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<p>Macklemore &amp; Ryan Lewis</p>

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' 'Thrift Shop' tops Billboard Hot 100 for fourth week

Static chart sees little movement in the top half

It’s a mighty static week on the Billboard Hot 100 with the top six titles remaining in place, but that doesn’t mean there’s not some action bubbling under.

To recap: Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’s “Thrift Shop” featuring Wanz holds at No. 1 for the fourth week.
The next five places also stay the same: former No. 1 “Locked Out Of Heaven,” from Bruno Mars is No. 2, Will.I.Am and Britney Spears’ “Scream & Shout” is No. 3, the Lumineers’ “Ho Hey” is No. 4, Taylor Swift’s “I Knew You Were Trouble” is No. 5 and Swedish House Mafia’s “Don’t You Worry Child” featuring John Martin is No. 6.

Maroon 5’s “Daylight” shines through galloping 14-7, following the band’s performance of the song (with Alicia Keys) on the Feb. 10 Grammy Awards to mark the group’s seventh No. 10 hit.

Similarly Justin Timberlake’s “Suit & Tie” featuring Jay-Z also sees a nice post-Grammy bounce, rising 13-8. The song debuted at No. 84, then soared to No. 4, then dropped to No. 13 for the past two weeks.

Although he didn’t perform the song on the Grammys, Mars’ “When I Was Your Man” leaps 22-9, giving Mars two songs in the top 10. Think radio doesn’t love him? He’s the first male artist to have top songs in the top 10 as a lead act since, well, himself, when he did so with “Grenade” and “Just The Way You Are” in December 2010, according to Billboard.

The Grammy-absent Justin Bieber and Nicki Minaj fall 7-10 with “Beauty and a Beat.”

Though the Grammy bounce has already registered for a number of songs, next week is when the chart will reflect the full impact of the Grammy Awards.

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<p>The Strokes</p>

The Strokes

Listen: The Strokes release new radio single 'All the Time'

From 'Comedown Machine,' due in March

If the new Strokes song "One Way Trigger" didn't remind you much of the garage-snarl of the band's past, then the much safer, rock-friendly single "All the Time" may scratch that itch.

The track was farmed to radio today, and will be a free download on Feb. 19 to those who pre-order The Strokes' new album "Comedown Machine," which will be out on March 26.

Not sure how much traction they'll get with this, since it doesn't seem to have much bite, even compared to 2011's "Angles" single "Under Cover of Darkness." And while I love Albert Hammond, Jr.'s hand at a solo, this one made me forget I was listening to a song; I went and made a sandwich.

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Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 169

Dan and Alan talk 'Zero Hour,' 'Cult,' 'Scandal' and more

The

Happy Wednesday, Boys & Girls!
 
I was out of the country on Monday and traveling back yesterday, so it's time for a delayed mid-week installment of The Firewall & Iceberg podcast. 
 
[As Sepinwall warns, there won't be a podcast next week. I'll probably remind y'all. But... yeah.]
 
By pushing a tiny bit of material from next week into this podcast, we got to discuss both of midseason's craziest [awful] new shows in "Zero Hour" and "Cult." We also discussed HBO's weekend Beyonce doc and answered a few questions, including one that let us talk for a long time about the current season of "Scandal." Oh and after taking a while off, we reinstated a favorite podcast segment: Why NBC Sucks Now.
 
Here's today's breakdown...
"Zero Hour" (00:01:10 - 00:13:40)
"Cult" (00:13:40 - 00:28:30)
"Beyonce: Life Is But a Dream" (00:28:30 - 00:36:25)
NBC's return to suckage (00:36:25 - 00:53:50)
Listener Mail - The Rise of "Scandal" (00:55:05 - 01:11:30)
Listener Mail - Who gets to end shows? (01:11:30 - 01:18:20)
Listener Mail - post-Super Bowl "Elementary" (01:18:25 - 01:24:30)

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<p>There is no way I'm not going to feel like a monster when I sit in a theater to see this.</p>

There is no way I'm not going to feel like a monster when I sit in a theater to see this.

