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<p>Owl City's Adam Young</p>

Owl City's Adam Young

EXCLUSIVE first listen: Owl City combines with Mark Hoppus for new track 'Dementia'

Blink-182 singer and electro-pop star are a perfect combo

Well, look what just flew onto my desk. A brand new Owl City song "Dementia" has surfaced, signalling the way for a fresh album from the electro-pop star.

And it appears that Adam Young has made some more famous new friends. Mark Hoppus -- singer for Blink-182 and +44 -- helps out on vocal duties for this high-energy track. I can't tell if Hoppus also had a hand in producing this sure-fire radio hit, but he has helmed for acts like Motion City Soundtrack, Fall Out Boy and New Found Glory. So this particular combo is just slightly out of each artist's usual arena, with Owl City branching out into a much more rock-reliant sound.

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<p>What is Chris Evans laughing at?&nbsp; I'll give you a hint... you wouldn't like him when he's angry.</p>

What is Chris Evans laughing at?  I'll give you a hint... you wouldn't like him when he's angry.

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Watch: Chris Hemsworth and Chris Evans assemble for 'Avengers' interview

What power reduces Captain America and Thor to tears of laughter?

A year from now, when you look at me and I'm 60 to 70 pounds lighter than I am right now, you can trace that decision back to the moment I was sitting across from Chris Hemsworth and Chris Evans and felt like the most horrifying specimen of manhood of all time.

Look, I get it… these guys are paid to be superheroes.  But nothing will make you question the genetic lottery more than a full day spent talking to the actual physical embodiments of Thor and Captain America.  It would be easier to take if I could report back that they are terrible people, rude and abrasive and totally hung up on the whole movie star thing… only that wouldn't be true.  In actuality, everyone in the cast seems to be really centered and smart and grateful for what they're doing these days.

Hemsworth has come a long way in a few short years, and it's funny to look at him in "Cabin In The Woods," before he had any idea he was going to suit up as the God of Thunder, while Evans seems to have completely left behind any thoughts of the "Fantastic Four" films he was in, embodying a totally different personality as Steve Rogers.

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<p>Daniel Craig returns as James Bond in &quot;Skyfall.&quot;</p>

Daniel Craig returns as James Bond in "Skyfall."

Credit: Sony Pictures

James Bond and Silva have an explosive moment on the set of 'Skyfall'

Chris Corbould says it's the best Bond script he's ever read

LONDON - On a rainy Tuesday afternoon, about 30 international journalists and 15 or so other visitors to the set of "Skyfall" sat on the famed 007 sound stages at Pinewood Studios in London in front of a large monitor.  We were about to see a massive "event" happen during a live scene being filmed for Sam Mendes' new James Bond flick.  Our earplugs were in place and we were ready to be wowed.

And we waited.

And we waited.

In fact, we all waited for a good 90 minutes.  Quietly, like a congregation in a cathedral paining for something exciting to happen.  Would it be worth it in the long run?

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Christina Aguilera shakes things up on 'The Voice'

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Recap: 'The Voice' quarterfinals - Team Blake and Team Christina

Two surprise eliminations close the night

The coaches are down to four contestants apiece, and favorites have started to emerge.

Odds are good that coaches' darling Jesse and darkhorse Lindsey will advance on Team Christina (though I'm still partial to teen rocker Ashley). While Team Blake offers more suspense, though I would guess RaeLynn and either Erin or Jordis are the most likely to move forward this week.

But tonight Christina and Blake each get their own chance to alter the competition: They both have to eliminate one contestant before voting even opens.

Oh, I love it when they force the coaches to be mean! And I'm sincerely glad these decisions aren't left entirely up to America...

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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."

Credit: CBS

'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.

Credit: Wikipedia

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.

Credit: Marvel Studios

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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