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Exclusive Photos from THE KINGS OF SUMMER Los Angeles Special Screening

Gabriel Basso, Moises Arias and Nick Robinson at the Los Angeles special screening of THE KINGS OF SUMMER | ©2013 Sue Schneider

CBS Films presented the Los Angeles special screening of THE KINGS OF SUMMER at the ArcLight Hollywood on May 28th. This was the first of two premieres that night at the ArcLight and after finishing one and giving them time to change the backdrop the other one started. The second one was THE EAST, from FOX Searchlight, which will be put up separately. Walking the carpet at THE KINGS OF SUMMER were the stars, which included: Nick Robinson, Gabriel Basso, Moises Arias, Erin Moriarty, Nick Offerman, Megan Mullally, Marc Evan Jackson, Eugene Cordero, Jordan Vogt-Roberts (Director/Executive Producer), and Chris Galletta […]Read On »

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Blu-ray Review: THE HOWLING COLLECTOR’S EDITION

THE HOWLING Blu-ray | ©2013 Scream! Factory

Rating: R Stars: Dee Wallace, Patrick Macnee, Dennis Dugan, Christopher Stone, Belinda Belaski Writers: John Sayles and Terence H. Winkless based on the novel by Gary Bradner Director: Joe Dante Distributor: Scream! Factory Suggested Retail Price: $29.99 Release Date: June 19, 2013 While AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON gets kudos as the ground-breaking werewolf movie from 1981 (and rightfully so, because it’s a great movie), some people forget that THE HOWLING came out in 1981 and was just as ground-breaking and entertaining. The two films work in tandem as great examples of excellent genre filmmaking from two rising directors of […]Read On »

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TV Review: FALLING SKIES – Season 3 – “Badlands”

Noah Wyle in FALLING SKIES - Season 3 - "Badlands" | ©2013 TNT/James Dittiger

Stars:  Noah Wyle, Moon Bloodgood, Drew Roy, Jessy Schram, Maxim Knight, Connor Jessup, Will Patton, Colin Cunningham, Sarah Sanguin Carter, Seychelle Gabriel, Mpho Koaho, Gloria Reuben, Matt Frewer Writer: John Wirth Director: David Soloman Network: TNT, airs Sunday Nights Original Telecast: June 16, 2013 Even though it’s still early in its third season, FALLING SKIES made the somewhat bold decision to give us a completely alien-free episode this week, and the results were not terrible.  Whether this was a decision based on budgetary constraints, or its creators made a strategic decision that the show needed to spend more time building […]Read On »

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Column: The KIA RIO EX road trip to NBC’s THE VOICE

KIA RIO EX | photo courtesy Midnight Productions Inc.

One of the great pleasures of reviewing for ASSIGNMENT X, is the various opportunities the KIA motor company has extended to the magazine to review their various vehicles. From the Sorento to the Soul, we’ve experienced the power and imagination of this company throughout it’s various vehicle experiences. That’s what made the latest event so intriguing. The chance to go on a KIA road trip to the taping of NBC’s musical competition series THE VOICE which KIA is an official automotive partner of. It being a very hot and sunny Southern California afternoon, I took my niece Rachel with me […]Read On »

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TV Review: GAME OF THRONES – Season 3 – “Mhysa” – Season Finale

GAME OF THRONES - Season 3 logo | ©2013 HBO

Stars: Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Emilia Clarke, Aidan Gillen, Iain Glen, Kit Harington, Isaac Hempstead-Wright, Sophie Turner, Maisie Williams, Alfie Allen, Diana Rigg, John Bradley, Jack Gleeson, Charles Dance, Rory McCann, Stephen Dillane, Carice Van Houten, Conleth Hill, Sibel Kekilli, Liam Cunningham, Natalie Dormer, Gwendoline Christie, Finn Jones, Julian Glover, Joe Dempsie, Nicholas Blane, Rose Leslie, Jerome Flynn, Ian McElhinnie, Thomas Sangster, Ellie Kendrick, Iwan Rheon, Daniel Portman, Nathalie Emmanuel, Richard Dormer, Michael McElhatton, Hannah Murray, Ed Skrein, Kristian Nairn, Jacob Anderson, David Bradley, Gemma Whelan, Patrick Malahide, Peter Vaughan Writers: David Benioff & D.B. Weiss, series created […]Read On »

