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'American Horror Story: Coven' RECAP - 'Go To Hell' [Spoilers]

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Well, that was a whopper of an episode, was it not? This week, we said goodbye to some huge characters, leading up to what's bound to be a blood-soaked finale.

We also got a sneak peek into the Seven Wonders: telekinesis, concilium (mind control), transmutation (teleportation), divination, vitalum vitalis (balancing life force), descensum (journeying into the afterlife) and pyrokinesis. We also learned that those who attempt the Seven Wonders risk killing themselves in the process, raising the stakes significantly for next week's finale.

With just one week left until we find out who will be the next Supreme, relive the latest developments for all our favorite witches, AFTER THE JUMP ...

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Bomer, Kitsch, Parsons, Ruffalo, and Roberts Gather to Preview 'The Normal Heart'

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The cast of The Normal Heart  — Matt Bomer, Taylor Kitsch, Jim Parsons, Mark Ruffalo, Julia Roberts, and director Ryan Murphy — assembled at the Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena to preview the upcoming HBO adaptation of Larry Kramer's iconic play on Thursday.

The Hollywood Reporter has a good wrap-up of the Q&A event:

[Julia] Roberts, meanwhile, noted she'd been approached to play the part [of Dr. Emma Brookner, a polio survivor who treats several of the early victims of HIV/AIDS] before but turned it down because she couldn't understand just who the character was at her core. But when Murphy called, the actress watched a documentary on polio and it all came together, prompting her to join the production. "It unlocked the door to who this woman is to me and where her ferocious, relentless pursuit of correctness comes from," Roberts said. "It was such a beautiful experience to get to play her and get to pay tribute to a person who never let anything stand between her and the right thing to do for someone else."

Asked if it was a priority to cast openly gay actors in the project -- both Bomer and Parsons are out -- Murphy noted he went after the best actor, gay or straight. "We never went after anyone based on sexuality," he said, noting that the world has changed a lot in the past five years.

Parsons and Bomer, for their part, noted that they don't think of themselves as gay actors but rather just actors. "I was only anxious about when the conversation would happen," the Big Bang Theory star said. "Then it happened and it was out there, and it was no big deal -- and that was a relief."

The film debuts in May. Some of the first footage was released in an HBO promo in December. Hopefully we'll get a full trailer soon, as one was shown at TCA.


10 LGBT TV Moments From 2013

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When it comes to LGBT characters on television, 2013 was the best of times and the worst of times. The first half of the year was part of the record-setting 2012-2013 television season in terms of LGBT representation on television. However, it also saw the end of many shows featuring LGBT characters, including The New NormalSmashSouthland, and Happy Endings

Despite these losses, LGBT characters on television continued to become more multi-dimensional and better reflect the lives of LGBT people in 2013. For example, in the wake of the Supreme Court's decision to strike down DOMA and rule that Prop. 8 proponents have no standing, there were many television weddings and proposals. There was also a small uptick in transgender representation, including characters on the critically lauded Orange Is the New Black and Glee.

Relive 10 of our favorite LGBT moments on television this year and share yours in the comments, AFTER THE JUMP ...

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First Images From Ryan Murphy's HBO Adaptation Of 'The Normal Heart'

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Ryan Murphy, most famous for television series like American Horror StoryGlee, and Nip/Tuck, is now taking on Larry Kramer's 1985 play The Normal Heart. Murphy's directorial adaptation of the play, a semi-autobiographical work which chronicles the founding of the Gay Men's Health Crisis during the peak of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, will appear on HBO this spring. The film stars Mark Ruffalo, Julia Roberts, Jim Parsons (who appeared in the recent Broadway revival of the play), Matt Bomer, and Taylor Kitsch. Now, the first official image from the film has been released (above).

Entertainment Weekly reports:

“It’s a movie about AIDS, but it’s also really a civil rights movie,” says Murphy, who worked with Kramer on the script for three years. “I think it’s more timely than ever before. It’s really about the quest to be seen, not as a gay person or a straight person but just a person…. It’s an activist movie that also has a really great love story in it.” Adds the director, “Of everything I’ve done in my career, I think it is the biggest labor of love.”

Many will be waiting with bated breath to see how Murphy's film adaptation holds up against the fiery rage of the staged original. Are you looking forward to The Normal Heart? 

Images via Entertainment Weekly.

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'American Horror Story: Coven' RECAP - 'The Dead' [Spoilers]

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Last week's episode may have left me wanting more Jessica Lange, but not necessarily the sad, drunk Lange we got this week. (Did we learn nothing from last season's miserable Asylum?) At least some of the other characters were able to add a little levity and maintain the camp factor that's made this season so special. This season's spate of new actors have fit seamlessly in with the rest of the Horror Story gang, perhaps even more successfully than Chloe Sevigny and James Cromwell did last season. There's a lot of soul behind Madison's and Queenie's snark, and Kathy Bates makes LaLaurie enough of a lovable doofus to almost forget the digusting atrocities she committed. Almost.

However, if any of Coven's new stars have embraced the over-the-top storytelling, it's Angela Bassett, whose Marie Laveau is played with a delicious wickedness that delicately walks the line between demonic and diva. Finally, someone who can truly go toe-to-toe with Lange. It's exciting to hear there's interest in Bassett and Bates returning for season four.

Let's not get too far ahead of ourselves. There's still plenty of season three left to discuss. From Frankenstein boyfriends, to zombie witches and ghost killers, tonight's episode was all about how it ain't easy loving the undead.

Relive the twists and turns, AFTER THE JUMP ...

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'American Horror Story: Coven' RECAP - 'The Axeman Cometh' [Spoilers]

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Even though this was an episode with a criminal lack of Jessica Lange, tonight's episode, "The Axeman Cometh," still managed to bring together enough plot points to significantly raise the stakes.

Tonight's episode featured not one, but TWO returns from the dead, plus a huge reveal about one character's true motivations and their unexpected partnership.

Find out what's threatening the extinction of the Salem witches this week, AFTER THE JUMP ...

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