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The new Dreamworks animated comedy 'The Penguins Of Madagascar' gets a silly first trailer
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The new Dreamworks animated comedy 'The Penguins Of Madagascar' gets a silly first trailer

Why does this look like 'Scrat: The Movie' to me?

Somewhere, right now, my kids are losing their minds.

I'm not particularly fond of the "Madagascar" films, but they're fine, I guess. This is the side of Dreamworks that I'm less fond of, the super-jokey frantic-to-be-funny side. Coming on the heels of the beautiful, heartfelt "How To Train Your Dragon 2," it feels like a far more crass decision. That sort of sums up exactly what's wrong with Dreamworks as a studio. They are capable of greatness, but they seem to aim for the "farts are funny" crowd more often than not.

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Idina Menzel

'Frozen's' Idina Menzel scores high debut for new Broadway cast album, 'If/Then'

Highest charter since 'Rent' in 1996

Idina Menzel is a good luck charm for Broadway cast recordings.  The original cast album for “If/Then,” her current show, debuts at No. 19 on the Billboard 200 today.

That makes it the highest debut for a Broadway cast album since 1996 when “Rent,” which also starred Menzel, debuted at No. 19, according to Billboard. “If/Then” sold 15,000 copies in its first week, as opposed to “Rent’s” 43,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Only four original Broadway cast albums have hit the Top 20 in the last 30 years:  the other two didn’t star Menzel: “The Book of Mormon,” and “Dreamgirls.”

As much success Menzel has on Broadway, her greatest success has come in movie soundtracks:  Her Oscar-winning song “Let It Go,”  from “Frozen,” reached No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, while the “Frozen” soundtrack  stayed No. 1 on the Billboard 200 for more than a dozen weeks.  It is this year’s top-selling album of 2014 so far, having sold 2.6 million copies since Jan. 1 (2.9 million total).

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'CSI' boss exits after 14 years

“CSI” boss exits after 14 years
Carol Mendelsohn, who joined the CBS drama at the start, is stepping down from her position as co-showrunner.


Starz renews “Power”
The 50 Cent drama will be back for a 2nd season.


Tracy Morgan crash driver pleads not guilty
Walmart truck driver Kevin Roper has been charged with one count of death by auto and four counts of assault by auto in the collision.


“Homeland” adds “Smash’s” Raza Jaffrey and “Roseanne’s” Michael O’Keefe
Jaffrey will play a member of the Pakistan intelligence service, while O’Keefe will play Carrie’s deputy.


The Situation’s tanning salon employees call the cops on him after their checks bounced
Four employees filed a police report against the former “Jersey Shore” star. Police contacted The Situation’s brother, who prom quickly paid the employees with new checks.


Esquire Network orders “Car Matchmaker” starring Spike Feresten
The former “Seinfeld” writer and Fox talk show host will help match guys with cars.


Check out “Masters of Sex’s” magazine-themed poster for Season 2
It looks wrapped in a brown paper bag.

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<p>Brad Pitt in &quot;Fury&quot;</p>

Brad Pitt in "Fury"

Credit: Sony Pictures

First Look: Brad Pitt and Shia LaBeouf make behind-the-scenes 'Fury'

Do we have another Best Picture contender on our hands?

There's been a lot of talk already around "Interstellar," "Birdman," "Unbroken" and "Foxcatcher" in the Best Picture race, but one movie that should not be discounted is David Ayer's "Fury."

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Exclusive: Two new stills of Sky Ferreira in Eli Roth's cannibal horror film 'The Green Inferno'
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Exclusive: Two new stills of Sky Ferreira in Eli Roth's cannibal horror film 'The Green Inferno'

We premiere the images as she battles online censorship of her new album cover

The more I've thought about Eli Roth's latest film "The Green Inferno," the more I like it, and especially the way it fits into Eli's overall filmography.

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Game of Thrones

Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 234: 'Game of Thrones,' 'Friday Night Lights' & more

Dan and Alan also answer your mail and discuss the ATX Television Festival

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Happy Wednesday, boys and girls! Time for another Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, where we talk about my recent trip to Austin, answer your mail, break down the epic battle on "Game of Thrones" and then begin our summer rewatch of the very strange and problematic second season of "Friday Night Lights."

