Interviews

AMERICAN CRIME: Executive Producer Michael J. McDonald on Season 3 – Interview

Timothy Hutton in AMERICAN CRIME - Season 3 | ©2017 ABC/Eric McCandless

ABC’s AMERICAN CRIME is now in its third season on Sunday nights. Created by John Ridley, each season of AMERICAN CRIME tells an entirely different story with a repertory cast of actors (including Richard Cabral, Felicity Huffman, Timothy Hutton, Regina King, Benito Martinez and Lili Taylor) who play new characters each year. The season explores the plight of migrant farm workers and sexually abused teens in North Carolina. Michael J. McDonald has been Ridley’s producing partner for a number of years now. Currently, the pair also has the Showtime miniseries GUERRILLA, also created by Ridley, running Sunday nights. The drama, […]Read On »

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Benjamin Wallfisch scores A CURE FOR WELLNESS – Interview

A CURE FOR WELLNESS soundtrack | ©2017 Milan Records

Madness and the curse of centuries-old grotesqueries have rarely been as elegantly conveyed as A CURE FOR WELLNESS, an auspicious entry into the time-honored genre of the sane man trapped in an insane asylum – or in this case a Swiss Alps spa seemingly dedicated to the spiritual, and physical health of its decrepit well-healed clientele. Much like a funeral director with obsessive detail to make an unholy mess spic and span, PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN and RING director Gore Verbinski has ensured that his institute resounds with old world, aristocratic class, all the better to hide the demonic suffering its delightfully […]Read On »

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SHOTS FIRED: Actor Stephen Moyer on Fox’s new series – exclusive interview

Stephen Moyer stars in SHOTS FIRED | © 2017 Fred Norris/FOX

In Fox Network’s Wednesday night drama SHOTS FIRED, Stephen Moyer plays Lieutenant Breeland. Breeland is the top cop in a small North Carolina town where the Deputy Joshua Beck (Tristan Mack Wilds), the department’s only black officer, has just shot a white teenager, several weeks after a black teenager has been killed. A special prosecutor (Stephan James) and his tough investigator (Sanaa Lathan) are brought in and quickly come into conflict with Breeland. Moyer, who speaks with his normal English accent when he’s not playing Americans, spent six years as Louisiana vampire Bill Compton on HBO’s TRUE BLOOD. He was […]Read On »

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PRISON BREAK: Actor Rockmond Dunbar on the Fox revival – interview

Rockmond Dunbar as C-Note in PRISON BREAK | © 2017 Fox

PRISON BREAK is back on Fox on Tuesday nights for a nine-episode arc. The series, about devoted brothers Michael Scofield (Wentworth Miller) and Lincoln Burrows (Dominic Purcell) ended after four seasons in 2009 with Michael’s apparent death. In the revival, Lincoln learns that Michael is alive in a Yemen prison and recruits many of their old friends and frenemies to help break him out. Rockmond Dunbar reprises his role as Benjamin Miles “C-Note” Franklin, who is now an imam, a Muslim minister. Dunbar was in half of the original PRISON BREAK series. The Berkeley native has also had regular and […]Read On »

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DORKING OUT ABOUT TRAILERS – Episode 4: STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI and THOR: RAGNAROK

Dorking Out Show | © 2016 Chris Smith/Sonia Mansfield

Hey there, dorks. Welcome to the fourth 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 talk about THE LAST JEDI, THOR RAGNAROK, BABY DRIVER, ATOMIC BLONDE, THE BAD BATCH, THE HITMAN’S BODYGUARD and THE MUMMY. THE LAST JEDI Predicted Rotten Tomatoes Score Sonia: 90 Peter: 95 Chris: 94 THOR RAGNAROK Predicted Rotten Tomatoes Score Sonia: 80 Peter: 75 Chris: 82 BABY DRIVER Predicted Rotten Tomatoes Score Sonia: 90 Peter: 82 Chris: 87 ATOMIC BLONDE Predicted Rotten Tomatoes Score […]Read On »

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DORKING OUT – Episode 43: The Fate of the Furious Mystery Science Theater Edition

Dorking Out Show | © 2016 Chris Smith/Sonia Mansfield

Hey there, dorks. In this week’s episode, we review THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS, the eighth movie in the popular movie series. Sonia hasn’t seen the other movies, so saying she didn’t like this one would be an understatement. In our second segment, we talk about the return of Mystery Science Theater 3000. And we end our show by talking about what we are dorking out about this week, including the return of BETTER CALL SAUL and the Star Wars Celebration tribute to Carrie Fisher. We hope you enjoy our dorky podcast. You can listen to us here, or you can […]Read On »

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GUERRILLA: Writer/producer John Ridley talks 1970s activism – interview

GUERRILLA | © 2017 Showtime

Writer/executive producer John Ridley, an Oscar winner for his screenplay for 12 YEARS A SLAVE, currently has two series on Sunday nights. The third season of his anthology AMERICAN CRIME, this season dealing with migrant farm workers and victims of sex trafficking in North Carolina, is on ABC. Ridley’s new miniseries GUERRILLA, a fact-based story starring Frieda Pinto, Babou Ceesay and Idris Elba, concerns black anti-government activists and undercover police in 1970s England and begins April 16 on Showtime. ASSIGNMENT X: Obviously, you approach storytelling very differently depending on whether you’re doing feature films, AMERICAN CRIME or GUERRILLA. Can you […]Read On »

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TOMMY’S HONOUR: Director Jason Connery – exclusive interview Part 2

Jack Lowden in TOMMY'S HONOUR | © 2017 Neil Davidson

In Part 2 of Assignment X’s exclusive interview with TOMMY’S HONOUR director Jason Connery, the filmmaker talks about class differences, making present-day Scotland look as it did in the 1800s, and how the movie reflects his relationships with his own father and son. ASSIGNMENT X: How did you find all of your locations in present-day Scotland that you could make to look like late 1800s Scotland? JASON CONNERY: Well, there are a number of things. We shot the film in thirty-three days, and we had fifty locations. So the opening shot, where you’re flying along over the sea and then […]Read On »

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TV Review: DANCING WITH THE STARS – Season 24 – Week 5 – Disney Night – No fairy tale ending for Erika Jayne

Erika Jayne in DANCING WITH THE STARS - Season 24 | ©2017 ABC/Craig Sjodin

Stars: Heather Morris, Nancy Kerrigan, Bonner Bolton, Erika Jayne, David Ross, Simone Biles, Normani Kordei, Rashad Jennings, Nick Viall Network: ABC, airs Monday Original Telecast: April 17th, 2017 It’s Disney night on DANCING WITH THE STARS! Mickey, Minnie, Donald and, making her first appearance on DWTS, Daisy all joined in on the fun while ABC self promoted all its upcoming features for the next couple of years. Okay, it was fun to watch too, but blatant, oh definitely. Top of the leader board this week was an almost perfect Normani Kordei & Val Chmerkovskiy who fell from the leader board […]Read On »

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TOMMY’S HONOUR: Director Jason Connery – Exclusive Interview – Part 1

TOMMY'S HONOUR movie poster | © 2017 Roadshow Attractions

A father who is a master craftsman is eager to pass his wisdom on to his eldest son. However, the son, rather than follow in his father’s footsteps, longs to use what the father makes to blaze his own path. In TOMMY’S HONOUR, this classic tale of family tension in Scotland is fact-based. The film won the BAFTA Scotland Award for Best Feature Film. Thomas “Old Tom” Morris, played in the film by Peter Mullan, designed fifty classic golf courses during his lifetime (1821-1908), as well as being a master maker of golf clubs. His son Tommy Morris, played by […]Read On »

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