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October 23, 2013 | By David Ng
Isabella Rossellini is bringing her odd-ball Sundance Channel series "Green Porno" to Los Angeles as a live performance scheduled to take place at the Luckman Fine Arts Complex on Nov. 2. "Green Porno," which has appeared online since 2008 and has also aired on the Sundance Channel on cable TV, is a series of short episodes humorously dealing with mating rituals in the animal kingdom. Rossellini created and stars in the eco-themed series. The stage version was co-written by Rossellini and the esteemed French screenwriter and playwright Jean-Claude Carrière, best known for his collaborations with Luis Buñuel.
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April 14, 2014 | By Randy Lewis
It was an offhanded comment by singer-songwriter Jesse Winchester, but it stopped Elvis Costello cold when he was chatting with Winchester for his short-lived music-interview series “Spectacle” on the Sundance Channel a few years ago. In an aside, the inordinately gifted songwriter casually identified “The Brand New Tennessee Waltz” (one of the first songs for which he'd gained acclaim in the early 1970s) as the first song he'd ever written. Then he nonchalantly moved on to finish the main point he was making about the art of writing songs.
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August 19, 2013 | By Yvonne Villarreal
They gave us a slow-motion chicken dance, Max Greenfield in a fat suit ( numerous times ) and the epic friend/roommate kiss. The “New Girl” writers room has kept busy concocting a steady stream of adorkable and nutty storylines for the Fox comedy in its short run. Now Sundance Channel is giving viewers a peak at how the funny is made, spotlighting the crew in its latest episode of “The Writers' Room.” The Sundance Channel series has...
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February 27, 2014 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
Years of amateur and professional TV-watching and the impressive title attached to my byline notwithstanding, I have never believed that I would last a minute as a television programmer. I know what I like, and usually why I like it, but what will float and what will sink on the great waters of commerce I admit to be beyond my ken. Still, had anyone in charge at Sundance Channel (now calling itself SundanceTV) asked me whether the network should follow its fine "Top of the Lake," "The Returned" and "Rectify" - slow, atmospheric, morally ambiguous, semi-rural stories of crime and family in which old wounds are opened and buried secrets surface - with a fourth such series, I might have suggested it was time for a big-city screwball romance or something with unicorns.
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December 19, 1998 | DON HECKMAN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
How's this for reaching to find a promotional hook? The Sundance Channel, recognizing that Monday is the shortest day of the year, is programming a full day of--what else?--short films to celebrate the winter solstice. Maybe it should have gotten songwriter Randy Newman ("Short People") to pen some theme music.
BUSINESS
May 8, 2008 | Meg James, Times Staff Writer
Cablevision Systems Corp. said Wednesday that it was wading deeper into the cable programming business by buying the Sundance Channel from its famous co-founder, Robert Redford, and two media companies for $496 million. The move surprised some analysts because Bethpage, N.Y.-based Cablevision, through its Rainbow Media Holdings subsidiary, already owns two movie channels -- AMC and the Independent Film Channel -- in addition to WE tv, a channel aimed at women. Some investors had wanted the family-controlled cable systems operator to use its cash to buy back shares.
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November 26, 2007 | Robert Lloyd, Times Staff Writer
Since the current writers strike was first bruited, the prospect of more reality TV has been held out to the public like a threat -- coal in the stocking at Christmas, the boogeyman waiting in the closet. People watch a lot of reality TV as it is, but I suspect that even among its most ardent fans there are many who sense there is something not quite right about it, something not . . . real.
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December 9, 2009 | By Randy Lewis
Upping the ante on any TV show that got off to as auspicious a start as the first season of the Sundance Channel's music interview-performance series "Spectacle: Elvis Costello With…" is a tall order. After all, the first episode featured a conversation with Elton John -- not coincidentally, one of the executive producers and a key mover behind the series -- before pairing its deeply knowledgeable, erudite and witty host with subsequent guests, including Tony Bennett, Smokey Robinson, Lou Reed, Norah Jones, Rufus Wainwright, Renée Fleming and former President Clinton.
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March 5, 1996 | JAMES BATES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
European entertainment conglomerate PolyGram said Monday that it is buying a half-interest in the Sundance Channel, a new cable channel co-founded by actor-director Robert Redford and Viacom Inc.'s Showtime Networks that features independent films. Sources said PolyGram will probably end up investing from $30 million to $40 million in the deal, depending on such factors as how quickly the channel rolls out.
HEALTH
November 15, 2013 | By Jessica Q. Ogilvie
The Sundance Channel's "Push Girls" follows five women who face down everyday challenges - and each uses a wheelchair. The women find ways to do their favorite activities, date and live their lives to the utmost. Tiphany Adams and Mia Schaikewitz, two of the show's stars, talk about how they stay fit and healthy. What do you do to stay fit? Tiphany: What do I not do to stay fit? ... I want to make sure I'm getting at least 30 minutes of cardio. I do a class called SALT: sculpting, aerobics, lengthening and technique.
