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July 27, 2013 | By Greg Braxton
James Spader has gorgeous hair. You've seen it in "Pretty in Pink" and other Brat Pack movies. You've marveled about it when he was on "Boston Legal. " It's been a trademark throughout his career, which included his recent TV stint on "The Office. " But when viewers first spot him in the new NBC drama "The Blacklist," the suave actor is wearing a distinctive derby. When he takes it off, his hair is -- well, he barely has any. PHOTOS: Hollywood Backlot moments Spader's appearance is one of the distinctive calling cards of the NBC show, in which he stars as former government agent Raymond "Red" Reddington, who has become one of the FBI's most wanted fugitives.
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January 22, 2014 | By Mary McNamara
"Rake. " Greg Kinnear stars as scapegrace defense attorney Keegan Deane … and that's pretty much all you need to know. Who doesn't love Greg Kinnear? In just about anything?  This role, based on an Australian show of the same name, seems particularly well-suited to his talents. "Key" is a man of perpetual optimism and very little self control. He never met a dollar, or drink, he didn't think he could double, counting on his fast-talk and winning smile to get him out of all sorts of trouble.
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May 10, 2013 | By Scott Collins
The news keeps getting stranger and stranger for "Community. " The NBC sitcom has bounced back from a near-death experience a year ago and will return for Season 5 next year. The network confirmed late Friday that it will pick up the eccentric comedy for another go-round, on a day when a batch of other shows, including the Matthew Perry vehicle "Go On," learned they were not making the cut. The perennially low-rated "Community" was considered at death's door last year, when show runner Dan Harmon was ushered to the door.
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November 5, 2013 | By Scott Collins
Is "The Blacklist" NBC's Holy Grail, the long-sought hit drama the network needs to finally rebuild its schedule?  Certainly NBC is making that case, and the show is being hailed as a breakthrough in media reports. Slate, calling the show "one of the big hits of the fall season" (are there many of those?), postulated that it allows viewers the guilt-free pleasure of seeing a con man (Spader) help solve crimes. But do the ratings really push "Blacklist" into hit status? Well, yes and no. For the week that ended Sunday, Spader's vehicle wasn't just the top-rated new drama - it was the top-rated drama, period, among adults aged 18 to 49, according to Nielsen.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 20, 2004
Not everyone can say he's taken on a Mafia don and the president of the U.S. and lived to tell about it. Actor James Spader, known for off-beat movie roles, scored a major upset, beating James Gandolfini ("Sopranos") and Martin Sheen ("The West Wing") to win an Emmy for outstanding actor in a TV drama for his role on "The Practice."
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October 3, 2004 | Maria Elena Fernandez, Times Staff Writer
The day before James Spader won an Emmy for his portrayal of Alan Shore, the morally dubious lawyer on "The Practice," the actor was at the Franklin D. Murphy Sculpture Garden at UCLA, admiring the statues -- especially the female forms. "Look at the beautiful curve of her back, right at the base of her spine," he said, noticing a dancer at the top of Robert Graham's "Dance Columns." "It's the most perfect curve in nature." Then Spader felt a breeze and started ambling in the other direction.
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September 17, 2007 | Scott Collins, Times Staff Writer
If the world were run by Emmy voters. . . a lot of gamblers would lose the shirts off their backs. Sunday night's 59th Prime Time Emmy Awards saw upsets galore in some of the biggest categories. Sure, HBO's "The Sopranos," as expected, pulled out its second Emmy for best drama even after that anticlimactic, fade-to-black series finale (memo to creator David Chase, who onstage at the Shrine Auditorium seemed unsure how long his mob drama was actually on the air: six seasons). But elsewhere? Whoa.
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September 19, 2005 | Lynn Smith, Times Staff Writer
JAMES SPADER took home his second consecutive Emmy for best dramatic actor on Sunday for the role of Alan Shore, a shockingly unscrupulous lawyer on ABC's darkly comic "Boston Legal." But the first thing he did was thank his mother -- twice -- to make up for not having done so last year. "She really hasn't complained at all," Spader said later backstage. "When I got off the stage last year, I called her right away because I realized.
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December 24, 1989
To what "buzz" has writer Jack Mathews been listening ("For the Early Line on Oscar: Listen to the Buzz," Dec. 17)? "Driving Miss Daisy" has been named best picture by the National Board of Review, meriting at least consideration for an Oscar nomination. In the acting categories, Cannes Film Festival best actor James Spader of "sex, lies, and videotape" surely has a chance for a nomination. BRIAN BANKS Encino
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October 12, 1997 | Jack Mathews
Hodgepodge may not be the word writer-director John Herzfeld would use to describe his quirky 1996 black comedy, but hodgepodge it is. And that's not all bad. There are too many characters, but some are a lot of fun. The tone shifts, from graphic murder to wig-flipping farce, are too extreme, but much of it works. Danny Aiello (pictured) and James Spader star (Cinemax Wednesday at 10 p.m.).
