Issues. There are a lot that can be found in this episode, from staff to student, that reflect today’s educational system.
THE HONORABLE WOMAN’s costume designer Edward K. Gordon talks about the challenges in dressing a character as complex as Nessa Stein, which designers she wore and the secret to “getting the Stein style.”
Q: Some of your past credits include Skins and Secret Diary of a Call Girl – projects that have very different feel from THE HONORABLE WOMAN. What have been some of the best practices you’ve carried over from project to project? What are some of your initial steps when embarking on a new project?
A: For me, the work always starts with the script. If I am lucky enough to be presented with a great script, with characters that I believe/relate to my job, it is easy and all I have to do is honor the writing. Although I have done a varied body of work through my career, I bring the same aesthetic dogma with me to all my work. My ambition is always to present characters on screen in a way that might not be quite what people were expecting. I really believe in the power of clothes to help tell a story, and I am fortunate to work in a visual medium. With each great new character I try to create a look that is distinctive and unique to that person—although grounded in reality and truth there is always a slightly aspirational look to the way I dress people. Just to mix things up even more, the next job I’m doing is War and Peace for the BBC and Harvey Weinstein!
Q: Looking to the pilot episode, that initial green-cheetah print dress is definitely a statement piece—especially when you consider the juxtaposition Nessa’s character has against the rest of the cast. What motivated that style choice? The dress also seemed to linger though the episode, as Nessa simply didn’t change her clothes—can you speak to that?
Law & Order: the show that launched a thousand spinoffs aired for an even twenty seasons, from 1990 to 2010. Twenty years with an ensemble cast and six main characters means there was a bit of a revolving door as characters (and actors) came and went. Some of the cornerstones stuck it out for the long haul, like S. Epatha Merkerson’s Lt. Anita Van Buren, Sam Waterston’s Jack McCoy, Stephen Hill’s DA Adam Schiff, and of course, Jerry Orbach, who continued to play Detective Lennie Briscoe up until his death. But even one new character changed a cast’s chemistry from year to year. There’s much debate on which is the “golden season” that strikes the perfect blend, but we’re here to put that to rest once and for all.
Chuck D (Public Enemy) introduced the students of DREAM SCHOOL: NYC to Urban Word to open up their eyes to the power of finding their own voice. Scout was particularly moved by the assignment, and the result landed her a performance at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe in New York City’s East Village. Read the poem from her performance and watch the clip below.
The tardy issue that seemed to start with Camille eventually trickled down to a good deal of the students. I bring this up because this would start to cause division among them as students, as well as the staff. It also points to the process and how the students adapted to it.
The true moment DREAM SCHOOL: NYC started, in retrospect, is quite easy to pin down. When the students were gathered in a circle, sitting on the floor, with Chuck D and myself facilitating, they began to open up and share a deeper part of themselves. There was emotion, truth, pain and the beginnings of an initial trust that they could share things with each other. To reach deeper meaning and understanding, that wall of protection and distance needs to come down. For this group it happened rather quickly, which would eventually prove to be a positive and a negative.
RECTIFY’s Season 2 costume designer Carol Cutshall discusses the influence of Atlanta’s fashion scene, the importance of thrift stores and the all-around awesomeness of dressing Lezley with a Z.
Missing THE RED ROAD cast? Us too. But guess where else you can find your favorite actors? Why, Law & Order, of course! Find out more about the appearances of Julianne Nicholson, Tamara Tunie, Tom Sizemore and Nick Gomez.
THE HONORABLE WOMAN star Katherine Parkinson (Rachel Stein) reflects on maternal archetypes, the poignancy of the political thriller and the unexpected levity director Hugo Blick brings to the series.
Now that THE HONORABLE WOMAN has come to a close, SundanceTV invites you to tune-in to a full-series marathon this Sun, Oct. 5 at Noon/11c. With a show as explosive and unpredictable as this, our guide below (including images, videos, games and quizzes) will help you keep up with the twists and go deeper into the Stein family drama.
THE HONORABLE WOMAN star Stephen Rea reflects on the humanity and poignancy of the political thriller and what it was like working with Maggie Gyllenhaal.
Before THE RED ROAD, series creator Aaron Guzikowski penned the acclaimed thriller Prisoners. Critics raved about this “vivid, unexpected and unsettling” movie, praising Guzikowski’s “ever-tightening script,” and the stellar cast, including Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Viola Davis, Maria Bello and Terrence Howard. Check out what the buzz was about.
