Dorking Out – Episode 7: The ‘Are Movies Committing Suicide Squad’ Edition

Dorking Out Show | © 2016 Chris Smith/Sonia Mansfield

Hey there, dorks. In this week’s episode we discuss the latest chapter in the DC universe, SUICIDE SQUAD. We talk about the movie and what this means for the tidal wave of comic book movies still breaking over Hollywood. Are movies dying? Do they make movies for adults anymore? We talk about a blog post written by our own Chris Smith, and ponder the idea a certain kind of adult storytelling has nearly died out in movies … and how that’s actually not bad. Hint: TV is doing it much better. Everything we know about Rio we learned from the […]Read On »

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CD Review: RIO 2 soundtrack

RIO 2 soundtrack | ©2014 Sony Classics

From having elephants hear whos to training dragons and teaching penguins tap dance, John Powell rules the animated animal kingdom when it comes to scores that fly on wings of energetic exuberance. Now he once again takes flight to Brazil with a return to the world of RIO, whose new trip up the Amazon gives him even more opportunities to bring on exotic South American percussion and winds, courtesy of such indigenous guest artists as UAKTI, Milton Nascimento and Carlinhos Brown. They’re peppy, pop-py birds of a feather in giving Powell a wonderfully manic, yet affectionately energetic sound depicting a […]Read On »

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Column: The KIA RIO EX road trip to NBC’s THE VOICE

KIA RIO EX | photo courtesy Midnight Productions Inc.

One of the great pleasures of reviewing for ASSIGNMENT X, is the various opportunities the KIA motor company has extended to the magazine to review their various vehicles. From the Sorento to the Soul, we’ve experienced the power and imagination of this company throughout it’s various vehicle experiences. That’s what made the latest event so intriguing. The chance to go on a KIA road trip to the taping of NBC’s musical competition series THE VOICE which KIA is an official automotive partner of. It being a very hot and sunny Southern California afternoon, I took my niece Rachel with me […]Read On »

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Car Review: 2012 KIA RIO 5-DOOR SX

The 2012 KIA RIO 5-DOOR SX | ©2012 Assignment X

Car Manufacturer: Kia Model: 2012 KIA RIO 5-DOOR SX Suggested Retail Price: $20,745 Up until reviewing cars for ASSIGNMENT X, I never had the chance to drive or ride in a KIA, but the two latest cars (the RIO and the SOUL) we sampled from the impressive car maker prove to be quite cool and very fun rides. First up is the 2012 KIA RIO 5-DOOR SX and this is a nice  little car that features many of extras that make driving a KIA fun, plus it has a nice affordable price. This is a starter car in many ways […]Read On »

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

RIO 3D | © 2011 Fox 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 RIO – A flightless macaw thinks he’s alone in the world – the last of his kind – but when he discovers there is another and it’s a she, he goes to Rio. There he meets a host of colorful characters that show him how to live […]Read On »

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Exclusive Photos: From the RIO Los Angeles Premiere

Anne Hathaway at the Los Angeles Premiere of RIO | ©2011 Sue Schneider

Twentieth Century Fox and Blue Sky Studios held the Los Angeles Premiere of RIO at the Grauman’s Mann Chinese Theater on April10th in Hollywood. Back in February, ASSIGNMENT X ran the RIO SNEAK BEAK EVENT (CLICK HERE) that was held on the FOX Studio Lot to announce the tie-in with the movie and ANGRY BIRDS. Now, once again the stars walked the blue carpet to promote the movie, which arrives in theaters on April 15th. Walking the carpet were the stars of the film, which included: Jesse Eisenberg, Anne Hathaway, George Lopez, Will.i.am, Jamie Foxx, Tracy Morgan, Jake T. Austin, […]Read On »

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Game Review: ANGRY BIRDS: RIO

ANGRY BIRDS - RIO | ©2011 Rovio

Anyone who has an iPod, iTouch, iPad or an Android phone has been aware of the cool game ANGRY BIRDS. Using the motion sensors, you literally slingshot birds at nefarious pigs who have stolen their eggs. It’s a simple game, but highly addictive – and at 99 cents through the iTunes store, it’s been a bargain since it continually adds new levels and bonus games periodically at no extra cost. Heck, even ANGRY BIRDS: SEASONS was gifted to long-time users by the company last year when the Halloween installment came out. With ANGRY BIRDS becoming such a huge phenomenon it […]Read On »

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Super Bowl Commercial Review: RIO trailer

RIO movie poster | ©2011 20th Century Fox

With Super Bowl Sunday here, ASSIGNMENT X has decided to review the movie trailer commercials in between the game to see how well the studios are using their mega-dollars they’re spending to draw people into theaters. RIO Release Date: April 15, 2011 Stars: Voices weren’t promoted on the commercial What Is it? An animated movie set in Rio about a bird who needs to find his rhythm. It’s “From the creators of ICE AGE.” Want To See Factor: The trailer is not very funny even though the visuals look somewhat impressive. They should have went the RANGO route and tried […]Read On »

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Exclusive Photos: From the RIO Sneak Beak Event

Anne Hathaway at the Rio Event | © 2011 Sue Schneider

Twentieth Century Fox held a special event for their new animated 3D film RIO, from the creators of ICE AGE, on the studio lot on January 28th, along with a “Sneak Beak” of the film with special guest talent. RIO is a story of a domesticated macaw named Blu (voiced by Jesse Eisenberg), from Moose Lake, Minnesota who meets the fiercely independent Jewel (voiced by Anne Hathaway). Blu takes off on an adventure to Rio de Janeiro with this bird of his dreams. Unfortunately, Blu has never learned to fly! Walking the carpet were the stars, which included: Anne Hathaway, […]Read On »

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