Movie Review: THE FOREST

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Rating: PG-13 Stars: Natalie Dormer, Taylor Kinney, Yukiyoshi Ozawa, Eoin Macken Writers: Ben Ketai and Sarah Cornwell and Nick Antosca Director: Jason Zada Distributor: Gramercy Pictures Release Date: January 8, 2016 In Japan, the Aokigahara Forest at the base of Mount Fuji is known both as “the Sea of Trees” and “the Suicide Forest.” In ages past, elderly and/or ailing people were left in the forest to die. More recently, it has become a destination for those seeking to end their lives, so much so that there are patrols specifically for the purpose of dissuading the still-living from killing themselves […]Read On »

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DA VINCI’S DEMONS: Creator David S. Goyer on the final season – Exclusive Interview

Tom Riley in DA VINCI'S DEMONS - Season 3 | ©2015 Starz

The third and final season of Starz’s DA VINCI’S DEMONS, Saturdays at 8 PM, sees Leonardo Da Vinci, still a relatively young man played by Tom Riley, making weapons of war to defend Italy from the Turks. David S. Goyer, who created DA VINCI’S DEMONS and is one of the executive producers, originally turned over the show-running reins for the third season to John Shiban because he was up to his eyebrows in other projects, including writing the screenplay for the much-anticipated BATMAN V. SUPERMAN and creating/running NBC’s CONSTANTINE, the TV series adaptation of D.C. Comics’ HELLBLAZER. However, as Goyer […]Read On »

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DA VINCI’S DEMONS: Actor Tom Riley on the final season and DOCTOR WHO – Exclusive Interview

Tom Riley in DA VINCI'S DEMONS - Season 3 | ©2015 Starz

DA VINCI’S DEMONS, the brainchild of series creator David S. Goyer, begins its third and final season on Starz Saturday, October 24. Tom Riley stars as the legendary historical inventor and artist Leonardo Da Vinci, who as a young man has quite a few adventures. Season 3 sees him making some surprising new alliances as the Turks threaten Da Vinci’s native Italy. Riley, an Englishman whose work includes the films I WANT CANDY and MONROE, is in a garden at the Beverly Hills Four Seasons Hotel, where he talks about DA VINCI and more. ASSIGNMENT X: Going into Season 3, […]Read On »

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CONSTANTINE showrunner Daniel Cerone on Season 1- Exclusive Interview

Matt Ryan as John Constantine in CONSTANTINE - Season 1 - "Blessed Are the Damned" | ©2014 NBC/Daniel McFadden

In NBC’s CONSTANTINE, Fridays at 10 PM, Matt Ryan plays the title character from the HELLBLAZER comics, an antihero with a damned soul who fights demons and hopes for redemption. Executive producer and showrunner Daniel Cerone developed CONSTANTINE for television with fellow exec producer David S. Goyer. Cerone, who has also been a writer/producer on MOTIVE, THE MENTALIST, DEXTER and CHARMED, to name a few credits, is happy to talk about his work in the hell-blazing field. ASSIGNMENT X: You’re on right after GRIMM, a show that also deals with monsters and people who combat them. How does that work […]Read On »

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CONSTANTINE star Matt Ryan goes to hell and back – Exclusive Interview

Matt Ryan in CONSTANTINE - Season 1 | © 2014 NBC/Paul Drinkwater

NBC’s new series CONSTANTINE, Fridays at 10 PM, is based on the HELLBLAZER comics and graphic novels by Jamie Delano and Garth Ennis. Matt Ryan plays John Constantine, a man who has literally fought demons but gave up the battle after a mistake on his part led to the death of a child and Constantine’s damnation. Now Constantine is given a chance at redemption by a possibly untrustworthy angel (Harold Perrineau), but he must resume combating the minions of Hell. Unlike the 2005 big-screen CONSTANTINE that starred Keanu Reeves, the television version, adapted from the source material by David S. […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Laura Haddock on DA VINCI’S DEMONS and GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY

Laura Haddock in DA VINCI'S DEMONS - Season 2 | ©2014 Starz

DA VINCI’S DEMONS, now in its second season on Starz, Saturdays at 9 PM, explores the extremely adventurous life of Leonardo Da Vinci, played by Tom Riley, as a young artist, inventor and explorer in the Renaissance era. Created by David S. Goyer, the series is full of complex characters, but one of the most startling is Lucrezia Donati, played by Laura Haddock. In Season 1, Lucrezia is mistress to the powerful prince Lorenzo de Medici (Elliot Cowan), has an affair with Da Vinci, frames and murders an innocent man and spies for Rome. We find out that her father […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview with DA VINCI’S DEMONS Tom Riley – Part 2

Tom Riley as Leonardo Da Vinci in DA VINCI'S DEMONS | © 2014 Starz

In Part Two of Assignment X’s exclusive interview with DA VINCI’S DEMONS star Tom Riley, he talks more about portraying Leonardo da Vinci in the second season of the Starz series, as well as how working on Broadway emboldened him as an actor – and what he thinks of SHARKNADO. AX: You were on Broadway in Tom Stoppard’s play ARCADIA. Did that help you in any way anchor into the American entertainment industry? TOM RILEY: Well, it’s a very British play, and Tom Stoppard, and it was directed by a Brit [David Leveaux]. Broadway’s a different beast [to television]. I […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview with DA VINCI’S DEMONS star Tom Riley – Part 1

Tom Riley as Leonardo Da Vinci in DA VINCI'S DEMONS on Starz | © 2014 Starz/Tonto Films And Television

In DA VINCI’S DEMONS, created by David S. Goyer, English actor plays the young Leonardo da Vinci. Although the action/adventure/fantasy/drama embellishes aspects of da Vinci’s life, it’s true that the famed fifteenth/sixteenth-century Italian was an inventor, anatomist and political figure (not to mention a lover), as well as an artist whose work has been revered through the centuries. In Season 2 of DA VINCI’S DEMONS, Saturdays at 9 PM on Starz, da Vinci is so determined to find the fabled Book of Leaves that he sets sail across uncharted reaches of the ocean and lands in what we now know […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: DA VINCI’S DEMONS creator David S. Goyer on Season 2

DA VINCI'S DEMONS - Season 2 Key Art | ©2014 Starz

DA VINCI’S DEMONS, on Starz Saturdays at 9 PM, begins its second season March 22 pretty much where Season 1 left off. We’re in late fifteenth-centuryFlorence, and artist/inventor/all-round genius Leonardo Da Vinci (Tom Riley) has incensed the city’s ruler, Lorenzo de Medici (Elliot Cowan) by having an affair with Lorenzo’s mistress,Vatican spy Lucrezia Donati (Laura Haddock). Although Leonardo and Lorenzo are locked in combat, they actually have bigger problems, as the forces of Pope Sixtus (James Faulkner), led by the Pope’s relative Count Girolamo Riario (Blake Ritson) and the ambitious Francesco Pazzi (Elliot Levey), are battling Medici’s men in the […]Read On »

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Movie Review: MAN OF STEEL

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Rating: PG-13 Stars: Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Russell Crowe, Diane Lane, Kevin Costner Writer: David S. Goyer, story by David S. Goyer & Christopher Nolan, based on characters created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster Director: Zack Snyder Distributor: Warner Bros. Release Date: June 14, 2013 The last big screen take on Superman, SUPERMAN RETURNS, looked and felt very much like a follow-up to the ‘70s/’80s films starring Christopher Reeve. No one is going to mistake the new MAN OF STEEL as a relative of those earlier features. This take on the mythology from director Zack Snyder and […]Read On »

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