UNDERGROUND: Jessica De Gouw & Alano Miller – exclusive interview

The cast of UNDERGROUND | © 2016 WGN

Jessica De Gouw and Alano Miller have both been giving interviews for hours already when they sit down with Assignment X to talk about Season 2 of WGN America’s Wednesday-night drama UNDERGROUND. However, both actors talk about the pre-Civil War series, concerning the Underground Railroad, with an energy and enthusiasm that belies their long day. De Gouw plays Elizabeth Hawkes, who is initially drawn into the abolitionist movement by her husband John (Marc Blucas), but who over the first season developed perhaps even more passion for the cause than her spouse has. Miller plays Cato, who bears visible scars inflicted […]Read On »

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PENNY DREADFUL: John Logan on Season 2 – Interview

PENNY DREADFUL - Season 2 - Key Art | ©2015 Showtime

As PENNY DREADFUL creator/executive producer John Logan notes, “No two witches are the same, no two vampires are the same, no two demonically-possessed women are the same.” Viewers of the Showtime series were likely to have figured this out from first season, and now second season is upon us, Sundays at 10 PM. We see not only the further experiences of gunfighter/demon fighter-with-a-huge secret Ethan Chandler (Josh Hartnett), Devil-possessed psychic Vanessa Ives (Eva Green), explorer Sir Malcolm Murray (Timothy Dalton), his loyal aide Sembene (Danny Sapani), ageless Dorian Gray (Reeve Carney), Dr. Victor Frankenstein (Harry Treadaway), his Creature (Rory Kinnear) […]Read On »

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DVD Review: UNIVERSAL CLASSIC MONSTERS: COMPLETE 30-FILM COLLECTION

UNIVERSAL CLASSIC MONSTERS: COMPLETE 30 FILM COLLECTION | ©2014 Universal Pictures Home Entertainment

Distributor: Universal Home Entertainment Suggested Retail Price: $199.99 As with most home entertainment divisions, re-issuing previously released material in new box sets has become the norm. However, some times it can be a good thing as is the case with the excellent new box set UNIVERSAL CLASSIC MONSTERS: COMPLETE 30-FILM COLLECTION. Corralling every important monster movie from the Universal archives from 1931-1956, this is a must-have even for those who owned the previous 2004 Legacy monster sets and want them all in one place. Those editions from ten years ago, took every important monster (Wolfman, Dracula, Frankenstein, The Creature, The […]Read On »

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Interview: PENNY DREADFUL creator John Logan on his new horror series

Harry Treadaway in PENNY DREADFUL - Season 1 | ©2014 Showtime

Put together Victorian England in 1891, add an expatriate American sharpshooter (Josh Hartnett) attached to a traveling Wild West show, an ambitious spiritualist (Eva Green), a monster hunter (Timothy Dalton) and Dracula, Dr. Frankenstein, Dorian Gray and assorted other supernatural entities, make it very scary and sexy, and you’ve got Showtime’s PENNY DREADFUL, which premieres its eight-episode first season Sunday, May 11 at 10 PM. PENNY DREADFUL is the first television series created by the prolific John Logan, who won a Tony Award for his stage play RED. His screenplays for GLADIATOR, THE AVIATOR and HUGO were nominated for Oscars; […]Read On »

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TV Review: DRACULA – Season 1 – “Pilot” – Series Premiere

Jonathan Rhys Meyers in DRACULA - Season 1 | ©2013 NBC/Nino Munoz

Stars: Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Jessica De Gouw, Thomas Kretschmann, Victoria Smurfit, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Nonso Anozie, Katie McGrath Writer: Cole Haddon, created by Cole Haddon Director: Steve Shill Network: NBC, Fridays @ 10 PM Original Airdate: October 25, 2013 By now, so many writers, directors, actors et al have had a go at Bram Stoker’s creation that saying something is about Dracula is about as helpful as saying the characters wear shoes. In what is being billed as a limited series, NBC’s new DRACULA, developed by Cole Haddon – who also scripted the premiere – takes a number of elements from […]Read On »

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CD Review: NAPOLEON AND EUROPE (500 edition)

NAPOLEON AND EUROPE soundtrack | ©2013 Music Box Records

Just before he’d briefly invade Hollywood with his spectacularly ominous score for 1992’s DRACULA, esteemed Polish composer Wojciech Kilar would wave the colors for France’s self-appointed Emperor for the Gallic television series NAPOLEON AND EUROPE. Those American fans used to the elegant, brooding quality of Kilar’s work on DEATH AND THE MAIDEN and WE OWN THE NIGHT might be pleasantly surprised by the sometimes joyful quality of his main theme as it revels in triumphant orchestral splendor, sprightly marches and even a bit of Baroque harpsichord comedy, all setting the stage for a little man’s sense of greatness, and the […]Read On »

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Movie Review: HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA

HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA movie poster | ©2012 Sony Pictures Animation

Voices: Adam Sandler, Andy Samburg, Selena Gomez, Kevin James, Fran Drescher, Steve Buscemi, Molly Shannon, David Spade, Cee Le Green, Jon Lovitz Writers: Peter Baynham, Robert Smigel based on a story by Todd Durham, Dan Hageman, Kevin Hageman Director: Genndy Tartakovsky Distributor: Sony Pictures Animation Release Date: September 28, 2012 With CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS, last year’s ARTHUR CHRISTMAS and now HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA, Sony Pictures Animation is eking out a wonderful identity for their children’s animated films. Fun, quirky, and very funny, each film proves to be a little ball of creative comedic energy that defies expectations and […]Read On »

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Breaking News: NBC announces new DRACULA series with Jonathan Rhys Meyers – TCA 2012

Jonathan Rhys Meyers will star in NBC's DRACULA. This photo was for COMPLEX MAGAZINE'S October 2007 issue / photo by Matt Doyle/Contour by Getty Images/courtesy NBC Universal

NBC announced today that they will be embarking on an ambitious 10-episode series DRACULA based on the Bram Stoker novel and starring Jonathan Rhys-Meyers (THE TUDORS) as the world’s most famous vampire. “In a world of TWILIGHT and TRUE BLOOD with contemporized stories, it’s great to go back to the original,” says NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt at today’s NBCUniversal Summer 2012 Press Tour. “The book is still fresh and owe have an original, incredible script. We’re very excited about it and it’s going right to series.” Cole Haddon serves as co-executive producer and wrote the script. The series will […]Read On »

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AFM 2011 Breaking News: The scoop on Dario Argento’s DRACULA 3D

Dario Argento's DRACULA 3D | ©2011 Film Export Group

Many have dipped into the Bram Stoker well in re-inventing the classic   fable, but now giallo master Dario Argento is taking his bite out of the vampire legend with his latest film – DRACULA 3D The film, shot in stereoscopic 3D, was teased to potential AMERICAN FILM MARKET buyers this year with a 30-minute show reel, and it definitely created a large amount of buzz at the 2011 event. With a look and feel of the old Hammer Films, this DRACULA features many of Argento’s stables – hardcore gore, sexy femmes and an unmistakable shooting style. Producer Roberto Di […]Read On »

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