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6 Questions With “RECTIFY” Star Adelaide Clemens (Tawney Talbot)

Article: 6 Questions With “RECTIFY” Star Adelaide Clemens (Tawney Talbot)

RECTIFY’s Adelaide Clemens (Tawney Talbot) talks about how she relates to Tawney and trusting people before judging them.

Q: Are there aspects of Tawney that personally you relate to?

A: There are so many traits of Tawney that are very similar [to me]. I think she had to think for herself a lot in her childhood and also find community. She grew up as a foster child, so the church is literally a source of stability and a community and something to latch onto. Just personally, from moving around a lot, wherever community is offered, I’ll take it.

Q: You’ve played characters with a darker side in movies like Generation Um… and The Great Gatsby. Has it been fun to play a less jaded character?

Songs from “Rectify” Episode 201 (Running with the Bull)

Article: Songs from “Rectify” Episode 201 (Running with the Bull)

Though Gabriel Mann’s original score provides the majority of RECTIFY‘s soundtrack, music supervisor Linda Cohen works alongside creator Ray McKinnon to pick just the right outside tracks for certain special moments. Here are the four songs included in this week’s episode:

Jared’s Blog: Shakespeare Essay

Article: Jared’s Blog: Shakespeare Essay

I heard in homeroom that this week’s essay prompt was going to be some Shakespeare thing, and I thought for sure it was going to be some boring-ass “how now are we all to proceed hither blah blah blah,” but nope, it’s actually pretty short and sweet: “There is no darkness but ignorance.”

Second Season of “Rectify” Premieres to Universal Acclaim

Article: Second Season of “Rectify” Premieres to Universal Acclaim

RECTIFY’s second season premiere is wowing audiences everywhere from Vulture to The Huffington Post, where critics are calling it “a huge artistic leap forward” for “one of the most complicated and strangely uplifting shows on TV.” See what everyone is talking about, watch the entire first episode of RECTIFY Season 2 right now.

“RECTIFY” Recap: Episode 3 (Charlie Darwin)

Article: “RECTIFY” Recap: Episode 3 (Charlie Darwin)

Daniel sees a tree branch fall in his neighbor’s driveway. He walks outside and stares intently at the limb.

Amantha frets over Daniel, who is still weak from the attack. Daniel sends her on a mission to fetch fritters from the local bakery.

Janet tells Ted Sr. that she wants to renovate the kitchen with Daniel. She bristles when he says they don’t have enough money.

At the bakery, the cashier tells Amantha she’s glad that Bobby was arrested. Amantha’s jaw drops at the news.

6 Questions with “RECTIFY” Star J.D. Evermore (Sheriff Carl Daggett)

Article: 6 Questions with “RECTIFY” Star J.D. Evermore (Sheriff Carl Daggett)

Charming and forthright, J.D. Evermore is not much like his reticent RECTIFY character, Sheriff Carl Daggett. But he does have a lot of interesting things to say about family, whether or not he thinks Daniel’s guilty (and of what) and a scene with Arnold Schwarzenegger he’ll never forget.

Q: Between takes, does the cast ever discuss whether they think Daniel (Aden Young) is actually guilty or not and if so, of what exactly?

A: I can’t speak for all the cast, but yes, it’s been brought up a couple of times. Most of us think that he’s probably guilty of something, we just don’t know what. I keep going back and forth. With one script, I think my character thinks he’s guilty and the next I think he thinks he’s not.

Q: You’ve played lawmen on shows ranging from Treme to True Detective–and of course on RECTIFY. If you weren’t an actor, any chance you’d be a cop?

“RECTIFY” Recap: Episode 2 (Sleeping Giants)

Article: “RECTIFY” Recap: Episode 2 (Sleeping Giants)

In a death row flashback, Daniel receives a brochure of DOC mental illness guidelines. He angrily recites “proper prisoner behavior” as he hurls and shreds his books.

In Daniel’s hospital room, Janet remarks how friendly the hospital staff is. Amantha reminds her they’re not in Paulie, where everyone wants Daniel dead.

At the Talbot residence, Teddy proposes a plan to increase the tire shop’s declining revenue by renting out tire rims. Ted Sr. balks at the upfront investment costs. Teddy then brings up the elephant in the room: What will they do if Daniel becomes a vegetable?

