On the NBC drama series The Blacklist, ex-government agent Raymond “Red” Reddington (James Spader), who has been has been one of the FBI’s Most Wanted fugitives, brokering shadowy deals for criminals across the globe, has mysteriously surrendered to the FBI. Offering to help catch a blacklist of politicians, mobsters, spies and international terrorists, his one condition is that he speaks only to Elizabeth Keen (Megan Boone), an FBI profiler fresh out of Quantico. What follows is a twisting series of events that will lead everyone to wonder what Red’s true intentions really are.
During this recent interview to discuss his compelling new show, actor James Spader talked about why he wanted to play this character, gradually revealing just what Reddington is up to, how much he anticipates reading each script to see what’s coming next, how wonderful it felt to shave his head for the role, just how often the show will continue to switch directions from what viewers expect, and how much input he gets with the scripts. Check out what he had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.
Earlier today, Collider was able to participate in a conference call with actor James Spader for his new edge-of-your-seat drama series The Blacklist, which airs on Monday nights on NBC. Naturally, during the interview, talk briefly turned to his upcoming role as the villain Ultron for the sequel, The Avengers: Age of Ultron. While we will run what he had to say about his work on The Blacklist, and what drew him to that role, we wanted to be sure to share what he had to say about how he ended up as part of the Marvel universe.
When asked about what made him want to sign on, James Spader talked about how he first met Kevin Feige a couple of years ago with the desire to become a part of the Marvel world, having been a fan of comic books as a kid, his sons’ interest in comics, and how Joss Whedon told him that he wasn’t thinking about anybody else for the role. He also said he hopes for a smooth transition between when he finishes The Blacklist and when he goes off to London to shoot The Avengers 2. Check out what he had to say after the jump.
Last month, Marvel announced James Spader was set to play the villain Ultron in The Avengers: Age of Ultron. Since Ultron is an evil robot, we didn’t know the extent of Spader’s performance. Would it just be voice work or would he be doing motion-capture work like Mark Ruffalo did for the Hulk? While doing the press rounds for his new TV series The Blacklist, Spader told The Inquirer [via CS], “I went in for them to take very extensive photographs, head scans, body scans, and all kinds of things in preparation for figuring out how the hell I’m gonna fit in this Ultron character!” It sounds like Spader will probably be doing motion-capture work, which isn’t too surprising since Ultron is a humanoid robot.
For more another brief bit of info on the upcoming superhero sequel, hit the jump for a comment from from Scarlett Johansson. The film also stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, and Samuel L. Jackson. The Avengers: Age of Ultron opens May 1, 2015.
As production on the highly anticipated Marvel sequel The Avengers: Age of Ultron looks to get underway in March, writer/director Joss Whedon is nearly finished casting the film. The biggest news we’ve heard thus far, though, is that James Spader will be playing the film’s villain, the titular evil robot Ultron. It was an inspired bit of casting and extremely fitting when you have someone like Joss Whedon running the shots, and now the filmmaker has spoken briefly about how he settled on Spader to play the chief antagonist. Hit the jump to read on.
Marvel is continuing their streak of casting great actors in their films. The studio has announced that they’ve cast three-time Emmy winner James Spader as the villain Ultron in Joss Whedon‘s The Avengers: Age of Ultron. Naturally, there are no details beyond the casting. Since Ultron is a humanoid robot, will Spader do motion-capture, or will he just be providing the voice? How will it fit into Spader’s schedule if his new series The Blacklist (which looks quite good) is picked up for a full season? Obviously, we have no idea how Spader will voice the part, but he’s an actor I like, and I’ll be curious to see what he does with the role.
Hit the jump for the press release. The Avengers: Age of Ultron opens May 1, 2015.
We’re only a short week away from the 85th Academy Awards, and with the close of Oscar season approaching, we’d thought this would be a nice opportunity to take a look back at how some of the races have played out, chronicling the ebbs and flows of the past 12 months or so that got us to where we are today. We’re kicking things off with one of the more open categories: Best Supporting Actor.
One important thing to keep in mind when looking at the Oscars is that the race is incredibly fluid. A film could be the clear frontrunner in a category one week, then might stumble to second or even third place in the ensuing weeks. With this series of articles, we’ll be looking at exactly how much each race has changed, starting with Best Supporting Actor. Hit the jump to read on.
Expanding into more theaters this weekend is Steven Spielberg’s Best Picture nomination shoo-in, Lincoln. The period piece is less a cut-and-dry biopic of America’s 16th President, played brilliantly by Daniel Day-Lewis, and more of an examination of the burdens placed on Lincoln to keep a nation from falling apart while abolishing slavery and attempting to hold his personal life together. Lincoln also stars Tommy Lee Jones, James Spader, David Strathairn, Sally Field, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Lee Pace and Hal Holbrook. For more on the film, here’s three clips, Dave’s review, a great trailer, and all our previous coverage.
At the recent Los Angeles press day I got to speak with James Spader. He talked about what it was like to collaborate with Steven Spielberg and the rest of the cast, how he got involved in the project, his time on The Office, what he’s thinking about doing in the future, and more. Hit the jump to watch.
Although the last quarter of this year is positively stacked with fantastic films, Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln should be on your short list. The period piece is less a cut-and-dry biopic of America’s 16th President, played perfectly as always by Daniel Day-Lewis, and more of an examination of the burdens placed on Lincoln to keep a nation from falling apart while abolishing slavery and attempting to hold his personal life together. While the film is excellent overall (you can read my review here), a highlight of Lincoln is the excellent supporting cast. A previous selection of clips focused mainly on the President, but this new batch shows off snippets of the performances by Tommy Lee Jones, James Spader and David Strathairn to name a few. Hit the jump to check them out.
Lincoln, also starring Sally Field, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Lee Pace and Hal Holbrook, opens November 16th.
