Smith was speaking at a press conference of the Cannes film festival jury on Wednesday.
Will Smith has used his position on the jury of this year’s Cannes Film Festival to launch a passionate defence of streaming giant Netflix, in disagreement with the jury’s president, director Pedro Almodovar.
Smith was part of a four-strong jury that gave a press conference at the annual film festival in the south of France on Wednesday afternoon (May 17th), alongside president Almodovar, another director in the shape of Paolo Sorrentino and Hollywood A-lister Jessica Chastain.
The topic of discussion soon got onto the Netflix revolution, which is disrupting the conventional film industry because it distributes films often without giving them a theatrical release at all. Two of the films touted for the Palme d’Or this year didn’t get a French cinematic release until very recently (Okja and The Meyerowitz Stories), and it has made French distributors upset.
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Will Smith could play the Genie in Disney's live action 'Aladdin' film.
Disney are quickly working their way through all their animated classics in a bid to revamp them all as live action epics, so it was only a matter of time until 'Aladdin' came along. Now, more news has been unveiled regarding casting in this particular picture - and it's certainly not a disappointment.
Will Smith at the 'Collateral Beauty' premiere
Will Smith is reported to be in talks to take on the role of the Genie in the forthcoming live action reboot of 'Aladdin'; a role that was previously voiced by Robin Williams in the 1992 original. Nothing has been officially confirmed yet, but we're already hoping the rumours are true.
Smith played a fictionalised version of himself on the classic 90s sitcom.
The cast of ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’ made fans’ dreams come true on Monday, when they staged a reunion over two decades since the show went off the air.
A photo of the cast as they are now (including Will Smith) was shared by Alfonso Ribeiro on Instagram, showing the group posing on a beachside deck. No explanation for the get together was given, but the pic has made fans wonder if an onscreen reunion could be on the cards.
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The film is set in a world of humans, orcs and elves.
In a world where we still have a lot to learn about diversity and inclusion between the members of a single human race, 'Bright' opens up that concept further with a world of many different races. In this Netflix Original Movie, it poses to challenge the harmony between humans, orcs and elves.
Will Smith stars as Scott Ward in 'Bright'
'Bright' is set in an alternate present-day Los Angeles where humans have been living amongst folkloric creatures the likes of orcs, elves and fairies for thousands of years. Directed by David Ayer ('Training Day', 'End of Watch', 'Suicide Squad') with a script written by Max Landis ('Chronicle', 'American Ultra'), it follows a nail-biting quest to save the planet with an undercurrent of parallels with real life racial issues.
The teaser trailer has arrived for the December release.
What if human beings weren't the only creatures that were in charge of how the Earth was run? What if all the creatures you ever read about in fairytales and folklore were real? It would sure make things harder for law enforcement. New Netflix thriller 'Bright' explores the world of crime when orcs, elves and fairies live among humans.
Will Smith stars in 'Bright'
The first teaser trailer of the new Netflix original movie gives a glimpse of Will Smith as a human police officer named Scott Ward, a man who's forced to team up with an orc cop named Nick Jakoby (Joel Edgerton) on his latest patrol. In fact, Jakoby happens to be the first cop in the force who is also an orc.
Continue reading: Will Smith Takes On The Orcs Of Los Angeles In Netflix's 'Bright'
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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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."
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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
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.
DC Comics' villains team up for an overcrowded action movie that never quite finds its tone. Writer-director David Ayer takes a serious approach to an absurd premise, while the actors inject sparks of bitter humour. But with a thin plot and characters that are only superficially developed, the film struggles to grab hold of the audience. At least there's plenty of whizzy action mayhem.
With everyone worried that the next Superman might turn out to be a terrorist, government agent Amanda (Viola Davis) has a crazy idea to turn the most violent criminals in prison into an elite black ops team. These include gruff marksman Deadshot (Will Smith), mentally unstable sexpot Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), archaeologist-turned-enchantress June (Cara Delevingne), Aussie killer Boomerang (Courtney), fire-maker Diablo (Jay Hernandez), swordswoman Katana (Karen Fukuhara) and man-monster Croc (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje). Each of these psychos has a personal weakness Amanda and team leader Rick (Joel Kinnaman) plan to leverage to keep them under control. Meanwhile, Harley's main squeeze Joker (Jared Leto) is trying to help her escape. Oh, and a meta-human wants to decimate humanity.
Ayer introduces each character with his or her own mini-montage, including snippets of back-story and cameos from the likes of Batman (Ben Affleck). These flashbacks continue throughout the movie, stirring emotion into various characters' decision-making processes. But that's about it as far as depth goes, and the script never imagines anything more original than pining after a lost love, missing a child or feeling guilty about past mistakes. While this adds a bit of interest, it never generates any proper connections, either between the characters or with the audience.
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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.
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The actor described Prince as “one of the most magnificent artists to ever grace this earth.”
Actor Will Smith has posted a heartfelt tribute to his friend Prince, revealing he spoke to the musician the night before his death. Writing on Facebook, Smith expressed his shock and sadness at hearing Prince had died on Thursday (April 21st) aged just 57.
Will Smith has revealed he spoke to Prince the night before his death.
“I am stunned and heartbroken,” Smith wrote. “I just spoke with him last night. Today, Jada & I mourn with all of you the loss of a beautiful poet, a true inspiration, and one of the most magnificent artists to ever grace this earth.”
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The 47-year-old-actor was hailed as ‘a champion of diversity in Hollywood’.
Will Smith’s career was honoured at the MTV Movie awards last night (April 9th) when he received the MTV Generation Award. Jokingly describing the honour as ‘the old dude award’, Smith said he had dedicated his career to helping people and being ‘a light in this world’.
