January 17, 2014 |
PARK CITY, Utah -- Unlikable characters are nothing new in independent film; in fact, when it comes to screen entertainment, the genre practically invented them. But with “Breaking Bad” and other staples of TV seizing the mantle of the dark antihero, there's something refreshing -- not to mention shocking, tense and even stomach-turning -- in seeing it back so unabashedly on the big screen in “Whiplash,” a new film starring J.K. Simmons that opened the Sundance Film Festival on Thursday.
August 21, 2011 |
If J.K. Simmons were a criminal, he'd be a repeat offender. But as a character actor who often plays cops and other right-side-of-the-law authority figures, he's a muse to the TV producers and filmmakers who hire him over and over as a key player in their projects. Take, for instance, his gig as Will Pope, acting chief of the Los Angeles Police Department, in TNT's hit drama "The Closer. " It's his second starring vehicle for writer-executive producer James Duff, who's also keen on keeping Simmons around for the spinoff, "Major Crimes," that's planned after "The Closer" ends its seven-season run next year.
HOME & GARDEN
August 15, 2009 |
TV and film actor J.K. Simmons , of the police drama "The Closer" and the "Spider-Man" movies, and his actress wife, Michelle Schumacher , have put their Hollywood Hills-area contemporary on the market at $1,795,000. The two-story view home, built in 1999, sits on more than half an acre on a gated street. It has five bedrooms and 4 1/2 bathrooms in about 4,190 square feet, with vaulted ceilings, three fireplaces and a balcony off the master suite. One of the bedrooms was converted into a home office.
HOME & GARDEN
May 31, 2011 |
Update: TV and film actor J.K. Simmons has sold his Hollywood Hills-area contemporary home for $1,585,000, the Multiple Listing Services shows. The two-story view home, built in 2000, sits on more than half an acre on a gated street. It has five bedrooms and five bathrooms in about 4,190 square feet, with vaulted ceilings, three fireplaces and a balcony off the master suite. One bedroom was converted into an office. There is a three-car garage. Simmons, 56, who played hard-boiled editor J. Jonah Jameson in the "Spider-Man" movies, will reprise the role in the upcoming "Ultimate Spider-Man" television series.
June 9, 1994 |
Gender and self-reliance are the determining factors behind "Three Women," the current show at the Thousand Oaks Community Gallery. If there is an inspiring subplot, it has to do with the artists' effort to make their own opportunities. These artists put on their own show from the ground up, right down to sweeping up and keeping watch over the gallery during operating hours. Art will find its way. And there is art worth looking at.
January 10, 2014 |
NBC has been saving its midseason shows until after the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, but Olympics viewers will get sneak peeks of two of the new shows during the Olympics. "About a Boy," based on the Nick Hornby novel, will air its first episode on Feb. 21 following the wrap-up of Olympics coverage for the day. But its regular time slot premiere will be Feb. 25, following "The Voice" at 9 p.m. The other new comedy, "Growing Up Fisher," about a family going through a divorce, starring J.K. Simmons and Jenna Elfman, will make its first appearance during the Olympics on Feb. 23 before its regular time slot debut on Feb. 25 following "About a Boy" at 9:30 p.m. "Believe," the new suspense drama from J.J. Abrams and Alfonso Cuaron, will premiere a few weeks after the Olympics, with the first episode getting a preview following "The Voice" on March 10 before settling into its regular time slot on March 16 at 9 p.m. WINTER TV PREVIEW: Full coverage of the season's shows NBC's other new drama, "Crisis," starring Gillian Anderson and Dermot Mulroney as a Secret Service agent who stumbles into an international crisis during his first day on the job, will also premiere on March 16, following "Believe.