September 23, 2013 |
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.
September 19, 2013 |
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)
July 27, 2013 |
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.
May 10, 2013 |
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.
August 22, 2012 |
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.
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.