Willow Smith was living proof that the apple did not fall far from the tree. Born to A-list parents Will and Jada Pinkett Smith, the talented ingénue acted on the small screen and in feature fi...
Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith's daughter Willow has had a tough lesson on drugs after learning her cousin was slipped a date rape pill at a party.
The unnamed relative was out with pals when someone laced her drink with a drug that knocked her out for three hours. Friends had to sit with the 20 year old in a room to make sure no harm came to her while she was out for the count.
Pinkett Smith tells WENN, "Thank God nothing happened because she was with some responsible guys that took care of her and with three of her friends. She was saved because she was with her friends."
"She started losing consciousness, and immediately the people that she was with put her into a room, closed the door and got the other girl there - and kept her there. She didn't come to for three and a half hours. "She's doing fantastic. Thank goodness nothing happened and it was a big lesson for her."
Rather than try to sweep the scary incident under the carpet and forget about it, Pinkett Smith decided to use it as a life lesson for her teenage daughter, Willow. She adds, "I had my niece sit down with my daughter and a couple of her friends and tell her about that experience. I don't just sit with Willow and go, 'Hey, this is what mummy thinks', I just bring in for her a little reality to validate what mummy's been talking about."
"When you have your 20-year-old cousin come in and she's like, 'This is what happens...', and she's someone that you look up to as well; she's like, 'Oh man, this is really real. Let me pay attention'. Then she can kind of mesh the information that I've been giving her and the information her father's been giving her, her brothers have been giving her, with the truth of this reality - of how this event actually touched our lives..."
"She welcomes that kind of information and she welcomes when she can have more truth too. If you allow a person to be an individual and have power within and have confidence on who they are, she'll never have to look into the eyes of a man and question whether it's a 'yes' or a 'no'. She's gonna be very clear and she's gonna be in a position to determine how to protect herself and know when she's in danger. Should you be a girl that goes into a room with four men drinking? Should you? Even if you think you know them. Is this about wanting to be the cool girl? Or is this about wanting to set a standard for yourself?"
"To be honest, something inside me was just, like, 'Don't'. I'm very connected with my intuition." Child star Willow Smith admits her sixth sense prompted her to drop out of the upcoming movie remake of Annie last year (13). The role went to Beasts of the Southern Wild star Quvenzhane Wallis instead.
Will Smith's teenage son Jaden is courting controversy like his sister Willow after posting a snap of himself posing half-naked reality TV star Kylie Jenner.
Last week (05May14), former Hannah Montana actor Moises Arias posted a black-and-white image on his Instagram.com page of himself without a shirt on while 13-year-old Willow lounges on a bed next to him. The picture caused a storm of criticism, prompting Arias to delete the image from his social networking accounts.
Now Willow's 15-year-old brother is taking the heat after Kim Kardashian's half-sister posted a similar black-and-white snap on her Tumblr blog. The photo shows Jenner, 16, straddling Jaden from behind, as he wears only Calvin Klein boxers and a backwards baseball cap. Alongside the post, Jenner writes, "*Ksss* (sic) Ahhh... 2014."
The pair is reportedly dating. After critics questioned the appropriateness of Willow's picture, her mother, actress, Jada Pinkett Smith, defended the controversial image, telling TMZ.com, "Here's the deal - there was nothing sexual about that picture or that situation. You guys are projecting your trash onto it."
Will Smith's teenage daughter Willow is at the centre of a controversial photo storm after a picture of her lying on a bed with a topless 20-year-old actor appeared online.
Former Hannah Montana actor Moises Arias posted the black-and-white image on his Instagram.com page earlier this week (begs05May14). It featured a fully-clothed Smith, who turned 13 in October (13), lounging on a bed, while Arias sits under the covers without a top on.
The picture quickly attracted criticisms from dozens of fans on Twitter.com, who questioned why the young teen was in the situation. The backlash prompted Arias to delete the image from his social networking accounts. Arias is known to be close friends with Smith's older brother, Jaden.
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Impossibly, there are two different versions of The Jungle Book coming to theaters in the near future: one from director Jon Favreau and the folks at Disney (which will probably have more dancing animals), and a completely different project from Warner Bros. that is now in the hands of Ron Howard, as reported by The Hollywood Reporter.
