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Denzel Washington to Speak at International Leadership Summit

Two-time Academy Award winner Denzel Washington will lend his talents and expertise to T.D. Jakes’ International Leadership Summit this spring, a conference for visionaries, entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs, pastors and leaders from all over the world, looking to expand their personal sphere of influence and sharpen their skills.

Washington is expected to deliver a keynote address focused on Hollywood, faith and handling the spotlight. As an actor, producer and director, Washington is considered one of the greatest actors of this generation, receiving critical acclaim for films including Glory, Training Day, Malcolm X, The Hurricane, Remember the Titans and American Gangster. He received the Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2016 Golden Globe Awards, which is bestowed by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for “outstanding contributions to the world of entertainment.” Most recently, Washington was honored with the AFI Life Achievement award, one of the highest honors for a career in film.
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Cynthia Erivo in Harriet Available on Blu-ray and DVD January 28th

Follow the inspirational journey of one of the bravest people and heroes in history, Harriet Tubman, as she risks her life to save others from the horrors of slavery in Harriet, arriving on Digital January 14, 2020 and Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand on January 28, 2020 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. With a 97% audience score on Rotten Tomatoes®, Harriet on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital has a variety of compelling bonus features, including deleted scenes, a deeper look into Harriet Tubman’s story, and feature commentary with director and co-writer Kasi Lemmons. The captivating and emotional story of courage, Harriet has been nominated for two 2020 Golden Globe® awards including Best Actress in a Drama for Cynthia Erivo and Best Original Song for “Stand Up” which was co-written by film star Erivo and Joshuah Campbell. Additionally, the film was nominated for a SAG Award® and a Critics Choice Award, earning a total of three Best Actress nominations.
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Norman Greenbaum on ‘Spirit in the Sky’ at 50: ‘The Interest in It Just Doesn’t Wane’

Right from the start, Norman Greenbaum had a good feeling about “Spirit in the Sky.”

“At first the record company said, ‘Gee, they don’t play anything like this on Top 20,'” the singer-songwriter tells Rolling Stone of his immortal boogie-rock anthem. “But obviously they were wrong. We always knew it was going to be a hit. It just sounded too good.”

The song came out in the U.S. in January 1970. Propelled by a chugging, bluesy riff and featuring lyrics about befriending Jesus and preparing for death, it peaked
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My Name Is Earl Star Ethan Suplee Leaves Fans Stunned After His Massive Weight Loss

My Name Is Earl Star Ethan Suplee Leaves Fans Stunned After His Massive Weight Loss
Ethan Suplee fans have been left stunned after the actor revealed his impressive weight loss transformation, which he is documenting on his new podcast, American Glutton.

In the premiere episode of the podcast, which was released earlier this week, the 43-year-old Remember the Titans star discussed his relationship with food and how it’s changed over the years, starting with unhealthy binge-eating habits he started at the young age of 5.

“I learned really quickly that if I wanted a second helping of lasagna, when I cleared my plate, I had to eat it in the kitchen without them seeing, that
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Actor Ethan Suplee Is Unrecognizable After "1,000 Pound" Transformation

Actor Ethan Suplee Is Unrecognizable After
Need more inspiration to achieve your New Year's resolutions? Look no further than Ethan Suplee. The Remember the Titans star is impressing and inspiring dozens of people after showing off his impressive body transformation. For many years, the star was known as the overweight football player on Remember the Titans or the dim-witted Randy from My Name Is Earl, but Ethan's no longer letting his appearance dictate who he is.  Back in 2018 he went on actor Joey Diaz's podcast, The Church of What Is Happening Now, and revealed he was around 500 pounds in 2001. At the time of his interview with his former My Name Is Earl co-star, he said he was 300 pounds, although a...
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Herman Boone Dies: ‘Remember The Titans’ Coach Portrayed By Denzel Washington Was 84

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Herman Boone Dies: ‘Remember The Titans’ Coach Portrayed By Denzel Washington Was 84
Former T.C. Williams High School coach Herman Boone, who led one of Virginia’s first integrated football teams to a championship memorialized in the film Remember the Titans, has died. He was 84.

