American Horror Story is back for its fourth season and once again, changed the setting and characters to keep things fresh. One thing that has made this horror show unique is the fact that it has pulled from American history to create interesting and horrifying characters. We decided to look closer at the 7 storylines in American Horror Story that were inspired by history.
1. Marie Delphine LaLaurie
The Coven was so good and creepy not only because of the amazing casting of Kathy Bates, but because of the character she played. She played Marie Delphine LaLaurie, a woman who is now remembered for being a socialite who took pleasure in torturing and murdering her slaves. Her horrendous actions weren't brought to light until her home was set on fire. She then fleed the city after the public became outraged by her gruesome actions.
2. Jimmy Darling is based on Grady Stiles Jr.
This season Evan Peters takes on the character of Jimmy Darling, a man who is part of the freakshow due to having "lobster hands." The real person who this character is based off of is Grady Stiles Jr. He was born with a congenital disorder called ectrodactyly that gives the appearance of claws. He went on tour in the circus, but he was a dark man. He was reportedly an alcoholic and was convicted of third degree murder for murdering his eldest daughter's fiance, but only got 15 years probation.
3. The Black Dahlia
Going back to the first season it might be hard to sift through and remember each ghost. That season featured a crowded haunted house. But one of the most beautiful ghosts had to be The Black Dahlia played by Mena Suvari. The Black Dahlia, Elizabeth Short, was indeed a real woman whose death made news headlines everywhere. The waitress' dismantled body was found by a housewife. Each corner of her mouth was cut three inches that made her face appear to be smiling. Her killer was never brought to justice.
4. Stevie Nicks was rumored to be a witch in real life
Ever wondered why Misty Day (Lily Rabe) had a weird fascination with Stevie Nicks? Then, Stevie actually made an appearance on the show?! Well turns out back when she was popular there were rumors that she was in fact a witch...because people are idiots. Good thing that Stevie Nicks has a sense of humor and decided to play the part! It made a memorable episode.
5. Twisty The Clown is inspired by John Wayne Gacy
This season didn't add a clown just to torture people with a huge fear of them. This character was actually inspired by a serial killer named John Wayne Gacy, who killed 33 boys and young men. He was found guilty for these crimes in 1980 and executed by leathal injection.
6. The Axeman
Another character from The Coven that was based on a real person is The Axeman played by Danny Huston. The serial killer committed his crimes during 1918-9 in New Orleans. He usually would break into his victims houses through the back door and kill his victims using a razor or axe. It is known that he is a lover of jazz music since he wrote in his letter that he wouldn't harm people who played jazz music in their homes.
7. The world's smallest woman inspired her own character!
Chances are that you recognize Jyoti Amge due to her being the world's smallest woman weighing in to a total of 11 pounds and is 23 inches tall! She undoubtedly inspired her own character, Ma Petit on the show.
So which of these characters are your favorite? Tweet us using the twitter handles below and tell us!
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Adam Sandler made a personal call to a young boy battling leukaemia after the poorly youngster proclaimed himself the actor's biggest fan in an online video.
Grady Lynch, eight, shared a clip on YouTube.com declaring his love for The Waterboy star, thanking him for making him laugh during hard times and inviting him to a barbecue.
The clip was shared by friends and relatives, including family pal John Kinnear who penned a blog post begging the actor to contact Lynch and asking for Internet users' help to spread the word.
Kinnear has since updated his post to reveal that Sandler made a direct call to Lynch and shared a picture of the boy on the phone with his hero, writing, "Adam was fantastic and called Grady directly this evening, the two of them hit it off and had a great conversation! Here is a pic of Grady on the phone with his hero! Thank you all for your help in getting this out there. You are all awesome!"
For the bulk of every Rocky and Bullwinkle episode, moose and squirrel would engage in high concept escapades that satirized geopolitics, contemporary cinema, and the very fabrics of the human condition. With all of that to work with, there's no excuse for why the pair and their Soviet nemeses haven't gotten a decent movie adaptation. But the ingenious Mr. Peabody and his faithful boy Sherman are another story, intercut between Rocky and Bullwinkle segments to teach kids brief history lessons and toss in a nearly lethal dose of puns. Their stories and relationship were much simpler, which means that bringing their shtick to the big screen would entail a lot more invention — always risky when you're dealing with precious material.
