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Last night, PBS premiered “Hamilton’s America,” a feature documentary that takes audiences behind-the-scenes of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s critically-acclaimed, award-winning stage production, “Hamilton.” The documentary follows Miranda, his crew and cast during the two years leading up to the musical’s Broadway opening, and aired as part of… Continue Reading → »
“Hamilton’s America” is a product of one of those weird cultural moments where multiple different mediums attempt to be the same thing — a documentary film about a work of musical theater, premiering and broadcast on television. The PBS film tracks the production of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “Hamilton: An American Musical,” the Tony-award winning production and cultural phenomenon about the life of Alexander Hamilton, starting the year before the show opened on Broadway. The film was produced by Miranda’s college friend Alex Horowitz, who — like a lot of other people exposed to the early moments of “Hamilton” — sensed that Miranda was on the verge of something huge. As a result, the audience is able to follow the phenomenon of “Hamilton” almost in real-time, as Miranda and his team of collaborators slowly put the pieces together using Ron Chernow’s biography of the founding father as inspiration.
For this particular cultural phenomenon, the »
- Sonia Saraiya
Fox Business Network anchor Maria Bartiromo will appear with President Barack Obama and President George Bush in a PBS documentary that offers a behind-the-scenes look at the Broadway musical “Hamilton.” “I was so honored to be part of this documentary that brings exposure to the founding fathers of our great country. As a patriot, I was proud to be involved, and have the opportunity to work with the incredibly talented Lin-Manuel Miranda,” told TheWrap. This will be the second night in a row that eyes are on Bartiromo, as she lit up social media on Thursday night with her revealing red dress at. »
- Brian Flood
Three years in the making, “Hamilton’s America” finally debuts on PBS Friday night. The documentary is a deft telling of two stories — that of Alexander Hamilton, one of the founding fathers who was the first Secretary of the Treasury, and Lin-Manuel Miranda, the creator and star of the Broadway hit musical “Hamilton.” And critics are hailing this 84-minute film […] »
- Paul Sheehan
For Hamilton fans who can’t get enough of the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, PBS has got you covered!
On Friday, Hamilton audiences will get to take an inside look at the making of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s masterpiece in the documentary film, Hamilton’s America.
In a People exclusive sneak peek, viewers will follow the creator and star of the Broadway hit as the film â. which has been three years in the making â. delves even deeper into the creation of the show, revealing Miranda’s process of absorbing and then »
Colin Firth has become the latest addition to the cast of Disney’s Mary Poppins sequel, with Variety reporting that the Oscar-winner has signed on to play William Weatherall Wilkins, president of Fidelity Fiduciary Bank, in Mary Poppins Returns.
The sequel, which takes place 25 years after the original, will reunite Into the Woods director Rob Marshall with Emily Blunt, who is taking on the iconic role of Mary Poppins. She is joined in the cast by Meryl Streep (Into the Woods) as Mary’s cousin Topsy, Ben Whishaw (Spectre) as Michael Banks, Emily Mortimer (The Newsroom) as Jane Banks, and Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton) as a street lamplighter called Jack.
Mary Poppins Returns is set for release on December 25th, 2018. »
- Gary Collinson
Mary Poppins Returns just got even more British. Colin Firth has signed on for the Disney sequel, joining Emily Blunt as the practically perfect nanny and Lin-Manuel Miranda as her lamplighter buddy Jack. Also starring are Meryl Streep, Ben Whishaw, and Emily Mortimer. Find out which character Firth is playing below. Variety reports Firth is in negotiations to play William […]
- Angie Han
According to a report by Variety, Firth would take the role of William Weatherall Wilkins of the Fidelity Fiduciary Bank, at which George Banks, the children’s father, works in the first film.
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- Alan Evans
The film will start shooting next year and will actually be set 25 years after the events of the first movie where Michael and Jane Banks (Ben Whishaw and Emily Mortimer) get a visit from their childhood nanny, the magical Mary Poppins (Blunt).
Variety reports that Firth will be playing William Weatherall Wilkins, president of Fidelity Fiduciary Bank.
Rob Marshall is directing the film for Disney with a release date of December 25th 2018 already set.
- Paul Heath
According to Variety, Colin Firth has joined the cast of Mary Poppins Returns, the upcoming Emily Blunt-starring sequel to the original Julie Andrews film—or at least the P.L. Travers book that the original film was based on. The decision to cast Firth probably came after some Disney executive looked over the cast list and wondered where Colin Firth was. “You’ve got Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ben Whishaw, Emily Mortimer, and Meryl Streep,” this imaginary person said, “But where’s the cranky-yet-charming Englishman played with typical aplomb by Colin Firth? You can’t have a movie about British people without Mr. Darcy!”
At that point, Mary Poppins Returns director Rob Marshall sheepishly hung his head and tried to come up with a character—any character—that could be played Firth. “Oh yeah,” he perks up. “Colin Firth is playing William Weatherall Wilkins, the president of the Fidelity Fiduciary Bank. That »
- Sam Barsanti
Variety has the scoop, revealing the British thesp is in line to land the role of William Weatherall Wilkins, president of Fidelity Fiduciary Bank. On board to craft what Disney hopes to be a super-cali-fragil-istic-expi-ali-docious screenplay is David Magee, with Marc Platt and John DeLuca attached to produce.
Meanwhile, Sicario star Emily Blunt will takes point as the magical caretaker, headlining a story that “will take place in Depression-era London (when the books were originally written) and follows a now-grown Jane and Michael Banks, who, along with Michael’s three children, are visited by the enigmatic Mary Poppins (Blunt) following a personal loss. Through her unique magical skills, and with the aid of her friend Jack (Miranda), she helps the family rediscover the joy »
- Michael Briers
Firth will play William Weatherall Wilkins, president of Fidelity Fiduciary Bank.