ENTERTAINMENT
October 4, 2013 | By Patrick Kevin Day
Hot on the heels of ABC's "Lucky 7" cancellation and Fox's renewal of "Sleepy Hollow" for a second season comes NBC's own announcement that its big, splashy fall drama "The Blacklist" will be completing its first season. The network announced on Friday that it was ordering the nine additional episodes of the series to give it a complete 22-episode first season. The series, starring James Spader as an internationally renowned criminal who decides to help the FBI for reasons only he knows, debuted to an audience of 12.58 million.
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September 23, 2013 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
Following the success of shows as disparate as "Homeland," "House of Cards" and "Scandal," our nation's capital has become the thrilling center of the universe, and politics has become the new police precinct. Two of the more anticipated shows of this fall season, "Hostages" on CBS and "The Blacklist" on NBC, follow D.C.-based stories and face off, beginning Monday at 10 p.m. Which is so bad for "Hostages"; though it gets points for ambition, "The Blacklist" blows it out of the water.
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September 19, 2013 | By Mary McNamara, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.
It's a big week for new shows, and the season's just getting started so I hope you saved the fall preview guide my colleague Robert Lloyd so wittily and thoughtfully compiled for Sunday's Calendar. Here are a few premieres you won't want to miss. "The Blacklist. " James Spader stars as Raymond "Red" Reddington, a rogue spy who, after 20 years freelancing his services, turns himself in. In exchange for all sorts of groovy intel, he asks only for a luxurious hotel suite and the (strictly professional)
ENTERTAINMENT
July 27, 2013 | By Greg Braxton
James Spader has gorgeous hair. You've seen it in "Pretty in Pink" and other Brat Pack movies. You've marveled about it when he was on "Boston Legal. " It's been a trademark throughout his career, which included his recent TV stint on "The Office. " But when viewers first spot him in the new NBC drama "The Blacklist," the suave actor is wearing a distinctive derby. When he takes it off, his hair is -- well, he barely has any. PHOTOS: Hollywood Backlot moments Spader's appearance is one of the distinctive calling cards of the NBC show, in which he stars as former government agent Raymond "Red" Reddington, who has become one of the FBI's most wanted fugitives.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 10, 2013 | By Scott Collins
The news keeps getting stranger and stranger for "Community. " The NBC sitcom has bounced back from a near-death experience a year ago and will return for Season 5 next year. The network confirmed late Friday that it will pick up the eccentric comedy for another go-round, on a day when a batch of other shows, including the Matthew Perry vehicle "Go On," learned they were not making the cut. The perennially low-rated "Community" was considered at death's door last year, when show runner Dan Harmon was ushered to the door.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 22, 2012 | By Nicole Sperling
Steven Spielberg's take on Abraham Lincoln is set to arrive in theaters Nov. 16, yet there has been little promotional material out there for the film starring Academy Award winner Daniel Day Lewis. Wednesday, though, DreamWorks released its one-sheet for "Lincoln," and in profile Lewis bears a tremendous similarity to the 16th president. No word yet on when the first trailer will arrive. The film, according to the studio, will center on the president's final months in office as he pursues a course designed to end the war, unite the country and abolish slavery.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 7, 1988
I was fascinated to read Calendar's list of 500 features that are due to be released this year, but request that you add seven Cinema Group Pictures. They include "White of the Eye" (March) starring David Keith and Cathy Moriarty; "Jack's Back" (April ) starring James Spader and Cindy Gibb; and later this year, "Souvenir" starring Christopher Plummer and Catherine Hicks; "Never on Tuesday," "Higher Education," "Brain Damage" and the $15-million sci-horror film, "The Blob." MARCIE ROBINSON Cinema Group Entertainment Los Angeles
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October 27, 1994 | BILL HIGGINS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
The Scene: Monday's premiere of MGM's "Stargate" at Mann's Chinese with a party at the Palace. The film is a special-effects-filled science-fiction thriller with an ancient Egyptian theme. One writer, well-versed in the reigning buzzwords used to sell scripts, dubbed it " 'Die Hard' in a pyramid."
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August 21, 2009 | BETSY SHARKEY, FILM CRITIC
What would you wish for if you found a rainbow-colored rock that told you to make a wish, then granted every one? Would you go for world peace, a million bucks? Or like the kids in "Shorts," would you wish for a castle and a moat protected by snakes and alligators, not realizing the complications that might crop up? Me, I'd wish that writer-director Robert Rodriguez, who brought us the finely wrought darkness of "Sin City," would set aside the kid stuff and get back to the promise of his earlier work . . . right after world peace and a million bucks.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 17, 2007 | Scott Collins, Times Staff Writer
If the world were run by Emmy voters. . . a lot of gamblers would lose the shirts off their backs. Sunday night's 59th Prime Time Emmy Awards saw upsets galore in some of the biggest categories. Sure, HBO's "The Sopranos," as expected, pulled out its second Emmy for best drama even after that anticlimactic, fade-to-black series finale (memo to creator David Chase, who onstage at the Shrine Auditorium seemed unsure how long his mob drama was actually on the air: six seasons). But elsewhere? Whoa.
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