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10 Schools Where Getting a Hall Pass is the Least of your Worries

Article: 10 Schools Where Getting a Hall Pass is the Least of your Worries

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.

THE WRITERS’ ROOM: “The Good Wife” Recapped and Revealed

Article: THE WRITERS’ ROOM: “The Good Wife” Recapped and Revealed

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.

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.

SundanceTV Presents a New Original Non-Fiction Series: “THE APPROVAL MATRIX”

Article: SundanceTV Presents a New Original Non-Fiction Series: “THE APPROVAL MATRIX”

Based on New York Magazine’s Beloved Pop Culture Roundup, the Neal Brennan hosted series will premiere in August.

How Much More Dark Could These ’80s Movies Be? None More Dark

Article: How Much More Dark Could These ’80s Movies Be? None More Dark

Looking back on that decade of excess and contradictions, it’s clear that our art was just as twisted as we were, tapping into the darkest kind of humor behind all that neon. Don’t believe us? Be sure to catch these darkly comedic ’80s films on SundanceTV.

1. Brazil (1985)
Terry Gilliam’s fanciful futuristic comedy takes a wild dive into a land of bureaucracy, terrorism and, in an indelible image, extreme plastic surgery. It’s a fever-dream kind of dystopia that is simultaneously hilarious and horrifying, making Brazil a true dark comedy classic.

Daniel Day-Lewis as President, Ed Harris as an Astronaut… American History as Envisioned by Hollywood

Article: Daniel Day-Lewis as President, Ed Harris as an Astronaut… American History as Envisioned by Hollywood

AMC’s TURN has re-sparked an interest in the American Revolutionary War. Who knew George Washington had a team of spies?
But if you’re a history buff who needs more than a single TV show or historic period to stay happy, you’d do well to consult this list of great historical movies.

1. Saving Private Ryan (1998)
Yes, the storyline revolves around the rescue of the last surviving son of a grieving mother. Even so, Steven Spielberg’s real accomplishment is in the first half-hour of the film: perhaps the most powerful and accurate reenactment of the D-Day invasion and subsequent battle ever. It’s a crucial chapter in America’s twentieth-century identity, and Spielberg (who won a Best Director Oscar) does little to glorify the tragedies.

Giving an Unsung Decade Its Due: The ’90s in Movies

Article: Giving an Unsung Decade Its Due: The ’90s in Movies

Do the ’90s seem less memorable that the ’80s (so rad) or the ’70s (so groovy) to you? Take a moment and reconsider the decade which features some of the most offbeat characters in movie history. Suddenly, the ’90s seem a bit more memorable, right?

1. The Dude (Jeff Bridges), The Big Lebowski (1998)
It’s hard to imagine a more iconic, more offbeat character from the ’90s—or any era—than Jeff Lebowski, a perpetually bath-robed bastion of chillness in search of justice for his peed-on rug (because, hey, “it really tied the room together”). A fan of weed and White Russians, he made bowling an art form and inspired a subculture of devoted fans who still attend annual Lebowski Fests.

2. Ada McGrath (Holly Hunter), The Piano (1993)
The mute woman at the center of Jane Campion’s extraordinary story is one of the most unconventional heroines in film history: a young mother (Hunter won a Best Actress Oscar) who, despite being shipped off to the wilds of New Zealand for an arranged marriage, manages to fall in love (not with her husband) through a shared passion for music and ultimately receives a most unexpected salvation.

“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.

Even More “Law & Order” Comebacks and Knee-Slaps From Lennie Briscoe

Article: Even More “Law & Order” Comebacks and Knee-Slaps From Lennie Briscoe

Can you ever get enough of Lennie Briscoe’s devilishly good one-liners? Probably not. Here are 10 more from the Law & Order vaults for your enjoyment.

1. “Besides battling the forces of evil, what other trouble’s he been in?”

2. “I liked this guy better when he had a heart attack.”

What Does Wes Anderson Owe to “Harold and Maude” and 8 Other Influences?

Article: What Does Wes Anderson Owe to “Harold and Maude” and 8 Other Influences?

