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The Dork Side: ‘Tis the season to get ranty

THE TOURIST movie poster | ©2010 Sony Pictures

There were so many things that made me rant-y this week that I couldn’t pick just one. Consider it your holiday gift from me to you, dear readers. • Why are people all worked up about Time Magazine’s Person of the Year? It’s Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Who cares? You don’t read Time Magazine anyway. Can you even remember who was Time Magazine’s Person of the Year last year? Exactly. • Oh good. JWoww wrote a dating book. She’s single, right? According to Amazon, customers who bought this book also bought a dieting book by Rosie O’Donnell. • Umm, is […]Read On »

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Exclusive Photos: From the World Premiere of TRON: LEGACY

Olivia Wilde at the World Premiere of TRON: LEGACY | © 2010 Sue Schneider

Walt Disney Pictures held the World Premiere of TRON: LEGACY, presented by NOKIA on December 11th at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood. The setup for TRON: LEGACY was amazing…blue carpet…neon backgrounds and girls dressed in white costumes greeting the stars and guests as they arrived. Walking the carpet were the stars of the film, which included Garrett Hedlund, Olivia Wilde (HOUSE), Jeff Bridges, Bruce Boxleitner, James Frain, Michael Sheen, Anis Cheurfa, Beau Garrett, Sirinda Swan, Yaya DaCosta, Elizabeth Mathis, Justin Springer (co-producer), screenwriters Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz, director Joseph Kosinski, and Daft Punk (original music). Joining them were […]Read On »

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CD Review: PATTON soundtrack

© 2010 Intrada Records | Patton Soundtrack

Jerry Goldsmith may have been an armchair general when it came to WW2, but it’s doubtful few composers gave as much glory to our fighting men, and their leaders with the likes of MACARTHUR and INCHON. Yet few of these outstanding Goldsmith scores have the immediately recognizable stripes of his 1970 Oscar-nominated PATTON, a soundtrack that defined the imperious can-do attitude of America’s most gloriously infamous officer. Right from his unscored opening speech to his belief in reincarnation, George S. Patton wasn’t so much a military leader as he was a force of nature. And while PATTON’s music is most […]Read On »

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CD Review: MEGAMIND original soundtrack

© 2010 Lakeshore Records | MEGAMIND Soundtrack

Though his one-time minion Heitor Pereria beat him to the supervillain scoring punch with DESPICABLE ME, Hans Zimmer gets the last laugh by actually seeing his similarly-themed, and equally fun MEGAMIND score (done in cahoots with Lorne Balfe) get an actual release on Lakeshore Records. Sure, both flicks might have arches trumpeting their dastardly doings. Yet both DESPICABLE ME and MEGAMIND also show their uber-evil characters as big musical softies. In fact, MEGAMIND is downright sweet for the most part as its titular fiend’s baby bells mix it up with ersatz superhero bombast, music that plays Megamind as the good […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Novelist Amber Benson walks AMONG THE GHOSTS – Part 1

AMONG THE GHOSTS book cover

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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TV Review: LEVERAGE – SEASON 3 – “The San Lorenzo Job” – Season Finale

Timothy Hutton in LEVERAGE - Season Three - "The San Lorenzo Job" | ©2010 TNT/Electric Entertainment/Karen Neal

On the heels of “The Big Bang Job,” “The San Lorenzo Job” has Nate (Timothy Hutton) and company heading in pursuit of Damian Moreau (Goran Visnjic) to the title island nation, where the dictatorial President Ribera (Alastair Duncan) holds sway. San Lorenzo has no extradition treaties and Moreau bought Ribera his position, so it’s a safe haven for the criminal – or so he thinks. With an election coming but U.N. inspectors thick on the ground, Ribera has jailed all of his opposition, including Eliot’s (Christian Kane) old friend Gen. Flores – who refuses to be sprung from prison without his men.

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Exclusive Interview: Bruce Boxleitner fires up his Disc drive for TRON: LEGACY

Bruce Boxleitner in TRON: LEGACY | ©2010 Disney Enterprises Inc.

In 1982, Bruce Boxleitner segued from TV to movies by starring in a ground-breaking new science-fiction film TRON where he played Alan Bradley, whose program (in his own image) named “Tron” aided Kevin Flynn (Jeff Bridges) in stopping an evil master control program that had more diabolical plans for the “user” world. Now, 28 years later and Boxleitner has returned to the TRON universe, this time in TRON: LEGACY as a wizened Bradley who helps Flynn’s son Sam (Garrett Hedlund) inadvertently find his father who is once again trapped on the grid – this time of his own making. While […]Read On »

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TV Review: LEVERAGE – SEASON 3 – “The Big Bang Job”

Christian Kane in LEVERAGE - Season Three - "The Big Bang Job" | ©2010 TNT/Electric Entertainment/Karen Neal

As Season Three of LEVERAGE has had a through-line of Nate (Timothy Hutton) et al being urged/blackmailed by a mysterious Italian (Elisabetta Canalis) to go after mysterious, extremely powerful international criminal Damian Moreau, it stands to reason that the season finale would bring our team and the villain face to face. Director Marc Roskin and writers Chris Downey & Geoffrey Thorne have crafted an episode that has not only the customary LEVERAGE intrigue and impersonations, but also some surprising (for this show) gunplay and fatalities.

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Exclusive Photos from the Los Angeles Premiere of YOGI BEAR

Director Eric Brevig and Yogi Bear and Boo Boo at the Los Angeles Premiere of YOGI BEAR | 2010 © Sue Schneider

Warner Bros. Pictures presented the Los Angeles Premiere of YOGI BEAR on December 11th at the Village Theater in Westwood, in Association with Sunswept Entertainment/De Line Pictures Production and Rhythm & Hues. The brown carpet had YOGI BEAR written down the length and the background was decorated like a forest park. Arriving early I got a chance to walk through where the pre-party was to be held. It was set up with rides for the kids, food areas, and logs to sit on … just like Jellystone Park. Everyone is familiar with Yogi Bear and his pal Boo-Boo which are […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: TRON: LEGACY director Joe Kosinski gets grid locked and also chats about OBLIVION and THE BLACK HOLE remake

TRON: LEGACY Olivia Wilde poster | ©2010 Disney Enterprises, Inc.

The wait is over, TRON: LEGACY is finally here. The long-awaited sequel to the 1982 cult classic has been re-envisioned for the gamer age by director Joe Kosinski. The film, which opens today (in 3-D and IMAX screens), continues the story of computer programmer Kevin Flynn (Jeff Bridges) who is trapped in a computer world he created and it’s up to his son Sam (Garrett Hedlund) to save him. In this exclusive interview with ASSIGNMENT X, Kosinski spoke with us about bringing the classic film to life and the status on his next projects THE BLACK HOLE remake and OBLIVION. […]Read On »

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