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<p>Ted puts on a green dress to help out Barney on &quot;How I&nbsp;Met Your Mother.&quot;</p>

Ted puts on a green dress to help out Barney on "How I Met Your Mother."

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'How I Met Your Mother' - 'Now We're Even': Canadian chopper

Ted puts on a dress, Lily has a dream and Robin gets famous

A review of tonight's "How I Met Your Mother" coming up just as soon as my face turns vermillion...

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From L-R: Kiss, The Monkees, Heart
From L-R: Kiss, The Monkees, Heart

The next 10 acts who should go into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Let the debate begin: Kiss, Rush, and Chic top the list

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inducted the Class of 2012 over the weekend amid a slew of no shows and controversy, once again, over acts that have not been invited to join the Cleveland edifice.

Here are the 10 acts that should be the next to get in. The Hall only inducts five performers at a time so we know they aren’t all going in in 2013, but all are eligible. Some of them have been on the ballot before and been denied, others, like Kiss, like to shout it, shout it out loud, that they have been wronged over and over.

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<p>Mmmmmmm... popcorn.</p>

Mmmmmmm... popcorn.

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One Thing I Love Today: Commander Future returns to Popcorn Fiction

Excuse me while I indulge in a little self-promotion

I have had a deep attraction to pulp fiction for most of my life, and in some ways, I wish I'd been able to work in an earlier era, where an author could develop a character and there were dozens of places where you could publish an ongoing series.  I envy guys like Lester Dent and Robert E. Howard because there was a market for the kind of work they did, one that I would argue doesn't really exist in the same way today.

However, I've been exceptionally lucky in the last year or so, because I was able to connect with Derek Haas and Popcorn Fiction, and I've been offered a home for my own pulp hero, Commander Future.  This morning, we published the third story about his adventures as chronicled by Peter Underhill, and it's my favorite of the series so far.

More than that, though, I'm just honored to be part of the Popcorn Fiction family.  Haas has been picking stories every week for a few years now, and he's proven to have great taste and a broad definition of what belongs on the site.  A few weeks ago, Film School Rejects editor/writer Cole Abaius published a story on the site under his alternate identity, Scott Beggs, but Haas has included a wide range of voices on the site.  Guys like Rian Johnson, Charlie Huston, Mark Wheaton, Eric Heisserer, Patton Oswalt, Larry Doyle, and Eric Red have all published stories on the site, and Haas has started to develop a stable of regular authors who contribute to the site.  I'm particularly taken with the work that Les Bohem has contributed.  Just knowing that I've shared an outlet with Lawrence Block is enough to make me feel like this is a milestone, something I should cherish.

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<p>Dave Grohl</p>

Dave Grohl

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Nirvana today: Dave Grohl records with Krist Novoselic, plus... Kurt Cobain solo album

Hole reunites, weirdly; Courtney Love apologizes over asinine rumor-mongering

This past week, Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic, Butch Vig, Hole, Courtney Love, Eric Erlandson and a whole swirl of Nirvana characters past ahve banded together in a milky way of news. 

First, Dave Grohl is reportedly in the studio with former Nirvana bandmate Krist Novoselic and "Nevermind" producer Butch Vig. Or so says Vig.

"The last 24 hours have been surreal! Had a great gig at the El Rey last night, and spent today recording with Dave, Krist and special guest!" Vig Tweeted late last week.

No more has been said about the "special guest," but here's some context: Grohl's forthcoming documentary "Sound City" is still filming, and promises some unique collaborations. Thus, replied the Sound City Twitter account to the legendary producer, "always a pleasure @butchvig." It appears the recording session will go in the film, which still awaits a release date.

The reunion of Grohl, Novoselic and Vig isn't totally new: the three came together for the Foo Fighters' last "Wasting Light" album last year, with the bassist guesting on the set. The Foos have said that they are planning to record a new album starting later this year.

On a related note, it seems that late Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain had planned a solo album. Or so says Eric Erlandson.

The guitarist performed with Cobain's wife Courtney Love in Hole and was a longtime friend of the Nirvana singer. Erlander is currently promoting his newly released book "Letters to Kurt" and told Fuse that Cobain was writing new material for what could have been his solo debut.

