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<p>Snoop Dogg with Tupac at Coachella weekend one</p>

Snoop Dogg with Tupac at Coachella weekend one

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Can we let Tupac Shakur rest in peace again now?

What kind of can of worms did Coachella unleash?

Dr. Dre’s non-denial denial yesterday that the Tupac Shakur hologram (or 2D image) was created solely for Coachella and not for a tour continues to bring lingering thoughts on what technology means when it comes to raising the dead.

As you know, the legendary rapper, who died in 1996, made projected appearances at both Snoop Dogg/Dr. Dre shows at the festival--on April 15 and April 22. The April 15 appearance, which started with Tupac greeting the Coachella attendees, was the resounding water cooler moment at the fest this year.

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<p>You think you're surprised, Mr. Bond? Me, too, because I&nbsp;used to rank 'Thunderball' among the series' early highlights, but I really don't think it holds up.</p>

You think you're surprised, Mr. Bond? Me, too, because I used to rank 'Thunderball' among the series' early highlights, but I really don't think it holds up.

Credit: MGM/UA Home Video

James Bond Declassified: File #4 - 'Thunderball' is the first series stumble

The most legally controversial film in the series was also its first big misstep

JAMES BOND 007 DECLASSIFIED
File #4: "Thunderball"

This series will trace the cinema history of James Bond, while also examining Ian Fleming's original novels as source material and examining how faithful (or not) the films have been to his work.

Directed by Terence Young
Screenplay by Richard Maibaum and John Hopkins and Jack Whittingham
Story by Kevin McClory and Jack Whittingham and Ian Fleming
Produced by Kevin McClory and Stanley Sopel

CHARACTERS / CAST

James Bond / Sean Connery
Domino Derval / Claudine Auger
Largo / Adolfo Celi
Fiona / Luciana Paluzzi
Felix Leiter / Rik Van Nutter
Count Lippe / Guy Doleman
Patricia / Molly Peters
Paula / Martine Beswick
"M" / Bernard Lee
"Q" / Desmond Llewelyn
Moneypenny / Lois Maxwell
Foreign Secretary / Roland Culver
Francois Derval/Angelo Palazzi / Paul Stassino
Pinder / Earl Cameron

CREDITS SEQUENCE

Starting with that monogrammed "JB" on the side of a casket is a nice touch.

Bond's at the funeral of a man he wanted to kill, and he's upset he missed his opportunity.  He watches the family drive away.  But… wait… turns out the dude is posing as his own widow, and James follows him to the family home, then beats the ever-lovin' snot out of him.  It's a vicious fight, ending with Bond strangling the guy to death with a fireplace poker.  Bond makes his escape via jetpack in one of the great practical gags from the film series, and, using a car that appears to have been through Q branch, sprays down the guards chasing him, which leads into the underwater opening credit sequence, complete with Tom Jones theme song.

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<p>Beck</p>

Beck

Listen: Beck releases ‘Corrina, Corrina’ cover for 'mothers'

Check out Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros' contribution to 'Every Mother Counts," too

Mother’s Day may not be for another three weeks, but Beck’s got a nice, soft gift for non-profit organization Every Mother Counts.

The songwriter goes the ballad-slow route in this oft-covered folk classic, though no telling when exactly he recorded this one – perhaps about the same time as “Sea Change?”

Listen to the song here.

Regardless, Beck shares a tracklist with other big-named artists who contributed previously unreleased songs and song versions, like Eddie Vedder, David Bowie, Coldplay, U2 and Dave Matthews. Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros loaned “Mother,” which you can stream here.

“Every Mother Counts” will be available for purchase at Starbucks starting on May 1.

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Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 125

Dan and Alan talk 'L.A. Complex,' reality TV, 'Game of Thrones,' 'Girls' and more

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Happy Monday, Boys and Girls!
 
In this week's installment of The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, we've got a correction, a review of The CW's "L.A. Complex," Dan's Reality Roundup, discussion of "Mad Men" and "Game of Thrones" and a pile of Listener Mail, including two questions about "Girls" and the controversy therein. 
 
