THE SHANNARA CHRONICLES: Jonathan Liebesman films a dystopian future – exclusive interview

Manu Bennett stars as Allanon in THE SHANNARA CHRONICLES | © 2016 MTV

Adapted from Terry Brooks’ best-selling fantasy novel series, MTV’s THE SHANNARA CHRONICLES, Tuesdays at 10 PM, is set thousands of years in the future, when humans are subservient to elves and all are doomed unless it’s possible to stem the flow of demons from another realm into this one. Jonathan Liebesman set the tone for SHANNARA by directing the first two episodes. Liebesman is known for helming feature films, including the horror movies DARKNESS FALLS, THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE: THE BEGINNING and THE KILLING ROOM, the alien invasion action thriller BATTLE LOS ANGELES, the fantasy WRATH OF THE TITANS and […]Read On »

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SCORPION: Elyes Gabel teases what’s to come in Season 2 – exclusive interview

Elyes Gabel star as Walter O'Brien in SCORPION | © 2015 Sonja Flemming/CBS

On Season 2 of CBS’ SCORPION, Mondays at 9 PM, Walter O’Brien and his team of geniuses – plus their “normal” friend Paige (Katharine McPhee) and FBI liaison Cabe Gallo (Robert Patrick) – continue to tackle unusual crimes that require some brilliance to solve. There is a real Walter O’Brien, who is one of SCORPION’s executive producers, but on the show, he’s played by English actor Elyes Gabel. Gabel (his first name is pronounced ELL-ee-as, surname is Gah-BELL) has been part of ensemble casts before – on TV in CASUALTY, GAME OF THRONES and BODY OF PROOF and in films […]Read On »

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Movie Review: MAZE RUNNER: THE SCORCH TRIALS

MAZE RUNNER: THE SCORCH TRIALS movie poster | ©2015 20th Century Fox

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Dylan O’Brien, Ki Hong Lee, Kaya Scodelario, Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Dexter Darden, Alexander Flores, Jacob Lofland, Rosa Salazar, Patricia Clarkson, Giancarlo Esposito, Aiden Gillen, Lili Taylor, Barry Pepper, Alan Tudyk, Nathalie Emmanuel Writer: T.S. Nowlin, based on the novel by James Dashner Director: Wes Ball Distributor: Twentieth Century Fox Release Date: September 18, 2015 To answer one burning question about MAZE RUNNER: THE SCORCH TRIALS, yes, it’s easily possible to follow what’s going on in without having seen 2014’s original THE MAZE RUNNER. To answer a second question, no, this isn’t because we get tackled with a ton […]Read On »

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Movie Review: BLOODSUCKING BASTARDS

BLOODSUCKING BASTARDS movie poster | ©2015 Scream Factory

Rating: R Stars: Fran Kranz, Pedro Pascal, Joey Kern, Joel Murray, Emma Fitzpatrick, Yvette Yates, Justin Ware Writers: Dr. God & Ryan Mitts Director: Brian James O’Connell Distributor: Scream Factory Release Date: September 4, 2015 BLOODSUCKING BASTARDS combines the usual horrors of a dull office sales job – useless products, bored and uncooperative coworkers, a stressed-out boss – with a different kind of scare. What if your old college nemesis swooped in, got the promotion you’d been striving for and was a vampire? This is the situation that confronts our hero Evan (Fran Kranz). Up until now, Evan has been […]Read On »

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FROM DUSK TILL DAWN: Juan Carlos Coto on Season 2 – Part 1 – Exclusive Interview

FROM DUSK TILL DAWN | © 2015 El Ray

Juan Carlos Coto – called “Carlos” by absolutely everyone except the IMDB – is in his second year as show runner/executive producer on FROM DUSK TILL DAWN, the TV series created by Robert Rodriguez, based on the 1995 bank robbers and vampires movie directed by Rodriguez and scripted by Quentin Tarantino from a story by Robert Kurtzman. The television DUSK, now in its second season Tuesday nights on the El Rey Network (co-founded by Rodriguez), has expanded on the film’s mythology. The creatures of the night are no longer traditional vampires but rather snakelike Culebras, who drink the souls of […]Read On »

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HBO President of Programming Michael Lombardo – exclusive interview

