Lin-Manuel Miranda flies a kite in ‘Mary Poppins’ trailer

March 4 (UPI) — Disney released a trailer for its upcoming family movie Mary Poppins Returns during Sunday’s ABC broadcast of the Oscars ceremony.

The 90-second clip shows Lin-Manuel Miranda, who plays London street lamplighter Jack, riding a bicycle as a storm approaches and the wind starts to blow leaves and a kite around town.

A little boy picks the kite up and Miranda’s character helps him fly it.

As they look up at the sky, the clouds part and the figure of Mary Poppins — played by Emily Blunt — begins to magically descend.

She is later seen in a house, admiring herself in a mirror.

“Mary Poppins, it is wonderful to see you,” says Michael Banks, played by Ben Whishaw.

“Yes, it is. Isn’t it?” Mary replies.

The film is set for a Christmas release. It was directed by Rob Marshall from a screenplay by David Magee and screen story by Magee, Marshall and John DeLuca based upon The Mary Poppins Stories by P.L. Travers.

The sequel to 1964’s Mary Poppins features Blunt “as the practically-perfect nanny with unique magical skills who can turn any task into an unforgettable, fantastic adventure.”

The ensemble also includes Emily Mortimer, Julie Walters, Colin Firth, Meryl Streep, Angela Lansbury and Dick Van Dyke. Van Dyke co-starred with Julie Andrews in the original Mary Poppins.

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Report: DE Curry’s contract too much for Eagles

In an attempt to clear salary-cap space, the Philadelphia Eagles may consider releasing veteran defensive end Vinny Curry unless he agrees to a new contract, according to a report Sunday.

The Super Bowl champions may cut or try to trade Curry, the NFL Network reported. The cap hit under Curry’s current deal would be $11 million in 2018 for the Eagles.

Curry’s base salary is $9 million next season as part of a five-year, $47.5 million contract he signed in 2016. That may now be too steep for the Eagles.

The NFL Network’s report indicated that the Eagles are trying to restructure Curry’s current contract to keep him with the team but acknowledge that it could be difficult.

The 29-year-old Curry joined the Eagles in 2012 as their second-round draft pick. This past season, he started all 16 regular-season games but had 42 tackles and just 2.5 sacks while playing with a knee injury.

If Curry were to leave, the Eagles still have a solid group of defensive ends that includes Chris Long, Brandon Graham and Derek Barnett, who likely would take Curry’s vacated spot in the starting lineup.

In six years with the Eagles, Curry has 22 sacks and 130 tackles. He had a career-high nine sacks and four forced fumbles in 2014.

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Thompson to miss Cavaliers’ meeting with Pistons

The last time Cleveland played the Detroit Pistons, the Cavaliers lost the game and Kevin Love for up to eight weeks with a broken bone in a hand.

Detroit had just acquired Blake Griffin in a big trade with the Los Angeles Clippers, but Griffin wouldn’t make his debut until the Pistons’ next game on Feb. 1.

Love is still out for Cleveland, and now, so is center Tristan Thompson, who suffered a sprained right ankle in Saturday’s 126-117 loss to Denver and will miss “multiple” games, according to the Cavs.

It means Cleveland will be without its starting frontcourt from the last two Finals for Monday’s matchup against Griffin (a five-time All-Star) and center Andre Drummond, an All-Star this season.

The Cavs are likely to start Larry Nance Jr at center. Nance, acquired in a trade from the Lakers on Feb. 8, is averaging 10.0 points and 6.6 boards since joining Cleveland. But he said he hyperextended a knee Saturday. The injury apparently will not keep him out of Monday’s game.

In addition to Thompson and Love, the Cavs are also missing reserve forward Jeff Green (lower back soreness). They’ve lost three of the last four and are 4-4 since the addition of Nance, George Hill, Jordan Clarkson and Rodney Hood.

“I don’t expect us to be 8-0 right now,” Hill said. “I feel like early we was on that high horse, new to the city and new to the team, so you’re kind of on cloud nine to get away from your old stomping grounds, things like that.

“But once teams start scouting and figuring things out, we’ve just got to figure it out ourselves. Where we’re going as a team and what’s going to be our identity? It’s all new schemes for us defensively for four guys coming into a rotation to play with a playoff team like this is totally different. It’s going to take time. There’s no need for us to tip our head down. We’ve got to keep our head high and figure it out.”

The Pistons are 6-8 since landing Griffin and have lost five of their last six. They beat the Cavs 125-114 on Jan. 30 — the night Love broke that bone early in the first quarter — behind 21 points and 22 rebounds from Drummond.

