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Dick Van Dyke, Debbie Allen, & More Among Kennedy Center Honors 2021 Recipients!

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts has announced its 2021 honorees!

Five honorees were selected to receive the 2021 Kennedy Center Honors for lifetime artistic achievements, the organization announced on Wednesday, January 13.

This year’s honorees are choreographer and actress Debbie Allen, singer-songwriter Garth Brooks, actor Dick Van Dyke, singer-songwriter Joan Baez, and violinist Midori.

The 2021 Kennedy Center Honors will be held from May 17 to May 22. Due to COVID restrictions, The Kennedy Center is planning for in-person medallion ceremonies with a limited audience, along with several virtual events. However, plans may change depending on the state of the pandemic in the spring.

“This past year has taught us many things, including the need to be flexible and adaptable,” Kennedy Center President Deborah F. Rutter said in a statement via THR. “They say necessity is the mother of all invention. The unusual circumstances inspired and opened up new ways for us to present a deeper experience, and hopefully understanding, of the art and lifetime work of our Honorees. 2020 has also shined a bright light on the impact of how art and culture speak to our collective human experience. It can meet us at any moment and sustain us during the most challenging days.”

CBS will be airing a primetime special of The 2021 Kennedy Center Honors on June 6th.

Marvel Brought In A Legendary Television Star To Consult on 'WandaVision'

WandaVision turned to a very important classic television actor to help capture that vintage feel on the Disney+ series – Dick Van Dyke!

In Entertainment Weekly‘s new cover story about the show, it revealed that Marvel boss Kevin Feige consulted Dick and got his advice about the ins and outs of making a classic broadcast TV sitcom. 

“[The Dick Van Dyke Show] can be very broad with silly physical-comedy gags, and yet it never feels false, and I wondered how they did that,” director Matt Shakman shared with the magazine. “His answer was really simple: He basically said that if it couldn’t happen in real life, it couldn’t happen on the show.”

Kevin also shared to new Marvel fans that the sitcom will make sense even if you haven’t seen any of the previously released movies in the Marvel Universe.

“If you haven’t seen any of them and just want to step into this weird thing because you love The Dick Van Dyke Show, it’s going to work,” he says. “But if you’ve been tracking the 23 movies we’ve made and following along the stories into Phase 4, there’ll be a wealth of rewards waiting for you as it all unfolds.”

WandaVision is set in the 1950s after the events of Avengers: Endgame, and will center on Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) and Vision (Paul Bettany) living in the suburban town of Westview.

The Disney+ series is expected to premiere in December.
 
Elizabeth also revealed a fun tidbit about the show. See what it was here!

Here's How Dick Van Dyke's 'Mary Poppins Returns' Character Connects to the First Movie

Dick Van Dyke makes a very special appearance in the new movie Mary Poppins Returns, 54 years after he starred as Bert in the original Disney film.

What you might not know is that the 93-year-old actor’s character in the sequel has a connection to his work in the first movie.

In the first Mary Poppins, Dick not only plays Bert, he also plays the role of Mr. Dawes Senior, the banker. For the second role, he was credited as Navckid Keyd, an anagram of his name.

In a recent interview, Dick revealed that he had to pay Disney to play the second character. He said, “I had to go to Walt and ask him for the part. He wouldn’t give it to me. I said, ‘I’ll do it for nothing.’ Actually, I had to give him $4,000. I paid him to do the part. And I’d do it again!”

So, how does this connect to Mary Poppins Returns? Now, Dick is playing the role of Mr. Dawes Jr., the son of the character he played previously!

See photos of Dick Van Dyke at the Mary Poppins Returns premiere in the gallery… More Here! »

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Lin-Manuel Miranda's Wife Vanessa Joins Him at 'Mary Poppins Returns' World Premiere!

Lin-Manuel Miranda walks the red carpet with his wife Vanessa Nadal at the world premiere of his movie Mary Poppins Returns at the Dolby Theater on Thursday (November 29) in Hollywood.

Also in attendance at the event was Lin‘s co-star Dick Van Dyke, who plays the bank owner Mr. Dawes Jr. in the new film.

Dick walked the red carpet with his wife Arlene Silver.

Rob Marshall, who directed the movie, also was at the premiere.

Make sure to see the movie when it hits theaters everywhere on December 19.

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Dick Van Dyke Had to Pay Walt Disney For This Role In 'Mary Poppins'

Dick Van Dyke had to pay Walt Disney to be in the original Mary Poppins film – but it’s not what you think!

The 92-year-old actor just revealed that after he had been cast as the chimney sweeper Bert, he wanted to also take on the role of the banker, Mr. Dawes Sr.

Walt wasn’t sure about Dick taking the part but Dick convinced him with a check!

“I said, ‘I’ll do it for nothing.’ Actually, I had to give him $4,000 dollars. I had to pay him to do the part…And I’d do it again!” Dick said during an upcoming 20/20 Mary Poppins special.

Mary Poppins Returns: Behind the Magic – A Special Edition of 20/20 will air on November 22nd at 8 PM on ABC.

Kristen Bell Helps Honor Lin-Manuel Miranda & Dick Van Dyke at Geffen Playhouse Fundraiser

Kristen Bell performs a song while making an appearance at the Backstage at the Geffen Fundraiser on Saturday (May 19) at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles.

The actress was one of the many celebs at the event, which honored Dick Van Dyke with the Distinction in Theater Award and Lin-Manuel Miranda with the Education Impact Award.

Some of the other stars in attendance included Billy Crystal, Jim Carrey, and others. The event helped raise more than $1 million!

Kristen sang “More Than Just a Spare,” a song written for the movie Frozen and ultimately cut from the film.

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Claire Foy Joins 'The Crown' Co-Star John Lithgow at Britannia Awards 2017

Queen Elizabeth and Winston Churchill have reunited!

Claire Foy was joined by her The Crown co-star John Lithgow at the 2017 AMD British Academy Britannia Awards on Friday night (October 27) at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif.

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Claire Foy

Other stars at the awards show included Gregg Sulkin, Olivia Cooke, Aziz Ansari, Dick Van Dyke and wife Arlene, along with Kenneth Branagh and his wife Lindsay.

FYI: Olivia is wearing a Burberry outfit. Claire is wearing an Erdem dress and Anita Ko jewelry.

15+ pictures inside of the stars arriving at the event…More Here! »

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