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<p>Brad Pitt in &quot;Fury&quot;</p>

Brad Pitt in "Fury"

Credit: Sony Pictures

First Look: Brad Pitt and Shia LaBeouf make behind-the-scenes 'Fury'

Do we have another Best Picture contender on our hands?

There's been a lot of talk already around "Interstellar," "Birdman," "Unbroken" and "Foxcatcher" in the Best Picture race, but one movie that should not be discounted is David Ayer's "Fury."

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Exclusive: Two new stills of Sky Ferreira in Eli Roth's cannibal horror film 'The Green Inferno'
Credit: Open Road

Exclusive: Two new stills of Sky Ferreira in Eli Roth's cannibal horror film 'The Green Inferno'

We premiere the images as she battles online censorship of her new album cover

The more I've thought about Eli Roth's latest film "The Green Inferno," the more I like it, and especially the way it fits into Eli's overall filmography.

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<p>Game of Thrones</p>

Game of Thrones

Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 234: 'Game of Thrones,' 'Friday Night Lights' & more

Dan and Alan also answer your mail and discuss the ATX Television Festival

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Happy Wednesday, boys and girls! Time for another Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, where we talk about my recent trip to Austin, answer your mail, break down the epic battle on "Game of Thrones" and then begin our summer rewatch of the very strange and problematic second season of "Friday Night Lights."

The rundown: 

Alan goes to ATX Festival (00:01:25 - 00:12:15)
Listener Mail - "Broadchurch"/"Returned" Emmys (00:12:30 - 00:15:20)
Listener Mail - Split Seasons (00:15:25 - 00:20:35)
Listener Mail - Resurrected Shows (00:20:45 - 00:27:00)
Sunday's "Game of Thrones" (00:27:15 - 00:50:15)
Summer Rewatch - "Friday Night Lights" Season 2 (00:50:20 - 01:11:00)
 
As always, send questions to firewalliceberg@hitfix.com. 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, subscribe on IHeartRadio or stream it on Dan's blog.

There's also now a complete archive of all the podcasts to date.

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Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 234

Dan and Alan talk 'Game of Thrones' and 'Friday Night Lights' Season 2

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Happy Wednesday, Boys & Girls. Time for another installment of The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast.

We had nothing to talk about this week other than the Summer Rewatch, the first Season 2 episode of "Friday Night Lights." Naturally, we went on for over 70 minutes thanks to some Listener Mail, a recap of Alan's BBQ weekend and a long segment on Sunday's penultimate "Game of Thrones" episode.

Next week? SO MUCH CONTENT. New shows! Finales galore! Etc. 

But for now...

This Week's Breakdown:
Alan goes to ATX Festival (00:01:25 - 00:12:15)
Listener Mail - "Broadchurch"/"Returned" Emmys (00:12:30 - 00:15:20)
Listener Mail - Split Seasons (00:15:25 - 00:20:35)
Listener Mail - Resurrected Shows (00:20:45 - 00:27:00)
Sunday's "Game of Thrones" (00:27:15 - 00:50:15)
Summer Rewatch - "Friday Night Lights" Season 2 (00:50:20 - 01:11:00)

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 or subscribe on IHeartRadio.] 

 

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

 

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Iggy Azalea

Iggy Azalea's 'Fancy' continues to rule the charts

Sam Smith scores his first Top 10

Iggy Azalea continues to rule the Billboard Hot 100 as her first single, “Fancy,” featuring Charli XCX, holds at No. 1, and Ariana Grande’s “Problem,” on which she’s featured, stays at No. 2.

She’s not the only newcomer in the top 10: British singer Sam Smith, who wowed American audiences with his appearance on “Saturday Night Live” this Spring, lands his first top 10 as his ballad, “Stay With Me,” rockets 19-10. And there’s more good news for Smith: Disclosure’s “Latch,” on which hs sings, rises 22-17. (His first Hot 100 appearance— as a guest on Naughty Boy’s “La La La,” falls to 41, after peaking at No. 19).

