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  1. Thank you very much man. I appreciate that. :thumbsup:
  2. The City That Never Sleeps, Comatose http://img231.imageshack.us/img231/8124/lgndgz4.jpg HE’D saved the human race from aliens in “Independence Day” and the “Men in Black” movies, from its cyborg Frankensteins in the sci-fi thriller “I, Robot.” He’d even helped some of the nerdiest humans have a shot at perpetuating the species, as a dating coach in the romantic comedy “Hitch.” So perhaps Will Smith was due for a serious and seriously dark role in which the apocalypse has already come and gone, despite all his heroic attempts to prevent it. In “I Am Legend” (Dec. 14), a lean and lonely Mr. Smith grapples with the isolation of being the last healthy man on earth, three years after a deadly virus — meant to cure cancer — has all but wiped the planet clean of people. A studly military man as well as a scientist, he hangs on in a Manhattan that has gone back to nature in a big way — gathering vegetables in a Central Park that will give new meaning to “green market,” stalking deer in the high grass of Times Square — while simultaneously searching for a cure and steering clear of the rampaging, nocturnal ex-humans who have transformed into bloodthirsty predators, and who know where he lives. That Warner Brothers is releasing “I Am Legend” next month is itself something of a survivalist feat. Mr. Smith and his collaborators — the writer-producer Akiva Goldsman, the director Francis Lawrence and Mr. Smith’s producing partner James Lassiter — have achieved what other filmmakers and stars like Ridley Scott and Arnold Schwarzenegger could not, despite more than a decade of trying. Getting the $150 million-plus movie made took nearly two years of planning, months of rewriting, a studio boss’s green light without a script, and — a week into the nine-month shoot — a complete overhaul of the method for rendering the creatures terrorizing Mr. Smith’s character. All that, and only the biggest and longest-lasting moviemaking disruption of the daily lives of many New Yorkers since “The French Connection.” “I Am Legend” is the third film based on Richard Matheson’s 1954 novella of the same title, with its cold war allegory of Us and Them. Vincent Price starred in the first, “The Last Man on Earth” (1964), and Charlton Heston in “The Omega Man” (1971). Warner Brothers had long wanted to remake it again, and Mr. Smith, who said he had been seeking projects involving the most basic urges and emotions (as in his last movie, “The Pursuit of Happyness”), said he had nearly made an R-rated, darker version, written by Mark Protosevich, with the director Michael Bay before “28 Days Later” (2002) seemed to “snatch the concept.” Sitting in his two-story trailer on the Columbia Pictures lot, where he was finishing “Hancock,” a superhero drama set for release on July 2, Mr. Smith said he and Mr. Goldsman, who also co-wrote “I, Robot,” had been scheming for years to “sneak a little character drama into a big summer blockbuster.” Those big tent-pole movies, he said, “tend to start with, ‘Wouldn’t it be cool if ...?’ And no, it has to start with character, and the story has to grow from a trauma that the character has to experience.” In Mr. Goldsman’s reimagining, “I Am Legend” became, in essence, the story of Job, “and the question of the necessity for hope,” said Mr. Smith. Mr. Lawrence, the director, added: “If you’ve already taken away the world, and his family, what else can you take away from him for him still to be able to rise up from the ashes? What keeps you from putting a gun in your mouth?” And Mr. Lassiter, Mr. Smith’s longtime partner, said that while the last-man fantasy had attracted Mr. Smith early on, “there’s no saving the world in this.” He continued, “Once you hit the realization — everybody’s gone — that’s a scary concept.” Mr. Goldsman, who kept calling Mr. Smith back to the “Hancock” set, said later that he and Mr. Smith “share this fantasy that you can combine dramatics and genre, that genre movies can be character dramas and have great acting.” “Big entertainment,” he added, “can be meaningful.” A sought-after script doctor whose adaptations include “The Da Vinci Code,” Mr. Goldsman calls himself “the last stop for broken toys” at Warner Brothers. He also was a producer on “Constantine” (2005), the comic-book-based supernatural movie starring Keanu Reeves that was Mr. Lawrence’s first feature. When the studio’s production chief, Jeff Robinov, asked Mr. Goldsman to have a go at producing “I Am Legend” in 2004, he and Mr. Lawrence, who pressed to restore the “who’s the real monster?” aspects of Mr. Matheson’s novella, decided to extend their working relationship. (Mr. Goldsman, expecting to bring on another writer, said he banged out a treatment and then found himself finishing a draft.) Mr. Smith came on board a year later but said he wanted to combine Mr. Goldsman’s and Mr. Protosevich’s ideas. So Mr. Goldsman said he, Mr. Smith, Mr. Lawrence and Mr. Lassiter began “grinding” away at the story in marathon meetings, anticipating a 2007 production start. By May 2006 the group had created a 35- or 40-page, scene-by-scene outline, when it became clear that Mr. Smith’s next movie — what became “Hancock” — was not ready for its autumn start. Someone proposed flipping the two films, which would mean starting “I Am Legend” in just 16 weeks, Mr. Lawrence said, and after a moment’s pause everyone agreed. The president of Warner Brothers, Alan Horn, gave a green light based on Mr. Goldsman’s earlier draft and the latest outline. Even after shooting started, the talking and rewriting continued, Mr. Lawrence