Mother’s Day might be upon us, but no, we are not going the cheap route and talking about the MILFs you’re used to (although we do love Jennifer Coolidge in everything she does; even American Pie). This list is dedicated to a far more select—and somewhat more matronly—group, namely Moms In Legendary Films. Absolutely everyone out there has something to say about how to be the best mom, and that’s why it’s best to fall back on these sterling examples of maternal heroism (and in some cases, villainy). Whatever the case may be, parenting can be a real bitch, and these women are definitely Mom enough. Vote for your top MILF in the poll below.
In the Theatre, a common rule of thumb says that one must never place a loaded rifle on stage if it isn’t going to go off. (Something about broken promises…) And in House of Cards, Netflix’s hit political drama, created by a Juilliard-trained playwright and first-time TV writer, the rule is sticking fast. Only everyone is breaking promises and guns are going off regardless—that’s not just a metaphor.
House of Cards gives the most powerful capital city in the world the thriller treatment, cranking up Washington corruption a few notches past Watergate. In the high-stakes world of scheming statesmen, anything can happen, to anyone, for any reason. But what’s the most shocking thing that’s happened so far?
In honor of the upcoming season 2 premiere of RECTIFY — the story of a man set free from jail after twenty years — we’re bringing you our Top 10 Movies Set Behind Bars. There are a few surprises on this list, including a vintage screwball comedy, a lot of eggs, Sigourney Weaver with no hair, an anti-James Bond film, and no Shawshank Redemption! Or maybe just a little Shawshank Redemption. You’ll have to read and find out for yourself, and vote for your favorite in the poll below. …And by the way, if you’re intrigued by these films, you might just be intrigued by RECTIFY (season 2 premiere June 19 at 9pm) — which is brought to you by the same geniuses behind Breaking Bad.
1. Cool Hand Luke (1967)
“What we’ve got here… is a failure to communicate. Some men, you just can’t reach.” When a quote takes on a life of its own outside of a movie, that’s when you know that you’re dealing with a stone-cold classic. And speaking of which… no man can eat fifty eggs. Or can he? Cool Hand Luke isn’t just the defining prison movie; it’s also a classic of 1960s cinema. Watch Lucas “Luke” Jackson (Paul Newman) struggle with the intense hardships of life on the chain-gang. Can he escape? Can he survive? Can one man actually eat fifty eggs? If you don’t know the answers to these questions, then you don’t know Cool Hand; so run, don’t walk, to see this film, you wild, beautiful thing, you. …You crazy handful of nothin’.
2. The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
“Destroy a bridge or destroy yourself” — that’s the dilemma posed by The Bridge on the River Kwai. The movie features Alec Guinness, William Holden, and director David Lean — and really, what more do you need to know? Lean’s film follows the lives of soldiers in a WWII prisoner-of-war camp, as they are forced by their captors to build a bridge in the middle of the Thai jungle. …To build or not to build? Guinness fights to finish the bridge — believing that doing so will give his men a sense of hope in the middle of a deadly jungle. (On the minus-side, finishing the bridge will also aid the enemy in a time of war.) Meanwhile, Holden struggles just as fiercely to tear the bridge down. Who is right and who is wrong? Big questions, a big, big bridge, and a big, big explosion — it’s all in here.
Film has never shied away from exploring the rich, complicated, and in some cases straight-up creepy connection between mother and child. While normal, lovely moms are all fine and good, some of the most fun moms to watch have been downright crazy–and all the more captivating because of it. In honor of Mother’s Day (Sun., May 11) we’ve picked our five favorite frightening maternal figures. Don’t neglect to send them a card on Mother’s Day.
1. Margaret White, Carrie (1976)
Sure, the cool-kid clique at Carrie’s high school do a number on the poor girl. But the groundwork of psychotic abuse already had been laid at home, where the shy girl’s Christian fundamentalist mother consistently berates her for “sinning.” A bucket of pig’s blood might have been the straw that breaks the camel’s back. But when Carrie rebels — and tears down her town in the process — its anger and resentment toward her mother that drives most of that rage.
What does it say about a culture when we expect two women sharing top billing in a film or television show to be arch enemies? How about we forget Hollywood’s stereotypes and take a look at the women duos that actually behave well on-screen, and put the fun back into a functional relationship. Vote for your favorite dynamic female duo in the poll below.
1. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, Baby Mama
Kate Holbrook: I overreacted earlier. I’m sorry…
Angie Ostrowiski: I’m sorry I farted into your purse…
In short, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler created an uproar when they proved they didn’t need men—at all—to entertain us. They are the ultimate BFF power couple.
After nearly 20 years on Death Row, Daniel Holden is thrust back into the world as a free man. RECTIFY Season 1 chronicles his first six days of freedom. Which episode is your favorite? Vote below.
THE RED ROAD Season 1 was only six episodes so not one was short on drama. But which one was your favorite? Recaps and poll below.
Whether you watched THE RETURNED last winter or caught up more recently on Netflix, you probably still have strong feelings about the younger twin’s trustworthiness and the horde’s motivations. So which episode is your favorite? Is it the pilot, which singlehandedly reinvents the zombie genre? Or maybe the finale, when a horde of undead face off with the living? Vote in the poll below. Need a refresher? Read on.
Episode 1: Camille
Camille returns home four years after her death. Simon, deceased for ten years, seeks out his fiance Adele. Waitress Lucy is stabbed on her way home, and nurse Julie finds herself with a mysterious child who she names Victor.
Episode 2: Simon
Camille rejoins her family and tries to connect with her now-older twin Lena. Police link Lucy’s stabbing to a dormant serial killer. Bar owner Toni is a prime suspect but it’s actually his brother Serge, who’s returned seven years after Toni murdered him. Adele thinks resurrected Simon seeks is just a vision.
House of Cards creator Beau Willimon discusses his writing process, working for Netflix and predicting real-world politics.
Q: How is the US version of House of Cards different from the UK version?
A: The UK version aired in the early nineties, and both the world and television has changed a lot since then. You can look at the way that television has become, in a lot of ways, far more sophisticated, shows are digging into characters a lot more deeply. The British version was groundbreaking for its time because you had one of the first true antiheroes on television. But it’s entire three seasons were 12 hours total, combined, and our first season alone was 13 hours.
SundanceTV announced the renewal of the network’s second wholly owned original scripted series THE RED ROAD. The tense drama revolves around two clashing communities – a small town and the neighboring mountains, home to a Native American tribe – and two dynamic men on a collision course – played by Jason Momoa and Martin Henderson. It will return for another six episodes in 2015.
Both audiences and critics are relishing Kevin Spacey’s performance as the ruthless political climber Frank Underwood in Netflix’s House of Cards. But this role is just the latest success in the Academy Award winner’s eclectic career. Who can forget him as midlife crisis dad in American Beauty or mastermind criminal in The Usual Suspects? In fact, he’s given so many great performances, it’s hard to narrow them down to a top ten. Still, we tried. Vote for your favorite then tune-in to THE WRITERS’ ROOM: “House of Cards,” Fri., May 2nd at 9PM/8c on SundanceTV.
For the last few years, Greg Nicotero — The Walking Dead Executive Producer and Special Effects Make-up Designer — has extended AMC’s hit series online with The Walking Dead webisodes. For this digital spin-off, he’s contributed not only his sizable talents as a director and zombifier but also as a story maker. The latest web series, “The Oath,” was recently named a Webby honoree for Drama: Individual Short or Episode and Best Writing. Since THE WRITERS’ ROOM spoke with Robert Kirkman on-air Fri., Aug. 27, we thought we’d follow up online with Nicotero today.
Can you ever get enough of Lennie Briscoe’s devilishly good one-liners? Probably not. Here are 10 more from the Law & Order vaults for your enjoyment.
1. “Besides battling the forces of evil, what other trouble’s he been in?”
2. “I liked this guy better when he had a heart attack.”
With binge-watching ever on the rise, House of Cards creator Beau Willimon made it clear on THE WRITERS’ ROOM, “A lot of people think because we released all 13 episodes in one day that we’re saying, ‘You should binge watch this.’ In fact, what we’re doing is giving the viewers a choice.” So, viewers —…
I really like this episode as it shows how quickly public opinion can change on an issue as controversial as the legalization of medical marijuana. To date, there are 21 states (plus the District of Columbia) that allow for the legal sale of medical marijuana and another 12 states with pending legislation. This little preamble is meant to highlight the fact that it was only ten short months ago that federal prosecutors were threatening criminal and civil action against the dispensaries if they didn’t cease their activities immediately.
