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The sublime second season of American Horror Story, subtitled Asylum, swapped season one's supernatural spookies for something much more terrifying: human nature. Specifically, the horrifying ills we're capable of inflicting upon one another when the watchful eye of society has turned away.
And while slews were subjected to Sister Jude and Dr. Arden's mental and physical abuse inside the seemingly-impenetrable walls of Briarcliff Manor, no one suffered more than Lana Winters, played with an expertly-honed mixture of excellence and exasperation by Sarah Paulson. Often victimized, but never a victim, Paulson's ability to exude strength even in the weakest moments ensured Lana was a character you could, and would, always root for.
ETonline caught up with the actress (an Emmy nominee last year for Game Change, and current Critics Choice Award winner for Ahs:Asylum) to talk about tackling this seemingly insurmountable role, the physical toll playing Lana took on her and find out why she's returning for a third »
While Kevin Spacey’s Frank Underwood played with people like puppets and served up savory speechifying, Corey Stoll emerged as the ace up House of Cards‘ sleeve. As Peter Russo, he played a congressman who was caught in the wrong place at the wrong time and thusly steered into a tumultuous arc, one with valleys as deep as the peaks high. Here, the actor — whose previous TV credits included NCIS, Law & Order: La and The Good Wife — hails the “embarrassment of riches” afforded him and the thrill of helping Netflix break new ground.
(Only thematic spoilers follow, for those who »
- Matt Webb Mitovich
The Fall TV season will be here before you know it, and with it comes tough, new viewing choices. In fact, the time to get thinking about them is now.
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Each day this week, TVLine will present the grid for that night’s fall line-up, including Big 5 fare and select cable listings. You then vote for what you plan to watch ”live” during each time slot.
(If you fancy yourself a DVRnista and are horribly, irrevocably hung up on my use of the word “live,” I invite you to »
- Matt Webb Mitovich
The Doctor! Guillermo del Toro! Vampire pilot for FX! Who Wouldn’T be all over this story? We’ve actually already told you a little about the del Toro vampire pilot The Strain, based on the trilogy of books he co-authored with Chuck Hogan (Prince of Thieves). If picked up, the showrunner would be our beloved Carlton Cuse (Lost, Bates Motel).
So, as the headline blares, the newest cast member is (one of) the Doctor(s). This particular Doctor is the newest to us, though I suspect he’s one of the oldest. It’s John Hurt, reuniting with his Hellboy director del Toro. Hurt’s castmates in include Corey Stoll (The Bourne Legacy, Midnight in Paris), Mia Maestro (Nadia in Alias) and Kevin Durand (Keamy in Lost). Here’s the press release, which includes a synopsis of the show:
- Erin Willard
For Lily Rabe, the devil was in the details as she braved the second chapter of FX’s macabre miniseries, American Horror Story: Asylum. As Sister Mary Eunice, she started off as a the dutiful No. 2 to Jessica Lange’s nuthouse overlord, but then something got into the nice nun. (Could it be… Satan?!) Here, Rabe reveals how creator Ryan Murphy afforded her the freedom to raise hell — and in doing so possibly scare up an Emmy nod for Supporting Actress in a TV Movie/Miniseries.
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- Matt Webb Mitovich
"White House Down" star Channing Tatum debuted the first baby photo of Everly Tatum, his newborn daughter with wife, "American Horror Story" star Jenna Dewan-Tatum. The acting couple welcomed their firstborn May 30 in London, where Channing was based while filming "Jupiter Ascending."
Fans had not yet been given the opportunity to sneak a peek at the baby girl -- who was arguably born into one of the most aesthetically pleasing gene pools in Hollywood -- until now. Channing posted a photo to his Facebook page, along with the caption, "First Father's Day with my girls!" The proud new dad also tagged new mom Jenna in the pic. She then took to Twitter to share a link to the photo, wiring, "First Father's Day with our lil angel..."
Production on Channing's film moves to Chicago after London, and Jenna has a Lifetime series filming in Vancouver, so these happy parents are »
HBO has released a haunting teaser trailer for their new series True Detective, which stars Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson. It's an eight-episode drama that follows two detectives searching for a serial killer in Louisiana. I enjoy watching shows like this, so I'm looking forward to it. Knowing HBO we can assume that it will be incredibly dark and disturbing.
