‘Vice,’ ‘Assassination of Gianni Versace’ Lead 2019 Golden Globes Nominations

Adam McKay’s “Vice” and Ryan Murphy’s “American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace” led the nominations for the 76th annual Golden Globes on Thursday.
“Vice” scored six nominations, includin…

Adam McKay’s “Vice” and Ryan Murphy’s “American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace” led the nominations for the 76th annual Golden Globes on Thursday.

“Vice” scored six nominations, including Best Screenplay and Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, while “Versace” scored four, including Best Television Limited Series and Best Actor for Darren Criss. “The Favourite,” “A Star Is Born” and “Green Book” each scored five nominations in the film categories, while “A Very English Scandal,” “Homecoming,” “The Americans,” “The Keminsky Method,” “The Marvelous Ms. Maisel” and “Sharp Objects” all garnered three.

“Mary Poppins Returns” also received four nominations, including a nod for Lin-Manuel Miranda, as did Spike Lee’s “BlacKkKlansman.” Barry Jenkins’ follow-up to “Moonlight” got three nominations, as did “Black Panther” and Alfonso Cuaron’s “Roma,” which included the Best Foreign Language category. “Cold War” was omitted from that category.

Constance Wu was nominated for her role in “Crazy Rich Asians,” which was also nominated for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, as was Rami Malek for his portrayal of Freddie Mercury in “Bohemian Rhapsody.” “Isle of Dogs,” “Incredibles 2” and “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” were three of the nominated animated films. John David Washington is a newly-minted nominee for his role in “BlacKkKlansman.”

In TV, “Homecoming,” “Bodyguard” and “Killing Eve” were among those nominated in the Best TV Series – Drama category. “The Handmaid’s Tale” only scored a nod for Yvonne Strahovski, while “Atlanta” only received a nomination for Donald Glover. “The Alienist” also received a lot of love this year.

Best Original Song nominees included “All the Stars” from “Black Panther,” “Shallow” from “A Star Is Born” and “Revelation” from “Boy Erased.”

The 2019 Golden Globe Awards take place Sunday, Jan. 6 starting at 8/7c. Andy Samberg and Sandra Oh will cohost the 76th annual awards show.

See all the nominees here.

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Kennedy Center Honors Pay Tribute to George H. W. Bush as Trump Skips Event Again

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Gloria Estefan Pays Tribute To George H.W. Bush At Kennedy Center Honors

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Deadline’s The Contenders New York Underway As Disney Kicks Off Day Of Oscar-Worthy Hopefuls

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Ron Chernow to Speak at 2019 White House Correspondents’ Dinner

The 2019 White House Correspondents’ Dinner will be headlined by historian and author Ron Chernow, the White House Correspondents’ Association announced in a press release on Monday.

The move breaks with the historical precedent of the organization to feature a comedian, like Michelle Wolf last year. In the release, Chernow made it clear that the decision to have him was explicitly in order to promote the First Amendment.

“The White House Correspondents’ Association has asked me to make the case for the First Amendment and I am happy to oblige,” Chernow said. “Freedom of the press is always a timely subject and this seems like the perfect moment to go back to basics. My major worry these days is that we Americans will forget who we are as a people and historians should serve as our chief custodians in preserving that rich storehouse of memory.”

Chernow added that while he was no comedian, his would do his best to avoid being too “dry” on stage.

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WHCA Announces Acclaimed Author Ron Chernow as Featured Speaker for 2019 Annual Dinner. For more, https://t.co/4V0D785Pbi pic.twitter.com/VBDMwxVdWI

— WHCA (@whca) November 19, 2018

As a historian, Chernow is most famous for his biographies of American statesmen, including President Ulysses Grant and Alexander Hamilton. His book on the first U.S. Secretary of the Treasury was later adapted into the broadway mega-hit “Hamilton” by Lin-Manuel Miranda.

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Bucking tradition, President Trump has refused to attend the annual event since he took office and has instead sent surrogates to represent him. Last year, Michelle Wolf’s brutal mocking of Sarah Huckabee Sanders made national headlines.  

And though Trump was not named in the release, it’s hard to imagine, the decision to have Chernow was not a direct consequence of the anti-press rhetoric which has come from the White House over the last two years. In recent weeks, tensions with the media escalated further after Trump revoked the press credentials of his longtime nemesis Jim Acosta — a matter which is now being litigated in court.

The WHCA filed an amicus brief in defense of CNN and Acosta at the time and defended the network in an additional statement, saying they strongly supported the lawsuit to have Acosta reinstated.

