TOMMY’S HONOUR: Director Jason Connery – exclusive interview Part 2

Jack Lowden in TOMMY'S HONOUR | © 2017 Neil Davidson

In Part 2 of Assignment X’s exclusive interview with TOMMY’S HONOUR director Jason Connery, the filmmaker talks about class differences, making present-day Scotland look as it did in the 1800s, and how the movie reflects his relationships with his own father and son. ASSIGNMENT X: How did you find all of your locations in present-day Scotland that you could make to look like late 1800s Scotland? JASON CONNERY: Well, there are a number of things. We shot the film in thirty-three days, and we had fifty locations. So the opening shot, where you’re flying along over the sea and then […]Read On »

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DVD Review: THE ADVENTURER: THE CURSE OF THE MIDAS BOX

THE ADVENTURER THE CURSE OF THE MIDAS BOX | © 2014 Image Entertainment

Rating: PG Stars: Michael Sheen, Lena Headey, Sam Neill, Aneurin Barnard, Ioan Gruffudd, Mella Carron, Xavier Atkins Writers: Christian Taylor and Matthew Huffman, based on the novel MARIAH MUNDI: THE MIDAS BOX by G.P. Taylor Director: Jonathan Newman Distributor: RLJ Entertainment/Image Entertainment Home Video Release: February 11, 2014 Adapted from G.P. Taylor’s 2007 novel MARIAH MUNDI: THE MIDAS BOX, the film THE ADVENTURER: THE CURSE OF THE MIDAS BOX resembles the sort of the less memorable live-action fare Disney and the independents used to crank out in the Sixties and Seventies. The plot feels like it has the potential to be exciting, but because it is in many ways so earnest […]Read On »

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CHERNOBYL DIARIES Highlights this week in Blu-ray and DVD Releases

CHERNOBYL DIARIES | (c) 2012 Warner Home Video

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: CHERNOBYL DIARIES – This was purported to be a found footage film about a group of tourists that go on an “extreme” adventure into the wastelands of Chernobyl. Luckily, there are no shaky cams as it is only filmed from the perspective of the poor bastards rather […]Read On »

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TV Review: ALCATRAZ – Season 1 – “Tommy Madsen” – Season Finale

Sarah Jones and Jorge Garcia in ALCATRAZ - Season 1 - "Tommy Madsen" | ©2012 Fox/Liane Hentscher

Cast: Sarah Jones, Jorge Garcia, Sam Neill, Parminder Nagra, Jonny Coyne, Robert Forster Writers: Jennifer Johnson, Daniel Pyne Director: Aaron Lipstadt Network: Fox, airs Mondays @ 9 p.m. Original Telecast: March 26, 2012 It’s not just San Francisco. That’s pretty much what we learned on the season finale of ALCATRAZ “Tommy Madsen”. Warden James (Jonny Coyne) has sent inmates from The Rock (and maybe other places) all over the U.S. Why he is sending these people to the present day – some 50 years into the future – is unclear. It actually is even less clear than when the whole […]Read On »

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TV Review: ALCATRAZ – Season 1 – “Garrett Stillman”

Jonny Coyne in ALCATRAZ - Season 1 - "Garrett Stillman" | ©2012 Fox/Michael Courtney

Cast: Sarah Jones, Jorge Garcia, Sam Neill, Parminder Nagra, Jonny Coyne, Robert Forster Writers: Leigh Dana Jackson, Coleman Herbert Director: Eagle Egilsson Network: Fox, airs Mondays @ 9 p.m. Original Telecast: March 26, 2012 While billed as the season finale of ALCATRAZ, the first episode of the two-hour finale was more of a setting the stage for the second hour which was actually the finale. In “Garrett Stillman”, the Alcatraz retrieval crew is on the hunt for Stillman, a notorious thief that in the present day is once again up to his old ways robbing three armored cars in order […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: ALCATRAZ warden Jonny Coyne on the season finale and the future of the series

