Lin-Manuel Miranda Tries to Save ‘One Day at a Time’ Like He Helped Do With ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’

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Lin-Manuel Miranda is swooping in to try and save recently canceled Netflix series “One Day at a Time,” just like he helped to do when “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” was canceled by Fox.

The rebooted sitcom was canceled Thursday after three seasons on Netflix, followed by an outpouring of support that resulted in the hashtag #saveODAAT becoming the number one worldwide trend on Twitter in an hour.

Echoing the last-minute save that found “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” a new home on NBC for a sixth season, the “Mary Poppins Returns” star tweeted at the network hoping to inspire some conversations about the fan-beloved “One Day at a Time.”

“Hey @nbc…I hear you like comedies with built-in fan bases that do even better on YOUR network than at their previous homes,” Miranda tweeted in response to creators and show runners Mike Royce and Gloria Calderon Kellett’s statement on the cancellation.

Hey @nbc…I hear you like comedies with built-in fan bases that do even better on YOUR network than at their previous homes…#saveODAAT https://t.co/5bIQYexpDz

— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) March 14, 2019

Miranda is a self-professed “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” fan — he recently guest starred in a March 7  episode of the series’ sixth season. He was also one of a team of supporters that came to the show’s rescue when it was canceled, including Seth Meyers, Mark Hamill, Guillermo del Toro and Sean Astin. Their combined support helped the series get saved after only one day in limbo.

The “One Day at a Time” team is hoping their project will meet a similar fate in its hour of need. TheWrap earlier reported that Sony Pictures Television has plans to shop the show around to other potential networks and outlets in the coming weeks, according to an individual familiar with the situation.

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According to Netflix, the cancellation was due to low viewership. “The choice did not come easily — we spent several weeks trying to find a way to make another season work but in the end simply not enough people watched to justify another season,” the streamer said in a statement.

“Luckily, I believe in miracles,” Kellett tweeted in a thread Thursday. “So, maybe we’ll find a home somewhere else. I hope we do cause @mikeroyce & I have a lot more for these wonderful characters to do.”

So, yeah, that was more a self-pep talk. But I wanted to share it with you. Luckily, I believe in miracles. So, maybe we’ll find a home somewhere else. I hope we do cause @mikeroyce & I have a lot more for these wonderful characters to do.

— Gloria Calderón Kellett (@everythingloria) March 14, 2019

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‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ Superfan Lin-Manuel Miranda to Guest Star on ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’

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Lin-Manuel Miranda is taking his obsessive love for “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” from his personal life to his professional life, as the “Hamilton” creator has been set as a guest star for an upcoming episode of the now-NBC comedy, TheWrap has learned.

Miranda will appear on the March 7 episode, titled “The Golden Child,” as David Santiago, brother of Amy (Melissa Fumero) who she considers a rival.

The “Mary Poppins Return” star is a self-professed superfan of the Dan Goor-created comedy, who loudly voiced his support for the show on Twitter after it was canceled by Fox last May after a five-season run.

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See tweet below:

RENEW BROOKLYN NINE NINE
I ONLY WATCH LIKE 4 THINGS
THIS IS ONE OF THE THINGS#RenewB99

— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) May 10, 2018

The series was saved by NBC just one day later, with Goor and “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” star Andy Samberg crediting the quick revival to the outcry on social media from both everyday fans and celebs like Miranda, Seth Meyers, Mark Hamill, Guillermo del Toro and Sean Astin — who they have dubbed the “Guardians of the Nine-Nine.”

“Brooklyn Nine-Nine” premiered on its new network last month, with its currently-airing sixth season set to include 18 episodes (upped from an initial 13-episode order.) Chelsea Peretti exited the series after Season 6’s fourth episode.

“Brooklyn Nine-Nine” airs Thursdays at 9/8c on NBC.

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Lin-Manuel Miranda to Oscars: ‘Truly Disappointing’ If You Don’t Keep All the Song Performances

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Lin-Manuel Miranda called out the Motion Picture Academy Friday after news broke that not all of the nominees for Best Original Song would be performed at this year’s Oscars ceremony.

