‘Izzy’s Koala World’ On Netflix Is Your Kids’ New Favorite Show

Because how could anyone possibly resist a show about an 11-year-old helping koalas?

In search of a show the kids (and the entire family, really) are guaranteed to love? Fire up Netflix and press play on Izzy’s Koala World. Really, do it. Now. You won’t regret it.

Premiered this past week on Sept. 15, Izzy’s Koala World follows Izzy Bee, an 11-year-old “koala whisperer” who cares for koalas in her family’s animal sanctuary in Australia.

And if that brief description of Netflix’s newest family-friendly series didn’t already sell you, then maybe this part of the synopsis will:

“Helping koalas in need is 11-year-old Izzy Bee’s passion in life,” the show’s description starts. “Izzy and her mom, who happens to be the only veterinarian on their home of Magnetic Island, have made it their mission to rescue and rehabilitate any koala who needs help. They take them home, welcome them into the family, and nurture them until they’re ready to be released back into the wild where they belong.”

Throughout the show, viewers follow Izzy as she rescues and forms friendships with koalas, “all the while showcasing a generosity of spirit and a deep intuitiveness that is striking, extraordinary, and magical to watch.”

“They all seem to gravitate toward her,” Izzy’s mom, Ali, tells the Associated Press. “They’re wild animals. They’re terrified. They need that calming, gentle, quiet, loving presence.”

Magnetic Island, located off the east coast of Australia, is home to hundreds of koalas; and when these koalas are in need of help, Izzy and her family nurture the cuddly animals at their sanctuary until they’re ready to be released back into the wild. That includes checking in on them every day, feeding them, playing with them, and, in the case of Izzy, working on homework while a koala sits atop her head and hugging them while she brushes her teeth.

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“It’s hard to explain,” Izzy tells AP. “When I’m with them, it’s just sort of like really calming. They sort of like understand me in a way.”

Izzy’s Koala World is one of seven new Netflix Original Preschool titles that are not only produced by creators from all over the world, but are also designed for diverse audiences.

“With high-quality, age-appropriate programming for kids at every age and stage, we want to help young people find and connect with the stories and characters they love on Netflix,” said Melissa Cobb, vice president of original animation at Netflix, in a July 2019 press release. “We are also here to empower parents to find the shows that are just right for their families during whatever time they feel is appropriate to enjoy entertainment.”

The other six new Netflix Original Preschool titles include DreamWorks Dragons Rescue Riders, Hello Ninja, StarBeam, DreamWorks Go, Dog. Go!, What-To-Doodles, and Emily’s Wonder Lab, which has received much praise from parents and kids alike.

“I’m just…so incredibly proud that my daughter will be able to watch this someday,” wrote host Emily Calandrelli, who was nine months pregnant while filming the Netflix show. “When I was studying to become an engineer, I was one of 2 or 3 women in classrooms of 50 men. I’m hoping shows like this help change that demographic for her generation.”

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You Can Crochet Yourself All 4 ‘Golden Girls’ With Help From A New Book

The book comes with all the materials to make Sophia

As we enter the 800th month of this coronavirus pandemic, people are still looking for new ways to entertain themselves. If you’ve never crocheted before, now may be a good time to learn because there’s a book that will help you create an entire Golden Girls crew of your very own.

Crochet The Golden Girls is a new book from Allison Hoffman, and it promises to deliver the four sassy ladies we’ve all come to know and love — Rose Nylund, Blanche Devereaux, Dorothy Zbornak, and Sophia Petrillo — for under $23. Time to grab a crochet hook, some cheesecake, and a favorite beverage of choice because this sounds like the perfect little Sunday to me.

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The book gives readers a step-by-step guide to creating our very own tiny, soft ladies of Miami; and, as a bonus, the kit includes all the materials you need to make Sophia. Of course, she wouldn’t be complete without her signature eyeglasses and wicker purse, and those are included as well.

The book also gives us patterns to create the rest of the crew, along with classic accessories like their couch, a palm leaf brooch, and two versions of cheesecake, because you can never, ever have enough cheesecake.

