Hamilton’s Lin-Manuel Miranda and Hispanic federation pledge $1 Million to LGBTQ+ Initiative — KnightNews.com
Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda joined the Hispanic Federation on Tuesday in Orlando to launch a initiative to serve local Latinx LGBTQ+ communities in Orlando. AdvertisementThe initiative will provide 20 different Latinx nonprofits with grants ranging from $25,000 to $50,000 to improve infrastructure efforts in those communities. Hispanic Federation, a national nonprofit dedicated to helping Latin communities, said they will fund the initiative with a $1 million grant for it’s first two years. Frankie Miranda, the president and CEO of the Hispanic Federation said the initiative is going to prove necessary to the LGBTQ+ Community due to the policy issues being raised in the country. “We have been identifying all this anti-LGBTQ legislation popping up around the country,” Miranda said.knightnews.com
Lin-Manuel Miranda helps launch Latinx LGBTQ support program
Philanthropy-Latinx-LGBTQ Lin-Manuel Miranda attends Clive Davis' 90th birthday celebration at Casa Cipriani on Wednesday, April 6, 2022, in New York. Miranda, pop star Ricky Martin and award-winning actress/singer Michaela Jae Rodriguez will join the Hispanic Federation Tuesday, June 14, 2022 to launch a new advocacy initiative serving Latinx LGBTQ+ communities. The Advance Change Together initiative will provide 20 Latinx nonprofits grants of $25,000 to $50,000 to support their efforts and infrastructure in those communities. But it hopes to encourage other donors to support and expand the program, which will also convene a summit to set a national agenda for LGBTQ+ groups. “It is estimated that less than 1% of foundation funds go to Latinx organizations,” Miranda said.wftv.com
Lin-Manuel Miranda to skip Oscars after wife tests positive for COVID-19
33rd Annual Producers Guild Awards - Arrivals Lin-Manuel Miranda arrives at the 33rd annual Producers Guild Awards on Saturday, March 19, 2022, at the Fairmont Century Plaza Hotel in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello) (Chris Pizzello)LOS ANGELES — Director, composer and actor Lin-Manuel Miranda will no longer attend the 94th Academy Awards in person on Sunday night at the Los Angeles Dolby Theatre after his wife tested positive for COVID-19. This weekend, my wife tested ➕ for COVID. -LMM — Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) March 26, 2022“Made it to Hollywood… This weekend, my wife tested ➕ for COVID. The guidance reads, in part, “those who tested positive for COVID-19 and are within a zero to five-day window from the date of their first positive test are not permitted to attend under any circumstances,” THR reported.wftv.com
Miranda to miss Oscars after wife tests positive for COVID
(AP Photo/Chris Pizzello) (Chris Pizzello)LOS ANGELES — (AP) — Lin-Manuel Miranda, one of this year's most prominent Oscar nominees, will sit out the ceremony after his wife tested positive for COVID-19. He said that even though he has tested negative himself, he will stay away from Sunday's ceremony out of caution. “This weekend, my wife tested + (positive) for COVID. The addictive tune became the highest-charting song from a Disney animated film in more than 26 years. The multi-talented Miranda also directed “tick, tick ...wftv.com
Regina King, Ryan Reynolds among co-hosts of Met Gala in May
Met Gala-Co-Hosts This combination of photos shows Regina King, Blake Lively, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Ryan Reynolds who will serve as co-chairs of the Met Gala, returning to its traditional berth on the first Monday in May. (AP Photo) (Uncredited)NEW YORK — (AP) — Regina King, Blake Lively, Ryan Reynolds and Lin-Manuel Miranda will serve as co-chairs of the Met Gala, returning to its traditional berth on the first Monday in May. The May 2 evening is actually the second star-studded gala after the annual fundraiser for the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute was split during the pandemic. The first part opened in September along with the first pared-down "mini-gala" as the Costume Institute struggled with pandemic restrictions, like every other arts institution. The Met Gala is a huge money-maker for the museum, and provides the Costume Institute with its main source of funding.wftv.com
