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Jane the Virgin

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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 252

Dan and Alan also break down recent 'Parenthood,' 'The Walking Dead' & 'Boardwalk Empire'

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Happy Columbus Day, boys and girls! For travel-related reasons, we moved the Firewall & Iceberg Podcast up a day this week, in which we talk for a while about a pilot we both like but maybe don't intend to watch as a series for long, a pilot we didn't like at all but have hopes for the show as a whole, plus some recent drama episodes. Also, we talk for a very long time about hair. I'm sorry. It's all my fault. 

The rundown:

"Jane the Virgin" (00:00:55 - 00:13:30)
"Marry Me" (00:13:30 - 00:21:50)
Listener Mail: FOX's fall struggles (00:22:20 - 00:31:20)
Listener Mail: Haircut-based TV declines (00:31:25 - 00:41:55)
"Parenthood" (00:42:00 - 00:53:00)
"The Walking Dead" (00:53:10 - 01:08:00)
"Boardwalk Empire" (01:08:00 - 01:28:00)


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Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 252

Dan and Alan review 'Jane the Virgin,' 'Marry Me' and talk 'Walking Dead' and 'Boardwalk Empire'

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Happy Monday, Boys & Girls.

Time for a slightly early-in-the-week installment of The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast.

We bumped this podcast up to Monday so that we could get in a review for The CW's "Jane the Virgin," which we both kinda like. It also adds some freshness to our discussions of Sunday's "The Walking Dead" and "Boardwalk Empire."

In this busy podcast, we also reviewed NBC's "Marry Me," discussed the first few "Parenthood" episodes of the season and answered a few pieces of Listener Mail.

Whee!

Next week's podcast might be a bit later in the week so that I can catch up on a few things that I won't get to this week. That was just a warning. Worry not. A podcast will exist.

And here's today's breakdown:
"Jane the Virgin" (00:00:55 - 00:13:30)
"Marry Me" (00:13:30 - 00:21:50)
Listener Mail: FOX's fall struggles (00:22:20 - 00:31:20)
Listener Mail: Haircut-based TV declines (00:31:25 - 00:41:55)
"Parenthood" (00:42:00 - 00:53:00)
"The Walking Dead" (00:53:10 - 01:08:00)
"Boardwalk Empire" (01:08:00 - 01:28:00)

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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Review: Keanu Reeves shoots all the faces in the preposterous pulpy 'John Wick'
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Review: Keanu Reeves shoots all the faces in the preposterous pulpy 'John Wick'

A smartly written world helps flesh out a standard revenge picture

AUSTIN - When the lights went down in the theater for the Fantastic Fest debut of "John Wick," I had no expectations at all for the film. It never occurred to me that it would end up being one of the most enjoyable things I saw there and a genuinely exciting announcement for a pair of pulp action filmmakers.

Chad Stahelski was the stuntman who doubled for Keanu Reeves on "The Matrix," and since then, he's done "The Replacements," both "Matrix" sequels, "Thumbsucker," "Constantine," and "Man Of Tai Chi" with Reeves, and they've developed a strong collaborative relationship. David Leitch, who co-directed the film with Stahelski, has worked on dozens of movies with him in the stunt department. They've both worked as second-unit actual unit directors on films like "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," "Escape Plan," "Safe," "The Wolverine," Parker," "Ninja Assassin," and the upcoming "Jurassic World."

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<p>Zombies! From &quot;The Walking Dead&quot; Season 5.</p>

Zombies! From "The Walking Dead" Season 5.

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'Walking Dead' Season 5 premiere sets AMC records

Zombie favorite returns above last fall's premiere

America's appetite for brains, or at least our appetite for watching the living dead and their appetite for brains, remains unabated.

AMC's "The Walking Dead" returned on Sunday (October 12) night and set new highs for both the series and, by logical extension, for the network.

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As Marvel searches for 'Doctor Strange,' we suggest they look to 'John Wick' to find their lead
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As Marvel searches for 'Doctor Strange,' we suggest they look to 'John Wick' to find their lead

Keanu Reeves is ready for his Marvel moment

This past week, I got another heavily-embargoed peek behind the curtain of what Marvel's up to in the near-future, and once again, I feel like they've got a real handle on what they're doing. They have a very specific plan, and the focus it takes to pull that off is sort of remarkable.

Obviously, one of the priorities at the studio right now is "Doctor Strange." Scott Derrickson is onboard to direct, and they are working right now to find the right person to play the Sorcerer Supreme. Recent reports had Joaquin Phoenix circling the project, a rumor that started as far back as the week before Comic-Con. It has now been reported that those negotiations stalled, and that is probably a good thing. I think Phoenix is enormously talented, but he may be the same sort of artist as Edgar Wright, who probably fits better doing his own thing than working within the structure of the big-picture puzzle that Marvel's putting together. Phoenix seems like the sort of person who is going to follow what excites him or challenges him, and a six or nine picture contract is going to impose a structure on his work that he may not be prepared for.

