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<p>The late Dennis Farina in a still from his role on &quot;Law &amp;&nbsp;Order.&quot;</p>

The late Dennis Farina in a still from his role on "Law & Order."

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Remembering Dennis Farina, the great cop-turned-character-actor

From 'Thief' to 'Crime Story' to 'Midnight Run' to 'Luck,' an impressive second career

Dennis Farina had lived a life.

Even if you didn't know that Farina — who died Monday at the age of 69 after suffering a blood clot in his lung —  had spent nearly 20 years as a cop in his native Chicago before director Michael Mann decided to cast him in his movie "Thief," it was clear from all Farina's performances that this was a man who had done things and seen things that your average character actor had not. He had enormous ease in front of the camera, and could be wildly funny and charming, but there was always something behind his eyes suggesting that the disarming smile could go away in an instant and be replaced by something very cold and hard and dangerous.

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Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 193 - Comic-Con Roadtrip

Dan and Alan drive north on the the 5 freeway talking Comic-Con

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Happy Monday, Boys & Girls! It's time for our annual Comic-Con Roadtrip Podcast.
 
In the past, this podcast has, of course, been only variably successful. I still insists that the unlistenable first Roadtrip Podcast was among the most entertaining hours we've ever done, even if you can't understand any of it. 
 
This year's Roadtrip Podcast is much more listenable. In fact, other than the hum of my car and the occasional passing truck, you might not necessarily know it was even taking place on the road. That's a bit disappointing as well. We were stuck in traffic exiting San Diego for most of the time, so we didn't get to any notable roadside landmarks and because I was taking Sepinwall to the John Wayne Airport in Orange County, we didn't go on the toll road, so there was no toll-collector cameo.
 
Instead, it's just a pretty straight-forward 73-ish minutes of Comic-Con chatter. No Emmy talk. We covered that in the video podcast. No "My So-Called Life." We'll get to that in a week or two. Just All-Comic-Con!
 
So the breakdown this week is really easy:
Comic-Con (00:00:00 - 01:14:00)

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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Dennis Farina dies at 69


Dennis Farina dies at 69

Farina was the only "Law & Order" cast member to have served in law enforcement, having worked as a real-life Chicago cop. Farina, who also starred on HBO's "Luck," made his last TV appearance in April on "New Girl" as Nick's dad. "What a tremendous loss," tweeted Jake Johnson, who in January called Farina "one of my all time favorite actors" and shared this behind-the-scenes pic in May.

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<p>Might we see the recent restoration of &quot;Aguirre the Wrath of God&quot;&nbsp;on the slate?&nbsp;I sure hope so!</p>

Might we see the recent restoration of "Aguirre the Wrath of God" on the slate? I sure hope so!

Credit: New Yorker Films

Spitballing possibilities for the 40th annual Telluride Film Festival

Will the Coens make their first trip? Is Tom Hanks a possible turn-out?

In a little over a month the fall festival season, and with it, the awards circuit, will officially be under way in the mountains of Colorado with the 40th annual Telluride Film Festival. It's the calm before the storm, a soothing handful of days over the Labor Day weekend to watch a few movies set to dominate the latter-year calendar, do a bit of Berlin and Cannes catch-up and even soak up some of the non-awards stuff that really helps round out the experience as a deep breath of fresh cinephile air. I can't wait.

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<p>Joel Kinnaman and Mireille Enos in &quot;The Killing.&quot;</p>

Joel Kinnaman and Mireille Enos in "The Killing."

Credit: AMC

Review: 'The Killing' - 'Reckoning'

Joel Kinnaman gives his best performance yet in a Jonathan Demme-directed episode

I'm taking a few days off to recuperate between Comic-Con and press tour, but I wanted to acknowledge what was a pretty special episode of "The Killing" last night. Spoilers coming right up...

