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Louis CK and Judd Apatow ask TMZ to take down Tracy Morgan crash video

Louis CK and Judd Apatow ask TMZ to take down Tracy Morgan crash video
They want footage showing comedian Ardie Fuqua being removed from the vehicle taken down. Louis CK also linked to a post from Fuqua’s daughter asking TMZ to remove the video.

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Up all night to get nerdy: Watch Mastodon's awesome 'High Road' video

Up all night to get nerdy: Watch Mastodon's awesome 'High Road' video

Metal band spell grants +4 enhancement

How do you feel about live action role playing? D&D? "Role Models?" Your grandma?

Check in with your local gamemaster and join in the fun of Mastodon's "High Road" music video, which should speak to your inner dweeb-among-nerds (the fact that you are a nerd a given, you're safe here).

Pressing the heavy riffage up against soft foam swords gives this single from the metal band's forthcoming "Once More 'Round the Sun" some oomph, while the last shot may take the wind out of you. (Did we mention you can buy "Once More 'Round the Sun" with BitCoin?)

"High Road" and "Chimes After Midnight" are the first two songs so far to arrive from the June 24 release. Check out both below.

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Morrissey cancels tour, new album still on: 'World Peace' with singer is impossible

Morrissey cancels tour, new album still on: 'World Peace' with singer is impossible

Your relationship status update with Morrissey: 'It's complicated'

I was at Morrissey's Los Angeles stop of his North American tour last month, and was the guest of someone who had warned me that, mid-set, she'd be stepping out. She knew the introduction and performance of "Meat Is Murder" was coming and that the video presentation that came with it contained footage of animals being slaughtered and abused, and the generally very poor conditions meat animals endure in slaughterhouses.

When these videos finally did launch, I saw streams of people headed up the aisles of the Sports Arena. Some people fired up their lighters, or "woooed" and gravitated closer to the stage, others crossed their arms or checked their phones or took video of the screens.

The guy standing left of me -- who arrived to the concert, like so many Morrissey fans, dressed to the nines --  started shelling out obscenities, as loud as he could. "F*ck you Morrissey! I love meat! I wish I had a big f*cking burger right now!" he'd rattle at the famous PETA spokesperson, giving the bird to his entertainer and his friends. "No! Shut the f*ck up and sing!"

The man in front of me was either making out with his arm or crying into it.

They both were singing every word to "First of the Gang to Die" a couple tunes later.

Fans' relationship to Morrissey, and vice versa, is fascinating. That is not to say that Morrissey is necessarily some rare beast or species. I think his activism, how he articulates his manner and politics, the branding, the imaging, the sex and the age make a very particular mix of him as an icon. He is a complicated artist, and I think it's good for people to have complicated relationships to art.

This week, Morrissey canceled the rest of his tour in support of "World Peace Is None of Your Business" his next album. Via his Facebook:

"It is with great sadness that the remainder of the US Tour has been cancelled. The respiratory infection Morrissey contracted in Miami has worsened, and in the interest of making a full recovery, all further touring plans have been halted. Morrissey thanks his fans for their compassion, understanding, and well-wishes during this difficult period as he recuperates."

And it's not just that he is stepping away from the road due to illness -- speaking through soapbox True To You, he explained further.

"Difficulties had arisen on May 31st following Kristeen Young's opening set at the Miami Knight Concert Hall, after which Kristeen confessed to 'a horrendous cold,' the symptoms of which were passed on to Morrissey resulting in the cancellation of the next show in Atlanta. For the good of all, Kristeen was asked to step down from the immediate upcoming shows, but instead she decided to leave the tour entirely. Morrissey and the band wish her well and hope she is now in good health."

So Morrissey is, effectively and with no known motivation, blaming Kristeen Young for getting him sick and causing cancellation of the tour. Young volleyed back that in Miami she "had an allergy attack that was over within 16 hours," that she offered to have Morrissey and his camp a follow-up with her doctors. She also said that she was asked to leave the entire tour because a replacement had already been called.

"I am very sorry that Morrissey is not feeling well. But I will not tolerate these lies....particularly about my health," she wrote on Facebook. "This is really too much and bizarre."

Kristeen Young (under the name KRISTEENYOUNG) also opened for Morrissey in 2007. Described as his protege at one point, she as was booted from that tour for what she later called a metaphor, for telling the crowd, "Morrissey gives good head, I mean, um, cunnilingus..."

Morrissey has cancelled and postponed many tour dates in years past on the basis of illness,  visa problems, a blown voice, meat on arena menus or rowdy and unruly crowds. He nixed more than 20 shows in 2009. Longtime bandmembers would quit mid-tour. Morrissey would sometimes quit mid-show. (For a fun read, here's "Every Time Morrissey Has Canceled.")

