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<p>Jennifer Beals in &quot;The Chicago Code.&quot;</p>

Jennifer Beals in "The Chicago Code."

Credit: FOX

'The Chicago Code' - 'Bathhouse & Hinky Dink': Undercover blues

The show turns its focus back to Gibbons, but something's still lacking

A review of last night's "The Chicago Code" coming up just as soon as I treat you like one of the boys...

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<p>Lily (Alyson Hannigan)&nbsp;and Robin (Cobie Smulders)&nbsp;on &quot;How I&nbsp;Met Your Mother.&quot;</p>
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Lily (Alyson Hannigan) and Robin (Cobie Smulders) on "How I Met Your Mother."


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'How I Met Your Mother' - 'The Perfect Cocktail': Drunk trialing

Some amusing Robin/Lily stuff, but when will Zoey go away?

 A review of last night's "How I Met Your Mother" coming up just as soon as I get weirdly good at beat-boxing...

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<p>Jason Schwartzman and Wes Anderson in 2007.&nbsp; The longtime collaborators will reunite once more in &quot;Moonrise Kingdom.&quot;</p>

Jason Schwartzman and Wes Anderson in 2007.  The longtime collaborators will reunite once more in "Moonrise Kingdom."

Credit: AP Photo/Evan Agostini

Oscar Watch: Wes Anderson's 'Moonrise Kingdom' finds its Focus

Plus: Which prestigious film school received zero Student Academy Award nominations this year?

Considering the critical acclaim and cult following among cinefiles Wes Anderson has received over the past 13 years, it's surprising how little love Oscar has thrown his way.  Anderson only has two nominations to his credit so far: the first for co-writing "The Royal Tenenbaums" with Owen Wilson and, second, as director of best animated feature nominee "The Fantastic Mr. Fox."  You could argue that Anderson likely doesn't play the awards season game, but his producers and actors certainly have.  Now, after releasing his last two films through Fox Searchlight (a mini-major that knows something about Oscar), Anderson is taking his new live action project, "Moonrise Kingdom," to Focus Features (another mini-major that knows something about Oscar).

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<p>Scott Patterson of 'The Event'</p>

Scott Patterson of 'The Event'

Credit: NBC

Recap: 'The Event' - 'Us or Them'

The flu takes flight and one character makes a heroic, dangerous choice

And then there was another episode.

It’s hard to believe that there is so very little time left in the first (and likely last) season of “The Event.” This week’s installment, “Us of Them,” seems to consciously avoid any effort to build momentum or ramp up the action. Instead of watching our heroes perform the badass deeds we expect of an end game, we watch them develop an under-cooked love story. We watch them find the bad guy...but then not really. They quarantine an airplane...but then not really. What we really watch them do is kill time, and little else. I’m forced to assume that poor reception and terrible ratings have forced the writers to abort most of what they had planned for the inaugural season, because this simply cannot be all that they had planned, right?

I feel bad continuing to take potshots at a series that has clearly had everything possible go wrong for it, but at the same time no show, with this few episodes remaining, should be this much of a chore to sit through.

[Full recap of Monday’s (May 2) “The Event” after the break...]

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<p>Romeo of 'Dancing with the Stars'</p>

Romeo of 'Dancing with the Stars'

Credit: ABC

Recap: 'Dancing with the Stars' Performances - The Top 6

With expert coaching, some celebs bring their A game – and some flop
We’re down to the final six, and as Tom Bergeron helpfully points out, one bad dance could get any one of our dancing stars kicked out of the competition. Or not really, since this is a popularity contest and talent is almost beside the point. Come on, it’s the only thing that explains Kendra coming back week after week. The judges might as well go for a sandwich during her performances. On the bright side, Kendra can take some comfort in knowing that, even after giving up the Playboy lifestyle, those implants are still paying off.
 
[Full recap of Monday's (May 2) "Dancing with the Stars" after the break...]
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<p>Patton Oswalt and Rosemarie DeWitt in &quot;United States of Tara.&quot;</p>

Patton Oswalt and Rosemarie DeWitt in "United States of Tara."

