CD Review: THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY (Special Edition)

THE HOBBIT soundtrack | ©2012 WaterTower Music

Probably the best reason to celebrate Peter Jackson’s plodding return to Middle Earth in THE HOBBIT is that it gives Howard Shore a chance to once again make the aural trek from Hobbiton for THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY. The fact that listeners will feel they’ve already been on this familiarly epic road for a good long time makes for a welcome sense of return to the dictionary’s worth of musical vocabulary that Shore had so painstakingly set up in the previous LORD OF THE RINGS saga. Now THE HOBBIT more than proves the axiom that if it something ain’t […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY

THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY - Bilbo poster | ©2012 Warner Bros./New Line/MGM

Stars: Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Andy Serkis Writers: Fran Walsh & Philippa Boyens & Peter Jackson & Guillermo Del Toro, based on the novel THE HOBBIT by J.R.R. Tolkien Director: Peter Jackson Distributor: Warner Bros./New Line/M-G-M Release Date: December 14, 2012 There’s a lot to love about THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY, particularly for fans of director Peter Jackson’s LORD OF THE RINGS films. Like that astounding fantasy trilogy, THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY is based on the work of J.R.R. Tolkien – THE HOBBIT actually came before LORD OF THE RINGS in Tolkien’s work, but it was […]Read On »

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TV Review: WILFRED – Season 2 – “Resentment”

Elijah Wood and Jason Gann in WILFRED - Season 2 - "Resentment" | ©2012 FX/Michael Becker

Stars: Elijah Wood, Jason Gann, Fiona Gubelmann, Chris Klein, Allison Mack Writer: David Baldy, series created by Jason Gann & Adam Zwar, adapted for American television by David Zuckerman Director: Randall Einhorn Network: FX, Thursdays at 10 PM Original Airdate: September 13, 2012 There are so many ways it could have happened that one hesitates to speculate, but somehow, the writers at WILFRED realized that, with characters Jenna (Fiona Gubelmann) and Drew (Chris Klein) planning their wedding, they would need a … ring-bearer. If you can’t figure out the in-joke here as it relates to Elijah Wood, who plays Ryan, […]Read On »

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Interview: REVOLUTION director Jon Favreau gives the scoop on the new NBC series

Billy Burke, Elizabeth Mitchell, Giancarlo Esposito, and Tracy Spiridakos in REVOLUTION - Season 1 | ©2012 NBC/Nino Munoz

NBC’s new series REVOLUTION premieres tonight, Monday September 17, at 10 PM.  Created by Eric Kripke (SUPERNATURAL), who executive produces REVOLUTION with a team headed up by J.J. Abrams, the show opens with a mysterious event suddenly stops all electrical power around the planet. Fifteen years later, society has reformed sans electricity. A young woman named Charlie (Tracy Spiridakos) must travel through the landscape with a small group of companions who want to find out exactly what happened – the more so because of a militia that intends to violently prevent them from doing so. The REVOLUTION pilot was helmed […]Read On »

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Sean Astin’s SPECIAL AGENT OSO is no usual teddy bear

Sean Astin voices and produces SPECIAL AGENT OSO | (c) 2012 Disney Junior

SPECIAL AGENT OSO is the title of the popular Disney Junior cartoon. The show is named for its hero, a stuffed teddy bear – “Oso” is Spanish for “bear” – who works with U.N.I.Q.U.E. (the United Network for the Investigation of Quite Unusual Events). Oso’s assignments usually involve helping children in need. Sean Astin, who provides the voice of Oso (and is one of the series’ producers), is here to talk about SPECIAL AGENT OSO. He seems absolutely delighted by the performer who is walking around in a Special Agent Oso costume. “I just met my alter ego,” Sean marvels. […]Read On »

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Preview: Watch the JOHN CARTER Extended Super Bowl trailer

JOHN CARTER teaser poster | ©2012 Walt Disney Pictures

Walt Disney released the current trailer to their big March 8 fantasy film JOHN CARTER. It’s directed by Pixar alum Andrew Stanton and it’s really shaping up to look like an epic film mixing STAR WARS (the prequel trilogy) mixed with LORD OF THE RINGS. Check it out below and let us know what you think. AGREE? DISAGREE? LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD – COMMENT BELOW Follow us on Twitter at ASSIGNMENT X Fan us on Facebook at ASSIGNMENT X Article Source: Assignment X  Article: First Look at the JOHN CARTER Extended Super Bowl trailer

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Exclusive Interview: FRINGE actor John Noble enters the Walternate zone

John Noble in FRINGE - Season 4 | ©2012 Fox/Andrew Matusik

Some actors do one-man shows based on all the characters they’ve played over their career. Australian actor John Noble could probably do a one-man show based simply on all the variations he’s played on his FRINGE character Walter Bishop. Walter is introduced in Season One as a brilliant scientist who has had a breakdown and become deeply eccentric, owing to secrets having to do with his son Peter (Joshua Jackson) and FBI agent Olivia Dunham (Anna Torv). We learn that Peter is actually from an alternate universe, taken by Walter to save his life after Walter’s son Peter died in […]Read On »

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Composer Interview: Howard Shore talks HUGO and A DANGEROUS METHOD

Howard Shore | ©2011 Howard Shore

In the near four decades that have taken him from being the bandleader of SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE  to walking onto the stage to accept a couple of Oscars, you could say that Howard Shore has been on a continual journey of wide-eyed wonderment, one encompassing as much tender emotion as utter insanity. In over eighty scores, Shore’s used cheerful bells to embody MISS DOUBTFIRE, reached into the percussively booming pit of a serial killer’s mind in SEVEN, given a hack director the symphonic glory of Orson Welles in ED WOOD, created the mind-blowing pulsations of SCANNERS and took the side […]Read On »

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Holiday Gift Guide 2011: Five Mind-Blowing Blu-rays

STAR WARS - THE COMPLETE SAGA Blu-ray | ©2011 Lucasfilm Ltd.

With all the Christmas songs on the radio and in the mall, corporate sponsored holiday specials taking over the airwaves and department store commercials encouraging you to BUY, BUY, BUY, it becomes harder and harder each year to find that perfect gift for someone special. That’s where ASSIGNMENT X comes in with our annual Holiday Gift Guide. We dig deep, so you don’t have to and have come up with a whole slew of books, music, games, toys and more that should satisfy the pop culture addict on your gift-giving list. So without further ado, welcome to ASSIGNMENT X’s 2011 […]Read On »

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Exclusive Photos From the Los Angeles Premiere of RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES

James Franco and Freida Pinto at the premiere of RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES | ©2011 Sue Schneider

20TH Century Fox held the Los Angeles Premiere of RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES on July 28th at the Grauman’s Chinese Theater in Hollywood. Fans lined the street, which was not closed off. So when the stars walked across the street to sign autographs they had to stop the traffic. The fans screamed very loudly for James Franco, Tom Felton and Rupert Grint. In the film, a single act of both compassion and arrogance leads to a war unlike any other, and to the RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES. The CGI ape is from the Oscar-winning […]Read On »

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