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...]

Ashes to Ashes: Cremation Arose from Occult Practices?

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I don't tend to like sharing pieces from news aggregator Huffington Post (because they do not pay their bloggers, even though they can well afford to); but this fascinating piece, inspired by a cover story in TIME, explores the roots of cremation in America, and how it was first practiced and popularized by one of the co-founders of the Theosophical Society, Henry Steel Olcott, a retired Civil War colonel.Author Mitch Horowitz (also an editor at Tarcher/Penguin), notes that the TIME article … [Read more...]

The Freemasons may be more pagan than we thought…

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Of course we all know there are portions of the rites of Freemasonry that found their way into contemporary neo-pagan and Wiccan ritual (like the use of the words "So mote it be"). But aside from their penchant for holding rites in fancy indoor temples and wearing ominous robes and mystical jewelry (and then there are those neat metal car ornaments), we don't tend to think of them as all that pagan.But there's this late breaking story:  "Police break up 'drug-fueled orgy' at Masonic Lodge … [Read more...]

Drunk driver accused of “voodoo curse” (Tabloid alert!)

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Leave it to the Boston Herald...well, actually, it is a Boston Magazine piece that explains the characterization of a drunk driver by the Boston tabloid known for its sensationalist headlines.A drunk driver who drove a Boston Globe delivery truck off a highway (How many Boston newspapers can this story involve? Stay tuned!) was described as having raged at a state trooper when caught out in a welfare benefits scam. But it's the "voodoo cursing" that may be of interest to The Media Witch's … [Read more...]


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