The Internet Can’t Handle This Photo of Will Smith Looking Just Like Uncle Phil


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Will Smith recently went bungee jumping off of the Victoria Falls Bridge. He video taped the whole thing with a GoPro, and we’re so glad he did because it allowed for a brief moment where he looks exactly like Uncle Phil (James Avery) from The Fresh Prince of Bel Air. Someone snapped it and posted it to Imgur, where it’s been viewed more than 400,000 times so far.
This photo of Will Smith bungee jumping looks like Uncle Phil.
It eventually made its way to Twitter where people absolutely cannot handle it:

‘Very, Very, Very Close’: Will Smith Discusses New Installment of This Fan-Favorite Film Franchise


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It’s hard to believe that it has been nearly 22 years since the first Bad Boys film was released, but the buddy cop flick starring Will Smith and Martin Lawrence is still a favorite among movie goers. The original was so popular that the two teamed up with Michael Bay and Jerry Bruckheimer in the height of the CSI fandom in 2003, providing a grittier (and far more bombastic) sequel to the original (the scenes of Lawrence accidentally downing Ecstasy and the undercover bust of a KKK rally alone are worth the price of admission). All these years later, it’s still a constant source of questioning for the stars: any plans for a third? Lawrence, who plays Detective Marcus Burnett of the Miami Police Department in the series, confirmed earlier this year that plans are in the works to make it a trilogy of sorts. And last night on Jimmy Continue reading "‘Very, Very, Very Close’: Will Smith Discusses New Installment of This Fan-Favorite Film Franchise"

Trump Reportedly ‘Threw a Fit’ on the Set of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air


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imageedit_72_5194837167If you’ve seen Home Alone 2 or The Little Rascals, you already know that Donald Trump used to get a kick out of playing himself in movies. According to a new Newsweek report, producers in the entertainment industry described him as someone who “wasn’t a hard get” because he would be in any movie as long as he could highlight his fame and wealth. To that end, they also described him as “incredibly pompous.” One of the most interesting parts of the Newsweek report is the story of Trump’s appearance alongside then-wife Marla Maples on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. The article says this:
According to a member of the crew—who spoke on condition of anonymity because she fears jeopardizing her current job—Trump threw a small tantrum backstage. He was holding a paper-clipped stack of pages with his lines when he became annoyed about something. He motioned as Continue reading "Trump Reportedly ‘Threw a Fit’ on the Set of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air"

Fox News Host Compares Ending Discrimination With Ethnic Cleansing and Genocide


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1thumb1There’s a particularly popular premise that’s unique to a segment of the conservative media, and it was on brilliantly dim display Wednesday on Fox News’ Outnumbered. Variations on the theme that liberals are the real bigots for being bigoted against bigots are a staple of social conservatism, but rarely has it been cut and faceted so perfectly as it was by former MTV VeeJay Kennedy, who compared actor Will Smith‘s call to “cleanse” our country of bigotry with campaigns of ethnic cleansing and genocide that are fueled by the bigotry that Smith was targeting with his remarks.
Don’t say that you’re going to purge or cleanse the country. You know, for people who have left other places on Earth where certain ethnicities have been purged and cleansed? Or people who disagree with those in power, have been Continue reading "Fox News Host Compares Ending Discrimination With Ethnic Cleansing and Genocide"

Will Smith Says We Need to ‘Cleanse’ Trump From America


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Actor Will Smith was in Dubai this week promoting his new film, the DC Comics villain ensemble Suicide Squad, when talk turned to U.S. politics. The movie star began by talking about his own evident popularity in Dubai as a rebuttal to Islamophobia, and said that he expects to be called on to comment on the “insanity” of the U.S. election as the campaign progresses. HE then went on an extended riff in which he referred to the election as a “cleansing,” and compared it to marriage counseling:
It creates a dark moment, but for me, it’s the dark before the dawn.
Smith went on to single out Donald Trump and his supporters, and to say that despite the “pain” and “embarrassment” of listening to Trump speak, he thinks it will be a good thing in the end:
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Will Smith Goes After Trump Again: It’s ‘Embarrassing’ to Hear Him Talk


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trumpWill Smith has become a champion for the anti- Donald Trump movement. Last week, he went on the offensive at a press event in Australia for Suicide Squad, saying of the GOP nominee, “For a man to be able to publicly refer to a woman as a fat pig, that makes me teary. And for people to applaud, that is absolutely f*cking insanity to me.” This week he is in Dubai promoting the film. He says he attended the event because he was motivated by American Islamophobia, according to the Associated Press. “The Middle East can’t allow Fox News to be the arbiter of the imagery, you know. So cinema is a huge way to be able to deliver the truth of the soul of a place to a global audience,” he said. He continued, “As painful as it is to hear Donald Trump talk and as embarrassing Continue reading "Will Smith Goes After Trump Again: It’s ‘Embarrassing’ to Hear Him Talk"

