Lin-Manuel Miranda to Serve as Co-Chair & Host of This Year’s Met Gala

Lin-Manuel Miranda is ready to Met a new challenge…

The 42-year-old Puerto Rican actor, singer-songwriter, rapper, playwright, producer and film director will as one of the hosts and co-chairs of this year’s Met Gala.

Lin-Manuel MirandaMiranda will host the event, which will reflect the strong Hollywood theme, alongside Ryan ReynoldsBlake Lively and Regina King.

The Met Gala, set for May 2, a primary source of income for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute, follows last September’s scaled-back, pandemic-restricted “mini-gala” that launched the Met’s two-part exhibition “In America: An Anthology of Fashion.”

The exhibit will include “cinematic vignettes” exploring the roots of American fashion and designed by film directors King, Sofia Coppola, Martin Scorsese, Chloé Zhao, Tom Ford, Janicza Bravo, Julie Dash and Autumn de Wilde.

Ford, Adam Mosseri and Anna Wintour will continue their roles as honorary co-chairs for the May event.

The “In America: An Anthology of Fashion” exhibit will open to the public on May 7.

Rapace In Talks to Star in Amy Winehouse Biopic from Kirsten Sheridan

Noomi Rapace nay be going Back to Black

The 35-year-old half-Spanish actress is in talks to star in Kirsten Sheridan’s Amy Winehouse biopic.

Noomi Rapace

Sheridan, an Academy Award nominee for In America, has penned the project and is attached to direct.

The project will follow Winehouse’s trajectory from budding North London jazz singer to Grammy-winning music superstar and style icon to her tragic battle with alcohol and drugs. She died in 2011 at age 27.

“Amy’s music is felt so deeply by the audience because it was deeply personal,” Sheridan said. “Her vulnerability was her strength. She was called many things — a diva, a lost soul preyed upon by tabloids, a tortured genius; our aim is an innovative, emotional and life-affirming approach as we go through the looking glass into her life and art.”

The producers are currently in talks with Winehouse’s father Mitch, who controls the late singer’s estate. He has distanced himself from Asif Kapadia’s smash feature-length docu Amy, which portrayed the former taxi driver in a less than favorable light.

Rapace achieved international fame with her portrayal of Lisbeth Salander in the Swedish film adaptations of the Millennium series: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest.

Her other credits include Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, Prometheus and Child 44.

O’Brien Returning to Morning TV?

It looks like you could be waking up to Soledad O’Brien in the morning…

CNN is looking to unveil a new morning lineup, according to the New York Times, which could result in the 45-year-old half-Cuban journalist’s return to morning television. The cable network’s plans would mean the end of its current American Morning program, which has performed poorly in the ratings.

The new morning schedule, which could be revealed as early as this week, would see O’Brien, one of CNN’s former morning presenters and the current host of the network’s “In America” documentary unit, anchor from 7:00 am to 9:00 am on weekdays.

Former ABC News correspondent Ashleigh Banfield, would co-anchor with another presenter from 5:00 am to 7:00 am. One possible sidekick:

According to the Times, one co-anchor possibility is Zoraida Sambolin. She’s a Latina journalist who formerly anchored the early morning newscast at Chicago’s NBC station before announcing her move to CNN.

CNN declined to comment on possible changes, the Times said.

American Morning has consistently struggled in the ratings against NBC’s Today show and ABC’s Good Morning America, as well as Fox & Friends and Morning Joe on CNN’s cable news competitors. The morning lineup has also underperformed against Morning Express With Robin Meade on CNN own sister channel HLN.