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The thought of two of the greatest actors of our time collaborating together in a new film sounds like a dream come true. And that’s exactly what’s happening as Denzel Washington and Viola Davis are bringing their Broadway revival of August Wilson’s Fences to the big screen.
For those, like myself, who don’t know the premise of the story, Fences is about a 53-year-old man Black man, Troy, who struggles to provide for his wife and son in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He was once a very talented baseball player but because Major League Baseball had yet to be integrated, he was never able to make a living off of it. His life path was altered even further when he went to prison for an accidental murder during a robbery. So life has been no crystal stair. The film deals with topics of how Troy’s personal struggles directly affect his wife and son.
This reproduction of August Wilson’s classic is directed and produced by Denzel Washington. In addition to Washington, it also stars Viola Davis, Jovan Adepo, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Russell Hornsby, Mykelti Williamson, and Saniyya Sydney. Todd Black and Scott Rudin also serve as producers.
You can watch the trailer for the upcoming film, in the video below.
Fences hits theaters on Christmas Day.
Veronica Wells is the culture editor at MadameNoire.com. She is also the author of “Bettah Days.”
Devil in a Blue Dress, the 1995 film starring Denzel Washington as Ezekiel “Easy” Rawlins, is an underrated classic. Based on the novel of the same name by famed author Walter Mosley, the film, directed by Carl Franklin, is a crime thriller set in 1948 Los Angeles. Unemployed, Easy has fallen on hard times. In need of money, he agrees to find a missing woman, Daphne Monet, but ends up being caught in a heap of trouble as he attempts to solve the mystery of her disappearance. Read on for some secrets behind the making of Devil in a Blue Dress.
For some of Hollywood’s elite, the apple doesn’t fall far from the attractive tree. And while sexy moms and dads are something to be celebrated in their own right, this time around we’re looking at the incredibly gorgeous sons and daughters of some of our favorite celebrities — don’t worry they’re legal. While there are more sexy celebrity spawn than we can count, here we’re just picking out some of our favorite sons and daughters that truly make our jaws drop and our heads turn.
Want to relax like Denzel Washington or party like you’re one of the guys on Entourage? Spend your next vacation in one of these luxurious (and surprisingly affordable) rentals celebrities have stayed in, found on popular home rental websites.
Eye candy has no age limit. In fact, there are quite a few men over 50 who haven’t lost an ounce of their sexiness. As they say, like a fine wine, they get better with time. That’s precisely the case for these good-looking fellas.
I love my POTUS! He’s just absolutely handsome. We have had the privilege of watching him age throughout his tenure as commander in chief and he keeps getting more and more refined.
As tormented as the character of Andre is on “Empire,” the opportunity to play the power-hungry son of Lucious Lyon on the hit Fox show is major for Trai Byers. The handsome actor has been very blessed within the last year or so. Not only did he land a big role on the show everyone’s talking about, but he also played James Forman in the critically-acclaimed film, Selma. But things weren’t always flourishing in Byer’s career. In an interview on “The Meredith Vieira Show,” he said that after struggling to find work as an actor in 2013, he was close to quitting to become a man of the cloth.
“In 2013 I did not work at all just contemplating what I needed to do if I was walking in my destiny or not. Is this what Trai wants to do? I am a big Christian so I always talk about that. Is this what God wants me to do? I really contemplated changing going into something else. I am very passionate about God and religion and I thought maybe I’m supposed to be a pastor. I don’t know. I was open to being used in any way that was aligned for me destiny wise and Empire came. Right after Empire, Selma came. Then to look later down the line to see Empire was premiering on Wednesday night, the same week on Friday Selma was going wide, like, you couldn’t time it like that.”
Vieira: “Did you believe it was a message?”
Byers: “Yes! Stay where you are [laughs]”
And the show has definitely blown up. Byers revealed how the cast found out they were given the greenlight for a second season.
