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<p>For &quot;Epic&quot;</p>

For "Epic"

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Listen to Beyonce's new song 'Rise Up' from animated film 'Epic'

Be good and help the world

"Be who you are."

But what if who I am is a resources-sucking, Earth-destroying consumerist monster?

"Be good and help the world."

Sigh. You are so right, Beyonce.

Beyonce sings out for the "little woman" of new animated feature film "Epic" in serious-minded pop song "Rise Up." The track -- which leaked a couple weeks ago -- is now officially out and fightin', opening with the guitars based nostalgia that rings like Switchfoot's "Dare You to Move" and then moves straight into power ballad territory with Hit-Boy's heavy beat. Great vocal performance, but a middling tune.

Mrs. Carter is also one of the featured voice-actors in the film "Epic," so maybe she can work on her "O" in EGOT in more than one way from this gig.

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Listen to Ellie Goulding's cover of Alt-J's 'Tessellate'

Listen to Ellie Goulding's cover of Alt-J's 'Tessellate'

Compare it to the original

Ellie Goulding has made a much slinkier version of British band Alt-J's "Tessellate."

Check out her new version, plus the original below. To subhead that ish, she notes this is "Une Nuit à Paris"-themed video. Oh la la, undies.

Alt-J won last year's Mercury Prize in the U.K. for their fresh album "An Awesome Wave." Goulding will be touring in the United States starting on July 1.

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<p>Based on how smart and strong Amy Adams is herself, it seems like pretty easy casting asking her to make Lois Lane an equally well-realized person.</p>

Based on how smart and strong Amy Adams is herself, it seems like pretty easy casting asking her to make Lois Lane an equally well-realized person.

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Amy Adams talks about playing a stronger, smarter Lois Lane in 'Man Of Steel'

How important was the re-imagining to getting her to say yes to the film?

Amy Adams had just as hard a job on "Man Of Steel" as Henry Cavill did. Both of them were stepping into iconic roles, although I would argue that Superman has been written better as a character in the films so far than Lois Lane has.

The biggest problem I've always had with Lois goes to the very heart of the character. She is supposed to be a great reporter, smart and capable and constantly breaking stories. If that's the case, how does she manage to work next to someone every day  and not recognize him when he takes his glasses off? That bothered me as a little kid, and over time, I've come to just accept it as part of the price of buying into Superman stories.

One thing that I didn't expect when I sat down to see "Man Of Steel" was that they would finally give me a Lois Lane who addresses all of my issues, making her into a character I can finally respect. Her Lois is smart and capable and unafraid to get herself mixed up in trouble in pursuit of a story.

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<p>Ethan Hawke talks about a rare dip into the world of horror in his new film 'The Purge'</p>

Ethan Hawke talks about a rare dip into the world of horror in his new film 'The Purge'

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Ethan Hawke and producer Jason Blum make the case for the horror film 'The Purge'

These two have a longer history than we realized

It's a big ol' Ethan Hawke day here at HitFix, and when you consider the distance between "The Purge" and "Before Midnight," it's hard to believe the two films have anything in common.

One thing that has always intrigued me about Hawke is the way he dodged some of the most apparent traps inherent to being an actor. If we haven't seen him in a superhero movie yet, chances are we never will. He doesn't seem to spend his time hunting down franchise roles, and even the big films he's done feel like choices he made because he was genuinely drawn to something. There are very few films on his filmography that don't make sense as choices, even if the films didn't quite live up to their promise every single time.

When I sat down to talk to Ethan Hawke and Jason Blum during the press day for "The Purge," I thought their professional relationship might have started with last year's creepy "Sinister." Instead, though, we ended up talking about how they've actually had a professional and personal relationship stretching back 20 years. I was genuinely surprised to learn they had opened a theater company together.

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<p>Mariah Carey</p>

Mariah Carey

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Mariah Carey's new album comes out July 23

Will the new set be 'Triumphant' and 'Beautiful?'

Nearly a year after the release of the first single and a full season of “American Idol” later, Mariah Carey’s 14th studio album looks like it finally has a street day: July 23.

