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Willard Carroll Smith, Jr. was born in West Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the second of four children. He grew up in the middle class area of West Philadelphia and attended the Will Smith 3Overbrook High School located in the Overbrook section of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He got the nickname “Prince” because of the way he could charm his way out of trouble.

Pursuing music, he met Jeffrey A. Townes at a party and they soon began performing together as ‘D.J. Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince’. When the duo took off in popularity, Smith made and spent a lot of money on a house, cars and jewellery, leading to his near-bankruptcy in his early twenties.

Luckily, in 1989, he met Benny Medina, who had an idea for a sitcom based on his life in Beverly Hills. Smith loved the idea as did N.B.C. which put on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1990).

The series lasted six years and during that time, Smith ventured into movies where the critics took note of him in Six Degrees of Separation (1993). With the success that came with the action picture Bad Boys (1995), Smith’s movie career was set. He had a huge Blockbuster hit with Independence Day (1996), where he plays the alien-battling Marine Corps Captain Steven Hiller and continues to entertain the masses to this day.

Selected Filmography

1993 Six Degrees of Separation

1997 Men in Black

2001 Ali

2005 I, Robot

2007 I am Legend

2008 Seven Pounds

2013 After Earth

Jupiter Ascending

Dir. Andy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski USA 2015

Mila Kunis, Channing Tatum, Eddie Redmayne

MV5BMTQyNzk2MjA2NF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwMjEwNzk3MjE@._V1__SX966_SY423_Jupiter Jones was born under a night sky, with signs predicting that she was destined for great things. Now grown, Jupiter dreams of the stars but wakes up to the cold reality of a job cleaning toilets and an endless run of bad breaks. Only when Caine, a genetically engineered ex-military hunter, arrives on Earth to track her down does Jupiter begin to glimpse the fate that has been waiting for her all along – her genetic signature marks her as next in line for an extraordinary inheritance that could alter the balance of the cosmos.

Genre: Action/Adventure/Fantasy

 

SELMA

Dir. Ava DuVernay UK/USA 2014

David Oyelowo, Carmen Ejogo, Tim Roth

MV5BODMxNjAwODA2Ml5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwMzc0NjgzMzE@._V1__SX966_SY423_The unforgettable true story chronicles the tumultuous three-month period in 1965, when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led a dangerous campaign to secure equal voting rights in the face of violent opposition. The epic march from Selma to Montgomery culminated in President Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965, one of the most significant victories for the civil rights movement. Director Ava DuVernay’s Selma tells the story of how the revered leader and visionary Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr and his brothers and sisters in the movement prompted change that forever altered history.

Genre: Biography/Drama/History

 

PROJECT ALMANAC

MV5BMTUxMjQ2NjI4OV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwODc2NjUwNDE@._V1__SX966_SY423_Dir. Dean Israelite USA 2015

Amy Landecker, Sofia Black-D’Elia, Virginia Gardner

As a group of friends discover plans for a time machine, they build it and use it to fix their problems and personal gain. But as the future falls apart with disasters, and each of them disappear little by little, they must travel back to the past to make sure they never invent the machine or face the destruction of humanity.

Genre: Sci-Fi/Thriller

 

Fifty Shades of Grey

Dir. Sam Taylor-Johnson USA 2015

Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan, Jennifer Ehle

MV5BMjE1MTM4NDAzOF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwNTMwNjI0MzE@._V1__SX966_SY423_When Anastasia Steele, a literature student, goes to interview the wealthy Christian Grey, as a favor to her roommate Kate Kavanagh, she encounters a beautiful, brilliant and intimidating man. The innocent and naive Ana started to realize she wants him, despite his enigmatic reserve and advice, she finds herself desperate to get close to him. Not able to resist Ana’s beauty and independent spirit, Christian Grey admits he wants her too, but in his own terms. Ana hesitates as she discovers the singular tastes of Christian Grey – despite of the embellishments of success, his multinational businesses, his vast wealth, his loving family – Grey is consumed by the need to control everything.