The rundown: 

Alan goes to ATX Festival (00:01:25 - 00:12:15)
Listener Mail - "Broadchurch"/"Returned" Emmys (00:12:30 - 00:15:20)
Listener Mail - Split Seasons (00:15:25 - 00:20:35)
Listener Mail - Resurrected Shows (00:20:45 - 00:27:00)
Sunday's "Game of Thrones" (00:27:15 - 00:50:15)
Summer Rewatch - "Friday Night Lights" Season 2 (00:50:20 - 01:11:00)
 
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. 234

Dan and Alan talk 'Game of Thrones' and 'Friday Night Lights' Season 2

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

We had nothing to talk about this week other than the Summer Rewatch, the first Season 2 episode of "Friday Night Lights." Naturally, we went on for over 70 minutes thanks to some Listener Mail, a recap of Alan's BBQ weekend and a long segment on Sunday's penultimate "Game of Thrones" episode.

Next week? SO MUCH CONTENT. New shows! Finales galore! Etc. 

But for now...

This Week's Breakdown:
Alan goes to ATX Festival (00:01:25 - 00:12:15)
Listener Mail - "Broadchurch"/"Returned" Emmys (00:12:30 - 00:15:20)
Listener Mail - Split Seasons (00:15:25 - 00:20:35)
Listener Mail - Resurrected Shows (00:20:45 - 00:27:00)
Sunday's "Game of Thrones" (00:27:15 - 00:50:15)
Summer Rewatch - "Friday Night Lights" Season 2 (00:50:20 - 01:11:00)

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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Iggy Azalea

Iggy Azalea's 'Fancy' continues to rule the charts

Sam Smith scores his first Top 10

Iggy Azalea continues to rule the Billboard Hot 100 as her first single, “Fancy,” featuring Charli XCX, holds at No. 1, and Ariana Grande’s “Problem,” on which she’s featured, stays at No. 2.

She’s not the only newcomer in the top 10: British singer Sam Smith, who wowed American audiences with his appearance on “Saturday Night Live” this Spring, lands his first top 10 as his ballad, “Stay With Me,” rockets 19-10. And there’s more good news for Smith: Disclosure’s “Latch,” on which hs sings, rises 22-17. (His first Hot 100 appearance— as a guest on Naughty Boy’s “La La La,” falls to 41, after peaking at No. 19).

As for the rest of the top 10: John Legend’s “All of Me,” holds at No. 3, while DJ Snake and Lil Jon’s “Turn Down for What”  remains at No. 4.

Jason DeRulo’s “Wiggle,” featuring Snoop Dogg, shimmies 10-5. Pharrell WIlliams’ “Happy” slides 5-6. Canadian pop quartet’s “Magic” moves 8-7, while fellow newbies Nico & Vinz” falls 6-8 with “Am I Wrong.”  Calvin Harris’s “Summer” stays at No. 9.

 

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Brian Wilson

Lana Del Rey, Kacey Musgraves, Zooey Deschanel are on Brian Wilson's new album

Why this news is upsetting fans and what Wilson has to say about it

 

Brian Wilson’s new album features the Beach Boys legend collaborating with such artists as Kacey Musgraves, Lana Del Ray and Zooey Deschanel, as well as, possibly, Frank Ocean.

After Wilson broke the news on his website yesterday, citing an upcoming story in Rolling Stone, not all of his fans responded to the news positively. And that hurt Wilson’s feelings and made him mad.

Last night, he sent out a message— in total “Brianspeak” to the naysayers via Facebook:


To my fans: it kind of bums me out to see some of the negativity here about the album I’ve been working so hard on. In my life in music, I’ve been told too many times not to fuck with the formula, but as an artist it’s my job to do that – and I think I’ve earned that right.
I’m really proud of these new songs and to hear these great artists sing on them just blows me away. I love what we’ve done.
I would think that after making music for more than fifty years, my fans would understand that I’ll always do what’s in my heart – and I think that’s why you are my fans. So let’s just wait until the album comes out because I think you just might dig it as much as I do.
Love and Mercy, Brian

It’s hard not to agree with Wilson here. HIs fans haven’t even heard the music. While we’re sure he’d like to reach a younger fan base through these artists, his legacy is secure without having to resort to such tactics, so that probably isn’t the only reason for his reaching out. Plus, he also worked with such contemporaries as Jeff Beck (most likely before they went on tour together since Beck didn’t like how that turned out) and fellow Beach Boys Al Jardine and David Marks on the new album, so he’s not pandering to a younger demographic. If his work with these acts helps a new generation learn about his music, then what’s the harm in that? No matter how old they are, every music fan needs to have “Pet Sounds” in his/her collection. It’s as essential as any Beatles album, so if singing with Lana Del Rey makes it happen and the song isn’t total schlock, why not?