6 Questions With “Rectify” Star Johnny Ray Gill (Kerwin)

Article: 6 Questions With “Rectify” Star Johnny Ray Gill (Kerwin)

Johnny Ray Gill, who plays Kerwin Whitman on RECTIFY, talks about his emotional scene with Aden Young, the challenges of shooting in a jail cell and tapping into your nerdy side.

Q: Kerwin and Daniel become close friends in prison. Is it weird when your costar is on the other side of a wall?

A: Yeah, it can be. You have a camera right up against your face and then you have a wall that’s right up next to you, so you really get an idea of how restrictive it is to live in one of these rooms and how few places there are to go. I almost found myself sectioning off the room, saying okay this is the living room, this is the dining room, this is where he reads his books, this is where he goes to recess and all these other things. But it can be claustrophobic until they move the walls and say “take five.” [Laughs]

Q: You were actually a very studious kid who grew up in Portland, Oregon. What did you do to tap into the mindset of a convict? What kind of research did you do to prepare for the role?

“RECTIFY” Recap: Episode 1 (Running with the Bull)

Article: “RECTIFY” Recap: Episode 1 (Running with the Bull)

Daniel is visited by the ghost of Kerwin, who tells Daniel to wake up.

At an Atlanta hospital, Amantha and Janet panic as Daniel struggles to emerge from an induced coma. Nurses rush in to put him back into the coma.

While at the scene of Daniel’s attack, Lid tells Carl that a witness saw a blue truck leave the cemetery. Carl insists on finding the attackers despite Lid’s warning that it will hurt his reelection chances.

Jared’s Blog: Makeup Essay

Article: Jared’s Blog: Makeup Essay

So all the juniors at my high school got their SAT scores back last month, and everyone is freaking out because they mostly all failed the essay section. I mean, I’m not sure exactly how they score them, but I heard the highest score in the whole school was a six, and that seems kinda low, right? Anyway, the PTA had this big meeting about "preparing our students for the future," and now all the students at my school have to write a practice SAT essay every week, based on a quote. Except the Comp Sci teacher, Mr. Crane, told the PTA that being comfortable in an online environment was an important job skill and now the practice essay is a "blog post," and I have to write this on my computer in my room when I would much rather be at the hospital with my family, waiting to see if my brother is going to be okay, and honestly, I don't see the point.

Rave Reviews for the “Brilliant” Second Season of “Rectify”

Article: Rave Reviews for the “Brilliant” Second Season of “Rectify”

RECTIFY’s upcoming second season wins praise from Indiewire as “unique in its subject matter, tone, and visual splendor,” while The A.V. Club says the season premiere contains “one of the most beautiful sequences to be seen on television in this or any year.” See what everyone is talking about.

6 Questions With “Rectify” Star Abigail Spencer (Amantha Holden)

Article: 6 Questions With “Rectify” Star Abigail Spencer (Amantha Holden)

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?

6 Questions with “Rectify” star Aden Young (Daniel Holden)

Article: 6 Questions with “Rectify” star Aden Young (Daniel Holden)

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?

5 Ways to Prepare for “RECTIFY” Season 2

Article: 5 Ways to Prepare for “RECTIFY” Season 2

Counting the days until RECTIFY Season 2? Here’s a handy guide of things to do in the meantime.

6 Questions With RECTIFY Composer Gabriel Mann

Article: 6 Questions With RECTIFY Composer Gabriel Mann

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?

Your Graduation’s Jeopardy! Hollywood’s 7 Worst Excuses for Skipping School

Article: Your Graduation’s Jeopardy! Hollywood’s 7 Worst Excuses for Skipping School

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 Greenlights Season 2 of Non-Fiction Original Series “Dream School”

Article: SundanceTV Greenlights Season 2 of Non-Fiction Original Series “Dream School”

New Season Features Executive Producers Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson and Chuck D; Instructors Include, David Chang, Johnny Weir, Cliff Dorfman, Alvin Hall, Gloria Allred, among others…

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.

All New Sneak Peeks of “RECTIFY” Season 2

Article: All New Sneak Peeks of “RECTIFY” Season 2

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.

Movie Evolution: Six Decades of Biker Chicks

Article: Movie Evolution: Six Decades of Biker Chicks

Face it. There’s something intrinsically tough and sexy about a woman on a motorcycle. How we’ve thought about–and pictured–her over the decades may have changed a lot but one thing’s remained constant: When there’s a motorcycle involved, you can count on some rule-bending hotness.

