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Exclusive Interview: Gale Anne Hurd talks THE WALKING DEAD Season 3 – Part 1

Gale Anne Hurd at the 37th Annual Saturn Awards | ©2011 Sue Schneider

Based on Robert Kirkman’s ongoing graphic novel series THE WALKING DEAD, AMC’s series about a small band of survivors trying to survive in a world overrun by zombies is now in production on its third season. Executive producer Gale Anne Hurd spoke to ASSIGNMENT X about THE WALKING DEAD Season 3 in this exclusive interview. Hurd is a genre veteran, having produced and co-written the original TERMINATOR and served as a producer on ALIENS, ALIEN NATION, THE ABYSS, THE RELIC, CLOCKSTOPPERS and THE INCREDIBLE HULK, as well as acclaimed non-genre fare like THE WATERDANCE and the documentary CHOCTAW CODE TALKERS. …Read On »

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CD Review: MEN IN BLACK 3 soundtrack

MEN IN BLACK 3 soundtrack | ©2012 Sony Records

Who ya gonna call when it’s time to bust some illegal aliens? The answer of course for team Tommy and Will is Danny Elfman, who dons his dark sunglasses and suit to hit the trail with the Men in Black in MEN IN BLACK 3 soundtrack. That proves to be a real charm the third time out for this time-travelling entry that gives a huge, rejuvenating boost to the franchise after an unholy second film (not that Elfman’s music has ever been worse for the wear). Time travel’s the McGuffin that brings Agent J and K back to the 60’s …Read On »

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CD Review: STAR TREK: THE MOTION PICTURE soundtrack (limited edition)

STAR TREK THE MOTION PICTURE soundtrack | ©2012 Paramount

In the blaze of Holy Grail soundtrack releases that just might finally represent the glorious supernova of physical CD’s, it’s easy to start taking one treasure after the other for granted. But when a title of truly momentous proportions is unearthed, it’s not only time to give thanks and bask at what might be the last best time in history to buy movie scores, but to also marvel at the power of music itself beyond trying to pick up the seemingly unceasing cascade of “bottle caps” – as Jerry Goldsmith liked to call the rewards of the insatiable collector mindset. …Read On »

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TV Review: DALLAS – Season 1 – “The Enemy of My Enemy”

Linda Gray in DALLAS - Season 1 - "The Enemy of My Enemy" | ©2012 TNT

Stars: Larry Hagman, Patrick Duffy, Brenda Strong, Linda Gray, Josh Henderson, Jesse Metcalfe, Jordana Brewster, Julie Gonzalo Network: TNT, airs Wednesday nights Original Telecast: July 11th, 2012 Not many shows can be resurrected so beautifully as DALLAS has been. The new cast fits nicely in with the old cast and together they are creating one of the best new dramas in years. Josh Henderson leads the cast as John Ross perfectly. He has the sinister DNA and charming personality of his dad J.R. (Larry Hagman) which allows him to woo those around him and yet he’ll be the first to …Read On »

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TV Review: LONGMIRE – Season 1 – “The Worst Kind of Hunter”

Katee Sackoff in LONGMIRE - Season 1 - "The Worst Kind of Hunter" | ©2012 A&E

Stars: Robert Taylor, Katee Sackhoff, Lou Diamond Phillips, Cassidy Freeman, Bailey Chase, Adam Bartley, Louanne Stephens  Writer:  Hunt Baldwin & John Coveny, Series created by Hunt Baldwin & John Coveny, Based on the novels by Craig Johnson Director: Peter Weller  Network: A&E, airs Sunday nights Original Telecast: July 8, 2012 LONGMIRE is almost like SIX FEET UNDER, at the start of every episode I wait to see either how the victim is going to die, or what condition the body is in when it’s found. It’d be kind of funny just once to have a wood burned sign with the …Read On »

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2012 Los Angeles Film Festival Wrap Up

The L.A. Film Festival 2012 logo

Los Angeles is well known for a being a city of clashing cultures and this years LA Film Festival found its opening night film competing with the aftermath of the LA King hockey championship celebration. It all happened around the LA Live center that includes the mammoth Staples Center, Club Noikia and the LA Live Regal Cinemas. So if you’d come down on Thursday, June 14th you could have watched the Stanley Cup winning Kings parade down Figueroa St and then assemble in the Staples Center for a ticket only rally. If you like your entertainment a bit more cinematic …Read On »

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TV Review: TEEN WOLF – Season 2 – “Restraint”

Colton Haynes in TEEN WOLF - Season 2 - "Restraint" | ©2012 MTV

Stars: Tyler Posey, Crystal Reed, Dylan O’Brien, Tyler Hoechlin, Holland Roden, Colton Haynes, Linden Ashby, JR Bourne Writer: Nick Antosca & Ned Vizzini Director Russell Mulcahy Network: MTV, airs Monday nights Original Telecast: July 9, 2012 Once again, TEEN WOLF continues its feature film quality and delivers another great episode with “Restraint.” Of course the title could be further from the truth, since this episode is packed with non-stop action and plot turns. Restraint is the last thing on its mind as all the pieces of a very elaborate puzzle are being laid out with fantastic results. The plot elements …Read On »

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TV Review: PERCEPTION – Season 1 – “Pilot” – Series Premiere

Eric McCormack in PERCEPTION - Season 1 | ©2012 TNT

Stars: Eric McCormack, Rachael Leigh Cook, Kelly Rowan, Arjay Smith Writers: Ken Biller & Mike Sussman Director: Alan Poul Network: TNT, airs Monday nights Original Telecast: July 9, 2012 What is real and what is a hallucination? That’s the trick the new TNT drama series PERCEPTION tries pulling on viewers. Think of it as A BEAUTIFUL MIND meets HOUSE as the brilliant, yet mentally unstable neuroscience expert  Dr. Daniel Pierce (Eric McCormack). He is asked by former student Kate Moretti (Rachael Leigh Cook) to assist involving a strange murder now that she’s working for the F.B.I. As the episode twists …Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: DEXTER Season 7 news from producer Manny Coto and more

Michael C. Hall in DEXTER - Season 6 - "Sins of Omission" | ©2011 Showtime/Randy Tepper

As most people know by now, Showtime’s series DEXTER is both a critical and a ratings hit, with a four consecutive Outstanding Drama Emmy nominations to its credit. Star Michael C. Hall has won a Golden Globe and been nominated for four consecutive Best Actor Emmys for his portrayal of Dexter Morgan, a seemingly mild-mannered Miami police blood splatter analyst by day and a serial killer who takes out other murders by night. Over the years, we’ve seen Dexter get married, father a son, have his wife murdered by another serial killer (John Lithgow, who won a Supporting Actor Emmy …Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: WILFRED star Jason Gann talks Season 2 and more

Jason Gann in WILFRED - Season 2 | ©2012 FX/Frank Ockenfels

There are plenty of other TV series with characters who are former lawyers, but FX’s WILFRED is the only one where the lead, Ryan (played by Elijah Wood), sees his neighbor’s dog Wilfred, played by Jason Gann, as a man in a dog suit. Not only that, but Wilfred keeps urging Ryan to do some questionable things – and then Wilfred generally urges Ryan to undo whatever it was before calamity strikes. There origins of WILFRED are almost as uncommon as its premise. It started as a half-hour short film written by Gann and Adam Zwar (with Gann as Wilfred …Read On »

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