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  1. https://www.slashfilm.com/869984/bad-boys-4-isnt-on-hold-after-all-according-to-sony-chairman-tom-rothman/ Bad Boys 4 Isn't On Hold After All, According To Sony Chairman Tom Rothman BY DEBOPRIYAA DUTTA/MAY 20, 2022 1:48 PM EDT Fans of the "Bad Boys" franchise will be happy to know that "Bad Boys 4" is not on hold at all. Sony Chairman Tom Rothman explained that the film has been "in development and still is," per Deadline: "That movie's been in development and still is. There weren't any brakes to pump because the car wasn't moving. That was a very unfortunate thing that happened, and I don't think it's really my place to comment, except to say that I've known Will Smith for many years, and I know him to be a good person. That was an example of a very good person having a very bad moment, in front of the world. I believe his apology and regret is genuine, and I believe in forgiveness and redemption." The Will Smith Oscars debacle was the sole reason behind the rumors of "Bad Boys 4" being on hold, which Rothman addresses in his own way. The less we talk about the incident at this point, the better, as the debacle had managed to dominate the internet for months on end since the Academy Awards ceremony in March. The third film in the "Bad Boys" saga, "Bad Boys for Life," had garnered positive reviews after being stuck in developmental hell for years. Directed by Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah (Michael Bay helmed the first two films in the franchise), "Bad Boys for Life" saw the return of Will Smith and Martin Lawrence in their respective roles as Detectives Mike Lowrey and Marcus Burnett. Mike has a near-death experience after an attempted murder, leading the duo to attempt to figure out who is behind the attack. This leads them on a trail of dangerous assassins, forcing them to work with various parties in order to be able to get to the bottom of things. As the film ends with a major revelation about Mike, "Bad Boys 4" could potentially take up this particular storyline, which would obviously involve Smith and Lawrence reprising their roles. Per Rothman's statement, it seems that "Bad Boys 4" is in the works after all, and that we could possibly hear production updates about the fourth installment fairly soon. The cast for "Bad Boys for Life" included Paola Núñez as Lieutenant Rita Secada, Vanessa Hudgens as Kelly, Alexander Ludwig as Dorn, Charles Melton, Jacob Scipio as Armando Aretas, Kate del Castillo as Isabel 'La Bruja' Aretas, Nicky Jam as Lorenzo 'Zway-Lo' Rodríguez, Joe Pantoliano as Captain Conrad Howard, and Theresa Randle as Theresa Burnett. The film also includes special appearances from Michael Bay and DJ Khaled.
  2. Jeff did a remix for a song by Potatohead People featuring Posdnuos (De La Soul) Kapok. It was released digitally and as a 7" single.
  3. I can't remember if I've shared this before, but I've been meaning to for months. I'm not sure where this 2021 song comes from, other than being a single release. It appears to be released through a house music label that one of my friends works with, which would explain the genre of music. It was released digitally and on 7" vinyl single. It was mastered by Vidal Davis, formally of A Touch of Jazz.
  4. Red Table Talk is bringing awareness to fentanyl. https://www.facebook.com/redtabletalk/videos/715872172940589/
  5. I almost wish they'd shoot additional footage to address the incident. Will and David have always had great chemistry and his show is excellent. It would certainly be better than doing a red table talk.
