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Exclusive Interview: Creator Eric Kripke on REVOLUTION Season 1 and SUPERNATURAL

Rachel (Elizabeth Mitchell) kills a Monroe guard on REVOLUTION "Clue" | (c) 2013 Brownie Harris/NBC

NBC’s REVOLUTION, which has its first-season finale tonight, Monday June 3 at 10 PM, has been picked up for a second season. This should offer fans some relief, since right now on the show, the Earth is in danger of catching fire altogether. In REVOLUTION, created by Eric Kripke (who also birthed SUPERNATURAL), under the auspices of Kripke’s fellow executive producer J.J. Abrams, there was a planet-wide blackout fifteen years earlier and electricity has not returned to the masses since. Power-hungry militia leader Monroe (David Lyons) has gotten his hands on some functioning helicopter gun ships. One ofMonroe’s adversaries, Rachel […]Read On »

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THE NEIGHBORS exclusive interview with star Simon Templeman

Simon Templeman in THE NEIGHBORS - Season 1 | ©2013 ABC/Bob D'Amico

THE NEIGHBORS, ABC’s freshman series about a middle-class human family who find they’ve moved into a neighborhood full of alien refugees, has its first-season finale tonight, Wed. March 26, at 8:30 PM. The episode will bring together original STAR TREK’s George Takei and original STAR WARS’ Mark Hamill. English actor Simon Templeman, who stars in THE NEIGHBORS as alien patriarch Larry Bird (the aliens have all adopted the names of Earth sports stars to go with their faux-human identities) talks about his experiences in portraying a Zabrvronian. ASSIGNMENT X: How did you feel when you found out THE NEIGHBORS got […]Read On »

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Blu-ray Review: AMERICAN GRAFFITI – Special Edition

AMERICAN GRAFFITI - Special Edition Blu-ray | ©2011 Universal Home Entertainment

Stars: Richard Dreyfuss, Ronny Howard (aka Ron Howard), Paul Le Mat, Charlie Martin Smith, Candy Clark, Mackenzie Phillips, Cindy Williams, Wolfman Jack Writer: George Lucas and Gloria Katz & Willard Huyck Director: George Lucas Distributor: Universal Home Entertainment Suggested Retail Price: $26.98 Most people know George Lucas as the creator of the billion dollar empire known as STAR WARS, but the generation of kids who grew up on the prequel trilogy have no idea that Lucas actually created a completely different film set in a different time period, far, far away. 1973’s AMERICAN GRAFFITI was co-writer (with Gloria Katz & […]Read On »

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Game Review: LEGO STAR WARS III: THE CLONE WARS

LEGO STAR WARS III - THE CLONE WARS | ©2011 LucasArts

Rating: E10 Distributor: LucasArts Suggested Retail Price: $49.99 (Wii, PS3, XBOX),  $29.99 (PC, PSP, DS), $39.99 (Nintendo 3DS) One of the greatest contributions to the STAR WARS franchise was the creation of the LEGO STAR WARS video games. Taking the entire six films and re-creating the environments and storylines in a kid-friendly LEGO world was absolutely a work of genius. Addictive game play and a really heightened sense of the worlds George Lucas created made this one of the best video games of the last decade. Now, we’re treated to LEGO STAR WARS III: THE CLONE WARS which brings the […]Read On »

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Exclusive: Will the STAR WARS – THE PHANTOM MENACE 3D post-conversion succeed?

Ray Park as Darth Maul in STAR WARS: EPISODE 1 - THE PHANTOM MENACE | ©1999 Lucasfilm Ltd.

