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On the heels of major disappointment critically and commercially with “After Earth”, from M. Night Shyamalan, Will Smith shared some news on “Men in Black 4”. “Men in Black 3” of course starred Smith, Josh Brolin and Tommy Lee Jones. The film was pretty well received, but Smith had this to say to Collider:

“I think three is enough for me,” said Smith. “Three of anything is enough. We’ll look at it, and consider it, but it feels like it might be time to let someone else do that.”

Of course that’s far from a definite no and maybe he’s just licking his wounds after he and Jaden Smith’s disastrous “After Earth”. But if Smith isn’t willing to give it a go, I’m not sure I’d want to see a rebooted or recast MiB.

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We have another surprise at the box office. “Now You See Me” topped “After Earth” starring Will and Jaden Smith at the box office over the weekend. The former earned $28 million, near the high end of expectations for the film from Louis Letterier while the latter from M. Night Shyamalan earned $27 million. “Fast and Furious 6” topped the box office again with $34 million.

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It’s a magic heist vs. a new film from M. Night Shyamalan as they try to dethrone Justin Lin’s “Fast and Furious 6”.

A decade ago, Will Smith and Shyamalan would have equaled a major blockbuster. But thanks to Shyamalan’s films like “The Village”, “Lady in the Water”, “The Happening” and “The Last Airbender”, his name hasn’t appeared in any of the marketing. Will and Jaden Smith are both stars in their own right but reviews have been terrible and nearly everyone laughs when they find out Shyamalan is involved at all, let alone directing. On the heels of film after film in May being aimed at young males, this is going to be the first film not to earn a ton of money its opening weekend and will struggle to break $40 million.

Opening weekend: $35-40 million

Part of the reason why the above movie will struggle is because “Now You See Me”, starring Jesse Eisenberg, Isla Fisher, Morgan Freeman, Woody Harrelson, Mark Ruffalo, Michael Caine, Common, Melanie Laurent and Dave Franco is vying for the same audience. Its premise has gotten a lot of people intrigued, looking like its mixing “Ocean’s 11” and “The Prestige”. Reviews have been lukewarm, which doesn’t speak well for its potential long term legs. Plus, facing big sequels second weekends and a movie starring Will Smith means this film is likely to get lost in the shuffle.

Opening weekend: $25-30 million

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This is good news…I guess. “After Earth” starring Will Smith and Jaden Smith has moved up its release date to May 31, a week earlier than originally planned. Had it stayed at its original weekend it would have faced off against “The Internship” starring Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson. The film now opens the same weekend as “Now You See Me”. The move may have more to do with trying to distance itself away from “Man of Steel”, which opens June 14. But now it’ll face “Fast and Furious 6” and “The Hangover Part III” in those films’ second weekend. Anyways the film from director M. Night Shyamalan could be an interesting film…though when has a Shyamalan film panned out lately?

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Plot details about “After Earth”

Here’s the official synopsis for “After Earth”, which stars Will Smith and Jaden Smtih:

A crash landing leaves teenager Kitai Raige (Jaden Smith) and his legendary father Cypher (Will Smith) stranded on Earth, 1,000 years after cataclysmic events forced humanity’s escape. With Cypher critically injured, Kitai must embark on a perilous journey to signal for help, facing uncharted terrain, evolved animal species that now rule the planet, and an unstoppable alien creature that escaped during the crash. Father and son must learn to work together and trust one another if they want any chance of returning home.

Frankly, this film seems a bit like “Super 8” in terms of there’s an alien that escaped, except this one has more of an attitude. The trailer didn’t exactly get me excited, actually it prompted unintentional laughter from the crowd I saw it with. I’d much rather see “Oblivion” and I’m not that excited for that film, which stars Tom Cruise and Morgan Freeman, either. Oh and M. Night Shyamalan is directing “After Earth”. Enough said.

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“After Earth” trailer

Here’s the first trailer for “After Earth” starring Will Smith and Jaden Smith!

The film is directed by…well…M. Night Shyamalan.

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Here’s the viral teaser trailer for “After Earth”, starring Will Smith and his son Jaden Smith.

M. Night Shyamalan directs the film. Here’s the synopsis: “In After Earth, one thousand years after cataclysmic events forced humanity’s escape from Earth, Nova Prime has become mankind’s new home. Legendary General Cypher Raige (played by Will Smith) returns from an extended tour of duty to his estranged family, ready to be a father to his 13-year-old son, Kitai (played by Jaden Smith). When an asteroid storm damages Cypher and Kitai’s craft, they crash-land on a now unfamiliar and dangerous Earth. As his father lies dying in the cockpit, Kitai must trek across the hostile terrain to recover their rescue beacon. His whole life, Kitai has wanted nothing more than to be a soldier like his father. Today, he gets his chance.”

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With Comic Con rapidly approaching, several big movies are making an appearance, including “Man of Steel”, “Godzilla”, “Iron Man 3” and more. M. Night Shyamalan’s “After Earth” will also be there. Starring Will and Jaden Smith, plot details have been scarce to come by, until now. Be aware, there are spoilers in this.

“In After Earth, one thousand years after cataclysmic events forced humanity’s escape from Earth, Nova Prime has become mankind’s new home. Legendary General Cypher Raige (played by Will Smith) returns from an extended tour of duty to his estranged family, ready to be a father to his 13-year-old son, Kitai (played by Jaden Smith). When an asteroid storm damages Cypher and Kitai’s craft, they crash-land on a now unfamiliar and dangerous Earth. As his father lies dying in the cockpit, Kitai must trek across the hostile terrain to recover their rescue beacon. His whole life, Kitai has wanted nothing more than to be a soldier like his father. Today, he gets his chance.”

The unfortunate part is I have lost all faith in Shyamalan and, quite frankly, don’t have a lot of hope for this film.

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