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Will Smith Pens Emotional Tribute To 'Fresh Prince' Co-Star James Avery

January 6th, 2014 11:42am EST
Fresh Prince
Will Smith has paid tribute to his former "Fresh Prince Of Bel Air" co-star James Avery, who died last week at age 68.

The actor posted a photo on Facebook with the caption: "Some of my greatest lessons in Acting, Living and being a respectable human being came through James Avery. Every young man needs an Uncle Phil. Rest in Peace."

He added, "This photo was the last time we were together."

Last week, Smith's wife Jada Pinkett Smith posted on Facebook: "Happy New Year everyone! I was hoping to start the new year differently but we have lost yet another friend. James Avery who we all lov...
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'Fresh Prince' Stars Pay Tribute To Late Co-Star James Avery

January 2nd, 2014 9:05pm EST
James Avery
Tatyana Ali and Alfonso Ribeiro paid tribute to their Fresh Prince of Bel Air co-star James Avery following his death on December 31, but the show's star, Will Smith, has yet to issue a public statement about the passing of his on-screen uncle.

Smith, whose wife, Jada Pinkett, posted a message on her facebook page, is reportedly devastated by Avery's passing, according to website Showbiz Spy.

"Happy New Year everyone! I was hoping to start the new year differently but we have lost yet another friend," Pinkett, who met her husband on the set of the show when she was there to audition for a...
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'Fresh Prince of Bel Air' Producer Jeff Pollack Dies At 54

December 27th, 2013 10:24am EST
The Fresh Prince of Bel Air
TV executive Jeff Pollack, best known for producing and writing Will Smith's 90s series The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, has died at the age of 54.

The producer was found dead by a woman on the Greenbelt, a popular running trail in Hermosa Beach, California, on Monday, where he apparently collapsed and died. The official cause of death will be determined following an autopsy.

Pollack is also famous for directing such films as "Above The Rim," "Booty Call," and "The Fighting Temptations."
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Where Are They Now: Alfonso Ribeiro, AKA Carlton Banks From 'Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air'

April 30th, 2013 3:00pm EDT
Fresh Prince of Bel Air
Alfonso Ribeiro got his start in acting in the PBS series "Oye Willie" in 1980 before impressing pop star Michael Jackson with his dance skills and landing a Pepsi commercial with the King of Pop.

Shortly after he joined the cast of Silver Spoons (1984) for its final three seasons as Rick Stratton's (Rick Schroder) best friend Alfonso Spears. The two remain very close today.

Alfonso's most memorable role was that of Carlton Banks, the spoiled rich cousin of Will Smith (Will Smith) on Fresh Prince of Bel Air.

Considering Ribeiro's strong dance background, ironically it was his recur...
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'Cheers' Tops Poll Of Best TV Theme Songs

April 18th, 2013 8:25pm EDT
Cheers
Two decades after the last episode of Cheers, "Where Everybody Knows Your Name" still resonates as the best TV theme song, according to readers of TV Guide Magazine. The mag asked readers to help them find the 60 best themes since the dawn of television, and some of the choices may surprise you.

Of course, Cheers' theme being on the list isn't too much of a shocker - it was actually featured in several other shows on the list as a joke or reference and some of its episodes are considered the best of all time. TV Guide also rated the show the 18th greatest in a recent list.

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Paley Center Unveils 'Television Out of the Box' Exhibit

April 25th, 2012 8:00am EDT
Smallville
Attention TV geeks: the Paley Center for Media has something you're going to want to see.

Long known as a hub for all things small-screen related (dating back to when it used to be called the Museum of Television & Radio), the Beverly Hills museum recently opened "Television Out of the Box," an exhibit devoted to celebrating decades of Warner Bros. television programs.

That includes popular concluded series like ER, The West Wing, Friends, Cold Case, Smallville, Seinfeld, and Deadwood, as well as current series such as Pretty Little Liars and Southland.

On my recent visit, I was able t...
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Will Smith Kicks Off His Holidays With A 'Fresh Prince Of Bel Air' Cast Reunion

December 22nd, 2011 8:52pm EST
The Fresh Prince of Bel Air Cast
Will Smith has reunited with the cast of The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, 15 years after the hit sitcom came to an end.

The rapper/actor had already tasted chart success as one half of the hip-hop duo he founded with his childhood pal Jazzy Jeff, DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, but he shot to international fame starring as a fictionalized version of himself on the TV comedy.

