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Watch 'A Good Day To Die Hard' & Check Out The Best Big-Screen Father & Son Duos

June 9th, 2013 9:30am EDT
A Good Day To Die Hard
It's hard to think of a more definitive, all-round American action-hero dad than John McClane. This upcoming Father's Day, John McClane teams up with his son to take out Russian terrorists in "A Good Day To Die Hard" (now on Blu-ray, DVD & Digital HD™).

To celebrate the ultimate father/son team-up, we take a look back at some of the best father and son on-screen duos.

A Good Day to Die Hard

For 2013's A Good Day to Die Hard, we see the ultimate power-house father and son duo, as John McClane teams up with his equally-as-ass-kicking son Jack McClane.

When John McClane learns of his son...

Think Your Job Is Bad? 10 Labor Day Movies

September 3rd, 2012 3:07pm EDT
Horrible Bosses
Hey, no one's saying you don't deserve a day off today - but there's probably someone out there who has it a lot worse. Here are 10 great Labor Day movies, featuring characters in employment situations we hope you never have to go through.

On the Waterfront: One of Marlon Brando's greatest roles is that of a man fighting against a mob-connected mob boss who had earlier convinced him to throw a boxing match (he coulda been a contender!). Sometimes you have to have to do the right thing, even if it's against the wishes of the person signing your paychecks.

Warning: Adult Language


Will & Jaden Smith Team Up For M. Night Shyamalan Film

April 5th, 2011 8:11am EDT
Will Smith
Will Smith and his 12 -year-old son Jaden are set to team up as father and son on the big screen again.

The pair, who played father and son in 2006 film "The Pursuit of Happyness," have signed on for director M. Night Shyamalan's untitled new futuristic project, which centres around a young boy who roams the abandoned Earth with his estranged father, Will, after their spaceship crashes.

Will and his wife Jada Pinkett Smith will also serve as producers of the film, reports The Hollywood Reporter.

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Breakout Stars Of 2010: Justin Bieber, Willow Smith, And More!

December 29th, 2010 11:00am EST
Justin Bieber
Some people knew about these stars before they hit it big, but now it's hard to browse the Internet or turn on the TV without hearing their names: Here are the breakout stars of 2010.

Justin Bieber: My World was released in November of 09, but Justin Bieber took the world by storm when he finished the album with My World 2.0. The single "Baby" was released in January, and he hasn't looked back since.

Willow Smith: Did you even know about the other Smith sibling? Her brother Jaden was in Karate Kid and The Pursuit of Happyness. Then Willow released Whip My Hair and suddenly we have two S...

Todd Phillips To Produce John Belushi Biopic

August 13th, 2010 8:25am EDT
Todd Phillips
Comedian John Belushi is coming back from the dead - the late star's life will be documented in a new biopic by The Hangover director Todd Phillips.

Studio executives at Warner Bros. recently acquired the film rights from Belushi's estate and have hired Phillips to work on his life story with The Pursuit of Happyness screenwriter Steven Conrad. Phillips will produce the picture, while a director has yet to be appointed, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The actor's widow, Judith Belushi Pisano, will serve as executive producer.

Belushi died from a drug overdose in 1982, at the age o...

The Golden Age Of Black Talent In Hollywood

March 2nd, 2010 10:05am EST
Are Black Men The Dominant Leading Actors Of This Era
Hollywood has always had its share of big-name black talent, from Sidney Poitier to Hattie McDaniel to Louis Gossett, Jr. But looking back, none of those big names owned Hollywood like Clint Eastwood, Harrison Ford, or Audrey Hepburn did. Poitier, McDaniel, and Gossett, Jr. were immensely talented pioneers, but they were vastly outnumbered by their peers in the industry. Unfortunate as it was, they were the exception in Hollywood, not the rule.

This was probably due in part to the social fabric of America at the time. It can’t have been easy for Sidney Poitier, even with his incredible tal...

Celebrity Offspring That Have Become Successful

September 16th, 2009 10:05am EDT
Celebrity Offspring
Most of the time when privileged sons and daughters of celebrities chose to pursue a career in entertainment, we wince at the idea and criticize their lack of talent. However

, there are some cases where famous offspring are actually thrive in the family business and probably could have succeeded without their recognizable last name. Here are the most successful spawn in the gene pool of famous parents.

Colin Hanks - As the son and look-a-like younger version of dad Tom Hanks, Colin inherited his father's acting skills. He first came onto the scene appearing in Tom's film That Thing You...