Credit: A24 Distribution

'The East' gets set for closing night in last round of SXSW 2013 announcements

Plus Danny Boyle, Joss Whedon, Harmony Korine and more sign up for Q&As

I don't know how they do it.

I am impressed each year by each of the festivals I attend because of the sheer scale of the enterprise.  Sundance is this crazy sprint in the snow where way too many people descend on a fairly tiny little ski town to mainline movies.  Cannes is this decadent sun-soaked beach party.  Toronto is very no-nonsense and stripped down, films and films and more films.  And Fantastic Fest is… god, how can you describe Fantastic Fest?  It's like a time machine full of midget humanoid rabbits that enter a battle of the bands against a six-headed mutant that shoots saw blades out of its lady parts.  But with a lot of booze and barbecue.

SXSW, though, has to be one of the most complex assemblages of moving parts that I have ever witnessed.  In addition to the crazy crazy crazy of the film festival, there's the crazy crazy crazy of the music festival, and the Interactive side of things has blown up and now the comedy side of things also appears to be blowing up, and it's so much energy and so many interests all jammed into one big elaborate thing now.  The last batch of titles and the full schedule were released today, and it's looking like it's going to be a sensation year for them.

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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 169: 'Zero Hour,' 'Cult,' 'Scandal' & more

Dan and Alan also review Beyonce's HBO documentary, discuss the dire state of NBC and ask: who gets to end a show?

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Travel has impacted the Firewall & Iceberg Podcast schedule of late. Dan was in London earlier this week, so you get a Wednesday show, and I'll be on vacation next week, which means no show at all. But in this one, we discuss "Zero Hour," "Cult," Beyonce, "Scandal," Super Bowl showcases and more. The lineup: 

"Zero Hour" (00:01:10 - 00:13:40)
"Cult" (00:13:40 - 00:28:30)
"Beyonce: Life Is But a Dream" (00:28:30 - 00:36:25)
NBC's return to suckage (00:36:25 - 00:53:50)
Listener Mail - The Rise of "Scandal" (00:55:05 - 01:11:30)
Listener Mail - Who gets to end shows? (01:11:30 - 01:18:20)
Listener Mail - post-Super Bowl "Elementary" (01:18:25 - 01:24:30)
 
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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<p>Yeah Yeah Yeahs</p>

Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Paramore, Flaming Lips added to SXSW lineup

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis also on tap

It's a big day for South By Southwest music announcements, as the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, the Flaming Lips, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Paramore have signed on to the Austin-based fest.

YYYs will be joining Nick Cave & The Bads Seeds on the NPR stage on March 13, making that date and performance marquee yet again one of the strongest in the conference. The New York band also dropped another new album trailer, this one with a snippet of their new song "Always" from "Mosquito," out on April 16. It's their first album since 2009.

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<p>Don Cheadle's suiting up in 'Iron Man 3,' and you certainly can't call their design choices anything less than bold this time.</p>

Don Cheadle's suiting up in 'Iron Man 3,' and you certainly can't call their design choices anything less than bold this time.

Credit: Marvel Studios

First Iron Patriot got his own suit, and now he gets his own 'Iron Man 3' poster

Don Cheadle is going to wallpaper his whole house in these

We're going to see all sorts of people wearing Iron Man suits in the upcoming "Iron Man 3," and we've already had a quick glimpse of Don Cheadle in the suit as Iron Patriot.  Today, though, we've got a great new one-sheet that gives us an even better look at him in what may be the most outrageous costume in any of the Marvel Studios movies.

A few weeks back, I had an opportunity to see a chunk of the movie and talk to several of the key players in bringing this latest sequel to the screen.  That full conversation is still embargoed, but I can tell you that unlike "Iron Man 2," which sacrificed a fair amount of running time to helping lay groundwork towards "The Avengers," this is a Tony Stark movie first and foremost.  This allows the filmmakers to refocus on Tony and his great supporting cast of characters.  Jon Favreau, for example, has perhaps his biggest and most significant turn yet as Happy Hogan, and Gwenyth Patrow is front and center again as Pepper Potts.

