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Forest Whitaker Talks About Helping Child Soldiers in Africa and His Documentary 'A Place of Peace' (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Jun 23rd 2011 5:20PM
Forest Whitaker on 'The Early Show'In 2007, Forest Whitaker played Ugandan dictator Idi Amin in 'The Last King of Scotland.' It was an important film for Whitaker -- he won an Oscar for his performance. While he was filming, he got a firsthand look at the child soldiers fighting Uganda's civil war. Whitaker got involved in their cause through friend on 'Last King' who ran an orphanage for child soldiers. He spoke about his experience Thursday on 'The Early Show' (weekdays, 7AM on CBS).

"I knew about the historical issues around the war with the LRA and stuff, the Lord's Resistance Army," Whitaker said. "But this was the first time that I had real deep contact where I spent real time with the children soldiers and raised money for them and helped them to build their dormitories and their schools."

Whitaker was recently named a goodwill ambassador by UNESCO for his work with child soldiers in Uganda and has made a documentary on the subject called "A Place of Peace."

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Movie Stars Invade TV: A Look at Pilot Season 2010

by Chris Harnick, posted Mar 24th 2010 2:00PM
Sissy SpacekTelevision fans, look out: Oscar-winning actors are taking over! And not just for a special cameo or a three-episode guest star stint, either. Movie stars are coming to TV in a big way ... as series regulars.

Why? Well, for a few reasons. Portraying a character on a weekly basis can present a new challenge to these veteran silver screen stars, but let's not forget that young Hollywood actors in tween-targeted films are dominating the box office. These Oscar-winning actors aren't giving up films, but their star power and names alone are big enough to attract an audience to a TV show.

Many Oscar-winners and nominees have left their mark on both screens -- just look at Sally Field. She's won an Oscar for 'Norma Rae' and Emmys for 'Sybil,' 'ER' and 'Brothers & Sisters.'

Maybe the Oscars of these latest stars got lonely on the mantle and the next logical thought would be: Why not add an Emmy sister?

Check out the list of actors who are coming to TV -- including Sissy Spacek and Dustin Hoffman -- after the jump.

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Forest Whitaker Explains Dramatic Weight Loss (VIDEO)

by Donald Deane, posted Mar 12th 2010 2:00PM
Anyone who watched the 2010 Annual Academy Awards might have noticed how svelte actor Forest Whitaker looked as one of the presenters of the Best Actress Award. Whitaker said today on 'The Rachael Ray Show' (weekdays, syndicated) that he has, in fact, recently changed his eating habits and lifestyle in an attempt to get healthy.

"I did meet with a nutritionist ... and he talked to me about the way I was eating. I shifted the way I was eating, the way I was living. I started working out," Whitaker said. "I just wanted to be able to live a really good life."

Watch the video after the jump.

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Upcoming Pilots Offer Diverse Lineup, Says Report

by Laura Prudom, posted Feb 17th 2010 12:00PM
Casting for pilot season is halfway through and a welcome new trend seems to be emerging; the top-billed leads of four drama pilots are non-Caucasian, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

It doesn't hurt that these pilots are also among the highest profile projects on offer this season; 'Undercovers,' the 'Mr. and Mrs. Smith'-esque spy show from J.J. Abrams will feature Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Boris Kodjoe as its central couple (and a very attractive couple, at that), while Oscar winner Forest Whitaker will take the lead for CBS' 'Criminal Minds' spin-off.

Hunky Laz Alonso, last seen (kind of) as belligerent Na'vi warrior Tsu'tey in 'Avatar,' is set to front the Fox action-drama 'Breakout Kings,' which is directed and exec-produced by 'X-Men: Origins' helmer Gavin Hood. Freddy Rodriguez, last spotted on prime time as 'Ugly Betty' love-interest Gio, has been tapped to star in CBS' CIA drama 'Chaos,' from director and executive producer Brett Ratner.

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TV Casting: Forest Whitaker Eyes 'Criminal Minds' Spinoff

by Andrew Scott, posted Jan 26th 2010 12:30PM
Forest WhitakerForest Whitaker ('The Last King of Scotland'; TV's 'The Shield') is reportedly in negotiations to star in the upcoming 'Criminal Minds' spinoff on CBS. The Oscar winner will play the "dynamic" and "mysterious" Cooper, an ex-profiler in the Behavioral Unit who returns to the scene after eight years. Whitaker -- who may also get a producing credit -- will make an appearance on 'Criminal Minds' this spring, in a move similar to the way 'NCIS' introduced its 'Los Angeles' spinoff last season. [Hollywood Reporter]

More casting news after the jump.

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Will HBO prove that Fat Sells?

by Jane Boursaw, posted Jul 10th 2008 9:28AM
Forest Whitaker / Fat SellsCan a TV show centered around the $46 billion herbal weight loss industry be interesting? We'll soon find out, because HBO has greenlit a pilot called Fat Sells.

The story will center on the head of a weight loss company, and how his life starts to unravel when the FDA begins investigating the company's claims.

