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October 31, 2013 | By Amy Hubbard
Happy Halloween! The holiday this year brings an interactive Google Doodle that spotlights a cauldron-stirring witch. Click through to play games like whack-a-mole with bony skeleton hands reaching out of the ground. The green, warty old crone is in the "Macbeth" mode, but "the notion of that character of a witch goes back to the Old Testament," said Stacy Tilney, director of communications at Massachusetts' Salem Witch Museum. "We point to Joan of Arc, called a sorceress," Tilney said in an interview Thursday with the Los Angeles Times.
October 31, 2013 | Mary McNamara, Television Critic
In her book "Pure Lust: Elemental Feminist Philosophy," famed theologian and radical feminist Mary Daly imagined a female-run hag-ocracy, a new world of Witches, Crones, Harpies, Furies and Amazons. Or, as we like to call it, television. Even taking into account the increasing preponderance of supernatural beasties, 2013 is most certainly the Year of the Witch. From starring roles ("American Horror Story: Coven," "Witches of East End") to supporting ("Sleepy Hollow," "The Originals")
October 30, 2013 | By Deborah Netburn
"I'll get you, Earth, and your little moon too!" Just in time for Halloween, researchers at JPL have stumbled across a nebula that looks like a warty wicked witch, seen in profile. The wicked witch head is actually a massive cloud of gas reflecting light from nearby stars.  It is also a stellar nursery, said Amy Mainzer, an astronomer at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The red dots clustered on the witch's pronounced chin are cool young stars being born. PHOTOS: Halloween spookiness from the deep, deep sea [video too!
October 25, 2013 | By Ed Stockly
Customized TV Listings are available here: Click here to download TV listings for the week of Oct. 27 - Nov. 2, 2013 in PDF format This week's TV Movies   SERIES Cupcake Wars In this Halloween-themed new episode, the bakers battle to impress musician and filmmaker Rob Zombie. 8 p.m. Food Dancing on the Edge The band is introduced to a wealthy recluse in this new episode. 9 p.m. Starz The Graham Norton Show Paul McCartney, Natalie Portman and Katy Perry are guests.
October 25, 2013 | Chris Erskine
So we're having drinks, T-Bone and I, and he's telling me that he wants to throw a party soon, and I suggest inviting a coven of witches, because who parties better than witches? And he starts telling me about this witches bookstore in Hollywood - the real deal, not some cheesy little shop that sells Harry Potter key chains but a store that takes its pagans pretty seriously. "I've been to a couple of Wiccan bookstores in Salem, and this was better than that," T-Bone says, as if to screw in his point.
October 18, 2013 | By Hector Tobar, Los Angeles Times
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 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
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 | By Rachel Miller
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 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
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 | By Steven Zeitchik
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.
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