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<p>Michelle (Sutton Foster)&nbsp;goes to work for a magician (Michael DeLuise)&nbsp;in &quot;Bunheads.&quot;</p>

Michelle (Sutton Foster) goes to work for a magician (Michael DeLuise) in "Bunheads."

Credit: ABC Family

Review: 'Bunheads' - 'You Wanna See Something?'

Michelle gets a new job while the girls pass a package around in the dramedy's welcome return

A review of the "Bunheads" mid-season premiere coming up just as soon as I wire a cardboard box for electricity...

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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 165: Press tour, 'Girls,' 'Shamless,' 'Enlightened' & more

Dan and Alan also review Cinemax's "Banshee"


Time for a half-and-half installment of the Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, which covers both the first few days of the Television Critics Association press tour and the premieres of a bunch of pay cable shows this weekend, from Cinemax's latest drama to the return of one of TV's most divisive (and, from our POV, best) comedies. The lineup: 

TCA Press Tour (00:01:20 - 00:34:55)
"Banshee" (00:35:10 - 00:43:20)
"Girls" (00:43:25 - 00:53:40)
"Enlightened" (00:53:45 - 00:59:29)
"Shameless" (00:59:30 - 01:10:50)
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>Superman and Batman will get the LEGO&nbsp;treatment when 'Lego:&nbsp;The Piece Of Resistance' arrives in theaters in 2014.</p>

Superman and Batman will get the LEGO treatment when 'Lego: The Piece Of Resistance' arrives in theaters in 2014.

Credit: Warner Bros/LEGO

Warner Bros. puts 'brain trust' together to oversee new feature animation division

The 'Lego' movie will hopefully kick off a new era for the company

So why haven't they done this for their DC films yet?

I've read the same reports you have today about how Warner Bros. is hoping to jumpstart their animation division by putting together a "brain trust" of people to help make decisions and steer development, and that's a great idea.  I'm a firm believer that the development process does not have to stink, but it does most of the time because you have people who are exceptional at the money side of the business insisting on giving creative notes.  This baffles me because it seems so plainly contradictory as a business model.  We need both disciplines in the film business, obviously.  When you're dealing with an art form that costs millions and millions of dollars, you need people who know how to keep that money coming in, but most of those people have no idea how to actually write a great movie, so getting notes from them on the process can be an exercise in frustration and madness.

No, I like the idea of the creative round-table.  TV shows use that model, and some of the best shows are the result of all those minds focused on one creative task.  Pixar's story department is one of the very best in the business because they take full advantage of having all those voices in the mix.  Marvel Studios has done a good job following the same basic game plan.  Comedy filmmakers often bring in groups of writers to take one last group pass at a script before they go into production.

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<p>Check out that skull ring. If that doesn't say 'Conan the Barbarian,' nothing does.</p>

Check out that skull ring. If that doesn't say 'Conan the Barbarian,' nothing does.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger talks about playing an older Conan in upcoming sequel

Watch one of action cinema's greatest icons make me very, very happy

It's safe to say you're going to see a little flurry of Arnold Schwarzenegger related activity here in the next week or so.

Makes sense.  He's got his first starring role in a while coming out on the 18th, and Lionsgate is doing everything they can to create some attention for the movie.  Since this is his return to leading roles, there is a fair amount of natural excitement out there among movie fans.  I watched first-hand as Arnold turned a group of journalists who are used to meeting movie stars the vapors at an event on Friday, and I'll have more on that for you later tonight.

First, though, I wanted to share a brief clip from the interview I did with Arnold yesterday.  He was paired with Johnny Knoxville, and yes, that's just as strange in the room as it is on a poster.  We talked about "The Last Stand" for most of the conversation, but I couldn't help but make one quick digression right at the end of things.

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Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 165

Dan and Alan talk TCA press tour, 'Girls,' 'Shameless' and more


Happy Monday, Boys & Girls! We're in Pasadena to record a new installment of The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast.
Actually, we're in Pasadena for the Television Critics Association press tour, but y'all probably knew that already.
In this week's installment, Sepinwall and I debrief after the first three-ish days of press tour and then we review a slew of cable shows including the new Cinemax drama "Banshee," HBO's "Girls" and "Enlightened" and Showtime's "Shameless."
It's unclear when we're gonna podcast next, but... it'll totally be "sometime."
Here's today's breakdown:
TCA Press Tour (00:01:20 - 00:34:55)
"Banshee" (00:35:10 - 00:43:20)
"Girls" (00:43:25 - 00:53:40)
"Enlightened" (00:53:45 - 00:59:29)
"Shameless" (00:59:30 - 01:10:50)


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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<p>Thom Yorke</p>

Thom Yorke

Listen: Thom Yorke's Atoms For Peace send 'Judge, Jury and Executioner' to trial

Electronica track arrives ahead of 'AMOK'

Your favorite song in 7/4 today has arrived. Thom Yorke and his supercrew Atoms For Peace have released another song off of new album "AMOK," out on Feb. 26.

"Judge, Jury and Executioner" falls along the same vocal and lyrical lines we're used to from the Radiohead frontman, with a much more tempered rhythm section. Think less lush, more urgency than Yorke's other famous band.

