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Listen to Jennifer Lopez and Pitbull's derivative, lab-made 'Live It Up'

Listen to Jennifer Lopez and Pitbull's derivative, lab-made 'Live It Up'

Redone checks the 2012 carbon copy

Jennifer Lopez combines with Pitbull for a generic, Redone-produced single, for promotion around "American Idol" and the summer-bound months: "On the Floor." According to Lopez, if it ain't broke, don't fix it, and thus a new song is born. "Live It Up" by Jennifer Lopez, featuring Pitbull, dropped today in a haze of deja vu.

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Charlize Theron's modern 'Hatfields & McCoys' won't get NBC pickup


Charlize Theron's modern "Hatfields & McCoys" won't get NBC pickup

The Theron-produced modern take on the infamous feud was to star Rebecca De Mornay, Sophia Bush, Virginia Madsen and James Remar. ALSO DEAD: "The Gates" starring Ken Marino, "Brenda Forever" starring Ellie Kemper, "Joe, Joe Jane" starring Larry Wilmore and "The Secret Lives Of Husbands And Wives" starring Jesse L. Martin and Nicole Ari Parker. PLUS: NBC cancels "Deception."


"Biggest Loser" couple to divorce -- with a child on the way

It's over for Sam Poueu and Stephanie Anderson.


How "House of Cards" explains Mark Sanford's victory in South Carolina
Sanford, the former South Carolina governor who left his wife for an Argentinian woman, defeated Stephen Colbert's sister last night. And his victory could be summed up in Francis Underwood's "my people" quote.


How to fix "American Idol": Dump the producers!

It's time for Nigel Lythgoe and Ken Warwick to make way for some new blood.


Shonda Rhimes: "Disney's primetime savior"

As broadcast viewership dwindles, the "Grey's Anatomy" and "Scandal" creator has managed to come up with two must-see shows. As Forbes notes, both those shows together "pull in more than $13 million in advertising for ABC each week–just shy of $300 million a season, or about 5% of the network’s total revenue. That's not counting tens of millions more for Grey’s syndication or licensing in other countries, which Disney shares with Rhimes’ production company, ShondaLand."


Why is it taking so long for ABC Family to decide the fate of "Bunheads"?
The Amy Sherman-Palladino series has been stuck in limbo since its February season finale.


CNN, Nancy Grace caught fake split-screening a remote interview
Grace was in the same parking lot as Ashleigh Banfield, yet CNN used a split-screen.


"Facts of Life's" Mindy Cohn: I've turned down the most reality shows
Cohn catches us up on her life to mark the 25th anniversary of the end of "The Facts of Life."


Watch "Dancing's" Mark Ballas as a singer
Ballas is coming out with his first solo album.


See a preview of J.Lo's "The Fosters" drama
Teri Polo and Sherri Saum play two moms raising a multi-ethnic family.


Why don't superhero shows work on TV?
Even "Arrow," a show that tried to be ambitious, didn't succeed like its big-screen counterparts.


Funny or Die tackles "Game of Thrones" with "Gay of Thrones"

A "very offensive" take on a "Game of Thrones" recap.


Chris Farley's "SNL" character Matt Foley turns 20
The motivational speaker who lived in a van down by the river debuted 20 years ago today.


Logo's "Felt" uses puppets to re-enact couples therapy sessions

The reality show takes the sexiness out of sex.


"Top Hooker" releases its first trailer

The Animal planet reality show is about fishing, not prostitution.


"MythBusters" does a crossover with "Deadliest Catch"
Tonight's episode is "Crabtastic."


Original MTV VJs tell all in new book
Alan Hunter, Mark Goodman, Nina Blackwood, and Martha Quinn are making the media rounds promoting "VJ: The Unplugged Adventures of MTV’s First Wave." PLUS: The best unscripted moments from '90s MTV.


"Real Housewives" star Phaedra Parks welcomes a boy
The "The Real Housewives of Atlanta" star gave birth to her 2nd on early today.

