FOLLOWING FREAK SHOW Video Podcast: Episode 10 – “Orphans”

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Welcome to episode 10 of Following Freak Show, a show that’s all about discussing the crazy things that go down on American Horror Story: Freak Show.  In “Orphans,” we flash back to Elsa’s (Jessica Lange) past and explore what Pepper (Naomi Grossman) truly means to her.  Meanwhile, Desiree (Angela Bassett) grows increasingly suspicious of Maggie (Emma Robert) while Stanley (Denis O’Hare) is busy cooking up another scheme to add an exhibit to his growing collection at the Morbidity Museum.

You can catch new episodes of Following Freak Show right here on Collider each week the day after a new episode of American Horror Story airs.  And if you’d like to follow the panelists in between new releases, here’s everybody’s Twitter handles: @PNemiroff, @AlexisSaarela, @djSheSay and @ActuallySasha.  Hit the jump to check out this week’s Following Freak Show video podcast.

AMERICAN HORROR STORY: FREAK SHOW Recap: “Orphans”

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I finally got what I wanted from American Horror Story: Freak Show, it just didn’t come at the right time.  Ever since episode 6, “Bullseye,” it’s been clear that the Freak Shows supporting cast deserves more than a scene here or there, and now Naomi Grossman further proves it.  Pepper’s always been a fine, likable member of the troupe, but “Orphans” takes the character well beyond just being the resident pinhead.  It’s easily one of the most moving episodes of the season, but it’s hard not to wonder, why now?  Perhaps it’s my own fault for having specific expectations for the final episode before the holiday break, but at the end of “Orphans,” I had more interest in revisiting American Horror Story: Asylum than seeing what’s to come on January 7th.

FOLLOWING FREAK SHOW Video Podcast: Episode 9 – “Tupperware Party Massacre”

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Welcome to episode 9 of Following Freak Show, a show that’s all about discussing the crazy things that go down on American Horror Story: Freak Show.  In “Tupperware Party Massacre,” Dandy (Finn Wittrock) takes his murderous rampage to a new extreme while Jimmy (Evan Peters) drowns his sorrows in alcohol.  Meanwhile, Elsa continues (Jessica Lange) to try to figure out what to do about the twins (Sarah Paulson).

You can catch new episodes of Following Freak Show right here on Collider each week the day after a new episode of American Horror Story airs.  And if you’d like to follow the panelists in between new releases, here’s everybody’s Twitter handles: @PNemiroff, @AlexisSaarela, @djSheSay and @ActuallySasha.  Hit the jump to check out this week’s Following Freak Show video podcast.

AMERICAN HORROR STORY: FREAK SHOW Recap: “Tupperware Party Massacre”

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Who would have thought a tupperware party massacre would come hand-in-hand with some major emotional breakthroughs?  Dandy’s murderous rampage may have stolen a good deal of the spotlight, but American Horror Story: Freak Show episode 9, “Tupperware Party Massacre,” is also a standout because it moves a number of key characters forward, and in promising directions at that.  Folks like Dell and Elsa seemed irredeemable, but after the events of this episode, it looks as though a little remorse and a common cause could be exactly what they need to stop the monotony of their selfish behavior and make them engaging and possibly likable characters as well.

Sundance 2015 First Images from MISTRESS AMERICA, SLEEPING WITH OTHER PEOPLE, GRANDMA, and I AM MICHAEL

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The Sundance Film Festival announced today which films will be screening as part of the Premieres category, and debut images from said pictures were released as well.  In this article, we’ve rounded up the first images from the following films:

  • Mistress America – Directed by Noah Baumbach; Starring Greta Gerwig, Lola Kirke.
  • Sleeping with Other People – Written and directed by Leslye Headland; Starring Jason Sudeikis, Alison Brie, Adam Scott, Amanda Peet, Jason Matnzoukas, Natasha Lyonne.
  • Grandma – Written and directed by Paul Weitz; Starring Lily Tomlin, Julia Garner, Marcia Gay Harden, Judy Greer, Laverne Cox, Sam Elliott.
  • I Am Michael – Directed by Justin Kelly; Starring James Franco, Zachary Quinto, Emma Roberts.

