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Movie Review: A CURE FOR WELLNESS

A CURE FOR WELLNESS | © 2017 20th Century Fox

Rating: R Stars: Dane DeHaan, Jason Isaacs, Mia Goth, Harry Groener, Celia Imrie Writer: Justin Haythe, story by Gore Verbinski & Justin Haythe Director: Gore Verbinski Distributor: 20th Century Fox Release Date: February 17, 2017 A CURE FOR WELLNESS plays like Roman Polanski and Terry Gilliam had a cinematic baby – which got kidnapped and reared by Roger Corman in the last third. WELLNESS goes from beautifully photographed, slow-burn suspense to a Gothic gonzonana finish. The spooky part is mostly a worthwhile experience (with a few caveats), but it has a jaw-dropping change of tone that obliterates the earlier mood. […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE GREAT WALL

THE GREAT WALL | © 2017 Universal

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Matt Damon, Ting Jian, Pedro Pascal, Andy Lau, Willem Dafoe, Hanyu Zhang, Lu Han Writers: Carlo Bernard & Doug Miro and Tony Gilroy, story by Max Brooks and Edward Zwick & Marshall Herskovitz Director: Zhang Yimou Distributor: Universal Release Date: February 17, 2017 Despite its title (barriers aren’t known for their motion), THE GREAT WALL hurtles along at an impressive pace, usually slowing only so that characters can come up with strategy. Set in 12th-century China, THE GREAT WALL begins with a supertitle that explains the size and amount of time it took to build the Wall, […]Read On »

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DOUBT: Actor Steven Pasquale talks the new CBS crime series – exclusive interview

Steven Pasquale and Katherine Heigl in DOUBT | © 2017 CBS

In CBS’ new Wednesday-night drama DOUBT, Steven Pasquale stars as Dr. Billy Conway. A hero in the hospital, Billy stands accused of a twenty-six-year-old murder. His lawyer, Sadie Ellis, played by Katherine Heigl, is convinced of Billy’s innocence. Despite warnings from friends and associates, and the legal implications, counselor and client fall hard for each other. Pasquale previously played Mark Fuhrman in the Emmy-winning THE PEOPLE V. O.J. SIMPSON, starred as the Jekyll/Hyde-like protagonist in DO NO HARM and was a regular on RESCUE ME. Additionally, the actor from Pennsylvania has an extensive stage career, including the original Broadway productions […]Read On »

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DORKING OUT – Episode 34: The Legion Of Love Edition

Dorking Out Show | © 2016 Chris Smith/Sonia Mansfield

Hey there, dorks. In this week’s podcast, we talk about the latest installment in the Marvel Universe, FX’s new TV show LEGION, which you may or may not know is an X-Men spin-off. In our second segment, in honor of Valentine’s Day, we’re going to get all mushy on you and share our top 3 favorite love stories. All of that plus our favorite headlines of the week. 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 ABOUT TRAILERS – Episode 3: Power Rangers, Transformers, Colossal […]Read On »

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AGENTS OF SHIELD: Actors Iain De Caestecker & John Hannah on Season 4 – exclusive interview

John Hannah as Holden Radcliffe in AGENTS OF SHIELD | © 2017 ABC/Eric McCandless

It’s rare for an American show to have two Scottish actors as regulars both playing Scottish characters. However, MARVEL’S AGENTS OF SHIELD, now in its fourth season Tuesday nights on ABC, boasts Iain De Caestecker as Dr. Leopold Fitz and John Hannah as Dr. Holden Radcliffe. De Caestecker has been with AGENTS OF SHIELD since its premiere. His Fitz is a tech genius whose adoration of erstwhile classmate, biological whiz Dr. Gemma Simmons, played by Elizabeth Henstridge, is now requited. Hannah joined the series in Season 3 as Dr. Holden Radcliffe, a pioneer in the field of artificial intelligence. Until […]Read On »

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SUPERGIRL: Co-Creator Andrew Kreisberg talks Season 2 – interview

Melissa Benoist as Kara/Supergirl in SUPERGIRL | © 2017 Dean Buscher/The CW

SUPERGIRL is now on Monday nights on the CW in its second season (its first season was on sibling network CBS). Melissa Benoist has received galactic acclaim as the young woman of steel. This season, she’s been joined by a few more family members from her home planet. Chris Wood plays Mon-El, and Tyler Hoechlin, lately of TEEN WOLF, has appeared and may yet be back as Kal-El, aka Clark Kent, aka Superman. Andrew Kreisberg, who co-created and executive-produces SUPERGIRL (and its CW DC Comics siblings, ARROW, THE FLASH and LEGENDS OF TOMORROW) talks about these developments. ASSIGNMENT X: Did […]Read On »

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POP SHOW – Episode 40: Interview with THE EXPANSE star Wes Chatham

POP SHOW PODCAST | © 2016 AssignmentX

Welcome back to the POP SHOW PODCAST starring Anthony C Ferrante. This week was a skeleton crew on the show since Anthony is off filming SHARKNADO 5, Sonia had a birthday party to attend to (how dare she) and Ryan is still MIA. So it was left to Christopher Allen Smith (@JettJergens) and myself (@PeterBrownAX) to helm the ship. So we took the time to talk about THE EXPANSE, SyFy’s amazing science fiction show that has just started its second season. This included a really cool visit from Wes Chatham, who plays Amos Burton on THE EXPANSE. Wes took some time […]Read On »

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HUMANS: Show creators give the scoop on Season 2 – exclusive interview

Gemma Chan as Anita/Mi in Season 2 of HUMANS | © 2017 Colin Hutton/AMC

HUMANS presents us with a near-future where artificial intelligence has resulted in “synths” that are physically identical to humans. Most synths are used as servants, but some have secretly been programmed with human consciousness that causes human emotions. Set in England, HUMANS begins its second season on AMC Monday, February 13. Executive producers Jonathan Brackley and Sam Vincent adapted HUMANS from Lars Lundstrom’s Swedish series REAL HUMANS. The duo previously worked together on MI-5. Together at a restaurant in Pasadena’s Langham Huntington Hotel, Brackley and Vincent talk about what’s next for the synths and their friends. ASSIGNMENT X: How did […]Read On »

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TROLLS highlights Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Releases for Feb. 7, 2017

TROLLS | © 2017 Fox Home Entertainment

Your guide to some of the new releases that are out this week. TROLLS – Why adults may not be excited about TROLLS, kids will love it. There’s a lot to like if you are kid. Lots of singing and dancing. Lots of catchy songs. A crazy simplistic plot involving an invading bad guys and a number of trolls having to save their friends is enough to drive you crazy but kids will be easy to follow along making it fun for them. Justin Timberlake and Anna Kendrick star so at least the singing is actually done by people who […]Read On »

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DORKING OUT ABOUT TRAILERS – Episode 3: Power Rangers, Transformers, Colossal And More

POP SHOW PODCAST | © 2016 AssignmentX

Hey there, dorks. Welcome to the second 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. In this month’s podcast, we chat about POWER RANGERS, THE BELKO EXPERIMENT, WILSON, COLOSSAL, AFTERMATH, SNATCHED and TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT. Below are the trailers we review in this podcast, and our prediction of each movie’s Rotten Tomatoes score. Watch along with us, won’t you? POWER RANGERS Predicted Rotten Tomatoes Score for “Power Rangers” Sonia: 50 Peter: 41 Chris: 59 The Belko Experiment Predicted Rotten Tomatoes Score for “Colossal” Sonia: 75 Peter: 72 Chris: 81 […]Read On »

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