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Watch: The real version of Kanye West's 'Black Skinhead' video is finally up

Watch: The real version of Kanye West's 'Black Skinhead' video is finally up

Spoiler: He's zonin'

A couple of weeks ago, an early version of Kanye West's "Black Skinhead" video was temporarily posted to the 'net, from what looked like a staging site of Def Jam.

West was miffed. That version of the video, he Tweeted, was not the final cut.

Today, the real, finished version of "Black Skinhead" went up on West's site, and is now dubbed "Blkkk Skkkn Head." And it looks pretty much the same, but has interactive capabilities.

Movements are a little more fluid from the Sim version of the rapper/producer, and at its large size its more detailed. A collaboration with Nick Knight, It's still a video tech experiment that only sort of works for the dynamic nature of this buzzy, angry tune. However, viewers of "Black Skinhead" can work within Instagram to "edit" the piece, plus a handle allows the user to slow down the track and vid to a creepy effect.

"Black Skinhead" is the track that was finally shipped to radio after West's latest "Yeezus" went up for sale. West up to that point had touted his effort to be one that succeeded on the charts without having a traditional radio single. However, as we previously reported, the "Yeezus" didn't do very well sales-wise after debuting at No. 1 on The Billboard 200.

What do you think of the black and white video?

 

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<p>Brad Pitt and Edward Norton in &quot;Fight Club&quot;</p>

Brad Pitt and Edward Norton in "Fight Club"

Credit: 20th Century Fox

'Fight Club' sequel in the works

Relax, it's a graphic novel, not a movie

So Comic-Con is over but the little ripple repercussions will keep spreading this week, I imagine. One nugget that dropped over the weekend that immediately caught my eye this morning was the fact that "Fight Club" author Chuck Palahniuk is working on a graphic novel sequel to the book that spawned David Fincher's 1999 consumerism-lynching film.

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'Big Brother' hits another season high


"Big Brother" hits another season high

It was the 2nd show in a row that "Big Brother" topped itself.


Jon Hamm & Daniel Radcliffe sign on for more of "A Young Doctor's Notebook"

The miniseries will return later this year.


Bob Odenkirk: Reports of a "Breaking Bad" Saul Goodman spinoff are still premature

"It's still hypothetical," he says. "It is. Vince is thinking about it, but we’ll see what happens." PLUS: Watch Bryan Cranston hold a Walter White toy.


Washington Nationals introduce a "Sharknado" mascot
Watch the Sharknado take on the presidents of the United States. PLUS: "Sharknado" hits UK on Aug. 7.


Watch the "Cosmos" reboot trailer from Seth MacFarlane and Neil deGrasse Tyson
They've teamed up for a reboot of Carl Sagan's "Cosmos."


PBS picks up more "Mr. Selfridge"
Jeremy Piven will be back for Season 2.


Russian TV getting its own "Hot in Cleveland"

The TV Land comedy will join other American shows like "Everybody Loves Raymond" that have had been remade for Russian audiences.


Watch Chord Overstreet's tribute to Cory Monteith
"This is for you, Cory," the "Glee" star said at a performance Saturday.


Johnny Carson is headed to iTunes
Clip and interview compilations are going on sale.


"Say Yes to the Dress" kicking off the season with Kristin Chenoweth

Her assistant is getting married.


Karen Gillan is now bald
The former "Doctor Who" star revealed her newly shaved head at Comic-Con.

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<p>Bruce Springsteen performing</p>

Bruce Springsteen performing

Credit: NCM Fathom

Review: 'Springsteen & I' shows why fans adore the man they call The Boss

Vintage concert footage is the Ridley Scott-produced doc's real star

There is a sacred covenant between Bruce Springsteen and his fans. As he says to a stadium crowd in the opening frames of “Springsteen & I,” a Ridley Scott-produced documentary screening in theaters across the U.S. (22),  “We’re here for one reason. Because you’re here. And where we want to go, we can’t get there by ourselves. We need you.”

