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Watch: Sam Worthington and Liam Neeson explain why 'Wrath of the Titans' tops 'Clash'

'Wrath' stars rave about 3D and the father-son story
NEW YORK, NY - Sam Worthington and Liam Neeson know a thing or two about sequels, having both been part of franchises from the ground-floor and also joined franchises mid-stream. Last Saturday, I sat down with the two stars to discuss what makes a satisfying sequel and why "Wrath of the Titans" improves upon "Clash of the Titans."
 
In "Wrath," which opens on Friday (March 30), Worthington reprises his role as half-man/half-God Perseus, while Neeson returns as King of the Gods, Zeus. While the first movie was all about Perseus discovering his strength and Zeus hovering on Olympus with his hair billowing, "Wrath" gets down-and-dirty with an off-his-game Perseus having to leave his son to help his father prevent *his* father -- the monstrous Kronos -- from escaping his netherworld prison. 
 
In our conversation, Worthington and Neeson talk about the draw of the multi-generational father-son story at the core of "Wrath" and why they were drawn to playing weakness.
 
But don't worry that "Wrath of the Titans" is some sort of thoughtful, existential drama. The stars also discuss why this time around, the 3D kicks butt. 
 
Check out the interview...
<p>Troyzan of &quot;Survivor: One World&quot;</p>
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Troyzan of "Survivor: One World"

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Recap: 'Survivor: One World' - 'The Beauty in a Merge'

With Colton in the rear-view, would 'Survivor' find a new story?
Pre-credit sequence. Welcome to the Merge! The castaways return to camp. There's cheese and grapes and wine. Troyzan is overjoyed, because this is what he's been waiting for. Alicia thinks Christina should have gone home instead of Colton. Bacteria thought different, Alicia. Don't mess with bacteria. "By Colton leaving, he screwed me over," Alicia whines, wondering if she'll be able to return to her original Girl Power alliance. She anticipates a beginning to the backstabbing. You can almost hear the "Survivor" producer yelling, "God, I hope so!" in the background.
 
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The "American Idol" Top 9

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Recap: 'American Idol' Top 9 Performances - Songs From Their Idols

The 'Idol' singers tackle favorite tunes, as well as group numbers

Welcome to another week of "American Idol," as the show begins to sweat under the pressure of filling two hours despite a reduced number of contestants and performances. The speculation is that in addition to this week's theme -- the nebulous songs from the "Idol" singers' idols -- performances, we're also going to be group numbers inflicted upon us.

I feel like a lot of the season is finally laying itself out.

Barring weirdness, Heejun Han, DeAndre Brackensick and Elise Testone will be the next three singers voted off. The judges wouldn't use the save on Heejun or DeAndre, but if the time is right, they may use it on Elise. If something really, really strange happened and Jessica Sanchez, Phillip Phillips, Colton Dixon or Joshua Ledet were voted out in the next three or four weeks, all would be guaranteed the Judges' Save, while Skylar Laine would probably get the save, unless she follows up last week's so-so performance with a couple more duds. That leaves Hollie Cavanagh somewhere right in the middle, unlikely to require the save, but also probably unlikely to get it. 

Does that sound about right? Let's get down to tonight's recap:

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<p>Joey &quot;Fitness&quot; and Danny of &quot;The Amazing Race&quot;</p>
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Joey "Fitness" and Danny of "The Amazing Race"

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HitFix Interview: Danny & Joey 'Fitness' talk 'The Amazing Race'

Fast-Forward mistakes, 'Jersey Shore' stereotypes and more with the latest bootees
Fortune allegedly favors the brave, but that's not always true on "The Amazing Race."
 
Joey "Fitness" Lasalla and Danny Horal to the "brave" path on Sunday (March 25) night's "Amazing Race," hoping to cap their recent rise up the standings with a Fast-Forward and, presumably, a first place finish for a Leg taking place in Baku, Azerbaijan.
 
The friends, positioned as this season's "Jersey Shore"-styled team, went head-to-head with couple Rachel & Dave on a bale-stacking challenge. The Fast-Forward couldn't have been closer, but Rachel & Dave finished their hay-pile seconds before Danny and Joey "Fitness" could finish. 
 
As a result, Rachel & Dave won a pair of cars.
 
And, as a result, Danny & Joey "Fitness" earned a deficit they were unable to overcome, as they finished the Leg in last and were sent packing, a sad fate for team that had gone a long way towards erasing their earliest, stereotype-heavy introduction on the show. 
 
