SCREEN ANARCHY – The 19th annual Sidewalk Film Festival kicked off last night in Birmingham, Alabama. It’s an annual celebration of independent cinema, and we have an exclusive clip from an upcoming screening that provides an example of that spirit.
The Weight will enjoy its world premiere on Saturday, August 26 at 9:50 p.m. at ASFA: Dorothy Jemison Day. What’s it about? “A divorcee’s love for her missing ex-husband pulls her into a small town crime ring when the sheriff refuses to search for him,” according to the official verbiage.
The film is loosely based on life events of director/producer Thomas Rennier. Clayne Crawford (TV’s Lethal Weapon), M.J. Brackin and Heather Roop star.
We have a small, noir-ish taste of what’s to come in our exclusive clip, which is certainly intriguing, as it demonstrates one man struggling with his conscience — for very good reason. Watch it below.
TV GUIDE – Lethal Weapon stars Damon Wayans and Clayne Crawford have great chemistry. You can sense it when you’re in the room with them. It’s like a gas. A gas that smells like eggs. And garlic. And peanut butter.
TV Guide asked them if they had a favorite bromance moment from Season 1 of their buddy cop action-comedy, and they didn’t really answer the question. They got distracted by the aromatic ghost of Damon Wayans’ breakfast.
“Eggs and peanut butter?” Crawford asked his co-star. “What are you, pregnant? Do you want a pickle?”
“Could be!” said Wayans. “All this bromance.”
“You’ve just been f—ed with bromance and somebody may have left you pregnant,” said Crawford.
He then suggested that Wayans enlist the help of his brothers — Keenen, Shawn and Marlon — in raising this bromantic baby. They could make a movie about it: Four Wayans and a Baby.
And things only go more off the rails from there.
So really, they don’t have a favorite bromance moment, because it’s every moment. Look at how Crawford has his arm around Wayans. It’s adorable.
Oh, and Disney did make Three Men and a Baby.
Lethal Weapon Season 2 premieres Tuesday, Sept. 26 at 8/7c on Fox.
TV INSIDER – Fox crime drama Lethal Weapon, which rebooted the popular film franchise last year into series form, may have shifted from Wednesdays to Tuesdays for Season 2, but as you can see from the just-released key art below, it’s the same lethally fun show.
In the series, Damon Wayans (My Wife and Kids) takes on the role of Detective Roger Murtaugh (Danny Glover in the films) while Clayne Crawford (Rectify) puts his own spin on the role of Detective Martin Riggs (Mel Gibson). In their police partnership, Murtaugh is a little more by the book and Riggs likes to push the envelope (which may or may not help with his personal demons), but despite their differences, the pair’s track record for bringing down the bad guys is pretty darn good. The series also stars Jordana Brewster, Keesha Sharp, Kevin Rahm and Johnathan Fernandez.
Earlier this week at the Television Critics Association summer press tour, series creator Matt Miller said Riggs’ personal demons—much of which have to do with the death of his wife at the start of the series—won’t go away in the second season.
“We never really want a healthy Riggs,” he said. “What happens [in season 2] is he gets over the loss of his wife but what we come to realize is that the problems with this guy run much deeper. So we start to get deep, deep, deep in his backstory that has made him the kind of broken guy that he is today.”
And for those hoping Riggs will find love again, Hilarie Burton, who was a love interest for Riggs in Season 1, returns as DEA Agent Karen Palmer. Michelle Hurd has also been cast as the new precinct boss.
HIDDEN REMOTE – Following a breakout freshman season, ‘Lethal Weapon’ is coming back for a second season this fall on a new night that is sure to cause some headaches for fans!
There is no denying that Lethal Weapon was one of, if not the biggest hit of the 2016-17 for Fox. The series quickly caught viewers’ attention and began a steady performer for Fox throughout the season in its Wednesday night time slot. Thanks to the show’s success, Fox was quick to hand out a second season renewal to the Damon Wayans and Clayne Crawford-fronted drama.
However, the one thing that no fan saw coming was Fox’s decision to move the series from Wednesday night to Tuesday night where there show will now face off against even tougher competition! Beginning Tuesday, September 26, Lethal Weapon will make the move to Tuesday nights where it will go head-to-head with some of the biggest shows on air – which could result in a few DVR headaches for fans.
Now airing at 8/7c on Tuesday, Lethal Weapon will air in the same time slot as NBC’s The Voice, CBS’s NCIS (aka television’s most-watched drama) ABC’s The Middle and Fresh Off the Boat and The CW’s The Flash.
While the show managed to maintain a solid audience in Season 1, it did go up against softer competition which will make it interesting to see how the show fares when it returns this fall!
GREENVILLE JOURNAL – The new film “Tinker,” written and directed by Greenville’s Sonny Marler, is a story of people coming together and learning about their hidden gifts.
“Tinker” centers around a reclusive farmer named Grady Lee (played by Clayne Crawford from Fox’s “Lethal Weapon” TV series), who discovers his deceased father’s journal. As it so happens, the journal contains plans for a world-changing machine run by electromagnetism.
As Grady builds the machine and begins trying to piece together the life of his late father, his world changes even more: Grady’s sister passes away and gives him custody of a young boy named Kai, who’s both incredibly intelligent and very sheltered. Together, the two of them begin to tentatively form a relationship that neither of them anticipated.
It’s a fitting metaphor for the relationship between Marler and one of the film’s executive producers, Nick Stathakis.
The pair went to Travelers Rest High School together and became good friends before Marler moved to Los Angeles in the early 2000s to pursue acting and Stathakis joined his family’s restaurant business, running Stax’s Original on Poinsett Highway in Greenville.
“I used to go out to L.A. and visit Sonny,” Stathakis says, “And he always said that I would be the perfect left brain to his right brain — the business side to his artistic side. I told him if he ever got the opportunity to do something he thought we could work together on, to just come ask me.”