No, AMERICAN HORROR STORY: HOTEL is NOT Cancelled!

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Sigh. The Media Witch strives for accuracy in reporting. She sure as heck doesn't like spreading rumors. So when she sees blog posts like this one, which is trying to spread a rumor that the upcoming season of AMERICAN HORROR STORY (a show that's been written about here quite a bit, since Season Three, COVEN, was all about witches) is being cancelled, she tends to see red. And not in a good Myrtle-Snow-wearing-red-for-a-pop-of-color kinda way, either. You know how I can tell this is a made-up … [Read more...]

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NBC News Follows Up on Pensacola Case Coverage’s Impact on Wicca Community

NBC News has issued a follow up report on their coverage of the triple homicide in Pensacola, Florida that was characterized by local law enforcement (specifically the spokesperson for the county sheriff's office) as being a "ritualized Wiccan killing." Once this particular news article hit social media, reactions were swift and volatile. Many pagan spokespersons took it upon themselves to contact various media outlets and offer their thoughts on the erroneous assumption that Wicca (a modern … [Read more...]

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Breaking News: “Wiccan Ritual Killing” in Pensacola

Okay, first off, that headline may be misleading. It is highly unlikely that a "Wiccan Ritual Killing" took place ANYWHERE, let alone sleepy Pensacola, Florida.What DID happen, according to this article from NBC NEWS,  is that the local Sheriff's office spokesperson, one Andrew Hobbes, decided that a triple murder that took place on July 28th must be a "Wiccan Ritual Killing" because of "the injuries to the victims, the positions of the bodies and also the person of interest right now is a … [Read more...]

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Media Witch Update, Lammas Blue Moon Edition: Will there be a XENA Reboot?

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Blessings of Lammas to you all! Summer is a very busy time in the media witch's world, because I work outdoors in summer as a gardener. I love this work as it keeps me in touch with nature's changing rhythms, colors, textures and perfumes, and helps keep me sane for the long winter indoors when I tend to work in offices and classrooms. But summer is also the time of exciting new developments in the movies and television programming, so here are a few things that I'm keeping an eye on.First … [Read more...]

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The Cusp of Occultism and the New Age: MAD MEN’s Pagan Finale

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Last night, I attended the MAD MEN finale event at the Museum of the Moving Image in NYC (where there is a wonderful exhibit on display including sets and costumes from the iconic show). As a blogger for the Basket of Kisses website I was invited and offered to read tarot for the event's attendees. The Angel/Judgment card came up a couple of times in peoples' readings; so it was interesting that it came up a THIRD time when I did decided to pull a card after the finale to sum up what we had just … [Read more...]

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THE CRAFT is getting a remake?

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You all remember THE CRAFT, don't you? That glossy, hip movie that made teenage witchcraft a ubiquitous trend in America. It even had an actual Wiccan as a production adviser (let's hope the new production team hires a technical consultant for the remake; hey, I'm available and I have experience!). Star Fairuza Balk opened her own occult shop, taking over the ownership of Pan Pipes in Los Angeles in 1995 (been there, got the t-shirt!), following her work in the film (she played Nancy, the one wh … [Read more...]

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“Legal Defense Fund Against Abuser”: A New Wrinkle in the Kenny Klein Case

For those wondering if there is any news regarding pagan musician Kenny Klein's legal troubles, a new development has caught my attention. This evening I saw a link to a fundraiser online ("Legal Defense Fund Against Abuser"), started by Kenny Klein's ex-wife Tzipora Katz, for legal fees that may be incurred in the near future. As you may recall, the news of Klein's arrest for possession of child pornography caused a great deal of shock, anger and controversy in our community. Katz spoke out … [Read more...]

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Tuesday Muse, News & Reviews: THE SISTERHOOD OF NIGHT

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This new film, based on a haunting short story by Steven Millhauser (whose work was previously adapted for the screen in THE ILLUSIONIST starring Edward Norton), opens this Friday April 10th. Created by writing-directing team Marilyn Fu and Caryn Waechter, THE SISTERHOOD OF NIGHT is the story of a group of teenage girls who decide to withdraw from the social intrigue of their school and community, and create a secret club that meets in the woods at night. Rumors of rituals, witchcraft and the … [Read more...]

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The TWIN PEAKS reboot will not include David Lynch

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Several weeks ago there were rumors flying that the reboot of TWIN PEAKS, a whole new season of the cult series that was to be produced for Showtime, was not going to happen. Twitter and other social media platforms went a bit crazy before things got cleared up (it was a matter of contracts not being finalized, just a formality, everyone agreed). But now, on EASTER SUNDAY no less (after I shared this lovely link this morning with all the episodes of David Lynch's "Rabbits" sit-com that was a … [Read more...]

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