Boone’s Alexandria, Virginia team went 13-0 in 1971, becoming state champions and national championship runners-up. He was portrayed by Denzel Washington in the 2000 Disney film. Boone was the team’s coach until 1979.

“It is with great sadness that we share the sad news of the passing of former Head Football Coach Herman Boone who lead the Titans to the State Championship in 1971,” the school said on Wednesday.

Washington won a Black Reel Award for Best Actor in 2001 for the Boone role and also was named Outstanding Actor in a Motion Picture at that year’s NAACP Image Awards.

Bill Yoast, the football coach whose personality was portrayed by Will Patton in Remember The Titans, died in May at 94. He coached at Francis C.
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Remember the Titans Coach Herman Boone Dead at 84

Remember the Titans Coach Herman Boone Dead at 84
The legendary football coach from T.C Williams High School in Virginia who inspired the classic film Remember the Titans has died at 84.  As fans may recall, coach Herman Boone was famously portrayed by Denzel Washington in the 2000 Disney movie.  Alexandria City Public Schools released a statement regarding the beloved coach's death on Twitter. "We are truly saddened to hear of the death of Coach Herman Boone today. Acps & the @TCWTitans community will never forget this contribution to bringing our city together post-segregation. We encourage you to share stories and memories of him with us #RememberTheTitans," they wrote.  Acps released a lengthier...
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Julia Roberts Originally Asked To Play Harriet Tubman In ‘Harriet’

Harriet, the historical film based on Harriet Tubman’s role in abolition and the Civil War, had been in the works for 25 years until Disney executives finally saw its potential. Greg Allen Howard, a screenwriter known for Remember the Titans and Ali, had written Harriet in hopes of telling more stories about the black experience. […]

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Vertical Entertainment Lands ‘Blood on Her Name’ Thriller – Afm

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Exclusive: Vertical Entertainment has secured English-speaking world rights to the neo-noir thriller Blood on Her Name, with an aim for a day-and-date release in early 2020. Bethany Anne Lind, Will Patton, and Elizabeth Röhm star in the film, which was picked up at the American Film Market.

Directed by newcomer Matthew Pope, the pic follows a single mother (Lind) whose panicked decision to cover up an accidental killing spirals out of control when her conscience demands she return the dead man’s body to his family.

Blood on Her Name had its world premiered this year at the Fantasia International Film Festival followed by a U.S. premiere at Beyond Fest. Pope penned the screenplay with Don M. Thompson. Both served as producers under the Rising Creek Banner.

Vertical’s Josh Spector handled the deal with Hugues Barbier, Justin Timms and Joe Yanick
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Nicole Ari Parker to Star in Music Drama in Development at Fox

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Nicole Ari Parker to Star in Music Drama in Development at Fox
Empire” star Nicole Ari Parker could be making the move to a new music drama at Fox.

Variety has learned that Parker is attached to star in and executive produce the one-hour drama “Opus,” which has received a script commitment with a penalty attached at the broadcaster. Parker would play Willie Mae Gray, Europe’s most celebrated and only African American conductor, who suddenly returns to Baltimore to reinvent her hometown’s crumbling symphony orchestra, while attempting to rebuild the relationship with her teenage son, an underground Mc on the rise.

“Empire” writer and consulting producer Felicia D. Henderson is writing and executive producing “Opus,” with Darryl Taja, Stephen Endelman, and Kara Feifer also executive producing. 20th Century Fox Television will co-produce with Fox Entertainment. Henderson is currently under an overall deal at 20th TV.

Parker first joined “Empire” in the show’s fourth season. Her other recent TV credits include shows like “Younger,
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‘Harriet’ Film Review: Kasi Lemmons’ Standard-Issue Harriet Tubman Biopic Wastes Big-Screen Opportunity

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‘Harriet’ Film Review: Kasi Lemmons’ Standard-Issue Harriet Tubman Biopic Wastes Big-Screen Opportunity
In life as in art, there are people you root for to do good, to win that prize and get their due recognition. Kasi Lemmons is one of those people. After making the switch from actor to director, she burst onto the screen nearly two decades ago with a wildly unique vision, “Eve’s Bayou.”

Although critics raved and audiences attended, it did not ensure a flourishing filmmaking career the way it might have for a young white male director. Projects stalled or money never came through. She found work, but it’s the gap years on her IMDb profile that neither she nor her audiences will ever get back.