Taping THE WRITERS’ ROOM, like every episode of The Walking Dead, cable’s most-watched TV series ever, is never quite drama-free. Before our host Jim Rash even began discussing The Walking Dead, Smallville and other comic adaptations in this season’s second episode, the lights began flickering on and off.
Smallville creators Alfred Gough and Miles Millar discuss their writing approach, the controversial departures they made from the Superman comics and the impact of Christopher Reeve.
Q: You guys have worked together a long time. How did you discover your mutual love for Superman?
AG: We were actually approached by Warner Bros. Television where we had an overall deal. We didn’t approach Smallville as comic book geeks since neither of us had ever read a Superman comic. Rather, we came at it as outsiders who wanted to make a show for the fans and the uninitiated alike.
MM: My first real exposure to Superman was Richard Donner’s movie in 1979. We have since worked with Donner on Lethal Weapon 4, but I remember thinking the movie was kind of boring. However, I really loved Superman II. I had the poster for Superman IV: The Quest For Peace on my bedroom wall when I was a kid — but I’m not sure that is a good thing.
Q: Smallville stirred up a lot of controversy with hardcore comic book fans devoted to the original. How did you guys deal with that?
AG: Like all writers — we tried to avoid it as much as possible! We stopped reading Ain’t it Cool News where we were being burned in effigy everyday, and didn’t go to the San Diego Comic-Con until Season 2.
MM: Listening to fan boys is tiring, frustrating and ultimately futile. Smallville began at the dawn of the fan-forum era — we used to scan the posts to get a sense of the general feeling, but that’s it. If we did course-correct a storyline it would be because the fans’ sentiment mirrored our own. The truth is the so-called “hardcore fans” will find fault with anything and everything. We had no interest in following the established mythology of the D.C. universe or aligning our timeline with theirs.
The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman reveals on THE WRITERS’ ROOM that the zombie series will be getting a spinoff set in a different location. Oh, the possibilities! Ever thought about where you’d escape to during a zombie apocalypse?
Los Angeles Bureau Chief of TV Guide Magazine Michael Schneider discusses The Walking Dead‘s success, the legacy of Smallville and the gap between TV and movie comic book adaptations.
Q: What’s the biggest surprise that Robert Kirkman brought to the zombie genre with The Walking Dead?
A: That it could be done as an ongoing TV show. Many have tried, but no one has been able to figure out how to bring such humanity to the genre on television. That’s a credit to Kirkman, as well as Frank Darabont, Glen Mazzara, Scott Gimple, Gale Anne Hurd, Greg Nicotero and everyone else involved.
Q: Do you think the series has pushed the envelope in terms of makeup and F/X on TV?
A: That’s a testament to Greg Nicotero, the special effects master who has created such a distinctive look and world. Greg’s zombies are icky, dripping, messy monsters that are a visual treat to see. And then can’t unsee.
Calling all fans of “The Walking Dead, Smallville & other comics.” Two lucky The Walking Dead fans have a chance at each winning a Rick Grimes action figure. For a chance at the giveaway, follow @TheWritersRoom on Twitter then tweet out #TWRGiveaway. If selected, you’ll receive a Rick Grimes action figure courtesy of SundanceTV. No…
Kerry Washington, who plays Scandal‘s now-iconic American political fixer Olivia Pope, insists that she’s a play-by-the-rules kind of gal in real life. At the end of taping THE WRITERS’ ROOM, she sweetly made sure to thank everyone in the crew. Individually. And why not? That’s just good upbringing… or a calculated career move intended to lure THE WRITERS’ ROOM staff into a sense of complacency while she continues to run the world from her fabulously fashionable offices in DC. Who knows if she’ll need a favor from host Jim Rash down the line, right? Perhaps there’s more Olivia in her than she knows!
We begin the episode with Loredana on her way to the hospital after receiving a call from her longtime friend and client Andrew Bryniarski. Evidently, Andrew has had an altercation with a neighbor that has resulted in Andrew being stabbed six times with an ice pick. Horrible, but not unimaginable. LD is, after all, a criminal defense attorney and we see a lot of horrible things. What is unimaginable is the fact that the police, although they’ve arrested the accused assailant, John Harris, haven’t issue an emergency protective order for Andrew. For those of you who are unfamiliar with Andrew, he is a muscular 6’5” actor who has made a career of playing intimidating and brutal characters like Leatherface from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.
Article: 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).