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Five Things You Don't Know About Zachary Quinto

17 October 2012 2:40 PM, PDT | | See recent The Insider news »

He made a name for himself on the superhero drama Heroes and currently portrays psychiatrist Dr. Oliver Thredson on FX's haunting drama American Horror Story -- premiering tonight at 10 o'clock! Here are five things you probably don't know about Zachary Quinto

1. Born Zachary John Quinto on June 2, 1977 in Pittsburgh, Pa - he's half Italian and half Irish.

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2. His TV debut came in 2000 in the pilot of the short-lived series The Others.

3. Struck up a friendship with Leonard Nimoy while portraying the actor's iconic role as Spock in J.J. Abrams' 2009 reboot Star Trek.

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4. Was involved in a serious car accident at age 16 that he says led to a discussion with his mom about responsibility. "I blurted out, 'I wanna be an actor,'" he once told an interviewer. "That, somehow, just turned it. I think she saw in my impassioned plea something serious »

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A&E Orders Occult Crimes Task Force Pilot

12 September 2012 4:00 PM, PDT | ScifiMafia | See recent ScifiMafia news »

Just look at A&E and its pilot orders! It’s giving a good impression of a network that would like to lure People Like Us into its viewership with Our Kind of TV. We’ve been telling you about their Psycho prequel Bates Motel since they first announced it last January; we’ve since reported that our beloved Lost co-showrunner Carlton Cuse will be showrunner for the series, and that A&E has ordered ten episodes.

Now comes news that A&E is dipping its network toes into the supernatural side of creepy with a pilot order for a Michael Bay (Transformers) -produced series about a new (sorry kids, it’s just fictional) FBI occult crimes task force, entitled, appropriately, Occult. It will center on an FBI agent who joins the new unit upon his return from administrative leave, so ordered after “going off the deep end” while investigating his wife’s disappearance. »

- Erin Willard

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The Woman in Black & Ghosts of the Past

20 February 2012 4:59 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Since its first publication in 1983, Susan Hill’s Gothic chiller The Woman in Black has been terrorising audiences, from teenagers studying the novel in English lessons to horror aficionados like Mark Kermode, who wrote a chapter on the novel for his PhD in horror fiction. Its reputation has been subsequently enhanced by the long-running stage play, which left the author of this piece so scared, he had to be prised from his chair with a crowbar.

The most recent incarnation of The Woman in Black (our review Here) was released in cinemas on February 10th, with the backing of the reformed Hammer brand and the star power of Daniel Radcliffe in his first proper post-Potter role. It joins a ream of recent ghost stories to make it to our screens, including The Others, The Orphanage and The Awakening. What explains this resurgence for old-fashioned horror of creaks, shadows and suggestion? »

- Daniel Mumby

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