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<p>Bryan Cranston talks &quot;Drive&quot;</p>

Bryan Cranston talks "Drive"

Bryan Cranston turns the corner in 'Drive' and makes 'Argo' revelations

Have you taken 'Drive' for a spin yet?

TORONTO - Have you gone for a "Drive" yet?  Nicolas Winding Refn's critically acclaimed thriller finally debuted on Friday and if you haven't seen it already, what are you waiting for?  The film's stylistic flourishes aside, one of the most impressive aspects of "Drive" is its ensemble cast.  Sure, the story is the Driver's (Ryan Gosling), but Refn and screenwriter Hossein Amini have made sure the other characters from James Sallis' novel aren't slighted.  That means memorable turns from veterans such as Albert Brooks, Ron Pearlman, Oscar Isaac, Christina Hendricks and Bryan Cranston.

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<p>Lady Antebellum</p>
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Lady Antebellum

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Music Power Rankings: Lady A, Katy Perry and Rihanna duke it out with Snoop

Bob Seger makes his first appearance on the list

1. Lady Antebellum: The country trio’s last album, “Need You Now” sold 3.5 million copies. New set, “We Owned The Night” gets a tenth of the way there in its first week with projected sales of close to 350,000.

2. Katy Perry:
What do you get the California Gurl who has everything? How about a sixth No. 1 from “Teenage Dream?” Can “The One That Got Away” go the distance and set the record for most Billboard Hot 100 chart toppers from one album? If not, she’ll never live down the song title.

3. Snoop Dogg:  The rapper is developing a family sitcom through Warner Bros. TV, in which he’ll play the dad. Why doesn’t he just kill two birds with one stone(r) and combine it with the pot film he’s working on with Wiz Khalifa.

4. Calle 13:  The Puerto Rican duo is a winner before the envelope is even opened, as they snare 10 Latin Grammy award nominations, soaring above Shakira, Enrique Iglesias and Ricky Martin.

[More after the jump...]

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<p>Jennifer Garner gives good crazy as Laura Pickler in the new political satire 'Butter'</p>

Jennifer Garner gives good crazy as Laura Pickler in the new political satire 'Butter'

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Review: 'Butter' features Jennifer Garner, big laughs, pointed political metaphors

Easy targets still pay off in some nice work by comic ensemble

We have reached an interesting and, frankly, depressing place in modern political dialogue, where even trying to tackle the subject guarantees that part of your audience will walk away angry.  My first political memory involves the Watergate trials, so it's little wonder I've grown up in an increasingly cynical political atmosphere.  I do wonder sometimes if it's even possible to fix things at this point, or if we are simply at the point where there will never be something like a middle ground again.

We ran a piece here about the statement that Harvey Weinstein sent along to be ready before the public premiere of "Butter" at the Toronto Film Festival last week, and while it drew some big laughs in the room and got some play in the press, I felt like it was yet another set of battle lines being drawn.  And while there are many things I like about the film, which is definitely worth seeing, there's a chance that its merits will be ignored in the conversation over the easy targets that the movie singles out, especially in the climate as we're gearing up towards the 2012 election season.

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Frank Ocean
Frank Ocean

Watch: Frank Ocean's odd clip for 'Swim Good'

How does it compare to the video for 'Thinking of You?'

This much we know, Frank Ocean’s tune, “Swim Good” is killer.  As far as the official video that came out today for the Odd Future member’s solo tune, it’s one of those esoteric things (complete with Japanese subtitles) that we’re not sure we can ever grasp, no matter how many times we view it. Plus, we’re sure there are people way more versed in “Ocean”-ography, who can decipher all of the hidden messages.

[More after the jump...]

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<p>Rihanna</p>

Rihanna

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New set from Rihanna due 'this fall,' according to singer

Superstar tweets that her sixth album is on its way

Looks like we’ll get new music from Rihanna before 2011’s end. She tweeted on Thursday  that a new  album will drop this fall as the follow-up to last November’s “Loud.”

