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Will Smith Joining His Wife Jada Pinkett Smith In Boycotting Oscars


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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.”

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The Academy Awards Boycott: Both Sides Of The Debate


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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.

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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'.

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Lupita Nyong'o And George Clooney Join Oscars' Diversity Debate


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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'oLupita 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."

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The Academy Speaks On Lack Of Diversity In Oscar Nominations, As Stars Call For Boycott


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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.

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"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.”

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Spike Lee Will Not Be Attending 2016 Oscars Due To Lack Of Diversity Among Nominees


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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.

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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.

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Jada Pinkett-Smith Asks If People Of Colour Should Boycott The 'So White' Oscars


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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.

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‘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.’

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Willow Smith Drops Surprise Debut Album 'Ardipithecus'


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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’.

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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.”

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Jada Pinkett Smith Talks Benefits Of Working Out: My Husband "Can't Take His Eyes Off Me"


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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.

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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.

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Photographs from a Q&A for the new American crime TV series 'Gotham' at PaleyFest New York 2014

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Jada Pinkett Smith Confirms Landing Role In 'Magic Mike XXL'


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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).

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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."

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Video - Jada Pinkett Smith Hits New York For The 'Gotham' Series Premiere - Part 2


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.

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Jada Pinkett Smith - Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2015 - Dennis Basso - Outside Arrivals - Manhattan, New York, United States - Monday 8th September 2014

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Jada Pinkett Smith - Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week Spring 2015 - Dennis Basso - Front Row - New York City, New York, United States - Monday 8th September 2014

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Jada Pinkett Smith Addresses Daughter Willow's Photo Controversy, And "Entertaining" False Will Smith Marriage Rumors


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Jada Pinkett Smith could be soon be the matriarch of one of the most talented family's in the acting business, and unsurprisingly this means the Smith's garner a lot of attention whether it is positive or negative.

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Jada Pinkett Smith addressed her daughter's, Willow, recent photograph controversy

This occurred earlier this year when the 42 year-old actress's daughter, Willow, 13, found herself surrounded by controversy after a photograph surfaced of herself and actor Moises Arias laid in bed together.

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Jada Pinkett-Smith - FOX Upfronts at The Beacon Theater - Arrivals - NYC, New York, United States - Tuesday 13th May 2014

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Jada Pinkett Smith - FOX NETWORKS 2014 UPFRONT PRESENTATION - Arrivals - Manhattan, New York, United States - Tuesday 13th May 2014

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Jada Pinkett Smith - 2014 NBC Upfront Presentation at The Jacob K. Javits Convention Center - Arrivals - New York, United States - Tuesday 13th May 2014

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10 Things We've Learnt From The 'Gotham' Extended Trailer


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The extended trailer for Fox’s new show Gotham had us practically dribbling. It looks that good.  We need a Batman fix (even if there is no Batman in it...) now that Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy has come to an end and there’s just too long to wait for Batman v Superman.  So, what exciting things can we gather from the trailer?

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Jim Gordon as we've never seen him before

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MPTF's Night Before The Oscars Pulling Out Of Partnership With Beverly Hills Hotel


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In recent years, besides the glamour, celebrities and red carpet fashion at the Oscars, the show’s ethics have also been put into the spotlight. This year, The Night Before The Oscars, the biggest charity event related to the ceremony, has pulled out of the Beverly Hills Hotel because the venue is owned by the Sultan of Brunei. The event is being held by the Motion Picture And Television Fund, and the decision to stop collaborating with the hotel comes directly from the organization. The charity event does not want to appear to support or endorse the Sultan’s recently instated anti-LGBT penal code, based on Sharia law.

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Supporters of the event include Will and Jada Pinkett-Smith.

