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TV Review: REVENGE – Season 1 – “Chaos”

Emily VanCamp and Josh Bowman in REVENGE - Season 1 - "Chaos" | ©2012 ABC/Colleen Hayes

Stars: Emily VanCamp, Madeleine Stowe, Henry Czerny, Josh Bowman, Nick Wechsler, Gabriel Mann, Ashley Madekwe, Christa B. Allen, Connor Paolo Writer: Mark Fish & Joe Fazzio Director: Sanford Bookstaver Network: ABC, Wednesday nights, 10 p.m. Original Telecast: February 15, 2012 The episode “Chaos” is perhaps the most aptly titled episode of REVENGE yet – there is so much going on, and it all ties into what we all came here to see, namely the shooting at the beginning of the season, which also starts the episode. And, oh, yes, there is one humdinger of a surprise twist at the end. More cynical minds might suggest we could have seen this coming. I totally …Read On »

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TV Review: SPARTACUS: VENGEANCE – “The Greater Good”

Liam McIntyre and Katrina Law in SPARTACUS: VENGEANCE | ©2012 Starz

Stars: Lucy Lawless, Liam McIntyre, Manu Bennett, Peter Mensah, Viva Bianca, Craig Parker Writer: Tracy Bellomo, Created by Steven S. DeKnight Director: Brendan Mehr   Network: STARZ, airs Friday nights Original Telecast: February 10, 2012 The last two episodes of SPARTACUS: VENGEANCE have moved kind of slowly. Yes, there has been plenty of violence and sex, but without a main storyline of action to move them; it just becomes an explicitly painted canvas to look at. Now with “The Greater Good” the storyline jumps into overdrive and ends with what could easily be classified as a cliffhanger. The season gets more …Read On »

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Blu-ray and DVD picks of the week including HUMAN CENTIPEDE 2: FULL SEQUENCE

THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE 2 | © 2012 MPI Home Video

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 HUMAN CENTIPEDE 2: FULL SEQUENCE – There was a huge hubbub about this horror flick when it was released because it had some moments that not only were completing unnecessary but that they were graphically so. So going into it, I was expecting to be shocked and …Read On »

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TV Review: AMERICAN IDOL – Season 11 – “Performance Challenge”

AMERICAN IDOL S11 Performance Challenge | © 2012 Fox

Cast: Ryan Seacrest, Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez, Randy Jackson Network: Fox, airs Wednesdays and Thursdays @ 8 p.m. Original Telecast: Feb. 16, 2012 I was amused after the final round of “Hollywood Week” on the world’s greatest karaoke competition, AMERICAN IDOL, over how excited people were to go to Las Vegas. Yeah, I guess the excitement of moving along is one thing, but it’s not like they are going to some great place where they can all do something fun. Half of the people are under 21 and that means no gambling. And as I said before, you can get …Read On »

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Convention News: HEAVEN’S ECHO writer/creator Siike Donnelly to appear at MegaCon 2012 panel this weekend

HEAVEN'S ECHO - BOOK 1 | ©2012 Siike Donnelly

With MegaCon 2012 happening this weekend in Orlando, Florida (February 17-29), ASSIGNMENT X wanted to give a head’s up to check out  the “MegaCon Artist’s Alley Spotlight” panel on Saturday presented by Nerd Nation and featuring HEAVEN’S ECHO creator/writer Siike Donnelly who will also be appearing alongside James Michael Whynot (from Blood and www.cosmictimes.net), Martin Pierro (www.cosmictimes.net), Mike Wagganer (Deep Space Tragedy, www.mikewagganer.com), Kate Carleton (Womanthology, www.naughtybicycle.com), Derrick Fish (The Wellkeeper, www.thewellkeeper.com) and Gene Hoyle (Nerd Nation and the Host with the Most). The panel will be held on Feb 18 in Hall 221C at 6:30 pm featuring panelists HEAVEN’S …Read On »

