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Julie Andrews & Dick Van Dyke Have A Mary Poppins Reunion At Saving Mr. Banks Premiere!

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What a supercalifragilisticexpialidocious photo!

Mizz Mary Poppins herself, Julie Andrews attended the Saving Mr. Banks premiere at Walt Disney Studios in Burbank yesterday, and who was there to wish Mary a jolly holiday but Dick Van Dyke who played the chimney sweep, Burt!

These two Disney national treasures are still looking practically perfect in every way, and Julie especially looked stunning on the red carpet!

Meanwhile, Dick looked handsome, charming, and surprisingly sootless!

We hoped watching the film was a great throwback, and that the two had a great time catching up!

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Disney Chairman Rich Ross Fired Steps Down After John Carter Flop!

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Sometimes, all it takes is one epic bust!

Walt Disney Studios Charmain, and former President of Disney Channels Worldwide Rich Ross has reportedly been canned from his current position, which he's held since 2009, after the $200 million flop that was John Carter landed itself as one the worst film failures in Hollywood history.

In a statement he sent out to his staff yesterday, Ross writes:

For the last 15 years, I have had the opportunity to work with incredibly talented people on behalf of the world’s best loved brand. During that time, we’ve told some amazing stories around the world, created successful TV programming, movies, and franchises that generated new opportunities for the company in the process.

I’ve always said our success is created and driven by our people – whom I consider to be the absolute best in the business. But, the best people need to be in the right jobs, in roles they are passionate about, doing work that leverages the full range of their abilities. It’s one of the leadership lessons I’ve learned during my career, and it’s something I’ve been giving a great deal of thought to as I look at the challenges and opportunities ahead.

I believe in this extraordinary Walt Disney Studios team, and I believe in our strong slate of films and our ability to make and market them better than anyone else. But, I no longer believe the Chairman role is the right professional fit for me. For that reason, I have made the very difficult decision to step down as Chairman of The Walt Disney Studios, effective today.

It has been my honor to work with such incredible teams – at Disney Channels Worldwide and The Walt Disney Studios and the many other Disney businesses I’ve had the opportunity to collaborate with. I know I leave the Studios in good hands and, even on separate paths, I am confident we are all destined for continued success.

-Rich

Such a shame that it he has to end his run with the company this way - especially as he was also responsible for the monster successes of Hannah Montana and High School Musical!

But that's the nature of the beast, we suppose - you just never know what's going to blow up and make tons of money, and what's going to end your career in a matter of days!

Best of luck, Rich! You're in our thoughts!

P.S. Check out the statement on the matter from Disney Chairman/CEO Bob IgerAFTER THE JUMP!

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Hollywood Shake Up! Disney Strikes Distribution Deal With Paramount!

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Walt Disney Studios and Marvel have announced a new distribution deal with Paramount, who will now distribute Iron Man 3, The Avengers, Thor and Captain America.

The Mouse House will pay $115 million to Paramount for worldwide marketing and distribution rights on the film's release date.

Disney Studio chairman Rich Ross said:

“In completing this agreement, Disney will now assume worldwide marketing and distribution of The Avengers and Iron Man 3 andleverage these two highly-anticipated films across the multiple global platforms of The Walt Disney Company. We appreciate the tremendous momentum that Paramount established with these iconic Marvel characters and look forward to propelling the brand even further in the coming years.”

Brad Grey, Chairman & CEO of Paramount Pictures added:

“Five years ago, when Paramount and Marvel made our initial deal, both our businesses were in very different places. We are grateful for the partnership we have had with the terrific Marvel team over these years and proud of the work we have done together. Today, this new agreement is the right deal for Paramount, for Marvel and for Disney. We look forward to working together on Thor and Captain America, and we wish Disney and Marvel the utmost success, in what we know will be a very productive and wide-ranging partnership.”

Let's do this!

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