Screen Junkies » American Horror Story http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Mon, 15 Sep 2014 23:40:14 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 ‘American Horror Story: Freak Show’ Scary Clown Teasers Live Up To Their Promise http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/american-horror-story-freak-show-scary-clown-teasers-live-up-to-their-promise/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/american-horror-story-freak-show-scary-clown-teasers-live-up-to-their-promise/#comments Fri, 05 Sep 2014 18:38:38 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=264739 Pants soiled.

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When it was announced that American Horror Story would be stopping by the circus for its fourth season, Freak Show, it was a given that there would be a scary clown involved. Today we lay eyes on that clown. Tonight, we never sleep again.

Here’s a second clown-centric teaser to further make your butthole pucker.

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‘American Horror Story: Freakshow’ Buys Into The Old Adage ‘When All Else Fails, Cast The World’s Smallest Woman’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/american-horror-story-freakshow-buys-into-the-old-adage-when-all-else-fails-cast-the-worlds-smallest-woman/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/american-horror-story-freakshow-buys-into-the-old-adage-when-all-else-fails-cast-the-worlds-smallest-woman/#comments Thu, 14 Aug 2014 16:12:00 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=264162 We get it, already. You're creepy. Gosh.

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If you thought that the subtitle for American Horror Story (Freakshow!) was just a clever name: Nope. They’re going to have an assortment of “freaks,” political correctness be damned. The fourth season has recruited the presence of Jyoti Amge, who’s claim to fame is that she’s the world’s shortest woman at 26 inches tall. And at 20 year’s old, she’s probably done growing. Probably.

Prior to getting cast, Amge had appeared in a documentary called Body Shock as well as an Indian reality show.

In keeping with the name, American Horror Story: Freakshow will take place in the circus town of Jupiter, FL in 1950. You can catch Amge, Jessica Lange, and the other American Horror Storytellers in October on FX.

(Deadline)

 

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Bring In The Clowns: ‘American Horror Story’ Season 4 Will Take Place At A Carnival http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/bring-in-the-clowns-american-horror-story-season-4-will-take-place-at-a-carnival/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/bring-in-the-clowns-american-horror-story-season-4-will-take-place-at-a-carnival/#comments Mon, 17 Mar 2014 17:05:49 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=260289 Get ready for so much sexy clown sex.

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Get ready for a bearded Jessica Lange. After a fair amount of speculation, writer Douglas Petrie broke down and announced that the next season of American Horror Story will take place at a super-ooky and spooky carnival. He tells the Nerdist Writers Panel when questioned, “Yes. It doesn’t have a title, but that’s the idea. Very roughly, that’s the idea.”

They HAVE to include scary clowns. After dealing with ghosts, aliens, demons, mutants, Nazis, serial killers, witches, and Emma Roberts, it’s pretty much the only thing left. And they should throw in some cannibalistic mermaids for good measure.

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Ryan Murphy To Update ‘The Town That Dreaded Sundown’, Make It Kinky Probably http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/ryan-murphy-to-update-the-town-that-dreaded-sundown-make-it-kinky-probably/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/ryan-murphy-to-update-the-town-that-dreaded-sundown-make-it-kinky-probably/#comments Fri, 18 Jan 2013 13:59:33 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=252999 Bloody Face: The Movie?

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Ryan Murphy has proved he can’t be categorized. Having found success with drastically different shows — Nip/Tuck, Glee, and The New Normal — he has the golden touch. But it’s the sometimes bonkers to a fault American Horror Story that has solidified him as a hit-maker. So, he’s staying close to the genre with his next film project.

Murphy is teaming up with Paranormal Activity producer Jason Blum to remake the 1976 horror classic The Town That Dreaded Sundown. Based on a true story, the film centered on five mysteries murders attributed to The Phantom Killer in the bordertown of Texarkana, Arkansas. Frequent American Horror Story director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon will direct. There’s no word yet on how the film will be updated but it’s a safe guess that the Phantom Killer will forgo his classic pillowcase mask for one made of pleather with zippers all over it. (Shock Til You Drop)

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Ian McShane Will Class Up ‘American Horror Story’ This Fall http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/ian-mcshane-will-class-up-american-horror-story-this-fall/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/ian-mcshane-will-class-up-american-horror-story-this-fall/#comments Thu, 11 Oct 2012 18:49:48 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=251413 McShane fits this role perfectly because he's so good....IT'S SCARY.

