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King Richard and reclaiming Richard Williams’s legacy

If you’ve been watching Serena and Venus Williams since the beginning, you’ve watched them play for almost 30 years. Their tennis careers are old enough to be millennials, with over 1,600 singles wins, 122 singles titles, and 30 Grand Slam singles wins combined. They will go down in history as two of the greatest female tennis players of all time, with Serena arguably being the greatest player in history.
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Why does Will Smith’s new movie make the story of the two greatest female athletes of all time into the story of one male hero?

There’s a moment in King Richard that, when examined more closely, reveals what the new sports biopic is really up to. Richard Williams squats between his two pre-teen daughters, Venus and Serena, their tennis rackets in their hands. “Venus Williams,” Richard says, turning to his older daughter, “who is your best friend?” “You, Daddy!” Venus replies, a big smile on her face and a chuckle in her voice. Richard looks to his other side and repeats the question: “Serena Williams, who is your best friend?” “Venus,” Serena says. They all laugh. “And then you, Daddy.”
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'King Richard' And The Delicate Dance Of Exalting A Flawed Black Man

Back in 2006, Essence magazine ran a cover story with Sean “Diddy” Combs and his off-again/on-again girlfriend, the late Kim Porter, mother of three of his six children, with the headline “Real Love.” It’s a memorable image because those two words, aligned with the picture of a couple whose relationship was punctuated by his infidelity, seemed to suggest that theirs was a romantic ideal for Black women. And that Diddy represented a real Black man.
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Williams sisters' biopic takes Hollywood on a conservative turn

Conservatives kvetch about Hollywood’s liberal messaging, and they often have a point. Movies and TV shows promote unfettered immigration (Netflix’s “Living Undocumented”), President Trump ’s alleged sins (Showtime’s “The Comey Rule”), and climate change horror stories (every third post-apocalyptic yarn, like Tom Hanks’ Apple TV+ original, “Finch”). The last season of “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” a previously benign cop comedy, became a BLM treatise following George Floyd’s death.
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Emory Wheel

‘King Richard’: A poignant tale of the man behind the queens of tennis

It is not often we get to see the making of a legend, let alone two. It’s even rarer that we are told the stories of those behind the creation of the stars that we love. In the spectacular “King Richard,” director Reinaldo Marcus Green depicts the tale of Richard Williams (Will Smith), the father of tennis phenoms Venus (Saniyya Sidney) and Serena Williams (Demi Singleton) and his role in creating two of the biggest sporting icons of this century. With the iconic duo producing the film, “King Richard” depicts a heartwarming tale of family, dedication and sacrifice that got Venus and Serena to the top of the tennis world.
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Cosmopolitan

How to Watch ‘King Richard’ and Learn More About Venus and Serena’s Incredible Story

We know now that Serena and Venus Williams are two of the best tennis players of all time. But, back in late '80s and early '90s, their father was the only one who believed that. From a very young age, Richard Williams was committed to making the sisters into star athletes to the point that he says he wrote up a 78-page plan for how his daughters would become tennis greats before they were even born. Now, Richard's story is being told in the new movie King Richard, which stars Will Smith.
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Film review: Love isn’t a low score in Venus and Serena Williams’ ‘King Richard’

Richard Williams takes center court and center stage in “King Richard.”. Played by Will Smith, the titular father figure is in full view in the new tennis biopic executive produced by Venus and Serena Williams. The film follows Richard and his wife Oracene (Aunjanue Ellis) as they raise young Venus (Saniyya Sidney) and Serena (Demi Singleton) to become the best players the sport has ever seen. As the plot grows heavy with emotion and determination, “King Richard” manages to affectionately navigate a loving family and the exclusive world of tennis.
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From 'King Richard' to 'Ali': Will Smith's memorable performances in sports movies

Will Smith is a multitalented star, known for his outstanding careers in TV, film and music; but he is certainly no stranger to the sports world. He is an avid Philadelphia Eagles fan and has a minority ownership stake in the Philadelphia 76ers. Even though he is West Philadelphia born and raised, Smith stars as a Compton, California, sports legend in his latest movie.
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‘King Richard’ Scribe Zach Baylin Says Venus & Serena Williams Called Warner Bros Drama “Frighteningly Accurate” – Contenders L.A.

With King Richard, director Reinaldo Marcus Green and screenwriter Zach Baylin looked to tell the story of tennis stars Venus and Serena Williams, and of the parents who spurred them to greatness, honing in less on the public record of the sisters’ accomplishments in the sports world and more on lesser-known aspects of their personal history. “There are many iconic moments in their life, and I think we worked hard to try to find the moments we didn’t know,” said Baylin during Deadline’s Contenders Film: Los Angeles award-season event. “Really what happened inside the house and not just the SportsCenter highlights...
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Kris Bowers on How the Prepared Piano Helped Him Ace the ‘King Richard’ Score

Composer Kris Bowers was the perfect fit to score Reinaldo Marcus Green’s “King Richard,” the story of how Richard Williams coached his daughters Venus and Serena Williams into tennis greats. Bowers, whose sports-oriented work includes “Space Jam: A New Legacy,” Kobe Bryant’s “Muse” and the Netflix series “Colin in Black & White,” worked on balancing where to have clear themes for Richard, Venus and Serena, finding a family theme and scoring for the tennis games. Since a lot of the tennis games that Venus plays in the film are without commentary, editor Pam Martin relied on Bowers to help support her cutting....
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Box Office: ‘Ghostbusters’ Nabs $16.5M Friday But ‘King Richard’ Stumbles

Jason Reitman and Gil Kenan’s Ghostbusters: Afterlife easily topped the domestic box office on Friday night. The Columbia/Sony/Bron release, starring Mckenna Grace as the late Egon Spengler’s granddaughter in a small-tong of age “legacy sequel” to the original Ghostbusters, earned a solid $16.5 million on Friday, including $4.5 million in Thursday previews. That positions the film for an opening weekend between $39 million (if it “merely” legs like Space Jam: A New Legacy) and $45 million (if it rallies the kids like Free Guy). That’s an excellent opening for a halfway-decently reviewed kid flick with an A- from Cinemascore which should leg out right until Sony’s Spider-Man: No Way Home in mid-December. Between Venom 2, Ghostbusters 3 and Spider-Man 3 version 2.0, Sony is doing as much to keep theatrical alive as Disney.
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