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Oprah Winfrey’s Harpo Films Sued by Family of ‘Great Debaters’ Subject

9 hours ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Oprah Winfrey’s Harpo Films has been sued by the family of Melvin B.Tolson, who was portrayed by Denzel Washington in the 2007 film “The Great Debaters.” The suit was filed in federal court in Louisiana on Wednesday by David Wayne Semien, described as the succession representative and legal guardian of several of Tolson’s relatives. The Weinstein Company and Metro-Goldwyn Mayer Distribution are also named in the suit. “The defendants never requested, nor did Mr. Tolson’s heirs ever give the defendants consent to use or exploit Mr. Tolson’s name, image, likeness in making and distributing a film about his life without any. »

- Tim Kenneally

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Oprah Winfrey's Harpo Sued by Family of Man Depicted in 'The Great Debaters'

12 hours ago | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

"Life rights" is something that is often discussed, but rarely understood. It refers to the notion that a movie studio has some obligation to get the consent of an individual if that person's name and life experiences are to be adapted into a television show or feature film. However, there's no explicit law requiring that. Instead, there are some state laws protecting one's name or likeness from being commercially misappropriated, and that's what the family of Melvin B. Tolson is attempting to use in a lawsuit over the 2007 film, The Great Debaters, directed by Denzel Washington.

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- Eriq Gardner

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Movie Review – Fences (2016)

9 February 2017 3:30 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Fences, 2016.

Directed by Denzel Washington.

Starring Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Jovan Adepo, and Russell Hornsby.

Synopsis:

Set in 1950’s Pittsburgh ‘Fences’ follows Troy Maxson (Washington) and his wife Rose (Davis) over the course of a decade. Adapted from the August Wilson play it is one of ten which sought to verbalise and explore the African American experience specifically. A body of work which is now referred to as the ‘August Wilson Century Cycle’.

To fully appreciate this film ignorance of any back history is essential. However if that is unavoidable and you arrive knowing that Washington and Davis performed Fences on stage, with it will come a certain amount of expectation. And thankfully on this occasion the acclaim is not without merit, as both bring chemistry, knowledge and depth to their portrayals of Troy and Rose Maxson. Other players to make the leap include Stephen McKinley Henderson’s Jim Bono, »

- Amie Cranswick

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Fences review: Dir. Denzel Washington (2017)

6 February 2017 12:15 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Fences review: Denzel Washington and Viola Davis are flawless in this stunning adaptation of August Wilson’s 1980s Pulitzer-winner.

Fences review by Paul Heath, February 2017.

Fences review

Denzel Washington leads the cast and takes a trip behind the camera to direct for the first time since Antwone Fisher for Fences, the big-screen adaptation of August Wilson‘s Pulitzer Prize-winning play of the same name.

In the film, Washington plays Troy Maxson, a Pittsburgh native and former baseball player with all of the makings of a professional career ahead of him. However, his dreams of joining a pro team are halted almost immediately as the rules stipulated at the time prevent black players from signing. Decades on from those ambitious younger days we find Troy in the 1950s, working a dead-end job as a sanitation worker with only Friday to look forward to. He works alongside long-time friend Jim Bono (Stephen Henderson »

- Paul Heath

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Santa Barbara Fest Honors Emma Stone, Ryan Gosling and Raft of Artisans

1 February 2017 10:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

This year’s Santa Barbara Intl. Film Festival will screen a wide array of films, scores of them world or U.S. premieres, and pay tribute to film luminaries, including Denzel Washington, Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Isabelle Huppert, and Casey Affleck.

Casey Affleck and Michelle Williams

Cinema Vanguard Award

The “Manchester by the Sea” co-stars, both Oscar- nominated for their roles in Kenneth Lonergan’s drama about a taciturn Boston handyman with a tortured past, will receive the Cinema Vanguard honor on Feb. 5. Affleck has one earlier nomination under his belt, for “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford,” while Williams previously scored three Academy Award nominations — for “Brokeback Mountain,” “Blue Valentine,” and “My Week With Marilyn.”

Jeff Bridges

American Riviera Award

The Oscar-nominated “Hell or High Water” star is being honored for his contribution to film by the festival. A child of Hollywood — his father, Lloyd, »

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Denzel Washington to Receive Career Honor From Hollywood Publicists

12 January 2017 8:13 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Hollywood publicists have selected Denzel Washington as Motion Picture Showman of the Year in recognition of his career achievements.

Washington will be honored at the 54th Annual International Cinematographers Guild Publicists awards on Feb. 24 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

“Denzel continues to excel as a major creative force in filmmaking while also recognizing the key role that publicity and promotion play in the success of filmmaking,” said awards committee chairman Henri Bollinger. .”His understanding of what it takes to attract movie audiences supports his exceptional talents as an actor and filmmaker..”

Washington produced, directed, wrote and stars in the drama “Fences,” and also reprised the Tony Award-winning role he played on Broadway in 2010.

Icg National President Steven Poster said, .”Denzel Washington brings a unique reality and a dignity to every character he portrays, be they actual or imagined people, good guys or bad. I always look forward to seeing him on screen. »

- Dave McNary

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Denzel Washington Interview: The Director Reveals How He Opened Up ‘Fences’

11 January 2017 8:56 AM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Ever since I first met Denzel Washington on the set of Spike Lee’s “Malcolm X,” I’ve felt comfortable with him. Maybe it’s because he and my mother grew up in the same working-class New York suburb, Mount Vernon. Fact is, I grew up in the film industry with Washington, along with Mel Gibson, Debra Winger, Bruce Willis, Kevin Costner, and John Travolta; we’re all close to the same age.

I know the way he swings his tall body into that loping, cocky walk. And it’s fun to watch him, in the green room at the Writers Guild, enthusiastically wave his hands around when he talks about directing. He’s in a good mood: His August Wilson film adaptation of “Fences” has been enthusiastically received, by critics, audiences and — perhaps most crucially for its Oscar chances — actors, landing the coveted SAG Ensemble nomination.

In his third directorial outing (“The Debaters, »

- Anne Thompson

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Denzel Washington Interview: The Director Reveals How He Opened Up ‘Fences’

11 January 2017 8:56 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Ever since I first met Denzel Washington on the set of Spike Lee’s “Malcolm X,” I’ve felt comfortable with him. Maybe it’s because he and my mother grew up in the same working-class New York suburb, Mount Vernon. Fact is, I grew up in the film industry with Washington, along with Mel Gibson, Debra Winger, Bruce Willis, Kevin Costner, and John Travolta; we’re all close to the same age.

I know the way he swings his tall body into that loping, cocky walk. And it’s fun to watch him, in the green room at the Writers Guild, enthusiastically wave his hands around when he talks about directing. He’s in a good mood: His August Wilson film adaptation of “Fences” has been enthusiastically received, by critics, audiences and — perhaps most crucially for its Oscar chances — actors, landing the coveted SAG Ensemble nomination.

In his third directorial outing (“The Debaters, »

- Anne Thompson

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