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<p>Based on this image, I&#39;m pretty sure the border is completely safe thanks to Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly in the upcoming film &#39;Border Guards&#39;</p>

Based on this image, I'm pretty sure the border is completely safe thanks to Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly in the upcoming film 'Border Guards'

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Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly teaming up on immigration comedy 'Border Guards'

There's a great writer in the mix as well, so we're excited

What an odd bit of synchronicity. For the last week, I've had "Step Brothers" sitting on the shelf by the TV in my office and I've been considering watching it again. Finally, as I started getting ready to write a few pieces this afternoon, I threw the film in and hit play. As the first scene started to play, I went back to my e-mail and found a heads-up from Greg Ellwood about a story that just broke regarding the third collaboration between Adam McKay, Will Ferrell, and John C. Reilly.

It's safe to say that I am a fan of the combination of McKay and Ferrell. I feel like they have such a great voice when they create characters, and one of the things I like most is seeing how they incorporate other comedy voices into what they do in each new project. For example, in "The Other Guys," it was really smart making Will Ferrell the straight man and giving Mark Wahlberg the main role as the explosive lunatic, and Eva Medes in the same film looked like she was having the time of her life playing one of the strangest characters of her career. In "Talladega Nights," John C. Reilly made a fantastic sidekick to Ferrell's character, which made it even more fun to watch them go after each other in "Step Brothers."

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Danielle Campbell

Danielle Campbell

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Interview: 'The Originals'' Danielle Campbell talks life, death and Marcel

The on-screen witch was discovered in a hair salon

As Davina on "The Originals" (airing Tues. at 8:00 p.m. on the CW), Danielle Campbell embodies the ultimate teen witch, plagued by the elders who are still angry at her for messing up the Harvest (but really, who wants to allow themselves to be sacrificed on the off chance of resurrection?) and other mean-spirited witches at her coven. In tonight's episode, Davina's fellow witches decide to mess up the Feast of the Blessings, through which members of the New Orleans community offer the witches gifts in return for blessings, to teach Davina a lesson. Man, she can't catch a break, can she?

Luckily, Campbell said that the show's roller coaster ride for Davina has only been a good thing for her -- even when that's mean finding out her character has been killed off (if only temporarily). I talked to Campbell about what's ahead, her other favorite character, and how she got discovered (in a hair salon -- yes, it happens). 

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<p>Ricky Gervais is so happy to be returning to the role of David Brent that he&#39;s dancing.</p>

Ricky Gervais is so happy to be returning to the role of David Brent that he's dancing.

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Ricky Gervais will play David Brent again for a new mock-documentary project

Nobody makes me cringe more, and I can't wait

Last year, David Brent started popping up again for the first time in a while, and there were rumors of a larger possible project happening. I am always happy to see Ricky Gervais working, and he seems very happy about the way his latest series "Derek" has been received. It would be dishonest to say that I'm anything less than thrilled to hear, though, that Gervais is making a big return to playing the part that put him on the map in the first place.

This year, Gervais will be performing a number of gigs in character as David Brent, and the performances will be filmed as part of a "documentary" about Brent's pursuit of his dreams of being a pop star. "It's going to be tragic," Gervais told MTV in the UK. "It's not going to be what he thinks it is."

The last decade or so, we've seen a tsunami of the comedy of the uncomfortable, so much so that it's become very hard to get a cringe out of me at this point. It's easy to lose sight of just how much of a lightning bolt "The Office" was when it initially hit, and just how amazing Gervais was at walking that fine line between sympathetic and simply pathetic. His version of Brent was always in love with the idea of being an acclaimed entertainer, and it makes perfect sense that he would still be pursuing that dream now.

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Real Estate

Zombie skateboarders, Thai food and more in Real Estate's 'Crime' video

Funny or Die's parody works because it's not far off the mark

Some parodies work because they are just the slightest exaggeration with how it seems to work in real life. Such is the case with Real Estate’s “Crime” video, which debuted on Funny or Die.