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<p>Marvel's promising that they'll test Tony Stark on a deeply personal level in 'Iron Man 3,' and now it appears at least part of that will happen in China.</p>

Marvel's promising that they'll test Tony Stark on a deeply personal level in 'Iron Man 3,' and now it appears at least part of that will happen in China.

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Does 'Iron Man 3' heading to China mean we'll see the Mandarin?

Disney starts to lay some long-term groundwork for the future

Dealing with China is one of the most difficult things for Hollywood to do at the moment.  It is a huge market, one that can add significant returns to a film's international box-office take, but in order to do so, there's a bit of a tap-dance that any film must do, and very few films ever get that official state-sanctioned release.

And while the first inclination of longtime "Iron Man" fans is going to be "Yay, they're using the Mandarin" because of the news that the upcoming "Iron Man 3" is not only going to shoot in China but actually be co-financed by the Chinese, I would think that's a dangerous assumption to make.  The Mandarin is a tough villain for the film series to introduce without flirting with the sort of "Yellow Peril" stereotypes that makes China nervous about Hollywood in the first place.

In general, Disney is busy laying down some groundwork for ongoing relationships with the Chinese film industry, and why not?  You're talking about a market that could conceivably add billions to a film's box-office if given a wide release there.  Billions.  With a b.  And in order to have access to that potential audience, involving the Chinese in the production of the film seems like a logical step.  You want to make sure that you're speaking to local tastes and interests and that you're creating something that is going to be allowed to play as widely as possible.

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Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 124

Dan and Alan talk 'Veep,' 'Justified' and 25 Years of FOX

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Happy Monday, Boys & Girls.
 
It's another busy installment of The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast.
 
This week, we talk about the "Justified" finale and Sunday's busy "Mad Men." We also review HBO's excellent "Veep" and chat about 25 Years of FOX. 
 
And because that wasn't enough? Mail!
 
Next week's gonna be a bit lighter in terms of content, so mail is always appreciated. And maybe it'll be time for some sports talk...
 
Here's the podcast breakdown:
25 Years of FOX (00:00:40 - 00:22:00)
"Veep" (00:22:00 - 00:31:50)
Listener Mail - Ashley Judd's "puffy face" article (00:32:10 - 00:38:20)
Listener Mail - "The Office"/"Parks & Rec" (00:38:25 - 00:45:45)
Listener Mail - "Suburgatory" Emmy chances (00:46:00 - 00:50:30)
"Justified" finale (00:51:35 - 01:04:50)
Sunday's "Mad Men" (01:04:50 - 01:20:30)
 

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 124: 'Veep,' FOX's 25th anniversary, 'Mad Men' & more

Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 124: 'Veep,' FOX's 25th anniversary, 'Mad Men' & more

Dan and Alan also review the 'Justified' finale and answer your mail

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On this week's Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, Dan and I talk about 25 years of the FOX network, review the marvelous satire and profanity of HBO's "Veep," look back on the "Justified" finale and last night's "Mad Men," and answer some of your mail.

The line-up: 

25 Years of FOX (00:00:40 - 00:22:00)
"Veep" (00:22:00 - 00:31:50)
Listener Mail - Ashley Judd's "puffy face" article (00:32:10 - 00:38:20)
Listener Mail - "The Office"/"Parks & Rec" (00:38:25 - 00:45:45)
Listener Mail - "Suburgatory" Emmy chances (00:46:00 - 00:50:30)
"Justified" finale (00:51:35 - 01:04:50)
Sunday's "Mad Men" (01:04:50 - 01:20:30)
 
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>Kanye West &quot;Way Too Cold&quot;</p>

Kanye West "Way Too Cold"

Kanye West makes 'creative decision' to change title of 'Theraflu'

The song will now be known as 'Way Too Cold'

Hey Kanye, Theraflu called and they want their name back, but Imma  let you say it was all your decision to change the name of “Theraflu” to “Way Too Cold.”  

As you know Kanye West dropped a new song last week, the one in which he declared his love for Kim Kardashian (can’t wait to see that reality show) called “Theraflu.”  Today comes word that he has made the “creative decision” to  change the title to “Way Too Cold.” Yeah, right...

It turns out the medicine makers weren’t quite so down with the song as West. Though they stopped short of threatening legal action, they told TMZ last week that the song, which also features DJ Khaled, that “We in no way endorse or approve of the references or use of the image and likeness of Theraflu in this manner.” What? They didn’t like the image of their medicine perched on top of a drawing of  nude female body? If that doesn’t represent cold, I don’t know what does?

