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.
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 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.
May 5, 2004 |
"The Practice" is closing its doors on May 16, but one of its main characters, Ellenor Frutt, played by Camryn Manheim, may live on in her own sitcom spin-off. The untitled project, created by Dan O'Shannon, will probably air in January, Manheim said Tuesday. The script hasn't been written yet, but the concept is for Ellenor, the serious and noble defense lawyer Manheim has played for eight years on "The Practice," to move back to her hometown (probably Buffalo, N.Y.