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Los Angeles, May 22: Actor Will Smith may have pulled off several stunts in Hollywood films, but he doesn't know how to swim!
He didn't learn to swim as he didn't have too many swimming pools in his vicinity when he was young.
"I can't swim. In inner City Philadelphia, there's not a lot of swimming pools and I never actually learnt how to swim and I'm embarrassed about it," femalefirst.co.uk quoted the 44-year-old as saying.
"I'm not scared (of the water). I get in the water but as long as my feet can touch the bottom, I'm good because I go in, jump up and get some air," he added.
- Leon David
Is Will Smith ready to release new music? Well, not so fast. The actor did admit to HipHollywood.com that Kanye West has been urging the star to get back to his musical roots. "I've been messing around with Kanye," he revealed. "We went in the studio a couple times, so I might get the bug. I'm not going to do it unless I'm truly inspired, but Ye's been pushing me a little bit." Smith's already dipping his toe back into the musical pool. Last night on the Late Show, Big Willie reprised one of his classics, "Summertime," and didn't miss a beat on the mic. We're definitely ready for him to top the charts again! »
It’s been eight years since movie blockbuster king Will Smith released any new music, but if Kanye West has his way, Smith will be singing a new tune soon. [More after the jump...] While promoting his new thriller, “After Earth,” Smith told HipHollywood.com that West has been encouraging him to return to his musical roots. “I’ve been messing around with Kanye. We were in the studio a couple of times,” Smith said. That doesn’t mean fans can expect to get jiggy with any new Smith music any time soon. He’s coy about releasing any tunes. “I might get the bug. I’m »
Is Will Smith getting back into music? Maybe! According to an interview with HipHollywood.com, Smith said it's been none other than Kanye West who's been encouraging him to. "I've been messing around with Kanye," Will Smith said during press activities for his upcoming film, After Earth, out May 31. "We went in the studio a couple times, so I might get the bug. I'm not going to do it unless I'm truly inspired, but Ye's been pushing me a little bit." Photos: Showbiz Kids: 17 of Hollywood's Most Famous Offspring Last February, West and Smith were photographed
- Chris Payne, Billboard, Keith Caulfield, Billboard
Rumors recently circulated that 14-year-old Jaden Smith was hoping to be emancipated from his folks. And while both dad Will Smith and Jaden himself confirmed that the teen would not be leaving home just yet, the incident reminded us of all the celebrities who did choose to break away from their families.
For a variety of reasons -- most commonly financial scuffles and the need to bypass child labor laws that restrict minors from working long hours -- the following stars sought emancipation from their parents.
- The Huffington Post
It's like Christmas in May for Austin classic film fans. Last week the schedule for the summer classic film series at Paramount and Stateside was announced. Movies from various decades will screen in 35mm at Paramount and digital HD projection at the Stateside from late May through early September. The lineup this year is lighter on the screwball genre than I would prefer, but there is still oh-so-much to choose from. There's sure to be something for everyone.
Tickets for each film are $8 (this covers double features as well) online. If you expect to see many, buying Flix-Tix or becoming a Film Fan could be a worthwhile investment. [Pro tip from Jette: The higher-level Film Fan memberships include free garage parking during the movies.]
