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Sunday, Mar. 5, 2023
A year after Will Smith smacked him on the Academy Awards stage, Chris Rock finally gave his rebuttal in a forceful stand-up special, streamed live on Netflix, in which the comedian bragged that he "took that hit like Pacquiao."
The 58-year-old comedian on Saturday night performed his...
Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2022
Taylor Swift was up. Elon Musk was in, out, in and maybe out again. Tom Cruise was back. BTS stepped aside, and so did Serena Williams, and Tom Brady too — oops, scratch that.
But the slap? The slap was everywhere.
Ok, so maybe it wasn't on the level of a moon landing, or selection...
Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2022
While filming "Emancipation," Will Smith routinely drew inspiration from the words "sacred motivation" that were written on the front page of a script. But the Oscar winner heavily leaned on the phrase even more in recent months, as he tried to overcome the backlash to his Oscars slap and...
Saturday, Dec. 3, 2022
It comes as some relief that Antoine Fuqua's "Emancipation," starring Will Smith as a runaway slave in Civil War-era Louisiana, is not, at least traditionally speaking, an Oscar movie.
Despite the film's important historical backdrop, its awards-season timing and its inevitable connection...
Monday, Oct. 3, 2022
After holding it in limbo following Will Smith's slap of Chris Rock at the Academy Awards in March, Apple will release the actor's next big project, "Emancipation," this December.
In the fallout of Smith's smack of the comedian, the fate of "Emancipation" — a $120 million runaway slave...
Friday, Apr. 8, 2022
The motion picture academy on Friday banned Will Smith from attending the Oscars or any other academy event for 10 years following his slap of Chris Rock at the Academy Awards.
The move comes after a meeting of the academy's Board of Governors to discuss a response to Smith's actions....
Friday, Apr. 1, 2022
Will Smith resigned Friday from the motion picture academy following his Oscars night slap of Chris Rock and said he would accept any further punishment the organization imposed.
Smith in a statement released Friday afternoon said he will "fully accept any and all consequences for my...
Wednesday, Mar. 30, 2022
The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences on Wednesday said that Will Smith was asked to leave Sunday's Oscar ceremony after hitting Chris Rock but refused to do so.
The academy's board of governors met Wednesday to initiate disciplinary proceedings against Smith for violations...
Monday, Mar. 28, 2022
The day after slapping Chris Rock on the Oscars stage and upending the 94th Academy Awards, Will Smith issued an apology to the comedian, to the academy and to viewers at home, saying he was "out of line" and that his actions are "not indicative of the man I want to be."
The fallout from...
Monday, Mar. 28, 2022
The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences on Monday condemned the actions of Will Smith during Sunday night's Oscars and launched an inquiry into his slapping of presenter Chris Rock.
In a statement Monday, the film academy said: "The Academy condemns the actions of Mr. Smith at...