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Andre Braugher: How His Deadpan Delivery Made Captain Holt Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s Beating Heart

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Andre Braugher died at 61 and was responsible for some of the show’s funniest moments across its eight seasons.

The police chief at the center of the US sitcom thrived, largely thanks to Captain Raymond Holt, who provided the show’s pounding heart.

Braugher expertly depicted all of Holt’s personality elements, resulting in one of television’s most fully formed and well-rounded characters.

While the actor added heart and humor to the role, his harsh appearance and deadpan delivery endeared him to the show’s legions of fans.

“For me, Captain Holt was the best aspect of that show, bar none,”
Amon Warmann, contributing editor and columnist at Empire magazine, says. “Yes, he could be goofy, like many of the characters, but more than anyone else on the show, he brought the gravitas.”So, when it came time for a scene to hit as hard as needed, and there were several in Brooklyn Nine-Nine where that was the case, you could always count on Andre Braugher to deliver it and have it resonate with audiences.”

Braugher’s ability to keep a straight face while delivering some of the best lines of dialogue was generally applauded, but the rare instances when Captain Holt burst to life will be remembered fondly.

In season four, Holt spends the entire day building a balloon arch for another character’s wedding. Holt becomes deflated after being mocked by some of his coworkers, who think it’s not a good idea and begin popping the balloons.

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How His Deadpan Delivery Made Captain Holt Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s Beating Heart

However, when Rosa, the bride-to-be, comes across the arch in his office by chance, she deems it “magnificent.” “VIN-DI-CA-TION!” shouts Holt, his face flushed with relief and excitement.

This was the scene that many people shared on social media after learning of Braugher’s death.

Captain Holt’s typically expressionless face belied a character of depth and warmth that fans grew to love.
“Holt was a man without expression but never without feeling,” commented Lester Fabiasteven Brathwaite of Entertainment Weekly.

“And he was a wonderfully complicated character, a man full of contradictions.”
He said: “Braugher’s deliciously deadpan delivery as Holt often provided some of the funniest moments throughout the show’s eight seasons, particularly when juxtaposed with the more cartoonish exploits of his cadre of kooky cops.”

Braugher delivered his lines with perfect pronunciation and grammar on all occasions. He insisted on referring to such a mystery as a “who has done this?” rather than a “whodunnit.”

In another incident, his crew realized he had been kidnapped because he used a contraction while on the phone.

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How His Deadpan Delivery Made Captain Holt Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s Beating Heart

His caustic tone was frequently exactly what made a phrase humorous. In the Halloween heist episode, he only used the word “bitch” in the literal sense, referring to a female dog.

Surrounded by a fantastic ensemble cast that wonderfully riffed off each other, the straight-faced Holt found ways to show his friends and colleagues that he cared regularly.

How His Deadpan Delivery Made Captain Holt Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s Beating Heart

When Terry considers leaving the precinct in the second season, Captain Holt compels him to stay up all night digitizing files – hardly the kind of thing that would influence an employee’s attitude toward their employment.

However, Holt’s motive for compelling him to do so was so that Terry would be forced to reflect on his work memories with his colleagues, making him sentimental and ultimately prompting him to stay.
Although he may not always express his feelings and emotions on the surface, Braugher infuses his lines with comedy, intellect, and heart.

“Andre Braugher had a way of speaking like he loved every weird little clause of a sentence,” Vulture’s Kathryn Van Arendonk stated after learning of the actor’s death.
“Like his voice and gravity could hold more separate thoughts, rhythms, and linguistic turns at once than most people could ever hold.” It was a delight to listen to him.”

However, categorizing him purely as a comic actor may be doing him a disservice. He could also provide seriousness and authority, as Warmann points out, particularly in scenes like the last season when Captain Holt suspends Jake.

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Andre Braugher: How His Deadpan Delivery Made Captain Holt Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s Beating Heart

“The way that conversation comes across, it’s so interesting,” Warmann said, “because Brooklyn Nine-Nine at its heart is a comedy show, but because of performers like Andre Braugher, who had a

Shakespearean background, any time there’s a big speech that needs to be made with gravitas, it could go from comedy and cut right through that and be like, ‘Oh, this is a moment’.”It clicked because you have a performer like Andre Braugher.”

Holt offers a stirring speech explaining why Jake Peralta must be suspended for five months for witness intimidation.
“Do you know what happens when cops are not punished for their mistakes?” “What happens when police are treated as a separate class of citizens above the law?” he wonders.

