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Oh, what's that? You enjoyed Jessica Lange's rendition of David Bowie's "Life on Mars" as seen on "American Horror Story"? Well lookie here, the pop sensation is back with another bizarre cover. Circus matron Elsa Mars trades in Marlene Dietrich for Norma Desmond in this rendition of Lana Del Rey's "Gods and Monsters" from last night's "Freak Show," and it's just as strange as you would ever want. Jack-o-lanterns! Feather boas! Theatricality! Wes Bentley as Evil Abraham Lincoln, I guess! Die happy, you've had an incredible life. »
- Chris Eggertsen
American Horror Story: Freak Show, Episode 3, “Edward Mordrake (Part One)”
Written by James Wong
Directed by Michael Uppendahl
Airs Wednesdays at 10pm Et on FX
Despite having a premise that would appear to push the high camp of this season even further, “Edward Mordrake (Part 1)” features some of the most touching and genuinely emotional moments seen in the season thus far. The titular character (Wes Bentley) is an English nobleman and talented composer. While these biographical details would appear to put him on the path to success, the second face on the back of his head lands him a stint in an insane asylum, followed by a gig as a freak show performer, which ends abruptly when he kills his fellow cast members and hangs himself (a tale creepily recounted by Ethel). His ghost is rumored to haunt freak shows that perform on Halloween, which is when the episode takes place. »
American Horror Story Freak Show is making all your dreams (even the ones you didn't know you had) come true: Murderous, terrifying clowns on a weekly basis? Check. Patti Labelle dressed as Woody Woodpecker doing the laugh? Check. Jessica Lange singing Lana Del Ray? Check. In the recent Halloween episode of Freak Show—titled "Edward Mordrake Part 1"—the Emmy winner sings "Gods and Monsters" off Del Ray's 2012 record "Born to Die." Yes, the show is set in 1952 and the lyrics reference Jim Morrison. Just go with it. "I really wanted to do an homage to my friend and idol Baz Luhrmann," Ryan Murphy told E! News at the Freak »
In this week’s kickoff of American Horror Story: Freak Show’s Halloween two-parter, most of the superstitious carnies refused to perform on October 31, for fear that doing so would conjure up Edward Mordrake (Wes Bentley), a two-faced bogeyman who, based on his description, you’d think would fit right in.
At the same time, a potentially even more terrifying situation was developing: With the arrival of faux fortuneteller Maggie Esmeralda (Emma Roberts), Dot suddenly had competition for Jimmy’s attention.
Here’s your rundown of all the treats (and tricks) that the episode held in store…
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American Horror Story: Freak Show opened in Philadelphia at the American Morbidity Museum where Dr. Mansfield (Denis O’Hare) is attempted to sell a fake Baby Sasquatch alongside his partner in crime Ms. Rothschild (Emma Roberts). The proprietor, though calling Mansfield out on his fake specimen and fake degrees from Harvard, suggests that should he find something authentic, the Morbidity Museum would pay handsomely for it, and directs him and Rothschild to a freak show.
'Ahs: Freak Show' Recap
At one of the last two freak shows in the country in Jupiter, Fla., Jimmy “Lobster Boy” Darling (Evan Peters) is mourning Meep’s death. Bette and Dot (Sarah Paulson) suggest they dedicate the night’s show to his memory, but Ethel (Kathy Bates) informs them that no freak show performs on a Halloween. Drowning in liquor after finding out she has at most a year left to live because of her cirrhosis of the liver, »
It's entirely appropriate that "American Horror Story: Freak Show" would have two episodes devoted to Halloween, that time of year when everyone gets to play pretend that they're whomever they dream of (or fear) being. As Jimmy says over Meep's grave, the dude loved Halloween. "It was the one day he felt like he would have been one of them... But he wasn't one of them. He was better," Jimmy said, adding that Meep would occasionally sneak the odd chicken head into some unsuspecting trick-or-treater's bag. What a rascal that Meep was. Poor Meep.
Tonight's episode introduced the last few main characters: Emma Roberts as the spiritualist/grifter Maggie Esmerelda; Denis O'Hare as Maggie's partner in crime, Stanley; and last but definitely not least, Wes Bentley as the two-faced monster Edward Mordrake. Mordrake is a dapper gentleman ghost with fine manners and many talents; he also has a demonic face »
- Jenni Miller
It's no Justice League announcement, but Warner Bros. isn't resting on the laurels of its burgeoning cinematic universe. The studio announced the new name of its digital unit and the live action and animated series it's developing. On Tuesday, the studio announced that the newly renamed Blue Ribbon Content division will be producing live-action versions of DC Comics' Static Shock, the video game Mortal Kombat, and a host of other animated and live-action projects. Here is a full breakdown of those series as well as the other projects currently in development. 1. Batman: The Animated Series Experience: Warner Bros. has »
- Jonathon Dornbush
Warner Bros. announced today that all of its short-form media will now be produced through a new company entitled Blue Ribbon Content, with the company issuing series orders for a new Mortal Kombat web series, along with the previously-announced Justice League: Gods and Monsters Chronicles and the Veronica Mars spin-off Play It Again, Dick. All of the studio's web series' will be produced under the Blue Ribbon Content banner, which is being lead by Sam Register.
