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October 23, 2014



‘American Horror Story: Freak Show’: Enter Mordrake

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[This is a review of American Horror Story: Freak Show episode 3. There will be SPOILERS.]


Halloween is obviously a time for telling spooky stories about ghosts and goblins, and for its part, American Horror Story: Freak Show wants to take part in the tradition. In a sense, it’s a logical extension of the series’ conceit. It’s also in keeping with the Halloween-themed episodes of the past that have included plenty of trick or treating gone wrong, and more than en

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October 23, 2014



DC Head Geoff Johns Says DC Movies & TV Shows Form a Multiverse

DC Infinite Crisis Multiverse DC Head Geoff Johns Says DC Movies & TV Shows Form a Multiverse
After NBC’s Constantine debuts on Friday, October 24th, DC will have four television adaptations of their comic book properties on the small screen. Fox’s Batman prequel series Gotham has done well ratings-wise, the CW’s Arrow is still going strong now that it’s third season has begun, and spinoff The

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October 23, 2014


Flesh, blood & hormones: Greg Araki connects sex to sympathy in White Bird in a Blizzard


Even when Gregg Araki identifies with the Other, his gay sensibility stays intact. The heroine of Araki’s new film, White Bird in a Blizzard, is a pubescent white girl, Kat (Shailene Woodley), who must deal with personal tragedy at the exact moment of her personal transition: “My mother disappeared just as I was becoming nothing but my body: flesh, blood, hormones.” Kat’s loss—and gain—is the occasion for Araki’s find. Flesh, Blood, and Hormones define his perpetual adolescent storytelling style: pop- and sex-consciousness; music and desire; visual hyperbole and lust.

Kat’s bewilderment about womanhood, motherhood and marriage complicate her disapproving view of her passive father and the horny

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October 23, 2014


Catholic Boys School Bars Ellen Page & Julianne Moore From Filming


A New York Catholic high school refused to serve as a location for the lesbian-themed movie Freeheld, featuring the stars

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Despite the Vatican making headlines earlier this month when it announced that gay people have “gifts and qualities to offer the Christian community” and that gay relationships foster “cases in which mutual aid to the point of sacrifice constitutes a precious support in the life of the partners,” the Church still struggles with how to approach gay people and gay unions.

Take, for example, Freeheld, a film based on the true story of detective Laura Hester, starring Julianne Moore and Ellen Page. In the film, the couple seek a domestic partnership, and when Salesian High School,

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October 23, 2014


Gareth Thomas play announced by National Theatre Wales


Screen Shot 2014-10-22 at 11.56.42National Theatre Wales and Out of Joint have announced a new play based on the life of Gareth Thomas.

Crouch, Touch, Pause, Engage tells the story of Thomas and his hometown of Bridgend, after the rugby star came out as gay five years ago.

The play is written by Robin Soans, who is known for his work on acclaimed productions like Mixed Up North, A State Affair and Talking to Terrorists. Meanwhile, Max Stafford-Clark will direct the production.

The announcement explained: “This is the story of two Welsh names bruised, but not beaten, by media speculation; Gareth &l

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October 23, 2014


Watch Paris Lees present Maureen Duffy with Icon Award


Maureen Duffy received an Icon Award at the Attitude Awards in London last week.

Attitude‘s Editor-at-Large Paris Lees took to the stage to honour the 81-year-old playwright, who came out in the 1950s and has spent her life campaigning for gay rights.

Accepting the award, Duffy took the opportunity to tell the audience to fight against inequality in other parts of the world, saying: “Don’t hang up your boots, don’t take your eye off the ball, and thank you so much. I love you.”

For the third consecutive year Virgin Holidays were headline sponsors of the Attitude Awards, which also benefited the Elton John AIDS Foundation.

Attitude would also like to thank other sponsors and supporters of the event including Sky, Renault, Marriott, M&S, Little Miracles, Naked Wines and Hip Hotels.

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October 23, 2014


Lisa Kudrow: ‘Gay men are biologically superior’


93415524318286b44a9700bd4b5ac94fLisa Kudrow has argued that gay men are biologically “superior” to straight men.

The actress, who will reprise her role as Valerie Cherish in HBO’s The Comeback next month (November), made the comments in an interview with PrideSource, in which she recalled that gay men were the first people to appreciate the cult comedy.

“When The Comeback first came out, I think that gay men were the only ones who were like, ‘Yes. I und

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October 23, 2014


‘Arrow’ Takes a Vacation


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[This is a review of Arrow season 3, episode 3. There will be SPOILERS.]


If last week’s Arrow went easy on the action, to better focus the story on the emotional impact of Sara’s passing, then ‘Corto Maltese’ practically tucks the Arrow into a bus locker on its way out of town. And the results tend to demonstrate the continuing maturation of the series.

As with season 2, Arrow has proven it c

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October 22, 2014


The Best of Tom Hiddleston and the Love Book App


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There’s a fascinating interview in Radio Times today with Allie Esiri, the creator of the app The Love Book, which features prominent actors—including quite a few Anglophenia favorites, reading poems that they find inspiring.

It’s this sort of a thing, if you’re not familiar. Helena Bonham Carter reads Christina Rossetti:

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October 22, 2014


WATCH: How to Portray Your Dragon, by Benedict Cumberbatch


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Fraser has been writing and broadcasting about music and popular culture for over 15 years, first at the Top of the Pops website, and most recently for the NME, Guardian and MSN. He also wrote BBC Radio 1’s Chart Blog and reviews albums for BBC Radio 2.

He is Anglophenia’s current resident Brit, blogging about British slang and running around the Mall taking snaps of the crowd at the Royal Wedding, as well as reigniting a childhood passion for classic Doctor Who and cramming as much music in as he can manage.

Fraser invites you to join him on Twitter: @csi_popmusic

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