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Jada Pinkett Smith Tells Leno How She Gets Her Way With Husband Will (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jun 9th 2011 3:48AM
Jada Pinkett Smith, 'The Tonight Show with Jay Leno'Jada Pinkett Smith has in recent years added writer, producer and director to her resume alongside acting. Being married to Will Smith has allowed the pair opportunities to hone stories together, which is a lot of fun for them. As she detailed on 'The Tonight Show' (Weeknights, 11:35PM ET on NBC), they clash sometimes.

"I think he's probably one of the best story structuralists there is," she said of her husband. "I'm very character-oriented, so sometimes we clash with story and character."

More specifically, while he will sometimes feel inclined to force a character into a great story, she has to believe it within that character's personality to engage in those story elements.

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Mos Def Books 'Dexter' Arc, Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith to Guest on 'Oprah' Final Epsiode and More

by Jean Bentley, posted May 11th 2011 2:00PM
Mos DefRapper-turned-actor Mos Def is the latest addition to 'Dexter' as the Showtime series adds to the cast for its sixth season.

Mos Def's multi-episode arc will see him play a born again ex-con who "seems to continually find himself surrounded by violence," according to The Hollywood Reporter. As expected, Dexter "will reveal the truth of who he really is."

The actor joins Colin Hanks as one of Dexter's season six nemeses.

In other TV news ...

Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith will appear on the 'Oprah' finale. The husband and wife team will chat with Winfrey as she says goodbye after 25 years. The final episode is scheduled to air on May 25. [TV Guide]

Seth Gabel has been promoted to series regular on 'Fringe.' The 'Dirty Sexy Money' actor has recurred on the Fox sci-fi drama for the past two seasons as Lincoln Lee. [TV Line]

'Falling Skies' hasn't even premiered yet and already TNT is considering a season 2. The network is reportedly looking to hire a showrunner for the potential second season. [Deadline]

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Betty White Named AP Entertainer of the Year, 'Jersey Shore' Star Indicted and More

by Jean Bentley, posted Dec 20th 2010 12:00PM
Betty WhiteCapping off a year of renewed pop culture relevance, Betty White has been named the Associated Press' entertainer of the year.

The 88-year-old beat out phenomenons like 'Glee,' Conan O'Brien and James Cameron for the title, which was voted on by the 102 news organizations that comprise the AP.

The star's time in the sun isn't up -- she was just nominated for a Screen Actors Guild award (after receiving a lifetime achievement award last year) and has two books coming out in 2011.

In other TV news ...

The legal woes continue for 'Jersey Shore' cast member Ronnie Magro. The reality star was indicted on one count of assault stemming from an incident last September where Magro knocked a man out after an altercation on the boardwalk. Magro could face up to five years in prison. [The Hollywood Reporter]

Will Smith is developing a China-set crime drama for Fox. The female-fronted action series will follow a college student in China. Chinese-born filmmaker Eva Jin is also involved in the production. [Variety]

Nicollette Sheridan dropped abuse claims from her lawsuit against 'Desperate Housewives' showrunner Marc Cherry. Sheridan claimed Cherry hit and emotionally abused her before she was let go from the show. [EW]

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Development Roundup: Fox Nabs TV Version of Will Smith's 'Hitch,' Epix Scraps Nashville Drama and More

by Jean Bentley, posted Oct 6th 2010 5:30PM
Will SmithUsually projects go from TV to the big screen -- see: 'The A Team,' 'Jackass 3D' (and that's just this year) -- but occasionally a successful film will spawn a TV show -- see: 'Friday Night Lights,' 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer.' According to Deadline Hollywood, that's the case with Will Smith's hit 'Hitch.'

The 2005 film, about Smith's kinda-smarmy but ultimately charming date doctor, is being turned into a TV series by Smith's production company, Overbrook Entertainment. 'The Proposal' writer Pete Chiarelli will write the script for the one-hour show.

Smith has tried to bring the movie to the small screen before -- it was adapted into a half-hour comedy for CBS three seasons ago, but ultimately didn't make it to air.

In other TV development news ...

