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Robert Downey Jr. to 'Captain America 3' fuels 'Civil War' storyline rumors
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Robert Downey Jr. to 'Captain America 3' fuels 'Civil War' storyline rumors

Marvel Cinematic Universe just keeps geting bigger

Never play poker with Kevin Feige.

That man could be standing in front of the actual Captain America answering hard questions and never give up anything. I just saw him, and he never let on even slightly that they were close to dropping news of this magnitude. While the Russos have been dropping some clues about how important "Captain America 3" would end up being to the overall Marvel Cinematic Universe, they really didn't prepare people for the news that broke tonight.

Robert Downey Jr., who so carefully clarified last week that he is not going to be making "Iron Man 4," was studiously avoiding the real news that was brewing the entire time, and now Variety has the story that Downey is going to join "Captain America 3," which will most likely be officially subtitled, "Civil War."

And if that's exciting to you, that's because you have some idea of just how serious the ramifications are for all of the Marvel characters that we've met so far.

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Sleepy Hollow - Go Where I Send Thee
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Recap: 'Sleepy Hollow' - 'Go Where I Send Thee' hints at a wider mythology for the show

Nothing good can ever come from bone flutes.

After Reyes effectively put an end to all occult shenanigans last week, Jenny and Crane are out of the police sidekick game, and Captain Irving is wrestling with the truth bomb that his lawyer is the Horseman of War.

On the plus side, Abbie made a new friend in Hawley, aka Southern Gentleman Aquaman.

What adventures await our plucky heroes this week? Will Katrina finally remember witches are good at things like WITCHCRAFT and ground her wayward son? Probably not, but one can hope.

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<p>Gotham</p>

Gotham

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Review: 'Gotham' - 'Arkham'

A hitman works both sides of a mob war

A review of tonight's "Gotham" coming up just as soon as I swear that I voted for you...

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Bill Murray plans to sing Christmas carols in his own holiday TV special
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Bill Murray plans to sing Christmas carols in his own holiday TV special

'Monster-in-Law' is set to become a Fox sitcom

Bill Murray plans to sing Christmas carols in his own holiday TV special
The project, which is still in the developmental stages, would involve Sofia Coppola, who directed Murray in "Lost in Translation." “It’s not going to be live,” Murray tells Variety. “We’re going to do it like a little movie. It won’t have a format, but it’s going to have music. It will have texture. It will have threads through it that are writing. There will be prose.”


“Monster-in-Law” is set to become a Fox sitcom
the 2005 film starring Jennifer Lopez and Jane Fonda is being remade for TV.


You’ll have to re-watch “Breaking Bad” to appreciate “Better Call Saul”
That’s according to the president of Sony Pictures Television: "I won't spill the beans too much, but it is going to force you to go back and check out things that happened in Breaking Bad to make sure you were clear about what you saw back then.”


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'Gotham' star Robin Lord Taylor says Oswald is 10 percent of the way to full Penguin

'Gotham' star Robin Lord Taylor says Oswald is 10 percent of the way to full Penguin

What's up with the Gordon-Cobblepot relationship going forward?

In the world of FOX's "Gotham," Future Batman is a sad middle schooler. Future Riddler is a puzzle enthusiast working for Gotham PD. Future Catwoman is an agile girl with trust issues. And Future Poison Ivy is just a kid with some interest in horticulture. 

Perhaps that's why it's so much fun to watch Robin Lord Taylor strutting or waddling his stuff as Oswald Cobblepot. No, he isn't The Penguin, but Oswald is well on his way to being an ingratiating little budding psychopath. 

"I don't know if there was ever a completely 'normal' Oswald," Taylor said when he stopped by the HitFix video studio last week, referencing the eccentric performance by Carol Kane as Mama Cobblepot as some of the origin for the eventual supervillain. 

When last we saw Oswald, he was popping up at Jim Gordon's door, which is sure to cause awkwardness since so far as several crime lords know, The Future Commissioner Gordon shot Oswald and let his body wash away.

"I do think that Gordon is really the only person in Gotham City who Penguin trusts and, on top of that, he owes him his life and I don't think he takes that lightly," Taylor teases. In a little bit that was trimmed from this interview, Taylor suggested that Oswald isn't likely to feed Gordon a guilt trip about the crimes he's committed since Gordon let him go free. See, Oswald just wants a friend. 

As vicious and an unpredictable as Taylor's Oswald is, though, the actor says we have a whole lot of darkening and craziness to go.

"I think we're 10 percent there," Taylor says of his journey to Penguin-dom.

Check out the full interview above.

And a new episode of "Gotham" airs Monday night at 8 p.m. on FOX.

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'The Walking Dead' returns to a record 17.3 million viewers
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'The Walking Dead' returns to a record 17.3 million viewers

Netflix reviving 'Care Bears'

“The Walking Dead” returns to a record 17.3 million viewers
That beats last year’s season premiere, the previous high of 16.11 million.


Netflix reviving “Care Bears”
“Care Bears and Cousins” is expected to be released in early 2016.


Is “Hart of Dixie” on the verge of cancelation?
The cast has offered several hints on Twitter that the CW series is coming to an end.


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<p>Jane the Virgin</p>

Jane the Virgin

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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 252

Dan and Alan also break down recent 'Parenthood,' 'The Walking Dead' & 'Boardwalk Empire'

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Happy Columbus Day, boys and girls! For travel-related reasons, we moved the Firewall & Iceberg Podcast up a day this week, in which we talk for a while about a pilot we both like but maybe don't intend to watch as a series for long, a pilot we didn't like at all but have hopes for the show as a whole, plus some recent drama episodes. Also, we talk for a very long time about hair. I'm sorry. It's all my fault. 

