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POP SHOW – Episode 45: Beauty & The Beast and The Matrix reboot

POP SHOW PODCAST | © 2016 AssignmentX

Welcome to episode 45 of the POP SHOW starring Anthony C. Ferrante. Ferrante is back this week after a few months of traveling the world to shoot the latest edition of the SHARKNADO franchise, tentatively titled SHARKNADO 5. He gives the low down on some of the food he ate during his journey and some of his experiences on the set. BEAUTY & THE BEAST came out this past weekend and made a ton of money, so we had to talk about it and Christopher Allen Smith and Sonia Mansfield saw the film so they give us their review of […]Read On »

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DORKING OUT – Episode 39: The Beauty & The Beast & Bette & Joan Edition

Dorking Out Show | © 2016 Chris Smith/Sonia Mansfield

Hey there, dorks. In this week’s episode, we review Disney’s live action remake of BEAUTY & THE BEAST, which made $170 million this weekend at the box office. David Tracy, the biggest Disney fan we know and Sonia’s handsome better half and co-host of her other podcast Old Movies, New Beer, will be our guest to talk about it. In our second segment, David sticks around to chat about FX’s new anthology series FEUD: BETTE & JOAN. And we will end our show with what we are dorking out about this week. We hope you enjoy our dorky podcast. You can listen to us here, […]Read On »

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OUTSIDERS: Showrunner Peter Tolan on Season 2 – exclusive interview

The cast of OUTSIDERS Season 2 | © 2017 WGN

OUTSIDERS is now in its second season Tuesday nights on WGN America. The drama concerns a group of Kentucky mountain folk, the Farrells, clashing with the townies and the coal company below. Peter Tolan (co-creator of RESCUE ME), who executive produces and is a show runner on OUTSIDERS alongside series creator Peter Mattei, sits down to talk about what’s going on in Season 2 and where the story may go in future seasons. ASSIGNMENT X: Has the way that you and Peter Mattei approach the material changed any from Season 1? PETER TOLAN: I would say not really. I think […]Read On »

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BELIEVER WITH REZA ASLAN: Reza Aslan exclusive interview on the CNN series

BELIEVER WITH REZA ASLAN | © 2017 CNN

In CNN’s new Sunday-night documentary series BELIEVER WITH REZA ASLAN, the host of the title explores little-known religious groups around the world. Aslan, a prolific author, scholar and television producer, has written three nonfiction books about religion, a subject close to his heart. ASSIGNMENT X: You’ve made six episodes of BELIEVER WITH REZA ASLAN. Is each episode on a different topic? REZA ASLAN: Yeah, a different religious tradition. We begin in India with a Hindu sect called the Aghori. Then we have an episode in Hawaii, with a very interesting cult that’s led by a self-described messiah named Jezus, with […]Read On »

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HUMANS: Gemma Chan & Carrie-Anne Moss on Season 2 – interview

Gemma Chan in HUMANS | © 2017 AMC

HUMANS has its two-hour Season 2 finale on AMC on Monday, March 20. The drama deals with a near future in which Synths, human-looking androids, work for humans in almost every aspect of life. However, some of the Synths are self-aware, with real emotions and needs and, arguably, souls. Gemma Chan (FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM, the upcoming TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT) plays Mia, a Synth who was created in England to serve as a mother figure for the half-human, half-Synth Leo (Colin Morgan). In the first season, Mia started out with her “self” turned off, but she […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE BELKO EXPERIMENT

THE BELKO EXPERIMENT | © 2017 Orion

Rating: R Stars: John Gallagher, Tony Goldwyn, Adria Arjona, John C. McGinley, Michael Rooker, Melonie Diaz, James Earl Writer: James Gunn Director: Greg McLean Distributor: Orion Release Date: March 17, 2017 THE BELKO EXPERIMENT has a title that’s reminiscent of THE STANFORD PRISON EXPERIMENT. This may not be a coincidence, as THE BELKO EXPERIMENT plays like THE STANFORD PRISON EXPERIMENT if the latter tried steroids, then bypassed them and went straight to hemorrhagic fever. For those unfamiliar with it, 2015’s THE STANFORD PRISON EXPERIMENT, based on Dr. Philip Zimbardo’s book THE LUCIFER EFFECT, chronicles a real-life event that was supposed […]Read On »

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UNDERGROUND: Jessica De Gouw & Alano Miller – exclusive interview

The cast of UNDERGROUND | © 2016 WGN

Jessica De Gouw and Alano Miller have both been giving interviews for hours already when they sit down with Assignment X to talk about Season 2 of WGN America’s Wednesday-night drama UNDERGROUND. However, both actors talk about the pre-Civil War series, concerning the Underground Railroad, with an energy and enthusiasm that belies their long day. De Gouw plays Elizabeth Hawkes, who is initially drawn into the abolitionist movement by her husband John (Marc Blucas), but who over the first season developed perhaps even more passion for the cause than her spouse has. Miller plays Cato, who bears visible scars inflicted […]Read On »

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CRIMINAL MINDS: Matthew Gray Gubler talks Season 12 – exclusive interview

Joe Mantegna and Matthew Gray Gubler in CRIMINAL MINDS - Season Six - "Solitary Man" | ©2010 CBS

CRIMINAL MINDS, CBS’ Wednesday night procedural drama about the F.B.I.’s Behavioral Analysis Unit, has now been on the air for twelve years and remains a Neilsen Top 20 hit. However, Matthew Gray Gubler is one of only two cast members who has been with the series for its entire run; the other is Kirsten Vangsness. Gubler’s character, Dr. Spencer Reid, is brilliant, with a facility for remembering literally everything, though like many geniuses, he’s a little socially awkward. This season, he’s been dealing with the mental deterioration of his mother, played by Jane Lynch, and a stint in a Mexican […]Read On »

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BONES: Actress Michaela Conlin on THE FINAL CHAPTER – exclusive interview

Michaela Conlin in BONES: THE FINAL CHAPTER | © 2017 Ray Mickshaw/FOX

Michaela Conlin has played Angela Montenegro on Fox Network’s BONES since it premiered in 2005. Over twelve seasons, Angela has evolved from a free-spirited, free-loving artist to a computer genius. She’s dealt with getting together, breaking up with and finally marrying colleague Jack Hodgins (TJ Thyne), having their son, and coping when Hodgins lost the use of his legs and, temporarily, his emotional stability. Angela has also enjoyed success in both her original field of artwork and as a technological innovator (she’s just won a major award for the Angelatron, a computer program she developed that reconstructs faces from skeletal […]Read On »

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DORKING OUT – Episode 38: The Big Little Lies About Kong Edition

Dorking Out Show | © 2016 Chris Smith/Sonia Mansfield

Hey there, dorks. In this week’s episode, we monkey around and talk about KONG: SKULL ISLAND, which made all the money this weekend at $61 million. Is it more like the 1933 KING KONG, the 1976 KING KONG, or the 2005 KING KONG? You’ll have to listen to find out. In our second segment, we talk about HBO’s seven-part miniseries BIG LITTLE LIES about wealthy moms and their wealthy mom problems, which include MURDER. And we end the show with our favorite headlines of the week. We hope you enjoy our dorky podcast. You can listen to us here, or you […]Read On »

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