TV Review: WILFRED – Season 1 – “Conscience”

Chris Klein in WILFRED - Season 1 - "Conscience" | ©2011 FX/Ray Mickshaw

Stars: Elijah Wood, Jason Gann, Fiona Gubelmann, Chris Klein Writer: David Baldy Director: Randall Einhorn Network: FX, Thursdays @ 10 PM Airdate: July 28, 2011 After playing with some strange metaphors for the past few weeks, WILFRED returns to a plot that makes sense, at least within the general craziness of a show about a guy who imagines his neighbor’s dog as a man in a dog suit. “Conscience” is amusing without being a laugh riot – on the other hand, it doesn’t encompass a huge “ick” factor. Human Ryan (Elijah Wood) and canine Wilfred (Jason Gann) are both seriously […]Read On »

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TV Review: WILFRED – Season 1 – “Respect”

Rashida Jones in WILFRED - Season 1 - "Respect" | ©2011 FX/Michael Becker

Stars: Elijah Wood, Jason Gann, Fiona Gubelmann, Rashida Jones Writer: Michael Glouberman Director: Randall Einhorn Network: FX, Thursdays @ 10 PM Airdate: July 21, 2011 One has to hand it to the writers of WILFRED. They consistently come up with roundabout, intricate ways for Elijah Wood’s character Ryan to learn important life lessons after being repeatedly manipulated and abused by his neighbor’s dog Wilfred (Jason Gann), who Ryan and only Ryan sees as an Australian man in a dog suit. Conceptually, the notion of Ryan being taught that he shouldn’t court the opinions of others, especially based on false pretenses, […]Read On »

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TV Review: WILFRED – Season 1 – “Fear”

Ethan Suplee, Elijah Wood and Jason Gann in WILFRED - Season 1 - "Fear" | ©2011 FX/Michael Yarish

Stars: Elijah Wood, Jason Gann, Ethan Suplee Writer: Eric Weinberg Director: Randall Einhorn Network: FX, Thursdays @ 10 PM Airdate: July 7, 2011 In WILFRED’s third episode “Fear,”  Elijah Wood remains reliably engaging as protagonist Ryan but, strangely, his relationship with Wilfred (Jason Gann) – a dog that Ryan and only Ryan sees as a man in a dog suit – is beginning to wear out its welcome. This isn’t because Gann is any less committed in his weirdly immersive performance as the anthropomorphic canine, but rather because Wilfred is objectionable. If Wilfred is just a projection of Ryan’s subconscious, […]Read On »

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TV Review: WILFRED – Season One premiere – “Happiness”

Jason Gann in WILDRED - Season 1 | ©2011 FX/Frank Ockenfels

Stars: Elijah Wood, Jason Gann, Dorian Brown, Fiona Gubelmann, J.P. Manoux, Gibson Bobby Sjobeck Writer: David Zuckerman Director: Randall Einhorn Network: FX, Thursdays @ 10 PM Airdate: June 23, 2011 Where everyone else sees a big, friendly, ordinary dog, Ryan (Elijah Wood) sees a man in a children’s theatre dog suit (Jason Gann). So goes the premise of FX’s new half-hour comedy WILFRED, adapted from the Australian series of the same name, created by Gann and Jason Zwar, which also starred Gann as the talkative, manipulative canine. In the opening episode, “Happiness,” Ryan makes multiple attempts at suicide, which succeed […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: The scoop on AMERICAN HORROR STORY and TERRA NOVA

Stephen Lang in TERRA NOVA - Season 1 - "Pilot" | ©2011 Fox/Brook Rushton

Tim Minear is an incredibly busy writer/producer and recently wrapped executive producing the Fox series THE CHICAGO CODE. He talked to us in this exclusive interview about what he’s been doing lately, including joining the staff on FX’s upcoming  AMERICAN HORROR STORY, created by GLEE’s Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk. ASSIGNMENT X: You said you were working on TERRA NOVA during the last days of the writers room at your previous project, THE CHICAGO CODE. Are you still involved with TERRA NOVA? TIM MINEAR: I am finishing up now. AX: How is that going? MINEAR: That went great. I came […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: JUSTIFIED producer Graham Yost talks about Season Two

