The Sundance Film Festival kicks off its 40th edition when crowds gather at Park City and Salt Lake City theaters on Thursday. I started going to Sundance back in 2018. I’ve since attended in person again in 2019, 2020, and 2023. Because of Covid, I attended virtually in both 2021 and 2022. This year will be different with once again attending virtually from the Windy City. The thing about going in person is not only…"Sundance Film Festival Kicks Off 40th Edition This Week"
Disney 100: A Century of Dreams – A Special Edition of 20/20 is the latest special to celebrate 100 years of The Walt Disney Company. It was only a matter of time before this special aired on one of the Disney-owned networks. What surprises me is that it’s airing in December rather than on the 100th anniversary this past October. Better late than never, I suppose? Some of the previous Disney film stars discuss the…"Disney 100: A Century of Dreams – A Special Edition of 20/20"
Lin-Manuel Miranda’s feature directorial debut, tick, tick…BOOM!, honors the work of the late Rent creator and composer Jonathan Larson. I’m going to be completely honest. I went into this film without really being familiar with Jonathan Larson’s (Andrew Garfield) work. Well, aside from the famous song from Rent. However, tick, tick…BOOM! is a project that didn’t know anything about in terms of music or stage play. But anyway, that didn’t stop me from enjoying the…"tick, tick…BOOM! Honors Jonathan Larson"
When Hamilton bypassed theaters and launched on Disney+, there were questions about whether or not it would be eligible for an Oscar. It turned out, however, that Hamilton did not meet the qualifications even with a planned theatrical release. It’s a filmed Broadway musical so it’s not exactly a documentary either. When Disney submitted the film to the Critics Choice Awards, they did so as a TV movie. This answered the immediate question of how…"Hamilton Benefits From Category Fraud At Emmys"
In the Heights, the phenomenal film and Broadway adaptation, soars onto 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray for audiences to take in from home. Neither Jon M. Chu or Lin-Manuel Miranda are strangers to diverse productions. Chu hit it big with Crazy Rich Asians a few years ago. Miranda, meanwhile, has had no shortage of hits come from his visionary mind. Both In the Heights and Hamilton were hits on the stage. In a perfect world,…"In the Heights Soars Onto 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD"
Lin-Manuel Miranda is having himself a strong year and Vivo is no exception as audiences will have a lot of fun watching this one. Vivo (Lin-Manuel Miranda) is a kinkajou or what we otherwise refer to as the rainforest “honey bear.” Not just any regular kinkajou but a one-of-a-kind one. He can dance and sing! He spends his time in the town square with his human, Andrés (Juan de Marcos), where the two of them…"Vivo: Lin-Manuel Miranda Can Do No Wrong"
In the Heights is a phenomenal film and the big screen Broadway adaptation is well on its way to joining the great screen classic musicals. Neither Jon M. Chu or Lin-Manuel Miranda are strangers to diverse productions. Chu hit it big with Crazy Rich Asians a few years ago. Miranda, meanwhile, has had no shortage of hits come from his visionary mind. Both In the Heights and Hamilton were hits on the stage. In a…"In the Heights Is A Phenomenal Musical"
Rita Moreno: Just A Girl Who Decided To Go For It is an eye-opening documentary exploring the life of EGOT winner Rita Moreno. Rita Moreno is among the select few to receive the EGOT. She also is a recipient of a Kennedy Center Honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and many more. The list of honors goes on and on. But awards are not all there is to her story. She persevered in the industry…"Sundance 2021: Rita Moreno"
The award-winning stage musical, Hamilton, about the Founding Father hits Disney+ on Friday just in time for the Independence Day holiday weekend. “I am not throwing away my shot!” “No one else was in the room where it happened.” “Talk less, smile more.” Unless you’ve been living in cave during the past several years, you’re probably familiar with Lin-Manuel Miranda. If In the Heights didn’t make him a household name, Hamilton certainly did. This is…"Hamilton: Award-Winning Musical Hits Disney+"
Siempre, Luis is a documentary that tells the story of Puerto Rican political activist Luis A. Miranda Jr., also known as the father of Lin-Manuel Miranda. It’s unknown yet as to how the film will change when HBO airs it later. At the world premiere screening, there was a scene after the end credits. Will this stay the same for the television premiere or be moved to before the credits? Even if Luis A. Miranda…"Sundance 2020: Siempre, Luis (Always, Luis)"