Will Smith has received MTV’s Generation Award.
The award was presented to Smith by actress Halle Berry, who described her good friend as ‘a champion of diversity in Hollywood’. “Will is a champion of diversity in Hollywood,” Berry said. “Blazing a path for actors by showing that someone of any colour can play any role, and can open any movie and win any award and be the biggest freaking movie star in the whole world.”
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While Pinkett Smith boycotted the ceremony, Rock used his opening monologue to make at joke a her expense.
Actress Jada Pinkett Smith has spoken for the first time since last weekend’s Oscar ceremony, where host Chris Rock took a swipe at her during his opening monologue. The wife of Will Smith had announced she was boycotting this year’s ceremony due to the lack of diversity among the nominees, but Rock joked that she hadn’t been invited anyway.
Jada Pinkett Smith has spoken out after Chris Rock’s Oscar joke.
“Jada [Pinkett Smith] said she’s not coming,” Rock said during the February 28th ceremony. “I was like, ‘Isn’t she on a TV show?’ Jada’s going to boycott The Oscars? Jada boycotting the Oscars is like me boycotting Rihanna’s panties. I wasn’t invited!”
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Will Smith is making a musical comeback, over 10 years after he released his last album.
It’s been nearly 30 years since DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince first starting making music together, but Will Smith has revealed he plans to tour again with his former musical partner. Smith, who hasn't released any music in over 10 years, has been back at work in the studio and plans on hitting the UK this summer with Jazzy Jeff.
Will Smith is making a musical comeback with DJ Jazzy Jeff.
Speaking on ‘The Graham Norton Show’, Smith said: “I’ve been working on something and this. We’ve recorded about 25 songs and have four or five I actually like. Jeff and I will be back here (in the U.K.), this summer to do shows – real shows.”
The 'Concussion' star appeared on 'Good Morning Britain' to explain his decision to boycott this year's Academy Awards.
Will Smith has spoken some more about his decision to join his wife Jada Pinkett Smith in boycotting this year’s Oscars ceremony, saying that he wants to be “part of the solution” to the diversity problem in the movie industry.
Smith is currently in Britain promoting Concussion, the movie which had seen him tipped to be in contention for the Best Actor trophy before the nominations were announced and he was left off the five-strong shortlist. For the second year in a row, all 20 acting nominations were taken up by white actors, much to the ire of social media.
Will Smith at the European premiere of 'Concussion' in January 2016
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Will Smith - Shots of a variety of stars as they arrived at the New York Premiere of the musical film 'Annie' which was held at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York City, New York, United States - Sunday 7th December 2014
Jay-Z has made a deal with Samsung where customers of the mobile giant will have early access to his latest album Magna Carta Holy Grail.
Jay-Z has made a unique $5 million deal with Samsung to provide exclusive early access to his album,Magna Carta Holy Grail,and an assortment of extra features. This has caused huge controversy online. Some are disgusted at the blatant merging of music with corporate concerns, whilst others are simply irritated that they will have to wait 72 hours before they have access (although as one fan put on Twitter, it will take no time before the album is illegally uploaded).
Samsung has purchased a million copies of the album which will be given to a million smartphone customers on July 4th. If the free downloads count in the charts, Jay-Z's album will be guaranteed a place at No. 1. It is thought, that if Samsung paid $5 million in exchange for 1 million copies (thus putting the price of each album at $5), these sales will be taken into consideration.
This is the latest of Jay-Z's business deals which include producing films such as Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby and an adaptation of the musical Annie (in partnership with Will Smith).
Sandra Bullock is in talks with producers of the upcoming Hollywood remake of ‘Annie,’ according to The Wrap. Rumours of Bullock’s involvement started circulating in March, although it is believed talks have since reopened with Sony and Overbrook Entertainment.
The musical, first shown on Broadway in 1977, was made into a film in 1982. Should the studio’s plans come into fruition, the actress would be playing Miss Hannigan: the abusive overseer of Annie’s orphanage. As such, Bullock will be competing with Carol Burnett’s performance.
This role would mark a change for the actress who has previously appeared as the heroine in the majority of her films including The Blind Side, The Proposal and All About Steve.
Continue reading: Sandra Bullock In Talks For Jay-z And Will Smith’S ‘Annie’
Jackie Chan may be famed for smashing up blocks of concrete with his bare fists but the kung-fu star showed cement a softer touch yesterday, leaving his prints for the second time in his career.
59 year-old Jackie Chan, who made a name for himself by performing his own stunts throughout his illustrious martial arts career, has left second imprints of his hands and feet outside Hollywood's Chinese Theatre after the first set disappeared.
Hong Kong-born Chan has starred in over a hundred films since his first appearance as a child actor in 1962's Big and Little Wong Tin Bar, crossing into Hollywood in 1995 with cult-film Rumble in the Bronx and receiving a Sidewalk Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2002.
Described as a more exclusive honour than Hollywood's WoF by The Daily Mail, a special 'handprint' ceremony was held yesterday (6th June) where Chan made his prints in front of an audience including Jaden Smith - son of Will Smith and Chan's young co-star in the recent remake of The Karate Kid.
Continue reading: Set In Stone: Jackie Chan's Stardom Is Cemented In Hollywood History
Will M. Night Shyamalan ever been trusted with a blockbuster budget again?
How many chances is M. Night Shyamalan going to get to direct a big-budget movie without making it toe-curlingly horrible? The Indian-American filmmaker proved he had the talent to put together an entertaining narrative with The Sixth Sense, though audiences are still waiting for Shyamalan to recreate that magic. They have been waiting for a long time.
