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11 items from 2016


Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Post-‘Hamilton’ Egot Play: How the Songwriter Switched Gears With ‘Moana’

25 November 2016 1:25 PM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Disney’s latest fairy tale princess musical “Moana” is heading to a robust estimated $75 million-plus Thanksgiving holiday weekend total. One crucial contributor to this South Pacific animated feature, directed by the “Little Mermaid” and “Aladdin” team of Ron Clements and John Musker, is “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, who needs only an Oscar to complete his Egot-qualifying “In the Heights” Grammy and 11 Tony wins for his second Broadway musical, “Hamilton,” plus a Primetime Emmy for his 2014 Tony Awards opening song “Bigger” for host Neil Patrick Harris. (The Pulitzer Prize for “Hamilton” is frosting on the cake.)

 

While Miranda said he isn’t seeking it, he has been chasing the youngest Egot-holder to date, Bobby Lopez, “my whole life,” Miranda told me in our video interview. His mentor went to the same elementary school and high school and was working on “Avenue Q” in previews “right when I was getting out of school. »

- Anne Thompson

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Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Post-‘Hamilton’ Egot Play: How the Songwriter Switched Gears With ‘Moana’

25 November 2016 1:25 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Disney’s latest fairy tale princess musical “Moana” is heading to a robust estimated $75 million-plus Thanksgiving holiday weekend total. One crucial contributor to this South Pacific animated feature, directed by the “Little Mermaid” and “Aladdin” team of Ron Clements and John Musker, is “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, who needs only an Oscar to complete his Egot-qualifying “In the Heights” Grammy and 11 Tony wins for his second Broadway musical, “Hamilton,” plus a Primetime Emmy for his 2014 Tony Awards opening song “Bigger” for host Neil Patrick Harris. (The Pulitzer Prize for “Hamilton” is frosting on the cake.)

 

While Miranda said he isn’t seeking it, he has been chasing the youngest Egot-holder to date, Bobby Lopez, “my whole life,” Miranda told me in our video interview. His mentor went to the same elementary school and high school and was working on “Avenue Q” in previews “right when I was getting out of school. »

- Anne Thompson

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Ex-Actor Sentenced to Death After Being Found Guilty of Killing 2 People to Raise Money for His Wedding

24 September 2016 9:15 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Daniel Wozniak has been sentenced to death for the murders of his neighbor and his neighbor's friend, according to a press release from the Orange County district attorney's office. The California theater actor, 31, killed his neighbor, 26-year-old Army veteran Sam Herr, and Herr's friend Juri "Julie" Kibuishi in 2010 as part of a ploy to clean out Herr's $62,000 savings so he could pay for his upcoming wedding to his actress fiancée Rachel Buffett. On Friday, Orange County Superior Court Judge John Conley ruled against Wozniak's public defender Scott Sanders' motion for a new trial and against another motion to dismiss the death penalty, »

- Blake Bakkila, @bcbakkila

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Broadway Producer Scott Sanders Sells Firm to Westfield Malls

31 August 2016 2:12 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Tony and Emmy Award-winning producer Scott Sanders has just been named creative head of global entertainment, a newly created role, at Westfield Corporation. As part of the deal, his Scott Sanders Theatrical Productions, responsible for the widely lauded musical revival “The Color Purple,” has been wholly acquired by Westfield, the New York-based company announced on Wednesday. Along with his existing plans to bring several productions to Broadway — including “Tootsie,” “Coal Miner’s Daughter” and “Up Here” — and to make the movie adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda‘s “In the Heights,” Sanders will also be developing “organically-inspired” theatrical experiences for the company »

- Meriah Doty

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The 50 Best Comedies of the 21st Century Thus Far

10 August 2016 12:16 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

No genre is more subjective than comedy. What makes one person laugh may make another cringe. Some “comedies” may only result in a few chuckles while watching, yet are heightened as one looks back. Others may cause constant laughter, yet are forgettable after theater’s lights come on.

With Seth Rogen‘s latest comedy, Sausage Party, arriving in theaters this week, we’ve set out to reflect on the millennium’s comedies that have most excelled. To note: we only stuck with feature-length works of 60 minutes or longer and, to make room for a few more titles, our definition of “the 21st century” stretched to include 2000.

Following our favorite sci-fi films and animations, check out our top 50 below and, in the comments, let us know your favorites. If you’re on Letterboxd, you can follow the list here.

50. Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story (Jake Kasdan)

It is wholly possible »

- The Film Stage

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How Lin-Manuel Miranda Rode His ‘Hamilton’ Star from Broadway to Hollywood

12 June 2016 9:25 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

The last time Lin-Manuel Miranda attended the Tony Awards, he was nervous because “In the Heights” needed to win in order to lure audiences. It won best new musical.

