The cast and creators of Grimm, the mish-mash procedural monster fairy tale cop show, took to Comic Con to discuss the making of the hit show and to preview its upcoming second season. Amongst the panel: Writer/Creators David Greenwalt & Jim Kouf, director Norberto Barba, executive producers Todd Milliner & Sean Hayes, and cast members David Giuntoli, Bitsie Tulloch, Silas Weir Mitchell, Bree Turner, Russell Hornsby, Reggie Lee & Sasha Roiz. For a recap of the panel, hit the jump.
The first trailer for Kevin James’ (Paul Blart: Mall Cop) new picture, Here Comes the Boom has gone online. James stars as a high school science teacher who gets mixed up in the violent world of mixed martial arts in order to earn money to save school projects from budget cuts. While James has become known for being part of Adam Sandler’s cadre (You Don’t Mess with the Zohan, I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry, Grown Ups, Hotel Transylvania and Grown Ups 2), he hasn’t exactly stood out for the right reasons in his non-Sandler works (Paul Blart: Mall Cop, The Dilemma and Zookeeper). Will Here Comes the Boom prove any different?
Zookeeper director Frank Coraci’s Here Comes the Boom, starring James, Salma Hayek, Henry Winkler, Melissa Peterman, Greg Germann, Joe Rogan, Reggie Lee and Bas Rutten, opens October 12th. Hit the jump for the trailer and synopsis.
Criminals are now so afraid of Jason Statham that they’re mobilizing an entire city to take him down…and it still might not be enough. In a new trailer for Safe, just released from Lionsgate, Statham plays Luke Wright, an ex-cop from New York who witnesses some tough guys attempting to abduct a twelve-year-old girl. After rescuing her, Wright learns that the girl has memorized a code and that the Triads, Russian Mafia and corrupt NYC officials all want it. They’ll do anything to get it, but they’ll have to go through Wright first.
Directed by Boaz Yakin (Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time), Safe also stars Anson Mount (Straw Dogs), Chris Sarandon (Fright Night), Reggie Lee (Grimm) and James Hong (Blade Runner). Safe opens up on March 2, 2012. If you’re a fan of Statham, you’ll want to hit the jump and check out this trailer.
While on the set of Grimm, we walked by a trailer where it looked like someone was lying down, getting an extensive amount of make-up applied. Mostly naked, it was hard not to look up with curiosity and then look away out of modesty. A big make-up wouldn’t be that surprising for the show, as it definitely deals in the fantastical and the macabre. Grimm stars David Guintoli as a cop named Nick Burckhardt who discovers he comes from a long line of Grimms – those that hunt and protect the world from the fantastical creatures of yore. To help him, he’s got his cop partner (Russell Hornsby) and Eddie Munroe (Silas Weir Mitchell), a werewolf who has decided to never use his powers for evil. But Nick tries his hardest to never let those worlds intersect.
After talking to Jim Kouf and David Greenwalt, the producers of the show, we went by that trailer again on our way to lunch, and the person was still there. Finally – after some food – we got to go into the make-up trailer and only then did I realize that the body was a dummy. Movie (or in this case TV) magic. Our set visit on Grimm follows after the jump.
Both Reggie Lee and Sasha Roiz came into Grimm with characters that – in the pilot – are virtually non-existent. Roiz has a great moment toward the end, but Lee is someone who gets talked to. But when I met the duo for drinks at the Bridgeport Brewery in Portland, Oregon, they were in the midst of shooting their tenth episode, and were obviously happy where the characters went (and it wasn’t just the beers).
Grimm mixes fantasy with the procedural, and both Lee and Roiz play cops on the show, but Roiz has a secret that’s revealed in the pilot – he may not be in the home team when it comes to the world of Grimms, those who fight the monsters of legend. Check out our conversation after the jump.
With the amount of content available on television today, shows are fighting for ways to stand out from the pack. While my DVR is dedicated to only a handful of titles, NBC, with their outstanding Thursday night comedy lineup, leads all basic broadcasting channels. Now it looks as if I’ll have to add another NBC series to the list as Grimm could easily turn into one of my new favorite shows.
The network currently has a brilliant marketing strategy that allows you to watch the series premiere in its commercial-free entirety before it airs nationally on Friday, October 28that 9pm. All you have to do is follow their Twitter account, @NBCGrimm, and check your email (or spam) for a direct message with a code. But if you need some more incentive to check it out, hit the jump for my review of the Grimm series premiere.
Lionsgate has scheduled Safe starring Jason Statham for release on October 28 where it faces Now and The Rum Diary in wide release. Statham plays “a former elite agent who fights to rescue a 12-year-old girl.” Catherine Chan plays the girl; Chris Sarandon, Robert John Burke, Reggie Lee, and Danny Hoch also star. Boaz Yakin (Death in Love) directed from his own screenplay. According to Variety, this is the first of a three-picture distribution between Lionsgate and IM Global — the other two are Dredd and Protection, both dateless.
Statham will next be seen in Blitz, which debuts overseas later this week — no North American release date is currently scheduled. Statham is also tapped to play a former Navy Seal The Killer Elite, and an ex-SAS agent in both Echelon and The Expendables 2.