James Spader (born February 7th 1960)
James Spader is a filmstar best known for starring in 'Pretty In Pink', 'Stargate' and 'Lincoln'.
Net worth: James Spader as a net worth of $10 million according to Celebrity Net Worth (2015).
Acting career: James Spader's breakthrough role came with 1986's 'Pretty in Pink'. The following year saw him in romcom 'Mannequin', 'Less Than Zero' opposite Robert Downey, Jr., comedy 'Baby Boom' with Diane Keaton and 'Wall Street' with Michael Douglas. In 1989, he won Best Actor at Cannes for his appearance in the thriller 'Sex, Lies, and Videotape'.
The nineties saw him star in 1990 romance 'White Palace' with Susan Sarandon, 1991's 'True Colors' with John Cusack and 1996 sci-fi 'Stargate'.
In 2000, he landed the role of a detective in the thriller 'The Watcher', and two years later he appeared alongside Maggie Gyllenhaal in erotic thriller 'The Secretary'.
He won an Emmy for his role in 'The Practice' as well as series spin-off 'Boston Legal'.
He later joined the cast of comedy 'The Office'.
In 2013, he was announced as the villain in 'Avengers: Age of Ultron'.
Personal life: James Spader grew up in Boston, Massachusetts with his teacher parents Jean and Stoddard.
He was educated at The Pike School, the Brooks School, Phillips Academy and the Michael Chekhov School.
Among his various pre-actor jobs were yoga instructor, stable boy and truck driver.
He married Victoria Kheel in 1987, with whom he has two children named Elijah and Sebastian, but they divorced in 2004 after Spader struck up a relationship with Leslie Stefanson. He then had another son, Nathaneal.
Marvel fans will love the action mayhem in this Avengers sequel, but everyone else will vividly feel the fatigue that has descended over this franchise. After the bright spark of originality in last summer's Guardians of the Galaxy, we're back to the same tired formula involving terrific actors battling for screen time in between gratuitous, brutal action sequences that are so digitally animated that they're technically cartoons.
The film opens in the middle of the action as Captain America (Chris Evans) leads Iron Man, Thor, Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye (Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson and Jeremy Renner) to recapture an Asgardian sceptre. Tony then discovers that the sceptre could be useful for Ultron, his artificial intelligence project to create a global peacekeeping force. But this goes badly wrong as Ultron (James Spader) springs to life and decides instead to obliterate humanity to make space for his population of smart machines. So the team races from America to Africa, Korea and Eastern Europe, facing off against Ultron and his super-powered twin cohorts Pietro and Wanda (Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Elizabeth Olsen), who of course defect to the Avengers. They also get help from a human-computer entity called The Vision (Paul Bettany).
Yes, there are a lot of characters in this film, and writer-director Joss Whedon is exceptionally good at giving each of them something to do, both dramatically and in the thick of the action. These brief moments of humour and emotional depth are what make the movie enjoyable, giving the solid actors some meaty material to play with.
Continue reading: Avengers: Age Of Ultron Review
They've fought private military corporations, Nazi splinter-groups and a Norse god. Now, The Avengers assemble once again to celebrate their success. But when a new project from Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) reveals itself to be sentient and ready to bring the world to its knees, The Avengers are ready to fight amongst themselves while the threat of Ultron (James Spader) grows his strength, and gains allegiance from Quicksilver (Aaron Taylor-Johnson) and the Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen). Meanwhile, Stark is seeing hostility from Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and The Incredible Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) while Captain America (Chris Evans) desperately tries to bring the team back together to stop the Age of Ultron.
Continue: Avengers: Age Of Ultron Trailer
Strong characters and a vivid sense of life in frontier America give this film a kick of authentic energy that makes it a gripping journey. While it may be a little too serious for its own good, the movie is strikingly shot and played to bring out the gritty tenacity of people who dare to live in such a foreboding place. And a couple of shocking twists in the tale keep us on our toes.
In the Nebraska Territory in 1853, life was so difficult that three women (Grace Gummer, Miranda Otto and Sonja Richter) in a small community are driven mad by the isolation, desperation and harsh weather. Their husbands are too busy surviving to do anything about it, so the local pastor (John Lithgow) arranges for the strong-willed spinster farmer Mary Bee (Hilary Swank) to escort them back east to civilisation. She needs a "homesman" to help make the arduous five-week journey, so she drafts in drunken scoundrel George (Tommy Lee Jones). During their long trek across the plains, they have a series of potentially life-threatening encounters with the likes of well-armed Native Americans, an interfering opportunist (Tim Blake Nelson) and a cruelly dismissive hotel owner (James Spader).
