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Watch: 'Fringe' star John Noble discusses his Season 5 acting choices

Watch: 'Fringe' star John Noble discusses his Season 5 acting choices

How hard will it be for Noble to top Walter Bishop in future roles?
SAN DIEGO - I've mentioned this before, but if John Noble isn't HitFix's Most Interviewed Man, he's very close.
I've done four or five video interviews with the "Fringe" star over the years, plus at least one long interview on the show's Vancouver set, where John Noble and I shared a key scene together in the Season 3 episode " Do Shapeshifters Dream of Electric Sheep?"
On the list of contemplative, generous and sage interview subjects, Noble has to rank somewhere near the top. He's always given Walter Bishop and all of his incarnations an astounding amount of thought and anybody who thinks Noble's interest in the dimension-bending realities of "Fringe" is just an act has never tuned in to Science Channel's "Dark Matters." He truly relishes the nuances that "Fringe" has allowed him to explore.
Last weekend at San Diego's Comic-Con, I caught up with Noble after the final "Fringe" panel, a standing-room-only affair in front of 6000 passionate fans in Hall H. It's no wonder that the actor was, in his words, "numb" after the emotional experience.
In our four-plus minute conversation, Noble discusses the choices he's facing for the 13-episode fifth season, set largely in the future introduced in the "Letters of Transit" episode. He also discusses the particular challenge he's facing looking forward to life after "Fringe."
You've already seen my interview with Anna Torv, but hopefully my chats with J.H. Wyman, Joshua Jackson and Lance Reddick will also be posting in the days to come.
"Fringe" returns to FOX on Friday, September 28.
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<p>Christian Bale in &quot;The Dark&nbsp;Knight&nbsp;Rises&quot;</p>

Christian Bale in "The Dark Knight Rises"

Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures

Tell us what you thought of 'The Dark Knight Rises'

Christopher Nolan's Batman finale hits theaters today

OMGIT'SHEREOMGOMG! Yes, "The Dark Knight Rises" has arrived. Midnight screenings are happening right now. The box office is bursting at the seams and a trilogy is wrapping itself up. With style? With class? Well, you tell us. And feel free to rate the film above. I'll get to my thoughts in tomorrow's special edition podcast, but I'll be curious to see if anyone finds the film as structurally messy and thematically confused as I do.

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"Project Runway"

 "Project Runway"

Credit: Lifetime Television

'Project Runway' recap: 'A Times Square Anniversary Party'

We meet the top 16, but which diva will melt down first?

"Project Runway" is back for season 10, bitches! And I mean bitches in the good way, because I've missed you guys and your collective knack for sniffing out the tacky stuff faster than Michael Kors can come up with a zinger! Aren't you excited? Didn't you miss Tim Gunn? I know I did! Especially when I was watching "Project Accessory" and wishing I could stick sewing needles in my eyes. Anyway, this season promises to be a whole hella lot of crazy, what with designers actually LEAVING THE SHOW in the middle of the night like very chic catburglers carrying pinking shears. Thanks to a lead-in episode, we do get to meet all of the designers tonight, so we should all be able to place our bets on a winner pretty quickly. For the record, I've made mine. But let's get to that in a minute. First, we need to meet our designers! Past winners Nick Verreos and Mondo Guerra lead the way.

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<p>&quot;Louie&quot;&nbsp;takes the girls out to eat.</p>

"Louie" takes the girls out to eat.

Credit: FX

Review: 'Louie' - 'Daddy's Girlfriend, Part 1'

Louie goes looking for love in so many places

I've been taking some days off this week, so as I suggested at the end of last week's "Louie" review, I'm going to discuss the "Daddy's Girlfriend" two-parter after it concludes next week. But for those of you who want to discuss fist pumps, Parker Posey, Maria Bamford, fake reality TV shows and everything else from part 1, have at it. We'll have a lot more to talk about next week, as part 2 is my favorite of the five episodes FX sent out in advance of the season.

