Just in time for the holiday season, a special edition of “20/20” gives viewers an inside look at “Mary Poppins Returns,” the sequel to the classic 1964 film starring Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke. In the special, ABC News’ Chris Connelly sits down for the first prime-time television interviews with Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda, stars of the sequel. They open up about both the responsibility and joy they feel about stepping into their characters and the iconic world of Mary Poppins, which hasn’t been portrayed on the big screen in over 50 years. The hour also features an exclusive one-on-one conversation between Van Dyke and Miranda on “Mary Poppins Returns” and Van Dyke’s excitement to share the Mary Poppins magic with a new generation. “Mary Poppins Returns: Behind the Magic – A Special Edition of 20/20” airs Thursday, Nov. 22 (8:00–9:00 p.m. EST), on ABC.
The hour includes interviews with cast and crew from “Mary Poppins Returns” including director Rob Marshall; composer Marc Shaiman; lyricist Scott Wittman; Pixie Davies and Joel Dawson, actors who play the Banks children; costume designer Sandy Powell; character designer James Woods; and animator James Baxter. “20/20” also features interviews with Karen Dotrice, the actress who played Jane Banks in the original Mary Poppins; and Jeff Kurtti, a Disney historian and author. Disney’s “Mary Poppins Returns” hits theaters Dec. 19, 2018.
“Mary Poppins Returns” is produced by a division of ABC News’ parent company, The Walt Disney Company.
Treasures from the Disney Vault returns to the Turner Classic Movies Channel on December 18, 2018. The special evening will once again be hosted by film critic Leonard Maltin and will showcase a wide array of Disney classics including animated shorts, feature films, live-action movies, documentaries, nature films, and made-for-television movies.
Here’s the complete programming schedule for Tuesday, December 18, 2018 beginning at 8pm ET:
Double Dribble (1946) – animated short
The Absent-Minded Professor (1961) – Professor Brainard uses Flubber to put more bounce in the basketball team, fly a Model “T” Jalopy over Washington, D.C., and save Medfield College from financial ruin!
Son of Flubber (1963) – Medfield’s lovable but hopelessly absent-minded professor, Ned Brainard, bounces back in this classic Disney film with hilarious new mishaps when he experiments with the amazing by-products of his startling anti-gravity substance, “flubber.” Windows shatter, football players fly, and thunderstorms materialize indoors as Professor Brainard fights to keep Medfield College from falling into the hands of ruthless land developer Alonzo Hawk.
The World’s Greatest Athlete (1973) – Coach Archer is more famous for losing than winning, but a fateful African safari with his wacky assistant leads them to a boy wonder named Nanu – who just might give them a winning streak.
The Strongest Man in the World (1975) – Medfield College science major Dexter Riley and his classmates have been working on a new vitamin compound when a lab accident creates a supercharged mix that ends up in Dexter’s cereal box! After breakfast the next morning, Dexter is transformed, possessing a superhuman strength that levels lampposts and destroys doorknobs. The powerful formula comes to the attention of the college dean and two rival cereal companies, touching off a hilarious chain of events.
The Olympic Champ (1942) – animated short
Gus (1976) – Low-ranking football team, The California Atoms, are at a constant loss until they recruit a new player – a mule named Gus. It turns out that Gus is an amazing placekicker with a 100-yard field goal ability! Just as the Atoms begin to leave their losing streak in the dust, crooks attempt to kidnap their new star.
How to Play Football (1944) – animated short
More information on Treasures from the Disney Vault can be found at TCM.com.
Episode 66 – Disney News for the Week of 11/18/2018
In Episode 66, Justin and Michelle discuss all of the top news stories for the week of November 18, 2018 including all the exciting details from D23’s Destination D event, Walt Disney World Resort will begin using automated cameras instead of Disney Photopass photographers at select locations, creator of Marvel Comics, Stan Lee sadly passes away and a teaser trailer is released for Disney Pixar’s Toy Story 4.
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