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10 Things You Didn’t Know About Will Smith

26 May 2015 8:28 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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With fans all very excited for Will Smith’s role in the up-and-coming Suicide Squad film release, it seems fitting to delve a little deeper into the actors life to find out a few things about him that even the hardcore fans amongst you might not already know.

Will Smith, born Willard Carroll ‘Will’ Smith Jr in 1968, has seen his career grow from being a moderately successful rap artist into what Newsweek described as “the most powerful actor in Hollywood”. Having enjoyed success in television, film and music, Will Smith is held dear in many of our hearts, namely for his role in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and since then, for many award winning big screen productions.

Will Smith was ranked as the most bankable star worldwide by Forbes; as of 2014, 17 of the 21 films in which he has had leading roles have accumulated worldwide gross earnings of over $100 million each, »

- Rachel Bailey

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Gabriele Muccino Set to Shoot Road Movie ‘Summertime’ With Up-and-Coming Cast (Exclusive)

10 April 2015 11:11 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Rome — Italian director with Hollywood credentials Gabriele Muccino (“The Pursuit of Happyness,” “Seven Pounds”) is set to shoot “Summertime,” an ensemble coming-of-age/road movie set in Rome, San Francisco, New Orleans and Cuba “about four youths in that unique unrepeatable formative phase after high school, before college, during which they crack the shell of adolescence,” he said.

For the four main roles in this mostly English-language pic, Muccino has cast Matilda Lutz, the emerging Italian actress who will play the lead in the next chapter in the “Ring” franchise; locally hot Italian TV actor Brando Pacitto (“Braccialetti Rossi”); and young U.S. actors Joseph Haro (“Glee,” “Welcome to the Family”) and Taylor Frey (“Gossip Girl,” G.B.F.).

The two U.S. thesps — cast by prominent casting agent Denise Chamian, who worked with Muccino on his Will Smith-starrers — will play a young gay couple whom the Italian characters, Marco and Maria, »

- Nick Vivarelli

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Matthew McConaughey Joins The Billionaire’S Vinegar for Sony Pictures

26 March 2015 8:12 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Matthew McConaughey is attached to star in Sony Picture's The Billionaire's Vinegar. Based on Benjamin Wallace's book The Billionaire’s Vinegar: The Mystery of the World’s Most Expensive Bottle of Wine. The film centers on the scandal surrounding several fraudulent bottles of wine allegedly owned by Thomas Jefferson. Hardy Rodenstock, a music manager-turned-wine dealer supplied the wine. Billionaire Bill Koch payed $500,000 for the Jefferson bottles, before coughing up twice that amount for an investigation to confirm their origins and a lawsuit against Rodenstock. What else are you going to do when you're a billionaire? [caption id="attachment_340263" align="alignright" width="360"] Image via Warner Brothers[/caption] Per Deadline,The script is by Michael Brandt and Derek Haas  (Wanted, 3:10 To Yuma) with no director attached at this time. Escape Artists and Overbrook Entertainment have been developing the project for years; Todd Black, James Lassiter, Jason Blumenthal, Will Smith and Steve Tisch will produce. They have previously »

- Haleigh Foutch

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Mythology Entertainment Inks First-Look Deal with 20th Century Fox & Fox 21 TV Studios

12 March 2015 11:48 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Mythology Entertainment has inked a first-look deal with 20th Century Fox Television and Fox 21 Television Studios.

Mythology also announced Thursday the hiring of department heads, Julia Gunn as exec vice president of television and Tracey Nyberg as exec vice president of film.

Under the pact with 20th and Fox 21, the production company will develop and produce broadcast, cable and digital scripted series wit the studios.

Gunn and Nyberg will both report to Mythology co-founders Brad Fischer and James Vanderbilt, and William Sherak, a consultant and producer for the company in both film and television.

“We are thrilled to have a home at Fox for Mythology’s television business, which we look forward to building under Julia Gunn’s leadership along with our new partners at 20th and Fox 21,” Fischer and Vanderbilt said .

Of the inhouse expansion, the duo said: “We are also excited to welcome the incomparable Tracey Nyberg »

- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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​Box Office: Will Smith's Lost 'Focus' and the Oscars Effect

2 March 2015 4:00 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

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

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Korea Box Office: ‘Kingsman’ and ‘Imitation Game’ Hotter Than ‘Fifty Shades’ or ‘Focus’

1 March 2015 9:17 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Seoul – Foreign titles dominated the Korean box office this weekend, but it was older, British, titles that came out on top, not new releases “Fifty Shades of Grey” or Will Smith’s “Focus.”