The characters are strikingly feisty, starting with Swank's fiercely no-nonsense, self-sufficient Mary Bee, who one local observes is as good as any man around. She's also rather annoyingly holier-than-thou, which explains why she's has so much trouble finding a husband to help her. And these three women really push her to the breaking point: Gummer's Bella is consumed by grief, Otto's Theoline moans day and night, and Richter's Gro is a delusional menace. So it's a good thing that Jones provides some comic relief as the rapscallion George, a snarky realist who's the only likeable person on-screen.He also emerges along the way as the true protagonist of the tale.
Continue reading: The Homesman Review
A lot has happened since the Battle of New York. The world was attacked by Norse God, Loki (Tom Hiddleston), causing a united force of tech super-hero Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr), reanimated World War Two super soldier Captain America (Chris Evans) and Loki's brother - the Norse God of thunder, Thor (Chris Hemsworth). Two years on, the Avengers have worked to defeat evil in Godly realm of Asgard, on planet Earth, and within S.H.I.E.L.D., the organisation that brought them together in the first place. Now, with Iron Man in retirement and S.H.I.E.L.D. in disarray, the world is suddenly threatened by Ultron (James Spader), a robot who seeks to destroy the Avengers now that he has been unshackled.
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George Briggs is a claim jumper who has only ever known a dishonest life. When he finds himself in serious trouble (sat astride an impatient horse with his hands bound behind his back and a noose around his neck tied to a branch), he starts to think this could finally be the end for him. That is until he is found by a lone woman with a wagon named Mary Bee Cuddy who agrees to free him from his plight in exchange for a favour. Living alone, she is struggling to carry out an important personal mission; she wants to take three insane women from Nebraska to Iowa now that their husbands can now longer cope with them. Thus, she asks Briggs to help her on the dangerous five week journey and, despite his serious reservations, he agrees to act as her aide and protector against the brutalities they may face along the way.
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Sorry, Marvel nerds, no Dr. Strange news for you. But here's a bunch of other stuff!
No one is surprised that Marvel had big things prepared for their Comic-Con panel, after all it’s the biggest industry event of the year. Those, who missed out on a seat in Hall H, however, won’t have to wait long for the recaps and news leaks to start pouring in, not including (unfortunately) the long awaited announcement of the actor cast to play Dr. Strange in the upcoming film, HitFix reports.
RDJ won't be the (only) star of the show this time.
The panel, which featured the longest superhero lineup of any event ever (we’re guessing here) included Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Jeremy Renner (Hawkeye), Cobie Smulders (Maria Hill), Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury), Mark Ruffalo (Hulk), Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Quicksilver), Elizabeth Olsen (Scarlet Witch), Paul Bettany (Vision), James Spader, who will be introduced as Ultron in Avengers: Age of Ultron and Josh Brolin, who was announced as the voice of Thanos. And breathe.
It's hammer time! The Avengers: Age of Ultron is filming in some Surrey woods.
Chris Hemsworth has been spotted filming as the hammer-wielding superhero Thor in a British woodland for the upcoming sequel, The Avengers: Age of Ultron. The Australian actor was seen reprising his role as the muscular God in some woods near Guildford in Surrey.
Chris Hemsworth's Thor Is Spotted Smashing A Tank With His Hammer Filming 'The Avengers 2.'
Thor is seen bringing his hammer down upon an impressive-looking, futuristic tank in the new on set shots. There have been persistent rumours than the sequel's opening sequence will feature the team attacking Baron Strucker's (Thomas Kretschmann) stronghold somewhere in Europe.
Continue reading: If You Go Down To The Woods, You'll Find The Avengers Film Set
The James Spader action thriller has been shifted to 9pm on Thursdays in the USA.
After an unexpectedly strong winter season, NBC found themselves topping the ratings thanks to the success of the Winter Olympics, The Voice and The Blacklist. Having seen the response audiences have to character-driven series over concept-driven ones, the network has focused its attention accordingly.
After A Hit First Season, NBC Has Placed Lots Of Confidence In James Spader's 'The Blacklist.'
