Screen Junkies » Ryan Murphy http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Thu, 18 Sep 2014 20:13:15 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 Freakers Ball: The Full Trailer For ‘American Horror Story: Freak Show’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/freakers-ball-the-full-trailer-for-american-horror-story-freak-show/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/freakers-ball-the-full-trailer-for-american-horror-story-freak-show/#comments Mon, 08 Sep 2014 18:17:51 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=264772 Things are going to get weird(er) this season.

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Last week we showed you the preview of the scary clown who just needs to STOP IT. Thankfully, he’s nowhere in sight in this full-length trailer for American Horror Story: Freak Show. Get a load of these freaks: Kathy Bates as Prince Vultan from Flash Gordon, a two-headed Sarah Paulson, Michael Chiklis as The Mountain, and Angela Bassett with three boobs. That’s one way to get your groove back.

Because this is American Horror Story, Jessica Lange also makes an appearance as the Ringmaster. It’s unknown at this time what makes her a freak but let’s assume it involves her having penises for nipples or something.

 

 

Kathy Bates as a bearded lady, Angela Bassett as the three-breasted woman, Sarah Paulson as two-headed woman Bette and Dot, and Michael Chiklis as a strong man. The trailer closes on ringmistress Jessica Lange, with Jyoti Amge, the world’s smallest woman, at her side.

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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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‘Glee’ Dealing With School Shootings Now http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/glee-dealing-with-school-shootings-now/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/glee-dealing-with-school-shootings-now/#comments Thu, 11 Apr 2013 00:09:23 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=254352 Sponsored by the NRA.

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In tackling the third* and final issue of what it REALLY means to be a teenager, Glee will stage a shooting in the halls of its weird, weird school. If this angers you for no particular reason, you are not alone.

It will be interesting to see how they tie this tragedy into an a capella rendering of “Save Tonight” by Eagle Eye Cherry, but if anyone can do it deftly, it’s the master of subtlety, Ryan Murphy.

Just kidding. I’m guessing even Ryan Murphy doesn’t watch Glee anymore. In any event. Tomorrow night, if you’re feeling particularly mad at yourself, make yourself an individual serving of microwave popcorn, force your cat upon your lap, and watch this bullshit.

Glee, Thursdays at 9 on FOX.

*The other two are being gay and being in a wheelchair.

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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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What Trickery Is This? ‘American Horror Story: Asylum’ Pinhead Actually Kinda Hot http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/what-trickery-is-this-american-horror-story-asylum-pinhead-actually-kinda-hot/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/what-trickery-is-this-american-horror-story-asylum-pinhead-actually-kinda-hot/#comments Tue, 27 Nov 2012 22:35:11 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=252135 I'm feeling a lot of confusing feelings right now.

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Kudos to the American Horror Story: Asylum makeup department. And here I thought they specifically cast a woman who looks like Helga from Hey Arnold!

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American Horror Story To Reboot Season 2 With The Same Cast http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/american-horror-story-to-completely-reboot-the-story-with-mostly-the-same-actors/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/american-horror-story-to-completely-reboot-the-story-with-mostly-the-same-actors/#comments Thu, 22 Dec 2011 21:37:28 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=240677 Ryan Murphy is trying to set the record for "shortest duration from an original to a reboot."

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If you found last night’s American Horror Story finale confusing (I didn’t because I didn’t watch it), then this news should bring a little clarity. The second season will essentially reboot the show, with the same actors coming back, but in different roles. From what I understand, AHS is a very serial show, so that shouldn’t disappoint too many fans who were attached to certain characters. I think it’s a pretty smart move, as it’s clear that fans aren’t really in it to watching characters grow, so it’ll be keeping everyone who liked the show, and inviting lost viewers to come back and try it again.

Now that he’s shown himself amenable to the concept, maybe Ryan Murphy will be willing to reboot Glee with a show set in Japan about a group of Japanese army stragglers who refuse to acknowledge the end of WWII and go totally ninja on everyone. It could be called Deathcaliber.

But, whatever. Either way.

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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’ 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 Spooky Behind The Scenes Clip Of ‘American Horror Story’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/check-out-a-spooky-behind-the-scenes-clip-of-american-horror-story/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/check-out-a-spooky-behind-the-scenes-clip-of-american-horror-story/#comments Sun, 02 Oct 2011 08:00:55 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=230847 "The horror! The Hhorror!"

