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Will Smith remembers 'Fresh Prince' co-star James Avery: 'Every young man needs an Uncle Phil'

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About a week after James Avery’s untimely passing, Will Smith — who first achieved onscreen stardom opposite Avery on The Fresh Prince of Bel Air – has posted a brief, touching tribute to his fallen friend on Facebook.

“Some of my greatest lessons in Acting, Living and being a respectable human being came through James Avery,” Smith wrote in a post late Sunday night. “Every young man needs an Uncle Phil. Rest in Peace.”

He accompanied his words with a recent photo picturing a reunited Banks family, including Smith, Avery, Tatyana Ali (who played Uncle Phil’s youngest daughter Ashley), Karyn Parsons (who played spoiled oldest daughter Hilary), and Alfonso Ribeiro (who played dorky middle son Carlton). Missing from the picture are Janet Hubert-Whitten and/or Daphne Maxwell Reid, who each played Phil’s wife Vivian for three seasons, respectively.
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James Avery: Best of Uncle Phil on 'Fresh Prince' -- VIDEO

With the passing of veteran actor James Avery, we are taking a look back at his place in TV sitcom history. We’ll fondly remember Avery’s portrayal of Phillip Banks a.k.a. Uncle Phil on the ’90s sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

Here are some of his best moments as the lovable yet tough-as-nails father figure to Will Smith on the show:
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Bono pens tribute to Mandela in essay for 'Time'

Bono honored Nelson Mandela in a 1,000-word essay published by TIME following the South African leader’s death.

“As an activist I have pretty much been doing what Nelson Mandela tells me since I was a teenager,” he writes. “He has been a forceful presence in my life going back to 1979, when U2 made its first anti-apartheid effort.” READ FULL STORY

Remembering Madiba: Paul Simon, Bill Clinton, P. Diddy, Clint Eastwood, more share thoughts on Nelson Mandela

The passing of former South African President Nelson Mandela at the age of 95, touched people all over the world and celebrities took to Twitter and other social media networks to honor the late activist.  Read on for statements from Bill Clinton, Anderson Cooper, Paul Simon, John Legend, and more. Morgan Freeman, who played Mandela in Invictus, also shared his thoughts in a statement released to the press earlier on Thursday.
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Morgan Freeman on Nelson Mandela, plus a tribute to Madiba with the actors who've played him -- VIDEO

Morgan Freeman, who was nominated for an Oscar in 2009 for playing Nelson Mandela in the film Invictus, shared his thoughts on the former South African leader’s passing Thursday.

Today the world lost one of the true giants of the past century.  Nelson Mandela was a man of  incomparable honor, unconquerable strength, and unyielding resolve—a saint to many, a hero to all who treasure liberty, freedom and the dignity of humankind.  As we remember his triumphs, let us, in his memory, not just reflect on how far we’ve come, but on how far we have to go.  Madiba may no longer be with us, but his journey continues on with me and with all of us. 

Take a look at this special video honoring Mandela and the actors who have played him in film below:
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Nelson Mandela dies at 95: Five touchstone film moments about his life

Nelson Mandela passed away Thursday at the age of 95. Imprisoned from 1962 to 1990, the former South African president (1994-1999) fought to abolish apartheid and worked to end poverty. Known as “The Father of a Nation” the celebrated leader was the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize winner and received the U.S. Presidential Medal of Freedom, among many other honors.

It’s no surprise that his inspirational story has made its way to the big screen. In addition to the current film Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, which is in theaters now, the South African leader has been the subject of several feature films and documentaries in recent years. Below, check out five iconic portrayals of Mandela in pop culture.

1.) Idris Elba is currently portraying Mandela in Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, directed by Justin Chadwick. The biopic, about his life from childhood to his election as president of South Africa, was just released on Nov. 28. Check out an interview with Elba about playing Mandela:
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Portion of 'Fast & Furious 6' DVD sales to benefit Paul Walker's charity

Following the tragic death of actor Paul Walker this weekend, Universal Pictures announced Tuesday that a portion of the sales from the DVD, Blu-Ray and digital releases of Fast & Furious 6 will go to Walker’s charity Reach Out Worldwide.

“With the passing of Paul, the world has lost a man who spent a great deal of his life in service to others.  We share in the deep grief of his family, friends and the countless fans who love him,” said Donna Langley, Chairman of Universal Pictures.  “We keep Paul’s memory alive and honor his legacy through continued support of Reach Out WorldWide, the non-profit he founded to give hope to those who must rebuild after they have experienced natural disasters.”
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Paul Walker remembered: Celebs react to 'Fast and Furious' star's death

Over the course of his 25-year-plus acting career — which began with small TV roles when he was just a teenager in the mid-’80s — Paul Walker collected many friends and admirers in the industry. The Fast and Furious series star, who really made a name for himself in the late ’90s with movies like Varsity Blues and She’s All That, died Saturday afternoon in a car accident at age 40, and online reaction poured in from his acting friends and peers.

Read below for tributes to the late actor, including from Fast co-star Ludacris, Sarah Michelle Gellar (whose husband, Freddie Prinze Jr., starred alongside Walker in She’s All That), and past co-workers Matthew Lillard and Tyson Beckford.

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Charlie Trotter dies at 54; Anthony Bourdain, more chefs pay tribute

With a culinary style he likened to improvisational jazz, Charlie Trotter changed the way Americans view fine dining, pushing himself, his staff, his food, and even his diners to limits rarely seen in an American restaurant. Yet it was his reluctance to move beyond those limits that may have defined the last years of his life.

Trotter, 54, died Tuesday, a year after closing his namesake Chicago restaurant that was credited with putting his city at the vanguard of the food world and training dozens of the nation’s top chefs, including Grant Achatz and Graham Elliot. Paramedics were called around 10 a.m. to Trotter’s Lincoln Park home, where they found him unresponsive. An ambulance crew transported Trotter to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where he died after unsuccessful attempts to revive him, Chicago Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford said. An autopsy was planned for Wednesday.

For decades, Trotter’s name was synonymous with cutting-edge cuisine. He earned 10 James Beard Awards, wrote 10 cookbooks, and in 1999 hosted his own public television series, The Kitchen Sessions with Charlie Trotter.

“It was the beginning of the notion that America could have a real haute cuisine on par with Europe,” said Anthony Bourdain. “That was what Charlie did.”

Bourdain and other celebrity chefs paid tribute to Trotter on Tuesday through social media:
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Farewell, Mrs. Krabappel: 'The Simpsons' pays touching tribute to Marcia Wallace

Originally, Fox planned to honor the late Marcia Wallace — who passed away last weekend — by re-airing “Bart the Lover,” the Simpsons season 3 episode for which Wallace won her first and only Emmy Award. Unfortunately for classic Simpsons fans, “technical issues” ultimately prevented the network from playing the 21-year-old heartbreaker; instead, it was replaced with “The Ned-Liest Catch,” the 2011 season finale in which Wallace’s Mrs. Krabappel begins dating widower Ned Flanders.

But despite the last-minute bait-and-switch, The Simpsons still managed a touching goodbye to Wallace.

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