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Will Smith And Jay Z Partner For Emmett Till HBO Miniseries

July 24th, 2015 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Will Smith and Sean “Jay Z” Carter have partnered in the production of a miniseries based on the life and death and Emmett Till, the 14-year-old Chicago teen who in 1955 was brutally murdered while visiting relatives in Mississippi.

According to Deadline, the untitled series, which will likely be a six-hour series, is currently in the developmental stages. It is slated to air on HBO. The project will be executive produced by Carter, his Roc Nation partner Jay Brown, Smith,  James Lassiter of Overbrook Entertainment and Aaron Kaplan of Kapital Entertainment. The group is currently in search of a writer pen the treatment for the project.

During Till’s stay in Mississippi, he was accused of flirting with 21-year-old grocery store owner Carolyn Bryant. Days later, Bryant’s husband Roy Bryant and his half-brother J.W. Wilam showed up at Till’s great uncle’s house and forefully removed him from the home. After torturing him, they shot him in the head and dumped his body in the Tallahatchie River. Sadly, Bryant and Milam were acquitted in Till’s murder.

The miniseries has the potential to make a huge impact because as recent headlines have informed us, many of the racially-motivated murderers of Black people still are not being brought to justice in this country. Casting details have yet to be revealed, but we will continue to keep you posted as new details emerge concerning this production.

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Woman Sentenced After Breaking Into Will & Jada’s Home

June 23rd, 2015 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Ariel Archer has been formally charged with misdemeanor trespassing after breaking into a home belonging to Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith back in March, My FOX LA reports.

The 26-year-old was discovered in the kitchen by a housekeeper at the Smith residence, who says that she refused to leave premises. Will, Jada and their two children, Willow and Jaden, were not present at the time of the incident. Archer was eventually arrested and later pled no contest to misdemeanor trespassing.

Monday, Archer was sentenced to three years of summary probation. The Van Nuys courts also issued a restraining order against the young woman, which prohibits her from coming within 150 yards of the Smiths’ Calabasas home.

In recent years, multiple celebrity home intruders have made headlines. In May, Chris Brown was stunned to find a naked woman waiting for him in his Augora Hills mansion. Just two years earlier, Brown’s ex-girlfriend, Rihanna, also experienced a home intrusion encounter of sorts. A man was apprehended for breaking into a house belonging to the singer’s neighbor. He was reportedly under the impression that he was breaking into the “Diamonds” singer’s home.

People are really bugged out.

15 Celeb Kids Following In The Footsteps Of Their Parents

May 13th, 2015 - By Desiree Bowie
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Image Source: WENN

When you have a father at the top of the box office or an Emmy-winning mother, it can be intimidating when trying to decide if you should follow in your parents’ footsteps or journey out and do your own thing. These celeb kids decided to follow the lead of their parents and prove that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.

Where Are They Now? The Cast Of “Bad Boys” 20 Years Later

April 7th, 2015 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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Can you believe it’s actually been 20 years since Bad Boys came out?! Where did the time go?

While we wait on a possible third installment to come to fruition (it was announced), I think it would be fun to see what the cast is looking like now, and what they’re up to.

So here it is!

‘Focus’ Opens No. 1 At Box Office But Doesn’t Have The Normal Will Smith Heat

March 2nd, 2015 - By Ann Brown
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After some bad box office news, Will Smith finally has a hit again. His R-rated romantic action flick Focus took the top spot this weekend. The film, co-staring actress Margot Robbie, earned $19.1 million at the box office. But even though this was a number one for Smith, it pales in comparison to his past box office hits. In fact, it is the lowest openings of Smith’s career.

The Warner Bros. film centers around a con man who lets a young lover in on his secret life, introducing her to the tricks of his trade before ending the relationship. They meet again three years later in Buenos Aires when they’re both trying to scam the same billionaire.

The film beat out the previous top movie Fifty Shades of Grey, which was No. 1 for two consecutive weekends. And Kingsman: The Secret Service came out ahead of Fifty Shades for the first time (both films opened back over President’s Day weekend).