That’s not a problem for his ticket-scalpers’ delight, “Hamilton,” his second Broadway musical. He stars in the production, wrote the book, music, and lyrics, and it scored a record-breaking 16 nominations. It swept the Tonys Sunday night with 11 awards including best new musical, and could eventually earn over $1 billion worldwide, according to The New York Times.

“Hamilton” also won the Pulitzer Prize for drama and a Grammy Award for best musical theater album. Because Miranda won an Emmy for writing Neil Patrick Harris’s closing rap at the 2014 Tonys, all he needs is an Oscar to become a member of the Egot club.

That’s not an impossibility, as Miranda’s moving his star to Hollywood—more specifically, Disney. J.J. Abrams »

- Anne Thompson

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Liman Directs "Chaos," Chu Set For "Heights"

10 June 2016 1:04 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Doug Liman ("Edge of Tomorrow," "The Bourne Identity") is in talks to direct the film adaptation of Patrick Ness' post-apocalyptic young adult thriller trilogy "Chaos Walking" for Lionsgate and Summit Entertainment. Production aims to begin this Fall.

Robert Zemeckis had previously been attached to helm this story set in a world where there are no women and all living creatures can hear one another's thoughts in a stream of images, words and sounds called Noise. Charlie Kaufman and Jamie Linden have reportedly worked on the script.

Jon M. Chu is in early talks to direct the film version of Lin-Manuel Miranda's 2008 musical "In the Heights" which Miranda is producing while Quiara Alegria Hudes is handling the script.

Set in Washington Heights in New York City, the story focuses on a bodega owner who's closing his store and retiring to the Dominican Republic after inheriting his grandmother's fortune. Scott Sanders »

- Garth Franklin

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Jon M Chu Circles Directing Gig for Lin-Manuel Miranda’s ‘In the Heights’

10 June 2016 12:37 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Jon Chu is in early talks to direct Lin-Manuel Miranda‘s “In the Heights” for The Weinstein Company, an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap. “In the Heights” is based on the Tony Award-winning musical in which Miranda starred. Miranda is producing the film, alongside Scott Sanders and Mara Jacobs. Quiara Alegria Hudes wrote the screenplay after Marc Klein wrote an earlier draft. In “Heights,” Miranda originated the role of Usanvi, a Dominican-American bodega owner. It’s currently unclear if he’ll reprise the role, though the insider said his on-screen involvement has yet to be ironed out. »

- Beatrice Verhoeven and Matt Donnelly

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'Hamilton' Creator Lin-Manuel Miranda's 'In The Heights' to Get Film Adaptation

1 June 2016 10:14 AM, PDT | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

When it rains, it pours. The world seems to be on fire with the Hamilton craze, and as expected, it's seemed to have raised the profile of the musical's creator, Lin-Manuel Miranda, as well as anything he's worked on in the past, including the 2008 Broadway musical, In The Heights

THR is reporting that the production is being adapted into a film for $15 million by the Weinstein company.

"As a kid from Queens, I’ve always loved bringing New York stories to film," Weinstein said. "In the Heights and Lin-Manuel brought Washington Heights to Broadway back in 2008 and in the process turned the theater world on its head. The movie musicals of the 1950s were incredible, but In The Heights will revolutionize what movie audiences expect from the genre.“

This is undoubtedly a great way for the studio to profit from the current Hamilton craze. With the musical getting so much »

- Joseph Medina

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Weinstein Pursues New "In the Heights" Film

31 May 2016 4:02 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Before he created the stage cultural sensation "Hamilton," actor/composer/rapper/writer Lin-Manuel Miranda was responsible for another famed play - the 2008 Tony Award winning musical "In the Heights".

A film version of that production had previously been in development at Universal Pictures until it was put into turnaround five years ago when the studio balked at the $37 million budget for the Kenny Ortega-helmed feature.

Now it seems the project has new life again as The Weinstein Company is reportedly working on an adaptation of the bodega-set project. Miranda will produce the film which they plan to make for around $15 million, but no director is yet in place.

Set in the Washington Heights neighborhood of Manhattan, the story centers on a bodega owner who has mixed feelings about closing his store and retiring to the Dominican Republic after inheriting his grandmother's fortune.

Though Miranda creatively will be heavily involved, »

- Garth Franklin

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25 great movie comedies that run for 90 minutes or less

2 March 2016 1:52 PM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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Need a good laugh, but only got an hour and a half? Might we recommend this little lot...

I’m of the firm belief that films work most effectively when their runtime is 90 minutes or less. It forces an economy of story and dialogue which propels the film into its best self. No bloated middle, extended ending, or wasted stories here. This goes double for comedies. They should never outstay their welcome. But they seem to be getting longer, as we recently pointed out here.

So to refresh your movie comedy palette, here are 25 films that are 90 minutes or under. I’ve tried to avoid the more obvious ones, and shine a light on those comedies which might have gone a bit unappreciated over the years, but are well worth a hour and a half of your time. This lean runtime isn’t a guarantee of greatness of course, »

- simonbrew

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