AMERICAN HORROR STORY: COVEN Recap – “The Axeman Cometh”

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While a strength of American Horror Story: Coven is its use of supernatural elements that allow characters to die and be resurrected at will, sometimes that mechanism can also act as a crutch.  Tonight’s episode, “The Axeman Cometh”, not only introduced a new character to the at-times-unwieldy cast, but brought two (okay, one and a half) back.  When an hour-long drama can’t even give ample screen time to members of the principal cast, then the story has already become too bloated without compounding matters by introducing more sub-plots half-way through the season.  Unfortunately, that’s what we got tonight.  Hit the jump for my recap and review, and for why jazz may be making a comeback.

AMERICAN HORROR STORY: COVEN Recap – “Burn, Witch. Burn!”

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Even though FX has ordered a fourth season of American Horror Story, we still have quite a few episodes left to enjoy in this iteration, American Horror Story: Coven.  Tonight’s episode, “Burn, Witch. Burn!” felt more like the second half of last week’s episode (the two probably should have been a Halloween special), but that’s not to say that we didn’t get a lot of story progression along the way.  This hour played heavily on the gore effects, which is to be expected when a horde of zombies descends on a witch coven’s manor home.  We also learned that the voodoo practitioners might not be the most dangerous threat to the coven, but rather someone from within their own ranks.  Hit the jump for my recap and review, plus reasons never to name your daughter “Borquita”. 


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In advance of tonight’s fifth episode of FX’s American Horror Story: Coven, we have news that the network has ordered a fourth season of the Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk drama.  While the current season won’t air its finale until January 29th, 13 new hours of television are officially on the books for the as-of-yet untitled fourth season.  The season order comes as no surprise, as Coven’s ratings have outstripped both of the show’s previous runs, and the creators are already deep into conceiving the next season’s themes and storylines.

Catch up on all of our American Horror Story news here, and check out our ongoing episode recaps here.  Hit the jump for more.

Sarah Paulson Talks AMERICAN HORROR STORY: COVEN, How Much Crazier Things Will Get, Her Thoughts on ASYLUM, 12 YEARS A SLAVE, and More

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I have to admit that I’m loving American Horror Story: Coven, not just because it’s the season of the witches, but because it’s also very much the season of the bad-ass women, with the likes of Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett and Patti LuPone joining Jessica Lange and Sarah Paulson.  With Marie Laveau (Bassett) unleashing her wrath on Madame Lalaurie (Bates), Fiona (Lange) adding to the body count, and Cordelia (Paulson) being attacked, the secrets, lies and mysteries are mounting, and there’s just no telling where things will go next.

During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, actress Sarah Paulson talked about her thoughts on how Asylum turned out, the extraordinary women who are on this season, being less physically and mentally exhausted this time around, how challenging things will get for Cordelia, that her attacker will remain a mystery for now (she has speculated about who it could be, but has no idea), the involvement of the Council of Witchcraft, and just how much crazier things will continue to get.  She also talked about the Oscar buzz for 12 Years A Slave, which she’s very proud to be a part of, and her hope that she’ll be able to continue to find a balance between working in film, television and theater.  Check out what she had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers

AMERICAN HORROR STORY: COVEN Recap – “Fearful Pranks Ensue”

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Things got a little more heated between the witches and voodoo practitioners this week on American Horror Story: Coven, but more importantly, we got a look back in time at the formative years of some of the show’s major players.  In addition to the plot points, viewers were treated to some good ol’ fashioned AHS hijinks, including surprise murders, sexy times and character creep-outs.  We were also treated to a returning cast member who we haven’t seen since the first season, though it remains to be seen whether or not she’ll turn up again.  Hit the jump for my recap and review, and for why I have faith in the future.

