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    SERENA and Venus Williams' half-sister has ridiculed the new Hollywood biopic 'King Richard' - starring Will Smith - saying it completely omits their dad's first family, whom he cruelly abandoned. Sabrina Williams, who works as a hospice chaplain, says that actor Smith should be "ashamed of himself" for starring in the movie, which ignores almost the first half of his life.  7Serena and Venus' father Richard is being portrayed in a new movie starring Will SmithCredit: Getty Images - Getty 7Her half sister Sabrina Williams has slammed the film, calling it 'a comedy'Credit: These photos are the www.thisischriswhite.com and cannot be reprinted unless authorised to In an exclusive interview with The Sun, she also says she doesn't think she'll ever see her estranged father again and wouldn't attend his funeral. She says: "I don’t think I’ll see him alive. I've even buried my dad in my head because I know I won't be able to attend his funeral. "That's just not going to be an option, they’re not going to let me, they won't even tell me....
    An empty highway slicing through the lush greenery of the Florida Everglades. Summer, 2001. Parked in a layby, as instructed, I am waiting for Richard Williams, father and self-proclaimed creator of teenage tennis sensations, Venus and Serena. Half-an-hour past our agreed meeting time, a customised black sports car skids to a halt inches from my rear bumper. ‘Get in!’ he barks, roaring off before I can close the passenger door. As the needle touches 100mph, Williams veers crazily from lane to lane, taking obvious pleasure in my alarm and bombarding me with aggressive questions. Richard Williams masterminded the Williams sisters' rise to the pinnacle of women's tennis What’s my agenda? Is it positive? Why should he trust me? And, bizarrely, did I go to college? ‘Ah, so you an educated man!’ he sneers, in his Deep South baritone. ‘Me, I’m not educated. I’m stupid . . . least, that’s what people like to think.’ He then declares himself a self-taught polymath, brilliant at science and the arts, and a ‘genius’ at maths. He compares his ability to work without sleep...
    NEW YORK -- Will Smith stars are the father of tennis legends Venus and Serena Williams in "King Richard," a new movie opening in theaters on Friday.The film also marks a big leap forward for a 14-year-old performer from New York City, Demi Singleton, who plays Serena.She is tomorrow's star here today.Singleton moved to the city from New Orleans when she was 3 years old and found inspiration at 9, when she attended her first Broadway show. Now, she's on the big screen in the movie about how one dad trained two legends.ALSO READ | 'The Visitor,' delayed by the pandemic, opens at The Public TheaterEMBED More News Videos The cast of a musical based on the 2007 film "The Visitor" were ready to go before the shutdown at The Public Theater. Sandy Kenyon has more on how they are finally raising the curtain. Richie Williams, the father of Venus and Serna, is called "King Richard" for a reason."I don't even mind you saying that we're hard on these kids," Smith's character tells a social worker in the film. "You...
    When Venus and Serena Williams were still in elementary school, Richard Williams was telling anyone who listened that Venus would one day be a champion and Serena would become the greatest tennis player ever. Williams never lost sight of his plan, even as many in the media or the tennis firmament criticized him for talking too much, keeping his daughters out of major junior tournaments to maintain a normal family life, and avoiding the advances of big shot managers.  Williams, of course, was proved right, as his daughters not only dominated but revolutionized the tennis world, while also playing much longer than other prodigies, most of whom burned out early. The thrice-married Richard Williams is 80 and in poor health now and the Williams sisters are nearing the end of their reign, but their family saga is now getting the Hollywood treatment in Reinaldo Marcus Green’s “King Richard,” which is in theaters and streaming on HBO Max on November 19. Starring Will Smith, Aunjanue Ellis, Saniyya Sidney and Demi Singleton, the film was written by Zach...
    Here’s a collection curated by The Associated Press’ entertainment journalists of what’s arriving on TV, streaming services and music platforms this week. MOVIES — Tennis anyone? In “King Richard,” Will Smith plays Richard Williams, father and tennis guru to Venus and Serena Williams. The film, directed by Reinaldo Marcus Green, is an authorized dramatization (the Williams family was heavily involved) of the long-odds origin story of two of tennis’ greatest stars. “King Richard,” which Warner Bros. will release Friday in theaters and on HBO Max, is a portrait of their father coach as he steers them in their youth on the court and off. Often portrayed as a brash self-promoter, “King Richard” — featuring one of Smith’s most sensitive and acclaimed performances — captures Richard Williams as a trailblazing and inspiring parent whose vision for his daughters led them from Compton, California, to a global stage. — In Robert Greene’s unconventional documentary “Procession,” Greene gathers a group of six now-adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse by Midwest priests. Seeking some sense of closure, they write, direct and perform their stories...
