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Happy Birthday: Actor Will Smith Turns 40

Hollywood’s Best-Paid Actor Will Smith (pictured with his mama Caroline) turned 40 on Thursday.

The $80 million dollar man, who got his start as half of the rap duo DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince, made us laugh for years as The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, and went on to become King of the Fourth of July box office.

Smith, who has three kids (two of them with actress Jada Pinkett Smith), has earned two Best Actor Oscar nominations and ruled last weekend’s box office with Lakeview Terrace, which he produced.

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Box Office Watch: Kerry Washington & Samuel L. Jackson’s Lakeview Terrace Tops the Box Office

The Samuel L. Jackson-Kerry Washington thriller Lakeview Terrace opened at No. 1 at the box office, pulling in an estimated $15.6 million in its opening weekend.

In the controversial film, Jackson plays a veteran LAPD police officer who doesn’t care for his new neighbors, a married couple played by the beautiful Washington and the equally stunning Patrick Wilson. Jackson’s character doesn’t like them because they are an interracial couple.

The film, which refers to the neighborhood where Rodney King was beaten by police in 1991, was produced by Will Smith.

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Will Smith As Captain America?


Are the rumors true? Has Will Smith been approached to play the patriotic superhero Captain America?

“I heard they offered Will Smith ‘Captain America,’” actor Derek Luke slipped during an interview with MTV. “Just shows you how times have changed.”

With films like Independence Day (1996) I, Robot (2004), and Hancock (2008) under his belt, Smith has long since proven himself as a highly-bankable action star, making Hollywood history with eight straight movies to rake in more than $100 million in July.

Although Marvel has denied to Ain’t It Cool News that Smith has been approached, Blindie is still hoping that “times have changed.”

And if we don’t get to see a black man in the White House, at least we can see one as an American superhero.

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Forbes Names Will Smith Hollywood’s Best-Paid Actor

Fresh Prince-turned-King of the Box Office Will Smith leads the pack of Hollywood’s best-paid actors, according to Forbes.

Taking in an estimated $80 million over the course of the year, Smith, who is frequently called “the hardest-working man in Hollywood,” has the star power–and the talent–to bring an audience to the box office, no matter the film’s genre (from Pursuit of Happyness to I Am Legend and Hancock).

Rounding out the Top 3: Johnny Depp with $72 million this year and Eddie Murphy with $55 million.

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Second Mandela Bash Planned For South Africa

In response to the high wattage, celebrity-sprinkled (Will Smith, Amy Winehouse, and Leona Lewis performed) pre-birthday concert bash held in London’s Hyde Park on June 27th to mark Nelson Mandela’s 90th birthday, South Africa’s political party, the African National Congress, is bringing the celebration back to “the people.”

ANC Secretary-General Gwede Mantashe says, “The people and the society made Mandela, not London or Houghton. That is why we want his birthday to be celebrated by the people.”

Mantashe has announced plans for a rally in Pretoria, South Africa on August 2nd that would include performances by local artists paying tribute to one of the key figures of the South African liberation struggle. This week also marks the 10-year anniversary of Mandela’s marriage to third wife Graca Machel, the former wife of Mozambique president Samora Machel.

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Will Smith Makes History with Hancock

The King of the Fourth of July box office has become the first actor in Hollywood history with eight straight movies to rake in more than $100 million.

In his latest effort, the 39-year-old Oscar nominee plays an ambivalent superhero in Hancock, which made $107 million in the U.S. and another $78 million internationally.

“I don’t feel like there’s anything I can’t do, no movie I can’t make,” Smith told USA Today in June. “I feel like the next 10 years are going to be my sweet spot.”

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