12 items from 2015
The narrative going into this weekend was that "Focus" would mark a comeback of sorts for Will Smith. His first lead role since the career stumbling block two years ago that was "After Earth," "Focus" was supposed to be an easy lay-up for Smith, a sleek, star-powered caper comedy that would face little competition in the doldrums of February. Pundits predicted a debut in the low $20 millions.
Nonetheless, when the snow flurries cleared on Sunday, "Focus" hadn't even crossed $20 million; estimates had the film's weekend premiere scoring just $19.1 million. That's the first time, since Smith's Oscar-baiting prestige drama "Seven Pounds" in 2008, that he's failed to crack $20 million on an opening weekend. (Even "After Earth" pulled off a $27.5 million debut.)
With two relative flops in a row (three if you count his rare supporting role in last year's "Winter's Tale"), it's officially time for pundits to start wondering if Smith has »
- Gary Susman
Will Smith, star of numerous blockbusters over the course of his career, re-established his box office draw, as his latest feature Focus won the box office over the weekend, finishing with $19.1 million. The film marks Smith’s first prominent role since 2013’s After Earth, as he has been largely absent from the big screen since then, save for minor roles in Anchorman 2 and A Winter’s Tale. This is also Smith’s first no. 1 opening weekend since 2012’s Men in Black 3, adding to a number of commercial successes to the star’s credit in a filmography that includes Independence Day, Wild Wild West, and Hitch.
Barring the entry of Focus in the top spot, the weekend’s top 3 remained unchanged, as Kingsman: The Secret Service and The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out of Water held on to the second and third spot respectively, finishing with a difference of less than a million, »
- Deepayan Sengupta
Every movie star is a con artist of sorts, seducing audiences into forking over millions by adopting a character bigger than him- or herself. But what to do when the streak falters? Will Smith made his film debut as a high-society scammer in “Six Degrees of Separation,” and now, a bit more than 21 years later, he’s back at the hustle in “Focus,” a sexy sleight-of-hand caper that feels small-time by the tentpole king’s standards, though a solid opening ought to prove Smith’s ongoing drawing power — and that there is life after the commercial debacle of 2013’s “After Earth.” Lithely directed by the duo responsible for “Crazy, Stupid, Love,” this suave if quick-to-dissipate divertissement shrewdly recasts the star in the George Clooney mold — a good look for the next stage of Smith’s career.
With the rare exception of 2005’s hit “Hitch,” romance hasn’t really been Smith’s bag. »
- Peter Debruge
The 2013 M. Night Shyamalan sci-fi film starred both Will and his son Jaden Smith, and was one of the actor's box office bombs, grossing only $243 million globally ($27 million on opening weekend) on a $130 million production budget. When you compare this to his other films -- Hancock made $624 million while Hitch made $368 million-- it's easy to see why Smith saw this as a "failure."
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He even tells Esquire magazine that the negative reviews of After Earth were more of a blow for him than Wild Wild West, which made a meager $57 million on a reported $170 million budget. At least After Earth made a $113 million profit!
The comment, in an interview with Esquire, came after the reporter referenced a “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” quote from Smith’s TV aunt, who advised his character on an episode, “Don’t let success go to your head and success go to your heart.”
“That was a valuable lesson for me a few years ago with ‘After Earth,'” Smith said. “That was the most painful failure in my career.”
The Sony/Columbia pic, directed by M. Night Shyamalan, made $27 million on opening weekend and grossed a global $243 million on a reported production budget of $130 million. In comparison, in 2008, “Hancock,” the Smith-starring fantasy drama from Sony/Columbia, raked in $624 million globally and made $62 million on opening weekend. His rom-com “Hitch” made $368 globally and $43 million on opening weekend. »
- Lisa Schulz
"Eight out of ten women believe that the first kiss will tell them everything they need to know about the relationship" -- that’s where Hitch comes in.
It’s hard to believe it's been ten years since we first learned the rules of dating. Back in 2005, Et’s Kevin Frazier had the terrible assignment of flying to Hawaii to sip tropical drinks with the film’s stars, including Will Smith, Kevin James, and Eva Mendes.
