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John Cusack to appear on the CBS Wall Street drama pilot he’s producing

John Cusack to appear on the CBS Wall Street drama pilot he’s producing
Cusack, who will play a Wall Street trader, is part of a trend of big names guesting on the TV shows their producing. Laurence Fishburne and Kevin Hart are also doing it with their respective pilots.


“Psych”: An appreciation
The USA series, which exits tonight, was very important in proving that basic cable could offer quality dramas. Sure, “Monk” and “The Shield” came before. But “Psych,” debuting in July 2006, was part of "a subsequent generation of series to prove that it could do so regularly and that an audience would be there to watch,” says Neil Genzlinger, who adds: “‘Psych' was a bridge show that helped get us to the basic cable of today, though, paradoxically, today’s landscape might be less forgiving."


“Scandal’s” Columbus Short arrested for felony battery
Short turned himself in and posted $50,000 bail after he was taken into custody over last weekend’s bar brawl.


“Today” is using Jimmy Fallon’s big ratings in its summer concert battle with "GMA"
The ability to not leave 30 Rock is being used as leverage by NBC in this year's summer concert wars.


“Grey’s Anatomy” to tackle the “Bubble Boy” story
The last half of the season will be devoted to the story of the Bubble Boy.


George Lopez: My 11 pm TBS talk show got better ratings than “Conan"
Lopez revisited Conan’s move to TBS this morning on "The Howard Stern Show," saying he really had no choice but to take the demotion to 12 pm as Conan O’Brien was considered a “folk hero” to Turner execs. “Even right now. Even with the $70 million that they spent on Conan, my numbers are better than his,” says Lopez.


“Franklin & Bash” books “Dexter’s” James Remar
He’ll guest as a strip club owner.


“Hot in Cleveland” and “The Soul Man” stars tonight will appear in live commercials
The “Hot in Cleveland” stars will promote Toyota, while Niecy Nash will help sell Bush Brothers beans.


Why “Billy on the Street” is surprisingly sweet
Billy Eichner is like a caricature of a New Yorker on his Fuse show.


"Girls" mention surprised the head of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop
“This is probably the only time I'll ever experience such a surreal pop culture reflection of my actual life,” says Samantha Chang. "It's hilarious — or, it would be, if I had the time to stop and laugh.” PLUS: What will the Iowa Writers’ Workshop be like for a “Girls” character?, and here are “Girls’” 5 unresolved storylines.


Peter Dinklage tells Letterman of his embarrassing “Game of Thrones” fight scene
He didn’t see himself as a hero after slicing off an elderly amputee’s fake leg. PLUS: 13 embarrassing early acting roles of “GoT” stars.


When will “Gilmore Girls” fans stop pestering Lauren Graham about doing a movie?
Graham is constantly asked the same question and she always politely gives the same vague answer, as she did on Reddit this week. PLUS: Graham’s paperback of her debut novel contains a conversation with her and her “Parenthood” daughter Mae Whitman.


“The Simpsons’” Lego minifigures unveiled
Check out Lego versions of Krusty, Ralph Wiggum and more.


“Keeping Up with the Kardashians” are at the center of the reality TV universe
See how the E! show is connected to every other reality show.


“Idol’s” MK Nobilette: I appreciated that producers let me be openly gay
"They didn't have to put it in there,” she says of her audition comments. "That was their choice, which I appreciated."


See Carol’s “Walking Dead” season finale poster
“Who will survive?”


“Arrested Development’s” Michael Bluth and Kermit the Frog are kindred souls
They are both the straight man and the calm one in their respective series, says Torie Bosch, who adds: "In fact, most Muppet tales could be summed up as the story of a puppet-family who lost everything, and the one frog who tried to keep them all together.”


How to explain “HIMYM” to somebody who’s never watched an episode
Yes, the CBS comedy takes place in 2030.


