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Interview: THE AVENGERS star Chris Hemsworth hammers down on Thor

Chris Hemsworth is Thor in THE AVENGERS | ©2012 Marvel Studios

In person, Australian actor Chris Hemsworth looks almost as imposing as he does onscreen as his Agardian superhero Thor. Having starred as the character once already in THOR, Hemsworth is now reprising the character in THE AVENGERS, written and directed by Joss Whedon. Hemsworth’s cohorts onscreen Robert Downey, Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man, Chris Evans as Steve Rogers/Captain America, Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner/The Hulk, Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow, Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton/Hawkeye and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, with Tom Hiddleston reprising his THOR role as Thor’s adopted brother/nemesis Loki. With his mane of hair …Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Daniel Gillies talks THE VAMPIRE DIARIES and new series SAVING HOPE

Daniel Gillies at the NBC Universal Summer Press Day | ©2012 Sue Schneider

ASSIGNMENT X got a chance to catch up with THE VAMPIRE DIARIES star Daniel Gillies recently at the NBC SUMMER PRESS DAY at the Langham Huntington Hotel & Spa in Pasadena. Daniel was there to promote his new NBC series  SAVING HOPE (debuting this summer), and although his storyline on THE VAMPIRES DIARIES is not over yet. In SAVING HOPE Daniel stars as Dr. Joel Goran, along with Erica Durance (SMALLVILLE) and Michael Shanks (STARGATE ATLANTIS). ASSIGNMENT X: Your character, Elijah on THE VAMPIRE DIARIES is considered the ultimate gentleman and while you have brotherly love for Klaus (Joseph Morgan), …Read On »

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TV Review: MAD MEN – Season 5 – “Faraway Places”

Jon Hamm as Don Draper on MAD MEN "Faraway Places" | © 2012 Michael Yarish/AMC

Stars: John Hamm, Elisabeth Moss, Vincent Kartheiser, Christina Hendricks, Jared Harris, John Slattery, January Jones, Jessica Pare, Robert Morse, Aaron Staton, Rich Sommer, Kiernan Shipka Writer: Matthew Wiener & Semi Chellas, Series created by Matthew Wiener Director: Scott Hornbacher      Network: AMC, airs Sunday nights Original Telecast: April 22, 2012 “Far Away Places” is a unique episode in MAD MEN’s history. I love the storytelling device of showing the same day through the eyes of Peggy (Elisabeth Moss), Don (John Hamm), and Roger (John Slattery). I like the sort of GROUNDHOG DAY feel that we keep looping back on the …Read On »

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Interview: Eva Longoria on the end of DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES

Eva Longoria in the upcoming episode of DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES entitled "Lost My Power" | © 2012 ABC/Danny Feld

Eva Longoria shot to fame in the first year of what’s turned out to be her eight-season run as well-to-do Gabrielle Solis on ABC’s DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES, which airs Sundays at 9 PM. The Texas-born Longoria, who has a Bachelor’s degree in science from A&M University, has a healthy film career outside of DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES – she’s in four features scheduled for release, including FOR GREATER GLORY with Peter O’Toole and Andy Garcia, THE BAYTOWN DISCO with VAMPIRE DIARIES’ Paul Wesley, THE TRUTH with Forest Whitaker and LONG TIME GONE – she also wrote a cookbook with Marah Slets entitled EVA’S …Read On »

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TV Review: SUPERNATURAL – Season 7 – “Of Grave Importance”

Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki in SUPERNATURAL - Season 7 - "Of Grave Importance" | ©2012 The CW/Jack Rowand

Stars: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Jim Beaver, Jamie Luner, Anthony Cupo, Elysia Rotaru Writer: Brad Buckner & Eugenie Ross-Leming, series created by Eric Kripke Director: Tim Andrew Network: The CW, Fridays @ 9 PM Original Airdate: April 20, 2012 SUPERNATURAL has its conventions (i.e., plot devices, though it also has fan gatherings, but that’s another story). Some of these are good, some of these are bad, and some make many of us want to smack the TV screen. Among these last is the tendency among main characters to overlook everything that’s happened in the past seven seasons so they can …Read On »

