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You might have thought that all-girl vacations were a thing reserved for college kids, but this group of four brazen besties are determined to have one last weekend of uninhibited fun and freedom before returning to the daily grind of responsible womanhood. They decide to fly to New Orleans, Louisiana for the city's infamous annual Essence Music Festival, and they're hoping that their time will include plenty of drinking, dancing and no-strings romances, but - as you can expect - they're about to discover a whole lot more. It seems that one of these sisters in particular has already thrown away her youth - and not just in the wardrobe department - to the chagrin of her friends. Is this vacation really going to be enough to get her to loosen up about open her heart?
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The actor described Prince as “one of the most magnificent artists to ever grace this earth.”
Actor Will Smith has posted a heartfelt tribute to his friend Prince, revealing he spoke to the musician the night before his death. Writing on Facebook, Smith expressed his shock and sadness at hearing Prince had died on Thursday (April 21st) aged just 57.
Will Smith has revealed he spoke to Prince the night before his death.
“I am stunned and heartbroken,” Smith wrote. “I just spoke with him last night. Today, Jada & I mourn with all of you the loss of a beautiful poet, a true inspiration, and one of the most magnificent artists to ever grace this earth.”
Continue reading: Will Smith Reveals He Spoke To Prince The Night Before His Death
While Pinkett Smith boycotted the ceremony, Rock used his opening monologue to make at joke a her expense.
Actress Jada Pinkett Smith has spoken for the first time since last weekend’s Oscar ceremony, where host Chris Rock took a swipe at her during his opening monologue. The wife of Will Smith had announced she was boycotting this year’s ceremony due to the lack of diversity among the nominees, but Rock joked that she hadn’t been invited anyway.
Jada Pinkett Smith has spoken out after Chris Rock’s Oscar joke.
“Jada [Pinkett Smith] said she’s not coming,” Rock said during the February 28th ceremony. “I was like, ‘Isn’t she on a TV show?’ Jada’s going to boycott The Oscars? Jada boycotting the Oscars is like me boycotting Rihanna’s panties. I wasn’t invited!”
Continue reading: Jada Pinkett Smith Addresses Chris Rock's Oscar Joke
The 'Concussion' star appeared on 'Good Morning Britain' to explain his decision to boycott this year's Academy Awards.
Will Smith has spoken some more about his decision to join his wife Jada Pinkett Smith in boycotting this year’s Oscars ceremony, saying that he wants to be “part of the solution” to the diversity problem in the movie industry.
Smith is currently in Britain promoting Concussion, the movie which had seen him tipped to be in contention for the Best Actor trophy before the nominations were announced and he was left off the five-strong shortlist. For the second year in a row, all 20 acting nominations were taken up by white actors, much to the ire of social media.
Will Smith at the European premiere of 'Concussion' in January 2016
Continue reading: Will Smith Says His Decision To Boycott Oscars "Isn't About Me"
Smith is the latest celebrity to speak out about the lack of diversity in the Oscars nominations.
Will Smith has announced that he’s joining his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, in her protest at the absence of diversity in the Academy Awards nominations, and won’t be attending the February 28th ceremony.
Appearing on ‘Good Morning America’ on Thursday (January 21st), the Concussion star said: “My wife’s not going. It would be awkward for me to show up with Charlize [Theron]” he quipped, before saying seriously “we’ve discussed it and we’re a part of this community, but at this current time, we’re uncomfortable to stand there and say this is okay.”
Will Smith will be joining his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, in boycotting the Oscars
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It's getting pretty complicated now...
This year's Academy Awards season is turning out to be a pretty intense ride, with the uproar over the nominations' lack of cultural diversity causing a division in the entertainment world. While some people are saying that they're planning to boycott the ceremony when it was revealed that not one black actor or director had been nominated, others are saying that the situation has been blown way out of proportion.
So what exactly is the debate? This is year is the second year in a row that not one person of colour has been nominated for an Oscar in the major categories. It's not even that it hasn't been an option, especially when you look at the Golden Globe nominations and the calibre of movies featuring black lead actors in 2015 like 'Chi-Raq', 'Creed', 'Beasts of No Nation', 'Straight Outta Compton' and 'Concussion'. Last year, admittedly, did see fewer options. However, 'Selma' was one of the biggest movies of the year (and probably one of the most important in this decade) but still only managed to scoop a Best Original Song prize. Justin Simien's 'Dear White People' wasn't recognised at all and nor was Denzel Washington's 'The Equalizer'.
