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Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 198

Dan and Alan talk 'Breaking Bad' and 'Miami Vice'


Happy Wednesday, Boys & Girls!
This week has been slightly chaotic in terms of scheduling, plus it has also been light on content, but we still managed to make time for a truncated installment of The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast.
It's pretty clean and simple: We talked about Sunday's episode of "Breaking Bad," titled "Confessions," and then we also discussed this week's Summer Pilot ReWatch, "Miami Vice."
Next week'll be busy with premieres of "Boardwalk Empire," "Luther" and FXX, plus a new "Breaking Bad," but we'll wrap up the Summer Pilot ReWatch the following week. We haven't chosen a pilot to watch yet for that final installment, so suggestions are welcome!
Apologies if I'm even more discombobulated than usual. We had to record before my caffeine had fully kicked in.
Anyway, here's today's breakdown:
"Breaking Bad" (00:01:20 - 00:30:45)
"Miami Vice" (00:30:50 - 00:53:00)

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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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 198: 'Breaking Bad' & 'Miami Vice'

An abbreviated podcast has us discussing Phil Collins, perfect stubble and table-side guac


Due to my erratic end-of-summer schedule, this week's Firewall & Iceberg Podcast is both late and abbreviated, as we only had time to discuss the latest "Breaking Bad" and revisit the "Miami Vice" pilot. We'll be back next Tuesday or Wednesday (depending on Labor Day holiday travel and whatnot) for more "Breaking Bad" talk, "Luther," "Boardwalk Empire" and the launch of FXX, and on that show we'll announce our final final pilot re-watch choice. (Comment here or click on the email link below if you have something you want to do, keeping in mind the caveats we mention in the podcast itself.) 

The rundown:

"Breaking Bad" (00:01:20 - 00:30:45)
"Miami Vice" (00:30:50 - 00:53:00)

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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Report: Valerie Harper to go 'Dancing' despite brain tumor

Report: Valerie Harper to go "Dancing" despite brain tumor
According to TMZ, Harper has defied medicine as doctors said she had until June of this year to live.

More "Dancing" rumors: Snooki, Leah Remini, Elizabeth Berkley, Keyshawn Johnson
"Glee" alum Amber Riley and Christina Milian also reportedly signed up for "Dancing with the Stars."

"HIMYM's" final season will be like a "greatest-hits medley at the end of a rock concert"
The cast of "How I Met Your Mother" cover this week's Entertainment Weekly, where they look back at the past eight seasons and tease a possible spinoff.

"Breaking Bad's" Hank and Marie reacting to things: The new Hitler in "Downfall"?
The "Breaking Bad" couple watching things may have overthrown the viral Hitler parody. PLUS: Hank and Marie watch Aaron Paul on "The Price is Right."

Lisa Lampanelli has stopped using the N-word after Lena Dunham controversy

The former Comedy Central roaster -- who used the N-word to caption a picture of her and the "Girls" star -- says: "I'm not gonna ruin my reputation with the blacks no more. I don’t want to deal with this N word shit!"

Golf Channel quickly deletes "I Have a Dream" golf tweet
The Golf Channel had asked its followers to tweet their "golf dream" in honor of the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s speech.

Billy Ray Cyrus bails on Piers Morgan interview on Miley's VMAs performance
Morgan didn't announce until 15 minutes before his show ended last night. PLUS: JB Smoove reacts to Miley's performance.

"Mighty Morphin Power Rangers" debuted 20 years ago today
The children's TV juggernaut first aired on Aug. 28, 1993.

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'Luther' prequel movie script is completed, filming eyed for next year

"Luther" prequel movie script is completed, filming eyed for next year

Creator Neil Cross says: "I've written the script and we hope to get the film made next year."

"The Amazing Race" casts includes two ex-NFLers, MLB wives
Former Houston Texans players Chester Pitts II and Ephraim Salaam -- who famously starred in this Super Bowl ad -- will be among this year's crop of contestants. See the cast photos.

Robin Roberts will return to "GMA" full-time starting next week
Roberts says she's healthy enough for a five-day a week schedule. "I'm looking forward to it. I want to get back to my full life," she says.

Mekhi Phifer joins "House of Lies"

He'll play a clothing mogul who hires Don Cheadle and his crew of consultants.

Andrew Lincoln: I don't watch "The Walking Dead" because "I don't actually enjoy looking at myself"
Lincoln used to watch the AMC series, but became too critical of what footage was used. "I just want to leave myself alone as much as I can," he says. "It breaks the spell, it breaks the magic somewhat."

Michael Phelps will guest on his favorite show, "Suits"

The Olympic swimming champion will play himself.

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<p>Jason&nbsp;Reitman at his first Telluride Film&nbsp;Festival in 2007.</p>

Jason Reitman at his first Telluride Film Festival in 2007.

Credit: Eugene Hernandez/indieWIRE

Jason Reitman on the tradition of taking his movies to Telluride and Toronto

Jason Reitman on the tradition of taking his movies to Telluride and Toronto

TELLURIDE, Colo. - It's fair to say filmmaker Jason Reitman has a bit of a history with the Telluride and Toronto film festivals. In 2005 his feature debut, "Thank You for Smoking," sold at the latter. Since then, three of his last four films, including this year's "Labor Day," have debuted at Telluride (2007's "Juno" and 2009's "Up in the Air" in the form of "sneak previews" secret screenings) before heading north to Toronto. It's become a notable tradition, so we asked Reitman about his thoughts on the two environments and whether he's superstitious enough to consider them a good luck charm at the start of the fall.

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<p>James Franco</p>

James Franco

Credit: AP Photo

How has James Franco saturated the festival circuit?

