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<p>Kristen Wiig ends up in a hospital gown in a casino in one of those 'hasn't this happened to all of us?' moments from 'Imogene'</p>

Kristen Wiig ends up in a hospital gown in a casino in one of those 'hasn't this happened to all of us?' moments from 'Imogene'

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Review Round-Up: Kristen Wiig, creepy kids, and Clancy Brown in 'Hellbenders'

We take quick looks at three more of Toronto 2012's titles

It seems hard to believe that I've got to wrap up my Toronto thoughts for this year by Thursday morning, when I switch gears into Fantastic Fest mode, which I'll be covering for the rest of the month.  That means you'll get reviews for "Frankenweenie," "The ABCs Of Death," "Red Dawn," "Paranormal Activity 4," and much, much more.  It also means time's up, and if I'm going to offer up thoughts on Toronto, I'll have a few full length reviews, and a few wrap-ups with quick thoughts about everything else I saw.

You'll hear a lot on this week's special podcast about J.T. Petty's film "Hellbenders,"
and I think it's one of those movies that could easily be oversold to you, but that has a whole lot of charms if you are on its very particular wavelength.  It is truly profane, but in a sweet, puppy dog way.  There's something so eager to shock about the film that it's sort of endearing instead of genuinely offensive.  The premise is a pretty novel high-concept twist on the notion of a team of exorcists, unofficially affiliated with the Catholic Church.  Calling themselves the "Augustine Interfaith Order of Hellbound Saints," the excommunicated priests must live in a state of constant sin, their souls always tipped over to the dark side, guaranteeing them a trip to Hell as long as no one gives them Last Rites to absolve them.  They do this so that as a last resort, they can invite the demon into their body, then kill themselves so they immediately go to Hell and take the demon along with them.  It's the metaphysical version of being a suicide bomber.  You're going down, but you're taking your enemy with you.

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"So You Think You Can Dance"

 "So You Think You Can Dance"

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"So You Think You Can Dance" finale recap: The winners are chosen

It's down to Chehon, Tiffany, Cyrus and Eliana -- but which 2 will make the cut?

 It's down to the final four: Chehon, Eliana, Cyrus and Tiffany. After last week's Moment of Crazypants by Nigel Lythgoe, it seems even more likely that Cyrus will be the winning guy this season. Even if you weren't rooting for Cyrus before Nigel informed the shellshocked dancer that he would not be voting for him, you still might have picked up the phone to give him a pity vote. I'm fairly sure Cyrus will win, but I wonder if this is the win he really wants -- one that might be driven by people feeling sorry for him. Of course, a big pile of money should soothe that wound a little bit. In any case, I'm going to do my best to live blog this, so here we go!

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Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 149

Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 149

Dan and Alan talk 'Treme,' 'Partners' and Emmys

The

Happy Tuesday, Boys & Girls!
 
After a day off for Rosh Hashanah, it's time for the regular, weekly installment of The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast.
 
This week's installment is mostly dedicated to a ton of Emmy predictions blather. It's a lot of the same thing that Sepinwall and I have been doing in his predictions blog posts, only this time... It's with our voices! I'll leave it for you to decide if that's an improvement.
 
We also talk about the new season of HBO's "Treme" and we got a head start on Monday's premiere of CBS' "Partners."
 
Expect two podcasts next week as premieres kick into high gear!
 
Here's today's breakdown:
"Treme" (00:01:10 - 00:19:15)
"Partners" (00:20:00 - 00:29:45)
Emmy Predictions (00:29:50 - 01:23:45)
Listener Mail - First Show Cancelled (01:23:50 - 01:32:30)
 

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.] 

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

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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 149: Emmys, 'Treme,' 'Partners' & more

Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 149: Emmys, 'Treme,' 'Partners' & more

Dan and Alan also predict which show will be canceled first

The

Time for a Firewall & Iceberg Podcast Emmy preview so long, it nearly swallowed up the other segments on "Treme," "Partners," and listener mail. Things are getting busy busy busy around here, so look for two podcasts next week.