Officials from MPTF, have met with executives from both the hotel and the Dorchester Collection, owner of the Beverly Hills Hotel, to inform them of the decision, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The Night Before party, which draws Hollywood’s biggest stars and every top executive in town, has been held at the Beverly Hills Hotel since its inauguration in 2003. It was originally started by Dreamworks’ CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg and has since raised over $60 million since its beginning. The party is regularly attended and supported by A-list talent – the 2013 committee, for example, included Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith, Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck, Camila and Matthew Mcconaughey, Jamie Foxx, Sandra Bullock and Octavia Spencer.

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Fox Previews Dark, Gritty And Batman-Less New Series "Gotham" With Extended Trailer


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It lives – the first trailer for Fox’s Gothamis here. Fox’s crack at an Agents of SHIELD-type franchise (get over it, everything gets compared to the Marvel cinematic universe now) looks a lot more dark, gloomy, brooding… much like DC Comics movie adaptations of late. Oh, and did we mention it stars Ben McKenzie? As in Ryan from The O.C.? That’s probably an important thing to mention.

Watch the full-length trailer below.

The trailer is pretty epic, especially for a TV show. Apparently Fox are placing heavy bets on this project.

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Jada Pinkett Smith - Vanity Fair Oscar Party - Arrivals - Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 2nd March 2014

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Jada Pinkett Smith - The 86th Annual Oscars held at Dolby Theatre - Red Carpet Arrivals - Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 2nd March 2014

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James Avery DIes, 'Fresh Prince' Star, Dead At 68: Stars Pay Their Respects


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Actor James Avery has sadly passed away at the age of 68 due to complications related to the open heart surgery he underwent. Avery, who played Uncle Phil in TV sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, died in a Glendale, CA hospital last night. His wife Barbara, who had been standing at his bedside, left for a short while and returned to learn her husband had just died, according to TMZ.

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James Avery, Star Of 'Fresh Prince,' Has Died Aged 68.

Though The Fresh Prince of Bel Air's Philip Banks was by far Avery's most notable role, the actor starred in dozens of television shows and films throughout the years, earning him deep respect within the Hollywood community.

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Amidst Reports Of Infidelity, Will Smith & Margot Robbie Insist They Are Just Friends


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Will Smith apparently got up close and personal with his Focus co-star Margot Robbie during a photo shoot for their new film, a number of reports have suggested. The two were photographed by Star Magazine last month looking a little closer than just friends during a photo shoot that took place on 25 October.

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Smith and Robbie are just friendly co-stars

The married 45-year-old and his 23-year-old co-star had apparently finished filming earlier that day and were seen getting silly for a series of snaps, lifting up their shirts and cuddling for the camera. In one image Smith shows off his bare chest whilst Robbie flashes her lace bra. The magazine goes on to state that, following their photobooth session, the two got even more off the handle, however these reports have since been shot down by opposing sources.

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Jada Pinkett Smith and Wicked Wisdom - Afro Punk Festival - Day One at the Commodore Barry Park - NY, NY, United States - Saturday 24th August 2013

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Jada Pinkett Smith - Celebrities arriving at LAX Airport - Los Angeles, California, United States - Friday 7th June 2013

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Jada Pinkett Smith - 'The Sound of Change Live' concert at Twickenham Stadium - London, England, United Kingdom - Saturday 1st June 2013

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Trey Smith, Willow Smith, Jaden Smith, Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith - New York premiere of 'After Earth' held at the Ziegfeld Theatre - New York City, NY, United States - Thursday 30th May 2013

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Jaden Smith, Willow Smith, Will Smith, Jada Pinkett-Smith and Trey Smith - New York premiere of 'After Earth' held at the Ziegfeld Theatre - New York, NY, United States - Wednesday 29th May 2013

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Jaden Smith On Emancipation: "I'm Staying In This House For 30 Years!"


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Remember that whole Jaden Smith wants to be emancipated from his millionaire parents thing? Yeah, he was joking - he's not going anywhere. Following reports that the 14-year-old had told parents Will Smith and Jada-Pinkett Smith he wanted his own house for his 15th birthday, Jaden made an appearance on the Ellen Degeneres show on Wednesday and shot down the speculation.