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TV Review: THE VAMPIRE DIARIES – Season 3 – “Dangerous Liaisons”

Claire Holt in THE VAMPIRE DIARIES - Season 3 - "Dangerous Liaisons" | ©2012 The CW/Quantrell D. Colbert

Stars: Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, Ian Somerhalder Writer: Caroline Dries, Based on the book by L.J. Smith Director: Chris Grismer  Network: The CW, airs Thursday nights Original Telecast: February 9, 2012 THE VAMPIRE DIARIES is making the storyline involving Klaus (Joseph Morgan) and his original vampire family at least interesting to watch. I was concerned initially at the start of the season when they brought Klaus back. Bringing back a villain from a previous season seemed weak sauce compared to how they had leveled up between prior seasons of the show. However, I have been pleasantly surprised with all of …Read On »

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Interview: Doug Liman and Jordan Carlos on I JUST WANT MY PANTS BACK

Elisabeth Hower, Jordan Carlos, Kim Shaw, Patrick Vack in I JUST WANT MY PANTS BACK - Season 1 | ©2012 MTV

In MTV’s new live-action comedy I JUST WANT MY PANTS BACK, four twenty-something friends in Brooklyn try to make their way through the world. Jason (Peter Vack) gets himself into the title situation and his best friend Tina (Kim Shaw) is similarly prone to encounters with strangers. However, Jason’s other pal Eric, played by Jordan Carlos, is still involved with his college sweetheart Stacey (Elisabeth Hower). The series is written by David J. Rosen, based on his novel. Doug Liman (SWINGERS, THE BOURNE IDENTITY, MR. & MRS. SMITH) is not only the executive producer of the series, with producing partner …Read On »

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TV Review: AMERICAN IDOL – Season 11 – “Hollywood Round, Part 3”

AMERICAN IDOL Season 11 Hollywood Round Part 3 | © 2012 Fox

Cast: Ryan Seacrest, Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez, Randy Jackson Network: Fox, airs Wednesdays and Thursdays @ 8 p.m. Original Telecast: Feb. 15, 2012 Seacrest last week said that this final round of “Hollywood Week” on the world’s greatest karaoke competition, AMERICAN IDOL, would be the “most drama ever” – yes, taking a page out of THE BACHELOR’s book o’ promotions. Well, it was dramarific for sure with the culmination of the dreaded group night where every year singers crash and burn under the pressure, the rehearsal and having to work with others. And to no one’s surprise it was full …Read On »

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TV Review: GLEE – Season 3 – “Heart”

Jeff Goldblum and Brian Stokes Mitchell in GLEE - Season 3 - "Heart" | ©2012 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: Ali Adler Director: Brad Falchuk Network: Fox, airs Tuesday nights Original Telecast: February 14, 2012 Ugh! For a show titled “Heart,” there was little of it in another frustratingly bad episode of GLEE. As we await Nationals, the series has been treading water, trying to find focus after a string of exceptional episodes in the fall. There also seems to be a disingenuous attempt to find out …Read On »

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TV Review: BEING HUMAN – Season 2 – “Addicted to Love”

Sam Huntington, Sam Witwer and Meaghan Rath in BEING HUMAN - Season 2 | ©2012 Syfy/Jeff Riedel

Stars: Sam Witwer, Meaghan Rath, Sam Huntington, Kristen Hager, Dichen Lachman, Susanna Fournier, Kyle Schmid, Tracy Spiridakos, Jon Cor, Martin Thibaudeau, Deena Aziz, Amber Goldfarb Writer: Lisa Rudolph, adapted for U.S. television by Jeremy Carver & Anna Fricke, created for U.K. television by Toby Whithouse Director: Charles Biname Network: Syfy, Mondays @ 9 PM Airdate: February 13, 2012 The good thing about “Addicted to Love” is that all of the continuing plotlines intensify within the episode. The bad thing about “Addicted to Love” is that the plotlines are so far entirely separate, to the point where BEING HUMAN feels more …Read On »

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