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Hillary Clinton pays 'The Colbert Report' a surprise visit

Hillary Clinton pays "The Colbert Report" a surprise visit
Watch the former first lady name-drop with Stephen Colbert.


5 major new characters are joining "Glee's" final season
They include male and female twin Cheerios and a "football stud" who is "post-Glee gay -- no one messes with him about his sexuality because he will kick their asses if they do.”

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FX’s 'Partners' has an okay debut

FX’s “Partners” has an okay debut
The Kelsey Grammer-Martin Lawrence debuted to a little over 1 million viewers.


James Corden: Another white guy getting a late-night gig
Even with Craig Ferguson endorsing a female as his “Late Late Show” replacement, CBS is apparently going with another white male host. As Kara Brown notes, "No one is arguing that he's not talented or capable, but why aren't we tired of this bullsh*t assumption that white men are the only people capable of hosting late night television shows?” PLUS: Comedian Julie Klausner goes on an anti-Corden rant, Corden has small shoes to fill when it comes to ratings, a primer on who is James Corden, and he is unavoidable in England and has 4.4 million followers despite rarely tweeting.


50 Cent’s “Power” has had the biggest black viewership among premium cable shows; "The Wire" No. 2
Here’s a list of what black people have watched on premium cable over most of the past decade.


Martha Stewart’s younger sister dies
Laura Plimpton, 59, who worked for Stewart’s lifestyle empire, reportedly suffered a brain aneurysm.


Alexander Payne’s “Nebraska” will be shown in color on Epix channel
The Oscar-nominated black-and-white film starring Will Fort, June Squibb Bruce Dern had a colorized version made for countries that forbade showing non-color programming.


Netflix got Chelsea Handler to moderate an “OITNB” panel
The free-flowing panel was set up directly after the cast appeared on Conan. PLUS: Uzo Aduba writes about her name and her long journey to success.


“Halt & Catch Fire” ends its 1st season with just 574,000 viewers
That’s the AMC series’ 2nd-worst viewership.


Chelsea Handler gets a positive portrayal in comic book form
A new biographical comic book leaves out some of the E! star’s controversies.


Why is “Big Brother” so boring this season?
There’s something lacking this year, and that is momentum. PLUS: Aaryn Gries gets engaged.


Comedy Central orders “Straight to Mouth” magic variety show pilot from Chris Hardwick
Comedian/magician Justin Willman will star in a variety show in which he will use magic and comedy to tackle various topics.


Here’s a rundown of all the “True Detective” rumors
From Season 2 having three leads to Season 2 having four leads.


HBO’s “The Brink” adds Jaimie Alexander
She’ll play a public affairs rep aboard an aircraft carrier on the HBO dark comedy.


George R.R. Martin addresses diversity on “Game of Thrones”
What about the black characters from the novels who don’t appear on the TV series?


Check out “Daredevil’s” Matt Murdock
The “Boardwalk Empire” star was captured filming scenes for his Netflix role.


Nickelodeon is developing shows for kids that could work on TV, mobile or the web
“Welcome to The Wayne,” released online Monday, is one such show that is trying to appeal to young viewers who don’t distinguish their many screens.


Terri Seymour is leaving “Extra”
Seymour, who famously dated Simon Cowell for six years, has seen her role diminished since “Extra” hired Miss USA 2012 Olivia Culpo.

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Review: 'The Hundred Foot Journey' is pretty, but largely drama-free
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Review: 'The Hundred Foot Journey' is pretty, but largely drama-free

Just because Steven Spielberg and Oprah Winfrey signed off doesn't mean it works

When you say someone in Hollywood is a hard-working actor, they might have over 100 films on their filmography, an astounding feat these days. When you say someone in Bollywood is a hard-working actor, you can multiply that by two or even three times, easily. In the case of Om Puri, one of the stars of Lasse Hallstrom's film version of "The Hundred-Foot Journey," a novel by Richard C. Morais, he's an institution, the star of over 11,000 movies.

I may be off by 10,800 or so, but the point remains… Puri is an icon, and if only to watch him play opposite Helen Mirren, the two of them throwing attitude back and forth at one another, I would have to recommend a viewing. As it turns out, the film is a mild pleasure at best. There's nothing necessarily wrong with it, and it's well-crafted, but the screenplay by Steven Knight is so remarkably free of anything resembling actual drama that I'm almost mystified by it.

Basically, the film tells the story of a young man named Hassan (Manish Dayal) who decides he wants to be the best chef in the world, and then he is, and nothing really gets in his way or slows him down at all, and he also gets the girl and everything else he wants. The end.

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Russell Simmons signs on to produce movie based on WorldStarHipHop

Popular website draws 30 million uniques per month. Will they head to theaters?