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<p>Alan&nbsp;Arkin in&nbsp;&quot;Argo&quot;</p>

Alan Arkin in "Argo"

Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures

Oscar Guide 2013: Best Supporting Actor

Alan Arkin, Robert De Niro, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Tommy Lee Jones and Christoph Waltz square off

(Welcome to the Oscar Guide, your chaperone through the Academy’s 24 categories awarding excellence in film. A new installment will hit every weekday in the run-up to the Oscars on February 24, with the Best Picture finale on Friday, February 22.)

For the first time in Oscar history, we have an acting category composed entirely of past winners. Seth MacFarlane noted this is a “breath of fresh air.” He has a tendency to use sarcasm. Not only are the nominees all past winners, the race for the nominations was terribly predictable, notwithstanding occasional precursor support for Javier Bardem (“Skyfall”), Leonardo DiCaprio (“Django Unchained”) and Matthew McConaughey (“Magic Mike”).

And like Best Supporting Actress, I found this year's supporting actor nominees largely underwhelming. In my view, two of the nominees are giving slightly different takes on the characters that already won them an Oscar. Two veterans are very good but fall short of greatness in my opinion. And the one truly great performance in the lot is a leading role masquerading as supporting. This is, nevertheless, by far the most exciting acting category when it comes to the race for the win. Indeed, plausible cases can be made for every contender.

The nominees are…

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<p>The Civil Wars</p>

The Civil Wars

Credit: AP Photo

Listen: New Civil Wars song, 'Long Time Gone'

Tune is part of 14-song documentary soundtrack with T Bone Burnett

The Civil Wars and T Bone Burnett have collaborated on a new film, following their Grammy-winning “Hunger Games” collaboration, “Safe & Sound” (with Taylor Swift), which snagged the award for best song written for visual media at Sunday night’s awards.

[More after the jump...]

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"Suburgatory"

 "Suburgatory"

Credit: ABC

Interview: Michael Voltaggio talks life post-'Top Chef,' 'Suburgatory' and permits

The 'Top Chef' winner takes a turn as Chef Julio

While not everyone will recognize "Top Chef" season six winner Michael Voltaggio in his role as fussy Chef Julio on "Suburgatory" tonight, fans of the reality TV show will enjoy the sly reference to Voltaggio's rep as a creative, if cranky, genius behind the stove. During a set visit to "Suburgatory," I had a chance to chat with Voltaggio about his appearance on the show, why he doesn't always hang out with other "Top Chef" contestants in Los Angeles, and the cooking show niche he'd like to fill. 

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<p>Tom Petty</p>

Tom Petty

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Kings of Leon, The Shins, Tom Petty to headline Hangout Music Fest

Ellie Goulding and the Roots also on Gulf Shores bill

Kings of Leon, The Shins, Tom Petty, Passion Pit, Public Enemy and Kendrick Lamar are among the top acts playing The fourth Hangout Music Fest.

[More after the jump...]

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<p>Just one of the many things you have to look forward to if you accidentally wander into a radioactive cloud.</p>

Just one of the many things you have to look forward to if you accidentally wander into a radioactive cloud.

Credit: Universal Pictures

Richard Matheson's 'The Incredible Shrinking Man' may be heading back to the big screen

The iconic genre writer is set to co-write the new version with his son

Richard Matheson deserves his status as one of the biggest names in genre history, a phenomenal writer who would be a legend if only for his work on "The Twilight Zone," where he helped define the series as much as Rod Serling did.  He wrote some of the very best original films for television, like Steven Spielberg's "Duel" and "The Night Stalker" and the wildly effective "Trilogy Of Terror."  His novels have been adapted to the screen by him as well as other writers, and it seems like every few years, someone takes a new crack at "I Am Legend," one of his most widely-read works.

Adapting one of his own books was what got Matheson into movies in the first place.  He turned his novel The Shrinking Man into a script, and Jack Arnold turned that script into "The Incredible Shrinking Man," one of the great science-fiction films of the '50s.  There is a powerful sadness to Matheson's story, something that is a big part of his entire body of work.  He finds the melancholy in these high concepts he creates, and that's one of the reasons I think his work pierces in a way that many genre films don't.  Check out his "Somewhere In Time" for a great example of that.  Just a few years ago, one of his short stories was the inspiration for "Real Steel."

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