From Joseph Pisani's "Will Smith’s ‘Emancipation’ Will Be in Theaters Dec. 2, Apple Says" posted Monday by the Wall Street Journal:
A high-profile film starring actor Will Smith is set for release in December, about eight months after his confrontation with comedian Chris Rock at the Academy Awards.
Apple said Monday that “Emancipation” will premiere in theaters on Dec. 2 and a week later on its streaming service, Apple TV+.
The rollout would be similar to what the company did for “CODA,” which Apple TV+ released last year. The film won the best picture Oscar, the first such win for a streaming service or for Apple.
The timing could put Mr. Smith back on the awards circuit. Movies need to be released in theaters before the end of the year to be considered for that year’s Oscars awards, according to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which runs the show.
Mr. Smith was banned from Oscars award ceremonies for the next 10 years after he slapped Mr. Rock in the face on stage in March for making a joke about his wife.
Cue the teaser:
My take: Smith got the Academy's attention with that slap, didn't he? Beyond the People Magazine fodder, this sure looks like a movie Tim Cook would want released.