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THE BEST SCORES OF 2016 – Part One

ARRIVAL soundtrack | ©2016 Deutsche Grammophon

THE BEST SCORES OF 2016 ARRIVAL  (Johann Johannsson / Deutsche Grammophon) An Icelander whose intensely psychological, yet still melodically accessible modernist scores like PRISONERS and SICARIO speak in alien languages of subsonic strings and nerve-chilling brass at last gets his actual close encounter as he translates the Rorschach Test language of obelisk / monolith dwelling inter-dimensional deities here. Johannsson brilliantly captures both a sense of wonder and fear with beholding the mind-boggling, verbally-scrambled unknown as whale cry motifs join with alternately moaning and chattering voices, backed by a strong orchestral sound that serves as a powerful universal musical translator in a way that’s […]Read On »

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BEYOND: Tim Kring talks about new series and the end of HEROES REBORN – Exclusive Interview

Burkely Duffield in BEYOND - Season 1 | ©2016 Freeform/Nino Munoz

BEYOND is a new series on Freeform. Burkely Duffield plays Holden, who lapses into a coma at fourteen and wakes ten years later. Not only does he have to contend with a world that has changed dramatically, but Holden has a definitely sense that he was in a real and “other” place while he was gone that has an effect on his present life. BEYOND premieres on Freeform tonight. The network is making the entire ten-episode first season available at the same time on the Freeform app, Freeform.com, Freeform on Demand and Hulu. Tim Kring, one of BEYOND’s executive producers […]Read On »

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Dorking Out About Trailers – Episode 1: Alien Covenant, Blade Runner 2049 And More

Dorking Out Show | © 2016 Chris Smith/Sonia Mansfield

Hey there, dorks. Welcome to the first official episode of Dorking Out About Trailers, our monthly roundtable discussion about movie trailers, co-hosted by Chris, Sonia and Peter Brown, associate editor of Assignment X. Yes, we have dorked out about movie trailers before and recorded a few special bulletins, including this episode, in which we reviewed all the trailers that premiered at Comic-Con, and this one, in which we reviewed all the trailers that dropped right before the holidays. We like talking about movie trailers so much that we’ve decided to make it a regular monthly thing, so now it’s officially official. The […]Read On »

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LUKE CAGE: Mahershala Ali talks Season 1 and playing Cottonmouth – Exclusive Interview

Mahershala Ali is Cottonmouth in LUKE CAGE - Season 1| ©2016 Netflix

Mahershala Ali is having quite a year. The actor from Oakland, California – first name pronounced Mah-HER-shah-lah – has a Golden Globe nomination and Oscar buzz for his performance as a compassionate drug dealer in the film MOONLIGHT. Ali also plays the love interest of Taraji P. Henson’s NASA math genius Katherine Johnson in HIDDEN FIGURES. Earlier this year, Ali appeared in KICKS and THE FREE STATE OF JONES, and he plays Remy Danton in Netflix’s HOUSE OF CARDS. However, Ali is at Netflix’s portion of the Television Critics Association press tour to talk about his role as Cornell “Cottonmouth” […]Read On »

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BLACK-ISH: Marsai Martin on Season 3 – Exclusive Interview

Marsai Martin in BLACK-ISH | ©2016 ABC/Bob D'Amico

Marsai Martin plays younger daughter Diane Johnson on ABC’s half-hour comedy BLACK-ISH. The series, created by Kenya Barris, about an upper-middle-class black family, returns for the second half of its third season on Wednesday, January 11. Diane’s parents are successful Dre (series executive producer Anthony Anderson) and doctor Bow (Tracee Ellis Ross). She has an older sister, college-bound Zoey (played by the likewise-higher-education-headed Yara Shahidi), and brothers Andre Jr. (Marcus Scribner) and Jack (Miles Brown). Grandparents Pops (Laurence Fishburne, another executive producer) and Ruby (Jenifer Lewis) are also often on hand as the family finds humor in topics like God, […]Read On »

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IN MEMORIAM: Carrie Fisher

Carrie Fisher in THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK | HIDDEN FIGURES movie poster | ©1980 Lucasfilm Ltd.

The universe shrank a little today, December 27, with the loss of Carrie Fisher, age 60. The cause of death appears to have been complications following a heart attack. Fisher was a renowned writer of both memoirs and novels, an in-demand script doctor, a hilarious raconteur, and a passionate advocate for the rights of women and those grappling with mental health issues. However, Fisher is eternally beloved by a legion of fans for her performances as Princess Leia, later General Organa, in the STAR WARS movies. Leia Organa is a hero who can hold her own, whether it’s with a […]Read On »

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Dorking Out – Episode 27: The Top 10 Stories Of 2016 Edition

Dorking Out Show | © 2016 Chris Smith/Sonia Mansfield

Hey there, dorks. In this week’s episode, we’re going to talk about one topic – about 20 different ways. We’re sharing our picks for our favorite stories in entertainment and pop culture in 2016. Instead of doing a bunch of Top 10 movies, Top 10 TV shows, Top 10 Podcasts episodes, we decided to put them all together in one podcast because we’re super efficient like that, and it’s not at all because we are lazy. We hope you enjoy our dorky podcast. You can listen to us here, or you can find us on iTunes, Stitcher and YouTube. Related: DORKING OUT – […]Read On »

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POP SHOW Podcast – Episode 33: ROGUE ONE review

POP SHOW PODCAST | © 2016 AssignmentX

Welcome back to the POP SHOW podcast starring Anthony C. Ferrante. We have been away for a bit but we are back for a look at the latest STAR WARS film, ROGUE ONE. This time Anthony is joined by Sonia Mansfield, Chris Smith and Ryan Mitchelle in a deep discussion about what they liked and didn’t like about the one-shot film that bridges the prequel movies and the original STAR WARS: A NEW HOPE film. So sit back and relax and have a listen. Related: POP SHOW PODCAST – Episode 32: Donald Trump and Halloween Mazes  Related: POP SHOW PODCAST – Episode 31: New […]Read On »

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SHUT EYE: Creator Leslie Bohem on new Hulu series – Exclusive Interview

SHUT EYE poster | ©2016 Hulu

In SHUT EYE, the new Hulu series created by Leslie Bohem, Jeffrey Donovan stars as Charlie Haverford. Charlie and his wife Linda (KaDee Strickland) are con artists, fake storefront psychics who work within the San Fernando Valley empire of a powerful Rom family. Then a couple of things happen. Charlie earns the gratitude of an outside mobster (David Zayas) – and finds that he’s now genuinely psychic. Creator/executive producer Bohem (DANTE’S PEAK, the TAKEN TV miniseries, EXTANT) spills on how he did it. ASSIGNMENT X: How long have you been working on this altogether? LESLIE BOHEM: Four years, maybe a […]Read On »

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Movie Review: HIDDEN FIGURES

HIDDEN FIGURES movie poster | ©2016 20th Century Fox

Rating: PG Stars: Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monae, Kevin Costner, Kirsten Dunst, Mahershala Ali, Jim Parsons, Aldis Hodge, Glen Powell Writers: Allison Schroeder and Theodore Melfi, based on the book by Margot Lee Shetterly Director: Theodore Melfi Distributor: Twentieth Century Fox Release Date: December 25, 2016 Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson are historical figures whose fame is long overdue. All three were key NASA personnel during the Mercury 7 project and went on to stellar careers. However, both because they are women and because they are black, their contributions have been largely overlooked until now HIDDEN […]Read On »

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