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Will Smith Raps Through His Entire Life's History with Jimmy Fallon: 'I Had a Nice Little Run'

Will Smith Raps Through His Entire Life's History with Jimmy Fallon: 'I Had a Nice Little Run'
Will Smith is telling the story of his life — through rap!

On Thursday night’s episode of The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, the legendary actor and rapper teamed up with show host Jimmy Fallon to perform a nearly three-minute rap song summarizing his entire career. Smith, 51, and Fallon, 45, appeared on stage wearing matching black hoodies, white T-shirts and sunglasses.

The beginning of their rap track chronicled Smith’s early days in Philadelphia before he was cast on The French Prince of Bel-Air in 1990.

“I was rappin’ just to make bus fare / Then I moved in with my auntie and uncle in Bel-Air,
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5 Of The Best Will Smith Movies

For over two decades, Will Smith has entertained audiences with his range of acting capabilities and the stories he has told through film. With his latest animated spy adventure, Spies In Disguise coming soon to cinemas on December 26th, we take a look through the filmography of Will Smith and his roles from genies to pigeons!

Men In Black

Men in Black became a worldwide phenomenon in 1997 when Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones became the now iconic Men in Black. With its dynamic action, special effects, engaging chemistry between Smith and Jones and humorous plotline, Men in Black is now one of Will Smith’s groundbreaking films.

Aladdin

When Will Smith was announced as Genie in the 2018 live-action remake of Aladdin, fans broke the internet with excitement for his rendition of the role. Audiences were not disappointed when Smith brought a fun and modern take on the character, introducing
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Watching Will Smith Work As A Bird, Rashida Jones Was In Awe

Will Smith’s new movie finds him in a voiceover role, playing a superspy who gets turned into a pigeon in Spies in Disguise. It’s Smith’s first animated film since 2004’s Shark Tale, but co-star Rashida Jones told us he hadn’t lost a step after 15 years — once he was behind that microphone, she said, [...]

The post Watching Will Smith Work As A Bird, Rashida Jones Was In Awe appeared first on Hollywood Outbreak.
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Abominable Review: How to Train Your Baby Yeti

Mark Harrison Oct 14, 2019

The first major collaboration between DreamWorks Animation and Pearl Studio, Abominable isn't nearly as bad as the title suggests...

Having previously co-produced Kung Fu Panda 3 with Pearl Studio, DreamWorks Animation now brings us the Chinese animation house's first original film, Abominable, which is a perfectly lovely movie whose title doesn't suit it at all. From writer-director Jill Culton, the film offers up a lively and colourful road trip across China with three youngsters and the baby yeti they've taken into their care.

When the film begins, teenage Yi (Chloe Bennet) is getting over her father's untimely death by throwing herself into the gig economy and escaping to the rooftop of her apartment building by night. It's there that she finds a big white fluffy creature hiding from a private scientific organization's roving helicopters and staring wistfully at a nearby “Visit Everest” billboard.

With her preening Insta-famous
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DreamWorks Animation Nurtures Female Filmmaking Talent Frame by Frame

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DreamWorks Animation Nurtures Female Filmmaking Talent Frame by Frame
Launched by Steven Spielberg, Jeffrey Katzenberg and David Geffen as DreamWorks in 1994, DreamWorks Animation celebrates its silver anniversary, marking 25 years since embarking on its first voyage with the Academy Award-nominated biblical epic “The Prince of Egypt.”

Since then, DreamWorks Animation has released 38 feature films, including the blockbuster “Shrek,” “Madagascar,” “Kung Fu Panda,” “How to Train Your Dragon” and “Trolls” franchises and its newest release, “Abominable.” Earning more than $15 billion at the global box office, DreamWorks has received a multitude of accolades over its history, including three Oscars and three Academy Sci-Tech Awards.

Women have long been in the spotlight at DreamWorks Animation, well known for promoting female talent within their ranks to leadership roles. Here, six female directors share their memories of working at the studio during its first quarter century: Lorna Cook, Vicky Jenson, Elaine Bogan, Jennifer Yuh Nelson, Brenda Chapman, and Jill Culton.

Lorna Cook

Animator-director

For Cook,
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The B-Side – Will Smith

Here we are once again, folks. This time on The B-Side, from The Film Stage, we go Big Willie Style. An enduring bright light in a time of fading movie stars, myself and producer Conor O’Donnell talk through the films that didn’t quite hit.

Specifically, Seven Pounds, After Earth, Focus and Collateral Beauty. So, as Gemini Man hits theaters, join us as we dissect why exactly the Fresh Prince made these movies, what works, what doesn’t and what’s next.

