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Review: Rising Brit star George MacKay is the standout in Duane Hopkins' 'Bypass'

Review: Rising Brit star George MacKay is the standout in Duane Hopkins' 'Bypass'

Drugs are bad, MacKay

VENICE — Looking scrawny and sallow compared to his 2013 appearances in Kevin Macdonald’s underrated YA novel adaptation “How I Live Now” and Proclaimers musical “Sunshine on Leith,” George MacKay is the standout in Duane Hopkins’ UK Horizons entry “Bypass” here at Venice. “Bypass” sees Brit-on-the-rise MacKay in loosely similar territory to his other 2013 release, Paul Wright’s dour, artful “For Those In Peril,” in which he also played an almost completely friendless and increasingly desperate youth isolated from his family, though there the similarities between the two films end.

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'Utopia' star was booted for smuggling in a smartphone, and looking up the other contestants

'Utopia' star was booted for smuggling in a smartphone, and looking up the other contestants

“Utopia” star was booted for smuggling in a smartphone, and looking up the other contestants
“It was clearly crossing the boundary of what was in her contract and what we thought was creatively important for the show,” says Simon Andreae, chief of Fox’s alternative programming. “So, we sadly had to let her go and that's the sum of it.”


NBC’s “Weight for Love” will have couples lose weight together
The new reality show will be self-contained and different from "The Biggest Loser’s" couples editions.


Lifetime sued over “Happy Face Killer” movie
Daun Slagle, who survived the real-life killing spree, claims the movie wrongfully portrayed her as a prostitute. Her lawsuit contends that the film, which aired in March, left viewers "with the sense that (she) somewhat provoked and/or deserved the attack due to her low character, criminal behavior."


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Telluride Reviews: '99 Homes,' 'Madame Bovary,' ''71,' 'Wild Tales'

Telluride Reviews: '99 Homes,' 'Madame Bovary,' ''71,' 'Wild Tales'

Some thoughts on some of the fall's more intriguing titles

TELLURIDE — It's impossible to see every movie at a film festival, but you can certainly come close if you're able to catch a few of the main centerpieces beforehand. At Telluride, the benefit of having viewed "Foxcatcher," "Mr. Turner," "Mommy" and "The Homesman" at Cannes allowed this pundit to catch a few of the lower profile titles that are still worthy of your attention. Here are a few short capsule reviews for some films that will also screen at the Toronto and New York film festivals and that should most definitely be on your radar.

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Bruce Springsteen to make his acting debut on 'Lilyhammer,' which will also get a visit from 'The Sopranos’ alum Tony Sirico
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Bruce Springsteen to make his acting debut on 'Lilyhammer,' which will also get a visit from 'The Sopranos’ alum Tony Sirico

Bruce Springsteen to make his acting debut on “Lilyhammer,” which will also get a visit from “The Sopranos" alum Tony Sirico
Steven Van Zandt will have two reunions on his Netflix series in Season 3. The E Street band member will play a priest who visits Springsteen, who’ll play a mortuary owner in what may be his acting debut. Van Zandt’s former “Sopranos” co-star Sirico, meanwhile, will recur throughout the season.

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'The View’s' new co-hosts: Rosie Perez and Nicolle Wallace

“The View’s” new co-hosts: Rosie Perez and Nicolle Wallace
Rosie Perez, who’s set to co-star with Larry David on Broadway, will join for George W. Bush and John McCain aide Nicolle Wallace when “The View” returns Sept. 15, according to Deadline. They’re replacing Sherri Shepherd and Jenny McCarthy.

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George Clooney to take on Rupert Murdoch in film about British phone-hacking scandal
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George Clooney to take on Rupert Murdoch in film about British phone-hacking scandal

Actor will direct an adaptation of the Nick Davies book 'Hack Attack'

George Clooney has Rupert Murdoch in his sights. The "Descendants" star has signed on to helm an adaptation of "Hack Attack," a recent book by Nick Davies that dissects the British phone-hacking scandal which implicated Murdoch's News International subsidiary and led to the shuttering of long-running U.K. tabloid "News of the World," according to Deadline. Clooney will also produce the Sony project alongside his Smokehouse Pictures partner Grant Heslov.

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'Ask Drew' looks forward to 'Inherent Vice' as the fall's must-see movie
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'Ask Drew' looks forward to 'Inherent Vice' as the fall's must-see movie

What kind of monster pits Tarantino against Nolan?

Yep. Still no facial hair.

Some of the mail you guys sent about the new aesthetic choice I've made regarding my chin was charming, some of it was hilarious, and some of it was downright creepy. I treasure it all.

That last episode sort of winded me. Then we got caught up in a couple of very busy weeks. And now I'm leaving for Toronto, where I'm going to be working non-stop until September 11th, with something like 28 reviews and/or interviews scheduled for that time. We wanted to make sure that we got one more "Ask Drew" delivered to you before I hit that plane at 6:00 AM, and once again, you guys sent us a strong set of questions to pick from.