  6. https://nypost.com/2022/05/05/will-smith-hops-into-hot-seat-with-david-letterman-interview/ Will Smith hops into hot seat with David Letterman interview By Samantha Ibrahim May 5, 2022 2:46pm Fans and critics will finally hear from Will Smith following the infamous Oscars slap. The actor is among the next round of celebrities appearing on David Letterman’s Netflix talk show, “My Next Guest Needs No Introduction.” Season 4 of the chat series drops on the streamer May 20. The six-episode season will also see stars such as Cardi B, Billie Eilish, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Ryan Reynolds. The last time Letterman’s show hit Netflix was in October 2020. Smith, 53, has dealt with a lot on his plate recently, being known as the guy who slapped Chris Rock on live television, and subsequently losing out on upcoming film projects — even after taking home his first Oscar. The “King Richard” star caused a dramatic scene during the 94th Academy Awards on March 27, when he ran up on the stage at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles and bopped Rock, 57, in the face. Will Smith with be appearing alongside several other celebrities in David Letterman’s Netflix talk show, “My Next Guest Needs No Introduction.” Everett Collection Smith won the Oscar for Best Actor for his role in “King Richard” on March 27. AFP via Getty Images Season 4 of Letterman’s talk show drops on Netflix May 20. Netflix However, viewers shouldn’t expect Smith to open up about the incident during his interview with the former “Late Show” host. The episodes were filmed prior to March 2022. As a result of the “Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It” rapper’s actions, he was banned from the Oscars for 10 years. Smith smacked Rock because the comedian made a joke about his wife, Jada Pinkett-Smith’s bald head. The 50-year-old actress suffers from alopecia. Other A-listers baring their soul to Letterman, 75, have included Kim Kardashian, Robert Downey Jr., Lizzo, Kanye West, Jay-Z, George Clooney, Barack Obama and Dave Chappelle. Chappelle, meanwhile, became the second comedian to be attacked onstage and on camera since the Oscars incident. Earlier this week, the 48-year-old entertainer was assaulted by an unruly audience member at the Hollywood Bowl. He was not harmed in the frightening altercation, and the assailant was charged with assault with a deadly weapon.
  7. I thought I posted about this already, but I must have forgot. I'm really looking forward to this.
  8. I didn't expect anything further to come of this. Since Will came at a comedian, he needs to stay clear of that field for awhile.
  9. I wouldn't say the interview was awkward. It's just...bad. It sounds like they are just having a phone call, not an interview. The interviewer sucks and FP seems to bounce that (lack of) energy back. The interviewer almost seems like he's trying to annoy him by saying that it's a smaller venue. It's funny, because of all the many concerts I've gone to over the years, I've never gone to one at the 9:30 Club. There have been plenty of artists I've wanted to see there, but they they always seemed to lean into rock, grunge, and punk acts, which I don't listen to. I've only ever heard that it's not the kind of venue that tries to be overly fancy, but plenty of big names have played there. Miley Cyrus performed there when she was at her pop music peak. I find it a little strange that he canceled two sold out shows. I've never heard of someone in Hip-Hop being critical of the venue....especially in those days. I think it's funny that they turned down his request for free tickets when he was one of the biggest stars in the world. They should have been like "if you re-book your two shows with us". I would have been at both.
  10. I see what he's saying about re-recording music. As long as the production is right, when other genres record their music, there's a chance it can come out well, even if it's not quite as magical as the original. I have some re-recorded songs by TLC, Boyz II Men, Soul IV Real, All-4-One, Montell Jordan, as well as Taylor Swift. Talylor Swift did it right. Of course, she has the excess money to make it happen. All-4-One's are well done too. The others are "okay". There's not bad, but there is something missing, especially from the songs from the early 90's that TLC and Boyz II Men did. You can't simply re-create that sound. At least not easily. DMX's re-recorded hits are definitely underwhelming. I feel like with Hip-Hop, you need to re-produce it and remix it to a degree to make it sound authentic when re-recording. It's sad how terrible the industry is to artists. Last I read, DJ Jazzy Jeff + Fresh Prince receive nothing from the sales on their music with Jive Records. I believe they had to sign it away when leaving Jive, even though Jive didn't want to support the "Men In Black" song or new music from them.
