Could Tyrese have starred in Django Unchained instead of Jamie Foxx?
*I know first hand how hard it is for an actor to rehearse so diligently for an audition, finally get seen by the powers-that-be in what they consider a to die for kind of role; get a callback but ultimately no booking.
Aaaarrrgggghhhhh!!! It’s a terrible, defeatist kind of feeling. But actors get use to it because it happens a lot.
*HBO’s “Eastbound & Down” has cast “Django Unchained’ actor Omar Dorsey for its fourth and final season, which premieres Sunday, Sept. 29, at 10 p.m.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the actor will play Dontel Benjamin, a flashy former NFL player turned loudmouth talk-show host. He’s described as an aggressive, obnoxious person who rarely lets anyone get a word in edgewise.
The role comes as the actor, whose credits also include episodes of “Bones,” “Rizzoli & Isles” and “Castle” and the feature “The Blind Side,” plays a recurring role on Fox’s Greg Kinnear drama “Rake,” due midseason.
HBO announced in June that “Eastbound & Down,” produced by McBride, Jody Hill, Will Ferrell, Chris Henchy and Adam McKay, will end after this season’s eight episodes.
The show stars McBride as Kenny Powers, a former professional baseball pitcher, who after an up and down career in the major leagues is forced to return to his hometown middle-school in Shelby, North Carolina, as a substitute physical education teacher.
*“Django Unchained” stars Jamie Foxx and Leonardo DiCaprio are set to reteam for Warner Bros’ upcoming adaptation of S. Craig Zahler’s crime novel “Mean Business On North Ganson Street.”
The book is in galleys and in the process of being shopped to publishers, according to Deadline.com. DiCaprio will play a hardened detective who, after being told by a man that his beautiful wife is missing, tells him she is a hooker who obviously made off with his money. After the man commits a desperate tragic act right in the squad room, the disgraced detective is sent to a hellhole rust belt town called Victory, Missouri, where violent crime is skyrocketing. Partnered with an equally bad-assed detective (Foxx) who was demoted for publicly brutalizing a suspect, the new partners get to do some real work. Police officers start showing up dead execution-style, and the cops think it might be open season on Victory’s police department.
Zahler will write the script and DiCaprio and his Appian Way partner Jennifer Davisson Killoran will be the producers.
Foxx opens in theaters today opposite Channing Tatum in “White House Down,” while DiCaprio next stars in the Martin Scorsese-directed “The Wolf Of Wall Street.”
*Quentin Tarantino‘s “Django Unchained” re-opened in China yesterday to disappointing numbers after it was snatched suddenly from the country’s theaters last month.
Some “minor changes” were made, according to Shanghai’s UME Cineplex. According to Deadline.com, the edited version is three minutes shorter, with nudity scenes omitted.
As previously reported, the film in its original cut was pulled just minutes into its opening screenings on April 11, without an official explanation. The film was expected to take in “a conservative 60 million yuan ($9.8M) in ticket sales” during its April debut, according to China Daily. But Sunday’s re-opening was poor.
“The film’s seat occupancy rate is below 30 percent as of 3:30 this afternoon,” Zhang Wenwen, manager of Wanda International Cineplex, Beijing, told China Daily. In Shanghai, UME International Cineplex in Xintiandi showed a 50 percent rate, but that was still below the box office average compared with other Hollywood movies, including “Iron Man 3” and Tom Cruise’s “Oblivion,” which debuted on Friday.
With her last film “Django Unchained” resting comfortably On Demand, Washington is bringing fresh product into theaters this weekend with “Tyler Perry Presents Peeples.” She plays the fiancée of Craig Robinson’s character who, crashes her family’s stuffy Hamptons retreat to introduce himself to her parents.
Kerry Washington, Craig Robinson and David Alan Grier (R) in “Tyler Perry Presents Peeples”
Juggling these constant film gigs with her ABC series “Scandal” may be an awesome problem to have, considering quality roles for African American actresses are scarce in both mediums. But filming “Peeples” was a breeze, she tells us – and for good reason.
“‘Scandal’ did not exist for me when we were shooting this movie,” said Washington during interviews for “Peeples.” “We shot this movie before we even shot the pilot of ‘Scandal,’ before I knew the script for ‘Scandal’ existed.”
Scott Foley and Kerry Washington in a scene from ABC’s “Scandal”
“Scandal,” meanwhile, has two shows left before the season ends – Thursday’s “Any Questions?” and the May 16th finale “White Hat’s Back On.” Of course Kerry wouldn’t reveal any details about either episode of the Shonda Rhimes series – but she did tell us about her stunned reaction to the season finale when she first read the script.
Listen below. [Scroll down to watch clips from Thursday's (May 9) episode.]
So Be It: Cyrus tries to convince the President to fix things with his wife.
Did You Hear: The mole knows about election rigging.
*“Scandal” star Kerry Washington is the June cover girl for Elle magazine, which has crowned her “the hottest woman on TV.”
While the ABC political drama has made her a household name, her role in Quentin Tarantino’s Oscar-winning “Django Unchained” has people continuing to pay attention.
“I’m the luckiest broad in Hollywood now,” she told the mag. “To be the lead actor on ‘Scandal’ and to be in the highest-earning Tarantino movie — I don’t get to ask for more.”
The 36-year-old will be in theaters again this weekend in director Tina Gordon Chism’s “Tyler Perry Presents: Peeples,” alongside “The Office’s” Craig Robinson and David Alan Grier.
Washington dons designs by Giorgio Armani, Balmain, Tom Ford, Giambattista Valli and Marc Jacobs for the Elle spread …
…and admits all the glitz and glam has been pretty nice, even the strenuous routine of getting red-carpet ready.
“I found out I enjoy the process,” she said. “All these people show up at my house, they all have kits, someone has dresses. And it’s like, let’s have fun. It’s not all about me. We’re able to create stories on the red carpet.”
Monday night she wore a black and floral Vera Wang gown to the Costume Institute’s annual Met Gala and rocked purple highlights in her hair.
Spring 2013 Costume Institute Exhibition at Metropolitan Museum Gala: Kerry Washington (May 6, 2013)
The June edition of Elle featuring Washington on the cover hits newsstands May 21.