Papa Will Smith continues to explore, or is it exploit (just kidding), his children's talents by dreaming up a new venture for his baby girl, Willow Smith of the "Whip Her Hair" fame.
First, Will safely and successfully rebooted "The Karate Kid" for his son Jaden, now, Variety is saying that the superstar wants Willow to be front and center for "Annie."
And you can bet your bottom dollar that this will work!
Why? With the inclusion of rapper Jay-Z to collaborate on the music, I have a feeling that this one will be a contemporary, dirtier, more urban take on the popular Broadway hit. And with a central story featuring orphans, the filmmakers will have a blast exploring its modern potential.
If they do it right.
The project is still in development stages but I can already imagine Willow singing "Tomorrow!"
It's a hard knock life indeed!
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It’s that time of the year again, when I trot out the best of the best of my celebrity interviews and movie reviews. Looking back at 2010, man, was I heavy! LOL, but I had a great time last year, and looking forward to a bigger and brighter 2011!
Take a look, and I hope I bring a smile to your face. I call this one Manny the Movie Guy Version 4.0 since this is the fourth time I made a best of. If you want to see my evolution as Manny the Movie Guy, click here, fun times down memory lane. But here’s version 4.0:
Featured on this video (they're all clickable!):
“The Last Airbender” movie review
“Nanny McPhee Returns” movie review
“True Grit” movie review
“Despicable Me” movie review
“Modern Scary Movies”
“She’s Out of My League” interview
“Remember Me” interview with Pierce Brosnan
“The Kids Are All Right” interview with Julianne Moore
“Jonah Hex” interview with Josh Brolin
Academy Awards Oscars predictions
“Alice in Wonderland” movie review
“Clash of the Titans” movie review
“Kick-Ass” movie review
Summer Movie Preview
“Cats and Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore” interview with Bette Midler
“Dinner for Schmucks” interview with Steve Carell and Paul Rudd
“How to Train Your Dragon” interview with Craig Ferguson
“Somewhere” interview with Sofia Coppola
“Remember Me” interview with director and writer
“Cats and Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore” interview with Christina Applegate and James Marsden
“How to Train Your Dragon” interview with Jay Baruchel
“The Kids Are All Right” interview with Mark Ruffalo
“Iron Man 2” movie review
“Babies” movie review
“Robin Hood” movie review
“Shrek Forever After” movie review
“Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time” movie review
“Toy Story 3” movie review
“Splice” movie review
“The Twilight Saga: Eclipse” movie review
“The Morning Blend” live show from ABC Las Vegas
“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1” screening in Palm Springs
“Remember Me” interview with Robert Pattinson
“The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader” movie review
“Inception” movie review
“Step Up 3D” movie review
“Step Up 3D” interviews with Adam Sevani, tWitch, and Legacy
“Palm Springs – Playground of the Stars”
“Yogi Bear” interview with Anna Faris
“Furry Vengeance” interview with Brendan Fraser
“Jackass 3D” interview with cast
“Greenberg” interview with Ben Stiller
“Splice” interview with Adrien Brody
“Piranha 3D” interview with Elisabeth Shue
“127 Hours” interview with James Franco and director Danny Boyle
“Cats and Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore” interview with Mr. Tinkles
“Yogi Bear” interview with Yogi Bear (Dan Aykroyd) and Boo Boo (Justin Timberlake)
“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1” movie review
“Shrek Forever After” interview with Walt Dohrn (Rumpelstiltskin)
“Tron: Legacy” movie review
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Warner Bros. has issued a press release regarding Christopher Nolan's new Batman film, "The Dark Knight Rises." And it's intriguing!
First, Anne Hathaway will purr her way as Selina Kyle aka Catwoman! I hope Hathaway channels the Michelle Pfeiffer version from Tim Burton's "Batman Returns" and not Halle Berry's version in the horrible "Catwoman."
Then, we have Tom Hardy, the guy who stole all his scenes in the brilliant "Inception," as Bane:
In the Batman myth, Bane is a fascinating character and known as the king of the Gotham underworld. But before that, he was a prisoner at the fictional Caribbean Republic of Santa Prisca, in a prison called Peña Duro ("Hard Rock"). There, he became the king of Peña Duro prison where he was forced to become a test subject for a mysterious drug known as Venom. Instead of killing him, the drug increased his physical strength but he must take it every 12 hours or he would suffer side-effects.
Bane also carries a teddy bear he calls Osito. See? Lots of drama and character development right? No wonder, Nolan added him into the mix.
Both Catwoman and Bane will join the pantheon of Batman villains that Nolan paid homage to namely the Scarecrow, Ras Al-Ghul, Two-Face, and of course, the Joker.
In the press release (via LA Times), Nolan said, “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Anne Hathaway, who will be a fantastic addition to our ensemble as we complete our story.”
Here's what the director said about Hardy, “I am delighted to be working with Tom again and excited to watch him bring to life our new interpretation of one of Batman’s most formidable enemies.”
Nolan co-wrote the script with his brother, Jonathan Nolan, based on a story by the director and David S. Goyer. Nolan is also producing the film whit his wife, Emma Thomas, and Charles Roven.
We all have to wait until July 20, 2012 to see Nolan's masterpiece, and truth be told, I can't freaking wait!
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Jude Law and Robert Downey Jr. return to the loving arms of director Guy Ritchie for the sequel to "Sherlock Holmes." Entertainment Tonight's cameras paid the set a visit and caught Downey Jr. in drag!
The actors also praised their new femme fatale, "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo's" Noomi Rapace!
Here's the official logline, and yes, Professor Moriarty is the big bad in this sequel:
Warner Bros. returns to the scene of the crime with this sequel to their wildly successful revamp of Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes character. Robert Downey Jr. stars alongside Jude Law, Rachel McAdams, and THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO's Noomi Rapace. MAD MEN's Jared Harris also joins the cast as the arch villain, Professor Moriarty.
"Sherlock Holmes 2" hits theaters December 16th. For now, check out the ET video below (if the video is not working, here's the link):
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Our friends at Collider posted this first image of the cast of "X-Men: First Class." Are you interested in this Matthew Vaughn-directed film? I enjoyed "Kick-Ass" so I have faith that Vaughn will take this franchise higher!
"X-Men: First Class" arrives in theaters June 3rd from Fox. So what is the film about? Here you go:
X-MEN: FIRST CLASS, following the classic Marvel mythology, charts the epic beginning of the X-Men saga. Before Charles Xavier and Erik Lensherr took the names Professor X and Magneto, they were two young men discovering their powers for the first time. Before they were archenemies, they were closest of friends, working together, with other Mutants (some familiar, some new), to stop the greatest threat the world has ever known. In the process, a rift between them opened, which began the eternal war between Magneto’s Brotherhood and Professor X’s X-Men.
Here's more info on the film from Yahoo:
The teenage years of the mutants are explored at the Xavier Institute for Higher Learning.
Production Status: In Production/Awaiting Release
Genres: Action/Adventure, Science Fiction/Fantasy, Adaptation and Sequel
Release Date: June 3rd, 2011 (wide)
Distributors: 20th Century Fox
Production Co.: Donners Company, Marvel Studios, Donners Company
Studios: 20th Century Fox
Filming Locations: London, England, United Kingdom
Produced in: United States
Cast and Credits
Starring: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Caleb Landry Jones, Nicholas Hoult, Lucas Till
Directed by: Matthew Vaughn
Produced by: Gregory Goodman, Lauren Shuler Donner, Simon Kinberg
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