Smith engages talk-show hosts with an intensity that leaves no doubt that I. AM. SO. HAPPY. TO. BE. HERE! Hes not jumping on sofas, but for a guy who conveys cool on screen, his talk-show self can sometimes come off as a little too eager to please. Not every plugfest needs to feature a Fresh Prince singalong after all. After Earth was envisioned as a potential trilogy, but unless foreign audiences defy the critics and flock to theaters when it opens abroad this weekend, it is likely one-and-done. In a way, this might be healthy for both Will and Jaden, who is in a no-win situation, especially in a movie like After Earth where hes essentially being tasked with playing the Will Smith character. (You think Frank Sinatra Jr. liked singing duets with his dad?) Jaden and daughter Willow will never receive proper credit for being excellent in their fathers projects, but they will certainly be tainted with an unfair share of the blame when things go awry, like it did here. Relying on past performance is a safe strategy for you and your 401K, but for an artist, it can be awfully restrictive and ultimately destructive. Sometimes an artist needs to do something that defies the numbers and conventional wisdom.
Night Shyamalan film? There are no major plot twists, as there was in Shyamalans The Sixth Sense, and because the film stars a 14-year-old, the acting isnt likely to attract comparisons to the filmmakers best-known works. Although the directors films sometimes feature sci-fi twists (The Last Airbender, Signs), After Earth is more of a genre film than anything hes made before. The critics, who have been excoriating the film, say the directors touch is nowhere to be seen in After Earth. Reviewing the film in Variety, Scott Foundas said, Though he shares screenplay credit with Gary Whitta, Shyamalan is clearly a director-for-hire here, his disinterest palpable from first frame to last. Nowhere in evidence is the gifted Sixth Sense director who once brought intricately crafted set pieces and cinematic sleight-of-hand to even the least of his own movies. Will it lose to the second weekend of Fast & Furious 6 at the box office? My colleague Amy Kaufman, whos usually infallible at these sorts of calls, says thats almost a certainty. Though some box-office prognosticators say After Earth should win the weekend, the odds favor Vin Diesel and his muscle cars, which should gross about $40 million in their second weekend of release. Sony is hopeful that its After Earth could sell as much as $38 million worth of tickets, which is a poor start for a $135-million movie with Will Smith, but other estimates say After Earth could barely surpass $30 million. After Earth isnt the only new movie likely to be outpaced by Fast & Furious 6. Jesse Eisenbergs crime-magic thriller Now You See Me also is expected to debut poorly, with estimated ticket sales of just $17 million. Sequels? Prequels? Sony and Smiths production company, Overbrook Entertainment, would certainly hope to have that option, and there is a listing for After Earth 2 on IMDB.com. Even though the films ending sets up a possible follow-up, if the movie tanks at the box office, a sequel would be a long shot at best. Unless Jaden Smith cant get hired anywhere else.
hour, which will be renamed “Shepard Smith Reporting,” and his team will be responsible for breaking in to normal programming throughout the day. Mediaite was the first to report the news on Thursday. “The Fox Report” at 7 p.m. will be “incorporated into a breaking news unit where Smith will dedicate his anchoring, reporting and presentation acumen as domestic and international events unfold,” the network said in a statement. Meanwhile, Smith’s 3 p.m. show will get a new studio. Smith said in the statement that he is “thrilled” by the move. The announcement comes as part of the network’s larger primetime shakeup, and spurs immediate speculation that Megyn Kelly who is moving to primetime when she returns from maternity leave will be taking over the 7 p.m. hour. She has been rumored to be taking over Sean Hannity’s timeslot at 9 p.m. Hannity addressed the speculation in August, saying, “Let’s just say in the end, I’m very happy.” Fox News has yet to officially announce its new primetime lineup. Related on HuffPost: Loading Slideshow Capitol File’s 2006 Anniversary Party Mary Hallas and Megyn Kendall during Capitol File’s 2006 Anniversary Party at National Portrait Gallery in Washington, District of Columbia, United States. (Photo by Paul Morigi/WireImage for Niche Media, LLC) 2008 Republican National Convention: Day 2 ST. PAUL, MN – SEPTEMBER 02: Fox anchor Megyn Kelly Shines sits on the CNN set on day two of the Republican National Convention (RNC) at the Xcel Energy Center on September 2, 2008 in St. Paul, Minnesota.
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Already a successful singer who appeared with her father in “I Am Legend,” she was deemed a natural fit after the success of her song “Whip My Hair.” Also read: 8 Burning Box Office Questions Yet Willow eventually decided that she wanted to be a kid, practicing ballet and playing baseball. “Beasts of the Southern Wild” star Quvenzhane Wallis replaced her in the lead role. Smith’s brother-in-law Caleeb is the lead producer on “After Earth” and has assumed a growing role at Overbrook, which is run by Smith and his long-time producing partner James Lassiter. Pinkett co-wrote and developed the movie “The Legend of Cain” as the next act of the elder Smith’s career the “Clint Eastwood part.” Smith would have starred in and directed “Cain,”one of several movies where he began to relinquish his action hero belt and pursue more diverse films. The project, like so many in Hollywood, is still in development. Also read: Will Smith Sets Sights on ‘Wild Bunch’ Remake at Warner Bros. (Exclusive) Caleeb’s gradual ascension within Overbrook comes at the same time that many key employees have departed the Sony-based outfit, including partner Ken Stovitz who now represents Jada and Jaden Smith as an agent at Paradigm COO Guy Primus and Black List founder Franklin Leonard. Though Smith’s representatives declined to comment on the record for this story or about dynamics at Overbrook, one individual close to the company suggested that anyone who says his ascension and those departures are related is merely bitter. Overbrook declined to comment for this story, as did many of the people TheWrap contacted for this story. Smith is both powerful and well-liked, but guards his privacy; case in point, departing Overbrook employees must sign a non-disclosure agreement. People speak when permitted. Privately, people said they feel Smith’s efforts to work with his family and develop projects for them have been unobtrusive and sincere, contrasting his efforts favorably with certain reality show families. (Cough *Kardashians* Cough). When New York magazine asked Smith about one such showbiz family that would be the Kardashians he said that fame was not the name of the game in his family. “We are trying to put great things into the world, we’re trying to have fun, and we’re trying to become the greatest versions of ourselves in the process of doing things we love,” he told the magazine. “So the idea of fame or exploitation or orchestrating the media is sometimes even less than desirable for us.” Also read: Willow Smith Out As Star, Will Gluck In As Director of ‘Annie’ Remake He pointed out that Willow decided to bow out of “Annie” after they acquired the property for her, and they supported that decision.