Glitz returns on Screen Actors Guild Awards red carpet
28th Annual SAG Awards - Arrivals Will Smith, left, and Jada Pinkett Smith arrive at the 28th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at the Barker Hangar on Sunday, Feb. 27, 2022, in Santa Monica, Calif. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP) (Jordan Strauss)The 28th Screen Actors Guild Awards will kick off with a "Hamilton" reunion, feature a lifetime achievement award for Helen Mirren and, maybe, supply a preview of the upcoming Academy Awards. The SAG Awards, taking place at Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California, begin at 8 p.m. EST Sunday and air on both TNT and TBS. After the January Golden Globes were a non-event, the Screen Actors Guild Awards are Hollywood's first major, televised, in-person award show — complete with a red carpet and teary-eyed speeches — this year. While the Academy Awards aren't mandating vaccination for presenters (just attendees), it's required for the SAG Awards, which are voted on by the Hollywood actors’ guild SAG-AFTRA. Kate Winslet is presenting the actors' lifetime achievement award to Mirren, a five-time SAG Award winner.wftv.com
Screen Actors Guild Awards to offer Oscars preview
Film-SAG Awards FILE - This Jan. 27, 2019 file photo shows a replica of The Actor statue on the red carpet at the 25th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles. The 28th Screen Actors Guild Awards will air on both TNT and TBS on Sunday. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File) (Jordan Strauss)The 28th Screen Actors Guild Awards will kick off with a "Hamilton" reunion, feature a lifetime achievement award for Helen Mirren and, maybe, supply a preview of the upcoming Academy Awards. After the January Golden Globes were a non-event, the Screen Actors Guild Awards will be Hollywood's first major, televised, in-person award show — complete with a red carpet and teary-eyed speeches — this year. While the Academy Awards aren't mandating vaccination for presenters (just attendees), it's required for the SAG Awards, which are voted on by the Hollywood actors’ guild SAG-AFTRA.wftv.com
Oscars 2022: Sebastián Yatra calls 'Encanto' a gift from God
Oscar Nominations-Sebastian Yatra FILE - Sebastian Yatra appears at the 62nd annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles on Jan. 26, 2020. Yatra performs the Oscar nominated song "Dos Oruguitas," in Spanish from "Encanto," written by Lin-Manuel Miranda. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File) (Jordan Strauss)NEW YORK — (AP) — Sebastián Yatra calls his experience with Disney's “Encanto” a "gift from God.”The Colombian singer-songwriter performs “Dos Oruguitas,” written by Lin-Manuel Miranda and nominated to the Oscars for best original song. “Being present this way at the Oscars, not only with this song but with the movie ‘Encanto’ which is inspired by my country, is a gift from God, a gift from life," Yatra said. “My manager Paula (Kaminsky) called me and told me, ‘Sebas, they are calling me from the Lin-Manuel and the Disney team for the movie ‘Encanto.’ I didn’t even finish listening.wftv.com
Lin-Manuel Miranda breaks down the songs of 'Encanto'
NEW YORK — (AP) — Lin-Manuel Miranda went song by song through some of the hits of "Encanto" in a recent interview, from the breakout smash "We Don't Talk About Bruno" to his self-described "'90s Rock en Español throwback" "What Else Can I Do?" [ “Surface Pressure” ]I took my sister (who inspired the song) and her kids, my nephews, to the New York premiere. It’s been exciting to see that ‘Surface Pressure’ has allowed people to really talk about sibling burdens. A lot of my favorite rock songs in the ’90s were Spanish rock songs. That was my ’90s Rock en Español throwback, it just happens to be in English."wftv.com
Miranda talks about Bruno, and the 'Encanto' phenomenon
