Cate Blanchett to Star in Tim Burton Remake of Mary Poppins?

Screen Shot 2014-10-10 at 12.12.42 PMJust a spoonful of sugar made us say “OMG” today when we heard a rumor about a Tim Burton remake of the ever popular film Mary Poppins.

We love us some Julie Andrews, but can you imagine the Blue Jasmine star donning a nanny outfit with a bag full of tricks? Add the fact that Tim Burton would be directing, and we think this might be right up there with all of the hype over Maleficent.

Reports also suggest that Sam Riley would be co-starring as chimney sweep Burt.

Take a look at what appears to be a leaked copy of the movie poster below. Can we say “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious”?

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Movie Meter: Ben Affleck Gets Weird in Gone Girl, Nicolas Cage Gets Left Behind

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Gone Girl: My shaky endorsement for David Fincher’s hotly anticipated new thriller—based on the bestseller by Gillian Flynn—comes with a veritable wheelbarrow full of caveats. As good as Fincher is as a director and stylist—and visually, dude is in pretty rarefied air in my book—he can’t do much with essentially silly material like this. Gone Girl has an odd tonal register. Half the film plays as a twisty thriller and the rest pokes fun at itself, soaking in its plot-induced miasma. Those expecting something as all-out creepy (and enthralling) as Fincher’s The Game are in for more than a little disappointment. The result is functional, but generally pretty idiotic, and Ben Affleck really does seem like a weirdo. Rotten Tomatoes Score: 87%

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FIRST LOOK: American Sniper Trailer, Starring Bradley Cooper

The trailer for Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper was released. The film, based on a memoir of the same name by Chris Kyle, stars Philly’s Bradley Cooper as Kyle. It follows him from his days as a rodeo cowboy to a SEAL chief who racks up the highest number of sniper kills in U.S. American History. This is the film in which Cooper packed on 40 pounds to play the role.

The film is due out December 25th.

5 Best New Films to Stream on Netflix in October: Hoop Dreams, Tombstone, Meryl’s Breakout Role, and More

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Even for a company whose business model involves catering to the widest possible range of viewer, Netflix has outdone itself this month with a crazy-quilt panoply of choices, from faulty-but-beloved TV shows (Gilmore Girls) to crappy ’80s comedies (Three Fugitives) to an early film from one of this country’s greatest auteurs, they have you covered. It’s an insanely schizophrenic lineup, but here are some of our choices for the best of the lot.

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What’s Worth Seeing in October: Neil Young, Thurston Moore, Midtown Village Fall Festival, and More

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Neil Young

Neil Young
October 8th and 9th
Academy of Music
The gritty Canadian singer and guitarist has always had a huge Philadelphia fan base, and his shows here are the stuff of legend. He performed a solo set and one with Crosby, Stills and Nash at Live Aid, he headlined a special 2008 concert to commemorate the end of the Spectrum, and his 2007 Tower shows were memorialized by filmmaker Jonathan Demme in the documentary Neil Young Trunk Show. If you don’t catch at least one of his two performances here this month, you’ll be missing out.

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Movie Meter: Kristen Wiig & Bill Hader Delight as Siblings in The Skeleton Twins

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The Skeleton Twins: You might miss them on Saturday nights, but there’s a lot more to this film than a welcome reunion of Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig. The former Saturday Night Live mainstays play estranged siblings in Craig Johnson’s insightful dark comedy. Though a decade has passed since they last met, the brother and sister reunite when they discover they both attempted suicide on the same day. Hader and Wiig’s chemistry is flawless and a joy to behold. The film actually has a lot to say about our ability to lie to ourselves as adults in ways that kids never need to do. The ending is a tad conventional, but there’s still plenty to admire here. Rotten Tomatoes Score: 87%

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3 Unique Film Festivals To Look Out For in October

Found Footage Festival

john johnnyThe Found Footage Festival (FFF), currently in its 10th year, is coming to Johnny Brenda’s Thursday, October 2nd for two showings at 7:30 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. This special event is a guided tour through wacky and weird found VHS footage, hosted by curators Joe Picket and Nick Prueher, who provide commentary and “where are they now” stories from the videos’ stars. FFF has been featured on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, and NPR.

Highlights from this year’s show include footage of the strangest home-shopping hosts you’ll ever meet: John & Johnny. As part of the festival’s 10-year anniversary celebration, Pickett & Prueher did some investigating into this crowd-pleaser from years past. Not only did they dig into old footage to find some never-before-seen John & Johnny clips, but they hired a detective to reunite the two hosts: “They’re living on opposite sides of the country, but we reunited them for the first time in 26 years,” says Prueher. “We videotaped it, so we’re showing not only the long-lost John & Johnny footage, but we’re showing the reunion.”

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André 3000 Wants Kevin Hart to Play Big Boi in Outkast Biopic

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In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Outkast’s André 3000 chats about playing Jimi Hendrix in the upcoming Jimi: All is By My Side. During the course of the conversation he teases an Outkast biopic, and how he’d like a certain Philly comedian to play his sidekick Big Boi.

Rapper André Benjamin worked obsessively on his startling portrayal of Jimi Hendrix in the new film Jimi: All Is By My Side, and he already has ideas about a potential biopic for his group Outkast. “It would be great to make an Outkast movie right now, but instead of really serious, make it a full comedy — like Kevin Hart would play Big Boi,” he said of his rapping partner last night. And as himself? “We should cast somebody stupid — like Leonardo [DiCaprio].”

[Rolling Stone]

Who and What to See This Weekend at qFLIX

Jack Turner and Michael Hamilton in "10 Year Plan."

Jack Turner (left) and Michael Hamilton in”10-Year Plan,” which screens Friday at 7:30 p.m.

Thursday evening saw the inaugural launch of two new LGBT-centric arts events in Philadelphia: William Way’s brand-new, first-of-its-kind queer jazz festival, OutBeat, and qFLIX, the new-media film festival that seeks to take the place of our dearly departed QFest.

The film festival runs all weekend and closes with a special screening on Monday night. For a festival that seemed to come together out of the blue, organizer Thom Cardwell has managed to cull a pretty impressive lineup of films and special guests—from local filmmakers and actors on the rise, like Jordan Fraser and Erik Ranson, to internationally known celebs Michael Lucas and Glee star Max Adler.

I’ve got the complete itinerary below, but first a few things to get excited about:

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