Music Review: The 10 Best Songs of 2011 (Some Brown, a little Perry, People and a whole lot to Gaga over)

Lady Gaga performs on the AMERICAN IDOL Season 10 finale | ©2011 Fox/Michael Becker

It was a pretty eclectic year in music, and that’s reflected with the best songs of 2011. A little Adele, a bit of Kanye and some more than welcome Katy Perry. And what would a year be without a song to go Gaga over. So here’s the ten best songs of 2011. 1. Adele – “Rolling in the Deep” Undeniably powerful, soulful and sincere. Sometimes, with the right lyrics and right vocals, a song just hits home. Read the lyrics if you must, or to feel it’s true impact, simply sing at the top of your lungs, “we could have […]Read On »

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Assignment X’s 2011 Last Minute Shopping Guide

'TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS Blu-ray | ©2011 Warner Bros.

Christmas is only a couple days away, which means it’s time to stop procrastinating and get out there and start searching for that last minute Christmas gift for that special someone you forgot about. To help out, we’ve compiled out annual 2011 Holiday Gift Guide in one snappy little article. Whether you’re looking for toys, books, music, gadgets or the coolest new Blu-rays, this guide will give you a Cliff Notes version of some of the cool things this holiday season has to offer for those in dire need of Christmas gifting. Happy Holidays from the Editors of ASSIGNMENT X. […]Read On »

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Car Review: 2011 KIA Optima SX

2011 KIA Optima SX | ©2011 KIA

Car Manufacturer: KIA Model: 2011 Optima SX Suggested Retail Price: $25,995.00 Reviewing cars is a brand new thing for ASSIGNMENT X, but, as cars begin to feel like moving super computers all on their own, it was about time to add them to our pop culture review diet. Granted, we’re not car experts, we just know what’s cool and what works for us as consumers, which is how we’ll approach our first car review in our magazine. It’s been some time since my family’s last car purchase (2002 to be exact), so getting to drive around in a brand new […]Read On »

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AFM 2011: Chuck Norris classics GOOD GUYS WEAR BLACK and THE OCTAGON make comeback

GOOD GUYS WEAR BLACK movie poster | ©American Cinema Releasing

While many people are excited by the new product on display at 2011’s American Film Market, sometimes it’s classic titles making a comeback that gain considerable buzz. Case in point Gorilla Pictures which recently made a deal to get three classic Chuck Norris films back into distribution after languishing in the vaults for many years. GOOD GUYS WEAR BLACK, THE OCTAGON and A FORCE OF ONE are the early 1980s classics that put Norris on the map, and Gorilla has made a five-picture Action Pack (including FORCE: FIVE and ACAPULCO GOLD – two additional films not starring Norris) that they’ve […]Read On »

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AFM 2011: It’s all in the name for ESCAPING THE RUSH filmmaker Brian J. De Palma

ESCAPING THE RUSH storyboard | ©2011 Brian J. De Palma

Sometimes it hurts, sometimes it helps when your name is Brian De Palma – that is Brian J. De Palma. The independent filmmaker was at the American Film Market 2011 pre-selling his film ESCAPING THE RUSH and says that having a similar name to CARRIE director Brian De Palma hasn’t totally hurt him over the years. “It sometimes gets people on the phone or they think it’s him joking around,” says De Palma. “I don’t know if it hurts or helps at all – it’s just a talking point sometimes.” Ten minutes of ESCAPING THE RUSH is complete and it […]Read On »

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AFM 2011: THE LAST DRAGON star Taimak reunites with his co-star with I’VE SEEN THINGS

Taimak in I'VE SEEN THINGS | ©2011 Taimak

At the AMERICAN FILM MARKET 2011, writer-director and action star Taimak (aka Taimak Guarriello) was introducing buyers to a brand new film of his called I’VE SEEN THINGS which reunites him with his THE LAST DRAGON co-star Leo O’Brien The film has 35 minutes completed as a show reel and Guarriello was encouraged by friend Joel Eisenberg at EMO Films to come out to the AFM and meet distributors about potential completion funds. The experience has been a positive one for the filmmaker. “We did it on a small budget and I did basically everything,” says Guarriello. “Now it’s at […]Read On »

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AFM 2011 Breaking News: The scoop on Dario Argento’s DRACULA 3D

Dario Argento's DRACULA 3D | ©2011 Film Export Group

Many have dipped into the Bram Stoker well in re-inventing the classic   fable, but now giallo master Dario Argento is taking his bite out of the vampire legend with his latest film – DRACULA 3D The film, shot in stereoscopic 3D, was teased to potential AMERICAN FILM MARKET buyers this year with a 30-minute show reel, and it definitely created a large amount of buzz at the 2011 event. With a look and feel of the old Hammer Films, this DRACULA features many of Argento’s stables – hardcore gore, sexy femmes and an unmistakable shooting style. Producer Roberto Di […]Read On »

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AFM 2011: It’s V for Victory Angel films at the AFM

Victory Angel Films logo

Every year at the American Film Market, which is held in Santa Monica at the Loews Santa Monica Hotel, new companies try to come up with a slightly altered business models to grow while also rewarding the filmmakers whose films they’re selling. Victory Angel Films is no different – spearheaded by filmmaker Brian Skiba, who created Victory Angel Films with the intent to find a way to navigate through the foreign market place without having to go to other foreign distribution channels. “We started off six or seven years ago as filmmakers and we had a movie that we knew […]Read On »

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Comic-Con 2011 Interview: The scoop on THE VAMPIRE DIARIES Season 3 according to showrunner Julie Plec

Ian Somerhalder and Nina Dobrev in THE VAMPIRE DIARIES - Season 2 - "As I Lay Dying" | ©2011 The CW/Bob Mahoney

THE VAMPIRE DIARIES heads into the third season this fall with a bit of a role reversal as our hero Stefan (Paul Wesley) hits a little bit of a dark path, and is on the road while his brother Damon (Ian Somerhalder) is left at home to protect Elena (Nina Dobrev) from all the bad things that comes her way. It’s a major evolution for the series, and while at San Diego’s 2011 Comic-Con International, we were able to speak with showrunner and executive producer Julie Plec about the secrets of Season Three and what to expect in the fall. […]Read On »

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Exclusive Coverage from the 2011 COMIC-CON – DAY 1 & 2 (July 21 & 22, 2011)

COMIC-CON 2011 - DAY 1 and 2 (July 21 & 22, 2011)

Yes, it’s that time of year again – COMIC-CON INTERNATIONAL 2011 has arrived and the ASSIGNMENT X staff are already at the CON gathering all the news that we can cull together for our loyal readers. Check back here (or refresh this page – your choice) for all of our updates throughout the day. We’re also going to be updating on Twitter and Facebook – you can check us out by clicking the links below. Click on Link: COMIC-CON INTERNATIONAL BREAKING NEWS AND INTERVIEWS DAY 2 (July 22, 2011) Click on Link: Andrew Garfield talks about playing Peter Parker in […]Read On »

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