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‘Grimm’ Reveals Make Series Even More Exciting Says Russell Hornsby

 As fans of NBC’s popular “Grimm” know, last season wound up with Nick Burkhardt (David Giuntoli) spilling the truth about his creature-fighting proclivities to girlfriend Juliette (Bitsie Tulloch) — and his police detective partner, Hank Griffin (Russell Hornsby), finally getting a look at Nick’s supernatural world.

            To reveal so much was certainly a risk, but to hear Hornsby tell it, letting the werewolf out of the bag has been nothing but positive for the show that returns Monday night (8/13).

            “There’s greater stakes and it’s heightened the tension,” he insists.  “Everybody is holding even more and greater secrets.  Everything this season is bigger, better and a little more exciting for all the characters, especially for Hank.  I think he starts off questioning his sanity, to say the least, which I’m sure would happen to anyone who thinks they’ve seen a ghost.  So to see a creature would be that much more unsettling.”  According to him, Hank will be “hands on” in the fight against evil this season.

            As an actor, he says, “I’m having a fabulous time — being able to imagine more, to imagine harder.  It’s giving me more things to play, more obstacles, more intentions — just those wonderful things that actors love to do.”

            The classically-trained Hornsby (Boston University, Oxford’s British Academy of Dramatic Arts) won the admiration of critics and the industry with his fine turns in “Lincoln  Heights” and “In Treatment.”  But he finds himself in a whole new realm of fandom as part of the cult hit that’s inspired Comic Con-goers to dress like “Grimm” creatures.
 

           “To see all the enthusiasm fans have for their respective shows — that’s fantastic!  Keep it coming.  But as it may be directed toward us, the actors, that’s where it can be a bit crazy.  I appreciate it because it does mean the show is doing well, and I’m doing well and it’s increased my profile, my awareness with audiences, but to be honest, it’s a little

unsettling,” Hornsby admits.  “It’s like, you know, be careful what you wish for.  Obviously you have to focus more on what you’re doing it, why you’re doing it — and just remain humble in all you do.  You don’t want to get too beside yourself or mistake your presence for the event.  It’s about the show, it’s about the work on the show — and not necessarily about me.  You have to keep everything in perspective.”

            FAMILY AFFAIR:  Katy Mixon, who plays the wacky sister on “Mike & Molly,” doesn’t loaf during the show’s hiatus.  She returns to her home town, Pensacola, Florida, for some southern grits and to perform with her family. That’s the word we get from Pensacola talk show personality Taris Savell.  She tells us, “They’re like the Von Trapps…father and brother are both physicians who play guitar and piano, four sisters sing and dance, and mother does, too.  They packed the house for two shows that left the audience gasping for breath because of the endless energy that was contagious.  The musical Mixons could go on the road!”

            Katy winged back to California shortly after the show.

            IT’S THE ECONOMY, STUPID:  Makers of the forthcoming independent film “10 Habits of Highly Effective People” are touting the black comedy as “a lighter-hearted ‘American Psycho,'” with elements of “The Office.”  That’s a lot to live up to, but Seattle-born director Nathan Marshall is on a roll, making creative hay with these tough economic times.  He’s coming off his back-to-back comedies “Funemployment” and “Underwater.”   “10 Habits” has to do with the murders, one-by-one, of the executive staff of a dying company.  So, you see, things could be worse.

            TIGHT SPOT:  Casting notices for “The Site,” a Fox International feature, make it clear those who wish to take part in the Morocco shoot better be fully aware of what they’re in for.  The storyline has a group of archaeologists, confronted with orders to evacuate a dig due to escalating violence in the Middle Eastern country where they’re at work — who decide instead to go deeper into the ancient site.  Naturally, unexpected things ensue.  “This will be a very physical shoot, in tight enclosed places,” warn producers.  Actors involved must have “extensive athletic abilities and no claustrophobia issues.”  No, thank-you.

Hollywood Insiders’ Views Mixed on Mel Gibson’s Future

Mel Gibson is

Mel Gibson is...

...really like two guys

The questions continue as to whether Mel Gibson’s latest deranged diatribe will cost him what’s left of his movie star career.  We decided to take a straw poll of industry insiders, and the result was absolutely…mixed.

