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<p>Gavin O'Connor is all smiles now that he's finished 'Warrior,' but it was a long hard road to get the film made</p>

Gavin O'Connor is all smiles now that he's finished 'Warrior,' but it was a long hard road to get the film made

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Watch: 'Warrior' director Gavin O'Connor talks about directing the emotional fight drama

Plus we talk about Nick Nolte's piercing performance

Gavin O'Connor has had a very interesting career, but in the sort of slow-motion that only Hollywood seems able to manage.

"Tumbleweeds" was his breakthrough moment, critically speaking, and I liked that film a lot. It featured a great performance by Janet McTeer, and it was a controlled, intimate movie.  His sports movie "Miracle" was a conventional Hollywood treatment of a great true-life story, and it worked well enough.  His last film, "Pride and Glory," was a strong movie with Colin Ferrell and Edward Norton starring in it, but it felt slight, and it was treated poorly in its release.  Three movies since 1999, and each one seemed like it took quite a bit of effort to get it going in the first place.

But of all of his films, "Warrior" appears to have been the hardest one to get off the ground, which sort of surprises me.  MMA is so huge right now, so high profile, and there's so much money behind it that it would seem to me that making a film set in that world would be very appealing to studios.  Instead, O'Connor was turned down by studio after studio, and it was an act of faith for Lionsgate to sign on and make the film, particularly with two leads who were essentially unknown.

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<p>Porsche of 'Big Brother'</p>
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Porsche of 'Big Brother'

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Recap: 'Big Brother' Wednesday - Another Eviction Cuts the Field to 4

Would The Worst Player in 'Big Brother' History step up?

We’re getting down to the final days of “Big Brother,” with the power couple of Kalia and Porsche on the block for eviction. Read that sentence again. If you saw that coming when the season started, well, then I’m willing to take investment advice from you in this time of economic strife. The show has been throwing out twist after twist in these recent weeks in order to overcome a rather dull season, so it wouldn’t be surprising to see a few more monkey wrenches tossed in before the end of tonight’s hour. But short of tonight’s PoV contest being “Who Can Run Over and Hug Tori Spelling The Fastest?”, let’s just continue to assume Adam will keep his winless streak alive. That’s about the only constant left at this point.

 

Onto tonight’s recap…

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<p>Jeff Tweedy </p>

Jeff Tweedy

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Watch: Wilco debuts 'Born Alone' video, Jeff Tweedy covers Black Eyed Peas

In case the inanity of 'I Gotta Feeling' was lost on you

Wilco did a time warp today: the band released a music video that will take you back to the '90s, and Jeff Tweedy performed a song that will take you back to 2009.

First, there's "Born Alone," a title that for some reason sorely depresses me. But the tune itself is actually a pretty decent driving number, culled from the band's forthcoming "The Whole Love." And, actually, it's more of a mix of '70s era Paul McCartney road videos with that whole '90s collage love-in. It was directed by Mark Greenberg, who has previously collaborated on Wilco's albums.

"The Whole Love" is due Sept. 27 through the band's own record label dBpm, a first; check out "I Might" here and their Nick Lowe cover of "I Love My Label" here.

Then there's frontman Jeff Tweedy, bless him, is a victim of circumstance.

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"Kate Plus 8"

 "Kate Plus 8"

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Do we really care that Kate Gosselin's 'freaking out' without a camera crew?

The original octomom is taking her latest sob story to the media

Can you believe it? Kate Gosselin is not adjusting well to not having a television show! Of course, that's probably true for a lot of people (and will be true for a lot more people once the fall TV season gets well underway and shows start getting picked off like dead ticks), but most people don't land on the cover of People magazine to complain about it.

"I'm freaking out. Big time," Gosselin tells People, and the magazine asks "Will her kids be OK?" on the cover, just so we can all feel really, really guilty for not watching "Kate Plus 8" anymore. 

But what's disturbing to me isn't that Kate's "really scared" about life without a TV show. It's that, after everyone seemingly accepting that her fifteen minutes were up, she's right back on the cover of a magazine, this time with a new sob story. If her divorce piqued our interest in 2009, her kids having nervous breakdowns for want of a camera crew should do the trick in 2011! 

Kate's assured her enormous brood she'll "work my fingers to the bone to make sure that they can stay here and go to their school." I have no doubt she'll do exactly that, but I'm not thrilled that Kate keeps finding ways to make herself (and her kids) interesting to the tabloids. She must have figured out by now that in order to keep an audience -- at least an audience large enough to keep a show on the air -- she needs to have drama in her life, whether that's a useless husband or disposing of said useless husband. Now, with no husband drama, the only real chaos she can promise to the public is either finding a new useless husband (not likely), going broke or pimping out her kids.

