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An Irish girl living in Utrecht, The Netherlands.

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air: Where Are They Now??

“In western Europe,we were born and raised,
On the playground where we spent most of our days,
Chilling out, maxing, relaxing all cool,
And all watchin’ some Fresh Prince after  school.”Fresh Prince Cast

Following Will Smith’s now infamous performance on The Graham Norton Show  last week, many were left wondering what had happened to our favourite stars of hit 90s show Fresh Prince. Well I have managed to track them down and so I present to you, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air: Where Are They Now? 

  • Will Smith 

Will Smith Then and Now

A nearly bankrupt Will Smith became the star of this hit TV show in 1990 and he graced our screens for six glorious years. Following the show, Smith found international fame with movies such as Independence Day, Men In Black, The Pursuit of Happiness and i, Robot but to name a few. Whether he’s busy creating these amazing characters on screen,  keeping on top of rap career or living the high life with his superstar family (including a singing daughter Willow, rapper son Jaden and actress wife Jada Pinkett) Will never fails to remind us of his cheeky humour which made him famous as the “Fresh Prince” of the 90s.

  • Alfonso Ribeiro

Alfonso Ribeiro Then and Now

The special guest during Will Smith’s Graham Norton performance, it was difficult to forget Alfonso Ribeiro’s all singing, all dancing portrayal of Will’s cousin Carlton Banks on the show. Following this role, Alfonso went on to star in shows such as In The House and Things We Do For Love, as well as a stint on the American show Dancing With the Stars. He has been married twice and divorced once and is expecting a baby with his second wife.

  • Tatyana Ali

Ashley Banks Then and Now

Starting out as a young freshed face Ashley Banks, fans of the show watched Tatyana Ali blossom into a young woman during its six seasons. Following her successful singing career in which her song Daydreamin’ was certified gold in 1999 and obtaining a college degree  from Harvard University in 2002, Tatyana starred in hit TV show, The Young and the Restless and is currently starring in the TV series Second Generation Wayans. 

  • Karyn Parsons 

Hilary Banks Then And Now

Pretty, pretentious Hilary Banks remained a household favourite for many fans between 1990 and 1996. Karyn Parsons portrayal of the dizzy, spoilt older cousin of Will forever ensured countless laughs and inevitable disastrous situations. Although she didn’t star in many TV shows after the show ended, Parsons set up her own film company Sweet Blackberry. She married The Young and the Restless star Randy Brooks in the 90s but the pair later divorced. She has since remarried director Alexandre Rockwell and the pair have two children.

  • James Avery

James Avery (Uncle Phil) Then and Now

Undoubtedly the relationship between Uncle Phil and his children and nephew was the backbone of the Fresh Prince. Unlike his first on-screen wife, Avery lasted the six seasons of the show whilst also voicing the character of Shredder in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles! Since then Avery has had an extremely successful  career  in both acting and voicing with appearances in shows such as Sparks, The Division, The Closer and Things We Do For Love. He has been married to his wife Barbara since 1988. Sadly James Avery passed away on the 31st December 2013. May he rest in peace.

  • Janet Hubert

Janet Hubert Then and Now (Aunt Viv)

The first Vivian Banks left the show after three seasons in 1993 after a reported violation of contract after she became pregnant. Although she was fired from the show, her pregnancy was built into the storyline and thus the character of Nicky Banks was created.  After unsuccessfully suing both Will Smith and NBC in 1994, Hubert was described as being incredibly hard to work with and is now a face for the National Osteoporosis Foundation in America.

  • Daphne Reid

Daphne Reid Then And Now

Following the departure of Hubert, Daphne Reid stepped up to take the role of Aunt Viv. Since Fresh Prince, Reid has starred in Eve and Sister, Sister and she is married to the man who plays the father Ray in the latter in real life. The pair have their own film company, New Millennium Studios.

