CALL THE MIDWIFE: Jenny Agutter on CALL THE MIDWIFE and AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON – Exclusive Interview – Part 3

Jenny Agutter and David Naughton in AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON | ©1982 Universal Pictures

In Part 3 of our exclusive interview with Jenny Agutter, she talks about the fortieth anniversary of AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON, in which she played Nurse Alex Price, as well as more about her ten years of portraying Sister Julienne on CALL THE MIDWIFE – Season 10 airs on PBS on Sundays – and other recent projects. ASSIGNMENT X: Do you do much acting outside of CALL THE MIDWIFE, or do you do something else altogether between seasons? JENNY AGUTTER: I’ve had the opportunity to do two not very big parts, but good fun parts, in Marvel films [THE […]Read On »

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Movie Review: KING COHEN: THE WILD WORLD OF FILMMAKER LARRY COHEN

KING COHEN: THE WILD WORLD OF FILMMAKER LARRY COHEN | ©2018 Dark Star Pictures

Rating: R Stars: Larry Cohen, Rick Baker, Fred Williamson, Yaphet Kotto, J.J. Abrams, Michael Moriarty, Joe Dante, John Landis, Mick Garris, Martin Scorsese, Laurene Landon, Barbara Carrera, Traci Lords, Cynthia Costas Cohen, Janelle Webb Writer: Steve Mitchell Director: Steve Mitchell Distributor: Dark Star Pictures Release Date: Los Angeles, July 19, 2018; New York, August 3, 2018 KING COHEN: THE WILD WORLD OF FILMMAKER LARRY COHEN is a delightful documentary about filmmaker Larry Cohen. The term “outlaw” has been applied all over the place to just about everyone and everything less corporate than the Mousketeers, but Cohen really walked the walk […]Read On »

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Blu-ray Review: INTO THE NIGHT – Collector’s Edition

INTO THE NIGHT Blu-ray Collector's Edition | INTO THE NIGHT movie poster | ©2017 Shout Factory

Stars: Jeff Goldblum, Michelle Pfeiffer, Richard Farnsworth, Irene Papas, Kathryn Harrold Writer: Ron Koslow Director: John Landis Distributor: Shout! Factory Suggested Retail Price: $27.99 While you may know John Landis from his successful comedies (ANIMAL HOUSE, THE BLUES BROTHERS, TRADING PLACES) or his horror efforts (AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON, Michael Jackson’s THRILLER video), many of his projects  that fall in between are worth a second look. While I was never a fan of his 1992 vampire film INNOCENT BLOOD, its recent release on Blu-ray (and taken for what it is, which is a vampire crime thriller) has aged rather […]Read On »

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Movie Review: TALES OF HALLOWEEN

TALES OF HALLOWEEN | © Epic Pictures

Rating: Not Rated Stars: Adrienne Barbeau, Hunter Smit, Daniel DiMaggio, Barry Bostwick, Marcus Eckert, Christoph Zajak-Denek, Tiffany Shepis, Alex Essoe, Lin Shaye, Marc Senter, Pollyanna McIntosh, Keir Gilchrist, Grace Phipps, Booboo Stewart, Dana Gould, James Duval, Amanda Moyer, Jennifer Wenger, Nick Principe, Ben Woolf, John Landis, Jose Pablo Cantillo, Sam Witwer, Kristina Klebe, Joe Dante Writers: David Parker, Clint Sears, Greg Commons, Axelle Carolyn, Lucky McKee, Molly Millions, John Skipp & Andrew Kasch, Mike Mendez, Ryan Schifrin, Neil Marshall Directors: David Parker, Darren Lynn Bousman, Adam Gierasch, Axelle Carolyn, Lucky McKee, Paul Solet, John Skipp & Andrew Kasch, Mike Mendez, […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Vincent Paterson on Michael Jackson’s THRILLER and THE ’80S: THE DECADE THAT MADE US

THE '80s - THE DECADE THAT MADE US

Even people who weren’t alive during the Eighties are familiar with the cultural icon that is MICHAEL JACKSON’S THRILLER, not only the song, but the music video with its oft-recreated zombie dance. National Geographic Channel features THRILLER in its new documentary series THE ‘80S: THE DECADE THAT MADE US. One of the subjects of the documentary is Vincent Paterson, the assistant choreographer on THRILLER who has gone on to work as a director/choreographer with music stars in a variety of genres. Paterson gave Assignment X an exclusive interview on his thoughts on the decade that made THRILLER. ASSIGNMENT X: There […]Read On »

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CD Review: THREE AMIGOS! soundtrack

THREE AMIGOS! soundtrack | ©2013 Perseverance Records

Credit longtime Elmer Bernstein fan (and family friend) John Landis as the guy who thought the composer’s important orchestral style could be applied to hilarious ends by being played straight in ANIMAL HOUSE. It was a film that made Bernstein an inadvertent king of comedy by unwinkingly using his old-school sound for the likes of AIRPLANE! STRIPES and GHOSTBUSTERS. So it was natural that Landis would call on Bernstein to inadvertently spoof the Oscar-nominated western sound of TRUE GRIT and THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN for three not-so magnificent silent movie stars fooled into becoming real heroes in 1986’s THREE AMIGOS!  Bernstein’s […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE CABIN IN THE WOODS

THE CABIN IN THE WOODS poster | ©2012 Lionsgate

Rating: R Stars: Kristen Connolly, Chris Hemsworth, Anna Hutchison, Fran Kranz, Jesse Williams, Richard Jenkins, Bradley Whitford, Brian White, Amy Acker Writers: Joss Whedon & Drew Goddard Director: Drew Goddard Distributor: Lionsgate Release Date: April 13, 2012 The first thing that should be said about THE CABIN IN THE WOODS is that it is an awesome movie. Unfortunately, the next thing that must be said is that discussing specifics about what makes it so awesome is liable to dampen the experience for those seeing it for the first time. The good news is that it holds up just great on […]Read On »

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CD Review: TRADING PLACES soundtrack (2,000 edition)

TRADING PLACES soundtrack | ©2011 La La Land Records

An old fogey named Elmer Bernstein became the new (and perhaps unwitting) king of youth comedy scores when filmmaker John Landis had the idea that the composer’s straight-laced, old Hollywood approach would be ideal to play the classically pompous academia who did their best to make sure Faber College had no fun of any kind. The keg smash of 1978’s ANIMAL HOUSE made Bernstein into The Man in more ways than one, tuning his often brassy approach to the height of wealth-spoofing irony- an approach that would pay huge dividends for both men ten years later with TRADING PLACES. Of […]Read On »

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