"I just heard you are trying to become emancipated, is that right?" the talk show host asked Jaden. "See, here is the thing that you need to understand - I'm not going anywhere," he replied, "The thing that people don't get is everything at this house is free. So I can get anything and everything at his house so I'm going to be there 20, 30 more years."

Jaden stars alongside his father in new sci-fi movie After Earth and he concedes that things may change once his film career takes off. "He says as soon as I have a movie that's bigger than one of his movies, I can get my own house," Jaden joked. It's probably going to difficult for the 14-year-old to achieve that feat anytime soon - Will is easily in the top five movie stars in the world - though in 10 years who knows?

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Angela Davis and Jada Pinkett Smith - New York Premiere of 'Free Angela and All Political Prisoners' held at The Schomburg Center Langston Hughes Auditorium - New York City, New York , United States - Wednesday 3rd April 2013

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Jada Pinkett Smith - BET's Rip The Runway 2013:Red Carpet arrivals - New York City, NY, United States - Wednesday 27th February 2013

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Willow Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith - The Smith family depart their downtown hotel in Manhattan - New York, New York, United States - Wednesday 27th February 2013

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Jada Pinkett-Smith - The Smith family is seen out and about all over Manhattan on various excursions - New York , New York , United States - Tuesday 26th February 2013

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Jada Pinkett Smith - NYFW Marchesa - Departures at New York Fashion Week - Los Angeles, California, United States - Thursday 14th February 2013

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Jada Pinkett Smith - New York Fashion Week Marchesa - Departures at New York Fashion Week - New York City, NY, USA - Wednesday 13th February 2013

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Jada Pinkett Smith's Positive Parenting, Defends Willow's Hair Choice


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Jada Pinkett Smith may not be the first person you think of in the activists for freedom of speech, nationwide liberation or active feminism, but if you take a look at her Facebook fan page it seems that these are concerns close to her heart and ones that she spends plenty of time thinking and doing something about.  

For instance, in October she began preaching choice: "We all have the freedom to CHOOSE to live how we want. The freedom of choice is the crux of happiness. We are not here to live up to another's approval. Take responsibility for YOUR life, YOUR values, YOUR beliefs and expect NO ONE to hold that banner for you or to prove it RIGHT."

Most recently, she spoke in defence of her daugher, Willow's decision to shave off her hair.

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Video - Will Smith Arrives With Family At 'Men In Black III' Premiere - Arrivals Part 1


Will Smith arrives on the red carpet with his children Jaden and Willow Smith and his wife Jada Pinkett Smith for the 'Men in Black III' New York premiere at the Ziegfeld Theater.

Will has starred in many blockbuster Hollywood movies including the 'Men in Black' prequels, 'I Am Legend', 'Independence Day' and 'I Robot'. Jaden has starred alongside him in 'The Pursuit of Happiness' while Willow played his onscreen daughter in 'I Am Legend'. Wife Jada is also an actress, playing the voice of Gloria the hippo in the 'Madagascar' films

Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa Review


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To a film critic, the mainstream is like a ravenous shark with a defective hypothalamus. As long as Hollywood seeds the entertainment waters with chum, the masses will feed and feed until their dead, lifeless eyes roll back in their head. Examples of this baffling binge and purge are released every year -- inexplicable, unexplainable crowd-pleasers like Wild Hogs, Norbit, and Night at the Museum. Now comes Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, the even louder, more obnoxious sequel to Dreamworks' loud, obnoxious CG original. This is a film about more: More already dated pop culture references, more digitally-rendered eye candy, more abject pandering to a seemingly easy-to-satisfy demographic.

