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Russell Simmons signs on to produce movie based on WorldStarHipHop

Popular website draws 30 million uniques per month. Will they head to theaters?

First there was “The Social Network,” which chronicled the birth of Facebook. Now get ready for another movie based on the internet… Ladies and Gentlemen:  prepare for a feature film about WorldStarHipHop.

Russell Simmons has signed on to co-produce  the Paramount Insurge production about the very popular urban culture site, according to Deadline. WSHH features a lot of music videos—it just premiered the new Jeezy “Me OK” clip— but also dedicates a lot of band width to videos of people fighting caught on tape or other “shock” clips. Highbrow, it ain’t, which is probably why it draws a staggering 30 million unique visitors per month.

Ian Edelman, who created former HBO series, “How To Make It In America,” will write the script, which Deadline says is “akin to ‘Ferris Bueller’s Day Off’ in tone.”

The movie will begin shooting this fall in New York.

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Disclosure and Sam Smith lock up their 'Latch' performance on 'Jimmy Kimmel'

Compare it with their previous appearance on 'Jimmy Fallon'

Disclosure and Sam Smith reunited last night to play their hit, “Latch” on “Jimmy Kimmel Live.”

Six months earlier, they performed the song on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” in their first US TV appearance and before Fallon took over the "Tonight Show" spot. It's  remarkable to see the difference in the ease with which Smith now appears before an audience.

Like the “Fallon” performance, the “Kimmel” performance includes projections of white outlined animated faces, like the ones on Disclosure’s “Settle” album cover and other promotional materials, sang the song along with Smith.

While the appearance is coming a bit late in “Latch’s” life span—the song has been on the Billboard Hot 100 for 19 weeks— the tune is still extremely popular: This week it returned to its previous peak, No. 7, on the Billboard Hot 100. Between Disclosure and Smith’s schedules, it probably took this long to get them in the same place at the same time again. Shame Smith couldn’t have thrown in a little bit of “Stay With Me” at the end. Would that have been so wrong?

Disclosure plays Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival at San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park this weekend. Smith recently released the video for new single, "I'm Not The Only One.”

Below are both “Jimmy” performances.


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'Big Bang Theory' to start production on Season 8 Wednesday now that Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar each have $70M deals

“Big Bang Theory” to start production on Season 8 Wednesday now that Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar each have $70M deals
Helberg and Nayyar were the final two holdouts, and there was even talk of moving forward without Howard and Raj, according to Deadline.

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'Frozen' director set to adapt classic novel 'A Wrinkle In Time' for Disney
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'Frozen' director set to adapt classic novel 'A Wrinkle In Time' for Disney

Why wasn't she also announced as the director of the film today?

Written by Madeleine L'Engle, "A Wrinkle In Time" is an unusually beautiful science-fiction book that would most likely be categorized as "YA" if it were published today. It tells the story of the Murry kids, an unusual family of geniuses whose father has disappeared. When three mysterious women enter their lives, 14-year-old Meg, her 10-year-old twin brothers, and 5-year-old wunderkind Charles Wallace all end up stepping through a tesseract and into a stranger world than they could have ever imagined.

It is a dark story, and one of the things I find most striking about the book is the way it manages to embrace both the strong Christian faith that was very important to L'Engle as well as her fascination with quantum physics. That's not a common mixture of influences, and yet it feels like a natural fit in her work. Faith and science seem to be two halves of one thing, not at odds, and it's little wonder she approached almost 40 publishers before someone finally took a chance on her work.

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Larry David may be Broadway-bound

Larry David may be Broadway-bound
The “Curb Your Enthusiasm” star is set to make his Broadway debut in “Shiva,” according to Showbiz 411’s Roger Friedman.

Was “True Detective" plagiarized?
Nic Pizzolatto is being accused of lifting passages from author Thomas Ligotti to use in Rust Cohle’s monologues.

VH1 to air a “Dating Naked” wedding special
A man and woman will get married on the Aug. 21 episode while in the buff.

“Six Feet Under’s” Mathew St. Patrick is headed to “Sons of Anarchy”
Michael C. Hall’s HBO husband will recur as a character named Moses.

Sean Bean talks “Game of Thrones’” Jon Snow on Reddit
“I mean, how am I supposed to know?” PLUS: Bean writes “And f*ck Jon Snow."

See what Jimmy Kimmel’s 3-week-old daughter to his nose

GSN’s “Skin Wars” is getting its own talk show
"Skin Wars: The Naked Truth” will be shown online after each episode.

Did “Bachelor in Paradise” edit a contestant to make it look like she was talking to a raccoon?
Was Clare the victim of reality TV editing? PLUS: Delving into the “largely nuts” cast.

TBS teams with Broken Lizard on a new comedy
The group behind “Beerfest” and “Super Troopers” is developing an adult-themed “Quality Time.”

MTV’s “Scream” pilot cast its victims
Its stars include Willa Fitzgerald from "Royal Pains.”

