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Billy Dee Williams on Getting Back Into Lando’s Cape for ‘The Rise of Skywalker’

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Billy Dee Williams on Getting Back Into Lando’s Cape for ‘The Rise of Skywalker’
A long time ago (1980) in a galaxy far, far away (where a movie ticket cost about $5), Billy Dee Williams first played Lando Calrissian, the smooth-talking smuggler-turned-administrator of Cloud City in “The Empire Strikes Back.” Despite having about 15 minutes of total screen time in “Empire” and “Return of the Jedi,” the character stole “Star Wars” fans’ hearts. It made sense, considering Williams did the same thing alongside Diana Ross in the films “Lady Sings the Blues” (1972) and “Mahogany” (1975). Now, 36 years after “Empire,” he’ll don Lando’s cape for “The Rise of Skywalker,” which bows Dec. 20. The actor cites “Empire Strikes Back” as one of his favorite films and says the final movie of the Skywalker saga will be a high point for the franchise.

How did it feel to put Lando’s costume back on?

It was fun. I really enjoyed it. I’m older now, so for me, it
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Bww Exclusive: Ben Rimalower's Broken Records with Special Guest, Michael Musto

In this episode, Ben and Daniel talk to legendary writer and New York nightlife fixture Michael Musto about the 1968 album 'Diana Ross and The Supremes Sing and Perform Funny Girl.' They also discuss 'The Wiz,' Motown, Barbra Streisand, 'Mahogany,' Liza Minnelli, Madonna, 'Evita,' Nancy Walker, Mary Wilson, 'Follies,' and Marilyn Maye. Michael talks about the first time he saw the movie 'Funny Girl,' as well as his attempt to see Diana Ross live in Central Park. Michael can be seen performing live at venues around New York City, and his weekly column can be found on NewNowNext.
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‘Always Be My Maybe’ Film Review: Ali Wong and Randall Park Break the Rom-Com Rules

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‘Always Be My Maybe’ Film Review: Ali Wong and Randall Park Break the Rom-Com Rules
“Mahogany” has long been regarded as a classic romantic film that has pretty much everything you crave in the genre: sex, luxurious fashion montages, and a hot couple. But you know what stops it from being a perfect movie? The ending, which finds Diana Ross as a style maven at the top of her game giving it all up to be at her man’s (Billy Dee Williams) side as he realizes his political dreams.

It’s been more than 40 years since that film’s release, and screenwriters have only recently begun to realize that a female character sacrificing herself for a man is tired as all get out. That’s what makes director Nahnatchka Khan’s “Always Be My Maybe” that much more enjoyable because it flips that dynamic on its head.

Ali Wong stars as culinary superstar Sasha Tran, who puts her glitzy Los Angeles lifestyle on pause
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André Leon Talley Shares His Picks for the Four Most Iconic Fashion Moments in Film

André Leon Talley Shares His Picks for the Four Most Iconic Fashion Moments in Film
André Leon Talley’s contributions to fashion are well known inside the hallowed halls of Vogue, but his exuberant personality and colorful style have made him a cultural figure in his own right. Cinephiles first became aware of the former Vogue editor-at-large when he stole scenes in 2009’s “The September Issue.” An omnipresent figure in shades at Anna Wintour’s side, Talley’s tossed off witticisms lightened the mood as he lamented a “famine of beauty.” Last year, Talley got his own dedicated silver-screen treatment in Kate Novack’s excellent documentary, “The Gospel According to André.”

Distributed by Magnolia Pictures to largely positive reviews, the “Gospel” fills in the gaps of how this fashion icon came to be; from his humble beginnings in the Jim Crow era South, to his Brown undergraduate thesis on Charles Baudelaire, to his early runway reporting in 1970s Paris and his tenure at Andy Warhol’s Interview Magazine.
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Harrison Ford Honors Billy Dee Williams in Heartwarming Legacy Award Video

Harrison Ford Honors Billy Dee Williams in Heartwarming Legacy Award Video
The American Black Film Festival honored Billy Dee Williams with the Hollywood Legacy Award back in February of this year. The iconic Star Wars actor has finally released Harrison Ford's touching video message from the show on social media today, giving fans a special treat. Fans were ecstatic to learn that Williams had officially joined the cast of the upcoming Star Wars 9 and now we're all sitting around waiting to see some first footage of the man back as the iconic Lando Calrissian.

