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12 Quirky Throwback Halloween Movies That Won’t Terrify You

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Sometimes, instead of scaring yourself half to death with the “The Shining” and “American Horror Story,” you’d rather just kick back and get lost in the nostalgia of an old-school teen movie or rom com that just happens to be about witches. After all, Halloween doesn’t have to be terrifying to be fun! Here are 12 magic-tastic flicks from the ’80s and ’90s (some of which are awesomely bad) to help you get your holiday spirit on this Halloween weekend. Keep reading »

11 Witches From Fiction Who Embody What Feminism Really Means

11 Witches From Fiction Who Embody What Feminism Really Means

Of all the spooky beings spotlighted on Halloween, none is more truly badass than the witch.

Sure, they may seem a little square in the age of sexy zombies and shimmering vampires — the black pointed hat and broomstick have a musty, traditional air — but let’s not turn our back on the supernatural beings that made fantasy exciting to the mainstream again. From “Bewitched” to “Charmed,” witches have always maintained a cozy spot in the popular imagination, but with the arrival of Harry Potter, witchcraft exploded into a genuine craze. Though the changing tides of cultural fashion have elevated other fantastical beings, leaving witches in the dust, it’s worth asking whether we’d even be enjoying this bonanza of “The Walking Dead” and “The Vampire Diaries” were it not for J.K. Rowling’s internationally beloved witches and wizards. Read more on Huffington Post Women…

Women Killed For Being “Witches” In Rural India

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  • From 2000 to 2012, experts say as many as 2,500 people — many of them women — in rural India have been accused of “witchcraft,” tortured and killed. Usually these “witches” are killed during mob violence, pretty much for no other reason than superstition being used to justify violence against women. [Washington Post]
  • Why arming victims of domestic violence with guns doesn’t keep them safer, despite what gun lobbyists might want you to think. [Mother Jones]
  • On how background checks save women’s lives. [Clutch Magazine]
  • President Obama signed an executive order today that bans federal contractors from discriminating against employees on the basis of gender identity and sexual orientation. [Ms. Magazine] Keep reading »

Here’s Your Delicious First Glimpse At “American Horror Story: Coven”

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"When Witches Don't Fight, We Burn"

Could Jessica Lange actually be a good witch? In the past two seasons of “American Horror Story,” she has only played terrifying villianesses with the blackest of hearts, so my interest is piqued in this first glimpse at  season three of “American Horror Story: Coven,” which comes back to FX on October 9th. Finally, finally creator Ryan Murphy divulges some details: Taissa Farmiga discovers she is a witch and gets sent to a school in New Orleans for “girls like you,” Miss Robichaux’s Academy for Exceptional Young Ladies. Jessica Lange is the headmistress with a class of young witches in her charge and yes, that is Gabourey Sidibe in the cast. Everything I learn about “Coven” just makes it better and better. [YouTube]

The “American Horror Story: Coven” Teaser Is Here!

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Something Witchy This Way Comes

Mark your calendars: October 9th is the debut of “American Horror Story: Coven,” the third season of the campy, terrifying and highly watchable FX show. “Coven” is set in New Orleans at a big ol’ Southern-style mansion that appears to be a school or home for young witches. Jessica Lange, Evan Peters, Sarah Paulson, and Taissa Farmiga will return from past seasons, while Kathy Bates and Angela Bassett are joining the cast for what promises to be some badass witchery. Wiccans, please just  let us have this one, okay?

“American Horror Story” Season To Focus On The Salem Witch Trials?

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  • “American Horror Story” season three cast members are dropping hints that the show will focus on the Salem witch trials. [E! Online]
  • Emma Watson is in talks to play Cinderella in a Kenneth Branagh-directed flick in which Cate Blanchett would play the evil stepmother. [Variety]
  • In other Emma news, Sofia Coppola’s new movie “The Bling Ring,” about a bunch of Los Angeles teens led by reality “star” Alexis Neiers who robbed the homes of celebrities, is headed to theaters this June. [Film Thrasher]
  • Nooooo! A baby gorilla at the Cincinatti Zoo was rejected by his mommy and now volunteers are taking turns dressing up in a gorilla suit and snuggling the little guy while feeding him a bottle. It’s the sweetest!  Oh and also HE WEARS A DIAPER LIKE A HUMAN BABY GAHHHH. [Huffington Post]
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