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‘The Mandalorian,’ Baby Yoda, Boba Fett (And Elvis?) In Hero Nation index

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This week’s edition of the Hero Nation Index features a look at the glorious present and the odious past of Lucasfilm’s live-action Star Wars storytelling on television.

Meet Baby Yoda: The Mandolorian spearheaded the massive launch of Disney+ but the new franchise’s Mvp performance for Disney’s Lucasfilm doesn’t end there. The series will deliver a major retail boom for the holidays by introducing the too-cute-to-resist toy of the holiday season. The little green guy has been dubbed “Baby Yoda” by fans because, well, he looks like Yoda and he’s a baby, but the little sweet pea’s true identity is actually a bit of a mystery. Is he Yoda’s child? Or perhaps a clone or regenerated version of the dead Jedi Master? Or (most likely of all) a young member of Yoda’s still-mysterious race? Time will tell but, judging by the reaction of Star Wars fans,
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‘The Little Mermaid’ Turns 30: Inside the Rocky Journey to Make a Disney Classic

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‘The Little Mermaid’ Turns 30: Inside the Rocky Journey to Make a Disney Classic
The Little Mermaid” wasn’t just an animated classic. It was a life raft of sorts for struggling Walt Disney Studios.

It’s hard to believe given how dominant Disney is today in the family entertainment space, but when the story of Ariel, a mermaid princess who just wanted to be part of Prince Eric’s world, hit theaters, the studio was in a rut. Recent animated offerings such as “The Great Mouse Detective,” “Oliver & Company” and “The Black Cauldron” had flopped or disappointed at the box office and executives were even thinking about overhauling the struggling division. But salvation arrived in the form of “The Little Mermaid,” a film that was able to recapture the magic of an earlier era of movie-making, ranking alongside classic Disney films such as “Sleeping Beauty” and “Cinderella” with its ability to make familiar fairy tales the stuff of big screen enchantment.

More important for the struggling studio,
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Who needs an Oscar to reach Egot?

Who needs an Oscar to reach Egot?
Only 15 people have won the awards grand slam known as the Egot. They are (in chronological order of achievement) composer Richard Rodgers, actress Helen Hayes, actress Rita Moreno, actor John Gielgud, actress Audrey Hepburn, composer Marvin Hamlisch, orchestrator Jonathan Tunick, writer/director/composer Mel Brooks, director Mike Nichols, actress Whoopi Goldberg, producer Scott Rudin, composer Robert Lopez, singer and actor John Legend, composer Tim Rice and composer Andrew Lloyd Webber.

Tour our photo gallery above for information about the 25 living people who just need an Academy Award to achieve Egot. They are: actor Harry Belafonte, actress Cynthia Erivo, composer/producer Anne Garefino, actor Hugh Jackman, actor James Earl Jones, actress Rachel Bay Jones, composer John Kander, composer/actress Cyndi Lauper, composer Alex Lacamoire, actress Katrina Lenk, composer John McDaniel, actress Audra McDonald, actress Bette Midler, composer Lin-Manuel Miranda, actress Cynthia Nixon, composer/producer Trey Parker, actor Ben Platt, actor Billy Porter,
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Which 15 People Have the Egot?

Which 15 People Have the Egot?
Only 15 artists have won what is popularly referred to as the Egot, but was originally known as the Grand Slam of show business awards: the Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony. Tina Fey made the acronym — coined back in the 1980s by Philip Michael Thomas of “Miami Vice” — famous in a 2009 episode of “30 Rock.” While moviedom’s top prize — the Oscar — dates back to 1927, two of the other kudos came about in the 1940s while the first Grammys were not awarded until 1959. By the way, if you are looking for Harry Belafonte, James Earl Jones, Liza Minnelli, or Barbra Streisand among this list, they aren’t listed because at least one of their awards was honorary and not given in competition.

They are (in chronological order of achievement) composer Richard Rodgers, actress Helen Hayes, actress Rita Moreno, actor John Gielgud, actress Audrey Hepburn, composer Marvin Hamlisch, orchestrator Jonathan Tunick, writer/director/composer Mel Brooks,
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The World The Flesh and The Devil

The world could come to an end in a lot of ways, but 1950s sci-fi was fond of making it end like a One-Act play. Harry Belafonte’s personal project soon drops the spectre of annihilation to cozy up to a statement about race relations. Despite the fact that his co-star Inger Stevens likely had the courage to take the material way, way farther, the last man and woman on Earth don’t even share a kiss. Can’t offend those distributors in Alabama, by golly. The film’s amazingly realistic vision of NYC abandoned after an atomic gas attack is stunning in HD — the show hasn’t lost its appeal, even if it deserts its second theme in favor of a rifle-toting showdown between Belafonte and Mel Ferrer’s villainous third-wheel survivor.