He's delivered that message with the fervor of a tent-revival preacher night after night for 40 years, leading fans to an exalted state through his three-hour plus shows. To be a Springsteen fan, and I am a massive one, is to believe in that trusting communion between performer and audience and in the healing power of music. It’s also to feel a sense of community, that you are part of a tribe of like-minded fans.

[More after the jump...]

 

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'True Blood' star talks Sunday's shocker


"True Blood" star talks Sunday's shocker

"It wasn't a huge surprise. I've had to lie in a few press things so as not to spoil it for anybody."


Felicia Day is coming back to "Supernatural"
She'll reprise her role of Charlie in Season 9's 4th episode.


Bravo spinning off Brandi Glanville?

There's talk of the "Real Housewives" star getting her own show about her dating life.


"The Simpsons" to join forces with "Futurama"

A special crossover episode will air sometime in 2014.


Jennifer Carpenter weighs in on this week's "Dexter"
Has Deb hit rock bottom? PLUS: Michael C. Hall on this week's "Dexter."


How "The X Files'" 20th anniversary reunion at Comic-Con came together
"Breaking Bad" creator Vince Gilligan and his girlfriend Holly helped get the ball rolling at last year's Comic-Con.


Puck from "The Real World" arrested again

This time, David Rainey was charged with domestic violence.


Scotty McCreery: "Idol" producers tried and failed to get me to sing Lady Gaga
The "Idol" champ shared some "inside scoop" with fans on Twitter over the weekend.

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<p>There were few things as emotionally genuine at this year's Comic-Con as the rapport between Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen on the 'X-Men:&nbsp;Days Of Future Past' panel</p>

There were few things as emotionally genuine at this year's Comic-Con as the rapport between Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen on the 'X-Men: Days Of Future Past' panel

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Fox's mammoth 'X-Men' panel unites old and new casts for a great Hall H moment

'Days Of Future Past' makes a strong showing with Singer's return

SAN DIEGO - By far, the worst kept secret at this year's Comic-Con was the planned "X-Men: Days Of Future Past" panel, but I will give 20th Century Fox this much. While everyone was sure the film would be part of the panel, I don't think anyone knew quite how far Fox planned to take things, or how much of an emotional charge it would pack.

The "X-Men" films in general hold an odd space in the evolution of the genre. They are absolutely pivotal in terms of pushing the entire idea of superhero movies forward. The first film was a game of Russian Roulette as far as Fox was concerned. Even after they greenlit the movie and watched dailies as they came in, they panicked and cut the budget and forced the filmmakers to adapt on the fly. The studio made choices out of fear regarding costumes, marketing and even casting. They held their breath when they released "X-Men," sure they were about to get clobbered…

… and then people liked it. It wasn't massive, but it was a hit. And it was a big enough hit that they moved forward with a second film. And again, just as soon as they started into production, they started losing their nerve, and it turned into another corporate game of chicken with filmmakers pushing hard to do something cool and execs pushing hard to make sure it wasn't all too damn "comic book." It was a fascinating era, and as much as fans are sure they know the story of how the first three "X-Men" film got made and what the decisions behind those films were, they don't. Not really. There were battles about everything. There is a reason you still haven't seen the Sentinels in the movies, and that reason left the studio not too long ago. A comic book with decades of history was held hostage by any number of outside influences, and the results are movies that genuinely try to capture the spirit of a world, and they succeed in ways, and they fail in ways, and they are all covered in development battle scars that define the movies.

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<p>Jeff Daniels as Will McAvoy in &quot;The Newsroom.&quot;</p>

Jeff Daniels as Will McAvoy in "The Newsroom."

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Review: 'The Newsroom' - 'The Genoa Tip'

Maggie and Sloan fight a 'Sex and the City' blogger, Neal gets arrested and Will misses an anniversary

A quick review of tonight's "The Newsroom" coming up just as soon as I Google "Alan Sepinwall hate"...

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