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Abigail Spencer, who plays Amantha Holden on RECTIFY, talks about the key to her character’s style and working alongside co-star Aden Young (Daniel Holden).
Q: Amantha is a very unusual name. Do you know how Ray came up with it?
A: Ray and I have never spoken about this, which is so funny. But I heard through someone who heard that Ray has a friend who has a daughter named Amantha and the character is named after the daughter… And I was surprised, I was like Oh, a human is actually named this? Actually there was a version of the script in Season 2 that explains the name, but the scene got cut, so we will continue to ponder the origins.
Q: Amantha’s style on RECTIFY is adorable. Does Amantha’s style match your personal style at all? Is there anything from her wardrobe that you’d like to steal?
You’ve played the game, now how you stack up against the rest of SundanceTV’s RECTIFY fans.
Legendary screenwriter Jean-Claude Carrière dishes on his work with Luis Buñuel and lending his talents to Isabella Rossellini’s “Green Porno: Live on Stage.”
Aden Young, who plays Daniel Holden on RECTIFY, talks about the complexities of his character, the most unusual scene he shot in Season 1, his own teenage hobbies (hint: it’s not BMX riding), and working opposite Clayne Crawford (Ted Jr.).
Q: You grew up in Australia. Are there any similarities between Australian culture and Southern culture?
A: I was born in Canada and my father is from Missouri and my mother is from Australia and when I was about 9 we moved out to Australia. But there always was within me this mystery land where my father was from that I wanted to explore, and that was especially true when he passed away… it was perfect for me to come to play a Southerner in his home town, but a Southerner who has of course been locked away from that town for many years. So what was being revealed to me as an Australian was similar in the experience that Daniel might have had in coming out of prison.
Q: It must be a mixed bag getting recognized from the show. Do fans expect you to be as eccentric as Daniel?
RECTIFY's upcoming second season wins acclaim from Entertainment Weekly for its "engrossing meditation on the complexities of redemption," while The Denver Post highlights the "fine cinematography, great acting and probing character development." See what the buzz is all about, watch the first 12 minutes of RECTIFY Season 2 on Buzzfeed now.
Counting the days until RECTIFY Season 2? Here’s a handy guide of things to do in the meantime.
Article: Ticket Giveaway: Your Chance to Win 2 Tickets to an Exclusive Taping of “THE APPROVAL MATRIX”
Want to be a part of the exclusive New York City audience for SundanceTV’s new series THE APPROVAL MATRIX? The show, inspired by New York Magazine’s back page pop culture roundup, is hosted by stand-up comedian Neal Brennan–co-creator of Chappelle’s Show and recurring director for Inside Amy Schumer–and promises a seasoned panel of guests. One lucky winner will receive 2 tickets to attend a live taping of the show to take place on Fri., Jun. 20 at 5:30PM. For a chance at the giveaway, follow @ApprovalMatrix on Twitter then tweet out #ApprovalMatrixTix.
Isabella Rossellini, the director, writer, and star of GREEN PORNO talks about her successful stage show and the animal mating habits that interest her most.
Game of Thrones fans, we know you’re eagerly awaiting Sunday night’s season finale—will Tyrion die? Will Jon assassinate Mance? And what will happen to the dragon queen? While we don’t have the answers you’re looking for, we do know how to make the wait bearable. Revisit THE WRITERS’ ROOM: “Game of Thrones” with clips, quizzes,…
Jim Rash and the creators of Pretty Little Liars are watching a YouTube clip of a screeching fan and her best friends as they squirm and cry through the season 4 finale of Pretty Little Liars. Throughout the episode one constantly pleads, “Get me through this!” to her fellow watchers. We screened a few fan videos on the set of THE WRITERS’ ROOM, but that one is particularly telling. Every plot twist is blessed with a jubilant shriek. Every cliff-hanger, another spilled bag of popcorn. And after the show’s credits, most fans head over to Twitter to discuss and debate all the details.
Article: Twitter Chat Recap: Jim Rash (“The Writers’ Room”) with I. Marlene King (“Pretty Little Liars”)
Pretty Little Liars Executive Producer I. Marlene King (@IMarleneKing) chatted with THE WRITERS’ ROOM host Jim Rash (@RashisTVUgly) to answer fan questions during a live Twitter chat. Read the conversation as it unfolded on Twitter in the widget below. Hint: Start at the bottom of the tweets below for the full effect.
RECTIFY composer Gabriel Mann discusses supporting a subtle story and working in different genres through other shows like Modern Family and Arrested Development.
Q: What does RECTIFY‘s score say about the show?