First there was “The Social Network,” which chronicled the birth of Facebook. Now get ready for another movie based on the internet… Ladies and Gentlemen:  prepare for a feature film about WorldStarHipHop.

Russell Simmons has signed on to co-produce  the Paramount Insurge production about the very popular urban culture site, according to Deadline. WSHH features a lot of music videos—it just premiered the new Jeezy “Me OK” clip— but also dedicates a lot of band width to videos of people fighting caught on tape or other “shock” clips. Highbrow, it ain’t, which is probably why it draws a staggering 30 million unique visitors per month.

Ian Edelman, who created former HBO series, “How To Make It In America,” will write the script, which Deadline says is “akin to ‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off’ in tone.”

The movie will begin shooting this fall in New York.

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Disclosure and Sam Smith lock up their 'Latch' performance on 'Jimmy Kimmel'

Compare it with their previous appearance on 'Jimmy Fallon'

Disclosure and Sam Smith reunited last night to play their hit, “Latch” on “Jimmy Kimmel Live.”

Six months earlier, they performed the song on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” in their first US TV appearance and before Fallon took over the "Tonight Show" spot. It's  remarkable to see the difference in the ease with which Smith now appears before an audience.

Like the “Fallon” performance, the “Kimmel” performance includes projections of white outlined animated faces, like the ones on Disclosure’s “Settle” album cover and other promotional materials, sang the song along with Smith.

While the appearance is coming a bit late in “Latch’s” life span—the song has been on the Billboard Hot 100 for 19 weeks— the tune is still extremely popular: This week it returned to its previous peak, No. 7, on the Billboard Hot 100. Between Disclosure and Smith’s schedules, it probably took this long to get them in the same place at the same time again. Shame Smith couldn’t have thrown in a little bit of “Stay With Me” at the end. Would that have been so wrong?

Disclosure plays Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival at San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park this weekend. Smith recently released the video for new single, "I'm Not The Only One.”

Below are both “Jimmy” performances.


 

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'Big Bang Theory' to start production on Season 8 Wednesday now that Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar each have $70M deals

“Big Bang Theory” to start production on Season 8 Wednesday now that Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar each have $70M deals
Helberg and Nayyar were the final two holdouts, and there was even talk of moving forward without Howard and Raj, according to Deadline.

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'Frozen' director set to adapt classic novel 'A Wrinkle In Time' for Disney
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'Frozen' director set to adapt classic novel 'A Wrinkle In Time' for Disney

Why wasn't she also announced as the director of the film today?

Written by Madeleine L'Engle, "A Wrinkle In Time" is an unusually beautiful science-fiction book that would most likely be categorized as "YA" if it were published today. It tells the story of the Murry kids, an unusual family of geniuses whose father has disappeared. When three mysterious women enter their lives, 14-year-old Meg, her 10-year-old twin brothers, and 5-year-old wunderkind Charles Wallace all end up stepping through a tesseract and into a stranger world than they could have ever imagined.

It is a dark story, and one of the things I find most striking about the book is the way it manages to embrace both the strong Christian faith that was very important to L'Engle as well as her fascination with quantum physics. That's not a common mixture of influences, and yet it feels like a natural fit in her work. Faith and science seem to be two halves of one thing, not at odds, and it's little wonder she approached almost 40 publishers before someone finally took a chance on her work.

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Larry David may be Broadway-bound

Larry David may be Broadway-bound
The “Curb Your Enthusiasm” star is set to make his Broadway debut in “Shiva,” according to Showbiz 411’s Roger Friedman.


Was “True Detective" plagiarized?
Nic Pizzolatto is being accused of lifting passages from author Thomas Ligotti to use in Rust Cohle’s monologues.


VH1 to air a “Dating Naked” wedding special
A man and woman will get married on the Aug. 21 episode while in the buff.


“Six Feet Under’s” Mathew St. Patrick is headed to “Sons of Anarchy”
Michael C. Hall’s HBO husband will recur as a character named Moses.


Sean Bean talks “Game of Thrones’” Jon Snow on Reddit
“I mean, how am I supposed to know?” PLUS: Bean writes “And f*ck Jon Snow."


See what Jimmy Kimmel’s 3-week-old daughter to his nose
“#Nosehickey.”


GSN’s “Skin Wars” is getting its own talk show
"Skin Wars: The Naked Truth” will be shown online after each episode.


Did “Bachelor in Paradise” edit a contestant to make it look like she was talking to a raccoon?
Was Clare the victim of reality TV editing? PLUS: Delving into the “largely nuts” cast.


TBS teams with Broken Lizard on a new comedy
The group behind “Beerfest” and “Super Troopers” is developing an adult-themed “Quality Time.”


