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James Spader's 10 Best Movie Roles, Ranked (According To Rotten Tomatoes)

James Spader's 10 Best Movie Roles, Ranked (According To Rotten Tomatoes)
Everyone knows and loves James Spader today for his roles in TV series like The Office, Boston Legal, and, of course, The Blacklist, which just wrapped up its seventh season.

Related: The Blacklist: 10 Greatest Heists Pulled Off By Reddington 

But Spader has been acting since the '80s and has appeared in some of the most notable movies of the '80s and '90s. Known for portraying eccentric characters who don't quite fit the mold (just like Raymond Reddington), Spader is sought after for his ability to captivate audiences and fully immerse himself in a role. But which were his best? Here are his 10 best film performances, according to RottenTomatoes.
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Paramount Presents ‘Pretty in Pink’ Blu-ray Release Date and Details

Paramount Presents ‘Pretty in Pink’ Blu-ray Release Date and Details
On June 16th, the John Hughes comedy Pretty in Pink starring Molly Ringwald will be joining the Paramount Presents Blu-ray collection.

Director by Howard Deutch personally supervised the Newly remastered Pretty in Pink high definition presentation from a 4K transfer.

Pre-order Paramount Presents Pretty in Pink on Blu-ray at Amazon.

New bonus features for the Paramount Presents Pretty in Pink Blu-ray include:

Filmmaker Focus with director Howard Deutch

The film’s isolated score track from composer Michael Gore

Pretty in Pink also stars Andrew McCarthy, Jon Cryer, James Spader, Harry Dean Stanton, and Annie Potts.
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What We Can Expect From The Blacklist Season 8

What We Can Expect From The Blacklist Season 8
Since it first appeared on TV The Blacklist has been able to keep people guessing and with seven seasons in the bag it’s hard to believe that they’re still bound to keep people in the dark as much as they have been, and keep them entertained at the same time. For a story that might have felt like it would have a definitive end more than once, this particular tale has been ongoing for a while and has continued to roll out one surprise after another as James Spader has continued to keep us all on the tips of our

What We Can Expect From The Blacklist Season 8
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‘The New Kids’ finally coming to Blu-ray in the UK

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‘The New Kids’ finally coming to Blu-ray in the UK
This June, 101 Films will release Sean S. Cunningham’s tense and violent horror-thriller The New Kids (1985), previously released on VHS as Striking Back in 1988 and never making the transition to DVD here in the UK, as part of the companies “Black Label” line.

After their parents die in a car crash, two all-American teens, Loren (Shannon Presby) and Abby (Lori Loughlin) go to live with relatives in a small Florida town. But trouble begins when members of a vicious gang, led by Dutra (James Spader), bet on who’ll be the first to seduce the innocent Abby. When she spurns their obscene advances, the thugs embark on a sadistic campaign of vandalism, arson and assault. The savagery escalates until Loren must defend himself and his sister in a brutal fight to the death in a carnival midway. It’s The New Kids… trying to make it in this town just might kill them!
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I rest my case: Viola Davis (‘How to Get Away with Murder’) could have the latest Emmy-winning closing argument [Watch]

I rest my case: Viola Davis (‘How to Get Away with Murder’) could have the latest Emmy-winning closing argument [Watch]
There’s a reason lots of actors play lawyers and lots of awards voters honor them: those speeches! What’s a closing argument but an impassioned plea for justice delivered to a captive audience? An actor’s dream. Viola Davis got to sum up her entire six-year run on “How to Get Away with Murder” with one such speech (watch it above). Will it pay dividends for her again at the Emmys?

SEELike Wendy on ‘Ozark,’ Laura Linney is coming for everyone in the Best Drama Actress Emmy race

Murder” creator Peter Nowalk tweeted about that climactic speech that he and Davis “started our first conversation talking about the masks we all wear. Six years later, I’ve learned most of my job is listening.” He wrote that into Davis’s summation as lawyer Annalise Keating defended herself against murder charges by letting down her guard and showing the jury
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How Animation Saved ‘The Blacklist’ Season 7 Finale During Lockdown

How Animation Saved ‘The Blacklist’ Season 7 Finale During Lockdown
A strange thing happened to “The Blacklist”: the pandemic cut Season 7 short — from 22 to 19 episodes — including work on the momentous finale, “The Kazanjian Brothers,” after only four days of shooting. The episode will premiere at 8 p.m. Pst/Est tonight on NBC after the drastic decision to complete the finale as a unique hybrid with 20 minutes of graphic novel-style animation. What’s more, the work was performed, not by an animation studio, but by a previs company, Proof.

