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Will Smith is bringing the message of his new movie Seven Pounds to the Midwest with a promotional tour that has also turned into a fundraiser.

In the film, which opens across the US this Friday, Smith portrays a suicidal man determined to change the lives of several strangers.

Smith’s appearance last Friday for a local premier at a theater in suburban Edina was also a fundraiser for Minnesota’s largest hunger-relief organization.

“It’s cool to have the goal of being the biggest movie star in the world. But why? It’s been revealed to me that the question is: Whose life is better because you woke up today?”

Smith said he realized he had drifted out of contact with everyday people on Nov. 4.

“I sat there with my children and my 16-year-old son couldn’t understand how I didn’t know [the US presidential election] was over already. He was like ‘You’re out of touch,’” he said.

Another family man, Usher, has gotten an early holiday gift — a second son.

The 29-year-old singer and his wife, Tameka, are celebrating the birth of Naviyd Ely Raymond. The infant arrived early Wednesday, weighing 2.64kg.

This is the second child for the couple, who were married two years ago. Tameka Raymond has three children from a previous marriage.

Not enjoying the holidays this year — or the next, for that matter — is the man who sold a newspaper footage that appeared to show Amy Winehouse taking drugs.

Johnny Blagrove and his girlfriend Cara Burton admitted offering to supply drugs, including cocaine and ecstasy, to the singer and other celebrities.

Judge Tudor Owen ordered Blagrove, 34, jailed for two years.

Burton, 22, received two years’ community service.

Prosecutors say the pair covertly filmed Winehouse at a party and sold the footage to The Sun for £50,000 (US$75,000).

In January the paper published the images, which appeared to show the singer smoking crack cocaine and snorting a substance from a card.

Detectives decided there was not enough evidence to charge Winehouse because it could not be proved what the substances were.

But they charged the couple with offering to supply drugs.

Police who raided Blagrove and Burton’s home found a list of celebrities they planned to film taking drugs, including Winehouse.

The judge said there was no evidence they actually sold the singer drugs — a fact that saved them from longer sentences.

In another court case, a judge has granted Tom Cruise a restraining order against an Iraq war veteran who brandished a gun near a freeway and later tried to hand-deliver a letter to the actor, an attorney said on Thursday.

Edward Van Tassel, 29, wanted to get the letter in Cruise’s hands to enlist him in the cause of helping other veterans, the former soldier’s attorney said.

Van Tassel went to Cruise’s Beverly Hills mansion on Dec. 3 and again on Sunday in an attempt to deliver the letter.

Authorities had earlier arrested Van Tassel last month on weapons charges after an incident in which he stood on a freeway overpass with a gun and a sign in what his attorney described as a protest.

Joe Pantoliano’s first reaction to being told he was clinically depressed was ... euphoria.

Finally, he said, he had an answer to why he’d been so miserable despite having the success and family he always wanted.

The 57-year-old actor, perhaps best known for playing Ralph Cifaretto on HBO’s The Sopranos, was in Buffalo on Thursday to talk about the organization he founded two years ago to help remove the stigma attached to mental illness. It’s called: No Kidding, Me Too!

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