The World The Flesh and The Devil

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1959 / B&w / 2:35 widescreen / 95 min. / Street
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Governors Awards this Sunday: Honorary Oscars going to Geena Davis, David Lynch, Wes Studi, Lina Wertmuller

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Governors Awards this Sunday: Honorary Oscars going to Geena Davis, David Lynch, Wes Studi, Lina Wertmuller
Honorary Oscars for 2019 will be presented this Sunday, October 27. That’s earlier than ever due to a much short Academy Awards season this year. Trophies will be presented at the Governors Awards in Hollywood to actress Geena Davis, director David Lynch, actor Wes Studi and director Lina Wertmuller. Members of the Academy board of governors chose and announced these four recipients back in the early summer.

Davis is receiving the Jean Hersholt Award for her humanitarian work. She won the Best Supporting Actress trophy for “The Accidental Tourist” (1988) and was also nominated for “Thelma and Louise” (1991). Other films in her career have included “The Fly,” “Beetlejuice,” “A League of Their Own” and “Speechless.”

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Lynch has received three directing nominations in his career for “The Elephant Man” (1980), “Blue Velvet” (1986) and “Mulholland Drive” (2001). He was also nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay for “The Elephant Man.
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Video Exclusive: Shaggy & Conkarah Explain How They Knew ‘Risqué’ Song “Banana” Would Be A Hit

Shaggy and fellow Jamaican reggae singer Conkarah‘s new song “Banana” is a new take on the classic 1956 Harry Belafonte tune “Banana Boat Song (Day-o)” and was inspired by a very simple story. Conkarah and 50-year-old Shaggy explained to uInterview exclusively the inspiration for “Banana” and its music video. Conkarah — who was born in Kingston to […]

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Jada Pinkett Smith Says Oprah Winfrey 'Is the Only Reason' Red Table Talk Could Ever Exist

Jada Pinkett Smith Says Oprah Winfrey 'Is the Only Reason' Red Table Talk Could Ever Exist
Jada Pinkett Smith is thanking one of her mentors for the creation of her Emmy Award-nominated Facebook Watch show Red Table Talk.

The actress and host, 48, shared a photo of herself and Oprah Winfrey on Sunday in which she thanked the mogul for her support in creating her popular program.

“This woman beside me is the only reason @RedTableTalk could even be imagined. Thank you @Oprah and congrats?
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Inside Tyler Perry Studios’ Grand Opening Gala with Oprah, Spike Lee, Tiffany Haddish, Beyoncé and More

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Inside Tyler Perry Studios’ Grand Opening Gala with Oprah, Spike Lee, Tiffany Haddish, Beyoncé and More
In a speech celebrating the opening of his brand new 330 acre studio in Atlanta, Ga., Tyler Perry challenged his guests to dream bigger, like he had, while turning the former Army base into his personal production play land. But even the biggest dreamers — and the biggest names in entertainment — couldn’t be prepared for all the multi-hyphenate creator had in store at his grand opening gala on Saturday night.

“For people to drop what they’re doing in their very busy schedules to come and join me in this moment is beyond anything I could’ve imagined. It makes me happy. It makes me want to cry. It makes me grateful. It’s just I’m beyond,” Perry told Variety on the red carpet as the festivities kicked off. “I’m over the moon right now.”

The centerpiece of the evening featured Perry’s tribute to trailblazing black stars who inspired him — Oprah Winfrey,
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Groundbreaking TV Star Diahann Carroll Dies at 84

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Richard Rodgers wrote a musical for Diahann Carroll to star in after hearing her sing on The Tonight Show.

Pioneering TV, film and stage actor Diahann Carroll, who broke barriers as the star of the 60s series Julia, died of Friday in Los Angeles at 84 due to cancer, according to the Associated Press.

Carroll performed on stages in Las Vegas nightclubs, Broadway theaters, and feature film adaptations like Carmen Jones and Porgy & Bess before she was cast in the title role on the comedy Julia. Her character was the first time an African-American was cast as the star of a show in a non-servant role. Julia Baker was a nurse raising a young son as a single mother following the death of her husband in the Vietnam War. The series ran for 86 episodes on NBC between 1968 and 1971.

Carol Diahann Johnson was born in the Bronx, but grew up in Harlem,
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33 Stars Who Need Only an Oscar to Egot, From Hugh Jackman to Lin-Manuel Miranda (Photos)

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33 Stars Who Need Only an Oscar to Egot, From Hugh Jackman to Lin-Manuel Miranda (Photos)
The Egot — an acronym for Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony — is the greatest honor in entertainment. These stars are (or were) close to achieving it.