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“Grab a crochet hook and head out to the lanai because it’s time to stitch up your favorite sassy senior ladies!” the book description reads on Amazon. “This officially licensed kit includes all the materials and instructions needed to make your own adorable Sophia doll complete with her signature purse, plus patterns to create Rose, Blanche, and Dorothy as well as fun accessories and props from the classic show that continues to have a cult following.”

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If crocheting isn’t your idea of a relaxing time, there’s a ton of Golden Girls merch available to brighten up any space. In fact, not only are there Golden Girls Chia Pets to adorn your home, you can get everything from Golden Girls PEZ dispensers, granny panties (because who doesn’t want one of those faces covering their lady bits?), and even an entire Golden Girls-themed cruise you can go on with all of your friends complete with a “One Night in St. Olaf Dance Party.” Finally, if you’re all-in on the show, you can adorn your walls with Golden Girls wallpaper, which will most definitely set your house apart from the neighbors.

“Give a set to your best friend,” author Allison Hoffman wrote. “Make a Sophia coin purse for your mom. Feeling nostalgic? Crochet a little Fernando the Teddy Bear (one ear only) for the Rose in your life. What are you waiting for? Head out to the lanai with your crochet kit, whip up these amigurumi Golden Girls, then celebrate with cheesecake!”

Sounds like a plan to us.

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Maya Rudolph Wins Her First Two Emmys In Same Week

Maya Rudolph became a two-time Emmy winner this week, taking home two gold statues for her work on ‘SNL’ and ‘Big Mouth’

It is hard to believe that Maya Rudolph, bonafide movie star, comedian, and one of our favorite female performers on Saturday Night Live, has never won an Emmy… until now, that is. This week, Rudolph not only became an Emmy winner; she became a two-time Emmy winner, one for her SNL channeling of Kamala Harris and the other for voicing the role of Connie the Hormone Monstress in Big Mouth.

As part of the week-long Creative Arts Emmys virtual ceremony, Rudolph was honored with two trophies, the second on Saturday night. She beat out Bette Midler, Wanda Sykes, Angela Bassett, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, and herself, as she was also nominated in the same category for her role as a judge inspired by the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg in The Good Place.

“I was actually thinking about The Good Place a lot and about how we modeled her robe after Ruth Bader Ginsburg and how much of that was an homage to an iconic human being,” she explained in the virtual backstage press room about Ginsburg, who died on Friday at the age of 87. “When you think of a judge, when you think of all-knowing, when you think of powerful, when you think of all good, yeah, we modeled her robe after RBG, so that was pretty cool.”

Unlike some other Emmy winners, Rudolph opted against pre-recording an acceptance speech. “That feels a little presumptuous, and not to mention just physically, emotionally exhausting. If I’m going to experience defeat I’d rather not have gone through all the hair and makeup,” she said.

Rudolph added that she was super grateful for her win, especially considering the difficult times we’re going through.

“It’s certainly put a smile on my face this week to be so acknowledged,” she said, “but I felt that way about the nominations to be honest…I’m not really looking a gift horse in the mouth these days. I’m really grateful for any moment when we can stop and reflect and honor and celebrate each other.”

She concluded her speech by classily honored the other women in her category. “To be fair I didn’t think I was going to win again tonight,” she confessed. “I thought the guest actress, this nomination, is usually flooded with incredible women who are legends and I saw a couple of legends in there… Bette Midler beats me in the legend department, and Angela Bassett beats me in the legend dept. I’m kind of still surprised and a little bit startled I won another Emmy. I don’t know about you but I haven’t felt that lucky lately, so this a very foreign feeling and I’m really embracing it.”

Rudolph’s win wasn’t the only first of the Emmys. For the first time ever, a father-daughter duo — Ron and Jasmine Cephas Jones — both brought home awards. Ron nabbed an Emmy for his Guest Actor in a Drama Series for This Is Us, while his daughter won her first Emmy for her role in the Quibi series #FreeRayshawn. Jasmine is likely best known, however, for her portrayal of Peggy Schuyler and Maria Reynolds in Hamilton.

“As a parent, that’s the most fulfilling [thing] I could ever feel,” he said in the press room. “I mean, winning another Emmy is icing on the cake, but to see my daughter progress and move into this place where she’s earned an Emmy, it’s beyond words.”

