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The filmmaker behind the 'Hamilton' documentary reveals all

What was to become the Broadway phenomenon "Hamilton" was still raw and unshaped when documentary filmmaker Alex Horwitz turned on his camera three years ago.

Whether Lin-Manuel Miranda's vision of Founding Father Alexander Hamilton would become a concept album or a musical or something else had yet to be determined. Horwitz didn't mind. He just wanted to be there beside Miranda.

"My take was 'I don't care what it ends up being. I just find it so compelling. Let me follow you as you continue to develop it,'" said Horwitz. "It was designed from the beginning to be a companion piece to 'Hamilton,' whatever that became."

Horwitz ended up being, quite literally, in the room when it happened. His documentary "Hamilton's America " debuts Friday on PBS as part of its Great Performances series, offering a behind-the-scenes look at the musical's creation and putting it in historical context.

The documentary maker, who befriended Miranda in college, didn't want to make a film about the making of the hip-hop-flavored musical. That had already been done with "Chasing Broadway Dreams," about Miranda's previous success with "In the Heights."

"I thought that this could be about history seen through Lin's eyes. That was the conceit of the film from the beginning," said Horwitz. "It's a sort of audio-visual liner notes that exists for all time now about this amazing, whirlwind experience he had."

Miranda allowed Horwitz extraordinary access, including a sequence in which he was captured composing the song "My Shot" while visiting Aaron Burr's home. Their friendship meant a level of comfort another filmmaker might not have gotten.

"He's much smarter than me," said Miranda, "so he said, 'Can I just start filming you writing your next thing?' in 2012, before we even knew this was a show. And the result is that he's got this great film."

The RadicalMedia documentary combines backstage footage with field trips to places key to "Hamilton," like actor Christopher Jackson, who plays George Washington, visiting Mount Vernon, and Leslie Odom Jr. who plays Aaron Burr, stopping by the Museum of Finance.

The film is also augmented by interviews with politicians and celebrities including President Barack Obama, former President George W. Bush, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, former Treasury Secretaries Hank Paulson and Timothy Geithner, Questlove, Jimmy Fallon, John Weidman, Nas and Stephen Sondheim.

"It is quite a motley crew in the best possible way. Where else are you going to get a film that stars Questlove and Hank Paulson?" asked Horwitz. "People returned my calls because of 'Hamilton.'"

Horwitz is the perfect man for the job. His father, director and writer Murray Horwitz, won a Tony Award in 1978 for "Ain't Misbehavin'" and his mother is a classically trained opera singer.

He was a researcher for visionary director Julie Taymor and became an experienced film editor for RadicalMedia, having cut Joe Berlinger's documentary "Whitey," and is a big fan of Ken Burns. He also wrote and directed the zombie short film "Alice Jacobs is Dead."

"It's in my blood. I am a musical nerd. I am a history nerd," he said. "I wanted this movie to scratch both those itches for me and everyone in the audience as well."

Horwitz had about 100 hours of footage that he boiled down to 84 minutes. He hopes it appeals to both "Hamilton" fans and newcomers to the show.

"I know that this film is not the work that 'Hamilton' is. This film is a shadow of that far greater piece, in my mind," he said. "But if I did half as good a job as a documentarian as Lin did as a composer, then I think it will at least be an entertaining and enlightening piece of material and a worthy companion piece."


Associated Press writer John Carucci contributed to this report.



Hugh Laurie is back as a TV doctor in Hulu's dark 'Chance'

Hugh Laurie warmly recalls "House" and the flawed physician he played as artful combinations of tragedy and comedy.

Laurie is returning to TV as a medical man, this time a disillusioned forensic psychiatrist, in "Chance," Hulu's 10-episode series based on Kem Nunn's critically acclaimed novel. With Dr. Eldon Chance "sucked into a world of sexual obsession, fractured identities and violence," as the streaming service put it, laughs are unlikely.

Laurie is mesmerizing whatever the project, as his recent venture into chillingly bad-guy territory with "The Night Manager" proved, if proof is needed. He's also game to tackle an interview after wrapping up a production day on "Chance" at 3 a.m. in San Francisco and hopping on a plane for a day of publicity.

