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"The Real Housewives of New York City"

"The Real Housewives of New York City"

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'The Real Housewives of New York City' recap: 'I'm U.K., You're U.K.'

Ramona pouts, Heather gets brand happy and Carole remembers the good old days

The ladies, sans Ramona, are off to London for three days of fun, fun, fun. Yeah, baby! Shockingly, with the exception of some after-the-fact sniping, it seems as if fun actually was had by all. No hair pulling, no cursing, no stomping of six-inch heels. Maybe it was all that proper English etiquette, or maybe it was the booze. Actually, it was definitely the booze. What was I thinking?

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"The Bachelorette"

 "The Bachelorette"

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Recap: 'The Bachelorette' is down to the final three

Emily must decide among hot Arie, smooth Jef and sincere Sean

The thing about love is that, when it's happening to you, all you've ever heard about love becomes not just real, but vividly so. The sky is bluer, the trees are greener, Disney creatures pop up and dance around you like you're in the "500 Days of Summer" dance number. And so, it's no surprise that every tired cliche sounds REALLY insightful. If you, however, are simply watching people fall in love, unless said people are wildly inventive or naturally funny or somehow insightful in a way the average person isn't (these types of people, on the rare occasion they end up on "The Bachelorette," don't tend to make it to the finals), they tend to say the same stuff over and over and over again. Thus, it's not surprising that some people consider the repetitive nature of "The Bachelorette" a little tedious. However, those very elements are the perfect stuff for a drinking game. In two hours, you can get absolutely hammered. So, let's dive in!

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<p>Demi Lovato</p>

Demi Lovato

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Demi Lovato set to host the Teen Choice Awards

Justin Bieber, No Doubt and others will join the 'X Factor' judge

Demi Lovato will host The Teen Choice Awards on July 22.

The Teen Choice Awards air on Fox, the same network that broadcasts “The X Factor.” Lovato, along with Britney Spears, is one of “The X Factors” new judges in the season that bows in September.

Top nominee Justin Bieber will perform on the show, as will Carly Rae Jepsen, Flo Rida and No Doubt. As we previously announced, No Doubt will debut new single, “Settle Down,” on the show. 

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<p>Green Day</p>

Green Day

Green Day plans two documentaries to accompany three new studio sets

How much Green Day is enough?

Three albums are clearly not enough: Green Day will also have two documentaries coming out this fall and winter.

As previously reported, the Bay Area punk pop band will release three albums, “Uno!,” “Dos!,” and “Tre!,”  between September and January. Now comes word that a documentary chronicling the creation of the three sets will also come out this fall. Additionally, a documentary covering the trio’s pre-”Dookie” days will also be released, according to Billboard, which broke the news.

The unnamed film covering the creation of the three new albums is not “going to be the sitting-down, head-shot of me going ‘we started out ‘blah, blah, blah.’ W wanted to get into lifestyles of rock ‘n roll...and letting the story kind of tell itself rather than create revisionist [history],” Green Day lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong told Billboard.

Tim Lynch, who previously worked with Green Day on “Bullet in a Bible” concert flick, and Tim Wheeler are shooting the documentaries.  Wheeler co-produced and edited “The White Stripes Under Great Northern Lights.”  Film making will continue as Green Day plays some upcoming concert dates at international festivals. The hope is that the film will debut the Sundance Film Festival in January. Shooting for the doc commenced more than a year and a half ago as Lynch and Wheeler have followed the band in the studio and select club performances.

"Dookie," the group's third album, came out in 1994 and was Green Day's major-label debut.



 

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<p>Anthony Hopkins, seen here at a charity event in Vegas this February, will play the oldest man alive for Darren Aronofsky in his upcoming film 'Noah'</p>

Anthony Hopkins, seen here at a charity event in Vegas this February, will play the oldest man alive for Darren Aronofsky in his upcoming film 'Noah'

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Anthony Hopkins will play the 900-year-old Methusaleh for Aronofsky in 'Noah'

How does he fit into the director's radical rethink of the Bible story?

I don't care how many Bible stories or translations you've read, and I don't care how many films based on those stories you've seen.  You have never seen anything like what Darren Aronofsky has planned for "Noah."

Sure, the basic broad strokes of the story are pretty evident.  Noah (Russell Crowe) hears the voice of God warning him that the world cannot be allowed to survive in the corrupted, ruined form Noah sees around him.  It is a violent, freaky, scary world that Aronofsky and his co-writer Ari Handel have created.  I'm particularly excited to see how Aronofsky brings to life the Watchers, eleven-foot-tall fallen angels with six arms and no wings.  They have a major presence in the script, and they're fascinating.  Early on, when Noah needs to go see his grandfather, he has to move through the homeland of the Watchers, something that is not easy to do.

Noah's grandfather is the 900 year old Methuselah, and word today is that Anthony Hopkins is joining the cast to play the role.  He's only got three scenes in the film in the script I read, but they're all crucial, and they are beautifully written.  It's a good role, and I can't wait to see what sort of make-up they put on him to make him look like he's been alive and walking the earth since the days of Adam and Eve.