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Movie Review: MAN OF STEEL

MAN OF STEEL movie poster

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Russell Crowe, Diane Lane, Kevin Costner Writer: David S. Goyer, story by David S. Goyer & Christopher Nolan, based on characters created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster Director: Zack Snyder Distributor: Warner Bros. Release Date: June 14, 2013 The last big screen take on Superman, SUPERMAN RETURNS, looked and felt very much like a follow-up to the ‘70s/’80s films starring Christopher Reeve. No one is going to mistake the new MAN OF STEEL as a relative of those earlier features. This take on the mythology from director Zack Snyder and […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: FAMILY TREE co-creator Jim Piddock chats about the HBO comedy

FAMILY TREE poster | ©2013 HBO

In HBO’s FAMILY TREE, Sundays at 10:30 PM, Chris O’Dowd stars as Tom Chadwick, a 30ish man at loose ends who decides to track down his relatives, a quest that takes him from England to America. FAMILY TREE was created by Christopher Guest (known for his improvisational comedy films including A MIGHTY WIND and WAITING FOR GUFFMAN, and for being one of the members of Spinal Tap, as well as being an actor) and Jim Piddock. Both men serve as executive producers on the series; Guest also directs, while Piddock costars as Mr. Pfister. Piddock, who originally hails from Kent, […]Read On »

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Interview: BEFORE MIDNIGHT composer Graham Reynolds creates the musical conversation

BEFORE MIDNIGHT soundtrack | ©2013 Milan Records

For such a visual medium as film, it’s amazing that watching two agingly attractive people gabbing away overseas at cafes, on sidewalks and in hotel rooms can prove just as cinematically engaging as a superhero blockbuster. That says much about just how great the said talk is through three BEFORE movies, a conversation first sparked 18 years ago by filmmaker Richard Linklater and co-writer Kim Krizan in BEFORE SUNSET, then continued on in 2004’s BEFORE SUNRISE with co-stars Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy adding their own verbal food for thought for their character’s developing relationship. Now BEFORE MIDNIGHT finds American […]Read On »

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Movie Review: BERBERIAN SOUND STUDIO

BERBERIAN SOUND STUDIO movie poster | ©2013 IFC Midnight

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Toby Jones, Fatima Mohamed, Eugenia Caruso, Cosimo Fusco, Antonio Mancino Writer: Peter Strickland Director: Peter Strickland Distributor: IFC Midnight Release Date: June 14, 2013 You have to hand it to BERBERIAN SOUND STUDIO for originality. It will remind you of other movies – THE CONVERSATION meets a psychological meltdown meets the making of SUSPIRIA or maybe an Italian witch horror movie so wacky it was never seen in the U.S. – but you haven’t seen anything else really like it. This is both a good thing and a bad thing. Director/writer Peter Strickland sets BERBERIAN SOUND […]Read On »

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TV Review: TEEN WOLF – Season 3 – “Chaos Rising”

Daniel Sharman in TEEN WOLF - Season 3 - "Chaos Rising" | ©2013 MTV

Stars: Tyler Posey, Crystal Reed, Dylan O’Brien, Tyler Hoechlin, Holland Roden, JR Bourne Writer: Jeff Davis Director: Russell Mulcahy Network: MTV, airs Monday nights Original Telecast: June 10, 2013 After the break neck speed of the season premiere, TEEN WOLF eases into a much more familiar and deliberate pace with “Chaos Rising” as many of the seeds for where the season is going are planted. Isaac (Daniel Sharman) is an important key for Scott (Tyler Posey) and Derek (Tyler Hoechlin) as they try to figure out who the Alphas are and what they’re up to. Much of the episode’s investigations […]Read On »

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