Tall, with dark matinee idol looks, Croatian actor Goran Visnjic garnered much attention with his first major English-language role in Michael Winterbottom's "Welcome to Sarajevo" (1997). Drawing on h...
Movie veteran Louis Gossett, Jr. is to play Halle Berry's dad in Steven Spielberg's much-anticipated TV drama Extant. Berry will portray an astronaut trying to reconnect with her family after a year in space in the summer (14) series, and Gossett, Jr. will play her estranged father, a retired doctor.
Goran Visnjic, Grace Gummer and Camryn Manheim have also signed on to star in Extant, which will premiere in America in July (14).
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Halle Berry is a beautiful and talented actress with a bevy of film credits to her name. When it comes to predicting whether the Academy Award-winner can make the transition to television, however, her success in films means absolutely nothing.
Berry and Steven Spielberg are teaming up for a sci-fi series called Extant, which is scheduled to premiere on CBS in July. Berry will play an astronaut that returns from a year in space and tries to reconnect with her family. Since the title of the show means "surviving" and CBS' teaser for the show shows life being created, rumors have already started that the show's mystery will include an unexplained pregnancy.
Besides Berry, television vets Goran Visnjic (ER) and Camryn Manheim (The Practice) are on board as her husband and best friend, respectively. The fact remains, however, that the show's success will largely hinge on whether audiences are willing to accept Berry in a completely different venue.
The trend for screen actors moving to television for years now has led most to cable, where the production runs are shorter and the creative license is greater, whether that's Laura Dern in Enlightened or Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson in True Detective. Network fare is a completely different animal, where ratings and advertising dollars trump any creative concerns. For every success like Kevin Bacon in Fox's The Following, there are plenty of others like Kathy Bates, Bette Midler, and Christian Slater that come and go in a blink.
Berry is certainly a capable actress, but do television audiences really want to see her as an astronaut? Even if it turns out to be one that's pregnant with an alien? Spielberg's team will have to come up with some pretty enticing twists for Berry's move to TV pay off.
Should she fail, though, there will probably always be another X-Men movie to help cushion the blow.
Meryl Streep's daughter Grace Gummer is joining the cast of Halle Berry's upcoming sci-fi TV series, Extant. The actress is set to play the professional partner of Berry's husband, played by ER alum Goran Visnjic. The series will debut in America on 2 July (14).
Former Er star Goran Visnjic will play Halle Berry's husband in the upcoming U.S. TV thriller Extant. The Croatian actor will romance the Oscar winner when she makes her return to the small screen in the Steven Spielberg executive produced drama.
Visnjic will play John Watts, the husband to Berry's Molly Watts, a female astronaut returning home after spending a year in space.
NCIS actor Michael O'Neill also joins the cast, alongside former The Practice star Camryn Manheim.
Berry's last TV series credit was in a recurring role on U.S. soap opera Knots Landing in 1991.
Actor Goran Visnjic is on the fast-track to becoming an American citizen after sailing through his recent naturalisation test. The Croatia-born star has been living in the U.S. for over a decade and decided to make it his permanent home - and now he's in the process of becoming a citizen.
And he admits he found the test to be a little simple in parts.
The former E.R. star says, "I did take the test and I did pretty well... Some questions, you're not quite sure of - they're trick questions... The question is like, 'Which ocean is on the west side of the United States...?' (and I'm thinking), 'If I say Pacific it's probably wrong, it must be something else.'"
Marta Walraven never thought she'd get into the family business, considering the family business is organized crime. But the wealthy, stay-at-home mom ends up fraternizing with mobsters anyway after her husband is murdered in a drug deal-gone-wrong and she must repay his debt. So begins ABC's brand-new drama, Red Widow, premiering Sunday, March 3 at 9 PM. Should you give the new show, based on the Dutch series Penoza, a shot? Check out our dossier for all the scoop on the series:
Actors you'll know: You'll recognize the titular widow, Aussie Radha Mitchell, from any number of movies. Take your pick: Silent Hill, Surrogates, Finding Neverland, Phone Booth ... I don't know your taste! But you've probably seen her in something. Everyone's favorite Croatian ER doc, Goran Visnjic, plays the crime boss wronged by Marta's husband. Chances are you'll recognize perennial "that guy" Clifton Collins, Jr., too, but you might have to just hit up his IMDb page to find out from where because that dude might have actually been in every movie ever.
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You'll like it if: You miss The Sopranos, but wish the accents were less Jersey and more foreign.
Top 5 Reasons You Might Want to Watch: You're into take-charge women (and who isn't?). You're too impatient to wait until Hell on Wheels returns for Season 3, so Anson Mount as Marta's soon-to-be-murdered husband is good enough for you. You don't have HBOGo, and thus must find your organized crime programming elsewhere. You miss Nancy Botwin, but wish she was a little more likable (and a little less funny).
Reasons You Might NOT Want to Watch: Um, Anson Mount dies in the premiere. You hate when TV actors attempt Russian accents. You're picturing Luka as a family man in Boston with Abby, not killing people in San Francisco. You're bummed that Zero Hour is already kaput and can't take even the possibility of another quick cancellation.
Love it, or Leave it? Love it if you're in desperate need of a kickass female role model. Leave it if you get attached quickly, because ABC sure doesn't. (RIP Last Resort and Zero Hour.)