“It breeds distrust in the community, which means people won’t cooperate with our investigations, testify, or even call us when they’re in danger.” It makes them fear us more than criminals or gangsters. It causes people to regard us as the adversary, which leads to further conflict and distrust.”

It’s worth mentioning, however, that Holt would occasionally fall victim to gay stereotypes, either in jest or to make a point.

In one episode, he tries to get Terry to ride a motorcycle, but Terry refuses since bikes are “death machines.” Instead, he advises Holt to do so.

“Are you saying that my life is less important because I don’t conform to society’s heteronormative, child-centric ideals?” inquires the self-aware police captain.

“Are you really playing the gay card right now?” Terry reacts. “Yas, queen,” Captain Holt says. Rare occasions like this demonstrated Holt’s ability to use humor and snark when warranted.

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Few argue that the figure was both creative and influential. “Andre himself was a big factor in that,” Warmann says, “playing.

Captain Holt is a person first, with real ambitions, real desires, a real sort of want to make change for the better, and that’s the sort of thing that comes across long before they start talking about gayness or blackness in any explicit manner.”

And they eventually do it in various episodes because that is a part of who Captain Holt is, but it doesn’t define him in the way it could in other series and other media.”

“That’s partly why Captain Holt resonates with everyone on some level, not just the black man or the gay man,” he concludes, “because he’s a person first.” He’s played that manner and written that way, so the word “groundbreaking” is accurate. I hope more media will study that and draw cues from it because we will have better art.

SOURCE – (BBC)

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Dickey Betts, Co-Founder Of The Allman Brothers Band, Dead At 80

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Dickey Betts, a guitarist and co-founder of the Allman Brothers Band, has died, according to a family statement released to CNN on Thursday by his longtime manager.

Betts was eighty.

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Dickey Betts, Co-Founder Of The Allman Brothers Band, Dead At 80

“It is with profound sadness and heavy hearts that the Betts family announces the peaceful passing of Forrest Richard ‘Dickey’ Betts,” according to the statement. “The well-known performer, songwriter, bandleader, and family patriarch passed away this morning at his home in Osprey, Florida, with his family by his side. Dickey was larger than life, and his absence will be felt around the world. During this terrible time, the family requests prayers and respect for their privacy in the coming days. More information will be provided at the proper time.”

Betts’ manager, David Spero, told Rolling Stone that the guitarist had cancer and chronic obstructive lung disease.

Betts, who was born in West Palm Beach, Florida, grew up listening to bluegrass, country music, and, subsequently, rock & roll. Betts, bass guitarist Berry Oakley, drummers Butch Trucks and Jaimoe, and brothers Gregg and Duane Allman formed the Allman Brothers Band in 1969, and are credited with helping create the sound and genre of Southern rock in the 1960s and 1970s.

Betts composed and sung the band’s biggest song, “Ramblin’ Man.” Initially, he created the song with the intention of having another artist sing it.

“I was going to send ‘Ramblin’ Man’ to Johnny Cash,” Betts stated in 2020, later adding that he “thought it was a great song for him.”

“But everyone liked the song. Even my father enjoyed the song before we recorded it or anything. And I’m thinking I’ll email this to Johnny Cash and see if he wants to perform it,” he added. “The producer (Johnny Sandlin) mentioned that we needed another song for the record and asked if I had any. I explained, ‘Well, I got one, but I was going to send it to Nashville for Cash to record.’ He said, ‘Let’s hear it. And then, ‘No! We gotta do it.'”

Betts also wrote the popular Allman Brothers songs “Blue Sky” and “Jessica.”

Duane Allman died in a motorcycle accident in 1971, and Oakley died in a motorcycle crash the following year. Betts and Gregg Allman became the band’s leaders, but creative disputes and substance misuse prompted the group to split up and reform several times.

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Cameron Crowe, then 16, followed the Allman Brothers Band on tour in 1973 for a Rolling Stone cover story that would later serve as the basis for Crowe’s Oscar-winning 2000 film “Almost Famous.” In 2017, Crowe described Billy Crudup’s key rock star character as “a tribute” to Betts.

In an email to CNN later that day, Crowe referred to Betts as “a guitarist for the ages, the musical glue that held together The Allman Brothers Band for many years.”

“Dickey’s quiet warmth, and his timeless contribution to American music was a big inspiration for our film,” said the writer-director.

