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Diddy and Denzel may team up for movie • 10.22.08
Mount Vernon is in the house.
Diddy is reportedly in talks with studio execs to star in a biographical film about old school rapper Terry “T La Rock” Keaton. Denzel Washington is expected to direct the film.
T La Rock is best known for his 1984 hit “It’s Yours,” which helped pave the way for the hip-hop movement in the 1980s. In 1994, he suffered a tramautic brain injury after trying to breakÂ up a fight in the Bronx.
In other Diddy news, the rap mogul was ticketed in Miami last week for blaring the music in his car too loud. You can ask him to turn down the volume, but I thought I told you that he won’t stop, thought I told you that he won’t stop.
(Denzel photo by Carucha Meuse / The Journal News)
(Diddy photo by Dima Gavrysh/Associated Press)
Podcast: Sept. 18 • 09.18.08
On the show this week: I name-drop Eastchester native Bobby Moynihan, who makes a strong “SNL” debut; Eva Amurri rolls her eyes at the style of Pound Ridge mom Susan Sarandon; and former LoHud dwellers Denzel Washington and Henry “The Fonz” Winkler were among a star-studded crowd to check out the USC-Ohio State game.
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â€œAmerican Idolâ€ finalist Kimberley Locke helped organize a fundraiser that will be held this Saturday at Caramoor in Katonah to benefit the charity Camp Heartland. Which star of â€œWhose Line is it Anyway?â€ is scheduled to host?
A. Wayne Brady
B. Drew Carey
C. Colin Mochrie
D. Ryan Stiles
Denzel lays the smackdown on RNN • 08.28.08
You may have already read my story about how Denzel stopped by Mount Vernon this week, but check out RNN’s video on the visit. Towards the end, you’ll see Denzel “go Training Day” on anchor Andrew Whitman.
But don’t get it twisted, Andrew Whitman is the baddest suspendered journalist on the planet. While all the other networks were asking Denzel fluff questions, the RNN titan asked Denzel if Mount Vernon was placing more emphasis on saving its sports programs rather than its teachers. Denzel fired back with an Oscar-worthy performance.
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At The Movies with Aman and Chris: Denzel Washington’s rant inspires Russell Crowe conversation • 08.26.08
Even at the end of a long work day, we Suburbarazzi talk about things. Y’know, everyday stuff. Socioeconomic development in Uganda. Fluffy bunnies. And movies, I guess.
So when I asked my fellow Suburbarazzo via Facebook chat tonight about today’s appearance by Denzel Washington in Mount Vernon, it segued into a discussion about former Nyack dweller, Russell Crowe.
The conversation below has been edited for clarity and to make us look like we care about capitalization in online conversation. Please note that I made Aman — a stand-up comedian — laugh twice or at least write out the phrase “hahahaha” two times to pretend he was. Either way, I’ll pretend he was in hysterics reading my hilarious words of hilarity.
The chat at one point picked up when Aman told me Washington said he was “really upset” about the Mount Vernon’s school district’s budget woes.
Aman: He was just really heated about the whole subject
Chris: Why does one of the world’s best actors need to be defensive about that, though?
Chris: Maybe he feels guilty, in retrospect, that he donated money to athletics when teaching jobs were later cut
Aman: One thing I give Denzel serious props about, that man seriously knows how to select good movie scripts to act in
Aman: Like whats the last flop movie he was in?
Chris: Absolutely. He’s amazing.
Chris: Even Russell Crowe does “A Good Year” now and then
Aman: Meh, “Master and Commander” I wasn’t a fan of
Chris: My dad likes that flick
Chris: But no one liked “A Good Year”
Aman: Yeah I dont think I saw that one
Chris: I think Russell Crowe attended its premiere, threw his cell phone at the projectionist and walked out the emergency exit door, setting off the fire alarm and sprinklers
Aman: Apparently he’s going to play Bill Hicks in a biopic movie
Chris: I still love that guy though.
Chris: Like, will defend him 100 percent
Aman: Oh I like him too
Chris: That (Bill Hicks movie)’d be good. “The Insider” is one of my favorite movies
Chris: And maybe his best acting performance ever
Aman: Agreed, I do have a soft spot for “Gladiator” though
Chris: Good movie. Not great.
Chris: Although I like that Jay-Z uses his “Is this not why you are here?” speech to open “What More Can I Say?”
(Non-AP photo of Aman Ali and Chris Serico wearing ironic T-shirts featuring puns involving the original Nintendo Entertainment System/Aman Ali and Chris Serico)
Denzel Donates $100k for Mount Vernon sports • 08.07.08
After Mount Vernon schools announced extensive budget cuts to its after school programs this year, the city announced today actor Denzel Washington donated $100,000 to help the programs.
Aside from his terrific acting, one thing I really love about Denzel is he never forgets his Mount Vernon roots. He always manages to find time to stay active in Mount Vernon’s youth programs and is one of very few Hollywood celebrities that is immune to my Sword of Sarcasm.
(AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
Podcast: May 7 • 05.07.08
On the podcast this week: Clooney coming to Pelham, Denzel doling out neuroscience dollars in Mount Vernon, and Panettiere on FunnyorDie.
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And, of course, the quiz:
As the Clooney event suggests, the Pelham Picture House has been on a roll lately, luring in some of Hollywoodâ€™s biggest megawatt celebs. Can you guess which of the following has NOT appeared at the tiny theater in the past year?
