What do you get when you cross high stakes action - and a bit of love and comedy - with music? The answer is the best film of the summer and one of the best original films in years.
1. Congrats, Lin-Manuel Miranda!
The brilliant Lin-Manuel Miranda is getting a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame! Miranda is the creator of two hit, Tony Award Best Musicals - In the Heights and Hamilton - and continues to be a force in the industry, cowriting tunes for Disney's Moana and starring in the forthcoming Mary Poppins Returns. He'll add the Walk of Fame to an already stacked awards shelf that includes a Pulitzer Prize, an Emmy Award, two Grammy Awards and three Tony Awards, among other accolades.
1. A "Positive Contribution"
This is a cool story!
Oxford University lent a historic violin to a budding musician living as a Syrian refugee. 14-year-old, Aboud Kaplo, was forced out of his home in Aleppo, Syria and now lives in Lebanon, according to the BBC. Filmmaker and former student of the Oxford music faculty, Susie Atwood, came across Aboud and his family while making a film about Syrian Christian refugees and not only noticed his passion for music but his lack of an instrument as well.