Check out the images and loglines after the jump.  The 2015 Sundance Film Festival runs from January 22nd – February 1st.

Jamie Lee Curtis and Emma Roberts Set to Lead Fox’s Comedy-Horror Anthology Series SCREAM QUEENS

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I’m a big fan of American Horror Story, but when Fox announced the straight-to-series order for Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk’s latest project, Scream Queens, a small part of me couldn’t help but to think, again?  We’ve already got American Horror Story delivering solid scares on TV and it seems like every other show is running with the anthology format now.  What is it about this show that’ll make it stand out?  Murphy insisted that Scream Queens will “create a whole new genre,” but as we all well know, comedy-horror has been around for quite a while.

At this point, there’s really nothing about the concept behind Scream Queens that suggests it’ll be as groundbreaking as Murphy suggests, but now it does have two actresses aboard that make it a must-see regardless – Jamie Lee Curtis and Emma Roberts.  Hit the jump for more.

FOLLOWING FREAK SHOW Video Podcast: Episode 8 – “Blood Bath”

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Welcome to episode 8 of Following Freak Show, a show that’s all about discussing the crazy things that go down on American Horror Story: Freak Show.  In “Blood Bath,” the freak show is in disarray after the disappearance of Ma Petite (Jyoti Amge).  Ethel (Kathy Bates) is more suspicious of Elsa (Jessica Lange) than ever and has had it with her selfish behavior, so she calls Elsa out on it.  Meanwhile, over at the Mott mansion, Gloria (Frances Conroy) makes one last attempt at putting Dandy (Finn Wittrock) on a better path.

You can catch new episodes of Following Freak Show right here on Collider each week the day after a new episode of American Horror Story airs.  And if you’d like to follow the panelists in between new releases, here’s everybody’s Twitter handles: @PNemiroff, @AlexisSaarela, @djSheSay and @ActuallySasha.  Hit the jump to check out this week’s Following Freak Show video podcast.

AMERICAN HORROR STORY: FREAK SHOW Recap: “Blood Bath”

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American Horror Story: Freak Show continues to boast stellar content, but the further along we get in the season, the more evident it becomes that the writers are having a tough time putting all the pieces together.  “Blood Bath” certainly has loads of standout moments, but they play very well on their own, not in the context of the episode or the season and that severely reduces the forward momentum of the show.  This isn’t a devastating problem for “Blood Bath” itself by any means, but with only five episodes to go, it’s time to connect the dots, firm up the direction of the season narrative and ensure we’re building towards a big and satisfying finish.

FOLLOWING FREAK SHOW Video Podcast: Episode 7 – “Test of Strength”

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Welcome to episode 7 of Following Freak Show, a show that’s all about discussing the crazy things that go down on American Horror Story: Freak Show.  In “Test of Strength” Stanley (Denis O’Hare) blackmails Dell (Michael Chiklis) into killing a freak for him so that he can ship one off to the Morbidity Museum.  Meanwhile, Bette and Dot (Sarah Paulson) are back and they’re hell-bent on getting the upper hand at Elsa’s Cabinet of Curiosities.

You can catch new episodes of Following Freak Show right here on Collider each week the day after a new episode of American Horror Story airs.  And if you’d like to follow the panelists in between new releases, here’s everybody’s Twitter handles: @PNemiroff, @AlexisSaarela, @djSheSay and @ActuallySasha.  Hit the jump to check out this week’s Following Freak Show video podcast.

AMERICAN HORROR STORY: FREAK SHOW Recap: “Test of Strength”

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Dell (Michael Chiklis) needed some time in the spotlight and in American Horror Story: Freak Show episode 7 he finally gets it, but it doesn’t do him much good at all.  The show’s been playing the same game with the character since the moment he arrived at Elsa’s Cabinet of Curiosities.  Dell does terrible things, but then we get a quick glimpse of him looking sad and remorseful and are expected to believe the guy’s got a heart.  No more.  Dell wasn’t really in a position to carry an episode to begin with, but he gets away with it because the characters around him are so strong that his effect on them still has great value.  But, when it comes to Dell as an individual, at this point, he’s a lost cause.  There’s just no coming back from what he does at the end of “Test of Strength.”  The writers might as well stop playing the back-and-forth game and just turn him into a full-blown villain.