“The Simpsons’” Springfield gets the Lego treatment
A “Simpsons” fan built the entire city of Springfield out of Legos.

Check out Gwen Stefani in her 1st “Voice” poster
The No Doubt singer is standing in front of the other judges.

Syfy developing sci-fi novel “Old Man’s War” as “Ghost Brigades"
Oscar nominee Wolfgang Petersen will adapt John Scalzi’s novel about "“a 75-year-old who enlists into the Colonial Defense Force to fight a centuries-long war for man’s expansion into the cosmos.”

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<p>The Knick</p>

The Knick

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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 240: 'The Knick,' 'Outlander' & more

Dan and Alan also break down the 'Halt and Catch Fire' finale and review 'Guardians of the Galaxy'


Happy Tuesday, boys and girls! After a week off while I took some vacation, the Firewall & Iceberg Podcast is back with a look forward to to new premium cable historical dramas, and a look back to the weekend with thoughts on the "Halt and Catch Fire" finale and "Guardians of the Galaxy." We'll likely double up on "Friday Night Lights" next week after ignoring it for most of July.

The rundown: 

"The Knick" (00:01:05 - 00:18:00)
"Outlander" (00:18:00 - 00:33:15)
Listener Mail - Tonally at-odds credits (00:33:35 - 00:39:05)
Listener Mail - Vince Gilligan/Peter Jackson (00:39:10 - 00:44:15)
Listener Mail - "Halt and Catch Fire" (00:44:20 - 00:58:10)
"Guardians of the Galaxy" (00:58:20 - 01:17:05)
As always, send questions to 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, subscribe on IHeartRadio or stream it on Dan's blog.

There's also now a complete archive of all the podcasts to date.

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Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 240

Dan and Alan review 'Outlander' and 'The Knick' and talk 'Guardians of the Galaxy'


Happy Tuesday, Boys & Girls.

After a week off, it's time for the triumphant return of The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast. Or, at the very least, it's time for a new installment of The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast.

Yes, we missed a lot of stuff last week and... Sorry.

And yes, we've kinda gotten behind on "Friday Night Lights," but we're doubling up next week.

This week, however, we have a pair of highly anticipated premium cable dramas in Cinemax's "The Knick" and Starz's "Outlander." We also answered a trio of questions, including one that let us talk about the finale of "Halt and Catch Fire."

And we talked about "Guardians of the Galaxy" because we have no problems talking about movies in the rare circumstances in which we both saw the same movie in the same week!

Today's breakdown:
"The Knick" (00:01:05 - 00:18:00)
"Outlander" (00:18:00 - 00:33:15)
Listener Mail - Tonally at-odds credits (00:33:35 - 00:39:05)
Listener Mail - Vince Gilligan/Peter Jackson (00:39:10 - 00:44:15)
Listener Mail - "Halt and Catch Fire" (00:44:20 - 00:58:10)
"Guardians of the Galaxy" (00:58:20 - 01:17:05)

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 or subscribe on IHeartRadio.] 


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


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Fantastic Fest 2014 unveils wave one of programming with Kevin Smith and 'ABCs of Death 2'
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Fantastic Fest 2014 unveils wave one of programming with Kevin Smith and 'ABCs of Death 2'

Could the tenth anniversary fest be the best one yet?

It's that time of year again, isn't it?

There is no greater party on Earth for fans of genre films than Austin's annual Fantastic Fest, and ten years in, they just keep making it better.

"In 2014, we are taking no prisoners. This festival is going to set new boundaries of decadence, destruction and debauchery." - Tim League

As much as I love events like Cannes, Sundance, or Toronto, I can't imagine the directors of those festivals ever issuing that statement. The scary thing is that Tim League isn't kidding. Fantastic Fest is special because it's much more than just movies being screened. Every day is packed with events that elevate the entire festival, and with this year taking place at the new Alamo Drafthouse on S. Lamar, complete with the brand-new Highball, it feels like it's going to be a blow-out the likes of which even the most avid Fantastic Fest fan has never seen before.

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Report: Tony-winning British comedian James Corden is replacing Craig Ferguson

Report: Tony-winning British comedian James Corden is replacing Craig Ferguson
According to The Wrap, Corden, 35, who’s starring in Disney's “Into the Woods" and who won a Tony Award in 2012 for “One Man, Two Guvnors," is getting "The Late Late Show" job. Corden is also co-creator and co-star of “Gavin & Stacey,” which Fox remade and never aired. Corden's previous hosting experience includes the talk show for "Big Brother: Celebrity Hijack" with his "Gavin & Stacey" co-star Matthew Horne.

“Intervention” is being revived on LMN
The A&E sibling channel has ordered a 14th season of the docuseries.

“NCIS” casts a young Ducky
“Mixology’s” Adam Campbell will play a younger version of David McCallum’s character.

