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<p>Baylor Wilson of &quot;Survivor: San Juan del Sur&quot;</p>

Baylor Wilson of "Survivor: San Juan del Sur"

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Interview: Baylor Wilson talks 'Survivor: San Juan del Sur'

The season's 5th place finisher explains whether Missy really deserved her vote

"Survivor: San Juan del Sur" finished its season on Wednesday (December 17) night with a terrific finale that trimmed the field down from the episode-opening Top 5 of Baylor, Missy, Keith, Jaclyn and Natalie down to four and then three and then a very deserving winner.

Over the next five nights, I'll be posting the five exit interviews I did all before 10:15 on Thursday morning, counting down from fifth place.

It happens that the fifth place elimination was one of the season's most shocking, as Natalie bucked with a long-established plan to go to the finals with Baylor and Missy by playing an Immunity Idol for Jaclyn, turning a shocking vote against the totally blindsided Baylor. 

The season's youngest player at 20, Baylor got a bit of a negative rap through the season for being wishy-washy, for being a brat, for being carried along by her mother Missy. But if you look at certain moments in isolation, Baylor was largely responsible for turning the season's first vote against Nadiya. That ended up being huge for several reasons. Then later, Baylor was integral in convincing her mother to flip on Jon, leading to probably the game's most pivotal move. 

In her exit interview, Baylor talked about those big moves and also about Reed's Final Tribal hostility. She discusses the challenges of playing with her mother.

And at Final Tribal, Baylor voted for her mother and said she felt that Missy played the best game. Does she still feel that way?

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<p>The Season 25 &quot;Amazing Race&quot; cast</p>

The Season 25 "Amazing Race" cast

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Recap: 'The Amazing Race' Season 25 Finale - The Winners Are...

Four teams head to Los Angeles will a million bucks on the line

There are several things that have to be discussed in this recap of Friday (December 19) night's "Amazing Race" finale, but I want to get this out of the way:

I don't think Brooke was wrong to be pissed off to see The Candy Girls arrive at the Manila airport after the last Leg and I don't think Adam was wrong to say that he was frustrated.

When I talked to Phil Keoghan about the rash of episodes in which teams didn't go home this season -- Four out of 11 episodes -- he said that people were universally excited by the ending of the last Leg, because it was something they had never seen before. 

True. What they hadn't seen before was a team get spared from elimination at the end of what was, for all intents and purposes, a Leg despite finishing last, only to be immediately rewarded with an Equalizer at the airport, heading into what was, for all intents and purposes, a Leg in which they faced no penalty.

So when Brooke complained that everything they'd done in the previous day was for nothing? Well... She's not wrong. It was a pretty good Leg, with some tough challenges. It asked a lot of the teams. And there was nothing that was gained from it. Brooke & Robbie only got to Phil in first one time in the Race and they got nothing for it, neither a prize nor a single second of time advantage. Everything they did in last week's episode amounted to nothing. And everything Amy & Maya did to struggle, coming in last, amounted to nothing. 

I saw a couple people say that Brooke & Robbie were being sore losers, because hadn't they just survived a Non-Elimination Leg themselves? Sure they had. But that was a real Leg, one that earned Jim & Misti a trip to Vietnam and one that caused Brooke & Robbie to face a Speed-Bump penalty. Was the penalty hard? No. But it was a thing they faced. And since both Legs were in Manila, a time difference remained in place from the previous Leg. 

To me, this was a bad structural decision from the "Amazing Race" producers and I don't buy its value or necessity at all. 

But...

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A sense of cerebral silliness filled Craig Ferguson’s 'Late Late Show'
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A sense of cerebral silliness filled Craig Ferguson’s 'Late Late Show'

Coming to TLC: 'My Husband’s Not Gay'

A sense of cerebral silliness filled Craig Ferguson’s “Late Late Show”
"Over its 2,000-plus episodes,  Ferguson’s 'Late Late Show' became the sort of had-to-be-there joke that remained grateful to any newcomers who wanted to be there too,” says Hank Stuever, a one-time Ferguson guest. "Ratings stayed consistent at around a million-and-a-half viewers each night. Loyal fans were particularly devoted (for evidence of this, look no further than the show’s meticulously and lovingly tended Wikipedia page). Even if Ferguson wasn’t your particular cup of tea, it was impossible not to pick up on the show’s sense of cerebral silliness and joy. Starlets and accomplished actresses were often like putty in his hands. His male guests would frequently turn giddy. Writers almost always wound up talking about something besides their new book.” PLUS: Ferguson’s “Late Late” was its own unique beast, no other talk show host had this level of intimacy with his viewers, Ferguson and Stephen Colbert shared a lot in common, Ferguson was one fan’s sober guiding light, watch a montage of Craig's monologues, the best of Kristen Bell, Ferguson’s most-memorable moments, Ferguson had the ability to combine heart with humor, Ferguson was the best interviewer and loved anarchy, and he’ll be remembered for his storytelling, curiosity, physicality and attraction to risk.