Kingsman: The Secret Service” bounced up to first place after spending two weeks in second. It accounted for 31% of the box office in the post-holiday weekend, earning $7.56 million from 1.03 million admissions. Since release, the Fox title has earned $25.2 million from 3.38 million admissions. With a strong occupancy rate of 41% and advanced ticket sales of 20%, “Kingsman” is expected to continue for at least another week.

The Imitation Game” bounced to second place, helped by its Academy Award-win. The British biopic earned $3.88 million from 561,000 admissions last week, with a week-on-week drop of 21%. The film has earned $8.83 million from 1.24 million admissions in two weeks, according to Kobis, the box office tracking service operated by the Korean Film Council.

Previous chart-topper “Detective »

- Sonia Kil

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Weekend Box Office: Will Smith Scores Soft Number One Debut With Focus

1 March 2015 2:33 PM, PST | TheHDRoom | See recent TheHDRoom news »

The North American box office opted to take the weekend off as the new Will Smith film Focus opened in the number one spot with mediocre numbers. However, the opening for Smith's latest effort was far better than the dismal opening for Relativity’s horror flick The Lazarus Effect, which debuted in fifth place. Overall, the top ten was down twelve percent from the same time one year ago.

With the exception of the $14.8 million debut for Seven Pounds, the estimated $19.1 million from 3,323 venues for Focus was the lowest opening for a Will Smith film in a decade (yes, even After Earth opened higher). The $50 million production -a con comedy co-starring Margot Robbie and directed by Crazy, Stupid, Love’s Glenn Ficarra and John Requa- was met with mixed reviews from the nation’s critics (56% on Rotten Tomatoes) and so-so approval from ticket buyers on CinemaScore, where the film earned a “B” rating. »

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Weekend Report: 'Focus' Pulls Off Minor Heist at the Box Office

1 March 2015 1:53 PM, PST | Box Office Mojo | See recent BoxOfficeMojo.com news »

While it didn't quite return Will Smith to his former box office glory, Focus (2015) still easily took the top spot on a quiet weekend at the box office.Kingsman: The Secret Service and The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water held on to second and third place, respectively, while The Lazarus Effect got off to a so-so start in fifth.Focus opened to $18.7 million this weekend, which is a bit lower than Crazy, Stupid, Love.'s debut (that's the last movie from directors Glenn Ficarra and John Requa). It ranks in the bottom half of Smith's movies; it is at least ahead of Seven Pounds ($14.9 million), though that movie's December opening held is back a bit. Seven Pounds wrapped up its run with $70 million, which is a number Focus is going to have a tough time matching.The lower-than-expected haul could be placed on Smith's shoulders: Mib 3 and After Earth »

- Ray Subers <mail@boxofficemojo.com>

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How did the Oscar winners do at the Box Office?

1 March 2015 12:21 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Will Smith returned to no. 1 at the box office, but was snowy weather across most of the country or diminished star power to blame for the lower than expected opening? "Focus," which is also the first leading role for rising star Margot Robbie, opened to $19.1 million.  Pre-release polling indicated the thriller would earn between $23-26 million over the three-day.  Instead, it came in substantially lower and became Smith's smallest opening since "Seven Pounds" which found $14.8 million in 2008.  Remarkably, it also took in less than 2013's bomb "After Earth" which debuted to $27.5 million. The Warner Bros. production reportedly cost $50 million and, at this point, will need international to push it into profitability. Showing impressive word of mouth, 20th Century Fox's "Kingsman: The Secret Service" took second. Matthew Vaughn's action thriller dropped only 36% taking in another $11.7 million for $85.6 million to date.  It's on target to earn over $100 million domestically at this point. »

- Gregory Ellwood

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Weekend Box Office: Focus Banks Blurry Number One, American Sniper Just Misses The Mark

1 March 2015 11:19 AM, PST | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

It was rough going this weekend for Will Smith's latest offering. Although the movie came in at number one, that was due to the slowness of the February box office doldrums than a massive audience turn out. At $19 million, Focus isn't the worst debut for a Smith headliner, but is more in line with his more thoughtful dramas like Seven Pounds or Ali rather than his thriller and action flicks which usually clear $40 million on opening weekend. Even the train wreck that was After Earth managed to open at $27 million. Horror films are almost always bankable, what with fake blood and bad acting always being cheap commodities in the Hollywood market. Even though The Lazarus Effect only made $10 million for a fifth place opening, the movie has already tripled its dirt cheap $3 million production budget. Thanks in no small part to Julianne Moore's Oscar win for best actress, »

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Weekend Box Office: Smith Scores Soft Number One Debut With Focus

1 March 2015 11:08 AM, PST | TheHDRoom | See recent TheHDRoom news »

The North American box office opted to take the weekend off as the new Will Smith film Focus opened in the number one spot with mediocre numbers. However, the opening for the Smith flick was far better than the dismal opening for Relativity’s horror flick The Lazarus Effect, which debuted in fifth place. Overall, the top ten was down twelve percent from the same time one year ago.

