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‘Bel Air’ Trailer Goes Viral With Dark Gritty Take On ‘Fresh Prince Of Bel Air’

What if the tone of beloved ’90s sitcom “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air” got “flipped-turned upside down”? That’s precisely what’s happened in Morgan Cooper’s fan-made trailer “Bel Air,” which is a grim retelling of the original story. Set in today’s world, “Bel Air” explores serious issues such as gang violence, police brutality and wealth inequity — a stark contrast to the goofy nature of the original show. Despite all that grit and drama, there are also some very sweet moments in the trailer, including a nod to the famous Carlton dance. Sun Squared Media “It’s not unusual to be loved by anyone …” “Like most 90’s kids, I grew up watching Fresh Prince,” Cooper tweeted on Sunday along with the clip. “Even as a kid, I always thought there was more to the story… so I dec...

Former ‘Fresh Prince’ Star Denied Copyright On ‘Carlton’ Dance

Actor Alfonso Ribeiro probably isn’t kicking up his heels at this news: The U.S. Copyright Office won’t allow him to copyright his famous “Carlton Dance.” Ribeiro created the dance in the early 1990s while playing Will Smith’s cousin Carlton on “The Fresh Prince Of Bel Air.” In December, the actor sued video gaming companies Epic Games, the creator of “Fortnite,” and Take-Two Interactive, which owns the “NBA 2K” series, for including the dance in their games without his permission. To boost his case, Ribeiro sought to copyright the Carlton Dance, but his application was denied by the U.S. Copyright Office, according to The Hollywood Reporter, The copyright office rejected the registration because Ribeiro’s “choreographic work” was just a “simple dance routine,” Saskia Florence, a superviso...

‘Fresh Prince’ Star Alfonso Ribeiro Sues ‘Fortnite’ And ‘NBA 2K’ Creators Over Dance

The electronic Goliath that is “Fortnite” ― a free, online third-person shooter game known mostly for its battle royale mode ― features an ever-updating array of weapons, environments and even dances, called “emotes.”  But now one of those dances, called “Fresh,” is the subject of a lawsuit from actor Alfonso Ribeiro. Ribeiro played Carlton on the series “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” for which he famously created what pop culture has dubbed “The Carlton Dance.” Ribeiro is suing both Epic Games, the creator of “Fortnite,” and Take-Two Interactive, the creator of the “NBA 2K” series, for including the dance in their games. In court documents acquired by HuffPost, Ribeiro and his attorney claim the two companies “have unfairly profited from exploiting Ribeiro’s protected creative expression and ...

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