Wes Anderson has been making feature films since the ’90s (Bottle Rocket, Rushmore) so needless to say his influences date further back than that. It’s a testament to this auteur’s considerable talent that although he’s supremely nostalgic, he’s by no means derivative. He doesn’t rob his predecessors. He nods to them. So to begin… (Cue the Futura title card bearing the words Chapter 1:)

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.

More Twisted Than Twister…. Ten Tangled Love Triangles in Film

Article: More Twisted Than Twister…. Ten Tangled Love Triangles in Film

The tangled love triangle is such a cinematic trope that we could probably put together a list for each year (or a list of top ten love triangles with bad ‘80s haircuts… or top ten love triangles starring Reese Witherspoon…). We decided to limit this list to love-triangle films we actually enjoyed (and not in a guilty-pleasure kind of way) — which is why you won’t find the Bella-Edwards-Jacob affair here, despite the ubiquity of “Team Edward” and “Team Jacob” merchandise. Same goes for Pearl Harbor (2001), which attempted to make the love triangle a heroic response to war; or Wild Things (1995), which accessorized the love triangle with hot tubs and champagne (and was really more of a lust triangle, anyway); or Indecent Proposal (1993), which theorized the love triangle as a financial and real estate decision; or My Best Friend’s Wedding (1997), which was a terrible movie despite championing off-key karaoke. Let’s proceed.

The Naked Truth: Some Directors Aren’t Afraid of Nudity… Seriously, Not Afraid

Article: The Naked Truth: Some Directors Aren’t Afraid of Nudity… Seriously, Not Afraid

If you spend a lot of time analyzing movie sex scenes like we do, you might find yourself rolling your eyes at how many on-screen couples manage to have sex without ever showing any skin… or who fall asleep with a sheet covering them just so… or who always put on a shirt and underpants when they get out of bed to pee, no matter how raunchy things just got. Where’s the nudity? Where’s the raunch? For further feverish research on your own time, you might want to look up the work of the following ten directors who are very, shall we say, comfortable with on-screen nudity. And we mean the real kind — not the CGI kind. Only after we finished this list did we realize it was entirely male, which we suppose shouldn’t surprise us — after all, most of the nudity is female. But we dug up male nudity — or, at least, equal-opportunity nudity — where we could. You’re welcome!

1. Edward Zwick
Edward Zwick may not have directed as much on-screen nudity as the other people on this list (unless we missed something in 1989′s Glory), but he takes the number one slot because he is the only director on the list, who got naked himself while shooting a nude scene.

Some Boys in Blue Are Girls: TV’s Top 10 Fearless Female Investigators

Article: Some Boys in Blue Are Girls: TV’s Top 10 Fearless Female Investigators

Eye-candy sidekicks? Please. Whether they’re cops, CIA agents or amateur sleuths, these plucky ladies are absolutely killing it at work — which just so happens to be investigating homicides. Tune in to any of the following shows and you will find women who bend rules, break balls and take names. Smart, brave, tough and uncompromising, these heroines are amazing at what they do, and shatter stereotypes along the way.

Crazy Good! The Top 10 Movie Meltdowns

Article: Crazy Good! The Top 10 Movie Meltdowns

One of the most enjoyable things about movie-watching is that moment when a beloved character loses his/her crackers, even if just for a moment, showing us a whole other shade of person. And as enjoyable as it is for the audience, it’s probably lots of fun for the actors, too. A compendium of raging, comic, emotional and/or heartbreaking meltdowns follows…

1. Entire Cast, Blue Velvet (1986)
As for the best meltdown in this film, take your pick! In the surreal world of David Lynch, every single character seems to be at a different point in his/her own personal undoing, as everyone’s hold on reality becomes increasingly looser. Blue Velvet is the epitome of “on the edge.” As with most of Lynch’s work, this can be considered an exploration of what happens post-meltdown.

2. Hayley Stark (Ellen Page), Hard Candy (2005)
Hayley gives us one long, brutal but very talky meltdown in Hard Candy, a pressure cooker of a flick that never lets up and always keeps you guessing. After a relentless torture scene (not spoiled here), Hayley continues her ravings and revenge fantasy on the roof, literally driving a bland and listless Patrick Wilson to jump clear off it. Can you blame him?

