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2016 Tony Awards: 'Hamilton' Makes History with 16 Nominations

3 May 2016 12:27 AM, PDT | buddytv.com | See recent BuddyTV news »

Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda's hip-hop musical about the Founding Fathers, has made history of its own. The production was nominated for 16 Tony Awards, more than any show ever.

Hamilton earned nominations in all 13 musical categories, including two for Lead Actor (Miranda and Leslie Odom, Jr.) plus a trio of nominations for Featured Actor (Daveed Diggs, Christopher Jackson and Jonathan Groff). The previous record-holders were The Producers and Billy Elliot the Musical, both with 15 nominations.

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‘Hamilton’ Wins 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Drama

18 April 2016 12:15 PM, PDT | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

As was widely anticipated, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hit Founding Fathers musical “Hamilton” took home one of theater’s top honors April 18. Announced via livestream from Columbia University’s World Room, the Pulitzer Prizes for achievements in letters, drama, and music honored the best arts and culture of last year. Miranda was named the recipient of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, one of seven annually awarded prizes, for his work as the composer, lyricist, and book writer of “Hamilton.” Depicting the life and times of Alexander Hamilton with a mixture of hip hop and traditional musical styles, the show has shattered box office records since its Broadway transfer from the Public Theater in August. Two new American plays were also honored as finalists: Stephen Karam’s “The Humans” and Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ “Gloria.” “Hamilton” marks only the ninth musical to win the Pulitzer Prize for Drama since the inaugural year almost a century ago, »

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Film Review: ‘Requiem for the American Dream’

28 March 2016 2:37 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Requiem for the American Dream” offers a crisp encapsulation of Noam Chomsky’s thoughts on where corporate political influence and expanding economic equality are taking our nation as a whole — in a handbasket or otherwise. Needless to say, the diagnosis is not good, if not quite terminal yet, either. This illustrative lecture of sorts, smartly packaged by the “Split: A Divided America” trio of Peter Hutchinson, Kelly Nyks and Jared P. Scott, would be a very useful addition to public discourse at any time. But it’s particularly so during this election year, and the pic has indeed been quietly accessing a significant viewership in variably limited bookings around the country since late January. Expect continued play expanding to non-commercial educational outlets and overseas, as campaign season plows onward.

The renowned linguist and political critic-activist has appeared and even been the subject of numerous documentaries over the last 20-plus years, »

- Dennis Harvey

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Trailer For The Purge: Election Year

10 February 2016 10:34 AM, PST | www.themoviebit.com | See recent TheMovieBit news »

Just a few months after we see bttle Steve Rogers as Crossbones in Captain America: Civil War, Frank Grillo will once again be hitching a ride on The Purge wagon with the horror franchises third installment, Election Year. Two years after The Purge: Anarchy, Grillo’s Leo Barnes is now head of security for Sen. Charlene Roan (Lost’s Elizabeth Mitchell), who is running for president on a platform of ending The Purge once and for all. As you would expect, Roan is betrayed while the annual ritual of murder and mayhem is taking place, and Barnes must protect her until the sun rises and The Purge is over. Each installment of this particular franchise has seen it become more and more ambitious, with the third chapter’s story much bigger in scope this time round, actually making the Purge an important plot point as opposed to a reason to justify the violence and gore. »

- noreply@blogger.com (Tom White)

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5 Things to Know About Emma Watson's Rugged New Guy

9 February 2016 8:00 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Emma Watson might be spending time with a new guy, but details about the American tech guru remain scarce. Here are 5 things we do know about William "Mack" Knight, the 35-year-old business manager she's reportedly dating: 1. He's Tech WizardWatson, a graduate of Brown University, may have met her match in the brains department. According to his LinkedIn profile, Knight graduated from Princeton in 2003 with a Bachelor's in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology - and went on to get his Mba from Columbia Business School in 2011. Describing himself online as a "Tech/entrepreneurship enthusiast," he's spent almost five years working at Medallia Professional Services, »

- Michael Miller, @write_miller

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5 Things to Know About Emma Watson's Rugged New Guy

9 February 2016 8:00 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Emma Watson might be spending time with a new guy, but details about the American tech guru remain scarce. Here are 5 things we do know about William "Mack" Knight, the 35-year-old business manager she's reportedly dating: 1. He's Tech WizardWatson, a graduate of Brown University, may have met her match in the brains department. According to his LinkedIn profile, Knight graduated from Princeton in 2003 with a Bachelor's in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology - and went on to get his Mba from Columbia Business School in 2011. Describing himself online as a "Tech/entrepreneurship enthusiast," he's spent almost five years working at Medallia Professional Services, »

- Michael Miller, @write_miller

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Spike Lee, Jada Pinkett Smith boycott Oscars because #OscarsSoWhite

18 January 2016 11:31 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

On the morning of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, just a few days after the Academy Award nominations revealed another year of four categories of exclusively white nominees, Spike Lee and Jada Pinkett Smith took to social media to tell the world that they would be boycotting the Oscars. “We cannot support it,” Lee posted on Instagram — with a photo of Dr. King in his cap and gown at his undergrad commencement. Lee wrote that he and his wife will not be attending the Academy Awards ceremony next month, though he means “no disrespect to my friends, host Chris Rock and producer Reggie Hudlin, President [Cheryl Boone] Isaacs, and the Academy.” Lee called out the four acting categories both this year and last year that launched the Twitter hashtag #OscarsSoWhite: “40 white actors in 2 years and no flava at all. We can’t act?! Wtf!!” (See his full Instagram post below.)   #OscarsSoWhite... Again. »

- Emily Rome

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A Long Conversation With the Scene-Stealers of Hamilton

11 January 2016 10:20 AM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Two. Two-two two thousand. Two-two two thousand — 2016. A cast of wildly talented singers/rappers/actors, seemingly born to play the Founding Fathers and Mothers, in an unlikely Broadway hip-hop hit about the man who created the national bank. Lin-Manuel Miranda might be the genius composer, lyricist, and star of Hamilton, but the reason the show feels like one showstopper after the next is thanks to Leslie Odom Jr.'s layered portrayal of Aaron Burr, Renée Elise Goldsberry's acrobatic take on Angelica Schuyler, Christopher Jackson's powerful George Washington, and many more instant-classic performances. To find out what it's like to be part of a once-in-a-generation hit, Vulture sat down with Odom Jr., Goldsberry, and Jackson, as well as the equally brilliant two-part actors Daveed Diggs (Marquis de Lafayette/Thomas Jefferson) and Jasmine Cephas Jones (Peggy Schuyler/Maria Reynolds), as they ate dinner between shows at the classic Broadway staple Sardi's. »

- Jesse David Fox

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