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<p>Darth Vader attempts to locate a Rebel spy onboard a shuttle during Disneyland's 'Star Tours' ride</p>

Darth Vader attempts to locate a Rebel spy onboard a shuttle during Disneyland's 'Star Tours' ride

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One Thing I Love Today: The new 'Star Tours' is more transporting than expected

Disney did more than just update the ride to make the ride brand-new again

I am not what you would call a Disney nerd.  At least, not compared to the truly hardcore.  However, I think it's safe to say that Disney's various parks have always been part of my life.

I grew up in Florida, and many of my formative memories come from time spent at Walt Disney World.  I remember spending the Bicentennial there, I have crazy stories to tell about my Grad Nite, and I probably went to the park somewhere between 50 and 100 times between the ages of 3 and 20.

When I left Florida, I also left behind the Disney habit.  I know adults who adore Disney and who spend a lot of time and money there each year, and I don't begrudge anyone the pure enjoyment of it.  I admit I had a really snotty attitude about Disneyland when I moved to California, so that made it easy to break the habit.  After all, you could take every square inch of the property in California and put it in the parking lot of Florida's Magic Kingdom.  The scale of the Florida property is amazing, and that's what I was used to.  Over time, I've come to really love Disneyland for the history and for the charm of the place.  It's a very different experience than the Florida version, and I appreciate that.

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<p>Arcade Fire</p>

Arcade Fire

Arcade Fire, Metallica, Feist, Black Keys prep Record Store Day releases

Merge and Warner Bros. announce some of their April 21 slate

Around this time of year, music news is dominated by South By Southwest, Coachella and Record Store Day news, all of which help drive the visibility of participating artists. For acts like Arcade Fire, Metallica, the Black Keys and Feist, today is just one of those days, for the RSD retail holiday on April 21. Merge Records and Warner Bros. have announced their current crop of exclusive, deluxe and rare releases.

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<p>Jason Segel sat down with HitFix to talk about why he's not part of the development of the 'Muppets' sequel</p>

Jason Segel sat down with HitFix to talk about why he's not part of the development of the 'Muppets' sequel

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Watch: Jason Segel on why he's not returning for a 'Muppets' sequel

The franchise is in good hands

Last week, the news broke that Jason Segel was not one of the writers hired to develop a sequel to "The Muppets."

True, it was his frequent collaborator Nicholas Stoller who was hired, but just the notion that Segel might not be a driving force on a sequel seemed to upset some people.  I thought it was probably not as big a deal as it was made out to be, and I said so, but I thought it would make sense to talk directly to Segel about it.

So on Saturday, one of the two press days I was at was for "Jeff, Who Lives At Home," the marvelous new comedy from Jay and Mark Duplass, and one of the interviews I had scheduled was Jason Segel.  Why not kick things off by asking him to directly address the situation?

"I did what I set out to do."  That's really all the answer he needs to give, and I think it's important to note just how happy he is with the film and what a miracle the film is at all.  There were many points during development when it easily could have died, and there were most likely points where Segel must have felt worn down by it.  Even after they filmed it, when they were in post and I spoke to him about it on the set of "The Five-Year Engagement," he was cautiously optimistic, thinking that they'd done something he liked but still unsure what was going to happen with people accepting what they'd done.

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Album Review: Bruce Springsteen's 'Wrecking Ball' crashes through

Album Review: Bruce Springsteen's 'Wrecking Ball' crashes through

Hear for yourself on free stream

Think Bruce Springsteen likes how things are going?  Here are a few lines from his new album, “Wrecking Ball,” out March 6.

*“I got a Smith & Wesson 38/I got a hellfire burning and I got me a date”
*“Gambling man rolls the dice/working man pays the price/It’s still fat and easy up on banker’s hill”
*“If I had me a gun, I’d find the bastards and shoot ‘em on sight”
*“Send the robber barons straight to hell”
*“The bottom’s dropping out/Where you once had faith, there’s only doubt”

He’s mad as hell about America, our America, his America, and his anger fills every crevice of “Wrecking Ball,” his 17th studio album. (Stream it live here or listen at the bottom of the page.)

