November 4, 2014 |
It's like toy soldiers. Like cowboys and Indians. Spy vs. spy. It's just a game. So insists Joe Lambe (Tom Hughes) about his job as a British spy. Beautiful, suave, and thoroughly tortured, Joe is the hero of The Game , a taut, superbly plotted six-part espionage drama set in England in 1972, during the height of the Cold War. It premieres at 10 p.m. Wednesday on BBC America. A game, perhaps, but as Joe knows firsthand, it's one that routinely leads to heartache, pain, and death.
February 8, 2014 |
From NBC's I Spy in 1965 to Get Smart , from Mission: Impossible to Alias and 24 , there's never been a shortage of espionage series on American TV. But FX's The Americans is head and shoulders above all that went before. Created by former CIA officer Joe Weisberg, it has established itself after just one season as one of the most realistic, thrilling, and thoughtful spy dramas on TV. If you missed the freshman season, The Americans: Season One is due on disc Tuesday; the second season premieres on FX on Feb. 26. Set in the early 1980s during the first Reagan administration, The Americans stars Keri Russell and Matt Rhys as the perfect American couple.
January 31, 2013
* THE AMERICANS. 10 p.m. Wednesday, FX. IF ANYONE can bring back high-waisted jeans, it's Keri Russell. But the former "Felicity" star will have an even tougher assignment Wednesday as she returns to television in FX's new spy drama "The Americans": To make viewers identify, at least a little, with the aims of the KGB in the waning years of the Cold War. Inspired by the case of 10 Russian sleeper agents exposed by the FBI in 2010,...
January 29, 2013 |
Philip and Elizabeth have an arranged marriage. The matchmaker was a colonel in the KGB. For 16 years, they've been living as husband and wife, prototypical suburban parents (in other words, child chauffeurs) in Falls Church, Va. But they're also on call as highly trained covert operatives for the Soviet Union. That's the premise of The Americans , a bold and exciting new series on FX (Wednesdays, 10 p.m.). Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys star as the couple leading a double life.
October 15, 2011
Britain to probe ex-agent's death LONDON - A coroner has agreed to open a full inquest into the radiation poisoning of the former KGB officer Alexander V. Litvinenko, potentially bringing the case before a British legal forum for the first time, opening new seams of information about his death and possibly raising tensions with Moscow. The decision by the coroner, Andrew Reid, on Thursday came five years since Litvinenko died after ingesting a rare radioactive isotope, Polonium 210, believed by the police to have been slipped into a teapot at an upscale hotel on Nov. 1, 2006, just weeks after Litvinenko had acquired British citizenship by naturalization.
July 8, 2010 |
"DESPICABLE ME" turns out to be surprisingly funny, charming, and even timely - given that its title character is an incompetent Eastern Bloc villain. The kind of guy who'd be right at home in that recently busted-up ring of KGB (KGB-minus?) agents who went deep undercover to infiltrate Yonkers and other New York suburbs, so they could relay to Moscow information on . . . Chuck E. Cheese? Costco? The Boris Badenov stand-in in "Despicable Me" is Gru (voice of Steve Carell)
July 8, 2010
RICHARD and Cynthia Murphy are the picture of suburbia. The couple suspected of espionage on behalf of Mother Russia were captured on camera seated at a table full of American goodies: Bud Light, Coca-Cola, Heinz ketchup, hamburger buns, paper plates and towels on a checkered cloth. Richard Murphy has a cheeseburger in one hand and a Coors Light in the other. His wife is putting the finishing touches on the food in front of her. The picture could've been taken anywhere in the country, especially around Independence Day. So how did two Russians manage to perfect American life all the way down to the details of a typical barbecue?
March 29, 2009 |
Staring at a laptop on his mother's kitchen table in Pottstown, B.J. Ellis ponders the meaning of life. But not for too long. Someone, somewhere, has spent 99 cents to ask this red-haired stranger a question for the ages. The sooner Ellis answers, the sooner he can move on to easier queries such as: Answer: 181 over six seasons. A superfan, Ellis adds that the TV counterterror agent lays waste to an average of 1.3 victims per hour. Answer: No. Most cats are lactose intolerant.
May 21, 2008 |
Harrison Ford may be 65, but not to worry - it's clear in "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" that his stuntman is only 25. In the first few minutes alone, Indy dodges a thousand bullets, swings from the rafters via his famous rawhide whip, and outruns the shock wave from an atom bomb. The year is 1957, the bomb is a military test in New Mexico, and none of this is by happenstance. Steven Spielberg has come to praise Indiana Jones and also to bury him, and so he positions Indy's swan song in the mid-1950s - the moment when the United States made the pivot from a nation that built its mythology around a heroic past to a nation whose atomic age imagination was fixed on the future.
November 17, 2004 |
They were the new kids on the underworld block. More important, federal and local authorities said, they were the wave of the future. Based in Northeast Philadelphia - some, in fact, had attended George Washington High School - they called themselves "KGB," a not-so-subtle reference to a time and a place that their parents, at least, remembered. "The KGB was a crime wave in Northeast Philadelphia," said Assistant U.S. Attorney Andrea Foulkes, one of two prosecutors who spearheaded the case against the organization two years ago. Tracked by the FBI's Eurasian Organized Crime Squad, KGB was described as a Russian-emigre criminal enterprise that dealt in drugs, extortion and robbery.