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July 11, 2004 | Susan King
Most fledgling actors dream of seeking fame and fortune in New York or Los Angeles. That wasn't the case with versatile character actor J.K. Simmons, currently in "Spider-Man 2" as the gruff, fast-talking newspaper editor J. Jonah Jameson. "The possibility of going to New York or Los Angeles didn't occur to me," says the 49-year-old father of two. So after graduating from the University of Montana, he decided to test the theatrical waters in Seattle.
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January 17, 2014 | By Steven Zeitchik
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.
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January 17, 2014 | By Steven Zeitchik
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.
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August 21, 2011 | By T. L. Stanley, Special to the Los Angeles Times
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.
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August 28, 2007 | Robert Lloyd, Times Staff Writer
The cast of a television series is a little like a chamber orchestra: a collection of instruments of varying speeds and timbre and pitch and attack whose abstract orchestration is inextricable from whatever stories are being told. In a way, it is the story. Which is why I think of J.K.
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August 21, 2011 | By T. L. Stanley, Special to the Los Angeles Times
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 | LAUREN BEALE
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.
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May 31, 2011 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
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.
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June 9, 1994 | JOSEF WOODARD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
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.
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January 17, 2014 | By John Horn
PARK CITY, Utah -- How far will a musician go to become a virtuoso? Can a despotic jazz band conductor actually bring out the best in his students through fear and intimidation? And why was “Whiplash” the hardest movie Miles Teller ever made? Damien Chazelle, the writer-director of the Sundance Film Festival drama, dropped by the Los Angeles Times Studio in Park City, Utah, to discuss how these issues touch on his film, which opened the festival Thursday night. PHOTOS: Sundance Film Festival 2014 | The Scene Chazelle, who was a drummer in a high school band run by a heartless teacher, first came to the festival last year with an 17-minute version of “Whiplash,” which focused on the relationship between an ambitious drummer named Andrew Neiman and his cruel conservatory instructor, Terence Fletcher.
HOME & GARDEN
May 31, 2011 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
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.
HOME & GARDEN
August 15, 2009 | LAUREN BEALE
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 28, 2007 | Robert Lloyd, Times Staff Writer
The cast of a television series is a little like a chamber orchestra: a collection of instruments of varying speeds and timbre and pitch and attack whose abstract orchestration is inextricable from whatever stories are being told. In a way, it is the story. Which is why I think of J.K.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 11, 2004 | Susan King
Most fledgling actors dream of seeking fame and fortune in New York or Los Angeles. That wasn't the case with versatile character actor J.K. Simmons, currently in "Spider-Man 2" as the gruff, fast-talking newspaper editor J. Jonah Jameson. "The possibility of going to New York or Los Angeles didn't occur to me," says the 49-year-old father of two. So after graduating from the University of Montana, he decided to test the theatrical waters in Seattle.
NEWS
June 9, 1994 | JOSEF WOODARD, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 6, 2014 | By Steven Zeitchik
Damien Chazelle's “Whiplash” was the toast of this year's Sundance Film Festival, sweeping top prizes that set it up for a potentially nifty commercial and awards run when it hits theaters later this year. Now its writer-director, first-timer Damian Chazelle, is looking to capitalize on the heat with a new project, titled “La La Land,” according to a person familiar with the project who asked for anonymity because they were not authorized to talk about it publicly. Described as a romantic musical set in L.A., the script centers on an aspiring actress and jazz musician who fall in love but see their relationship tested by the high-stress environment of the city's arts and entertainment community.
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March 2, 2008 | Jenny Sundel
BEST ACTRESS nominee 1. Sienna Miller had date Rhys Ifans -- and his coat -- to keep her warm at Film Independent's Spirit Awards Feb. 23, while winner 2. Ellen Page, with "Juno" costar J.K. Simmons, came prepared in her own suit jacket. But less-dressed attendees, including presenter Kate Beckinsale, shivered at the Santa Monica beachside ceremony, where umbrella-wielding escorts magically appeared to transport indie filmmakers from the blue carpet to a huge white tent as rain started to fall.
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