Film - Encanto Soundtrack - Miranda FILE - Lin-Manuel Miranda arrives at the premiere of "Encanto" on Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2021, at the El Capitan Theatre in Los Angeles. “By the time I got back, ‘We Don’t Talk About Bruno' had kind of taken over the world along with the rest of the ‘Encanto’ soundtrack,'” Miranda says, laughing. There, "We Don't Talk About Bruno" has been streamed more than 100 million times. Miranda took in the phenomenon of the "Encanto" soundtrack for the first time in an interview, speaking by phone on his way to a night of theater. If you’re not bopping to this melody, another melody is coming along in two seconds because almost every character gets a little feature in it.”"We Don't Talk About Bruno" came to Miranda quickly.wftv.com
tick, tick… BOOM! | Lin-Manuel Miranda Takes the Reins on a Love Letter to Artists | Netflix
Oscar®-nominated tick, tick… BOOM! actor Andrew Garfield, co-star Vanessa Hudgens, screenwriter Steven Levenson and producers Julie Oh and Julie Larson speak to first-time filmmaker Lin-Manuel Miranda's helming late theater legend Jonathan Larson's love letter to artists everywhere. Subscribe: https://bit.ly/36dnr0k Find Netflix Film Club on: ➡️INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/netflixfilm ➡️TWITTER: https://twitter.com/NetflixFilm About Netflix: Netflix is the world's leading streaming entertainment service with 214 million paid memberships in over 190 countries enjoying TV series, documentaries, feature films and mobile games across a wide variety of genres and languages. Members can watch as much as they want, anytime, anywhere, on any Internet-connected screen. Members can play, pause and resume watching, all without commercials or commitments. tick, tick… BOOM! | Lin-Manuel Miranda Takes the Reins on a Love Letter to Artists | Netflix https://www.youtube.com/netflixfilmclub On the brink of turning 30, a promising theater composer navigates love, friendship and the pressure to create something great before time runs out.news.yahoo.com
'Encanto,' 'House of Gucci' fuel Thanksgiving box office
Thanksgiving weekend moviegoing was still far from the feast it normally is, but Disney’s “Encanto” and the Lady Gaga-led “House of Gucci” both gave a lift to two genres that have been particularly battered by the pandemic: family movies and adult dramas.
New this week: Will Smith, 'Tick, Tick... Boom!' and Adele
This week’s new entertainment releases include a much-anticipated album from Adele, a documentary about Janet Jackson's wardrobe malfunction during the 2004 Super Bowl half-time show and Will Smith playing father and tennis guru to Venus and Serena Williams.
Cheers greet the reopening of three mega-hit Broadway shows
APTOPIX Theater Broadway Returns Actress Kristin Chenoweth gives the curtain speech on the stage of "Wicked" at the Gershwin Theatre Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021, in New York. Taymor, the director and costume-designer of “The Lion King,” congratulated her audience for the courage and enthusiasm to lead the way. Andrew Cuomo picked Sept. 14 for when Broadway could begin welcoming back audiences at full capacity. You get to wear masks tonight.”Before the shows, Miranda, Taymor and "Wicked” composer Stephen Schwartz stressed that Broadway has implemented safety protocols that make cramming strangers into theaters as safe as it can be. And I’m thrilled ‘Hamilton’ was was available on a screen in a time when we couldn’t go to a theater.wftv.com
New this week: 'The Suicide Squad,' 'Vivo' and Streisand
The Stream This combination photo shows promotional art for the Netflix series "Hit & Run," the documentary film "Val" and the film "The Suicide Squad," premiering on Friday Aug. 6. MOVIES— The 2016 David Ayer-directed "Suicide Squad" may have been rock bottom for Warner Bros.'s DC Comics universe, but the follow-up/rebuild by James Gunn might be a high point. In "The Suicide Squad," Idris Elba leads a heartfelt if extreme gallery of damaged souls on a dangerous mission. — AP Film Writer Jake CoyleMUSIC— Barbra Streisand is opening her music vault again with a collection of 10 previously unreleased tracks coming out Friday. Ben Miller, who's the unlucky Lord Featherington on "Bridgerton," stars in the six-episode series streaming now on the PBS Masterpiece subscription channel on Amazon.wftv.com
Jackson of 'Hamilton' to sing national anthem at All-Stars
