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Ignatiy Vishnevetsky Ignatiy Vishnevetsky Oct 10, 2019. 22 comments

Will Smith fights himself in Ang Lee’s dopey but thrilling Gemini Man

Will Smith fights himself in Ang Lee’s dopey but thrilling Gemini Man

Ang Lee’s sci-fi action movie Gemini Man, which stars Will Smith as a government assassin who discovers that he was cloned by his former superiors, brims with the kind of possibilities of which transcendent pulp stories are made: an exclusive world of cold-blooded pros; a cavalier attitude toward both science and bodily harm; an air of weariness and regret; a hero who is fast and deadly with a...

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The A.V. Club The A.V. Club Oct 03, 2019. 20 comments

The Joker, Maleficent, and a catty Hitler make the multiplex a rogues’ gallery this October

The Joker, Maleficent, and a catty Hitler make the multiplex a rogues’ gallery this October

So many movies, so little time. Every week brings a new crop of them, opening in multiplexes and arthouse theaters across the nation, and arriving in increasingly high volumes on streaming platforms like Netflix. How’s a voracious moviegoer to keep up? That’s where The A.V. Club comes in. The first week of every month, we’ll be previewing all the major movies coming to theaters (or laptops or...

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Sam Barsanti Sam Barsanti Sep 09, 2019. 12 comments

Will Smith to star in adaptation of sci-fi novel Brilliance

Will Smith to star in adaptation of sci-fi novel Brilliance

As reported by Deadline, Will Smith has found another sci-fi property to work with Akiva Goldsman on, following their other extremely lucrative projects I, Robot, I Am Legend, and Hancock. This time, with Smith starring and Goldsman once again writing, the duo will be adapting the first book of Marcus Sakey’s Brilliance series, which is set in a world where one percent of all children are...

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Britt Hayes Britt Hayes Sep 04, 2019. 10 comments

Those bad boys are back and still bad in the Bad Boys For Life trailer

Those bad boys are back and still bad in the Bad Boys For Life trailer

Bad Boys For Life is real. It actually, finally happened, and there is a trailer for it and everything. The long-awaited Bad Boys sequel has been in development for so damn long that we forgot who the hell was even directing this thing—turns out it’s the filmmaking duo of Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah (Snowfall), who replaced previous writer/director Joe Carnahan, who replaced...

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Marah Eakin Marah Eakin Jul 25, 2019. 17 comments

Ang Lee and Will Smith dive into hyperreality in the latest Gemini Man trailer

Ang Lee and Will Smith dive into hyperreality in the latest Gemini Man trailer

As a project, Gemini Man has been talked about for decades. What if, creator Darren Lemke argued in the late ‘90s, an actor could fight a younger version of himself on-screen, and do it in a way that didn’t look like total shit? 20-odd years later, the technology has finally advanced enough that Ang Lee has decided to tackle the question, alongside a starring and slug-happy Will...

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Britt Hayes Britt Hayes Jul 03, 2019. 13 comments

You will believe a pigeon can spy in new Spies In Disguise trailer

You will believe a pigeon can spy in new Spies In Disguise trailer

Spider-Man: Far From Home hits theaters this week, but this is most certainly not a new trailer for that movie. Instead, it’s 20th Century Fox shrewdly capitalizing on the release of the new Spider-Man sequel by releasing a trailer for another big movie starring Tom Holland—or his voice, anyway. Spies In Disguise brings together blockbuster newbie Holland and OG blockbuster champ...

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William Hughes William Hughes May 23, 2019. 16 comments

Will Smith's end-credits Aladdin rap is just as weird as we could have hoped

Will Smith's end-credits Aladdin rap is just as weird as we could have hoped

It’s been almost exactly 20 years since Will Smith graced the music-loving world with “Wild Wild West,” inviting fans of 1999's biggest “cowboy secret agent fights a racist little person and his giant mechanical spider” movie to delight in such lyrics as “Any damsel that’s in distress, be out of that dress when she meet Jim West.” Now, to commemorate this incredible milestone—and also, we...

