Sunday, May 19, 2024

A Slap in the Face? Will Smith’s “Emancipation” Coming to Theaters on December 2 (See Trailer Here– in B&W)


Slap or no slap, AppleTV Plus is persevering with Will Smith.

The studio/streamer will release “Emancipation” On December 2nd in theaters, and then a week later on Apple TV Plus.

I don’t know how they’ll handle publicity for the Antoine Fuqua directed drama. Will junket press just agree not to mention Smith’s violent outburst on the OScars this year? Are we just going to forget about it and move on?

And how will the Academy handle it if Smith is good enough for an Oscar nomination? He’s been banned from the show for 10 years.

This is a mess. And it’s only going to get worse. Also, the movie is in black and white. Here’s the trailer.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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