James Spader has a magical gift/curse of bringing a bizarre and unsettling psychosexual energy to projects that may or may not want or need such a thing. No matter what everyone around him is performing in, Spader is always playing a role in ‘Twin Peaks.’
Greg Kerestan, on James Spader (via puttingtheforkdown)

posted 39 minutes ago28/7/2014 • 22 notes
puttingtheforkdown |

2013 & 2014 San Diego Comic-Con Entertainment Weekly Portraits



tetheredstrings:

From The 50 Greatest Love Letters of All Time, edited by David H, Lowenherz

tetheredstrings:

From The 50 Greatest Love Letters of All Time, edited by David H, Lowenherz


posted 8 hours ago28/7/2014 • 5,746 notes
corseque | © tetheredstrings

I love the do unto others as they have done to others aspect of the show, and what I wondered is if there’s any possibility that your work being seen by millions of criminals, makes them realize that to be really cool criminals, they have to kill other criminals. Have any criminals said ‘Wow. I realize that I was just a douchebag hurting good people, but now I just wanna go kill criminals.’ Has anyone written to you and said ‘I’ve become a new man. I’m more like Red Reddington’?


posted 8 hours ago28/7/2014 • 54 notes
kissthefuture |

typically-unique:

I want to be one of those people who does yoga and eats berries for breakfast, but I’m one of those people who stays in bed until 4 pm and eats pizza. 


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billmurrayswife | © typically-unique

“We’ve already seen them very fractured at times and yet there’s some sort of compulsion that they have for one another. And not just Reddington’s feelings for her but also her feelings for him. And to me that’s one of the most fascinating things besides the fun to be had on the show. In terms of the emotional center of the show. This man has brought nothing but fire and brimstone and danger and peril into her life but for some reason she is enormously compelled by him. Even if he is incredibly frustrating, even if it goes against all of her intuitions, there’s this sort of counter-intuitive feeling that she has that still continues. When she has no place to go, she often shows up on his doorstep. And I think in a strange way, the more important relationship will be their present relationship.” — James Spader on Liz and Red’s relationship [full quote]


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posted 10 hours ago28/7/2014 • 83 notes
winthisbattle |

figure-of-dismay:

roominthecastle:

chewinggumfortheeyes:

H E L P - part 2.

Could someone, please, transcribe from 29.16-29.50 of the SDCC panel? I’m in need of the words to help me understand what on earth he’s talking about.

here you go:

"Very often the song or the paradigm for the song would be in the script or even in an outline. It’s always very exciting to see and it sets the tone. Very often the music is very dichotomous with what’s going on within the scene, which gives it a sort of off-center, idiosyncratic feeling about it."

… that is a strange statement actually. He seems to be saying that he chooses the music early and that it’s really important, but that he means it with a kind of sad irony, rather than literally, which is a weird way to make your music choices. 

Or else he just means the way the tone of the music itself is often sort of sweet and longing while the show is pretty hard and unforgiving? and therefor it usually causes a bit of cognitive dissonance? 

I don’t know what to make of this, do shippers take heart or not??? >.>

I think it’s important to point out that James drops this comment after the moderator mentions the scene where Red kills Diane, and in that context he is absolutely correct: the song playing in the background in that scene really does create this very odd atmosphere because it is disjointed with what goes down in that living room.

Jon’s original choice of music for that particular scene was “On the Road to Find Out” by Cat Stevens (so he does go for literal interpretation at least on occasion), but in this particular case, James asked him to change it because according to him, “it was exactly what Red was thinking about and what he was feeling. Everything he was going through in that moment was embodied in that song.” So they do sometimes put in songs that reflect exactly what is happening on-screen, and sometimes they like to toy with it a little, or as Jon says, “sometimes it can be a little on the nose, sometimes it can be completely opposite and makes it just strange enough.” The latter works really well in scenes like Diane’s murder but I somehow doubt the same motivation is behind them playing love songs during significant Red/Liz scenes.



[…] Even if he is incredibly frustrating, even if it goes against all of her intuitions, there’s this sort of counter-intuitive feeling that she has that still continues. When she has no place to go, she often shows up on his doorstep. And I think in a strange way, the more important relationship will be their present relationship. (full quote by roominthecastle)
James Spader at the SDCC panel of “The Blacklist” (2014)

posted 11 hours ago28/7/2014 • 164 notes
selinabln |

chewinggumfortheeyes:

H E L P - part 2.