Will Smith Slams Donald Trump in New Interview: ‘We Can’t’ Elect Him


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will smithWill Smith is the latest celebrity to take on Donald Trump– specifically, the GOP candidate’s attacks on women. In a new interview with news.com/au the Suicide Squad villain says “For a man to be able to publicly refer to a woman as a fat pig, that makes me teary. And for people to applaud, that is absolutely f*cking insanity to me.” Smith is of course referring to Trump’s feud with Rosie O’Donnell, whom he’s referred to as a “fat pig.” He’s also tweeted at Arianna Huffington that she’s “unattractive both inside and out,” and called her a “dog.”

New Video Shows Moments Before Shooting of Ex-NFL Player Will Smith


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New video has emerged this morning that appears to show the vehicles of ex-NFLer Will Smith and alleged gunman Cardell Hayes moments before the deadly shooting Saturday night that claimed the life of the former New Orleans Saint.

The surveillance camera from a nearby business appears to show Smith’s car, which he was riding in his wife Raquel Smith, tap the bumper of Hayes’ red truck at a red light. As the truck motions to pull over, Smith seems to pull away. The two cars continue in the same direction, turning the corner and out of frame.

Authorities have been canvassing the scene at the intersection of Sophie Wright Place and Felicity Street in New Orleans, as the clues of the case have been quickly emerging over the last two days. One possible link between Hayes Continue reading "New Video Shows Moments Before Shooting of Ex-NFL Player Will Smith"

After Death of Star Player, Saints Coach Sean Payton Tackles Gun Control


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Screen Shot 2016-04-11 at 5.39.56 PMSince Will Smith of New Orleans Saints fame was shot and killed this weekend, everyone has had something to say from tweeters to sports commentators. Saints coach Sean Payton has something to say about it, too, and he’s not holding back, even a little.

He said this to USA Today:

If this opinion in Louisiana is super unpopular, so be it … Two hundred years from now, they’re going to look back and say, ‘What was that madness about?’ The idea that we need them to fend off intruders … people are more apt to draw them [in other situations]. That’s some silly stuff we’re hanging onto … I’m not an extreme liberal. I find myself leaning to the right on some issues. But on this issue, I can’t wrap my brain around it.

He went on to say, succinctly, “I hate guns.”

He invoked England as an example of Continue reading "After Death of Star Player, Saints Coach Sean Payton Tackles Gun Control"

The Lonely Island Did a Musical Tribute to Will Smith at the MTV Movie Awards


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Screen Shot 2016-04-10 at 9.21.11 PMAndy SambergAkiva Schaffer, and Jorma Taccone (aka The Lonely Island, Saturday Night Live‘s pioneers of digital shorts, musical hilarity, and feminist comedy) were on hand at tonight’s MTV Movie Awards to do two things.

First, they were there to promote their upcoming movie, Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping.

Second, they were there to provide the musical side of the tribute to Will Smith. He won the Generation Award tonight, so they decked themselves out in their best 90s overalls and did a medley of his hits, including “Parents Just Don’t Understand” and the theme song fro The Fresh Prince.

Watch below!

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Jamie Foxx Ribs Will Smith for Oscars Boycott, Encourages Him to #ActBetter


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jamie-foxx-oreillyJamie Foxx reportedly ribbed Will Smith and other black filmmakers boycotting this weekend’s Academy Awards ceremony, suggesting that if they want Oscar nominations they need to “hashtag act better.” During a speech Sunday at the American Black Film Festival Awards, Foxx riffed on the #OscarSoWhite controversy that led to Smith and others sitting out the awards show, according to US Weekly and Page Six. “All these Oscar talks, I don’t even trip about that,” he said. “I mean, what’s the big deal? I was sitting at home with my Oscar, like ‘What’s all the hubbub?” To reportedly uproarious laughter, Foxx called out alternative hashtags to #OscarsSoWhite: “#WhatsTheBigDeal?” and “#ActBetter” He also invoked Sidney Poitier, the first African-American to win an Oscar for playing a leading role who also received an honorary award for his career in 2002. Per US Weekly:

“I was with Sidney Poitier just a couple Continue reading "Jamie Foxx Ribs Will Smith for Oscars Boycott, Encourages Him to #ActBetter"

