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Chadwick Boseman’s widow pays emotional tribute as actor is honoured at awards ceremony | Ents & Arts News



Chadwick Boseman's final screen performance in Ma Rainey's Black Bottom. Pic: Netflix

Chadwick Boseman’s widow paid an emotional tribute to the “most honest person”, fighting back tears as the actor was honoured posthumously during an awards ceremony.

Black Panther star Boseman died in August at the age of 43 after suffering from colon cancer for four years, keeping his illness private.

His performance in his final role, playing an ambitious trumpeter in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom alongside Oscar winner Viola Davis, was honoured at the Gotham Awards on Monday evening.

Boseman was honoured for his final screen performance in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom. Pic: Netflix

Nomadland, which stars Frances McDormand, another former Academy Award winner, as a middle-aged woman travelling through the American West, was named best feature and also won the audience award.

The Gotham Awards, hosted by the Independent Filmmakers Project (IFP), are seen as a reliable bellwether for the Oscars.

Accepting the actor tribute to Boseman, his wife, Simone Ledward Boseman, described him as “the most honest person I’ve ever met”.

She said: “He didn’t just stop at speaking the truth, he actively searched for it in himself, in those around him and in the moment.

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“The truth can be a very easy thing for the self to avoid but if one does not live in truth, then it’s impossible to live in line with a divine purpose for your life.

“And so it became how he lived his life, day in, day out, imperfect but determined. In doing so he was able to give himself over fully to every moment, to be totally present in his own life and in the lives of the people he became.

“He was blessed to live many lives within his concentrated one.”

Black Panther star Chadwick Boseman. Pic: Marvel/Disney/Kobal/Shutterstock
The actor was best known for starring in Black Panther. Pic: Marvel/Disney/Kobal/Shutterstock

She said it was an honour to receive the award on her husband’s behalf, describing it as “an acknowledgement not only of his profound work but of his impact on this industry and this world”.

“Chad, thank you. I love you, I am so proud of you. Keep shining your light on us,” she added.

Usually taking place with a glamorous ceremony in New York, this year the Gotham Awards ceremony relied on a mix of live and virtual elements.

British star Riz Ahmed was named best actor for his portrayal of a drummer who becomes deaf in The Sound Of Metal, while best actress went to Nicole Beharie for her role as a single mother and former beauty pageant queen in Miss Juneteenth.

Another British star, Kingsley Ben-Adir, won the award for breakthrough actor for his portrayal of Malcolm X in One Night In Miami, while in the TV categories, Michaela Coel’s I May Destroy You was named breakthrough series (short format), while the long format category was won by Watchmen.

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom actress Davis and British filmmaker Sir Steve McQueen also received awards.

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Backstage podcast: It’s A Sin, The Investigation and The White Tiger | Ents & Arts News



Backstage podcast: It's A Sin, The Investigation and The White Tiger | Ents & Arts News

This week on Backstage – Bethany Minelle, Stevie Wong and Gemma Peplow get stuck into some seriously good new TV and film releases.

In other news, we find out why 2021’s looking like a positive year for rapper Lil Wayne, but not so bright for any British musicians hoping to tour Europe in the near future.

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We also look at Russell T Davies’s latest drama It’s A Sin, and the truly different real crime drama The Investigation, based on the submarine murder of 2017.

Priyanka Chopra-Jonas tells us why she chased down her role in big budget Netflix movie The White Tiger, and Dan Stevens is back for a second podcast visit where he reveals to Stevie that he could soon be stepping behind the camera to try his hand at directing.

Plus, we review baby comedy Baby Done with comedian Rose Matafeo and Trekkie animated spin-off Star Trek: Lower Decks.

Enjoy! Please do subscribe if you like what you hear and do get in touch using [email protected] – we love emails!

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COVID-19: Release date for new James Bond film No Time To Die pushed back again | Ents & Arts News



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The new James Bond film No Time To Die has been delayed for the third time due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Daniel Craig will make his final appearance as 007 on 8 October, the official James Bond account posted on Twitter early on Friday.

The movie had been due to come out in April 2021, with the crew claiming they pushed it back from November 2020 so it could “be seen by a worldwide theatrical audience”.

It was originally planned for release a year before that in April 2020, but an open letter from fans saw the London premiere cancelled as COVID-19 cases began to emerge across the UK.

The virus has caused chaos in Hollywood, with productions constantly forced to stop in the event of a positive case among cast or crew.

Actors and crew members are expected to “bubble” together and not have contact with anyone outside the production or their household.

But with cinemas closed in many countries, film bosses are also unable to make any money at the box office.

Earlier this month, Warner Bros announced it was delaying the release of the Sopranos prequel Many Saints Of Newark with large parts of the US still in lockdown.

It is Daniel Craig’s last outing as Bond

Superhero film Morbius, which features Jared Leto, sci-fi epic Dune and action sequel Top Gun: Maverick have also suffered coronavirus delays.

Frustrated Bond fans were already waiting for the latest 007 film before the pandemic started – with Danny Boyle’s decision to quit as director in 2018 resulting in a delay.

No Time To Die, the 25th film in the franchise, finds Bond after he has left MI6 and is enjoying a peaceful life in Jamaica when an old friend from the CIA turns up asking for help.

Rami Malek as Safin in No Time To Die. Pic: Nicola Dove
Rami Malek will play the villain. Pic: Nicola Dove

As well as Craig, 52, it also stars Lea Seydoux, Rami Malek, Lashana Lynch, Ana De Armas and is directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga, with a script co-written by Fleabag creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge.

Ralph Fiennes, Ben Whishaw, Rory Kinnear and Naomie Harris all reprise their roles.

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BBC criticised for spending more than £1m fighting legal battles over discrimination and pay | UK News



BBC criticised for spending more than £1m fighting legal battles over discrimination and pay | UK News

The BBC has admitted it spent over £1m on legal fees fighting equal pay and race discrimination cases brought by staff.

It did not say how much in-house lawyers dealing with the allegations had cost, but estimated they had spent 2,452 hours dealing with the claims.

Tory MP Julian Knight, whose Commons Media Select Committee was told the information in a letter by the BBC, called it “unbelievable” and “shocking”.

But a BBC spokesperson said the broadcaster was a “truly inclusive employer” and that the complexities of these types of cases “mean they need to be managed by qualified professionals”.

The new figures relate to the last three-and-a-half years.

They show the BBC spent £1,121,652 on legal representation in equal pay and race discrimination cases brought by its own staff, with external lawyers spending 2,688 hours on the legal fights.

But ongoing tribunal costs are not counted in the figures, because the BBC said that information was “commercially prejudicial”.

While the corporation said it could not calculate in-house lawyers working on the cases had cost, it said the salary for a lawyer was £46,210 to £68,800, while a senior lawyer makes £66,740 to £102,680 a year.

Mr Knight MP said the licence fee payers’ money “could have gone into making programmes”.

He added: “This disclosure sits uncomfortably against the BBC’s claim that it offers value for money.

“It must now offer a full explanation of how legal costs were allowed to escalate to such levels.

“We will be calling on the newly appointed BBC Chair Richard Sharp to investigate as a priority.”

A BBC spokesperson said: “The BBC is committed to being a truly inclusive employer.

“While we aim to manage costs efficiently and proportionately, the complexities of these cases mean they need to be managed by qualified professionals – not least to ensure fairness.”

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