Nunn is an executive producer on the drama, out Wednesday, that also stars Gretchen Mol as a patient possibly suffering from a multiple personality disorder.

Laurie, excusing himself as "slightly bleary," talked to The Associated Press about the series and the prospects of reuniting with his friend and comedy partner Stephen Fry, with whom he created magic in the P.G. Wodehouse-based "Jeeves and Wooster" series and other projects. The son of an Olympic gold medalist in rowing (and a Cambridge college rower himself), Laurie also discussed why the Games matter more than ever.

AP: What appeal did "Chance" have for you?

Laurie: I was very taken with the novel. I'd read it about two years ago, and the script arrived about a year after that. It was one of the rare occasions — can't think of any other, actually — when a script adaptation has actually matched if not surpassed the original novel. Kem wouldn't mind me saying that because he was involved in the adaptation. ... and it spoke to me. I'm fascinated by the subject matter. Psychiatry and neuroscience is an absolutely gripping area of inquiry. ... There's also something intimate and vulnerable about these characters. This is not (dialogue) in which people trade quips. So much television now is about writers showing off their chops. ... It's not really how people talk much of the time.

AP: You've been in several projects lately, including "Veep." Are you driven to work?

Laurie: I don't think I am. I think of myself as a very lazy person. But I've observed also that other people I think are driven describe themselves as lazy. I think, "That doesn't make any sense. I don't understand what the word lazy means then." If Kenneth Branagh thinks he's lazy, what does the word mean?

AP: Any good reason you and Stephen Fry haven't reunited as a comedy duo for some two decades?

Laurie: There was no decision taken, no oath. ... I'm up for it. I kept saying we ought to do something on stage. ... There were great double acts (like) Flanders and Swann (actor-singer Michael Flanders and pianist Donald Swann). I loved the idea of us doing a sort of stage review. He (Fry) kept saying, "Yes, we must definitely do that. Brilliant, brilliant." And then 20 years have gone by. But we still mean to do it.

AP: Given your father's Olympics history, are you a loyal spectator?

Laurie: Right at this moment I'm an avid fan of the Olympics, for this reason: I notice, with some anxiety, that the great global structures that we used to believe in seem to be fragmenting, unraveling, at an incredible rate. The European Union, a grand project meant to end world wars on the European continent, is coming apart for a variety of reasons. You (the United States) have a presidential candidate (Donald Trump) who appears to be very skeptical about NATO. I can imagine one of his first steps would be to say, "Why the hell are we paying for the United Nations?" Something like the Olympics — call me a rank sentimentalist — but I think these things matter. You see a Zimbabwean pole vaulter against a Japanese pole vaulter, and you see them hug at the end. I think that's an amazing thing and not to be underestimated.


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Gwen Stefani to return as coach for the next 'Voice' season

Gwen Stefani will be back on "The Voice" and joining current coaches Alicia Keys, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton for Season 12 of NBC's musical competition series. It will begin in February 2017. Carson Daly is also returning as host.

NBC made the announcement Tuesday, adding that current coach Miley Cyrus will return for the 13th season next fall, with additional coaches for that cycle to be named later.

"The Voice" is now airing its 11th season.

Stefani was a coach in seasons seven and nine and was an adviser for seasons eight and 10.

'Better Call Saul' filming third season in Albuquerque

Bob Odenkirk and the rest of the cast of the television series "Better Call Saul" are returning to New Mexico to film the show's third season.

The New Mexico Film Office made the announcement Monday.

Produced by Sony Pictures Television, the Emmy-nominated series is expected to employ several dozen New Mexico crew members.

"Better Call Saul" follows Jimmy McGill, played by Odenkirk, who later changes his name to Saul Goodman and becomes an attorney for drug lords in "Breaking Bad."

Odenkirk played the lawyer of Bryan Cranston's character, Walter White, in "Breaking Bad."

