'White House Down' star Maggie Gyllenhaal sure sounds interested in TV

'White House Down' star Maggie Gyllenhaal sure sounds interested in TV

Peter Sarsgaard's 'The Killing' gig starts the conversation
WASHINGTON, DC - In "White House Down," Maggie Gyllenhaal has what, for her, is a relatively unusual role.
 
As Special Agent Finnerty, Gyllenhaal is a tough-as-nails secret service agent whose task of protecting the president (Jamie Foxx) is complicated by a large-scale attack on the White House when she happens to be temporarily off-duty. It's a big summer blockbuster and, like most reporters, I made sure to talk with the indie favorite about that change of pace, but I also wanted to briefly talk with her about another possible change of pace, specifically the potential offered by TV.
 
I'll post the "White House Down" portion of the interview in the next couple days, but towards the end of the conversation, I used Gyllenhaal's husband Peter Sarsgaard, currently working a juicy gig on AMC's "The Killing" as a transition point. 
 
As you can tell, it sounds like Gyllenhaal is a fan of the medium and, after doing HBO's "The Corrections" pilot, it sure sounds like she's interested in (and possibly close to) exploring small screen options.
 
You'll hear at the end that the interview handlers tried to stop the interview due to time, but she made sure she at least finished her answer.
 
Check out the interview chunk above and you can join me in keeping an ear out for that hypothetical TV project Gyllenhaal can't discuss.
 
And remember that "White House Down" opens on Friday, June 28.
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Outstanding Lead Actor Comedy - Emmy Nomination Preview 2013

Outstanding Lead Actor Comedy - Emmy Nomination Preview 2013

Jon Cryer won here last year. Did you remember that?
As Sepinwall and I discussed on this week's podcast, this just wasn't a thrilling year for new Emmy-friendly comedies. There are a few potential new faces in the Lead Actor Comedy category, but they're either stars of shows that weren't eligible last year (Matt LeBlanc or Jason Bateman, for example) or they're stars of returning shows who went with new categories this year (like Jake Johnson). 
 
Me, I'm holding out entirely futile hope for Garret Dillahunt, who rocked the Torah and deserves recognition.
 
Check out my full slate of candidates...
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Jamie Foxx and Channing Tatum talk 'White House Down,' parenting, Electro and 'Jupiter Ascending'

Jamie Foxx and Channing Tatum talk 'White House Down,' parenting, Electro and 'Jupiter Ascending'

Why does Tatum never expect to be presidential?
WASHINGTON, DC - In "White House Down," it's up to Jamie Foxx and Channing Tatum to protect the White House from some dastardly bad guys and it isn't spoiling the movie to note that that is, indeed, the actual White House behind them in this interview. 
 
With "Magic Mike" and "21 Jump Street" and "Django Unchained," Tatum and Foxx were two of the biggest stars of 2012, but they insist that there wasn't any one-upsmanship on the set of their new Roland Emmerich thriller. In fact, the two dads discuss how it's a father-daughter relationship that really gives the movie its core.
 
In our conversation, Foxx explains the tricks of the trade that make him presidential in "White House Down," while Tatum explains why he doesn't expect to be occupying the Oval Office any time soon.
 
Finally, Foxx explains why he didn't pay any attention to the recent buzz stemming from the first images of his Electro makeup from the upcoming "Spider-Man" sequel. And while we have yet to see Tatum's makeup -- including apparently prominent ears -- from "Jupiter Ascending," the star explains why taking risks like the new Wachowski Siblings film are important to his career. 
 
Check out the full conversation above.
 
"White House Down" opens on Friday, June 28.
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Travis Fimmel of "Vikings"

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Interview: 'Vikings' star Travis Fimmel discusses making Ragnar relatable

Aussie talks about his character actor instincts and Emmy chances
We're on the eve of the 10th anniversary of The WB's "Tarzan," which introduced the world to Australian model-turned-actor Travis Fimmel.
 
Fans of History's "Vikings" whose only point-of-reference for Fimmel was  "Tarzan" may have been surprised by his intense, intriguingly crazed performance as upwardly mobile warrior and family man Ragnar Lothbrok. 
 
Since his short-lived WB debut, though, Fimmel has made a string of interestingly quirky career choices, starting with an dark and internalized performance in "The Beast," going even darker and more tortured in the early episodes of NBC's "Chase" and going unexpectedly Southern and backwoods in FX's "Outlaw Country," a pilot that didn't go to series but aired as a TV movie. 
 
I got on the phone with the self-deprecating Fimmel a couple weeks ago to talk about "Vikings" and about his own acting instincts, which tend more in the "character actor" direction. 
 
Fimmel, who insists he's still just a farm boy at heart, discusses the challenges of making Ragnar and the Vikings relatable, the ego-free Irish set and his appreciation for "Vikings" creator Michael Hirst.
 
He also handicaps his Emmy chances in very amusing fashion.
 
Click through for the full conversation. 
 
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Outstanding Lead Actress Comedy - Emmy Nomination Preview 2013

Outstanding Lead Actress Comedy - Emmy Nomination Preview 2013

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler and Lena Dunham should be back
Cheaters! You're all cheaters, Emmy voters! Or at least Emmy voters were cheaters last year, when they conveniently solved the problem of a Lead Actress comedy logjam by nominating a bonus seventh actress. Unless Emmy voters are prepared for another "tie" this year, they're going to be in for a challenge, since all seven nominees return and none of the seven seems conspicuously out of place and headed for elimination. At least there are very few new candidates, not that I'd mind to see Sutton Foster or Laura Dern (not eligible last year) sneak into the field, even if that meant upsetting the apple cart in awkward ways...
 
