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<p>Parenthood</p>

Parenthood

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Review: 'Parenthood' - 'The Scale of Affection Is Fluid'

Max learns about dating, while Crosby and Zeek hit the bars

A quick review of last night's "Parenthood" coming up just as soon as my sister gives me her condoms...

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TLC cancels 'Here Comes Honey Boo Boo' because Mama June is allegedly dating a child molester
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TLC cancels 'Here Comes Honey Boo Boo' because Mama June is allegedly dating a child molester

TLC cancels 'Here Comes Honey Boo Boo' because Mama June is allegedly dating a child molester

Report: TLC cancels “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” because Mama June is allegedly dating a child molester
Mama June denied the allegation on Facebook, writing “It isn’t true i promise." But according to TMZ, TLC didn’t believe her and is canceling the hit reality show because the cable network feels she is putting her children at risk. The cancelation means TLC won’t air the already-shot new season. UPDATE: TLC confirms the cancelation, saying in a statement: “TLC has cancelled the series ‘Here Comes Honey Boo Boo’ and ended all activities around the series, effective immediately. Supporting the health and welfare of these remarkable children is our only priority. TLC is faithfully committed to the children’s ongoing comfort and well-being,”


Taylor Swift reunites with the “Jimmy Kimmel Live” music booker who booted her from the show when she was 14
Swift visited Kimmel’s music booker as a teenager with her mom, but Kimmel’s booker felt she was too young. So Kimmel last night had him thrown out of his building.


“Game of Thrones” received 86,000 applications for extras in Spain
The HBO series needs 600 extras for a key battle scene.


Kat Von D attacks news crews after her tattoo shop was destroyed by fire
The former “LA Ink” star told news crews filming the incident, “You guys want a f***ing interview, seriously? You guys, come on. Have some f***ing respect. Seriously, do you feel better about yourself? Oh yeah, get the lens, you f***ing idiot.”

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<p>Constantine</p>

Constantine

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Review: NBC's 'Constantine' a tepid take on DC/Vertigo mystic hero

Matt Ryan looks the part, but the pilot's too generic for its hero

The TV version of John Constantine doesn't smoke.

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Exodus: Gods and Kings
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See how Ridley Scott terraformed Spain into Ancient Egypt for 'Exodus'

The 'Prometheus' director gets his Demille on

Epic can’t be faked. CG magic can only take directors partway. Without an element of the real to hang on, digitally rendered wideshots filled with simulated armies are going to trigger our scrutinous brains. Blame Cecil B. DeMille and David Lean. Audiences know how epic is done right.

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The 10 best Jake Gyllenhaal performances to date

The 10 best Jake Gyllenhaal performances to date

Where does his latest work in 'Nightcrawler' figure in?

Jake Gyllenhaal has already popped up in one film this year, Denis Villeneuve's "Enemy." But he has another one on the way — Dan Gilroy's "Nightcrawler" — that is a fierce reminder of his upward trajectory as of late: he's building to something major. You can just feel it.

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<p>Matthew McConaughey in &quot;Interstellar&quot;</p>

Matthew McConaughey in "Interstellar"

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Matthew McConaughey champions the intimacy, and the scope, of 'Interstellar'

Plus: Jessica Chastain says she felt isolated during production, maybe by design

HOLLYWOOD — Save a taste-maker here and there for friends and family and filmmakers (bound by no man's embargo), Christopher Nolan finally unleashed "Interstellar" to audiences of press and guild members on both coasts Thursday night. Ever the perfectionist, the director was on hand at the TCL Chinese Theater in Hollywood right up until showtime, ensuring that the venue's image and sound were up to snuff before it before it was projected on 70mm IMAX for a capacity crowd that saw some late-comers turned away without a seat.

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<p>The &quot;Black Hole Sun&quot; episode of &quot;The Vampire Diaries&quot;</p>

The "Black Hole Sun" episode of "The Vampire Diaries"

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Recap: 'The Vampire Diaries' - 'Black Hole Sun'

Elena and Stefan get “engaged” and we learn disturbing things about Kai

“How are we going to get out of this Twilight Zone?” 

That’s what we ALL want to know Damon. That’s what we all want to know. And now I suppose we do, thanks to crazy serial killer Kai and his own hellish purgatory that Bonnie and Damon are now stuck in. But seriously, haven’t we all heard enough one-hit wonders from the mid-90s yet? 

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'Honey Boo Boo’s' Mama June is not dating a child molester, says daughter 'Pumpkin'
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'Honey Boo Boo’s' Mama June is not dating a child molester, says daughter 'Pumpkin'

Fox’s Archie Comics drama series will be like 'Archie meets David Lynch'

“Honey Boo Boo’s” Mama June is not dating a child molester, says daughter “Pumpkin”
“Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” star Lauryn “Pumpkin” Shannon says her Mama June is single and that a TMZ photo showing her with her ex-convict boyfriend who served 10 years for child molestation was photoshopped. “They haven’t seen nor talked (to each other) in 10 years,” Pumpkin tells RadarOnline. UPDATE: Mama June writes on Facebook: "It isnt true i promise," My kids r #1 priority over anything else and I would never put them in danger period over this or anything else they r my life this is my past I left him 10 yrs ago for it and I wouldn't go back."


