WHEDONCON 2019 convention preview plus tales from the 2018 WhedonCon

WHEDONCON 2019 | ©2019 WhedonCon 2019

WhedonCon 2019, celebrating all of the works of Joss Whedon while raising funds for charity, is coming up this weekend, June 7-9, at the LAX Hilton Hotel. Guests include Julie Benz (Darla on BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER and ANGEL, as well as Rita on DEXTER), Summer Glau (River Tam on FIREFLY and SERENITY, the ballerina in ANGEL, Bennet Halverson in DOLLHOUSE), comic book artist Georges Jeanty, Dagney Kerr (Kathy on BUFFY), Juliet Landau (Drusilla on BUFFY and ANGEL), Miracle Laurie (Mellie on DOLLHOUSE), James C. Leary (Clem on BUFFY), Julia Lee (Sister Sunshine/Chantarelle/Anne on BUFFY and ANGEL), James Marsters (Spike […]Read On »

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Movie Review: HAVENHURST

HAVENHURST | © 2017 Brainstorm Media/Twisted Pictures

Rating: Unrated Stars: Julie Benz, Fionnula Flanagan, Belle Shouse, Josh Stamberg, Danielle Harris Writers: Andrew C. Erin and Daniel Farrands Director: Andrew C. Erin Distributor: Brainstorm Media/Twisted Pictures Release Date (theatrical and VOD): February 10, 2017  There is, of all things, what seems like a good mystery novel at the heart of HAVENHURST. Because of the movie’s structure, this may not be evident while we’re watching it. However, one of the key clues is ingenious. Unfortunately, the rest of the film, directed by Andrew C. Erin and written by Erin and Daniel Farrands, doesn’t have ideas that rise to this […]Read On »

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TRAINING DAY: Actress Julie Benz chat about the new CBS series – exclusive interview

Julie Benz stars in the new CBS series TRAINING DAY | © 2017 CBS

Julie Benz is at home on CBS these days. Last year, Benz wrapped up three years as heroic mayor/madam Amanda Rosewater on Syfy’s DEFIANCE, about a town where humans and extraterrestrials from a variety of planets made a sometimes fractious home for themselves. The actress is now in her second season of playing recurring character Inspector Abby Dunn on CBS’ HAWAII FIVE-0 on Friday nights, and on Thursday, February 2, she’s Holly McCabe in the premiere of CBS’ TRAINING DAY. Denzel Washington won an Oscar for his portrayal of murderously corrupt LAPD Detective Alonzo Harris in the 2001 TRAINING DAY feature […]Read On »

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NO TOMORROW: Jesse Rath talks about the end – Exclusive Interview

Jesse Rath in NO TOMORROW - Season 1 - "No Soup For You" | ©2016 The CW /Michael Courtney

In The CW’s NO TOMORROW, which returns Tuesday, December 27, Jesse Rath plays Timothy. Timothy is a very good-hearted young man, who is devastated when his girlfriend Evie (Tori Anderson) takes up with the spontaneous Xavier (Joshua Sasse), who believes the world is about to be hit by a meteor. Timothy is friends with both, still adored by Evie’s family, and yet has trouble speaking up when he’s in public. Rath, who also had an arc on the North American BEING HUMAN (which starred his actress sister Meaghan Rath), just wrapped up three seasons as Alak Tarr on Syfy’s DEFIANCE. […]Read On »

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CHARMING CHRISTMAS: Julie Benz on the new Hallmark telefilm – exclusive interview

Julie Benz stars as Meredith Rossman in Hallmark's CHARMING CHRISTMAS | © 2015 Hallmark Channel

Actress Julie Benz tends to be known for her work in darker, grittier fare, from her big-screen debut in TWO EVIL EYES to her series regular gig as a cop on ROSWELL to her crucial recurring role as the vampire Darla on BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER and ANGEL to the doomed Rita Morgan on DEXTER and the morally grounded mayor/madam Amanda Rosewater on three seasons of Syfy’s DEFIANCE. However, Benz’s softer side is on view in the new Hallmark holiday movie CHARMING CHRISTMAS, which has its next airing Thursday, November 12 at 8 PM. Benz plays Meredith Rossman, a business […]Read On »