Worst Jobs On Film

April 3rd, 2009 3:56pm EDT
Most people can empathize with a movie character who's stuck in a horrible, dead end job. We've all had that one job where we'd rather stab ourselves in the eye then go into the office for eight hours of pure torture. Whether it's a boring office job, a customer service-related job, or working at a run down amusement park for the summer like in Adventureland, some jobs are excruciating!

As a tribute to Adventureland, which opens today, we're spotlighting the worst jobs portrayed on film.

In The Pineapple Express, Seth Rogen plays a process server who serves people subpoenas to ap...

Play Starpulse's 'Celebrity Madness 2009 - The Men' (Round 1, Group 2)

March 19th, 2009 1:02pm EDT
Number One Seed Brad Pitt
Cast your votes for your favorite male & female celebrities in's First Annual "Celebrity March Madness" showdown! In the spirit of the NCAA Men's and Women's Basketball Tournaments, we bring you two celebrity tournaments throughout the month of March that will determine the number one male and female celebrity - chosen by YOU!

All you have to do is cast your vote in the poll under the picture for one of the two celebs in each matchup! At the end of the round, we'll tally the votes and get the next round underway. There's even a bracket (updated after each round) with all ...

Opening December 19: Seven Pounds

December 16th, 2008 2:13pm EST
Seven Pounds
Academy Award nominee Will Smith reunites with the director and producers of The Pursuit of Happyness for this emotional drama concerning an IRS agent whose quest for redemption... full summary

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The 10 Most Thankful Celebrities Of 2008

November 26th, 2008 9:35am EST
Britney Spears
Picture it: Pumpkin pie, green bean casserole, a bird with all the trimmings with family around the table, watching sports or playing board games. Don't forget to dish out gold medals, divorce decrees, box-office history and custody battles. As Americans across the nation tuck in to their turkey, a few notable celebrities have unique reasons to be grateful this Thanksgiving.

Tina Fey

The former "Saturday Night Live" funny lady has had a banner year: A big screen outing opposite pal Amy Poehler in the Spring release Baby Mama and two Emmy wins (Outstanding Comedy Series and Outstan...

12 Upcoming Films To See Before Oscar Night

November 12th, 2008 9:52am EST
Revolutionary Road
This year's Oscar race isn't very deep with talent, and at this point there are probably only eight films with a legitimate shot at getting a nod for Best Picture. But those that have a chance at a nomination also have a great chance of winning.

One such film, "The Dark Knight", has already hit screens, but the rest of this group will premiere in the coming weeks as studios scramble to get their prestige pictures on the big screen before the year-end deadline.

Every year, film fans are tormented by the true snobs who catch all these possible nominees before the big awards show att...

Jaden Smith Picked For 'Karate Kid' Remake

November 11th, 2008 10:19am EST
Jaden Smith
Will Smith's young son Jaden has landed the lead role in an upcoming remake of Karate Kid, according to reports.

Jaden, 10, is Smith's eldest son with his wife Jada Pinkett and previously acted alongside his father in 2006 movie The Pursuit of Happyness.

And now the youngster looks set to start forging his own acting career with a role in a new version of the hit 1984 film - playing the part made famous by Ralph Macchio, according to

Oscar-winner Hilary Swank took over the main role in The Next Karate Kid in 1994.

The new film, which will see Smith take on a...

Celebrity Offspring: Five Worth Watching

September 30th, 2008 10:27am EDT
Will & Jaden Smith
Not all relatives should show up at the same office everyday, and not everyone wants to get into the family business. Yet when the perks include fame, big paychecks, and glamorous premieres, the choice seems a little easier to make.

And since nepotism in Hollywood is as classic a tale as Citizen Kane, it’s no surprise that lots of Tinseltown legacies are following in the footsteps of such other celebrity offspring as Michael Douglas, Jane Fonda, and Liza Minnelli.

Here are five we think are worth watching...


The son of Will and Jada Pinkett-Smith, Jaden, 1...

Will Smith Annoyed At Second Oscar Snub

July 3rd, 2008 3:05pm EDT
Will Smith
Will Smith was disappointed he missed out on an Oscar for his role in The Pursuit Of Happyness - because he was convinced it was "my time".

The star has received two Best Actor Academy Award nominations to date - for Ali in 2001, and again for the 2006 drama. He was beaten to the podium in 2002 by Denzel Washington - for his role in the critically-acclaimed Training Day - and he and lost out to Forest Whitaker's Last King of Scotland portrayal at the 2007 Academy Awards. But Smith admits it was Whitaker's win that upset him the most.

He says, "Denzel took it for Training Day; fa...