In this week's "Amazing Race" exit interview, Danny & Joey "Fitness" talk about their decision to go for the Fast-Forward, their eagerness to break the "Jersey Shore" conventions and why they were able to just have fun on the show.
 
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<p>Zachary Knighton and Damon Wayans Jr. from &quot;Happy Endings&quot;</p>
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Zachary Knighton and Damon Wayans Jr. from "Happy Endings"

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HitFix Interview: Damon Wayans Jr. and Zachary Knighton talk 'Happy Endings'

ABC comedy stars talk about improv, improvement and Season 3 hopes
It feels early, but "Happy Endings' is chugging along towards its second season finale on April 4.
 
I recently sat down with Zachary Knighton & Damon Wayans Jr. and then with Eliza Coupe & Casey Wilson to talk about the ABC comedy's transition from an up-and-down first season that included a late premiere and out-of-sequence airings into what is often the fastest paced, quickest witted comedy in a network block that also includes a little show called "Modern Family."
 
The two interviews have some common themes, including the increased consistency of the second season, that prodigious punchline pace and, of course, hopes for the third "Happy Endings" season.
 
I'll be posting Wayans/Knighton today and Coupe/Wilson before the finale next week. 
 
Click through for the first conversation...
 
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<p>Joel Kinnaman of &quot;The Killing&quot;</p>
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Joel Kinnaman of "The Killing"

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Interview: 'Killing' star Joel Kinnaman explains what drew him to 'RoboCop'

How will his RoboCop be different from Peter Weller's version?
I sat down with Joel Kinnaman on Monday (March 26) afternoon to discuss the Swedish actor's second season playing Stephen Holder, recovering addict and aspiring Seattle homicide detective on AMC's "The Killing."
 
When last we spotted the jittery, enigmatic Holder, he seemed to be heading into some morally questionable territory in what proved to be a wildly polarizing Season 1 finale. Things only get more complicated for Holder in Sunday's (April 1) "Killing" premiere and much of my conversation with Kinnaman relates to that two-hour episode, so the full Q&A will post after the episode has aired.
 
While most of the interview focuses on "The Killing," I'm only human and, towards the end, I inquired about how Kinnaman, well-respected, but still largely an unknown to mainstream American audiences, came to land the lead role in Jose Padilha's upcoming reboot/remake of Paul Verhoven's sci-fi landmark "RoboCop."
 
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<p>Mykelti Williamson of &quot;Justified&quot;</p>
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Mykelti Williamson of "Justified"

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HitFix Interview: Mykelti Williamson talks 'Justified'

Butchery, bad teeth and 'Boomtown' talks with Mr. Ellstin Limehouse
Apparently, Mykelti Williamson knows a few things about butchery. 
 
For the "Justified" co-star, that's not a threat. It just happens that he knows how to take apart a side of beef or a pig.
 
For Williamson's "Justified" character, however, culinary dexterity and the threat of violence have gone hand-in-hand this season.
 
Ellstin Limehouse is a butcher, BBQ master and unlicensed banker. He's also the seemingly avuncular protector of Noble's Holler and as we've already seen this season, it's a responsibility he takes very seriously, with very little tolerance for encroachment.
 
"Justified" has offered Williamson one of his best roles in years and it's probably no coincidence that the FX drama has been a reunion with writer-producer Graham Yost and fellow actor Neal McDonough, partners-in-crime from NBC's short-lived drama "Boomtown." 
 
In a recent conversation, Williamson told me that Limehouse just wants to be left alone, but we only have three episodes remaining this season to see what extremes he's willing to go to in order to keep his holler safe. 
 
Click through for the full interview, which covers the "Boomtown" reunion, Limehouse's peculiar fashion sense and orthodontia and what scares this scary character...
 
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Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 121

Dan and Alan talk 'Game of Thrones,' 'The Killing,' 'Luck,' 'The River' and more

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Happy Monday, Boys & Girls!
 
Time for another lengthy Firewall & Iceberg Podcast. It's 90+ minutes even without any sports filler, so if you were hoping for discussion of Tim Tebow, we didn't have time. Also, I can't deal with being battered by Kenny Britt fans again. 
 