  11. https://www.billboard.com/music/music-news/snoop-dogg-talks-re-recording-music-taylor-swift-1235062601/?fbclid=IwAR3Gf46cokTaBDlqRm11pJa30O5f8ez_v575EiOHALKMI_XrUeiargETgw4 Snoop Dogg Says He Almost Re-Recorded His Music Like Taylor Swift "What did she do?" Snoop said of Swift. "She remastered her album. Why? Because she wasn't making revenues off of that album." By Hannah Dailey 04/22/2022 Snoop Dogg on Full Send PodcastCourtesy Photo Snoop Dogg almost took a cue from another artist who pretty much couldn’t be more his opposite: Taylor Swift. On a new episode of the Full Send podcast that dropped Wednesday (April 20), the 50-year-old rapper talked about how his plan for Death Row Records, which he acquired in February, will give artists proper revenue for their music in order to avoid what happened with Swift’s masters. Speaking on his goal to increase artist profits by making Death Row an exclusively NFT label, Snoop cited the “All Too Well” singer as a “perfect example” of an artist finding similar workarounds to the industry’s antiquated contracts that restrict them from making adequate money off their music. “She ain’t an old artist at all — she’s quite new,” he said of Swift, who began re-recording her first six albums after her master recordings were sold to Scooter Braun against her wishes in 2019. “What did she do?” he continued. “She remastered her album. Why? Because she wasn’t making revenues off of that album.” One of the show’s hosts proceeded to ask Snoop whether he was trying to bash Braun. “I ain’t firing shots at nobody. Scooter’s my friend, I’m just giving the truth,” the rapper replied. “This is public information, am I lying? Ask her why did she redo her album? Because she couldn’t get finances so she redid her album as a way of ‘I’ll make this for my fans, and they’ll support me because those are my vocals, this is my music, and I should be making money off of my project when you buy it.'” The “Drop It Like It’s Hot” rapper continued on to reveal that he almost did the exact same thing with his 1993 record Doggystyle. “I was going to remaster my album,” he said. “My son had told me years ago, he was like, ‘You should just remaster Doggystyle, Pops, f–k all that. Just remaster it, you ain’t gotta worry about all that.’ “But I didn’t want to go that approach, because you can’t remaster Doggystyle like you can remaster them R&B songs. That s–t was a feeling, that s–t was a moment. You can’t recapture that. We’re trying to re-enact that s–t all over again, so I had to go get my s–t back.” Listen to Snoop’s full appearance on “Full Send Podcast” below:
  12. Wow, I never saw this either. I watched Martin religiously, until the third or fourth season. This must have aired during the season where I started missing episodes.
  13. That's not a bad idea, though I think I'd like to keep the music and the acting separate.
  14. Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images CHUCK D BIG UPS WILL SMITH & DJ JAZZY JEFF AMID CHRIS ROCK OSCARS SLAP CONTROVERSY Published on: Apr 17, 2022, 10:21 AM by Kyle Eustice 2 Will Smith has been constant internet fodder since March 27 when he infamously smacked Chris Rock across the face during the 94th Annual Academy Awards. Some have taken sides, while others choose to remain neutral. Public Enemy legend Chuck D falls into the latter. On Saturday (April 16), Chuck shared a tweet showing love to both Smith and his partner-in-rhyme DJ Jazzy Jeff. As The Fresh Prince & DJ Jazzy Jeff, the beloved duo penned hits such as “Parents Just Don’t Understand” and the Kool and the Gang-sampling “Summertime.” “Will Smith is the only mc I ever heard others around him murmur’ yo when is he gonna stop rhyming?” he wrote. “No lie I’m serious @djjazzyjeff215 … Say whatever Will Smith probably the most rhymingest dude I ever met. Period…dude can rap all damn day … fact @djjazzyjeff215 also is endless talent all damn day long.” DJ Jazzy Jeff addressed the controversial “slap heard around the world” earlier this month during a Closed Sessions Legend Conversation at Dorian’s Through the Record Shop in Chicago. While he defended his partner-in-rhyme, he also noted it was out of character for the Academy Award-winning actor. “Don’t get it twisted that it was something he was proud of,” Jazzy Jeff said. “It was a