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Maggie Gyllenhaal won a Golden Globe for SundanceTV’s THE HONORABLE WOMAN in the “Best Actress in a Mini-Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television” category.
The votes are in on SundanceTV’s new comedic drama BABYLON after yesterday’s premiere, and top critics everywhere from the L.A. Times to IndieWire are raving about the “ambitious” new series which “proves to be one of the most timely satires in recent memory.”
Welcome to London’s metropolitan police force. Public perception of the force is at an all-time low and the cops are out of control. The commissioner has hired you, a savvy public relations expert, to clean up this nightmare and restore the forces’ luster. Will you put a spin on these potentially volatile and compromising situations or tell it straight?
What happens when Executive Producer Danny Boyle takes on London’s police force? Find out in SundanceTV’s all new original series BABYLON premiering Thu., Jan. 8 at 10/9c on SundanceTV. Can’t wait? Check out the following:
1. Watch a video interview with BABYLON’s star James Nesbitt (Comissioner Richard Miller).
2. Watch video clips from the episode BEFORE it premieres.
3. Learn how to trash talk like a Brit with the BABYLON Insult Translator.
Liz and her team prepare Commissioner Miller for an upcoming hearing with the deputy mayor, barraging him with tough questions and insults. Miller grows annoyed and storms out.
Liz surprises Mia by accepting her invitation to get drinks after work and complains about Miller’s intractability.
A representative from private penal contractor Securamax reviews time-lapsed footage of an ongoing violent uprising at a nearby youth prison with Met top brass. Assistant Commissioner Inglis agrees to classify the situation as a “disturbance” rather than a full-blown “riot” to avoid calling in police aid and triggering costly contractually-mandated penalties.
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James Nesbitt, who plays BABYLON’s Commissioner Richard Miller, talks about what kind of cop he’d be in real life, working with Danny Boyle again and his future as an actor.
Critics are raving about SundanceTV’s new comedic drama BABYLON. We’re days away from the Jan. 8 premiere, but critics are already calling it “thrilling” and praising breakout performances from Brit Marling and James Nesbitt.
Stars of Pretty Little Liars, Sasha Pieterse and Shay Mitchell, join show creator Marlene King and the writing team to discuss their explosive success on Twitter and how the books were brought to life on THE WRITERS’ ROOM. Dive into videos, quizzes and photos below.
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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Need to put a positive spin on less-than-positive situation? Might we suggest…
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.
Read on for more:
•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
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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
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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…
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