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"Beauty and the Beast"

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'Twilight' director Bill Condon will translate Disney's 'Beauty and the Beast' to live action (UPDATED)

He'll be drawing from both the 1991 animated film and the 13-year Broadway sensation

UPDATE: A couple of new details here. You might be wondering, since the original report doesn't mention any story details, how exactly this thing is going to play out. Sources tell HitFix that Condon won't only be drawing from the 1991 Disney film. In his pitch to the studio, the director said he would also include most, if not all, of the Menken/Rice songs from the Broadway musical that ran for 13 years from 1994 to 2007. It will be a "straight-forward, live action, large-budget movie musical," we're told.

See below for the earlier story.

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John Oliver to Charlie Rose: We did not crash FCC’s website

John Oliver to Charlie Rose: We did not crash FCC’s website
“We didn’t crash their web site, Charlie — that’s a huge accusation,” the “Last Week Tonight” star tells CBS News. “We merely pointed people to their website and told them why they should be angry about it, and they went in droves.”

Lara Logan returns to “60 Minutes” after 6-month suspension
Logan had been suspended after a false report on Benghazi.

NYC and L.A. mayors make a “Jimmy Kimmel Live” NHL Stanley Cup bet
If the Kings lose, then L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti will sing “New York, New York” on Kimmel. If the Rangers lose, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio will sing “I Love L.A.”

Darren Aronofsky adapting “MaddAddam” for HBO
The Oscar-nominated “Black Swan” director is expected to direct a drama series based on the postapocalyptic trilogy.

“Game of Thrones” is finally telling stories about women, not girls
Many of the young characters were aged up for the TV series, and now the females are being given grownup storylines. PLUS: Pedro Pascal says Oberyn is a feminist, and watch The Mountain as The Hulk.

HBO to remember the 70th anniversary of D-Day by re-airing “Band of Brothers”
The 10-part series, which debuted two days before the 9/11 attacks in 2001, will be shown from 9 am to 8 pm on Friday. PLUS: How the networks are covering D-Day’s 70th anniversary.

Mario Lopez’s memoir due this fall
The “Saved by the Bell” alum promises to tell the "most intimate never-before-told stories” in his book, “Just Between Us,” which comes out on Sept. 30.

Louis CK re-wrote the TV rules with his 6-episode “Elevator” story
Was it a feature-length movie or a classic sitcom? “Elevator,” says Darren Franich, "is a striking counterargument, a demonstration of what happens when a very creative creator goes on a very fanciful flight of fancy.” PLUS: Louis CK said while making this season there would be stories that are “gonna piss you off."

Buddy Valastro’s “Bakery Boss” becomes “Buddy’s Bakery Rescue”
TLC is relaunching the “Cake Boss” star’s bakery rescue reality show in July.

Why is NBC so terrible at making promos?
Here are some of the Peacock’s worst-ever promo photos.

Xbox adding HBO, Showtime, Comedy Central apps
In all, 45 apps are being added to Xbox.

“Full House’s” Dave Coulier denies he inspired Alanis Morissette’s “You Oughta Know”
Says Coulier, "I asked Alanis, 'I'm getting calls by the media and they want to know who this guy is.' And she said, 'Well, you know it could be a bunch of people. But you can say whatever you want.'"

Bryan Cranston is set to adapt “The Dangerous Book for Boys" for TV
The “Breaking Bad” star’s comedy project is based on a book collection of tongue-in-cheek stories giving boys advice on how to maintain a spirit of adventure in the digital age.

Anderson Cooper celebrated his 47th birthday at McDonald’s
The CNN host tells Letterman he had a super-sized Big Mac meal for his birthday on Tuesday.

FX is marketing Middle East drama “Tyrant” to Islamophobes and Islamophiles
The cable network is relying on the series’ “exotic beauty” to capture viewers who wouldn’t ordinarily watch a Middle Eastern-set series.

Rihanna is dressing like “Family Guy’s” Peter Griffin
If Peter Griffin wore a dress.

“Major Crimes” wants cameos from Kyra Sedgwick and Billy Burke
Producers are trying to resolve the Phillip Stroh storyline.

NHL logos get “Simpson”-ized
Check out a special “Simpsons” character logo for each NHL team.

