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04/26/2014  •  Posted By Holly  •  0 Comment(s)

Oh man, “American Horror Story” season 4. You’re going to be so good. I actually typed out that it’s going to be such a freak show, but that’s so far from being clever that I deleted it. Nonetheless, season 4, alias “Freak Show,” is following up on one of the best seasons of non-HBO television in a good long while – we really, really liked “Coven” – and we have every reason to expect more great stuff next time around.

First up, the most important part of “Freak Show” is the actual release date. The “American Horror Story” season 4 premiere isn’t officially revealed yet, but numerous sources, including our sister publication the International Business Times, are reporting that it will début in early October. That’s perfectly in line with when the last season premiered – “Coven” came out on October 9, 2013. We expect just the same this time around, with things really heating up around the third episode, just in time for Halloween.

As for the actual concept of “American Horror Story” season 4, you’re probably just as familiar as I am. “Freak Show” is about an actual, literal freak show – an old circus act, one of the last of its kind. Set in the 1950s in Jupiter, Florida, which is a pretty ridiculous name but a real place (it rounds up, unfortunately, to ‘Miami’), the show is about how the freak show’s members try to keep it alive, even though its time, its milieu, is well on its way out.

It’s also going to have some weird German stuff going on, which we know from Jessica Lange, who told us so. She runs the freak show and is a “German expatriate,” whatever that means. What that means, considering what “American Horror Story” is like, is that she’s probably a Nazi, but that’s just speculation, really. We’ll find out in good time. The big new costar is Michael Chiklis, but some of last season’s big names are back again: Kathy Bates. Angela Bassett. Gabby Sidibe. It’s going to be a good time.

The worst thing about “Freak Show” is that it’s the end of an era: it’s not only Jessica Lange’s last season of “American Horror Story,” it’s probably going to be one of her last big performances ever, as she prepares to enter retirement. And there’s going to be less of her than in past seasons as it is. Still, she’ll be there, playing opposite to Denis O’Hare, who will be a rival rather than a lackey this time around. If you want more details on the characters, there’s a good run-down here.


03/04/2014  •  Posted By Holly  •  0 Comment(s)

Marc Jacobs has a powerful ability to capture the spirit of our times with a measured dose of both intelligence and perversion. Last night in Paris, he revealed that 64-year old actress Jessica Lange – who’s having a comeback with her bewitching roles in the series American Horror Story – as the face of his first beauty campaign shot by David Sims. With a haunting voice that Jacobs describes as “almost narcotic”, Lange is captured reciting the lyrics to Judy Garland’s “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” – a chilling take on the dark fantasy world of The Wizard of Oz. It’s only fitting that fashion’s greatest provocateur would cast Lange – who played a damsel in distress in John Guillermin’s infamous 1976 remake of King Kong – in a defiant and unprecedented subversion of the youth-obsessed world of beauty. Here, Marc Jacobs talks Dazed through his Jessica Lange obsession.

Dazed Digital: Why Jessica Lange?

Marc Jacobs: I love Jessica, I mean I think we all love Jessica. This was really about her and I feel like the film was a sort of gestural moment, where people would look and see what they wanted to see and hear what they wanted to hear. I asked her to recite ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow’, which has a lot of meaning for me and is something I’ve really gone back to. I mean, her voice I find almost narcotic, and there’s something so… It’s a bit like with me – there’s this hope and this wish and desire, but there’s always this sort of edge of melancholy or darkness. She’s just a strong woman who, again, I find so beautifully inspiring. What we really wanted from her was for her to be herself.

DD: Why does ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow’ have such a personal resonance for you?

Marc Jacobs: For many reasons. I mean I feel like I’ve really gone through fashion. In a sense, Oz is what fashion is to me. You know, there’s this sort of black-and-white life, and then there is this other world when you walk into fashion that turns to colour. But within all this glamour and superficiality we sometimes lose our insides. I don’t want to get too heavy, but it’s our spiritual side. Although the idea of surface can be so delightful about fashion, it’s important to return to something very meaningful. You need to embrace all of that surface and then come back to the comfort of home, you know?