Credit: Showtime

'United States of Tara' - 'The Road to Hell is Paved with Breast Intentions': Building a better rat trap

Tara and Dr. Hatteras get to work, and Wheels meets her grandma

At the start of this season of "United States of Tara," I said there would be some weeks where I might not have a review, even a short one, and simply put up a post for the rest of you to discuss the latest episode. This is going to be one of those weeks, in part because I'm way behind on work due to taking a chunk of last week off for a funeral, in part because this was largely a transition episode, focusing on Tara's work with Dr. Hatteras and how the alters are working within the confines of the arrangement.

So - after you've read Fienberg's interview with Eddie Izzard - have at it. What does everybody think of what went down between Neil and Mrs. Crane, with how Kate's doing on her new job, Marshall's movie plans, etc.?

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<p>Chris Hemsworth probably shouldn't have taken a double handful of the handsome pills before the press day for 'Thor'</p>

Chris Hemsworth probably shouldn't have taken a double handful of the handsome pills before the press day for 'Thor'

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Chris Hemsworth on 'Thor' and 'Avengers' as Kristen Stewart's 'Snow White' waits

Marvel's newest hero turns on the charm in our exclusive interview

In the interest of full disclosure, I had to thank Chris Hemsworth for something when I sat down to do our interview on Saturday, and it was the first time speaking to him, even though I visited the sets of the film in Manhattan Beach while it was shooting.  He wasn't on set that day, so we only glimpsed him on-camera.

Recently, a mutual friend asked Hemsworth to sign a cardboard replica of Mjolnir, Thor's magic hammer, for my son Toshi, and that now resides in a very special part of the playroom, where Toshi can look at it but where it isn't being used as a toy.  He knows it's special, and he loves the idea that Thor signed a hammer for him. 

I made sure to thank Hemsworth for doing that as we were getting ready for the cameras to roll, and it occurred to me as we were talking that between "Star Trek," one of the first films Toshi fell head over heels in love with, and this movie, and next year's "The Avengers," there is a good chance that Toshi's going to imprint on this guy as one of his generation's movie stars, the way guys my age imprinted on Harrison Ford in the "Star Wars" and "Indiana Jones" movies.

Seems like a good plan to me.

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<p>Sarah Lancaster on &quot;Chuck.&quot;</p>

Sarah Lancaster on "Chuck."

Credit: NBC

'Chuck' - 'Chuck vs. Agent X': Vecas, baby! Vecas!

Chuck's bachelor party is disrupted by big news on the Volkoff front

A quick review of tonight's "Chuck" coming up just as soon as I apologize for dishonoring your shirt...

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<p>M. Ward</p>

M. Ward

Interview: M. Ward's return to solo after She & Him, Monsters of Folk

Singer-songwriter reveals future plans with Zooey Deschanel, Carlos Forster, the lonely stage

“2010 is the year of me,” M. Ward says, calling from his homebase in Portland, Ore. “Oh, man, it’s 2011, isn’t it? I mean 2011. This is my year.”

It’s understandable why the little matter of what year it is could disorient the singer-songwriter. Ward’s last couple have included a whirlwind of releases, tours and one-offs, including two albums with Zooey Deschanel in pop-rock project She & Him, one with Monsters of Folk, soundtrack work on forthcoming film “Winnie the Pooh” and helming production for For Stars’ Carlos Forster’s solo set. The 37-year-old’s last solo set, 2009’s “Hold Time,” was a much larger-scale, band-oriented affair with guests like Grandaddy’s Jason Lytle, Deschanel, DeVotchKa’s Tom Hagerman and Lucinda Williams.
 
So, Matt Ward is due for a little “me” time.
 
Which explains, in part, why he’s plotted a series of solo shows, featuring only him and his guitar on his own songs, starting in May. First, he’ll be christening the newly redesigned Crystal Hotel in Portland with a trio of back-to-back dates, then a European stretch of dates, then opening for Monsters of Folk cohort Conor Oberst and his band Bright Eyes, then crowning things off at the Newport Folk Festival.
 