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In case you were wondering who an excellent counterpoint to Jessica Lange is, you can sleep easy knowing that person is Ian McShane. McShane, who’s best known for his work as the foul-mouthed and heartless Al Swearengen on HBO’s defunct Deadwood, will undoubtedly bring some brooding gravitas to Ryan Murphy‘s Halloween-y soap opera.

While American Horror Story isn’t a favorite show of this site, the hope, however unlikely, that McShane will call matron Jessica Lange a “cocksucker,” while indignantly tossing back whiskey, then storming out of the room is enough to make us mildly excited about this news.

But mostly it reminds us that we miss Al Swearengen.

He was like a father to us.

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Creepy Plastic And Burn Victims In ‘American Horror Story’ Clip http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/creepy-plastic-and-burn-victims-in-american-horror-story-clip/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/creepy-plastic-and-burn-victims-in-american-horror-story-clip/#comments Mon, 05 Dec 2011 02:11:43 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=238609 Boo!

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My sources tell me that the FX horrorama American Horror Story is one of the craziest shows on TV since Larry King went off the air. This clip would seem to bear that out, with a lot of creepy imagery and people acting strange. Also, the name of the clip is “Smoldering Children,” which is sort of nice. Anyway, the show airs Wednesday nights at 10:00 PM ET/PT, but DON’T WATCH IT ALONE. Unless, you know, you’re the only person in your house who wants to watch it.

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The Black Dahlia Murder: Facts Of The Case And Media Portrayals http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/the-black-dahlia-murder-facts-of-the-case-and-media-portrayals/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/the-black-dahlia-murder-facts-of-the-case-and-media-portrayals/#comments Fri, 02 Dec 2011 22:58:27 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=238506 Separating fact from fictionalized...

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With the advent of the Internet, tabloid journalism, and the 24-hour news cycle, it’s natural to think that sensational coverage of news, especially criminal affairs, is a more recent development. Sure, Jack the Ripper, Fatty Arbuckle, and several other subjects received a glut of media attention, but one case again and again demonstrates that not only is this type of coverage not new, but it may actually be less damaging now than it was in the past.

Predating Casey Anthony and O.J. Simpson by about half-a-century was Elizabeth Short, a Los Angeles murder victim who has been immortalized in film, television, and newspapers as “The Black Dahlia.” The media circus surrounding the mystery of her murder may be the largest factor in why the case was never solved. Even today, the case manages to intrigue new audiences, as Ryan Murphy demonstrated recently in an episode of American Horror Story.

For those unfamiliar with the facts of the case, as well as the countless adaptations in the media, let’s examine exactly who The Black Dahlia was and what happened to her.

Born in 1924, Elizabeth Short was a Massachusetts-born girl who moved to Los Angeles at the age of 19 with her father, but quickly found herself on her own after a falling out in 1943. After further travels back home to Medford, MA, and then to Florida, Short returned to LA to visit an old boyfriend, Lieutenant Joseph Fickling. She remained in LA for six months, which turned out to be the remained of her young life.

On January 15, 1947, Short’s body was found near what is referred to as South Central Los Angeles. Her body was cut in half at the waist, a smile was carved on her face ear-to-ear, and her body was drained of its blood. She was cleaned and posed despite the mutilations.

Due to the graphic nature of the crime, the local, then national media jumped on the case, sensationalizing Short as “victim material,” painting her as a woman who was loose with both sex and alcohol, though the opposite was true. The Black Dahlia nickname was bestowed upon her after her death by a reporter, a reference to the popular film The Blue Dahlia at the time.

The police working the case received phone calls and packages from the person purporting to be the killer, but they also received over 50 confessions to the murder. The truth was never discovered due to the fact that reporters had trampled the crime scene and tainted much of the evidence police had available.

The Los Angeles District Attorney synthesized, then analyzed the tips and confessions to create a “short”-list of 25 suspects. Predictably, speculation has abounded over the past 70 years, allowing authors and screenwriters free reign over a compelling case that is unlikely to ever be solved. The setting of 1940’s Los Angeles also provides a compelling film noir backdrop for various interpretations, ranging from the practical to the fantastic.

