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  1. Release Dates For "I am Legend"

    Japan 14 December 2007

    USA 14 December 2007

    Belgium 19 December 2007

    France 19 December 2007

    Netherlands 19 December 2007

    Spain 19 December 2007

    Netherlands 20 December 2007

    Finland 21 December 2007

    Egypt 26 December 2007

    Iceland 26 December 2007

    Norway 26 December 2007

    Singapore 27 December 2007

    Argentina 3 January 2008

    Australia 3 January 2008

    New Zealand 3 January 2008

    Brazil 4 January 2008

    Italy 4 January 2008

    Turkey 4 January 2008

    UK 4 January 2008

    Germany 10 January 2008

    Slovakia 10 January 2008

    Estonia 11 January 2008

  2. Metropolis 2.0

    Remake season is kicking it off early this year with a reimagining of Fritz Lang’s classic, Metropolis. Directed by Zack Snyder, the film will star veteran science fiction actor Will Smith. “I dun Asimov, I dun Matheson,” Smith rapped to the Allied Press yesterday, “In ma fly space ship, think I’m gunna get some!” Get some indeed. The Oscar buzz is already hot for this one, as it has been suggested that Smith was wrongly snubbed in the past for his work in Ali and Bad Boys II. Metropolis tells the story of class struggle in a futuristic city, although Snyder has been quite forthright in his plans to update the political aspect of the story to be more relatable to modern audiences. “This is going to be about communism the way 300 was about Greeks and Persians,” the director claimed amidst lines of coke. Playing the part of Maria, the beautiful revolutionary cum female android (or “gynoid”), is Miss Beyoncé Knowles, known from such mega-blockbuster super hits as Austin Powers 3 and The Pink Panther remake.


    :shrug: :shrug: :shrug:


    “I Am Legend” (Dec. 14), adapted from the same novel as “The Omega Man,” takes place after a plague that wipes out most of humanity and transforms others into bloodthirsty nocturnal creatures. Will Smith stars as possibly the last human on Earth.

    Smith said he spends much of the movie in silence, with just a dog for company. To help capture the character’s desperate loneliness, Smith met with prisoners of war and inmates who lived in solitary confinement, including one man left alone so long he claimed he had trained cockroaches to gather food.

    “It’s fun to have a little peace and quiet, but peace and quiet turns into your worst nightmare very, very quickly,” Smith said. “If you break your ankle, you need your tonsils out, anything that takes another person to do, the first time you get an infection, you’re in trouble,” Smith said. “The reason that there are cities and civilizations … is that you can’t survive by yourself.”


  4. K-Smith Speaks

    Nephew of Will Smith sets his sights on being the next "Ladies Man" of rap.

    September 20, 2007 - There's no question about it, K-Smith has got it good. For starters the Philly bred rapper is related to Big Willie. That's right, Will Smith is his uncle. Having somebody of that caliber in your corner goes a long way in an industry that's still ruled by #4080.

    "I mean he gave me all the freedom to control my whole creative process for the album," he says of Uncle Will's involvement with his debut project. "He really helped me financially and with the business aspect of things. He doesn't dictate anything to me. He just shows me the ropes. Everything is my decision; he's just there to oversee everything." What this means is that he's not there to turn K-Smith into Will Smith, Jr. "Not at all, not at all," the young rapper laughs.


    While other up-in-coming rappers continue to play it hard by continually repeating the bling themed excess of "gangsta verite," K-Smith prefers to keep it slick and smooth. He goes for more of a ladies man approach. Heck, his first single, "Better Man," features non other than Omarion on the hook. That should tell you something right there.

    "I've got a lot of tracks for the ladies," says Smith. "Yeah, I'm a ladies man. I love the ladies, man." When asked why he didn't go the more popular thug route Smith is quick to point out, "Because that's not the type of artist I am. I mean I have songs for my fellas, that they'll be able to relate to. But I just go off the type of person that I am naturally. And I know that on the daily what I like to do is hang out with beautiful women. There's nothing wrong with that at all."

    Even though Smith is a self-proclaimed "ladies man," he's still got a fair amount of the streets running through his blood. Born and bred in Philadelphia, he's spent a little bit of time in juvenile detention. Cliché as it may sound, too, music pretty much saved his life and calmed down his more wild side. "Absolutely," he says. "Music definitely allowed me to clean up my act and stay focused on one thing. Instead of being out on the streets, I go into the studio."

    Speaking of studios, Smith is lucky on that front. Instead of sleeping on his uncle's couch, he actually has his own semi-private wing at the Will Smith estate. "I actually got a whole wing to myself," he says when asked how comfortable the couches are at Smith Manor. "I got my whole wing. My side of the house is like living in an apartment." Plus what's nice is that the family is basically right around the corner. "I love the fact that I'm out there with my uncle Will and everybody. I get to watch what he does every day, you know what I'm sayin'? I get to watch him. Who better to watch? At the same time, though, I don't look at him like Will Smith. I look at him like my regular uncle. I've known him my whole life."

