Will Smith (born Willard Christopher Smith Jr., 25.9.1968) Will Smith is an American actor and film producer as well as a rapper. He is renowned as one of the highest-earning and most powerful actors in the world. Will Smith: Net worth Will Smith has earnings of $32 million. (Forbes, 2014) Will Smith: Childhood Will Smith was born in West Philadelphia, to Caroline Smith and Willard Christopher Smith Snr. He was raised as a Baptist and when he was 13, his parents separated, though they did not divorce until he was 32 years old. As a teen, he was nicknamed 'The Fresh Prince' and he began rapping with his friend Jeff Townes, who is better known as DJ Jazzy Jeff. Townes would mix and scratch records, whilst Smith was in charge of the lyrics. Will Smith: Career Will Smith's career in the entertainment business started out as one half of the hip-hop duo DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince. They also worked with Ready Rock C, the human beatboxer. They released a number of radio-friendly tracks, such as 'Summertime' and 'Parents Just Don't Understand'. During his early career, Smith failed to pay his income tax fully. The Inland Revenue eventually caught up with him and retrieved $2.8 million's worth of his possessions and money. In 1996, after a hiatus from his music career to concentrate on acting, Smith returned to music as a solo artist. His first album, Big Willie Style was a massive commercial success and launched the singles 'Getting' Jiggy Wit It' and 'Just The Two Of Us'. Will Smith's second solo album, released in 1999 was Willenium. The album featured the track 'Wild Wild West', a collaboration with Kool Moe Dee and Dru Hill. Smith's third and fourth albums were Born to Reign and Lost and Found, released in 2002 and 2005 respectively. When he was near the point of bankruptcy, NBC signed Will Smith to a contract, and constructed the sitcom the Fresh Prince of Bel Air around him. The series also starred Tatyana Ali and James Avery and was hugely successful. His major film debut came in 1993's Six Degrees Of Separation, which also starred Donald Sutherland and Ian McKellan. He followed this up with his big screen breakthrough, Bad Boys, an action film which also starred Martin Lawrence and was a huge box office hit. In 1996, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air ended. Will Smith then began focusing not only on his solo music career but also on major league blockbuster movies. In 1996, he starred as a fighter pilot in Independence Day, alongside Jeff Goldblum and Randy Quaid. Smith then went on to work alongside Tommy Lee Jones in Men In Black the year after and the film became a global success. Will Smith status as a Hollywood favourite escalated, as did his earning potential. In 1998, Will Smith starred in Enemy of the State, opposite Gene Hackman. Smith was then offered the main role of Neo in The Matrix but rejected the role in favour of the opportunity to star in Wild Wild West. The science-fiction comedy film was a flop, though Smith claims not to regret the decision and has publicly praised Keanu Reeves' performance in the Matrix films. Despite the failure of Wild Wild West, Will Smith's career took an upturn when he starred in two sequels, Men In Black II and Bad Boys II. He then took the lead role in Hitch, opposite Eva Mendes, followed by I, Robot, another science-fiction film. 2001 was a pivotal year for Will Smith, when he was nominated for an Oscar for his portrayal of Muhammad Ali in the biopic, Ali. Five years later, he received another Oscar nomination when he played the role of Chris Gardner in The Pursuit of Happyness. The film also stars his son, Jaden Smith, as well as the actress Thandie Newton. Between 2003 and 2007, Will Smith, along with his wife, Jada Pinkett-Smith, worked on the sitcom All Of Us, which was loosely based on their lives. 2007 was another successful year for Will Smith when he appeared in I Am Legend, an apocalyptic science fiction film. His daughter in the film is played by his real life daughter, Willow. In 2008, he appeared in superhero movie 'Hancock' with Charlize Theron and also 'Seven Pounds' opposite Rosario Dawson, Octavia Spencer and Woody Harrelson. In 2012, he starred in 'Men in Black III' reprising his role as Agent J. The following year he appeared with his son Jayden in the sci-fi movie 'After Earth'. Will Smith: Personal Life Will Smith married his first wife Sheree Zampino in 1992 with whom he had a son named Trey Smith. They subsequently divorced in 1995. Will Smith and Jada Pinkett married in 1997. They have a son, Jaden Christopher Syre Smith, born in 1998 and a daughter, Willow Camille Reign Smith. Though raised Baptist, he no longer identifies with any religion, though has an enormous amount of respect for Scientology. He is also a strong supporter of same-sex marriage.
