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<p>On &quot;Arrow,&quot;&nbsp;Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) and Barry Allen (Grant Gustin)&nbsp;meet.</p>

On "Arrow," Oliver Queen (Stephen Amell) and Barry Allen (Grant Gustin) meet.

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Talkback: 'Arrow' - 'The Scientist'

What did everybody think of the introduction of Grant Gustin as Barry Allen?

Yesterday morning, I posted some thoughts on "Arrow," which has really turned into a solid superhero show, and which has been such a success for the CW that it's being used to try to launch another DC hero show. We got the first taste of that tonight with the introduction of Grant Gustin as (very) young police scientist Barry Allen, whom you nerds might know as the Flash. Ordinarily, I'd be all Get Off My Lawn about Barry being played by such a CW-appropriate actor — especially since the most famous version of Green Arrow himself is a middle-aged guy who does not have Stephen Amell's physique — but I liked Gustin, and the writers' take on the character, just as I've come to like Amell as a studlier Oliver Queen.

While I've been enjoying "Arrow," it's not the kind of show I'd have enough to say about weekly, but this seems a good opportunity to check in with the audience to see how you felt about what was designed as a big episode (albeit only the beginning of this particular arc), about the continuation of last week's cliffhanger, etc. What did everybody else think of "The Scientist"?

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Golden Globes 2014 Contenders: Who is a lock for a nod and who's not?

Golden Globes 2014 Contenders: Who is a lock for a nod and who's not?

Everyone's favorite Foreign Press Association is back

As Amy Poehler succinctly noted last January, it's once again time for the Golden Globes. The one night a year where the beautiful people of film rub shoulders with the rat-faced people of television (we kid).  Of course, that also means some of Hollywood's biggest names need to socialize with the dreaded Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) in order to get that Golden Globes boost.  While the Globes mean little in terms of actual Oscar nominations or final wins, they have been a big help at the box office. And, when it all comes down to it, that's what really matters most in awards season: money.

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"Doctor Who"

 "Doctor Who"

Credit: BBC America

See the first images from the 'Doctor Who' Christmas special

It's almost time to say goodbye to the 11th Doctor

In advance of the "Doctor Who" Christmas special, BBC America is giving all of us stateside an early gift -- first images from "The Time of the Doctor" (airing Wed. Dec. 25 at 9:00 p.m. ET). Prepare to say goodbye to the 11th Doctor (Matt Smith). Time to make wallpaper, people!

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<p>Jeff Gutt of &quot;The X Factor&quot;</p>

Jeff Gutt of "The X Factor"

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Recap: 'The X Factor' Season 3 - Top 6 Performances

The remaining singers do a diva song and a stripped down number

How was last week's Big Band Night?

I have zero clue. I said I was skipping the show and skip it I did. I know that Josh Levi and Lillie McCloud went home. And while I'm surprised that Carlito Olivero is still around, I'm not shocked. And I'm not shocked by any of the other results, really. 

Tonight's show is apparently two performances apiece, with one coming from a favorite diva and the other a stripped down performance. That means one more chance for Alex & Sierra to do "Falling Slowly." This has to happen at some point, right?

Click through for my full live-blog!

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First Look: Anne Hathaway, Aaron Paul and Christina Hendricks lead Sundance 2014 films
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First Look: Anne Hathaway, Aaron Paul and Christina Hendricks lead Sundance 2014 films

Zoe Saldana, Dane DeHaan, Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader also featured in lineup

The lineup for the 2014 Sundance Film Festival has been revealed, and it's among the starriest in recent memory. Take a look at new images from some of the films unspooling at the Park City event, featuring such Hollywood names as Anne Hathaway, Aaron Paul, Christina Hendricks, Mark Ruffalo, Zoe Saldana, Kristen Wiig, Bill Hader, Lena Dunham, and Dane DeHaan.

