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Julia Roberts, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Hugh Jackman are just a few of a jam-packed A-list roster of stars who’ve signed up for a one-time Broadway performance benefiting Hillary Clinton. The show, called “Stonger Together,” will feature Chelsea Clinton as a special guest and Billy Crystal as host, according to a copy of the invitation obtained by TheWrap. Other big name actors include Matthew Broderick and Sarah Jessica Parker, Anne Hathaway, Neil Patrick Harris, Angela Bassett, Emily Blunt, Josh Groban, Helen Mirren, Sienna Miller, Bernadette Peters, and Sarah Jones. “Spring Awakening” and “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” director Michael Mayer will be directing, »
- Itay Hod
Hamilton composer, lyricist, and star Lin-Manuel Miranda is set to host Saturday Night Live season 42, episode two, on NBC. The musical guest that week is Twenty One Pilots, featuring Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun.The SNL season 42 repertory players include: Vanessa Bayer, Beck Bennett, Aidy Bryant, Michael Che, Pete Davidson, Leslie Jones, Colin Jost, Kate McKinnon, Kyle Mooney, Bobby Moynihan, Cecily Strong, Kenan Thompson, and Sasheer Zamata. This season's new featured players are Alex Moffat, Melissa Villaseñor, and Mikey Day. Creator Lorne Michaels executive produces.Read More… »
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– Four individuals and one writing team have been selected as winners of the 2016 Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting competition. The Academy Nicholl Fellowships Committee announced the winners via Livestream on Thursday, September 29. Each fellow receives a $35,000 prize, the first installment of which will be distributed at the Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting Awards Presentation and Live Read on Thursday, November 3, at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills.
The 2016 winners are Michele Atkins (“Talking About the Sky”), Spencer Harvey and Lloyd Harvey (“Photo Booth”), Geeta Malik, (“Dinner with Friends”), Elizabeth Oyebode (“Tween the Ropes”) and Justin Piasecki (“Death of an Ortolan”).
- Graham Winfrey
We are kicking off the 54th edition of the New York Film Festival with a behind the scenes look of three big premieres.
Director Alex Horwitz had no clue “Hamilton” would become a cultural phenomena when he started filming his friend Lin-Manuel Miranda writing hip hop tracks (originally for a concept album, not a musical) for the founding fathers. Horwitz came by the podcast to explain how he was inspired by Al Pacino’s “Looking for Richard” and became fascinated by Miranda’s search for the man Alexander Hamilton. Following him around as he wrote in Aaron Burr’s real life bedroom and did research at Valley Forge, Horwitz explained that his goal was to capture history through Miranda’s perspective.
Head Programmer of the Film Society of Lincoln Center, Dennis Lim, also dropped »
- Chris O'Falt
The 2016 New York Film Festival is a big draw for the city’s movie lovers — and this year, it may attract a crowd of theater fans, too. From the premiere of a “Hamilton” documentary to an immersive, multiplatform storytelling experiment with live actors, here’s what theater lovers and performing-arts avids should check out at the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s annual fest, which runs through Oct. 16.
1. Hamilton’s America
Oct. 1, 2, 15, 16
Can’t wait until this documentary, about Lin-Manuel Miranda and the road to “Hamilton,” debuts on PBS Great Performances Oct. 21? Festivalgoers will get a sneak peak of Alex Horwitz’s film in world premiere screenings at Nyff. Expect special guests Oct. 1 and Oct. 2.
2. Best Worst Thing That Ever Could Have Happened
Oct. 9, 10, 16
- Gordon Cox
Lineup and Pre-Festival Announcements and News
New York Film Festival Announces James Gray’s ‘The Lost City of Z’ As Closing Night Selection
New York Film Festival Announces Mike Mills’ ’20th Century Women’ As Centerpiece Selection
Nyff 2016 Adds Ang Lee’s ‘Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk,’ His Ambitious 4K Fast Frame Narrative Feature
Nyff Announces Retrospective Selections Inspired By Bertrand Tavernier’s ‘My Journey Through French Cinema’ – Exclusive
Film Society of Lincoln Center Announces Nyff Artist Academy And Critics Academy Participants
Fslc Announces Filmmaker Talks Lineup For 54th New York Film Festival
Nyff Announces Lineup For Immersive Storytelling Program Convergence (Exclusive)
- Indiewire Staff
Before there was “Hamilton,” there was “In the Heights,” the first Tony Award-winning musical from Lin-Manuel Miranda. In today’s casting notices, you have the chance to star in an upcoming union production of the Broadway hit, which now casting several leading roles. Additionally, we have three more opportunities including a Netflix series and regional theater! Check them out! “In The Heights”“In the Heights,” which won the Tony Award for best musical in 2008, is casting union actors for a regional production. The musical, featuring music and lyrics by Miranda and a book by Quiara Alegria Hudes, depicts life in the Washington Heights of New York City. Rehearsals will begin Feb. 25, 2017, with a run slated for Mar. 16–Apr. 2, 2017 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. “Ozark”“Ozark,” a Netflix series starring Jason Bateman, is casting background talent. The show, which “takes place in the dark and dangerous world of drug-money laundering,” seeks actors, aged »
This weekend brings the first episode of the 42nd season of Saturday Night Live, with Suicide Squad star Margot Robbie hosting. This will be the first season without Taran Killam and Jay Pharoah in years, and it will also have two new head writers in control of the night’s sketches, and three new cast members. […]
- Ethan Anderton
The Saturday Night Live writers better have their rap-scribing skills dusted off. Lin-Manuel Miranda will host SNL’s October 8 episode, NBC announced today. Twenty One Pilots is lined up for the musical guest slot that night. The Hamilton star’s gig for that episode, the second of SNL’s 42nd season, will follow Suicide Squad actress Margot Robbie hosting the premiere this Saturday, October 1. Emily Blunt may also have scored an SNL hosting job, as TVLine posted today, though NBC isn’t commenting on that report. Maybe her Mary Poppins Returns co-star will have some tips on how to host a kickass SNL episode. »
- Emily Rome
Alec Baldwin‘s latest role makes 30 Rock‘s Jack Donaghy look like a Prius-driving, NPR-subscribing, Greenpeace-supporting leftie.
