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Shonda Rhimes responds to 'Scandal' casting hoax: 'Harrison is not being recast EVER'

Shonda Rhimes responds to “Scandal” casting hoax: "Harrison is not being recast EVER”
Deadline had reported, based on fake ABC press release, that an actor named Eric West was going to take over the role of Harrison next season from Columbus Short. Rhimes responded immediately: "I've never heard of Eric West."

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Ray LaMontagne

Concert Review: Ray LaMontagne brings 'Supernova' to life

Album release show in a Los Angeles church creates perfect vibe

LOS ANGELES—Ray LaMontagne let the music do the talking during an intimate 70-minute show here to promote his new album, “Supernova.”

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"Outrageous Acts of Science"

"Outrageous Acts of Science"

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Exclusive: 'Outrageous Acts of Science' updates us on Super Bowl breakout star

Find out what happened to the deaf woman whose video went viral

Do you ever watch commercials or viral videos featuring real people and wonder, hey, what happened to them? You probably make a mental note to Google whoever it is, but then, hey, shiny object and it's all over. "Outrageous Acts of Science" (Saturdays at 10:00 p.m. on Science Channel) can now put your mind to rest about Sarah Churman.

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John Legend

John Legend's 'All of Me' topples 'Happy,' while Iggy Azalea rules the top 10

Ariana Grande and Azalea make chart history with 'Problem'

John Legend scores his first No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 this week, but the big news is that Australian rapper Iggy Azalea has two songs in the top four, but more about that later.

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<p>James McAvoy and Jessica Chastain in &quot;Eleanor Rigby.&quot;</p>

James McAvoy and Jessica Chastain in "Eleanor Rigby."

Credit: The Weinstein Company

Weinsteins to release 'Eleanor Rigby' three ways, as agreement nears on 'Grace of Monaco'

Both films have faced different editing challenges, and will appear at Cannes

Two films that The Weinstein Company is bringing to Cannes this month have faced very different, complicated issues in the editing room -- resulting in multiple versions, or at least multiple visions for a single version, of festival opener "Grace of Monaco" and Un Certain Regard title "Eleanor Rigby." Just another day at the office for Harvey Scissorhands, then, though clarity seems to be arriving on both projects just in time for the start of the festival next week.

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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 229: 'New Girl,' 'The Mindy Project,' 'Mad Men' & more
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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 229: 'New Girl,' 'The Mindy Project,' 'Mad Men' & more

Dan and Alan also answer mail about revived '00s series and rules for adaptations

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Happy Wednesday, and time for a Firewall & Iceberg podcast in which Dan and I do a little more upfront previewing, answer your mail, break down last night's "New Girl" and "Mindy Project" finales, then discuss all the tension on "Mad Men" (and fess up as non-fans of "2001").  

Most likely next week's podcast will be on Thursday due to upfront madness, but we'll see.

The rundown: 

Today's podcast breakdown:
Pre-upfronts update (00:00:50 - 00:07:20)
Listener Mail: "The Comeback" (00:07:30 - 00:13:25)
Listener Mail: Adaptations (00:13:30 - 00:17:30)
"New Girl" finale (00:17:40 - 00:28:15)
"The Mindy Project" (00:28:20 - 00:35:50)
NBC Gets the Olympics Through 2032 (00:35:50 - 00:40:05)
"Mad Men" (00:40:05 - 00:59:30)
 
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. 229
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Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 229

Dan and Alan discuss 'Mindy Project' and 'New Girl' finales plus 'Mad Men'

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

On Tuesday's video show, we reviewed Showtime's "Penny Dreadful" and NBC's remake of "Rosemary's Baby" and we also started previewing next week's upfronts.

We do a bit more upfront previewing to start this podcast. We also answer a few emails, discuss Tuesday's "New Girl" and "Mindy Project" finales and chatted about Sunday's "Mad Men."

A reminder: Our schedule will be screwy next week because of upfronts. We still expect to do a video show next Tuesday, but I'm guessing a podcast won't happen before Thursday? Something like that...

Today's podcast breakdown:
Pre-upfronts update (00:00:50 - 00:07:20)
Listener Mail: "The Comeback" (00:07:30 - 00:13:25)
Listener Mail: Adaptations (00:13:30 - 00:17:30)
"New Girl" finale (00:17:40 - 00:28:15)
"The Mindy Project" (00:28:20 - 00:35:50)
NBC Gets the Olympics Through 2032 (00:35:50 - 00:40:05)
"Mad Men" (00:40:05 - 00:59:30)

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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HGTV pulls 'Flip It Forward' after its stars were identified as anti-gay activists

HGTV pulls “Flip It Forward” after its stars were identified as anti-gay activists
After the stars of the house-flipping series were identified as anti-gay activists by the group Right Wing Watch, HGTV tweeted: "HGTV has decided not to move forward with the Benham Brothers' series.”

Terry Crews named new “Who Wants to be a Millionaire” host
The “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” star replaces Cedric the Entertainer.