Disney Channel orders “Growing Up And Down,” a pilot about parents who transform into teens
Raini Rodriguez and Adam Irigoyen will star in the family comedy pilot.

There’s a scientific reason “The Bachelorette” uses fear to make couples fall in love
As Time magazine points out, “After successfully finishing the dangerous-seeming event, both partners will experience a pleasurable burst of dopamine.”

How ABC’s “Fresh Off the Boat” can become a mainstream hit — and avoid being a disaster for Asian-Americans
“Firstly,” says Kevin Wong, "be unapologetic in portraying the Asian experience. Don’t self-deprecate about ‘funny' customs and ‘exotic' food. It’s the difference between a joke that alienates and a joke that empathizes. Ethnic jokes are a must, but they should be intelligent and meaningful, lest they devolve into caricature and oversimplification. As for the American experience, one should balance the positive with the negative.”

“Mad Men’s” Jon Hamm recalls playing a bartender dressed as Zorro on “Providence”
That guest role in 2000 led to him becoming a regular on the NBC drama. PLUS: Here’s where “Mad Men” is filming the penultimate episode this week.

UK “Skins” star nabs ABC Family role
Sebastian de Souza will star in addiction pilot “Recovery Road."

AMC adapting Texas oil empire novel “The Son”
Philipp Meyer’s book was a bestseller last year.

“Survivor’s” Jefra Bland weds
Bland, who competed on the recent “Cagayan” season, got married three days after the finale.

TV Land’s “Jennifer Falls”: Great cast, not-so-great script
The sitcom premiering tonight boasts a big-name cast of Jaime Pressly, her “My Name is Earl” co-star Ethan Suplee, Missi Pyle, Jeffrey Tambor and his “Arrested Development” co-star Jessica Walter. Yet “Jennifer Falls” has some of the years’ worst sitcom lines. PLUS: “Jennifer” is TV Land’s first sitcom without a laugh track, and Pressly on “Earl” vs. “Jennifer."

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Mariah Carey

5 things that went wrong with Mariah Carey's 'Me. I Am Mariah...' album release

Set debuts to Carey's lowest non-holiday first week sales ever

Mariah Carey’s first album in five years, “Me. I Am Mariah… The Elusive Chanteuse,” came out last week and debuted with rather unspectacular sales.

In numbers released today, “Elusive” sold 58,000 in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. That’s Carey’s lowest opening weeks sales ever for a non-holiday album since the 1991 birth of SoundScan.

So what went wrong here?

*The title. Not only is it unwieldy, it’s three titles in one. It’s memorable for being awkward and egotistical and just strange… and that’s even knowing the too precious backstory of the title coming from a drawing she did when she was little. And who has referred to her as “the elusive chanteuse?” That seems self-appointed. Including your name in that album title only works once— on your self-titled debut—and she’d already gotten away with it doing it again on “The Emancipation of Mimi.”

*The project ran out of steam even before it came out: Originally titled “The Art of Letting Go,” the new album was first slated to be released sometime in 2012 or early 2013 following the release of first single, “Triumphant (Get ‘Em)” in 2012…. a song that’s not even on the new album, by the way. Then it just kept getting moved back for nearly two years. Add that to it seemed a sure shot for May 6 and then it mysteriously got moved to three weeks later and everyone just seemed confused about the actual release

*No killer single: By the time the album was came out, it was more than a  year since the track that had received significant mainstream radio play, “Beautiful,” featuring Miguel, had gone to radio. People’s memories are short and subsequent singles, while they may have had success at other formats, particularly dance, didn’t gain traction at radio.

*Lack of promotion: If you combine everything Carey did over the past 18 months, from appearing on “American Idol,” to performing on “Good Morning America” and “Today,” and assorted other shows and her primetime special with Matt Lauer last Saturday (yeah, I had no idea about it until after the fact either… ), it may have added up to significant exposure, but the appearances were scattered over so long a period of time, her casual fans can’t be blamed for having no idea that the album had actually dropped on May 27.