[More after the jump...]
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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 71: 'Justified,' 'Fringe,' 'Parks and Recreation' and more

Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 71: 'Justified,' 'Fringe,' 'Parks and Recreation' and more

Alan and Dan answer a lot of listener mail this week

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It's Monday, which means it's time for a new Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, in which Dan and I look back over the about-to-end seasons of "Justified" and "Fringe" and answer a bunch of your questions - most of which somehow take us back to the subject of "Parks and Recreation." The run-down: 

"Justified" pre-finale -- 01:00 - 20:30
"Fringe" pre-finale -- 20:40 - 33:00
Listener mail: Can a comedy be "the best show on TV" -- 33:22 - 39:15
Listener mail: Low-rated networks getting audiences -- 39:15 - 43:10
Listener mail: The decline of the lead-in -- 43:20 - 47:20
Listener mail: Shows that were successful after cast departures -- 47:30 - 58:5
 
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>Guy Pearce appeared at January's TCAs to discuss his part in the recent HBO production of 'Mildred Pierce,' and may be shooting an appearance currently in Ridley Scott's new return to the 'Alien' universe</p>

Guy Pearce appeared at January's TCAs to discuss his part in the recent HBO production of 'Mildred Pierce,' and may be shooting an appearance currently in Ridley Scott's new return to the 'Alien' universe

Credit: AP Photo/Chris Pizzello

The Afternoon Read: Guy Pearce signs on for Ridley Scott's 'Prometheus'?

Plus Idris Elba on race in 'Thor' and our first look at Clive Owen in 'Intruders'

Welcome to The Morning Read.

I guess we can call this confirmed now?  Maybe?  CHUD actually first reported on Guy Pearce appearing in Ridley Scott's upcoming sorta-"Alien"-prequel film "Prometheus," but there was no official confirmation of any kind.  I was reluctant to run a piece here about it because it seemed possible there was some sort of confusion from the original source.  After all, Michael Fassbender, who is the same sort of angular leading-man type as Pearce, isn't exactly a household name yet, and we haven't seen his look in the film yet.  I could see a casual observer making that mistake.  The Playlist says they've got the story confirmed now, and while it's not an announcement from the studio, it sounds like Pearce may well show up in what sounds like one of the coolest ensembles in recent blockbuster memory.

Speaking of CHUD, "Andre Dellamorte" is saying goodbye to the site, and his exit is a great example of "classing up the joint."

And speaking of that cool "Prometheus" ensemble, I am thrilled to see Idris Elba getting all this work lately.  I think I just don't care about the race of characters unless that's the point of the text, and while I understand that "Thor" is based on Norse mythology, I think the casting of Idris Elba is one of the film's coolest moves, and his performance more than delivers on what is required of the role.  He's commanding, alien, and nails one of the film's best jokes with a perfectly-timed line reading.  I'm sorry, but if you're still griping about Elba, you need to look past pre-conceptions to see the actual work.  One day, I believe fans will get over the surface issues of skin color and realize that the more inclusive these fantasies are, the more people there are to share them with.  To me, that's one of the major pleasures of fandom.

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<p>Walton Goggins of 'Justified'</p>

Walton Goggins of 'Justified'

Credit: FX

Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 71

Dan and Alan talk 'Justified' and 'Fringe' on the eve of their finales

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Happy Monday and time for another Firewall & Iceberg Podcast.
 
It's a light week this week, so we came in at barely under an hour, even after discussing the state of "Justified" and "Fringe" pre-finale and answering a pile of Listener Mail.
 
Next week? Much busier, as we preview where the networks stand on the eve of upfronts. Then the week after that, with the upfronts themselves, we'll probably have multiple podcasts. Very busy.
 
"Justified" pre-finale -- 01:00 - 20:30
"Fringe" pre-finale -- 20:40 - 33:00
Listener mail: Can a comedy be "the best show on TV" -- 33:22 - 39:15
Listener mail: Low-rated networks getting audiences -- 39:15 - 43:10
Listener mail: The decline of the lead-in -- 43:20 - 47:20
Listener mail: Shows that were successful after cast departures -- 47:30 - 58:50

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.]

 
And here's the podcast...

 

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