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Children Of The ’80s: If You Are Not Watching Cobra Kai On Netflix, You’re Wrong

A couple years ago, I watched the first two Karate Kid movies with my children, and honestly, they weren’t that jazzed about them. I know, I was shocked too. I assumed they’d be all about it, just like I was, and end up karate chopping everything in the house with a hand towel tied around their head. But I suppose I’ve been a father long enough to know that assuming my children would be interested in something I was interested in was a pretty stupid assumption. So naturally, when the first two seasons of Cobra Kai hit Netflix, I thought about watching it with my kids. But then realized that they’d probably just complain and ask, for the millionth time, to watch Spongebob. So I decided to watch the show alone.

I was 11 when the first Karate Kid movie hit the big screen, and let me tell you, it rocked my world. As a young, poor boy from a broken home who wasn’t very tall, or very strong, or very athletic, I couldn’t help but feel a pretty deep connection with Daniel. But I’ll be honest, after watching the movies, I hadn’t thought much about what Daniel and his high school bully Johnny had been up to since Daniel kicked Johnny in the face at the All Valley Karate Tournament.

Well… someone wanted to know, apparently, which leads us to Cobra Kai on Netflix. And let me tell you, Daniel and Johnny both seemed to have peaked in high school. Johnny is a racist, misogynistic alcoholic with a pretty nasty case of toxic masculinity. And Daniel is a well-off car dealership owner who uses karate chops in his commercials and gives every person buying a car a free bonsai tree.

Okay, I know, that description alone doesn’t sound like a selling point for this show, but my goodness, somehow it really works. A lot of Cobra Kai’s charm is nostalgia. It draws on a lot of themes that made the original movie work so well, with ’80s music-themed punching and kicking montages, and high school kids trying to find their cool while facing one bully after another.

One element that has really hooked me is Johnny’s character development. During the show, we learn a lot more about why he was such a dick in high school and why he is now a middle-aged dick. But there is this struggle in him between trying to be a better person and the disturbing lessons in toxic masculinity he learned from his stepfather and his former Sensei, the poster child for total manipulative dick-faces, John Kreese. (Man, I hated that guy in the show.)

I’ll admit, the acting isn’t amazing. But hey, that was also the case for the original movie. And yes, some of the lines are cheesy, and there are moments that are predictable because the plot lines run similarly to those in the original movie. But at the same time, there are also a number of clever surprises that keep things interesting.

What Cobra Kai does so well is show how so much of those fires between people that keep them arguing and fighting and hating each other can be chalked up to little more than a heaping pile of misunderstandings. There’s a clever tension in the show. And it’s hard not to say to yourself while watching, sure, there must be Breaking Bad-style super villains in the world, but in real life, we are much more likely to encounter a Johnny Lawrence. And while there’s (still) so much to hate about Johnny, there is also an understanding that there is so much going on around him to create his asshole way of life — and that understanding is ultimately what makes him a surprisingly enjoyable character.

Going back to what really hit me personally with the original show, Cobra Kai continues that theme of finding surrogate fathers. My dad left when I was nine, and he was in and out of my life, and jail, until he died when I was 19. I was always on the search for someone to fill that void, and this show really leans on two young characters looking for some paternal inspiration to make it through their formative years — another element that’s making Cobra Kai a top 10 show on Netflix.

So my friends, if you are a child of the ’80s, and Karate Kid really hit you at the right time, you’re gonna want to check out Cobra Kai. There is some strong language, but not too bad. And some examples of underage drinking, which is something to keep in mind when trying to decide if you want to watch it with your kiddos. But on the whole, I’m really enjoying this show and the revival of some of my favorite childhood characters — and I have a feeling you will too.

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An Olaf Origin Story Is Coming To Disney+

A new Olaf short film is coming to Disney Plus next month

Disney Plus just keeps cranking out the hits and to mark the start of the chilly season, the streamer is dropping a stand-alone Frozen short starring your boy Olaf. Not to be confused with that weird Olaf Pixar short they played before CocoOnce Upon a Snowman is a new tale that’s set to explore Olaf’s “origin story” and give us a peek into his early snowman days.