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DEFIANCE show runner Kevin Murphy chats about Season 2 – Exclusive – Part 2

Grant Bowler as Joshua Nolan in DEFIANCE | © 2014 Ben Mark Holzberg/Syfy

In Part 2 of Assignment X’s exclusive interview with Kevin Murphy, the co-creator/executive producer/show runner of Syfy’s DEFIANCE, he talks about metaphor, Votan races and why he never wants to work with feathers again. AX: At what point did you realize the series was in part a metaphor for human on human interaction? KEVIN MURPHY: I think that was always part of it. I’m as proud of this show as anything I’ve ever done, and I’ve done a lot of stuff over the years, and I think it’s really a testament to, we were in a supportive environment with a […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Mia Kirshner tricks out DEFIANCE

Mia Kirshner in DEFIANCE - Season 1 | ©2013 Syfy/Joe Pugliese

In Syfy’s DEFIANCE, which has its first-season finale Monday July 8 at 9 PM – it’s been renewed for a second season – Mia Kirshner plays Kenya Rosewater, the human proprietor of a bar/brothel that caters to humans and aliens of all genders.Kenya’s sister Amanda (Julie Benz) is the new mayor of the town of Defiance, formerly St. Louis,Missouri, and both women have an interest in the recently appointed town Lawkeeper, Jeb Nolan (Grant Bowler). Kirshner, who hails from Toronto, is no stranger to the science-fiction and fantasy genres – her first on-camera work was in an episode of WAR […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: DEFIANCE executive producer Michael Taylor speaks

Grant Bowler and Trenna Keating in DEFIANCE - Season 1 - "The Bride Wore Black" | ©2013 Syfy/Ben Mark Holzberg

In Syfy’s DEFIANCE, Mondays at 9 PM, seven alien races, collectively known as the Votan, crash-landed on Earth. Accidental terra-forming and life-form creation occurred, as well as a lot of panic on all sides. It has been nine years since peace was declared between humans and Votans. The TV series, already renewed for a second season, takes place in the frontier town of Defiance,  formerly St. Louis, MO, while the Trion Massively Multiplayer Online Game DEFIANCE, designed to run parallel with the show, takes place in a reconfigured San Francisco. Michael Taylor, one of DEFIANCE’s executive producers and writers, who […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: DEFIANCE star Julie Benz on the hit Syfy series

Julie Benz in DEFIANCE - Season 1 | ©2013 Syfy/Joe Pugliese

In Syfy’s new series DEFIANCE, in its first season Monday nights at 9 and already renewed for a second season, a spaceship carrying seven different alien races, collectively known as the Votan, crashed to Earth and caused massive changes in the landscape. This also caused war, though nine years ago, peace broke out, starting in Defiance (previously known as St. Louis, MO). DEFIANCE also is a multi-platform videogame, with some events in the series tied to those in the game and vice-versa. In the series, the mayor of Defiance is Amanda Rosewater, played by Julie Benz. Amanda is new to […]Read On »

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TV Review: DEXTER – Season 7 – “Chemistry”

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

Stars: Michael C. Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, Desmond Harrington, Lauren Velez, C.S. Lee, David Zayas, James Remar, Aimee Garcia, Ray Stevenson, Yvonne Strahovski, Jason Gedrick, Katia Winter, Santiago Cabrera Writers: Manny Coto & Karen Campbell, series developed for television by James Manos Jr., based on the books by Jeff Lindsay Director: Holly Dale Network: Showtime, Sundays @ 9 PM Original Airdate: November 11, 2012 There are certain things we have come to take for granted about Dexter (Michael C. Hall) and his sister Debra (Jennifer Carpenter). He will want to kill every serial killer he encounters, and she will never be […]Read On »

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