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The First Reactions to the 'In the Heights' Movie Have Arrived & It's Getting Raves!

The highly anticipated movie musical In the Heights will be released in theaters in June and the first reactions from early screenings are in!

Step Up and Crazy Rich AsiansJon M. Chu directed the film, which is based on the Broadway show written by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Quiara Alegría Hudes.

Here is the film’s official synopsis: “Lights up on Washington Heights…The scent of a cafecito caliente hangs in the air just outside of the 181st Street subway stop, where a kaleidoscope of dreams rallies this vibrant and tight-knit community. At the intersection of it all is the likeable, magnetic bodega owner Usnavi (Anthony Ramos), who saves every penny from his daily grind as he hopes, imagines and sings about a better life.”

Anthony, best known for his work in Broadway’s Hamilton and the movie A Star is Born, is joined in the movie by Corey Hawkins, Leslie Grace, Melissa Barrera, Olga Merediz, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Stephanie Beatriz, Dascha Polanco, Gregory Diaz IV, Jimmy Smits, and Lin as the Piragua Guy.

The early reviews on Twitter are mostly raves, with many saying it’s not only one of the best movie musicals in year, but one of the best films in a while. There is even awards buzz brewing with many saying that Olga, who is reprising her Tony-nominated work from Broadway, should get a Best Supporting Actress nomination at the Oscars.

In the Heights is also getting praise for giving the Latinx community the representation they deserve on the big screen. Make sure to watch the movie when it’s released in theaters and on HBO Max on June 11!

Click inside to read all of the early reactions… More Here! »

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Lin-Manuel Miranda Reveals Why He Tweaked a Lyric in 'In The Heights' Movie

Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jon M. Chu are on the cover of the latest issue of Variety.

Here’s what the 41-year-old playwright and the 41-year-old director had to say…

Lin-Manuel Miranda, on the long struggle to get In the Heights made into a movie, which was first optioned by Universal: “I was so naive. I thought once a studio buys the rights to the movie, the movie’s getting made. I didn’t know the sheer tonnage of miles between acquiring the rights and a green light. You can find interviews of me being like, the In the Heights movie is happening any minute now!”

Find out what else they said…More Here! »

'In the Heights' Movie Is Being Released Even Sooner!

Here’s some exciting news for musical theatre fans – the In the Heights movie is being released even earlier than expected!

While the movie was delayed by nearly a full year because of the pandemic, fans will now get to see the film a week earlier than previously announced.

Warner Bros. just revealed that In the Heights‘ release date has been moved from June 18 to June 11.

Director Jon M. Chu wrote on Twitter, “Surprise. We coming to Theaters one week earlier!!! There has been so much demand since our trailer release this week that we decided to get it out to you sooner. Let’s gooooooooooooo!!!! See you soon. JUNE 11th 2021.”

In the Heights, based on the Broadway musical by Lin-Manuel Miranda, will be available to stream on HBO Max on the same day it hits theaters.

Here is the movie’s synopsis: “Lights up on Washington Heights…The scent of a cafecito caliente hangs in the air just outside of the 181st Street subway stop, where a kaleidoscope of dreams rallies this vibrant and tight-knit community. At the intersection of it all is the likeable, magnetic bodega owner Usnavi (Anthony Ramos), who saves every penny from his daily grind as he hopes, imagines and sings about a better life.”

Also starring in the movie are Corey Hawkins, Leslie Grace, Melissa Barrera, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Gregory Diaz IV, Stephanie Beatriz, Dascha Polanco, and Jimmy Smits.

Watch the TWO new trailers that were released this week!

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'In the Heights' Movie Posters Revealed Ahead of Tomorrow's Trailer Debut!

The highly anticipated movie musical In the Heights will be released this summer and Warner Bros. just released a bunch of cool new posters!

The musical was written by Lin-Manuel Miranda and premiered on Broadway in 2008. It won the Tony Award for Best Musical and Lin won for Best Original Score. Though he played the lead role of Usnavi on stage, the role will be played by his Hamilton co-star Anthony Ramos in the movie.

Here is the movie’s synopsis: “Lights up on Washington Heights…The scent of a cafecito caliente hangs in the air just outside of the 181st Street subway stop, where a kaleidoscope of dreams rallies this vibrant and tight-knit community. At the intersection of it all is the likeable, magnetic bodega owner Usnavi (Ramos), who saves every penny from his daily grind as he hopes, imagines and sings about a better life.”

Also starring in the movie are Corey Hawkins, Leslie Grace, Melissa Barrera, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Gregory Diaz IV, Stephanie Beatriz, Dascha Polanco, and Jimmy Smits.

Crazy Rich Asians and Step Up director Jon M. Chu directed the movie, which will be released in theaters and on HBO Max on June 18.

The official trailer for the movie is being released on Sunday (March 14), but you can check out the teaser trailer now.

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'Wicked' Movie Has a Brand New Director in Jon M. Chu After Stephen Daldry's Exit

Jon M. Chu, who rose to fame after directing Crazy Rich Asians, will be directing the Wicked movie after the film’s previous director, Stephen Daldry, exited the movie a few months ago.

It’s still unclear when the Universal film will be released or who will star in the movie at this time.

According to Variety, “Wicked tells the story of everything that happened before Dorothy dropped down in Oz.” The movie was originally a Broadway show starring Kristin Chenoweth and Idina Menzel. The Broadway show was based on the book.

Find out why Stephen Daldry exited the project back in October.

The Wicked movie has not had great luck so far, and was originally supposed to be released in 2019. Find out the latest release date news.

Jon M. Chu & Kristin Hodge Expecting Baby #2; Will Leave 'Willow' Disney+ Series

Jon M. Chu has announced some happy news and not so happy news to his fans this week.

The Crazy Rich Asians director revealed that he has to depart the upcoming Willow series from Disney+.

“I’m heartbroken to let you all know that I unfortunately have to step away from directing Willow,” Jon shared in a short note on his social media pages.

He added that it’s due to “the production schedule moving due to continued lockdowns in the UK, and with a new baby coming this summer (surprise!), the timing is just not going to work out for me and my family.”

This will be Jon and his wife, Kristin Hodge‘s second child together. They also have a son, named Jonathan Heights Chu. The inspiration for his middle name came from In The Heights, which Jon is directing the movie adaptation of.

In his note, Jon also explained how heartbroken he was in having to not be part of Willow.

Willow will mark the return of Warwick Davis in the title role and focus on three women on a mission to save a kidnapped prince.

See who else will star in the show here…

Disney Is Making a 'Lilo & Stitch' Live-Action Remake & The Director Was Just Named!

The beloved Disney animated movie Lilo & Stitch is being made into a live-action film and the studio just selected the director!

Jon M. Chu is in talks to direct the upcoming movie, according to THR. The studio is looking for a writer to work with him to develop the movie.

Lilo & Stitch is about “the bond formed between a lonely human girl named Lilo and a dog-like alien named Stitch, who is engineered to be a force of destruction. Pursuing aliens, social workers and the idea of the bond of a family all figure into the proceedings.”

While the live-action remake was originally being developed as a movie for Disney+, it’s unclear if the movie will be released in theaters first or just go to the streaming service.

Chu is known for his work on the Step Up series, Crazy Rich Asians, Now You See Me 2, and the upcoming In the Heights.