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Will Smith's 5 Best Performances

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • May 30, 2013 3:43 PM
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Will Smith 5 Best Roles
When you reach the level of stardom that Will Smith has achieved, it can almost feel like you might have more to lose than gain (except in monetary terms) by embarking on anything as risky as a new film project. And indeed, the multi-hyphenate Smith had been largely absent from our screens over the past five years, until he showed up for last year’s “Men in Black 3,” which we might suggest, in being a sequel to a still-fondly-thought-of franchise, wasn’t the flier that arguably this week’s “After Earth” is.

Watch: Werner Herzog's Eye-Opening 'Don’t Text While Driving’ PSA

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • May 30, 2013 3:13 PM
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The majority of AT&T commercials these days tend to feature a guy talking to a group of kindergarten kids, listening to them say the “darndest things.” But most recently, AT&T has been taking on a more serious issue in their ads, regarding texting and driving. The ads are meant to promote their “It Can Wait” campaign, where people can go on the campaign’s website (itcanwait.com) and pledge to never text and drive. In one of their latest “It can wait” ads, they have enlisted the help of filmmaker Werner Herzog, and the end result is pretty sobering.

How Will Cannes Films Like 'Inside Llewyn Davis' & 'Only God Forgives' Fare During Oscar Season?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • May 30, 2013 2:40 PM
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While it's a more diverse celebration of film of all kinds, few could argue that Cannes hasn't provided a major launching pad for awards movies over the years. From "No Country For Old Men" and "Inglourious Basterds" to "The Artist," "Midnight In Paris," "Amour" and "Beasts Of The Southern Wild," barely a year passes without something popping up at Cannes which makes a big splash with the Oscars come the following February.

M. Night Shyamalan Says 'Unbreakable' Sequel Is "Getting Closer"

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 30, 2013 2:26 PM
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The latest from M. Night Shyamalan, the Smith & Son sci-fi spectacle "After Earth" hits theaters this Friday, and as you might expect it's another underwhelming effort from the filmmaker (our review is here). And while he's already gone on record saying that his next movie will be a "micro-budget" movie, the director is keeping the fires burning for what many fans have been hoping for and talking about for years: a sequel to Shyamalan's supernatural comic book style movie "Unbreakable." And it looks like that chatter may finally be coalescing in an actual real thing.

First Look At Hugh Jackman & Jake Gyllenhaal In 'Prisoners' And Robert De Niro & Michelle Pfeiffer In 'The Family'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 30, 2013 1:41 PM
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Now that the Cannes Film Festival is in the rearview, we can't help but start speculating about what movies will hit the Venice/Telluride/TIFF circuit in just a few months, and these two are probably pretty fair bets.

Watch: New Trailer & Clip For 'Monsters University' Brings You To Scare School

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 30, 2013 1:19 PM
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The common complaint about sequels that don't work is that they merely carbon copy the first successful movie with less satisfying results. But "Cars" aside, Pixar has shown they can up their game each time out within a series, at least as far as "Toy Story" goes. But with "Monsters University," instead of going forward, they're going back to where it all began. But in doing so, can they recreate the magic that was "Monsters Inc."?

Abracadabra! 10 Stage Magician Movies & The Tricks They Perform

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • May 30, 2013 12:48 PM
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Ladies and Gentlemen, if you’d be so very kind as to direct your attention this way while our lovely assistant straps herself into this sinister looking box, you’ll see we have nothing up either sleeve and perhaps you’d like to pick a card -- any card…? With Louis Leterrier’s magician heist movie “Now You See Me” opening in theaters this weekend, we’ve been thinking a bit about the long fascination that movies have had with magicians -- not Gandalfs or Harry Potters or Merlins, but the stage-bound theatrical type who are more showman than shaman.

Exclusive: Clip From Rom-Com 'Crazy Kind Of Love' Starring Virginia Madsen, Zach Gilford & 'True Blood' Star Sam Trammell

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 30, 2013 12:47 PM
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After earning an Oscar nomination as a producer on the gritty breakout film "Precious," Sarah Siegel-Magness has decided to take on something a bit lighter. Actually, a lot lighter. And even more, she's stepped things up by making her directorial debut on a film penned by Karen McCullah Lutz ("Legally Blonde," "The House Bunny") and based on the book "Angel Angel" by April Stevens.

Steven Soderbergh Thinks The Last 2 Episodes Of 'Breaking Bad' Should Be Shown In Theaters

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 30, 2013 12:01 PM
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To be certain, Steven Soderbergh has had no shortage of ideas and opinions when it comes to the state of the current movie industry. And after putting himself out there with his now famous speech at the San Francisco International Film Festival, the director hasn't been shy in answering followup questions, and he continues to share his thoughts on what the movies and television are doing right...and wrong. His latest brainstorm concerns a show that this summer might be an even bigger blockbuster event than anything hitting the multiplex. That's right, we're talking about the final season of "Breaking Bad."

Paul Bettany Says Lars Von Trier "Has No Interest In What Actors Think" As He Gears Up Directorial Debut 'Shelter'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 30, 2013 11:45 AM
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While Lars Von Trier seems to have no problem getting actors to line up for his films (just look at the stacked cast of "Nymphomaniac"), the experiences often vary wildly. Bjork swore to never act again after clashing with the director on "Dancer In The Dark," while on the other hand, guys like Willem Dafoe and Udo Kier have been back time and again. But one person who won't be working with enfant terrible any time soon? Paul Bettany.

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