NBC News fires Billy Bush after lewd Donald Trump tape airs

NBC News on Monday fired "Today" show host Billy Bush, who was caught on tape in a vulgar conversation about women with Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump before an "Access Hollywood" appearance.

Bush was suspended at the morning show two days after contents of the 2005 tape were reported on Oct. 7. Once it became clear he wouldn't be back, NBC and Bush's representatives had been negotiating terms of his exit.

On the tape, Bush is heard laughing as Trump talks about fame enabling him to grope and try to have sex with women not his wife. Trump has denied groping women, and Bush later said he was "embarrassed and ashamed" by what was caught on tape.

NBC made the announcement of his firing in a note from "Today" show top executive Noah Oppenheim to his staff. Oppenheim called Bush, who spent 15 years at "Access Hollywood," ''a valued colleague and longtime member of the broader NBC family. We wish him success as he goes forward."

Bush, a 44-year-old father of three and nephew of former President George H.W. Bush, said that he was "deeply grateful for the conversations I've had with my daughters, and for all of the support from family, friends and colleagues. I look forward to what lies ahead."

The settlement with NBC did not include a non-compete clause, meaning Bush "is a free agent," said his lawyer, Marshall Grossman. Financial terms of the deal were kept confidential.

In an interview with CNN on Monday, Trump's wife, Melania, said that her husband was "egged on" by Bush in the conversation.

"I wonder if they even knew the mic was on," Melania Trump said, referring to her husband and Bush. She said they were involved in "boy talk, and he was led on — like egged on — from the host to say dirty and bad stuff."

Asked to comment, Grossman said, "I thought that Donald Trump would claim that he was not on the bus."

In the 2005 tape, which was first revealed by The Washington Post, Trump discusses unsuccessfully seeking an affair with another "Access Hollywood" employee, Nancy O'Dell. Trump said that when he was attracted to beautiful women "I just start kissing them. It's like a magnet." He said that when you're a star, women let you.

"Grab them by the p----. You can do anything," Trump added.

The two men discussed an actress who was waiting from at the end of the bus ride. When they got off, Bush urged the woman to hug Trump and added, "how about a little hug for the Bushy?"

Trump said in the second presidential debate that he never did any of the actions heard on the tape, which he described as locker room talk. But a number of women have since come forward and said that Trump had surprised them in the past by groping or unexpectedly kissing them on the lips.

Bush had only worked at "Today" for two months. Since women make up roughly two-thirds of the audience during the hour that he hosted, he faced an uphill battle gaining the trust of viewers.

NBC, which did not comment on the agreement beyond Oppenheim's statement, had Harry Connick Jr. filling in for Bush on Monday and Tuesday.


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NBC News fires 'Today' show host Billy Bush, who was caught on tape in vulgar conversation with Donald Trump about women

NBC News fires 'Today' show host Billy Bush, who was caught on tape in vulgar conversation with Donald Trump about women.

'Price is Right' contestants make history with 3-way tie

"Price is Right" history was made on Monday's episode when a trio of contestants spun different combinations of $1 on the game show's colorful wheel.

The three contestants each landed on spaces adding up to $1 in a pair of spins during one of the show's showcase showdowns.

The game show famously awards contestants who earn $1 on the wheel without going over a $1,000 prize and a chance to spin again.

"The Price is Right" host Drew Carey pumped his fist in the air after the contestants achieved the first three-way $1 tie with different combinations in the show's history . In past instances of such a tie, at least one of the contestants landed exactly on the wheel's coveted $1 space.

The three contestants celebrated in Monday's episode by jumping up and down while embracing in a group hug.

The long-running CBS game show is airing its 45th season.

The Latest: 'Democracy Now' reporter still could be charged

The Latest on court developments involving journalist Amy Goodman over her coverage of protests in North Dakota over the proposed Dakota Access pipeline: (all times local):

3 p.m.

Authorities say they haven't ruled out future charges against "Democracy Now!" reporter Amy Goodman from her coverage of a protest against construction of the Dakota Access oil pipeline in North Dakota.

Morton County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Donnell Preskey says the case is still "under review."

