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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 »

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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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Earlier this year Disney staked out three more release dates for its live-action fairy tale series, and now we know what one of them will be. The studio has announced that Mary Poppins Returns, the sequel to its 1964 classic Mary Poppins, will arrive December 25, 2018. As previously reported, Emily Blunt takes over the role of the practically perfect British nanny, while Hamilton superstar Lin-Manuel Miranda stars as a new character named Jack.

Along with that release date comes many new details about the story, so keep reading for all the latest on Mary Poppins ReturnsRead More »

Jabba Flow

When the Star Wars: The Force Awakens soundtrack was released, many fans were angry that it didn’t include the song from Maz’s castle. The soundtrack only collected John Williams‘ score and not that awesome new cantina song which was created by Hamilton‘s Lin-Manuel Miranda in collaboration with filmmaker JJ Abrams.

And now that its Star Wars Day (May the Fourth Be With You), they have finally decided to release the song, titled “Jabba Flow”, on iTunes. JJ Abrams and Lin-Manuel Miranda made the announcement today, and even performed the single live. Hit the jump to find out how you can download the new single “Jabba Flow,” watch Abrams and Miranda perform the song live and also learn a bit about what the song means.

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star trek hamilton mash-up

I’m the hardest sell in the world when it comes to internet mash-ups of any kind. Just because you can mash something up with another thing doesn’t mean that you should. I’m a firm believer in the “Think Twice Before You Draw The Mad Max: Fury Road Cast Like a Peanuts Characters” school of thought – not every single popular thing needs to be re-imagined as Calvin and Hobbes. No. Stop it. Please.

And yet, I’m kind of bowled over by this new video that mashes up Star Trek with Hamilton, two things that seemingly have no right to go together at all. Maybe it’s because it plays directly to my very specific tastes, or maybe it’s because there’s a certain amount of impressive effort on display, but here’s a goofy combination of two things that earns a thumbs up from yours truly.

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Disney’s Mary Poppins sequel seems like kind of a tough sell. How many people have really been clamoring for a new take on that childhood classic? But its cast, at least, is unimpeachable. Emily Blunt is in the title role, and now Hamilton mastermind Lin-Manuel Miranda is looking to star alongside her as the Bert equivalent.  Read More »

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens is stuffed full of so many easter eggs and hidden in-jokes that you could write an entire article trying to track down as many as humanly possible. And just when you think you’ve got to the bottom of them all – A cameo from Daniel Craig! A Stormtrooper voiced by Kevin Smith – another little piece piece of trivia rears its head. Well, here’s the latest piece of information you can use to inform you friends and frighten strangers at bars: the Force Awakens cantina scene features the vocal stylings of director J.J. Abrams.

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The week has finally come, a new Star Wars film will hit movie theaters in just a few days. The world premiere of Star Wars: The Force Awakens takes place tonight in Hollywood, and the first reactions are probably coming shortly after that. I’m extremely fortunate to be attending the premiere tonight and am so excited. I will give you my reaction afterwards on twitter (non-spoiler of course, followed by more in-depth review on the site later in the week). Okay, lets take a look at the latest Star Wars: The Force Awakens news and tidbits:

  • Steven Spielberg recommended that Disney hire J.J. Abrams for Force Awakens.
  • Adam Driver’s response to the question of if Force Awakens will be better than the prequels.
  • See new behind the scenes photos featuring Daisy Ridley and John Boyega.
  • Find out how Jakku market merchant Bobbajo was created
  • Learn more about Andy Serkis‘ character Supreme Leader Snoke
  • How the Force Awakens world premiere in Hollywood is “bigger than the Oscars”
  • Is Force Awakens about Star Wars fandom and is Kylo Ren just a huge Star Wars geek?
  • J.J. Abrams designed Rey’s outfit so that it would be simple enough that kids could doodle it in class
  • Preview some of the limited edition “Galaxy Premiere” merchandise which will be sold in select theaters
  • John Boyega talks Force Awakens deleted scenes
  • Watch BB-8 explore London.
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All this and more in today’s Force Awakens Bits. Alright Chewie, Punch it! Hit the jump for hyperspace!

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