2017 has been an incredible year for female directors. Patty Jenkin’s Wonder Woman is the highest grossing domestic superhero movie of the year and one of the highest-reviewed superhero movies of all time. Sofia Coppola became the second woman ever to win “Best Director” at Cannes Film Festival for her work on The Beguiled. And Kathryn Bigelow’s Detroit is already generating Oscar buzz. The unfortunate side of these recent achievements is that it didn’t happen much sooner; women have traditionally not been offered the same opportunities as men when it comes to directing major Hollywood projects. While the successes of Jenkins, Coopola and Bigelow are promising, it is clear that more needs to be done to provide equal opportunities for women in filmmaking.
Great news… everyone can finally stop referring to the next season of American Horror Story as “the election-themed season!” The official title for Season Seven was revealed late last night at an event for San Diego Comic Con. The season shall now be known as: American Horror Story: Cult.
Given showrunner Ryan Murphy’s extremely secretive nature surrounding the roll-out of last season, the fact that even just the title was announced at this point in time may be surprising to some fans. But the grand reveal didn’t stop there… FX has also dropped an official website with more content and clues about the upcoming season! read more
Evil clowns are certainly all the rage these days, and it looks like a recent entry into the pantheon will be making a mysterious return to American Horror Story according to creator Ryan Murphy.
Murphy took to Instagram today and posted the following image of AHS: Season Five’s Twisty the Clown with the message “He’s Baaaaaack”.
How Twisty fits into the new election story line in a different time period and setting remains to be seen, but the homage to classic EC Horror Comics is sure to get fans excited. read more
Fox’s Scream Queens will not experience the same miraculous renewal that The Exorcist received on Friday. Fox co-chairman and CEO Gary Newman confirmed the news this morning on a conference call, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Here’s what Newman had to say:
Scream Queens was an anthological series. It feels as if it was a compete story. We have no plans at this point to go back there and tell more stories so we won’t be seeing Scream Queens this season.”
This statement contradicts the fact that Season Two ended with a surprise cliffhanger, which will never be resolved at this point. Jamie Lee Curtis took to Twitter to thank fans of the franchise and offer this tongue-in-cheeck resolution to the series: read more
One thing Ryan Murphy can never be accused of is not fueling his fan base’s need for clues to his American Horror Story franchise.
Murphy recently put up this image on his instagram account, sending his rabid fans into their usual hysterics.
The image seems to tie into the “election theme” of Season Seven, with the mask representing a twisted GOP elephant mascot (it also bares more than a passing resemblance to the classic “space jockey” from the original Alien film). Can an evil donkey be far behind? How about a sadistic Uncle Sam or Martha Washington? Time will tell… read more
Last year around this time, fans knew absolutely nothing about Season Six of FX’s popular series, American Horror Story. The production of My Roanoke Nightmare was so secretive, that even the cast later revealed that they were unaware of their parts until just before shooting. This time around, showrunner Ryan Murphy is taking a different approach. He first revealed that Season Seven would be about the 2016 US election cycle in mid-February. He has since clarified and re-clarified his statements, and invited newcomers Billy Eichner and Billie Lourd to his established cast of Sarah Paulson and Evan Peters. While speaking with E! Online on Saturday about his new series, Feud, Murphy shared even more details about what we should expect for the upcoming season. Here’s what he had to say! read more
While the future of Ryan Murphy’s Scream Queens is currently uncertain, fans of the franchise have something to be excited about: Deadline reports that fan-favorite Billie Lourd (Chanel #3) has been cast in Murphy’s other big horror television franchise, American Horror Story! She is set to star in Season 7, which will be an allegorical tale somehow related to the 2016 U.S. election cycle.
Science fiction fans know Lourd, the daughter of the late, great Carrie Fisher, for her appearance in Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens. She is also set to return in Episode VIII: The Last Jedi this winter. On Scream Queens, her character is known for her sarcastic, yet endearing, personality and fashionable outfits. At this time, the details of her role in American Horror Story are under wraps. read more
Deadline broke the news today that comedian Billy Eichner will join the cast of the seventh season of American Horror Story.
Eichner (best known for his acidic wit and antics on his Billy on the Street talk show/game show on TruTV) will supposedly portray,”…a close confidant of (Sarah) Paulson’s character and mostly will be wearing mysterious tank tops.” That’s right, mysterious tank tops…
Eichner is also rumored to “… be in six or seven of the 11 episodes in Season 7, which begins shooting in May.” Ironically, Eichner joked recently on a Billy on the Street episode that the only opportunity for him on scripted television was to appear on American Horror Story and get killed. read more
Sarah Paulson sure has played a lot of characters on American Horror Story… sometimes during the same season! She appeared at the American Horror Story panel yesterday evening at PaleyFest 2017 in Los Angeles. Variety reports that she had some interesting things to say about her characters, including which one she’d like to revisit in a future season. Here are some highlights from the discussion:
Paulson was just as “in the dark” as the rest of us before the mysterious American Horror Story: My Roanoke Nightmare started shooting: read more
The internet was aflutter last week when Ryan Murphy told Andy Cohen on Watch What Happens Live that next season of American Horror Story will focus on “the election that we just went through.” When asked if the season would feature a Donald Trump character, Murphy responded with, “Maybe.”
“The themes of ‘American Horror Story’ have always been allegories,” he said, while accepting his award for Television Showmanship of the Year. “You will not see [Donald] Trump and [Hillary] Clinton as characters on the show.” read more