The rundown:

"Jane the Virgin" (00:00:55 - 00:13:30)
"Marry Me" (00:13:30 - 00:21:50)
Listener Mail: FOX's fall struggles (00:22:20 - 00:31:20)
Listener Mail: Haircut-based TV declines (00:31:25 - 00:41:55)
"Parenthood" (00:42:00 - 00:53:00)
"The Walking Dead" (00:53:10 - 01:08:00)
"Boardwalk Empire" (01:08:00 - 01:28:00)


  As always, send questions to firewalliceberg@hitfix.com. 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, subscribe on IHeartRadio or stream it on Dan's blog.

There's also now a complete archive of all the podcasts to date.

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Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 252

Dan and Alan review 'Jane the Virgin,' 'Marry Me' and talk 'Walking Dead' and 'Boardwalk Empire'

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Happy Monday, Boys & Girls.

Time for a slightly early-in-the-week installment of The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast.

We bumped this podcast up to Monday so that we could get in a review for The CW's "Jane the Virgin," which we both kinda like. It also adds some freshness to our discussions of Sunday's "The Walking Dead" and "Boardwalk Empire."

In this busy podcast, we also reviewed NBC's "Marry Me," discussed the first few "Parenthood" episodes of the season and answered a few pieces of Listener Mail.

Whee!

Next week's podcast might be a bit later in the week so that I can catch up on a few things that I won't get to this week. That was just a warning. Worry not. A podcast will exist.

And here's today's breakdown:
"Jane the Virgin" (00:00:55 - 00:13:30)
"Marry Me" (00:13:30 - 00:21:50)
Listener Mail: FOX's fall struggles (00:22:20 - 00:31:20)
Listener Mail: Haircut-based TV declines (00:31:25 - 00:41:55)
"Parenthood" (00:42:00 - 00:53:00)
"The Walking Dead" (00:53:10 - 01:08:00)
"Boardwalk Empire" (01:08:00 - 01:28:00)

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 or subscribe on IHeartRadio.] 

 

And as always, feel free to e-mail us questions for the podcast.

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Review: Keanu Reeves shoots all the faces in the preposterous pulpy 'John Wick'
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Review: Keanu Reeves shoots all the faces in the preposterous pulpy 'John Wick'

A smartly written world helps flesh out a standard revenge picture

AUSTIN - When the lights went down in the theater for the Fantastic Fest debut of "John Wick," I had no expectations at all for the film. It never occurred to me that it would end up being one of the most enjoyable things I saw there and a genuinely exciting announcement for a pair of pulp action filmmakers.

Chad Stahelski was the stuntman who doubled for Keanu Reeves on "The Matrix," and since then, he's done "The Replacements," both "Matrix" sequels, "Thumbsucker," "Constantine," and "Man Of Tai Chi" with Reeves, and they've developed a strong collaborative relationship. David Leitch, who co-directed the film with Stahelski, has worked on dozens of movies with him in the stunt department. They've both worked as second-unit actual unit directors on films like "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire," "Escape Plan," "Safe," "The Wolverine," Parker," "Ninja Assassin," and the upcoming "Jurassic World."

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<p>Zombies! From &quot;The Walking Dead&quot; Season 5.</p>

Zombies! From "The Walking Dead" Season 5.

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'Walking Dead' Season 5 premiere sets AMC records

Zombie favorite returns above last fall's premiere

America's appetite for brains, or at least our appetite for watching the living dead and their appetite for brains, remains unabated.

AMC's "The Walking Dead" returned on Sunday (October 12) night and set new highs for both the series and, by logical extension, for the network.

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As Marvel searches for 'Doctor Strange,' we suggest they look to 'John Wick' to find their lead
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As Marvel searches for 'Doctor Strange,' we suggest they look to 'John Wick' to find their lead

Keanu Reeves is ready for his Marvel moment

This past week, I got another heavily-embargoed peek behind the curtain of what Marvel's up to in the near-future, and once again, I feel like they've got a real handle on what they're doing. They have a very specific plan, and the focus it takes to pull that off is sort of remarkable.

Obviously, one of the priorities at the studio right now is "Doctor Strange." Scott Derrickson is onboard to direct, and they are working right now to find the right person to play the Sorcerer Supreme. Recent reports had Joaquin Phoenix circling the project, a rumor that started as far back as the week before Comic-Con. It has now been reported that those negotiations stalled, and that is probably a good thing. I think Phoenix is enormously talented, but he may be the same sort of artist as Edgar Wright, who probably fits better doing his own thing than working within the structure of the big-picture puzzle that Marvel's putting together. Phoenix seems like the sort of person who is going to follow what excites him or challenges him, and a six or nine picture contract is going to impose a structure on his work that he may not be prepared for.

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<p>Michael Keaton and Edward Norton in &quot;Birdman&quot;</p>

Michael Keaton and Edward Norton in "Birdman"

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'Birdman' star Edward Norton wonders why people think franchise films are taking over

Plus: 'Fight Club's' place in a landmark movie year

After big festival bows at the Venice, Telluride and New York film festivals, Alejandro González Iñárritu's "Birdman" finally opens in limited release this week. Michael Keaton is well on his way into the awards spectrum this year, but his co-stars deserve some looks, too, and none more so than Edward Norton, whose mercurial method actor Mike Shiner lights up the screen every time he's on it, and might be the best thing he's done since "Fight Club" and "American History X."

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