Screenwriter Cliff Dorfman (Warrior, Entourage) returns in the premiere for season two of DREAM SCHOOL as the NYC students’ English teacher. Dorfman talked to us about what made him come back, his own bad school behavior, and which celebrity he’d want as his own mentor.
This past May, we checked in with the male students of DREAM SCHOOL Season 1 to see where they ended up. Here’s what they were doing at that time.
This past May, we checked in with the female students of DREAM SCHOOL Season 1 to see where they ended up. Here’s what they were doing at that time.
SundanceTV announced today the start of production for season two of its gripping, original scripted series THE RED ROAD. Production will begin in Atlanta on September 22, and it will air mid-2015.
New casting includes acclaimed Native American actor Wes Studi (Road to Paloma, Hell on Wheels) who plays tribal chief Levi. Returning cast includes Jason Momoa (Game of Thrones, Road to Paloma), Martin Henderson (Devil’s Knot, The Ring, Smokin’ Aces), Julianne Nicholson (Masters of Sex, August: Osage County, Black Mass), Tamara Tunie (Law and Order: Special Victim’s Unit, The Good Wife), Lisa Bonet (High Fidelity, The Cosby Show), Allie Gonino (The Lying Game, Hidden Away), Kiowa Gordon (The Twilight Saga, Wind Walkers) and Golden Globe® nominee Tom Sizemore (Saving Private Ryan, Black Hawk Down, Pearl Harbor, Heat).
From its premiere to its heart-stopping finale, THE HONORABLE WOMAN’s eight-episode run was filled with drama and suspense. Did you have a favorite episode? Read the recaps then vote in the poll below.
This week, Grantland goes deep with the creator of “one of the great television shows of 2014″; while Junkee tells readers, “You need to watch Maggie Gyllenhaal in THE HONORABLE WOMAN.”
Sir Hugh shares his theories with Dame Julia, suggesting that Samir Meshal was a go-between for the US and the Palestinians. Hugh proposes that when Meshal called a Palestinian contact to confirm the Secretary of State’s agreement to an unknown plan, he inadvertently alerted the Israelis to the plan’s existence via the wiretap on Shlomo’s cables. Since the CIA was piggybacking on the Israeli tap, Hugh theorizes, they were able to take out Meshal before the Israelis could abduct and interrogate him. Dame Julia suggests that the Secretary of State might have been agreeing to Nessa’s assassination, but Hugh expresses doubt, guessing that Monica Chatwin independently arranged the attack on Nessa to curry favor with the CIA, ultimately gunning for Julia’s job.
In honor of BABYLON, SundanceTV’s highly anticipated original series from Executive Producer Danny Boyle, the network is featuring an evening-long celebration of the renowned director, including the original long form episode that inspired the SundanceTV Original Series of the same name.
These days marriage is outdated, sex is reshaped by porn, cigarettes are forbidden, weed is legal and the Pope can be barely considered Catholic.
THE APPROVAL MATRIX season has wrapped, and if you’re still debating the various pop culture topics in your head, then it’s time to revisit clips featuring the varied opinions of host Neal Brennan and the celebrity guests including Amy Poehler, Chris Rock, Eugene Mirman, Hannibal Buress, Jason Biggs, Jim Norton and Whitney Cummings.
This week, Paste applauds the series’ tense build toward the climax, writing, “THE HONORABLE WOMAN is slowly plummeting into a dark and twisted hole and there seems to be no way out—this is a good thing.”
Can’t wait to find out what happens on the series finale of THE HONORABLE WOMAN, Thu., Sep. 18 at 10/9c? Instead of staring at your calendar, sign-up to receive a reminder, then check out these thirteen ways to go deeper into political thriller.
1. Watch video interviews with THE HONORABLE WOMAN star Maggie Gyllenhaal (Nessa Stein) as well as Andrew Buchan (Ephra Stein), Stephen Rea (Sir Hugh) and Janet McTeer (Dame Julia).
2. See photos from every THE HONORABLE WOMAN episode as well as surveillance photos of the characters, the Stein Family photo album, and behind-the-scenes photos with Maggie Gyllenhaal, Andrew Buchan, Janet McTeer, Hugo Blick…
3. Quizzes for every episode as well as cast members Maggie Gyllenhaal, Andrew Buchan and Stephen Rea.
Get a glimpse of at the chefs who have inspired Ludo Lefebvre throughout his career!