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Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 112

Dan and Alan talk TCA press tour and review 'Justified,' 'Unsupervised,' 'Touch' and more


Happy Monday, Boys and Girls! It's Firewall & Iceberg Podcast time...

Alan is currently flying back across the country to reunite with his family, but as TCA press tour ended on Sunday afternoon, we sat down together to debrief from the last week of the Tour. Mostly, Alan was watching the Giants game. We also reviewed the new season of "Justified" and took early looks at FX's "Unsupervised" and FOX's "Touch." Then we Skyped up in the evening to debrief after the dreadful Golden Globes telecast.

As we mentioned in the podcast, I'm going to be at Sundance for the next week, so either we won't have a podcast next week, or it'll be an end-of-the-week podcast. Either way, there will be no podcast next Monday. 
But this podcast is ample for the interim...
Podcast breakdown:
Press Tour Week Two (00:00 - 44:35)
"Justified" (44:40 - 51:40)
"Unsupervised" (51:40 - 57:15)
"Touch" (57:20 - 01:06:00)
The Golden Globes (01:06:45 - 01:15:00)

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.] 

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<p>Dan Auerbach in the studio with Dr. John</p>

Dan Auerbach in the studio with Dr. John

Dr. John pairs with Black Keys' Dan Auerbach for new 'Locked Down'

Will this 'significant departure' sound anything like the Bonnaroo Super Jam?

My dreams. They came true.

Well, at least one of them. Dan Auerbach and Dr. John's SuperJam set at Bonnaroo in 2011 had my mouth watering for something more, that this wasn't just a one-time thing.

It wasn't. It was a trial run. Today it was announced that Black Keys guitarist/singer produced and performs on Dr. John's new, forthcoming set "Locked Down," due April 3 via Nonesuch. Auerbach recruited a backing band specifically for the sessions, resulting in what a press release calls "a significant departure from his recent efforts."

Dr. John, aka Mac Rebennack, aka The Night Tripper -- has been releasing albums consistently since his 1968 debut "Gris-Gris"; he's put out five sets in the last 10 years, the last being "Tribal" in 2010.

"Mac inspired me every single day we were in the studio together -- musically, spiritually, cosmically... something special seemed to be happening and everyone involved could sense it," Auerbach said in a statement. The effort was recorded in his Nashville-based Easy Eye Studio. "For my money, Mac's one of the greatest who ever was and who ever will be...I'm so honored to have had this opportunity to work with him."

Part of the fun was that it was Auerbach who approached Dr. John, to make "the best record you've made in a long time"; Rebennack's first and seemingly only impression of the guy was what his children thought of The Black Keys. The two jammed in Manchester, Tenn. for Bonnaroo, which left enough of an impression to get started on a record.

"It was way cool cutting this record with Dan and the crew he put together for it," said Rebennack. "It's reel HIP."

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<p>Anna Paquin on the cover of LA&nbsp;Weekly's year-end issue</p>

Anna Paquin on the cover of LA Weekly's year-end issue

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Off the Carpet: As the music stops, fringe hopefuls cross their fingers

Who's going to surprise (and be surprised) next Tuesday?

As of Friday, phase one of this year's Oscar season has drawn to a close. Ballots were due by 5pm and it's pencils down, the music has stopped, whatever metaphor you want to apply. And the period of December 27 - January 13 was crucial for films looking to grab a last-minute foothold and those hoping to maintain dominance alike.

During that frame, the image to the left of actress Anna Paquin was bravely showcased on the cover of LA Weekly, Los Angeles's ubiquitous alt-weekly publication, to promote the outlet's choice of Kenneth Lonergan's "Margaret" for the year's best film. Voters out and about on their daily routines surely walked past any number of magazine stands and newspaper racks displaying the issue.

Meanwhile, in a very last-minute bit of campaigning, Paquin and Lonergan were both made available for press opportunities, which we of course seized here at In Contention. But not every outlet has the luxury of scheduling pieces like that on the fly.

