I don’t have a license and don’t own a car, so I’ll only ever have two options when it comes to singing in a motor vehicle: I can either drunkenly scream the lyrics to whatever is playing in my Lyft ride home at 3AM or I can pretend to be friends with the celebrities on James Corden’s Carpool Karaoke series as I mouth the words to whatever they happen to be singing.
Luckily, the latter has been the more feasible option thanks to the unending stream of videos that the late night host has produced over the years. Everyone from Harry Styles and Elton John to Sia and Adele have sat in the car with Corden and belted out their hits. Now, the series is dropping off Corden and taking the expressway to Apple Music with a new Carpool Karaoke series for the music streaming service.
To help usher in a new era of carpool antics with the Apple touch, Corden showed up for the first episode and strapped in with Will Smith. In a preview, the duo settle in for some of Smith’s biggest 90s hits, including “Boom! Shake the Room” and “Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It,” with the help of a high school marching band, naturally. Afer all, a move to Apple Music also means bigger budgets—the full episode features the duo crashing a wedding and taking a helicopter ride.
Besides singing the hits, Corden also confirms what we always wanted to know: whether Will Smith would ever play Barack Obama in a movie. The answer is yes and he’s even got the former POTUS’s approval. As Smith explained, “He told me he felt confident that I had the ears for the role.”
In a preview for future episodes of the new series, we also see Smith’s wife Jada Pinkett team with Queen Latifah to let loose, Alicia Keys and John Legend take a ride, and Game of Thrones sisters Maisie Williams and Sophie Turner belting Miley Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball.”
The trailer for Will Smith’s new drama, Collateral Beauty, has arrived, and between the mournful piano in the background and dramatic shots of dominoes cascading along a tabletop, we’ve got serious chills.
The film follows Howard Inlet, who, after losing his child, begins writing letters to the universe, begging for answers and an escape. The world responds in the best way we can think of, by sending such divine creatures as Helen Mirren and Keira Knightley to aid in the process of his grief. The movie is directed by David Frankel and the cast rounded out by such stars as Kate Winslet, Edward Norton, Naomie Harris, and Michael Peña.
In the video, Smith twirls his deceased child around at a park, stands solemnly in an elevator, and yells at Keira Knightley. If this isn’t Oscar fodder, we don’t know what is.
Bath Butler? Pet Concierge? Minibar Negroni making kits? You can’t, it seems, swing a Frette-swathed pillow without hitting another silly, superfluous hotel amenity. But we’re personally not inclined to bother about the thread-count of our bedsheets so much as the horsepower of our driving machines.
If you’re similarly disposed, consider that a stay at the Baglioni Hotel London (the only Brit outpost of the exalted Italian hotel brand) should be next up on your springtime travel agenda. Indeed, when you book a suite for three nights at the Italo-stylish Kensington five-star (which attracts the likes of Will Smith, Jade Jagger and Christina Aguilera), it comes complete with a new model Ferrari or Lamborghini, so you can glide around the capital in enviable style.
The hotel’s suites are actually some of the plushest in London; and in-room aperitvo hour, well as dinner for two at its sexy Brunello restaurant, are all part of the fun. Afterwards, zip up to Buckinghamshire for a stay at the ultra poshie Stoke Park estate, which is offering Baglioni guests an exclusive package of leisure, wellness and culinary indulgences.
Oh, and do remember to keep to the left side of the road.
That heavy clicking you hear is the sound of all the pieces snapping into place. Perpetual sci-fi protagonist Will Smith, according to his son and After Earth co-star Jaden, can’t get enough of the dubious lessons imparted by the ultra-rich at TED conferences: “If I’m with my friends, and they’ll be like, ‘Oh, hey, where’s your dad? Let’s go say hi.’ And I’ll be like, ‘Oh, no. He’s watching hours and hours of TED Talks, just … dude, don’t go in there.’”
With all his denials of being a Scientologist—the same Vulture interviewhas him claiming he and Jaden are not religious, but rather “students of world religion”—it’s almost shocking that Smith would readily admit to loving a lecture series that really may as well book the ghost of L. Ron Hubbard every time for all the practical value or insight it offers. Maybe he can pitch his own edition: “How to Shed Your Comedic Charm and Start Looking Serious in Post-Apocalyptic Flops.”
I guess he just has a thing for ideas that have been carefully extracted from an ass, which explains why he has the baffling confidence to say things like “at heart, I’m a physicist”—a classic L. Ron line, come to think of it—and “it feels like you can’t write books in progress.” What does that last sentence mean? Who knows! The real trouble will begin when he watches Amanda Palmer’s talk on crowdfunding. Can’t wait to see how the Kickstarter for Seven Degrees of Separation takes off.
