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Syfy announces a 'Stonados' movie, plus a film about sea vampires

Syfy announces a "Stonados" movie, plus a film about sea vampires

"Stonados" is like "Sharkado" except it revolves around the hurling of deadly boulders during a freak weather storm, while sea vampire film "Beast of the Bering Sea" will star "Jerry Maguire" kid Jonathan Lipnicki.

Miss Universe Pageant finds replacements for Andy Cohen & Giuliana Rancic
Mel B and MSNBC's Thomas Roberts will co-host this year's pageant after Cohen declined due to Russia's anti-gay laws.

Donald Glover: I was just venting when I posted a series of Instagram messages
"I'm glad people saw it," the "Community" star tells People. "I feel like I got some stuff out there," he says. "I got it off my chest. It felt like I had been holding on to something."

"American Horror Story" down after its record-setting premiere

"Coven's" 2nd episode slipped 17% from last week.

Fox orders "Hieroglyph," a sexy ancient Egypt fantasy drama
The 13-episode series "follows a notorious thief who is plucked from prison to serve the Pharoah, navigating palace intrigue, seductive concubines, criminal underbellies and even a few divine sorcerers."

"Game of Thrones" casts UK actor Struan Rodger
He'll play a major character in Bran's storyline.

"Glee" to do "A Katy or a Gaga" episode

The Nov. 7 episode will include Lady Gaga's "Applause" and Katy Perry's "Roar."

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<p>Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson in &quot;Saving Mr. Banks.&quot;</p>

Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson in "Saving Mr. Banks."

Credit: Walt Disney Studios

Contender Countdown: Will 'Saving Mr. Banks' crash the Best Picture race?

Things are getting tight

It may turn out to be the most competitive Best Picture race in years, but the showdown between co-frontrunners "Gravity" and "12 Years a Slave" to win it all may soon turn into a three-way race. Walt Disney Studios' "Saving Mr. Banks" will debut at the London Film Festival on Sunday as the Brits will be the first to chime in on the long-buzzed awards player. And, at this point, "Banks" may be the only remaining unseen contender who can make a real mark on the long marathon for the top prize.

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'Glee' ending next season is not a done deal

"Glee" ending next season is not a done deal

Ryan Murphy says Season 6 is the last, but sources from the show, the studio and Fox tell E! an end date hasn't been officially decided. PLUS: Chris Colfer to publish 2 more books.

Victor Garber joining "The Good Wife"
He'll play a judge who has to preside over a double-jury trial.

"Banshee" returns in January

The Cinemax drama's 2nd season kicks off on Jan. 10.

YouTube to livestream Albuquerque's "Breaking Bad" farewell

YouTube has partnered with Vernon's Steakhouse to show Saturday's service.

Hillary Clinton meets with her TV counterparts, Julianna Margulies and Sigourney Weaver
Clinton last night chatted with the two actresses, who've played versions of her on "The Good Wife" and "Political Animals."

Elle defends covering up Melissa McCarthy on its cover
The magazine has been hit by criticism for putting the "Mike & Molly" star wrapped up in a coat. But Elle responds: "Melissa loved this look, and is gorgeous on our cover."

Charlie Hunnam a no-show at an FX event amid "Fifty Shades of Grey" controversy
The "Sons of Anarchy" star was scheduled to make his first public appearance since dropping out of the film at last night's Paley Center benefit saluting the FX network.

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HitFix First Look: The 'Strike Back' guys vs the big bad
Credit: Cinemax

HitFix First Look: The 'Strike Back' guys vs the big bad

In tomorrow's season finale, Scott and Stonebridge try to take out the biggest threat

The third (or, if you're in the UK, fourth) season of "Strike Backconcludes tomorrow night at 10 on Cinemax. (Starting next Friday, Cinemax will finally start airing the original British season with Richard Armitage, under the title "Strike Back: Origins.") I've seen the finale, and it's excellent, doing an impressive job of tying together most of this season's threads even as it's letting Philip Winchester and Sullivan Stapleton participate in all kinds of wonderfully-choreographed action.

