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The “RECTIFY” Cast on Perfecting the Southern Accent

Article: The “RECTIFY” Cast on Perfecting the Southern Accent

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…

SundanceTV to Develop Popular Book Series “Hap and Leonard”

Article: SundanceTV to Develop Popular Book Series “Hap and Leonard”

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.

THE WRITERS’ ROOM: “Sons of Anarchy” Recapped and Revealed

Article: THE WRITERS’ ROOM: “Sons of Anarchy” Recapped and Revealed

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.

“The Honorable Woman” Set to Premiere July 31

Article: “The Honorable Woman” Set to Premiere July 31

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.

The “RECTIFY” Cast Talk About Their Southern roots

Article: The “RECTIFY” Cast Talk About Their Southern roots

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…

“The Writers’ Room” Giveaway: Here’s Your Chance to Win the new <i>Sh*t Rough Drafts</i> book

Article: “The Writers’ Room” Giveaway: Here’s Your Chance to Win the new Sh*t Rough Drafts book

For a chance at this giveaway, sign-up for our newsletter and you will automatically be entered for the drawing. If selected, you’ll receive a copy of Sh*t Rough Drafts: Pop Culture’s Favorite Books, Movies, and TV Shows as They Might Have Been. No purchase necessary. The deadline for entry is Mon., May 19 at 11PM…

SundanceTV Presents a New Original Non-Fiction Series: “THE APPROVAL MATRIX”

Article: SundanceTV Presents a New Original Non-Fiction Series: “THE APPROVAL MATRIX”

Based on New York Magazine’s Beloved Pop Culture Roundup, the Neal Brennan hosted series will premiere in August.

“RECTIFY” Recap: Season 1

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.

Michael Showalter Agrees You Should Eat the Evidence on “Sons of Anarchy”

Article: Michael Showalter Agrees You Should Eat the Evidence on “Sons of Anarchy”

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.

“RECTIFY” Season 2: Sneak Peek Video

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.

“The Writers’ Room” Poll: Which “Sons of Anarchy” Crime Was the Most Disturbing?

Article: “The Writers’ Room” Poll: Which “Sons of Anarchy” Crime Was the Most Disturbing?

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…

MILFs (Moms in Legendary Films), Part 2

Article: MILFs (Moms in Legendary Films), Part 2

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.

MILFs (Moms in Legendary Films), Part 1

Article: MILFs (Moms in Legendary Films), Part 1

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.

THE WRITERS’ ROOM: “House of Cards” Recapped and Revealed

Article: THE WRITERS’ ROOM: “House of Cards” Recapped and Revealed

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.

What’s the Most Shocking Twist in “House of Cards”? Vote Now

Article: What’s the Most Shocking Twist in “House of Cards”? Vote Now

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?

Hey Clint, You’ll Never Escape from the Top Ten Movies Behind Bars

Article: Hey Clint, You’ll Never Escape from the Top Ten Movies Behind Bars

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.

Thelma and Louise, Romy and Michele: The Best Gal Pals in Movie History

Article: Thelma and Louise, Romy and Michele: The Best Gal Pals in Movie History

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.

Which “RECTIFY” Season 1 Episode is Your Favorite? Vote Now

Article: Which “RECTIFY” Season 1 Episode is Your Favorite? Vote Now

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.

Got a Favorite “THE RED ROAD” Episode? Vote Now

Article: Got a Favorite “THE RED ROAD” Episode? Vote Now

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.

“The Writers’ Room” Interview: “House of Cards” Creator Beau Willimon

Article: “The Writers’ Room” Interview: “House of Cards” Creator Beau Willimon

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 Greenlights THE RED ROAD for a Second Season

Article: SundanceTV Greenlights THE RED ROAD for a Second Season

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.

Frank Underwood Aside, Which Kevin Spacey Role Suits Him Best?

Article: Frank Underwood Aside, Which Kevin Spacey Role Suits Him Best?

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.

“The Writers’ Room” Interview: Greg Nicotero, The Man Behind “The Walking Dead” Webisodes

Article: “The Writers’ Room” Interview: Greg Nicotero, The Man Behind “The Walking Dead” Webisodes

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.

Even More “Law & Order” Comebacks and Knee-Slaps From Lennie Briscoe

Article: Even More “Law & Order” Comebacks and Knee-Slaps From Lennie Briscoe

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.”