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Maya Rudolph’s NBC variety special will air May 19, featuring ex-'SNL'-ers and Kristen Bell

Maya Rudolph’s NBC variety special will air May 19, featuring ex-“SNL”-ers and Kristen Bell
"The Maya Rudolph Show” from Lorne Michaels will reunite Rudolph with former “Saturday Night Live” castmates Andy Samberg, Chris Parnell and Fred Armisen. It will also include Sean Hayes and Craig Robinson, plus Janelle Monáe as a musical guest. If the one-off special is successful, it could become a regular series.

Andy Cohen will refrain from alcohol when Lindsay Lohan visits “Watch What Happens Live”
According to TMZ, it’s not clear if there will even be a bartender for Thursday’s show.

“Soul Train” is coming to Broadway
The producer of “Rock of Ages” has acquired the rights for a musical based on the famous dance show.

Alec Baldwin reacts to Tracy Morgan’s worries about him
"Look who wants to be my life coach?” Baldwin tweeted of his former “30 Rock” co-star.

“Portlandia” taps Queens of the Stone Age's frontman to play Carrie Brownstein’s gay brother
Josh Homme will appear with his “boyfriend,” played by Nick Swardson.

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<p>When you think of &#39;Friday the 13th,&#39; this is most likely the image that comes to mind, but is Paramount considering a major shake-up for the next film?</p>

When you think of 'Friday the 13th,' this is most likely the image that comes to mind, but is Paramount considering a major shake-up for the next film?

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'Friday the 13th' found footage reboot picks up a 'V/H/S' director

Good pick for filmmaker, but we're still worried

It's taken a surprisingly long time for Paramount to officially hire a director for the next film in the ridiculously long-running "Friday the 13th" series.

"V/H/S" is going to end up being one of those things where people are constantly looking back at it as a pivotal moment for the directors of the various segments in both of the films. Already this year, we've seen one feature film from the guys billed as Radio Silence, and while I missed "Devil's Due," it seemed like it had some fans. I thought their segment in "V/H/S" was enormous fun, and I also really liked the first segment, in which a bunch of guys who seem like the prototypical bros decide to videotape a night in a motel room with a girl they're all going to take turns with.

The director of that segment, David Bruckner, is Paramount's pick now to once again bring Jason Voorhees to life. Considering the approach that Paramount is reportedly taking to the new film, which we detailed in an article back in November, Bruckner makes perfect sense. As we said, this is being designed as a found footage movie, and it's an approach that Paramount's Adam Goodman has been pushing heavily while they were trying to find writers and now that they're bringing on a director.

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"Dinner with Friends with Brett Gelman with Friends"

"Dinner with Friends with Brett Gelman with Friends"

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Exclusive clip: Things get weird on 'Dinner with Friends with Brett Gelman'

The new Adult Swim show isn't your average dinner party

You want to freak out your friends? Take a page from an exclusive clip from "Dinner with Friends with Brett Gelman and Friends" (premiering Thurs. April 24 at midnight ET/PT on Adult Swim). While Gelman ("Eagleheart") seems to just be inviting his fancy Hollywood pals over for a night of chit-chat, things take a turn for the weird. The really weird. What better way to introduce the next course than sobbing on the floor?

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Stephen Colbert to visit Letterman next Tuesday

Stephen Colbert to visit Letterman next Tuesday
Dave will get a chance to chat with his "Late Show" successor after they both had this week off.

“Heroes” is getting an online prequel
"Heroes Reborn: Digital Series” will air in conjunction with the “Heroes” rebooted miniseries.

“True Detective” becomes HBO’s most-watched freshman series in its history
About 11.9 million watched each episode, when delayed viewing was factored.

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Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 226

Dan and Alan talk 'Fargo,' 'Orphan Black,' 'Mad Men,' 'Game of Thrones' and more


Happy Tuesday, Boys & Girls!