I'll have a review of the finale up right after it finishes on the East Coast, but in the meantime, I have an exclusive clip from the finale, featuring a shootout between Stonebridge, Scott and the terrorists they've been chasing all season.

Enjoy, and feel free to discuss the season to date here.

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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 206

Dan and Alan also check in on 'How I Met Your Mother' and answer some mail


The world has been conspiring against a timely Firewall & Iceberg Podcast of late, first with my appendix, now with Dan having jury duty this week. But with his civic responsibility completed, we finally had time to record a show, including a review of tonight's premiere of "Reign," early season check-ins on "HIMYM," "New Girl" and "Homeland," and the return of a recurring podcast segment: Listeners Wonder What the Heck Is Wrong with NBC (even when NBC is doing well elsewhere).

The way things have been going, we can't promise a new podcast on Monday, but we live in hope.

The rundown:

"Reign" (00:02:00 - 00:14:45)
Listener Mail: "Walking Dead" ratings (00:15:00 - 00:22:55)
Listener Mail: NBC Thursday (00:23:00 - 00:32:30)
"How I Met Your Mother" (00:32:40 - 00:42:30)
"New Girl" (00:42:35 - 00:53:40)
"Homeland" (00:53:40 - 01:05:00)

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.

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


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Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 206

Dan and Alan discuss 'Reign,' 'Homeland,' 'New Girl' and more


Happy Thursday, Boys & Girls!
For the second straight week, Thursday is the new Monday and we have a new episode of The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast.
This week, we reviewed The CW's "Reign" and we played catch-up on "How I Met Your Mother," "New Girl" and "Homeland." And we answered questions about ratings for "The Walking Dead" and... Get this... NBC's struggles.
Next week? "Dracula" and stuff!
Here's today's breakdown:
"Reign" (00:02:00 - 00:14:45)
Listener Mail: "Walking Dead" ratings (00:15:00 - 00:22:55)
Listener Mail: NBC Thursday (00:23:00 - 00:32:30)
"How I Met Your Mother" (00:32:40 - 00:42:30)
"New Girl" (00:42:35 - 00:53:40)
"Homeland" (00:53:40 - 01:05:00)

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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"Pacific Rim"

Credit: Warner Bros.

Tech Support: A tight race beyond 'Gravity' for Best Visual Effects features hobbits, Jaegers and men of steel

It's probably safe to engrave the Oscar on this one now, though

Best Visual Effects has long been one of the most "mainstream" of the Oscar categories. It’s always filled with blockbusters and films which have made lots of money. This year, though, beyond the race for the win (it would appear), the race for nominations is fairly wide open.

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<p>Katy Perry</p>

Katy Perry

Katy Perry loves you 'Unconditionally' on new single: Listen

Is she singing about John Mayer?

Katy Perry showed us how fierce she is on “Roar,” and now she reveals that her love can be just as fierce on new single, “Unconditionally.”  The electronic power ballad (there’s a genre for you) is a testament to the strength of her love, as much as it is a strength to her vocal power.

The song starts with a beat and a synth line as she fears that she’s scared off her lover by getting too close, but she then promises that there’s nothing he can do to scare her away.  Dr. Luke and Cirkut’s production is a bit cold in contrast to her warm vocals, but in some ways that gives her all the most power to shine as she belts out her fidelity.  The title word doesn't scan well so there are parts that feel  a bit clunky, but Perry gets around that.

Is this about John Mayer? You decide.

"Unconditionally" is on Perry's fourth studio album, "Prism," which comes out Oct. 22.


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<p>Mark&nbsp;Wahlberg in&nbsp;&quot;Lone Survivor&quot;</p>

Mark Wahlberg in "Lone Survivor"

Credit: Universal Pictures

Peter Berg's 'Lone Survivor' to premiere at AFI Fest

Special screenings added, including 'Her,' 'August: Osage County' and 'The Last Emperor 3D'

AFI Fest sure has done a great job of securing itself some nice buzz titles this year. In addition to "Out of the Furnace" it has been announced today that Peter Berg's "Lone Survivor" will also see its world premiere at the Hollywood festival.