Lemmons’ “Harriet” should have been a heroic return to the world stage. Instead, it’s a disappointingly standard biopic, one whose technical flaws and paint-by-numbers clichés threaten to overshadow its subject’s compelling story.

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‘Harriet’ Review: Cynthia Erivo Elevates Formulaic Harriet Tubman Biopic

‘Harriet’ Review: Cynthia Erivo Elevates Formulaic Harriet Tubman Biopic
The legacy of Harriet Tubman has persisted for generations, but not counting an NBC miniseries starring Cicely Tyson that aired over 40 years ago, her story hasn’t received the movie treatment it deserves. That changes with “Harriet,” director Kasi Lemmons’ reverential look at the first stages of Tubman’s dramatic life, when she escaped a plantation and became a key organizer of the Underground Railroad.

“Harriet” doesn’t attempt to reinvent the biopic, relying instead on a poignant turn by rising screen talent Cynthia Erivo (“Widows”) as its soulful centerpiece, against the gorgeous backdrop of John Toll’s cinematography and Terence Blanchard’s euphoric score. that makes up for missed time.

Harriet” is essentially an origin story: The script, credited to Lemmons and Gregory Allan Howard (“Remember the Titans”), follows erstwhile Araminta “Minty” Ross through her daring escape from a Maryland plantation in the early 1840s, after her possessive owner
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Official Trailer for Harriet Released!

The trailer for Kasi Lemmons’ new film Harriet has been released by Focus Features. (You can check it out above!) The film stars Cynthia Erivo and Leslie Odom Jr. and is scheduled to be in theaters on November 1, 2019.

Based on the thrilling and inspirational life of an iconic American freedom fighter, Harriet tells the extraordinary tale of Harriet Tubman’s escape from slavery and transformation into one of America’s greatest heroes. Her courage, ingenuity, and tenacity freed hundreds of slaves and changed the course of history.

The film was written by Gregory Allen Howard and Lemmons.

Genre: Biography, Drama, History Director: Kasi Lemmons Writers: Gregory Allen Howard and Kasi Lemmons Producers: Debra Martin Chase, Daniela Taplin Lundberg, Gregory Allen Howard Cast: Cynthia Erivo, Leslie Odom Jr., Janelle Monáe, Joe Alwyn, Jennifer Nettles, Clarke Peters

Focus Features will release Harriet in theaters November 1, 2019!

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Cynthia Erivo Frees Slaves as Heroic Abolitionist Harriet Tubman in Moving Trailer for Biopic

Cynthia Erivo Frees Slaves as Heroic Abolitionist Harriet Tubman in Moving Trailer for Biopic
Tony Award winner Cynthia Erivo is taking on her biggest role yet: abolitionist Harriet Tubman, who freed slaves along the Underground Railroad.

In the upcoming biopic Harriet, Erivo, 32, stars as Tubman in the story of her early years of abolitionist work. The trailer, released Tuesday, shows her initial escape from slavery, and her decision to help members of her family to freedom, which started her involvement with the Underground Railroad. Tubman eventually freed 70 slaves over 11 years.

“I don’t think she set out to be a superhero,” Broadway star Erivo told People of Tubman in February. “I think she just
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Cynthia Erivo Is Harriet Tubman In First Trailer For Harriet From Focus Features

Based on the thrilling and inspirational life of an iconic American freedom fighter, Harriet tells the extraordinary tale of Harriet Tubman’s escape from slavery and transformation into one of America’s greatest heroes. Her courage, ingenuity, and tenacity freed hundreds of slaves and changed the course of history.

The film stars Cynthia Erivo, Leslie Odom Jr., Janelle Monáe, Joe Alwyn, Jennifer Nettles, Clarke Peters.

Directed by Kasi Lemmons and written by Gregory Allen Howard and Kasi Lemmons, watch the powerful first trailer now.

Focus Features will release Harriet in theaters November 1, 2019

Visit the official site:

https://www.focusfeatures.com/harriet

Credit: Glen Wilson / Focus Features Credit: Glen Wilson / Focus Features

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‘Harriet’ Trailer: Kasi Lemmons’ Biopic On The Life of Harriet Tubman

Based on the life of abolitionist Harriet Tubman, “Harriet” showcases the heroism of the freedom fighter as she helped save slaves via the Underground Railway.

