Movie Review: THE MARTIAN

THE MARTIAN movie poster | ©2015 20th Century Fox

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig, Jeff Daniels, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Sean Bean, Michael Cena, Kate Mara, Sebastian Stan, Mackenzie Davis, Donald Glover, Aksel Hennie, Benedict Wong Writer: Drew Goddard, based on the novel by Andy Weir Director: Ridley Scott Distributor: Twentieth Century Fox Release Date: October 2, 2015 Director Ridley Scott is an acknowledged master of the visual arts, but the words “charming” and “intentionally funny” don’t usually spring to mind to describe his works, especially those set largely in outer space (ALIEN and PROMETHEUS are not generally cited as sources of warm fuzziness). THE MARTIAN changes […]Read On »

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LEGENDS show runner David Wilcox goes undercover – Interview

Morris Chestnut in LEGENDS - Season 1 | ©2014 TNT/Marco Grob

In TNT’s new series LEGENDS, Wednesdays at 9 PM, Sean Bean plays Martin Odum, an FBI agent who is uncannily gifted with “legends,” the term for long-term undercover identities. The trouble is not only that Martin has a tendency to become a little too absorbed in these identities, but also that he’s starting to question who he really is. The series, based on Robert Littell’s novel, was developed for television by Howard Gordon and David Wilcox. Wilcox, whose producing and writing credits include LAW & ORDER, FRINGE, LIFE ON MARS, 666 PARK AVENUE and THE FOLLOWING, is present at TNT’s […]Read On »

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LEGENDS star Morris Chestnut talks the new thriller series – Exclusive

Morris Chestnut co-stars on LEGENDS | © 2014 TNT

In TNT’s new series LEGENDS, Wednesdays at 9 PM, Sean Bean stars as Martin Odum, an FBI agent whose long-term deep-cover assignments call for complex false identities known as “legends.” Morris Chestnut costars as FBI agent Tony Rice, who is with the division of transportation security. Due to some security camera footage, and because the higher-ups don’t want to “out” Martin, Tony believes Martin may have stabbed a man to death on a train platform and breaks the rules to investigate the truth. Chestnut’s most recent feature film outing, 2013’s THE BEST MAN HOLIDAY, saw the Southern California-born actor reprising […]Read On »

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TYRANT producer Howard Gordon talks the power of leadership

Adam Rayner as Barry in TYRANT | © 2014 Vered Adir/FX

Howard Gordon is a very busy executive producer. This year alone, his projects include 24: LIVE ANOTHER DAY, which just wrapped up a successful twelve-episode run on Fox, LEGENDS, starring Sean Bean as a deep-cover FBI agent, which debuts on TNT August 13 and the multi-award-winning HOMELAND, the series Gordon developed with Alex Gansa, returns to Showtime for its fourth season in the fall. However, the series Gordon shows up to discuss at the Television Critics Association summer press tour is FX’s TYRANT, which airs Tuesdays at 10 PM. Created by Gordon and Gideon Raff (who originated the Israeli series […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Howard Gordon on HOMELAND Season 3

HOMELAND - Season 3 Key Art | ©2013 Showtime

Showtime’s HOMELAND returns for its third season on tonight at 9 PM. Its first season won Emmy Awards for Outstanding Drama Series, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series (Damien Lewis as Nicholas Brody), Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series (Claire Danes as Carrie Mathison) and Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series (Alex Gansa & Howard Gordon and Gideon Raff for the pilot), along with Outstanding Casting for a Drama Series and Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Drama Series. On Sunday, September 22, HOMELAND and Danes received a second Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Emmy, and the […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: The scoop on 24: LIVE ANOTHER DAY from executive producer Howard Gordon

24 - SEASON 8 - THE COMPLETE FINAL SEASON DVD | ©2010 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

Producer/writer Howard Gordon is a very busy man, what with last year’s truckload of Emmys for the first season of Showtime’s HOMELAND, an even bigger slate of nominations for the second season of HOMELAND, the series TYRANT in development at FX and LEGENDS, an espionage series starring Sean Bean, at TNT. This last is likely why Gordon is at TNT’s twenty-fifth anniversary party at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. We talked with Gordon about all his projects (see our upcoming separate interview), but while we’re at it, we got an update on next year’s anticipated mini-season of 24: LIVE ANOTHER DAY […]Read On »

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TV Review: MISSING – Season 1 – “Pilot” – Series Premiere

Sean Bean, Ashley Judd, Cliff Curtis, Adriano Giannini, Nick Eversman and Tereza Voriskova in MISSING - Season 1 | ©2012 ABC/Bob D'Amico

Stars: Ashley Judd, Sean Bean, Cliff Curtis, Adrian Giannini, Nick Eversman, Keith Carradine, Aunjanue Ellis, Gina McKee, Laura Donnelly Writer: Gregory Poirier, series created by Gregory Poirier Director: Stephen Shill Network: ABC, Thursdays @ 8 PM Original Airdate: March 15, 2012 CIA field agents are widely imagined to be able to do anything. MISSING takes this notion, combines it with the ferocity of a mother’s love for her child, then sets the premise – and leading lady Ashley Judd – loose all over Europe. Judd plays Rebecca Winstone, who we meet as she talks on the phone to her beloved […]Read On »

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Interview: Cliff Curtis goes CIA on MISSING

Cliff Curtis in MISSING - Season 1 | ©2012 ABC/Bob D'Amico

A mother in search of her kidnapped son can be formidable. A mother in that situation, who also used to be a CIA field agent, can be the proverbial unstoppable force. Certainly, that’s the case with Ashley Judd’s MISSING character Rebecca Winstone, who has raised her son Michael (Nick Eversman) alone ever since the death of Nick’s father, Rebecca’s husband and fellow CIA agent Paul Winstone (Sean Bean, see in flashbacks throughout the series). Naturally, the CIA isn’t too thrilled with the idea of one of their own, albeit retired, deploying her Agency skills around the globe. European station chief […]Read On »

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First Look: GAME OF THRONES – Season 2 teaser trailer is here

Kit Harrington and John Bradley in GAME OF THRONES - Season 1 | ©2011 HBO/Helen Sloan

The second season of GAME OF THRONES won’t be arriving on HBO until April, but the first teaser trailer for the show is out. Check out the George R.R. Martin goodness below. Cold Wind Tease AGREE? DISAGREE? LET US KNOW WHAT YOU THINK – COMMENT BELOW! Follow us on Twitter at ASSIGNMENT X Fan us on Facebook at ASSIGNMENTX Click on Link: HBO says they want GAME OF THRONES to last for “20 years” Click on link: Interview with GAME OF THRONES creator George R.R. Martin – Part 2 on the future of the novels and TV series Click on […]Read On »

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TCA 2011 News: HBO says they hope GAME OF THRONES lasts for “20 Years”

Sean Bean and Julian Glover in GAME OF THRONES - Season 1 | ©2011 HBO/Helen Sloan

With HBO finding success with the fantasy series GAME OF THRONES based on the books by George R.R. Martin, the question is how long the series can continue since the source material spans so many novels. At today’s TCA press tour for HBO, Co-President Richard Plepler and HBO Programming President Michael Lombardo spoke about their plans for THRONES. One of the most important things Plepler and Lombardo are excited about is that executive producers David Benioff and Dan Weiss are getting noticed for their seamless vision in bringing Martin’s vision to the small screen – particularly with the recent writing […]Read On »

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