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<p>With an ACE mention for Michael Kahn,&nbsp;&quot;War Horse&quot; scored its first Guild nomination since cracking the PGA list.</p>

With an ACE mention for Michael Kahn, "War Horse" scored its first Guild nomination since cracking the PGA list.

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ACE noms check off 'Artist,' 'Descendants,' ignore 'The Help'

A lifeline for 'War Horse' as Michael Kahn scores two nods from the editors

With their awards rather needlessly spread across drama and musical/comedy categories -- the craft is hardly incomparable between genres, particularly when certain titles aren't even categorized correctly -- the ACE Eddie Award nominations for film editing are more revealing in terms of omissions than inclusions.

And if it seemed like "The Help" was starting to build some momentum in this race, it received something of a setback today by missing the list. Though hardly an outstanding editing showcase, it might still have hoped to crack a drama category that did find room for "The Descendants" -- not heavily favored for below-the-line Oscar attention -- and the embattled "War Horse."

Michael Kahn's nomination here represents something of a lifeline for the WWI epic in the wake of snubs from the directors', writers', cinematographers' and even art directors' Guilds. Whether it's an indication of enough enduring support for "War Horse" to make Oscar's Best Picture lineup remains to be seen, but if it had missed here, it truly would have been time to read the last rites. It's one of two nominations for four-time ACE champ Kahn -- Steven Spielberg's long-serving collaborator was also listed for "The Adventures of Tintin" in the animated field, where he could well snag another trophy.

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Martin Scorsese holds aloft his prize for Best Director at the 69th annual Golden Globe Awards.
Martin Scorsese holds aloft his prize for Best Director at the 69th annual Golden Globe Awards.
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A night at the Golden Globes

Alexander Payne, Martin Scorsese and more celebrate Hollywood's second biggest night

Well, the Globes came and they went. And as I stood in the Fox Pavilion viewing party outside the Beverly Hilton hotel, guessing every single win with publicist friends, I couldn't help but smile at the HFPA's gall for being so predictable and so very much…themselves.

Madonna? Really? Of course.

Seriously, though, each and every winner was obvious save for the Best Picture (Drama) field, which I had expected to go to "Hugo." The collective breath of the party seemed to be held until "The Descendants" was called, and the explosion was so intense you had to figure most everyone else in there was expecting it to come up short, too.

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<p>&quot;The Artist&quot; won three Golden Globes at last night's ceremony -- none of them for Uggie.</p>

"The Artist" won three Golden Globes at last night's ceremony -- none of them for Uggie.

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Round-up: Nursing a Golden Globes hangover

Also: Foreign Oscar outliers, and why the Globes beat the Oscars

So, the Golden Globes. I suppose I should write something about them, given that I went to the trouble of posting (lousy) predictions and all, but my throbbing head doesn't really want to go back to that place. It was a night where "The Artist" cemented its frontrunner status, "The Descendants" was rather half-heartedly crowned its official opposition, the HFPA renewed their vows with George Clooney and Meryl Streep, and "W.E." won more awards than "Drive," "Shame," "We Need to Talk About Kevin" and "Moneyball" combined. I might comment more later, but for now, I echo pretty much every word of Tim Robey's dismayed Telegraph review of the affair, coming down equally hard on the uninspired list of winners and Ricky Gervais's disappointingly flat hosting job. Better luck next year. [The Telegraph

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<p>Sarah Jones and Jorge Garcia head to &quot;Alcatraz.&quot;</p>

Sarah Jones and Jorge Garcia head to "Alcatraz."

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Review: FOX's 'Alcatraz' mixes time travel with drab police procedural

J.J. Abrams goes back to an island, but again hedges his bets
J.J. Abrams came to the TV critics press tour the other day to promote "Alcatraz," his new sci-fi/crime drama that FOX is debuting tonight at 8. A reporter asked Abrams about how the show - in which 300 inmates who vanished from the famous prison in 1963 begin popping up in the present day to cause mayhem - might try to balance the Prisoner of the Week stories with ongoing storytelling about what exactly caused this bit of time-traveling wackiness.
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<p>'The secret word for today is classic!'</p>

'The secret word for today is classic!'