But it was a good stylistic choice, given the fact that the pulpy American crime thriller (starring James Spader as master criminal-turned FBI collaborator Red Reddington) had already spawned a series of Titan comic books a few years ago. “The comics really were the springboard thinking about this and it felt very organic to our show because ‘The Blacklist’ is in many ways sort of a graphic novel,” said co-showrunner John Eisendrath.
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How ‘The Blacklist’ Pulled Off its Live Action-Comic Book Animation Hybrid Finale

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How ‘The Blacklist’ Pulled Off its Live Action-Comic Book Animation Hybrid Finale
The Blacklist” cast and crew were four days into shooting Episode 19 of Season 7 when coronavirus brought their New York set to a grinding halt.

Executive producers Jon Bokenkamp and John Eisendrath’s first thoughts were, “That’s that, season over,” says Bokenkamp. But soon enough, Ka-pow, they settled on turning the episode into a hybrid of live-action and comic book-style animation. Entitled “The Kazanjian Brothers,” this episode now acts as the seventh season finale for the show because production could not resume to allow them to finish the original 22-episode order.

It wasn’t their first idea, and Eisendrath admits neither of them “knew the first thing about animation.” But after kicking around ideas including having James Spader, Megan Boone and Co. read their lines while an old fashioned radio appeared on the TV screen, or just putting voiceover to still comic book frames, they decided to go all-in on this genre mash-up.
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The Blacklist Season 7 Finale Will Feature Graphic Novel-Style Animation

The Blacklist Season 7 Finale Will Feature Graphic Novel-Style Animation
Many shows have seen delays due to the coronavirus outbreak, with series like The Walking Dead, Supernatural, and several others unable to complete work on their respective finales. The folks over at NBC’s The Blacklist, however, have come up with a rather ingenious solution to finish off their season.

As first reported by the Associated Press, The Blacklist season 7 finale will feature a combination of live-action and graphic novel-style animation. The Blacklist season 7 episode 19 “The Kazanjian Brothers” was midway through filming when Covid-19 decided to shut the world down. Faced with the difficult choice of how to proceed, The Blacklist’s producers opted to incorporate animation into already-filmed scenes to create a hybrid episode – a first for the series.

NBC has now released a trailer to give viewers an idea of what that will look like in action.

“It started sort of as a joke, talking about how we
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Here’s How ‘The Blacklist’ Finale Looks With Half Live-Action, Half Graphic Novel Animation (Video)

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Here’s How ‘The Blacklist’ Finale Looks With Half Live-Action, Half Graphic Novel Animation (Video)
When “The Blacklist” airs its season seven finale on May 15, it’s going to look a little different.

NBC released a sneak peek at the half-live action, half graphic novel-style animated episode.

Titled “The Kazanjian Brothers,” the 19th episode was halfway through filming in New York when television productions across the industry were halted due to the coronavirus pandemic. To make do with what they had left, the show’s producers decided to add the stylized animated scenes. Cast members recorded dialogue from their homes for those scenes, which were edited together by animators and editors also working remotely.

Also Read: 'The Blacklist' Boss on Coming Back With 'a Bit of Misinformation' and 'a Much Lighter, More Fun Red'

The result looks a bit like the NBC drama was turned into a videogame. Watch the trailer above.

In Friday’s finale episode, Liz is caught in the middle
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‘The Blacklist’ Unveils Trailer For Hybrid Live Action/Animated Season 7 Finale Cut Short By Covid-19 Shutdown – Update

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‘The Blacklist’ Unveils Trailer For Hybrid Live Action/Animated Season 7 Finale Cut Short By Covid-19 Shutdown – Update
Updated, 3:05 Pm: NBC has released a trailer for Friday’s hybrid live action/animated season 7 finale episode of The Blacklist. You can watch it above.

