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<p>A scene from &quot;The Master&quot;</p>

A scene from "The Master"

Credit: The Weinstein Company

'The Master' gets a full trailer and poster

The film comes along at an interesting time for Scientology

In tomorrow's podcast Anne and I touch on the possibility of Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master" showing up at Venice, but we both secretly hope it goes to Telluride, too/instead. Because, yes, that's where we'll be, and like most cinephiles, we're excited for Paul Thomas Anderson's first film in five years.

The film will be coming along at an interesting time for Scientology (the "religion" sent up in some ways by the narrative with an L. Ron Hubbard-like character in Philip Seymour Hoffman's Lancaster Dodd). Tales of subterfuge and escape acts have circled Katie Holmes's divorce from Scientology golden boy Tom Cruise in recent weeks, drumming up more and more stories about the organization, some new, many old, all bizarre. But all of that will be backdrop to the film, which, to judge by the new full-length trailer (which comes after a couple of teases), presents Anderson in top form with some of the industry's best actors giving it all they've got.

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<p>Pearl Jam</p>

Pearl Jam

Shakespeare's 'Hamlet' set to Pearl Jam's music in New York production

Does 'Jeremy' make an appearance?

If one had to come up with a soundtrack for “Hamlet,” one could certainly do worse than the music of Pearl Jam. Both the play and the Seattle band’s music have a good measure of material about tortured souls and miscreants.

Well, someone thought of that. Here, a New York City art space, has mounted a production of Shakespeare’s “Hamlet”  set in the ‘90s with Pearl Jam’s music as the backdrop. The songs are performed live by a cover band.  In what must be wonderful or horrible, “Hamlet: A King of Infinite Space” takes Hamlet and turns him into a college boy who returns home to the Lower East Side to discover that his uncle had married his mother and wants to turn their apartment building, The Elsinore (get it?), into modern condos.

If you want to see it, move quickly: The production only runs through July 21. No word from the members of Pearl Jam on how they feel about this appropriation of their music. Since the play isn't using the original master recordings, as long as Here pays royalties to the appropriate performance rights society, they probably don't need Pearl Jam's permission. We scanned online for some reviews from opening night, but, alas, could find none.




 

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Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 139

Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 139

Dan and Alan talk Emmys, 'Sullivan & Sons,' 'Breaking Bad' and more

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Happy Thursday, Boys & Girls. 
 
It's time for a special Emmy-heavy installment of The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast.
 
Just in case you haven't read my Winners & Losers gallery or read Sepinwall's reactions, we chatter for more than 35 minutes in celebration of Kathy Bates, random "Downton Abbey" supporting players and the absurd notion that "American Horror Story" is a movie or miniseries.
 
We also spend a few minutes tearing into TBS' dismal "Sullivan and Son" and then we do our usual "Breaking Bad" and "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" chatter.
 
Here's the breakdown:
Emmy Nominations (00:01:40 - 00:38:20)
"Sullivan and Son" (00:38:25 - 00:45:15)
"Breaking Bad" premiere (00:45:25 - 01:04:40)
"Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (01:04:45 - 01:15:45)
 

As always, you can subscribe to The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast over at the iTunes Store, where you can also rate us and comment on us. [Or you can always follow our RSS Feed.] 

And as always, feel free to e-mail us questions for the podcast.

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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 139: Emmy nominations, 'Sullivan & Son' and more

Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 139: Emmy nominations, 'Sullivan & Son' and more

Dan and Alan also review the 'Breaking Bad' premiere and another 'Buffy'

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Time for a mid-week, Emmy heavy edition of the Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, in which Dan and I discuss the nominations, try to review TBS' "Sullivan & Sons" as quickly as possible before moving on to the "Breaking Bad" premiere and a strange "Buffy" season 1 episode. Also, for those of you who didn't already see it on Twitter, here's the Emmy Rossum photo being discussed.

As mentioned on the show, our next podcast will be sometime next week, but not necessarily on Monday, as I'll have just arrived in LA for the TV critics press tour.