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December 29, 2013 | By Jeffrey Fleishman
One suspects the world is out of kilter when a French girl utters cultural sacrilege: "Love is stronger than death? What a load of bull. " The girl in question, Camille, has returned from the dead, unbruised and unbloodied and looking just as she did four years earlier, before her school bus rounded a reservoir and sailed off a mountain. She does not devour flesh or walk in spastic shuffles. She's a zombie in the European style, moving with grace, pouting and posing existential questions in a mountain village where the water is rising and animals are up to strange things.
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November 15, 2013 | By Jessica Q. Ogilvie
The Sundance Channel's "Push Girls" follows five women who face down everyday challenges - and each uses a wheelchair. The women find ways to do their favorite activities, date and live their lives to the utmost. Tiphany Adams and Mia Schaikewitz, two of the show's stars, talk about how they stay fit and healthy. What do you do to stay fit? Tiphany: What do I not do to stay fit? ... I want to make sure I'm getting at least 30 minutes of cardio. I do a class called SALT: sculpting, aerobics, lengthening and technique.
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October 31, 2013 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
"The Returned," a deep, mysterious and remarkable new series that begins Halloween night on Sundance Channel, is being pitched as having something to do with zombies. And to the extent that several of its characters are dead and yet moving among the living, I suppose that it does. But they are also living with the living, and talking with them, and eating with them (and not eating them), and even sleeping with them. (Though they do not sleep.) They are very much as they were when they checked out and, except for a blank spot surrounding their demise, reappear with their memories, faculties and human feelings intact.
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October 23, 2013 | By David Ng
Isabella Rossellini is bringing her odd-ball Sundance Channel series "Green Porno" to Los Angeles as a live performance scheduled to take place at the Luckman Fine Arts Complex on Nov. 2. "Green Porno," which has appeared online since 2008 and has also aired on the Sundance Channel on cable TV, is a series of short episodes humorously dealing with mating rituals in the animal kingdom. Rossellini created and stars in the eco-themed series. The stage version was co-written by Rossellini and the esteemed French screenwriter and playwright Jean-Claude Carrière, best known for his collaborations with Luis Buñuel.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 19, 2013 | By Yvonne Villarreal
They gave us a slow-motion chicken dance, Max Greenfield in a fat suit ( numerous times ) and the epic friend/roommate kiss. The “New Girl” writers room has kept busy concocting a steady stream of adorkable and nutty storylines for the Fox comedy in its short run. Now Sundance Channel is giving viewers a peak at how the funny is made, spotlighting the crew in its latest episode of “The Writers' Room.” The Sundance Channel series has...
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June 20, 2013 | By Amy Dawes
Miniseries such as "Top of the Lake" and "The Bible," both expected to figure in the race for Emmys, are in the vanguard of the remarkable resurgence of a format that, until recently, the industry had all but abandoned. So much long-form programming is now in the pipeline that in April, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences restored supporting acting categories for movies and miniseries, reversing an earlier decision to collapse the acting categories in response to a decline in production.
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March 30, 2001 | SUSAN KING, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Independent female directors who have struggled to get their films made and seen by the public have found a home on the Sundance Channel. The cable channel's mission--showcasing the works of emerging filmmakers--will devote the month of April to the diversity and artistry of women filmmakers. She Said Cinema--now in its third year--will air a different feature directed by a woman each night. And on Sundays, Sundance will present short films.
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October 31, 2013 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
"The Returned," a deep, mysterious and remarkable new series that begins Halloween night on Sundance Channel, is being pitched as having something to do with zombies. And to the extent that several of its characters are dead and yet moving among the living, I suppose that it does. But they are also living with the living, and talking with them, and eating with them (and not eating them), and even sleeping with them. (Though they do not sleep.) They are very much as they were when they checked out and, except for a blank spot surrounding their demise, reappear with their memories, faculties and human feelings intact.
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June 11, 2013 | By Glenn Whipp
Join actress Holly Hunter and Times staff writer Glenn Whipp at noon Pacific time Wednesday for a live video chat about Hunter's work on the Sundance Channel's riveting miniseries "Top of the Lake. " We're assuming you're at least passingly familiar with Holly Hunter's Oscar-winning turn in Jane Campion's 1993 masterpiece of moody atmosphere "The Piano. " And you might well have imagined that Hunter would never come across a character as singular as that film's mute Scotswoman, though, yes, subsequently she worked with David Cronenberg on "Crash" and was pretty fantastic as Mrs. Incredible in "The Incredibles.
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May 30, 2013 | By Glenn Whipp
Aden Young stopped by our building for a live video chat to delve into the mysteries surrounding the Sundance Channel's acclaimed new series "Rectify. " Young plays Daniel Holden, who returns to his small Georgia hometown after spending 19 years in prison for the rape and murder of his girlfriend. Daniel's conviction has been vacated due to new DNA evidence, but the community -- and members of his own family -- remain divided over his guilt. The show's debut season contained six immaculately constructed episodes that focused on the challenges facing Daniel as he tried to reconnect with his old life and any sense of normalcy after being on death row for nearly two decades.
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