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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Cara Delevingne felt out of her depth filming Suicide Squad

Cara Delevingne felt out of her depth while filming Suicide Squad because she couldn’t believe she was acting alongside big A-list stars.The 27-year-old originally found fame as a model but had always wanted to pursue acting and she eventually landed…

Cara Delevingne felt out of her depth while filming Suicide Squad because she couldn’t believe she was acting alongside big A-list stars.

The 27-year-old originally found fame as a model but had always wanted to pursue acting and she eventually landed the co-lead role in 2015 teen drama Paper Towns, which helped her be considered for more studio projects.

She was subsequently cast as June Moone/Enchantress in David Ayer’s 2016 DC Comics movie, which marked her first time working on a big-budget blockbuster, alongside an A-list ensemble featuring Will Smith, Margot Robbie, and Jared Leto, but Delevingne was terrified of acting alongside such famous actors.

“I was just so shocked,” she told Variety. “I was like, ‘How am I with these people? What is happening?’ I was so scared. I felt very out of my depth. I was like, ‘How did I trick them into getting me here?’”

Delevingne got her first taste of acting at boarding school and unsuccessfully tried out for parts in the Harry Potter movies and Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland. She continued looking for roles while her modelling career exploded, but she was unsatisfied with the scripts that came her way.

“I thought I would do anything,” the star explained. “But my agent would give me scripts, and I was like, ‘I’m not playing the dumb girl that gets killed.’”

Similarly, Delevingne would also take issue with some of the dialogue given to female characters in screenplays, with her adding: “No woman would say that. I’m sorry. It’s ridiculous.”

She has since had roles in Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets and Her Smell and is currently starring in Amazon TV series Carnival Row.

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David Ayer calls for release of his Suicide Squad cut

David Ayer has called for his director’s cut of Suicide Squad to be released.The filmmaker has been vocal about his disappointment over the final cut of the movie, which was released by Warner Bros. in 2016 and starred Margot Robbie, Will Smith, Jared …

David Ayer has called for his director’s cut of Suicide Squad to be released.

The filmmaker has been vocal about his disappointment over the final cut of the movie, which was released by Warner Bros. in 2016 and starred Margot Robbie, Will Smith, Jared Leto, and Viola Davis.

And after news broke last week that the “Snyder cut” of 2017 film Justice League – showing the original vision of director Zack Snyder – is to be released on streaming service HBO Max, Ayer has admitted he’d love the same opportunity with Suicide Squad.

In response to a question from a fan asking whether he’d consider showing his cut of the film on HBO Max, Ayer shared that making his version of the DC Comics movie would be “cathartic”.

“My cut would be easy to complete. It would be incredibly cathartic for me. It’s exhausting getting your a*s kicked for a film that got the Edward Scissorhands treatment,” he tweeted, suggesting his take on the movie was heavily edited in post-production. “The film I made has never been seen.”

However, he went on to state that while he and the fans may want to see the “Ayer cut” of Suicide Squad, it’s probably never going to see the light of day.

“It is simply not my call or my IP (intellectual property). I love WB (Warner Bros.) – it’s always been my ‘home studio’,” he continued. “I fully respect and support the incredible path the DCU (DC Universe) is taking under their stewardship. My cut of Suicide Squad may always be just a rumour. And that’s just fine.”

Snyder was forced to walk away from directing Justice League following a family tragedy and the movie was completed by Joss Whedon. Fans have been calling for Snyder’s cut of the film ever since the movie was slated by critics upon its 2017 release.

The Synder cut will be released on HBO Max in 2021.

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Jerry Bruckheimer developing Bad Boys 4

Producer Jerry Bruckheimer is working on bringing Bad Boys 4 to the big screen.The Hollywood producer has worked on the action comedy franchise, starring Will Smith and Martin Lawrence, since the hugely successful blockbuster Bad Boys debuted back in 1…

Producer Jerry Bruckheimer is working on bringing Bad Boys 4 to the big screen.

The Hollywood producer has worked on the action comedy franchise, starring Will Smith and Martin Lawrence, since the hugely successful blockbuster Bad Boys debuted back in 1995.

