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How ‘Bad Boys for Life’ Escaped the Franchise Revival Curse

Sony’s “Bad Boys” franchise proved a 17-year gap between installments means little for the right property. “Bad Boys for Life,” reuniting stars Will Smith and Martin Lawrence as drug-busting cops, beat expectations and debuted to a stellar $68 million in North America over the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend. The action comedy now stands […]

Alexander Ludwig on Sharing his Recovery Journey, Playing the ‘Bad Boys’ Tech Guy

With his towering height and stature, Alexander Ludwig looks every bit the action star, first appearing as Cato in “The Hunger Games,” and more recently as fierce Norse Viking chief Bjorn Ironside on History Channel’s “Vikings” and in “Bad Boys for Life,” the third installment of the “Bad Boys” franchise, with Will Smith and Martin […]

Why Will Smith and Martin Lawrence Reunited for ‘Bad Boys for Life’ 25 Years Later

After skipping “Independence Day 2” and the latest reboot of “Men in Black,” returning to the “Bad Boys” franchise — which began 25 years ago — was a simple decision for Will Smith. “Of all the movies I’ve done, when people walk up on you on the street and say, ‘Hey man, when are you […]

Will Smith Admits He Was ‘Deeply Insecure’ About Jada Pinkett Smith’s Relationship With Tupac Shakur

Will Smith isn’t afraid to open up when it comes to discussing his marriage.

During a recent appearance on The Breakfast Club to promote his upcoming film Bad Boys For Life, the 51-year-old actor revealed he was very jealous of the super close relationship his wife Jada Pinkett Smith had with the late Tupac Shakur.

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“Oh f**k yeah,” said the Academy Award winner when host Charlemagne the God posed the question about his animosity towards the California rapper.

Will went on to explain how Jada and Pac’s long history kept the men from ever becoming real friends:

“I could never open up to interact with Pac. You know, because we had a little bit of a thing. You know, they grew up together and they loved each other, but they never had a sexual relationship.”

For those who may not know, the 48-year-old Red Table Talk host met the hip-hop legend when they were young classmates at the Baltimore School for the Arts in Maryland. The two were instant friends and remained in contact well after their school days were behind them.

Fast-forward several years later to when the starlet coupled up with Smith. As the Gemini Man actor tells it, Shakur’s continued presence in their lives filled him with doubt:

“But they had come into that age where now that was a possibility and then Jada was with me. So Pac had a little thing on that, but she just loved him like he was the image of perfection, but she was with the Fresh Prince.”

Although the guys had many chances to create a friendship, Will admits his ego held him back:

“It was like I never could even, we were in the room together a couple of times and I couldn’t speak to him. You know, he wasn’t going to speak to me if I wasn’t going to speak to him.”

He also added Jada would repeatedly encourage him to break the ice and brought up all the things they have in common, but he never listened:

“Yeah that’s what Jada would say all the time. Like, ‘I’m telling you, y’all are so similar you will love him,’ and I just never…That was a huge regret of mine…I couldn’t handle it. I was the soft rapper from Philly and he was Pac. You know what I mean? I was deeply, deeply insecure, and I wasn’t man enough to handle that relationship.”

Sigh. Love is complicated!

Some bonds go so far back in time they just can’t be replaced with anything or anyone else. Nor should they be!

With two beautiful children, Jaden Smith and Willow Smith, and years of happy memories between them, the pair’s union certainly survived whatever jealousy that threatened to derail it before. Despite his regrets, the star seems to have learned a valuable lesson about pride he’ll most likely keep forever.

WATCH him explain it all in his own words (below), starting at the 31-minute mark!

And then let us know your thoughts on all of this in the comments section!

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Camera Operators to Honor Veteran Still Photographer Frank Masi With Lifetime Achievement Award

The worst thing you could do is not give the studio a lot of options,” says unit photographer Frank Masi, whose stills have helped show off more than 70 films, from 1995’s “Gordy” to Disney’s upcoming “Jungle Cruise.” Masi has shot photos of stars Will Smith, Bruce Willis, Will Ferrell, Cameron Diaz, Dwayne Johnson and […]

‘Spies in Disguise’ Granted January Release in China

U.S. animation “Spies in Disguise,” which stars the voices of Will Smith and Tom Holland, will hit Chinese cinemas on Jan. 3, 2020. It was produced by Blue Sky Studios, which is best known for the “Ice Age” and “Rio” franchises and has recently come under the Disney umbrella. The film is the first feature […]

Will Smith’s Annoying Response To Aladdin Co-Star Saying He Can’t Get An Audition

Well, this answer was neither fresh nor princely.

