Sundance Channel announced today that it has co-produced and will premiere two new installments of the critically acclaimed crime documentary, THE STAIRCASE, by Oscar®-winning director Jean-Xavier de Lestrade (MURDER ON A SUNDAY MORNING). Beginning January 7 at 10:00pm e/p, Sundance Channel will air an encore performance of the original eight-part Peabody Award-winning series in its entirety—a program described by The New York Times as “a masterpiece…so brilliantly conceived, reported, filmed and paced that you may come to wish it were twice as long.” Following the first eight installments, Sundance Channel will debut two hour-long never-before-seen episodes entitled THE STAIRCASE: LAST CHANCE, which will explore new and explosive developments in the life of author Michael Peterson whose sensational murder trial made headlines across the country. The new episodes air on March 4th and March 11th at 10:00pm e/p.
On tap this week, we’ve got three quirky, funny and yes, sad films for the independent minded, plus a bonus: an unlikely blockbuster thriller with an unusual stock of Oscar-winning talent. That’s four films for the price of three. Who doesn’t love a holiday season deal like that?
Article: RESTLESS — Gear up for Part 1
In Part 1 of Sundance Channel’s original miniseries RESTLESS, premiering on Friday, December 7th at 9P, Ruth Gilmartin (Michelle Dockery) will find out her mother isn’t who she thought she was. But just how did Eva Delectorskaya (Hayley Atwell) become a spy? And what, exactly, does she know that might be putting her life at risk decades after WWII was won? We’re not going to spoil anything for you, but get a sneak peak with these photos from RESTLESS.
This week, let’s be thankful for Asian cinema and some sleeper films that spawned monster hit TV series. If it wasn’t for the risks taken by Asian filmmakers like Takashi Miike, Johnnie To and Park Chan-wook, where would western directors like Quentin Tarantino and RZA get their inspiration? And if it wasn’t for films like STARGATE and BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, we probably would never have had… well, Stargate or Buffy the Vampire Slayer (the TV shows, that is). But even if you believe a life without Stargate or Buffy on TV wouldn’t be such a bad thing (or maybe even especially if you do), you’ll want to check out the original films – they are very different from the series they spawned.
Feeling a bit overwhelmed by the real world, are we? Sundance Channel has the perfect escape on offer: Some really unreal worlds, alternative universes where hauntings, vampires, time travel, spontaneous combustion and the like are commonplace. However bad things may look right now, they can’t possibly compete with discovering that your kid is the spawn of Satan, can it? Here are 10 of our favorite alternate universes on film, of course, airing on Sundance Channel this month.
Article: RESTLESS — Meet the characters
When it comes to the world of espionage, everyone plays their own cast of characters. That’s what makes watching spy thrillers such an undertaking… you’ve got to keep up with who is who (not to mention who is double-crossing who). So to help you stay on top of all of the intrigue we’ve got in store for Sundance Channel’s original miniseries RESTLESS, we’ve got photos of all of the key players. Commit them to memory… and then burn the originals.
Can’t wait for the December 7th premiere of Sundance Channel’s original miniseries RESTLESS? Then put on your most intriguing disguise and slip behind the scenes for a look at the cast in action. Need more of stars Michelle Dockery and Hayley Atwell? We snuck the trailer out from behind enemy lines so you can find out what happens when your comfortable life becomes one thread in a chilling, WWII mystery.
“Once in a great while a show comes along to remind us that reality television need not be defined by The Real Housewives or Jersey Shore. That, in fact, there are wonderful and valuable things the genre can do that scripted shows simply cannot. PUSH GIRLS is one of those shows.”
-Los Angeles Times
Sundance Channel announced today that their original and critically-acclaimed docu-series PUSH GIRLS has begun production in Los Angeles for a 10-episode second season set to air in 2013. PUSH GIRLS, touted as “captivating” by Time Magazine’s James Poniewozik, was a conversation starter last June when it launched with widespread acclaim from both viewers and critics alike, for the genuine and ground-breaking depiction of four beautiful, intelligent and inspiring women who use wheelchairs.
Mickey Rourke and Robert DeNiro in a neo-noir with a twist. Ben Affleck and Morgan Freeman in a Tom Clancy nuclear thriller. And Ed Harris and Vince Vaughn in a long con. It’s a roller coaster week of suspense, thrills, chills and twist endings here on Sundance Channel. Hang on to your hats!
Article: Top 10 thrilling modern outlaws
Attention, filmmakers: If you want an audience to get behind a particular character, make him go it alone, force him to do things his own way. Renegade style. Whether he’s fighting for the good of mankind or redefining what constitutes evil, we can’t help but find him intriguing. These are self-sufficient guys with no apologies, few rules, and even fewer questions asked. And here are some of our favorites, our Top 10 Thrilling Modern Outlaws, every one of them airing on Sundance Channel in November.
