Movie Review: ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE

ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE | © 2014 Sony Pictures Classics

Rating: R Stars: Tilda Swinton, Tom Hiddleston, John Hurt, Anton Yelchin, Mia Wasikowska, Jeffrey Wright Writer: Jim Jarmusch Director: Jim Jarmusch Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics Release Date: April 11, 2014 The notion of watching Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston play characters who are besotted with one another will be enough to get quite a few people into the movie theatre, and those who come for that reason won’t be disappointed by the actors. However, ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE is not only a love story but also a vampire film. Its narrative style suggests that writer/director Jim Jarmusch hasn’t turned on …Read On »

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TV Review: DRACULA – Season 1 – “Pilot” – Series Premiere

Jonathan Rhys Meyers in DRACULA - Season 1 | ©2013 NBC/Nino Munoz

Stars: Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Jessica De Gouw, Thomas Kretschmann, Victoria Smurfit, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Nonso Anozie, Katie McGrath Writer: Cole Haddon, created by Cole Haddon Director: Steve Shill Network: NBC, Fridays @ 10 PM Original Airdate: October 25, 2013 By now, so many writers, directors, actors et al have had a go at Bram Stoker’s creation that saying something is about Dracula is about as helpful as saying the characters wear shoes. In what is being billed as a limited series, NBC’s new DRACULA, developed by Cole Haddon – who also scripted the premiere – takes a number of elements from …Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Jaime Murray sinks her teeth into FRIGHT NIGHT 2

FRIGHT NIGHT 2 NEW BLOOD | (c) 2013 Twentieth Century Fox

Jaime Murray has made a habit of playing strong female characters. Just look at what she brought to the table as Stahma Tarr in DEFIANCE. Now she’s chomping at the bit to bite into the vampire realm in her new role as Gerri Dandridge in the upcoming FRIGHT NIGHT 2: NEW BLOOD. Murray sat down to chat with ASSIGNMENT X about her the movie and what to expect from her character. ASSIGNMENT X: So tell me about Gerri Dandridge and her take in the film? JAIME MURRAY: I play a serious professor teaching at a Romanian university. Charlie, Amy and …Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: HEMLOCK GROVE star Penelope Mitchell on the Netflix series

Penelope Mitchell in HEMLOCK GROVE - Season 1 | ©2013 Netflix

In Netflix’s thirteen-episode series HEMLOCK GROVE, now available in its entirety, the title town is beset by a series of bloody murders. Those in the know about supernatural doings think it could be the work of a werewolf, but with human experiments at a local laboratory and the possibility of vampirism, who can say what’s really going on? Penelope Mitchell, a young Australian actress, plays one of HEMLOCK GROVE’s central characters. She sits down at Pasadena’s Langham Hotel to talk about her character’s place in the scheme of the series scheming, turmoil and general mayhem. ASSIGNMENT X: What can you …Read On »

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TV Review: SUPERNATURAL – Season 8 – “Citizen Fang”

Jensen Ackles in SUPERNATURAL - Season 8 - "Citizen Fang" | ©2012 The CW/Diyah Pera

Stars: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Ty Olsson, Liane Balaban, Jon Gries, Kathleen Munroe, Paul Campbell Writer: Daniel Loughlin, series created by Eric Kripke Director: Nick Copus Network: The CW, Wednesdays @ 9 PM Original Airdate: December 5, 2012 Vampire Benny (Ty Olsson) has been a source of contention between Dean (Jensen Ackles) and Sam (Jared Padalecki) ever since the younger Winchester found out that his big brother had become buds with a reformed bloodsucker since the escape from Purgatory. SUPERNATURAL has also used the seasonal arc to explore some sibling issues, since these days Dean seems to have less complicated …Read On »

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TV Review: THE VAMPIRE DIARIES – Season 4 – “We All Go a Little Mad Sometimes”

THE VAMPIRE DIARIES - Season 4 - "We All Go A Little Mad Sometimes" | ©2012 The CW/Annette Brown

Stars: Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, Ian Somerhalder Writer: Evan Bleiweiss & Julie Plec, Based on the books by L.J. Smith Director: Wendy Stanzler      Network: The CW, airs Thursday nights Original Telecast: Nov 15, 2012 At least in THE VAMPIRE DIARIES “We All Go a Little Mad Sometimes” we find out that Elena (Nina Dobrev) isn’t really just losing her mind after taking her first human life. Mystic Falls’ resident vampire hunter Connor Jordan (Todd Williams) actually had a death curse that released when Elena killed him last episode and he is haunting her in an effort to get her …Read On »

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TV Review: THE VAMPIRE DIARIES – Season 4 – “The Killer”

Candice Accola in THE VAMPIRE DIARIES - Season 4 - "The Killer" | ©2012 The CW/Bob Mahoney

Stars: Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, Ian Somerhalder Writer: Michael Narducci, Based on the books by L.J. Smith Director: Chris Grismer      Network: The CW, airs Thursday nights Original Telecast: Nov 1, 2012 You might think that the title of the latest episode of THE VAMPIRE DIARIES, “The Killer” would be a nod to Mystic Falls’ resident vampire hunter Connor Jordan (Todd Williams), but I really feel that it is referring to the killer inside of Elena (Nina Dobrev) that breaks the surface in this episode and shows us all just how close to coming apart she really is. I love …Read On »

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TV Review: THE VAMPIRE DIARIES – Season 4 – “The Five”

Kat Graham in THE VAMPIRE DIARIES - Season 4 | ©2012 The CW/Annette Brown

Stars: Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, Ian Somerhalder Writer: Bret Matthews & Rebecca Sonnenshine, Based on the books by L.J. Smith Director: Joshua Butler      Network: The CW, airs Thursday nights Original Telecast: Nov 1, 2012 With the latest episode of THE VAMPIRE DIARIES, “The Five”, we’ve entered the dangerous territory of too much mythology layered in upon itself. This is a trap that a lot of genre television falls into where the writers have painted themselves into a corner and need to create new mythology to get them out of it and move forward. It kind of reminds me of …Read On »

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TV Review: THE VAMPIRE DIARIES – Season 4 – “Memorial”

Candice Accola in THE VAMPIRE DIARIES - Season 4 - "Memorial" | ©2012 The CW/Annette Brown

Stars: Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, Ian Somerhalder Writer: Jose Molina & Julie Plec, Based on the books by L.J. Smith Director: Rob Hardy      Network: The CW, airs Thursday nights Original Telecast: October 18, 2012 THE VAMPIRE DIARIES continues the evolution of Elena (Nina Dobrev) in the new episode “Memorial”, and while that is the central point of this one, there’s a lot going on in and around a few other storylines as well. This show has had its fair share of Vampire hunters and the like, and the supernatural population of Mystic Falls has always had the town council …Read On »

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TV Review: THE VAMPIRE DIARIES – Season 4 – “Growing Pains” – Season Premiere

Claire Holt in THE VAMPIRE DIARIES - Season 5 - "Growing Pains" | ©2012 The CW/Bob Mahoney

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: October 11, 2012 THE VAMPIRE DIARIES is finally back for a fourth season, and the first episode “Growing Pains” is a nice dénouement to the cliff hanger from season three, and also opens all kinds of interesting doors for this new seasons to pursue. Last we saw Elena (Nina Dobrev) she was opening her eyes on a slab in Mystic Falls’ hospital morgue. So this episode starting with her in her …Read On »

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