MERCY STREET: Co-creator David Zabel talks new Civil War drama – Exclusive Interview

Josh Radnor is Jedediah Foster and Norbert Leo Butz is Dr. Byron Hale in MERCY STREET - Season 1 | ©2016 PBS/Antony Platt

MERCY STREET is PBS’ first original drama series in over a decade to be set in America. Now in its six-episode first season on Sunday nights, MERCY STREET is set during the Civil War in a hotel, owned by a Confederate family that refuses to leave, even after the building has been commandeered and made into a military hospital by the Union Army. Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Josh Radnor, Hannah James, McKinley Belcher III, Gary Cole, Donna Murphy, AnnaSophia Robb, Shalita Grant and Norbert Leo Butz are among the leads in the large ensemble cast. As of publication time, PBS wouldn’t […]Read On »

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Blu-ray Review: TANGLED

TANGLED - DVD and Blu-ray

Rating: PG Voices: Mandy Moore, Zachary Levi, Donna Murphy Writers: Dan Fogelman, based on the story by Jacob & Wilhelm Grimm Directors: Nathan Greno & Byron Howard Distributor: Walt Disney Pictures Disney has had a rough patch when it comes to their own homegrown animated films especially when they’re competing in-house with the magicians at Pixar (who, up until this point, can do no wrong). It’s been frustrating to watch Disney fumble the ball time and again, but thankfully with their 50th animated feature film TANGLED, they got it all right. Originally called RAPUNZEL, the film had the potential stigma […]Read On »

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The visual evolution of TANGLED baddie Mother Gothel

TANGLED - DVD and Blu-ray

The excellent Disney animated film TANGLED arrives on DVD and Blu-ray on Tuesday, and in anticipation of that release, Disney has created a very cool slideshow showing the evolution of the film’s Big Bad – Mother Gothel. Check out the slideshow below, and also read ASSIGNMENT X‘s exclusive interview with Mother Gothel voice actress Donna Murphy by CLICKING HERE.

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Exclusive Interview: Actress Donna Murphy is TANGLED in Mother Gothel’s wicked ways

Mother Gothel in TANGLED | © 2010 Walt Disney Pictures

One of the most delicious aspects of the new hit Disney animated film TANGLED was the creation of Mother Gothel. Stealing away Rapunzel from her Royal parents at a young age (so she could tap into the girl’s magical hair to stay young forever), Gothel is a wonderful creation filled with malicious intent, mass contradictions, misguided motherly love and of course, the expert knack for breaking into show-stopping songs. Breathing the character to life vocally is Broadway actress Donna Murphy (SPIDER-MAN 2, STAR TREK: INSURRECTION) who talked with ASSIGNMENT X in this exclusive interview about the Disney process and her […]Read On »

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AXclusive: TANGLED Animation Supervisor John Kahrs brings life to Rapunzel

Rapunzel in TANGLED | ©Disney Enterprises, Inc.

For a film based on the classic Brothers Grimm story RAPUNZEL, the end result of TANGLED (opening today) is anything but grim. Bright, cheerful and full of bright-eyed expressive characters, the Disney film’s animation supervisor John Kahrs brought a whole new look and layer to the classic Disney princess genre. More RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK than THE LITTLE MERMAID, the film is filled with two strong leads (Rapunzel and her swashbuckling love interest Flynn Rider) and two great sidekicks (a chameleon named Pascal and a blood-hound horse named Maximus). In an exclusive interview with ASSIGNMENT X, Kahrs spoke about […]Read On »

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Movie Review: TANGLED

TANGLED movie poster |© 2010 Walt Disney Pictures

For those jonesing for an animated Disney fairytale in the traditional style, or just a fun film that can be shared with the kids, TANGLED fills the bill. Quick, to the point and entirely enjoyable, TANGLED takes the traditional Grimm story, gives it some action and the title princess some gumption and takes off in beautiful style, looking much like the old enchanted films of yore, with 3D that brings up a couple of moving moments and is otherwise unobtrusive.

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AXclusive: Mark Kennedy tells how Rapunzel was un-TANGLED for new animated film

Flynn, Rapunzel, Pascal, Maximus in TANGLED | © 2010 Disney Enterprises, Inc.

When Walt Disney was just getting his feature animated division rolling in the 1940s, he was struggling with a way to bring the story of Rapunzel to the big screen. Now, seven decades later, the 50th animated film from the company has finally cracked that story. TANGLED is the end result (opening tomorrow), a delightfully funny and endearing tale of the golden haired Rapunzel (voiced by Mandy Moore) who sets out on an adventure with roguish thief Flynn Rider (voiced by Zachary Levi) to find out who she really is. Mark Kennedy, who served as TANGLED’s head of story, spoke […]Read On »

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Profile: CHUCK star Zachary Levi gets TANGLED up in Disney’s latest animated feature

Flynn Rider (voiced by Zachary Levi) from TANGLED | ©Disney Enterprises, Inc.

Zachary Levi may play a nerdy super spy on TV’s CHUCK, but this Wednesday he’s moonlighting as the roguish animated character Flynn Rider in Disney’s Rapunzel retelling TANGLED (which opens nationwide on Wednesday). It’s the kind of double duty the actor relishes – especially since both parts are so different. In TANGLED, Levi plays thief who befriends the long-haired Rapunzel and the two go on an epic adventure together. On CHUCK, which is now in its fourth season on NBC, Levi is the show’s title character who was co-opted by the CIA because he accidentally downloaded a program into his […]Read On »

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