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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 131: 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer,' 'Longmire,' 'Mad Men' & more

Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 131: 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer,' 'Longmire,' 'Mad Men' & more

Dan and Alan also look back at the 'Awake' series finale and answer your mail


We found a line of string long enough to connect my tin can in New Jersey with Dan's tin can in London, which means we were able to record a trans-Atlantic edition of the Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, which starts with a review of A&E's "Longmire," ends with the beginning of our summer-long "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" rewatch, and in between deals with the end of "Awake" and a "Mad Men" with much to discuss. (Dan hasn't been able to see "Game of Thrones" yet, or else we might've tried some "Blackwater" chat.) 

The line-up: 

"Longmire" (00:01:45 - 00:11:00)
"Awake" finale (00:11:00 - 00:26:15)
Listener Mail (00:26:15 - 00:36:15)
"Mad Men" (00:37:35 - 01:01:20)
"Buffy" Rewatch Part I (01:01:30 - 01:25:10)
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.
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<p>Tom Cruise, seen here in last year's 'Mission:&nbsp;Impossible - Ghost Protocol,' is set to play the titular character in 'Jack Reacher' this Christmas.</p>

Tom Cruise, seen here in last year's 'Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol,' is set to play the titular character in 'Jack Reacher' this Christmas.

Credit: Paramount Pictures

Is Paramount hobbling a potential franchise by changing 'One Shot' to 'Jack Reacher'?

Has Hollywood learned nothing from 'John Carter'?

Paramount's been making some odd and potentially expensive choices recently, and no matter what's really going on behind closed doors, it's making them look like they are rudderless and even desperate.

I was not at CinemaCon this year for Paramount's presentation, but that's where they first showed footage from what they hope will be a kickoff to an ongoing franchise based on the Lee Childs novels about Jack Reacher, an ex-military cop who wanders America and frequently finds himself in harm's way.  They're starting with an adaptation of the ninth book in the (so-far) seventeen novel series, "One Shot," and until now, that's the title they've been using for the film itself.  Today, though, it appears that they have decided to retitle the piece.

It will now officially be known as "John Carter."

Oh, wait… I mean they're changing the title to "Jack Reacher."  But my entirely-intentional slip makes a point, and I'm curious how no one brought up Disney's marketing debacle from this spring when they were having meetings about this title switch.  Of course, this is just the latest in a series of strange choices that Paramount's made on this one.

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<p>&nbsp;Adam Lambert</p>

 Adam Lambert

Watch: Adam Lambert's new video for 'Never Close Our Eyes'

Former 'American Idol' star takes a quantum creative leap

Adam Lambert’s video for “Never Close Our Eyes” takes place somewhere in a dystopian future where all those beautiful multi-ethnic models from the old Benetton commercials have been rounded up and imprisoned. Their freedom may be taken away,  as has their possession of any clothes not in the beige/gray family, but, thank God, they still have access to hair dye, as evidenced by Lambert’s fierce highlights.

Food has been replaced with pill pellets and the days seem to pass in drudgery, scrubbing the floor in a series of coordinated, ballet-like moves, and checking into some plexiglass box that scans our eyes, while Big Brother keeps  constant surveillance. 

[More after the jump...]

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Credit: AP Photo

Watch: Beyonce performs at the Revel... She had a baby?

The critics agree she's in fine form

Beyonce wrapped up her four-night stand at Revel's Ovation Hall in Atlantic City last night. They were her first shows since becoming a mom and, by all accounts, she put on an incredible show. We’re not sure why anyone would have doubted that she would. Yes, she  had a baby and while we’re not discounting the miracle that is Blue Ivy, we’ve never known a baby to get into its mama’s brains and steal her ability to perform.

The Philadelphia Inquirer's Dan DeLuca, who covered the second of Beyonce's four performances (the one attended by Michelle Obama and her daughters), called the show, "relentlessly entertaining, highly energetic and expertly staged."  The New York Times' Ben Ratliff said, "With her all-female band and 10 dancers, she preformed with serious stamina and rigor." 

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<p>&nbsp;Justin Bieber</p>

 Justin Bieber

Credit: AP Photo

Listen: Justin Bieber goes old school on new single, 'Die In Your Arms'

What a romantic!