Three Rappers Turned Successful Hollywood Actors

March 4th, 2008 11:55am EST
Will Smith
Music entertainers are constantly making the transition from the world of singing to acting. The goal is usually to be a double, triple or quadruple threat via becoming an amazing musician/actor; musician/actor/producer or musician/actor/producer/director.

Specifically, it is not uncommon to hear of rappers going from the music video screen to the small and big screens. There a number of them who have done it quite successfully. But, there are three in particular whose success has surpassed all expectations. They are: Will Smith (a.k.a. Fresh Prince), Mark Wahlberg (a.k.a. Marky Ma...

Top 10 Entertainers Of The Year

December 31st, 2007 12:00pm EST
George Clooney
We put a lot of thought into who should make it into the "Top 10 Entertainers Of The Year" list of 2007, and it caused quite the debate among our friends and colleagues, particularly over who should occupy the top spot. Take a look:

10. The Cast of High School Musical

The group that made "High School Musical" a phenomenon went through a lot in 2007. They rocketed from nobodys to tabloid fixations (hello, Zac Efron), from adorable, dimple-cheeked Hilary Duff's in-the-making to sex symbols (naked photos of Vannessa Hudgens, anyone?). The point is, these singing and dancing young actors...

Will Smith Would Rather Make People Laugh Than Play A Villain

December 28th, 2007 1:34pm EST
Will Smith
Will Smith is reluctant to play a villain on the big screen - because it would conflict with his natural instinct to make people laugh.

The Oscar-nominated actor - who shot to prominence in hit TV sitcom The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air - has stepped away from comedy to star in such movies as Ali, The Pursuit Of Happyness and I Am Legend, but he insists funny films remain his top choice of work.

And he'd only ever contemplate playing the bad guy if the role carried an important message. He tells British magazine Empire, "I enjoy inspiring good feelings, that is fun for me. Comedy I wo...

Andy Serkis Lands 'Tin Tin' Role

December 17th, 2007 9:52am EST
Andy Serkis
Lord Of The Rings star Andy Serkis has become the first name to sign up for Steven Spielberg's planned "Tin Tin" movie. The British actor, who played the animated Gollum in the epic film trilogy will play a lead role in the DreamWorks project, but there are no details as to the specific part.

The Pursuit of Happyness star Brian Howe has also revealed he has auditioned for a part in the "Tin Tin" film, based on the popular Belgian cartoon.

(This news article provided by World Entertainment News Network)

Will Smith's Son Jaden Will Play Karate Kid

December 13th, 2007 2:39pm EST
Will and Jaden Smith
Will Smith's actor son Jaden is to revive the Karate Kid franchise two months after the Men In Black star's publicists denied reports. The young Pursuit Of Happyness star is in talks with film executives about the role.

His proud father confirms, "I met with a couple of people in China. We're looking to potentially shoot in China."

The original Karate Kid films, starring Ralph Macchio and Pat Morita, became cult family viewing in the mid-to-late 1980s. Oscar winner Hilary Swank starred in a fourth film, The Next Karate Kid in 1994.

(This news article provided by World Enterta...

Notable Quotables

November 26th, 2007 6:00pm EST
Dustin Hoffman
"I've got to stop picking my nose. I do it when I'm in my car and then realize someone's just taken a picture!" Dustin Hoffman reveals his bad habit.

"I'm constantly trying to smoke less marijuana." George Michael aims to lead a cleaner lifestyle.

"My last record 'flopped' at 1.8 million. I love reading that. Because I'm reading that while sitting on a gold toilet taking a s**t." Kid Rock is amused by reports his eponymous 2003 disc wasn't a success.

"I think my favorite moment was when Harrison (Ford) flew in and jumped out of his helicopter to come to rehearsal with his wh...

Will Smith Denies Son Will Star In 'Karate Kid' Remake

October 5th, 2007 9:42am EDT
Jaden Smith
Will Smith has denied reports his nine-year-old son Jaden will be taking the lead role in an upcoming remake of 1984 movie The Karate Kid. Smith's production company Overbrook Entertainment is making the new film, which will be directed by the Hollywood superstar himself.

But speculation the star's boy will take on the lead role, which Ralph Macchio played in the original, are "not true," according to a spokesman for dad Will.

Smith teamed up with Jaden when the two played father and son in the movie The Pursuit Of Happyness.

(This news article provided by World Entertainme...