A. Michael Douglass
B. Tom Cruise
C. Sean Penn
D. Steve Carell
There’s no denying it: Denzel Washington is a good looking bald man. Especially with a goatee. The Mount Vernon native returned to his hometown this morning to present two research scholarships — the, ahem, Pauletta and Denzel Washington Family Scholar in Neuroscience Awards — to med students Lindsey B. Ross and Debi M. Thomas.
Many thanks to honorary Suburbarazzo Nicole Neroulias for sending a cell phone pic of the event (the first one in the series below). All of the other photos are by Carucha L. Meuse.
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Denzel Washington’s brain trust • 04.30.08
Quick, see if you can guess which of the following causes Mount Vernon favorite son Denzel Washington is returning to his hometown to promote on Friday, May 2? Is it:
A. The Mount Vernon Boys & Girls club, a longtime Washington charity.
B. New Mount Vernon mayor Clinton Young, who Washington campaigned for last year.
C. The NFL’s European league, which Washington’s son used to play in.
Answer is after the break.
Podcast: April 9 • 04.09.08
On the podcast this week: the BeyoncÃ©-Jay-Z wedding, Mariah Carey’s chart-topper, and Denzel’s next movie.
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At the end of the video and after the break is the answer to this week’s quiz: Behind champ Ruben Studdard and runner-up Clay Aiken, new North Salem resident Kimberley Locke finished third on season two of “American Idol.” Who finished fourth that season?
A) Joshua Gracin
B) Carmen Rasmusen
Mount Vernon-raised Denzel Washington has been tabbed to play the lead in “The Matarese Circle,” which looks to be the next movie based on a novel by “The Bourne Identity” novelist Robert Ludlum.
According to an April 3 article by The Hollywood Reporter, the movie “revolves around two secret agents — an American and a Russian — who must work together to fight a mysterious group of killers known as the Matarese. The twist: The agents, Bradley Scofield and Vasili Taleniekov, have been nemeses for years, with each responsible for killing someone close to the other. According to those familiar with the pitch, Washington would play Scofield.”
Which is a shame, because I’d love to hear Washington do an entire movie with a Russian accent. And I have no reason to believe the two-time Oscar-winner wouldn’t be able to pull it off convincingly, either.
(AP Photo/Louis Lanzano)
Gandolfini joins Washington in ‘Pelham’ • 03.25.08
From mobster to mayor of New York. According to TV Guide, James Gandolfini is joining the cast of the remake of the action classic “The Taking of Pelham 123.”
In case you never saw the original, it’s about a thug (to be played by John Travolta in the update) who takes a subway car hostage and holds it for ransom. Gandolfini will play the role of NYC mayor facing the crisis.
And while all of this (including the intentionally misleading title of this post) has nothing to do with the Westchester village of Pelham, we still have more than a few reasons to mention it on this here suburban celebrity blog. Among them: Mount Vernon native Denzel Washington will be taking on the role of subway security chief Zachary “Z” Garber, played by Walter Matthau in the original. And that’s not all! Former Scarsdale resident (and current NY Giants owner) Steve Tisch is also reportedly producing the flick. See, local connections galore.
Thanks to F.O.S. Amy Vernon for the tip.
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Aside from Jon Stewart’s monologue and the Jonah Hill/Seth Rogan-Halle Berry/Judi Dench bit, it was kind of like watching “Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End”Ã¢â‚¬â€I really wanted to enjoy it, to believe it was worth the hype, but it just seemed to drag and drag. And, of course, it was utterly predictable.
OK, so maybe Marion Cotillard was a surprise, but were any of the others? Maybe I’m a little bitter that Hal Holbrook and Ruby Dee ended up empty-handed (even though I did pick Tilda Swinton), or maybe it’s just that the supposedly “shortened” clip-reels from past ceremonies padded the show with what felt like a half-hour of filler (loved the Jon Stewart tributes to “binoculars and telescopes” and “bad dreams,” though). Bottom line: I’m kinda wishing I’d spent the night watching the latest installment of “The Wire” instead.
A few more random thoughts on the evening:
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Go Cynthia Wade! The one true silver-lining moment of the evening for me was when the Croton native (pictured here, on the left) won the award for Best Documentary Short Subject. In case you haven’t seen our RNN Oscar Special yet, Karen DePodwin has an outstanding interview and profile of Wade — in full Oscar-preparation mode. Skip about 1/4 of the way through the full video to watch it.
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Was it just me, or did Denzel Washington look royally pissed off to be presenting Best Picture? And really, can you blame him? The Mount Vernon native got snubbed for not one, but two films (“American Gangster” and “The Great Debaters”). I can’t speak to the latter, but for my money, the former was easily as good as any of the actual Best Pic nominees.
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Boy, did New Rochelle’s Ruby Dee look shocked after they played the clip of her slapping Denzel in “American Gangster”? As she watched from her seat, the expression on her face seemed to say: “That was me in that movie? Damn, I’m good!”
Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Nobody was more uncomfortable in their attire than Diablo Cody. As she walked away from the podium after accepting Best Original Screenplay, with the slit in her dress riding up waaay too high, the only thought running through her head: I knew I shoulda worn underwear.
(All photos: AP)