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Lin-Manuel Miranda and other original 'Hamilton' cast members uniting for livestream event

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Disney+(NEW YORK) — The original cast of the Broadway hit Hamilton are virtually reuniting for an important cause. 

Hamilton creator and star Lin-Manuel Miranda, Leslie Odom Jr., Daveed Diggs, Anthony Ramos, Okieriete Onaodowan, Jasmine Cephas Jones and Renee Elise Goldsberry are among the original cast members who are coming together for the final HAM4CHANGE virtual livestream in benefit of a series of organizations combating systemic racism. 

The two-hour livestream will be hosted by Andrew Chappelle and feature a variety of interactive games, behind-the-scenes facts about the Broadway smash and share previously unrevealed content. 

Fans can also purchase the ultimate fan VIP experience where Lin-Manuel will create a personalized freestyle on the spot during a one-on-one call. Virtual meet-and-greets with individual cast members are also available for purchase. 

Proceeds raised through the livestream will be donated to African American Policy Forum, which works to dismantle systemic racism by connecting activists and policy-makers; Know Your Rights Camp, fighting for liberation of the Black community through education and shape leaders for the future; and the Black AIDS Institute that works to end the HIV epidemic among the Black community and provide critical resources. 

The special livestream will take place on August 15 through video app Looped at 7 p.m. ET.

By Cillea Houghton
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Zac Efron stepping up for 'Three Men and a Baby' remake

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Lev Radin/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — Former High School Musical star Zac Efron is returning to Disney, in a remake of the 1987 hit Three Men and a Baby

The Hollywood Reporter reveals the search is on for a director for the project, which was originally a French movie. In the 1987 version, Leonard Nimoy directed Ted Danson, Steve Guttenberg and Tom Selleck as three bachelors whose lives are turned upside down when a baby appears on their doorstep. 

The film was a hit, and The Hollywood Reporter points out it was the first live-action Disney movie to cross the $100 million mark at the box office. It led to a sequel that reunited the stars, without Nimoy, for 1990’s Three Men and a Little Baby

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By Stephen Iervolino
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Zoë Kravitz calls out Hulu for its lack of diverse shows following 'High Fidelity' cancellation

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Phillip Caruso/Hulu(LOS ANGELES) — Zoë Kravitz has a major bone to pick with Hulu after it cancelled her critically-acclaimed series High Fidelity after one season.

In her most recent Instagram post, which showed a behind-the-scenes image of her with the cast, Zoë thanked her High Fidelity co-stars and fans for their love and support during the series, adding that “#breakupssuck.”

But soon after her post, Kravitz apparently had more thoughts on the cancellation, telling fellow actress Tessa Thompson, in the now-deleted comments section, that Hulu is definitely lacking in diverse shows.

“It’s cool,” Kravitz responded to Thompson, who initially commented “I will miss you alllllllllllll so much.”

“At least Hulu has a ton of other shows starring women of color we can watch,” Zoe continued, before writing, “Oh wait.”

The series, which is a modern reimagining of the 2000 film starring John Cusack, starred Kravitz as Rob, a “pop culture-obsessed” owner of a record store. It also starred Jake Lacy, Da’Vine Joy Randolph and David H. Holmes.

In an interview with Variety‘s Big Ticket podcast, Kravitz had shared her excitement about the role and the opportunity to shine light on an underrepresented group of people.

“The amount of comments, DMs, things on Twitter, articles written about Brown women who love music, were afraid of commitment, who’ve never seen a person like them on television — they feel seen for the first time,” she said.

“Just breaking away from the stereotypes, I feel like people need that. So I feel very lucky to have been able to deliver that, because one of the most important things for me was authenticity and bringing a real world to life.”

By Candice Williams
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FX says 'Fargo''s fourth season will premiere September 27

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FX(LOS ANGELES) — FX has announced its Emmy-winning drama series Fargo will return for a fourth season with a two-episode premiere on Sunday, September 27 at 10 p.m. Eastern time. 

This season is set in 1950 Kansas City, MO. Cast against type, comedian Chris Rock takes a dramatic turn as a criminal kingpin whose uneasy truce with his Italian mafia counterpart is tested with deadly results. 

Based very loosely on the Oscar-winning Coen Brothers film of the same name, Noah Hawley’s series has always been a magnet for big-name acting talent. Billy Bob Thornton, Kirsten Dunst, Ted Danson, Patrick Wilson, and Ewan McGregor have starred in previous seasons.

The cast joining Rock for this 11-episode season includes Timothy Olyphant, Jason Schwartzman, Salvatore Esposito, and Ben Whishaw.

The series can also be found at FX on Hulu, a day after its FX air-date.

By Stephen Iervolino
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No 'Wizards' reboot, but here's what Selena Gomez & David Henrie *are* doing together

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Photo by Bob D’Amico/Disney Channel via Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) — Following some social media posts that fans hoped were pointing toward a Wizards of Waverly Place reboot, the show’s two stars, Selena Gomez and David Henrie, have revealed what they’re really up to.

The two are teaming up for the first-ever interactive virtual movie premiere.  It’ll take place  on August 28 for a movie called This Is the Year, directed by David and executive-produced by Selena.  The premiere is a ticketed event that includes a pre-show featuring music from the movie’s soundtrack, behind-the-scenes footage, and a special introduction from David and Selena. 

After you watch the movie along with them, TikTok stars Charli and Dixie D’Amelio will host a live Q&A with the cast.  The evening ends with a performance by lovelytheband, who figure heavily into the movie’s plot.

Selena has earmarked a portion of the premiere’s proceeds for the PLUS1 COVID-19 Relief Fund.

As for the actual movie, it’s a feel-good film inspired by those classic ’80s high school flicks but focuses on issues that teens are facing today.  It follows a nerdy senior who tries to win over his dream girl by hitting the road with his buddies to see lovelytheband at a music festival.  The cast includes Wizards of Waverly Place alums Gregg Sulkin and Jeff Garlin.

To get more information and to purchase tickets, visit ThisIstheYear.film.

By Andrea Dresdale
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