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'Veronica Mars' movie adds 'Weevil'


"Veronica Mars" movie adds "Weevil"
Francis Capri will reprise his role.


John Oliver slips in seamlessly as "Daily Show" fill-in
His Britishness is allowing him to be more blistering than Jon Stewart.


"Big Bang," "Bunheads," "Breaking Bad" among Critics Choice TV Awards winners
Tom Bergeron and "Behind the Candelabra" also took home awards at the 3rd annual event.

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<p>Heidi&nbsp;Klum and Mayor Michael Bloomberg at the eighth annual &quot;Made in&nbsp;NY&quot;&nbsp;Awards</p>

Heidi Klum and Mayor Michael Bloomberg at the eighth annual "Made in NY" Awards

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Spike Lee razzes Bloomberg and the Weinsteins recall their film roots at the eighth annual 'Made in NY' Awards

Other recipients included Alan Cumming, Heidi Klum and Barbara Walters

NEW YORK - The eighth annual "Made in NY" Awards were presented tonight at Gracie Mansion under a torrential Gotham downpour braved by the city's elite. The awards are given each year to individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to various fields in New York's entertainment and digital industries, and this year's recipients covered the gamut from filmmaking to journalism to technology and all points in between.

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<p>You're ready to do this a number of times, right, Michael?</p>

You're ready to do this a number of times, right, Michael?

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Critics' Choice TV awards go to 'Breaking Bad,' 'Game of Thrones' and 'Behind the Candelabra'

Michael Douglas wins his first of likely many TV awards as Liberace

The Broadcast Television Journalists Association (BTJA) couldn't make up its collective mind in a number of key races at tonight's BTJA Critics' Choice Television Awards. Three categories ended in ties, two of them major categories of Best Drama Series (which went to "Breaking Bad" and "Game of Thrones") and Best Reality Series (which went to "Push Girls" and -- dear lord -- "Duck Dynasty").

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<p>&quot;Superman:&nbsp;The&nbsp;Movie&quot;&nbsp;received nominations for Best Film Editing, Best  Original&nbsp;Score and&nbsp;Best Sound. It received a Special Achievement Award  for its visual effects.</p>

"Superman: The Movie" received nominations for Best Film Editing, Best Original Score and Best Sound. It received a Special Achievement Award for its visual effects.

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Superman at the Oscars

A look at the franchise's Academy luck plus 'Man of Steel' awards speculation

Don't get too excited. Unlike "Star Trek," the Superman franchise hasn't yielded all that much fodder for a discussion of Academy Awards along the way. But there are a couple of things worth mentioning, as well as, of course, speculation to be tossed around regarding the Oscar chances of the latest installment. So let's take a look.

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<p>Henry Cavill makes the character of Superman his own in Zack Snyder's triumphant 'Man Of Steel'</p>

Henry Cavill makes the character of Superman his own in Zack Snyder's triumphant 'Man Of Steel'

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Review: Zack Snyder's 'Man Of Steel' delivers a whole new level of superhero thrills

Emotional, beautiful, and filled with brutal battles, this is a winner top to bottom

"Man Of Steel" is the Superman movie I've waited my whole life to see.

In the film, the most important struggle that Clark Kent aka Kal-El (Henry Cavill) has to overcome is the tension between his Kryptonian nature and his Earthly nurture. He is the last remnant of a once-vibrant race, and he is also fully human, a nice kid from Kansas. From that small description, this film spins a story so epic, so powerful, that my first viewing of it left me dizzy.

Growing up, I was much more of a Marvel fan overall, and of the DC characters, Batman was the one I really dug. I always thought Superman was okay, but somehow perpetually corny. It occurred to me as I was preparing to write this review that the most fundamental difference between DC's two flagship heroes comes down to one important detail: Batman is defined by his missing parents, while Superman is defined by his surplus of parents. Batman's grey moral code and his brutal, cold nature make sense based on his formative experiences, while Superman's optimism and his belief in the good inside people is completely due to the example given him by Pa and Ma Kent.

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"The Bachelorette"

 "The Bachelorette"

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'The Bachelorette' has bloodshed, gunslinging and a woman scorned

One unlucky bachelor gets called out for keeping a girl in reserve

So this should be an exciting episode -- the promos promise an angry girlfriend (hell hath no fury like one) and a visit to the medic. This is like the Red Wedding of "The Bachelorette"! 

Things start off with a goofy group date. Ten guys, horrible uniforms, and dodgeball! Dodgeball can be surprisingly rough when you have grown men playing (more like rugby than a cute playground sport for kids), so it's not quite humiliating all on its own. No, the guys have to be suited up like extras in a Will Ferrell movie, complete with headbands and hot pants. I honestly think this is supposed to give Des a chance to decide if she can ever be turned on by any of these guys after having seen them in these uniforms. 

