YOUR HIGHNESS is one of the Blu-ray and DVD picks this week

YOUR HIGHNESS | © 2011 Universal Home Entertainment

Your time is short. We know this. So in order to expedite your buying and Netflix decision making, we provide you with a list of the cool and not-so-cool titles coming out for movies, television and everything in-between. So put your feet up, grab some popcorn and check out this week’s selections. Movies YOUR HIGHNESS – By all intents, YOUR HIGHNESS should be a complete disaster. Yet, it is at times hilarious. At times completely disgusting. At times not too shabby in the action department. Take Danny McBride’s Kenny Powers from EASTBOUND AND DOWN as a complete wimp and plop […]Read On »

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The Dork Side: Come On, Get Happy

Donald Trump in THE CELEBRITY APPRENTICE | ©NBC/Virginia Sherwood

There is a lot of bad news right now. I think we could all use a little cheering up, so I’ve composed a list of things that we can be all be happy about: There’s no law that forces us to watch CELEBRITY APPRENTICE … yet. Celebrities will always film themselves doin’ it and take naked photos of themselves, and act shocked and embarrassed when they are “leaked” to the media, giving us things to stealthily look at and read about while we pretend to work in our cubicles. Carson Daly’s LAST CALL has been renewed for an 11th season, […]Read On »

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Exclusive Photos: MARS NEEDS MOMS World Premiere

Seth Green, Ryan Ochoa, Mindy Sterling and Elisabeth Harnois at the World Premiere of MARS NEEDS MOMS | ©2011 Sue Schneider

Walt Disney Pictures held the World Premiere of MARS NEEDS MOMS on March 6th at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood. When nine-year-old Milo (Seth Green) finds that his mom (Joan Cusack) was nabbed by Martians he decides to go on a quest to save her. What do the Martians want with his mom? They are planning to steal her mom-ness for their own young, but Milo wants her back as he finds out how much he really needs her. After Milo stows away on spaceship, he finds himself taking on the alien nation and their leader (Mindy Sterling). With […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Dan Fogler is MARS NEEDS MOMS space case

Dan Fogler is Gribble in MARS NEEDS MOMS | ©2011 ImageMovers Digital LLC.

After making an impression with his starring role in the hilarious BALLS OF FURY, Dan Fogler has been moving up the ladder as a stand-out in such films as FANBOYS and the recently released TAKE ME HOME TONIGHT. The actor gets to stretch even further in the new 3D CGI animated Disney Film MARS NEEDS MOMS where he plays Gribble – an adult who was stranded on Mars in the 1980s as a kid. Now has a chance to right some wrongs by helping a new kid named Milo who has arrived to the Red Planet and wants to save […]Read On »

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Movie Review: MARS NEEDS MOMS

MARS NEEDS MOMS movie poster | ©2011 Walt Disney Pictures

Stars: Seth Green, Joan Cusack, Dan Fogler, Elisabeth Harnois, Mindy Sterling, Kevin Cahoon Writer: Simon Wells & Wendy Wells , based on the story MARS NEEDS MOMS by Berkley Breathed Director: Simon Wells Distributor: Walt Disney Studios Release Date: March 11, 2011 MARS NEEDS MOMS is the latest CGI offering from Walt Disney and Image Movers Digital (who were responsible for the performance capture films THE POLAR EXPRESS, BEOWULF and A CHRISTMAS CAROL).  I have had to warm to the slick almost real style of motion capture animation. Sometimes it really works for me, and other times it’s so natural/unnatural […]Read On »

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Exclusive: Will the STAR WARS – THE PHANTOM MENACE 3D post-conversion succeed?

Ray Park as Darth Maul in STAR WARS: EPISODE 1 - THE PHANTOM MENACE | ©1999 Lucasfilm Ltd.

Producer Steve Starkey is glowing about his impressive new 3D, CGI animated film MARS NEEDS MOMS which opens tomorrow, so ASSIGNMENT X couldn’t resist asking him his thoughts on George Lucas’ post-conversion 3D of his entire STAR WARS saga. Starkey worked with Lucas in the 1980s as an assistant editor on THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK and RETURN OF THE JEDI, and with STAR WARS: EPISODE I – THE PHANTOM MENACE hitting theaters in 3D February 10, 2011, he can’t wait to see what LucasFilm Ltd. comes up with. “I’m excited to see what ILM and Lucas do with a real […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: The producers of MARS NEEDS MOMS talk 3D

Gribble and Milo in MARS NEEDS MOMS | ©2011 ImageMovers Digital LLC.

Producers Jack Rapke and Steve Starkey have worked with Robert Zemeckis for a very long time, and they’ve seen how that director as pioneered the art of “performance capture” films from POLAR EXPRESS, BEOWULF and A CHRISTMAS CAROL. Now, they’re working alongside Zemeckis as a producer for the Simon Wells directed MARS NEEDS MOMS (opening Friday). An adaptation of the Berkeley Breathed children’s book, the film follows an average kid named Milo who has to save his mom from manipulative aliens (but he has to travel to Mars first). In our exclusive interview with the producers, the producers chat about […]Read On »

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Exclusive: Broadway vet gives take on SPIDER-MAN: TURN OFF THE DARK controversy

SPIDER-MAN: TURN OFF THE DARK Broadway poster

This Friday, actor Kevin Cahoon stars in the new Disney CGI animated films MARS NEEDS MOMS as the Martian sidekick Wingnut. However, Cahoon is also known for his Broadway work, including his work with Julie Taymor on THE LION KING musical. Naturally, we couldn’t resist asking him his take on Taymor’s latest Broadway effort SPIDER-MAN: TURN OFF THE DARK, which has had its fair share of controversy, accidents, unhappy actors – and all of this in the preview stage. Here’s what Cahoon had to say … ASSIGNMENT X: You’ve worked with Julie Taymor before on THE LION KING musical, what […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: MARS NEEDS MOMS actor Kevin Cahoon gets a kick out playing a sidekick

Wingnut (Kevin Cahoon) in MARS NEEDS MOMS | ©2011 ImageMovers Digital LLC.

In the new Disney 3D CGI animated feature MARS NEEDS MOMS (which opens Friday nationwide), the film employed the pain-staking performance capture technique used on such films as POLAR EXPRESS, BEOWULF and A CHRISTMAS CAROL. For actor Kevin Cahoon, it was a process he relished as he plays a Martian character called Wingnut – the sidekick to Gribble (Dan Fogler) who doesn’t quite understand the idea of what being a sidekick is supposed to be. With a performance that’s largely physical, rather than verbal, Cahoon spoke with ASSIGNMENT X about the process and how his Broadway stage work came into […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview MARS NEEDS MOMS and screenwriters like Wendy Wells too

Ki, Milo and Gribble in MARS NEEDS MOMS | ©2011 ImageMovers Digital LLC.

MARS may need moms, but it also needs moms who also happen to be screenwriters. MARS NEEDS MOMS screenwriter Wendy Wells took her child-rearing experiences and along with co-screenwriter/director Simon Wells brought a fresh new take to the standard 3D CGI kid’s film. In adapting Berkeley Breathed’s children’s book, the story took on a whole new life, expanding the universe, aging things up a bit and uncovering even more comedy in the process. The film was also done in the same “performance-capture” technique that’s been previously used by director Robert Zemeckis on THE POLAR EXPRESS, BEOWULF and A CHRISTMAS CAROL […]Read On »

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