Star Files Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today and over the weekend. Miranda Takes Us Into the Room Where It Happened“Genius” is a word that’s been frequently associated with Lin-Manuel Miranda of late, so it’s perhaps fitting that the creator and star of Hamilton can now be found on the website Genius. The online “knowledge base” allows users to break down song lyrics with line-by-line annotations, and the Tony winner himself has now released his notes on the numbers featured in his gargantuan Broadway hit. It’s like being in the room where the tuner’s creation happened!Perfect Holiday Present for Broadway LoversIt’s almost that most wonderful time of the year and once again those folks over at Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS have the perfect answer for all your listening needs. The King and I’s Kelli O’Hara and Ruthie Ann Miles, along with Fun Home’s Beth Malone, Hamilton’s Leslie Odom, Jr., Beautiful’s Chilina Kennedy and many more have contributed to Broadway’s Carols for a Cure, Volume 17. The two-disc CD is now on sale, so what are you waiting for?!Neil LaBute’s Latest Job TitlePlaywright Neil LaBute has been named showrunner for upcoming Syfy series Van Helsing. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the new show will focus on Vanessa Helsing, the next in a long line of vampire-fighting warriors. Production will kick off in Vancouver in January; the 13-episode first season is set to begin airing in the fall of 2016.The Force is Strong With the Harris-Burtka FamilyAs we all know by now, Tony winner Neil Patrick Harris, his husband, Broadway alum David Burtka, and their cuter-than-words kiddos Gideon and Harper are the reigning royal family when it comes to magnificent Halloween costumes. This year was no exception—check out their Star Wars themed outfits below. The Force is strong with this clan! View Comments Lin-Manuel Miranda
Ride-hailing giants, Gojek and Grab, are in talks about a possible merger, a report said, citing sources.The report, as quoted by Tech in Asia, also stated that the start-ups were still discussing their respective valuations and post-merger shareholdings.Singapore-based Grab has told some of its investors that Gojek expects a 50-50 share while Grab wants overall control of the merged company across Southeast Asia. “There are no plans for any sort of merger and recent media reports regarding discussions of this nature are not accurate,” Gojek spokesperson told The Jakarta Post on Tuesday.Read also: Biggest Japan bank kicks off new era with $700 million Grab betMeanwhile, Grab has yet to comment on the report.It is estimated that after the merger, Grab and Gojek could make US$16.7 billion in annual revenue and hit a valuation of $72 billion by 2025, which will potentially improve the prospects for an initial public offering (IPO).According to the E-conomy SEA 2019 report by technology giant Google, Singaporean holding company Temasek and consultancy Bain & Company, ride hailing in the region has grown six fold since 2015 and is projected to reach $18 billion of gross merchandise value (GMV) in 2025.Both app giants offer wide-ranging services aiming to fulfill everyday daily needs such as a food delivery service, package delivery and e-payment services, among other things.Topics :
Ghana’s second day of training on Wednesday will present Kwesi Appiah with a full-house after the Ayew brothers, Andre and Jordan together with goalkeeper Adam Kwarasey arrived in camp.The Black Stars began preparations on Tuesday for the first leg fixture in the final round of qualifying for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations against Malawi on Saturday with 21 players.But the arrival of the three players increases the numbers to 24.The trio will meet up with the rest of the squad in the morning for training at the Accra Sports Stadium.