PROVEN INNOCENT: Executive producer Danny Strong on his new legal thriller series – Exclusive Interview

Director Danny Strong and actor Nicholas Hoult in REBEL IN THE RYE | ©2017 IFC

In Fox’s legal drama PROVEN INNOCENT, now in its first season Friday nights, a legal team in Chicago works to exonerate wrongfully convicted defendants. Among the lawyers is Madeline Scott (Rachelle Lefevre), who herself was wrongfully convicted and imprisoned for ten years for the murder of her best friend, Rosemary Lynch (Casey Tutton). While she takes on other cases, Madeline is still trying to get to the truth of Rosemary’s death. It doesn’t help that Chicago district attorney Gore Bellows (Kelsey Grammer), running for re-election, still thinks Madeline is guilty. David Elliot created PROVEN INNOCENT, and worked with executive producers […]Read On »

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PROVEN INNOCENT: Russell Hornsby talks new legal drama – Exclusive Interview

Russell Hornsby in PROVEN INNOCENT - Season 1 | ©2018 Fox/Michael Becker

In Fox’s new Friday-night drama PROVEN INNOCENT, a group of Chicago-based lawyers work to exonerated wrongfully convicted defendants. Their work is based on the real-life Innocence Project. Russell Hornsby plays Ezekiel “Easy” Boudreau, the leader of the legal group. San Francisco native Hornsby recently won Best Supporting Awards from the African-American Film Critics Association and the Los Angeles Online Film Critics Society for his work in the film THE HATE U GIVE and a Black Reel Award for his work in the TV miniseries SEVEN SECONDS. Hornsby played Seattle P.D. detective Hank Griffin (one of the show’s few non-human characters) […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE HATE U GIVE

THE HATE YOU GIVE movie poster | ©2018 20th Century Fox

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Amandla Stenberg, Regina Hall, Russell Hornsby, Issa Rae, Common, Anthony Mackie, Algee Smith, Sabrina Carpenter, K.J. Apa, Dominique Fishback, Lamar Johnson, TJ Wright, Megan Lawless, Karen Kendrick Writer: Audrey Wells, based on the novel by Angie Thomas Director: George Tillman Jr. Distributor: Twentieth Century Fox Release Date: October 5, 2018 The title of THE HATE U GIVE is taken from Tupac Shakur’s “T.H.U.G.L.I.F.E. (The Hate U Give Little Infants F***s Everybody).” This translates to the late Shakur’s philosophy that racism aimed at children ruins not only their lives, but the lives of everyone in the vicinity. Based […]Read On »

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Movie Review: FENCES

FENCES movie poster | ©2016 Paramount Pictures

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Jovan Adepo, Russell Hornsby, Mykelti Williamson, Saniyya Sidney Writer: August Wilson, based on his play Director: Denzel Washington Distributor: Paramount Pictures Release Date: December 16, 2016 When the late August Wilson’s play FENCES opened on Broadway in 1987, it proceeded to win Tony Awards for pretty much everything – Best Play, Best Actor (James Earl Jones), Best Featured Actress (Mary Alice) and Best Direction (Lloyd Richards). The 2010 revival proceeded to win Best Revival of a Play, Best Actor for Denzel Washington and Best Actress (upgraded from Featured) for Viola […]Read On »

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GRIMM: Russell Hornsby talks Season 6 fallout – exclusive interview

Russell Hornsby as Hank Griffin in GRIMM | © 2016 Scott Green/NBC

When SAG/AFTRA hosts a Q&A for NBC’s GRIMM, which has its fifth-season finale Friday, April 20, by the time Russell Hornsby gets to the Assignment X section of the red carpet, they’re about ready to pull him inside. Still, the actor, who plays Portland, Oregon police detective Hank Griffin on the show makes time to answer a few questions. Hornsby will also be seen soon in the film adaptation of August Wilson’s play FENCES, directed by and starring Denzel Washington. AX: GRIMM has made it past one hundred episodes and will be going into a sixth season. How surprised or […]Read On »

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GRIMM: Reggie Lee on Season 5 – exclusive interview

