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Super Bowl Commercial Review: FAST FIVE trailer (and watch it too!)

FAST FIVE poster | ©2011 Universal Pictures

With Super Bowl Sunday here, ASSIGNMENT X has decided to review the movie trailer commercials in between the game to see how well the studios are using the mega-dollars they’re spending to draw people into theaters. FAST FIVE Release Date:  April 29 Stars: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker What Is It: The fifth sequel in THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS franchise Want To See Factor: The action looks good, but it’s the fifth movie, so it’s more of the same. Super Bowl Points:  Some nice explosions, great car action and a couple impressive stunts. A little sex appeal in the beginning […]Read On »

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Super Bowl Commercial Review: KUNG FU PANDA 2 trailer (and watch it too!)

KUNG FU PANDA 2 poster | ©2011 DreamWorks

With Super Bowl Sunday here, ASSIGNMENT X has decided to review the movie trailer commercials in between the game to see how well the studios are using their mega-dollars they’re spending to draw people into theaters. KUNG FU PANDA 2 Release Date:  May 26, 2011 Stars: The voice of Jack Black What Is It: The DreamWorks animated film sequel about a Kung Fu Panda. Want To See Factor: Did the first one really do that well to warrant this one? Sorry, just a bunch of imagery we saw from the last film? What makes this different? Super Bowl Points:  Queen’s […]Read On »

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Super Bowl Commercial Review: BATTLE: LOS ANGELES trailer

BATTLE LOS ANGELES poster | ©2011 Sony Pictures

BATTLE: LOS ANGELES Release Date:  March 11, 2011 Stars:  According to the trailer, there’s no stars, just a bunch of angry robots and threatening spaceships attacking humans in Los Angeles.What Is It: Los Angeles is under attack by alien ships and some robots. Want To See Factor: Didn’t we just see this in SKYLINE? WAR OF THE WORLDS? DISTRICT 9. B-o-r-i-n-g! This does nothing to make me want to go to the theater. Super Bowl Points:  It’s not in 3D – which, frankly, is a major plus. Grade: C- CLICK HERE for more reviews of this year’s SUPER BOWL movie […]Read On »

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Super Bowl Commercial Review: JUST GO WITH IT trailer

JUST GO WITH IT poster | ©2011 Sony Pictures

With Super Bowl Sunday here, ASSIGNMENT X has decided to review the movie trailer commercials in between the game to see how well the studios are using the mega-dollars they’re spending to draw people into theaters. JUST GO WITH IT Release Date:  February 11, 2011 Stars: Adam Sandler, Jennifer Aniston,  sexy busty blonde What Is It: The Super Bowl commercials kick off into high gear with a jiggle show to promote the new Adam Sandler comedy. It begins a hot blonde in a yellow bikini coming out of the water and walking toward the camera. The commercial is so aware […]Read On »

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Interview: GLEE star Matthew Morrison gets ready to Super Bowl shuffle

Matthew Morrison in GLEE - Season 2 - "Umbrella" | ©2010 Fox

How do you follow the thrills of the Super Bowl? Well, if you’re GLEE, you do an episode featuring Michael Jackson’s classic “Thriller” which airs tonight on Fox right after the big Super Bowl game. If you’re Matthew Morrison, who stars on GLEE as dedicated high school teacher and glee club champion Will “Shoe” Schuester, this is one more exciting moment in a ride that has seen world tours and two consecutive years presenting at the Kennedy Center Honors at the White House. Here’s his thoughts on the fortunes GLEE has brought him creatively and career-wise and where Mr. Schuester […]Read On »

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TV Review: SMALLVILLE – Season 10 – “Collateral”

Alison Mack in SMALLVILLE - Season 10 - "Collateral" | ©2011 The CW/Marcel Williams

Starring: Tom Welling, Erica Durance, Allison Mack, Justin Hartley Writer: Jordan Hawley Director: Morgan Beggs Network: The CW, airs Friday nights Original Telecast: February 5, 2011 Look who’s finally back. It’s seems like a long time since we last saw a new SMALLVILLE episode, right? What’s the deal with that? No matter, Clark (Tom Welling) and company are back, and I have to say, I was impressed. Then again, if SMALLVILLE had screwed up this episode, there would have been no hope for the season. It’s the comeback episode after a long break. It’s based off of one of the […]Read On »

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CD Review: NORTH DALLAS FORTY soundtrack (2,000 edition)

NORTH DALLAS 40 soundtrack | ©2010 Film Score Monthly

One of the more curious composer-to-picture match-ups in the 70’s was throwing John Scott, a genteel English composer renowned for such classically lush scores as ANTONY AND CLEOPATRA and THE COUSTEAU ODYSSEY, into the very macho game of football- and we aren’t talking the Euro definition of guys kicking around a pigskin. Yet it’s exactly that strongly thematic sense of drama that let NORTH DALLAS FORTY make a memorable touchdown as one of America’s better sports films. Credit Canadian director Ted Kocheff, who’d worked with Scott on the equally unlikely Aussie thriller WAKE IN FRIGHT to let the composer make […]Read On »

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CD Review: THE 5,000 FINGERS OF DR. T soundtrack

The 5,000 Fingers of Dr T. Soundtrack | ©2010 Film Score Monthly

There were some pretty bizarre kids’ movies back in the day like SANTA CLAUS CONQUERS THE MARTIANS. But no now grown-up cult item still has the tuneful catchiness of 1953’s 5,000 FINGERS OF DR. T, which stands as the only insane collaboration between uber-serious producer Stanley Kramer, phantasmagorical children’s author Dr. Seuss, and Friedrich Hollaender, a German cabaret composer whose political whimsy would see him sent packing from Nazi land to a Hollywood career. This colorful fantasy about a piano-hating kid’s ultimate bad dream would see Hollaender put Seuss’ wonderful gibberish to melody, resulting in a number of tongue-twisting delights […]Read On »

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CD Review: THE TOURIST soundtrack

THE TOURIST soundtrack | ©2010 Varese Sarabande Records

Forget Johnny Depp. No man is proving to be a more reliable companion to Angelina Jolie’s mysterious allure like James Newton Howard, who turns in his second terrific score for the actress after this year’s SALT. While there’s a surfeit of that film’s ballsy spy action here, THE TOURIST is mostly plying the same kind of luxurious, old-world waters that Henry Mancini and John Barry did when movies like CHARADE and FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE were the height of escapist fashion- a throwback appeal that THE TOURIST pulls off with panache. Most of this music is the elegant equivalent of […]Read On »

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CD Review: HAPPY NOW soundtrack

Happy Now soundtrack | ©2010 Movie Score Media

Euro-specialist label Movie Score Media now goes digging into the ghosts of their favored composers’ pasts with their “Discovery Collection”- a cool niche within a niche that reveals what might be a real spook with 2001’s long-buried score to HAPPY NOW. And it’s likely that ATONEMENT Oscar winner Dario Marianelli is similarly smiling due to the light that MSM is shining on his atypically wacky mystery score for an uber-serious composer, one which chronicles a Welsh politician’s amazement that the girl he and his mate most definitely murdered years ago is now back in town. Listening to the soundtrack’s Theremin-like […]Read On »

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