Bruckheimer revealed that after the success of this year’s Bad Boys for Life, which saw Smith and Lawrence reprise their roles as detectives Mike Lowrey and Marcus Burnett, he’s now working with bosses at Sony on another instalment.

“We had a great experience on the first one, both through the development process with Tom Rothman (Sony Pictures Entertainment Chairman) and his team, and then through the editing process and filming process,” he told Collider. “We put together, along with their help, a movie that’s very satisfying for the audience, and we’d like to do it again, and I think they’d like us to do it again. We’re currently working on a draft for the fourth one.”

Bad Boys for Life, which was released in January, has raked in more than $419 million (£518 million) at the worldwide box office, making it the highest-grossing film of 2020 so far. The third movie also starred franchise newcomers Vanessa Hudgens, Alexander Ludwig, and Charles Melton.

It’s not yet known if Smith and Lawrence will be back onboard for the follow-up, or if directors Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah will be returning to the franchise.

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Martin Lawrence blames Will Smith for delays to Bad Boys for Life

Martin Lawrence has blamed the delays to making Bad Boys for Life on Will Smith’s desire to perfect the script.The third instalment of the action-comedy franchise, starring Lawrence and Smith as Miami detectives Marcus Burnett and Mike Lowery, was rele…

Martin Lawrence has blamed the delays to making Bad Boys for Life on Will Smith’s desire to perfect the script.

The third instalment of the action-comedy franchise, starring Lawrence and Smith as Miami detectives Marcus Burnett and Mike Lowery, was released in January, with the flick coming two decades after Bad Boys II was unveiled in 2003.

Discussing the lengthy hiatus during a recent Q&A with #CRWN on Tidal, Lawrence playfully pointed the finger at Smith.

“(Bad Boys for Life) took so long because of this guy. He wouldn’t do the script unless it was right,” he insisted.

Smith, who co-produced the movie, then noted that the reason why the project took so long to develop was because he takes the representation of African-Americans in cinema very seriously.

“These first two (Bad Boys) movies – at the time we did the first one ’95 – it was two black guys in a movie. That was a big deal back then. And it was like just what Bad Boys meant to the community and then we came back with Bad Boys 2 and it worked,” the 51-year-old commented.

Readily accepting responsibility for Bad Boys for Life’s slow progress, Smith told the audience that he felt especially protective over the third Bad Boys film.

“(The story had to be) right, that it had something to say, that it was funny, and that it deserved to be made again… The Bad Boys had to come correct,” he stated. “I just didn’t want to wreck the franchise, you know. I had felt like I had other sequels in my career that I didn’t feel like, I didn’t land it.”

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Jim Carrey and Will Smith growing beards during self-isolation

Jim Carrey and Will Smith have decided to grow beards while in self-isolation during the coronavirus pandemic.The Mask star has chosen to let his facial grooming routine slide during the unexpected downtime, and plans to keep fans updated on his hairy …

Jim Carrey and Will Smith have decided to grow beards while in self-isolation during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Mask star has chosen to let his facial grooming routine slide during the unexpected downtime, and plans to keep fans updated on his hairy transformation by sharing regular snaps of his progress on social media.

Taking to Twitter to share a selfie to show off his stubble on Monday, Carrey wrote, “Day 1. I’m growing a beard until we all go back to work. I’ll post reg (regular) pics so you can marvel at the miracle of my meaningless transformation. Normally, I try to stay on the cutting edge of entertainment. Now I shall conquer the uncutting edge. Please join me. #letsgrowtogether.”

Commenting on his post, Game of Thrones actress Maisie Williams announced she would be taking up the challenge, only she has chosen to let her body hair grow out.

“Gonna do this with my armpits,” the 22-year-old replied.

He’s not the only one growing a beard – followers of Smith’s Instagram account noticed that his facial hair, a closely trimmed moustache, and beard, had been significantly growing, and he addressed the comments in a video on Tuesday.

