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VINYL: Ray Romano on his change of pace role – interview

Ray Ramano as Zak Yankovich in VINYL | © 2016 HBO

HBO’s VINYL, which has its first-season finale Sunday April 17, and is renewed for next year, deals with the rock music scene in New York of the 1970s. Between two of the executive producers, Mick Jagger and Martin Scorsese (who directed the premiere episode), a lot of knowledge about the milieu, the era and the environment has gone into this tale of struggling record mogul Richie Finestra, portrayed by Bobby Cannavale. Ray Romano, known for starring in the half-hour comedy EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND, the hour-long dramedy MEN OF A CERTAIN AGE and his stand-up work, has a change-of-pace role on […]Read On »

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POP SHOW PODCAST – Episode 19: Random thoughts from Anthony’s brain

POP SHOW PODCAST | © 2016 AssignmentX

Hi friends and welcome back to another glorious episode of the POP SHOW PODCAST. Anthony C. Ferrante (@acferrante) is back again to talk about everything his brain has been pondering the last few weeks including a long discussion about Altoids (they are a curious breath mint!), Hostess snack cakes, terrible experiences at movie theaters and much more. We also get around to talking about some of the entertainment news that has been happening lately. This week Anthony is joined by Ryan Mitchelle, Sonia Mansfield (@TheSoniaShow), Chris Smith (@JettJergens) and myself (@peterbrownAX) for a wild podcast about everything and anything. Make sure to […]Read On »

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GAYCATION: Ellen Page and Ian Daniel talk the new documentary series – interview

Ellen Page and Ian Daniel in GAYCATION | © 2016 Viceland

Spike Jonze, known for being the creative director behind such films as BEING JOHN MALKOVICH, ADAPTATION. and HER, now has “creative director” of Viceland, a new cable network dedicated to documentary series about unusual topics. One of Viceland’s premiere series is GAYCATION, Wednesday nights, from producers Ellen Page (the narrative feature FREEHELD) and Ian Daniel. Page, who is also an actress (FREEHELD, JUNO, Kitty Pryde in the recent X-MEN movies), and Daniel explore LGBT culture – and the reaction to it – in various cities around the world, bringing their personal perspective as members of the community to bear on […]Read On »

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CONFIRMATION: Rick Famuyiwa discusses the Clarence Thomas hearings – exclusive interview

Wendell Pierce as Clarence Thomas in CONFIRMATION | © 2016 HBO

Rick Famuyiwa (whose feature helming credits include DOPE and THE WOOD) is the director of HBO’s new film CONFIRMATION, premiering Saturday night, April 16. CONFIRMATION is a drama, written by executive producer Susannah Grant, about the 1991 Supreme Court confirmation hearings for Judge Clarence Thomas, played in the film by Wendell Pierce. Lawyer Anita Hill, played in CONFIRMATION by executive producer Kerry Washington, came forward at the time to testify that Thomas had sexually harassed her when she previously worked for him. Famuyiwa gives an exclusive interview to Assignment X about his take on this controversial chapter in American history. […]Read On »

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ARROW: Paul Blackthorne on Season 4 – Exclusive Interview

Paul Blackthorne as Detective Quentin Lance in ARROW | ©2013 The CW/Mathieu Young

On ARROW, now in its fourth season Wednesdays at 8 PM on the CW, Paul Blackthorne’s character Quentin Lance has been a police detective, a police captain, demoted, reinstated, alcoholic, sober, fighting against the vigilante hero, aka Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell), allied with him, and at various points in between. Blackthorne, who played supernatural private detective Harry Dresden in Syfy’s THE DRESDEN FILES, is also a documentary filmmaker when he’s not acting. The Englishman talks about both careers here. Note: This interview was conducted before the airing of the episode “Eleven-Fifty-Nine.” AX: What is happening with Quentin Lance when Season […]Read On »

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POP SHOW PODCAST – Episode 18: STAR WARS ROGUE ONE Trailer