If the show does well, the idea behind it is to introduce a new mystery with a new cast of characters every season, like American Horror Story is doing.
- Joey Paur
TV Line reports that Billy Campbell ("The Killing") and Clea Duvall ("American Horror Story: Asylum") have come aboard to tell the tale of Borden, who infamously was tried and acquitted in the 1892 ax murders of her father and stepmother.
Campbell will appear as Andrew Jennings, Borden's lawyer, while Duvall will take on the role of Borden's sister, Emma.
Borden's been quite the hot topic as of late. A competing project is in the works at HBO, with Chloe Sevigny attached to topline, and Duvall's season of "Ahs" touched on the Borden saga with the character of Grace (Lizzie Brochere), who murdered her family in a similar fashion.
Are you looking forward what is sure to be an insane take on the Borden tale from Lifetime? »
Billy Campbell and Clea DuVall have joined Lifetime's upcoming biopic on Lizzie Borden, the Fall River, Mass. woman who was accused of murdering her father and stepmother with an ax in the 1890s. Campbell ("The Killing," "Killing Lincoln") will play Borden's lawyer, Andrew Jennings. (Borden was ultimately acquitted of the murders.) DuVall, whose credits include "Argo" and "American Horror Story," will play Borden's sister Emma. Also read: Lifetime Working on Lizzie Borden Movie Starring Christina Ricci "Pan Am" actress Christina Ricci has been tapped to play Borden. Nick Gomez ("Drowning Mona," "Burn Notice") is »
- Tim Kenneally
As is the case with the other Best of TV lists I've published this week, my selections for best drama aren't intended to be a set-in-stone ranking that will carry through to the end of the year, but rather a snapshot of the titles I think about and talk about most often whenever the subject of current TV comes up. Mad Men nearly made the list, despite a rather shaky start, because its recent run of episodes has been so strong, and I'd be very surprised if Breaking Bad stumbled so badly upon its return that I stopped mentally saving it a space. American Horror Story overlapped 2012 and 2013, and was demented and committed (no pun intended!) enough that I thought about including it as well. In the end, I decided to close out my Best of TV selection with these five deserving dramas.5. Scandal (ABC)As deliriously soapy and »
- Matt Zoller Seitz
Katey Sagal has more than 30 years of experience in Hollywood, but when she was up for a role on “Lost,” she had to audition. “It was a big deal to get this little arc,” recalls the actress, who prior to her current stint on “Sons of Anarchy” was largely known for her comedy chops. “It’s a mixed blessing: You’re doing one thing for so long people like you that way, but as a creative person you want to break out.”
Transitioning between comedy and drama jobs (and the other way around) for actors and writers seems like it should be getting easier. Dramedies like “Glee,” “Nurse Jackie” and “White Collar” provide space for both genres to blend, but writers and actors alike note very little change in the system when it comes to trying to cross over.
“I do feel like it’s about proving your mettle again and again, »
- Randee Dawn
As previously reported, Christina Ricci will star as Borden, the infamous spinster who was tried and acquitted in the 1892 axe murders of her father and stepmom.
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Campbell will play Borden’s lawyer, Andrew Jennings, while Duvall will portray her sister Emma.
A similar Borden project is in development at HBO, with Chloe Sevigny attached to star.
- Michael Ausiello
Veteran TV, film and stage actress Frances Conroy has signed with Paradigm, joining her agent Iris Grossman who moved from ICM Partners to Paradigm last week. Conroy, who is managed by Paul Martino, is the second Grossman client to follow her from ICM to Paradigm, along with Mandy Patinkin. Conroy co-stars on FX’s American Horror Story, appearing in all three seasons to date and earning an Emmy nomination for the first cycle. She also received a Golden Globe Award and four Emmy nominations for her role on HBO’s Six Feet Under. On Broadway, Conroy earned a Tony nomination for Arthur Miller’s The Ride Down Mt. Morgan. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
In a summer movie season packed with superheroic men, check out this week’s "Sleeper to See" for a refreshingly subversive comedy about some amusingly antiheroic young women. The Movie: The Bling Ring The Director: Oscar-winning writer-director Sofia Coppola (Lost in Translation, The Virgin Suicides) The Cast: Emma Watson (Harry Potter series, The Perks of Being a Wallflower), Leslie Mann (This Is 40), Taissa Farmiga (American Horror Story), Israel Broussard (Flipped) and newcomer Katie Chang. The Story: The Bling Ring is loosely based on the true story of a group of Los Angeles teenagers who made international headlines after breaking into the homes and stealing from such celebrities as Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan and Orlando Bloom. Why You Should...
