Lin-Manuel Miranda’s documentary release postponed

The release of a documentary starring Lin-Manuel Miranda has been postponed out of solidarity with Black Lives Matter protesters. We Are Freestyle Love Supreme, a documentary that chronicles Miranda’s pre-Hamilton improv hip-hop group, Freestyle Love …

The release of a documentary starring Lin-Manuel Miranda has been postponed out of solidarity with Black Lives Matter protesters.

We Are Freestyle Love Supreme, a documentary that chronicles Miranda’s pre-Hamilton improv hip-hop group, Freestyle Love Supreme, and their reunion performances in New York City in 2019, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and was due to be released on Hulu on Friday.

However, on Wednesday, two days before its scheduled release, the group announced on social media that they were postponing the debut to show their support for the widespread Black Lives Matter protests taking place throughout the U.S. following the shocking death of George Floyd at the hands of white police officers on 25 May.

“We are for the freedom of expression, creativity, inclusion, equality, and most of all, love,” they said in a statement. “Our work has always centred around creating a safe space for ideals to flourish. Our show does not exist without the generations of brilliant black artists that created two of our most beloved American art forms, jazz and hip-hop.

“Today our country, our world, struggles to reach an end to this systematic racial injustice, intolerance, police brutality and hate. We add our voices to that fight. To that struggle.

“Because in this moment, our collective attention is turned towards these most pressing concerns, we have decided to postpone the premiere of our film, We Are Freestyle Love Supreme. We believe that through activism, understanding and love, this country will realise that now is the time lasting, real change and equity.”

Freestyle Love Supreme regularly staged an off-Broadway show before Miranda’s success with In the Heights and Hamilton. In addition to Miranda, the documentary features Pitch Perfect star Utkarsh Ambudkar, Hamilton director Thomas Kail, and James Monroe Iglehart, who originated the role of Genie in the Broadway musical Aladdin.

No new release date for the documentary was announced.

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Broadway’s Hamilton heading to cinemas

Lin-Manuel Miranda is bringing his hit Broadway musical Hamilton to the big screen.The creator and former star of the stage production has revealed a filmed version of Hamilton has been optioned by Disney bosses and will be released in theatres in Octo…

Lin-Manuel Miranda is bringing his hit Broadway musical Hamilton to the big screen.

The creator and former star of the stage production has revealed a filmed version of Hamilton has been optioned by Disney bosses and will be released in theatres in October 2021.

The 160-minute film, helmed by the show’s director Thomas Kail, was shot at Broadway’s Richard Rodgers Theatre in 2016, two weeks before the original cast left, and will combine footage from three live performances and “the best elements of live theatre and film”.

“I’m so proud of what Tommy Kail has been able to capture in this filmed version of Hamilton – a live theatrical experience that feels just as immediate in your local movie theatre,” Miranda said in a statement. “We’re excited to partner with Disney to bring the original Broadway company of Hamilton to the largest audience possible.”

Disney chief Bob Iger added, “Lin-Manuel Miranda created an unforgettable theatre experience and a true cultural phenomenon, and it was for good reason that Hamilton was hailed as an astonishing work of art.

“All who saw it with the original cast will never forget that singular experience. And we’re thrilled to have the opportunity to share this same Broadway experience with millions of people around the world.”

In addition to Miranda, who portrayed lead character Alexander Hamilton, America’s founding father, the film version of Hamilton features a cast that includes Daveed Diggs, Leslie Odom Jr., Jonathan Groff, Phillipa Soo, and Renee Elise Goldsberry.

It’s not the only Miranda musical to get the movie treatment – the star has been working on recreating his In the Heights production as a new film. Directed by Jon M. Chu, the musical drama is due to open in cinemas this summer.

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Michelle Williams and America Ferrera show off baby bumps at 2020 SAG Awards

Michelle Williams and America Ferrera proudly showed off their baby bumps at the 2020 Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards on Sunday night.The actress hit the red carpet with her new fiance Thomas Kail, just weeks after news of her pregnancy broke, and stu…

Michelle Williams and America Ferrera proudly showed off their baby bumps at the 2020 Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Awards on Sunday night.

The actress hit the red carpet with her new fiance Thomas Kail, just weeks after news of her pregnancy broke, and stunned in a black off-the-shoulder Louis Vuitton dress.

Michelle’s blossoming baby bump was just visible underneath her flowing column dress, with the 39-year-old choosing to top off her look with a slick of ruby red lipstick and Forevermark jewellery.

And the star was also one of the winners at the ceremony, scooping the Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries gong for her role as Gwen Verdon in drama series Fosse/Verdon.

While accepting her prize, Michelle paid tribute to Hamilton director Thomas, and also thanked her 14-year-old daughter Matilda, whom she shared with the late Heath Ledger.

“Tommy, like everything else in our life, I share this with you, and Matilda, it’s one thing to be completely honest as an actor. It’s another thing to be completely honest as a human being,” she gushed. “And that’s just who you are and how you live, and you teach me just by being you. I love you, and I’m coming home.”

Also hitting the red carpet with a blossoming baby bump was Superstore actress America, who announced in December that she was expecting her second child with husband Ryan Piers Williams.

The 35-year-old wowed in a chic sleeveless black crepe gown by Paule Ka, and shared a series of snaps on Instagram showcasing her pregnancy look.

“Mommy & Daddy go out (in matching tuxedos)!!” she wrote.

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