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AN EQUALIZER THAT LAKERS FAN DENZEL WASHINGTON IS SUPEREXCITED ABOUT? LEBRON JAMES

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t’s the unexpected that Denzel Washington looks for — in his illustrious career and in his choice of a professional basketball team. In both cases, he wants a win. But he likes knowing that he’s in for a fun surprise either way.

Washington, the 63-year-old, two-time Oscar winner who, quite frankly, is one of the best and most consistent actors of all time, is back with revenge fantasy Equalizer 2. His Robert McCall is a retired CIA special ops agent who, as one critic wrote, “believes in justice, likes to help others, and dispenses the occasional lethal killing for those deserving.”

Washington is excited about this film, which is a remake of the ’80s television series of the same name that starred Edward Woodward. Washington’s first go at the project was in 2014, and fans have been begging Sony for this sequel. Washington delivers, and then some.

But Washington is … let’s call him humble. He walks into a room — in this case, a suite in a Beverly Hills hotel — and his familiar suburban New York-inflected vocals fill the space. It’s reasonable to assume that Washington doesn’t make much of his own star presence. Surely, he understands he’s “Denzel Washington,” but does he truly see himself the way his fans do? That’s to be determined.

“I said, ‘We still got our tickets, right? I didn’t sell the season tickets, did I? Of all years, not this year.’ ”

“We did good. It’s a … relief,” he said, at the thought that he pulled off a film sequel. “You don’t know. You have all these ideas and you put all these people together, you spend all this money, and it could still not work, but it does work. It’s a testament to [director] Antoine Fuqua.”

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‘Turn Me Loose’ pays homage to Dick Gregory | Champagne and Reception, Friday, October 12

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The heckling is raw in “Turn Me Loose,” and you can get in on it if you dare. Edwin Lee Gibson plays comedian Dick Gregory in this biographical drama of the comedian/activist, who died last year at the age of 84, and true to Gregory’s form, the joking gets serious. You want to call him something? He invites the audience to stand up in the light and do it.

It’s a stark moment, and reflective of the combative tone that saturates Gretchen Law’s 90-minute drama at Arena Stage. Gregory’s life and career were indelibly shaped by the civil rights era; he knew the breakthroughs of getting attention on late-night talk shows (and playing hardball to land the gig on dignified terms), and he lived through the setbacks of murders and assassinations. The show draws plenty of laughs with jokes that still sting: a long story about moving into a white neighborhood, cutting his lawn and being mistaken for “help” that culminates in a racy punchline too explosively funny to spoil here.

But Dick Gregory knew, and Law underlines, that at some point it’s just not funny anymore.

“Do you want to be funny?” Gregory is asked at one point during an interview. The answer comes slow, and it drives the point home.

Bio-dramas can be hero worship, and Law’s script — fully titled “A Play About Comic Genius Dick Gregory” — does not break the mold. (The play premiered when Gregory was alive, and the extensive producing credits for this show include John Legend.) Director John Gould Rubin sticks close to the comedy-club environment of Christopher Barreca’s showbizzy set as the stream-of-consciousness scenes hit the high points of Gregory’s life.

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There’s Gregory in the early 1960s, a hip-looking young man cracking savvy jokes, cradling a cocktail and a cigarette, getting a gig in front of Southerners at the Playboy Club. There’s Gregory in later years, an aged sage wagging his finger at us about the conspiracies we just won’t get wise to, from food (he evangelized for a strict vegetarian diet) to undying American racism.

View feature by By Nelson Pressley @ The Washington Post HERE

Turn Me Loose September 6 – October 14

Get tickets  for the Friday, October 12 show and champagne reception @ http://bit.ly/dick-gregory-dmv

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Rashida Jones; ‘Quincy is the story of black America’

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Rashida Jones was inspired to make a movie about her father Quincy Jones because his story “is also the story of black America”.

The 85-year-old music producer is the focus of a new Netflix documentary ‘Quincy’, directed by his daughter Rashida, 42, and she believes now is the perfect time for this film.

She told The Hollywood Reporter: “My dad’s story is also the story of black America. He was born in the 30s. He’s seen every decade since. He’s been relevant in every decade since so we’re dealing with a lot of race stuff in this country and it’s important to tell the stories of the past. It’s the only way we can learn. It’s the only way we can change and evolve and this is the great way to do it.”

Rashida co-directed the film with Alan Hicks, who is in awe of Quincy’s vast achievements throughout his decorated career.

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Bobby Brown Calls Kanye Ignorant Over Whitney Bathroom Photo

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BOBBY BROWN has called Kanye West ignorant over his choice to use an image of Whitney Houston’s bathroom for an album cover.

West made the decision to use an image of showing Houston’s bathroom littered with various types of drug paraphernalia for the cover of Pusha T’s album Daytona.

Last month, during an interview with Buzzfeed’s Profile show, Brown said: “Ignorant people are ignorant people, and they’re going to be that way until they find themselves.”

West purchased the rights to use the image for $85,000.

Brown also said that he found the move “very disrespectful”.

He has previously spoken out about his feelings on the matter but when into further detail during this more recent interview with Buzzfeed.

At the time of the release, the choice of artwork caused much controversy.

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