the film who helps link the journey of the Banks family and provide a magical assist to pal Mary Poppins. Jack does share Bert’s up-for-anything spirit; he doesn’t share Bert’s infamous cockney accent (or at least, that’s what Miranda has been affectionately working hard to avoid). And although there won’t be an onscreen reunion between the patron and his protégée, Van Dyke did film a cameo as a different character, and Miranda was still reeling from the experience when EW visited just a day later.

“Imagine how cool you think Dick Van Dyke is, and double that — that’s how cool he was,” gushes Miranda, who shares deep theatre roots with the versatile 91-year-old star. “I wish I had as much energy as he has now at 91 than I do at 37. But he was just running laps around us. I’d see the little kids being tired, and there’s Dick Van Dyke running. The greatest acting challenge was just being in it with him during the scene because he’s Dick Van Dyke.”

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I Know Your Wife (She Wouldn’t Mind) - Part Nineteen

Summary: It’s Father’s Day and, for the first time ever, you have a father to celebrate with. Your and JJ’s gift for Jensen goes viral, leading to a much needed conversation between Jared and your new father.
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Father’s Day, to you, was a somewhat foreign concept.

You never had a father. Your mom knew who he was, but he didn’t want you and you never wanted him either.

Anyone that would willingly leave their child with someone like your mother shouldn’t have a place in that child’s life, so you had no desire to search for him.

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Zayn Malik's New Album 'Shows a Lot of Growth'
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Leaving One Direction wasn’t easy for Zayn Malik, who officially parted ways with the band in 2015 to pursue a solo career. But the decision has worked out well for him so far: His first album, Mind of Mine, debuted at No. 1 and was positively reviewed by critics, including EW’s Leah Greenblatt, who called the record “a smoothly inclusive survey in modern R&B” in her B+ review. And while his new record will retain that sound, it’s also a step in a different, ahem, direction.

“It wasn’t easy making that decision and having the courage to step out first and make a record,” RCA Records CEO Peter Edge, who worked with Malik on the yet-to-be-titled new collection, tells EW. “This album has a more optimistic tone to it after coming through that more challenging time. It shows a lot of growth.”

That tone is apparent on first single “Still Got Time,” a dancehall-inspired jam featuring rapper PARTYNEXTDOOR. “If you think about the lyrics,” Edge points out, “it’s talking about how it’s great to be young and knowing you’ve still got time to do everything you want to do in life.”

And making music is what Malik wants to be doing — competition be damned: Since dropping “Still Got Time” March 24, three other former One Direction members have also unveiled their own solo releases. While Malik veers toward R&B, Harry Styles has gravitated toward classic rock, Niall Horan’s two songs lean acoustic folk-rock, and Liam Payne’s debut goes the hip-hop route.

“While we’re conscious of what everybody else is doing, I think we’re on the page that we just have to get on with releasing the music,” Edge says. “Everybody is going to coexist. What’s emerging is that there are different musical styles that each member is getting into.”

“Zayn just wants to make his music and do what he does,” Edge continues before explaining that this new album will be more personal and less producer-driven. “I think he definitely wants a lot of himself in there, and I think that’s what the last record had — it maybe even gave people more insight than they thought they were going to get.”

Malik’s album doesn’t have a release date yet, but it’s expected to arrive this year.

This Week’s Cover: Thor gets a makeover in Ragnarok first look

Sometimes even superheroes need makeovers. And let’s face it: Thor’s hair was always a little too Nelson-circa-1990. So in Thor: Ragnarok, out Nov. 3, audiences will see the Norse god get his signature blond locks shorn. “It was nice not to have to sit in the makeup chair for that hour each morning,” Chris Hemsworth says. “It felt like a rebirth for me as the actor but also as the character.”

Marvel’s third solo outing for Thor is a fresh start in more than just follicular ways. “I have a belief that if you’re lucky enough to get to part 3 of a franchise, it is your obligation not to fall to threequel-itis,” says Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige. The latest entry finds Thor battling not only the Goddess of Death, Hela (Academy Award winner Cate Blanchett), but also his frenemy the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) when the pair find themselves on a desolate planet called Sakaar.