Check out the photos here:

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<p>Ed Burns of &quot;Mob City&quot;</p>

Ed Burns of "Mob City"

Credit: TNT

Interview: Ed Burns and Robert Knepper discuss TNT's 'Mob City'

Famously Irish star discusses playing Jewish
Last week, I sat down with eight of the stars of "Mob City" at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel to talk about their new TNT drama, which premieres on Wednesday, December 4.
 
Unfortunately, technology went a bit haywire and the video portion of the interviews became corrupt and only the audio remains.
 
That means, tragically, that you don't get to see the look on Ed Burns' face when I began our conversion by explaining that I don't necessarily think of him as being the most Jewish of thespians.
 
Burns plays Ben "Bugsy" Siegel in the 1947-set drama, which focuses on the LAPD and it's war against organized crime. He is, of course, playing a famous real-life mobster previously played by the likes of Warren Beatty and Harvey Keitel.
 
For this interview, Burns was paired with Robert Knepper, who plays Siegel's violent sidekick Sid Rothman, a composite character.
 
Click through for the full discussion of the Frank Darabont-created drama. The other three interviews will go up next week.
 
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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 213: 'Arrow,' 'Kirstie' & more

Dan and Alan also discuss 'Person of Interest' and Kalinda's love life

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Happy Wednesday, boys and girls! Time for a new Firewall & Iceberg podcast, including some more discussion of "Arrow" after my column yesterday, a review of TV Land's retro sitcom "Kirstie" and a bunch of listener mail question, including an expansion of "The Walking Dead" discussion from yesterday's video show.

Next week is incredibly slow, premiere-wise, so we're hoping for lots of good questions to firewalliceberg@hitfix.com.

The rundown:

"Arrow" (00:00:45 - 00:17:55)
"Kirstie" (00:18:00 - 00:24:50)
Listener Mail - "Person of Interest" (00:25:10 - 00:31:00)
Listener Mail - ABC's scheduling of "Mixology" (00:31:00 - 00:39:45)
Listener Mail - Kalinda on "Good Wife" (00:39:50 - 00:45:10)
Listener Mail - "The Walking Dead" finale (00:46:00 - 00:59:30)

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, download the MP3 file or stream it on Dan's blog.

There's also now a complete archive of all the podcasts to date.

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"Scandal"

 "Scandal"

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Interview: Jeff Perry talks about Cyrus' heartbreak on 'Scandal'

One ominous detail from last week he "didn't like the looks of"

One of the great, under-appreciated joys of watching "Scandal" each week is Cyrus Beene. As played by Jeff Perry, Fitz's long-suffering Chief of Staff lives in a constant state of panic as he frantically cleans up the messes POTUS (Tony Goldwyn) blithely makes as he flip-flops between pining for Olivia (Kerry Washington) and hating her guts. It's a tour-de-force performance that doesn't always take center stage -- at least, not until last week.

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Lance Reddick joins 'American Horror Story'


Lance Reddick joins "American Horror Story"
The "Fringe" alum will play Papa Legba when "Coven" returns in January.


"Weeds"/"Orange is the New Black" creator Jenji Kohan sets up a Salem project at HBO
Kohan is working on a project revolving around the intolerant Salem period.


Syfy orders "Dominion" based on the "Legion" film
Christopher Egan,  Anthony Stewart Head, Luke Allen-Gale, Alan Dale and Roxanne McKee will star in a serious about a rebellious soldier set 25 years in the future.


Check out Paul Giamatti on "Downton Abbey"
He plays Lady Grantham's brother in the Christmas special.


TV Land renews "The Soul Man"
Cedric “The Entertainer will be back for a 3rd season.


HBO to air Billy Crystal's "700 Sundays" stage show
Crystal will play numerous characters in the autobiographical play.


Tom Everett Scott joins "Beauty and the Beast"
He'll recur as a brilliant archaeologist with a short fuse.


"Once Upon a Time" casts Rapunzel
"The Originals" alum Alexandra Metz will make her debut as Rapunzel in Episode 14.

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Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 213

Dan and Alan discuss 'Arrow,' 'Walking Dead,' 'Kirstie' and more

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Happy Wednesday, Boys & Girls.
 
