Will Smith is apparently having more fun than anyone else at the Cannes Film Festival.
The West-Philly born and raised rapper/songwriter/producer/Grammy-winning actor was among nine people chosen to jury this year’s film festival – and when reporters asked him how he was feeling about the opportunity, he gave Philly (and Fresh Prince) a shoutout.
“I grew up in West Philadelphia — yes, born and raised, yes, thank you,” Smith said in a press conference, per this Rueters video. “West Philadelphia is a long way from the Cannes Film Festival, and the Cannes Film Festival is the ultimate prestige in cinema. So I’m excited to be here, and, more than anything, learn.” Read more »
Fletcher Cox is close to signing a long-term deal potentially worth up to $52 million in fully guaranteed money, Bleacher Report’s Jason Cole reported. Cole added that the Eagles want to sign him “earlier in this offseason” so he’ll participate in new head coach Doug Pederson’s activities.
Amid his unclear contract situation, Cox is one of two players who is expected to skip the Eagles’ voluntary minicamp this week. Darren Sproles, the other player, will not attend because of a family matter.
Despite his absence, Cox’s teammates appear unfazed. Read more »
In an appearance on CBS’s Sunday Morning yesterday to promote his new film, Concussion, West Philly native Will Smith hinted that we may see his name on a presidential ticket soon.
At one point in the interview, the conversation shifted to what’s next for the Fresh Prince. Even with this new movie and a possible upcoming album and world tour in the works, Smith says the entertainment biz may not be enough. “There’s a contribution to the world inside of me that I can’t reach,” he told correspondent Tracy Smith. “There’s a thing that I’m supposed to be doing, there’s a person that I want to be … There’s so much more that I feel that I have to offer that I can’t access in myself.”
What could that be, you ask?
Last week, after months of speculation that he would be getting back in the music business, Will Smith surprise-dropped his first single in more than a decade. It’s not great, but it at least got people talking about what the megastar actor/rapper would be doing next. Today we have an answer. In an interview with Beats 1 radio host Zane Lowe, the Philly-born star opened up about his music plans and even hinted that he may go on tour with DJ Jazzy Jeff.
During the interview, which you can see above, Smith says he’s been dropping tracks in the studio every day. So far he’s got 30 new songs recorded—“six or seven that I really, really like, that I’m trying to get the ideas to come out right,” he says. “I have so many things that I want to say and I’m struggling with saying them in a way that fit the flavor of music that I tend to like.”
Then the big news: “I’m pretty certain I’m going on tour. … Jeff and I actually never have done a full tour. I was always on the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, I was always either making a movie, so we’ve never actually done a full tour. So I’m looking this summer to be the first time that we go out on a full world tour.”
You know they’re gonna kick off that sucker in Philadelphia. Or at least they better. Check out the full interview above.
Somehow, I missed my invitation to hear Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan speak last week at Tindley Temple United Methodist Church, which I guess doesn’t have enough of a problem with Farrakhan’s anti-semitic, anti-white and anti-LGBT stances to prevent him from mounting the pulpit. At the event, Farrakhan announced that Philadelphia hero Will Smith had donated $150,000 to an upcoming Nation of Islam event. Read more »
For celebs who are in the spotlight constantly, keeping in shape is practically part of their job. So it’s no surprise that many of the stars we adore are as fit as it comes. These seven Philadelphia born-and-bred celebrities — from Kevin Hart to P!nk to Will Smith and more — are definitely fit and, call us nosy, but I’m sure we’re not alone in wanting to know how they do it. So we shamelessly dug up their wellness routines to inspire, inform, and entertain you. Check them out below. Read more »