Will Smith Will Not Attend Oscars, Says Nominees Reflect ‘Disharmony’ in America


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Will Smith told ABC News Thursday that he will not attend the Academy Awards, saying that the nominees’ lack of diversity reflected a failure on Hollywood’s part to live up to the best American ideals. With his decision not to be present at the ceremony, he joins his wife, Jada Pinkett-Smith, and film director Spike Lee, who have each voiced their protest at the fact that the Academy chose to honor almost exclusively white actors and filmmakers for the second year in a row. “The beauty of Hollywood, combined with American ideals, is the ultimate dreams for humanity,” he told ABC News‘s Robin Roberts. “The basis of the American concept of ‘Anything is possible’ — with hard work and dedication no matter your race or religion or creed — none of that matters in America.” Smith spoke highly of his profession and colleagues, and noted that he Continue reading "Will Smith Will Not Attend Oscars, Says Nominees Reflect ‘Disharmony’ in America"

Fresh Prince Actress Calls Out Jada Pinkett-Smith Over Oscar Ceremony Boycott


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People unfamiliar with their background may be surprised to know that Will Smith and Janet Hubert have despised each other since the days when the latter played Vivian Banks on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. Yesterday, the actress came out swinging with a four minute rant on YouTube, in which she went after Jada Pinkett-Smith‘s decision to join the boycott against the 2016 Oscar awards. The award ceremony has come under scrutiny in the past few days, with Spike Lee leading a charge to skip the event due to this year’s lack of racial diversity in its nominees. In her video, Hubert called Pinkett-Smith out for getting upset for her husband’s snubbed performance in Concussion, and found it hypocritical that this is the issue that has motivated her enough to get outraged.
“There’s a lot of sh*t going on in the world that you all don’t seem to Continue reading "Fresh Prince Actress Calls Out Jada Pinkett-Smith Over Oscar Ceremony Boycott"

Trump Declares NFL Getting Too Soft, Again Taps Into Anti-PC Sentiment Many Privately Share


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trumpDonald Trump has done it again. He’s broached a subject seemingly out of nowhere that is now somehow getting traction (because almost every provocative opinion he offers does) as a debate item online and on cable news. Here’s the GOP frontrunner in Reno yesterday on the current state of the NFL:
“It’s a Sunday, who the hell wants to watch these crummy games? I just want to watch the end. By the way — okay, let me go there for a second. Let me end that story. So we gave them Iraq, we’re stupid. We’re stupid. I’ll change things. Believe me, I’ll change things. And again, we’re going to be so respected. I don’t want to use the word ‘feared.’ What I just said about a game — so I’m watching a game yesterday. What used to be considered a great tackle, a violent head-on [tackle], a violent — Continue reading "Trump Declares NFL Getting Too Soft, Again Taps Into Anti-PC Sentiment Many Privately Share"

Will Smith Floats Presidential Run If Candidates Continue Talking ‘About Walls and Muslims’


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will smithSuperstar Will Smith offered a potential solution if the “crazy” political rhetoric continues into the general election, telling CBS News he may run for president himself if the current candidates don’t tone it down. “If people keep saying all the crazy kinds of stuff they’ve been saying on the news lately about walls and Muslims, they’re going to force me into the political arena,” Smith said in a thinly-veiled reference to Donald Trump and other members of the Republican party. Asked if he would consider a career in local politics like Arnold Schwarzenegger, Smith insisted his focus is solely on becoming nation’s top executive. “I’ve got to be the President, come on,” Smith said. “What else would I run for?” Smith told CBS News he prefers to set unrealistic goals “then figure out how to make it real,” adding “the best things that have ever happened, ever, were unrealistic before they happened.” The Continue reading "Will Smith Floats Presidential Run If Candidates Continue Talking ‘About Walls and Muslims’"

Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show Debut Kills, Especially on YouTube


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The final numbers have yet to come in, but it looks like when all is said and done nearly 10 million people will have watched Jimmy Fallon make his Tonight Show debut Monday night following NBC’s Sochi Olympics coverage and the late local news. The show, which will eventually air at the same 11:35pm slot as CBS’ Late Show with David Letterman and ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live, did not get off the ground until after midnight on the east coast, and those who did stay up to watch were treated with some seriously special moments.


But you didn’t have to watch the Tonight Show live on television to experience everything Fallon had to offer on night one.

The show opened with the new Spike Lee-directed opening credits, followed by a heartfelt pre-monologue of sorts from Fallon, who introduced himself as a life-long fan of the Tonight Show who just hoped he could bring some of the same joy and laughter to America that he received from Johnny Carson growing up in Saugerties, New York. Only then did Fallon retake the stage to deliver his real monologue (mostly luke-warm jokes about the Olympics).

