TV Review: AMERICAN IDOL – SEASON 10 – “Hollywood Week: Part 1”

The parade of contestants for AMERICAN IDOL - Season 10 - Hollywood Week - Round 1 | ©2011 Fox/Michael Becker

Cast: Randy Jackson, Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez, Ryan Seacrest Network: Fox, airs Wednesdays and Thursdays Original Telecast: February 10, 2011 For years I’ve been covering AMERICAN IDOL, most of that time with iF Magazine and then periodically now with AssignmentX. During my tenure as a reviewer of the show whether it be reviews, or features, or lists, or how the show could improve I have rallied for the show to provide us with a better understanding of what happens during Hollywood Week. To give us insight into why someone was chosen over someone that we, as the audience, may have […]Read On »


Exclusive Interview: SPARTACUS star Dustin Clare is one of the GODS OF THE ARENA

Dustin Clare in SPARTACUS: GODS OF THE ARENA | ©2011 Starz

In SPARTACUS: GODS OF THE ARENA, the prequel series to Starz’s SPARTACUS, Australian actor Dustin Clare plays Gannicus, the star righter among the gladiatorial troupe of the House of Batiatus. We didn’t see this character in last year’s SPARTACUS: BLOOD AND SAND, but Clare suggests we may see him again after this season in our exclusive interview. ASSIGNMENT X: Had you auditioned for the first season of SPARTACUS? DUSTIN CLARE: No, I was working on another job, a series called SATISFACTION in Australia, on a network there. AX: Were you a fan of the first series? CLARE: Actually, I hadn’t […]Read On »


Movie Review: THE EAGLE

THE EAGLE movie poster | ©2011 Focus Features

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Channing Tatum, Jamie Bell, Donald Sutherland, Mark Strong, Tahar Rahim, Denis O’Hare Writer: Jeremy Brock, based on the novel THE EAGLE OF THE NINTH by Rosemary Sutcliff Director: Kevin Macdonald Distributor: Focus Features Release Date: February 11, 2011 Director Kevin Macdonald and screenwriter Jeremy Brock, the team that previously brought us THE LAST KING OF SCOTLAND, now set a tale in actual, albeit ancient, Scotland. Although THE EAGLE is much more steeped in legend and natural beauty (the film was shot in Scotland and Hungary), the filmmakers manage to bring the moral ambiguity levels impressively high, even […]Read On »


Movie Review: GNOMEO & JULIET

GNOMEO and JULIET teaser poster | ©2011 Miramax Films

Rating: G Stars (voices): James McAvoy, Emily Blunt, Michael Caine, Jason Statham Writers: Andy Riley & Kevin Cecil and Mark Burton, additional writing by Emily Cook and Kathy Greenberg, based on an original screenplay by Rob Sprackling and John Smith Director: Kelly Asbury Distributor: Touchstone Pictures What would it look like if a bunch of 3D animated garden gnomes danced to famous Elton John/Bernie Taupin songs? If this seems like a strange question, rest assured that the answer is equally loopy in GNOMEO & JULIET. Adapted very, very loosely from William Shakespeare’s similarly-titled tragedy, GNOMEO takes us into a world […]Read On »


TV Review: SUPERNATURAL – SEASON 6 – “Like a Virgin”

Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki in SUPERNATURAL - Season 6 - "Like A Virgin" | ©2011 The CW/Michael Courtney

iCast: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Misha Collins, Jim Beaver Director: Philip Sgriccia Writer: Adam Glass Network: The CW, airs Friday nights Original Telecast: February 4, 2011 I’m very happy that SUPERNATURAL is back. No other show on TV makes me laugh and keeps my interest as much as this show does. And “Like a Virgin” had ample amounts of comedy and compelling storytelling. This episode had two purposes for overall mythology and second half of SUPERNATURAL. One, provide a follow up to Sam (Jared Padalecki) getting his soul back into his body. And two, introducing what I believe will be […]Read On »


TV Review: THE VAMPIRE DIARIES – Season 2- “Crying Wolf”

Nina Dobrev and Paul Wesley in THE VAMPIRE DIARIES - Season 2 - "Crying Wolf" | ©2010 THE CW

Stars: Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, Ian Somerhalder Writer: Brian Young, Created by Kevin Williamson & Julie Plec, Based on the book by L.J. Smith Director: David Von Ancken Network: THE CW, airs Thursday nights Original Telecast: February 10th, 2010 Things continue to heat up as the second season of THE VAMPIRE DIARIES pushes forward. More truths are revealed about the nature of the curse that needs to be broken to free with the vampires or the werewolves from their particular side of the binding. Following up on the events of the last episode, this week’s show “Crying Wolf” takes the […]Read On »


Fresh Clip: Watch the X-MEN: FIRST CLASS teaser trailer

X-MEN - FIRST CLASS teaser poster | ©2011 20th Century Fox/Marvel

It’s finally here – the first look trailer for this summer’s X-MEN prequel movie X-MEN: FIRST CLASS. It’s directed by KICK-ASS helmer Matthew Vaughn and it well, looks kick-as. It arrives in theaters on June 3. CLICK HERE for ASSIGNMENT X’s interview with X-MEN star Jennifer Lawrence


Blu-ray Review: PIRANHA

PIRANHA - Blu-ray | ©2011 Sony Home Entertainment/Dimension Films

Stars:Elizabeth Shue, Adam Scott, Jerry O’Connell, Ving Rhames, Jessica Szohr, Steven R. McQueen, Christopher Lloyd, Richard Dreyfuss Writer: Peter Goldfinger, Josh Stolberg Director:Alejandre Aja Distributor: Sony Home Entertainment/Dimension Films Suggested Retail Price: $34.95 Not since SNAKES ON A TRAIN has a mainstream feature film so embraced its inner cheesiness and heralded it proudly in its marketing campaign then last summer’s PIRANHA. Released in 3D, it featured so much gore and nudity (not to mention a glorious underwater girl-on-girl ballet), that it clearly honored its exploitative roots as a remake of the 1979 Joe Dante directed original. Granted, Dante’s film was […]Read On »


Exclusive Interview: Emily Deschanel has BONES to pick

Emily Deschanel in BONES - Season 6 | ©2010 Fox /Brian Bowen

Now in its sixth season, BONES (which airs Thursday nights) has proved a reliable hit for Fox. Based on books by Kathy Reichs, the show is a combination of detective procedural and romantic comedy/drama. Emily Deschanel plays Temperance “Bones” Brennan, an internationally revered forensic anthropologist who could give Mr. Spock lessons in logical detachment. Her interactions with her crime-solving partner, David Boreanaz’s emotion-based Seeley Booth, form the backbone of the show. Lately, Brennan has been getting more in touch with her feelings. Although she rejected Booth’s suggestion that they pair up personally at the end of Season Five, this year, […]Read On »


The Dork Side: TV Quotables for Everyday Life

THE SIMPSONS - Season 22 - The 21st Annual TREEHOUSE OF HORROR | ©2011 Fox

“D’oh!” I say “D’oh” multiple times a day, every day. I say it when I drop something. I say it when I hurt myself. I say it when I’ve done something stupid. I say it when someone else drops something or tells me a story about something stupid they did. Sometimes I say it when I hear a sad story, saying softly, “Oh, d’oh,” with a sympathetic look. After years of watching THE SIMPSONS, it is burned in my brain. I’m sure the first time I said it, I thought about it and said it to make someone laugh. Now, […]Read On »

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