BREAKING MOVIE NEWS
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
As audiences prepare to strap in for the third MIB this Memorial Day weekend, we wanted to revisit the first two films and spotlight the 15 weirdest creatures who walk among us. Sorry, Michael Jackson, but you didnít make the cut.
No one can deny Smith is a movie star. But is he a great actor? He's starred in a lot of movies that would have crashed and burned without his charisma, but how do you pick which one of them makes a great performance, and which was his best? We debated this amongst ourselves and each of us found a performance we wanted to defend as his best
In the wake of his death, John Hughes' movies are proving the spirited inspiration for some dark new offerings. First came the trailer of The Loved Ones, a high-school centered horror movies described as "Texas Chainsaw Massacre meets Sixteen Candles," and now Will Smith's production company
Racing through New York City, J is in familiar territoryótrying to prevent the total annihilation of planet earth once moreóbut is back to being a fish out of water as he swerves through traffic on the wily IT while Clement's baddie fires something vile out of his wrists
Weíre still not exactly sure what it is they are doing in the film. Is that a birthday cake in the first shot? And are they in a prison in the third photo? But really, Iím glad thereís still some mystery heading into this long-in-the-making sequel.
The ďStoryĒ section of new Web site also says Jís mission involves saving the entire Men In Black agency, and humankind, itself. So the stakes are much higher thana early implied, and shots from the long trailer do suggest some type of alien invasion, though we canít really tell if itís happening in the past, or in the present day
The slapsticky gags of the Men in Black universe appear to be back in full force, along with a bunch of ever sillier jokes, like the hippie telling Will Smith to get high--literally-- and the jarring nonsense of Smith saying he will "slap the shiznit out of Andy Warhol."
The movie is reportedly finished and set for its May 25 release this year, and maybe now that they're out from the cloud of the actual production, director Barry Sonnenfeld and makeup designer Rick Baker are willing to speak out about how crazy the whole experience was
Do these images single-handedly make the movie look like a must see? Nah. But it does remind me of the main thing I'm looking forward to in this film, the rapport that Will Smith and Josh Brolin ought to be able to build that refreshes the cranky old man vs. young upstart vibe between Smith and Tommy Lee Jones from the first film
Watching the end of I Am Legend you question the possibility of a sequel. After all, the film ends with Will Smith, the movie's biggest star, blowing himself up with a bunch of zombie/vampires while the two supporting characters, played by Alice Braga and Charlie Tahan, survive and make it to the survivor's colony. Apparently that ending isn't stopping Warner Bros. from moving forward with a sequel, though.