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<p>Robin (Cobie Smulders)&nbsp;enjoys some un-maternal pursuits on &quot;How I&nbsp;Met Your Mother.&quot;</p>

Robin (Cobie Smulders) enjoys some un-maternal pursuits on "How I Met Your Mother."

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'How I Met Your Mother': How she met your father?

A great Cobie Smulders showcase is undercut by unncessary narrative trickery

A review of tonight's "How I Met Your Mother" coming up just as soon as I earn the right to put the Vikings helmet on Baby Jesus...

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<p>If he did end up playing Khan, I would hope Benicio would wear that hat.</p>

If he did end up playing Khan, I would hope Benicio would wear that hat.

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Benicio Del Toro is out, but reports still have Khan in 'Star Trek 2'

How many 'Star Trek' stories can we run in a row?

Ahhh, the fine art of rumormongering.

Over the weekend, we got involved in a bit of a friendly back and forth with Latino Review over "Star Trek 2," or whatever the film's finally going to be called.  They published the news that Benicio Del Toro was playing Khan Noonien Singh in the new sequel that is set to start shooting just after the start of the year, and we contacted JJ Abrams directly to ask him to comment.  "Not true," he said.

Now it seems that Del Toro dropped out of negotiations to star in the film last Wednesday, and according to Vulture, Abrams is now looking to cast someone else as Khan.  They claim they have a very highly-placed source and that, like Latino Review, they're hearing Khan is indeed the bad guy.

Technically, if negotiations broke down on Wednesday, then when I asked Abrams if Del Toro was playing the part on Friday, his "not true" is accurate no matter what the part is.  After all, he didn't send a giant response detailing who is or isn't the bad guy he's using in the film, so he could very well have been playing by the rules, answering the question he was asked while volunteering nothing else.

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<p>Ke$ha</p>

Ke$ha

Listen: Ke$ha only wants to dance with you on new single

Do you want to hear her sing?

Ke$ha is back and she wants to prove that she’s more than the girl who will vomit in your closet from drinking too much Jack and leave you to clean it up...as if that weren't enough.

On “Only Wanna Dance With You,” which has leaked all over the internet today, K-Dollar Sign-Ha sings the first portion of the bouncy, ‘80s sounding track for a good two minutes until she reverts to form and goes into a spoken bridge about “kicking it all night/hard-core making it until it gets light.” Listen to it here  (courtesy of Perez Hilton).

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Jesse James

 Jesse James

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Watch: Jesse James on 'American Chopper: The Build-Off'

James, Paul Teutul Sr. and Paul Teutul Jr. go head-to-head-to-head

Remember when Jesse James was just a guy who built cool stuff and not a philandering husband/boyfriend with issues? Flash back to the good old days tonight when James goes head-to-head-to-head with Paul Teutul Senior and Paul Teutul Junior on 'American Chopper: The Build-Off' on the Discovery Channel (9:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.). See clips from the show below -- and, in the second clip, watch as Senior proclaims James a "genius" and predicts him beating his own son in the three-way competition. Ouch.

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<p>Kaya Scodelario in Andrea Arnold's &quot;Wuthering Heights,&quot; for which DP Robbie Ryan was honored at the Camerimage festival.</p>

Kaya Scodelario in Andrea Arnold's "Wuthering Heights," for which DP Robbie Ryan was honored at the Camerimage festival.

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Camerimage honors DPs of 'In Darkness,' 'A Separation,' 'Wuthering Heights'

'Tree of Life' and 'Tinker, Tailor' lose out at Polish cinematography festival

The Camerimage festival, to my knowledge the only international film festival dedicated specifically to honoring the art of cinematography, rarely gets much attention on the awards beat, but it's always an interesting event to follow. Based in Poland, the festival annually programs a selection of the year's most remarkably photographed films, ranging from mainstream awards fare to exotic obscurities, with an international jury judging the DP's work in each case. 

Naturally, awards follow. "The Piano" won the festival's inaugural Golden Frog award in 1993, while subsequent winners include "Elizabeth," "Road to Perdition," "City of God," "Pan's Labyrinth," "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly" and "Slumdog Millionaire."

But if all those were high-profile lensing showcases than went on to receive Oscar recognition in the same category, the awards can just as often go in unexpected directions.

