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'After Earth' to be released one week earlier

After Earth will now be released May 31, one week early than had been previously planned, EW has confirmed. The Wrap originally reported the news.

”We love the date!” Sony said in a statement, adding, ”It is a wide open slot on the calendar that allows the film to get a little more summer play time.”  The studio also mentioned that footage shown at Cinemacon Wednesday was met with a fantastic reaction from the audience. The movie now opens a week after Fast & Furious 6 and two weeks before Man of Steel.

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'After Earth' trailer: Will Smith and Jaden Smith together again, for the first time, for the last time

Following a successful collaboration in The Pursuit of Happyness and also a lifetime of being related to each other, Will Smith and Jaden Smith are reteaming in After Earth, a film about a father and son in the far-future who land on a the most terrifying planet of all: [planet’s name redacted to avoid ironic spoiler]. The first trailer for After Earth looks intriguing. It also looks intriguingly similar to Oblivion. Watch the trailer, which unfortunately doesn’t mention the very important fact that Will Smith is playing a character named General Cypher Raige: READ FULL STORY

'After Earth' viral teaser sets up the world of Will and Jaden Smith's sci-fi adventure -- VIDEO

Hollywood’s new favorite way to market a high concept studio sci-fi film is the quasi-viral soft sell. Sometimes they’re fake advertisements for fictional companies (like for RoboCop and Elysium); other times, they come in the form of an endorsement by a third-party brand to give the viral clip more legitimacy (like the Prometheus TED talk). But the underlying goal is the same: Edutain audiences about the world of the film without ever expressly stating This Is An Ad For a Potential Blockbuster.

The latest iteration is the first teaser for the M. Night Shyamalan-helmed Will and Jaden Smith sci-fi adventure After Earth, out June 2013, about a father and son who crash land on Earth 1,000 years after humanity evacuated the increasingly inhospitable planet. Instead of any shots of its two stars, however, the video traces how the crash landing of an extra-terrestrial space craft helped boost human technology, and ultimately led to the inevitable disintegration of the planet. It also introduces the Raige family, the pioneers of this technology and the descendants of Will and Jaden Smith’s respective characters. Interestingly, the entire timeline is presented as part of, well, a Facebook timeline — though the actual Facebook page for the film has barely developed.

Check it out below:  READ FULL STORY

Casting Net: Taylor Swift nearing noteworthy role as Joni Mitchell, plus Mark Wahlberg, Guy Pearce, Jaden Smith

Mark Wahlberg will come a-knockin’ for Avon Man. Hugh Jackman was supposed to headline the long-in-development project, but had to drop out due to scheduling conflicts with his X-Men spin-off The Wolverine. Wahlberg is now looking to produce and star. [Deadline]

• Lockout lead Guy Pearce is in final talks to join Robert Downey Jr.Gwyneth Paltrow, Scarlett Johansson, and Don Cheadle in Iron Man 3. Pearce will play geneticist Aldrich Kilian, who develops nanotechnology that can spread viruses and sells it to terrorists. [Variety]


Will Smith joins son Jaden in M. Night Shyamalan sci-fi film

Sony Pictures Entertainment announced on Monday that Will Smith will join his son, Jaden, onscreen in an untitled sci-fi film for director M. Night Shyamalan. According to the studio, the film is set 1,000 years in the future, where a young boy navigates an abandoned and sometimes scary Earth to save himself and his estranged father after their ship crashes. Said Shyamalan in a release: “The chance to make a scary, science-fiction film starring Jaden and Will is my dream project.” (The younger Smith first hinted at the prospect of the project to EW last November, when it had the title 1000 A.E.READ FULL STORY

Jaden Smith exclusive: A possible sci-fi 'journey' with M. Night Shyamalan, and will there be another 'Karate Kid'?

