Will Smith
Actor, producer, and rapper
Will Smith
Willard Christopher "Will" Smith, Jr., is an American actor, producer, and rapper. He has enjoyed success in television, film and music. In April 2007, Newsweek called him the most powerful actor in Hollywood. Smith has been nominated for four Golden Globe Awards, two Academy Awards, and has won four Grammy Awards. In the late 1980s, Smith achieved modest fame as a rapper under the name The Fresh Prince.
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Will Smith's personal information overview.
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James Corden and Will Smith take to the sky in new 'Carpool Karaoke' trailer
LATimes - 12 days
Today in Entertainment: Kanye West debuts Yeezy Season 5 collection; Disney names live-action 'Mulan' director Feb. 15, 2017, 8:13 p.m. Between Adele's wins, Beyonce's show-stopping performance and the political moments from Katy Perry and A Tribe Called Quest with Anderson .Paak and Busta Rhymes,...
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The 'Carpool Karaoke: The Series' Trailer Dropped And It Looks Epic
Huffington Post - 14 days
If you’re a “The Late Late Show with James Corden” fan, then you’re sure to be a “Carpool Karaoke: The Series” fan. Corden’s now-iconic “Carpool Karaoke” segment has officially broken out into a show of its own and the trailer is proof that it’ll be a great time for all. The series, originally announced in July 2016, will be exclusively available on Apple Music. The star-studded trailer features an incredible musical mashup showcasing the talents of John Cena, Metallica, John Legend, Alicia Keys, Will Smith, Shaq, Ariana Grande and more.  What sets the series apart from Corden’s original segment is that the late-night host isn’t always the driver and the host/guests don’t stay in the car the whole time. In the 16-episode series, each segment will incorporate various celebrities taking part in weird activities like cryotherapy, wedding crashing, and shooting hoops. It’s clearly going to be amazing. The exact launch date is unknown for now, but ...
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Sons and Daughters of Stars Are Fashion's New Royalty
Yahoo News - about 1 month
From Lily-Rose Depp and Will Smith's daughter Willow -- the faces of Chanel -- to the Beckham boys and Sylvester Stallone's two daughters modelling for Dolce & Gabbana, celebrity offspring are luxury labels' new not-so-secret weapon. With their huge followings on social media and instant name-recognition, these millennials born in the limelight have become the perfect avatars for advertising campaigns. British actor Jude Law's daughter Iris is the new face of Burberry having followed her brother Rafferty in modelling, while the daughters of singer Lionel Richie, Cindy Crawford and even Bob Dylan's grandson have all embarked on catwalk careers.
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Actress Opens Up About Auditioning 'Horribly' For Oprah's Role In 'Beloved'
Huffington Post - about 2 months
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Apple Music Taps All Your Faves To Host New 'Carpool Karaoke' Series
Huffington Post - about 2 months
When Apple first announced the surprise purchase of “Carpool Karaoke” ― a series based on the popular segment from “The Late Late Show” hosted by James Corden, we weren’t sure what to expect.  On Monday morning, the show’s executive producer Ben Winston provided some details while speaking at a panel during the 2017 Winter TCA Press Tour.  “We’re going to have 16 different hosts,” he said, according to Deadline. Among them are stars like Chelsea Handler, Billy Eichner and Seth MacFarlane. The series, which executive producer Eric R. Pankowski described as “16 specials” as opposed to “a full TV series,” will seemingly be more of an interview series, with each episode lasting about 30 minutes.  “Each one was its own event,” Pankowski said.  In terms of giving up the driver’s seat for this new iteration of “Carpool Karaoke,” Corden didn’t seem too upset.  “I’m still going to see my kid on the weekends. This just became a wonderful platform to s ...
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Random Flicks Worth Checking Out This Week
Huffington Post - about 2 months
***PLEASE POST IN HUFFINGTON POST CANADA. THANKS!!*** What we've got here is a list of good and bad blockbusters, MOWs, B-movies, and everything in between. And they're decidedly, unabashedly random. Why not roll the dice this week? Casino Royale Where to find it: Hulu The cast: Daniel Craig, Judi Dench, Mads Mikkelsen, Jeffrey Wright The synopsis: "Armed with a license to kill, Secret Agent James Bond sets out on his first mission as 007 and must defeat a weapons dealer in a high stakes game of poker at Casino Royale." Think of Casino Royale as the Batman Begins of the James Bond franchise. Producers finally decided to strip away the gloss, the gadgets, and the myriad catch-phrases. End result: a badass Bond who's seriously cool to watch. Best of all, he's not annoyingly superhuman like other Bonds I could name (I'm looking at you, Roger Moore). So anyway, this is the James Bond movie that started it all! Even though, you know, it only came out a few years ago. Hey, ...
