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Will Smith scratches items off his bucket list in National Geographic’s ‘.

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The beauty of being Will Smith is that if you decide to scratch items off your bucket list, National Geographic and Disney+ will dutifully mount and chronicle your adventures. Enter “Welcome to Earth,” which allows Smith to explore the world with those who do so professionally, in what amounts to a cheerful exercise in nature programming for beginners.

To be fair, celebrities have tagged along on such expeditions since time immemorial — Bear Grylls even turned dragging actors into the wild into a series — and at its best, having someone with Smith’s profile attached to such outdoorsy fare might lure in some more casual viewers. If “Welcome to Earth” serves as a sort-of gateway drug to National Geographic’s best productions or David Attenborough’s specials, then the investment will have been worth it.

Smith’s wide-eyed travels into spectacular and dangerous locales essentially cast him as an enthusiastic tour guide, a role that he freely embraces. He begins by quoting his grandmother telling him, “All the best things in life lived on the other side of fear,” and closes the six episodes by citing his desire to “connect with the planet, and hopefully inspire others to do the same.”

Others, of course, don’t necessarily have access to the same options, which in “Welcome to Earth” include plunging to ocean depths of more than 3,300 feet with a marine biologist, visiting the edge of an active volcano and scaling the side of a glacier.

Not surprisingly, Smith frequently resorts to movie references to describe the wonders he’s encountering, comparing the ocean light show to “Star Wars” and “Close Encounters.” If that’s not enough, the inordinately insistent music does the rest.

Produced by Smith’s company along with director Darren Aronofsky and others, the series certainly features spectacular cinematography, which has become standard for the genre. Each episode also carves out a window for other explorers, expanding the vision and vistas beyond a Smith’s-eye-view.

Having recently published a new memoir, Smith — who is also on the awards circuit for his role in “King Richard” — has made good on his pledge to overcome his fears and share that spirit of adventure with others. Yet given the abundance of current nature programming, “Welcome to Earth” doesn’t reach the heights of the genre, much less transport anyone out of this world.

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What are judicial review proceedings Harry wants to bring against Home Office?

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The Duke of Sussex has filed a claim for a judicial review against a Home Office decision not to allow him to personally pay for police protection for himself and his family while in the UK.

 

 

Harry wants to bring his children to visit from the US, but he and his family are “unable to return to his home” because it is too dangerous, according to a legal representative for the duke.

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“He sought a judicial review in September 2021 to challenge the decision-making behind the security procedures, in the hopes that this could be re-evaluated for the obvious and necessary protection required,” the legal representative said in a statement to the PA news agency.

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Jennifer Aniston mourns loss of Peter Bogdanovich with touching tribute

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Jennifer Aniston was one of many stars who came out to pay their respects to acclaimed director, Peter Bogdanovich, who died at the age of 82 on 6 January.

 

 

The Morning Show actress took to her Instagram stories to pay her respects to the star of The Sopranos.

Sharing a selection of photos with the BAFTA winner, Jennifer wrote: “Remembering Peter,” along with a praying hands emoji. She also added: “Grateful for his presence and for his laughter.”

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One of the images she posted was of her hugging Owen Wilson and chatting animatedly to Peter on set.

According to The Associated Press, Peter died on Thursday morning at his home in Los Angeles.

His daughter, Antonia Bogdanovich, said he died of natural causes.

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Prince Harry is behaving like a shameless, entitled hypocrite: Piers Morgan

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Prince Harry’s move to pursue legal action against the Home Office for refusing him to pay for his own police protection has witnessed severe backlash from Piers Morgan.

 

 

The television personality, while writing an opinion piece for The Sun, said that the Duke of Sussex is “behaving like a shameless, deluded, woefully entitled hypocrite” for wanting to pursue legal action.

He added that the timing of Prince Harry’s actions was unwelcomed and would be a “massive headache” for the Queen.

“If he goes through with his threat, it will be the first time any royal has ever sued Her Majesty’s Government, and, of course, causes the Queen yet another massive headache at the worst possible time,” he wrote.

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The comment comes after Harry’s legal team issued a statement saying: “The UK will always be Prince Harry’s home and a country he wants his wife and children to be safe in. With the lack of police protection, comes too great a personal risk.

“The Duke and Duchess of Sussex personally fund a private security team for their family, yet that security cannot replicate the necessary police protection needed whilst in the UK.

“In the absence of such protection, Prince Harry and his family are unable to return to his home.”

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