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.
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.
June 26, 2003 |
Dylan McDermott is out; James Spader is in. ABC confirmed Wednesday that the actor from such films as "Secretary," "Stargate" and "sex, lies, and videotape" will join the cast of "The Practice" next season. He'll play what the network described as "a complicated and ethically challenged lawyer." Also joining the show in the wake of a major cast shake-up last month is Rhona Mitra, who will play a third-year law school student who joins the firm as an assistant. From a Times staff writer
June 14, 2007 |
You can't accuse "Boston Legal" creator David E. Kelley of complacency. When production on the ABC drama's fourth season begins June 27, some familiar faces will be gone. No worries, fans: James Spader, William Shatner and Candice Bergen will be back. But their cohorts -- Julie Bowen, Mark Valley, Rene Auberjonois and Constance Zimmer -- will not be, a representative for David E. Kelley Productions said Wednesday.
November 19, 1995 |
When Jim Nashe (Mandy Patinkin, left) a former Boston fireman aimlesly squandering a $200,000 inheritance, gives a lift to Jack Pozzi (James Spader, right), a poker whiz on his way to a high-stakes game, Nashe envisions a way to replenish his pile. He'll stake Pozzi to a game with a seemingly pushover pair of lottery-winning millionaire housemates (Charles Durning and Joel Grey) and split the winnings 50-50.
December 18, 2004
"Sideways" was a nice little film, but the fact that it led all Golden Globe nominees ["Dark Horses and Desperate Wives" by Robert W. Welkos, Susan King and Elaine Dutka, Dec. 14,] testifies to the fact that this has not been a good year for great films. In fact, the film pales in the shadow of Alexander Payne's true masterpiece, 1999's "Election," arguably the best comedy of the last decade! Jack Wolf Westwood I was delighted to read of the Golden Globes nominations of William Shatner and James Spader from my new favorite show, "Boston Legal" ["Spader and Shatner: Partners in Mischief," by Lynn Smith, Dec. 14]
June 30, 1991
Although they've been around forever, Southern California flea markets and swap meets have been all the rage of late. Even celebrities--Diane Keaton, James Spader, Madonna--go at dawn and swap 'til they drop. The variety of new merchandise at most swap meets is so vast that it's as if someone has simply ripped the ceiling off a mall. At flea markets specializing in collectibles, shopping is the equivalent of visiting 150 small antique stores at once.
October 4, 1998 |
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. Its style seems to imitate both Robert Altman and Quentin Tarantino yet has an energy all its own. And while it adds up to neither a satisfying thriller nor an effective satire of life in the San Fernando Valley, it's almost never boring.