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As I announced last week, instead of picking one classic drama season to revisit over the summer, I'm trying an experiment, highlighting different classic sitcom episodes from the past. First up for this summer sitcom rewind: "The Public Domain" and "Super Karate Monkey Death Car," a pair of "NewsRadio" episodes from early in the show's fourth season, coming up just as soon as I have fancy plans, and pants to match...
“Fargo” boss explains that shocking twist
"I knew from the beginning that the biggest challenges I had was giving Molly’s character her fair shake,” exec producer Noah Hawley says of Allison Tolman’s character "And the way I did that was to trick people.” PLUS: If ordered, a 2nd season would be like a new movie, how Allison Tolman found out, Kate Walsh promises a “pretty great finish” for her character, the twist gives more weight to the story and its events, and this isn’t something that’s supposed to happen in episode eight of a TV show.
Jonah Hill gets emotional on “The Tonight Show” apologizing for his homophobic slur
“Use me as an example of what not to do,” he told Jimmy Fallon.
Meet the “Bachelor in Paradise” contestants
The successor to “Bachelor Pad” will include three contestants from Andi’s current “Bachelorette” season.
Check out Peter Dinklage’s yearbook photo
Is that a mullet on the “Game of Thrones” star?
Dennis Miller visits Seth Meyers in a meeting of Weekend Update alums
Miller was the Weekend Update anchor Meyers grew up with.
DreamWorks Animation is celebrating a big year in 2014. While the studio's first theatrical release would not come until 1998, it was October 12, 1994 that saw the birth of Steven Spielberg, David Geffen and Jeffrey Katzenberg's vision of a new movie studio, including, of course, Katzenberg's animation division. That makes it 20 years of DreamWorks, and with the release of "How to Train Your Dragon 2" next week (on the heels of a Cannes debut last month), the studio is toasting two decades with one of the most elite installments of its entire portfolio.
A review of tonight's "Fargo" coming up just as soon as I buy a timeshare in a boat...
George R.R. Martin clarifies: “My plan is to finish in seven” books, but…
The “Game of Thrones” honcho addressed the rumor started by his editor that he’s now planning eight books, leaving himself some wiggle room. “My plan is to finish in seven,” Martin tells EW. “But my original plan was to finish in three. I write the stories and they grow. I deal with certain things and sometimes I find myself not at the end of a story. My plan right now is still seven. But first I have to finish Book Six. Get back to me when I’m half-way through Book Seven and then maybe I’ll tell you something more meaningful.”
Robert Downey Jr. developing a 1983-set Venice Beach rehab drama
Downey, who dropped out of nearby Santa Monica High in 1982, will produce the project set at a rehab/therapeutic community in the early 80s.
To be frank, the buzz the past few months on Andy and Lana Wachowski's "Jupiter Ascending" has not been good. So much so, that there was scuttlebutt it could be one of the bigger bombs of the summer. Well, Warner Bros. appears to be giving the futuristic thriller new life.
The only truly negative thing I have to say about "22 Jump Street" is that Chris Miller and Phil Lord are setting themselves up to eventually become a media punching bag. That's the inevitable ending when someone's on a winning streak, and right now, Miller and Lord are looking like the guys you call when you have a terrible idea but want to make a great film anyway. That's an amazing skill set, and I find myself deeply impressed by each new thing they release.
What made "21 Jump Street" so much fun was that it was completely self-aware. The movie openly made fun of what a terrible idea it is to turn old TV shows into new movies, and it also managed to run some very smart and fun riffs on high school movies and buddy cop films, constantly subverting expectations in a way that I think added up to something that felt very fresh.
Miranda Lambert has what Mary Tyler Moore’s boss, Lou Grant, would call “spunk.”
She’s feisty, she doesn’t mince words, and she gives as good, if not better, than she gets. On album after album, she shows that beneath that toasty exterior is a heart that is very capable of being broken.
The overloaded "Platinum"— there are 16 tracks on the standard edition— is stylistically Lambert’s most diverse (and that's saying a lot given some of the adventurous turns she took on 2011's "Four The Record") : She veers into western swing on the chugging, plucky cover of Tom T. Hall’s “All That’s Left” (featuring the fantastic Time Jumpers), spoken-word blended with ‘60s psychedelia on “Red Wagon,” and rock on the thumping “Something Bad,” featuring Carrie Underwood (which comes off far better on the recorded version than the song’s live debut at the Billboard Music Awards a few weeks ago).
Lambert embraces an easier time on first single, “Automatic,” but there’s something thoroughly modern about Lambert. Though she would probably not call herself a feminist since it’s become such a loaded word lately for some reason, there is an undeniable “girl power” sentiment running throughout “Platinum” in ways both touching an hilarious.
On album opener, “Girls,” (which melodically bears a resemblance to Trisha Yearwood’s “Bus To St. Cloud”), Lambert schools a boy who knows nothing about women, especially if he thinks he can mistreat his current lady. On the title track, in an exaggerated twang, she jokes “What doesn’t kill you, makes you blonder,” in a song that Dolly Parton would have been right at home singing. “You don’t need to be a fighter, honey just go one shade lighter/you’ll acquire everything you want,” she advises.
