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BILL VAUGHAN’S TASTY CLIPS: Academy to give Charles Burnett honorary award

The Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present an honorary award to writer-director Charles Burnett at the Governors Awards on Nov. 11 at the Ray Dolby Ballroom.

The writer, director, producer, cinematographer and editor will be honored along with actor Donald Sutherland, cinematographer Owen Roizman and director Agnès Varda.

Born in Mississippi and raised Watts, Burnett dramatized African-American life in his first feature, 1977’s “Killer of Sheep,” and has gone on to make both dramatic films such as “My Brother’s Wedding,” “To Sleep With Anger” and “The Glass Shield.”

He went on to make his television debut with his acclaimed 1996 Disney Channel film, “Nightjohn,” followed by the 1998 ABC mini-series “Oprah Winfrey Presents: The Wedding,” starring Halle Barry and Lynn Whitfield; the 1999 ABC telepic, “Selma, Lord, Selma,” starring Jurnee Smollett and Clifton Powell; and the documentary about U.S. immigration, “America Becoming.”

The Academy’s Honorary Award is an Oscar statuette that is given “to honor extraordinary distinction in lifetime achievement, exceptional contributions to the state of motion picture arts and sciences, or for outstanding service to the Academy.”

Burnett’s next feature film, “Tanner’s Song,” is a homage from Bobby Kimball, the original lead keyboardist and singer of the multi-Grammy Award winning band Toto, to his wise mentor as a child, Tanner. Danny Glover is inching towards playing the title role.

JUST RELEASED: Winner of two Academy Awards and three Golden Globes, including Best Motion Picture —Musical or Comedy, “Dreamgirls” is here in a Blu-ray Combo gift set with a Digital HD copy and on Digital HD featuring a Director’s Extended Edition and never-before-seen bonus features including, Jennifer Hudson’s auditions and screen test.

The new version, from Paramount Home Media Distribution, includes 10 minutes of additional footage and represents Bill Condon’s complete vision for the story of three singers, also played by Beyoncé and Anika Noni Rose, who dream of stardom and learn the high cost of success.

CLIPPETTES: Ursula Rucker and Dwight Tribble headline a free Home Ground Release Party hosted by Fiona Bloom and conceptualized by producer Stephen Emmer, on Oct. 27 at the Virgil. A portion of the proceeds from this project go to War Child, an organization that takes care of children displaced and affected by war

Both CBS All Access’ “Star Trek: Discovery” and Showtime’s “Ray Donovan” received another season

Jay Z’s 4:44 Tour is at the Honda Center Oct. 27, while Garth Fagan Dance returns to the Nate Holden Performing Arts Center

Je’caryous Johnson’s “Two Can Play That Game – The Stage Play” starring Vivica A. Fox, Columbus Short, Gary Dourdan, Cocoa Brown, Vivian Green, Ronreaco Lee, Carl Payne and Porsha Williams has four shows, Oct. 27-28 at the Orpheum Theatre; and one on Oct. 29 at Foxx : Oct. 27 8 p.m., Oct. 28 3 and 8 p.m. and Oct. 29 at Long Beach’s Terrace Theater

The unique tour of gospel superstar Kirk Franklin with R&B powerhouse Ledisi arrives at the Microsoft Theater on Oct. 28 with special guest Kenny G …

Lee Daniels, Jordan Peele, Anita Hill, Geena Davis, Chelsea Handler and John Singleton are featured speakers at Variety Inclusion: Diversity & Hollywood on Nov. 1 at Montage Beverly Hills.

TC ON TV: Oct. 27 – “Stranger Things” (Netflix): Your neighbors will be binging this season two of this sci-fi hit this weekend. “Michael Jackson’s Halloween” (CBS): A new one-hour animated adventure with MJ featured in a spectacular dance finale with his music as its soundtrack. “The Tonight Show” (NBC): 2 Chainz feat. Travis Scott

Oct. 28 – “Flint” (Lifetime): Jill Scott and Queen Latifah star in this gripping retelling of the water crisis, its whistleblowers and harmed citizens. The network has partnered with the United Way of Genesee County on a public service announcement, featuring the cast, to encourage viewers to donate to help the people of Flint. Funds raised will go to much needed short-term, immediate relief, including purchasing filters and bottled water, and more long-term health and development needs for the children of Flint and their families. For more info: http://www.unitedwaygenesee.org/lifetime.

Oct. 29 – “The Deuce” (HBO): A fine season comes to an end. Don’t worry, it will be back. “Unsung: Hollywood” (TV1): Tupac explores his remarkable body of work in film and TV. Insights from family and friends are provided by Ice T, Ice Cube, John Singleton, Andre Harrell, Leon, Duane Martin, Robi Reed, Vondie Curtis-Hall, Mopreme Shakur, YoYo, Lance Gross and Malik Yoba.

Oct. 30 – “Martha & Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party” (VH1): Diddy, Usher and La La Anthony get lit while cooking with booze.

Nov. 2 – “S.W.A.T.” (CBS): Shemar Moore is up to the task of returning faith in law enforcement officers in this reboot of the classic series that starred Georg Stanford Brown. “A Night Of Magic: 20th Anniversary of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella” (FUSE): A commemorative broadcast of the groundbreaking 1997 made-for-television movie featuring an all-star cast led by Brandy, Whoopi Goldberg and Whitney Houston, who also contributes to the soundtrack. Bernadette Peters, Jason Alexander and Victor Garber co-star. The block begins with “Cinderella”-themed episodes of “Moesha” and “Sister Sister” and continues with back-to-back airings of the movie ending at midnight.

TASTY QUIP: “When I met Harvey Weinstein, he was rude. In the nastiest tone he said “Who told you to get pregnant?!” And rolled his eyes in disgust. I stayed away from him after. Who acts that way towards a pregnant woman?? Power to all the women bullied by …. Power in general. What’s true is there are stories I will never tell publicly. I have my reasons and peace in those areas. – JILL SCOTT on Twitter


As featured in the Los Angeles Wave and Independent, Tasty Clips is one of the leading entertainment newspaper columns on the West Coast, serving nearly one million weekly readers. To reach Bill Vaughan, send email to tastyclips@yahoo.com or via Twitter @tastyclips.