Watch the trailer for Ang Lee's 120 fps film 'Gemini Man'

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We knew Will Smith was preparing to fight a younger version of himself in the upcoming Ang Lee sci-fi film Gemini Man. Now, thanks to the trailer released today, we get a glimpse of what that will look like. The two-minute clip shows present-day Smith as Henry Brogan, an elite but aging assassin who’s being chased by a younger clone. Visual effects — similar to those that allowed Samuel L. Jackson to digitally de-age in Captain Marvel — will make it possible for Smith to play both roles.

When the film hits theaters on October 11th, the action shots could look hyper-real, as Ang Lee is shooting the film in 3D at 120 frames-per-second (fps) and 4K resolution. There’s a chance theater chains might not be able to screen it in that format, in which case we’ll have to settle for watching a Smith-versus-Smith action drama.

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'Aladdin' CinemaCon footage goes all in with Will Smith's Genie

Will Smith as the Genie in Disney's 'Aladdin': You ain't never had a friend like him, unless you count the 1992 version.
Will Smith as the Genie in Disney’s ‘Aladdin’: You ain’t never had a friend like him, unless you count the 1992 version.
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Disney’s remake train is still chugging along mightily, and the next stop on this nostalgia tour is Aladdin

The studio unveiled a never-before-seen clip from the upcoming remake at CinemaCon Wednesday, featuring Will Smith’s take on the much-loved number “Friend Like Me.” 

And while it’s certainly a little odd to hear Smith’s Genie boast that we’ve never had a friend like him when we literally did have a friend almost exactly like him, in 1992, Smith’s enthusiasm sells the song well enough.

The exclusive footage opens with Aladdin (Mena Massoud) in the cave of wonders, having been instructed to obtain the lamp and touch nothing else. Abu, however, picks up a red gemstone, bringing forth fire and lava all around the cave. Just as all seems to be lost, they’re whisked away by a magic carpet.

Back on solid ground, Aladdin examines the lamp and notices something swirling inside. As he rubs off the dust to get a closer look, an enormous blue genie emerges. “Oh great one who summons me, terrible one who commands me, I stand by your oath, loyal to your wishes three,” he booms.

Aladdin barely has time to be intimidated before the Genie assures him that he’s kidding, magics a drum set and a trumpet for Abu, launching into “Friend Like Me.” 

Those concerned by Smith’s blue Genie look may be relieved to hear that it actually looks just fine in this context.

By the end, Aladdin and Genie find themselves dancing in a cave full of animals and fireworks, until Genie magics everything back to the way it was. “You can clap now,” he says, miming a mic drop.

The video then transitioned into a sizzle reel of other scenes from the movie: Aladdin asking Jasmine (Naomi Scott) to trust him and join him on the magic carpet ride, Jasmine’s tiger licking Aladdin’s face, Jasmine and her friends dancing at a ball, Aladdin sprinting across rooftops in a high-speed chase.

In contrast to The Lion King, Aladdin seems less like a shot-for-shot recreation of its ’90s original than an attempt to recapture some of its energy. 

It approximates the colorful freneticism of the original number, cycling through eye-poppingly bizarre scenarios so fast we can barely keep up — but the specific details of those scenes are different. 

Likewise, Smith’s performance seems to owe a lot to Robin Williams’, but feels more straightforward, relying less on wacky voices and impressions and more on Smith’s easy charisma. 

Those concerned by Smith’s blue Genie look may be relieved to hear that it actually looks just fine in this context, perhaps because it’s no stranger than anything else on display in this sequence. 

Here’s hoping it works just as well in the rest of Aladdin. The film opens May 24.

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People are shook by a very blue Will Smith as Genie in the upcoming 'Aladdin' film

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Another teaser for the live-action version of Aladdin dropped during the Grammys on Sunday, giving us more of a look at the much-anticipated film.

Fans saw more of Mena Massoud as Aladdin, but we also got to see Will Smith take on the important role of Genie. A very blue Genie.

A glimpse of Smith on the front cover of Entertainment Weekly was published back in December, leaving fans thinking that was the final look for Genie, and for some, perhaps wondering “why isn’t he blue?”

Well, the newest trailer showed a very blue Genie in action, which seemed to have caught people by surprise. 

It might just be the CGI-ness of Genie, or the fact that he’s very, like, extremely blue, but it’s certainly shaken people up.

People had some… thoughts.

Aladdin is out in the US on May 24.

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Will Smith shares hilarious footage of the time young Jaden cut his own hair

Will Smith is a cool dad, but he’s not above trolling his own celebrity children on social media.

The 50-year-old actor has quite the hilarious Instagram presence, and he gave his 27.5 million followers a real treat on Friday when he uploaded some archival footage of his son Jaden.

You see, back in 2005 when Jaden was six years old, he did what so many kids before and after him have done: He cut his own hair.

The short film, titled Jaden Hair Mysteries, takes viewers on Will’s journey to uncover the mystery of loose hair all over his house.

“So, I come in the house. You know my son Jaden, I kiss his head and there’s a little hair in my mouth, so I begin walking around the house,” he explains to the camera.

“I start to notice little things,” he says, filming piles of hair on the floor and couch, along with a pair of unattended scissors. He then films his wife Jada Pinkett Smith laughing while he interrogates Jaden.

“What happened last night?” Will asks, to which Jaden replies, “I don’t know” and gives the camera some serious looks.

Will seems to think Jaden’s “reverse fade” might catch on today, and honestly, from everything we’ve seen about social media challenges we wouldn’t put it past people to embrace this cut.

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First 'Aladdin' photos reveal Will Smith's genie look and Twitter is not having it

The genie in Disney's live-action 'Aladdin' will look nothing like this.
The genie in Disney’s live-action ‘Aladdin’ will look nothing like this.
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Disney’s live-action Aladdin is one of the most anticipated movies of 2019, and now we have our first look at Guy Ritchie’s adaptation of the animated classic. 

In exclusive first photos, Entertainment Weekly reveals Aladdin (Mena Massoud) and Jasmine (Naomi Scott) on the streets of Agrabah, and Will Smith as a, uh…very different genie than what we’re used to.

Smith’s look is one of the biggest surprises of the photoshoot, since many were unsure if he’d be partially motion capture or CGI. Stills reveal Aladdin speaking to the genie, no longer his iconic shade of blue and sporting a very distinct hairdo and beard. 

Aladdin hits theaters May 24.

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