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Review Ron Hogan 5 Dec 2013 - 10:33
Ron reviews another bonkers and brilliant episode of American Horror Story...
This review contains spoilers.
3.8 The Sacred Taking
Some television shows are nothing if not worthy of praise for their special effects. On a show like The Walking Dead, the special effects are obvious. Zombie rotting faces, impaling, and so on are the sorts of effects that attract attention and win awards, but there are more subtle sorts of special effects. In the case of this week's episode of American Horror Story, it's mostly makeup tricks and old-school appliances, but they're very effective ones (like the self-lighting cigarettes so many of the witches smoke).
Jessica Lange is a very pretty woman, yet this show found several ways to make her look awful this week. In particular, her fantasy scenes about her slow death from cancer were really impressive, because she looked absolutely bloody awful. »
For those who have stuck with "Hostages," Monday's (Dec. 2) episode pays offs. Big time.
The last scene has the kidnapper kidnapped. Carlisle is hogtied, duct tape slapped over his mouth and tossed in a van.
Before we get there, much happens to advance the plot, and five couples are highlighted.
Ellen has resigned herself to having the president die on her operating table. Carlisle explains to his co-conspirators, Archer, Kramer and Sandrine (Billy Brown, Rhys Coiro and Sandrine Holt) that they must take out the new team of hit men gunning for the president. He knows it's kill or be killed.
Carlisle also explains to Ellen's husband, Brian (Tate Donovan), that he needs Brian's contacts as a real estate »
Black Friday earned its name for a reason. It is a dark time when shoppers go into beast mode and forget the warm feelings of family, friendship and gravy they experienced the day before. There's grabbing, snarling, waiting, pushing. None of that sounds fun to us - even if it's for an affordable flat-screen. To help you win the holidays this year and avoid getting into fisticuffs with local shoppers, we created a gift guide overflowing with unique, celebrity-inspired items you won't likely find at 4 a.m. at your town shopping center. Clear off your Black Friday shopping schedule and »
- Kelli Bender
The holiday shopping season officially kicks off tonight and we know it can be difficult to find presents for horror fans that seem to have everything. To help make things easier, we’ve put together the initial list of our holiday gift suggestions, which include cannibal wine, classic horror shirts, vinyl figures and Blu-ray collections.
While a handful of these items are only available at select websites, you should be able to find some pretty good sales on other items starting tonight. Specifically, Amazon, Best Buy, and Walmart will have big sales on Blu-ray/DVD titles and video games. We’d like to give Tamika Jones a big thanks for helping put this guide together.
Silence of the Lambs Wine: “The Alamo Drafthouse’s 2013 Signature Wines are an oenophilic nod to noted gourmand, wine connoisseur and psychopath Hannibal Lecter. “The Chianti Slurp” is an iconic wine in film moment, celebrated »
- Tamika Jones
With Monday's episode (Nov. 25), "Hostages" is two-thirds of the way through its run.
CBS is committed to finishing the series, and since 15 episodes were planned this is the 10th, we're 66.66 percent of the way there. In an unusual move, no one is killed this week. And a little more is explained.
For starters, FBI Agent Duncan Carlisle (Dylan McDermott) and Dr. Ellen Sanders (Toni Collette) have more honest conversations with each other than either does with anyone else. She wants to know why no one knows that his terminally ill wife, Nina, is the president's daughter.
Carlisle tells her, and it's shown in flashback how President Kincaid (James Naughton) was a young congressman in 1978. A young journalist went to his hotel room to interview him. He raped her, then tried to buy her off. When she could not be bought, Burton Delaney (Larry Pine) helped her leave the country.
Nikolaeff has signed with The Schiff Company, which represents A-list talent including Keira Knightley, Eminem, Helena Bonham Carter, Jeff Bridges, Dougray Scott and Dylan McDermott. Bodie signed with Genesis Entertainment Partners.
Both are represented in Australia by Aran Michael Management. Michael, who takes talent to the Us several times a year, introduced both actors to the management companies.
Unlike some Aussies who try to break into Hollywood early in their careers, Nikolaeff and Bodie have extensive resumes. This year Nikolaeff co-starred with Rachel Griffiths and Rodger Corser in Camp, the NBC summer series that was shot in northern Nsw, produced by Matchbox Pictures, Universal Studios and Berman-Braun.
Nikolaeff played the love interest of Griffiths' character, who vied with Corser for her affections. The series will air here on Seven during the summer. »
- Don Groves
With the announcement of a possible sequel to It’s a Wonderful Life, the Internet is abuzz with everyone and anyone’s opinion. But the 1946 Jimmy Stewart-starring film isn’t the first holiday classic to get the sequel treatment. Some are just as spirited as their predecessors; others are the cinematic equivalent to getting coal in your stocking.
