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Holiday Gift Guide 2010: Five geek-tastic STAR WARS gifts

STAR WARS THE CLONE WARS - The Complete Season Two | ©2010 LucasFilm

It smells like the holidays again, from the earthy aroma of fresh cut Christmas Trees to the sweaty scent of desperation the hard times have brought on to many hard-working people. However, one thing you can’t escape (whether you’re rich or poor), is the gift of, well, giving. And we here at ASSIGNMENT X have compiled a bunch of nifty lists of expensive (and not so expensive) gifts that would be perfect for your geek-tastic, pop culture savvy recipient (or more likely a guide to the things that you may want to ask Santa for yourself). So without further ado, […]Read On »

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Holiday Gift Guide 2010: Ten Must-Have TV on DVD Box Sets

THE TWILIGHT ZONE - Season 2 | ©2010 Image Entertainment

It smells like the holidays again, from the earthy aroma of fresh cut Christmas Trees to the sweaty scent of desperation the hard times have brought on to many hard-working people. However, one thing you can’t escape (whether you’re rich or poor), is the gift of, well, giving. And we here at ASSIGNMENT X have compiled a bunch of nifty lists of expensive (and not so expensive) gifts that would be perfect for your geek-tastic, pop culture savvy recipient (or more likely a guide to the things that you may want to ask Santa for yourself). So without further ado, […]Read On »

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Movie Review: TRON: LEGACY

TRON LEGACY movie poster - final

TRON: LEGACY opens with a very cool, TRON-ized rendition of the traditional Walt Disney Pictures logo, with the fairytale castle rendered in black, white and silver. This suggests that we’re in for a film of mild subversion that makes what we’ll see just that more wonderful. Actually, what we’re in for is a surprisingly faithful follow-up to the original 1982 TRON. Will we see an alternate universe where anthropomorphic computer programs are rendered primarily in shades of black, white and gray? We will. Will the light cycles of the first film have been updated to be more exciting and dynamic? Yes, they will. Will TRON: LEGACY have the same issue as its predecessor when it comes to thin characterizations and talk about changing the world so grand, broad and vague that it could mean practically anything? Yes, it will.

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Movie Review: YOGI BEAR

YOGI BEAR movie poster | © 2010 Warner Bros.

In an attempt to capitalize on the success of 20th Century Fox’s ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS film franchise (which combines CGI creatures with live action antics), Warner Bros. has dug into their archives to create a live-action version of the classic cartoon YOGI BEAR, but with lesser results.

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Movie Review: CASINO JACK

CASINO JACK movie poster | ©2010 ATO

Sometimes, you just can’t make this stuff up. Most Americans have heard of Jack Abramoff, if only because he wound up going to jail. Exactly what he did to land in prison is addressed in CASINO JACK, a pitch-black comedy of greed, crime, politics and the intersection of all three.

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Exclusive Interview: Producer Sean Bailey chats about TRON:LEGACY and the status of THE BLACK HOLE remake

TRON LEGACY - Light Cycle poster | ©2010 Disney Enterprises, Inc.

It’s been a long journey for producer Sean Bailey in rebooting the 1982 TRON film. Now, TRON: LEGACY is arriving tomorrow with Jeff Bridges reprising his role as computer programmer Kevin Flynn who is trapped in a computer world he created and it’s up to his son Sam (Garrett Hedlund) to save him. In an exclusive interview with ASSIGNMENT X, Bailey, who is now Disney’s President of Production, spoke about bringing TRON back online, as well as discussing the status of THE BLACK HOLE remake also slated to be directed by TRON’s Joe Kosinski. ASSIGNMENT X: Were you a big […]Read On »

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Holiday Gift Guide 2010: Five Mind-Blowing Blu-ray Special Editions

AVATAR - Extended Blu-ray

It smells like the holidays again, from the earthy aroma of fresh cut Christmas Trees to the sweaty scent of desperation the hard times have brought on to many hard-working people. However, one thing you can’t escape (whether you’re rich or poor), is the gift of, well, giving. And we here at ASSIGNMENT X have compiled a bunch of nifty lists of expensive (and not so expensive) gifts that would be perfect for your geek-tastic, pop culture savvy recipient (or more likely a guide to the things that you may want to ask Santa for yourself). So without further ado, […]Read On »

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Holiday Gift Guide 2010: Five Hot Gadgets and Electronics

Sony PlayStation Move bundle | © 2010 PlayStation

It smells like the holidays again, from the earthy aroma of fresh cut Christmas Trees to the sweaty scent of desperation the hard times have brought on to many hard-working people. However, one thing you can’t escape (whether you’re rich or poor), is the gift of, well, giving. And we here at ASSIGNMENT X have compiled a bunch of nifty lists of expensive (and not so expensive) gifts that would be perfect for your geek-tastic, pop culture savvy recipient (or more likely a guide to the things that you may want to ask Santa for yourself). So without further ado, […]Read On »

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Holiday Gift Guide 2010: Five Great Gifts For the Kids

TRON: LEGACY - Light Cycle toy

It smells like the holidays again, from the earthy aroma of fresh cut Christmas Trees to the sweaty scent of desperation the hard times have brought on to many hard-working people. However, one thing you can’t escape (whether you’re rich or poor), is the gift of, well, giving. And every year, there’s usually some kind of big-ticket item that has parents clamoring to the toy aisles in order to please their kids with and usually they end up empty-handed (or paying through the nose to some disputable third-party seller). Anyone remember last year’s Zhu Zhu Pets. Couldn’t find them at […]Read On »

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Profile: Composer David Arnold gains passage to THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: VOYAGE OF THE DAWN TREADER

THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: THE VOYAGE OF THE DAWN TREADER | ©2010 Sony Classical

If there’s one composer who knows how to take Earthlings to a land of mystical enchantment, and then get most of them back in one piece, it would be David Arnold. With only the Brit crime drama YOUNG AMERICANS behind him, Arnold’s Hollywood debut on 1994’s STARGATE hit the scoring world with the resonance of a nuclear bomb, if said explosion could be heard as a blinding flash of lush orchestral themes, epic choruses and swashbuckling adventure. Arnold’s professional quest since then has heard him take on diverse styles from the epic action of INDEPENDENCE DAY and LAST OF THE […]Read On »

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