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<p>Joshua Oppenheimer after receiving the BAFTA for Best Documentary.</p>

Joshua Oppenheimer after receiving the BAFTA for Best Documentary.

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Joshua Oppenheimer on what awards really mean for 'The Act of Killing'

We sit down with his Oscar nominee to discuss his uniquely cathartic documentary

By the time Oscar night rolls around on Sunday, it'll have been over 18 months since "The Act of Killing" -- Joshua Oppenheimer's searing, inventively constructed documentary about Indonesia's vast anti-Communist genocide of the 1960s, and its ongoing aftermath in the country today -- had its world premiere at the Telluride Film Festival. Since then, the film (which boasts Werner Herzog and Errol Morris among its executive producers) has become one of the most celebrated non-fiction films of recent years, racking up critical plaudits and awards, topping Sight & Sound's poll of 2013's best films and, of course, scoring an Oscar nomination for Best Documentary Feature.

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Ashley Judd signs on for NBC’s 'Deception'


Ashley Judd signs on for NBC’s “Deception"
She’ll play the matriarch of a Texas megachurch.


"Entourage" movie will premiere in summer 2015

A release date has been set for June 12, 2015.


Greg Grunberg is returning to ABC
The former “Heroes” and “Alias” star is joining “Warriors,” playing an OBGYN and surgeon who is bound to a wheelchair. PLUS: “Mad Men’s” Ben Feldman joins Rashida Jones’ NBC pilot, “ER’s” Erik Palladino joins ABC’s “Agatha,” “Dead Like Me’s" Callum Blue is added to TNT’s “Proof,” and “Parenthood’s” Matt Lauria joins DirecTV’s “Navy St."


“Dallas” returns down in the ratings, but not as down as last year

The TNT reboot, which launched to 6.9 million viewers, returned last night to 2.7 million.


Conan O’Brien is back for more “Carson on TCM”

Next month will feature vintage “Tonight Show” interviews with Lucille Ball, Gregory Peck, Sally Field, Diane Keaton, James Stewart and Jack Lemmon.


Piers Morgan denies being nasty to his CNN staffers

An anonymous staffer claims to the NY Daily News that Morgan "was always such an a------ to people working for him."


“Modern Family’s” Jesse Tyler Ferguson auditions for Paula Abdul on Australia’s “SYTYCD"
Ferguson dropped by “So You Think You Can Dance” in Australia while filming “Modern Family” Down Under.


Introducing “Full House of Cards”
What if the “Full House” theme was replaced by the “House of Cards” theme?

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Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 221

Dan and Alan talk 'Hannibal,' 'Americans,' 'Mixology' and much more

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Happy Tuesday, Boys & Girls!
 
We were supposed to do a Firewall & Iceberg Video Show today and a podcast tomorrow, but instead technical problems set in and so... All Podcast! We know. You're very sad. 
 
That means that we have reviews of NINE new and returning shows in this podcast. And we've got a couple shows we love! And a couple shows we hate! It really runs the gamut. 
 
And we talked just a little about the late, great Harold Ramis. Just because.
 
Here's today's breakdown:
Harold Ramis (00:01:25 - 00:05:00)
Weird NBC Moves (00:05:00 - 00:15:00)
"Mind Games" (00:15:15 - 00:21:50)
"Game of Arms" (00:21:50 - 00:27:40)
"Mixology" (00:27:40 - 00:35:15)
"The Americans" (00:35:20 - 00:42:30)
"The Red Road" (00:42:30 - 00:51:10)
"Vikings" (00:51:15 - 00:55:19)
"Hannibal" (00:55:20 - 01:03:30)
"Bates Motel" (01:03:35 - 01:08:25)
"Those Who Kill" (01:08:35 - 01:16:30)

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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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 221

Dan and Alan also review 'The Red Road,' 'Vikings,' 'Bates Motel' and lots of other mid-season premieres

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Hey, so remember how the Firewall & Iceberg video show was going to return this week, and there was so much to talk about that even a video show and a podcast would barely be enough to contain it all? Well, technical difficulties scotched the video show's relaunch, which pushed this week's podcast up a day and also forced us to compress a lot of material into it (and dump other things, like a planned "True Detective" segment). With any luck, all the glitches will be worked out for next week, but in the meantime this is a review-heavy podcast, full of stuff we really liked, stuff we really hated, and a few things that fell in between.

