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Don’t tell Antoine Fuqua that Denzel Washington’s playing, well, Denzel Washington in their new flick together, The Equalizer. Instead, the director—who made his name making Denzel over as a bad boy in 2001’s Training Day—wants you to feel that his superstar collaborator is nothing more than a working stiff. “He’s reluctant hero. He’s a guy who has issues—OCD, post-traumatic stress, he can’t sleep at night. He’s not slick in any way,” Antoine tells Keeping It Reel with Film Gordon correspondent Wilson Morales. “When we did a dress rehearsal, and we were just tryin’ on shirts and stuff, he walked out and my cameramen were standin’ there waitin’ for Denzel and—literally—they didn’t know he’d already walked out was standin’ there waitin’ for us. They didn’t recognize him. He’s a cameleon.” The Equalizer, which opens Sept. 26, tells the story of a former black ops commando who faked his death for a quiet life, but comes out of his retirement to rescue a young girl.
How do you know you’ve made it big in Hollywood—we mean, really, really big? One measure would be when Denzel Washington stops over your house to help punch up your script. And for free, no less. So we can pretty much agree that Lee Daniels has arrived big time. In 2001, after an unlikely career that took him from nursing-agency owner to casting director to talent-agency owner, he produced Monster’s Ball, which won its star, Halle Berry, an Academy Award. Next he directed Precious, another Oscar darling, which snagged a statue for comedian Mo’Nique. Then came The Butler, co-starring Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey, which had uncredited assistance behind the scenes from one of cinema’s more powerful voices. “Denzel and I are friends and he was helping me with the sctipt,” Lee tells us. “I think we joked around about what would you do if you were playing the character? But at the time he couldn’t do it because he was unavailable anyway. Denzel is a dear friend of mine and he helped me incredibly with the story.”
In a laid back lazy Sunday afternoon conversation at the Scurv Sanctuary, we shared a wonderful conversation about actor Denzel Washington which started with his outstanding role in the movie "Flight" which focused on his character's fight with drug and alcohol addiction as well as his denial to face the fact that he had a huge problem.
We spoke on how society has evolved for the worst and where we stand as a people in the year 2014.
Interesting exchange indeed and we would love to hear your feedback, thoughts and comments to continue such an important dialogue.
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At what point and time do you do what's best for the team instead of pleasing a maniacal owner? Answer: When you're the Washington Redskins and your overall record is 3-7! Jay Gruden is stuck between pleasing Dan Gilbert or starting the better man for the job. In a district known for its politics, the Redskins are definitely at the top of the political mountain when it comes to drama. Join Ed Lindsay and Kevin Hill as they discuss week 11's action and the fiasco that is the Washington Redskins organization.
TA's Scouting Scoop discusses with Manor HS 2015 prospects Brajhon Crenshaw & Denzel Feaster about the upcoming season, academics, and football recruiting.
All your adult life you've lived on the edge of death as either a secret agent, hitman, mercenary, law enforcement agent, etc.. It finally comes a time where your best days are behind you, and you have found a safe haven to live out the rest of your life in peace....Then the one thing happens that sends that peaceful existence "flying out the window"! This weeks episode is devoted to three film characters who hoped they could have settled down, and settled back; away from the edge... Bryan Mills/Liam Neeson ("Taken" Series); Phil Broker/Jason Statham ("Homefront"); and Robert McCall/Denzel Washington ("The Equalizer").
On this week’s edition of Scottscope Talk Radio, the roundtable reviews the ultra-violent new actioner John Wick! Is it the truly the game changer that the advance buzz has suggested it is? Does it warrant comparison to the likes of other Keanu Reeves action vehicles such as Point Break, Speed, or The Matrix? Does Keanu Reeves manage to redefine his screen persona by playing the role of the title character? Will he join the ranks of other aging action heroes like Liam Neeson and Denzel Washington? Does a film like this still hold any appeal whatsoever for mainstream audiences? Is it tailor made for a very specific fanbase? Can John Wick be considered a latter day Heroic Bloodshed film? It is yet another extension of Keanu’s ongoing love affair with Asian action cinema?
