Author: Nina Hämmerling Smith 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…
Phillip, Mike and Junior steal medication from a nursing home pharmacy. Outside the station, Chief Mac leads a protest against the hit-and-run case. Captain Warren inquires about Jean. Harold says she’s in the hospital.
Actor Tom Sizemore (THE RED ROAD’s Jack Kopus) talks about what makes his character unique as well as some of the actors and directors that he’s worked with over his storied career.
Actress Allie Gonino (THE RED ROAD’s Rachel Jensen) talks about her most challenging scene and her volunteer work with The Thirst Project.
At an auto salvage yard, Harold replaces the bumper of Jean’s SUV and finds a scrap of cloth from the hit-and-run in the process. At home, Jean tells Harold her car hit a dog and promises not to drink again, though Harold says she wasn’t drunk. She claims, Rachel told her to take his gun.
Author: Nina Hämmerling Smith Plenty of big-name stars sank their teeth into juicy guest roles on Law & Order over its 20 seasons of case-busting and legal maneuvering. (Julia Roberts, Chevy Chase and Sharon Stone among them.) But it’s a truth all New York theater actors know that the series was often a very early…
New York – March 6, 2014 – SundanceTV announced today that the second season of its critically acclaimed scripted series RECTIFY will premiere on Thursday, June 19, 2014 at 9:00pm ET/PT. The haunting story of a man released from prison after spending nearly two decades on death row, RECTIFY has been overwhelmingly well-received by critics and has landed on numerous year-end top ten lists in 2013.
During a traditional Native American ceremonial dance in the woods, tribe member Phillip Kopus (Jason Momoa) watches as police officer Harold Jensen (Martin Henderson) circulates a “missing person” flyer to the crowd. Jensen later questions locals about a missing NYU student.
Listed as the #1 new show to check out this season (IMDB), THE RED ROAD is ‘riveting’ (Playboy). In anticipation of the premiere, SundanceTV sat down with THE RED ROAD’s all-star cast for deeper look at the actors, the characters, and the tension that drives the series. The SundanceTV original series THE RED ROAD premieres tonight at 9PM
SundanceTV announced today that the second season of its critically acclaimed original series THE WRITERS’ ROOM hosted by Academy Award®-winning screenwriter (THE DESCENDANTS), comedian and actor (Community) Jim Rash, will premiere Monday, April 14 at 10:00 PM ET/PT.
Article: Top Portlandia Battles
Portlandia seems like a peaceful place doesn’t it? Well, underneath that calm exterior is a boiling cauldron of conflict & hysteria. We picked our favorite Battles for your viewing pleasure…
SundanceTV announced today that production has commenced on the highly anticipated sophomore season of its original drama series RECTIFY. The hour-long drama was created and written by Ray McKinnon (THE ACCOUNTANT, THAT EVENING SUN, MUD), who also serves as executive producer on the project under his shingle Zip Works. Production will once again take place in Griffin, GA. The ten-episode second season will air in Summer 2014.
Sundance Channel announced today that it will rebrand itself as SundanceTV in February leading up to the premiere of the network’s newest original scripted series, THE RED ROAD. The network’s rebrand supports its commitment to creating fresh and daring original programming. The new design adapts to stand out in today’s multi-platform TV ecosystem and will feature a streamlined logo in a modern sans serif font and neutral palette. The updated logo reflects the creativity, ambition and innovation of the network’s original content. Additionally, the network will reposition itself in the digital space with a new website, www.sundance.tv.
The Sundance Film Festival is a crucible for industry trends and finding emerging talent. Festival watchers tend to focus on the weak economic prospects for many of the films showcased in Park City. The independent marketplace is slowly evolving, but there was plenty to see. So what if no one film galvanized the festival the way BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD and FRUITVALE STATION did in recent years? The festival probably erred in starting off with its best offering, jazz thriller WHIPLASH. No other film topped the buzz generated by this one.
Article: Sundance Review: Fela Kuti’s Wild Life of Sex, Drugs, and Afrobeat Takes Center Stage in FINDING FELA
FINDING FELA, prolific documentarian Alex Gibney’s latest work, faces the challenge of depicting a contradictory artist. But that’s not to say it isn’t entertaining. On the contrary, the film — about the life, times and music of Afrobeat superstar and Nigerian revolutionary Fela Kuti — is exceptionally watchable. Kuti’s wild life never loses its surprise ingredients: from the time he married 27 girls in one ceremony to his involvement with a “spiritual guru” who slit throats for party demonstrations. The film’s challenge lays in its difficult hero, an enormously talented and charismatic man who was also troubled, stubborn, unpredictable, and probably not entirely sane.