Continue reading: The Academy Awards Boycott: Both Sides Of The Debate
Clooney and Nyong’o join the growing list of names speaking out over the lack of diversity in this year’s Oscar nominations.
Lupita Nyong’o and George Clooney have become the latest stars to speak out about this year’s Oscar nominations, which have been criticised for their lack of diversity. Already director Spike Lee and Jada Pinkett-Smith have said they’ll be boycotting this year’s ceremony which for the second year in a row features no non-white nominees in any of the major categories.
Lupita Nyong’o has joined the debate over this year’s Oscars.
Nyong’o, who won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in 2013, wrote on Instagram: "I am disappointed by the lack of inclusion in this year's Academy Awards nominations. It has me thinking about unconscious prejudice and what merits prestige in our culture."
Continue reading: Lupita Nyong'o And George Clooney Join Oscars' Diversity Debate
Both Spike Lee and Jada Pinkett-Smith will be boycotting this year’s ceremony.
As the debate over the lack of diversity among this year’s Oscar nominees continues, Cheryl Boone Isaacs, president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, has released a lengthly statement addressing the issue. The statement comes after director Spike Lee and Jada Pinkett-Smith announced they wound not be attending this year’s ceremony, which has been criticised for failing to recognise non-white actors and directors.
Academy preisdent Cheryl Boone Isaacs.
"I’d like to acknowledge the wonderful work of this year’s nominees," Isaacs wrote. "While we celebrate their extraordinary achievements, I am both heartbroken and frustrated about the lack of inclusion. This is a difficult but important conversation, and it’s time for big changes.”
Lee is the latest star to speak out over the lack of diversity in this year’s Oscar nominations.
Director Spike Lee has announced he will not be attending this year’s Oscars, due to the lack of diversity among the nominees. For the second year in a row the Oscar’s was criticised for failing to honour non-white actors and directors, causing the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite to trend on social media.
Director Spike Lee will not be attending this year’s Oscars.
In a letter posted to Instagram, Lee began by thanking the Academy for awarding him an honorary Oscar in November, but stated that he and his wife Tonya Lewis Lee would not be in attendance at this year’s ceremony.
For the second year in the row the Oscars has been criticised for ignoring non-white performers, so is it time for a boycott?
Actress Jada Pinkett-Smith has raised the question of whether or not people of colour should boycott The Oscars after this year’s nominations once again failed to recognise non-white actors and directors. When the nominations were announced on Thursday the hashtag #Oscarssowhite immediately began trending with the Academy being accused of ignoring non-white performers in the major categories.
Jada Pinkett-Smith has asked whether this year’s ‘so white’ Oscars should be boycotted.
‘At the Oscars...people of color are always welcomed to give out awards...even entertain,’ Pinkett-Smith tweeted. ‘But we are rarely recognized for our artistic accomplishments. Should people of color refrain from participating all together? People can only treat us in the way in which we allow. With much respect in the midst of deep disappointment.’
Jada Pinkett Smith - Variety's Creative Impact Awards And 10 Directors To Watch Brunch at The 27th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival - Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 3rd January 2016
Jada Pinkett Smith - Variety's Creative Impact Awards and 10 Directors To Watch Brunch at the Parker Palm Springs hotel - Arrivals at Parker Hotel - Palm Springs, California, United States - Sunday 3rd January 2016
The 15-year-old wants to 'continue excavating my inner worlds'
Willow Smith has surprised fans by ‘pulling a Beyonce’ and dropping her debut album unexpectedly. Ardipithecus hit on Friday morning and is now available on iTunes and Spotify. The album features 15 new tracks and comes five years after Smith released her first single, ‘Whip My Hair’.
Willow Smith has released her debut album Ardipithecus.
In a statement about the record to Fader Smith said: "Ardipithecus Ramidus is the scientific name of the first hominid bones found on earth. I wanted to name my musical compilation after it because, while I was making these songs I was in such a transitional state.”