The rundown: 

Harold Ramis (00:01:25 - 00:05:00)
Weird NBC Moves (00:05:00 - 00:15:00)
"Mind Games" (00:15:15 - 00:21:50)
"Game of Arms" (00:21:50 - 00:27:40)
"Mixology" (00:27:40 - 00:35:15)
"The Americans" (00:35:20 - 00:42:30)
"The Red Road" (00:42:30 - 00:51:10)
"Vikings" (00:51:15 - 00:55:19)
"Hannibal" (00:55:20 - 01:03:30)
"Bates Motel" (01:03:35 - 01:08:25)
"Those Who Kill" (01:08:35 - 01:16:30)
 
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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13 Oscar upsets we'd love to see this year

13 Oscar upsets we'd love to see this year

Not that they will ever happen

In the world of awards season you may know who is going to win. You may actually have been told a nominee is a lock to take home Oscar gold by the media. But that doesn't mean they'd get your vote. That's one reason we love when the proverbial upset occurs during the Academy Awards telecast. Nothing beats a surprise.

Well, instead of predicting what upsets are going to happen (and let's be honest, there are usually one or two every year), the In Contention team has rounded up the upsets that we'd actually love to see.

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<p>Ellie Goulding</p>

Ellie Goulding

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Ellie Goulding's new 'Beating Heart' track from 'Divergent' percolates

Tunes from British singer's 'Halcyon' album also in the film

Ellie Goulding’s new tune, “Beating Heart,” from “Divergent,” fulfills the mandate of any song that escorts a soldier going off into battle: wanting a last moment with a loved one.

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Oscars Lowdown 2014: Best Original Song - U2 looks to upend Disney's 'Frozen'

Oscars Lowdown 2014: Best Original Song - U2 looks to upend Disney's 'Frozen'

Is Pharrell a dark horse waiting to pounce?

In the lead-up to the 86th annual Academy Awards on March 2, HitFix will be bringing you the lowdown on all 24 Oscar categories with multiple entries each day. Take a few notes and bone up on the competition as we give you the edge in your office Oscar pool!

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'The Voice' returns slightly down after Olympics boost


“The Voice” returns slightly down after Olympics boost
The two-hour premiere delivered 15.7 million viewers.


Lena Dunham: Hosting “SNL” is a “dream come true”

“Can’t wait to debut my character’ girl who googled serial killers all night & has lots to say,” she tweeted. PLUS: Dunham poses as a ‘60s pinup model in lingerie.


Germany’s fan-funded “The Office” movie is a hit
Fans of “Stromberg,” which has been on the air since 2004, helped fund the movie and will share the film’s profits. The film revolves around the office workers going on a company outing. Watch the trailer.


“Full House’s” Candace Cameron Bure and NeNe Leakes may be going “Dancing”
Their the first two names to surface for the upcoming “Dancing with the Stars” season. PLUS: Erin Andrews says of Brooke Burke, “I have huge shoes to fill."


Mindy Kaling insists she’s a huge “Walking Dad” fan

Kaling took to Twitter to defend herself after a fan accused her of being a terrible “Talking Dead” guest. "I've seen every episode like twice!” she tweeted.


Jon Stewart & Stephen Colbert each paid tribute to Harold Ramis
Ramis was Colbert’s bespectacled comedic role model.


What happened to Tara Reid?
Spoiler: Check out pics of her from the “Sharknado 2” set.


“True Detective” losing its director for Season 2

Cary Fukunaga, who directed every Season 1 episode, will still serve as an executive producer of the HBO series, but he’s resuming his movie-making career.


HBO unveils “Game of Thrones” character posters
Plus, see a special video of Tyrion. PLUS: Watch an impressive fan-made “Game of Thrones” trailer.


Jimmy Kimmel making another star-studded post-Oscars video

Martin Scorsese and Tom Hanks are among the guests for the post-Oscar episode.


MTV Movie Awards will air in April for the 2nd straight year
This year’s ceremony will be broadcast on April 13, and MTV is changing the "WTF Award” to the “#WTF Moment.”


"The Bachelor's" Juan Pablo stars in another Rochester Appliance ad
Juan Pablo Galavis filmed four commercials to be rolled out for the final "Bachelor" episodes.


Lindsay Price joins NBC’s “Lifesaver”

The “Beverly Hills 90210” alum will play the girlfriend of “Smash’s” Christian Borle. PLUS: Michael Trucco joins ABC's "Lifesaver" and David Anders and Michael Goodwin join CW's "iZombie."


Watch Netflix’s “Clone Wars” trailer
The final season debuts on the streaming service on March 7.

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<p>Coldplay</p>

Coldplay

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Coldplay veers into the mystic on new song 'Midnight'

Is this the British group's new direction?