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<p>Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Alison Brie and Yvette Nicole Brown from &quot;Community.&quot;</p>

Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Alison Brie and Yvette Nicole Brown from "Community."

Watch: 'Community' stars Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Alison Brie & Yvette Nicole Brown at Comic-Con, Part 1

How did they react to Dan Harmon's exit? And what does Gillian want in a 'Community' movie?

A year ago at Comic-Con, I sat down with the bulk of the "Community" cast in two groups of three for a couple of long video interviews. One conversation was pure anarchy, while the other featured the funniest/furriest running gag I've ever been in a room for.

This year, I got Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Alison Brie and Yvette Nicole Brown, and while I was tempted to force some kind of sequel to "YOU GUYS!!!!," there were too many serious things to discuss about "Community" as it approaches its fourth season, including the firing of creator Dan Harmon, the hiring of new showrunners Moses Port and David Guarascio, and the way the insanity of the show's fans has buoyed the actors no matter how dark the show's fate has seemed.

Things get a bit goofier towards the end of this part of the interview, as they discuss Jacobs' plan for a "Community" movie, but look for more laughs in part 2 (coming tomorrow morning) as the actors discuss exactly how and why they've become so close and silly together.

The new season of "Community" begins on Friday, October 19 at 8:30 p.m. on NBC.

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<p>This happy group will lose one member tonight</p>

This happy group will lose one member tonight

Credit: CBS

Recap: 'Big Brother' Thursday - Who was voted out first?

Would Frank or Kara be the first hamster to sit down with Julie Chen?

Welcome to the first live "Big Brother" episode of the season, all leading up to the season's first official elimination. Yes, Jodi was actually the first hamster to depart the spinning ball, but she never received a key to the "Big Brother" house, so do we actually count her as a houseguest? I sure don't.

So either Kurvy Kara or 21st Century William Katt Frank will be out first. On one hand, I like Kara's bikini potential. On the other hand, I was a huge fan of "The Greatest American Hero" as a kid, so I have vestigial admiration for Frank.

And, most importantly, will Julie Chen have her shoulders covered for the live episode? These are the things that keep me up nights...

Click through for the full recap...

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<p>A scene from &quot;The Master&quot;</p>

A scene from "The Master"

Credit: The Weinstein Company

'The Master' gets a full trailer and poster

The film comes along at an interesting time for Scientology

In tomorrow's podcast Anne and I touch on the possibility of Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master" showing up at Venice, but we both secretly hope it goes to Telluride, too/instead. Because, yes, that's where we'll be, and like most cinephiles, we're excited for Paul Thomas Anderson's first film in five years.

The film will be coming along at an interesting time for Scientology (the "religion" sent up in some ways by the narrative with an L. Ron Hubbard-like character in Philip Seymour Hoffman's Lancaster Dodd). Tales of subterfuge and escape acts have circled Katie Holmes's divorce from Scientology golden boy Tom Cruise in recent weeks, drumming up more and more stories about the organization, some new, many old, all bizarre. But all of that will be backdrop to the film, which, to judge by the new full-length trailer (which comes after a couple of teases), presents Anderson in top form with some of the industry's best actors giving it all they've got.

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<p>Pearl Jam</p>

Pearl Jam

Shakespeare's 'Hamlet' set to Pearl Jam's music in New York production

Does 'Jeremy' make an appearance?

If one had to come up with a soundtrack for “Hamlet,” one could certainly do worse than the music of Pearl Jam. Both the play and the Seattle band’s music have a good measure of material about tortured souls and miscreants.

Well, someone thought of that. Here, a New York City art space, has mounted a production of Shakespeare’s “Hamlet”  set in the ‘90s with Pearl Jam’s music as the backdrop. The songs are performed live by a cover band.  In what must be wonderful or horrible, “Hamlet: A King of Infinite Space” takes Hamlet and turns him into a college boy who returns home to the Lower East Side to discover that his uncle had married his mother and wants to turn their apartment building, The Elsinore (get it?), into modern condos.