Coming off of Rush, one of 2013’s most overlooked movies, director Howard has just signed on to take over directing duties for the upcoming live-action Jungle Book film. Howard is taking over the film from director Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, who had to leave the project over scheduling conflicts. In any case, the move from Inarritu to Howard seems to be a solid one; Inarritu’s involvement with the project had been a bit of a head scratcher from the beginning. Inarritu has always been fascinated with the dark immorality of humanity, and his filmography is filled with morbid and depressing works that are pretty much the polar opposite of any sort of conceivable Jungle Book film... unless things got really goth for Mowgli in his teenage years.
But seriously, the director of such films as Biutiful, Babel, and 21 Grams signing on to make a live-action Jungle Book film was always terribly odd. Howard, on the other hand, seems like the right man for the job, and his work on the upcoming project could see the director return to a genre of film that he hasn’t touched for quite a while. We're talking about the magical decade of the 1980s, during which Howard made films like Splash and Willow. Whimsical family-friendly adventures that are probably lying around your attic in moldy VHS sleeves. Even though the director has moved on to more prestigious fare like the Oscar nominated Apollo 13 and Frost/Nixon, as well as the previously mentioned Rush, we do miss the Howard that made films about Tom Hanks falling for mermaids named Madison. The director knew how to make a fantastic kid's film, and news that he might be returning to that sort of thing has our nostalgia meters hitting an 11 on a 10-point scale. Here's hoping The Jungle Book doesn't disappoint... although we do have Favreau's as a backup.
Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith's teenage daughter Willow has finally explained her decision to quit the Annie movie, revealing she wanted to take some time away from the spotlight to "do my own thing". The 13 year old turned her back on the film project last year (13) and has since been replaced by Beasts of the Southern Wild star Quvenzhane Wallis.
And now she tells V magazine she felt she needed a break after making her movie debut at the age of six alongside her dad in I Am Legend, and enjoying huge musical success with the hit Whip My Hair.
She says, "I just wanted to chill, and be at home, and decompress, and just find out what I wanna do and where I stand on this planet, with the little tiny place we have...
"I just feel like I want to do it different than the world's ready for... I'm enjoying just being independent and doing my own thing."
Photographs to accompany her new V interview were taken by Karl Lagerfeld, and Willow reveals she visited the style guru in Paris, France last year.
She explains, "He was very, very friendly and open. I thought he was gonna be really mysterious, like peering over his glasses, evaluating. But he was just awesome. I don't have words, because he's such a huge icon."
Celebrity illusionist David Blaine had rapper Kanye West, Woody Harrelson and Will Smith and his family recoiling in horror during a U.S. TV special after putting an ice pick through his hand without drawing blood. The magician took his show to celebrities' homes and performed mind-bending tricks right in front of them, and one particular stunt had West, Harrelson, the Smiths and Breaking Bad stars Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul speechless.
At the start of the David Blaine: Real or Magic show, which aired on Tuesday night (19Nov13), the illusionist had West and Harrelson's stomachs churning as he slowly stuck a sharp pick through his hand, with the end of the blade poking out through the other side - much to his celebrity fans' shock. He then asked West to pull out the ice pick and examine his uninjured hand for himself, as Harrelson looked on.
Blaine repeated the same stunt with Will and Jada Pinkett Smith as their children, Willow and Jaden, watched intently, while he did it again with Cranston and Paul - and they were all left stunned.
Later in the programme, Blaine showed the trick to a doctor, who expressed his amazement at the illusion and joked that there was a "simple explanation" to the cause: "He has no blood running through his veins!"
However, Blaine admitted that not every ice pick trick has gone to plan after working on the stunt for 10 years.
He confessed, "I brushed a nerve the other day and my hand was like, frozen for three days."
During the TV special, Blaine also had germaphobe director Woody Allen averting his eyes as he downed a glass of water and swallowed two goldfish - only to bring them back up hours later, alive and well.
He also surprised Katy Perry by producing a small alligator out of her empty purse, and played card tricks on Harrison Ford, pop star Psy, actress Olivia Wilde and her fiance Jason Sudekis, among others.
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When we last left our heroes, they had conquered all opponents in the 74th Annual Hunger Games, returned home to their newly refurbished living quarters in District 12, and fallen haplessly to the cannibalism of PTSD. And now we're back! Hitching our wagons once again to laconic Katniss Everdeen and her sweet-natured, just-for-the-camera boyfriend Peeta Mellark as they gear up for a second go at the Capitol's killing fields.