In the Bay area last month, concert-goers, the band and the singer himself were in danger due to a "stage invasion," of fans rushing to get hugs from the former Smiths singer.

He's also stormed off stage for being hit in the head with a water bottle.

Read the concert reviews of the shows that actually transpired on this tour, and you'll see raves up and down, about what a fine and stunning performer Morrissey is. And it's true. I'm not a dyed-wool fan, but the man has swagger, a voice like a muscle ripples, tone and control for days. He's coquettish, romantic, chic and mean as a presence.

When I saw him, he seemed somewhat guarded as fans clung to his outreached arms to the front row, and who can blame him. For a misanthrope whose best-love rep includes titles like "The More You Ignore Me, the Closer I Get," "Disapoointed," "We Hate It When Our Friends Are Successful" and "I Have Forgiven Jesus," he's got the poetry of push-and-pull, a little something with which Kanye West fans may be familiar.

Look to the title of his next album: "World Peace Is None of Your Business" (due July 15). Most people (the ones I know anyway) are firmly pro-World Peace. The confrontation begins.

For every song on the album, Morrissey also recorded a spoken word version of the song. In the case of the third single "Earth Is the Loneliest Planet," he released a video, but for the spoken word version, featuring another PETA enthusiast Pamela Anderson and him standing on the roof of the Capitol Records building. It went wide while the song itself could only be streamed via Spotify. (Also: spoken word, but there's bathwater and there's babies.)

On the 17th this month, all three of the available songs from the record will be officially go up on Vevo and YouTube and the other usual suspects. Then, or now, you should give them a spin -- so far, the album is shaping up nicely with an especially lovely croon on "Instanbul." It's high-minded stuff, and yet easy to rally around, even when the extraordinary artist himself makes even the act of enjoyment all the more complicated. It says as much about us as it does him.

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'NCIS' and 'Modern Family' are the world’s most-watched drama and comedy

“NCIS” and “Modern Family” are the world’s most-watched drama and comedy
"The Bold and the Beautiful,” meanwhile, was named the world’s most-watched soap opera at the Monte-Carlo Television Festival.

“Fargo’s” Allison Tolman: "For f**k's sake, internet- I'm not fat…”
"I've just been wearing this GIANT EFFING COAT FOR 8 WEEKS ON YOUR TELEVISION,” Tolman tweeted in response to tweeters criticizing her weight. She also tweeted: "A- Christ on a cracker, stop defining women by size," she continued. "B- I'm AVERAGE- women on TV are TINY. #realtalk” PLUS: Tolman recalls working out with her “Fargo” co-stars.

Watch David Letterman & Jerry Seinfeld crack each other up during their hourlong chat
The two old friends delved into “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” — while showing raw footage from the web series. PLUS: Seinfeld doesn’t buy the burden of celebrity.

Young rich people watch “The Bachelor,” highly educated young people watch “The Mindy Project”
Here’s a look at what young/rich people and what young highly educated people watch, including many reality shows in the former category.

“Dukes of Hazzard’s” Cooter takes credit for helping oust House Majority Leader Eric Cantor
Ben Jones, a Democrat, actually ran against Cantor in 2002, but lost after what he describes as a “truly dishonorable campaign.” So this year, Jones wrote an open letter urging Democrats, Libertarians and Independents to vote for Cantor’s opponent in the Republican primary. PLUS: CNN defends choosing O.J. Simpson over Eric Cantor at 9 pm.

See Marilyn Manson as a “Sons of Anarchy” white supremacist
Photos from the set show the rocker sporting a swastika tattoo.

Kato Kaelin is miffed that the Kardashians don’t speak to him anymore, says Jay Leno was “mean-spirited”
O.J. Simpson’s former houseguest recalls playing with the three Kardashian sisters when they were much younger. "I knew Kim when she was this big. And that was just her ass!” he says.

“Game of Thrones” submitted the season finale for the Best Writing Emmy
In fact, it’s the only episode submitted. Sunday’s “The Children” episode is also up for Outstanding Prosthetic makeup. PLUS: “GoT” theme gets a New Orleans makeover.

Chelsea Handler: I’m leaving “Chelsea Lately” so I don’t have to talk about Justin Bieber and Kim Kardashian
'To be quite honest I don't really care about Justin Bieber and I don't want to talk about him anymore,” she tells the Daily Mail. "In order to make that happen I had to just stop doing my show. Straight away."

“Orange is the New Black’s" Uzo Aduba recalls being a college track star, a figure skater and musical theater performer
Growing up, Aduba wanted to be a lawyer. "But in high school, I realized that the arts was my first love,” she says. PLUS: Aduba talks about Crazy Eyes’ Season 2 transformation, and former corrections officer Sharon Jones of the Dap-Kings weighs in on “OITNB’s” authenticity.

