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  • Graham Yost on JUSTIFIED – exclusive interview

    The series creator/executive producer talks the final season

  • THE SLAP star Peter Sarsgaard chats about the Season 1

    The actor talks why he likes to play morally complex characters

  • 12 MONKEYS star Kirk Acevedo talks time travel

    The actor talks the first season of the series on SyFy

  • THE AMERICANS star Matthew Rhys gives the Season 3 scoop

    The actor talks the Paige situation, managing Martha and omelets

  • THE WALKING DEAD – Season 5 – Conquer – Season Finale

    An entertaining finale that firm establishes Rick and company in Alexandria

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Movie Review: TINKER, TAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY

TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY movie poster | ©2011 Focus Features

Rating: R Stars: Gary Oldman, Kathy Burke, Benedict Cumberbatch, David Dencik, Colin Firth, Stephen Graham, Tom Hardy, Ciaran Hinds, John Hurt, Toby Jones, Svetlana Khodchenkova, Simon McBurney, Mark Strong Writers: Bridget O’Connor & Peter Straughan, based on the novel by John Le Carre Director: Tomas Alfredson Distributor: Focus Features Release Date: December 9, 2011 John Le Carre’s novel TINKER, TAILOR, SOLDIER, SPY is one of the most revered espionage tales ever. Its protagonist George Smiley is the anti-Bond, a British secret agent who wears glasses, has a dodgy marriage and, though he’s no stranger to violence, spends less time dodging …Read On »

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Composer Interview: Conrad Pope spends time with MY WEEK WITH MARILYN

MY WEEK WITH MARILYN soundtrack | ©2011 Sony Classical

It takes many skilled hands to keep Hollywood running as the stars take their bows- an army that includes personal assistants, makeup artists and publicists, all of whom are sure to step out of the way of the glaring flashbulbs. Then there’s the even less sexy caste of the studio machine called “below the line,” the mostly unrecognized visual effects artists, writers, production designers, editors, costumers and other skilled craftspeople who allow the stars to shine- their own jobs eased on the steam of even more obscure laborers chained to computers and sewing machines. Yet these toiling men and women …Read On »

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Review: THE DARK KNIGHT RISES IMAX teaser presentation

THE DARK KNIGHT teaser poster | ©2011 Warner Bros.

Last night ASSIGNMENT X was invited to attend a special seven-minute presentation of the IMAX prologue to next summer’s THE DARK KNIGHT RISES Batman film (opening July 20, 2012). This early look at the film is going to be attached to select IMAX theaters showing MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – GHOST PROTOCOL opening next Friday (you can click on the link to see which theaters will have the DARK KNIGHT RISES prologue). However, the press got the added bonus of being treated to an appearance by the film’s director Christopher Nolan. He spoke about the value of IMAX and what an amazing …Read On »

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Car Review: 2011 KIA Optima SX

2011 KIA Optima SX | ©2011 KIA

Car Manufacturer: KIA Model: 2011 Optima SX Suggested Retail Price: $25,995.00 Reviewing cars is a brand new thing for ASSIGNMENT X, but, as cars begin to feel like moving super computers all on their own, it was about time to add them to our pop culture review diet. Granted, we’re not car experts, we just know what’s cool and what works for us as consumers, which is how we’ll approach our first car review in our magazine. It’s been some time since my family’s last car purchase (2002 to be exact), so getting to drive around in a brand new …Read On »

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THE X FACTOR Season 1 Recap: Nothing to Crow about as Rachel Crow gets her heart ripped out by Nicole Scherzinger

Rachel Crow (pictured here with host Steve Jones) is eliminated from THE X FACTOR - Season 1 - Top 5 week | ©2011 Fox/Ray Mickshaw

Network: Fox Original Telecast: November 30, 2011 Here’s the problem with having 13, 14, or 15 year olds competing on reality programs – they’re not mature enough and emotionally not ready to take on the big hurdles these kind of shows present. And THE X FACTOR has proven all season, its youngest contestants may be talented, but to be thrust into the dog eat dog world of the entertainment industry is a dangerous, slippery slope. First, we had the arrogance of Astro refusing to perform when he was in the bottom one week. Last week, the judges unfairly ousted Drew …Read On »

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TV Review: REVENGE – Season 1 – “Loyalty”

