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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 Helps Open COVID-19 Vaccination Center on Broadway

Lin-Manuel Miranda takes to a podium to speak at the grand opening of a new COVID-19 Vaccination Site in the Broadway Theatre District of New York City on Monday (April 12).

The -year-old actor, Hamilton and In The Heights creator joined Mayor Bill de Blasio on a tour of the new site, which is intended to jump-start the city’s entertainment industry.

During the tour, Lin-Manuel was joined by his father, Luis.

“So I’m emotional today,” Lin-Manuel told to the socially-distanced crowd who attended the opening. “It’s being run by Susan [Sampliner], who’s the company manager at Wicked. And if anyone knows how to make sh** run on time, it’s Broadway stage managers.”

He added of the addition of the vaccination center, “We want to tell stories in the dark, and we can’t do that if we don’t feel safe and you don’t feel safe.”

Check out the pics of Lin-Manuel Miranda opening the new Broadway Vaccination Center below!

Just recently, Lin-Manuel opened up about changing a lyric in one of the songs from In The Heights for the upcoming movie. Here’s why…

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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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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!