 

  • Joseph Marcell

Jeffrey Fresh Prince  Then and Now

British actor Joseph Marcell won hearts all over America as the Banks’ English butler Geoffrey. Marcell returned back to his native homeland and has had appearances on shows such as The Bold and the Beautiful and Eastenders. He has also starred in a number of Shakespearean productions including Much Ado About Nothing and Richard III. 

  • Ross Bagley

Ross Bagley Then and Now

Apart from his role as the adorable Nicky Banks in the show, Bagley also starred as Buckwheat in The Little Rascals. He graduated from college in 2012 and has had appearances in Independence Day with Will Smith as well as Judging Amy and The Wild Thornberrys.

  • DJ Jazzy Jeff

DJ Jazzy Jeff Then and Now

Jazz’s visits to the Banks residence would inevitably lead to his quick departure courtesy of Uncle Phil. DJ Jazzy is best known for his hip-hop career in America and became one half of the hip-hop duo DJ Jazzy and the Fresh Prince with co-star Will Smith. The pair had several gold and platinum-selling albums and singles and even won  the first rap Grammy Award ever presented in 1989 for Parents Just Don’t Understand. 

Taylor Swift and Justin Bieber Dominate 2013 Billboard Awards

Taylor Swift BBMAs Taylor Swift dominated the 2013 Billboard Awards with 8 wins including including “Top Artist,” and “Top Billboard 200 album,” for  her latest release “Red,” which has sold almost 4 million copies. She thanked her fans in her acceptance speech with whom she stated she had the longest and best relationship (we certainly believe that.) You can watch her performance of “22” here.

Pop princess Rihanna and “Somebody That I Used To Know” singer Gotye each picked up four awards. Justin Bieber picked up three awards including the “Milestone Award” –  for musical ingenuity and innovation – and “Top Male Artist”.  In his acceptance speech Bieber thanked his fans while confirming that he is solely focused on his music and not the “bull” that everyone talks about.

The 3 hour show featured the performances from stars such as Chris Brown, Selena Gomez, Bruno Mars, Nicki Minaj and Lil Wayne Pitbull and Jennifer Lopez and Prince.

And The Nominations Are In…

Shauna Cleary

It’s that time of year again and Oscar Nominations are in. Stephen Speilbergs’s Lincoln leads the way with twelve nominations including Best Actor for lead Daniel Day-Lewis while “Beasts of the Southern Wild” star Quvenzhané Wallis, 9, becomes the youngest ever star to be nominated for an award. Did your favourite film get the nod? Check out below to find out…

Best Picture:

  • Beasts of the Southern Wild
  • Silver Linings Playbook
  • Zero Dark Thirty
  • Lincoln
  • Les Miserables
  • Life of Pi
  • Amour
  • Django Unchained
  • Argo

Best Director:

  • David O. Russell – Silver Linings Playbook
  • Ang Lee – Life of Pi
  • Steven Spielberg – Lincoln
  • Michael Haneke –  Amour
  • Benh Zeitlin – Beasts of the Southern Wild

Best Actor:

  • Daniel Day Lewis – Lincoln
  • Denzel Washington – Flight
  • Hugh Jackman – Les Miserables
  • Bradley Cooper – Silver Linings Playbook
  • Joaquin Phoenix – The Master

Best Actress:

  • Naomi Watts – The Impossible
  • Jessica Chastain – Zero Dark Thirty
  • Jennifer Lawrence – Silver Linings Playbook
  • Emmanuelle Riva – Amour
  • Quvenzhané Wallis – Beasts of the Southern Wild

Best Supporting Actor:

  • Christoph Waltz – Django Unchained
  • Philip Seymour Hoffman – The Master
  • Robert De Niro – Silver Linings Playbook”
  • Alan Arkin – Argo
  • Tommy Lee Jones – Lincoln

Best Supporting Actress:

  • Sally Field – Lincoln
  • Anne Hathaway – Les Miserables
  • Jacki Weaver  – Silver Linings Playbook
  • Helen Hunt – The Sessions
  • Amy Adams – The Master

Best Original Screenplay:

  • Zero Dark Thirty
  • Django Unchained
  • Moonrise Kingdom
  • Amour
  • Flight

Best Adapted Screenplay:

  • Lincoln
  • Silver Linings Playbook
  • Argo
  • Life of Pi
  • Beasts of the Southern Wild

Best Animated Film:

  • Frankenweenie
  • The Pirates! Band of Misfits
  • Wreck-It Ralph
  • Paranorman
  • Brave

Best Film Editing:

  • Lincoln
  • Silver Linings Playbook
  • Life of Pi
  • Argo
  • Zero Dark Thirty

Best Visual Effects:

  • Life of Pi
  • The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
  • The Avengers
  • Prometheus
  • Snow White and the Huntsman

Best Cinematography:

  • Skyfall
  • Anna Karenina
  • Django Unchained
  • Life of Pi
  • Lincoln

Best Costume Design:

  • Anna Karenina
  • Les Miserables
  • Lincoln
  • Mirror Mirror
  • Snow White and the Huntsman

Best Documentary Feature:

  • Searching for Sugar Man
  • How to Survive a Plague
  • The Gatekeepers
  • 5 Broken Cameras
  • The Invisible War

Best Documentary Short:

  • Open Heart
  • Inocente
  • Redemption
  • Kings Point
  • Mondays at Racine
  • Snow White and the Huntsman

Best Foreign Feature:

  • Amour
  • A Royal Affair
  • Kon-Tiki
  • No
  • War Witch

Channing and Jenna Dewan-Tatum Expecting First Child!

Channing Tatum Jenna Dewan Carter

Sexiest Man Alive, Channing Tatum is to become the Sexiest Daddy Alive after wife Jenna Dewan-Tatum announced that the couple are expecting their first child.

Speaking to <em>People </em>magazine, a rep for the couple said that they”are pleased to announce that they are expecting the birth of their first child next year.” The actress debuted her bump on the red carpet of the “VH1 Divas 2012” last night. Wearing a floor length baby blue dress, the actress posed for pictures and stopped for interviews at the ceremony last night.

The Mom and Dad-to-be  met in 2006, co-starring in teen film <em>Step Up, </em>and married in Malibu 2009.

The “Magic Mike” star has recently announced that he is taking time out from acting to focus on a new role as a director (and to be a Daddy it seems.)

We look forward to the birth of the cutest baby alive.

Australian DJs Posing As Queen and Prince Charles Prank Call Kate’s Hospital

Two Australian DJs have prank called Kate Middleton’s hospital.

Posing as The Queen and Prince Charles the two DJs tried to speak directly to Kate but were told that she was sleeping. However, the nurse on duty FREELY gave out information to the radio station, believing she was really speaking to Her Majesty.

Haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa.

The hospital says it “deeply regrets” the incident and a spokesman for the couple says they will not be making a statement on the incident.

Have a listen below and hear for yourselves…

Chris Brown Reactivates Twitter Account Amid Baby Rumours

By Shauna Cleary

It has barely been a week but Chris Brown has reactivated his Twitter account.

The move comes following last weeks online row with comedian Jenny Johnson concerning a comment made about his 2009 assault on ex/current girlfriend Rihanna. Although he has not yet tweeted he has amassed almost 9.5 million followers.

Breezy has however been active on his instagram account, sharing a picture of himself and a scantily-clad Rihanna.

Rihanna herself has been quite the unsuccessful ambiguous lady of late, posting a series of photographs with Brown on her Twitter account, including one of her straddling Brown in a bear hug.