said. “We each come at it from a different angle,” he said of the four men in the room. “So you get this melding of different ways. When they meet, it’s kind of perfect.” Mr. Goldsman, for one, said he had learned to improvise dialogue from Mr. Smith. And Mr. Lawrence raced into work ebullient after having watched Jane Campion’s film “The Piano” with the sound off, so as not to wake his newborn son, without missing anything — “story or feeling,” he said. With long stretches of “I Am Legend” eerily silent, Mr. Lawrence said, he pressed his colleagues to work through their scenes without any words at all. “Underneath everything you should be able to boil it down to what it means without dialogue,” he said. “Because the truth is, everything should really be about behavior.” Mr. Matheson’s story and the previous film versions were all set in Los Angeles, but Mr. Goldsman’s biggest stroke was to relocate it in New York, where the absence of pedestrians is a statement, not a commonplace, he said. Warner Brothers initially opposed filming in New York because of costs and logistical challenges, but Michael Tadross, a veteran New York production manager (whose credits include the similarly disruptive “Die Hard With a Vengeance”), got the city to approve closing the Grand Central viaduct, several blocks of Fifth Avenue and Washington Square Park, among other highly trafficked sites — albeit at night and on weekends — between September 2006 and April 2007. It still took a warehouse full of plants trucked in from Florida to dress up the city streets as if weeds had overtaken them. And it took 1,000 to 2,000 extras, crammed into a specially built barge pier near the South Street Seaport in frigid temperatures, to simulate a panicked mob fleeing a quarantined Manhattan for the supposed safety of Brooklyn. Mr. Lawrence said he had been trying for years to develop ideas for filming “empty urban environments,” even when he was directing music videos. “Something’s always really excited me about that,” he said. “What that’s like psychologically — to have experienced that much loss, to be without people or any kind of social interaction for that long.” There are people, of sorts, lurking in the dark corners of “I Am Legend” of course. You just wouldn’t want to meet them. And Mr. Lawrence’s biggest challenge came a week into the production, when actors portraying victims of the rabieslike virus romped around on camera, but looked too much like romping actors wearing prosthetics. Mr. Lawrence, with the studio’s blessing, decided to enhance the actors with computer-generated effects, adding millions to the movie’s cost and weeks to its postproduction timetable. “We just weren’t able to get out of people what we really wanted,” he said. “They needed to have an abandon in their performance that you just can’t get out of people in the middle of the night when they’re barefoot. And their metabolisms are really spiked, so they’re constantly hyperventilating, which you can’t really get actors to do for a long time or they pass out.” Mr. Goldsman said he pined for the days “when science fiction and drama got to go together,” in films like “The Omega Man,” “Planet of the Apes” and other allegorical sci-fi films, which he said are rarely made in Hollywood anymore. So what’s the allegory in “I Am Legend,” beside the blurred lines between good and evil, us and them? “It’s funny, because we went back and forth,” said Mr. Lawrence. The story has no greedy comic book villain; rather, the virus arose “out of somebody truly trying to do something good, and accidents happen.” Virologists at the Centers for Disease Control, Mr. Lawrence said, told him and Mr. Smith that a pandemic could just as easily begin with a strange weather pattern. “The truth is that this kind of destruction can come from anywhere,” he said. “And nature has a way of resetting and rebalancing.” http://www.nytimes.com/2007/11/04/movies/m...8UbHu%20XD2RpUg
  3. Will Smith performing Wild Wild West live at the MTV Video Movie Awards 1999. Featuring Dru Hill and Stevie Wonder. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Se0nEWjvKEU
  4. Tom Cruise was joined by his friends, family and costars on the red carpet at the premiere of Lions For Lambs in LA last night. Katie looked great in Berlin, but she went even more glamorous last night. Also there to support Tom was his stylish BFFs Will and Becks. It's Tom's time to show off his movie, but he recently took the time to gush about his wife. He said, "I have a lot of respect for [Katie] as an artist, as a woman. She's a very strong, gracious woman. She's very funny, a great comedian." Some of you don't have a lot of faith in Katie's acting skills, but it sounds like Tom can't say enough kind words about her. Of course, being the mother of his adorable little girl may make him a bit biased but we can't blame him. http://popsugar.com/754585
  5. Fangoria Article on I am Legend Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 :wickedwisdom:
  6. Will was in a Mexican TV program called "Otro Rollo". It's one of the funniest interviews I've ever seen. :lolsign: Part 1 Part 2
  7. Have a nice day man! :wickedwisdom: :tee: :clap2: :birthday: :7: :dj: :yeah: :jazzy: :2thumbs: :party: :pony: :wiggle: :gettinjiggywitit:
  8. This poster is cooler than the other one. :wiggle:
  9. http://img134.imageshack.us/img134/9761/ial1qa3.jpg http://img156.imageshack.us/img156/4562/ial2cx6.jpg http://img150.imageshack.us/img150/1015/ial3by6.jpg http://img526.imageshack.us/img526/8523/ial4xi7.jpg http://www.horroryearbook.com/542310/new-i...legend-pictures
  10. http://es.youtube.com/watch?v=6FuPvCdAmzw :mygod: :hail:
