simon and garfunkel universe

With the uncanny coincidence of two Simon and Garfunkel-inspired movie titles, Marc Webb‘s The Only Boy Living in New York and Edgar Wright‘s Baby Driver, coming out this summer, Wright made a tweet for the asking of others to join this accidental Simon and Garfunkel Song Title Cinematic Universe.

Amazingly, Wright managed to recruit Rian Johnson, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and Dwayne Johnson, in what possibly might be the best imagined cinematic universe ever. Though who knows, with projects started on Twitter now becoming a thing, the Simon and Garfunkel movie universe may not be a fake premise for long.

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moana cut song

The best thing about Disney’s Moana is that it is unabashedly an old-school musical, with its unique setting and fantastical story adding a fresh flavor to an experience that is defined by incredible showstoppers. And like every musical ever conceived since the dawn of the form, not every track written for the film made it into the final cut. Thankfully, we live in an age of home video special features and even more thankfully, we live in an age where those special features arrive online in advance of the actual Blu-ray and DVD release, allowing us to hear a sample from one of those songs that didn’t make the final cut.

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hamilton movie

Broadway’s Hamilton has been nothing short of a sensation and getting your hands on tickets involves perfect timing, a lot of luck, a check with too many numbers, or sacrificing your firstborn child. And for good reason! Surely you’ve listened to this slice of musical magic?? I have. Too many times. Maybe a hundred times. It’s the only hip-hop musical about the life of the United States of America’s first treasury secretary you will ever need!

Now, playwright/star Lin-Manuel Miranda is saying that a movie version will happen. Eventually. At some point. But just you wait, just you wait…

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Mary Poppins Returns Synopsis

Disney is continuing to dig around in their vault for new movies inspired by their old movies with Mary Poppins Returns, a sequel to the 1964 live-action musical classic Mary Poppins that will have Emily Blunt stepping up to play the titular nanny instead of Julie Andrews. The film won’t arrive until Christmas Day in 2018, but production has already begun at Shepperton Studios in Shepperton, Surrey, England.

Along with Disney’s announcement of the commencement of production, the full cast has been confirmed (most of which we already knew about), and the official synopsis has been revealed as well. Check out the Mary Poppins Returns synopsis and more details after the jump. Read More »

Lin-Manuel Miranda Vivo

It’s becoming increasingly apparent that Lin-Manuel Miranda doesn’t just write like he’s running out of time — he works at a pace that’d make Alexander Hamilton himself implore Miranda to take a break. With Disney’s Moana still in theaters, Sony has set a date for Vivo, its own animated film featuring songs by Miranda. Kirk DeMicco (The Croods) is directing, and Miranda’s In the Heights collaborator Quiara Alegría Hudes will write the script.  Read More »

Moana We Know the Way Clip

Chances are you’ve already seen Moana, and if you’ve already seen Moana, chances are you’ve got the songs stuck in your head. Maybe you’ve tried to get your fix by streaming the soundtrack on Spotify or downloading it on iTunes. But it’s just not the same without the bright, expressive visuals by Disney Animation, is it?

Happily, the Mouse House is sympathetic to our plight. The studio previously shared a clip showcasing Dwayne Johnson‘s big musical number “You’re Welcome,” and today they’ve unveiled another clip featuring “We Know the Way.” (Yes, Hamilton fans, that’s the one where you can hear Lin-Manuel Miranda‘s vocals.) Watch the Moana “We Know the Way” clip below. Read More »

Lin-Manuel Miranda Kingkiller Chronicle

Lin-Manuel Miranda sure does write like he’s running out of time. The Hamilton superstar has added yet another project to his to-do list, and in a break with his recent streak, it’s got nothing to do with Disney. Miranda will produce and write music for The Kingkiller Chronicle, Lionsgate’s adaptation of Patrick Rothfuss‘ fantasy trilogy. In addition, he could be involved in a stage adaptation somewhere down the line.  Read More »

Moana Clip - You're Welcome

If you didn’t catch Moana over the holiday weekend, you’re missing out on one of the best movies Walt Disney Animation has ever made. It’s an outstanding adventure full of gorgeous animation, a powerful story about identity with a strong female character at its center who doesn’t need romance to have a complete story.

But one of the best elements of Moana is the soundtrack of original songs crafted by Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, composer Mark Mancina and South Pacific fusion musician Opetaia Foa’i. And if you need any more convincing to see Moana, or you just want to watch one of the most fun musical numbers from the movie again and again, we have good news. The entire musical sequence where Dwayne Johnson‘s demigod character Maui sings the song “You’re Welcome,” has been made available to watch online.

Watch the Moana clip after the jump. Read More »

Lin-Manuel Miranda Drunk History

You might remember that over the summer Comedy Central announced that Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda had been recruited for the fourth season of their Emmy-winning series Drunk History. Just as everyone assumed or hoped, Miranda is telling the story of Alexander Hamilton and his rivalry with Aaron Burr. But this time, they’re being played by Parks and Recreation star Aubrey Plaza and Arrested Development actress Alia Shawkat.

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john-musker and ron clements interview

Directors John Musker and Ron Clements are the directors behind Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Hercules, The Great Mouse Detective, Treasure Planet, and Disney’s last hand-drawn animated feature film, The Princess and the Frog. Over the past 20 years or so they’ve helped create some of the studio’s most iconic scenes.

Their latest is Moana, a large-scale musical they first started thinking about five years ago. Set on an island in Polynesia, the story follows Moana (Auli’i Cravalho) as she leaves her island, travels the Pacific Ocean, and goes on a spiritual journey with the demigod Maui (Dwayne Johnson). They encounter all kinds of monsters, danger, and beauty on their adventure.

We recently discussed Moana‘s scope, the realm of monsters, how the story changed, Jemaine Clement, and more with the directors behind Disney’s latest animated picture, which features original tunes from Lin-Manuel Miranda, Opetaia Foa’i, and Mark Mancina.

Below, read our John Musker and Ron Clements interview.

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