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American Gods Season 2 Episode 6 Review – ‘Donar the Great’

Martin Carr reviews the sixth episode of American Gods season 2…

Aside from a chuck away reference to Fredrick Nietzsche there is little of philosophical depth in Donar the Great. Flashback heavy and no more obscure than normal this vaudevillian segue into music hall politics with Velvet Underground undertones shows much but achieves little. Narrative intentions are vague while Ian McShane and Orlando Jones retain audience attention through sheer force of will. Visually there are elements of The Cotton Club combined with back stage altercations, while the production design is both gaudy, sumptuous and simultaneously grandiose.

Present day strands involving ancient weaponry, scorched runes and biblical grifters sits awkwardly alongside the stage show elements elsewhere. Mr World and New Media feel like a needless addition while their high tech machinations do little to increase drama or further the story line. Bruce Langley seems oddly out of place in his flashback role
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Horror Highlights: The Haunted House Of Horror (1969) Blu-ray, Dark Forces, Guess I’M A Ghost, Ghost Nation, Q&A with Happy! Composer Guillaume Roussel

Kids from the "swinging ’60s" beware, "you're in for a scare!" British classic The Haunted House of Horror (1969) has been restored and will be released on Blu-ray for the first time on April 15th. Also in today's Horror Highlights: Orlando Jones will star in Dark Forces, Guess I'm a Ghost premiere and episode details, info on the Travel Channel's newly announced Ghost Nation series, and a Q&A with Happy! composer Guillaume Roussel.

The Haunted House of Horror (1969) 2K Restoration Blu-ray Release Details: "A Tigon British classic. Once, in a now-deserted

mansion, a man went mad and sliced up his entire family. Now, a group of jaded boys and girls from Swinging Sixties London decide to go out to the house on a dare.

Cast

Frankie Avalon... Chris

Jill Haworth... Sheila

Dennis Price... Inspector Bill Bradley

Mark Wynter... Gary Scott

George Sewell... Bob Kellett

Gina Warwick... Sylvia Fuller

Crew

Director:
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The Team Behind Sandman: House of Whispers on Entering Ananse's Web

  • The AV Club
When you think of Ananse the trickster and Neil Gaiman, you might—right now at least—be drawn to Orlando Jones’s stellar portrayal on American Gods. But a god has many faces, in the real world and in fiction, and Gaiman’s got whole other worlds of mythological interpretations out there—and one of them is about to…
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Orlando Jones to Star in Supernatural/Psychological Horror Dark Forces

American Gods actor Orlando Jones has been hired by Lexicon to star in the supernatural/psychological horror movie Dark Forces. The film will be directed by Anthony O’Brien from a screenplay co-scribed by Lexicon co-founders, producers Mark Mathias Sayre and Justin Foia. Synopsis:Dark Forces is a horror film that pays homage to its many sub-genres: While […] The post Orlando Jones to Star in Supernatural/Psychological Horror Dark Forces appeared first on Dread Central.
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American Gods Season 2 Episode 5 Review: The Ways of the Dead

American Gods leans into weirdness and political statement in equal measure, in an episode that travels from Illinois to Louisiana and back.

This American Gods review contains spoilers.

American Gods Season 2 Episode 5

“The Ways of the Dead” is a tale of two dead girls, all centered around a man who gets them into trouble. One of these dead girls is an anonymous white woman found dead at the turn of the 20thCentury, who gets a man into trouble and then gets a man killed. The other woman cheated on her husband, was killed, and came back driven by a mission to save and protect a man from danger.

One of these women is, of course, Laura Moon, who features prominently in the episode as her trip to New Orleans with Mad Sweeney starts getting out of hand. The other isn't named, and her story doesn't particularly matter in the grand scheme of things,
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‘American Gods’: Ian McShane Says Season 2 Goes Back To Source Material, Expands Universe – The Contenders Emmys

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‘American Gods’: Ian McShane Says Season 2 Goes Back To Source Material, Expands Universe – The Contenders Emmys
Based on the Neil Gaiman books, the Starz drama of modern deities American Gods is currently in its second season and has been renewed for a third. At The Contenders Emmys, Deadline’s Dominic Patten talked to show stars Ricky Whittle, Emily Browning, Pablo Schreiber, and Ian McShane, who also serves as Executive Producer, about the current season, how the fantasy translates to issues in real life and expanding the universe of Gods.