Emily VanCamp and Josh Bowman in REVENGE - Season 1 - "Loyalty" | ©2011 ABC/Michael Desmond

Stars: Emily VanCamp, Madeleine Stowe, Henry Czerny, Josh Bowman, Nick Wechsler, Gabriel Mann, Ashley Madekwe, Christa B. Allen, Connor Paolo Writer: Wendy Calhoun & Nikki Toscano Director: J. Miller Tobin Network: ABC, Wednesday nights, 10 p.m. Original Telecast: December 7, 2011 It almost seems as thought the various plotlines of REVENGE are spinning out of control in this week’s episode, “Loyalty.” Of course, the problem with being angry is that you tend to alienate the people you can least afford to, and Emily (Emily VanCamp) is certainly heading that direction, having issues with her mentor Satoshi Takeda (Hiroyuki Sanada) and Nolan (Gabriel Mann). Just a refresher to (hopefully) eliminate confusion – Emily Thorne …Read On »

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TV Review: EUREKA – Season 4 – “Do You See What I See?”

Animation takes over the EUREKA world for the Season 4 Christmas episode - "Do You See What I See?" | ©2011 Syfy

Stars: Colin Ferguson, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Joe Morton, Erica Cerra, Neil Grayston, Kavan Smith, Jordan Hinson, Trevor Jackson, Christopher Gauthier, Matt Frewer, Jim Parsons, Edward James Olmos Writers: Amy Berg & Eric Tuchman Director: Matt Hastings Network: Syfy, Tuesday @ 8 PM Original Telecast: December 6, 2011 Once in awhile, a TV show makes an episode that is both so good and so completely insane that one feels safe in showing it to people who have never seen the series before and may never see it again. EUREKA can now proudly join that select company with its fourth-year Christmas special, “Do …Read On »

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TV Review: THE X FACTOR – Season 1 – “The Top 5 Perform” Recap

Chris Rene in THE X FACTOR - Season 1 - "The Top 5 Perform" | ©2011 Fox/Ray Mickshaw

Network: Fox Original Telecast: December 7, 2011 THE X FACTOR is down to the Final Five, and I’m so bored with the remaining contestants, going into the latest episode, I was prepared to be bored to tears. After Drew got the boot last week (my fave singer), the five remaining have a lot to prove. Usually I list the judges comments, but it doesn’t matter what they really say tonight. Last week they proved they’re in it for themselves – not for voting for who is most deserving. Yet, even more so, what is necessary now, is to determine and …Read On »

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TV Review: GLEE – Season 3 – “Hold on To Sixteen”

Chord Overstreet returns to GLEE - Season 3 - "Hold On To Sixteen" | ©2011 Fox/Adam Rose

Stars: Dianna Agron, Chris Colfer, Darren Criss, Jane Lynch, Jayma Mays, Kevin McHale, Lea Michele, Cory Monteith, Heather Morris, Matthew Morrison, Amber Riley, Naya Rivera, Mark Salling, Harry Shum Jr., Jenna Ushkowitz Writer:  Ross Maxwell Director:  Bradley Buecher Network: Fox, airs Tuesday nights Original Telecast: December 6, 2011 The joy of GLEE seems to be slowly seeping back into the show as “Hold On To Sixteen” (taken from a line in the John Mellencamp song “Jack and Diane”) reminds the characters and the audience, to hold on to that innocent young feeling before it’s gone. With high school ending for …Read On »

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TV Review: DEXTER – Season 6 – “Ricochet Rabbit”

Michael C. Hall in DEXTER - Season 6 - "Ricochet Rabbit" | ©2011 Showtime/Randy Tepper

Stars: Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, Lauren Velez, Desmond Harrington, C.S. Lee, David Zayas, James Remar, Aimee Garcia, Geoff Pierson, Edward James Olmos, Colin Hanks, Billy Brown, Josh Cooke Writers: Jace Richdale & Lauren Gussis & Scott Reynolds, series based on the books by Jeff Lindsay Director: Michael Lehmann Network: Showtime, Sundays @ 9 PM Release Date: December 4, 2011 DEXTER has had a slow build through its sixth season, but with “Ricochet Rabbit,” it finally hits its stride. Although the journey hasn’t been as smooth as we might have wished, with “Ricochet Rabbit,” we’re at the point where the …Read On »

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