02/27/2014  •  Posted By Holly  •  0 Comment(s)

Jessica Lange the new face of Marc Jacobs Beauty

The 64-year-old actress Jessica Lange became the face of the new ad campaign of Marc Jacobs Beauty, the second since the inception of the makeup line . Jessica’s natural beauty (that proves beauty has no age) ,is highlighted with golden-brown smoky eyes and peach lipstick. To shot the image was the photographer David Sims, who shot Marc Jacobs Beauty first ad campaign that featured models Eddie Campbell and Ondria Hardin .

The brand announced yesterday on Twitter its new ad campaign featuring Jessica Lange after the release of the news that Nars cosmetics will feature in its ad campaign the 68-year-old British actress Charlotte Rampling .

01/22/2014  •  Posted By Holly  •  0 Comment(s)

Visionary stage and screen director Julie Taymor brings one of William Shakespeare’s bloodiest and most vicious tragedies to the silver screen byway of her 1999 feature film adaptation of TITUS ANDRONICUS, titled TITUS, starring Anthony Hopkins and Jessica Lange, now available in a special limited edition Blu-ray.

The official description of the new Blu-ray edition of TITUS is as follows: “Julie Taymor’s stunningly cinematic adaptation of William Shakespeare’s first tragedy, Titus (1999), stars Anthony Hopkins as a noble but misguided Roman general who finds himself ensnared in an unwinnable war of vengeance with an implacable barbarian queen (Jessica Lange). With its time-bending mix of elements from Ancient Rome, Fascist Italy, Fifties America, and Punk Britain, this radical reimagining of a theatrical classic offers a dark vision of violence, murder, rape, and revenge. Enjoy the extensive Julie Kirgo liner notes and film art packaged with the Blu-ray disc.”

Additionally, special features include: Isolated Score Track / Audio Commentary with Director Julie Taymor / Audio Commentary with Composer Elliot Goldenthal / Audio Commentary with Actors Anthony Hopkins and Harry Lennix / Making-of Documentary / Q & A with Julie Taymor / Penny Arcade Nightmares / Trailers and TV Spots.

Of note, only 3000 copies of this special limited edition of TITUS will be made available at this time.


12/19/2013  •  Posted By Holly  •  0 Comment(s)

American Horror Story: Coven is among the honorees for PaleyFest 2014.

The third installment in Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk’s horror anthology series, American Horror Story: Coven joins Veronica Mars and Pretty Little Liars for the annual celebration of “television’s rich and diverse programming and the creative process behind the medium,” which will be held at the Dolby Theatre. PaleyFest had previously been held at the Saban Theatre.

“Moving PaleyFest to the landmark Dolby Theatre is an extraordinary testament to the festival’s growth over the years,” Paley Center for Media president and CEO Pat Mitchell said. “Hosting PaleyFest at the prestigious home of the Academy Awards is also an acknowledgement of the caliber of programs we showcase and of the wonderful support we’ve received from our network and studio partners, sponsors, and the amazing creative talents PaleyFest celebrates year after year.”

American Horror Story was honored at PaleyFest for both of its previous seasons. The 2012 panel included creators and executive producers Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk, executive producer Dante Di Loreto, and stars Connie Britton, Dylan McDermott, Jessica Lange, Alexandra Breckenridge, Sarah Paulson, and Frances Conroy.

In addition to Murphy, Falchuk, Di Loreto, Lange, Paulson, and Conroy, the 2013 panel included executive producer Tim Minear and stars Evan Peters, Lily Rabe, and James Cromwel. It also featured a special appearance by Kathy Bates.

Since it premiered in 2011, the American Horror Story franchise has won 19 of its 91 award nominations. The first season, subsequently re-titled American Horror Story: Murder House, tied with AMC’s Mad Men with 17 Emmy nominations. The second season, American Horror Story: Asylum, led the Emmys with another 17 nominations.

Franchise star Jessica Lange won a Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie in 2011, and James Cromwell won for Outstanding Supporting Actor in 2012. Lange also won a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Miniseries or Television Film and a SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series.

PaleyFest 2014 runs from March 13 through March 28. The festival will open with a Veronica Mars cast reunion ahead of the Veronica Mars movie release on March 14. The full lineup will be announced January 8.

American Horror Story: Coven returns January 8, 2014 with a guest appearance by Fleetwood Mac singer Stevie Nicks.