A select group of entertainers can round out their trophy cases with a competitive win from the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences.

Harry Belafonte (1927 – )

Emmy: Performance in a Variety or Musical Program or Series, “The Revlon Revue” (1960).

Grammys (2): Folk Performance, “Swing Dat Hammer” (1960); Folk Recording, “An Evening With Belafonte/Makeba” (1965).

Tony: Supporting Actor in a Musical, “John Murray Anderson’s Almanac” (1954).

Leonard Bernstein (1918-1990)

Emmy: 7 individual wins, including for “Omnibus” (1957 and 1958); “Leonard Bernstein and the New York Philharmonic” (1961); “New York Philharmonic Young People’s Concerts” (1965); “Beethoven’s Birthday” (1972); and “Carnegie Hall: The Grand Reopening” (1987).

Grammy: 16 wins, most for best classical album.

Tony: Best Musical, “Wonderful Town” (1953).

Jerry Bock

Martin Charnin

Cy Coleman

Fred Ebb

Cynthia Erivo (1987 – )

Daytime Emmy: On-Camera Musical Performance in a Daytime Program,
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Justin Trudeau Wore Brownface, Faces Calls for His Resignation (Update: There’s a New Video)

Canada’s Prime Minister and one-time Rolling Stone coverfeature Justin Trudeau has positioned himself as the free world’s anti-Trump — a leader who doesn’t seek to build walls to keep out refugees, but has embraced the resettlement of 25,000 Syrians in Canada.

His woke brand of politics celebrates diversity. So it comes as a shock that the 47-year-old liberal politician is now apologizing for appearing in racist brownface makeup at an “Arabian Nights” themed party in 2001, when he was a teacher at a private school in Vancouver.

The photo, which was memorialized in a yearbook,
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‘Amazing Grace’ Set to Anchor Fall Voter Drive, Get Expanded Spring Reissue (Exclusive)

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‘Amazing Grace’ Set to Anchor Fall Voter Drive, Get Expanded Spring Reissue (Exclusive)
The Aretha Franklin documentary “Amazing Grace” will be going out on tour this fall and winter, as part of a 22-state road show that will offer free screenings of the film as a centerpiece of multi-day voter registration events being sponsored by the Poor People’s Campaign, a historic civil rights organization that Franklin supported since it was founded by Martin Luther King, Jr. in the 1960s.

The tour is set to be officially announced Monday at a press conference prior to a showing of “Amazing Grace” at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Among those participating in the D.C. kickoff event are “Grace” producer Alan Elliott, TV host Joy Reid, gospel singer Richard Smallwood, the current head of the Poor People’s Campaign, the Rev. William J. Barber, and another civil rights activist, Rev. Liz Theoharris. All but Smallwood are expected to take part in the tour in coming months,
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‘How to Get Away with Murder’: Cicely Tyson and Glynn Turman on the Honor of Acting

‘How to Get Away with Murder’: Cicely Tyson and Glynn Turman on the Honor of Acting
With more than a combined 100 years in the business, Cicely Tyson and Glynn Turman have endured plenty; they launched their careers in an America that was still governed by Jim Crow laws, and have worked consistently since, both on stage and screen. And they certainly have a lifetime of fascinating stories to tell, having starred opposite screen legends including Sidney Poitier, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Harry Belafonte and more. They’ve worked together on several occasions, first in a 1974 staging of Eugene O’Neill’s “Desire Under The Elms,” to playing mother and son in the film “The River Niger” (1976), and co-starring in “A Hero Ain’t Nothin’ But a Sandwich” (1978). The beloved pair now find themselves in contention for Best Drama Guest Actress and Actor Emmy consideration for their roles in ABC’s Shondaland legal series “How to Get Away with Murder.”

Created by Peter Nowalk, the drama stars Viola Davis as Annalise Keating,
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Jk Rowling To Receive 2019 Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Ripple of Hope Award

Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights today announced its 2019 Ripple of Hope laureates: U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Jk Rowling, writer of the renowned Harry Potter series and founder of the children’s charity Lumos; Wendy Abrams, environmental activist and founder of Cool Globes, Inc; and Glen Tullman, founder and executive chairman of Livongo Health.

Laureates were selected for their lifelong commitment to human rights and their exceptional work toward a more just and peaceful world.

“My father believed that each time a person stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, they send forth a tiny ripple of hope,” said Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights President Kerry Kennedy. “We are proud to honor these extraordinary laureates who have sent forth countless ripples of hope to millions of people inspired by their example.”

