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<p>Matthew McConaughey in &quot;Interstellar&quot;</p>

Matthew McConaughey in "Interstellar"

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Matthew McConaughey champions the intimacy, and the scope, of 'Interstellar'

Plus: Jessica Chastain says she felt isolated during production, maybe by design

HOLLYWOOD — Save a taste-maker here and there for friends and family and filmmakers (bound by no man's embargo), Christopher Nolan finally unleashed "Interstellar" to audiences of press and guild members on both coasts Thursday night. Ever the perfectionist, the director was on hand at the TCL Chinese Theater in Hollywood right up until showtime, ensuring that the venue's image and sound were up to snuff before it before it was projected on 70mm IMAX for a capacity crowd that saw some late-comers turned away without a seat.

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<p>The &quot;Black Hole Sun&quot; episode of &quot;The Vampire Diaries&quot;</p>

The "Black Hole Sun" episode of "The Vampire Diaries"

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Recap: 'The Vampire Diaries' - 'Black Hole Sun'

Elena and Stefan get “engaged” and we learn disturbing things about Kai

“How are we going to get out of this Twilight Zone?” 

That’s what we ALL want to know Damon. That’s what we all want to know. And now I suppose we do, thanks to crazy serial killer Kai and his own hellish purgatory that Bonnie and Damon are now stuck in. But seriously, haven’t we all heard enough one-hit wonders from the mid-90s yet? 

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'Honey Boo Boo’s' Mama June is not dating a child molester, says daughter 'Pumpkin'
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'Honey Boo Boo’s' Mama June is not dating a child molester, says daughter 'Pumpkin'

Fox’s Archie Comics drama series will be like 'Archie meets David Lynch'

“Honey Boo Boo’s” Mama June is not dating a child molester, says daughter “Pumpkin”
“Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” star Lauryn “Pumpkin” Shannon says her Mama June is single and that a TMZ photo showing her with her ex-convict boyfriend who served 10 years for child molestation was photoshopped. “They haven’t seen nor talked (to each other) in 10 years,” Pumpkin tells RadarOnline. UPDATE: Mama June writes on Facebook: "It isnt true i promise," My kids r #1 priority over anything else and I would never put them in danger period over this or anything else they r my life this is my past I left him 10 yrs ago for it and I wouldn't go back."


ABC orders extra episodes of “Black-ish,” “The Goldbergs,” “Grey’s Anatomy” and many other shows
“Black-ish,” “The Goldbergs,” “Modern Family,” “The Middle” and “Grey’s” will each run 24 episodes this season. Meanwhile, “Castle” and "Once Upon a Time" have been bumped up to 23 episodes, while “Resurrection” has been upped to 14 episodes.


Fox’s Archie Comics drama series will be like “Archie meets David Lynch”
Archie Comics’ chief creative officer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, who is writing "Riverdale" for Fox, says of the project: "Something we talk a lot about is, 'Imagine if Riverdale were like "Twin Peaks," and was a really weird small town. But 'Twin Peaks' had some very funny black humor stuff to it; obviously it was very serious as well. So that kind of balance is what we're going to try to strike with the show.” PLUS: Why an Archie TV series might work.


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Todd Solondz returns to Dawn Weiner, but a new actor will step in to play the part
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Todd Solondz returns to Dawn Weiner, but a new actor will step in to play the part

Greta Gerwig's a strong choice, but to what effect?

Todd Solondz has always built his characters into an interconnected world. "Welcome To The Dollhouse" was the film that served as our introduction to his misanthropic take on the world, and it also introduced us to the character who remains my favorite out of all of his, Dawn Weiner.

Played by Heather Matarazzo, Dawn Weiner was a beautiful outsider, a blissfully dorky little girl whose struggle to figure out how to fit in the 7th grade was both funny and painful, and Solondz wrote her with a remarkable amount of empathy. I would argue that Solondz has not been able to always strike that same balance and many of his films feel more mean, like he's an angry god raining on his own personal Jobs just for the hell of it.

In both "Palindromes" and "Life During Wartime," characters from "Dollhouse" made a reappearance, but the character we would most want to see again is the one who has remained offstage this entire time, and so today's news is genuinely exciting. It sounds like Solondz has finally decided to revisit Dawn, and not just as a side character in someone else's movie. After all, his next project is called "Weiner-Dog."

The title has a double-meaning, since anyone who remembers "Welcome To The Dollhouse" knows that was Dawn's nickname from the bullies who teased her. This new movie is going to feature several stories all connected by a dachshund. In one of those stories, we'll see that Dawn Weiner is now played by Greta Gerwig. That's a pretty major transformation, and I'm curious to see what Solondz has in mind by taking an indie sweetheart like Gerwig and casting her as the grown-up Dawn. After all, Matarazzo is still acting, and I'd love to see her take on the character now. For her to have transformed into Gerwig, I'm hoping Solondz has a thematic point.

We'll see. The film's still casting right now, and it sounds like they're not locked down completely in terms of financing. With Megan Ellison involved, though, I'm going to bet we'll see this one happen, and I'm really curious now to find out if it's going to be worth the wait.

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ABC is making a modern 'Phantom of the Opera' TV series
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ABC is making a modern 'Phantom of the Opera' TV series

10 years ago today: Ashlee Simpson was caught lip-synching on 'SNL'

ABC is making a modern “Phantom of the Opera” TV series
“Desperate Housewives” creator Marc Cherry drama’s project — set “in the sexy and cutthroat world of the modern-day music business” — will not be a musical, but will contain musical elements (like “Nashville”).


Foo Fighters gets a "60 Minutes" profile
Anderson Cooper sits down with Dave Grohl and the band on Sunday’s show.


10 years ago today: Ashlee Simpson was caught lip-synching on “SNL”
It was one of the most embarrassing moments in “Saturday Night Live” history, but Ashlee really was sick.