Harrison Ford spends nearly a minute congratulating Billy Dee Williams and talking about how much fun that they had working together on The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. Spliced into the tribute are pictures of the two actors together, on screen and off, goofing around along with red carpet images. Ford ends his tribute video by wishing that they hung out more, which
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Harrison Ford Honors Billy Dee Williams With Moving Tribute Video

Billy Dee Williams has just picked up the Hollywood Legacy Award at the American Black Film Festival, which he richly deserves after a fine career appearing in movies like Brian’s Song, Lady Sings the Blues, Mahogany, Nighthawks and Batman (I’m still miffed we never got to see his Harvey Dent become Two-Face). But let’s face it, there’s really only one role people associate with Williams, and that’s Lando Calrissian.

And so, to mark him receiving this honor, his Star Wars co-star Harrison Ford recorded a moving video tribute which Williams tweeted out earlier this week.

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— Billy Dee Williams (@realbdw) December 27, 2018

Ford is his usual laconic self here, but at least you can tell he actually gives a shit about doing this video and you can sense a genuine bond between the two men. Plus, there’s a neat montage of
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Oscar Flashback: Best Original Songs of the mid-1970s, including ‘I’m Easy,’ ‘Evergreen’

Oscar Flashback: Best Original Songs of the mid-1970s, including ‘I’m Easy,’ ‘Evergreen’
This article marks Part 13 of the Gold Derby series analyzing 84 years of Best Original Song at the Oscars. Join us as we look back at the timeless tunes recognized in this category, the results of each race and the overall rankings of the winners.

The 1974 Oscar nominees in Best Original Song were:

“I Feel Love” from “Benji

Blazing Saddles” from “Blazing Saddles

“Wherever Love Takes Me” from “Gold

“Little Prince” from “The Little Prince

“We May Never Love Like This Again” from “The Towering Inferno

Won: “We May Never Love Like This Again” from “The Towering Inferno

Should’ve won: “I Feel Love” from “Benji

While 1973 marked perhaps the strongest Best Original Song line-up of the decade, 1974 nearly competes with the truly dreadful 1972 as the decade’s bottom of the barrel in original music for the big screen. If not for a couple of these nominees, this category would be
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Lady Gaga vs Barbra Streisand: Will ‘A Star Is Born’ Launch a Billion-Dollar Career at the Box Office?

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Lady Gaga vs Barbra Streisand: Will ‘A Star Is Born’ Launch a Billion-Dollar Career at the Box Office?
A Star Is Born” opens this weekend as one of the most anticipated releases of 2018. The film’s title may as well refer to its lead actress, Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Lady Gaga, whose previous movie experience came from brief appearances in two Robert Rodriguez films. Her reviews are rapturous and she’s a leading contender for a Best Actress Oscar nomination, all of which could make her the biggest singing crossover since Barbra Streisand.

Hollywood hasn’t seen a singer become a breakout success since Whitney Houston in 1992 — although many have tried. John Singleton’s 1993 “Poetic Justice” featured Janet Jackson opposite Tupac Shakur, which grossed $61 million. She costarred with Eddie Murphy in “The Nutty Professor 2: The Klumps” ($212 million), and was part of a Tyler Perry ensemble in two “Why Did I Get Married” films.

In 2001, Mariah Carey starred in “Glitter,” which was an embarrassing flop. The 2002 “Wise Girls” was a
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Diana Ross Reigns Supreme Dodging Usual Setlist for Hollywood Bowl Opener

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Diana Ross Reigns Supreme Dodging Usual Setlist for Hollywood Bowl Opener
It’s a fairly safe assumption that by the time most superstar singers reach their 70s, they’re pretty set in their setlist ways. So there was plenty of reason to suspect that Diana Ross’ performance with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra at the host venue’s official season opener Saturday night would be essentially a reprise of the show she was doing in her Las Vegas residency this past winter, with strings attached. But in this case, the answer to that eternal question of hers — “Do you know where you’re going to?” — was, wonderfully, no.

Saturday’s show turned out to be a true one-off, filled with songs Ross rarely — or never — performs live; only seven of the 16 choices overlapped with the set the Supreme being was doing in Sin City earlier in the year. She’s veteran enough to know that when you score a pickup band as
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