Alright, so, the headline. It’s a fact. Justin Timberlake could play Daddy Warbucks in a new movie version of Annie. I mean, anyone could play Daddy Warbucks in a new movie version of Annie. Jon Hamm. Seth MacFarlane. David Copperfield. Martin Short. Charlize Theron. The dead body of Johnny Cash. Joaquin Phoenix in character as Johnny Cash. Your mom. Denzel Washington. Annie Potts. Sally Struthers. Lena Dunham. Angela Bassett. See what I’m saying? Literally anyone can play Daddy Warbucks, but not just anyone should play Daddy Warbucks. The person to play Daddy Warbucks should, well, be old and white, probably. And preferably male. Justin Timberlake should not play Daddy Warbucks, but Justin Timberlake might play Daddy Warbucks.
Justin Timberlake could team with Jay-Z yet again. Hollywood sources are buzzing that JT’s being considered to star as Daddy Warbucks, opposite Quvenzhané Wallis, in the upcoming Jay-Z and Will Smith-produced remake of “Annie.” JT, who has the single “Suit & Tie” with Jay, and an impending tour, has been honing his acting chops with roles in the Coen Brothers’ “Inside Llewyn Davis” and the Ben Affleck film “Runner, Runner.” But a rep for Sony said of JT’s role, “Not true.”
Let’s hope that anonymous Sony rep is being honest. Can you imagine? Imagine the implications of Justin Timberlake saving poor little Quvenzhané Wallis from the despair of impoverished orphanhood. Through song and dance. I mean, really, Black Annie and White Daddy Warbucks probably says a whole lot about race in America already, but Justin TImberlake, who is basically delivering comfortable and non-threatening R&B music to our moms, really makes it much more complicated, huh?
Remember when Willow Smith whipped her hair back and forth? Man, those were heady days… back in 2010. She’s been kinda under the radar ever since, despite collaborations with Nicki Minaj. I mean, let’s be honest, there’s only room for one big star in the Smith household, and that will always be Will. Look what happened to Jada Pinkett Smith! (Ahhh, I just remembered her goth-metal phase. That was a fun time!) Little Willow’s big break came and went, but at least she’ll always have the starring role the updated reimagining of Annie, right? Think again: she’s too old for the part now. Tough break, kid. (Just kidding: you’e super rich, you’ll be fine.)
When they’re not wearing matching outfits, hanging out with the younger, less important Kardashian siblings, whipping their hair back and forth or wading into film careers, sometimes Willow and Jaden Smith, the children of Will and Jada Pinkett Smith, record songs together. Their latest collaborative effort, "Kite," is a moody, space-cadet jam with spare production from Téo that seems to have resulted from Jaden listening to good kid, M.A.A.D. city a lot of times.
After navigating the spacey landscape and talking about landing on Mars, Jaden professes his love for a girl he wants to chill with "after curfew" and promises to respect her, which recalls his dad’s innocuous and parent-friendly rap career. He later goes on to rhyme "you eat a panini, ’cause baby you can" with "I am your genie / ’cause I am your man" and, relating to the genie theme, "Fly as Aladdin / I am so cool, you can call me Alaskan." His sister is an effective counterpart, coming in to emphasize the word "lost" a lot and assure us, confidently, of her presence, repeating, "Lil’ mama got bars." Have a listen below.
The party National Conventions are nigh, and already all this election-season awfulness is enough to make us all want to hide under our desks with whiskey until after November and—between our friends of all political stripes’ self-appointed political analyst rants on Facebook and the mostly-sarcastic but still thoroughly vomit-inducing #IStandWithAkin hashtag—find a way to temporarily destroy the Internet. But as terrible as everything is right now, doesn’t it make you more motivated to vote in the hopes that it might make things not so terrible?
In the tradition of other great star-powered youth political action campaigns like Rock the Vote and Sarah Silverman’s The Great Schlep, a number of stars are offering their support of nonpartisan youth empowerment org Our Time with a new social media widget that will register young people to vote. Lady Gaga, Will Smith, Usher, Jessica Alba and other stars are posting the app to their Facebook pages as a signal boost and for easy access, while others, including Alba, Usher, Pharrell Williams, Rachel Zoe and Larry David can be seen in upcoming video interviews talking about the project. So basically, register to vote this year, or Will Smith will be sad.
Be sure to go to OurTime.org for more information about the campaign and the app, as OurTime.com is a dating site for mature singles.