Jaden Smith suffering from anxiety

Jaden Smith deals with his anxiety by talking about it with people.The 22-year-old, the son of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith, has forged a successful acting and music career, and is currently working on his third album. Talking about the stresses a…

Jaden Smith deals with his anxiety by talking about it with people.

The 22-year-old, the son of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith, has forged a successful acting and music career, and is currently working on his third album.

Talking about the stresses and strains of life, he revealed in an interview with Apple Music’s Zane Lowe that he can sometimes suffer from bouts of anxiety.

“The anxiety is going through the roof for everybody, and it’s crazy. And I never really knew what anxiety was until recently, either,” he said. “I’m just stressed about everything, and it’s really crazy. It doesn’t happen to me too much, but when it does, it happens. It’s very strong… Sometimes it’s work-related, and then sometimes, you can really see that it’s that true, genuine anxiety, where it’s just like anything and everything.”

He added: “Talking about it with people is the best way to get over it.”

In his chat with Zane, the star touched on how the Covid-19 pandemic has also affected people’s mental health.

“We’re all being aware of the different mental health issues in the world right now, because we’re all being isolated with ourselves, so we are very much so being confronted with our thoughts,” he shared. “Some people are okay with that, and some people aren’t.”

As well as his music, Jaden has a role in upcoming film Life in a Year, alongside Nia Long, Cuba Gooding Jr., and Cara Delevingne.

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Keanu Reeves returns to The Matrix 4 set

Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss have returned to the set of The Matrix 4 following the Covid-19 lockdown.The cast and crew had been busy shooting the hotly-anticipated sequel in Germany when the worldwide health pandemic forced the set to shut down i…

Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss have returned to the set of The Matrix 4 following the Covid-19 lockdown.

The cast and crew had been busy shooting the hotly-anticipated sequel in Germany when the worldwide health pandemic forced the set to shut down in March earlier this year.

After adhering to stringent safety guidelines, production is back up and running this week, much to the delight of fans of the sci-fi series, which last hit cinema screens in 2003.

Reeves and Moss were seen reprising their iconic roles of Neo and Trinity on location in Berlin earlier this week, in a series of photos released by TMZ. Neil Patrick Harris, who is a new addition to the cast, was also spotted getting back into character on the set. Little is known about his role in the latest installment, leading to fierce speculation among movie fans.

Jada Pinkett Smith, Priyanka Chopra, Jonathan Groff and Yahya Abdul-Mateen II will also feature.

The Matrix 4 is directed by Lana Wachowski from a script she co-wrote with Aleksandar Hemon and David Mitchell. She is hoping to follow on from the success of it’s predecessors The Matrix, The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions. The original film, which came out in 1999, took home four Oscars, winning in all of the categories it was nominated for.

The film had already been forced to delay its release date from May 2021 to April 2022 due to the global health crisis.

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Willow Smith tapped to front Onitsuka Tiger campaign

Willow Smith has been tapped to front Onitsuka Tiger’s latest campaign.The 19-year-old, who is the new brand ambassador for the Japanese label, has been selected to appear in the shoe company’s fall ad campaign.The imagery features a new fusion collect…

Willow Smith has been tapped to front Onitsuka Tiger’s latest campaign.

The 19-year-old, who is the new brand ambassador for the Japanese label, has been selected to appear in the shoe company’s fall ad campaign.

The imagery features a new fusion collection of sportswear and fashion, with the line set to be released in August.

In the images, which were inspired by the artist’s love for the planet, Willow poses in a rugged desert location wearing pieces from the collection, including Onitsuka Tiger Dentigre LS unisex sneakers with an oversized sweater and a military overcoat.

In another shot, the daughter of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith is depicted rocking a pair of fleece unisex track pants, teamed with a white cable-knit sweater.

“I loved that we were able to align both of our energies and create something that promotes a positive existence in this world,” Willow said in a statement. “I’m excited for the future of the brand.”

Onitsuka Tiger also released a video to accompany the new campaign photos, with the clip including the activist/singer’s song Poolside from her and Tyler Cole’s debut album The Anxiety.

