The Last King Of Scotland

2006, Movie, R, 123 mins


Criminal Minds' Prime Suspect

Forest Whitaker

Forest Whitaker fervently circles a grand dining-room table in a stately Pasadena home, swooping around to view the room's layout from different angles. While he's absorbing every detail, everybody else is focused on the fact that at the head of the table is an actress playing a corpse in a state of extreme decomposition.

Whitaker, who won an Oscar for The Last King of Scotland, stars as FBI special agent Sam Cooper in Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior, the new spin-off of the wildly popular CBS series. While other actors simply want to hit their marks, he's seeking out thematic nuances and offering sharp, emotional performance variations during rehearsals — for a scene featuring a decomposing female corpse.

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The Last King of Scotland's Kevin Macdonald to Direct Bob Marley Documentary

Bob Marley

The Last King of Scotland director Kevin Macdonald has set his sights on reggae legend Bob Marley for his new documentary, Marley, reports.

"What made Bob tick is probably unanswerable but viewers will certainly feel that they know him a little better after seeing our documentary. I am grateful to the Marley family for entrusting me with their heritage," Macdonald said, alluding to how his relatives are participating in the project.

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Movies-on-TV: Ken Fox's Picks for the Week of Jan. 7

Quadrophenia courtesy Everett Collection

OK, fine. Perhaps despite our Strike Survival Guide's best efforts, none of the new or returning series premiering this week strike your fancy. If that's the case, peruse film critic Ken Fox's guide to this week's movies-on-TV.Monday, Jan. 7, at 8 pm/ETThe Last King of Scotland | HBOAtonement star James McAvoy – the subject of serious Oscar buzz – stars opposite last year's best actor-winner Forest Whitaker in this drama about an idealistic Scottish doctor caught up in the horrors of Ugandan dictator Idi Amin's reign of terror. Gillian Anderson appears in a supporting role.Tuesday, Jan. 8, at 10 pmThe Green Mile | ShowtimeStephen King's period drama about the relationship between a humane prison guard (Tom Hanks) and a condemned man (Michael Clarke Duncan) gets first class treatment from filmmaker Frank Darabont, who has the best track record of any filmmaker in adapting Stephen King novels to the screen: He also made The Shawshank Redemption and this year's Th... read more

Short Cuts: L&O, Smokin' Aces and More!

Though a decision is still pending on the original Law & Order's fate, NBC has inked coexecutive producer Chris Levinson to a two-year deal, Variety reports.... Smokin' Aces and The Last King of Scotland last week laid claim to the top two spots on both the DVD sales and rental charts.... Season 7 of Style Network's Finola Hughes-fronted How Do I Look? premieres May 14 at 9 pm/ET.... At long last available for Xbox 360: the wildly popular Guitar Hero II. read more

The White Shadow

This week’s episode of The War at Home is entitled "The White Shadow." In it, my character Larry starts writing music and for some reason Dave decides that he can rap over it. Michael Rapaport really liked rapping — in fact, he wrote his own rap for this episode. In an attempt to bulk up, Dean's character decides to stop m-----bating. For this story line we had Tila Tequila come on the show and, within the context of a wet dream, rub her breasts in Dean's face. Dean thought she was really cool.Behind the scenes, Dean and I spent most of the week watching Dax Flame, the greatest human being on the planet! Dax Flame is a very talented young man who started documenting his adventures on his YouTube blog about three months ago. So far there are 45 installments, all of which are truly hilarious. Dax’s mission in life is twofold: 1) He must befriend Jacob, and 2) he must win the heart of Sofia. Maybe one day Dax could be on an episode of The War at Home — both Dean a... read more

February 1, 2007: Murmurs of the Heart

It looks like 2007 is turning out be a very good year for Forest Whitaker The Oscar nominee and by most accounts front-runner has turned in yet another bravado performance as the mentally unstable former ER patient Curtis Ames I dont think it is a stretch to assume that later this year this gifted actor will be adding an Emmy to his growing collection of acting accolades Whitaker really has an uncanny ability to capture the humanity and vulnerability of emotionally tortured characters Though I havent had a chance to see The Last King of Scotland yet I have heard he works similar magic with his charismatic portrayal of the supremely unsympathetic Idi Amin Even while you hate Ames for torturing our beloved Dr Kovac you never lose sight of the fact that the man is operating from a deep reservoir of resentment pain and lossI have to admit that I wasnt at all surprised with the denouement of this particular story line I knew that ultimately Ames was go read more

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