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<p>Gene Wilder and Peter Boyle have become heroes in my house thanks to the Film Nerd 2.0 Festival screening of 'Young Frankenstein'</p>

Gene Wilder and Peter Boyle have become heroes in my house thanks to the Film Nerd 2.0 Festival screening of 'Young Frankenstein'

Credit: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

Film Nerd 2.0 Fest concludes with 'Young Frankenstein,' 'Legend,' and 'Empire of The Sun'

Plus we give out the awards for the festival as everything wraps up

I've been asked repeatedly about when I would finish my coverage of the first Film Nerd 2.0 Film Festival, an event that came together at the very last possible moment, and it's taken me this long because of other publishing obligations that have come up in the meantime. I love writing these articles, but they are among the most demanding for me because of what they deal with, and because I work very hard to capture the truth of these exchanges and these moment with my kids. There will come a time when I look back and these will be the one record of these times, and I want it to be as complete and unflinching as it can be.

One of the truths about film festivals is that whatever plan you make before one begins, you will not follow it for any of a thousand different reasons. That certainly held true with the concluding day of the Film Nerd 2.0 Summer Film Festival, which I threw for my two sons, Toshi and Allen, at the end of this year's spring break vacation from school.

Part of what complicated the weekend was Toshi's baseball schedule. He had a two hour practice on Friday night, a game on Saturday, and a game on Sunday. That's a whole lot of baseball to build a schedule around, and it had a real impact on the plans. The other part of what made it impossible to keep to our initial schedule was something I didn't really count on… my wife.

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Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 180

Dan and Alan talk 'Family Tree,' 'Americans' finale and preview upfronts

The

Happy Wednesday, Boys and Girls! It's time for a slightly delayed installment of The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast.
 
My schedule kept us from recording on Monday. Sepinwall's schedule mostly kept us from recording on Tuesday.
 
So here we are a bit late! Sorry. Perhaps because of the lateness or maybe because we have no restraint, this is yet another record-lengthed podcast. Either "Sorry" or "You're welcome." Whichever applies.
 
And next week, we'll be probably doing multiple podcasts, but we can't guarantee which days they'll be on, due to upfronts. Again, either "Sorry" or "You're welcome." Whichever applies.
 
We do some upfronts previewing this week, chat about a number of finales including "The Americans" and, as always, spend lots of time on "Mad Men."
 
Today's times:
"Family Tree" (00:01:00 - 00:14:35)
Upfronts Preview (00:14:35 - 00:47:00)
"Parks and Recreation" (00:47:00 - 01:02:20)
"Happy Endings" (01:02:25 - 01:10:45)
"The Americans" (01:10:50 - 01:26:00)
"Mad Men" (01:26:25 - 01:48:30)

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.] 

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

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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 180: 'Family Tree,' Upfronts, 'Mad Men' & more

Dan and Alan also talk about the finales of 'The Americans,' 'Parks and Recreation' and 'Happy Endings'

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Better late and long than never? Outside concerns delayed this week's Firewall & Iceberg Podcast until today, but we're pretty sure it's it's one of the longest we've ever done, and previews what should be a two-podcast week next week. We review HBO's "Family Tree," preview the network upfronts, break down some recent finales and do our usual "Mad Men" analysis. WARNING: Dan drops a cuss word in the middle of the "Mad Men" segment, while we're discussing good ol' Bob Benson.

The lineup:

"Family Tree" (00:01:00 - 00:14:35)
Upfronts Preview (00:14:35 - 00:47:00)
"Parks and Recreation" (00:47:00 - 01:02:20)
"Happy Endings" (01:02:25 - 01:10:45)
"The Americans" (01:10:50 - 01:26:00)
"Mad Men" (01:26:25 - 01:48:30)

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, 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>&quot;Arrested Development&quot;</p>

"Arrested Development"

Credit: Netflix

Netflix won't let TV critics watch 'Arrested Development' in advance


Netflix won't let TV critics watch "Arrested Development" in advance

Is this a bad sign or has Mitch Hurwitz earned the right to be trusted?


Piers Morgan teams with Starz for '70s-set "Fleet Street"
The drama project will tackle the rise of tabloid journalism in England in the 1970s, from the perspective of an American journalist.


ABC may give "Castle" a 2-season pickup
Such a pickup would bring the ABC series to its 7th season.


"Game of Thrones'" Aiden Gillen keeps conscious of Littlefinger's mustache length
"Keep the mustache short," Gillen says of avoiding supervillain stereotypes, adding: "With Littlefinger, there's quite a lot of meticulous planning, even down to mustache length."


Australia getting its own "Bachelor"
"The Bachelor" franchise has already spawned a Canadian and British version.


