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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.