Will Smith and Martin Lawrence are back for one last ride in Bad Boys for Life. The third and final entry in this franchise has Smith and Lawrence returning as cops Mike Lowrey and Marcus Burnett, who once again find themselves drawn into ridiculous, highly improbable action sequences. The first Bad Boys for Life clip has found its way online, and it has Smith and Lawrence bickering in the midst of a high-speed chase.
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The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.
In this edition, watch as Will Smith and Tom Holland do an escape room as a bit of promotion for their new movie Spies in Disguise. Plus, listen as stuntmen react to action sequences from movies like Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, and go on a journey through time as Jack Black looks back at some of the most memorable roles in his career, from Orange County to Jumanji: The Next Level. Read More »
Remember Spies In Disguise? The animated film where Will Smith turns into a pigeon? It was supposed to come out in January 2019, then got moved to April 2019, then got moved again to September 2019. Well, it was moved on final time – to Christmas. And now there’s a new trailer. Smith voices a cool super spy, while Tom Holland voices his very uncool scientist assistant. And at some point, human-to-animal transformation is involved. Watch the Spies In Disguise trailer below.
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Even though Independence Day: Resurgence raked in nearly $390 million at the worldwide box office, it was still quite the disappointment for 20th Century Fox. The film didn’t land well with critics either, earning just a 29% on Rotten Tomatoes, not to mention a 30% from audiences. They weren’t the only ones disappointed, because director Roland Emmerich has found himself regretting ever making the movie. Read More »
Will Smith and Martin Lawrence pledged to be bad boys for life, but that’s a hard promise to keep when retirement is waiting just around the corner. “It’s time we be Good Men,” Lawrence tells Smith in the new trailer for Bad Boys for Life, the long-awaited third entry in the outsized action series. “Who wants to sing that song?” Smith responds belligerently. Touché.
Watch the Bad Boys For Life trailer below.
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Perhaps the world just wasn’t ready for two Will Smiths in the same movie. Ang Lee‘s Gemini Man, an action spectacle in which Smith has to fight a younger clone of himself, did paltry box office in America, but there was a hope that its weekend release in China could turn things around. But that didn’t happen. The end result is a box office bomb, with Gemini Man suffering a loss of at least $75 million. Ouch.
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Though critics didn’t seem to care for Gemini Man much, one of the consistent compliments among many have been with regards to the visual effects used to create a young Will Smith that faces off with an older version of Will Smith. The team behind this amazing technological achievement in visual effects has consistently touted the fact that they didn’t simply de-age Will Smith’s face, but instead, they created a completely digital model of young Will Smith that was informed by a motion-capture performance. Now a Gemini Man visual effects breakdown reveals how it was accomplished. Read More »
Over three years ago, rumors were swirling about Will Smith‘s production company developing a possible The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air reboot that would have put “a new spin on the fish-out-of-water tale while maintaining the spirit of the original series.” However, once Smith finally got asked about the project, he said a reboot of the NBC sitcom that he led back in the 1990s would probably happen “when hell freezes over.” Well, the devil might want start shopping for a winter coat.
In a recent profile on Will Smith’s overall success in show business, a little detail is buried that mentions the actor’s new Westbrook production banner is working on a Fresh Prince of Bel-Air spin-off series. Read More »
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Gemini Man is a globetrotting 3D action movie with assassins, motorcycle chases, and that emphasizes the value of life, so it’s no surprise that it’s directed by Ang Lee. The visionary director behind Life of Pi and Brokeback Mountain once again pushes the envelope with his high-frame-rate and Will Smith-headlined cinematic experiment. Similar to many Ang Lee movies, Gemini Man has an identity crisis, repression, and father issues to go along with the popcorn entertainment, which, like his Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, is shot in 120 frames per second and 3D. This time around, the result is more immersive and tactile, less otherworldly and distancing.
It’s a new way of telling a story that, as Lee says, he’s just getting started with as he remains hopeful other filmmakers will join him in his pursuit of the sharpest image possible. 120 fps remains polarizing, but Lee remains assured he’s on the right path. Anytime an artist tries something new, it’s automatically going to distance some audiences, anyway. There are still kinks to be smoothed out and movie theaters have to catch up to Lee, but he’s also thinking about the long game: not just where the technology is now, but where it will go.
After over a decade of trying to interview him, we got 15 minutes with Lee, and although there’s some pressure to finally sit across from this filmmaking giant, when you walk in a room and are greeted by him, any nervousness dissipates fast. His calmness and modesty are impossible not to feel at ease around, but behind that calmness lies an intense desire to, as he told us, remain cutting edge.
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“I’m having trouble looking in the mirror lately,” says Henry Brogan (Will Smith), one of the world’s best assassins. He’s spent a large chunk of his career bumping off bad guys for the government, but now he wants to hang up his guns and retire at the ripe old age of 51. He’s tired of killing people, and for the first time in his deadly career, he’s actually starting to grow what might be considered a conscience. But if Henry thought looking in the mirror was hard, just wait until he comes face to face with a new enemy: himself.
A younger, cloned Henry (played by a digitally de-aged Smith) has come calling, setting the stage for a big Will Smith vs. Will Smith action extravaganza wrapped-up in a package called Gemini Man. All the pieces are there, and those pieces rest in the able hands of director Ang Lee. So why is the end result so curiously lifeless? At some point, Lee got too caught up with the tech at work here and forgot to focus on a moving narrative. The end result is more video game than movie.
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