Premium cable channel Epix has scrapped plans for its first scripted series, 'Tough Trade.' The Nashville-set drama revolved around three generations of a Nashville music dynasty, and a pilot was shot nine months ago. Industry sources are questioning whether Epix is ready to produce its own scripted series. [Deadline]

WEtv is adding to its reality show ranks by ordering a new series about working mother/stand-up comedian Tammy Pescatelli. The network is expected to launch the six-episode show alongside a Joan and Melissa Rivers reality show in January. [The Hollywood Reporter]

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Jada Pinkett Smith "Embarrasses" Hubby Will on 'Oprah Winfrey' (VIDEO)

by Harley W. Lond, posted May 17th 2010 7:39PM
Will and Jada Pinkett Smith were on Monday's edition of 'The Oprah Winfrey Show' (weekdays, syndicated), and the conversation turned to marriage.

"I want to know what you do to keep this flame burning," Winfrey asked. Will played the shy, embarrassed husband while Jada jumped right in with "How saucy do you want to get, Oprah?" "Hey, we got kids in the green room," Will wisecracked.

Really, though, what does Jada do? "I always surprise him," she said. How? She might send him a sexy picture of some sort. And if they're on the set of 'Hawthorne,' "we might take a little break" she said.

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'The Man from U.N.C.L.E.' Is Heading to the Big Screen

by Allison Waldman, posted Apr 14th 2010 6:08PM
the_man_from_uncle_robert_vaughn_david_mccallumThey're at it again. Another popular television series from yesteryear, in this case 1964-68, is being remade, reworked and revamped into a big screen movie. 'The Man from U.N.C.L.E,' one of the iconic spy shows spawned by the James Bond craze, has been tapped by Warner Brothers as a theatrical. The Hollywood Reporter reports that David Dobkins, best known for 'Wedding Crashers,' will direct 'The Man from UNCLE' and Max Borenstein is writing the script.

The big question now is not when or why, but who. Who will Warners choose to play Napoleon Solo and Illya Kuryakin, the two super secret agents of United Network Command for Law Enforcement (U.N.C.L.E.), and even if the casting is perfect, as a follow up, how will they inevitably screw it up? The track record for well-loved TV shows being rejiggered for the silver screen is awful.

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Gilles Marini Owes Acting Career to Will Smith (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Feb 12th 2010 4:30PM
Actor and 'Dancing With the Stars' contestant Gilles Marini told Bonnie Hunt that he owes his career to none other than Will Smith, who he encountered in a hotel restaurant while working as a waiter. Smith, who was in town at the time training for 'Ail,' encouraged Marini to pursue his dream of acting, he said on 'The Bonnie Hunt Show' (weekdays, syndicated).

"He gave me a boost. [He said], 'If you dream of something ... Los Angeles is the right place to go.' And, I thought, 'Hey, why not?' I just moved out and now it's history. I guess it worked out," Marini said.

Watch the video after the jump.

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Top 50 Teen Idols (40-31)

by Kim Potts, posted Nov 10th 2009 6:00AM

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Second copyright lawsuit news of the day: Ellen!

by Bob Sassone, posted Sep 11th 2009 10:41AM
EllenHmmm, maybe Ellen doesn't know a lot about music.

Right on the heels of Ellen being named as the replacement judge for Paula Abdul on American Idol comes this news: she's being sued by various record companies. You know the segment at the start of the show where Ellen dances onstage and often in the audience? Yup, it looks like she's been playing those songs illegally (over 1000 times), and the record companies don't like it.

What's interesting is that the spokesman for TelePictures (they produce Ellen's show) says they've been trying to work with the record companies for months to get a resolution to the issue.

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Will Smith producing for Sci Fi

by Brad Trechak, posted Apr 20th 2009 11:11AM
Sci Fi ChannelTo go along with starring in summer sci-fi blockbusters, Will Smith, or rather his production company, will be producing a cop procedural drama for the Sci Fi Channel (I refuse to call them SyFy until the actual switchover occurs) called Unfinished Business. It's about a cop who gets "flashes" of memories from the recently deceased in order to help him solve their murders.

I've seen this concept before. I think it was a storyline for the pilot of Torchwood.

