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3. Is Will Smith still a giant movie star, and is anyone really excited about another 'Men In Black'?
There was a point where I would have argued that Will Smith was the last safe bet in Hollywood, but no more. "Seven Pounds" is starting to look less like an anomaly and more like a turning point, the moment where Smith's keen commercial instincts finally stumbled. This summer's "Men In Black 3" is perhaps the most desperate move he's ever made as a movie star, and it's a huge gamble. The movie has gone through at least three major rounds of shooting, including a fairly public shut-down due to script issues, and it's one of the most expensive films that Sony has ever made at this point. Can they make it all pay off in the end? If not, then all the pressure falls on Smith's follow-up film, "After Earth." And considering his director for that movie is M. Night Shyamalan, it seems like the most vulnerable moment in his career.