After being stranded on the tiny, titular African island, our four heroes -- egomaniacal lion Alex (Ben Stiller), hypochondriac giraffe Melmen (David Schwimmer), smart alecky zebra Marty (Chris Rock), and lovelorn hippo Gloria (Jada Pinkett Smith) -- are finally headed home. On a junk airplane refurbished by those pesky penguins, self-proclaimed King Julien (Sacha Baron Cohen), along with his right-hand advisor Maurice (Cedric the Entertainer) will take the quartet back to New York. Of course, things don't go as planned, and everyone ends up in the middle of a wildlife preserve in Africa. There, Alex meets up with his dad (Bernie Mac), mom (Sherrie Shepherd), and conniving Uncle Makunga (Alec Baldwin). When the fun-loving feline fails at the tribe's right of passage, however, it's clear these big city critters need to get back to Manhattan, and fast.

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The Women (2008) Review


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Longtime Murphy Brown scribe Diane English dips her toes into bigger waters as she attempts to remake The Women, George Cukor's 1939 comedy classic that saw housewives Norma Shearer and Rosalind Russell face off against shopgirl/mistress Joan Crawford. In English's estrogen-enhanced retooling, it is now Meg Ryan and Annette Bening, career girls flanked by lesbian Jada Pinkett-Smith and mommy Debra Messing, up against husband-baiting "spritz girl" Eva Mendes. Unfair and useless comparisons between the legendary Cukor and newbie English aside, this movie had me for a solid ten minutes before I was considering throwing myself head-first into a tank of Venezuelan red-bellied piranhas.

Like Cukor's film, English's effort boasts an all-female cast that ranges from raging, single Manhattanites to pot-smoking, transplanted Angelenos to Connecticut-rich ladies who lunch. The latter would be Mary Haines (Ryan), a fashion designer who gets the axe from her father after expecting him to hand over the keys to the castle. Before Mary even finds out, her best friend Sylvia (Bening) receives drive-by gossip about Mary's husband's affair with a counter girl at Saks named (appropriately) Crystal (Mendes). Mary's mother (Candice Bergen) expected it, and her lesbian friend Alex (Pinkett-Smith) wants to convert her. Needless to say, she finds her way through the fog of familial uprooting and finds herself a better mother, friend, and daughter for it.

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Reign Over Me Review


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We knew it was coming. Hollywood was destined to push a cloying and manipulative human drama that plays on our post-September 11 angers and fears to earn sympathies it doesn't deserve. I just didn't expect Mike Binder, writer and director of the beautiful Joan Allen vehicle The Upside of Anger, to be the culprit.

Binder's bogus new film Reign Over Me is a nauseatingly shameless disaster about a reclusive widower grieving for the family he lost in the terrorist attacks. An inert Adam Sandler dons a disheveled Bob Dylan wig to play Charlie Fineman (Get it? He's not fine, man), a former Manhattan dentist whose wife and three daughters were on one of the planes that left Boston bound for Los Angeles. Because New York City is only five blocks wide (at least, in Binder's limited view), Charlie eventually crosses paths with his college roommate Alan (Don Cheadle) and the pretentiously somber movie tries to connect these lonely souls.

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The Nutty Professor Review


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Many years after Eddie Murphy was a mainstay during what would end up to be the golden years of SNL (who could fathom the show's devastating plummet?), he has become the king of schlock. The worst it got was 2002's Showtime, where he and fellow charlatan Robert De Niro hooked up to attempt to rip off Lethal Weapon's buddy-cop antics. Looking back at The Nutty Professor, we really should have seen the mustering of lazy, worthless filmmaking a long time ago.

Murphy went through hours and hours of make-up and fat suits to get into the role of Sherman Klump, the naive, good-hearted science professor who weighs somewhere in the vicinity of 350 to 400 pounds. He's content enough in this state, until he meets Carla Purty (Jada Pinkett Smith), a new science professor who is a long-time admirer of his work. Sherman's family (entirely played by Murphy) tells him he should be happy with his weight, but when a crowd-insulting comic (overplayed by Dave Chapelle) rips him to shreds in front of Carla, Sherman's on a mission. After taking a potion, Buddy Love is created: a skinnier, Atkins-fueled narcissist (also played by Murphy) who can charm anyone, including Dean Richmond (ever-funny Larry Miller), his boss, and Harlan Hartley (James Coburn), a benefactor who could save Klump's job and the college. Of course, it becomes a fight between Sherman (love) and Buddy (business) that brings the film to its inevitable conclusion.