"I was trying to create the comedy in a way that it would be strong, and powerful, and still funny – but not getting tender with it," Smith told Et.
The rom-com had some hilarious moments, like Eva Mendes getting kicked in the head on a jet ski, a stunt she did on her own.
"It was actually my first real stunt in water," said Mendes »
Eva Mendes has launched her own makeup brand. The 'Hitch' actress is the new creative director and face of Circa, a cosmetics label from Measa Group which is set to go on sale in 3,000 Walgreens stores across the Us later this month. The brunette beauty - who welcomed a daughter, Esmeralda, with her partner Ryan Gosling in September last year - has designed the beauty line to target the Hispanic market, but insists the collection is suitable for a variety of skin tones and will ''service all types of ethnicities.'' The range will include over 133 shades of products from lip stains, foundations and cheek colours to mascara and eyeliner, which come in Old Hollywood-style gold packaging and retail from $8 to $15. The Cuban American actress said of the collection, which will also be available online at walgreens.com and drugstore.com: ''As a Latin woman, it was important »
Pascal, who will remain at Sony in a new role as a producer, has long been known around town for her keen eye for winning projects. Though her reputation has suffered recently as a result of North Korea’s infamous hacking attack on the studio, which revealed a few unseemly email exchanges in which Pascal and other execs criticized the attitudes of A-listers and made racially tinged jokes at the expense of President Obama, Pascal steered the studio through her share of triumphs.
Any career as long as Pascal’s is bound to have its peaks and valleys. From the highest heights (“Skyfall,” “Spider-Man 2”) to the lowest lows (“Jack and Jill,” “Sparkle”), Pascal led Sony through it all. Here’s a look »
- Kevin Noonan and Marianne Zumberge
Cut Eva Mendes some slack.
The 40-year-old Hitch actress presented at the Hollywood Stands Up To Cancer event presented by the Entertainment Industry Foundation on Wednesday night, where she had a bit of trouble reading the teleprompter on-stage.
Luckily, she has a very good excuse.
"I'm sorry, go back -- you guys got it, right?" Eva said after the little hiccup. "I just had a baby. I haven't slept. I'm sorry!"
She's of course referring to her daughter with Ryan Gosling, Esmeralda Amada, whom she gave birth to in September.
Watch the cute moment in the video above.
"Each one of us here tonight, are here in this room because someone in our family, or someone »
Parents' night out! Eva Mendes and Ryan Gosling stepped out for a rare date night at Don Rickles' show at the Saban Theatre in Los Angeles on Saturday night. The 40-year-old actress showed off her slim post-baby bod in a leopard-print dress and checkered jacket as she walked into the theater. Meanwhile, her hunky beau looked dapper a black and white suit.Check out the actor's scruffy facial hair! The couple welcomed daughter Esmeralda Amada in September, and this is the first time we've seen them out together since before their baby was born.Mendes first opened up about motherhood in December, back when the little one was just two months old. "You know we’re getting the hang of it, the sleeping thing, but yeah I’m exhausted and it’s the best," the "Hitch" star told Ellen DeGeneres. "Really, I’m so incredibly tired. I thought I was tired before at times, »
- tooFab Staff
Kurt Russell starred as the iconic one-eyed anti-hero Snake Plissken in the original Dystopian action film, released by Avco Embassy in 1981. Studiocanal owned the rights to the film, which had several suitors, and was won by Fox’s Mike Ireland on the back of the studio’s competitive bid.
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- Travis Reilly
Welcome to 2015. Hopefully it’s better than 2014, which was not bad, but also not great. But maybe the pop culture this year won’t be any different from last year. How much can we really change in a year? Let’s start by asking a different question:
How far have we actually come in a decade? Let’s look back at 2005.
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In 2005, the biggest movie of the year was Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith. This year, the biggest movie of the year will be...Star Wars: The Force Awakens, probably. And another of 2005’s biggest movies of the year was Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s Mr. & Mrs. Smith. In 2015, we’ll watch Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie again in By the Sea (which Jolie directed).
But mostly, looking back, the biggest movies of 2005 are a blueprint for 2016: In 2005, we »
12 items from 2015
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