Smith and Hanks are reportedly both in Disney's sights for the Tim Burton-directed live-action re-make.
Deadline reported on Thursday (January 12th) that the 48 year old megastar is being courted by Disney to play the role of the father of the children who form a bond with Dumbo, a big-eared circus elephant. Variety additionally reported that Tom Hanks is being targeted to play the villain in the live-action remake of the 1941 animated classic.
Disney had a record-breaking 2016, as it was revealed that the studio was behind every movie in the global top five, which included their live-action take on The Jungle Book.
Continue reading: Will Smith And Tom Hanks In Talks For 'Dumbo' Live Action Re-Make
Dramas exploring the nature of death and the true meaning of life are always in danger of tipping over into extreme sentimentality, and this one very quickly gets bogged down in buckets of syrup. It's a slickly made movie with a first-rate cast, but occasional glimpses of gritty honesty aren't quite enough to counteract sudsy philosophising that sounds profound but is actually rather shallow.
It's set in New York, where advertising company owner Howard (Will Smith) is still lost in grief six months after the death of his 6-year-old daughter. And his business partners are worried that the company is falling apart as a result. In desperation, best pal Whit (Edward Norton), protege Claire (Kate Winslet) and rising-star Simon (Michael Pena) hire a private detective (Ann Dowd) to determine Howard's mental fitness to run the company. They also hire three actors to confront him as Love (Keira Knightley), Time (Jacob Latimore) and Death (Helen Mirren), abstract concepts he's obsessed with. But they don't know that Howard is also considering attending a grief counselling meeting run by Madeleine (Naomie Harris).
Directed with a magical sheen by David Frankel (Hope Springs) and written to within an inch of its life by Allan Loeb (The Switch), there's nothing about this film that doesn't feel contrived and controlled. In addition to their scenes with Howard, each of the three actors has an impact on the colleague who needs their specific gifts. And there are a number of revelations and twists that feel annoyingly hokey. Even so, the cast is strong enough to add moments of lightness that lift the movie briefly out of the sludge. Mirren, Knightley and Latimore have a sparky edge as the story's catalysts. While Norton, Winslet and Pena bring some raw, honest emotion to their own personal dramas.
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It's hard to believe that these half a dozen massive movie names have never prevailed at the Academy Awards.
Awards season is nearly upon us, with the film industry gearing up for its annual round of back-slapping and palm-greasing, as well as honouring the most significant works that Hollywood and beyond has had to offer over the past 12 months.
However, there are a number of box office regulars and well-known faces that have never won the most prestigious prize Hollywood awards – the Best Actor or Actress Oscar. Here are half a dozen big stars who have featured in many hit movies who have, surprisingly, never collected a gong.
Tom Cruise filming 'The Mummy' in 2016
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In 'Collateral Beauty', Smith plays a New York advertising executive, struggling to cope with the loss of his young daughter.
Will Smith leads in an impressive ensemble cast in drama Collateral Beauty, which follows a grieving father who sends letters to time, death and love, as a way of trying to cope with his daughter’s death.
But what Smith’s character Howard doesn't expect is that time, death and love will all answer his letters, by visiting him in person, to show that the beauty in life is always there, even in our darkest times.
Will Smith as Howard and Helen Mirren as death, in Collateral Beauty
The film forced him to face a lot of things.
In the new drama Collateral Beauty, Will Smith plays a man who, after his daughter dies, begins to question the nature of love, time and death itself. And he found an unexpected resonance in his own life while he was making the film.