We talk about the Kevin Smith/Wild Wild West spider story, the insane voice cast for DreamworksShark Tale and the Scientology-ish undertones in After Earth.

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Warner Bros. Laughing All The Way To The Bank With ‘Joker’: $94M Debut Reps Records For October, Todd Phillips, Joaquin Phoenix & Robert De Niro

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Warner Bros. Laughing All The Way To The Bank With ‘Joker’: $94M Debut Reps Records For October, Todd Phillips, Joaquin Phoenix & Robert De Niro
Updated, Late Friday Pm w/chart: Joker continues to rob a record amount of cash from the October box office with Friday looking at an increased $39.8M, now putting the Warner Bros./Village Roadshow/Bron Studios pic’s 3-day at $94M. One rival distribution source believes that Joker, in play at 73 offshore territories, is heading to a worldwide opening between $188M-$194M. That would be right behind Venom‘s opening October global record of $207.4M.

For director Todd Phillips, Joker reps a career opening record, besting the 3-day domestic start of The Hangover 2 ($85.9M). It’s also an opening record for Joaquin Phoenix, far exceeding the $60.1M 2002 opening of Signs, and a great major studio comeback for the three time Oscar nominee who has starred of late in a string of indie pics like Mary Magdalene, the Sisters Brothers and You Were Never Really Here. And for Robert De Niro,
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Will Arnett to Star in Paramount Animation and WWE's Animated Film Rumble

Paramount Animation has teamed up with the WWE to create an animated movie called Rumble that is set to star Will Arnett (Arrested Development), Terry Crews (Brooklyn Nine Nine), Geraldine Viswanathan (Blockers), Fred Melamed (In a World…), Tony Danza (Who’s the Boss?), Stephen A. Smith (General Hospital), Jimmy Tatro (American Vandal), and Ben Schwartz (Parks and Recreation), plus the famous voice of boxing announcer Michael Buffer and WWE stars Becky Lynch and Roman Reigns. Here’s the synopsis for the film:

In a world where monsters are tame and monster wrestling is a popular sport, Winnie seeks to follow in her father’s footsteps as a manager by turning an inexperienced monster into a contender.

Mireille Soria, president of Paramount Animation, had this to say in a statement:

“Rumble is steeped in the world of wrestling, and what better partners to help bring this world to life than WWE.
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Participant Media Ups Jeannine Tang To General Counsel

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Participant Media has promoted Jeannine Tang to General Counsel, where she will be tasked with overseeing all business and legal affairs for the production company behind Netflix’s Roma and When They See Us and Oscar Best Picture winners Spotlight and Green Book.

Tang, who joined Participant in January 2018 as Svp Business and Legal Affairs from The Weinstein Company, will report to Participant COO Gabriel Brakin.

“Jeannine has been a tremendous asset to Participant since joining the company, leveraging her extensive knowledge and expertise,” Brakin said Wednesday. “She has proven to be an instinctive leader, and I am excited to have her lead this dynamic team as they lay the foundation for creating impactful content for audiences worldwide.”

As Svp, Tang has overseen business and legal affairs for Participant’s TV slate that includes Netflix’s Emmy-nominated When They See Us, and has lead production and financing negotiations on upcoming
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10 DreamWorks Logic Memes That Are Too Hilarious For Words

DreamWorks is famous for the Shrek, How to Train Your Dragon, Kung Fu Panda, and Madagascar franchises. They've also produced memorable favorites The Croods, Shark Tale, Over The Hedge, and Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron, to name a few.

Related: 10 Perfect Gifts For The Shrek Fan In Your Life

Avid viewers recollect these movies with nostalgia, no doubt laughing over certain scenes and then referencing them in everyday conversation.

DreamWorks tends to skew its logic from time to time--like how could Donkey and Dragon have children!? That said, here are 10 DreamWorks logic memes that are just too hilarious for words.
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20 Wild Details About The Making Of DreamWorks Cartoon Movies

When people think of animated films, particularly computer animated films, they immediately jump to Pixar as leading the pack. While Pixar films definitely have a certain amount of quality to them, there is something to be said about the animated films of DreamWorks. Ever since they first released Antz back in 1998, DreamWorks has consistently moved forward in making computer animated films with a lot of heart, unique stories, and all-star voice casts. some of these films have rightfully gone on to become classics of the genre, while others might have fallen a bit flat with audiences and critics. In addition to their computer animated films, however, DreamWorks has also produced films that are traditionally animated, as well as two that were created using stop-motion claymation.