But the real fun did not start until Fallon sat down at his new desk and casually mentioned a $100 bet he’d made with an unnamed friend who didn’t believe he would ever get the Tonight Show gig. That’s when Robert DeNiro, Tina Fey, Joe Namath, Rudy Giuliani, Mariah Carey, Tracy Morgan, Joan Rivers, Kim Kardashian, Seth Rogen, Lindsay Lohan, Sarah Jessica Parker, Mike Tyson, Lady Gaga and Stephen Colbert came out in quick succession to hand him $100 each (Colbert went with 10,000 pennies). It was a moment that only Fallon (or maybe Kimmel) could pull off and totally blew Leno’s surprise cameo-filled song from his last show out of the water. Leno may have had Oprah Winfrey, but the cumulative effect of Fallon’s group was greater, especially since they barely spoke as opposed to singing cheesy Sound of Music lyrics.

After a commercial break, the traditional move would have been for Fallon to sit down with his first guest for an interview that included the requisite congratulatory messages and small-talk anecdotes. But that didn’t come until later. Instead, we got “The Evolution of Hip-Hop Dancing,” with Fallon and Will Smith going through dozens of classic moves in just over two minutes. Drawing a straight line from Late Night’s “Evolution of Dad Dancing” and “Evolution of Mom Dancing” with First Lady Michelle Obama, it was the perfect (GIF-able) viral gem for his first Tonight Show: Both accessible to mainstream America due to Smith’s massive popularity and hitting that sweet spot of 90s nostalgia that Fallon’s hardcore fans love so much. It was immediately followed by an equally spectacular performance by U2 from the roof of Rockerfeller Center, 70 stories above Manhattan at sunset.

Time for an admission. I live on in Los Angeles, where for some reason television airs three hours later than it does in New York City. Typically, this would mean that if I wanted to watch something historic like Jimmy Fallon’s first Tonight Show, I would be forced to do it long after it had been live-tweeted and poured-over by the media-obsessed NYC crowd. But thankfully, for my case and everyone else in my boat, I didn’t have to do that. In fact, I was in bed and asleep by 11pm Pacific Standard Time.

With or without the benefit of Mediaite’s live coverage, Fallon’s new Tonight Show YouTube channel made it possible for anyone not sitting in front of a TV to catch the two best moments posted above (along with the monologue) before the show even aired on the west coast. And today, the Will Smith clip has been viewed nearly 600,000 times, while the $100 bet segment has over 150,000 views.

While those numbers can’t match the millions of people who did tune in and watch the show live last night, the show’s aggressive use of YouTube, carried over from the Late Night days, means these clips will continue to be watched and shared for weeks, months and years to come. A clip of Fallon and his BFF Justin Timberlake talking in all #Hashtags has been viewed nearly 22 million times since it was posted four months ago. That clip of him dancing with the first lady has more than 17 million.

Fallon is the king of producing late night segments that play even better online than they do on TV (though Jimmy Kimmel has been quite successful at it as well, especially when those clips include crying children). Unfortunately for NBC, this means that even for a television event as big as Fallon’s Tonight Show debut, most people could get away with watching the most popular highlights online that night or the next morning and skip watching the show live altogether.

The second half of last night’s show felt a lot more like the traditional late night format, with Smith sitting down for two segments and U2 joining him on the couch after that. The only moment from the back half that felt as special as anything from the front of the show came when Bono and the Edge did an “impromptu” acoustic performance of their Oscar-nominated song “Ordinary Love,” with some back-up from The Roots.

In order to succeed in his succession of Leno, Fallon will need to put together a show that both captures the interest of the former host’s older, mostly-middle America audience while still creating the viral moments that his younger fans eagerly post and share and remix as they are happening and throughout the next day. After all, the Tonight Show business model can hardly sustain itself on YouTube views alone. Fallon’s debut certainly lived up to that potential — to be a bridge between the past and the future and keep the Tonight Show relevant for the next generation. Let’s just hope he can keep it going strong.

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Of Course There’s a Fake Will Smith Tweet About James Avery’s Death


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Ladies and gents, we have our first internet hoax of 2014.

Will Smith has already been the focus of a fake tweet about Trayvon Martin in 2012, and an out-of-context photo during Miley Cyrus Twerkgate. Now a tweet from a different fake Smith account, @FreshPrinceWill, has gone viral after news of Fresh Prince of Bel Air actor James Avery’s passing on Wednesday. The tweet purports to show a screencap Smith having an exchange with NBC execs about making a new episode of the show in commemoration of Avery’s death:

While it’s unclear as to whether anybody actually fell for this, it was retweeted 115,000 times, about 38% of the total it called for, real or not.