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The Inspiring Way This Small Business Owner Handled Social Media Backlash
Huffington Post - about 2 months
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Celebrities send holiday greetings to fans
Reuters.com - 2 months
Celebrities, including Will Smith, Helen Mirren, Matt Damon and Jennifer Aniston, send their holiday greetings to fans around the world. Rough cut (no reporter narration).
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'Rogue One' Crushes Box Office Competition With Massive $155 Million Debut
Huffington Post - 2 months
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The Dubai Film Festival Diaries: A Classy End To A Life-Changing Event
Huffington Post - 2 months
OK, I'll just preface this by saying that were the majority of film reviews written by women, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story would never have been made. I'm probably a Star Trek girl through and through because I like a little reflection to go along with my entertainment. Not a whole lot of references to things I know nothing about nor want to particularly find out. But more on the film that closed this year's Dubai International Film Festival later in the blog. The reason that DIFF exists and just celebrated its glorious thirteenth edition is primarily to showcase and support the ever-growing Arab cinema industry. Yet we all know that a festival without international stars, great world premieres and exclusive parties would not be on anyone's radar for very long. And this year, DIFF brought to Dubai Hollywood royalty like Andie MacDowell and Samuel L. Jackson, HBO's Westworld stars Jeffrey Wright and Luke Hemsworth, filmmaker extraordinaire Asif Kapadia, world-class composer Gabriel Y ...
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Will Smith and Helen Mirren attend 'Collateral Beauty' premiere in London
Reuters.com - 2 months
Will Smith, Helen Mirren, Edward Norton and Naomie Harris attend 'Collateral Beauty' premiere in London. Rough Cut. No Reporter Narration.
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In 'Collateral Beauty,' Will Smith Meets Love, Time, Death — And A Terrible Script
NPR - 2 months
An ad exec (Will Smith) mourning the death of his daughter meets actors portraying abstract concepts in this absurd, disingenuous film which lays bare Hollywood's inability to grapple with grief. (Image credit: Barry Wetcher/Warner Bros. Entertainment)
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Will Smith
    FORTIES
  • 2016
    Age 47
    In 2016, Smith played Deadshot in the supervillain team-up action film Suicide Squad.
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  • 2015
    Age 46
    As of November 2015, Smith is set to star in the independent drama Collateral Beauty, which will be directed by David Frankel.
    More Details Hide Details Smith will play a New York advertising executive who succumbs to a deep depression after a personal tragedy.
  • 2014
    Age 45
    As of 2014, his films have grossed $6.6 billion at the global box office.
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    Smith has been ranked as the most bankable star worldwide by Forbes. As of 2014, 17 of the 21 films in which he has had leading roles have accumulated worldwide gross earnings of over $100 million each, five taking in over $500 million each in global box office receipts.
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  • 2012
    Age 43
    In 2012, Smith stated he supports legalizing same-sex marriage.
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    Men in Black III opened on May 25, 2012 with Smith again reprising his role as Agent J. This was his first major starring role in four years.
    More Details Hide Details Smith worked with Barry Sonnenfeld during the film's helming who commented that Smith was an exception in being an actor who was successful not for the size of his head, but that his "ego" compensated for it. After the release of Men in Black III, Smith was content with ending his work with the franchise: "I think three is enough for me. Three of anything is enough for me. We'll look at it and we'll consider it, but it feels like that it might be time to let someone else do that." On August 19, 2011, it was announced that Smith had returned to the studio with producer La Mar Edwards to work on his fifth studio album. Edwards has worked with artists such as T.I., Chris Brown, and Game. Smith's most recent studio album, Lost and Found, was released in 2005.
  • 2009
    Age 40
    On December 11, 2009, Smith and his wife hosted the Nobel Peace Prize Concert in Oslo, Norway to celebrate Obama's winning of the prize.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 2008
    Age 39
    Smith donated $4,600 to the 2008 presidential campaign of Democrat Barack Obama.
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    It was in 2008 that Smith starred in the superhero movie Hancock.
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    In 2008 Smith was reported to be developing a film entitled The Last Pharaoh, in which he would be starring as Taharqa.
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    On December 1, 2008, TV Guide reported that Smith was selected as one of America's top ten most fascinating people of 2008 for a Barbara Walters ABC special that aired on December 4, 2008.
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  • 2007
    Age 38
    Later that month, Smith starred in the film I Am Legend, released December 14, 2007.