With the exception of the $14.8 million debut for Seven Pounds, the estimated $19.1 million from 3,323 venues for Focus was the lowest opening for a Will Smith film in a decade (yes, even After Earth opened higher). The $50 million production -a con comedy co-starring Margot Robbie and directed by Crazy, Stupid, Love’s Glenn Ficarra and John Requa- was met with mixed reviews from the nation’s critics (56% on Rotten Tomatoes) and so-so approval from ticket buyers on CinemaScore, where the film earned a “B” rating. »

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Box Office Report: Focus Steals #1 Spot With Soft Opening

1 March 2015 10:28 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Will Smith and Margot Robbie’s romantic caper film Focus easily topped the North American box office this weekend, although with a milder debut than expected. The heist flick opened with an estimated $19.1 million, which is solid for a film about con artists, but pretty tepid for Will Smith’s standards. In the last 10 years, only one film with the Fresh Prince headlining has opened worse: 2008’s Seven Pounds ($14.9 million). Despite an appealing marketing campaign, a lack of competition, IMAX theaters and the presence of co-star Margot Robbie, Focus couldn’t even top the opening for Smith’s much-derided 2013 bomb After Earth ($27.5 million).

The estimated $19.1 million take is equal to the opening for directors Glenn Ficarra and John Requa’s 2011’s romantic comedy Crazy, Stupid, Love. It was also around the same mark as adult-oriented thrillers from the first quarter of the year, such as Limitless ($18.9 million) and The Adjustment Bureau ($21.2 million). Still, »

- Jordan Adler

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"Focus" Tops A Weak Weekend Box-Office

1 March 2015 9:16 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

The Will Smith-led con drama "Focus" opened this weekend and came in below expectations with $19 million. That marks Smith's second weakest debut over the past decade, coming in just ahead of "Seven Pounds".

The first quarter of the year is usually quiet, and yet this year it has been surging thanks to films like "American Sniper" and "Fifty Shades of Grey" amongst others. This weekend's soft numbers marks a return to the more usual levels seen at this time of year.

Similarly the micro-budget horror film "The Lazarus Effect" under performed, nabbing $10.6 million which was about 20-30% below expectation. It came in fifth.

"Fifty Shades of Grey" continues its steep slide and scored $10.9 million and fourth place, falling behind "Kingsman: The Secret Service" which was second with $11.7 million.

In limited release, the Jack O'Connell-led thriller "'71" scored a very good per-screen average of $15,013. The film will get an »

- Garth Franklin

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Box Office: ‘Focus’ Tops Weak Crop of Competitors With $19.1 Million

1 March 2015 7:46 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Focus” topped the weekend box office charts with $19.1 million, but the heist film didn’t make off with as much loot as many analysts expected.

The film had been projected to earn between $21 million and $23 million, so cue breathless stories about whether or not Will Smith’s fastball has lost some heat. The debate may be excessive. “Focus” shows the limits of star power generally, not Smith’s particularly.

Charisma lacks the punch it did 10 years ago, particularly given that advances in digital technology and the growth of fanboy culture mean films can’t just be films anymore to succeed at a high level. They must be events. Would “Focus” have performed better had George Clooney starred in it or Brad Pitt?

“With all big stars, it depends on the movie they’re framed in,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at Rentrak. “If you put Will Smith in a »

- Brent Lang

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Smith to Have One of His Worst Domestic Openings Ever: 'Focus'

1 March 2015 1:58 AM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

'Focus' movie: Will Smith has third weakest weekend box-office debut of his career (photo: Will Smith in 'Focus') According to those referred to in polite society as "conservatives," winter storms and freezing temperatures are evidence that there's no such thing as global warming. Let's not even go there. Instead, let's focus (bad pun intended) on the Focus movie starring Will Smith and Margot Robbie as a con couple, which opened below expectations – with wintery weather as a possible culprit – in North America this weekend, February 27-March 1, 2015. According to box-office tracking, as late as a couple of days ago Warner Bros.' modestly budgeted Focus was expected to take in between $22-24 million. Barring a miracle akin to a sudden halt to rising ocean temperatures (pardon the hyperbole), that's not about to happen. Now, before I proceed: "modestly budgeted"? Well, for a Will Smith movie, $50 million – after »

- Zac Gille

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Box Office: ‘Focus’ Tries to Prove Will Smith Is Still One of Hollywood’s Biggest Stars

25 February 2015 1:19 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Will Smith will try to prove he’s still one of the brightest lights in the entertainment industry this weekend when “Focus,” his heist romance with Margot Robbie, hits theaters.

