The best part of my experience with Focus was going to get Dairy Queen before it started.
That is to say, there’s not that much to say about Focus itself. It’s a middling, corporate con-movie that suffers from a painfully self-confident script and reliance on the interplay between main Will Smith and sidekick/lover/protege Margot Robbie. It has no real antagonist—well, I mean, Rodrigo Santoro, kinda—and lurches from plot point to plot point as though it were a series of first-season TV episodes crammed into a movie.
Ultimately, there’s more wrong than right with the movie (real quick: the criminal psychologist from Law and Order: SVU engages in a Ken Jeong-style portrayal of a Chinese high roller; Gerald McRaney delivers what will go down in history as one of the most terribly pitched monologues ever; and a hugely important plot point takes place at the ugliest, fakest movie faux-Super Bowl ever—brought to you by Mercedes-Benz and Bud Light.)
Several blogs went into a tizzy yesterday when Philly actor/rapper Will Smith’s son Jaden tweeted this to Tyler the Creator:
“I Think Im In Love With You, I Don’t Know I’m Still Figuring It Out But In The Meantime, Happy Birthday.”
Not long afterward, headlines started popping up claiming that the young actor came out of the closet. Media Take Out, for instance, tweeted “IT HAPPENED!!! Will Smith’s Son Jaden Smith Comes OUT OF THE CLOSET… He Admitted On Twitter… That He’s GAY!!!”
Obviously they took it too far and Smith was being playful, but a rep from the Smith camp—who likely knows a thing or two about dealing with gay rumors—found it necessary to release a statement that “there’s no truth to any of it.”
Will Smith out of focus, much like the whole film.
Hometown hero (and long rumored homosexual—sorry, Jada) Will Smith returns to the big screen as a con man with a plan in Focus. The new film from writing/directing duo Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, responsible for the mildly amusing gay comedy I Love You Phillip Morris and the delightful Crazy, Stupid Love, mostly leaves comedy behind in favor of a muddled … romantic dramedy thriller? Regardless of the film’s lack of foc … cohesion, it is definitely a fun ride, at least for the first-half.
Will Smith may have a movie to promote, but it seems like his publicity rounds have been more about promoting the news he may be putting out another album soon. Last week, the Philly-bred star rapped “Gettin’ Jiggy With It” on David Letterman, and yesterday he treated guests on The Ellen Degeneres Show to a rendition of the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air theme song. Check that out above. Below, you can watch the chit-chat with Ellen that preceded it.
Will Smith has been making headlines over the last few weeks: We reported on his rather humorous beatbox duet with Jimmy Fallon and the rumors that the actor turned rapper turned actor might be getting back into music. Now, the Philly favorite surprised David Letterman, and the rest of The Late Show audience, by breaking out into a rendition of his famous tune “Gettin Jiggy With It.” Check out the clip below and feel free to dance along like no one is watching.
During a red carpet interview during the London premiere of Will Smith’s new movie Focus, the Philly-raised star hinted that he’s considering making music again. According to The Guardian, he says he got inspired during a recent studio session with Kanye West.
I’m not sure what I’m going to do yet but I’m exploring. … I’m in a creative ceiling. My son tells me I have to write out the things I don’t like. I can’t write and stop, I have to keep going and going and write them out. I’ve never worked like that before but I think I might give that a shot.
Will Smith dropped by The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon last night to promote his new movie, Focus. During the interview Fallon broke out his iPad so the two could tinker with a new app called Loopy that allows you to record a variety of sounds, then it layers them all together to make a nifty song. The pair take turns beatboxing and when all the tracks are playing in harmony they top it off with a rendition of Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock’s “It Takes Two.” It’s pretty fantastic. Check it out above, and look out for Smith’s shout out to Philly and The Roots.
ConcussionfollowsDr. Bennet Omalu (Smith), the forensic neuropathologist who made the first discovery of football-related brain trauma in a pro player and fought to bring awareness to the public. In his search for the truth, Omalu, a total outsider to pro football, takes on the sports industry’s status quo. His studies on chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), prompted the NFL to take brain-related injuries seriously. CTE was cited in the suicides of former NFL stars Junior Seau and Dave Duerson.
Concussion will go up against a handful of other films set for a Christmas Day release, which, according to Movie Insider are Dirty Grandpa (starring Zac Efron, Robert De Niro and Wilmington’s Aubrey Plaza), Monster Trucks (Rob Lowe), The Revenant (Tom Hardy, Leonardo DiCaprio) and David O. Russell’s Joy (Jennifer Lawrence and maybe even Smith’s fellow Philadelphian Bradley Cooper).
Two Philly boys are set to star in an upcoming DC Comics film. Warner Bros. confirms that UArts alum Jared Leto and Philly-bred actor Will Smith will play supervillains Deadshot and The Joker (yes, that Joker) in Suicide Squad, which, according to IMDB, follows a secret government agency of “highly skilled super villains who are assigned to execute dangerous tasks in exchange for shorter prison sentences.”
Other cast members include Tom Hardy as Rick Flagg, Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Jai Courtney as Boomerang, and Cara Delevinge as Enchantress. The film will be written and directed by David Ayer, and it’s set to be released August 2016.
Will Smith’s oldest son Trey (aka DJ AcE) was performing in Las Vegas this weekend with DJ Jazzy Jeff, when his dad came on stage to surprise the audience with a performance of his and Jazzy Jeff’s 1991 hit “Summertime.”
“We haven’t been on stage in forever,” Smith told DJ Jazzy Jeff, before he pulls up his shirt to show the fans his abs and tears into the song. Eventually he just takes his shirt completely off, and he doesn’t look too bad for a 45-year-old pops.
Check out the video above (song starts around 2:10), and one from later in the day, when he dances to Sugarhill Gang’s “Apache (Jump On It), below.