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DJ Jazzy Jeff talks 'Fresh Prince' reunion, mansion rental

HollyWood|: Los Angeles : DJ Jazzy Jeff knew "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air'' made a mark in television history after filming six seasons during the mid-'90s, but he thought the show's popularity would eventually fizzle out at some point. So far, that hasn't happened. The NBC sitcom starring Will Smith has grown more popular over three decades with the help of its catchy theme song, enduring social themes and comedy. The show starred Smith as a street-smart teen from Philadelphia who moved into his aunt and uncle's home in the wealthy Bel-Air neighborhood of Los Angeles. ALSO SEE Bollywood and Hollywood: 9 movies to watch on Indian Teacher's Day 10 Bollywood and Hollywood couples who’ve stood the test of time Chadwick Boseman: From Disha Patani to Kim Kardashian West, Bollywood and Hollywood took to social media to mourn From James Brown to Black Panther: Chadwick Boseman’s life in films DJ Jazzy Jeff played the recurring role of Smith's best friend named Jazz. The show also starred Tatyana Ali, Alfonso Ribeiro, Karyn Parsons, Joseph Marcell, Daphne Maxwell Reid and James Avery, who played Uncle Phil. The show became a cultural phenomenon, and now it's being celebrated in a variety of ways. The original cast of ``The Fresh Prince'' will reunite for the show's 30th anniversary, which will air on HBO Max around Thanksgiving. The unscripted special will take a look back on the impact of the series since it debuted in 1990. Separately, Los Angeles County residents will have a chance to stay at the show's iconic mansion _ which is located in Brentwood, not Bel-Air _ through Airbnb. The master wing of the home will be available to rent for five one-night stays starting in early October at the affordable rate of $30, to celebrate the anniversary. Mega-fans might even book DJ Jazzy Jeff for a virtual mixing lesson at the mansion. In a recent interview, DJ Jazzy Jeff spoke about the show's relevance, his fondest memories on set and his virtual deejay experience being offered for those staying at "The Fresh Prince'' mansion. Are you surprised by how relevant the show still is today? Jeff: I grew up with my favorite TV shows, and at a point in time, they just kind of faded away. So for 30 something years, I'm wondering, `Is this the year ``Fresh Prince'' is going to fade away?' Not because you want it to, but because of the natural laws of things. For this show to jump from one generation to another _ there are fans that weren't even born when the show came on. You can't plan that. What brought the cast together? Jeff: Once quarantine happened, and we were on lockdown, Will (Smith) came up with the idea of getting the cast together on a Zoom call. That was the tipping point. People were like `Oh my God, all of them are there. All of them are having conversations.' That's what got the ball rolling. Did things come together fairly quickly after the call? Jeff: I know we did the Zoom call and then all of a sudden, we got a call like `Hey, we're doing this reunion. And you got to come to L.A.' I was like `OK, we're all coming?' I think through the lock down, we didn't know what we were allowed to do or what was going to happen. But it was absolutely amazing the amount of safety precautions that they took to get everybody together. I'm sure you was nervous about hopping on a flight, especially after you were diagnosed with the coronavirus then beat it? Jeff: This was the first time I got on a plane since the last time when I got sick. So I was freaking out. But after speaking to people who have traveled.... It was easily the easiest trip that I have ever taken in my life. What were your fondest memories from the show? Jeff: We were family. We all hung out in each other's dressing room and laughed and joked. James Avery, rest in peace, he was a humongous jazz head. He would give me CDs every week. He was the one that would tell me about traveling. So to have that type of relationship, especially with me being the person who was the most non-traditional actor on that show, I felt extremely comfortable. What can people expect from your hour-long Airbnb experience? Jeff: Under normal circumstances, I might have been in the house with two turntables. But we're going to take this virtual and invite some people in. I'm going to give you the running of the ropes of how it's done, the equipment that you use. I think with the current state of the world, these virtual experiences are incredible because it kind of puts you in the place with the person. They can go through step-by-step of how you do what you do. What did it mean for you and Smith to take the photo together in front of the mansion? Jeff: For us to stand on our step, you're sitting back saying `Yo, 30 years is a longtime.' My kid wasn't born 30 years ago. But to kind of take people down this journey, it's incredible. It gives us a level of appreciation of what we've done and how far we've come.