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Neil Patrick Harris: Hosting the Oscars is on my bucket list


Neil Patrick Harris: Hosting the Oscars is on my bucket list

Though he's worried about the scrutiny, he says: "I would think hosting the Oscars would be a great bucket list check-off."


Ranking all 30 "Game of Thrones" episodes
"The Rains of Castamere" comes in at No. 3 in this Buzzfeed list. PLUS: "Game of Thrones" vs. "Lord of the Rings," watch the "Khaleesi" play the "Thrones" theme on the piano, how "Jaime Lannister" acts without a hand, "Tywin Lannister" on the Red Wedding, "GoT" parenting tips, "Arya Stark" on the season finale, the nudity by the numbers, and "GoT" finale breaks piracy record.


"Veronica Mars" film adds Christine Lakin
The "Step by Step" star originally appeared in the 14th episode of Season 1.


Check out "Game of Thrones'" Michelle Fairley on "Suits"
Exec producer Aaron Korsh says: "We're huge 'Game of Thrones' fans — we talk about it, we watch it, we love it."


Group of U.S. senators urges Nickelodeon to drop junk food ads

If Nick doesn't comply, could a ban on junk food ads be in the works?


"TMZ" the TV show releases "Black Baby" video it was afraid to show

TMZ filmed this segment months ago but shelved fearing it would be accused of racism.


Conan writer Deon Cole debuts his "Black Box" on TBS
How did Cole end up becoming a frequent presence on "Conan"?


Lorne Michaels sells HBO a comedy starring 2 ex-Jimmy Fallon writers
Diallo Riddle and Bashir Salahuddin will play reporters in Atlanta.


Why "Mad Men's" Bob Benson may not be what you think he is
Last night's reveal could be another case of Matthew Weiner's misdirection. PLUS: Benson was unbelievable, and Benson: The Investigation.


Simon Cowell is getting skinny

"The X Factor" star's ex-girlfriend has reportedly helped lose a lot of weight.


How Guillermo Diaz deals with all the "Scandal" shockers
"I'm nervous every time we're going to start a new episode," he says, "because I never know if I'm going to have to be naked, if I'm going to be waterboarded, if I'm going to have to walk into a house where everyone's dead, and have to have these emotions ready."


Dr. Drew baffled that people hold him accountable for "Celebrity Rehab" deaths
"They think I'm a millionaire and they think I am, like, rampaging or exploiting people to maintain that," he says. "And that could not be farther from the truth."


Jay Leno is a pioneer in his use of 3-D printing
He uses a 3-D printer to print out parts for his various cars.


Andy Richter moving after his parked car was hit by drunk drivers
The "Conan" sidekick has experienced damage to his car a lot since moving on to a busy street 11 years ago.


HBO's Pussy Riot documentary doesn't go in-depth
Tonight's film "Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer" is more like "Pussy Riot: The Telemovie."


What John Oliver learned shadowing Jon Stewart on "The Daily Show"
"His management skills, which I guess people have no reason to take any interest in, are just incredible," says Oliver. He builds this whole machine, all the cogs which work to get this show on the air each day. It all comes from his management. He oversees everything. When you're getting ready to put yourself in his shoes for awhile. . . It is pretty amazing the things those shoes can do." PLUS: "The Daily Show" needs his outsider's perspective, and watch Oliver's best "Daily Show" moments.


"King & Maxwell" has good chemistry, bad storylines

The TNT series starring Rebecca Romijn and Jon Tenney, says Verne Gay, "is a cop show where everything has been thrown into a blender and -- after a few minutes on high -- is ready to be poured down the throat of the viewer. The dialogue's preposterous, the plot ludicrous, and the premise as fresh as a wrung-out old mop." PLUS: Too much "Moonlighting."

