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TV Review: The Blacklist: Season 5, Episode 13: The Invisible Hand (No. 63) [NBC]

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The Blacklist The Invisible Hand (No. 63) Review The Blacklist: Season 5, Episode 13: The Invisible Hand (No. 63). This The Blacklist The Invisible Hand (No. 63) review finds that although Wednesday night’s episode works as a standalone Red (James Spader) episode, it underwhelms as a midseason finale. What makes this funny is that Red’s storyline isn’t of especial [...]

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The Blacklist: Season Five Ratings

Even though The Blacklist TV show's ratings have dropped significantly each year, NBC still renewed it for a fifth season. Meanwhile, the spinoff -- The Blacklist: Redemption -- was cancelled after just one installment. At the end of this season, the original series should have well over 100 episodes in the can -- more than enough for an attractive syndication package. Is this the end of the road for the Concierge of Crime? Will The Blacklist be cancelled or renewed for season six? Stay tuned. An action thriller, The Blacklist stars James Spader, Megan Boone, Diego Kattenhoff, Ryan Eggold, Harry Lennix, Amir Arison, Mozhan Marnò, and Hisham Tawfiq. The NBC crime drama centers on one of the FBI's most wanted fugitives, Raymond "Red" Reddington (Spader). He offers to help the authorities, if rookie agent Elizabeth Keen (Boone) partners with him. In season five, Red is in
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Today in Soap Opera History (February 7)

1980: The Edge of Night's April inherited all of Margo's estate.

1983: General Hospital's Robert & Holly were married.

1995: All My Children's Jason reached out to Hayley for help.

2005: Emme Rylan debuted as Lizzie on Guiding Light."Whoever wishes to foresee the future must consult the past; for human events ever resemble those of preceding times. This arises from the fact that they are produced by men who ever have been, and ever shall be, animated by the same passions, and thus they necessarily have the same results."

― Machiavelli

"Today in Soap Opera History" is a collection of the most memorable, interesting and influential events in the history of scripted, serialized programs. From birthdays and anniversaries to scandals and controversies, every day this column celebrates the soap opera in American culture.

On this date in...

1966: On Another World, Emily (Mona Bruns) reminded Mike Bauer (Gary Pillar) that Dr.
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The Blacklist: Season 5, Episode 13: The Invisible Hand Trailer [NBC]

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The Blacklist The Invisible Hand Trailer NBC‘s The Blacklist: Season 5, Episode 13: The Invisible Hand TV Show Trailer stars James Spader and Megan Boone. Red points the FBI in the direction of a group that kills individuals who operate within the boundaries of the law yet still commit immoral acts. The [...]

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Remote Controlled: James Spader on ‘The Blacklist’s’ Blend of Serialized and Procedural Storytelling

Welcome to “Remote Controlled,” a podcast from Variety featuring the best and brightest in television, both in front of and behind the camera.

In this week’s episode, Variety’s managing editor of TV Cynthia Littleton talks with James Spader, the versatile star and executive producer of NBC’s “The Blacklist,” which recently marked its milestone 100th episode.

After five seasons and counting, Spader says he is able to remain deeply engaged with his man-of-mystery character Raymond “Red” Reddington because of the nature of the storytelling and the ever-changing list of guest stars who enter his world.

Shot in New York, the Sony Pictures TV series revolves around Spader as a former international criminal mastermind who is persuaded by the FBI to help catch the worst of the worst, aka “Blacklisters.” There’s a caper-of-the-week aspect to each episode and a larger mythology involving the core characters that unfolds in fits and starts. That mix keeps
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Fresh Gallery Of Concept Art For Avengers: Age Of Ultron Is All About The Villains

Before Avengers: Infinity War arrives to redraw the Marvel Cinematic Universe as we know it, it’s important to take a moment and remember how far we’ve come.

Take Age of Ultron as an example. Initially released back in 2015, the Joss Whedon sequel forced Earth’s Mightiest Heroes into a messy conflict with Ultron, James Spader’s malevolent A.I. that threatened to turn the fictional nation of Sokovia into an immense planet killer.

Thankfully, Spader’s self-propelled doomsday machine was stopped in the nick of time – at the expense of Aaron Taylor-Johnson’s Quicksilver, sadly – and the Avengers went their separate ways. But now that an Infinity War is afoot, Comic Book Movie has today rolled out a massive gallery of concept art focusing on the villains of Age of Ultron.

It’s by no means the first time that Joss Whedon’s follow-up has been ushered into
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Another Round Of Awesome Art For Age Of Ultron Highlights The Sequel’s Biggest Moments

Curious as to how Marvel Studios created Avengers: Age of Ultron? Well, wonder no more!