Currently in its second season, McShane, who plays Mr. Wednesday, said that the show is going back to the books more as they dive deeper into the New and Old Gods. “You have to get back to the source material to get to know the people,” he said. McShane also teased that the upcoming season will take place Lakeside — and for diehard fans, that’s a huge deal.

Browning, who plays Laura Moon and Schreiber, who plays the leprechaun Mad Sweeney,
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Film News Roundup: Orlando Jones Starring in Horror Movie ‘Dark Forces’ (Exclusive)

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Film News Roundup: Orlando Jones Starring in Horror Movie ‘Dark Forces’ (Exclusive)
In today’s film news roundup, Orlando Jones will play a horror director, Boyd Holbrook will play a pathologist, four Batman movies will get a re-release and a spider movie gets a release.

Castings

Orlando Jones will star in Lexicon’s horror movie “Dark Forces” with Anthony O’Brien (“The Timber”) directing, Variety has learned exclusively.

O’Brien will direct from a screenplay by Lexicon producers Mark Mathias Sayre and Justin Foia. Production is expected to take place this summer in Romania.

Jones will portray a monster movie director who becomes haunted by creatures from his own films while recovering from brain surgery.

“Orlando’s multi-talented and intellectually stimulating performances speak for themselves; his turn as ‘Mr. Nancy’ on StarzAmerican Gods’ provides a perfect example of this,” O’Brien said. “His contribution to ‘Dark Forces’ will allow the audience to experience a thoughtful energy and voice that old (and
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American Gods Season 2 Episode 4 Review: The Greatest Story Ever Told

American Gods introduces another new character, maybe, as three Gods vie for the favor of one human.

This American Gods review contains spoilers.

American Gods Season 2, Episode 4

One of the things you can say for American Gods is the show's creative team still manages to pull in good actors for even the smallest of bit roles. For example, the one-off appearance of Vulcan in the first season was delightful—I mention it pretty often—because of the performance of Corben Bernsen, who has always been a fun actor to watch.

This week, perhaps in an attempt to curry favor with New God The Reviewer, American Gods brings in none other than William Sanderson to play Money, the most powerful God in this history of Gods, and the God that stands beyond all descriptions. New, Old, or Other, Money has always been important, and since the first incident of bartering for coin,
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American Gods: Season Two Ratings

Although its linear ratings were small by broadcast standards, last year the American Gods TV show was a top-three performer for Starz. While subscription cable networks don't rely on ad revenue, they want to run programming that helps them retain and attract subscribers. Can the second season match the first, or even beat it? Will American Gods be cancelled or renewed for season three? Stay tuned. *Status update below.

An Americana fantasy drama series on the Starz premium cable channel, American Gods stars Ricky Whittle, Ian McShane, Emily Browning, Pablo Schreiber, Crispin Glover, Orlando Jones, Yetide Badaki, Bruce Langley, Mousa Kraish, Omid Abtahi, and Demore Barnes. The season two cast also includes Peter Stormare, Cloris Leachman, Kahyun Kim, Devery Jacobs, Sakina Jaffrey, and Dean Winters. The story centers on Shadow Moon (Whittle), Mr. Wednesday (McShane), and a pantheon of gods -- old and new
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American Gods: Season Two Viewer Votes

How much faith do you have in the second season of the American Gods TV show on Starz? As we all know, the Nielsen ratings typically play a big role in determining whether a TV show like American Gods is cancelled or renewed for season three. Unfortunately, most of us do not live in Nielsen households. Because many viewers feel frustration when their viewing habits and opinions aren't considered, we'd like to offer you the chance to rate all of the season two episodes of American Gods  here. *Status update below.

A Starz Americana fantasy drama series, American Gods stars Ricky Whittle, Ian McShane, Emily Browning, Pablo Schreiber, Crispin Glover, Orlando Jones, Yetide Badaki, Bruce Langley, Mousa Kraish, Omid Abtahi, and Demore Barnes. The season two cast also includes Peter Stormare, Cloris Leachman, Kahyun Kim, Devery Jacobs, Sakina Jaffrey, and Dean Winters. The story centers
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American Gods Season 2 Episode 3 Review: Muninn

American Gods is ready to square off with New Media, a million eyes all watching the same thing, and the meaning of afterlife.