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“The President of the United States should not be in the business of arbitrarily picking the men and women who cover him,” said WHCA chief Olivier Knox.

Statement from WHCA President Olivier Knox on CNN lawsuit. #whca @oknox pic.twitter.com/y5uJwnGfqb

— WHCA (@whca) November 13, 2018

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The 2019 White House Correspondents’ Dinner will be headlined by historian and author Ron Chernow, the White House Correspondents’ Association announced in a press release on Monday.

The move breaks with the historical precedent of the organization to feature a comedian, like Michelle Wolf last year. In the release, Chernow made it clear that the decision to have him was explicitly in order to promote the First Amendment.

“The White House Correspondents’ Association has asked me to make the case for the First Amendment and I am happy to oblige,” Chernow said. “Freedom of the press is always a timely subject and this seems like the perfect moment to go back to basics. My major worry these days is that we Americans will forget who we are as a people and historians should serve as our chief custodians in preserving that rich storehouse of memory.”

Chernow added that while he was no comedian, his would do his best to avoid being too “dry” on stage.

As a historian, Chernow is most famous for his biographies of American statesmen, including President Ulysses Grant and Alexander Hamilton. His book on the first U.S. Secretary of the Treasury was later adapted into the broadway mega-hit “Hamilton” by Lin-Manuel Miranda.

Bucking tradition, President Trump has refused to attend the annual event since he took office and has instead sent surrogates to represent him. Last year, Michelle Wolf’s brutal mocking of Sarah Huckabee Sanders made national headlines.  

And though Trump was not named in the release, it’s hard to imagine, the decision to have Chernow was not a direct consequence of the anti-press rhetoric which has come from the White House over the last two years. In recent weeks, tensions with the media escalated further after Trump revoked the press credentials of his longtime nemesis Jim Acosta — a matter which is now being litigated in court.

The WHCA filed an amicus brief in defense of CNN and Acosta at the time and defended the network in an additional statement, saying they strongly supported the lawsuit to have Acosta reinstated.

“The President of the United States should not be in the business of arbitrarily picking the men and women who cover him,” said WHCA chief Olivier Knox.

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Oscars: Disney’s ‘Mary Poppins’ Returns, at Just the Right Time

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Lin-Manuel Miranda Says He Was Going to Scrap ‘Hamilton’ if the Obamas Didn’t Like It (Video)

In Michelle Obama’s new book “Becoming,” the former first lady declares Lin-Manuel Miranda’s smash-hit “Hamilton” to be the greatest piece of art she has ever seen.

And the receiver of those praise took the compliment quite well during Thursday’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” revealing that he was gonna rethink the whole thing had the Obamas not liked the first taste he gave them of the Tony-winning musical.

Miranda says Michelle and Barack invited him to an “evening of poetry and spoken word” they were hosting at the White House way before “Hamilton” was more than a working idea.

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“I met them when I first performed for them in 2009,” Miranda told Jimmy Kimmel. “It was the first time I had performed anything from ‘Hamilton,’ anywhere. They had asked me to sing something from ‘In the Heights’ and I had 16 bars on Alexander Hamilton.”

Guests for the evening included Spike Lee, Zach Braff, George Stephanopoulos and James Earl Jones — so a pretty good mix to test material on.

“It worked out OK for me? It worked out pretty well,” Miranda said, laughing. “But it was really scary. And I remember thinking, ‘Well if it doesn’t work in this room, I’ll just throw it out and I’ll try something else.’”

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Spoiler alert: “It played well!”

“Mary Poppins Returns,” starring Miranda and Emily Blunt, hits theaters Dec. 19.

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In Michelle Obama’s new book “Becoming,” the former first lady declares Lin-Manuel Miranda’s smash-hit “Hamilton” to be the greatest piece of art she has ever seen.

And the receiver of those praise took the compliment quite well during Thursday’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” revealing that he was gonna rethink the whole thing had the Obamas not liked the first taste he gave them of the Tony-winning musical.

Miranda says Michelle and Barack invited him to an “evening of poetry and spoken word” they were hosting at the White House way before “Hamilton” was more than a working idea.

“I met them when I first performed for them in 2009,” Miranda told Jimmy Kimmel. “It was the first time I had performed anything from ‘Hamilton,’ anywhere. They had asked me to sing something from ‘In the Heights’ and I had 16 bars on Alexander Hamilton.”

Guests for the evening included Spike Lee, Zach Braff, George Stephanopoulos and James Earl Jones — so a pretty good mix to test material on.