Revved up for more motorcycle action? Don’t miss the creators of Sons of Anarchy on THE WRITERS’ ROOM, Mon., May 12 at 11PM/10c.

The ’60s: French Chic
In the ’60s, biker babes morphed into a self-possessed, fashionable rebel. Perhaps no one better exemplifies this than Rebecca (Marianne Faithfull) in The Girl on a Motorcycle (1968), as she escapes boredom–in the form of her new husband–by zipping on a skintight black leather bodysuit and taking off through Alsace on her trusty motorbike to visit an old lover. And in The Swinger (1966), Kelly (Ann-Margret) claims her own ambition–and sexual freedom–by acting out her fantasies… and riding her Triumph Tiger in a belted green leather jacket and little else.

THE WRITERS’ ROOM: “House of Cards” Recapped and Revealed

Article: THE WRITERS’ ROOM: “House of Cards” Recapped and Revealed

In the Theatre, a common rule of thumb says that one must never place a loaded rifle on stage if it isn’t going to go off. (Something about broken promises…) And in House of Cards, Netflix’s hit political drama, created by a Juilliard-trained playwright and first-time TV writer, the rule is sticking fast. Only everyone is breaking promises and guns are going off regardless—that’s not just a metaphor.

SundanceTV Greenlights THE RED ROAD for a Second Season

Article: SundanceTV Greenlights THE RED ROAD for a Second Season

SundanceTV announced the renewal of the network’s second wholly owned original scripted series THE RED ROAD. The tense drama revolves around two clashing communities – a small town and the neighboring mountains, home to a Native American tribe – and two dynamic men on a collision course – played by Jason Momoa and Martin Henderson. It will return for another six episodes in 2015.

Power Disfigured: The Most Deviant Political Figures in the Movies

Article: Power Disfigured: The Most Deviant Political Figures in the Movies

Corruption and politics go hand in hand. But in the movies, matters get even more extreme with senators who mind-control and presidents who unleash diseases on the populace. Clearly, House of Cards‘ Frank Underwood would fit right in with the top ten deviant politicians ever to hit the big screen. Find out more about Underwood on THE WRITERS’ ROOM: “House of Cards,” Fri., May 2 at 9PM/8c. Until then, consider his back-stabbing cohorts.

1. Adam Sutler (John Hurt), V for Vendetta
By releasing a plague intended to wipe out “social deviants,” Sutler secures power for his oppressive political party and establishes a fascist regime.

2. Bob Alexander (Frank Langella), Dave
It’s not enough that Chief of Staff Alexander replaces the comatose prez with a lookalike. He also frames the dupe for an S&L scandal he orchestrated.

“The Writers’ Room” Interview: Greg Nicotero, The Man Behind “The Walking Dead” Webisodes

Article: “The Writers’ Room” Interview: Greg Nicotero, The Man Behind “The Walking Dead” Webisodes

For the last few years, Greg Nicotero — The Walking Dead Executive Producer and Special Effects Make-up Designer — has extended AMC’s hit series online with The Walking Dead webisodes. For this digital spin-off, he’s contributed not only his sizable talents as a director and zombifier but also as a story maker. The latest web series, “The Oath,” was recently named a Webby honoree for Drama: Individual Short or Episode and Best Writing. Since THE WRITERS’ ROOM spoke with Robert Kirkman on-air Fri., Aug. 27, we thought we’d follow up online with Nicotero today.

THE WRITERS’ ROOM: “The Walking Dead, Smallville & other comics” Recapped and Revealed

Article: THE WRITERS’ ROOM: “The Walking Dead, Smallville & other comics” Recapped and Revealed

Taping THE WRITERS’ ROOM, like every episode of The Walking Dead, cable’s most-watched TV series ever, is never quite drama-free. Before our host Jim Rash even began discussing The Walking Dead, Smallville and other comic adaptations in this season’s second episode, the lights began flickering on and off.

Top 10 Supernatural TV Shows

Article: Top 10 Supernatural TV Shows

In honor of this Friday’s episode of THE WRITERS’ ROOM: “The Walking Dead, Smallville & other comics,” here’s a list of the best English-speaking supernatural shows of the last 25 years. (Otherwise, THE RETURNED would be in the top slot, naturally.) From zombies to monster hunters, it’s all here. Check out the list below, if you dare.