Will-Smith-Smiling

When Ben Affleck was in his “choosing between projects” phase right after the completion of Argo, he flirted with acting in a Warner Bros. film called Focus. The movie, scripted and set to be directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa (Crazy, Stupid, Love) is about a young female con artist who teams up with an older, more experienced male counterpart.

The original idea was to re-team Crazy, Stupid, Love actors Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone. That didn’t work, and Kristen Stewart was soon set to play the young criminal, with Affleck to play her partner. Affleck dropped out (edit: both actors dropped out, Affleck and Stewart) but now Will Smith is in talks to play the role. Read More »

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Will Smith Django

Having now seen Django Unchained, it’s hard to imagine anyone other than Jamie Foxx in the title role. The Oscar-winner gave a transformative performance, starting as a meek, clueless slave and slowly growing into a fearless, gunslinging bad ass. However, many readers likely remember that Foxx wasn’t writer/director Quentin Tarantino‘s first choice for the role. His first choice was Will Smith. Since turning down the role, Smith has pretty much remained mum on the details behind his decision.

Smith has now begun promoting his new movie, M. Night Shyamalan’s After Earth, and said the reason he didn’t take the role was because he didn’t think Django was the main character. Read More »

Once upon a time, when M. Night Shyamalan was making a movie, his name was promoted above the title. Then he did The Happening and The Last Airbender. For his latest release, After Earth, his name is barely visible with a microscope. Which is probably a good thing when the film has one of, if not the biggest movie stars in the planet and his increasingly famous son along for the ride.

Will Smith and Jaden Smith are prominently on display in the latest poster for After Earth, Sony’s sci-fi action film out June 7. Also given a big spot are the trees and clouds of Earth, which the film suggests are now out to kill all humans. Check it out below. Read More »

The first trailer for M. Night Shyamalan‘s After Earth was a pretty tightly controlled thing, showing characters played by Will and Jaden Smith stranded on Earth in a future that has seen evolution turn decidedly against humans.

This second trailer gives more context to the story, showing a bit of what the two guys were doing before crashing on Earth, an establishing the fact that there is conflict between father and son just as well as between the humans and everything else on Earth. It also gives us some hint of what they hope to to in order to escape the planet that originally gave birth to humanity.

Because it is a Shyamalan film I have been conditioned to assume that there’s something here that we’re not seeing, but so far this looks like his most promising film in some time. That’s enough for now. Check out the new footage below. Read More »

M. Night Shyamalan‘s stock as a director has steadily declined since his breakout The Sixth Sense, but with some luck After Earth could be the film to turn that trend around. For one thing, it’s tough to go lower than the 6% RT score he got for The Last Airbender. For another, the marketing materials so far look genuinely striking, with a rich, detailed universe for the leads (Will Smith and Jaden Smith) to play in.

Now a second trailer is just around the corner, and to whet audience appetites Columbia Pictures has just revealed two new stills. Check them out and get the info on the trailer after the jump.

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Quvenzhané Wallis Confirmed for ‘Annie’

Quvenzhané Wallis went home empty-handed from last night’s Oscars, but here’s some good news for her. The Beasts of the Southern Wild star has just been confirmed for the title role in Annie, weeks after we learned that she was in the mix.

Though Wallis is the first confirmed actor, Sony’s remake of the classic musical already has some notable talent behind the scenes. Will Gluck (Easy A) is directing from a script written by Emma Thompson and rewritten by Aline Brosh McKenna, with Will Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Jay-Z producing. Hit the jump to keep reading.

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At 9 years old, Quvenzhané Wallis already has the kind of career many actresses would kill for. Her very first starring turn, in Beasts of the Southern Wild, netted her a Best Actress Oscar nomination, making her the youngest-ever contender in the category. Her next film, Twelve Years a Slave, puts her among a star-studded cast under renowned director Steve McQueen. Now she’s in the mix for the iconic title role in Annie, Sony’s remake of the beloved Broadway musical. Hit the jump to keep reading.

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After making three movies in three years (2009′s Fired Up!, 2010′s Easy A, and 2011′s Friends With Benefits), filmmaker Will Gluck has spent the past couple of years weighing his options for his next project. At various points, he’s circled the heist flick Sex on the Moon, the action comedy Secretaries Day, the true crime caper Skyjack, and a reunion with his Easy A star Emma Stone. Now he’s in talks for yet another new directing gig, the Will Smith and Jay-Z-produced modern-day remake of Annie.

As Gluck comes aboard, however, one of the project’s longest attached talents has decided to depart. Smith’s daughter Willow Smith, for whom the film was being developed as a starring vehicle, will no longer be playing the lead. More details after the jump.

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