02:56 PM EDT 05/20/2015
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."
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.
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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