Check out my full slate of candidates...
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Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 188

Dan and Alan talk James Gandolfini, 'Mad Me,' 'Hannibal,' 'Under the Dome' and more

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Happy Monday, Boys & Girls!
 
It's a busy week, so expect two installments of The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast this week.
 
In this regular Monday installment, we talk about finales for "Mad Men" and "Hannibal," review CBS' "Under the Dome" and we pay tribute to James Gandolfini and Gary David Goldberg.
 
Later in the week, we'll cover "Dexter" and "Ray Donovan" and we'll do this week's rewatch, which was "Mary Tyler Moore" and "The Dick Van Dyke Show."
 
Here's today's breakdown:
James Gandolfini & Gary David Goldberg (00:2:10 - 00:20:30)
"Under the Dome" (00:20:40 - 00:27:05)
"Hannibal" (00:27:10 - 00:47:50)
"Mad Men" (00:47:50 - 01:39:25)

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

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Roland Emmerich says 'Independence Day' sequel won't be 'a Will Smith movie'

Roland Emmerich says 'Independence Day' sequel won't be 'a Will Smith movie'

'ID4' sequel has a release date, but no greenlight
WASHINGTON, DC - It presumably was no coincidence that 20th Century Fox chose this week to announce a release date for the long-awaited sequel to the 1996 smash "Independence Day."
 
Roland Emmerich, who directed the original and has been talking about the sequel for years, was in our nation's capital promoting his upcoming "White House Down" (hence the very real White House in the background of this interview), meaning that dozens of reporters got to slip in questions about "Independence Day 2."
 
I was no exception, asking Emmerich what the pressure of finally having a tangible release date of July 3, 2015 meant for the project.
 
Emmerich sounded excited, but also just a bit bemused. 
 
He admits, "We have no greenlight yet, so I wonder what that is about!"
 
When the "ID4" sequel actually gets its greenlight, the film may not look exactly like the original.
 
"I kinda told them I want to have the same feel again... and then that's the problem," Emmerich says. "So much happened in the meantime. Will became this huge star and I don't want to have this a Will Smith movie. It's like 'Independence Day.' It has to be an ensemble cast again."
 
I didn't have time in my interview to ask if that meant that Will Smith won't have any involvement in the sequel, but in other interviews, Emmerich seemed to suggest as much.
 
Stay tuned in the next few days for my full Emmerich interview, as well as conversations with Jamie Foxx & Channing Tatum and Maggie Gyllenhaal.

"White House Down" opens on Friday, June 28.
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Outstanding Lead Actress Drama - Emmy Nomination Preview 2013

Outstanding Lead Actress Drama - Emmy Nomination Preview 2013

Can Tatiana Maslany, Keri Russell, Tatiana Maslany or Vera Farmiga score a nod?
I think I'm counting on four Lead Actress in a Drama performances as locks for Emmy nominations. That leaves two slots which, by my reckoning, will go to one of seven or eight actors. What I don't know, though, is whether Emmy voters will give the advantage to returning or former nominees like Michelle Dockery or Mariska Hargitay, established network favorites like Kerry Washington or Connie Britton, or any of several new contenders from variably proven cable and not-even-cable entities. 
 
I'm just going with my gut on most of these and even though they seem like viable predictions now, I'll probably have changed my mind by next month. This could, if things go pear-shaped, be one of the very oddest fields on Emmy morning.
 
Check out the full gallery below:
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Outstanding Lead Actor Drama - Emmy Nomination Preview 2013

Outstanding Lead Actor Drama - Emmy Nomination Preview 2013

Who will join Bryan Cranston, Damian Lewis and Jon Hamm?
On a day so many of us are so shaken by James Gandolfini's sudden death, it's sadly appropriate that my Emmy focus turns to the category that the "Sopranos" star towered over, a category still dominated by characters and performances that never would have been possible without Tony Soprano.
 
Like love, the Lead Actor in a Drama category at the Emmys is a battlefield. All six nominees from last year return, including four actors who have been nominated for multiple Emmys for their current roles. So this category should actually be a breeze, right? Everybody repeats, right? You tell that to Kevin Spacey and Matthew Rhys and Jeff Daniels. At least one or two of those guys will surely hear their names announced on July 18. But even that means that entirely worthy candidates like Hugh Dancy and Aden Young don't even an iota of a chance. It's a battlefield.
 
Check out the full gallery below:
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Outstanding Supporting Actor Comedy - Emmy Nomination Preview 2013

Outstanding Supporting Actor Comedy - Emmy Nomination Preview 2013

'Arrested Development,' '30 Rock' and 'Office' men target 'Modern Family' vets
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy is one of the real challenges when it comes to Emmy prognostication. All six nominees return and if Emmy voters are determined to keep honoring a whopping FOUR "Modern Family" cast members, that leaves even less wiggle room to recognize somebody from the final seasons of "30 Rock" and "The Office" or one of the previously nominated co-stars of "Arrested Development," which was resurrected by Netflix. At least there aren't any entirely new comedies likely to complicate this field.
 
Check out the full gallery below:
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