For the most part, Mr. Peabody & Sherman handles the regeneration of its heroes aptly, allowing for emotionally substance in their unique father-son relationship and all the difficulties inherent therein. The story is no subtle metaphor for the difficulties surrounding gay adoption, with society decreeing that a dog, no matter how hyper-intelligent, cannot be a suitable father. The central plot has Peabody hosting a party for a disapproving child services agent and the parents of a young girl with whom 7-year-old Sherman had a schoolyard spat, all in order to prove himself a suitable dad. Of course, the WABAC comes into play when the tots take it for a spin, forcing Peabody to rush to their rescue.
Getting down to personals, we also see the left brain-heavy Peabody struggle with being father Sherman deserves. The bulk of the emotional marks are hit as we learn just how much Peabody cares for Sherman, and just how hard it has been to accept that his only family is growing up and changing.
But more successful than the new is the film's handling of the old — the material that Peabody and Sherman purists will adore. They travel back in time via the WABAC Machine to Ancient Egypt, the Renaissance, and the Trojan War, and 18th Century France, explaining the cultural backdrop and historical significance of the settings and characters they happen upon, all with that irreverent (but no longer racist) flare that the old cartoons enjoyed. And oh... the puns.
Mr. Peabody & Sherman is a f**king treasure trove of some of the most amazingly bad puns in recent cinema. This effort alone will leave you in awe.
The film does unravel in its final act, bringing the science-fiction of time travel a little too close to the forefront and dropping the ball on a good deal of its emotional groundwork. What seemed to be substantial building blocks do not pay off in the way we might, as scholars of animated family cinema, have anticipated, leaving the movie with an unfinished feeling.
But all in all, it's a bright, compassionate, reasonably educational, and occasionally funny if not altogether worthy tribute to an old favorite. And since we don't have our own WABAC machine to return to a time of regularly scheduled Peabody and Sherman cartoons, this will do okay for now.
If nothing else, it's worth your time for the puns.
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A launch party for rapper Rick Ross' new album Mastermind ended in gunfire early on Monday morning (03Mar14). Reports suggest a DJ who was working at the Velvet Room nightclub in Atlanta, Georgia opened fire on two off-duty police officers after they went outside to investigate the sound of gunshots.
The DJ was hit in the leg when the cops, who were working at the nightclub, returned fire. He was subsequently arrested and taken to Grady Memorial Hospital where he was treated for non-life threatening injuries.
The local area's Public Safety Director Cedric Alexander tells the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, "For whatever unknown reasons, it appears that this DJ who was involved in the shooting with some others turned and shot at the officers, and that's when they returned fire... They (the cops) were doing what they were trained to do. They took all the necessary actions to protect themselves and each other."
No one at Ross' album launch party, which is also believed to have involved Sean 'Diddy' Combs, is thought to have been caught up in the shooting.
British TV star Paul O'grady is set to be released from hospital after a recent health scare. The funnyman was admitted to a medical facility after suffering an angina attack earlier this week (beg18Nov13). He was reportedly set to undergo surgery, but his representative has now confirmed a battery of tests showed he is fine.
A statement from his spokesperson reads, "Paul O'Grady was admitted to hospital on Monday afternoon after feeling unwell.
"He has undergone routine tests which have shown all is fine. He will be going home to rest for a few days before returning to work."
The star, who has suffered two previous heart scares, also thanked fans and medical staff for their support.
He adds, "I am feeling much better - I would like to thank all the nursing staff for their kindness and everyone who has texted or phoned in wishing me well."
O'Grady is expected to be sent home to continue his recovery on Wednesday (20Nov13).
British TV star Paul O'grady has been hospitalised after suffering an angina attack. The funnyman pulled out of his evening chat show, The Paul O'Grady Show, on Monday night (18Nov13) after falling ill and is reportedly set to undergo an operation on Tuesday (19Nov13).
The 58 year old's friend, DJ Pete Price, tells the Liverpool Echo newspaper that O'Grady sent him a text message which read, "I have had an angina attack and I will need a few days' rest.
"I am going to be out of the game for quite a while, and am going in for surgery tomorrow."
O'Grady has previously suffered heart attacks in 2002 and 2006, and he underwent an angioplasty to widen obstructed arteries.
What is it about scary kids? Maybe it's the marriage of the innocent and the grotesque. Or maybe it's just your ticking biological clock. Either way, there are few horror tropes more terrifying than a creepy child (or two!) You may recognize them from your nightmares.