NBC hires ESPN honcho as “Today’s” new boss
Jamie Horowitz will take over the “Today” show after launching such ESPN shows as “Olbermann,” “First Take,” “SportsNation,” “Numbers Never Lie” and “World Series of Poker.”


NBC News president: “Homegrown talent” will be used to sub for Savannah Guthrie on “Today” — “with perhaps a few surprises mixed in”
That all that Deborah Turness, the president of NBC News, would say about rumors of Katie Couric returning to “Today."


TBS picks up comedies starring Rashida Jones, George Wendt, Ashley Tisdale, JoBeth Williams and Richard Dreyfuss
Jones will star in Steve Carell’s cop comedy “Angie Tribeca,” while Wendt and Tisdale will unite for barbershop comedy “Buzzy’s” from the creators of “Will & Grace.” Kyle Howard and Kat Foster will star in romantic comedy “Your Family or Mine” with Dreyfuss and Williams.


HBO orders 2 more “Vice” seasons
The news magazine series is set to run through 2016.


A&E teams with Mark Wahlberg again on “The Big Brew Theory”
The reality show will follow four MIT grads as they create a home-grown micro-brewery.


“ER” alum Mekhi Phifer files for bankruptcy
Phifer owes debts totaling $1.3 million.


TNT orders “Proof” starring Jennifer Beals and Matthew Modine
Kyra Sedgwick will produce the supernatural drama in which Beals plays a brilliant surgeon who helps Modine as he suffers from out-of-body experiences. PLUS: TNT orders Ed Burns’ 1967-set cop drama “Public Morals."


“My Little Pony Friendship is Magic” renewed
The Hub Network animated series will return for a 5th season.


Kristin Cavallari welcomes her 2nd child
“The Hills” alum and Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler welcomed Jaxon Wyatt Cutler earlier today.

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<p>Leigh Whannell and Lin Shaye were a pretty great paranormal investigation team in &#39;Insidious&#39;</p>

Leigh Whannell and Lin Shaye were a pretty great paranormal investigation team in 'Insidious'

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Leigh Whannell steps into the role of director for 'Insidious Chapter 3'

Here's hoping his character moves front and center for the film

If anyone has a natural claim on the director's seat of an "Insidious" sequel besides James Wan, it would be Leigh Whannell.

Sure enough, the news broke today via Wan's Twitter account that Whannell will indeed step behind the camera for "Insidious: Chapter Three," marking Whannell's directorial debut. He and Wan have been creative partners since the release of "Saw," and the last few years, Whannell has been on a hell of a roll in general.

This year, one of the highlights of SXSW for me was the film "The Mule," which Whannell co-wrote and co-starred in, and his co-writer on that one was Anghus Sampson, who also directed it and who appears in the "Insidious" films as Whannell's paranormal investigation partner. That film is a tremendously entertaining character piece about a worst-case scenario for a first-time drug mule, and it serves as proof to me that Whannell is capable of more than just one genre. Our industry is so aggressive about putting people in boxes that it felt like an important moment for Whannell and Sampson as filmmakers.

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Maksim Emelyanov and Berenice Bejo in "The Search."
Maksim Emelyanov and Berenice Bejo in "The Search."
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Cannes Check 2014: Michel Hazanavicius' 'The Search'

Continuing our festival preview with the latest from the 2011 Oscar champ

Welcome back to Cannes Check, In Contention's annual preview of the films in Competition at next month's Cannes Film Festival, which kicks off on May 14. Taking on different selections every day, we'll be examining what they're about, who's involved and what their chances are of snagging an award from Jane Campion's jury. Next up, from the most recent Oscar winner in the lineup: Michael Hazanavicius' "The Search."

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Lana Del Rey

Lana Del Rey tries to love two in sumptuous 'West Coast' video: Watch

Black and white clip perfectly matches the sultry song

Don’t be fooled. At first glance, Lana Del Rey’s video for her slinky, retro new single, “West Coast,” looks like it’s the same video as the audio video that came out three weeks ago.

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NBC will keep the Olympics through 2032

NBC will keep the Olympics through 2032
The $7.65 billion deal between NBC Universal and the International Olympic Committee covers the next nine games, and includes broadcast, cable, internet and mobile.


9 network shows hit season lows on Tuesday
From “Person of Interest” to “Trophy Wife,” last night wasn’t a good night for the networks.


Read the best jokes from Spike TV’s salute to Don Rickles
Jon Stewart, Tina Fey, Johnny Depp, Amy Poehler, Bob Newhart and David Letterman were among those paying tribute during last night’s taping.


Report: “Today” staffers want an in-house fill-in for Savannah Guthrie — not Katie Couric
Some staffers think asking Katie back is a disservice to current “Today” staffers like Natalie Morales and Tamron Hall.


“Sleepy Hollow” will have far more than 13 episodes next season
Producers are expecting 15-18 episodes for Season 2.

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