Could someone, please, transcribe from 29.16-29.50 of the SDCC panel? I’m in need of the words to help me understand what on earth he’s talking about.

here you go:

"Very often the song or the paradigm for the song would be in the script or even in an outline. It’s always very exciting to see and it sets the tone. Very often the music is very dichotomous with what’s going on within the scene, which gives it a sort of off-center, idiosyncratic feeling about it."


posted 11 hours ago28/7/2014 • 19 notes
chewinggumfortheeyes |

factoseintolerant replied to your quote:I think one of the things that’s interesting about…

i’m just so happy James tends to talk a lot. so much better than hearing the producers talk tbh

I totally agree. He was just so amazingly forthcoming and informative and engaging. He didn’t/couldn’t answer the question (of course) but he didn’t leave us with nothing either. He could sell me sand in the middle of the desert, that’s for sure. That being said, I still don’t believe that clinging to the forced mystery of “is he her dad?” would benefit “the journey”, but he brought up some interesting points that warrant further mulling over.

p.s. the EPs were also surprisingly okay and the audience members (who in my case usually induce terrible second-hand embarrassment) had interesting questions, so all in all I’m a very happy fan right now.

sharon27stuff replied to your quote:I think one of the things that’s interesting about…

LOVED this part of the interview! And is it just me (and my shipper goggles) or did it seem like the Red/Liz relationship was the thing he talked most passionately about?

I’ll need a re-watch to confirm but until then let’s just run with your reading of the situation because I’m also one of those shameless goggle-wearers. ;)

crazy4rich replied to your quote:I think one of the things that’s interesting about…

Jon and John were almost mute during the interview!!!! Mr. Spader could have gone alone!

He was on fire. He was like “just chill, guys. I got this” every time a question was asked. :D But JB made him laugh - that deep delicious laugh - so I’m glad he was there. I needed to hear that…

stolenlibraries replied to your post: “I think one of the things that’s…

You have to admit, that’s pretty deep….

JS spoiled us rotten at CC, and that’s a fact.


posted 1 day ago27/7/2014 • 14 notes

I think one of the things that’s interesting about the show - and you started to see it in this past season, but it continues - is that ultimately, whatever that past relationship is between Elizabeth Keen and Raymond Reddington, is NOT the most significant question to be answered. Because really what the show is about is the relationship - and it creeps up on you - but what is the nature of their relationship NOW. I mean, when you have two people who have never met - or not knowingly, at least - and you don’t know the nature of their relationship, then suddenly, they’re thrown together in the way that these two characters have, ultimately, what I think can sneak up on you is that the relationship that is the most compelling is not the answer to that one question. The most compelling relationship is, in fact, what it’s turning into. What the nature of that relationship is now and what it will be building over the next few years. We’ve already seen them very fractured at times and yet there’s some sort of compulsion that they have for one another. And not just Reddington’s feelings for her but also her feelings for him. And to me that’s one of the most fascinating things besides the fun to be had on the show. In terms of the emotional center of the show. This man has brought nothing but fire and brimstone and danger and peril into her life but for some reason she is enormously compelled by him. Even if he is incredibly frustrating, even if it goes against all of her intuitions, there’s this sort of counter-intuitive feeling that she has that still continues. When she has no place to go, she often shows up on his doorstep. And I think in a strange way, the more important relationship will be their present relationship. And then when the other relationship is revealed, and the whole story is told at the end of the day, then all of a sudden you’re allowed to go, “Wow! Okay. All right. Now that makes sense. Now we have an understanding for those things that were building and you were enjoying along the way.” But the journey has to be good because destinations aren’t enough, you know. I mean, it’s terrible on the top of Everest. It’s like you get up there and it’s worse than it is all the way up. I think the journey should be the satisfaction with the show, and the ultimate answers should just inform that looking backwards.
James Spader on the question “Who is Red to Liz?” [x]

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posted 1 day ago27/7/2014 • 73 notes
crazy4rich |

Comic-Con 2014: The Blacklist Panel (Comic Con 2014 Panel San Diego) - YouTube 

deelicious21:

It’s here!!! And HQ… I know how I’m spending the next 47 minutes.


posted 1 day ago27/7/2014 • 27 notes
deelicious21 |

factoseintolerant:

James' hand gestures are giving me such life

they are mesmerizing tbh. i had to re-watch that interview because i got sooo distracted by those hands :D but i’m not complaining ;)


posted 1 day ago27/7/2014 • 4 notes