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<p>There is a preposterous amount of great material on Shout!&nbsp;Factory's amazing new 'No Pryor Restraint' box set</p>

There is a preposterous amount of great material on Shout! Factory's amazing new 'No Pryor Restraint' box set

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The new CD box set 'No Pryor Restraint' offers an amazing record of a great American artist

New and old material alike packs every disc in the set

I got challenged by a few of you for something I wrote in my review of "The Internship," and, in hindsight, you are correct about the way I said something.

I mentioned that I feel like Hollywood failed Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn, and a number of you pointed out that Vaughn has a co-screenplay credit on "The Internship," which hardly makes him a victim of the system. Owen Wilson has also had

The truth is that Vaughn and Wilson are guys who are still working, even if I think they've been put in certain boxes that are short-sighted in terms of what they are hired to do, and they seem to have made an uneasy peace with what's expected of them. I think there are guys who take to life in the box very easily, and they do it very well, and I think they enjoy what they do. And nobody should be faulted for it. I don't have to enjoy the films, but someone's paying to see them.

If we want to talk about people who Hollywood failed completely, we should look at the case of Richard Pryor. This guy should have been working with great filmmakers from the start. When you talk to people about Pryor, you have to sort of establish up front which Richard Pryor you are talking about. If you judge him by the filmography he left behind, then it's a really unpleasant story. There are some bright spots, and I think Pryor did some very good work at a number of points… but it's really a story of wasted potential.

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<p>What? You wanted her to be a good person, TOO?</p>

What? You wanted her to be a good person, TOO?

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Recap: 'Big Brother' Wednesday Results - The first hamster scurries home

Who would be this season's first contestant to meet Julie Chen?
Hi all! Dan here. I'll be doing the "Big Brother" results shows this season. Wednesday tonight and then Thursday for the rest of the summer.
 
OK, since you asked, here's my problem with "Big Brother," hamster bigotry, live feeds and CBS:
 
The people passing around petitions trying to get various houseguests removed from the show are silly. Unless Aaryn wins the prize, "Big Brother" is doing far more harm than good for the smoking hot, xenophobic homophobe. She's been fired by her modeling company and she will return to a world in which most reasonable people know that she's disgusting and ignorant. For the rest of her life, when future employers Google her, guess what will come up? Exactly. And it's not like she's espousing reasonable conservative-leaning positions on things. She's just a bigot. So that'll be hard to defend going forward. Ditto with the rest of the stupidity spewing from the various hamsters. [This is me being naive, I understand. CBS not only covered up Jeff Schroeder's gay slurs, but they employed him again on both "Big Brother" and then "The Amazing Race" and only a few disgruntled people said a word. I like to believe there's a paper trail. I fear it's not as easy to follow as it should be.]
 
What bothers me, though, is actually on a practical game-play level. Various hamsters are saying nasty things, but they're only being heard on the live-feed. If you watched only the "Big Brother" telecast, you'd think the hamsters were dumb -- M-O-O-N, as Dave would spell it -- but I wouldn't have any idea that they were also just fundamentally bad people, many of them. And CBS' condemnation of what's being said is, of course, comically inadequate and disingenuous. Fine. But CBS and "Big Brother" have added a twist this year in which America is voting for a weekly MVP and that MVP has an awful lot of power in the House. And since most of America doesn't watch live-feeds or read blogs or other stuff, most of America is voting based on a sample that is skewed by CBS' editing. Editing always will shape out perception of "real" people on reality shows, but in this case, CBS and the "Big Brother" editors are actively impacting the results of the show. America is voting on the MVP because of a perception of the hamsters based on editing decisions and if they're not being given full information on the hamsters they're voting for, their vote and, by extension, the results of the show have been permanently manipulated. If one of the bigots wins this season and an MVP-related decision leads to the eviction of any of the few acceptable houseguests, I'd get out and sue CBS and "Big Brother" promptly for playing a direct role, through editing, in a competition they claim isn't rigged. 
 
With that rant out of the way... I'll be recapping Wednesday's results in my usual live-blog form after the break...
 
