Ryan Murphy

Overanalyzing the ‘American Horror Story: Freak Show’ Trailer

Nobody watches Ryan Murphy’s American Horror Story for consistency: apart from the anthology show’s varied settings and levels of quality from season to season, individual episodes and characters waver with such gusto that it can sometimes feel like we’re watching American Horror Story: Foreign Policy. So to predict, from a mere one-minute trailer, what the fuck is going to happen on the next season of TV’s worst self-editor seems like a wildly futile task. But it is a wildly futile task that simply must be taken on. … Read More

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Jessica Lange to Cover Lana Del Rey on ‘American Horror Story: Freak Show’

American Horror Story, perhaps best known for putting the term “jump the shark” to rest with its weekly…jumping of the shark,… Read More

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Everything We Know About ‘American Horror Story: Freak Show’

Whether you love it or hate it or have uncomfortable mixed feelings about it, Ryan Murphy’s American Horror Story anthology series has been a fascinating watch. It reboots itself every season, allowing Murphy and co. to create different, and scarier, stories every year. From ghosts to aliens to witches, Murphy keeps finding new ways to outdo himself. Season 4 will center on the performers at a carnival freak show, an already-controversial premise that is making AHS one of the most anticipated returning shows of the year. American Horror Story: Freak Show premieres in October. Here’s everything we know about the season so far.  … Read More

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HBO’s ‘The Normal Heart’ Is a Flawed Film — But an Important One

Larry Kramer wouldn’t shut his mouth. It’s probably because of his outspoken nature, the bridges he burned and the politicians he pissed off, that the government’s recognition of the AIDS epidemic — an acknowledgement that didn’t come soon enough — turned what for years was misunderstood as a plague that only affected a small population of unfortunates (i.e., gay men) into a disease that the average American knows does not discriminate based on sexuality or race. Kramer’s work in the early ’80s, both as a founding member of Gay Men’s Health Crisis and the author of the monumental off-Broadway play The Normal Heart (which had its New York premiere in April 1985, nearly 15 months before President Reagan publicly acknowledged the crisis for the first time), was an indelible asset to the early days of HIV/AIDS awareness. As his autobiographical play, now getting the star-studded HBO film treatment, asserts, Kramer’s efforts were, for years, overshadowed by his rabble-rousing and the government’s indifference to the disease that was affecting millions. … Read More

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Watch HBO’s ‘The Normal Heart’ Trailer Starring Mark Ruffalo and Julia Roberts

The Normal Heart, based on Larry Kramer’s play of the same name and directed by Ryan Murphy, is HBO’s upcoming… Read More

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A Tale of Two Time Jumps: How ‘Glee’s’ Final Season Will Be Different From ‘One Tree Hill’s’

The quirky universe of Glee — sometimes a campy paean to musical theatre, other times a heart-wrenching after-school special — has undergone a few different mutations since Cory Monteith’s death last July. Finn Hudson and Rachel Berry’s diverging paths were meant to intersect once again in the series finale, in a final scene showrunner Ryan Murphy said he’d planned for years. But when Cory — and with him, Finn — died, Murphy chose to let the McKinley High Glee Club suffer the same fate. It was bittersweet, but not really; the lame Ohio high school story lines had taken a backseat to the grittier and far more interesting New York scenes. We said a quick goodbye to Mr. Schue and basically nothing to the younger McKinley students, then the star older characters — Rachel, Kurt, Artie, Sam, Mercedes, and Blaine — moved to NYC to finish out Season 5. … Read More

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‘American Horror Story: Coven’ Episode 9 Recap: “Head”

This week, we get a nice little break from all of that pesky estrogen that’s been driving the denizens of New Orleans so crazy and get some father-and-son bonding on what is a rite of passage among most Southern young men: the first hunting trip. Of course, the young man in question is Hank Foxx, the husband to Cordelia and not-so-secret witch hunter. You see, being a witch hunter is as much of a legacy as it is to be a witch, and young Hank’s creepy father is bringing him along to kill his first witch — who appears to be the character from Into the Woods before she went ugly and started rapping about field greens. In a very Disney animated classic moment, Hank cannot shoot the woman, who then sets his father on fire. Isn’t that always the way? Hank learns a valuable lesson: never show a witch mercy, even if that witch is the woman to whom you are married and had crazy-ass dark magick sex with once so that you could get her pregnant. … Read More

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Two Liberal Gay Couples With a Side of White Supremacy, Please

Where openly gay couples on network television were once a novelty, it seems as if their portrayal in television is now en vogue — mainstream, “modern,” and “normal” you could even say. Sitcoms Modern Family and the recently canceled The New Normal both testify to this. They’ve both been noted for their depictions of gay characters, which are generally positive inasmuch as they are long overdue, gaining relevance and merit on the backs of a Supreme Court Trial for marriage equality, the once sexually exclusive Boy Scouts of America now allowing gays to openly join their ranks, among a host of other large and small feats trending towards a more inclusive society. But while this is great in theory, it’s not so much in practice. … Read More

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