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Power Disfigured: The Most Deviant Political Figures in the Movies

Power Disfigured: The Most Deviant Political Figures in the Movies

Corruption and politics go hand in hand. But in the movies, matters get even more extreme with senators who mind-control and presidents who unleash diseases on the populace. Clearly, House of Cards‘ Frank Underwood would fit right in with the top ten deviant politicians ever to hit the big screen. Find out more about Underwood on THE WRITERS’ ROOM: “House of Cards,” Fri., May 2 at 9PM/8c. Until then, consider his back-stabbing cohorts.

1. Adam Sutler (John Hurt), V for Vendetta
By releasing a plague intended to wipe out “social deviants,” Sutler secures power for his oppressive political party and establishes a fascist regime.

2. Bob Alexander (Frank Langella), Dave
It’s not enough that Chief of Staff Alexander replaces the comatose prez with a lookalike. He also frames the dupe for an S&L scandal he orchestrated.

The Eight Alter Egos of Elisabeth Moss

The Eight Alter Egos of Elisabeth Moss

Elisabeth Moss, star of both AMC’s Mad Men and SundanceTV’s TOP OF THE LAKE, said at Sundance Film Festival 2013 where the latter premiered, “Coming from an environment where I’m used to reading great television scripts, I kind of have a high standard.” Based on her resume, who wouldn’t agree? Take a look at some of her most memorable accomplishments.

Some Boys in Blue Are Girls: TV’s Top 10 Fearless Female Investigators

Some Boys in Blue Are Girls: TV’s Top 10 Fearless Female Investigators

Eye-candy sidekicks? Please. Whether they’re cops, CIA agents or amateur sleuths, these plucky ladies are absolutely killing it at work — which just so happens to be investigating homicides. Tune in to any of the following shows and you will find women who bend rules, break balls and take names. Smart, brave, tough and uncompromising, these heroines are amazing at what they do, and shatter stereotypes along the way.

10 Most Heart-Stopping Movie Cliffhangers

10 Most Heart-Stopping Movie Cliffhangers

Sometimes, they set up a sequel. Sometimes, they’re intentionally ambiguous. And sometimes, they’re maddeningly unclear. But what the best cliffhanger movie endings always do is leave audiences talking up a storm. And this doesn’t only happen in movies—it happens on TV as well. Consider Scandal, arguably the greatest cliffhanger show since Lost. Find out how series creator Shonda Rhimes and company create these high-stakes endings in THE WRITERS’ ROOM, Fri., Apr. 18 at 9PM/8c then vote on your favorite big screen example of a cliffhanger in the list below, ranked from serious palpitations to cardiac arrest.

10 Nude Scenes that Challenged the Ratings

10 Nude Scenes that Challenged the Ratings

More than just a peek at pretty people’s privates, big screen nude scenes can push the boundaries of what’s acceptable. And not just for audiences but for the industry, too. In fact, what was NC-17 back in 1990 might only rate as R today. Read on to uncover the movies (and birthday suits) that helped define the MPAA vocabulary.

Nymphomaniac< (2014)
Lars Von Trier’s hotly discussed 5-plus-hour movie about the life and loves of a sex-addict is all sex, all the time. Much of it, unclothed. While the original plan was to release an R-rated version that hasn’t happened quite yet. Apparently, unrated works best for the undressed.

10 Truly Terrifying Stephen King Fright Flicks

10 Truly Terrifying Stephen King Fright Flicks

What makes Stephen King movies so scary is how normal their characters can seem at first. They’re writers and doctors, moms and dads, whose lives suddenly take a twisted turn which transforms the familiar into something freakishly frightening. This month, SundanceTV is airing some of King’s creepiest — THE SHINING, CARRIE, CHRISTINE, and CHILDREN OF THE CORN. Below is a top ten list of the horror master’s best.

10 Great Courtroom Dramas Ripped from Recent Headlines

10 Great Courtroom Dramas Ripped from Recent Headlines

Image from NORTH COUNTRY, featuring Woody Harrelson and Charlize Theron. Some of the greatest movie dramas take place in the courtroom. And some of the best courtroom dramas are based on true crimes. Get inspired (or infuriated) all over again with this list 10 of the best from the last 25 years. Hooked on legal…