The Grady Girls — The Shining
Played by Lisa and Louise Burns (who we're sure are very nice), the Grady Girls' appearance in the hallway is nevertheless one of the films most iconic, frightening images. It's unfair, really. The only thing they ever did wrong was get murdered.
Henry — The Good Son
Already making moves to combat type-casting, cutie Macaulay Culkin took on this role as a teeny sociopath who terrorirzes his entire family. The people weren't into it. The movie was a bomb, financially and critically.
Esther — Orphan
The Coleman family gets more death and destruction than they bargained for when they adopt a nine-year-old girl from Estonia. Despite the film's mind-bending, ridiculous twist, it makes the list.
Samara — The Ring
The Ring led to our mistrust not only of unkempt, brunette little girls, but also of our own televisions. Chances are, you can't see a static-filled screen without imagining Samara crawling out of it.
The University of Georgia's Grady School of Journalism and Mass Communication has announced the 39 recipients of 2013's Peabody Awards, honoring excellence in electronic media.
This year's winners of the 72-year-old prize come from every background you can imagine, including a Univision report on the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms' infamous trade of assault weapons to Mexican drug lords and a Japanese children's show designed to improve the visual acuity of tykes called Design, Ah! Geeks rejoice, because Doctor Who got a tip of the Peabody hat, but probably just because it's turned 50.
Stateside, Louie was recognized for its "serrated, boundary-testing take on being a single, showbiz dad," as was underwatched TNT cult-fave Southland. Lorne Michaels got the equivalent of a lifetime achievement award. And, of course, HBO's Girls picked up a Peabody too. You gotta love any awards-giving body that describes Girls as a comedy about "the young and the feckless."
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Just imagine if Lena Dunham's Hannah actually won a Peabody. It'd probably be for a crowdsourced docuseries on the sexual habits of Lower East Siders and would face a not-entirely-fair backlash for not being exactly what it's like to be young and broke in the city. Then Hannah'd lose the Peabody under a pile of Adam's clothes, and forget about it after a lengthy, anatomy-heavy discussion with her gynecologist. Then Jessa would steal it for easy pawn money. Booth Jonathan buys it, so he can place it prominently in a new exhibit criticizing the concept of giving awards. With the Peabody towering over them, Booth and Marnie have sex, proving that Hannah's understanding of sexual habits was award-worthy all along.
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Sometimes, movie magic can exist in real life. At least, that's what happened for one film fan who got the chance to see an early cut of the new Star Trek film just days before he died. New York film aficionado Daniel Craft didn't have much to look forward to after being told he had terminal cancer less than six weeks ago—that was, until J.J. Abrams got involved. The director of the upcoming Star Trek: Into Darkness film heard a plea from family members and friends of Craft after it went viral thanks to the popular website Reddit, and granted Craft the opportunity to see a very early edit of the film in his final days.
According to a follow-up post on Reddit from Craft's friend, Grady Hendrix explained how the events took place. "A day or so after the thread began, Paige, Dan’s wife, got a voicemail from J.J. Abrams and Damon Lindelof that was very nice and very straightforward: a producer for the movie would get in touch with them."
After that? Preparations were made so that Dan would be comfortable sitting through an entire film, and "the next day, one of the film’s producers showed up at the door of their apartment with a DVD containing a very rough cut of Star Trek: Into Darkness in his hands. Paige had made popcorn, ... and after signing about 200 non-disclosure agreements they watched the film and had a blast."
Hendrix went on, lauding the great kindness of strangers, and how a simple act gave his friend peace and serenity in his final days. "At a time when he didn't have a whole lot to look forward to, r/StarTrek, JJ Abrams, Damon Lindelof, and Bad Robot performed a simple act of kindness for a total stranger and gave Dan something to be excited about for a couple of days. The movie did exactly what movies are supposed to do, it helped him forget about his problems for a couple of hours. It doesn't sound like much, but in this case it was."
But Craft was no casual movie fan—quite the contrary. His love of films gave rise to his becoming one of the founders of the New York Asian Film Festival, where his work was an integral part in bringing Asian movies to the United States. And Craft didn't stop there—he was fluent in Mandarin and had a few small roles on Chinese television and in Kill Bill Vol. 1. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Hendrix explained that Craft had done a lot for the movie industry over the years, and "it's nice that the movies finally did something for him."
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