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TV Review: SPARTACUS: GODS OF THE ARENA – “Reckoning”

Dustin Clare and Antonio Te Maioha in SPARTACUS: GODS OF THE ARENA -"Reckoning" |©2011 Starz Entertainment, LLC

Stars: Lucy Lawless, John Hannah, Peter Mensah, Dustin Clare, Jaime Murray Writer: Brent Fletcher, Created by Steven S. DeKnight Director: John Fawcett Network: STARZ, airs Friday nights Original Telecast: February 18th, 2010 This is the next to last episode of SPARTACUS: GODS OF THE ARENA, and it is appropriately named “Reckoning”. Everything has been building towards this episode where it really hits the fan (appropriate since this is almost the end of the series). I called it a few episodes ago, that Titus (Jeffrey Thomas) coming back to the House of Batiatus to act as the head of the household, […]Read On »

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Interview: Hayden Panettiere is imprisoned by AMANDA KNOX: MURDER ON TRIAL IN ITALY

Hayden Panettiere in AMANDA KNOX: MURDER ON TRIAL IN ITALY | ©2011 Lifetime

AMANDA KNOX: MURDER ON TRIAL IN ITALY, airing tonight on Lifetime at 9 PM EST, is a dramatization of the real-life case that’s been in the news for several years now. American Amanda Knox was convicted of killing her college roommate Meredith Kercher while both were on vacation in Italy. The conviction is currently being appealed and the case continues to generate international controversy. Hayden Panettiere – long known as the indestructible Claire Bennet on HEROES – plays Knox in the telefilm, with Marcia Gay Harden and Clive Walton as her parents. Panettiere talks to us about the film, as […]Read On »

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Exclusive Photos: The UNKNOWN Los Angeles premiere

Liam Neeson at the Los Angeles Premiere of UNKNOWN | ©2011 Sue Schneider

Warner Bros. Pictures presented the Los Angeles Premiere of UNKNOWN, in association with Dark Castle Entertainment, A Panda Production on February 16, at the Regency Village Theater in Westwood. Since it was cold and raining most of the day the press and the stars attending were tented. Fans stood on the street to get a glimpse of the stars who stopped to sign autographs. UNKNOWN stars Liam Neeson as Dr. Martin Harris who awakes after a car accident in Berlin to discover that his wife Elizabeth (January Jones) suddenly doesn’t recognize him and another man Martin B. (Aiden Quinn) has […]Read On »

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TV Review: SUPERNATURAL – SEASON 6 – “Mannequin 3: The Reckoning”

Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles in SUPERNATURAL | ©2008 The CW

Cast: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Jim Beaver, Misha Collins Writers: Eric. C. Charmelo, Nicole Snyder Director: Jennot Szwarc Network: The CW, airs Fridays Original Telecast: February 18, 2010 I mean really, what other show, besides SUPERNATURAL could get away with the title of this week’s episode of “Mannequin 3: The Reckoning”? I wonder how many viewers of the show, and for the matter readers of this article, realize that MANNEQUIN was a terrible ’80s movie starring Andrew McCarthy and a young Kim Cattrall. It scared the crap out of me. No, not because it is a horror movie (in fact, […]Read On »

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TV Review: FRINGE – Season 3 – “6B”

Joshua Jackson in FRINGE - Season 3 - "6B" | ©2011 Fox/Liane Hentscher

Cast: Anna Torv, Joshua Jackson, John Noble, Lance Reddick, Jasika Nicole Writers: Glen Whitman, Robert Chiapetta Directors: Thomas Yatsko Network: Fox, airs Fridays Original Telecast: February 18, 2010 “Ghosts, that’s where you draw the line?” – Peter (Joshua Jackson) on FRINGE “6B” Is love strong enough to cross universes? Can one husband from one universe and one wife from another be in the exact same time having lost their partners and then somehow cross the streams to see each other? That was the idea behind “6B” on FRINGE this week, another relatively non-eventful creature-of-the-week episode, however, essential in mending the […]Read On »