This American Gods review contains spoilers.

American Gods Season 2 Episode 3

I try not to read too much into a show's behind-the-scenes drama, but with a show like American Gods, that is harder than it looks, The results on the screen in the American Gods Season 2 have little in common with the magic that happened in the first season.

Certainly, the budget seems to remain as high as it always has been, but things feel off, different somehow, and I can't help but feel like it's all down to all the trouble that plagued season two during filming. After all, reports say that actors were improvising large sections of dialog to the point where Orlando Jones was given writing credit to avoid clashes with guild rules, shooting without scripts,
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‘American Gods’ Names Charles ‘Chic’ Eglee Showrunner, Gets Season 3 Renewal

  • Variety
‘American Gods’ Names Charles ‘Chic’ Eglee Showrunner, Gets Season 3 Renewal
American Gods” is returning with a new showrunner.

The Fremantle-produced Starz television series based on the Neil Gaiman novel has officially been picked up for a third season and has tapped Charles “Chic” Eglee to lead the season as showrunner and executive producer. The news comes less than a week after the show launched its second season.

Eglee’s credits include “Hemlock Grove,” “The Walking Dead,” “Dexter,” and “The Shield.” He is repped by CAA and Gendler & Kelly.

He will now be the third showrunner at the helm of the series. Bryan Fuller and Michael Green served as co-showrunners during the first season but departed over clashes with Fremantle over the show’s budget and creative direction. Jesse Alexander shepherded “Gods” through its second season, but he was reportedly sidelined during production without being officially let go.

“I’m thrilled ‘American Gods’ has been renewed for a third season,
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American Gods Season 2 Episode 1 Review – ‘House on the Rock’

Martin Carr reviews the first episode of American God season 2…

Gestation for this new season has been glacial with departing show runners and cast members plus months in stasis while obstacles were overcome. For those who missed American Gods first time round shame on you, as invention comes no thicker or faster, no fresher nor vibrant than in this visually arresting Neil Gaiman adaptation. There is a folkloric quality which pervades every frame and a dark edged humour which punctuates some of the more unsettling imagery on offer. Even for those familiar with the meandering structure, freewheeling characterisation and outlandishly saturated colour palette House on the Rock requires multiple viewings.

At the heart of this tale sits a literal and metaphorical deconstruction of American consumer society, which challenges existing belief systems and more conventional modes of worship. This world is changing and bending to the will of a new set
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American Gods on Starz: Cancelled or Renewed for Season Three?

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What in heaven's name is going on? Has the American Gods TV show been cancelled or renewed for a third season on Starz? The television vulture is watching all the latest cancellation and renewal news, so this page is the place to track the status of American Gods season three. Bookmark it, or subscribe for the latest updates. Remember, the television vulture is watching your shows. Are you?  

What's This TV Show About?

An Americana fantasy drama series on the Starz premium cable channel, American Gods stars Ricky Whittle, Ian McShane, Emily Browning, Pablo Schreiber, Crispin Glover, Orlando Jones, Yetide Badaki, Bruce Langley, Mousa Kraish, Omid Abtahi, and Demore Barnes. The season two cast also includes Peter Stormare, Cloris Leachman, Kahyun Kim, Devery Jacobs, Sakina Jaffrey, and Dean Winters. The story centers on Shadow Moon (Whittle), Mr. Wednesday (McShane), and a pantheon
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American Gods Season 2 Episode 2 Review: The Beguiling Man

American Gods Season 2 Episode 2 indulges in flashbacks about the man called Shadow Moon.

This American Gods review contains spoilers.

American Gods Season 2 Episode 2

In any good hero's journey, there's always a side-quest. You have to recover this artifact in order to defeat that demon, you have to recover this holy weapon, or that magical key, or that MacGuffin to continue on with whatever the larger journey is.