Forest Whitaker is attached to exec produce (and possibly direct the pilot), along with Dave Broome, who served as exec producer on The Biggest Loser. Hmmm ... wonder if he has some insider info he'll bring to this project.

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American Idol: Idol Gives Back 2008

by Jason Hughes, posted Apr 9th 2008 7:45PM
Miley Cyrus(S07E29) Well, this is what you've all been waiting for, right? What's that? Finale? Yeah, I guess that'll be cool, too. But if you've listened to Ryan all season then you know TONIGHT is really what it's all about! If you're looking to find out who got eliminated by vote last night you're going to have to wait until tomorrow. But if you're looking for two-and-a-half hours of entertainment chock full of celebrities and song and charity, then you're looking for "Idol Gives Back."

Last year's inaugural edition was very good, and Kristin's report of the Idol Gives Back taping from this past Sunday was also very positive. We don't have any pesky (non) eliminations to deal with like last year, so just kick back, donate and enjoy. And, if you want, join us online and chat about it in real-time with other giving Idol fans.

You can join the chat starting just before 7:30/6:30pm CDT by following this link. Look for the full episode review right here later tonight.

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Forest Whitaker to produce new gangster series

by Paul Goebel, posted Nov 6th 2007 3:10PM

Forest WhitakerHave you seen American Gangster? Did you love it? Then Forest Whitaker has a show for you.

Whitaker has made a deal with Showtime to executive produce a new series called Mr. Untouchable, detailing the life of Harlem gangster Leroy "Nicky" Barnes.

Currently, Cuba Gooding Jr. is portraying Barnes on the big screen alongside Denzel Washington.

The series, however, is not connected to the big screen offering. Instead, it's based on a documentary (also titled Mr. Untouchable) released by Marc Levin, who is also executive producing.

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The Shield season six -- An early look

by Keith McDuffee, posted Mar 28th 2007 11:04AM
the shield season six
Recently Jonathan and I got on the phone with The Shield's Walton Goggins, but if you read the interview you'll note we hadn't yet seen the first six episodes released to the press. Having now seen those episodes, I think our line of questioning would have been quite different.

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Forest Whitaker to guest on ER

by Joel Keller, posted Aug 24th 2006 9:06PM
Forest WhitakerSay what you will about ER, but it's still able to attract a pretty good roster of actors to guest star on the show, either in a one-shot deal or in a multi-episode arc. This year, in its 13th season, one of the guest starts will be Forest Whitaker, who has been cast as a carpenter who comes in with an innocuous cough, but ends up being paralyzed by a stroke. His stint will be five episodes. The role was originally going to be played by Andre Braugher, but he had to pull out due to the age-old "scheduling conflict."

Remember that Whitaker played a big role in The Shield last season, and the show left the door open for his character to return. So this year might be a big TV year for Forest.

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The Shield: Smoked

by Keith McDuffee, posted Mar 7th 2006 11:28PM
the shieldThis was, hands down, the best episode of the season so far. The Strike Team was back to its old tricks, Kavanaugh turns more evil by the day, and now Aceveda's going to play right in the middle of everything. Hell, I was even glad to see Claudette back, as it was pretty obvious where the show's heading as far as her character goes.

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The Shield: Kavanaugh

by Keith McDuffee, posted Feb 28th 2006 11:18PM
forest whitakerThe reports of Claudette's death are greatly exaggerated, it seems; we nary hear a word of her fall, just Dutch's report to Kavanaugh that she's doing better. This episode primarily dealt with the now svelte Kavanaugh and the story behind his still-worn wedding ring. I have to admit that, at first, I thought Vic was behind Sadie's alleged rape. Though that turned out not to be the case at all, it sure seemed to help the Strike Team out in some respects.

Oh, and by the way, it's great to see Gina Torres, one of the Firefly crew, back on the small screen!

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The Shield: Rap Payback

by Keith McDuffee, posted Feb 14th 2006 11:17PM
shieldForest Whitaker can sure play one nasty bastard. What an F-ing bastard Kavannaugh is, telling Corinne about the affair Vic had. He's definitely turning up the heat this time, pulling no punches on anyone he can get his hands on. Can you just imagine the beating Vic would give Kavannaugh has he heard what he put Corinne through? I also wonder if/when Dutch will jump in to help IAD out.

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The Shield: Extraction

by Keith McDuffee, posted Jan 10th 2006 11:28PM
shield season fiveIt's been too long. Way too long. First the return of Battlestar, then this -- that's good TV.

As we saw from the recap from previous seasons, we already know that the Strike Team, and Mackey in particular, is going to see an old crime revisited -- one that a couple of them committed. Namely, the murder of Det. Crowley.

Danny was looking very pregnant, and if you read this recent news, it makes sense why. Did I miss something from last season? I seem to vaguely recall she wanted a baby and asked someone for help, but I could be mixing the story up with another show. The betting pool in The Barn is hilarious, though the look Vic gives Danny sure seems to point toward him as the dad.

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