The multi-hyphenate has been the year's most ubiquitous festival presence

It's become as mandatory a part of the film festival experience as queueing, champagne hangovers and the swinging lanyard affixed to one's neck: if a new James Franco joint isn't to be found in the program, you're probably not looking hard enough.

Out in the real world, the Oscar-nominated actor still functions primarily -- if not exclusively -- as, well, an Oscar-nominated actor. Among the paying public, awareness of his extramural activities may be limited chiefly to his being the guy who bombed hard at the Oscars that one time; some may have heard of an artsy endeavor via an interview, but would be hard pressed to specify what it was. I'm certain most would be surprised to hear that he's directed 11 feature films, in addition to any number of shorts and hard-to-classify experiments; those whose tastes run expressly toward multiplex fare would be more surprised still to find out what the mildly eccentric-seeming star of "Oz the Great and Powerful" thinks about in his spare time.  

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<p>For pretty much an entire generation, it all started right here.</p>

For pretty much an entire generation, it all started right here.

Credit: 20th Century Fox/Lucasfilm Ltd.

Big Question: When did you fall in love with movies?

Our special guests look back at their formative moments as movie fans

As you read this, I am just about halfway through a week-long globe-trotting vacation with my family. Toshi and Allen and I are climbing the outside of the World One building in Mumbai right about now.

While we enjoy that, I'd like to share the third of five special vacation articles, where I've reached out to a wide array of people I know to answer a different question every day. I sent out the fire questions as part of one big e-mail last week, and I asked people to send me as many of the five responses as they felt like. Some people did one, some people did a few, and several people answered all five.

I would love to hear your responses to these questions as well. When I get back to Los Angeles next weekend, I'm excited to dig in and read all the answers you guys leave, and I hope you end up enjoying this week's articles in the meantime.

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<p>Francis Ford Coppola was one of three individuals honored with a Silver Medallion tribute at the first annual Telluride Film&nbsp;Festival in 1974.</p>

Francis Ford Coppola was one of three individuals honored with a Silver Medallion tribute at the first annual Telluride Film Festival in 1974.

Credit: Lionsgate/American Zoetrope

From Coppola to the Coens: 40 years of Telluride tributes

This year's quintet joins an illustrious list of honorees

The lineup for the 40th annual Telluride Film Festival has been unveiled, and with it, the announcement of this year's tributees: T Bone Burnett and the Coen brothers, Mohammad Rasoulof, Robert Redford and Alejandro Ramirez. Here's a look back at the history of the honor.

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<p>Ralph&nbsp;Fiennes' &quot;The Invisible Woman&quot;&nbsp;is set to premiere at the fest.</p>

Ralph Fiennes' "The Invisible Woman" is set to premiere at the fest.

Credit: Sony Classics

Alfonso Cuarón, Jason Reitman, the Coens and more set for 40th annual Telluride Film Festival

Premieres from Jason Reitman and Ralph Fiennes highlight a packed anniversary slate

The Coen brothers, T Bone Burnett and Robert Redford are among those to be feted at the 40th annual Telluride Film Festival, which will feature the world premieres of Jason Reitman's "Labor Day" and Ralph Fiennes' "The Invisible Woman." Prestige titles from the 2013 festival circuit so far have been curated for the weekend as well, including Alexander Payne's "Nebraska," J.C. Chandor's "All is Lost" and the Coens' "Inside Llewyn Davis."

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<p>Sandra Bullock in &quot;Gravity.&quot;</p>

Sandra Bullock in "Gravity."

Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures

Review: Sandra Bullock dances into great silence in Alfonso Cuarón's astonishing 'Gravity'

Short but vast Venice opener delivers on the hype

VENICE - “Gravity” opens, in coy denial of the mammoth imagery soon to follow, with modest white letters on a black screen, spelling out facts about outer space that sound more than a little like threats. “Life in space is impossible,” the titles conclude, after warning us off with daunting details of distance, physics and unimaginable cold. It’s a simple and – at least from a terrestrial perspective – pretty inarguable thesis that Alfonso Cuarón’s astonishing new film nonetheless goes to great, gruelling and frequently gasp-inducing pains to illustrate, before opening up less certain possibilities with a sudden surge in its own emotional temperature. Life in space is a no-go, sure. But what about life after?

It’s been seven long years since Cuarón, the serenely versatile Mexican stylist capable of finding grace notes in raunchy south-of-the-border road trips and Harry Potter alike, last visited our screens with a chilling fantasy that now sits as an unwittingly perfect bookend to his latest: in “Children of Men,” life scarcely seems possible on Earth.

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George Eads takes a 'CSI' leave of absence after fighting with a pregnant writer

George Eads takes a "CSI" leave of absence after fighting with a pregnant writer
The leave was prompted by a heated exchange with one of the show's writers. Eads already filmed the first three episodes of the season, but he'll miss Episode 300 and several more episodes.

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<p>&quot;Dallas Buyers Club,&quot;&nbsp;&quot;Labor Day&quot;&nbsp;and &quot;Joe&quot;&nbsp;are just three titles on our 25 most anticipated fall festival movies list.</p>

"Dallas Buyers Club," "Labor Day" and "Joe" are just three titles on our 25 most anticipated fall festival movies list.

25 most anticipated fall festival movies of 2013

Plus: 'Joe,' 'Labor Day,' 'Devil's Knot,' 'Rush' and more

Four festivals that play out over just seven weeks. Hundreds of films.  Some with distribution, some without. Some that are highly anticipated, others that will become surprise gems. It's fall festival time and that just doesn't mean the beginning of awards season. It means new films that will be fought over by competing distributors for acquisition and other movies that may end up going direct to VOD (if they are lucky). 

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