August 10, 2016 |
TRENTON — A mother still paying off student loans for her murdered son. Another whose son declared bankruptcy after he was unable to keep up with payments. A young woman who worried she would never be able to have a child because of her six-figure debt. These were stories New Jersey lawmakers heard Monday as they took testimony on the state's Higher Education Student Assistance Authority (HESAA), which recently drew scrutiny in a ProPublica investigation. The investigation, published last month in collaboration with the New York Times , described the state's loan program as an anomaly among government lending programs for students, "with extraordinarily stringent rules that can easily lead to financial ruin.
December 25, 2015 |
Midway through Concussion , the film's already grim focus gets a fiery exclamation point. As a wild-eyed Justin Strzelczyk, beset by demons in his head, speeds away from his Pennsylvania home carrying $2,700 and a fistful of crucifixes, the movie cuts to grainy footage of the ex-Steeler lineman's black SUV. Accompanied by the frantic buzz of police chatter, we see the eastbound car racing recklessly through the westbound lanes of the New...
November 14, 2015 |
Two years ago, some Irish citizens went ballistic over a proposal by their government to reduce the national debt by selling off some of the island nation's national forests to corporations. The plan was abandoned, but not before inspiring writer-director Corin Hardy to come up with the premise for his feature debut, The Hallow , a wonderfully entertaining horror yarn about a forest that rises up to defend itself from human encroachment. An eco-thriller heavily inspired by ancient Irish fables and pre-Christian religious imagery, The Hallow belongs to a tradition of offbeat horror out of Britain and Ireland that includes the 1973 classic The Wicker Man , from Robin Hardy (no relation to Corin)
October 6, 2015 |
This week brings the premiere of two radically different, but equally stimulating shows. FX's disturbing, inventive American Horror Story returns for a new installment Wednesday. Also on Wednesday, Hulu will present its new rom-com, Casual , a surprisingly intelligent show about dating for thirtysomethings. Lady Gaga's fangs American Horror Story: Hotel seems to have all the ingredients of a memorable horror classic. Driven by a great goth sound track of funereal dirges by Joy Division and Bauhaus, the fifth incarnation of the anthology series features an unforgettable performance by Lady Gaga - at turns stunning and creepy, beautiful and grotesque - as a vampire countess who rules over an assortment of monstrous atrocities at a gorgeous art deco hotel in Los Angeles called the Hotel Cortez.
July 31, 2015 |
A REAL MONSTER was hiding behind a door Tuesday morning, in the darkened hallway of a North Philly rowhouse. Police don't know who he is or why he was in the home next to an old, rundown church on Hutchinson Street, and unlike the tropes of a rated PG-13 horror movie, this stranger didn't just scare the little 5-year-old girl who walked past him in the dark and slip out like a ghost. The man took the little girl by the hand, out into a tiny, weed-choked backyard, where police said he beat her with his fists and boots until her little face was broken.
October 10, 2013 |
* THE TOMORROW PEOPLE. 9 tonight, CW57. * AMERICAN HORROR STORY: COVEN. 10 TONIGHT, FX. * ONCE UPON A TIME IN WONDERLAND. 8 p.m. tomorrow, 6ABC. THE ADOLESCENT struggle between fitting in and standing out tends to interest television most when the struggling adolescents are superrich or just plain super. Producers Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk colored outside those lines in Fox's "Glee," but as their bloodier anthology series, "American Horror Story," returns to FX tonight for its witchy third season, "Coven," it's all about teens with powers (and their even more powerful elders)
October 17, 2012 |
It's gut check time. As American Horror Story prepares to disgorge its second heaving helping of nightmare imagery onto the national drive-in screen, you need to ask yourself just how much darkness you're willing to abide. Because Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk, the creators of this white-knuckle ride, aren't backing down. American Horror Story: Asylum may run at 10 p.m. on Wednesdays, but it should really be on at 3 a.m., when only shell-shocked insomniacs could see it. The first season centered on a fragmenting family living in a Los Angeles house with a string of tragic incidents and an active cadre of malevolent ghosts.
July 20, 2012 |
AMC's "Mad Men" and FX's "American Horror Story" tied Thursday for the most Emmy nominations, with 17 apiece. But the two basic cable shows won't be facing each other in the competition for outstanding drama. Because while you might have thought both were regular series, the FX show, taking advantage, perhaps, of its anthology format, is competing in the movies and miniseries category, up against HBO's "Game Change," the History Channel's "Hatfields & McCoys," HBO's "Hemingway & Gellhorn," BBC America's "Luther" and PBS' "Masterpiece" presentation "Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia.
March 22, 2012 |
DEAR GOV. CORBETT: You'll be hearing from a lot of frightened social-service advocates in the coming months about your draconian budget, which proposes $41 million in cuts to the worst-off Philadelphians - among them the homeless, the mentally ill and the intellectually disabled. By the time the budget gets voted upon this summer, everyone's stories will have blurred into one anguished, tear-stained cry for help, and you won't recall the details of why everyone was so desperate in the first place.
November 1, 2011 |
Believe it or not, the title of FX's new series, American Horror Story , is actually an understatement. Grotesque, terrifying, brutal, and kinky, American Horror Story makes The Shining look like The Waltons . "It's really amazing to me that this is on television and not on film," says horror expert Marina Levina, an assistant professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Memphis. "I've been really surprised at how far they've been able to take things.