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.
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…
Happy Mother’s Day! In honor of Good Ol’ Mom, we present you with Part Two of our list of Top 10 MILFs (which translates as Mothers In Legendary Films; don’t get any funny ideas). Part One covered heroic and villainous moms in film: this time around, we’re doing zany, wild, perhaps misunderstood, and beautifully unique moms. Because when it comes to mothers, we’ve all got a different story. Vote for your favorite of these mommas in the poll below.
1. Ed, Raising Arizona
“GIVE ME THAT BABY YOU WARTHOG FROM HELL!”
Holly Hunter made the top 2 moms in this top ten list! Because well, she’s awesome. Aside from Raising Arizona being one of the greatest Coen Brothers’ classics, we just simply love the determination of Ed to be a mother. Who thought that baby-snatching could lead to such much trouble, so much hilarity, so much heartache, and so much brilliant film-making? Ah, the messes we create for ourselves. Classic Cohen Brothers.
2. Ada McGrath, The Piano
“There is a silence where hath been no sound / There is a silence where no sound may be / In the cold grave, under the deep deep sea.”
A woman is cast onto the shores of desolate New Zealand — the loneliest place on earth. Ada McGrath (Holly Hunter) is a mute pianist, set adrift in a new world, accompanied only by her daughter. A single mother who passionately loves her child, Ada must learn to protect her daughter without the power of speech. Music as language: music as love — this is one of the most beautifully strange “mom movies” ever made.
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.