Continue reading: Willow Smith Drops Surprise Debut Album 'Ardipithecus'
Jada Pinkett Smith - Los Angeles World Premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures 'Magic Mike XXL' at TCL Chinese Theatre - Arrivals at TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX - Los Angeles, California, United States - Thursday 25th June 2015
Gabriel Iglesias, Joe Manganiello, Channing Tatum, Matt Bomer, Adam Rodríguez and Jada Pinkett Smith - Magic Mike XXL cast honored with stars on the official Miami Walk Of Fame at Bayside Marketplace, Walk Of Fame - Miami, Florida, United States - Wednesday 24th June 2015
Jada Pinkett Smith - A variety of stars were snapped at BET's 'Black Girls Rock!' event which was sponsored by Chevrolet and was held at NJPAC Prudential Hall in Newark, New Jersey, United States - Saturday 28th March 2015
Jada Pinkett Smith - A variety of stars were photographed as they arrived to the 'Black Girls Rock!' 2015 event which was held at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in New York, New Jersey, United States - Saturday 28th March 2015
Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith - A variety of stars were photographed as they attended the World Premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures' new film "Focus." The premiere was held at the TCL Chinese Theater in Hollywood, California, United States - Tuesday 24th February 2015
The Hollywood actress recently opened up about why maintaining a strict workout routine is very important for her body as well as he mind.
At 43-years-old Jada Pinkett Smith looks better than ever, and it is all down to hard work and dedication. But the Hollywood actress' motivation to maintain such a toned physique isn't because her "husband of almost 20 years can't take his eyes" off her, it is for her mental state.
Pinkett Smith recently opened up about the importance of working out
While showing off her toned abs, arms, and overall desirable figure on the cover of Shape magazine's January/February 2015 issue, Pinkett Smith reveals why working out is so important to her, and how to live a healthy life.
The 43 year-old actress joins an impressive group of leading ladies in the sequel, which includes Elizabeth Banks, Amber Heard, and Andie MacDowell.
As well as having a full cast of handsome male stars, the sequel to 2012's 'Magic Mike' has landed one of Hollywood's sexiest actresses, Jada Pinkett Smith. The 43 year-old star confirmed she will be starring in 'Magic Mike XXL' during her appearance on the 'Queen Latifah Show' Monday (Sept 22nd).
Jada has joined the cast of 'Magic Mike XXL'
"Channing Tatum and (director) Gregory Jacobs and Warner Bros. really took a chance," she told the talk show's host. "It was a character written for a male that they wanted to turn into a female."
Continue reading: Jada Pinkett Smith Confirms Landing Role In 'Magic Mike XXL'
The stars of superhero spin-off TV series 'Gotham' arrived at the show's premiere held at the New York Public Library. Among them were Jada Pinkett Smith, who plays Fish Mooney in the series.
The Smiths have stepped up to defend Willow and her choices.
After a picture of 13-year-old Willow Smith, lounging on a bed next to 20-year-old actor Moises Arias hit the web, gossip blogs practically exploded. Speculation is rampant on what the relationship between the two is and whether or not it’s appropriate for the Whip My Hair performer to pose in such a suggestive manner at her age. As far as Willow’s parents – Will and Jada Pinkett-Smith – are concerned, she hasn’t done anything out of line. According to the ever trustworthy anonymous “sources” for TMZ, Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith believe their daughter is "very mature" - enough so to make her own decisions, as long as they don't clearly cross the line.
Willow might be very mature for her age... but she's still only 13.
Apparently Willow’s folks view the photo as “harmless fun” and “an expression of art.”
Davina McCall admits she doesn't even touch alcohol anymore, these other celebrities are also proud to be on the straight and narrow.
Former addict Davina Mccall has admitted that she won’t even touch a drop of alcohol, because “it just leads [her] to drugs.” Davina has been vocal about her struggles with Class A drugs in her teens and early twenties, claiming during an interview in The Guardian, “Heroin makes you forget everything, no problems, no worries, no anything.”
Davina has spoken candidly about her past addiction
It was family friend (and former heroin addict) Eric Clapton, who encouraged Davina to quit the drug and clean up her act. Davina has since gone on to become one of the UK’s most loved television presenters, hosting Big Brother for ten years as well as game shows The Million Pound Drop and Five Minutes to a Fortune.
Jada-Pinkett Smith will face Batman himself in 'Gotham'.
Jada Pinkett Smith has been cast as a villain in the upcoming Fox series "Gotham". Smith will play Fish Mooney in the Batman series. It might sound like the name of a fish joint lunchtime special, but Mooney is actually a ruthless gangster and nightclub owner, according to the Fox announcement. Her character is original to the Fox series and does not appear anywhere in the comics.
Smith is playing a villain, unique to the Fox series.