“It worked out OK for me? It worked out pretty well,” Miranda said, laughing. “But it was really scary. And I remember thinking, ‘Well if it doesn’t work in this room, I’ll just throw it out and I’ll try something else.'”

Spoiler alert: “It played well!”

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Rob Lowe, Lin-Manuel Miranda and More Lament Thousand Oaks Shooting: ‘We Are on a Hamster Wheel of Insanity

Hollywood stars including Rob Lowe, Josh Gad and Lin-Manuel Miranda reacted Thursday morning to the deadly shooting in Thousand Oaks, California near Los Angeles that killed 12 people at the Borderline Bar & Grill.

The suspect, who also died, has been named as 28-year-old former Marine Ian David Long, Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean said in a news conference early Thursday morning.

Thousand Oaks is located 40 miles northwest of Los Angeles in the foothills of the Santa Monica Mountains close to Malibu, where many members of the entertainment industry live. It is a quiet, residential community where violent crime is rare, according to CNN.

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“We are on a hamster wheel of insanity. Another day of grief. Another day of outrage,” Gad said in a tweet. “Another day of families unnecessarily learning their loved ones are dead. But, don’t worry, I remember from all of the other times we’ve done this… ‘guns aren’t the problem.’”

Several of the celebrities are calling for greater gun control and using the hashtag #GunControlNow in addition to Thursday’s trending topics “Thousand Oaks,” #BorderlineShooting and #MassShooting.

Jared Goff, quarterback for the Los Angeles Rams, whose training facility is located in Thousand Oaks, also tweeted his condolences to the victims.

“Heartbroken for the community. Thinking about everyone involved as well as friends and family of the victims,” Goff said in a tweet. “Keep them in your thoughts and prayers.”

The team also released a statement offering their sympathy for the victims.

“The Los Angeles Rams organization is heartbroken by the horrific shooting that took place last night in our community of Thousand Oaks. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims, their families and our entire community,” it said.

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Local police first received calls of shots fired at 11:20 p.m. PT and responded to the Borderline Bar & Grill, where a college country music event was taking place.

Rob Lowe posted a tribute on Instagram to the police office killed in the attack.

“This is what a hero looks like. My respect, gratitude and deep condolences to the family of Sgt. Ron Helus of the Ventura sheriffs dept.”

See some of the reactions from Hollywood stars below, including Lin-Manuel Miranda, Adam Lambert, Lucy Hale and director Joe Carnahan:

My heart breaks for Thousand Oaks today. My heart is dust from being broken for so many places in our country so many times.https://t.co/eeeYoLdxn6 https://t.co/Amg3BSQ2Qm

— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) November 8, 2018

We are on a hamster wheel of insanity. Another day of grief. Another day of outrage. Another day of families unnecessarily learning their loved ones are dead. But, don’t worry, I remember from all of the other times we’ve done this…”guns aren’t the problem.” https://t.co/dVyvQg9Bac

— Josh Gad (@joshgad) November 8, 2018

Ugh. My heart is BREAKING for the Thousand Oaks shooting victims. THIS HAS TO STOP. THIS HAS TO STOP. THIS HAS TO STOP. #GunControlNow

— Julia Michaels (@juliamichaels) November 8, 2018

That’s 12 people that don’t get to live their lives anymore! That have families that have to suffer loss everyday now because of some mentally unstable person with a handgun. THERE HAVE BEEN 307 MASS SHOOTINGS IN 2018 ALONE! NO FUCKING MORE !! #GunControlNow

— Julia Michaels (@juliamichaels) November 8, 2018

“Always look for the helpers.” – Fred Rogers#ThousandOaks#Borderline#massshooting

— Kathy Griffin (@kathygriffin) November 8, 2018

Heartbroken for our community. Thinking about everyone involved as well as friends and family of the victims. Keep them in your thoughts and prayers

— Jared Goff (@JaredGoff16) November 8, 2018

So sad about the tragedy in Thousand Oaks. So many of my friends & I have frequented that bar . We live in a world where devastation like this can happen anywhere/anytime. I’m so sorry to the victims & everyone involved. And I’m so sorry pain like this occurs ????

— Lucy Hale (@lucyhale) November 8, 2018

#GunControlNow will not happen until Democrats control both the House AND the Senate.

You may say I’m a pessimist. I think I’m a realist.

We’re not safe anywhere!