Here are some of the selections we Slackerwood contributors find noteworthy:
Bonnie and Clyde (1967) -- Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty rob banks in Arthur Penn's game-changing crime romp that blazes through north Texas [my Lone Star Cinema post]. (Wed 5/29 at 10 pm, Stateside)The Wild Bunch (1969) -- »
- Elizabeth Stoddard
Or tigers. One of those. Whatever these things he’s fighting are, they can climb trees. And they want to snack on some baby chicks. Luckily Jaden Smith has a stave and is willing to use it. What no, tree-climbing ferocious lion thingies! In After Earth, one thousand years after cataclysmic events forced humanity’s escape from Earth, Nova Prime has become mankind’s new home. Legendary General Cypher Raige returns from an extended tour of duty to his estranged family, ready to be a father to his 13-year-old son, Kitai. When an asteroid storm damages Cypher and Kitai’s craft, they crash-land on a now unfamiliar and dangerous Earth. As his father lies dying in the cockpit, Kitai must trek across the hostile terrain to recover their rescue beacon. His whole life, Kitai has wanted nothing more than to be a soldier like his father. Today, he gets his chance. »
Well, now that the Fresh Prince has another movie coming out — M. Night Shyamalan’s After Earth — he’s apparently doing the rap thing again. Witness, for example, Smith’s big Late Show entrance last night, which the CBS Orchestra thoughtfully underscored with the strains of “Summertime.” Once he recognized they were playing his song, the movie star couldn’t resist rapping along. And after he noticed »
- Hillary Busis
It was Willennium all over again. Turning up to promote his new movie, After Earth, on The Late Show With David Letterman Monday night, Will Smith proved he's still got the musical chops after bursting into an impromptu rap of his hit "Summertime." Strolling out to the funky song, which Paul Shaffer and the CBS Orchestra played as his intro, Big Willie couldn't resist grabbing the mic and laying down a few verses for old time's sake. Of course, before he was a Hollywood megastar, Smith made a name for himself as a highly successful hip-hop star. While his last musical venture was the 2005 album Lost and Found, the A-lister still gets jiggy with it on occasion—like in »
I'm not sure why this new clip from After Earth is called "Bird Fight," because it's more like a tiger fight. The clip features Jaden Smith trying to fight off a group of tigers that are attacking a giant bird nest. The character is on a mission to retrieve a beacon from the ship so they can return home.
I've got to say, the CGI in the clip is pretty poor, but maybe it's not finished yet. I liked the trailers for the film, but the clips I've seen from it aren't doing a good job of selling me on it. They are just proving to me that this is going to be yet another flat and monotone M. Night Shyamalan movie, and that's a shame.
The movie comes out on June 7th, 2013. Watch the clip for yourself and tell us what you think. I've also included a behind the scenes video as well. »
- Joey Paur
The film boasts one of the year’s best casts, and all that we’ve seen so far suggests that it’s going to be of the year’s best movies as well.
Summit recently released the opening four minutes, which should serve as more than enough to whet your appetites for more. And following on nicely from that comes a great new TV spot, not only giving us a look at Morgan Freeman’s character, the so-called Debunker, but also the explosive action and magic sequences we can look forward to seeing soon.
Now You See Me pits an elite FBI squad in a game of cat and mouse against “The Four Horsemen”, a super-team of the world’s greatest illusionists.
- Kenji Lloyd
"Probably the best advice he's ever given me is, 'Don't have a girlfriend'," said Jaden, 14.
Will laughed off his son's statement, and said the advice is "for now".
"At this point, I just want him to establish his dreams, establish his desires. Find out who he is. And blending with another. »
- Rahul Kapoor
"I've been messing around with Kanye. We were in the studio a couple of times," Smith revealed. "I might get the bug. I'm not going to do it unless I get truly inspired, but 'Ye's been pushing me a little bit."
Connecting Smith and West at this particular time feels like a publicist's dream, as both stars have projects coming out in the next few weeks (Smith's "After Earth" arrives on May 31; West's "Yeezus" is out June 18). That said, Smith has flirted with reigniting his music career within the last year: He frequently found time to rap on the press tour for last year's "Men In Black 3," this despite not performing the film's theme song. (That honor »
- Christopher Rosen
Will Smith dropped by "Late Show," and dropped some rhymes as well. On his way to the desk, he grabbed the microphone from Paul Schaffer and broke into a few verses from his hit, "Summertime."
He explained that he sometimes just feels the need to rap. He stayed in a jovial mood, even when Letterman brought up those rumors about Will's son, Jaden. The rumors are that Jaden wants to be legally emancipated from his parents, Will and Jada Pinkett Smith.