DENVER — (AP) — Christopher Jackson, who played George Washington in Lin-Manuel Miranda's “Hamilton" on Broadway, will sing “The Star-Spangled Banner” before Tuesday night's All-Star Game at Coors Field. Jackson was nominated for a 2016 Tony Award for Best Performance by a Featured Actor in a Musical, an award won by fellow “Hamilton” cast member Daveed Diggs, who played the Marquis de Lafayette and Thomas Jefferson. Canadian country artist Jess Moskaluke will sing “O Canada." The Avett Brothers, a three-time Grammy Award nominee, will perform the U.S. national anthem before Monday night's Home Run Derby. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed without permission.wftv.com
Lin-Manuel Miranda sees art and philanthropy with same lens
Philanthropy LinManuel Miranda In this undated photo provided by Monica Simoes, Lin-Manuel Miranda, left, laughs with his father Luis Miranda Jr. The award-winning “Hamilton” creator says the inspirations for his art and philanthropy are linked. “In the Heights," he noted, centers on immigrants from the Caribbean and Latin America living in New York City. Luis Miranda Jr., Lin-Manuel’s father and co-founder of the MirRam Group, a political consulting firm that has worked on campaigns for Democratic Sens. “Immigration was on the front page in a totally different way in the past few years,” Lin-Manuel said.wftv.com
Beyond "In the Heights," colorism persists, rarely addressed
Film In the Heights This image released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows a scene from "In the Heights." But it doesn't get talked about, and that could be a setback for the racial justice efforts that intensified after the police killing of George Floyd last year. “In a way, colorism and skin stone stratification is an even more difficult problem to fix because you could make the argument that everyone is involved in the system of colorism,” Monk said. “Racial justice begins with our own community. Someone who saw him in the street would likely see him as Black — his street race.wftv.com
'In the Heights' makes muted debut, edged by 'A Quiet Place'
Film-In the Heights This image released by Warner Bros. Picures shows Anthony Ramos, foreground left, and Melissa Barrera in a scene from "In the Heights." Instead, “A Quiet Place Part II” edged it with $11.7 million in its third weekend of release. Ahead of release, Warner put its marketing weight behind the film. On Wednesday, the film opened the Tribeca Festival with a yellow carpet premiere and screenings scattered throughout New York. Regardless of box office, “In the Heights" is the rare bigger-budget spectacle film to feature a predominantly Latino cast.wftv.com
'For the culture': The moment arrives for 'In the Heights'
Film Review - In the Heights This image released by Warner Bros. Pictures shows Anthony Ramos in a scene from "In the Heights." Playing the role originated by Miranda, Anthony Ramos stars as Usnavi, a Dominican-American bodega owner with dreams of returning to the Caribbean. But Miranda believed strongly that “In the Heights” should help grow the Latino stars the industry has been lacking. “In a lot of ways, time has caught up to ‘In the Heights,’” says Miranda. “'In the Heights' was kind of this unicorn when it came out in 2008, especially when it came to Latino representation in commercial theater.wftv.com
New fellowship gives $25,000 grants to Puerto Rican writers
Fellowship-Puerto Rican Writers FILE - Lin-Manuel Miranda arrives at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party in Beverly Hills, Calif. on Feb. 9, 2020. A new fellowship co-sponsored by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation will provide $25,000 for emerging and established Puerto Rican writers. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File) (Evan Agostini)NEW YORK — (AP) — A new fellowship co-sponsored by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation will provide $25,000 for emerging and established Puerto Rican writers. Among those welcoming the news: “Hamilton” playwright and son of Puerto Ricans, Lin-Manuel Miranda. In a statement, he called the fellowship "an important means of supporting Puerto Rican artists in their journey to tell more stories.wftv.com
"Rent" stars Idina Menzel and Anthony Rapp reflect on the groundbreaking musical's 25th anniversary – and how it set the stage for "Hamilton"