As for the rest of the top 10: John Legend’s “All of Me,” holds at No. 3, while DJ Snake and Lil Jon’s “Turn Down for What”  remains at No. 4.

Jason DeRulo’s “Wiggle,” featuring Snoop Dogg, shimmies 10-5. Pharrell WIlliams’ “Happy” slides 5-6. Canadian pop quartet’s “Magic” moves 8-7, while fellow newbies Nico & Vinz” falls 6-8 with “Am I Wrong.”  Calvin Harris’s “Summer” stays at No. 9.

 

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Brian Wilson

Lana Del Rey, Kacey Musgraves, Zooey Deschanel are on Brian Wilson's new album

Why this news is upsetting fans and what Wilson has to say about it

 

Brian Wilson’s new album features the Beach Boys legend collaborating with such artists as Kacey Musgraves, Lana Del Ray and Zooey Deschanel, as well as, possibly, Frank Ocean.

After Wilson broke the news on his website yesterday, citing an upcoming story in Rolling Stone, not all of his fans responded to the news positively. And that hurt Wilson’s feelings and made him mad.

Last night, he sent out a message— in total “Brianspeak” to the naysayers via Facebook:


To my fans: it kind of bums me out to see some of the negativity here about the album I’ve been working so hard on. In my life in music, I’ve been told too many times not to fuck with the formula, but as an artist it’s my job to do that – and I think I’ve earned that right.
I’m really proud of these new songs and to hear these great artists sing on them just blows me away. I love what we’ve done.
I would think that after making music for more than fifty years, my fans would understand that I’ll always do what’s in my heart – and I think that’s why you are my fans. So let’s just wait until the album comes out because I think you just might dig it as much as I do.
Love and Mercy, Brian

It’s hard not to agree with Wilson here. HIs fans haven’t even heard the music. While we’re sure he’d like to reach a younger fan base through these artists, his legacy is secure without having to resort to such tactics, so that probably isn’t the only reason for his reaching out. Plus, he also worked with such contemporaries as Jeff Beck (most likely before they went on tour together since Beck didn’t like how that turned out) and fellow Beach Boys Al Jardine and David Marks on the new album, so he’s not pandering to a younger demographic. If his work with these acts helps a new generation learn about his music, then what’s the harm in that? No matter how old they are, every music fan needs to have “Pet Sounds” in his/her collection. It’s as essential as any Beatles album, so if singing with Lana Del Rey makes it happen and the song isn’t total schlock, why not?

No word yet on when the new album will be released.

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<p>Toni Servillo in &quot;The Great Beauty.&quot;</p>

Toni Servillo in "The Great Beauty."

Credit: Janus Films

Oscar winner 'The Great Beauty' loses out at Italy's Academy Awards

'Human Capital' takes top prize -- could it be their next Oscar submission?

"The Great Beauty," Paolo Sorrentino's splashy valentine to Roman high society, was the most lauded foreign-language film of the last awards season -- it ruled the European Film Awards, and scooped Best Foreign Language Film at the Golden Globes, BAFTAs and Oscars. (At all but the last of these, it beat out its Cannes conqueror, "Blue is the Warmest Color.") So you'd think it'd be a shoo-in at Italy's own Academy Awards, right? Wrong.

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Grumpy Cat to star in a Lifetime holiday movie

Grumpy Cat to star in a Lifetime holiday movie
"Grumpy Cat's Worst Christmas Ever” will feature the iconic cat as a "pet-store cat that is perpetually overlooked and the 12-year-old girl who can communicate with her."


Michael K. Williams joins HBO’s “Bessie” biopic
“The Wire” alum and “Boardwalk Empire” star will play an "Ike Turner-esque” role in the film starring Queen Latifah.