lapse in judgment, you know? I think the thing that I’ve realized is I don’t know too many people that has had the least amount of lapse of judgment than him. “I can name 50 times that [Smith] should’ve smacked the **** out of somebody and he didn’t. So for him to have a lapse in judgment, he’s human. And I think a lot of the criticism comes from the people who don’t think people like that are human.” Smith has since resigned from the Academy, apologized to Chris Rock publicly and been banned from attending the Academy Awards for the next 10 years. https://hiphopdx.com/news/id.69610/title.chuck-d-big-ups-will-smith-dj-jazzy-jeff-amid-chris-rock-oscars-slap-controversy?fbclid=IwAR2cI7s8sgQcevEU9moC7LMutSGECFKgLlKgZDUHguAmxoOjvPM_mISARFU#
  15. DJ Kay Slay Dies Following Battle With COVID-19 Kay Slay was a pivotal figure within Hip-Hop's mixtape culture and released six studio albums during his career. BY PREEZY BROWN APRIL 18, 2022 2:02AM DJ Kay Slay attends the In Arms Reach fundraiser at The Griffin on March 5, 2012 in New York City. Andy Kropa/Getty Images The legendary graffiti artist and Hip-Hop icon, Keith Grayson aka DJ Kay Slay has succumbed to medical complications due to a lengthy battle with COVID-19. The East Harlem native, who passed away on Easter Sunday (April 17), was 55 years-old at the time of his death. Rumors of Kay Slay’s passing began to circulate on Sunday evening, with well known music artist manager, Wack 100 reportedly confirming the news, along with veteran Hip-Hop promoter Van Silk. Last week, Wack gave an update on Kay Slay’s condition, writing that the DJ was “still fighting” in a post on Instagram. “He’s been off the #ECMO machine for a couple weeks now,” Wack added. “Let’s continue our prayers as our brother continues to fight.” Slay was a pivotal figure in the Hip-Hop community, getting his start as a graffiti artist, using the tag name “Dez,” before making his Kay Slay moniker as a DJ on the mixtape circuit during the late ’90s and early aughts. Signing a recording deal with Columbia Records, Slay (also known as “The Drama King” and “Mr. Smack Your Favorite DJ”) released his major label debut, The Streetsweeper, Vol. 1, in 2003, which peaked at No. 4 on Billboard’s Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. His sophomore release, The Streetsweeper, Vol. 2, dropped the following year and reached No. 10 on that chart. He released six studio albums during his career, the most recent being The Soul Controller, which dropped in December 2021, shortly before his hospitalization. VIBE sends out condolences to the family and friends of DJ Kay Slay. RIP. https://www.vibe.com/news/entertainment/dj-kay-slay-dies-battled-with-covid-19-1234657476/
  16. https://blackamericaweb.com/2022/04/14/sony-bad-boys-film-believed-not-successful-black-lead-actors/?fbclid=IwAR3Rf9apgjkmCycUMColWcEuX74iHbNmK3OWeEWAZqR-21Fgbmj8QQlpv3c ‘Bad Boys’ Director Says Sony “Had No Faith” In The Film’s Success With Two Black Stars Keenan "HIGz" Higgins Even though Will Smith is going through a career crisis of sorts for infamously slapping fellow veteran actor Chris Rock at this year’s Academy Awards, there’s no denying his existing roster of hit leading roles in Hollywood. For many, the standout of those is his third-ever feature film, Bad Boys, which co-stars comedic legend Martin Lawrence. Over 25 years and two successful sequels later, with a fourth currently in pre-production, director Michael Bay says the $840 million franchise’s longtime distributor Sony Pictures originally didn’t think it would even be a success with two Black actors in the lead roles. While promoting his new film Ambulance, Bay spoke to Entertainment Weekly briefly about his directorial debut with Bad Boys. He was asked about his now-signature “hero shot” that dramatically circles the characters at a prominent climax in the movie. Bay said Bad Boys is where it started, and the inspiration was fueled by Sony’s doubt and disrespect for them during principal photography. “Sony didn’t believe in the movie, because two Black actors don’t sell overseas,” he said of their apprehensions, going to add, “And they shut me down, literally. They shut the power off. That’s how rude they were on this movie.” Take a look below at how one shot and a determination to prove Sony wrong led Michael Bay to success with Bad Boys and one of the most imitated cinematic scenes in action film history, via EW: “So I remember we’re driving our van. The line producer, he didn’t like me. I don’t think he liked anybody. I said, ‘Stop the car! Stop the van.’ And he’s coming up to me, the line producer, saying, ‘What are you doing, Michael? We don’t have time for this.’ I’m like, ‘This is going to be the trailer shot.’ For some reason, I just came up with this shot as we’re driving. And I said, ‘Where’s the circle trolley? Get the circle trolley.’ And we made this round move and you guys rise up and it became a very famous shot. People try to imitate it, but it was a seminal moment. ‘Bad Boys’ literally changed the game on Black actors. It’s the first movie that really traveled overseas.” As we now know, Bad Boys would go on to make $141.4 million at the box office on a $19 million budget and solidify both Smith and Lawrence as certified Black leading males in Hollywood. We bet Sony is glad they didn’t go with their initial bias!
  17. In this particular circumstance, I don't think racism is part of the decision either. Will's actions occurred at the event and on television. Most, but not all, of the people that are being compared due to poor behavior/decisions did what they did in their personal life or on the set. The academy can only police the behavior that happened at their event. Will picked the wrong time and the wrong place to make a mistake. I can see all perspectives, whether ones thinks banning him from 10 years was too much, just right, or too little. At this point, who cares? It's done. Will has accepted it.
  18. This is another dope one. It's far better than any of the doctored 2Pac songs we got as we went into the 2000's. Do you ever slide MP3s of your remixes, cuz I would ride out to this with the windows down.
  19. Yeah, I want new music to be a tightly contained project. I'm not saying his family isn't musically talented. Obviously they are, but I have no desire to hear them on a new album.
  20. I'm not familiar with this artists music, but...
  21. Points are being made... https://www.aol.com/entertainment/lets-ban-oscars-academys-smith-234732543.html 'Let's ban the Oscars': Academy's Will Smith ban met with disbelief, accusations of racism April 8, 2022, 7:47 PM Scroll back up to restore default view. Will Smith is facing a 10-year ban from events held by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for slapping Oscars presenter Chris Rock during the 94th Academy Awards in March. But the reaction to the film academy's decision Friday was met with mixed results, ranging from disbelief to accusations of racism. While the "King Richard" star has repeatedly apologized and accepted the academy's decision, the organization contended that its ban was "a step toward a larger goal of protecting the safety of our performers and guests, and restoring trust in the academy." But many people on social media didn't see it that way (and celebrities were mostly silent). Some critics characterized the academy's ruling against the "Fresh Prince" veteran as racially motivated, while others saw it as the group making up for lax repercussions for past transgressors. They cited inappropriate behavior by the likes of Oscar winner Adrien Brody, who planted a kiss on presenter Halle Berry in 2003, or that of comedian Jim Carrey, a critic of Smith who made live-show advances on an unwilling Alicia Silverstone at the 1997 MTV Movie Awards. "The ten year ban they gave Will Smith feels very 'make a lesson of this Black person,'" tweeted author Frederick Joseph. "This is 100% racially motivated," wrote Twitter user Somari, replying to a news story about Smith's punishment. "Jim Carrey sexually assaulted a woman live on stage and she was visually distressed. Will Smith slaps a dude for mocking an illness and gets banned for a decade." Others contrasted the academy's swift action with the "Ali" and "Concussion" actor with the delayed punishments involving disgraced Hollywood players such as Oscar-winning director Roman Polanski, producer Harvey Weinstein and actor Kevin Spacey. Amid the #MeToo movement, the academy implemented a code of conduct in 2017 in response to the Weinstein sexual-assault scandal. It has only expelled three people — the "Shakespeare