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Wes Bentley will star in Ryan Murphy's HBO pilot Open, in which he'll play someone "handsome but arrogant," according to THR. Open is "a modern, provocative exploration of human sexuality and relationships," which is fancy talk for "hey, lots of nudity." Bentley certainly fits the mold for a Ryan Murphy leading man: Just like Nip/Tuck's Julian McMahon, American Horror Story's Dylan McDermott, and The New Normal's Justin Bartha, he's got super-dark hair and striking light eyes. They could all play brothers, pretty much. Sexy, brooding brothers with stubble and secrets. »
- Margaret Lyons
Wes Bentley (The Hunger Games) is set to star in Open, HBO’s drama pilot from Glee and American Horror Story co-creator Ryan Murphy. The project, which Murphy co-wrote with Lauren Gussis, is described as a modern, provocative exploration of human sexuality and relationships. Bentley will play the handsome but arrogant Evan Foster, a bit of a blowhard who loves espousing his theories on human sexuality. Open hails from Fox 21, the cable division of 20th Century Fox TV where Murphy is under a rich overall deal. This marks a rare foray into television for Bentley, whose only previous TV gig was a starring role in another HBO pilot, Tilda, opposite Diane Keaton. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Gearing up for production this fall, "Glee" and "American Horror Story" co-creator Ryan Murphy and "Dexter's" Lauren Gussis' HBO drama pilot, "Open," has cast Wes Bentley. TheWrap has learned that Bentley will play Evan Foster. The character is described as "handsome and knows it, arrogant and completely charismatic, a bit of a blowhard who loves espousing his theories on human sexuality." Bentley played Seneca Crane on "The Hunger Games." His other film credits include "American Beauty" and "Lovelace." Previously, Bentley was in the HBO pilot, "Tilda," with Ellen Page and Diane Keaton, which the »
- Jethro Nededog
Aiming squarely for a certain, potentially overlapping cross-section of Gif-making TV fanatics, horror producer Jason Blum has added Donald Glover and American Horror Story’s Evan Peters to his upcoming thriller Reawakening, according to The Wrap. The film finds them joining a team of research students that also includes Olivia Wilde and Mark Duplass, whose discovery of the secret to bringing the dead back to life results in “a series of sinister consequences,” as bringing the dead back to life typically does—a synopsis that sounds superficially like a remake of Flatliners, were that not already happening elsewhere. However, the »
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Michelle Chamuel has made it into the finals of The Voice. I'm not surprised, I'm just delighted! Let's look at Michelle behind-the-scenes, when the competition isn't so stressful.
Speaking of Pll, the book series' author Sara Shepherd did a Q&A at Goodreads where she talked about Emily's queerness.
I think it's great that gay and lesbian teens, especially, can see a character on TV who struggled with her sexuality, dealt with family backlash, and has now gotten through it and is living her life. I also know that the Pll staff did a video for the It Gets Better campaign for Lgbt kids and bullying. When I started writing the books, »
Bros before witches! (Or at least alongside them...Right?) That's what we find ourselves chanting after chatting up Zachary Quinto regarding his whereabouts on American Horror Story's season three. Though the fan favorite still has not been approached to appear in Coven, which centers around witches, Quinto tells us he's "always open to it." "I'm actually going to do a play on Broadway in the fall," the 36-year-old explains, referring to The Glass Menagerie. "But the nature of [American Horror Story] is such that I'm sure [executive producer] Ryan [Murphy] could call and say, 'Could you fly down on your day off and do one episode?' And if he does, I »
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