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Shape-shifting pop star Lady Gaga has snagged a major role in the next season of "American Horror Story." The Mother Monster's role hasn't been revealed, but it's sure to be even weirder than the meat dress she donned for the 2010 MTV VMAs. Gaga dropped the news via Twitter, of course, with a delightfully creepy video.
According to The Wrap, creator Ryan Murphy dropped a few clues about the next season in the first two episodes of "Freak Show." Given all the clever theories about how the different seasons are related, this makes perfect sense. (For a quick refresher on those two episodes, check out our recaps here and here.) Plus, there have been plenty of hotel rooms featured in the show over the years, like the one that the Axeman (Danny Huston) rented in "Coven."
The series is slated to start filming in July, so perhaps we'll hear a few more details once production begins. »
- Jenni Miller
The Jameson Dublin International Film Festival programme was officially launched earlier today. The diverse and exciting programme delivered by Festival Director Gráinne Humphreys invites audiences to traverse the globe in 11 days from the comfort of their cinema seat to over 38 countries including Korea, Denmark, Us, Brazil, Russia and many more. The Festival is delighted to welcome a stunning array of filmmaking talent to Dublin this March for the 13th edition of the Festival, which takes place from 19th – 29th March. It will celebrate the best in storytelling with compelling narratives, screening over 130 films, with over 60 Irish and international guests including acting legends such as Julie Andrews, Ryan O’Neal, Danny Huston, Kim Cattrall and Vincent Perez and Irish talents such as Orla Brady, Jack Reynor and Robbie Sheehan. One of the major highlights of the programme is the attendance of three talented actor-turned-directors, who will be attending the Festival: »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
Drafthouse Films' Obscure Objects of Desire (or Drafthouse Food if you must) is a new regular column assessing the home cinema releases from the Austin-based distributor.Ari Folman's follow-up to his animated Oscar-nominated documentary, Waltz With Bashir, is a loose adaptation of Polish author Stanislav Lem's mind-bending novel The Futurological Congress, transplanting the action from a futuristic Costa Rica to an all-too believable modern-day Hollywood. Arriving on Blu-ray in the Us courtesy of Drafthouse Films, The Congress stars Robin Wright as a thinly fictionalised version of herself, who has struggled to move past early successes in films like The Princess Bride and Forrest Gump as she enters middle-age. Realising her career is coming to an end, Wright reluctantly accepts an offer from Danny Huston's studio head to...
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Entertainment in Video (Eiv), the UK-based distrubution company, have this week announced that Tim Burton’s latest film, Big Eyes, is set for release here on DVD and Blu-ray on April 20th (the same month as the Grand National – top notch event in horse racing).
Big Eyes stars Golden Globe winner Amy Adams (American Hustle) and Oscar winner Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained), with support from Krysten Ritter (soon to be Marvel’s A.K.A. Jessica Jones), Jason Schwartzman (The Darjeeling Limited), Danny Huston (The Congress) and Terence Stamp (Superman II).
No news yet on any technical specs or special features, but as ever we shall update you as soon as the information is revealed.
Directed and produced by Tim Burton, Big Eyes is based on the true story of Walter Keane (Christoph Waltz), who was one of the most successful painters 1950s and early 1960s. The artist earned staggering notoriety by »
- Scott J. Davis
Kevin Spacey may have already been acquainted with the interior of the Oval office following his ongoing, power-mongering stint as the conniving Frank Underwood in House of Cards, but the actor is set to revisit the White House sooner rather than later for Liza Johnson’s Elvis & Nixon, and today, The Hollywood Reporter has released the first official image from the set.
Orbiting around the two titular characters, the drama will take place during the pair’s infamous coming together on December 21, 1970, a time in which The King put himself forward as a self-proclaimed secret agent — his aura at the time knew no bounds, apparently. Starring opposite Spacey is Take Shelter star Michael Shannon as Mr. Presley, and it’s understood that the two were brought in to replace Eric Bana and Danny Houston during the early stages of development.
- Michael Briers
Barkers rev up your engines. The Freak Show is over, and the incessant quote canonizing can begin. As another season of American Horror Story closed on Wednesday, the freak fetishist became the freak. (If that meant we got to see Finn Wittrock in his skivvies, then so be it.) But Dandy Mott's downfall was just the beginning of the curiosities delivered by Elsa Mars and her band of outsiders. Picking up short after Dandy (Wittrock) began his tyrannical rule of the side show, the anthology show's season finale was a veritable a parade of zingers and bon mots worthy of creator Ryan Murphy, »
- Lanford Beard, @lanfordbeard
The penultimate episode of Freak Show, ‘Show Stoppers’, I feel represents my view on the whole series; it has some great moments but altogether loses out on a lack of fluidity and consistency. No doubt that it has some of the truly gory and horrifying scenes of the show so far but it’s not enough to salvage what has unfortunately turned out to be a bit of a disappointing series.
After last week saw Elsa learn the truth from Maggie the pre-credit sequence focuses solely on Stanley. Masking as a going away part for Elsa the freaks lure him in before revealing they know all about his plans, and, well, they’re pretty damn mad about it. Captured and with no way out we do not see what becomes of him until the very end of the episode. »
- Gary Collinson
This review contains spoilers.
4.12 Show Stoppers
All season long, American Horror Story has been flirting with something. It took a dozen episodes, but it finally got around to actually putting out after a season-long tease. I'm not talking about a character death or something of that nature, I'm talking about Freaks. Tod Browning's classic, iconic horror movie is one of the most enduring films of its type in the film canon, and even though it's in black and white and the sound is odd, it's one of the most unsettling things ever displayed for the public thanks to one scene. The freaks, betrayed by someone they accepted, get revenge.
It's the penultimate episode of "American Horror Story: Freak Show," which means Ryan Murphy and his crew are going at full throttle. There are horrific flashbacks, a murderous doll, sexy conjoined twins, revenge, revelations, and lots of blood. This episode isn't called "Show Stoppers" for nothing!
Gabba, Gabba, Hey!
It isn't a coincidence that the long dinner table that they occasionally use in the main tent looks an awful lot like the set-up in Tod Browning's seminal horror film "Freaks," and they finally got right down to it. When Stanley arrives for dinner, Elsa announces that evening's entertainment will be one of her favorite movies, "Freaks," and then Eve, Paul, Suzi, and the other performers explain how the "freaks" in the movie take their horrific revenge on the person who betrayed them, then gather their own weapons and chase Stanley through the fairgrounds. I was expecting more of an »
- Jenni Miller
When Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski came across the bizarre story of Walter and Margaret Keane, they thought they’d found a seamless vehicle on which to make their directorial debut. It was cheap, and had all the requisite characteristics of their best known scripts, Ed Wood, Man On The Moon and People Vs. Larry Flynt; charming oddball characters that never rose above the zeitgeist B-list. Tim Burton, who directed Ed Wood and Big Eyes, puts it best: “It’s what they excel at, their strongest work is finding weird real stories, torn from headlines you never read.” So why should their 11-year struggle to get Big Eyes made be anything but quirky and colorful?
Deadline: Where did you find this delightfully nutty tale of a man who stole credit for massively popular paintings art critics loved to slam, with his wife allowing herself to be shuttered in a studio, »
- Mike Fleming Jr
10 items from 2015
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