New “Amazing Race” twist: Blind date couples
Next season will be composed of all dating couples, five of whom are on blind dates. PLUS: Former New Kid on the Block Jonathan Knight will compete with his boyfriend next season.


Coming to TLC: “My Husband’s Not Gay”
The January special focuses on four Mormon men who are attracted to other guys, even though three of them are married to women.


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Fox Searchlight is bringing 'Grand Budapest Hotel' back to theaters as Oscar beckons

Fox Searchlight is bringing 'Grand Budapest Hotel' back to theaters as Oscar beckons

Will Academy members remember the March favorite?

Don't call it a comeback, "The Grand Budapest Hotel" has been here since, um, March.

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Florida critics spring for 'Birdman,' Linklater, Keaton, Pike, Simmons and Arquette

Florida critics spring for 'Birdman,' Linklater, Keaton, Pike, Simmons and Arquette

'The Raid 2' shakes it up a little by winning a foreign film honor

I guess the Florida Film Critics Circle really wanted their picks represented in the awards coverage space, seeing as I was pinged twice about it on Twitter today. I hardly see what the rush is, though, as it's more of the same. Kudos to them for picking the best film of the year and all, but as usual, we're getting to the point where these regional critics groups need to stop smelling each other's farts a bit and branch out if possible. At least this crowd got a bit adventurous in the foreign film category.

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David Schwimmer to play Robert Kardashian in FX’s O.J. Simpson miniseries
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David Schwimmer to play Robert Kardashian in FX’s O.J. Simpson miniseries

'The Colbert Report' ends on a series high

David Schwimmer to play Robert Kardashian in FX’s O.J. Simpson miniseries
The former “Friends” star has signed on as Kim Kardashian’s dad and O.J.’s confidante in Ryan Murphy’s "American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson."


“The Colbert Report” ends on a series high
About 2.5 million watched last night’s finale, more than double the previous Thursday’s episode.

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Sarah Jessica Parker is poised for an HBO comeback in a 'Divorce' comedy
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Sarah Jessica Parker is poised for an HBO comeback in a 'Divorce' comedy

Sarah Jessica Parker is poised for an HBO comeback in a “Divorce” comedy
Parker is closing in on a deal that would have her play one half of a couple going through a very long divorce. The project is from British “Pulling” creator Sharon Horgan. Parker was last on HBO nearly 11 years ago, when “Sex and the City” ended in February 2004.

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Katie Hasty's Top 50 Albums of 2014

Katie Hasty's Top 50 Albums of 2014

FKA Twigs, Sylvan Esso, Sturgill Simpson, Aphex Twin and more

This isn't even a representation of what I listened to the most.

Top 10 and Top Albums list at year-end can be a popularity contest. They can be just another way to celebrate singles artists. It could be about enjoying the brand just as much as the album itself. Top 10s can be a metaphor for feelings.

Objectively, you can't say there's such thing as a definitive way to go-about making a year-end list. It can waver year to year: last year, I'd say my choices felt like they were all about color and boldness. This year, for me, it felt like it was all about discord.

FKA Twigs is not for everybody, but  "LP1" simply was one of the most put-together, challenging sets that moved me this year. I can't listen to the damned thing just any time. That wasn't how I marked it. Young Fathers basically made an album that was all my favorite depressing things all in one joyful place. Perfect Pussy's "Say Yes to Love" sounds like it was recorded in a tile bathroom with a holy purpose among seething band members. What a beautiful thing. I can't get anything done when I listen to Aphex "Syro." And so on.

I look forward to the "What, you don't have [XYZ Artist] on your list? God is dead and your life is sham!" comments every year. Tell me what you loved in 2014.

1. FKA twigs, "LP1"
2. Young Fathers, "Dead"
3. Aphex Twin, "Syro" Warp
4. Perfect Pussy, "Say Yes To Love"
5. Run The Jewels, "RTJ2" life or death
6. Sylvan Esso, "Sylvan Esso"
7. Sturgill Simpson, "Metamodern Sounds In Country Music"
8. Flying Lotus, "You're Dead"
9. Godflesh, "A World Lit Only By Fire"
10. My Brightest Diamond, "This Is My Hand"
11. D'Angelo, "Black Messiah"
12. Static Selektah, "What Goes Around"
13. YOB, "Clearing the Path to Ascend"
14. Tinashe, "Aquarius"
15. Parquet Courts, "Sunbathing Animal"
16. Freddie Gibbs & Madlib, "Piñata"
17. Jessie Ware, "Tough Love"
18. Luluc, "Passerby"
19. Frankie Cosmos, "Zentropy"
20. Clark, "Clark"
21. Moodymann, "Moodymann"
22. Kelis, "Food"
23. Swans, "To Be Kind"
24. East India Youth, "Total Strife Forever"
25. MØ, "No Mythologies to Follow"
26. Caribou, "Our Love"
27. Beyonce, "Beyonce"
28. The Phantom Band, "Strange Friend"
29. Schoolboy Q, "Oxymoron"
30. Shellac, "Dude Incredible"
31. Miranda Lambert, "Platinum"
32. St. Vincent, "St. Vincent"
33. Vince Staples, "Hell Can Wait"
34. Asgeir, "In the Silence"
35. Future, "Honest"
36. The War on Drugs, "Lost in the Dream"
37. Hozier, "Hozier"
38. Hurray for the Riff Raff, "Small Town Heroes"
39. Charli XCX, "Sucker"
40. J. Cole, "2014 Forest Hills Drive"
41. Angel Olsen, "Burn Your Fire For No Witness"
42. Ex Hex, "Rips"
43. Pharrell, "G I R L"
44. Eyehategod, "Eyehategod"
45. Mr. Gnome, "The Heart of a Dark Star"
46. Perfume Genius, "Too Bright"
47. Steve Dawson, "Rattlesnake Cage"
48. Ought, "More Than Any Other Day"
49. Beck, "Morning Phase"
50. Prince, "Art Official Age"

