Gregory Allen Howard who wrote 'Remember the Titans' dies
NEW YORK — (AP) — Screenwriter Gregory Allen Howard, who skillfully adapted stories of historical Black figures in “Remember the Titans” starring Denzel Washington, “Ali” with Will Smith and “Harriet” with Cynthia Erivo, has died. Howard died Friday at his home in Miami after a brief illness, according to a statement from publicist Jeff Sanderson. Howard was the first Black screenwriter to write a drama that made $100 million at the box office when “Titans” crossed that milestone in 2000. Howard followed up “Remember the Titans” with “Ali,” the 2002 Michael Mann-directed biopic of Muhammad Ali. I think it takes a Black man to write about Black men,” he told the Times-Herald.wftv.com
Rachel Robinson honored on 100th birthday at All-Star Game
All Star Game Baseball Actor Denzel Washington speaks during a tribute to Jackie Robinson prior top the MLB All-Star baseball game between the National League and National League, Tuesday, July 19, 2022, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) (Mark J. Terrill)LOS ANGELES — (AP) — Baseball's All-Stars gathered on the field before Tuesday night's game at Dodger Stadium to honor Rachel Robinson on her 100th birthday. “So on the count of three, I want everybody here to say: `Happy Birthday, Rachel! Jackie Robinson broke the major league color barrier in 1947 with the Brooklyn Dodgers, who moved to Los Angeles after the 1957 season. Major League Baseball held a discussion of Robinson's life on Monday.wftv.com
Simon & Schuster publisher steps down to work on book
Her next book has been acquired by Simon & Schuster and she will continue there as an advisor and to work on some projects she brought to the company, including former Vice President Mike Pence's memoir. Her sequel to “A Journal for Jordan,” currently untitled, is scheduled for 2024. Charles M. King, and the journal he wrote for their son while he was serving in the Iraq War. The movie was directed by Washington and starred Michael B. Jordan as King and Chanté Adams as Canedy. “I am pleased to continue to be a part of the Simon & Schuster family, collaborating with the team to bring readers books by these important authors,” Canedy said in a statement Tuesday.wftv.com
Rapinoe, Giffords, Denzel Washington to receive Presidential Medal of Freedom
President Biden is awarding the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation's highest civilian honor, to 17 people, including Simone Biles, Denzel Washington, Gabby Giffords and, posthumously, inventor Steve Jobs and John McCain.washingtonpost.com
Biden to award Medal of Freedom to Biles, McCain, Giffords
The White House says President Joe Biden will present the nation's highest civilian honor to 17 people, including gymnast Simone Biles, actor Denzel Washington and the late Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain, with whom Biden served in the Senate.
After a year away, Oscar nominees celebrate together
94th Academy Awards Nominees Luncheon - Arrivals Will Smith, left, and Denzel Washington arrive at the 94th Academy Awards nominees luncheon on Monday, March 7, 2022, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP) (Jordan Strauss)LOS ANGELES — (AP) — The Oscar race may be heating up, but you wouldn’t know it to peek in on the nominees luncheon Monday in Los Angeles. Attendees packed into a ballroom at the Fairmont Century City for the annual luncheon, where nominees get to mingle and celebrate. Will Smith and Denzel Washington, both best actor nominees this year, smiled and grabbed each other's hands. Bill Corso, an Oscar winning hair and makeup artist, is one who was on the committee that made the decision.wftv.com
'Dune,' 'Power of the Dog' poised for Oscar nomination hauls
Nominations to the 94th Academy Awards will be announced Tuesday beginning at 8:18 a.m. EST. Campion's director of photography, Ari Wegner, is also poised to be just the second woman ever nominated for best cinematography. The only previous deaf actor nominated in Oscar history is Marlee Martlin, Kotsur's “CODA” co-star. Films including “Dune" (despite the objections of its director), Pixar's “Luca" and “King Richard” were among those that went straight to homes. For better or worse, the Academy Awards will also be without its usual lead-in.wftv.com
Denzel Washington on directing: 'I’m still learning'
World Premiere of "A Journal for Jordan" Actor Michael B. Jordan, left, and director Denzel Washington, right, attend the world premiere of "A Journal for Jordan" at AMC Lincoln Square on Thursday, Dec. 9, 2021, in New York. “I steal from the best,” Washington says with a smile. Denzel Washington the actor has some 60 films under his belt, plus two Oscars, and at 66 is universally regarded as one of the all-time greats. Denzel Washington the director has just completed his fourth feature. I’m learning how to do it, so I’m interested in learning from the best.wftv.com
Damson Idris responds to Denzel Washington saying he doesn’t know him
In a new video interview, Hollywood acting legend Denzel Washington said that he has no idea who Snowfall’s Damson Idris […] The post Damson Idris responds to Denzel Washington saying he doesn’t know him appeared first on TheGrio.news.yahoo.com
New York Film Festival unveils lineup, plots in-person fest
A year after depending on drive-in and virtual screenings, the New York Film Festival, one of the premier destinations of the fall festival circuit, will return to in-person premieres at Lincoln Center this September, with vaccination proof required for all attendees.
