<p>Sophie of &quot;Survivor&quot;</p>
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Sophie of "Survivor"

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Recap: 'Survivor: South Pacific' - 'Running the Show'

Everybody talks about Big Moves, but did anybody make a Big Move?
Pre-credit sequence. It's Night 24 on Redemption Island and Jim is the latest Savaii bootee to stumble over to the shelter. "I thought we were supposed to be the Final 3," Keith says, looking at Jim and Ozzy. "That is a cult unlike any I've seen before," Jim says, highlighting Coach as the leader of the cult. For some reason, Ozzy thinks he told everybody this would happen. Did he? 
 
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<p>LeRoy Bell of &quot;The X Factor&quot;</p>
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LeRoy Bell of "The X Factor"

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Recap: 'The X Factor' - Top 10 Performances Live-Blog

Paula's lone Group goes against Simon, L.A. and Nicole's full squads

Welcome to Wednesday (November 16) night's live-blog for "The X Factor."

We're about to spend two hours watching performances from this season's Top 10, but is it really necessary? Can't we all just agree that America hates Groups, send Lakoda Rayne packing. Then Paula can head off to spend the rest of her fall some place tropical and L.A. Reid, Simon Cowell and Nicole Scherzinger's Boys, Girls and Over-30s can battle this out. 

Right?

Let's get to the show...

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<p>Laurence and Zac and Speckles of &quot;The Amazing Race&quot;</p>
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Laurence and Zac and Speckles of "The Amazing Race"

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HitFix Interview: Laurence & Zac talk 'The Amazing Race'

The father-son adventurers talk sewing, dancing and more
Father-son adventurers Laurence Sunderland and Zac Sunderland had a roller-coaster Leg on Sunday (Nov. 13) night's "Amazing Race."
 
As the episode began, Laurence and Zac made a gutsy decision to deviate from the travel plans booked by the producers, opting to go to Copenhagen via London, alone. That gamble resulted in a three-hour lead, which promptly vanished when nearly all of the teams were left waiting overnight for a church to open. 
 
Then they seemed to have put themselves in jeopardy when Zac struggled with a dancing Roadblock and they ran the risk of more difficulties when they were U-Turned by Bill & Cathi. But even after completing both ends of the Detour, Laurence and Zac seemed headed for safety due to a snakebitten leg for Jeremy & Sandy.
 
Instead, Laurence and Zac got lost going out of the Detour and weren't able to navigate themselves to the Pit Stop in time.
 
In our exit interview, Laurence & Zac discussed their team dynamic, Zac's dancing and Laurence's maligned sewing comments.
 
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<p>Christina Ricci and Margot Robbie of &quot;Pan Am&quot;</p>
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Christina Ricci and Margot Robbie of "Pan Am"

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Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 102

Dan and Alan play catch-up on a slew of TV dramas

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Happy Monday, Boys & Girls.
 
We're baaaaaaaaack.
 
First off, sorry about last week. Or the absence of last week. Not just the absence of a podcast last week, but the absence of last week in general. It's like it never happened.
 
So this week? We went a little extra-long as a bonus. Not two-hours, or anything. But nearly 90 minutes.
 
This week, we caught up on a heaping plateful of our favorite dramas, or at least dramas we haven't talked about lately, including "Parenthood," "Prime Suspect" and "Homeland." We also answered some mail.
 
Next week? Another slow week, so we'll catch up on a bunch of our favorite comedies. And answer more mail. If you e-mail us both as sepinwall@hitfix.com and dan@hitfix.com.
 
Anyway...
 
This week's breakdown:
"Parenthood" -- 02:30 - 12:45
"Prime Suspect" -- 12:50 - 18:30
"Fringe" -- 18:35 - 26:00
"Good Wife" -- 26:10 - 34:45
"Boardwalk Empire" -- 34:50 - 42:20
"The Walking Dead" -- 42:25 - 48:05
"Pan Am" -- 48:05 - 57:50
"Homeland" -- 57:55 - 01:07:45
Listener Mail: Real actors vs. Characters -- 01:09:30 - 01:14:35
Listener Mail: Past TV moments if we'd had Twitter -- 01:14:45 - 01:21:15
Listener Mail: Reflections on "Scrubs" -- 01:21:30 - 01:28:20

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...
<p>Ernie and Cindy of &quot;The Amazing Race&quot;</p>
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Ernie and Cindy of "The Amazing Race"

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Recap: 'The Amazing Race' - 'Super Shady'

Dancing, butter-churning, a Double U-Turn and... bunnies!
Here I was terrified that Sunday (November 13) night's "The Amazing Race" would continue this season's every-other-Leg pattern and be a Non-Elimination Leg and while I was bracing for annoyance, a really excellent episode broke out.
 
