If you want to see where it all started for Hollywood A-lister Will Smith, hop aboard Crave for a trip to the Los Angeles neighbourhood of Bel Air.
The Bell Media streaming service will become the Canadian home of all 148, six-season episodes of “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” Smith’s breakout TV hit of the 1990s.
Smith played a teen from inner-city Philadelphia sent to live with an aunt and uncle in their Bel-Air mansion after getting in a fight in his ’hood.
The show, which aired from 1990 to ’96, will begin streaming on Crave on Nov. 19, the same day “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Reunion Special” from HBO Max drops on the service. Crave will become the exclusive Canadian streaming home of the series in January.
In a news release, Crave says the show “received critical acclaim for pushing the boundaries of storytelling and representation in television.” It also had a popular theme song, rapped by Smith with DJ Jazzy Jeff, and celebrity guest stars who included Tyra Banks, Oprah Winfrey, Queen Latifah, Chris Rock, Naomi Campbell and even Donald Trump.
Smith went on to become a movie star in films like “Independence Day,” “Men in Black,” “Bad Boys” and “I Am Legend.”
Wolfgang Van Halen pays tribute to his dad in a new song
Wolfgang Van Halen, bassist for the band Van Halen and son of the late rock god Eddie Van Halen, released his first solo song and accompanying music video Monday as a tribute to his father.
“No matter what the distance is, I will be with you,” Wolfgang sings in “Distance.” “No matter what the distance is, you’ll be OK.”
Van Halen wrote the track while his father was battling throat cancer and recorded it under the name Mammoth WVH (a nod to the Van Halen band’s original name).
The accompanying video was stitched together from tender home videos of a young Eddie Van Halen meeting, loving and raising his only son.
“As my pop continued to struggle with various health issues, I was imagining what my life would be like without him and how terribly I’d miss him,” Wolfgang, 29, wrote in a YouTube caption. “While the song is incredibly personal, I think anyone can relate to the idea of having a profound loss in their life.
“I never intended ‘Distance’ to be the very first piece of music people would hear from me, but I also thought my father would be here to celebrate its release,” he continued. “This is for him. I love and miss you, Pop.”
Eddie Van Halen died at 65 in early October.
All proceeds from “Distance” will go to his favourite charity, the Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation, which donates instruments to underfunded school music programs.
Casa Loma gets lit for the holidays
A version of Ebenezer Scrooge’s haunted mansion from Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” will be among the attractions in Casa Loma’s Holiday Light Tour.
Liberty Entertainment Group announced the tour will kick off Dec. 3 and run until Jan. 3, with tickets on sale Nov. 18.
Visitors will self-tour a display of lighting and decorations on the grounds and in the tunnels of the castle, designed by Toronto architect E.J. Lennox and completed in 1914 as the home of financier Sir Henry Pellatt.
In accordance with COVID-19 safety protocols, tickets will be sold for timed entry; all visitors will be screened upon arrival, must be masked and stay two metres away from others, except those in their own households; and contact information will be kept for 30 days for contact tracing purposes.
See casaloma.ca for information.