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Willow Smith On Why She Passed On ‘Annie’: ‘I Wanted To Chill’



Willow Smith has a darn good reason for why she passed on the remake of ‘Annie’ … She wanted to rest.

Smith, who at one point was considered to star as the Little Orphan, tells V Magazine why she turned down the role. “I just wanted to chill, and be at home, and decompress, and just find out what I wanna do and where I stand on this planet, with the little tiny place we have,” Smith said.

In the excerpts from her interview, exclusively obtained by E! News, the young star also revealed that she wants “to do it different than the world’s ready for.” “I’m enjoying just being independent and doing my own thing,” the 13-year-old explained.

The seventh grader is definitely doing her own thing and it appears as though music is at the top of her list. On Monday, Willow and her older brother Jaden released a new track called, 5. In the song, Willow sings about what else … Love.

And while Willow decompresses and puts out new music, Oscar nominee, Quvenzhane Wallis has been hard at work filming for her role as Little Orphan Annie. The 10-year-old has been filming in New York alongside her co-star, Jamie Foxx who took on the role of Daddy Warbucks.


Dwyane Wade On New Heartfelt Documentary: It’s A Story “I Never Got A Chance To Tell As A Kid”



It’s been an epic week for Dwyane Wade and Gabrielle Union.

It first started with one of the biggest trades of the year with Wade returning back to Miami to finish the rest of the season with the Heat. “I was happy,” Wade told us on Thursday night about the trade.

He added, “The journey of the NBA took me to Chicago, it took me to Cleveland, but it also brought me back to Miami; a place from a basketball sense birthed me.”

Days following the big NBA announcement, the lovebirds then celebrated the release of Dwyane’s documentary, Shot in the Dark, which the NBA champion produced alongside Chance the Rapper.

The film follows the Orr Academy High School basketball team on Chicago’s Westside. Throughout the documentary, cameras capture the journey of individual athletes trying to make it to the NBA despite growing up in the violent streets of Chicago.

During the screening, Wade also opened up to HipHollywood about why the project was near and dear to his heart. “It’s home,” the Chicago native said. “I jumped on board right away because it’s a story being told that I never got a chance to tell as a kid. To be able to shed some positive light on a tough, dark situation for us was big.”

Union added, “I’m so proud. Coming up on Hoop Dreams … It explores so many other topics that are critical to kids in Chicago.”

As for whether or not D-Wade picked up some advice from his TV star boo, not quite. When asked what tips Union gave Wade ahead of the project, the actress told us, “None. You have to learn. Humility and school of hard knocks. Things are not going to go your way and you have to learn through experience just like the rest of us.”

Check out the documentary on February 24 on Fox Sports.

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