There were flashes of quality in his two efforts after the Bruce Willis horror-drama, Signs and Unbreakable, though both suffered from sequences that bordered on the ridiculous. The dip in form continued with The Village (2004) though reached a terrifying low with Lady in the Water (2006) - or so we thought.
The Happening, starring Zooey Deschanel and Mark Wahlberg, prompted the New Republic to assert, "[A]n astonishment, so idiotic in conception and inept in execution that, after seeing it, one almost wonders whether it was real or imagined," though Shyamalan's career eventually reached its nadir with the infamous Last Airbender (2010) about a 12-year-old boy who provides the last hope of restoring harmony to a land consumed by chaos. "$150,000,000 well wasted. The Last Airbender is an insult to those wanting sophisticated, entertaining or even competent cinema," said Michael Leader of Film4. In his scathing review, Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian said, "After the first five seconds, it seems as if you have been watching it for around two-and-a-half hours, and that this time has passed in four-and-a-half days."
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Is Will Smith's reputation as one of Hollywood's most bankable star in danger?
Is Will Smith losing his edge as Hollywood's most bankable box-office star? We've seen chinks in Tom Cruise's commercial armour in recent years, though Smith appears to be in free-fall - and he doesn't have the Mission Impossible franchise to fall back on.
His latest movie - M. Night Shymalan's After Earth - is a weak, weak effort that left audiences with little patience left for the Indian-American director and doubts over Smith's eye for a decent family flick. It's no secret that the movie star pulled out all the stops to get the sci-fi movie made, enlisting his wife Jada Pinkett-Smith as a producer and casting himself and son Jaden Smith as the lead stars.
The film failed to top the box-office, pulling in $27.5 million after a 12 per cent score on reviews aggregating website Rotten Tomatoes. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the movie could now lose tens of millions should it not score big overseas. Commentators agree that the hapless Shymalan will take the biggest hit from the box-office disaster and it's possible that the major studios will no longer trust the The Last Airbender director with big-budgets, however, After Earth also proves that Will Smith's supposed bulletproof image is not so solid and that the four years between Seven Pounds and Men In Black 3 did little to maintain his position as the world's most bankable star. "One thing you've got to do as an actor is portfolio management," said an industry source, "Will went through a place where he didn't do a lot of movies, and none has been great..He could still be highly successful, but it was automatic before. Now audiences will look more carefully."
Continue reading: Fall Of The Prince: Sony Lose Millions On Will Smith's 'After Earth'
This week's box office chart holds no surprises.
The critics definitely aren’t favoring After Earth this week and for ones, movie-goers seem to agree. M. Night Shyamalan’s crack at sci-fi, starring Will and Jaden Smith is hemorrhaging money at this point, with a measly taking of $10 million on Friday (according to The Chicago Tribune) and looking at an unimpressive $25 million in weekend takings. That’s definitely not enough to justify Sony’s $130 million investment in a project, which, it is becoming increasingly obvious, could turn out to be the year’s biggest flop. Of course, this might not be the final curtain for After Earth, but with earnings at less than half what the studio predicted (After Earth was predicted to debut at somewhere between $30 to $40 million) it isn’t looking good for the lackluster sci-fi adventure.
Meanwhile, the unlikely success of Fast & Furious 6 continues. This weekend the Dwayne Johnson flick isn’t quite putting the pedal to the metal like last week, but it’s still going at a steady $40 million on its second week of release. Then again, Fast & Furious definitely has the formula for a summer blockbuster – namely, cars, quips and scantily-clad people – down pat, while After Earth – a Frankenstein-like mix of sci-fi, drama and comedy – struggles to find its audience.
"Fast & Furious 6," will likely stay at No. 1 in its second weekend with an estimated $50 million over three days. Previous "Fast" movies have dropped sharply in their second weekends, but the strong opening for the sixth installment shows that the series may have hit its peak later on in the game.
After Earth was dubbed the worst movie ever made by one critic.
After Earth, the new sci-fi adventure starring father and son team Will and Jaden Smith, has been savaged by critics ahead of its release today (May 31, 2013). Though the premise has the makings of a reasonable sci-fi movie – two guys stranded on earth years after civilization – somewhere along the line something has gone very, very wrong. Perhaps the blame lies with M. Night Shyamalan, a director who is on an uncomfortably bad run with the critics that shows no signs of slowing up.
The movie follows Will Smith as Cypher Raige, a stern general who is tasked with a peacekeeping mission on earth, one thousand years after humanity settled elsewhere. Under the general’s stewardship is a young teenager named Kitai – also his son – who helps with the mission though all too regularly finds himself in trouble with the various beasts that still inhabit earth.
Holding a dismal score of just 12% on Rotten Tomatoes, After Earth has come in for some heavy, heavy criticism. Sure, the critics may be having their usual fun with Shyamalan (The Last Airbender etc) though there really isn't a positive word to be found. Joe Morgensten of the Wall Street Journal asked, “Is "After Earth" the worst movie ever made?” while Betsy Sharkey of the L.A. Times wrote, “There is no small irony that this sci-fi action adventure is about surviving a serious crash. The scorched earth left behind by "After Earth" is sure to leave a scar on everyone involved.”
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If you're into questionable sci-fi or just love seeing Will Smith crack jokes at inappropriate times, this one might be for you.
Will Smith’s newest endeavor should have geeks far and wide jumping for joy – or maybe just a bit nervous? The former Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is taking on science fiction this time with his son Jayden – as Cypher Raige and his son, Kitai Raige, respectively. Cypher, the General of Nova Prime's Ranger Corps is a war hero, one of few men who can "ghost," or shut out fear during combat against alien creatures called Ursas.
