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"Project Runway All Stars"

 "Project Runway All Stars"

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'Project Runway: All Stars' recap: 'An Unconventional Nightmare Before Christmas'

The designers struggle to make outfits from Christmas store finds

Another week, another wacky challenge, and this week is poised to be one of the wackier ones. The designers meet Carolyn at the South Street seaport "Hey, it could be a pirate challenge," thinks Josh as he observes all the ships in the dock. Oh, that would be too easy, too fun. No, it's time for the unconventional challenge, and they will be shopping at one dreadful little mall store that is not Mood. It's not even Michael's. Suffer, minions, suffer!

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<p>Jessy Schram and Scott Speedman in &quot;Last Resort.&quot;</p>

Jessy Schram and Scott Speedman in "Last Resort."

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Review: 'Last Resort' - 'Blue Water'

Sam and James go to Manila, while the Chinese make Marcus an offer

A quick review of tonight's "Last Resort" coming up just s soon as we're wearing matching gasmasks...

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2013 Golden Globe Awards nominations winners and losers: 'Mad Men,' Tom Hooper, 'Django Unchained'

2013 Golden Globe Awards nominations winners and losers: 'Mad Men,' Tom Hooper, 'Django Unchained'

Plus: 'Lincoln,' Robert DeNiro, Jack Black and more.

Oh, HFPA.  It's Golden Globes time again and how we've missed your questionable taste.  You're the only group of approximately 80 something journalists (cough) that can collectively find a way to make almost all the studios and networks happy year after year.  It's really quite remarkable and comical at the same time.  This year, however, on the TV side you didn't completely play the game.  You stuck by your stated rules and really ruffled some feathers with an embarrassing "Mad Men" diss and a sigh worthy decision to anoint "Smash" as something of a critical player (well, at least its not "Revenge").  On the other hand, the movie nods looked as if they were practically copied out of the contenders list every awards season pundit has published for weeks (the page views are appreciated).  Except for your comedy or musical categories, of course. We can't help you there. And if you think "Salmon Fishing in the Yemen" is worthy of a nomination of any kind I've got some extra DVD copies of "The Tourist" you might be interested in too.

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<p>&quot;X Factor&quot; guest performer Bruno Mars</p>

"X Factor" guest performer Bruno Mars

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Recap: 'The X Factor' Final 4 - Results and Bruno Mars performs

Would news of L.A. Reid's departure be mentioned on-air?

We're eliminating one "X Factor" contestant tonight, but all of the news on the Interwebs is surrounding the loss of one of the "X Factor" judges.

Per media reports, L.A. Reid won't be back next season

All together now: So what?!?

Will the other judges be wearing black tonight?

Will Tate Stevens be wracked with guilt wondering if he caused L.A. Reid to give up on "X Factor"? 

Will Mario and Khloe follow him out the door? 

Will this all set up another "X Factor" overhaul in an attempt to lower ratings for next season?

And who's going home tonight? 

Click through for the full recap...

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Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 160

Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 160

Dan and Alan talk Golden Globe nominations, 'Sons of Anarchy' and more

Happy Thursday, Boys & Girls!

Have you been up since 4:45 awaiting Golden Globe nominations only to find out that "Mad Men" isn't one of the five best dramas on TV? We have! And that's why it's time for an occasionally grumpy installment of The Firewall & Iceberg postcast.
 
In this week's podcast, we chatter about SAG Awards and Golden Globe nominations. We also discuss the finale and full season of "Sons of Anarchy" and then our ongoing disillusion with "Homeland" reaches its penultimate week.
 
And get ready for a multi-podcast week next week. Because we love you!
 
Here's today's breakdown:
Golden Globes/SAG blather (00:01:30 - 23:00)
Listener Mail - Toupee Fallacy and Bad Actors or Bad Writing? (00:23:40 -
Listener Mail - The future of "Parks & Recreation" (00:30:45 - 35:45)
Listener Mail - "The Shield" and "Sons of Anarchy" into finale discussion (00:36:20 - 00:53:55)
"Homeland" - (00:53:55 - 01:12:10)
 
 

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.

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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 160: SAG & Golden Globe noms, 'Sons of Anarchy,' 'Homeland' & more

Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 160: SAG & Golden Globe noms, 'Sons of Anarchy,' 'Homeland' & more

Dan and Alan also answer mail about 'Parks and Recreation' and when bad writing happens to good acting

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It's a slightly delayed episode of the Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, as Dan and I were both busy on Monday, and then decided we might as well wait until today so we could make fun of the Golden Globe nominations. Which we did. For a while. We also did our usual "Homeland" discussion, reviewed the latest season of "Sons of Anarchy," answered your mail and more.

The line-up: 

Golden Globes/SAG blather (00:01:30 - 23:00)
Listener Mail - Toupee Fallacy and Bad Actors or Bad Writing? (00:23:40 -
Listener Mail - The future of "Parks & Recreation" (00:30:45 - 35:45)
Listener Mail - "The Shield" and "Sons of Anarchy" into finale discussion (00:36:20 - 00:53:55)
"Homeland" - (00:53:55 - 01:12:10)
 
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, download the MP3 file or stream it on Dan's blog.
 
