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    On Will Smith's Seemingly Strategic Aversion To Controversial Roles...

    As anticipation for Quentin Tarantino’s visionary “Southern,” Django Unchained, nears a fever pitch, my thoughts have turned to the man who was initially approached to essay the role that eventually went to Jamie Foxx – and what his ultimate refusal of such a controversial...

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    Review Roundup: M. Night Shyamalan Makes a "Non-Happening" with 'After Earth,' Starring a Sparkless Jaden and Will Smith

    Critics aren't impressed with either M. Night Shyamalan's directorial work or the Jaden and Will Smith pairing in new apocalyptic sci-fi entry "After Earth" (June 7). The venom towards Shyamalan is strong (Sony all but cut his name from the film's marketing), with Variety calling his film a "non-hap...

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    Review: 'After Earth' Provides Father-Son Counseling Within Generic Sci-Fi Trappings

    In regards to summer blockbusters, there’s a sense that we should grade on a curve. So count a couple of wins in M. Night Shyamalan’s column: “After Earth” is not one of those movies where you have to keep track of a million characters, each one having some sort of individual, arcane plot significan...

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    "Patterns, Boom." Using Will Smith's Vulture Interview to Better Understand His Movies

    How the interview of the week (the year? the decade?) informs its subjects' filmography.

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    Will Smith Is Remaking 'The Wild Bunch' For Some Reason...

    It was in mid-2011 when it was first announced that Tony Scott was in talks with Warner Bros to direct a reboot of the 1969 Sam Peckinpah-directed seminal, influential classic The Wild Bunch. Scott was considering directing it as his follow-up to the Denzel Washington-Chris Pine action film Unstoppa...

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    Wicky Wild 'Wild Bunch': Will Smith To Star In Remake Of Sam Peckinpah Classic

    In theory, Will Smith is still one of the biggest movie stars on the planet, but it's been over five years since "I am Legend" and we're still awaiting a proper of how test of his star power has fared since then. Granted he did return last summer after a four-year gap with "Men In Black 3," which pe...

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    Watch: TV Spot For 'After Earth' Plus New Pics From M. Night Shyamalan's Sci-Fi Film

    Ah, Earth Day. What was once a moment spent to consider the fate of our planet is now a crass marketing opportunity, and nobody knows that better than Fox. Just a couple years ago, they used the day to help push "Avatar" on home video...the first of a double-dip release, which we're pretty sure isn'...

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    Will Smith Eyeing 2 New Projects: Katrina Drama 'American Can' & Assassin Thriller 'The Accountant'

    One of the dozens of projects on Will Smith's future slate... a film initially announced 4 years ago, in May 2009, when Sony Pictures and Smith's Overbrook Entertainment picked up the movie rights to the story of an ex-Marine who orchestrated the rescue of hundreds of his neighbors during the Hurric...

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    Will Smith Lines Up 'The American Can' Again With Ed Zwick, Flips Through Papers From Black List 'The Accountant'

    It seems Will Smith is getting jiggy with it, cinematically speaking. Though he's a major box office star, the Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air is super choosy and generally averages about one movie per year. But it looks like he's ready to get much busier. Earlier this week he replaced Ben Affleck on Warner...

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    Will Smith To Replace Ben Affleck In Con Man Movie 'Focus,' Kristen Stewart Drops Out

    According to a report in Variety, Will Smith is lining up his next role – as an older con artist who teaches a young female con artist (to be played by Kristen Stewart) his thieving ways. The movie, entitled "Focus," is written and directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, who most recently directed...

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