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#1 MissAshley

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Posted 21 October 2008 - 05:03 PM

thread for posts relating to Jada, the kids, or misc stuff that doesn't really fit anywhere...compressing them b/c they usually don't get lots of responses, just lots of views so in an effort to keep it a little neater around here and not have a million threads with little or no responses.....

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Posted 21 October 2008 - 05:12 PM

Jada & Willow/ Cookie magazine

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Jada Pinkett Smith
Five members of the family. Four separate Hollywood careers. Not to worry: Superstar mom always has a plan.
By Pilar Guzmán

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Jada Pinkett Smith and her 8-year-old daughter, Willow.

Jada Pinkett Smith and her husband, Will Smith, recently sat down together and plotted out their life and partnership goals on a piece of paper. "I'm doing what you might call a business plan in my marriage right now," says the 37-year-old mother of Willow, 8; Jaden, 10; and stepson Trey, 16. "I don't know why, but we all think these things are supposed to be in sync. You know, when you're in business, you figure out what your goals are, and how you're going to get all that achieved, right?" asks Pinkett Smith, who on a sweltering L.A. day makes a pair of skinny jeans and a white V-neck tee look perfectly polished. "Why don't we do that with our life partners?"

Equal parts realistic and optimistic, this state-of-the-union exercise seems a perfect microcosm of her worldview: "The point is to clear out a lot of unnecessary stuff so we can find ways of being better together," Pinkett Smith says matter-of-factly, "because your relationship is either moving forward or it's dying."

First on their list of priorities: Get back to nature, which includes learning how to surf as well as camping and hiking as a family. The process? Lots of research and a little delegation. "When the going gets rough, instead of just going 'Argh,' we sit down and say, 'We're going to find a way to do this.'" she says. "In this case, I say, 'Will, you find out exactly where we should go in Yellowstone with the kids, and I'll do Big Sur.'"

Pinkett Smith doesn't slow down long enough to let things not work out. This year alone, the actress and philanthropist, who starred most recently in The Women, also made her directorial debut with The Human Contract, finished executive-producing The Secret Life of Bees, opened a church, and founded a school with her husband in Westlake Village, California. Though she's best known for her role as the acrobatic Niobe in the Matrix series and as the voice of Gloria, the sassy hippo in Madagascar and Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa (which opens this month), Pinkett Smith has also toured as the lead singer of her heavy-metal band, Wicked Wisdom, with her young kids in tow. That was, however, before two of them had legitimate film careers of their own. (Willow most recently appeared in Kit Kittredge: An American Girl, while Jaden will show up alongside Keanu Reeves and Jennifer Connelly in next month's The Day the Earth Stood Still.)

"I've found that I'm at my best when I [engage] everything—the mind, the spirit, my body," she says. And as a mother of a girl, she is very conscious of emphasizing what she calls "the importance of wholeness in being a woman." In addition to her film career, Willow is a serious gymnast, and her mother is okay with however many activities she wants to take on. "I say to her, 'Always focus on your own personal strength,'" says the tiny and fit Pinkett Smith, who looks like she could do a backflip herself. "As long as you compete with you and stay on the track that you want to be on, you're going to be okay."

Child-rearing is one area that doesn't really require that much plotting out between Pinkett Smith and her husband. "We're kind of innately in tune with what we both want for the kids," she says—in large part because they had some similar experiences in childhood that they don't want to replicate in their own family. "We knew that part of our partnership would be creating the exact opposite of what we had." Pinkett Smith's parents were both in high school when she was born, and though they were married briefly, she was brought up primarily by her mom, a nurse, and her maternal grandmother, who died when she was 12. Failure to preserve the family unit is not even a possibility. "We find solutions because that's what we both want," she says. "There is no other option."

Also not an option: raising Hollywood brats. When it comes to manners and discipline, Pinkett Smith's philosophy sounds a lot like her marital plan—that is to say, considered and rigorous. "It's not 'please' and 'thank you' just 'because I told you so,' she explains. "I tell them, 'Every time you go out into the world, you are leaving an impression of yourself and this family with other people. What impression do you want to leave? Do you want people to think you are spoiled [rotten]?'" For Pinkett Smith, it's not just about etiquette—it's about a healthy self-esteem: "I want them to feel good; I want them to smile. Once children feel great about being who they are, you don't really have to worry about manners."

Pinkett Smith's Golden Rules of Parenting

1. Eat as a family. "There's flexibility about when they eat breakfast and lunch, but dinner together is sacred."

2. Enlist help. "I'm lucky to have a lot of people in my world who help me," says Pinkett Smith. That includes her mother: "She travels with me all the time, and when I travel and the kids aren't with me, she stays with them."

3. Drink water. "I tell them, 'You have three bottles of water a day, then drink what you want,'" she explains. "I'm always like, 'Listen, we've got to keep our bodies strong—we got too much stuff to do!'"

