Exclusive Interview: THE BORGIAS’ Joanne Whalley talks Season 3

A scene from THE BORGIAS Season 3 | (c) 2013 Showtime

Showtime’s THE BORGIAS, created by Neil Jordan, concerns the famous (or infamous) Italian clan whose patriarch Rodrigo, played in the series by Jeremy Irons, became Pope Alexander VI in the late 1400s and remained on the papal throne until his death in 1503. Rodrigo had mistresses and children (including homicidal Cesare and his adored sister Lucrezia), who he aimed to place in positions of power. The mother of these children was Vanozza Cattaneo, played in THE BORGIAS by Joanne Whalley. Whalley, a native of Manchester, England who was the female lead in WILLOW and more recently appeared in the films …Read On »

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TCA News: LIFE’S TOO SHORT for STAR WARS star Warwick Davis

Ricky Gervais and Warwick Davis in LIFE'S TOO SHORT | ©2012 HBO

For the new HBO faux documentary series LIFE’S TOO SHORT (debuting February 19), Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant have created a comedy centered around Warwick Davis – the little star of STAR WARS: EPISODE IV: RETURN OF THE JEDI (he played Wicket the Ewok), LEPRECHAUN, WILLOW and most recently HARRY POTTER. “I do talk about about most of the work I’ve done in the series particularly WILLOW comes up a lot,” says Warwick from HBO’s TCA press day. “We did some stuff on LEPRECHAUN. A lot of my body of work I talk about and my career, but WILLOW would …Read On »

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Comic Book Review: ANGEL #44

ANGEL Issue #44 | ©2011 IDW

Writer: David Tischman and Mariah Huehner Penciler: Elena Casagrande Cover Artist: Elena Casagrande Distributor: IDW Well Angel and most of his crew survived AFTER THE FALL, and starting with issue #18 the series was simply re-named ANGEL. That was pretty much the point I lost interest in this series. Once Joss Whedon was no longer directly involved this series because the typical bad-genre spin-off comic book that has happened a hundred times over. The stories were weak and spread out, new useless characters were brought in, then killed off, or worse off they stuck around – and then the whole …Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: More BUFFY Season 9 and ANGEL AND FAITH comics news from Dark Horse

Willow from BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER SEASON EIGHT | © 2011 Dark Horse Comics

At WonderCon 2011, ASSIGNMENT X had the chance to sit down with Senior Managing Editor for Dark Horse Comics, Scott Allie, to talk about the upcoming new series for BUFFY – SEASON 9 and the new title ANGEL AND FAITH. While we revealed much of the details about these comics during WonderCon (and in our previous stories from our interview with him which are listed below), Allie has much more to say on the topic including a possible WILLOW mini-series as well as information about a possible SERENITY comic coming down the pipe from Dark Horse. ASSIGNMENT X: What are …Read On »

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WonderCon 2011: DOLLHOUSE comics mini-series coming in July (Exclusive)

DOLLHOUSE: EPITAPHS comics | ©2011 Dark Horse Comics

While speaking with ASSIGNMENT X during an exclusive interview at WonderCon 2011, Dark Horse Senior Managing Editor Scott Allie reveals that DOLLHOUSE: EPITAPHS one shot comic book is just the beginning of the story for the company. Get ready for a five-issue mini-series with hinted plans at more if things go well. Allie also admits that while Dark Horse was on board about doing a DOLLHOUSE comic, Allie says, they were unsure about whether creator Joss Whedon would be down for supporting it. “Joss was unsure about doing a DOLLHOUSE comic and he came up with the EPITAPHS episodes, he said this …Read On »

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WonderCon 2011: BUFFY creator Joss Whedon will be actively involved with Season 9 (Exclusive)

Buffy & Angel from BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER SEASON EIGHT | © 2011 Dark Horse Comics

While speaking with ASSIGNMENT X during an exclusive interview at WonderCon 2011, Dark Horse Senior Managing Editor Scott Allie revealed what role creator Joss Whedon will have in the upcoming BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER – SEASON 9 comic books. “He’s pretty busy, but we were really gearing up for how to do this with as little of his time as possible,” says Allie. “And we had figured out how to do it,” Allie says. “But [Joss] said he really wanted to be involved. So he has been making the time. He is writing the first issue of BUFFY, he’ll be co-writing …Read On »

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WonderCon 2011: ANGEL comic books will become ANGEL AND FAITH (Exclusive)

ANGEL Issue #44 | ©2011 IDW

While speaking with ASSIGNMENT X during an exclusive interview at WonderCon 2011, Dark Horse Senior Managing Editor Scott Allie revealed some major plans in store for the ANGEL comics which are moving from IDW to the Dark Horse family. The first of which is the name of the book, which will change to ANGEL AND FAITH focusing on the vampire and the vampire slayer. “After the traumatic events of Season 8 , Faith sticks with Angel in order to get his act together after everything happens,” Allie says. “The two of them share the spotlight and both have their names …Read On »

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WonderCon 2011: The Scoop on BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER – Season 9 comics (Exclusive)

Buffy & Spike from BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER SEASON EIGHT | © 2011 Dark Horse Comics

While speaking with ASSIGNMENT X during an exclusive interview at WonderCon 2011, Dark Horse Senior Managing Editor Scott Allie revealed some plans for the publisher’s forthcoming BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER – SEASON 9 comics. After Season 8′s long and scattered production schedule amounting to 40 issues for the season, Dark Horse is planning a much scaled back comic for Season 9, but that could be they are also launching concurrently ANGEL AND FAITH – the new ANGEL series from the publishing house. “Everyone felt that it took too long at 40 issues,” Allie says. “So this season is going to …Read On »

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Exclusive: No BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER – Season 9 for SPARTACUS creator Steven S. DeKnight

The Animated Cast of BUFFY from BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER - Season Eight | ©2011 Dark Horse Comics

Steven S. DeKnight is a man best known to fans for shows like SMALLVILLE, BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, and most recently SPARTACUS (in it’s many forms). DeKnight also contributed to the BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER SEASON EIGHT comic book series from Dark Horse Comics, with a story about Vampy Cat toys and vampires in the mainstream. ASSIGNMENT X talked to DeKnight recently about his involvement with SEASON EIGHT, and whether he would be back for SEASON NINE. “They just had a big summit with all of the writers and Dark Horse that I couldn’t attend, I was actually doing commentary …Read On »

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The X List: Top 10 Things We Were Disappointed About BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER – SEASON 8 comics

Dawn from BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER SEASON EIGHT | © 2011 Dark Horse Comics

It’s easy to criticize other people’s work. Hell, it’s a lot more simple than praising it sometimes, but in the case of BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER SEASON EIGHT I really had to struggle to come up with a legitimate list of ten things that could have either been handled better, or been left out of the forty issue story arc all together (CLICK HERE to read our Top 10 Good Things about BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER – SEASON 8). SEASON EIGHT was an enjoyable return of much loved characters both heroes and villains, and it was nice to see the …Read On »

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