We picked Mena Massoud was one of our Stars to Watch in 2019 — after all, he’s handsome and charming, and he had nabbed the titular hero role in Disney‘s live action Aladdin remake. He was a no-brainer to have a career-defining moment.

Sadly, things didn’t go that way.

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The 28-year-old revealed in an interview with The Daily Beast on Tuesday he had not even gotten “a single audition” since the film’s release, despite the massive success and decent reviews of the Summer blockbuster.

He lamented:

“It’s like, I’m sitting here being like, okay, Aladdin just hit $1 billion. Can I at least get an audition? Like I’m not expecting you to be like, here’s Batman. But can I just get in the room? Like, can you just give me a chance? So it’s not always what you think.”

And yes, the Cairo native did acknowledge race could be a factor as the room is often filled with “Caucasian guys”:

“There’s always a wild card or two when you’re casting. I’m usually the wild card. In a room of Caucasian guys, a director might be like, okay, let’s see, like, two guys who aren’t. And maybe they’ll be the wild card choice.”

Luckily, he has something better than a genie in his corner!

His Aladdin costar Will Smith knows what it’s like to be that young wild card, too, and he went on to become one of the biggest movie stars of all time! He should have some great advice for Mena, right?

Um… not exactly.

Speaking with People at the Spies In Disguise premiere on Wednesday evening, he said:

“The thing about this business, that is not unlike life, it’s hard by design. It’s like the universe, God, whatever you believe, designed it to be hard. So, if you’re having a hard time it’s because you’re supposed to.”

Um, what?

“That difficulty is overcome by patience, commitment, dedication, endurance — so if you have a dream, you desperately have to be willing to work on it every single hour of the day with your deepest love and focus.”

He concluded:

“You can not get around having a hard time.”

Well. Um. Thanks?

Yeah, that was a lot of words for “s**t happens.”

Seriously, that speech was just a bunch of father-knows-best nuggets refracted through some kind of new age prism, like if Danny Tanner and Tony Robbins had a baby (a show we would def watch btw).

However, it didn’t do anything to A) commiserate with a fellow human you just worked with who is going through a tough time or B) offer any actual advice to a young actor of color from a seasoned vet.

Sorry, we love Will Smith, but what an infuriating answer!

What do YOU think of

[Image via Disney/YouTube.]

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“Spies In Disguise”: Nervous Date With My Son! Premiere! Review! Fight With My Mom! AND… | Perez Hilton

Every day is an dramedy with our family! Momma Perez slammed the door in Perez’s face! SHE WAS IN A MOOD! Watch to find out why! Plus, taking J.R. Hilton to the premiere of Disney‘s Spies In Disguise filled us with so much anxiety! For reasons that may surprise you!

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Will Smith’s Colonoscopy Vlog Turned Serious After Doctors Found A Precancerous Polyp!

The vlog must go on!

Will Smith has become one of the most uplifting vloggers on the Internet, but things went from “fun” to frightening REAL quick when he decided to live vlog his recent colonoscopy!

The 51-year-old actor opened up about the scary ordeal on Wednesday’s episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, admitting s**t “got real” very fast when doctors told him they had discovered a precancerous polyp.

Related: Jada Pinkett Smith ‘Redefined’ Her Relationship With Will!

Recalling how he went into the procure with his usual positive attitude, the Bad Boys For Life star explained: 

“I thought it was fun, I was gonna vlog it, you know? So, I was like, ‘Oh, this’ll be cool. I’m gonna vlog my colonoscopy…’ And I do it. So, we do the whole thing and I’m vlogging. And I was like, ‘Hey, it’s time now we’re gonna do — let’s do the final piece where the doctor tells me everything.’”

From there, things took a very quick turn for the alarming. 

He continued: 

“And she was like, ‘Oh, yeah, they found a precancerous polyp.’ I was like… ‘That’s not funny.’ And then all of a sudden it turned very real, you know? It was just a good thing that they removed it and it was really great.”

Phew!