“Graceland” gets serialized for Season 2
Why the USA series is dropping the case of the week this season.

The Duggars have quietly become one of reality TV’s most powerful families
The reality TV family isn’t just a hit on TLC, but also in the Republican party. PLUS: Jessa Duggar poses with a semi-automatic rifle.

Meet Lena Dunham’s “Girls" stunt double
Dakota Brown is the one who falls off a bicycle or gets involved in a car crash for Hannah. PLUS: Check out French TV’s Hannah Horvath T-shirt.

A 370-inch TV set is for sale for $1.7 million
A British company is selling what it calls the biggest TV in the world.

How “The Daily Show,” “The Soup,” “The Colbert Report” finds all those juicy news clips
They use a service called SnapStream, which allows users to easily search recorded programming through closed captioning.

Stanford researchers have a mathematical explanation for the “Silicon Valley” Epic D*ck Joke
"This is amazing, and somehow educational."

ABC’s “The Whispers” recasts a major character
Brianna Brown, who played the wife on the midseason drama, is out.

Report: J.Lo and Maksim are dating
The “American Idol” judge and the “Dancing with the Stars” stud — who film on the same lot — are an item, according to the NY Daily News.

Which characters from other shows would Mindy Kaling bring on her show?
Kaling tweeted: "I was just asked which characters on other shows I would crossover to mine and I said Jonah from Veep or Darryl from Walking Dead."

“Veep” isn’t the only show to outgrow its title
"Beverly Hills, 90210” and “Two and a Half Men” are among the other shows that stuck with their name, even though they didn’t match their new premises.

Syfy’s “Isa” is unlike any film the “Sharknado” has ever shown
Airing tonight, “Isa” follows a Mexican-American teen whose brain has been “switched on.”

“Pretty Little Liars” returns slightly down, but tops basic cable
About 2.7 million watched the Season 5 premiere. PLUS: Lucy Hale gets “Raw and Real” on her debut album, and the "PLL" premiere generated more tweets than "The Walking Dead."

“The 100” boss: Our goal was to move from love triangles to darkness
Says exec producer Jason Rothenberg "You know that metaphor of the frog in the pot -- if you put it in a pot of boiling water, it jumps right out, but if you put it in a pot of lukewarm water and turn the heat up slowly it'll stay in that pot until it cooks. That's sort of my metaphor for the season -- we slowly turned up the heat on the darkness and moved away from love triangles as much as possible, and I think that continues into Season 2 for sure."

“Survivor’s” Malcolm Freberg lands an online travel show
“Wayfaring” will follow him each day as he travels the United States for 20 days.

“Scandal’s” Jeff Perry likens social media to theater
"It reminds me of a subscription audience in the theater, with talkbacks and getting to know the people who came to your shows month after month,” he explains. "It’s like a version of that in television now. It’s very sweet.”

Take a tour of Olivia Munn’s house
Vogue recently filmed “The Newsroom” star at her home.

Check out Anderson Cooper and Kelly Ripa’s dummies
A special dummy was also made for Mark Consuelos.

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First poster revealed for Seth Rogen and James Franco assassination comedy 'The Interview'
Credit: Sony PIctures

First poster revealed for Seth Rogen and James Franco assassination comedy 'The Interview'

How do you think Korea's going to feel about this?

Evan Goldberg and Seth Rogen have become a major force for good in film comedy over the last decade, and after their co-directing debut, "This Is The End," it would be fair to say that they are the all-purpose package. They write, they direct, they produce, and Seth's a bona-fide movie star.

Some of the best chemistry Seth has ever had with a co-star was with James Franco, so it's good to see the two of them working together as well. I had no idea what "The Interview" was about the first few times I heard it mentioned, and for some reason, I thought it was about a job interview. Turns out, it sounds like a truly weird concept that could yield a fantastic movie. In it, Rogen and James Franco play guys who are recruited by the CIA to go to North Korea, pose as journalists, and assassinate Kim Jong Un.

That's a description that absolutely makes me want to see the film immediately, but even if I hadn't been sold right away, the new poster is so great that I can't believe it's for a real studio release. Studios don't take chances on the posters for the most part, but this one looks amazing.

The art style is perfect, suggesting a political propaganda poster from WWII. Seth and Evan seem fairly unstoppable these days, especially coming off the spring hit "Neighbors," which has made back something like 130,000 its budget.

Looking good so far, guys.

"The Interview" arrives in theaters October 10, 2014.

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USA renews Denis Leary’s 'Sirens'

USA renews Denis Leary’s “Sirens”
The comedy about Chicago EMTs will be back for a 2nd season.

