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Will Smith

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2013

    Five Musicians Who Should Be In the New Star Wars Films

    The last few weeks, Internet rumors about Florence Welch being cast in the newest Star Wars film have exploded like the Death Star. The film is in its earliest creative stages, and won't have geeks lining up at theaters until 2015. Still, it's natural to start getting itchier than Chewbacca's flea-c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 7, 2013

    A James Byrd Jr. Memorial Playlist

    We all know the reason Jasper, Texas is famous... Butterflies! Oh wait, no, sorry. That's from Bizarro World, where the answer isn't "hate crimes and murder." It's one of those East Texas towns, like Vidor, that the rest of the state keeps waiting for someone to make a horror movie about. Barring th ... More >>

  • Film

    May 30, 2013

    After Earth: Smith Family Robinson

    The adventure flick pretends it’s not an M. Night Shyamalan film

  • Film

    April 18, 2013
  • Blogs

    March 22, 2013

    Top 10 Soul-Destroying No. 1 Hits

    I don't like these songs. I feel it's ridiculous that hundreds of thousands of people actually paid out money and drove them to the top of the Billboard charts. While they might not necessarily be the absolute worst examples of the lowest common denominator's purchasing power, they quickly came to m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 7, 2012

    Pack It In Rappers: Jaden Smith Is Here!

    Mark it down folks, August 7, 2012 is the day that the rap game was sealed up by Jaden Smith, the son of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith, and the brother of Willow Smith. You won't do much better than "Pumped Up Kicks (Like Me)," his just-released single which of course samples Foster the People's ... More >>

  • Film

    May 24, 2012
  • Blogs

    April 9, 2012

    Songs of Luxury & Materialism: Porsche's Place In Popular Music

    Behind every manufactured product there's a human being who designed it. Working alone or as part of group, they create and revise until that product is out in the world available for purchase. In the case of the Porsche 911 that man was Ferdinand Alexander Porsche, who passed away recently at the a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 29, 2011

    He's Alive! Top 9 Musician Death Hoaxes of 2011

    It seems like 2011 was the year of the celebrity death hoax which involved many musicians. We use that term loosely for the sake of this blog. Death is never a joking matter but you can't help but chuckle at the thousands of folk who got punked over fake death reports. Let's run through the most m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2011

    Ask A Rapper: Discussing the Six Worse Rap Collaborations Ever

    The hip-hop world is a less than sensible place -- lots of times, you're even required to clarify when bad means bad and when bad means good -- so once a week we're going to get with a rapper and ask them to explain things. Something you always wanted to ask a rapper? Email sheaserrano@gmail.com. &# ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2011

    How to: Pick and Peel a Pineapple

    Anamaris Cousins PricePick your pineapple​Sing it: Summer, summer, summertime Time to sit back and relax I'm sorry, I caught myself summoning Will Smith there. Moving on. With the advent of summer and record high temps in the Houston area, all I can think of is fresh fruit and light cocktail ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 3, 2011

    Rappers Choose Their Favorite Fresh Prince Episode

    ​Today's Panel: Delo, Chane, Mr. Wired Up (Oh Boy), Mac, Brad Gilmore, #Thurogod, A.D.D., Renzo, Kiotti, Chingo Bling Not Invited: Uncle Phil Today's Prompt: Earlier today, "Fresh Prince" was trending on Twitter. Naturally, we reached over to a bunch of Houston rappers to see which episode o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2011

    The 2011 BET Awards, Or The Vindication Of Chris Brown

    ​6:58: High-five to the Houston Press for flying us out to Los Angeles to cover the BET Awards. Cool move. Thus far, it's been extra fun. We ran into Kobe and, um, saw some people filming a movie, and... uh... there were some angels or something, and... there... there was... eh, shit. We're n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 14, 2011

    Idol Beat: Movies Is Magic

    ​It's time for American Idol, the show that dares ask the question, "What the f*ck is will.i.am still doing here?" Seriously, when do they make him a judge? In case you hadn't heard, Jennifer Lopez was selected World's Most Beautiful Woman by...Cat Fancy or something. This provided a brief re ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 8, 2011