The track -- with its trippy visuals -- arrives about the same time that the fellows of Atoms For Peace opened up to BBC Radio 1, about the future of live shows, what Yorke was doing with Jack White in Nashville and whether the group would play the Glastonbury music festival.

For one, the band can't really tour until Flea has finished touring with his usual band Red Hot Chilil Peppers; they're on the road until at least March 9. As for Glastonbury -- June 26-30 -- Yorke denied they were on the bill.

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Watch: One Direction members get their cute on in 'Kiss You' video
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Watch: One Direction members get their cute on in 'Kiss You' video

Boy band pays homage to those who came before it

If I were a 12-year old girl, I would have One Direction’s video for “Kiss You” on repeat....for, like, ever. 

It’s everything a video by a boy band should be. The clip pays homage to teen idols of the past, including Elvis Presley in “Jailhouse Rock,” the Beach Boys, and any myriad of bands that broke in the early ‘60s, including The Beatles. 

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<p>Jon Bon Jovi</p>

Jon Bon Jovi

Credit: AP Photo/Eric Reed

Review: Bon Jovi's new single, 'Because We Can'

Listen for the 'can-do' spirit

Bon Jovi’s nearly three-decade-long success is built on big hooks, driving guitars and anthemic, populist themes.

Such it is with “Because We Can,” the optimistic first single from the group’s forthcoming album, “What About Now," out March. 26.

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"The Real Housewives of Atlanta"

 "The Real Housewives of Atlanta"

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Recap: 'The Real Housewives of Atlanta' - 'Off the Hook'

Kenya finally gives Walter the boot - but what took so long?

Sigh. Not a lot happens in this episode of "The Real Housewives of Atlanta," as NeNe is about to take off to Los Angeles and everyone else is busy standing in their kitchens, talking about not a hella lot. 

We do learn that NeNe is a "glam-mother" and her son Bryson made a kid with some chick. The really interesting thing here is that the kid is named Bri'asia. They made that up, right? Anyway, the kid is cute. NeNe is disappointed that her son is a dad at the same age she first became a mom, but mostly seems fine with it. Plus, this gives her a chance to shop for teensy designer clothes. She and Cynthia go out in search of extremely expensive clothes that will be covered in spit-up and outgrown in about a month and ponder where they can get baby Louboutins. I think they're joking, but I'm not sure. 

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Listen to a new fun. song from the 'Girls' soundtrack: 'Sight of the Sun'

Outtake from 'Some Nights'

"Girls" isn't always the sunniest show, nor is fun.'s new contribution to its soundtrack. "Sight of the Sun" has frontman Nate Ruess doing a double-take on his life, to the flow of piano-led melodies and that bright chirp of his voice.

The track was originally penned for fun.'s Grammy-nominated album "Some Nights," but a sample on the chorus couldn't get cleared, according to Rolling Stone.

"I ended up rewriting the chorus and actually like it better than the sample now! We recorded most of this in Italy on a day off from tour and I just remember us eating an Italian feast at the studio and barely being able to communicate with the engineers, which was kind of cool because it eliminated all small talk and put the focus into the song." Aren't we fancy.

The HBO show's creator and "Girls" actress Lena Dunham managed to pick it up for "Girls - Volume 1," which is out tomorrow (Jan. 8).

Do you like it?


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<p>Jennifer Hudson</p>

Jennifer Hudson

Watch: 'Smash's' Jennifer Hudson belts new song 'I Can't Let Go'

Singer channels Whitney Houston on new track

While there will never be another Whitney Houston, Jennifer Hudson has proven to be the closest heir apparent among the current crop of female divas. She has a voice that just won’t quit and an emotional fervor that she brings to each song without ever appearing overwrought.

Watch the below clip from “Smash” as her character, Veronica “Ronnie” Moore sings “I Can’t Let Go,” a power ballad written by “Smash’s” composers/executive producers Marc Shaiman and Scott Whittman. Hudson, rooted in one spot, is riveting.  It feels like a sure bet for an Emmy nod

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<p>Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys</p>

Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys

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Black Keys head into studio for new album and book tour with Flaming Lips

Band taking the summer off

The Black Keys will be heading into the studio this week, to start work on the follow-up to 2011's "El Camino." Maybe Wayne Coyne can be involved: the Flaming Lips will be playing a handful of shows with the 'Keys in a co-headlining tour this spring.

In an interview with MOJO, the Black Keys' Dan Auerbach said that they plan to complete a new set by early spring. "We're going to start making the new album in the second week of January and we're hoping to have it done by some time in March," he said [via NME]. "The record isn't written yet, we'll do it when we get into the studio. This is when we both work best, when we're dying to make an album. All of our records take place in the studio, in that we make stuff up while we're there."

Of course, Auerbach now runs his own studio, Easy Eye, based in Nashville, so keep an eye out for him and drummer Patrick Carney. It was back in October that Carney told CBS Local that the duo is hoping to release it this year, with Danger Mouse back behind the decks. "[An album] is definitely gonna happen in 2013. It’s just a matter of how long it takes us to make the album and deciding when we want to get back on the road."

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