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'22 Jump Street' directors on how the Lucas Brothers and Jillian Bell steal the movie

'22 Jump Street' directors on how the Lucas Brothers and Jillian Bell steal the movie

Plus: the difficulties of juggling the sequel and 'Lego Movie' at the same time

It may never be this good again for Phil Lord and Christopher Miller. Well, actually, let's restate that.  Until they are holding multiple Oscars in their hands after a triumphant Academy Awards it may never be this good again for Phil Lord and Christopher Miller. 

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ABC Family renews 'Pretty Little Liars' for Seasons 6 and 7

ABC Family renews “Pretty Little Liars” for Seasons 6 and 7
The No. 1 series on ABC Family, “PLL” has averaged 3.8 million viewers.

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Firewall & Iceberg Show, episode 17: 'Veep,' Emmy ballot weirdness & more

Dan and Alan also review 'Chasing Life' and pick their ideal desert island TV network

Happy Tuesday, boys and girls! It's a bit of a slow week in TV (and of course next week a gajillion scripted shows premiere), but there was still enough for a full Firewall & Iceberg Show, including a new ABC Family drama that we may be inclined to stick with for a bit, a discussion of the wonderful "Veep" season finale, a deep dive into Emmy category madness (before Dan and I start our annual Emmy nominations experiment tomorrow), and a new approach to the familiar desert island question. 

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Spoon releases new song 'Rent I Pay,' and it's pretty great

First new music to arrive from band's 'They Want My Soul'

Efficient, distorted, fresh and messy. That's how I'd describe Spoon's "Rent I Pay,"the first song to arrive from their forthcoming album "They Want My Soul."

The band has in various forms of away-time for the last four years, their longest break. Singer Britt Daniel formed the Divine Fits, drummer Jim Eno has produced some great records from !!!, Heartless Bastards and more, for instance.

I've gotten the impression from talking to Daniel before that he needs a certain amount of distance from his band to get anything done. He moved out of Austin, for instance; he writes lyrics separately, which is one of the hardest part of his job description.

I love the crunch and pop of 2001's "Girls Can Tell" and the tight empty spaces of 2002's "Kill the Moonlight." I don't think I or the band could explain how those albums -- released one after the other -- felt so different and so much the opposite of stale. 2010's "Transference" had some of that wear (I hate to say it) and it had more than three years to boil.

All this to say, I think "Rent I Pay" is a really good sign. It's something very straight-forward and viscerally rock 'n' roll, even with the metronomic mid-tempo. As previously reported, Spoon added a permanent new member, keyboardist Alex Fischel (who also served in Divine Fits), and you can hear his organ sprinklings here, too.

Pre-orders are up now for "They Want My Soul," due Aug. 5 via Loma Vista, their first for the label.

Listen to the song below; tour dates are below that.

06/14/14 - Burnaby, BC - CBC Festival

06/21/14 - Toronto, ON - NXNE Festival

06/14/14 - Vancouver, BC - CBC Music Festival

06/22/14 - Minneapolis, MN - Rock the Garden 2014

06/26-28/14 - Las Vegas, NV - Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas

07/12-13/14 - Telluride, CO - The Ride Festival

07/18/14 - Louisville, KY - Forecastle Festival

07/25/14 - Seattle, WA - Capitol Hill Block Party

08/01/14 - Chicago, IL - Metro

08/02/14 - Chicago, IL - Lollapalooza

08/08/14 - Los Angeles, CA - "They Want My Soul" on The Fairbanks Lawn of the Hollywood Forever Cemetery

08/10/14 - San Francisco, CA - Outside Lands

08/17/14 - Portland, OR - Musicfest NW

08/30-31/14 - Philadelphia, PA - Made in America Festival

09/05/14 - Raleigh, NC - Hopscotch Music Festival

09/07/14 - Boston, MA - Boston Calling Music Festival

10/03-05/14 - Austin, TX - Austin City Limits Music Festival

10/10-12/14 - Austin, TX - Austin City Limits Music Festival

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Jennifer Lopez and Jimmy Fallon

Jennifer Lopez threatens Jimmy Fallon in latest 'Tight Pants' episode

As if he ever stood a chance....

