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Lin-Manuel Miranda Responds to ‘In the Heights’ Colorism Criticism: “I’m Truly Sorry”

Lin-Manuel Miranda, who created and starred in the stage musical of In the Heights, has responded to the criticisms of colorism in the feature film directed by Jon M. Chu. The criticism had been brewing over the past week on Twitter, after an interview with the cast and crew pointed out the lack of Afro-Latino actors in the film, despite being set in the famously diverse New York neighborhood of Washington Heights. Miranda issued an apology over the “hurt and frustration” caused by this erasure...
Tags: New York, Hollywood, Movies, New York City, Stage, Musical, Miranda, Warner Brothers, Leon, Lin Manuel Miranda, Vanessa, Chu, Corey Hawkins, Nina, Jon M Chu, In The Heights

"I can hear the hurt and frustration over colorism, of feeling still unseen in the feedback. I hear that without sufficient dark-skinned Afro-Latino representation, the work feels extractive..."

".... of the community we wanted so much to represent with pride and joy. In trying to paint a mosaic of this community, we fell short. I’m truly sorry. I’m learning from the feedback, I thank you for raising it, and I’m listening.” Tweets Lin-Manuel Miranda, quoted in "Lin-Manuel Miranda Addresses Lack of Afro-Latino Representation in ‘In the Heights’: ‘We Fell Short’" (Variety). Here's the criticism that caused him to go straight to apology mode: DAMN DAMN DAMN THIS IS PAINFUL
Tags: Law, NYC, New York City, Rap, Broadway, Eminem, Miranda, Rotten Tomatoes, Dominican Republic, Washington Heights, Lin Manuel Miranda, Chu, Jon M. Chu, Porgy, Race Consciousness, Ann Althouse

Morning Watch: ‘In the Heights’ Opening Sequence Breakdown, A Closer Look at ‘Masters of the Universe’ & More

(The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fan-made productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.) In this edition, listen as In the Heights director Jon M. Chu breaks down part of the lively and mesmerizing opening musical sequel from In the Heights. Plus, take a closer look at the upcoming animated series sequel Mast...
Tags: Movies, Tig Notaro, Los Angeles, Netflix, New York Times, Army, Conan, Tbs, Masters Of The Universe, Washington Heights, Kevin-Smith, Conan O Brien, Chu, Jon M. Chu, Video Of The Day, Anthony Ramos

State disaster declarations could trigger quicker IRS tax relief under House bill

Overhead view of flooding. (Image by Pok Rie via Pexels) It's already been a literally disastrous year for millions of Americans. When Mother Nature does her worst, major disaster areas are declared, meaning affected residents get access to federal assistance. However, the process for providing disaster-related tax relief can take time and be confusing. Sometimes it can be frustratingly close to, or even after, impending tax deadlines. The Internal Revenue Service can't make any decisions...
Tags: New York, Taxes, California, White House, West Virginia, House, Fema, Irs, Federal Emergency Management Agency FEMA, Internal Revenue Service, Chu, Judy Chu, Pexels, JOHN KATKO, Pok Rie, Chu Katko

Jon M. Chu Responds to Criticism Over Treatment of South Asian Characters in ‘Crazy Rich Asians’

“Crazy Rich Asians” director Jon M. Chu sees his error in casting brown actors in subservient roles. While promoting his new film “In the Heights,” Chu told Insider that he should have made the South Asian characters in “Crazy Rich Asians” “more human” and that he “totally gets” the criticism. The 2018 rom-com hit centers […]
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The New King Of The Hollywood Musicals

Making Crazy Rich Asians and In the Heights helped Chu figure out what he’s trying to say with his films. Through them, he’s arguing for telling fresh stories via beloved, old-school Hollywood styles. But he also wants to do more than entertain; he wants to help audiences reflect on their own connections to what’s happening on screen. – The Atlantic
Tags: Art, Hollywood, Media, Chu, 06.08.21

Why You Should See ‘In the Heights’ in a Theater, According to the Director and Writer

It’s been roughly 15 months since the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic hit and we were last able to see movies safely in theaters. Some moviegoers have already started braving the cinemas in recent months to get that long-missed big-screen screen experience. But others have reasonably been cautious about going to the movie theater, either because of crowds or lack of vaccinations. But both In the Heights director Jon M. Chu and screenwriter Quiara Alegría Hudes want to tell moviegoers that their...
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How ‘In the Heights’ Director Jon M. Chu Made the Movie Musical Event of the Summer [Interview]

The only thing more energetic than the new musical In the Heights is the man who directed it. Jon M. Chu has made a career out of creating high energy movies like Step Up 2: The Streets, G.I. Joe: Retaliation, and Crazy Rich Asians, but his particular skill set feels so perfectly in line with this latest project. His film adaptation of the Tony Award-winning musical about the hopes and dreams of the denizens of Washington Heights in New York City is a big movie: big on romance, big on drama, bi...
Tags: New York, Movies, Interviews, China, New York City, Features, Musical, St Louis, Warner Brothers, Alice, Chris, Bay, Washington Heights, Vanessa, Chu, Olga