That seems probably like enough for a full podcast, eh?
 
 
Here's Monday's podcast breakdown:
NFL on FOX (00:00:50 - 00:04:20)
"L.A. Complex" (00:04:15 - 00:13:05)
Dan's Reality Roundup (00:13:00 - 00:26:20)
Listener Mail - Two "Girls" Queries (00:26:35 - 00:39:10)
Listener Mail - Twitter Etiquette (00:39:20 - 00:43:15)
Listener Mail - "Arrested Development" on Netflix (00:43:20 - 00:50:10)
"Game of Thrones" (00:50:20 - 00:59:55)
Sunday's "Mad Men" (01:00:00 - 01:15:20)

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 125: 'The L.A. Complex,' 'Mad Men,' 'Game of Thrones' & more

Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 125: 'The L.A. Complex,' 'Mad Men,' 'Game of Thrones' & more

Dan and Alan also talk about the 'Girls' backlash and check in on reality TV

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On this week's Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, Dan and I come to an unexpected consensus on the CW's Canadian import "The L.A. Complex" (I'll have a written review posted tomorrow morning), do our periodic Dan's Reality Round-Up segment, answer a bunch of mail (including a lot of "Girls" discussion), check in on "Mad Men" like usual but also devote a few minutes to recent developments on "Game of Thrones." Busy busy busy.

The line-up: 

NFL on FOX (00:00:50 - 00:04:20)
"L.A. Complex" (00:04:15 - 00:13:05)
Dan's Reality Roundup (00:13:00 - 00:26:20)
Listener Mail - Two "Girls" Queries (00:26:35 - 00:39:10)
Listener Mail - Twitter Etiquette (00:39:20 - 00:43:15)
Listener Mail - "Arrested Development" on Netflix (00:43:20 - 00:50:10)
"Game of Thrones" (00:50:20 - 00:59:55)
Sunday's "Mad Men" (01:00:00 - 01:15:20)
 
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>Marion Cotillard in &quot;Rust and Bone.&quot;</p>

Marion Cotillard in "Rust and Bone."

Credit: Sony Pictures Classics

Cannes Check: Jacques Audiard's 'Rust and Bone'

Continuing our preview series on the Cannes competition

The auteur: Jacques Audiard (French, 59 years old)

The talent: Though Audiard has never been averse to working with actors on the French A-list, his latest represents his shiniest star collaboration to date, with Oscar-winner Marion Cotillard taking top billing -- the Hollywood adoptee's first lead role in a French-language feature since 2009's "The Last Flight." Audiard's male leads, in recent years, have been rather imaginatively chosen, and this one is no exception: Matthias Schoenaerts may still be an unfamiliar name to many, but the hulking, impressive Belgian actor made a major impact in last year's Oscar-nominated "Bullhead," for which he won several festival awards. The supporting cast featueres another notable Belgian, actor-director Bouli Lanners, and relative newcomer Celine Sallette, Cesar-nominated for last year's Cannes entry "House of Tolerance."

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<p>Tom Waits</p>

Tom Waits

UPDATED: Tom Waits postpones 'Letterman' and 'Fallon' appearances

Songwriter skeds late-night TV dates

UPDATE APRIL 23: In a Tweet posted last week, Waits' team announced that these forthcoming late-night TV appearances are off, for the moment: "Tom is postponing his appearances on Letterman and Fallon and will reschedule at a later date TBA"

ORIGINAL REPORT APRIL 9: Tom Waits is trotting out his songs from "Bad As Me" for the first time since the album release with a couple of performances lined up on national television.

The veteran songwriter head to the "Late Show With David Letterman" on April 24 and to "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" the next night on April 25. He'll be sitting down for an interview with each, too, which might prove to be just as entertaining as the songs themselves.