Producer Steve Starkey is glowing about his impressive new 3D, CGI animated film MARS NEEDS MOMS which opens tomorrow, so ASSIGNMENT X couldn’t resist asking him his thoughts on George Lucas’ post-conversion 3D of his entire STAR WARS saga. Starkey worked with Lucas in the 1980s as an assistant editor on THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK and RETURN OF THE JEDI, and with STAR WARS: EPISODE I – THE PHANTOM MENACE hitting theaters in 3D February 10, 2011, he can’t wait to see what LucasFilm Ltd. comes up with. “I’m excited to see what ILM and Lucas do with a real […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: The producers of MARS NEEDS MOMS talk 3D

Gribble and Milo in MARS NEEDS MOMS | ©2011 ImageMovers Digital LLC.

Producers Jack Rapke and Steve Starkey have worked with Robert Zemeckis for a very long time, and they’ve seen how that director as pioneered the art of “performance capture” films from POLAR EXPRESS, BEOWULF and A CHRISTMAS CAROL. Now, they’re working alongside Zemeckis as a producer for the Simon Wells directed MARS NEEDS MOMS (opening Friday). An adaptation of the Berkeley Breathed children’s book, the film follows an average kid named Milo who has to save his mom from manipulative aliens (but he has to travel to Mars first). In our exclusive interview with the producers, the producers chat about […]Read On »

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STAR WARS: EPISODE I – THE PHANTOM MENACE hits theaters in 3D on Feb. 10, 2012

STAR WARS - EPISODE 1 - THE PHANTOM MENACE movie poster | ©1999 LucasFilm Ltd.

Yes, 3D has finally come to a Galaxy far, far away with LucasFilm finally post-converting the first film in his STAR WARS saga into that format. STAR WARS: EPISODE I – THE PHANTOM MENACE has set the date of February 10, 2012 for this huge event, which will once again introduce a whole new generation to the theatrical experience of this venerable franchise. I’m sure fans would have preferred the original trilogy to go first, but so be it. It’s STAR WARS. Seeing it on the big screen, in the original order and in 3D will be worth it (regardless […]Read On »

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The Dork Side: Movie Quotables for Everyday Life

STAR WARS - original movie poster |©LucasFilm

“It’s a trap!” “I have a strange feeling about this.” “Never tell me the odds.” “Search your feelings, you know it to be true!” “All too easy.” “But I was going into Tosche Station to pick up some power converters!” I think half of the things I say on a daily basis are from a STAR WARS movie. Recently, some cool bloggers in my town wrote about movie quotes that have worked themselves into their everyday lives. I repeat a lot of movie quotes throughout the day. For example, “I am Jack’s complete lack of surprise” from THE FIGHT CLUB. […]Read On »

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Clip of the Day: The ‘grunts’ behind LEGO STAR WARS III: THE CLONE WARS

LEGO STAR WARS III: THE CLONE WARS | ©2011 LucasFilm

On March 22, 2011, the long awaited LEGO STAR WARS III: THE CLONE WARS video game arrives from LucasArts promising more gameplay and advanced features (it will be available for PS3, PSP, XBOX, Wii, Nintendo DS, PC and Nintendo 3DS). Based on the first two seasons STAR WARS: CLONE WARS animated series, the gameplay may be getting an upgrade, but the grunts remain the same. LucasFilm just released this cool little video showing voice actors Matt Lanter as Anakin Skywalker, Ashley Eckstein as Ahsoka Tano and Dee Bradley Baker as the voice of all the Clones doing a little behind-the-scenes […]Read On »

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EMPIRE STRIKES BACK, THE EXORCIST and AIRPLANE! get preserved by Library of Congress

STAR WARS: THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK | ©1980 LucasFilm Ltd.

Spanning the period between 1891-1996, the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress designated 25 new films to their film preservation catalog which includes the second STAR WARS film THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK, the comedy AIRPLANE! and the horror film classic THE EXORCIST. It was a very eclectic list that also included Spike Lee’s 1992 bio-pic MALCOLM X and the Robert Altman classic McCABE AND MRS. MILLER. Not everything was obvious. Included in the mix were some shorts including the George Lucas directed ELECTRONIC LABYRINTH which was the precursor to his feature film THX-1138 and a two-minute 1913 short […]Read On »

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