Exclusive Interview with the IT’S A SPONGEBOB CHRISTMAS stop motion special creative team

IT'S A SPONGEBOB CHRISTMAS | ©2012 Nickelodeon

For over thirteen years, SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS has been a Nickelodeon cartoon staple and even though there have been Christmas episodes over the years, there’s never been a stop-motion Christmas special. That’s all changed with IT’S A SPONGEBOB CHRISTMAS! which takes the little sponge who lives under the sea and forces him to deal with Plankton’s evil plan to turn everyone into a jerk for Christmas. The special already aired on CBS and will be making its Nickelodeon debut tonight. ASSIGNMENT X spoke with co-directors Seamus Walsh and Mark Caballero as well as producer Chris Finnegan about the complicated process in […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Morena Baccarin on HOMELAND

Morena Baccarin in HOMELAND - Season 2 - "The Clearing" | ©2012 Showtime/Kent Smith

The first season of Showtime’s HOMELAND received six Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Drama, Outstanding Actress for Claire Danes and Outstanding Actor for Damien Lewis. Now in its second season, Sundays at 10 PM, HOMELAND, adapted and produced for American television by Howard Gordon and Alex Gansa, keeps up its breakneck pace. Danes’ CIA agent Carrie Mathison is more worried than ever about a terrorist attack onU.S. soil, due in part to her complicated relationship with Lewis’ Congressman Nicholas Brody. Brody was a U.S. Marine who was captured and spent eight years in the hands of a terrorist; when Brody was […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: DEXTER showrunner Scott Buck on Season 7 and beyond

Michael C. Hall in DEXTER - Season 7 - "Chemistry" | ©2012 Showtime/Randy Tepper

DEXTER is now in its killer seventh season on Showtime, Sundays at 9 PM. The serial killer antihero played by Michael C. Hall is currently dealing with double whammies from his police lieutenant stepsister Debra, played by Jennifer Carpenter, who has found out his big secret and just confessed that she’s in love with him. Meanwhile, Dexter may be in love with fellow serial killer Hannah McKay (Yvonne Strahovski) and has infuriated urbane but lethal Ukrainian mobster Isaak Sirko (Ray Stevenson). Scott Buck, who has been with the series since Season 2 and has served as show runner and one […]Read On »

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Interview: WRECK-IT RALPH star John C. Reilly wrecks it

Ralph in WRECK-IT RALPH | ©2012 Walt Disney Pictures

John C. Reilly voices the title hero in Disney’s WRECK-IT RALPH. He’s a real-life hero to the press attending the WRECK-IT RALPH premiere, because after every single one of his colleagues has disappeared inside the theatre, Reilly comes back out to make sure that every reporter who has been waiting for a quote gets one. In short, Reilly is the epitome of a class act. ASSIGNMENT X: Obviously, WRECK-IT RALPH isn’t motion-capture, but did you give the animators any sort of motion reference? JOHN C. REILLY: No, it’s not motion-capture. That’s like a dirty work at Disney Studios. The animators […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: The dirty deeds of DEXTER guest star Jason Gedrick

Jason Gedrick in DEXTER - Season 7 - "Buck the System" | ©2012 Showtime/Randy Tepper

In Season 7 of DEXTER, on Showtime Sundays at 9 PM, Jason Gedrick plays George Novikov, manager of the Miami strip club the Fox Hole, which is owned by the Russian mob. George is busy making life difficult for any number of people right now, especially Detective Joey Quinn (Desmond Harrington) and even George’s boss Isaak Sirko (Ray Stevenson). Gedrick came to public attention in heroic roles, like the lead in IRON EAGLE and firefighter Krizminski in BACKDRAFT. Lately, though, he’s played more unsavory types. Talking at a party thrown poolside at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in celebration of the […]Read On »

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Interview: SKYFALL composer Thomas Newman gets his license to score

SKYFALL soundtrack | ©2012 Sony Masterworks

As James Bond gun-barrels hell-bent into the 21st century with his 23rd film SKYFALL, 007’s owners have continued to re-shape their iconic 50 year-old bread-and-Broccoli character into a spy who’s far more a part of a believable BOURNE universe, as opposed the stylish wisecracker who duked it out with evil industrialists aboard super tankers and space stations. While that gallows humor is still very much part of Bond’s DNA, the character has achieved a real-world level of brute force and inner turmoil unheard of in his past incarnations. But even before the real world makeover that’s best been personified by […]Read On »

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Interview: THE POSSESSION composer Anton Sanko finds a new sound for exorcism

THE POSSESSION soundtrack | ©2012 Lionsgate Records

When the word “exorcism” is bandied about, the movie-consecrated sights and sounds that seize us are usually comprised of tubular bells, bloodied crucifixes, shrieking dissonance, the shock of grotesquely wrenched bodies, feverish violins and the tormented cries of pubescent girls and their distraught parents. And while THE POSSESSION might have just a few of these stocks in horror trade, what impresses is the leap of faith it’s taken with the same old song and spew- that being of the demon’s transference to the Jewish religion, as trapped inside a “Dybbuk Box” (which once served as the film’s original title). Found […]Read On »

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Interview: Cameron Diaz chats about WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU’RE EXPECTING

Cameron Diaz in WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOUR EXPECTING | ©2012 Lionsgate

Cameron Diaz has played everyone from kick-ass heroine in the CHARLIE’S ANGELS movies to a terrible teacher in BAD TEACHER. However, playing a pregnant woman was brand new to her in her new comedy WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU’RE EXPECTING (based on the best-selling book of the same name). In the film she’s a weight loss fitness show host and a contestant on a DANCING WITH THE STARS-esque series who is paired up with GLEE’s Matthew Morrison as one of the many baby-making couples in the movie. “I was so lucky to be able to, you know, be [Matthew’s] partner […]Read On »

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Composer Interview: Jeff Grace haunts THE INNKEEPERS

THE INNKEEPERS soundtrack | ©2012 Movie Score Media

Any horror-centric composer can enter a haunted house and awake the resident spooks by throwing a battery of percussion instruments and equally unsubtle samples down the steps of a dark basement. But it’s one thing to rattle the nerves, and another to truly frighten the listener. With subtlety, and melody becoming many since-deceased composers like Bernard Herrmann and Jerry Goldsmith, a young musical Turk named Jeff Grace is successively scaring the hell out of us with more of a whisper than a scream, even if he might not have his predecessor’s orchestral resources. It’s a similar high-quality, low budget appeal […]Read On »

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In Memorium: Davy Jones of The Monkees chats about his career in one of his last interviews

Davy Jones during his THE MONKEES days

With the passing of Davy Jones last week at age 66 of a heart attack, the world has once again re-evaluated his position in pop culture as one-fourth of the 1960s rock band The Monkees. Together with Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith and Peter Tork, the foursome were cobbled together for a successful TV show which resulted in a string of successful albums – music which still resonates today even if they were unfortunately dubbed by the media “The Pre-Fab Four” (a nod to the Beatles). From “Daydream Believer,” “Look Out, Here Comes Tomorrow” and “I Wanna Be Free,” Jones was […]Read On »

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