We’re ready to reveal a big secret…it’s the trailer for the Sundance Channel original miniseries RESTLESS. You’ll have to wait until Friday, December 7th at 9P to catch the first installment of our adaptation of the acclaimed William Boyd novel, but this should hold you over. You can also check out dossiers on the RESTLESS cast, including Michelle Dockery (Downton Abbey) and Hayley Atwell (CAPTAIN AMERICA).
The final episode of this season of THE MORTIFIED SESSIONS kicks off with actress, and popular vampire, Kristin Bauer van Straten. Bauer’s best known as Pam Swynford De Beaufort on HBO’s True Blood, and she’s further extended her dark fantasy credentials with a stint as the evil Maleficent on ABC’s Once Upon a Time. She loves to play creepy ladies!
Sundance Channel is excited to share our 2013/2014 original scripted development slate today. We’ve got five provocative new dramas that put an emphasis on complicated characters and daring approaches to storytelling.
There is a lot of high caliber, award winning talent– many with roots in filmmaking –behind these projects, which include: VALENTINES from producer Robert Redford and writer Olaf Olafsson, BEHIND THE SUN from producers Steve Buscemi and Stanley Tucci and writer Dylan Gary, THE DESCENDANTS from producer Sarah Condon and writer Aaron Guzikowski, T from producer Ira Glass and writers Dan Futterman and Anya Epstein, and DEATH IN THE MODERN AGE from producers Bob Cooper, JJ Jamieson and Michael Fuchs and writers Josh Shaffer & Eli Kooris.
This week, we’ve got a unique take on the world’s oldest profession, an archetypical story of a lovable curmudgeon who learns even as he teaches, and the directorial debut of one of the most popular comedic actors of our time. Catch it all over the next seven days on Sundance Channel.
Actor Adam Goldberg (SAVING PRIVATE RYAN, 2 DAYS IN PARIS) goes out of his way to share some of the most mortifying memories of his childhood. It just may be that the anxious, neurotic characters he portrays are expressions of the awkward kid he used to be.
It’s another twofer tonight on THE MORTIFIED SESSIONS. Tune in first for one of the more daring stand-up comics around, Tig Notaro. In addition to her live shows, she’s also been featured on The Sarah Silverman Program and Comedy Central Presents and is one of the few comics brave enough to have written a comedy monologue about cancer (based on her own experience). Tig’s followed by the dashing young actor Jason Ritter, whose recurring role on NBC’s Parenthood has earned him an Emmy nomination. Watch both of them open up about the awkward moments that made them who they are today.
This week on ALL ON THE LINE, Joe Zee lends a hand to Nicole Richie for her upcoming fashion line in a season finale that’s not to be missed.
Richie’s preparing her new line for a featured spot on QVC. It’s her biggest test yet as a budding fashion designer, creating clothing for a retailer that reaches 200 million homes and sells $9 billion worth of products each year. Can Joe Zee help her get ready for prime time? Joe may have his hands full with an established celebrity and a strong personality.
Sundance Channel and GREY GOOSE ENTERTAINMENT® have announced the ICONOCLASTS season six finale pairing: basketball Hall of Famer, historian and social activist Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Chuck D, one of hip-hop’s most colossal voices. In the episode, which will air on Tuesday, November 13 at 8:00pm et/pt, the two visionaries rejoin forces after previously working together…
Two very different takes on a similar dilemma headline our choices this week, followed by a lighthearted coming-of-age comedy as only the Brits know how to make them.
Hot damn! Did you see Community’s Gillian Jacobs, one of our latest THE MORTIFIED SESSIONS guests, sexin’ it up with costar Alison Brie over at been postponed indefinitely:
Actor. Director. Know-it-all pirate. These are just some of the titles held by Mark Duplass, tonight’s guest and topic of conversation on THE MORTIFIED SESSIONS. One of the founding members of the mumblecore movement, you may recognize Duplass from such films as THE PUFFY CHAIR, CYRUS and JEFF, WHO LIVES AT HOME.
Joe Zee works with LA based fashion designer Ina Soltani to bring her high-end fashion line back down to Earth. Soltani’s struggling line is aimed squarely at the fashion jet set, and she has dressed celebrities from Kim Kardashian to Eva Longoria. But is this a big enough crowd to support a fashion line? And are her celebrity connections enough to justify the high cost to average consumers?
It’s hard to believe that there are only 17 days and one debate left until Election Day. Oh, wait…no it isn’t, because if feels as though this campaign season started four years ago. At least it has been amusing. There have been laugh lines on both sides of the aisle, from binders full of women to things you didn’t build. But, we kid because we care and some of the topics we’ve been cracking up over are pretty darn scary! So, in honor of Sundance Channel’s Scary Politics (films as scary as the issues on Tuesdays at 9P, including THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE and ROSEMARY’S BABY) check out the five SCARIEST political stories of the week:
This week, we’re featuring three genre-bending films determined to confound and stupify even as they make you laugh and cry. The one thing they have in common: all turn convention on its head in the name of telling a deeply personal story about human relationships.