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Jennifer Aniston says Justin Theroux won't tell her the secret of 'The Leftovers'

Jennifer Aniston says Justin Theroux won't tell her the secret of 'The Leftovers'

'Cake' is becoming Aniston's new indie calling card

We are in the middle of what could be a career-changing two-day span for Jennifer Aniston. The "Friends" icon and star of such blockbuster fare as "Marley & Me," "Bruce Almighty" and "We're the Millers" shocked many by earning a SAG Awards nomination Wednesday for her role in the indie drama "Cake." By Thursday morning she may have a Golden Globe nomination to go along with it.

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<p>Arrow</p>

Arrow

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Review: 'Arrow' - 'The Climb'

'Arrow' says goodbye to 2014 with some terrific fight scenes, but also some sluggishness

A review of tonight's "Arrow" coming up just as soon as I get a Christmas tree inversely proportional to the size of my family...

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<p>Kingdom</p>

Kingdom

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Season finale talkback: 'Kingdom' - 'King Beast'

What did everybody think of the finale of the DirecTV MMA drama?

Back in the fall, I was reasonably impressed with "Kingdom," the new drama airing on DirecTV's Audience Network. It seemed to be transplanting bits of pieces of recent cable dramas (a splash of "Sons of Anarchy," a healthy serving of "Lights Out," etc.), but with solid writing and directing, and an excellent cast led by Frank Grillo.

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<p>Baylor of &quot;Survivor: San Juan Del Sur&quot;</p>

Baylor of "Survivor: San Juan Del Sur"

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Recap: 'Survivor: San Juan Del Sur' - 'Let's Make a Move'

A bum ankle takes one castaway to the brink

Pre-credit sequence. When we left things, Jon was confused. Upon returning to camp? Jaclyn is confused, going so far as to suggest that Alec might have voted for himself. Amidst this disarray, Natalie has decided that she's going to pretend that she blew the communication and thought she was part of the block voting Alec, not part of the Keith block. Baylor is impressed with Natalie's acting skills and Jon has accepted Natalie's line about not being talked to enough. The worry, at least for Jon, is that Keith could win Immunities and screw things up. The next morning, Natalie makes it clear to Keith that she saved him and he needs to stick with her and with Missy and Baylor. The plan is to target Jon. Again. 

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Amy Schumer

Amy Schumer to Host the 2015 MTV Movie Awards

The Comedy Central doyenne will tower over the MTV award handout.

Amy Schumer, who is essentially the comedy doyenne of 2014 (alongside her Comedy Central colleagues Abbi and Ilana from "Broad City") has been picked to host the 2015 MTV Movie Awards. This is really, really good news.

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Report: Stephen Colbert to launch his CBS 'Late Show' in late summer
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Report: Stephen Colbert to launch his CBS 'Late Show' in late summer

Amy Schumer will host the 2015 MTV Movie Awards

Report: Stephen Colbert to launch his CBS “Late Show” in late summer
With David Letterman exiting on May 20, the LA Times reports that Colbert may not take over “The Late Show" until late August or early September. The hiatus will be used to hire new staff. And according to The Times, "a new set will be built in the Ed Sullivan Theater, which will also be refurbished and receive some technical upgrades. CBS will want to mount some test shows with Colbert in front of an audience before the launch.” It’s worth noting that Letterman started his “Late Show” on Aug. 30, 1993 after a summer hiatus following his exit from NBC’s “Late Night.”


Amy Schumer will host the 2015 MTV Movie Awards
The 24th annual event will air April 12 live from L.A.'s Nokia Theatre.


Joel McHale asked Sony for a discount on a TV set after NBC canceled “Community,” hacked Sony e-mail reveals
Hackers released McHale’s May e-mail asking for a discount on the $8,000 65” Sony X950B 4K Ultra HD.


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Guys, we need to talk about Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Minnie Driver in 'Beyond the Lights'

Guys, we need to talk about Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Minnie Driver in 'Beyond the Lights'

These two should be in the conversation to win, OK?

This morning's Screen Actors Guild nominations made one thing abundantly clear that has been pretty much at the forefront of much of the awards discussion this season: there is room to maneuver in the lead and supporting actress categories. Jennifer Aniston ("Cake") and Naomi Watts ("St. Vincent") each found an angle and made their way in. But there are two performances in one film that frankly deserve to be in the conversation to win each of those categories, yet neither is getting any traction. It's time we talked about Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Minnie Driver in Gina Prince-Bythewood's "Beyond the Lights."

