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From Missandei to Stanley Hudson: the black TV characters that deserve their due | Television

In these febrile times, there is little more comforting than rewatching a much-loved series or film: at this point, the dopamine hit of nostalgia deserves “key worker” status. But often, as we look back with a more critical eye, joy can be accompanied by the uncomfortable recognition of a lack of diversity in our old favourites. All too often, black actors have been cast in minor roles, their characters a footnote to the main story. Here are some of TV and film’s black characters who deserve their dues …

Bend it like Peckham … (l-r) David Jason, Paul Barber and Nicholas Lyndhurst in Only Fools and Horses.
Bend it like Peckham … (l-r) David Jason, Paul Barber and Nicholas Lyndhurst in Only Fools and Horses. Photograph: Radio Times/Getty

Denzil Tulser in Only Fools and Horses

(played by Paul Barber)

Loyal as they come, Liverpudlian lorry driver Denzil was the perfect foil for the Trotters’ escapades. Whatever mad scheme the brothers hatched, he’d be there to help. Without

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Colin Firth and Stanley Tucci Oscars Categories for ‘Supernova’

Oscar winner Colin Firth and former nominee Stanley Tucci, a pair familiar to the awards circuit, could make a splash for their work in “Supernova.” Variety has learned exclusively that Bleecker Street will campaign Firth in the lead actor category with Tucci in supporting.

The film made a strong showing at the London Film Festival in October, where it received praise from critics for the stars’ performances. Tucci has been one of Hollywood’s finest actors, winning multiple accolades over his film and television career. For his turn as the evil and child-murdering George Harvey in Peter Jackson’s “The Lovely Bones,” he received a nomination for best supporting actor, the same year in which he delivered another scene-stealing turn as Julia Child’s husband in “Julie and Julia.” His work as Tusker, a man living with dementia in “Supernova,” is tender and profoundly penetrating. As he maneuvers through a competitive race, Tucci

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Stanley Kubrick and Kirk Douglas wanted Doctor Zhivago movie rights

It is one of the greatest British films of all time, directed in 1965 by David Lean with an A-list cast that included Julie Christie, Omar Sharif and Alec Guinness. But the epic adaptation of Doctor Zhivago, Boris Pasternak’s classic love story set against the Russian revolution, might never have happened if a planned US production had got there first.



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Stanley Kubrick looking at the camera: Kubrick wrote to Pasternak: ‘We would now like to buy the motion picture rights to Doctor Zhivago.’


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Kubrick wrote to Pasternak: ‘We would now like to buy the motion picture rights to Doctor Zhivago.’

James Fenwick, a British film historian, has discovered that two of cinema’s most revered film-makers – Hollywood star Kirk Douglas and director Stanley Kubrick – had tried in vain to acquire the movie rights earlier, in the late 1950s.

Kubrick wrote to Pasternak personally and Douglas hoped to shoot the production

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Stock picks to buy, top market recommendations from Morgan Stanley

  • Morgan Stanley investment chief and US strategist Michael Wilson called the recent market downturn and has been telling investors to buy on dips.
  • Wilson notes that the 10 stocks on the firm’s “Fresh Money Buy List” have delivered much stronger performance than the broader market.
  • He says rising interest rate expectations might create more instability, but earnings will eventually get the bull market going again. 
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Michael Wilson of Morgan Stanley has to be feeling pretty good about the sell-off in stocks that he forecast in mid-October.

In a note to clients just before the post-election rally, the firm’s investment chief and chief US equity strategist said that correction was fully justified and mostly complete. He encouraged traders to buy dips during that period in the belief stocks would recover and move higher.

That doesn’t mean it’s smooth sailing from here, though.

“We still

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Ronnie Stanley, Ravens Agree to 5-Year, $98.75M Contract Extension | Bleacher Report

Baltimore Ravens offensive tackle Ronnie Stanley (79) points during the first half of an NFL football game against the Kansas City Chiefs, Monday, Sept. 28, 2020, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

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The Baltimore Ravens announced Friday that they signed left tackle Ronnie Stanley to a five-year contract extension.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the deal is worth $98.75 million.

Per ESPN’s Jamison Hensley, Ravens general manager Eric DeCosta commented on locking down Stanley to a long-term extension: “Ronnie is the mainstay on our offensive line. He’s a shutdown left tackle who excels on the field and in our community. This is just beginning for Ronnie, and we could not be happier for him and his family.”

NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported that the deal could be worth as much as $112.866 million and includes $70.866 million in guaranteed money.

Baltimore used the No. 6 overall pick in the 2016 draft to take Stanley after he enjoyed a standout collegiate career at Notre Dame. The Ravens exercised the fifth-year option in Stanley’s contract for 2020, but he

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