Jamie Foxx in Django Unchained

It’s been a while since we’ve seen Will Smith in a great movie. You could argue we’ve never seen the actor in a great movie, but he did have the opportunity to be a part of one a few years ago. Smith passed on starring in Quentin Tarantino‘s Django Unchained. He missed out on a strong role, a role he didn’t feel was substantial enough. Smith, who’s on the Oscar hunt for Concussion, now claims he turned the part down for a different reason.

Learn why we didn’t see Will Smith in Django Unchained after the jump.

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Concussion review

The last film we saw with director Peter Landesman‘s name on it was Kill the Messenger, which he scripted. That drama shares a lot in common with Landesman’s sophomore directorial effort, Concussion. Both follow real-life who heroes are simply trying to speak the truth, and yet are treated as villains. Kill the Messenger is the more successful of the two stories, though. Although Concussion is a well-meaning and an undeniably important film, it’s also a by-the-numbers, dramatically frustrating underdog story.

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Collateral Beauty director

Collateral Beauty must be a really good script, because it keeps attracting some major talent. The studio drama was originally going to star Hugh Jackman (Pan) and Rooney Mara (also Pan), before they had to drop out. It was rumored Johnny Depp was circling the lead, but ultimately the role went to Will SmithThen New Line Cinema lost its exciting director, but a replacement has now been found. Director David Frankel may take over the project.

Learn more about Collateral Beauty director after the jump.

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Concussion - Will Smith

Will Smith hasn’t been an Oscar contender for a few years now. The actor almost exclusively appears in big-budget movies these days, but every now and then, he’ll star in a drama. Like his upcoming picture Concussion, which premieres in the next few days at the American Film Institute. Before Peter Landesman‘s film makes its debut, a new trailer for the drama has been released.

Watch the trailer after the jump.

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What can we expect from the next The Flash/Arrow crossover event? What would a Marvel Zombies movie look like? How did Supergirl do in the ratings last night? Which Suicide Squad villains are getting caught up in a bizarre love triangle? Will Marvel be mad at Clark Gregg for promoting a DC Comics superhero? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »

Jared Leto Joker

If you have actor/singer/Oscar winner Jared Leto‘s address, please send him cards, flowers, or chocolates, because, for God’s sake, the man just gave birth. That’s how he describes having played the Joker in director David Ayer‘s (FurySuicide Squad, which is about a pack of villains on a suicide mission.

After the jump, Jared Leto discusses the Joker.

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Are there too many sequels? Brad Bird kinda thinks so, and he’s the one working on The Incredibles 2. Also after the jump:

  • Vin Diesel has quietly revealed the title of xXx 3
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Jared Leto Joker performance

Method acting is nothing new among the stars of Hollywood movies. Names such as Marlon Brando, Robert De Niro, Daniel Day-Lewis and more are known for taking a role and staying in that role through the entirety of production, whether they’re shooting a scene or not. And when it comes to his comic book role in Suicide Squad, actor Jared Leto decided to throw himself into the Joker the same way.

In a recent interview, Will Smith revealed that during the six-month production of the DC Comics movie, he never actually met Jared Leto, and only interacted with the actor in character as the Batman villain. Learn more about Jared Leto as the Joker in Suicide Squad. Read More »

Concussion NFL controversy

Last week brought the first trailer for the professional football set drama Concussion starring Will Smith. The movie doesn’t arrive until Christmas Day when we’re well into the next season of football, but there’s already controversy surrounding the film due to some cuts that Sony Pictures reportedly made to the film in order to avoid clashing with the NFL.

For those who don’t know, Concussion follows Smith as Dr. Bennet Omalu, a forensic neuropathologist who discovers the first case of CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy, a progressive degenerative disease) in a pro football player. The doctor tries to alert the public to his findings, but the NFL denies his conclusions and has stopped his efforts to get the organization to address these problems at every turn.

The controversy that has surfaced comes from e-mails between Sony Pictures Entertainment, director Peter Landesman and Will Smith’s representatives where they discuss how to make the movie without antagonizing the NFL or “kicking the hornet’s nest” as one e-mail puts it. Find out more about the Concussion movie NFL controversy below! Read More »