Variety reported on Thursday that only two of the five nominated songs — Lady Gaga’s “Shallow” from “A Star Is Born” and Kendrick Lamar’s “All the Stars” from “Black Panther” — would be performed live on the Oscar broadcast on Feb. 24, as selected by Academy executives and show producers.

That would leave the songs “I’ll Fight” from “RBG” as performed by Jennifer Hudson, “The Place Where Lost Things Go” from “Mary Poppins Returns” as sung by Emily Blunt, and “When a Cowboy Trades His Spurs for Wings” as performed by Tim Blake Nelson from “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs,” out in the lurch.

A representative for the Academy did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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Miranda said in a tweet that the news was “truly disappointing.”

“The 1st time I stayed up to watch the Oscars, it was because I LOVED ‘The Little Mermaid’ & they were going to sing songs from the movie I loved on The Oscars,” Miranda wrote Friday. “If true, and Poppins’ song won’t be performed, truly disappointing. Hostless AND music-less? To quote Kendrick: Damn.”

The Academy has been committed to shortening the Oscars broadcast to under three hours, going as far as announcing winners of some of the undecided below-the-line categories during commercial breaks.

In past years, musical performances of original songs have been left out all together, or in some cases mashed up into a medley rather than individual performances.

See Miranda’s tweet below:

The 1st time I stayed up to watch the Oscars, it was because I LOVED The Little Mermaid & they were going to sing songs from the movie I loved on The Oscars.
If true, and Poppins’ song won’t be performed, truly disappointing. Hostless AND music-less?
To quote Kendrick: Damn. https://t.co/BEXOy7JCId

— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) January 25, 2019

The 91st Academy Awards ceremony airs live Sunday, Feb. 24, 5 p.m. PT on ABC. And, of course, the show remains without a host after Kevin Hart stepped down from the job in wake of the resurfacing over past homophobic tweets.

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‘Mary Poppins Returns’ Composer Marc Shaiman: ‘I’d Love to’ EGOT With My 2 Oscar Noms

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“Mary Poppins Returns” composer Marc Shaiman scored Oscar nominations in the Best Score and the Best Song categories — and if he wins next month, he would be the latest entry to the exclusive EGOT club.

Shaiman has won a Grammy, an Emmy and a Tony, and has previously been nominated for five Oscars, but has never won. He won the Emmy for co-writing Billy Crystal’s Academy Award performances, and won Tony and Grammy awards for his work on the musical “Hairspray.”

“It’s always so ironic to me that I cut gym class to go play piano in the auditorium in junior high school. The last thing I ever wanted to do was be in competitive sports. It’s nothing I’ve ever wanted. I’m not competitive that way,” Shaiman told TheWrap. “Having said that I’d love to graduate from being an EGT to an EGOT.”

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Shaiman was co-nominated with songwriter Scott Wittman for “Mary Poppins Returns,” who also has a Tony Award and is aiming to become an EGOT winner as well.

“I wish I could be like Bob Fosse and win all of them in one year,” Wittman told TheWrap.

Their song, “The Place Where the Lost Things Go,” was nominated in the Best Original Song category, alongside “Shallow” from “A Star Is Born,” “All the Stars” from “Black Panther,” “I’ll Fight” from “RBG” and “When a Cowboy Trades His Spurs for Wings” from “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs.” And being nominated for this song in particular, which Shaiman said was the hardest to write, was very meaningful for the duo.

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Wittman said star Emily Blunt was the third collaborator on the song. The first time that Blunt heard it, he said, she had just given birth and was so emotionally wrecked by the song that she could hardly sing her way through it.

“We had to sing a song to children about the loss of their mother and put it in a way that’s soothing and calming. It’s hard, and you want to take it seriously,” Shaiman said. “And because of that, it’s the first time in my life I’ve paid attention to social media because it’s allowed people to write us with the most beautiful, touching stories of how the song has put them in touch with…it’s given them emotions about their own loss.”

Shaiman said they received a video of a little girl performing “The Place Where Lost Things Go” at a memorial service. “I had to take to my bed for three days,” he said.

