Will Smith turned down role of Neo in ‘The Matrix’
20 February 2019 | 2:58 pm
The actor says he turned down the iconic role for Wild Wild West, because he wasn't impressed with the film's pitch. 'The Matrix' was hailed by critics at the time as "the most influential action movie of the generation." Smith revealed that he's "not proud" of his decision.
25 Mar 2021
Governor Babajide Sanwoolu has named LagosHOMS Igbogbo 2B in Igbogbo Baiyeku after the former Lagos Deputy Governor, Abiodun Ogunleye. At the event the Governor hands over a 3-bedroom flat to Veteran Actor, Lanre Hassan-Adeshina is popularly known as Iya Awero, free of charge.
30 Apr 2021
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31 May 2021
The US actor, a longtime admirer of Russian President Vladimir Putin, says he wants to crack down on businesses that harm the environment.
7 Oct 2021
Here are a few reasons to pick up a copy of The Guardian on Friday. Find these stories and much more when you grab a copy of The Guardian on Friday.
12 Oct 2021
Here are a few reasons to pick up a copy of The Guardian on Wednesday. Find these stories and much more when you grab a copy of The Guardian on Wednesday.
13 Oct 2021
"We do not want violence, we do not want Cubans to confront each other," says Cuban actor and playwright Yunior Garcia Aguilera, after the government rejected a request from the opposition to stage a protest on November 15, claiming the organizers are backed by the US and want to overthrow the regime.
7 Nov 2021
1 Nov 2021
"My Son" is a remake of the 2017 French thriller "Mon garçon", starring Guillaume Canet. In the new film, Scottish actor James McAvoy stars as a father whose 7-year-old son goes missing from a campsite in an apparent kidnapping. With no script, the goal was for the actor and the audience to uncover the mystery at exactly the same time. Eve Jackson sat down with film director Christian Carion and his star to chat about this unusual project.
5 Nov 2021
Will Smith’s new memoir has been all about explosives. After revealing to the world that he contemplated suicide amid a dark past, the Hollywood actor has now come out and spoken about his abusive father. Titled ‘Will’ and scheduled for November 9, Will Smith spoke about his complicated relationship with his father. According to an excerpt from the memoir, Will wrote, "My father was violent, but he was also at every game, play, and recital. He was an alcoholic, but he was sober at every premiere of every one of my movies.”
10 Nov 2021
In a recent episode of "The Oprah Conversation," Smith divulged the early days of his relationship with Oprah Winfrey. "We drank every day, and had sex multiple times every day, for four straight months," the 67-year-old read from an excerpt of Smith's book, as quoted by E! News.
15 Nov 2021
Hollywood actor Will Smith launched biopic "King Richard" on the closing night of the AFI Film Festival, but all eyes were on the film's subjects Serena and Venus Williams.
23 Jan 2022
Intelligent, dedicated, magnetic and beautiful are just some of the words that have been used to pay tribute to the French actor Gaspard Ulliel, who has died after a skiing accident in the Alps. Known for portraying the young Hannibal Lector and the fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent, his tragic death at 37 has shocked the film world. In this show we look back at some of his previous films and interviews with the FRANCE 24 team.
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US oil company ExxonMobil recorded a net profit of $56 billion last year, beating its previous 2008 record. It benefitted from a surge in prices following the Russian invasion of Ukraine and a cost-cutting drive during the pandemic.
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Getting enough sleep is essential to good health, but millions of people struggle with it. As a result, many of us turn to calming music in the hopes that it will lull us to sleep.
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Australia will replace the portrait of Queen Elizabeth II on its $5 banknote with a new design to reflect and honor the history of its Indigenous culture. King Charles III will feature on Australian coins, though.
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Women in low-income communities in India learn how to use energy efficiently. It’s a win-win for the climate as well as the household budget. For many it is the first time they understand the connection between fossil fuels and global warming.
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Scientists in Brazil are hopeful that a campaign to vaccinate endangered monkeys against yellow fever could save them from extinction. The last outbreak of the disease decimated the population of highly vulnerable golden lion tamarin monkeys.
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For months, European leaders have sought a united response to the US Inflation Reduction Act, or IRA. That plan, announced by the White House last year, favours American-made climate technology through subsidies and tax credits. But EU chiefs say the policy discriminates against Washington's closest partner, Europe.