Will Smith and ‘After Earth’: Minor speedbump or major misstep?
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Fox News, MSNBC and others used an image of Smith and his children reacting to a different performance at the show. A photo of Will Smith and family reportedly aghast at Miley Cyrus’raunchy performance at the MTV Video Music Awards has gone viral. our editor recommends Parents Television Council Blasts MTV’s VMAs as Serving Sex to Teens Outlets using the still photo — some them as proof that a gyrating, nearly naked Cyrus was too much even for a jaded Hollywood crowd — include Us Weekly, Business Insider, MSNBC, Yahoo News and dozens more. On Monday morning’sFox & Friends on the Fox News Channel , during a segment on the Cyrus performance, for example, the still photo of the Smiths appeared onscreen along with the caption, “What am I watching? Smith family reaction captured in picture.” In a similar segment on Morning Joe on MSNBC , the photo is shown and co-host Joe Scarborough exclaims, “Look at Will Smith’s family!” and co-host Mika Brzezinski says solemnly, “That’s it, right there.” But as MTV itself was quick to point out, it wasn’t true. The image of the Smiths was indeed from Sunday nights VMAs, but it was captured while the family watched Lady Gaga perform, not Cyrus. Also, the Smiths arent staring in shock or disbelief, as the viral photo suggests. Daughter Willows mouth isnt agape in astonishment, shes just in the midst of chewing her gum. See video of the moment below. Indeed, the Smith family was also seen briefly on TV watching the now-infamous Cyrus performance, though they dont seem bothered or surprised by it. Son Jaden appears a bit bored, in fact.
Report: Rusty Smith will join practice squad
Smith confirmed the injury in a text message to ESPN’s Ed Werder. Smith also told Werder that renowned surgeon James Andrews will perform the operation on his knee. [+] Enlarge AP Photo/Eric Gay Saints linebacker Will Smith is helped off the field Sunday after suffering a season-ending knee injury against the Texans. Smith’s season-ending injury was reported earlier Monday by Pro Football Talk. He suffered the injury in Sunday’s preseason game against the Houston Texans . A 10-year veteran who is shifting to outside linebacker in first-year defensive coordinator Rob Ryan’s 3-4 scheme, Smith told Werder he was ready to transition from his customary position of defensive end. “It was going well,” Smith said in his text to Werder. “The transition wasn’t that bad. Rob had me in a great position to do well this year, [and] I’m disappointed I won’t be able to help my team out.” Smith was a projected starter, as was fellow outside linebacker Victor Butler , who also is recovering from knee surgery that will sideline him most or all of the season.The 32-year-old Smith had six sacks last season and has 67.5 sacks in 139 career games, all with the Saints. Given their injury woes, the Saints have worked a trade with the San Francisco 49ers to acquire veteran linebacker Parys Haralson , according to a report by The Associated Press. Information from ESPN’s Ed Werder and The Associated Press was used in this report.
MTV VMAs: Will Smith Family’s Reaction Was to Gaga, Not Miley (Video)
No one is immune to an inevitable hiccup, and last weekend, it was Will Smiths turn. After Earth, Smiths futuristic science-fiction adventure, was pronounced a flop after earning $27.5 million in its opening weekend, trailing Fast & Furious 6 and movie about magic starring Jesse Eisenberg. What must cause consternation for Smith is that After Earth was designed as the precise type of entertainment that had made him the undisputed king of summer blockbusters, beginning with Independence Day in 1996 and built upon the successes of Men in Black, I, Robot, and Hancock.Smith himself is an obsessive student of industry patterns and figuring out what succeeds and what doesnt in Hollywood.After Earth wasnt some high-minded departure (like his 2008 wannabe Oscar-bait, Seven Pounds). This was sold as Will I Make This Look Good Smith battling special-effects aliens. Yet the critics were merciless and, of greater concern, audiences yawned. After Earth certainly has its defects; EW film critic Owen Gleiberman likened the plot to a plate of sci-fi leftovers. The real star of the film is Jaden Smith, Wills 14-year-old son who plays a military cadet tasked with finding the rescue beacon that will save his injured father after their spacecraft crash lands on a toxic planet Earth that was abandoned by humanity and now is home to all sorts of predatory creatures. Smith the elder is a heroic warrior-general, but hes stoic and severe rather than charismatic. Once hes injured with broken legs, hes left helpless at the ships controls while his son battles danger. Audiences expecting to see Will Smith kick some alien ass had to settle for him literally guiding his son through the motions an unfortunate metaphor for the Smiths professional relationship that critics have been only too happy to poke . But this was still a $130 million bet on Will Smith, who came up with the idea for the potential franchise-starter, recruited a director with a number of recent misfires in M. Night Shyamalan, and anointed his son as the films leading man. What remains to be seen is whether After Earth is a mere speed bump like Smiths own Wild Wild West or is it something with a lasting stench, like John Travoltas Scientology vanity project, Battlefield Earth . That After Earth arrives soon after Smith acknowledged turning down the title role in Quentin Tarantinos Django Unchained doesnt make a strong case for Smiths choices of late, but his reliance on patterns of past performance to guide his career might be slightly overstated by the media.
