• 'Mary Poppins Returns': How we wrote the film's Oscar-nominated songs
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    Tom Butler

    'Mary Poppins Returns': How we wrote the film's Oscar-nominated songs

    Scott Wittman, who co-wrote the 'Mary Poppins Returns' soundtrack with Marc Shaiman, shares how the film's songs - including 'The Place Where Lost Things Go' - came together.

  • 'Mary Poppins' chimney sweep 'blackface' dance is racist, claims academic
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    Ben Arnold

    'Mary Poppins' chimney sweep 'blackface' dance is racist, claims academic

    The chimney sweep dance in Mary Poppins, led by Dick van Dyk’s affable jack-of-all-trades Burt, harks back to ‘blackface’ tropes, an academic has claimed. In an article in the New York Times, Daniel Pollack-Pelzner, a professor of English and gender studies professor at Oregon’s Linfield College, has said that in the book by PL Travers, the sequence signifies ‘racial panic’. Pollack-Pelzner flatly calls the scene ‘blacking up’, and while it may seem innocuous, it has other more troubling connotations.

  • BAFTA 2019 nominations: The biggest snubs and surprises
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    Sam Ashurst

    BAFTA 2019 nominations: The biggest snubs and surprises

    Black Panther, Mary Poppins and Oliver Hardy all have reasons to be upset.

  • Is Mary Poppins a Time Lord? Emily Blunt has her say
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    Tom Butler

    Is Mary Poppins a Time Lord? Emily Blunt has her say

    Like The Doctor, Mary only appears at times of crisis, she carries a bag that is bigger on the inside than the outside, occasionally wears a bow tie, and can converse with animals.