    The Chicest Last-Minute Gifts You Can Find on Sale Cowboys rule out Tyron Smith $200 Sign Up Bonus Just In Time For The Holidays Ad Microsoft Full screen 1/7 SLIDES © Warner Bros. Pictures Game, set, match! Will Smith is the star of King Richard, a film that tells the story of Richard Williams, the father of Venus Williams and Serena Williams. The movie, directed by Reinaldo Marcus Green, looks at how the sisters from Compton, California, became two of the greatest athletes in tennis history — and the role that their domineering dad played in helping them get there. Smith told Entertainment Weekly that the character appealed to him for a very personal reason. “[He] remind[ed] me a lot of my father,” the actor said in November 2021. “It was that same generation — men that used to fix everything with their hands. I understood what it was like to live at the edge of survival and to try to sustain...
    Black Friday desktop computer deals: What to expect Fred Warner: DeMeco Ryans is doing an amazing job, it’s on us as players to execute Will Smith waited on pins and needles to hear Venus and Serena Williams' reaction to his onscreen performance as their father. Replay Video SETTINGS OFF HD HQ SD LO Skip Ad In King Richard, out Nov. 19, the Oscar nominee plays Richard Williams, the dad and childhood tennis coach of the famous athlete sisters. While appearing on The Tonight Show Tuesday, Smith recalled being nervous to find out what Venus, 41, and Serena, 40, thought of the final movie. "Venus and Serena were really excited about the possibility. And they said that they would potentially be executive producers and they would walk us through the whole process, but they were going to withhold whether or not they put their names on the film until they saw it," said Smith. "So then I get the call that Venus and Serena are walking into the theater to see the film," he continued. "It's the worst two hours...
    Tennessee pastor tackles man who pointed gun at people during church service, police say The controversial sale of Big John, the worlds largest Triceratops © Provided by People Oscar Gonzalez/NurPhoto via Getty Will Smith Will Smith was feeling generous on the set of his upcoming film, King Richard. The actor and producer gifted cash bonuses to his costars on the acclaimed drama, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The Oscar nominee was reportedly paid as much as $40 million for the film and personally wrote checks out to his costars including Saniyya Sidney and Demi Singleton, who play his daughters in the film, as well as Tony Goldwyn, Jon Bernthal and Aunjanue Ellis, among others, THR reports.  Smith gave out the gifts after Warner Bros. changed the release plan for the upcoming movie to debut simultaneously in theaters and on its streaming service HBO Max on Nov. 19, the outlet reported. A source told THR that Smith's bonus was on top of what the actors already received from Warner Bros. as compensation for the HBO Max release strategy. © Oscar...
    Krispy Kreme’s New Thanksgiving Donuts Incorporate Iconic Flavors of the Holiday Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Chicago Bears NFL Week 9 Odds, Plays and Insights © Provided by INSIDER Will Smith stars in the upcoming "King Richard." Pablo Cuadra / WireImage / Will Smith gave cash bonuses to his "King Richard" co-stars. The payment was intended to compensate for Warner Bros.'s shift from theatrical to HBO Max release, THR reported. The publication reported that Smith had a $40 million salary for the movie. Will Smith gave personal cash-bonuses to his "King Richard" co-stars to compensate for the financial impact of Warner Bros.'s decision to release the film simultaneously on HBO Max and in theaters, according to a new report in The Hollywood Reporter. The publication reports that Smith - who produced and starred in "King Richard" as the father of Venus and Serena Williams - earned as much as $40 million for his work on the highly-anticipated biopic. The report cites a source saying that after WarnerMedia pivoted to a simultaneous home and theatrical release of its 2021...