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<p>Carly Rae Jepsen</p>

Carly Rae Jepsen

'Call Me Maybe's' Carly Rae Jepsen definitely checks into the '90210'

Singer will perform on the show's season premiere

Carly Rae Jepsen is relocating to Beverly Hills...temporarily, at least. The Canadian singer, whose “Call Me Maybe” is one of the biggest songs of the year, will appear on the season premiere of “90210” on Oct. 8.

The night time soap opera played “Call Me Maybe” in last season’s finale. No word yet on what song Jepsen will sing but we’re going to go ahead and guess it will be whatever her label decides to push as the next single. Her debut album will come out this fall on  on 604 Records/Schoolboy Records/Interscope.  She will also tour as Justin Bieber’s opening act on his forthcoming outing.

We know this about Jepsen’s performance: “90210’s” executive producers Patti Carr and Lara Olsen say she will sing in a scene as the headliner for Adrianna’s (Jessica Lowndes) Las Vegas premiere. But this being “90210” and all, that special moment for Adrianna is interrupted when she gets bad news about Dixon (Tristan Wilds).

“Call Me Maybe” remains No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for the fourth week in a row.

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<p>D'Angelo</p>

D'Angelo

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Mary J. Blige and D'Angelo plan summer 'Liberation' tour

R&B superstars hit the road in August

D’Angelo’s triumphant return continues. After stealing the BET Awards with his first televised appearance in 12 years a few weeks ago and wowing the audience at the Essence Music Fest in New Orleans this past weekend, the R&B superstar will tour with Mary J. Blige later this summer. D’Angelo stepped back on stage for the first time in a dozen years in the U.S. when he made a surprise appearance at Bonnaroo with the Roots.

Blige told Rolling Stone, “I felt like it would be refreshing and fun for people to see him and Mary J. Blige on the road together.” 

The Liberation tour opens Aug. 18 in Virginia Beach. Only four of the planned 20 dates have been announced, according to Billboard.

Aug. 18 Virgina Beach, VA (Farm Bureau Live) ?Aug. 19 Wantagh, NY (Nikon Theatre at Jones Beach) ?Aug. 21 Boston, MA (Bank of America Pavilion) ?Aug. 23 Holmdel, NJ (PNC Bank Arts Center)


 

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<p>Adam Lambert</p>

Adam Lambert

Seven reasons Adam Lambert would make a great 'American Idol' judge

Four reasons he would not

The rumor mill is churning overtime with reports that Adam Lambert, “American Idol’s” season 8 runner-up, is in the running to become a judge on the reality talent competition.

E! News first reported that talks were going on, but then Lambert implied in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter that the discussions had not started. However, as he said, “If ‘Idol’ wants to talk to me about judging, I’d be more than flattered to have that conversation.”

While it looks like Jennifer Lopez will opt not to return after two years of judging, E! News predicts that both Randy Jackson and Steven Tyler could be gone as well, leaving room for three new judges. We’re sure the producers would never do this, but in some ways, we think it would be awesome if the whole panel was composed of past contestants. Can you imagine Adam Lambert, Fantasia and Melinda Doolittle all judging?

Let’s pull back from that little high-drama scenario and focus on Lambert. Here are the top seven reasons why we think he’d make an excellent judge:

1. He’s a great singer.  This is a singing competition, after all, and that notion seems to get  a little lost some years.

2. This is stating the obvious, but Lambert knows the game from the inside. Yes, the judges will all be different from when he competed, but the basics don’t change and the general concept remains the same.

3. He’s entertaining and has a razor-sharp wit that amuses, but isn’t mean-spirited.

4. He’s kind, but not annoyingly so. Some judges (yes, Tyler and Lopez, we mean you) don’t levy a lot of criticism or don’t seem to have much advice to give a contestant for fear of hurting his or  feelings. While Lambert won’t be intentionally cruel, he’ll land somewhere kinder than Simon Cowell, but not as soft as Lopez and not as crazy as Paula Abdul.

5. He’s out there in the real world now. His music heyday wasn’t 20 years ago or even 10 years ago. He’s competing in today’s marketing place so who better to judge the current crop of talent and assess where they fit in to today’s space?

6: He knows from different. To give “American Idol” credit, the judges through the past decade have grown better at embracing talent that falls outside of the narrow confines of Top 40 radio, such as Casey Abrams in season 10. Lambert seems like he would continue that.

7. It would be really fun to see him perform with the contestants and give them advice. In that regard, if he doesn’t work out as a judge, he should be a mentor, like Jimmy Iovine.

And now a few reasons why it might not work.

1. Though the perspective of a former contestant can be great on one hand, on the other, it could be a little too inside baseball. Viewers are pretty savvy, but they are the ones ultimately deciding who stays and goes and an insider’s view could be too limited given the wide appeal the winner must have. 

2.  Is he mainstream enough?  One of the reasons Lambert lost to the much blander Kris Allen is that he pushed the envelope and may have made some people uncomfortable.  At its heart, “American Idol” remains a family show.

