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HBO Max’s Batgirl Movie Has Cast Ivory Aquino As Alysia Yeoh

In an exclusive newsbreak, Deadline has announced that the upcoming “Batgirl” movie has added Ivory Aquino to the cast, and those who speculated the character calling for “Alanna” was actually for the comic book character Alysia Yeoh have been proven correct. Aquino joins the cast which includes Leslie Grace (“In the Heights“), J.K. Simmons (“Spider-Man: […]

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The Underperformance of ‘West Side Story’: No, It’s Not Just Because Gen Z Doesn’t Like Musicals (Column)

I liked Steven Spielberg’s emotionally energized, visually bustling “West Side Story” just fine, though I’m not as over the moon about it as some of my critical colleagues. There’s an ecstatic tone wafting through the reviews. I raise the issue because you would have expected that collective hosanna to be one of many things that […]

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Critic’s Choice Association Names Celebration of Latino Cinema Honorees and Presenters

The Critic’s Choice Association announced the honorees and presenters for the inaugural Celebration of Latino Cinema, taking place virtually on Dec. 9 at 5:30 p.m. Pt / 8:30 p.m. Et. Writer, producer, actress and comedian Cristela Alonzo will host the event.The director award will go to Reinaldo Marcus Green, director of “King Richard,” the biopic […]

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How Lin-Manuel Miranda Channeled Disney Legend Howard Ashman for the ‘Encanto’ Animated Musical

With Disney’s “Encanto”, Lin-Manuel Miranda finally got to work on his first animated musical from the ground up after getting a taste with Disney’s “Moana” (featuring his Oscar-nominated song “How Far I’ll Go”) and Sony/Netflix’s “Vivo.” In fact, it’s the latest milestone in what has been an incredible year for the very hot Miranda, following […]

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Andrew Garfield and Will Smith Brought Best Actor Race Into Focus at AFI Fest

So have we seen everything yet?AFI Fest, which just wrapped in Los Angeles, is the final prominent film festival to unveil a handful of awards hopefuls.Lin-Manuel Miranda’s directorial debut, “Tick, Tick … Boom!,” from Netflix, premiered to strong reviews and plenty of Oscar buzz. As part of a banner year for Miranda that includes involvement […]

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‘Allswell,’ Starring Elizabeth Rodriguez, Liza Colón-Zayas and Daphne Rubin-Vega, Wraps Production

The indie drama “Allswell” wrapped principal photography this month in New York, N.Y. The film stars Elizabeth Rodriguez, Liza Colón-Zayas and Daphne Rubin-Vega (from “In the Heights”) along with a cast that includes Felix Solis, Max Casella, Michael Rispoli, Shirley Rodriguez, MacKenzie Lansing and J. Cameron Barnett.“Allswell” tells a story of family trauma and reconciliation. […]

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How ‘Encanto’ Art Team Brought Enchantment to Disney’s 60th Animated Feature

Disney Animation’s newest feature, “Encanto,” centers on the extended Madrigal family, who possess magical powers and live in an enchanted house. Only teenager Mirabel, voiced by “In the Heights” actor Stephanie Beatriz, lacks the gift of incantation.The movie, which debuts in theaters Nov. 24, is rooted in Colombian culture, so filmmakers Byron Howard and Jared […]

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