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THE EXORCIST: Alan Ruck on new Fox series and chats FERRIS BUELLER – Interview

Alan Ruck as Henry Rance in THE EXORCIST - Season 1 | ©2016 Fox/Patrick Ecclesine

We at ASSIGNMENT X know that absolutely nothing fictional can match this year’s election cycle for sheer horror. However, we’ve done our best to find an interview about a reasonably scary show to fit the national mood. In Fox Network’s Friday-night series THE EXORCIST, Alan Ruck plays Henry Rance. Henry sustained brain damage in a car accident, but he’s got much bigger problems. Casey (Hannah Kasulka), one of Henry’s two teenaged daughters, is demonically possessed. Meanwhile, Henry’s devoted and devout wife Angela (Geena Davis) turns out to have been keeping quite a secret. In other words, Henry is coping with […]Read On »

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TV Review: DANCING WITH THE STARS – Season 23 – Week 9 – Broadway Showstoppers-Team ups night – Marilu Henner eliminated

Marilu Henner and Derek Hough are eliminated in DANCING WITH THE STARS - Season 23 | ©2016 ABC/Craig Sjodin

Stars: Calvin Johnson Jr., James Hinchcliffe, Jana Kramer, Laurie Hernandez, Marilu Henner, Terra Jolé Network: ABC, airs Monday Original Telecast: Nov. 7th, 2016 DANCING WITH THE STARS was indeed a showstopper tonight while Broadway hit L.A., DWTS six-time winner Derek Hough hit the pavement. Hough and partner Marilu Henner, ironically, ended the competition in, you guessed it, sixth place. Broadway night on DWTS provided many nines, too many tens to count and a bevy of tricks, spins and gimmicks to make it worthy of the Big Apple’s theater district. On top of the leader board are fellow team-up partners Jana […]Read On »

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GOTHAM: David Mazouz talks about when Bruce may become Batman – Exclusive Interview

David Mazouz in GOTHAM - Season 3 | ©2016 Fox/Kevin Lynch

David Mazouz [pronounced Da-VEED Ma-ZOOZ] is now in his third season of playing the young Bruce Wayne on Fox Network’s GOTHAM, Mondays at 8 PM. For those who are somehow totally unfamiliar with DC Comics mythology, Bruce will grow up to be Batman. He’s already meeting youthful versions of his future adversaries, including Oswald Cobblepot/the Penguin (Robin Lord Taylor), Edward Nygman/the Riddler (Cory Michael Smith) and, perhaps most significantly, not-yet-Catwoman Selina Kyle (Camren Bicondova), a street-smart thief who is Bruce’s age. This season, Mazouz is playing two roles – there’s Bruce, and then there’s an unworldly, pain-resistant copy of Bruce, […]Read On »

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BERLIN STATION: Rhys Ifans on new CIA espionage series- Exclusive Interview

Rhys Ifans in BERLIN STATION | ©2016 Epix

Rhys Ifans plays C.I.A. operative Hector DeJean in Epix’s new Sunday night espionage thriller BERLIN STATION. In the series created by Olen Steinhauer, Ifans’ Hector is struggling with a male asset who endangered by the station’s refusal to help, and who is also in love with Hector. Hector also has quite a few secrets of his own. Ifans is currently on the big screen playing an even less scrupulous American intelligence officer in SNOWDEN, directed by Oliver Stone. The Welsh actor starred opposite his real-life twin Llyr in the crime black comedy TWIN TOWN. Other film credits include NOTTING HILL, […]Read On »

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MOONLIGHT: Composer Nicholas Britell gets classically serious in the down low hood – Interview

In a tough urban environment, being loud and proud is something reserved for the macho occupations of drug dealing and gangsterism, certainly not in the far more vulnerable act of proclaiming oneself as gay. It’s a contrast that marks both filmmaker Barry Jenkins’ artistically subtle approach to MOONLIGHT, and his composer Nicholas Britell’s classically ethereal score. As divided into three “chapters,” Jenkins paints the quiet coming of age of Chiron, the seemingly meek son of a crack addicted mother who falls under the foster fatherhood of the sympathetic dealer Juan (Mahershala Ali, currently impressing as the far more villainous crime kingpin […]Read On »

