THE TERROR: Jared Harris & Tobias Menzies on being lost at sea – interview

Jared Harris as Francis Crozier in THE TERROR | © 2018 Nadav Kander/AMC

AMC’s new Monday night ten-part series THE TERROR is based on a novel by Dan Simmons, which is in turn based on real events. In 1848, two British Navy vessels, The Terror and The Erebus, voyaged towards the Arctic in search of the then-undiscovered Northwest Passage. The ships became trapped in the ice. Both were finally located in recent years (after the book was published, but before the series was made), but the fate of their crews is unknown. Simmons’ novel and the series, adapted by David Kajganich, imagine what might have happened to the men, combining historical observation with […]Read On »

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Movie Review: POLTERGEIST

POLTERGEIST (2015) | ©2015 20th Century Fox/MGM

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Sam Rockwell, Rosemarie DeWitt, Saxon Charbino, Kyle Catlett, Kennedi Clements, Jane Adams, Jared Harris, Susan Heyward, Nicholas Braun Writer: David Lindsay-Abaire, story by Steven Spielberg Director: Gil Kenan Distributor: Twentieth Century Fox Release Date: May 22, 2015 In 1982, POLTERGEIST was largely deemed to be scary as hell. A haunted house tale with extra oomph, it incited everything front nightmares to (in especially impressionable viewers) strange TV viewing habits. The film spawned two sequels, a non sequitur TV series, and now, thirty-three years later, it has an official remake. Despite the fact that POLTERGEIST hardly needs a […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS: CITY OF BONES

THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS CITY OF BONES Final Movie Poster | ©2013 Screen Gems

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Lily Collins, Jamie Campbell Bower, Robert Sheehan, Kevin Zegers, Lena Headey, Kevin Durand, Aidan Turner, Jemima West, Godfrey Gao, CCH Pounder, Jared Harris, Jonathan Rhys Meyers Writer: Jessica Postigo Paquette, based on the novel by Cassandra Clare Director: Harold Zwart Distributor: Screen Gems Release Date: August 21, 2013 Just when the words “based on the best-selling young adult novel” are causing some dismay due to the quality (or lack thereof) of some of the resulting films, along comes THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS: CITY OF BONES. Based on the first in a series by author Cassandra Clare, the film […]Read On »

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TV Review: MAD MEN – Season 5 Finale – “The Phantom”

John Hamm and Elisabeth Moss in MAD MEN - Season 5 finale - "The Phantom" | ©2012 AMC

Stars: John Hamm, Elisabeth Moss, Vincent Kartheiser, Christina Hendricks, Jared Harris, John Slattery, January Jones, Jessica Pare, Robert Morse, Aaron Staton, Rich Sommer, Kiernan Shipka Writer: Jonathan Igla & Matthew Wiener, Series created by Matthew Wiener Director: Matthew Wiener Network: AMC, airs Sunday nights Original Telecast: June 10, 2012 It’s funny. I thought following on the heels of last week’s episode of MAD MEN, that there would be a HUGE finale that would leave fans reeling, but honestly it felt more like a normal episode with not a lot of huge revelations taking place. “The Phantom” just seems like it […]Read On »

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The Top Ten WOW Moments of MAD MEN Season Five

MAD MEN poster - Season 5 | ©2012 AMC

The fifth season of MAD MEN has been interesting. There have been lots of changes and losses and even some gains. The series still manages to keep me completely entertained and ready for the next episode as soon as the current one is ending. Since there have been so many random WOW moments this season (and the finale hits Sunday night), ASSIGNMENT X decided it was time to look back at the best (and in some cases most disturbing moments) of Season 5. 10. Megan gets a musical introduction Making sure to show that Megan (Jessica Pare) is not just […]Read On »

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Interview: Jared Harris on his MAD MEN exit

Jared Harris in MAD MEN - Season 5 - "Commissions and Fees" | ©2012 AMC/Jordin Althaus