Shortly after noon, Carey tweeted “The New Era Begins...7/23 #MC723.”  Expect to see that hashtag a lot over the next several weeks as the campaign unspools.

As you’ll recall, Carey put out “Triumphant (Get ‘Em)” last August, her first new single in more than two years. Carey’s label positioned the tune as the first cut from her forthcoming album, “whose release will be announced in the months ahead.”  Twelve, to be exact.

When the single underperformed at radio (though it was a dance hit), word about any impending album release waned, which is a shame given that meant losing precious promotional tie-ins via her weekly national platform as an  “American Idol” judge.

However, Carey’s current single, “#Beautiful” featuring Miguel arrived just in time to take advantage of “American Idol,” with the diva performing it on the season finale, as well as on “Good Morning America”  (In the interim, Carey also released “Almost Home,” featured in the film “Oz The Great And Powerful” in February.”)

The new album will be her first new studio set since 2009’s  “Memoirs Of An Imperfect Angel.”  Carey told Billboard that the new project features “more raw ballads than people might expect.” Producers include Jermaine Dupri, Bryan-Michael Cox, Big Jim Wright, Hit-Boy, The-Dream, Rodney Jerkins, and Mike Will.

Upcoming performances for Carey include appearing on NBC’s “Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks Spectacular,” hosted by her husband, Nick Cannon, on July 4, and also featuring Tim McGraw.

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Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 185

Dan and Alan talk 'Graceland,' 'Game of Thrones' 'Orphan Black' and more


Happy Wednesday, Boys & Girls. 
We like to switch back and forth on who cased Firewall & Iceberg podcasting delays. This week? Totally my fault. 
There's lots to talk about, though. TONS to talk about. In fact, this is the latest "longest podcast ever." Yes. We say that every week. But, like the universe, we are ever-expanding. 
This week's podcast features a review of USA's "Graceland," a strange amount of babble about the WGA's 101 Best Written TV Shows list and spoiler-laden discussions of "Orphan Black," "Game of Thrones" and "Mad Men."
We also debut this summer's Rewatch, with the pilot for "The Sopranos." Next week's pilots will be first installments of "Taxi" and "Cheers."
Here's today's breakdown:
"Graceland" (00:01:05 - 00:18:30)
WGA's Top 101 Shows (00:18:30 - 00:38:10)
"Orphan Black" (00:38:30 - 00:57:05)
"Game of Thrones" (00:57:05 - 01:15:10)
"Mad Men" (01:15:15 - 01:40:20)
Summer Rewatch: "The Sopranos" pilot (01:40:30 - 02:01:05)

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

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<p>&quot;A Prophet&quot; made Tahar Rahim a star, but who will fill his shoes in the US remake?</p>

"A Prophet" made Tahar Rahim a star, but who will fill his shoes in the US remake?

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Sony options English-language remake of French hit 'A Prophet'

'Fast & Furious' producer Neal H. Moritz is steering the project

In principle, when it comes to English-language remakes of successful foreign-language films, I'm not as militantly opposed to the idea as some critics. With the right balance of respect and initiative, a reinterpretation can often stand proudly beside the original. William Friedkin's "Sorcerer" (a remake of "The Wages of Fear"), Christopher Nolan's "Insomnia," Martin Scorsese's Oscar-winning "The Departed" (a remake of "Infernal Affairs") and, soon to be in theaters, Jim Mickle's ingenious gender-flip of Mexican horror hit "We Are What We Are" are among the notable exceptions to a subset of cinema that is, admittedly, crammed with such embarrassments as "Diabolique" and "Swept Away."

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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 185: 'Game of Thrones,' 'Graceland,' 'The Sopranos' & more

Dan and Alan also discuss 'Orphan Black,' the WGA top 101 list and the latest 'Mad Men'


Welcome to what is, for now, the longest Firewall & Iceberg Podcast ever, featuring exactly one new series ("Graceland") and no listener mail at all, but lots of segments that required lots of discussion, including the WGA list of the 101 best-written TV shows ever, the "Orphan Black" finale, a pivotal "Game of Thrones," a new "Mad Men," and the start of our summer pilot project with "The Sopranos." Speaking of which, next week's pilots are "Cheers" (on Netflix) and "Taxi" (on

