Reel Shorts | Freeman, Davis and Smith

21 07 2009

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Oscar winner and master actor, Morgan Freeman is negotiating to join Bruce Willis in the espionage thriller, “Red.”

Based on a three-book WildStorm/DC Comic series published in 2003 and 2004, the film will tell the story of a former black-ops CIA agent now living a quiet life in retirement until the day a high-tech assassin shows up intent on killing him.

Freeman once again will be going for Oscar gold later this year as Nelson Mandela in the upcoming “Invictus,” directed by Clint Eastwood.

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Fellow Oscar nominee, Viola Davis is also in talks to join fellow Academy darlings Julia Roberts and Richard Jenkins in the film “Eat, Pray, Love.”

Based on the Elizabeth Gilbert’s memoir, Roberts play a woman who sets out on an international journey of self-discovery after enduring a terrible divorce. Davis to play the woman’s best friend, Delia.

Davis has recently had roles in “Madea Goes to Jail” and “State of Play.”

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Finally, 11-year-old “Kung Fu Kid” co-star Jaden Smith’s martial arts is the REAL deal according to no less of an authority than . . . Jackie Chan!

Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith’s baby boy has been training under Chan’s stunt coordinator for his role in the remake of the 1984 hit “The Karate Kid.”

Chan said he was deeply impressed by the younger Smith’s progress when he visited Los Angeles last month. The veteran Hong Kong action star said Jaden learned the Chinese phrases for different kung fu moves, responded to orders in Mandarin, and treated his teacher, Wu Gang, according to traditional Chinese custom.

“When he was thirsty, he gave the traditional hand gesture, putting one fist into the palm of the other, bowed and asked permission to drink some water,” Chan said. Chan said Smith even learned the drunken fighter routine he made famous in his 1978 film “Drunken Master.”

“He put my son to shame! I provided my son with the best martial artists in the world, and he could not be persuaded to try it. In just two months, Jaden had learned so much. He is truly a talented boy,” he said, adding he felt Smith was ready to perform his own stunts in “Kung Fu Kid.”

Chan said he suggested to Will Smith that he send his son to China for a few years of kung fu training, predicting “when he returns, his martial arts will be truly incredible.”

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