Alas, Lane Pryce. The intriguing if not always sympathetic character on AMC’s MAD MEN, a tamped-down financial whiz who turned his back on his bosses back in England to join with the upstart leadership of the breakaway new ad agency made more than a few mistakes that came back to haunt him. After three seasons on MAD MEN, Pryce made a statement to his erstwhile colleagues in Sunday’s episode “Commissions and Fees” – by hanging himself in his office. Actor Jared Harris, who has played Pryce Seasons Three through Five of MAD MEN, knows how to keep a secret. He […]Read On »

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TV Review: MAD MEN – Season 5 – “Commissions and Fees”

Jared Harris as Lane Pryce in MAD MEN - Season 5 - "Commissions and Fees" | ©2012 AMC/Ron Jaffe

Stars: John Hamm, Elisabeth Moss, Vincent Kartheiser, Christina Hendricks, Jared Harris, John Slattery, January Jones, Jessica Pare, Robert Morse, Aaron Staton, Rich Sommer, Kiernan Shipka Writer: Andre Jacquemetton & Maria Jacquemetton, Series created by Matthew Wiener Director: Chris Manley      Network: AMC, airs Sunday nights Original Telecast: June 3, 2012 I really think the only way to start this MAD MEN review is…DAMN! Just when you think things couldn’t go darker in the offices of Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce, we have “Commissions and Fees”. There is only one episode left of the season and I really have absolutely NO idea […]Read On »

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Interview: MAD MEN star Elisabeth Moss on Peggy and Season 5

Elisabeth Moss in MAD MEN - Season 5 | ©2012 AMC/Frank Ockenfels

AMC’s series MAD MEN, now in its fifth season Sundays at 9 PM, has some things in common with its character Peggy Olson, played by Elisabeth Moss. When MAD MEN, created by Matthew Weiner, began its run in 2007, no one knew that it would turn out to be an award-winning juggernaut. Likewise, when Moss’ Peggy joined the Madison Avenue advertising firm then known as Sterling-Cooper in 1960, no one foresaw that she would become the company’s first female copywriter and one of the strongest people there. Moss has been nominated for the Supporting Actress in a Drama Series three […]Read On »

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TV Review: MAD MEN – Season 5 – “The Other Woman”

Jon Hamm as Don Draper and Elisabeth Moss as Peggy Olson in MAD MEN - Season 5 - "The Other Woman" | ©2012 AMC

Stars: John Hamm, Elisabeth Moss, Vincent Kartheiser, Christina Hendricks, Jared Harris, John Slattery, January Jones, Jessica Pare, Robert Morse, Aaron Staton, Rich Sommer, Kiernan Shipka Writer: Matthew Wiener& Semi Chellas, Series created by Matthew Wiener Director: Phil Abraham    Network: AMC, airs Sunday nights Original Telecast: May 27, 2012 This fifth season of MAD MEN is all about game changing. This can happen in subtle ways, or it can be something that strikes the audience over the head. “The Other Woman” is one of the best episodes  this season. The degradation of Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce Campbell has been inching its […]Read On »

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TV Review: MAD MEN – Season 5 – “Christmas Waltz”

Jessica Pare and Jon Hamm in MAD MEN - Season 5 - "Christmas Waltz" | ©2012 AMC/Jordin Althaus

Stars: John Hamm, Elisabeth Moss, Vincent Kartheiser, Christina Hendricks, Jared Harris, John Slattery, January Jones, Jessica Pare, Robert Morse, Aaron Staton, Rich Sommer, Kiernan Shipka Writer: Victor Levin & Matthew Wiener, Series created by Matthew Wiener Director: Michael Uppendahl       Network: AMC, airs Sunday nights Original Telecast: May 20, 2012 “Christmas Waltz” is such an odd episode of MAD MEN to me. It feels like little bits and pieces of various characters’ stories without any kind of a central through line to tie them together as well as some episodes in the past. There are so many significant moments in this […]Read On »

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