NYFF to open with Joel Coen’s ‘The Tragedy of Macbeth’
Joel Coen's "The Tragedy of Macbeth" starring McDormand and Washington will have its world premiere on opening night of the New York Film Festival, organizers said Thursday, July 22, 2021. (AP Photo) (Uncredited)Joel Coen’s “The Tragedy of Macbeth” starring Frances McDormand and Denzel Washington will have its world premiere on opening night of the New York Film Festival, organizers said Thursday. Washington plays the Scottish Lord and McDormand stars as the scheming Lady in Coen’s black and white adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic tragedy. “The New York Film Festival is a place where I’ve been watching movies as an audience member and showing them as a filmmaker for almost 50 years,” said Coen in a statement. “We’re proud to open the festival with a film that immediately joins the ranks of the great screen Shakespeares,” said Dennis Lim, Director of Programming for the New York Film Festival.wftv.com
Scott Rudin says he will 'step back' from film projects also
Scott Rudin says he’s “stepping back” from film and streaming projects, along with his Broadway productions, as the fallout continued for one of the entertainment industry’s most powerful producers following renewed accusations of bullying.
Turner Classic Movies Festival heads to TCM and HBO Max
MacGraw and Glover will be honored at the Turner Classic Movies Festival. (AP Photo)Don't worry about making the trip to Hollywood for the Turner Classic Movies Festival this year — it's coming straight to your living room. TCM said Wednesday that its 12th installment will run on both its cable channel and the HBO Max streaming service. Our approach gives fans even more movies, stars and unique presentations to choose from,” said Pola Changnon, head of TCM, in a statement. “The breadth of this festival will offer interest for every kind of classic movie fan – whether they’re new to this world or card-carrying cinephiles!”
Latifah's 'Equalizer' stays strong after Super Bowl premiere
The revenge drama came in third place and had a major, and inevitable, drop after drawing 20 million viewers in the most coveted of all time slots after the network's airing of the “Super Bowl." For the week, CBS was the most-watched broadcast network, averaging 5.2 million viewers in prime time. ABC had 3.8 million, NBC had 3.2 million, Fox had 2.9 million, Univision had 1.3 million, Ion Television had 1 million and Telemundo had 990,000. ABC’s “World News Tonight” led the evening news ratings race with an average of 9.5 million viewers. “Equalizer," CBS, 8.2 million.
Queen Latifah 'stoked' to land post-Super Bowl slot for show
This image released by CBS shows Queen Latifah in a scene from the series "The Equalizer," premiering after the Super Bowl on Sunday, Feb. 7. Her latest chapter comes in the new CBS series "The Equalizer” as the first Black woman to portray the role in the franchise. The show debuts Feb. 7 in the coveted timeslot following the Super Bowl, typically the year's most-watched program. The post-Super Bowl slot has provided monstrous ratings over the years for shows like "Friends,” “Survivor” and "Undercover Boss.”"I'm so stoked that we’re coming on after the Super Bowl," Latifah said Wednesday on a video call. Latifah added: “Hopefully, they’ll start to say, ‘Damn, Latifah is a badass.'
Denzel Washington and Rami Malek hit the streams with ‘The Little Things,’ a new serial killer thriller
Premieres Wednesday:50M2 – Only three weeks ago, I observed that Netflix was starting to take after SCTV by filling their schedule with Turkish programming. Don't tell Sammy he made the pants too long, I guess, or you'll end up comparing inseams with Luca Brasi. (Netflix)Finding 'Ohana – A couple of Brooklyn kids explore their Hawaiian roots while hunting for buried treasure on Oahu. (Netflix)The Little Things – Put Denzel Washington in the same box with Christopher Nolan as dudes who are pissed off their studio isn't doing enough to kill off their audience. Appearing opposite Washington is Rami Malek, who's cool with whatever the suits want to do as long as they don't make him work with Bryan Singer.orlandoweekly.com
New this week: 'Resident Alien,' Arlo Parks & 'Palmer'
This image released by Syfy shows Alan Tudyk as Harry Vanderspeigle in a scene from the new series "Resident Alien," premiering Wednesday on Syfy. — AP Film Writer Jake CoyleMUSIC— iHeartRadio’s fifth annual ALTer EGO show dedicated to contemporary rock artists starring Billie Eilish, Foo Fighters and Coldplay will air virtually on Thursday night. — British singer-songwriter Arlo Parks is having a breakthrough, and she can count former first lady Michelle Obama as a fan. — If a wacky sci-fi series sounds appealing, check out “Resident Alien.” Alan Tudyk plays Harry, masquerading as a small-town doctor — and a human — after crash-landing on Earth. Based on the comic book series of the same name, “Resident Alien” debuts 10 p.m. EST Wednesday on SyFy.