I'm away from Los Angeles getting my Passover on, so it wasn't possible to do a video show this week. Dry your weeping eyes! Instead, you get a 90-minute installment of The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, just like in the old days. 

And there's a ton of stuff to discuss in this week's podcast, starting with the Tuesday premiere of FX's "Fargo," the return of "Orphan Black" and WGN's new drama "Salem." We talk a bit about Stephen Colbert's big move and what Comedy Central could do with the post-"Daily Show" slot. We do our first in-season "Mad Men" review. And because some stuff went down on Sunday's "Game of Thrones," we discuss that a bit as well. 

Full show!

Today's breakdown:
"Fargo" (00:01:00 - 00:16:45)
"Orphan Black" (00:16:45 - 00:26:30)
"Salem" (00:26:30 - 00:35:45)
Listener Mail: Colbert and Comedy Central (00:36:10 - 00:43:25)
"Mad Men" (00:43:40 - 01:11:00)
"Game of Thrones" (00:1:11:00 - 01:31:45)

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 226

Dan and Alan also review WGN's 'Salem' and the 'Mad Men' premiere


With Dan out of town this week, you get only a single, audio-only installment of Firewall & Iceberg, as we review FX's "Fargo," the new season of "Orphan Black" and WGN's "Salem," talk a bit about the Colbert/Letterman shuffle, and then go spoiler-heavy on the "Mad Men" premiere and the "Game of Thrones" wedding episode. 

The rundown: 

"Fargo" (00:01:00 - 00:16:45)
"Orphan Black" (00:16:45 - 00:26:30)
"Salem" (00:26:30 - 00:35:45)
Listener Mail: Colbert and Comedy Central (00:36:10 - 00:43:25)
"Mad Men" (00:43:40 - 01:11:00)
"Game of Thrones" (00:1:11:00 - 01:31:45)
As always, send questions to 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>Leonardo DiCaprio at the 86th annual Academy Awards in March</p>

Leonardo DiCaprio at the 86th annual Academy Awards in March

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Leonardo DiCaprio picks his next project and it sounds awesome

The star has a fascinating list of projects on his plate at the moment

While everyone was busy talking about Leonardo DiCaprio's white guy rhythm at Coachella (and honestly, I wish I could pull off that punch move), it looks like his "Wolf of Wall Street" follow-up was clicking into place. And boy is it a good one.

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CBS: We’re not talking with Chelsea Handler about the 12:35 show

CBS: We’re not talking with Chelsea Handler about the 12:35 show
What was that “business meeting” with CBS about, then. A spokesperson clarifies, telling Vulture: “Her meeting with CBS yesterday was a general meeting with our syndication (division.)”

Check out the Lego "Simpsons," which has been 2 years in the making
"We've literally been at this thing for two years — twice the time it takes to do one of our regular episodes — and that's way too long for comedy people to live with the same jokes," says Matt Selman, the executive producer in charge of the episode. "It's been an epic process. First, we had to convince Jim Brooks and our showrunner, Al Jean, that a LEGO episode was a great idea and not just an excuse for our staff of nerds who grew up in the '70s to crack LEGO jokes. There needed to be a real emotional story there.” PLUS: See the Lego Marge.

Watch the emotional Paul Walker tribute MTV cut from its Movie Awards
Instead, MTV chose to run a less-emotional tribute.

Brad Paisley to join his wife on “Two and a Half Men”
The country star will join Kimberly Williams-Paisley, who’s playing Alan’s love interest. This is their 2nd appearance on a sitcom. They were also together on “According to Jim,” which starred “Men’s” Courtney Thorne-Smith.

How “RuPal’s Drag Race” dumped the “She-Mail”
Last night’s episode, after much controversy, was the first without the “She-Mail” feature.

Check out the trailer for “Salem”
WGN America has released the full trailer for its Salem witch trials series.

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