The line-up: 

Emmy Nominations (00:01:40 - 00:38:20)
"Sullivan and Son" (00:38:25 - 00:45:15)
"Breaking Bad" premiere (00:45:25 - 01:04:40)
"Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (01:04:45 - 01:15:45)
 
As always, you can subscribe to The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast over at the iTunes Store, where you can also rate us and comment on us. Or you can always follow our RSS Feed, download the MP3 file or stream it on Dan's blog.
 
And as always, feel free to e-mail us questions for the podcast.
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<p>Dave Grohl</p>

Dave Grohl

Watch: New trailer for Dave Grohl's documentary 'Sound City' with Tom Petty

John Fogerty, Butch Vig and Trent Reznor chime in

Dave Grohl has unspooled a new trailer for “Sound City,” the documentary the Foo Fighter directed and produced on the legendary Los Angeles recording studio.

Sound City is  where Grohl’s former band Nirvana recorded “Nevermind,” and where a number of other classic albums, including Fleetwood Mac’s “Rumours” and “Fleetwood Mac,” Neil Young’s “After The Gold Rush,” and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ “Damn The Torpedoes” were recorded.

[More after the jump...]

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<p>Adam Lambert</p>

Adam Lambert

Credit: AP Photo

Adam Lambert set to appear on 'Pretty Little Liars' in a Halloween special

'American Idol' finalist will perform two songs

So it looks like that “American Idol”  judge thing was just a rumor, but Adam Lambert is confirmed to appear on ABC Family’s “Pretty Little Liars” in a special Halloween edition.

The “American Idol” season eight runner up will appear in a scene with Lucy Hale and sing two songs, according to Ryanseacrest.com, which broke the news. No word on whether the two tunes will be from his new album, "Trespassing." 

The episode will begin shooting next week and it’s a good fit, says Seacrest, calling Lambert, “a Halloween party on two legs.”

Lambert, who is performing tonight at the OC Country Fair in Orange County, Calif., confirmed the news, tweeting today, “Yup--Imma be a Pretty Little Liar!” He and Hale also exchanged tweets about how excited they are for the taping.

The singer just wrapped up a series of four shows in Kiev and London with Queen.

Lambert's news comes a week after "90210" announced that Carly Rae Jepsen will appear on the season opener of the show in October.



 

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<p>Pink</p>

Pink

Pink writes two songs for Cher's new album and Cher loves them

Cher excitedly tweets about Pink's and Lady Gaga's contributions

Pink has written two songs for Cher’s new album and Cher couldn’t be more delighted. The constant tweeter took to Twitter to reveal the details late last night.

“Had meeting 2night w/Record Co. They love song I’ve done. Got 2 new! Pink wrote them! Co wants it out end yr. pic’d single,” Cher tweeted, including a photo of herself taken in a mirror looking a little serious for such happy news. The album will be Cher's first set of new studio material in more than a decade.

[More after the jump...]

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Louis C.K. and Lena Dunham lead Emmy Nomination Winners & Losers

Louis C.K. and Lena Dunham lead Emmy Nomination Winners & Losers

'Justified' and 'Parks and Recreation' are less lucky
Last night, I posted my full slate of Emmy nomination predictions for 10 major categories and then, at 5:40 this morning, I found out how foolish I am.
 
Actually, I got 44 of 61 nominees in the categories I predicted, which is a respectable 72 percent. I got all six of the Lead Actor Comedy nominees and six of seven Lead Actress Comedy nominees (and I shouldn't be responsible for not anticipating a tie. 
 
As I guessed last night, one of my mistakes was underestimating the chances for "Downton Abbey." Joanne Froggat was, I believe, the only nominee who I didn't even place in my "Some other notable candidates" slide. Big ooops there. I also assumed xenophobia would give Elizabeth McGovern the advantage over the far more deserving Michelle Dockery, so... Yay!
 
A lot of the nominees that I missed -- folks like Jared Harris, Kathryn Joosten and Hugh Bonneville -- were relatively high up among contenders, but I know why I didn't predict them.
 
Anyway... I think that makes me both a Winner and a Loser on Emmy Nomination Morning.
 
Here's a gallery of other Winners & Losers.
 
