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Music from RECTIFY Season One

Posted 04/18/2014 2:03 PM by
Music from RECTIFY Season One

The season one soundtrack for RECTIFY pulls from an impressive pool of artists, including breakout indie-folkies Bon Iver, platinum duo Mazzy Star and alt hip hoppers The Pharcyde. Below is a list of musicians/songs featured in season one. RECTIFY’s original score is composed by Gabriel Mann (who is also behind the music of the very different Modern Family).

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Top 10 Seriously Messed Up Movies

Posted 04/18/2014 1:12 PM by
Top 10 Seriously Messed Up Movies

Spring may seem an unlikely time to crave a messed-up movie marathon, but the trippy films on this list are worth a screening any time of the year. Full of iconic (read: extremely bizarre) scenes and surprising performances from many now “mainstream” actors, these are movies that will get under your skin and stay there. Of course, it’s hard to get too bummed out by a well-told story or a stylishly made film (then again: Dancer in the Dark), but here’s a final warning: these are 10 seriously messed-up stories.

1. Grizzly Man (2005)
Like much of Werner Herzog’s work, Grizzly Man has moments of poetry as well as dark humor. But Timothy Treadwell, the central figure of this documentary, suffers a fate so horrific that it’s shown in the film only via Herzog himself listening to audio of the incident and advising that it be destroyed and never played for anyone ever again. The audio exists because Treadwell documented his life among the bears in Alaskan wilderness; some of the astonishing footage appears in the movie, as Herzog ruminates on the “chaos and murder” he sees in the natural world Treadwell so adores. You may want to chase this experience — or this entire list — with Herzog’s Encounters at the End of the World, another nature-related doc with less grisly results.

2. Hard Candy (2005)
Before she was Juno or fulfilling her Woody Allen movie destiny, Ellen Page played a cunning teenager in Hard Candy, which manages to toy with its viewers so much that it appears to tell about five different totally messed up stories before it’s over. It begins queasily enough with Patrick Wilson meeting Page in a public place and bonding over the band Goldfrapp, then gets queasier as he invites her back to her place. But Page, playing on her mini-person physicality as well as her natural ability to seem smarter than her young-looking years, is not who she appears to be. This isn’t a gory horror movie, but your stomach will probably still churn with each plot twist.

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Category: Film

Only you can decide the best kept secret on “Scandal”

Posted 04/18/2014 12:11 PM by
Only you can decide the best kept secret on “Scandal”

Scandal creator Shonda Rhimes tells THE WRITERS’ ROOM, “In our dark world of Washington we play with the idea that everyone’s corrupt, and the agreement that they’ve made is America can never know this.” Since the characters have so much to hide… what’s the best kept secret on Scandal? Vote in the poll below.

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Category: Series

Top 10 Movie Gangsters From Real Life

Posted 04/17/2014 12:58 PM by
Top 10 Movie Gangsters From Real Life

Where would the cinema world be without gangsters? The gun-blazing standoffs, ballsy bank stickups, mobster massacres … They’ve all contributed to some of the biggest moments in movie history. But there’s a special subset of the genre that blurs fantasy and reality, those flicks that portray the bigger-than-life gangsters who were real. Here are ten great…

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Category: Film

Poll: What is your favorite Kerry Washington movie?

Posted 04/17/2014 11:52 AM by
Poll: What is your favorite Kerry Washington movie?

In the upcoming episode of THE WRITERS’ ROOM, Scandal creator Shonda Rhimes says to host Jim Rash, “People want to be Olivia Pope…” But Kerry Washington’s portrayal of Scandal‘s professional crisis manager isn’t the only role up the actress’ sleeve. Kerry’s stellar history in the movie business is full of hit roles. Vote on your favorite in the poll below, and don’t miss Kerry Washington on the premiere episode of THE WRITERS’ ROOM: “Scandal,” Fri., Apr. 18 at 9PM/8c.

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Category: Series

The Shonda Rhimes (“Scandal”) and Jim Rash (“The Writers’ Room”) Twitter Chat

Posted 04/17/2014 10:54 AM by
The Shonda Rhimes (“Scandal”) and Jim Rash (“The Writers’ Room”) Twitter Chat

Scandal Creator and Executive Producer Shonda Rhimes (@ShondaRhimes) and THE WRITERS’ ROOM host Jim Rash (@RashisTVUgly) answered fan questions during a live Twitter chat. Read the conversation as it unfolded on Twitter in the widget below.

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Category: Series

5 Questions with “LOREDANA, ESQ.” Star Geoff Blain

Posted 04/16/2014 5:56 PM by
5 Questions with “LOREDANA, ESQ.” Star Geoff Blain

Geoff Blain, co-star of LOREDANA, ESQ., digs into his past as a TV executive and discusses what makes him the Alfred to Loredana’s Batman. SundanceTV: How did you end up working with Loredana? GB: LD and I met through mutual friends years ago when I was a TV development executive for a production company at…

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Category: Loredana Esq.

7 Questions with “The Writers’ Room” host Jim Rash

Posted 04/16/2014 3:30 PM by
7 Questions with “The Writers’ Room” host Jim Rash

Jim Rash, host of THE WRITERS’ ROOM, talks about his how he prepares for an episode, the most surprising moments, and what it means to be an Oscar-winning writer.

Q: What’s the most shocking story you’ve heard on THE WRITERS’ ROOM so far?

A: One that stuck out and was surprising was the guys that adapted Smallville talking about the origin of kryptonite, and that it was actually [introduced] during the radio play [of Superman]… I would never, ever have known that information if we hadn’t spoken about it that day on the show.

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Category: Series

“The Writers’ Room” Twitter Chat with Shonda Rhimes and Jim Rash

Posted 04/15/2014 4:45 PM by
“The Writers’ Room” Twitter Chat with Shonda Rhimes and Jim Rash

What: THE WRITERS’ ROOM host Jim Rash and Scandal Creator and Executive Producer Shonda Rhimes will host a twitter chat to discuss writing for television. If you would like to participate, please tweet your questions to #ScandalTWR throughout the week leading up to the event and follow the hashtag on Apr. 17.

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Category: The Writers' Room

LOREDANA, ESQ.’s Geoff Blain On His Top 10 Courtroom Dramas

Posted 04/15/2014 12:13 PM by
LOREDANA, ESQ.’s Geoff Blain On His Top 10 Courtroom Dramas

Geoff Blain, the often snappily dressed paralegal on Loredana, Esq., weighs in on his ten favorite courtroom dramas. Of the movies cited, he adds, “The first four represent my childish, romanticized vision of the law while the latter six helped to temper my rosy vista with more realistic and somber grays.”

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Category: Loredana Esq.

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