“The previously untold origins of Olaf, the innocent and insightful, summer-loving snowman who melted hearts in [Frozen]…are revealed in the all-new Walt Disney Animation Studios animated short, Once Upon a Snowman,” Disney announced in a statement. “The film follows Olaf’s first steps as he comes to life and searches for his identity in the snowy mountains outside Arendelle.”

If it’s been a minute since your last Frozen viewing, Olaf has a shockingly complicated backstory for a snowman. Anna and Elsa came up with the “idea” of him when they were kids, then when Elsa goes AWOL with her magic frozen skills, she brings him to life during the song “Let It Go.” Then, when Olaf runs into Anna, Kristoff, and Sven in the forest, they give him his iconic carrot nose.

As Deadline points out, this new story takes place in the time after Elsa created Olaf and before he finally links up with Anna and crew. How did he not melt? When did he learn what summer was? Did he do any singing?

Naturally, Josh Gad is back to voice the snowman and shared the news on Instagram, writing “What exactly was Olaf doing before Anna and Kristoff found him? I’m so glad you asked!”

Trent Correy, the animation supervisor for Olaf in Frozen 2 and director of the new short, said he’s been thinking about Olaf’s origin since the first Frozen film and his co-director Dan Abraham told Deadline that working with Josh Gad was a dream. “Josh Gad gives one of the great animated voice performances as Olaf through the Frozen films,” Abraham said. “To have the opportunity to work with him in the recording booth was such a privilege and career highlight.”

Personally, I am excited for the expanding Frozen universe. Who needs Marvel, just give us more Arendelle!

You can stream Once Upon A Snowman exclusively on Disney Plus on October 23, 2020.

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‘The Princess Bride’ Cast Will Reunite For A Live Virtual Script Reading

The movie’s most beloved stars will read their famous lines — in support of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin

This time, it’s conceivable! Robin Wright, Cary Elwes, Many Patinkin, and other beloved cast members of The Princess Bride are coming together again for a script reading to support the Democratic Party of Wisconsin.

The stars of the iconic 1987 film are taking part in the virtual reading of the script and will be answering questions afterwards from film’s director, Rob Reiner. Joining him will be Patton Oswalt, who will be moderating the panel, according to Deadline.

Other actors participating in the reading are Carol Kane, Chris Sarandon, Billy Crystal, and Wallace Shawn. Elwes made his own announcement on Twitter, writing, “#Inconceivable! I’m excited to announce a virtual #PrincessBrideReunion! Chip in any amount at the link & get an invite to this special event on Sun. Sept. 13th with myself, @RealRobinWright, @PatinkinMandy, @robreiner & many more!” He also included a gem of a hashtag, “#DumpTrumperdinck.”

Anyone who wants to join can signup here and donate in order to view the reading. There’s no minimum donation, and the event will be live-streamed on Sept. 13 at 7/6c.

“I think most people are aware by now that Donald Trump has completely abdicated his duties as President to represent and stand up for all Americans,” Elwes said in a statement, per Deadline. “He has failed to keep the country safe from COVID-19 and, as a result, he is responsible for the devastating chaos, violence and economic collapse that we are now experiencing.”

“If America is going to have a real chance at healing we must get rid of Trump. And that is only possible if we win Wisconsin,” Elwes continued. “I am thrilled to be part of this very rare reunion of my colleagues from The Princess Bride as a way to increase awareness and garner resources for the state that will determine the fate of America.”

Princess Bride fans got to see the late Carl Reiner in his final performance as a part of the fan-filmed version  directed by his son, Rob Reiner. But this gives us the chance to see the actors themselves read their famous lines, like, “Hello. My name is Indigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.”

Ben Wikler, the chairman of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin, said of the event, “The 2020 election is just like The Princess Bride: giants, monsters, chases, escapes, miracles. We’re thrilled that some of the world’s greatest stars are joining us to relive the magic of my favorite movie in the world and help us safely navigate the fire swamp of Wisconsin politics.”

As you wish.