There was travel intrigue, a solid Roadblock, two photogenic Detour options, a Double U-Turn that was actually used and... BUNNIES!!!!
 
Oh and best of all... A team went home. Huzzah, "The Amazing Race." Huzzah.
 
Full recap, devoid of much of my typical irritation, after the break...
 
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<p>Christopher Heyerdahl of &quot;Hell on Wheels&quot;</p>
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Christopher Heyerdahl of "Hell on Wheels"

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HitFix Interview: Christopher Heyerdahl talks 'Hell on Wheels' and 'Breaking Dawn'

'Sanctuary' veteran discusses playing The Swede and the new 'Twilight' film
Christopher Heyerdahl wasn't in the premiere of AMC's "Hell on Wheels," but his initial appearance in this Sunday's (November 13) episode provides the period Western with a much-needed jolt of menace and danger.
 
Heyerdahl's The Swede arrives in Hell on Wheels as the head of security to Colm Meaney's Doc Durant and instantly turns his attentions (with good reason) to Cullen Bohannan (Anson Mount), who he sees as fly in the ointment of the Union Pacific's forward progress. The Swede (who isn't actually Swedish) is scary, tortured by his Civil War experiences and also oddly hilarious, the latest in a long line of scene-stealing supporting turns for Canadian actor.
 
From "Smallville" to "Supernatural" to "Stargate: Atlantis" to "Caprica" to "Human Target," Heyerdahl has been one of the staple guest stars in Vancouver's acting ensemble. For many viewers, he's best known for his regular roles as John Druitt and Bigfood on Syfy's "Sanctuary" and for an even larger audience, he's familiar as ancient vampire Marcus in the "Twilight" films.
 
In our wide-ranging interview, Heyerdahl discusses his inspirations for The Swede, his Vancouver ubiquity and working on the upcoming "Breaking Dawn" with Bill Condor.
 
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<p>Xander Berkeley of &quot;Nikita&quot;</p>
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Xander Berkeley of "Nikita"

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Catching up with 'Nikita' Season 2 for 'London Calling'

How are Michael, Nikita, Alex and Percy doing this fall on The CW?
Although Friday is generally considered to be the place cult favorite TV shows go to die, the shift to Friday night may be the nicest thing The CW ever did to "Nikita."
 
"Nikita" hasn't *wildly* succeeded on Fridays, but it has delivered a reliable and steady number for The CW despite no lead-in and only a tiny available audience. No longer dealing with the pressure that comes from jettisoning a third (or more) of its "Vampire Diaries" lead-in, "Nikita" has combined with "Supernatural" to do the yeomen's work of keeping the lights on for The CW on Friday nights, generally getting a big DVR boost to boot.
 
On a purely selfish level, the shift to Fridays puts "Nikita" in a place where I can afford the DVR space to record every episode. Last season, my viewership was a catch-as-catch-can hodgepodge of screeners, repeats and fan convention sneaks that ultimately added up to my seeing maybe three-quarters of the episodes. This season? I've watched every episode, though it sometimes takes a week or two (or more) to get to them.
 
Normally on Friday nights, I'm finishing up my "Survivor" exit interviews and "Nikita" gets pushed way to the backburner, but due to Wednesday's lack of "Survivor" elimination, I thought this would be a good week to check in on "Nikita" in blog form, if only so that the Mikita cultists can get outraged at me for daring to suggest that Shane West's Michael is a growling bore.
 
[Ducking...]
 
I'm kidding.
 
[Ducking again...]
 
"Survivor" picked a good week not to give me a castoff to interview, since "London Calling" was a fairly meaty episode of "Nikita," culminating in the sort of emotional cliffhanger that's sure to be causing palpitations aplenty within the Mikita community.
 
[STOP THROWING THINGS AT ME... Shane West's perpetually furrowed brow is awesome! I swear!]
 
A few thoughts on Friday's episode, but mostly thoughts on the shape of the season as a whole, after the break... [Yes, that means spoilers if you haven't seen Friday's episode...]
 
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<p>Mickey Rourke of &quot;Immortals&quot;</p>
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Mickey Rourke of "Immortals"

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Movie Review: Tarsem Singh's 'Immortals'

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Tarsem Singh's vision and Henry Cavill's star power fight a hollow story
Tarsem Singh's "Immortals," which hits theaters on Friday, has as much to do with Greek mythology as Adam Sandler's "Jack & Jill" has to do with the unraveling of the structure of DNA.
 
