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His Voice Has Won Awards, Now He’s Voicing One Of Disney’s Most Iconic Superheroes

We were excited when it was first announced that Disney was planning on rebooting it’s beloved “DuckTales” series for a new generation of viewers. The original was full of great characters and memorable adventures. And while details surround the new series are limited, what we do know is that Disney is not holding back in the voice-talent department.

It was just announced that Lin-Manuel Miranda of “Hamilton” fame will lend his Tony award-winning voice to play Fenton Crackshell-Cabrera, a.k.a. Gizmoduck.


In the original, Fenton Crackshell (“Cabrera” was not in the character’s surname), was an ordinary accountant-like character. But a run-in with a specially designed suit changed all that. By uttering the secret phrase “blathering blatherskite,” Crackshell activated the superhero suit, turning him into the crimefighting Gizmoduck. Gizmoduck was so popular that the character appeared in other cartoons, like “Darkwing Duck.”

The announcement of Miranda’s inclusion was met with excitement from social media.


“DuckTales” already had a hardcore following. Adding Miranda to the mix is almost too good to be true.


People who grew up watching the original series were definitely feeling the nostalgia.


Casting Lin-Manuel Miranda as the show’s hero was a no-brainer for co-producer Francisco Angones.


According to TVLine, Angones released a statement, saying: “Growing up as a Cuban-American comics enthusiast, I was always hungry for a Latino hero to call my own. In developing the new series, [executive producer Matt Youngberg] and I leapt at the opportunity to adapt “DuckTales”‘ marquee hero into a young scientist character with Latin-inspired roots.”

As CNN reported, executive producer Matt Youngberg said Manuel was a perfect choice. “Lin came to mind instantly for the role of Gizmoduck. His rapid-fire earnestness paired with his wide-eyed yet determined optimism made him the perfect person to yell ‘BLATHERING BLATHERSKITE!'”

Check out the trailer for the upcoming DuckTales reboot.

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While no release date has been given yet beyond summer 2017, the casting announcements have people excited. Miranda is joining the ranks of Bobby Moynihan (“Saturday Night Live”), Danny Pudi (“Community”), and Kate Micucci (Garfunkel and Oates).

[H/T] Hamilton‘s Lin-Manuel Miranda Voicing DuckTales Crimefighter Gizmoduck

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The New ‘In The Heights’ Trailer Is Out And You’ll Wish You Were In This Latino Fairytale

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The New ‘In The Heights’ Trailer Is Out And You’ll Wish You Were In This Latino Fairytale

There is a new “In The Heights” trailer and release date and fans are getting excited (again)! This is the second time that Warner Bros. has released a trailer to tease the release of “In The Heights” but Covid derailed its first release. Here’s to summer of 2021!

Here’s the new trailer for “In The Heights.”

“In The Heights” is Lin-Manuel Miranda’s first wildly successful musical before “Hamilton. The show is based in Washington Heights, a Latino and immigrant enclave in New York City where music runs through the streets and the residents.

Usnavi, portrayed by Anthony Ramos, is the protagonist who is central to the community. He runs a bodega that everyone visits and it isn’t long until he and his large community fight back to protect their friends and family.

The story has it all from love to despair to triumph.

Usnavi is in love with Vanessa, portrayed by Melissa Barrera, and their love story grows alongside the community through the summer. At the same time, it seems that Abuela Claudia, portrayed by Olga Merediz, is facing deportation and the community comes to her defense to keep her here.

Miranda and Jon M. Cho, the director of “Crazy Rich Asians,” beautifully captured the resilience and diversity of our neighborhoods. Actors Stephanie Beatriz, Dascha Polanco, and Leslie Grace bring the play to life on the big screen in a big way.

Fans cannot wait to see the new movie offering Latinos so much representation.

People have been anxiously waiting for this moment since 2008. That was the year that Universal Pictures announced their plans to make the movie adaptation of the play. It was supposed to be released in 2011 until Universals Pictures dropped the project. Then The Weinstein Company acquired the rights, however, Harvey Weinstein’s sexual misconduct came to light and Miranda pulled the rights in response. Warner Bros. then got the rights in 2018 and we had our first trailer in 2019. It was slated to be released in June 2020 and the Covid caused the company to cancel the movie’s release. Now, with a deal with HBOMax, Warner Bros. will finally release “In The Heights” more than 10 years after fans were promised a movie.

“In The Heights” will be on HBOMax on June 18, 2021.

READ: The Trailer For ‘In The Heights’ Is Finally Here And It Looks Like A Latino Fairytale

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‘Siempre, Luis’ Is A Touching Love Letter From Lin-Manuel Miranda To His Father

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‘Siempre, Luis’ Is A Touching Love Letter From Lin-Manuel Miranda To His Father

We all have that one person who has changed the world for us. For Lin-Manuel Miranda, that person is his dad. The Puerto Rican entertainer created a documentary to tell his father’s story and it is a love letter to his father.

“Siempre, Luis” is Lin-Manuel Miranda’s love letter to his father.

The trailer for the HBO Documentary is a moving testament to the indomitable spirit of Luis Miranda. The Puerto Rican powerhouse helped lead a movement to get Latinos involved in and interested in politics focusing on Puerto Ricans who had left the island.

Lin-Manuel’s documentary is a deep dive into the life of the man who raised the creator of “In The Heights” and “Hamilton.” Luis was Lin-Manuel’s inspiration when playing Alexander Hamilton in his wildly popular and famous musical.

“He’s just a relentless motherf*cker,” Lin-Manuel says in the documentary.

The documentary takes people on a ride covering decades of Luis’ life. The main focus is his political activism and how one man helped create a movement to get Latinos involved in politics. Luis leveraged the hate and pushback against the Latino community as a way to energize and mobilize Latinos to get them involved like never before.

Then, Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, Luis’ home and magical escape. The island endured a direct hit from Hurricane Maria, which knocked out power to millions of Americans for months. Many Puerto Ricans fled the island for the mainland giving them a chance to vote for president in 2020.

“For me, Puerto Rico is this perfect place that all of a sudden doesn’t exist anymore,” Luis says through tears in the documentary. “I immediately saw it as my responsibility to rebuild the island.”

He added: “Doing everything we can becomes the job.

“I told him, ‘I don’t want to be a widow. There isn’t another you to replace you,’” Luz Towns-Miranda recalls to the camera about her husband’s mission to fix Puerto Rico.

Luis’ time talking about his work in Puerto Rico is accompanied by videos images of the “Hamilton” stage being constructed for the show on the island. There are shots of Luis offering aid to people and preparing meals for those impacted by the hurricane.

Luis’ activism has grown over the years and he is ready to keep making change.

“Siempre, Luis” is now available on HBO and HBOmax for your viewing pleasure. People have praised the film’s insightfulness into one of the Latinos who got his community activated and politically engaged.

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