Clearly, it’s one ambitious project. Add the name of M. Night Shyamalan gives the film, which hits theatres this weekend, gives the whole thing huge potential for success – and probably equal chances of failure. What makes us hopeful is that this isn’t the first time Smith Sr. and Jr. will be portraying the father-son dynamic on screen. Then again, their remake of Karate Kid didn’t exactly have a stellar reception.
Celebrities arrive for the New York premiere of 'After Earth' starring Will Smith and Jaden Smith.
The New York premiere of Will Smith's new action movie 'After Earth' was almost like a reunion for the actor as several old friends showed up to offer their support.
The event was truly a field day for photographers with celebrities from Wyclef Jean to Bruce Willis making their appearances on the red carpet. Will Smith was the star attraction alongside his son and co-star Jaden Smith, and he also brought along his other two children Willow Smith and Trey Smith and his wife Jada Pinkett-Smith. Joining them were 'After Earth' director M. Night Shyamalan (the man behind 'The Sixth Sense' and 'The Village'), Smith's co-star Kristofer Hivju, Oscar-nominated director Spike Lee and rapper 50 Cent. There was even an appearance from Smith's former 'The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air' co-star Alfonso Ribeiro, who played Will's rich and very spoilt cousin Carlton Banks. Another notable attendee was genuine NASA astronaut Buzz Aldrin, best known for being the second man to walk on the moon in 1969.
The Smiths were on hand to give Mayor of London Boris Johnson a helping hand in his Leadership Clubs program
Schoolchildren from across London gathered in the City Hall on Friday (May 24) for mayor Boris Johnson's Leadership Clubs programme - which offer extra-curricular activities for 10 to 14-year-olds - only to be treated to an appearance from none other than Hollywood star Will Smith! Will wasn't alone though as he brought his son Jaden along with him to talk with the kids about staying out of trouble, supporting the arts and their new film After Earth.
As is the norm, Bozza decided to make a fool of himself when he revealed to the Smiths that he had written his own rap song, telling them that he had written a rap for the Queen's jubilee. He said: "My first rap, I haven’t really set it to music yet. Perhaps with your help. It was about the Queen’s Jubilee," to which Will jokingly replied: "That [the jubilee] was big in the hip-hop community."
The Mayor of London then took a backseat as Will and Jaden spoke too and entertained the audience, with Jaden busting a few shapes and discussing his main influences to the audience - with rapper Kanye West and William Shakespeare being name checked by the 14-year-old. He also discussed the perks of working with his father, telling the audience, "if you ever need anything on set, you can just walk over and ask him [Will]. He's like a walking dictionary. Any time I'm lost or anything, I can just ask him."
Continue reading: Will Smith And Son Jaden Surprise School Children At London City Hall
Jaden Smith is already thinking of setting up on his own!
Jaden Smith is flying the coop. The young Hollywood star has told father Will Smith that he wants to be emancipated from the family for his 15th birthday. The father-son duo have been in Seoul, South Korea, for the premiere of their new sci-fi movie After Earth and Will says he understands that his son wants his own independence.
"(Jaden) says, 'Dad, I want to be emancipated.' I know if we do this, he can be an emancipated minor, because he really wants to have his own place, like ooh," Will told The Sun. His teenage son has built a solid career in Hollywood despite his young age and has collaborated with Justin Bieber, starred in movies, started his own fashion label and won a Teen Choice Award. "If kids just want to have command of their lives, I understand," he said.
"We generally don't believe in punishment. From the time Jaden was five or six we would sit him down, and all he has to do is be able to explain why what he did was the right thing for his life," Smith added on his parenting techniques.
Jada tries to clear up the confusion about her marriage... and fails
We’re very grateful to Jada Pinkett Smith for taking time out to clear up exactly what she meant when she insinuated that she and hubby Will Smith have an open relationship. We just wish she’d said something that actually made sense to other right-minded humans. The explanation that Jada gave was that her marriage to Will is not an “open relationship” but a “grown one.” Any clues? Us neither. Did she mean a grown-up one? Or perhaps she meant that the relationship has literally grown... to include other people. Frankly, we’re baffled.
Jada was so put out by comments about her recent interview with Huffington Post (in which she said that “Will can do whatever he wants”) that she posted a lengthy missive on her Facebook page to explain her stance to those she felt had misunderstood her comments. She started by saying “Let me first say this, there are far more important things to talk about in regards to what is happening in the world than whether I have an open marriage or not. I am addressing this issue because a very important subject has been born from discussions about my statement that may be worthy of addressing. The statement I made in regard to, 'Will can do whatever he wants,' has illuminated the need to discuss the relationship between trust and love and how they co-exist.”
She then concluded her statement by saying “Should we be married to individuals who can not be responsible for themselves and their families within their freedom? Should we be in relationships with individuals who we can not entrust to their own values, integrity, and LOVE...for us??? Here is how I will change my statement...Will and I BOTH can do WHATEVER we want, because we TRUST each other to do so. This does NOT mean we have an open relationship...this means we have a GROWN one.” Talk about muddying the waters, Jada.
Jada Pinkett-Smith has confirmed the rumours that have dogged her marriage with Will Smith throughout it's 16 year length: they are open in their relationship.
Jada Pinkett-Smith has gone on record to address one of the most dogged rumours circulating around Tinseltown for the past few years, revealing what really is the deal with her marriage to Will Smith. During a live chat with HuffPost Live, Jada was quizzed on her 16-year marriage with Will and the longstanding rumours that have followed the Smiths over their decade and a half of marriage, with wife of one of the planets most famous actors finally admitting what we had thought all along: the two have an open marriage.
When the question about their marriage was popped, Jada replied, "I think that people get that idea because Will and I are very relaxed with one another," adding, "But I've always told Will 'You can do whatever you want as long as you can look at yourself in the mirror and be okay,' because at the end of the day, Will is his own man."