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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’: 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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Presented Without Comment: There’s Going To Be A ‘Glee’ Concert Film http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/presented-without-comment-theres-going-to-be-a-glee-concert-film/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/presented-without-comment-theres-going-to-be-a-glee-concert-film/#comments Wed, 04 May 2011 19:36:00 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=210462 It's "Glee." You know whether or not this concerns you.

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That’s it. That’s the news. If you’re a fan of the TV show Glee,” but you weren’t able to get tickets to any of the live shows, Glee Live! In Concert! will probably be on your radar when it comes out for a two-week limited engagement on August 12. If you’re like me and you’ve never even seen the show, maybe you want to just play video games out in the lobby of the theater. I’ll meet you there – I have lots of quarters.

Here’s “Glee“-creator Ryan Murphy on the announcment:

“This tour was all about going out and performing for our amazing fans who have supported our show from the beginning, but due to the limited time we had to travel during our hiatus, there were only so many cities we could get to before we had to resume work on the television series. We knew that not every fan who wanted to attend a concert would get that opportunity. Now, thanks to our friends at Twentieth Century Fox Film, we’ll be able to bring the concert experience to movie theaters across the country in full three dimensional glory. We promise every passionate ‘Gleek’ a cinematic experience that will have them singing and dancing in the aisles.”

Oh, and it’s going to be in 3D too, because why wouldn’t it be? Enjoy your “Glee” concert movie, America. You’ve earned it.

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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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Brett Easton Ellis Says ‘Glee’ Is A Puddle Of HIV http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/brett-easton-ellis-says-glee-is-a-puddle-of-hiv/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/brett-easton-ellis-says-glee-is-a-puddle-of-hiv/#comments Thu, 14 Apr 2011 01:28:00 +0000 Geoffrey Golden http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=206996 At least that's better than a "Puddle of Mudd."

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Someone made a joke on Twitter that many people are taking offense to. Everybody look surprised. I seriously hope a series of alarms go off at Twitter HQ when that happens.

Novelist Brett Easton Ellis, the satirical author behind American Psycho, wrote the following eyebrow-raising nugget into the Twittersphere:

“I like the idea of ‘Glee‘ but why is it that every time I watch an episode I feel like I’ve stepped into a puddle of HIV?”

That’s some in-ter-es-ting word choice for a show that has an inordinate amount of gay characters. It’d be like calling “Seinfeld” a “puddle of Holocaust.” I assume Ellis will either apologize, or”Glee” creator Ryan Murphy will furiously respond and generate more Tweet drama. On a related note, I miss the days before Twitter when celebrities used to fight each other in person at the “Source Awards.” If nobody comes out of this with a black eye or chipped tooth, I’ll be so angry… I’ll have to sing about it? (Vulture)

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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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Ryan Murphy Will Not Direct Willow Smith’s ‘Annie’ Remake, Enjoys Silly Hats http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/ryan-murphy-will-not-direct-willow-smiths-annie-remake-enjoys-silly-hats/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/ryan-murphy-will-not-direct-willow-smiths-annie-remake-enjoys-silly-hats/#comments Mon, 28 Mar 2011 16:37:09 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=203935 The ball is yours to drop, Adam Shankman.

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You’re probably not going to hear the”Glee” kids cover Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It anytime soon. Talks to have “Glee” creator Ryan Murphy direct Willow Smith in a re-imaging of the Broadway hit Annie have broken down like so many necks in Whip My Hair-related injuries.

There’s no word why first-choice Murphy dropped out on contention for the project being produced by Will Smith, Jada Pinkett-Smith, and Jay-Z but it probably has something to do with Murphy’s mangling of Jay-Z’s Empire State Of Mind. There’s no way he’s letting that man near his beloved Hard Knock Life. (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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Let the ‘Glee’ Backlash Begin http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/let-the-glee-backlash-begin/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/let-the-glee-backlash-begin/#comments Fri, 18 Mar 2011 21:25:51 +0000 Jame Gumb http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=202545 I find myself rooting for a band I haven’t listened to in ten years as they crusade against a television show I’ve never even seen.

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I’ve never seen an episode of Glee.” Don’t get me wrong. I’ve got nothing against it, other than the fact that even though I absolutely hate musicals and pop music, I’m constantly being told to “give it a chance.” But that’s hardly the show’s fault, so when it comes to “Glee,” I’m content to live and let live. Or so I thought.

