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<p>A scene from &quot;Prometheus&quot;</p>

A scene from "Prometheus"

Credit: 20th Century Fox

Tell us what you thought of 'Prometheus'

Ridley Scott's 'Alien' prequel hits theaters today

I was out of town for all the LA "Prometheus" press screenings, so I'll be heading out to the theater in a few to catch it myself with the masses. I actually had hoped to hit the midnight screening last night but it sold out. For now, though, I'm sure plenty of you will have something to say on the matter as Ridley Scott's film has been one of the most anticipated of the year. When you get around to it, head on back here with those thoughts and soon enough, I'll dive into the conversation with you. Also, feel free to rank the film via the tool above. (UPDATE: Okay, I'm back. Incredibly disappointing.)

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<p>Garret Dillahunt as Francis Wolcott on &quot;Deadwood.&quot;</p>

Garret Dillahunt as Francis Wolcott on "Deadwood."

Credit: HBO

'Deadwood' Rewind: Season 2, Episode 3: 'New Money' (Veterans edition)

While Al suffers, Garret Dillahunt returns in a dark new role

We're into week 2 of our summer trip back through David Milch's epic revisionist Western "Deadwood." As always with this project, we're going to have two parallel discussions going at once: identical reviews, but one where the comments section is just for people who are new to the series and don't want to be spoiled on anything past the events of the episode being discussed, and one for people who know "Deadwood" backwards and forwards, and want to be able to discuss it all at once. This is the veteran-friendly version; click here for the newbie-safe one.

A review of episode 3, "New Money," coming up just as soon as we make the trout pay for his slothful ways...

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<p>Garret Dillahunt as Francis Wolcott on &quot;Deadwood.&quot;</p>

Garret Dillahunt as Francis Wolcott on "Deadwood."

Credit: HBO

'Deadwood' Rewind: Season 2, Episode 3: 'New Money' (Newbies edition)

While Al suffers, Garret Dillahunt returns in a dark new role

We're into week 2 of our summer trip back through David Milch's epic revisionist Western "Deadwood." As always with this project, we're going to have two parallel discussions going at once: identical reviews, but one where the comments section is just for people who are new to the series and don't want to be spoiled on anything past the events of the episode being discussed, and one for people who know "Deadwood" backwards and forwards, and want to be able to discuss it all at once. This is the newbie-safe version; click here for the veteran-friendly one.

A review of episode 3, "New Money," coming up just as soon as we make the trout pay for his slothful ways...

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<p>Scott Aukerman of &quot;Comedy Bang! Bang!&quot;</p>

Scott Aukerman of "Comedy Bang! Bang!"

Credit: IFC

Interview: 'Comedy Bang! Bang!' creator Scott Aukerman discusses bringing his podcast to IFC

Plus, 'Happy Endings' star Casey Wilson drops by for a chat
Back in February, I dropped by the Abso Lutely Productions studio in Hollywood to catch some filming for "Comedy Bang! Bang!" a new IFC take-off on the talk show format.
 
"Comedy Bang! Bang!" finds Scott Aukerman loosely adapting his popular podcast, which has become a must-visit for any comedy actor with a product to plug and a must-listen for anybody with an interest in the craft of comedy. While the podcast mixes traditional guest segments with in-character appearances from Aukerman's posse of laugh-generating chums, the IFC series is more of a 30-minute talk show parody, though it features many of the same guests who have become regulars on the podcast.
 
Early IFC episodes feature Amy Poehler and Zach Galifianakis playing themselves, while Reggie Watts is a regular fixture as Aukerman's bandleader. 
 
On the day I'm visiting, Aukerman and Watts are sitting in the show's cramped green room eating catering from Zankou Chicken, though neither is actually eating the famous chicken. Over the course of the wide-ranging interview, Aukerman remains the only constant, as Watts is pulled aside for work down in the retro hunting lodge-style set, while "Happy Endings" star Casey Wilson drops by in the middle of the conversation before going and shooting a very funny skit.
 
For the most part, though, it's me and and Aukerman discussing the process of adapting the podcast and his own skewed take on the talk show format.
 
