SCANDAL: Cast weighs in on the end of the series – interview

Scott Foley as Jake Ballard in SCANDAL | © 2018 ABC/Bob D'Amico

As creator Shonda Rhimes’s SCANDAL heads toward the finale of its seven-season run on Thursday nights, ABC opens up the show’s soundstages for the Winter 2018 Television Critics Association (TCA) press tour. Actors Scott Foley, Josh Malina, and Jeff Perry, who respectively play SCANDAL’s sometimes shady political operatives Jake Ballard, David Rosen, and Cyrus Beane, standing together within one of the White House sets, reflect on the end of an era. ASSIGNMENT X: How do you feel going into the last season of SCANDAL? Are you relieved, are you sad …? JEFF PERRY: I’m not relieved. I was shocked a […]Read On »

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Movie Review: MOLLY’S GAME

MOLLYS GAME movie poster | ©2017 STX

Stars: Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba, Kevin Costner, Michael Cera, Chris O’Dowd, Graham Greene Writer: Aaron Sorkin, based on the book by Molly Bloom Director: Aaron Sorkin Distributor: STX Release Date: December 28, 2017  MOLLY’S GAME is the theatrical film directorial debut of Aaron Sorkin, who also wrote the screenplay, based on Molly Bloom’s autobiographical book. Sorkin created THE WEST WING and THE NEWSROOM, won an Oscar for his screenplay for THE SOCIAL NETWORK and is widely considered one of the best screenwriters working today. While it’s not all that he does, Sorkin has written a number of fact-based, somewhat biographical […]Read On »

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GRACEPOINT actor Kevin Rankin is one of many suspects on this BROADCHURCH remake – Exclusive Interview

Kevin Rankin in GRACEPOINT - Season 1 | ©2014 Fox/Mathieu Young

Fox’s new series GRACEPOINT, Thursdays at 9 PM, is an American remake of the BBC’s BROADCHURCH, with some changes. In both, a young boy is murdered in a small coastal town – English in BROADCHURCH, Northern Californian in GRACEPOINT – and in both, just about everyone is a suspect. Also in both versions, David Tennant plays in a police detective, brought in from outside by the local force to head up the investigation. One of several changes, however, is that the dead boy’s family in GRACEPOINT is Episcopalian. Kevin Rankin plays the Reverend Paul Coates, who has a close relationship […]Read On »

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Interview: Terry Crews brings some muscle to BROOKLYN NINE-NINE

Terry Crews in BROOKLYN NINE-NINE - Season 1 | ©2013 Fox/Mary Ellen Matthews

Terry Crews is a man of many talents. Former NFL player, painter, writer, producer and actor – credits include THE LONGEST YARD remake, Chris Rock’s father on the series EVERYBODY HATES CHRIS, TERMINATOR SALVATION and the EXPENDABLES films – the man fromFlint,Michigan feels his most important job is as married family man with five children. This said, Crews sounds very happy about his current gig, playing Brooklyn police sergeant Terry Jeffords on Fox’s new half-hour comedy BROOKLYN NINE-NINE, Tuesdays at 8:30 PM. The actor is available for follow-up conversation after a Television Critics Association Q&A session for the series, created […]Read On »

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Interview: THE NEWSROOM’s Alan Poul Provides Insight into Season 1

Jeff Daniles in THE NEWSROOM | (c) 2012 Melissa Moseley/HBO

Created by Aaron Sorkin, THE NEWSROOM is set at a fictional cable news network, but the stories it deals with – theLouisiana oil spill, the killing of Osama bin Laden – are real. Jeff Daniels stars as news anchor Will McAvoy, who goes from bland to searingly opinionated in the opening episode, with Emily Mortimer as Mackenzie MacHale, his former lover and current producer, and Sam Waterston as their boss. The series airs Sundays at 10 PM, with the season finale airing August 26; the show has already been picked up for a second year. Alan Poul, one of NEWSROOM’s […]Read On »

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Movie Review: MONEYBALL

MONEYBALL movie poster | ©2011 Sony Pictures

Stars: Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Robin Wright Writers: Steven Zaillian and Aaron Sorkin, story by Stan Chervin, based on the book by Michael Lewis Director: Bennett Miller Distributor: Columbia Pictures Release Date: September 23, 2011 To describe MONEYBALL accurately is to run the risk of making it sound like a number of things that it is not – dry, insular, too cerebral for the masses. Instead, it is about baseball in the way that THE SOCIAL NETWORK was about Facebook. Baseball is MONEYBALL’s universe, but the film actually makes the topic so universal that even people who […]Read On »

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The X List: Assignment X’s Best of 2010 – Movies

TRUE GRIT poster | ©2010 Paramount Pictures

The best films of 2010, in the opinion of this reviewer (who still has to catch up with THE FIGHTER, WINTER’S BONE and several other acclaimed releases): THE SOCIAL NETWORK Normally, people working with computers is one of the most boring things that can be put on screen. Director David Fincher, writer Aaron Sorkin and an across-the-board brilliant cast headed up by Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield and Justin Timberlake leave the computers in the background and illustrate the dynamics of friendship and ambition in a way that is remarkably compelling and universal. The fact that the film is about the […]Read On »

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Exclusive Clips: THE WEST WING’s Thomas Schlamme looks back at the seminal series

THE WEST WING | © Warner Bros.

All seven seasons of the seminal drama THE WEST WING from creator Aaron Sorkin (which aired between 1999 and 2006) have finally arrived for download via iTunes, Amazon Video On Demand and other Online Digital Retailers. In honor of this, ASSIGNMENT X had the opportunity to ask Executive Producer/Director Thomas Schlamme a few questions about the ground-breaking series set in the White House and you can view the answers below in these exclusive clips. CLICK HERE to download from iTunes ______________________________________________________________________

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Movie Review: THE SOCIAL NETWORK

THE SOCIAL NETWORK movie poster | © 2010 Sony Pictures

Rating: R Stars: Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield, Justin Timberlake, Armie Hammer, Joseph Mazzello, Max Minghella Writer: Aaron Sorkin, based on the book THE ACCIDENTAL BILLIONAIRES by Ben Mezrich Director: David Fincher Distributor: Columbia Pictures Release Date: October 1st, 2010 There is a lot of controversy surrounding the accuracy of the storytelling in THE SOCIAL NETWORK. Based loosely on Ben Mezrich’s nonfiction tome THE ACCIDENTAL BILLIONAIRES about the origins of the social networking site Facebook, THE SOCIAL NETWORK has been accused of playing with the facts. This probably doesn’t matter unless one is writing a thesis about the real origins of […]Read On »

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