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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 170: Oscars, 'Golden Boy,' 'Vikings,' 'Red Widow' & more

Dan and Alan also discuss the 'Downton Abbey' finale and answer your mail

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I'm back from Disney World, and the Firewall & Iceberg Podcast is back with me (and Dan, who did not go to Disney World last week). Lots to discuss (and that's even though neither of us had time to watch HBO's "Parade's End"), including last night's Oscars, CBS' "Golden Boy," ABC's "Red Widow," History's "Vikings," the "Downton Abbey" finale and more. The lineup: 

Oscars (00:02:45 - 00:26:20)
"Golden Boy" (00:26:25 - 00:40:50)
"Red Widow" (00:40:55 - 00:51:50)
"Vikings" (00:51:50 - 01:02:00)
Listener Mail - Watching TV on the road (01:02:20 - 01:08:30)
Listener Mail - NBC's need to experiment (01:08:35 - 01:15:45)
The "Downton Abbey" finale (01:15:55 - 01:36:30)
 
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And as always, feel free to e-mail us questions for the podcast.

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<p>&quot;Bottlecap.&quot;&nbsp;All she wants to do is roll her hand in the wind.</p>

"Bottlecap." All she wants to do is roll her hand in the wind.

In case you missed it: Andy Samberg's hilarious Spirit Awards monologue

Was this the best monologue of the weekend?

There is a tremendous amount of debate today about whether Seth McFarlane did a good or bad job in his inaugural turn as Oscar host Sunday night, but no one is arguing over Andy Samberg's hosting performance Saturday afternoon. Samberg was fantastic as this year's Independent Spirit Awards host, but you probably didn't catch his work since IFC broadcast it at 10 PM on Saturday night.  

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Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 170

Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 170

Dan and Alan talk Oscars, 'Vikings,' 'Downton Abbey' and more

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Sepinwall is back from Disney World, which must mean it's time for the triumphant return of The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast.
 
Lots to talk about this week, but we start with a long discussion of the Oscars, followed by reviews of "Golden Boy," "Red Widow" and "Vikings" and a few pieces of Listener Mail, culminating in a discussion of the "Downton Abbey" finale, with spoilers.
 
Here's the breakdown:
Oscars (00:02:45 - 00:26:20)
"Golden Boy" (00:26:25 - 00:40:50)
"Red Widow" (00:40:55 - 00:51:50)
"Vikings" (00:51:50 - 01:02:00)
Listener Mail - Watching TV on the road (01:02:20 - 01:08:30)
Listener Mail - NBC's need to experiment (01:08:35 - 01:15:45)
The "Downton Abbey" finale (01:15:55 - 01:36:30)
 

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

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<p>&quot;Arrested Development&quot;&nbsp;stars Will Arnett and Jason Bateman in a scene from one of the upcoming Netflix episodes.</p>

"Arrested Development" stars Will Arnett and Jason Bateman in a scene from one of the upcoming Netflix episodes.

Credit: Netflix

Netflix still 'hopeful' for more 'Arrested Development' seasons

Netflix chief executive tells investors the revival may be too tough to pull off twice

"Arrested Development" creator Mitch Hurwitz has made no secret of his desire to use the new Netflix season of his uncanceled comedy to drum up interest (and money) in making the long-discussed "Arrested" movie. So the idea that these might be the only new episodes ever isn't in and of itself a surprise.
What is a surprise is that the CEO of Netflix very bluntly told investors he didn't expect to make more than the episodes that will premiere in May.

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Oscar Talk: Ep. 108 -- Special Edition! -- Wrapping up the 85th annual Academy Awards

Oscar Talk: Ep. 108 -- Special Edition! -- Wrapping up the 85th annual Academy Awards

The curtain drops

Welcome to Oscar Talk.

In case you're new to the site and/or the podcast, Oscar Talk is a weekly kudocast, your one-stop awards chat shop between yours truly and Anne Thompson of Thompson on Hollywood. The podcast is weekly, every Friday throughout the season, charting the ups and downs of contenders along the way. Plenty of things change en route to Oscar's stage and we're here to address it all as it unfolds.

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<p>Charlize Theron and Channing Tatum at the 85th annual Academy Awards.</p>

Charlize Theron and Channing Tatum at the 85th annual Academy Awards.

Credit: AP Photo

Everybody's fine: closing thoughts on an Oscar season of multiple narratives

With eight of nine Best Picture nominees rewarded, it wasn't all about 'Argo'

Hours before last night's Academy Awards ceremony, I was called up by a UK news network that required a last-minute talking head to discuss the evening ahead. In the cab on the way to the studio, the channel's researcher briefed me on the ground we'd cover, before asking, "So what's the big story of the night going to be?"

I reeled off something about "Argo" being the probable Best Picture winner, with a side order of The Vindication of Ben Affleck, but inside I was slightly thrown by the question. What was the big story going to be at the end of a long, circuitous race in which no one film has had everything its own way -- but one which looked ready to test any number of rare precedents, and perhaps create one or two of its own?

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<p>Yeah Yeah Yeahs</p>

Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Credit: Interscope

Head to church with Yeah Yeah Yeahs' new single 'Sacrilege'

Gospel choir counters Karen O's neon pink voice

Yeah Yeah Yeahs have lifted the curtain on their very dramatic first single from their new album. "Sacrilege," from "Mosquito," is a dark, saucy rocker with a choir and a show-stopping a capella ending. It's the one for the festivals and arenas, which also makes me hesitant to assume the rest of the effort, due April 16, is anything like it, considering all the psychedelia of that album cover, the mysterium of the album teaser trailer and the YYY's long, happy history of curve ball album cuts.