While I can’t pretend to know much about the show I am more familiar with its creator, Ryan Murphy. He was also the creator of the plastic surgery drama, “Nip/Tuck,” and the director of Eat Pray Love, a film that, Allah willing, I will never have to sit through. But that’s not why I know him. I know Ryan Murphy because he’s been the star of two very public hissy fits.

One incident involved Slash, the former Guns N’ Roses guitarist. After Slash turned down “Glee’s” request to use some of the band’s music, Murphy equate the rocker to a washed-up has been, and called his intelligence into question. Granted, Slash went on record stating his dislike for “Glee,” saying the show was “worse than Grease and Grease is bad enough,” before adding, “Actually, I look at Grease now and think ‘between High School Musical and “Glee,” Grease was a brilliant work of art.” Given the circumstances, it’s easy to see why Murphy replied in a less than tactful manner.

But the second incident, involving the band Kings of Leon, was much more confusing. After the band refused to allow their song “Use Somebody” to appear on “Glee,” Murphy went on a tirade against the group in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter.

“F— you, Kings of Leon. They’re self-centered assholes, and they missed the big picture. They missed that a 7-year-old kid can see someone close to their age singing a Kings of Leon song, which will maybe make them want to join a glee club or pick up a musical instrument.”

The self-importance is staggering. First of all, why the hell would a seven-year old be listening to Kings of Leon or watching “Glee?” Second, why is it the band’s job to inspire children to join a glee club or pick up an instrument? Third, why is “Glee” the only way to go about inspiring children toward music appreciation? And last but not least, who gives a shit if children appreciate music? Maybe I’m missing “the big picture,” but I couldn’t give a rats ass if some seven-year-old picks up an instrument or joins a glee club. I’d rather a show inspire them to get a god damn job and stay the hell off my lawn.

Apparently, I’m not the only one who had a real problem with Murphy’s pompous remarks (although I’m probably the least important). Today, Foo Fighters front man David Grohl and drummer Taylor Hawkins both criticized Murphy, with Hawkins going as far as to call him a “fucking jerk.” Grohl went on to say:

“It’s every band’s right, you shouldn’t have to do f—ing ‘Glee.’ And then the guy who created ‘Glee’ is so offended that we’re not, like, begging to be on his f—ing show. … F— that guy for thinking anybody and everybody should want to do ‘Glee.’ … I watched 10 minutes. It’s not my thing.”

So now I find myself rooting for a band I haven’t listened to in ten years as they crusade against a television show I’ve never even seen. And judging from the comment section on articles covering Grohl’s remarks, I’m far from alone. Why? Maybe the show is too over exposed. Maybe it’s because of the show’s overzealous fan base. Maybe it’s because of Murphy’s pompous attitude. Or maybe, deep down, a lot of people can’t stand teenagers and, or musicals. But whatever the reason, the “Glee” backlash has begun, and I’m happy about it.

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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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7 Possible Plotlines For Ryan Murphy’s New FX Pilot http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/7-possible-plotlines-for-ryan-murphys-new-fx-pilot/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/7-possible-plotlines-for-ryan-murphys-new-fx-pilot/#comments Fri, 18 Feb 2011 00:28:47 +0000 Jame Gumb http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=27940 FX has refused to even release the show's plot. As such, they have left us no choice but to come up with our own predictions about the show's content. Here are nine possible plotlines.

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Glee creator Ryan Murphy has re-teamed with Brad Falchuk for a new FX pilot, “American Horror Show.” While this marks the second time the team is working with the network (“Nip/Tuck” being the first), this time around, they are being very tight-lipped about the subject matter. In fact, FX has refused to even release info on the show’s plot. As such, they have left us no choice but to come up with our own predictions about the show’s content. Here are nine possible plotlines.

  • A sexy look at the hard-partying life and times of H.P. Lovecraft.
  • A family of East Coast serial killers adapts to life in Midwest suburbia.
  • True-life tales from the guy who gets paid to drain Rosie O’Donnell’s many abscesses.
  • Two plastic surgeons lose their licenses and end up teaching music at a loca high school.
  • Rocky Horror Picture Show fans must come to terms with the fact that the film they love just isn’t that good.
  • A deranged lunatic places toilet cams in an Arby’s restroom at The Mall of America.
  • Writer Frad Balchuk plots the murder of his limelight-hogging writing partner, Mrian Burphy.