“I was in Tokyo or something where I made a joke about him being emancipated and that kind of took off," Smith said. He went on to lay out a scenario by which Jaden could leave, joking that "if he had a movie that’s bigger than my movies, then he can go ahead.”
The father-and-son duo, who appear together in the upcoming film "After Earth," talked about the rumors on "Ellen" recently, »
- Jason Hughes
Last night on the Late Show, Will Smith displayed a major symptom of the rap "bug" he'd apparently caught from Kanye West. The band played Smith's own "Summertime" as his walk-out song, but instead of leaving it at that, he rapped along, unmiked at first until he grabbed the microphone for a full-on ode to summer time. Plus: Mary Lynn Rajskub denied any intel on her casting in the new 24 miniseries, but she disclosed what she'd really been typing the whole time Chloe looked so diligently ambidextrous at her computer. I was "typing affirmations to myself," she told Conan. Things like, "Don't take Kiefer's intensity so personally. He's just acting" or "You look really pretty today, Mary Lynn." If only we could see her faking it once again. Also, in a nod to the rest of last night's awesome musical performances, Jaden Smith rapped "The Coolest," but the cutest »
- Caroline Shin
Will Smith, who spent some time with Kanye West and Kim Kardashian in Brazil earlier this year, says Kanye has been "pushing" him a little during some recent studio hangouts. "I might get the bug," Smith tells a reporter at an After Earth junket, seeming not exactly psyched to be talking about anything other than his film career. "I'm not gonna do it unless I'm truly inspired." What's more inspiring than the rapper who put out Willennium and Born to Reign trying to compete in a world where there's a rapper releasing an album called Yeezus? »
- Zach Dionne
Access Hollywood caught up with the father and son duo, who are reunited again on the big screen for the first time since 2006's "The Pursuit of Happyness," at the junket for their upcoming sci-fi adventure movie - a shoot that could barely keep up with Jaden's growing body.
Watch: Will Smith Discusses Why He Doesn't Punish His Kids
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Will Smith and Jaden Smith are quite the father-son duo. During an interview with E! News about their upcoming film, After Earth, the pair also discussed Jaden's love life. He is getting to that age when the ladies are definitely interested... So, what does his famous dad think about that? "Probably the best advice he's ever given me is, 'Don't have a girlfriend,'" Jaden revealed. "The stress is real." A laughing Will clarified that his advice against being in a relationship is "for now." "At this point, I just want him to establish his dreams, establish his desires," the actor said. "Find out who he is. And »
Here are 2 new clips from After Earth - the Will Smith, Jaden Smith sci-fi adventure directed by M. Night Shyamalan. Full synopsis reads: In After Earth, one thousand years after cataclysmic events forced humanity's escape from Earth, Nova Prime has become mankind's new home. Legendary General Cypher Raige (played by Will Smith) returns from an extended tour of duty to his estranged family, ready to be a father to his 13-year-old son, Kitai (played by Jaden Smith). When an asteroid storm damages Cypher and Kitai's craft, they crash-land on a now unfamiliar and dangerous Earth. As his father lies dying in the cockpit, Kitai must trek across the hostile terrain »
- Tambay A. Obenson
A crash landing leaves teenager Kitai Raige (Jaden Smith) and his legendary father Cypher (Will Smith) stranded on Earth, 1,000 years after cataclysmic events forced humanity’s escape. With Cypher critically injured, Kitai must embark on a perilous journey to signal for help, facing uncharted terrain, evolved animal species that now rule the planet, and an unstoppable alien creature that escaped during the crash. Father and son must learn to work together and trust one another if they want any chance of returning home.
After writing the story for After Earth, Will Smith – also a producer of the film – would turn over the writing reins to Gary Whitta and M. Night Shyamalan. Shyamalan would also direct the movie. Smith called Shyamalan on his birthday, and Shyamalan told Smith how great Jaden Smith was in The Karate Kid. Will Smith said, “Well, we do have a movie idea in the works…” and they took off from there. »
- Movie Geeks
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