American Horror Story: COVEN Reinvents the Witch Archetype

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The Media Witch has been bewitched.No, I mean that. Two episodes into this season on American Horror Story (COVEN) and I am enamored of its slick arty look, its take no prisoners daring, its outrageous disregard for history, and its shameless envelope-pushing. I mean, hey. Why have a hot television show that’s not at least somewhat controversial?I know, as a media critic and practicing witch and activist, that I am supposed to be overtly critical of media portrayals that trumpet the “ … [Read more...]

Live Video Discussion! AHS COVEN Episode 2, “Boy Parts”

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Last night Lilith Dorsey (of Voodoo Universe), Tehron Gillis, Jason Mankey (of Raise the Horns) enjoyed chatting about the latest episode of American Horror Story: COVEN.It was a lively conversation about fried chicken, zombies, and, of course, boy parts. It was a Google Hang Out on Air, which we broadcast live to Youtube and is now archived there. Check it out!We'll be following up with a new live chat every week, so stay tuned, and join us or listen in afterwards via the Youtube link. … [Read more...]

Live Google On Air chat about AMERICAN HORROR STORY: COVEN

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Last week's live video chat with Lilith Dorsey, Tehron Gillis, Amanda and myself was great! But we could not figure out how to share the archived chat. So we will be using Google Plus Hang Outs On Air which broadcast to my Youtube channel. Please join our chat on https://plus.google.com/hangouts/_ at 8 pm EST, or if you prefer you can watch the video later, I will post the link here. The chat title will have the words "Coven" and "Boy Parts" in it to make it easier to find.I am late with my … [Read more...]

COVEN and BITCHCRAFT CHAT!

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Hello friends! I sure hope you're looking forward to the season premiere tonight of AMERICAN HORROR STORY: COVEN. I know I am.Tomorrow night, at 8 pm EST, my friend and fellow Patheos blogger Lilith Dorsey, a New York-based voodoo priestess who has strong ties to New Orleans, will be having a live Google Hang Out chat about the show's first episode. We scheduled it and everything! You just have to show up. :)I will be posting a write-up of my reaction to the show tomorrow, … [Read more...]

EW sez: AHS COVEN is accessible and…funny?

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So, some lucky critics got to see a preview of AMERICA HORROR STORY: COVEN recently, and the verdict from Entertainment Weekly's James Hibberd is that it is the best (read: most accessible and "least weird") season yet. Apparently there is even some comedy to lighten the mood!The lucky critics also got to ask series creator Ryan Murphy a few questions (jealous!) and he offered some tantalizing factoids and ideas. For example, about the witch characters and the promised erotic content the … [Read more...]

THE WICKER MAN: once thought to be “rubbish” and “undistributable”

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Are you ready for The Wicker Man: Final Cut? It's out this Friday!!!To get you psyched, here are some wise and weird tales from the film's original artists.This new interview from The Guardian offers some wonderfully illuminating and delicious details from the makers of the 1973's cult classic The Wicker Man.Like this tidbit from music director Gary Carpenter:We called ourselves Magnet and got into Paul's soundworld very quickly. We were interested in this semi-mystical occult … [Read more...]

Coming this Fall: Daniel Knauf’s DRACULA

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Yes, THAT Daniel Knauf, the one who created HBO's Carnivale. This new series, starring Jonathan Rhys Myers, looks simply scrumptious, and very racy for NBC. How wonderful that this talented writer and director now has an exciting new project happening after so many Carnivale fans were left bereft...If you have not seen Carnivale, the big budget, lush, stunning historical drama about a traveling carnival during the Dustbowl/Depression era, you have no idea what dizzy, heady heights television … [Read more...]

COVEN: American Horror Story’s witchy new season

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By now you've certainly heard that the third season of AMERICAN HORROR STORY is subtitled COVEN and will be set in both Salem, Massachusetts and New Orleans, Louisiana. As last season's ASYLUM was set further back in time than the first season, this third season goes back nearly three hundred years in its quest to fill an hour of primetime with more sex, gore, violence and perversion than we're generally used to seeing.And I, for one, can't wait.The first "teaser trailer" has been … [Read more...]

DEVIL’S KNOT: Reviews coming in from Toronto Film Festival

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Devil's Knot, the feature narrative film about the West Memphis Three (based upon the investigative book by journalist Mara Leveritt and directed by Atom Egoyan), is beginning to receive its first industry reviews from its premiere  screenings at the Toronto Film Festival. It makes sense that Canadian director Egoyan's film debuted at this fest, one of the most respected international film festivals. For those who like to read reviews before attending films (I generally don't), the reviews are … [Read more...]


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