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King Richard’s Will Smith wins the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Motion Picture Drama

King Richard’s Will Smith wins the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Motion Picture Drama

The veteran actor was first nominated for a Golden Globe back in 1993 for his role in Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.

King Richard which was released in November 2021, received gleaming reviews from critics and with awards season officially underway the biopic has already picked up a couple of awards. Will Smith is no longer just a five-time Golden Globe nominee, now the actor can call himself a winner. Smith took home the Best Actor in a Motion Picture-Drama award on Sunday for his powerful performance in King Richard.

Last year during the global press conference, Smith opened up about just how honored he was to portray Serena and Venus’ father in the film and admitted Richard was someone he fell in love with because of how he protected his daughters.

“I fell in love with Richard Williams—that was 20 something years ago and when the opportunity to be a part of this came up that was the first thing that I remembered. I knew I wanted to show a father protecting a daughter like that to the world,” he said.

The 53-year-old Smith was first nominated for a Golden Globe back in 1993 and again in 1994 for Best Actor in a TV series for his iconic role in Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. The actor prevailed against an impressive group to capture his first prestigious accolade which included, Mahershala Ali (Swan Song), Javier Bardem (Being the Ricardos), Benedict Cumberbatch (The Power of the Dog) and Denzel Washington (The Tragedy of Macbeth).

Smith isn’t the only actor in the film that took home an award over the weekend. Saniyya Sidney who plays Venus, won Best Performance By a Young Actor and she’s also received a nomination for Best Young Actor at the Critics Choice Awards. The film was up for six awards in total at the Critics Choice Awards.

Currently, King Richard boasts a spectacular 90 percent rating from critics on Rotten Tomatoes, with many commending the performances of both Smith and Sidney. With the Academy Awards approaching, the nominees will be announced on February 8.

Will Smith Takes on Fast & Loose Crime Boss Thriller from Deadpool 2 Director

Will Smith Takes on Fast & Loose Crime Boss Thriller from Deadpool 2 Director

Will Smith has been attached to a new project that will see him playing a crime lord. The film, titled Fast & Loose, is a drama that has Deadpool 2 and Hobbs & Shaw director David Leitch attached to helm the project. According to Deadline, a fierce bidding war is currently taking place between all the major Hollywood studios to snap up the rights to the planned movie. The logline for the project can be read below.

“After the leader of an upper-echelon criminal organization suffers memory loss from an attack, he reunites with his crew, only to find that things aren’t what he thinks they are. When John Riley (Will Smith) wakes up in Tijuana after being left for dead with absolutely no memory, he follows a string of clues to uncover his identity discovering he’s been living two different lives: one, as a super-successful crime kingpin, surrounded by beautiful women, expensive toys, and a lavish lifestyle and the other as an undercover CIA agent, but with a puny salary, no family or home life whatsoever, and zero trappings of success. The problem is, he can’t remember which of these two personas is his true identity, and, more importantly, which life he really wants to live.”

While the premise of the movie can make for a grounded, serious drama, along the lines of The Bourne Identity or MementoDavid Leitch is known for injecting loads of style and flourish into his movies, which include Atomic Blonde and John Wick. Leitch is also noted for being able to use the natural charisma of his leading actors to create memorable characters. So a team-up between him and Will Smith feels like a match made in heaven.

While Smith made his name in the 90s playing heroic roles, lately he has been leaning more into gray or anti-hero portrayals, such as the drunk and depressed superhero Hancock, the supervillain Deadshot, or an assassin in Gemini Man. Still, even the evilest roles manage to somehow become sympathetic characters in Smith’s hands, and that is probably going to happen in Fast and Loose as well.

One thing that the movie will doubtless feature is amazing action scenes. Leitch has proven he knows how to create an action sequence that feels real, even when it is taking place between an immortal assassin like Deadpool and a cybernetic warrior from the future like Cable. Leitch’s fondness for injecting humor into his stories should also find a great use for Smith’s excellent comic timing.

Before the actor jumps into Fast and Loose, however, Smith will be seen in his next star vehicle where he teams with filmmaker Antoine Fuqua in the runaway slave drama Emancipation that is being produced by Apple. The movie will scratch a particular itch for Smith since he turned down the leading role in Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained because the actor could not see eye-to-eye with Tarantino over the “vengeance” theme of the film. This comes from Deadline.

