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‘Wicked’ Split Into Two Movies as Universal Unveils Release Dates

“One Short Day” in the Emerald City is turning into two longer stays.  The Wicked film will now come to theaters as two films, rather than one production, director Jon M. Chu announced Tuesday. The first film has set a premiere date of December 2024, with the second premiering the following Christmas.  “As we prepared […]

Jon M. Chu Joins Ethnic E-Grocery Weee! As Chief Creative Officer (Exclusive)

Jon M. Chu’s new job title – chief creative officer of the grocery startup Weee! – may raise a few questions. First, the filmmaker’s not quitting his day job. The Crazy Rich Asians and In the Heights director is still prepping his next movie musical, Universal’s adaptation of the Broadway smash Wicked. And he sees […]

Jon M. Chu Reflects on ‘In the Heights’ Box Office Performance, Colorism Criticism

In the Heights had all the elements to be a smash hit: an adaptation of a Tony-winning musical from Lin-Manuel Miranda, an incredible cast of Latinx performers with backing from Warner Bros. and a final product that earned critical acclaim. And yet, its theatrical release, which grossed $44 million worldwide, was underwhelming, likely because it […]

Celebration of Latino Cinema Sets Full Honorees, Presenters Roster Including Clifton Collins Jr., Eugenio Derbez and Natalie Morales

The inaugural Celebration of Latino Cinema is set as the Critics Choice Association has announced the full list of honorees and presenters across 10 categories. Reinaldo Marcus Green will receive a director award for his work on the Will Smith-starrer King Richard. Aunjanue Ellis, earning raves for her role as Oracene, the mother of tennis […]

Jon M. Chu to Direct ‘Oh, The Places You’ll Go!’ Animated Film

Jon M. Chu has been tapped to direct the animated film adaptation of Oh, The Places You’ll Go! for Dr. Seuss Enterprises and Warner Animation Group. The film, set to debut in 2027, will bring the iconic story and characters of Dr. Seuss’ beloved book to the big screen and marks Bad Robot Productions’ first […]

Netflix Partners With Tribeca Studios, Gold House for Film Fellowship Program

Netflix unveiled the Future Gold Film Fellowship program on Tuesday, a partnership with Tribeca Studios and Gold House that will highlight talented directors in the Asian and Pacific Islander communities.  Tribeca Studios and a panel of industry leaders, including creators and actors such as Jon M. Chu, Daniel Dae Kim, Destin Daniel Cretton, Aneesh Chaganty, […]

Halle Berry on Conquering Self-Doubt to Direct First Film: “It’s F***ing Hard”

Halle Berry’s new film Bruised casts the groundbreaking Oscar winner as a down-and-out MMA fighter who heads back into the ring in search of redemption while facing her demons and juggling motherhood after the son she gave up reenters her life. The plot reads like a tall order and there’s more: Berry made her directorial […]

Jimmy O. Yang Reteams With Jon M. Chu for Chinese Art Heist Movie at Warner Bros. (Exclusive)

The Crab Club is on the case. Jimmy O. Yang and his two partners at production banner and creative incubator Crab Club, Jessica Gao and Ken Cheng, have been tapped to write the adaptation of The Great Chinese Art Heist for Warner Bros. Jon M. Chu, the director of Crazy Rich Asians and this year’s […]

‘In the Heights’ Box Office Discord: Will the Musical Bounce Back?

When a musical strikes the right chord, a Hollywood studio and filmmakers can mine gold. When it doesn’t, discord abounds. Look no further than director Jon M. Chu’s In the Heights, which debuted to a disappointing $11.4 million at the box office over the June 11-13 weekend despite rave reviews and plenty of pedigree. The […]

Box Office Upset: ‘In the Heights’ Loses to ‘A Quiet Place Part II’ With Tepid $11.4M Bow

Warner Bros.’ In the Heights sang off key in its box office opening with $11.4 million, well below expectations and putting the musical at No. 2 behind holdover A Quiet Place Part II in a surprise upset. Heading into the weekend, Jon M. Chu’s big screen adaptation of the musical that put Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel […]

Jon M. Chu on How ‘In the Heights’ Captures Dreams of Hardworking Families: “That’s What Movies Can Do”

Following the release of In the Heights, director Jon M. Chu stopped by The Tonight Show to chat with Jimmy Fallon about the musical drama. The director said it was “super important” for the movie, which just released, to play in theaters, and said “the time has come” for audiences to get back into venues. […]

‘In the Heights’ Premiere: Lin-Manuel Miranda, Anthony Ramos Urge People to “Feel the Vibrations” in Movie Theaters

Outside the United Palace Theater in New York’s Washington Heights neighborhood sat a bright yellow carpet lit up by not just a scorching sun and 90-degree temperatures, but a collection of actors and filmmakers buzzing about what they think is the ideal film to bring back the moviegoing experience: In the Heights. “I think we […]