By NELLIE ANDREEVA | Wednesday April 25, 2012 @ 1:35pm PDT
EXCLUSIVE: Sundance Channel has assembled most of the regular cast of its first hour-long scripted series, legal drama Rectify. Abigail Spencer, Clayne Crawford, Adelaide Clements, Jonah Lotan and J. Smith Cameron are set to co-star in the six-episode series, written by Ray McKinnon and executive produced by Mark Johnson and Melissa Bernstein. Rectify centers on Daniel Holden who, after 19 years in prison, is released from Death Row when he is exonerated for rape and murder by DNA evidence. He returns to his hometown where he must re-adjust to his new life, including unfamiliar family members and surroundings. Cameron will play Daniel’s mother. Spencer will play his sister. Crawford will play his step-brother Ted. Clements will play Ted’s wife. Lotan will play Daniel’s lawyer, who works for the non-profit Justice Row. Spencer, repped by ICM and Untitled, will next be seen in Of Men And Mavericks and The Haunting In Georgia. Crawford, repped by APA, is recurring on FX’s Justified and will next be seen in the feature Baytown Disco.
There are buyer screenings tonight in LA and New York for The Baytown Disco, an action movie whose trailer found its way out today. Billy Bob Thornton and Eva Longoria star in the story about three infamously ruthless Alabama brothers who find themselves on the wrong side of a wild cast of characters when they finally try to do a single good deed. William O. Perkins optioned the script through his LLeju Productions banner and financed and produced alongside Robert Teitel of State Street Pictures. Barry Battles directed the Black List script he co-wrote with Griffin Hood.
The rousing rebel spirit of a family of Southern thugs takes off at breakneck speed in “The Baytown Disco” — a wickedly playful, high-velocity action-comedy in which three infamously ruthless Alabama brothers find themselves on the wrong side of crooked cops, relentless Feds, mad mobsters, road pirates, tomahawk-wielding bikers, tricky femme fatales and an unforgettable cast of characters as colorful as they are lethal when they finally try to do a single good deed.
Academy Award® winner Billy Bob Thornton and Golden Globe winner Eva Longoria headline this wildly explosive, yet ultimately moving, tale of honor breaking out among thieves with madcap results. It all starts when the fetching Celeste (Longoria) has a falling out with her nefarious ex-husband Carlos (Thornton) who kidnaps her beloved son, Rob (Thomas Brodie Sangster). Knowing her ex can be a maniacal psychopath, not to mention a bit trigger-happy, she turns for help to the most bad-ass, lawless hit-man trio in Alabama: the Oodie Brothers.
Ringleader Brick (Clayne Crawford, “24,” “The Glades”), mute wrestling phenom Lincoln (Daniel Cudmore, “The Twilight Saga”), and the baby of the brothers, the kick-ass G.I. McQueen (Travis Fimmel, “The Beast”) are known for being mean as a bag of rattlesnakes –and measly kidnap rescues are not on their menu of services. But when Brick is unexpectedly moved by Celeste’s plight, what he thinks is going to be an easy smash-and-grab job turns out to be the most hair-raising and hilariously intense adventure of his and his brothers’ harrowing careers.
Suddenly the Oodies have their hometown Sheriff (Andre Braugher, “Men of a Certain Age,” “Salt”), in a tangle; a pesky DEA Agent (Paul Wesley, “Vampire Diaries”) on their trail, and Carlos and his heinous assortment of henchman out for their hides. With no one quite who or what they seem, they are headed for a showdown — and a shot at redemption — they never saw coming.
It’s 1975; Frankie Right is the biggest rock star on the face of the planet – bigger than Zeppelin bigger than the Stones. He’s managed by his older brother Mel and his younger brother Jake. These are three brothers from the back woods of Louisiana, raised from nothing. Now that Frankie has paved the way for them, they’ve grown accustomed to their wealthy lives and refuse to return to having nothing. There’s one problem though, their cash cow brother, Frankie just died from a heroin overdose.Mel the quick thinking older brother knows that without Frankie they’re nothing, so he devises a plan to find a look-a-like to replace Frankie and keep the cash flow steady. The replacement is Jimmy Foreman, a Frankie Right look-a-like contest winner who accepts the offer as his “big break”.
With Jimmy in Frankie’s place, he quickly realizes that he can never be famous on his own terms. Jimmy loses his cool and begins to destroy the Frankie Right Legacy. The brothers don’t take kindly to this and seek another replacement. How many replacements will it take before they find the right one? That’s the question we’re left with in The Truth in Being Right.