And as always, feel free to e-mail us questions for the podcast.
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Dylan McDermott in "American Horror Story"

 Dylan McDermottDylan McDermott in "American Horror Story"

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'American Horror Story''s Dylan McDermott says Bloody Face has 'gotten under my skin'

'The Practice' star says the role came to him 'very naturally'

Fans of the last season's installment of "American Horror Story" may have had to take a moment to recognize returning cast member Dylan McDermott this time around. No longer playing the yuppie therapist Ben Harmon, McDermott goes blue collar to portray the tattooed son of Bloody Face (Zachary Quinto) this season. In a conference call with reporters, McDermott, who says his character is in "the next three of four episodes" and comes face-to-face with his serial killer dad, talked about playing a serial killer, why he doesn't remove his character's tattoos when he goes home, and why he loves "Rosemary's Baby" -- but would never do a remake.

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Watch: Taylor Swift gets led astray in new video for 'I Knew You Were Trouble'

Watch: Taylor Swift gets led astray in new video for 'I Knew You Were Trouble'

Reeve Carney takes our golden girl down a dark path

Taylor Swift’s a good girl led astray in her edgy new video for “I Knew You Were Trouble,” which debuted on MTV today.  It’s her 23rd video and she’s releasing it on her 23rd birthday. Yay synchronicity! The song is on "Red," her new album which leapt back to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 this week.

The video opens as Swift wakes up in the morning on the littered ground, (“the cold hard ground” of the song’s lyrics), seemingly the only one left over from a hell of a rave the night before. The memories start to come back in flashes as New Wave/Post Punk Swift, in skinny jeans, a wig with pink highlights, and a torn t-shirt, tries to reconstruct the past 24 hours. Or she’s figuring out how the hell everyone else left and now she doesn’t have a ride home.

[More after the jump...]

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<p>Judd Apatow and Mike Nichols at MoMa</p>

Judd Apatow and Mike Nichols at MoMa

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Exclusive: Judd Apatow asks Mike Nichols for advice

The 'This is 40' director sat down with his idol for a MoMA discussion recently

Last month, "This is 40" director Judd Apatow and legendary filmmaker Mike Nichols ("The Graduate," "Primary Colors") sat down for a discussion at the Museum of Modern Art here in New York cheekily titled "Judd Apatow asks Mike Nichols for Advice."

It was a sober and thoughtful chat about varying philosophies on this and that. Apatow is a huge fan of Nichols and looks up to him as a mentor. He spoke early in the talk about how he and friend Owen Wilson first set out to write a script once upon a time by studying the structure and characters of "The Graduate," but the conversation soon led to comedy, naturally, and I thought Nichols had some particularly profound things to offer.

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<p>Paul Epworth at the 2012 Grammy Awards</p>

Paul Epworth at the 2012 Grammy Awards

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Adele collaborator Paul Epworth talks Golden Globes nomination and the Oscars

'Skyfall' earns a nod, can it grab an Academy Award?

Producer Paul Epworth walked away with four Grammys earlier this year, mostly for his work with Adele on tracks like mega-hit “Rolling in the Deep” and her album “21.” His combo with Adele, again, has set him on the path for even more accolades, this time in the film world. This morning, Epworth became a Golden Globe nominee as the producer of “Skyfall,” Adele’s epic James Bond theme up for Best Original Song.

Listen during “Django Unchained, and you’ll hear Epworth’s mark on critical favorite Quentin Tarantino’s latest: Epworth produced John Legend’s new track “Who Did That To You?”.
 
Paul Epworth, only naturally, has been thinking about movies lately.
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<p>Hayley Williams of Paramore</p>

Hayley Williams of Paramore

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Paramore sets its sights on April for fourth studio album

Self-titled release will be the first without the founding Farro brothers

Paramore will release its first album in more than three years when its self-titled fourth studio album comes out April 9, 2013. The first single, whose release has not been announced, will be “Now.”

The album, produced by Justin Meldal-Johnson, will be the first studio set since 2009’s “Brand New Eyes” and the 2010 departure of founding members/brothers Josh and Zac Farro. The band now officially exists as a trio: singer Hayley Williams, bassist Jeremy Davis and guitarist Taylor York.

“The whole making of this album was a rediscovering of ourselves as a band an as friend,” the trio wrote on its website. “It was a process that allowed us the freedom to explore new territory artistically and to liberate ourselves as musicians, singers, as people! Sincerely, we feel that the best way to give it a name is just to call it what it is. This album is us.”

The band has originally promised a new album out by the end of 2012. That didn’t happen and the last we’ve heard from the band were a couple of tunes released through Paramore’s Singles Club, including “Renegades” and “Hello Cold World.” The group announced the Singles Club in October 2011 as a way to get new songs to fans by the end of 2011 to tide them over until the new album in 2012 2013.

Paramore also announced a Southeast Asian/Australian tour, which will start in the Spring.  The outing will include dates in Thailand, Malaysia, and the Philippines.

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<p>Richard Gere at the Paris premiere of &quot;Arbitrage&quot;&nbsp;last week</p>

Richard Gere at the Paris premiere of "Arbitrage" last week

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Richard Gere on crafting a New York state of mind with Nicholas Jarecki's 'Arbitrage'

And how he was sold on the first-time director's 'movie guy' cred

BEVERLY HILLS -- For many on the circuit this season, the fall months have brought the bulk of the PR work, the glad-handing, the face-time. For a guy like Richard Gere, who stars in Nicholas Jarecki's "Arbitrage" and picked up a Golden Globe nomination this morning for his work in the film, it's been a much longer road.

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