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Marrakech Film Festival '11: Forest Whitaker Working With 'Goodfellas' Writer Nicholas Pileggi On His Louis Armstrong Biopic

9 December 2011 11:59 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Actor/Director Says He Got Script Notes From Clint Eastwood On Project, Talks Working With Ji-Woon Kim On 'The Last Stand' After early supporting roles in "Fast Times at Ridgemont High," "The Color of Money," "Platoon," "Stakeout" and "Good Morning, Vietnam," Forest Whitaker finally landed a leading role, winning Best Actor at Cannes in the process, in 1988's "Bird" the biopic of jazz legend Charlie Parker directed by Clint Eastwood. Nearly 25-years-on, it looks like the actor-director is finally returning to another jazz icon, stepping behind the camera this time, although enlisting the help of his old collaborator on the film. We caught up with Whitaker this week at the Marrakech Film Festival, and he revealed he's got two directorial projects on the way or in the works: "Better Angels," a project focusing on Ugandan child soldiers in which he'll also star, and "Getting To »

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First Impressions: NBC's Grimm - The Pilot

27 October 2011 7:05 PM, PDT | | See recent Dread Central news »

With a few notable exceptions such as Insidious and Paranormal Activity 3, it's been a dismal year at the multiplex for horror. So what are fans supposed to do, especially on this holiest of all holiday weekends, Halloween? Turn to television of course, where the likes of "The Walking Dead", "Dexter", "American Horror Story", "Supernatural", "The Vampire Diaries", and even "The Secret Circle" and BBC America's "Bedlam" are kicking all sorts of genre ass. And a new entry arrives this Friday, October 28th, vying for your attention: NBC's "Grimm". Is it worth your time considering everything else there is to choose from?

We say resoundingly, "Yes!" From the minds of Jim Kouf and David Greenwalt, "Grimm" is everything a fan of both police procedurals and monster movies could want -- with a healthy dose of fairy tale magic sprinkled in. Greenwalt worked on "Buffy the Vampire Slayer", "Angel", "The X-Files »

- The Woman In Black

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Press Conference Coverage: Executive Producers and Writers Jim Kouf and David Greenwalt Discuss Grimm and the World of Network Television Horror

24 October 2011 12:47 PM, PDT | | See recent Dread Central news »

NBC is gearing up to premiere its latest foray into genre programming on Friday, October 28th: "Grimm," a new police procedural inspired by the classic Grimms’ fairy tales that centers around Portland homicide Detective Nick Burkhardt (David Giuntoli; Turn The Beat Around, Camera Obscura), who discovers he is descended from an elite line of criminal profilers known as "Grimms" that have been charged with keeping balance between humanity and the mythological creatures of the world.

As Nick struggles to hide the dangers of his newfound calling from his fiancée, Juliette (Bitsie Tulloch; "Quarterlife"), and his partner, Hank (Russell Hornsby; "Fear Itself," Stuck), he becomes ever more entrenched in the ancient rivalries and alliances of the Grimm world.

With help from his confidant, Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell, "Prison Break"), a reformed Grimm creature himself, Nick must navigate through the forces of a larger-than-life mythology while facing off with Hexenbiests, Blutbads and »

- thehorrorchick

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Universal Caters Steve Carell's FBI Wedding

29 June 2011 2:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

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Steve Carell is no slouch. Since leaving his breakout gig at 'The Office,' the actor has lined up about a dozen projects, has finished 'Crazy, Stupid, Love,' which is due July 29, is filming 'Seeking a Friend for the End of the World' and has roles in 'Great Hope Springs' and 'Burt Wonderstone,' both in pre-production. Now, Universal has salvaged another project for him by acquiring rights to an untitled FBI wedding comedy out of turnaround from Warner Bros.

According to Variety, the studio has tapped Phil Alden Robinson ('Field of Dreams' and 'The Sum of All Fears') to write the project, and Carell will be one of the producers through his Warner-based Carousel Productions.

The logline on the project hasn't been revealed, but it's believed to fall somewhere between the 1987 Richard Dreyfuss-Emilio Estevez 'Stakeout »

- Harley W. Lond

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Universal Wants To Go On An FBI Wedding With Steve Carell

28 June 2011 2:43 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

There is probably no comic leading man in Hollywood right now hotter than Steve Carell. It seems each week there is another project announced with the actor/comedian attached and this week is no different. Variety reports that Universal has picked up an untitled "FBI wedding" comedy in turnaround from Warner Bros. as a potential vehicle for the funnyman. Details are under wraps for now, but the film is said to fall somewhere between that 1987 Richard Dreyfuss and Emilio Estevez movie "Stakeout" and "My Best Friend's Wedding," which is two of the oddest comparison points for a project in recent… »

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The Hollywood News Exclusive: Emilio Estevez Speaks On His Career

9 May 2011 3:36 PM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Emilio Estevez

With a long and varied career behind him, viewers may be inclined to think that they’ve seen everything Emilio Estevez has to offer. But even at this stage, the forty-nine year old actor-director remains one of the industry’s brightest stars.

During the 1980s, Estevez was a prominent name in cinema. As part of a clique of rising young actors, along with the likes of brother Charlie Sheen and Rob Lowe, Estevez starred in a string of popular movies such as The Breakfast Club and Repo Man. Due to these hits, he has earned himself something of a cult status, and is remembered as the face of several iconic characters. Though Estevez became a less dominant on-screen force in the 1990s, he has since focused his efforts in directing, and proved himself more than capable with productions such as Bobby. With the directing talent to match his acting abilities, »

- Tom Fordy

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