Meanwhile rumours have been circulating on the internet that Brown’s ex-girlfriend Karreuche Tran is pregnant with the “Don’t Wake Me Up” singer’s child. The model is reportedly sporting a tiny baby bump and has posted several suggestive tweets such as “hiiiiii pretty baby” and “I honestly can’t wait for you guys to see what we have coming.” Awkwaaard. Looks like Rihanna is going to be someone’s step-momma. Stay tuned for more details.

Brown is set to play the o2, Dublin tomorrow night.

Chris Brown Deletes Twitter Account After Online Brawl

 

By Shauna Cleary

Chris Brown has deleted his Twitter account following a series of abusive tweets to comedian Jenny Johnson.

The vulgar campaign began after Brown posted a picture of himself in which he claimed “I look old as ****! I’m only 23…” and Johnson replied:

“I know! Being a worthless piece of **** can really age a person.”

Brown retaliated with a number of inappropriate tweets stating to Johnson:

“take them teeth out when u Sucking my d**k HOE”

The argument ended with Johnson tweeting:

“Your mom must be so proud of you… I have zero respect for a person who seems unapologetic for the terrible crime he committed and shows no signs of changing.”

Just before deleting his account, Brown responded with

“Just ask Rihanna if she mad??????”

Sooo that’s a YES to the relationship then…

Ohh sweet baby Jesus…

Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart Speak About Relationship on Live TV!

Twilight actress Kristen Stewart has reportedly been left fuming yesterday after being quizzed about her relationship with Robert Pattinson live on The Today Show in America.

The interviewers were questioning claims which have arisen following K-Stew’s admitted affair with SWATH director Rupert Sanders back in July.

Meanwhile in a separate interview today, R-Patz was greeted with the same question with Today cohost Savannah Guthrie quizzing him: “Yesterday, I had asked Kristen if you and she had gotten back together, she said, ‘Keep them guessing.’ So I’m going to ask you.” Rob replied: “I want to ask, because we get asked it all the time. Who is actually asking? Is it in your contract?” So that’s a yes from glitter boy.

The pair have been sighted on several “dates” whilst on the promotional tour for The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2, due for release in the next few days. Many sources have confirmed that the pair are indeed back together after a 2 month split.

Watch Kristen’s awky momo right here:

Rihanna Releases New Song Teaser with Chris Brown…

 

Oh dear.

Just last Tuesday Rihanna tweeted a picture or her new album track list which featured Breezy on a collaboration and already we have been given a teaser of the new song.

CB remains on probation for assaulting his current former girlfriend in a car park in 2009. Only back in August, Rihanna spoke to Oprah about the incident, claiming she still loved Brown and always will.

With Team Breezy due to hit the o2 arena in Dublin in December, many the controversy has sprung up regarding his visit. Dublin group, The Original Rudeboys refused to perform alongside the singer and only yesterday Trinity Ents were forced to cancel and apologise for a competition run to win tickets for the gig.

With many the feminist on the war path at the moment, Breezy better watch his back when he hits Irish soil. With Rihanna singing in the song “I wanna be your baby, you’ll always be my baby” we think she should be watching her back too.

Celebrities Join Candidates for Last Stretch in U.S Elections…

With the race between Mitt Romney and Barack Obama drawing to a close, both sides have enlisted the help of their A-list supporters to garner the last few votes before polling ends.

Beyoncé, Katy Perry and SJP were just some of the stars who turned out to vote today all showing support for Obama.

“Obama is great… But not as great as my new hairdo…”
“What’s his name again?”
“Vote Obama, but most importantly, note how toned I am”

 

Meanwhile on camp Romney… there’s a whole lot of celebrities who no one knows or cares about.

In Columbus, Ohio rapper Jay-Z took to the stage  with Bruce Springsteen to rally the Obama troops yesterday evening. He even presented his newly refurbished rendition of “99 Problems” :

“If you havin’ world problems I feel bad for you son, I got 99 problems but Mitt ain’t one.”

Let’s just hope Obama wins, otherwise Jay-Z is about to have a whole lotta problems up in his grill…