4. Respect their boundaries. Staying out of kids' space can teach them to be responsible for their own decisions and mistakes, she says: "Is it their room, or are they borrowing the space while they're living in your house? If it's theirs, then they should be able to do whatever they want with it. If it's their clothes, they have the right to do whatever they want with those clothes. We have to give them some freedom to be who they are."

5. Choose your battles. For instance, she doesn't prescribe what the kids are going to wear—even for the paparazzi. "Who is it going to hurt, really, if she has orange balloon pants on the red carpet?" she says. "I try to stay outside my ego and what I want and to respect them as I expect them to respect me."

6. Expose and educate. "We go to church as a family on Sunday, but we study world religion during the week as well. We read excerpts from the Bible, from Hindu texts, Kabbalah, Judaism...."

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Posted 22 October 2008 - 01:47 AM

Thanks for that! :thumbsup:
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Posted 22 October 2008 - 04:31 AM

Jada Pinkett Smith to be at festival

The 44th Chicago International Film Festival has confirmed that actress Jada Pinkett Smith will present the world premiere of her directorial debut, The Human Contract, at AMC River East 21, 322 E. Illinois, Tuesday, Oct. 28 at 7:30 p.m.

The Human Contract details the provocative psychological journey of a successful but repressed advertising executive. The cast includes Jason Clarke, Paz Vega, Idris Elba, T.J. Thyne, Steven Brand, Tessa Thompson, Ted Danson and Pinkett Smith.

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Posted 22 October 2008 - 09:15 AM

That's a good idea Ashley. Thanks for the article, I love the pictures!

Thanks Ale for the info too ;.) Jada and the cast of Madagasca 2 will be in Madrid next month. She's a busy woman right now!

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Posted 23 October 2008 - 03:31 PM

Madagascar 2- Meet the Cast (Jada & Willow voice Gloria)

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Posted 25 October 2008 - 05:29 AM

MADAGASCAR: ESCAPE 2 AFRICA Clip and Featurettes!

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Posted 25 October 2008 - 09:32 PM

Actress Jada Pinkett Smith and daughter Willow Smith arrive at the Dream Halloween annual fundraiser for the Children Affected by AIDS Foundation, Saturday, Oct. 25, 2008, in Santa Monica, Calif.


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The Children Affected by AIDS Foundation, Host Jamie Lee Curtis and Honorary Event Chairs Jada Pinkett Smith and Willow Smith welcome families and friends to celebrate all the fun and excitement that Halloween has to offer at this annual fundraising event. Each October, the Foundation opens its doors to hundreds of families to attend Dream Halloween® in-costume and trick-or-treat for toys, meet their favorite costume characters, play games, watch the live stage show, create arts and crafts and enjoy delicious food. Other celebrities joining in the excitement include Wilmer Valderrama, Jason Priestley, Melina Kanakaredes, Marlee Matlin and Doris Roberts.

This year’s Dream Halloween® Los Angeles takes place at the Barker Hangar in the Santa Monica Air Center from 5:00 pm – 8:30 pm on Saturday, October 25, 2008. One-of-a-kind dolls created in the likeness of Jada Pinkett Smith and Willow Smith will be presented to them by Bob Eckert, Chairman and CEO, Mattel, Inc. and Jerry Storch, Chairman and CEO, Toys“R”Us, Inc.

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Posted 26 October 2008 - 05:19 AM

More pictures here:

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Posted 26 October 2008 - 01:57 PM

Madagascar 2 premiere

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Posted 27 October 2008 - 04:39 AM

Theres lots of rumours about at the moment that Will is gay, this picture does not help at all lmao. I love the fact that Will is wearing the silly hat, yet on all the other pictures no one else is, not even the children.

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Posted 27 October 2008 - 08:39 AM

Jada: "Paz Vega is brilliant and a very special woman"

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Posted 27 October 2008 - 11:27 AM

Theres lots of rumours about at the moment that Will is gay, this picture does not help at all lmao. I love the fact that Will is wearing the silly hat, yet on all the other pictures no one else is, not even the children.


And I love the fact that no one of us has posted the stupid news about the gay thing.The picture is funny, Will is being himself, acting like that shows he has nothin' to hide.
I really want to see this movie, I liked the 1st one but for the trailers it seems that this one could be better.

thanks for the pics!
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Posted 28 October 2008 - 08:48 AM

Dan Gross: Will Smith's princely donation


By Dan Gross
Philadelphia Daily News
WILL SMITH made a generous

donation to the fund set up for the family of Police Officer Isabel Nazario, who was killed last month when a teenager rammed a stolen SUV into the patrol car in which Nazario was riding.

Smith taped a brief video tribute to Nazario that was aired at a recent fundraiser memorial at the National Guard Armory (Southampton Road & Roosevelt Blvd.).