— Perez (@ThePerezHilton) November 8, 2018

I am so utterly exhausted. How much more can our souls take? How much more must we choose guns over lives?????????????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

12 dead in a mass shooting at the Borderline Bar and Grill in #ThousandOaks #MassShooting #GunViolence @Everytown https://t.co/tuMzvxbuyc

— Jenny Yang ???????????????????????? (@jennyyangtv) November 8, 2018

My heart aches to learn about the horrific shooting in Thousand Oaks on college night. Praying for the injured and the families of those killed who, like so many others, have lost their loved ones to gun violence. Leaders in Congress must act — not some day, but now.

— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) November 8, 2018

This man’s struggle with his guilt about surviving the shooting in #ThousandOaks hurts to see. Most of the victims were so young, their whole lives ahead of them. My heart goes out to all their families, as well as the family and friends of the officer killed in the line of duty. https://t.co/13aYYYK3q6

— KevinSmith (@ThatKevinSmith) November 8, 2018

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Hollywood stars including Rob Lowe, Josh Gad and Lin-Manuel Miranda reacted Thursday morning to the deadly shooting in Thousand Oaks, California near Los Angeles that killed 12 people at the Borderline Bar & Grill.

The suspect, who also died, has been named as 28-year-old former Marine Ian David Long, Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean said in a news conference early Thursday morning.

Thousand Oaks is located 40 miles northwest of Los Angeles in the foothills of the Santa Monica Mountains close to Malibu, where many members of the entertainment industry live. It is a quiet, residential community where violent crime is rare, according to CNN.

“We are on a hamster wheel of insanity. Another day of grief. Another day of outrage,” Gad said in a tweet. “Another day of families unnecessarily learning their loved ones are dead. But, don’t worry, I remember from all of the other times we’ve done this… ‘guns aren’t the problem.'”

Several of the celebrities are calling for greater gun control and using the hashtag #GunControlNow in addition to Thursday’s trending topics “Thousand Oaks,” #BorderlineShooting and #MassShooting.

Jared Goff, quarterback for the Los Angeles Rams, whose training facility is located in Thousand Oaks, also tweeted his condolences to the victims.

“Heartbroken for the community. Thinking about everyone involved as well as friends and family of the victims,” Goff said in a tweet. “Keep them in your thoughts and prayers.”

The team also released a statement offering their sympathy for the victims.

“The Los Angeles Rams organization is heartbroken by the horrific shooting that took place last night in our community of Thousand Oaks. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims, their families and our entire community,” it said.

Local police first received calls of shots fired at 11:20 p.m. PT and responded to the Borderline Bar & Grill, where a college country music event was taking place.

Rob Lowe posted a tribute on Instagram to the police office killed in the attack.

“This is what a hero looks like. My respect, gratitude and deep condolences to the family of Sgt. Ron Helus of the Ventura sheriffs dept.”

See some of the reactions from Hollywood stars below, including Lin-Manuel Miranda, Adam Lambert, Lucy Hale and director Joe Carnahan:

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Why Hollywood Can’t Crack ‘The Nutcracker’ Story

Disney’s “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms” opened to a paltry $20.4 million ($58.5 million worldwide) last weekend, a box office bomb given its production budget of $130 million. But it is far from the first time a version of Tchaikovsky’s ballet has failed financially — and critically.

So why can’t Hollywood get “The Nutcracker” right? TheWrap spoke with three box office experts to find out.

But lets start with the sordid box office history of “The Nutcracker” on the big screen:

In 2010, Freestyle Releasing put out “The Nutcracker in 3D,” starring Elle Fanning, Richard Philipps and Richard E. Grant. It grossed only $195,000 (from 45 locations) its opening weekend, and was widely panned by critics. (TheWrap’s own Alonso Duralde recently recalled the film “defiled” the work of Tchaikovsky, having taken “the classic story and ballet and added Holocaust metaphors, Tim Rice-penned hip-hop lyrics, and a bizarre turn by Nathan Lane as Albert Einstein.”)

Before that was “The Nutcracker,” released by Warner Bros. in 1993. It grossed just $2.2 million its opening weekend and received mixed reviews. Similarly, 1986’s “Nutcracker: The Motion Picture,” 1990’s “The Nutcracker Prince” and 1998’s “The IMAX Nutcracker” all underperformed at the box office.  

Experts who spoke with TheWrap pointed to one main reason why Hollywood hasn’t been able to crack “The Nutcracker” tale: The films stray too far away from the subject matter of the classic ballet.