Will Smith and Helen Mirren in Collateral Beauty
"When I got the role, I loved that this was a guy who had the world on a string," he says. "Everything was perfect, then he suffered a loss and had to make his way back to even believing there was a possibility to have joy again. Then about two weeks into the preparation for the film, my father was diagnosed with cancer. First, you know, it stunned me, and then it was the magical work of the universe. I could not believe that this was the film I was working on, and I was forced to face my father's mortality."
Continue reading: Will Smith Feels Changed By Collateral Beauty
Depp holds the ignominious title for the second consecutive year after the 2016 list was published by Forbes.
Capping off a rather horrid 2016 for Johnny Depp is the news that he’s been judged by Forbes to be Hollywood’s most overpaid actor for the second year in a row, following a handful of big-budget disappointments at the box office this year.
The 53 year old megastar topped Forbes’ annual list of actors whose movies have underperformed at cinemas compared to their budgets, after his much vaunted sequel Alice Through the Looking Glass flopped at the box office in comparison to its predecessor.
Johnny Depp is the 'most overpaid' actor in Hollywood for the second year in a row
Will Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith, Willow Smith, Jaden Smith and Trey Smith arriving at the 26th Annual Environmental Media Awards (EMA's) - Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 22nd October 2016
Internet security Intel Security (McAfee) published its annual list of the most dangerous celebrities to search for online in 2016.
She’s long been a thorn in the side of the patriarchy with her irreverent and forthright brand of comedy, but now Amy Schumer is proving to be actively dangerous – to internet users who search for her name!
A new report conducted on various search engines by anti-virus experts shows that Amy Schumer has been the most dangerous name to search for online in 2016, as the internet security firm Intel Security published its annual list of the TV, music and film stars whose names are most regularly hijacked by hackers to lure people to sites carrying malware.
Amy Schumer is the most dangerous celebrity to search for online in 2016
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Love, time and death connect every single human being on earth, we long for love, wish we had more time and we fear death. Howard Inlet was once one of New York's most sought after advertising exec's but after suffering a great personal loss, his life has been left in ruins.
Now all his friends can do is look on and see a man who once loved life now living each day wishing the end would come. To help deal with his grief, Howard writes letters to 'time', 'love' and 'death' in the hope that he'll eventually understand why he has lost so much. With a little help from his friends, Howard finds himself actually receiving answers to some of the questions he asks in his letters and hopefully finds a way to live beyond just existing.
Collateral Beauty is directed by David Frankel with a screenplay written by Allan Loeb.
The actor plays the expert marksman and assassin as part of the upcoming film’s ensemble cast.
Will Smith has revealed he agreed to take the role of Deadshot in the upcoming Suicide Squad movie because he had “never played a character that legitimately didn’t give a f***." Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, the two-time Oscar nominee, said he was also encouraged to take the part so he could work with director David Ayer.
Will Smith plays Deadshot in Suicide Squad.
“I had never played a character that legitimately didn’t give a f***,” Smith said. “It’s very freeing not having to carry the moral spine of the movie.” But the actor did need some help getting inside the mind of the villain.
Continue reading: Why Will Smith Signed On To Play Deadshot In 'Suicide Squad'
The boxing legend passed away last week
As one of American’s all-time greats, Muhammad Ali’s funeral will be attended by a raft of famous faces but only a few special people have been given the honour of acting as pallbearers on the sad occasion. Boxing hero, Lennox Lewis and actor Will Smith, who portrayed Ali in a biopic of the same name, have been announced as two such people.
The legendary boxer, Muhammad Ali, passed away at the age of 74
The funeral, to be held on Friday in Ali’s home city of Louisville, Kentucky, had been planned by Ali himself for ten years before his tragic death last week at the age of 74.
Continue reading: Will Smith And Lennox Lewis To Be Pallbearers At Muhammad Ali's Funeral
Date of birth
25th September, 1968
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