When Hela is accidentally unleashed from her prison, she is not psyched. “She’s been locked away for millennia getting more and more cross, and then, with a mistake, she gets unleashed and she ain’t getting back in that box,” says Blanchett, who worked with legendary stuntwoman Zoë Bell (Grindhouse) and learned the Brazilian martial art capoeira to prep for the role. Her attack on Thor sends him to Sakaar where he is forced to become a gladiator and realizes he’s no longer super special. “[Sakaar is] basically where every wormhole across the universe dumps out its trash, so you get people from all walks of life with all sorts of incredible abilities and powers,” Hemsworth explains. “No one cares what prince or king Thor may have been in another world. Also, his strength is pretty easily matched with those he finds himself amongst.” Case in point: Sakaar’s most successful (and popular) fighter is The Hulk.

Still, despite a title that references an end-of-days-type battle in Norse mythology, Ragnarok marks a decidedly more comedic installment for the series, thanks in large part to director Taika Waititi (What We Do in the Shadows). “Taika has such a quirky, left-of-field sense of humor, which forced all the characters and the tone of the whole story to head in a new direction,” says Hemsworth. “Each day we were like, ‘Are we pushing it too far? Are we allowed to have this much fun?’”

Now the Ragnarok team just has to see if the Marvel audience is open to such a recalibration. “I think sometimes people mistake a tonal shift as ‘We’re just going to make some ridiculous broad comedy where no one gives a s— what happens and everyone gets stoned and sits around talking about saving the universe,’ ” Waititi says. “We want people to care what happens and care that the hero succeeds. I think tonally it’s like a slight shift. I don’t feel nervous — I feel good about it.”

Zayn Malik’s new album ‘shows a lot of growth’

Leaving One Direction wasn’t easy for Zayn Malik, who officially parted ways with the band in 2015 to pursue a solo career. But the decision has worked out well for him so far: His first album, Mind of Mine, debuted at No. 1 and was positively reviewed by critics, including EW’s Leah Greenblatt, who called the record “a smoothly inclusive survey in modern R&B” in her B+ review. And while his new record will retain that sound, it’s also a step in a different, ahem, direction.

“It wasn’t easy making that decision and having the courage to step out first and make a record,” RCA Records CEO Peter Edge, who worked with Malik on the yet-to-be-titled new collection, tells EW. “This album has a more optimistic tone to it after coming through that more challenging time. It shows a lot of growth.”

That tone is apparent on first single “Still Got Time,” a dancehall-inspired jam featuring rapper PARTYNEXTDOOR. “If you think about the lyrics,” Edge points out, “it’s talking about how it’s great to be young and knowing you’ve still got time to do everything you want to do in life.”

And making music is what Malik wants to be doing — competition be damned: Since dropping “Still Got Time” March 24, three other former One Direction members have also unveiled their own solo releases. While Malik veers toward R&B, Harry Styles has gravitated toward classic rock, Niall Horan’s two songs lean acoustic folk-rock, and Liam Payne’s debut goes the hip-hop route.

“While we’re conscious of what everybody else is doing, I think we’re on the page that we just have to get on with releasing the music,” Edge says. “Everybody is going to coexist. What’s emerging is that there are different musical styles that each member is getting into.”

“Zayn just wants to make his music and do what he does,” Edge continues before explaining that this new album will be more personal and less producer-driven. “I think he definitely wants a lot of himself in there, and I think that’s what the last record had — it maybe even gave people more insight than they thought they were going to get.”

Malik’s album doesn’t have a release date yet, but it’s expected to arrive this year. Hear “Still Got Time” above.

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anonymous asked:

What??? Psych wants to do five more movies??? IM SO EXCITED

YES! i am LIVING! here’s part of the recent entertainment weekly article:

“If Psych creator Steve Franks gets his wish, Psych: The Movie will be the beginning of a six-movie series.

Yes, you read that correctly. When they decided to wrap up the fake psychic detective show in 2013, Franks deliberately wrote an open-ended finale so he could eventually return to make six films featuring Shawn Spencer (James Roday) and Burton “Gus” Guster (Dulé Hill). And he’s looking to the Fast and the Furious franchise for inspiration on how to expand the show beyond the forthcoming holiday reunion.”

how DOPE is that!! steve franks said he definitely at least wants to do a second movie bc of tim’s stroke (bless his heart) they had to cut a TON of lassiter out of the christmas movie. so they have big plans for lassie’s plot and a lot more santa barbara storylines for the second movie.

i’m on mobile but here’s the link to the article: http://ew.com/tv/2017/07/17/psych-the-movie-creator-interview/

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Lynda Carter On How Portraying The Original WONDER WOMAN Helped Shape a Generation
For more on the heroine, pick up Entertainment Weekly’s The Ultimate Guide to Wonder Woman, featuring the cast and creators of the new film and the character’s long history, on sale now.

