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WILL AND JADA GIVE AWAY LOTS OF MONEY December 22, 2008

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Will and Jada Pinkett Smith have deep pockets when it comes to charities. Tax returns for their foundation show the couple gave $1.3 million in donations last year to a variety of religious, civic and arts groups, reports Fox411’s Roger Friedman.

 

       The columnist wrote Wednesday: Smith’s biggest single contribution was, as usual, Yesha Ministries of Philadelphia. He gave the born-again Christian based organization run by Reverend James Robinson a whopping $250,000. That’s a hefty raise from the $140,000 he gave them the previous year. Another $200,000 went to a Christian ministry outside Los Angeles called Living Waters.       

        He also gave a combined $122,500 to the Church of Scientology, broken into these donations: $67,500 to the New York Rescue Workers Detoxication Fund, $50,000 to the group’s Celebrity Center in Hollywood and $5,000 to ABLE, another Scientology offshoot. Smith and his wife have also supported a private school called New Village Academy they opened this fall in suburban Los Angeles that uses Scientology learning concepts.       

        The star of movies like “Hancock,” “I Am Legend,” and the upcoming “Seven Pounds” also donated thousands of dollars to a Los Angeles mosque, other Christian-based schools and churches, and to the Yitzhak Rabin Memorial Center in Israel. And though Smith is not featured in “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” he also sent $25,000 to the Progeria Research Foundation. Progeria is a disease that causes rapid aging.

 

Will Smith’s Son Cast As ‘The Karate Kid’ November 19, 2008

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Film will be co-produced by Will Smith

It’s been 24-years since The Karate Kid hit theaters, and for the past few months rumors have swirled that a remake was in the works. 

According to Variety, those rumors have now been put to rest: Yes, there will be a remake and the star will be none other than Will Smith’s son Jaden. 

The film, which is scheduled to begin shooting next year in Beijing, China, will keep the plot of the original classic, and will be produced by Smith’s Overbrook Entertainment company, and the film’s original series launcher, Jerry Weintraub. Chris Murphy, the film’s original screenwriter, will pen the new version. 

Jaden Smith is best known as the charismatic 10-year-old who co-starred alongside Smith in the 2006 film The Pursuit of Happyness

 

BERRY AMONG HONOREES FOR ESSENCE LUNCHEON

 

Halle Berry, Diahann Carroll, Gina Prince-Bythewood and Taraji P. Henson were announced as honorees for the second annual Essence Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon, to be held Feb. 19 at the Beverly Hills Hotel.

 

       The star-studded event commemorates the magazine’s annual Hollywood issue by saluting four of Hollywood’s finest who have helped to change and inspire positive images of black women in television and film–both in front of the camera and behind-the-scenes.       

       Berry will receive the Power Award, Prince-Bythewood the Visionary Award, Carroll the Legend Award and Henson the Lexus Star to Watch Award.      

       “By presenting the Essence Black Women in Hollywood Luncheon, we continue our legacy of supporting and celebrating the accomplishments of actresses such as Halle, Diahann and Taraji and filmmakers such as Gina, who all embody excellence in Hollywood both in front of and behind the camera,” said Essence editor-in-chief Angela Burt-Murray.

 

       The 2008 inaugural event, which honored Jada Pinkett-Smith (Power Award), Ruby Dee (Legend Award), Suzanne de Passe (Visionary Award) and Jurnee Smollett (Lexus Star to Watch Award), hosted A-List stars including Will Smith, Tom Cruise, Katie Holmes, Kerry Washington, Star Jones and more.

 

Katie Holmes: Jada Pinkett Smith ‘Inspires Me’ November 15, 2008

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Katie Holmes knows a thing or two about juggling a movie career, motherhood, and marriage to a superstar. So who does she consider a role model? 

“Jada is so strong,” Holmes tells PEOPLE of her friend Jada Pinkett Smith, 37. “She is a rare woman – a phenomenal friend, mother, wife. She inspires me.” 

Adds her husband, Tom Cruise: “Jada tells it like it is. She creates art in her life … She’s effortless. She just has such class.”