Judge John Grinsteiner on Monday refused to sign off on a riot charge against Goodman, finding there was no cause for it. That came after prosecutor Ladd Erickson dismissed a misdemeanor criminal trespass charge against Goodman on Friday.

Erickson has said Goodman was acting like a protester when she reported on a clash between protesters and pipeline security last month.

Defense attorney Tom Dickson maintains Goodman was doing her job.


2:55 p.m.

A gathering of Dakota Access pipeline protesters to support "Democracy Now!" reporter Amy Goodman has resulted in one arrest.

Morton County sheriff's spokesman Rob Keller confirmed the arrest Monday of a man on charges including disorderly conduct.

The group of about 200 people gathered outside the county courthouse as Goodman was set to appear for a hearing. That hearing never happened because a judge refused to sign off on a riot charge stemming from her coverage of the protest last month.

Keller says pipeline protesters earlier Monday briefly blocked a Bismarck-Mandan bridge across the Missouri River. They dispersed when ordered by law officers.

About 100 officers in riot gear were stationed outside the courthouse to monitor those protesters. Many held signs, including some that said "this is not a riot."


2:25 p.m.

"Democracy Now!" reporter Amy Goodman won't face a riot charge stemming from her coverage of a protest against construction of the Dakota Access oil pipeline in North Dakota.

Judge John Grinsteiner on Monday refused to sign off on the charge against Goodman, finding there was no cause for it.

Prosecutor Ladd Erickson dismissed a misdemeanor criminal trespass charge against Goodman on Friday. Defense attorney Tom Dickson said Monday that Erickson wanted to replace it with a misdemeanor charge of engaging in a riot.

Goodman said Grinsteiner's decision is a vindication for all journalists.

Erickson didn't immediately return calls seeking comment. He's said Goodman was acting like a protester when she reported on a clash between protesters and pipeline security last month.

Dickson maintains Goodman was doing her job.


9:30 a.m.

"Democracy Now" reporter Amy Goodman plans to plead not guilty to a riot charge stemming from her coverage of a protest against the construction of the Dakota Access oil pipeline in North Dakota.

Prosecutor Ladd Erickson dismissed a criminal trespass charge against Goodman on Friday. Defense attorney Tom Dickson said Monday that Erickson told him prosecutors plan to charge her with engaging in riot. The charge hasn't been filed.

Dickson says Goodman will plead not guilty and post bond in court Monday afternoon.

Goodman reported on a clash between protesters and pipeline security at a construction site Sept. 3. Dickson maintains Goodman was doing her job. Erickson has said Goodman went beyond reporting by yelling at security guards.

Opponents worry the pipeline will contaminate water supply and destroy cultural artifacts.

For 'SNL,' Donald Trump is the gift that keeps on giving

Already enjoying its best ratings in eight years with politically charged comedy, "Saturday Night Live" got something even more beneficial with Donald Trump's potshots — validation.

Hours after seeing himself portrayed by Alec Baldwin opposite Kate McKinnon's Hillary Clinton impersonation for the third straight week, the Republican presidential candidate took to Twitter to complain. He called the opening skit a hit job, and said Baldwin's impersonation stinks. "Time to retire the boring and unfunny show," Trump tweeted.

"Trump doing this is like an endorsement for the rest of the world," said David Bianculli, author of the upcoming book "The Platinum Age of Television."

Less than a year ago, the venerable NBC late-night show earned big ratings — and a lot of heat — for having Trump as a guest host. Critics savaged the show. NBC, which that summer had gone out of the beauty pageant business with Trump after his comments about Mexican immigrants and cut ties with him on "Celebrity Apprentice" after he announced his presidential bid, was questioned about whether it was inconsistent to bring him on as "SNL" host.

During its first two weeks on the air this fall, NBC had bigger season-opening audiences than at any point since Tina Fey was doing her memorable Sarah Palin impersonation in 2008, the Nielsen company said. Based on preliminary ratings, this past Saturday's third week will be the same.

The season-opening audience of 8.3 million viewers beat the 2015 debut's count of 6.3 million, Nielsen said. But that's only a partial illustration of the show's reach: add in people who watched a recording or on-demand stream within a week, and viewership bounced to 12.2 million.