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<p>&quot;State of Play&quot;</p>
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"State of Play"

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Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 105

Dan and Alan review 'State of Play,' 'Bag of Bones' and 'Appropriate Adult' and answer mail

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Happy Monday, Boys & Girls!
 
As you may have noticed, over the weekend, Alan became paranoid that we didn't have enough content for this week's podcast and aggressively solicited questions.
 
That's why, in addition to the miniseries "State of Play," "Appropriate Adult" and "Bag of Bones," this podcast answers five or six pieces of Listener Mail, only a small percentage of what we received. We'll try to get to more next week.
 
Today's breakdown:
"State of Play" (02:15 - 09:30)
"Appropriate Adult" (09:30 - 16:55)
"Bag of Bones" (17:35 - 27:40)
Listener Mail: The "Dexter" Twist (28:15 - 37:55)
Listener Mail: Old Cast, New Show (38:00 - 43:30)
Listener Mail: Episode Titles (43:35 - 47:45)
Listener Mail: "Saturday Night Live" (47:50 - 56:30)
Listener Mail: "Boardwalk" history (56:45 - 01:01:20)

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>Madonna</p>

Madonna

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5 Steps to a perfect Madonna Superbowl Halftime show

Plus, listen to her new song, 'Masterpiece'

As had been long rumored, Madonna is indeed performing at Super Bowl XLVI's half-time show Feb. 5 in Indianapolis. Both the NFL and superstar confirmed the Material Girl’s appearance Sunday night.

What do we know? We know that she is collaborating with a team from Cirque du Soleil, so we can expect some wildly inventive and weird acrobatics to keep everyone entertained. She’s also partnering with Moment Factory, a company that produces multimedia events in strange spaces, whether it be outdoors or between buildings.

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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 105: 'State of Play,' 'Appropriate Adult,' 'Bag of Bones' & more

Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 105: 'State of Play,' 'Appropriate Adult,' 'Bag of Bones' & more

Dan and Alan also answer listener mail about 'Dexter,' 'The Walking Dead' and episode titles

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We were on the verge of devoting most of this week's Firewall & Iceberg Podcast to my irrational love of unheralded Knicks rookie Iman Shumpert (who has yet to play a game in the NBA, of course) when we put the call out on Twitter for extra listener mail questions, and you guys delivered. Combined with your terrific questions and some stronger material to review this week, it's a pretty eclectic podcast. So thanks!

The line-up: 

"State of Play" (02:15 - 09:30)
"Appropriate Adult" (09:30 - 16:55)
"Bag of Bones" (17:35 - 27:40)
Listener Mail: The "Dexter" Twist (28:15 - 37:55)
Listener Mail: Old Cast, New Show (38:00 - 43:30)
Listener Mail: Episode Titles (43:35 - 47:45)
Listener Mail: "Saturday Night Live" (47:50 - 56:30)
Listener Mail: "Boardwalk" history (56:45 - 01:01:20)
 
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 at sepinwall@hitfix.com and/or dan@hitfix.com if you have questions you want answered on the show. Please put the word "podcast" in your subject line to make it easy to track them down amid the hundreds of random press releases we get every day.
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Kelly Ripa

 Kelly Ripa

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Does Kelly Ripa need a permanent co-host on "Live! with Kelly"?

Stars like Jerry Seinfeld have stepped in for Regis, but should any of them stick around?

So, the long goodbye is over. Regis has been gone for two weeks and Kelly Ripa has settled into a (sort of) solo gig on the renamed "Live! with Kelly." I say sort of because Ripa has been joined by stand-in co-hosts comedian Jerry Seinfeld, Jerry O'Connell, Neil Patrick Harris and, most recently, "Dancing with the Stars" pro Derek Hough -- and there are likely many more to come, as there's been no deadline for when a permanent co-host will be announced. While each of these co-hosts has been successful to varying degrees, what's been notable is how smoothly Ripa has stepped into the Regis chair.

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<p>Andy Serkis on the set of &quot;Rise of the Planet of the Apes&quot;</p>

Andy Serkis on the set of "Rise of the Planet of the Apes"

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'Apes' and 'Tintin' star Andy Serkis on performance capture's place in awards season

The steward of the form has his say on the FYC circuit

Andy Serkis is in the middle of nowhere. Quite literally. He's at the base of Mt. Cook in New Zealand's Southern Alps filming second unit material on Peter Jackson's heavily anticipated film "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" and cell service is a luxury.

