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Video: Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jon M. Chu videos for In The Heights Variety Cover story

[ Written on April 09 2021 by Francesca ]

VARIETY shared two videos with coverstars Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jon M. Chu, an interview and a behind-the-scenes of the photoshoot.

Check both below.

Feature: ‘In the Heights’ Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jon M. Chu on the Hard Fight to Turn the Groundbreaking Musical Into a Movie

[ Written on April 08 2021 by Francesca ]

Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jon M. Chu are VARIETY coverstars and the long coverstory includes a lot of voices from In The Heights.

When Lin-Manuel Miranda was pitching his musical In the Heights nearly two decades ago, Broadway heavyweights stumbled over what he was selling. They wanted the young female protagonist Nina, who drops out of Stanford, to have a more dramatic reason for leaving school than the pressures of being the first in her family to go to college.

“I would get pitches from producers who only had ‘West Side Story’ in their cultural memory,” Miranda recalls. “Like, ‘Why isn’t she pregnant? Why isn’t she in a gang? Why isn’t she coming out of an abusive relationship at Stanford?’ Those are all actual things I was pitched.” He pauses for a moment, not to entertain those queries but to consider their absurdity. “Because the pressure of leaving your neighborhood to go to school is fucking enough. I promise. And if it’s not dramatic enough, that’s on us to show you the fucking stakes.”

Miranda stood his ground. The show that he wanted to create emerged from his memories of growing up in New York’s Washington Heights neighborhood and from the painful realization that Broadway roles for Latinos were limited. So he used hip-hop and salsa to pay homage to a close-knit community of immigrants and strivers, bodegas and block parties, friends who feel like family and families that deal with the tensions of trying to make it in the greatest city in the world. In the Heights would eventually open on Broadway in 2008, winning four Tonys and launching Miranda’s career.

Now, that musical is becoming a major summer film directed by Jon M. Chu. The Warner Bros. movie is finally coming out, both in theaters and on the streaming service HBO Max, on June 11. Even after a year’s delay due to the pandemic, the timing couldn’t be better.

And that’s not just because Miranda no longer has to fight to reflect the experiences that have since resonated with countless college students who have felt like Nina. “Because of the specificity of that struggle, I can’t tell you how many people have made it their business to tell me how much it means to them,” Miranda says.

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News: Warner Bros’ ‘In The Heights’ Moves Up A Week This Summer

[ Written on March 19 2021 by Francesca ]

The movie In The Heights will not come out in U.S. theaters and on HBO Max on June 18, but on June 11!

DEADLINE: In more goods news for exhibition in the upcoming summer schedule, Warner Bros.’ Jon M. Chu directed feature musical is moving from June 18 to June 11.

In the Heights leaves behind Disney/Pixar’s Luca on June 18 and goes to a weekend where the pic is the only wide release.

The movie, which is feature adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda and Quiara Alegría Hudes’s Tony Award-winning musical, dropped a new trailer last weekend.

In the Heights is set in the titular Latinx community of New York City’s bustling Washington Heights. When the neighborhood’s charismatic local bodega owner, and the pic’s humble narrator, finally decides to fulfill his dream of going to the island his parents called home, his departure will change his beloved block forever.

In the Heights stars Anthony Ramos (A Star is Born, Broadway’s Hamilton), Corey Hawkins (BlacKkKlansman), Leslie Grace, Melissa Barrera (TV’s Vida), Olga Merediz (Broadway’s In the Heights), Daphne Rubin-Vega (Broadway’s Rent), Gregory Diaz IV (Broadway’s Matilda the Musical), Stephanie Beatriz (TV’s Brooklyn Nine-Nine), Dascha Polanco (TV’s Orange is the New Black) and icon Jimmy Smits.

The pic was originally scheduled to be released last summer before Covid pushed it to this year. Remember, all these 2021 Warner Bros theatrical releases are going day and date on HBO Max for the first 31 days. Good news is that they’ve been making some money at the B.O. at a depressed time when roughly 50% of all exhibition is shut down (that number soon going up with LA cinemas ablaze tomorrow).

News: Lin-Manuel Miranda to Chronicle 20 Years of ‘In the Heights’ in New Book

[ Written on March 17 2021 by Francesca ]

Lin-Manuel Miranda announced that he, Quiara Alegría Hudes and Jeremy McCarter co-wrote a new book, In The Heights: Finding Home, which will be published on June, 22 by Penguin Random House in the United States and Headline in the United Kingdom. The tome, in different formats, is available on both sites for pre-order.

The Hollywood Reporter: Readers will have a chance to get a behind-the-scenes look at In the Heights in a new book.

Random House announced Tuesday that it will publish In the Heights: Finding Home, which will give a look at the beginnings of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s 2008 breakout Broadway debut and journey to the soon-t0-be-released film adaptation directed by Jon M. Chu.

After working together on the New York Times best-seller Hamilton: The Revolution, Miranda and co-author Jeremy McCarter reunite here, with Quiara Alegría Hudes, the Pulitzer Prize–winning librettist of the book for the Tony-winning Broadway musical and screenwriter of the motion picture, also an author.

In the upcoming book, the author trio will chronicle the 20 years of In the Heights, from Miranda’s first drawings at the age of 19 to the new movie set to release in theaters and on HBO Max on June 18. The book will also feature lyric annotations by Miranda, essays written by Hudes, and never-before-seen photos from productions and the movie set.

North American publishing rights were acquired by Random House executive editor Ben Greenberg from Eric Simonoff at WME.

In the Heights: Finding Home will be published on June 22, 2021. An audiobook will be simultaneously released by Penguin Random House Audio. The book is available to be preordered now.

Video: In The Heights Movie New Double Trailer

[ Written on March 15 2021 by Francesca ]

During the Grammys 2021, Warner Bros premiered a new trailer of In The Heights titled “Powerful” and online shared that and another one, titled “Washington Hights”!

Check both trailers below and catch the movie in theaters and HBO Max on June 2021.

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