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“To really get to hear real people write to you with real emotions and critics and aren’t out to judge and simply want to express their thanks for something that we sat in this very room and are talking to you from, that is a fantastic feeling,” Shaiman added. “That is truly more than EGOT and all that, that is what you do when you write a song. You hope that other people will hear it and relate to it and pinpoint, bullseye a certain kind of emotion. That’s just been phenomenal over the last few weeks.”

The duo agreed that if they were to lose, they’d love to see Diane Warren, now a 10-time nominee, win for “I’ll Fight.”

Also nominated in the Original Score category were Ludwig Göransson for “Black Panther,” Terence Blanchard for “BlacKkKlansman,” Nicholas Britell for “If Beale Street Could Talk” and Alexandre Desplat for “Isle of Dogs.”

“Mary Poppins Returns” was nominated for two additional Academy Awards on Tuesday, including Best Costume Design and Best Production Design. The Disney film starred Emily Blunt, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Ben Whishaw, and was directed by Rob Marshall.

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Jimmy Fallon Freaks Out Riding ‘Monster’ Zip Line in Puerto Rico: ‘Get Me Home!’ (Video)

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Puerto Rico, whoa. Jimmy Fallon visited the Caribbean island and U.S. territory on Tuesday to pal around with Lin-Manuel Miranda and then do a little zip-lining. He enjoyed the former activity much more than the latter.

Though afraid of heights, Fallon allowed himself to be strapped in to the “Monster” zip line course — yeah, it’s a big, fast, scary one. When he finally reached safety, the “Tonight Show” host exclaimed “Get me home!”

He then thought better of it and went with “Get me to a bar” instead. Smart.

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Watch Fallon’s zip-lining adventure via the video above.

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Lin-Manuel Miranda and Friends Help Save NYC’s Drama Book Shop From Closure

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Lin-Manuel Miranda is teaming up with the New York Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment to rescue a struggling independent bookstore, the legendary Drama Book Shop, from closing its doors.

Miranda, along with Thomas Kail, James L. Nederlander and Jeffrey Seller announced Tuesday that they will be saving the midtown Manhattan store with their own investment and management. The storefront and theater venue is being forced from its home on West 40th St. and will be closing its doors on Jan. 20 after being a neighborhood staple since 2001, but it is expected to reopen in a new location in the theater district come fall 2019.

The shop faced a rent hike from $18,000 to $30,000 that was considered unaffordable until Miranda and company stepped into help and offered to look for a long-term solution.

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“The Drama Book Shop is beloved by New York City’s theatre community, and we simply could not stand by and watch a uniquely New York independent bookstore disappear,” Media and Entertainment Commissioner Julie Menin said in a statement. “We are delighted to be playing a part in assuring this vital cultural resource can remain in midtown, for New Yorkers and tourists from all over the world to enjoy, and we know it will be in extremely capable hands.”

“My first experiences directing in New York City were at the Arthur Seelen Theater in the basement of the Drama Book Shop,” Kail said. “Thanks to the generosity of owners Allen Hubby and Rozanne Seelen, I had a small theater company that was in residence there for five years.  I was lucky enough to be there the day the shop opened on 40th Street on December 3, 2001, and I am delighted to be part of this group that will ensure the Drama Book Shop lives on.”

MOME and the new owners, who purchased it from longtime owner Rozanne Seelen, will announce the new location and opening date later in 2019.

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Emily Blunt on How Mary Poppins’ Adventures Are ‘Like Heroin to Her’

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This article about “Mary Poppins Returns” first appeared in the TheWrap magazine’s Oscar Nominations Preview issue.

Mary Poppins was a part of all their childhoods. Rob Marshall remembered it as the first movie he ever saw in a theater, the one that would give the future director of Chicago and Into the Woods a lasting love for musicals. Emily Blunt recalled seeing it at the age of 5 or 6 and feeling “in safe hands” with Julie Andrews’ “practically perfect” nanny. Emily Mortimer said she watched it on BBC2 nearly every holiday. Lin-Manuel Miranda had it in one of those oversize Disney VHS boxes — but he never watched it all the way through, turning it off when “Feed the Birds” came on because the song was too sad for him to endure. “I didn’t see the end of the movie until I was in high school and could survive the musical trauma,” he said.