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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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Ryan Murphy Asked To Put His ‘Glee’ Stench All Over ‘Annie’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/ryan-murphy-asked-to-put-his-glee-stench-all-over-willow-smith/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/ryan-murphy-asked-to-put-his-glee-stench-all-over-willow-smith/#comments Wed, 09 Feb 2011 22:44:48 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=25933 Ryan Murphy, shown here delighting a young boy with a kiss, has been asked to helm the Annie remake starring Willow Smith.

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Ryan Murphy, shown here delighting a young boy with a kiss, has been asked to helm the Annie remake starring Willow Smith in order to make it the most saccharine project in the history of cinema. Murphy’s possible involvement means that there should be casting decisions regarding openly gay characters in wheelchairs coming any day now. Take THAT, 1994 middle America!

This move seems a little redundant, as I assume anyone that likes”Glee” would already line up to see this remake. See, if the producers Smith had gone a different direction, like Tarantino or maybe that Winter’s Bone gal, then they could have tapped into two audiences. Missed opportunity on their part.

What does all this mean, other than “I’m still not going to see this movie”? It means that the producers, aka “Willow Smith’s parents” take the musical aspect of this production seriously, but not seriously enough that they’re not going to dumb-down the influence of Jay-Z on the project. I can just imagine a production meeting with Will, Willow, Jada, and Ryan Murphy all gabbing it up about which Katy Perry song to introduce in the third act while Jay-Z sits across from them, slowly, methodically banging his head on the table, only to lift his head up and with a solitary tear streaming down his face. (Deadline)

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Kings Of Leon Enrage Ryan Murphy, Gleeks Everywhere http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/kings-of-leon-enrage-ryan-murphy-gleeks-everywhere/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/kings-of-leon-enrage-ryan-murphy-gleeks-everywhere/#comments Wed, 26 Jan 2011 17:35:29 +0000 Dave Horwitz http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=22416 What does it take to send 'Glee' creator Ryan Murphy into an expletive laced tirade? Deny him the right to turn a song of yours into a "number" on his hit show, that's what.

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What does it take to send “Glee” creator Ryan Murphy into an expletive laced tirade? Deny him the right to turn a song of yours into a “number” on his hit show, that’s what. Apparently Murphy requested to use a Kings Of Leon song for his show last August, and the band turned it down. Well, KoL, I hope you were prepared for the WRATH OF MURPHY! Here’s the response he fired back at the band of good ol’ boys turned quasi-hipster  in The Hollywood Reporter:

“Fuck you, Kings of Leon. They’re self-centered assholes, and they missed the big picture. They missed that a 7-year-old kid can see someone close to their age singing a Kings of Leon song, which will maybe make them want to join glee club or pick up a musical instrument. It’s like, OK, hate on arts education. You can make fun of Glee all you want, but at its heart, what we really do is turn kids on to music.”

DAAAAAAMN! That’s one angry showrunner/musical theater buff! However, this feud appears to be pretty one sided, as Caleb Followill, the band’s singer, issued this non-combative non-response:

“This whole Glee thing is a shock to us. It’s gotten out of hand. At the time of the request, we hadn’t even seen the show. It came at the end of that record cycle, and we were over promoting [“Use Somebody”]. This was never meant as a slap in the face to Glee or to music education or to fans of the show. We’re not sure where the anger is coming from.”

AW YEAH! Take that, Murphy! You wanted a fight, you got… Total and complete rock star apathy! How does it taste? Neutral? I bet. Here’s a tip: if you want a fight, don’t go after multi-multi platinum rock stars who’s entire “thing” is appearing like they don’t care about anything. I bet Marilyn Manson would engage you in a Twitter war or something, but Kings Of Leon? Those guys practically wrote the book on 21st century apathy. Good luck with your massively successful show, though. I’m sure Maroon Five won’t say no to having their songs Glee-ified. They basically are already. All you have to do is add choreography. (Vulture)

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Hopkins May Play Hitchcock, And If So, How Psychotically? http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/hopkins-may-play-hitchcock-and-if-so-how-psychotically/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/hopkins-may-play-hitchcock-and-if-so-how-psychotically/#comments Sat, 22 Jan 2011 05:02:31 +0000 Geoffrey Golden http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=21563 Everyone's favorite lamb silencer is in talks to play the 'Psycho' director.

