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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 138: 'Breaking Bad,' 'Political Animals,' Comic-Con & more

Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 138: 'Breaking Bad,' 'Political Animals,' Comic-Con & more

Dan and Alan also talk about 'Bunheads' on another road trip podcast


Continuing an annual tradition for Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, Dan and I got in his car and attempted another road trip podcast, this time on the road from Los Angeles to San Diego for Comic-Con. Along the way, we chatted about "Breaking Bad," "Political Animals" and "Bunheads," bickered about missed exits and exalted at certain familiar landmarks along the way.

As mentioned on the show, our next podcast will be next Thursday, July 19, where we'll discuss Emmy nominations, the "Breaking Bad" premiere, and possibly more. 

The line-up: 

"Bunheads" (00:01:15 - 00:13:15)
"Political Animals" (00:13:15 - 00:28:15)
"Breaking Bad" (00:29:00 - 00:44:15)
Comic-Con (00:44:15 - 00:55:10)
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"Project Runway"

"Project Runway"

Credit: Lifetime

Heidi Klum talks about 'Project Runway''s wacky 10th season

Look for candy dresses, big stars - and designers sneaking off the show

"Project Runway" is back for its 10th anniversary season (Lifetime, July 19, 9 p.m.), and Heidi Klum will be back to auf designers left and right. During a conference call with reporters, Klum gave a few hints about what viewers could expect. "[One of the guest judges] I'm allowed to mention are Patricia Fields, who was one of our very first judges ever; she judged the first challenge of the very first season of the show, so we thought it would be fun to bring her back… We also have Lauren Graham, who'll be at our Times Square challenge, Hayden Panettierre and Krysten Ritter."

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Watch: The Shins' magical new video for 'It's Only Life'

Watch: The Shins' magical new video for 'It's Only Life'

A boy and his dog have high adventures

Being a kid is a magical time, especially in a Shins video. Being an adult, not so much. In the new clip for “It’s Only Life,” a young boy and his dog are experiencing great summer time adventures, seemingly oblivious to the much darker drama playing itself out.

As the boy and his dog play in the woods and at local merchants, the story unspools that he and his pooch may be the only ones remaining uncaptured by a crew of black horse-like creatures, who have nabbed the rest of the town’s denizens, including Shins’ leader James Mercer.

[More after the jump...]

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<p>Sigourney Weaver and Carla Gugino in &quot;Political Animals.&quot;</p>

Sigourney Weaver and Carla Gugino in "Political Animals."

Credit: USA

Review: USA's 'Political Animals' takes compelling look at an alternate Clinton family

Sigourney Weaver, Carla Gugino and Ellen Burstyn head a terrific miniseries cast
Summer television is for the most part a time for light escapism, a concept that USA has embraced to enormous success with the likes of "Burn Notice," "White Collar," "Royal Pains," et al. But success can give you license to deviate from your formula from time to time, and Sunday night at 10, USA debuts the very un-USA miniseries "Political Animals," a heavier, more mature six-part story about the intersection of politics, family and the media in Washington, D.C.
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Watch: Britney Spears kills with kindness in new 'X Factor' commercial

Watch: Britney Spears kills with kindness in new 'X Factor' commercial

She brings the goods, 15 seconds at a time

Britney Spears is taking no prisoners. After initial reports leaked out of Spears offering meager critiques or walking off stage or just seeming overwhelmed by her role as a judge on “The X Factor,” Fox has responded with a sizzle reel that shows Ms. Spears large and in charge. Let the positive spin on Brit-Brit’s amazing judging abilities begin!

To be sure, the video is only 15 seconds, but the clip, which initially aired during July 10’s All Star baseball game, shows, Spears has no problem voicing her opinions. As the voice over asks, “Has America’s sweetheart been hanging out with Simon Cowell too much?”

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Watch: Alexa Vega skates a lot in new Aerosmith video for 'Legendary Child'

Watch: Alexa Vega skates a lot in new Aerosmith video for 'Legendary Child'

She gets quite the workout doing the band's bidding

What’s an Aerosmith video without a girl younger enough to be the members’ granddaughter and lots of wind machines blowing back Steven Tyler’s hair? Nothing, that’s what.

Thankfully, Aerosmith keeps the formula safe with the new video for “Legendary Child,” the first single from its album “Music From Another Dimension.” Luckily for viewers, it also keeps the concept innovative and amusing in what looks like the first in a story line series of clips.

[More after the jump...]

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<p>Aaron Paul as Jesse Pinkman on &quot;Breaking Bad.&quot;</p>

Aaron Paul as Jesse Pinkman on "Breaking Bad."

Credit: AMC

'Breaking Bad' star Aaron Paul looks back at Jesse Pinkman's greatest hits

Before season 5 begins, a look at memorable Jesse moments

Though "Breaking Bad" will have another eight episodes to run next summer after the eight that start airing Sunday night at 10 on AMC, this is technically the start of the show's final season. So when given the chance to sit down with the show's two leading men, I thought this might be a good time to let each of them revisit some of the most memorable moments for their characters, and what it was like to play those scenes. An epic Bryan Cranston interview is coming later this week (possibly in two parts), as we start with a chat with Aaron Paul about the ever-changing nature of Jesse Pinkman, what it's like to deliver those great monologues, how the famous robot line from "4 Days Out" came to be, and a lot more.

