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Emma Watson can’t escape Mikael Nyqvist’s grip in 'Colonia' first look

Somewhere, costar Daniel Brühl is worried

Fresh off his bloody beating in Keanu Reeves’ gun-fu action movie “John Wick,” Deadline announced that Mikael Nyqvist has joined the cast of Florian Gallenberger's directorial debut “Colonia.” With the announcement comes the first still to make its way off the active set, a rather creepy glimpse at Emma Watson’s next role. Breathe, “Harry Potter” Tumblr contingent! It’s just a movie.

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Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 254

Dan and Alan discuss the 'Boardwalk Empire' finale and review 'Benched,' 'McCarthys' and more

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Happy Monday, Boys & Girls! 

We had to push things up to Monday this week in order to review "Mike Tyson Mysteries." Or we had to push things up to Monday to be timely with the series finale of "Boardwalk Empire." Or maybe we're posting on Monday because it's another travel week for me and it was either this or no podcast and nobody wanted to miss out on our reviewing "The McCarthys."

The world may never know. 

But that's what's in this week's podcast. We have reviews of three new comedies, which you may or may not care about. None of them are great. 

But we also talked for more than 45 minutes about the "Boardwalk Empire" finale, the HBO drama's final season and it's general legacy. No, it's not quite a full "Boardwalk Empire" podcast, but it's a LOT of time spent talking about "Boardwalk Empire."

Today's breakdown:
"Mike Tyson Mysteries" (00:00:55 - 00:09:50)
"Benched" (00:09:55 - 00:19:20)
"The McCarthys" (00:19:25 - 00:28:05)
"Boardwalk Empire" finale (00:28:15 - 01:14:25)

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

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'SNL' will let Prince play uninterrupted for 8 minutes
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'SNL' will let Prince play uninterrupted for 8 minutes

Bob Odenkirk on 'Better Call Saul': 'It’s 85 percent drama, 15 percent comedy'

“SNL” will let Prince play uninterrupted for 8 minutes
Instead of two performances on Saturday, Prince will play "eight full minutes of unadulterated, commercial-free Purple glory," Billboard reports.


Bob Odenkirk on “Better Call Saul”: “It’s 85 percent drama, 15 percent comedy”
“It’s total drama, man,” says Odenkirk, who admits “I haven’t seen a frame of it.” Odenkirk also admits to not watching much of “Breaking Bad."


Listen to Amy Poehler chat with Howard Stern for an hour and a half
The “Parks and Rec” star, a Stern superfan, joked about "that bitch" Julia Louis-Dreyfus always stealing her Emmys. She also talked about boyfriend Nick Kroll and once going out to dinner with John Stamos and not being sure if it was a date or not.


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New Orleans Saints

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TV Ratings: NBC wins sports-heavy Sunday night

On a night with two NFL games and a World Series matchup, the Peacock appears to have the edge

Fast National ratings for Sunday, October 26, 2014.

Live sporting events always make preliminary ratings inexact, and Sunday night was loaded with live sports, including a long football overrun on CBS, Game 5 of the World Series on FOX and a Saints-Packers primetime game on NBC. Most of the numbers you read below will change once the final numbers are figured out, but NBC should win handily among young adults no matter the East/West calculations, while sports-less ABC should be in fourth, getting no help from the low-rated "Star Wars Rebels" special.

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Paul Greengrass
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'Bourne' director Paul Greengrass to docudramatize a Berlin Wall escape

Riding high from ‘Captain Phillips,’ the filmmaker signs on to ‘The Tunnels’

Paul Greengrass is like the Ricky Jay of Hollywood directors. Every few months, the “Captain Phillips” filmmaker becomes attached to a new project, the likelihood of it actually happening a complete unknown, but fascinating nonetheless. Maybe it’s a Martin Luther King biopic. Or an adaptation of “Agent Storm: My Life Inside Al Qaeda.” Or a crime picture with George Clooney. Or Aaron Sorkin’s long-gestating “The Trial Of The Chicago 7.” Or even a triumphant return to the “Bourne” franchise! When Greengrass eventually makes a movie, it can come out of nowhere. He (or his agent) is the master of industry illusions.

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"Interstellar"

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Off the Carpet: Enter Nolan - 'Interstellar' has arrived

The space epic has achieved liftoff...now what?

Observing Christopher Nolan move further and further into macro territory with larger and larger canvases that couldn't be more removed from the imposed modesty of his debut, "Following," one thing has become increasingly clear: he's a master of the big picture (as in the greater takeaway from a project, not scale and scope — though that's obviously applicable, too). This has never been more the case than with "Interstellar."