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‘Black Panther’ Producer Shares Moving Final Text Message From Chadwick Boseman

As the world continues to mourn the untimely death of beloved Black Panther actor Chadwick Boseman, and as celebrities and families alike share just how much of an impact the 43-year-old actor made on their lives, Black Panther producer Nate Moore revealed to People the last text he received from Boseman — and it’ll break your heart.

In a recent interview with the publication, Moore said his final interaction with Boseman was via text message amid the pandemic; the two texted back and forth regarding their work for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

“We worked together to get a young boy a voice note from T’Challa, as well as a package of toys – no easy feat when we weren’t allowed to leave our homes or go to the office,” Moore says. “But Chad figured out how to make it work because he cared so intently, and in hindsight, so personally.”

The text from Boseman read: “It broke me, man. But we need to do that for them. People deserve abundant life, special moments. They’ve been through hell battling disease. If we were able to ease their suffering and bring joy for a moment, and hopefully moments as he goes through the bags, then we made a difference in his life.”

“Again, hindsight will tell us that Chad felt that way because he too was battling a disease,” Moore tells People. “But I don’t think that’s true. I think that’s just who he was as a man. A leader and a caregiver first, who accomplished both of those things as a performer and as a regular person.”

Outside of starring in game-changing blockbuster films and taking on important, career-changing roles, Boseman spent much of his time bringing happiness and joy to sick and terminally ill children.

In 2018, for example, Boseman visited St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Tennessee, bringing patients toys and “joy, courage and inspiration,” St. Jude wrote.

“He was an incredible role model for our patients and children from all around the world,” they said.

CNN also reported that Boseman was in communication with two terminally ill boys, Ian and Taylor, throughout the filming of Black Panther. The boys and their respective families told the actor that they were trying to hold on until the film came out.

“I realized they anticipated something great,” Boseman told SiriusXM during the emotional interview. “It put me back in the mind of being a kid just to experience those two little boys’ anticipation of this movie. … It means a lot.”

But unbeknownst to many, Boseman was secretly battling stage III colon cancer — and had been since 2016 when he was diagnosed. After four years, the cancer later progressed to stage IV.

Frozen actor Josh Gad also shared his final text exchange with Boseman, who, in the text, urged that people “take advantage of every moment we can to enjoy the simplicity of God’s creation.”

“Breaking my twitter silence to share some beauty,” Gad wrote. “This was one of my final texts from the brilliant & once-in-lifetime talent, @chadwickboseman — take this in & celebrate life. He knew how precious every moment was. Tonight the Heavens received one of its most powerful angels.”

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Why I Can’t Get On Board With The True Crime Trend

When I was a kid, my grandmother used to watch every documentary-style show about true crime that was available. Unsolved Mysteries, 48 Hours, 20/20. She was feeling them all. When I spent the night at her house, I almost always fell asleep to the sounds of a narrator recounting a gruesome, murderous tale.

If she wasn’t watching a show about criminal activity, she was reading a crime novel. To this day, if she’s at home, you can find this sweet old lady curled up on the couch, just taking in all the details of someone’s brutal murder.

I used to playfully tease her about her “obsession with death,” which stands in stark contrast to her pleasant, jovial personality, but as it turns out, my grandma was just a visionary.

Her murder shows are called “true crime” now, and they’re all the rage. It seems like everyone loves it.

I don’t get it.

Serial killers? Rather not.

Crime scene photos? No thank you.

Autopsy findings? Not for me.

Everywhere I turn, someone is posting a meme about their true crime obsession. Podcasts. Books. Television shows. Netflix documentaries. Facebook discussion groups. It’s everywhere!

Almost everyone I know is like, “True crime! I love it!”

And I’m over here like, “Do you want to have nightmares? Because that’s how you give yourself nightmares.”

How can you just casually take in the details of someone’s horrific kidnapping or brutal murder, then just drift off to dreamland? I mean, I know most people can by the way this trend has exploded, but my overactive imagination will not allow me to take in the grisly details of someone’s most dreadful act, then just kiss my husband goodnight, turn off the light, and sleep.

I need a comedy breather after an intense episode of a medical drama.

True crime isn’t it for me, y’all.

