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AMC's new Western hero talks Clint Eastwood, Common and more
"Dude, I wasn't just thinking of Eastwood, I was stealing from Eastwood," Anson Mount laughs when I ask about the iconic Western influences on his revenge-minded central character in the new AMC drama "Hell on Wheels."
That's never a bad place to start.
Set in 1865 along the construction of the Union Pacific Railroad, "Hell on Wheels" is also the story of Cullen Bohannon (Mount), a former Confederate out to avenge his wife's death. He's a violent, tormented guy who finds himself in the midst of the lawless traveling town that gives the show its name.
Mount previously toplined a string of short-lived network shows that ranged from highly respected (ABC's "Line of Fire") to instantly forgotten (The WB's "The Mountain") all while getting seasoned for his first cable vehicle.
Earlier this week, I caught up with the impressively candid Mount, who was in Savannah for their local film festival, via phone to talk about this dark new role.
Click through for the complete interview...
What was it like spending two weeks on Redemption Island?
For most the pre-Merge segment of this season, there were effectively three tribes: There was the Upolu tribe, featuring the returning Benjamin "Coach" Wade. There was the Savaii tribe, featuring Ozzy Lusth. And finally, there was the Redemption Island tribe, which was basically Christine Markoski and whoever happened to be visiting her.
After initially describing Coach as "temporary" and putting a target on her back, Christine was the second player voted out this season, but she followed torch-snuffing by going on run that saw her win five consecutive Duels.
Christine's run of Duel supremacy was so impressive that it prompted Ozzy to voluntarily get voted out just to beat her on Redemption Island, despite Christine's not-so-secret hostility towards her former Upolu mates.
Regardless of the logic behind his decision, Ozzy's move didn't backfire and he defeated Christine on Wednesday's episode.
In our exit interview, Christine talked about making Redemption Island home, Ozzy's gamble and whether she'd still call Coach "temporary" if she had a do-over.
America's votes trim the field to 11 on a live Thursday show
This is somewhat uncharted territory for "The X Factor," since American viewers have no idea what a Thursday hour-long elimination show is going to look like on FOX's new hit talent show.
Our hunch? It'll look a lot like an hour-long "American Idol" results show. But let's find out for sure...
Would Ozzy's big gamble pay off?
Pre-credit sequence. "You just witnessed 'Survivor' history," Cochran celebrates as Team Formerly Ozzy returns to camp. Nobody else is nearly as excited by Ozzy's gamble and they're all sitting around the fire rationalizing their decision. Keith is especially grumbling, grunting something about how he doesn't live his life with other people fighting his battles, as if what Ozzy had done was all about Cochran, rather than Ozzy's own bloated sense of self-worth. "Prepared to be the villain?" Keith asks. Cochran, intrigued by the chance to play a double-agent, insists he is and he's so ready to be the bad guy that he paraphrases "Scarface." "First you get the egomaniac returning player voted out. Then you get his Idol. Then you get the million dollars," Cochrane says, not even bothering with a subpar Pacino.
Full recap of Wednesday's (November 2) "Survivor" after the break...
America votes tonight, but who shined for the judges
It's nearly voting time on FOX's "The X Factor," which means it's also time to fill out your bracket for HitFix's "X Factor" Prediction Game. It's too late to get the bonus points for this week, but it's not too late to enter to possibly win an iPad2.
But enough plugging, y'all... Let's get down to the live-blog/recap/review of Wednesday's (November 2) "X Factor"...
Dan and Alan review 'Hell on Wheels,' the new season of 'Bones' and more
Happy Halloween, Boys & Ghouls. Time for Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 101.
I'm not sure how this podcast became as long as it did, but we certainly had plenty to talk about, with "Hell on Wheels," the return of "Bones" and PBS' "Page Eight." We also did another installment of Dan's Reality Roundup and a few random segments, including a ratings update.
New week isn't gonna be nearly as full, so send e-mails.
This week's breakdown:
"Bones" -- 1:55 - 8:25
"Page Eight" -- 8:30 - 17:00
FX getting into Charlie Sheen -- 17:10 - 27:00
"Hell on Wheels" -- 27:05 - 41:40
Recent Ratings Overview -- 41:45 - 53:45
Dan's Reality Roundup -- 53:45 - 01:14:30
Listener Mail: Women watch football too -- 01:14:35 - 01:19:45
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 here's the podcast...
It's off to Africa for tobacco hauling, sewing and a village overnight
Oh, come on.
We're all fans of "The Amazing Race" here, right?
I hope so. I recap the show because I'm a fan. I assume you read the recaps because you're a fan.
So, fan-to-fan... Level with me: Is there anybody out there who is happy with the structural choices made for this season's "Amazing Race"?
Click through, cuz there's gonna be grumbling.
Why is 'Allen Gregory' the pipe-smoking uncle of FOX's Sunday?
Osmanski voices Allen Gregory's Cambodian mail-order sister Julie. Unfortunately, this interview doesn't include the five minutes after wrap that we spent chatting about the underrated FOX comedy "The Loop."
Pucelli voices Patrick, Allen Gregory's pint-sized friend and assistant.
And together, the two actresses explain why "Allen Gregory" is like the pipe-smoking uncle of FOX's Animation Domination lineup.
"Allen Gregory" premieres on FOX on Sunday, October 30.
Check out the interview...
What draws the 'Clone High' veteran to voice-over work?
Our introduction to the supporting voices of FOX's "Allen Gregory
Now, let's hear from Will Forte
, who lends his pipes to several "Allen Gregory" characters, including Superintendent Jeremy Rossmyre, yet another person who helps Allen Gregory maintain his position as the world's most pretentious seven-year-old.
It would be an understatement to say that Forte is no stranger to vocal work, given that his FOX credits alone include "The Cleveland Show," "American Dad!" and "Sit Down, Shut Up." Once you get into work on "Clone High" and a slew of Adult Swim offerings and you have an animation veteran.
In our conversation, Forte discusses what draws him to voice-over work, the fun he's had doing high-profile guest-starring roles and what he still misses about "Saturday Night Live."
Give it a watch...
And "Allen Gregory" premieres on Sunday, October 30 on FOX.
Lingerie football player talks Brandon, Ozzy and pre-chewed pork
To hear Brandon Hantz talk to the cameras about it, Mikayla Wingle was playing one of the most exciting games in "Survivor" history, flirting and conspiring and wrapping the entire tribe around her finger.
To hear the lingerie football player and former Playboy model talk about it, she never had a change, pushed to the fringes from the season's opening moments by a rival castaway who brought his own personal biases into the game.
Who are you gonna trust? [We're Team Mikayla in this particular standoff.]
She didn't make it to the Merge, but at least Mikayla was at the center of a good portion of the season's drama, even if the self-described tomboy wanted nothing to do with any of that drama.
In our exit interview, Mikayla discusses Brandon, eating pre-chewed meat, Ozzy's risky move and which player from her tribe truly disappointed her.