AMERICAN HORROR STORY: COVEN Recap – “The Replacements”

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Well, things certainly got weird this week on FX’s American Horror Story: Coven.  The previous two episodes of the horror anthology’s new season have already established the age-long war between practitioners of witchcraft and voodoo, but now we know that all is not well within the coven.  As the powers of the old Supreme wane, a young upstart is unknowingly encroaching on her territory.  Meanwhile, we also get to witness a new weird way to make a baby and one of the creepiest family reunions since Chinatown.  Hit the jump for my recap and to find out why this is still Jessica Lange’s dance.


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Last week’s premiere of the new season of FX’s horror anthology, American Horror Story: Coven, did a solid job of introducing the new cast of characters and establishing the world in which witchcraft and voodoo are at odds.  Tonight’s follow-up episode delved further into the history of both magical practices and hinted at the roots of their conflict.  Oh, and to spice things up, there were also some body-making and baby-making rituals in the mix.  In other words, everything that makes American Horror Story so fun to watch.  Hit the jump for my review because we got a lotta skinnin’ to do before sundown.

Director/Producer Alfonso Gomez-Rejon Talks AMERICAN HORROR STORY: COVEN and His First Feature THE TOWN THAT DREADED SUNDOWN

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From co-creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk, the FX series American Horror Story uses a unique and compelling approach to television, with a different setting, different characters and a rotating cast of actors for each season. For Season 3, American Horror Story: Coven tells the secret history of witches and witchcraft in America, with a cast of powerhouse actresses that includes Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett, Patti LuPone, Sarah Paulson and Frances Conroy.

During this recent exclusive interview with Collider, executive producer/director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon talked about his path to becoming a director, how he came to be working with Ryan Murphy, the natural progression of his career, from episodic director to producing director to feature director, how much more involved he is with American Horror Story this season, how The Town That Dreaded Sundown became his first feature directing job, his unique visual style, and that he’d like to maintain a balance of television and film projects.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

Jordin Sparks Talks THE INEVITABLE DEFEAT OF MISTER & PETE, Filming LEFT BEHIND with Nicolas Cage, IN THE HEIGHTS on Broadway, and More

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From director George Tillman Jr., the indie drama The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete tells the story of 13-year-old Mister (Skylan Brooks).  When his hard-living mother (Jennifer Hudson) is apprehended by the police, Mister and his 9-year-old friend Pete (Ethan Dizon) are left alone to forage for food and dodge Child Protective Services while trying to stay alive in the Brooklyn projects.

During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, actress/singer Jordin Sparks (who plays Mister’s friend, Alice) talked about how she auditioned for this role, what made her want to be a part of telling this story, how she viewed her character, how Alice’s fate in the original script was different from what it is in the film now, and her own support system.  She also talked about the key to maintaining success in this business, working on Left Behind, a film with Nicolas Cage about the rapture, how memorable her time was on Broadway, doing In the Heights, shooting an upcoming episode of CSI, and keeping a balance between her acting and singing careers.  Check out what she had to say after the jump.


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Fire up the cauldrons and cast the bones; American Horror Story: Coven is here!  The third season of FX’s horror anthology series delves into an age-old conflict between witches and practitioners of voodoo, but just who deserves to come out on top remains to be seen.  Coven’s premiere brings back familiar faces along with some first-timers in a debut that’s not quite as shocking as the first season’s intro while plainly having a bit more fun than last season’s Asylum.  Tonight’s episode, “Bitchcraft”, makes quick work of introducing characters and establishing multiple points of conflict, so the remaining 12 episodes should be free to go crazy.  Hit the jump for my recap and to find out if you’re genetically predisposed to witchcraft or just bulimic.

Ryan Murphy Talks AMERICAN HORROR STORY: COVEN, Witches vs Voodoo, and New Orleans, Plus When He’ll Announce the Theme for Season Four

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In advance of the third season of FX’s horror anthology American Horror Story debuting tonight, co-creator Ryan Murphy talked at length about the new iteration.  Subtitled Coven, this season takes place in New Orleans and pits witches young and old against their long-time rival voodoo practitioners.  Like previous seasons, AHS:C is a thinly veiled allegory for real social issues like racism and discrimination; that’s all well and good, but the real selling point of the show is watching just how crazy it gets while seeing Murphy and co-creator Brad Falchuk’s reimaginings of real-life people.  Hit the jump for more from Murphy on American Horror Story: Coven, which debuts tonight at 10pm ET on FX.