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Film Nerd 2.0: The boys hit the road for 'Pee-Wee's Big Adventure'

How does one of the cult gems of the '80s hold up for a new generation?

There was a period of time there where it seemed like if you chose to show a kid the movie "Pee-Wee's Big Adventure," people might view that as bad parenting or a controversial choice because of some of the real-life misadventures of Paul Reubens.

Thank god that's over.

I'm old enough that my first exposure to Paul Reubens and the Pee-Wee Herman character came through the Cheech and Chong movies he appeared in.  I was only ten years old when "Cheech & Chong's Next Movie" came out, so I didn't catch up with it until it showed up on cable a year later, which was right around the same time HBO first aired "The Pee-Wee Herman Show," a videotaped version of the show that Reubens staged in LA with the help of the Groundlings.  That's how he ended up in the Cheech & Chong film, too.  There was an entire LA underground comedy scene that was captured in those early films that Cheech & Chong made, and when you see him play the character in "Next Movie" or when you see him as "The Hamburger Dude" in "Nice Dreams," that's the impression I had of Reubens for many years.  There was something great about the way he set the raunch and the rock-and-roll of the late '70s against the super-pure '50s kids show aesthetic that he so obviously adored, and it was edgy without being full-blown dirty.  I've written about this before, actually.

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<p>Ricky Gervais was a disappointment in his third go-around as Golden Globes host.</p>

Ricky Gervais was a disappointment in his third go-around as Golden Globes host.

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Golden Globes review: Ricky Gervais a timid host, broadcast tedious

A few funny speeches, but a tough three hours to sit through

Ricky Gervais came out to host the 2012 Golden Globe Awards and tried to again paint himself as a rebel undermining the system from within. And yet even he could go so far with that angle, what with this being his third time as host, and what with the Hollywood Foreign Press Association asking him back after he spent last year's telecast gleefully ripping most of the movie stars in the room.

"Now, the Hollywood Foreign Press have warned me if I insult any of you," Gervais explained, "they'll definitely invite me back next year as well."

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"The Real Housewives of Atlanta"

 "The Real Housewives of Atlanta"

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Recap: 'The Real Housewives of Atlanta' plan a trip to Africa

Miss Joyce wants NeNe and Kim to play nice, but it won't be easy

It's hard to say whether or not tonight's episode of "The Real Housewives of Atlanta" measured up to the fanfare of the Golden Globes (be sure to vote on the best and worst red carpet looks here), but in any case, it was still an episode of high tension, fortune telling and gun fire, so let's hope you set up your DVRs if you missed it. More importantly, NeNe, Sheree and Kim were all forced to make nice with one another, which might be one of the signs of the coming apocalypse. Consider yourself warned.

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<p>Napoleon Dynamite (Jon Heder)&nbsp;and his brother Kip (Aaron Ruell)&nbsp;fight it out in the animated series' debut.</p>

Napoleon Dynamite (Jon Heder) and his brother Kip (Aaron Ruell) fight it out in the animated series' debut.

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'Napoleon Dynamite' The first rule of fight club...

What did everybody think of FOX's animated spin-off of the movie?

I posted my review of FOX's "Napoleon Dynamite" yesterday. Now it's your turn. For those of you who watched, what did you think? Was it an improvement on the film? A step down? Did you still feel attached to the characters so many years later? And what did people who hadn't seen the movie - or, like me, didn't like the movie - make of it all?

Have at it.

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<p>Golden Globes host Ricky Gervais</p>
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Golden Globes host Ricky Gervais

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Golden Globes 2012 Live-Blog

Follow the winners, losers, speeches and Ricky Gervais...

Welcome, friends, to my live blog of the 2012 Golden Globe Awards! 

There's a funny story for how I ended up handling live-blogging duties rather than HitFix's all-around Awards Guru Gregory Ellwood, but I'll let him tell it. 

As for me, I'm just so happy to be done with the Television Critics Association press tour that I'm raring and ready to go...

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