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Exclusive Clips: THE WEST WING’s Thomas Schlamme looks back at the seminal series

THE WEST WING | © Warner Bros.

All seven seasons of the seminal drama THE WEST WING from creator Aaron Sorkin (which aired between 1999 and 2006) have finally arrived for download via iTunes, Amazon Video On Demand and other Online Digital Retailers. In honor of this, ASSIGNMENT X had the opportunity to ask Executive Producer/Director Thomas Schlamme a few questions about the ground-breaking series set in the White House and you can view the answers below in these exclusive clips. CLICK HERE to download from iTunes ______________________________________________________________________

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Music Review: THE TING TINGS – “Hands E.P.”

THE TING TING'S - HANDS E.P.

If Blondie had a baby it would be The Ting Tings, the irresistible electro-pop duo fronted by eclectic noisemakers Jules De Martino and Katy White. Their debut disc 2008 WE STARTED NOTHING captured an ‘80s sensibility and was definitely rooted in the spirit of Debbie Harry’s New Wave goodness. Many of the song lyrics were repetitive, but that was part of their anarchic charm especially with their hit single “That’s Not My Name.” Now, the duo have released their first single “Hands” alongside two remixes from their forthcoming (and untitled) 2011 album. “Hands” feels even more polished than the WE STARTED NOTHING songs, capturing the band progressing their sound as White digs a little deeper into their inner disco diva.

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TV Review: DEXTER – SEASON 5 – ‘In the Beginning’

Michael C. Hall and Jennifer Carpenter in DEXTER - Season 5- "In the Beginning" | © 2010 Showtime/Randy Tepper

Stars: Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, Lauren Velez, Desmond Harrington, C.S. Lee, David Zayas, Julia Stiles, Jonny Lee Miller, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Scott Grimes, Peter Weller, Angela Bettis Writer: Scott Reynolds Director: Keith Gordon Network: Showtime, Sunday nights Airdate: November 28, 2010 There is at least one jaw-dropper of a moment in “In the Beginning,” and it’s not the finale where Dexter (Michael C. Hall) and Lumen (Julia Stiles) finally get together and Dexter reaches the realization that he’s found someone who neither sees him as nor needs him to be a monster. It’s satisfying, but we’ve seen this coming […]Read On »

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LOVE AND OTHER DRUGS star Anne Hathaway on true love, being naked and Parkinson’s

Anne Hathaway and Jake Gyllenhaal in LOVE AND OTHER DRUGS | © 2010 20th Century Fox

In the new romantic dramedy LOVE AND OTHER DRUGS (which opened nationwide this week), Anne Hathaway plays a young woman with Parkinson’s who strikes up an awkward new relationship with a drug salesman played by Jake Gyllenhaal. She’s initially cautious about putting her feelings out there, particularly with her disease, but the end result is a film that redefines the romantic comedy genre. And with director and co-writer Ed Zwick pushing the boundaries of nudity between the two leads in a film, it certainly gives Hathaway a bunch of things to talk about as she takes five with ASSIGNMENT X. […]Read On »

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Exclusive Photos from the BURLESQUE Premiere

Cher and Christina Aguilera at the Los Angeles Premiere of BURLESQUE

On November 15, 2010, Screen Gems held the Los Angeles Premiere of BURLESQUE at the Grauman’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood, California. Walking the carpet were the stars of the film including Cher, Christina Aguilera, Eric Dane, Cam Gigandet, Julianne Hough, Peter Gallagher, Stanley Tucci, Chelsea Traille, Tyne Stecklein, Sarah Mitchell, Tanee McCall, Denise Faye (Choreographer), Donald De Line (Producer), and Steven Antin (Writer/Director). Joining the stars were guests including Kathy Griffin, Nicole Dabeau, Katharine Kramer, Matt Goss, George Hamilton and Barbara Sturm, Keltie Colleen, David Meister, Alan Siegel, Will Ferrell, Kristin Cavallari, Debi Mazar, James Marsden, Diane Warren, Chaz Bono […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE KING’S SPEECH

THE KING'S SPEECH movie poster | ©2010 The Weinstein Company

A stressed-out man with a lifelong stammer goes to a speech therapist for help with public speaking. If this doesn’t sound like especially fertile ground for gripping drama, let’s add that the year at the start is 1934, the stammerer in question is the British Prince Albert (Colin Firth) and that his therapist is commoner Lionel Logue (Geoffrey Rush), an Australian immigrant and family man with a passion for acting that is, alas, more enthusiastic than artistic.

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Profile: BURLESQUE star Cher takes five on singing, acting and being immature

Cher in BURLESQUE | © 2010 Screen Gems

In the new dramedy musical BURLESQUE (which opens today), singer-actress Cher plays Tess, a former dancer and now owner of a failing Los Angeles burlesque lounge. When small-town Iowa gal Ali (Christina Aguilera) shows up with big dreams, Tess finally finds the secret ingredient to breathe new life into her business. Having focused more on her singing than acting over the last few years, Cher found it liberating to return back into film, as she takes five with us to discuss BURLESQUE, singing on screen and being immature. TAKE 1: On the movie being much more fun to work on […]Read On »

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AXclusive: TANGLED Animation Supervisor John Kahrs brings life to Rapunzel

Rapunzel in TANGLED | ©Disney Enterprises, Inc.

For a film based on the classic Brothers Grimm story RAPUNZEL, the end result of TANGLED (opening today) is anything but grim. Bright, cheerful and full of bright-eyed expressive characters, the Disney film’s animation supervisor John Kahrs brought a whole new look and layer to the classic Disney princess genre. More RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK than THE LITTLE MERMAID, the film is filled with two strong leads (Rapunzel and her swashbuckling love interest Flynn Rider) and two great sidekicks (a chameleon named Pascal and a blood-hound horse named Maximus). In an exclusive interview with ASSIGNMENT X, Kahrs spoke about […]Read On »

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TV Review: GLEE – Season Two – “Furt”

Carol Burnett and Sue Sylvester in GLEE - Season Two - "Furt" | © 2010 Fox/Mike Yarish

“Furt” proves to be another very strong episode as Curt’s dad (Mike O’Malley) and Finn’s mom decide to tie the not. It becomes a growth episode for Finn (Cory Monteith) who has to man up and now realizes he can’t be an innocent bystander when Curt is being terrorized by a school bully who threatens to kill him. It’s a thoroughly touching episode, with moments that have resonance and ring very true for a change.

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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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