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Will Smith is to open another school with his wife Jada - following the success of the couple's new Leadership Academy in California.
The pair launched the New Village Leadership Academy in Calabasas, California last year (08), which will teach pre-kindergarten children through to sixth grade at age 11-12.
And now Pinkett Smith has announced that they hope to open a companion high school, which will take pupils from the age of 11 until graduation.
The decision comes after Pinkett Smith spent time developing a home-school program for the couple's own children, Jaden, 10 and Willow, eight.
The Smiths' school was targetted by critics following reports the facility would follow a Scientology based program - but the couple denied the rumours insisting the school will cater for pupils of all religions.
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Will Smith was voted the most bankable star in Hollywood in a survey of industry professionals by Forbes.com.
The financial magazine's Web site gives the actor a score of 10 out of 10 for his bankability in its first "star currency" list, compiled by surveying more than 150 industry professionals.
Following Smith on the list: Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Johnny Depp and Leonardo DiCaprio, who all tied for second with a score of 9.89. Tom Hanks, George Clooney, Denzel Washington, Matt Damon and Jack Nicholson rounded out the top 10.
Will Smith, star of "Hancock" and "Seven Pounds", was voted the top money-making movie star of 2008, dethroning Johnny Depp in an annual poll released on Friday of movie theater owners and film buyers.
Smith, 40, is only the second African-American actor to win the Quigley poll in its 76 year history. Sidney Poitier was placed first in 1968 after the success of "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner” and “In the Heat of the Night."
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Will Smith gives generously to many causes, and one of them is the Church of Scientology. A report on his charitable foundation's tax return shows that $122,500 was donationed to the Scientology causes, out of $1.3 million given overall.
He also gave a combined $122,500 to the Church of Scientology, broken into these donations: $67,500 to the New York Rescue Workers Detoxication Fund, $50,000 to the group's Celebrity Center in Hollywood and $5,000 to ABLE, another Scientology offshoot. Smith and his wife have also supported a private school called New Village Academy they opened this fall in suburban Los Angeles that uses Scientology learning concepts.
Smith has talked about his study of Scientology and also said he is not a Scientologist.
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Columbia Pictures has announced that Jaden Smith, the son of Will Smith, will star in an all-new version of "The Karate Kid," based on the 1984 hit film led by Ralph Macchio.
The movie will be produced by Jerry Weintraub (who launched the original franchise) and Will Smith's Overbrook Entertainment, along with his partners James Lassiter and Ken Stovitz, reports Variety.
Jaden Smith, who next stars in "The Day the Earth Stood Still," practices martial arts as a hobby.
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Will Smtih issued another denial on Monday (September 15) about continuing reports that he has joined Scientology.
At the premiere of 'Lakeview Terrace,' Smith told Fox News that he held discussions with anti-Scientology group Anonymous to clarify claims a school he funded was teaching the practices of L. Ron Hubbard, the founder of Scientology.
"You can take different parts of things you like and put them all together," Smith explained about the schools teachings.
Anonymous released a statement at the time saying, "We appreciate Will's interest in our efforts and his openness in speaking with us directly. It shows his concern both as a parent and educator."
When asked if he had become a Scientologist, Smith answered directly, "I am not."
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Will Smith, the black actor who rose from the ranks of rappers to become a Hollywood superstar, is now officially the top-earning star in Tinsel town.
Smith, 39, earned $80 million in the past year to top the list of biggest earners, ahead of Johnny Depp, who earned $72 million.
The continued success of Smith's movies across various genres means he is the first actor ever to have eight films in a row to break the $100 million barrier at the box office.
Eddie Murphy and Mike Myers came in joint third with pay cheques totalling $55 million each, and Leonardo DiCaprio rounded out the top five with $45 million in earnings.
Bruce Willis was next with $41 million, followed by comedian Ben Stiller with $40 million and Nicolas Cage with $31 million. Comedy stars Will Ferrell and Adam Sandler rounded out the top 10, with $31 million and $30 million respectively.
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Will Smith says the secret to a happy marriage is "lots of sex".
Will insists a healthy sex life is the key to a successful relationship.
When asked how he keeps his 11-year marriage fresh, Will replied: "Lots of sex. All the time, every day. Just lots of sex keeps me going good!"
Will also revealed it wasn't until three months into his relationship with Jada that he realised she was the one for him.
He added to FOX News: "I was very interested that first night, but I was in a bizarre mental space. Three months into it we were at her mom's house and it just hit me. I looked at her and just knew this was it."
Will recently revealed Jada must be prepared to have "lots of sex" if he decides to take a career break.
He said: "I've been working a lot the last couple of years. My wife has said we have to take the next five months off. I enjoy my job, I really enjoy working. She might need to be prepared to have lots of sex!"
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They may not be Scientologists, but Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith show a lot of support for the controversial religion.
The Hollywood power couple are two of the big-name founders of a new private elementary school near Los Angeles that will incorporate a teaching method developed by Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard and employ some teachers who are church members.
The nondenominational New Village Academy in Calabasas will open Sept. 3 and welcome children of all religious backgrounds. It grew out of a home school designed for the Smith's youngest kids Jaden, 9, and Willow, 7, who appears in Kit Kittredge: An American Girl.
"About 10 years ago, Jada and I started dreaming about the possibility of creating an ideal educational environment, where children could feel happy, positive and excited about learning," said the Hancock star who recently defended his Scientologist friend Tom Cruise.
He added, "New Village Academy was born of a simple question: Is it possible to create an educational environment in which children have fun learning? Jada and I believe the answer is yes."
A Hubbard-influenced teaching method called "study technology" will be applied. It focuses on hands-on experience, mastering a subject before moving on and not reading past words students don't understand.
Among the reading, writing and 'rithmatic classes, the curriculum includes living skills, robotics, yoga, etiquette and technology. The school also has a no-sugar policy and encourages parents to limit their children's television time.
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There have been rumors, Tom Cruise trying to convert his friends Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith to Scientology for some time now, but apparently it’s been kicked into high gear.
Radar magazine is claiming that the Church of Scientology, “has also set its sights on African Americans, opening up a center in Harlem in 2003 and making a strong play for Hollywood supercouple Will Smith and Jada Pinkett.”
Wil Smith continuously denies the fact that he is gonna convert to Scientology but close friends of his are saying that “He’s been getting more and more…And it isn’t just him, it’s definitely Jada, too.”
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