I have tried. My husband is able to watch without being really affected, and once in a while, he will suggest a specific true crime thing that he thinks I’ll be able to handle. He is almost always incorrect. A few minutes in and my skin is crawling. It doesn’t affect him physically and emotionally like it affects me. He is able to see how horrible it is without feeling like he’s in any danger of succumbing to the same fate, but I don’t have that ability, clearly.

I’m a true crime big fat baby. Does nobody else have a good old-fashioned scary dream after taking in something intense? I mean, honestly.

It’s a million times worse since I became a mom. Any story that involves child abuse on any level makes me sick to my stomach. I just can’t imagine it without imagining my own sweet children in that terrible position, terrified and hurting. Even when as adult is sharing their personal child abuse survival story, it hurts my heart. I appreciate the strength it takes to share, and I understand how important it is to listen.

I just don’t want to take in those kind of stories as entertainment.

Knowing the details of every single horrific thing that’s ever happened to a person is a nightmare for me. I don’t know people do the jobs that require them to be present for people’s worst moments. I can’t imagine being capable of holding it together at a crime scene or in an emergency room. It is a fact that would not be successful as a therapist or counselor.

I know that the world can be a cruel and terrifying place. I know that closing my mind to atrocities is an abuse of my privilege. Obviously, I am not talking about burying my head in the sand and acting like the world is all rainbows and unicorns. I don’t avoid hard things.

I’m just saying that when I tuck the kids in, pop some buttery popcorn, and settle in to relax for a couple hours, I don’t want to spend them consuming the details of someone’s violent death. Mostly because I like sleeping at night.

If I get a couple hours alone in the car, I can’t spend it listening to a podcast about the psychology of serial murderers. I’ll get all kinds of freaked the hell out. I already check my back seat for intruders before I get in the car. I can’t add any more things to worry about.

My threshold of true crime tolerance is apparently really low. I need some nice, mindless fluff to relax. I can’t relax to the sounds of Ted Bundy’s greatest hits.

I’m just a rom-com kinda gal, I guess. I do listen to podcasts, but usually they’re about science, cleaning, advice, politics, or sometimes celebrities. If I’m doing TV based on real life, I like a cheesy dating show. I can watch anything relating to medical mysteries. Give me a home improvement moment, or a cooking show. I even enjoy a nice episode of What Would You Do? I cry every time.

But I can’t do the true crime. I can’t fathom how it’s not terrifying to everyone else to just have all this horrible knowledge bouncing around in your head. If it happened to someone else, it could happen to me, right? Does that thought not cross anyone else’s mind? Being murdered is one of my top fears. Losing one of my kids is my biggest fear.

When I watch or listen to or read about true crimes, every victim makes me think about my babies. Every loved one left behind is me. I just get too emotionally involved. And I can’t help it!

I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with you if you can listen with interest without feeling totally freaked out like I do. That seems to be the most common reaction. I recognize that I’m probably what a lot of people would call oversensitive.

I will admit that. I’m sensitive AF about stuff like this. I know true crime is all the rage, but it’s not for me.

Sorry, Grandma.

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ABC To Air Chadwick Boseman Tribute After Commercial-Free ‘Black Panther’ Showing

ABC will air Black Panther on Sunday night followed by a tribute to Chadwick Boseman

On Friday it was revealed that Chadwick Boseman, 43, died after a four year battle with colon cancer. As Hollywood and the rest of the world continues to mourn the death of the critically acclaimed and beloved actor, ABC and Marvel Studios have chosen to honor his life and legacy on Sunday night in a very beautiful way.

On Sunday, August 30, 2020, at 8 p.m. ET, ABC will air his socially significant blockbuster Marvel Film, Black Panther without the interruption of any commercials. This will be the only place to see the film without commercials aside from Disney Plus. Following the two-hour-plus film will be a 40-minute tribute titled Chadwick Boseman – A Tribute for a King, which will run from 10:20 to 11:00 p.m.

According to a press release per USA Today, the tribute special will “celebrate Boseman’s storied life, legacy and career, and the cultural imprint he made on- and off-screen.” It will also feature tributes that have poured in from celebrities, political figures, and fans across the world, including “special words from those who starred alongside him and knew Boseman best, and shine a light on the medical condition he privately battled.”