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‘American Horror Story’ Actress Alexandra Breckenridge http://www.screenjunkies.com/gallery/alexandra-breckenridge/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/gallery/alexandra-breckenridge/#comments Fri, 11 Nov 2011 17:00:48 +0000 Screen Junkies http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=gallery&p=218219 Alexandra Breckenridge is Katerina Pelham on HBO's "True Blood."

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Alexandra Breckenridge experiences the horrors of America on “American Horror Story.” Pretty sure that’s what the show is about, anyway. Hard to say, because the plot is about as inviting as a blood-soaked corpse. Speaking of blood, Breckenridge recently appeared on the latest season of HBO’s”True Blood” as the character Katerina Pelham, who wears glasses and generally acts pretty badass, as vampires tend to do on that show. Breckenridge previously appeared on “Life Unexpected,” and has done voiceover work on “Family Guy.”

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‘American Horror Story’ Picked Up For Second Season…ON HALLOWEEN! http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/american-horror-story-picked-up-for-second-season-on-halloween/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/american-horror-story-picked-up-for-second-season-on-halloween/#comments Tue, 01 Nov 2011 16:46:36 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=234576 It's the day after Halloween. I hope people still care about scary stuff.

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After its October 5th premiere, the macabre American Horror Story has put up some decent numbers, tracking to be FX‘s highest-rated first season in history, so it should come as no surprise that the network picked it up for a second season yesterday. The pickup is for the cable-standard 13 episodes, and while it’s not known when the series will begin its sophomore effort, the smart money would be next fall. Say, around Halloweenish?

For those not hip to the show, Horror Story follows the Harmon family as they move from Boston to LA, dealing with their marital problems, all the while having to negotiate their new house, which, of course, is haunted. It stars Dylan McDermott, Connie Britton, Frances Conroy, and Jessica Lange.

Ever since the show’s teaser campaign, the project has served as a sort of mystery to be solved, which evidently hasn’t scared away casual viewers who stumbled upon the show looking for sexy vampires or dudes killing zombies.

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9 ‘American Horror Story’ Plot Theories That Are Less Confusing Than The Show http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-lists/9-american-horror-story-plot-theories-that-are-less-confusing-than-the-show/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-lists/9-american-horror-story-plot-theories-that-are-less-confusing-than-the-show/#comments Thu, 27 Oct 2011 22:17:48 +0000 Sabrina Cognata http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=233991 What the hell is going on with this show?

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American Horror Story is truly bizarre. In fact, it’s strange enough that you can barely go to a bar without overhearing people talk about their theories as to what’s going on with the characters and plots.  And there’s a lot of characters and a really vague plot.

However thin the plot appears to be, the show’s creators, Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk, have managed to weave together perfectly balanced elements of shock, horror and storytelling to accomplish what many thought would fall flat. And in a way, the doubts people had about the show actually ignited the fury behind trying to figure out what Murphy and Falchuk are planning.

What will happen to both the living and the dead people stuck in the Murder House? W

hat’s growing inside Vivian?

And most of all, who controls “The Infantata” in the basement?

Here are nine American Horror Story plot theories.

The entire story is made up by Violet after finding the dead bodies of Ben, Vivian & Hayden and being institutionalized.

Before you shake your head and say this is crazy, think about the show we’re talking about. So far, the rules of American Horror Story exist only within whatever Murphy & Falchuk can come up with. Knowing this, it’s possible that after the scene in the pilot where Viv cuts Ben after she catches him in bed with Hayden, what if Ben lashed out and accidentally killed her, then Hayden, and finally himself. Violet comes home and discovers the grizzly psycho sex murder scene and becomes unglued and is institutionalized, spending the rest of her days living out this fantasy within her head. 

It makes sense because during the pivotal moments of the show, Violet is the person that demands to be in the house. She even says, “We’ll take it,” to Marcie the Realtor in the pilot, and tells her mother she’d run away before she’d leave the house.

Tate is the puppeteer of “The Infantata” in the basement.

There have been lots of subtle hints that Tate is tied to the creature thing in the basement. He uses it to protect Violet multiple times, including when he has Violet lure both the high school bully and the home invasion killer down stairs. But also, he is insistent about meeting Violet there so that they can be alone,. It’s as though he is the only person that can shield her from the monster.

