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.
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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.
Ditching school. Cutting class. Playing hooky. If you’re gonna do it, make sure you have a darned good reason and a damned good excuse. In honor of the announcement for season 2 of DREAM SCHOOL, here are some favorites.
1. We were forced to do drugs – 21 Jump Street
Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum as Schmidt and Jenko
The key to being a good narc—which these two bozos are not—is actually attending class. But when duty calls, the fellas skip out to meet their drug connection in the yearbook office, sample the goods and hustle to the bathroom to “help” each other try to puke. Maybe cutting class isn’t such a good idea.
SundanceTV announced today the greenlight of season two of the original non-fiction series DREAM SCHOOL. Multi-platinum award-winning musician and entrepreneur Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson will executive produce along with one of hip-hop’s most influential and positive voices Chuck D. The series format was created by campaigning chef and global food entrepreneur Jamie Oliver who will also executive produce under his Fresh One shingle. DREAM SCHOOL is an ambitious project where the best and the brightest in our culture teach kids that have been falling through the cracks. The announcement was made today by Sarah Barnett, SundanceTV President. The six-episode hour long series is slated to premiere in fall 2014.
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.
Julianne Nicholson, who plays troubled mom Jean Jensen, tells us why she’s particularly honored to have been the first person cast on the show, the scene she found hardest to shoot from Season 1, and what she hopes to do next (hint: It’s funnier than you might think).
Q: You were the first person cast for the series. How did that come about?
A: I was sent the script and I just fell in love with it. I went in and met with [show producers] Aaron [Guzikowski] and Bridget [Carpenter] and had a chat about it. I just made it very clear that I loved the show and would love to be part of it. I was so excited to be the first person cast. so often they cast the men first and cast the women to match the dudes. It was a great honor that it happened this way.
Q: What were the challenges in playing such a mentally fragile character? How did you prepare for the role?
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.
There’s no scandal as juicy as a sex scandal. And when political intrigue gets mixed in, well, that just ups the ante. Lest you think that political sex scandals are a modern invention, here’s a breakdown of movies — all based on true stories — over the last half century.
The Devils (1971)
Talk about sordid: Back in 1634, French Catholic priest Urbain Grandier (Oliver Reed) was burned at the stake in connection with a series of supposed demonic possessions. The powerful Cardinal Richelieu used the accusations of a twisted, sexually obsessed nun (Vanessa Redgrave) as fuel to pursue a political vendetta against Grandier. The movie, directed by Ken Russell and based on a book by Aldous Huxley, met harsh criticism in the U.S. and U.K., both of which gave it an X rating because of violence and explicit sex scenes (two words: nun orgy). It has since been embraced as a cult classic.
Based on the memoir of a former stripper, Blaze recounts the passionate love affair between Louisiana Governor Earl Long (Paul Newman) and his buxom babe Blaze Starr (Lolita Davidovich). They may have been an unlikely pair, but their connection held fast even when the governor’s rivals used their relationship against him when he advocated for black voting rights). Having a fling with a stripper is one thing; what really riled up his adversaries was when they moved in together.
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.
Can’t wait for THE RED ROAD Season 2? Keep up with the stars through their upcoming big-screen projects in the meantime.
Jason Momoa (Phillip Kopus)
In addition to starring in and directing the recently released Road to Paloma (which also features wife Lisa Bonet), Momoa has two more movies slated for 2014: The action-horror coming-of-age movie Wolves (as in were-) helmed by screenwriter David Hayter (X-Men, X2 and Watchmen) for this summer; and Debug, a hackers-in-space thriller directed by Stargate: Atlantis costar David Hewlett.
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…