October 18, 2013 |
Jeanette Winterson's new novel is a strange and spare piece of horror writing about witch trials that arrives on these shores just in time for Halloween. "The Daylight Gate" is based on a real-life story of the Pendle Witches, men and women charged in 1612 with using their alleged craft to murder innocents in Lancashire in northwest England. Winterson re-creates the turbulent times that fed the anti-witch hysteria. King James, obsessed with the idea of witchcraft, has ascended to the throne.
October 9, 2013 |
Jessica Lange and Kathy Bates. Five of the more promising words on offer to the American television audience, and reason enough for even those put off by the absurd amount of sexual violence, sadistic brutality, extreme gore and downright silliness that marked the first two seasons of FX's "American Horror Story" to gather 'round for the third. With "American Horror Story: Coven," which premieres Wednesday, creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk seem to be choosing the more traditional elements of a deliciously scary campfire story over the hyperbolic elements of comic book horror (Nazis!
October 4, 2013 |
Adapted from Melissa de la Cruz's bestselling novel, "Witches of East End" follows the lives of a mother and her two daughters. The supernatural drama series from Lifetime, premiering Oct. 6, stars Julia Ormond, Madchen Amick, Jenna Dewan-Tatum, Rachel Boston and Eric Winter. Here is a Q&A with Julia Ormond and Madchen Amick. How closely does the TV show follow the novel's plot? What is different? Julia: It's fairly close; however, there are a bunch of aspects that are different too. For example, Wendy, who is played by Madchen, is a character who is brought in; she didn't exist in the novel at all. The novel is really just used as a springboard for the show.
October 3, 2013 |
Ever since "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," tales of the supernatural have provided a bridge between demographics, offering a way to showcase female empowerment while still keeping the guys interested. So it was only a matter of time before Lifetime got in the game. Inspired by Melissa de la Cruz's bestselling novel and starring such heavy hitters as Emmy-winning Julia Ormond and Oscar-nominee Virginia Madsen, "Witches of East End," premiering Sunday, moves the network one step further away from its sob-sister niche roots and closer to the mainstream.
September 16, 2013 |
Revolutions never start when you think they will. In 1999, “The Blair Witch Project” took the film world by storm, becoming one of the hottest horror movies of all time. It was supposed to start a new wave of low-budget productions in the genre that would be similarly compelling and popular. That didn't happen, of course. Over the decade that followed, the film world endured a wave of copycat torture-porn movies and the last-gasp redos of a previous generation of hits a la “Friday the 13th” and “Nightmare on Elm Street.” Yet 14 years later, the revolution is officially in full swing.
September 14, 2013 |
Lara Parker played the woman everybody loved to hate on ABC's classic 1966-71 gothic horror daytime drama "Dark Shadows. " As Angelique, the powerful, vengeful witch, she kept fans on edge as she played out a love/hate relationship with the tormented vampire Barnabas Collins (Jonathan Frid). But, much like many of the show's characters, just because the series was killed didn't mean it was dead forever. Parker has made it her mission to carry on the "Dark Shadows" stories through her writing.
September 14, 2013 |
WILMINGTON, N.C. - Late one night, in the woods on the outskirts of this low-key coastal town, a "burn" is being prepared. To enact the burn - an elaborate, fiery TV stunt - a twentysomething actress, caked in black witch makeup that took six hours to layer on, is making cat-like movements on the hood of an SUV, rehearsing and scaring the actor inside in equal measure. Pipes are laid alongside a dirt path and soon begin to spew smoke. And a fire truck sits at the ready, waiting for the moment when the cameras roll and the witch departs the hood just before the car goes up in flames.
August 28, 2013 |
The third version of "American Horror Story," subtitled "Coven," will premiere Oct. 9 on FX, and judging by the just-released teaser for the new season, the witches will be just as creepy as the lunatics and serial killers last season. The 20-second teaser shows three women, apparently set to be burned at the stake. But a simple turn of the camera reveals that they're actually floating in front of the stakes, completely in control of the situation. The third season of executive producer Ryan Murphy's anthology-style horror series will feature returning "AHS" star Jessica Lange, alongside Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett, Sarah Paulson, Frances Conroy, Gabourey Sidibe, Denis O'Hare, Patti LuPone, Evan Peters, Taissa Farmiga and Emma Roberts.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 23, 2013 |
Bob Filner will step down effective Aug. 30 as mayor of San Diego after the City Council Friday approved an agreement involving a sexual harassment case brought against Filner and the city by his former director of communications. In a 7-0 vote, the council approved the deal in a closed session Friday afternoon, six weeks after the first allegations surfaced against the 70-year-old Democrat. As the scandal unfolded, nearly 20 women publicly accused the former congressman of sexual harassment.
May 25, 2013 |
You may not have discerned this through the fog and mist of recent weeks, but the Internal Revenue Service is pretty durn good at its job. Some experts would go further. "I think they do an extraordinary job, considering that they're historically underfunded and under-resourced," says Dennis Ventry, a tax expert at UC Davis law school. Last year, he observes, the agency processed 144 million returns for the personal income tax, 2 million for the corporate income tax, and 3 million for the estate and gift tax, with a speed he calls "miraculous.