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Red Widow: ER alumnus Goran Visnjic will trade his scalpel for a revolver when the actor signs on as a series regular for ABC's midseason drama, which follows a woman determined to uncover the truth of her husband's murder by gangsters. Visnjic is set to play the series' central mob boss. [Deadline]
Game of Thrones: HBO's fantasy epic has added two more dashing young actors to its already-expansive cast: Newcomer Ed Skrein will play Daario Naharis, the captain of the Stormcrows whom Daenerys encounters on her journey to King's Landing, while Jacob Anderson will play Grey Worm, the leader of a group of renegade slave soldiers. [WinterIsComing.net]
Paging Dr. Freed: Kyle Howard (My Boys) and Joel David Moore (Avatar) will star in USA's Paging Dr. Freed, the network's comedy pilot about two gynecologist brothers who inherit their father's practice. [THR]
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Bound to stir up some controversy, the first trailer for Kristen Stewart's mother Jules Stewart's prison drama K-11 will leave you with one lingering thought: gay, straight, jail quite simply seems like a really terrible place to wind up. It certainly looks that way for Goran Visnjic's character who mistakenly winds up in a Los Angeles prison that houses gay and transgender inmates. Known as K-11, this particular prison is run on the inside by a transsexual known as Mousey (played by Kate del Castillo.) The film also stars Jason Mewes, D.B. Sweeney, and K-Stew's brother Cameron B. Stewart, making his big screen debut.
Not for the eyes of the Twilight set (though MovieLine reports that Bella Swan herself does some voice work in the film,) Stewart's bleak, unsettling, shocking vision of transexuals/transgenders and prison life (rape and violence are graphically portrayed in the preview) screened at Cannes earlier this week. Since it's Memorial Day and you're probably home from work thanking your lucky stars you're not in prison, it seems almost pointless to inform you that this trailer for K-11 is incredibly NSFW. But seriously it is and don't watch this trailer near your boss/friends/children/loved ones. What's your impression of K-11? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.
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Visnjic has taken issue with ex-mistress Mirela Rupic after learning she had signed two-year-old Lana Lourdes up with Models Direct.
Rupic never consulted her ex before making her decision and she insists he has no right to go public with his feelings about the idea, especially when his lawyer accuses her of using their child for publicity purposes.
The angry Croatian tells WENN, "This really makes me sad... My lovely daughter is not the only child who will perhaps make a child commercial. People say that she is so gorgeous and looks like a real, cute model, so I decided to make a connection with a good agency.
"Will our daughter be a model, actor, or doctor, I don't know... but my only important mission is to take care of her and (make sure) she grows into a strong and good person."
And taking aim at the actor, Rupic rages, "He didn't even ask about his daughter, the only one biological child in his life since she was born (sic)! He hasn't heard her voice and neither has he seen her since she was born (sic)! So what does he want now - to represent himself as a kind father in front of the world? He hasn't had any contact with his daughter."
"Visnjic shows his pictures with his adopted boy in the Croatian press, but on the other side, he sent to me social services because of a few pictures of our daughter in one Croatian (sic)... God forgive him!"
Visnjic's publicist had not responded to WENN's request for comment at press time.
The actor embarked on an affair with Mirela Rupic, while still married to his wife Ivana, and their fling resulted in two-year-old Lana.
Rupic has signed the tot up to British modelling agency Models Direct - and Visnjic, who discovered the news on social networking site Facebook, is livid.
His lawyer says, "We have warned Mirela about using the baby for promotional purposes."
It isn't the first time Visnjic has gone to war with his former lover. In January 2008 he reported Rupic to child protection officials to stop her talking to the media about their affair.
Co-starred in the Hallmark Hall of Fame production of "The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler" (CBS)
Joined the cast of David Fincher directed "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo," based on the novel by Stieg Larsson
Landed breakthrough role in "Welcome to Sarajevo"
Provided voice of the character Soto in the animated feature "Ice Age"
Cast in a four-episode arc on the 1960s-set airline drama "Pan Am" (ABC)
First starring role in a feature, "Close Your Eyes"
Played Ashley Judd's husband in "Helen"
Played the title role in a production if "Hamlet"
Had supporting role as a blackmailer in "The Deep End"
American film debut, "The Peacemaker"
Starred as titular gladiator in the USA Network remake of "Spartacus"
Served in both the Yugoslavian and Croatian armies
Portrayed pediatrician Dr. Luka Kovac on the NBC medical drama "ER"
Featured in a European TV commercial for Tuborg beer
Played a lusty artist interested in a married Heather Graham in the comedy "Committed"
Acted in several Croatian-language features
Cast in the role of Samson in the miniseries "The Deep," which aired on BBC One
Joined the Croatian National Theater in Zagreb
Cast opposite Jennifer Garner in the "Daredevil" spin-off "Elektra"
Appeared alongside Carla Gugino in a segment of the upcoming film "New York, I Love You"
Cast opposite Nicole Kidman in "Practical Magic"
Made U.S. television debut in Alistair MacLean's "Night Watch"
Tall, with dark matinee idol looks, Croatian actor Goran Visnjic garnered much attention with his first major English-language role in Michael Winterbottom's "Welcome to Sarajevo" (1997). Drawing on his own experiences, he delivered a strong supporting turn as Risto, the driver and translator for a British news team covering the war in the former Yugoslavia.
Visnjic confessed to having a drunken one-night stand with Rupic, which led to her pregnancy and resulted in their daughter Lana
Visnjic acknowledged paternity of his daughter with Mirela
Married in 1999; Daughter of filmmaker Antun Vrdoljak
Adopted son was born April 19, 2007; Mother, Ivana Visnjic; Named after Croatian poet Tin Ujevic