August 21, 2009 |
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.
September 17, 2007 |
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.
September 19, 2005 |
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.
July 15, 2005 |
The drug-addicted, ill-tempered doctor. The bartender with a penchant for gunfights and domestic abuse. The hallucinating shrink who is a full blown narcissist, the deeply depressed counter-terrorist with a perpetually clenched jaw and, mercifully, the utterly amoralistic lawyer. Any other year, this might be a list of the "Sex and the City" boy toys, but this year it's the characters played by those nominated for Emmy's outstanding lead actor in a drama.
December 14, 2004 |
Actors James Spader and William Shatner, whose roles as eccentric yet oddly endearing lawyers on "The Practice" won each an Emmy earlier this year, were honored again Monday with Golden Globe nominations for spinoff roles in ABC's much lighter "Boston Legal." Spader was nominated for best actor in a dramatic television series for his role as Alan Shore, an unscrupulous attorney who was fired from his firm and moved to Crane, Poole and Schmidt on "Boston Legal."
October 3, 2004 |
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.