After thanking the doctors who helped him, the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air alum encouraged others to get their colons checked out. He shared:

“It is so important to take those health issues very seriously and go. And I’m telling you, have yourself checked out! They caught it early. It was done.”

Ellen DeGeneres mentioned the mind-altering perks of having the procedure done, adding: 

“And you don’t remember it. The drugs are fantastic. It’s the day before the procedure — it’s the worst day. That’s the worst day.”

Elsewhere in the interview, Will and his Bad Boys co-star Martin Lawrence spoke on how great it was to reprise their iconic roles in the film’s upcoming reboot

Martin said:

“It was perfect, it was perfect. Just the respect we have for each other and the love we have for each other. And we both wanna win, you know? Nobody wants to win bigger than this guy here, so it was just great.”

Of course, filming the action scenes wasn’t the same now that the titular Bad Boys are Bad Middle Aged Men. Explaining how they couldn’t handle their stunts the same way they did in the original 1995 film, Will said:

“I tried, like, the first couple of weeks. I was like, ‘Nah, man, that’s what you do. You jump off of there. And then you jump and roll over. I got that.’ I did, like, two and I was like…I gave it a shot. Like, literally, probably four days into shooting I was like, ‘Yeah, we gonn’ let the young boy do that one.’”

Martin admitted he didn’t even try to do any of his own stunts, quipping:

“I’ll leave it to the stuntmen. That’s what they get paid for.”

Nothing wrong with that! 

Ch-ch-check out the clips (below) for Will’s scary colonoscopy story and more!

[Image via ellentube]

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Tom Holland on Spider-Man, James Bond and Meeting ‘Spies in Disguise’ Co-Star Will Smith in an Escape Room

Even Spider-Man gets a little star-struck around Will Smith. Though Tom Holland has co-starred with some of the biggest names in Hollywood, meeting his “Spies in Disguise” co-star for the first time was a pretty special experience for the 23-year-old star — partially because of the venue. “It was kind of crazy, you know, because […]

Will Smith Responds to Co-Star Mena Massoud’s Claim That He Hasn’t Had Any Auditions Since ‘Aladdin’

Will Smith has spoken out in support of his “Aladdin” co-star Mena Massoud, who said in an interview that he hasn’t had a single audition since he starred in the Disney live-action remake, which hit theaters back in May. When told about Massoud’s claim on the red carpet for his upcoming animated film “Spies in […]

Sandbox VR Raises $11 Million From Katy Perry, Justin Timberlake, Orlando Bloom, Will Smith, Others

Location-based virtual reality startup Sandbox VR has raised an additional $11 million from an illustrious round of funders including Orlando Bloom, Will Smith, Justin Timberlake, Katy Perry, Kevin Durant, Michael Ovitz and soccer star Keisuke Honda. The new funding round, which brings the total raised by the company to $83 million, comes just weeks ahead […]

Liam Hemsworth’s New Lady! Trisha Paytas’s Motive REVEALED! Selena Gomez & Niall Horan Heat Up! AND… | Perez Hilton

Liam Hemsworth has found love again! We’ve figured Trisha Paytas out!! Selena Gomez and Niall Horan – more than just friends!!! Kylie Jenner and Travis Scott not over yet! Jersey Shore star Jwoww is bringing the drama! Audrina Patridge has a famous new boyfriend!

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Faulty Projection: How Ang Lee Doubled Down on His High-Frame-Rate Obsession (Column)

Three years ago, when Ang Lee stood in front of an audience at the New York Film Festival to introduce the world-premiere showing of “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk,” the first words out of his mouth were “I’m not crazy.” He said it with a grin, but it struck me as an odd joke. Whoever […]

How the ‘Gemini Man’ VFX Team Digitally Created a Younger Version of Will Smith

More human than human — yes, that’s a “Blade Runner” reference — yet it sounds like an unattainable standard when it comes to creating believable, photorealistic, digital human characters. But the visual effects team on Ang Lee’s “Gemini Man” set its sights on something even more difficult: creating a digital version of young Will Smith […]

‘Gemini Man’ Review: Technology Killed the Movie Star

If you are determined to see a movie where a movie star fights himself, let me recommend 1991’s “Double Impact”; the tagline is “Double the Van Dammage!” and does not disappoint. Hey, it is what it aims to be, which cannot be said for “Gemini Man.”