Previous, May 5: Like many other broadcast series, NBC’s The Blacklist will not be able to air a full season because of the coronavirus pandemic-related production shutdown. But the Sony Pictures TV-produced drama has found an innovative way to complete one more episode, which will now serve as a season finale.

The Blacklist Season 7’s 19th episode, titled “The Kazanjian Brothers,” was midway into filming in New York when TV production across the industry was halted due to Covid-19.

Brainstorming ways to finish the episode and close out the season, the series’ producers came up with an idea to add graphic novel-style animation that would incorporate with the already filmed live-action scenes.

Cast members, led by James Spader and Megan Boone, recorded dialogue
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The Blacklist: 10 Greatest Heists Pulled Off By Reddington

The Blacklist: 10 Greatest Heists Pulled Off By Reddington
The Blacklist's Raymond Reddington (James Spader) aka the "Concierge of Crime", is a criminal genius that seems to always get what he wants. Most fans of crime drama consider him the greatest criminal character ever brought to the screen. He has managed to commit some of the most perfect crimes imaginable, from prison breaks to smuggling weapons.

Related: 10 Most Memorable Blacklisters In The Blacklist

Heists are, however, the one crime he has perfected, managing to steal the most valuable items in the world without being caught. He is also a fun character to follow, as he always ensures that justice is served in the end with the help of his FBI task force.
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The Blacklist: 5 Times We Felt Bad For Reddington (& 5 Times We Hated Him)

The Blacklist: 5 Times We Felt Bad For Reddington (& 5 Times We Hated Him)
Much of the television show The Blacklist centers on the infamous criminal Raymond Reddington (James Spader). Reddington is a dynamic and complex criminal. While he commits many awful atrocities, he also seems to operate under a very specific moral code.

Related: The Blacklist: 10 Most Memorable Reddington Quotes

This character has the ability to keep everyone guessing. Sometimes he surprises fans in a positive way and other times he surprises fans in a negative way. Here are 5 times we felt bad for Raymond Reddington and 5 times we hated him!
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The Blacklist: 5 Times We Felt Bad For Liz (& 5 Times We Hated Her)

The Blacklist: 5 Times We Felt Bad For Liz (& 5 Times We Hated Her)
Though Raymond Reddington (James Spader) is the star of The Blacklist, much of the show revolves around his unexplained relationship with Elizabeth Keen (Megan Boone). Liz is a dynamic character.  She has gone through perhaps the most character development of any character in the show.

Related: The Blacklist: 10 Most Memorable Reddington Quotes

Through this development, fans' opinions about Liz have shifted. Sometimes her choices infuriate fans, inciting hate, and other times fans can't help but feel sorry for her due to her circumstances. Here are 5 times we felt bad for Liz and 5 times we hated her!
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The Blacklist: 5 Times We Felt Bad For Ressler (& 5 Times We Hated Him)

The Blacklist: 5 Times We Felt Bad For Ressler (& 5 Times We Hated Him)
While the television show The Blacklist focuses heavily on criminal Raymond Reddington (James Spader) and his relationship with Elizabeth Keen (Megan Boone), there are a fair number of supporting characters who receive a decent amount of development. One of the supporting characters with the most screen time is Agent Donald Ressler (Diego Klattenhoff).

Related: The Blacklist: 10 Most Memorable Reddington Quotes

When Ressler is first introduced, he seems like the stereotypical "good ol' boy" cop. He seems very focused on right and wrong, fighting for justice above all, and following procedure. Over time, Ressler becomes more nuanced. At times, one can't help but feel bad for Ressler. Other times, it's easy to hate him. Here are five times we felt bad for Ressler and five times we hated him!
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Why Does James Spader Love Making TV Shows?

Why Does James Spader Love Making TV Shows?
James Spader has had a long, prosperous Hollywood career over the past four decades. He’s had roles in more than three dozen movies, and he’s also made 13 seasons’ worth of television — and counting. Spader, the recipient of three Primetime Emmy Awards, has made seven [...]

