American Horror Story Crossover Time!
Summer’s here, which means only three months until we get the American Horror Story crossover event our witching circle has been incanting for. September will bring the unholy alliance of Coven and Murder House, an epic collision between the different worlds of Ryan Murphy’s ridiculously entertaining series. Sarah Paulson, Pose’s Evan Peters, Kathy Bates, Cheyenne Jackson, Billy Eichner and Leslie Grossman are all involved.
And so is a new cast member: Dynasty’s Joan Collins, Dame Commander of the British Empire.
Sure, it’s stunt casting, but that’s kind of what this series has always been about, anyway. And who better than Murphy to give Collins’ camp credentials the workout they deserve?
Murphy is also hoping to include Gaga, because of course he is, and he says that the season will be more of a “heightened” story line (as if all earlier seasons were far too grounded in gritty, mundane realism). It should all go deliciously off the rails in the way Murphy shows never fail to do.
So, once we’re done with the true horror of August television’s Bachelor in Paradise, we’ll be ready for something a little less frightening. The timing couldn’t be better.
Billie Holiday Re-sings the Blues
Older queer audiences will remember the legendary Diana Ross’ star turn as Billie Holiday in the acclaimed ’70s drama Lady Sings the Blues. Well, like all good things from the past, someone wants to remake that classic.
But don’t look down your nose just yet.
As of right now it’s called Billie, and has attracted Lee Daniels (Precious, Empire) to the director’s chair, singer-songwriter Andra Day as Holiday, Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks (Father Comes Home from the Wars) to write the script, and Atlanta’s Lakeith Stanfield to co-star.
There’s no studio yet. This is all very early–days — look at how long it’s taken those Freddie Mercury and Elton John movies to materialize — so, changes and delays are pretty much a certainty. But it’s nice to see important women get their place in the pantheon of biopics. The children really should learn about Holiday — at least before someone makes a film about Ariana Grande.
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