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Kingdom Come Review


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When LL Cool J stars in a movie with a title like Kingdom Come, you expect to see car chases, stuff getting blown up, that sort of thing. Instead, we get a fairly average, seen-it-before, family comedy that has its moments as well as its problems -- just like the clan in the movie.

When the Slocumb family patriarch -- evidently an ornery sonofabitch -- keels over in front of wife Whoopi Goldberg, it sets off a Slocumb pilgrimage back to the tiny town of Lula for a weekend of last respects. But, like most extended families, there is friction, conflict, and the occasional secret.

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Madagascar Review


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It's a testament to how great animated filmmaking has become that Madagascar is just a pretty good movie. If it had been released in 1995, audiences would have been stunned at the animation, the storyline, and the fun celebrity voices. Now, it's been-there-done-that and, "Oh, when is Shrek 3 coming out?" and consistent, legitimate Oscar talk for Pixar.

Of course, there are worst ways to spend your Memorial Day weekend than to share in the adventures of four wild animals at the Central Park Zoo. The zoo's star, Alex (voiced by Ben Stiller), is a headlining lion who loves being the limelight. His best friend, Marty (Chris Rock), a zebra, yearns to go beyond the zoo's walls and return to the wild. At the duo's side is boisterous, level-headed hippo, Gloria (Jada Pinkett Smith) and hypochondriac giraffe Melman (David Schwimmer).

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The Matrix Reloaded Review


Excellent
In 1999, Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne) uttered memorably, "Unfortunately, no one can be told what the Matrix is."

In 2003, no one needs to be told, because everyone fully knows what the Matrix is. The idea of the Matrix has entered the popular lexicon. Magazines, with utter seriousness, create polls asking whether readers think we are really living in the Matrix. And people say yes, apparently unable to realize that it is only a movie.

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Madagascar Review


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Somehow, somewhere I lost the notes I took during thepress screening of "Madagascar," and I didn't realize it untilI sat down to write this review some two weeks later. But having spentthe last hour jotting down everything I could recall about the computer-animatedcritter comedy, I've managed to confirmed one thing I do remember thinkingat the time: "Madagascar" is largely forgettable.

A screwball adventure about four animals who escape fromtheir supposedly cushy captivity of the Central Park Zoo and eventuallyend up lost in the wild, "Madagascar" has good energy, fairlysteady chuckles for kids (fart jokes and spit-takes galore), and a fewout-loud laughs for adults, mostly stemming from hilarious homages to moviesfrom "Chariots of Fire" to "AmericanBeauty" to "Planet of the Apes."

But eliciting more than a passing interest in the creaturecharacters and their escapades is another matter. While the animation iscreatively stylized (the animals have blocky toes, spiraled nostrils andamusing flexibility), their personalities have no panache because theirvoices lack verve.

Ben Stiller provides a little ho-hum egoism as pamperedlion Alex, who becomes panicked about coping with life on a tropical islandwhere the foursome crash-lands after falling overboard from a ship takingthem to a Kenya preserve. ChrisRock voices antsy zebra Marty, whose itch toexplore leads the critters into entertaining episodes in Times Square andGrand Central Station before they're captured and put on that ship in thefirst place. David Schwimmer and Jada Pinkett-Smith are a hypochondriacgiraffe and a sassy hippo who get more than they bargained for by searchingManhattan for the runway zebra.

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Princess Mononoke Review


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Some foreign films should never be dubbed. Reading an elementary translation in subtitle while hearing the passion and emotion in the inflection of the original voices is often more honest and more engrossing than hearing the same words spoken in English.

This seems to be especially true of "Princess Mononoke," an animated, fairy tale allegory about mankind's exploitation of nature set in feudal Japan and created by anime master Hayao Miyazaki.