Betts quit the Allman Brothers Band in a widely publicized separation in 2000. While the band continued to tour for nearly 15 years and issued one more studio album, Betts performed with his Great Southern ensemble, which included his son Duane, and released another studio album of new songs. Betts retired in 2014.

Also on Friday, the Allman Brothers Band issued an official statement, stating that Betts’ “extraordinary guitar playing alongside guitarist Duane Allman created a unique dual guitar signature sound that became the signature sound of the genre known as Southern Rock.”

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“He was passionate in life, be it music, songwriting, fishing, hunting, boating, golf, karate or boxing,” the statement went on to say. “Dickey was all in on and excelled at anything that caught his attention.”

When asked what he enjoyed most about music, Betts told the Sarasota Herald Tribune in 2020 that it was the impact it had on his listeners.

“I like the crowds mainly, and what the music did for them,” he went on to say. “They enjoyed the music more than I did. I just love how the crowd can drift off into another universe during a concert.”

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Taylor Swift Drops 15 New Songs On Double Album, ‘The Tortured Poets Department: The Anthology’

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NEW YORK — Could there be a Taylor Swift new album release without any added surprises?

No.

On Friday, the pop star released her 11th album, “The Tortured Poets Department,” which is an amalgamation of her previous work and reflects the artist who, at the height of her powers, has spent the last few years re-recording her life’s work and touring it, filtered through synth-pop anthems, breakup ballads, provocative and matured considerations.

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But it was midnight. At 2 a.m. Eastern, she released “The Tortured Poets Department: The Anthology,” which included 15 new songs.

“I’d written so much tortured poetry in the past 2 years and wanted to share it all with you, so here’s the second installment,” Swift wrote in an Instagram caption. “And now the story isn’t mine anymore… it’s all yours.”

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The songs are a natural continuation of the first half of the album, with many returning to her “evermore” and “folklore” style, aided by her partner Aaron Dessner.

Swift has surprised her fans before, and she has surely done so with a surprise album release. A few months after “folklore” was released in 2020, she revealed that “evermore” will be available at midnight on the same day. Speaking of midnight, she released a “3am” edition of “Midnights” with seven new tracks in 2022, just a few hours after the original release.

Taylor Swift’s album “The Tortured Poets Department” is now available.

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Music Writer Maria Sherman describes it as “an amalgamation of an artist who has spent the last few years re-recording her life’s work and touring its material, filtered through synth-pop anthems, breakup ballads, provocative and matured subject matter.”

Swift revealed a surprise two hours after the album’s release: 15 more tracks.

Swift’s first original album since her record-breaking Eras Tour debuted last year.

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Britain’s Prince Harry Formally Confirms He is Now a US Resident

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LONDON — Prince Harry, King Charles III’s son and fifth in line to the British throne, has publicly certified that he is now a US resident.

Four years after Harry and his American bride, Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, moved to a villa in Southern California, a travel firm he owns filed paperwork this week alerting British officials that he has relocated and is now “usually resident” in the United States.

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The formal acknowledgment highlights the prince’s growing isolation from Britain, following his and Meghan’s departure from royal duties to chase lucrative media partnerships in America. Since then, Harry has often challenged the royal family, including claims of unconscious racism made in a Netflix series and the prince’s autobiography, “Spare.”

Travalyst Ltd, a company created in 2020 to “promote global awareness of the importance of sustainable tourism,” filed the paperwork. Harry owns at least 75% of the company. Companies House, the government body in charge of overseeing company incorporation in the United Kingdom, received the papers on Monday.

The filing further distinguishes Harry from his status as one of the king’s counselors of state, which are members of the royal family who can be deputized to carry out the monarch’s duties if he is ill or away from the nation.

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While Harry is still a counselor of state, the crown warned Parliament in 2022 that “in practice” only working members of the royal family will be called upon to fill in for the monarch.

Although Harry and Meghan, also known as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, have established themselves in the rich enclave of Montecito, where they are raising their baby son and daughter, Harry is also under investigation for his US status.

The Heritage Foundation, a conservative think organization, has questioned the Department of Homeland Security’s decision to grant Harry a visa to the United States following drug-related admissions in “Spare.”

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The organization, which has petitioned a judge to order the department to release Harry’s immigration records, claims that the prince either lied on his visa application or was given preferential treatment because a history of drug usage would typically preclude an applicant from receiving a visa.

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