Drummond went for 22 points and 18 boards in a 105-96 loss to the Miami Heat on Saturday. Griffin scored 31 in the game, but the Pistons committed 19 turnovers and struggled to shoot 3-pointers (7 of 24).

“That’s just not going to get it done,” Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy said, according to the Detroit Free Press. “We just didn’t get much help on the perimeter today. Everyone’s playing hard, so I’m not here to try and blast anybody. We just didn’t make enough shots and we turned the ball over too much.”

According to the Free Press, the Pistons ranked fourth in 3-point percentage (37 percent) before trading perimeter players Tobias Harris and Avery Bradley for Griffin. They are 20th since (34.5 percent).

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Oscars 2018: the latest winners, speeches and highlights so far – live

4.02am GMT04:02

WINNER! Best original score – Alexandre Desplat (The Shape of Water)


Photograph: Allstar/Fox Searchlight Pictures

While Jonny Greenwood’s Phantom Thread score would have been the more unusual and interesting option, it’s hard to get mad at Alexandre Desplat. His score is an incredibly lovely element of an incredibly lovely film.

It’s his second Oscar and the second award for Del Toro’s film tonight so far.

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1,200 pages of ‘gay’ priests’ explicit chats, photos given to Vatican

In the latest scandal to rock the Catholic church, 34 priests and six seminarians were identified as homosexuals in an explosive dossier. Francesco Mangiacapra, who submitted the evidence, consisting of screenshots of chats on gay dating app Grindr, Telegram, Facebook and WhatsApp, said that he wanted to shed light on the hypocrisy of the members of the clergy and the impunity they feel within the Catholic church. 

“The aim is not to hurt the people mentioned, but to help them understand that their double life, however seemingly convenient, is not useful to them or to all the people for whom they should be a guide and an example to follow,” Mangiacapra said, as cited by the Corriere della Sera.

According to Mangiacapra, none of the outed priests are suspected of pedophilia or any sexual offenses. What they are being accused of are “not crimes, but sins.”

Mangiacapra, who worked as a lawyer before becoming a self-proclaimed “gigolo” submitted the list with the names and the accompanied proof to the archdiocese of Naples late February, noting that although it was signed in his name the draft has been circulating on the web for some time.  

Commenting on the files received, the head of the archdiocese, Cardinal Crescenzio Sepe said that he decided to transfer the documents to the competent Vatican authorities, as, “there remains the gravity of the cases for which those who have erred must pay the price, and be helped to repent for the harm done.” The priests that were mentioned, he added, belong to different parishes and none of them hail from Naples.

Italian media, that have also been shown the incriminating dossier, cited excerpts of the conversations without revealing the names of those involved. “If you like it I’d like to have you a whole day like a slave, tied up and at my orders,” one of the lines reads, as cited by the Tiscali Notizie.The chats are said to be peppered with explicit photos.

It was first reported that over 50 clergymen could be involved in the scandal, as the first version of the list contained the names of 49 priests and 9 seminarians. However, Mangiacapra withdrew the original version, as some of the names mentioned by the clerics had no relations to their sexual escapades that also included group encounters.

Mangiacarpa’s name gained prominence after he exposed Father Luca Morini, who has been dubbed “Don Euro” for his lavish lifestyle allegedly at the expense of the parishioners. Morini, a former perisher of Fossone, Avena and Caniparola, is suspected of spending thousands of euros on male escort services, expensive restaurants, parties, luxury hotels and buying drugs for himself and to treat his lovers. The videos aired on popular Italian TV show Le Iene, which showed the priest taking cocaine with male escorts, while those that knew Morini for years confessed they were aware of his habit to extort money from the churchgoers by telling them that the saint mentioned their name, defrauding nuns and other priests. He is facing multiple charges, including embezzlement, fraud, drug distribution and blackmail. The police traced some $900,000 of cash and $180,000 of diamonds to the disgraced father. His preliminary trial is set to open on March 8.

The Catholic Church deems the homosexual acts “contrary to the natural law” that can be approved “under no circumstances.” However, it does not consider homosexual orientation to be a sin in itself until the person acts upon it.

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WATCH advanced Iskander tactical missile launch exercise in Russia (VIDEO)

The drills took place at the Kapustin Yar testing grounds in the southern Russian region of Astrakhan on Friday. The launch became an exam for the tactical missile unit after it was retrained to use the modern Iskander-M complexes. The test was passed with flying colors, as the missile hit the target located some 100 kilometers away.

