Ryan Murphy wants Jessica Lange back for AHS’ Murder House-Coven crossover

Twist his arm, why don’t you? Or rather, twist her arm. TV Guide asked Ryan Murphy whether Jessica Lange would come back for his planned American Horror Story season that would combine the worlds of Murder House and Coven. In response, he joked: “I think she would if I bribed her enough, you know?” He added that he…

Alfred Molina on his “morally complicit” Feud character

On Feud Alfred Molina’s Robert Aldrich is a man in the midst of a dubious balancing act. As the director of What Ever Happened To Baby Jane?, he’s both trying to keep his warring leading ladies happy while undermining them for what he thinks is the success of the film. He wants to be a good husband, but is also having…

Feud showrunner says last night’s big C-word wasn’t “gratuitous”

The first installment of Ryan Murphy’s newest anthology series, Feud, kicked off last night with an attempted bang: As Joan Crawford, Jessica Lange makes an ill-advised move on her director, Bob Aldrich (Alfred Molina). There’s also a lot of talk about banging with respect to Crawford and her Whatever Happened To Baby…

Feud is uncut Ryan Murphy—and for once, that’s an endorsement

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There’s a bit of metacommentary to be read into the core of Feud: Bette And Joan, the first season of Ryan Murphy’s latest turn at the FX anthology wheel. Hollywood is seemingly finished with the series’ main characters, Bette Davis (Susan Sarandon) and Joan Crawford (Jessica Lange), sensations of the studio era whose…

Susan Sarandon and Jessica Lange to act out Bette Davis and Joan Crawford’s famous Feud

Lest you thought that Ryan Murphy had left his high-camp obsessions (if not his 360-degree shots) behind him with American Crime Story, Deadline is here to disabuse you of that notion. In rather glorious fashion, actually: The trade paper reports that the Hydra that is Murphy’s presence at FX has just sprouted another…

Jessica Lange and Naomi Watts to star in Gia Coppola’s upcoming feature

Variety reports that Naomi Watts and Jessica Lange have signed on to co-star in the upcoming indie The Secret Life Of The Lonely Doll. The feature will be directed by Gia Coppola, who wrote and directed James Franco’s Palo Alto, based on the short story collection by Franco. The Secret Life Of The Lonely Doll was…

Adapt or die (or stay the same) on a great Horace And Pete

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Though Charles Darwin never actually said, “It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but rather the one most adaptable to change,” it’s arguably the most appropriate quote for Horace And Pete. If there’s a central tension in the series, it’s between adaptation and stagnation,…

Horace And Pete explores marriage, divorce, and self-destruction

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The third episode of Horace And Pete opens on a woman (Laurie Metcalf) telling a story to someone out of frame. We don’t know who this woman is, or to whom she’s talking, or how she connects to any of the established characters, but we know she’s confessing something. For nine straight minutes, this woman describes…

With Horace and Pete, Louis C.K. explores divisions, illusions, and traditions

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Louis C.K. is in this rare place culturally where he has enough clout and money to fulfill any and all of his artistic desires. There’s no longer any timetable or sense of urgency for his projects. He can release another stand-up special or film another season of Louie whenever he pleases, or he can just act in other …

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