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The feud behind Disney's Mary Poppins to take centre stage (and a spoonful of sugar didn't help)

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Dick Van Dyke, 86, and his new bride – aged 40

Star married 'on the spur of the moment'

Disney composer Robert Sherman dies

Robert Sherman, who composed classic Disney songs such as Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious and It's a Small World (After All), has died in London at the age of 86.

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