There are some people who, at some point over the course of time, you would have assumed would have hosted “Saturday Night Live.” James Spader is one of those people. How it never happened, we’re not quite sure, but this episode (the latest in our ongoing SNL Wishlist series) is here to try and correct that! He’s a funny guy who can do a wide array of things, and as you’re about to realize (if you haven’t already), there are so many different reasons why he should be a part of the Studio 8H experience. Read More: // here
It is midnight in Malaysia, and the tingle-inducing tones of Hollywood actor James Spader’s voice are snaking their way through the phone line. Depending on one’s pop culture diet, it is impossible not to imagine that it could be Red Reddington, Alan Shore or even Ultron on the other end. Read More: // here
As everyone gets set for a new episode of The Blacklist tonight I couldn’t help but start thinking about the career of James Spader. Just yesterday I mentioned how Howie Mandel has essentially had two careers. It’s curly haired Mandel and bald Mandel. That’s basically it. As soon as Mandel was on Deal or No Deal, his post curly hair began and his fro days were over. James Spader has had a very similar career path. Read More: // here
Let’s face it folks — we really are in the peak TV era. There are hundreds of different scripted programs out there, and with that it’s inevitable that there are going to be many series and actors that end up falling through the cracks when it comes to awards recognition. This is where our new CarterMatt Golden Globes series comes into play! We’re doing an article a day discussing who should win out of the nominees in the field, and we’re also posting one article a day about the biggest snubs.
James Spader, “The Blacklist” (NBC) – While nominations for network actors have become few and far between, Spader gave some of the finest work of his career during the “Cape May” episode earlier this year; not only that, but he has been nominated by the Hollywood Foreign Press for playing Raymond Reddington before, in addition to his work on other shows. Read More: // here
Curtis Hanson, who shared an Adapted Screenplay Oscar for L.A. Confidential and also helmed such films as Eminem-starrer 8 Mile, Wonder Boys, The River Wild, In Her Shoes and HBO’s Too Big To Fail, died in his sleep Tuesday of natural causes at his Hollywood Hills home. He was 71. Born on March 24, 1945, in Reno, NV, Hanson grew up in Los Angeles and began his career writing and directing indie pics in the early 1970s. By the next decade he would direct a young Tom Cruise in Losin’ It (1983) wrote the screenplays for features White Dog (1982) and Never Cry Wolf (1983).
He was more focused on directing by the 1990s, helming such films as Bad Influence (1990), The Hand That Rocks the Cradle (1992) and The River Wild starring Meryl Streep and Kevin Bacon (1994).
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For the better part of a decade James Spader portrayed attorney Alan Shore, first in the final season of David E. Kelley’s drama series “The Practice” (2002 – 2003) and then for all five seasons of its spin-off “Boston Legal” (2004 – 2008). In his return to the small screen in 2013, Spader opted to ditch the hallowed halls of the courthouse to portray Raymond “Red” Reddington, one of the world’s most dangerous white-collar criminals, on NBC’s hit drama series “The Blacklist.” Despite rave reviews, Spader has yet to catch on with Emmy voters. Might his magnetic performance in the show’s third season be the charm? Read More: // here
Whether they’re made in the 80s or set in the 80s, these are the films that do coming of age wonderfully well…
Ah, the 1980s. It’s a decade that means so much to so many of us. It’s where our childhoods were spent, where much of our culture either originated in or came to mainstream prominence. It’s where we grew up. It’s a decade so powerful in terms of music, fashion, and nostalgia that it seems the perfect age for a coming-of-age movie. Many of the classics were made then, and many of the modern classics have returned there. Here are the best 25 80s coming-of-age films.
6. Pretty In Pink: A new wave soundtrack provides the music to John Hughes most grown-up teen film, in which Andie, a single father kid from the wrong side of the tracks gets together with Blane, a rich popular boy. Obviously it doesn’t go smoothly. While centred around a prom, with the usual high school politics at play, it’s the grittiness at the heart of Pretty In Pink which adds depth to the film. Easily Molly Ringwald’s best performance from this era, her lost and lonely take on Andie is heartbreaking at points. Read More: // here
Cue the bittersweet realization of just how much we’ve grown up. Andie, Duckie and Blane are firmly in their 40s, and “Pretty in Pink” — a 1980s cinematic ode to teen angst — is 30. Read More: // here
The iconic teen romance, screening in theaters for Valentine’s Day, offers sharp commentary on class, too Read More: // here
Pretty in Pink was my very first John Hughes movie. My introduction to the classic ’80s high school movies was Molly Ringwald as Andie, a girl from the wrong side of the tracks falling in love with the spoiled rich kid, Blane (Andrew McCarthy), despite having a BFF Duckie (Jon Cryer) who loves her. I related to Andie, an outcast who didn’t fit in with the cool kids and didn’t want to, and I was, obviously, insanely jealous of her unique sense of style. I loved everything about this movie. As the years went by, I watched more ’80s movies, like The Breakfast Club and Sixteen Candles, but none of them ever beat Pretty in Pink. Watching those movies did, however, make me realize how little the movie actually makes sense. There are so many things that bother me about Pretty in Pink, even though I adore it. Read More: // here