Moana footage recap

2016’s been pretty rough in a lot of ways, but one good thing about this year is that we’re getting not one, but two Disney animated features. Zootopia, released in March, continued the studio’s reputation for excellence, and next month Moana will try its best to carry on that torch.

You’ve surely seen trailers for Moana already, featuring newcomer Auli’i Cravalho as the Polynesian princess and Dwayne Johnson as Maui, the demigod who accompanies her on her quest to save her people. At the Festival People en Español this past weekend in New York, Disney showcased a whole lot more, sharing five gorgeously animated clips to give attendees a better sense of the excitement in store.  Read More »

Lin-Manual Miranda Saturday Night Live Monologue

Over the weekend we already took a closer look at all the best and worst sketches from the episode of Saturday Night Live hosted by Hamilton star and creator Lin-Manuel Miranda. We already highlighted the obvious but hilarious parody of Stranger Things, but we figured that starting off Monday morning by calling your attention to Miranda’s incredible Hamilton inspired opening monologue rap.

Lin-Manuel Miranda took the signature track “My Shot” from Hamilton and adapted it so that it was all about making a childhood dream of his come true by hosting Saturday Night Live. It’s fast-paced, well-written and just plain awesome. Read More »

Lin-Manuel Miranda Saturday Night Live

Last night brought another first-time Saturday Night Live host to Studio 8H with Hamilton co-creator and star Lin-Manuel Miranda taking the stage. As expected, there were plenty of musical jokes to be made (including an incredible opening monologue rap from our host), but the episode turned out to be rather average, despite the presence of some fantastic sketches throughout the night. There were even two surprise special guests at the Weekend Update desk.

Get our full recap and review of the Lin-Manuel Miranda Saturday Night Live episode after the jump.

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Mary Poppins Returns details

When it was announced that Chicago director Rob Marshall would be helming a reboot of Mary Poppins, I wasn’t interested. Don’t get me wrong; I like the original Walt Disney adaptation quite a bit, but for me what makes the film is the music by the Sherman Brothers. And I was very skeptical that they would be able to recapture that magic, even with the pitch perfect casting of Emily Blunt as the titular hero.

But when it was revealed that Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda would be co-starring in a role similar to the one Dick Van Dyke played in the original, I finally got invested. If Lin-Manuel Miranda would be providing his songwriting skills for this Mary Poppins sequel, it could end up being something special.

And now Miranda is finally talking about the upcoming Mary Poppins sequel Mary Poppins Returns, giving us a little tease as to what we might expect. Hit the just to learn some new Mary Poppins Returns details.

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The Little Mermaid - Ariel and Sebastian

Now that he’s no longer starring in Broadway’s Hamilton several days a week, Lin-Manuel Miranda is free to do whatever he wants… and what he wants to do, apparently, is become BFFs with Disney. Not only did he help compose music for last winter’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens and this fall’s Moana, he’s set to co-star in the studio’s upcoming Mary Poppins Returns. And now he’s set to reunite with the Mouse House yet again for The Little Mermaid, a live-action remake of the 1989 animated classic.  Read More »


Two of the most beloved men in showbiz, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Hamilton‘s Lin-Manuel Miranda, are teaming up this fall for what will hopefully be Disney Animation’s next smash hit. But before we get to Moana, the pair took a moment to pay homage to an old Disney animated classic. In an incredibly charming video below, you can see the pair doing a duet of “Gaston,” from 1991’s Beauty and the Beast. You can probably guess which one played Gaston.

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Lin-Manuel Miranda on Drunk History

Hamilton has been all the rage from the Broadway stages of New York City. The historical musical from Lin-Manuel Miranda is the hottest ticket in town, and even people who haven’t had a chance to see the show are in love with its unique soundtrack. Now the man who created the musical will retell the story of Alexander Hamilton again, but this time, he’s going to get hammered.

Drunk History has recruited Lin-Manuel Miranda as one of the guests for the fourth season of the show that features comedians telling the stories of certain events in history, but after they’ve had too many alcoholic beverages. As you’ve probably surmised, Miranda will be telling the story of the rivalry between Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr. But he’s not the only awesome guest star that Drunk History season four will have for inebriated entertainment. Hit the jump for more. Read More »

Hamilton filming

Hamilton is the rare cultural phenomenon that’s largely enjoyed by people who haven’t actually seen it. Not for lack of interest, mind you, but because Hamilton tickets are basically impossible to get at this point. And creator and star Lin-Manuel Miranda broke a lot of hearts last month when he set a July exit date and predicted a Hamilton movie wouldn’t happen “for, like, 20 years.” But finally, we’ve got a tiny bit of good news for those who won’t get to the Richard Rodgers Theatre in time.

Miranda has confirmed that the Hamilton Broadway show will be filmed with the entire original cast before Miranda’s exit. And though Miranda’s understudy Javier Muñoz will step into the role starting next month, Miranda says he could still come back eventually.  Read More »

In the Heights director

Lin-Manuel Miranda recently predicted wouldn’t get a Hamilton movie “for, like, 20 years,” but his other signature work is coming to screens a lot sooner. Earlier this month we heard The Weinstein Co. had scooped up the movie rights to In the Heights, Miranda’s Tony-winning musical. Now they may have found a director in Jon M. Chu, fresh off of Now You See Me 2Read More »

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Lin-Manuel Miranda is a genius and this is a case where that word deserves to be taken very literally. In fact, the writer and star of Broadway’s Hamilton may very well be the entertainer of 2016. If you look beyond his brilliant hip-hop musical about the life of Alexander Hamilton that has been nominated for 16 Tony Awards and has already won a Grammy and the Pulitzer Prize, you’ll note that he also contributed songs and music to Disney’s upcoming animated film Moana and was recently cast as the male lead alongside Emily Blunt in the upcoming Mary Poppins Returns. Yeah, he’s having a good year.

And that year is already getting busier. Miranda’s first Broadway musical, In the Heights, is finally getting ready to go before cameras. But don’t get you hopes up for a Hamilton movie anytime soon.

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