So far, Kate's been surprisingly vigilant about protecting her children. But how long will she be able to stand by her ideals after she and the kids get sick of eating ramen and canned beans? While reality TV provided the Gosselins with a good income and a lot of perks, a TV show doesn't come with a retirement plan. But what it does tend to do is get reality TV stars hooked on the good stuff -- attention and the many good things that come with it. Those kids may be missing the camera crew now, but they're also old enough to notice how dramatically their lives change as the flow of money and vacations come to a screeching halt. 

The final episode of Kate Plus 8 airs Sept. 12 on TLC. 

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"The Rachel Zoe Project"

 "The Rachel Zoe Project"

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Quick Look: It's all about a major mother on 'The Rachel Zoe Project'

The super stylist doesn't exactly exude maternal instinct

After last season of "The Rachel Zoe Project," I pretty much came to the conclusion that the stylist to the stars needed a new title; something along the lines of Most Likely to Eat Her Own Young. Though the pencil-thin Rachel probably wouldn't eat a whole baby, just nibble on its toes and poke at it with a fork while saying she's much too full to eat another bite. So far, this season of the show (which debuted Tuesday) hasn't really done much to change my opinion, even though Rachel is six months pregnant in the premiere. Apparently the only effect pregnancy hormones have on Rachel is to make her want to buy Chanel jackets and drink sparkling water while inhaling hair spray. Seriously, can anyone start a licensing program for parents? Soon? Please?

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Kelly Clarkson reveals album cover art, moves up release date

Kelly Clarkson reveals album cover art, moves up release date

When will 'Stronger' now come out?

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Set your calendars: Kelly Clarkson had moved up the release date of her fifth studio album, “Stronger,” one day to Oct. 24,  and with that news, we’re getting our first glimpse at the album cover. 

It’s a striking, provocative black and white shot, with a touch of gold. It’s a much subtler, classier look than the lollipop, fun cover of her last album, “My Life.”

As the first "American Idol" winner revealed last week in a live chat during the premiere of the album’s first single, “Mr. Know It All,” we’re not likely to get a track listing until very close to the release, which is now slated for a Monday instead of the usual Tuesday release cycle.

She also noted that she named the album “Stronger” because “the album is about empowerment and strength overall. I love being sassy, having overall attitude. Raining on boys’ parades.”

Clarkson worked with a variety of producers on the set and co-wrote about half of the songs.

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<p>The cast of &quot;Entourage&quot;</p>
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The cast of "Entourage"

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Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 91

Dan and Alan talk 'Wilfred,' 'Louie,' 'Entourage' and more

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Happy Wednesday, Boys & Girls. After taking last week off, it's time for the [triumphant?] return of The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast.
 
Starting next week, all heck breaks loose. We'll have new series premieres, old series returns, Emmys and all sorts of wackiness. It's a safe bet that we'll have a couple multi-podcast weeks ahead.
 
For this week, with things a bit slower, we chatted about "Wilfred" and "Louie," which end their seasons on Thursday. We also answered a lot of Listener Mail, allowing us to touch on the final season of "Entourage" and a bunch of other stuff. And then we had two weeks of "Breaking Bad" to get to.
 
[Oh and apologies for the one really awful edit. My bad.]
 
The breakdown:
"Wilfred" and "Louie" -- 2:30 - 22:45
Listener Mail: "Entourage" -- 23:00 - 33:15
Listener Mail: First Series canceled -- 32:20 - 37:50
Listener Mail: Premise Pilots -- 38:00 - 45:30
Listener Mail: More on Pilots -- 45:35 - 50:05
Listener Mail: Talking TV at Parties -- 50:15 - 53:40
"Breaking Bad" -- 53:45 - 01:13:45

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 here's the podcast...
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<p>Wilson Phillips</p>

Wilson Phillips

Wilson Phillips hold on to their own reality show

TV Guide Network set to chronicle the trio's attempted comeback

Wilson Phillips switch from “Bridesmaids” to being the bride as the trio will now star in their own reality show, “The Wilson Phillips Project,” starting later this year.

The TV Guide Network will chronicle the “Hold On”  singers as they attempt a comeback following their early ‘90s heyday (What? Wendy Wilson and her family appearing on “Supernanny” didn’t count?). It sounds like the show will also focus on their juggling  careers and mommyhood: between them they have nine children. Maybe they can provide us with a scoop on "Bridesmaids 2" following their appearance in the first film.

