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<p>When you think of &#39;Friday the 13th,&#39; this is most likely the image that comes to mind, but is Paramount considering a major shake-up for the next film?</p>

When you think of 'Friday the 13th,' this is most likely the image that comes to mind, but is Paramount considering a major shake-up for the next film?

Credit: Warner Bros.

'Friday the 13th' found footage reboot picks up a 'V/H/S' director

Good pick for filmmaker, but we're still worried

It's taken a surprisingly long time for Paramount to officially hire a director for the next film in the ridiculously long-running "Friday the 13th" series.

"V/H/S" is going to end up being one of those things where people are constantly looking back at it as a pivotal moment for the directors of the various segments in both of the films. Already this year, we've seen one feature film from the guys billed as Radio Silence, and while I missed "Devil's Due," it seemed like it had some fans. I thought their segment in "V/H/S" was enormous fun, and I also really liked the first segment, in which a bunch of guys who seem like the prototypical bros decide to videotape a night in a motel room with a girl they're all going to take turns with.

The director of that segment, David Bruckner, is Paramount's pick now to once again bring Jason Voorhees to life. Considering the approach that Paramount is reportedly taking to the new film, which we detailed in an article back in November, Bruckner makes perfect sense. As we said, this is being designed as a found footage movie, and it's an approach that Paramount's Adam Goodman has been pushing heavily while they were trying to find writers and now that they're bringing on a director.

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"Dinner with Friends with Brett Gelman with Friends"

"Dinner with Friends with Brett Gelman with Friends"

Credit: Adult Swim

Exclusive clip: Things get weird on 'Dinner with Friends with Brett Gelman'

The new Adult Swim show isn't your average dinner party

You want to freak out your friends? Take a page from an exclusive clip from "Dinner with Friends with Brett Gelman and Friends" (premiering Thurs. April 24 at midnight ET/PT on Adult Swim). While Gelman ("Eagleheart") seems to just be inviting his fancy Hollywood pals over for a night of chit-chat, things take a turn for the weird. The really weird. What better way to introduce the next course than sobbing on the floor?

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Stephen Colbert to visit Letterman next Tuesday

Stephen Colbert to visit Letterman next Tuesday
Dave will get a chance to chat with his "Late Show" successor after they both had this week off.

“Heroes” is getting an online prequel
"Heroes Reborn: Digital Series” will air in conjunction with the “Heroes” rebooted miniseries.

“True Detective” becomes HBO’s most-watched freshman series in its history
About 11.9 million watched each episode, when delayed viewing was factored.

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Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 226

Dan and Alan talk 'Fargo,' 'Orphan Black,' 'Mad Men,' 'Game of Thrones' and more


Happy Tuesday, Boys & Girls!

I'm away from Los Angeles getting my Passover on, so it wasn't possible to do a video show this week. Dry your weeping eyes! Instead, you get a 90-minute installment of The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, just like in the old days. 

And there's a ton of stuff to discuss in this week's podcast, starting with the Tuesday premiere of FX's "Fargo," the return of "Orphan Black" and WGN's new drama "Salem." We talk a bit about Stephen Colbert's big move and what Comedy Central could do with the post-"Daily Show" slot. We do our first in-season "Mad Men" review. And because some stuff went down on Sunday's "Game of Thrones," we discuss that a bit as well. 

Full show!

Today's breakdown:
"Fargo" (00:01:00 - 00:16:45)
"Orphan Black" (00:16:45 - 00:26:30)
"Salem" (00:26:30 - 00:35:45)
Listener Mail: Colbert and Comedy Central (00:36:10 - 00:43:25)
"Mad Men" (00:43:40 - 01:11:00)
"Game of Thrones" (00:1:11:00 - 01:31:45)

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 or subscribe on IHeartRadio.] 


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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 226

Dan and Alan also review WGN's 'Salem' and the 'Mad Men' premiere


With Dan out of town this week, you get only a single, audio-only installment of Firewall & Iceberg, as we review FX's "Fargo," the new season of "Orphan Black" and WGN's "Salem," talk a bit about the Colbert/Letterman shuffle, and then go spoiler-heavy on the "Mad Men" premiere and the "Game of Thrones" wedding episode. 

