Boseman plays ambitious trumpeter Levee in this film, based on the 1982 play of the same name by August Wilson.
Boseman’s peformance is both moving and haunting, especially with the hindsight that throughout production he was battling the colon cancer that would eventually take his life.
Boseman is just one actor whose last project became a bittersweet gift.
His role as the Joker in “The Dark Knight” won him a posthumous Academy Award for best supporting actor, while his role in “The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus” was recast.
Watching Ledger as the Joker is a wonderment because as talented as we all knew he was, his performance in that role far surpassed any of his prior work.
Paul Walker: No spoilers, but one of the saddest moments of “Furious 7” is the final shot of Paul Walker.
The “Fast & Furious” franchise has been one of the most successful in cinema history, and Walker was a huge part of that.
Whitney Houston: Houston starred as a mother in this musical remake about a group of sisters who form a singing group.
Her performance of “His Eye Is on the Sparrow” for the film’s soundtrack was a reminder that the world lost not only a talented actress, but also one of the greatest vocalists of our time.
While stars like this leave us with their art to remember and celebrate them, they also leave us with the grief that we won’t have the opportunity to see them create again.
For your weekend
Three things to watch:
This famous game show lost its beloved host recently.
‘A Suitable Boy’
Based on the global bestseller by Vikram Seth and directed by Mira Nair, this dramatic miniseries is set in North India in the 1950s. It follows 19-year-old university student Lata Mehra (Tanya Maniktala), whose life is mapped out for her, thanks to steadfast traditions and a mother who wants to find her a suitable husband.
Torn between romance and responsibility, and inspired by rebellious writers and daring new ideas, Lata is determined to decide her own future in a newly independent India, boldly breaking free of its past.
“A Suitable Boy” is currently streaming on Acorn TV.
‘Hitman: Agent 47’
If you need some action, this film centers on an elite assassin, played by Rupert Friend, who was genetically engineered from conception to be the perfect killing machine.
Known only by the last two digits on the bar code tattooed on the back of his neck, Agent 47 is the culmination of decades of research — and 46 earlier agent clones — endowing him with unprecedented strength, speed, stamina and intelligence.
The assassin teams up with Katia (played by Hannah Ware), a young woman who may hold the key to overcoming a mega corporation that plans to unlock the secret of his past to create an army of killers. Agent 47 must confront his own origin and his deadliest foe.
“Hitman: Agent 47” is streaming on Hulu.
Two things to listen to:
Macca is back.
Paul McCartney is releasing on Friday “McCartney III,” the third in his trilogy that includes “McCartney,” released in 1970, and “McCartney II” in 1980.
It has been a decade since The Black Keys released their Grammy-winning album, “Brothers,” and the rock band is celebrating with a deluxe remastered anniversary edition.
This version, which drops Friday, includes three bonus songs: “Keep My Name Outta Your Mouth,” “Black Mud Part II” and “Chop and Change.”
So get ready to “Tighten Up,” Black Keys fans.
One thing to talk about:
While the current season of “The Bachelorette” barrels toward the finale on December 22, some attention is being paid to a former “Bachelorette” and her pick.
“Everyone thinks we’re getting a divorce,” Lindsay joked.
Lindsay moved to Los Angeles and Abasolo is still in Miami. The couple didn’t spend Thanksgiving together, but Lindsay said they will definitely be together for Christmas.
“The Bachelor/Bachelorette” franchise doesn’t have the best track record when it comes to marriages, so it’s understandable that some in Bachelor Nation would raise concern over the couple’s bicoastal living arrangement. That type of attention may factor into why so many of the show’s relationships have ultimately failed.
Well, that, and the fact that reality romance is more vacation love than reality.
But considering the abundant time at home in the age of coronavirus, I think a lot of couples have a new appreciation for healthy space and the proverb “absence makes the heart grow fonder.”
We see you, Rachel.
Something to sip on
Why can’t we let Lizzo live her life?
The singer sparked backlash after she shared that she had done a 10-day juice detox.
Yes, there has been plenty of debate about the effectiveness of detoxes. Lizzo explained, however, that she did it as a reset after overindulging in November on food and drinks that upset her stomach.
She said she had been hesitant to even share that she had done the detox “because I feel like as a big girl, people expect if you are doing something for health, you’re doing it for a dramatic weight loss, and that is not the case.”
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