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Movie Review: DOCTOR STRANGE IN THE MULTIVERSE OF MADNESS

DOCTOR STRANGE IN THE MULTIVERSE OF MADNESS | ©2022 Marvel

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Elizabeth Olsen, Xochitl Gomez, Benedict Wong, Rachel McAdams, Chiwetel Ejiofor Writer: Michael Waldron, based on the Marvel Comics Director: Sam Raimi Distributor: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Release Date: May 6, 2022 DOCTOR STRANGE IN THE MULTIVERSE OF MADNESS has a slightly misleading title. We certainly have Doctor Stephen Strange, the powerful sorcerer portrayed by Benedict Cumberbatch. He is most definitely running through the multiverse (that’s multiple universes, for latecomers to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, aka the MCU). But while we see quite a few of the multiverses in flashes, and spend more time in […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE BATMAN

THE BATMAN Poster | ©2022 Warner Bros./DC

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Robert Pattinson, Zoë Kravitz, Jeffrey Wright, Colin Farrell, Paul Dano, John Turturro, Andy Serkis, Peter Sarsgaard, Barry Keoghan, Jayme Lawson, Gil Perez-Abraham Writers: Matt Reeves & Peter Craig, based on characters created by Bob Kane with Bill Finger, for DC Comics Director: Matt Reeves Distributor: Warner Bros. Release Date: March 4, 2022 THE BATMAN is not the longest superhero movie ever made. However, at two hours and fifty-five minutes, it’s a contender for the longest movie made about a lone superhero. (The AVENGERS movies and JUSTICE LEAGUE were about groups.) What’s surprising about THE BATMAN isn’t so […]Read On »

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LUCIFER: Co-executive producer and writer Mike Costa talks about the end of the series – Exclusive Interview – Part 1

LUCIFER - Season 5 Key Art |©2020 Netflix

LUCIFER wrapped its six-season run – the first three on Fox, the last three on Netflix, where all seasons are now available – on September 10, 2021. This multi-part interview with LUCIFER co-executive producer/writer Mike Costa is extremely spoilery, but by now, we’re hoping that readers have had time to catch up with the series climax. ASSIGNMENT X last spoke with Costa in the middle of LUCIFER Season 5. The series, developed for television by Tom Kapinos, based on the DC Comics by Mike Dringenberg and Sam Kieth, based on the character created by Neil Gaiman for Vertigo (got all […]Read On »

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NAOMI: The creators and actors talk The CW’s newest superhero series – Interview

Kaci Walfall as Naomi in NAOMI - Season 1 Key Art | ©2022 The CW/Matt Sayles

NAOMI is the latest entry in The CW’s adaptations of DC Comics. The series, based on the comics by Brian Michael Bendis and Jamal Campbell and David F. Walker, is now in its first season Tuesday nights on The CW. However, unlike other current and recent DC-based shows, NAOMI has been adapted for television by executive producers/writers Ava DuVernay and Jill Blankenship. In NAOMI, the title character, played by Kaci Walfall, is a comic book-obsessed but popular teen living with her adoptive parents in the (fictional) military base town of Port Oswego, Oregon. One day, a flying figure looking very […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE SUICIDE SQUAD

THE SUICIDE SQUAD movie poster | ©2021 Warner Bros./DC

Rating: R Stars: Margot Robbie, Idris Elba, John Cena, Joel Kinnaman, Viola Davis, Daniela Melchior, Steve Agee, Sylvester Stallone (voice), David Dastmachian, Jai Courtney, Peter Capaldi, Alice Braga, Juan Diego Botto, Joaquin Cosio, Michael Rooker, Nathan Fillion Writer: James Gunn Director: James Gunn Distributor: Warner Bros. Release Date: August 5, 2021 THE SUICIDE SQUAD is a surprisingly buoyant follow-up to 2016’s SUICIDE SQUAD. The earlier film gave us a batch of super-reluctant heroes, actually villains from D.C. Comics, tasked with saving the world from a supernatural menace, since Superman was dead and Batman was only one non-superpowered guy (this was […]Read On »