FOLLOWING FREAK SHOW Video Podcast: Episode 6 – “Bullseye”

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Welcome to episode 6 of Following Freak Show, a show that’s all about discussing the crazy things that go down on American Horror Story: Freak Show.  In “Bullseye” a little romance for Mat Fraser‘s Paul winds up leading to a discovery that shakes up the Freak Show community big time all while Maggie (Emma Roberts) is busy making moves to appease Stanley (Denis O’Hare) by nabbing a freak to ship off to the Morbidity Museum.

You can catch new episodes of Following Freak Show right here on Collider each week the day after a new episode of American Horror Story airs.  And if you’d like to follow the panelists in between new releases, here’s everybody’s Twitter handles: @PNemiroff, @AlexisSaarela, @djSheSay and @ActuallySasha.  Hit the jump to check out this week’s Following Freak Show video podcast.

AMERICAN HORROR STORY: FREAK SHOW Recap: “Bullseye”

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Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Kathy Bates and a good deal of the American Horror Story veterans are delivering solid work, but as noted in my recap of the American Horror Story: Freak Show premiere, “Monsters Among Us,” the series newcomers and supporting cast members are stealing the spotlight with ease and episode 6, “Bullseye,” proves that they deserve it, especially Mat Fraser as Paul the Illustrated Seal.  Per usual, “Bullseye” covers a lot of ground, but it’s the mini single-episode arc that Paul gets that really starts to bring all of the separate storylines together for the first time this season.

FOLLOWING FREAK SHOW Video Podcast: Episode 5 – “Pink Cupcakes”

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Welcome to episode 5 of Following Freak Show, a show that’s all about discussing the crazy things that go down on American Horror Story: Freak Show.  In “Pink Cupcakes” Stanley (Denis O’Hare) gets to work and concocts a plan to catch/kill a freak for his collection.  Meanwhile, Gloria (Frances Conroy) does her best to clean up after Dandy (Finn Wittrock) and Desiree (Angela Bassett) must address an unexpected health issue.

You can catch new episodes of Following Freak Show right here on Collider each week the day after a new episode of American Horror Story airs.  And if you’d like to follow the panelists in between new releases, here’s everybody’s Twitter handles: @PNemiroff, @AlexisSaarela, @djSheSay and @ActuallySasha.  Hit the jump to check out this week’s Following Freak Show video podcast.

AMERICAN HORROR STORY: FREAK SHOW Recap: “Pink Cupcakes”

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American Horror Story is moving along at a noticeably slower pace this season, but it’s actually working to the show’s benefit for the most part.  There are still some heavy-handed plays to one-up previous episodes and seasons via outrageously shocking material and every so often, there are a few narrative details that don’t add up, but for the most part, the key characters are progressing well and the writers are bolstering the effect of current episodes by acknowledging and respecting what’s gone down in previous ones.  Hit the jump for more in my American Horror Story: Freak Show recap.

Ryan Murphy Says All Seasons of AMERICAN HORROR STORY Are Connected; Season 5 Clue Featured in Episode 4 of FREAK SHOW

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Prior to American Horror Story: Freak Show, I was under the impression that all seasons of American Horror Story were standalone entities, but then news surfaced that Naomi Grossman was set to portray her Asylum character, Pepper, in Freak Show as well.  But even then, it just could have been fun stunt casting.  It certainly made for a good story.  However, Lily Rabe’s casting last week was a game changer.  Rabe is also going to portray her Asylum character, Sister Mary Eunice, in Freak Show for a storyline chronicling how Pepper winds up making the move from Elsa’ Cabinet of Curiosities to Briarcliff.

And the season crossovers don’t stop there.  According to Ryan Murphy, Murder House, Asylum, Coven and Freak Show are all connected.  Hit the jump for more.

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