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“Hollywood has always tried to do too much with their adaptations of ‘The Nutcracker,’ without seemingly understanding why people go to the stage versions each and every year: the music and the dancing,” said Jeff Bock, senior analyst at Exhibitor Relations. “If ‘The Nutcracker’ were made into a true musical it would no doubt delight audiences. Lin Manuel Miranda — Can you see the sugar plums dancing?”

Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at comScore, added, “Certainly cracking the code of the ‘Nutcracker’ on the big screen has proven to be an elusive goal with most of the adaptations having met with audience indifference. Such a classic and indelible story has presented challenges to filmmakers who have tried to tinker with the formula while balancing that against the built in expectations of moviegoers.”

And Shawn Robbins, chief analyst at BoxOffice.com, agreed, saying that filmmakers have deviated from “The Nutcracker”‘s origin as a ballet too dramatically. “Part of the challenge has been the saturation of adaptations across film and television over the decades,” he told TheWrap, adding that the property may also not be well enough known among today’s young moviegoers. “Perhaps Tchaikovsky’s musical suite has become more recognizable than the story itself,” Robbins offered.

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There are even more reasons why “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms,” specifically, had difficulty resonating with audiences last weekend. Its release date, its reshoots and the lack of name recognition also made it bomb at the box office, according to analysis by TheWrap’s Jeremy Fuster. Also, Disney possibly underestimated the power of “Bohemian Rhapsody,” which over performed with a $51 million opening.

That said, “Four Realms” has been the highest grossing among all versions of the holiday season ballet adapted to the big screen. But that hasn’t earned it bragging rights. 

“Disney’s newest film is the most successful attempt in terms of tickets,” Robbins said. “It grossed more on its first day than the last six films made in their total runs, but as one of the more expensive Christmas movies made in recent years, there’s a negative perception overshadowing an otherwise decent box office performance.”

Even though we’ve seen Hollywood take multiple stabs at adapting the ballet to the big screen, Dergarabedian said we haven’t seen the last of “The Nutcracker.”

“There is no way that Hollywood will give up on this classic tale,” he concluded.

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Disney’s “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms” opened to a paltry $20.4 million ($58.5 million worldwide) last weekend, a box office bomb given its production budget of $130 million. But it is far from the first time a version of Tchaikovsky’s ballet has failed financially — and critically.

So why can’t Hollywood get “The Nutcracker” right? TheWrap spoke with three box office experts to find out.

But lets start with the sordid box office history of “The Nutcracker” on the big screen:

In 2010, Freestyle Releasing put out “The Nutcracker in 3D,” starring Elle Fanning, Richard Philipps and Richard E. Grant. It grossed only $195,000 (from 45 locations) its opening weekend, and was widely panned by critics. (TheWrap’s own Alonso Duralde recently recalled the film “defiled” the work of Tchaikovsky, having taken “the classic story and ballet and added Holocaust metaphors, Tim Rice-penned hip-hop lyrics, and a bizarre turn by Nathan Lane as Albert Einstein.”)

Before that was “The Nutcracker,” released by Warner Bros. in 1993. It grossed just $2.2 million its opening weekend and received mixed reviews. Similarly, 1986’s “Nutcracker: The Motion Picture,” 1990’s “The Nutcracker Prince” and 1998’s “The IMAX Nutcracker” all underperformed at the box office.  

Experts who spoke with TheWrap pointed to one main reason why Hollywood hasn’t been able to crack “The Nutcracker” tale: The films stray too far away from the subject matter of the classic ballet.

“Hollywood has always tried to do too much with their adaptations of ‘The Nutcracker,’ without seemingly understanding why people go to the stage versions each and every year: the music and the dancing,” said Jeff Bock, senior analyst at Exhibitor Relations. “If ‘The Nutcracker’ were made into a true musical it would no doubt delight audiences. Lin Manuel Miranda — Can you see the sugar plums dancing?”

Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at comScore, added, “Certainly cracking the code of the ‘Nutcracker’ on the big screen has proven to be an elusive goal with most of the adaptations having met with audience indifference. Such a classic and indelible story has presented challenges to filmmakers who have tried to tinker with the formula while balancing that against the built in expectations of moviegoers.”

And Shawn Robbins, chief analyst at BoxOffice.com, agreed, saying that filmmakers have deviated from “The Nutcracker”‘s origin as a ballet too dramatically. “Part of the challenge has been the saturation of adaptations across film and television over the decades,” he told TheWrap, adding that the property may also not be well enough known among today’s young moviegoers. “Perhaps Tchaikovsky’s musical suite has become more recognizable than the story itself,” Robbins offered.

