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Every Vote Counts Election 2020 Special - Celebrity Lineup Revealed!

Global Citizen‘s Every Vote Counts: A Celebration of Democracy special is airing tonight (October 29) – and it’s a star-studded affair!

The event promises to honor and celebrate the power of voting through music, dance, art and dialogue. Artists, musicians, performers, and community leaders will come together for a bipartisan celebration of American democracy, with the goal to uplift the power of civic action and celebrate the precious value of every single citizen’s right to vote.

The show will be hosted by Alicia Keys, America Ferrera and Kerry Washington, with appearances from Amy Schumer, Chris Rock, Cobie Smulders, Coldplay, Condoleezza Rice, Eva Longoria, Jennifer Lopez, Kelly Clarkson, Leonardo DiCaprio, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Natalie Portman, Shaquille O’Neal, Tan France, Wilmer Valderrama and more with performances by Alicia Keys, Dan + Shay, Offset and Shawn Mendes.

The show will air on CBS and will be streamed via CBS All Access on Thursday (October 29) at 9 p.m. ET/PT. The special will also be available via the following platforms: iHeartMedia radio stations and app, Apple Music, Apple TV App, Amazon Music, Twitch, NowThis, YouTube, Twitter, TIDAL and Facebook, with more still to be announced.

And if you haven’t yet, find out how to vote!

Lin-Manuel Miranda, Blake Lively, & More to Star in New Movie 'The Making Of'

Lin-Manuel Miranda and Blake Lively are teaming up for a new movie.

The 40-year-old Hamilton star and the 33-year-old A Simple Favor actress will be starring alongside Richard Gere and Diane Keaton in the upcoming romantic comedy The Making Of, Variety reports.

Ed Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz will be producing the movie through their Bedford Falls Company, and will also be writing the script.

The Making Of follows “a pair of married filmmakers (played by Gere and Keaton) casting actors (Lively and Miranda) to play the younger versions of themselves — while their own marriage is falling apart.”

Production for The Making Of is set to begin this upcoming spring.

If you missed it, the name of Blake Lively‘s youngest daughter was recently revealed by one of her famous friends!

Lin-Manuel Miranda Told 'Hamilton' Editors to Keep Jonathan Groff's Spit in the Film!

When the Hamilton movie was released a few weeks ago, everyone couldn’t stop talking about Jonathan Groff and his spit.

The 35-year-old Tony-nominated actor plays King George in the filmed version of the Broadway musical and he’s known for spitting while he sings, which is something that viewers can clearly see in the movie.

Jonathan is aware that he spits while singing and has even commented on it in the past.

Now, the film’s co-executive producer Jon Kamen is opening up about how editors were ready to use visual effects to remove the spit, but Lin-Manuel Miranda and his team wanted to keep it in!

“We said don’t worry we can clean that up — they were like ‘No, leave it!,’” Kamen told IndieWire.

See how people are reacting to the spit.

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Lin-Manuel Miranda Rapped To Win Over Wife Vanessa Nadal

Lin-Manuel Miranda is opening up about how he was able to charm his way to Vanessa Nadal‘s heart – rapping!

The 40-year-old Hamilton creator revealed that he had admired Vanessa from afar during their college days and it took him seven long years to finally say anything to her.

Lin says that he invited Vanessa to a performance by his improvisational troupe, Freestyle Love Supreme, which combined traditional improv with rap, and that’s when they finally connected.

Only it wasn’t him who made the actual first move, Vanessa did!

Vanessa actually went to a second performance of the group and “that was when she asked me out. She was impressed at my ability to do this very specific thing.”

Just recently, Vanessa revealed she did this whenever Lin kissed someone in Hamilton. See what it is…

Lin-Manuel Miranda Responds to Theories About Eliza's Gasp at the End of 'Hamilton'

There are so many theories out there about the final moment in the musical Hamilton, which is now streaming on Disney+, and Lin-Manuel Miranda is sharing his thoughts on all the interpretations.

