On THE WRITERS’ ROOM: “Game of Thrones” producer-writers David Benioff and D. B. Weiss maintain that the HBO series is as willing to kill of its main characters as author George R. R. Martin’s books. Says Weiss, “When somebody is in a dangerous situation it means they’re in a dangerous situation.” That also means that for some fans, their favorite characters are now dead! Which Game of Thrones character stole your heart?
Our host, Jim Rash, sat down with “The Good Wife” star Julianna Margulies, creators Robert and Michelle King and EP Ted Humphrey to talk about their critically acclaimed series on THE WRITERS’ ROOM not long before “The Good Wife” fans blew up the Internet after the (SPOILER ALERT!) 15th episode, in which Will Gardner got killed, aired this season.
SundanceTV announced today the greenlight of season two of the original non-fiction series DREAM SCHOOL. Multi-platinum award-winning musician and entrepreneur Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson will executive produce along with one of hip-hop’s most influential and positive voices Chuck D. The series format was created by campaigning chef and global food entrepreneur Jamie Oliver who will also executive produce under his Fresh One shingle. DREAM SCHOOL is an ambitious project where the best and the brightest in our culture teach kids that have been falling through the cracks. The announcement was made today by Sarah Barnett, SundanceTV President. The six-episode hour long series is slated to premiere in fall 2014.
If love were easy, romantic films wouldn’t exist. In the movies, the quest for love is like trying to swim across a wide, piranha-filled river while arrows are shot at you from all sides. And in the end, whether we win love or lose love, we learn from it. These ten films preach the gospel of perseverance, no matter what the treasure chest of romance ultimately holds.
1.Hannah and Her Sisters (Woody Allen, 1986)
Thanksgiving parties bookend two years of romance, adultery, betrayal, alcoholism, religious mania and hypochondria among a group of erratic New Yorkers. Lesson learned: Love is better when you accept that it is very unpredictable. Also, New Yorkers can be quite neurotic.
What happens when comic Michael Showalter and his writing partner Christina Lee start texting about The Good Wife? Find out below then tune-in to THE WRITERS’ ROOM for more serious conversation on the series Mon., May 19 at 11PM/10c on SundanceTV.
What’s your favorite Leo role of all time? Maybe the vengeful Amsterdam Vallon in Gangs of New York, or the tough-as-nails U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels in Shutter Island? Wait. He was also amazing as the undercover cop in The Departed and Howard Hughes in The Aviator. Actually, his portrayal of stock-broker Jordan Belfort in The Wolf of Wall Street was epic as well. What do these modern classics have in common? DiCaprio and Oscar winning director Martin Scorsese! That’s what! So here’s a challenge for you: Pick your favorite Leo movie NOT directed by Scorsese.
Hungry for more after last week’s RECTIFY Season 2 sneak peeks? Catch another glimpse at the season two drama: Senator Foulkes wants a retrial, Sheriff Daggett’s after Daniel’s assailants, and Daniel is fighting to survive.
Daniel and Kerwin’s prison conversations. The night with the goat man. Amantha cursing out the sherriff. No doubt you have your favorite scene from RECTIFY Season 1. Guess what. The cast does too. Here actors Abigail Spencer, Adelaide Clemens, Clayne Crawford and Luke Kirby reflect on RECTIFY moments that were both gratifying and challenging to shoot.
Abigail Spencer (Amantha Holden): I would say the scene when Daniel was released, on a couple of different levels – one, it was the very first scene that we shot. And, two, it was such a huge moment, thinking of all of the everything that went into his release and all the years and all the life before that. Also, Aden had very long hair and a beard during all of rehearsals. And the morning of he and Ray had to decided to cut all his hair off… so i hadn’t seen him and then he came out completely clean shaven and it was very overwhelming.
Article: SundanceTV Co-Producing New Scripted Original Series “BABYLON” – Executive Produced by Academy Award Winner Danny Boyle
SundanceTV has announced its next original scripted series BABYLON, which it is co-producing with UK broadcaster Channel 4. The drama is a biting workplace satire set inside a modern police force. The story revolves around an earnest executive who attempts to modernize the culture only to discover her certainties shattered and herself undermined in the murky realpolitik of contemporary policing. The series is executive produced by Academy Award winner Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire, 28 Days Later, Trainspotting) and stars Brit Marling (Another Earth, Sound of My Voice) and James Nesbitt (The Hobbit, Millions). The series is penned by Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong (Peep Show, The Old Guys, Fresh Meat) and produced by Robert Jones (The Usual Suspects, Dirty Pretty Things) and Derrin Schlesinger (Southcliffe, Four Lions). It will premiere on SundanceTV in 2015.
The Good Wife stands out from the crowd thanks to whip-smart writing and its leading lady Julianna Margulies. The show’s other secret weapon, however, is its rotating roster of A-list guest stars. Read more about the Top 10 Guest Stars on The Good Wife and vote in the poll below. Then tune into THE WRITERS’…
On THE WRITERS’ ROOM, star of The Good Wife Julianna Margulies describes her character Alicia Florrick as someone who is “…incredibly aware of the wrongdoing. But the competitive side of her is: I want to win.” What character is her biggest rival? Vote below.
