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Movie Review: WINNIE THE POOH

WINNIE THE POOH - 2011 movie poster | ©2011 Walt Disney Pictures

Stars (voices): John Cleese, Jim Cummings, Brad Luckey, Craig Ferguson, Jack Boulter, Travis Oates, Kristen Anderson-Lopez, Wyatt Dean Hall, Tom Kenny Writer: Stephen J. Anderson, Clio Chiang, Don Dougherty, Don Hall, Brian Kesinger, Nicole Mitchell, Jeremy Spears Based on the works of A.A. Milne & Ernest Shepard Director: Stephen J. Anderson & Don Hall Distributor: Walt Disney Pictures Release Date: July 15, 2011 If you have fond memories of WINNIE THE POOH as a child, before Disney tried to re-invent him with several different types of marketing schemes, you will enjoy the return to formula that Disney Studios has done …Read On »

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TV Review: WILFRED – Season 1 – “Acceptance”

WILFRED - Season 1 - "Acceptance" | ©2011 FX/Michael Becker

Stars: Elijah Wood, Jason Gann, Dorian Brown, Ed Helms, Fiona Gubelmann Writer: Jason Gann Director: Randall Einhorn Network: FX, Thursdays @ 10 PM Airdate: July 14, 2011 Come with me in the Wayback Machine, Sherman. Remember when the original PLANET OF THE APES came out in 1968? No? Well, it was hailed at the time for, among other things, its social satire. Talking apes could say and do things that, had humans been depicted doing the same, could have really annoyed some folks. Later, ALIEN NATION grappled with some of these things in the same way, and STAR TREK gave …Read On »

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The Ten Things We Want To See in BONES – Season 7

Michaela Conlin, TJ Thyne, Emily Deschanel, David Boreanaz, Tamara Taylor and John Francis Daley in BONES - Season 6 |©2011 Fox/Brian Bowen Smith

Season 6 of BONES ended on an amazing note, so it’s not surprising that the anticipation for BONES – Season 7 is incredibly high. To tide us fans over, ASSIGNMENT X has compiled a list of things we’d like to see in Season 7. Let us know what you think. 1. Real-life pregnant Emily Deschanel playing fictional pregnant Temperance Brennan. We can safely expect this one. Kudos to show runner Hart Hanson, the production company and Deschanel for incorporating the pregnancy into the storyline rather than stashing Brennan behind autopsy tables or sending the character away for the duration. 2. …Read On »

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TV Review: FUTURAMA – Season 6B – “Silence of the Clamps”

FUTURAMA - Season 6B - "Silence of the Clamps" | Futurama TM and ©2011 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp. All Rights Reserved

Voices: Billy West, Katey Sagal, John Di Maggio, Tress MacNeille, Maurice LaMarche Writer: Eric Rogers Director: Frank Marino Network: Comedy Central, airs Thursdays Original Telecast: July 14, 2011 Now that was pretty bad. FUTURAMA has been very good this year – particularly last week’s “Law & Oracle” episode, but this week, the show sunk to a surprising low. “Silence of the Clamps” is a complete mess, repeating many themes and story strands from the earlier part of the season and barely providing any actual jokes in the process. When Planet Express has to deliver a package (robot clamps) to a …Read On »

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TV Review: LOVE BITES – “Boys to Men”

Izabella Miko in LOVE BITES - "Boys to Men" | ©2011 NBC/Lewis Jacobs

Stars: Becki Newton, Greg Grunberg, Constance Zimmer Writer: Danielle Sanchez-witzel & Joe Lawson Director: Jamie Babbit Network: NBC, airs Thursday nights Original Telecast: July 14, 2011 I’ve given up on trying to figure out what the hell is going on with LOVE BITES. One week it’s horrendously bad, the next week it’s quite good. The tone has varied, the stories are all of the place, yet, some times it gets everything right. This week, with “Boys to Men”, the series almost feels like the writers have finally broken completely out of their shells and found clever ways of truly connecting …Read On »

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CD Review: RED FACTION: ARMAGEDDON soundtrack

RED FACTION: ARMAGEDDON soundtrack | ©2011 Red Faction

Of all the alt. tech composers who are giving sonic flesh to the ghosts in their machines, Brian Reitzell is certainly one of the most intriguing. Shaping guitars to the dusty football plains of Texas in FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS or mutating their chords into the terrifying mayhem of 30 DAYS OF NIGHT, Reitzell has also heard the existential funk of STRANGER THAN FICTION before finding fairy tale eeriness in the MTV generation reboot of RED RIDING HOOD. If Reitzell’s interests have often pushed the boundaries between sound design and music, they now reach surreal meltdown with the videogame soundtrack to …Read On »

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Movie Review: HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS PART 2

HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS PART 2 poster - Harry Potter and Lord Voldemort | ©2011 Warner Bros.

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Helena Bonham Carter, Robbie Coltrane, Warwick Davis, Tom Felton, Ralph Fiennes, Michael Gambon, Ciaran Hinds, John Hurt, Jason Isaacs, Matthew Lewis, Gary Oldman, Alan Rickman, Maggie Smith, Julie Walters, Bonnie Wright, William Welling, Evanna Lynch Writer: Steve Kloves, based on the novel by J.K. Rowling Director: David Yates Distributor: Warner Bros. Release Date: July 15, 2011 You can tell Warner Bros. feels they have something special on their hands with HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS PART 2 from the very beginning. It’s rare (if not unheard of) for the studio …Read On »

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The Dork Side: Shut up about the Netflix price hike, you whiny crybabies

Netflix logo | ©Netflix

I can’t believe all these people are complaining about the Netflix price hike. Seriously? You’re losing your damn minds about $6. $6?! Meanwhile, the Republicans are stripping all of us of our health care. Try going to a Planned Parenthood in New Hampshire. Oh wait, you can’t. There still isn’t equal rights in this country for the gays, but yeah, this Netflix thing is a big deal – let’s all freak out. Come on, people, you can’t get everything for free. You get Google for free. You get Facebook for free. You get Twitter for free. You get YouTube for …Read On »

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Composer Interview: MICHAEL ANDREWS likes to score with the BAD TEACHER

Composer Michael Andrews | © 2011 Michael Andrews

BAD TEACHER | ©2011 Sony Pictures There’s nothing wrong with the wacka-wacka style of pizzicato comedy scoring to hit all of the talking animal orchestral shenanigans for the younger set. And though comedies for older folks might share many of those PG movies’ fondness for bathroom jokes, cute string hits just don’t cut it for potty-mouthed R-rated characters whose best idea for a bodily function is getting it on. And they do the nasty with guitar chords, funk rhythms and saucy pop-jazz, vibes that stand for much of the approach when it comes to scoring contemporary teen-adult comedies. However, when …Read On »

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TV Review: THE NINE LIVES OF CHLOE KING – Season 1 – “Girls Night Out”

Skyler Samuels, Grace Phipps and Floriana Lima in THE NINE LIVES OF CHLOE KING - Season 1 - "Girls Night Out" | ©2011 ABC Family/Bruce Birmelin

Stars: Skyler Samuels, Amy Peitz, Grey Damon, Grace Phipps, Benjamin Stone, Alyssa Diaz, Ki Hong Lee Writer: Ron McGee based on the novels by Liz Braswell Director: Norman Buckley Network: ABC Family, airs Tuesday nights Original Telecast: July 12, 2011 It can be said that a lot of the ABC Family genre style shows have the same feel and texture to them. They have young casts and deal with all manner of problems from family drama to growing up to friend drama to those dreaded parental sex talks. Of course, all of that is taking place against a backdrop of …Read On »

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