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The X List: Top Ten DOCTOR WHO Christmas Moments

David Tennant as the Doctor in DOCTOR WHO - “The Christmas Invasion” | © BBC

American fans of DOCTOR WHO rejoice! At long last, after so many years of being second-class citizens, we are about to achieve synchronicity with our UK cousins. For the first time ever (well, except for that one time in 1983 when we got the 20th anniversary special first, but never mind), American WHO viewers will be seeing this year’s brand-new Christmas special on exactly the same day as those watching it in the UK. On December 25, 2010, BBC One and BBC America bridge the temporal gap between US and UK WHO fans, and it surely is about time! While […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Novelist Amber Benson chats about CAT’S CLAW, DRONES and more – Part 2

Amber Benson at the 25th Annual William S. Paley Television Festival March 22, 2008 | ©2008 Sue Schneider

Amber Benson creatively does everything – and very successfully, too. Benson originally came to the public’s attention as an actress (Tara on BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, an award-winning turn in RACE YOU TO THE BOTTOM), but she’s branched out as a filmmaker (writer/director/producer of CHANCE and LOVERS, LIARS AND LUNATICS), a novelist (DEATH’S DAUGHTER as a solo writer, THE GHOSTS OF ALBION books in collaboration with Christopher Golden), a radio play writer and a comic book author. Right now, as a film director, Benson has DRONES, which she co-directed with Adam Busch, awaiting release. As an author, she’s got two […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: EXAM director Stuart Hazeldine Talks About the Ultimate Job Interview

(c) 2010 IFC. EXAM DVD

EXAM is a unique sort of science fiction film. Taking place completely in one room and relying on the drama and tension to unfold, the movie has no special effects, no fancy props, yet still feels as if we are watching the ultimate job interview some time when things have gone horribly wrong in the future.

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Blu-ray Review: BACK TO THE FUTURE – 25TH ANNIVERSARY TRILOGY

BACK TO THE FUTURE TRILOGY - Blu -ray

It’s hard to believe it was only five years ago when Universal released all three BACK TO THE FUTURE films remastered for DVD with loads of bonus features and retrospectives. Now, it’s time for a Blu-ray reissue with BACK TO THE FUTURE: 25th ANNIVERSARY TRILOGY and if you thought the first set was great, this one blows it out of the water.

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CD Review: DOCTOR WHO: SERIES 4 – THE SPECIALS – original soundtrack

© 2010 Silva Screen Records | DR. WHO HOLIDAY SPECIAL SOUNDTRACK

Whether it’s Halloween or Xmas, TV has loved to celebrate the holidays with special episodes, but it’s doubtful any of them have sounded cooler than when the usually agnostic Time Lord (in the series 4 personages of David Tennant, David Morrissey and Martin Smith) has decided to make the Yuletide gay. It’s also a great occasion for the always creative DOCTOR WHO composer Murray Gold to unleash the musical bells and whistles for this two-CD compilation that includes “The Next Doctor,” “Planet of the Dead,” “The Waters of Mars” and “The End of Time.” There are certain musical signatures you […]Read On »

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CD Review: FAIR GAME original soundtrack

© 2010 Lakeshore Records | Fair Game Soundtrack

John Powell re-invented the action spy beat when he teamed with director Doug Liman for the first BOURNE IDENTITY, a mélange of ethnic percussion and pounding orchestral drive that Powell’s since varied for the director with the explosive humor of MR. AND MRS. SMITH and the boisterous action of JUMPER. What makes Powell’s new teaming with Liman different is that FAIR GAME’s battlefield is mostly centered around the duplicitous halls of the Bush White House, let alone the suburban home of its finked-out CIA heroine Valerie Plame. Instead of sleeper agents crashing through her door, it’s the press that wrecks […]Read On »

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First Look Photo: THE SMURFS return as CGI creations

THE SMURFS - teaser movie poster | ©2010 Sony Pictures

Like ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS and YOGI BEAR, another beloved animation franchise is getting the live action/CGI treatment with THE SMURFS. Opening August 3, 2011, the film takes the Smurfs from their safe little village to the mean streets of New York (and our reality). Gargamel is obviously behind it all. Check out the first look image below – and the trailer to the left.

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Assignment X’s 2010 Last Minute Shopping Guide

HALLMARK KEEPSAKE - Merry Christmas Charlie Brown

Christmas is only a few days away, which means it’s time to stop procrastinating and get out there and buy, buy, buy. If that’s not enough incentive, we’ve compiled our handy 2010 Holiday Gift Guide in one snappy little article. So whether you’re looking for toys, books, music, gadgets or the coolest new STAR WARS toy, this guide will give you a Cliff Notes version of some of the cool things this holiday season has to offer for those in dire need of Christmas gifting. Happy Holidays from the Editors of ASSIGNMENT X. CLICK HERE for FIVE COOL CHRISTMAS THEMED […]Read On »

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Movie Review: TRUE GRIT

TRUE GRIT poster | ©2010 Paramount Pictures

Sometimes more of a good thing is just great, which is the case with the Coen Brothers’ (Ethan & Joel) remake of TRUE GRIT. The 1969 original, based on Charles Portis’ novel, won an Oscar for John Wayne as Rooster Cogburn, a one-eyed, alcoholic U.S. marshal who reluctantly takes up the quest of tracking down the man who murdered the father of fourteen-year-old Mattie Ross (Kim Darby in that version) – with Mattie doggedly accompanying him.

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DVD/Blu-ray Review: 24 – SEASON 8: THE COMPLETE FINAL SEASON

24 - SEASON 8 - THE COMPLETE FINAL SEASON DVD | ©2010 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

Day Eight proved to be the final day for 24 the TV series as the real-time series (chronicling a major U.S. crisis in a 24-hour period) waved goodbye in the same aggressive manner in which it began.

Kiefer Sutherland toplined the series as former Counter Terrorist Unit (CTU) agent Jack Bauer. Over the course of eight seasons he lost so many of his loved ones, so much of his mind and soul and of course his privacy, he was a man without a country – a man without a home.

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