RELATED: The Saddest, Goofiest, Facepalmiest Hoaxes of 2013

As BuzzFeed pointed out, there were multiple warning signs about the tweet, such as the fact that the account wasn’t verified or that it was created yesterday, alongside the fact that most major television deals aren’t negotiated via DM. But, hey—is that anymore unlikely than a troubled kid from the streets of Philly turning out to be a piano virtuoso?

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Guantánamo Bay Prisoners’ Favorite Library Item: Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air


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Even though President Barack Obama had campaigned on a promise of closing the detention facility at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, due to many complaints, including human rights violations, the camp is still functioning with 168 captives, now in their second decade of detention.

The following illegal (read: fake) wire transmission was (not) intercepted on its way out of the Gitmo detention facility, presumably headed for somewhere in the Middle East. As the government works tirelessly to track down its destination (not really), we’ve taken the liberty of translating it here for you, unedited:

“Now this is the story all about how my life got flipped-turned upside down. And I’d like to take a minute, just sit right there. I’ll tell you how I became the prince of watching a show called Bel-Air.

“In southwest Waziristan, I was born and raised. On the battlefield is where I spent most of my days. Chillin’ out, maxin’, relaxin’ all cool. And all shootin’ some tin cans outside of the school. When a couple of guys who thought we were up to no good, startin’ making trouble in my neighborhood. I got in one little fight and they all got scared — they said, ‘You’re movin’ with your bro and uncle in Gitmo-Air’

“Now at Gitmo-Air, I whistled for the library cart, and when it came near this one DVD said ‘fresh’ and had a dice in the mirror. If anything I could say that this tape was rare, but I thought ‘Nah, forget it’ — ‘Yo, homes, let me watch Bel-Air!’

“I pulled up to the viewing room about 7 or 8, and I yelled to the guard, ‘Yo, homes, smell ya later.’ I looked at my kingdom, I was finally there — to sit on my throne and watch The Prince of Bel Air.”

As it turns out, this wire reflects a recent Miami Herald report on the DVD-renting habits of the 168 detainees. Apparently the facility’s librarian says he just ordered all six seasons of the 1990 TV sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air due to a considerably high demand for the series.

This new demand for the Will Smith-starring comedy has supplanted the previously high demand for J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series of novels. “They’re over that; it’s been more than a year,” a librarian told the Herald.

Cooperative captives, which make up the majority of the prisoners, are allowed to watch the TV show communally in their medium security lock-ups at any time. Their viewing rooms are essentially cell blocks of up to 20 men, equipped with a flat-screen TV bolted to the wall. A maximum security captive, however, can only watch the show alone for a couple of hours each day. The solo viewing room includes a recliner with one ankle shackled to a bolt in the floor.

Interestingly, the report notes that the librarians have also reported previous spikes in demand for The Bill Cosby Show, perhaps indicating a penchant among the detainees for aspirational stories about black families in the United States.

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From Newt To Justin Bieber’s Mom: 11 Twitter Accounts With More Followers Than Romney


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Just because you’re a Republican presidential candidate doesn’t mean you automatically have a lot of Twitter followers. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney‘s Twitter account has over 666,000 followers, which, yes, is more than you’ll ever have, but it’s a pitiful sum when compared to President Barack Obama, whose account has more than 17 million followers. Hey Sen. John McCain (1.7 million followers), how about sending Romney some “Follow Friday” love this Friday?

But Romney can at least take comfort that he has more followers than Vice President Joe Biden.

Here are eleven other Twitter accounts that have more followers than Romney:


Coming Soon: Game Change, The Movie? Mediaite Suggests The Cast


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Game Change authors Mark Halperin and John Heilemann joined Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough in discussing their best-selling and oft blogged about book. Halperin mentioned during the event that the authors are in discussions with HBO about making a film version of their best-selling book. Their dreamcast? Meryl Streep playing Hillary Clinton and Will Smith playing Barack Obama.

We can only hope that HBO’s Richard Plepler can make that happen, though that would be a very dear production cost to line up that level of talent. As Halperin pointed out, it will take some real acting range to portray both the public and private personae of the politicians featured in the book.

So, here goes our suggestions of who, ideally, should play each role, and what better place to start than the first family:

The Obamas:


Barack Obama – Will Smith

Nobody is “cooler” than Barack Obama, with the possible exception of Will Smith, who has demonstrated amazing acting range and experience playing real life persona in Ali. Sort of a no brainer here.


Michelle Obama – Nia Long

This one is tough – Angela Basset has the gravitas and acting chops, but Nia Long wins in the likable category, and gets the part.

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