Let’s call it New Justin Swing. On Justin Bieber’s new single, “Die In Your Arms,” he’s bringing back retro soul that blends the vocal feel of ‘60s Motown crossed with the synths and beats of the late-‘80s New Jack Swing movement.

In the sloping, mid-tempo ballad, which also owes a debt to Michael Jackson, Bieber, who scuffled with a photographer over the weekend, has it so bad for his girl that he if he could just “die in your arms, I wouldn’t mind.”  He’d go finger-snapping and with a grin on his face. He’s the opposite of a player here: he’s willing to do anything even just to stand next to his Boo. He’s a smart one, that Bieb, he knows every one of his tween fans will be swooning over the thought of a Bieber who is so in love that they can wrap him around their finger. The heavy drum loop complements the slow rhythms.

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<p>From &quot;Shut Up and Play the Hits&quot;</p>
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From "Shut Up and Play the Hits"

Credit: Oscilloscope Laboratories

LCD Soundsystem's 'Shut Up and Play the Hits' hits theaters one-night-only

Documentary-feature playing in six dozen movie theaters nationwide on July 18

On July 18, James Murphy and his band LCD Soundsystem will be taking the stage at Madison Square Garden once more -- on the screens at about six dozen movie theaters nationwide.

More than six months after the dance-rock band bid adieu in "Shut Up and Play the Hits" at its Sundance Film Festival premiere, Oscilloscope Laboratories is taking the documentary-feature on a one-day tour all over the country, with many tickets going on sale June 8.

Click here to check out all the cities and screenings details.

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<p>Mumford &amp; Sons</p>

Mumford & Sons

Mumford & Sons slate mini-music festival Stopovers with acts like Gogol Bordello

'Traveling Victorian circus' features four stops with St. Vincent Dawes, Two Gallants and more

Mumford & Sons' North American tour last year proved to be rather unorthodox, so the British songwriters will continue to askew the traditional performance schedule with their Gentlemen of the Road Stopovers this summer.

The group has announced four one-day, mini-music festivals for August, with different lineups featured at each. The Mumfords will headline every night in Portland, Maine; Bristol, Va.; Dixon, Ill; and Monterey, Calif., and will be sharing the stage with "friends" like Gogol Bordello, St. Vincent, Dawes, the Maccabees, Justin Townes Earle and Two Gallants.

"The Gentlemen of the Road Stopover is based loosely upon our favorite festivals like Colorado's Telluride Bluegrass and Scotland's Loopallu Festivals. We want to stop off in towns where bands don't usually tour, and celebrate the local people, food and music," said Mumford & Sons in a statement. "We're keen to promote the town's local businesses, and we'll be using the local bars and venues for after-show parties, whilst working closely with the local people to get everyone involved in making these shows spectacular.

"There will be a host of our friends playing too, and the vibe falls somewhere between 'traveling Victorian circus' and 'Victorian traveling circus.'"

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<p>&quot;Louie,&quot;&nbsp;&quot;The Newsroom&quot;&nbsp;and &quot;Bunheads&quot;&nbsp;are three of the summer shows I'm looking forward to most.</p>

"Louie," "The Newsroom" and "Bunheads" are three of the summer shows I'm looking forward to most.

10 summer TV shows I'm looking forward to most

Aaron Sorkin, Amy Sherman-Palladino and Louis CK highlight an interesting lineup

The summer TV season technically began last Thursday, with the premieres of "So You Think You Can Dance" on FOX, "Duets" and "Rookie Blue" on ABC and "Men at Work" on TBS, among other things. There are going to be dozens and dozens of shows premiering on broadcast and cable between now and Labor Day, but the quantity won't always be matched by quality. I'm not running to set my DVR to record FOX's dating show/"Voice" rip-off "The Choice," nor the new season of "Franklin & Bash," nor a lot of other new and returning summer offerings.

But this summer will also bring with it the return of two of the very best shows on all of television, new series from two of my favorite TV writers of the last decade, and a revival of one of the biggest hits of my childhood, among other things.

I'll be watching far more than these 10 shows, but these are the ones whose premieres I'm most looking forward to seeing, for one reason or another.

