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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Exclusive Interview: Oliver Platt on THE BIG C HEREAFTER

Laura Linney and Oliver Platt in THE BIG C HEREAFTER | ©2013 Showtime/David M. Russell

In Showtime’s dark comedy THE BIG C, created by Darlene Hunt, Laura Linney’s Cathy Jamison has been coping in every possible way – humorously, emotionally, fighting, raging, accepting – with terminal cancer. The fourth mini-season, consisting of four episodes in an arc entitled THE BIG C: HEREAFTER, concludes in the series finale Monday May 20, with Cathy reaching the end of her journey with her husband Paul (Oliver Platt) Platt has played Cathy’s sometimes self-centered but ultimately loving husband Paul through the series’ four years. Platt is a Canadian native who, as the son of a diplomat, traveled extensively in […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: THE FOLLOWING’s creator Kevin Williamson talks serial killers and Season 1

The FBI dive deeper into the mind of serial killer Joe Carroll in THE FOLLOWING | (c) 2013 David Fiesbrecth/Fox

Kevin Williamson famously created the big-screen SCREAM franchise and, as executive producer/writer brought L.J. Smith’s VAMPIRE DIARIES novels to television in the successful series still running on the CW, where Williamson had previously created DAWSON’S CREEK. Williamson’s new series creation, THE FOLLOWING, is both bloodier and more serious than his previous work. THE FOLLOWING, which airs on Fox Mondays at 9 PM, deals with haunted FBI Special Agent Ryan Harding, played by Kevin Bacon. Ryan once before put away charming, brilliant serial killer Joe Carroll (James Purefoy), at great psychological and personal cost. In the first episode, Joe escaped from […]Read On »

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CD Review: The Best Scores of 2011

HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS- PART TWO soundtrack | ©2011 Water Tower Music

THE BEST SCORES OF 2011 THE ADJUSTMENT BUREAU (Thomas Newman / Relativity) There’s always been something ethereal, if not downright unearthly about the dreamy, often rhythmic sound that’s allowed Thomas Newman to become the first alt. rocker to make it big as a film composer. It’s a sound that’s particularly well-suited to the spiritual, conveying a universe behind the walls of reality in such scores as THE RAPTURE, OSCAR AND LUCINDA and PHENOMENON. Now Newman’s on the side of the angels with hats for this moving, faith-based Phillip K. Dick adaptation. His mesmerizing mix employs strings and acoustic guitar, suspenseful […]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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Exclusive Interview: Visual FX Supervisor John Dykstra talks X-MEN: FIRST CLASS Blu-ray and STAR WARS

January Jones and Kevin Bacon in X MEN FIRST CLASS | ©2011 20th Century Fox

At a press event this week on the 20th Century lot, the studio previewed the special features on their new X-MEN: FIRST CLASS Blu-ray release which hits stores today. Set in the 1960s, FIRST CLASS focuses on the friendship between Professor Xavier (James McAvoy) and Erik Lehnsherr aka Magneto (Michael Fassbender) and the formation of the X-Men. After the event, ASSIGNMENT X was granted an exclusive interview with that movie’s visual effects designer John Dykstra to chat about re-inventing the X-MEN movie franchise and which character didn’t quite make the cut this time out. Plus, he gave his thoughts on […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Yes, DEADPOOL will still happen with Ryan Reynolds in the lead

Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool in X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE | ©2009 20th Century Fox

While speaking about the new X-MEN: FIRST CLASS Blu-ray and DVD hitting stores this Friday, September 9, ASSIGNMENT X spoke with producer Lauren Shuler-Donner about the franchise (click here for the full interview) and the status of THE WOLVERINE sequel (click here). We also asked her about the status of the DEADPOOL spin-off film set to star Ryan Reynolds who just came off another superhero film THE GREEN LANTERN this summer. Although brief, here’s what she had to say. ASSIGNMENT X: Is DEADPOOL still happening? LAUREN SHULER-DONNER: Yes. AX: And it’s still with Ryan Reynolds. SHULER-DONNER: Yes, with Ryan Reynolds. […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: The current scoop on THE WOLVERINE sequel starring Hugh Jackman

Hugh Jackman in X MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE | ©2009 20th Century Fox

While speaking about the new X-MEN: FIRST CLASS Blu-ray hitting stores this Friday, September 9, ASSIGNMENT X spoke with producer Lauren Shuler-Donner about the franchise (click here for the full interview) and the status of the DEADPOOL movie (click here). We also asked her about the status of WOLVERINE 2 aka THE WOLVERINE to be directed by James Mangold. The talk was brief, but here’s what she had to say. ASSIGNMENT X: What’s the status of the new WOLVERINE movie? LAUREN SHULER-DONNER: We’re still working on that and moving forward. AX: Will it be the Japan storyline? SHULER-DONNER: Yes it […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: X-MEN: FIRST CLASS sequel and Blu-ray talk from producer Lauren Shuler-Donner

X-MEN-FIRST CLASS Blu-ray | ©2011 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

At a press event on the 20th Century Fox lot today, producer Lauren Shuler-Donner presided over a presentation of all the special features to be found on the new X-MEN: FIRST CLASS Blu-ray hitting stories this Friday, September 9. The bonus content includes the expected deleted and extended scenes and making-of featurettes on making the prequel/reboot to the X-MEN franchise. Additionally, the Blu-ray also includes 10 free digital X-MEN comic books and an interactive feature that takes you inside the mutant tracker system Cerebro. ASSIGNMENT X had the opportunity to briefly speak with Shuler-Donner after the presentation in this exclusive […]Read On »

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Interview: CAPTAIN AMERICA composer Alan Silvestri throws his mighty shield

CAPTAIN AMERICA soundtrack | ©2011 Walt Disney Records

When it comes to the sound of military heroism, few of today’s movie composers can signal an old-school orchestral brass salute like Alan Silvestri. From bombastically playing the dark march of Stallone’s JUDGE DREDD to capturing the steely commando skills of Schwarzenegger in ERASER and PREDATOR, this one-time synthesist for the easygoing motorcycle cops of CHiPS has become the go-to composer for the epic sound of super soldiers, most recently with the wisecracking adventure of THE A-TEAM and the techno-symphonic gadgets wielded by the G.I. JOE squadron. For a composer who always brings out the big thematic guns in the […]Read On »

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