The rundown: 

"Fargo" (00:01:00 - 00:16:45)
"Orphan Black" (00:16:45 - 00:26:30)
"Salem" (00:26:30 - 00:35:45)
Listener Mail: Colbert and Comedy Central (00:36:10 - 00:43:25)
"Mad Men" (00:43:40 - 01:11:00)
"Game of Thrones" (00:1:11:00 - 01:31:45)
As always, send questions to 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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<p>Leonardo DiCaprio at the 86th annual Academy Awards in March</p>

Leonardo DiCaprio at the 86th annual Academy Awards in March

Credit: AP Photo

Leonardo DiCaprio picks his next project and it sounds awesome

The star has a fascinating list of projects on his plate at the moment

While everyone was busy talking about Leonardo DiCaprio's white guy rhythm at Coachella (and honestly, I wish I could pull off that punch move), it looks like his "Wolf of Wall Street" follow-up was clicking into place. And boy is it a good one.

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CBS: We’re not talking with Chelsea Handler about the 12:35 show

CBS: We’re not talking with Chelsea Handler about the 12:35 show
What was that “business meeting” with CBS about, then. A spokesperson clarifies, telling Vulture: “Her meeting with CBS yesterday was a general meeting with our syndication (division.)”

Check out the Lego "Simpsons," which has been 2 years in the making
"We've literally been at this thing for two years — twice the time it takes to do one of our regular episodes — and that's way too long for comedy people to live with the same jokes," says Matt Selman, the executive producer in charge of the episode. "It's been an epic process. First, we had to convince Jim Brooks and our showrunner, Al Jean, that a LEGO episode was a great idea and not just an excuse for our staff of nerds who grew up in the '70s to crack LEGO jokes. There needed to be a real emotional story there.” PLUS: See the Lego Marge.

Watch the emotional Paul Walker tribute MTV cut from its Movie Awards
Instead, MTV chose to run a less-emotional tribute.

Brad Paisley to join his wife on “Two and a Half Men”
The country star will join Kimberly Williams-Paisley, who’s playing Alan’s love interest. This is their 2nd appearance on a sitcom. They were also together on “According to Jim,” which starred “Men’s” Courtney Thorne-Smith.

How “RuPal’s Drag Race” dumped the “She-Mail”
Last night’s episode, after much controversy, was the first without the “She-Mail” feature.

Check out the trailer for “Salem”
WGN America has released the full trailer for its Salem witch trials series.

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<p>A detail from the poster for this year&#39;s Cannes Film Festival.</p>

A detail from the poster for this year's Cannes Film Festival.

Credit: Cannes Film Festival

Cannes Film Festival adds a dash of Italian glamour to its 2014 poster

The late Marcello Mastroianni is this year's mascot for the French fest

Back in 2010, the Cannes Film Festival picked Juliette Binoche to grace its official festival poster -- only for the choice to stir some cynical grumblings when the French star went on to win Best Actress from Tim Burton's jury. The strength of her performance in "Certified Copy" was enough for most to file the occurrence as a happy coincidence rather than anything more calculated -- still, the festival has played it safe ever since, opting for vintage movie-star images that couldn't conceivably cause any disagreement.

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<p>Jenny Slate in &quot;Obvious Child.&quot;</p>

Jenny Slate in "Obvious Child."

Credit: A24 Films

Jenny Slate is the 'Obvious Child' in first trailer for a delightful summer comedy

The ex-'SNL' star's first headlining feature was a Sundance highlight

One of the most pleasant surprises of this year's Sundance Film Festival, for me, was Gillian Robespierre's warmly authentic debut feature "Obvious Child" -- a film that gives former "Saturday Night Live" cast member Jenny Slate her first film lead, and lets her run with it to utterly disarming effect. As a romantic comedy that touches on more complicated human issues than the average example of the genre, it was a perfect acquisition for A24 Films, the young distribution company that is building a neat line in coolly offbeat indies, many of them female-driven.

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The Beatles
Credit: United Artists

Revisiting The Beatles'classic film, 'A Hard Day's Night,' at 50

Does the movie retain its freshness and vitality half a century later?

LOS ANGELES—I have a confession to make. Until Saturday night, I had never seen The Beatles’ “A Hard Day’s Night.”  What? I know! I felt like this was a major black hole in my cultural education, especially as someone who makes her living writing about music.