The news comes as the sixth top 10 from “Loud” continues to climb the Billboard Hot 100. “Cheers (Drink To That)”  is No. 10 on this week’s chart.

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<p>Zooey Deschanel of &quot;New Girl&quot;</p>
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Zooey Deschanel of "New Girl"

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Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 93

Dan and Alan talk Emmys and review new shows like 'New Girl' and 'Playboy Club'

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Happy Friday, Boys & Girls.
 
Here's a little Firewall & Iceberg Podcast action for your end-of-week commute. Assuming you have a looooong commute. If not? Apologies, because this isn't a short podcast.
 
In this week's installment, we cover Sunday's Emmys (a bit like the blog posts we did over the past 10 days, but hopefully with SOME new material), review the new shows premiering next Monday and Tuesday -- that would be "2 Broke Girls," "The Playboy Club," "New Girl" and "Unforgettable -- and also chatter about Sunday's episode of "Breaking Bad."
 
That's a lot of chatter. [Oh and the glitchiness in Alan's audio around the 41:30-ish mark? It gets better. Apologies. Blame Skype.]
 
And guess what? Time permitting, will be back on Monday for MORE!
 
Here's today's breakdown:
Emmys -- 00:40 - 41:45
"2 Broke Girls" -- 42:15 - 48:30
"The Playboy Club" -- 48:35 - 56:25
"New Girl" -- 56:30 - 01:04:05
"Unforgettable" -- 01:04:10 - 01:10:25
"Breaking Bad" -- 01:10:30 - 01:23:40 

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.] 

And here's the podcast...
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<p>Rachel Nichols and Jackson Hurst co-star in 'A Bird Of The Air'</p>

Rachel Nichols and Jackson Hurst co-star in 'A Bird Of The Air'

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Exclusive: Rachel Nichols can't whisper in clip from 'A Bird Of The Air'

A sassy parrot? As long as Kevin James isn't in it, that might work

When I was contacted about running a clip from an upcoming indie called "A Bird Of The Air," one thing got my attention right away, the name of co-star Rachel Nichols.  Aside from the fact that she's adorable, I think she's interesting although still largely untested on film.  She still hasn't had that breakthrough role or that big moment, and so instead, she's chipping away doing nice work in films like "P2" or "Conan The Barbarian" or on shows like "Alias."

Is "A Bird Of The Air" a different type of role for her?  Maybe.  I don't know much about it.  The first time I heard of it was when they approached me with the clip.  When I got home from Toronto, I found a screener of this one waiting on my desk, and at some point this weekend, I'll throw it in and take a look at it.

The film was written by Roger Towne, who is indeed the brother of screenwriting legend Robert Towne.  Here's hoping this is more of a Beau Bridges situation than a Jim Hanks situation, where this is a brother with his own thing going on, and not just someone barely getting by on a last name.  He did write a draft or two of "The Natural," so fingers crossed, right?

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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 93: Emmys, '2 Broke Girls,' 'New Girl,' 'The Playboy Club' & more

Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 93: Emmys, '2 Broke Girls,' 'New Girl,' 'The Playboy Club' & more

Dan and Alan also review 'Unforgettable' and break down the latest 'Breaking Bad'

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It's time for not only a bonus installment of the Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, folks, but an extremely long one, as Dan and I discuss our Emmy predictions, review four of the new shows debuting next week and discuss maybe the most memorable "Breaking Bad" of the season. The rundown:

Emmys -- 00:40 - 41:45
"2 Broke Girls" -- 42:15 - 48:30
"The Playboy Club" -- 48:35 - 56:25
"New Girl" -- 56:30 - 01:04:05
"Unforgettable" -- 01:04:10 - 01:10:25
"Breaking Bad" -- 01:10:30 - 01:23:40
 
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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<p>Brad Pitt pondering or bored during the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival press conference for &quot;Moneyball.&quot;</p>

Brad Pitt pondering or bored during the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival press conference for "Moneyball."