Jennifer Lopez might not be able to get herself to Brazil to perform at the opening ceremonies for the World Cup on Thursday, but she and her tight pants found their way to “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” last night.

In his latest episode of “Tight Pants,” Fallon squares off against J-Lo, and, as you can imagine, it’s no contest. The sweet, well-intentioned Fallon is so out of his league that even though Lopez threatens to “cut him” if he doesn’t let her be the tightest pants in town, she wins the minute she walks out.

“Tight Pans” debuted with Fallon and Will Farrell two years ago, but it never gets old. Who will be the next one to challenge Fallon?

Lopez's new album, "A.K.A.," comes out June 17.

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Puff Daddy

Puff Daddy is apparently a 'Game of Thrones' fan in new video, 'I Want The Love': Watch

Too much excess is never enough

If you’re going to lavish love on Puff Daddy, do him a favor and do it while he’s still here to hear your praise.

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<p>Last Week Tonight with John Oliver</p>

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

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'Last Week Tonight' & YouTube: When pay cable content turns free online

Why has HBO been so willing to put large chunks of John Oliver's new show on the Internet?

HBO's "Last Week Tonight" has come into its own in a very short period of time. It helps, of course, that John Oliver isn't doing anything significantly different from when he filled in as "The Daily Show" host last summer, but he and his creative team have taken advantage of the extra lead time that comes with doing only one show a week to really craft each segment and find every single bit of humor and indignation on that week's subject.

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Vincent D’Onofrio joins Netflix's 'Daredevil'

Vincent D’Onofrio joins Netflix's “Daredevil”
He’ll play villain Wilson Fisk, AKA "The Kingpin."

“Doctor Who” is taking Peter Capaldi on a 7-city worldwide tour
Capaldi, Jenna Coleman and Steven Moffat will visit London, Seoul, New  York, Sydney, Cardiff, Mexico City and Rio de Janeiro over 12 days.

Starz teases LeBron James’ “Survivor’s Remorse” basketball comedy
No actual footage from the show is part of the first “official teaser."

"Murder in the First” delivers 3.8 million viewers to TNT
Steven Bochco’s new cop drama premiered with ratings in line with last year’s “King & Maxwell,” which was canceled.

Watch “Everwood” reunion clips, including Chris Pratt speaking via Facetime from the “Jurassic World” set
An iPhone was used to allow Pratt to address the audience and his former castmates.

“The Mentalist” promotes Joe Adler
His FBI computer expert will be a regular in Season 7.

WGN America unveils “Manhattan” trailer
Watch a glimpse of the 1940s Atom Bomb drama.

Disney Channel orders "Fairest of the Mall”
The comedy pilot follows a teen girl who has to work at a tech store in the mall with “quirky teen boys."

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Tracy Morgan’s sitcom 'will be waiting for him,' says FX Networks

Tracy Morgan’s sitcom “will be waiting for him," says FX Networks
Morgan had been working on an FXX sitcom with the “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” guys. "The only thing we are concerned with is the health and recovery of Tracy Morgan and the victims of this tragic accident,” FX said in a statement. “We will support Tracy and his family in every way possible throughout his recovery. At the point when Tracy has recovered and decides that he is ready to go back to work, his show will be waiting for him. Right now our thoughts and prayers remain with Tracy, the other victims of the accident, and their families.”

Why are Amy Schumer, Fred Armisen, Carrie Brownstein, Key and Peele all competing in Emmy’s best supporting actor categories?
They’re not likely going to win in the Emmy leading actor categories. PLUS: Watch "Inside Amy Schumer's" Emmy trailer.

Cleveland Browns turned down HBO “Hard Knocks” with Johnny Football
Heisman winner Johnny Manziel helped boost NFL draft coverage, but the Browns didn’t want the distraction of cameras following him and the rest of the team around.