Jada Pinkett-Smith has confirmed that she and Will share an open relationship
Downton Abbey's Jessica Brown Findlay says she regrets agreeing to a topless scene in 2011 movie Albatross.
Downton Abbey's Jessica Brown Findlay appears to be suffering from a bout of topless scene regret. The 23-year-old actress, who plays Lady Sybil in the ITV drama, went topless for a scene in her first movie 'Albatross' in 2011, though now regrets the decision and wishes she'd have said no.
"To be honest, 'Albatross' was naivety and not knowing that I could say no," Findlay told the Radio Times, "I had no idea what was going to happen and thought I was going to be shot from behind." The scene was far more revealing than Findlay had assumed and her character pulled up her top to prove her age when buying cigarettes at a newsagent. "Hollywood is not for me. I love acting, but I also love London," she reflected.
Findlay announced that she is to leave Downton Abbey earlier this year, in search of a new challenge. "Being afraid and going into the unknown excites me and what scared me more was to keep going and then one day discover it was all I could do and wish I had pushed myself more. I'd prefer to fail and fall flat on my face," she said. One thing's for sure; nude scenes probably aren't on her to-do list.
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We take a look at the Django Unchained cast that could have been
Django Unchained caused controversy even before it came out, with people questioning whether Quentin Tarantino should be making a film about slavery, especially considering it was a comedy drama, and was very, very gory.
Tarantino does what Tarantino does, though. And he does whatever he wants. Having made people laugh about Nazi-occupied France and slavery in the southern belt of America, the legendary director will helm a third historical film, completing a trilogy of sorts. But with with all the gun violence and racial tension surrounding the film – a film that won multiple awards – the casting secrets were never revealed.
Quentin Tarantino talks to The Texas Film Hall of Fame
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Actor felt the role wasn't big enough for him
But for Will Smith’s ego, it could have been the Men In Black star who appeared as Quentin Tarantino’s Django in his Oscar-nominated film Django Unchained!
Smith himself doesn’t put it quite like that of course, though he did reveal that he turned down an approach to play the character eventually taken on by Jamie Foxx, because he didn’t feel that it was the lead role. Instead, Smith felt that Christoph Waltz’ part was the true lead, though it’s something that’s since been proven wrong – at least in the minds of the Oscar voters anyway, who gave Waltz the best supporting actor award last month, while the promotion for the film saw Foxxx pushed as the lead. “Django wasn’t the lead, so it was like, I need to be the lead. The other character was the lead!" Smith revealed to Entertainment Weekly.
Continuing, Smith added “I was like, ‘No, Quentin, please,I need to kill the bad guy!’” However, Tarantino wasn’t having any of it and moved onto Foxx, who it has to be said was pretty brilliant in the role. Smith is a big fan of the film though, commenting “I thought it was brilliant. Just not for me.” Personally, we weren’t up for a repeat of the Wild Wild West, even with Tarantino at the helm, so we think it all worked out for the best.
Continue reading: Will Smith Turned Down Jamie Foxx's Django Unchained Role, But Why?
Justin Bieber received words of wisdom from Will Smith while in the U.K
Will Smith acted as a mentor for Justin Bieber during his stint in London recently. The legendary entertainer doesn’t seem to have performed his mentor tasks well though, as Bieber annoyed nearly everyone he came into contact with.
There was the 2-hour delay to his London 02 show, which meant a lot of kids and their parents had to leave to get the last train home. There was, of course, that paparazzi that Biebz threatened to beat up due after some mean words. Then there was the fan who spend £330 to meet her hero, then having to wait 3 hours for the bratty star, who eventually only showed up for 15 seconds. Oh and he totally missed out on his scheduled ITV interview. Great job, Will; it’s all your fault now. Angie Simpson – mother of support act to Bieber, Cody Simpson – said: "Will has been helping Justin out a lot, mentoring him and offering him guidance. He’s someone who is used to this level of scrutiny and it has helped having him around. Justin is an adult and has a very strong, loyal and professional team around him, but it is hard for anyone to come under such pressure."
Bieber actually performing, which has been rare recently
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Oscar-nominated Quvenzhané Wallis to star in Annie
Ahead of what could be the biggest night in Quvenzhané Wallis’ fledgling career, it has been announced that the young starlet will indeed star in Sony Picture’s upcoming version of Annie.
Wallis got the film world all aflutter with her incredibly mature performance in Beasts of The Southern Wild – a feel-good movie centred on climate change, which is nominated for Best Picture at tonight’s Oscars ceremony. The then-5-year-old Wallis has already made Oscars history with her nomination for best actress; she’s the youngest ever. A win is perhaps a stretch too far, with Emmanuelle Riva – incidentally the oldest ever nominee in that category – and Jennifer Lawrence leading the way for their parts in Amour and Silver Linings Playbook respectively. "With the recent Academy Award nomination and critical acclaim, Quvenzhané Wallis is a true star and we believe her portrayal as Annie will make her a true worldwide star," President of production at Columbia Pictures Hannah Minghella said. "She is an extraordinary young talent with an amazing range, not only as an actress but as a singer and dancer, and we can't wait for audiences to further discover her." (via Yahoo).
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Last night, the Contact Music gang settled in for a night of Sunday night viewing. After many arguments, we finally decided upon National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets. This got us thinking: what is the worst film to dominate the box office charts?
Die Hard – A Good Day To Die Hard is certainly up there. The 5th Die Hard film managed to top the box office this weekend, beating out some admittedly pathetic competition, taking $25m in the process. With a hugely embarrassing 16% score from collected reviews on Rotten Tomatoes, it surely has to be the worst film to prosper in ticket sales.