Given the solid cast of characters of American Gods, it's not surprising that characters will be given a side quest or two along the way, usually at Wednesday's behest. The gang is dispatched to a variety of places; Salim and the Jinn get sent to retrieve Odin's spear, Laura and Mad Sweeney get sent to track down Shadow, Wednesday and Nancy go for a drive, and Mama-ji gets a chance to swap shifts at the diner in order to participate in the war.
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American Gods Season 2 Episode 1 Review: The House on the Rock

Will American Gods Season 2 remain as dramatic and enthralling in front of the camera as it has been behind the camera?

This American Gods review contains spoilers.

American Gods Season 2 Episode 1

American Gods has been off television for a very long time. By the time American Gods Season 2 debuts, it will be roughly a month shy of two years since the first episode bowed on television, and since then, there hasn't been a lot of good publicity from the show's production.

The creative team of Michael Green and Bryan Fuller left, replaced by Jesse Alexander. Gillian Anderson and Kristin Chenoweth left, with Media to be recast and Easter to be forgotten about, despite her explosive and memorable debut. Old Gods, new directions, with new showrunner Jesse Alexander promising to skew the series closer to Neil Gaiman's original source material while maintaining the Fuller lushness that made the first season stand-out visual television.
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‘American Gods’ Season 2 Review: A Cosmic Mess

‘American Gods’ Season 2 Review: A Cosmic Mess
When the late, great critic Gene Siskel hated a movie, he’d say he wished the filmmakers had asked themselves, “Is my film more interesting than a documentary of the same actors having lunch together?” This question applies neatly to television as well. I’ve often sat through hilarious cast press conferences for sitcoms that had failed to make me so much as smile, and wondered how that energy couldn’t be properly harnessed when the cameras rolled.

A show as visually flashy and bug-nuts crazy as Starz’s American Gods (Sundays at 8 p.
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American Gods season 3 renewal is likely, plot details on potential third season revealed

Though it has faced some pretty tumultuous behind-the-scenes events with the loss of its showrunners two years in a row, Starz’s American Gods is likely to return for a third season. The news comes from Deadline after the site spoke with someone close to the show’s production.

Though it is far from a certainly yet, Deadline’s source told the, “We didn’t make Season 2 of American Gods not to make a Season 3. It’s a big book.” A search is currently underway for a new showrunner who can bring the third season on time and on budget. Both Starz and FreemantleMedia North America want to avoid the problems the past two seasons have had, most especially though the lengthy two-year gap between the series’ premiere and the upcoming premiere of season 2 on March 10. To that end, a new showrunner must have a “rock solid blueprint in place
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‘American Gods’: Neil Gaiman Promises that, Despite Changes, Season 2 Feels Like Season 1

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‘American Gods’: Neil Gaiman Promises that, Despite Changes, Season 2 Feels Like Season 1
American Gods” Season 2 is coming soon to Starz, and while rumors of chaos behind the scenes have made news over the past year, executive producer Neil Gaiman says that the returning show “still looks and feels like ‘American Gods.'”

Bryan Fuller and Michael Green, the original showrunners of the Starz drama based on Gaiman’s book, left the series after completing Season 1 and writing scripts for a second season; they were succeeded by “Heroes” executive producer Jesse Alexander, who reportedly left the series at the end of Season 2.

At the Television Critics Association press tour, Gaiman — who was the only executive producer present for the panel — pointed to the continued work of second unit director Chris Byrne as one reason why the show “feels like the same show that we had in Season 1.” Also a factor was, in Gaiman’s words, the “amazing actors” who continued with the series,
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Neil Gaiman on ‘American Gods’ Season 2: ‘We’d All Rather Have It Good Than Have It Quicker’

  • Variety
Neil Gaiman on ‘American Gods’ Season 2: ‘We’d All Rather Have It Good Than Have It Quicker’
Almost two years and showrunner changes since the first season of “American Gods” wrapped up on Starz, the second season is set to debut in a way that is a “really great way back to the book,” according to series star Ian McShane.

“We needed to get back to the line in the book,” he said at the Television Critics Assn. press tour panel for the drama Tuesday. “The characters you were invested in needed exploring more. … Gaiman wrote a great blueprint for a TV series that can go wherever it wants as long as it remains true to the roots of faith.”

Neil Gaiman, who wrote the book on which the show is based and serves as executive producer on the show, noted that he was on-board with the show from before original showrunners Bryan Fuller and Michael Green were attached, so he got to watch them lead and
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