    Vera Bradley’s New Snoopy-Themed Holiday Collection Will Fill Your Peanuts Dreams Report: Rodgers Could Face Fines for Attending Recent Halloween Party, Maskless Pressers Spend $500, Pocket $200 Fast with This Top Card Ad Microsoft Full screen 1/6 SLIDES © Warner Bros. Pictures Game, set, match! Will Smith is the star of King Richard, a film that tells the story of Richard Williams, the father of Venus Williams and Serena Williams. The movie, directed by Reinaldo Marcus Green, looks at how the sisters from Compton, California, became two of the greatest athletes in tennis history — and the role that their domineering dad played in helping them get there. Smith told Entertainment Weekly that the character appealed to him for a very personal reason. “[He] remind[ed] me a lot of my father,” the actor said in November 2021. “It was that same generation — men that used to fix everything with their hands. I understood what it was like to live at the edge of...
    Lego Has a New ‘Home Alone’ Set, Complete With Character Figurines and Easter Eggs From the Film Tom Brady, facing first Ohio State QB in NFL, sneaks in subtle shot at Buckeyes © Courtesy of Telluride Film Festival KING RICHARD Warner Bros. has released another trailer for its upcoming biographical drama King Richard, featuring Beyonce’s new original song “Be Alive.” Will Smith leads the tennis biopic as the titular character, father and coach of tennis prodigies Venus and Serena Williams (portrayed by Saniyya Sidney and Demi Singleton, respectively). The latest trailer includes scenes of Richard Williams trying to get tennis clubs to accept his daughters. Despite the obstacles they face, Richard tells his wife Oracene “Brandi” Williams, played by Aunjanue Ellis, “We’ve just got to stick to the plan. We’ve got champions in the other room.” Richard continues to be challenged for the way he wants to manage his daughters’ careers and his unwavering support of their talent. Toward the end of the trailer, Venus faces an opponent she is expected to lose to while Beyoncé’s new song “Be...
    Easy Thanksgiving Crafts to Keep Kids Entertained on Thanksgiving Matt LaFleur: We’re fortunate to get someone like Whitney Mercilus at this point in the season Replay Video SETTINGS OFF HD HQ SD LO Skip Ad Will Smith's latest film charts the rise of two of the greatest athletes in modern tennis. A new trailer for King Richard dropped on Thursday, showing Smith, 53, in character as Richard Williams, the father of pro athletes Venus Williams and Serena Williams. While the talented players have conquered the game since going pro, King Richard follows their start in the sport and their rise to champions.  In the latest trailer — which features the Beyonce song "Be Alive"  — Richard hatches a plan to make his girls the best athletes in the game, promising the sisters will "shake up this world." As he pushes Venus and Serena to train their best and "stick to the plan," they begin to see success in the sport — and others start to take notice.  © Provided by People Warner Bros. Pictures RELATED: See Will Smith Transform...
    (CNN)Get ready for awards season buzz.Will Smith is portraying Richard Williams, the father of tennis stars Venus and Serena Williams, in the forthcoming film "King Richard."The movie "follows the journey of Richard Williams, an undeterred father instrumental in raising two of the most extraordinarily gifted athletes of all time, who will end up changing the sport of tennis forever," according to Warner Bros., which is owned by CNN's parent company. The superstar athlete sisters serve as executive producers for the film, which traces their rise from Compton, California, kids to international phenoms.Saniyaa Sidney ("Hidden Figures," "Fences") stars as Venus Williams, Demi Singleton (TV's "Godfather of Harlem") stars as Serena Williams and Aunjanue Ellis ("If Beale Street Could Talk," TV's "Quantico") plays their mother, Oracene "Brandi" Williams.Read MoreReinaldo Marcus Green directs the film. "King Richard" is scheduled for release on November 19.
    Will Smith's production company has reached a settlement deal after being sued over the upcoming film "King Richard," centered on the life of Venus and Serena Williams' father. Back in June, the 51-year-old actor's production company Overbrook Entertainment, Star Thrower Entertainment and Warner Bros. were sued by TW3 Entertainment and Power Move Multi Media who claimed they had purchased the rights to the film's source material -- Richard Williams’ 2014 memoir “Black and White: The Way I See It" -- several years ago. The deal between the two companies took place three years prior between themselves and William's son and business partner Chavoita Lesane, the suit said. WILL SMITH TELLS A FAN HE'S GOING TO BLOCK THEM OVER 'ENTANGLEMENT' JOKE BUT ADMITS IT 'WAS VERY FUNNY' Lesane was allegedly given limited power of attorney over Williams’ book "for the purposes of dealing with film and media rights for his book.” Will Smith's production company was sued over the rights to the book serving as source material for the film 'King Richard.'  (Getty for AFI) At the time, Deadline reported that Williams supposedly sold the rights to...
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