Oprah tapes her final shows

Twenty-five years of Oprah shows are nearly coming to a close, and all the major stars are coming out of the woodwork to join in the celebrations.  Beyoncé, Dakota Fanning, Tom Cruise, and even Madonna came out to Chicago to take part in the taping of the three final episodes of Oprah’s final season.

Other famous guests included Will Smith, Tom Hanks, Queen Latifah, Stevie Wonder, and recently-separated Maria Shriver.  The three shows were taped in front of a live audience of nearly 20,000 screaming fans, and will air next week on May 23, 24, and 25.  After that, Oprah will be working full time on her new network, OWN.

Will and Jaden Smith to star in M. Night film

One might be forgiven for thinking of this as a career kiss of death – Will Smith and his son, Jaden Smith, are set to star in the next M. Night Shyamalan disaster.  Lord knows what Smith and his kid are smoking, but they seem to think that this is a good idea and that this film might actually be good.

With any luck, having such huge star power in the cast might actually get people to go see this movie in the first weekend, but that doesn’t mean people will continue to see it once they wake up and remember that oh, yeah, it’s an M. Night Shyamalan movie.  Good luck to Will and Jaden – they’re going to need it.

Jada Pinkett defends her family’s lifestyle

When you’re a famous couple and you allow your kids to get into show business at an early age, there are bound to be criticisms.  Jada Pinkett (wife of Will Smith) has responded to those criticisms by saying that she is not out to exploit her children, and she makes a couple of interesting points in her favor.  One, she and Will are not some struggling working class people trying to make a buck from their offspring.

They don’t need the money, and there’s no pressure on the kids to be financial crutches for the family.  True, they have a very unusual family structure, with two famous parents, and the kids were going to have to deal with that no matter what… so why not let them follow their dreams?  They’ve obviously got more than their share of creative genes, and Jada says it would be a shame to stop them out of fear.  Fair enough.

Will Smith working on another movie remake for his kids

Will Smith‘s new job seems to be pimping out his kids to Hollywood and the music industry, and his latest project is a remake movie for his pop singer daughter, Willow.  Last year, Smith’s son Jaden got his chance to do a remake with an updated version of The Karate Kid, and now the Smiths are in talks with Sony about doing a remake of Annie with Willow in the title role.

I’m not entirely sure about this – sure, the kid is cute and she had a hit single, but show tunes require the performer to be able to sing on a level that most kid pop stars can’t really handle, and it seems to me Willow is more about her image than about her singing ability.  Still, if Will Smith is going to push this project then it’s probably going to happen whether his daughter can sing or not.

Willow Smith signed to Jay-Z’s label amid concerns about her age

Will and Jada Smith now have a second child that’s headed to superstardom.  Their daughter Willow Smith, only 9 years old, has just released her debut single, entitled “Whip My Hair” (yes, that’s really what it’s called).  Smith is signed on Roc Nation, Jay-Z‘s label, and the single already appears to be doing well, with close to half a million views after only a few days.

If you’ve heard the song, you can understand the concerns that some people have raised about whether such mature themes about partying are appropriate material for a 9-year-old singer.  Jay-Z seems to think there’s nothing wrong with it, arguing that “when you have that sort of talent, there is no such thing as too young.”  I think in Jay-Z’s case, there’s no such thing as too rich, either, and the way this single is going, it’s bound to make a pretty penny for him.

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8 Minutes Of Crazy: L. Ron Hubbard Tells What Tom Cruise Believes

The website Gawker continues it’s tradition of Scientology expose’ today, treating us to L. Ron Hubbard HIMSELF explaining ALL about Xenu! Everything you wanted to know, straight from the crazy commodore’s mouth! Picture Tommy and John Travolta furiously taking notes while Jada pulls Will Smith’s ears! Gawker’s “The History Of Xenu, As Explained By L. Ron Hubbard”.