Emancipation Movie Leaving Georgia

Georgia seems to be on everyone’s mind these days as the state has recently enacted new voting restrictions that make it far more difficult for citizens to make their voices heard, especially Black voters living in the state. In response to the new voting restrictions signed into law on March 31, Georgia-based corporations like Coca-Cola and Delta Airlines have spoken out against the new laws, and now it’s starting to impact film productions that bring jobs and revenue to the state.

In a press release, director/producer Antoine Fuqua and producer/star Will Smith announced that they will be moving Apple’s production of the runaway slave drama Emancipation out of Georgia because of the aforementioned voting restrictions passed by the state legislature and signed into law by Governor Brian Kemp. Read More »

This Week in Trailers

Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising?

This week, we walk the grocery aisles in search of something visually delicious, tell a story as if our life depended on it, heat up the earth a bit, get snowed in, and have Will Smith talk about issues plaguing America.
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fast and loose

Will Smith has found his next starring vehicle and it’s coming from the director of Deadpool 2 and Hobbs & Shaw. Smith is teaming up with David Leitch for a spy thriller called Fast & Loose, in which Smith will star as the leader of an upper-echelon criminal organization who suffers from memory loss and goes on a hunt for his true identity.

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Amend trailer

In 2016, Netflix released Ava DuVernay’s 13th, a documentary about slavery and the prison system in America seen through the prism of the 13th Amendment of the Constitution. Five years later, there seems to be a Constitutional Cinematic Universe slowly forming at the streaming service.

Will Smith is hosting a multi-part documentary series called Amend: The Fight for America, which explores citizenship rights and equal protection under the law as written in the 14th Amendment. And it’s not just Smith who’s bringing the star power here: a whole bunch of big names are coming along for this particular ride. Read More »

fresh prince reunion special

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air team is getting back together for HBO Max. A Fresh Prince reunion special featuring Will Smith and other members of the cast will gather in September to record the special, which will “feature music, dancing and some surprise guests.” The special will then air on HBO Max in time for Thanksgiving.

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Planes, Trains, and Automobiles Remake

Kevin Hart is quickly making a habit out of remaking beloved comedies. The comedian is already working on a remake of The Great Outdoors and Scrooged. Now the comedian has added another one to the development slate in the form of a Planes, Trains and Automobiles remake, and he’s dragging Will Smith on the trip with him. Read More »

Dwayne Johnson - Highest Paid Actors of 2020

This year has already been weird for a number of reasons. So you probably won’t even bat an eye when when we tell you that the highest paid actor of 2020 doesn’t even have a movie coming out this year. That actor is Dwayne Johnson, and thanks to a hefty paycheck from Netflix for the upcoming original movie Red Notice, not to mention his ongoing Under Armour clothing line, Project Rock, Johnson will rake in a whopping $87.5 million this year. Read More »

Emancipation movie

Apple has scored a huge win, beating out Warner Bros. for Emancipation, an Antoine Fuqua-directed action film starring Will Smith as a runaway slave. It’s another high-profile project for Apple, who also have the Tom Hanks World War II drama Greyhound arriving this year, and recently swooped in to help save Martin Scorsese’s Killers of the Flower Moon.

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Enola Holmes lawsuit

Welcome, welcome, welcome, one and all, to today’s movie lawsuit round-up extravaganza! Can it be an extravaganza if there are only two lawsuits? Let’s not worry about the specifics! Netflix’s Enola Holmes, a movie about Sherlock Holmes’ younger sister, and Warner Bros.’ King Richard, a biopic of tennis stars Venus and Serena Williams’ father, have both had suits filed against them. But the Enola Holmes lawsuit is actually kind of hilarious, and you can find out why below. Read More »

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emancipation

Although both Will Smith and director Antoine Fuqua are in the middle of productions halted by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the pair have already lined up a particularly timely project together. Smith and Fuqua are teaming up for the runaway slave thriller Emancipation, based on the true story of Peter, a runaway slave who would escape the Louisiana swamps and join the Union Army.

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