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Tech Support: 'Birdman,' 'Unbroken' and 'Interstellar' set the mood for Best Cinematography

Tech Support: 'Birdman,' 'Unbroken' and 'Interstellar' set the mood for Best Cinematography

The gap continues to close on digital films in the race versus celluloid

Commentators have noted that this year's Best Actor race is stacked with way more than five outstanding candidates. And they are right. But compared to Best Cinematography, Best Actor is positively paper thin. As usual, an embarrassment of riches is present in this category, which awards a film's director of photography (DP).

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<p>The Knick</p>

The Knick

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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 253: 'Constantine,' 'The Knick' & more

Dan and Alan also talk a la carte streaming and the lack of fall cancellations

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Happy Thursday, boys and girls! We pushed back this week's Firewall & Iceberg Podcast by a few days to give Dan a chance to catch up on "The Knick," which we discussed along with the first season of "Manhattan." Before that, we reviewed NBC's "Constantine," and answered mail about the lack of network cancellations, the consequences of a cable cancellation, and the potentially awesome and/or expensive a la carte cable future. 

The rundown:

"Constantine" (00:01:10 - 00:12:40)
Listener Mail - No Cancelations (00:13:00 - 00:31:35)
Listener Mail - "The Bridge" cancellation (00:31:40 - 00:37:25)
Listener Mail - HBO/CBS a la carte streaming (00:37:30 - 00:49:40)
"The Knick" finale (00:49:50 - 01:07:50)
"Manhattan" finale (01:07:50 - 01:20:00)
 
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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Review: 'Ouija' is by the numbers, full of mechanical scares and nothing else
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Review: 'Ouija' is by the numbers, full of mechanical scares and nothing else

It's like an entire film of a weird old man at a gas station warning the kids 'you're going to die'

"Ouija" is professionally made, a classically-styled ghost story/mystery, and perhaps the single strangest piece of product placement ever made. It is also, unfortunately, so by-the-numbers that it feels like it was made by a computer program designed to simulate horror films.

Juliet Snowden and Stiles White have been co-writers on films like "The Possession" and "Knowing," but this time out, White is also directing. He knows what he's doing, and the way the film is made, it looks and feels exactly like it's supposed to feel. It is the very model of what Blumhouse wants to make. It's slick. It's simple and self-contained. It has a very immediate and understandable hook. It should work.

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Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 253

Dan and Alan review 'Constantine' and talk finales for 'The Knick' and 'Manhattan'

The

Happy Thursday, Boys & Girls!

Due to last week's onslaught of Vancouver set visits, I didn't have any time to catch up on a slew of established shows, which caused me to need to take the early part of this week for mini-binging. That's why we've got a slightly late Thursday installment of The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast.

The two shows with the mini-binging were "The Knick" and "Manhattan," which both had their finales last weekend, so we cover those in some depth. We also reviewed NBC's "Constantine," which premieres on Friday.

And then we covered some of the big recent topics in TV news, including the early lack of cancellations and HBO and CBS' early pushes into a la carte streaming services.

Busy busy!

Next week's another busy one, so it's unclear if we're gonna podcast or not. It'll probably be Monday, or not at all! We'll see.

And now, here's today's breakdown:
"Constantine" (00:01:10 - 00:12:40)
Listener Mail - No Cancelations (00:13:00 - 00:31:35)
Listener Mail - "The Bridge" cancellation (00:31:40 - 00:37:25)
Listener Mail - HBO/CBS a la carte streaming (00:37:30 - 00:49:40)
"The Knick" finale (00:49:50 - 01:07:50)
"Manhattan" (01:07:50 - 01:20:00)

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 or subscribe on IHeartRadio.] 

 

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

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Keira Knightley makes it clear 'The Imitation Game' is not a documentary

Keira Knightley makes it clear 'The Imitation Game' is not a documentary

The movie is about 'celebrating people's differences'

TORONTO — Let's hope Keira Knightley never changes. Having interviewed the "Pride & Prejudice" star at least five times over the past decade I can attest that she's as blunt, energetic and smart as ever. This is one actress who no doubt rolls her eyes at studio talking points. Take for instance our interview last month about her role in the beloved new Best Picture contender "The Imitation Game" where she was at the top of her, um, game.

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Fox is developing an Archie Comics drama series
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Fox is developing an Archie Comics drama series

Courtney Love to guest on Fox’s 'Empire'

Fox is developing an Archie Comics drama series
“Riverdale,” named after the fictional Archie Comics town, will be set in the present with all the Archie Comics regulars, from Archie, Betty and Veronica to Josie and the Pussycats. It will be produced by Greg Berlanti and written by Archie Comics’ chief creative officer and Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa.


Courtney Love to guest on Fox’s “Empire”
After guesting on “Sons of Anarchy,” the Hole singer will recur on the Fox hip-hop drama.


Pivot to celebrate Halloween with a “Buffy” marathon
All next week, select “Buffy the Vampire” episodes will be shown, culminating in a “Classic Monsters” theme on Halloween Day.

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<p>Trent Reznor</p>

Trent Reznor

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Trent Reznor on 'the David Fincher experience' and 25 years of 'Pretty Hate Machine'

'There's no plans on touring for some time in the future, if ever.'

It's been a while since I caught up with Trent Reznor. Since we last spoke he's won an Oscar for composing (with Atticus Ross) David Fincher's "Social Network" score and gone on to collaborate with the director on "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" and "Gone Girl." He's also somehow found time to put out a new Nine Inch Nails album and knock out a few tours, though at a recent Las Vegas show he announced that this recent jaunt with Seattle band Soundgarden would be his last for a long time. Is he refocusing and doubling down on his efforts in the world of film music composition? Maybe.

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