“Everything is fine. The missile has found its target,” the commanding officer overseeing the troops’ retraining said.

The modern Iskander missile platform, currently used by the Russian Army, comes in two variants – the Iskander-M short-range tactical ballistic missile complex and the Iskander-K cruise missile platform.

While the complexes share the same launch vehicle, they have different capabilities. The Iskander-M, which was used during the drills, is capable of high-precision strikes at a range of up to a 500 kilometers. The system is designed to replace aging Tochka-U tactical missiles. Iskander, while having a wide range of conventional warheads, can be also fitted with a nuclear one.

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Oscars 2018 – live updates: Coco wins Best Animated Film as Allison Janney and Sam Rockwell wins Best Supporting awards

Welcome to The Independent‘s Oscars liveblog, bringing you the latest from the 90th Academy Awards and film’s biggest night on the calendar. 

This year’s ceremony looks set to be particularly exciting. While the acting categories all have clear frontrunners – Gary Oldman for best actor, Frances McDormand for best actress, Sam Rockwell for supporting actor, and Allison Janney for supporting actress – there’s still no clear favourite to take home best picture. 

The Shape of Water currently has the bookies favour (and the majority of nominations with 13), closely followed by the Bafta and Golden Globe-winning Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. However, the Independent Spirit Awards – who have correctly predicted the Oscars best picture winner for four years running – gave their top prize to Get Out, throwing yet more obstacles in Guillermo Del Toro’s path to victory.

Follow all the action from the Oscars red carpet and ceremony below.

Live Updates

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‘Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405’ wins Documentary Short Subject.

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Tiffany Haddish and Maya Rudolph bringing life to this somnambulatory ceremony.

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I really hope I never have to go ‘surprise viral’.

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2018 is weird.

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Okay it was worth it just to see Guillermo del Toro carrying a giant sub over his shoulder.

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We’ve got a couple of lil ones next, Documentary Short Subject and Live Action Short Film, then it’s all big ones through to the finish. We can do this! We’re so close!

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Film Editing now, Dunkirk?

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It’s a resounding somewhat!

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Can Matthew McConaughey save the evening with some philosophical madness…

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Blade Runner 2049 wins Visual Effects!

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Visual Effects next, I’m going for Blade Runner 2049 but my colleague Jacob swears it’ll be War for the Planet of the Apes.

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The ceremony is also expected to be the most politically charged in decades. Some stars are expected to wear orange pins in support of gun control, while many more will be wearing all black in solidarity with the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements. 

Jimmy Kimmel will once again host the ceremony, which officially begins 1:00 GMT / 18:30 ET / 15:30 PT. Red carpet interviews will be broadcast the hour before the event kick off.

Those wanting to watch along in the UK can do so on Sky Cinema’s dedicated Oscars channel and on NOW TV. Meanwhile, US readers can watch things unravel on ABC. 

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Oscars 2018: Watch Sufjan Stevens perform Oscar-nominated song 'Mystery of Love' from Call Me By Your Name

Sufjan Stevens took to the stage to perform a haunting rendition of his track “Mystery of Love” at the 2018 Oscars, as featured in Luca Guadagnino’s Call Me By Your Name

He was flanked by a band of accomplished musicians: St. Vincent, Moses Sumney, Chris Thile, alongside frequent Sufjan collaborators Casey Foubert and James McAlister. 

The artist’s released nine studio albums and a string singles and collaborations, via his own label Asthmatic Kitty, over the past 17 years. 

Interestingly, he’d offered an original track titled “Tonya Harding” to the producers of I, Tonya, but was rejected. The track was instead released separately, unrelated to the film, via Asthmatic Kitty Records’ YouTube channel. 

The night also featured performances from Mary J. Blige, singing “Mighty River” from Mudbound; alongside Miguel and Gael Garcia Bernal, singing “Remember Me” from Coco. 

Still to come are performances by Common and Andra Day, performing “Stand Up for Something” from Marshall; with Keala Settle performing “This is Me” from The Greatest Showman

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Gender reassignment surgeries on the rise in the US, study finds

Gender reassignment surgeries are reportedly on the rise in the United States, according to a major study conducted by The John Hopkins University School of Medicine. 

The researchers analysed data compiled by the National Inpatient Sample (NIS) from 2000 to 2014, which gave them an indication of the number of patients seeking gender reassignment surgery across the country. 

The NIS gathers data from approximately 1,000 hospitals around the US every year, which represents around 95 per cent of the nation’s population.