Will Smith, wife Jada Pinkett Smith not putting their $42 million home on the market, says rep
— More notable than the guys from Titans training camp who are on the initial list of practice squaders is the one who isnt: Rusty Smith . But Jim Wyatt of The Tennessean tweeted that Smith is expected to accept the Titans’ offer and join up. Smith cleared waivers unclaimed, and while his feelings might have been hurt, an offer to join anyone elses practice squad probably wouldnt have wound up better for him. The Titans do really like him, they just decided they didnt need three quarterbacks on the roster. And they don’t. Functionally, he will still hold the No. 3 role and if Jake Locker or Ryan Fitzpatrick is hurt and can’t suit up, the Titans will sign Smith to their roster and dress him for a game. If there was another practice squad chance, he might have had weaker quarterbacks in front of him at No. 1, No. 2 or both. But hed have had to move and hed have had to learn a new offense and won over a new coaching staff. There could have been more reward, but there certainly would have been more risk.
Felix Hernandez loses again, Royals top Mariners 3-1 on 8 strikeouts by Will Smith
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Will Smith & Jaden Smith Reveal What It’s Like To Be In Their Family
Escobar scored on Emilo Bonifacios sacrifice fly. Hernandez (12-9), who was 0-3 with a 9.64 ERA in his previous three starts, exited while pitching to Alex Gordon with two out in the seventh. Duffy, who had elbow surgery last year, departed after 3 2-3 innings and 91 pitches. Duffy allowed one run on five hits and four walks, while striking out four before being replaced by Will Smith. Brad Millers two-out triple in the fourth scored Abraham Almonte, who had doubled. Hernandez, however, could not hold the lead. He gave up three consecutive hits with one out in the fourth with Mike Moustakas single bringing home Eric Hosmer. Duffy threw 68 pitches in the first three innings and stranded six runners. He struck out Kendrys Morales and Justin Smoak swinging to end the first with two runners on base. Michael Saunders led off the second with a bunt single and Duffy walked Mike Zunino on nine pitches before retiring the next three batters. Nick Franklin walked to start the third and Nick Seager, who had three hits, singled to center, but Duffy rebounded to strike out Morales and retired Smoak and Saunders on fly balls to left. NOTES: Zunino was activated from the disabled list after five rehab games with Triple-A Tacoma.
Splash News/Splash News The Smith’s massive compound was featured in a 2011 issue of Architectural Digest. Will told Architectural Digest, which featured the property in 2011, that the house’s circular floor plan was designed to “create an infinite cycle that represented what Jada and I hoped for our love.” The report of the “whisper listing” came after Will and Jada recently sold their posh, three-bedroom vacation home in Hawaii to Russian billionaire Dmitry Ryboloviev for $20 million. Will and Jada also recently pulled the plug on their privately funded New Village Leadership Academy in Calabasas. They founded the academy in 2008 after home-schooling kids Jaden, 15, and Willow, 12, and poured millions into its coffers while deflecting criticism it used Scientology in its curriculum. Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage (From left) Jaden Smith, Willow Smith, Will Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith and Trey Smith at the ‘After Earth’ premiere at New York’s Ziegfeld Theater on May 29. The portfolio shakeup has renewed speculation about the couple’s personal life. Jada, 41, grabbed headlines back in April when she told HuffPost Live that the secret to her 16-year union was letting her hunky hubby “do whatever” he wants. She later clarified the statement on Facebook. “Will and I BOTH can do WHATEVER we want because we TRUST each other to do so. This does NOT mean we have an open relationshipthis means we have a GROWN one,” she wrote. Santi / Splash News/Santi / Splash News Will Smith and wife Jada Pinkett Smith recently sold their vacation home in Hawaii for $20 million. The couple met in 1990 when Jada auditioned to be her future husband’s girlfriend on TV’s “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air.” She didn’t get the role, but the couple became friends and eventually married on New Year’s Eve 1997. Will, 44, said in 2008 that divorce was off the table.