And Ben Whishaw said that it was the first film he ever saw, and one that consumed him. “I just watched it obsessively over and over again, rewound bits, learned all the songs,” he said. “I dressed up as her. I wanted to be her.” Mortimer, who plays the sister to Whishaw’s character in the new “Mary Poppins Returns,” laughed at this. “The first dinner we ever had, he showed me a photograph of him dressed as Mary Poppins,” she said. “It was the sweetest thing.”

“I was, like, 3, and I paraded up and down our street,” Whishaw added. “In my childhood memories, ‘Mary Poppins’ is mythically massive.”

And now there’s a new Mary Poppins movie, courtesy of Marshall, Blunt, Miranda, Mortimer, Whishaw and a great many others. All of them, from Marshall to his actors to songwriters Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman, were intimidated by the thought of following the 1964 Disney classic, which landed 13 Oscar nominations and won five, including awards for Andrews and for the song “Chim Chim Cher-ee.”

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“I was immediately daunted by the reality of it,” Marshall said. “But then I thought to myself, ‘If anybody’s going to do it, I want to be the one,’ because I knew how much the first film means to me. I wanted to protect that film and treat it with great care and attention to detail. For example, I didn’t want Mary Poppins to break into a contemporary song like ‘Let It Go’ or something like that, which could easily have happened. And so as scared as I was and as much as I knew how high the bar is, I wanted to invest myself in what I knew would be an incredibly long and complicated and difficult film to make.”

So he called Blunt, whom he had directed in the 2014 movie version of “Into the Woods,” and whom he thought was “the only actress” who could play the role. She said yes immediately before getting nervous. “I was like, ‘I get to do my version of Mary Poppins,’” she said. “And then I was like, ‘But everyone loves this other version of Mary Poppins!’ Never have I felt, ‘How am I going to carve out new space for myself?’ more than I did on this project.”

Marshall set “Mary Poppins Returns” about 24 years after the original film, moving it from 1910 into the 1930s, when the original P.L. Travers books are set. But Michael and Jane Banks, the children that the stern but magical nanny Mary Poppins looks after, never age in the books, and Marshall changed that. “I wanted to set it after Michael and Jane have grown up,” he said. “And I felt that the Depression era feels so accessible, somehow. Struggling to make ends meet, dealing with and looking for hope in a darker time — what guided me through the process of making this film was the idea of sending a message of hope today, in this current climate. I thought Mary Poppins coming back can bring that injection of hope into people’s lives.”

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For Blunt, the challenge was not only following Julie Andrews’ indelible performance, but finding the shades in a character who on the surface is not particularly nice. “That’s the delight of playing her,” she said. “When I dove into the books, I saw a duality that I was struck by and excited by. She’s fastidious and completely eccentric, and she’s grounded and yet airborne and practical and magical and stern and yet has great depth. She is someone who commands the environment she’s in but yet pretends not to. And I think that idea of how deeply she connects with people in their pain and yet holds them at arm’s length at the same time was so delightful to play.

“I talked to Rob a lot about what she really feels when she goes on these adventures. And I think it should be that she’s like an adrenaline junkie. I said to Rob, ‘It’s got to be like heroin for her.’ She loves and she needs these adventures — that’s the child in her, that’s why you see her complete determination to infuse childlike wonder into people’s lives again.”

While Blunt’s Mary Poppins has scarcely aged since the first film, Lin-Manuel Miranda steps into the role of Mary’s new sidekick. In the original, Dick Van Dyke played a chimney sweep (among other things) named Bert, but Miranda is Jack, a lamplighter with a similar devotion to Mary and her magical ways. And the fact that a “Puerto Rican dude” (albeit the Puerto Rican dude who created “Hamilton”) could be dropped into a movie set in 1930s London without a thought was not lost on him. “It feels significant, the same way it felt significant to me when I saw Raul Julia play Gomez Adams in ‘The Addams Family,’” he said. “That character was not a Latin guy in the original series I saw growing up on Nick at Night. Or seeing Rita Moreno on ‘The Electric Company’ when I was a kid. We’re not only playing the quote-unquote Latino roles, but also just playing great roles where race is just a part of it. It’s a step forward, I think, for representation.”