There are even more reasons why “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms,” specifically, had difficulty resonating with audiences last weekend. Its release date, its reshoots and the lack of name recognition also made it bomb at the box office, according to analysis by TheWrap’s Jeremy Fuster. Also, Disney possibly underestimated the power of “Bohemian Rhapsody,” which over performed with a $51 million opening.

That said, “Four Realms” has been the highest grossing among all versions of the holiday season ballet adapted to the big screen. But that hasn’t earned it bragging rights. 

“Disney’s newest film is the most successful attempt in terms of tickets,” Robbins said. “It grossed more on its first day than the last six films made in their total runs, but as one of the more expensive Christmas movies made in recent years, there’s a negative perception overshadowing an otherwise decent box office performance.”

Even though we’ve seen Hollywood take multiple stabs at adapting the ballet to the big screen, Dergarabedian said we haven’t seen the last of “The Nutcracker.”

“There is no way that Hollywood will give up on this classic tale,” he concluded.

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Lin Manuel-Miranda Posts Open Casting Call for ‘In the Heights’ Film

“In the Heights” and “Hamilton” creator Lin Manuel-Miranda is conducting a worldwide open casting search for the big-screen adaptation of his 2008 Tony award-winning musical “In the Heights.” But actors who don’t want to throw away their shot need to act fast.

In a video posted to Castittalent.com Miranda rapped: “Lights up on Washington Heights up at the break of day, I wake up I got all these roles someone was meant to play. Necesito que represente mi gente (I need someone to represent my people), could it be you?”

If it could, you have until Nov. 7 to submit your video audition.

Miranda is looking for actors to fill four roles. However, the descriptions given in the casting call aren’t necessarily for the roles people will be considered for. They’re being used to give them an idea of what role best suits those who send in an audition tape. Those who audition are being asked to read from a script written “in the spirit” of the characters who will appear in the film.

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Earlier this month, Anthony Ramos of “Hamilton” fame was cast as the lead in the Warner Bros. film, which is set to be directed by “Crazy Rich Asians” director Jon Chu.

Ramos previously played the lead role of Unsavi in a production of “In the Heights” at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.

The musical, created by Lin Manuel-Miranda and Quiara Alegría Hudes, follows a bodega owner in the New York City’s Washington Heights neighborhood, who has mixed feelings about closing his store and retiring to the Dominican Republic after inheriting his grandmother’s fortune.

Also Read: Lin Manuel-Miranda, Quiara Alegría Hudes Wrestle ‘In The Heights’ Movie Rights Back From TWC

The Broadway production of “In The Heights” won the Tony for Best Musical and Best Original Score, as well as a Grammy for Best Musical Show album.

Miranda wrote the music, lyrics and starred in the lead role when “In the Heights” landed on Broadway. Hudes wrote the book for the musical.

The descriptions of the characters are as follows:

Female Role No. 1 — Young, starry-eyed and intelligent (book-smart and street-smart). Must sing and dance well. Familiarity with speaking Spanish is ideal.

Female Role No. 2 – A strong woman who is stylish, sassy and loves to gossip. Must sing and dance well. Familiarity with speaking Spanish is ideal.

Male Role No. 1 – Completely streetwise, this teen is brilliant but also a total goofball. Must sing and dance well. Familiarity with speaking Spanish is ideal.

Male Role No. 2 – Driven, charismatic, and full of energy. Puts on a brave face when times get tough. Must rap, sing and dance well. Familiarity with speaking Spanish is ideal.

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“In the Heights” and “Hamilton” creator Lin Manuel-Miranda is conducting a worldwide open casting search for the big-screen adaptation of his 2008 Tony award-winning musical “In the Heights.” But actors who don’t want to throw away their shot need to act fast.

In a video posted to Castittalent.com Miranda rapped: “Lights up on Washington Heights up at the break of day, I wake up I got all these roles someone was meant to play. Necesito que represente mi gente (I need someone to represent my people), could it be you?”

If it could, you have until Nov. 7 to submit your video audition.

Miranda is looking for actors to fill four roles. However, the descriptions given in the casting call aren’t necessarily for the roles people will be considered for. They’re being used to give them an idea of what role best suits those who send in an audition tape. Those who audition are being asked to read from a script written “in the spirit” of the characters who will appear in the film.

Earlier this month, Anthony Ramos of “Hamilton” fame was cast as the lead in the Warner Bros. film, which is set to be directed by “Crazy Rich Asians” director Jon Chu.

