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<p>Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys sport new disguises on &quot;The Americans.&quot;</p>

Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys sport new disguises on "The Americans."

Credit: FX

Review: 'The Americans' - 'Behind the Red Door'

Elizabeth gets to know Clark better, while Oleg has a request for Stan

A review of tonight's "The Americans" coming up just as soon as I quit the volleyball team...

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Pharrell Williams
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Pharrell Williams' 'Happy' makes it six weeks at the top

Williams' surpasses Elvis Presley in a vital statistic

Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” continues its residency at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 for a sixth week. The song, remarkably, continues to make gains at radio, this week garnering 225.9 million all-format impressions. That puts it in second place behind Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines,” featuring Pharrell and T.I., for the all-time record.

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"Thor: The Dark World"

"Thor: The Dark World"

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It's a Marvel superhero-themed 'Under the Gunn' with Jaimie Alexander

Captain Marvel, Black Widow, Falcon and more to inspire designers

Designers find inspiration in all sorts of things -- flowers, buildings, fluffy little clouds -- but what better source of inspiration than a carefully branded tie-in!

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Nigella Lawson denied entry to U.S. for admitting to illegal drug use

Nigella Lawson denied entry to U.S. for admitting to illegal drug use
“The Taste” star was stopped from boarding a plane from London’s Heathrow Airport to Los Angeles.


“The Biggest Loser’s” too-skinny Rachel has gained back 20 pounds
Rachel Frederickson looks healthier now that she’s up to 125 pounds — “my perfect weight."


Lucasfilm will help “The Big Bang Theory” celebrate Star Wars Day
Bob Newhart will guest as Sheldon’s Jedi master on the May 1 episode.


Amazon gets Gary Busey to promote its new Fire TV
Check out one weird commercial.


ABC delays “Astronaut Wives Club’s” summer debut to midseason of next year
The summer drama, set to premiere on July 24, will undergo creative changes.


Letterman takes a selfie with Bill Murray and Lady Gaga
See the result of tonight’s “Late Show” surprise.


“The Americans” exhibit opens at Washington D.C.’s International Spy Museum
FX is helping the museum present the exhibit through the end of May. PLUS: Annet Mahendru thinks of herself as an American playing a Russian.


Petition demands “HIMYM” reshoot the ending
More than 5,000 fans of “How I Met Your Mother” so far are demanding the series finale be rewritten and reshot.


“Castle” books Eddie McClintock for the season finale
The "Warehouse 13” vet will play a small-town hustler.


“Game of Thrones,” charted
Time has created a flow chart connecting all the characters from Season 3. PLUS: “Game of Thrones” recapped with emojis, The 10 oddest “GoT” pairings, and a flash mob recreates the “GoT” theme.


Mindy Kaling talks about going there with Danny on “The Mindy Project"
"It's one of the perks of the job,” she says. "He's a great actor and a great kisser. I'm delighted to have those scenes with him.” PLUS: What “Mindy” can learn from “Gilmore Girls,” and Chris Messina talks last night’s episode.


MTV begins casting for the “Scream” TV series
Read the descriptions of the parts, including one “Gilmore Girls”-esque relationship.


MTV unveils “Catfish” Season 3 trailer
Things look even nuttier when “Catfish” returns May 8.


Why Michael Strahan is just right for “GMA”
He’s been pulling double duty since joining “Live!” and he’s already filled in for Robin Roberts.


“SVU’s” casting director has hired nearly 10,000 actors in the past 11 years
Among them: Bradley Cooper, Zoe Saldana and Kathy Griffin.


“Trailer Park Boys”: Watch the Season 8 trailer
The Canadian series returns to Netflix this fall.


Colin Egglesfield arrested for disorderly conduct
The former “Client List” star was caught being disruptive at the Tempe Festival of the Arts in Arizona over the weekend.

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Pros and Cons: Does Scarlett Johansson's Black Widow deserve her own movie?

Pros and Cons: Does Scarlett Johansson's Black Widow deserve her own movie?

The answer is not as easy as you'd think

Marvel Studios knew they had something on their hands the minute the internet went wild over photos of Scarlett Johansson as the Black Widow before "Iron Man 2" hit theaters.  Over the past few years Widow has been a mainstay with a prominent role as a member of "The Avengers" and, now, co-starring alongside the Super Soldier in "Captain America: The Winter Soldier." 

After the Russo brothers' thriller hits theaters, many fans will have even more questions about Natasha Romanoff's past and where she's headed next. Moreover, while the question has been raised before, you'll start hearing a lot more moviegoers asking "Why doesn't Black Widow have her own movie?"  It's an excellent question.  The answer, unfortunately, may be more complicated than you think.

That being said, check out these pros and cons over the Black Widow's big screen future in the story gallery embedded in this post.

Agree? Disagree? Share your thoughts below.

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<p>The &quot;American Idol&quot; Top 8</p>

The "American Idol" Top 8

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Recap: 'American Idol' Season 13 - Top 8 Performances - Back to the Start Night

The Finalists re-sing the songs they auditioned with

So tonight's "American Idol" theme is basically Deja Vu?

Weird. 

Wednesday's (April 2) "Idol" theme is officially Back to the Start and it apparently means that we're going to be hearing the Top 8 sing the songs they auditioned with. Are we really deep enough into this season to be getting repeat performances? Don't we want to hear singers do fresh things? I do. But maybe I'm wrong? To me, this feels like a theme that's intended to help sagging frontrunners like Sam Woolf, but what do I know.