Using the data accumulated by the NIS, the team assessed a total of 37,827 hospital appointments for gender reassignment surgery.

The ages of the patients ranged from 26 to 49.

The initial analyses of the data were carried out from June to August 2015.

The authors of the study, which was led by Joseph Canner and Omar Harfouch and published in JAMA Surgery, discovered that the number of patients undergoing genital surgeries has risen drastically in recent years.

During a five-year period from 2000 to 2005, 72 per cent of the patients who had gender reassignment procedures in the US decided to undergo genital surgery.

From 2006 to 2011, this percentage increased to 83.9 per cent of patients. 

The team also considered what kind of health insurance plans the patients had.

Of the 4,118 people who underwent genital surgery, 56.3 per cent did not have any health insurance cover. 

For those who did have health insurance cover in the form of Medicare or Medicaid, 70 chose to have genital surgery in 2014.

This is a notable increase from the 25 patients covered by health insurance who had genital surgery between the years of 2012 to 2013.

The authors of the study noted that it is extremely important that third-party payers, such as health insurance companies, enforce policies that forbid the discrimination of people with gender identity disorder. 

In doing so, this will help more transgender patients seek out the help they need should they wish to undergo gender reassignment procedures and improve the accumulation of gender identity data for further study.

In 2016 it was reported that the number of gender reassignment surgeries taking place in the UK had sharply risen, with the number of referrals at a clinic in Charing Cross quadrupling over a decade.

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Oscars 2018 winners full list: Get Out, Three Billboards and The Shape of Water view for Best Picture

The Oscars are finally here, with Hollywood’s elite out in full force for the biggest night on the film calendar.

This year’s ceremony sees the likes of Dunkirk, Get OutThe Shape of Water and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri competing to take him the coveted Best Picture trophy.

Below is a rolling list of winners, updates as they’re announced.

Best Picture:

Call Me by Your Name

Darkest Hour


Get Out

Lady Bird

Phantom Thread

The Post

The Shape of Water

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Lead Actor:

Timothée Chalamet, Call Me by Your Name

Daniel Day-Lewis, Phantom Thread

Daniel Kaluuya, Get Out

Gary Oldman, Darkest Hour

Denzel Washington, Roman J. Israel, Esq.

Lead Actress:

Sally Hawkins, The Shape of Water

Frances McDormand, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Margot Robbie, I, Tonya

Saoirse Ronan, Lady Bird

Meryl Streep, The Post

Supporting Actor:

Willem Dafoe, The Florida Project

Woody Harrelson, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Richard Jenkins, The Shape of Water

Christopher Plummer, All the Money in the World

Sam Rockwell, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri – WINNER

Supporting Actress:

Mary J. Blige, Mudbound

Allison Janney, I, Tonya – Winner

Lesley Manville, Phantom Thread

Laurie Metcalf, Lady Bird

Octavia Spencer, The Shape of Water


Dunkirk, Christopher Nolan

Get Out, Jordan Peele

Lady Bird, Greta Gerwig

Phantom Thread, Paul Thomas Anderson

The Shape of Water, Guillermo del Toro

Animated Feature:

The Boss Baby, Tom McGrath, Ramsey Ann Naito

The Breadwinner, Nora Twomey, Anthony Leo

Coco, Lee Unkrich, Darla K. Anderson – WINNER

Ferdinand, Carlos Saldanha

Loving Vincent, Dorota Kobiela, Hugh Welchman, Sean Bobbitt, Ivan Mactaggart, Hugh Welchman

Animated Short:

Dear Basketball, Glen Keane, Kobe Bryant – WINNER

Garden Party, Victor Caire, Gabriel Grapperon

Lou, Dave Mullins, Dana Murray

Negative Space, Max Porter, Ru Kuwahata

Revolting Rhymes, Jakob Schuh, Jan Lachauer

Adapted Screenplay:

Call Me by Your Name, James Ivory

The Disaster Artist, Scott Neustadter & Michael H. Weber

Logan, Scott Frank & James Mangold and Michael Green

Molly’s Game, Aaron Sorkin

Mudbound, Virgil Williams and Dee Rees

Original Screenplay:

The Big Sick, Emily V. Gordon & Kumail Nanjiani

Get Out, Jordan Peele

Lady Bird, Greta Gerwig

The Shape of Water, Guillermo del Toro, Vanessa Taylor

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Martin McDonagh


Blade Runner 2049, Roger Deakins

Darkest Hour, Bruno Delbonnel

Dunkirk, Hoyte van Hoytema

Mudbound, Rachel Morrison

The Shape of Water, Dan Laustsen

Best Documentary Feature:

Abacus: Small Enough to Jail, Steve James, Mark Mitten, Julie Goldman

Faces Places, JR, Agnès Varda, Rosalie Varda

Icarus, Bryan Fogel, Dan Cogan – WINNER

Last Men in Aleppo, Feras Fayyad, Kareem Abeed, Soren Steen Jepersen

Strong Island, Yance Ford, Joslyn Barnes

Best Documentary Short Subject:

Edith+Eddie, Laura Checkoway, Thomas Lee Wright

Heaven is a Traffic Jam on the 405, Frank Stiefel

Heroin(e), Elaine McMillion Sheldon, Kerrin Sheldon

Knife Skills, Thomas Lennon

Traffic Stop, Kate Davis, David Heilbroner

Best Live Action Short Film:

DeKalb Elementary, Reed Van Dyk

The Eleven O’Clock, Derin Seale, Josh Lawson

My Nephew Emmett, Kevin Wilson, Jr.

The Silent Child, Chris Overton, Rachel Shenton

Watu Wote/All of Us, Katja Benrath, Tobias Rosen

Best Foreign Language Film:

A Fantastic Woman (Chile) – WINNER

The Insult (Lebanon)

Loveless (Russia)

On Body and Soul (Hungary)

The Square (Sweden)

Film Editing:

Baby Driver, Jonathan Amos, Paul Machliss

Dunkirk, Lee Smith – WINNER

I, Tonya, Tatiana S. Riegel

The Shape of Water, Sidney Wolinsky

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Jon Gregory

Sound Editing:

Baby Driver, Julian Slater

Blade Runner 2049, Mark Mangini, Theo Green

Dunkirk, Alex Gibson, Richard King – WINNER

The Shape of Water, Nathan Robitaille, Nelson Ferreira

Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Ren Klyce, Matthew Wood

Sound Mixing:

Baby Driver, Mary H. Ellis, Julian Slater, Tim Cavagin

Blade Runner 2049, Mac Ruth, Ron Bartlett, Doug Hephill

Dunkirk, Mark Weingarten, Gregg Landaker, Gary A. Rizzo – WINNER

The Shape of Water, Glen Gauthier, Christian Cooke, Brad Zoern

Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Stuart Wilson, Ren Klyce, David Parker, Michael Semanick

Production Design:

Beauty and the Beast, Sarah Greenwood; Katie Spencer

Blade Runner 2049, Dennis Gassner, Alessandra Querzola

Darkest Hour, Sarah Greenwood, Katie Spencer

Dunkirk, Nathan Crowley, Gary Fettis

The Shape of Water, Paul D. Austerberry, Jeffrey A. Melvin, Shane Vieau – WINNER

Original Score:

Dunkirk, Hans Zimmer

Phantom Thread, Jonny Greenwood

The Shape of Water, Alexandre Desplat

Star Wars: The Last Jedi, John Williams

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Carter Burwell

Original Song:

“Mighty River” from Mudbound, Mary J. Blige

“Mystery of Love” from Call Me by Your Name, Sufjan Stevens

“Remember Me” from Coco, Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Robert Lopez

“Stand Up for Something” from Marshall, Diane Warren, Common

“This Is Me” from The Greatest Showman, Benj Pasek, Justin Paul

Makeup and Hair:

Darkest Hour, Kazuhiro Tsuji, David Malinowski, Lucy Sibbick – WINNER

Victoria and Abdul, Daniel Phillips and Lou Sheppard

Wonder, Arjen Tuiten

Costume Design:

Beauty and the Beast, Jacqueline Durran

Darkest Hour, Jacqueline Durran

Phantom Thread, Mark Bridges – WINNER

The Shape of Water, Luis Sequeira

Victoria and Abdul, Consolata Boyle

Visual Effects:

Blade Runner 2049, John Nelson, Paul Lambert, Richard R. Hoover, Gerd Nefzer

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Christopher Townsend, Guy Williams, Jonathan Fawkner, Dan Sudick

Kong: Skull Island, Stephen Rosenbaum, Jeff White, Scott Benza, Mike Meinardus

Star Wars: The Last Jedi,  Ben Morris, Mike Mulholland, Chris Corbould, Neal Scanlan

War for the Planet of the Apes, Joe Letteri, Dan Lemmon, Daniel Barrett, Joel Whist

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