“Fish Mooney’s got the street smarts and almost extra-sensory abilities to read people like an open book,” her official character description reads, according to the LA Times. “Imposing and hotheaded, she’s not one to be crossed.”
Jada Pinkett Smith is the latest star to sign on for 'Gotham'.
Jada Pinkett Smith has signed on for a co-starring role on Fox's Batman origins television show Gotham. The wife of Will Smith will play Fish Mooney, a sadistic gangster boss and nightclub owner who has extra-sensory abilities to read people like an opening book.
Jada Pinkett Smith Will Co-Star in 'Gotham'
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Mooney is the boss of Oswald Cobblepot - aka The Penguin - who will be played by The Waking Dead's Robin Lord Taylor.
Continue reading: Jada Pinkett Smith To Play 'Fish Mooney' On Fox's Batman Series 'Gotham'
James Avery will be sadly missed in the TV world.
The stars of the classic sitcom Fresh Prince of Bel Air have spoken of the loss of James Avery, the American actor who played on-screen father ‘Uncle Phil’ and who died in California yesterday (January 2, 2013).
James Avery Will Be Sadly Missed In The TV World
Continue reading: Prince Of Bel Air Stars Mourn Loss Of “Special Man” James Avery
Smith has been accused of cheating on his wife of 16-years, Jada Pinkett Smith, with co-star Margot Robbie
Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith's marriage is often under scrutiny from various different sources and once again their union looked under threat when Star Magazine ran a story stating that Will may be hooking up with one of his co-stars. After an intimate photo shoot for their upcoming film Focus, Smith and Aussie actress Margot Robbie were reportedly seen getting heavy handed with each other and the rumour mill began spinning overtime. It turns out though that the co-stars are nothing more than that and the Smith union is under no threat.
Will and Margot were only fooling around and his 16-year marriage is not under threat
Will's wandering eye had reportedly landed the Smith family in a multi-million dollar divorce battle, Star first reported, but since this claim was made there has been an onslaught of press saying quite the contrary. Despite appearing together in a number of raunchy photographs taken during the wrap party for their new film, sources have insisted that the pair were just messing around and there is nothing to their relationship other than friendship. According to Us Weekly, the 42-year-old Fresh Prince and the 23-year-old former Neighbours actress "are not hooking up," and they have had no intention to do so either.
Continue reading: Will Smith's Marriage Is In No Danger, Despite Cheating Rumours
Will Smith's marriage is not suffering amidst rumours of his infidelity. His 16-year marriage to Jada Pinkett Smith is still "great," according to sources speaking to an US entertainment website.
Will Smith's marriage to Jada Pinkett Smith is still intact and the rumours of infidelity are entirely unfounded, according to sources speaking to a US entertainment website. Smith was photographed in poses many believe show he is more than friends with 23-year-old Australian actress Margot Robbie.
Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith are doing "great" despite rumours.
The two were photographed in a photo booth set up for the wrap party of their upcoming film Focus. The photographs show the two joking around, lifting their tops and posing at the camera. The whole situation has been taken out of context and a number of media outlets have used the photographs as evidence of Smith's alleged infidelity. However, sources speaking to Us Weekly, have said Smith and Robbie are "not hooking up." Another source has stated the photographs were taken in "a photo booth on set that the producers got for everyone. It was the last day of filming and everyone was taking pictures. They were just goofing around. Will is just like that. There's nothing more to it."
Continue reading: Will Smith's Marriage Is "Great" Despite Rumours Of Infidelity
Willow Smith took a knock with '21st Century Girl,' though 'Summer Fling' is a solid return.
We still can't figure out whether Willow Smith's new track 'Summer Fling' is any good or not, but it's better than Whip My Hair anyhow. The 12-year-old daughter of Will and Jada Pinkett-Smith has returned to the pop-music arena with as Melodic Chaotic, a collaboration with DJ MVSIC Fabrega.
Following on from their debut 'The Intro,' the stylish pair premiered the new track over the weekend and released a music video to accompany it. Easily the coolest looking 12-year-old on the planet, Willow offers up her very best Cara Delevingne-esque British accent in the video, asking for a guy's number while making it clear the romance will only last a couple of months.
"Bright sun and the blue waters/ We fight less and love harder/ You tell me that I'm the one, I tell you it's just for fun/ We walk the beach at midnight, and watch the stars and the clear skies/ We both say I love you, but it's alright," sings Willow.