Additionally, more than 36 million people watched a clip of that show's opening skit with Baldwin and McKinnon on Facebook or YouTube, NBC said. Some others likely watched on other sites, including NBC's own.

"Saturday Night Live" is well-attuned to the political calendar. It is opening the season with four straight live episodes, will take a break Oct. 29, and will be back on the Saturdays immediately before and after the election.

"Presidential campaigns for 'SNL' are like when you gather nuts for the winter," said James Andrew Miller, co-author with Tom Shales of "Live From New York: The Complete, Uncensored History of 'Saturday Night Live.'" "You try and get new eyeballs and bring people into the tent who either haven't seen it or haven't seen it for a while and get them hooked."

Trump's criticism is likely to get people who heard it to check and see what he was so angry about, he said. There's already some evidence of this: in only a day, an estimated 9.3 million people had checked out video of the opening skit on Facebook or YouTube, sure to pass the 10 million who saw the second week's opener.

"If Donald Trump is against you, it means something," Bianculli said. "I'm sure if he watched John Oliver or Bill Maher, he'd be just as outraged. Good for 'Saturday Night Live' for still being in the conversation."

Despite the negative tweet, Trump would do well to consider a cameo on "SNL" for the Saturday before the election, as John McCain did in 2008. Palin also appeared side-by-side with Fey earlier that fall. "Saturday Night Live" is much kinder to politicians when they're actually in the room, Miller said.

"They are very aware of a candidates' comfort level," he said.

This fall has been a challenge for the "Saturday Night Live" writers; some days the campaign trail itself feels like a sketch on the show, he said.

"The show has acquitted itself well," Miller said.

Watch: Children recreate promo for HGTV's 'Fixer Upper'

Home renovators Chip and Joanna Gaines are best known for their hit television show "Fixer Upper," which airs on HGTV. 

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 The show, which focuses on the married couple's home renovations around Waco, Texas, also highlights the playful relationship they have with each other. 

Joanna recently posted a video on her Instagram account featuring two children who recreated the Gaineses' dynamic and teased the show in an adorable way. 

Well, this is just the cutest thing we've ever seen! Thanks @ginalee and @becky_hales for sharing this video with us! #fixerupper A video posted by Joanna Stevens Gaines (@joannagaines) on Oct 11, 2016 at 5:28pm PDT

"Well, this is just the cutest thing we've ever seen," Joanna wrote in a caption for the video.

Fans Gina Lee and Becky Hales sent the Gaineses the video, which features their four-year-old children. Lee's daughter, Willow, and Hales' son, Cooper, are friends who have been featured in many creative projects together.

"We are huge fans of the show," Lee told Today. "It was just a big play date. We did the video in a couple hours with a couple of snack and juice breaks."

According to "Today," Lee and Hales came up with the idea, and Lee's husband made the video.

"We filmed at our home in Redlands, California. For the landscape scenes, we took the kids to a barn house in the middle of a beautiful field that was a dire fixer upper," Lee told People.

The video opens up with Willow asking viewers if they're ready to see a renovated home while the two stand on either side of a two-piece poster. Chip and Joanna ask the same question before pulling the two pieces apart to reveal completed projects.

"Our friend at our local print shop made our picture on rolling wheels," Lee said.

The most spot-on part of the project may be the children's likenesses to the real Chip and Joanna. Some scenes show the Willow's hair braided, like Joanna's signature look, and the duo wear shirts from the Gainses' official Magnolia product line.

The video has been viewed more than 1 million times on Instagram.

mini Chip and Jojo can't thank you enough for all the kind words and comments! I still can't believe Chip and Joanna saw our video, let alone shared it with their followers! @iamlovingdad thank you for your crazy amazing video skills ;) and thank you @joannagaines @chippergaines and @magnolia for sharing our video! #shiplapforever #willowandcooper #fixerupper A photo posted by Becky Hales (@becky_hales) on Oct 12, 2016 at 8:03am PDT

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