Lin-Manuel Miranda's Hamilton Musical Is Coming to Disney+ More Than a Year Early

This summer, we'll all get to be in the room where it happens.
This summer, we'll all get to be in the room where it happens.
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Back in February 2020, Disney dropped an exciting bombshell on Broadway lovers, history buffs, and just about everyone else: A stage performance of Hamilton had been filmed live during the original cast run, and it was on its way to theaters (and later, Disney+). Since it wouldn’t actually get to theaters until October 15, 2021, however, we’d have to embrace our inner Aaron Burr and wait for it.

Today, Disney announced that the long wait is actually almost over. Hamilton on Broadway, featuring Lin-Manuel Miranda, Leslie Odom Jr., Daveed Diggs, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Phillipa Soo, and the rest of that now-legendary first cast, will be available to stream on Disney+ beginning July 3, 2020.

The Verge reports that the film uses footage from three live performances shot in 2016, which Disney reportedly purchased for a staggering $75 million. For far-flung fans who couldn’t make it to a major city like New York or Chicago to see the show in person—or those who couldn’t manage to snag one of those very pricey and often impossible-to-find tickets—it’s a chance to see the original Broadway cast recording come to life for just $7 (or the cost of a month’s subscription to Disney+).

But even for people who were lucky enough to watch Alexander Hamilton’s story unfold in all its musical theater glory already, not many have seen Miranda in the titular role; he left the show in July 2016, only about a month after his musical took home 11 Tony Awards.

The upcoming opportunity to watch Hamilton at home is a much-needed morale boost for a nation in quarantine, and it’s also a great publicity boost for Disney+. With many productions on hold in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, this highly anticipated streaming gem has the potential to keep people subscribed to Disney+ through the summer (and, of course, win over some new customers, too).

While you’re waiting for July 3, brush up on the history behind 22 Hamilton lyrics here.

[h/t The Verge]

Amazon's Under-the-Radar Coupon Page Features Deals on Home Goods, Electronics, and Groceries

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Now that Prime Day is over, and with Black Friday and Cyber Monday still a few weeks away, online deals may seem harder to come by. And while it can be a hassle to scour the internet for promo codes, buy-one-get-one deals, and flash sales, Amazon actually has an extensive coupon page you might not know about that features deals to look through every day.

As pointed out by People, the coupon page breaks deals down by categories, like electronics, home & kitchen, and groceries (the coupons even work with SNAP benefits). Since most of the deals revolve around the essentials, it's easy to stock up on items like Cottonelle toilet paper, Tide Pods, Cascade dishwasher detergent, and a 50 pack of surgical masks whenever you're running low.

But the low prices don't just stop at necessities. If you’re looking for the best deal on headphones, all you have to do is go to the electronics coupon page and it will bring up a deal on these COWIN E7 PRO noise-canceling headphones, which are now $80, thanks to a $10 coupon you could have missed.

Alternatively, if you are looking for deals on specific brands, you can search for their coupons from the page. So if you've had your eye on the Homall S-Racer gaming chair, you’ll find there's currently a coupon that saves you 5 percent, thanks to a simple search.

To discover all the deals you have been missing out on, head over to the Amazon Coupons page.

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The Longest Movie Ever Made Would Take You More Than 35 Days to Watch Straight Through

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Nishant Kirar, Unsplash

A typical movie lasts between 90 minutes and two hours, and for some viewers, any film that exceeds that window is "long." But the longest film you've ever seen likely has nothing on Logistics—a record-breaking project released in Sweden in 2012. Clocking in at a total runtime of 35 days and 17 hours, Logistics is by far the longest movie ever made.

Logistics isn't your standard Hollywood epic. Conceived and directed by Swedish filmmakers Erika Magnusson and Daniel Andersson, it's an experimental film that lacks any conventional structure. The concept started with the question: Where do all the gadgets come from? Magnusson and Andersson attempted to answer that question by following the life cycle of a pedometer.

The story begins at a store in Stockholm, where the item is sold, then moves backwards to chronicle its journey to consumers. Logistics takes viewers on a truck, a freight train, a massive container ship, and finally to a factory in China's Bao'an district. The trip unfolds in real time, so audiences get an accurate sense of the time and distance required to deliver gadgets to the people who use them on the other side of the world.

Many people would have trouble sitting through some of the longest conventional films in history. Kenneth Branagh's Hamlet (1996) lasts 242 minutes, and Joseph L. Mankiewicz's Cleopatra (1963) is a whopping 248 minutes long. But sitting down to watch all 857 hours of Logistics straight through is nearly physically impossible.

Fortunately, it's not the only way to enjoy this work of art. On the project's website, Logistics has been broken down into short, two-minute clips—one for each day of the journey. You can watch the abridged version of the epic experiment here.