On the infectious, jangly “Priscilla,” she examines her marriage to Blake Shelton through the filter of their being a modern day Elvis and Priscilla Presley, constantly hounded by the media. It’s lighthearted and fun, but still lands its punches about the lack of privacy and living in the spotlight.
Despite all the trappings of fame, Lambert does her level best to very convincingly imply that she is just like us: “Bathroom Sink,” an ode to those moments of utter realism we often have when we look in the mirror over the sink. The roadhouse piano track “Gravity’s A Bitch,” makes fun of aging with the undeniable refrain, “Got bags under your eyes, bigger hips and bigger thighs…you can nip and tuck and squeeze it, but you're never gonna beat it, because gravity’s a bitch.”
If the album has a failing, it’s that there’s nothing here that packs the emotional wallop of Lambert’s classic, “The House That Built Me” from “Revolution,” or the anguishing “Over You” from “Four The Record. There’s plenty to sink your emotional teeth into like the pedal-steel infused “Hard Staying Sober,” sweet “Holding on to You.” and pop country mid-tempo track, “Smokin’ and Drinkin’,” featuring Little Big Town, but nothing that will take your breath away, like those did.
However, songs like that don’t come along every day and that’s what makes them so special. instead, Lambert has crafted an album that seems to capture exactly where she is: she’s famous, but struggling to make sure it continues to be for the right thing: for her talent. And there’s no shortage of that on “Platinum.”
“Cougar Town’s” Brian Van Holt will captain Syfy’s “Ascension”
He’s joining Tricia Helfer in the limited series about a spaceship launched from Earth in 1963.
Brian Dennehy in talks to join “Cocked” on Amazon
He would play the estranged father of “True Blood’s” Sam Trammell in the drama about a family’s gun manufacturing company. PLUS: Richard Kind is also headed to Amazon to star in a sitcom.
Jenny McCarthy deletes a transphobic Twitter joke
“The View” star tweeted this afternoon: “Did Jennifer Lopez’s boyfriend cheat with a transsexual model? I heard JLo gave him an ultimatum: ‘it’s either me or her/him!’”
How Key and Peele ended up on “Fargo”
"They came to us as a package deal," recalls Jordan Peele, "and I think my first gut reaction was -- Keegan and my first gut reaction -- was, first of all, just how cool is that? We're such big fans of ‘Fargo' and the Coen Brothers. We just had a lot of faith in the project but our fears, if any, were, 'Is the presence of the pre-existing team going to disrupt whatever flow or the world of this show?’” PLUS: Which “Fargo” stars will end up on “Key & Peele”?
Watch “Game of Thrones” fans scream over this week’s episode
Including a bar full of patrons. PLUS: A fan is making a “GoT” feast for every region.
Netflix’s website for “BoJack Horseman” is straight out of the ‘90s
The animated comedy starring Will Arnett, Amy Sedaris, Aaron Paul and Alison Brie has a website that looks like Geocities.
The Situation returns to TV on July 15
The former “Jersey Shore” star’s new TV Guide Network reality show “The Sorrentinos” now has a debut date.
“Royal Pains” introduces Divya’s daughter
Check out a glimpse of the season premiere.
Lesbian teens identified with Emily Valentine on “Beverly Hills 90210"
While the character wasn’t gay, Emily Valentine "embodied many queer signifiers – tomboy, non-conformist, outsider,” as Rachel Matlow points out. Christine Elise McCarthy says of her role: “I know that a disproportionate amount of people who come up to me and say, ‘Thank God for that character,’ are queer. So that’s conspicuous."
Paul Feig recalls co-starring on “The Louie Show” with Bryan Cranston
The “Freaks and Geeks” creator says of being with Cranston on the Louie Anderson sitcom, which aired in 1996: “Yes, he is a much better actor than me."
Matt Walsh: Watching “Veep” is "sort of a roller coaster”
“One, because you don’t know a lot of the scenes you’re not in, and two, you’re wondering how much of what you were playing around with will get into the actual cut,” he says. "It’s similar to any viewer, really: You’re surprised as much as anyone."
“Girls” star Adam Driver recalls his fight club past
Driver’s childhood included being part of a fight club, dumpster-diving and setting things on fire.
ABC Family buys Kelly Ripa & Mark Consuelos’ parental musical comedy
"Rated P For Parenthood” is based on the stage musical of the same name.
Mastodon has shown two very different sides with the two song releases thus far for forthcoming album "Once More 'Round the Sun." There's the more melodic, mass consumer bent on "High Road," and then there's today's "Chimes at Midnight."
Happy Tuesday, boys and girls! The Firewall & Iceberg Show took last week off because Dan was in London — though, since I was in LA last week, I taped a short video with Drew McWeeny — but we're back today to discuss the return of a show we're excited about, the debut of a comedy we're ambivalent at best about, the departure of a network executive we liked (even if it was probably time for him to go), and the recent conclusion of "Silicon Valley" season 1.
As always, you can send us questions at email@example.com. There's also now a YouTube channel where you can subscribe to all upcoming Firewall & Iceberg videos, at https://www.youtube.com/show/firewalliceberg.