In the final song of the show, Eliza Schuyler Hamilton (Phillipa Soo) joins the rest of the cast to sing “Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story.” She sings about wanting to keep her husband Alexander Hamilton’s legacy alive after his death. In the final moments of the show, Hamilton leads Eliza to the edge of the stage, she looks out into the audience, and then lets out a gasp as the lights fade away.

A fan on TikTok named Mallory Ellis explained her theory and said, “There are some debates about what this scene is about at the end. People don’t know understand what the ending means.” She then points at Lin on stage next to Phillipa in the final scene.

“So when he goes behind her, he’s no longer Alexander, he’s Lin. He takes Eliza’s hand, he lets her know it’s okay to go. That’s Lin, he’s playing himself. He’s guiding her to the top of the stage. She breaks the fourth wall. She sees that he told her story. BOOM. That’s why I cry guys,” she added.

Lin responded to Mallory‘s video on Twitter.

“It’s a lovely notion, (thank you @malloryannellis) but it breaks down the moment I’m not playing the role (how I wish you could see @JMunozActor or @JonRua, who also played Ham that first year!) The Gasp is The Gasp is The Gasp. I love all the interpretations. ❤️,” he said.

Lin told Wired, “I think it’s different for each Eliza. It’s heart-stopping, isn’t it? It traverses time in some way. Whether that thing she’s seeing is Hamilton, whether that thing she’s seeing is heaven, whether that thing she’s seeing is the world now. I think those are all valid and all fair. I do think she is seeing across a span of time in that moment.”

Make sure to also check out what Phillipa has said about the gasp!


He TOLD HEEEERRRR STORY! AND I AM A BIG FAT WEEPING MESS! 🥺😭🥺😭🤧🤧 ##hamilton ##Eliza ##linmanuelmiranda ##snoozzzapalooza

♬ original sound – malloryellis4

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Beyonce Saw 'Hamilton' Live But Lin-Manuel Miranda Didn't Perform For Her - Find Out Why!

Lin Manuel Miranda has a “sad Beyonce story” because the night she came to see Hamilton after it opened on Broadway in New York City…he was sick!

“I’ll tell you my sad Beyonce story, which is that the night Beyoncé and Jay Z came to Hamilton I had a 104 degree fever and I could not get to the theater to perform in the show.It was my first time being sick. It was my first time calling out,” Lin-Manuel told Zane Lowe on Apple Music. “And at noon they said, ‘Beyonce‘s coming tonight.’ And I was like, ‘Pull the IV out, I can do it.’ My wife was like you, ‘You have to stay home.’”

After Beyonce saw Hamilton, an interaction she had with one of the cast members actually went viral!

Hamilton is now available to stream on Disney+.

Lin-Manuel Miranda Responds to Criticism of 'Hamilton' Glorifying Slave Owners

With the massive success of the Hamilton movie this weekend, there has also been a renewed conversation about the show and how it portrays history.

Some people on social media have accused Lin-Manuel Miranda of glorifying slave owners. Even though Alexander Hamilton despised slavery, he has been accused of being complicit as he had several friends who owned slaves, including George Washington.

Lin took to Twitter on Monday (July 6) and responded to a thread that debated the critiques the show is facing.

Tracy Clayton tweeted, “hamilton is a flawed play about flawed people written by an imperfect person that gave my flawed and imperfect little life a big boost when i needed it most, so again i know im biased, but i do appreciate the change this illustrates & will be following the convo’s evolution.”

Lin responded and said that “all the criticisms are valid” and explained why he didn’t include slavery in the show.

“Appreciate you so much, @brokeymcpoverty. All the criticisms are valid. The sheer tonnage of complexities & failings of these people I couldn’t get. Or wrestled with but cut. I took 6 years and fit as much as I could in a 2.5 hour musical. Did my best. It’s all fair game,” he said.

Here is what Lin had to say about what inspired him to write a musical about Hamilton.