‘In the Heights’ Director Jon M. Chu on Film’s In-Person LALIFF Screening: ‘Like I’m Waking Up From Some Crazy Dream’

“It’s going to be Washington Heights that is going to show the world how to get up again,” declared director Jon M. Chu as he addressed the audience ahead of the special preview screening of Warner Bros.’ “In the Heights.” “Because it showed me how to get up again.” Chu’s sentiments reflected the overall atmosphere […]
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The top 6 new movie releases in June, from 'Fast and Furious 9' to 'In the Heights'

Vin Diesel and John Cena in "F9" Universal Every month, the app TV Time provides Insider a list of the most anticipated new movies being released, based on the movies its US users have indicated they intend to watch. Universal's ninth "Fast and Furious" movie hits theaters after a long delay while Pixar's "Luca" will debut on Disney+. Warner Bros. will release "In the Heights" and the third "Conjuring" movie to theaters and on HBO Max. See more stories on Insider's business pag...
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‘In the Heights’ Review: This Crowdpleasing Musical is Full of Big Emotions, Big Dreams, and Big Songs

When In The Heights opened on Broadway in 2008, it was a scrappy little show that could, the product of a college sophomore’s wild ambitions and talent that had been honed and tweaked for years before finally hitting the Great White Way. But more than two decades after Lin-Manuel Miranda initially conceived of In the Heights during his second year at Wesleyan, Miranda’s profile has far exceeded anything that he created pre-Hamilton. So returning to Miranda’s first stage musical made back when h...
Tags: New York, Movies, Stanford, New York City, Movie Reviews, Stage, Broadway, Musical, Miranda, Warner Brothers, Washington Heights, Benny, Vanessa, Carla, Chaplin, Lin Manuel Miranda

Congress passes bill to fight hate crimes vs. Asian Americans

By Brian Slodysko | Associated Press WASHINGTON — Congress approved legislation Tuesday intended to curtail a striking rise in hate crimes against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, sending President Joe Biden a bipartisan denunciation of the spate of brutal attacks that have proliferated during coronavirus pandemic. The bill, which the House passed on a 364-62 vote, will expedite the review of hate crimes at the Justice Department and make grants available to help local law enforcement age...
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Jon M. Chu, Fala Chen Discuss AAPI Representation in Hollywood During UTA Inclusion Panel

According to “Crazy Rich Asians” and “In the Heights” filmmaker Jon M. Chu, many of the depictions of Asian women he’s seen portrayed in Hollywood films are “not the Asian women that we know.” “That’s not my mother, not my grandmother, not my sister, not my best friend,” Chu said during a virtual panel presented […]
Tags: Hollywood, News, UTA, Chu, Daniel Wu, Jon M. Chu, Fala Chen, Jon M Chu Fala Chen, Hollywood During UTA Inclusion Panel

Sen. Alex Padilla moves to protect 1 million acres of California land

U.S. Sen. Alex Padilla introduced legislation Monday, May 3, that would protect and improve access to 1 million acres of land and 500 miles of rivers across the state, including more than 139,000 acres and 45 miles of wild and scenic rivers in Southern California. “Simply put, this is a big deal,” Wade Crowfoot, state secretary of California Natural Resources, said at a news conference Monday at Santa Fe Dam Recreation Area in Irwindale. “These natural places provide us inspiration, recreation a...
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New In the Heights Trailer Promises a Magical Musical Experience

BEGIN SLIDESHOW Lin-Manuel Miranda debuted a new In the Heights trailer at the 2021 Academy Awards. The new footage of Jon M. Chu’s big-screen adaptation has made its way online, and, like the previous trailers before it, promises a magical experience full of stunning choreography, and exciting musical numbers. In the Heights was originally scheduled for a 2020 and June 18 release, but will now be released on HBO Max on June 11. The last release date pitted the film against Disney-Pixar’s n...
Tags: Movies, New York City, Broadway, Streaming, Musical, Miranda, Steven Spielberg, Hamilton, Dominican Republic, Washington Heights, Lin Manuel Miranda, Golden Globe, Kevin, Luca, Chu, Jimmy Smith

‘In the Heights’ Early Buzz Praises Spectacular Love Letter to New York, as Tribeca Announces Indoor-Outdoor World Premiere

Lights up on Washington Heights, as Twitter lit up with glowing reactions to In the Heights, director Jon M. Chu‘s highly anticipated feature adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda‘s acclaimed Broadway musical. Some critics got the chance to see In the Heights last year before theaters shut down amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, and it seems like others had the chance to see it virtually more recently. But last night’s reactions still seemed to arrive early, considering the film isn’t set to ...
Tags: Hbo, New York, Hollywood, Movies, Washington, New York City, United States, Broadway, Musical, Warner Brothers, Washington Heights, Tribeca, Laura, Lin Manuel Miranda, Chu, United Palace