In 'Ma Rainey,' channeling the blues of August Wilson
Following “Fences” and “Ma Rainey,” he intends to continue adapting Wilson’s famed American Century Cycle, a 10-play series spanning each decade of the 20th century. All of Wilson's plays hum with the sorrowful beauty of the blues but “Ma Rainey" is soaked through. On a sweaty, summer day, a band has gathered at a white-owned recording studio to cut a new record with Ma Rainey (Davis), the pioneering “Mother of the Blues,” and an unapologetically liberated woman from the South. It’s Cutler and Slow Drag and Ma Rainey talking," says Wolfe. For Davis, Ma isn't a character she wants to let go of, or stop admiring.
Heartbreak and transcendence: Bringing "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom" to the screen
"Ma Rainey's Black Bottom" is a new Netflix film inspired by the true-life story of the blues legend. "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom" is the film adaptation of August Wilson's play, one of ten in his "American Century Cycle." In "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom," Boseman played a very different role, as a talented and tormented musician. "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom" is on just about ever Oscar predictions list - and there are eight other films yet to come. To watch a trailer for "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom" click on the video player below:For more info:"Ma Rainey's Black Bottom" debuts in theatres and on Netflix December 18"Giving Voice," on the August Wilson Monologue Competition (Netflix)Story produced by John D'Amelio.cbsnews.com
Bringing "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom" to the screen
Bringing "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom" to the screen The story of "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom," about a 1920s blues singer's difficult recording session, is one of talent marred by tragedy. But the film adaptation of August Wilson's play is also one of those occasions when the story behind the scenes is just as compelling – and equally tragic. Correspondent Tracy Smith talked with Oscar-winning actress Viola Davis, Oscar-winner Denzel Washington (the film's producer), and Tony Award-winning director George C. Wolfe about the project, and about working with the late "Black Panther" star Chadwick Boseman, who gave a heartbreaking performance as a trumpet player while secretly battling colon cancer.cbsnews.com
New Orleans stage and screen actor Carol Sutton dies at 76
FILE - In this May 1, 2019, file photo, actress Carol Sutton arrives at the World Premiere of "Poms" in Los Angeles. Sutton, a fixture on stages in her native New Orleans who built a steady career on the big and small screens, including roles in the 1989 comedy Steel Magnolias and the TV series Queen Sugar, has died Thursday, Dec. 10, 2020, from complications from COVID-19, according to New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell. Sutton was 76. (Photo by Willy Sanjuan/Invision/AP, File)NEW YORK – Actor Carol Sutton, a fixture on stages in her native New Orleans who built a steady career on the big and small screens, including roles in the 1989 comedy “Steel Magnolias” and the TV series “Queen Sugar,” has died from complications from COVID-19, according to New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell. Sutton was 76.
Denzel Washington on bringing August Wilson's "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom" to the screen
"Ma Rainey's Black Bottom" is a new Netflix film inspired by the true-life story of the blues legend, with Washington serving as a producer. Denzel Washington, producer of "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom." Chadwick Boseman, Viola Davis and Colman Domingo in "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom." David Lee/Netflix"Ma Rainey's Black Bottom" also marks the final film for Boseman, who died last August from colon cancer at the age of 43. To watch a trailer for "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom" click on the video player below:For more info:"Ma Rainey's Black Bottom" debuts in theatres and on Netflix December 18The Emmy Award-winning "Sunday Morning" is broadcast on CBS Sundays beginning at 9 a.m.cbsnews.com
This week on "Sunday Morning" (December 13)
For more info:Chadwick Boseman as Levee in "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom." David Lee/NetflixMOVIES: Heartbreak and transcendence: Bringing "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom" to the screen | Watch VideoThe story of "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom," about a 1920s blues singer's difficult recording session, is one of talent marred by tragedy. For more info:The Emmy Award-winning "CBS Sunday Morning" is broadcast on CBS Sundays beginning at 9:00 a.m. Find out when "Sunday Morning" airs in your city"Sunday Morning" also streams on CBSN beginning at 9:00 a.m. You can also download the free "Sunday Morning" audio podcast at iTunes and at Play.it.cbsnews.com
Biden's beach hideaway has political sun shining on Rehoboth
People enjoy the boardwalk, Friday, Nov. 13, 2020, in Rehoboth Beach, Del. This resort town known for Atlantic waves that are sometimes surfable, fresh-cut French fries and a 1-mile wooden boardwalk that dates back to the 1870s has long prided itself on being the Nation's Summer Capital. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Hollywood veterans help make 2014 Tony's a star-studded event
Hollywood veterans help make 2014 Tony's a star-studded event The Tony Awards will be handed out this Sunday, and this year's show is getting a big dose of Hollywood star power. Award-winning actors like Denzel Washington and Brian Cranston are just two of the big names who made the leap to the Broadway stage. CBS News' Suzanne Marques reports.cbsnews.com