But hold your horses — there's a good hour and a half before we step back into the arena. However, the time spent with Katniss and Peeta before the announcement that they'll be competing again for the ceremonial Quarter Quell does not drag. In fact, it's got some of the film franchise's most interesting commentary about celebrity, reality television, and the media so far, well outweighing the merit of The Hunger Games' satire on the subject matter by having Katniss struggle with her responsibilities as Panem's idol. Does she abide by the command of status quo, delighting in the public's applause for her and keeping them complacently saturated with her smiles and curtsies? Or does Katniss hold three fingers high in opposition to the machine into which she has been thrown? It's a quarrel that the real Jennifer Lawrence would handle with a castigation of the media and a joke about sandwiches, or something... but her stakes are, admittedly, much lower. Harvey Weinstein isn't threatening to kill her secret boyfriend.
Through this chapter, Katniss also grapples with a more personal warfare: her devotion to Gale (despite her inability to commit to the idea of love) and her family, her complicated, moralistic affection for Peeta, her remorse over losing Rue, and her agonizing desire to flee the eye of the public and the Capitol. Oftentimes, Katniss' depression and guilty conscience transcends the bounds of sappy. Her soap opera scenes with a soot-covered Gale really push the limits, saved if only by the undeniable grace and charisma of star Lawrence at every step along the way of this film. So it's sappy, but never too sappy.
In fact, Catching Fire is a masterpiece of pushing limits as far as they'll extend before the point of diminishing returns. Director Francis Lawrence maintains an ambiance that lends to emotional investment but never imposes too much realism as to drip into territories of grit. All of Catching Fire lives in a dreamlike state, a stark contrast to Hunger Games' guttural, grimacing quality that robbed it of the life force Suzanne Collins pumped into her first novel.
Once we get to the thunderdome, our engines are effectively revved for the "fun part." Katniss, Peeta, and their array of allies and enemies traverse a nightmare course that seems perfectly suited for a videogame spin-off. At this point, we've spent just enough time with the secondary characters to grow a bit fond of them — deliberately obnoxious Finnick, jarringly provocative Johanna, offbeat geeks Beedee and Wiress — but not quite enough to dissolve the mystery surrounding any of them or their true intentions (which become more and more enigmatic as the film progresses). We only need adhere to Katniss and Peeta once tossed in the pit of doom that is the 75th Hunger Games arena, but finding real characters in the other tributes makes for a far more fun round of extreme manhunt.
But Catching Fire doesn't vie for anything particularly grand. It entertains and engages, having fun with and anchoring weight to its characters and circumstances, but stays within the expected confines of what a Hunger Games movie can be. It's a good one, but without shooting for succinctly interesting or surprising work with Katniss and her relationships or taking a stab at anything but the obvious in terms of sending up the militant tyrannical autocracy, it never even closes in on the possibility of being a great one.
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Vanessa Hudgens enlisted her celebrity friends to help her actress sister, Stella, celebrate her 18th birthday in California on Saturday (16Nov13). Singer/actress Willow Smith was a guest at the party and was spotted dancing and playfully rapping along to several Kanye West songs.
Will Smith and his wife Jada Pinkett Smith put on a united front on Sunday night (10Nov13) to celebrate the 21st birthday of the actor's eldest son amid new reports of marriage trouble. Bloggers and gossips went crazy last week (ends08Nov13) when images of Smith and his Focus co-star Margot Robbie posing for cheeky pictures hit the Internet, prompting fresh speculation about the state of his 16-year marriage.
Robbie, who pulled up her top to reveal her bra in one of the silly shots, has since taken to Twitter.com to dismiss chatter about a romance with her co-star, and Smith and his wife were all smiles as they posed for family photos over dinner at Hakkasan in Las Vegas on Sunday.
The couple was joined by Will's 21-year-old son Trey and his mother Sheree Zampino, teenage siblings Jaden and Willow and a group of close to 50 family members and friends at the top restaurant.
A source tells Us Weekly that Will never left his wife's side and the pair was "in high spirits".
Reports suggest Trey showed off his DJ-ing skills at the party.
Willow Smith was living proof that the apple did not fall far from the tree. Born to A-list parents Will and Jada Pinkett Smith, the talented ingénue acted on the small screen and in feature films, sometimes as a supporting player opposite her highly bankable father. Smith turned heads in her preteen years as a fashionista, mixing street style with haute couture as she accompanied her family on various red carpet premieres and to parties worldwide. While there were some naysayers who credited Smith's overnight success to a classic case of nepotism, she signed on to Jay-Z's record label and released the infectious single "Whip My Hair" in 2010, demonstrating she had the natural talent and undeniable star potential to make it on her own.