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‘Sign o’ the Times’: How Prince Wrote and Recorded a Classic Song

“There’s a lot of things I can say about ’87. Pro and con, mostly pro. But I’m not a speechmaker so I’ll do what I do best.” [playing “Sign o’ the Times”] “If y’all want to dance, it’s cool.” Singing: “In France, a skinny man died of a big disease with a little name. By chance his girlfriend came across a needle and soon she did the same.” “How you doing, man?” “Pretty good.” “Let me turn my light on.” “There you go.” “OK, there we go.” “Tell me how you met Prince.” “The phone rings, it’s his secretary. She’s like, ‘Hold on.’ And I’m like, ‘Hold on for who?’ Next thing I hear, ‘Uh, Levi, you want to be in my band?’ And I’m like, ‘Yeah, OK.’” “Hello.” “Hi, hang on a second. Let me turn you up. I think it was his 24th birthday. And I hear click,

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BBC Acquires ‘Fresh Prince of Bel-Air From Warner Bros. TV

In today’s bulletin, the BBC acquires Warner Bros. TV titles; U.K.’s National Theatre launches a streamer; ZDF chief is set to get an International Emmy in 2021; and Martin Luther King and Robin Williams films set release dates.

The BBC has acquired “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” “Pretty Little Liars” and the spin-off “Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists” from Warner Bros. International Television.

The deal marks the first time since 2004 that the hit 1990s comedy “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” which launched the career of Will Smith, will be back on the BBC. It will drop on BBC iPlayer on New Year’s Day with all 148 episodes from six seasons available to watch.

All seasons of “Pretty Little Liars” will also arrive on BBC iPlayer on New Year’s Day. “Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists” will be available at a later date.

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British-only passport holders barred from playing Prince William in new film

British actors will be barred from auditioning to play Prince William in a forthcoming film, because of new restrictions introduced after the country separates from the EU in January.

A new casting notice asking for boys aged between nine and 12 years old, who could conceivably play William at age 11, stipulates that only European passport holders can apply. “NOT British-European,” warns the note, “due to new Brexit rules from 1st January 2021.”

Amy Hubbard, who is the casting director on the film, later explained that it is common practice on films for key roles to be filled by actors who share citizenship with the financiers.

Spencer, a biopic of Diana, Princess of Wales starring Kristen Stewart and directed by Jackie’s Pablo Larraín, is due to shoot in Germany for three months early next year.

The film is not, however, set in

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How Will Smith and the Original Aunt Viv Ended Their Fresh Prince Feud

Will Smith and Janet Hubert, who originally played Aunt Viv on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, offered apologies and explanations to each other for what had been a long-running feud that at one point found Hubert calling Smith an “asshole.”

“Well, this has been tough. Has it been tough for you?” Hubert asked Smith during the Fresh Prince reunion special on HBO Max.

“Yes, it has,” Smith said in response.

“I just wanted to know one thing: Why?” Hubert continued. “Why so far? You guys went so far. I lost so much. How do we heal that?”

Hubert played Smith’s aunt during the first three seasons of the hit series. She was replaced before season four by Daphne Maxwell Reid, and later blamed Smith for pushing her out.

“I can say straight up that Janet Hubert wanted the show to be The Aunt Viv of Bel-Air show, because

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Brexit rules ban Britons playing Prince William in new 2021 movie



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A top casting agent who worked on hit TV shows for the BBC, ITV and Netflix has banned British boys from auditioning to play a young Prince William in an upcoming feature about his mother because of Brexit. 

Amy Hubbard, who worked on the Trial of Christine Keeler, White House Farm, and Isolation Stories is seeking an 11-year-old boy to play Prince William in Spencer. 

The biopic, starring Kristen Stewart as Lady Diana is set on the Queen’s Sandringham Estate in the 1990s when she realises over the course of three days that her marriage was over. 