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<p>Naomi Watts in &quot;The Impossible.&quot;</p>

Naomi Watts in "The Impossible."

Credit: Summit Entertainment

Summit primes 'The Impossible' for awards season

Juan Antonio Bayona's tsunami drama will open on December 21

We've had "The Impossible" -- a true-life survival drama set against the tragedy of the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami -- in our Contenders section for a while now, though for whatever reason, it's been languishing in the lower reaches of our category lists. Perhaps it's the question mark of Spanish genre director Juan Antonio Bayona ("The Orphanage") handling his first English-language production. Perhaps it's that Naomi Watts, good actress though she is, has had such a tepid run of recent projects. Perhaps it's that the thought of a film on that tragedy, however indirectly, conjures traumatic memories of Clint Eastwood's "Hereafter."

Or perhaps the film is, as some advance word suggests, is really strong, and could benefit from lying low. Certainly, Summit Entertainment -- who steered "The Hurt Locker" to Oscar glory nearly three years ago -- have high hopes for the Spanish production, and have just positioned it as their prime awards pony with the announcement of a December 21 release date.

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<p>Daniel Day-Lewis on the set of &quot;Lincoln.&quot;</p>

Daniel Day-Lewis on the set of "Lincoln."

Credit: Touchstone Pictures

'Lincoln' eases the pressure with a mid-November release

A wise move for a film feeling the burden of expectation?

Sorry, John Hawkes. Better luck next time, Joaquin Phoenix. Hard cheese, Hugh Jackman. Get your gracious-loser faces perfected, because this year's Best Actor Oscar has Daniel Day-Lewis's name written all over it. Again. Because, you know, he's frickin' Daniel Day-Lewis. And he's playing frickin' Abraham Lincoln. Try fighting that. Just try. What? Have I seen the movie? That's cute.

Such, at least, is the logic of numerous comment-thread denizens (and a hasty blogger or two) who began declaring the two-time Oscar champ a racing certainty as early as November last year, when the first on-set photos of his augustly bearded visage surfaced online. "Daniel Day-Lewis + Lincoln = Oscar," opined one Awards Daily reader. "It might as well be Meryl Streep playing Jesus Christ," agreed another. Just yesterday, a Hollywood Elsewhere regular ventured that "Phoenix is a threat to Day-Lewis like Mondale was a threat to Reagan... the [only] other pseudo-competition is the duo of Crow-Jackman in 'Les Miserables.'" Bold statements for four performances no one has yet clamped eyes on.

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<p>&quot;Homeland&quot;&nbsp;co-stars Damian Lewis and Claire Danes were both nominated for Emmys.</p>

"Homeland" co-stars Damian Lewis and Claire Danes were both nominated for Emmys.

Credit: Showtime

Emmys 2012: 'Homeland,' 'Girls' and 'American Horror Story' lead wave of new nominees

The return of 'Breaking Bad' and relocation of 'Downton Abbey' also led to big changes
By and large, the easiest way to be nominated for an Emmy is to have already been nominated for an Emmy. If you're lucky, you'll see maybe one or two new nominees per category each year.
 
In the 2011-12 TV season, though, there was so much obviously outstanding new work — or, in some cases, work by shows that weren't eligible a year ago — that there was more turnover in the nominations than in quite some time.
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"So You Think You Can Dance"

 "So You Think You Can Dance"

Credit: Fox

Recap: 'So You Think You Can Dance' eliminates the bottom 4

We also get a preview of 'Step Up Revolution'

This week it's time to see how well a performance/elimination combo episode works for "SYTYCD." I'm guessing that it may actually be a boon to the show, which was ordered to double up as ratings flagged. While I'm a little worried that we'll lose the opportunity to see some of the impressive guest dancers that have come to the show in the past to fluff up the results show, that's a sacrifice I'm willing to make in order to tighten up what has been a pretty bloated program. Let's see if they can pull it off. 

As Cat ominously promises, 20 will start the show, but only 16 will survive, which makes this seem like a dance competition/horror movie musical. Which should be coming to a theater near you at some point anyway. 

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