The post Why Does James Spader Love Making TV Shows? appeared first on Hollywood Outbreak.
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The Blacklist: Season Seven; NBC Finale to Be Live-Action Animation Hybrid

The Blacklist: Season Seven; NBC Finale to Be Live-Action Animation Hybrid
The Blacklist has something special in store. NBC just announced the TV show's season seven finale will be a live-action/animation hybrid.

The thriller centers on one of the FBI’s most wanted fugitives, Raymond “Red” Reddington (James Spader), who offers to help the authorities if a specific rookie agent, Elizabeth Keen (Megan Boone), partners with him. The cast also includes Diego Klattenhoff, Amir Arison, Hisham Tawfiq and Harry Lennix.

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NBC’S The Blacklist Will Air It’s Season Seven Finale With Help From Technology

NBC’S The Blacklist Will Air It’s Season Seven Finale With Help From Technology
A lot of television shows have stopped production due to the worldwide pandemic that is Covid-19. This pandemic has put a lot of challenges in all walks of life including the entertainment industry. According to the Associated Press, the seventh season finale of NBC’s acclaimed drama, “The Blacklist,” airing May 15 (8p.m. Et/Pt) is ending the season in style with a unique hybrid of live-action and graphic novel-style animation. The season’s 19th episode, entitled “The Kazanjian Brothers,” was midway into filming in New York when TV productions across the industry were halted due to Covid-19. Looking to do something out of the box to finish the episode and close out the season, producers came up with an idea to add graphic novel-style animation that would incorporate with the already filmed live-action scenes. Cast members recorded dialogue from their homes for the animated scenes to ensure a seamless transition between the two styles,
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‘The Blacklist’ Season 7 Finale Used Animation to Help Finish Episode Due to Shutdown

‘The Blacklist’ Season 7 Finale Used Animation to Help Finish Episode Due to Shutdown
NBC's The Blacklist, starring James Spader and Megan Boone, is getting a mini-makeover for its Season 7 finale. Ahead of the May 15 episode, it's been announced The Blacklist Season 7 closer will feature a blend of live action and graphic novel-style animation (a unique solution decided on by the show's producers) following an industry-wide production shutdown in mid-March due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The 19th and final episode of Season 7, titled "The Kazanjian Brothers," will follow the Task Force as they look into "an accountant who works for lucrative criminals …
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The Blacklist's Early Finale to Mix Animation With Live-Action Scenes

The Blacklist's Early Finale to Mix Animation With Live-Action Scenes
The Blacklist is about to go animated.

The seventh season finale of NBC's hit drama, The Blacklist, airing May 15 at 8 p.m. Et/Pt, is ending the season in style with a unique hybrid of live-action and graphic novel-style animation.

The Blacklist Season 7 Episode 19, titled "The Kazanjian Brothers," was midway into filming in New York when TV productions across the industry were halted due to Covid-19.

Looking to do something out of the box to finish the episode and close out the season, producers came up with an idea to add graphic novel-style animation that would incorporate with the already filmed live-action scenes.

Cast members recorded dialogue from their homes for the animated scenes to ensure a seamless transition between the two styles as editors and animators complete their work remotely.

“I hadn’t yet played Raymond Reddington with my son tiptoeing into the kitchen to get snacks,” star
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The Blacklist Airing Partially Animated Season 7 Finale Due to Coronavirus

The Blacklist Airing Partially Animated Season 7 Finale Due to Coronavirus
The Blacklist is going animated to complete season seven. NBC announced the series starring James Spader and Megan Boone will end the season with a hybrid of live-action and graphic novel-style animation. The Blacklist's 19th episode of season seven was midway through filming when production in New York City was halted due to the spread of the coronavirus. In an attempt to finish the episode, producers looked for out of the box ways to finish up the story and landed on animation they could incorporate with already filmed live-action scenes. To complete the episode, cast members recorded dialogue for the animated scenes from their homes to help transition between the two styles in the episode. Editors and animators...
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