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<p>The &quot;Guys with Kids.&quot;</p>

The "Guys with Kids."

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Series premiere review: 'Guys with Kids' - 'Pilot'

What did everybody think of NBC's new sitcom?

I won't be writing reviews of every new fall show, but I did at least discuss "Guys with Kidswith Dan on today's podcast. We were not fans. For those of you who watched, what did you think? Were you happy to see Vanessa Huxtable back in an NBC family sitcom? Meadow Soprano doing lighter material? Cliff from "Bring It On" being all grown up? Anthony Anderson trying his hardest to earn the paycheck?

More importantly, do you find the idea of men having to take care of their own children as absolutely hi-larious as the "Guys with Kids" writers so obviously do? And will you watch again? Have at it.

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<p>Trust me... within 30 seconds of this moment in 'To The Wonder,' I guarantee Rachel McAdams is spinning and walking through a field. </p>

Trust me... within 30 seconds of this moment in 'To The Wonder,' I guarantee Rachel McAdams is spinning and walking through a field.

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Review: Terrence Malick's 'To The Wonder' looks great but says little

The director's second film in two years is starting to look pretty familiar

One thing is increasingly clear:  Terrence Malick is a man on a very specific aesthetic mission.

When I was at Cannes in the summer of 2011, there was no film that was more heavily discussed or anticipated before it screened than "The Tree Of Life."  I felt like I was lucky to be there for the film, and there was a sense that everyone had made it their top priority for the festival.  The discussions afterwards were intense and ongoing all week, and I dare say no other film was covered quite as extensively during that fest.

Here in Toronto this week, though, I've gotten none of that surrounding the debut of "To The Wonder," Malick's new movie, and in the few conversations I've had with other people, it seems like the notion that he's got two more films coming in the next year or so and another major ongoing one in development has made him "just another filmmaker" as opposed to the figurative Sasquatch of Cinema that he was for so long.  I'm thrilled he's suddenly found this new productivity and that he's got a producing team in place who are able to help him realize all of this newfound creative energy, but it does mean that it's less of an event now.  There's a reason the world rarely freaks out at the news that there's a Woody Allen film coming out.  Something that happens every eleven months or so is not particularly noteworthy, no matter what the final film turns out to be.

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<p>Allison and Krystal of &quot;The Voice&quot;</p>

Allison and Krystal of "The Voice"

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Recap: 'The Voice' Wednesday - Blind Auditions, Part 3

NBC's hit stares down FOX's 'X Factor' premiere with more auditions
It’s starting to feel a little bit like the film “Groundhog Day,” no? Another evening, another episode of “The Voice”. If any contestant tonight sings “I Got You, Babe,” I will be seriously freaked out. While there have been several strong participants thus far, the show really hasn’t had a breakout performance yet. And given that its two-day head start on “The X Factor” is now over, that might be a problem for the show over the long haul.
 
But with sixty-four total team members to select, we’ve only just begun to see the talent on display this season. And hopefully, we’ve only just begun to see the way the coaches will woo participants to their team. So far, those wooings have been one-note affairs, with each judge essentially sticking to the same script no matter the contestant. A little variety wouldn’t hurt on both sides of the equation.
 
With that in mind, let’s kick off tonight’s running diary. As always, all times are EST. As always, if the prepackaged sob story that accompanies a contestant is too dull, I reserve the right to completely make up a new one. Much like NBC, I’m all about the ratings. What can I say?
 
8:00 p.m. I love that shot of the four judges standing in the bright white light during these introductions. It’s like they are trapped in The Phantom Zone.
 
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"Big Brother"

 "Big Brother"

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'Big Brother' recap: The battle for the POV and an Olympic-size prize

Two lucky houseguests get to hobnob with gold medalists

So, it's down to the final five, or what I like to call the Quack Pack and Jenn. Not that the Quack Pack is much of an alliance, as everyone except Shane seems to have a final two deal with Dan (and that may have happened and I just missed it), and Dan is eagerly rubbing his hands together in anticipation of stomping on their broken bodies on the way to the finish line. The crazy part is, of course, that every remaining hamster seems likely to smile up at him as he does it. "Gee, Dan, you're really good at cracking ribs! That barely hurt! And not nearly as much as when you stepped on my nose!" 