Continue reading: Willow Smith Pulls Out British Accent For 'Summer Fling' [Video]
'Madagascar' actress Jada Pinkett-Smith and her daughter Willow Smith arrive at LAX airport after flying from London where she attended the Chime for Change: The Sound Of Change Live benefit concert for female empowerment. One over-zealous fan attempts to get a photo with the star while walking but bumps into her. Jada calmly puts a cautionary hand on her shoulder as she dodges out of the way.
Is Will Smith's reputation as one of Hollywood's most bankable star in danger?
Is Will Smith losing his edge as Hollywood's most bankable box-office star? We've seen chinks in Tom Cruise's commercial armour in recent years, though Smith appears to be in free-fall - and he doesn't have the Mission Impossible franchise to fall back on.
His latest movie - M. Night Shymalan's After Earth - is a weak, weak effort that left audiences with little patience left for the Indian-American director and doubts over Smith's eye for a decent family flick. It's no secret that the movie star pulled out all the stops to get the sci-fi movie made, enlisting his wife Jada Pinkett-Smith as a producer and casting himself and son Jaden Smith as the lead stars.
The film failed to top the box-office, pulling in $27.5 million after a 12 per cent score on reviews aggregating website Rotten Tomatoes. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the movie could now lose tens of millions should it not score big overseas. Commentators agree that the hapless Shymalan will take the biggest hit from the box-office disaster and it's possible that the major studios will no longer trust the The Last Airbender director with big-budgets, however, After Earth also proves that Will Smith's supposed bulletproof image is not so solid and that the four years between Seven Pounds and Men In Black 3 did little to maintain his position as the world's most bankable star. "One thing you've got to do as an actor is portfolio management," said an industry source, "Will went through a place where he didn't do a lot of movies, and none has been great..He could still be highly successful, but it was automatic before. Now audiences will look more carefully."
Continue reading: Fall Of The Prince: Sony Lose Millions On Will Smith's 'After Earth'
After Earth was dubbed the worst movie ever made by one critic.
After Earth, the new sci-fi adventure starring father and son team Will and Jaden Smith, has been savaged by critics ahead of its release today (May 31, 2013). Though the premise has the makings of a reasonable sci-fi movie – two guys stranded on earth years after civilization – somewhere along the line something has gone very, very wrong. Perhaps the blame lies with M. Night Shyamalan, a director who is on an uncomfortably bad run with the critics that shows no signs of slowing up.
The movie follows Will Smith as Cypher Raige, a stern general who is tasked with a peacekeeping mission on earth, one thousand years after humanity settled elsewhere. Under the general’s stewardship is a young teenager named Kitai – also his son – who helps with the mission though all too regularly finds himself in trouble with the various beasts that still inhabit earth.
Holding a dismal score of just 12% on Rotten Tomatoes, After Earth has come in for some heavy, heavy criticism. Sure, the critics may be having their usual fun with Shyamalan (The Last Airbender etc) though there really isn't a positive word to be found. Joe Morgensten of the Wall Street Journal asked, “Is "After Earth" the worst movie ever made?” while Betsy Sharkey of the L.A. Times wrote, “There is no small irony that this sci-fi action adventure is about surviving a serious crash. The scorched earth left behind by "After Earth" is sure to leave a scar on everyone involved.”
Watch the 'After Earth' Trailer:
Continue reading: Will Smith's ‘After Earth,’ Dubbed ‘The Worst Movie Ever Made’
Celebrities arrive for the New York premiere of 'After Earth' starring Will Smith and Jaden Smith.
The New York premiere of Will Smith's new action movie 'After Earth' was almost like a reunion for the actor as several old friends showed up to offer their support.
The event was truly a field day for photographers with celebrities from Wyclef Jean to Bruce Willis making their appearances on the red carpet. Will Smith was the star attraction alongside his son and co-star Jaden Smith, and he also brought along his other two children Willow Smith and Trey Smith and his wife Jada Pinkett-Smith. Joining them were 'After Earth' director M. Night Shyamalan (the man behind 'The Sixth Sense' and 'The Village'), Smith's co-star Kristofer Hivju, Oscar-nominated director Spike Lee and rapper 50 Cent. There was even an appearance from Smith's former 'The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air' co-star Alfonso Ribeiro, who played Will's rich and very spoilt cousin Carlton Banks. Another notable attendee was genuine NASA astronaut Buzz Aldrin, best known for being the second man to walk on the moon in 1969.
