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Justin Timberlake Leads All-Star Lakers Fans | Justin Timberlake

Justin Timberlake Leads All-Star Lakers Fans

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.

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Denzel Washington, Janet Jackson Win NAACP Prizes | Denzel Washington, Janet Jackson

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Denzel Washington, Janet Jackson Win NAACP Prizes

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."

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Denzel Washington's Advice to Kids: 'Don't Be a Hater' | Denzel Washington

Denzel Washington's Advice to Kids: 'Don't Be a Hater'

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."

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Denzel Washington Gives $1 Million for Debate Team | Denzel Washington

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Denzel Washington Gives $1 Million for Debate Team

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.
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Oprah and Denzel Reveal Who Inspired Them | Denzel Washington, Oprah Winfrey

Oprah and Denzel Reveal Who Inspired Them

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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Mel Gibson Shows Up at American Gangster Premiere | Denzel Washington

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Mel Gibson Shows Up at American Gangster Premiere

Originally posted 10/30/2007 11:15AM

Mel Gibson, who has been out of the public eye for most of the year, turned out for the L.A. premiere of American Gangster on Monday night, curious to see a movie made by three of his friends – Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe and director Ridley Scott.

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Originally posted 10/26/2007 03:00PM

Julia Roberts said referring to him "as simply sexy is like saying Ernest Hemingway was a good fisherman"

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Denzel Weathers Shakespearean Tragedy | Denzel Washington

Denzel Weathers Shakespearean Tragedy

Originally posted 04/04/2005 01:00PM

Two-time Oscar winner Denzel Washington is the latest screen name to hit the Great White Way, having opened Sunday night in a new Broadway production of William Shakespeare's Julius Caesar.

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Denzel's Summer Vacation | Denzel Washington

Denzel's Summer Vacation

Originally posted 08/04/2004 06:00AM

So, you're Denzel Washington, and you've just finished your press blitz for The Manchurian Candidate. Now what? "Denzel is relaxing in Italy with his family on (golf champion and entrepreneur) Greg Norman's boat Aussie Rules," says a source. Norman isn't there, but Washington, 49, has been schmoozing with the likes of P. Diddy and Heidi Klum's ex, Italian playboy Flavio Briatore. "He hangs out with different people in different ports," says the source. "He's gone to Positano. He'll go to Capri and Sardinia. He's been Jet Ski-ing. He's having a great time. He loves it." Who wouldn't? Aussie Rules is a 228-ft. dreamboat of a yacht, complete with its own cinema, a library, WaveRunners, sea kayaks, diving gear and a 16-person crew. Sounds like smooth sailing to us.

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