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January 2, 2014 | By Chris Lee
James Avery, who portrayed the commanding yet cuddly father figure on the hit 1990s sitcom "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air," died at a Glendale hospital Tuesday of complications from open heart surgery. He was 65. His death was confirmed by his manager, Toni Benson. Although trained as a Shakespearean actor, Avery won his widest audience in the role of Judge Philip Banks - "Uncle Phil" - on "Fresh Prince," which aired on NBC from 1990 to 1996. Ranked No. 34 on TV Guide's 50 Greatest TV Dads of All Time, the Navy veteran's stern, straight-arrow character provided a foil for series star Will Smith, who played the wise-cracking teenage nephew from the mean streets of west Philadelphia who moved into Uncle Phil's uptight Bel-Air household.
January 1, 2014 | By Chris Lee
James Avery, who portrayed the commanding yet cuddly father figure on the hit 1990s sit-com “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” died at a Glendale hospital Tuesday night due to complications from open heart surgery, according to his manager. He was 65, according to public records. Avery was mourned by his “Fresh Prince” co-star Alfonso Ribeiro on Twitter on Wednesday morning. “I'm deeply saddened to say that James Avery has passed away,” Ribeiro tweeted. “He was a second father to me. I'll miss him greatly.” PHOTOS: Notable deaths of 2013 Over the course of a journeyman career in television and film that spanned more than three decades, Avery lent his stentorian speaking voice to several animated series, including 1987's “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” and 1990's “Iron Man.” The Virginia-born, New Jersey-raised actor first appeared onscreen in an uncredited role in 1980's “The Blues Brothers” and turned up as a regular on such TV series as “L.A.
December 30, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
Prince William is going back to school and apparently looking to become one of Britain's highest educated royals. The second in line to the throne will be enrolling in a 10-week course in agricultural management at Cambridge University, Kensington Palace announced Monday.   William graduated with a degree in geography from the University of St. Andrews in 2005 and is reportedly taking the new course to help him run the Duchy of Cornwall, currently run by his father, Prince Charles, the Guardian newspaper reported . PHOTOS: Kate Middleton through the years It's been quite the year for the Duke of Cambridge: After welcoming son Prince George in July with his wife, Catherine, the former Kate Middleton, William announced in September that he would be leaving the military to become a full-time royal.
December 26, 2013 | By Alicia Banks and Ari Bloomekatz
A producer of the popular 1990s television show "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" was found dead in Hermosa Beach earlier this week. The body of Jeffrey Ian Pollack, also the writer-director of "Above the Rim" and director of "Booty Call," was found Monday morning in the Greenbelt jogging area, according to the Associated Press .  Lt. Tom Thompson of the Hermosa Beach Police Department told The Times that a woman rushed into the station at...
December 19, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
Adele isn't just music royalty, the singer has just become a Member of the Order of the British Empire, a division of chivalry in the United Kingdom. And, to us Yanks, that literally gets her pretty darn close to real royalty, OK? The "Rolling in the Deep" singer, who earned a Golden Globe and an Oscar for the song "Skyfall" and several Grammys for her studio albums, was awarded the MBE for services to music at Buckingham Palace in London on Thursday by Prince Charles himself.
December 18, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Back in the most heated days of the Iraq war, Erik Prince and his private security firm Blackwater were all over the news with reports of its contracted soldiers creating a touchy political situation alongside the United States' enlisted men on the field of battle. On Tuesday, Prince visited Jon Stewart on "The Daily Show" to plug his new book, "Civilian Warriors" and attempt to set forth his own side of what's gone on over the past decade. Stewart gave Prince the whole, "Can you stick around?"
December 3, 2013 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
Prince is headed to New Orleans to headline the 2014 Essence Music Festival, the annual three-day festival held over Independence Day weekend, Essence announced Tuesday . Next year's installment will mark the 20-year anniversary of the festival, which is billed as one of the largest gatherings of black artists in the country. Prince previously performed at Essence in 2004 to mark the festival's 10th year. The 2014 festival is set for July 4-6 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
November 26, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
Taylor Swift and Prince William gave a demonstration in friendly Anglo-American relations on Tuesday. The 23-year-old pop star attended the Winter White Gala at London's Kensington Palace wearing an ethereal Jenny Packham gown. The winter wonderland-themed event was hosted by the Centrepoint charity to benefit at-risk homeless youth. Wiliam, the Duke of Cambridge, has been working with Centrepoint since 2005. "I'm absolutely excited," Swift said of performing at the gala ( via the Daily Mail)
November 20, 2013 | Staff and Wire Reports
Prince Fielder was traded to the Texas Rangers in a blockbuster deal Wednesday night that sent second baseman Ian Kinsler to the Detroit Tigers. Detroit gave the Rangers $30 million as part of the trade, according to a person with knowledge of the deal. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the amount of money exchanged was not revealed when the teams announced the move. Fielder had to consent to the trade before it could be completed. The big first baseman signed a $214-million, nine-year contract with the Tigers before the 2012 season that includes a limited no-trade provision.
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