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Alfred Hitchcock was one of the greatest movie directors of all-time, but his life wasn’t nearly as exciting as getting attacked in the shower by a crazy cross-dressing murderer. Maybe that’s why the writer/director developing the Hitchcock biopic, Sacha Gervasi (Anvil! The Story of Anvil), is in talks with everyone’s favorite lamb silencer Anthony Hopkins to spice things up a bit.

I can see it now. “Hello Alma,” ultra super creepy Hitchcock (played by Hopkins) says to his wife and editor Alma Reville in a disturbing whisper. “I think you need to cut a little bit more off that scene,” he says, brandishing a large knife. “Which part? The tail end or the head,” Alma asks, her attention focused on the editing deck. “How about… the neck.” He slices her throat, just like what happened in real life. Yes, that really happened, don’t consult Wikipedia or his many biographies.

Actually, Hopkins has been rumored to play the North By Northwest director for years, when Ryan Murphy was attached to the project. Murphy’s version didn’t come together, and he later went on to create something far scarier than anything Hitchcock ever made: “Glee.” (/Film)

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Crisis Averted: No Bieber-Centric Episode Of ‘Glee’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/crisis-averted-no-bieber-centric-episode-of-glee/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/crisis-averted-no-bieber-centric-episode-of-glee/#comments Mon, 10 Jan 2011 16:03:37 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=14877 Justin Beiber's star is rising and there's nothing that can be done to stop it. But, at least, it can be stalled.

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Justin Beiber’s star is rising and there’s nothing that can be done to stop it. But, at least, it can be stalled.

Rumors were circulating that Glee‘ was planning a Justin Bieber-themed episode along the same lines as their Madonna and Britney Spears tributes. Thankfully, showrunner Ryan Murphy has shot holes in that claim.

“Those [tributes] are reserved for artists with big catalogs,” Murphy explains. “Bieber comes up in episode 13 as a small plot point.”

And I then added, “Have you seen that kid try to act? F*ck that sh*t.”

You can plan on avoiding that episode and plot point on February 15th. (Entertainment Weekly)

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‘Glee’ Creator May Ruin ‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/glee-creator-may-ruin-the-rocky-horror-picture-show/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/glee-creator-may-ruin-the-rocky-horror-picture-show/#comments Tue, 19 Oct 2010 05:28:41 +0000 Defy Media By definition, a “cult classic” is a film that has acquired a highly devoted but specific group of fans. This is certainly true of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, which...

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By definition, a “cult classic” is a film that has acquired a highly devoted but specific group of fans. This is certainly true of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, which has maintained a devoted following for more than 35 years.

And if there’s one thing devoted fans of a cult film do not appreciate, it’s when you go and screw around with their beloved film. But I guess Glee” creator Ryan Murphy didn’t get the memo, since he recently met with Fox 2000 to discuss a Rocky Horror remake.

Other than the fact that Murphy brings a slew of “Glee” fans to the table, I don’t see the upside. Mainstream audiences can care less about a remake, while Rocky Horror fans will feel alienated. Then again, I could be wrong. After all, it worked for The Wicker Man. (Deadline via Latino Review)

Watch an awesome clip from The Wicker Man remake after the jump…

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Britney Spears to Guest Star on ‘Glee’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/britney-spears-to-guest-star-on-glee/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/britney-spears-to-guest-star-on-glee/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 Good news for anyone who likes washed-up pop stars! Britney Spears is going to appear on "Glee", according to the show's creator Ryan Murphy. Instead of having a drunken Spears ram her car into the glee club's bus or attempt to buy drugs off of one of the students, the show decided to take the high road by having most of Britney's scenes take place in a dream sequence. After being put under in the dentist's chair, some of the characters from the show will "hallucinate about being like the singer." I can only assume that means they will dream about forgetting to feed their children while drunkenly scouring the house for that last free sample of Valtrex. (Coming Soon)

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Good news for anyone who likes washed-up pop stars! Britney Spears is going to appear on "Glee", according to the show’s creator Ryan Murphy.

Instead of having a drunken Spears ram her car into the glee club’s bus or attempt to buy drugs off of one of the students, the show decided to take the high road by having most of Britney’s scenes take place in a dream sequence.

After being put under in the dentist’s chair, some of the characters from the show will "hallucinate about being like the singer." I can only assume that means they will dream about forgetting to feed their children while drunkenly scouring the house for that last free sample of Valtrex. (Coming Soon)

 

 

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