And in case you want to buy “Way Too Cold,”  West is selling it directly through his website, www.kanyewest.com.

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<p>Linkin Park</p>

Linkin Park

Listen: Linkin Park's 'Burn It Down' from new album 'Living Things'

Band sets tour dates with Incubus and Mutemath

Linkin Park will release its latest album, “Living Things” on June 26.  The album, co-produced by Rick Rubin and LP’s Mike Shinoda, is preceded by first single, “Burn It Down,”  which went to radio today (16).

“Burn It Down” utilizes the now tried-and-true Linkin Park formula of starting with Chester Bennington singing, usually in some kind of psychic pain, and then the song escalates into a twisted metal mass and then Shinoda comes in with a rap at some point. If the band does its job right, there’s usually a great sense of catharsis that creep in by the end of the song.

[More after the jump...]

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<p>Maroon 5's Adam Levine and Wiz Khalifa</p>
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Maroon 5's Adam Levine and Wiz Khalifa


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Listen: Maroon 5's new song 'Payphone' featuring Wiz Khalifa

Would you turn your chair around for it?

Mommy, what’s a pay phone? On new single, "Payphone," Maroon5 takes us back to the past, when things were good between lead singer Adam Levine and his girl, and he’d spend all of his money on a pay phone calling her and he still believed in “fairy tales.”

Bolstered by a rat-a-tat drum beat, “Payphone” is a straight-ahead pop ditty, that, like everything else these days, seems to take a page from Bruno Mars’ “Grenade” for its shiny, military-like precise beat that still manages to sound convincingly warm. As I've been writing about ad nauseum lately, we've entered a new pure pop period, and this song fits in perfectly. It's melodic and catchy, and but not overly aggressive.

[More after the jump...]

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<p>I think it's safe to say that when you're talking about 1982, few images loom quite as large in pop culture as this one from 'Fast Times At Ridgemont High'</p>

I think it's safe to say that when you're talking about 1982, few images loom quite as large in pop culture as this one from 'Fast Times At Ridgemont High'

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Alamo's 'Summer of '82' adds 11 titles and sets ticket sale dates

Are you ready to pay tribute to the greatest genre summer ever?

Alamo Drafthouse's "Summer Of '82" was already set to be a great programming series, so of course, they went and made it better.

Today, they're announcing an expanded line-up that covers more than just the summer's programming, turning this entire summer into a tribute to 1982's stellar line-up of film releases across every genre.  I'm excited that I'll be there for the kick-off of the series, since HitFix is presenting "Conan The Barbarian."  Now I just need to figure out how I'm going to justify moving to Austin for four months.

In addition to adding more films to the schedule, the Alamo has also announced how ticketing is going to work and they've created a special badge that covers the original eight films they programmed.

I've decided that we'll be reviewing the films they're showing in this series, because I've never reviewed a number of them.  These are films I consider formative to my own sensibilities, and I would love to write real reviews of them.  It's going to make for a fun way to break up what should be a wildly hectic summer.

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<p>Carloto Cotta and Ana Moreira in &quot;Tabu.&quot;</p>

Carloto Cotta and Ana Moreira in "Tabu."

Credit: Adopt Films

First subtitled trailer for Berlinale festival hit 'Tabu'

Adopt Films will release the Portuguese film Stateside in late December

About a month ago, I posted  an early, subtitle-free trailer for Miguel Gomes's "Tabu," a woozy, wistful black-and-white Portuguese romance that I flipped for in Berlin, and which still stands as my favorite new film of 2012 so far.

Chances are some of you admired the glorious imagery and music of the two-minute taster without a clue as to what it was actually about; happily, a subtitled trailer has now been assembled, and Australian distributor Palace Films has kindly let us have the first crack at it. (They'll be backing the film's next international appearance, at the Sydney Film Festival in June.) Adopt Films, meanwhile, has the U.S. right, and has announced a limited release in late December; expect Toronto and perhaps New York fest dates in the fall.

Anyway, take a look after the jump and see if it makes any more sense to you now -- though I'd venture that at least half the film's storytelling lies in its more sensory aspects.

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