    We Get The Celebrity Offspring We Deserve

    ​You always want to be careful when writing about children. Not only because they're the future, as Whitney Houston and Bill Hicks once told us, but because it isn't exactly sporting to use your big person vocabulary and rhetorical arsenal to tee off on someone who hasn't yet been beaten into ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2011

    Happy Hour Scene: Oishii

    ​The Place: Oishii Japanese Sushi Bar 3764 Richmond 713-621-8628 http://www.oishiihouston.com/ The Hours: 3 to 7 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, 3 to 6 p.m. Saturdays The Deals: $1.25 domestics, $1.75 Japanese imports, $3 large hot sake, $4 house wine, 2 for $4 appetizers The Scene:Will Smith ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 27, 2011

    Atoning for the [Cinematic] Sins of the Father

    A poor *black* kid? They'll never buy it.​That rumbling you heard yesterday was the muted "harrumph"-ing of thousands of American film journalists after news of the Will Smith/Jay-Z Annie reboot was confirmed: Overbrook Entertainment has formally announced a partnership with Jay-Z for future ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2010

    Ten Rock-Star Crushes We Still Haven't Outgrown

    ​Artists like Elvis Presley, Madonna, and Mick Jagger undoubtedly helped define the consumate rock star crush. But there have been a handful of worthy others along the way - armed with that certain je ne se quoi - who haven't left our radar. Years later, turns out we're still smitten with thi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 5, 2010

    Does Being An Actor Compromise Your Rap Career?

    Some rappers happen to be thoughtful, intelligent people. Every Monday that isn't a national holiday, Rocks Off will have some of them discussing issues relevant to their culture. This Week's Panel: Paul Wall, Damien Randle, Sam Sneed Not Invited: Freekey Zeekey, for getting Dipset back together ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 8, 2010

    Pop Rocks: Believe It Or Not, There Are Worse Ideas Than Kim Kardashian As Lara Croft

    I can't wait to hear her English accent.​It's been a rough week: we found out the BP oil spill may spread across the Atlantic Ocean and threaten England's blessed shores (which, let's admit it, would be pretty hilarious) and dealt with the campaign in Afghanistan supplanting Vietnam as America ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 14, 2010

    Omotai Is Ready To Go All "Band Member Assassin" On Houston's Indie Scene

    Each Wednesday, Rocks Off arbitrarily appoints one lucky local performer or group "Artist of the Week," bestowing upon them all the fame and grandeur such a lofty title implies. Know a band or artist that isn't awful? Email their particulars to sheaserrano@gmail.com. ​Fact: If Will Smith makes a m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 23, 2009

    Five Spot: Congratulations to Trae and His Family on the Birth of His New Son

    Welcome back to Five Spot. Every Friday, we'll examine a recent bit of music news and, sometimes awkwardly, tie it to a bit of Houston rap. It's five videos and occasional cussing. Send tips to introducingliston@gmail.com.​In June 2007, we became papa to twin boys. It was wild. And they were so, s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 22, 2009

    Pop Rocks: New Blood For Hollywood. Please

    ​I used to review movies (over here, if you care), an endeavor I had to quit for a variety of reasons: my hectic neurosurgery rotation, for one, as well as the increasing physical demands of the new Mrs. Vonder Haar, Carla Gugino. But among the non-imaginary factors influencing my decision was the ... More >>

  • Music

    October 8, 2009

    Inside the Rappers Studio

    Are you an aging hip-hop performer? Then the Rap Institute of Acting is for you!