On Friday, Boseman’s team announced his unexpected death on social media, revealing that he had privately battled colon cancer for several years.

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It is with immeasurable grief that we confirm the passing of Chadwick Boseman.⁣ ⁣ Chadwick was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer in 2016, and battled with it these last 4 years as it progressed to stage IV. ⁣ ⁣ A true fighter, Chadwick persevered through it all, and brought you many of the films you have come to love so much. From Marshall to Da 5 Bloods, August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and several more, all were filmed during and between countless surgeries and chemotherapy. ⁣ ⁣ It was the honor of his career to bring King T’Challa to life in Black Panther. ⁣ ⁣ He died in his home, with his wife and family by his side. ⁣ ⁣ The family thanks you for your love and prayers, and asks that you continue to respect their privacy during this difficult time. ⁣ ⁣ Photo Credit: @samjonespictures

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“It is with immeasurable grief that we confirm the passing of Chadwick Boseman. ⁣Chadwick was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer in 2016, and battled with it these last 4 years as it progressed to stage IV,” they wrote.

“A true fighter, Chadwick persevered through it all, and brought you many of the films you have come to love so much. From Marshall to Da 5 Bloods, August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and several more, all were filmed during and between countless surgeries and chemotherapy. It was the honor of his career to bring King T’Challa to life in Black Panther.”

They also revealed that he passed at his home with his wife, Taylor Simone Ledward, and family by his side.

Black Panther was the first big-budget superhero movie to feature not only a Black hero, but a primarily Black cast led by a Black director. It was not only a commercial success but critically acclaimed as well, winning three Oscars, earning a best picture nomination, and grossing more than $1.3 billion worldwide.

On Saturday, Twitter announced that the tweet revealing Boseman’s death was the most-liked tweet in the history of the social media company. “A tribute fit for a King,” they wrote.

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‘Black Panther’ Star Chadwick Boseman Dies At Age 43

Actor Chadwick Boseman has passed away at 43 after a four-year battle with colon cancer

The celebrated actor Chadwick Boseman, best known for his iconic role as King T’Challa in Black Panther, has died. He was 43.

The actor passed away after a four year battle with colon cancer. Boseman’s illness was not previously disclosed as he quietly battled cancer behind the scenes. His family shared the tragic news in a statement on his personal social media handles.

“It is with immeasurable grief that we confirm the passing of Chadwick Boseman,” read the statement. “Chadwick was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer in 2016, and battled with it these last 4 years as it progressed to stage IV.” ⁣

“A true fighter, Chadwick persevered through it all, and brought you many of the films you have come to love so much. From Marshall to Da 5 Bloods, August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and several more, all were filmed during and between countless surgeries and chemotherapy,” the statement continued.

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It is with immeasurable grief that we confirm the passing of Chadwick Boseman.⁣ ⁣ Chadwick was diagnosed with stage III colon cancer in 2016, and battled with it these last 4 years as it progressed to stage IV. ⁣ ⁣ A true fighter, Chadwick persevered through it all, and brought you many of the films you have come to love so much. From Marshall to Da 5 Bloods, August Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and several more, all were filmed during and between countless surgeries and chemotherapy. ⁣ ⁣ It was the honor of his career to bring King T’Challa to life in Black Panther. ⁣ ⁣ He died in his home, with his wife and family by his side. ⁣ ⁣ The family thanks you for your love and prayers, and asks that you continue to respect their privacy during this difficult time. ⁣ ⁣ Photo Credit: @samjonespictures

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Boseman made history as the first Black superhero to headline a Marvel film. He truly shifted the culture. Entertainment Weekly reports that he was expected to return as King T’Challa in Black Panther 2, though it hadn’t begun filming. It’s believed that his final film performance is the upcoming Netflix film, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom.

“It was the honor of his career to bring King T’Challa to life in Black Panther,” ⁣his family continued. “He died in his home, with his wife and family by his side. ⁣The family thanks you for your love and prayers, and asks that you continue to respect their privacy during this difficult time.”

What a tragedy.

 

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