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Movie Review: LOVING

LOVING movie poster | ©2016 Focus Features

Rating: R Stars: Joel Edgerton, Ruth Negga, Christopher Mann, Marton Csokas, Nick Kroll, Jon Bass Writer: Jeff Nichols Director: Jeff Nichols Distributor: Focus Features Release Date: November 4, 2016 When we first meet Mildred Jeter (Ruth Negga) and Richard Loving (Joel Edgerton), they seem like two people very unlikely to make history. Richard is a bricklayer; Mildred’s family works in the fields. When Mildred tells Richard she’s pregnant, he’s overjoyed. He buys a parcel of land where he intends to build Mildred a house, then proposes to her. It’s Mildred’s turn to be overjoyed. The problem is that we’re in […]Read On »

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SYLVIA! Exclusive Photos from the premiere of the Henry Jaglom and The Rainbow Theatre Company stage presentation

Flyer for Sylvia

Director Henry Jaglom and the Rainbow Theatre Company held the opening night of SYLVIA, a play by A.R. Gurney at the Odyssey Theatre on October 22nd in Los Angeles. Being invited to cover the event by Producer Lauren Beck (an old friend of mine) Russ Einhorn (photographer) and myself headed to the theatre. SYLVIA directed by Tanna Frederick. The story goes while Greg (Stephen Howard) and Kate (Beege Barkette from Babylon 5) are on a walk in the park Greg is adopted by SYLVIA (Tanna Frederick), a bouncy, frisky poodle mix. Greg loves his new best friend so much Kate […]Read On »

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Dorking Out – Episode 19: The We’re Scared About Star Trek Discovery Edition

In this week’s episode, we talk about the latest news involving STAR TREK: DISCOVERY. Bryan Fuller is stepping back from some of his duties as executive producer, so talk about what it’s like when the thing you love looks like it’s in trouble. David Tracy, co-host of the upcoming Dorking Out spinoff podcast, Dorking Out About Star Trek, and co-host of the podcast Old Movies, New Beer (and Sonia’s better half) join us. Then our segment “You’re Dead To Me” returns where we talk about the stories in pop culture that we hate. Chris hates on TRANSFORMERS, and Sonia explains why she […]Read On »

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RECTIFY: Ray McKinnon creator chats about Season 4 and the finale – Exclusive Interview

Aden Young as Daniel Holden in RECTIFY - Season 4 | ©2016 Sundance TV/James Minchin

The fourth and final season of SundanceTV’s acclaimed series RECTIFY debuts Wednesday, October 26. In RECTIFY, Daniel Holden (Aden Young) has spent half of his life – since age nineteen – on death row for a murder that he may or may not have committed. Not only does the audience not know, Daniel himself may not know. When Daniel is released on a technicality, he and his family must come to terms with what it means for Daniel to be back in the world. Series creator Ray McKinnon sits down to talk about the mysteries of RECTIFY, and how they […]Read On »

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STAN AGAINST EVIL: John C. McGinley scrubs out EVIL – Exclusive Interview

John C. McGinley in STAN AGAINST EVIL - Season 1 | ©2016 IFC

John C. McGinley is back on series television, playing one half of the title in IFC’s new Thursday-night horror comedy STAN AGAINST EVIL, created by Dana Gould. Stan is a just-fired small-town sheriff who wants to get rid of the demons and dead witches plaguing the place so that he can get back to being grouchy in his own home. McGinley, a native New Yorker, has an extensive Broadway career and a huge film resume that began with SWEET LIBERTY and PLATOON. On TV, he played Dr. Perry Cox for nine years on NBC’s SCRUBS. More recently, McGinley starred in […]Read On »

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