STRANGER THINGS: The Duffer Brothers talk about their Netflix series – Exclusive Interview

STRANGER THINGS poster | ©2016 Netflix

Twin brothers Matt Duffer and Ross Duffer, known professionally as the Duffer Brothers, have made their first TV show, Netflix’s STRANGER THINGS. Set in a small town in 1983, STRANGER THINGS evokes films of that era by Steven Spielberg. There are young boys on bicycles (Galen Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, Finn Wolfhard), searching for their lost friend Will (Noah Schnapp), whose mother (Winona Ryder) is frantically trying to connect with her son through unusual means, a mysterious young girl, Eleven (Millie Bobby Brown), with strange powers, a transdimen sional rift, a monster, and more. STRANGER THINGS deftly reconstructs the joys of […]Read On »


THE MESSENGERS: Joel Courtney on the supernatural side of high school – exclusive interview

Joel Courtney as Peter Moore in THE MESSENGERS | © 2015 Ursula Coyote/The CW

In The CW’s THE MESSENGERS, Fridays at 9 PM, five people who don’t know one another are first killed and then resurrected by a mysterious force. Each of the five then discovers that he or she now has a new power, and that this power is intended to help them protect the Earth from the rise of the Devil. Joel Courtney plays Peter Moore, a high school student who learns the hard way that he has super-strength. When he’s attacked by a bully, Peter hits back – and accidentally kills the other boy. This puts Peter on the run with […]Read On »


OUTLANDER star Caitriona Balfe trapped in time – interview

Caitriona Balfe stars as Claire in OUTLANDER on Starz | © 2015 Starz

Starz’s OUTLANDER, adapted from Diana Gabaldon’s best-selling novels, returns for the second half of its first season Saturday, April 4 at 9 PM, not a moment too soon for its many avid viewers. The season break ended with a cliffhanger. Caitriona Balfe’s character Claire, a married World War II English army nurse, accidentally traveled back to eighteenth-century Scotland. There, she meets two men who rapidly become significant to her. One is stalwart young Jamie Fraser, played by Sam Heughan, who gallantly marries Claire to prevent her from being arrested by the local representatives of the English Army. The English garrison […]Read On »


THE AMERICANS star Noah Emmerich spys on Season 3 – exclusive interview

Noah Emmerich stars as Stan Beeman in THE AMERICANS on FX | © 2015 Craig Blankenhorn/FX

In Season 3 of THE AMERICANS, FX Wednesdays at 10 PM, everybody is having a rough time. Things are perilous as usual for married KGB spies Philip (Matthew Rhys) and Elizabeth (Keri Russell). However, FBI Special Agent Stan Beeman, played by Noah Emmerich, is having major troubles of his own. Stan still doesn’t know that his pal Philip is really a Russian agent, but he’s very aware of the fact that a Soviet bug has been discovered in the FBI offices, throwing suspicion on everyone. Furthermore, Stan is still trying to see if there’s some way he can rescue his […]Read On »


Exclusive Photos from Super 8 Blu-ray/DVD release celebration

J.J. Abrams and Elle Fanning at the SUPER 8 celebrates the Blu-ray and DVD release | ©2011 Sue Schneider

Recently Paramount Home Entertainment held a celebration for the SUPER 8 release on Blu-ray and DVD debut at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Beverly Hills. Walking the carpet were the stars of the film, which included: Elle Fanning, Joe Courtney, Ryan Lee, Gabriel Basso, Ben Gavin, Riley Griffiths, Zach Miller, David Gallagher, Amanda Michalka, Glynn Turman, Joel McKinnon Miller, Jessica Tuck, Britt Flatmo, Beau Knapp, and J.J. Abrams (Director/Writer). Joining them were guests, which included: Abigail Hargrove, Jon Mack, Emily Alyn Lind, Jessica Lucas, Jeffrey Pierce, Ed Lautner, Caroline D’Amore, Bobby Alt, Sterling Beaumon, Anna Basso, […]Read On »


CD Review: SUPER 8 original soundtrack

SUPER 8 soundtrack | ©2011 Varese Sarabande Records

Lots of monstrous bellowing accompanies SUPER 8, a film that sports what’s likely the most eagerly awaited Giacchino soundtrack to hit this month, especially for score fans who share the obvious movie geek love that J.J. Abrams’ put into his scary valentine to all 1970’s / 80’s things Spielberg and Amblin. Accompanying all of that director’s own production’s was the lushly adventurous music of John Williams, classic scores that could at once conjure a child’s wide-eyed wonderment towards the fantastic, then freak the bejesus out of them in the next. It’s a similar balancing act that Giacchino does here for […]Read On »


Movie Review: SUPER 8

SUPER 8 movie poster | ©2011 Paramount Pictures

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Kyle Chandler, Elle Fanning, Joel Courtney, Gabriel Basso, Noah Emmerich, Ron Eldard, Riley Griffiths, Ryan Lee, Zach Mills, Glynn Turman Writer: J.J. Abrams Director: J.J. Abrams Distributor: Paramount Release Date: June 10, 2011 SUPER 8 is so uncannily like the kind of movies Steven Spielberg used to make in the late ‘70s and ‘80s that it’s easy to suppose he made this one too – except we’re now in 2011, and Spielberg hasn’t made a movie like this in a good long while. To be fair, Spielberg indeed is a producer here and SUPER 8 comes sailing […]Read On »


Exclusive: Photos from the SUPER 8 Los Angeles Premiere

Kyle Chandler at the Los Angeles Premiere of SUPER 8 | ©2011 Sue Schneider

Paramount Pictures, Bad Robot and Amblin Entertainment Productions held the Los Angeles Premiere of SUPER 8 at the Regency Village in Westwood June 8th. It’s the summer of 1979, and a group of friends in a small Ohio town witness a catastrophic train crash while making a super 8 movie. Soon though they suspect the crash was not an accident. Unusual disappearances and inexplicable events begin to take place in town and as the local Deputy tries to uncover the truth they discover something more terrifying than any of them could imagine. J.J. Abrams wrote and directed SUPER 8, and […]Read On »


Super Bowl Commercial Review: SUPER 8 trailer (and watch it too!)

SUPER 8 poster | ©2011 Paramount Pictures/Amblin

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. SUPER 8 Release Date: June 10 Stars: Unsure, at least from the trailer What Is it? A science-fiction film about something powerful out there going after people – and a kid at the center of it. Is that vague enough? Want To See Factor: For a trailer that tells you nothing about what it is, this thing looks AWESOME. It’s the first look of […]Read On »

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