Omari Hardwick

What is Casting Couch? It’s the casting news roundup that’s ready for the weekend. Colin Firth is kind of a sneaky hunk. At first glance he’s pretty handsome, but not the most attractive dude in the world, and then he’s got this charm to him that just grows on you until you’ve scrawled his name on all of your Trapper Keepers. He’s such saucy dish that it looks like he can make even a big name star like Nicole Kidman develop a schoolgirl crush. THR is reporting that she liked playing his wife in the recent World War II drama The Railway Man so much that she’s now actively recruiting him to join her in her next project, Before I Go to Sleep. Apparently, Before I Go to Sleep is an adaptation of a S.J. Watson novel about an amnesiac woman whose husband must reintroduce himself to her every morning. Early attempts at titling the film The Rich Man’s 50 First Dates were reportedly rejected by the studio.

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Middle of Nowhere Movie 2012

Editor’s note: With Sundance winner Middle of Nowhere hitting limited release, here is a re-run of our LAFF review, originally published on June 21, 2012. The concept of loneliness permeates director Ava DuVernay’s sophomore effort, Middle of Nowhere, as we watch Ruby (Emayatzy Corinealdi) struggle to move forward after her husband, Derek (Omari Hardwick), is given a eight year prison sentence. We open on Ruby and Derek during one of their weekly visitations, and the desperation to get through their situation plays all over Ruby’s face while Derek seems more hesitant to look too far into the future. Ruby is hanging on to the hope that with good behavior, Derek’s sentence will be reduced from eight years to five and she makes him repeat this mantra before she leaves. We learn that Ruby had been on track to go to medical school, but now with Derek locked up, she has decided to put it off in favor of being able to make her weekly visits (and the two hour, each way, bus ride to get there) and be home for his phone calls. It is clear that Derek does not want Ruby to put her life on hold for him, but stubborn and passionate Ruby will hear none of it. She has a plan and believes if they each keep their heads down, they will soon be together again and get their lives back on track. But can things ever go back to the way they were after eight potential […]

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In For Colored Girls, Tyler Perry trades in Madea for a high end, high-minded source — a beloved 1975 Ntozake Shange play — and comes away with the same sort of overheated, overstuffed kitchen sink cinematic work that’s become his calling card. It’s a mess, proving once again that the mega-rich Atlanta one-man studio’s business acumen surpasses his filmmaking talents. Granted, For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf could not have been an easy work to adapt, consisting as it does of 20 loosely conjoined prose poems centered on such hot-button issues as rape and abortion. Using Shange’s reflective, elliptical prose as a starting point, Perry crafts an interwoven ensemble of women, who face some serious, pressing crises while largely sharing the same Harlem apartment building’s roof.

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Carter and his crew get involved with a drug smuggling ring using flower delivery as a front. But this comes only days after Carter is nearly gunned down for being outed as a cop. This job will require the entire team and will end up being much bigger than any of them realize. At the same time, everyone tries to deal with their own relationships and by the end, Carter will make a call that will shock everyone to the bone. And so begins the two part season finale of Dark Blue.

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Dean returns from his injury just in time for Carter, Alex and the rest of the team to get a murder case involving high end burglaries which they decide to take it on. But things go astray when Ty is taken hostage and suspected of being a snitch from the inside. Because of this, Carter and Alex’s take down gets blown to hell and they to are taken hostage by the burglars. Now it’s a race to beat the morning sun, otherwise no one is walking away alive. Jamie also becomes suspicious after meeting Ty’s new squeeze.

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Carter, Rice and the rest of the Dark Blue team go after a man ripping off drug deals under the false identity of the DEA. But things take an unplanned turned when Jamie’s confidence is rattled after being assaulted by a perp that ended up being gunned down by Carter and Dean. Now she thinks the entire case rests on her shoulders. But just to make sure not all of his eggs are in one basket, Carter sends Ty and Dean to meet with an old – and very annoying – contact that will hopefully put the boys in with their mark.

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Editor’s note: For those of you paying attention, Dark Blue is the Jerry Bruckheimer-produced cop show on TNT, and it should not be confused with the far more entertaining Canadian import, Rookie Blue, on ABC. The team gets word that a gun running extremist is in the planning stages of a major political assassination. So Carter, Rice, and the rest of team decide to break the extremist’s brother out of jail. But things don’t go as planned when a third member is thrown into the mix. Now it’s a race against the clock to see who will break first. Carter, the mark, or the third man who no one wanted to see.

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Carter and Rice have been building their relationship for a while and things seem to be going well for them. But Carter isn’t to happy when he and his team are called in to investigate the murder of a 20 year old kid. The team figures out that he was murdered over a debt and now the team must infiltrate the inner workings of a casino and a local loan shark, in order to make a case. However, unbeknown to the rest of the team, Ty has gone into a deep depression after his wife leaves him. Now it’s Carter that stands between Ty and a career ending mistake after Ty loses $5,000 of the departments money at the black jack table. And Agent Rice must figure out a way to turn a local TV agent against his boss before another kid is murdered. But none of that is going to save Dark Blue from depths of awful television…

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Carter goes undercover as a porn king that wants to expand his business into pharmaceuticals in order to bust the head of an important Mexican drug cartel . Meanwhile Dean gets involved in a complicated relationship with a drug dealer’s daughter. Major developments: That depends, does the complete lack of show quality count as a major development? What worked: There was this really brief, but awesome shoot out at the start of the third act. Can we get more of that? O, and those “hookers” were pretty hot, too bad they were all dressed up in nice cloths looking like goodie goodie porn stars. What didn’t: As you can probably tell by the extremely brief “What Worked” section, this episode sucked, and sucked hard.

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Dark Blue is a crime drama that airs on TNT. From the big dog himself, Jerry Bruckheimer (his first, and so far only, cable television show). Dark Blue is all about Lt. Carter Shaw, the head of a deep cover unit of the LAPD. But this is no ordinary deep cover. This unit has next to no communication with brass and operates outside of standard operating procedure. His methods may be unorthodox, but you can’t argue with his results. Season one of Dark Blue was recently released on DVD from Warner Bros. and is available exclusively online. Season two just started airing on TNT, and we take a look at the first couple of episodes after the jump.

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