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Ralph Fiennes returns to 'The Grand Budapest Hotel' just in time for awards season

Ralph Fiennes returns to 'The Grand Budapest Hotel' just in time for awards season

Wes Anderson's best movie is getting a well deserved spotlight

Eight months after it hit theaters, "The Grand Budapest Hotel" is back in business, and here's hoping Hollywood is paying attention.

Ralph Fiennes joined co-stars Tony Revolori and Jeff Goldblum for a final SAG nominating committee Q&A Monday night in Los Angeles that this pundit was lucky enough to moderate. Most in the packed theater had already seen "Budapest" but wanted a chance to hear the film's stars discuss their journey into Wes Anderson's latest creation in person.

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TNT cancels 'Franklin & Bash' after 4 seasons
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TNT cancels 'Franklin & Bash' after 4 seasons

TNT cancels “Franklin & Bash” after 4 seasons
Ratings have been plummeting for the TNT legal buddy drama, with the Season 4 premiere dropping 60% from Season 3. Mark-Paul Gosselaar announced the news on Twitter: "Thanks for a great run,” he tweeted, "but sorry to inform that F&B is not coming back for a 5th season. @breckinmeyer please lose my number ASAP."

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Does 'Too Many Cooks' mean everything or nothing?
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Does 'Too Many Cooks' mean everything or nothing?

USA renews 'Graceland'

Does “Too Many Cooks” mean everything or nothing?
"What did it all mean?” asks Ian Crook. "Maybe everything: it was a postmodern satire of television and Web culture, a commentary on the power of nostalgia, a glimpse at the violence that lurks within us all. Perhaps it was a deconstruction on the very idea of virality itself: it’s the Internet that has too many cooks, and all of us, together, with our sharing and repeated clever comments and urge to be the first to share what thousands of others have already shared, have spoiled the broth. Or else it meant nothing, and quit it, you dummies.” PLUS: “Too Many Cooks” is the smartest critique of our changing TV landscape, it subverts our expectations of nostalgia, the "definitive" ranking of every character, “Too Many Cooks” creator says "I hate to talk about it too much,” “Too Many Cooks” is set in Denver, and how to get the “Two Many Cooks” song out of your head.


USA renews “Graceland”
The law enforcement drama will be back for a 3rd season.


“Today” lands an exclusive interview with disgraced NFL star Ray Rice
Matt Lauer will sit down with the former Baltimore Ravens player who was booted for punching out his then-fiancee.


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<p>Andy Serkis on the set of &quot;Dawn of the Planet of the Apes&quot;</p>

Andy Serkis on the set of "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes"

Credit: 20th Century Fox

'Apes' star Andy Serkis says we're reaching an age of acceptance for performance capture

Also: How co-star Toby Kebbell picked up the ball and ran with it

LOS ANGELES — The story of Fox's current "Planet of the Apes" franchise is very much about what Andy Serkis and his team have been doing in the realm of performance capture. Each film so far has represented a significant step forward, and the next installment will surely represent yet another leap. Serkis had all of this in mind recently when he stepped into the HitFix studio to discuss the film, which is now being positioned for awards by the studio with Serkis in the midst of a Best Supporting Actor campaign.

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'Supernatural' stars Jared Padalecki & Jensen Ackles discuss the 200th episode milestone
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'Supernatural' stars Jared Padalecki & Jensen Ackles discuss the 200th episode milestone

The Winchesters reflect on the 'Supernatural' red carpet

VANCOUVER, BC. It's time to bring out the big guns.

Last month, I was on a "Supernatural" 200th episode red carpet in Vancouver. 

So far this week, I've posted the majority of the interviews.

First I posted my red carpet Q&As with series creator Eric Kripke, plus long-time EP Robert Singer and slight-less-tenured EP Adam Glass.

Then I posted my Q&As with supporting favorites Misha Collins, Felicia Day, Mark Sheppard and Genevieve Padalecki.

But now, with Tuesday (November 11) night's 200th episode just hours away, it's time to post my interviews with Sam & Dean Winchester themselves.

Because of all of their photo responsibilities and their various commitments at the party, I got Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki at the very end of the red carpet time and Jared in particular was only able to spare a couple minutes. But they're still fun, if brief, interviews. They're also the only interviews with Ackles and Padalecki that you're likely to read in which both FOX's "Still Life" and The CW's "Young MacGyver" pilot are mentioned.

And, at the very list, you'll find my red carpet pictures of the two stars accompanying the interviews after the break...

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Strange Magic

Disney, Lucasfilm announce 'Strange Magic,' an animated musical from 'Star Wars 7' sound mixer

George Lucas wrote the story, based on 'A Midsummer Night’s Dream'

A year after the industry-rattling announcement that Walt Disney Pictures had acquired LucasFilm and planned on moving forward with hew "Star Wars" movies, there were vague reports that George Lucas and prequel trilogy sound mixer Gary Rydstrom were collaborating on an untitled animated film. Further digging revealed that the project may have been in the works since 2010. Without Disney or LucasFilm confirmations, the project was filed under rumors and left alone. Now, the joint companies have unearthed the long-gestating project on their own. "Strange Magic" will suddenly arrive in January 2015.