ABC orders extra episodes of “Black-ish,” “The Goldbergs,” “Grey’s Anatomy” and many other shows
“Black-ish,” “The Goldbergs,” “Modern Family,” “The Middle” and “Grey’s” will each run 24 episodes this season. Meanwhile, “Castle” and "Once Upon a Time" have been bumped up to 23 episodes, while “Resurrection” has been upped to 14 episodes.


Fox’s Archie Comics drama series will be like “Archie meets David Lynch”
Archie Comics’ chief creative officer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, who is writing "Riverdale" for Fox, says of the project: "Something we talk a lot about is, 'Imagine if Riverdale were like "Twin Peaks," and was a really weird small town. But 'Twin Peaks' had some very funny black humor stuff to it; obviously it was very serious as well. So that kind of balance is what we're going to try to strike with the show.” PLUS: Why an Archie TV series might work.


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Todd Solondz returns to Dawn Weiner, but a new actor will step in to play the part
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Todd Solondz returns to Dawn Weiner, but a new actor will step in to play the part

Greta Gerwig's a strong choice, but to what effect?

Todd Solondz has always built his characters into an interconnected world. "Welcome To The Dollhouse" was the film that served as our introduction to his misanthropic take on the world, and it also introduced us to the character who remains my favorite out of all of his, Dawn Weiner.

Played by Heather Matarazzo, Dawn Weiner was a beautiful outsider, a blissfully dorky little girl whose struggle to figure out how to fit in the 7th grade was both funny and painful, and Solondz wrote her with a remarkable amount of empathy. I would argue that Solondz has not been able to always strike that same balance and many of his films feel more mean, like he's an angry god raining on his own personal Jobs just for the hell of it.

In both "Palindromes" and "Life During Wartime," characters from "Dollhouse" made a reappearance, but the character we would most want to see again is the one who has remained offstage this entire time, and so today's news is genuinely exciting. It sounds like Solondz has finally decided to revisit Dawn, and not just as a side character in someone else's movie. After all, his next project is called "Weiner-Dog."

The title has a double-meaning, since anyone who remembers "Welcome To The Dollhouse" knows that was Dawn's nickname from the bullies who teased her. This new movie is going to feature several stories all connected by a dachshund. In one of those stories, we'll see that Dawn Weiner is now played by Greta Gerwig. That's a pretty major transformation, and I'm curious to see what Solondz has in mind by taking an indie sweetheart like Gerwig and casting her as the grown-up Dawn. After all, Matarazzo is still acting, and I'd love to see her take on the character now. For her to have transformed into Gerwig, I'm hoping Solondz has a thematic point.

We'll see. The film's still casting right now, and it sounds like they're not locked down completely in terms of financing. With Megan Ellison involved, though, I'm going to bet we'll see this one happen, and I'm really curious now to find out if it's going to be worth the wait.

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ABC is making a modern 'Phantom of the Opera' TV series
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ABC is making a modern 'Phantom of the Opera' TV series

10 years ago today: Ashlee Simpson was caught lip-synching on 'SNL'

ABC is making a modern “Phantom of the Opera” TV series
“Desperate Housewives” creator Marc Cherry drama’s project — set “in the sexy and cutthroat world of the modern-day music business” — will not be a musical, but will contain musical elements (like “Nashville”).


Foo Fighters gets a "60 Minutes" profile
Anderson Cooper sits down with Dave Grohl and the band on Sunday’s show.


10 years ago today: Ashlee Simpson was caught lip-synching on “SNL”
It was one of the most embarrassing moments in “Saturday Night Live” history, but Ashlee really was sick.

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Tech Support: 'Birdman,' 'Unbroken' and 'Interstellar' set the mood for Best Cinematography

Tech Support: 'Birdman,' 'Unbroken' and 'Interstellar' set the mood for Best Cinematography

The gap continues to close on digital films in the race versus celluloid

Commentators have noted that this year's Best Actor race is stacked with way more than five outstanding candidates. And they are right. But compared to Best Cinematography, Best Actor is positively paper thin. As usual, an embarrassment of riches is present in this category, which awards a film's director of photography (DP).

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<p>The Knick</p>

The Knick

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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 253: 'Constantine,' 'The Knick' & more

Dan and Alan also talk a la carte streaming and the lack of fall cancellations

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Happy Thursday, boys and girls! We pushed back this week's Firewall & Iceberg Podcast by a few days to give Dan a chance to catch up on "The Knick," which we discussed along with the first season of "Manhattan." Before that, we reviewed NBC's "Constantine," and answered mail about the lack of network cancellations, the consequences of a cable cancellation, and the potentially awesome and/or expensive a la carte cable future. 

The rundown:

"Constantine" (00:01:10 - 00:12:40)
Listener Mail - No Cancelations (00:13:00 - 00:31:35)
Listener Mail - "The Bridge" cancellation (00:31:40 - 00:37:25)
Listener Mail - HBO/CBS a la carte streaming (00:37:30 - 00:49:40)
"The Knick" finale (00:49:50 - 01:07:50)
"Manhattan" finale (01:07:50 - 01:20:00)
 
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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