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‘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.”

John Travolta As Forrest Gump? 10 Celebrities Who Turned Down Big Roles

December 29th, 2014 - By Tanvier Peart
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What makes a film memorable? Is it the script, the cast—or a combination of both? While us moviegoers only see the final cut, there is so much that goes into make a movie. In fact, preliminary discussions probably did not involve the people we see on screen. Here’s a look at celebrities who turned down big roles. Do you think their lack of participation helped or hurt the film?

Jada Pinkett Smith Reveals “The Sexiest Secret” About Will Smith [Pics]

November 4th, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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After being married for more than 15 years and having two children together, Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith still find a sweet way to keep their union fresh, even if both parties aren’t necessarily always in on the methods.

Jada revealed on her Facebook page that she recently found out her handsome hubby has been taking pictures of her when she’s asleep for a while now.  She shared one of the images he’s snapped of her with fans. You can check it out below, as well as her caption for the picture:



“I discovered the sexiest secret the other day. My husband takes pics of me in my sleep. He has a whole stash he revealed to me and I really enjoyed getting a glimpse of myself through his eyes. I had to share one with you guys;)

Life is art. Life is beauty.


Feel free to say what you want, but I actually thought this was pretty sweet and unique, though I know at first mention (WITHOUT reading) it might sound a little creepy. Thumbs up for whatever keeps their bond strong!

The “Gotham” actress also recently revealed what keeps her all in when it comes to her marriage to Will.

“You partner has to be your best, best, friend. And he’s my best friend.

You have to have kind of a warrior mentality. You have to be a soldier for love. You have to be able to withstand tough times and just because the tough times come doesn’t mean it’s time to stop, it means it’s time to dig in.”


Trailer Alert: Will Smith Plays A Con-Artist Who Falls In Love With Margot Robbie In Romantic Thriller, “Focus”

October 10th, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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Last time we saw Will Smith do his thing on the big screen, he was starring alongside his son Jaden Smith in the movie After Earth, which did…eh…so-so at the box office. But that doesn’t take away from the fact that Smith is known for delivering blockbusters and entertaining the crap out of his audience. So he’s back again with a new romantic thriller called Focus. 

We told you a little something about this film last year because there were a number of people who were supposed to be in it before Smith or his love interest, Margot Robbie. After Ryan Gosling and Ben Affleck pulled out, Smith was cast alongside Kristen Stewart, but she pulled out of the movie because of their substantial age difference (she was 23 at the time, he was 44…). Robbie was cast instead, and well, the show went on.

After all that time, the first trailer is finally here! According to the Hollywood Reporter, the film’s plot goes a little something like this:

Focus is a two-hander about a con man who becomes romantically involved with a novice. He is then thrown off his game when the former flame shows up just as he’s staging an elaborate con in Buenos Aires.

The trailer was definitely entertaining to me, as I’m always up for a good caper–and who doesn’t love Will Smith?

Check it out for yourself below and let us know if you’re feeling it.

“They’re Working On The Script”: Martin Lawrence Says “Bad Boys 3″ Is Happening

August 14th, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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Martin Lawrence


The last time a Bad Boys movie came out, folks were still out here doing the chickenhead, Beyoncé released “Crazy in Love,” and Britney Spears and Madonna kissed at the MTV VMAs.

Fast forward to this current year and no one is doing the chickenhead (we’re just moving past the nae nae), Beyoncé pretty much runs the world, Britney Spears and Madonna are still trying their best to stay relevant, and according to Martin Lawrence, the third installment in the Bad Boys franchise is on its way.

In an interview with Conan O’Brien last night, Lawrence, who was there to promote his new show Partners, said that the script is being worked on, and Jerry Bruckheimer is hoping that both he and Will Smith will be down for another big ride. Lawrence definitely seemed like would be on board.

O’Brien: I heard a rumor that, cause people love those Bad Boys movies, 1 and 2, that there’s going to be a Bad Boys 3. Is that possible?

Lawrence: I believe so, yes. I just talked to [producer] Jerry Bruckheimer yesterday and he said it’s real, they’re working on the script, they’re getting close, and it all looks good.

O’Brien: Have you done all the casting on that?

Lawrence: No, we won’t cast you.

O’Brien: I would love to be in a Bad Boys movie!

Lawrence: You know what you could play? A crooked cop on crack…

O’Brien: …Yes! Yes! I think I was born to play that!

And since word got out, people have been going crazy on Twitter and already seem excited about the idea of a third movie coming to theaters. But are you?