*Tone deaf publicity: Carey kept showing up in the press but for the wrong reasons, like her Norma Desmond-like ride on a New York subway last week clad in a formal gown and white gloves. That doesn’t make her seem street or one with the people, it makes her seem confused about where she is and out of touch. If she wants to ride the subway, something I imagine she hasn’t done in decades, as a publicity stunt, that’s fine, but don’t do it in a way that only makes you seem even more unrelateable.

So what happens next? It would be nice if her label found a way to keep working the album because there are some really strong songs on there that could be radio hits, including “Cry” and “Make It Look Good.” (read our review here) The album is better than the opening week sales reflect and here’s hoping that it finds the audience that it deserves.


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'Edge of Tomorrow' director Doug Liman says he loved killing Tom Cruise

'Edge of Tomorrow' director Doug Liman says he loved killing Tom Cruise

Liman also discusses doing action differently for each film

LONDON - Tom Cruise remains one of the world's biggest movie stars and "Edge of Tomorrow" is being promoted around his presence. It hasn't been promoted with nearly the same aggressiveness that if you've ever wanted to see Tom Cruise die, "Edge of Tomorrow" has you more than covered.

"I loved killing him and he seemed to love being killed probably even more than I loved killing him," gushed "Edge of Tomorrow" director Doug Liman when we sat down at the movie's London press junket last week.

Liman is, indeed, very enthusiastic about the process of repeatedly killing the star of "Top Gun," "Risky Business" and "Mission: Impossible." He's also excited about this latest evolution in his career as a gifted action practitioner and the chance to branch out from the way he presented action in "Mr. & Mrs. Smith," "Go" and "The Bourne Identity."

I agree with HitFix's Drew McWeeny that, for the most part, Liman's efforts to creatively kill Tom Cruise pay off. 

Check out my full conversation with Doug Liman above.

And also make sure you watch my interview with Emily Blunt, who talks about playing a kick-ass action heroine opposite Cruise. 

And, finally, for some light comic relief, watch me get strapped into Tom Cruise's robo-suit from the film and do a little dancing. That's below.

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"Edge of Tomorrow" opens on Friday, June 6.

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<p>Taye Diggs in &quot;Murder in the First.&quot;</p>

Taye Diggs in "Murder in the First."

Credit: TNT

Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 233: 'Game of Thrones,' 'Murder in the First' & more

Dan and Alan also compare 'Fargo' and 'True Detective' and announce this year's summer rewatch


We are grateful to you for your contributions to this week's Firewall & Iceberg podcast.  Potential subjects for this week were light and the mailbag was lighter, so I put the word out on social media for questions, and you guys delivered. We only had time for a handful today, but will hopefully be getting to some of the others (in addition to new ones) over the ensuing summer weeks. In the meantime, we also discussed the latest doings on "Game of Thrones," Steven Bochco's umpteenth cop drama, and announced what is sure to be a controversial selection for our summer-rewatch.

The rundown: 

"Murder in the First" (00:01:50 - 00:12:20)
Listener Mail - Phil Hartman (00:12:50 - 00:15:10)
Listener Mail - "Game of Thrones" production (00:15:10 - 0016:50)
Listener Mail - Movies-to-TV (00:16:50 - 00:24:40)
Listener Mail - "Fargo" vs. "True Detective" (00:24:40 - 00:37:45)
Sunday's "Game of Thrones" (00:37:45 - 00:55:45)
The Summer Podcast Rewatch Announcement (00:55:45 - 00:59:40)
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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Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 233

Dan and Alan review 'Murder in the First,' talk 'Game of Thrones' and unveil The Summer Rewatch


Happy Wednesday, Boys & Girls.

It's time for another installment of The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast.

On Tuesday's Video Show, we reviewed TVLand's much-anticipated "Jennifer Falls." Oh and we also talked about "Orange Is The New Black," "Silicon Valley" and Kevin Reilly.

Wednesday's podcast was going to be a bit light, but Sepinwall asked for questions, so we ended up with a bunch of questions to answer, plus a discussion of Sunday's "Game of Thrones." Oh and we also kinda reviewed TNT's "Murder in the First."

And then we unveiled this summer's Podcast Rewatch. Woo!

So lots to discuss.