Continue reading: A Good Day To Die Hard: The Best Worst Film Ever?
What with Jake Schreier's upcoming movie 'Robot & Frank' scheduled for release in the UK on March 8th 2013 and talks of 'Star Wars: Episode VII' being in the making, we've put together a list of what we think are the best robots that we've ever seen on screen. This is with the exception of cyborgs, human-looking robots, cybernetic organisms and bots from TV programs because, let's face it, we'd be here forever.
Robot ('Robot & Frank')
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The trailer for M Night Shyamalan's 'After Earth' has hit the web, giving fans a sneak preview of the disaster-epic that sees Kitai Raige (Jaden Smith) and his father Cypher (Will Smith) stranded on Earth, 1,000 years after cataclysmic events forced humanity to escape.
Cypher is critically injured in a crash landing, leaving his son to embark on a perilous journey to find help. Along the way, he encounters dangerous animal species that rule the planet and a seemingly unstoppable alien creature. The father-and-son team must work together to leave the planet and return home. Awash with slick CGI, the trailer all looks very Avatar with a sprinkling of The Hunger Games for good measure. It's seemingly got everything that a blockbuster movie needs in the modern era, nice visuals, an epic story, scary beasts and Will Smith - however, it's directed by Shayamalan, which is a worry. If After Earth has the entertainment value of The Sixth Sense or Signs then there's no need to worry, but the director's last three movies Lady In The Water, The Happening and The Last Airbender have all been nominated for Worst Picture and Worst Director at the infamous Razzies (winning both for the latter). His bad movie form was all too much for a couple of fans who set up a fundraising campaign to send him back to film school in 2011. Copywriter and author Chris Baker told Entertainment Weekly that he came up with the idea after seeing the trailer for Devil, which featured a title card reading, "from the mind of M. Night Shyamalan" - a potentially scary place.
It's unsurprising that Academy Award winning screenwriter Stephen Gaghan (Traffic, Syriana) was brought in to polish Shaymalan's script for After Earth, but anyway, the trailer looks pretty nice, if a little unoriginal, but we'll wait for the full release. It hits theaters on June 7, 2013.
Continue reading: After Earth Trailer: Will Smith Teams Up With Son Jaden (Video)
It's been a relatively quiet year for both Tom Hanks and Will Smith, though both teamed up for the Governor's Awards 2012 on Saturday evening (December 1, 2012). Producers of the show had enlisted the Hollywood giants to present DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg with the first Oscar of awards' season.
Katzenberg received an honorary award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science for his humanitarian work. Smith introduced the revered producer, while Hanks gave fitting speech about the CEO's generosity and his fundraising efforts after the 9/11 attacks. "Jeffrey Katzenberg doesn't have to do any of these things. But Jeffrey Katzenberg cannot help but to do all of these things - it is in his DNA. Jeffrey Katzenberg is a brilliant man, a hardworking man, a visionary and one of the most powerful men (in Hollywood)." Joking about his time spent with Katzenberg, Hanks added, "It's not just the invitation to breakfast. It's the lunch that lasts exactly 47 minutes. It's the follow-up phone call. It's the tour of the facility. It's the follow-up phone call. It's the letter to remind you of the phone call and the tour of the facility. And finally, it's the contribution you make."
Elsewhere at the ceremony, Quentin Tarantino gave a speech for stuntman Hal Needham, who revolutionized the stunt business by appearing in 310 feature films. "He is the man," said the Django Unchained director, "Before he became a director, he pushed the boundaries of what could be done.I have ripped off many shots from you. Today, I say thank you very much."
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The Peoples Choice Awards give the general public a chance to decide whose acceptance speech they want to hear. Gone are the stuffy critics and 'experts' who normally plump for how good a film, or concentrate on someone's artistic integrity when making award decisions; in are the general public, who like wardrobe malfunctions and when people treat each other awfully.
So who's up for public recognition of the entertainment kind? Perhaps one of the biggest categories is 'favourite movie actor', in which Channing Tatum, Johnny Depp, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Robert Downey Jr. and Will Smith are all in the running. We think Channing will receive the nod because of his recent Sexiest Man Alive award, but we hope Joseph Gordon-Levitt will win, because of his excellent work in Looper. On a more light-hearted note, the people will have Jane Lynch, Kaley Cuoco, Lea Michele, Sofia Vergara and Zooey Deschanel to choose from in the best comedy actress category. We think Kayley Cuoco will win despite being under pressure from Deschanel in her kooky New Girl role. The Big Bang Theory's clout should prevail, though.
The film portion of the night features a list of blockbusters, and is 80% comprised of movies beginning with 'the'; people like stuff with 'the' stuck on. The Amazing Spider-Man, The Avengers, The Dark Knight Rises, The Hunger Games and Snow White and the Huntsman are fighting it out. We hope Snow White wins. We won't tell you why. Catch the awards live on CBS, January 9th, 2012.
A recent poll put together to celebrate the release of the board game Stratego Sci-Fi has found that the late Christopher Reeves as the Man of Steel is the public's favourite sci-fi star to grace the silver screen.
Reeves battled off tough competition from Star Wars’ Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and Yoda (Frank Oz), who placed second and third respectively, and Star Trek's James T Kirk (William Shatner) and Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart), who placed seventh and tenth in the countdown.
Perhaps the most unusual choice for the top ten was Will Smith's Agent Jay character from the Men In Black trilogy, who made it all the way to number five in the countdown, whereas one of the more natural choices - David Tennant as Dr Who - was pushed all the was down to number twenty.