The Overbrook-native superstar grew up with Sgt. Mike Young, who worked with Nazario on the Narcotics Strike Force.

Young, who formerly toured with Smith and DJ Jazzy Jeff, spoke with Smith and his Overbrook Entertainment partner, James Lassister, and Smith agreed to match the dollar figure raised at the benefit for Nazario, who is survived by family including 15-year-old daughter, Jazmin.

The event raised $62,000, which Smith is poised to match.

Donations can be made to the Isabel Nazario Family Memorial Fund, at the Police and Fire Federal Credit Union 900 Arch Street, Phila., PA 19107.

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Posted 29 October 2008 - 05:54 AM

Jada Pinkett Smith walks the red carpet at the directorial debut of her new film

Balancing a husband and kids can be exhausting, let alone trying to manage a career as well. But for Jada Pinkett Smith, working is her time to get away. “That’s how I do it, I make sure I get jobs so that I can go away and have promotional tours and have an excuse to be alone,” said Pinkett Smith Tuesday evening at her directorial debut of her film “Human Contract” at the Chicago International Film Festival in Chicago. “Usually this is the time when I do have alone time, when I’m out on the road promoting. But this time my daughter is with me – I love her to death but I joke that it’s just messing up my whole flow,” she said.

But being with her family – both on the job and off – is something she is quite used to. In “Human Contract,” husband Will Smith took on the role of executive producer. Since this was her first time directing, Pinkett Smith said husband Will was always there to offer support, but she did want to figure a few things out for herself. “Will is really respectful, its sometimes a challenge for us to work at this capacity because when you have a husband who know a lot – and he really does know so much; he has a lot of information - but sometimes you have to say ‘you’ve got to let me do this so I can figure it out’ and its hard.” She said. But on set, there were no discrepancies as to who was in charge. “Oh no, this was my set,” she joked. “He definitely would come in and try [to take charge], and sometimes I would ask him.”


Pinkett Smith enjoys feel of director's chair
October 29, 2008
BY BILL ZWECKER Sun-Times Columnist

Jada Pinkett Smith, like her superstar husband Will Smith, has found major fame thanks to an acting career, but the diminutive entertainer said Tuesday, ''For me, I always considered acting a steppingstone to doing other things -- like directing.''

Inspired by ''my mentor, Debbie Allen, who can do everything -- act, sing, dance, direct, choreograph,'' Pinkett Smith tackled writing and acting in the first feature film she has directed, ''The Human Contract.''

Prior to the Tuesday screening of the film at the Chicago International Film Festival, Pinkett Smith talked about her movie and career with film students at Columbia College.

Without giving too much away, the actress and filmmaker says her picture is a complicated tale about a successful businessman (played by Jason Clarke) ''who has long hidden a deep secret about himself and has built his life on being a person he thinks he should be, rather than the person her really is.''

The film focuses on Clarke's character meeting a woman who leads him to reveal his secret -- a process that has many ramifications and ''also involves a lot of loss,'' said Pinkett Smith.

That topic led to thoughts about the unimaginable loss experienced this week by Jennifer Hudson, whose current film, ''The Secret Life of Bees,'' was executive produced by Pinkett Smith.

The filmmaker agreed that knowing Hudson personally made the horror of the murders of the actress' mother, brother and nephew so much more intense -- compared to hearing crime statistics on TV or reading them in the newspaper, when they're about someone you don't know.

With tears welling up in her eyes, Pinkett Smith quietly said, ''There really is nothing that can be said, as far as this tragedy is concerned ... only prayer.''

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Posted 29 October 2008 - 08:55 AM

Jada & Willow on "Today"
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Posted 29 October 2008 - 12:39 PM

"The Human Contract" at 44th Chicago Film Festival

The gala presentation of the directorial debut of Jada Pinkett Smith's new film "The Human Contract." Part of the Black Perspectives segment. A Q & A with Smith and actor Jason Clarke.


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Posted 29 October 2008 - 01:11 PM

Ben Stiller, Chris Rock to promote Dreamworks movie in Netanya

Stars of new animation film Madagascar 2 to arrive on November 22 to promote movie at Netanya theater

Following Jerry Seinfeld’s visit last year to promote his Bee Movie, Dreamworks Animation decided to hold a premiere in Israel celebrating their new animation.

This time, the movie is Madagascar 2. Its stars, Ben Stiller, Chris Rock and Jada Pinkett Smith and Hollywood producer Jeffrey Katzenberg, who accompanied Seinfeld on last year’s visit, will make their way to Israel.

Ben Stiller, who is the voice of Alex the lion, will be joined by Chris Rock (Marty the zebra) and Will Smith’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith (Gloria the hippopotamus).