10 More Witticisms and Criticisms from Lennie Briscoe (“Law & Order”)

Article: 10 More Witticisms and Criticisms from Lennie Briscoe (“Law & Order”)

You know him and love him for bringing quick wit and even snark to the Law & Order legacy. Below are ten of his most memorable lines. (Not enough to satisfy you? Click here to see ten more!) 1. “Married and a Mets fan… he’s a glutton for punishment.” 2. “I’ve still got the wrong…

7 Questions with “The Writers’ Room” host Jim Rash

Article: 7 Questions with “The Writers’ Room” host Jim Rash

Jim Rash, host of THE WRITERS’ ROOM, talks about his how he prepares for an episode, the most surprising moments, and what it means to be an Oscar-winning writer.

Q: What’s the most shocking story you’ve heard on THE WRITERS’ ROOM so far?

A: One that stuck out and was surprising was the guys that adapted Smallville talking about the origin of kryptonite, and that it was actually [introduced] during the radio play [of Superman]… I would never, ever have known that information if we hadn’t spoken about it that day on the show.

6 Questions with Mark Wilding of “Scandal”

Article: 6 Questions with Mark Wilding of “Scandal”

Mark Wilding, executive producer and writer on Scandal, dishes on the hardest scenes to cut, the characters he misses and his all-time favorite Olivia Pope lines.

10 Great Zingers from Law & Order’s Lennie Briscoe

Article: 10 Great Zingers from Law & Order’s Lennie Briscoe

Ever since Jerry Orbach joined the cast, LAW & ORDER fans have waited every episode for the next great one-liner from Detective Lennie Briscoe. Here was a world-weary, acid-tongued cop who knew how to zing it. Ready to laugh, groan and roll your eyes at Briscoe’s street-smart-assery? You’ve got two choices. Tune in to LAW & ORDER on SundanceTV or read the below.

SundanceTV to Co-Produce New  Scripted Original Mini-Series “ONE CHILD”

Article: SundanceTV to Co-Produce New Scripted Original Mini-Series “ONE CHILD”

SundanceTV announced it will co-produce a new original scripted mini-series, ONE CHILD. The four-hour series penned by Guy Hibbert (Complicit, Five Minutes of Heaven) and starring Katie Leung (Harry Potter) begins production in May in London and Taiwan and will air in late 2014. ONE CHILD crosses the world as a Chinese-born young woman adopted by British parents must struggle with who she really is in order to decide where her loyalty lies.

10 Truly Terrifying Stephen King Fright Flicks

Article: 10 Truly Terrifying Stephen King Fright Flicks

What makes Stephen King movies so scary is how normal their characters can seem at first. They’re writers and doctors, moms and dads, whose lives suddenly take a twisted turn which transforms the familiar into something freakishly frightening. This month, SundanceTV is airing some of King’s creepiest — THE SHINING, CARRIE, CHRISTINE, and CHILDREN OF THE CORN. Below is a top ten list of the horror master’s best.

SundanceTV Announces REVEALING: TRUE OR FAUX with Joe Zee

Article: SundanceTV Announces REVEALING: TRUE OR FAUX with Joe Zee

SundanceTV examines the world of sartorial knock offs in its fourth all new special hosted by ELLE Creative Director Joe Zee, REVEALING: TRUE OR FAUX airing Wednesday, April 16th at 9 pm ET/PT. Through a compelling social experiment and in-depth interviews with industry insiders, Zee reveals the truth behind New York’s thriving fashion black market.

5 Questions with “THE RED ROAD” star Martin Henderson

Article: 5 Questions with “THE RED ROAD” star Martin Henderson

Listed as the #1 new show to check out this season (IMDB), THE RED ROAD is ‘riveting’ (Playboy). In anticipation of the premiere, SundanceTV sat down with THE RED ROAD’s all-star cast for deeper look at the actors, the characters, and the tension that drives the series. The SundanceTV original series THE RED ROAD premieres tonight at 9PM