Michael Lombardo, head of programming at HBO | © 2015 HBO

Following a general question and answer session with the Television Critics Association, HBO President of Programming Michael Lombardo took some time for an exclusive follow-up discussion. AX: This is Michael Lombardo on the State of the HBO Union. MICHAEL LOMBARDO: The State of the HBO Union? “’The Union is fine,’ Daniel Webster answered.” Things are good. I’m excited about the year. AX: A few years ago, you were saying you didn’t really like genre. LOMBARDO: It wasn’t my natural predilection, that is correct. AX: How do you feel about genre now? LOMBARDO: Here is what I’ll say. What I learned, […]Read On »

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HANNIBAL: Bryan Fuller on PUSHING DAISIES, AMERICAN GODS and more – Part 3 – Exclusive Interview

Creator and writer Bryan Fuller at WonderCon 2011 | ©2011 Assignment X/Peter Brown

In the final part of Assignment X’s exclusive interview with Bryan Fuller about HANNIBAL (NBC, Thursdays at 10 PM), the series executive producer/show runner/creator – adapting from Thomas Harris’ novels – talks about fan reaction, food as a narrative theme and more. ASSIGNMENT X: Is there anything about the fan reaction to HANNIBAL that has surprised you? BRYAN FULLER: I am not surprised and more titillated [laughs]. I’m surprised in the sense that you’re surprised when you make a new friend and they’re somebody who likes the same things that you do. And a lot of the fan reaction has […]Read On »

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TV Review: GAME OF THRONES – Season 5 – “Mother’s Mercy” – Season Finale

Lena Headey in GAME OF THRONES - Season 5 - "Mother's Mercy" | ©2015 HBO

Stars: Peter Dinklage, Nicolaj Coster-Waldau, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke, Kit Harington, Stephen Dillane, Liam Cunningham, Carice Van Houten, Indira Varma, Maisie Williams, Sophie Turner, John Bradley, Hannah Murray, Nathalie Emmanuel, Michiel Huisman, Conleth Hill, Jerome Flynn, Alfie Allen, Iwan Rheon, Gwendoline Christie, Tom Wlaschiha, Iain Glen, Jonathan Pryce, Daniel Portman, Anton Lesser, Jacob Anderson, Ian Beattie, Nell Tiger Free, Tara Fitzgerald, Brenock O’Connor, Faye Marsay, Charlotte Hope Writers: David Benioff & D.B. Weiss, series created by David Benioff & D.B. Weiss, based on George R.R. Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” Director: David Nutter Network: HBO, Sundays @ 9 […]Read On »

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TV Review: GAME OF THRONES – Season 5 – “The Dance of Dragons”

Emilia Clarke in GAME OF THRONES - Season 5 - "The Dance of the Dragons" | ©2015 HBO

 Stars: Peter Dinklage, Nicolaj Coster-Waldau, Emilia Clarke, Kit Harington, Stephen Dillane, Liam Cunningham, Carice Van Houten, Indira Varma, Maisie Williams, Jerome Flynn, John Bradley, Hannah Murray, Kristofer Hivju, Tom Wlaschiha, Michiel Huisman, Nathalie Emmanuel, Iain Glen, Kerry Ingram, Tara Fitzgerald, Alexander Siddig, Ian Whyte, Brenock O’Connor, Faye Marsay, Toby Sebastian, Roger Ashton-Griffiths, Ian Beattie, Mark Gatiss Writers: David Benioff & D.B. Weiss, series created by David Benioff & D.B. Weiss, based on George R.R. Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” Director: David Nutter Network: HBO, Sundays @ 9 PM Original Airdate: June 7, 2015 It’s a rare episode of […]Read On »

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TV Review: GAME OF THRONES – Season 5 – “Hardhome”

Kit Harington and Kristofer Hivju in GAME OF THRONES - Season 5 - "Hardhome" | ©2015 HBO/Helen Sloan

Stars: Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke, Kit Harington, Sophie Turner, Maisie Williams, John Bradley, Hannah Murray, Kristofer Hivju, Alfie Allen, Nathalie Emmanuel, Tom Wlaschiha, Michael McElhatton, Iwan Rheon, Iain Glen, Brigitte Hjort Sorensen, Ian Whyte, Ross O’Hennessy, Brenock O’Connor, Anton Lesser, Faye Marsay Writers: David Benioff & D.B. Weiss, series created by David Benioff & D.B. Weiss, based on George R.R. Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” Director: Miguel Sapochnik Network: HBO, Sundays @ 9 PM Original Airdate: May 31, 2015 “Hardhome” goes a long way toward explaining why there was relatively little action in the past few […]Read On »

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