"Comedy Bang! Bang!" finally premieres on Friday, June 8. 
 
Check out the full Q&A, complete with the Wilson cameo.
 

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Watch: Logan Marshall-Green talks 'Prometheus,' Ridley Scott and robot racism

Watch: Logan Marshall-Green talks 'Prometheus,' Ridley Scott and robot racism

Sci-fi fanboy and star discusses his own expectations for the movie
LONDON - I'm not going to lie to you: I see Logan Marshall-Green and I instantly start humming "Hide and Seek." But Marshall-Green is more than just Ryan Atwood's ill-fated brother Trey from "The O.C." (and a regular on ABC's "Traveler" and TNT's "Dark Blue"). 
 
In roundtable interviews before last week's London premiere of "Prometheus," the 35-year-old actor discussed his excitement for the project as a sci-fi fanboy and also talked up his fanboy credentials for fantasy and for theater. And before we sat down to talk about "Prometheus" and this big opportunity to work with Ridley Scott, we discussed our impressions of the Tate Modern's currently running Damien Hirst retrospective, which we'd both found the time to catch in the days leading up to the junket. Logan Marshall-Green is a Renaissance Man, y'all.
 
Sitting in one of the planetary rovers from "Prometheus," Marshall-Green talks about his own expectations for the movie as a genre fan and explains why his character, Dr. Charlie Holloway, has issues with Michael Fassbender's robot butler David. 
 
Disclosure: The rover was sitting in the heart of Covent Garden in London and due to construction noise and reversing trucks and other ambient distractions, a chunk of this interview was unusable. The same fate befell my interview with Damon Lindelof, which will post tomorrow morning and was shot in the same rover. 
 
Stay tuned for the Lindelof interview tomorrow and the spoiler-y Ridley Scott interview either over the weekend or Monday. And check out my interviews with Charlize Theron & Guy Pearce and Noomi Rapace & Michael Fassbender.
 
"Prometheus" opens on Friday, June 8.
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Riva was tasked with helping re-imagine "The Amazing Spider-Man" with a darker sheen.
Riva was tasked with helping re-imagine "The Amazing Spider-Man" with a darker sheen.
Credit: Columbia Pictures

Tech Support: 'Django,' 'Amazing Spider-Man' production designer J. Michael Riva has passed

Veteran crewman was Oscar-nominated for 'The Color Purple'

Your heart has to melt for Quentin Tarantino. The guy is nothing if not protective and supportive of his crews, many key members loyal to him over the years.

Back in 2010, he was dealt a blow when long-time editor Sally Menke tragically died amid hot summer temperatures while hiking in Runyon Canyon, and today, the production designer of his hotly anticipated western "Django Unchained," J. Michael Riva, has reportedly died at the age of 63, according to Variety.

Tarantino has worked with designer David Wasco for the majority of his career and Riva was a bit of a departure for "Django." But judging by the look of the film in the trailer, which just hit the net yesterday, the collaboration is a fruitful one. Filming has been taking place at the Melody Ranch Motion Picture Studio up in Newhall, California, north of Los Angeles, and is currently on-going in New Orleans.

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Cannes discovery 'Ernest and Celestine' deserves a US audience
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Cannes discovery 'Ernest and Celestine' deserves a US audience

Delightful French animated feature one of the festival's sidebar standouts

I apologize for leaving my Cannes coverage somewhat unfinished. General fatigue combined with the post-festival distractions of Paris to put all film-related thoughts on the back burner for a week -- which frankly, with films as gnawingly variegated as "Holy Motors" or the only superficially tidy "Amour," can only aid an eventual review. All will be discussed eventually; the films, sadly, are many months away yet.

I did, however, want to start my Cannes catch-up work with a personal viewing highlight about which I've received more questions from readers, Twitter followers and the odd colleague than any of the festival's big winners -- perhaps as a result of my placing it one slot ahead of Michael Haneke's Palme d'Or winner in Indiewire's critics' survey of the best of the fest. Invited to name the best five films across all strands of the festival, I didn't stray too far from consensus: alongside "Amour," films like "Holy Motors," "No" and "Rust and Bone" were hardly short of champions. What, then, was "Ernest and Celestine" doing among them?