The network's newly-released 2014/15 schedule shows an increased confidence in its drama, particularly the action thriller, The Blacklist, which stars James Spader as Raymond Reddington, a most-wanted fugitive who surrenders himself to the FBI and offers to help locate terrorists under the condition that he only works with rookie profiler, Elizabeth Keen (Megan Boone).
Continue reading: ‘The Blacklist’ Moves Up In NBC Schedule After First Season Stormer
Ant-Man isn't really one of Marvel's biggest superheroes, but here are the basics.
Since the recent almost announcement that Marvel have cast Paul Rudd in the title role of the Ant-Man movie, the project seems about 1000% more real. It’s actually happening people. And despite Ant-Man sounding ridiculous and generally being one of Marvel’s lesser known heroes, let’s not forget that this is the company that made the guy who fights armed forces with a bow and arrow cool. These people know what they’re doing. So in honor of Ant-Man being a real thing in the movie-verse, we’re going to give you the five facts about him that you really need to know in advance.
In honour of Rudd's tentative casting, here's the rundown on Ant-Man.
1. He can shrink in size and control bugs, hence the name. No, seriously, this man’s superpower is that he can control insects and use them in his crime solving escapades. We’re already picturing a giant CGI wave of bugs flooding the streets and foiling the plans of whichever villain the screenwriters decide to pit against him. And isn’t that an exciting prospect.
Continue reading: Five Things To Know About Ant-Man Before The Movie Buzz Begins
Newcomers like 'House of Cards' and 'Master of Sex' replace the old guards like 'Mad Men' and 'Homefront' in the TV noms
The nominations for the 2014 Golden Globe Awards were revealed this week and although there were few surprises in the movie nominations; in the television categories however, it's time for change in the established order of critically-acclaimed TV. Former nomination regulars like Mad Men and Homefront are nowhere to be seen in the nominees lists, replaced instead by the new order of critically-acclaimed shows.
Master of Sex, along with House of Cards, is now the show to beat
Master of Sex and House of Cards now look like the shows to beat, with Breaking Bad making what will be its final appearance at the Golden Globes with the series ending this year. This comes just a year after Homeland achieved the impressive feat of winning Best Drama Series, Best Male Actor and Best Female Actor all in one night, although this does mark the second year in a row that the 2007-2009 winner Mad Men has not appeared in the Best Drama category.
James Spader - **File Photo * AMERICAN HUSTLE AND 12 YEARS A SLAVE LEAD 2014 GOLDEN GLOBES NOMINATIONS AMERICAN HUSTLE and 12 YEARS A SLAVE are going head-to-head at the 2014 Golden Globe Awards after landing six nominations each. The dramatic comedy will go up against Her, Inside Llewyn Davis, Nebraska and Wolf of Wall Street for Best Motion Picture, Musical Or Comedy. Its stars Christian Bale and Amy Adams scored a mention for Best Performance In A Motion Picture (Comedy or Musical), while Jennifer Lawrence picked up a nod for her supporting role and David O. Russell landed a nomination for Best Director. The film also picked up a Best Screenplay - Motion Picture nod. Steve McQueen's 12 Years a Slave also landed six nominations including Best Motion Picture, Drama, Best Performance Actor, Drama for Chiwetel Ejiofor, Best Supporting Actress for Lupita Nyong'o, Best Supporting Actor, Drama for Michael Fassbender, Best Director - Motion Picture for Steve McQueen and Best Screenplay - Motion Picture. In the TV categories, some of the small screen's biggest names are going head-to-head for the Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama. Breaking Bad's Bryan Cranston, Ray Donovan's Liev Schreiber, Masters of Sex's Michael Sheen, House of Spades' Kevin Spacey and The Black List's James Spader are all nominated. Meanwhile, The Good Wife's Julianna Margulies, Orphan Black's Tatiana Maslany, Orange is the New Black's Taylor Schilling, Scandal's Kerry Washington and House of Cards' Robin Wright all landed Best Actress in a TV series, Drama nods. For the Best Television Series - Drama category Breaking Bad, Downton Abbey, The Good Wife, House of Cards and Masters of Sex will go up against each other. Michael Douglas' and Matt Damon's Liberace biopic Behind the Candelabra scored three nominations including Best TV Movie Or Mini-series and Best Actor in a TV Movie or Mini-Series for Damon and Douglas. The 71st Annual Golden Globe Awards, co-hosted by Tina - Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 27th July 2013
Date of birth
5th February, 1960
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