Though some of the actors are from the South, the RECTIFY cast hails from all over the globe. Some embraced the challenge of adopting an accent while others just “let their accents loose.” Check out a few approaches below.
Adelaide Clemens (Tawney Talbot): It took a lot of research. With RECTIFY, we really try to steer clear of stereotypes. That’s really not what the show’s about, so I wanted to create a Southern accent that ties into the background of Tawney’s upbringing…. You know, it’s not a Texan accent. She’s from Georgia. I really wanted to pay attention to that and make sure that I was honoring that.
Bruce McKinnon (Ted Talbot Sr.): Over half of our regular cast they have Southern roots…
Jim Mickle and Nick Damici (Cold In July, We Are What We Are) attached to write and direct the series based on the novels by Joe Lansdale.
Given that Sons of Anarchy boasts hordes of rabid fans, inspires numerous literary/feminist critiques and is the basis of a Sesame Street adaptation—the rhyming “Sons of Poetry,” which we watched towards the end of taping THE WRITERS’ ROOM—there’s no denying the series’ deep cultural impact. That said, the show’s creator, Kurt Sutter, still considers himself a Hollywood outsider and admits that he regularly takes to Twitter (with the tag #WTFsutter) to underscore his fringe status in the biz. In fact, follow @sutterink and you’ll see.
SundanceTV announced today that THE HONORABLE WOMAN, starring Academy Award® nominee Maggie Gyllenhaal (Crazy Heart, The Dark Knight, Secretary), will premiere Thu., Jul. 31 at 10/9c.
Did you know more than half of the RECTIFY cast is from the South? With the premiere of RECTIFY Season 2 a little more than a month away, we caught-up with the cast on set in Griffin, GA to find out just how deep their southern roots are. Here’s what they had to say:
Clayne Crawford (Ted Talbot Jr.): Griffin, Georgia, which plays Paulie, is something of a metropolis compared to where I came from. There’s one red light, one gas station, and a post office, and a Piggly Wiggly where I’m from. But I think the similarities are that everyone knows one another’s businesses, you know everyone’s laundry, and that’s what we know of Paulie. It’s a living entity and it’s a part of the show so much so that it dictates what happens next, meaning if there is an event, it really is just a matter of time—it’s dropping that pebble in the water—it will ripple out.
Bruce McKinnon (Ted Talbot Sr.): I grew up in a similar town in Tennessee, and so it’s kind of like home to me to a certain extent. I’ve got my golf clubs and I’ve got my fishing poles… For me it’s just doing outdoor stuff. In fact, Aden came over recently and he spent the night and we went out fishing. I hauled a little boat down from Tennessee…
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Based on New York Magazine’s Beloved Pop Culture Roundup, the Neal Brennan hosted series will premiere in August.
Article: “RECTIFY” Recap: Season 1
With RECTIFY Season 2 set to premiere June 19, it’s time to get caught up on Season 1. Here’s everything you need to know.
What happens when comic Michael Showalter and his writing partner Christina Lee start texting about Sons of Anarchy? Find out below then tune-in to THE WRITERS’ ROOM for more serious conversation on the series Mon., May 12 at 11PM/10c on SundanceTV.
Article: “RECTIFY” Season 2: Sneak Peek Video
Can’t wait for an all-new season of RECTIFY? Get a first look at what’s to come — Kerwin’s back, Daniel’s in the hospital, Ted confronts Tawney — in these newly released promos.
With Mother’s Day on the horizon, we bring you MILFs Part 3: Ten more “Moms In Legendary Films.” This time around, we’re touting moms who hustle and fight for their children ’til the end. Be sure to vote for your favorite MILF in the poll below.
1. Mrs. Gump, Forrest Gump
Sally Field’s Mrs. Gump sets the gold standard for parenting against the odds. She’s a bold champion who cares less about shielding her special needs child from the world, and more about imparting ethics so he can always find his way. To wit: “Life is like a box of chocolate, you never know what you’re gonna get.” The way she sees it, there’s no reason that her son, on the slower side and crippled during his youth, can’t have just as rich of a life as any other child. Clearly her mothering was a success what with Forrest’s college scholarship, his Medal of Honor, his two trips to the White House and his thriving shrimping business.
2. Queenie, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Benjamin Button’s curious tale matches Forrest’s in sheer scope–his extraordinary life takes him around the world and back again. He too needs a strong-willed, big-hearted mother and he gets one in nursing home worker Queenie (Taraji P. Henson) after his biological mother’s death in childbirth. It’s Queenie who finds the baby, brings him home, and sees through his strange physical maladies to the heart within.
Sons of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter tells THE WRITERS’ ROOM he wants his writers coming up with acts of violence so wild he has to say, “Too much, even for me!” Of all the biker saga’s twisted crimes…