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News: Norman Lear & Lin-Manuel Miranda Partner On Rita Moreno Doc For PBS

[ Written on August 01 2019 by Francesca ]

Lin-Manuel Miranda and Norman Lear will produce a documentary about Rita Moreno, “The Girl Who Decided to Go For It” will air as part of the PBS American Masters series in 2020 with fellow Puerto Rican Mariem Pérez Riera directing.

DEADLINE: Lin-Manuel Miranda have partnered on a new doc exploring the life of West Side Story and One Day At A Time star Rita Moreno.

The pair are working up Rita Moreno: The Girl Who Decided to Go For It (w/t) for PBS and its Thirteen strand. The film, which will premiere in 2020, will explore the Puerto Rican actor’s 70-year career and will feature interviews with Moreno, Lear, Miranda, Gloria and Emilio Estefan, Morgan Freeman, Whoopi Goldberg, Eva Longoria, Justina Machado, Terrence McNally and Chita Rivera.

It is produced by Norman Lear’s Act III Productions in association with Maramara and executive producer Miranda.

It will explore how she went from being born into poverty on a Puerto Rican farm, eventually immigrated to New York City and became the first Latina actress to win an Academy Award for her role as Anita in West Side Story. It will discover how she managed to deal with pernicious Hollywood sexism and sexual abuse, a toxic relationship with Marlon Brando, and an attempted suicide a year before she won her Oscar.

Lear, Miranda and Michael Kantor exec produce with Brent Miller as producer, Mariem Perez as producer and director and Ilia Velez as co-producer.

“How I wish my Puerto Rican mother were alive to see this: her child’s story being celebrated by the likes of American Masters,” said Moreno. “It is not something she or I could ever have imagined. I’m astonished. I’m humbled.”

“When I learned from my producing partner, Brent Miller, that a film had not yet been made on Rita Moreno, I couldn’t believe it and suggested we make it together,” said executive producer Norman Lear. “There’s no woman more deserving of the American Masters stamp. Her talent, her activism, her life – all worthy of an audience. And her story, an inspiration to so many, is one that should live on forever.”

“Rita is La Reina. Punto. Full stop,” said executive producer Lin-Manuel Miranda. “Her life, talent and career is a masterclass in the American dream. It is about time that she takes her rightful place amongst her peers on American Masters.”

“Rita Moreno has won every major award – the Peabody, Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony – for good reason,” said Michael Kantor, American Masters series executive producer. “She is not just an American Master, she is an American treasure.”

“As a filmmaker, woman and Puerto Rican, I am proud to have the opportunity to tell Rita’s story,” added director Mariem Pérez Riera. “Her many victories in the face of prejudice are an inspiration to me. Hopefully, this film will give strength to the women all over the world, who today, face a similar fight towards equality.”

Photos: His Dark Materials Press Conference in Los Angeles

[ Written on August 01 2019 by Francesca ]

We found new pictures of Lin-Manuel taken in Los Angeles on July 24, during the TCA Summer Press Tour, for the promotion of His Dark Materials.

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Public Appearances > 201924 July – ‘His Dark Materials’ Press Conference, Los Angeles
Photo Sessions > 2019Session 011

Coverage: Lin-Manuel Miranda at “Moulin Rouge! The Musical” Opening Night

[ Written on July 27 2019 by Francesca ]

On July 25, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Vanessa Nadal attended the “Moulin Rouge! The Musical” Opening Night.

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Coverage: His Dark Materials TCA Summer Press Tour

[ Written on July 26 2019 by Francesca ]

On July, 24 Lin-Manuel Miranda, Dafne Keen, Ruth Wilson, Jane Tranter and Jack Thorne attend the HBO Summer TCA Panels to promote His Dark Materials.

Check all the photos in HQ in our Gallery.

Public Appearances > 201924 July – HBO Summer TCA Panels 2019 Public Appearances > 2019 24 July – Warner Media Entertainment TCA Party Photo Sessions > 2019Session 010 Photo Sessions > 2019Session 011 Photo Sessions > 2019Session 012 Photo Sessions > 2019Session 013

Under the cut you can read a report of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s part during the panel, thanks to CheatSheet.

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Photos: San Diego Comic Con Entertainment Weekly Party

[ Written on July 21 2019 by Francesca ]

At the San Diego Comic Con, Lin-Manuel Miranda wrapped the three days long promotion of his projects at the Entertainment Weekly Party on July, 20.

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