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<p>The Killers in 2009</p>

The Killers in 2009

Credit: AP Photo

Watch: Trailer for The Killers' new album 'Battleborn'

Synthy!

The Killers' new album is titled "Battle Born," and every good battle needs an army. So the Las Vegas troupe recruited a number of high-power producers including Steve Lillywhite, Damian Taylor, Brendan O’Brien, and previous collaborator Stuart Price, who helped smack the sound on the band's 2008 hit "Human."

"Battle Born," the Killers' fourth full-length will drop some time this fall, and is the follow-up to 2008's "Day & Age." Since that release, frontman Brandon Flowers went off to make a solo album, and judging from the trailer the band dropped today, the group is heading further still into synthy territory, as it's done increasingly.

In an interview with NME, drummer Ronnie Vanucci said the title fits the band's state of mind during the recording process. "It's living up to its title. This is our difficult fourth record."

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<p>The Gaslight Anthem</p>
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The Gaslight Anthem


Watch: Gaslight Anthem will see you on the flip side in '45' video

Band sets more tour dates

Rock band Gaslight Anthem's new single "45" took some time to grow on me. It reminds me of a lot of material from their last album, and any band should feel pressure to justify the filler phrase "Heee-eeey." However, The chorus is killing me. I'm improving on my air-drumming and I find myself doing a lot of pointing, especially on the "see you on the flip side" part.

The music video for "45" features Gaslight Anthem fans reacting about the same, pushing up against the barricades at a show in the troupe's home state of New Jersey. Interspersed are shots of Asbury Park and other sites around the band's stomping grounds.

As previously reported, "45" is culled from "Handwritten," due on July 21. The band have already set many tour dates, below.

Here are the Gaslight Anthem's tour dates:
06/08 – Nickelsdorf, AT @ Nova Rock
06/09 – Munster, DE @ Vainstream Rockfest
06/11 – London, UK @ Koko’s
06/13 – Keil, DE @ Max
06/14 – Hultsfred, SE @ Hultsfred Festival
06/15 – Arhus, DK @ Northside Festival
06/16 – Oslo, NO @ Norwegian Wood
06/17 – Seinajoki, FI @ Provinssirock
06/23 – Atlantic City, NJ @ Orion Music + More
07/05 – San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
07/07 – Portland, OR @ Hawthrone Theater
07/08 – Seattle, WA @ Crocodile
07/11 – Minneapolis, MN @ Fineline
07/12 – Lawrence, KS @ Bottleneck
07/13 – St. Louis, MO @ Firebird
07/14 – Cincinnati, OH @ Bunbury Music Festival
07/16 – Toronto, ON @ Opera House
07/18 – Nashville, TN @ Mercy Lounge
07/19 – Chapel Hill, NC @ Cat’s Cradle
07/20 – Washington, DC @ U Street
07/22 – Boston, MA @ Middle East
07/24 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall
08/05 – Chicago, IL @ Lollapalooza
08/16-17 – Kiewit, BE @ Pukkelpop
08/18 – Ludinghausen, DE @ Area 4
08/19 – Leipzig, DE @ Highfield Festival
08/24 – Leeds, UK @ Leeds Festival
08/26 – Reading, UK @ Reading Festival
09/11 – Quebec City, QC @ Agora #
09/12 – Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre #
09/13 – Ottawa, ON @ CE Centre #
09/15 – Chicago, IL @ Riot Fest #
09/16 – Milwaukee, WI @ Eagles Ballroom #
09/17 – Grand Rapids, MI @ Deltaplex #
09/20 – Houston, TX @ Bayou Music Center #
09/21 – Pensacola Beach, FL @ DeLuna Fest
09/22 – Dallas, TX @ Gexa Energy Pavilion #
09/24 – Denver, CO @ The Fillmore Auditorium #
09/25 – Denver, CO @ The Fillmore Auditorium #
09/28 – Tempe, AZ @ Tempe Beach Park #
09/29 – Anaheim, CA @ Honda Center #
10/01 – Las Vegas, NV @ Hard Rock Cafe #
10/02 – Reno, NV @ Grand Sierra Theatre #
10/04 – Victoria, BC @ Save On Foods Memorial Centre #
10/ 06 – Calgary, AB @ Stampede Park BMO Centre #
10/07 – Edmonton, AB @ Edmonton Expo Centre #

* = w/ Soundgarden
# = w/ Rise Against and Hot Water Music

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Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 133

Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 133

Dan and Alan talk 'Saving Hope,' 'True Blood,' 'Buffy' and more

The

Happy Thursday, Boys & Girls.
 