Early tracking suggests that reports of the “Men in Black’s” star’s demise as a bankable leading man appear to be premature. The Warner Bros.  film should open to $21 million when it debuts in 3,323 locations, capturing the top spot in what is shaping up to be an otherwise lackluster week at the box office.

Focus” cost $50.1 million to produce and is leaning heavily on Smith’s charisma in its television spots and posters. At 46, the actor is definitely at a career crossroads, but his recent rap as a faltering box office draw is unearned.

Yes, “After Earth” bombed with $60.5 million domestic on a $130 million budget, but it did do $183.3 million overseas, where Smith remains popular. Take that out of »

- Brent Lang

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This Epic 13-Minute Video Points Out Everything Wrong With After Earth

24 February 2015 8:10 PM, PST | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Ah, After Earth: the film so disastrous that Will Smith even admits that it was a piece of shit. Considering the man made Seven Pounds, that's saying something; though his remarks on the film have nothing compared to the roasting CinemaSins gives it below. Watch and enjoy! Thanks to the official CinemaSins YouTube page, we now have the most comprehensive analysis of the film that took last year's Razzies by storm - and it's not a pretty picture. I mean let's face it, ever since J.J. Abrams started using the "X Days Earlier" device on Alias, everyone else started to run with it. And who could blame them, as it's a really fun trick to play around with... if you know what you're doing. As usual, that qualification seems to evade M. Night Shyamalan's resume like aliens and monkey creatures evade water. Still, if you're going to start »

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‘Focus’ Gives Will Smith New Direction, Shot at Box Office Rebound

24 February 2015 3:46 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Will Smith’s reputation as one of Hollywood’s most bankable leading men will be on the line when the con man comedy “Focus” opens Friday for Warner Bros. That’s because “Focus” is Smith’s first film since “After Earth,” the pricey 2012 sci-fi bomb that he starred in with his son, Jaden Smith. Before that, enthusiastic foreign audiences offset disappointing domestic returns on the $225 million “Men in Black 3” in 2010, and 2008’s “Seven Pounds” failed to break out as well. In his latest outing, Smith plays an aging grifter trying to impart the wisdom of his trade to a young newcomer, »

- Todd Cunningham

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Will Smith Calls 'After Earth' Excruciating

14 February 2015 10:19 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Will Smith is currently on the press circuit promoting his con man thriller Focus. While quite a lot of talk has turned to his upcoming DC Comics adventure Suicide Squad, which will once again reteam him with his Focus co-star Margot Robbie, he recently took some time out to reveal his true feelings about one of his biggest career failures After Earth.

Will Smith is one of the biggest stars on the planet. And that's because he routinely turns in great performances in fare that is liked by audiences and critics alike. But it hasn't always been smooth sailing for the rap superstar turned actor. Once known as Mr. July for opening a number of big summer movies, he had his first flop with 1999's Wild Wild West. It knocked him down for a short bit, but he quickly got up. And aside from the misunderstood 2008 holiday blockbuster Seven Pounds, »

- MovieWeb

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Giveaway – Win A Copy Of Dumb And Dumber To

13 February 2015 12:23 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Two decades after Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels’ endearingly dense pairing spun slapstick comedy into box office gold in Dumb and Dumber, the long-awaited sequel, Dumb and Dumber To, arrives on DVD and Blu-ray Combo Pack and On Demand on February 17, 2015 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Directed by Peter and Bobby Farrelly (Dumb and Dumber; There’s Something about Mary; Me, Myself and Irene) the Dumb and Dumber To  Blu-ray Combo Pack offers hilarious extra belly laughs including an alternate opening, deleted and extended scenes, and a multi-part feature that takes viewers behind the scenes of the no-holds-barred comedy.

The side-splitting sequel also stars Rob Riggle (The Hangover, 21 Jump Street), Kathleen Turner (Marley & Me, Romancing the Stone), Laurie Holden (“The Walking Dead,” Silent Hill), Rachel Melvin (My Funny Valentine, “Days of Our Lives”), and Steve Tom(“Major Crimes,” Seven Pounds).

Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels reprise their signature roles as »

- Movie Geeks

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