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Oscars 2022: Best Original Score Predictions

The race for Best Original Score is marked by experimentation and invention, highlighted by the innovative frontrunner “Dune,” “The Power of the Dog,” “Spencer,” “Cyrano,” “King Richard,” “The Tragedy of Macbeth,” “Nightmare Alley,” and “Candyman.” Plus, two animated musicals — both graced by the songwriting chops of the very hot Lin-Manuel Miranda — experiment with […]

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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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Amazon, Sony Near $100 Million Deal for ‘Hotel Transylvania 4’ to Skip Theaters, Debut on Prime Video

Amazon Studios and Sony Pictures Animation are nearing a $100 million deal for “Hotel Transylvania: Transformania” to skip theaters and head straight to Amazon Prime Video, according to Variety.The franchise has grossed $1.3 billion in theaters worldwide since the first film’s debut in 2012. “Transformania” is the last in the series and will be directed […]

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‘Vivo’: Making an Animated Musical as a Kindred Spirit to Lin-Manuel Miranda’s ‘In the Heights’

From the start, Lin-Manuel Miranda envisioned his animated pet project “Vivo” as a love letter to the musical heritage of Cuba. In fact, he told director Kirk DeMicco (“The Croods”) when they started in 2016 that “Vivo” was a kindred spirit to “In the Heights.”That’s why Miranda recruited “In the Heights” writer Quiara Alegría Hudes […]

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‘Vivo’ Director Kirk DeMicco on the Film’s Evolution, Roger Deakins’ Involvement, and More [Interview]

In the wake of the success of his stage version of In the Heights, Lin-Manuel Miranda started writing songs for Vivo, a movie he pitched to Sony Pictures Animation in 2010. A changing of the guard at the studio meant that the film essentially slipped through the cracks, but after Hamilton became a mega-hit, the […]

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‘Vivo’ Trailer: Lin-Manuel Miranda & Gloria Estefan Energize A New Netflix Animated Film

Lin-Manuel Miranda is everywhere these days. Following “In The Heights” this summer based on one of his plays and the “Tick, Tick Boom” musical starring Andrew Garfield arriving later this year, Miranda is practically ubiquitous. But there’s more. He’s also the lead voice and has written all the original songs to the Netflix animated film, […]

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Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Animated Musical Movie ‘Vivo’ Moves to Netflix

“Vivo,” an animated movie that boasts new music from “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, is coming to Netflix.The family friendly film was initially scheduled to release in theaters on June 4. But Sony Pictures, the studio that originally backed “Vivo,” has instead offloaded the project to Netflix. It’s unclear when it will debut on the streaming […]

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Sky, Sony Pictures Television Agree New Long-Term Partnership

European pay-tv operator Sky and Sony Pictures Television have agreed a new long-term partnership across the U.K., Ireland, Germany, Italy, Austria and Switzerland.The deal includes a multi-year extension across all markets to the exclusive first pay window, and access to Sony’s film library, and extends to all of Sky’s transactional services across its markets. It […]

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