Comedy Central’s “Broad City” and “Review” are poised to become comedy classics
Both freshman comedies hold their own with any sitcom on broadcast TV, or FX or HBO. PLUS: “Broad City” has become TV’s best sitcom.


Bethenny Frankel on her talk show: "I felt edited and diluted, a little bit controlled”
"I'm not really great when I'm shackled,” she tells Andy Cohen. "As you know, you have to kind of unleash the beast.”


Grant Show becomes a dad at 52
The “Melrose Place” alum and “Devious Maids” star welcomed a daughter on Tuesday.

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<p>James Gandolfini and Tom Hardy in &quot;The Drop&quot;</p>

James Gandolfini and Tom Hardy in "The Drop"

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First look at James Gandolfini's final big screen appearance in 'The Drop'

Michaël Roskam's 'Bullhead' follow-up hits theaters in September

Nicole Holofcener's "Enough Said" was routinely referred to as the late James Gandolfini's final film last year, but luckily we do actually have one more big screen appearance from the actor in Michaël Roskam's "The Drop," which hits theaters in September. A few images from the film dropped today over at USA Today with thoughts from Roskam and others on the director's "Bullhead" follow-up.

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<p>Mila Kunis is much more than she initially appears to be in the wild new film &#39;Jupiter Ascending&#39; from The Wachowskis, creators of &#39;The Matrix&#39;</p>

Mila Kunis is much more than she initially appears to be in the wild new film 'Jupiter Ascending' from The Wachowskis, creators of 'The Matrix'

Credit: Warner Bros

New 'Jupiter Ascending' trailer drops Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis into one weird wild world

How are people not excited about this yet?

It baffles me how modern film nerds can get crazy excited for the nineteenth new version of something they've seen before, but when we're just a few months out from a new original science-fiction action film from the filmmakers behind "The Matrix," there's a general attitude of "eh".

Maybe the Wachowskis are simply working on a different calendar than anyone else. I have no doubt that "Speed Racer" will, in the long run, eventually be acknowledged as a bona-fide family classic, and when more filmmakers start doing work that is influenced by the tremendous, confident visual language of that film, it will get its full due as a genuinely adventurous piece of mainstream cinema. Same is true of "Cloud Atlas." Time will be very kind to that film and its ambitions, and I think there are audiences who would have been profoundly impacted by it that still haven't seen it, that may not even know it exists.

If there's one thing that Warner Bros is going to do for "Jupiter Ascending," they will make sure that you know it exists. This is a big film for them, and this new trailer seems to be a much better glimpse at the scale of the movie and the truly crazy new world that the Wachowskis have created.

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<p>The &quot;American Idol&quot; Top 9</p>

The "American Idol" Top 9

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Recap: 'American Idol' Season 13 - Top 10 Performances - (I'm With The) Band Night

The remaining contestants sing with Rickey Minor and the band

Tonight's them is (I'm With The) Band. I have no clue what that means.

FOX not-so-helpfully explains that the singers "will act as the lead singer for Rickey Minor and his band, performing their favorite songs." How is that different from what happens every week? Or does it just mean that Minor won't actively attempt to sabotage the performers like he's been doing all season long?

Sigh. Click through and follow along with the fun.

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<p>Christopher Nolan at the premiere of &quot;The Dark Knight Rises&quot; in 2012.</p>

Christopher Nolan at the premiere of "The Dark Knight Rises" in 2012.

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Chris Nolan reveals way more details about 'Interstellar' than he wanted to

What led him to cast Matthew McConaughey?

LAS VEGAS - Press attending the hour long Q&A with Christopher Nolan at CinemaCon this afternoon had been warned that the usually secretive filmmaker was not expected to speak substantially about his highly anticipated new epic "Interstellar" and there would be no new footage from the film shown during the event. Moreover, I'd heard from a good source that moderator and Hollywood Reporter film critic Todd McCarthy was well aware it would be tough to get Nolan to say anything about Nolan's followup to "The Dark Knight Returns." Well, kudos to McCarthy for not taking "no" for an answer.