The late-night, sketch-comedy series made the news official Wednesday with a video (see above) posted to its Twitter account.
Former SNL cast member and current SNL announcer Darrell Hammond portrayed the Gop candidate for the series’ 41st season; Hammond will continue as announcer and occasionally will appear in sketches, per The Hollywood Reporter.
Look for the long-running comedy to use Baldwin »
Saturday Night Live is bringing out the big guns for season 42 and Donald Trump. Alec Baldwin will play the Republican presidential nominee will take on the role for the season 42 premiere on Saturday, Oct. 1. SNL made the announcement in a special YouTube video teasing their take on the big debate between Trump and Hillary Clinton. Margot Robbie is making her hosting debut with The Weeknd on board as the musical guest. Lin-Manuel Miranda will host the Saturday, Oct. 8 show with Twenty One Pilots serving as the musical guest. Taran Killam and Darrell Hammond previously portrayed Trump on the NBC sketch series. Trump recently hosted an episode in season 41. Saturday Night Live will return for its 42nd season »
Of course there’s no such thing, but that doesn’t stop the Australian actress and McKinnon from getting down — complete with Edm backup — and having a little wine in one of several silly promos for the season premiere. »
The Girl on the Train is hopping off at Studio 8H.
Emily Blunt will make her Saturday Night Live hosting debut next month, TVLine has learned exclusively. An NBC spokesperson declined to comment, but I’m hearing the actress will headline the Oct. 15 edition (which falls one week after the release of her new thriller, The Girl on the Train).
Related Taran Killam Talks His SNL Ouster: ‘I Honestly Don’t Know What Happened’
Three months after Lin-Manuel Miranda left his Broadway smash Hamilton, the Tony-winning star will return to the live stage as host of the October 8th episode of Saturday Night Live. Also making their SNL debut that week are alternative rock band Twenty One Pilots, who will serve as musical guest for the episode.
"I ... have a bit of a week next week," Miranda tweeted after SNL announced he would host. "My favorite SNL episode: Fred Savage, musical guest Technotronic. Couldn't believe a kid my age was on SNL. And So Good. »
The creator and former star of the Broadway sensation will make his SNL debut on 8 October, alongside musical guest Twenty One Pilots
The 8 October episode will mark the Emmy, Grammy, Tony and Pulitzer prize-winner’s debut on the show. Immediately following NBC’s Wednesday announcement, Miranda tweeted:
I...have a bit of a week next week. https://t.co/nJv8I9aLzz
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- Nigel M Smith
Saturday Night Live will be getting very musical (and quite historic) this October when it welcomes Lin-Manuel Miranda. The Hamilton creator and star will serve as host in the upcoming Oct. 8 episode of SNL. Joining Miranda as musical guest will be Twenty One Pilots. In addition to creating and starring in Hamilton, which won 11 Tony Awards this year and is easily the most popular show on Broadway, Miranda has also joined the Disney family in a major way. Miranda not only crafted a new Cantina song for J.J. Abrams for The Force Awakens (for those who don’t know, it’s called “Jabba Flow”), but he’s also
- Chris King
Lin-Manuel Miranda is adding another title to his impressive resume: Saturday Night Live host. Miranda will host the Saturday, Oct. 8 episode of SNL with musical guest Twenty One Pilots. Both will be making their Studio 8H debut. Margot Robbie is hosting the season 42 premiere with musical guest The Weeknd. The Internet's boyfriend, Miranda recently took home a boatload of Tonys for Hamilton. He recently completed his run in the musical. At the 2016 Tony Awards he took home an award for Best Book of a Musical, Best Original Score and Best Musical. He's also won Tonys for In the Heights. Up next? The sequel to Mary Poppins, Mary Poppins Returns, and producing and scoring Disney's upcoming The Little »
The Broadway star — who has recently gotten involved in a number of film projects including Disney’s “Moana” and the upcoming “Mary Poppins” sequel with Emily Blunt and Meryl Streep — will be joined on the comedy sketch show by musical guest Twenty One Pilots.
Miranda recently appeared on the cover of Variety‘s Gotham issue, and spoke about how his life has changed since the cultural and critical force of “Hamilton” launched him to fame.
“When I wake up in the morning, I feel the same,” he told Variety’s Gordon Cox. “It’s really when I leave the house that’s the measure of how different the world is, coming out here and being a selfie magnet in the streets of New York City.”
In addition to “Hamilton,” Miranda is also known for creating the Tony award »
- Seth Kelley
Hamilton star Lin-Manuel Miranda will make his Saturday Night Live hosting debut on October 8. Miranda recently wrapped his Broadway run as composer, lyricist and performer in the musical sensation and multi-Tony winner Hamilton. Joining Miranda will be musical guest Twenty One Pilots, also in their SNL hosting debut. The duo (Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun) recently made history becoming the first alternative group ever with two simultaneous singles in the top five on the… »
The Emmy, Grammy, Tony and Pulitzer Prize-award winning Hamilton actor/auteur is set to host the Oct. 8 telecast alongside musical guest Twenty One Pilots, who will be joined by Miranda. This will mark Miranda’s SNL hosting debut. (Not to too our own horns, but we totally called it!)
“I have a bit of a week next week,” Miranda tweeted early Wednesday, immediately following the announcement.
I…have a bit of a week next week. »
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