June 15, 2012 |
The first time Jon Hamm ever saw himself on screen was as an extra in a Missouri lottery commercial. Aaron Paul's debut was a Method-acted Corn Pops commercial, while Julianna Margulies learned the dangers of lying about job skills on her first movie. She had told Steven Seagal she was Puerto Rican, only to have him request she speak her lines in Spanish: “I was like, you know, I'm a Jew and Spanish is not my second language.... I was mortified that that was my first moment on the screen.” Their "firsts" was one of many topics discussed when The Times brought together Claire Danes (“Homeland”)
HOME & GARDEN
June 11, 2011 |
Jeff Andrews had never seen "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" when Khloé Kardashian called and asked: Might he decorate her Mediterranean-style mansion? To prepare for that first meeting two years ago, Andrews turned on E! and, by the grace of the reality-TV gods, found a repeat episode recounting Khloé's wedding to Lakers forward Lamar Odom. Homework completed, Andrews landed the job as interior designer for the youngest Kardashian sister. And then for sister Kourtney. And then perhaps most significantly, for Kris Jenner, the matriarch-manager of the Kardashian empire, which, Twitter-follow it or not, remains an undeniable phenomenon.
HOME & GARDEN
November 30, 2009 |
Update: Jennifer Carpenter, who stars on the Showtime series "Dexter" with her husband, Michael C. Hall, has sold her Hollywood Hills home for its asking price of $695,000, the Multiple Listing Service shows. The California bungalow, with two bedrooms and 1 1/2 bathrooms, was built as a hunting lodge in 1937. Surrounded by mature trees and landscaping on a flat lawn, the cottage has vaulted ceilings, skylights and decks off the dining room and master bedroom. Carpenter, 29, plays Dexter Morgan's sister, Debra.
October 14, 2012 |
Mamie Gummer is her mother's daughter. And maybe that's part of the problem. She's so aware that you're so aware that her mother is Meryl Streep, it's as if she has developed a stopwatch in her head ready to irritably clock the minute her 63-year-old mother will get mentioned - she's noticeably tense and brief with her responses. But at 29, Gummer needn't feel defined by the link. The actress has managed to steadily establish her own identity since her tender debut in "Heartburn," opposite her mother and Jack Nicholson, more than two decades ago. She now finds herself headlining her first TV series, "Emily Owens, M.D.," on the CW, which premieres Tuesday.
July 12, 2012 |
If you happen to run into Aaron Paul these days, you're likely to encounter an actor almost bursting with warmth and bliss - in other words, the polar opposite of Jesse Pinkman, the tortured junkie Paul plays on AMC's"Breaking Bad. " The Emmy winner has many reasons behind his positive vibe: He's "madly in love" with his fiancée whom he plans to marry next year and he's enjoying a few months off from filming the series. Despite the good mood, Paul is preparing for the emotional storm clouds on the horizon: "Breaking Bad," which has established Paul as one of Hollywood's most vivid young talents, is launching its fifth and final season Sunday, and will end its run next year.
September 24, 2012 |
Showtime threw a relaxed and low-key pre-Emmy party on Saturday night at the Sunset Tower that gave no hint of the excitement that would unfold for the network at the ceremony the following evening. The fete kicked off at 7 with red carpet arrivals including Damian Lewis and Claire Danes (wearing a stunning turquoise Jason Wu dress), who would soon win the Emmys for lead actor and actress in a drama series. "Homeland" would also take the award for outstanding drama series in what is being lauded as a sweep for the show and a coup for the Showtime network.
September 27, 2009 |
How could John Lithgow get as far from "3rd Rock from the Sun" as possible? By playing Arthur Mitchell , a serial killer on Showtime's "Dexter" who has been murdering women for decades and whispering the same sweet nothings -- "It's already over" -- to each victim before she dies: Fans of Lithgow's work will see a lot of him in this role. What brings you to the world of "Dexter"? Were you a fan before you joined the show? No, I'd seen bits and pieces of the first season.
March 25, 2011
By turns flat and strained, "Peep World" is a collection of personality disorders in search of a story. On the evidence of the finished product, it's hard to judge what drew the strong cast ? Michael C. Hall, Rainn Wilson, Sarah Silverman and Judy Greer among them. Perhaps it was the opportunity to riff off one another, although under the direction of Barry W. Blaustein ("The Ringer"), there's barely a suggestion of comic energy, and Lewis Black's voice-over narration does nothing to up the ante.
July 17, 2011 |
Limitless 20th Century Fox, $29.99; Blu-ray, $39.99 Cleverer than the average action-drama, "Limitless" stars Bradley Cooper as a struggling writer who gains access to an experimental drug and becomes an intellectual superman. Soon he finds himself in league with criminals and corporate titans (the latter played by Robert De Niro), all while fretting over his dwindling drug supply. Although "Limitless" is told in too straightforward a fashion — with an over-reliance on voice-over narration — Cooper makes an ideal anti-hero, and the story has such a strong "what will happen next" quality that its dumber elements are excusable.
September 19, 2012 |
The Envelope's Gold Standard columnist Glenn Whipp is sweeping through Emmy categories this week, predicting the winners in the top categories. Having already looked at drama and comedy series, he turns his attention here to the lead actor races. LEAD ACTOR, DRAMA The nominees: Hugh Bonneville, “Downton Abbey” Steve Buscemi, “Boardwalk Empire” Bryan Cranston, “Breaking Bad” Michael C. Hall, “Dexter” Jon Hamm, “Mad Men” Damian Lewis, “Homeland” And the winner is … Cranston.