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Martial Arts action hero Jackie Chan has been cast in the Columbia Pictures remake of the ’80s classic, Karate Kid, as the “wax on, wax off” mentor Mr. Miyagi. Will Smith’s son Jaden has already been cast in the lead role made famous by Ralph Macchio.
Kid is slated to begin filming this year in Beijing with director Harald Zwart (Agent Cody Banks) at the helm.
Will Smith and his company Overbrook entertainment will produce along with Jerry Weintraub, who produced the original film.
Karate Kid might prove to be a smart choice for Chan considering that the late Pat Morita nabbed an Oscar nom for his portrayal of the wise Mr. Miyagi.
Will Smith was voted the top earning star of 2008 in the Quigley Publishing Company’s 77th annual Top Ten Money Making Stars poll.
The Seven Pounds star beat out last year’s top Money Maker Johnny Depp and seven-time winner Tom Cruise, who both did not make the list this year. Smith is only the second African American to hold the title after Sidney Poitier nabbed the spot in 1968 following the success of the films Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner and In the Heat of the Night.
Robert Downey Jr., Christian Bale and Shia LaBeouf all made debut appearances on the list in second, third, and fourth places respectively.
The Quigley poll is conducted by the publishers of the International Motion Picture Almanac and surveys movie theater owners and film buyers to vote for the 10 stars they believe generated the most box office revenue for their theaters during the year.
Australian hardbody Hugh Jackman has nabbed PEOPLE magazine’s “Sexiest Man Alive” title while a bevy of diverse actors, athletes and musicians show up in some pretty sexy categories.
Among PEOPLE magazine’s Sexy men of color are Seven Pound’s Will Smith and Mexican actor Gael Garcia Bernal in the “20 Sexy Superstars” category
Rapper turned actor Bow Wow tops the sexy “21 Club,” while Tyson Beckford shows up on the “Sexy Bearded Guys” list and former L.A. Law man and current star of Dirty Sexy Money Blair Underwood is crowned “Sexiest TV Veteran.”
Private Practice star Taye Diggs lands in the new category “Sexy Scents,” which comes with a scratch and sniff feature on the page.
On the international front, China-born concert pianist Lang Lang, British singer Seal and his compatriot Formula One race car driver Lewis Hamilton also make the Sexy list.
The sexy surprises are U.S. Treasury Department’s Neel Kashkari, and Olympian decathlete Bryan Clay.
First Ralph Macchio, then Hilary Swank, now Will Smith’s son Jaden Smith, 10, will star in a remake of Columbia Pictures 1984 martial arts classic Karate Kid that begins shooting next year, Variety reports.
Blindie is just ecstatic over this casting choice, which we’re sure will give the young actor (who made his feature debut The Pursuit of Happyness) a vehicle to the kiddie A-List.
Rosario Dawson, who is back in the movie business after taking time off for the election, sobbed the first time she read the script for her upcoming film, Seven Pounds, on a flight to Los Angeles.
Playing a woman with a heart condition who falls for Smith’s character, Dawson said, “I loved it so much… I’m not a public crier per se, and I’m just sitting on this plane with people… I was a weepy mess.”
After seeing the drama (due out this Christmas) at a screening with her costar, Dawson added, “I was sitting there… crying, with a tissue, trying to be cool about it. Will walked out crying and I was like, ‘Oh, thank God – not just me.'”
Hollywood heavy hitters Oprah Winfrey, Will Smith and Sidney Poitier were on hand at a huge bash to celebrate and witness the unveiling of filmmaker Tyler Perry’s new multi-million dollar film and television studio in southwest Atlanta on Saturday.
The more than 200,000 square foot production complex is housed in a former Delta Air Lines’ business center and features sound stages named after some of the most influential African American entertainers of the twentieth century -Quincy Jones, Sidney Poitier, Ruby Dee and Cicely Tyson.
The momentous occasion was marred only slightly by Writers Guild of America picketers outside the celebratory party protesting against the recent firing of four writers from Perry’s TV sitcom House of Payne.
Perry is the first African American to open a major film and television studio and plans to shoot his TBS sitcoms House of Payne and Meet The Browns at the new complex.
Summer was all about the blockbuster, but now it’s time for Oscar…and Will Smith returns from ruling the box office via Hancock with his December release of Seven Pounds.
Directed by Gabriele Muccino (The Pursuit of Happyness), the drama, which refers to the weight of the human heart, stars Smith as an IRS agent who tries to redeem himself by helping seven strangers–and one of them is the beautiful Rosario Dawson, whom he falls for.