jaden-smithImage Credit: Ethan Miller/Getty ImagesIn the wake of his breakout turn in this summer’s hit The Karate Kid, Jaden Smith has growing movie-star mojo — like his dad, Will, but scaled down to a 12-year-old’s size. So how will he capitalize on his newfound clout? Though his name, along with his sister Willow’s, has been attached to an adaptation of the kids’ graphic-novel series Amulet—a dark fantasy tale about two lost kids who are searching for their mother—Smith tells EW that isn’t on his immediate to-do list. Instead, his next film will most likely be 1000 A.E., a science-fiction project that’s being developed for him to star in, with M. Night Shyamalan slated to direct. “We’re reading the script right now,” he says. “I don’t want to give it away because that wouldn’t be tight, but it’s set in the future and it’s about a journey.” Perhaps not surprisingly, given the movie’s nearly $360 million global box office haul, Sony is also batting around the idea of a sequel to The Karate Kid. “They’re talking about it,” Smith says. Added to the mix is a script Disney recently purchased as a possible vehicle for Smith called Monster Witness Relocation Program. But just to be on the safe side, he’d better keep those karate skills sharp.

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Box office: ‘Karate Kid’ kicks up $56 million, resurrects summer b.o.
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Why the hatred for Jaden Smith? It's the ugly underside of fan worship.

the-kung-fu-kidImage Credit: Jasin BolandWhat is Jaden Smith’s crime? Last weekend, the up-and-coming young actor, who will turn 12 this July 8, starred in a remake of The Karate Kid that audiences flocked to beyond expectation and, from all available evidence, loved. Given that Smith is front and center in more or less every frame of the two-hour-and-20-minute movie (and given that his performance, as a kid who hides his sadness behind a mask of surliness, is — to this critic, at least — a magnetic and affecting piece of acting), I hope we can all agree that Jaden Smith’s presence on screen had a little something to do with the movie’s success. Yet Smith’s rise has been greeted, in far too many quarters (including a number of comment boards on, like the one on my review), with bitter, gnashing resentment. This 11-year-old really has the haters foaming.

Excuse me, but what the heck is going on? Let’s start with the indisputable fact that Smith got to be in the position he’s in because his father is the biggest movie star on the planet. So where, exactly, should that piece of information lead us? Should we hate Jaden Smith? Should we hate Will Smith? Should we hate every young actor or musician who ever got placed on the map of fame because of his or her parents? (Take that, Miley Cyrus, Michael Douglas, and Jamie Lee Curtis.) Oh, but, of course, the rap on Jaden Smith is that he’s all nepotism and nothing else, that he’s a kind of grouchy preteen Tori Spelling in cornrows. He’s been excoriated as a bad actor (even though, just a few years ago, most viewers had nothing but praise for the appealingly feisty and precocious performance he gave right next to his dad in The Pursuit of Happyness). He’s been called a brat, a spoiled no-talent, an ungrateful beneficiary of his lineage of stardom. He’s been ripped up and down as “insufferable” for his appearance last week on The Late Show With David Letterman. READ FULL STORY

'The Karate Kid' and 'The A-Team': Yes, they're '80s nostalgia, but at heart the originals were remakes too

80s-flashbackImage Credit: Everett CollectionIf you put your ear to the ground and listen closely, you can, on occasion, hear the grumbly murmur of moviegoers chewing over the fact that Hollywood film culture, more than ever, has become a déjà vu landscape of sequels, remakes, reboots, and rehashes. Pastiches of the past. The complaining never gets all that loud, though, since that would sort of be like griping about the air we breathe. Everyone knows — and more or less accepts — that we now live in Rerun Nation. It is, on some level, the movie culture that we assent to and ask for, week after week, with our ticket purchases. Just look at this weekend, in which The Karate Kid has already set the box office ablaze. A lot of people wanted to see that movie. I’m a fan myself (here’s my review), but the fact that it’s such a known quantity is clearly the essence of its appeal. The same goes for The A-Team, with its more modest but still successful opening. I often wish that we didn’t live in Rerun Nation, but what’s clear is that we choose to live there because it’s a cozy and comfortable place to be.

What strikes me this week is how long we’ve been living there. Our sequel-and-remake culture first kicked into high gear in the 1980s, the era of high concept, when the blockbuster mentality began to colonize the minds of everyone in Hollywood. That’s when the DNA of the audience started to get reprogrammed, too. If you think about the two current 1980s remakes, you’ll realize that they’re both really recyclings of recyclings. Even the originals, in essence, were second-hand goods. That was a major part of their appeal, way back when. READ FULL STORY

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