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At least we know for sure who Andy Serkis is not playing in 'Avengers: Age Of Ultron'
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At least we know for sure who Andy Serkis is not playing in 'Avengers: Age Of Ultron'

We were confused by this week's news

One of the banes of my existence is imprecise language.

How many stories do you think are generated each week because someone misreads something or because the language in the original piece was confusing? A great example last week was watching people excitedly post the news that you'd be able to see the entire film "Guardians Of The Galaxy" in IMAX on Monday, and that it would be 17 minutes longer than the regular theatrical cut!

Uhhhh… no.

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<p>Welcome to Sweden</p>

Welcome to Sweden

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Firewall & Iceberg Show, episode 19: 'Community' lives, 'Hieroglyph' dies, and more

Dan and Alan also review 'Welcome to Sweden,' 'Working the Engels' & the 'Penny Dreadful' finale

It's a happy Tuesday, boys and girls, because you get a new Firewall & Iceberg Show, in which Dan and I discuss the stunning resurrection of "Community" via Yahoo, of all places. But it's a sad Tuesday as well, because Dan and I also have to discuss FOX's decision to cancel "HIEROGLYPH!" before it ever got to air an episode, and whether that means we now have to retire that particular running gag. Oh, and we also discuss two new NBC summer sitcoms and the "Penny Dreadful" season finale.

The rundown:

0:00- 6:28- 'Community' renewal
6:28- 10:33- 'Hieroglyph' cancellation
10:33- 15:55- 'Welcome to Sweden' review
15:55- 20:09- 'Working the Engels' review
20:09- 31:52- 'Penny Dreadful' season finale

As always, you can send us questions at There's also now a YouTube channel where you can subscribe to all upcoming Firewall & Iceberg videos, at

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Neil Gaiman's 'American Gods' will live again as a series for Starz
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Neil Gaiman's 'American Gods' will live again as a series for Starz

So does this mean they'll call it 'American Godz'?

HBO can't make everything, damn it.

It's fascinating to me how "Make it a series for HBO!" has become a rallying battle cry for genre nerds everywhere any time there's something that seems hard to figure out as a feature film. And while I'm sure HBO would happily put every single thing ever on the air, that's just not economically possible. They have to choose, and sometimes they don't particularly love having to make those choices because they end up losing material that they would like to make simply because they don't have enough room or time to produce every show.

Michael Lombardo recently expressed excitement about the possibility of doing a "MaddAddam" series with Darren Aronofsky, and in the same interview, he talked about how upsetting it was to lose the rights to "American Gods," which they tried to develop for a while.

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Jennifer Love Hewitt joins 'Criminal Minds' as a series regular

Jennifer Love Hewitt joins “Criminal Minds” as a series regular
The former “Ghost Whisperer” star will return to CBS next season as Kate Callahan, a “seasoned undercover agent whose stellar work at the FBI has landed her a coveted position with the Behavioral Analysis Unit.”

“Longmire” crew member killed in a rollover crash — was an 18-hour work day to blame?
The crew member was returning home from work in New Mexico after clocking out at 3 am. He clocked in at 9 am the previous day.

“Arrow” books Devon Aoki
The former model will play Tatsu Yamashiro, a Japanese martial arts expert who wields a deadly sword in the comic book.

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World Cup anthem poster

Watch Santana, Wyclef Jean, Avicii and Alexandre Pires' World Cup Anthem: 'We Will Find A Way'

This is how you do a FIFA theme

Here’s how you do a World Cup anthem: The video for Santana, Wyclef Jean, Avicii, and Alexandre Pires’ FIFA tune, “Dar Um Jeito (We Will Find A Way) came out today and it’s the hip-shaking theme we’ve been waiting for.

After one listen, it’s instantly more catchy than the Pitbull/Jennifer Lopez/Claudia Leitte mess, otherwise known as "We Are One." The audio of the song has been out since May, but the visuals enhance the experience.

In the clip, we see Santana do some incredible shredding, as Wyclef and Pires perform the song, Pires, on the streets of Brazil. They don’t shy away from much of the country’s tremendous poverty, as we see a boy stringing together his own soccer ball and other signs of the overwhelming lack of wealth for much of the country—but the emphasis is on overcoming obstacles.