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Given the film’s elaborate dance numbers and its 15-minute sequence blending live action with hand-drawn animation, Marshall knew “Mary Poppins Returns” would require meticulous planning. So he set a two-month rehearsal period, far more than usual. (“‘Hamilton’ didn’t have two months of rehearsal,” said Miranda.) And not only did he block and practice the dance routines, he reminded the cast that for a musical to work, the drama and the songs had to be seamless. “I think we were rehearsing the scene of Mary Poppins’ arrival,” Mortimer said, “and Rob kept saying, ‘You’re still in a musical even though you’re not singing and dancing.’ That was such a good note. Like, you’ve still got to keep the ball in the air, otherwise it could go flat between the songs. That was immediately the key to performing in those scenes.”

But the cast was also reminded of the spirit they were trying to achieve when a special guest came to play a small but crucial role: Dick Van Dyke, whose appearance was “a sob fest for everyone” on the set, according to Blunt. “It was so gorgeous to be around him, and he’s so sprightly and full of life and energy and sparkle,” she said. “I mean, Lin and I were there to assist him onto the desk where he’s supposed to do a tap dance, and he just waved us away and didn’t need any help. I don’t think Rob could even say cut, he was so emotional.”

Blunt’s guess about his emotional state, Marshall said, is entirely accurate. “She’s right. He is one of my heroes, and he did a beautiful monologue where he talks about Michael as a young boy and the tuppence and all of that. So there he is, Dick Van Dyke, and he’s 91 years old [at the time], and he’s talking about things from the first film and doing it so beautifully. I have ‘Feed the Birds’ in my ear, which we use as underscore. And so I’m hearing ‘Feed the Birds,’ I’m seeing Dick Van Dyke deliver this extraordinary speech, and I just lost it. Emily heard me not say cut and she knew. I couldn’t speak, it was so moving to me.”

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That day, Blunt added, also gave her one of her peak “Mary Poppins Returns” moments, right up there with the sequence where she floats back into the Banks’ lives on a kite. “We all just sat around Dick Van Dyke and wanted him to tell us stories of his whole career,” she said. “Which he did, and he’d break into song all the time. It was just so terribly moving. And there was a weird moment when he finished the monologue and gave the Banks family their house back. He just sort of looked up at me with those blue eyes, and I thought, ‘Holy s—, I’m Mary Poppins!’”

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This story about Lin-Manuel Miranda and “Mary Poppins Returns” was drawn from an interview conducted for the January issue of TheWrap’s Oscar magazine.

Lin-Manuel Miranda has been credited with breaking new ground in theater with his Broadway hit “Hamilton,” which recasts the founding fathers with hip-hop music and nonwhite actors. But these days, the self-described “Puerto Rican dude” from New York City is taking particular pleasure that “Mary Poppins Returns” director Rob Marshall cast him as title character’s sidekick, a job handled by Dick Van Dyke in the original 1964 film.

Miranda plays a lamplighter named Jack who was an apprentice to the chimney sweep, Bert, played by Van Dyke. Like his predecessor, Miranda affects a Cockney accent — but his race and background are never mentioned and never an issue.

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“It feels significant, the same way it felt significant to me when I saw Raúl Juliá play Gomez Addams in ‘The Addams Family,’” Miranda said of his casting. “That character was not a Latin guy in the original series on Nick at Night when I was watching that show. Or seeing Rita Moreno on ‘The Electric Company’ when I was a kid.

“We’re not only playing the quote-unquote Latino roles, but also playing great roles where race is just a part of it. It’s a step forward, I think, for representation,” he said.

Miranda said his casting in a big Disney movie also felt like the culmination of something that began when he was a student at Wesleyan University in Connecticut, performing in a hip-hop comedy troupe and writing the initial draft of a musical that would become the Broadway hit “In the Heights.”

