Watch: Michael Fassbender and Noomi Rapace discuss their 'Prometheus' influences

Watch: Michael Fassbender and Noomi Rapace discuss their 'Prometheus' influences

Fassbender talks Peter O'Toole, while Rapace talks angels
LONDON - In Ridley Scott's new sci-fi epic "Prometheus," the characters played by Michael Fassbender and Noomi Rapace have a peculiar relationship.
 
On one hand, both characters are pondering their origins.
 
Rapace's Elizabeth Shaw is leading an outer space mission with a goal that's no less than tracing the roots of humanity.
 
Fassbender's David is an android, so he has no roots, but he's fascinated by the people who made him, whether he's studying advanced linguistics or watching and rewatching "Lawrence of Arabia" to mimick the mannerisms of the young Peter O'Toole.
 
On the other hand, Shaw is a woman of cross-carrying faith, while David is a pragmatic rationalist, no more able to understand faith than several other challenging human emotions.
 
Head-butting ensues.
 
Off-screen, Rapace and Fassbender's relationship is humor-driven and the two volleyed one-liners back-and-forth both before and after I sat down with them last week at the London Film Museum in Covent Garden. If that humorous rapport doesn't always come through in this interview, that's probably because I was attempting to ask a few serious questions relatively early on the morning after the film's premiere.
 
Also check out my conversation with Charlize Theron & Guy Pearce and stay tuned for interviews with Logan Marshall-Green, Damon Lindelof and Ridley Scott in the days to come.
 
"Prometheus" opens on Friday, June 8.
<p>Mary Murphy, Nigel Lythgoe and Cat Deeley of &quot;So You Think You Can Dance&quot;</p>

Mary Murphy, Nigel Lythgoe and Cat Deeley of "So You Think You Can Dance"

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Recap: 'So You Think You Can Dance' - Atlanta Auditions

What treasures would the judges find in the Dirty South?

Howdy, readers.

I'm back to live-blogging "So You Think You Can Dance."

I contemplated live-blogging last week's Los Angeles audition episode, but then I realized that live-blogging a two-hour episode in London keeps you up until after 3 a.m. and that just wasn't happening. But I watched the episode when I returned and there were actually a lot of terrific dancers showcased. It was, in fact, a far better structured episode than the premiere from two weeks ago.

How will this week's episode from Atlanta come out?

Let's see... After the break...

8:02 p.m. ET. We've got Debbie Allen as our guest judge. I wish they could just take Jesse Tyler Ferguson around on more auditions. He was really improved on last week's episode. He's definitely better and Toasty Oreos and he's also better than Adam Shankman who, fortunately, was probably in post-production on "Rock of Ages" when they did auditions. Lil C remains my favorite guest judge.

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Watch: Charlize Theron and Guy Pearce discuss Ridley Scott's 'Prometheus'

Watch: Charlize Theron and Guy Pearce discuss Ridley Scott's 'Prometheus'

Stars tease the art of playing mysterious characters
LONDON - It's tempting to just write, "Charlize Theron and Guy Pearce both play roles in Ridley Scott's 'Prometheus'" and move on directly into the interview clip.
 
Ambiguity permeates every frame of Scott's sorta-kinda-semi-demi-"Alien" prequel and no two characters are more difficult to talk about than the roles played by Theron and Pearce.
 
Theron plays Meredith Vickers, a tightly wound authority figure (of some sort) on a mission to possibly trace the origins of human life in a deep, far-flung recess of the universe. Meredith has secrets.
 
Pearce plays Peter Weyland, whose name means something if you're a devotee of the "Alien" franchise and who featured in the viral marketing campaign for "Prometheus," but you may have noticed the the "Memento" star is nowhere to be seen in actual trailers for the feature. He has secrets.
 
Yeah. It's hard to have a conversation with Pearce and Theron about their "Prometheus" presence and you'll probably be pleased that when I sat down with the two actors in London last week, just hours after the film's gala Leicester Square premiere, we kept things general: In this interview, the stars discuss Ridley Scott's gifts as an actors' director, the scope of the film and, in oblique terms, the challenges of playing characters this murky. 
 
Stay tuned the rest of this week for a bunch more "Prometheus" video interviews, including conversations with Noomi Rapace & Michael Fassbender, Logan Marshall-Green and writer Damon Lindelof. I also had a good chat with Ridley Scott, but that interview contains a few spoilers, so I may hold it til early next week. 
 
"Prometheus" opens on Friday, June 8. 
Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 132

Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 132

Dan and Alan talk 'Game of Thrones,' 'Mad Men' and 'Push Girls'

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Happy Monday, Boys & Girls!
 
Firewall & Iceberg listeners (or fans) are in luck, because this is going to be a double podcast week!
 
In our regular Monday installment, we talk a little bit about Sundance's "Push Girls" and then a ton about "Game of Thrones" and "Mad Men." So it's only three things we talk about and it's a full 90-minute episode.
 