The line-up: 

"Treme" (00:01:10 - 00:19:15)
"Partners" (00:20:00 - 00:29:45)
Emmy Predictions (00:29:50 - 01:23:45)
Listener Mail - First Show Cancelled (01:23:50 - 01:32:30)
 
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>Corin Tucker Band</p>

Corin Tucker Band

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Interview: Corin Tucker on 'Kill My Blues,' Odd Future and Pussy Riot

Watch the Corin Tucker Band's music video for 'Neskowin'

“It hasn’t been easy to transition into being a mom with two kids, having a career,” Corin Tucker said in our recent interview. Sounds like a struggle that any mother with a job has, and – bless the mothers – they gotta have their outlet. Tucker’s creative outlet is her job. Tucker’s job is rock ‘n’ roll. 

Corin Tucker Band’s “Kill My Blues,” their sophomore set, is particularly cathartic, it seems. After their first release “1,000 Years,” “we really as a group had a lot of fun with the dance-ier and more rockin’ numbers… I thought about how my audience reacted to those songs, and the covers we were doing. I think that was one of the motivating forces, to make something that people move to, to have a groove going. We were able to really achieve that with adding Mike Clark,” the former Sleater-Kinney co-founder said of their added guitarist.
 
Clark, interestingly, was in Stephen Malkmus’ latest backing band the Jicks, a group Tucker’s former S-K bandmate Janet Weiss played in. Weiss now drums in Wild Flag with the other S-K co-founder Carrie Brownstein.
 
It’s only natural to keep up with what the trio is doing post-break-up, but for Tucker, it’s just part of her long history in independent rock music. Her first project, duo Heavens to Betsy, was among the punk-rooted trailblazers in the riot-grrrl movement in the early ‘90s: their one full-length dropped on Kill Rock Stars, the same label home to half of Sleater-Kinney’s output. The trio’s final album “The Woods” (which, today, remains so very excellent) went out via Sub Pop in 2005, but Tucker went back to KRS with her Band’s two albums.
 
“Kill Rock Stars has a willingness to really work with the artist, and to be flexible with what they’re doing… part of being an independent artists means having your hands in the business all the time, so they bring in a lot of ideas about it,” Tucker said. “I feel like there’s a team spirit going.”
 
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<p>Is this &quot;Argo&quot;&nbsp;image foreshadowing John Goodman, Alan Arkin and Ben Affleck celebrating in tuxes on Oscar Sunday?</p>

Is this "Argo" image foreshadowing John Goodman, Alan Arkin and Ben Affleck celebrating in tuxes on Oscar Sunday?

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Contender Countdown: 'Argo' is on the lookout for frontrunner killers

And who are the darkhorses to crash the 10?

Yes, Oscar faithful, we're back. It's time to play another round of contenders vs. pretenders in the always entertaining awards season game.  Are you excited yet? (On second thought, don't answer that.)

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<p>Pink</p>

Pink

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Pink sets 2013 North American tour dates

Is 'The Truth About Love' tour coming to your city?

Pink, whose new album “The Truth About Love” dropped today,” will tour behind the new set starting next year.

The North American arena outing, promoted by Live Nation and presented by Covergirl, will start Feb. 13 in Phoenix at U.S. Airways Center and conclude at Boston’s TD Garden on March 28.

Tickets go on sale to the general public starting Sept. 29.

Read our album review here.