“Yes,” answered one major producer simply.

“I think it will be career-altering, not career-ending.  He doesn’t have Ed Limato to help him this time,” pointed out another producer, referring to Gibson’s revered agent and friend of decades, who died July 3.   (Update:  The Wrap confirmed today that William Morris Endeavor is no longer representing Gibson.  http://www.thewrap.com/movies/column-post/wme-drops-mel-gibson-client-19112 We should have known when WME ran an In Memoriam advertisement in Variety that included photos with Limato and many of his other star clients and left out Gibson.)

A veteran Hollywood publicist told us, “I think it’s really a sad thing.  He seems to be two guys, doesn’t he?  No, it won’t end his career.  That degree of stardom is a high citadel, hard to shake.  He’s made good movies, he brings a lot to his movies.  How many people can say that?”

Nicole LaPorte of The Daily Beast smartly pointed out in her “Why Mel Will Get Away With It” piece on the website a few days ago that Gibson is still worth almost a billion dollars and has an entertainment empire in his Icon Productions.  He has the power to produce his own films and even distribute them through a theater chain he recently bought in Australia.  On top of that, his words will have less impact in some parts of the planet than at home.

Then there’s Bill Maher’s suggestion on Twitter that Gibson “has to own being the biggest a—— in the world…There’s an audience for that — embrace it, Mel — walk toward the dark”

“He alienated so many people with his anti-Semitic statements a few years ago,” noted a series actor, “I don’t think he recovered from that.  I have to say, it’s dirty pool to tape a private conversation and then leak it to the tabloids.”

True, Gibson still has plenty of residual ill will from his anti-Semitic tirade to California Highway Patrol officers back in 2006 when he was arrested for drunk driving.  Now hurling the N-word, along with profanity-laden verbal abuse toward his highly-estranged girlfriend and mother of his latest child, Oksana Grigorieva, in the audio clips that came out last week, he’s alienated yet more of his audience. Grigorieva’s accusations of domestic violence made things all the worse.  An Access Hollywood poll showed 72 per cent of moviegoers saying they’ll pass on future Gibson films, while others – such as the author of a new blog called Mel Gibson: Just Go Away – would like to shut down his act for good.

However, responded a writer-producer who’s worked with Gibson, “If you’re saying people won’t come to see his movies because of this, no.  That’s just not how it works in the business.  As long as he’s productive he’ll have an audience.”   We’ll see.

Jimmy Buffett

RISING TO THE OCCASION:  Kudos to Jimmy Buffett for pressing forward with plans for his free concert Sunday (7/11) in Gulf Shores, AL – rescheduled from July 1 due to weather problems — to encourage visitors to come stay at Gulf Coast hotels and frequent the beach businesses that are now virtually empty.  The beloved music man just opened his Margaritaville Beach Hotel on Pensacola Beach week before last.  Pensacola talk show personality Taris Savell describes the $50 million place as “stunning.”  But of course, Buffett is enduring a lack of reservations along with all his fellow Gulf Coast hoteliers as the BP oil disaster continues.  The concert will be on the beach, where a stage is being constructed.  The 35,000 tickets to Buffett’s concert went in 10 minutes.

CASTING CORNER:  Casting forces on “Moneyball” have been scouting bout for a 10-eyar-old girl who can play the daughter of Brad Pitt and Robin Wright.  The character is described as smart, engaging and able to play the guitar.  And obviously, she’s attractive as well.

Robby Benson On the Mend Post Heart Surgery

Robby Benson

Actor, writer, director Robby Benson, who underwent open heart surgery at the Cleveland Clinic in late May, is on the mend and then some.  Pensacola, Fla., talk show personality Taris Savell tells us that the family considers his surgery totally successful, and in fact, that he was up and walking around two days afterward, although still in pain.  Born with a heart defect, the performer who rose to fame in such films as “Ode to Billy Joe,” and continues to be heard as the voice of the beast in Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast,” has been through heart surgery multiple times.  In fact, he wrote the off-Broadway play “Open Heart,” about the trials of heart surgery, and starred in it with his wife Karla in 2004.  He continues to be an advocate for heart research.