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The mayor of New York, Michael Bloomberg has been making sure that the city's residents were fully prepared for Hurricane Sandy, which hit New York last night. And whilst the majority of New York citizens paid heed, TV presenter David Letterman decided to pay heed instead to that age-old motto from the world of entertainment. "the show must go on!"
According to MTV, Letterman wasn't going to let a minor detail like the biggest storms to ever hit the USA stop him from filming one of his late night chat shows. He did, however, film the episode of The Late Show With David Letterman without the presence of his usual live audience. He may have been prepared to brave the elements to get the show filmed but he wasn't about to let the general public endanger themselves in the process. The same applied to Jimmy Fallon's show, Late Night With Jimmy Fallon.
Other shows weren't so lucky. Jimmy Kimmel was forced to cancel one of his tapings in Brooklyn, announcing on Twitter "Though it pains us to do it, JKL from Brooklyn tonight is cancelled. I'm disappointed too, but we want you to be safe." Over at Comedy Central, however, the laughter stopped for the night. Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart both cancelled the filming for their shows.
Wow, Barack Obama really does have all the cool kids on his side, doesn’t he? The hip-hop community are falling over themselves to show their support for Obama, with Jay Z and Beyonce leading the charge there. Chris Rock’s been piping up about his love for Obama, too, as have Will Smith and his wife Jada Pinkett Smith. And the latest in line to go public in their love for the President of the United States of America, in the run-up to next month’s elections is the comedian Lena Dunham, star and creator of HBO’s hot new comedy Girls.
Entitled ‘Your First Time,’ the video starts off with Lena talking seductively about the kind of guy that you want your ‘first time’ to be with and of course, you’ll start off assuming that she’s talking about losing your virginity, as she says things like “The first time shouldn't be with just anybody. You want to do it with a great guy. Someone who really cares about and understands women… a guy who cares whether you get health insurance and specifically whether you get birth control.” Pretty quickly, though, you realize that Lena isn’t talking about sex at all, but voting for the first time and quips that when she did, she went from being a girl to a woman.
It looks as though One Direction want to shake up the tired old pop concert formula for their first world tour. The British boy band are reportedly hoping to have the magician Dynamo as their opening act, to make sure that their live shows really have the ‘wow’ factor. And it looks as though the band are really wanting to take control of their career and have told Simon Cowell that they want the final say on everything that happens on the tour.
Dynamo is right there at the top of the choice of support acts for the One Direction tour, according to The Mirror. The 29 year-old magician from Bradford apparently lives in the same block as some of the lads and they were mightily impressed with his ‘walking on water’ stunt on the Thames last year. “They’ve been blown away by what he does. They love his levitating tricks,” an insider said. It would certainly make a change from having yet another pop group warming up the crowd for them. What would be more impressive, though, would be if Dynamo (real name Steven Frayne) could teach One Direction to levitate as part of their act… though there may not be enough rehearsal time left to make sure that happens.
One Direction join a slew of celebrities that count themselves as a Dynamo fan. Chris Martin and Will Smith are already fans and he’s already levitated Lindsay Lohan before, too (perhaps he was trying to keep here away from the medicine cabinet). Fingers crossed that Simon Cowell lets the lads get their own way on this one.
Continue reading: Hey Presto! Magician Dynamo Is First Choice For One Direction Tour
The actor Alfonso Ribeiro has married Angela Unkrich, People magazine have confirmed. On Saturday (October 13, 2012), Alfonso, who is best known for playing Carlton Banks in The Fresh Prince of Bel Air got married for the second time. He has been engaged to Angela since July this year.
On Sunday, the 41 year-old posted a message to his 17,000 Twitter followers, to say “Last night I got married to the most incredible woman in the world @angiesue224.” Unkrich, 31, posted her own tweet, to say “1st morning waking up as Mrs. Ribeiro = AMAZING!!! So happy and blessed!” Alfonso also took a few moments to correct some careless news tweeters, who had posted faulty info about the wedding. The Celebrity Café posted “'Dancing with the Stars' contestant Alfonso Ribeiro ties the knot…” to which he replied, somewhat fastidiously, “I was never on DWTS.” A few hours later, the excitement of the wedding had clearly passed, as he was busy tweeting his feelings on the Yankees’ game, instead.
Ribeiro was born in the Bronx and launched his career when he starred in a Pepsi commercial alongside Michael Jackson in the 1980s. Then, he went on to star in Silver Spoons between 1984 to 1987. Widespread attention came when he landed the role of Carlton Banks in Fresh Prince, starring alongside Will Smith. He was previously married to Robin Stapler, with whom he had a child, nine year-old Sienna.
Kevin James' career is a very strange landscape to traverse, with a solid base in US sitcom 'The King of Queens' which was funny if not brilliant. It's also littered with the odd incredible superstar such as Will Smith, opposite whom he starred in 2005 RomCom 'Hitch' and yet marred by some very strange script choices such Zookeeper and I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry. The premise of his new film 'Here Comes the Boom' leaves us bewildered as to which side of the fence this movie will fall. This time James is starring with Salma Hayek, another Hollywood heavyweight.
The film follows James playing a teacher at a failing high school who chooses to take up MMA wrestling to help pay for the music program that was going to be cut due to the school's financial cut-backs. Like any average comedy- which this certainly seems to be- there are sentimental moments, punch lines that don't hit hard enough and a tenuous love story to tie it all together.
Fox News has criticized “the stabs at genuine moments” and the holes in the story and characterization. However, it does say that there are some “decent gags and laughs” . Clearly, while this film certainly isn't the fireworks that the 'boom' of the title might imply, it's not quite a misfire either. Indeed, as Fox News says “Yeah, it's just dopey comedy. We should accept it and move on.”
