The Angel of Death (played be the always amazing Frances Conroy) carried last week’s episode on her big, beautiful black wings. It would’ve been entertaining without her glorious presence, but because she makes everything better, you can’t argue how much better she made that episode. This week, she’s gone, and her absence has left a dark angel sized hole in my heart. Thankfully, Ian McShane has come to town, and he successfully manages to add some much needed Christmas cheer to this week’s episode. More after the break!
Last week I reported that they’ve dressed guest star Ian McShane (Deadwood, Sexy Beast) as Santa for tonight’s “American Horror Story: Asylum“. And now we’ve got some better pictures of the lonely looking guy. is gonna get. Episode 2.08 “Unholy Night” airs tonight.
In the episode, “A murderous Santa wreaks havoc on Briarcliff. Sister Jude faces off with the Devil.. Meanwhile Arden has a shocking encounter in the Death Chute.” Written by James Wong; directed by Michael Lehmann.
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Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, the Timur Bekmambetov-directed and Seth Grahame-Smith scripted revisionist take on the life of the 16th President of the United States opens on June 22nd.
I recently hopped on the phone with Smith to talk about the film and his experience working with Bekmambetov. We also talked about some of his upcoming projects including Beetlejuice 2, Unholy Night and the oft-delayed Pride And Prejudice And Zombies.
The film, “explores the secret life of our greatest president, and the untold history that shaped our nation. As a young boy, Abraham Lincoln witnesses the shocking death of his mother, leading him on a path to an ongoing war – and ultimately to the presidency – he chronicles in a hidden diary. His journal reveals the incredible story of a clandestine warrior who never stopped fighting for the country he led and the people he loved.”
Benjamin Walker stars as “Honest Abe”, with Anthony Mackie, Dominic Cooper, Rufus Sewell, Robin McLeavy, Robin McLeavy, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Jimmi Simpson and Alan Tudyk.
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Seth Grahame-Smith is, to say the least, a busy guy. His revision of the birth of Jesus and the three wise men, “Unholy Night”, is published tomorrow. He also wrote Dark Shadows for Tim Burton and adapted his book Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter for Timur Bekmambetov. But that doesn’t mean we won’t write the screenplays for Unholy Night, Beetlejuice 2 and a new project called Night Of The Living in quick succession.
He told the Hollywood Reporter, “‘Night of the Living’ is an idea I have had around for years that I’m doing with Tim Burton. When we were shooting ‘Dark Shadows’ last year I worked up the nerve to tell Tim about it because I always thought it would make a good movie. When I saw what he had done with ‘Frankweenie and Corpse Bride’, it always struck me as a great idea for that form. I’m writing it at Warner’s Bros. for him (as a stop-motion monster movie). As soon I’m done with that draft, I’ll move into ‘Unholy Night’, probably in a matter of weeks. Once we have a script and we’ll get together with David Heyman and the studio, we’ll go looking for a director. The ‘Beetlejuice’ sequel will come after ‘Unholy Night’ in my schedule. The first opportunity to tackle that will probably be later this year.”
Smith is actually down the road a bit with Beetlejuice 2, he’s been discussing the project with both Tim Burton and Michael Keaton for a while now so it’s not necessarily a pipe dream. It could happen. While I’m not necessarily fond of the mashups he’s done with “Lincoln” or “Pride, Prejudice And Zombies”, he’s still an unknown quantity as a screenwriter to me. People seem to like working with him, maybe he’s better suited to the screenwriting trade than he is to gimmicky novels.
Seth Grahame-Smith has been busy mashing things together again. He obviously wrote the book “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” and both the novel and screenplay for Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter. Not to mention writing the adaptation of Dark Shadows for Tim Burton.
His latest is Unholy Night, in which he re-imagines the Three Wise Men as thieves who end up protecting Mary and baby Jesus. Action and hijinks ensue! The book hits April 10th – and already has a trailer. Naturally, there’s a movie in the works as well at Warners. Smith is also penning that script (in case you were wondering).
In short, the book is out in about two weeks. The movie? About two years. Look for it sometime in 2014. Hit the jump to check out the trailer for the book. It’s not too bad as these things go. Of course, I didn’t know that books needed trailers now – so maybe I’m not the one to ask! READ MORE