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Movie Review: TANGLED

TANGLED movie poster |© 2010 Walt Disney Pictures

For those jonesing for an animated Disney fairytale in the traditional style, or just a fun film that can be shared with the kids, TANGLED fills the bill. Quick, to the point and entirely enjoyable, TANGLED takes the traditional Grimm story, gives it some action and the title princess some gumption and takes off in beautiful style, looking much like the old enchanted films of yore, with 3D that brings up a couple of moving moments and is otherwise unobtrusive.

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5 Things We’re Not Looking Forward To with the BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER movie reboot

BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER teaser movie poster | © 20th Century Fox

We were all horrified yesterday when Warner Bros. announced they were going to do a big-screen reboot of BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER. Being major fans of the Joss Whedon-created TV series, and with him having no involvement in the project, it’s clear there’s more nightmare announcements ahead that will send us fans screaming under the bed until this horrible nightmare is over. Did we mention the script is being written by newbie screenwriter Whit Anderson – she used to be an actress! However, there are a few things to be grateful for. First of all, considering Warner Bros. is involved […]Read On »

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AXclusive: Mark Kennedy tells how Rapunzel was un-TANGLED for new animated film

Flynn, Rapunzel, Pascal, Maximus in TANGLED | © 2010 Disney Enterprises, Inc.

When Walt Disney was just getting his feature animated division rolling in the 1940s, he was struggling with a way to bring the story of Rapunzel to the big screen. Now, seven decades later, the 50th animated film from the company has finally cracked that story. TANGLED is the end result (opening tomorrow), a delightfully funny and endearing tale of the golden haired Rapunzel (voiced by Mandy Moore) who sets out on an adventure with roguish thief Flynn Rider (voiced by Zachary Levi) to find out who she really is. Mark Kennedy, who served as TANGLED’s head of story, spoke […]Read On »

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Profile: CHUCK star Zachary Levi gets TANGLED up in Disney’s latest animated feature

Flynn Rider (voiced by Zachary Levi) from TANGLED | ©Disney Enterprises, Inc.

Zachary Levi may play a nerdy super spy on TV’s CHUCK, but this Wednesday he’s moonlighting as the roguish animated character Flynn Rider in Disney’s Rapunzel retelling TANGLED (which opens nationwide on Wednesday). It’s the kind of double duty the actor relishes – especially since both parts are so different. In TANGLED, Levi plays thief who befriends the long-haired Rapunzel and the two go on an epic adventure together. On CHUCK, which is now in its fourth season on NBC, Levi is the show’s title character who was co-opted by the CIA because he accidentally downloaded a program into his […]Read On »

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AXclusive: TANGLED star Mandy Moore planning new album for 2011 with potential assist by Alt rocker (and husband) Ryan Adams

Mandy Moore voices Rapunzel in TANGLED | © 2010 Disney Enterprises

With Mandy Moore making vocal and musical waves on the big screen playing Rapunzel in Disney’s forthcoming animated feature TANGLED (their 50th, which opens Wednesday) the singer/actress spoke with ASSIGNMENT X recently about the status of her new album. “Hopefully it will out next year some time,” says Moore. “I’m still writing at this point and want to be done writing by the end of the year and start recording next year. It hasn’t necessarily taken too much shape yet.”

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From the Halls of the 2010 AMERICAN FILM MARKET

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The week-long AMERICAN FILM MARKET just completed its 2010 edition (it ran at the Santa Monica Lowes Hotel from November 3 to November 10) as distributors met with domestic and foreign buyers to buy, sell and pre-sell a whole assortment of action, horror, comedies and dramas. The quality of the products always varies, but the market is a great barometer of what trends in independent filmmaking are waning and rising. ASSIGNMENT X checked out the halls for a couple of days to get the scoop this year, and here’s what some people had to say about the state of the […]Read On »

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Profile: HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS composer ALEXANDRE DESPLAT conjures up musical magic

© 2010 Warner Bros. Records | Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Pt. 1 Soundtrack

Since a grand musical wizard named John Williams established the sound of Harry Potter nine years ago with THE SORCERER’S STONE, new composing students at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry have capably added on to its ever-evolving foundations. These acolytes have ranged from William Ross to Patrick Doyle and Nicholas Hooper, each bringing their distinctive touch of fantastical wonder and darkness during their sojourns. The near decade of six POTTER films so far have certainly gotten bleaker for our young heroes with the rise of their nemesis Lord Voldemort, who makes the triumvirate of Harry, Ron and Hermione grow […]Read On »

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Profile: FIVE QUESTIONS WITH ‘THE GOONIES’ STAR COREY FELDMAN

© Sue Schneider_MGP | Corey Feldman at The 20th Annual Night of 100 Stars Gala at the Beverly Hills Hotel, Beverly Hills, California March 7, 2010

It’s hard to believe that THE GOONIES is celebrating its 25th Anniversary (it has a brand-new Blu-ray set to prove it), so it was about  time ASSIGNMENT X caught up with actor Corey Feldman to talk about his memories playing the opinionated Mouth in that now classic 1985 film. The story was a pint-sized version of the INDIANA JONES saga (albeit with more juvenile humor), as a group of kids find a treasure map and go on an adventure in the bowels of their own home town. Feldman has fond memories of the experience and we got him to Take […]Read On »

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AXclusive Interview: IT’S 25 YEARS LATER AND DIRECTOR RICHARD DONNER LOOKS BACK ON ‘THE GOONIES’

© 2010 Berliner Photography/BEImages/Photo: John Sciulli | Director Richard Donner at THE GOONIES - 25th Anniversary Treasure Hunt

With so many hours of excellent television (THE TWILIGHT ZONE) and classic films under his belt (SUPERMAN, THE OMEN, the LETHAL WEAPON franchise), the problem with speaking to director Richard Donner is figuring out where to actually start. Luckily, that part was taken care of for us since he recently did some press in honor of the 25th Anniversary of his classic adventure/kids film THE GOONIES which just hit Blu-ray in a brand-new deluxe edition. Executive produced by Steven Spielberg and written by Chris Columbus, THE GOONIES is one of those perfect 1980s confections filled with great performances by a […]Read On »

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The X List: WHICH VILLAINS/HEROES WILL OR WON’T APPEAR IN THE NEW ‘BATMAN’ MOVIE ‘THE DARK KNIGHT RISES?’

© 2008 Warner Bros./THE DARK KNIGHT movie poster

Ever since THE DARK KNIGHT became a pop culture powerhouse of a comic book movie with over a billion box office dollars worldwide, fans have eagerly awaited the third installment in Christopher Nolan’s unique Bat-vision. Now that we know the title – THE DARK KNIGHT RISES – the question is: Who will the bad guy(s) be? Which supporting characters will reprise their roles? And will the Boy Wonder ever rear his holier-than-thou head? We’ve compiled a list of five likely co-stars for the cowled one, and five almost certain no-shows. We know how much our readers love to debate every […]Read On »

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