Timothy Olyphant in JUSTIFIED | ©2011 FX/Mark Seliger

FX’s JUSTIFIED, based on characters created by revered novelist Elmore Leonard, wraps up its second season tonight, Wednesday, at 10 PM. Fans of Timothy Olyphant’s U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens, who copes with all sorts of complicated crime on his home Kentucky turf, can take solace that the hit series will be back for a third season (and probably more). Meanwhile, here’s what JUSTIFIED’s executive producer/adapter for television/show runner Graham Yost has to tell us about the show. ASSIGNMENT X: What kinds of questions do you ask yourself when you’re gearing up to make a new season? GRAHAM YOST: What’s a […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Margo Martindale gets JUSTIFIED in being bad

Margo Martindale in JUSTIFIED - Season 2 - "For Blood or Money" | ©2011 FX/Prashant Gupta

FX’s hit series JUSTIFIED (Wednesdays at 10 PM) is now in its second season and already renewed for a third. In the show developed by Graham Yost from the writings of Elmore Leonard, U.S. Marshal Raylan Givens (Timothy Olyphant) has come across all sorts of lawbreakers, especially now that he’s returned to his native Kentucky. However, it’s a safe bet he’s never before tangled with anyone quite like Margo Martindale’s Mags Bennett, the folksy, ruthless criminal matriarch who someone described as a cross between Tony Soprano and Paula Deen. Martindale, who hails from Galveston, Texas, has had a lot of […]Read On »

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Blu-ray Review: TRON: LEGACY

TRON: LEGACY and TRON: THE ORIGINAL CLASSIC - 5 disc Blu-ray and DVD set | ©2011 Walt Disney Home Entertainment

Rating: PG Stars: Jeff Bridges, Garrett Hudlund, Olivia Wilde, Bruce Boxleitner, James Frain, Beau Garrett, Michael Sheen Writers: Edward Kitsis & Adam Horowitz, story by Edward Kitsis & Adam Horowitz and Brian Klugman & Lee Sterndahl, based on characters created by Steven Lisberger and Bonnie MacBird Director: Joseph Koskinski Distributor: Walt Disney Home Entertainment Suggested Retail Price: $39.99 (2-disc Blu-ray/DVD combo), $49.99 (4-disc Blu-ray combo includes 3D Blu-ray version), $79.99 (5-disc combo includes both TRON: LEGACY in 3D and 2D Blu-ray and TRON: THE ORIGINAL CLASSIC in Blu-ray) Credit has to be given to the TRON: LEGACY filmmakers for going […]Read On »

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Blu-ray Review: TRON: THE ORIGINAL CLASSIC

TRON: THE ORIGINAL CLASSIC SPECIAL EDITION Blu-ray | ©2011 Disney

Rating: PG Stars: Jeff Bridges, Bruce Boxleitner, David Warner, Cindy Morgan Writers: Steven Lisberger and Bonnie MacBird Director: Steven Lisberger Distributor: Walt Disney Home Entertainment Suggested Retail Price: $39.99 (2-disc Blu-ray/DVD combo), $79.99 (5-disc combo includes both TRON: LEGACY in 3D and 2D Blu-ray and TRON: THE ORIGINAL CLASSIC in Blu-ray) Perhaps the most anticipated film on Blu-ray this Spring  is not TRON: LEGACY, but rather TRON: THE ORIGINAL CLASSIC which is finally getting its long overdue Blu-ray treatment. You almost expected Disney to put out the Blu-ray edition of the original before TRON: LEGACY hit theaters this past December, […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Where will TRON 3 go? Original TRON director Steven Lisberger reveals his thoughts on a third film – Part 2

Olivia Wilde and Garrett Hedlund in TRON: LEGACY | ©2010 Disney Enterprises

When director Steven Lisberger created TRON in 1982, he had no idea he would be influencing a whole new generation (and foreshadowing the computer revolution that was on the horizon). Now 28 years after his seminal film, the sequel TRON: LEGACY finally arrived with Lisberger producing and Joe Kosinski taking the helm. The film finds Kevin Flynn (Jeff Bridges) trapped in the computer grid of his own making and held hostage by a young, computer program version of himself dubbed Clu. It’s up to Flynn’s grown-up son Sam (Garrett Hedlund) to enter the computer world to save him. TRON: LEGACY […]Read On »

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