This year's New York Comic Con was both exhilerating and exhausting, nevertheless we aim to talk about that event and more for this week's broadcast. Welcome to our Mid Week in Review show airing this Wednesday at 7:30pm eastern. Join Dburt and Capt. Kirk as they address the following issues: More NFL shenanigans! Dallas Cowboy's Joseph Randle vs actress, Winona Ryder in dualing shoplifting crimes; advances in regenerative medicine may help you if you lose your "membership" in maleness; MINSTREL ALERT! Vh-1 premieres the best in coon entertainment, courtesy of Tiny and Shekinah's Weave Trip. No one caused a ruckus after Girlfriend Intervention, huh?; Dburt finally gets a chance to check out the Denzel Washington thriller, The Equalizer; The Root highlights a White American Studies' project entitled The Whiteness Project; anti-minority remarks made by Lucas Oil founder, Charlotte Lucas should remind us of the need to create minority owned businesses; YourBlackWorld.net highlights the story of a popular website that "stolen" from its original owners; the latest saga in the US ebola crisis and lastly, do the problems with The Source magazaine and BET's Hip Hop Awards provide even more evidence that Hip Hop is dead? Call live at 646-915-9620.
"Do you know what is the greatest gift anyone can receive in his lifetime? The greatest gift we can receive is to have the chance, just once in our lives, to make a difference. Do you understand how many times you made a difference? Enough for a hundred lifetimes." - Doctor Strange speaking to Peter Parker.
“Real Man” is a phrase describing any varied notions of the very best characteristics of being a man. Denzel Washington and the late John Wayne played roles of what many would describe as a “Real Man”. But that’s acting. In reality what is required to clearly fill the shoes of a “Real Man”? Is it toughness, physical strength, romantic competence, wealth, advanced education or some combination of these? The “Real Question” is how does the Holy Scriptures define a “Real Man”? Defining the “Real Man” is the topic of this program.
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Many artists do not know what it means to be original. However, one artist knows that originality comes from telling a true story. Gymini is a story teller like Slick Rick was back in the days. His listeners can relate to his songs because they feel like they know him although they have never met him. This grown man doesn’t portray an alter ego in the limelight. He has the ability to boldly express music from a directly honest point of view, but yet understanding and passionate. Gymini said, “I will make you feel like you have known me your whole life.” His style, “high energy” is a variation of hip hop crunk mixed with a heavy metal sound that captivates all audiences.
Maurice Harmon, a child of God, now known as Gymini, the original ambassador of hip hop was born and raised on the west side of Savannah, Georgia in the project of Fellwood Homes where most of his lyrics derived from. He grew up in a crowed home of 11 brothers and 12 sisters so he didn’t get the undivided attention that most children want to have with their mother, so instead of developing a bad behavior, he took his pain onto the stage and started gaining attention from his audience. Gymini kept his crowd screaming by his raw and uncut stage performances at the age of
18. He is truly an artist with no gimmicks. He was inspired by many, but Ice T taught him everything that he needed to know about the music game. Gymini started his acting career in 1989 with a standing ovation by appearing in many films, “Glory” with Denzel Washington; “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil” with Moran Freeman and directed by Clint Eastwood in 1997; and “The Legend of Bagger Vance” with Will Smith, Matt Damon, and Charlize Theron in 2000. Gymini was honored to receive the Key to the City of Vidalia, Georgia. Twitter @GyminiMrMusic
Three days until October...can you believe that? After unexpectadley taking a month off the PDC is back with reviews of Denzel Washington's new banger The Equalizer does King Kong have anything on him this time? Next up is the stop-motion film from the makers of Paranorman and Corraline, The Boxtrolls, a highly anticipated film that's getting some serious acclaim, but is it for everyone?
Closing out the day we'll be talking about the new Fall 2014 TV Season and some of the shows that have premiered. It's been a while so I'm sure you don't want to miss out on this episode!
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