Will Smith’s Concussion Gets Christmas 2015 Release Date

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Today, Sony Pictures announced the release date for Will Smith’s Concussion: December 25, 2015. Deadline sums up the film:

Concussion follows Dr. 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).

UArts Alum Jared Leto and Will Smith to Play Master Villains in Suicide Squad

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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.

(h/t AP)

WATCH: Shirtless Will Smith and DJ Jazzy Jeff Reunite for “Summertime”

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.

Source: People

Artist Puts Up Site-Specific Rap Quotes Around Philly

Artist Jay Shells has performed quite a neat guerrilla art project, installing site-specific hip hop quotes around Philadelphia.

The project includes rhymes from Black Thought, Will Smith, Freeway, Beanie Sigel, EST from Three Times Dope, Meek Mill, Danny Brown and others.

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Toll Brothers Pushing 410 At Society Hill

A rendering of 410 at Society Hill, courtesy of Toll Brothers

Toll Brothers, the Horsham, PA-based megadeveloper, has found late-career success in the unlikeliest of places: bustling cities. The company has done projects throughout New York City, as well as the remarkably successful 600-unit Naval Square in Graduate Hospital. Now Toll Bros. is pushing its latest Philadelphia offering: the still-under-construction 410 at Society Hill, the luxury condo complex on Headhouse Square that replaces the large hole where Newmarket once stood.

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Lambertville Author James McBride to Produce The Good Lord Bird

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In January we interviewed Lambertville author James McBride, who had just won the National Book Award for his novel The Good Lord Bird. When we asked if the book would be made into a movie like his previous work Miracle at St. Anna, he responded that, “No one’s called … But look, if you write a book because you want someone to turn it into a film, you’re making a mistake.”

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Will Smith and Son Jaden Racked Up at This Year’s Razzie Awards

We won how many Razzies?!

We won how many Razzies?!

Will Smith looked like a winner last night when he presented 12 Years a Slave with the Oscar for Best Picture, but he probably wasn’t feeling like one. Only a day before the Oscars, the Philly star and his son Jaden were awarded not one, not two, but three trophies at the 2014 Razzie Awards for their work on last year’s sci-fi flop After Earth. From Yahoo News:

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