Redubbed for American release, this handsome, stirring movie looks and feels spectacular with its incredible watercolors of forest landscapes, its giant and intelligent wild animals and its ancient, epic mythology.

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Bamboozled Review


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Beginning as a stinging, double-edged satire of stereotype exploitation, Spike Lee's racially charged "Bamboozled" slowly turns into a heavy-handed horsewhipping as it loses its sense of humor.

Intelligent, persuasive, scathing and certainly provocative, the picture is a pasting of upstart TV networks that pack their schedules with clownish urban sitcoms to build a woop-wooping, lowbrow fan base. With this film, Lee is asking just how far such degradation must go before it's recognized as being socially detrimental.

Damon Wayans (no stranger to blaxploitation TV) stars as Pierre Delacroix, an ostentatious, Harvard-educated "oreo" who writes for a WB-like network. Fed up with reprimands for writing "too white," he pitches a concept so offensive he hopes it will both prove a point and get him fired from this job he can no longer stomach.

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Kingdom Come Review


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Director Doug McHenry strikes an impressively deft balance between slapstick and subtlety, satire and sincerity in the dysfunctional family funeral comedy "Kingdom Come."

Combining earnestly conflicted devotion with over-the-top raillery in much the same way "All In the Family" once did, the story concerns a clan called the Slocumbs gathering in their rural home town to say goodbye to an irascible patriarch. Daddy Bud, as he was known, was so universally disliked that his wife (Whoopi Goldberg) actually wants his headstone engraved with the eulogy "mean and surly."

The dead man's eldest son Ray Bud (LL Cool J) was probably closest to him, but his most vivid memory is of Daddy Bud ridiculing him over his drinking problem -- a problem he licked some time ago, although the stress of the funeral may cause a relapse.

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Ali Review


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The opening shot of Michael Mann's masterfully crafted boxer biography "Ali" is an image from behind a punching bag being pounded by the champ in rapid musical rhythm. As the bag flashes by with a strobe-like effect, that intensely focused gaze Muhammad Ali is famous for -- that laser beam look that means he's tuned out the world, that stare as steely as a freight train bearing down on you -- beams out of Will Smith's eyes.

It is the one and only time in the film you'll even remember the star's name, because for the next two and a half hours Smith inhabits Ali -- his power, grace, ego, humor and body language, inside and outside the ring -- as well as any actor could.

Choosing to focus on ten momentous years in Ali's life, Mann's round by round, bobbing and weaving narrative style assumes at least a passing knowledge of the fighter's life, merely dropping in on pivotal events without spending much time catching the audience up on the particulars of who, when and where.

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Collateral Review


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Michael Mann is a masterful director, capable of finessing scenery-chewing actors into subtly spectacular performances, and creating thick mood and atmosphere through his stylish filmmaking acumen. He can create a seat-gripping real-world thriller from something as outwardly tedious as corporate whistle-blowing ("The Insider"). He can turn a heist movie into a meaty, character-driven tour de force ("Heat") and he can make a superb Hannibal Lecter movie without Anthony Hopkins (1986's "Manhunter").

In "Collateral" he works his intelligent, polished magic on a B-movie noir script that would likely have become a catch-phrase-fraught action-explosion flick in the hands of most big-budget directors -- a film about a battle of wits engaged when a Los Angeles cabbie (Jamie Foxx, who knows he's losing that battle) is forced to chauffer a silver-haired, high-priced assassin (Tom Cruise, who knows he's winning) around town on a ruthless, one-night streak of witness murders designed to derail a big federal trial.

Mann doesn't waste time laying out who's on trial or what they're charged with -- those things aren't relevant to the killer or his unwitting accomplice. "Collateral" is about conversations and head games, about what people say and do not say with their language, their looks and their demeanor. Half the movie takes place in Foxx's cab, where the two men are constantly sizing each other up -- and while neither actor gives a standout performance, they both have an inherent ability to tinge their characters with unexpected depth, which make this the better half.

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