Even though Focus was lukewarm in North America, it didn’t generate any heat for Smith overseas. Usually he pulls in big numbers internationally — one of the few African-American actors to do so. With Focus, he only had an opening of $12.2 million from 31 territories (this is about 30 percent of the marketplace).

“Directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, Focus placed No. 1 in Russia with $3.1 million, followed by $3 million in the U.K., where it lost to Fox Searchlight’s The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. Marigold 2 opened to a stellar $5.9 million in the U.K. for a total opening of $9.4 million from just three markets,” reports The Hollywood Reporter. It should be noted that Marigold 2 has a largely British cast, including Maggie Smith and Bill Nighy.

However Focus could be the sign Smith is on the way back up–even if it might take some time. Summer 2013’s After Earth totally opened with only $27.5 million. Industry experts believe Focus will ultimately be financially successful.

Also, it should not really be a measure of Smith’s box office pull since it’s not his normal blockbuster film. In fact, it’s not the type of film Smith does at all normally, which is either drama or action comedy. Focus is a dark comedy. Take for example Smith’s last romantic comedy, Hitch. It debuted to $43.1 million in 2005. Focus, as predicted, was a favorite with women (53 percent) and 88 percent of ticket buyers were over the age of 25.

“This was a midrange-budgeted movie, and the strong result reflected that,” said Warner Bros. executive vp distribution Jeff Goldstein. “The severely inclement weather in the Midwest and the South played havoc at the box office.”

So, Jada Likes To Watch Will Make Out With Women: “She’s A Little Freaky Like That”

February 26th, 2015 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Just last week we were talking about Will Smith’s philosophy for establishing lasting love, which was that couples have to be willing to allow their relationship to die sometimes in order for it to be rebirthed. He even confessed that his relationship with Jada has died multiple times. Now, folks are talking about the couple’s openness.

The husband-and-wife duo was recently spotted exchanging plenty of PDA at the premiere of Will’s new movie, Focus. When questioned by “Extra” about how they feel about each other’s steamy love scenes, they gave rather interesting responses. Apparently, Jada enjoys seeing Will get busy with other women on camera.

“After 20 years… I actually, you know…” Jada began.

“She a little freaky like that,” Will jumped in.

“Unfortunately, he’s right,” she continued. “It’s kind of a nice voyeuristic way to see your man, but I am kind of weird in that way. That’s a whole other conversation.”

Will also joked about seeing his wife interact with other men in her upcoming movie, Magic Mike 2.

“The difference was everybody’s naked in Jada’s movie. It’s just overkill. It’s like somebody needs to put some drawers on,” he said. “There’s so many famous people in ‘Magic Mike 2,’ everywhere I go there’s some man there who’s been in his drawers with my wife.”

The pair also discussed Will’s comments from last week about building lasting relationships.

“I think you just have to be willing to keep things fresh… we love growing together and we love doing a lot of things together,” said Jada.

“Growing together is a big, important part, like, to never get static, there’s always something new,” Will added.


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Will Smith Discusses The Death Of His Marriage

February 17th, 2015 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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When one thinks of couples who have stood the test of time, Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith quickly come to mind. However, Will admits that he and Jada have experienced their share of marital struggles just like everyone else. The Focus actor also confessed that his relationship has “died” several times in the course of their marriage.

”Whatever you have is gonna die and you are gonna have to rebirth something new. You have to be willing to ride the waves,” he recently told The Sun.

The 46-year-old went on to say that marriage has plenty of plenty of ups and downs, but in order to succeed, you have to be willing to take that ride.

“There’s gonna be some flat days and some stormy days, and that has to be OK,” he continued.

His comments seemed to fall in perfect alignment with a statement made by his wife last summer about doing away with certain “rules” in their relationship.

“We used to have all these rules, [but] as you go on in your relationship, you just get into a flow,” the mother of two explained to Net-a-Porter. “Will, to me, encompasses everything. It’s almost as if calling him ‘my husband’ is too small of a word for what he means in my life—and especially how I feel we, as women, identify the idea of a husband.”

Good for them!

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Will Smith, Looks Ahead To New Film, Says He Was “Broken” When “After Earth” Bombed

February 10th, 2015 - By Tonya Garcia
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Will Smith has a new movie, Focus, coming out and a new attitude going into the film’s opening weekend.

