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Jackson may take 'Day' job for Paramount

25 August 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Samuel L. Jackson is in early negotiations to star as controversial Richmond (Calif.) High School basketball coach Ken Carter in Paramount Pictures' Back in the Day, with studio-based MTV Films and Tollin/Robbins Prods. producing. Thomas Carter, no relation to the coach, will direct the project, due to begin production later this year. Day would reunite Jackson with Paramount, for whom he starred in the 2000 features Shaft and Rules of Engagement as well as the upcoming Philip Kaufman-directed thriller The Blackout Murders. »

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Carter courted to post up Par's 'Back in the Day'

30 May 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Thomas Carter is in negotiations to direct Paramount Pictures' Back in the Day, a feature film based on controversial Richmond (Calif.) High School basketball coach Ken Carter. Studio-based MTV Films and Tollin/Robbins Prods. are producing. There is no start date on the project. Day reunites the director with Paramount and MTV, for whom he directed the studio and production company's 2001 feature Save the Last Dance. The helmer is no relation to the coach. Last year, the studio optioned the coach's life rights and those of his son Damon and hired Mark Schwahn to write the screenplay (HR 6/13). Coach Carter made national news in 1999 when he benched his entire undefeated basketball team for poor academic performance. He forfeited two league games and made the gym off-limits until students raised their grades, a move that drew praise and criticism from parents and school officials. His son was one of the members of the 1999 team who went on to earn four-year athletic scholarships. His was to the West Point Military Academy. Thomas Carter, repped by CAA, has directed such films as Metro and Swing Kids. »

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ABC's 'Hench' woman: Pollan

28 March 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Michael J. Fox has stayed close to home in casting the female lead in Hench at Home, his ABC comedy pilot inspired by his family life, as real-life wife Tracy Pollan has been tapped for the role. Meanwhile, Tony Award winner Audra McDonald has been cast to replace Theresa Randle as one of the two leads on CBS' drama pilot Violent Crime. Production on the pilot, which was halted earlier in the week, will resume this weekend, with new director Thomas Carter replacing Stephen Gyllenhaal. In other pilot casting news, Susan Gibney (NBC's Crossing Jordan) and Hamish Linklater (HBO's Live From Baghdad) have joined the NBC/NBC Studios comedy pilot Happy Family. »

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