  11. That's fantastic! He deserves it, he works a lot. MissAshley.
  12. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aeYMRlpiskI :jazzy:
  13. WooooooooooW! :hail: :hail: :hail: :hail: :hail:
  14. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mkQqEt09eXU :mygod: :mygod: :mygod: :mygod: :mygod: :mygod: :mygod: :mygod: :mygod: :mygod: :mygod: :mygod: :mygod: :mygod: :mygod: :mygod: :mygod: :mygod:
  15. :gettinjiggywitit: :gettinjiggywitit: YAY! :2thumbs:
  16. Submitted by INF Daily on Mon, 2007-10-22 13:52. Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith got behind their son Trey as he played in a high school football game in LA at the weekend. Jada looked especially excited when Trey - whom she adopted as her own, but whose real mom is Will's first wife Sheree Zampino - was involved in the winning score in the match. Wide receiver Trey helped his team romp home to a victory by, err.. One point. http://infdaily.buzznet.com/2007/10/mr-and...o-the-game.html Well done Trey! :thumbsup:
  17. Alfonso Ribeiro who played Carlton in Fresh Prince of Bel-Air in a commercial for the Broadway musical Tap Dance Kid from 1984. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lo7n_qkj7us
  18. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r2nQpINOH3w No sound, but you can see the whole performance. I'd like to have that. :tantrum:
  19. I heard the official trailer would come out around the second week of November. We'll have to wait. :thumbsup:
  20. Da Brakes (featuring Da Ace and Ms Josephine) - Hip Hop Loving :wickedwisdom:
  21. "So, I know Will Smith is kind of dated, but for my money, it doesn't get any better than 'Wild Wild West.' " "Is that so?" "I just like the lyrics. Sometimes, I like to tell girls I'm a buffalo soldier … like, you know, from the song ... six gunnin' this… pew pew?" Finger pistols are made at this point. "I'm going to be going now." It never fails. I meet somebody, conversation is marginally less than awkward, and oh my God, is this friendship being formed? We seem to have similar tastes, and it seems as though the stars are aligned. This is truly a remarkable event. And then the topic of music taste comes up, and everything goes awry. People love to assume that, based on how I dress, I must listen to a certain type of music. This really isn't the case. The assumptions are made, corrected by me, and in the process of making this correction, the other party is alienated. Silence then blankets the landscape. Skirting the topic of music would be the best way to avoid the issue, but I realize this is impossible. People believe that learning of a person's musical tastes is tantamount to using a crystal ball to scry into the innermost depths of a person's psyche. If this were the case, Will Smith fans would have been alone and miserable in the '90s, and they would now be relegated to flipping burgers or something equally shameful, like being Will Smith. Sadly, this utopian world does not exist, proving the assumption false. Failing this, the best way to avoid the situation would be for people not to make assumptions about musical tastes based on appearance alone. I consistently find myself a victim of this assumption, but the blame doesn't rest solely on the presumptive populace. For one, I wear box-framed glasses, and I am rarely found without a man purse - an honest-to-God man purse. These fashion choices mean I listen to emo, right? That man purse means I'm in touch with my feminine side. Perhaps I was at that Dashboard Confessional show last week. Or perhaps not. The box-framed glasses suggest an aura of conceit. Upon the utterance of Dashboard Confessional, maybe I'll spout off something pretentious. Perhaps I'll reference a Velvet Underground lyric and walk away with my head held high in the air. Or maybe I chose my glasses because I'm fond of right angles, and the man purse is with me at all times because it contains the oxygen canisters I so desperately require to breathe. But really, appearance is merely an inkblot test; the viewer sees whatever he or she wants. Regardless of what my appearance may suggest, I don't judge others based on their taste in music. Good music is good music, and people should listen to it and appreciate it regardless of what stigma is attached to it. Good music should be loved without shame and without thought to those who are willing to turn it into something it isn't. At the end of the day, music is nothing more than music, and that is why it's so perfect. I say all this because I have a dark secret, and I am trying to protect myself from the pretentious powers that be. Were I to mention this secret, the gavel would surely strike down harshly, and I'm certain my box-framed glasses and man purse would be confiscated. It is a secret that causes me much shame. But in the spirit of journalism, I'll bare my soul. In the conversation I used to introduce this column, the person espousing the ideals of Will Smith was I. I'm a buffalo soldier. Look, it's like I told ya. http://media.www.centralfloridafuture.com/...e-3042702.shtml
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