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THE FLASH: Actor Victoria Park on Season 7 of the superhero series – Exclusive Interview

Victoria Park as Kamilla in THE FLASH - Season 6 - "Kiss Kiss Breach Breach" | ©2021 The CW/Dean Buscher

THE FLASH is now in its seventh season, Tuesday nights on The CW. Grant Gustin stars as Barry Allen, whose day job as a Central City police forensics expert masks his secret identity as the speedster superhero of the title. Some of Barry’s friends in THE FLASH, based on the DC Comics series, are also powerful metahumans. This includes Barry’s tech genius friend Cisco Ramon. Cisco has gained, lost, regain, relost andas of lately techno-regained his powers as Vibe, with the ability to “affect the vibrational energy of reality” (per the ARROW-verse Wiki). Victoria Park joined the cast of THE […]Read On »

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RESIDENT ALIEN: Actor Alex Barima on Season 1 – Exclusive Interview

Alex Barima of RESIDENT ALIEN | ©2021 Dale Klippenstein

RESIDENT ALIEN is a live-action series based on the graphic Dark Horse Comics novel by Peter Hogan and Steve Parkhouse, adapted for television by Chris Sheridan. The show has its first-season finale on Syfy, Wednesday, March 31; it has been renewed for a second season. The Resident Alien in question is an extraterrestrial who was tasked with destroying human life on Earth, but accidentally crash-landed in a small mountain town in Colorado. Assuming the form of town doctor Harry Vanderspeigle, the alien is confused by human behavior, but find that he likes people – which is at odds with his […]Read On »

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LUCIFER: Co-executive producer Mike Costa talks about the growth of Lucifer and Chloe in Season 5 – Exclusive Interview – Part 4

LUCIFER - Season 5 Key Art |©2020 Netflix

In the fourth and final installment of this exclusive interview with Mike Costa, co-executive producer/writer on LUCIFER, which is currently streaming on Netflix, he talks about his love of the character of LAPD detective Dan Espinosa, played by Kevin Alejandro, the growth of the characters of Lucifer (Tom Ellis) and Chloe (Lauren German), and more. AX: It seems like once a season, Dan attempts to either kill Lucifer, or get Lucifer killed, and then feels really bad about it later. Why is that? COSTA: Well, you’re talking to the right person, because of all the writers, I have always loved […]Read On »

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MARVEL’S AGENTS OF SHIELD: Writer and executive producer Drew Z. Greenberg on the series and Elizabeth Henstridge on her directing debut – Exclusive Interview – Part 2

Elizabeth Henstridge and Joel Stoffer in MARVEL'S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. - Season 7 - "As I Have Always Been" | ©2020 ABC/Mitch Haaseth

In Part 2 of our exclusive telephone interview with MARVEL’S AGENTS OF SHIELD writer/executive producer Drew Z. Greenberg, he talks about adding characters, working with Elizabeth Henstridge on her directorial debut on tonight’s episode, and more. AGENTS OF SHIELD, now in its seventh and final season, airs Wednesdays on ABC. ASSIGNMENT X: Super-fast Elena “Yo-Yo” Rodriguez, played by Natalia Cordova-Buckley, first showed up as a recurring character in the middle of Season 3; socially awkward tech whiz from the future Deke Shaw, played by Jeff Ward, was added at the start of Season 5. Was it decided to make Yoyo […]Read On »

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MARVEL’S AGENTS OF SHIELD: Writer and executive producer Drew Z. Greenberg on the final season – Exclusive Interview – Part 1

AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. - Season 7 Key Art | ©2020 ABC

MARVEL’S AGENTS OF SHIELD is now in its seventh and final season, Wednesday nights on ABC. The series seemed to have wrapped up conclusively at the end of Season 5, then got renewed for two more seasons. The result was that AGENTS OF SHIELD Seasons 6 and 7 were produced almost back to back, so that production on the show actually ended last summer, even though we’re only getting the ultimate run now. Drew Z. Greenberg joined AGENTS OF SHIELD in Season 2 as a writer/co-executive producer, and became an executive producer beginning with Season 6. Greenberg’s first staff writing […]Read On »

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