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<p>Michael Keaton and Edward Norton in &quot;Birdman&quot;</p>

Michael Keaton and Edward Norton in "Birdman"

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'Birdman' star Edward Norton wonders why people think franchise films are taking over

Plus: 'Fight Club's' place in a landmark movie year

After big festival bows at the Venice, Telluride and New York film festivals, Alejandro González Iñárritu's "Birdman" finally opens in limited release this week. Michael Keaton is well on his way into the awards spectrum this year, but his co-stars deserve some looks, too, and none more so than Edward Norton, whose mercurial method actor Mike Shiner lights up the screen every time he's on it, and might be the best thing he's done since "Fight Club" and "American History X."

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<p>&quot;The Gambler&quot;</p>

"The Gambler"

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'The Gambler' with Mark Wahlberg to premiere at 2014 AFI Fest

Can the film crack a tough Best Actor category?

We've been pretty much telling you for some time that Rupert Wyatt's remake of "The Gambler" would be one of the few premieres at this year's AFI Fest (along with J.C. Chandor's "A Most Violent Year"). Well, now it's official.

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<p>Russell Crowe in &quot;Noah&quot;</p>

Russell Crowe in "Noah"

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Off the Carpet: Can Paramount rekindle Darren Aronofsky's 'Noah' for Oscar voters?

A below-the-line campaign is afoot as the March release looks to swing back

It's always difficult to bring a spring release back around for the Oscar season, no matter the film's size or impact. But in a year like 2014 — which seems rather atypical as subversive comedy, American auteurs and blockbuster craftsmen all duke it out for room alongside the traditional, baitier offerings — anything can slip on through. That's what Paramount is surely hoping for with Darren Aronofsky's "Noah."

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'American Horror Story' renewed for Season 5 after record-setting 'Freak Show' ratings
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'American Horror Story' renewed for Season 5 after record-setting 'Freak Show' ratings

'Gotham' gets a full-season pickup

“American Horror Story” renewed for Season 5 after record-setting “Freak Show” ratings
The 5th installment will premiere one year from now.


“Gotham” gets a full-season pickup
Fox has ordered six additional episodes of the Batman prequel, bringing the freshman season’s total to 22.


Shooting “The Walking Dead’s” Season 5 premiere was “really tough”
Executive producer Gale Anne Hurd says last night’s premiere took nine days to shoot, up from the usual eight. “Watching it on the monitors, you had to look away,” she says. “It felt so real. Even though we’d read the scripts and we knew what was about to happen, we kept thinking ‘How are our guys gonna get out of this?” It’s incredibly visceral. You really feel that our characters are in a situation where they will not escape.”


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<p>&quot;Gotham&quot;</p>

"Gotham"

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FOX extends 'Gotham' Season 1 to a full 22 episodes

Originally slated for 16 episodes, Batman prequel gets six more episodes

Last year, FOX ordered 13 episodes of "Sleepy Hollow" and decided to order a second season rather than giving the freshman hit drama a back-nine, which resulted in a nine-month absence between seasons, which may or may have resulted in the show's current Season 2 ratings drop. 

This year, FOX has learned its lesson about not necessarily sticking to its guns when it comes to a successful first-year show.

Kevin Reilly told reporters repeatedly last spring that "Gotham" would only do 16 episodes in its first season.

When I spoke to "Gotham" star Ben McKenzie in August, he expressed relief at not needing to do more than 16 episodes.

And on Monday (October 13), FOX announced that "Gotham" has received a back-six pickup, bringing its first season to 22 episodes.

Fair enough! I guess this means we're getting a Rooney episode after all.

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Stacy Martin
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'Nymphomaniac' star joins Robert Pattinson in 'The Childhood of a Leader'

Film marks the directorial debut of actor Brady Corbet.

The fresh-faced Stacy Martin bent over backwards (among other positions) to humanize "Young Joe," a companion to Charlotte Gainsbourg's character, in Lars von Trier's "Nymphomaniac." While this year's only two-part sex parable isn't earning much love in the way of awards buzz, the model-turned-actress made enough of an impression to catch filmmakers' eyes. Her latest projection pairs her with a leading man that will inevitably catapult her to the mainstream. That's the magic of Robert Pattinson.

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Louis CK goes off on ISIS in Twitter rant
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Louis CK goes off on ISIS in Twitter rant

McDonald’s to Billy Eichner: 'Can’t wait to see you!'

Louis CK goes off on ISIS in Twitter rant
"Oh, f*ck you, ISIS,” the comedian said in the first in a series of tweets. "Sincerely please f*ck each other in the mouth with forks. You're 7 year old boys. You're stupid. You suck.”


McDonald’s to Billy Eichner: “Can’t wait to see you!”
“Oh, and bring Elena!” the McDonald’s Twitter account tweeted to Eichner amid his rant accusing Burger King of ripping him off. PLUS: Seth Rogen and other celebs side with Eichner against Burger King.


“Mulaney” sees a slight rise in Week 2, while ABC’s dramas slip
“The Simpsons” and “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” also saw big football-related gains in viewership last night.


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