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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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<p>Suraj Sharma in &quot;Life of Pi&quot;</p>

Suraj Sharma in "Life of Pi"

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Tech Support: 'Lincoln,' 'Life of Pi' and 'Anna Karenina' lead the race for Best Original Score

As always, international flavor abounds

We save the music categories to the end to analyze for two reasons. One is that it helps to have heard the music. While it obviously helps to have seen any contender before opining on its chances, I find that listening to the music is one that really cannot be compromised. It is easier to guess what the costumes or cinematography of a movie might be like. It's also nice to have the list of qualifying scores at the ready.

The second reason is that composers themselves are usually brought on to the films quite late. After the actors, writers, cinematographer, production designer and costume designer have all gone home, the composer is left by him or herself, watching a movie he or she had no part of shooting.

Bernard Herrmann‘s brief appearance in “Hitchcock” was, alongside the ending, my favorite scene in the movie. It also showed two very important aspects of film composing. First, it showed how composing is lonely, painstaking work with no one to keep you company save for the occasional appearance by the producer, editor, sound mixer or, most likely, the director. But second, when done well, film music can become iconic. From “Star Wars” to “Lawrence of Arabia” to “Gone with the Wind” to, yes, “Psycho,” many themes are simply unforgettable. They can also create mood and atmosphere.

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<p>Jessie Ware</p>

Jessie Ware

Watch: Jessie Ware's 'Sweet Talk' video is child's play

U.K. dance artist on tour in the U.S.

U.K. singer Jessie Ware's full-length "Devotion" was enough to propel her hot song "110%" onto the radar in the U.S., earning her a deal with Cherrytree, who's prepped her new EP for a re-introduction.

"110%" is getting renamed "If You're Never Gonna Move" (due to clearance issues) but "Sweet Talk" from "Devotion" is keeping its name as it's dropped as the new single. The vieo to it gets an equally sweet video release, below, as children play the part of Ware, her producer and her backers. Just watch out for the 360-deals, kiddo.

Ware's playing in Los Angeles tonight and will be touring the U.S. again in January.

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<p>Michael Barker (left) with &quot;Rust and Bone&quot; director Jacques Audiard (center) and &quot;Amour&quot; director Michael Haneke (right) at the Toronto Film Festival in September.</p>

Michael Barker (left) with "Rust and Bone" director Jacques Audiard (center) and "Amour" director Michael Haneke (right) at the Toronto Film Festival in September.

Credit: AP Photo/Chris Pizzello

Sony Classics co-chief Michael Barker remains positive on Oscar chances for 'Amour'

He draws a line between Michael Haneke's career now and Ingmar Bergman's in 1973

"Great last week, man," Sony Pictures Classics co-president Michael Barker exclaims when he hops on the phone to discuss the Golden Globe nominations for his company's films, "Amour" and "Rust and Bone." "Between Marion Cotillard getting nominations for SAG and Golden Globes and Emmanuelle Riva winning all those prizes from critics groups, and then 'Amour' winning Best Picture with LA film critics, 'Gatekeepers' and 'Searching for Sugar Man' chugging along, we're feeling pretty good."

Well, no need to report the facts. There they are. And it's good to be positive, because while these accolades have been great, the fact is Michael Haneke's "Amour" has had a bumpy day and a half. Particularly for star Emmanuelle Riva, who, while lauded by critics groups this season, failed to grab a notice from either the Screen Actors Guild or Hollywood Foreign Press Association (though she was remembered, among five other co-nominees, by the Broadcast Film Critics Association on Tuesday). Barker's not too glum about that, though. In fact, he says it was to be expected.

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