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

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

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Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Post-‘Hamilton’ Egot Play: How the Songwriter Switched Gears With ‘Moana’
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.
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Ex-Actor Sentenced to Death After Being Found Guilty of Killing 2 People to Raise Money for His Wedding

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Ex-Actor Sentenced to Death After Being Found Guilty of Killing 2 People to Raise Money for His Wedding
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,
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Broadway Producer Scott Sanders Sells Firm to Westfield Malls

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Broadway Producer Scott Sanders Sells Firm to Westfield Malls
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
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The 50 Best Comedies of the 21st Century Thus Far

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

How Lin-Manuel Miranda Rode His ‘Hamilton’ Star from Broadway to Hollywood
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
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Liman Directs "Chaos," Chu Set For "Heights"

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

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Jon M Chu Circles Directing Gig for Lin-Manuel Miranda’s ‘In the Heights’
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.
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'Hamilton' Creator Lin-Manuel Miranda's 'In The Heights' to Get Film Adaptation

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
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Weinstein Pursues New "In the Heights" Film

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,
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25 great movie comedies that run for 90 minutes or less

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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,
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California Theater Actor Daniel Wozniak Convicted of Gruesome Double Murder

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Daniel Wozniak was found guilty of a gruesome double murder on Wednesday afternoon and now faces a possible death sentence, People confirms. 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 May 20, 2010, Wozniak shot Herr twice in the head with a .38-caliber semiautomatic pistol after luring him to the attic of an empty theater on the Joint Forces Training Base in Los Alamitos. Hours later,
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California Theater Actor Daniel Wozniak Convicted of Gruesome Double Murder

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Daniel Wozniak was found guilty of a gruesome double murder on Wednesday afternoon and now faces a possible death sentence, People confirms. 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 May 20, 2010, Wozniak shot Herr twice in the head with a .38-caliber semiautomatic pistol after luring him to the attic of an empty theater on the Joint Forces Training Base in Los Alamitos. Hours later,
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Cynthia Erivo Will Play Celie in Oprah Winfrey-Backed Revival of 'The Color Purple' (Jennifer Hudson Is Shug)

Cynthia Erivo has been cast to play Celie in this fall's Oprah Winfrey-produced Broadway revival of "The Color Purple," which is currently set for a December 3 open at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre. Erivo, a British actress making her New York stage debut, will reprise the role she played to glowing reviews at the Menier Chocolate Factory in London. She joins the previously-cast Jennifer Hudson, also making her Broadway debut, as Shug, in the musical revival, which Oprah Winfrey will return to produce, and back, with her theatrical business partner Scott Sanders. John Doyle is directing. Just as I pondered when "A Raisin in the Sun" was revived yet again,...
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Daniel Wozniak Murders: Killer Had a Larger-Than-Life Personality, Friends Say

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In the late afternoon of May 21, 2010, Juri "Julie" Kibuishi started getting texts from her friend Sam Herr, who seemed distraught and needed to talk to someone. Kibuishi, who had been tutoring Herr in his community college courses, happily agreed to meet up with the 26-year-old Afghanistan war veteran later that night. "Please don’t tell anyone. Please," he wrote. "You can trust me," Kibuishi responded. "I promise. I am not going to say anything. I promise. Pinkie promise." Kibuishi, 23, had no idea she was being set up. The man she thought was Herr was actually Daniel Wozniak, Herr's neighbor at
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Daniel Wozniak Murders: Killer Had a Larger Than Life Personality, Friends Say

  • PEOPLE.com
In the late afternoon of May 21, 2010, Juri "Julie" Kibuishi started getting texts from her friend Sam Herr who seemed distraught and needed to talk to someone. Kibuishi, who had been tutoring Herr in his community college courses, happily agreed to meet up with the 26-year-old Afghan war veteran later that night. "Please don’t tell anyone. Please," he wrote. "You can trust me," Kibuishi responded. "I promise. I am not going to say anything. I promise. Pinkie promise." Kibuishi, 23, had no idea she was being set up. The man she thought was Herr was actually Daniel Wozniak, Herr's neighbor at
See full article at PEOPLE.com »

'After Midnight' to End Broadway Run Early

'After Midnight' to End Broadway Run Early
New York — Despite landing seven Tony Award nominations including best musical and generating some of the best reviews of the 2013-14 season, the Jazz Age revue After Midnight will close early on June 29, scrapping plans for two starry special guest vocalist engagements scheduled for later in the summer. Lead producers Scott Sanders and Wynton Marsalis confirmed the news on Saturday. The show began previews on Oct. 18 at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre, officially opening to ecstatic reviews on Nov. 3. It landed on the top-10 2013 New York theater lists of a number of publications, including The Hollywood Reporter.

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Tonys: 'After Midnight' Producer's Journey Leads Back to Radio City Music Hall

Tonys: 'After Midnight' Producer's Journey Leads Back to Radio City Music Hall
New York -- On Sunday night Scott Sanders will be at Radio City Music Hall attending the Tony Awards as the lead producer of the best musical nominee After Midnight. It would be a special night for Sanders if that was all there was to his story, but there's more: 35 years ago, in another lifetime, before he became one of the more respected figures on the Great White Way, he helped to save the venue in which his show -- an $8 million jazz revue -- will now open "the Super Bowl of Broadway," as he calls it, and possibly even take

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Poor Hollywood A-Listers: Tons of big movie stars got snubbed by the Tonys

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Poor Hollywood A-Listers: Tons of big movie stars got snubbed by the Tonys
New York (AP) — It was a brutal Tuesday morning for some A-list stars on Broadway. Snubbed for Tony Award nominations were Denzel Washington, James Franco, Zachary Quinto, Michelle Williams, Orlando Bloom, Ethan Hawke, Zach Braff, Billy Crudup, Rachel Weisz and Daniel Craig. Daniel Radcliffe struck out for his third consecutive Broadway show. Neil Patrick Harris, who won a nomination for his brilliant performance in the punk-rock show "Hedwig and the Angry Inch," said he was surprised by the final list. But he's been a Tony host and knows from experience the process is often rough. "Having been the host in previous years, it's always interesting and surprising," he said. "It's a small group of people that nominate and you're never quite sure what they're responding to. That being said, it does get to showcase the talents of people who often don't get their moment in the spotlight." One of the
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Oprah Winfrey Eyes Broadway Acting Debut in 'night, Mother: Report

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Oprah Winfrey Eyes Broadway Acting Debut in 'night, Mother: Report
Oprah Winfrey has trod the Broadway boards before - only strictly behind the scenes, as a major investor in the not-quite-successful production of the 2005 musical The Color Purple. But now the media mogul, who helped bid a fond farewell to Jay Leno Thursday night, may actually appear in the flesh before New York theater audiences during the 2015-16 season. The vehicle, reports The New York Times, is likely to be a revival of Marsha Norman's somber 1983 Pulitzer Prize-winning play 'night, Mother. The two-character drama, about a mother's last-ditch attempt to prevent her daughter from committing suicide, originally starred Kathy Bates as the daughter,
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