The kitchen-sink scarefest anthology American Horror Story returns tonight with Coven, a new 13-episode saga of glorious perversion and off-kilter camera angles. Although the three iterations of AHS are set in radically different eras and locations, they have one very important thing in common: The presence of Jessica Lange, the two-time Oscar winner who has experienced a late-career renaissance playing variations of heavily-accented maternal overdrive in all three seasons of AHS. In the first season, she played a fading southern belle in La La Land; in season 2′s Asylum, she was a tough New England nun; now, in Coven, she’s a mega-powerful witch. In anticipation of a new season of withering put-downs and lacerating verbal wit, check out this collection of Lange’s most awesomely bitchy lines from the first two go-rounds of AHS. READ FULL STORY
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Forget Raymond: Everybody loves Connie Britton, a woman who manages simultaneously to be a role model, a sex symbol, and a dream-BFF for anyone who ever obsessed about Friday Night Lights (read: the whole Internet).
And if you don’t love Connie Britton, chances are you just don’t know much about her yet — which is where the New York Times Magazine‘s new Britton profile comes in. The 3,100-word piece is stuffed with tidbits that prove why Connie’s the best; here are seven of the most notable ones.
1. She was a hair’s breadth away from starring in Jerry Maguire, but Renée Zellweger — an actress profile writer Susan Dominus calls “so tiny and tousled that she looked newly hatched” — ended up just beating out Britton for the part. Her final assessment of why she lost the role? “Maybe I was too tall.”
2. She taught aerobics to the luckiest gym-goers in New York City before she got famous.
This Thanksgiving, I’m thankful for Downton Abbey‘s imminent return to television in the States. Yes, Jan. 6 is still a few weeks away, but I can’t wait to see whether Matthew (Dan Stevens) and Mary (Michelle Dockery) actually walk down the aisle — they really need to, I couldn’t take another breakup — and what brand of American sass Shirley MacLaine brings with her across the pond. Plus, on a more sappy note, the series spawned a regular Sunday night Masterpiece viewing/wine-drinking party with a group of friends that is priceless to me.
I’ve also polled my EW colleagues to ask what they are most grateful for pop culture wise this turkey day. See what they said below!
Halloween is creeping up, and this week could inflict the season’s first real frights.
Cue the return of the undead on AMC, a trip to Jessica Lange’s latest house of demented evil, and a fourth paranormal encounter captured on videotape. Throw in another Bristol Palin dance performance, and you might be having real nightmares on multiple nights. The horror… the horror.
SUNDAY, Oct. 14
The Walking Dead, AMC, 9 p.m.
There will be blood when season 3 kicks off — lots and lots of it. Rick’s had enough of playing diplomat and he’s led the survivors to a prison fortress. It might be the answer to their prayers. Or it might be a prison fortress. READ FULL STORY
Tuesday nights bring a double-dose of pentagenerian sexiness with Ellen Barkin on The New Normal and Dennis Quaid on Vegas. But these two aren’t the only sexy stars over the age of 55. Read more to see the hottest stars on television who still rock our world after all these years.
Ghost sex: all the kids are doing it!
Okay, maybe not, but some kids are doing it. Now that Ke$ha has come out of the supernatural closet by telling the world about her sexual ghost encounter, we realized that there’s been a lot of pop-culture instances of such relations.
Here are some of our favorite incidents of ghost sex:
Ke$ha in “Supernatural”: She says the song is “about experiences with the supernatural, but in a sexy way.” Sample lyrics include “Boy, this love is supernatural/Can you feel it,” which is a good question — can one feel ghost sex? We’re not sure, but maybe giving the song a listen will help:
The home where American Horror Story‘s first season was set — Los Angeles’s Alfred F. Rosenheim Mansion, a six-bedroom beast that also features a ballroom and Tiffany stained glass — hasn’t really been the site of numerous ghastly murders. It is, however, just a 20 minute drive from the Beverly Hills home where Erik and Lyle Menendez shot and killed both their parents in 1989, 25 minutes from the site of the Wonderland Murders, and 25 more minutes from the spot where silent film star Ramon Novarro was savagely beaten and left to die by two male prostitutes.
