Entertainment behind the scenes
Hollywood’s most popular Dad? … Will Smith
If he weren’t such a popular figure, there’s little doubt his “Karate Kid” son would go all ninja on him.
Movie ticket selling website Fandango.com has done a poll ahead of Father’s Day (June 20 in the U.S., Canada and U.K.) of movie fans’ favorite father/son and father/daughter actors and actresses, and Will Smith comes out a winner.
He and his son Jaden, who stars in this week’s release of “The Karate Kid” (read about the movie here) were No. 1 on the list of father/son acting teams with 45 percent of the votes (notably most of the voters were between ages 18 and 34). They were followed by Ben Stiller and Jerry Stiller with 16 percent of the vote and Colin Hanks and Tom Hanks with 12 percent.
On the actress side, Miley Cyrus and her dad, performer Billy Ray Cyrus, landed atop the poll with 43 percent of the votes, but just underneath were Will and his daughter Willow Smith, who co-starred alongside her dad in “I Am Legend” and also had a role in “Kit Kittredge: An American Girl,” at No. 2 with 21 percent of the vote. At No. 3 were Angelina Jolie and Jon Voight with 10 percent — an odd one considering their on-again/off-again relationship.
And Smith’s popularity really pays off at box offices. Fandango also reports on Thursday that “Karate Kid” is being voted the most anticipated new movie opening this Friday with 37 percent of the votes compared to 28 percent for “The A-Team.” Twenty-two percent of the website’s readers give “Karate Kid” a “Go” rating versus an 11 percent “So-So” rating for “A-Team.”
Meanwhile (and this could fall under the journalist headline of burying the lead for movie fans), Fandango is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a host of specials and giveaways. Read more about it here. They’ve done lists of the decade’s top movies and stars, which you can read here. But the thing we noticed — and the one we really liked – they are giving away 10 cent movie tickets in a contest. 10 cent movie tickets — now, that’s a karate chop to the box office.