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'Leverage': Christian Kane and John Schneider act, sing and duke it out

17 July 2010 6:22 PM, PDT | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

Christian Kane is having a bunch of dreams come true with this Sunday's (July 18) episode of TNT's caper drama "Leverage," called "The Studio Job," directed by former "Star Trek: The Next Generation" star Jonathan Frakes.

First up, Kane gets to sing "Thinking of You," an original song he co-wrote, when his character, cocky tough guy Eliot Spencer, goes undercover as a country crooner to take down a corrupt record executive.

"Just like every single one of my songs," Kane says, "it's about a girl. I don't know if I could write songs if it wasn't for the female race, to be honest with you.

"It's one of those songs, it's just a sweet little good-bye kiss, but it's got a pat on the butt as you go."

Kane also gets to trade blows with a icon of his youth, since "Dukes of Hazzard" star John Schneider plays the exec in question. »


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John Schneider to star in 'Doonby' film

25 April 2010 3:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

The actor who made Bo Duke a TV staple during the early 1980s will play a modern George Bailey in "Doonby."

In the feature film, John Schneider stars as Sam Doonby, a happy-go-lucky drifter who takes up residence in a small Texas town but seems suspiciously immune to the misfortunes that beset the other townsfolk.

The film is described as a cross between "It's a Wonderful Life" and "Crazy Heart" and also stars Robert Davi as the town sheriff.

Tommy Warren, who was behind the "Teed Off" series of golf comedies from National Lampoon, is producing with Mark Joseph, a marketing veteran whose campaigns included "The Passion of the Christ" and "Facing the Giants."

Joseph also is co-producing the film's soundtrack, which includes music from AC/DC lead singer Brian Johnson.

"Doonby" is written and directed by British filmmaker Peter Mackenzie and will be shot at Spiderwood Studios near Austin. »

- By Paul Bond

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