Category: Will Smith

Willow Smith as 'Annie'? Will Smith, Jay-Z could bring it

Willow Smith with Jaden Smith

Willow Smith may be sweet on Daddy Warbucks -- or Daddy Will Smith -- now that papa Smith and Sony are exploring a remake of the classic musical "Annie."

Is Willow Smith, the 10-year-old of "Whip My Hair" fame, jumping on the daddy-make-me-a-movie bandwagon by starring in the musical? Yes, according to Variety -- and we're not really surprised.

Her 12-year-old brother, Jaden, launched his film career last summer in the remake of "The Karate Kid," which was his parents produced. Natch.

Well, Will, now Willow wants a movie too. It's just something you celebrity dads have to deal with. The pepperoni-loving tween is already walking red carpets and was recently profiled by Vanity Fair. It's a hard knock life, we know.

The film will probably be produced by Overbrook Entertainment, Will and Jada Pinkett Smith's production company. Variety also reported that Jay-Z would oversee the music for the film via his label Roc Nation, which signed Willow. 

The jury is still out on whether the redux would be contemporary or include the original songs. Last time we checked, Little Orphan Annie didn't whip her hair back and forth. And we're having a hard time believing that with Jay-Z on board, this project would be set in the same era as the tap-dancing, sweet-as-pie original.

We do know he's no stranger to the hard knock life either.



They wore *what*? A stroll down the AMAs red carpet

Jimmy Fallon, Bruce Springsteen cover 'Whip My Hair' [poll]

Willow Smith: All you need to know, including what it's like with Justin Bieber in the picture

-- Nardine Saad

Photo: Willow Smith, right, with brother Jaden Smith at the premiere of "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse" last June in Los Angeles. Credit: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images

Justin Bieber tells all: 'I'm not normal'


Justin Bieber news comes forth to please the rabid masses in the form of a dishy interview with Vanity Fair -- in which the Biebs discusses his signature hairdo, Will Smith's reading recommendations and Justin's own hero, Michael Jackson

Justin Bieber But first things first: He's nuts.

"Just the way my brain works. I'm not normal. I think differently -- my mind is always racing. I'm just … nuts. But I think the best [musicians] probably are," he tells the mag.

"Music is music, and I'm definitely influenced by Michael Jackson and Boyz II Men," Bieber said, adding that Tupac Shakur is among his faves. Though we'd pay to see him rock out to some "California Love," we'll focus on those Jackson aspirations.

"He was so broad, everybody loved him, and that's what my goal is -- to basically make people happy, to inspire them, and to have everyone root for me," Bieber said.

Bieber was photographed at a private residence in Beverly Hills, where a handful of lucky fans got to participate in the VF goodness (watch a behind-the-scenes video from the shoot, above). While these gals were invited to the party, it's often difficult for Bieber to find any privacy from his fan legion.

That's why when Justin's female "friends" -- like, we don't know, Selena Gomez -- want some alone time with the idol, his personal bodyguard makes it happen.

"I feel like I've become an expert at covert operations,” security head Kenny Hamilton said of the lady visits that occur on Bieber's mandatory days off (up to three per week). 

Other gems from Justin's world include his on-the-road tutoring (he hates school), during which he doesn't read much aside from Will Smith's recommendations, including "Rich Dad Poor Dad." Also, Justin's mother, Pattie Mallette, is super convinced that her son is here for a reason.

Mallette says that "after a personal encounter with God, she believes that she and Justin have been put on earth to bring light and inspiration to the world," the article says.

We'd like her to elaborate on that one. See for yourself when the issue hits stands Thursday.


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-- Matt Donnelly

Photo: Justin Bieber, kisses and all. Credit: Art Streiber / Vanity Fair  

Willow Smith: All you need to know, including what it's like with Justin Bieber in the picture


For those without Internet access this week, or recent owners of well-appointed homes under a rock -- meet Willow Smith

She's the 9-year-old (almost 10-year-old) daughter of Will and Jada Pinkett Smith, and she's here to become the multi-platform superstar that her DNA demands.

With the release of her "Whip My Hair," young Willow introduces to us a pre-preteen firecracker who lives up to her impeccable breeding and perhaps takes the legacy one step further (after all, we don't see Will getting tribute from the Muppets).

The young star hit the offices of Teen Vogue recently to share some essential info, and we thought the world would only benefit from this intimate knowledge, including her thoughts on Justin Bieber.

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Is Jay Pharoah 'SNL's' new Obama? Or Denzel Washington? Or Will Smith? Or all of the above?


"Saturday Night Live" announced four new cast members Tuesday, including one Jay Pharoah, a comedian and impressionist the Washington Post is floating as a likely replacement for Fred Armisen as the show's President Barack Obama.

Check out Pharoah's Obama impersonation above, and his Denzel Washington and Will Smith, below, and weigh in with your comments -- could Pharoah keep up, comedically, with the likes of Will Ferrell's President George W. Bush?

By the way, the other three new faces belong to Vanessa Bayer, Paul Brittain and Taran Killam, and the season opener will be hosted by alum and new mom Amy Poehler. Gone are Will Forte and Jenny Slate.

For the record, Pharoah wouldn't tip off the Post about any presidential hopes, so you'll have to decide for yourself.

 -- Christie D'Zurilla

 The Associated Press contributed to this report.

