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Movie Review: SANCTUM

SANCTUM movie poster | ©2011 Universal Pictures

James Cameron, who executive-produced SANCTUM, is famous for his love of diving, and although he did not direct this film, that passion and its cause are evident throughout. We see one breathtaking underwater vista after another, brought to us in uncommonly effective 3D. Most films waste the format – not so SANCTUM. Under Alister Grierson’s direction, we get a wonderful sense of how rock shelves in caves stretch out at a particular distance and we practically get vertigo watching water thunder down deep drops. Indeed, as the film opens and we have one of our few encounters with civilization, a few roof shacks appear to extend out into the theatre, roughly two rows in front of the viewer. It’s great.

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Fresh Clip: Official THE WALKING DEAD DVD/Blu-ray trailer

THE WALKING DEAD DVD cover | ©2011 Anchor Bay

Can’t wait for the AMC zombie series THE WALKING DEAD to hit DVD/Blu-ray on March 8? How about the first look DVD/Blu-ray trailer. The trailer is below. The special features for the sets include: Featurettes: • The Making of THE WALKING DEAD • Inside THE WALKING DEAD: Episode 1-6 • A Sneak Peek with Robert Kirkman • Behind The Scenes Zombie Make-Up Tips • Convention Panel With Producers • THE WALKING DEAD Trailer Extra Footage: • Zombie School • Bicycle Girl • On Set With Robert Kirkman • Hanging With Steven Yeun • Inside Dale’s RV • On Set With […]Read On »

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The X List: Top 10 Good Things About BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER – SEASON 8 comics

Buffy and the Slayers from BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER SEASON EIGHT | © 2011 Dark Horse Comics

When approaching a list with the title: “The top ten good things about BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER – SEASON 8 comics,”  a person has to stop and really consider the subject matter. A normal season of a television show is just that: one season, or a year, or 23 or so episodes. Well, BUFFY – SEASON EIGHT started in 2007 and just finished in 2011. That’s a long storyline to keep track of with lots of BUFFY alum scribes, and other comic writers coming and going to keep the stories fresh and interesting. For the most part “Season Eight” has […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Steven S. DeKnight gives the scoop on SPARTACUS Season 2 – Part 3

Antonio Te Maioha, Dustin Clare and Peter Mensah in SPARTACUS : GODS OF THE ARENA | ©2011 Starz

In Part Three of our exclusive interview, SPARTACUS: GODS OF THE ARENA creator/showrunner Steven S. DeKnight talks about what Season Two of SPARTACUS has in store for next year now that Andy Whitfield’s illness will prevent him from no longer shepherding the iconic role (Liam McIntyre will be taking over). The prequel limited series SPARTACUS: GODS OF THE ARENA currently airs Friday nights on Starz. ASSIGNMENT X: What can you tell us about Season Two? STEVEN DeKNIGHT: Most interpretations of SPARTACUS, they break out, and it’s like Robin Hood and his Merry Men. They’re all together and fighting the system. […]Read On »

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Exclusive News: Jason Biggs confirms AMERICAN PIE 4 (AMERICAN REUNION) is almost a go

AMERICAN PIE movie poster | ©Universal Pictures

While speaking with Jason Biggs recently to promote his new CBS sitcom  MAD LOVE (co-starring former SCRUBS star Sarah Chalke and debuting February 14 at 8:30 pm EST), ASSIGNMENT X caught up with the actor to ask him about the status of the rumored AMERICAN PIE 4 (AMERICAN REUNION) theatrical sequel for this exclusive scoop. “We’re in talks,” Biggs says. “It’s moving forward-ish. The hope is to get it going in the Spring. We don’t have everything in place yet. I have a good feeling it’s going to happen.” In terms of plot details of the film which current has […]Read On »

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CD Review: 48 HRS. soundtrack

48 HRS. soundtrack | © 2011 Intrada Records

While James Horner showed he could go where no Enterprise scorer had gone before with his breakthrough, nautical-styled space adventure for 1982’s STAR TREK II, it would be that year’s 48 HRS. which truly showed him off as being far from a one-note composer. If audiences hadn’t seen this kind of hilariously foul-mouthed, squib-filled “buddy cop” movie before, then they certainly hadn’t heard the vibrant, ethnic spin that Horner put on the genre – a ferociously energetic approach that made KHAN’s musical wrath sound positively sedate by comparison. Horner likely keyed off of the manic urban energy that filled Eddie […]Read On »

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The X List: LET ME IN one of the DVD Highlights This Week

Chloe Grace Moretz in LET ME IN | ©2011 Anchor Bay

Your time is short. We know this. So in order to expedite your buying and Netflix decision making, we provide you with a list of the cool and not-so-cool titles coming out for movies, television and everything in-between. So put your feet up, grab some popcorn and check out this week’s selections. MOVIES LET ME IN – I’m sure any horror fan has already seen the original version of this film, the Norwegian-centered LET THE RIGHT ONE IN, and you were also pretty skeptical about this U.S.-version given how awesomely kick-ass the Norwegian version is. But for once, they didn’t […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Steven S. DeKnight leads SPARTACUS: GODS OF THE ARENA – Part 2

SPARTACUS creator and executive producer Steven S. DeKnight | ©2011 Starz

In Part Two of our exclusive interview, SPARTACUS: GODS OF THE ARENA creator/showrunner Steven S. DeKnight talks about casting, nudity, sword fights, working around the illness of leading man Andy Whitfield and more. The limited series airs Friday nights on Starz. ASSIGNMENT X: When you first conceived of doing SPARTACUS, were any of the characters written with any specific performers in mind? DeKNIGHT: No, we figured out the characters and then the actors came in [to audition]. Often we’d have a preconceived idea of who that character is physically, and an actor would come in with a look that we hadn’t […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: LET ME IN director Matt Reeves takes on the dark side of adolescence

LET ME IN Blu-ray | ©2011 Anchor Bay

One of the scariest things about the horror film LET ME IN, which is about a bullied young boy Owen (Kodi Smit-McPhee) who befriends vampire girl Abby (Chloe Moretz), is that it’s a remake of the excellent Swedish film LET THE RIGHT ONE IN. To tackle such a perfect film for American audiences could have been a suicide mission for any other filmmaker. However, writer-director Matt Reeves managed to take the seeds that made the original film so perfect and translate it beautifully with LET ME IN (which hits DVD and Blu-ray his week). The CLOVERFIELD helmer spoke with ASSIGNMENT […]Read On »

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