AMERICAN HORROR STORY: FREAK SHOW Poster Reveals the Main Characters

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We’ve got a pretty good sense of who’s coming back for the fourth season of American Horror Story and how they’ll fit into the narrative, but thanks to a brand new piece of cast art, we’ve got even more details to share.

It’s an image that shows Sarah Paulson, Denis O’Hare, Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett, Frances Conroy, Michael Chiklis, Jessica Lange and Evan Peters in all their freak show glory.  Hit the jump to check out the brand new American Horror Story: Freak Show poster and get a preview of their looks.  Patti LaBelle, John Carroll Lynch, Finn Wittrock and Emma Roberts are all MIA in this one, but hopefully we’ll get some promo art of their characters as well as we approach the show’s October 8th debut.

AMERICAN HORROR STORY: FREAK SHOW Set to Premiere October 8th

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Let the countdown to the freak show begin!  We’ve known American Horror Story: Freak Show is on the way for quite some time now, and guessed it was coming well before that, but now we’ve got an official date and time to look forward to – Wednesday, October 8th at 10pm on FX.

There are always plot rumors out there for highly anticipated movies and TV shows, but when the possibility of a circus/freak show-themed American Horror Story popped up, it was just too good to brush off.  Even though that made the official announcement more of a told-you-so type of thing, it’s hard to imagine anything else topping that concept.  Hit the jump for more on American Horror Story season 4.

AMERICAN HORROR STORY Season 4 Will Be Titled FREAK SHOW; Kathy Bates, Evan Peters, Angela Bassett, and More Returning [Updated]

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The subtitle for the upcoming fourth season of the FX horror drama anthology series American Horror Story has been revealed.  There have been rumors for months that season four of the stylistic thriller would take place at a carnival, and it appears that those rumors weren’t far off as today creator Ryan Murphy unveiled the full title: American Horror Story: Freak Show.  The cast has yet to be announced, but it was previously made known that this will be Jessica Lange’s final season with the series, so one imagines Murphy will send her off with a bang.  Hit the jump for more, including what we know so far about season four.

[Update: An official logline has been released, along with some casting news.  More after the jump.]

Angela Bassett Talks AMERICAN HORROR STORY: COVEN, Filming in New Orleans, Whether She’s Willing To Return For Another Season, and More

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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 has told the secret history of witches and witchcraft in America, with a cast of talented actresses that included Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett, Patti LuPone, Sarah Paulson, Frances Conroy, Lily Rabe, Taissa Farmiga, Emma Roberts, Gabourey Sidibe and even Stevie Nicks.

During this exclusive phone interview with Collider, actress Angela Bassett talked about how she came to be a part of the show this season, how it was the best of all worlds, bringing the history of the real woman to her portrayal in the present day, talking to actual voodouns, how invaluable it was to really get to shoot in New Orleans, and that she would absolutely be willing to entertain the idea of returning to the series, for a future season.  Check out what she had to say after the jump.

First Trailer for Sundance Drama WHITE BIRD IN A BLIZZARD Starring Shailene Woodley and Eva Green

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Ahead of its debut next month at the Sundance Film Festival, the first trailer for director Gregg Araki’s (Mysterious Skin) new film White Bird in a Blizzard has been released online.  Based on the novel by Laura Kasischke, the film tells the story of a young woman (Shailene Woodley) whose life is upended when her beautiful, enigmatic mother (Eva Green) suddenly goes missing.  Woodley wowed Sundance audiences last year with her performance in The Spectacular Now, and White Bird in a Blizzard certainly looks like a fascinating follow-up.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer, and click here to catch up on all of our Sundance 2014 coverage thus far.  The pic also stars Shiloh Fernandez, Christopher Meloni, Gabourey Sidibe, Thomas Jane, and Angela Basset.  The Sundance Film Festival runs January 16 – 26th.  Look for our review of the film during that time.