12/13/2013  •  Posted By Holly  •  0 Comment(s)

Congratulations to Jessica for gaining a nomination!

Helena Bonham Carter, “Burton and Taylor”
Rebecca Ferguson, “White Queen”
Jessica Lange, “American Horror Story: Coven”
Helen Mirren, “Phil Spector”
Elisabeth Moss, “Top of the Lake”

09/27/2013  •  Posted By Holly  •  0 Comment(s)

Actress Jessica Lange has joined the opposition to Minnesota’s wolf hunt.

“More than anything else, the cruel methods allowed for hunting and trapping wolves are deeply disturbing,” the two-time Oscar winner and Cloquet, Minn., native wrote in a letter to Gov. Mark Dayton. The letter was released Thursday by the anti-wolf-hunting group Howling for Wolves.

To read Lange’s entire letter, go to

Minnesota’s second-ever regulated wolf hunt will begin Nov. 9.

Largely because of hunting and trapping, wolves were almost wiped out in the Lower 48 states. Following protection under the federal Endangered Species Act, wolves staged a remarkable comeback. Last year, the Obama administration removed Great Lakes wolves from federal protections. Minnesota and Wisconsin held inaugural hunting and trapping seasons in the fall of 2012, and Michigan will likely open a season this year.

Dayton has supported Minnesota’s hunting and trapping season.

Dave Orrick can be reached at 651-228-5512. Follow him at


09/17/2013  •  Posted By Holly  •  0 Comment(s)

Despite what you may have heard about Patti LuPone, the Broadway star won’t be playing a witch on American Horror Story: Coven, which premieres Oct. 9 on FX. “Patti will be playing someone who will go up against [Jessica Lange’s supreme witch] Fiona and her daughter Cordelia [Sarah Paulson],” says executive producer Tim Minear. LuPone’s Joan Ramsey becomes a thorn in the ­women’s sides when she and her sexy son move next door to Fiona’s boarding school for young witches. “Patti’s character is a bit of a holy roller who has recently lost her husband under suspicious circumstances,” Minear says.

Lange has known LuPone for years and is excited to go head-to-head with a fellow larger-than-life diva. “I love her dearly,” Lange says. “We almost share a date of birth.” (Lange was born April 20, 1949, and LuPone the day after.) But which woman should we put our money on when the spells start getting cast? “Oooh,” Lange says. “I’m in awe of Patti, but that’s tough to call.”

09/10/2013  •  Posted By Holly  •  0 Comment(s)

After playing a nun in the second installment of “American Horror Story”, Jessica Lange’s character in the upcoming chapter of the thriller series isn’t committing a celibacy. In fact, the show has found a love interest for Lange’s Fiona.

Landing the role of Fiona’s boyfriend, who according to series creator Ryan Murphy is “sexy” and “dangerous,” is Danny Huston. The writer shared the news via his Twitter page as tweeting, “Jessica Lange’s got a sexy (and dangerous) BF this year: welcome to Coven Mr. Danny Huston!”

Award-winning actor/writer/director Huston has appeared in Martin Scorsese’s “The Aviator”, Sofia Coppola’s “Marie Antoinette” and Ridley Scott’s “Robin Hood” among others. His latest film “The Congress” was premiered at the Cannes Film Festival on May 16 and he is currently filming Tim Burton-directed “Big Eyes”, which also features Christoph Waltz, Amy Adams, Krysten Ritter and Jason Schwartzman.

“American Horror Story: Coven”, set to premiere October 9 on FX, centers on Lange’s witch character Fiona, who is determined to protect the Coven when mysterious attacks have been escalating against her kind. Sarah Paulson plays her daughter.

Kathy Bates plays Marie Delphine LaLaurie, or Madame LaLaurie, loosely based on the real-life Louisiana-born socialite infamous for killing and torturing black slaves in the 1830s. She was initially a best friend to Fiona but later turns into her worst enemy.

Angela Bassett is cast as Marie Laveau, a real-life Louisiana Creole woman “in the 1800s who was very influential in the city.” She was known as a Voodoo priestess. Taissa Farmiga, who starred in the inaugural season, returns to play a new arrival in New Orleans who is harboring a terrifying secret of her own.


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