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Wife of Prince Charles’ Friend is “Horrified” By The Crown – E! Online

The Crown has tackled many tough issues in its four seasons, but the family of Major Hugh Lindsay was hoping the series’ writers would skip over his accidental death out of consideration of their grief. 

In an interview with The Sunday Telegraph, Lindsay’s widow, Sarah Horsley, revealed that she was so “horrified” by the idea of the show creators adapting the 1988 disaster for television, she asked them to reconsider including the traumatic event in the fourth season. She explained, “I wrote to them asking them not to do it, not to use the accident. I suppose members of the royal family have to grin and bear it, but for me it’s a very private tragedy.”

In response, Horsley received what she described as a “very kind letter” stating that the show “understood” her concerns but they were unable to grant her request. She added that the letter

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Netanyahu Met Saudi Prince on Secret Trip, Israeli Media Say

(Bloomberg) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu secretly flew to Saudi Arabia to meet with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo, according to Israeli media, a major breakthrough between the two Middle Eastern nations that have no official ties.



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The covert meeting in the Saudi city of Neom on Sunday night was an “incredible achievement,” Education Minister Yoav Gallant said in an interview with Israeli radio on Monday, seeming to confirm reports of the trip despite a denial from a Saudi official and a refusal by Netanyahu to comment on the issue.

“The fact that there was a meeting and it was disclosed to the public, even if half-officially for now, is very important in every respect,” said Gallant, a member of Israel’s cabinet from Netanyahu’s Likud Party.

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Scottish independence: Claim that Prince Andrew told newspaper editor Queen would ‘intervene’ in vote

Fresh concerns have been raised about the Queen’s involvement in political affairs, following new suggestions that she was part of an orchestrated campaign to discourage Scots from voting for independence in 2014.

New suggestions have been made that the Queen deliberately intervened in the Scottish independence referendum.
New suggestions have been made that the Queen deliberately intervened in the Scottish independence referendum.

According to a report in the Sunday Times, Lionel Barber, the former editor of the Financial Times, has alleged the Duke of York told him over a lunch held a week before the Scottish referendum, that the Queen was preparing to intervene on the issue.

Barber says they met at Buckingham Palace, along with Chinese vice premier Ma Kai, on September 11, four days after an opinion poll put the “Yes” campaign ahead for the first time.

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Israeli minister says Netanyahu met Saudi Crown Prince, but Riyadh denies it

An Israeli government official said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held his first ever known meeting with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Sunday, but the claim was swiftly denied by Riyadh’s top diplomat.



Mohammad Bin Salman Al Saud, Benjamin Netanyahu are posing for a picture: The meeting, if confirmed, would be the first of its kind between the Saudi Crown Prince and the Israeli Prime Minister.


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The meeting, if confirmed, would be the first of its kind between the Saudi Crown Prince and the Israeli Prime Minister.

Speaking on Israel’s Army Radio on Monday, Education Minister Yoav Gallant called the covert meeting, which reportedly took place in the Saudi city of Neom, an “incredible achievement” and congratulated Netanyahu.

“Let’s say that the very existence of the meeting, the fact that it was put out publicly, even if it’s half official at the moment, is a matter of great importance from any aspect and matter,” a member of Netanyahu’s Likud party, when asked about the Sunday meeting. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was also in Neom at the same

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Israeli PM Held Secret Talks In Saudi With Pompeo, Crown Prince: Media

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held secret talks in Saudi Arabia Sunday with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, several media said, in the first reported trip by an Israeli premier to the kingdom.

The meeting, reported Monday by Israeli public broadcaster Kan and other outlets, comes weeks after the Jewish state reached historic deals to normalise ties with two Saudi allies, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain.

Those deals, known as the Abraham Accords, were brokered by the administration of US President Donald Trump, who leaves office in less than two months.

There has been widespread speculation, within Israel and the United States, that Washington may push for other Arab states to join the Abraham Accords before President-elect Joe Biden is sworn in.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who was in Israel last week, was also at the reported talks, according to Kan’s diplomatic correspondent.

Pompeo has confirmed he

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