James Bond fans across the globe are celebrating 007's 50th anniversary today (October 5, 2012), though it's worth remembering that the quintessentially British franchise could have been a very American affair, had Bond producer Albert Broccoli had his way.
As The Guardian's Amanda Holpuch writes, Hollywood icon Cary Grant - best known for 'North by Northwest' - was urged by the producer (also his close friend and best man) to take the role. Despite his English heritage, it's unlikely that British audiences would have taken to Grant as Bond and the role eventually went to the Scotsman Sean Connery, who played the role with aplomb. Bond producers have since chosen Australian, English, Welsh and Irish actors to fill the role, though we shouldn't rule out an American slipping into the tuxedo in the near future. Will Smith had reportedly been close to the role before Daniel Craig took it on, and the heavy American-accented Christian Bale was also tipped to play 007. Australian star Sam Worthington is currently the bookies favourite to land the part after Craig hangs up his shiny black shoes, though it's likely that Michael Fassbender will be a key target for Bond producers. The 'Shame' star was born in German, grew up in the Republic of Ireland and now lives in London.
Anyway, before we start speculating on Craig's replacement, the actor stars in Sam Mendes' 'Skyfall' which hits cinemas on November 9, 2012.
One day Agent J (Smith) wakes up to find that his partner Agent K (Jones) has been dead for more than 40 years. It turns out that evil alien Boris (Clement) has travelled back to 1969 to stop K from capturing him so he can conquer Earth. So J has little choice but to follow him. First, he must convince new boss O (Thompson) to let him go, and then he has to explain everything to the younger K (Brolin) and work with another alien (Stuhlbarg) who can see multiple futures.
Continue reading: Men In Black 3 Review
Inspired by Armani, Boateng emerged from his childhood in riot-torn 1981 Brixton to become the first black tailor on Saville Row. As the creative director of Givenchy, his influence spread out through the fashion world, even as he juggled his work with his own label and two strained marriages. By 2005, he was at the centre of the Oscar red carpet, teaching American men to stop dressing like boys and reinventing the suit with shape and colour. He was awarded an OBE from the Queen in 2006.
Continue reading: A Man's Story Review
Frank (Pine) and Tuck (Hardy) are best-pal CIA operatives who wouldn't know the word "subtle" if it clubbed them over the head. After a chaotic case in Hong Kong, they're grounded back home in L.A., and both decide to use the down time to find women. The problem is that they find the same woman, Lauren (Witherspoon), who struggles to decide which one is right for her. Certainly her married best pal Trish (Handler) is no help. The bigger problem is that Frank and Tuck use the agency's resources to sabotage each other.
Continue reading: This Means War Review
Agents K and J work for the Men In Black, an organisation specialising in hunting down aliens. Agent J used to be known as James Darrell Edwards III and was recruited by Agent K, after the latter observed the former hunting down an alien in disguise while working for the NYPD.
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Dre (Smith) is annoyed when his mother (Henson) moves from Detroit to Beijing, where he's mercilessly bullied by a gang of schoolboy thugs led by Cheng (Wang Zhenwei). Sure, there's the cute violinist (Han) to distract him, but things don't really start looking up until the maintenance man (Chan) agrees to teach him kung fu. Now Dre has three goals: learn skills to defend himself, compete in an upcoming tournament against Cheng and his evil mentor (Yu), and of course get the girl.
Continue reading: The Karate Kid Review
That's Seven Pounds in a nutshell, and it sounds more like Saw 6 than a holiday drama reuniting Pursuit of Happyness director Gabriele Muccino with Will Smith. But unlike Happyness, the feel-good movie of 2006, Seven Pounds is just the opposite -- a feel-bad movie -- and its unpleasant aftertaste lingers in your mouth for days. After watching this depression-inducing saga of sadness, you'll need a Zoloft prescription.
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Chris Gardner (Will Smith) is one of those downtrodden guys for whom better times are always just around the next corner. He's a salesman, hawking some over-priced and under-used equipment to hospitals around San Francisco. What Chris wants is a better life for his family, his angry and overworked wife Linda (Thandie Newton, unconvincing with her brittle, bottled up range) and his delectably cute five-year-old Christopher (played by Smith's real-life son Jaden -- or, as he's loftily billed in the credits, Jaden Christopher Syre Smith). And the idea he latches onto, because it does not require a college education, but could still pay off big time, is to become a stockbroker.
Continue reading: The Pursuit Of Happyness Review
It is readily apparent that Will Smith, Kevin Kline and Kenneth Branagh had a ball on the set of "Wild Wild West."
Smith -- playing gun-slinging government agent Jim West -- looks so cool in his leather pants, waistcoat, and bolero jacket and hat, that at one point in the movie he's standing next to the voluptuous and nearly naked Salma Hayek (in a largely ornamental role), and your eyes are drawn to him. It's gotta be fun to look that slick.
Kline gets to play government agent Artemus Gordon, an eccentric inventor and master of disguise, which is right up his alley. He can barely keep from cracking himself up in his introductory scene, vamping around in saloon matron drag and pancake makeup.
Continue reading: Wild Wild West Review
Isn't it ironic that Robert Redford, the Sundance sugar daddy of independent film, seems to have become incapable of directing a movie that isn't utterly conventional, soft-focused Hollywood melodrama?
Granted, he's good at it. There's a certain beauty and poetry to films like "A River Runs Through It," "The Horse Whisperer" and his new golf-as-philosophy fable "The Legend of Bagger Vance," but it's a Hallmark card kind of beauty and poetry, printed on flimsy paperboard and worth $2.50 at most.
The title character of "Bagger Vance" -- a folksy, Southern, porch swing spirit guide played by Will Smith -- even speaks a lot like a Hallmark card.
Continue reading: The Legend Of Bagger Vance Review
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