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<p>Humphrey Bogart in &quot;Casablanca&quot;</p>

Humphrey Bogart in "Casablanca"

Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures

Turner Classic Movies celebrates 70 years of 'Casablanca' with re-release

The anniverasary event will be held one day only

While "The Godfather" is busy celebrating its 40th anniversary this year (and got a re-release courtesy of Cinemark Theatres), another American celluloid treasure will be turning 70 and getting it's own fresh look on screens later this month.

Michael Curtiz's undeniable classic, "Casablanca," premiered in November of 1942 before being released into theaters in early 1943. The film won Oscars for Best Picture, Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay and was nominated for Best Actor (Humphrey Bogart, who lost to Paul Lukas in "Watch on the Rhine"), Best Supporting Actor (Claude Rains, who lost to Charles Coburn in "The More the Merrier"), Best Black-and-White Cinematography (lost to "The Song of Bernadette"), Best Film Editing (lost to "Air Force") and Best Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture (lost to "The Song of Bernadette").

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Big K.R.I.T.'s free new mixtape, '4evaNaDay' kicks off slew of activity

Big K.R.I.T.'s free new mixtape, '4evaNaDay' kicks off slew of activity

The rapper has SXSW dates as well as a tour with J. Cole

Big K.R.I.T. has released a new mixtape, “4evaNaDay,” in advance of a slew of activity coming for the rapper. Out today, tt includes the single “Boobie Miles,” which is actually names after a player from "Friday Night Lights." We swear. Or it's an amazing coincidence. You can download the 17-track mixtape for free here.

Big K.R.I.T. , who was part of HitFix's Hip-Hop's New Class gallery, will celebrate the release of the “4evaNaDay” on March 8 at New York’s Highline Ballroom, to be followed by his appearance at SXSW in Austin on March 15.

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Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 118

Dan and Alan talk 'Game Change,' 'Breaking In,' 'Bob's Burgers' and more

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Happy Monday, Boys & Girls.
 
It's time for a very FOX-y Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, in which we cover the returns of "Breaking In" and "Bob's Burgers," as well as checking in on "Raising Hope" and "New Girl." 
 
We also reviewed HBO's telefilm "Game Change."
 
And we answered some Listener Mail.
 
No sports talk this week. Sorry.
 
Here's the breakdown:
"Breaking In" (00:00:45 - 00:10:35)
"Raising Hope" (00:10:35 - 00:17:40)
"New Girl" (00:17:45 - 00:27:35)
"Game Change" (00:27:40 - 00:40:00)
"Bob's Burgers" (00:40:00 - 00:45:00)
Grantland's "Wire" Bracket (00:45:00 - 00:49:15)
Listener Mail: Skippable Seasons (00:49:40 - 00:56:30)
Listener Mail: Unlikable Characters (00:56:30 - 01:01:10)
Listener Mail: The State of "Modern Family" (01:01:20 - 01:11:10)

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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<p>Will Smith and Josh Brolin star in 'Men In Black 3,' and it may be the mission that finally ends the franchise</p>

Will Smith and Josh Brolin star in 'Men In Black 3,' and it may be the mission that finally ends the franchise

Credit: Sony Pictures

New 'Men In Black 3' trailer feels overly familiar and really expensive

Plus Will Smith takes to Yahoo! to explain the movie to fans

I don't think the new "Men In Black III" trailer looks any worse than many big anonymous blockbusters, but I'll be honest… word on this one has been troubling so far, and this new trailer doesn't really assuage those fears.

I've heard some remarkable figures tossed around as the final budget for this film, while I'm also hearing it runs under 90 minutes.  I'd love to know if this is the new winner for "most expensive film per minute," but I'm guessing we'll never really get an official figure on how much it's going to cost Sony to get it into theaters.  What I'm curious about is who the audience is.  Sure, the first two films were blockbusters, but the second one was not particularly well-liked, and I haven't sensed any real anticipation from anyone I've spoken with.