Jonny Coyne in ALCATRAZ - Season 1 | ©2012 Fox/Kharen Hill

As the Fox thriller series ALCATRAZ has progressed, we’ve learned a little bit about the mysterious Warden Edwin James (Jonny Coyne) as flashbacks have revealed some of the strange things he’s been up to in the 1960s – many of which could be indirectly or directly responsible for the inmates disappearing and now suddenly reappearing in present day San Francisco. It’s in these flashbacks where many questions have come up such as “What’s behind the mysterious door, what’s the Warden doing with the inmates blood and how does he fit into all of this?” ASSIGNMENT X caught up with the […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Producer Daniel Pyne chats ALCATRAZ Season 2 and more

Jorge Garcia in ALCATRAZ - Season 1 - "Clarence Montgomery" |©2012 Fox/Liane Hentscher

In Fox’s new series ALCATRAZ, which has its first-season finale tonight in a two-hour block beginning at 8 PM, San Francisco police homicide Detective Rebecca Madsen (Sarah Jones) notices something strange is going on when the fingerprints of a man who supposedly died fifty years earlier show up at a homicide scene. She subsequently learns that Alcatraz Prison, where the suspect had been incarcerated, was actually shut down because all of the inmates vanished suddenly; they are now showing up in the present. If viewers have noticed a slight change in tone around Episode Seven of ALCATRAZ, executive-produced by J.J. […]Read On »

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TV Review: ALCATRAZ – Season 1 – “Webb Porter”

Rami Malek guest stars on ALCATRAZ - Season 1 - "Webb Porter" | ©2012 Fox/Liane Hentscher

Cast: Sarah Jones, Jorge Garcia, Sam Neill, Parminder Nagra, Jonny Coyne, Robert Forster Writers: Steven Lilien, Bryan Wynbrandt Director: Jack Bender Network: Fox, airs Mondays @ 9 p.m. Original Telecast: March 19, 2012 While the modern plotline in ALCATRAZ was damn lame, it was the flashback and side story that gave us the most entertaining aspects this week. The key issue about “Webb Porter” is that he has a matching blood type that will save Dr. Lucy (Paraminder Nagra) from being forever in a coma after getting shot in the early episodes. This is important to Hauser (Sam Neill) because […]Read On »

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Interview: ALCATRAZ stars Jorge Garcia and Sarah Jones on Season 2, food and Hurley

Jorge Garcia and Sarah Jones in ALCATRAZ - Season 1 - "Guy Hastings" | ©2012 Fox/Liane Hentscher

Like many J.J. Abrams produced TV series, ALCATRAZ is a mystery thriller with several different layers to it. It follows Detective Rebecca Madsen (Sarah Jones) and comic book store owner and Alcatraz expert Doc (Jorge Garcia) as they try to figure out why former Alcatraz inmates from the 1960s are returning to the present – and haven’t aged a day. At the heart of this operation is the mysterious Emerson Hauser (Sam Neill) who brings the two newbies into the fold. The Fox series is nearing its first season finale and at Wondercon this weekend, Jones and Garcia spoke to […]Read On »

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Breaking News: ALCATRAZ Season 1 finale will build to a conclusion and open the door for Season 2 (Wondercon 2012)

Jason Butler Harner, Jonny Coyne, Jorge Garcia, Sarah Jones, Sam Neill, Santiago Cabrera, Parminder Nagra and Robert Forster in ALCATRAZ - Season 1 | ©2011 Fox/Kharen Hill

With only two more weeks to go with ALCATRAZ, the Fox series is building up to a Season 1 finale that is intended to wrap up many of the burning questions, but also open up a lot more if a Season 2 is in the cards. While speaking to reporters at Wondercon, executive producers Jennifer Johnson and Daniel Pyne revealed what they have in store and say they’re in the dark as to whether Fox is going to renew the show for a Season 2. “The last episode is all about Tommy Madsen,” says Pyne. “We focus on the guy […]Read On »

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