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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'

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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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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 223

Dan and Alan also say goodbye to James Rebhorn and discuss the fate of 'Enlisted'

The

Hey, remember the Firewall & Iceberg podcast? Due to recent travels by both me and Dan, not to mention a bit of a slow period in between the end of the Olympics and the flood of April premieres, we haven't done a podcast in a few weeks. That changed today, however, as Dan and I got on the line — with the usual iffiness from Skype — to discuss the recent Emmy categorization news, the fate of "Enlisted" (a segment recorded before FOX announced that the show was being pulled from the schedule after this week's episode), the death of James Rebhorn and the recent finales of "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" and "Girls." And there is so much stuff debuting next week that even with the video show and the podcast, we may not be able to contain it all.

The rundown: 

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, 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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<p>David Koechner may seem all sunshine and light here, but don&#39;t be fooled. His dark side is on full display in &#39;Cheap Thrills&#39;</p>

David Koechner may seem all sunshine and light here, but don't be fooled. His dark side is on full display in 'Cheap Thrills'

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David Koechner recognized the chemistry in 'Cheap Thrills' immediately

One of our favorite funnymen expands the definition of who he is with his new film

David Koechner's got the best role of his career in the new film "Cheap Thrills," and this is one of those cases where you can tell that an actor is completely aware of just how great a part they've been given.

Or earned, as the case may be. Koechner's put in as much time in the trenches as anyone, and he's been a consistently interesting and unusual onscreen presence. I've been watching Dave perform live in LA and in films and on television for 20 years now, and he consistently manages to surprise me with choices he makes or with the way he'll approach a joke or a character beat. It shocks me that "Cheap Thrills" is the first film to make full use of the menace that Koechner is capable of projecting, but E.L. Katz should be high-fived repeatedly and vigorously for thinking outside the box and making such a great choice.

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Warrant issued for 'Scandal' star’s arrest

Warrant issued for “Scandal” star’s arrest
Columbus Short is facing felony aggravated battery charges for allegedly punching a guy during a bar fight over the weekend.

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