Reggie Lee as Sergeant Wu in GRIMM | © 2016 Scott Green/NBC

When NBC’s GRIMM, Fridays at 9 PM, recently celebrated its hundredth episode, the cast celebrated in a number of ways, including by speaking to a group of fellow actors at SAG headquarters. Among the panelists is Reggie Lee, who plays Portland, Oregon police Sergeant Wu. Over five seasons of GRIMM, poor Wu was out of the loop for longer than anyone. When he encountered an Aswang – a horrifying Wesen referred to in real-life Filipino mythology – detectives Nick (David Giuntoli), the Grimm of the title, and Hank (Russell Hornsby) let Wu think he was crazy rather than telling him […]Read On »

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Interview: The scoop on GRIMM Season 3 from co-creators David Greenwalt and Jim Kouf – Part 1

GRIMM Season 3 key art | ©2013 NBC

In Season 3 of GRIMM, NBC on Fridays at 9 PM, quite a lot is going on with all the characters. Our hero, Portland, Oregon police detective Nick Burkhardt (David Giuntoli) is a Grimm who can recognize and, when need be, fight Wesen, supernatural beings who conceal their true identities behind a human appearance. Nick started the season as a zombie and killed a man in a bar fight before being restored to normal. Nick’s girlfriend Juliette (Bitsie Tulloch) and his police partner Hank (Russell Hornsby) now know Nick is a Grimm. Nick’s wolflike Wesen friend Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell) […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: The GRIMM realities for actor Reggie Lee

Reggie Lee and David Giuntoli in GRIMM - Season 2 | ©2013 NBC/Michael Muller

At this point on GRIMM, now in its third season Fridays at 9 PM on NBC, almost all the main characters know that Portland,Oregon police detective Nick Burkhardt (David Giuntoli) is a Grimm. A Grimm is someone who can see (and if need be fight) Wesen, supernatural beings who can appear to be and live as humans, but who also have animalistic forms and idiosyncratic social structures. By now, Nick’s girlfriend Juliet (Bitsy Tulloch knows), Nick’s police partner (Russell Hornsby) knows, Nick’s part-Wesen police captain (Sasha Roiz knows) and Nick’s best friend, werewolf-like Wesen Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell), knows. EvenMonroe’s […]Read On »

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TV Review: GRIMM – Season 3 – “The Ungrateful Dead” – Season Premiere

David Giuntoli as Nick Burkhardt, Bree Turner as Rosalee; (l-r) Russell Hornsby as Hank Griffin, Reggie Lee as Sgt. Wu, Sasha Roiz as Cpt. Renard, Bitsie Tulloch as Juliette Silverton, Silas Weir Mitchell as Monroe in GRIMM - Season 2 | ©2013 NBC/Michael Muller

Stars: David Giuntoli, Russell Hornsby, Bitsie Tulloch, Silas Weir Mitchell, Sasha Roiz, Reggie Lee, Bree Turner, Claire Coffee, Shohreh Agdashloo, James Frain, Reg. E. Cathey Writers: Jim Kouf & David Greenwalt, series created by Stephen Carpenter and David Greenwalt & Jim Kouf Director: Norberto Barba Network: NBC, Fridays @ 9 PM Original Airdate: October 25, 2013 Season 2 of GRIMM ended on a cliffhanger, with our hero, Nick the Grimm (David Giuntoli) zombified and put in a coffin by Baron Samedi (Reg E. Cathey), and Juliette (Bitsie Tulloch), Monroe (Silas Weir Mitchell) and Rosalee (Bree Turner) trapped by running zombies […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: GRIMM star Russell Hornsby Talks Fairy-tales, Production and more

Sasha Roiz, Reggie Lee, Russell Hornsby, Silas Weir Mitchell, David Giuntoli and Bitsie Tulloch in GRIMM - Season 1 | ©2011 NBC/Eric Ogden

On NBC’s GRIMM, now in its second season Monday nights at 10 PM – the show moves back to its Friday 9 PM timeslot in several weeks – Russell Hornsby plays Portland, Oregon police detective Hank Griffin. Hornsby has previously been a series regular on GIDEON’S CROSSING as a medical doctor, on HAUNTED as a police detective who assists a private eye (played by Matthew Fox) who can see ghosts and on LINCOLN HEIGHTS as the father of a family involved in dramatic situations. On GRIMM, Hank has lately been cutting a lot of slack for the sometimes strange behavior of his […]Read On »

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