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Chelsea Handler posts a photo of her reading papers from CBS

Chelsea Handler posts a photo of her reading papers with the CBS logo
What does it mean? "Business meeting," she wrote on the Instagram photo.

“Game of Thrones” sets a new piracy record with Episode 2
About 193,418 were sharing this week’s episode at the same time, with Australia responsible for the most illegal downloading.

Tracy Morgan is worried about Alec Baldwin
"He was concerned about the structure of my life, and now I’m concerned about the structure of his life,” he tells the NY Times. "He’s getting fired from TV shows. He had about six fights since we left “30 Rock,” you know. I’m worried about him. I mellowed out, my daughter mellowed me out, and I don’t get mad at anyone.”

Bill O’Reilly weighs in on Stephen Colbert’s promotion: Conservatives will be turned off
The Fox News host said last night he found it “hard to fathom that 40% of Americans who describe themselves as conservatives will watch Colbert.”

Ryan Murphy: “Glee’s” final season is "not New York-centric at all”
Murphy talked this morning about his plans for the final season. "The final season is its own story in its own location,” he says. "The final season is not New York-centric at all. It really is a lovely, fitting season that dwells on the original people on the show and what happens to them and how they give back.” PLUS: Next season will jump forward in time.

“2 Broke Girls” does well taking over “How I Met Your Mother’s” Monday timeslot
On the other hand, "Friends With Better Lives” fell on its 2nd airing.

The real Alex from “Orange is the New Black" speaks: "We did not have sex in prison"
Catherine Cleary Wolters, 51, who inspired the character Alex Vause says of “OITNB” author Piper Kerman: “We did not have sex in prison. Not even a little bit.” Kerman's response: "It should come as no surprise that we may have different points of view about the time we spent together."

Ice Cube walks back his Paul Walker’s MTV Movie Award complaint
He wrote on Twitter: "Re: The MTV Awards. I wasn't really mad we didn't win. So I would never diss the actors who won. Not even Paul Walker. Seriously people!"

Amy Schumer uses Josh Charles to spoof Aaron Sorkin and “The Newsroom"
Watch a sketch from tonight’s “Inside Amy Schumer” called “The Food Room,” mocking “The Newsroom,” starring the former Sorkin “Sports Night” star.

Lindsay Lohan proves she can still act on “2 Broke Girls”
Well, at least she proved to be serviceable as an actress on last night’s shoe.

“The Bachelorette” Andi's 1st promo crosses out Juan Pablo's name
“Juan” is replaced by “one.” — “She’s looking for the right one."

Titus Welliver weds
The “Lost” alum and “Bosch” star tied the knot over the weekend with Jose Stemkens, a fashion consultant.

“True Detective” meets “Family Circus”
A new Tumblr, "Time Is A Flat Circus,” takes quotes from the HBO series and puts them with panels from the famed comic strip.

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<p>Sometimes stinks on Monday&#39;s &quot;Friends with Better Lives&quot;</p>

Sometimes stinks on Monday's "Friends with Better Lives"

Credit: CBS

TV Ratings: 'Dancing,' 'Voice' lead Monday, while viewers pass over CBS' 'Friends'

'Bones' dips a little on first Passover night

Fast National ratings for Monday, April 14, 2014.

Why was this Monday different from all other Mondays?

Actually, it wasn't. 

"Dancing with the Stars" kept ABC in its regular position as Monday's most watched network, while "The Voice" helped NBC maintain its supremacy among young viewers, as The Seder Effect [Not a real thing] had no particular impact on primetime ratings.

The first night of Passover saw "Dancing with the Stars" rise slightly and "The Voice" remain relatively flat, which was more a product of last week's NCAA Tournament Final competition than anything else. If you like, though, you can try to interpret the week-to-week drop for "Bones" as related to the Pesach observance. [Note: This probably is not the case.]

Monday's big notable was the premiere of CBS' slightly shuffled comedy lineup, which was predictably less impressive without "How I Met Your Mother," though "Friends With Better Lives" certainly wasn't an out-of-the-box failure, even though it was CBS' lowest-rated and least-watched comedy.

Meanwhile, over on The CW, "Star-Crossed" continued its recent erratic performance, falling behind "The Tomorrow People" for the night and, perhaps, in the race for a pity renewal.

On to the numbers...

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