in Love" producer, Polanski and comedian-author Bill Cosby — since enacting it. (Weinstein and Polanski still have their Oscar trophies.) "will smith becoming the face of 'they don’t love us, just what we create' was not on my 2022 bingo card. how did a slap translate to this when they have yet to ban actual predators and racists??" added user @houseofphoton. "let’s ban the oscars for 10 years too. the hell. so many predators still not banned…" tweeted user BEYTHOVEN. "crazy how the oscars have allowed racism and harassment to happen with no consequences, but they choose to ban will for TEN YEARS all over a slap?? f— the oscars," added user @ultrcmcr. But there was a handful of people who backed the decision and plenty who continued to make fun of the whole slap debacle. "Sad end to a bad episode. I'm baffled by those saying 'Not good enough!' as if the Academy is some industry-wide regulatory body. They're responsible only for their show, their awards, and their membership. And they're right to keep the awards out of it," wrote author Mark Harris. "A harsher punishment would have been mandatory attendance for 10 years," quipped "Scandal" alum Joshua Malina. Here's a look at some of the online discourse around the academy's decision:
  22. I think the reason for this is that Will's actions are directly related to the Oscars. They want to save face. The dealings of those other people, while vile and long term, aren't directly related to the Oscars. No one is associating their behavior with the Oscars like they are Will's. That's just my guess at reasoning.
  23. Black Star’s Madlib-Produced Album Gets A Title & Release Date APRIL 8, 2022 | PUBLISHED BY BANDINI After years in the making, Black Star’s sophomore album has a title and release date. Yasiin Bey and Talib Kweli are scheduled to follow-up their 1998 debut nearly 25 years later with No Fear Of Time. As anticipated since early 2018, the Brooklyn, New York duo is teaming with producer Madlib for this go-round—which is slated to arrive May 3. Sorry, the video player failed to load.(Error Code: 101102) The news arrives with a short video, showcasing some music: Yasiin Bey & Talib Kweli Detail How Black Star’s Upcoming Album Came To Be In a press statement published by Pitchfork, Talib Kweli said, “About three-to-four years ago I was visiting Yasiin [Bey] in Europe and we started to talk about songs to do on an album, so I flew an engineer out just to see what that would be. Once I realized this conversation is starting to organically become a creative conversation, I started making sure to have the engineer around at all times. There was one day we were just in a hotel listening to Madlib beats, and he’s like, ‘Play that Madlib tape again.’ I’m playing the beats and he starts doing rhymes to the beats. And that’s how we did the first song.” Kweli’s statement continues, “This is very similar to how we did [Mos Def & Talib Kweli Are Black Star]. But the first album, there were no mobile studios. This entire album, we have not set foot in one recording studio. It’s all been done in hotel rooms and backstage at Dave Chappelle shows.” 20 Years Ago Black Star Released A Gold Standard For Hip-Hop (Audio) While 1998’s go-round featured production from Hi-Tek, 88-Keys, J. Rawls, and others, Madlib is expected to helm the whole ’22 affair. The Oxnard, California veteran previously laced Liberation for Kweli in 2006, and has worked with Yasiin Bey on The Ecstatic three years later. With Rawkus Records having been defunct for nearly 15 years, this LP is said to arrive through podcast platform Luminary. There, both MCs host a podcast alongside Dave Chappelle, The Midnight Miracle. Yasiin Bey has gone outside of the normal release structure previously. In 2019, he premiered NEGUS as an art exhibit. Last year, Kweli partnered with D.I.T.C. veteran MC/producer Diamond D to release Gotham, in a more traditional rollout. In 2019, Madlib and Freddie Gibbs dropped Bandana—named the best LP of that year by Ambrosia For Heads readers. https://ambrosiaforheads.com/2022/04/black-star-madlib-no-time-album/?fbclid=IwAR1ZDIBgBFiqS8W18ksgny0lfmX3hoeqXq_W4d9BLHXLSfTx99DB60QLlHM