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Ignatiy Vishnevetsky Ignatiy Vishnevetsky May 23, 2019. 24 comments

The lifeless Disney remake Aladdin can’t muster the original’s magic

The lifeless Disney remake Aladdin can’t muster the original’s magic
Movie ReviewMovie ReviewAladdinC-Movie ReviewAladdinC-C-AladdinDirector

Guy Ritchie

Runtime

128 minutes

Rating

PG

Language

English

Cast

Will Smith, Mena Massoud, Naomi Scott, Marwan Kenzari, Navid Negahban, Nasim Pedrad

Availability

Theaters everywhere May 24

The forced march of listless live-action Disney remakes continues with Guy Ritchie’s Aladdin, the worst of a batch that has already gifted us...

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William Hughes William Hughes May 10, 2019. 16 comments

It's the 25th anniversary of the saddest Fresh Prince episode ever

It's the 25th anniversary of the saddest Fresh Prince episode ever

The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air was a powerful showcase for any number of Will Smith’s numerous positive traits—his charisma, his comic timing, his ability to have easily hurl-able friends. Like most sitcoms of its era, though, it was rarely much of an actor’s showcase; despite his future talents as a thespian, Smith was rarely called upon to do much more than deliver a quip or roll his eyes at...

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William Hughes William Hughes Apr 28, 2019. 12 comments

Will Smith loved that dramatic Fresh Prince trailer so much, he interviewed the guy who made it

Will Smith loved that dramatic Fresh Prince trailer so much, he interviewed the guy who made it

One of the things people always bring up when talking about Will Smith’s breakout acting role, The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air, was its occasional willingness to get real. Sure, the NBC sitcom sometimes veered too far into Very Special territory—there’s a bit of “Jessie Spano hepped up on caffeine pills” to that episode where Carlton ended up overdosing on Will’s secret speed stash, to...

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Randall Colburn Randall Colburn Apr 23, 2019. 17 comments

It's Will Smith vs. de-aged Will Smith in Ang Lee's Gemini Man

It's Will Smith vs. de-aged Will Smith in Ang Lee's Gemini Man

Ang Lee shot his last film, Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk , in 3D at 120 frames per second of 4K resolution, and he’s done so again with his follow-up, an eye-popping action extravaganza that one could argue better suits the technology than the somber story of an Iraq War veteran. Gemini Man stars Will Smith as an aging assassin in combat with another, younger assassin also played...

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William Hughes William Hughes Apr 21, 2019. 14 comments

Will Smith embraces his cheesy dad side by dropping in on his kid's Coachella set

Will Smith embraces his cheesy dad side by dropping in on his kid's Coachella set

If we’re being honest here, the gradual Dad-ening of Will Smith has been something of a beautiful thing to behold, as the former sitcom star and hotshot action smartass has gradually evolved into the sort of corny-but-lovable dude who might release a dead-on imitation of his own son’s music videos one day, then drop in to hang out with him in the middle of his big Coachella set the next. (All...

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William Hughes William Hughes Apr 06, 2019. 21 comments

On second thought, maybe we'll just skip putting Deadshot in the next Suicide Squad movie, huh?

On second thought, maybe we'll just skip putting Deadshot in the next Suicide Squad movie, huh?

Neatly side-stepping a whole host of awkward comparisons doomed to emerge from its rumored decision to re-cast Will Smith with Idris Elba in the upcoming Suicide Squad sequel, Warner Bros. confirmed today that it’s going to just quietly step back from this whole “Deadshot issue” entirely. Variety reports today that Elba—who might be the only person on the planet who’s actually enthusiastic...

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Reid McCarter Reid McCarter Mar 29, 2019. 8 comments

Step aside Will Smith, you can't keep up with the guys who play California Adventure's Genie

Step aside Will Smith, you can't keep up with the guys who play California Adventure's Genie

With only two months to go until the live-action Aladdin movie’s release, we have some bad news to share with Disney: the world’s best Genie actors have been found and neither of them are Will Smith.