Considering how many DreamWorks films there are, it's not surprising to learn that there is an immense amount of work that goes into making each film unique and special.
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Ryan Reynolds’ Pokémon Detective Pikachu Called 'So Cute' in Sweet First Reactions

Ryan Reynolds’ Pokémon Detective Pikachu Called 'So Cute' in Sweet First Reactions
Ryan Reynolds‘ upcoming film Pokémon Detective Pikachu is weeks away from opening but first reactions are already flooding in — and they’re very positive!

The 42-year-old actor voices the iconic Pikachu and helps a young man, Tim Goodman, solve the disappearance of his father in the streets of Ryme City.

Several critics shared their reactions of the film online, including IGN‘s Terri Schwartz, who tweeted, “I just got out of #DetectivePikachu and my first thought is Omg How Did They Make Pikachu So Cute!!!”

“It completely nails the world of Pokémon, and just seeing their amazing live action creature
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Miramax Hires Sony Animation Alum Michael Lachance As Evp Of New Family & Animation Unit

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Exclusive: Industry veteran Michael Lachance has joined Miramax as Evp of its newly created Family & Animation division. He will oversee the creative direction of the unit, reporting to COO and general counsel Bob Osher.

Lachance had been Svp Creative Development at Sony Pictures Animation, where he developed such hits as Hotel Transylvania and its sequel, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 and the Smurfs franchise.

Lachance has more than 20 years of experience in the entertainment industry. Before his stint at Sony, Lachance was a senior development executive at DreamWorks Animation, where he conceived the original idea for Kung Fu Panda. He also spearheaded the development of such animated hits as Madagascar, Shark Tale, Monsters vs. Aliens, Shrek 2 and Shrek the Third.

“We are very fortunate to have Mike join us and we look forward to his creative leadership to expand the Miramax content offering,” said Miramax CEO Bill Block,
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Miramax hires Michael Lachance to head new family and animation unit

Studio developed Hotel Transylvania, Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2, The Smurfs.

In a coup for Miramax, the company has hired Michael Lachance as executive vice-president of its newly created family & animation division.

Lachance, a studio executive and writer with more than 20 years of experience who most recently served as senior vice-president of creative development at Sony Pictures Animation (Spa), will oversee the creative direction of the division under Bob Osher.

During his tenure at Spa, Lachance developed the global animated hits Hotel Transylvania and its sequel, Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs 2 and The Smurfs franchise.

“We are
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17 Highest-Grossing Movies Directed by Women, From ‘Mamma Mia!’ to ‘Wonder Woman’ (Photos)

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17 Highest-Grossing Movies Directed by Women, From ‘Mamma Mia!’ to ‘Wonder Woman’ (Photos)
Take a look at which films directed by women are on this list, unadjusted for inflation.

1. “Frozen” (2013)

Directors: Jennifer Lee, Chris Buck

Domestic gross: $400.7 million

2. “Wonder Woman” (2017)

Director: Patty Jenkins

Domestic gross: $285.3 million

3. “Shrek” (2001)

Directors: Vicky Jenson, Andrew Adamson

Domestic gross: $267.7 million

4. Brave” (2012”)

Directors: Mark Andrews, Brenda Chapman

Domestic gross: $237.3 million

5. “Alvin And The Chipmunks: The Squeakquel” (2009)

Director: Betty Thomas

Domestic gross: $219.6 million

6. “Twilight” (2008)

Director: Catherine Hardwicke

Domestic gross: $192.8 million

7. “Pitch Perfect 2” (2015)

Director: Elizabeth Banks

Domestic gross: $183.8 million

8. “What Women Want” (2000)

Director: Nancy Meyers

Domestic gross: $182.8 million

9. “Fifty Shades of Grey” (2015)

Director: Sam Taylor-Johnson

Domestic gross: $166.1 million

10. “Kung Fu Panda 2” (2011)

Director: Jennifer Yuh Helson

Domestic gross: $165.2 million

11. “The Proposal” (2009)

Director: Anne Fletcher

Domestic gross: $164 million

12. “Shark Tale” (2004)

Directors: Vicky Jenson, Bibo Bergeron, Rob Letterman

Domestic gross: $160.9 million

13. “Dr. Dolittle” (1998)

Director: Betty Thomas

Domestic gross: $144.2 million

14. “Mamma Mia!” (2008)

Director: Phyllida Lloyd

Domestic gross: $144.1 million

15. “Deep Impact” (1998)

Director: Mimi Leder
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A New Trailer for Detective Pikachu Has Dropped and It's Filled with New Footage of Pokemon

Legendary Pictures has released a new trailer for Ryan Reynolds’s upcoming film Detective Pikachu, and it’s filled with all kinds of fun new footage and story details. Some of that footage includes lots of Pokemon characters that fans will be excited to see in action. In addition to Pikachu, we also get to see new shots of Psyduck, Mr. Mime, Bulbasaur, Charizard, Jigglypuff, and more.