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Watch: Justin Timberlake's new NSFW video for 'Tunnel Vision'
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Watch: Justin Timberlake's new NSFW video for 'Tunnel Vision'

Topless women gracefully glide through the 7-minute clip

Justin Timberlake and Robin Thicke not only share a fierce falsetto, they now share a penchant for putting topless women in their videos.

Timberlake just dropped, very quietly, a NSFW, 7-minute video for “Tunnel Vision,” a track from “The 20/20 Experience,” this year’s biggest-selling album.

[More after the jump...]

 Unlike Thicke’s clip for “Blurred Lines,” Timberlake never interacts with the three nude women here, who maneuver through a bevy of modern dance moves either completely nude or with g-strings on. Instead, he’s dancing with himself in front of a white or grey screen crooning about how he has tunnel vision the minute his love walks into the room. Toward the end of the video he’s joined by his buddy, producer Timbaland, in some silhouette shots.

The whole thing seems rather tastefully and gently lit, with the women going through a number of graceful moves.

What do you think of “Tunnel Vision?”

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Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 190

Dan and Alan talk 'House of Cards,' 'The Shield, 'Hill Street Blues' and more

The

Happy Wednesday, Boys & Girls! It's time for this week's installment of The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast.
 
Despite not reviewing a single new show, we somehow still managed to get over 90 minutes this week. That includes a lot of time on our Summer Pilot Rewatch segment on "Hill Street Blues" and "The Shield" some Listener Mail and, because I finally got around to finishing it, a segment reflecting on the full run of "House of Cards."
 
No clue how the podcast got so long despite the paucity of new stuff, but that won't be a problem next week with "Orange Is The New Black," "Camp," "The Bridge" and "The Newsroom."
 
And, in honor of the return of Aaron Sorkin's new show, next week's Pilot Rewatch... "The West Wing." 
 
Here's today's breakdown:
Listener Mail - "Kitchen Confidential" (00:02:45 - 00:10:10)
Listener Mail - What "Under the Dome" means (00:10:10 - 00:15:20)
Listener Mail - Favorite Guest performances (00:15:25 - 00:33:30)
"House of Cards" (00:33:50 - 55:30)
Summer Pilot Rewatch: "Hill Street Blues"/"The Shield" (00:55:35 - 01:33:00)

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

 

 

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<p>Justin Timberlake</p>

Justin Timberlake

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Justin Timberlake and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis lead 2013 sales

Halfway through, who are the year's other big sellers?

Only one album has sold more than a million copies half-way through 2013 and that album is Justin Timberlake’s “The 20/20 Experience.”

While the biggest-selling album of 2013, so far, belongs to JT, the top-selling single honors go to Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ “Thrift Shop” featuring Wanz, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

“The 20/20 Experience” has sold 2 million copies, while “Thrift Shop” has shifted 5.6 million units. This marks only the second year in SoundScan’s 22-year history that only one album had hit the million milestone in the first six months. The last time it happened? Last year...

The top 5 selling albums of 2013 so far are, in addition to “The 20/20 Experience,” Bruno Mars’ “Unorthodox Jukebox” (985,000), Mumford & Sons’ “Babel” (884,000), Blake Shelton’s “Based On A True Story...” (703,000) and Imagine Dragons’ “Night Visions” (692,000).  See Top 20 chart here.

The numbers only signify the copies sold since Jan. 1, 2013 but not the cumulative for an album that was released before then (for example, “Babel’s” tally since its release is 2.4 million).

Following “Thrift Shop,” the top-selling singles are Pink’s “Just Give Me A Reason,” featuring Nate Ruess (3.5 million); Bruno Mars’ “When I Was Your Man” (3.4 million), Rihanna’s “Stay,” featuring Mikky Ekko (3.3 million), and Imagine Dragons’ “Radioactive” (3.2 million).  See Top 20 chart here.

Album sales are down 6% over this time last year, while digital track sales fell  by 2%, according to Billboard.

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<p>Fun.</p>

Fun.

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Fun. contemplates return to studio for follow-up to 'Some Nights'

But first comes headlining U.S. tour

Fun. is thinking about its next album, but before the trio follows up “Some Nights,” it has several nights to spend on the road.