The song/video also highlights Brazilian percussionists. We wish we’d seen and heard more of that.

Santana, Pires and Jean will perform the song at the closing ceremony on July 13 in Rio. Aviciii, who is not seen in the clip, has not been confirmed for the closing ceremony..

What do you think of “We Will Find A Way?”

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Starz adapting Neil Gaiman’s 'American Gods'

Starz adapting Neil Gaiman’s “American Gods”
The urban fantasy novel will be brought to the small screen with the help of Bryan Fuller.

Barbara Walters: “I know ‘The View’ will continue”
"I don't think we have a new direction, yet,” Walters says, breaking her silence on the latest “View” shakeup. "I think we have time."

Robin Williams returns to rehab
A rep for the former "Crazy Ones" star says: "After working back-to-back projects, Robin is simply taking the opportunity to fine-tune and focus on his continued commitment, of which he remains extremely proud."

Bobbi Kristina Brown calls Angela Bassett a “bitch” for not casting her in Whitney Houston biopic
Bassett told Entertainment Weekly, "I did not think about casting her” for a number of reasons, including that she’s not an actress.

“Reading Rainbow” Kickstarter breaks record for most individual backers
More than 97,000 contributors have delivered nearly $5 million in donations. PLUS: LeVar Burton answers “Reading Rainbow” questions.

AMC to re-air all 62 “Breaking Bad” episodes, with extra features
Starting Aug. 10, AMC will show “Breaking Bad” episodes from 5 pm to 1 am every Sunday, featuring commentary and never-before-seen interviews.

CBS orders James Patterson’s “Zoo” drama straight to series
The “global thriller” follows a series of violent animal attacks around the world.

Russia gets its own “It’s Always Sunny”
"It's Always Sunny in Moscow” premiered in Moscow in May.

Laura Palmer’s “Twin Peaks” house is for sale for just $549,950
The Everett, WA, served as the interior set for the Palmer house in the pilot.

“Gilligan’s Island” gets a “Wolf of Wall Street” makeover
It’s the “Wolf of Gilligan’s Island.”

Judd Apatow and wife Leslie Mann put on a Naked Lena Dunham T-shirt
The "Lena Dunham birthday suit tee” can be yours for $55.

Nathan Fielder was working on “Canadian Idol” when he was discovered
“I lucked out,” Fielder says of his road to getting his own Comedy Central show, after working as an interviewer on “Canadian Idol.” PLUS: Here’s Fielder’s unused raisin idea, the best stunts from Season 1, and Fielder’s appeal lies in being a "lonely, lovelorn, twee fool."

HBO’s Bessie Smith biopic adds Oliver Platt, Bryan Greenberg and “True Detective’s” Tory Kittles
Platt will play famed photographer and writer Carl Van Vechten, Greenberg will take on the role of record producer and music critic John Hammond, and Kittles will play Bessie’s brother.

Kevin Hart joins Kerry Washington as “Oliver Pope”
Watch Hart’s BET Awards “Scandal” bit.

TCM devoting July to World War I movies
This month will celebrate the 100-year anniversary of The Great War.

"Rizzoli & Isles” books Jamie Bamber
The “Battlestar Galactica” alum will play a prosecutor accused of killing his mistress in a multi-episode arc.

Jimmy Kimmel gives Snoop Dogg his own Planet Earth series
Called "Plizzanet Earth.”

Bravo’s “Singles Project” reality dating show will produce each episode in “real time”
Instead of taping every episode in advance, episodes will be shot after the previous episode has aired, which will allow for “real time” interaction between fans and cast members.

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'Unmarried Woman' director Paul Mazursky dies at 84

'Unmarried Woman' director Paul Mazursky dies at 84

The five-time Oscar nominee passed away in Los Angeles Monday

Filmmaker Paul Mazursky, the five-time Oscar nominee most famous for films such as "Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice," "Down and Out in Beverly Hills" and "An Unmarried Woman," has passed away. According to a family spokesperson, he died of pulmonary cardiac arrest Monday in Los Angeles. He was 84.

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Robin Thicke

Review: Is Robin Thicke out for reconciliation or revenge on 'Paula?'

His confessional set misses the mark

Robin Thicke’s new album, “Paula,” comes with a built-in “ick” factor. The whole album is allegedly an effort to woo back his wife, Paula Patton, who dumped him earlier this year for what looks like a whole laundry list of reasons, but primarily for being a douche.