Clayne Crawford plays Carl Weintraub in the film
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X’s & O’s is a hip romantic comedy that takes a humorously genuine look at post-college relationships. A circle of friends in San Francisco finds out the hard way that it is not all hugs and kisses in the game of love and that everyone needs a strategy to score. Bookish biologist Simon (Clayne Crawford – A Walk to Remember) lusts after Jane (Sarah Wright – The House Bunny), a blonde beauty who barely knows he exists. Against the advice of his womanizing best friend, Lorenzo (Warren Christie – Apollo 18), Simon decides to make Jane jealous by dating his lab partner, Trese (Judy Marte – Raising Victor Vargas). But every part of Simon’s plan falls apart, trapping him between the pursuit of a hopeless dream and unexpected, real feelings for someone. Also starring Kel Mitchell (Good Burger, Kenan and Kel), Lynn Chen (Saving Face), Azita Ghanizada (Alphas), Gino Anthony Pesi (Battle: Los Angeles) and Jill Bennett (And Then Came Lola).
With Candice Accola (The Vampire Diaries) featuring her hit song “The Break Up Song” on the X’s & O’s soundtrack.
“This indie romantic comedy comes with a surprising and welcome darkness.”– Jeffrey M. Anderson(Combustible Celluloid)
“A rare breed of romantic comedy that actually dares to be funny.” – Molly Celaschi (2snaps.tv)
An all around fun time and a refreshing change to most one-sided romantic comedies. – Kelsey Zukowski (Film Arcade)
What attracted you to this part?
It’s my first studio film. It’s a beautiful story – I think that attracted me. It’s a story about love and there weren’t any car chases, there weren’t any explosions and there wasn’t any gunfire and that’s what America needs. America needs that.
Will guys relate to this as well as women?
Absolutely – guaranteed. Guys will be like “Man, I don’t want to go watch this Mandy Moore movie,” then they’ll get in the movie theatre – I’ll tell you right you – that they’re going to be happy. They’re going to enjoy the film. I guarantee they might even cry.
You’ll guarantee that?
(Laughing) I’m not going to guarantee it but they’ve got to get a little emotional, it’s a great film. It’s beautiful.
What was it like working with Mandy Moore and Shane West?
It was great. We all went out to North Carolina and became a family. We became a family while we were out there and I think that’s what makes the film so cool. There was so much love involved and it was awesome. I don’t care what happens with this film, I made friends for life and that’s the best thing in the world.
How would you describe your character in “A Walk to Remember?”
He’s the bad guy. He ends up showing that he has a heart and it’s not so much that he’s a bad guy, he’s just a kid.
What’s next for you?
Right now I’m working on a film called “Midsummer’s Night Rave” that we’re trying to get going. The beautiful Lauren German is in this with me again. It’s a take-off on Shakespeare, modern day, set in a rave. It’s quite a stretch, quite different. It’s not real media-friendly with all the publicity about the raves and drug use, but it’s a beautiful script.
This much is clear: the team needs backup. Enter faces from earlier “Leverage” episodes – tough guy Quinn (Clayne Crawford); con man/thief Archie Leach (Richard Chamberlain), Parker’s (Beth Riesgraf) mentor; and hacker extraordinaire Chaos (Wil Wheaton). They’ll all be compensated, though Chaos requests “my usual fee and expenses — and Parker dresses up as Starbuck from ‘Battlestar Galactica.’” That’s a no, says Hardison (Aldis Hodge). “I’ll accept Sophie as Counselor Troi,” says Chaos.
In the first of many eyebrow-raising plot turns, Latimer pulls enough strings to get Victor out of prison early.
Meanwhile, Nate has cleared out of his place and moved the team into a new lair – old subway lines that were sealed up when tunnels were built under the bay in Boston. And aren’t they all clean and comfy looking! The expanded team gets together and start instant bonding. OK, not really. Chaos is mouthing off about his geek superiority to Hardison. Quinn gives them the hairy eyeball.
Clayne Crawford, who grew up in Clay and graduated from Hewitt-Trussville High School, appeared in season eight of the Fox series “24.” (Fox publicity photo)
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama — Local fans of the FX Network’s coal-country crime saga “Justified” have yet another reason to tune in on Tuesday nights.
Character actor Clayne Crawford, who grew up in Clay and graduated from Hewitt-Trussville High School, has appeared in two previous episodes of the show this season, playing a suspicious prison medic named Lance, and he figures prominently in tonight’s “Thick as Mud” episode.
The 33-year-old Crawford, whose movie credits include “A Walk to Remember” and “A Love Song for Bobby Long, “ played another heavy in the 2010 season of the Fox real-time crime drama “24,” in which he appeared in several episodes as an ex-boyfriend who stalks and blackmails a Counter Terrorist Unit data analyst.
“I never look at them as bad guys,” Crawford said in a 2010 interview with The Birmingham News. “I look at them as guys that are misunderstood, guys that didn’t get that love from a certain person. They’re still looking for something. They’re still trying to figure out who they are. And through that, they end up hurting a lot of people.”
Now in its third season, “Justified” stars Timothy Olyphant, formerly of HBO’s “Deadwood,” as a U.S. Marshal trying to bust up a rural Kentucky drug ring known as the Dixie Mafia. Birmingham native Walton Goggins, who previously starred in the FX detective series “The Shield,” plays the good ol’ boy fugitive Boyd Crowder.