  24. Will Smith Banned From Oscars For 10 Years; “Accept & Respect …Decision,” Actor Says – Update By Anthony D'Alessandro, Dominic Patten April 8, 2022 11:50am Gilbert Flores/Deadline; AP (UPDATED with Will Smith statement) With their options rather limited, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Board of Governors has just decided that Will Smith will not be able to attend the Oscars for 10 years for slapping Chris Rock on-stage at the 94th Academy Awards on March 27. “The Board has decided, for a period of 10 years from April 8, 2022, Mr. Smith shall not be permitted to attend any Academy events or programs, in person or virtually, including but not limited to the Academy Awards,” said AMPAS president David Rubin and CEO Dawn Hudson of Smith’s “unacceptable and harmful behavior” in a letter to the full membership after a contentious 9 AM PT virtual meeting today concluded. “We also hope this can begin a time of healing and restoration for all involved and impacted,” they added at the end of the letter, with no pun undoubtedly intended. Read the full letter from Rubin and Hudson below. “I accept and respect the Academy’s decision,” Smith said in a succinct statement soon after AMPAS made their POV public. Not that there was a lot more the AMPAS Board, which includes Steven Spielberg, Ava DuVernay, Laura Dern and Whoopi Goldberg among its current roster, could really do. Seeing where this debacle was likely going to end up, Smith made a chess move on April 1, and immediately resigned from the AMPAS. In his preemptive letter the King Richard Best Actor Oscar winner proclaimed: “My actions at the 94th Academy Awards presentation were shocking, painful, and inexcusable. The list of those I have hurt is long and includes Chris, his family, many of my dear friends and loved ones, all those in attendance, and global audiences at home. I betrayed the trust of the Academy. I deprived other nominees and winners of their opportunity to celebrate and be celebrated for their extraordinary work. I am heartbroken. I want to put the focus back on those who deserve attention for their achievements and allow the Academy to get back to the incredible work it does to support creativity and artistry in film.” With whispers in the preceding days that the organization’s more than 50-person strong Board of Governors were strongly considering a decade long expulsion as part of its self-described “disciplinary proceedings,” the actor’s April Fool’s Day decision effectively neutered the organization. While disinvites to future Academy Awards, a fine or even a lawsuit for staining the Oscar brand were discussed to varying degrees in recent days, there was never ever a possibility that Smith would have his Best Actor Oscar taken away from him – as Roman Polanski can tell you. While he won’t be allowed to hand out the Best Actress award at the 95th Academy Awards, as is traditional for the previous Best Actor winner, there is nothing in today’s AMPAS decision that prevents the busy Smith from being nominated in future years. Such a move on the part of the Board of Governors would have been unprecedented for AMPAS, and likely could blow up in its face. Not that the now banned Smith didn’t have a good run among the Hollywood elite group before striking and verbally lambasting Fargo star Rock over his mocking of Jada Pinkett Smith’s hair. The former Fresh Prince had been a member of the Academy since 2001, joining just five years after his big screen blockbuster debut in Independence Day. It was Smith’s resignation last week that forced the AMPAS leadership to move up its meeting from April 18 to today.“We were required to provide Mr. Smith notice 15 days prior to the board meeting at which such action might be taken, and also give him the opportunity to provide the board a written statement no less than five days prior to that meeting,” an April 6 memo from AMPAS prez Rubin explained, noting that those rules and timeline had been essentially taken over by Smith with his resignation. Of course, by that point a secondary scandal was in full bloom as conflicting and nuanced explanations began to leak out as to why Smith wasn’t removed from the Dolby Theater after assaulting Rock. After an AMPAS Governors meeting on March 30, the group’s reps released a statement saying, “While we would like to clarify that Mr. Smith was asked to leave the ceremony and refused, we also recognize we could have handled the situation differently.” Those