RUMBLE: THE INDIANS WHO ROCKED THE WORLD – Part 2 – Exclusive Interview

Pat Vegas and members of the Native American rock group are featured in RUMBLE | Photo Credit: Joseph Dominguez

In part two of our exclusive interview with Stevie Salas and the Black Eyed Peas’ Taboo, both discuss what they learned during their work on the documentary RUMBLE: THE INDIANS WHO ROCKED THE WORLD, making its PBS debut Monday, January 21. ASSIGNMENT X: Has anything you’ve learned in the course of making this film affected your own music, the way you make music, your attitude toward your music, what you want to do with the music? TABOO: It has. It inspired me to be, I say, like the P. Diddy of Native artists. Because I have such a huge platform, […]Read On »

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DORKING OUT – Episode 13: The Bridget Jones’ Emmy and How to Win Your Own Edition

Dorking Out Show | © 2016 Chris Smith/Sonia Mansfield

Hey there, dorks. In this week’s episode we wade through the Emmys aftermath. In the era of Peak TV, how do you honor all the great shows that deserved to be honored? We talk about the winners, losers and more. Plus, Chris gets to brag about his Emmy wins. He talks about what it is like to be nominated and win an Emmy, as well as what it is like to attend the award show. We also review the final installment one of the most important trilogies of the 2000. No, not that one. No, not that one, either. We […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Paul Blackthorne heads down THE RIVER

Paul Blackthorne in THE RIVER - Season | ©ABC/Bob D'Amico

There has been plenty of horror on television, and there have been pseudo-documentaries on television, but THE RIVER, airing on ABC Tuesdays at 9 PM, is the first narrative series to combine the two. With PARANORMAL ACTIVITY maker Oren Peli as one of the show’s creators, Michael R. Perry (PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 2, STEPHEN KING’S DEAD ZONE TV series, MILLENNIUM) as its other creator and Steven Spielberg as one of the executive producers, the series arrived on the scene with plenty of genre street – or waterways – cred, even before proving itself to be truly scary in its first episode. In […]Read On »

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TCA 2011: Fox talks about the greenlight of COSMOS: A SPACE-TIME ODYSSEY

Carl Sagan's COSMOS - DVD cover

The last thing anyone would expect the Fox network to do would be a documentary sequel to the hit 1980s PBS/Carl Sagan hosted and produced documentary science series COSMOS, but it’s official – they’ve greenlit it. Titled COSMOS: A SPACE-TIME ODYSSEY, the series will surprisingly be produced by FAMILY GUY creator Seth MacFarlane. At today’s Summer 2011 Television Critics Association Fox session, Fox’s Entertainment President Kevin Reilly spoke about picking up this property to series. “It’s a unique property that doesn’t feel like a natural fit on Fox, but it was the most successful thing PBS has done,” explains Reilly. […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Morgan Spurlock sells out for THE GREATEST MOVIE EVER SOLD – Part Two

Morgan Spurlock in POM WONDERFUL presents THE GREATEST MOVIE EVER SOLD | ©2011 Sony Classics

With POM WONDERFUL PRESENTS THE GREATEST MOVIE EVER SOLD, documentarian Morgan Spurlock tackles advertising in movies head-on in this very funny look in how movies and television shows sell out every day (including Spurlock himself). In Part 2 of our exclusive interview, he discusses advertising, independent films and the state of documentary films. ASSIGNMENT X: Do you think advertising is evil? MORGAN SPURLOCK: I don’t think advertising is inherently evil, but I hate the way that it’s used, and how it’s questionably put into certain places like schools. That absolutely should not happen.  I think there are places where you […]Read On »

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Movie Review: AFRICAN CATS

AFRICAN CATS movie poster | ©2011 Walt Disney Pictures

Rating: G Stars: Samuel L. Jackson (Narrator) Director: Alastair Fothergill & Keith Scholey Distributor: Walt Disney Pictures Release Date: April 22, 2011 I grew up watching DISNEY TRUE LIFE ADVENTURES in school. They were old even then, but I still loved seeing them. It clearly has been years since I have watched any of them which were very cute and given the Disney treatment to take the edge off of stories in nature. AFRICAN CATS is in some ways exactly what I expected – a throwback to those older Disney nature film. It is a beautifully shot film as the […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Morgan Spurlock shills THE GREATEST MOVIE EVER SOLD – Part One

POM Wonderful presents THE GREATEST MOVIE EVER SOLD movie poster | ©2011 Sony Classics

I think it was around the time that James Bond boarded a Brazilian tram car with a 7-Up placard before sending a villain smashing through a British Airways billboard that I noticed (even at the tender age 15 years) that this movie was trying to sell me something. That isn’t to say how much more obvious those thoughts were when Elliot introduced E.T. to earth commercialism by handing him Reese’s Pieces, or how a Dr. Pepper machine just happened to be in the control room where Raymond Burr was facing off against GODZILLA ‘85. Those days of on-camera advertising now […]Read On »

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Juliet Landau’s TAKE FLIGHT release party flies this Sunday in Los Angeles

Juliet Landau

Ever wonder what might be going through Gary Oldman’s mind if he directed a Jewish hip-hop music video? You can find out at the DVD release party for director Juliet Landau’s TAKE FLIGHT, a twenty-five-minute documentary chronicling Oldman’s work with the band Chutzpah. The documentary will be screened and available for purchase Sunday night, Dec. 12, 6 PM at Meltdown Comics, 7522 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood 90069. There will be a musical performance by Amy Kuney and the band Common Rotation (which features Adam Busch, who appeared with Landau in BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, as well as Eric Kufs and […]Read On »

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