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Jack Rico

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2011/03/29 at 12:00am

‘In the Heights: The Movie’ is officially dead

03.29.2011 | By |

'In the Heights: The Movie' is officially dead

Ever since the Broadway show ‘In the Heights’ won Best Musical at the 2007 Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall – historic moment which I happened to be in the auditorium for – there has been talk of a movie version being developed by Universal Studios for a couple of years now.

First, word came out that ‘In the Heights’ creator, composer, lyricist and star, Lin Manuel Miranda was starring and helping adapt his creation into a film script with the show’s book writer, Quiara Alegria Hudes, writing the script and ‘High School Musical’ helmer Kenny Ortega attached to direct. When I saw Ortega and Wilmer Valderrama chatting at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills, I knew this was more than rumor. He was already recruiting and meeting potential cast members. Unfortunately, somewhere along the road, things didn’t go as planned and Lin Manuel, announced via a statement on Deadline.com, that ‘In the Heights: The Movie’ was dead.

According to sources, one of the major reasons for the movie not being greenlit was that Shakira, the ultimate crossover star, couldn’t reach a deal with Universal. She was in talks for the role of Vanessa. It would have been her first motion picture role.

Among the cast members wanting to be part of the star studded cast were Jennifer Lopez for the role of Daniela. That didn’t work out either most likely because of her new found fame with American Idol. Other considerations for her role were Real Housewives star Eva Longoria, Modern Family actress Sofia Vergara and Broadway and TV star from Grey’s Anatomy, Sara Ramirez.

In addition, the cast would have included Rita Moreno, Ruben Blades, and fresh faces like Carlos Peña Jr. from Nickelodeon’s ‘Big Time Rush’, plus Wilmer Valderrama and Gloria Estefan in cameo roles. Speaking of Estefan, iconic record producer Emilio Estefan was having initial conversations to executive produce the film’s soundtrack, a mix of Latin and Hip-Hop songs.

It’s all a shame since dancers were already auditioning, and shooting was slated to begin in August in Washington Heights, New York City with a budget of $37 million dollars. Also, Universal Studios is one of the few studios in Hollywood that has made a commitment to making films with Latino talent, including distributing ‘Savages,’ a cartel movie that will star Benicio del Toro and Salma Hayek, recently announced.

There was no doubt that ‘In the Heights: The Movie’ was going to be one of the most star studded US Hispanic movies in the history of Hollywood, but Lin Manuel Miranda is not giving up on the dream of one day making it happen. He said in a statement, “I have had nothing but a positive experience with Universal Pictures. We weren’t able to make the film version of In The Heights together, but I’m looking forward to working with them in the near future. Moving forward, I’m excited to explore other options to make the In The Heights movie a reality.”

The question now is, what studio will the movie land? My guess is Sony Pictures Classic/Columbia Pictures since they are also very committed to musicals (Burlesque) and Latino talent (Battle: Los Angeles).

Leave your thoughts and comments below.

Namreta Kumar

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2010/01/26 at 12:00am

Michael Jackson’s This is It

01.26.2010 | By |

Rating: 4.0

Rated: PG
Release Date: 2009-10-28
Starring: Kenny Ortega
Director(s):
Distributor:
Film Genre:
Country:USA
Official Website: http://www.sonypictures.com/movies/michaeljacksonthisisit/

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Like much of anything Michael Jackson this film is a landmark. This Is It will immediately capture your heart.

The film takes you on a roller coaster ride. It opens with the tears of joy of the opportunity to work with the man who has defined music and dance in so many ways. While watching the film you almost forget that Michael Jackson is not here anymore. His vibrance, humor, and spirit leap off the screen and touch you.

This project developed by the archived videos of Michael Jackson’s last concert reveal art-making as an unfinished masterpiece. Kenny Oretga’s mosaic of Michael Jackson’s last days and dreams will undoubtedly inspire Michael Jackson fans. The raw images never hinder, as other documentaries may, but deliver the energy of another thrilling performance.

Through the eyes of these rehearsal lenses every music fan is delivered to the stage. The respect and L-O-V-E, love, that Michael Jackson works on every detail with is sure to move anyone. It is almost hard to judge the film objectively, because it seems to have another quality about it altogether.

Whether you look at it from a subject point of view or from a genre point of view This Is It is unique. You get a lot more than what you bargain for – A Film, A Concert, A Journey – This Is It honors the entertainer of entertainers.

Jack Rico

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2010/01/26 at 12:00am

Michael Jackson’s This is It

01.26.2010 | By |

Rating: 4.0

Rated: PG
Release Date: 2009-10-28
Starring: Kenny Ortega
Director(s):
Distributor:
Film Genre:
Country:USA
Official Website: http://www.sonypictures.com/movies/michaeljacksonthisisit/

 Go to our film page

Juan Ensuncho Bárcena

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2009/10/29 at 12:00am

Namreta Kumar

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2009/10/29 at 12:00am

Michael Jackson’s This is It

10.29.2009 | By |

Michael Jackson's This is It

Like much of anything Michael Jackson this film is a landmark. This Is It will immediately capture your heart.