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"The Voice"

"The Voice"

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Recap: Live blogging 'The Voice' as the contestants enter the battle rounds

Lionel Richie, Babyface Edmonds, Ne-Yo, Kelly Clarkson and other stars mentor the singers

So, we're entering the battle rounds, which should be exciting and possibly traumatizing. I'll admit, I think some of the judges threw in some stinkers just to make their job of eliminating half their roster a little easier (it's the only way to explain the tuneless Shields brothers), but there's no denying some strong talents are going to get punted.

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<p>Humphrey Bogart in &quot;Casablanca&quot;</p>

Humphrey Bogart in "Casablanca"

Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures

Turner Classic Movies celebrates 70 years of 'Casablanca' with re-release

The anniverasary event will be held one day only

While "The Godfather" is busy celebrating its 40th anniversary this year (and got a re-release courtesy of Cinemark Theatres), another American celluloid treasure will be turning 70 and getting it's own fresh look on screens later this month.

Michael Curtiz's undeniable classic, "Casablanca," premiered in November of 1942 before being released into theaters in early 1943. The film won Oscars for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay and was nominated for Best Actor (Humphrey Bogart, who lost to Paul Lukas in "Watch on the Rhine"), Best Supporting Actor (Claude Rains, who lost to Charles Coburn in "The More the Merrier"), Best Black-and-White Cinematography (lost to "The Song of Bernadette"), Best Film Editing (lost to "Air Force") and Best Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture (lost to "The Song of Bernadette").

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Big K.R.I.T.'s free new mixtape, '4evaNaDay' kicks off slew of activity

Big K.R.I.T.'s free new mixtape, '4evaNaDay' kicks off slew of activity

The rapper has SXSW dates as well as a tour with J. Cole

Big K.R.I.T. has released a new mixtape, “4evaNaDay,” in advance of a slew of activity coming for the rapper. Out today, tt includes the single “Boobie Miles,” which is actually names after a player from "Friday Night Lights." We swear. Or it's an amazing coincidence. You can download the 17-track mixtape for free here.

Big K.R.I.T. , who was part of HitFix's Hip-Hop's New Class gallery, will celebrate the release of the “4evaNaDay” on March 8 at New York’s Highline Ballroom, to be followed by his appearance at SXSW in Austin on March 15.

[More after the jump...]

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Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 118

Dan and Alan talk 'Game Change,' 'Breaking In,' 'Bob's Burgers' and more

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Happy Monday, Boys & Girls.
 
It's time for a very FOX-y Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, in which we cover the returns of "Breaking In" and "Bob's Burgers," as well as checking in on "Raising Hope" and "New Girl." 
 
We also reviewed HBO's telefilm "Game Change."
 
And we answered some Listener Mail.
 
No sports talk this week. Sorry.
 
Here's the breakdown:
"Breaking In" (00:00:45 - 00:10:35)
"Raising Hope" (00:10:35 - 00:17:40)
"New Girl" (00:17:45 - 00:27:35)
"Game Change" (00:27:40 - 00:40:00)
"Bob's Burgers" (00:40:00 - 00:45:00)
Grantland's "Wire" Bracket (00:45:00 - 00:49:15)
Listener Mail: Skippable Seasons (00:49:40 - 00:56:30)
Listener Mail: Unlikable Characters (00:56:30 - 01:01:10)
Listener Mail: The State of "Modern Family" (01:01:20 - 01:11:10)

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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<p>Will Smith and Josh Brolin star in 'Men In Black 3,' and it may be the mission that finally ends the franchise</p>

Will Smith and Josh Brolin star in 'Men In Black 3,' and it may be the mission that finally ends the franchise

Credit: Sony Pictures

New 'Men In Black 3' trailer feels overly familiar and really expensive

Plus Will Smith takes to Yahoo! to explain the movie to fans

I don't think the new "Men In Black III" trailer looks any worse than many big anonymous blockbusters, but I'll be honest… word on this one has been troubling so far, and this new trailer doesn't really assuage those fears.