Just in time for Election Day, a new international trailer for director Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln has been released, and it’s by far the best one yet. This trailer actually delves into the central focus of the long-in-the-works drama—the passing of the 13th Amendment—and gives us a much better idea of what kind of biopic Spielberg and screenwriter Tony Kushner have crafted. Much of this trailer is reminiscent of The West Wing, with Daniel Day-Lewis’ Lincoln and his advisers working to secure enough votes to ensure that the amendment will pass. The trailer also teases the multitude of strong performances from the ridiculously talented ensemble, and I can’t wait to see the whole thing unfold onscreen.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer. The film also stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt, David Oyelowo, Sally Field, Tommy Lee Jones, James Spader, John Hawkes, Michael Stuhlbarg, David Strathairn, Walton Goggins, Tim Blake Nelson, Bruce McGill, Jackie Earle Haley, Lee Pace and Jared Harris. Lincoln opens on November 16th.
A few new images to share with you today from the following films:
- Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln stars Daniel Day-Lewis in the title role, but also features Jackie Earle Haley, Lee Pace, Hal Holbrook and James Spader.
- Jee-woon Kim’s actioner The Last Stand shows off a new look at stars Arnold Schwarzenegger and Rodrigo Santoro.
- Jon Lucas and Scott Moore’s 21 and Over starring Justin Chon, Miles Teller and Skylar Astin.
Hit the jump to check out the new images.
We posted the first teaser trailer for Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln earlier this week in anticipation of the full trailer being released during the Google + Q&A. Now that the full trailer is online, we finally get a chance to hear Daniel Day-Lewis speak as Abraham Lincoln. If I’m being honest, his choice of tone and inflection is not exactly what I had expected, but who am I to tell Day-Lewis what to do? There are plenty of scenes in the legislative houses, on the streets and on the battlefield, and they all give a sense of scope and tone to the film, just like Spielberg said it would during the Q&A.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer. The film also stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt, David Oyelowo, Sally Field, Tommy Lee Jones, James Spader, John Hawkes, Michael Stuhlbarg, David Strathairn, Walton Goggins, Tim Blake Nelson, Bruce McGill, Jackie Earle Haley, Lee Pace and Jared Harris. Lincoln opens on November 16th. [Update: We added 7 new images after the jump]
The first teaser trailer for director Steven Spielberg‘s Lincoln has been released. The teaser comes just days ahead of the first full trailer and live Google+ Q&A with Spielberg and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. The teaser gives us our first look at Daniel Day-Lewis in motion, though we only see glimpses of him as the titular President. There’s also a shot of who appears to be David Oyelowo dressed in Union attire as he turns and walks away from Lincoln. A narration of the Gettysburg address plays over scenes of Civil War combat, but who is speaking remains unclear for the moment.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer. The film also stars Sally Field, Tommy Lee Jones, James Spader, John Hawkes, Michael Stuhlbarg, David Strathairn, Walton Goggins, Tim Blake Nelson, Bruce McGill, Jackie Earle Haley, Lee Pace, and Jared Harris. Lincoln opens on November 16th.
Steven Spielberg‘s Abraham Lincoln movie, Lincoln, has landed a release date. We previously reported that the film would open after the 2012 Presidential election so to as avoid any accusation that the movie was making a political statement (we’ll let the trailers and other advertising allow pundits to bloviate and fill airtime draw their own conclusions). Disney has announced that the movie will open in limited engagement on November 9th before expanding nationwide on November 16th. It’s worth noting that Lincoln will still be fighting vampires, except this time it will be at the box office. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 also opens on November 16th.
Lincoln stars Daniel Day-Lewis as the 16th President, and the all-star cast also features Sally Field, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Tommy Lee Jones, James Spader, John Hawkes, Michael Stuhlbarg, David Strathairn, Walton Goggins, David Oyelowo, Tim Blake Nelson, Bruce McGill, Jackie Earle Haley, Lee Pace, and Jared Harris. Hit the jump for a synopsis of the source material.
Scranton, Pennsylvania and the offices of Dunder-Mifflin are about to get a lot less cool. EW has word that James Spader, who has been playing the perplexing and intimidating Robert California, will be leaving The Office after becoming a series regular for just one season. Spader himself decided to leave the show, and I can’t say that I blame him. This season has been wholly unremarkable despite Spader’s best efforts and mostly entertaining appearances, but the NBC comedy series just doesn’t have the heart or comedy that Steve Carell brought every week. Of course, even in the later seasons with Carell still on board, the show was beginning to lose its flare. More after the jump.
Prior to the NBC presentation at the TCA Press Tour, the networks new Chairman of Entertainment, Robert Greenblatt gave a glimpse of what he sees in the future of what is currently the fourth place network. Here are the most interesting points:
- NBC has made development deals with both executive producer/writer/director Greg Daniels (The Office, Parks & Recreation) and Gary Sanchez Productions (the production company of Adam McKay and Will Ferrell).
- Sean Hayes will be stepping back in front of the camera for an NBC comedy in 2012, while a one-hour drama about firefighters is being developed with Dick Wolf (Law & Order).
- The hit singing competition The Voice will return on February 5th, following the Super Bowl, and the mid-season musical drama Smash, from executive producer Steven Spielberg, will premiere on February 6th
- Greenblatt was not surprised by the controversy caused by The Playboy Club, as the brand name can be polarizing for people.
- NBC is hoping to under-expect but over-deliver on the upcoming season of The Office, with all of the changes and the addition of James Spader to the cast.
- The Office is important to the network, but they are approaching it with realistic expectations while the writers work to refocus what the show will now be.
- The goal is to expand comedy to more nights than just Thursday, and make multi-camera comedy shows popular again.
Hit the jump for a lot more: