Movie Review: X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST

X-MEN - DAYS OF FUTURE PAST poster | ©2014 Fox/Marvel

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, Halle Berry, Nicholas Hoult, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Peter Dinklage, Shawn Ashmore. Omar Sy, Evan Peters Writer: Simon Kinberg, story by Jane Goldman & Simon Kinberg & Matthew Vaughn Director: Bryan Singer Distributor: 20th Century Fox Release Date: May 23, 2014 If you’re going to make an installment of a film franchise that potentially erases the continuity of previous endeavors, X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST demonstrates how to do it with not only style but real urgency. Don’t just randomly drop time travelers into the […]Read On »

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Interview: Milo Ventimiglia lawyers up MOB CITY

Milo Ventimiglia in MOB CITY - Season 1 ©2013 TNT/Scott Garfield

In TNT’s MOB CITY, developed by show runner/executive producer/director Frank Darabont, inspired by John Buntin’s book L.A. NOIR, we’re in 1940s Los Angeles. The bridge between hard-bitten LAPD detective Joe Teague (Jon Bernthal) and high-level gangsters Ben “Bugsy” Siegel (Edward Burns) and Mickey Cohen (Jeremy Luke) is Teague’s old U.S. Marines buddy and current Mob lawyer Ned Stax, played by Milo Ventimiglia. Ventimiglia, originally from Anaheim, California, has a lot of series regular characters under his belt, including Jed Perry on OPPOSITE SEX, Chris Pierce on AMERICAN DREAMS, Jess Mariano on GILMORE GIRLS, Richard Thorne III on THE BEDFORD DIARIES […]Read On »

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Interview: Todd McFarlane on SUPERHEROES: A NEVER-ENDING BATTLE

SUPERHEROES A NEVER-ENDING BATTLE | (c) 2013 PBS

SUPERHEROES: A NEVER-ENDING BATTLE is a three-hour documentary on comic books and the culture they’ve created that airs Tuesday October 15 on PBS. Documentarian Michael Kantor says, “We made this series so that no parent would ever throw out their kids’ comic books again. This series is not just for comic book geeks – it’s funded both by the National Endowment of the Arts and the National Endowment of Humanities, and it contextualizes the stories of comic book superheroes within the greater history, that of the Great Depression, World War II, the congressional witch hunts of the 1950s, the Watergate […]Read On »

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Blu-ray and DVD picks of the week including THE DARKEST HOUR

THE DARKEST HOUR | © 2012 Summit 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: THE DARKEST HOUR – This is an interesting take on the alien invasion/apocalypse genre from producer Timur Bekmambetov (who directed WANTED as well as the awesome NIGHTWATCH series). Set in Moscow, two friends try to get their Internet business off the ground but get shafted instead. They […]Read On »

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Movie Review: REAL STEEL

REAL STEEL movie poster | ©2011 DreamWorks

Stars: Hugh Jackman, Dakota Goyo, Evangeline Lilly     Writer: Screenplay by John Gatins  Story by Dan Gilroy & Jeremy Levin Director: Shawn Levy Distributor: Touchstone Pictures & Dreamworks Pictures Release Date: October 7, 2011 I will freely admit that I expected little or nothing from REAL STEEL. I kind of looked at like a film version of “Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots” with Wolverine. I was pleasantly surprised at a film that has depth, nicely crafted story, and a lot of very touching scenes. Plus, there’s enough boxing and robots to make a ROCKY fan happy. The basic plot […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Lucas Till creates Havok in X-MEN: FIRST CLASS plus sequel talk

Lucas Till is Havok in X-MEN: FIRST CLASS | ©2011 20th Century Fox

At an event this week on the 20th Century Fox lot promoting the new Blu-ray release of the hit summer film X-MEN: FIRST CLASS, ASSIGNMENT X spoke with actor Lucas Till who plays new mutant Havok (aka Alex Summers) in the film. Here’s what he had to say … ASSIGNMENT X: Have you got to look at some of the special features on the Blu-ray? LUCAS TILL: I have not yet, but I am looking forward to the Mutant tracker. It looks like it compiles all the bios of the characters from all the movies including WOLVERINE. It’s got like […]Read On »

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Composer Interview: Henry Jackman marks the spot for X-MEN: FIRST CLASS

Composer Henry Jackman | ©2011 Henry Jackman

As cool as it is to have your music pumping the extra kick-ass mile into the hugely enjoyable antics of non-powered, wannabe superheroes, there’s nothing quite like getting your musical mutant on by graduating to the big leagues of X-MEN: FIRST CLASS, a score that marks a huge evolution for composer Henry Jackman. Starting his career as an innovator in England’s electronica world, Jackman’s equally impressive string arrangements for album producer Trevor Horn drew the attention of Hans Zimmer, a composer with the Magneto-like powers of irresistibly pulling in promising talent to his lair at Remote Control. It wasn’t long […]Read On »

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Comics Vs. Movies: Riptide of X-MEN: FIRST CLASS – Things You Need to Know

Alex Gonzalez in X-MEN: FIRST CLASS | ©2011 20th Century Fox

X-MEN: FIRST CLASS is now in theaters! Many of you might read this series of editorials before you see the movie, and some after, but be warned there are some spoilerish elements in play. Basically, our idea was to create a series of character guides to the main players of FIRST CLASS, to give people a bit of a working knowledge of where the characters in the movie have their comic book origins, and how those origins compare to their big screen counterparts. This is a taste of the comics for those who haven’t spent their lives reading and archiving […]Read On »

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Comics Vs. Movies: Moira MacTaggert of X-MEN: FIRST CLASS – Things You Need to Know

Rose Byrne in X-MEN FIRST CLASS | ©2011 20th Century Fox

X-MEN: FIRST CLASS is now in theatres! Many of you might read this series of editorials before you see the movie, and some after, but be warned there are some spoilerish elements in play. Basically, our idea was to create a series of character guides to the main players of FIRST CLASS, to give people a bit of a working knowledge of where the characters in the movie have their comic book origins, and how those origins compare to their big screen counterparts. This is a taste of the comics for those who haven’t spent their lives reading and archiving […]Read On »

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Comics Vs. Movies: Darwin of X-MEN: FIRST CLASS – Things You Need to Know

Edi Gathegi in X-MEN FIRST CLASS | ©2011 20th Century Fox

X-MEN: FIRST CLASS is now in theatres! Many of you might read this series of editorials before you see the movie, and some after, but be warned there are some spoilerish elements in play. Basically, our idea was to create a series of character guides to the main players of FIRST CLASS, to give people a bit of a working knowledge of where the characters in the movie have their comic book origins, and how those origins compare to their big screen counterparts. This is a taste of the comics for those who haven’t spent their lives reading and archiving […]Read On »

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