I've heard some remarkable figures tossed around as the final budget for this film, while I'm also hearing it runs under 90 minutes.  I'd love to know if this is the new winner for "most expensive film per minute," but I'm guessing we'll never really get an official figure on how much it's going to cost Sony to get it into theaters.  What I'm curious about is who the audience is.  Sure, the first two films were blockbusters, but the second one was not particularly well-liked, and I haven't sensed any real anticipation from anyone I've spoken with.

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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 118: 'Breaking In,' 'Bob's Burgers,' 'Game Change' & more

Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 118: 'Breaking In,' 'Bob's Burgers,' 'Game Change' & more

Dan and Alan also check in on 'Raising Hope' and 'New Girl' and answer your mail

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It's Monday, which means you get a brand-new, hour-plus edition of the Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, with a lot of time spent on FOX comedies, plus HBO's McCain/Palin movie "Game Change"(*), some mail, and even a bit on the Grantland "Wire" March Madness bracket.

(*) Traditionally, my blog has had a pretty staunch No Politics rule, which I implemented after everyone on the old blog melted down and couldn't behave during the run-up to the presidential election that "Game Change" depicts. There's obviously no way to discuss "Game Change" (which I'll also have a written review of later in the week) without politics entering into it on some level, so I'm going to trust you all and hope that everyone manages to be more civil this time around. And, if not, I'll simply shut down comments on this post (and/or the written review, depending on where the bad behavior is). You can disagree with each other without attacking each other — or, for that matter, politicians with whom you don't agree — and if you can't do that, discussion shuts down. Period. 

The line-up: 

"Breaking In" (00:00:45 - 00:10:35)
"Raising Hope" (00:10:35 - 00:17:40)
"New Girl" (00:17:45 - 00:27:35)
"Game Change" (00:27:40 - 00:40:00)
"Bob's Burgers" (00:40:00 - 00:45:00)
Grantland's "Wire" Bracket (00:45:00 - 00:49:15)
Listener Mail: Skippable Seasons (00:49:40 - 00:56:30)
Listener Mail: Unlikable Characters (00:56:30 - 01:01:10)
Listener Mail: The State of "Modern Family" (01:01:20 - 01:11:10)
 
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>Raise your glass people, Pink's recording new music.</p>

Raise your glass people, Pink's recording new music.

Credit: AP Photo/Scott Heppell

Pink dyes hair in prep to return to the studio for album No. 6

It's back to work for the new mom

Is Pink headed back into the studio? If her hair color is any indication, she’s suiting up-- or dying up-- in prep for making her sixth studio album.

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<p>Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum go undercover in the patently absurd and highly enjoyable '21 Jump Street'</p>

Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum go undercover in the patently absurd and highly enjoyable '21 Jump Street'

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Review: '21 Jump Street' is arresting comedy vehicle for Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum

A film that shouldn't work at all turns out to be a great spring surprise

There is no need for a "21 Jump Street" movie.

You could say that about much of what Hollywood makes these days, but I remember when the original TV show was on the air, and "21 Jump Street" was, at best, a sort of goofy early attempt by Fox to define itself as a network.  It was most notable for being a launch pad for Johnny Depp, and I would argue that no one has spent the time since it went off the air mourning and praying for a resurrection.

What makes the new feature film version of the show, written by Michael Bacall and directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller, such a wonderful surprise is that it both overtly acknowledges how frequently awful it is for Hollywood to trade on shameless pre-packaged nostalgia while turning the original into something new with a voice all its own.  The story was co-written by Bacall and Jonah Hill, and it acknowledges the absurdity of its own premise even as it leans full-tilt into that absurdity, making it work.

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