The show wrapped in 1996 after six seasons and Smith went on to become a Hollywood superstar with leading roles in films such as Independence Day, I Am Legend and the Men in Black franchise.

But he revisited his TV roo...
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Our Favorite TV Moms: A Mother's Day Special

May 6th, 2011 6:00pm EDT
Home Improvement
Let’s be honest: I doubt that any of the moms on this list are as awesome as your own mother (suffice it to say that none of them are as amazing as mine). But these women, these television moms, are certainly worthy of mention. You may have grown up with some of them or you may have watched them last week, but one thing’s for sure: they’re moms, and they’re pretty terrific. So, in honor of Mother’s Day (and in no particular order) I present our favorite TV moms.

1. Joyce Summers (Kristine Sutherland) - Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Was Joyce kind of clueless? At first, yeah, but her clueless na...
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TV Reunions We'd Like To See

August 28th, 2009 10:02am EDT
Party Of Five
We all have our favorite shows, especially the ones we used to beg mom and dad to let us stay up and watch. Or the shows we watched with our friends every week and discussed the next day in school because it was the most exciting event in our lives. Most of these shows are played in syndication, but the true fans want to know what's going on with our favorite characters now.

Here are the top shows that we'd love to see do reunion specials:

It's been 20 years since "Saved by the Bell," TV's first live-action Saturday morning sitcom debuted. The show started as "Good Morning, Miss Blis...
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Slideshow: Hollywood's Nicest Celebrities

June 16th, 2009 9:13am EDT
Reese Witherspoon
You've heard about the horror stories of the uncontrollable, arrogant celebrities who think they're God's gift to the earth. Naomi Campbell hurling her cell phone at her assistant like a 2 year old throwing a tantrum and Christian Bale yelling at the director of photography on the set of Terminator: Salvation because he wasn't getting his way. Who do they think they are?

Not all celebrities think they are superior to the average human being. Some famous people really do appreciate their fans and their fame. Being a nice celebrity means always stopping to sign autographs for fans and taki...
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Brad Pitt Vs. Will Smith: Who's Better?

December 30th, 2008 9:47am EST
Brad Pitt & Will Smith
Brad Pitt and Will Smith are both fine (and handsome) actors with extraordinary careers and contributions in the film industry, but there can only be one winner when the two square off. Who reigns supreme? Keep reading to find out!

Round 1: Versatility and Variety

Pitt and Smith have both played an array of characters. Pitt has been an assassin, a vampire, a dissociative identity disorder victim's other personality, a detective and even Greek hero Achilles. Smith has played a superhero, boxing champion Muhammad Ali, a cop, and an agent of the Men In Black among others.

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Slideshow: Will Smith - Hot Or Not?

December 24th, 2008 12:16pm EST
Will Smith hot or not?
Will Smith has come a long way since his days with DJ Jazzy Jeff and starring as the Fresh Prince of Bel Air. Now 40 years old and a father of three, Smith is one of the biggest superstars on the planet. Click through the pictures and let us know if you think Will Smith is hot or not by leaving a comment below!

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Male Celebrities We Want To Kiss Under the Mistletoe

December 23rd, 2008 10:00am EST
Will Smith
We made a list. We checked it twice. Some of these men are naughty (lucky us!) and all of them are nice...

Hugh Jackman - If this thunder from down-under is good enough to be People Magazine's 'Sexiest Man of 2008', he's good enough to make our little list! He sings, he dances and he wades out into the Australian surf wearing close to nothing (sigh). Yep, Wolverine just might trump Kris Kringle when it comes to stuffing our stocking.

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The Best And Worst Music Videos Supporting Barack Obama

October 13th, 2008 12:37pm EDT
Barack Obama
Why does Barack Obama attract enough attention from musicians that they wish to create a song for him? Is it the fact that this is the point in history where a man of color has a chance to lead the free world? Perhaps it is as simple as the idea that widely-known musicians generally lean to the left on the political spectrum.

