Just-Released! Behind the Scenes Preview of SALEM

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 I can't believe I'm saying this, but I might actually be looking forward to this...Just released: special behind-the-scenes footage and sneak preview of WGN's Salem which premieres later this spring...Yes, the story set-up seems a bit silly: young sexy versions of Tituba, Cotton Mather, and other historical figures from the Witch Trials, setting us up for the suspicious, hysterical madness that takes place near the end of the Seventeenth Century. But the production values do … [Read more...]

Hail, Pan! Hail, Aphrodite! Lupercalia is here.

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Valentine's Day, Schmalentine's Day! Forget the hearts, roses and chocolate. Let's pay homage to the sexy goddess and the randy god instead! (There's one right there, Lucille Ball all decked out in fluffy pink fit for a Ziegfeld fantasy.)My coven in Boston has an Imbolc ritual (Candlemas,"The Feast of Februa") that does not mention Brigid/Brid/Bride at all...no sheep, either (Imbolc means "in the belly," referring to sheep birthing lambs at this time, and Oimelc means "ewe's milk"). in fact, … [Read more...]

For real this time! AMERICAN GODS is coming to TV!

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From Neil Gaiman himself:  the novel AMERICAN GODS is now in development for television with FreemantleMedia. The official press release says the deal has been finalized, and in television land, that means we're good to go.So, all that hubbub about the rumors about HBO not being true (my bad for not double checking the sources) etc. can now be swept away as we have fresh, new information on this very exciting development!In his online journal/blog, Gaiman says he is "very pleased" with h … [Read more...]

AMERICAN HORROR STORY: COVEN: What We Loved, and What We Hated

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And by "loved" I mean REALLY PASSIONATELY ADORED.And by "hated" I mean WTF?????Lilith Dorsey and I had nearly weekly video chats about the show, half rant, half rapture. Because, as irritating as we found the show to be at times, we also found it very entertaining and compelling. Say what you will, it is hard to remain indifferent to a show this intense. But its flaws were every bit as dramatic as its charms. So, without further ado:LOVED:1. The Dialogue. It was often perversely … [Read more...]

TONIGHT! The COVEN Finale. Now it’s time to share YOUR thoughts on the show!

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Hello, friends. Perhaps you've noticed, I have a bit of an obsession with this show. Well, me and my friend Lilith Dorsey. Me, a witch, she, a voodoo priestess; it kinda had to happen! (It helps that we're both media scholars and that Lilith is a filmmaker, too)If you haven't seen/heard any of our video chats about the show, we've been doing them faithfully every week and you can check them out on my Youtube channel, they're all there in reverse chronological order (plus a few random links … [Read more...]

Okay, who wants to chat?

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Christine, our illustrious editor here at the Patheos Pagan Channel, has encouraged us bloggers to reach out and chat with someone we have not actually met in person, but with whom we have had conversations, even debates, with, in cyberspace. The idea is to help elevate the discourse in the pagan blogosphere, and build our intellectual culture, as Christine put it.A wonderful idea, I say!Maybe some of you have seen that Lilith Dorsey of Voodoo Universe and I have been chatting about … [Read more...]

And then there’s the ROSEMARY’S BABY mini-series…

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Yeah, that.Well, at least it's not the dreadful sounding adaptation that Michael Bay was planning to do with Jessica Alba and Doris Roberts (hooray for all the fans who shared their outrage and effectively killed this project); they'd even been planning to change the title to "The Sacrifice."This mini-series version is directed by Agniezska Holland (who recently worked on the excellent American TV adaptation of THE KILLING which was a Danish series), and written by James Wong (from … [Read more...]

Some interesting stuff coming in 2014…

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I don't generally announce forthcoming horror films unless they have some connection to witchcraft, paganism or the occult, and of course I also prefer arthouse and foreign films to mainstream Hollywood stuff, so my initial forecast for 2014 is that there isn't that much coming down the pipeline just yet. But here are a few titles that look interesting and I'll keep you all posted as their debut dates get closer.The film JUNE stars one of the little badass girls in THE WALKING DEAD (Kennedy … [Read more...]

New trailer for WGN’s “Salem”

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A new trailer debuted today for the new series about Salem witches to be broadcast on WGN. The series is not debuting for a while yet, but the network is definitely trying to get some advance buzz happening, and the social media campaign to promote the show has been going strong for weeks now. Because witches!Earlier publicity stills from the show showed "dunking stool" scenes, which is kind of annoying since, as any history buff knows, the dunking stool did not exist in Colonial North … [Read more...]


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