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Latest From The Sony Hack: Denzel Won’t Make As Much Money Overseas Because Of His Skin Color

December 18th, 2014 - By Tonya Garcia
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Denzel sitting down with British host Graham Norton. Courtesy of Wenn

Denzel sitting down with British host Graham Norton. Courtesy of Wenn

Wait what?? Yes, you read that headline right.

The Sony dump of hacked emails continue, and today we have a message to Sony Pictures CEO Michael Lynton, a producer with the company, in which someone says Denzel Washington wouldn’t be a big moneymaker in the starring role of a Sony movie because he’s Black and overseas audiences wouldn’t be receptive to him. The movie turned out to be The Equalizer and, according to The Daily Mailthe movie made half of its money overseas. So that debunks that idea.

The author of the email blamed the expected lower box office receipts on “the racism of non-American audiences,” says the Mail. They went so far to suggest that the company should avoid casting Black actors if it wants to have optimum appeal abroad.

“Writes the producer of Washington, ‘Casting him is saying we’re ok with a double if the picture works.’ A double as opposed to a homerun,” says the paper.

The film made $191 million total, 47 percent of that internationally. The film was also directed by a Black filmmaker, Antoine Fuqua, FYI.

Box Office Mojo says Denzel has made more than $2.2 billion over the span of his career. The Equalizer was his fourth highest grossing movie. Number one was 2007’s American Gangster, in which he starred with a very diverse cast. That made more than $130 million in the US and more than $136 million abroad. American Gangster is a Universal movie.

Separately but related, we brought up the question of international appeal when we sat with Ryan Coogler and Michael B. Jordan in January. They are the director and star of Fruitvale Station, the film based on the shooting death of Oscar Grant in the Bay Area. The film was a critical and box office hit, a surprise for an indie film about a local incident. But the pair, as well as the rest of the cast, traveled to Cannes to showcase the film and got raves.

We wrote at the time:

“We had an idea that people from the Bay Area would get it, but farther? People were swarming Michael [B. Jordan], barely speaking English,” Coogler said of the overseas experience. “It was extremely gratifying.”

“There was concern about a black director and a black film. But it’s about humanity. Cannes solidified that. The standing ovation was gratifying,” Jordan continued.

The world is ready to see all kinds of stories and actors on the big screen. The question is whether the studios are ready to bring it.

Denzel’s New Movie “The Equalizer” Takes The Weekend Box Office

September 29th, 2014 - By Tonya Garcia
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Denzel Washington’s latest action/thriller The Equalizer topped the weekend box office with $35 million. This is the third-best premiere showing for Denzel. American Gangster is number one opening at $43.6 million in 2007; and Safe House is number two at $40.1 million in 2012.

The Equalizer, about a “former commando living a quiet life in Boston when the disappearance of a prostitute acquaintance (Chloe Grace Moretz) lures him into a battle with the Russian mafia,” is another collaboration between Washington and his Training Day director Antoine Fuqua. According to The New York Daily News, it’s loosely based on the 1980s show of the same name, and a sequel is already in the works with thoughts of making this a franchise. The movie had been projected to score somewhere in the $25 million range for the weekend, so it exceeded expectations. It was helped by its showing in IMAX theaters.

Denzel is turning 60 in December, which puts him up there with Liam Neeson and The Expendables in terms of the new trend towards older male action heroes.

That older demographic falls in line with the audience; 65 percent of those people who saw The Equalizer this weekend were over 30 years old. In terms of gender, the audience was more evenly split, 52 percent male and 48 percent female, says The Hollywood Reporter.

Rounding out the top five in order are: last week’s number one, the young-adult adaptation of the book The Maze Runner ($17.5 million); the animated family move The Boxtrolls ($17.2 million); the adult ensemble comedy starring Tina Fey, Jason Bateman and Jane Fonda This Is Where I Leave You ($7 million); and the family movie Dolphin Tale 2 with Morgan Freeman and Harry Connick Jr. at $4.8 million. No Good Deed with Idris Elba and Taraji P. Hensen fell from the top spot two weeks ago to number six with $4.6 million.

In case you haven’t seen the trailer, here you go.