22 New Images from AMERICAN HORROR STORY: COVEN Featuring Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates, Emma Roberts, Evan Peters, and More

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October is upon us, and that means new seasons of American Horror Story and The Walking Dead are near.  After weeks of tantalizing teasers and posters, FX has now released a full gallery of images from American Horror Story: Coven that unveil the colorful cast of characters and give us a peek at the show’s first episode, aptly titled “Bitchcraft.”  This season deals with witchcraft, specifically the war between the Salem-descended witches and the voodoo witches.  Jessica Lange plays a powerful witch who returns home to New Orleans where her daughter runs a school for young witches.  By the looks of these new images, Lange takes matters into her own hands and decides to school the group of young witches on her own.

Hit the jump to check out the images.  The series also stars Kathy Bates, Angela BassettEmma RobertsDenis O’HareAlexandra BreckenridgePatti LuPoneGabourey SidibeEvan PetersSarah PaulsonTaissa FarmigaFrances Conroy, and Lily Rabe.  American Horror Story: Coven airs on FX starting Wednesday, October 9th at 10pm.

New Featurette for AMERICAN HORROR STORY: COVEN Explores New Orleans Voodoo

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Viewers got a glimpse of voodoo rituals in the opening credits of FX’s American Horror Story: Coven, but how much of what we see on screen is legitimate and how much is Hollywood hokum?  This new featurette for the third season of the horror anthology series taps experts and practitioners familiar with New Orleans voodoo in order to reveal truths and put misconceptions to rest.  Just how much of the real world of voodoo makes it into the show remains to be seen, but this behind-the-scenes look suggests we may see a new take on some old tropes.

Hit the jump to watch the featurette.  The series stars Jessica LangeTaissa FarmigaEmma RobertsDenis O’HareAlexandra BreckenridgePatti LuPoneGabourey SidibeEvan PetersSarah Paulson Frances Conroy, and Lily Rabe.  American Horror Story: Coven airs on FX starting Wednesday, October 9th at 10pm.

Watch the Opening Credits for AMERICAN HORROR STORY: COVEN

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Whatever you think of the show itself, it’s tough to argue that American Horror Story doesn’t have one of the best marketing campaigns in recent memory.  The creep factor for American Horror Story: Coven has been high as we’ve seen teaser posters, videos, trailers, and images, and now co-creator Ryan Murphy has unveiled the third season’s opening credits.  Unsurprisingly, the credits feature a great deal of odd and disturbing imagery, with the focus being on witchcraft, voodoo, and spooky shrouds.  Here’s hoping the season delivers on the promise of what we’ve seen thus far.

Hit the jump to watch the opening credits.  The series stars Jessica Lange, Taissa FarmigaEmma RobertsDenis O’HareAlexandra BreckenridgePatti LuPoneGabourey SidibeEvan PetersSarah Paulson Frances Conroy, and Lily Rabe.  American Horror Story: Coven airs on FX starting Wednesday, October 9th at 10pm.

Allison Predicts the 2013 Emmy Awards Winners

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The 2013 Emmy Awards have arrived and will air this Sunday, during which most of us will be watching / going into emotional duress from Breaking Bad.  But for those watching the awards and keeping up with the winners, losers, snubs and surprises (and potentially putting money on it), after the jump are my predictions for this year.  The exact alchemy, casting of runes, meditation and throwing of darts that make up my patented formula cannot be revealed, but I will share the results — without taking any responsibility for what actually happens.  Hit the jump for who everyone thinks will win, who should win, and a few upset picks to keep things interesting

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