Carter, who was outspoken about the importance of having a woman at the helm of a Wonder Woman film, did talk at length with director Patty Jenkins.

CARTER: Over a period of quite a few months, we talked on the phone. It really was [about] why I thought my portrayal worked, why it lived, what my intentions were from the beginning about the character. We were so much on the same page of the interpretation of what embodies this character. [Wonder Woman is] not thinking she’s all that. She’s powerful, but…

She’s sensitive.
Right.

Why do you think it took so long for this character to get a movie?

They were, I think, struggling to cast it and struggling to get the story right. I think they wanted to distance it from anything I did in the past. They have gone back to more of a historical story, which I think is good.

What do you hope to see in Gal Gadot’s version of Wonder Woman?

I like her. I just hope it’s successful, that’s all. I think she’s probably pretty kick-ass, and it’s a whole new way to empower women.

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lol at that anon. glee and more specifically klaine helped me accept who i am and my own sexuality, and i know i wasn't the only one. "gay shows" help me see the representation i've never had.

Kurt and Blaine are Glee’s legacy.  They showed LGBT+ youth that gay kids can have everything they want- friends, a career, a loving relationship, marriage, and kids. That there others out there just like them.  That it does get better. 

Further, Klaine showed so many others, who perhaps had not been exposed to many LGBT+ people in their communities that in fact Kurt and Blaine were people just like them. They laugh, they cry, and they love just like every other human.

Because of Klaine, and in large part because of Chris and Darren who played these characters with heart and soul, we saw that Kurt, the boy we grew to love over a season and a half, could have a crush on a beautiful boy, get his hopes up when he learns that Blaine knows his coffee order, just to have them crushed. And then to have said boy say “I have been looking for you forever” after which they shared a first kiss that was in my opinion one of the best first kisses ever portrayed on TV because Chris and Darren wanted to tell this story in a true and genuine way:

In an article published by AOL Entertainment,

“On last night’s ‘Glee,’ the New Directions won regionals after hitting the stage with a pair of original songs – a first for the series – but that isn’t what anyone is talking about this morning. After months of hints and winks, fans of FOX’s hit musical finally got what they’ve been waiting for: The characters of Kurt (Chris Colfer) and Blaine (Darren Criss) kissed for the first time. And it wasn’t a peck. It also wasn’t overtly sexual or desperate, it wasn’t rushed or clouded with turmoil, and it certainly wasn’t played for laughs, the way many kisses between men are on TV. It was perfect.


“It’s hard to overstate the significance of the kiss between Kurt and Blaine on ‘Glee’ last night,” Michael Jensen, editor of Logo’s AfterElton.com tells PopEater. “Even better, it wasn’t the sort of kiss we saw back in the 1990s where the guys pecked each other on the lips – or worse, the camera cutaway – but this was a real kiss that hinted there is much more to come in this relationship. If we still needed proof how far gay characters have come on network TV, 'Glee’ just gave it to us.”


“’Glee’ has raised the bar of what it means to be inclusive on TV, and viewers are tuning in by the millions, sending a clear message to networks that Americans not only accept gay and lesbian characters, but they are beginning to expect them,” GLAAD President Jarrett Barrios tells PopEater. “It’s stories like Kurt and Blaine’s that continue to remind gay youth everywhere that there’s nothing wrong with being who you are.”