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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 118: 'Breaking In,' 'Bob's Burgers,' 'Game Change' & more

Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 118: 'Breaking In,' 'Bob's Burgers,' 'Game Change' & more

Dan and Alan also check in on 'Raising Hope' and 'New Girl' and answer your mail

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It's Monday, which means you get a brand-new, hour-plus edition of the Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, with a lot of time spent on FOX comedies, plus HBO's McCain/Palin movie "Game Change"(*), some mail, and even a bit on the Grantland "Wire" March Madness bracket.

(*) Traditionally, my blog has had a pretty staunch No Politics rule, which I implemented after everyone on the old blog melted down and couldn't behave during the run-up to the presidential election that "Game Change" depicts. There's obviously no way to discuss "Game Change" (which I'll also have a written review of later in the week) without politics entering into it on some level, so I'm going to trust you all and hope that everyone manages to be more civil this time around. And, if not, I'll simply shut down comments on this post (and/or the written review, depending on where the bad behavior is). You can disagree with each other without attacking each other — or, for that matter, politicians with whom you don't agree — and if you can't do that, discussion shuts down. Period. 

The line-up: 

"Breaking In" (00:00:45 - 00:10:35)
"Raising Hope" (00:10:35 - 00:17:40)
"New Girl" (00:17:45 - 00:27:35)
"Game Change" (00:27:40 - 00:40:00)
"Bob's Burgers" (00:40:00 - 00:45:00)
Grantland's "Wire" Bracket (00:45:00 - 00:49:15)
Listener Mail: Skippable Seasons (00:49:40 - 00:56:30)
Listener Mail: Unlikable Characters (00:56:30 - 01:01:10)
Listener Mail: The State of "Modern Family" (01:01:20 - 01:11:10)
 
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>Raise your glass people, Pink's recording new music.</p>

Raise your glass people, Pink's recording new music.

Credit: AP Photo/Scott Heppell

Pink dyes hair in prep to return to the studio for album No. 6

It's back to work for the new mom

Is Pink headed back into the studio? If her hair color is any indication, she’s suiting up-- or dying up-- in prep for making her sixth studio album.

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<p>Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum go undercover in the patently absurd and highly enjoyable '21 Jump Street'</p>

Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum go undercover in the patently absurd and highly enjoyable '21 Jump Street'

Credit: Sony Pictures

Review: '21 Jump Street' is arresting comedy vehicle for Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum

A film that shouldn't work at all turns out to be a great spring surprise

There is no need for a "21 Jump Street" movie.

You could say that about much of what Hollywood makes these days, but I remember when the original TV show was on the air, and "21 Jump Street" was, at best, a sort of goofy early attempt by Fox to define itself as a network.  It was most notable for being a launch pad for Johnny Depp, and I would argue that no one has spent the time since it went off the air mourning and praying for a resurrection.

What makes the new feature film version of the show, written by Michael Bacall and directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller, such a wonderful surprise is that it both overtly acknowledges how frequently awful it is for Hollywood to trade on shameless pre-packaged nostalgia while turning the original into something new with a voice all its own.  The story was co-written by Bacall and Jonah Hill, and it acknowledges the absurdity of its own premise even as it leans full-tilt into that absurdity, making it work.

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<p>You would think young people would eventually learn not to go to remote cabins in the woods for parties, but if they did, then we wouldn't have the wicked fun of 'Cabin In The Woods' to look forward to this spring.</p>

You would think young people would eventually learn not to go to remote cabins in the woods for parties, but if they did, then we wouldn't have the wicked fun of 'Cabin In The Woods' to look forward to this spring.

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SXSW: Want to discuss 'Cabin In The Woods' with Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard?

Full details on the event I'll be moderating next Sunday and where you'll see it

South by Southwest Film Festival is not afraid to put me to work.

And, frankly, there are few festivals I would bend over backwards more aggressively to help.  I have come to really love SXSW over the last five years or so, and I think the work that Janet Pierson and her amazing team of programmers and publicists have done to really focus and emphasize the identity of the fest has paid off handsomely.