"Mad Men": Where's Betty?

Betty Francis' season premiere storyline has yet to be resolved.


Another "Dexter" tease

Check out Dexter Morgan's "Masterpiece" wall.

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"Mythbusters"

 "Mythbusters"

Credit: Discovery

Watch: 'Mythbusters' meets 'Deadliest Catch' for a 'crabtastic' special

Captains Johnathan and Junior test their crab pot theory

This should be a fun mash-up! Tonight at 9:00 p.m. "Mythbusters" invites "Deadliest Catch" captains Johnathan and Junior to the show to put their long-held beliefs about their jobs to the test. Are crab pots truly indestructible? Is it better to do a 30-hour grind with no sleep or short naps? And can you really be dragged to the bottom of the sea if your foot gets caught in a coil?

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Watch: Selena Gomez wants you to 'Come & Get It' in new video

Watch: Selena Gomez wants you to 'Come & Get It' in new video

Maybe she should have played hard to get?

Selena Gomez continues on her path to let us know she’s all grown up in her video for “Come & Get It.” The beautifully-lensed video for the  song, which sounds like a Rihanna reject, opens with Gomez luxuriating in haute couture in a beautiful flower-filled field, as one does.

[More after the jump...]

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Watch Imagine Dragons' 'Demons' video and grab the tissues

Watch Imagine Dragons' 'Demons' video and grab the tissues

Rock band dedicates clip to young cancer patient

Everyone has a story, as Imagine Dragons’ new video for “Demons” shows, and the tales often come with very sad endings.

 The clip, which starts as a standard concert video, albeit one bathed in beautiful blue light, features the “Radioactive”-band performing the heavy mid-tempo track about the demons we all have living inside us before a hometown audience in Las Vegas.

[More after the jump...]

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<p>Tom Hanks in &quot;Captain Phillips.&quot;</p>

Tom Hanks in "Captain Phillips."

Credit: Sony Pictures

Tom Hanks battles modern-day pirates in tense new trailer for 'Captain Phillips'

Can this true story return Hanks (and Paul Greengrass) to the awards season?

In our recent list of 10 under-the-radar films to watch out for this summer, I listed the small Danish thriller "A Hijacking" as a title especially worthy of your attention. A sparse, nerve-shredding account of a Danish cargo ship held hostage by ruthless Somali pirates, it's a must-see on its own terms -- but also worth checking out as a primer (and yardstick) for this fall's pumped-up Hollywood take on a notably similar story: Paul Greengrass's "Captain Phillips." Now the first trailer has arrived, and it's a good one.

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"My Crazy Obsession"

 "My Crazy Obsession"

Credit: TLC

Watch: A woman stash of 3,000 creepy troll dolls on 'My Crazy Obsession'

The season finale focuses on toys 'so ugly they're cute'

It seems that there are people in the world with more storage space and more free time than the rest of us, and these are the people of "My Crazy Obsession" (season finale airs tonight on TLC at 10:00 p.m.). In this episode, we meet Michelle, who loves troll dolls and spends up to three hours a day hunting for them online, playing with them, and sticking them in odd parts of her house. No, I'm not making that up. 

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<p>Neil Patrick Harris</p>

Neil Patrick Harris

Credit: CBS

Neil Patrick Harris is poised to host the Tonys for the 4th time


Neil Patrick Harris is poised to host the Tonys for the 4th time

The NY Daily News reports that the "How I Met Your Mother" star has already begun prepping. Harris previously hosted the Tonys in 2009, 2011 and 2012.


Jeanne Cooper from "The Young and the Restless" is dead at 84
The iconic soap star's death this morning was confirmed by her son, Corbin Bernsen.


17-year-old girl invents way to prevent Twitter from spoiling TV shows
Jennie Lamere's Twivo won the grand prize at a Boston hackathon. It allows Twitter users to censor their feeds from mentioning certain shows and their characters.


How accurate was "Game of Thrones'" ice wall ascent?
An ice climber fact-checks this week's episode.


Seth MacFarlane will appear in "The Simpsons" season finale

Check him out hitting on Marge.


TNT picks up "Legends" starring Sean Bean

The drama from "Homeland" producer Howard Gordon has Bean playing a deep-cover operative.


Watch the trailer for "Copper" Season 2
The BBC America series returns June 23.

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