3. Speaking of, not everyone has forgotten about Lambert’s American Music Awards performance when he pushed another man’s face in his crotch. Hopefully, we’ve reach a time where no one has a problem with his sexual preference (or at least we’re getting closer), but some folks may have a concern about his lewdness.

4. While Lambert has had success, he hasn't become a runaway star, especially at radio, that a number of his fellow former contestants have become.  His current album, the tremendous "Trespassing," has been well reviewed and debuted at No. 1, but has not spawned major radio hits.Should he focus on his own career instead of trying to build others? 

E! further reports that among the other names Idol's producers are tossing around as potential judges aer Miley Cyrus, Nicki Minaj, Fergie, Katy Perry and Black Eyed Peas' Will.I.Am.

Whom would you like see become a judge? Is Lambert a good choice? 

 

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<p>Hugh Jackman is set to return to the role that made him famous when 'The Wolverine' starts production in Australia and Japan later this year.</p>

Hugh Jackman is set to return to the role that made him famous when 'The Wolverine' starts production in Australia and Japan later this year.

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James Mangold adds Japanese names to 'The Wolverine' cast

As the character prepares to head to Japan, the cast comes into focus

If you were starting to believe that "The Wolverine" was never actually going to happen, that would be understandable. 

After all, when Darren Aronofsky left the film, it seemed to drop off the radar.  Sure, we've heard that James Mangold is now attached to direct, and we've heard vague rumbles from Hugh Jackman over the last year or so, but it's been a fairly quiet development process for a while now.

Today, four names were added to the film's cast, and it appears to confirm not only the creative direction the film is headed but that the film is indeed gearing up now for production and release in 2013.  For longtime fans of the character, some of the characters names of the new cast members may seem familiar, and it definitely seems like they're taking the Japan-based run of stories by Chris Claremont and Frank Miller and using them as the basis of the script that they plan to shoot in Japan and Australia later this year.

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"The Real Housewives of New Jersey"

 "The Real Housewives of New Jersey"

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'The Real Housewives of New Jersey' recap: 'The Sniff Test'

Teresa plays nice (sorta), Melissa has high hopes and Joe Gorga wants you to know he isn't gay

Man, you cannot turn your back on Teresa for one week. Not because she'd stab you between your shoulder blades (which, actually, I wouldn't rule out), but because her loyalties flip flop faster than a politician's during an election year. This week, Jacqueline and Caroline are out, Melissa (yes, Melissa, her much-loathed sister-in-law) and Kathy are in. Well, let's just say Kathy has a toe in the water. Unlike Melissa, she is wary of Teresa and her tabloid-ready outbursts, so she's proceeding with caution. Melissa, though, is hopeful. Things might actually be better! Teresa and her brother Joe might actually get along for ten minutes! They're all going to go to Napa and have a blast! Oh, Melissa. 

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<p>Chloe Sevigny of &quot;Hit and Miss&quot;</p>

Chloe Sevigny of "Hit and Miss"

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Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 137

Dan and Alan talk 'Perception,' 'Hit and Miss' and more...

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Happy Monday, Boys & Girls!
 
Did you miss us last week?
 
After taking a 4th of July breather, The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast is back for the first of two podcasts this week. 
 
If you're waiting for "Breaking Bad" and "Political Animals," we're going to be discussing those two, plus Comic-Con, in our Third Annual Comic-Con Roadtrip Podcast. 
 
In this podcast, we talk about TNT's "Perception," DirecTV's airing of "Hit & Miss," plus two episodes of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," one of which is awesome and the other of which kinda sucks. And we answered a little mail.
 
Here's the breakdown:
"Perception" (00:02:00 - 00:14:45)
"Hit & Miss" (00:14:45 - 00:27:25)
Listener Mail - Reviewing shows (00:28:00 - 00:33:15)
Listener Mail - Writerly tics (00:33:20 - 00:39:49)
Listener Mail - Why "Cheers" still looks good (00:39:50 - 00:48:00)
Two "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" episodes (00:48:15 - 01:12:50)

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 137: 'Perception,' 'Hit & Miss,' listener mail & more

Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 137: 'Perception,' 'Hit & Miss,' listener mail & more

Dan and Alan also answer reader questions about 'The Newsroom' and 'Cheers'

The

Time for the first of two installments this week for the  Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, as Dan and I talk about TNT's "Perception" and the American premiere of "Hit & Miss," as well as checking in on a highlight and lowlight of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" season 1, and dipping into the mailbag to talk Aaron Sorkin and "Cheers." We'll be back on Wednesday or Thursday with another one of our wildly popular road trip podcasts, this time to discuss "Breaking Bad," USA's "Political Animals," and more.

The line-up: 

"Perception" (00:02:00 - 00:14:45)
"Hit & Miss" (00:14:45 - 00:27:25)
Listener Mail - Reviewing shows (00:28:00 - 00:33:15)
Listener Mail - Writerly tics (00:33:20 - 00:39:49)
Listener Mail - Why "Cheers" still looks good (00:39:50 - 00:48:00)
Two "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" episodes (00:48:15 - 01:12:50)
 
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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