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Originally posted 08/20/2012 06:05AM
Director Tony Scott, whose box-office hits included Top Gun, Days of Thunder and Beverly Hills Cop II, died after jumping from a bridge in Los Angeles Harbor, the Los Angeles Times reports. He was 68.
Witnesses told authorities that Sunday at around 12:35 p.m. the filmmaker left his parked Toyota Prius on the Vincent Thomas Bridge, scaled a fence and then leapt without hesitation. A note with contact information was left in the vehicle, says the newspaper.
Los Angeles Port police pulled his body from the water four hours later. A suicide note was recovered in his office, reports the Times. Its contents have not been disclosed.
Originally posted 01/31/2012 07:30AM
It turns out that action star Ryan Reynolds may be just as dangerous off-screen as he is on.
Denzel Washington says that Reynolds gave him a black eye while they were filming Safe House in South Africa.
"I've never had a black eye in my life!" Washington, 57, told reporters Saturday while promoting the film, which hits theaters Feb. 10. "There's a scene where I reach over to try to choke him while I have handcuffs on. We were flying around in the car. It just happened that as I was reaching forward he was flying back ... and POW."
Originally posted 06/13/2010 10:15PM
During a ceremony that frequently tipped its hat to the past, the first Tony winner of Sunday night, a breathless and beautiful Scarlett Johansson, was honored for her featured role in the revival of Arthur Miller's A View from the Bridge – which first played on Broadway in 1955.
Still, as her excitement demonstrated, being recognized for stage work was an entirely new sensation for the New York-born screen actress. "Being welcomed into this community has been a dream come true for me," Johansson, 25, said on the great stage of Radio City Music Hall, where the 64th annual Tony Awards, honoring Broadway's best, were broadcast live on CBS. "Ever since I was a little girl I wanted to be on Broadway, and here I am."
She also expressed her gratitude to "the Canadian I live with," husband Ryan Reynolds. "Thank you for being a theater widower for me," she said as he applauded from the audience of the 6,000-seat hall.
Originally posted 05/04/2010 09:20AM
One thing not lacking on Broadway this season was star power – with such marquee names as Hugh Jackman, Daniel Craig, Scarlett Johansson, Liev Schreiber, Denzel Washington, Justin Bartha, Alicia Silverstone, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Christopher Walken, Jude Law, Sienna Miller Sean Hayes, Kelsey Grammer, Laura Linney and even Uncle Fester from The Addams Family packing in the crowds.
As for who among them will take home the Tony, the selection process narrowed Tuesday morning with the announcement of nominations by the American Theatre Wing, with the stirring musical Fela!, about Nigerian Afrobeat legend Fela Anikulapo Kuti, and the moving revival of La Cage Aux Folles, featuring pitch-perfect performances from Kelsey Grammer and British actor Douglas Hodge, outdistancing all other shows – with 11 nominations each.
Hot on their heels was the revival of August Wilson's Fences, starring nominees Denzel Washington and Viola Davis. It received 10 nominations.
Originally posted 05/29/2009 08:30PM
Just over two weeks ago, Denzel Washington spoke on the phone with John Travolta – though it was Travolta, grieving over the death of his son, who did most of the talking.
"Needless to say, he's struggling," Washington, who stars opposite Travolta in The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3, said at a press conference for the film on Friday. "So more than talking to him, I listened to him, for about two or three hours."
Travolta's healing process is "going to take time," Washington says. "What can you say, really? Just be there as a friend, because he's such a sweet, sweet person. Our prayers are with he and his wife."
Originally posted 06/13/2008 09:20AM
All the star power in the world couldn't keep the Lakers from blowing a 24-point lead in their devastating loss to the Boston Celtics Thursday night at L.A.'s Staples Center.
"Good for Boston," Will Smith graciously conceded to PEOPLE after the Celtics' 97-91 win. He was followed to the exits by a grim-faced Jack Nicholson, a dejected Penny Marshall and disconsolate Justin Timberlake.
But the crowd – which included L.A. supporters Denzel Washington, Tobey McGuire, David Beckham, Nicky Hilton, Ryan Seacrest, Randy Jackson, Dustin Hoffman and Fergie – did contain a few Boston fans.
Originally posted 02/15/2008 10:45AM
No debate: Denzel Washington's film The Great Debaters won hands down Thursday at the 39th annual NAACP Image Awards.
The period drama about a debating squad that takes on Harvard was named best film of 2007, and Washington also was honored as best actor. His costar Jurnee Smollett was cited as best actress.
"I'm happy for everybody up here," Washington, who directed the film, said while accepting the award at Los Angeles's Shrine Auditorium. "I'm very grateful for this one, but in particular, just happy that some of these young people are recognized for their work."
Originally posted 01/21/2008 02:40PM
As a father of four, Denzel Washington tells his kids that the world can be an imperfect place – but advises them not to be brought down by the imperfections.
"I try to teach my children there are going to be obstacles," Washington, 53, said on Monday's Early Show, about his remembrances of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. "Someone may not like you just because they don't like themselves. But, don't you get bogged down."
Originally posted 12/20/2007 01:20PM
Denzel Washington, director and star of the Golden Globe-nominated The Great Debaters, is donating $1 million to Wiley College to re-establish the debate team portrayed in the film.
Washington plays educator and poet Melvin Tolson, who mentored the all-black college's elite debate squad in the 1930s. During an appearance in Marshall, Tex., last week, Washington, 52, said he would like to see the team brought back.
Originally posted 12/14/2007 04:10PM
As Oprah Winfrey tours this holiday season with Barack Obama, she remembers a teacher as one of her biggest inspirations as a girl.
"My fourth-grade teacher, Mrs. Benton, was the first person that I really could see believed in me," Winfrey, 53, tells Parade magazine in its Sunday issue. "She would tell me that I was just the smartest little girl she'd ever seen."
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