This is a bit of a surprise. Director Bryan Singer just announced via Twitter that Evan Peters, he of American Horror Story fame, had joined the cast of X-Men: Days Of Future Past as…
Makes sense, as Quicksilver is, in the comic book world, the son of Magneto.
However, Joss Whedon has confirmed that the character will also be a big part of Marvel’s The Avengers 2.
So, a double dose of Pietro Maxmioff. How will that work? As it stands, Fox can use the character, but can’t reference the Avengers. Alternately, Marvel can use the character but can’t use his mutant background or any refer to Magneto.
Unexpected? Totally. Confusing? A little. Complicated? A bit. Cool? I’d say.
Kathy Bates will be bringing back her inner Annie Wilkes on American Horror Story Season 3 according to TVLine. Ryan Murphy has confirmed that Bates has signed on for the upcoming third season of the hit FX drama. Murphy teased fans at PaleyFest on Wednesday night, saying that Bates’ character is five times worse than her Misery character which is why she liked it. “When I pitched this to Kathy, her mouth was drop-jawed because what I was pitching actually happened,” Murphy continued. “It’s a true event. You’ll see.” We have American Horror Story vet Jessica Lange to thank for the inclusion of Bates in Season 3. “Jessica told me in Season 1 that Kathy was a huge fan of the show, so I just put that in the back of my mind,” Murphy explained. “When we were crafting this season, I found this character — a true-life character — so I called Kathy and said, ‘I don’t know if you want to do TV again, but I’ve got this character…’ She said, ‘I love you and I love the show. Lemme think for two weeks’ — and then she called me in an hour and said, ‘I love it! I’ll do it!’ It was great.”
Any ideas who Kathy’s real life Horror Story character could be? Madame LaLaurie anyone?
We waited for this! All season, the writers of American Horror Story delivered us multiple plot threads, including elements as far out as alien abduction and demonic possession, as well as gritty, realistic elements such as the maltreatment of patients at the hands of corrupt orderlies of a mental institute. We waited to see how it would all tie together. Then an odd thing happened. In episode eleven, the story seemed to dramatically wind down, providing resolutions for some characters, while leaving only three plot threats unresolved. I admittedly wasn’t sure where things would go for the final two episodes. Needless to say, I was psyched for the conclusion of this season. Season one, after all, had wrapped things up so nicely. I couldn’t wait to see more of Dylan McDermott as Zachary Quinto’s damaged offspring. More specifically, how things would play out between him and his mother, Lana. Then there was Sister Jude, still trapped in the walls of Briarcliff, heavily medicated and a shell of her former self. And Kit, who I always felt bad for. He was definitely the character that all the misery is bestowed upon, and all of it is undeserved. I wanted justice for him so badly.
So, does the finale deliver on the promise of earlier episodes? Read on to see.
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Top Five Comic Books of 2012:
- Daredevil (Mark Waid and Paolo Rivera) – Mark Waid pushed aside the grim and gritty tone that has been with Daredevil since the 1980s and went back to the swashbuckling fun of the original character concept. Rivera’s smooth art, which is very reminiscent of David Mazzucchelli, compliments Waid’s efforts and really puts this book on everyone’s To Read pile.
- Saga (Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples) – I picked up this comic because it looked like something different and that’s exactly what I got. It’s one of those fun comic book experiences in that it goes beyond the mainstream and does something totally off-the-wall. I tried to describe it to my friend and fell short, coming up with something like it’s a “sci-fi fantasy with elements of Romeo & Juliet”.
- Batman (Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo) – To me, Snyder’s Batman is the big book that drove the new DC 52. His take captures everything you want in a Batman book and delivers a smart, emotional, and respectful story for such an iconic character. I was also impressed by Capullo’s efforts on this book, as I had always seen him more as a cartoonist, but he’s definitely taken his work to a higher level on this book.
- Wonder Woman (Brian Azzarello and Cliff Chiang) – Azzarello, who I normally find difficult to “get”, has done a great job on the reboot of this classic character along with artist Cliff Chiang. And what impressed me the most with Chiang’s art was the subtlety that he could communicate with what seemed to be such a simple art style. A fun super hero book with its roots in mythology that isn’t afraid of shaking things up a bit to tell a damn good story.
- Aquaman (Geoff John and Ivan Reis) - I’m just as surprised as you that Aquaman made it onto my Top Five list. While there’s a lot of attention for DC’s flagship book, Justice League, Geoff Johns has done incredible things with the King of the Seven Seas. He’s given Aquaman a solid background, grounding him a bit more in his humanity, a great expanded secondary cast, and along with Ivan Reis has produced one of the finest ongoing comic books of the year. Read the rest of this entry
In last night’s episode of American Horror Story:Asylum, demon-possessed Sister Mary Eunice is terrified to learn that a Dark Angel has descended upon Briarcliff, Kit attempts to reunite with Grace once more and Sister Jude tries to reconcile with her bitter past. After last week’s Origin of Monstrosity, which served more as a bridging episode, Dark Cousin accelerates the story forward.
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In the second part of this two-episode arc, Sister Jude hires a Nazi hunter to reveal Dr. Arden’s true identity, while Lana discovers who is really behind the Bloody Face murders. Kit is tricked into making a confession and is arrested for it just as he learns from Grace that his wife is still alive.
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I bet the network was freaking out when they learned that the third episode of AHS: Asylum was going to air on Halloween. If that wasn’t crazy enough, the episode revolves around a vicious storm, and this weekend my area was in the path of Hurricane Sandy. Coincidence? Or do Murphy and Falchuk have occult powers?
American Horror Story: Asylum continued this week with its second episode, Tricks and Treats. Like the premiere, the show begins in 2012 with Bloody Face finishing up his work on Leo with some pretty vicious stabs to the chest, and continuing to chase Teresa around the abandoned halls of Briarcliff. The show rewinds to 1964 where a still at large Bloody Face murders Lana’s lover before she can do anything to get Lana released from Briarcliff.