February 13, 2013    Phoenix, AZ        U.S. Airways Center       
February 15, 2013    Las Vegas, NV        Mandalay Bay Events Center   
February 16, 2013    Los Angeles, CA    STAPLES Center     
February 18, 2013    San Jose, CA        HP Pavilion at San Jose      
February 21, 2013    Houston, TX        Toyota Center           
February 22, 2013    Dallas, TX        American Airlines Center   
February 24, 2013    Orlando    , FL        Amway Center           
February 25, 2013    Fort Lauderdale, FL    BB&T Center           
February 27, 2013    Tampa, FL         Tampa Bay Times Forum   
March 1, 2013        Atlanta, GA        Philips Arena           
March 2, 2013        Nashville, TN        Bridgestone Arena       
March 5, 2013        Detroit, MI        The Palace of Auburn Hills  
March 6, 2013        Columbus, OH        Schottenstein Center       
March 8, 2013        Louisville, KY        KFC Yum! Center       
March 09, 2013        Chicago, IL        United Center           
March 11, 2013        Toronto, ON        Air Canada Centre     
March 12, 2013        Montreal, QC        Bell Centre           
March 14, 2013        Washington DC        Verizon Center           
March 16, 2013        Charlotte, NC        Time Warner Cable Arena   
March 17, 2013        Philadelphia, PA    Wells Fargo Center       
March 19, 2013         Saint Paul, MN        Xcel Energy Center      
March 23, 2013        East Rutherford, NJ    Izod Center          
March 25, 2013        Uniondale, NY        Nassau Coliseum       
March 27, 2013        Uncasville, CT        Mohegan Sun Arena      
March 28, 2013        Boston, MA          TD Garden           



 

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<p>&nbsp;Missy Elliott</p>

 Missy Elliott

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Listen: Missy Elliott drops two new tracks, '9th Inning' and 'Triple Threat'

Do she and Timbaland continue their winning ways?

Missy Elliott, who will release her first album in seven years later this year, gave a preview of what to expect last night when she dropped two new tracks, “9th Inning” and “Triple Threat.” Both are produced by her longtime collaborator Timbaland.

“Triple Threat,” the first of the two tracks on the embed below, starts as a much harder rap, but, like “9th Inning,”  has a strong musical bed that includes strings. This winding, insinuating rhythm features a tribute to Pimp C as Timbaland plays around with his rap from Jay-Z’s “Big Pimpin,” in between rapping about his and Elliott’s dominance — “250 million” sold, he brags.

[More after the jump...]

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<p>Can Christina Hendricks break the &quot;Mad Men&quot;&nbsp;acting oh-fer?</p>

Can Christina Hendricks break the "Mad Men" acting oh-fer?

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Emmys 2012 Predictions: Outstanding Supporting Actress for Comedy & Drama

Can 'Mad Men' finally get an acting trophy? And will the late Kathryn Joosten win once more?

Dan and I are continuing our Emmy picks for who should and will win in the major categories with a look at the fields for supporting actress in a comedy and a drama.

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<p>The 85th Academy&nbsp;Awards will be Sunday,&nbsp;February 24</p>

The 85th Academy Awards will be Sunday, February 24

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Academy moves Oscar nominations even earlier to January 10

Electronic balloting also introduced

The Academy has announced key dates in the timeline for this year's Oscars. We already knew the 85th Academy Awards were set for Sunday, February 24. Previously nominations for the Oscars were set for Tuesday, January 15, but the latest release has moved that date five days earlier to January 10. This is still nice for Sundance-goers who won't have to worry about covering the announcement while at the fest, which runs January 17 - 27. But it's also the first time they'll be announced before the Golden Globes are held (on January 13).

Polls for nominations will close on January 3, while voting begins for the second phase of the circuit on February 8, meaning there is nearly an entire month between the nominations announcement and the opening of the polls. That's a pretty long time. Usually it's no more than two weeks or so. How will that time be used for marketing purposes? That's a lot of days to fill, and a lot of time for the discussion to shift in interesting ways -- unless, of course, we're met with an undeniable this season, which is always possible.

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<p>&nbsp;Carly Rae Jepsen</p>

 Carly Rae Jepsen

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Album Review: Carly Rae Jepsen's 'Kiss' smacks of sweet, pop romance

Owl City and Justin Bieber add flavors to the mix

No matter what she accomplishes in her career, Carly Rae Jepsen’s defining hit will always be “Call Me Maybe.”

