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Obama, Dems push $10.10 minimum wage with Kristen Bell's help

Obama, Dems push $10.10 minimum wage with Kristen Bell's help

WASHINGTON, July 24 (UPI) --Five years to the day since the last increase in the federal minimum wage, Democrats are renewing a call to bring the minimum up to $10.10 an hour.
Gabrielle Levy
At year's end: 2013 was an outstanding year at the cinema

At year's end: 2013 was an outstanding year at the cinema

2013 was an outstanding year for movies with a slate chock-full of thought-provoking, fact-inspired dramas, including "42," "Lee Daniels' The Butler," "12 Years a Slave," "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom," "Philomena," "Saving Mr. Banks," "Lone Survivor," "The Wolf of Wall Street" and "The Dallas Buyers Club."
KAREN BUTLER, United Press International
'Pulp Fiction,' 'Mary Poppins' added to National Film Registry

'Pulp Fiction,' 'Mary Poppins' added to National Film Registry

WASHINGTON, Dec. 18 (UPI) -- "Pulp Fiction," "Mary Poppins," "Roger & Me" and "The Quiet Man" are among the 2013 additions to the National Film Registry, the U.S. Library of Congress said.
'Saving Mr. Banks' to open AFI Fest in Hollywood this fall

'Saving Mr. Banks' to open AFI Fest in Hollywood this fall

BURBANK, Calif., Sept. 4 (UPI) -- "Saving Mr. Banks" is to open the American Film Institute's festival in Hollywood this fall, Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures announced Wednesday.
Anna Nicole Smith's daughter, 6, attended Kentucky Derby

Anna Nicole Smith's daughter, 6, attended Kentucky Derby

LOUISVILLE, Ky., May 6 (UPI) -- Dannielynn Birkhead, the 6-year-old daughter of Larry Birkhead and the late Anna Nicole Smith, dressed as Mary Poppins for the Kentucky Derby.

Dick Van Dyke, 87, suffering from neurological disorder

NEW YORK, April 18 (UPI) -- Dick Van Dyke's publicist said the actor-comedian has canceled a public appearance in New York next week because he is suffering from a neurological disorder.
'Wizard of Oz' tops list of greatest movies for kids

'Wizard of Oz' tops list of greatest movies for kids

NEW YORK, Jan. 24 (UPI) -- The 1939 Hollywood classic "The Wizard of Oz" topped Scholastic Parent & Child Magazine's list of the 100 Greatest Movies For Kids.
Reiner, Baldwin to present Van Dyke with lifetime SAG honor

Reiner, Baldwin to present Van Dyke with lifetime SAG honor

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 15 (UPI) -- Writer, director and producer Carl Reiner and TV star Alec Baldwin are to present the Life Achievement Award to Dick Van Dyke at the SAG Awards in Los Angeles.
'Mary Poppins' to close on Broadway March 3

'Mary Poppins' to close on Broadway March 3

NEW YORK, Jan. 8 (UPI) -- The musical "Mary Poppins" is to end its Broadway run March 3 after more than six years and 2,619 performances, producers announced Tuesday.
'Newsies' cast to perform on 'Dancing'

'Newsies' cast to perform on 'Dancing'

NEW YORK, Nov. 6 (UPI) -- The cast of the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical "Newsies," led by Corey Cott, is to perform on "Dancing with the Stars" next week, producers said Tuesday.

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Dick Van Dyke to get SAG achievement honor

Dick Van Dyke to get SAG achievement honor

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 21 (UPI) -- Actor-comedian Dick Van Dyke is to receive a Hollywood life achievement award for his career and humanitarian accomplishments, the actors guild said Tuesday.
Obama ladies attend 'Poppins' performance

Obama ladies attend 'Poppins' performance

WASHINGTON, July 1 (UPI) -- U.S. first lady Michelle Obama and daughters Sasha and Malia attended the first Washington performance of "Mary Poppins" Thursday night.
'Mary Poppins' tour to stop in LA

'Mary Poppins' tour to stop in LA

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 14 (UPI) -- The "Mary Poppins" stage musical is set to begin its limited engagement at the Center Theatre Group's Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles this weekend.

Tech glitches scrap Chicago 'Poppins' perf

CHICAGO, June 29 (UPI) -- A Chicago audience for a weekend stage performance of Disney's "Mary Poppins" was sent home after computer malfunctions forced its cancellation, producers said.
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Mary Poppins is a series of children's books written by P.L. Travers and originally illustrated by Mary Shepard. The books centre on a mysterious, vain and acerbic magical English nanny, Mary Poppins. She is blown by the East wind to Number Seventeen Cherry Tree Lane, London and into the Banks' household to care for their children. Encounters with chimney sweeps, shopkeepers and various adventures follow until Mary Poppins abruptly leaves, i.e., 'pops-out'. The adventures take place over a total of eight books. However, only the first three books feature Mary Poppins arriving and leaving. The later five books recount previously unrecorded adventures from her original three visits. As P.L. Travers explains in her introduction to Mary Poppins in the Park, 'She cannot forever arrive and depart.'

The books were adapted in 1964 into a musical Disney film starring Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke. In 2004, Disney Theatrical produced a stage musical adaptation in the West End theatre. The stage musical was transferred to Broadway in 2006. It is still running there to this day, to sold out crowds. It has been highly successful, as was the classic 1964 film.

The first book introduces the Banks family, consisting of Mr. Banks and Mrs. Banks and their children Jane, Michael, and baby twins John and Barbara. When the children's nanny, Katie Nana, storms out in a huff, Mary Poppins arrives at their home, complete with her traveling carpetbag, blown in by a very strong wind. She accepts the job, and the children soon learn that their nanny, though she is stern, vain, and almost always cross, has a magical touch that makes her wonderful. Among the things Jane and Michael experience are a tea party on a ceiling with Mr. Wigg, a trip around the world with a compass, the purchase of gingerbread stars from the extremely old Mrs. Corry, a meeting with the Bird Woman, a birthday party at the zoo among the animals, and a Christmas shopping trip with a star named Maia from the Pleiades cluster of the Taurus constellation. In the end, Mary Poppins is satisfied with the work she has done with the Banks family, and the West Wind carries her away.

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