‘Amend: The Fight for America’ Trailer: Will Smith Hosts Stirring New Netflix Docuseries

‘Amend: The Fight for America’ Trailer: Will Smith Hosts Stirring New Netflix Docuseries

Netflix has released the stirring trailer for Amend: The Fight for America, a six-part docuseries hosted by Will Smith. This timely docuseries will discuss the creation of, interpretation of, and practice of (and much, much more) the 14th Amendment. Amend is created by Robe Imbriano and Tom Yellin, directed by Kenny Leon and Reinaldo Marcus Green, and executive produced by Smith, Terence CarterJana Babatunde-BeyJamal WatsonTom YellinRobe ImbrianoJonna MclaughlinAngus Wall, and Larry Wilmore.

You may need to keep a tissue handy as you watch the trailer for Amend because it’s a beautiful doozy. Amend will take viewers through the nation’s history as we consider what the 14th Amendment means and how it has been interpreted legally, socially, and beyond since it was set down in 1868. With Smith a steady guiding force in his narration, we see a mix of archival footage, interview soundbites, and previews of readings of famous public figures speaking for or against the Fourteenth Amendment. Among the celebs who will appear to give these readings are Samuel L. JacksonMahershala AliYara ShahidiPedro PascalRandall Park, and Diane Lane.

Smith also shared a statement on Amend, emphasis the importance of this special docuseries which examines a core ideology to our nation’s past, present, and future.

““I am honored to present ‘Amend: The Fight for America.’ We are living in unprecedented days as a society, as a country, and as a human family. I believe that the cultivation of personal and historical understanding is the imperative spark igniting the flames of desperately needed compassion and healing. As Americans, we endeavor to form a more perfect union that truly establishes justice and equality for all. I believe a deeper understanding of the 14th Amendment is a critical jumping off point. Our hope with this series is to illuminate the beauty that is the promise of America and to share a message of connection and shared humanity so that we will be able to better understand and celebrate our different experiences as Americans and promote progress toward the true equality promised to all persons under the 14th Amendment. I’m grateful to Netflix and the phenomenal group of people who came together both in front of and behind the camera to help us tell this story.”

Amend: The Fight For America premieres on Netflix on February 17. Check out the stirring official trailer featuring host Will Smith below.

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“King Richard” will be released this year on HBO MAX & Theathers

“King Richard” will be released this year on HBO MAX & Theathers

Tennis may be an individual sport but there are many people who contribute towards the success of any player. When it comes to Serena Williams and her sister Venus Williams, the credit definitely goes to their dad Richard Williams for shaping them. On a number of occasions, both the sisters have said that without their father, the two would have been nothing.

To honor Williams’ contribution, HBO announced a film on him earlier. HBO will be coming with some quite great stuff this year and one of them is ‘King Richard’. The first scenes of the movie are out and they are quite fascinating to see. The great superstar Will Smith is playing the role of Richard Williams and one could see him in the still scene. The film will hit the theatres on November 19, 2021.

Apart from Smith, Demi Singleton will be playing the role of Serena Williams while Saniyya Sidney will take it up for Venus Williams. The film covers the life of father Richard and mentions his role in developing his two daughters to world-class tennis players. The director of the film is Reinaldo Marcus Green.

HBO has also released the first look of some more fascinating movies. One can see LeBron James and Bugs Bunny in ‘Space Jam 2’ and the great battle between Kong and Godzilla in ‘Godzilla v Kong’. The first looks of ‘Suicide Squad’, ‘Mortal Kombat’, and even ‘Tom and Jerry’ are out as well.

Will Smith shares Fresh Prince reunion photo 30 years after show’s debut

Will Smith shares Fresh Prince reunion photo 30 years after show’s debut

Will Smith was reunited with his co-stars of the sitcom, as they gathered to celebrate the anniversary by filming a reunion special.

Will posted a picture in the old Banks mansion alongside Tatyana Ali (Ashley), Karyn Parsons (Hilary), Joseph Marcell (Geoffrey), Daphne Maxwell Reid (Aunt Viv No.2) and Alfonso Ribeiro (Carlton), as well as the recurring DJ Jazzy Jeff, to his Instagram.

He captioned: “Today is exactly 30 YEARS since The @FreshPrince of Bel-Air debuted! So we’re doin’ something for y’all… a for real Banks Family Reunion is comin’ soon to @HBOmax! RIP James. #FreshPrince30th.”

A second picture revealed Will burying the hatchet with the original Aunt Viv, Janet Hubert. They are pictured seated together on camera for the first time in 27 years. She played Aunt Viv in the first three seasons before leaving in 1993 amid a long-standing feud with Smith. Their on-set issues caused her early exit from the show, and she documented her broken relationship with Smith in her 2009 book Perfection Is Not a Sitcom Mom.

Will Smith announces Fresh Prince of Bel-Air reboot has been signed up for two seasons

Will Smith announces Fresh Prince of Bel-Air reboot has been signed up for two seasons

Will Smith is “hyped” to reveal a dramatic reboot of Fresh Prince of Bel Air has found a home. The upcoming series has been picked up by NBC’s streaming service, Peacock, for two seasons.