Take a look at the descriptions for these new programs below.
This animated shortform series from Bruce W. Timm and Alan Burnett (producers of the legendary Batman: The Animated Series) will debut on Machinima in 2015. The series is based on Justice League: Gods and Monsters, an original animated film executive produced by Timm and co-produced by Burnett that will be released by Warner Bros. »
They first came to the big screen two years after Gremlins, but they didn’t need to be fed after midnight in order to become evil. The ferocious alien furballs of 1986’s Critters and its three sequels look to pay Earth another visit in an upcoming series from Warner Bros.’ Blue Ribbon Content, a new label that focuses on creating live action programs for digital platforms.
Blue Ribbon Content is wasting no time herding shows towards production. Today, the recently launched label announced three series orders—Justice League: Gods and Monsters Chronicles, an Untitled Mortal Kombat Series, and Play It Again, Dick—as well as a slew of in-development programs, including a live action Critters series:
“Critters — Blue Ribbon revisits the world of the legendary New Line Cinema cult classic movie franchise, as a new batch of alien pests descends upon the planet in this new digital series written »
- Derek Anderson
Warner Bros.’ digital production division has launched its rebranding campaign today, under the new title of Blue Ribbon Content. Along with a new name, the company has announced details on their very packed, upcoming slate. According to the report published on Mashable, we can expect live-action versions of smash hit video game Mortal Kombat and DC super hero comic Static Shock, as well as a series based on the 1986 monster flick, Critters.
Of the projects outlined, three have already been tapped for series orders, which means we’ll be definitely be getting a full season. The main title amongst those is the Mortal Kombat live-action series, which will feature new and old characters. That as-yet untitled property is set to tie into the April 2015 release of the Mortal Kombat X video game.
On the development side of things, the outlet have earmarked a mixture of pre-existing and entirely new projects »
- Gem Seddon
If the influx of TV shows and Warner Bros.’ big movie announcements aren’t enough to put a smile on DC fans’ faces, The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that Warner Bros.’ new digital division Blue Ribbon Content has tapped Reginald Hudlin (Django Unchained) to develop a live-action Static Shock. The project is based upon the DC / Milestone Comics character Static, the teen superhero created by Dwayne McDuffie, Robert L. Washington III and John Paul Leon.
In addition to Static Shock, Blue Ribbon also has Bruce Timm’s animated series Justice League: Gods and Monsters Chronicles on its slate, along with an as-yet-untitled Mortal Kombat series to coincide with the upcoming Mortal Kombat X video game, the Veronica Mars spin-off Play It Again, Dick, a Critters series, and Batman: The Animated Series Experience, an “interactive narrative experience which will give fans the opportunity to explore Batman’s world like never before. »
- Gary Collinson
Warner Bros. has several interesting projects in the works thanks to its brand-new studio. The media giant just announced the creation of its digital short-form division, Blue Ribbon Content. Led by Sam Register, the Warner Bros. studio will develop both animated and live-action series for digital platforms. Blue Ribbon has already lined up a slate of original programming for production as well as several new shows based on Warner Bros. intellectual property. Among these is a new Mortal Kombat series and several DC Comics-inspired projects, like a live-action series based on the character Static Shock and a Batman: The Animated Series virtual reality experience. Additionally, Blue Ribbon is developing the previously-announced Justice League: Gods and Monsters Chronicles for release on Machinima. According to Variety, Blue Ribbon Content has already tapped several well-known names to head up the development of these shows. Some of the creators include Reginald Hudlin »
- Bree Brouwer
A version of this story first appeared in the Oct. 24 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. Bill Condon has always been drawn to outsiders in his work. He won an adapted screenplay Oscar for his breakout film, Gods and Monsters, a complex character study of Frankenstein director James Whale. His script unlocked the challenges of filming Chicago by staging the musical numbers inside the heads of its celebrity murderesses. He followed with Kinsey, about the controversial sexual behavior researcher; Dreamgirls, which revolves around a cruelly ousted Motown girl-group singer; and The Fifth Estate, about exiled whistleblower Julian Assange.
- David Rooney
Art by Ben-g-Gelenhuys
Gremlins director Joe Dante is developing an interesting new film project called Ombra Amore. The filmmaker will use Rome's underground setting to tell the story, which brings together the classical Romeo and Juliet tale with werewolves, vampires, and the financial-crisis-ridden Italy. Here's a breakdown of the story from THR:
Pete is a werewolf whose pack is a crew of hotheaded financial traders responsible for Italy's current economic crisis. Maggie is a vampire whose family is a formerly wealthy aristocratic clan brought to bankruptcy by the greedy werewolves. Surrounded by other-worldly troubles, it remains to be seen whether or not their love can survive among the warring families.