That Was You!? Small Roles Big Celebrities Had In Your Favorite Shows And Movies Before They Were Famous

August 26th, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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Everyone has to start off somewhere, and some of the biggest stars we’re into now were scraping and fighting for roles and big opportunities back in the day. Here is a list of 15 famous folks who had small roles in some of your favorite shows and movies, and you didn’t even notice (cause they weren’t famous yet of course).

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Jennifer Love Hewitt in Sister Act 2

Before becoming one of the big teen stars of the ’90s, Hewitt played a makeup-obsessed student in the popular sequel and had the chance to show off her vocal talents with the cast (she did try to put out an album in ’96…).

On Their Grown Man: 15 Of The Sexiest Salt And Pepper Celebrities

July 4th, 2014 - By Julia Austin
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Finely groomed gray-haired men are proof that as males age, they just look more distinguished, more elegant and, in general, more like they’d know how to make you feel like a woman. Here are 15 salt and pepper celebrities we wouldn’t mind growing older with (if they were all single).

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Guillermo Proano/WENN.com

Dennis Haysbert

Everything about this man says distinguished gentleman and though it’s sometimes hard to believe celebrity endorsements, whenever we hear him on AllState commercials we really do feel like we’re in good hands.

15 Of The Greatest Basketball Movies Ever Made

April 29th, 2014 - By Iva Anthony
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The NBA playoff season is heating up with the Miami Heat looking to three-peat while fighting off championship contenders such as the Oklahoma City Thunders, Houston Rockets and the Brooklyn Nets. In honor of this exciting time of year, we take a look at some of our favorite basketball movies.

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He Got Game

Spike Lee and Denzel Washington have collaborated on several films together including his 1997 film He Got Game. Washington played Jake Shuttleworth, a prison inmate and the father of the country’s top high school basketball star who was granted a one-week parole release to convince his son to play for the governor’s alma mater. Real life NBA player Ray Allen made his debut into film as the star player Jesus Shuttleworth but he wasn’t the only hoops star cast in the movie. Michael Jordan, Shaquille O’Neal, Reggie Miller, Rick Fox, Charles Barkley, Scottie Pippen and Bill Walton also appeared in the film.

Denzel Washington Side Eyes Hollywood Executives Who Offered Him Racist Role

April 14th, 2014 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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If you thought you could not love Denzel Washington more, here is your chance to completely adore him!

In a 2012 Times Talk  interview that we’re just catching, Washington claims he turned down the chance to act in a film despite providing him a hefty salary. Taking advice from a Hollywood icon, Denzel says Sidney Portier warned it would change his brand as an actor. According to Upworthy, Washington stated to the interviewer, the role  and synopsis would only “perpetuate racism in the name of comedy.”

I got a part in a movie in 1986. I call it the “N****r They Couldn’t Kill.” [The character] He raped a white woman; they tried to electrocute him but it didn’t work and he became a cult hero. Then they tried to hang him. There were some Jewish people in the audition room who said “it is funny.” And I said to them “yeah, it’s like you bring some Jewish people into a room and they think it is a shower but it is gas. And they said “right!” And I said “Right! That ain’t funny!” So to me it was not funny to put a rope around my MFing neck and I made a point. I called Sidney (Portier) and told him “man they are offering me $600,000 to play the “N****r They Couldn’t Kill.” And he told me, “I’m not going to tell you what to do. But I will tell you this, the first, two, three or four films you do in this business will dictate how you are perceived.

That was sage advice! And they’re wise words for everyone. When you’re just starting out, you’re eager to get your foot in the door and you think you ought to say yes to anything that’s thrown your way. But you should never leave your better judgment at the door. If something doesn’t feel right, or you find it outright offensive to you or to others, it’s probably best to wait until you find something more in line with your brand of work.

Check out Denzel’s interview, below. We wish other black performers would take heed to the same advice, too.

It Ain’t None Of Your Friends’ Business… Celebrity Couples Who Are Notoriously Private

March 10th, 2014 - By Iva Anthony
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In this day and age where celebs and everyday folks take to their social media pages to share every little detail of their lives, there are still some stars who like to keep their private lives very private.