Today, musicians have a new medium to release their work on: the Internet - or, more specifically, YouTube. However, since it doesn't cost any money to publish on YouTube, it opens the door to amateur (that's putting it lightly) attempts. Here are the three best ...
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Favorite Halloween-Themed TV Episodes

October 13th, 2008 9:41am EDT
The Simpsons
While watching television characters dress in costume and sip on Transylvania Iced Tea might not be as exciting as actually partaking in the action, television certainly has shown its viewers some over-the-top holiday fun. From comedic to profound, here are a few favorite Halloween-themed television episodes:

10. Fresh Prince of Bel-Air - Hex and the Single Guy (Originally aired 10/25/1993)

This episode is the epitome of unrealistic entertainment, as the entire episode takes place in Will's dream. With Hilary's insistence, the family visits a psychic who is supposedly able to reach o...
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The Demise of the Black Sitcom

August 13th, 2008 9:15am EDT
The Bernie Mac Show
African Americans have come a long way in a relatively short time in the entertainment industry. From Hattie McDaniel becoming the first black actor to win an Academy Award in 1939 to the trailblazing success of Sidney Poitier in the 1960s, African Americans have consistently broken through show business barriers on the march towards equality. As Frederick Douglass once said, "Without struggle, there is no progress."

Over the years, progress was certainly made in Hollywood, especially on the small screen. In fact, the year 1990 saw a great influx of black talent on television. That...
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The Image of Black Women in Entertainment

March 24th, 2008 1:17pm EDT
Tyler Perry
Where in the world are black women in today's entertainment? There is a significant dearth in quality images of African-American women in television and film. And no, Oprah's un-Godly success and stature doesn't diminish this truth.

It wasn't always like this. In 1968, Diahann Carroll starred in the ground breaking series "Julia." Heralded as being the first series to star a black woman in a non-stereotypical role, "Julia" produced 86 episodes and Carroll earned herself a golden globe.

In the 70s, Pam Grier played a character that went against the typical African American fema...
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Idol-ology: Who Will Win 'American Idol?'

March 14th, 2008 2:00pm EDT
Will David Archuleta win Idol?
Complete with rockers (David Cook and Amanda Overmeyer), country crooners (Kristy Lee Cook), international contestants from both Ireland (Carly Smithson) and Australia (Michael Johns), and yes, even a Chikezie, it's safe to say that this season of American Idol has something for everyone. With futures on the line and the competition fiercer than ever before, the next few months on "Idol" are likely to be very exciting.

Yet nothing has been more exciting than the voting thus far. In a pop culture dominated by the somewhat nauseating "bubblegum" movement - led by Disney channel gems like...
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The Fall Of The Great American TV Theme Song

March 13th, 2008 2:30pm EDT
Green Acres
What happened to it? A catchy, sing-a-long theme song used to be part of the fun of watching a show. A great theme song could get you excited and in the mood to watch a show. Sometimes the theme song was the best part of a bad show. A theme song that caught your attention could get you to check out a show you weren't normally watching.

Theme songs used to tell what the show was about, like The Brady Bunch. The opening was the only way viewers knew the show was about a stepfamily. We would never have known WHY Gilligan and the gang were on the island or HOW those Hillbillies made it to...
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Three Rappers Turned Successful Hollywood Actors

March 4th, 2008 11:55am EST
Will Smith
Music entertainers are constantly making the transition from the world of singing to acting. The goal is usually to be a double, triple or quadruple threat via becoming an amazing musician/actor; musician/actor/producer or musician/actor/producer/director.

Specifically, it is not uncommon to hear of rappers going from the music video screen to the small and big screens. There a number of them who have done it quite successfully. But, there are three in particular whose success has surpassed all expectations. They are: Will Smith (a.k.a. Fresh Prince), Mark Wahlberg (a.k.a. Marky Ma...
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From The Small Screen To The Big One: Many Stars Make The Leap

January 22nd, 2008 2:08pm EST
Will Smith
Television actors must deal with the stigma of being TV stars instead of movie stars. However, some of our favorite movie stars started their acting careers on a TV show. So there is hope for all the celebs who have big-screen aspirations. Here is a look at some of the biggest stars in Hollywood who have made the leap from the small screen to the big screen:

Will Smith

Will Smith should be labeled "The King of the Box Office." His movies often make millions. His latest film "I Am Legend" broke all December opening records at the U.S. box office with a staggering $72.6 million openin...
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Top 10 Entertainers Of The Year

December 31st, 2007 12:00pm EST
George Clooney
We put a lot of thought into who should make it into the "Top 10 Entertainers Of The Year" list of 2007, and it caused quite the debate among our friends and colleagues, particularly over who should occupy the top spot. Take a look:

10. The Cast of High School Musical

The group that made "High School Musical" a phenomenon went through a lot in 2007. They rocketed from nobodys to tabloid fixations (hello, Zac Efron), from adorable, dimple-cheeked Hilary Duff's in-the-making to sex symbols (naked photos of Vannessa Hudgens, anyone?). The point is, these singing and dancing young actors...
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Celebrity Birthdays, September 21

September 21st, 2007 3:00am EDT
Faith Hill
Happy Birthday to "Lost" actress Maggie Grace (1983), socialite Nicole Richie (1981), Indian actress Kareena Kapoor (1980), Korn drummer David Silveria (1972), Oasis singer Liam Gallagher (1972), "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" actor Alfonso Ribeiro (1971), "Idiocracy" actor Luke Wilson (1971), talk show host Ricki Lake (1968), Barenaked Ladies drummer Tyler Stewart (1967), country singer Faith Hill (1967), "RV" actress Cheryl Hines (1965), "Cradle Will Rock" actor Angus Macfadyen (1963), "Numb3rs" actor Rob Morrow (1962), "Becker" actress Nancy Travis (1961), "JAG" star David James Elliot (1...
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Jada Pinkett Smith Dishes About Work, Family & Will Smith

February 14th, 2007 10:15am EST
Jada Pinkett Smith
She plays many roles to perfection: actress and philanthropist, wife and mother, rocker and red carpet beauty. As she celebrates nine years of marriage to Hollywood heartthrob Will Smith -- and her latest film Reign Over Me with Adam Sandler and Don Cheadle hitting theaters in March -- Jada Pinkett Smith has a lot to smile about.

In the latest issue of Tango magazone on newsstands now, Smith dishes about her career, her body, and how she found her Fresh Prince.

On how her and Will first met: “I met him when I was 19 at an audition for The Fresh Prince of Bel- Air. After we had kno...
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Celebrity Birthdays, September 21

September 21st, 2006 3:00am EDT
Faith Hill
Happy Birthday to "Lost" actress Maggie Grace (1983), socialite Nicole Richie (1981), Indian actress Kareena Kapoor (1980), Korn drummer David Silveria (1972), Oasis singer Liam Gallagher (1972), "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" actor Alfonso Ribeiro (1971), "Idiocracy" actor Luke Wilson (1971), talk show host Ricki Lake (1968), Barenaked Ladies drummer Tyler Stewart (1967), country singer Faith Hill (1967), "RV" actress Cheryl Hines (1965), "Cradle Will Rock" actor Angus Macfadyen (1963), "Numb3rs" actor Rob Morrow (1962), "Becker" actress Nancy Travis (1961), "JAG" star David James Elliot (1...
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New TV on DVD, August 8

August 8th, 2006 8:00am EDT
Prison Break
If you missed this FOX hit last season, catch up on season one of Prison Break before new episodes air this fall. The series centers on Lincoln Burrows (Dominic Purcell) who is on death row for a crime he did not commit. His brother Michael (Wentworth Miller) decides to get incarcerated in order to free his brother and prove his innocence. Also on DVD: Laguna Beach season two, The Wire season three, and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air season four.
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Catch More Classic Sitcoms on Nick at Nite

May 3rd, 2006 11:59am EDT
Tim Allen stars in Home Improvement
Nick at Nite will add even more hit shows to its line-up of popular comedies like The Cosby Show, Fresh Prince of Bel Air and Roseanne with the addition of A Different World, Designing Women, Newsradio and Home Improvement. The new series rollout will begin in July and continue through September.

"Nick at Nite is the premier destination for sitcoms like Home Improvement that have a strong appeal to the Nick at Nite audience," states Larry W. Jones, President, TV Land and Nick at Nite. "These programs represent the perfect fit for our viewers and we are thrilled to add them to our alrea...
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Victoria's Secret Fashion Show to Air on CBS

October 17th, 2005 4:17pm EDT
Heidi Klum
"The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show," featuring some of the world's leading supermodels, including Tyra Banks, Gisele Bundchen, Heidi Klum and Adriana Lima, will be broadcast Tuesday, Dec. 6 (10:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. The special will mark the final "Victoria's Secret Fashion Show" appearance for Tyra Banks and the first post-pregnancy runway appearance for Heidi Klum.

The fashion show will also introduce the next generation of Victoria's Secret "Angels," including new modeling sensations Selita Ebanks and Izabel Goulart, who will be making their fashion sh...
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