Glee then went even further and tackled the issued of Kurt and Blaine losing their virginity, a story line that paralleled Finn and Rachel. Making the statement that Klaine’s first time was just as beautiful, just as relevant, just as significant, and just as full of love as the heterosexual couple on the show. And Chris and Darren’s scene was perfection:

Thanks to Glee, we saw Kurt and Blaine navigate high school, long distance relationships, angst and heartache. The show often got it wrong, but when it got it right, it do so spectacularly. And never as amazing as our Klaine engagement:

And while the wedding certainly left a little to be desired, Glee still allowed our beloved Kurt and Blaine to declare their love to the world and state their vows, at at time before same sex marriage was legal across the country. A time when they had to cross state borders to tie the know and make it legal. And while the creators of Glee left a lot to be desired, as always, Chris and Darren took what they were given and displayed nothing but love and happiness that they were finally husbands:

In 2013, Klaine was named the Greatest TV Couple of all time by Entertainment Weekly (X)  The article that accompanied their win described their relationship as:

a timeless, groundbreaking TV love story

On the morning of the finale, in an article entitled “The Gay Legacy of Glee” Klaine was described as follows:

In season two, Kurt met Blaine Anderson (Darren Criss). Not only did he get a boyfriend, but a bonafide, epic love story that’s spanned the remainder of the series. Blaine’s dreamy debut,  is the kind of hearts-aflutter teen romance usually reserved for straight kids on TV. They’ve made-out, broken-up, lost their virginity, gotten engaged, broke-up again and eventually got married. They’ve evolved into the central relationship and one of the greatest young love stories in mainstream television. (x)

Another article, written in the Fall of 2016 entitled “The Cultural Significance of Glee” stated:

This character [Kurt] attracted many people in the LGBTQ community in which many found comfort in the character, knowing that they are getting some representation.

The couple [Klaine} became one of the most popular couples on television. The couple go through the same obstacles than any other straight relationship would have, creating the image that there is no difference between a straight or gay relationship. The couple broke up twice, causing an uproar of extremely upset and mad fans. By the end of the of show’s seasons, the two end up marrying each other. The couple known as “Klaine” has been “leading TV’s gay-teen revolution”(Entertainment Weekly). The actors have claimed that they have received hundreds of letters from fans both gay and straight saying that the couple has changed their views positively and helped them to keep an open mind. The phenomenon that is “Klaine” definitely has a positive reaction on the majority of viewers. While these two characters are not the only gay men on the show, they have been the most impact.

Kurt and Blaine made a profound impact on society and greatly influenced how people saw members of the LGBT+ community. And that they play a significant part in enabling LGBT+ youth to know that they were not alone.

For everything Glee got wrong, it will always have its legacy- Klaine.  And that is mainly thanks to two extraordinary men who fully committed to their roles, Chris and Darren. 

And for anyone to minimize this, to state that Chris is not proud of what he and Darren accomplished on screen, clearly knows nothing about him.  And that is heartbreaking.

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Pennywise shows up, he’s front and center, and he does his show. He has an act,“ Andy Muschietti [director of IT] says. "So it’s weird all the time, and every little thing implies a further threat.

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Mary Poppins Returns: Inside the magical sequel 50 years in the making

Mary Poppins Returns, directed by Rob Marshall (Into the Woods), picks up 25 years after the events of the first film, fast-forwarding to London’s mid-1930s economic slump, the actual time period of Travers’ books. Number 17 Cherry Tree Lane has become the warm, loving home that banker and artist Michael Banks (Ben Whishaw) shares with his wife and three children. But after the sudden death of Michael’s wife, the Banks family is shattered — even enthusiastic aunt Jane (Emily Mortimer), now a fervent union organizer, and long-time housemaid Ellen (Julie Walters) can’t help lift spirits — and so in time, the once-blossoming home is on the verge of foreclosure.

Cue the arrival of prim and peculiar Mary Poppins (Emily Blunt), who leads Michael’s wayward children (and Jane and Michael themselves) on a series of unbelievable adventures — to the top of Big Ben, the bottom of the ocean, into magical encounters with animated dancing penguins and upside-down cousins (hey, Meryl Streep!). If anyone can help this family find the light they’ve lost, it’s Mary Poppins.

Contending with five decades of a practically-perfect legacy, the sequel’s filmmakers have dedicated themselves to being as faithful and respectful to the iconic original as possible while still crafting a fresh new family musical. “The bar is so high for this,” says Marshall, who also directed the Oscar-winning Chicago. “But to be able to walk in the footsteps of this beautiful story about a woman who brings magic to this family that’s looking for wonder and hope and joy in their lives… I feel a great responsibility and reverence every day. We all feel it. We’re just lifting it up to get there with the right intentions behind it.”