We had lots of TV to talk about, including finales for "Luck" and "The River" and our discussion of the premiere of "Mad Men" (somewhat discombobulated and strained by some Skype issues). We also reviewed the start of the new seasons of "The Killing" and "Game of Thrones" (watch out for that segment if you haven't season S.1, since we spoil the heck out of that... no serious S.2 spoilers, though, so don't worry).
 
Plus, Alan apologizes to Dermot Mulroney!
 
Here's the breakdown:
Dermot Mulroney on "New Girl" (00:01:25 - 00:06:55)
"The Killing" (00:07:00 - 00:21:15)
"Game of Thrones" (00:21:15 - 00:33:40)
Listener Mail - CBS Sunday Delays (00:33:45 - 00:39:10)
"The River" finale (00:39:20 - 00:51:10)
"Luck" finale (00:51:10 - 01:08:30)
"Mad Men" premiere (01:08:30 - 01:34:40)

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>A scene from Sunday's &quot;The Amazing Race&quot;</p>
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A scene from Sunday's "The Amazing Race"

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Recap: 'The Amazing Race' - 'This Is Wicked Strange'

Teams head to Azerbaijan for fun with oil and apples and hay
It was only two weeks ago that I mused on the problematic nature of the "Amazing Race" Fast-Forward.
 
"Fast-Forwards are almost never any good, are they? And the show has structured them so badly that you almost never have two teams competing for the Fast-Forward because everybody knows that the tasks are easy, so the Fast-Forward becomes a reward for the first team to the clue, which is an arbitrary thing to reward."
 
With Sunday (March 25) night's episode, I was proven both right and wrong, as "The Amazing Race" had its second Fast-Forward of the month.
 
On one hand, two teams competed for the Fast-Forward, which was exactly what I said didn't happen nearly enough.
 
On the other hand -- the more practical hand -- not only was it the first two teams to reach the clue who attempted the Fast-Forward, but the Fast-Forward proved to be an all-or-nothing proposition. It was a difficult task, in an episode without a difficult Detour or Roadblock, meaning that the team that completed the Fast-Forward ended up winning the Leg and the team that didn't complete the Fast-Forward ended up going home, because there was no opportunity to make up time by excelling at later challenges. 
 
That meant that we deviated from the Only One Team Attempts the Fast-Forward norm exactly long enough to convince future competing teams that the dice roll that comes from attempting a Fast-Forward you know another team is attempting just isn't worth it. Attempting the Fast-Forward led to a 50 percent chance of winning the Leg and a 50 percent chance of total elimination. Not attempting the Fast-Forward had a 100 percent success rate in terms of not-being-eliminated, which is kinda the goal when you're gunning for a million bucks and not just the week's sponsored prize package.
 
So when a silly recapper like me dares to question why multiple "Amazing Race" teams rarely go for the same Fast-Forward, we have our cautionary tale in place.
 
Full recap after the break...
 
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<p>Colton of &quot;Survivor: One World&quot;</p>
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Colton of "Survivor: One World"

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HitFix Interview: Colton Cumbie talks 'Survivor: One World'

What did this season's 'Survivor' super-villain have to say for himself?
It would be easy to call Colton Cumbie the most polarizing castaway of the "Survivor: One World" season, but that would imply that there are multiple poles of opinion. 
 
"Survivor" fans love Villains, whether they've been miscategorized like Boston Rob was in the "Heroes vs. Villains" season, or even if their actions have seemingly been beyond the pale. Jonny Fairplay. Russell Hantz.  Even "Thailand" winner and puppy shooter Brian Heidik probably has defenders.
 
At least for now, Colton has very few people in his corner. That's what comes from calling an African-American contestant "ghetto," from dubbing a little person a Munchkin and an Oompa Loompa and from tormenting an Asian player with eye-based slurs. 
 
Colton was also the season's dominant player, orchestrating a slew of bold moves to eliminate threats, including the unprecedented decision to lead his clan to Tribal Council despite winning Immunity just to evict a castaway he disliked.
 
In the end, Colton's sway over his colleagues remained unabated and it was only a medical emergency that pulled him out of the game in a shocking twist this week. Even carted out on a stretcher, Colton got the last laugh, taking a coveted Immunity Idol with him.
 
In our exit conversation this week, I asked Colton to address as many of the unseemly aspects of his run as I could. To his credit, he never cut off a single line of questioning and it'll be up to readers to decide how sincere he comes off. 
 
We also discussed his hopes for winning a jury vote and his thoughts on playing "Survivor" again in the future. 
 
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