Articles tagged will smith

‘Annie’ Is a Feature-Length Native Ad, Not a Remake

At the helm of producers Jay-Z and Will Smith, Annie becomes not a tale about finding one's home, but instead a paean to personal shopping sprees and technology.

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‘Focus’ Is a Romantic Comedy With Dimension

This Will Smith vehicle is witty, brash Hollywood entertainment that's sexy, smart, and on the whole, successful.

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May This Summer Be Your Best Summer of Bad

Thus begins a few months of eschewing good taste and judgment, and finding some time to behave badly. If you’re so inclined to join me, follow these tips for a successful sunny season…

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26 Dec 2008 // 3:43 AM

Hollywood, race and the Age of Obama

Gook. Dragon lady. Swamp rats. These are but a few of the cringe-inducing racial epithets spewed by Clint Eastwood’s Walt Kowalski in “Gran Torino,”

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Careers of five of Hollywood’s once-red-hot leading men may hang on their big holiday flicks

None of the actors listed below will miss a meal in 2009. None will have to tighten his Versace belt, have his Gucci driving shoes resoled

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19 Dec 2008 // 1:00 AM

Seven Pounds

Equally afflicted by an old-school weepies affect and new-agey self-righteousness, Seven Pounds is by turns clumsy and overbearing.

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18 Dec 2008 // 7:59 PM

Exquisite Agony

This holiday season, Mickey Rourke (in The Wrestler) and Will Smith (Seven Pounds) suffer for all us sinners.

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Tearjerker Given a Post-Modern Make-Over in ‘Pounds’

If there is one genre that’s in desperate need of a post-modern make-over, it’s the tearjerker. Comedy gets retrofitted every few years, while

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DALLAS—“Stop looking at the porn,” Will Smith jokingly admonishes as he steps inside the hotel suite at the Ritz-Carlton. He takes long strides across

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I Am Legend: Ultimate Collector’s Edition

This is as special as “special edition” gets, but it’s a set for a movie not worthy of the adoration.

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Talk, Talk, Talk: December 2008

Just like the end of an inspiring speech that may or may not succeed in making its point, these final four weeks before 2009 tend to define or defeat the entire awards season purpose.

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Unheroic superhero appealed to director ‘Hancock’ director Peter Berg

“I loved the idea of an alcoholic, nihilistic, subversive superhero, fighting crime drunk,” says Peter Berg about “Hancock” - a screenplay that’s been kicking

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2 Jul 2008 // 4:22 AM

He’s the straight man, the Every man — the Bate-man!

The part reads, “mild-mannered, middle-aged white guy, kind of idealistic, sort of a cheerleader, not the utter pushover he seems.” And oh yeah, “Make him

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2 Jul 2008 // 2:00 AM


John Hancock is a black superhero desired and derided by crowds who are informed by spectacles, stereotypes, and fear.

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‘Hancock’ Hampered by Schizophrenic Script

Will Smith is the new up to date version of the late in life career of Charleton Heston. No, he’s not some gun wielding

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1 Jul 2008 // 4:28 AM

LOS ANGELES - Will, Will, Will, baby! You need to branch out. You can’t play the nice guy all the time. You can’t

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The Return of the Popcorn Circus: July 2008

And it just doesn't stop. If part two in this three-ring play was packed with well hyped product, July just keeps the receipt treats coming.

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I Am Obama: The American Imagination and the New Black Hero

If Americans are willing to believe that the former Fresh Prince of West Philly can save the world all by himself, then there is a possibility that a black man may be the next president of the United States.

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17 Dec 2007 // 4:35 AM

He may no longer be fresh, but Will Smith remains a prince

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif.—Back in the early 1990s, just as Will Smith was making the transition from rapper to television star with “The Fresh Prince

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14 Dec 2007 // 2:00 AM

I Am Legend

The clash with Alpha Male upturns the film's preceding focus on a Neville-only present.

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//Mixed media

Because Blood Is Drama: Considering Carnage in Video Games and Other Media

// Moving Pixels

"It's easy to dismiss blood and violence as salacious without considering why it is there, what its context is, and what it might communicate.

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