‘Hamilton’s Good Wife Stands By Her Ham: Deadline Q&A With Phillipa Soo

When Hamilton ended its Public Theater run in the spring of 2015, there was a lot of pressure to open immediately on Broadway. After all, it was already a runaway hit, with several sold-out extensions downtown; why waste lucrative weeks? But author, composer, lyricist and star Lin-Manuel Miranda wanted to buy some time to fix a few things he felt he hadn’t quite got right.
One of them was the role of Eliza, the upper class Schuyler sister who will marry the near-penniless…

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Latin American Distributor Diamond Films Moves Into Spain

MADRID — Diamond Films, part of Latin America’s Telefilms Group, its biggest independent movie distributor, has expanded to Europe, setting up Diamond Films España, a direct distribution operation in Spain headed by Spanish distrib vet Carles Montiel and Gonzalo Claiman Versini. Montiel has held executive positions at multiple Spanish independent distribution houses such as Lauren… Read more »

‘Top Gear’ Averages 4.3 Million Viewers In Season Opener, Takes Social Media Hits

The revamped season of Top Gear, with new presenters Chris Evans and Matt LeBlanc, has debuted to a mixed reception, averaging somewhere between 4.3-4.4 million viewers and drawing some social media fire. Those figures rep a decade low bow for the first ep of a new Top Gear series although the BBC chose to look at the glass half full, citing the show was the most watched in its primetime 8pm Sunday night slot, beating nearest rival, ITV’s British Soap Awards by some half…

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ROOTS Reboot!! OF MEN AND WAR On POV!! Monday TV Talkback!!

ROOTS Reboot!! OF MEN AND WAR On POV!! Talk Show Guests!! Monday TV Talkback!!

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Variety says:
… The lessons the new “Roots” teaches over the course of its eight hours, which air on four consecutive nights, are worth revisiting, and a number of outstanding performances enliven this retelling of the story of Kunta Kinte and his descendants. …
The Hollywood Reporter says:
… Fortunately, this new Roots is very good, indeed. With only a small letdown in its fourth night, each part of Roots builds to its own sometimes rousing, sometimes infuriating, sometimes emotional climax …
Time says:
… It makes a case for its own existence, thanks to its striking cinematography. …
Hitfix says:
… The remake doesn’t gloss over important moments, like the way Fiddler (Forest Whitaker), born into slavery, learns to respect and even envy Kunta for refusing to stop fighting and trying to escape, but it moves confidently and briskly throughout, and each night is cleverly structured as its own movie, telling one small piece of the family’s larger story: Kunta’s abduction and forced assimilation in night one, Kunta passing on Mandinka traditions to daughter Kizzy (played by E’Myri Lee Crutchfield as a teen, and Anika Noni Rose as an adult) in night two, Kizzy enduring the ownership and serial rape of Tom Lea (Jonathan Rhys Meyer) and his growing influence on their son George in night three, and an adult George trying to secure freedom for himself and his family in night four.
USA Today says:
… more than just a worthy venture; it’s an enthralling one. …
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