Jada tries to clear up the confusion about her marriage... and fails
We’re very grateful to Jada Pinkett Smith for taking time out to clear up exactly what she meant when she insinuated that she and hubby Will Smith have an open relationship. We just wish she’d said something that actually made sense to other right-minded humans. The explanation that Jada gave was that her marriage to Will is not an “open relationship” but a “grown one.” Any clues? Us neither. Did she mean a grown-up one? Or perhaps she meant that the relationship has literally grown... to include other people. Frankly, we’re baffled.
Jada was so put out by comments about her recent interview with Huffington Post (in which she said that “Will can do whatever he wants”) that she posted a lengthy missive on her Facebook page to explain her stance to those she felt had misunderstood her comments. She started by saying “Let me first say this, there are far more important things to talk about in regards to what is happening in the world than whether I have an open marriage or not. I am addressing this issue because a very important subject has been born from discussions about my statement that may be worthy of addressing. The statement I made in regard to, 'Will can do whatever he wants,' has illuminated the need to discuss the relationship between trust and love and how they co-exist.”
She then concluded her statement by saying “Should we be married to individuals who can not be responsible for themselves and their families within their freedom? Should we be in relationships with individuals who we can not entrust to their own values, integrity, and LOVE...for us??? Here is how I will change my statement...Will and I BOTH can do WHATEVER we want, because we TRUST each other to do so. This does NOT mean we have an open relationship...this means we have a GROWN one.” Talk about muddying the waters, Jada.
Jada Pinkett-Smith has confirmed the rumours that have dogged her marriage with Will Smith throughout it's 16 year length: they are open in their relationship.
Jada Pinkett-Smith has gone on record to address one of the most dogged rumours circulating around Tinseltown for the past few years, revealing what really is the deal with her marriage to Will Smith. During a live chat with HuffPost Live, Jada was quizzed on her 16-year marriage with Will and the longstanding rumours that have followed the Smiths over their decade and a half of marriage, with wife of one of the planets most famous actors finally admitting what we had thought all along: the two have an open marriage.
When the question about their marriage was popped, Jada replied, "I think that people get that idea because Will and I are very relaxed with one another," adding, "But I've always told Will 'You can do whatever you want as long as you can look at yourself in the mirror and be okay,' because at the end of the day, Will is his own man."
Jada Pinkett-Smith has confirmed that she and Will share an open relationship
Celebrities who attended the Marchesa Autumn/Winter 2013 fashion show for the Mercedes-Benz included teen icon Miley Cyrus, 'Collateral' star Jada Pinkett Smith, TV presenter Louise Roe, Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour, stylist Kelly Framel and film producer Harvey Weinstein.
Wow, Barack Obama really does have all the cool kids on his side, doesn’t he? The hip-hop community are falling over themselves to show their support for Obama, with Jay Z and Beyonce leading the charge there. Chris Rock’s been piping up about his love for Obama, too, as have Will Smith and his wife Jada Pinkett Smith. And the latest in line to go public in their love for the President of the United States of America, in the run-up to next month’s elections is the comedian Lena Dunham, star and creator of HBO’s hot new comedy Girls.
Entitled ‘Your First Time,’ the video starts off with Lena talking seductively about the kind of guy that you want your ‘first time’ to be with and of course, you’ll start off assuming that she’s talking about losing your virginity, as she says things like “The first time shouldn't be with just anybody. You want to do it with a great guy. Someone who really cares about and understands women… a guy who cares whether you get health insurance and specifically whether you get birth control.” Pretty quickly, though, you realize that Lena isn’t talking about sex at all, but voting for the first time and quips that when she did, she went from being a girl to a woman.
Instead of developing the characters or situations for comedy gold, the filmmakers instead just crank up the chaos. So while some scenes are both funny and visually impressive, this second sequel is simply too inane to make us hope there will be a part 4. Very young kids may be distracted by the hectic pacing and hyperactive characters, but everyone else will quickly be bored by the nonstop mayhem, simply because there's nothing interesting going on.
Anxious lion Alex (Stiller), chatty zebra Marty (Rock), nerdy giraffe Melman (Schwimmer) and silly hippo Gloria (Smith) are living a Lion King-style existence in Africa, although their only hope for escape has just flown away. Namely, the brainy penguins and their monkey assistants. So our heroes follow them to Monaco, where they all end up on the run from the notorious animal control agent Dubois (McDormand). They run straight into a failing circus, which they set out to bring back to its glory days so they can catch the eye of an American promoter and go home to New York. To do this means working with the current circus acts: sultry cheetah Gia (Chastain), dorky sea lion Stefano (Short) and tetchy tiger Vitaly (Cranston).