I wasn’t completely sold on this movie at first, but after watching this trailer, it looks like it will be filled with some fun and entertainment moments. It’s definitely something that the kids will enjoy! Here’s the synopsis:

The story begins when ace detective Harry Goodman goes mysteriously missing, prompting his 21-year-old son Tim to find out what happened. Aiding in the investigation is Harry’s former Pokémon partner, Detective Pikachu: a hilariously wise-cracking, adorable super-sleuth who is a puzzlement even to himself.
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‘Detective Pikachu’ Official Trailer: Ryan Reynolds Brings Pokémon Mayhem

‘Detective Pikachu’ Official Trailer: Ryan Reynolds Brings Pokémon Mayhem
Ryan Reynolds is famous for playing the world’s most beloved R-rated superhero thanks to his massively successful “Deadpool” franchise, but he’s about to take on a beloved role of a different sort: Pikachu. The actor has teamed up with Warner Bros. and director Rob Letterman for the upcoming “Detective Pikachu,” a live-action/animated hybrid adventure in which he voices the adorable yellow Pokémon opposite “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” and “The Get Down” star Justice Smith.

The official synopsis from Warner Bros. reads: “Chasing clues together through the neon-lit streets of Ryme City — a sprawling, modern metropolis where humans and Pokémon live side by side in a hyper-realistic live-action world — Pikachu and [a young man (Smith) investigating the disappearance of his father] encounter a diverse cast of Pokémon characters and uncover a shocking plot that could destroy this peaceful co-existence and threaten the whole Pokémon universe.”

Letterman has experience in both the animated and live-action filmmaking worlds, having directed “Shark Tale,
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Sound Familiar? ‘A’ Listers In Voice Acting Roles

Sometimes you know who you’re listening to. For a handful of actors – Sam Elliott, Morgan Freeman and James Earl Jones in particular – their voice is their trademark, unmistakable and a nice little earner when they don’t feel like being in front of the camera. But sometimes you don’t. Recent years have seen a growing trend for big names providing the voices in major animations, but can we tell? The Lego Movie 2, released in cinemas on Friday, is packed with them – Chris Pratt on double duty, Channing Tatum, Jonah Hill (who’s also in the third How To Train Your Dragon) and Ralph Fiennes, Jason Momoa and Bruce Willis are there as well, but there’s no prizes for recognising them. If you see the film, you’ll know why…

Here’s six top actors whose voices may have passed you by…..

Glenn Close

The award winning actress,
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Movie Review – How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019)

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World, 2019.

Directed by Dean DeBlois

Featuring the voice talents of Jay Baruchel, Cate Blanchett, Craig Ferguson, America Ferrera, Jonah Hill, Kit Harington, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Justin Rupple, Kristen Wiig and F. Murray Abraham.

Synopsis:

When Hiccup discovers Toothless isn’t the only Night Fury, he must seek “The Hidden World”, a secret Dragon Utopia before a hired tyrant named Grimmel finds it first.

By the end of the 2000s, DreamWorks had exhausted the pop-culture pit of puns and gags. Madagascar, Shark Tale, and their enduring golden goose the Shrek franchise saw them as one-note. The company needed a change. Kung-Fu Panda looked to be offering something of its ilk, but clearly, something more needed to be done. A risk. 2010s first How to Train Your Dragon appeared, and it critics and audiences alike that DreamWorks could produce something more. Celebrity voices weren’t used
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‘Pokemon Detective Pikachu’: Hear Ryan Reynolds Voice Pikachu in First Trailer

Warner Bros. released the first trailer for the Pokémon franchise’s debut live-action film, Pokémon Detective Pikachu, which stars Ryan Reynolds voicing the CGI-rendered Pikachu.

In a departure from the long-running animated series, this Pikachu speaks English, but character Tim Goodman, played by Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’s Justice Smith, is the only human who can understand the creature. (Pokémon and humans have historically understood one another despite linguistic barriers; some Pokémon in prior installments of the franchise have communicated in human languages.)

The trailer introduces viewers to the live-action Pokémon world,
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