Bosses at the footwear brand are donating part of the proceeds from their fall campaign sales to the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Legal Defense and Educational Fund.

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Willow Smith was insecure about her natural hair while growing up

Willow Smith grew up wishing her natural hair “wasn’t so kinky”.The actress/singer opened up about her love-hate relationship with her Afro-textured hair during an episode of her mother Jada Pinkett Smith’s Red Table Talk series. The episode featured J…

Willow Smith grew up wishing her natural hair “wasn’t so kinky”.

The actress/singer opened up about her love-hate relationship with her Afro-textured hair during an episode of her mother Jada Pinkett Smith’s Red Table Talk series. The episode featured Jada’s longtime best friend Mia and her daughter Madison and a discussion about colourism, which is discrimination or prejudice against individuals based on skin tone, from members of the same race.

“One of the issues for me growing up was my hair,” Willow explained, calling it “just a struggle” for her. “I would look at (Madison’s) hair and be like ‘I would be so much prettier if my hair wasn’t so kinky or if I had longer hair.'”

Jada also discussed her experience with colourism, and said she was targeted over her skin tone.

“I had the opposite in my experience, being picked on for being light-skinned,” The Matrix Reloaded star explained.

Back in March, the 19-year-old shaved her hair off during an art exhibit at the Geffen Contemporary at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, alongside her boyfriend Tyler Cole.

In a previous interview with InStyle magazine, the Whip My Hair hitmaker shared that she first shaved her hair when she was just 12.

“I was doing whatever I wanted and just being wild – but obviously, it was a rebellion to people who thought it meant something different. I was just over it; I was literally so done and said, ‘I’m going to show people that I’m not attached to this,'” she recalled.

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The Matrix 4 to resume filming in July – report

Lana Wachowski’s The Matrix 4, starring Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss, will reportedly resume filming in July.Production on the fourth instalment of the sci-fi saga began in February, but a shoot taking place in Berlin, Germany the following month …

Lana Wachowski’s The Matrix 4, starring Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss, will reportedly resume filming in July.

Production on the fourth instalment of the sci-fi saga began in February, but a shoot taking place in Berlin, Germany the following month was halted after the Covid-19 outbreak hit Europe.

Now, bosses at Warner Bros. are hoping the movie can restart in the country in just seven weeks, as Germany’s chancellor Angela Merkel begins to ease lockdown restrictions amid the pandemic, according to editors at Deadline.

It was also reported that the cast, including original stars Reeves, Moss, and Jada Pinkett Smith, have signed eight-week extensions with the studio that will keep them on hold for the production until at least 6 July.

Newcomers Priyanka Chopra, Neil Patrick Harris, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, and Jonathan Groff are also set to appear in the highly-anticipated sci-fi sequel, which was written by Wachowski alongside David Mitchell and Aleksandar Hemon.

Stunt and filmmaking duo David Leitch and Chad Stahelski were also working on the upcoming film, and told Collider that they worked on scenes in San Francisco before the shutdown.

Countries including New Zealand, Poland, and Australia are also hoping to enable movies to resume production soon, although it has not yet been confirmed by public health officials if lockdown restrictions have been eased for film sets.

Other Warner Bros. projects that had production postponed in light of the coronavirus crisis, such as The Batman and Fantastic Beasts 3, remain on hiatus.

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Tiffany Haddish holds virtual meeting to kickstart Girls Trip sequel

Tiffany Haddish isn’t letting social distancing halt work on a Girls Trip sequel.The actress, who found fame with her breakthrough role in the 2017 movie, revealed in a new interview with The Huffington Post that she recently had a group video call on …

Tiffany Haddish isn’t letting social distancing halt work on a Girls Trip sequel.

The actress, who found fame with her breakthrough role in the 2017 movie, revealed in a new interview with The Huffington Post that she recently had a group video call on Zoom with her co-stars Queen Latifah, Regina Hall, and Jada Pinkett Smith.

Accordingly, the conversation quickly turned to a sequel and why production hasn’t started yet, despite them all publicly declaring their interest in making a follow-up.

