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A fresh little prince or princess is on the way for Alfonso Ribeiro! The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air actor and wife Angela Unkrich are expecting their first child together. The 41-year-old star announced the baby news on Twitter Wednesday, May 1. "Coming this fall: a baby Alfonso or a baby Angela!" he wrote with a split WhoSay photo of his and Angela's baby pictures. Ribeiro is already dad to 9-year-old daughter Sienna with ex-wife Robin Stapler. He and Unkrich, 31, tied the knot in October 2012 at a [...] »
This week’s big fat costume design stories from around the web.
Brilliant new supercut video from Daniel Reis the man behind Every Outfit Cher Wears in Clueless. This one features the vivid colours and patterns worn in shows like The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and films such as White Men Can’t Jump and Do the Right Thing.
More Catherine Martin, this time explaining her collaboration with tailors Brooks Brothers on The Great Gatsby. Actually this video is full of interesting tit-bits, e.g. Joel Edgerton as Tom Buchanan has a skull and crossbones motif sewn »
- Chris Laverty
Addressing a longstanding rumour about her 16-year-old marriage to Will, the 41-year-old told the Huffington Post that she had always told Will to do whatever he wants to as long as he can look at himself in the mirror and be okay.
"Because at the end of the day, Will is his own man. I'm here as his partner, but he is his own man. He has to decide who he wants to be and that's not for me to do for him. Or vice versa," she said.
Jada, who married Will in a small ceremony in 1997 after meeting on the set of 'The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air', counts a foundation of friendship as an essential component of her and the 'I. »
- Arun Pandit
Janet Hubert, the actress who played the original Aunt Vivian on "The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air" but was replaced after three seasons, says she's tired of feuding and wants to patch things up with Will Smith.
In the wide-ranging interview with TheGrio.com above, Hubert explains the details surrounding her departure from the series and concedes that after twenty years of bickering, she wants to make peace with Will Smith and rest of the show's cast.
“I would say to him [Smith], we need to heal this. You’ve done some things, you’ve said some things, that were totally untrue and you know that they were untrue. I’ve said some things that I probably should have never said ... I’m tired. Aren’t you tired Will?” Hubert said of the feud. When asked if she would attend a reunion of the show, she replied, "Absolutely."
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- Alex Moaba
Can you imagine "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" as slave-turned-badass Django? It almost happened.EW spoke with Will Smith -- who re-teams with son Jaden in this summer's "After Earth" -- and he shared the surprising reason why he turned down the role in "Django Unchained." “Django wasn’t the lead," the actor candidly states. "So it was like, I need to be the lead. The other character was the lead!”That other character would be Christoph Waltz's bounty hunter Dr. King Schultz -- a brilliant performance that did earn Waltz both an Oscar and Golden Globe ... but in the supporting category.Smith even begged writer-director Quentin Tarantino to change the script for him to accept the role. Warning: Spoiler Alert head!“I was like, ‘No, Quentin, please, I need to kill the bad guy!’” he said, referring to the fact that Waltz's Schultz is the one who ends »
- tooFab Staff
Two years after Teen Nick found ratings success with the return of '90s hits Doug and Clarissa Explains It All, Bet is going retro. The network said Wednesday that it has acquired off-network rights to '90s comedies The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Family Matters, Martin, The Jamie Foxx Show and The Wayans Bros. Photos: The Faces of Pilot Season 2013 In a licensing deal with Warner Bros. Domestic Television, the series will air on Bet and Centric, with Viacom corporate sibling Nick at Nite retaining rights to continue airing Full House and Living Single, which will air on
- Lesley Goldberg
Justin Bieber was tardy for his own party last night. He arrived more than two hours late to his concert in London, thus angering fans who had to leave before the end of the concert because it was their bedtime (seriously). Bieber later released a public apology on twitter and vowed to “focus on the positive”. [Daily Mail].