Sundance Channel continues its ongoing probe into the fashion industry and society’s obsession with celebrity in the third of four all-new specials hosted by ELLE Creative Director Joe Zee, REVEALING: CELEBUTANTE airing Wednesday, February 5th at 9 pm ET/PT. Through compelling social experiments and in-depth interviews with industry insiders, Zee reveals the power of fame.
Article: Sundance: Aaron Paul on Why He’ll Never Be the Next Tom Cruise and Resurrecting Jesse Pinkman for AMC
Aaron Paul is not Jesse Pinkman. Thanks to five trailblazing seasons on Breaking Bad, it’s damn near impossible not to think of Paul as anyone else. But as he stressed to Indiewire in Park City, the deeply troubled Pinkman is his “opposite.” The same goes for the alcoholic father he plays in Kat Candler’s scorching directorial debut, HELLION, which premiered in competition here at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival late last week.
Only three weeks into 2014, Elisabeth Moss has already won a Golden Globe for TOP OF THE LAKE, world premiered two films at the Sundance Film Festival, and shot some scenes for the upcoming final season of Mad Men. Talk about a great way to kick off the new year.
Article: Sundance Review: You’ve Never Seen a Vampire Movie Like the Beautiful, Touching A GIRL WALKS HOME ALONE AT NIGHT, Produced By Elijah Wood
For centuries, vampires have provided handy metaphors for social and physical dilemma, but in the stylishly muted deadpan romance A GIRL WALKS HOME ALONE AT NIGHT, the threat is personal. Writer-director Ana Lily Amirpour’s stunning debut, produced by Elijah Wood, follows the experiences of a small Iranian town haunted by a vampiric presence who’s just as lonely as the other locals.
Article: Sundance Review: Despite a Hilarious Setup, Madeleine Olnek’s THE FOXY MERKINS Is a Disappointing Sophomore Effort
In 2011, Madeleine Olnek’s debut feature, CODEPENDENT LESBIAN ALIEN SEEKS SAME, premiered at Sundance to positive (if ultimately limited) reception. Made on a shoestring budget, (think space ships made out of tin foil), the warm and witty spoof on sci-fi B-movies firmly established the writer-director’s singular comedic sensibility. In her follow-up, THE FOXY MERKINS, Olnek turns the male hustler genre on its head to imagine what a lesbian prostitution ring in might look like.
Article: Sundance Review: Ten Years Since Zach Braff Brought GARDEN STATE to Sundance, With WISH I WAS HERE, Has Anything Changed?
“I want to make more movies like GARDEN STATE. I mean, Woody Allen was my hero. He’s someone who, in his heyday, in the era of his films that I love the most, was making movies that were just taking the social temperature of his group of people in New York City, and I’d like to make more movies like that for people my age.”
—Zach Braff, 2004
A decade has passed since actor-writer-director Zach Braff made the above declaration in an Indiewire interview at the Sundance Film Festival. Despite his idealism, Braff wouldn’t succeed at directing another feature for a full 10 years, but his wish finally reached its completion this past week at the Sundance Film Festival, with the world premiere of WISH I WAS HERE, the widely documented Kickstarter-backed comedy in which he also stars.
Watch the EXCLUSIVE video premiere of Damon Albarn’s ‘Everyday Robots.” Directed by Aitor Throup. Pre-order the album here.
Article: Sundance Review: Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig Are As You’ve Never Seen Them In Otherwise Conventional ‘The Skeleton Twins’
Outside of their Saturday Night Live work, Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig have delivered some of their best performances onscreen together, in ADVENTURELAND and PAUL (they even both scored scene-stealing voice cameos in Spike Jonze’s HER). Even so, their chemistry in Craig Johnson’s THE SKELETON TWINS is something altogether different: These are serious dramatic roles with dark comedic ingredients that take them out of the farcical realm and allow them to craft fully realized characters.
Article: Sundance Review: J.K. Simmons and Miles Teller Impress With a Ferocious Student-Teacher Dynamic in WHIPLASH
BY EMMA MYERS Legend has it that Charlie Parker only became Bird because Jo Jones furiously threw a cymbal at his head when he choked on stage. At least that’s the story Fletcher (J.K. Simmons), the barbarous band conductor in Damien Chazelle’s WHIPLASH, uses to justify the emotional and physical abuse he subjects his students…