Will Smith tops Forbes.com’s bankable stars list

NEW YORK -Will Smith was voted the most bankable star in Hollywood in a survey of industry professionals by Forbes.com.will-smith
The financial magazine’s Web site gives the actor a score of 10 out of 10 for his bankability in its first “star currency” list, compiled by surveying more than 150 industry professionals.
Following Smith on the list: Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Johnny Depp and Leonardo DiCaprio, who all tied for second with a score of 9.89. Tom Hanks, George Clooney, Denzel Washington, Matt Damon and Jack Nicholson rounded out the top 10.
Smith’s superior box-office clout has been long established. He’s known for “owning” the July Fourth weekend box office with films such as “Independence Day” and “Men in Black,” and has had few flops.
The 40-year-old actor recently topped the annual poll by Quigley Publishing Co., which has surveyed movie exhibitors since 1932 on which stars generate the most box-office revenue.
The Forbes survey, which acknowledged that it was “subjective,” also took into account a star’s ability to attract financing for a project. The list was released Tuesday.
Smith’s latest film, “Seven Pounds,” received terrible reviews, but still earned $70 million at the domestic box office. His summer superhero blockbuster “Hancock” grossed $228 million.

Will Smith is King of the Box Office in 2008

Can wait to see what he does next. Even more amazing is that his son is probably going to be even better and bigger than him.

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via Huffington Post

NEW YORK — No name on the marquee was more pleasing to theater owners in 2008 than Will Smith, according to a survey of movie exhibitors. Smith, star of “Hancock” and “Seven Pounds,” was voted the star who generated the most box office revenue for theaters in an annual survey by Quigley Publishing Co.

Smith is only the second black actor to be chosen in the Quigley poll, which since 1932 has asked movie exhibitors to vote on the 10 stars who brought in the most business. Sidney Poitier topped the poll in 1968.

Smith’s superhero summer blockbuster, “Hancock,” grossed $228 million. “Seven Pounds,” currently in theaters, has pulled in a somewhat lackluster $39 million in two weeks.

Following Smith, in order, were Robert Downey Jr. (“Iron Man,” “Tropic Thunder”), Christian Bale (“The Dark Knight”), Shia LaBeouf (“Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull”) and LaBeouf’s “Indiana Jones” co-star Harrison Ford.

The top 10 were rounded out by Adam Sandler, Reese Witherspoon, George Clooney, Angelina Jolie and Daniel Craig.

Last year’s winner, Johnny Depp, who didn’t have a film released this year, didn’t make this year’s poll, nor did seven-time winner Tom Cruise.

Anne Hathaway (“Rachel Getting Married”) was voted the top “star of tomorrow” along with Chris Pine of “Bottle Shock.”

Will Smith wants to do more ‘Bad Boys’ movies with Martin Lawrence

I must say I was a fan of both movies and would pay the outrageous $12.50 to see another installment. Martin the ball is in your court!

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via Filthy Rag

Will Smith wants to make more Bad Boys movies.

Smith – who is married to actress Jada Pinkett Smith – says if his co-star Martin Lawrence is up for the challenge he would love to carry on the successful franchise.

Will says, “I would do up to Bad Boys 6 if I could. I have so much fun working with Martin Lawrence. I love Miami.

“It’s like that little boy fantasy is fast cars and girls and I got the gun and the bad guy’s always lose. It’s like I would make Bad Boys forever if I could.”

Showbiz Spy reported yesterday that Will is currently in talks for Hancock and I Am Legend

Scientology Tom’s Son Shows Acting Chops in Will Smith’s “Seven Pounds”

Tom Cruise and his son Connor who looks to follow in his famous Dads footsteps.

Source: Reuters

Tom Cruise’s African American adopted son Connor will debut as an actor in an upcoming Will Smith film called “Seven Pounds” according to Reuters.

This news is somewhat ironic because I thought I saw somewhere that Cruise’s former wife Nicole Kidman(expecting her third child) wanted her adopted kids out of Scientology.

Well in any case it seems that the acting bug has bitten Connor and what a better opportunity to be in a film with Will Smith. More below:

Despite his pedigree, he had to audition for the Columbia Pictures project, People said.

“Tom is so proud of Connor,” the magazine quoted a source as saying. “He’s proud of him for really doing this on his own.”

Cruise and Kidman adopted two children during their marriage — Connor and 15-year-old daughter Isabella.

Cruise now has another daughter, two-year-old Suri, with his third wife, Katie Holmes. Kidman is expecting a baby with her country-star husband Keith Urban in July.

Reuters/Nielsen