Fans of that charming ditty, which ruled the airwaves this summer, will find plenty to like on Jepsen’s full-length, major-label debut, “Kiss,” out today. Although there is nothing here that surpasses that spiky ear worm, a few songs give the smash a run for its money on the well-crafted, if formulaic, 12-song collection.

Jepsen incorporates parts of other pop dance divas from today and yore, such are Katy Perry, Kylie Minogue, and Robyn, but she recalls no one so much as 80s’ pop sparkler Debbie Gibson with her pleasing, sweet voice and limited range.

She may be 26, but Jepsen keeps all the material on “Kiss” uniformly squeaky clean enough for her pre-teen and tween audience.  Most of the lyrics address the delights and disasters between boys and girls. She’s either crushing hard, deliriously in love, jealous, breaking up or heartbroken. It’s the cotton candy version of romance that fills teen diaries and runs its course in 3-minute pop songs. High drama can ensue from a misconstrued glance or misunderstood word. There’s a naive innocence that pervades all of “Kiss” and an undying optimism that after the tears have been shed, another boyfriend —with a dimpled smile and shiny hair — will emerge.

On “This Kiss,” Jepsen can’t stop thinking about a forbidden lip lock. On “Tiny Little Bows,” she longs to “be holding hands/dancing really slow.”  About as risque as “This Kiss” gets is on “Tonight I’m Getting Over You,” when she bemoans, “we’re not lovers, but more than friends.”

The temperature of emotions switches throughout, although the tempo uniformly remains the same for virtually every track, set within strict, current Top 40 parameters of a bouncy synthetic dance beat that occasionally breaks into electro-pop.

The exceptions are the guitar-based, swoon-worthy “Beautiful,” a duet with Justin Bieber and the piano-ballad “Your Heart Is A Muscle,” which builds to a mid-tempo plea for her beau to keep working at loving her (and developing his heart muscle).

“Beautiful” continues on the trajectory of One Direction’s “What Makes You Beautiful.”   “What makes you so beautiful is you don’t know how beautiful you are to me,” Jepsen and Bieber sing together, their voices sweetly wrapping around each other. Her other notable duet partner on “Kiss” is Owl City on their current perky hit, “Good Time.”

Not that she’s necessarily expected to be a spokeswoman for her generation, but there are times when her boy dependence gets to be a bit much. On the irresistibly peppy  “Guitar String/Wedding Ring,”  her boyfriend leaves and she’s feels like she’s nobody without him. She longs for him to come back  “If you cut a piece of guitar string/I would wear it like it’s a wedding ring...When you’re near/I feel the best/I’m somebody/I’m somebody.” Oh Carly....

However, the lyrics are fairly disposal on “Kiss” unless you’re a 13-year old girl, in which case they most likely play out like every after-school conversations with your girlfriends where your current crush’s latest comment is parsed syllable by syllable for hidden meaning. The winners here are the upbeat rhythms on such songs like “Hurt So Good” or “Good Time” that embed themselves in the ears of pop fans of all ages.  


 

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Watch: Mary Murphy discusses the 'So You Think You Can Dance' season

Watch: Mary Murphy discusses the 'So You Think You Can Dance' season

Murphy explains why Cyrus earned his place in the finale
FOX's "So You Think You Can Dance" wraps up its ninth season on Tuesday (September 18) night with a pair of winners.
 
Either Cyrus or Chehon will be named America's Favorite Male Dancer and either Tiffany or Eliana will be crowned as America's Favorite Female Dancer.
 
Last Monday, I sat down with excitable "So You Think You Can Dance" judge Mary Murphy to discuss the season and the Final 4. 
 
Our conversation came before last Tuesday night's performance episode and Nigel Lythgoe's controversial decision to publicly tell Cyrus that he wouldn't be voting for him due to his relative lack of formal proficiency when compared to Chehon.
 
In the interview, Murphy and I talk extensively about the difference between "favorite" and "best" dancer and she explains her own perspective on what Cyrus has achieved this season.
 

Check it out... 

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