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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 186: 'Game of Thrones,' 'Cheers,' 'Taxi' & more

Dan and Alan also discuss 'Magic City,' 'True Blood,' 'King & Maxwell' and 'Twisted'

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Another week, another Firewall & Iceberg Podcast record — with this week's show shattering last week's already-comical 2-hour duration, clocking in around 2 and a half hours. At a certain point, Dan and I are going to have to learn restraint. Once again, we've got "Game of Thrones" and "Mad Men," and the continuation of our pilot project (next week: "Veronica Mars"), and along with that we've got TCA Awards talk, reviews of two new series ("King & Maxwell" and "Twisted") and reviews of two returning series ("Magic City" and "True Blood," though Dan does all the talking — until a technical interruption — on the latter), plus our first dip into the mailbag in a few weeks. It is, as Stephen Wright would say, a behemoth

The lineup:

TCA Awards Nominations (00:01:00 - 00:16:55)
"King & Maxwell" (00:17:00 - 00:23:35)
"Twisted" (00:23:40 - 00:32:20)
"Magic City" (00:32:20 - 00:40:20)
"True Blood" (00:40:20 - 00:43:55)
Listener Mail: Branding (00:43:55 - 00:48:50)
"Game of Thrones" finale (00:49:10 - 01:23:30)
"Mad Men" (01:23:35 - 01:52:00)
Summer Rewatch: "Taxi"/"Cheers" (01:52:00 - 02:26:30)
 
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.
 
And as always, feel free to e-mail us questions for the podcast.
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"The Real Housewives of Orange County"

 "The Real Housewives of Orange County"

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'Real Housewives' star Tamra Barney to get wedding-themed spin-off

'Tamra's OC Wedding' is set for September

Because no major event in the life of a star from "The Real Housewives" franchise can go undocumented, "The Real Housewives of Orange County" diva Tamra Barney will soon get her very own spin-off revolving around her impending nuptials. Huzzah!

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Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 186

Dan and Alan talk 'Game of Thrones' 'Mad Men,' 'Twisted,' 'True Blood' and more

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Happy Monday, Boys & Girls! It's time for another lengthy installment of the Firewall & Iceberg Podcast.
 
Correct me if I'm wrong, but didn't Sepinwall say this week's podcast was gonna be LIGHT? He was incorrect. VERY. This week's podcast makes last week's podcast look brief.
 
We've got reviews of new shows -- "King & Maxwell," "Twisted" -- and talk of returning shows" -- "Magic City" -- and a lengthy "Game of Thrones" finale discussion and lots to say about this week's "Mad Men" and then a long discussion of the pilots for "Cheers" and "Taxi." Because we promised we'd get to mail this week, we answered one piece of mail. And then, because the news broke this morning, we talked about the TCA Awards nominations.
 
Note: You'll hear there's the start of a Dan Rants segment on "True Blood." Alan didn't watch new episodes. I watched three. They're awful. Unfortunately, a long chunk-of-rant got lost and... I just wasn't feeling up to remembering what that rant had or hadn't included and backtracking and repeating the whole thing. Perhaps I'll write a review on Friday. Otherwise, just assume that what I said that that we lost boiled down to: If you hoped the show might get better, it has not.
 
And as we say in the podcast... Next week's Summer Rewatch Pilot? "Veronica Mars."
 
Here's today's lengthy breakdown:
TCA Awards Nominations (00:01:00 - 00:16:55)
"King & Maxwell" (00:17:00 - 00:23:35)
"Twisted" (00:23:40 - 00:32:20)
"Magic City" (00:32:20 - 00:40:20)
"True Blood" (00:40:20 - 00:43:55)
Listener Mail: Branding (00:43:55 - 00:48:50)
"Game of Thrones" finale (00:49:10 - 01:23:30)
"Mad Men" (01:23:35 - 01:52:00)
Summer Rewatch: "Taxi"/"Cheers" (01:52:00 - 02:26:30)

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

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<p>Jack Johnson</p>

Jack Johnson

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Listen to Jack Johnson's new single 'I Got You' ahead of album release

'From Here to Now to You' is out in September

Jack Johnson is prepping the release of new album "From Here to Now to You" and has unveiled breezy new single "I Got You" ahead of time.

The track is exactly what fans have come to expect from Johnson, with sunny, acoustic glories and whistling, the promise of close-knit love in an SPF 30 sound.

"From Here to Now to You" will be out on Sept. 17, and is the Hawaiian-surfer-producer-songwriter's first since 2010's "To the Sea." It was recorded at Johnson's Mango Tree Studio and produced by Mario Caldato, Jr., who helmed 2005's "In Between Dreams."

Johnson has scant few tour dates currently scheduled, including acoustic evenings on London. Check out more here.

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<p>Kings of Leon's Caleb Followill at the Governor's Ball in New York</p>

Kings of Leon's Caleb Followill at the Governor's Ball in New York

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Kings Of Leon announce new album and perform new song 'Supersoaker' live

Watch Jimmy Fallon's loud reveal of the rockers' next full-length

If you need the basics on the next Kings of Leon record, let Jimmy Fallon tell you.

"Mechanical Bull" will be out on Sept. 24. Watch the late-night host obnoxiously shout as much at you. Or don't:

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