Genre: Drama/Romance

 

CAKE

Dir. Daniel Barnz USA 2015

Jennifer Aniston, Lucy Punch, Felicity Huffman

MV5BMTc4NDYzNTcyM15BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwNjQ5NzQ0MzE@._V1__SX966_SY423_Claire Simmons (Aniston) is in pain. Her physical pain is evident in the scars that line her body and the way she carries herself, wincing with each tentative step. She’s no good at hiding her emotional pain either. Blunt to the point of searing insult, Claire’s anger seethes out of her with nearly every interaction. She has driven away her husband, her friends — even her chronic-pain support group has kicked her out. The only one left in Claire’s otherwise solitary existence is her housekeeper-cum-caretaker, Silvana, who barely tolerates her boss’ need for liquor and prescription pills. But the suicide of Nina, one of Claire’s fellow chronic-pain group members, prompts another fixation.

Genre: Drama

 

FOCUS

Dir. Glenn Ficarra, John Requa USA 2015

Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Rodrigo Santoro

MV5BMTUwODg2OTA4OF5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwOTE5MTE4MzE@._V1__SX966_SY423_Will Smith stars as Nicky, a seasoned master of misdirection who becomes romantically involved with novice con artist Jess (Robbie). As he’s teaching her the tricks of the trade, she gets too close for comfort and he abruptly breaks it off. Three years later, the former flame – now an accomplished femme fatale – shows up in Buenos Aires in the middle of the high stakes race car circuit. In the midst of Nicky’s latest, very dangerous scheme, she throws his plans for a loop… and the consummate con man off his game.

Genre: Comedy/Crime/Drama

Meet the man behind Bradford Live and their bid to convert the former Odeon building into a state of the art concert venue.

At a time when development is in full swing and the overall ambience is positive within the city of Bradford, it is down to political spearheads, business and community leaders, residents and certain individuals who are dedicated with the notion of creating a more vibrant and cosmopolitan city to live in.

One individual is Lee Craven, a proud Bradfordian, who like many of us, has been frustrated by the constant salvo of negative press and general criticism the city has endured over the last few decades. Born and raised in Bingley, Mr Craven has a vision, and that vision is to convert the old Odeon building into a fully operating multi-functional concert venue with the hope of enticing the elite of global performing stars to the streets of Bradford.

Currently at the helm of a long running successful Bradford based business, Mr Craven reflects on when the seed was planted with the idea of taking on such a gargantuan challenge.

“Funnily enough it started with an innocent post-it note on my desk one morning. It was from somebody at work who said there was a guy next door who ran a bingo hall that joined our business premises in Great Horton and that he wanted to sell it,” he tells Urban Echo.

After purchasing the bingo hall in 2007 to save it from falling into the wrong hands, Mr Craven realised that the building had many of its initial features as a cinema when it was originally built in 1914. After restoring it back to a cinema whilst working closely with a local charity, the Joshua Project, as well as local cinema historian, Colin Sutton, the seed was planted when a conversation between the two took place.

He says, “Colin [who passed away a few years ago] liked what we were doing with the former bingo hall and express his frustration and sadness as to why nobody was doing anything with the old Odeon.”

By 2010, Mr Craven’s inquisitiveness about the dilapidated building had reached a point where he knew he had to do something as the building had been legally permitted for demolition. Though he wasn’t convinced by the demolition proposals and could not see a financially viable outcome if it was to be demolished, he quickly formed a team of architects and engineers with the aim of looking at how the building could be saved from obscurity and transformed into a fully functioning concert hall that would be commercially beneficial to the city and its residents.

After Bradford Live won the bidding process over two other proposals earlier this year, Mr Craven is far from complacent and realises that there is still much work to do. He states, “Parts of the building has been stripped out but many parts are surprisingly very well preserved. The council have been very helpful and we are in constant dialogue informing one another of developments.”

The critics will argue whether Bradford can support a venue that size? Mr Craven responds by saying, “It’s not just Bradford. You’re talking about a regional sized venue that covers the entire West Yorkshire region and will hopefully pull in people further afield. Just like how the Greater Manchester area can support the large arena as well the smaller Apollo Theatre. ”

Mr Craven is confident that the finished project will come into fruition with a planned completion date in 2017. Musical and movie artistes from the UK and India are already relishing at the thought of performing at the new venue. “As a proud Bradfordian, I feel these are very exciting times for the city and I am pleased to be a part of the redevelopment that will hopefully create a city for future generations to enjoy and be proud of,” he concludes.

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