No word yet on when the new album will be released.

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<p>Toni Servillo in &quot;The Great Beauty.&quot;</p>

Toni Servillo in "The Great Beauty."

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Oscar winner 'The Great Beauty' loses out at Italy's Academy Awards

'Human Capital' takes top prize -- could it be their next Oscar submission?

"The Great Beauty," Paolo Sorrentino's splashy valentine to Roman high society, was the most lauded foreign-language film of the last awards season -- it ruled the European Film Awards, and scooped Best Foreign Language Film at the Golden Globes, BAFTAs and Oscars. (At all but the last of these, it beat out its Cannes conqueror, "Blue is the Warmest Color.") So you'd think it'd be a shoo-in at Italy's own Academy Awards, right? Wrong.

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Grumpy Cat to star in a Lifetime holiday movie

Grumpy Cat to star in a Lifetime holiday movie
"Grumpy Cat's Worst Christmas Ever” will feature the iconic cat as a "pet-store cat that is perpetually overlooked and the 12-year-old girl who can communicate with her."


Michael K. Williams joins HBO’s “Bessie” biopic
“The Wire” alum and “Boardwalk Empire” star will play an "Ike Turner-esque” role in the film starring Queen Latifah.


Facebook employee pays $20K to be killed off in “Game of Thrones” book; George R.R. Martin “astonished”
Martin’s two charity prizes to raise money for a wolf sanctuary were claimed within two hours, with eight people on a wait list hoping to be killed off, too. Says Martin: "I will do my best to make their ends memorable.” PLUS: HBO programming chief “delighted” that Martin might write an 8th book, and “Game of Thrones”/“Breaking Bad” director Michelle MacLaren inks HBO deal, and watch the scene Martin regrets having to cut.


How “Pretty Little Liars” is going to deal with its 2-season pickup
The ABC Family series was originally supposed to last five seasons.


Seth MacFarlane draws "Peter deGrasse Tyson”
Neil deGrasse Tyson meets Peter Griffin from “Family Guy.”


Mel B unplugged the “America’s Got Talent” judges' buzzers so she could charge her phone
That’s why the buzzers didn't work when the judges tried to buzz out one of the acts.


What if “Doctor Who” was a Disney movie?
An artist has created a poster for “Doctor Who?”

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Soundgarden

Members of Soundgarden, Pearl Jam, Queens of the Stone Age, Off! form side group

When can you expect to hear music?

 

Members of Soundgarden, Pearl Jam, Queens of the Stone Age and Off! have formed a new unnamed side project and have already recorded the basis for 10 songs.

The group is Soundgarden’s Ben Shepherd, Soundgarden/Pearl Jam’s Matt Cameron,  Off!’s Dimitri Coats, and Alain Johannes, best known for his work with QOTSA, Them Crooked Vultures, and Eleven.

Coats will be the primarily vocalist, he told Billboard, with Johannes also contributing vocals. The ad-hoc group has Facebook to thank for its formation. Coats says he sent Cameron a Facebook note complimenting him on his drumming and Cameron wrote back that he was a big Coats fan and told him about a side project that he, Shepherd and Johannes started in 2008. Coats mentioned he’d love to be part of it and shortly thereafter jointed the guys in Seattle and began laying down tracks.

“ I think we’re all in situations in our band where we may not get to express ourselves fully the way we want to and this is an opportunity to let some of those other colors out in our songwriting,” said Coats, who describes the band’s music as “heavy and doomy…There’s some kind of heavy, bluesy moments and then there’s some really beautiful stuff too. It’s a little bit like ‘Superunknown,’ that kind of era of Soundgarden, mixed with Alain’s kind of Stevie Wonder vibe.”

No release date is planned, nor does Coats know when the band will finish recording as Off!, Pearl Jam, and Soundgarden are all on the road this summer.

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