PARTY OF NO! 'Baby' passes 'Bad,' Melissa Gilbert's pain, Alexa Ray Joel's mistake, Spencer Pratt's lunacy

Spencer-pratt-old-man It's hot -- stinkin' hot. Make-you-cranky hot. I-have-no-idea-what-to-wear-that-won't-stick-to-me hot. So hot that even the earthquake gods have fled Southern California and set up shop in Washington, D.C.

With no relief expected until Sunday at the earliest, what better time for a Party of No? Grab yourself the cold beverage of your choice, maybe even a root beer float, and pull up a lawn chair right here on the Ministry's front porch. We're kickin' it for a while -- because sometimes it just feels good to just say "no" while staying in the know.

For example, Lady Gaga's "Bad Romance" is no longer the most-watched music video on YouTube -- apparently it's too hard to say no to Justin Bieber's "Baby." Time

Melissa Gilbert made no excuses while on the road with "Little House on the Prairie," though she probably should have, because her back was broken. Contact Music

There's no way Alexa Ray Joel would've called 911 after taking too much of a homeopathic anti-inflammatory, she says, if she knew the call would be made public. OnTheRedCarpet.com

Fooling nobody, a disguised Spencer Pratt tried to crash "The Hills" series finale party, to no avail. New York Daily News

Amy Winehouse says it'll be no more than six months till her next album comes out. That after ...

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Generations mix and match at 'The Karate Kid' premiere in Westwood


The new "Karate Kid" got to meet the original "Karate Kid" Monday on the red carpet Monday at the Mann Village Theater in Westwood.

Karate kid promo Ralph Macchio was 22 when he leveled the infamous "crane kick" at his All Valley Karate Championship foe in the 1984 incarnation of the story; current star Jaden Smith turns 12 in a month, and his 2010-issue character will be kickin' it in China.

Macchio's now 48, but is still the actor whom age forgot. Heck, Jaden's dad, Will Smith, is only 43. Further bridging the back-to-the-1980s vibe, Jaden rocked a Michael Jackson-style jacket. 

Also on the red carpet: the rest of the Smith family, including mom Jada Pinkett Smith, brother Trey, and sister Willow; Jackie Chan, whose Mr. Han is the 2010 equivalent of the late Pat Morita's Mr. Miyagi; Ciara; Taraji P. Henson; Quincy Jones; Quinton Aaron; James Caviezel; Arsenio Hall and more -- even original bad guys Tony O'Dell and William Zabka. Click on the photo above to launch a gallery of arrivals pictures.

"The Karate Kid" 2010 opens in theaters Friday.

-- Christie D'Zurilla

Top photo: All together on the red carpet at "The Karate Kid" premiere in Westwood on June 7, 2010, are, from left, Ralph Macchio, producers Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith and cast members Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan. Credit: Robyn Beck / AFP / Getty Images.

Second photo: Arsenio Hall and his son, Arsenio Jr., arrive at "The Karate Kid" premiere. Credit: Mike Nelson / EPA.

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Will Smith signed on for 3-D 'Men in Black 3'

Mib2-web If there's a movie franchise that simply screams for 3-D treatment, it's "Men in Black" -- and that's what we'll see in summer 2012, providing the aliens don't destroy Earth first.

Deals are set for Will Smith to star again as Agent Jay and Barry Sonnenfeld to direct, Columbia Pictures announced Friday.

"We love where the story is taking Agents Jay and Kay and know this new chapter will deliver a fresh fun twist for fans of the franchise while also introducing the Men in Black to a whole new generation of moviegoers," said Jeff Blake, chairman of Sony Pictures Worldwide Marketing and Distribution.

The first two "Men in Black" movies were released in 1997 and 2002.

Columbia, which is owned by Sony, says it's in "advanced negotiations" with Tommy Lee Jones about reprising his role as Agent Kay, and is talking to Josh Brolin about playing Kay's younger incarnation.

Waiting for word back on whether we might see Rip Torn's Chief Zed despite his legal woes. We did not, however, ask about a certain Agent M, seen with Zed in the clip above from "Men In Black II."

Who knows, though. He could show.

-- Christie D'Zurilla

Photo: Tommy Lee Jones, left, and Will Smith in "Men In Black II." Credit: Melinda Sue Gordon / Columbia Pictures

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Jackie Chan, Jaden Smith and the Will Smith version of 'wax on, wax off'

Jackie Chan was intimidated about working with Jaden Smith in the remake of "The Karate Kid"? Well heck yeah -- the little actor is Will Smith's kid!

Dad's advice to Jaden? Stay in the scene, the younger Smith said, and don't try to do it the first time, do it the first time. We'll see how he played it when the movie opens this June.

Jaden gives the rundown ... 

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PREACH IT! I'll buy that kid for a dollar, Jennifer Hudson ...

Oh, lookit! It’s Jennifer Hudson, showing off the cutest wittle pictures of that adorably squeezable -- albeit a wee tad startled looking -- new bebeh!

Now that Hudson has debuted baby David as a public figure, we’ll likely see pics of the little guy swinging in the park and going shopping with Mommy and maybe even mugging on a red carpet a la the Will Smith or Demi Moore clans.

Won’t that be fun for everyone?

It always is. Until the red hot second when a star puts out a statement complaining that the public needs to back off his or her poor child, because none of us asked for any of this. For shame. For shame!

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