Today's breakdown:
"Murder in the First" (00:01:50 - 00:12:20)
Listener Mail - Phil Hartman (00:12:50 - 00:15:10)
Listener Mail - "Game of Thrones" production (00:15:10 - 0016:50)
Listener Mail - Movies-to-TV (00:16:50 - 00:24:40)
Listener Mail - "Fargo" vs. "True Detective" (00:24:40 - 00:37:45)
Sunday's "Game of Thrones" (00:37:45 - 00:55:45)
The Summer Podcast Rewatch Announcement (00:55:45 - 00:59:40)

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.] 


And as always, feel free to e-mail us questions for the podcast.


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Did 'True Tori' fabricate tweets?

Did “True Tori” fabricate tweets?
The tweets used on last night’s reunion episode appear to be fishy.

Lifetime orders “Threads,” “Smile," “Girlfriend Intervention” and “Ugly Models”
Christian Siriano will host teen fashion competition “Threads,” while Lifetime has also ordered “Worst Stylist Ever” and “Kosher Soul.”

Comedian Michael Che makes his “Daily Show” correspondent debut tonight
Che, who recently left a year-long “SNL” writing gig, has had a rapid rise in the comedy world. He made his TV debut less than two years ago on the IFC faux-game show “Bunk."

“Game of Thrones’” Mountain vs. Red Viper fight gets “fixed”
Watch an alternate take on Sunday’s fight.

“Gossip Girl” maid “Dorota” joins “Girls”
The casting will reunite Zuzanna Szadkowski with her real-life BFF Andrew Rannells.

"Kandi's Wedding” tops all other “Real Housewives” spinoffs
Kandi Burruss’ new spinoff attracted 2.4 million viewers.

CW unveils Season 4 “Teen Wolf” trailer
Check out the new villains.

Watch Howard Stern salsa dance with Howie Mandel on “America’s Got Talent”
Which one took the lead?

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Washed Out's 'Weightless' music video: Come for the makeout, stay for the story
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Washed Out's 'Weightless' music video: Come for the makeout, stay for the story

Rebuffed romance and window sheers: Washed Out on tour now

The latest music video for Washed Out is all window sheers and cross breezes. It is, in essence, why I wish to be in near-constant proximity to Washed Out, to queue up a makeout at a moment's notice.

This long-form clip, directed by David Altobelli, also has a really beautiful, heart-rending story, about youth, first touch and "unrequited love." Check out the disappearing scars, the times of slow-motion's employ. And do you remember rollerblades? God, do I remember rollerblades, and waking dreamers who were in them.

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History channel's “Sons of Liberty” casts Dean Norris as Benjamin Franklin, 'E.T.’s' Henry Thomas as John Adams

History channel's “Sons of Liberty” casts Dean Norris as Benjamin Franklin, “E.T.’s” Henry Thomas as John Adams
Michael Raymond-James will play Paul Revere and Ryan Eggold will also have a role on History channel’s Revolutionary War miniseries.

NFL opts for “Super Bowl 50" over "Super Bowl L"
For one year only, the NFL is ditching its tradition of using Roman numerals in naming its Super Bowls. The San Francisco host committee objected to the name "Super Bowl L." Super Bowl 50 airs on Feb. 7, 2016 at the San Francisco 49ers’ Levi’s Stadium in the Silicon Valley.

Can Arsenio make another comeback?
Arsenio Hall’s manager claims that there’s been interest in him relaunching his talk show, but no cable network would admit being interested.

Netflix gives “Orange is the New Black” an “Arrested Development” opening
Watch the two shows mashed up.

“Top Chef Duels” will get visits by Pink, Shailene Woodley, Rob Zombie
The stars of “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” and “Grey’s Anatomy” will also make cameos on Bravo’s new “Top Chef” spinoff, which premieres Aug. 6.

“The Night Shift” keeps 94% of its debut audience
The hospital drama last week had NBC’s best summer debut in five years.

“Law & Order: UK” benched
The ITV series is being rested, but it’s unclear if it’ll come back after eight seasons.

Comedy Central adapting web series “BriTANick”
The web series stars Nick Kocher and Brian McElhaney as "fictional best friends."