  • Blogs

    May 28, 2009

    Five Songs For That Glorious Last Day Of School

    As Alice Cooper once sang, "School's out for summer." And we've heard that song played again and again and again on the radio on the last day of school ad infinitum every year since. And I'm sure we'll here it today, somehow, someway, somewhere...And just as you can't really avoid putting "Rock Yo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 28, 2009

    Five Songs For That Glorious Last Day Of School

    As Alice Cooper once sang, "School's out for summer." And we've heard that song played again and again and again on the radio on the last day of school ad infinitum every year since. And I'm sure we'll here it today, somehow, someway, somewhere. And just as you can't really avoid putting "Rock You ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 11, 2009

    Turning the Screw: Bun B, Trae & Lil Keke, Rihanna, Snoop, Eminem vs. Nick Cannon, Jay-Z, T.I., E-40, South Park Mexican and More

    Welcome back to Turning the Screw, Rocks Off's weekly rap post. It probably won't rhyme, at least most of the time. E-mail tips to introducingliston@gmail.com. Thanks, homies. Single of the Week: "Grey Cassette," Trae feat Bun B and Lil Keke Wire To Wire Ummm, we're not going to link to them, but s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 19, 2009

    Turning the Screw: Soulbrotha, Slim Thug, Will Smith, Lil Wayne/Michael Phelps, Jodeci, DMX, MC Hammer, Yungstar and More

    Welcome back to Turning the Screw, Rocks Off's weekly rap post. It probably won't rhyme, at least most of the time. E-mail tips to introducingliston@gmail.com. Thanks, homies. Single of the Week: "Viva La Revolucion," Soulbrotha Wire To Wire Slim Thug says March will be highlighted by the relea ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2008

    Five Spot: Prince Drives Us to Distraction

    Welcome back to The Five Spot, another new Rocks Off recurrent. Every Friday (but sometimes Monday), we'll examine a recent bit of music news and list five reasons why it's either brilliant or dumb-assed. Send tips to introducingliston@gmail.com. So we were all pumped about the songs that the enig ... More >>

  • Film

    December 18, 2008

    It's a Miserable Life in Seven Pounds

    Will Smith encores his Pursuit of Happyness

  • Blogs

    November 20, 2008

    Ralph Macchio: The One and Only Karate Kid

    No, my God, NO! There is only one Daniel LaRusso and his name is Ralph “Stone Fox” Macchio! Such was my reaction when I heard word this week that Will Smith’s nauseatingly adorable son Jaden is scheduled to remake the classic 80s film The Karate Kid. Now I have nothing against Will Smi ... More >>

  • Calendar

    November 20, 2008

    The Karate Kid

    Web exclusive!

  • Film

    July 3, 2008

    Hancock Is A Superzero

    The movie squanders potential greatness with lame humor and a half-baked hero

  • Calendar

    February 21, 2008

    Last Comic Standing Auditions and Showcase

    NBC’s comedy reality show hunts Houston for humor

  • Film

    December 13, 2007

    I Am Legend

    That old "last man on earth" setup? It really works

  • Film

    December 14, 2006

    Rich Man, Poor Man

    Rags-to-riches flick declares: Money does indeed buy happi(y)ness

  • Calendar

    May 18, 2006
  • Music

    August 11, 2005

    The Hipster's Guide to Rock and Roll Vendettas

    And you thought rappers were the only ones who had beefs

  • Film

    February 10, 2005

    Just One Hitch

    Will Smith helps others find love, though probably not with this movie

  • Film

    September 30, 2004

    Floundering

    Cruel, vapid and unfunny, this Shark bites

  • Film

    July 4, 2002

    Bet on Black

    If there's a sure crowd-pleaser this summer, it's the fast-paced spectacle that is MIIB

  • Film

    November 2, 2000

    A Snooze Runs Through It

    Redford's Bagger Vance substitutes pretty for powerful

  • Music

    July 15, 1999

    Fresh Princess

    Tatyana Ali's back, all right, along with more face stars than you can shake a booty at

  • Film

    December 3, 1998

    Movie Starr?

    Enemy of the State parallels special prosecutor plots

  • Film

    July 3, 1997

    Galactic Mediocrity

    Men in Black thinks small and tries too hard

  • Film

    September 5, 1996

    Good-bye to Summer

    What this year's movies portend for next year

  • Film

    July 4, 1996

    Alienating

    Independence Day has a concept. What it needs is a plot.

  • Calendar

    May 23, 1996

    Beat the Heat!

    1996 Summer Guide

  • Film

    April 13, 1995
  • Music

    July 14, 1994

    Short People

    The lowdown on 2-Low and kid rap

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