“I’ve been reading all the comments and all y’all talking crazy about my beard, y’all talking about my beard. I don’t know why you’re acting surprised, I’ve been rocking the beard forever,” he joked, before he shared clips of himself in Men in Black, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, and Aladdin. They had been edited so that his current bushy salt and pepper beard had been placed on his characters’ faces.

“Who else lettin’ their beard grow out?!” he wrote in the caption.

They aren’t the only one growing out hair – country star Blake Shelton recently announced he is growing back his mullet as a “symbol of hope” during the global health crisis.

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Bad Boys for Life getting early digital release

Bad Boys for Life is the latest film to be heading to video-on-demand early as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The action-comedy, starring Will Smith and Martin Lawrence, was unveiled in cinemas on 17 January and is currently the year’s highest-…

Bad Boys for Life is the latest film to be heading to video-on-demand early as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

The action-comedy, starring Will Smith and Martin Lawrence, was unveiled in cinemas on 17 January and is currently the year’s highest-grossing movie so far, having made $419 million (£356 million) at the worldwide box office.

However, its cinema run has been cut short due to movie theatres being forced to close in a bid to curb the spread of Covid-19, so executives at Sony Pictures have decided to release it on video-on-demand early.

The movie, which served as a sequel to 1995’s Bad Boys and 2003’s Bad Boys II, will be available digitally from 31 March, 74 days after its cinema release, and on Blu-Ray and DVD on 21 April.

Most theatrical releases are usually not available for home entertainment for 90 days after debuting in cinemas. However, this has changed significantly as a result of the crisis, with films such as Onward, The Hunt, The Invisible Man, and Emma, which were all showing in cinemas when the closures happened, now being available to watch at home.

In addition to Bad Boys for Life, it was announced on Monday that British comedy Military Wives would be heading to “premium video-on-demand” platforms for a limited time from 27 March.

“The cinematic experience is key to our industry, and exhibitors continue to be our integral partners and allies. With cinemas closed nationwide due to the current climate, we want to continue to make Military Wives available to consumers,” Zygi Kamasa, chief executive of Lionsgate UK, said in a statement.

The movie, which stars Kristin Scott Thomas and Sharon Horgan, was released in cinemas on 6 March.

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The Batman shut down for two weeks over coronavirus pandemic

Robert Pattinson’s The Batman is the latest movie to have production shut down over the growing coronavirus pandemic.Warner Bros. producers have temporarily halted filming on the comic book adaptation, directed by Matt Reeves and also starring Zoe Krav…

Robert Pattinson’s The Batman is the latest movie to have production shut down over the growing coronavirus pandemic.

Warner Bros. producers have temporarily halted filming on the comic book adaptation, directed by Matt Reeves and also starring Zoe Kravitz, Paul Dano, Colin Farrell, and Jeremy Irons.

According to editors at Deadline, production on the superhero blockbuster was originally being moved from London to Liverpool amidst the Covid-19 outbreak, but movie bosses later decided to pull the plug on filming for two weeks.

“The studio will continue to monitor the situation closely,” a Warner Bros. spokesperson said in a statement.

Jeffrey Wright, who plays James Gordon in the DC Comics film, took to Twitter to confirm the news.

“Gotham, out. Back at the earliest. Keep safe until,” he wrote, alongside an article from Variety about the shutdown of production.

More than 170,000 people have been affected in 158 countries since the outbreak began in Wuhan, China back in December. Italy, Spain, and some parts of the U.S. have gone into lockdown to contain the spread of the virus, as more than 6,500 people have died.

Another Warner Bros. feature also having filming suspended is the third instalment of the Fantastic Beasts franchise, starring Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne.

The fantasy drama, from Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling, was due to begin production next week in London, but is now on hiatus, while sports biopic King Richard, starring Will Smith as Serena and Venus Williams’ father Richard, is also temporarily ceasing filming.

In addition, Ben Affleck and Matt Damon’s upcoming historical drama The Last Duel has been put on “indefinite hiatus” days before shooting was due to begin in Ireland.

The country is on lockdown to control the spread of Covid-19, with schools, colleges and universities closed, and public gatherings banned.

