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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"

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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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<p>Emily Blunt</p>

Emily Blunt

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Emily Blunt joins 'Prisoners' director Denis Villeneuve for 'Sicario'

While Amy Adams is in talks for his sci-fi project 'Story of Your Life'

From improbably remote arthouse origins, Québécois director Denis Villeneuve is turning into quite hot Hollywood property. A couple of years after his Middle Eastern melodrama "Incendies" scored an Oscar nomination, his austere formal gifts and taste for high-concept tragedy combined to make his starry but profoundly bleak kidnap thriller "Prisoners" a risky mainstream hit last autumn. The smaller-scale surrealist exercise "Enemy," which premiered near-simultaneously at Toronto and was released in the US last month, took him back to specialty territory, but showed he has enough clout to attract an A-lister like Jake Gyllenhaal to a very eccentric indie. All options are effectively open to him.

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<p>I&#39;m not sure Doctor Doom is playing fair if he&#39;s carrying a machine gun.</p>

I'm not sure Doctor Doom is playing fair if he's carrying a machine gun.

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Toby Kebbell will don Dr. Doom's mask for 'Fantastic Four'

Josh Trank certainly isn't making the easy choices for this one

I am flat-out baffled by the casting for "Fantastic Four," but that may not be a bad thing.

While I've seen several films that Toby Kebbell has appeared in, one moment really stands out, and that was in the brilliant episode of the English anthology show "Black Mirror" called "The Entire History Of You." That one performance is enough to convince me that Kebbell's got the goods, and he's certainly been busy the last few years.

He's appeared in big studio films like "The Sorcerer's Apprentice," "Prince of Persia," and "Wrath Of The Titans," and he's appeared in plenty of smaller movies like "The East," "RocknRolla," "Dead Man's Shoes," and Ridley Scott's "The Counselor." Like the rest of Trank's cast, he's someone who is recognizable but not "famous," and he seems like a guy who is poised to break through in something, and playing one of the most famous of the Marvel villains in a giant movie seems like it could be that role for him.

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<p>&quot;How I Met Your Mother&quot; creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas on set for the filming of the show&#39;s title-fulfilling scene.</p>

"How I Met Your Mother" creators Carter Bays and Craig Thomas on set for the filming of the show's title-fulfilling scene.

Credit: CBS

The 'How I Met Your Mother' finale, revisited

Restating a few arguments about the sitcom's controversial ending

So based on the number of comments and the social media stats, I'm guessing that most of you who care about the "How I Met Your Mother" finale have read my review of it from Monday night. That was, like a lot of episode reviews I do, written in a burst immediately after the show, and though my feelings haven't changed about the ending, there are a few points I feel I can better articulate with a few days' distance than I could at the time. So that's coming up, along with a fan-made alternate ending that's been floating around the interwebs since Monday, coming up just as soon as I've got three castle guys and a moat guy...

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<p>Al Gore in &quot;An Inconvenient Truth.&quot;</p>

Al Gore in "An Inconvenient Truth."

Credit: Paramount Pictures

More Gore? Producer talks up possibility of a sequel to 'An Inconvenient Truth'

The 2006 doc hit grossed $50 million worldwide and won two Oscars

Perhaps I'm just getting old, but it doesn't feel like eight years since Davis Guggenheim's climate-change documentary "An Inconvenient Truth" was very much in the mainstream conversation -- and, of course, an unstoppable force in the Oscar race.

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Janelle Monae

Janelle Monae reinvents David Bowie's 'Heroes' for Pepsi

She says the Thin White Duke is a fan

Janelle Monae upends David Bowie’s classic, “Heroes,” for Pepsi’s “Now is What You Make It” campaign.

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