Get to know the writers behind Jess, Nick and the gang. From an embarrassing table read to honest real-life stories from creator Elizabeth Meriwether that made it on the show, the writers of New Girl divulge their secrets on THE WRITERS’ ROOM. Dive into videos, quizzes and photos below.
Sundance darling and BABYLON star Brit Marling (The East, Another Earth) talks about technology and the public’s involvement in law enforcement, working with the series’ acclaimed executive producer Danny Boyle, and her passion for London’s pub culture.
Q: How did you become involved in Babylon?
A: I read the script and was really moved by the character of Liz – she’s tough but not without vulnerability. Danny and I spoke on the phone and I loved how he saw the story developing, and the questions he wanted to ask about how technology and the transparency it creates is changing all of our lives. How does law enforcement change when a criminal is using Twitter or Instagram? What’s the future of the public’s involvement in law enforcement as a result? And how do you create a career girl that isn’t a typical ball-buster but is multi-faceted? All awesome things to explore. So I got on a plane and 24 hours later we were doing a table reading that was so funny people were choking on their beverages with laughter. Sam and Jesse are such great writers it’s borderline dangerous.
Q: You mention liking the way she’s a nuanced and layered character – was it a surprise to you that two forty-something British male comedy writers were able to create a female character like that?
A: The truth is, I find it surprising when either of the genders…
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The “fascinating” and “deeply thoughtful” second season of RECTIFY lands among the top TV of 2014, with critics calling the series’ sophomore outing even better than the first.
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•Buzzfeed includes RECTIFY in its list of Best Episodes of TV in 2014, praising the season two premiere for “deftly [exploring] multiple facets of what makes Rectify such a fascinating show.”
•A.V. Club lists RECTIFY among The Best TV Shows of 2014, calling the series “a deeply felt, deeply thoughtful second chance at life.”
Writing duo Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong, two of TV’s most original voices, discuss developing their unique approach to a police comedy-drama, working with series producer Danny Boyle and Jesse’s involvement with the writing of Veep.
Q: What originally inspired the show’s focus on the police force’s PR department?
Sam Bain: We wanted to take a fresh angle on UK police that hadn’t been seen before and we felt that PR and media relations were an aspect of police work that’s hugely significant and ripe for drama and comedy but relatively unexplored. The challenges facing a huge, established organization in the modern media age felt like an exciting theme for us.
Q: What’s Danny Boyle like as a producer?
Sam Bain: He’s great, he was involved a lot more than we dared hope…
Brit Marling’s much-acclaimed on-screen brilliance, effortless glamour and genuine independent sensibility is quickly making her a true movie star for the indie set. Here are five films that showcase what the critically-beloved BABYLON star can do.
1. Another Earth
This emotional sci-fi drama, co-written by Marling and frequent collaborator/director Mike Cahill, tells the story of Marling’s brainy, astronomy-obsessed high school senior, Rhoda, who celebrates her admission to MIT with an uncharacteristic night of carefree partying. Rhoda’s moment of recklessness has devastating consequences, but a newly discovered Earth-like planet that may serve as a parallel universe might provide a way out. Another Earth was a major hit when it premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, sparking off a bidding war between top distributors and earning Marling a pair of Saturn Award nominations for her work as writer and star, along with Best Actress awards from the San Diego Film Critics Society and the Sitges Film Festival.
This acclaimed drama racked up award nods and scored a spot on best-of-2012 lists
Whether you love to party like it’s your birthday with 50 Cent, or you feel moved to fight the power alongside Chuck D of Public Enemy — there’s a rap song out there to match your swagger.
The charismatic Northern Irish TV star known for headlining classic UK series has also lit up the big screen in acclaimed supporting roles. Here are five of the best:
This highly acclaimed modern-day retelling of the relatively obscure Shakespeare tragedy was helmed by Ralph Fiennes in his directorial debut. Nesbitt plays against type as the scheming senator Sicinius, whose status is threatened when Caius Martius Coriolanus (Fiennes) comes to power in Rome. Alongside fellow tribune Brutus (theater star Paul Jesson), Sicinius makes it his business to take down the conquering hero.
2. Five Minutes of Heaven
This drama from ONE CHILD scribe Guy Hibbert and…
SundanceTV’s DREAM SCHOOL: NYC takes on students who have dropped out or been expelled from the conventional school system and offers them a real chance to graduate. What kind of child were you at that age? Find out if you were a problem child in 10 questions.