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<p>A streamlined Aronofsky sat down with us to discuss his ambitious and impressive new film &#39;Noah&#39;</p>

A streamlined Aronofsky sat down with us to discuss his ambitious and impressive new film 'Noah'

Credit: HitFix

Darren Aronofsky on making 'Noah' feel fresh to modern audiences

Plus we discuss the style choices he made in telling this famous tale

It's safe to say that I am a big fan of the work of director Darren Aronofsky.

From "Pi" to "Requiem" to "The Fountain," he made such huge leaps forward each time that the anticipation of what he might do next became a fascinating game, especially since he wasn't exactly cranking out a new movie every year. He's managed to reinvent himself onscreen with his last few films, in new ways each time. "The Wrestler" felt like him stepping into a world completely outside his own experience. "Black Swan" is a beautiful, haunting film that struck an unexpected nerve with audiences around the world. That was four years ago, and since then, he's been hard at work trying to bring his most personal vision yet to the screen.

It seems almost impossible to sit down with him for six minutes to discuss a film as richly imagined and densely detailed as "Noah," but that was the task tried to accomplish on Sunday. I was still grappling with my own reaction to the film less than a day after seeing it, and Aronofsky is trying to distill the entire experience down into words after spending most of his creative life thinking about this idea in one form or another.

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"Vikings"

"Vikings"

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Lagertha and Ragnar unite to fight in these 'Vikings' sneak peeks

It's time to win back Kattegat

It's blood, blood and more blood this week on "Vikings" (airing Thurs. March 17 at 10:00 p.m. on History). Lagertha and Ragnar are coming together once again, but with a goal in mind -- wining back Kattegat from Jarl Borg. Bjorn is in the mix, too -- but good luck impressing dad on the battlefield. Gosh, some things never change, do they? 

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

"Night Shift"

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'Undateable,' 'Crossbones' and 'Night Shift' get NBC summer premieres

'Taxi Brooklyn,' 'Welcome to Sweden' and 'Working the Engels' also get homes

For 10 months, they've been pictures on the side of milk cartons, but... 

"Crossbones" lives!

"Undateable" lives!

"The Night Shift" lives!

NBC announced six scripted additions to its already busy summer slate on Wednesday (March 26) and if you were looking for premiere dates for all of the mysteriously vanished shows the network unveiled last May, we've found them!

In all, NBC will be airing six original scripted shows this summer, the most for any broadcast network in more than 20 years, so NBC says. [By my count, ABC's summer schedule will include five original scripted shows.]

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Exclusive U.S. premiere: Augustines' Walkabout video blog, part 1

Exclusive U.S. premiere: Augustines' Walkabout video blog, part 1

Rock act gives us a glimpse of life on stage overseas

"Britain had become a second home for us, and London is where we began our journey supporting our sophomore release 'Augustines.' Our drummer Rob Allen and multi-instrumentalist Al Hardiman are both British and we enjoy our happy NYC / London camp," Augustines frontman Billy McCarthy told HitFix. "It seemed fitting to film 'Cruel City' and our Walkabout blog in England. Viva England, Viva New York!"

And so sets the scene of the rock band's first installment of their Walkabout Blog. The exclusive video above was shot while the band visited and performed in London, and features their next U.K. single "Now You Are Free," due on April 28.

I interviewed Augustines -- then known as We Are Augustines -- in January 2012, around the time they released the music video to  emotional, driving single "Chapel Song"; in these two years that have followed, clearly the intensity hasn't lessened. In this video blog, you can see written all over McCarthy's face.

As you can tell from the title -- "Walkabout Blog Pt.1 London - Now You Are Free" -- this is just the first part of many, as the band continues to update fans with more music and footage from the road. The band performs overseas again starting April 10; all tour dates are here. Their second, self-titled album was released last month.