When Tate initially got the bully into the basement, the camera flashed between him and “The Infantata,” causing Violet to ask him what that monster was and how controlled it.  However, once Tate saved Violet from the Home Invasion killers, she stopped questioning his intentions, and instead started asking what the monster was, prompting the tale of Dr. Charles Montgomery’s most vile work, the reanimation of his own dismembered child.

The troubled past Ben Harmon talks about was caused by bizarre psychic powers.

There is something about Ben that just doesn’t add up, starting with the house’s bizarre hold over him. It causes him to wake up in the middle of the night and play with fire. Not to mention his insane meetings with Larry the fire starter. More importantly, is the fact that Ben is becoming slowly unglued.

When Ben meets with Tate in the playground on Halloween, he tells Tate that he can relate to him more than Tate can understand, making him quite possibly the worst therapist on Earth if not the most pathetic human being. If Ben’s childhood antics were the cause of super bizarre psychic powers, it would make sense how he is extremely susceptible to the power of the house and incapable on fighting it off.

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Check Out A Special ‘American Horror Story’ Preview http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/check-out-a-special-american-horror-story-preview/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/check-out-a-special-american-horror-story-preview/#comments Fri, 14 Oct 2011 06:20:31 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=232444 The scariest sexual harassment accusation you'll see this week.

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In case you haven’t been keeping up with American Horror Story, here’s a sexual harassment-astic clip from the show’s third episode. It’s airing next Wednesday, October 19, at 10 PM on FX, and if this clip is any indication this isn’t your typical horror story. Unless you consider sexual harassment and wrongful termination lawsuits the stuff of horror. And, because I’m feeling generous, you can check out another clip below. You’re welcome.

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Like the campfires of old, people of all ages gather around behind-the-scenes TV specials to share stories of ghosts, goblins, and shiny leather men. Here you can see members of the cast like Connie Britton and Dylan McDermott discuss American Horror Story, which premieres this Wednesday, October 5th on FX. No interviews with that scary leather guy, but I’m pretty sure if you say his name three times in front of a darkened mirror, you’ll get your own personal press junket. Swear to God, it happened to my cousin’s friend. Seriously.

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‘American Horror Story’ Goes The ‘Punk’d’ Route http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/american-horror-story-goes-the-punkd-route/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/american-horror-story-goes-the-punkd-route/#comments Fri, 23 Sep 2011 19:12:11 +0000 Jame Gumb http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=229816 Finally, Punk'd meets the horror genre.

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Have the creepy American Horror Story promo taken a toll on your nerves. Well, this latest addition diverges from the norm. Instead of watching a bizarre man in black latex dancing around, this clip shows us a Punk’d style hidden camera shot in which the same latex man scares the crap out of an unsuspecting woman. Enjoy.

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Nightmares can be incredibly terrfiying – take for example the dream I had last night in which I was seduced by a creature who was half-octopus, half-Charles S. Dutton.

So it makes sense that at least some of the upcoming FX horror series, American Horror Story, would have to do with dreams. As you can see above, this video has a lot of dreamlike imagery and music, from the backwards-in-places score to actual dialogue discussing dreams.

Man, all this dream-talk is making me want a nap. I hope I don’t dream about that old leather guy again. No, not Charles S. Dutton!

American Horror Story premieres Wednesday, October 5th at 10:00 PM ET/PT on FX.

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For your viewing pleasure, here is what is promised to be the first in a series of “house calls” designed to pique your interest in the upcoming FX series American Horror Story, which premieres on Wednesday, October 5, at 10 EST/PST. I won’t spoil the surprise, but the video basically shows a plumber getting the bejeezus scared out of him for our collective amusement. And isn’t that something we can all get behind?

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The upcoming FX horror series, American Horror Story, promises to provide viewers with “everything you love about a thriller, nothing you expect.” These short promo clips seem to bear that out, with lots of shiny leather and weird visual effects.

This first one is the most subtle of the bunch – the creepiest thing in it is a simple shot of a staircase, which is still pretty creepy, don’t get me wrong.