MTV’s “Scream” pilot cast its victims
Its stars include Willa Fitzgerald from "Royal Pains.”


“The Simpsons’” Springfield gets the Lego treatment
A “Simpsons” fan built the entire city of Springfield out of Legos.


Check out Gwen Stefani in her 1st “Voice” poster
The No Doubt singer is standing in front of the other judges.


Syfy developing sci-fi novel “Old Man’s War” as “Ghost Brigades"
Oscar nominee Wolfgang Petersen will adapt John Scalzi’s novel about "“a 75-year-old who enlists into the Colonial Defense Force to fight a centuries-long war for man’s expansion into the cosmos.”

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The Knick

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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 240: 'The Knick,' 'Outlander' & more

Dan and Alan also break down the 'Halt and Catch Fire' finale and review 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

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Happy Tuesday, boys and girls! After a week off while I took some vacation, the Firewall & Iceberg Podcast is back with a look forward to to new premium cable historical dramas, and a look back to the weekend with thoughts on the "Halt and Catch Fire" finale and "Guardians of the Galaxy." We'll likely double up on "Friday Night Lights" next week after ignoring it for most of July.

The rundown: 

"The Knick" (00:01:05 - 00:18:00)
"Outlander" (00:18:00 - 00:33:15)
Listener Mail - Tonally at-odds credits (00:33:35 - 00:39:05)
Listener Mail - Vince Gilligan/Peter Jackson (00:39:10 - 00:44:15)
Listener Mail - "Halt and Catch Fire" (00:44:20 - 00:58:10)
"Guardians of the Galaxy" (00:58:20 - 01:17:05)
 
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.

There's also now a complete archive of all the podcasts to date.

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Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 240

Dan and Alan review 'Outlander' and 'The Knick' and talk 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

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Happy Tuesday, Boys & Girls.

After a week off, it's time for the triumphant return of The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast. Or, at the very least, it's time for a new installment of The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast.

Yes, we missed a lot of stuff last week and... Sorry.

And yes, we've kinda gotten behind on "Friday Night Lights," but we're doubling up next week.

This week, however, we have a pair of highly anticipated premium cable dramas in Cinemax's "The Knick" and Starz's "Outlander." We also answered a trio of questions, including one that let us talk about the finale of "Halt and Catch Fire."

And we talked about "Guardians of the Galaxy" because we have no problems talking about movies in the rare circumstances in which we both saw the same movie in the same week!

Today's breakdown:
"The Knick" (00:01:05 - 00:18:00)
"Outlander" (00:18:00 - 00:33:15)
Listener Mail - Tonally at-odds credits (00:33:35 - 00:39:05)
Listener Mail - Vince Gilligan/Peter Jackson (00:39:10 - 00:44:15)
Listener Mail - "Halt and Catch Fire" (00:44:20 - 00:58:10)
"Guardians of the Galaxy" (00:58:20 - 01:17:05)

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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Fantastic Fest 2014 unveils wave one of programming with Kevin Smith and 'ABCs of Death 2'
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Fantastic Fest 2014 unveils wave one of programming with Kevin Smith and 'ABCs of Death 2'

Could the tenth anniversary fest be the best one yet?

It's that time of year again, isn't it?

There is no greater party on Earth for fans of genre films than Austin's annual Fantastic Fest, and ten years in, they just keep making it better.

"In 2014, we are taking no prisoners. This festival is going to set new boundaries of decadence, destruction and debauchery." - Tim League

As much as I love events like Cannes, Sundance, or Toronto, I can't imagine the directors of those festivals ever issuing that statement. The scary thing is that Tim League isn't kidding. Fantastic Fest is special because it's much more than just movies being screened. Every day is packed with events that elevate the entire festival, and with this year taking place at the new Alamo Drafthouse on S. Lamar, complete with the brand-new Highball, it feels like it's going to be a blow-out the likes of which even the most avid Fantastic Fest fan has never seen before.

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Report: Tony-winning British comedian James Corden is replacing Craig Ferguson

Report: Tony-winning British comedian James Corden is replacing Craig Ferguson
According to The Wrap, Corden, 35, who’s starring in Disney's “Into the Woods" and who won a Tony Award in 2012 for “One Man, Two Guvnors," is getting "The Late Late Show" job. Corden is also co-creator and co-star of “Gavin & Stacey,” which Fox remade and never aired. Corden's previous hosting experience includes the talk show for "Big Brother: Celebrity Hijack" with his "Gavin & Stacey" co-star Matthew Horne.


“Intervention” is being revived on LMN
The A&E sibling channel has ordered a 14th season of the docuseries.


“NCIS” casts a young Ducky
“Mixology’s” Adam Campbell will play a younger version of David McCallum’s character.

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