How do I know all this? Thank American Horror Story‘s new “Murder Houses in Your Area” web site, which allows users to discover the grisly killings that took place in their own neighborhoods. Simply plug in an address, and the site will quickly generate a map of murder houses near you.
Summer is over, which can only mean one thing: TV is coming back! On the new episode of Entertainment Geekly, Jeff and I talk about the new and returning shows that we’re most excited about. Topics discussed include: The crazy ambition of Last Resort, the hopeful possibilities in the concept for Revolution, our simultaneous excitement and concern about the final season of Fringe, our managed expectations for the third season of The Walking Dead, and an attempt to figure out exactly what the first season of American Horror Story was all about. And also Homeland, because who doesn’t dig Mandy Patinkin?
Entertainment Geekly looks at ‘The Hobbit,’ ‘Cloud Atlas,’ and the other geeky fall movies
Wonder Woman and Superman in love! Plus: More ‘Big Brother’
Thoughts on the ‘Hobbit’ trilogy, and an argument for the greatness of Paul Verhoeven
The epic ‘Dark Knight Rises’ podcast
The movies of Comic-Con, plus our ‘Dark Knight Rises’ likes (and dislikes)
The ‘Before Watchmen’ debate (Plus: Alan Moore does Harry Potter!)
How does American Horror Story top a first season that included a ghost in a rubber fetish suit, a Frankenstein-like monster baby dressed in a Christening gown, and Dylan McDermott’s bare buttocks? It heads to a loony bin run by nuns! Well, and it also introduces [SPOILER ALERT] aliens, Nazis, and a serial killer named Bloody Face who wears a mask made out of his victims skin along with black nightie and opera length gloves. Oh, and, just for good measure, the lead singer of Maroon 5 shows up. “It is absolutely terrifying. Very gruesome,” says frontman Adam Levine of American Horror Story: Asylum (in case you don’t believe him, check out these photos). “And what’s great about the fact that it’s on FX is that you can go too far. You can do really unorthodox, crazy things that people are going to talk about.” Adds co-creator Ryan Murphy, “I don’t think people tune in to the show because they want My Dinner With Andre. I think they want to be scared. I’m just writing what I would like to see. I’m scared of aliens and I’m scared of Nazis and I’m scared of nuns. So it’s the perfect stew of horror and fear.”
This week, Entertainment Weekly takes you EXCLUSIVELY behind the highly secretive, super wild new installment of AHS, appropriately subtitled Asylum. “We are going Ryan Murphy-style all the way to the crazy house,” says star Sarah Paulson. While some of last year’s cast are returning (Paulson, Jessica Lange, Evan Peters, Zachary Quinto, Lily Rabe), they will be playing entirely new roles in an entirely new storyline set within an asylum for the criminally insane called Briarcliff Manor. “Every year of the show is a different miniseries, and there will be several chapters,” explains co-creator Ryan Murphy. “You need as your leading man or leading lady an institution to haunt.” Adds co-creator Brad Falchuk, “To me, last year was a family drama. This is our version of a workplace drama.”
This particular workplace is run by a wickedly stern nun named Sister Jude (Lange) who is surrounded by a cast of characters ranging from a possible former Nazi, Dr. Arden (James Cromwell), to nymphomaniac patient Shelley (Chloe Sevigny). But Sister Jude is also quite a troubled woman with a dark past that will resurface. “If I were playing a straitlaced nun, start to finish, I can’t say that would interest me too much,” says Lange. “What’s great are the extremes. To go from where she was and where she’s getting to, that’s what’s going to be interesting.” Meet the rest of the characters/cast of American Horror Story: Asylum here.
For more on American Horror Story: Asylum, stay tuned to EW.com and pick up this week’s issue of Entertainment Weekly for our exclusive set visit along with behind-the-scenes photos and details from the cast and creators.
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