Click through and we'll celebrate what is sure to be a filler-filled telecast together...

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Daniel Gillies

Daniel Gillies

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Interview: 'The Originals' Daniel Gillies talks Hayley, Klaus and war

He knows what makes Elijah tick - but he isn't saying

Just like his character Elijah (previously of "The Vampire Diaries" and currently of "The Originals," both on The CW), Daniel Gillies is elegant, restrained and just a little mysterious. When I spoke to him at PaleyFest, I was curious to get his take on whether Elijah would ever take a chance on Hayley. Instead, we somehow ended up talking about the motivations he believes drive Elijah -- not that he was going to reveal them. That's so Elijah, isn't it?

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Courtney Love

Courtney Love reforms Hole with mid-'90s era line-up

Is there new music and a new tour coming?

Courtney Love is reuniting the mid-1990’s-era iteration of Hole.

It’s unclear yet if the intention is to record new material or to tour or to do both, but Love told The Quietus that she, Melissa Auf Der Maur, Eric Erlandson and Patty Schemel have been rehearsing new material.

“I started playing with Patty and Melissa and Eric, just to see how that was,” she said. “We already played like three or four times in the last week.”

Love plans to release a new single, “Wedding Day,” shortly before her May U.K. tour, but she doesn’t mention if the tune is one of the songs she and her former band mates worked on.

Auf Der Maur, Erlandson, and Patty Schemel last recorded with Love on 1998’s “Celebrity Skin” before having various falling outs with the singer and breaking up in 2002.

Love formed Hole in 1989 with Erlandson. Auf Der Maur replaced bassist Kristen Pfaff, who died of a drug overdose in 1994.

The Love/Erlandson/Auf Der Maur/Schemel line-up reunited ever so briefly in 2012 when Love joined the other three for two songs at the afterparty following the premiere of "Hits So Hard," a documentary about drummer Schemel.

Previously, Love released 2010's "Nobody's Daughter" under the band name Hole, although Erlandson, Auf Der Maur and Schemel were not on the set.

 

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Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 224

Dan and Alan discuss 'Walking Dead,' 'Turn' and the 'How I Met Your Mother' finale

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Happy Wednesday, Boys & Girls. It's time for another installment of The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast.

On Tuesday's Firewall & Iceberg Video Show, we reviewed "Silicon Valley" and "Veep," which we quite liked, so that's not here. We also talked extensively about the series finale of "How I Met Your Mother," which we didn't like, but we still talked a bit more about it here in one of several very good Listener Mail segments.

We also reviewed AMC's "Turn" and we talked in spoiler-detail about Sunday's "Walking Dead" finale.

Today's breakdown:
"Turn" (00:01:20 - 00:11:30)
Listener Mail: "Dexter" vs "HIMYM" (00:11:50 - 00:14:40)
Listener Mail: Uncontested Best Episodes (00:14:55 - 00:27:45)
Listener Mail: Death of Reruns (00:27:45 - 00:36:10)
Listener Mail: Death of Television Without Pity (00:36:10 - 00:40:30)
Listener Mail: "HIMYM" Ratings Rise/Quality Drop (00:40:30 - 00:45:55)
The "Walking Dead" Finale (00:46:00 - 01:00:30)

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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<p>A detail from the poster for &quot;Tracks.&quot;</p>

A detail from the poster for "Tracks."

Credit: The Weinstein Company

Mia Wasikowska and Adam Driver face the elements in poster for 'Tracks'

The true-life Outback odyssey premiered on the fall festival circuit last year

I was pretty entranced by John Curran's tracks when it premiered at the Venice Film Festival last year -- the true story of a young woman trekking 2000 miles across the Outback desert in 1975, it has the pictorial lyricism and subdued intelligence the distinguished Curran's underrated 2006 Maugham adaptation "The Painted Veil," plus a(nother) superb performance from the ever-interesting Mia Wasikowska, oddly but engagingly paired with "Girls" star Adam Driver as the American photographer who documents her journey. 

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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 224

Dan and Alan try to figure out which shows have unequivocal best episodes ever

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It's Firewall & Iceberg time, with some more light-hearted "How I Met Your Mother" finale discussion (after some vitriol in yesterday's F&I video show), sandwiched in between some AMC talk, with a review of the disappointing "Turn" and some discussion of "The Walking Dead" season finale. Lots of good emails this week, in fact, so keep the questions coming!

The rundown: 

"Turn" (00:01:20 - 00:11:30)
Listener Mail: "Dexter" vs "HIMYM" (00:11:50 - 00:14:40)
Listener Mail: Uncontested Best Episodes (00:14:55 - 00:27:45)
Listener Mail: Death of Reruns (00:27:45 - 00:36:10)
Listener Mail: Death of Television Without Pity (00:36:10 - 00:40:30)
Listener Mail: "HIMYM" Ratings Rise/Quality Drop (00:40:30 - 00:45:55)
The "Walking Dead" Finale (00:46:00 - 01:00:30)
 
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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"Vikings"

"Vikings"

Credit: History

Exclusive clip: Lagertha sticks up for her ex on 'Vikings'

We don't predict great things for her second marriage

Man, it was not easy being a Viking woman. Lagertha is one fierce mother (literally), and while she can kick ass on the battlefield, her new husband Sigvard has no problem hitting her when he doesn't like what she has to say. That doesn't stop her from standing up to him in this exclusive clip from this week's episode (airing Thurs. April 3 at 10:00 p.m. on History).

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