Now things are starting to get weird. Remember that shiny leather I told you about? Yeah, it’s here. If there’s one thing to make a haunted house creepier it’s a little S&M imagery.

This last one is the creepiest of all – even more shiny leather shots, plus some kind of weird topsy-turvy room to boot. It’s kind of like the shining meets Lady Gaga meets the creator of Glee. Jesus, that truly is horrifying.

The show premieres on October 5th, on FX.

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‘American Horror Story’: Meet The Family http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/american-horror-story-meet-the-family/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/american-horror-story-meet-the-family/#comments Fri, 19 Aug 2011 19:42:39 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=225150 They're kinda quiet.

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Allow us to introduce you to the family featured in American Horror Story, the Harmons. They may not look like it, but they’re very, very happy to have you as a guest in their scary ass house.

(Check out these ‘American Horror Story’ viral clues‘)

Between this little teaser and the “clues” that we posted about yesterday, this show is shaping up to really raise the bar for horror on TV. Now, we don’t know a thing about the premise, beyond “it’s a family that moves into a haunted house,” but the production designs and cast have been enough so far to ensure that we keep our eyes on this until the October 5th premiere on FX.

As we see from this video, we’ve got Dylan McDermott as the patriarch, and Connie Britton as the mom, supported by Jessica Lange, Jamie Harris, a bunch of disembodied arms and legs, and everyone’s favorite vampire encased in concrete, Denis O’Hare.

How much you wanna bet the kids are home schooled?

 

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FX’s ‘American Horror Story’ Releases Viral ‘Clues’ About The Show http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/fxs-american-horror-story-releases-viral-clues-about-the-show/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/fxs-american-horror-story-releases-viral-clues-about-the-show/#comments Thu, 18 Aug 2011 21:43:51 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=224990 When I tried this in orchestra class in 4th grade, they made me change schools.

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FX has decided to lead into American Horror Story, Ryan Murphy‘s new horror series starring Connie Britton and Dylan Mcdermott, with a collection of videos that serve as clues.

(Check out ‘American Horror Story: Meet the Family‘)

But clues to what?

Uh, the show? Stuff that happens in the show? Show-related goings-on and occurrences?

It’s not really clear what the clues are for, but don’t take my word for it. On the show’s YouTube channel, there appear to be nine clues (as of press time. Expect more.) that reveal what we can safely assume are elements of the show.

Even if you can’t put two and two together, watching these videos gives you a good sense of how creepy the show is going to be. Extremely. It appears to be extremely creepy. It’s good to see Glee hasn’t sucked out the more macabre sensibilities from Ryan Murphy.

So, take a gander at the videos and let us know what you can deduce.

All I’v taken away is that the lady with the sword to her stomach looks preggers. Is someone gonna take her baby? Intriguing…

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FX Picks Up Ryan Murphy’s ‘American Horror Story’ To Series http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/fx-picks-up-ryan-murphys-american-horror-story-to-series/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/fx-picks-up-ryan-murphys-american-horror-story-to-series/#comments Mon, 18 Jul 2011 17:21:33 +0000 Col. Longshanks http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=220644 They must enjoy making money.

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FX wasted no time ordering up 13 episodes of Ryan Murphy’s next original series American Horror Story. The Glee mastermind created the show with fellow Glee mastermind Brad Falchuk. Starring Dylan McDermott, Connie Britton, and Jessica Lange, the psychosexual thriller (I’m already on board) “centers on a therapist and his wife who, dealing with the aftermath of the husband’s adultery, move with their kids into a new house that seems to know their fears and plays on them.” Oh God, please don’t tell me Sandra Bernhard is doing stand-up in every room.

FX has been hot on the show ever since Murphy said, “I have an idea.” They even wrote it in big red letters with little hearts on their fall calendar before the pilot was ordered to series, and have now officially set it to premiere October 5. In creating it, Murphy and Falchuk took inspiration from classic 1970s horror movies, including Rosemary’s Baby, Don’t Look Now and The Shining. If the series turns out to be half as awesome as it sounds, we could be in for a nice companion to The Walking Dead. No, not the Sandra Bernhard special. (Deadline)

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Dylan McDermott To Glare Seductively In ‘American Horror Story’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/dylan-mcdermott-to-glare-seductively-in-american-horror-story/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/dylan-mcdermott-to-glare-seductively-in-american-horror-story/#comments Fri, 29 Apr 2011 21:21:50 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=209776 Ahhhh, he's glamoring me!!!!

