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Ashanti to Iggy Azalea: 'Hey! I did it first!', plus, prepping video with French Montana

What's the latest on her work on John Singleton's Tupac biopic?

Ashanti has an A.M. booty call on her mind with her new single, “Early In The Morning,” and she tells us all about the “sexy vibe,” the video featuring French Montana will have. “It’s about how sometimes you wake up in that morning and you have that mmmm on your mind,” she coyly says. The track is from her recently released set, “Braveheart,” her first album on her own label.

The singer was in town for the BET Awards and had a few thoughts on Nicki Minaj’s alleged take down of Iggy Azalea in her acceptance speech:  Ashanti felt was fairly typical hip hop behavior.   “It’s tough in hip hop, but for females, you have to have a little bit of swag. You have to have that, I don’t want to say, ‘rivalry.’”

Azalea just matched Ashanti’s 12-year record for being the only female to have the No. 1 and No. 2 spots on the Billboard Hot 100 for multiple weeks. She praises Azalea’s success, but jokes, “Hey, I did it first!

She has plenty of other activity on her plate. She is part of First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” campaign, an effort to fight childhood obesity. She contributed a new song, “Just Believe,” to the cause and serves as a spokeswoman.

Ashanti is also still on board to write the music for John Singleton’s Tupac biopic. “It’s still very early in the development stage,” she says. “They have to move forward to casting and music comes further into it.”

While that happens, she heads back to New York to start filming “Stuck,” with Amy Madigan, a movie that takes place in a subway car in New York City. “It’s a very relatable character. Kind of different for me,” says Ashanti, who has also appeared in such films as “The Muppets’ Wizard of Oz” and “John Tucker Must Die.” “Some of the stereotypes she had in her head were able to be changed.”

 

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WBTV 2014 Comic-Con includes 'Supernatural,' 'Vampire Diaries' and... Mike Tyson
Credit: Cartoon Network/Adult Swim

WBTV 2014 Comic-Con includes 'Supernatural,' 'Vampire Diaries' and... Mike Tyson

'Gotham,' 'Flash,' 'Arrow' and 'Constantine' form Saturday mega-panel

Warner Brothers Television announced its 2014 Comic-Con lineup on Wednesday (July 2) afternoon, a slate that includes a whopping 15 shows, including five new series premieres. 

The WBTV Comic-Con lineup includes the studio's regular Wednesday Preview Night pilot screenings, the previously announced Saturday night event featuring "Gotham" and "The Flash," plus a panel with Mike Tyson.

Yes. Mike Tyson is coming to Comic-Con.

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Iggy Azalea and Nicki Minaj

Nicki Minaj goes after Iggy Azalea again...or not

She says her BET speech was misunderstood

Nicki Minaj swore this morning via Twitter that she was not throwing shade at Iggy Azalea during her acceptance speech during Sunday night’s BET Awards, and then continued to dig herself into a deeper hole.

First, she takes the media to task for “putting words into her mouth,”  and then starts stressing again that she respects women who write their own songs, like Lauren Hill and Missy Elliott. She brings up that she has congratulated Azalea on her success with fancy (which she totally has. Read about that here).

In the meantime, Azalea is having her music speak for her:  “Fancy” spends its sixth week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 this week, making it the longest that a song by a female rapper has spent at the summit.

Was Minaj smart to tweet about this or she should let it go now?

 

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Katherine Heigl feels betrayed by her acting career

Katherine Heigl feels betrayed by her acting career
As she prepares to return to TV in “State of Affairs,” Heigl addresses the backlash against her, which included negative reaction to her stint on “Grey’s Anatomy.” "The thing that was my best friend for a long time (my career) suddenly turned on me. And I didn't expect it,” she tells Marie Claire UK. "I was taken by surprise and angry at it for betraying me."


Pamela Adlon: Stop saying that was "rape" on “Louie”
Adlon is tired of “this recap culture,” which comes to conclusions before  a season is over. Says Adlon: “The fact people were talking about, Did Louie try to rape Pamela? Was that a rape? Or calling it rape straight-out, which was nuts, because I never saw it like that, because they had this kind of over-the-edge connection and relationship. They do a push-me/pull-me thing.


HBO says internet rumors of Emilia Clarke leaving “Game of Thrones” are false
"She's absolutely back for Season 5,” says an HBO spokesperson, addressing the hoopla over a rumor planted via a fake news generator.


Here are your 4th of July TV marathons
This weekend’s marathons include History channel’s "America the Story of Us” and Syfy’s “The Twilight Zone."


John Oliver’s “Last Week Tonight” is groundbreaking with segments lasting 15 to 20 minutes
This week, Oliver had a segment on anti-gay laws in Uganda that was as long or longer than a “60 Minutes” segment. With his in-depth segments, Oliver is shattering the comedy-TV news format.


MTV2’s "Wild ‘N Out” returns, pitting Nick Cannon vs. Rick Ross
Watch them trade insults in a game of “So Fly.”


Tim Howard saves “House of Cards” and “Game of Thrones”
Fresh off his heroic effort, the internet has photoshopped the goalie for the United States' Men's World Cup team into key moments of “Game of Thrones” and the Netflix drama.


“Nathan For You’s” premiere included a crazy exorcism
Check out his “Ghost Realtor” segment.


“Downton Abbey’s” female stars pose for a "Downton Sisterhood” magazine cover
Check out the “Downton” ladies in Harper’s Bazaar.


Watch the trailer for Lifetime conspiracy thriller “The Lottery”
Set in 2025, “The Lottery” is set in a world where women stop bearing children.