Tamika Butler, Remix’s Tiffany Chu and Revel’s Frank Reig to discuss how to balance equitability and profitability at TC Sessions Mobility

The race among mobility startups to become profitable by controlling market share has produced a string of bad results for cities and the people living in the them. City officials and agencies learned from those early deployments of ride-hailing and shared scooter services and have since pushed back with new rules and tighter control over which companies can operate. This correction has prompted established companies to change how they do business and fueled a new crop of startups, all promising...
Tags: Energy, TC, Transportation, Y Combinator, Remix, California, New York City, America, San Francisco, Brands, Tech, Ceo, Companies, Mit, Cities, Automotive

Movie fans launch petition to save Cinerama dome

Movie fans stunned and saddened by Monday’s news that the ArcLight and Pacific theaters in the Los Angeles area will not reopen have taken to the Internet to try to save one of L.A.’s most iconic movie houses. A petition launched on to preserve the iconic Cinerama Dome on Sunset Boulevard had more than 1,200 signatures as of Tuesday morning. It was started by a filmmaker and actor named Ben Steinberg, who wrote about the Cinerama Dome’s place in movie history. “The Cinerama Dome is a ...
Tags: Business, Hollywood, Movies, Instagram, America, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Quentin Tarantino, Pacific, Patricia Arquette, Rian Johnson, Gavin Newsom, Chu, Sunset Boulevard, Dome

‘In the Heights’ Moves Up Release Date One Week

We’re one week closer to visiting Washington Heights. Warner Bros. has pushed up the release date for Jon M. Chu‘s feature musical In the Heights, which opens in both theaters and HBO Max this June. Warner Bros. has moved the In the Heights release date up to June 11, 2021. It vacates its old June 18 slot, making Disney/Pixar’s Luca the only wide release that weekend. The release date change comes a few days after two new trailers for In the Heights dropped, teasing some of the big song and ...
Tags: Movies, Broadway, Warner Bros, Musical, Warner Brothers, Hamilton, Washington Heights, Tony, Luca, Lin Manuel Miranda, Chu, Disney Pixar, Jon M Chu, Release Dates, Anthony Ramos, In The Heights

Social Media Posts Alleging Racism Not Defamatory

By Lewis Waring, Paralegal and Student-at-Law, Editor, First Reference Inc. In Sole Cleaning Inc v Chu (“Chu”), an individual’s disparaging social media statements about her former employer were found not to be defamatory. Chu illustrates the way the legal system may from time to time, respond to digitally published statements that disparage an organization that may indeed have negative effects on that organization’s business. In short, Ontario law may allow individual disparaging comments abou...
Tags: Law, Toronto, Social Media, Racism, Employment law, Black Lives Matter, BLM, Free Speech, Defamation, Ontario, Dismissal, Black Lives Matter Movement, Chu, Superior Court of Justice, Substantive Law: Judicial Decisions, Case Comment

Via buys mapping startup Remix for $100 million

Remix, the startup that developed mapping software used by cities for transportation planning and street design, was born out of a hackathon during a Code for America fellowship. Nearly seven years later, the San Francisco-based startup is being acquired by Via for $100 million in cash and equity. Remix will become a subsidiary of Via, an arrangement that will let the startup maintain its independent brand. Remix’s 65 employees and two of its co-founders — CEO Tiffany Chu and CTO Dan Getelman ...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Remix, America, San Francisco, Tech, Automotive, Silicon Valley, Cto, Zipcar, Fiat Chrysler, Chu, VIA, San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, Exor the Agnelli, PartnerRe Ferrari

House OKs land/rivers bill preserving 1 million acres – much of it in LA County

A bill protecting more than 1 million acres of public lands and 500 miles of rivers in the state — including more than 400,000 acres in three counties in Southern California — was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives Friday in a bipartisan vote. Protecting America’s Wilderness and Public Lands Act, or HR 803 was adopted by a vote of 227-200, with eight Republicans voting “yes” along with 219 Democrats. Rep. Mike Garcia, R-Santa Clarita, was the lone Republican in the state to vote in favo...
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Massive conservation bill would preserve Rim of the Valley, extend San Gabriel Mountains monument

A giant California conservation bill that would preserve 1 million acres of land from the banks of the Los Angeles River to the forests near the Oregon border will go before Congress for a historic vote on Friday, Feb. 26. Four representatives, each adding a piece of the preservation pie, said in a virtual press conference Thursday that their long-suffering efforts have been re-born by a Democratic majority in the House and what could be a dramatic tie-breaking vote in the U.S. Senate by Vice Pr...
Tags: News, Congress, California, Mexico, Oregon, Government, Senate, Environment, America, Los Angeles, Barack Obama, Sport, LA River, Soccer, House, Community