We break down seven sequels to holiday favorites to see how they fare before It’s a Wonderful Lie: The Rest of the Story joins their ranks.
A Christmas Story 2 (2012)
The Original: A Christmas Story (1983)
The Sequel: Set five years after the original, »
- Maricela Gonzalez
The lipstick returns in Monday 's (Nov. 18) episode of "Hostages."
Given that lipsticks have fun names, let's call this one Kiss of Death, since that is its purpose. This is the lipstick that cleverly camouflages the poison intended to kill the president during his rescheduled operation. FBI Agent Duncan Carlisle (Dylan McDermott) returns it to Dr. Ellen Sanders (Toni Collette) and orders her to place it in locker 715 on the fourth floor before the hospital goes into lockdown, preparing for the president's operation.
Two important characters are killed off in this episode: The president's Chief of Staff Quentin Creasy (Jeremy Bobb) and Secret Service Agent Stan Hoffman (Paul Calderon). They were on opposite sides of the plot, with the chief of staff being in on the conspiracy and Hoffman digging to find out why there was a mistake with the first scheduled operation on the president and why the operating room nurse supposedly committed suicide. »
By the end of the eighth episode of "Hostages" Monday (Nov. 11), just what constitutes a "good reason" is anybody's guess.
Are there good reasons why a colonel, the president's chief of staff and the scorned sister of the first lady want the president dead? It's unlikely they share the same motivations, outside of a mad power grab.
Col. Thomas Blair (Brian White) believes that the government should continue to spy on citizens. Since he is in charge of Operation Total Information, he wants it to continue. President Kincaid (James Naughton) wants to stop the spying.
"When the American people find out the extent to which this government has been secretly spying on its own citizens -- surveillance devices in cars, in computers -- they are going to demand my head on a stake," the president says to the colonel and Quentin Creasy (Jeremy Bobb), his chief of staff, who are involved in the assassination plot. »
Review Ron Hogan 7 Nov 2013 - 07:50
This review contains spoilers.
3.5 Burn, Witch, Burn!
American Horror Story is a show that deals in violence as a routine, but rarely does the programme approach violence in this manner. There's been a lot of stabbings and gunshots and whatnot, but I don't think I've ever seen the show's cast and crew dedicate themselves to something quite as awesome and horrifying and B-movie hilarious as what happened in tonight's episode. Doe-eyed little Taissa Farmiga, upon noticing Nan and the cute neighbour boy trapped in a car thanks to the hordes of ravenous zombies surrounding Madame Robichaux's, takes it upon herself to channel her inner Lionel Cosgrove/Ashley J. Williams and absolutely slaughter a dozen or so zombies with a chainsaw. Heads roll, arms roll, legs roll, a »
Taissa Farmiga never planned to follow in her big sister Vera Farmiga's footsteps and become an actor. It just sort of happened. Following her debut in Vera's film Higher Ground, Taissa, 19, landed the role of Connie Britton and Dylan McDermott's daughter, Violet Harmon, on the first season of Ryan Murphy's macabre FX series American Horror Story. After taking a break from the show during season two, Farmiga is back as Zoe Benson – a witch with a very unique power – in American Horror Story: Coven, arguably the series' best season to date. »
Given that Carlisle's a trained marksman, with an arsenal at his disposal, Ellen a surgeon and Brian a businessman, the odds of successfully killing Carlisle are lousy.
The episode brings the action back to the series' premise: assassinating the president (James Naughton), who appears on screen for the first time in a while.
For those watching closely: A hint was dropped in the third episode that the first lady of the United States (Mary Elizabeth Mastroantonio) could be the power who wants her husband dead.
In this episode, her sister (Joanna Kelly) shows up as an ambassador, who had a fling with the president. The first lady is not the forgiving sort. »
Like so many actors, Mateus Ward wants to direct.
Unlike most, though, the 14-year-old Mateus must devote time to algebra.
He plays Jake Sanders, 15, on CBS' Monday drama, "Hostages."
"I really want to be a director, a lot," he tells Zap2it. "I want to act for a lot longer. We get a different director every episode. Each one has been so inspiring, and I see things differently now. It is really cool to see different points of view."
Jake is the younger child of a thoracic surgeon who was supposed to kill the president during surgery. She refused, and her family is being held hostage until she does. Jake, his sister and father harbor secrets; Jake's is he was dealing drugs.
Review Ron Hogan 31 Oct 2013 - 07:25
This review contains spoilers.
