IMPULSE: Maddie Hasson on Season 1of new sci-fi series – Exclusive Interview

Maddie Hasson in IMPULSE - Season 1 | ©2018 YouTube Premium/Erin Keating

In YouTube Premium’s new series IMPULSE, now streaming its ten-episode first season, Maddie Hasson plays small-town teenager Henrietta “Henry” Cole. During an extreme trauma, Henry discovers that she can teleport, but cannot control the ability. Hasson, originally from North Carolina, began dancing at age seven before moving on to acting. Her film and television credits include THE FINDER, TWISTED, I SAW THE LIGHT, NOVITIATE and MR. MERCEDES. After a Q&A panel for IMPULSE, Hasson takes time to discuss her work on the show in greater detail. ASSIGNMENT X: How did you become involved with IMPULSE? MADDIE HASSON: I auditioned, and […]Read On »

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IMPULSE: Co-creator Doug Liman on his new series based on his film JUMPER – Exclusive Interview

IMPULSE - Season 1 Key Art | ©2018 YouTube Red

The new YouTube Red series IMPULSE is based on the 2008 film JUMPER, which is in turn based on a novel by Steven Gould. Doug Liman (THE BOURNE IDENTITY, MR. & MRS. SMITH, EDGE OF TOMORROW) directed and produced JUMPER and now one of the creative forces behind IMPULSE, developing and executive producing the series, as well as directing the pilot. IMPULSE concerns small-town teen Henrietta “Henry” Cole (Maddie Hasson), who discovers she has the power to teleport. This is at first more of a predicament than a gift – it manifests when she is frightened, she can’t control where […]Read On »

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Movie Review: AMERICAN MADE

AMERICAN MADE movie poster | ©2017 Universal Pictures

Rating: R Stars: Tom Cruise, Domnhall Gleeson, Sarah Wright Olsen, Jesse Plemons, Caleb Landry Jones, Alejandro Edda, Fredy Yate Escobar, Mauricio Mejia Writer: Gary Spinelli Director: Doug Liman Distributor: Universal Release Date: September 29, 2017 AMERICAN MADE feels a little like a fever dream, especially for those who have been watching both the documentary THE VIETNAM WAR and the fact-based drama NARCOS. AMERICAN MADE certainly stands on its own, but it is set temporally between the events covered in those other two projects, and there is a feeling of cause and effect flow from one to the other. Barry Seal, […]Read On »

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Interview: EDGE OF TOMORROW composer Christophe Beck stays alive with his first sci-fi score

EDGE OF TOMORROW | ©2014 Warner Bros.

In the two or so decades since Christophe Beck followed Howard Shore and Mychael Danna as one of Hollywood’s most valuable Canadian composing imports, the burly, bearded and bespectacled musician has become an exemplar on how to incorporate a pop-rock sensibility into an old school, and often orchestral talent for melody. It’s a hummable talent that’s made him a go-to guy for teen hijinks (THE PERFECT MAN, A CINDERELLA STORY), rhythmically swooning romance (GUINEVERE, UNDER THE TUSCAN SUN), talking animals (GARFIELD, THE MUPPETS) and thoroughly R-rated bad boy behavior (THE HANGOVER, HOT TUB TIME MACHINE) – all before really hitting […]Read On »

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Movie Review: EDGE OF TOMORROW

EDGE OF TOMORROW movie poster | ©2014 Warner Bros.

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Tom Cruise, Emily Blunt, Bill Paxton, Brendan Gleeson, Noah Taylor Writers: Christopher McQuarrie and Jez Butterworth & John-Henry Butterworth, based on the novel ALL YOU NEED IS KILL by Hiroshi Sakurazaka Director: Doug Liman Distributor: Warner Bros. Release Date: June 6, 2014 What if the premise of GROUNDHOG DAY – a man who wakes up to live the same day over and over – were applied to a science-fiction war drama? One answer to that question is provided effectively and mostly engrossingly by EDGE OF TOMORROW, the film adaptation of Hiroshi Sakurazaka’s novel ALL YOU NEED IS […]Read On »

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Interview: Doug Liman and Jordan Carlos on I JUST WANT MY PANTS BACK

Elisabeth Hower, Jordan Carlos, Kim Shaw, Patrick Vack in I JUST WANT MY PANTS BACK - Season 1 | ©2012 MTV

In MTV’s new live-action comedy I JUST WANT MY PANTS BACK, four twenty-something friends in Brooklyn try to make their way through the world. Jason (Peter Vack) gets himself into the title situation and his best friend Tina (Kim Shaw) is similarly prone to encounters with strangers. However, Jason’s other pal Eric, played by Jordan Carlos, is still involved with his college sweetheart Stacey (Elisabeth Hower). The series is written by David J. Rosen, based on his novel. Doug Liman (SWINGERS, THE BOURNE IDENTITY, MR. & MRS. SMITH) is not only the executive producer of the series, with producing partner […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Peter Gallagher handles COVERT AFFAIRS for Season 2

Peter Gallagher in COVERT AFFAIRS - Season 2 | ©2011 USA Network/Frank Ockenfels

On COVERT AFFAIRS, which begins its second season tonight on USA at 10 PM, novice CIA operative Annie Walker (Piper Perabo) looks like just the gorgeous young woman next door, but she’s shown herself to be highly capable undercover. Her CIA handler is Joan Campbell (Kari Matchett), who is married to CIA Director of Clandestine Services Arthur Campbell, played by Peter Gallagher. When last season ended, higher-ups were trying to force Arthur to resign and had offered his job to Joan, making for a tricky situation, though Arthur and Joan vowed to support one another. Stay tuned to find out […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: DOUG LIMAN talks about ‘FAIR GAME’ and ‘COVERT AFFAIRS’

FAIR GAME movie poster | © 2010 Summit

Doug Liman could be dubbed the “spy guy” of producer/directors. True, his first feature film as a director was SWINGERS and he’s delved into other genres with GO and JUMPER, but his helming of THE BOURNE IDENTITY and MR. AND MRS. SMITH indicate a predilection for the world of people pretending to be what they’re not. Currently, Liman’s latest feature as director/ producer is in theatres. FAIR GAME tells the story of real-life CIA agent Valerie Plame, played by Naomi Watts, whose cover was blown by American government officials to punish her diplomat husband Joseph Wilson, played by Sean Penn, […]Read On »

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