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Jack White

Jack White unleashes big bag of weird in new 'Lazaretto' music video: Watch

Black-and-white clip has something for everyone

Well, that’s one way to get a visual effect. At about 2:16 in his new black-and-white clip for “Lazaretto,” Jack White spits on the camera lens and the next portion of the trippy video is shot through the filter of his own body fluid.  And that’s not even the strangest thing in the clip.

There’s a big bag of disconnected weirdness going on in the video, whether it’s a flying baseball that shatters the glass that floats through much of the clip or the bullet holes that appear in a pane of glass between White and the camera. Then there’s the raging bull, spinning race car, exploding guitar, the lipsticked man tattooed with a huge image of Jack White on his chest, and the transsexual dancer writhing around at the end. Really, take your pick; here’s probably something there for you. The only unifier is that everything is in motion: even White's shadow dances on its own.

A lazaretto is a quarantine station for sea travelers and the goods they traveled with. So it’s possible, though this is probably overt hiking it, that the over-the-top images connect with some kind of deer drew, that any quarantined for  a long period of time could have. But it’s more likely that White and directors Jonas & Francois just decided to come up with this kaleidoscope of images to give the video the same frenetic feel as the fuzzy, distorted song.  
“Lazaretto,” White’s second solo album, comes out June 10 and is strewing on iTunes in full now. White appears on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” on June 9.


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Hillary Clinton: Bill and I 'totally binge-watched' Season 1 of 'House of Cards'

Hillary Clinton: Bill and I “totally binge-watched” Season 1 of “House of Cards”
Part of the Netflix show’s appeal, she explained to People, was "a little bit of the, 'Oh, my gosh, I can't believe we can just sit here and do this' and 'We're only going to watch one episode, oh, let's watch another. Okay, well, we have time, we're not going anywhere, let's watch a third.' I know that sounds kind of devoid of content.” But, she adds, "It wasn't like I was just lying around trying to catch up on 20 years of lost sleep."

If Chicago kids read 2.4 million books, “The Tonight Show” will visit the Windy City
Mayor Rahm Emanuel made another bet with Jimmy Fallon.

LeVar Burton reboots the “Reading Rainbow” theme with Funny or Die
Watch him realize the true power of books.

“Who Do You Think You Are?” Season 5 will feature Rachel McAdams, Lauren Graham, Kelsey Grammer
The TLC series, which returns July 23, will also have Valerie Bertinelli, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Cynthia Nixon searching for their family roots.

“The Good Wife” promoting Matthew Goode
He’ll be a series regular next season.

Marionettes star in DirecTV’s new ad campaign
Are these puppet ads creepy?

Tiffani Thiessen sends L.A. Clipper Chris Paul an autographed “Saved by the Bell” photo
Paul wrote on Facebook: "This is easily one of the best Bday gifts I've ever received in my 29yrs on this Earth!!! ?#‎KellyKapowski ?#‎My1stLove ?#‎WeWereTogether?#‎SheJustDidntKnowIt."

Amanda Peet, wife of “Game of Thrones’” co-creator, auditions for parts around the house
“What I do is, I go around my house just sort of auditioning for parts on Game of Thrones,” jokes Peet, who’s married to co-creator David Benioff. PLUS: Watch The Mountain dead-lift nearly 1,000 pounds.

50 Cent is going to have Aziz Ansari’s “ass whoop”
The “Parks and Rec” star claimed that 50 Cent didn’t know what a grapefruit is. To which the rapper responded on Reddit: "my grandma used to get me grapefruit juice as a kid. he’s a comedian. Ima have his ass whoop if he keeps saying that lol.”

Kourtney Kardashian is reportedly pregnant with her 3rd child
She and Scott Disick are expecting baby No. 3, according to Us Weekly.

Watch tonight's “WKRP in Cincinnati” reunion
The Paley Center is live-streaming tonight’s reunion, featuring Howard Hesseman, Loni Anderson, Tim Reid and other cast members.

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"Penny Dreadful"

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Showtime renews 'Penny Dreadful' for an expanded second season

Victorian horror mash-up has played particularly well online and OnDemand

Well, I guess I'm spending my afternoon catching up on the past two episodes of "Penny Dreadful." 

Showtime announced on Wednesday (June 3) morning that the Victorian horror mash-up "Penny Dreadful" has been renewed for a second season.

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