Will Smith To Direct 'Karate Kid' Remake

October 1st, 2007 10:05am EDT
Will Smith
Actor Will Smith will be donning his director's cap for his next project - a remake of 1984's Karate Kid. The Pursuit of Happyness star, 39, is reportedly working on a modern-day version of the martial arts movie, with his nine-year-old son Jaden taking on the lead role of Daniel, originally made famous by Ralph Macchio.

Smith Jr. will star alongside Rush Hour's Jackie Chan, who will play the boy's mentor, Mr. Miyagi, according to reports.

- Will Smith pictures

(This news article provided by World Entertainment News Network)

Will Smith Credits Son With Improving His Acting

June 14th, 2007 9:52am EDT
Will Smith
Hollywood actor Will Smith has heaped praise on his son Jaden, crediting the eight-year-old with helping him to earn his Best Actor nomination at the Academy Awards. Smith starred alongside his son in The Pursuit of Happyness and admits seeing how Jaden worked made him improve his own acting skills.

He says, "I started watching (Jaden's) performance and noticed that it was different every time, whereas I planned my performance.

"There was a scene in which my character said: 'I'm a good poppa,' and my nose started running. I thought: 'Dammit! The take's ruined.' But before I could ...

Will Smith: 'My Dad Was A Real Hustler'

June 14th, 2007 9:50am EDT
Will Smith
The Pursuit Of Happyness star Will Smith looked to his own father to draw inspiration for his role as Chris Gardner, a man determined to keep his son close.

Smith was Oscar nominated for his role as a door-to-door salesman, who ends up homeless with his young son as he attempts to land a job in stock broking.

He says, "My dad was a real hustler. He'd do whatever he had to do to feed his kids and it was extremely important that his kids were with him. When I was about six years old my father took me and my two sisters and brother to work with him every day. We'd install and maint...

Fascinating Facts

May 9th, 2007 8:15pm EDT
Jane Fonda
Screen legend Jane Fonda is writing another autobiography - this time about how to enjoy life as a senior citizen. The 69-year-old actress released her memoirs My Life So Far in 2005 and has now been approached by publisher Random House to pen a follow-up. She says, "I was asked by Random House to do (a book) on how to have a great third act."

Will Smith's son Jaden is set to play a young inventor in his first acting role since playing his real dad's son in The Pursuit of Happyness. The eight-year-old will play a precocious youngster trapped in a science center during a school field t...

MTV Announces Nominees For '2007 MTV Movie Awards'

April 30th, 2007 10:09am EDT
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man
The destiny of the coveted golden popcorn lies in the hands of the viewers as MTV: Music Television today announced the nominees for the "2007 MTV Movie Awards." Dominating the pack is 300 with 5 nominations followed by Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest with 4 nods.

Also vying for the much sought-after statue is Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan, Blades of Glory, and The Devil Wears Prada with 3 nominations each.

The 16th annual awards show will be executive produced by Emmy Award winning producer Mark Burnett. Airing LI...

Will Smith Tops 'Newsweek' Celebrity Power List

April 3rd, 2007 11:07am EDT
Will Smith
Will Smith is the most powerful actor on the planet, according to an annual list by Newsweek magazine. The Independence Day hunk has eclipsed last year's winner Tom Cruise and previous regular winner Tom Hanks.

Newsweek spoke to a host of studio chiefs and film producers anonymously for fear of offending other stars.

Smith was chosen because of his huge box office success and his ability to tackle any genre - sci-fi I, Robot, action comedy Men In Black or drama The Pursuit Of Happiness.

Following behind was Johnny Depp at two, Ben Stiller at three, Brad Pitt at four and Cruis...

New Movies on DVD, March 27

March 27th, 2007 8:00am EDT
Happy Feet
When a penguin named Mumble is born without the ability to sing the romantic song that will attract his soul mate, he'll have to resort to some fancy footwork by tap dancing his way into the heart of the one he loves in Happy Feet. Also on DVD: The Pursuit of Happyness, Children of Men, Turistas, and Van Wilder: The Rise of Taj.

Will Smith To Play Cocaine Dealer Chef?

March 12th, 2007 9:00pm EDT
Will Smith
Will Smith is in negotiations for another gritty real-life role - as a convicted drug dealer who turns his life around to become a top chef.

Movie bosses at Columbia have picked up the film rights to Las Vegas chef Jeff Henderson's memoir Cooked as a project for Smith's Overbrook Entertainment.

Smith is slated to star as Henderson, a one-time San Diego, California, cocaine dealer who discovered a passion for cooking in prison.

Now the Executive Chef at the Bellagio in Las Vegas, Henderson had to convince Los Angeles area restaurant owners he would be a trustworthy and worthwh...

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