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
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
Marvel has just announced via twitter that Legion has been picked up for a second season on FX.
— Marvel Entertainment (@Marvel) March 15, 2017
Eric Schrier and Nick Grad, Presidents of Original Programming at FX, praised the trippy, genre-bending series in an official press release.
Schrier stated that, “The first season of Legion was a stunning achievement. More than a new series, Legion is a wholly original take on the super hero genre. Our thanks to Noah Hawley for taking the creative risks and shattering expectations. It’s a privilege to work again with Noah, his producing partners, the outstanding cast and our partners at Marvel Television on another season of Legion.” read more
Good news has just dropped for fans of Taboo, starring Tom Hardy, just after the thrilling conclusion to Season One aired last week: It’s coming back!
Deadline reports that Taboo has officially been renewed for a second season, and it will continue to air on FX in the United States and BBC One in England. Co-Creator Stephen Knight has stated that he currently has plans for three seasons of the show.
Much like the mysterious character he plays on the show, Hardy had little to say about the renewal: read more
Season One of FX’s Taboo ended just as explosively as Tom Hardy promised, tying up many of the storylines of the season and establishing a clear and definitive transition to the themes and events of Season Two. The final two episodes of the season continue the quality of storytelling established early on in this series while adding prolonged battle scenes which ramp up the intensity of the show and increase the scope of the events. Tom Hardy is clearly the star of the show, but its ensemble cast is able to shine through several major scenes which wrap up the season. read more
Three-quarters of the way through its season, FX’s Taboo is firing on all cylinders, offering some of the most engaging storytelling around… on cable television or otherwise. The filmmakers and actors are consistently delivering a visually appealing and intelligently satisfying experience that is exponentially increasing in intensity as it reaches its conclusion.
Early on in the series, Tom Hardy’s James Keziah Delaney shocked us, frightened us, made us laugh, and ultimately made us care about him. As the odds increase, we can’t help but cheer for his intelligence and/or savagery that gets him out of various dangerous situations. What’s interesting about his progression is that while the rumors swirl more and more about him (pretty much everyone refers to him as the Devil at this point), the viewer is able to see more and more of the human side of him. For example, in Episode 6, even Delaney’s close associate Atticus (Stephen Graham) loosely calls out Delaney’s connections to the occult; ,meanwhile, the viewer is solely aware of Delaney’s internal struggle over his connection to his mother and its supernatural implications. His sensitive side is not revealed to any other character… not to his sister, not to his son, not to anyone but the viewer. In fact, his son’s curiosity only leads to Delaney taking a more hardened approach towards him. read more
Tom Hardy promised viewers that FX’s Taboo would be a slow burner with an explosive ending. While Episodes Three and Four make it clearer to viewers what kind of show this is going to be, the series remains shrouded in mystery halfway through its season. However, just as James Delaney’s visions are becoming more and more clear, the layers are slowly being pealed back on the show’s characters. In the meantime viewers are left with a strong, genre defying, thought provoking example of modern television storytelling. read more
You never quite know what FX will come up with next. While the network’s programming is inconsistent overall, it is capable of producing quality works that bring out the best in actors and filmmakers. American Crime Story: The People vs. O.J. Simpson was one of those shows, popping up early last year with some of the best performances from its actors we’ve seen in years. With Taboo, FX has pushed the boundaries of quality television even further. Produced in part by Ridley Scott, the series features HBO alumni such as Oona Chaplin (Game of Thrones), Jonathan Pryce (Game of Thrones) and Stephen Graham (Boardwalk Empire), and the quality of the content would not feel out of place in any of their previous work for the premium network. read more
As traditional television service becomes more and more a thing of the past, networks are looking for new ways to measure the success and profitability of their shows. Under Nielsen’s “Live + 3 Day” TV ratings metric (live ratings plus delayed viewership on various on-demand and streaming platforms in the three days since the live airing of an episode), the premiere episode of Tom Hardy’s Taboo has earned an incredible 101 percent increase in viewers age 18-49. The FX original series, which was created by Tom Hardy and his father Chips, first aired on January 10th. On the 10th, the program was viewed by 2.2 million viewers, but the number swelled to 3.43 million by the end of the 72 hour window. read more