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Pinkett Smith Happy To Help Karate Kid Son

5 December 2008 8:15 AM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Actress Jada Pinkett Smith has a new role - acting as son Jaden's mentor as he stars in a remake of The Karate Kid.

Jaden, Pinkett Smith's eldest child with her movie star husband Will Smith, is forging his own Hollywood career after winning the part of Daniel Larusso in a remake of the hit 1984 film.

And Pinkett Smith will be behind the scenes playing a supporting role for Jaden, 10, who has previously acted alongside his father in 2006 movie The Pursuit of Happyness.

She says, "I'll probably be playing stage mummy, which is not a role I play very well. My son said, I need you here just as mummy." »

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Jaden Smith the New Karate Kid

11 November 2008 11:39 PM, PST | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Actor Will Smith’s son, Jaden, has landed his first major lead role in an upcoming remake of The Karate Kid, according to Jaden, 10, is Smith’s oldest son with wife Jada Pinkett Smith. He had previously acted alongside his father in 2006 film The Pursuit of Happyness and in the television series “All of Us,” which was created by his parents. He also has a role in the upcoming remake of The Day the Earth Stood Still, starring Keanu Reeves. Jaden will be starring in the remake as the character of Daniel, originally portrayed in 1984 by Ralph Macchio. Its script is being worked on by Chris Murphy, while the movie itself is scheduled to be shot in Beijing and other [...] »

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Will Smith to Produce New ‘The Karate Kid’ Starring Kid Jaden Smith

11 November 2008 7:59 PM, PST | | See recent news »

Chicago – Sometimes rumors do become true. Will Smith will produce a new version of “The Karate Kid” with his 10-year-old kid, Jaden Smith, in the starring role.

The confirmed news surfaced on Tuesday in contrast to denied reports from a year ago that Will Smith was planning to wax on a remake of the 1984 classic “The Karate Kid”. That film featured Ralph Macchio in the starring role with Pat Morita as the infamous Mr. Miyagi.

Left image: Will Smith (left) and Jaden Smith (right) | Right image: Ralph Macchio in 1984’s “The Karate Kid

Left image credit: Jeff Kravitz, Getty Images | Right image credit: (source)

The new version of “The Karate Kid” will shoot in 2009, according to Variety. Will Smith will produce the Columbia Pictures release through his Overbrook Entertainment production company.

The Karate Kid” remake will be an adaptation from the original. While writer Chris Murphy plans to take the »

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Hollywood News & Notes

11 November 2008 7:16 PM, PST | | See recent Comicmix news »


Repo! the Genetic Opera just opened and has already been marketed by Lionsgate as the cult successor to the Rocky Horror Picture Show.  The movie opened this weekend in just eight theaters and earned $51,000, averaging an impressive $6450 per screen.

Director Darren Lynn Bousman told Moviehole he’s already planning a sequel to the Paris Hilton, Alex Vega film.

''I want to start a sequel next year. But again, everything — I’ll end my whole thing on a soapbox, which I love to get on,” Bousman told the site. “This movie is all about support from the Internet, and support from fans. This is not a movie where you’ll see billboards or bus stop ads or trailers on TV. It’s a movie that exists in a grass roots kind of a fashion. It exists when fans go and see it, and they go on message boards and talk about it. »

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Jaden Smith Is The New Karate Kid

11 November 2008 3:07 PM, PST | | See recent Screen Rant news »

Columbia Pictures has decided to set out to destroy another classic.

They plan to remake the 1984 hit The Karate Kid, and want Jaden Smith to star as the new Daniel-san.

That’s right, Jaden Smith, the 10-year-old son daddy Will Smith keeps forcing onto us.


Variety is finally reporting that Jerry Weintraub is linking with Overbrook Entertainment’s James Lassiter, Will Smith and Ken Stovitz to butcher his own original franchise. I say “finally” because IGN broke this (albeit as a fairly solid rumor) over a year ago.

Overbrook and Escape Artists did produce The Pursuit of Happyness for Columbia, so there’s a glimmer of hope that this could be decent. But then again in that case, it couldn’t have been too terribly difficult for Jaden to play son to his actual dad.

Chris Murphy is writing the script, and the new film will be shot sometime next year. »

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Jaden Smith Set For Karate Kid

11 November 2008 3:04 PM, PST | | See recent Filmonic news »

Jaden Smith, son of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith, will star in a remake of The Karate Kid according to Variey. The original was released in 1984 and featured Ralph Macchio as the bullied teen. The Next Karate Kid in 1994 was responsible for launching Hilary Swank's acting career. The script is being written by Chris Murphy, and the…

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Discuss: Who Could Play Mr. Miyagi in 'Karate Kid' Remake?

11 November 2008 1:02 PM, PST | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

Look, the original Karate Kid is one of those films that stays close to my heart at all times, and I totally see how you all would feel disgruntled after hearing the news that Jaden Smith (aka Will Smith's kid) will be starring in a remake. Good news is they're changing it up and setting the flick abroad, however the central concept (of a bullied boy who learns life lessons from an eccentric karate mentor) will remain the same. If Smith's kid has half the charm and charisma of his pop in a leading performance, this could turn out to be a reasonably successful re-launching for the younger tweens.