The movie is set 25 years after the original. Michael and Jane Banks (Ben Whishaw and Emily Mortimer) are all grown up and suddenly get a visit from the magical nanny.
The movie also stars Meryl Streep as Poppins’ cousin. Blunt will be playing the title character, with “Hamilton” star Miranda portraying a street lamplighter named Jack.
The screenplay will be written by Oscar nominee David Magee based on “The Mary Poppins Stories” by P.L. Travers. Marc Shaiman is composing an all-new score and Scott Wittman will be writing original songs.
“Mary Poppins Returns” will hit theaters on Dec. 25, 2018.
Firth has had a busy year »
- Justin Kroll
The RadicalMedia and PBS Great Performances documentary, Hamilton's America, had its world première in the 54th New York Film Festival as a Special Events selection along with Ang Lee's Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk, Lonny Price's The Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened on a Stephen Sondheim - Harold Prince Broadway production, and Jim Jarmusch's Iggy Pop and The Stooges doc Gimme Danger.
The premiere of Hamilton's America on Monday at the 3400-seat auditorium of the United Palace in Washington Heights, was introduced by PBS CEO and President Paula Kreger and President and CEO of Wnet New York Public Media, Neal Shapiro.
- Anne-Katrin Titze
The actor has a lot in common with the two men he plays, aside from an exceptional capacity for hard work. If nothing else, his characters — George Washington in “Hamilton” and a fashion consultant on “Bull” — have allowed the actor to explore the power of image and appearance.
Jackson plays Chunk Palmer on “Bull,” which stars Michael Weatherly as an unconventional but in-demand trial consultant, Dr. Jason Bull. He and his team create detailed psychological profiles of jurors, opposing counsel and witnesses, and they also make sure their defendants have the right look for every situation. It’s not a trivial concern: Jurors and judges can learn a lot by observing how a defendant dresses and conducts himself or herself, and that’s where Palmer’s expertise comes in.
- Maureen Ryan
They say when you can't find the words to express an emotion, you sing. Such was certainly the case when Broadway's greatest stars united to perform in support of Hillary Clinton. In tribute to the Democratic presidential contender, theater's most recognizable figures, including Hamilton's Lin-Manuel Miranda, The Color Purple's Cynthia Erivo and one of the industry's bonafide legends, Bernadette Peters, were just a few of the many stars that showed off their vocal chops at the Stronger Together fundraiser at the St. James Theater in New York City Monday night. As the evening's host, funnyman Billy Crystal took aim at Clinton's opponent, Donald Trump, with »
Broadway’s behind Hillary Clinton! Lots of stars from The Great White Way and many A-listers alike teamed up on Monday night for the Stronger Together musical event to raise money for the Hillary Victory Fund. The evening’s festivities were hosted by Billy Crystal and there were performances from Hamiltonstars Lin-Manuel Miranda and Renee Elise Goldsberry, […] »
Broadway stars were out in full force Monday night at The Hillary Victory Fund‘s Stronger TogetherÂ Broadway for HillaryÂ concert atÂ the St. James Theatre in New York City, which was also live streamed.
Crystal started off the night with an opening number that tookÂ jabs at Republican presidential nomineeÂ Donald Trump, saying, “Our goal tonight is simple: We have to raise more money tonight than Donald Trump »
- Alexia Fernandez
Hillary Clinton’s star-studded Broadway benefit on Monday night was an exercise in the ultimate Trump takedown. The Broadway extravaganza — featuring the likes of Julia Roberts, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Jake Gyllenhaal, Hugh Jackman, Sarah Jessica Parker, Matthew Broderick, Emily Blunt, Neil Patrick Harris and Helen Mirren among others — was jam-packed with some of the best anti-Trump zingers, many of the courtesy of the event’s emcee, Billy Crystal. Here are the night’s seven Trump jokes that are sure to turn the orange candidate turn red-hot. Also Read: Watch Hillary Clinton's Star-Studded Broadway Benefit (Video) Just days after CNN boss »
- Itay Hod
The Great White Way’s brightest stars take to the stage for a Hillary Clinton fundraiser “Stronger Together.” The Broadway extravaganza features Julia Roberts, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Jake Gyllenhaal, Hugh Jackman, Sarah Jessica Parker, Matthew Broderick, Emily Blunt, Neil Patrick Harris, Helen Mirren among others — and will include never-before-seen duets and collaborations to raise money for the Hillary Victory Fund. And if that’s not enough Barbra Streisand is lending her legendary vocal chords as the voice of God for the evening. Also Read: Julia Roberts, Hugh Jackman and Lin-Manuel Miranda Join Hillary Clinton Benefit The event kicks off on Monday Oct. »
- Itay Hod
The upcoming animated adventure Moana will introduce fans to Disney's new princess, the title character voiced by Auli'i Cravalho. As we get closer to the November 23 release, the studio has released a clip and TV spot showing that Moana isn't your typical Disney heroine. This latest scene features title character standing her ground after first meeting the legendary Maui, voiced by Dwayne Johnson.
This sneak peek, which arrives courtesy of Walt Disney Animation Studios YouTube, features Moana trying to introduce herself to Dwayne Johnson's Maui, although he keeps interrupting, correcting her with his full title. Maui mistakenly thinks that Moana just wants an autograph, which he signs using Hei Hei the Rooster (Alan Tudyk), while making a humorous social media joke. Maui finds out soon thereafter that Moana is not to be trifled with.
Three thousand years ago, the greatest sailors in the world voyaged across the vast South Pacific, »
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