Solo: A Star Wars Story

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Billy Dee Williams is no stranger to New York City, he was born and raised near Central Park North.  His birth name is William December Williams, explaining that Billy Dee was a showbiz name. 

“It’s my father’s name actually,” he said.  “He was born in December; I was born in April.  My father had a great sense of humor.  William December Williams.  That’s kind of interesting, I think.”

Williams, now 82-years old, got his start in acting at the age of six.  He auditioned for a part as a pageboy to the duchess in a Broadway production of The Firebrand of Florence.

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WBGO film critic Harlan Jacobson has just returned from the 71st Cannes Film. It’s the highest platform for film art on Planet Earth.  One of the films he saw there had some familiarity to it to say the least.

Solo: A Star Wars Story is the 10th installment in George Lucas’ saga begun in 1977.

Even the title is generic: Solo: A Star Wars Story. That’s like “Memorial Day Sale at General Motors: A Sedan!”