“‘Some Nights’ was written and recorded in a two-month time period, and I think that’s one of the elements that made it successful as an album,” guitarist Jack Antonoff told Billboard. “It should be a documentation of a band in a moment, not a giant, three-year process. So the next album will be the same.”

Before the “We Are Young” group goes back into the studio, the band will be on tour throughout the rest of the summer. Its headlining Most Nights Summer Tour starts July 6 in Toronto.  Antonoff calls the outing “equal parts victory lap and a bridge to the next record.”

For now, Antonoff says there are “hints of a game plan” for the group’s third set, but nothing concrete. “I assume some time at the beginning of next year we’d like to be in the studio, but that all depends on when the feeling hits and when we have a concept that’s worthy,” he says. “Until then, we have the parameters of what the album really is, it’s hard to hone in on them and work specifically on it, and we’re not there yet.”

In the meantime, the band is working “Why Am I The One,” the fourth single from “Some Nights.”

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<p>Robin Thicke</p>

Robin Thicke

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Listen to Robin Thicke's new song, 'Give It 2 You' with Kendrick Lamar

Sample tracks from the full 'Blurred Lines' album

With “Blurred Lines” still in residence at the top of the Billboard Hot 100, Robin Thicke has released a second song from his forthcoming album... and his obsession with his male member continues.

“Give It 2 You,” featuring Kendrick Lamar, is another booty call, though unlike the Marvin Gaye/Prince-influenced “Blurred Lines,” “Give” relies more on an electronic dance bed rather than ‘70s soul.

[More after the jump...]

 

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Kerry Washington secretly weds NFL star Nnamdi Asomugha


Kerry Washington secretly weds NFL star Nnamdi Asomugha

The "Scandal" star has been secretly dating the formerly all-pro cornerback, who now plays for the San Francisco 49ers, since last summer. According to E!, they wed in Idaho on June 24. Asomugha is no stranger to acting himself, having guest-starred on "Friday Night Lights," "Leverage" and "The Game."


Another "Big Brother" star loses her job over racist comments

GinaMarie Zimmerman, who was captured using the N-word in the house, has been dumped by her beauty pageant employer.


"America's Most Wanted's" John Walsh helps promote Shark Week
He wants to capture the killer of Snuffy the Seal.


Check out another "Veronica Mars" movie pic

Veronica with Vinnie Van Lowe.


The Situation loses his lawsuit against Abercrombie & Fitch
The "Jersey Shore" star sued over "The Fitchuation" T-shirt, accusing the clothing company of trying to capitalize on his name.

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"Bizarre ER"

 "Bizarre ER"

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Watch: Three severed limbs get reattached on 'Bizarre ER'

Two reattachments take - but one goes south

Like gross stuff? Then you'll be happy to know that the  fifth season of "Bizarre ER" is almost upon us. The award-winning program from Maverick TV is narrated by actor John Barrowman ("Scandal," "Torchwood") and features the compelling and downright strange cases of medical survival that come through hospital doors from both sides of the pond. "Bizarre ER" is set to premiere with back-to-back episodes Saturday, July 6 at 10 PM ET.

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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 190: 'House of Cards,' 'Hill Street Blues,' 'The Shield' & more

Dan and Alan also answer questions about 'Under the Dome,' guest performances' and Kitchen Confidential'

The

For a holiday week in which we didn't review a single new show, Dan and I somehow cooked up 90-plus minutes of Firewall & Iceberg Podcast for your Independence Day enjoyment, including a dip into the mailbag, a belated discussion of "House of Cards" season 1, and a double-length pilot discussion of "Hill Street Blues" and "The Shield."  Next week's homework: "The West Wing." 

The lineup:

Listener Mail - "Kitchen Confidential" (00:02:45 - 00:10:10)
Listener Mail - What "Under the Dome" means (00:10:10 - 00:15:20)
Listener Mail - Favorite Guest performances (00:15:25 - 00:33:30)
"House of Cards" (00:33:50 - 55:30)
Summer Pilot Rewatch: "Hill Street Blues"/"The Shield" (00:55:35 - 01:33:00)
 
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 questions for the podcast.
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<p>Robin Thicke</p>

Robin Thicke

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Robin Thicke's 'Blurred Lines' makes it 4 weeks atop Billboard Hot 100

Thicke continues to block Daft Punk's 'Get Lucky' out of the top spot

Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” featuring Pharrell holds at No. 1 for the fourth week on the Billboard Hot 100, but that’s not where the good news ends: the song also becomes the first in six months to sell in excess of 400,000 downloads in successive weeks.

Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” featuring Pharrell holds at No. 2 (making it another in the long list of very popular songs that gets locked out of the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100).

Miley Cyrus’s “We Can’t Stop” refuses to stop in its march up the charts, as it rises 5-3 to make it Cyrus’s second-biggest Hot 100 hit behind 2009’s “Party In the U.S.A.,” which peaked at No. 2, according to Billboard.

Imagine Dragon’ “Radioactive” slips 3-4, while Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ “Can’t Hold Us,” featuring Ray Dalton creeps back up into the Top 5, inching 6-5.

In a week that sees no newbies entering the Top 10, Florida Georgia Line’s “Cruise,” featuring Nelly, drives down two, 4-6. Justin Timberlake’s “Mirrors” holds at No. 7, as does Bruno Mars’ “Treasure” at No. 8.  Selena Gomez’s” Come & Get It” stays at No. 9 and Ariana Grande’s “The Way,” featuring Mac Miller,” rebounds into the Top 10, rising 11-10, one spot shy of its No. 9 peak.

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David Duchovny signs on for Comic-Con's "X Files" 20th-anniversary reunion


David Duchovny signs on for Comic-Con's "X Files" 20th-anniversary reunion
He'll be joined at the July 18 event by Chris Carter and Gillian Anderson. PLUS: "Sherlock" and "Orphan Black" will be at Comic-Con.


Kaley Cuoco & Henry Cavill: Here's your 1st look at the "Big Bang"-Superman couple

They were spotted this week going on a hike.


"Bunheads" still hasn't been canceled, but the sets have been torn down
ABC Family is seeing better numbers from new entries "Twisted" and "The Fosters," yet the cable network hasn't axed "Bunheads," which is a reason for some optimism.


NYC yanks permit allowing Jay-Z to perform on Letterman's marquee

The July 9th performance has been canceled. "The mayor’s office approved it, and then just like that, it got denied," a police source tells the NY Post, adding that cops were concerned about the potential for terrorism and the logistical nightmare of such a large crowd.


"Criminal Minds" books Camryn Manheim

She'll appear in the two-part season premiere.


Jason Sudeikis hints at "SNL" exit, says he had nothing to do with Jay Pharoah's tweet deletion

Without saying whether he's gone, Sudeikis responded to Pharoah's tweet that he was leaving, and adds of "SNL": "It's an emotional journey getting through a season, much less the final one."


"To Catch a Predator's" Chris Hansen's ex-mistress pens open letter about their affair

Former TV newswoman Kristyn Caddell claims she was fooled into thinking Hansen's marriage was miserable.


Ex-"SNL" intern sues

A former "SNL" intern and a former MSNBC intern are suing NBC Universal in the latest lawsuit revolving around overworked interns who aren't paid.


Watch a preview of "Sharknado"
Syfy's sharks meets tornados film debuts July 11.


Sandra Lee releases her first novel

The Food Network star's "The Recipe Box" is a romance novel.


Adam Carolla proposes to Jimmy Kimmel in honor of Supreme Court's gay marriage ruling
When Carolla proposed and Kimmel said he was already engaged, Carolla responded: "That skinny blonde bitch? I thought that was your Pilates instructor!"


David Hasselhoff: Convenience store pitchman
Watch his new music video for Cumberland Farms.


Rebecca Romijn is still called "Stamos"

"Oh my God, it happened to me last night!!" says Romijn, who divorced John Stamos eight years ago and married Jerry O'Connell in 2007.


Here are July 4th TV marathons

From "Pawn Stars" to "Food Network Star." PLUS: MTV to celebrate "Music Independence Day" on Thursday.


Beverley Mitchell shows off her baby

Check out the "7th Heaven" star and her four-month-old.

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