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A&E orders 'Donnie Loves Jenny' starring Donnie Wahlberg and Jenny McCarthy
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A&E orders 'Donnie Loves Jenny' starring Donnie Wahlberg and Jenny McCarthy

'The Newsroom' and 'The Comeback' return down

A&E orders “Donnie Loves Jenny” starring Donnie Wahlberg and Jenny McCarthy
After appearing together on A&E’s “Wahlburgers,” the “Blue Bloods” star and the former “View” co-host will front their own 10-episode reality show that will focus on their life as newlyweds. “Donnie Loves Jenny” will consist of one hour-long episode, plus nine half-hour episodes.


“The Newsroom” and “The Comeback” return down
About 1.2 million watched the final season premiere of Aaron Sorkin’s HBO series, while just 300,000 tuned in for the heavily hyped return of Lisa Kudrow’s reality TV parody. About 1.5 million watched “The Comeback’s” Season 1 premiere and 920,000 stuck around for the season finale. PLUS: John Oliver’s season finale watched by 796,000.


Bob Dylan wanted to become an HBO sitcom star!?
Larry Charles, the former “Seinfeld” writer and director of “Curb Your Enthusiasm” and “Borat,” recalls taking a meeting with the music icon in the early ‘90s. Dylan was interested in doing a Jerry Lewis-type slapstick comedy for HBO.


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<p>Too Many Cooks</p>

Too Many Cooks

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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 256: 'State of Affairs,' 'Too Many Cooks' & more

Dan and Alan also check in on 'Homeland' and review 'The Missing'

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Happy Tuesday, boys and girls! Some creative tension went into this week's Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, in that I would have been happy if we had devoted the entire thing to "Too Many Cooks," while Dan would have been happy if we hadn't discussed "Too Many Cooks" at all. In the end, we did a good 10 minutes on it, and another hour-plus on both new premieres of the week ("The Missing," "State of Affairs"), checking in on ongoing dramas ("Gotham," "Homeland") and answering some mail that was somehow not about "Too Many Cooks." 

The rundown:

"The Missing" (00:00:50 - 00:09:10)
"State of Affairs" (00:09:10 - 00:18:25)
Listener Mail: "Too Many Cooks" (00:18:35 - 00:28:45)
Listener Mail: Critics' Poll Predictions (00:28:55 - 00:36:00)
Listener Mail: Shared narrative universes (00:36:00 - 00:42:15)
"Homeland" check-in (00:42:15 - 00:50:50)
"Gotham" check-in (00:50:50 - 01:10:35)
 
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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Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 256

Dan and Alan review 'State of Affairs' and 'The Missing' and talk 'Gotham' and 'Homeland'

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Happy Tuesday, Boys & Girls.

It's time for a bits-n-pieces installment of The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast.

We've got some reviews -- "State of Affairs" and "The Missing."

We've got some check-ins -- "Homeland" and "Gotham."

And we answered some mail, which let us discuss "Too Many Cooks," which is what you're really listening for anyway.

Here's today's breakdown:
"The Missing" (00:00:50 - 00:09:10)
"State of Affairs" (00:09:10 - 00:18:25)
Listener Mail: "Too Many Cooks" (00:18:35 - 00:28:45)
Listener Mail: Critics' Poll Predictions (00:28:55 - 00:36:00)
Listener Mail: Shared narrative universes (00:36:00 - 00:42:15)
"Homeland" check-in (00:42:15 - 00:50:50)
"Gotham" check-in (00:50:50 - 01:10:35)

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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Eddie Redmayne in The Theory of Everything
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How 'Absolutely Fabulous' helped ’Theory of Everything’ makeup designer recreate Hawking

Jan Sewell amplifies Eddie Redmayne’s stunning performance with subtle body modifications

To makeover actor Eddie Redmayne into Stephen Hawking, whose could still sneak out a smile through a physical body mangled by disease, makeup designer Jane Sewell avoided all things Hawking. Forget about Benedict Cumberbatch’s biopic "Hawking." And definitely no "Simpsons" cameos. She wouldn’t even watch Errol Morris’s "A Brief History of Time" documentary. Save for reference photos, Sewell had blinders up to any Stephen Hawking appearance. If there was existing pop culture that helped her with the job, it would probably be "Absolutely Fabulous."

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<p>Katharine McPhee of &quot;Scorpion&quot;</p>

Katharine McPhee of "Scorpion"

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TV Ratings: 'Blacklist' midseason finale helps NBC split Monday as 'Gotham,' 'Scorpion' dip

'Dancing with the Stars' leads ABC to another overall win

Fast National ratings for Monday, November 10, 2014.

NBC got a small bump for the midseason and time period finale for "Blacklist," as the network ruled Monday among young viewers. ABC remained dominant overall, though, paced by "Dancing with the Stars" and "Castle."

Other Monday variations were just the usual hiccups and fluctuations, with "Gotham" and "Scorpion" both dipping a little and The CW's "The Originals" and "Jane the Virgin" rising. It was, in fact, the most watched "Originals" episode of the season.

On to the numbers...

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William H Macy and Joan Allen
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William H. Macy, Joan Allen join Brie Larson in captive drama 'Room'

Production begins on director Lenny Abrahamson’s 'Frank' follow-up

Emma Donoghue's "Room" is a tremendous book. Centering on a mother and son locked up against their will in a finished shed, under watch by a man they know little about, the story blossoms from a self-contained kidnapping narrative into an emotionally complex character study as psyches crack. The novel’s structure would prove difficult to adapt in typical three-act screenplay structure. That isn’t stopping "Frank" and "What Richard Did" director Lenny Abrahamson, who starts shooting his adaptation of "Room" with a cast capable of tacking its physically demanding roles.

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