And we didn't even get to this week's episode of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer."
 
"Buffy" will be folded into a Wednesday or Thursday podcast that will also include reviews of HBO's "True Blood," IFC's "Comedy Bang Bang!" and "Bunk," NBC's "Saving Hope" and possibly a couple other things.
 
Hopefully y'all won't mind the double-podcast week!
 
Here's Monday's breakdown:
"Push Girls" (00:03:05 - 00:10:05)
"Game of Thrones" (00:10:10 - 00:55:45)
"Mad Men" (00:55:50 - 01:31:00)

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.] 

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

<p>&quot;Fringe&quot;</p>

"Fringe"

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DVR Gridlock 2012-13: Friday Nights

With 'Community' and 'Fringe' and 'Nikita' is Friday cool again?
[This week, I'm going to be glancing, night-by-night, at how the primetime schedules have changed after the network announcements at upfronts. I'll be looking at how the various changes will impact the ratings races on each night, as well as my own DVRing habits. Readers can chime in on how their own DVRs will be impacted. And yes, this brief series assumes that anybody still watches TV on their TVs. I'm old-fashioned.]
 
FRIDAY NIGHTS
 
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<p>Andre Braugher of &quot;Last Resort&quot;</p>

Andre Braugher of "Last Resort"

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DVR Gridlock 2012-13: Thursday Nights

The biggest money night of the TV week just gets more competitive
[This week, I'm going to be glancing, night-by-night, at how the primetime schedules have changed after the network announcements at upfronts. I'll be looking at how the various changes will impact the ratings races on each night, as well as my own DVRing habits. Readers can chime in on how their own DVRs will be impacted. And yes, this brief series assumes that anybody still watches TV on their TVs. I'm old-fashioned.]
 
THURSDAY NIGHTS
 
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<p>Hayden Panettiere of &quot;Nashville&quot;</p>

Hayden Panettiere of "Nashville"

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DVR Gridlock 2012-13: Wednesday Nights

Will 'X Factor' get a Britney Boost? Can 'Nashville' equal 'Revenge'?
[This week, I'm going to be glancing, night-by-night, at how the primetime schedules have changed after the network announcements at upfronts. I'll be looking at how the various changes will impact the ratings races on each night, as well as my own DVRing habits. Readers can chime in on how their own DVRs will be impacted. And yes, this brief series assumes that anybody still watches TV on their TVs. I'm old-fashioned.]
 
WEDNESDAY NIGHTS
 
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<p>Mindy Kaling of &quot;The Mindy Project&quot;</p>

Mindy Kaling of "The Mindy Project"

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DVR Gridlock 2012-13: Tuesday Nights

Six new shows! Three head-to-head-to-head comedy blocks! Chaos!
[This week, I'm going to be glancing, night-by-night, at how the primetime schedules have changed after the network announcements at upfronts. I'll be looking at how the various changes will impact the ratings races on each night, as well as my own DVRing habits. Readers can chime in on how their own DVRs will be impacted. And yes, this brief series assumes that anybody still watches TV on their TVs. I'm old-fashioned.]
 
TUESDAY NIGHTS
 
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Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 131

Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 131

Dan and Alan talk 'Awake,' 'Longmire' and start their 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' journey

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Happy Tuesday, Boys & Girls!
 
Hope you had a happy and reverential Memorial Day. Now it's time for another installment of The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, recorded with a full ocean between us.
 
In this week's podcast, we review A&E's "Longmire," discuss the series finale of NBC's "Awake," talk about Sunday's mighty eventful "Mad Men" and then we begin our summer rewatch of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer."
 
So that's a lot of ground to cover.
 
[On a side note: If the "Buffy" character who we say at the end of the podcast is never mentioned again happens to be mentioned again in the next episode, no need to tell us. That's the beauty of a rewatch: We'll discover next episode and I'll be sure to apologize profusely. To the character, not the actor.]
 
Anyway... 
 
Here's the breakdown:
"Longmire" (00:01:45 - 00:11:00)
"Awake" finale (00:11:00 - 00:26:15)
Listener Mail (00:26:15 - 00:36:15)
"Mad Men" (00:37:35 - 01:01:20)
"Buffy" Rewatch Part I (01:01:30 - 01:25:10)

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.

<p>CBS' &quot;Partners&quot;</p>

CBS' "Partners"

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DVR Gridlock 2012-13: Monday Nights

Without 'House' or 'Two and Half Men' how will your Mondays change?
[This week, I'm going to be glancing, night-by-night, at how the primetime schedules have changed after the network announcements at upfronts. I'll be looking at how the various changes will impact the ratings races on each night, as well as my own DVRing habits. Readers can chime in on how their own DVRs will be impacted. And yes, this brief series assumes that anybody still watches TV on their TVs. I'm old-fashioned.]
 
MONDAY NIGHTS
 
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