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Cassie and Diddy

Rumor had it Diddy and Cassie were dating well before they were ever photographed together. Caught up in a love triangle with Cassie and his children’s mother Kim Porter, Diddy snuck around with the “Me & U” singer showing up at the same events but making sure to never arrive or leave together. Recently the two have been more open about their relationship in public and on social media. Diddy has posted photos professing his love for Cassie and last month sparked rumors when he put up a picture of an engagement ring with the caption, “Baby do you like it? I just want to get you wat you Like!” he added. “I just wanna Mk you smile :) #takeDat!”

LaTanya Richardson Jackson, Samuel L. Jackson’s Wife, To Take Diahann Carroll’s Role In “A Raisin In The Sun”

February 12th, 2014 - By Veronica Wells
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Last summer we told you that Diahann Carroll and Denzel Washington were going to be starring in a revival of A Raisin in the Sun . And then a few weeks ago, we learned that Diahann Carroll had to drop out.

Well, today we learned that LaTanya Richardson Jackson, Samuel L. Jackson’s wife is set to take her place. Richardson Jackson was last on Broadway in 2009 when she starred in “Joe Turner’s Come and Gone.” Richardson was asked to take Carroll’s place last Saturday.

Richardson Jackson said, “This is not even serendipitous. This is a miracle. This is an incredible dream. I could cry, but I don’t have time.”

Carroll, who is 78, withdrew from the production, because of rigorous demands for the rehearsal and performance schedule.

Richardson Jackson said the only downside of her starring in this role is the fact that Carroll will not be in the play as she was looking forward to seeing her in it.

The productions will also star Denzel Washington, Sophie Okonedo and Anika Noni Rose.

Denzel said, “Listen, she’s already in there killing it. She’s already pushing me so that’s good. I’m happy that she’s here.”

Richardson Jackson just so happened to be in New York planning to see her friends–Pauletta Washingtong, Denzel’s wife, in a cabaret. But all of that ended on Saturday when her night was spent signing contracts.

“A Raisin in the Sun” starts on March 8 at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre and opening night is April 3.

Richardson Jackson’s off Broadway credits include “From the Mississippi Delta” and “The Talented Tenth” and her TV roles have included parts on “Ally McBeal” and “100 Centre Street.” She appeared in the films “Sleepless in Seattle” and “Malcolm X .”

At 64, she is five years older than Washington, 59, who will be playing her son. Washington was last on Broadway in the 2010 production of “Fences” for which he won a Tony for lead actor.

This will be the second Broadway revival of Lorraine Hansberry’s play. The original featured Sidney Poitier and Ruby Dee and the 2004 version starred Diddy, Phylicia Rashad, Sanaa Lathan and was directed by Leon.

This sounds like it’s going to be awesome. Will you check it out?

Classic White Savior Movies

February 5th, 2014 - By Iva Anthony
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Hollywood just loves to have a white person donning a cape come in and save some poor, Black soul. While some of these White Savior movies were based on true stories, others were just made up and a little too over the top.

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The Blindside

Sandra Bullock is known as America’s sweetheart but she won even more hearts over in the 2009 film The Blind Side. Based on the 2006 book The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game, the film follows Baltimore Ravens offensive lineman Michael Oher’s life from impoverished beginnings to the NFL. Oher had nothing in his life going for him but football until a white couple, played by Bulllock and Tim McGraw, came along to adopt him. The film grossed over $300 million and Bullock earned critical acclaim and accolades for her performance. She also won a Golden Globe and the coveted Oscar gold for Best Actress.

Girls Like Ball Too! 15 Of The Best Football Movies Ever

January 29th, 2014 - By Iva Anthony
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Super Bowl Sunday is just around the corner and in honor of the biggest game of the year, here are some of our favorite football movies.

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Any Given Sunday

Famed director Oliver Stone decided to enlist an all-star cast to focus on the game of football for the film Any Given Sunday. Al Pacino plays coach Tony D’Amato who’s in charge of motivating an embattled team with the new owner (Cameron Diaz) breathing down his neck. With their star quarterback out, he has no choice but to turn to the nervous third-string quarterback Willie Beamen (Jamie Foxx). The cast included James Wood, Dennis Quaid and LL Cool J along with legendary NFL Hall of Famers Jim Brown and Lawrence Taylor.