Last Thursday, in fact, the actor accepted the Tech Pioneer Award from the Whistler Film Festival via Skype. But it wasn't so easy. He was in a helicopter, landed in a field in a remote farming community, found the house of someone who knew someone who knew someone on the crew and set up a laptop in the living room to call in.

This morning -- amid a number of dropped calls, natch -- I talked to him ostensibly for an upcoming Tech Support interview regarding the visual effects of "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" and "The Adventures of Tintin" (each of which feature Serkis in performance capture roles). But it seemed like a good opportunity to get his thoughts on the technology's place in the awards season while I was at it.

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<p>The ensemble of Lars von Trier's &quot;Melancholia,&quot; which took top honors at Saturday's European Film Awards.</p>

The ensemble of Lars von Trier's "Melancholia," which took top honors at Saturday's European Film Awards.

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Lars von Trier maintains his silence at European Film Awards

'Melancholia' wins top award, while Brits rule the acting races

Apologies for being a little slow this weekend in getting to the European Film Award results -- which Gregory Ellwood listed over on his blog. It was a busy day, and by the time I remembered them, the British Independent Film Awards swallowed up my evening.

Still, it seems we were not the only people with other things on our mind: apparently, most of the major winners couldn't be bothered to turn up to what this first-hand report suggests was a pretty shoddy ceremony. In the case of Lars von Trier -- whose film "Melancholia," as expected, won the Best European Film award -- that was to be expected. Having publicly taken a vow of silence a few months ago in the wake of further official admonishment for his controversial Nazi-related comments at Cannes in May, he proved as good as his word, sending his wife to collect the award on his behalf. Lucky woman.

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<p>From &quot;The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo&quot; poster: Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara</p>

From "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" poster: Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara

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Listen: 6 cuts from Trent Reznor's 'Girl with the Dragon Tattoo' soundtrack

Nine Inch Nails mastermind released complete tracklist, sells it the only way he knows how

Any excuse to type the words "Academy Award winner Trent Reznor" is a good one, so with that, there may be another chance to give the guy an honor: the Nine Inch Nails frontman has finished constructing his score to forthcoming flick "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" with longtime collaborator Atticus Ross, and now he's giving some of it away.

Check out the beautiful album artwork.

I'll write more about the sound once I've actually seen the film, but this moody, dynamic sampler is enough to know that there's a lot going on here. The lush six-track teaser can be downloaded for free, through Reznor's NullCo site, with pre-orders for the usual purchases, like a digi download, a deluxe and standard CD. The best part of all that, is the album is actually three CDs long, for the price of about one.

Click here for your free sampler.

The digital set will hit on Dec. 9, this Friday. The physical merchandise arrives week of release, when David Fincher's film drops on Dec. 21.

Reznor and Fincher worked together on last year's "The Social Network," which earned Reznor and Ross an Oscar for Original Score.

The "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" tracklist is as follows:

    (CD1)
    1. Immigrant Song
    2. She Reminds Me Of You
    3. People Lie All The Time
    4. Pinned And Mounted
    5. Perihelion
    6. What If We Could?
    7. With The Flies
    8. Hidden In Snow
    9. A Thousand Details
    10. One Particular Moment
    11. I Can't Take It Anymore
    12. How Brittle The Bones
    13. Please Take Your Hand Away

    (CD2)
    14. Cut Into Pieces
    15. The Splinter
    16. An Itch
    17. Hypomania
    18. Under The Midnight Sun
    19. Aphelion
    20. You're Here
    21. The Same As The Others
    22. A Pause For Reflection
    23. While Waiting
    24. The Seconds Drag
    25. Later Into The Night
    26. Parallel Timeline With Alternate Outcome

    (CD3)
    27. Another Way Of Caring
    28. A Viable Construct
    29. Revealed In The Thaw
    30. Millennia
    31. We Could Wait Forever
    32. Oraculum
    33. Great Bird Of Prey
    34. The Heretics
    35. A Pair Of Doves
    36. Infiltrator
    37. The Sound Of Forgetting
    38. Of Secrets
    39. Is Your Love Strong Enough?
 

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