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"The Real Housewives of Orange County"

"The Real Housewives of Orange County"

Credit: Bravo

'The Real Housewives of Orange County' recap: 'The Reunion pt. 1'

It's upside down world as Tamara and Vicki fight and Gretchen and Alexis battle

Yes, it's time for part one of the supersized reunion special (which really could be a series unto itself) of "The Real Housewives of Orange County." In this edition, there's some fighting, some screaming, that sort of thing. That's no big surprise. What may be surprising for anyone who tuned out this season is just how the allegiances have changed. I wonder if Bravo sent the girls a memo and said, hey, time to mix it up. We can only afford one new housewife and some of you are looking a little stale to us. For those who weren't paying attention, former besties Vicki and Tamra are on the outs. Former enemies Tamra and Gretchen (yes, Gretchen) are besties. Former sorta enemies Vicki and Alexis are also besties. Up is down, hell has frozen over, you name it. It's not really that different, to tell the truth, sort of like rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic. The one breath of fresh air is, of course, Heather, who is not only the sole brunette, but the only housewife who still has some shred of sanity. Of course, during this part of the reunion she's starting to sound a lot like her cohorts, which is a bitter disappointment.

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"The Glee Project"

"The Glee Project"

Credit: Oxygen

'The Glee Project' recap: 'Fearlessness'

Nellie can't get comfortable, but will it cost her a shot at 'Glee'?

It's an interesting theme this week, especially for Nellie, who is so overloaded with nerves it's amazing she doesn't just topple over. Of course, there are a few people who might be overconfident. Aylin thinks she's the very epitome of fearlessness, as she's had to overcome growing up in a conservative Muslim household. I suspect that actually won't be the topic of the video this week, so she may want to cool her jets. If we've learned anything about reality TV competition, it's that whenever you're expecting something, an unexpected take on things is going to smack you in the face like a cold cup full of slushy.

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<p>Anna Paquin in &quot;Margaret&quot;</p>

Anna Paquin in "Margaret"

Credit: Fox Searchlight Pictures

Tell us what you thought of 'Margaret'

The film hits DVD/Blu-ray today

Having written pretty much everything we could about Kenneth Lonergan's "Margaret" here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here and here, it's high time we finally shut up about it. It's been a long strange trip. And the film is in the unique position of having built interest on the way to its home video release more so than its theatrical release, so with that in mind, it seemed like a good idea to solicit opinions today as it hits DVD/Blu-ray. So please, offer up your thoughts on the film when you get around to seeing it. You can rate it above but I'm most interested in whatever dialogue we can generate in the comments section below, so don't be shy. I look forward to your take.

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<p>Kenneth Lonergan at the Karlovy Vary fest.</p>

Kenneth Lonergan at the Karlovy Vary fest.

Credit: Karlovy Vary International Film Festival

Interview: Kenneth Lonergan on why 'Margaret' shouldn't be perfect

We talk to the writer/director about the extended DVD cut of his sophomore film

KARLOVY VARY, Czech Republic -- Kenneth Lonergan begins our interview with a stumble -- a literal one, as he trips himself trotting up the stairs to our plush riverside hotel lounge in loosely laced sneakers, sheepishly proffering a hand as he breaks his fall. He cheerily mocks his own gracelessness, but still seems a little outside his rhythm as he takes a seat, sugaring his cappuccino with a light tremble of the hand. He crinkles the paper sachet as his gentle gaze finds me through two-tone spectacles. He is not, I suspect, a man given to visible and expansive relaxation.

And yet Lonergan must be feeling more relaxed than he has done in many a year -- and not only because all practical realities seem a little further away in the mountain air and fierce sun of the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, where his second feature film as a director has just been unveiled to an appreciative Czech crowd. That film, "Margaret," was, for five years, something of a creative millstone around the literate, soft-spoken New York playwright and screenwriter's neck -- tangled in post-production complications that have become the stuff of industry lore, not to mention an ongoing lawsuit. 

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<p>Kratos may finally make his way to the bigscreen thanks to some new writers who have been hired.</p>

Kratos may finally make his way to the bigscreen thanks to some new writers who have been hired.

Credit: Sony Playstation Studios Santa Monica

'God Of War' calls the writers of 'Saw' and 'Pacific Rim' to arms

If nothing else, it's a big week for possible video game adaptations

I'm guessing every development executive in Los Angeles spent the long 4th of July weekend playing video games.  That's the only explanation.

"God Of War" has been in the works as a movie for a while now through Atlas Entertainment, with Chuck Roven and Alex Gartner producing.  They originally had David Self attached as the film's writer, but now it looks like Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan have been chosen to help get the film ready for production.

If you were a fan of "Project Greenlight," then you remember Melton and Dunstan as the writers of "Feast."  If you're a horror movie fan, then you probably know them from their work on the "Saw" series.  And if you're a development exec in town, you probably read their spec "Monstropolis," and you know that they were brought in to do some of the production rewrites on Guillermo Del Toro's upcoming "Pacific Rim."

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