Haddish then explained that the project hasn’t been greenlit by executives at Universal Pictures because they are waiting for a script, and shared that Tracy Oliver, who co-wrote the original with Kenya Barris, has a treatment ready to go.

“Then it was like, ‘Oh, you guys want too much money,'” the 40-year-old added.

During their group call, Haddish and her co-stars decided to forge ahead on their own and have planned to meet on Zoom on Friday to start writing the script together.

“We might decide not to even make it Girls Trip… Maybe we’ll do a different story just in case no one wants to make Girls Trip 2,” she commented.

The original movie followed lifestyle guru Ryan Pierce, played by Hall, as she travelled to the Essence Music Festival in New Orleans to serve as a keynote speaker with her friends in tow.

Elsewhere in the chat, Haddish also opened up about life in quarantine amid the coronavirus pandemic.

“I have a garden. I’ve got plenty of food in the freezer. I got Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime; I’ve got cable. I have a room that I’ve got to clean out. I have so many bills that are a year old that I just paid online,” she joked.

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Philipp Plein defends use of helicopters during Kobe Bryant fashion show tribute

Philipp Plein has defended the use of helicopters on the runway during his tribute to the late Kobe Bryant.The designer presented his fall/winter 2020 collection as part of Milan Fashion Week on Saturday and also used the occasion to debut a capsule li…

Philipp Plein has defended the use of helicopters on the runway during his tribute to the late Kobe Bryant.

The designer presented his fall/winter 2020 collection as part of Milan Fashion Week on Saturday and also used the occasion to debut a capsule line that was created in honour of the basketball icon and his daughter, Gianna.

Kobe and the 13-year-old, nicknamed Gigi, were killed, along with seven others, when the helicopter they were travelling in crashed in Los Angeles on 26 January.

Plein enlisted the likes of Olivia Culpo and Jada Pinkett-Smith to showcase his tribute to the sportsman during the spectacle, with the stars wearing sparkly purple and gold tops which featured Kobe’s jersey number from when he played for the Los Angeles Lakers.

However, it was the gilded Philipp Plein-branded helicopters, planes, and yachts included in the extravagant set that irked fans, who took to social media to criticise the thoughtlessness.

In light of the backlash, Plein issued a statement on Monday defending his show and explained that the backdrop was designed back in November, two months before the basketballer’s tragic death.

“I would have clearly removed them if possible, but it was too late to replace them,” he commented, noting that the profits from the capsule collection would be donated to the organisation set up in honour of Kobe and his daughter, the Mamba & Mambacita Sport Foundation. “This tragedy affected myself and all the world deeply, and I feel that my fashion show has been the best moment to express my respect and admiration or Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna and his family. It is sad to see how something positive and constructive can be misinterpreted by people who obviously want to interpret negatively without even having a reason.”

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Priyanka Chopra in talks to join The Matrix 4 – report

Priyanka Chopra is reportedly in final talks to join The Matrix 4.The fourth movie was announced back in August, with co-creator Lana Wachowski at the helm and original stars Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss, and Jada Pinkett Smith reprising their roles …

Priyanka Chopra is reportedly in final talks to join The Matrix 4.

The fourth movie was announced back in August, with co-creator Lana Wachowski at the helm and original stars Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss, and Jada Pinkett Smith reprising their roles of Neo, Trinity, and Niobe, respectively.

According to editors at Variety, Chopra will join Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Jonathan Groff, Neil Patrick Harris, and Jessica Henwick as the newest additions to the Matrix franchise.

The 37-year-old actress, who is no stranger to action movies thanks to her role in Baywatch alongside Dwayne Johnson, has yet to comment on the reports.

Castmembers have been taking part in lengthy fight training sessions since early December ahead of production on the Warner Bros. film, which is set to begin soon in northern California.

Meanwhile, Reeves has been training with his co-stars on The Matrix 4 and John Wick 4 simultaneously, Variety reports.

The sci-fi franchise began back in 1999 with The Matrix and followed the story of Neo, Trinity and Morpheus, played by Laurence Fishburne, who try to break free of a virtual reality system that is guarded by Hugo Weaving’s sinister artificial intelligence programme, Agent Smith.