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Bengaluru drug case: CCB summons Congress leader's son, actor and TV anchor

In a bid to dig deeper into the drug scandal involving Sandalwood celebrities, the Central Crime Branch (CCB) of Bengaluru police has summoned Kannada TV anchor Akul Balaji, actor Aryann Santosh and son of Congress MLA R.V. Devaraj and Sudhama Nagar corporator R.V. Yuvaraj to its office on Saturday. Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Sandeep Patil said in a statement that it was felt necessary for the CCB to question Akul Balaji, Aryann Santhosh Kumar and R. V. Yuvaraj. ALSO SEE Sushant Singh Rajput’s death triggers mental health debate Sushant Singh Rajput was a car and bike enthusiast Sushant Singh Rajput: A look at his most memorable films "In the Cotton pet case we have gathered certain information and it was felt necessary to inquire about them. Therefore, we have issued notices to them to appear before the CCB tomorrow at 10 a.m.," the statement read. Akul Balaji is a well known TV anchor and Aryann Santhosh is an upcoming actor. The development comes after popular Kannada actor couple Diganth and Aindrita Ray were summoned just two days ago by the CCB police who are probing the case. A photo of Aryann Santosh with actress Sanjjanna Galrani, who is in judicial custody in a drugs case, had gone viral on social media. Reacting to the summons before the media, Aryann and Akul confirmed that they have received notices and they would cooperate with the CCB. However, expressing surprise, Yuvaraj said that he was unaware how his name had cropped up in this case. "I do not know anyone of the accused arrested so far," he said. Meanwhile, the CCB is also keeping a strict vigil on the ADJs, pub and resort owners and managers of the resorts and pubs where high-end parties are said to take place. "Just a couple of months before this (Sandalwood) case came into the limelight, the CCB had busted a drug case allegedly involving DJs and their associates. Since then, we have been tracking a couple of suspected people. We will start calling such people for questioning in future if their links with this case are established," a senior police officer told IANS. According to the CCB, cases have been registered against 15 people so far in this connection and nine people have been arrested including Kannada film actresses Ragini Dwivedi and Sanjjanaa Galrani. Both Ragini Dwivedi and Sanjjanaa Galrani are in judicial custody in Parappana Agrahara Central Prison in Bengaluru.

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Hollywood: Jennifer Aniston, Brad Pitt get flirty during virtual reunion

HollyWood|: Former Hollywood couple Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt got flirty while reading out a scene when they got together for a virtual reading out session. The couple, who got divorced in 2005, united for a live reading of the 1982 film "Fast Times At Ridgemont High" along with Sean Penn, Julia Roberts, Shia LaBeouf, Matthew McConaughey. ALSO SEE Hollywood gets back to work: Films, TV shows are back in action Hollywood speaks out: 10 celebrities say wear your mask UAE's Mars Mission: Revisiting 12 movies set on the red planet Move over Kylie Jenner, The Rock is smashing the Instagram rich list A moment that made fans excited was when Aniston and Pitt were re-enacting a steamy scene in which their characters, Linda Barrett and Brad Hamilton, flirt during one of Hamilton's dreams, reports ew.com. "Hi, Brad," said Aniston as Linda, adding: "You know how cute I always thought you were. I think you're so sexy. Will you come to me?" Netizens loved the moment, with one commenter tweeting: "I LOVE seeing Brad and Jen together on the same screen." "Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston are singlehandedly saving 2020 for me," wrote one. "What a coup getting Brad and Jen to play *this* scene together. When charity calls! "Doesn't anybody [expletive]  knock anymore?" shared one user. A user wrote: "Actually, Jen coming onto Brad (in character) and telling him he's sexy is my highlight of 2020", while another wrote: "That was sooooo cute!!! Hahahahaha Brad and Jen! Brad and Linda!!!" The event highlighted best scenes from the cult classic film, and served as a fundraiser.