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Interview: For EPISODES star Mircea Monroe, It’s a good Morning

Mircea Monroe in EPISODES | ©2011 Showtime/Colin Hutton

In the Showtime series EPISODES, which has its first-season finale tonight, two British television writers, played by Stephen Mangan and Tamsin Greig, come to Hollywood to oversee the American version of their hit English series. To say they experience culture shock is putting it mildly. Their British boarding school is turned into a sports team and their erudite main character is recast as Matt LeBlanc (playing himself playing the TV character). Mircea Monroe plays LeBlanc’s costar Morning Randolph, an actress in her late forties who has had so much work done that she looks like the youthful Monroe.   AX: […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: EPISODES actor John Pankow plays network evil

John Pankow and Matt LeBlanc in EPISODES - Season 1 | ©2011 Showtime

Showtime’s original comedy EPISODES has its first-season finale on Sunday. The series finds Matt LeBlanc playing himself as the lead in an American adaptation of a Britcom. The writers/producers of aforesaid Britcom, played by Stephen Mangan and Tamsin Greig, find their original ideas mangled into something unrecognizable at every turn by high-handed network executive Merc Lapidus, played by stage, TV and film veteran John Pankow (MAD ABOUT YOU, THE DAYS AND NIGHTS OF MOLLY DODD, TO LIVE AND DIE IN L.A.). Pankow says that when he first read the pilot script by EPISODES creators David Crane and Jeffrey Klank, as […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: SMALLVILLE executive producer Brian Wayne Peterson chats about the end of a decade with Clark Kent

Tom Welling in SMALLVILLE - Season 10 - "Scion" | ©2011 The CW/Jack Rowand

As the months and episodes keep ticking to the finale of SMALLVILLE after ten seasons, the show continues to explore what it takes to get Clark Kent (Tom Welling) to transform from mild-mannered farmboy to Man of Steel. While at this winter’s CW TCA session, ASSIGNMENT X caught up with SMALLVILLE executive producer Brian Wayne Peterson to chat about the show’s forthcoming end and get some teases about what’s to come. [Note, this interview was conducted before the series returned from winter hiatus and before it was recently announced that Michael Rosenbaum was going to return as Lex Luthor for […]Read On »

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Movie Review: UNKNOWN

UNKNOWN movie poster | ©2011 Warner Bros.

Rating: R Stars: Liam Neeson, Diane Kruger, January Jones, Aidan Quinn, Bruno Ganz, Frank Langella Writers: Oliver Butcher & Stephen Cornwell, based on the novel by Didier van Cauwelaert Director: Jaume Collet-Serra Distributor: Warner Bros. Release Date: February 18, 2011 Director Jaume Collet-Serra helmed 2009’s ORPHAN, which had a truly “Holy bananas!” plot twist that was fairly unforeseeable. UNKNOWN likewise hinges on a big plot twist and, although this one is easier to guess before it is revealed, it’s also a better movie. This is largely because UNKNOWN is a perfectly decent action thriller even once we and our hero […]Read On »

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Movie Review: I AM NUMBER FOUR

I AM NUMBER FOUR movie poster | ©2011 DreamWorks/Walt Disney Pictures

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Alex Pettyfer, Timothy Olyphant, Teresa Palmer, Dianna Agron, Callan McAuliffe, Kevin Durand Writers: Alfred Gough & Miles Millar and Marti Noxon, based on the novel by Pittacus Lore (Jobie Hughes & James Frey) Director: D.J. Caruso Distributor: Walt Disney Pictures Release Date: February 18, 2011 Stop me if you’ve heard this: super-powered teenager attends high school and tries to pass for normal, but a combination of human and otherworldly forces cause the teen’s otherness to surface. In terms of the spine of I AM NUMBER FOUR, you can skip past CARRIE and jump straight to SMALLVILLE, especially […]Read On »

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