Previously, he tells The Daily Beast, he felt like every movie had to be a blockbuster. Based on this interview, no one was more surprised and disappointed when After Earth turned into one of the biggest box office bombs ever.

“After the failure of After Earth, a thing got broken in my mind,” he says. Now he’s more concerned with “finding more danger in my artistic choices.” To that end, he turned down films that seem right in his wheelhouse — an Independence Day sequel and a science fiction film Brilliance — in favor of one that doesn’t have a guarantee to break records.

“When I went into Focus I completely released the concept of goal-orientation and got into path-orientation—this moment, this second, these people, this interaction,” he adds. “And it is a huge relief for me to not care whether or not Focus is no. 1 or no. 10 at the box office. I’ve already gained everything I could have possibly hoped for by meeting the people and the creation of what we did together.”

After Earth cost $130 million to make and was meant to not only further solidify Will Smith’s dominance in the movie industry, but set up his son Jaden for Hollywood greatness as well. Instead, the film only brought in $60 million domestically. It’s interesting because, judging by Jaden’s public appearances and statements, that mainstream Hollywood path doesn’t seem to be something he’s too interested in. And after so many years of being atop the totem pole, it’s fascinating to hear one of the biggest stars in the world talk about how much anxiety he had about hanging on to that position. (Though the attitude that you have to work to stay on top is definitely a good one.)

Will Smith’s movies have made $6.6 billion, averaging $130 million domestically each, according to the Beast. Focus, in which he plays a con man who gets wrapped up with Wolf of Wall Street‘s Margot Robie, went through a few stars (Ryan Gosling among them) before Will Smith settled in. It doesn’t have the same comic, popcorn movie feel that a lot of his previous work has. But you can tell by the trailer that Will Smith still brings the charm.

He says in the interview that Focus is about perception. How do you think audiences perceive Will Smith these days? Total aside, we would like to see this movie. It’s in theaters February 27.


Before They Were Box-Office Hits: The Silly Original Names Of Some Of Your Favorite Films

January 28th, 2015 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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Most of these movie titles were changed for good reason: They sucked.

Here are the original names for some of your favorite films over the years, and why they just didn’t work.

"Pretty Woman pf"

3000Pretty Woman 

Who would see a movie called 3,000? Seriously? I know everybody loves 300, but basing the title of a movie about a prostitute’s big come-up on the amount of money she was paid to kick it with Richard Gere is just super random. Pretty Woman doesn’t necessarily make sense either (Julia is a cutie though), but after almost 15 years, I’m willing to let it go…

Jada Pinkett Smith Covers Shape Magazine Talks Will Being Her Gym Motivation And Feeling Safe Enough To Be Vulnerable

December 30th, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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Jada Pinkett Smith Covers Shape Magazine

Baayyybee, Jada Pinkett Smith’s body is truly a sight to behold–and a little something to motivate you to get back to eating right and working out after the holiday binge.The 43-year-old “Gotham” actress appears on the cover of the January/February issue of Shape magazine in an ab revealing, orange bikini and she is serving.

In the magazine, Pinkett Smith talks about her motivation to work out, inner confidence and her toughness, despite her petite frame. See what she had to say.

What motivates her to keep working out

“When my husband of almost 20 years can’t take his eyes off me? That’s amazing. But the number one reason I go to the gym is because it keeps me sane; I can deal with whatever’s coming at me.”

We’ve always known that Jada’s personality is much larger than her physical frame. And as you might expect she says she never feels like she’s 5 feet and 108 pounds.

Jada Pinkett Smith Covers Shape Magazine

Source: Shape Magazine

Inner confidence 

“It’s an internal thing. I know that I’m petite but I never think like I am, ever,” Pinkett Smith explained. “The truth is, there are times when I feel as big and tall as Will!”

(My fellow shorties know exactly what she’s talking about.)

Where her toughness and grit came from 

“Often we feel in order to be strong we have to take on male attributes. I grew up on the streets of Baltimore and had to put out an energy that said, ‘You do not want to mess with me.’ But I’m okay. I feel safe now…I can focus on love, compassion, openness, and yes, vulnerability.”