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The new Dreamworks animated comedy 'The Penguins Of Madagascar' gets a silly first trailer
Credit: 20th Century Fox/Dreamworks Animation

The new Dreamworks animated comedy 'The Penguins Of Madagascar' gets a silly first trailer

Why does this look like 'Scrat: The Movie' to me?

Somewhere, right now, my kids are losing their minds.

I'm not particularly fond of the "Madagascar" films, but they're fine, I guess. This is the side of Dreamworks that I'm less fond of, the super-jokey frantic-to-be-funny side. Coming on the heels of the beautiful, heartfelt "How To Train Your Dragon 2," it feels like a far more crass decision. That sort of sums up exactly what's wrong with Dreamworks as a studio. They are capable of greatness, but they seem to aim for the "farts are funny" crowd more often than not.

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Idina Menzel

'Frozen's' Idina Menzel scores high debut for new Broadway cast album, 'If/Then'

Highest charter since 'Rent' in 1996

Idina Menzel is a good luck charm for Broadway cast recordings.  The original cast album for “If/Then,” her current show, debuts at No. 19 on the Billboard 200 today.

That makes it the highest debut for a Broadway cast album since 1996 when “Rent,” which also starred Menzel, debuted at No. 19, according to Billboard. “If/Then” sold 15,000 copies in its first week, as opposed to “Rent’s” 43,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Only four original Broadway cast albums have hit the Top 20 in the last 30 years:  the other two didn’t star Menzel: “The Book of Mormon,” and “Dreamgirls.”

As much success Menzel has on Broadway, her greatest success has come in movie soundtracks:  Her Oscar-winning song “Let It Go,”  from “Frozen,” reached No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, while the “Frozen” soundtrack  stayed No. 1 on the Billboard 200 for more than a dozen weeks.  It is this year’s top-selling album of 2014 so far, having sold 2.6 million copies since Jan. 1 (2.9 million total).

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'CSI' boss exits after 14 years

“CSI” boss exits after 14 years
Carol Mendelsohn, who joined the CBS drama at the start, is stepping down from her position as co-showrunner.

Starz renews “Power”
The 50 Cent drama will be back for a 2nd season.

Tracy Morgan crash driver pleads not guilty
Walmart truck driver Kevin Roper has been charged with one count of death by auto and four counts of assault by auto in the collision.

“Homeland” adds “Smash’s” Raza Jaffrey and “Roseanne’s” Michael O’Keefe
Jaffrey will play a member of the Pakistan intelligence service, while O’Keefe will play Carrie’s deputy.

The Situation’s tanning salon employees call the cops on him after their checks bounced
Four employees filed a police report against the former “Jersey Shore” star. Police contacted The Situation’s brother, who prom quickly paid the employees with new checks.

Esquire Network orders “Car Matchmaker” starring Spike Feresten
The former “Seinfeld” writer and Fox talk show host will help match guys with cars.

Check out “Masters of Sex’s” magazine-themed poster for Season 2
It looks wrapped in a brown paper bag.

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<p>Brad Pitt in &quot;Fury&quot;</p>

Brad Pitt in "Fury"

Credit: Sony Pictures

First Look: Brad Pitt and Shia LaBeouf make behind-the-scenes 'Fury'

Do we have another Best Picture contender on our hands?

There's been a lot of talk already around "Interstellar," "Birdman," "Unbroken" and "Foxcatcher" in the Best Picture race, but one movie that should not be discounted is David Ayer's "Fury."

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Exclusive: Two new stills of Sky Ferreira in Eli Roth's cannibal horror film 'The Green Inferno'
Credit: Open Road

Exclusive: Two new stills of Sky Ferreira in Eli Roth's cannibal horror film 'The Green Inferno'

We premiere the images as she battles online censorship of her new album cover

The more I've thought about Eli Roth's latest film "The Green Inferno," the more I like it, and especially the way it fits into Eli's overall filmography.

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<p>Game of Thrones</p>

Game of Thrones

Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 234: 'Game of Thrones,' 'Friday Night Lights' & more

Dan and Alan also answer your mail and discuss the ATX Television Festival


Happy Wednesday, boys and girls! Time for another Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, where we talk about my recent trip to Austin, answer your mail, break down the epic battle on "Game of Thrones" and then begin our summer rewatch of the very strange and problematic second season of "Friday Night Lights."

The rundown: 

Alan goes to ATX Festival (00:01:25 - 00:12:15)
Listener Mail - "Broadchurch"/"Returned" Emmys (00:12:30 - 00:15:20)
Listener Mail - Split Seasons (00:15:25 - 00:20:35)
Listener Mail - Resurrected Shows (00:20:45 - 00:27:00)
Sunday's "Game of Thrones" (00:27:15 - 00:50:15)
Summer Rewatch - "Friday Night Lights" Season 2 (00:50:20 - 01:11:00)
As always, send questions to 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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