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Here’s What Lin-Manuel Miranda And Quiara Hudes Have To Say About ‘In The Heights’ Being Produced By The Weinstein Company

Hollywood mega-producer Harvey Weinstein was recently fired from his own company after multiple allegations of sexual assault were made public in reports by The New York Times and The New Yorker. The news first broke in early October when The New York Times published a story about the entertainment executive paying off sexual assault accusers for decades, including actor Rose McGowan, who says Weinstein raped her. Some of those who have come forward with their stories of being harassed and assaulted by Weinstein are Angelina Jolie, Ambra Battilana Gutierrez, and Ashley Judd. At least 30 women, including employees and actresses that worked with Weinstein, have come forward to tell their stories.

Although it was initially reported that Weinstein would fight The New York Times in court, a spokesperson said Weinstein “listened to the community and is pursuing a better path.”

The Weinstein Company executive board voted to remove the Hollywood mogul from his position, citing the sexual assault and harassment allegations. His wife, fashion designer Georgina Chapman has announced her separation from Weinstein following the allegations. It appears Weinstein’s actions will also impact The Weinstein Company’s upcoming projects and deals.

Quiara Hudes, a co-playwright of “In The Heights,” is asking The Weinstein Company to give up the rights to the movie version of the hit play.

“As a woman, I can no longer do business with The Weinstein Company. To those women who suffered directly at Harvey’s hands, I extend my sincerest compassion and support,” Hudes wrote on Twitter. “Unfortunately, my musical ‘In The Heights’ is tied up in the company. ‘In The Heights’ is part of my heart and soul. I created it about respect, community, and solidarity. I hope that The Weinstein Company has enough grace, in the wake of these revelations, to respect my stand as a woman and, and to allow us to extricate ‘In The Heights’ from them. ‘In The Heights deserves a fresh start in a studio where I’ll feel safe (as will my actors and collaborators).”

“In the Heights” is the story about a predominately Latino community in New York City as they learn what it really means to be home.

Lin-Manuel Miranda, the other co-playwright of the play, stood behind Hudes’ words and reiterated her point.

“Harvey Weinstein’s sexual predation is despicable enough, but combined with his staggering power it’s insidious, even devilish,” Hudes, who also wrote the book accompanying “In The Heights”, wrote. “Decades. He thrived on this. He built an empire on this.”

Ana Villafañe, who portrayed Gloria Estefan in “On Your Feet,” was quick to show her support for Hudes’ decision.

According to PlayBill, Universal Studios originally bought the rights to “In The Heights” but released the rights in 2011. When “Hamilton” started to gain popularity, The Weinstein Company scooped up the rights in May 2016.

The Weinstein Company has not released a response about relinquishing the rights to “In The Heights,” but the pressure is building. The accusations against Weinstein have prompted the Hollywood mogul to seek counseling and rehab for sex addiction.

Many women, however, are thanking Hudes for being a loud voice for the victims of sexual assault who are often left voiceless.

Though Weinstein is checking into rehab, he maintains that there was no inappropriate or non-consensual sexual contact. His publicist told the New Yorker Magazine that “any allegations of non-consensual sex are unequivocally denied.” While he will not speak on anonymous allegations, Weinstein does believe that all of the allegations thus far were indeed consensual encounters and hopes that he will be given a second chance.

If you or someone you know needs help reporting or figuring out your next steps after a sexual assault, you can call the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-4673.


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Cast Of ‘In The Heights’ Want You To Know The Importance Of Going To College

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Cast Of ‘In The Heights’ Want You To Know The Importance Of Going To College

Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Tony-winning Broadway musical In the Heights is finally coming to the big screen, and it has a star-studded cast to make it happen! Joined by Quiara Alegría Hudes – who wrote the book for the musical – and Crazy Rich Asians director Jon Chu, Miranda amplifies the musical’s poignant narrative about community and pursuing your dreams with stunning visuals and tons of amazing music inspired by the rich Latinx culture of Washington Heights.

Ahead of the film’s opening at the Tribeca Film Festival, Lin-Manuel Miranda and several members of the cast join Maria Hinojosa for a poignant discussion on what the film means to them and the importance of going to college no matter who you are or where your come from.

Cast members share their own very unique experiences of growing up and making it into college.

Maria Hinojosa of Latino USA on NPR is joined by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Quiara Alegría Hudes, Leslie Grace (who plays ‘Nina’), and Corey Hawkins, all of whom share their unique and profound experiences with deciding on if they would go to college and what they went through to get there.

So many of us are first or second generation college students, reaping the benefits of the hard work put in by our parents and abuelos to help us achieve our dreams. But not all of us share the same path to university, something made very clear as each of these In The Heights cast members make very clear with their own journeys.

Lin-Manuel acknowledges his own privilege on his path to university and how it influenced the film.

Manuel says that he had an advantage in his journey, thanks to his parents who really helped cultivate that desire for learning from a young age. He was able to attend a prestigious private school as a child but even then recognized a duality within him existed – going as Lin at school (in a predominantly white space) and Lin-Manuel back at home.

Upon going to college at Wesleyan University, Manuel met and made Latino friends, a lot of whom were first from their families to go to college. Many didn’t get the same crash course in code switching that he did from a younger age, so for many of his peers it was tough for them to adjust to college life.

By the end of his first year in college, his roommates at the Latino program house shrunk from eight other members to just four. This struggle and conflict with their time in college and their Latinx identity is reflected in the character Nina and her own struggle with returning to her home in Washington Heights.

For Quiara, the story of Nina’s journey is particularly personal.

Much like Lin-Manuel Miranda, Quiara Alegría Hudes’ parents were also leaders in their community. Her father was a prominent businessman while her mother was an activist in her community. But unlike Manuel, her parents didn’t attend university, it wasn’t something that was on their path. She points out that “it wasn’t that they didn’t treasure learning, it’s just that university wasn’t part of that path.”

Quiara – who attended Yale – says that she was very conflicted as a half Latina and half white woman even though she had often grown up in white spaces. However, she wasn’t prepared for being in a space with so few Latinos. She had to learn how to merge those two parts of her life that she felt were drifting further and further apart.

The cast discusses ‘imposter syndrome’ and how to fight it.

Imposter syndrome is very real. And it can often affect those of us who feel like we don’t deserve our achievements or recognition. Maria asks the cast to how they overcame it and how they learned to own their space.

Leslie Grace reminds us that “you have a story only you can tell and you need to tap into your feelings of potential.”

Check out the full trailer for In The Heights below.

The festival’s opening night screening will be held on June 9 at the United Palace theater in Washington Heights. For the first time ever, Tribeca’s inaugural film will be screened simultaneously across all five boroughs in multiple open-air venues.

Following the opening night of Tribeca, “In the Heights” will debut in theaters and on the HBO Max streaming service on June 11. It was originally scheduled to be released last year, but Warner Bros. postponed its release due to the pandemic.

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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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