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Jon M. Chu on Filming ‘In The Heights' Next to ‘West Side Story': ‘Can You Move Your Catering Truck?'

7 days ago   |   By The Wrap

When Jon M. Chu stepped outside to film “In the Heights” on the streets of Washington Heights, New York, he found another certain movie filming on the same streets: Steven Spielberg's “West Side Story” happened to film at the same time, in the summer of 2019, and at the same place as “In the Heights.”
“We were right there in each other's back some days,” Chu told TheWrap. “There was one day where their catering truck was literally in our shot and we had to go over there and be like, ‘Can you move your catering truck that way, guys, please?'”
However, Chu loved the “camaraderie” between the...
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COMIC: Director Jon M. Chu's Long Journey From Home Videos To 'In The Heights'

COMIC: Director Jon M. Chu's Long Journey From Home Videos To 'In The Heights'

7 days ago   |   By NPR

Hollywood director Jon M. Chu got his start splicing VHS tapes of home videos, but it took him two decades - and acceptance of his cultural identity - to realize what stories he really wanted to tell.
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New Hollywood Podcast: Jon M. Chu And Lin-Manuel Miranda Talk The Journey And Impact Of ‘In The Heights'

7 days ago   |   By Deadline

It's a very In The Heights week for Deadline's New Hollywood Podcast. Earlier this week, we had star Anthony Ramos as a guest and in a bonus episode, we welcome In The Heights director Jon M. Chu as well as the music man who created the original Tony-winning musical Lin-Manuel Miranda. In the Heights, which opens in theaters and on...
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600 Extras, Lightning Storms and Heaps of Towels: How ‘In the Heights' Director Jon M Chu Corralled That Huge Pool Scene

7 days ago   |   By The Wrap

If you were amazed by the gigantic pool scene in “In the Heights,” just wait until you learn how much work went into filming it.
Director Jon M. Chu broke down the logistics - from needing heaps and heaps of towels for the cast to ensuring no one drowned - with TheWrap's film editor Beatrice Verhoeven ahead of the musical's release.
“For the song ‘96,000,' you have 600 extras who you need to make sure don't drown or get electrocuted around lights,” Chu explained. “Their ages are from five to 80. You have to have enough towels to keep people dry so they don't get hypothermia and they need...
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