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<p>Evangeline Lily as Tauriel in Peter Jackson's &quot;The Hobbit:&nbsp;The Desolation of Smaug.&quot;</p>

Evangeline Lily as Tauriel in Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug."

Credit: Warner Bros.

Evangeline Lilly goes from 'hired help' on 'Lost' to star treatment in 'The Hobbit'

An epic conversation on big elf ears and fighting for stunts

WELLINGTON, NZ - In May of 2012, Evangeline Lilly greeted a crew of American journalists on the set of "The Hobbit."  Actually, in theory it was the set of "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey." After our visit that changed and it's still not clear what movie features the scene we saw Lilly appear in, but her Middle Earth debut was subsequently pushed to a new "second" film, "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug." That meant the world would have to wait another year to meet Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh's original character, played by Lilly, Tauriel.

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<p>Scotty McCreery</p>

Scotty McCreery

Scotty McCreery on 'See You Tonight,' Brad Paisley and country lyrics: Interview

What does he really think about his first album?

When Scotty McCreery’s debut album, 2011’s “Clear As Day” bowed at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, he became the youngest solo male to achieve that milestone.

Now with “See You Tonight,” his second studio album (not including a Christmas set), the “American Idol” champ hopes to prove that he has a sustainable country career. The 20-year old sophomore at Raleigh’s North Carolina State University attends classes during the early part of the week, and then spends most weekends traveling around the country playing gigs and visiting radio stations.

What comes across in even a brief conversation with McCreery is how grounded and mature he seems for someone who just turned 20. He's clearly enjoying college life, but he not likely to be showing up at any parties dropping Molly with Miley Cyrus.

On “See You Tonight,” which came out on Tuesday (15), McCreery co-wrote five of the tracks, fulfilling his goal to play a greater role in the creation of his albums. He talked to HitFix about the making of the album, his first headlining tour, if country music has a content problem and what he really thought of his first album.

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'Revolution' hits another series low, 'Super Fun Night' continues to tumble

"Revolution" hits another series low, "Super Fun Night" continues to tumble
Meanwhile, ABC's "Toy Story" special attracted 10.3 million viewers and beat "Survivor" and "Revolution" in the key 18-49 demo.

"SVU" releases the uncut version of Munch's roast
See the extended five-minute version.

Idris Elba on "The Wire": "I've never watched an entire season"
The actor tells Playboy: "I've seen a full episode at screenings but never at home. I've never watched an entire season. I've not seen any episode of season 2, most of season 3, and none of seasons 4 and 5. I'm supercritical of my own work."

"How I Met Your Mother" conspiracy theory: Will there be a shocking ending?
Here's one piece of speculation of where "HIMYM" might be headed -- don't read if you don't want to know. PLUS: 17 times "HIMYM" should've ended.

"Parks and Rec" stars partied for their 100th episode
Everybody was playing with the whipped cream.

"Big Bang" vs. "Parks and Rec": Why such a massive ratings divide between the 2 comedies?
Both sitcoms should have similar audiences, yet their viewership couldn't be further apart -- even when you take into consideration DVR viewers.

Scott Baio headed to "Sam & Cat"
He'll play a cop on the Nick series.

"American Horror Story" pays tribute to Stevie Nicks
On last night's episode, Nicks was known as "the white witch." PLUS: Read the real story behind Kathy Bates' character.

"Hart to Hart" stars reunite, with Amy Poehler & Adam Scott
Scott and Poehler, who recreated the "Hart to Hart" opening for "The Greatest Event in Television History," got to hang with Robert Wagner and Stefanie Powers.

Arcade Fire to take over "The Colbert Report"

The band will perform on Monday's show.

Watch "Real Housewives" star Brandi Glanville's acting debut on Lifetime

She's appearing in the Lifetime film "Missing at 17."

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