Pinkett Smith, who once described Holmes, 29, as a tigress who “runs the show” at home, says the two families are close because they “have a real understanding. In what we do and where we are, there aren’t many people you meet who are living on a parallel line … who can understand the pressures.” 

Cruise, 46, also admires the way Pinkett Smith attends to her busy career (she’s currently the voice of Gloria the hippo in Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa, in which her daughter Willow, 8, plays the junior version of the sassy pachyderm) and still makes her husband of nearly 11 years, Will Smith, 40, and their children her No. 1 priority. 

“She is an extraordinary woman and an amazing mother,” he says. “She’s constantly wanting to improve herself and her family.” Agrees Holmes: “She’s just a powerhouse.”

 

WILL & JADA ON ESSENCE COVER November 12, 2008

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Will and Jada Pinkett Smith grace the cover of December’s Essence magazine and dish about a number of topics in the cover article, “The Story of Us.”

 

       The couple talks about starting an independent school near their California home, raising their blended family and strengthening their 11-year marriage.      

       Also, Essence listens in as Mr. and Mrs. Smith interview each other and talk about how they make it all work. Log-on now to Essence.com for exclusive photos of the power couple’s romantic photo spread.      

       The magazine also lists its second annual Essence 25 Most Influential of 2008, which presents 25 African Americans who had the greatest impact this year—from politicians, actors, educators, entrepreneurs, entertainers and more. Plus, President-elect Barack Obama is the Readers’ Choice African-American of the Year.

 

JADA PINKETT SMITH ON MOTHERHOOD October 24, 2008

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Actress Jada Pinkett Smith shares her six golden rules for parenting in the upcoming issue of lifestyle magazine Cookie.     

      First and foremost, “dinner together is sacred,” says the wife of Hollywood superstar Will Smith.

 

      Next is to give children their personal space to grow. It “can teach them to be responsible for their own decisions and mistakes,” says the mother of two and step-mother of one. “Is it their room, or are they borrowing the space while they’re living in your house? If it’s theirs, then they should be able to do whatever they want with it. If it’s their clothes, they have the right to do whatever they want with those clothes. We have to give them some freedom to be who they are.”

 

       Smith also stresses the importance of her kids getting enough H2O in their daily diet. “I tell them, ‘You have three bottles of water a day, then drink what you want,'” she says. “I’m always like, ‘Listen, we’ve got to keep our bodies strong – we got too much stuff to do!'”      

       The actress also urges other parents to teach their children about all religions: “We go to church as a family on Sunday, but we study world religion during the week as well. We read excerpts from the Bible, from Hindu texts, Kabbalah, Judaism.”           

       Will and Jada have two children together; Jaden, 10, and seven-year-old Willow, as well as Will’s son Willard, 15, from a previous marriage.

 

Will & Jada October 13, 2008

Filed under: Entertainment,Romance — Ryann Hayman @ 11:04 pm
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Grabbing an intimate table for two, Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith munched on some hand-cut French fries at W Los Angeles’s NINETHIRTY restaurant. “They popped in around 5,” says a source. “They had a few cocktails, fries, and spoke amongst themselves.” Then, it was time to go – and the couple’s bodyguard paid the bill.

• Comedy power couple Sacha Baron Cohen and Isla Fisher, dining at West Hollywood’s Chateau Marmont. Fisher looked adorable in a red plaid button-down shirt and jeans, while Baron Cohen wore a red, white and blue zip-up jacket. As they walked to their table on the courtyard, the two saw a couple they knew and stopped to say hi, acting very smiley and social. A few minutes later, the two sat down at their table and enjoyed a two-hour meal. Also at the Chateau that night: Natalie Portman, her dog and a male companion. The two played with the pup as they sat on the courtyard.

Ashley Tisdale and beau Jared Murillo, checking out Josh Hartnett‘s performance in the West End production of Rain Man. The High School Musical 3: Senior Year star was in the U.K. to premiere her flick – but took time off from the promotions for a date night at the Apollo Theater. Also at the show: costars (and couple) Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens.

• It was a star-studded crowd dining at L.A.’s Nobu Matsuhisa restaurant. Brian Austin Green and Transformers beauty Megan Fox shared some sushi, while Lindsay Lohan and girlfriend Samantha Ronson also ate at the hip restaurant.