It’s a sentiment echoed by the cast, full of lifelong lovers of Mary Poppins like Blunt (who earned Julie Andrews’ blessing as the character long before the first camera rolled) and Lin-Manuel Miranda (who plays Mary’s pal Jack, a winsome lamplighter and former apprentice of Dick Van Dyke’s famed chimney sweep, Bert). Even the creative departments abound with folks who know the stakes and want to get this right: Tony-winning composers Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman (Hairspray) penned a new score that sounds downright Poppins-esque, while costume designer Sandy Powell and her team worked to bring the iconic looks of Mary and the Banks family into the stylish 1930s.

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I spoke with a critic from Entertainment Weekly (who’s writing an article about the film) and who attended a private screening of CMBYN earlier today at Sony Corporation of America (SCA) in New York. When asked how he liked the film: “It’s the best I’ve seen all year”. About Sony and the lack of promotion: “It’s an awards contender. They’re holding off to give the film a proper push during awards season. They don’t want to jump the gun. This is standard for prestige fall releases like this, don’t worry” Also: “Promotion will pick up when the fall festivals start announcing their lineups, which is usually at the end of this month.”

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EW.com| Sam Heughan and Tobias Menzies get candid about season 1 rape scene
SPOILER ALERT! Don’t read this if you weren’t one of the 5 million viewers who tuned into the first season of Outlander. Fans may dig the romance...

Fans may dig the romance-for-the-ages between Jamie and Claire, but the hit series that’s based on Diana Gabaldon’s best-selling book series is just as much a historical tale as it is a psychological drama.The most-talked about scene from season 1 was when English captain Jonathan “Black Jack” Randall (Tobias Menzies) sodomized and tortured Jamie (Sam Heughan) in a prison cell. It’s a gut-wrenching sequence, which is no doubt why Menzies earned a Golden Globe nomination for his performance (and why it’s egregious that he and Heughan were overlooked for the Emmys).

EW asked the two actors to talk about the psychology behind the scene from Episode 15, titled “Wentworth Prison.”

SAM HEUGHAN: We approached it a lot like a play. Tobias and I come from theater background so we spent about a week just working through the scenes and discussing the text and making any adjustments that we felt were needed. We sort of did a rough blocking and worked out what was going to happen, where and how. But then, obviously on the day, you just have to kind of go for it.  

TOBIAS MENZIES: It was about trying to get the tone right. I was keen for it to be as psychological as possible. I just didn’t want it to feel sensational. If you’re going to have Jack rape Jamie, you have to really earn that, really get to a place where that scene is within the realm of the story. Sam and I didn’t talk a lot [while shooting those scenes]. We would sort of kept to ourselves between shots. But again, one of the good things is how we had been working together for a year so we had a fair amount of trust.

HEUGHAN: It’s not about rape. It’s not about the act at all. It’s about two men battling their wills to beat each other. Obviously Claire is involved in this so it’s about honor. It’s about a man’s word and this battle that’s been going on between these two characters ever since day one when Black Jack Randall started this never-ending battle. It’s kind of epic and it continues throughout season 2.

MENZIES: I don’t think Jack hates Jamie. I think he is stimulated by him. He’s intrigued by him. In some way Jamie represents everything that Jack isn’t, and you both love and want to destroy the thing that you can’t be. He’s drawn to this person. Jack is someone who is interested in pain and people’s pain thresholds. He’s sort of clinical in his atomization of Jamie. But that’s almost what makes it more chilling, because this doesn’t come out of rage or anger or resentment or revenge. It’s none of those things. It’s calm. It’s precise. And that felt truer to some sort of sadistic quality. One of the things that we ended up deciding is for Jack to unravel Jamie in some way. He intuits that Jamie is built on Claire. She is Jamie’s safe place. In that scene when Jack is sort of leaning over him, trying to get to him, Jamie is saying Claire’s name. That’s when Jack understands how that is the person he has to contaminate. It’s all about, in some weird way, embodying Claire. If he can poison that relationship, then he can undermine who Jamie is in a very profound way.