Since then, he’s been on a public campaign that rivals that of politicians on the stump, declaring on award show after award show and at concert after concert that he wants her back.  Note to Thicke: If you’re going to make a confessional album, it should be to confess your own sins, not to highlight also the frailties of the person you’re trying to win back.

Though his blue-eyed soul voice is as on point as always here, too often his efforts come across as self serving and terribly un-self aware and narcissistic, as opposed to sincere. Much of the album is just creepy. Many of the tracks are bolstered by upbeat productions and shimmery girl group backing vocals that seem in direct contrast to the message he’s sending. It’s not an unenjoyable album to listen to, it’s just a strange one.

Regardless of how you felt about the lyrical content on his 2013 mega-smash “Blurred Lines,” there’s nothing as musically catchy here as that tune.  And if you hated “Blurred Lines” because of what some considered misogynistic lyrics like “I know you want it,” then you’re not alone. Yesterday, VH1 attempted a Twitter chat with Thicke to promote “Paula,” and encouraged fans to send in questions via #AskThicke. Instead, they were inundated with questions about “Blurred Lines” and its “rapey” lyrics and about his recent tabloid antics.

All things considered, it seems like maybe Thicke should have shut up and disappeared for a while and perhaps tried to Patton back privately because now, he’s not only lost his wife, he’s lost his fans as well.

Below is a track-by-track review of “Paula.” I tried to evaluate each song on its own merits outside of the album’s questionable mission as a whole and without bringing in Thicke’s most recent actions, but I couldn’t get away from the fact that none of these songs sound like a man full of remorse; they sound like a man full of himself.

“Paula” feels like a further violation of his breaking their marital trust:  To be sure, he may need to grovel to win her back, but in his narcissistic need to play this out publicly, he drags her through the mud, exposing secrets about her, including an alleged fake suicide attempt, that feel like he is out for revenge more than for reconciliation. He’s not the first to make commerce out of heartbreak, but he may be the worst.

“You’re My Fantasy”:  Lilting, dreamy, mid-tempo ballad where he declares she owns him and begs for her to come back because he is surrounded by her memory. A bit repetitive, but hypnotic in its own way. “I’ll never make it without you,” he chants at the end.  GRADE: B-

“Get Her Back”:  The first single from the set is a laundry list of mistakes he made and ways he’ll make it right: “I never should have raised my voice or made you feel so small… I should have kissed you longer… I’ll wait for forever to have you love me again.” He sounds smooth and breezy on the track, but hardly desperate. GRADE: B-

“Still Madly Crazy”: A piano ballad where Thicke recalls their happier days, when they were “soaked up in love.” Wouldn’t sound out of place on a John Legend album. A little too much info where he talks about how she couldn’t fall asleep without her head on his chest. Major confession: “I’m so sorry you had to suffer my lack of self control.”  GRADE: B

“Lock The Door”:  Musically, the album’s most interesting track musically with a foreboding piano line, gospel choir, and a response that serves as, supposedly, Patton’s response to his pleading. He recalls the minute he knew it was over. “She’s flying high, you can’t hurt her no more,” he sings. GRADE: B

“Whatever I Want”: Uptempo dance track that comes closest to the infectious “Blurred Lines.” Told from Patton’s standpoint through a female backing vocal, she’s free to do whatever she wants, but he still wants to kiss her all over. Top tapping. Would make a great dance remix. One of Thicke’s huskier, sexier deliveries.  GRADE: B

“Living In New York”:  The track opens with a female voice, presumably Patton’s, saying “I’m moving to New York,” before Thicke goes into a James Brown-like funky breakdown that details her actions there and how he deals with her departure. A stomping, hand-clapping rave-up complete with Thicke’s imitations of Brown’s “Good God,” and vocal yelps. If you thought he was copying Marvin Gaye before, you’ll go apoplectic on this one.  GRADE: C

“Love Can Grow Back”:  Oh, way TMI. On this torchy, bluesy, horn-laden track, Thicke revels in how much he loved watching her dance, but how he really loves getting horizontal. She’s going to get a manicure, which will lead to some hot lovemaking. “With your new nails on my back, you’ll be scratching, scratching my itch…something is broken only you can fix,” he sings as he hopes their love can grow back, but you’ll only feel voyeuristic after listening to this one. GRADE: C

