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Denzel Washington is saying goodbye to directing … or at least for now. The Oscar-winning actor told HipHollywood that rumors that Fences is his last directorial endeavor are true and the reason is pretty simple … he’s tired lol.

“It’s taxing, it’s time consuming, so you have to want to do it,” explained the veteran actor who helmed Antwone Fisher and The Great Debaters before taking on the August Wilson masterpiece. “Right now, not to say I’ll never do it again, but I don’t have a reason to.”

So what was his reason for directing Fences? Washington revealed he was asked to direct the project after performing in the play on Broadway back in 2010.

“We did the play and we had tremendous success,” explained Washington.  “So I knew I could play the part, and I knew we had a brilliant cast. But, even at that time it took me another three to four years to say, ‘OK, I’m the best one for it.'”

Adds Washington, “I give the utmost respect to Kenny Leon, who directed the play and gave us all a shape that we took and went to Pittsburgh and made the film.”

Now slated for release on Christmas, the film is getting rave reviews, and Viola Davis has already been nominated for a SAG and Golden Globe award for her performance. Washington told us he had to have Davis, and all the other actors from the Broadway production, do the film if it was going to be a success.


Exclusive Details: Trey Songz Arrested For Domestic Violence + Singer’s Public Response



HipHollywood can confirm that singer, Trey Songz, was arrested on Monday morning on domestic violence charges.

The Los Angeles Police Department tells us that Tremaine Neverson, the r&b crooner’s legal name, was taken into custody around 6:30am. The arrest stemmed from an alleged violent incident on February 18.

We are told the singer was let out on bail, which was set at $50k.

After being released, Songz took to Instagram to respond to the arrest, writing on Twitter:

“For weeks my lawyers & Mgmt have asked me not to comment on this and I initially agreed but this morning I feel that my fam, the women that raised me, my friends & fans especially the youth need to hear from me. I am being lied on and falsely accused for someone’s personal gain”

He added, “I won’t be speaking too much more on this but would like to thank you for all the prayers and support.”

The singer was also clearly unbothered by the arrest because he went as far as to share a string of stories on Instagram, which included him raving about the beautiful day and blasting music throughout his home.

As previously reported, during All Star Weekend, a woman claimed Songz unleashed fury during a Hollywood Hills party after he spotted her talking to another man.

Following the incident, the woman went to the hospital where she was treated before calling police.

The alleged victim’s lawyer, famous women’s rights attorney Lisa Bloom, even took to Instagram earlier this month to ask for any witnesses. “Went with my client today for her second police interview re her allegations that Trey Songz choked and punched her earlier this month,” Bloom tweeted. “Many were present. We need just one to have a conscience and step forward as a witness.”

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