You know what they say: Behind every serial-killer’s mask made out of human skin there’s… well, somebody’s face. In the case of AMERICAN HORROR STORY: ASYLUM, the face behind Bloody Face belongs to Dr. Oliver Thredson. They also say that every old black-and-white newspaper photograph hides the face of somebody still alive today – like Dr. Arden the Nazi mad scientist.

The Thredson/Bloody Face reveal was a little bit surprising, but not really too shocking, given his medical training and exposure to the thought processes of maniacs. It’s almost logical – especially since the pool of suspects was so tiny; who was it going to be – Frank the guard? Monsignor Howard? But a corollary question lingers: Is there more than one Bloody Face?
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More on the DOCTOR WHO Xmas Special!

This year’s 90-minute special Christmas episode of DOCTOR WHO, called “The Snowmen,” looks really fun and exciting – and a couple of experts on the matter have some hints to drop:

Show-runner Steven Moffat said:

“The Doctor at Christmas is one of my favorite things – but this year it’s different. He’s lost Amy and Rory to the Weeping Angels, and he’s not in a good place; in fact, he’s Scrooge. He’s withdrawn from the world and no longer cares what happens to it. So when all of humanity hangs in the balance, can anyone persuade a tired and heartbroken Doctor that it’s time to return to the good fight? Enter Jenna-Louise Coleman…”

I cannot tell you how happy I am that the Doctor (Matt Smith) really suffers in the wake of the loss of his friends. Not that I’m trying to be sadistic, you understand, but such a momentous change has to have repercussions. On a show like this, Moffat easily could have picked up the story 300 years later, with the Doctor’s hearts healed from the trauma. I’m looking forward to see how the Doctor changes between now and the end of the season.
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The Anniversary of the Gettysburg Address

The only verified photograph of Lincoln at Gettysburg. He is in the center of the frame, without a hat, to the left of the bearded man in the tall hat.

Today, back in 1863, U.S. President Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address at the dedication of the Soldiers’ National Cemetery at Gettysburg, Penn. The speech was delivered almost five months after the Union defeated the Confederates on that bloody battlefield.

In the aftermath of the bitterest, most contentious and venomous presidential election in the history of our nation, I think it’s worth taking the time to reread it:

“Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation, so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate, we can not consecrate, we can not hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

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THE WALKING DEAD 3.5: “Say the Word”

Ya gotta give it up for the makers of THE WALKING DEAD coming up with one hell of a cliff-hanger ending for this episode. Seriously, a mystery phone call? Is it reality calling Rick to come home? Or is it something a heck of a lot stranger – something that might make him do something really drastic!

No one died this week, which was pretty weird – but not as weird as the Governor lovingly caring for his zombie daughter. If she’s a good little biter, does she get to stay up late and watch the floating heads bob in the aquariums with Daddy? Is there an undead Mrs. Governor  upstairs, waiting for a little afternoon delight? Who knows what else this nutty guy is into?
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New DOCTOR WHO Minisode and Trailer!

In case you didn’t get to see the DOCTOR WHO content from last night’s BBC Children in Need telethon, I bring you a look at the special prelude to the Christmas story and the trailer for the Xmas episode itself.

I must confess to being a little bit disappointed by the minisode, “The Great Detective,” only in the sense that the Doctor  does not play much of a role in it. It’s funny and entertaining, but left me wanting more. The trailer for the Christmas story, however, is just as awesome as one would hope…

Here is the minisode, “The Great Detective”:

And now the first Xmas trailer:

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DOCTOR WHO Christmas Prequel Tonight!

Remember when I talked about the BBC’s Children in Need telethon coming up soon? Well, “soon” is “now.”

The charity program will feature a specially made prequel to the DOCTOR WHO Christmas episode. The story is a stand-alone and leads directly into episode six of series seven. An exclusive trailer for the Xmas episode will include Matt Smith and Jenna-Louise Coleman onscreen and in character as the 11th Doctor and his new companion, Clara.

To the right we see a photo released to promote the special program, and the Doctor (Matt Smith) certainly looks a lot darker than usual! It’s rather broody, suggesting the Doctor’s anguish over the loss of Amy and Rory. And, he’s outside the TARDIS.

Follow the jump for a look at Jenna-Louise in costume!
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March of the (New/Old) Cybermen!

These are the new Cybermen for Neil Gaiman’s second DOCTOR WHO story (provisionally known as “The Last Cyberman”) and more than ever, I’m hoping these guys are actually the old Cybermen, the silver giants from Mondas. And none other than Gaiman himself has bolstered my hopes! Follow the jump after the gallery to see Gaiman’s intriguing comments for yourself.

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Yes, AMERICAN HORROR STORY: ASYLUM actually went there. Twice, really.

The show went ahead and made Dr. Arden a former Nazi scientist who experimented on victims in concentration camps. This is quite a cliché origin story for the guy, but then again AHS:A is not known for stretching itself I terms of originality, but rather employing familiar tropes in new ways. Let’s see if it can put a new and interesting spin on the secret Nazi war criminal.

The series doubled down on its Nazi horror by not only invoking mad scientists from pulp stories, but also by using a real-life historical figure, Anne Frank. Young Frank is an icon around the globe, so the-powers-that-be better be careful how they handle her. At this point, I’m skeptical that the new patient really is Frank, but we shall see.
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Colin Baker Nixes Classic Doctors for 50th Anniversary – or Does he?

Colin now…

Have you heard that erstwhile Sixth Doctor Colin Baker has declared that he will not be involved any 50th anniversary DOCTOR WHO stories – nor will any other classic (read: pre-reboot) Doctor?

Well, calm down, old-school Whovians, because I don’t think he actually said that. Even if he did say it.

SyFy’s Blastr news site is running  story claiming that Baker has ruled out all previous incarnations of the Doctor for the 50th anniversary of the series in 2013. But I’m not buying it. This is no time to alienate fandom.

Lead writer Steven Moffat is a series fanboy himself, and he knows that a multiple-Doctor story is what the fans want to see – and that the actual 50th anniversary episode would be the perfect time for it.

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Vertigo Plugs “Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” Adaptation

What we have here are two TV commercials promoting a two-volume graphic novel that adapts The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Stieg Larsson’s runaway best-selling prose novel and first installment of the “Millennium Trilogy,” originally released in 2005. The graphic novels are being published by Vertigo, an imprint of DC Comics that concentrates on material that is more mature than run-of-the-mill superheroes and adolescent power fantasies.

Take a look, and then we’ll discuss after the jump…

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