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<p>Charlize Theron in &quot;Snow White and the Huntsman&quot;</p>

Charlize Theron in "Snow White and the Huntsman"

Credit: Universal Pictures

The Lists: Top 10 film wardrobes designed by Colleen Atwood

With 'Dark Shadows' in theaters and 'Snow White and the Huntsman' on the way, we survey the costumer's best threads

"As a designer, you have to solve a lot of problems. Even though people are wearing clothes that are supposed to look beautiful, they'll have to do all kinds of things." So says leading Hollywood costume designer Colleen Atwood, and she knows whereof she speaks: among the many things her overachieving clothes have done over the years, they've won her three Academy Awards, three BAFTAs and an unmatched six Costume Designers' Guild Awards. Whatever the problem facing a designer may be, she appears to have solved it. And we get to see her in action in two of this summer's releases: Tim Burton's "Dark Shadows" and Rupert Sanders's "Snow White and the Huntsman," for which Kris interviewed her a couple of weeks ago

Even at their most lavishly decorative -- the busily printed, crinoline-molded Red Queen ensembles in "Alice in Wonderland," for example, or the copious ruffles and bows of "Little Women" -- Atwood's costumes are almost always active, moving, doing.

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<p>CBS' &quot;Partners&quot;</p>

CBS' "Partners"

Credit: CBS

DVR Gridlock 2012-13: Monday Nights

Without 'House' or 'Two and Half Men' how will your Mondays change?
[This week, I'm going to be glancing, night-by-night, at how the primetime schedules have changed after the network announcements at upfronts. I'll be looking at how the various changes will impact the ratings races on each night, as well as my own DVRing habits. Readers can chime in on how their own DVRs will be impacted. And yes, this brief series assumes that anybody still watches TV on their TVs. I'm old-fashioned.]
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<p>Adam Lambert</p>

Adam Lambert

Credit: Matt Sayles/AP

Music Power Rankings: Adam Lambert holds off Britney Spears and Lady Gaga

'American Idol's' Phillip Phillips and Justin Timberlake make this week's tally

1. Adam Lambert: The “American Idol” scores his first No. 1 album, and also becomes the first openly gay male to achieve the feat. Who thought it would be easier to land at No. 1 than to get married legally in most states?

2. Britney Spears: She briefly walks off the set during the first taping. That’s what $15 million gets you, Simon Cowell, and it’s exactly what you wanted. He’s already gotten more than $15 million worth of free publicity due to Britney before the show even airs. Nicely played, sir.

3. Phillip Phillips:
A new “American Idol” is crowned. The good news is his first single, “Home” goes straight to No. 1 on iTunes. The bad news is his coronation is in front of “Idol’s” lowest-rated finale ever.

4. Lady Gaga:
Momma Monster will not back down. After protests lead officials in Jakarta to cancel her show, her manager says she will not alter her show to appease religious groups. Maybe she should rename the tour “Born Again This Way.”

5. Lionel Richie:
His little album that could, “Tuskegee,” continue to defy the odds and sell and sell its way right into the No. 2 spot for the top sellers of 2012. The No. 1 seller so far, of course, is Adele’s “21.”

6. Eminem:
Slim Shady is headed back into the studio to start work on his eighth studio album, we think. He tells New York’s Hot 97: “I’m kinda getting into my next record a little bit.”  We bet it drops by the end of the year.

7. Justin Timberlake:
We may never get a new studio album, but he signs on to score his first movie, “The Devil in the Deep Blue Sea.” Doesn't is just cry out for a “SexyBack” remix?

8. Robin Gibb:
Another amazing music voice is silenced. In 2012 alone: Whitney, Donna, Adam, Robin, Levon, Davy... can we make it stop, please?

9. Donna Summer: Speaking of sad deaths, as usual, following her passing, the disco queen sees a huge spike in sales: up 3,277%.

10. Bobby Womack:
The soul legend is declared cancer free. In a month where cancer seems to be winning by claiming Adam Yauch, Donna Summer and Robin Gibb, it’s nice to see at least one victory in the right column. Plus, his first album in 13 years comes out June 12. More good news.


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<p>Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister in &quot;Game of Thrones.&quot;</p>

Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister in "Game of Thrones."

Credit: HBO

Review: 'Game of Thrones' - 'Blackwater'

The show finally gives us an epic battle, and an intimate hour

A review of Sunday night's "Game of Thrones" coming up just as soon as I'm entirely sure you're entirely sure what I'm suggesting...

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