That drum sound -- the cymbals in particular -- is so delicious and crunchy and in-room. I want that to be applied to Karen O's nuanced, door-busting vocals, and instead it seems to be needlesly buried under a pile-on of effects for the sake of drama. This has a gospel choir, for crying out loud, it needn't push the winning "Watchtower"/"Gimme Shelter" formula into an acid bath, but I see what you did there with all God's angels singing about sacrilege. I feel like I just walked out of the post-Apocalypse.

Dave Sitek produced the whole set, so make sure your speakers are cranked to sample.

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<p>Trent Reznor</p>

Trent Reznor

Credit: Rob Sheridan

Nine Inch Nails relaunching with tour and a crazy new lineup

Members of Jane's Addiction, King Crimson and more join the jaunt

Trent Reznor has always maintained that Nine Inch Nails was never over, just that he had some other interests. Now, we'll hear what the frontman has in mind for his long-lasting industrial/rock project, as they hit the road this summer in a new configuration.

"Nine Inch Nails are touring this year," reads a statement from Reznor, unleashed this morning. His other band How to destroy angels_ with wife Mariqueen Maandig and collaborator Atticus Ross is still going forward with their "Welcome Oblivion" album release next week and spring tour dates, but Reznor will shape-shift for NIN this summer on the road.

The new lineup boasts of Reznor and NIN alumni Alessandro Cortini and Ilan Rubin, plus Eric Avery (Jane's Addiction), Adrian Belew (King Crimson) and Josh Eustois (Telefon Tel Aviv). The addition I'm most curious about is Belew, who at 63 has proven himself over and over again as a frontman, as a flavorful guest guitarist on Nine Inch Nails' records and an able-bodied multi-instrumentalist. On the road he may (or hopefully) will support the band with more than some choice licks.

According to the release, NIN will be playing in arenas, purportedly after HTDA_ is all finished promoting the full-length. No word on an album release.

Here is the full statement from Reznor via Pitchfork:

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<p>Jennifer Lawrence admits she just had a shot before speaking to the press backstage at the 85th Academy Awards.</p>

Jennifer Lawrence admits she just had a shot before speaking to the press backstage at the 85th Academy Awards.

Jennifer Lawrence once again proves why she's freakin' awesome

A rare great backstage Q&A

Not surprising to anyone who's spent more than five minutes with her, Jennifer Lawrence's honest and funny personality shined through as she spoke to the press backstage at the 85th Academy Awards Sunday night.  The "Silver Linings Playbook" actress handled her fall before accepting her first Oscar with self-deprecating humor and class on stage.  Lawrence continued to charm as she took some typically silly questions from the international journalists during the traditional post Q&A. In particular, her "process" of getting dressed for the show is awesome.  You can watch the best of her remarks in the embedded video below. If you're experiencing any Oscar show hangover today, it should absolutely do the trick and perk you right back up. Enjoy.

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<p>Sean&nbsp;Fine and Andrea Nix&nbsp;Fine backstage at the 85th annual Academy Awards</p>

Sean Fine and Andrea Nix Fine backstage at the 85th annual Academy Awards

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Oscar-winning director Sean Fine shows some RG3 support at the Academy Awards

Is it wrong that this makes me like the movie even more?

Here's a nice story that totally blind-sided me today. Did you know that Oscar-winning filmmaker Sean Fine ("Inocente") is a huge Redskins fan? It goes deeper than that, actually, and this blog post from Stephen Czarda lays out the story, which led to Fine sporting some nifty burgundy and gold socks on the red carpet last night.

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<p>Claudio Miranda holds his Oscar for Best&nbsp;Cinematography for &quot;Life of Pi&quot;</p>

Claudio Miranda holds his Oscar for Best Cinematography for "Life of Pi"

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Tech Support: 'Life of Pi' has a strong crafts showing at the Oscars

But seven films were awarded across the 10 categories

I’m writing this column, the last Tech Support entry for this 2012-2013 Oscar season, with a strange combination of ambivalence and a touch of the bittersweet. Despite the fun of awards season, and this one in particular, it is somewhat relieving to see it come to an end.

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<p>Mumford &amp; Sons</p>

Mumford & Sons

Mumford & Sons reveal plans for third album

But first, there's plenty of life left in 'Babel'

Mumford & Son’s Grammy Award for album of the year for “Babel” hasn’t even had time to gather dust, and yet the British quintet is already thinking about its third album and it sounds like it’s time for a little something different.

"I do feel like we're ready to make the departure,"  keyboardist Ben Lovett told Rolling Stone.  "There's definitely cohesion between the two albums [2010's 'Sigh No More' and 'Babel']. Now that we've done that, we're not desperate to walk away from that sound, but we're willing to explore what else we could do. These two albums are like brothers. Do something that's a cousin."

“There’s other sounds we want to make,” chimes in Marcus Mumford. And we can only assume he’s joking when he adds one of those sounds is “Like, hip-hop. We really want to rap.”

The band is fleshing out new ideas on its winter tour, with a practice room set up at every venue, but the new album could be a few years away, says banjo player Winston Marshall.  That seems likely given that “Babel” is only on its second single (and first single, “I Will Wait,” is still gaining traction on the Hot 100).

Next up for Mumford is a brief European tour and then this summer they’ll hold their second annual Gentlemen of the Road Stopovers, the multi-artist festivals they started in small towns last year. After starting in Lewes, U.K., the shows will move to North American: Simcoe, Canada on Aug. 23-24, Troy, Ohio on Aug. 30-31,  Guthrie, Okla. on Sept. 6-7 and St. Augustine, Fla., on Sept. 13-14.
 

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