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The film, which is directed by Kasi Lemmons (“Eve’s Bayou” and “Talk To Me”) and co-written with Gregory Allen Howard (“Remember the Titans”), showcases the life of Tubman as she not only escaped slavery, but also help end it.

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‘Harriet’ Trailer: Cynthia Erivo Fights For Freedom as Harriet Tubman in Oscar Hopeful

‘Harriet’ Trailer: Cynthia Erivo Fights For Freedom as Harriet Tubman in Oscar Hopeful
It wouldn’t be awards season without an Oscar hopeful from Focus Features, and this year the specialty arm of Universal looks to have a big one with “Harriet.” From “Eve’s Bayou” director Kasi Lemmons, “Harriet” is a biographical drama that tells the story of the abolitionist icon Harriet Tubman. Born into slavery, Tubman breaks free and embarks on a mission to help slaves escape North using the Underground Railroad.

“Harriet” stars rising Hollywood star Cynthia Erivo in the title role. Erivo is best known to theater-goers for her breakout work on Broadway, including winning a Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical in 2016 for her acclaimed run as Celie in the revival of “The Color Purple.” Last fall, the actress broke big at the movies with supporting turns in Drew Goddard’s “Bad Times at the El Royale” and Steve McQueen’s “Widows.” “Harriet” marks Erivo’s debut as a leading star.
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Remember the Titans' Kip Pardue Fined $6,000 After SAG-aftra Finds He Engaged in Sexual Misconduct

Remember the Titans' Kip Pardue Fined $6,000 After SAG-aftra Finds He Engaged in Sexual Misconduct
Kip Pardue has been fined $6,000 after being accused of sexual misconduct.

Pardue, 43, was accused by actress Sarah Scott of masturbating in front of her in May 2018 during the filming of a pilot called Mogulettes.

The actor, who has starred in Remember the Titans and Marvel’s Runaways, was found “guilty of a serious misconduct in violation” of the SAG-AFTRA constitution, according to a report by the Los Angeles Times.

According to the Times, Pardue has the opportunity to lower the fine to $3,000 if he chooses to take an online workplace sexual harassment training module within 90 days of receiving notice by the guild.
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‘Runaways’ Actor Kip Pardue Fined by SAG-aftra Following Sexual Harassment Accusation

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‘Runaways’ Actor Kip Pardue Fined by SAG-aftra Following Sexual Harassment Accusation
A SAG-AFTRA disciplinary committee has censured and fined actor Kip Pardue after finding him guilty of “serious misconduct” stemming from sexual harassment accusations from a fellow actor on the set of the indie TV show “Mogulettes.”

According to a report in Sunday’s Los Angeles Times, in a complaint sent to the actors’ guild in June 2018, Scott accused Pardue of placing her hand on his crotch while they waited to film a bedroom scene for the show. After filming the scene, she said that Pardue masturbated in front of her.

Scott told The Times that she heard nothing for two months after filing the complaint and was only told that Pardue would receive a hearing in October after directly reaching out to SAG-aftra president Gabrielle Carteris. That hearing would then be delayed another five months.

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Aw! Denzel Washington Was Happily Surrounded by Family While Being Honored at the AFI Gala

Denzel Washington, 64, was honored at the 47th AFI Life Achievement Award tribute gala on Thursday by a handful of stars, such as Michael B. Jordan, Chadwick Boseman, and Julia Roberts. During the Los Angeles event, Denzel - who was joined by wife Pauletta and his kids Katia, 31, and Malcolm, 28 - listened as his peers took the stage to sing his praises and revere his illustrious career, which includes starring in classics like Training Day and Remember the Titans.

Julia - who starred alongside Denzel in 1993's The Pelican Brief - read a heartfelt letter of recommendation written by Denzel's university acting teacher, Robert Stone. "I say without hesitation that Mr. Washington is the finest young actor I have ever known," the letter read. "If there is such a thing as genius, then I assure you Mr. Washington is one. I honestly believe that even now he is the best actor
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