It sounds like it will be better than the Twilight franchise. I'm a fan of Joe Dante's work, and I'd like to think that he could turn this story into a great movie. Hollywood is big on these supernatural love stories right now, »
- Joey Paur
William Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet has long inspired filmmakers with its tale of star-crossed lovers. But the director of Gremlins has a new take on this old school romance, and it involves the financial crisis, vampires, and werewolves. Because obviously? THR reports out of the Rome Film Festival that Joe Dante has announced plans to make Ombra Amore, a romance that's title loosely translates to Shadow Love. The undergrounds of Rome will play home to the film which is a modern take on Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet, set in financial crisis afflicted Italy and peopled by werewolves and vampires. Ombra Amore will be made as part of The Rome Film Festival's New Cinema Network special "Great Beauties" section, meant to draw a spotlight on films shot within Italy. Dante is elated about landing Rome as the film's location, saying in a statement, "Rome. The Eternal City of Gods and Monsters, where »
After Maleficent and Cinderella, Beauty And The Beast is getting the live action treatment from Disney...
Earlier this year, it was confirmed that one of the live action tellings of a classic tale that Disney is working on is Beauty And The Beast. This follows the studio's success with Alice In Wonderland and Maleficent, with live action takes on The Jungle Book and Cinderella already on the way.
Beauty And The Beast is to be directed by Bill Condon (Gods And Monsters, the last two Twilight films), and we learn now that it's going to be written by Stephen Chbosky. Chboskey previously penned The Perks Of Being A Wallflower (directing the movie too), and EW reports that his screenplay will be based largely on Disney's superb 1991 animated telling of the Beauty And The Beast story.
There's no word yet as to when to expect the film. We'll keep you posted, »
Our weekly round-up of the latest superhero news and talking points, including Avengers: Age of Ultron, Doctor Strange, Ant-Man, Guardians of the Galaxy, The Punisher, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Agent Carter, Daredevil, Big Hero 6, Deadpool, The Fantastic Four, Venom, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad, Superman Returns, Gotham, Arrow, The Flash, Constantine, Lucifer, Supergirl, Justice League: Gods and Monsters Chronicles, Powers and more…
It looks like Marvel Studios is gearing up to kick off the promotion for next year’s sequel Avengers: Age of Ultron, with this week bringing us the first official synopsis for Joss Whedon’s eagerly-anticipated follow-up to his 2012 blockbuster, which reads as follows:
“Marvel Studios presents Avengers: Age of Ultron, the epic follow-up to the biggest Super Hero movie of all time. When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, »
- Gary Collinson
ABC and Marvel’s “Agents of Shield” is moving to a later timeslot in its second season (it’s set to premiere at 9 p.m. on Sept. 23), and that shift exemplifies a small but meaningful recalibration in the show’s mechanics — a transition to an older, wiser and darker version of a series that burst out of the gate with the full weight and expectations of the comicbook faithful behind it last season, only to stumble in its early episodes. While some installments captured the thrills we’ve come to expect from Marvel’s properties, and many intriguing mysteries were introduced, answers didn’t seem to be forthcoming, which left some viewers wondering whether the show might collapse under the weight of its secrets, even as it coyly hinted at ties to the wider Marvel Cinematic Universe.
The reason for its travails became clear around episode 17, after the release of “Captain America: The Winter Soldier, »
- Laura Prudom
DC Comics and Warner Bros. are stepping up their games plans! It has been announced that they are looking into making an animated Machinima episode/special of Justice League: Gods and Monsters. It will feature darker elements to keep it marketed towards their target audience, adults. No word on who or how it would be released if they do decided to actually create it. The duo before have released direct to TV specials, thus leaving is to wonder how this one will be released.
I will admit that I am not a big comic book fan. So I am not someone who is super excited to see what they do with the show. But I will say that I am glad that they taking on more challenges. It may really benefit them in a dying breed of comic book readers who rather look at the photos. It may boost »
- Sarah Peel
WB is working on a massive live action Justice League project, but a major reason for the anticipation is due to a animated series that was on WB / Cartoon Network for a few years. While the comics are seriously awesome, the animated show was easily one of the best animated shows to ever come out. Now we get more!
According to WB/ DC, they have teamed up with Machinima to provide a short series that leads into their next animated feature film. The film is titled Justice League: Gods and Monsters. The film focuses on an alternate reality where the main stays in the Justice League are much darker than normal. These characters of course being Wonder Woman, Batman, and Superman.
- email@example.com (Dustin Spino)
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