Right now, we're not sure whether they'll be using the name Mr. Miyagi (as played by Pat Morita in the original Karate Kid franchise) for this new film. Assuming they are, though, who do you think should play him? Defamer »

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Will Smith's Son To Star in 'Karate Kid' Remake

11 November 2008 11:16 AM, PST | | See recent x17online news »

Los Angeles, California (X17online) - Jayden Smith, the 10-year-old son of actor Will Smith, will star in a remake of the '80s classic "The Karate Kid," Variety reports. The film will be produced by Jerry Weintraub who produced the original, along with Will Smith. Jayden Smith reportedly has participated in martial arts for a number of years. The younger Smith will next be seen in "The Day the Earth Stood Still." He made his big-screen debut alongside his father in "The Pursuit of Happiness." »

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Jaden Smith Is The New Karate Kid

11 November 2008 1:05 AM, PST | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Looks like Jaden Smith will be learning how to paint the fence over the coming months. And by that, of course, we don’t mean that Will Smith’s 10 year-old actor son is going to be helping out around the house. No, instead, he’s signed on to become the new Karate Kid in a remake of the Ralph Macchio 80s cult classic. Smith, who made an impressive acting debut alongside his dad in The Pursuit Of Happyness and who has a role in the upcoming The Day The Earth Stood Still, is a martial arts practitioner in real life, so the role should come naturally to him. Nevertheless, his casting is still a surprise, as it immediately skews the remake in an unexpected direction, given that Smith is a good decade-and-change younger than Macchio was when he first took on the role of Daniel Larusso back in 1984. So, are producers Jerry Weintraub, »

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Jaden Smith Will Become the New The Karate Kid

11 November 2008 12:00 AM, PST | | See recent news »

We all knew this was coming one day. Columbia Pictures will remake The Karate Kid next year with Will Smith's 10-year-old son Jaden Smith starring in the lead role. Veteran producer Jerry Weintraub (who actually produced the original Karate Kids films) is developing the project with a script written by Chris Murphy. The story will be updated and refashioned to fit Jaden, including being relocated to Beijing, and will borrow elements of the original plot, wherein a bullied kid learns to stand up for himself with the help of an eccentric mentor. What a week - first Will Smith announces a remake of Chan-wook Park's Oldboy, now his son is remaking The Karate Kid. I think Hollywood really has ran out of original ideas! The Karate Kid really needs no introduction. All I need to mention is Mr. Miyagi and everyone knows everything about it. As cheesy as it was, »

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Will Smith's Son Is The New Karate Kid

10 November 2008 11:47 PM, PST | | See recent Cinema Blend news »

It was way back in September of 2007 that we first heard the Will Smith is remaking The Karate Kid with his son rumors. Now they're confirmed. Variety says that Jaden Smith, last seen by most huddling next to his real life dad Will Smith on the floor of a subway station bathroom in Pursuit of Happyness, will be the new Ralph Macchio. Columbia Pictures is backing the remake, with Will Smith involved in producing it. The script is being written by Chris Murphy, but what they have right now is mostly just an idea that they want to use karate 10-year-old Jaden a star. They'll shoot it on location in Beijing and in other cities, lifting pieces of the original plot while almost certainly new ideas. Someone should probably tell them that karate is no longer cool, and if they really want to make this thing revision it should probably »

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Jaden Smith is the new Karate Kid

10 November 2008 10:32 PM, PST | TotalFilm | See recent TotalFilm news »

Jaden Smith, the 10-year-old son of Will, has nabbed the role in the remake of 1984’s The Karate Kid. Variety reports that the new film will shift the movie’s locale from the Us to Beijing and other cities abroad. But the plot, written by Chris Murphy, will stay roughly the same and follow a lad who learns to overcome bullies thanks to a quirky mentor. Ralph Macchio and Hilary Swank It doesn’t hurt that his dad – who he acted alongside in The Pursuit Of Happyness – is producing this new take on the... .

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More Names for Death Keeps Coming

21 September 2008 5:02 AM, PDT | | See recent Dread Central news »

It’s been a few months since we’ve heard anything about Derek K. Milton’s supernatural western Death Keeps Coming, and the other day reader “Jessica” dropped us a line with the heads up that some more casting took place shortly after our last piece on it that slipped past us.

Dee Wallace was one name added to the roster of those trying to get away from Death, who will be played by Martin Kove (John Kreese from The Karate Kid). Good casting choice! Ernest Borgnine, Muse Watson and Tony Tarantino, Quentin’s father, also star.

The official Death Keeps Coming site hasn’t been updated in a while, but hopefully that’s just because everything’s being finalized. We need more supernatural westerns, and this yarn, about a gunfighter who shows up mysteriously to save a girl from an ancient gypsy curse, should fit that bill nicely!

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2 for the Show

22 August 2008 1:59 AM, PDT | | See recent Backstage news »

"I've built my career on being an asshole," asserts Steve Coogan. "And if you're happy being an asshole, it's freeing. You end up quite cool." "The end run to coolness," quips Elisabeth Shue. Coogan and Shue are successful actors, and so, despite their lighthearted banter, they know about the vagaries of acting and the pain of rejection. Shue admits, "Being an actress is extremely humiliating." Shue and Coogan co-star in filmmaker Andrew Fleming's Hamlet 2, released next week nationwide, so these are topics close to their hearts. Indeed, most actors can find something to identify with in the film. Part satire, part valentine, Hamlet 2 recounts the comic misadventures of Dana Marschz (Coogan), failed-actor-turned-high school drama teacher who transforms his "high risk" students into the hot musical-theatre cast of a singing, dancing, politically incorrect sequel to Shakespeare's tale. Dana is the ultimate nerd-loser: earnest, determined, and relentlessly talent-free. On the bright side, »

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