Ramos previously played the lead role of Unsavi in a production of “In the Heights” at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C.

The musical, created by Lin Manuel-Miranda and Quiara Alegría Hudes, follows a bodega owner in the New York City’s Washington Heights neighborhood, who has mixed feelings about closing his store and retiring to the Dominican Republic after inheriting his grandmother’s fortune.

The Broadway production of “In The Heights” won the Tony for Best Musical and Best Original Score, as well as a Grammy for Best Musical Show album.

Miranda wrote the music, lyrics and starred in the lead role when “In the Heights” landed on Broadway. Hudes wrote the book for the musical.

The descriptions of the characters are as follows:

Female Role No. 1 — Young, starry-eyed and intelligent (book-smart and street-smart). Must sing and dance well. Familiarity with speaking Spanish is ideal.

Female Role No. 2 – A strong woman who is stylish, sassy and loves to gossip. Must sing and dance well. Familiarity with speaking Spanish is ideal.

Male Role No. 1 – Completely streetwise, this teen is brilliant but also a total goofball. Must sing and dance well. Familiarity with speaking Spanish is ideal.

Male Role No. 2 – Driven, charismatic, and full of energy. Puts on a brave face when times get tough. Must rap, sing and dance well. Familiarity with speaking Spanish is ideal.

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Anthony Ramos Set to Star in Warner Bros Adaptation of Broadway Hit ‘In the Heights’

Anthony Ramos has landed the lead role in Warner Bros. big-screen adaptation of the Tony Award-winning musical “In the Heights.”

Ramos, having just appeared in “A Star is Born,” previously played the lead role of Unsavi in a production of “In the Heights” at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. “Crazy Rich Asians” director Jon M. Chu, who is helming this project as well, tweeted that Ramos was his dream casting.

The musical, created by Lin Manuel-Miranda and Quiara Alegría Hudes, follows a bodega owner in the New York City’s Washington Heights neighborhood, who has mixed feelings about closing his store and retiring to the Dominican Republic after inheriting his grandmother’s fortune.

Also Read: Lin-Manuel Miranda’s ‘In The Heights’ Set for Summer 2020 Release

The Broadway production of “In The Heights” won the Tony for Best Musical and Best Original Score, as well as a Grammy for Best Musical Show album.

Miranda wrote the music, lyrics and starred in the lead role when “In the Heights” landed on Broadway. Hudes wrote the book for the musical.

In addition, Ramos also worked with Miranda in the Broadway production of “Hamilton,” which Miranda created and won 11 Tonys, and where Ramos originated the dual roles of John Laurens and Philip Hamilton.

Also Read: Lin Manuel-Miranda, Quiara Alegría Hudes Wrestle ‘In The Heights’ Movie Rights Back From TWC

“In the Heights” had originally been set up at The Weinstein Co., but Hudes and Miranda regained control of the film rights in the aftermath of the company’s downfall following the decades-worth of sexual assault and harassment accusations against Harvey Weinstein, and TWC’s subsequent bankruptcy.

On #IntheHeights and #TheWeinsteinCompany pic.twitter.com/cmfY5FurSb

— Quiara A Hudes (@quiarahudes) October 12, 2017

Warner Bros. won an intense bidding war for the rights to the musical.

Before even landing at TWC the rights were picked up by Universal but were dropped in 2011 after the studio was reportedly reluctant to produce the film at a $37 million budget.

The studio has dated “In the Heights” for a June 2020 release. Hudes is penning the script with Marc Klein (“Serendipity”).

Ramos is repped by CAA and Door24, and is currently starring in MoviePass Films’ “Monsters and Men.” Ramos is also in the upcoming Warner Bros. film “Godzilla: King of the Monsters,” with Legendary Entertainment.

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Anthony Ramos has landed the lead role in Warner Bros. big-screen adaptation of the Tony Award-winning musical “In the Heights.”

Ramos, having just appeared in “A Star is Born,” previously played the lead role of Unsavi in a production of “In the Heights” at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. “Crazy Rich Asians” director Jon M. Chu, who is helming this project as well, tweeted that Ramos was his dream casting.

The musical, created by Lin Manuel-Miranda and Quiara Alegría Hudes, follows a bodega owner in the New York City’s Washington Heights neighborhood, who has mixed feelings about closing his store and retiring to the Dominican Republic after inheriting his grandmother’s fortune.

The Broadway production of “In The Heights” won the Tony for Best Musical and Best Original Score, as well as a Grammy for Best Musical Show album.