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'Game of Thrones’' Bran Stark and Hodor will take next season off
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'Game of Thrones’' Bran Stark and Hodor will take next season off

“Game of Thrones’” Bran Stark and Hodor will take next season off
As Kristian Nairn, who plays Hodor, explains: "We have a season off and we have a year's hiatus, solely because I imagine our storyline is up to the end of the books.”

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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 244: 'Boardwalk Empire,' Amazon pilots & more

Dan and Alan also discuss Starz's 'The Chair,' Every Simpsons Ever & Comedy Central's hot streak

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Happy Wednesday, boys and girls! Labor Day and our need to catch up on some stuff pushed this week's Firewall & Iceberg Podcast back a day, but it's a hefty one. We touch on the return of Chris Moore to TV with Starz's "The Chair" (and lament the absence of John Gulager's bathtub from primetime), preview the final season of "Boardwalk Empire," discuss the five new Amazon pilots, look back on the fun that was Every "Simpsons" Ever, and talk about Comedy Central's current hot streak in primetime. And we hope it all sounds coherent despite Skype being The Worst Thing Ever for much of the call. (Remember how we used to say that discussing Dustin Hoffman's Emmy chances for "Luck" was barred by the Skype gods? Today, it was a random digression about Kristen Bell's "Pulse.")

NOTE: Despite recording 90 minutes of conversation, the Skype gods were being so unkind to us that we had to ditch our weekly Friday Night Lights segment.  We're as awful as the murder plot this week. Sorry. We'll discuss episodes 12 & 13 next week, and then 14 & 15 the following week to close out season 2.

The rundown:

"The Chair" (00:00:40 - 00:16:35)
"Boardwalk Empire" (00:16:38 - 00:25:45)
Amazon Pilots (00:25:50 - 01:05:00)
Listener Mail - FXX's "Simpsons" Marathon (01:05:00 - 01:21:45)
Listener Mail - Comedy Central (01:21:55 - 01:28:15)

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. 244

Dan and Alan discuss 'The Chair,' Amazon pilots, 'Boardwalk Empire' and more

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Happy Wednesday, Boys & Girls! Time for another installment of the Firewall & Iceberg Podcast. 

There's lots to discuss in this week's podcast, including Starz' "The Chair," the new season of "Boardwalk Empire" and all five new Amazon pilots.

This podcast was a technical nightmare -- Screw You, Skype -- and in the process of trying to just get the darned thing finished and run, you might notice we didn't get to something important, namely this week's two "Friday Night Lights" Season 2 episodes. Profuse apologies. We'll do this week's two episodes next week -- See, you've already done your homework! -- and finish the season the following week.

Fortunately, even without "Friday Night Lights" and even with the near-constant Skype glitches, it was a long podcast.

And for those of you who are curious, there may be some spoilers in the Amazon segment, but nothing huge or meaningful, I don't think.

Today's breakdown:
"The Chair" (00:00:40 - 00:16:35)
"Boardwalk Empire" (00:16:38 - 00:25:45)
Amazon Pilots (00:25:50 - 01:05:00)
Listener Mail - FXX's "Simpsons" Marathon (01:05:00 - 01:21:45)
Listener Mail - Comedy Central (01:21:55 - 01:28:15)

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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'The Flash' reuniting “Prison Break” brothers
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'The Flash' reuniting “Prison Break” brothers

“The Flash” reuniting “Prison Break” brothers
Dominic Purcell will guest as a pyromaniac on Episode 10, reuniting with Wentworth Miller, who’s joining “The Flash” starting with Episode 4. Purcell and Miller played brothers brothers Lincoln Burrows and Michael Scofield for five seasons on Fox’s “Prison Break,” from 2005 to 2009.

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'The Good Wife’s' new teaser introduces Florrick, Agos & Lockhart
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'The Good Wife’s' new teaser introduces Florrick, Agos & Lockhart

“The Good Wife’s” new teaser introduces Florrick, Agos & Lockhart
Check out the promo for the season premiere, titled “The Line.” PLUS: “Good Wife” creators ink new deal, sell CBS on D.C. horror show “Brain Dead."


Fox gets “Idol” alum Chris Daughtry to sing “Utopia’s” theme song
The Season 5 “Idol” finalist was approached by producers to come up with a theme song for the year-long Fox reality show. “I’ve never seen a show like this,” says Daughtry, who sings “This is Utopia / Let’s make a brand new start."


CBS’ “Thursday Night Football” will open each week with Jay-Z’s “Run This Town” featuring Rihanna
Don Cheadle will provide narration for the opening of the NFL’s new weeknight franchise.


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