Willow Smith Confirmed for ‘Annie’ Remake; Will Smith & Jay-Z Involved
“One thing you’ve got to do as an actor is portfolio management,” says this person. “Will went through a place where he didn’t do a lot of movies, and none has been great.” The bottom line: “He could still be highly successful, but it was automatic before. Now audiences will look more carefully.” Off-Message Media: Smith, 44, and his 14-year-old son gave a joint interview to New York magazine that one prominent producer describes as “a jaw-dropper.” Will Smith described himself as “a student of patterns,” adding, “At heart, I’m a physicist.” Even as the elder Smith described how visitors to his household would be surprised to find that it is “simple and basic,” Jaden declared: “I like Cartier,” noting “before that, it was Louis” (as in, Vuitton). And that type of coverage leads to Less Fresh Prince and More Royal Prince: This began with buzz about Smith’s behavior (and his gigantic trailer) during the making of MiB3. Says a prominent film exec who has worked with Smith: “That aw-shucks, incredibly charming, self-effacing spirit doesn’t seem to play anymore. You can see it on talk shows. He’s got that energy and positive attitude, but it doesn’t have the same contagious quality.” Another Smith associate believes such behavior takes a creative toll. “The control-freak stuff hits you,” says this person. “You’ve got to listen to people. Movies don’t do well when there’s a hermetically sealed environment.” STORY:Could ‘After Earth’ End Will Smith’s Box Office Domination? Family Issues: The Smith family’s efforts to make stars of daughter Willow and Jaden might be too much, too soon.
Will Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith open marriage, swinging nor divorce gay rumors MediaTakeOut reports.
Reps for the couple did not back up the story when it hit the Internet like a tidal wave and so we remained extremely wary about the alleged split. Actors Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith have been married for 15 or so years and have two children together, Jaden Smith and Willow Smith. Jada Pinkett-Smith is also stepmother to Trey, Actor Will Smiths son from a previous marriage to fashon design student Sheree Zampino. Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith met in 1990 when she auditioned to play the part of his girlfriend on The Fresh Prince of Bel Air. Jada Pinkett Smith was rejected for the role but lucked out by later landing Smith as a real life boyfriend instead. The two ( Will Smith & Jada Pinkett Smith ) were married in a lavish wedding in 1997. The blog MediaTakeOut claims they will reveal all the details about the Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith split in their upcoming issue. The tabloid claims they have the inside scoop from an anonymous insider. The only comment this morning from reps for either starA was a confused ramble to MediaTakeOut by Jada Pinkett Smith rep Karynne Tencer when the tabloid site calledA her for confirmation. What? MediaTakeOut said that?
Jada Pinkett Smith says she would only ‘abandon’ Will Smith ‘if he did something bad to the kids’
The confident mother-of-two tells Redbook in its July cover story how despite rumors of a troubled marriage, the devotion and happiness between her and husband Will Smith , 44, is no illusion. “What is the thing that Will could do to make me not love him? That would make me abandon him? I can’t think of one,” she says. “I’m sorry.” Andrew Eccles for Redbook Jada Pinkett-Smith (right), her mother Adrienne Banfield-Jones (center) and daughter Willow Smith pose in Redbook. Not so fast. Like any protective mother, the former “Hawthorne” actress does in fact have one reason she’d cut ties with Smith after 15-years of marriage. Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage (From left) Jaden Smith, Willow Smith, Will Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith and Trey Smith at the ‘After Earth’ premiere in New York on May 29. “Except if he did something bad to the kids,” she adds. “Now we’ve got a problem.” But the couple seem to share in their undying love for their children – – Jaden, 14, and Willow, 12 – – and revel in the small things that make life so grand. “We tend to find magic in the mundane,” the 41-year-old actress, singer and activist describes.
Since, then the project has been officially confirmed, with a recent press release explaining how the film will come together. According to the press release (via Deadline ), the film will be produced byOverbrook Entertainment partners James Lassiter, Ken Stovitz, Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith in a joint venture with Jay-Z. Sony Pictures Entertainment will develop the film. As is typically the case with press releases, theres plenty of quotes from all parties involved about what great news this announcement is, and how pleased everyone is to be working together. For the sake of brevity, Ill focus on the more important snippets: :Columbia Pictures President Doug Belgrad: The time is right to bring back ANNIE to the big screen. Of course, were true believers in Willows talent and believe she will be perfect in this roleCombining Willow with the Overbrook team that reimagined Karate Kid and the spectacular JAY-Z makes this a dream project. A decade ago, JAY-Z proved that the power of the underlying Broadway property remains, by showing how these songs could be reinterpreted for a new generation with Hard-Knock Life. We couldnt be more thrilled to be working with our friends at Overbrook as they launch this new venture. Stated Shawn JAY-Z Carter: The Overbrook Entertainment family and I have a unified vision. Weve already produced a Tony Award-winning play and were developing a true superstar in Willow. This venture into film development and production is a perfect next step with teams that are accomplished, creative, and innovative. In our previous report on Annie , many commenters were incensed to learn that Will Smith was interested in developing a project for his daughter. Personally, I think that negative reaction is undeserved.