In Danny Boyle’s BABYLON, London’s police force is comprised of a diverse group of hilarious and sometimes volatile characters – an ensemble that would make any workplace rock with laughter. Wonder where you’d fit into this (or any) workplace comedy? Take this personality to test to find out.
Critics continue ranking RECTIFY high on best-of-the-year lists, calling the series “so quietly powerful that it forces you to be still in order to receive it” and “haunting on so many levels.”
The “mesmerising” miniseries keeps making best-of-2014 lists while Maggie Gyllenhaal trumpets her love for the role of Nessa Stein.
This BABYLON star’s appearances run the gamut from his award-winning stage work with the world-renowned Royal Shakespeare Company, to TV appearances in UK scifi institution Doctor Who and cult sketch comedy series That Mitchell and Webb Look. Seemingly never playing the same type twice, this chameleon-like performer modulates each character’s confidence, gravitas, integrity and inner turmoil to create a perfectly unique and memorable figure for any occasion. Don’t take our word for it — check out these five examples:
1. Æon Flux
This effects-laden scifi actioner stars Charlize Theron as the title character, a deadly freedom fighter on a mission to kill the leader of the corrupt, walled-in, stronghold of humanity’s postapocalyptic remnants known as Bregna. Joseph plays Giroux, a principled higher-up who opposes Æon Flux and her group of radicals despite his good intentions. Joseph manages the tricky feat of imbuing the misguided obstacle with sympathetic, even noble qualities that allow the character to serve as a representation of a whole segment of the tortured society.
2. The Beach
Joseph’s first project with BABYLON producer/director Danny Boyle, The Beach stars Leonardo DiCaprio…
The “inspiring” series top critics are calling “riveting, destabilizing entertainment” wins a spot on best-of-the-year lists for its “brilliant performances” and its fascinating story.
Critics are raving about Season 2 of RECTIFY, “another Great Southern Drama” which “dares you to put the outside world on pause and immerse yourself in its staggering emotion.”
Before starring as Phillip Kopus on THE RED ROAD, Jason Momoa starred in both TV and independent hits including Game of Thrones, Conan the Barbarian and Road to Paloma. Take this quiz to find out which Jason Momoa character you are.
This week, top TV critics honor the “exquisite” second season of RECTIFY with spots on the year’s best-of lists; while series star Abigail Spencer signs on for an exciting new role.
THE HONORABLE WOMAN keeps earning acclaim from critics, who call the “scintillating” series one of the best of the year, while star Maggie Gyllenhaal is nominated for SAG and Golden Globe Awards.
Today the Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced the nominees for the 2015 Golden Globe Awards, and SundanceTV’s THE HONORABLE WOMAN landed a nomination for Maggie Gyllenhaal for Best Performance by an Actress in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television.
SundanceTV received a SAG Award nomination today for its miniseries THE HONORABLE WOMAN. Academy Award nominee Maggie Gyllenhaal (Crazy Heart, The Dark Knight) received her first SAG Award nomination in the category of “Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries.” The 21st annual SAG Awards will be held on Sunday evening, January 25, 2015 in Los Angeles.
THE RETURNED is packing some seriously compelling characters, both ferociously alive and undead. There’s wild child Lena, jealous lover Simon…not to mention Serge, the local cannibal-serial-killer with a soft side. The “Which Character from THE RETURNED Are You?” personality test results are in, and a surprising 42% of fans align with either silently intense Victor or–yikes–conflicted killer Serge. See full results below.
This morning the Screen Actors Guild announced its nominees for the 21st Annual SAG Awards, and SundanceTV’s THE HONORABLE WOMAN nabbed honors with the nomination of Maggie Gyllenhaal for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a TV Movie or Miniseries.
Mei introduces herself to Guan Xiaopeng. After Mei goes clubbing with Xiaopeng, he agrees to ask his father to intervene on Mei’s brother’s behalf.
To prepare for her role as hostess, Mei puts on a cocktail dress and Qianyi does her makeup. Lin and Qianyi wait in the car as Mei heads into a complex. A gangster leads Mei past other women into a private room where he tells her to do whatever his clients ask.
The gangster tells Mei to strip. She protests that she’s a hostess, not a prostitute, but when the gangster angrily offers to show her the door, she complies. He gives Mei a kimono. Mei tries to spy on the proceedings as guests arrive but the gangster catches her and herds her back into place. Mei has sex with several older clients. As the criminals are closing up at the end of the day, Mei asks them to sell her cocaine.