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FX loves themselves some Dylan McDermott. Between once airing repeats of “The Practice” and that crossover episode of “Ally McBeal,” you’d think they’d had their fill, but no. The network has just brought McDermz on as the lead in Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk‘s “American Horror Story,” and they’re also in talks to let him develop, write, and maybe star in his own series. I know he’s got that arresting gaze but, geez, ease up on the McDermott, FX Network.

In “American Horror Story,” McDermott stars opposite Connie Britton, her boobs, and Jessica Lange. The plot is being kept under wraps but a pilot breakdown did provide this info about two characters:

Ben Harmon (McDermott), a handsome and masculine but sensitive therapist who loves his family but has hurt his wife, and Vivien Harmon (Britton), his gorgeous wife who is a force to be reckoned with. Lange plays their nosy neighbor, a role that has been beefed-up after her casting.

Masculine but sensitive. Probably uses Brut aftershave and wears turtle-neck sweaters the rest of us can’t pull off. That’s perfect casting. (Deadline)

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Jessica Lange Finally On TV http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/jessica-lange-finally-on-tv/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/jessica-lange-finally-on-tv/#comments Wed, 13 Apr 2011 16:27:22 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=206836 Update your Jessica Lange fan club newsletters accordingly.

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Hold onto your hats, fans of actress Jessica Lange! The Oscar-winning-excuse me, TWICE-Oscar-winning Lange is making her television debut on the upcoming FX pilot from”Glee” creator Ryan Murphy, “American Horror Story.” The premise of the show is being kept secret, but I’m guessing that “American Horror” would denote plots about unnecessary foreign wars, economic recession, and oil rig explosions. Just kidding, it’s probably about vampires or something.

She’s playing the “nosy neighbor” of the two leads, which is being expanded into a larger role to accommodate Lange. One of those two leads is a played by Connie Britton, while her husband on the show has yet to be cast. Denis O’Hare is also attached, as “Larry the burn guy.” I’m assuming that Larry the burn guy is a comedian who wears sleeveless shirts and sets people on fire. Man, I hope this show gets picked up, it sounds awesome. Ah, nope, he’s actually a vampire or something. (Deadline)

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Ryan Murphy Covers The King Of Vampires With Burns In His Typically Understated Fashion http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/ryan-murphy-covers-the-king-of-vampires-with-burns-in-his-typically-understated-fashion/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/ryan-murphy-covers-the-king-of-vampires-with-burns-in-his-typically-understated-fashion/#comments Wed, 30 Mar 2011 22:15:18 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=204581 Denis O'Hare thinks this news is FAB-ULOUS!

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Denis O’Hare is apparently a leading man. So if his”True Blood” schtick as “Prime Minister of Vampires” or whatever wore a little thin, you might want to avoid “American Horror Story.” If ANY schtick wears thin for that matter, you might want to avoid “American Horror Story.” After all, it’s Ryan Murphy. He doesn’t so much “tell” stories as he does club you upside the head with them.

And we’re about to get hit in the dome with a big ole’ gay vampire. O’Hare has been cast opposite Connie Britton as “Larry the burn guy.” Subtlety, thy name is Murphy.

I have reservations about this decision. I don’t know if I will be able to believe that O’Hare isn’t a gay vampire after he was SUCH a gay vampire on “True Blood.”. I guess if they cover him with enough burns, I can suspend disbelief.

The pilot episode shoots next month once Murphy finishes shooting this season of”Glee.” Expect the pilot to radiate the quiet dignity for which Ryan Murphy shows are known. (Deadline)

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Connie Britton Scared To Say “No” To Ryan Murphy, Lest He Yell At Her http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/connie-britton-scared-to-say-no-to-ryan-murphy-lest-he-yell-at-her/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/connie-britton-scared-to-say-no-to-ryan-murphy-lest-he-yell-at-her/#comments Sat, 19 Mar 2011 00:07:44 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=202600 Connie Britton has spectacular breasts. Also, she's joining Ryan Murphy's "American Horror Story."

