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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.



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Will Smith Reportedly Producing Reboot Of ‘The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air’


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A reboot of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is in the works. The star of the original series, Will Smith, will be returning to the series but not in a starring role. Instead, the Focus actor will be taking on the role of executive producer.

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Will Smith Sets Record Straight On Divorce Rumours: ‘Jada And I Are NOT GETTING A DIVORCE!’


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Will Smith was so fed up with the rumours surrounding the state of his marriage that he took to Facebook to set the record straight. 46-year-old Smith confirmed he and his wife of 18 years, Jada Pinkett Smith, are definitely not divorcing.

Will Smith and Jada Pinkett SmithWill Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith at the Los Angeles premiere of Focus in February 2015.

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Jay-Z And Will Smith Are Teaming Up For HBO Miniseries


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Rapper Jay-Z and actor Will Smith are reportedly teaming up to produce a new miniseries for HBO telling the tragic story of Emmett Till, a 14 year old whose murder in 1955 is remembered as one of America’s most shocking hate crimes.

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According to Deadline, Smith and Jay-Z will produce what is expected to be a six hour series, along with TV producer Aaron Kaplan. The project marks the first miniseries for Kaplan who is currently working on upcoming Sarah Jessica Parker comedy 'Divorce'.

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Suicide Squad - Comic Con First Look Trailer


Is it really wise to trust your most dangerous sworn enemies? Sometimes you have little choice when there are threats in the world too brutal to put your best men on. Amanda Weller is in charge of a top secret government organisation known as A.R.G.U.S. They have in their detainment some of the world's craziest psychopaths, supervillains and powerful mutants, and while they are being of no use to society stuck in prison cells, Weller introduces a brand new team known as the Suicide Squad in which these criminals can carry out seemingly impossible missions with the promise of freedom or, at least, reduced sentences. Among them are such fiends as Harley Quinn, The Joker, Captain Boomerang, Deadshot, Enchantress, Rick Flagg and Killer Croc - who are all willing to band together and save the world, even if they die trying.

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First 'Suicide Squad' Trailer Debuts At Comic Con And Leaves Fans Wanting More


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Suicide Squad may have another month of filming left, but that didn't stop the movie’s stars as well as director David Ayer from taking a road trip to Comic Con this weekend, to wet fan’s appetites for the highly anticipated super-villain flick.

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Margot Robbie, Will Smith, Cara Delevingne Jai Courtney, Viola Davis, Joel Kinnaman, Common, Adam Beach, Ike Barinholz, Adewale Akinnouye-Agbaje and Karen Fukuhara were all in attendance for the film’s panel on Saturday, with Joker Jared Leto the only noticeable absentee.

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David Ayer Promises 'Suicide Squad' Fans That Plot "Surprises" Are Intact


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There’s been quite a number of photos and teasers over the last month or so from the set of Suicide Squad that have been endlessly pored over, but director David Ayer has assured fans that they haven’t given anything away and that there’s still surprises to come.

The Warner Bros.-backed movie wrapped up shooting on the streets of Toronto last week, and the 47 year old director took to Twitter to say that the surprises that the film has in store for fans remain intact, and have not been compromised in any way by the large amount of material already in the public arena.

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Has Jaden Smith Landed The Lead Role In 'Static Shock'?


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His father has recently been cast as ‘Deadshot’ in the upcoming Warner Bros project Suicide Squad, and now it looks as if Jaden Smith is set to follow in his footsteps by landing a DC comic books adapation of his own. The 16 year old is rumoured to have been cast as the lead in the forthcoming flick Static Shock, though this has not yet been confirmed.

Actor Tyler James Williams let the rumour slip in a video interview with the blog ‘Flicks and the City’ on YouTube. “There aren’t many young black comic book superheroes,” Williams said when talking about the demographic make-up of blockbuster movies, and added, “it’s great to seeStatic Shock is happening with Jaden.”

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First Pics Of 'Suicide Squad' Cast Revealed


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DC Comics fans, stop what you’re doing and pay attention! Suicide Squad director David Ayers has shared the first official photographs of the main cast in full costume on Twitter, including Will Smith as Deadshot.

The movie, whose release is still fifteen months away, concerns a motley crew of supervillains who conduct covert operations on behalf of the US government in exchange for receiving cuts to the lengths of their prison sentences. Ayer's photos are the first opportunity for fans of the comic books to get a flavour of the visual aesthetics that the director will be bringing to the picture.

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David Ayer Releases First Photo Of The 'Suicide Squad' Team In Costume


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While the Avengers are busy taking over cinemas across the globe, there's something else happening in the world of superheroes (and villains) - David Ayer has just revealed the first image of the cast of Suicide Squad in costume, reports Variety. And here it is:

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BET's 'Black Girls Rock!' - Inside

Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith - A variety of stars were snapped at BET's 'Black Girls Rock!' event which was sponsored by Chevrolet and was held at NJPAC Prudential Hall in Newark, New Jersey, United States - Saturday 28th March 2015

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'Black Girls Rock!' 2015

Will Smith - A variety of stars were photographed as they arrived to the 'Black Girls Rock!' 2015 event which was held at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in New York, New Jersey, United States - Saturday 28th March 2015

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'Independence Day 2' Lands Vivica A. Fox


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He may not have been able to secure the services of Will Smith, but director Roland Emmerich has at least manage to secure the services of Smith’s on-screen wife Vivica A. Fox to reprise her role for the Independence Day sequel.

The director made the announcement via Twitter that Fox would be reappearing as her character Jasmine from the 1996 blockbuster. Fox has enjoyed a revival in her fortunes in the last couple of years, coming off a high-profile performance in the so-bad-that-it’s-good Sharknado 2: The Second One.

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Vivica A Fox will reprise her original role in 'Independence Day 2'

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Jada Pinkett Smith To Leave 'Gotham' After End Of First Season


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Jada Pinkett Smith has revealed that she won’t be returning for the second series of ‘Gotham’. During a Friday morning appearance on ‘Live with Kelly and Michael’, the actress was asked whether she would be continuing her role on the hit Fox show.

“I don’t think so, no. I signed for a year, and the year is up. But, there are some great things coming ahead on ‘Gotham’: believe you me, there’s a lot of good stuff coming.” In response to Smith’s revelation, the show’s producers released a statement about her character Fish Mooney’s storyline.

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Jada Pinkett Smith will apparently leave 'Gotham' after one season

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Will Smith Is NOT A Scientologist, Claims Former Senior Exec


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Contrary to popular belief, Will Smith is not a Scientologist. That’s according to a former Scientology senior executive in a new interview ahead of the anticipated documentary movie about the controversial religion.

In a conversation with The Daily Beast, former executive director of Scientology’s Office of Special Affairs Mike Rinder and journalist Tony Ortega, who has reported on the religion for almost twenty years, both flatly denied that the blockbuster star was a card-carrying member of the church. “Will Smith is not a Scientologist,” they both plainly stated.

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Will Smith, pictured above at the premiere of 'Focus', is not a Scientologist as widely believed

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'Focus' Falls Short of Expectations at Box-Office, But Still Snags No.1


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Focus topped the weekend box-office despite falling a little short of expectations. The Will Smith action-comedy flick took $19.1 million to snatch the No.1 spot away from Fifty Shades of Grey though analysts had predicted the move would earn between $21 million to $23 million.

FocusWill Smith [L] and Margot Robbie [R] in Focus

It led to some debate that Smith's star power was beginning to wane, though Focus received mainly positive reviews and represents a far greater success story than After Earth - the actor's last movie considered one of the worst movie of all time. Focus cost just $50.1 million to produce and should recoup that figure once it expands abroad.

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