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<p>Saoirse Ronan is a 216-year-old vampire in Neil Jordan's 'Byzantium'</p>

Saoirse Ronan is a 216-year-old vampire in Neil Jordan's 'Byzantium'

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The brilliant Saoirse Ronan reveals 'Byzantium,' 'The Host' and 'How I Live Now' secrets

This is one busy 18-year-old

TORONTO - Everyone has a word or phrase they probably use too much.  For example, my friends will tell you I'm prone to use the word "literally" in conversation way too often.  Or, when doing interviews, to say "I'm curious" about three or four times to a subject (eke).  She might be embarrassed to read it, but Saoirse Ronan has the distinctly British habit of saying "brilliant' during conversation just as much as I say "literally" (perhaps more actually).  It's partially because she's just coming out of her teenage years, but it also a sign of her impressive enthusiasm regarding her work.

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Woody Harrelson seems very excited about what Francis Lawrence brings to 'The Hunger Games' sequel
Woody Harrelson seems very excited about what Francis Lawrence brings to 'The Hunger Games' sequel
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Watch: Woody Harrelson on how the cast is handling a new director on 'The Hunger Games: Catching Fire'

Francis Lawrence is in charge now, and that seems just fine with Haymitch

I feel like I've done something on the magnitude of a thousand interviews in the last week.  I'm sure it's actually only something like ten or twelve, but when you're juggling those with a full festival screenings schedule, it can seem overwhelming.

One thing that makes it worthwhile, though, is when you check in with someone who has always been fun in interviews, and that's a fair description of Woody Harrelson.  Every single time I've chatted with him, it's been fun.  There was one night in a wings restaurant when he showed up unannounced and joined us, and he was as sharp and funny and immediately friendly as you could have hoped, and then at press day after press day, he shows up with the right attitude about these things.  Yes, we're all there doing a job, but no, it doesn't have to be like pulling teeth.  If you talk to him like a real person, he'll do the same, and he's one of my favorite people to bump into on a press day.

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<p>Quantrele Da'an Smith of &quot;The X Factor&quot;</p>

Quantrele Da'an Smith of "The X Factor"

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Recap: 'The X Factor' Season 2 Premiere

Demi Lovato and Britney Spears make their judging debuts

On one hand, I suppose Wednesday (September 12) night represents the second season premiere of "The X Factor," but you can almost sense FOX hoping that viewers totally ignore last fall's introduction to Melanie Amaro and all of her vanquished foes. Sure, that was "The X Factor," but this is *really* "The X Factor," the way Simon Cowell intended.

So pull up a seat and follow along as we spend the next two hours seeing how Demi Lovato and Britney Spears stack up as judges and how "The X Factor" functions without a host.

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<p>Taylor Swift</p>

Taylor Swift

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Taylor Swift's 'We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together' returns to No. 1 on Billboard Hot 100

What record does it set?

We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” gets back with the top of the Billboard Hot 100 this week as the Taylor Swift tune returns to No. 1.

“Never” and Flo Rida’s “Whistle” have been trading places for the pole position for the past few weeks. After “Whistle” returned to the summit last week, it falls to No. 3, as Maroon 5’s “One More Night” rises 3-2.

Swift’s song spends its third week at No. 1, making it the longest run atop the Billboard Hot 100 for a country song since Kenny Rogers’ “Lady,” written be Lionel Richie, held the top spot for six weeks in 1980, according to Billboard.

“Never” continues to gain in airplay, while also remaining at No. 1 on the Digital Songs chart. But that’s not Swift’s only chart triumph: “Ronan,” the charity single she debuted on Sept. 7’s “Stand Up For Cancer” televised benefit, enters the Hot 100 at No. 16. It is bolstered largely by digital sales: the song stands at No. 1 on the Digital Songs chart with sales of 211,000.

Returning to the Top 10, fun.’s “Some Nights” and Ellie Goulding’s “Lights” switch places, as Goulding rises 5-4.

Pink’s “Blow Me (One Last Kiss)” soars back into the Top 10, perhaps bolstered by her MTV Video Music Awards, lifting 11-6. Justin Bieber’s “As Long As You Love Me”  featuring Big Sean leaps 9-7. Neon Trees’ “Everybody Talks”  slips 6-8 and Carly Rae Jepsen and Owl City’s “Good Time” inches down 8-9.

The only new entry into the Top 10 is Alex Clare’s “Too Close,” which marks the singer’s first Top 10 hit. In addition to the former Alternative Songs chart topper’s use in a Bing commercial, “So You Think You Can Dance” played the song last week.

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<p>Ben Howard, Plan B and Lianne La Havas</p>

Ben Howard, Plan B and Lianne La Havas

2012 Mercury Prize Nominations: Listen to 5 artists you should know

Plan B, Richard Hawley, Michael Kiwanuka, Ben Howard and others up for British award

Much like its other years, the 2012 Mercury Prize shortlist is yet again dominated by mostly rock-leaning artists, with other genres weaved -- or perhaps forced -- in. However, there are quite of few artists on the tally that have sold considerably fewer albums than some higher profile acts who were snubbed.