The Ridley Scott-directed movie, also starring Adam Driver and Jodie Comer, has been filming in France, and it’s not yet known when production will recommence.

Sony’s comedy The Man from Toronto, featuring Kevin Hart and Woody Harrelson, and Sylvester Stallone’s superhero thriller Samaritan have also been put on hold.

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Liev Schreiber joining Will Smith in King Richard

Liev Schreiber is joining Will Smith in the cast of upcoming sports drama King Richard.According to editors at The Hollywood Reporter, the actor will play tennis coach Paul Cohen in the movie, a biopic about Venus and Serena Williams’ father Richard Wi…

Liev Schreiber is joining Will Smith in the cast of upcoming sports drama King Richard.

According to editors at The Hollywood Reporter, the actor will play tennis coach Paul Cohen in the movie, a biopic about Venus and Serena Williams’ father Richard Williams, as portrayed by Will.

Paul, who had worked with the likes of John McEnroe and Pete Sampras, was brought onboard by Richard to give his daughters lessons.

Liev joins a cast that also includes child stars Saniyya Sidney and Demi Singleton as the young Venus and Serena, and Aunjanue Ellis as their mother, Oracene Price. Jon Bernthal is attached to portray another tennis coach, Rick Macci.

The film, which is slated for a cinema release in November, is being directed by Monsters and Men’s Reinaldo Marcus Green from a script by Zach Baylin.

The narrative is set to show how the uncompromising tennis dad trained his two daughters to play the game on the cracked courts in Compton, Los Angeles, and coached them all the way to Grand Slam wins and all-time greatness.

Producers include Tim White, Trevor White, and James Lassiter, with Allan Mandelbaum, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Caleeb Pinkett serving as executive producers.

Liev most recently wrapped on hit TV series Ray Donovan, which concluded earlier this year after seven seasons. However, he recently hinted to fans that they haven’t seen the last of his character.

He will next begin promoting The French Dispatch, a comedy-drama film directed by Wes Anderson and also starring Timothee Chalamet, Saoirse Ronan, Lea Seydoux, Elisabeth Moss, and Edward Norton.

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Eva Mendes open to reuniting with Will Smith on Hitch sequel

Eva Mendes wants to reunite with Will Smith for a sequel to their romantic comedy Hitch.In the 2005 movie, the actress starred as gossip columnist Sara Melas, who is pursued by professional dating consultant Alex ‘Hitch’ Hitchens, played by Smith. But…

Eva Mendes wants to reunite with Will Smith for a sequel to their romantic comedy Hitch.

In the 2005 movie, the actress starred as gossip columnist Sara Melas, who is pursued by professional dating consultant Alex ‘Hitch’ Hitchens, played by Smith.

But during a recent interview with Entertainment Tonight, Mendes was shocked to discover that it’s been 15 years since the popular flick was released.

“You’re kidding? Oh my God. What the hell? You know what? It’s time for a Hitch 2. Will, let’s do this. Hitch 2,” she exclaimed, before adding that she has an idea for a potential plot for the movie involving Hitch losing his job as he’s forced to compete with modern technology. “It’d be in the world of all these dating apps. What would Hitch do? He’d be out of a job.”

Mendes, who shares daughters Esmeralda, five, and three-year-old Amada with partner Ryan Gosling, has taken a step back from Hollywood since becoming a mother.

Parenthood has greatly affected the types of roles she’d go for, and the star refuses to appear in any movie that has violence or sexual scenes.

“Acting is something that I will always love. It’s just like now that I have children, I’m kind of extreme,” the 45-year-old explained. “There’s just so many things I won’t do. Like I won’t do most of the movies I’ve done in the past. A lot of things are off that list.

“So, I’m basically like, ‘Disney, I’m all yours, Disney. That’s all that’s left!”

While she’s not plotting her return to the big screen just yet, Mendes is onboard with the idea of being a Disney villain, not a princess.

“I’m more of the Ursula type. I like the villains of the Disney movies,” she admitted. “They’re fun.”

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