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‘Hamilton’ stage film with original Broadway cast announced for 2021

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Feb. 3 (UPI) — Disney announced on Monday plans to release a film version of Lin-Manuel Miranda‘s stage play Hamilton that features the original broadway cast.

The film is set for release on Oct. 15, 2021 and will combine the best elements of live theater and film to present a cinematic stage performance.

Miranda, who created Hamilton, leads the original Broadway cast which also includes Daveed Diggs, Renee Elise Goldsberry, Leslie Odom, Christopher Jackson, Jonathan Groff, Phillipa Soo and more.

Miranda confirmed the news on Twitter, stating that the project was filmed at the Richard Rogers Theatre in New York City.

Hamilton, which arrived on Broadway in 2015, won 11 Tony Awards in 2016 including Best Musical. The play tells the story of founding father Alexander Hamilton.

“Lin-Manuel Miranda created an unforgettable theater experience and a true cultural phenomenon, and it was for good reason that Hamilton was hailed as an astonishing work of art. All who saw it with the original cast will never forget that singular experience,” Disney chairman Robert A. Iger said in a statement.

“And we’re thrilled to have the opportunity to share this same Broadway experience with millions of people around the world,” he continued.

A film adaptation Miranda’s other musical In The Heights, is set to hit theaters on June 26.



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Watch: GFriend teases ‘Apple’ video

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July 9 (UPI) — South Korean girl group GFriend is giving a glimpse of its new music video.

The K-pop stars shared a preview of their video for the song “Apple” on Thursday.

The teaser opens with a shot of Eunha lying on a bed of flowers. Eunha and the other members of GFriend are also shown posing in a dimly lit room with cathedral windows.

“Apple” is the title track from GFriend’s forthcoming EP, Song of the Sirens. The group will release the mini album and the full “Apple” music video July 13.

GFriend previously shared a highlight medley and teaser photos for Song of the Sirens. The EP also features the songs “Time of the Snow,” “Mirror Room,” “Tarot Cards,” “Crème Brûlée” and “North Stairs.”

GFriend released an official schedule for Song of the Sirens in June.

GFriend also consists of Sowon, Yerin, Yuju, SinB and Umji. The group most recently released the mini album Labyrinth in February.



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Tiger Woods docuseries coming to HBO in December

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July 9 (UPI) — A new docuseries about professional golfer Tiger Woods is coming to HBO in December.

The network announced in a press release Thursday that Tiger, a two-part series about Woods, will premiere Dec. 13. Part two will air Dec. 20.

Tiger is produced by HBO Sports and Jigsaw Productions. The series follows “the rise, fall, and epic comeback” of Woods, 44, who won his first major in 11 years at the 2019 Masters Tournament.

The series is directed by Matthew Heineman (Cartel Land) and Matthew Hamachek (Amanda Knox). Alex Gibney will executive produce with Sam Pollard, Stacey Offman, Richard Perello, Armen Keteyian and Jeff Benedict.

Tiger is based on Keteyian and Benedict’s book Tiger Woods. The series features never-before-seen footage and new interviews, including with Woods’ former caddy, Steve Williams, golf legend Nick Faldo, Woods’ ex-partner Dina Parr, and Rachel Uchitel, one of Woods’ alleged former mistresses.

“Few global icons are more visible and less understand than Tiger Woods,” HBO Sports EVP Peter Nelson said. “His prodigy came with painstaking sacrifice; his perfected athleticism immobilized him in agony before the age of 40; his self-made fame enabled a self-destructive world of secrecy; and his redemptive reemergence posed as many questions as it answered — not only about one of the greatest sportsmen ever to live, but also the greater American society that engulfed him.”

Heineman and Hamachek said their goal with the docuseries was “to dive deeper and create an unflinching and intimate portrait of a man, who like all of us, is imperfect and inherently human.”

Tiger will air on HBO and stream on HBO Max.

Woods will compete at the Memorial Tournament in Dublin, Ohio, next week, his first PGA Tour tournament since the season was suspended due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

He will also appear in a virtual version of the British Open, titled The Open for the Ages, that will air July 16 to 19. The special imagines a battle between Woods and Jack Nicklaus in their prime.



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‘Glee’ star Naya Rivera presumed dead by drowning, sheriff’s official says

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July 9 (UPI) — Efforts to locate actor Naya Rivera at a Southern California lake have switched from a rescue to a recovery operation, sheriff’s officials said Thursday.

Ventura County sheriff’s deputy Chris Dyer told NBC News that officials believe Rivera died.

“We’re presuming that an accident happened and we’re presuming that she drowned in the lake,” he said.

Rivera, 33, went missing Wednesday afternoon after renting a boat and taking it out onto Lake Piru with her 4-year-old son.

Search efforts were called off overnight and resumed early Thursday with more than 80 people. The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office said it received help from specialized dive teams from Los Angeles, San Luis Obispo and Tulare counties.

Dyer said there’s been no sign of foul play.

Ventura County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Capt. Eric Buschow told reporters Rivera had arrived at the lake and rented the boat at around 1 p.m. Wednesday and the boat was found 3 hours later with her son, Josey Hollis Dorsey, inside but she was missing.

“He is safe with family members,” Buschow said of Josey

Rivera is best known for starring in the TV series Glee. She was briefly married to actor Ryan Dorsey with whom she shares custody of their son, Josey.



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