Rumors are swirling that Warner Brothers is trying to get Christopher Nolan to try to get Christian Bale to reprise his role as Batman in the upcoming Justice League movie. Who knows if Bale’s brilliant Batman is the hero the Justice League deserves right now, but he’s definitely the one the studio needs. [Latino Review]
Jon Stewart has just »
- Mark Graham
Vulture is in the midst of its Sitcom Smackdown, a three-week contest that pits the best sitcoms of the last 30 years against each other to crown the ultimate winner. But while that bracket focuses on the greatest, most innovative modern comedies, it couldn't cover all of the series that live on in our hearts, the ones that may not fit those highfalutin parameters but which we could talk about for days. To give these other series their moments to shine, every day we’ll be pitting two like-minded comedies against each other: We’ll pick our winner, and readers will then vote for their own. Today: It’s family-on-family, as we pit The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air against Growing Pains.Today's contenders: The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1990–96) vs. Growing Pains (1985–1992) Kids have been dominating family sitcoms since Leave It to Beaver and The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis, but the »
- Josef Adalian
Last night (January 31) marked the end of an era in the Us as NBC screened the last ever episode of 30 Rock - it might never have been a ratings giant, but Tina Fey's smart comedy was beloved by critics and loyal fans the world over.
Since the show's UK broadcaster Comedy Central is a little behind the Us, we won't spoil how things ended up for Liz Lemon and co, but as our way of paying tribute to 30 Rock, this week's Friday Fiver lists off the five greatest sitcom endings - let us know if you agree with our picks below!
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Friends - 'The Last One' - aired May 6, 2004
She got off the plane! Yes, the Friends finale is unbelievably, inescapably corny. But no matter how many times I see it, it never fails to make me sob. »
Plus, what would it take for Tatyana to reunite with her ‘Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air’ family?
As the only leading lady on Bet’s new hit comedy Second Generation Wayans, Tatyana Ali has to stand her ground against the boys — not that she, or her character Maya, have any problem doing that. “She totally holds her own with these guys, and she runs things,” Tatyana tells HollywoodLife.com of her latest on-screen persona. “I like how quick-witted and sharp-tongued she is. She’ll cut you with a smile if you get in her way.”
In fact, the strength of her character was one of the reasons Tatyana knew she wanted to be a part of the show.
“Sometimes you read parts and you don’t connect to them, and then sometimes you connect right away,” Tatyana explains. “I felt like I knew her, and I knew what I could do »
- Andy Swift
American Idol winner Scotty McCreery greets the crowd in Charlotte, North Carolina. He reminds the would-be Idol winners that he was once like them, just a face in the crowd inside Charlotte International Speedway. But move over Scotty, no one's here to see you. Not today, not when we are in Charlotte and everyone knows that Charlotte is where the tension between Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey erupts into a volcano of sparks. In other words: Fight! Fight! Fight!
But first a few Idol hopefuls have to sing for their shot at the stars: Nicki, »
"In West Philadelphia born and raised..." If you're anything like us, you're finishing those lyrics in your head right now. You're welcome.Believe it or not, today is the 34th birthday of little Ashley Banks from "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air," Tatyana Ali!The Brooklyn-born beauty starred on the hit Will Smith sitcom from age 11 until 17, then released an album, graduated from Harvard, campaigned for President Obama and continued her Hollywood career. She currently produces and stars on the TV One series "Love That Girl!" and has a recurring role on the CBS soap "The Young and the Restless."Just reading all of that makes us tired.So, Happy Birthday, busy Tatyana! Click "Launch Gallery" above to see what the rest of her "Fresh Prince" castmates look like today. Read more »
- tooFab Staff
As usual, "American Idol" wrapped the Charlotte auditions with a touching story and a beautiful voice. This time, the voice belonged to 26-year-old Seretha Guinn. She brought her beautiful 3-year-old daughter in with her to the audition. The tot was a huge fan of Nicki Minaj, though too shy to do much more than nod her agreement.
Guinn was there in secret, hoping to bring home some good news to her boyfriend. He almost died in a terrible accident. Since then, he's gone through eight surgeries and was still recovering at home. She wanted to cheer him up with the surprise of her moving on to Hollywood. To get there, she tapped into the world of sitcom theme songs.
- The Huffington Post
The trouble with comedy actors is they go around being acclaimed the whole time. “Oh, Monique, thank you for revealing your inner depth”, the critics say, zipping up their flies. Those funny people, with their talent and their popularity poking you right in the face…they can run the whole gamut of human emotion, and while you’re crying your way out of the cinema, they’re laughing all the way to the bank. Damn them! A curse on their Globes!