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Connie Britton has jumped on board Ryan Murphy‘s new FX horror show with the unfortunate title “American Horror Story.” Eh. It’s still better than”Glee.” It’ unknown at this time if Britton joined the project of her own volition or if she was scared of getting yelled at by Murphy for not participating.

Historically, horror TV programs have “sucked” (it’s an industry term), which apparently Murphy realized as he promises to transcend genre as he did with “Nip/Tuck” and medical shows then with “Glee” and all those other shows about gay handicapped teenagers.

FX President John Landgraf refers to it as a “really complicated, interesting psychological horror show…” Interesting? I guess he doesn’t want to oversell it. This news is surprising given this recent story that David O. Russell sold a secret show to FX with Connie Britton firmly attached to star. The only logical conclusion that one can draw from this paradox is that David O. Russell and Ryan Murphy are the same person. Which explains why they’re both such big yellers. (THR)

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A Few Details About Ryan Murphy’s Super-Secret ‘American Horror Story’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/a-few-details-about-ryan-murphys-super-secret-american-horror-story/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/a-few-details-about-ryan-murphys-super-secret-american-horror-story/#comments Thu, 24 Feb 2011 13:43:14 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=29536 "Glee's" Ryan Murphy and his "Nip/Tuck" partner Brad Falchuk have been pretty tight-lipped about their new FX pilot "American Horror Story." There's been no word on plot or genre. All we've had to go on is the cheery and optimistic sounding title. Until now.

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Glee‘s” Ryan Murphy and his “Nip/Tuck” partner Brad Falchuk  have been pretty tight-lipped about their new FX pilot “American Horror Story.” There’s been no word on plot or genre. All we’ve had to go on is the cheery and optimistic sounding title. Until now.

Michael Ausiello did some digging and was able to uncover a casting breakdown for the pilot’s four leads. And, thankfully, the Twilight elements are minimal.

  • Ben Harmon | Though as sensitive as a woman, this 40ish therapist is also a man’s man.
  • Vivien Harmon | Ben’s gorgeous wife, she is a force to be reckoned with in spite of her vulnerable demeanor.
  • Violet | The Harmons’ 16-year-old daughter is a Goth with more issues than a Borders magazine rack.
  • Tate Langdon | This 17-year-old is as dangerous as he is seductive. And not “Glee’s Puck dangerous,” either; we’re talking “Charles Manson dangerous.”

Ah. So it seems that the action is centered around the Harmons and their shitty daughter. Still no word if there will be a supernatural element to this show, but it seems that they’re going for a more reality-based drama. One thing is certain, it seems there won’t be any glee clubs on this show. Though seeing a jazz tap routine performed by a “Charles Manson dangerous” type sounds compelling. If that doesn’t work out here, maybe “Dancing With The Stars” can figure out some kind of work-release situation. (TV Line)


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FX Wants Back In The Ryan Murphy Business http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/fx-wants-back-in-the-ryan-murphy-business/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/fx-wants-back-in-the-ryan-murphy-business/#comments Thu, 17 Feb 2011 20:35:37 +0000 Dave Horwitz http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=27853 Just like in any relationship, FX wants to get back with Ryan Murphy now that he's with a better looking (higher profile) significant other (network).

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Just like in any relationship, FX is crawling back to Ryan Murphy now that he’s with a better looking (higher profile) significant other (network). That metaphor makes significantly less sense than the announcement that Ryan Murphy and his “Nip/Tuck” co-EP Brad Falchuk have sold a pilot to FX. It all seems pretty standard, except that there’s no actual information about the pilot, titled “American Horror Story.” What’s it about? Singing plastic surgeon ghosts? We don’t know. Who’s starring in it? Singing kids in ghost wheelchairs? No idea! We know it’s a pilot, that it’ll be shooting in April, 20th Century Fox TV is producing, and that Murphy, Falchuk and Dante Di Loreto are executive producing. We also know that FX’s President and GM, John Landgraf, is really excited about it, although why wouldn’t he be? Murphy is a cash cow, and has found a way to both develop a new cable property and still have time to run his incredibly successful network show,”Glee,” at the same time. There is only one explanation for his unfaltering productivity: the man is a kitch robot, and if he becomes sentient, we are all doomed. (Deadline)

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