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Review: McConaughey gives heart to Nolan's ambitious and amazing 'Interstellar'
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Review: McConaughey gives heart to Nolan's ambitious and amazing 'Interstellar'

Narrative issues keep this one from connecting completely, but it is impressive

The single greatest moment in human history, that particular kernel of time in which all of our best nature triumphed over all of our worst, was when we first set foot on the moon. The idea that we started as basic tool users at some point in our past, looked up into the sky, pointed at that thing overhead and said, "We are going there," is completely insane, and yet, we did that.

One of the primary themes of Christopher Nolan's highly-anticipated new film "Interstellar" is that we are in danger as a species when we lose our drive to explore. The film is set in a future where we have had to give our full attention to survival, when the idea of space travel is off the table completely. And while that seems extreme, considering the way the world felt when I was a kid living two hours from Cape Canaveral in Florida to the way it feels now, space travel has become something that is either about to be a novelty for the rich (maybe) or something that we do begrudgingly, and with as little financial involvement as possible. It's disturbing, frankly, and I would rather see the courage of every single person who puts on a uniform to fight for our country harnessed in service of exploration and making our species better than used to continue to fight over the diminishing resources of the rock we are currently anchored to.

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'Downton Abbey' may dump its dog for having the name 'Isis'
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'Downton Abbey' may dump its dog for having the name 'Isis'

Photo shows Honey Boo Boo with her mom’s alleged child molester boyfriend

“Downton Abbey” may dump its dog for having the name "Isis"
There’s speculation that the canine that has been around since Season 2 may be on its way out due to its name, which ITV calls an “unfortunate coincidence.” If it does happen, “Downton” would be in the same boat as “Archer,” which got rid of its spy agency’s name “ISIS” because it shared the same name with the Middle East terrorist movement.


Photo shows Honey Boo Boo with her mom’s alleged child molester boyfriend
Not only is Mark McDaniel with Mama June, he’s actually shown touching the shoulder of the 9-year-old Honey Boo Boo. PLUS: Mama June may have cheated on Sugar Bear with child molester, and could Mama June lose her kids?


“Boardwalk Empire’s” series finale was like a “closure machine”
"I’m not saying that 'Boardwalk Empire' was the anti-‘Sopranos,' exactly, or that it was built for people who hated 'The Sopranos‘’ ending,” says James Poniewozik. "I’m sure there are people who loved both. But it was at least a kind of counterrevolution against 'The Sopranos‘' narrative style.” PLUS: “Boardwalk” boss was 80% sure it would end this way — the “most powerful version of the story for us,” Terrence Winter adds “We were on for exactly the right amount of time," the final season was more “Breaking Bad” than “Sopranos,” “Boardwalk” died as it lived, it told one hell of a story, but it was never immediately compelling.


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Boardwalk Empire

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'Boardwalk Empire' creator Terence Winter on the series finale

Who lived, who died, and why?

"Boardwalk Empire" has come to an end. As I've done after each previous season — and as I also did at the start of this final one, just because of the big time jump and the decision to end the show — I spoke with the show's creator Terence Winter about everything that went down, and how he arrived at the various fates for Nucky, Margaret, Chalky, and his other creations, in addition to how he intertwined them with the real-life stories of Lucky Luciano, Al Capone and company.

My finale review is here, and the Winter interview is coming up just as soon as I ask you an important question about Marlene Dietrich...

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<p>Steve Buscemi in Boardwalk Empire</p>

Steve Buscemi in Boardwalk Empire

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Series finale review: 'Boardwalk Empire' - 'Eldorado'

The series concludes with Nucky facing his past, present and future

"Boardwalk Empire" came to an end tonight. I spoke at length with creator Terence Winter, and I have a review of the finale coming up just as soon as I think about the things I want in life, then imagine myself in a dress...

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<p>The Walking Dead</p>

The Walking Dead

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Review: 'The Walking Dead' - 'Four Walls and a Roof'

Rick's group goes against the Terminus cannibals one more time

A review of tonight's "The Walking Dead" coming up just as soon as I really like the middle...

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<p>Christopher Nolan</p>

Christopher Nolan

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When will Christopher Nolan make a smaller movie again?

'Interstellar' is 'the best of both world for a director,' he says

BEVERLY HILLS — Four years ago, when he was in the thick of an "Inception" Oscar campaign, I couldn't help but ask Christopher Nolan if he had any desire to go back to more modest filmmaking, smaller films akin to "Memento," which debuted at Slamdance in 1999. "It depends on the story, really," he said, unsurprisingly. "I tend to think that if you have the chance to do a big film, you should do it while you can. I’m always worried maybe I won’t be able to do a big film again."

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