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CD Review: HALLOWEEN 4: THE RETURN OF MICHAEL MYERS: LIMITED EXPANDED EDITION

HALLOWEEN IV soundtrack | ©2011 Ahi Records

Some serial killers need a right hand knife, especially when they also happen to be the director and composer. Such was the assistance John Carpenter required after not only making HALLOWEEN. but also creating the most notorious, and toe-tapping theme in horror score history. That’s how sound designer-turned-composer Alan Howarth was brought into the series with HALLOWEEN 2 and given the “in association” credit for his teaming with Carpenter. Skillfully abetting that film’s far more visceral shocks with eerie atmospheres and relentless rhythms, the collaborators next turned to computer-generated horror for the series SEASON OF THE WITCH. However, HALLOWEEN‘s most …Read On »

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CD Review: UNDERWORLD: AWAKENING soundtrack

UNDERWORLD: AWAKENING soundtrack | ©2012 Lakeshore Records

It’s time again to defrost ninja vampire warrior Selene from deep sequel freeze. And though Marco Beltrami gave her a more traditional orchestral horror score approach the last time out in UNDERWORLD: EVOLUTION, it’s certainly cool to welcome the series’ original composer Paul Haslinger back into the ongoing Lycan-bloodsucker feud, which gets joined by humans hell-bent on wiping both clans out for Selene’s future AWAKENING. Going for a creepily ambient approach that reflected his Tangerine Dream roots in the first UNDERWORLD score, and then bringing an epic scope to the series’ impressive historical prequel RISE OF THE LYCANS, Haslinger goes …Read On »

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CD Review: THE WRONG BOX soundtrack

THE WRONG BOX soundtrack | ©2011 Intrada Records

By 1966, John Barry was fully into the action swing of 007, the dark dramas of THE CHASE and KING RAT, as well as raising a female lion that would win him his first Oscar for BORN FREE. Far less known, but equally impressive was Barry’s talent for very British comedy, whether it was accompanying the jazzy woman chaser of THE KNACK or providing lethal gas for  THEY ALL DIED LAUGHING. THE WRONG BOX provided Barry with another black-humored romp as the last surviving members of an aristocratic class wait to see who’ll be the last man standing, and inherit …Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: NIKITA star Shane West discusses the rest of Season 2 and beyond

Shane West in NIKITA - Season 2 | ©2012 The CW/Jan Thijs

ASSIGNMENT X recently got a chance to interview Shane West  at the CW party at the Langham Huntington Hotel in Pasadena during the 2012 Winter Television Critics Association Annual Press Junket. Shane talked about his character Michael on NIKITA and what he would like to see happen if the shows continues on past Season 2 Shane, a former teen heartthrob from his role as Eli Sammler on ONCE AND AGAIN finds that playing Michael is one of the most complex characters he has ever portrayed. ASSIGNMENT X: What’s in store for your character Michael this year? SHANE WEST: I don’t …Read On »

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TV Review: AMERICAN IDOL – Season 11 – “Final Judgment, Part 2” – And the Top 24 is …

AMERICAN IDOL Season 11 Final Judgment Part 2 | (c) 2012 Fox

Cast: Ryan Seacrest, Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez, Randy Jackson Network: Fox, airs Wednesdays and Thursdays @ 8 p.m. Original Telecast: Feb. 23, 2012 The drama was thick in the previous episode of the world’s greatest karaoke competition, AMERICAN IDOL, as the judges narrowed the competition to just 24 semi-finalists. All the while the drama was playing out they walked contestants through a dark hallway, through smoke and flashing lights and into the rotunda of doom. A very silly ending to the show that begins the live performances next week. While most of the people that were eliminated we had seen …Read On »

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TV Review: SPARTACUS: VENGEANCE – “Empty Hands”

Viva Bianca in SPARTACUS: VENGEANCE | ©2012 Starz/

Stars: Lucy Lawless, Liam McIntyre, Manu Bennett, Peter Mensah, Viva Bianca, Craig Parker Writer: Allison Miller, Created by Steven S. DeKnight Director: Mark Beesley     Network: STARZ, airs Friday nights Original Telecast: February 17, 2012 So my biggest complaint with the new series of SPARTACUS: VENGEANCE is that the pacing hasn’t been on par with the other series. I’m honestly confused as to whether the pacing is better in “Empty Hands” or it just seems better because there’s more action (in more than one sense of the word). Again we have two stages of action in this episode. One which …Read On »

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TV Review: THE RIVER – Season 1 – “A Better Man”

Scott Michael Foster and Joe Anderson in THE RIVER - Season 1 - "A Better Man" | ©2012 ABC/Mario Perez

Stars: Bruce Greenwood, Joe Anderson, Leslie Hope, Eloise Mumford, Paul Blackthorne, Thomas Kretschmann, Daniel Zacapa, Shaun Parkes, Paulina Gaitan, Scott Michael Foster, Katie Featherston Writer: Aron Eli Coleite, series created by Michael R. Perry & Oren Peli Director: Dean White Network: ABC, Tuesdays @ 9 PM Original Broadcast: February 21, 2012 The jungle wants you to behave yourself. This seems to be the message so far of THE RIVER. Last week’s episode, “Los Ciegos,” had two regulars having epiphanies about what jerks they were being. This week’s episode, “A Better Man,” has more of the same with different characters, while …Read On »

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Blu-ray and DVD picks of the week including TOWER HEIST

TOWER HEIST | (c) 2012 Universal Home Entertainment

Your time is short. We know this. So in order to expedite your buying and Netflix decision making, we provide you with a list of the cool and not-so-cool titles coming out for movies, television and everything in-between. So put your feet up, grab some popcorn and check out this week’s selections. MOVIES TOWER HEIST – It’s not that TOWER HEIST is a bad movie. Well, it isn’t a good movie either, but it certainly doesn’t deserve all the negativity it received when it came out – despite having Ben Stiller in the lead role. The problem with the movie …Read On »

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TV Review: THE VAMPIRE DIARIES – Season 3 – “All My Children”

Paul Wesley and Kat Graham in THE VAMPIRE DIARIES - Season 3 - "All My Children" | ©2012 The CW/Bob Mahoney

Stars: Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, Ian Somerhalder Writer: Evan Bleiweiss, Based on the book by L.J. Smith Director: Pascal Verschooris  Network: The CW, airs Thursday nights Original Telecast: February 16, 2012 Well, that was the shortest plot thread in the history of THE VAMPIRE DIARIES plot threads, now wasn’t it kids? By plot thread I am of course referencing the plot where Klaus (Joseph Morgan) and all of his siblings are tied together by their resurrected witch of a mother Esther (Alice Evans), so she can make them mortal and then kill them off. Sad that it only lasted two …Read On »

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TV Review: SMASH – Season 1 – “Enter Mr. DiMaggio”

Megan Hilty and Michael Swift in SMASH - Season 1 - "Enter Mr. DiMaggio" | ©2012 NBC/Will Hart

Stars: Debra Messing, Christian Borle, Megan Hilty, Katharine McPhee, Jack Davenport, Angelica Houston Writers: Theresa Rebeck Director: Michael Mayer Network: NBC, airs Mondays Original Telecast: February 20, 2012 The testament of a good show is to be able to turn it on, intending to watch a few minutes, and getting sucked in to watch the whole thing. That’s what happened while watching SMASH, the “Enter Mr. DiMaggio” episode. I was only going to check out how things held up after the first two stellar weeks, and well, I was sucked right back into the series. Of course, with the good, …Read On »

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