    So what is it that makes K-Smith a better man than all the other rappers out there today? "A lot of artists right now, they have hot singles out. You know, they know how to make hot singles that get on the radio, but they don't know how to put a full package together. They don't know how to make a whole album hot," he boldly states. "Also, they don't know how to establish themselves as their own brand. A lot times the record is bigger than the artist. Me, I'm setting up the K-Smith brand, so I'll have longevity!"


  5. It’s easy to see how the two have built a multimillion-dollar enterprise — with Smith as the flagship brand. They practically finish each other’s sentences and refer to each other as business partners. Smith readily admits he wouldn’t be where he is today without Lassiter. “J.L. does everything,” he says. “My sensibilities are dead center and James’ sensibilities are much more outside the box. He’s looking to break the mold whereas I’m looking to maximize it. So our sensibilities blend into this beautiful, just slightly left of center [team]. I don’t choose my movies, so essentially J.L. goes through 50 scripts in the course of a year and says, ‘These are the three that are the best. What do you feel?’ Then we talk through my career strategy. But for the most part he does the heavy lifting.”


    Their production company is currently working on at least four films for release under this arrangement: Time Share (2008), Tonight, He Comes (2008), [Note: This is the film MTV is reporting on - title is not yet firm. - LP] Sisters of Mercy (2008), and Lakeview Terrace (2007) with Samuel L. Jackson. “We plan to do at least one Will film and one non-Will film per year,” says Lassiter. “Our short-term goal is every year to make [Overbrook] grow. We have several movies in development.”

    The pair also has a groundbreaking deal with UTV, India’s leading media company, to finance a slate of movies. They view the arrangement as a means to expand the international appeal for vehicles featuring diverse casts. For example, Bad Boys was only expected to gross about $5 million overseas but the film generated $75 million in international box-office receipts.

    So what’s their long-term objective? To build Overbrook into a mammoth production company that will continue to develop high-quality films. Smith’s clout and Lassiter’s business acumen will be the elements that will help maintain Overbrook’s longevity.


  6. Learn More About Hancock!

    We talked to many people involved in next summer's action comedy Hancock. Writer/director Peter Berg only had time to spill the logline about a drunk superhero who causes too much havoc with all his collateral damage. So he hires a publicist (Jason Bateman) to help him clean up his image. Charlize Theron plays the publicist's wife. It must be a pretty intellectual comedy to land her.

    Berg, Bateman and Theron Talk Hancock

    "It could so easily sound like a little summer blockbuster but it's actually got a lot of weight to it," said Theron. "That's why I wanted to do it. It happens to be a big budget film and big star like Will Smith, but it actually has a lot of weight to it. It's been a great experience. It's been a really, really great film to work on. I would make a film about tape recorders if Will Smith was in it because I love working with him. I just think he's an incredible actor. I love the experience of being around him.

    Bateman revealed a bit more of the intricate plot. "I am a guy that Will Smith saves in the first, kind of like, ten pages of the film," Said Bateman. "Then to pay him back, I tell him I'm gonna help him revamp his public image. Because he's persona non grata, because he's a drunk and when he solves crime he creates a lot of collateral damage because he's banging into buildings and landing on cars instead of a sidewalk. And so they don't like him. Then he starts making moves on my wife, which is Charlize Theron so there's this weird dark love triangle. It's very Pete Berg."

    There's an example of some of the weightier themes about which Theron spoke. "What I love about this piece is it really crosses over so many different genres," she said. "It's really interesting to shoot out of continuity and to figure out where you're hitting what because it's not just silly comedy. I love Jason Bateman and I thought it was a really well written piece that wasn't just fluff. There was a real intelligence to it yet it was fun but it was smart, complicated, had a lot of conflict. I don't see a lot of that come fourth of July. I liked it."

    Her costar was just impressed by the magnitude of production. "It's this gigantic Sony movie that I'm just so sort of fortunate to have this great seat to watch," said Bateman. "It's this flotilla of trucks and effects, and I'm a lucky boy."

    Theron was not at all discouraged from Aeon Flux to jump into another superhero film. "No, it's all different. Genre based, I don't believe in that. It's two completely different stories. It's completely, completely different. They're all different in different ways. They're all challenging in different ways. I find John Hancock a challenge because it's not something that I'm familiar with. It's not a comfort zone for me. You throw me in a drama and I know I can swim."


  7. Will Smith Makes Babies Cry

    Will Smith is no Matthew McConaughey -- but we don't mean that in a bad way!

    After a long day's work filming his new flick, "Hancock," in Hollywood yesterday, Big Willy greeted fan after fan, signing autographs and posing for pictures with everyone who asked.

    In a very presidential move he even picked up a cute lil' baby for a few photos -- but the tot wasn't exactly feeling it.


    :lolsign: :lolsign: :lolsign:

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