Following up on this morning’s deluge of concept art, the folks over at Cbm have rolled out yet another media dump for Joss Whedon’s somewhat divisive superhero sequel – but this time, there’s a twist. Rather than uncovering the alternate designs for Ultron (Aka James Spader’s string-less puppet) or bringing us closer to Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, the gallery below is brimming with the many keyframes of Avengers: Age of Ultron.

The result? A beautiful, play-by-play breakdown of Marvel’s 2015 blockbuster – not to mention another exciting prelude to Infinity War – and it all begins with a sun-kissed shot of Vision levitating above his fellow Avengers. Surrounded by Ultron’s mechanized minions, this particular keyframe is lifted from the sequel’s final act in Sokovia, where Marvel’s costumed crusaders are forced to
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Stunning Concept Art For Age Of Ultron Paints The Avengers In A Very Different Light

Earth’s Mightiest Heroes are ready for their respective close-ups in this newly-unveiled gallery of concept art for Age of Ultron.

Coming to us by way of Cbm, this is perhaps the definitive showcase of Joss Whedon’s superpowered sequel, which initially placed the Avengers on a collision course with James Spader’s malevolent A.I., Ultron, in 2015, back when the McU was still in the throes of Phase 2.

Fast forward to 2018, and Marvel Studios is now bracing for three of the biggest films in superhero history: Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War, and Peyton Reed’s caper sequel, Ant-Man and the Wasp, which is expected to bring some welcome comic relief in July.

For now, though, Marvel fans have been treated to a visual breakdown of Avengers: Age of Ultron, which includes concept art for many of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes – namely Black Widow, Vision, Cap and more! – along with
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Sundance Review: ‘Shirkers’ is a Strange Time Capsule of a Film That Never Was

Shirkers was the name of the script Sandi Tan wrote in the early ‘90s. A cinema-obsessed 18-year-old living in famously strict Singapore, Tan was inspired by the likes of Jim Jarmusch, the French New Wave, and the Coen Brothers to concoct a tale about a teenage girl who goes road trip (in a country which takes 40 minutes to cross) to “collect” friends while assassinating people she likes (with finger guns). Now, Shirkers is the documentary Tan has made about her youth dream project – how she and friends put it together, and how it fell apart.

The ‘90s Shirkers starred Tan and was directed by her mentor, the mysterious Georges Cardona, who initially comes across as a weirdo, possibly pervy dude but ends up being more like a non-murdering Tom Ripley, constantly lying about his background and who he is. (He was the inspiration for James Spader’s character in sex,
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Concept Art For Avengers: Age Of Ultron Unveils A Decidedly Different Take On The Title Villain

“There are no strings on me…”

Avengers: Age of Ultron wasn’t exactly the greatest entry in the McU, nor was it the most memorable, but Joss Whedon’s superpowered sequel still had its moments.

Between Hawkeye’s quips and the mesmerizing introduction of Scarlet Witch, Age of Ultron delivered a competent follow-up to The Avengers, and it all centered around the titular villain. Voiced by the imitable James Spader, Ultron was essentially a physical manifestation of Tony Stark’s recklessness, and it wasn’t long before his corrupt artificial intelligence began plotting world domination, ultimately leading to the showdown in Sokovia.

But what about the creative process involved in adapting a character like Ultron? Well, thanks to Cbm, we now have an entire gallery of concept art illustrating the villain’s journey from page to screen. Some of the artwork is fairly creepy, too, with one particularly memorable piece
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The Blacklist: Season 5, Episode 12: Tommy Wattles Trailer [NBC]

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The Blacklist Tommy Wattles Trailer NBC‘s The Blacklist: Season 5, Episode 12: Tommy Wattles TV Show Trailer stars James Spader and Megan Boone. Liz (Megan Boone) rejoins the FBI task force to help track down a religiously-inspired Blacklister. The Blacklist: Season 5’s plot synopsis from NBC: Feeling surprisingly unencumbered, Raymond Reddington (James [...]

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The Blacklist: Cancelled or Renewed for Season Six on NBC?