Gerard Butler, Morgan Freeman, and Aaron Eckhart Returning for OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN Sequel LONDON HAS FALLEN

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This year’s battle of the White House actioners did not play out as most expected.  Director Roland Emmerich’s Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx-fronted White House Down was supposed to be a massive summer hit, but instead the film only managed to gross $73 million domestically.  March’s Olympus Has Fallen, however, was a surprise success, taking in $161 million worldwide against a significantly smaller budget than Emmerich’s pic.  Now it’s the Gerard Butler film that has franchise potential, as the newly restructured Focus Features (which recently absorbed FilmDistrict) is moving forward with an Olympus Has Fallen sequel called London Has Fallen.  Hit the jump for more, including which actors will be back.

James McTeigue to Direct Thriller SURVIVOR; Milla Jovovich, Emma Thompson, Pierce Brosnan, and Angela Bassett to Star

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The Raven director James McTeigue is lining up his next project, and things are moving rather quickly.  Deadline reports that McTeigue will helm the thriller Survivor for Millennium Films, with Milla Jovovich, Emma Thompson, Pierce Brosnan, and Angela Bassett set to star.  Jovovich leads the cast as a State Department employee stationed in London who is tasked with preventing terrorists from entering the United States.  When she is targeted for death and framed for crimes she didn’t commit, she must race to clear her name and stop a large-scale attack from reaching Times Square on New Year’s Eve.  Fingers crossed this is really the long-awaited prequel to the 2012 celebrity-filled romcom New Year’s Eve.

Production on Survivor is set to begin in London on January 20th with a script by Bill Shelby.  McTeigue, who also directed V for Vendetta, has a number of other projects in various stages of development, including a remake of the Jean-Claude Van Damme martial arts pic Bloodsport for Relativity Media.

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.

Jessica Lange Schools Young Witches in New Trailer and Poster for AMERICAN HORROR STORY: COVEN

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FX has released a new trailer for American Horror Story: Coven, this time giving us our first look at footage from the witch-centric third season of the horror anthology series.  Jessica Lange plays a powerful witch who returns home to New Orleans where her daughter runs a school for young witches, and in this trailer we see Lange dropping some knowledge on the young witches-in-training.  It looks like a fun turn for the actress, and I’m hoping that showrunners Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuck have reigned in the focus of Coven after the jarring and muddled Asylum.

Hit the jump to watch the new trailer and to check out the official poster.  The series also stars Taissa Farmiga, Emma 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.

First Images and Posters from AMERICAN HORROR STORY: COVEN Reveal Kathy Bates and Angela Bassett; Plot and Character Details Revealed [UPDATED]

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The third season of the anthology series American Horror Story, subtitled Coven, is slated to premiere on FX next month, and now the first images and some revealing plot and character details have landed online.  American Horror Story: Coven puts the focus on witches and witchcraft and takes place mainly in New Orleans.  We’ve known for some time that Kathy Bates will be playing historical figure Madame Delphine LaLaurie, who was infamous for the brutal torture of her slaves, and we get a good look at her in these first look images along with a peek at Angela Bassett’s voodoo witch character.

Hit the jump to check out the images and for much more information on what the plot for AHS: Coven entails.  The series premieres on FX October 9th at 10pm. [Update: FX has sent out a couple of debut posters and a new teaser for the season, which are now included after the jump.]

Kathy Bates and Angela Bassett Talk AMERICAN HORROR STORY: COVEN, the Women They Play, and the Influence of Jessica Lange

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American Horror Story: Coven is the upcoming third season of the popular and critically acclaimed FX horror anthology series, starring Jessica Lange.  Set in both modern day and the 1830s, this new season centers on a coven of witches that relocated from Salem, Massachusetts to New Orleans, Louisiana before the Salem Witch Trials.  Kathy Bates will be portraying infamous serial killer Madame LaLaurie, while Angela Bassett is voodoo practitioner Marie Laveau.

During the FX portion of the TCA Press Tour, co-stars Kathy Bates and Angela Bassett talked about how much Jessica Lange influenced their decision to join the show, who the women are that they’re portraying, what made them want to do television, and what it’s like to work with such talented people.  Check out what they had to say after the jump.