The circus premise lets the filmmakers have a lot of visual fun with the characters, most notably in a riotously colourful Cirque du Soleil-on-acid performance in London. But the plot makes no sense at all (if they can get to Monaco, surely they could get to New York, right?), and there are so many new characters that the central quartet feels almost sidelined. Especially since they've also wedged in an under-developed romance for the lemur king (Baron Cohen). Yes, it's all over the place, and being busy is not the same thing as being clever or funny.
Continue reading: Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted Review
After escaping to Africa from Madagascar, Alex the lion; Gloria the hippo; Melman the giraffe and Marty the zebra decide it's time to head back to New York once and for all. Unfortunately, they have to rely on the penguins - Skipper; Kowalski; Rico and Private - and the two chimpanzees, Mason and Phil and their combined mechanical knowledge, to get them back home. Nothing can go wrong this time, though, can it?
Dre (Smith) is annoyed when his mother (Henson) moves from Detroit to Beijing, where he's mercilessly bullied by a gang of schoolboy thugs led by Cheng (Wang Zhenwei). Sure, there's the cute violinist (Han) to distract him, but things don't really start looking up until the maintenance man (Chan) agrees to teach him kung fu. Now Dre has three goals: learn skills to defend himself, compete in an upcoming tournament against Cheng and his evil mentor (Yu), and of course get the girl.
Continue reading: The Karate Kid Review
What began as white actors in blackface evolved with the 1950s Amos and Andy Show on television, featuring black actors in blackface. The content remained the same, with Amos and Andy portrayed as lazy, ignorant, chicken eatin', banjo playin', shifty clowns. Once the show lost favor with an outraged public, the television studios put a halt on developing new shows about the black experience -- degrading or otherwise -- for several decades.
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To understand why, let's just dive right in.
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Cab driver Max (Jamie Foxx) is having an ordinary night until he picks up Annie (Jada Pinkett Smith). They have a pleasant, interesting conversation, which director Michael Mann lets unfold at a natural, almost seductive pace. When they finally part ways, you feel as if you've watched a short romantic comedy. Enter Vincent (Tom Cruise).
Continue reading: Collateral Review
Here's your review of "The Matrix Reloaded" in a nutshell: One incredibly cool, gravity-defying, CGI-aided, swirling-camera kung-fu melee; one jaw-dropping, 100-mph, against-traffic freeway chase; and way, way too much long-winded, expository, circular, self-important, pseudo-philosophical yappity-yappity-yap.
Writing-directing brothers Larry and Andy Wachowski saddle their cast with endless equivocal prattle while toiling to buttress the complex plot and metaphysical undertone of this picture's uber-stylish 1999 predecessor, which saw what we think is the real world exposed as an elaborate virtual reality prison for the minds of all humanity. Mankind's suspended bodies provide a power source for a race of machines, which a small band of escapees are hoping to destroy in the post-apocalyptic world outside the Matrix.
"We can never see past the choices we don't understand," sage but elusive cyber-prophet The Oracle (Gloria Foster) preaches cryptically to Neo (Keanu Reeves), the cyber-Messianic hero whose realization that physical laws don't apply in the Matrix led to the first film's groundbreaking wire-work martial arts fights and bullet-dodging slow-mo stunts.
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The eye-popping, heart-stopping last hour and a half of "The Matrix Revolutions" more than makes up for everything plodding and ponderous that has taken place since the mind-blowing first hour of the 1999 original.
Astonishing in scale and momentous in scope, it encompasses a spectacular battle between the scrappy, out-numbered but heavily armed defenders of Zion (humanity's last refugee city hidden deep beneath the Earth's scorched surface) and a million-strong swarm of enemy sentinels (those frightening, giant squid-shaped robots) invading from the machine-ruled surface world.
But the monstrous melee may be for naught if uber-human messiah Neo (Keanu Reeves) cannot defeat the invincibly evil, incalculably self-replicating rogue computer program known as Agent Smith (Hugo Weaving) in a simultaneous, nuclear-strength airborne-kung-fu showdown inside what's left of the crumbling Matrix (that virtual world pulled over the eyes of the comatose majority of mankind kept in stasis by the machines who feed off our life-force).
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