The lineup:

"Graceland" (00:01:05 - 00:18:30)
WGA's Top 101 Shows (00:18:30 - 00:38:10)
"Orphan Black" (00:38:30 - 00:57:05)
"Game of Thrones" (00:57:05 - 01:15:10)
"Mad Men" (01:15:15 - 01:40:20)
Summer Rewatch: "The Sopranos" pilot (01:40:30 - 02:01:05)
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 Borgias' canceled after 3 seasons -- Showtime didn't want to do a movie wrap-up

"The Borgias" canceled after 3 seasons -- Showtime didn't want to do a movie wrap-up

"The Borgias" was originally supposed to last four seasons, but its creator didn't have enough material for 10 more episodes. So he proposed a two-hour movie, which Showtime rejected as too expensive.

Conan O'Brien to host "Carson On TCM"

Starting in July, Conan will host a weekly show delving into five Johnny Carson interviews. Conan did get to speak with Johnny in 2004, the year before Carson died, soon after Conan was announced as the next "Tonight Show" host.

A "South Park" movie sequel may be in the works
According to The Hollywood Reporter, a future "South Park" movie was part of a deal worked out between Warner Bros. and Paramount.

"Hot in Cleveland" going live with William Shatner and Brian Baumgartner

The June 19 episode will be live on the East Coast only.

Blake Shelton goes on a profane "Voice" Twitter rant against music critic

He didn't like what one critic said about Holly Tucker.

Joan Rivers will take over E! next week

It's all part of her 80th birthday celebration.

Barry Manilow sad about "Smash's" cancelation -- "I loved it"

"I more than liked it, I loved it," he says.

"Top Chef Masters" guest judges will include Mindy Kaling and Busy Philipps
Kathie Lee Gifford, Ali Larter and Lindsay Price, Curtis Stone's fiancee, will also guest-judge this season.

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<p>Russell&nbsp;Crowe and Ayelet Zurer in a classic image from &quot;Man of&nbsp;Steel&quot;</p>

Russell Crowe and Ayelet Zurer in a classic image from "Man of Steel"

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10 Superman arcs to prepare you for 'Man of Steel'

Which stories have inspired Zack Snyder's film?

We're just over a week away from one of the year's most anticipated movies, Zack Snyder's "Man of Steel." With Marvel Studios drawing the map for successful superhero franchises as of late, DC Comics is looking to catch up, and in the wake of Christopher Nolan's self-contained Batman trilogy, the way into developing that world on film -- after the stumble of "Green Lantern" -- is surely the Boy in Blue. But what of the Superman mythos has been tapped for this new vision?

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<p>Patrick, you may not want to see what's in the room with you.</p>

Patrick, you may not want to see what's in the room with you.

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Something's wrong with Patrick Wilson in the creepy new 'Insidious Chapter 2' trailer

James Wan's sequel looks like an expansion of the original's mythology

James Wan is having a big year.

Right now, he's gearing up for "Fast & Furious 7," whatever they end up calling it, which is the biggest film he's ever made if we're just talking about budget and scale. Before we see that film, though, two films that he's already finished will be released.

The first is this summer's "The Conjuring," which is a tremendous piece of entertainment, smart and sleek and scary as hell. That one's based on the true story of Ed and Lorraine Warren, who made their reputation as paranormal investigators. Patrick Wilson stars in that one as Ed Warren, and it's starting to look like Wilson and Wan are building a great relationship as actor and director, since "The Conjuring" will be followed up this year by the September release of "Insidious Chapter 2," hitting theaters on the appropriate date of Friday the 13th.

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"America's Next Top Model"

 "America's Next Top Model"

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'America's Next Top Model' returns with a two-hour premiere this August

The 20th cycle will be the first ever guys and girls edition
"RuPaul's Drag Race" may have wrapped up another season, but never fear. "America's Next Top Model" is set to return for a 20th cycle (not season, people, cycle) on the CW Fri. Aug. 2 at 8:00 p.m. This cycle will be the first ever featuring both male and female contestants. How that will play out is still unclear, but it should make for some potential sexy time back at the model apartments, right? 
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