I'm surprised it's taken Will this long to start producing content for the genre. His breakout flick, Independence Day, was science fiction. His follow-up, Men In Black, was science fiction. In fact, every movie he's starred in that has done well at the box office was science fiction. If he decides to make a cameo appearance on this show (perhaps as a victim), it could lead to the Sci Fi Channel getting their highest ratings ever.

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Should the Oscars skip the technical awards?

by Joel Keller, posted Feb 23rd 2009 10:43AM
Will Smith at the OscarsIt's the age-old question that comes up just about every year, but after last night's marathon Oscar ceremony, I need to ask it again: Is it about time for the Academy to award most of the technical prizes (for editing, art, costumes, makeup, visual effects, etc.) either another day or before the televised ceremony starts?

The reason why I ask is because of the way the producers formatted the show this year. They did a nice job of grouping those technical awards together, threading them through the life cycle of a film's production. Believe me, it helped; instead of dragging out new presenters for each and every category, one set usually presented a few at a times (poor Will Smith was out there presenting the post-production awards almost as long as host Hugh Jackman was on stage). But somewhere around 10:30, I was still looking at the clock and trying to count how many categories were left.

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Right now on Cinematical

by Kona Gallagher, posted Dec 19th 2008 5:26PM
The folks at our sister site Cinematical are working hard to give you news and reviews of the best -- and worst -- the silver screen has to offer. Here are some of their latest musings on the latest blockbusters, indies, and everything in between:

  • I don't have anything against Ali Larter as an actress, but I really hate her character(s) on Heroes,. It doesn't look like I'll like her character in Obsessed much more.
  • Sure, there's 24 hours of A Christmas Story, but how about a fireside viewing of L.A. Confidential instead? Cinematical Seven takes a look at unconventional holiday movies.
  • I really wanted the mysterious new Will Smith movie, Seven Pounds, to be good. Unfortunately, it does not look like I'll be getting my wish. Read Cinematical's review here.
  • Want to be a part of the filming of Funny People, Judd Apatow's next movie? Cinematical tells you how to live the dream.
  • Have you ever wondered what Star Wars would look like as a silent film? No? Well, some guy did. Check out a fan-made Star Wars silent movie.

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Only 40% of the people on Barbara Walters's list are actually "fascinating"

by Bob Sassone, posted Dec 5th 2008 2:31PM
Palin, FeyI've always had a problem with Barbara Walters and her list of the 10 most fascinating people of the year. There are always a few people on the list that definitely belong there, such as a President or a politician or the person who starred in the biggest movie of the year. But her 2008 list, which she revealed last night, is pretty lame.

I've found four people on the list that I think should be there: Barack Obama, Tina Fey, Sarah Palin, and Michael Phelps. If you wanted to stretch it you could include Thomas Beatie, the pregnant man, but I'll stick with the other four. It's obvious why Obama and Palin on the list. Fey is on there for not only winning several awards but also for being a major player in the intersection where the election met pop culture. Phelps won 300 gold medals at The Olympics.

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Forbes picks the 100 most powerful celebrities

by Bob Sassone, posted Jun 16th 2008 8:05AM

HeiglLike most red-blooded Americans, I love lists. We do a lot of them here at TV Squad and you'll see them at many sites every single day of the week. But I think that sometimes the lists go too far. I mean, what's the point of listing the top 50 or top 100 of something? Isn't that a little bit too many spots? Instead of getting down to the nitty-gritty (say, a top 10 or top 25), you ended up not only listing the best, worst, most, least (or whatever the list's topic is), you're just listing all of them.

Case in point, this Forbes list of the 100 most powerful celebrities.

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TV Squad Daily with Brigitte - VIDEO

by Brigitte Dale, posted Oct 12th 2007 4:55PM
Hey, Brigitte here with TV Squad Daily. I'll be covering the TV stories I find interesting each day, Monday through Friday, in this video blog.

Today on TV Squad Daily:
  • Drew Carey is on top of the world. So was Humpty Dumpty.
  • Does endorsing donuts make Rachael Ray an evil person?
  • Will Smith wants to make the movie Hitch into a TV sitcom. (Oops! Okay, so in the video I said "Switch" instead of Hitch. And great, now that song is going to be in my head all weekend.)
The video's embedded below, or you can subscribe to this podcast via our feed. Plus, you can also download the file directly.

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