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Viola Davis, Michael B. Jordan, Sidney Poitier, Kerry Washington, and More Will Be 2014 Oscar Presenters (Full List Announced)

  • By Jai Tiggett
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  • February 24, 2014 5:40 PM
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Oscar producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron today announced the complete slate of stars who will present Oscars at the ceremony. The Oscars, hosted by Ellen DeGeneres, will air on Oscar Sunday, March 2, live on ABC

'American Horror Story' Creator Teases Season 4 Details: Will Be Set In 1950 & More. Thoughts?

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • January 15, 2014 5:28 PM
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'American Horror Story' Creator Teases Season 4 Details: Will Be Set In 1950 & More. Thoughts?

Open Thread: Thoughts On 'American Horror Story: Coven' After Last Night's Season 3 Premiere?

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • October 10, 2013 10:24 AM
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Yeah, so, about that bonkers intro sequence with Kathy Bates... And you thought Django Unchained was insane.

'American Horror Story: Coven' Premieres Tonight - Catch Up On What's Been Teased Thus Far

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • October 9, 2013 12:27 PM
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Well, tonight's the night, after countless teasers and posters released over the last month. And if you missed any of them, or just want something to get you excited for tonight's return of American Horror Story: Coven on FX, I've embedded most of them at the bottom of this post.Angela Bassett plays Marie Laveau, a practioner of Voodoo who lived in the 1800s, who was called "the Voodoo queen of New Orleans," and is indeed credited with being a unifying force in helping Voodoo penetrate New Orleans culture.We'll have to wait to find out just how involved Bassett's Laveau character will be in Coven's main plot, when the new season premieres tonight, October 9 at 10 PM ET/PT on FX.

Go 'Inside The Coven' For Voodoo In New Orleans, Ahead Of 'American Horror Story' Premiere

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • October 2, 2013 6:24 PM
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References to Voodoo in popular culture are plenty, especially here in the West. From pin-filled/punctured dolls, to witch doctors, possession and animal sacrifice, these are likely some of what many would immediately think of, if asked to describe what Voodoo is. Some might also attribute it to a specific place - usually the countries of the Caribbean, like Haiti and Jamaica, or the southeastern United States, especially New Orleans. And while some of these beliefs are indeed tangentially related, others are stereotypes that have little or nothing to do with Voodoo itself, even though seemingly embraced by the zeitgeist, thanks in part to Hollywood schooling.Voodoo, as we know it, and that will be of some significance during the upcoming 3rd season of FX's American Horror Story (Coven), set in the aforementioned New Orleans, can trace its origins to a slavery-era coalescing of the assortment of beliefs and practices brought over from different parts of primarily Western Africa.

Watch The Opening Credits For 'American Horror Story: Coven' + Marie Laveau Teases

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • September 25, 2013 6:26 PM
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The opening credits for the previous 2 seasons of of FX's American Horror Story were fun. A sufficiently creepy collage of both still and moving images, with an eerie musical overlay and sound effects. Via Twitter earlier today, show co-creator Ryan Murphy shared what will be the opening credits for the series' upcoming third season, adding that the sequence includes clues to how the new season's narrative will progress. See if you can spot them.Although names noticeably absent from the opening credit sequence are Angela Bassett and Gabourey Sidibe. I expected to, at least, see Bassett's name, given that she's one of the leads this season. I suppose she'll likely receive something like a "special guest star" credit.Expectations are even higher for American Horror Story: Coven, which will explore "themes of race and oppression and family — especially mothers and daughters — along with laughs and scares and a few tears," as executive producer Tim Minear puts it.Here's a breakdown if you missed it previously:

After 'American Horror Story' See Gabourey Sidibe & Angela Bassett In 'White Bird In A Blizzard'

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • September 17, 2013 11:19 AM
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I've learned that director Gregg Araki (Kaboom, Mysterious Skin) is currently in post-production on his film adaptation of Laura Kasischke's novel White Bird In A Blizzard, a film that Gabourey Sidibe and Angela Bassett are cast members of - interestingly, because both actresses also will be appearing together in the upcoming season of American Horror Story.

It's Triple Witching Hour In 'American Horror Story: Coven' Poster Art First Look

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • September 3, 2013 7:03 PM
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Not quite that triple witching hour, for all you stock market traders out there who are also readers.Expectations are even higher for the upcoming new season 3 of FX's series American Horror Story (which will be titled American Horror Story: Coven) thanks in part to the additions of Angela Bassett and Gabourey Sidibe to the cast.Also veteran stage star Patti LuPone has hopped along for the ride from series creator Shawn Ryan.

Gabourey Sidibe Joins Cast Of FX's 'American Horror Story' Season 3

  • By Courtney
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  • April 29, 2013 1:46 PM
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Gabourey Sidibe-Hosted Season 5 Of AfroPoP Documentary Series On PBS Debuts Tonight

  • By Tambay A. Obenson
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  • January 22, 2013 1:38 PM
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Gabourey Sidibe hosts season five of AfroPoP: The Ultimate Cultural Exchange documentary series (a series of independent films showcasing contemporary life and culture from across the African diaspora) which premieres nationally on PBS' World Channel, tonight, January 22, and will run weekly, through February 5.