The credit goes to director Michael Greif and Jonathan Larson, who wrote the book, music and lyrics for the musical. "He was convinced he had the chance to change the face of musical theater," Rapp, who played the struggling filmmaker Mark, said of Larson's legacy. Millions of people around the world have fallen in love with the words and music that Jonathan Larson created. "Jonathan Larson changed my life by believing in me and seeing the talents in me," Menzel told CBS News. Later this year, the world will hear more about Jonathan Larson when "Tick, Tick...Boom!cbsnews.com
Inaugural poet Amanda Gorman used writing to overcome a speech impediment she had as recently as college
To many, Amanda Gorman's delivery of the her inaugural poem "The Hill We Climb" was one of the highlights of Inauguration Day on Wednesday. But what makes Gorman's delivery all the more remarkable is that as recently as college, Gorman struggled with a speech impediment. "I am proud to be in the speech difficulty club with you and President Biden and also Maya Angelou," Gorman told CNN's Anderson Cooper on Wednesday. (Cooper told Gorman he had a slight stutter as a child. See also:Meet 22-year-old Amanda Gorman, the youngest inaugural poet in U.S. historyRead the full text of Amanda Gorman's inaugural poem 'The Hill We Climb'What George Takei learned about resilience from his dad making art in Japanese internment campcnbc.com
Netflix is releasing a new movie every single week of 2021
Neflix says it's "kicking 2021 off with a bang" — and it appears that momentum will last all year. The streaming service is set to release a new movie every single week of 2021, the company announced on Tuesday. Not only is the 2021 movie slate star-studded, but many of the films are created by award-winning filmmakers, including Adam McKay, who is behind movies like "Vice" and "The Big Short." Plus, popular Netflix films like "To All the Boys" and "The Kissing Booth" will get the final installments in their trilogies. With some movie theaters starting to fail — even before the pandemic hit — and many people staying at home, streaming services like Netflix are receiving more and more content.cbsnews.com
Reaction to the death of AIDS activist, writer Larry Kramer
(AP Photo/Jeff Christensen, File)NEW YORK Reaction to the death of Larry Kramer, the AIDS activist and playwright who turned his fury into mass protests and helped raise the profile of the disease:"If you remember the early days of the AIDS crisis then you remember Larry Kramer. Author and fellow founder of the Gay Men's Health Crisis Edmund White, in a statement. His anger was needed at a time when gay mens deaths to AIDS were being ignored by the American government. Elton John, in a statement. Thank you, Larry Kramer. Lin-Manuel Miranda, via Twitter. ___Rest in power to our fighter Larry Kramer.
Lin-Manuel Miranda's 'Hamilton' is skipping theaters, coming to Disney+ on July 3
(L-R) Phillipa Soo, Christopher Jackson, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Anthony Ramos attend Lin-Manuel Miranda's final performance of "Hamilton" on Broadway at Richard Rodgers Theatre on July 9, 2016 in New York City. The filmed version of the Tony Award-winning musical "Hamilton" will arrive on Disney's streaming platform on July 3, the company and creator Lin-Manuel Miranda revealed Tuesday. The addition of "Hamilton" to Disney's streaming service could lead to a spike in subscribers. As of May 4, Disney+ had 54.5 million subscribers. Disney has said that it expected Disney+ to gain between 60 million and 90 million subscribers worldwide by 2024.cnbc.com
Need good news? Watch 'Hamilton' cast surprise Florida girl with reunion on John Krasinski show
The original 'Hamilton' cast performed for a 9-year-old girl who missed seeing the play after it was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. A Florida girl got the surprise of a lifetime for her 9th birthday, thanks to John Krasinski, Lin-Manuel Miranda and the cast of "Hamilton." Krasinski invited Aubrey onto the second episode of "Some Good News," his new online show aimed at highlighting uplifting stories during these tough times. "Very sadly there was one little girl whose dream could not come true because her long-awaited 'Hamilton' experience was canceled," Krasinski said. This story originally published to usatoday.com, and was shared to other Florida newspapers in the USA TODAY Network - Florida.dailycommercial.com