Facebook employee pays $20K to be killed off in “Game of Thrones” book; George R.R. Martin “astonished”
Martin’s two charity prizes to raise money for a wolf sanctuary were claimed within two hours, with eight people on a wait list hoping to be killed off, too. Says Martin: "I will do my best to make their ends memorable.” PLUS: HBO programming chief “delighted” that Martin might write an 8th book, and “Game of Thrones”/“Breaking Bad” director Michelle MacLaren inks HBO deal, and watch the scene Martin regrets having to cut.


How “Pretty Little Liars” is going to deal with its 2-season pickup
The ABC Family series was originally supposed to last five seasons.


Seth MacFarlane draws "Peter deGrasse Tyson”
Neil deGrasse Tyson meets Peter Griffin from “Family Guy.”


Mel B unplugged the “America’s Got Talent” judges' buzzers so she could charge her phone
That’s why the buzzers didn't work when the judges tried to buzz out one of the acts.


What if “Doctor Who” was a Disney movie?
An artist has created a poster for “Doctor Who?”

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Soundgarden

Members of Soundgarden, Pearl Jam, Queens of the Stone Age, Off! form side group

When can you expect to hear music?

 

Members of Soundgarden, Pearl Jam, Queens of the Stone Age and Off! have formed a new unnamed side project and have already recorded the basis for 10 songs.

The group is Soundgarden’s Ben Shepherd, Soundgarden/Pearl Jam’s Matt Cameron,  Off!’s Dimitri Coats, and Alain Johannes, best known for his work with QOTSA, Them Crooked Vultures, and Eleven.

Coats will be the primarily vocalist, he told Billboard, with Johannes also contributing vocals. The ad-hoc group has Facebook to thank for its formation. Coats says he sent Cameron a Facebook note complimenting him on his drumming and Cameron wrote back that he was a big Coats fan and told him about a side project that he, Shepherd and Johannes started in 2008. Coats mentioned he’d love to be part of it and shortly thereafter jointed the guys in Seattle and began laying down tracks.

“ I think we’re all in situations in our band where we may not get to express ourselves fully the way we want to and this is an opportunity to let some of those other colors out in our songwriting,” said Coats, who describes the band’s music as “heavy and doomy…There’s some kind of heavy, bluesy moments and then there’s some really beautiful stuff too. It’s a little bit like ‘Superunknown,’ that kind of era of Soundgarden, mixed with Alain’s kind of Stevie Wonder vibe.”

No release date is planned, nor does Coats know when the band will finish recording as Off!, Pearl Jam, and Soundgarden are all on the road this summer.

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'The Night Shift' does well for the 3rd week in a row

“The Night Shift” does well for the 3rd week in a row
About 6.9 million viewers tuned in last night, despite the medical drama airing vs. Game 3 of the NBA Finals.


“Fargo” is changing cable’s antihero formula by telling a story of actual good people and actual bad people
Lester Nygaard and Lorne Malvo are terrible people with nothing redeeming about them, says James Poniewozik, who adds: "What keeps this from being depressing–indeed, what makes ‘Fargo' not just a powerful show but a pleasurable one–is that it sets Malvo and Lester against a larger background of goodness. The incredibly tense faceoff between Thornton and Keith Carradine in the diner was like a Western with pie. But ‘Fargo‘s' not a simple black-hat vs. white-hat show, because it’s concerned not with heroism or nobility but something both more common and more interesting: decency.”


Damian Lewis reunites with “Band of Brother” stars for D-Day
The “Homeland” alum laid a wreath a statue memorializing Major Richard “Dick” Winters, whom he played in the HBO miniseries.


Kit Harrington: “Game of Thrones” forbids me from cutting my hair
"It has its own contract, definitely,” he says of long, curly locks of hair. "I never thought I'd say that about my own hair.” PLUS: Hodor gets a “Hodor In Da House” remix, and Diddy sits on the Iron Throne.


Seth Meyers wore a blue suit in front of his blue "Late Night" curtains
On last night’s “Late Night,” Meyers blended in with his background.


Uzo Aduba’s “Orange is the New Black” audition for every role has been “leaked”
Check out her video for Funny or Die.


People magazine cover puts Jimmy Fallon and his daughter in matching suits
"This has been the craziest year of my life,” he tells the mag. "But being a father is the most exciting, amazing thing that ever happened to me. And everything's going well on the show. My life has never been this cool.” PLUS: Fallon plays “Real People, Fake Arms” with Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels.


“SNL’s” Vanessa Bayer gives Drake social media advice in a new Lorne Michaels-produced web series
Check out "Sound Advice ft. Drake” from Michaels’ Above Average YouTube channel. PLUS: Aidy Bryant thought she was going to sleep with Drake when he hosted “SNL."


MTV unveils the trailer for “Finding Carter” starring “Skins” alum Kathryn Prescott
She plays Carter Stevens, who was abducted as a child and struggles to reconnect with her biological parents, played by “Lost‘s" Cynthia Watros and “Angel’s” Alexis Denisof.


truTV’s "Fake Off” taps Harry Shum Jr., Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas and Michael Curry as judges
They’ll judge a competition of people trying to recreate iconic pop-culture moments.


Watch VH1’s trailer for “LeAnn & Eddie”
LeAnn Rimes and Eddie Cibrian now have their own reality show.


Disney Jr. lands “Mad Men’s” Robert Morse, Ginnifer Goodwin, “Supernanny” Jo Frost
They’ll be part of the “Pirate and Princess Summer” programming event.


Scott Caan to become a dad for the 1st time
The “Hawaii Five-0” star’s girlfriend is pregnant.

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2014 Emmy Nomination Contenders - Outstanding Drama Series

2014 Emmy Nomination Contenders - Outstanding Drama Series

What will join 'Breaking Bad' and 'True Detective' in the big category?

It's Emmy Nomination Contender Time!

The 2014 Emmy Ballots were unveiled on Monday, June 9 and finished ballots are due in on the 20th. That's a very short window. Between now and June 20, we'll be breaking down the major categories, 10 of them to be specific.

As usual, the process will be pretty straight-forward. Sepinwall will blog about his preferences, using the intriguing rules and methodology that he sets for himself.

And over here, in photo gallery form, I'll be going through the featured contenders handicapping their chances of actually landing nominations. My rules and methodology are also a bit silly. Specifically, the first six slides in each gallery are my nomination predictions, vaguely in order by likelihood. The next eight or nine slides are the actors and shows most likely to sneak in, based on precedent, quality or something nebulous. And then at the end of each gallery, I tend to throw in a couple oddballs who have no chance at all of being nominated, but who I think deserve to be a part of the conversation, just because.

Life has a way of messing up tight schedules like this and there's an off chance that we won't finish before the June 20 deadline. It's happened in the past and that's why this year we're starting with...

OUTSTANDING DRAMA SERIES!

It's always one of the toughest categories on the Emmy board and it gets harder and harder each year with new players like Netflix and SundanceTV and History pushing their way into a field that gets deeper and deeper, especially when somebody like -- hypothetically -- HBO decides that something that might -- hypothetically -- normally have been a miniseries is actually -- hypothetically -- a drama series.

Normally, you'd have to wait for the end of the nomination announcements or Emmy telecast to dig into this category. Instead, it's where we're starting.

Check out the gallery below...

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<p>Breaking Bad</p>

Breaking Bad

Credit: AMC

If I Had An Emmy Ballot 2014: Outstanding Drama Series

What deserves to join 'Breaking Bad' and 'True Detective' among this year's nominees?

The Television Academy of Arts & Sciences released this year's Emmy ballots on Monday. This means we now know who submitted themselves for consideration and who didn't, which actors mistakenly consider themselves leads when they aren't (The Rob Lowe Award), which actors exploit loopholes to submit themselves as supporting actors on shows named after them (The Amy Schumer Award), and which shows have submitted themselves in categories where they arguably don't belong. (Dan and I discussed this problem at length on this week's Firewall & Iceberg Show.)

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