Here is the 2012 Mercury Prize Shortlist:

Alt-J "An Awesome Wave"
Ben Howard "Every Kingdom"
Django Django "Django Django"
Field Music "Plumb"
Jessie Ware "Devotion"
Lianne La Havas "Is Your Love Big Enough?"
Michael Kiwanuka "Home Again"
Plan B "Ill Manors"
Richard Hawley "Standing at the Sky’s Edge"
Roller Trio "Roller Trio"
Sam Lee "Ground Of Its Own"
The Maccabees "Given To The Wild "

Solo artist and Pulp touring guitarist Richard Hawley is the most recognizable name to ears here in the U.S., along with the familiar rock strains of the Maccabees, rapper Plan B and electro-pop singer Jessie Ware. Others like Alt-J, Roller Trio, Sam Lee and Lianne La Havas are far more under the radar than excluded Coldplay, Kate Bush, Emile Sande, Ed Sheeran and 2010 Mercury Prize winners The xx.

Of the 12 nominated artists, two are people of color and one prominently features a band member of color; and there are two are women. There's one rap artist, one English folk artist, one jazz troupe and splashes of pop all over the place despite a notable absence of a "pop-pop" act.

That's not to say the shortlist is just mostly lily-white rock and devoid of imagination. It's just kind of subdued compared to years before. The winner will be announced on Nov. 1.

Below I've pulled out videos and songs from five artists to get filled in on, including the ladies and the outliers.

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Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 148

Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 148

Dan and Alan talk 'Revolution,' 'Glee,' 'Mob Doctor,' 'Guys with Kids' and more

The

 
Happy Wednesday, Boys & Girls!
 
After the promised early-week delayed, it's time for a review-packed installment of The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast.
 
In this episode, we preview NBC's "Revolution" and "Guys with Kids," as well as FOX's "Mob Doctor." We also review new seasons of "Glee" and "Boardwalk Empire." And we answered a piece of mail, just for kicks.
 
Next week, we'll be delayed for Rosh Hashanah, but expect plenty more reviews and whatnot as things start to get REALLY busy!
 
Here's the breakdown:
Second episodes of "Go On" and "New Normal" (00:01:10 - 00:02:45)
"Guys With Kids" (00:02:50 - 00:11:30)
"Glee" (00:11:30 - 00:22:35)
"Boardwalk Empire" (00:22:35 - 00:35:40)
"The Mob Doctor" (00:35:40 - 00:45:25)
"Revolution" (00:45:30 - 00:56:50)
Listener Mail - Worst Characters, Best Shows (00:57:40 - 01:13:20)

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 148: 'Boardwalk Empire,' 'Revolution,' 'Mob Doctor' & more

Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 148: 'Boardwalk Empire,' 'Revolution,' 'Mob Doctor' & more

Dan and Alan also weigh in on 'Guys with Kids' and the revamped 'Glee'

The

Time for a mid-week Firewall & Iceberg Podcast in which Dan and I start paddling into the waters of the fall TV season, with reviews of a mix of new and returning shows that are premiering a few weeks ahead of the real deluge.

As mentioned on the show, next week's podcast will be Tuesday or Wednesday at the earliest due to Rosh Hashanah.

The line-up: 

Second episodes of "Go On" and "New Normal" (00:01:10 - 00:02:45)
"Guys With Kids" (00:02:50 - 00:11:30)
"Glee" (00:11:30 - 00:22:35)
"Boardwalk Empire" (00:22:35 - 00:35:40)
"The Mob Doctor" (00:35:40 - 00:45:25)
"Revolution" (00:45:30 - 00:56:50)
Listener Mail - Worst Characters, Best Shows (00:57:40 - 01:13:20)
 
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>Jonathan Banks from &quot;Breaking Bad&quot;&nbsp;will be on &quot;Parks and Recreation.&quot;</p>

Jonathan Banks from "Breaking Bad" will be on "Parks and Recreation."

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Exclusive: 'Breaking Bad' co-star Jonathan Banks to guest star on 'Parks and Recreation'

The character actor will play Ben Wyatt's father

Mike Ehrmentraut is coming to "Parks and Recreation."

In an episode of the fifth season of "Parks and Rec," Jonathan Banks from "Breaking Bad" will play the father of Adam Scott's character, Ben Wyatt.

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