‘The Great Chinese Art Heist’ is the Latest Project for the Increasingly Busy Jon M. Chu

Jon M. Chu is in high demand, and he continues to line up future projects. While the Crazy Rich Asians filmmaker had to drop out of the Willow Disney+ series, he has plenty of other options. The latest is The Great Chinese Art Heist, based on a GQ article about “a slew of museum art robberies that occurred in Europe, in which Chinese antiquities were stolen.” Chu will produce and direct the pic for Warner Bros. Deadline has the scoop on The Great Chinese Art Heist, revealing that the ever-bu...
Tags: Europe, UK, Movies, China, Disney, Warner Bros, Warner Brothers, True Story, Lin Manuel Miranda, Chu, CHOI, Jon M. Chu, Warner Bros Deadline, HBO Max, Alex W Palmer, The Great Chinese Art Heist

Warner Bros. Sets Jon M. Chu to Helm The Great Chinese Art Heist

Warner Bros. sets Jon M. Chu to helm The Great Chinese Art Heist After already delivering a smash hit set in the continent for the studio in 2018, Jon M. Chu and Warner Bros. are reuniting and prepared to dive into a different region of culture as the Crazy Rich Asians helmer has signed on to direct The Great Chinese Art Heist, according to Deadline. RELATED: Wicked: Jon M. Chu to Helm Universal’s Musical Film Adaptation if (typeof readAdmiralCookie === "fun...
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Nearly 90% of military hazing complaints come from the Marine Corps

via U.S. Marine Corps An annual report on hazing in the military shows that the Marine Corps had the lion's share of hazing complaints and substantiated hazing incidents. The data is a troubling snapshot taken shortly after the Marines faced national scrutiny over hazing episodes at boot camp at Parris Island in South Carolina. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. A year after a Marine drill instructor was sentenced to 10 years behind bars for hazing Muslim recruits, th...
Tags: Bullying, Navy, California, Defense, Trends, Afghanistan, Military, Marine Corps, Marines, Pentagon, Air Force, Defense Department, South Carolina, Coast Guard, Chu, US Marine Corps

‘Wicked’ Movie Will Be Directed By ‘In the Heights’ Helmer Jon M. Chu

Wicked, the big-screen adaptation of the Broadway musical, has found a new director: Jon M. Chu. Universal has been trying to get a Wicked movie made for over a decade now, and at one point, the plan was to release the movie in 2019 with Billy Elliot filmmaker Stephen Daldry at the helm. But Universal pulled the movie from its 2019 release date, and Daldry eventually left the project. Now, Crazy Rich Asians director Chu, who also directed the upcoming musical In the Heights, has stepped in. ...
Tags: Movies, West, Broadway, Stephen Daldry, Universal, Idina Menzel, Musical, Les Miserables, Kristin Chenoweth, Wicked, Schwartz, Chu, Billy Elliot, Stephen Schwartz, Galinda, Gregory Maguire

Comedian Steve Byrne talks comic mishaps and Valentine’s Day drive-in performance

Comedian and actor Steve Byrne wants couples — and single folks, too — to enjoy a fun and safe Valentine’s Day weekend. While there’s a global pandemic going on with restrictions in place to help stop the spread of the novel coronavirus, Byrne, who is headlining Irvine Improv’s Drive-In, which is located atop the Regal Parking Deck, at the Irvine Spectrum Center on Saturday, Feb. 13, said his comedy is perfect for a date night in a car. “Unlike most comics, I’m not divorced and depressed,” he sa...
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Wicked: Jon M. Chu to Helm Universal’s Musical Film Adaptation

Wicked: Jon M. Chu to helm Universal’s musical film adaptation According to Deadline, Crazy Rich Asians director Jon M. Chu has officially signed on to helm Universal Pictures’ long-in-development film adaptation of Wicked, based on Stephen Schwartz and Winnie Holzman’s acclaimed and popular Broadway musical of the same name. Chu will be replacing Oscar nominee Stephen Daldry (The Crown), who was forced to exit the project last year due to scheduling conflicts caused by the ongoing pandemic. ...
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‘Willow’ TV Series Finds New Director in ‘I’m Not Okay With This’ Co-Creator Jonathan Entwistle

The Willow TV series pilot headed to Disney+ was supposed to be directed by Jon M. Chu, but Chu recently left the project due to personal reasons. Now, the show has found a new director – Jonathan Entwistle, director and co-creator of I’m Not Okay With This. Entwistle also directed episodes of the show The End of the F***ing World. THR has the scoop on Jonathan Entwistle taking over as the Willow TV series director. Entwistle’s credits include The End of the F***ing World and I’m Not Okay Wi...
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