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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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Photos: Stills and Screen Captures of His Dark Materials Season 2

[ Written on December 30 2020 by Francesca ]

Good news for us: BBC One and HBO have renewed His Dark Materials for the third and last season!

DEADLINE: His Dark Materials is officially coming back for a third and final season.

HBO and BBC One have renewed the drama for a third run with the eight-episode season set to close the story. The latest season, which is based on Philip Pullman’s novels, begins production in Cardiff, Wales in 2021. […]

As season 2 of the show is officially over on both BBC One and HBO, we can take a look back at every episode Lin-Manuel Miranda was in, as Lee Scoresby, with the stills and the screen captures collected in our Gallery.

 

Television ProjectsHis Dark Materials (2019) > Season 22.01 – “The City of Magpies” Still
Television ProjectsHis Dark Materials (2019) > Season 22.01 – “The City of Magpies” Screen Captures
Television ProjectsHis Dark Materials (2019) > Season 22.03 – “Theft” Still
Television ProjectsHis Dark Materials (2019) > Season 22.03 – “Theft” Screen Captures
Television ProjectsHis Dark Materials (2019) > Season 22.04 – “The Tower of the Angeles” Still
Television ProjectsHis Dark Materials (2019) > Season 22.04 – “The Tower of the Angeles” Screen Captures
Television ProjectsHis Dark Materials (2019) > Season 22.06 – “Malice” Still
Television ProjectsHis Dark Materials (2019) > Season 22.06 – “Malice” Screen Captures
Television ProjectsHis Dark Materials (2019) > Season 22.07 – “Æsahættr” Stills
Television ProjectsHis Dark Materials (2019) > Season 22.07 – “Æsahættr” Screen Captures
Television Projects > His Dark Materials (2019)Promo
Television Projects > His Dark Materials (2019)Behind the scenes
Television Projects > His Dark Materials (2019)Poster

Photos: A West Wing Special to Benefit When We All Vote Screencaptures

[ Written on October 19 2020 by Francesca ]

On October 15, A West Wing Special to Benefit When We All Vote debuted on HBO Max. The cast of the beloved TV series got together for a stage reading of the show episode “Hartsfield’s Landing,” to benefit the non-profit, nonpartisan organization founded by Michelle Obama and co-chaired Lin-Manuel Miranda, among others. During one of the act breaks, Miranda appeared to share a message about voting.

We added in our Gallery all the screencaptures from his bit.

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Photos: Siempre, Luis Promo and Screencaptures

[ Written on October 15 2020 by Francesca ]

We added in our Gallery all the beautiful promotional stills of the documentary Siempre, Luis with Lin-Manuel Miranda and tons of screencaptures.

Enjoy!

Movie Projects > 2020 – Siempre, LuisPromo
Movie Projects > 2020 – Siempre, LuisPoster
Movie Projects > 2020 – Siempre, LuisScreencaptures

Photos: Song Exploder Promo and Screencaptures

[ Written on October 08 2020 by Francesca ]

We added in our Gallery all the beautiful promotional stills of the Netflix series Song Exploder episode with Lin-Manuel Miranda and tons of screencaptures.

Enjoy!

Television Projects > Song Exploder (2020)Poster
Television Projects > Song Exploder (2020)1.02 “Lin-Manuel Miranda – Wait for it” Promo
Television Projects > Song Exploder (2020)1.02 “Lin-Manuel Miranda – Wait For It” Screencaptures

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