Coldplay takes a bit of a left turn in the British band’s new tune, “Midnight.” The trance-like tune features Chris Martin’s heavily-processed vocals layered upon a bed of a spacey beats.  The band dropped the song with no warning at, appropriately enough, midnight. It’s the first new music from Coldplay since “Atlas,” written for “Hunger Games: Catching Fire.”

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Seth Meyers has a bigger “Late Night” debut than Jimmy Fallon


Seth Meyers has a bigger “Late Night” debut than Jimmy Fallon
Early numbers show last night’s “Late Night” was the best for the franchise in a decade.


NYC mayor will play himself on “The Good Wife”
Mayor Bill de Blasio will follow in the footsteps of his predecessor, Mayor Bloomberg, who also made a cameo on the CBS series.


Alec Baldwin’s daughter hired by TV Guide Network and “ET”
Ireland Baldwin, 18, will be a fashion correspondent for “Entertainment Tonight” and TVGN’s live coverage from the red carpet.


Seth Meyers' "Late Night" launch was too stuck in his “SNL” past

"At times,” says Darren Franich, "the premiere of 'Late Night' felt dangerously like the TV equivalent of 'It’s Pat' or 'A Night at the Roxbury,' an ‘SNL' sketch decontextualized into some awkward uncanny valley between What It Was and What It Wants To Be. Meyers was still yelling like a fake newscaster, not talking like a real host.” PLUS: Seth's monologue should be called “Weekend Upright,” it was a “not embarrassing” debut, Amy Poehler pretty much co-hosted the 2nd half of the show, was there a Stefon tribute on Seth’s desk?, Seth had a strong debut — playful and self-possessed, “Late Night” is in good hands once again, Seth showed a lot of promise, Seth had the most self-assured late-night debut in memory, and those chairs look ugly and uncomfortable and Seth’s desk looks too tiny and useless.


Miley Cyrus: I’m not playing Tinker Bell on NBC’s live “Peter Pan”
“I would rather choke on my own tongue,” she says of the false report.


Peter Dinklage could star in a “Beats Of Valhalla” series for HBO
A leading role is reportedly being written for the “Game of Thrones” star.


“Access Hollywood” adds Johnny Weir & Tara Lipinski to its Oscar coverage
They’ll critique the fashion from this year’s red carpet.


Hallmark Channel orders “The Good Witch” starring Catherine Bell to series

She’ll reprise her TV movie role as Cassie Nightingale.


Watch Billy Bob Thornton on “Fargo”

Here’s your first glimpse of him in action in the FX remake.


“True Detective” and “Looking” hit series highs on HBO
Could the ratings rise be good news for “Looking”?


Bethenny Frankel is “relieved” her talk show was canceled

"What I really want right now is to be with my daughter, to do yoga, to
focus on Skinnygirl and my writing, and to give myself a break,” she explains in an open letter.


Josh Groban helps Jimmy Kimmel celebrate 2000 shows

The singer sang a special, ignorant song for Kimmel on last night’s show.


The Beatles meet social media on Jimmy Fallon
With Fallon as John Lennon and Fred Armisen as Ringo.


Ryan Seacrest and NBC are launching a new music awards show, but he won’t host

The iHeartRadio Awards will air on May 1, 17 days before the Billboard Awards on ABC. But Seacrest’s “Idol” schedule will keep him from hosting.

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<p>Megan Boone plays dress-up on &quot;The Blacklist&quot;</p>

Megan Boone plays dress-up on "The Blacklist"

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TV Ratings: No Olympics? No problem, as 'Voice,' 'Blacklist' lead NBC Monday

'How I Met Your Mother' is strong, 'The Following' is weak
Fast National ratings for Monday, February 24, 2014.
 
Even without Winter Olympics coverage from Sochi, NBC extended its recent run of ratings domination with a big return for "The Voice" and an easy hourly win for "The Blacklist."
 
Without the Olympics, "The Bachelor" was able to regain some of its lost audience, which also boosted overall viewership for "Castle." 
 
CBS' comedy lineup came back with a solid "How I Met Your Mother" number, but much lower numbers for the rest of the Monday block, which were down double-digits.
 
The return of original programming meant another drop for FOX's sputtering "The Following," which is now well below lead-in "Almost Human" overall and tied with the freshman drama in the key demo.
 
And, finally, "Star-Crossed" was down a tiny bit from last week's premiere, settling in right at the usual "Hart of Dixie" number.
 
On to the numbers...
 
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Lena Dunham will host 'SNL' on March 8


Lena Dunham will host "SNL" on March 8
The "Girls" star will make her "Saturday Night Live" debut, as will musical guest The National.

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