Kennedy will present the awards to the
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Bruce Springsteen Emmy Nomination Puts The Boss Within Reach Of Egot Status

Bruce Springsteen Emmy Nomination Puts The Boss Within Reach Of Egot Status
Bruce Springsteen is within reach of Egot: With his Netflix special Springsteen on Broadway Emmy-nominated for an Outstanding Variety Special (Pre-Recorded), Springsteen could add the TV award to a shelf that already includes an Oscar, a Tony and plenty of Grammys.

Springsteen won an Oscar in 1994 for “Streets of Philadelphia,” the Best Original Song from the Jonathan Demme-directed Philadelphia. He has won 20 Grammy Awards throughout his career.

But his Egot, if it comes, might require an asterisk: His 2017-18 blockbuster stage show Springsteen on Broadway won a special, honorary Tony Award – by not providing complimentary tickets to all Tony voters, the production was not eligible in competitive Tony categories.

Springsteen, though, wouldn’t be the first Egot winner to have an honorary award in his collection: Liza Minnelli, Barbra Streisand, Quincy Jones, James Earl Jones, Alan Menken and Harry Belafonte are on that list.

The
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‘A Faithful Man’ Film Review: Louis Garrel Conducts a Very French Romantic Roundelay

‘A Faithful Man’ Film Review: Louis Garrel Conducts a Very French Romantic Roundelay
There are almost too many original ideas in “A Faithful Man,” the second feature directed by French star Louis Garrel.

Many plot twists and turns are packed into the rather rushed 75-minute running time here, and they are not always “elegant,” to borrow a preferred term from the film, but they are certainly diverting. The screenplay was co-written by Garrel and the great screenwriter Jean-Claude Carrière, and the tone is all over the place, but playfully so.

A Faithful Man” begins with a shot of the Eiffel Tower and some tasteful piano music on the soundtrack, and this would seem to threaten some serious Gallic treatment of l’amour. Garrel’s character Abel tells us in narration that he has been living with Marianne (Laetitia Casta) for three years. As he is leaving one morning for work, Marianne very matter-of-factly tells him that she is pregnant with a baby by a mutual friend named Paul,
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Paul Alan Smith’s Esa Rebrands As Solely Management Company, Ups Four & Eyes Female Leadership Milestone

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Exclusive: Paul Alan Smith is revamping his ESArtists (Equitable Stewardship for Artists). A unique hybrid, operating as an agency and management company since its 2013 launch, ESArtists has been rebranded as Equitable Mgmt and will function solely as a management firm.

The company has expanded its leadership team as Smith and his partner Lee Rosenbaum are being joined by four newly minted partners: Tyler Reynolds, Neda Niroumand, Varun Monga and Sonia Gambaro. Each will have a stake/ownership in the company, and the six partners will have equal say in all decision making.

Smith, a veteran TV lit rep, decided to change the makeup of his company after taking a close look at the top ranks of Hollywood agencies and management companies and being struck by the lack of diversity, especially when it comes to women in leadership positions.

“My first step was to make my immediate colleagues my equals,” Smith said.
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Catherine O'Hara Channels Her Beetlejuice Character Delia Deetz at 2019 Tony Awards

It was showtime for Catherine O’Hara on the Tony Awards red carpet Sunday night.

The actress, 65, showed up at Radio City Musical Hall for Broadway’s biggest night wearing a black and white stripe gown reminiscent of one her character Delia Deetz wore in the 1988 comedy classic, Beetlejuice.

Of course, the choice was intentional, as O’Hara is at the Tony Awards to introduce a production number from the musical adaptation of Beetlejuice, which is up for eight trophies including Best Musical at Sunday’s show.

Tim Burton’s cult classic is reborn in the deliciously dark and hilarious new musical,
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A Patch of Blue

Sidney Poitier’s films of the 1950s and ’60s almost always put a statement about race in the forefront, and even when the message was obvious, his work as ambassador across the race divide made a big difference. This sweet tale of a possible romance across social barriers came at a time when interracial pairing was still illegal in some states. Poitier is his sweet self, but the film was stolen by young Elizabeth Hartman, a major talent with a tragic life story.

A Patch of Blue

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1965 / B&W / 2:35 widescreen / 105 min. / Street Date June, 2019 / available through the WBshop / 21.99

Starring: Sidney Poitier, Shelley Winters, Elizabeth Hartman, Wallace Ford, Ivan Dixon, Elisabeth Fraser, John Qualen.

Cinematography: Robert Burks

Film Editor: Rita Roland

Original Music: Jerry Goldsmith

From the novel Be Ready With Bells and Drums by Elizabeth Kata

Produced by Pandro S. Berman

Written and Directed by
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