POP SHOW PODCAST | © 2016 AssignmentX

Welcome back to another episode of the POP SHOW PODCAST starring Anthony C. Ferrante. Unfortunately, Anthony is not with us again this week as he still shooting SHARKNADO 4. This week we have Sonia Mansfield (@TheSoniaShow), Chris Smith (@JettJergens), Ryan Mitchelle and myself. This week we talk about the trailer for STAR WARS ROGUE ONE and break down some of the interesting bits about what others are saying and what we liked the most. We also chat about the new SUICIDE SQUAD trailer, the new GAME OF THRONES trailer and the season finale of THE WALKING DEAD. Listen and Subscribe […]Read On »

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POP SHOW PODCAST – Episode 17: SUPERMAN V. BATMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE Review

POP SHOW PODCAST | © 2016 AssignmentX

After a week off, the POP SHOW PODCAST starring Anthony C. Ferrante is back and so is Anthony after wrapping up his work on SHARKNADO: THE 4TH AWAKENS. Anthony was nice enough to discuss some of the behind-the-scenes of the film. We also have a review of SUPERMAN V. BATMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE and how it polarized basically the world and if critics still matter considering its wild success at the box office. Sit back and enjoy. Listen and Subscribe to the POP SHOW PODCAST on iTunes! POP SHOW PODCAST on other podcast outlets (coming soon)! Related: POP SHOW PODCAST – Episode […]Read On »

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THE PEOPLE V. O.J. SIMPSON: Scott Alexander talks the crime series – exclusive interview

Courtney B. Vance as Johnnie Cochran in THE PEOPLE V. O.J. SIMPSON | © 2016 FX

FX Network’s THE PEOPLE V. O.J. SIMPSON: AMERICAN CRIME STORY concludes its ten-episode run this Tuesday, April 5, at 10 PM, with all episodes available on FX on Demand. The first season of the planned anthology series deals with the famous Nineties trial that was a nexus of attitudes about race, gender, social class, the LAPD and the media (to name a few issues raised). Based on Jeffrey Toobin’s book THE RUN OF HIS LIFE, THE PEOPLE V. O.J. SIMPSON was developed for television by the writing/executive producing team of Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski (THE PEOPLE VS. LARRY FLYNT, […]Read On »

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LUCIFER: Jonathan Littman on having fun with the devil – exclusive interview

Tom Ellis stars as Lucifer in Fox's LUCIFER | © 2016 Brendan Meadows/FOX

Jonathan Littman supervises the television arm of Jerry Bruckheimer’s production company. Both men are executive producers on Fox Network’s LUCIFER. LUCIFER, in its first season on Mondays at 9 PM, is based on the comics by Mike Dringenberg and Sam Kieth, spun off from Neil Gaiman’s original SANDMAN. In the TV series, Lucifer (Tom Ellis), thoroughly bored with Hell, has come to Los Angeles and decides to help a nonplused LAPD homicide detective (Lauren German) solve her cases. AX: When did you get involved in the LUCIFER project, and were you aware of the comics beforehand? JONATHAN LITTMAN: We got […]Read On »

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THE PEOPLE V. O.J. SIMPSON: Sterling K. Brown & Anthony Hemingway – exclusive interview

Sterling K. Brown as Christopher Darden in THE PEOPLE V. O.J. SIMPSON | © 2016 FX

In FX Network’s THE PEOPLE V. O.J. SIMPSON: AMERICAN CRIME STORY, which concludes Tuesday, April 5, Sterling K. Brown plays prosecution team member Christopher Darden. The Missouri-born Brown, who appeared earlier this year in the film WHISKEY TANGO FOXTROT and was a regular on ARMY WIVES, is known for his arcs on SUPERNATURAL as Gordon Walker and on PERSON OF INTEREST as Cal Beecher. While discussing playing the increasingly frustrated and disillusioned Darden, Brown is joined by Anthony Hemingway, who directed five episodes of THE PEOPLE V. O.J. SIMPSON. AX: What was your impression of the trial at the time […]Read On »

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