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Big-budget supernatural thrillers are not films that Hollywood handles with any sort of consistency, and itís a wonder they continue doing it. But money is money, and director D.J. Caruso will head back to that style of flashy filmmaking following a dip into calmer waters with 2013ís YA novel adaptation Standing Up.
In Uptown Saturday Night, the two leads sneak out of their homes over to a snazzy nightclub of the illegal variety. (Psst. Itís got women in it.) A robbery occurs while theyíre there and they have to track down their wallets. Funny stuff ensues, but not quite hilarity. I have no doubt that McKay and Stoller are the perfect pair to deliver solid laughs, but are Washington and Smith the right pair to pull it off?
Have you ever loved someone so much that you changed cities to be with them? Thereís a good chance you may have, but did you ever actually move a city across an ocean in order to do it? If not, thatís because youíre no Will Smith. The actor has long been attached to the 20th Century Fox fantasy adventure City That Sailed, which is now apparently sailing towards reality with high concept director extraordinaire Shawn Levy.
Penned by former DreamWorks Television president Dan McDermott, Selling Time centers on a man who makes a dark deal, swapping seven years off his life expectancy to relive the worst day he's ever had. Why one would want to do such a thing is not being shared by producers at this time.
According to previous reports, the sequel will be set about 20 years after the first movie and will be set in a world has been drastically altered as a result of the alien invasion. Humanity begins to make advancements in technology based on the stuff left behind by the invaders.
Keep in mind that Emmerich is once again doing promotional duties for White House Down, this time in Australia, and is probably working extra hard after the movie flopped in the United States. This is a man who has destroyed the White House three times on film-- do you really put it past him to drop a possibly fictitious hint about Will Smith for the sake of getting us to talk about his movie again? I sure don't.
The cast of the crime drama Focus has been a revolving door for over a year now, but the spinning seems to have finally come to an end. Variety reports that newcomer Margot Robbie is in early talks to star opposite Will Smith in the film, from Crazy Stupid Love co-writers and co-directors John Requa and Glen Ficarra.
But don't start getting concerned that he's totally averse to big names appearing. In addition to the promised return of Bill Pullman as (now) ex-President Thomas Whitmore, Emmerich says about half of the characters in the current script are familiar from the first film, while half of them are new. Of course, one of those familiar characters could easily be Smith's stepson
Alright, maybe little girls spend more fantasizing about planning Annie someday, but for adult actresses, the pickings don't get much better than Miss Hannigan. The blowsy, funny, washed-up drunk who's put in charge of a girl's orphanage, Miss Hannigan gets many of the best songs in Annie, nearly all of the good lines, and is the rare part in musical theater: a really, really good one for a woman who's not under 30
It should be noted that Smith gave these comments at an After Earth junket prior to the movie under-performing at the box office. Maybe the low number for Smithís collaboration with M. Night Shyamalan will change his mind? Because we all know that actors love running back to the safety net of a proven franchise when they experience a bomb. Smith might reconsider Men In Black 4 if his egoís badly bruised.
A couple weeks ago I flew out to Las Cruses, New Mexico and after a short helicopter ride into the middle of the desert landed at the Virgin Galactic Spaceport. While I didnít get the chance to take a trip into the stratosphere, I did sit down with stars Will and Jaden Smith to talk about their new movie.
Will Smith is now looking to both produce and star in a remake of The Wild Bunch, but for those of you who are having horrific flashbacks of Wild, Wild West, I have an interesting extra detail - the remake won't be set in the old west.
it seems he's starting to up his game. In addition to having After Earth due out this summer - now one week earlier than previously thought - he has Akiva Goldsman's Winter's Tale in the works and just this week added the crime/romance Focus to his slate. And now it appears two more projects are on his radar.
Nothing about that reads Will Smith, so letís hope Warner Bros. is in the field of changing peopleís minds with this one. Smith is still a probably a bigger financial draw in most kinds of films than either Gosling or Affleck, but this is the time for his acting skills to kick back in.
As an international star with box office drawing power, Smith might have seemed an obvious choice. But considering this story was of a freed slave wreaking bloody revenge against cruel plantation owners, Django was a role that would be more brutal than any Smith had taken on before. It spurred a lot of debate from movie lovers online. Could the oft-affable Smith believably play a Tarantino-level badass?
Granted, this is a rumor that originated at The New York Post, but bear with us here. They say "Hollywood sources are buzzing" that none other than Justin Timberlake is being considered for the Daddy Warbucks role, the man who adopts Annie from the orphanage as a PR stunt and eventually grows to love her. Timberlake starred for Gluck in Friends with Benefits, and perhaps even more importantly he collaborated with Jay-Z on his new single "Suit and Tie"; Jay-Z is on board to produce and "reimagine" the music for the Annie film
Will Smith remains one of the world's biggest movie stars, but that's largely more in theory than in practice. Last year's Men in Black 3 was Smith's first film in four years, and it made more than $600 million globally-- barely more than the original Men in Black all the way back in 1997, actually, but not half bad for a guy who seemed more interested in building careers for his kids than starring in movies himself
Somehow we have all lived long enough for there to be a movie role that Willow Smith is too old to play. The daughter of Will and Jada Smith had been set for years to make her lead acting debut in Annie, a new adaptation of the stage musical that her dad was on board to produce alongside Jay-Z
When a movie is directed by M. Night Shyamalan you might expect a twist somewhere near the end, but a twist right there in the trailer? That's some next-level shit. The first trailer for the Will Smith-Jaden Smith collaboration After Earth has arrived online, and takes you all over this lush but deadly planet that the father and son have crash landed on before dealing the twisty blow in the end.
It's long been said that the Bible is the greatest story ever written, and Hollywood is starting to agree. In addition to Darren Aronofsky's Noah, which is currently in production, Steven Spielberg is attached to make a movie about Moses - titled Gods and Kings - and Warner Bros. is moving forward with a movie about Pontius Pilate. And now Will Smith is getting into the game as well...kinda.
Now that Will Smith has returned to acting with a legitimate hit of his own in Men In Black 3, you might think he could stop building up careers for his children who, y'know, could have the chance to be actual kids again. But the siren song of stardom apparently hasn't quit attacking the Smith household
Headed into theaters next summer (June 7, 2013) is M. Night Shyamalan's After Earth, a sci-fi film that'll have Will and Jaden Smith once again teamed up as father and son. The After Earth panel here at Comic Con in San Diego will not only focus on the upcoming movie, but also the comic book After Earth: Innocence, which will introduce Smiths' characters Kitai and Cypher Raige.
Sony has been considering a movie about Cain and Abel for years, but without any high profile actors or directors excited about the project, it hasnít gone anywhere. Consequently, itís been in a lazy holding pattern, but if all goes according to plan, forward progress will begin shortly and with any luck, a whole lot of buzz will accompany that movement.
Back in February it was reported that Warner Bros. and Overbrook Entertainment (the production company owned by Will Smith) had begun working with producer Akiva Goldsman to craft a sequel to the 2007 winter blockbuster I Am Legend. What was interesting about the report, however, was that it said Smith would likely return to the film as Robert Neville, despite the fact that the character met an unfortunate end at the finish of the first movie.
the reunion of the Smith men-- they co-starred in The Pursuit of Happyness, you may remember-- isn't even the most intriguing part of this sci-fi project. It's also the next film from M. Night Shyamalan, who turned a Best Director nomination for The Sixth Sense into an increasingly baffling and critically maligned career