Spoiler: Is HBO's “Game of Thrones” scheduling some kind of twisted inside joke?
Season 4 kicked off nearly a week later than the last two seasons. PLUS: Hannah Murray talks Gilly.

“Orange is the New Black’s” fake band Sideboob has put out a real album
Sideboob’s music is available for streaming.

Julian McMahon may star in Spike TV’s “The Chairman”
The former “Nip/Tuck” star is helping develop the suspense thriller based on the book by Stephen Frey, which would become Spike’s first drama series.

Bryan Cranston upstages Robert De Niro at Stanley Cup finals
The Madison Square Garden put the former “Breaking Bad” star on the Jumbotron, while ignoring De Niro in the background.

Explained: Why Facebook and Twitter users keep posting about Rue McClanahan’s death
The former “Golden Girls” star died four years ago, but you would never know it from the reaction on social media this week.

Kenneth Branagh is set to film a 4th and final series of “Wallander”
The “Masterpiece” Swedish detective series may film a final season next year.

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<p>Emma Watson and Ethan Hawke in &quot;Regression.&quot;</p>

Emma Watson and Ethan Hawke in "Regression."

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Ethan Hawke lends Emma Watson a hand in first image from 'Regression'

'The Others' director Alejandro Amenabar returns to genre filmmaking

After making a smashing English-language debut in 2001 with "The Others," Spanish director Alejandro Amenabar hasn't been quite as busy in Hollywood as one might have hoped. He returned to Spain for his follow-up, the euthanasia-themed biopic "The Sea Inside," and picked up the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar for his efforts. In 2009, he returned to international filmmaking with the Rachel Weisz-starring historical drama "Agora," an ambitious but rather turgid affair that didn't find much of an audience.

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Disney launching 'Lion King' spinoff 'The Lying Guard'

Disney launching “Lion King” spinoff “The Lying Guard”
Kion, the second-born son of Simba and Nala, will star in this new franchise, which will debut with a TV movie in late 2015 and a regular series in early 2016.

Watch Louis CK tell the true story of “Into the Woods”
Last night’s “Louie” traveled back to 1981 when Louis CK was 13 years old. PLUS: “Into the Woods” was the darkest episode ever of "Freaks and Geeks,” it was an "anti-disconnection narrative,” Louis CK keeps re-using actors, and watch a 20-year-old Louis CK doing standup six years after the events of last night's episode.

Why “The Arsenio Hall Show” was canceled
Turns out Arsenio didn’t have a regular showrunner, he struggled to book big-name guests (other than Prince), he dropped 60% in the 18-49 demo and he was losing the 11-midnight timeslot across the country.

NBC and CNN will mark this week’s 20th anniversary of the O.J. Simpson murder case
Tonight CNN presents “O.J.’s Wild Ride: 20 Years After the Chase,” while NBC News airs the “Dateline” special “The People vs. O.J. Simpson: What the Jury Never Heard” on Wednesday.

Watch model Cara Delevingne’s TV acting debut
The 21-year-old is becoming a “model slash actress” with her role in the Sky Arts drama Playhouse Presents: Timeless.

Steve Buscemi reacts to the “Buscemi Eyes” Disney characters meme
“It makes those characters a little bit hotter,” he tells Seth Meyers.

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<p>&quot;Hillary Clinton: Public and Private with Diane Sawyer&quot;</p>

"Hillary Clinton: Public and Private with Diane Sawyer"

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TV Ratings: '24: Live Another Day' tops ABC's Hillary Clinton special on Monday

Nobody cares about a 'Bachelorette' recap special

Fast National ratings for Monday, June 9, 2014.

Jack Bauer for President? FOX's "24: Live another Day" beat ABC's "Hillary Clinton: Public and Private with Diane Sawyer" and carried FOX to primetime wins in most measures.

Of course, by that standard, Jack Bauer would lose the presidency to the stars of NBC's "American Ninja Warrior," which was Monday's top show among young viewers.

Among other Monday notables, "MasterChef," "Mistresses" and "Beauty and the Beast" were all down week-to-week.

On to the numbers...

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