If you want to see it, move quickly: The production only runs through July 21. No word from the members of Pearl Jam on how they feel about this appropriation of their music. Since the play isn't using the original master recordings, as long as Here pays royalties to the appropriate performance rights society, they probably don't need Pearl Jam's permission. We scanned online for some reviews from opening night, but, alas, could find none.


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Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 139

Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 139

Dan and Alan talk Emmys, 'Sullivan & Sons,' 'Breaking Bad' and more


Happy Thursday, Boys & Girls. 
It's time for a special Emmy-heavy installment of The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast.
Just in case you haven't read my Winners & Losers gallery or read Sepinwall's reactions, we chatter for more than 35 minutes in celebration of Kathy Bates, random "Downton Abbey" supporting players and the absurd notion that "American Horror Story" is a movie or miniseries.
We also spend a few minutes tearing into TBS' dismal "Sullivan and Son" and then we do our usual "Breaking Bad" and "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" chatter.
Here's the breakdown:
Emmy Nominations (00:01:40 - 00:38:20)
"Sullivan and Son" (00:38:25 - 00:45:15)
"Breaking Bad" premiere (00:45:25 - 01:04:40)
"Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (01:04:45 - 01:15:45)

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 139: Emmy nominations, 'Sullivan & Son' and more

Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 139: Emmy nominations, 'Sullivan & Son' and more

Dan and Alan also review the 'Breaking Bad' premiere and another 'Buffy'


Time for a mid-week, Emmy heavy edition of the Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, in which Dan and I discuss the nominations, try to review TBS' "Sullivan & Sons" as quickly as possible before moving on to the "Breaking Bad" premiere and a strange "Buffy" season 1 episode. Also, for those of you who didn't already see it on Twitter, here's the Emmy Rossum photo being discussed.

As mentioned on the show, our next podcast will be sometime next week, but not necessarily on Monday, as I'll have just arrived in LA for the TV critics press tour.

The line-up: 

Emmy Nominations (00:01:40 - 00:38:20)
"Sullivan and Son" (00:38:25 - 00:45:15)
"Breaking Bad" premiere (00:45:25 - 01:04:40)
"Buffy the Vampire Slayer" (01:04:45 - 01:15:45)
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>Dave Grohl</p>

Dave Grohl

Watch: New trailer for Dave Grohl's documentary 'Sound City' with Tom Petty

John Fogerty, Butch Vig and Trent Reznor chime in

Dave Grohl has unspooled a new trailer for “Sound City,” the documentary the Foo Fighter directed and produced on the legendary Los Angeles recording studio.

Sound City is  where Grohl’s former band Nirvana recorded “Nevermind,” and where a number of other classic albums, including Fleetwood Mac’s “Rumours” and “Fleetwood Mac,” Neil Young’s “After The Gold Rush,” and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ “Damn The Torpedoes” were recorded.

[More after the jump...]

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<p>Adam Lambert</p>

Adam Lambert

Credit: AP Photo

Adam Lambert set to appear on 'Pretty Little Liars' in a Halloween special

'American Idol' finalist will perform two songs

So it looks like that “American Idol”  judge thing was just a rumor, but Adam Lambert is confirmed to appear on ABC Family’s “Pretty Little Liars” in a special Halloween edition.

The “American Idol” season eight runner up will appear in a scene with Lucy Hale and sing two songs, according to, which broke the news. No word on whether the two tunes will be from his new album, "Trespassing." 

The episode will begin shooting next week and it’s a good fit, says Seacrest, calling Lambert, “a Halloween party on two legs.”

Lambert, who is performing tonight at the OC Country Fair in Orange County, Calif., confirmed the news, tweeting today, “Yup--Imma be a Pretty Little Liar!” He and Hale also exchanged tweets about how excited they are for the taping.

The singer just wrapped up a series of four shows in Kiev and London with Queen.

Lambert's news comes a week after "90210" announced that Carly Rae Jepsen will appear on the season opener of the show in October.


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