This year, you'll probably see my face if you're attending lots of midnight screenings, and as I announced a week or two ago, I'll be moderating a panel on the bizarre new sitcom "Holliston" that will be appearing on FEARNet.  We've held off on the last big announcement until now, though, and honestly, if there's any one thing I'm most excited about doing at the fest this year, this is it.

On Sunday, March 11, I'm going to moderating a live-chat with Joss Whedon and Drew Godard, the big-brained lunatics behind "Cabin In The Woods."  I can't publish my review of this one until it premieres at the fest, but suffice it to say, I am a fan.  I think it's smart and fun and, more than anything, makes a great case for why we all need a little red meat in our cinematic diet.  I am excited for people to get a look at the film, but more than that, I'm thrilled that I'm going to get to serve as the moderator for what I hope should be a freewheeling dialogue between these guys and the audience.

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<p>Mamie Gummer, Julianna Margulies and Anna Camp in &quot;The Good Wife.&quot;</p>

Mamie Gummer, Julianna Margulies and Anna Camp in "The Good Wife."

Credit: CBS

'The Good Wife' - 'After the Fall': Sister, sister

Will's family pays a visit, Eli scrambles and Caitlin proves useful

A quick review of last night's "The Good Wife" coming up just as soon as I make a reservation for 4...

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"The Real Housewives of Atlanta"

"The Real Housewives of Atlanta"

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Recap: 'The Real Housewives of Atlanta' - 'From Motherland to Haterville'

Kandi and Kim finally get a chance to discuss the 'black babies' incident

It's yet another brawl-centric episode, so we have to sit through a few less violent plotlines until the fighters can take their corners and make sure they've mastered flipping their hair with the correct degree of hostility. As we learned in South Africa, Kandi's offhand comment about Kim not seeming like someone who'd jump at the chance to hang out in a South African orphanage has somehow been twisted into Kandi thinking Kim is a member of the KKK, so there will be screaming just as soon as Kim gets into weave-yanking distance of her former friend.

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<p>Leslie Bibb in &quot;GCB.&quot;</p>

Leslie Bibb in "GCB."

Credit: ABC

'GCB' - 'Pilot': Booby Licious or just plain ugly?

What did everybody think of ABC's new soap opera?

I posted my review of ABC's "GCB" on Friday. Now it's your turn. What did everybody think of Leslie Bibb, Kristin Chenoweth and company in the new Texas soap opera with the weird, watered-down name? Funny or icky? Comparable to at least the current state of "Desperate Housewives," if not that show's original level? And are you going to watch again?

Have at it.

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<p>Art &amp; JJ of &quot;The Amazing Race&quot;</p>
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Art & JJ of "The Amazing Race"

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Recap: 'The Amazing Race' - 'Bust Me Right In the Head with It'

Watermelons, harps and bottles cause trouble for the Racers
We're moving into an awkward portion of this "Amazing Race" season, wherein  I watch a really good Leg, featuring difficult challenges and intriguing strategic decisions, and all I can think is this:
 
Any "Amazing Race" Leg that doesn't end with the elimination of Rachel & Brendon is going to be a disappointment to me.
 
Rooting against awful teams and jeering their awfulness is part of the fun of "The Amazing Race" (and any competition reality show), but the level of visceral annoyance caused by the mere presence of Rachel and, to a slightly lesser degree, Brendon is sucking a lot of the pleasure from this season. They aren't a team I love to hate. They're just a team I don't want to have around anymore and I especially don't want to see them, relatively speaking, succeeding. 
 
The longer they last, the more central Brendon & Rachel are going to be to each week's storyline and that can't possibly be a good thing. Putting these two retreads on the show was a huge mistake and I'm having trouble getting past it. 
 
But anyway... Ugly "Big Brother" contestants aside... 
 
Sunday (March 4) night's "Amazing Race" episode was definitely the season's strongest and one of the better episodes in recent installments. People did hard things, made hard choices, staged exciting comebacks, experienced nail-biting suspense and even made determined moral stands. It was a good episode. And yet all I have emblazoned in my mind is Rachel's butt and Rachel hacking and crying her way across the mat. 
 
Sigh...
 
More after the break...
 
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