Time for the promised bonus installment of The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast.
 
Just under the wire, we discuss Thursday's premiere of NBC's "Saving Hope." We also talk about IFC's "Comedy Bang Bang!" and "Bunk." I complain about HBO's "True Blood," while Sepinwall vows to never watch again unless I force him. We also briefly discuss the TCA Award nominations and then Alan shared some of his preferences in TV for kids.
 
And, finally, we talk about the "Witch" episode of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer."
 
This is probably our shortest podcast in a while, but combined with the 90+ minutes on Monday, that's still a lot of podcasting.
 
Today's breakdown:
"Saving Hope" (00:00:50 - 00:10:15)
"Comedy Bang Bang!" and "Bunk" (00:10:20 - 00:19:00)
"True Blood" (00:19:00 - 00:32:00)
TCA Award Nominations (00:32:00 - 00:42:25)
Alan's Kids' TV Roundup (00:42:35 - 00:49:25)

"Buffy the Vampire Slayer" Rewatch (00:49:30 - 01:03:45) 

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 133: 'True Blood,' 'Comedy Bang! Bang!,' 'Bunk' & 'Saving Hope'

Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 133: 'True Blood,' 'Comedy Bang! Bang!,' 'Bunk' & 'Saving Hope'

Dan and Alan also talk TCA Awards and continue their 'Buffy' rewatch with 'Witch'

The

We promised a two-podcast week for the Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, and we delivered, dammit. With "Mad Men" and "Game of Thrones" out of the way, we had plenty of time for reviewing, awards discussion, letter answering and our discussion of a "Buffy" episode that was a step down from the pilot.

The line-up: 

"Saving Hope" (00:00:50 - 00:10:15)
"Comedy Bang Bang!" and "Bunk" (00:10:20 - 00:19:00)
"True Blood" (00:19:00 - 00:32:00)
TCA Award Nominations (00:32:00 - 00:42:25)
Alan's Kids' TV Roundup (00:42:35 - 00:49:25)
"Buffy the Vampire Slayer" Rewatch (00:49:30 - 01:03:45)
 
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>Will Johnny Galecki and&nbsp;Jim Parsons dress up for &quot;The Big Bang Theory&quot; Comic-Con panel in Hall H?</p>

Will Johnny Galecki and Jim Parsons dress up for "The Big Bang Theory" Comic-Con panel in Hall H?

Credit: CBS

'Big Bang Theory,' 'Fringe' hit Hall H as Warner Brothers TV announces Comic-Con plans

'Nikita,' 'Supernatural' and 'Person of Interest' among other panels

Organizers of the San Diego Comic-Con have slowly but surely been coming to the reality that many TV show panels are as much in demand from convention-goers as movie panels — if not moreso — and over the last few years, the Convention Center's biggest room, Hall H, has started hosting TV events on Sundays after the movie studios have skipped town. So when Warner Bros. released its Comic-Con plans (the first TV studio to do so this year), it was no surprise to see "Fringe" get a promotion from Ballroom 20 to a Sunday slot in Hall H. But the bigger deal involves "The Big Bang Theory," which will also be in Hall H, but on Friday — which is typically prime movie studio time.

As other studios and networks announce their own Con plans, it'll be interesting to see if "Big Bang" is an anomaly, or if other TV shows that generally have to turn many, many people away from Ballroom 20 — say, "Game of Thrones" and "True Blood" — also get the big room on an earlier day.

After the jump, a list of the pilots Warner Bros. will be screening in Ballroom 20 on Wednesday, July 11, and then days, room numbers and tentative guests for the various Warner Bros. panels:

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