As shared by comedian Jude Tedmori, the role’s real diamond is hidden deep within the rough of Disney California Adventure Park’s Aladdin stage show. The character, who looks to be played by not...

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Shannon Miller Shannon Miller Mar 12, 2019. 21 comments

We can relax: Will Smith's blue hue is less concerning in the new Aladdin trailer

We can relax: Will Smith's blue hue is less concerning in the new Aladdin trailer

The first full length trailer for Disney’s live-action Aladdin is here, and we’re thrilled to confirm that Will Smith’s gauzy blue, genie-fied makeover is far less concerning within the largest context of a two-minute clip.

Fans of the animated Disney film might be pleased to witness a glimpse of the telltale action, color, and music that captivated them in the first place. More...

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William Hughes William Hughes Mar 07, 2019. 19 comments

Idris Elba is reportedly replacing Will Smith as Deadshot in the Suicide Squad sequel

Idris Elba is reportedly replacing Will Smith as Deadshot in the Suicide Squad sequel

Thor star Idris Elba is about to join the vaunted “two superhero cinematic universes” club, albeit in kind of a weird way: Variety is reporting that the former watcher of the Bifrost has just signed on for James Gunn’s Suicide Squad sequel, where he’ll be replacing Will Smith in the role of the lethally accurate hitman Deadshot.

Smith announced last week that he was dropping out of the DC...

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William Hughes William Hughes Feb 28, 2019. 9 comments

What did we do to deserve Demi Adejuyigbe's new Will Smith-Black Panther mash-up?

What did we do to deserve Demi Adejuyigbe's new Will Smith-Black Panther mash-up?

The political world might be exploding tonight, but hey, something must be going right: Comedian, writer, and certified A.V. Club favorite Demi Adejuyigbe has released not just one, but two fantastic new movie-related songs this week. We already covered Demi’s Morissey-inspired take on the Green Book credits, and now we’ve got the Fresh Prince/Black Panther mash-up we didn’t know...

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William Hughes William Hughes Feb 28, 2019. 24 comments

Will Smith's too busy doing cool Facebook challenges to be in James Gunn's Suicide Squad sequel

Will Smith's too busy doing cool Facebook challenges to be in James Gunn's Suicide Squad sequel

Reducing our list of compelling reasons to see the Suicide Squad follow-up all the way down to “Hey, maybe Slipknot will show up again*,” Variety reports today that Will Smith has formally bowed out of the anti-heroic sequel. The former international superstar turned mid-level Facebook “challenge video” host was forced to back out of a potential reprisal of his role as badass mercenary...

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Sam Barsanti Sam Barsanti Feb 26, 2019. 7 comments

Here's an extremely secretive (or extremely profane) glimpse at Bad Boys For Life

Here's an extremely secretive (or extremely profane) glimpse at Bad Boys For Life

We wouldn’t expect a Bad Boys sequel—even a Bad Boys sequel coming 16 years after the last one—to be the kind of movie that needs to be kept totally under wraps, but apparently that’s what’s going on with Bad Boys For Life (the new installment coming from directors directors Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah). Yesterday, Will Smith shared an “exclusive first look” at the a script reading for For...

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Dan Neilan Dan Neilan Feb 15, 2019. 22 comments

Will Smith says a weird pitch meeting with the Wachowskis is to blame for him passing on The Matrix

Will Smith says a weird pitch meeting with the Wachowskis is to blame for him passing on The Matrix

Everyone knows that Will Smith, at the height of his stardom, turned down the lead role in The Matrix  to star in Wild Wild West, a film that, despite being very bad, nevertheless offered the still-rapping actor a place for the “wicky wickys” scrawled in his lyric book. While Matrix fans could never dream of anyone but Keanu Reeves in the role, Will Smith nearly playing Neo is still one of...

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