The film takes you on a roller coaster ride. It opens with the tears of joy of the opportunity to work with the man who has defined music and dance in so many ways. While watching the film you almost forget that Michael Jackson is not here anymore. His vibrance, humor, and spirit leap off the screen and touch you.

This project developed by the archived videos of Michael Jackson’s last concert reveal art-making as an unfinished masterpiece. Kenny Oretga’s mosaic of Michael Jackson’s last days and dreams will undoubtedly inspire Michael Jackson fans. The raw images never hinder, as other documentaries may, but deliver the energy of another thrilling performance.

Through the eyes of these rehearsal lenses every music fan is delivered to the stage. The respect and L-O-V-E, love, that Michael Jackson works on every detail with is sure to move anyone. It is almost hard to judge the film objectively, because it seems to have another quality about it altogether.

Whether you look at it from a subject point of view or from a genre point of view This Is It is unique. You get a lot more than what you bargain for – A Film, A Concert, A Journey – This Is It honors the entertainer of entertainers.

Pau Brunet

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2008/10/27 at 12:00am

"High School Musical 3 sings itself to #1 at the box office!

10.27.2008 | By |

"High School Musical 3 sings itself to #1 at the box office!

In one of the more unusual duels at the North American box office, a perky Disney romantic musical trumped the fifth installment in the grisly “Saw” horror series, according to studio estimates issued on Sunday.

“High School Musical 3: Senior Year,” the first big-screen adaptation of Walt Disney Co’s popular TV movie franchise, sold $42 million worth of tickets during its first three days. The opening sets a new record for a musical, surpassing the $27.8 million bow of the ABBA-themed romance “Mamma Mia!” in July.

“Saw V” followed with $30.5 million, in line with the previous three installments. Moviegoers can expect additional sequels of both films.

The one-two punch of the disparate duo propelled overall weekend sales to their highest level in 10 weeks. The top 12 films grossed $120 million, according to tracking firm Media By Numbers, up about 40 percent from both last weekend and the year-ago weekend.

But the news was not all good. The new cop drama “Pride and Glory,” starring Edward Norton and Colin Farrell, opened at No. 5 with just $6.3 million. It marks the second consecutive dud for Time Warner Inc’s Warner Bros. following “Body of Lies,” starring Russell Crowe and Leonardo DiCaprio, two weeks ago.

Disney, on the other hand, is enjoying a strong fall, first with “Beverly Hills Chihuahua” three weeks ago, and now with “High School Musical 3.” The movie also opened in 19 international markets, and was No. 1 in each of them, led by Britain with $13 million.

“Saw V” is the latest installment in the spectacularly profitable torture franchise that kicked off in 2004. Every October since then, a new “Saw” movie has opened at No. 1 in the $30 million range. Total sales peaked at $87 million for “Saw II,” and the film’s distributor, Lionsgate, hopes the new one will finish up in the $60 million range.

The studio, a unit of Lions Gate Entertainment Corp, said “Saw” will soon become the biggest horror franchise, with total domestic sales about $1 million short of the $318 million haul of the 11 “Friday the 13th” films.

Last weekend’s champ, the Mark Wahlberg thriller “Max Payne,” slipped to No. 3 with $7.6 million, taking its 10-day haul to $29.7 million. The film was released by 20th Century Fox, a unit of News Corp.

 

# TITLE % GROSS THEATERS AVG. CUME. DIST. BUDGET
1 High School Musical 3
$41’5M 3’623 $11’590 $41’5M Disney $11M
2 Saw V $30M 3’060 $8’960 $30M Lionsgate $10’8M
3 Max Payne -57% $7’5M 3’381 $2’240 $29’4M Fox $35M
4 Beverly Hills Chihuahua -39% $6’9M 3’190 $2’160 $78M Disney
5 Pride & Glory

$6’2M

2’585 $2’440 $6’2M NL/Warner $30M
6 The Secret Life Of Bees -44% $5’9M 1’650 $3’640 $19’1M Fox Serch. $11M
Mack Chico

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2008/10/17 at 12:00am

"High School Musical 3" – The top 6 scenes from the movie!

10.17.2008 | By |

"High School Musical 3" - The top 6 scenes from the movie!

One of the most anticipated films of the year will be out in theaters October 24th and ShowBizCafe.com already has 6 of the best scenes of the film!

Director Kenny Ortega, from Spanish grandparents, leads a cast superstar kids – Zac Efron, Vanessa Anne Hudgens, Ashley Tisdale and Corbin Bleu.

‘High School Musical 3: Senior Year’ – as seniors in high school ,Troy and Gabriella struggle with the idea of being separated from one another as college approaches. Along with the rest of the Wildcats, they stage a spring musical to address their experiences, hopes and fears about their future.

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