It's time for the audio installment of The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast. You don't have to look at us this time.
 
We covered some stuff in Tuesday's Firewall & Iceberg Video Show, but there was still plenty to fill an hour here. We talked about "Arrow," which Alan is now caught up on. We reviewed TV Land's "Kirstie." We answered a bunch of mail, including discussion of "Person of Interest," the frustrating arcs for Kalinda on "The Good Wife" and we talked a bit more about the "Walking Dead" finale.
 
No clue what next week's podcast will be, so we welcome more emails at FirewallIceberg@HitFix.com.
 
Here's today's breakdown:
"Arrow" (00:00:45 - 00:17:55)
"Kirstie" (00:18:00 - 00:24:50)
Listener Mail - "Person of Interest" (00:25:10 - 00:31:00)
Listener Mail - ABC's scheduling of "Mixology" (00:31:00 - 00:39:45)
Listener Mail - Kalinda on "Good Wife" (00:39:50 - 00:45:10)
Listener Mail - "The Walking Dead" finale (00:46:00 - 00:59:30)

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.] 

And as always, feel free to e-mail us questions for the podcast.

 

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<p>Candince Glover</p>

Candince Glover

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'American Idol's' Candice Glover: 'I'm a hopeless romantic': Interview

On new single 'Cried,' and her major label debut

Cried,” the official first single from “American Idol” Season 12 winner Candice Glover’s forthcoming  “Music Speaks,  came out last week and it gave listeners a taste of what to expect from her forthcoming debut.

Though she didn’t write the gorgeous ballad, The Underdogs’ produced tune speaks for her. “When you have been through it or not, and I have, you’re wearing your heart on your sleeve so people can connect to it. This guy just doesn’t love you any more and you’re tried so hard to understand,” she says. “That’s the part of love that all of us wish we hadn’t been through.”

The love theme plays prominently on “Music Speaks,” which will come out Feb. 18. “Love is one of my favorite things to talk about,” she says. “Every song will be about losing it or finding it, seeing a guy and not knowing if you want to tell him how you feel yet. I guess I’m a hopeless romantic.”

Glover’s coronation single, the uplifting “I Am Beautiful,” debuted at No. 5 on Billboard’s R&B/Hip-Hop Digital Songs chart.

Though “American Idol” winners usually release an album shortly after they win their title, Glover’s set has been pushed back a few times—originally from the summer to the fall and now to February. She blames herself for the delay.  “I’m such a perfectionist. That showed while I was on [‘Idol’]. Every week the contestants would practice their songs and I would be locked up in my room, making sure every single note and everything was perfect. I didn’t want to rush the album.”

The extra time has allowed Glover to consider a wider range of songs and even to include two tunes that she co-wrote, “Forever That Man,” and “Three Little Words.”

Additionally, the slower process has allowed her to get used to being in a recording studio. “Before I won ‘American Idol,’ I’d never been in a professional studio at all,” the South Carolina native says. “I’m getting more used to it. I’m really weird though, I sing way better in a crowd of 3,000. It’s easier than singing in front of 2. I have them turn off the lights [in the recording booth]. I like it to be completely jet black in there. It helps me. Then I can make all the ugly faces I want to make.”

 

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Sundance 2014: Kristen Stewart heads to Guantanamo in first image from 'Camp X-Ray'
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Sundance 2014: Kristen Stewart heads to Guantanamo in first image from 'Camp X-Ray'

'Twilight' actress is a long way from Forks

Kristen Stewart has come a long way from Forks.

The "Twilight" actress dons military fatigues in the very first image from "Camp X-Ray," an upcoming military drama slated to screen in competition at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. Written and directed by Peter Sattler (making his feature-length helming debut with the film), "Camp X-Ray" centers on Stewart's character Cole, a young American soldier stationed at Guantanamo Bay who strikes up a friendship with a Muslim prisoner (Peyman Moaadi) who's been held there for eight years. The title is a play on a now-defunct temporary detention facility at Gitmo that opened in 2002.

Check out the image below.

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