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Willow’s ‘Whip My Hair’ Success — Jada Saw it Coming

Willow Smith 'Whip My Hair' cover

Talk about bursting into stardom!  With Willow Smith’s catchy “Whip My Hair” video burning up the internet this week, it’s safe to say mama Jada Pinkett Smith saw it coming.

Back at the beginning of summer, she tipped us that Willow had a music project on the way that was really going to be something.

“Willow is explosive, she’s all energy,” Jada explains.  “She’s like her father in that way – very extroverted.  She deals with the public like Will does – but her creative sensibilities are very much like mine.  Very unconventional.”
Indeed.  Willow’s already being hailed as a style maker, what with such eye-catching fashion flourishes as the chrome band she sports around her ear and what look like lip and eyelid piercings.  (No, no, no…..!)  Willow’s radio comment about being interested in working with Lady Gaga has been picked up by outlets all around the world.

You may recall that when the Smiths were in China for the making of son Jaden’s “Karate Kid” film, Willow fell in love with the culture to the extent she took up  Mandarin – and continued learning the language back in Los Angeles so she could speak it better when the family returned to China for the movie’s premiere.

Hard to believe she doesn’t even turn 10 until Halloween

Jada Sacks Series Tech Team After Mom’s Critique

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If real-life nurses and doctors find more to like on “HawthoRNe” this season in terms of verisimilitude, they’ll have Jada Pinkett Smith’s mother to thank.

“She enjoyed the first season, but she wrote me a long email about the technical things we weren’t doing properly,” reports Jada, whose mom, Adrienne Banfield-Jones, worked as a head nurse at a women’s clinic in inner-city Baltimore.  “I brought a new technical team in.  That literally was a result of mom’s letter.  I got a lot of constructive criticism from her and other nurses.”

Adds Jada, “She had really good suggestions, more of the perspective of the employees in the hospital, that are helping us expand and extend it on beyond the nursing staff,” for the TNT show.

Jada’s character gets a romance this year, as we noted the other day, with Michael Vartan’s Dr. Wakefield.  “That’s very, very interesting on a lot of levels,” she says.

THE BIG SCREEN SCENE:  Jerry Stiller is getting ready to film a low-budget feature called “Let Go.”  It’s not about getting downsized.  Stiller’s character has been recently let go from prison and facing challenges of life on the outside – while others around him are facing their own issues of letting go.

Michael Madsen and Lisa Pelikan have joined the cast of Tom Sizemore’s “Visible Scars” as the sheriff and as Sizemore’s wife.

Michael Vartan Talks Taking Romantic Plunge

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Ooh la la! “HawthoRNe” is doing a full court press with l’amour in the season of the TNT show launching Tuesday (6/22). According to Michael Vartan,the romance soon to break out between his and Jada Pinkett Smith’s characters”feels like deep, intense love and passion — messy, dark and powerful.

“There are a lot of emotions running very deep between these characters. There is the obvious workplace conflict. There is all the history they have,” he continues, speaking of his Dr. Tom Wakefield being chief of surgery and Smith’s Christina Hawthorne being head of nursing at the fictional Virginia hospitalwhere the show takes place. Tom, as viewers know, was also the physician whotried in vain to save her late husband’s life.

“You can either go the ‘Moonlighting’ route and keep the characters apart for 17 years until the audience can’t take anymore, which people have come to expect,” Vartan observes, “or you can take a risk and just do it right away. The writers felt that getting these two together romantically would cause so much conflict it would be interesting and good for the show. It really feels like adifferent show this season.”

Will Smith hangs out on the “HawthoRNe” set a lot. What’s it like doing those sexy scenes with Mrs. Smith in that regard? And how about Vartan’s fiancee, Lauren Skaar?

“Oh, she and Jada are totally cool with one another,” he says. “They’ve had their powwow, I guess. It’s part of the business. It’s also television — a lot tamer than features.”

As far as Will, Vartan gushes to such a degree it sounds like bromance time. “I’d like to say we’re best friends, but that would be me exaggerating. He’s a great guy and one of the nicest guys I know — so much nicer than he needs to be, if you know what I mean. I see him around fans, he truly extends himself …I always like to spend time talking to him because I know he’ll say something ridiculous that will make me laugh.”

Vartan tells us that he and his beautiful blond bride-to-be, who works in real estate, have picked April 2, 2011 as their wedding date — even as his legions of female fans are adjusting to the news that the one-time “Alias” hunk is taken. “We’re still looking around for the place,” he says, “but it will definitely be in the Southern California area.”