Smith, 51, made the announcement on his YouTube channel alongside the brains of the reboot, Morgan Cooper, and showrunner Chris Collins. “We have just officially closed the deal with Peacock with an unprecedented two-season-order from a pitch,” Smith excitedly told fans as he chatted to Collins and Cooper over video.

Smith, a three-decade showbusiness veteran, made the point to fans that the show getting picked up for two seasons was a really big deal. “I’ve been in this business for 30 years and that does not happen. They ordered two full seasons of Bel-Air based on the quality of the pitch and the work that you guys have done,” he said.

“So I want to say congratulations. I am hyped.” The inspiration for the dramatic retelling came from a trailer Cooper created re-imagining the rags-to-riches story as a drama.

The original 90s comedy series followed Smith’s character – the Fresh Prince – after his mother insisted he live with his rich aunt and uncle in affluent Bel Air, California to get him off the rough streets of West Philadelphia.

Cooper released the trailer of his updated version of Fresh Prince last year which got Smith’s attention and they came together to turn it into a serialised one-hour drama. Now, 18 months later it has been picked up by one of the biggest streaming services in the world, Peacock.

“With a reimagined vision, Bel-Air will dive deeper into the inherent conflicts, emotions and biases that were impossible to fully explore in a 30-minute sitcom format, while still delivering swagger and nods to the original show,” Peacock said in a statement. The show’s six-year run ended in 1996, but it has attracted a new younger audience thanks to reruns and Netflix, which is streaming all 148 episodes.

It was one of the first mainstream TV shows featuring an almost entirely black cast — and it had a big cultural impact. Viewers who had grown tired of seeing negative racial stereotypes on telly and film warmed to the show’s refreshingly different take on the black community. Among the cast of wacky characters, The Fresh Prince features a Tom Jones-obsessed glee singer, a high-flying lawyer and a sarcastic British butler — as well as the cool and charismatic lead Will.

Will Smith to join Fresh Prince co-stars for 30th anniversary reunion special

Will Smith to join Fresh Prince co-stars for 30th anniversary reunion special

Will Smith is set to join his The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air co-stars for a one-off reunion special to celebrate the show’s 30th anniversary. The special is set to record on September 10 and is scheduled to arrive on the HBO Max streaming service around Thanksgiving, which this year falls on November 26.

Hollywood star Smith will be joined by co-stars Tatyana Ali, Karyn Parsons, Joseph Marcell, Daphne Maxwell Reid and Alfonso Ribeiro, as well as DJ Jazzy Jeff. The show starred Smith as a fictionalised version of himself – a streetwise teenager who is sent to live with his wealthy aunt and uncle in their Bel Air mansion after getting into a fight in his hometown of Philadelphia. It ran for six seasons from 1990 to 1996. The cast reunited in April for Smith’s Snapchat series Will From Home, while earlier this month it was announced a drama reboot of the series is in the works.

The reboot is based on Morgan Cooper’s viral video Bel-air. This is not the first classic series HBO Max has announced a reunion for.

The long-awaited Friends reunion special has experienced multiple delays due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The one-off show had been due to launch with HBO Max in May, before Hollywood production was halted. A new launch date has not been set.

Will Smith & Kevin Hart Team Up For ‘Planes, Trains & Automobiles’ Remake

Will Smith & Kevin Hart Team Up For ‘Planes, Trains & Automobiles’ Remake

Will Smith and Kevin Hart have signed on to star in a remake of Planes, Trains & Automobiles. Deadline reports that the two comedians will also produce the pic with their Hartbeat Productions and Westbrook Studios. Aeysha Carr will write the script.

The original movie, which premiered in 1987, centered on a mismatched duo forced to become bunk mates and traveling partners in a desperate attempt to get home to loved ones for Thanksgiving after their flights are canceled. Steve Martin and John Candy starred in the original movie from John Hughes.

‘Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’ Dramatic Reboot In the Works

‘Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’ Dramatic Reboot In the Works

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is getting a dramatic reboot based on Morgan Cooper‘s viral YouTube trailer!

Morgan created a dark and gritty trailer for the beloved NBC comedy last year, and the series will be based off of that concept. Will Smith and Morgan Cooper are teaming to adapt the latter’s dramatic reimagining of the former’s beloved NBC comedy The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.

The new show from Will, Benny Medina and Quincy Jones is currently being shopped to streaming services including HBO Max, Peacock and Netflix, THR reports. No further information has been revealed, besides that the series has been in the works since Will saw the trailer last year. The original show aired from 1990-1996 on NBC.

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