First Trailer for Kasi Lemmons’ BLACK NATIVITY Starring Jennifer Hudson, Forest Whitaker, and Angela Bassett

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The trailer for Kasi LemmonsBlack Nativity premiered earlier tonight during the BET Awards.  The musical is about a single Baltimore mother (Jennifer Hudson) who sends her son Langston (newcomer Jacob Latimore) to stay with her estranged parents (Forest Whitaker and Angela Bassett) in New York City during the holidays.  While there, Langston falls asleep in the Chistmas Eve sermon and dreams of a “Times Square Bethlehem.”  Judging by the trailer, this could be a solid holiday hit.  I’ve been eagerly anticipating Lemmons follow-up to Talk to Me, and I really like what I’m seeing in this trailer when it comes to taking holiday music like “Silent Night” and giving it a new R&B spin.  I’m eager to find out what Lemmons has done with the rest of the songs in the movie and how she’s filmed them.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer.  The film also stars Tyrese Gibson, Nasir Jones, and Mary J. BligeBlack Nativity opens November 27th.

First Images from BLACK NATIVITY Starring Jacob Latimore, Forest Whitaker, Angela Bassett, Jennifer Hudson, and Mary J. Blige

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Langston Hughes conceived of Black Nativity in the 1960s as a euphoric stage musical version of the birth of Jesus with a black cast.  The show is still regularly performed as written, but writer/director Kasi Lemmons (Talk to Me) chose to add material to create a more traditional narrative throughline for the feature adaptation.  In the movie, a single Baltimore mother (Jennifer Hudson) sends her son Langston (newcomer Jacob Latimore) to stay with her estranged parents (Forest Whitaker and Angela Bassett) in New York City during the holidays.  While there, Langston falls asleep in the Chistmas Eve sermon and dreams of a “Times Square Bethlehem.”  Latimore says the songbook has something for everyone: “The music is just like the music nowadays.  Some R&B, soulful gospel and a little rap before I go through my spiritual journey.”

To give you an idea of the tone: Mary J. Blige, sporting electrified blonde curls, plays a mysterious guardian angel character named “Platinum Fro.”  That alone should compel you to check out the first images from Black Nativity after the jump.

TOP 5: SPRING BREAKERS, TRANSFORMERS 4 Plot Details, OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN, STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS Trailer and Poster, THE CROODS

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The nationwide expansion of Harmony Korine‘s Spring Breakers meant that I had the opportunity to catch the film last night at my local theater. We’ll talk a more specifically about our coverage of the film after the jump. For now, I’d like to make a futile attempt at encapsulating my feelings on the pic in the next few sentences. There’s a lot to like about Breakers whether it be the performances (James Franco‘s especially), the music, the slick editing and use of foreshadowing, etc. Nevertheless, for me this isn’t a movie that I “liked” as much as it’s one I respect. It’s beautiful, surreal, challenging, abhorrent, and vapid all at the same time. In other words, it’s art.

I could go on for days about the pic but that’s not why we’re here. In this week’s Top 5 we’ll take a look at our Breakers coverage, some Transformers 4 plot details, Olympus Has Fallen interviews with Gerard Butler and Antoine Fuqua just to name a few, a new trailer and poster for Star Trek Into Darkness, and The Croods interviews with Nicolas Cage and more. As is standard, a brief recap and link to each awaits after the jump.

Aaron Eckhart and Angela Bassett Talk OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN, the Rating and Tone of the Film, Plus Updates on BLACK NATIVITY and I, FRANKENSTEIN

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Opening this weekend is director Antoine Fuqua’s (Training Day) White House actioner Olympus Has Fallen.  The film stars Gerard Butler as a disgraced Secret Service agent called back to duty when terrorists take over the White House and capture the President (Aaron Eckhart).  The film also stars Morgan Freeman, Angela Bassett, Ashley Judd, Melissa Leo, Robert Forster, Dylan McDermott, Radha Mitchell, Cole Hauser, and Rick Yune.  If you’ve been waiting for Butler to return to action, you’re going to be very happy watching Olympus Has Fallen.  Not only is the film a hard R for graphic violence, it features Butler kicking ass in some great action set pieces.  Watch some clips here.

During the recent New York City press junket, I got to speak with Eckhart and Bassett.  We talked about how the film is a hard R realistic take on what could actually happen to the White House, the way they prepared for their roles, the great cast, and more.  In addition, I also got updates on I, Frankenstein and Black Nativity.  Hit the jump to watch.

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