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Toronto: Who got an Oscar bounce and who didn't?

Robert Forester, Brad PItt, Albert Brooks get big boosts

TORONTO - The most star-friendly of the three awards season kickoff festivals, Toronto has been a buzz boon to many Oscar players over the years. "Brokeback Mountain," "Slumdog Millionaire," "Juno," "Michael Clayton," "Precious" and "Up in the Air" all found themselves recipients of Canadian love.  However, like all festivals, Toronto giveth and Toronto taketh away.  And in the world of award season buzz there are just as many casualties as winners from the 2011 edition of the festival.

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<p>Michelle Yeoh meets  Aung San Suu Kyi supporters at the world premiere of &quot;The Lady&quot;&nbsp;earlier this week at the 2011 Toronto Film Festival.</p>

Michelle Yeoh meets Aung San Suu Kyi supporters at the world premiere of "The Lady" earlier this week at the 2011 Toronto Film Festival.

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Michelle Yeoh enters the best actress race as 'The Lady'

Hong Kong film icon on playing Aung San Suu Kyi

TORONTO - Michelle Yeoh has been to the top of the cinematic mountain.  An icon of Asian cinema, her role in "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" made her a global star.  And yet, the reception she's received after playing Nobel Peace Prize-winning Aung San Suu Kyi in Luc Besson's new biopic "The Lady" is a completely new experience.

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<p>Now I can't wait for the arguments over whatever the chase scene ends up being in 'The Dark Knight Rises' next summer</p>

Now I can't wait for the arguments over whatever the chase scene ends up being in 'The Dark Knight Rises' next summer

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The Morning Read: Joseph Kahn and Jim Emerson do battle over 'The Dark Knight'

Plus a look at what's coming up here at Motion/Captured for the rest of the month

Welcome to The Morning Read.

By far, the most entertaining thing going on out there this morning is Joseph Kahn versus Jim Emerson on the subject of "The Dark Knight."  Here we are, three years down the road from the release of the movie, and look at the passion this one sequence seems to inspire.

Kahn, of course, is the director of "Torque," as well as the upcoming "Detention," which has been playing the festival circuit, and he's got a commercial and video resume a mile long.  He's got an active Twitter presence, and he's fairly blunt about his work and his opinion.  I like the guy, and that's a real evolution from my position when "Torque" was released.  I also like that "Detention" fiercely divided people when it screened at SXSW, and critics I like and respect reacted in an absolutely opposite fashion than I did when reviewing it.  Lately, he's been engaging a lot in the discussion of fight geography and the use of sound in cutting action and defending the work of Michael Bay at length, and well.  This piece he published today is the culmination of a lot of conversations over the last week or so, it feels like.

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<p>Stephanie Sigman and Noe Hernandez co-star in the riveting new thriller about life on the straight edge of life in modern Mexico, 'Miss Bala'</p>

Stephanie Sigman and Noe Hernandez co-star in the riveting new thriller about life on the straight edge of life in modern Mexico, 'Miss Bala'

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Review: 'Miss Bala' deserves a major release in the US by Fox International

A republished review and an interview with the director of one of the year's best

If I'm being honest, one of my very favorite films that played at the Toronto Film Festival this year is something I saw in May at Cannes.  At the time, I did an impromptu interview with the director of the movie, Gerardo Naranjo.  At the time, I didn't run it, so I thought this morning, I'd publish the interview for the first time, and then republish the review I wrote.  Since I published it with another review, and since we weren't doing letter grades at the time, I thought I'd take the opportunity to assign it the one it deserves now.

The thing is, there's a limited release of this film supposedly set for October 14th, but there's no ads for it yet, and we're only a month out.  This film needs some time to build a head of steam, and it needs the support of the critical community to convince audiences to give it a try.  I hope Fox really tries with this one in the US, and that this isn't a cursory release.  Here's my original review, and I think you'll see just how enthused I was when I saw it.  Nothing's changed almost five months later:

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