Yes, the main character's name is Theseus. Yes, there are characters named Phaedra and Zeus and Athena, just like you might see if you pulled your tattered Edith Hamilton down from the shelf. But it isn't *that* Theseus. It isn't *that* Phaedra. And it's barely that Zeus or that Athena. The effect is similar to watching a slacker comedy about a pair of video store clerks whose names happen to be "James Bond" and "Dr. No." 
 
"Immortals" is also set in the perplexingly contemporary and specific 1228 B.C. but it has no connection to any factual history either. 
 
Scripted by Charley and Vlas Parlapanides, "Immortals" in an amorphous blob a familiar pseudo-mythological and pseudo-historical elements possibly culled from a half-reading of Joseph Campbell and grafted together with a half-baked philosophy derived from what I'm fairly sure is a misreading of the Socrates quote that starts and ends the movie.
 
"All men's souls are immortal, but the souls of the righteous are immortal and divine," Socrates said, but when we're talking about mythological and narrative immortality, it seems to me like what the writers have done to the established story of Theseus and the Gods is basically the opposite of what we're supposed to believe about the durability and resiliency of legend. It's like saying, "Yes, this is how you become a legend. And then 3000-ish years later somebody will come along and ignore all of that stuff."
 
There's a point I'm trying to make here and I may not be making it well, so I'll just bottom line it: With its pretenses towards literary and cultural tradition, "Immortals" gives you a lot to think about, but it's probably better that you don't. This is not a smart movie, a thoughtful movie, nor a movie that gives you any reason to invest in character or plot.
 
What "Immortals" is, though, is a work of frequently breathtaking beauty. The trailers have been cut together to emphasize the involvement of some of the producers from "300" and to make viewers think that what they're getting is another tale of speed-ramping Spartans and CGI excess. But whereas "300" director Zack Snyder is, at best, an extremely gifted mimic -- I'm not going to be forgiving "Sucker Punch" any time soon -- Tarsem Singh is that rarest of cinematic creatures: He's a true visionary, though I'd restrict that mantle to calling him a visionary stylist, rather than a visionary storyteller. 
 
Because "Immortals" looks and feels like a Tarsem Singh film, rather than a "300" manque, it ends up far outstripping the merits of its script. I don't think "Immortals" ends up being a good movie, but like all of Singh's films, it's going to make a killer full-color, glossy coffee table book.
 
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<p>Chris Rene performing on Wednesday night's &quot;The X Factor&quot;</p>
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Chris Rene performing on Wednesday night's "The X Factor"

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Recap: 'The X Factor' Results Live-Blog - Down to the Top 10

Who would be the season's second act sent home by America and the judges?

One of America's "X Factor" Bottom Two picks last week was a no-brainer and one was a tiny bit strange.

That means it's still too early to be entirely confident in predicting which acts America is going to shun and which performers viewers will embrace.

And that means that there could be some drama in Thursday (November 10) night's results show. 

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<p>Whitney of &quot;Survivor: South Pacific&quot;</p>
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Whitney of "Survivor: South Pacific"

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Recap: 'Survivor: South Pacific' - 'Cut Throat'

Everybody picks on Cochran and two castaways head to Redemption
Pre-credit sequence. We pick right up after Tribal Council on a mighty awkward walk back to Te Tuna, particularly for Cochran, who gets pulled aside by Ozzy. Cochran tries explaining that he just didn't want his fate determined by a stone, which Ozzy doesn't particularly buy. Ozzy seems pretty chill to me, but Saintly Brandon comes over to protect Cochran from the The Bad Man. "We're not gangsters over here, man," Ozzy tells Brandon, before turning to Cochran and reminding him that "I put my ass on the line for you, directly and personally." This isn't exactly true, but Ozzy's pretending to believe it's true. "You just stabbed me in the back so hard," Ozzy concludes, calling Cochran a "wiener." Jim much more blunt, telling Cochran that he is "A poor excuse for a man," advising him to never talk to him again. Whitney's also displeased, telling Cochran and she and Keith saved him three times. "You've got a lot to learn, buddy. You disgust me," Whitney says. Ouch. Cochran's new alliance welcomes him around the fire, but he's unsure of his position. And then we let Jimbo and Whitney swear a bit more about how much they hate Cochran. This is gonna be an obnoxious episode, isn't it?
 
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