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The Civil Wars

The Civil Wars move from 'hiatus' to officially done and dusted

The duo leave us with one last song

Even though they separated more than a year ago, Joy Williams and John Paul White officially announced The Civil Wars’ divorce today. And they gave us all a little parting gift to remember them by to blunt the pain of realizing they are never, ever getting back together.

By the time the duo released its more recent album, “The Civil Wars,” in June 2013, they were already on “hiatus,” so this news comes as a surprise to no one. The Nashville-based duo burned brightly in its short time in the spotlight, winning Grammys for best country duo/group performance and best folk album in 2012 for 2011’s “Barton Hollow.” They also performed with Taylor Swift on "Safe & Sound," a T Bone Burnett-produced track on "The Hunger Games" soundtrack.

In a statement posted on their website, Williams commented, “I am saddened and disappointed by the ending of this duo, to say the very least. JP is a tremendous musician, and I will always be grateful for the music we were able to create together….Looking ahead, I’m excited to share the music that I am writing and recording in the midst of this difficult transition. I’ve loved being back in the studio, and have missed performing live. I look forward to seeing you soon.”

White added,  “I would like to express sincere thanks to all who were a part of the arc of The Civil Wars—from the beginning, to the end, and all points in between. My deep appreciation goes out to all who supported, disseminated, and enjoyed the music. Whatever shape or form the next chapter takes, thanks for being a large part of this one.”

Interesting that Williams threw White a bone there and he felt no need to do the same.

They leave us with their cover of the 1930s classic ditty, “You Are My Sunshine,” which the pair recorded in 2010. It was previously only available as the B-side to the limited edition “Barton Hollow” 7” vinyl release.

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<p>Steven Sodebergh of &quot;The Knick&quot;</p>

Steven Sodebergh of "The Knick"

Credit: Cinemax

Interview: Steven Soderbergh and Clive Owen on building the world of 'The Knick'

What brought the period medical drama to Cinemax? And much more...

The opening minutes of "The Knick" throw down a gauntlet. 

We're introduced to Clive Owen's John Thackery and his distinctive mustache at a red filtered opium den in 1900 New York City. Accompanied by an anachronistic score from Cliff Martinez, Thackery heads off in a carriage, removing his white leather shoes to shoot up between his toes. In no time, Thackery has reached the Knickerbocker Hospital, where he's thrust into the middle of a placenta previa surgery, like all surgeries in the period, a harrowing and bloody prospect.

You're in or you're out. There are no in-betweens.

Steven Soderbergh, who directed (and shot and edited) the entirety of the first "Knick" season, wouldn't have it any other way.

"[T]he first seven minutes of the first episode contain the sort of DNA of the whole show. If you're not down with how those first seven minutes go you're going to have trouble, because I'm giving you the code for how we're going to do it," Soderbergh told me when we sat down at the Beverly Hilton during last month's Television Critics Association press tour. 

Soderbergh, bless his heart, doesn't believe in short interviews and so, joined by Clive Owen, we discussed how a script by two veterans of "The Shaggy Dog" (Jack Amiel and Michael Begler) attracted an Oscar-winning director and an A-list film star and then how that project ended up at Cinemax.

The short answer? Soderbergh wanted it that way.

"Partly it's just probably a little self-serving in the sense that I knew that we'd be the big kid in a small school over there and I wanted that kind of personal attention," Soderbergh explained, simultaneously smiling and completely serious.

We didn't delve into Soderbergh's "retirement" because, let's be honest, the guy is just doing whatever he wants to do, wherever he wants to do it and it seems silly to quibble about whether he said (or somebody said on his behalf) that he was done with one medium or another. He's producing shows for Amazon and Starz. He directed the full season of "The Knick" and, as was announced within hours of this interview, he'll be directing a second full season as well. And "The Knick" looks and feels and moves like a Steven Soderbergh project.

In the interview, we talked about the show's treatment of its period setting and of the gory period surgeries, the value of the Cliff Martinez score and the pressures and panic moments associated with making five consecutive two-hour movies.

"The Knick" premieres on August 8. Check out the lengthy interview transcript below...

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<p>&quot;Bachelor in Paradise&quot;</p>

"Bachelor in Paradise"

Credit: ABC

TV Ratings: 'MasterChef,' 'Ninja' and 'Under the Dome' pace Monday split

ABC's 'Bachelor in Paradise' lags behind 'The Bachelorette'

Fast National ratings for Monday, August 4, 2014.

"MasterChef," "American Ninja Warrior" and "Under the Dome" were able to help FOX, NBC and CBS all claim shares of the ratings pie on Monday night, while even ABC was competitive thanks to a so-so premiere for "Bachelor in Paradise."

"Bachelor in Paradise" was far below what "The Bachelorette" was doing for most of the summer, while "Running Wild with Bear Grylls" and "Hotel Hell" were also down week-to-week. "Under the Dome" was up very slightly.

On to the numbers...

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