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American Horror Story season 2 – casting announced.

Ryan Murphy the co-creator of the smash hit series “American Horror Story” of which Babs is a huge fan has revealed some of the returning cast for the show’s sophomore season.

Jessica Lange who was a huge success as supporting character Constance will return as a entirely new character and he says the series will focus on her as a lead.

“We have designed the second season of American Horror Story completely around her character. Last year Jessica came in with Connie Britton and Dylan McDermott. This will really be the Jessica Lange show so I’m very excited about it. We are designing this amazing new opposite of the Constance character for her. She and I have spoken about different things. She has a lot of ideas, and has a lot of input into her character. She told me some things she has always wanted to play as an actress. She’s a great collaborator and a great friend.”

Jessica has had major award success with the role picking up a Golden Globe and a SAG award, she has to be the hot tip for the Emmy.

Joining her will be Zachary Quinto who was a scene stealer as one of the gay characters last year. He to will be playing an entirely different role as will all according to Mr Murphy.

Zachary Quinto

Also confirmed to return is Sarah Paulson (who I loved in the movie “Martha, Marcy May Marlene” – she played Elizabeth Olsen’s uptight sister) as well as Evan Peters and Lily Rabe (the very talented daughter of playwright David Rabe and actress Jill Clayburgh)Peters had previously played Tate, Constance’s son a Columbine-like killer. Rabe played Nora Montgomery, a woman who had lost her baby to a hideous tragedy. Paulson played the psychic Billie Dean Howard. I am quite pleased as all of the above were my favourite characters last season. Murphy commented no further on what characters the actors will be playing but said they’ll be playing the opposite of characters they’ve already played. The second season of American Horror Story will be set somewhere on the East Coast in an undisclosed “horror institution”. Filming will start shooting this July for an October premiere.

Sarah Paulson

Lily Rabe

Evan Peters

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This horror is a hoot and a hit !!!

Did anyone catch the new series “American Horror Story” on Tuesday night?

It’s the highly anticipated new show from the creators of “Nip/Tuck” and “Glee”. Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk.

I am a big fan of both of those series (Nip/Tuck is no longer in production) for I love the over the top approach to the subjects and the good old lets have some fun attitude, with a touch of social commentary that is relevant to today’s world.

“American Horror Story” does not disappoint, I loved it and am looking forward to seeing next weeks episode and the next and the next!!! (It has already been picked up for a second series following its success in the US.

The plot is a bit creaky but so what? It’s a genre piece and I am sure must be quite difficult to revitalise the old haunted house story.

A family of 3 move from Boston to LA to mend a few past problems. Mom, sadly, is recovering from a miscarriage and dad is in the bad books because he was caught sleeping with a student in his own house. Their troubled teen daughter takes on the angst of the parents and has to deal with a new school full of bullies and a weirdo boyfriend who also happens to be a patient of her father (he’s a therapist).

They move into a very spooky looking mansion that was a bargain at half the price of other real estate in the area, of course there is a reason for that – the last couple that lived in the house  died in a double suicide/murder incident – oh and they were a gay couple who had restored the house from a decrepit state in the opening prologue scene. Add to the mix a housekeeper who is seen as an old bag to the wife but appears as a sexy maid in garters to the husband, and to add icing to the delicious cake bring on the kooky next door neighbour with the “mongoloid” doom-saying daughter (the character’s description not mine), she’s a former actress who didn’t make it because the moral code changed on her arrival from the south to Hollywood and she didn’t want to show her ‘green pastures’ to anyone, as she puts it. This role is played to the hilt by the divine Jessica Lange in her first foray into episodic TV, welcome Jessica you are a delight.

Jessica Lange and Frances Conroy share some spooky secrets.

As for the rest of the cast Connie Britton (Friday Night Lights) plays the wife and she is great fun to watch as she clearly seems to be enjoying playing the role. Dylan McDermott (The Practice) plays the hunky dad who is constantly walking around the house butt naked (I’m not complaining) and even has an intense masturbation scene that outdoes the one seen in the first episode of “The Slap” (another good series worth watching -in my own opinion).

Dylan McDermott shows some skin.

Taissa Farmiga (the youngest sister of actress Vera Farmiga- a fave of mine)  she plays the daughter and I am sure she will get a lot of attention with this role. Frances Conroy (6 Feet Under) is suitably odd as the elder incarnation of the maid. Oh and I forgot to mention the strange man in the rubber fetish suit and the great Denis O’Hare (who will ever forget his vampire king in True Blood?) as a former owner of the house who gives us some much needed plot exposition. There is a lot to take in, and it is fast and furious, creepy, camp and loads of fun. It also features a grand old opening title sequence that surely is a homage to the one used in “True Blood”.

Bring it on Ryan and Brad.

Check it out on Channel 11 – Tuesday nights at 9.30.

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Grey Gardens – Pure Gold

When I heard that there was to be a local Melbourne production of the Broadway musical “Grey Gardens” I became very excited. I love the documentary it is based on and was an admirer of the telemovie that starred Drew Barrymore & Jessica Lange. Also I have seen a pirated copy of the Broadway show. I am a HUGE Grey Gardens fan.

But I was baffled as to who would be cast in the roles of Big Edie & Little Edie Bouvier Beale???

For those who are unaware of the story, Big Edie and her daughter Little Edie were the aunt and first cousin of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis. The two women lived together at a house called Grey Gardens in the Hamptons for decades, with very little money, living in squalor and  isolation. A 1975 documentary made by David & Albert Maysles revealed the everyday lives of the codependent mother & daughter socialites, it became a cult classic and was rediscovered a few years back spawning the musical and telemovie.

In the musical the first act imagines the early years of the women and explores the reasoning behind the later years of their lives. The second act features the later years and includes the documentary makers as characters. The actress who plays Big Edie in the first act goes on to play Little Edie in the second. It is the role of a lifetime for an actress. The part of Big Edie in the second act is also a meaty part. So who has been cast you may ask?

As Little Edie we have the wonderful Pamela Rabe, arguably a first lady of the Melbourne theatre scene, and as Big Edie stage veteran and an immense talent – Nancye Hayes. Inspired casting I say – I can’t wait to see it.

The Production Company (Melbourne’s equivalent of NY’s Encores series) will present the musical at the Playhouse Theatre for 12 performances November 25 to Dec 4.

The real life Little Edie

The real Big Edie

Drew Barrymore & Jessica Lange as TV’s Little Edie & Big Edie.

Pamela Rabe as Little Edie

Look!!! a Little Edie dolly 🙂

Look again!!!! a Big Edie dolly 🙂

Entrepreneur Jeannie Pratt head of The production Company who is presenting GG.

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