A: I hope that it’s actually not saying a whole lot. The characters in RECTIFY are so carefully drawn that my job really is to support what they’re saying, doing, viewing. I guess you could say that the music in general is about the overall feeling of Daniel’s situation, his emergence from prison and the starkness and the loneliness of that experience. I mean, the music’s not all stark and lonely. There are moments of levity and beauty. I hope the music is not telling us too much, rather than just supporting and reacting to the characters and the town and the family relationships.
Q: Say you’re composing for a specific scene. Do you work from the script, from a rough cut or something else?
Find out where you can catch Isabella Rossellini talking about the bizarre mating habits of the snail, worm, fly, shrimp, spider, praying-mantis, anchovy and bi-phallic snake.
Article: Want to Relive Two Seasons of “The Writers’ Room”? You Can Do It Through Clips or a Marathon. Your choice!
Where else and when else but on THE WRITERS’ ROOM on Monday nights at 11PM will you hear Vince Gilligan’s original pitch for Breaking Bad or Kurt Sutter’s reasons for killing off of a major character on Sons of Anarchy? Well, two places actually: In these video clips online and during THE WRITERS’ ROOM on-air marathon Sun., Jun. 1 starting at 1:30PM/12:30c on SundanceTV.
THE WRITERS’ ROOM host Jim Rash and Pretty Little Liars Executive Producer I. Marlene King will host a twitter chat to discuss writing for television. If you would like to participate, please tweet your questions to #PLLTWR throughout the week leading up to the event and follow the hashtag on Jun. 2.
If you’re a fan of shows the define the zeitgeist, chances are good you’re a fan of THE WRITERS’ ROOM too a show that spotlights the creative processes behind the most influential television around. Consider yourself an expert on series like Breaking Bad, Dexter, Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead? Here’s your chance to prove it.
For a chance to win a copy of Sh*t Rough Drafts: Pop Culture’s Favorite Books, Movies, and TV Shows as They Might Have Been follow SundanceTV’s Tumblr account and reblog this Tumblr post. Once you do, you’ll be automatically entered for the drawing. If selected, you’ll receive a signed copy! No purchase necessary. The deadline for entry is Mon., Jun. 9 at noon ET. See the full sweepstakes rules for more details.
Article: 6 Questions With Executive Producer Melissa Bernstein (“Rectify,” “Breaking Bad” and “Halt and Catch Fire”)
Executive producer Melissa Bernstein discusses unconventional storytelling, connections between RECTIFY and Breaking Bad, and her latest project Halt and Catch Fire.
Q: How did you originally get involved with RECTIFY?
A: Mark Johnson, who I produce with, has known Ray McKinnon for years, and checked in with him periodically and got very lucky on timing. He checked in with Ray very shortly after he’d finished writing the pilot for RECTIFY on spec. And Ray agreed to share said pilot with Mark, who shared it with me that same evening. We read it within 24 hours and immediately fell in love with it. It was just so specific and beautifully written, and it was really in a setting that was so fresh and unique. We asked Ray if we could produce it and developed it for a year or so at AMC. And AMC ultimately had a different mandate at the time, so we just kept pushing and pushing and found a home at Sundance, where it belonged!
Q: Has this ten-episode season been more or less challenging than doing six episodes last year?
What happens when comic Michael Showalter and his writing partner Christina Lee start texting about Pretty Little Liars? Find out below then tune-in to THE WRITERS’ ROOM for more serious conversation on the series Mon., Jun. 2 at 11PM/10c on SundanceTV. Follow @mshowalter, @CLee319 and @TheWritersRoom for further adventures in the Twittersphere.
High school is hard enough as it is, but Pretty Little Liars adds “A” — an elusive and vindictive mystery character that is sabotaging lives left and right and turning high school into a total nightmare. Vote for your best guess at “A” then tune-in for more from the writers and stars of Pretty Little Liars on THE WRITERS’ ROOM, airing Mon., Jun. 2 at 11PM/10c on SundanceTV.
What happens when comic Michael Showalter and his writing partner Christina Lee start texting about Game of Thrones? Find out below then tune-in to THE WRITERS’ ROOM for more serious conversation on the series Mon., May 26 at 11PM/10c on SundanceTV.
It’s not like high school isn’t strange enough as it is. Add a little supernatural seasoning and you get TV shows and movies where high school gets downright spooky-weird, which makes for great angst-filled horror stories.
1. Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Harry Potter (2001-2011)
“Oh well, what’s life without a few dragons?”
It should come as no surprise that a school dedicated to the education of young witches and wizards would be filled with magical goings-on, including a whomping willow tree on the grounds (never mind an entire forbidden forest). But things got extra-strange when the Boy Who Lived enrolled. Basilisk in the basement? Check. Boggarts in the classroom? Oh yes. Centaurs, Dementors and ghosts? Of course. Even the climactic standoff, where numerous witches and wizards on both sides perished, is dubbed the Battle of Hogwarts.
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.