The 59-year-old Australian actor recently announced he wouldn’t be reprising his role for the fourth instalment due to scheduling conflicts, as he’s due to appear on the London stage alongside Lesley Manville in The Visit.

“I was in touch with Lana Wachowski, but in the end, she decided that the dates weren’t going to work. So, we’d sorted the dates and then she sort of changed her mind. They’re pushing on ahead without me,” Weaving explained to Time Out.

The Matrix 4 is scheduled to hit cinemas in May 2021.

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Tallulah Willis recreates mother Demi Moore’s iconic pixie cut

Tallulah Willis has honoured her mother Demi Moore by recreating her iconic pixie bowl cut.The 25-year-old daughter of Demi and Bruce Willis showed off the ’90s-inspired look on Instagram, and told her followers: “We did the Demi.”Alongside her mirror …

Tallulah Willis has honoured her mother Demi Moore by recreating her iconic pixie bowl cut.

The 25-year-old daughter of Demi and Bruce Willis showed off the ’90s-inspired look on Instagram, and told her followers: “We did the Demi.”

Alongside her mirror selfie, Tallulah posted movie stills of her mother rocking the look to honour the actress further.

Demi, who debuted the infamous hairstyle in the 1990 romantic drama Ghost, shared her daughter’s snap on her own Instagram page.

“Like mother, like daughter,” the 57-year-old sweetly wrote.

Tallulah later posted another snap on her Instagram Stories of her rocking the retro cut, and acknowledged the obvious family resemblance by writing in the caption: “YUNG DEMMY THO (sic).”

Her older sister Rumer Willis gave the new ‘do her seal of approval by commenting: “So good,” while their sibling Scout Willis added: “Omg (oh my God) this is my new favorite photo of you, you are so beautiful i am shook and shaking.”

Actress Selma Blair also gushed over Tallulah’s “chic” new look, while American Horror Story star Sarah Paulson wrote, “Living for this hair.”

Last month, Tallulah opened up about her turbulent relationship with Demi during an episode of Red Table Talk with Jada Pinkett Smith and discussed how she always felt detached from her mother because she chose to hold back things from her past.

“I think it always made me feel very far away from her. And (it) always made me feel like I didn’t know her very well. I knew she had a career, she met my dad, she grew up in New Mexico, but it was like that was it,” Tallulah explained in the emotional conversation.

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Vivica A. Fox slams Issa Rae over plans to remake cult classic Set It Off

Vivica A. Fox is less than impressed by Issa Rae’s plans reboot her 1996 crime drama Set It Off.Vivica starred alongside Jada Pinkett Smith, Queen Latifah, and Kimberly Elise in the film, which told the story of a group of women desperate to rob a Los …

Vivica A. Fox is less than impressed by Issa Rae’s plans reboot her 1996 crime drama Set It Off.

Vivica starred alongside Jada Pinkett Smith, Queen Latifah, and Kimberly Elise in the film, which told the story of a group of women desperate to rob a Los Angeles bank.

It was reported recently that Issa is in the early stages of developing a new version of the film but, when asked about the prospect by Entertainment Tonight, Vivica was less than accepting of the remake plan.

“It’s a classic, leave it alone,” the actress responded, bluntly, after “pulling a face”, according to the outlet. “There’s absolutely no reason to try to redo it. It’s been done, and we did it so well, that people are absolutely going to compare it to that and I think that’s her taking on a tremendous chore because that film has become a cult classic and some things are just better left.”

Continuing to state that Issa will face a massive backlash if she gets the reboot wrong, Vivica, 55, added: “Like, create your own franchise. If you want to do a new film of girls robbing banks, create your own thing. You can make it up to date. We did that film in 1996. We are in 2019, going into 2020. So, create your own thing because people are absolutely going to compare it to it, and she’ll probably, if it’s not good, they’re going to slay her for it.”

Issa’s version of Set It Off is to be written by Syreeta Singleton and Nina Gloster. It will be released through her production company lssa Rae Productions, according to editors at The Hollywood Reporter.

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