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<p>He *does* look a lot like Harry</p>

He *does* look a lot like Harry

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FOX sets summer premieres, benches 'Enlisted,' announces 'I Wanna Marry 'Harry''

'Enlisted' will return. FOX promises. No. Really.

FOX made a big spring and summer scheduling announcement on Wednesday (March 26) afternoon, but the only thing anybody on my Twitter feed wanted to discuss was the fact that after this Friday, "Enlisted" is off the schedule, at least for the foreseeable future.

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Kevin Smith may get a late-night show on AMC

Kevin Smith may get a late-night show on AMC
The director not only got his “Comic Book Men” renewed for a 4th season, but AMC is considering in bringing his and Ralph Garmin’s podcast, "Hollywood Babble-On,” to the small screen. "I always describe it as Entertainment Tonight but filthy,” Smith says of the podcast. "We sit there and make fun of our industry betters." PLUS: AMC’s slate include Chris Carter’s “Area 51,” “Kingmakers” and “Bombingham."


“Scandal’s “Columbus Short was arrested twice last month for allegedly assaulting his wife
TMZ reports that Short also pled no contest for beating up a guy on an L.A. basketball court.

 

Here’s Ben McKenzie as “Gotham’s” future Commissioner Gordon
James Gordon looks dapper in a suit.


AMC orders comedy projects from John Leguizamo and “The Daily Show’s” Wyatt Cenac
Leguizamo will star in and produce a comedy about best friends in and around NYC, while Cenac’s "No Money Down" follows a guy with multiple personalities who ends up working for an Austin car dealership.


“How I Met Your Dad” casts a new female best friend
Recent “Crazy Ones” guest-star Tiya Sircar will take over the role as Greta Gerwig’s female best friend. She replaces Krysta Rodriguez.


NBC announces summer premiere dates, including Amy Poehler's brother's "Welcome to Sweden"
Greg Poehler's Swedish sitcom that his sister is producing debuts July 10, while “Food Fighters” debuts July 22.


“Dancing” boss denies Erin Andrews is hated on set
A Life & Style report called Andrews "arrogant, obnoxious and difficult to deal with,” but executive producer Conrad Green insists "Erin and our entire cast have been getting on brilliantly."


“The Mindy Project” addresses the kiss and the season’s final 8 episodes
Season 2 will have a miniseries-style ending.


Listen to Sarah Palin’s new show’s “patriotic” theme song
Her Sportsman Channel show "Amazing America’s” theme will be patriotic theme song performed by the band Madison Rising.


Jake Johnson talks last night’s “New Girl” twist
His reaction: “Wow, here we go."


Matthew Morrison doesn’t know his “Glee” future, but expects to be there at the end
"I think I'll be there in the end in some way,” he says, "whether it's the whole season or just the final episode, I think I'll be back."

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Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 223

Dan and Alan discuss Emmy fun and finales for 'Girls' and 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine'

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Happy Wednesday, Boys & Girls! 

I know that some of you have been feeling a little Firewall & Iceberg Podcast withdrawal. Apologies. Alan was traveling. And I was traveling. And there was only a limited amount of new TV to talk about. And y'all got *two* in-person video shows! So Firewall & Iceberg still loved you these past two weeks. Just not in podcast form.

But we're back.

And it's a fairly busy podcast today. We answer some mail about various things including Emmy category manipulation, we paid brief tribute to the late James Rebhorn and we talked about the finales of "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" and "Girls."

And next week should be even busier!

And I sound like poo in this week's podcast. No clue why. Apologies.

Here's today's breakdown:
Listener Mail - Emmy category moves (00:01:50 - 00:20:25)
Listener Mail - The future of "Enlisted" (00:20:32 - 00:28:10)
James Rebhorn (00:28:10 - 00:31:30)
"Brooklyn Nine-Nine" finale (00:31:55 - 00:47:10)
"Girls" finale - (00:47:20 - 01:09:50)

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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