“The core cast were on our way to the TCAs in Los Angeles, all on a plane together. It’s the Television Critics Association. So we’re landing in LA and this man sitting next to me, he has a baseball cap on, regular guy, unassuming guy. As soon as we land they tell us we can turn our phones on. He turns his on and says, “Hey, you know you were just picked up for a second season right?” I’m like, “Really?” I’m sitting in the middle, Yazz is in the front. Taraji and Jussie are across from me and Terrence is in the back. I’m like, “We just got picked up for a second season y’all” and the front of the plane just erupts. I’m sure we scared the mess out of the people in the back [laughs].”
Lee Daniels shared that he was trying to get Denzel Washington to appear on the show after the acting legend revealed that he loved it, so everyone is wondering, will we see Washington in season two? Byers hopes so.
“Wouldn’t that be great? I love Denzel. The show is huge. And with a huge show comes a lot of rumors. I couldn’t say whether he was or was not, but that would be great! Hopefully he does.”
Glad to see things working out so well for Byers. But if he ever does decide to give the whole pastor calling a try, I’m available to be a first lady! You were thinking it too…
These Hollywood A-list actors took five and stepped behind the camera to produce and direct various films and TV projects. Get the scoop on what Gabrielle Union is up to, which critically acclaimed films where directed by Chris Rock and Denzel Washington and more!
Take Five: 15 Actors Turned Directors
Can you remember the first time you laid eyes on your celebrity crush? That fine piece of man sauntered across your television screen and afterwards, you had to find out everything about him. So you hopped on Google, got to clicking, ended up on Wikipedia, only to find out that he’s married. Dang! Not that you ever really thought you would be able to make your crush an actual boo in real life, but a girl can always dream, right?
Well, here’s a list of 15 of Hollywood’s hottest men who we always have to remember are very much taken:
He’s good looking, educated, an activist, and seems like the type who would tell you that you look beautiful even with that bright pink bonnet on. However, the only woman who has the pleasure of knowing this for sure is his wife, Aryn Drake-Lee. The two met in NYC while Jesse was working as a teacher. He told USA Today that she’s been down with him since the very beginning:
“She’s been with me through all different facets of my career. She’s stuck with me through thick and thick and thick and thin.” The couple wed in 2010 and have a daughter named, Sadie.
When Denzel Washington’s acting career was first taking off, he did a few television movies here and there, and played Dr. Phillip Chandler on more than 130 episodes of the hit NBC show “St. Elsewhere.” But after two Academy Awards, two Golden Globes, a Tony, and a slew of lauded performances over a career spanning more than three decades, could he finally make a return to television? If director Lee Daniels has his way, his good friend could be back on TV sooner than later.
When chatting with the Philadelphia Inquirer, Daniels said that after watching “Empire’s” pilot, Washington seemed excited about the possibility of making an appearance in some form or fashion.
“Denzel hasn’t done television in 30 years. But he saw the pilot and said, ‘I’ve got to be a part of this.'”
And it looks like it might really happen. Daniels posted pictures on his Instagram account from a big dinner he had in Hollywood over the weekend at Giorgio’s at the Standard. Denzel was in those pictures, along with “Empire” cast members Jussie Smollet and Tasha Smith, friends Lenny Kravitz and Brandy, along with Common and even George Clinton (yes, Parliament’s George Clinton). Daniels is working hard to get Washington on board: “Trying to talk this one into doing a guest star on#empire #nextweekdinneronme”
Big stars slated to appear in this season alone include Cuba Gooding, Jr. and Naomi Campbell (who we saw in episode three), Mary J. Blige, Courtney Love, Lenny Kravitz, Foxy Brown, Snoop Dogg, Mariah Carey, and even Patti LaBelle. But Denzel Washington? Now that would be a kick-ass episode! Fingers crossed!
Oh yeah, while you wait with your fingers crossed, check out a few more pics from Daniels’ recent chic and invitation-only dinner outings:
Now that 2014 is just about over, the time has come to take a look at films that entertained us throughout the year. Yes there were some slow periods, but that doesn’t take away from the millions of dollars different films racked up at the box office. Here’s a look at the 10 biggest movies of the year.