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<p>You can expect a whole lot more of this in the reshot version of 'G.i. Joe Retaliation' that will open in March 2013.</p>

You can expect a whole lot more of this in the reshot version of 'G.i. Joe Retaliation' that will open in March 2013.

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Paramount's decision to move 'G.I Joe Retaliation' could be a no-win for the studio

As their cover story crumbles, a picture of a troubled production emerges

Walk down the aisle of a grocery store, and you'll see products with the "G.I. Joe Retaliation" logo slapped on them.  Hit the right toy store that didn't get the memo, and you'll see "G.I. Joe Retaliation" toys on the shelves.  Drive around LA, and you'll see plenty of outdoor posters for the film.  It looks like Paramount's got their sequel to the live-action "Rise Of Cobra" ready to go and on its way to theaters on June 29th.

That's not true, though.  They've pushed the film to a March 29th, 2013 release, and the reason they gave last week when details started to break was that they wanted to make sure they had time to give the film a good 3D post-conversion.

This week, though, that cover story is starting to collapse, and a very different picture is emerging of a film in trouble, a director being pushed aside, and reshoots designed to radically alter the fate of at least one character.  In an age where even the smallest details on a film seem to be known months ahead of release, I'm not sure how Paramount thought they were going to get away with a cover story as simple as "We like 3D," but it's apparent that they're going to have to contend with months of tough buzz instead, and their decision to move the film could be make or break and worth hundreds of millions of dollars to a studio that can't afford to throw away any money right now.

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<p>Josh Hopkins and Courteney Cox in the &quot;Cougar Town&quot;&nbsp;season finale.</p>

Josh Hopkins and Courteney Cox in the "Cougar Town" season finale.

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Season finale review: 'Cougar Town' - 'My Life/Your World'

Jules and Grayson hit some bumps on their way to a dream wedding

A review of the "Cougar Town" season finale coming up just as soon as I say something bad about leather sandals...

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<p>Mindy Kaling of &quot;The Mindy Project&quot;</p>

Mindy Kaling of "The Mindy Project"

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DVR Gridlock 2012-13: Tuesday Nights

Six new shows! Three head-to-head-to-head comedy blocks! Chaos!
[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.]
 
TUESDAY NIGHTS
 
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<p>I expected Mighty Joe Young to wake up and attack based on how realistic the sculpture was during our tour of Rick Baker's Glendale studio.</p>

I expected Mighty Joe Young to wake up and attack based on how realistic the sculpture was during our tour of Rick Baker's Glendale studio.

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Watch: Join us for a tour of Rick Baker's make-up showroom

'Mighty Joe Young,' 'Ed Wood,' 'Coming To America,' and more

Last week, I ran my long-form interview with make-up effects legend Rick Baker, which may be my favorite thing we've done so far this year here on HitFix.

While we were at his Glendale studio getting ready for the interview, we had some time to kill in the showroom, where he has many elaborate make-ups on display, and we decided to shoot as much of it as we could for you.

The result isn't he most formal walk-through tour of all time, but should offer you a flavor of what it's like to be there, and just how remarkable these creations are when you see them up close.  Stan Winston used to have the same sort of showroom at his company, and I think it's a testament to the artistry that goes into the making of these things.  Built right, they endure long past when you'd expect them to, and even without knowing the film they came from, they are remarkable.

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Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 131

Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 131

Dan and Alan talk 'Awake,' 'Longmire' and start their 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' journey

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Happy Tuesday, Boys & Girls!
 
Hope you had a happy and reverential Memorial Day. Now it's time for another installment of The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, recorded with a full ocean between us.
 
In this week's podcast, we review A&E's "Longmire," discuss the series finale of NBC's "Awake," talk about Sunday's mighty eventful "Mad Men" and then we begin our summer rewatch of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer."
 
So that's a lot of ground to cover.
 
[On a side note: If the "Buffy" character who we say at the end of the podcast is never mentioned again happens to be mentioned again in the next episode, no need to tell us. That's the beauty of a rewatch: We'll discover next episode and I'll be sure to apologize profusely. To the character, not the actor.]
 
Anyway... 
 
Here's the breakdown:
"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.] 

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

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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

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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.
 
And as always, feel free to e-mail us questions for the podcast.
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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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<p>&nbsp;Beyonce&nbsp;</p>

 Beyonce 

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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." 

[More after the jump...]

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

 Justin Bieber

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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.

[More after the jump...]

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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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