Miranda wrote the music, lyrics and starred in the lead role when “In the Heights” landed on Broadway. Hudes wrote the book for the musical.

In addition, Ramos also worked with Miranda in the Broadway production of “Hamilton,” which Miranda created and won 11 Tonys, and where Ramos originated the dual roles of John Laurens and Philip Hamilton.

“In the Heights” had originally been set up at The Weinstein Co., but Hudes and Miranda regained control of the film rights in the aftermath of the company’s downfall following the decades-worth of sexual assault and harassment accusations against Harvey Weinstein, and TWC’s subsequent bankruptcy.

Warner Bros. won an intense bidding war for the rights to the musical.

Before even landing at TWC the rights were picked up by Universal but were dropped in 2011 after the studio was reportedly reluctant to produce the film at a $37 million budget.

The studio has dated “In the Heights” for a June 2020 release. Hudes is penning the script with Marc Klein (“Serendipity”).

Ramos is repped by CAA and Door24, and is currently starring in MoviePass Films’ “Monsters and Men.” Ramos is also in the upcoming Warner Bros. film “Godzilla: King of the Monsters,” with Legendary Entertainment.

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‘Mary Poppins Returns’ Trailer: Emily Blunt Sings and Dick Van Dyke Dances (Video)

There’s magic in the air once again as Mary Poppins drops in to say hello in the first official trailer for Disney’s long-awaited musical sequel.

Following a quick teaser was released during the Oscars, fans of the children’s classic were treated with a two minute, 26-second trailer Monday morning as Poppins says that she’s “come back to look after the Banks children” once again.

Taking place 25 years after the first film, “Mary Poppins Returns” sees the titular nanny (Emily Blunt) return to pay a visit to the now grown up Jane and Michael Banks (Emily Mortimer and Ben Whishaw), the latter of whom has three children, Annabelle, Georgie and John.

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Having been struck by tragedy with the death of their mother and about to lose their home, the Banks family gets a bit of “supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” back into their lives as Poppins conjures up flocks of bluebirds, dancing penguins, and takes them on colorful underwater adventures.

The half-animated, half live-action film sees Dick Van Dyke return as Mr. Dawes, Jr., the retired chairman of the bank now run by Firth’s character, to pull off some of his famous tap dance moves.

Also Read: ‘Mary Poppins Returns’ First Footage: Kite-Flying Lin-Manuel Miranda, Emily Blunt and Umbrella (Video)

Lin-Manuel Miranda, Colin Firth, Meryl Streep and Angela Lansbury also star in the film, which is directed by Rob Marshall.

“Mary Poppins Returns” hits theaters on Dec. 19.

Watch the trailer above and see the new poster below.
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There’s magic in the air once again as Mary Poppins drops in to say hello in the first official trailer for Disney’s long-awaited musical sequel.

Following a quick teaser was released during the Oscars, fans of the children’s classic were treated with a two minute, 26-second trailer Monday morning as Poppins says that she’s “come back to look after the Banks children” once again.

Taking place 25 years after the first film, “Mary Poppins Returns” sees the titular nanny (Emily Blunt) return to pay a visit to the now grown up Jane and Michael Banks (Emily Mortimer and Ben Whishaw), the latter of whom has three children, Annabelle, Georgie and John.

Having been struck by tragedy with the death of their mother and about to lose their home, the Banks family gets a bit of “supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” back into their lives as Poppins conjures up flocks of bluebirds, dancing penguins, and takes them on colorful underwater adventures.

The half-animated, half live-action film sees Dick Van Dyke return as Mr. Dawes, Jr., the retired chairman of the bank now run by Firth’s character, to pull off some of his famous tap dance moves.

Lin-Manuel Miranda, Colin Firth, Meryl Streep and Angela Lansbury also star in the film, which is directed by Rob Marshall.

“Mary Poppins Returns” hits theaters on Dec. 19.

Watch the trailer above and see the new poster below.
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“I was flying a kite and it got caught on a nanny,” says one of the little Banks children, offering as good an explanation as any for the arrival of the ultimate child-minder in this new trailer for Disney’s Mary Poppins Returns.
Dire…

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Disney dropped the official trailer for “Mary Poppins Returns” on Monday, and Emily Blunt is ready to serve up a spoonful of sugar. Blunt plays the eponymous role that Julie Andrews made famous in the 1964 classic musical fantasy. Set in London 25 years after the events of the original film, the highly anticipated sequel […]