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'Hannibal' recasts Michael Pitt’s role
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'Hannibal' recasts Michael Pitt’s role

Facebook teams with HLN for a TV pilot

“Hannibal” recasts Michael Pitt’s role
Pitt has opted not to return as meat-packing magnate Mason Verger for Season 3, according to TV Line. So he’ll be replaced by actor Joe Anderson.


Facebook teams with HLN for a TV pilot
Details of the partnership are sketchy, but the pilot will make use of the popular social network without being “The Facebook Show.”


The Lucas Brothers to star in a Fox sitcom based on their lives
“22 Jump Street” stars Keith and Kenny Lucas, who already have a connection with Fox via their ADHD series "Lucas Bros. Moving Co.,” will play siblings who dropped out of law school to pursue their dreams.


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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 261: 'Mozart in the Jungle,' 'Serial' & more
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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 261: 'Mozart in the Jungle,' 'Serial' & more

Dan and Alan also discuss 'Jane the Virgin' and the year in comic book TV

The

Happy Friday, boys and girls! We pushed this week's Firewall & Iceberg Podcast so we could give you some more podcast-on-podcast action, discussing the "Serial" finale along a review of Amazon's "Mozart in the Jungle," a lot of comic book TV talk, plus spoiler-iffic discussion of "Jane the Virgin" and the finales of "Sons of Anarchy" (very briefly) and "The Newsroom" (less briefly). Busy busy busy. And next week is our Worst TV of 2014 episode! Angry Dan!

The rundown:

"Mozart in the Jungle" (00:00:55 - 00:12:00)
The Year in Superheroes (00:12:00 - 00:55:15)
Listener Mail: The "Sons of Anarchy" Finale (00:55:20 - 00:58:55)
"Jane the Virgin" (00:59:00 - 01:08:00)
"Newroom" finale (01:08:10 - 01:24:25)
"Serial" finale (01:24:25 - 01:42:35)

As always, send questions to firewalliceberg@hitfix.com. 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, download the MP3 file, subscribe on IHeartRadio or stream it on Dan's blog.

There's also now a complete archive of all the podcasts to date.

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<p>&quot;Arrow&quot;</p>

"Arrow"

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Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 261 - 'Serial,' Superheroes and More

Dan and Alan talk 'Mozart in the Jungle,' 'The Newsroom,' 'Jane the Virgin' and more

The

Happy Friday, Boys & Girls.

We wanted to push back this week's installment of The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast because we suspected we'd have things to say about the finale for the Serial podcast. And we did!

Delaying a couple days also allowed us watch seven episodes apiece of Amazon's "Mozart in the Jungle."

In this podcast, we also talked about The Year in Superhero TV Shows, a segment that includes spoilers for "Arrow," "Gotham," "Constantine," "The Flash" and "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." We also did our first check-in on The CW's "Jane the Virgin' since the pilot and we discussed the series finale for "The Newsroom."

So it may seem like this is a slow-ish time for new TV, but we managed to fill over 100 minutes, our longest podcast in a while. 

Today's breakdown:
"Mozart in the Jungle" (00:00:55 - 00:12:00)
The Year in Superheroes (00:12:00 - 00:55:15)
Listener Mail: The "Sons of Anarchy" Finale (00:55:20 - 00:58:55)
"Jane the Virgin" (00:59:00 - 01:08:00)
"Newroom" finale (01:08:10 - 01:24:25)
"Serial" finale (01:24:25 - 01:42:35)

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 or subscribe on IHeartRadio.] 

 

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

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Roger Deakins recalls 'The Man Who Wasn't There' and film noir favorites

Roger Deakins recalls 'The Man Who Wasn't There' and film noir favorites

An interesting year that brought a Best Picture winner and a stylization opportunity

It seemed this year that if any artist was due for the retrospective treatment, it was "Unbroken" cinematographer Roger Deakins. While I of course did not address all of the 50-plus films he has shot throughout his illustrious career during a recent extended interview, I settled on a few in particular that I think represent a nice cross-section of his work. Each of them — "Nineteen Eighty-Four," "Sid and Nancy," "Barton Fink," "The Shawshank Redemption," "Kundun," "The Man Who Wasn't There" and "The Village" — will get their own space in the next few days.

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