Earlier this week, we learned that BBC4 is set to release its own take on the doomed romance between Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton — and fans are already complaining that Helena Bonham Carter, whose been cast as Liz, doesn’t look enough like her. But that doesn’t mean the six-time Golden Globe nominee and winner of Emmy, SAG, and BAFTA awards is doomed to fail at capturing the screen vixen’s famous fire. In fact, there’s plenty of precedent for actors who looked nothing like the real-life icons they portrayed nonetheless managing to convince us. These 15 actors may have presented a challenge for their films’ makeup departments, but they also turned in performances no lookalike could have matched. … Read More
Confession: I kicked American Horror Story off my DVR queue last night. Since my recorder only allows me to tape two shows at once, I had to choose between AHS, Nashville, and Top Chef – and it was with few reservations that I gave Ryan Murphy’s asylum of horrors the boot. While I enjoyed last… Read More
We’ve been squirmy with anticipation for Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk’s American Horror Story: Asylum ever since the announcement was made that season one star Jessica Lange would be reprising a role in the FX series.
This time around she’ll be playing the formidable nun, Sister Jude. Lange stars alongside returning alums Frances Conroy, Evan Peters, Zachary Quinto, Lily Rabe, and Sarah Paulson inside the mental institution, Briarcliff Manor. The now abandoned hospital was a former tuberculosis ward purchased by the Catholic Church in 1962. James Cromwell, Joseph Fiennes, Lizzie Brocheré, Chloë Sevigny, and Ian McShane are amongst the newcomers joining them. We can’t wait for more over-the-top scares, pervy encounters, and dysfunctional drama.
To add to the insanity, we’ve created our official American Horror Story: Asylum drinking game, complete with recommended cocktails. Grab a glass, and say a few Hail Marys before heading past the break to play along with us. … Read More
After a string of eerie, stylized teasers and one trailer with some actual footage, FX is psyching us up for American Horror Story: Asylum with a preview of the October 17th premiere’s first five minutes. Enter your age at the show’s Facebook page (because the clip contains some racy, potentially NSFW… Read More
The second season of American Horror Story kicks off on October 17th, and now, after months of mostly unsatisfying teasers, we finally get a better look at the creepy cast of characters who await us at the 1960s insane asylum known as Briarcliff Manor, complete with a Clockwork Orange-style eyelid retractor. “Here you will repent for your sins to the only judge that matters,” says Jessica Lange, who plays Sister Jude in the new installment, a nun more “sadistic than saintly.” The highlight of the all-to-brief promo? When she literally cracks the whip at the 10 second mark, causing a much younger nun to burst into tears. Click through to see for yourselves, and let us know in comments if you think there’s another Emmy in her future. … Read More
Entertainment Weekly unveiled the characters from the upcoming American Horror Story: Asylum, which as its title suggests, brings the delightfully wicked shenanigans from the Los Angeles Murder House to a 1960′s mental institution called Briarcliff Manor. We’ve already seen the creepy teaser trailers, but these new character images provide some spoilery plot details… Read More
The cast of Ryan Murphy’s horror anthology American Horror Story is taking shape and proving to be an exciting mix of talent. Jessica Lange will be trading her role as a demented, faded southern belle for that of an institution worker during the 1960s. She tends to the criminally insane, of course, and … Read More
When the first season of FX’s American Horror Story ended in a bloodbath, we wondered what was in store for Season 2. Would the same main characters return as ghosts, primed to haunt a new family? In fact, as creator Ryan Murphy confirmed in a call shortly after the finale, in December, the show will… Read More
Whenever we find out that one of our favorite film actors has taken a role on TV, we’re intrigued. Why trade Hollywood’s red carpets and big paydays for the weekly grind of a regular television schedule? While some thespians can’t resist a juicy role on premium cable, others embrace the small screen as a way to regain the cred they’ve lost after years of disappointing parts in terrible movies. In honor of Don Cheadle’s surprising — and delightful — decision to helm Showtime’s House of Lies, which premiered last night, we look at ten great film actors who became great TV actors. … Read More