They are scheduled to land in Israel on Saturday, November 22 and participate in the celebrative screening which will take place that same night at Globus Max theater at the Poleg junction in Netanya.

Madagascar, which came out in 2005, became one of the top three box office busting animations in Israel, with more that half a million viewers.

Madagascar 2 will be shown at movie theaters during Hanukkah, starting December 18. This premiere is the first international Israeli screening to be shown outside of Tel Aviv in an attempt to launch the new movie center in the periphery.

Details of the Hollywood delegation’s accommodations and schedules have not yet been finalized but they are expected to be in Israel for two to three days.

Yoram Globus, the chairman of Globus Group, who will distribute the movie in Israel said, “It is a big honor to have stars of such caliber coming to Israel. I am happy and proud of the fact that the studios see us as part of the international movie map.”

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Posted 29 October 2008 - 05:26 PM

Jada Pinkett Smith: My Life With Will

Forget the parade of celebs in commercials flaunting their newly slimmer selves -- the wife of superstar Will Smith has packed on the pounds.

Jada Pinkett Smith returns as the voice of Gloria the Hippo in the sequel to Madagascar. Gloria is a heavyweight in every sense of the word, which is why Jada loved playing her the second time around. Adding to the fun was having her daughter Willow, supply the voice of baby Gloria.

Q: So you're OK with being a hippo who's not exactly svelte?

A: I've been that tiny girl that's always wanted more body. So this was a great opportunity for me. My dream came true. I got a lady that's got a lot of body and she's very proud of it. Actually, I think that's a really wonderful message for adults as well as children that you've got to be happy in your own skin.

Q: And she also has an unquenchable spirit.

A: What I love about Gloria is the confidence that she has. She could care less what anybody else thinks and she kind of leads her army. She's doing her own thing. She creates her own passion, makes her own way. I admire that about her.

Q: There's a lot of her determination in you, isn't there?

A: I try. I have a lot of help from my husband. What makes our relationship work in our family is, I think, that we can switch roles a lot. When I need help Will can take over and when he needs help I can take over for him.

Q: It's a little hard to imagine you taking over for a force of nature like Will.

A: You know it's funny, Will and I talk about this all the time -- about how people perceive us and how we're probably the exact opposite in our personal lives. I'm very clear on who Will is and he's very clear on who I am, and that's how you keep it real, by staying true to yourself. It's not living up to an image of who you want people to think you are. That's where I think people get messed up. They create this image outside of who they really are, and then they get caught up in it.

Q: So who are you really?

A: I'm a girl-guy and I always have been. I'm a tomboy, I like boxing, and I like sports. The irony is I was the girl in school that was always very petite and underdeveloped so I was thought of as everybody's little sister. I was never the girlfriend. I was always the little sister. People always liked having me around because I was cute and funny and energetic and different. Guys were going, 'We love Jada. That's my girl. That's my little sister, right there.'

Q: Now, you seem so confident. Was there ever a time when you weren't?

A: When I was a student at Baltimore School for the Arts, I remember I was messing up really bad. I was not going to school, and just doing stuff I wasn't supposed to be doing. I'll never forget a teacher who brought me into his office and said, 'Jada you have so much potential. You have more talent in the tip of your little pinkie finger than most people have in their whole bodies. Why are you throwing your life away?' I think that's when I started getting the message.

Q: I guess from the outside looking in, you and Will seem to have a pretty perfect marriage.

A: Imperfection is what makes perfection. My life with Will is beautiful and sound, but I don't want people to misunderstand what that means. That doesn't mean that we don't have disagreements or that sometimes I want him out of my face and he wants me out of his. We have moments in our love life when it's really hot and moments in our love life when it's not. I want people to understand that we are extremely happy because we have dealt with what the realities of relationships are instead of dealing with the romanticized version. Relationships are difficult and they take a lot of work. But it is very possible, in living in that reality to have a fantastic relationship.

Q: What are you striving for in your life and career?

A: Freedom, and it's not really fantasy, is something that I've been working on making a reality. It's just having that freedom, just being able to knock down all those barriers that we create for ourselves and knock down all those walls. There should be nothing that's impossible for any of us, you know, for anything that we decide to do with our lives. For some reason women have been told that we're limited, that we have a glass ceiling above our heads and that's just not true.

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Posted 29 October 2008 - 08:11 PM

5 Minutes of The Day the Earth Stood Still

Yahoo has posted another extended look at the upcoming remake of The Day the Earth Stood Still. The five minute trailer features some new footage, but it’s mostly just a condensed version of the 7 minute preview that was released in September.

The flick opens December 12 and stars Keanu Reeves, Jennifer Connelly, Kathy Bates, Jaden Smith, Jon Hamm, Kyle Chandler and John Cleese.

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Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.
It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us.
We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?
Actually, who are you not to be?... -marianne williamson