HEUGHAN: Physically Jamie can deal with anything. And I think we saw that throughout season 1. He can put his body on the line. He has much more to lose now he that he’s got Claire. We found out at the end of season 1 that she’s pregnant.  So, he’s got an added responsibility. And he’s got this mental thing now. Normally he can shake something off. But [the rape] has really affected him. It was really dark and tough and probably some of the most testing stuff I’ve ever done but I kind of really enjoyed it. I think every actor enjoys putting themselves through something like that because it’s a challenge. It’s fun to play off someone like Tobias. He’s a great actor and it’s good to go to those dark places. I was really exhausted and you just can’t wait to leave [the set] but I was really lucky to have such a strong storyline.

Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda already had their Mary Poppins pinch-me moments

You never forget your first time on Cherry Tree Lane.

Stepping onto the iconic street, recreated and rejuvenated by director Rob Marshall’s team, was EW’s pinch-me moment on the set of Disney’s forthcoming sequel Mary Poppins Returns — but for the actors and filmmakers who regularly tread those slick springtime cobblestones, other moments during shooting packed the epiphanic punch that, yep, the world of Mary Poppins is back again.

For Lin-Manuel Miranda, who plays Jack the lamplighter, there were a couple of major moments: His first fitting, for one, when he caught a glimpse of Mary Poppins’ famous talking parrot umbrella. Perhaps more memorably, Miranda recalls his first time hearing the film’s new score by veteran songwriting duo Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman. The new tunes raised goosebumps for the Broadway composer: “Honestly, hearing Marc and Scott’s songs for the first time was really exciting. It’s such a love letter to [original composers] the Sherman brothers. Marc and Scott really grew up listening to and loving those guys, so it just feels of a piece with the music from the original. That’s the best way to describe it. The orchestrations are massive, and they’ve captured the spirit of it so well. It’s whimsical when it needs to be whimsical with this undercurrent of sadness, but insanely catchy. It’s got that aftertaste of melancholy when it needs it, and it’s really lovely. When I heard it, I got really excited, because this is not some quote-unquote ‘modern’ Poppins. This just is the next movie.”

For Emily Blunt, who plays the title role, one thrilling moment came during one of the movie’s biggest musical numbers, wherein Miranda’s character and a group of lamplighters use the lights of London to guide the lost Banks children back to their neighborhood. “I actually had one of these big pinch-me moments when I saw about 30 people coming down Cherry Tree Lane,” Blunt recalls. “We had a camera on a crane and another camera on a truck and it was just one of those very classic, cinematic, men-dancing-like-men, incredible, beautifully lit moments, and I just turned to Rob and said, ‘My God, we’re really making a big old movie, aren’t we?’”

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ENTERTAINMENT | Dance Moms' Chloe Lukasiak shares cover for Girl on Pointe

And the 16-year-old tells EW what fans can expect from her book

On the heels of the news that Chloe Lukasiak will be returning for the eighth season of Dance Moms, EW can exclusively reveal the cover of the 16-year-old dancer and actress’ forthcoming book, Girl on Pointe: Chloe’s Guide to Talking on the World (out Jan. 23, 2018).

In the book, Lukasiak will address about her time on Dance Moms, what happened behind the scenes of the Lifetime show, and what it was like to her to return to it after leaving in 2014.

But she’ll also look outward, sharing some of the things she’s learned over the years with her young fans. “It’s kind of an inspiration and advice book, so I think it’s for anyone who needs help, or wants to know they’re not alone in these teen years,” Lukasiak tells EW. “I give advice about how to get through a bad day or a bad week, and how I deal with that.”

It’s not all heavy, though: “On Dance Moms, you always saw us dancing and the moms fighting, but you didn’t get to see the girls’ and my relationship, and how much fun we always had together. We were best friends and basically sisters for so many years, and a lot of people didn’t get to see those relationships.”

In addition to stories and advice from her life, Girl on Pointe also features something unexpected: Lukasiak’s own creative writing. “The beginning of my sophomore year of high school, which I just finished, I took a creative writing class,” she explains. “I wrote a bunch of short stories and poems — things I thought would just go to my teacher and that would be it. But I ended up wanting to put them in my book, so I did.”

“I’m nervous for the response, but I’m also excited because it’s me putting myself out there and being vulnerable,” she says. “It’s a completely new thing for me which I really love.”

ISABELLA BIEDENHARN  (Entertainment Weekly)  

 JUNE 22, 2017