3.4 Fearful Pranks Ensue
One of the most amazing things about American Horror Story is the way the show understands the horror genre. Every little subgenre seems to be right in the wheelhouse of the show's creative crew, and it's staggering to see how well they execute pretty much everything they set out to do on the scary side of entertainment. We've seen the show take on more or less everything from serial killers, aliens, Nazis, demonic possession, ghosts, school shootings, basement monster babies, creepy twins, witches, FrankenKyle, and of course, Dylan McDermott tear-jerking.
One of the few horror genres we haven't really seen the show take on is zombies. (They also haven't done vampires, and I'm holding »
"Hostages" star Dylan McDermott stopped by "Watch What Happens Live" on Wednesday (Oct. 30), where host Andy Cohen had to ask him about possibly returning to the "American Horror Story" franchise for Season 3, subtitled "Coven."
"I saw the first episode, I thought it was really cool. ... I thought it was great," says McDermott. "We're still talking about [me returning], depends on my schedule with 'Hostages,' but 'American Horror's' my home and I hope to go back to it."
This has our gears turning about how he would fit into the "Coven" world. Would he be a one-off cameo, a la tonight's Alexandra Breckenridge? Or maybe he's a male witch of some kind?
What do you think, "Ahs: Coven" fans? »
Millennium Films and Focus Features are teaming up for a sequel to this spring's Olympus Has Fallen entitled London Has Fallen, with Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart and Morgan Freeman reprising their roles from the original.
The story takes the action to London, where U.S. President Benjamin Asher (Aaron Eckhart) attends the funeral of the British Prime Minister with his Secret Service head Mike Banning (Gerard Butler). They must team up again to save the day with a British MI6 agent when a terrorist plot unfolds. Angela Bassett and Radha Mitchell are also set to reprise their roles as Secretary of Defense Ruth McMillan and Leah.
Olympus Has Fallen writers Creighton Rothenberger and Katrin Benedikt are providing the screenplay, with Focus Features currently seeking a director. Gerard Butler, Alan Siegel, Mark Gill, Matt O'Toole and Danny Lerner are producing. Production is slated to begin on May 5, 2014 in London.
The original Olympus Has Fallen, »
"American Horror Story: Coven" has been kicking all kinds of ass this season, but one of the franchise stars, Dylan McDermott, has been absent from the spooky affair. So will he be returning? Read on for details.
TVLine caught up with McDermott, who had this to say on the subject. "I start a movie called Survivor in January with Milla Jovovich, Pierce Brosnan, Emma Thompson, and Angela Bassett,” he explained. "But Ryan [Murphy] wants me to come back, and I want to come back. So we just have to figure out the scheduling. To me, [doing 'American Horror Story'] is always like going home.”
"American Horror Story: Coven" Episode 3.04 - "Fearful Pranks Ensue" (airs 10/30/13)
Fiona’s (Jessica Lange) choices rattle a decades-long truce between the Salem witches and Marie Laveau (Angela Bassett). The Council of Witchcraft pays a surprise visit to the Academy with disturbing allegations.
- Uncle Creepy
The action continues to hurtle forward in CBS' "Hostages" Monday (Oct. 28) even if the main event -- assassinating the president -- is barely mentioned.
It turns out that living in the Sanders' household, under the point of a gun and with three very edgy kidnappers, is so fraught with danger that even a forcible commitment to an asylum is preferable.
Duncan (Dylan McDermott) warns Ellen to get rid of her sister. Though Ellen tries, Lauren has nowhere else to go and barges in. This is, after all, her sister.
Both of the Sanders kids are back as well after botching their escape. Morgan (Quinn Shephard) goes to the doctor, who confirms that she is five weeks pregnant. The doctor notices Morgan's bruises »
McDermott’s roles in the last Ahs seasons have been interesting, from the forever crying Ben Harmon to the son of the notorious serial killer Bloody Face. But this time around the ladies are taking charge, with Coven based around modern day witches, so is there room for McDermott? Possibly, he says.
“I start a movie called Survivor in January, with Milla Jovovich, Pierce Brosnan, Emma Thompson and Angela Bassett, but Ryan Murphy wants me to come back, and I want to come back. So we just have to figure out the scheduling.”
He also went on to say how American Horror Story feels like “home” to him, we don’t know where the show would »
- Lucy Cave
It’s every family’s nightmare when a wacky relative drops by unannounced. But tonight on Hostages (CBS, 10/9c), that scenario is kicked up a notch, given that the Sanders home is currently under siege. Dylan McDermott previewed for TVLine the intense (but funny-ish!) sister act ahead, as well as teased a shockingly “intimate” encounter to come, between captor and captive. Plus: Is there another Horror Story in the actor’s future?
Tvline | When you were first pitched the show, did they tell you off the bat that Duncan was also an elite FBI agent, that he had this sick wife… »
- Matt Webb Mitovich
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