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Scene from Robin Thicke's new video

Watch Robin Thicke's adorable video for 'Still Madly Crazy'

He's nowhere to be found in the sweet clip


Robin Thicke has turned to tiny tots to do his dirty work. And it was a smart move. His new video for ballad  “Still Madly Crazy,” features little kids, probably around 8 or 9-years old, singing along to the song. Then they go through a marriage reception, including the obligatory toasts.

It’s altogether adorable, mainly because the kids bring an innocent sweetness to the spare tune. Thicke doesn't appear in the video.

It ends with a card simply reading, “For you.” By now, we all know that “you” is Thicke’s wife, Paula Patton, who left him earlier this year and he’s been on a campaign to win her back.

This is his best move yet.

Thicke's new album, "Paula," came out yesterday. Read our review here.

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Madonna

Madonna shows off her 'Messiah' complex with new music: Listen

Superstar teases new song via Instagram

Madonna’s making new music called “Messiah,” and we don’t think it has anything to do with Handel’s “Messiah.” No signs of a “Hallelujah Chorus” anywhere yet…

Instead, Madge has graced us with sheet music from the piece on her Instagram, followed by a short video of an orchestra playing the sheet music with the caption, “Magic makes the people come together  yaaaaaaaassssss #messiah.”

Didn’t she used to declare that it was music that made the people come together?

Madonna's last album, 2012's "MDNA," debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200.

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Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 237

Dan and Alan review 'Extant' and 'The Bridge' and talk more 'Hieroglyph' and 'Community'

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

On Tuesday's video show, we reviewed NBC's new comedies "Welcome to Sweden" and "Working the Engels," plus the first season of "Penny Dreadful" and we discussed some breaking news about "Community" and "Hieroglyph."

We talked a bit more "Hieroglyph" and "Community" in the podcast, reviewed CBS' "Extant" and FX's "The Bridge" and then we also talked about this week's "Friday Night Lights" Season 2 episode "Backfire."

Whee!

Today's breakdown:
"Extant" (00:01:35 - 00:11:35)
"The Bridge" (00:11:40 - 00:20:00)
Listener Mail - "Hieroglyph" and shows that never aired (00:20:30 - 00:29:00)
Listener Mail - "Community" and shows with strange journeys (00:29:05 - 00:37:15)
Listener Mail - Swag (00:37:20 - 00:44:40)
"Friday Night Lights" Season 2 (00:44:45 - 01:03:50)

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.] 

 

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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 237: 'Extant,' 'The Bridge' & more

Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 237: 'Extant,' 'The Bridge' & more

Dan and Alan also talk some more about the return of 'Community' and the death of 'HIEROGLYPH'!

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Happy Wednesday, boys and girls! Time for the last cross-continental Firewall & Iceberg Podcast for a bit, as I'll be in Los Angeles next week for the Television Critics Association press tour, then in San Diego for Comic-Con, and Dan and I will be recording some video and/or audio shows from the same room for a few weeks. Before my travels begin, we dealt with a couple of next week's drama premieres, answered your questions — including some more talk about "Community" and "HIEROGLYPH!" to follow yesterday's video discussion — and moved on to a pivotal episode of "Friday Night Lights" season 2, featuring both a trip to Mexico and the introduction of the mysterious Santiago.

The rundown: 

"Extant" (00:01:35 - 00:11:35)
"The Bridge" (00:11:40 - 00:20:00)
Listener Mail - "Hieroglyph" and shows that never aired (00:20:30 - 00:29:00)
Listener Mail - "Community" and shows with strange journeys (00:29:05 - 00:37:15)
Listener Mail - Swag (00:37:20 - 00:44:40)
"Friday Night Lights" Season 2 (00:44:45 - 01:03:50)
 
 
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.

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<p>Channing Tatum in &quot;Foxcatcher&quot;</p>

Channing Tatum in "Foxcatcher"

Credit: Sony Classics

New 'Foxcatcher' teaser trailer keeps the focus on Channing Tatum

The marketing is doubling down on the '22 Jump Street' star lately

Sony Classics (or maybe it's big Sony behind the scenes) is getting interestingly Tatum-centric with its "Foxcatcher" marketing as of late. First there was the new poster for the film earlier this week, which featured the "22 Jump Street" star front and center, and today a new teaser trailer is quite focused on the heartthrob's contribution to Bennett Miller's film.

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FXX orders 'Man Seeking Woman' starring Jay Baruchel

FXX orders “Man Seeking Woman” starring Jay Baruchel
The “Undeclared” alum will play a "naive romantic on a desperate quest for love” in a comedy based on the book “The Last Girlfriend on Earth.”

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<p>Jay Baruchel</p>

Jay Baruchel

Credit: Dan Steinberg/AP

FXX orders Jay Baruchel comedy 'Man Seeking Woman' to series

Eric Andre, Britt Lower and Maya Erskine co-star

Another day, another comedy pickup for the FX/FXX family.

Just two days after Denis Leary's "Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll" earned a 10-episode series pickup, FXX has done the same for the Jay Baruchel vehicle "Man Seeking Woman."

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<p>&quot;The Killing&quot;</p>

"The Killing"

Credit: Netflix

'The Killing' Final Season trailer teases a coverup and a new crime

Holder and Linden are worried and Joan Allen makes her first appearance

The fourth and final season of "The Killing" is coming to Netflix on August 1 and, as promised, the first trailer indicates that we're picking things up in the immediate aftermath of the third season finale.

It was that third season finale, leaving Mireille Enos's Linden and Joel Kinnaman's Holder in ethical and legal limbo, that spawned sufficient audience concern that, after AMC cancelled "The Killing," led Netflix to step in to order six episodes to cap off the series run. 

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