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Interview: Robert Downey Jr. suits up again for IRON MAN 3

Robert Downey Jr. in IRON MAN 3 | ©2013 Marvel Studios/Disney

If last year’s THE AVENGERS was any indication, Marvel Studios knows how to manage its stable of comic book characters in film and how to maximize storylines, characters and talent over the course of multiple movies. Anchoring THE AVENGERS was Robert Downey Jr. as billionaire Tony Stark, aka Iron Man and now he’s back flying solo again with IRON MAN 3. Although this could be viewed as a direct sequel to THE AVENGERS (Stark has post-traumatic stress from saving the world from invading aliens), the latest film directed by Shane Black (taking over from Jon Favreau) grounds the film in […]Read On »


Exclusive Interview: GUYS WITH KIDS star Jesse Bradford discusses ITEM 47 and his NBC sitcom

Jesse Bradford in GUYS WITH KIDS - Season 1| ©2013 NBC/Robert Trachtenberg

In NBC’s GUYS WITH KIDS, Jesse Bradford plays Chris, the one single father among the title characters parenting infant; his pals and fellow dads are played by Anthony Anderson and Zach Cregger. Connecticut native Bradford has been appearing in front of cameras since he was in a Q-tip commercial before the age of one. When he was fourteen years old, he starred in the feature KING OF THE HILL for director Steven Soderbergh; he was also the hero of CLOCKSTOPPERS and SWIMFAN, among other theatrical credits, and had an arc on THE WEST WING. His previous gig as a TV […]Read On »


Exclusive Interview: TRUE BLOOD’s Michael McMillian Talks Writing Comics, FIREFLY and more – Part 2

Michael McMillian in TRUE BLOOD Season 5 | (c) 2012 Lacey Terrell/HBO

In Part 2 of our exclusive interview with Michael McMillian, who plays anti-vampire reverend turned Sanguinista vampire Steve Newlin on HBO’s TRUE BLOOD, he talks about writing for the TRUE BLOOD and LUCID comics, his work on FIREFLY and THE HILLS HAVE EYES II, and of course more about TRUE BLOOD the series. AX: Did you always want to be a professional actor? MICHAEL McMILLIAN: When I was young, I was into writing and I drew a lot. I really thought that I was going to be a comic book artist or an animator. When I was a kid, I […]Read On »


Breaking News: The scoop on ARROW reinventing the Green Arrow for the CW and why SMALLVILLE’s Justin Hartley wasn’t cast – TCA 2012

Stephen Amell in ARROW - Season 1 | ©2012 The CW/Kharen Hill

At today’s Summer 2012 TCA The CW Press Tour, ARROW executive producer Marc Guggenheim spoke about reinventing the Green Arrow mythos for the new CW series based on the DC Comics in addition to why SMALLVILLE star Justin Hartley wasn’t asked to reprise his role as Oliver Queen for the new series (which went to “This is such a different take and look at the AMAZING SPIDER-MAN reboot just five years after the last SPIDER-MAN movie,” says Guggenheim. “We wanted to chart our own course and our own destiny. Justin is a terrific Arrow and [ARROW executive producer] Andrew [Kreisberg] […]Read On »


The Top Ten Gwen Stacy SPIDER-MAN comic Multiverse moments

Gwen Stacy from ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN | (C)Marvel Comics

In THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN hitting theatres, Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) doesn’t have a familiar red head as his number one squeeze. Mary Jane Watson is not the object of his affections this time around, and instead we have Peter’s first love from the comics Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone). Gwen or Gwendy as she is often called was played by Bryce Dallas Howard in a sort of botched attempt to introduce the character into the film continuity in SPIDER-MAN 3, but that wasn’t the actress’s fault – that movie just had far too many problems. So now that new fans are […]Read On »


First Look Image of IRON MAN 3 and Robert Downey Jr.

First look behind the scenes photo of IRON MAN 3 | ©2012 Marvel Studios/Zade Rosenthal

On May 3, 2013, IRON MAN 3 hits theaters and the big question will be — how much has THE AVENGERS given that franchise an even bigger push into the boxoffice stratosphere? In the meantime, we can salivate over what director Shane Black has in store for Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) and Iron Man, but in the interim, we have this first look photo behind-the-scenes as the film begins production in Wilmington, North Carolina. Check out the image below. Joining Downey for the third go-around is Gwyneth Paltrow as Pepper Potts, Don Cheadle as James “Rhodey” Rhodes and Jon […]Read On »


Exclusive Interview: THE WALKING DEAD Season 3 news from creator Robert Kirkman

Zombies attack in THE WALKING DEAD - Season 2 finale - "Behind The Dying Fire" | ©2012 AMC/Gene Page

While walking the red carpet for the premiere screening of the new Morgan Spurlock directed documentary COMIC-CON EPISODE IV: A FAN’S HOPE, ASSIGNMENT X nabbed a few minutes with Robert Kirkman, creator of THE WALKING DEAD comic book series  and one of the executive producers of the AMC TV series version. Here’s what he had to say about the movie and some teases about THE WALKING DEAD Season 3. ASSIGNMENT X: Is there anything you can tease us about Season Three of THE WALKING DEAD? ROBERT KIRKMAN: I can say that Season Three is going to be awesome. I can […]Read On »


Exclusive Interview: Lucas Till creates Havok in X-MEN: FIRST CLASS plus sequel talk

Lucas Till is Havok in X-MEN: FIRST CLASS | ©2011 20th Century Fox

At an event this week on the 20th Century Fox lot promoting the new Blu-ray release of the hit summer film X-MEN: FIRST CLASS, ASSIGNMENT X spoke with actor Lucas Till who plays new mutant Havok (aka Alex Summers) in the film. Here’s what he had to say … ASSIGNMENT X: Have you got to look at some of the special features on the Blu-ray? LUCAS TILL: I have not yet, but I am looking forward to the Mutant tracker. It looks like it compiles all the bios of the characters from all the movies including WOLVERINE. It’s got like […]Read On »


Exclusive Interview: Visual FX Supervisor John Dykstra talks X-MEN: FIRST CLASS Blu-ray and STAR WARS

January Jones and Kevin Bacon in X MEN FIRST CLASS | ©2011 20th Century Fox

At a press event this week on the 20th Century lot, the studio previewed the special features on their new X-MEN: FIRST CLASS Blu-ray release which hits stores today. Set in the 1960s, FIRST CLASS focuses on the friendship between Professor Xavier (James McAvoy) and Erik Lehnsherr aka Magneto (Michael Fassbender) and the formation of the X-Men. After the event, ASSIGNMENT X was granted an exclusive interview with that movie’s visual effects designer John Dykstra to chat about re-inventing the X-MEN movie franchise and which character didn’t quite make the cut this time out. Plus, he gave his thoughts on […]Read On »


Exclusive Interview: Yes, DEADPOOL will still happen with Ryan Reynolds in the lead

Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool in X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE | ©2009 20th Century Fox

While speaking about the new X-MEN: FIRST CLASS Blu-ray and DVD hitting stores this Friday, September 9, ASSIGNMENT X spoke with producer Lauren Shuler-Donner about the franchise (click here for the full interview) and the status of THE WOLVERINE sequel (click here). We also asked her about the status of the DEADPOOL spin-off film set to star Ryan Reynolds who just came off another superhero film THE GREEN LANTERN this summer. Although brief, here’s what she had to say. ASSIGNMENT X: Is DEADPOOL still happening? LAUREN SHULER-DONNER: Yes. AX: And it’s still with Ryan Reynolds. SHULER-DONNER: Yes, with Ryan Reynolds. […]Read On »

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