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It’s almost time!! We’ve been waiting, and waiting, and waiting, and finally – October 9 does not seem a world away! In fact, it’s just around the corner which means we can delve deep into the latest faction of Ryan Murphy’s epic horror series, American Horror Story: Coven.

It truly is the season of the witch, and it’s been a long time coming. We called Florence Welch a witch last year with her undoubtedly witchy style, and Hedi Slimane created an appropriately witchy first collection for Saint-Laurent, so its about time they influences collided heads to a broader area of our popular culture, and will continue to filter the witch vibes into our everyday more and more.

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Luckily, I already have my big black brimmed hat.

With returning cast members Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, Taissa Farmiga, and Jessica Lange the show will no doubt be as exciting as ever, its the new additions of Angela Bassett, Kathy Bates, Patti LuPone and Gabourey Sidibey which make this newest addition to the franchise a truly tempting one.

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“The Name Game” Challenge: Jessica Lange VS. Shirley Ellis

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It’s been about two weeks since American Horror Story: Asylum ended on FX, and for anyone who has seen the show, you will know that it is near impossible to get that rhythm and beat of Jessica Lange’s boppin’ rendition of the classic “The Name Game” which premiered in Episode 10 of the miniseries.

The scene, in which all the members of the cast work it out to the tune of Shirley Ellis’ 1964 hit is already sweeping the internet, and proves again that the show is there to push the boundaries of the genre, and take the story to the very outer limits of the audience’s expectation.

Surprising, Jessica Lange had never performed a sing and dance number throughout her expansive career, and so the scene was born, making everyone wonder why she hasn’t been shaking her thing and lip synching to herself before on screen. Absolutely electric, and ICONIC.

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Shirley Ellis, on the other hand, found immense success with the song, making her way to the top 3rd spot on the Billboard 100 with the number in 1965, but failed to have any follow-up success after this crazy song. It’s kind of a dirty word, but – one-hit-wonder, is often used to describe the career of Ms. Ellis who would release it a second time in the 60s, and again in 1973.

Now we are often looking for those bridges that lead us from the {Past} to the {Present}, and what better example than this! What we couldn’t manage was which version we enjoyed better?!

We grabbed videos of both Jessica Lange and Shirley Ellis performing the song, and were hoping to have a little battle, of sorts. They both have their merits, but we wanted to see which version struck the chord most with our readers!

So sit back, enjoy “The Name Game”,  and comment below which was your favourite!

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Nothing contrary about it. . . they’re both solidified into the zeitgeist, now!

So what did you think? who owned the challenge? Let us know in the comments below. You can also TWEET US or say your peace over on our FACEBOOK.

Don’t be shy!

Until shortly,

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INSIDE THE ASYLUM: Costume Design of “American Horror Story Asylum”

Fresh off the latest episode of American Horror Story Asylum, entitled “I Am Anne Frank Pt. 1”, we were impressed to find this great short video of the costumes for FX‘s coolest, freakiest, and oddly style-wise series created by master minds Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk.

Lou Eyrich takes us through Briarcliff Manor and the men and women inhabiting its walls. From the stern Sister Joan brilliantly played by Jessica Lange to the patients in the ward, Eyrich does a fantastic job at conjuring the realm in which the show inhabits.

Set in 1964, the show is a roller coaster of emotions that has departed from its haunted house roots and gone into the stratosphere of horror and things that haunt touching on everything from religious corruption, aliens, Nazis, demonic possession, genetic experimentation, sexual identity, mutations, and the true to life horrors of treating those deemed mentally ill in the 1960s.

Really, it’s everything we’ve ever wanted in a TV show and more, with every new week offering a more horrifying piece to the puzzle. The best thing is that the writing team for the show kept to heart the fact that the things that have happened in real life are far more terrifying than any monster with a face mask made of bloody skin. But hey, if that’s your jive, they have one of those too….

You can find more gruesome tidbits and behind-the-scenes moments from American Horror Story Asylum on their Facebook page. So check it out!

Enjoy the video!

Sincerely,

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Commercial Break: Cape Fear (1991) and (1962)

We have to take a moment to remember 1991’s Cape Fear.  Frankly, one of our FAVOURITE performances by Robert De Niro.  Not to mention our beloved Juliette Louis as sultry young daughter,  Jessica Lange and Nick Nolte make up a disturbed family struggling through some tangled up legal woe’s… to say the least.   We admire Martin Scorsese and have to applaud this throwback to pulpy, sexy, retro flicks.

Not to be forgotten, originally done in 1962 and in black and white, every bit of this flick is as exciting as the 1991 version.   Starring the legend Gregory Peck,  each scene is more suspenseful than the last.  We would highly recommend getting your hands on this one, and have a popcorn night snuggled on a sofa!

And a strange twist would have it, or we guess inevitable claims of fame, both actresses who played the young daughter have/had musical careers!  Juliette Lewis tours as Juliette and the Licks, and Lori Martin had a record deal!  Who’s better, you decide!


Have you seen either Cape Fears?? And what do you think of Lori vs. The Licks?
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Jessica Phyllis Lange (born April 20, 1949)

FX’s groundbreaking and highly original series American Horror Story is unlike anything I’ve ever seen for primetime television. Making it’s way to your local tube courtesy of the folk who brought us Glee, American Horror Story is a robust tale of the classic haunted house told with all the delightful twists a well accomplished horror story should take.

Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuck paint an image of our America as a gruesome playground for all the spirits (good and bad) to play, but never forgetting the stylish panache it takes to make it in America.

Apart from the fabulous house itself, the actors are a joy, most especially two-time Academy Award winner Jessica Lange who makes her turn as the sassy, cunning, and often caniving neighbour, Constance. In her first regular stint on television, her remarkable performance makes you wonder why she hadn’t done it sooner!

Lange has always been an actress working to sink her teeth into unique, and strong characters. Never shying from the toughest of acting challenges, Lange commands in biographical content such as Frances (1982), where she plays controversial film star Frances Farmer, and Sweet Dreams (1985), where she recounted the life of beloved country icon Patsy Cline. Both films garnered her Academy Award nominations, for which she has earned 6, winning two (Best Actress- Blue Sky (1994), Best Supporting Actress- Tootsie (1982)).


While her performance in American Horror Story isn’t elgible for Academy Award nomination, you can definitely smell Emmy while watching her play the screen with her majestic grace, insatiable voice, and signature style all coming to play in one of television’s finest performances.

Funny enough, Jessica Lange began her career as a model working for Wilhemina before she was discovered by iconic producer Dino De Laurentiis (Barbarella, Blue Velvet) to star in his latest blockbust feature- 1976’s remake of the silent classic, King Kong. While the film was a box office hit, it was virtually panned by critics. Click for a look.

Don’t worry, Jessica! Look how far you’ve come! And if you haven’t seen the show yet, get on it, because you don’t want to miss out on all the fun!

Isn’t she gorgeous, ladies and gentlemen? Let’s give her a round of applause! Comment below.
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