close to Smith said this was not true. They say that AMPAS heads Rubin and CEO Hudson rather gently suggested to Smith’s longtime rep Meredith O’Sullivan backstage that the actor leave the Dolby. Even before the likes of Denzel Washington and Tyler Perry consoled Smith, the then Best Actor nominee’s rep passed the request on to him. Perhaps not capturing the severity of the moment, Smith supposedly said he wanted to stay, to say sorry and that was that. With no adults taking control or responsibility, Smith stayed in his front row seat for over half an hour before going back up on stage to accept his long expected Best Actor award. For many watching at home and even some in the room, the standing ovation the actor received before launching into a somewhat rambling, emotional, self justifying and apologetic (though not to Chris Rock, that would come on social media a day later) speech was a travesty. Later Smith and family showed up at the Vanity Fair party to dance to his own past hits in a manner that displayed a distinct lack of contrition. Additionally, contradictory accounts arose as to whether Oscars producer Will Packer did or did not ask Smith to leave. Attempting to get out in front of AMPAS, Packer sat down with GMA on April 1 to tell the ABC morning show that the decision to force Smith to leave fell on Rock’s hands. As to whether the police “were about to physically remove Will Smith,” the Girls Trip EP said. “I wasn’t part of those conversations. …Rock has made it clear that he didn’t want to make a bad situation worse.” However, sources told Deadline following that GMA interview that Packer, who directly spoke to Smith in the minutes following the shocking slap, was conflating from a conversation that happened after Smith slapped Rock onstage, where the comic told Packer he did not want to press charges. Had he chosen to do that, the LAPD would have removed Smith and arrested him. Had Packer actually asked Rock if he wanted Smith removed from the building, he might have gotten a different answer, we hear. Also, had the now touring Rock filed a police report against Smith, the actor could have faced up to six months behind bars and a $100,000 fine if found guilty on the misdemeanor charge that the assault is under California law. Now, with big and awards-intended projects like AppleTV+’s Antoine Fuqua helmed Emancipation in the can as other offerings at Netflix and Sony on pause for a beat, Will Smith’s career will surely dim for a bit. However, this is Hollywood, and with a fanbase as wide and deep as global superstar Smith has, expect to see the actor right back in the center of the A-list crowd soon enough. Read AMPAS President David Rubin and CEO Dawn Hudson’s full letter to Academy members here: The 94th Oscars were meant to be a celebration of the many individuals in our community who did incredible work this past year; however, those moments were overshadowed by the unacceptable and harmful behavior we saw Mr. Smith exhibit on stage. During our telecast, we did not adequately address the situation in the room. For this, we are sorry. This was an opportunity for us to set an example for our guests, viewers and our Academy family around the world, and we fell short — unprepared for the unprecedented. Today, the Board of Governors convened a meeting to discuss how best to respond to Will Smith’s actions at the Oscars, in addition to accepting his resignation. The Board has decided, for a period of 10 years from April 8, 2022, Mr. Smith shall not be permitted to attend any Academy events or programs, in person or virtually, including but not limited to the Academy Awards. We want to express our deep gratitude to Mr. Rock for maintaining his composure under extraordinary circumstances. We also want to thank our hosts, nominees, presenters and winners for their poise and grace during our telecast. This action we are taking today in response to Will Smith’s behavior is a step toward a larger goal of protecting the safety of our performers and guests, and restoring trust in the Academy. We also hope this can begin a time of healing and restoration for all involved and impacted. Thank you https://deadline.com/2022/04/will-smith-punishment-oscar-ban-chris-rock-slap-ampas-1234997251/
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