GRIMM UNCERTAINTY: Word leaked Thursday evening that NBC has picked up a full season of the fairy-tale cop seriesGrimm,
which filmed its pilot in Portland. But before you don your favorite
troll costume and start celebrating—there’s no guarantee the series will
be filmed here. “I have not received confirmation that the show is going to be filmed in Oregon,” Vince Porter at the Governor’s Office of Film & Television told WW
Friday evening. “There was no pre-deal like, ‘We promise you we’re
gonna come.’ We’re going to try like hell to put our best foot forward.”
That pitch becomes more precarious with Gov. John Kitzhaber’s
controversial proposal to expand tax credits for Oregon film production
still in limbo in the Legislature. While you’re biting your long,
poison-apple-red fingernails, watch a scene from the pilot at wweek.com.
NIGHTLIFE ALERT: A woman is suing the manager of Couture Ultra Lounge
in Old Town for allegedly assaulting her on New Year’s Eve 2010. In the
suit filed May 17 by attorney Greg Kafoury, Chung Kim claims club
manager Mark Seid’s girlfriend assaulted her at the club, then Seid
called Kim a “fucking bitch” and punched her in the face. “I own a nightclub, I can do whatever I want,”
Seid said, according to the suit. Kim is seeking $100,000 for pain and
suffering. Seid did not return a phone call for comment.
THE CRITICS ARE RESTLESS: This has not been the easiest Cannes Film Festival for Gus Van Sant. Not only did early notices for his doomed-teen romance Restless cement our worst fears (“banal and indulgent!” raves The Hollywood Reporter; “nauseatingly twee!” gushes the Onion AV Club), but he left his U.S. passport in Portland while producing his new Starz TV show, Boss in Chicago, and didn’t realize it until a day before the French premiere. As Deadline Hollywood reported, “a friend grabbed it, flew cross-country to give it to Van Sant and accompanied him to France.”
NOIR NEWS: How much longer can West End’s Pinot American Brasserie go on? Now on its fourth head chef in less than a year, Richard Huggins (formerly of the Crowne Plaza Convention Center), the restaurant has announced it’s cutting its lunch service. Head bartender Glen Allen also jumped ship on the weekend, snapped up by McMenamins’ new Zeus Cafe.
LOVE AND THEFT: Bob Dylan
turns 70 on Tuesday, May 24. To celebrate, and to make up for all the
mean things we said about Dylan’s creepy Christmas album, WW’s music staff has contracted a handful of local musicians to record Dylan covers for a free digital EP called Buckets of Rain. The EP, which will be up at wweek.com on Tuesday for your downloading pleasure, features And And And, Typhoon’s Kyle Morton, St. Even, Ghosties and more.