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“I started writing ‘In the Heights’ because I really wanted to be in musicals and I didn’t see a role for myself in what existed out there,” he said. “You know, I don’t have the ballet experience to play Bernardo or Paul in ‘A Chorus Line’ — and if you were a Puerto Rican dude, that’s it. That’s what was in the canon.

“And so really I started writing ‘In the Heights’ when I was 19 years old because I didn’t see another way in for myself. I wrote ‘In the Heights’ and ‘Bring It On’ and ‘Hamilton’ to create opportunities for myself as an actor. The fact that these incredible talents then came to me with ‘Mary Poppins Returns’ and wrote these songs that fit me like a tailored suit — it felt like the fruit of all the hard work I started when I was 19 years old.”

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‘Mary Poppins Returns’ to Receive Ensemble Award at Palm Springs Film Festival

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“Mary Poppins Returns” will receive the Ensemble Performance Award at the 30th annual Palm Springs International Film Festival, the festival announced on Friday.

Stars Emily Blunt, Pixie Davies, Nathanael Salah and Joel Dawson are expected to accept the award at the festival, which will be hosted by Mary Hart and Entertainment Tonight. The award will be presented to the cast by the film’s director Rob Marshall.

Academy Award-winner “Argo” and Academy Award nominees “American Hustle,” “The Big Short,” and “The Social Network” are past honorees of the ensemble award.

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“Mary Poppins Returns is a happy film, that re-creates the magic and adventure of the first film,” said Festival Chairman Harold Matzner in a statement. “Emily Blunt and Lin-Manuel Miranda lead an excellent ensemble cast that also includes Colin Firth, Meryl Streep, Ben Whishaw, Emily Mortimer, Dick Van Dyke, Angela Lansbury and many others.”

“Mary Poppins Returns” is an original musical from director Marshall, which continues the story of the practically-perfect nanny and the Banks family. In the film, Jane (Emily Mortimer) and Michael Banks (Ben Whishaw) have grown up, Michael has three children of his own, and his wife has recently passed away. Blunt stars as Mary Poppins, who returns to help the grieving Banks family move past their terrible loss and find the joy and wonder missing from their lives. Miranda plays Mary’s friend Jack, an optimistic street lamplighter who helps bring light — and life — to the streets of London.

The follow-up to the 1964 classic starring Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke has also been nominated for four Golden Globes and nine Critics Choice Awards.

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“Mary Poppins” joins Bradley Cooper (“A Star Is Born”), Alfonso Cuaron (Roma) and Olivia Coleman (“The Favourite”) as announced honorees at this year’s Palm Springs festival.

The Palm Springs International Film Festival will run Jan. 3-14.

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Lin-Manuel Miranda Is Sick That He Was Sick Night Jay-Z and Beyonce Saw ‘Hamilton’ (Video)

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Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “the show must go on” state of mind kicked into overdrive one night while starring in “Hamilton” on Broadway when he learned Beyonce was in the audience… even though he had a raging 104-degree fever.

“I got sick once in the year that I performed, and I missed Beyonce and Jay-Z,” Miranda said on “The Graham Norton Show” Thursday night to the absolute horror of his “Mary Poppins Returns” co-star Emily Blunt, who gasped. “Yea, that’s what I said!” he joked.

“I was, like, pulling the IV out of my arm; I had a fever of 104. My wife was like, ‘Stay in bed!’ I was like, ‘I can do it! I can do it!’”

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When Miranda first brought “Hamilton” to the UK, he was joined in the audience by Prince Harry and  Meghan Markle. He said that King George III, who is parodied in the show, is Prince Harry’s real life sixth great-grandfather, so he was thankful the royal heir was a good sport about it.

“I’m really glad he didn’t take it personally, because we do take the piss out of King George III,” Miranda said.

Miranda will be stepping back into the title role when he takes the show to Puerto Rico in January.

Check out the video above, where you can also watch Blunt swoon as Miranda performs “My Shot.”

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