    More Details Hide Details Despite marginally positive reviews, its opening was the largest ever for a film released in the United States during December. Smith himself has said that he considers the film to be "aggressively unique". A reviewer said that the film's commercial success "cemented Smith's standing as the number one box office draw in Hollywood."
    On December 10, 2007, Smith was honored at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard.
    More Details Hide Details Smith left an imprint of his hands and feet outside the world-renowned theater in front of many fans.
  • 2005
    Age 36
    In 2005, Smith was entered into the Guinness Book of World Records for attending three premieres in a 24-hour time span.
    More Details Hide Details He has planned to star in a feature film remake of the television series It Takes a Thief.
  • 2000
    Age 31
    His parents separated when he was 13, but did not actually divorce until around 2000.
    More Details Hide Details Smith attended Overbrook High School. Though widely reported, it is untrue that Smith turned down a scholarship to attend the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT); he never applied to college because he "wanted to rap." Smith says he was admitted to a "pre-engineering summer program" at MIT for high school students, but he did not attend. According to Smith, "My mother, who worked for the School Board of Philadelphia, had a friend who was the admissions officer at MIT. I had pretty high SAT scores and they needed black kids, so I probably could have gotten in. But I had no intention of going to college." Smith started as the MC of the hip-hop duo DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, with his childhood friend Jeffrey "DJ Jazzy Jeff" Townes as turntablist and producer, as well as Ready Rock C (Clarence Holmes) as the human beat box. The trio was known for performing humorous, radio-friendly songs, most notably "Parents Just Don't Understand" and "Summertime". They gained critical acclaim and won the first Grammy awarded in the Rap category (1988).
  • TWENTIES
  • 1998
    Age 29
    In 1998, Smith starred with Gene Hackman in Enemy of the State.
    More Details Hide Details He turned down the role of Neo in The Matrix in favor of Wild Wild West (1999). Despite the disappointment of Wild Wild West, Smith has said that he harbors no regrets about his decision, asserting that Keanu Reeves's performance as Neo was superior to what Smith himself would have achieved, although in interviews subsequent to the release of Wild Wild West he stated that he "made a mistake on Wild Wild West. That could have been better."
  • 1997
    Age 28
    Smith married actress Jada Koren Pinkett in 1997.
    More Details Hide Details Together they have two children: Jaden Christopher Syre Smith (born 1998), his co-star in The Pursuit of Happyness and After Earth, and Willow Camille Reign Smith (born 2000), who appeared as his daughter in I Am Legend. Smith and his brother Harry own Treyball Development Inc., a Beverly Hills-based company named after Trey. Smith and his family reside in Los Angeles, California. Smith was consistently listed in Fortune Magazines "Richest 40" list of the forty wealthiest Americans under the age of 40. Smith was raised in a Baptist household and went to a Catholic school, but he no longer identifies himself as religious. Though he is not a Scientologist and has denied rumors claiming him as a member of the Church of Scientology, he has spoken favorably about it, saying "I just think a lot of the ideas in Scientology are brilliant and revolutionary and non-religious."
    In the summer of 1997 he starred alongside Tommy Lee Jones in the summer hit Men in Black playing Agent J.
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  • 1996
    Age 27
    In 1996, Smith starred as part of an ensemble cast in Roland Emmerich's Independence Day.
    More Details Hide Details The film was a massive blockbuster, becoming the second highest-grossing film in history at the time and establishing Smith as a prime box office draw.
  • 1992
    Age 23
    They had one son, Trey Smith, born on November 11, 1992, and divorced in 1995.
    More Details Hide Details Trey appeared in his father's music video for the 1998 single "Just the Two of Us". He also acted in two episodes of the sitcom All of Us, and has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show and on the David Blaine: Real or Magic TV special.
    Smith married Sheree Zampino in 1992.
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  • 1990
    Age 21
    Smith was nearly bankrupt in 1990, when the NBC television network signed him to a contract and built a sitcom, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, around him.
    More Details Hide Details The show was successful and began his acting career. Will Smith set for himself the goal of becoming "the biggest movie star in the world", studying box office successes' common characteristics. Smith's first major roles were in the drama Six Degrees of Separation (1993) and the action film Bad Boys (1995) in which he starred opposite Martin Lawrence.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1988
    Age 19
    Smith spent money freely around 1988 and 1989 and underpaid his income taxes.
    More Details Hide Details The Internal Revenue Service eventually assessed a $2.8 million tax debt against Smith, took many of his possessions, and garnished his income.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1968
    Born
    Born on September 25, 1968.
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