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First Look: Ewan McGregor is Jesus Christ in Sundance's 'Last Days in the Desert'
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First Look: Ewan McGregor is Jesus Christ in Sundance's 'Last Days in the Desert'

Rodrigo Garcia-directed drama is premiering at Sundance next month

Ewan McGregor is darkness and light.

The two-time Golden Globe nominee is playing the dual role of Jesus and the Devil in the forthcoming Sundance drama "Last Days in the Desert" - and the first photo of him as the former has arrived.

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<p>The Leftovers</p>

The Leftovers

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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 260: Best TV of 2014

Dan and Alan run through their top 10s, and discuss the HitFix TV Critics Poll

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It's that time of year, boys and girls! Time for the annual Firewall & Iceberg Podcast Best of 2014 episode! Yes, I already published my top 10 list, and Dan already published his, and HitFix has already published its 2014 TV critics poll, so it's not like there will be anything new to anyone who's been visiting the site in the past week. But we still get to go back and forth and talk about a lot of shows we love, after a discussion at the top of the show of the critics poll results. It's all one big best-of smorgasboard, so no rundown required this week.

That said, SPOILER WARNING: We do at various points probably give away some stuff in our individual show discussion. I can't think of anything hugely major, like deaths and whatnot, but I know it is a thing people often ask when we do retrospective things like this.

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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<p>Allison Tolman of &quot;Fargo&quot;</p>

Allison Tolman of "Fargo"

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Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 260 - Best of 2014 Edition

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Happy Wednesday, Boys & Girls. Time for the Best of 2014 installment of The Firewall & Iceberg.

If you've already read/watched our Top 10s or gone through the HitFix Critics' Poll, you pretty much know everything we're going to say in this podcast, but you've never heard us talk about them together on the same podcast. At least not all at once. At least not for this year.

So yeah, you know the drill here. 

We spoil some stuff about the shows we discuss. Maybe not the BIG things, but definitely some stuff, so just be cautious. We tip-toe some, but not entirely.

Today's breakdown:
Best of 2014 (00:00:30 - 01:17:50)

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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2014 movies that won't make my list - Comedy makes everything better

My schedule is frantic this week. That's the best word for it. I feel like I'm constantly in motion.

You'll start to benefit from that in these next couple of days. I have some great "Inherent Vice" stuff going up, I've got a piece about the "Community" 100th episode celebration at the CBS Radford Studios, and my ten best video goes up on Thursday.

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'Sons of Anarchy' was a 'bad relationship show'
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'Sons of Anarchy' was a 'bad relationship show'

Shonda Rhimes: 'I haven't broken through any glass ceilings'

“Sons of Anarchy” was a “bad relationship show”
Kurt Sutter's FX biker series, says Matt Zoller Seitz, was "a show that you commit to watching for whatever reason and that often disappoints you or irritates you or makes you miserable, but that you can never quite bring yourself to leave, because every now and then, it'll do something so wonderfully surprising and right that you remember why you fell in love with it in the first place. Sutter and his writers, directors, and actors did that just often enough that I never stopped watching Sons, even though, as many others have noted, in later years, it became an example of the downside (perhaps) of FX's policy of granting artists free reign, content- and length-wise.” PLUS: “SOA” exits with a record 6.4 million viewers, “SOA” should’ve been called "Contrivances of Plot" or "Montages of Eternity," and “SOA” absolutely had to be over the top and Shakespearean.


“Sons of Anarchy” exec producer: “Everyone wanted it to be as satisfying as possible"
Paris Barclay, who also serves as “SOA” director, says: “I don’t like when I read a book and I invest in hundreds and hundreds of pages, and then you end and it’s like, ‘What? I’m supposed to just think about something? I don’t want to think about something.’” PLUS: Barclay recalls shooting that “incredibly painful” voting scene.


Shonda Rhimes: "I haven't broken through any glass ceilings”
Rhimes, the recipient of this year’s Sherry Lansing Leadership Award, said in her speech accepting the award: "If I had broken through any glass ceilings, I would know. If I had broken through a glass ceiling, I would have felt some cuts, I would have some bruises, there'd be shards of glass in my hair … If I'd broken the glass ceiling, that would mean I made it through to the other side, where the air is rare. I would feel the wind on my face.” PLUS: Read Rhimes’ entire speech.

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