Vulture Watch What's next for Red and Liz? Is The Blacklist TV show cancelled or renewed for a sixth season on NBC? The television vulture is watching all the latest cancellation and renewal news, so this page is the place to track the status of The Blacklist, season six. Bookmark it, or subscribe for the latest updates. Remember, the television vulture is watching your shows. Are you? What's This TV Show About? Airing on the NBC television network, The Blacklist stars James Spader, Megan Boone, Diego Kattenhoff, Ryan Eggold, Harry Lennix, Amir Arison, Mozhan Marnò, and Hisham Tawfiq. The crime drama centers on one of the FBI’s most wanted fugitives, Raymond “Red” Reddington (Spader). He offers to help the authorities, if rookie agent Elizabeth Keen (Boone) partners with him. In season five, Red is in the process of
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The Blacklist: Season Six Renewal? NBC Series Not Expected to End Soon

What's next for The Blacklist? Recently, the cast spoke with Variety the future of the NBC TV show while filming the 100th episode.The action thriller centers on one of the FBI’s most wanted fugitives, Raymond “Red” Reddington (James Spader) who offers to help the authorities if rookie agent Elizabeth Keen (Megan Boone) partners with him. The cast also includes Diego Kattenhoff, Ryan Eggold, Harry Lennix, Amir Arison, Mozhan Marnò, and Hisham Tawfiq.Read More…
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‘The Blacklist’ Team on the 100th Episode: A Heist and a Walk Down Memory Lane

‘The Blacklist’ Team on the 100th Episode: A Heist and a Walk Down Memory Lane
In crafting the 100th episode of “The Blacklist,” executive producers Jon Bokenkamp and John Eisendrath knew that they wanted Nathan Lane to play the role of blacklister No. 100 — Abraham Stern — a cunning manipulator who has devoted his life (and the lives of many innocents) to recovering the fortune that is his birthright. In the episode, Red (James Spader) encounters Stern when he goes on the hunt for a legendary treasure.

“It’s a big, super fun, heist episode,” says Bokenkamp. “And it’s incredible to see Nathan and James go head-to-head.”

While Eisendrath adds that they put “some special sauce” in this episode, due to its milestone status, he says the team also wanted to ensure it would please the devoted fans by matching the usual tone and providing a walk down memory lane.

“We didn’t want to be terribly self referential, but we do have a storyline that very explicitly references an episode that aired
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‘The Blacklist’ Team on the Road to 100 Episodes: ‘There Is a Lot of Wish Fulfillment Going On’

‘The Blacklist’ Team on the Road to 100 Episodes: ‘There Is a Lot of Wish Fulfillment Going On’
It was a moment five seasons, four years and countless twists, turns and cases of the week in the making when the cast and crew of “The Blacklist” gathered on-set in New York for their 100th episode celebration late last year.

The series started with James Spader’s Raymond “Red” Reddington surrendering himself to the FBI with the claim that he wanted to help track down and capture some of the very criminals with whom he spent the last two decades of his life working. But the show delivered so much in the first 99 episodes that it’s hard for the actors to single out the milestone without acknowledging all that came before.

“This show, I think, has longevity because it packs in a lot of entertainment,” says Megan Boone, who plays FBI Agent Elizabeth “Liz” Keen.

“For me, today is episode 11 of the fifth season,” said Spader on-set. “So it marks the halfway point and of
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The Blacklist: Season 5, Episode 11: Abraham Stern Trailer [NBC]

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The Blacklist Abraham Stern Trailer NBC‘s The Blacklist: Season 5, Episode 11: Abraham Stern TV Show Trailer stars James Spader and Megan Boone. Liz (Megan Boone) continues her hunt for the men responsible for Tom’s (Ryan Eggold) death. The Blacklist: Season 5’s plot synopsis from NBC: Feeling surprisingly unencumbered, Raymond Reddington (James [...]

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Alan Silvestri’s Avengers Theme, and That Infinity War Trailer

Matt Taylor on the music of Avengers: Infinity War trailer…

On September 12, 2016, YouTube channel ‘Every Frame a Painting’ published a video entitled The Marvel Symphonic Universe. In it, channel creators Tony and Taylor interview members of the public around Vancouver, asking them to sing theme songs from famous movies, in particular the themes of Star Wars, Harry Potter, and James Bond. Unsurprisingly, the themes are nailed by the public. They are then asked to sing any song from a Marvel movie. Here, everyone is stumped. Tony and Taylor wonder why this is, and in the video essay that follows, they put it down to three reasons:

1) The idea of safety; if we see something funny or sad, this is reflected in the music we hear

2) Distractions; some excellent pieces of music are covered by things such as narration

3) Much of the music doesn’t evoke an emotional response; it’s
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The Blacklist: Season 5, Episode 10: The Informant Trailer [NBC]

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The Blacklist The Informant Trailer NBC‘s The Blacklist: Season 5, Episode 10: The Informant TV Show Trailer stars James Spader and Megan Boone. Liz (Megan Boone) is on the hunt for Tom’s (Ryan Eggold) killer, and she isn’t going to let anything stop her. The Blacklist: Season 5’s plot synopsis from

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