He's visited with Letterman before, but this will be a first for "Fallon"; considering that host's rivalries, I'd expect a stop-off at "The Colbert Report," or maybe just a return to "The Daily Show" with Jon Stewart.

Waits has yet to announce any tour dates behind "Bad As Me," but this may signal that organizing may just be ramping up for a trek. He only played eight shows in support of his 2006 album "Orphans," then took up a much more complete itinerary two years later. He's known to play with the dates surrounding his album releases, and in a series of stops that don't always land in major cities.

These performances may also answer the question of: if Waits were to tour, what cracker-jack band would he take with him? During the 2008 Glitter and Doom tour, it was with backers like Vincent Henry on woodwinds, his son Casey Waits on drums, Omar Torrez on guitar/banjo, Patrick Warren on keyboard and Seth Ford-Young on bass. On this record, Casey was all over the thing and Warren was on half; Ford-Young, Henry and Torrez are nowhere to be found; andclassic collaborators like Marc Ribot and special guests like Keith Richards and Flea abounded.

This is all speculation of course. Waits may be already hard at work on something else as soon as the cameras hit "stop."

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<p>Fiona Apple's &quot;Every Single Night&quot;</p>

Fiona Apple's "Every Single Night"

Listen: Fiona Apple reveals firey 'Every Single Night'

That's where the pain comes in

Fiona Apple has been performing new track "Every Single Night" at many of her tour stops this spring, and now the song is officially available to stream.

As previously reported, "Every Single Night" features a refrain of a disturbed war cry, "I just want to feel / everything." Apple's voice is mixed and recorded so close, like fractured and delicate china, her breaths moving over spare plunks and chiming keyboard parts. This is no "single" in the traditional sense, but it carries a lot of weight and personality. Again, the songwriter proves that one of her biggest strengths is her vulnerability.

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<p>The passage of time was a major issue for Don and everyone else on this episode of &quot;Mad Men.&quot;</p>

The passage of time was a major issue for Don and everyone else on this episode of "Mad Men."

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'Mad Men' - 'Far Away Places': The HoJo code

Peggy, Roger and Don take three very different trips

A review of tonight's "Mad Men" coming up just as soon as I buy you a backscratcher...

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Teresa and Joe Giudice on 'Real Housewives of New Jersey'

Teresa and Joe Giudice on 'Real Housewives of New Jersey'

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Recap: 'Real Housewives of New Jersey' season four premiere

Picking up before last season's reunion left off

The last time we saw these housewives they were slugging it out on the third season reunion show.

It was Teresa versus... everyone else. Caroline, Melissa and Kathy still held grudges over Teresa's mudslinging cookbook (and unspecified subsequent events). Relationships had become so strained that Jacqueline couldn't even attend the reunion. But they couldn't "go there" and fill us in on what happened because they were in the midst of shooting season four.

That was quite an advance teaser for what's to come. But first, we'll have to settle for the set up. The season premiere opens four months before that dramatic reunion showdown...

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<p>Jemima Kirke, Lena Dunham and Zosia Mamet in &quot;Girls.&quot;</p>

Jemima Kirke, Lena Dunham and Zosia Mamet in "Girls."

Credit: HBO

'Girls' - 'Vagina Panic': We're the ladies?

Hannah and friends suffer the consequences of good and (mostly) bad sex

A review of tonight's "Girls" coming up just as soon as I make the continent of Africa on your arm...

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Phaedra Parks Sheree Whitfield on Real Housewives of Atlanta

'Real Housewives of Atlanta' puts a wrap on season four: Phaedra, we love you. Sheree, we'll miss you.

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Recap: 'Real Housewives of Atlanta' season four reunion, part 3

This year's reunion went a hour too long

Did we really need three hours for this year's "Real Housewives of Atlanta" reunion? Based on what happened in the final hour, apparently not.

Some key topics were touched on, including NeNe's new gig on "Glee" and more indecent behavior from Marlo. But most of this either could've been shoved into a supersized second half of the reunion, or saved for online exclusives.

So, what did we learn?

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