“Black Tar Cloud”: If this one is true, it’s such a violation of Patton’s privacy, that it’s impossible to believe she’d ever take him back.  Though Black Tar is a kind of heroin, this song describes Patton allegedly faking a drug overdose because she’s so mad at him.  He confesses being jealous of her life and that he’s the only one who “double-dipped”—in another illusion to infidelity. Yuck. GRADE: C-

“Too Little, Too Late”: A skittering dance track where he’s begging again for her return. Not much of a song here, but a fun romp, even though he rhymes “roses” with “toeses”—no kidding. GRADE: B-

“Tippy Toes”:  This retro track sounds like something out of the ‘60s as Thicke talks about a new girl in town dancing on her “tippy toes.” Sounds like an outtake from “Hairspray” or an all-skate selection from a skate rink from a bygone era. Empty and out of place. GRADE: C

“Something Bad”: Thicke starts off singing a cappella. He confesses that he’s been “so bad,” but it’s set to a peppy track with girl group backing vocals that make it clear that he finds his bad boy act absolutely charming, even if no one does, as he tries to coax her into bed and brags that he’ll leave her shaking and begging for more. If this is his idea of remorse, he needs to look the word up again. “Tonight I’m all yours, but in the morning I’m all mine. There’s something bad in me,” he declares. GRADE: C

“The Opposite of Me”: A doo-wop inflected song with Thicke singing gruffly about how he cheated, again, and had drunken rants. “All she needs is something I just can’t give her…because all she wants is the opposite of me.”  Maybe it’s finally sinking in that she’s not coming back.  GRADE: C

“The Time of Your Life”:  Thicke turns into a ‘40s big band crooner on this track where he’s backed by a jaunty band. It’s such a weird disconnect from what he’s going through and his delivery is that of a schmalzy game show host or Miss America host. Is it meant to bolster Patton and remind her that she’s great or is it a weird take off on her experiences in Hollywood? Hard to tell. GRADE: D

Forever Love:  Album closer is the closest to a heartfelt track here, where, accompanied only by a piano, Thicke tells Patton that no matter the result, and he acknowledges it’s looking pretty bleak, he will be forever there for here. Even though it’s a little laughable after the litany of  his mistakes in the previous 13 songs and it only highlights his epic narcissism, taken on face value, it’s compelling in its own way.  GRADE: B


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<p>&quot;The Night Shift&quot;</p>

"The Night Shift"

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NBC renews 'The Night Shift' for a second season

America must love this picture of the motorcycle in the ER

In a triumph of desperately bad key art, NBC has renewed the motorcycling ER doc drama "The Night Shift" for a second season.

NBC confirms that the second season of "The Night Shift" will be extended to 14 episodes, possibly allowing for an episode that's nothing but leading man Eoin Macken cruising around a hospital on his bike, since there has been almost none of that on the series, despite the compelling gallery art.

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<p>Shia Labeouf, Logan Lerman and Brad Pitt in David Ayer&#39;s &quot;Fury.&quot;</p>

Shia Labeouf, Logan Lerman and Brad Pitt in David Ayer's "Fury."

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David Ayer says Shia LaBeouf is more 'calculated' than the public understands

'He's just a regular guy'

Visiting the set of "Fury" last October, it was impossible to imagine what cast member Shia LaBeouf would be up to less than two months later.

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<p>Brad Pitt in David Ayer&#39;s &quot;Fury.&quot;</p>

Brad Pitt in David Ayer's "Fury."

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Brad Pitt, Sherman tanks and lots of mud on the set of Oscar contender 'Fury'

A WWII movie where historical accuracy is paramount

LONDON - On a chilly October day, four Sherman tanks rumble through the mud of the English countryside. They are battle worn and weary, their crews resolute, but they carry scars of a long campaign. For a brief moment the visage makes you believe you've stepped back in time: to April 1945 and the last days of World War II. You haven't, of course; it's just an impressive set for the new period thriller "Fury."

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NBC renews 'The Night Shift'

NBC renews “The Night Shift”
The summer medical drama, which attracted 6 million viewers last week, will return for a 2nd season.

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