Carnie Wilson has been the most visible in recent years, including serving as host of GSN’s reconstituted “The Newlywed Game” and as a judge on ABC’s “Karaoke Battle USA.” Chynna Phillips is a contestant on this season’s “Dancing With the Stars” on ABC.

As someone who has interviewed them over the years, I am sure that Carnie will be the one bringing the laughs and the bulk of the drama, with Wendy and Chynna providing the voices of reason. As we say in the south, Carnie is wide open, and that can make for great TV.

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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 91: 'Wilfred,' 'Louie,' 'Entourage' & more

Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 91: 'Wilfred,' 'Louie,' 'Entourage' & more

Dan and Alan also answer your letters and discuss the last two 'Breaking Bad's

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After a week off and then a technical glitch yesterday, the Firewall & Iceberg Podcast returns with Dan and I looking ahead to the finales of "Wilfred," "Louie" and "Entourage," answering a whole lot of listener mail and then breaking down two "Breaking Bad" episodes. The rundown:

"Wilfred" and "Louie" -- 2:30 - 22:45
Listener Mail: "Entourage" -- 23:00 - 33:15
Listener Mail: First Series canceled -- 32:20 - 37:50
Listener Mail: Premise Pilots -- 38:00 - 45:30
Listener Mail: More on Pilots -- 45:35 - 50:05
Listener Mail: Talking TV at Parties -- 50:15 - 53:40
"Breaking Bad" -- 53:45 - 01:13:45
 
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 at sepinwall@hitfix.com and/or dan@hitfix.com if you have questions you want answered on the show. Please put the word "podcast" in your subject line to make it easy to track them down amid the hundreds of random press releases we get every day.
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<p>Foo Fighters</p>

Foo Fighters

Foo Fighters, Mumford & Sons, Dave Matthews headline Bridge School Benefit

Neil Young's 25th annual fundraiser set for Oct. 22-23

Foo Fighters, Beck, and Arcade Fire are among the headliners for the 25th Annual Bridge School Benefit to be held Oct. 22-23 at Shoreline Amphitheater in Mountain View, Calif.

The annual non-profit concert started 25 years ago by Neil Young and wife,  Pegi, benefits The Bridge School educates children with physical and speech impairments.

Other artists on the bill include Young, his Farm Aid buddy Dave Matthews, Eddie Vedder, Los Invisibles (featuring Carlos Santana), Mumford & Sons, Tony Bennett, Diana Krall and Jenny Lewis.

Tickets go on sale Sept. 16.

 

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<p>James Durbin</p>

James Durbin

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What 'American Idol' James Durbin's record deal means

Rocker will release debut in November

American Idol” contestant James Durbin has signed with Wind-Up Records. That brings to five the number of Season 10 finalists who have signed record deals, but the announcement is significant for another reason. Wind-Up is best known at the home of Evanescence.

Durbin’s pacting with Wind-Up means that Universal Music Group’s exclusive period for signing any of the final 11 is over and the remaining unsigned contestants are free agents.

If you’re keeping track, Universal Music Group, through its various labels, signed four “Idols”:  winner Scotty McCreery and runner up Lauren Alaina are on Mercury Nashville/Interscope, while both Pia Toscano and Haley Rinehart inked with Interscope.

The 22-year old rocker is working with producer Howard Benson on his debut, which will come out in November. Benson is no stranger to working with Idols, most notably Chris Daughtry’s band Daughtry.

Who else from Season 10 would you like to see get a record deal?

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<p>'The Human Centipede'</p>

'The Human Centipede'

'Human Centipede 2: Full Sequence' to open Fantastic Fest

Morgan Spurlock doc 'Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan's Hope' making U.S. debut

Get the family together and start making plans for a road trip to Austin -- the influential genre-embracing Fantastic Fest has announced its final wave of feature films, and the world premiere of "The Human Centipede 2: Full Sequence" has been selected as the opening night film.
 
The first "Human Centipede" -- engrossing for some, just plain gross for others -- premiered at the Texas event in 2009, winning awards for Best Horror Film and Best Actor (Dieter Laser). Director Tom Six and producer Ilona Six will attend to talk about the film in what's sure to be an animated discussion. But the gross-out fun won't stop there -- the opening night party will include live music from The Charles Edward Cheese Band and an attempt to break the world record for the longest human centipede conga line.
 
The fest will close with the U.S. premiere of "Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan's Hope," directed by Morgan Spurlock ("Super Size Me"), which will be presented by Aint It Cool's Harry Knowles, Marvel legend Stan Lee and "Avengers" director Joss Whedon. The documentary follows five fans as they explore the insane geekery of Comic-Con.

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