There are few comedy actors who haven’t wondered or been persuaded to find out if they could be the next Meryl Streep or Daniel Day-Lewis. And among those comics who have made the leap, the hit rate is high, and thankfully so. But the changeover doesn’t always work, and when it fails, it fails big time. Allow me to illustrate, in a barely particular order:
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- Callum Mcleod
Actor Conrad Bain has died at the age of 89. According to his daughter Jennifer, he passed away from natural causes on Monday in Livermore, CA. He was three weeks shy of his 90th birthday.
Bain was born and Canada, served in the Canadian Army during World War II, and began his career on Broadway.
He appeared on many shows on television but was best known for playing Phillip Drummond on Diff'rent Strokes. A wealthy resident of Park Avenue, Mister Drummond adopts two African American boys from Harlem (Gary Coleman and Todd Bridges) after the death of their mother, Drummond's former housekeeper.
The series ran for seven seasons on NBC (1978-1985) and one season on ABC (1985-1986). In 1996, Bain and Coleman reprised their roles for the series finale of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.
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American actor who tackled taboo subjects in the sitcom Diff'rent Strokes
The actor Conrad Bain, who has died aged 89, found fame in middle age in the sitcom Diff'rent Strokes (1978-86). As Phillip Drummond, a white millionaire who fosters, then adopts, two orphaned black brothers, Bain was the straight man to the diminutive, wisecracking Gary Coleman, who played Arnold, the younger of the two boys. When his one-time housekeeper dies, the kindly widower Drummond takes Arnold and his brother, Willis (Todd Bridges), from their Harlem ghetto to his luxury Manhattan penthouse and brings them up with his daughter, Kimberly (Dana Plato).
Diff'rent Strokes tackled racial issues with humour and was courageous in confronting taboo subjects such as drugs, bulimia, sexual assault and paedophilia. The sitcom was devised as a vehicle for both Coleman, who had been spotted in television commercials, and Bain, following his co-starring role in the series Maude (1972-78) as Dr Arthur Harmon, »
- Anthony Hayward
You know how sometimes you're hanging out with your bros, and you run the lyrics to "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" through Google Translate 64 times, translate it back to English, and perform it on the Internet?
No? Cdza, a musical experiment collective (you may remember their "Zuckerberg: The Musical"), did just that to pretty outstanding results, and the broken English gives it a refreshing edge. Shot in what appears to be one take, they rounded up a full band and a cast to play Will, Will's mom, the cab driver and the rest of the gang. Between this and the live-action "Toy Story," it looks like 2013 could be the year of the weirdly impressive YouTube novelties. »
- Ross Luippold
As square white dads go, Conrad Bain was one of the best. While he had roles in everything from Dark Shadows to The Love Boat to Maude, his most famous part was that of Phillip Drummond, a millionaire widower who adopts African-American brothers Arnold and Willis after their mother passes away on Diff’rent Strokes. Bain himself passed away Monday night at a retirement home in Livermore, California. No further details about the actor’s death have been given. He was 89.
Starring opposite Gary Coleman and Todd Bridges for eight seasons of the wildly successful sitcom, Bain was America’s favorite uncool old dad from 1978 to 1986. “He was an amazing person. He was a lot like Mr. Drummond, but much more interesting in real life. He was an amazing father,” his daughter Jennifer told TMZ. Nice, nerdy and constantly wearing a cozy sweater, Bain always knew what Willis was talking about. »
- Halle Kiefer
So sad. Conrad Bain, who played the father on ‘Diff’rent Strokes,’ died on Jan. 14 surrounded by his family in Livermore, CA.
“He was an amazing person. He was a lot like Mr. Drummond, but much more interesting in real life. He was an amazing father,” Conrad’s daughter Jennifer told TMZ, comparing her father to his Diff’rent Strokes character Philip Drummond.
The actor, who would have turned 90 on Feb. 4, last made his mark in television on the series Unforgettable — he starred in one episode in 2011. Before that, it was an appearance on an episode of The French Prince of Bel-Air in 1996.
- Christopher Rogers
Bain died Monday night in his hometown of Livermore, CA, of natural causes, The Washington Post reports.
Bain's television credits include the 1972 series Maude, and guest star appearances on The Facts of Life and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, in which he reprose his iconic Mr. Drummond role. The show that made him famous -- Diff'rent Strokes -- debuted in 1978 and lasted eight seasons.
He has three sons and one daughter with wife Monica Sloan, who passed away in 2009. He is also survived by his twin brother Bonar Bain. »
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