Michael Rapaport Talks JUSTIFIED, His Favorite Darryl/Boyd Moment, Accepting the Character’s Fate, and More

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Based on the works of crime novelist Elmore Leonard and developed for television by showrunner Graham Yost, the FX drama series Justified is currently nearing the end of Season 5, which is also its penultimate season now that its been announced that the series will be ending with six seasons.  This season, U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens (Timothy Olyphant) has had to face the deadly and dangerous Crowe family while Boyd Crowder (Walton Goggins) struggles to free his imprisoned fiancée Ava (Joelle Carter), as his Dixie mafia partner Wynn Duffy (Jere Burns) grows increasingly impatient with him.

During this recent interview to promote his arc on the show this season, actor Michael Rapaport, who plays Darryl Crowe Jr., talked about how much fun it’s been to be a part of this show, what originally drew him to the role, how Darryl turns a blind eye to his family, much to his own detriment, what he’s enjoyed most about playing this character, the biggest challenges, working with Walton Goggins, his favorite Darryl and Boyd moment, why he’s cool with it, if Darryl doesn’t make it through the end of the season, what drives him as an actor, and the projects he’s been involved with that mean the most to him.  Check out what he had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.

First Trailer for THE HEAT Starring Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy

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The first trailer for Bridesmaids director Paul Feig’s comedy The Heat has been released.  The film stars Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy as an uptight FBI agent and a foul-mouthed Boston police officer, respectively, who must team up to take down a drug lord.  The “mismatched partners” buddy cop premise may seem a tad stale, but this trailer proves that the comedic talents of Bullock and McCarthy (not to mention Feige) are enough to turn the basic logline into a really fun ride.  The two appear to have some excellent chemistry, and it’s especially neat to see one Thomas F. Wilson (ie. Biff Tannen from Back to the Future) back on the big screen.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film also stars Demian Bichir, Tony Hale, Taran Killam, and Michael RapaportThe Heat opens on April 5, 2013.

TV Casting Call: Charlyne Yi Joins HOUSE, Dan Castellaneta to Guest on PARKS & RECREATION, and Michael Rapaport Joins 40 at HBO

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Here’s a trio of TV casting updates for you. First off, we already know that Lisa Edelstein will not be reprising her role as Dean of Medicine at Princeton-Plainsboro on the upcoming eighth season of House M.D. but the female portion of the cast won’t be down one as EW has learned that Knocked Up and Paper Heart star Charlyne Yi will become a series regular this fall. She’ll be playing another young doctor joining House’s team, and with her awkward nature and charming comedic timing, it should be quite an interesting match-up with Hugh Laurie.

Details on casting for Parks & Recreation and HBO’s new comedy series 40 can be found after the jump.

Trailer for Michael Rapaport’s Documentary BEATS, RHYMES & LIFE: THE TRAVELS OF A TRIBE CALLED QUEST

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One of the films I was bummed to miss at Sundance was Michael Rapaport’s documentary Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest.  I heard nothing but positive things about the film and I’m glad that I’ll finally get to see it in theaters.  Sony Pictures Classics has released a trailer for the film and it gets me excited for the flick because it looks like it helps uninitiated viewers like myself not only learn about a Tribe Called Quest, but also about the history of hip-hop and how they influenced the genre.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer.  Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of a Tribe Called Quest opens July 8th.

Tribeca Film Festival: BEATS RHYMES & LIFE: THE TRAVELS OF A TRIBE CALLED QUEST Comes Home

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After setting heads nodding and knees bouncing in unison at Sundance, Beats Rhymes & Life: The Travels Of A Tribe Called Quest got a Tribeca Film Festival crowd moving to the beat and, occasionally, to tears, for its homecoming screening.  Shown in the city that gave rise to the documentary’s titular characters, the New York premiere had a distinctly family vibe.

Hit the jump for audio and highlights from one of the festival’s liveliest q&a sessions all week.  Director Michael Rapaport and ATCQ members Malik Taylor (a.k.a. Phife Dawg) and Ali Shaheed Muhammad (seeing the film on a big screen for the 1st time) took the stage after the packed screening at the festival’s biggest venue: the Borough of Manhattan Community College Tribeca Performing Arts Center.

Sony Pictures Classics Picks up Michael Rapaport’s Documentary BEATS, RHYMES & LIFE: THE TRAVELS OF A TRIBE CALLED QUEST

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One of the films I wish I got a chance to see at Sundance this year was Michael Rapaport’s documentary Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest.  I’m not as familiar with A Tribe Called Quest as I want to be and I only heard positive things about the documentary from those who saw it.

Now it looks like I’ll have a chance to see it thanks to the folks at Sony Pictures Classics who have acquired the North American distribution rights to the flick, which documents the behind-the-scenes world of the influential alternative rap group.  Hit the jump for the full press release.

Sundance 2011: First Images from BEATS, RHYMES AND LIFE and BUCK

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We’ve been bringing you the first images from films that will premiere at the Sundance Film Festival later this month, and today we have two films that will be premiering in-competition in the US Documentary category: Beats, Rhymes and Life and Buck. Beats, Rhymes and Life marks the feature directorial debut of actor Michael Rapaport (Hitch) and tells the story of the rise and influence of hip-hop band “A Tribe Called Quest.”

Buck focuses on horse trainer Buck Brannaman, who uses a non-violence technique that involves respect and trust to train his horses. To check out the images and a brief synopsis from each film, hit the jump. The 2011 Sundance Film Festival runs from January 20 – 30th.

ASSASSINATION OF A HIGH SCHOOL PRESIDENT DVD Review

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Despite an interesting cast and passionate pleas from more than one film critic, Brett Simon’s Assassination of a High School President is the latest project to be burped out of the gaping, bankrupt maw of the Yari Film Group and directly onto the DVD market. Yari’s failure has claimed some terrific films – most notably a pair of Rod Lurie movies – and although Assassination doesn’t quite deserve to be lumped in with the best of the studio’s aborted litter, it’s certainly better than most direct-to-video projects, and well worth a rental and 90 minutes of your time. My review after the jump:

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