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Interview: Marcia Cross chats about the end of DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES

Marcia Cross in DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES - Season 8 | ©2012 ABC/Matthew Rolston

If a take on the set of DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES is interrupted by a ringing cell phone, you may be sure that the offending sound will not be the fault of actress Marcia Cross. Not that she won’t pick up – you just won’t hear it first. “Mine’s on silent and I answer it,” the actress laughs. “It doesn’t have time to ring.” This may be because in real life, Cross is the mother of two young children and, like most working parents, wants to be no more than a phone call away should they need her. Cross, a native of …Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Romany Malco gets to THINK LIKE A MAN

Romany Malco in THINK LIKE A MAN | ©2012 Screen Gems

Actor/comic Romany Malco is actually in the middle of moving from Los Angeles to Brooklyn during this phone conversation – workers periodically ask him questions and his American bulldog Doodles occasionally gives a contented-sounding “Woof” in the background. Despite this, Malco seems remarkably focused and friendly as he discusses his new romantic comedy movie THINK LIKE A MAN, the animated FX comedy UNSUPERVISED, his new social network/TV project ROMANY MEETS HIS FRIENDS and more. ASSIGNMENT X: What is THINK LIKE A MAN about? ROMANY MALCO: It’s really about women trying to think about how to think like a man, and …Read On »

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TV Review: BONES – Season 7 – “The Don’t in the Do”

David Boreanaz in BONES - Season 7 - "The Don't In The Do" | ©2012 Fox/Ray Mickshaw

Stars: David Boreanaz, Emily Deschanel, Michaela Conlin, T.J. Thyne, Tamara Taylor, John Francis Daley, Pej Vehdat, Jai Rodriguez, Jamie Mann, Neil Hopkins Writer: Janet Lin, series created by Hart Hanson, based on the life and writings of Kathy Reichs Director: Jeannot Szwarc Network: Fox, Mondays @ 8 PM Airdate: April 16, 2012 “The Don’t in the Do” is a decent if somewhat uneventful episode of BONES. The procedural element here concerns the corpse of a hairdresser found in a garbage heap where blue-painted seagulls have dropped out of the sky. It turns out the murder victim had been doused in …Read On »

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Breaking News: Sharon Osbourne and Howie Mandel talk about the passing of Dick Clark

Nick Cannon, Sharon Osbourne, Howard Stern and Howie Mandel in AMERICA'S GOT TALENT - Season 7 | ©2012 NBC

With famed host and producer Dick Clark passing away today at age 82 of a heart attack, the news reverberated throughout the NBCUniversal Summer Press Day 2012 with AMERICA’S GOT TALENT judges Sharon Osbourne and Howie Mandel chiming in about their feelings on the legendary Clark. “I sat with Dick at a wedding and he was absolutely the best company and such a gentleman,” says Osbourne. “People like him don’t exist in the industry anymore. He’s irreplaceable.” For Mandel, he used Clark as inspiration for managing the ups and downs of this business. “I always looked up to him as …Read On »

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Breaking News: Joel McHale comments on the Chevy Chase COMMUNITY feud and voicemail

Joel McHale in COMMUNITY - Season 3 - "Pillows and Blankets" | ©2012 NBC/Tyler Golden

While it’s hard to get a straight answer out of COMMUNITY star Joel McHale, while speaking at today’s NBCUniversal Summer Press Day 2012, he did address the recent voicemail of Chevy Chase chewing out creator Dan Harmon for chewing him out during the wrap party for not shooting a scene in the finale. “There are four more voicemails coming out,” says McHale dead-pan. “That will make it a nice series. There is going to be a book on tape … or CD and it will be read out loud by Samuel L. Jackson.” McHale then goes on to say, again …Read On »

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