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'The Bachelorette': Who will survive the hometown visits?

Nate appears, but will he ruin everything?

It's the hometowns! This could be a potentially fraught episode, as we know that the hometown visit was the one that got Des booted from Sean's season of "The Bachelor." And guess what? Nate, the horrible brother who was so nasty to Sean, is back! Let the crazy begin!

Alas, Nate isn't showing up until later in the episode, like a bad plot twist. Instead, we kick things off on a happy note -- Des visits Zak in Dallas. Initially I thought Zak was a bit of a fruit loop, what with the "do you accept these abs" opening line (which was so groan-worthy I'm shocked she kept him around) and the jumping into pools and such. But as the show has progressed, he's turned out to be an awful lot of fun. More than that, he sincerely seems to adore Des. If his family is anything like Zak, this should be a good time for all. 

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<p>Mads Mikkelsen in &quot;The Hunt.&quot;</p>

Mads Mikkelsen in "The Hunt."

Credit: Magnolia Pictures

Is Mads Mikkelsen in 'The Hunt' an Oscar outsider to consider?

He's got the reviews and now the celebrity, but can the Danish film get noticed?

I’ve written before that I’ll be surprised if Thomas Vinterberg’s hot-button melodrama “The Hunt” – which was released in New York and Los Angeles on Friday – isn’t selected as Denmark’s representative in this year’s Best Foreign Language Film Oscar race. I’ll be even more surprised if it isn’t an eventual nominee, but for now, we’re dependent on national committee decisions before we can speculate further. Whatever its fate in that category, however, there’s another where I think it’s worth flagging up the film as a dark horse: Best Actor for Mads Mikkelsen.

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<p>Finn Hudson</p>

Finn Hudson

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Why 'Glee' should kill off Finn Hudson

Why "Glee" should kill off Finn Hudson
Writers didn't seem to know what to do with Cory Monteith's character last season, and all other options just wouldn't ring true. As Kevin Fallon notes, "'Glee' has never shied away from the fact that there are harsh truths in life that we all must deal with, whether it’s bullying or broken dreams or heartbreak. It would be hard to imagine, then, that the show would balk at directly addressing Monteith's death." PLUS: It would be "culturally valuable" for "Glee" to acknowledge Monteith's death, Matthew Perry weighs in on Monteith's death, and Bravo will re-air "Glee's" "Actor's Studio," which you can watch here.

"Family Feud" to pit "Honey Boo Boo" vs. "Cake Boss"
The two TLC shows will square off at a taping next week.

"The Newsroom's" ratings grow in Season 2
About 2.2 million watched last night's season premiere, compared to 2.1 million for Season 1.

Report: Apple is prepping an ad-skipping TV service -- one that would compensate networks
The Apple service would pay TV networks for lost ad revenue.

Why "The View" hiring Jenny McCarthy is "irresponsible and shameful"
Her anti-vaccine stance shouldn't have gotten her hired because vaccines are a matter of life and death, and "The View" is very influential platform.

Jimmy Fallon is narrowing down 40-50 possible "Tonight Show" logos -- fans will help pick from the Top 3
Fallon also tells his fans at that his favorite show growing up was "Taxi."

Should CBS have yanked last night's "Big Brother" in wake of the George Zimmerman verdict?

The CBS reality show's racism is still happening.

President Obama will likely appear on ESPN's "College Gameday" this season

Tiger Woods is likely going to appear, too, says producer Lee Fitting. "The President has expressed interest and as crazy as it sounds, he might come whenever he can fit in," he says.

"Anger Management" $50 million lawsuit settled

Producer Joe Roth was sued by Blue Star Entertainment claiming it was owed a cut of the FX series.

Happy 40th birthday, Brian Austin Green!

Once a 17-year-old "Beverly Hills 90210" star, Green is now in his 40s.

"Top Chef" is being remade for Telemundo

The Spanish-language "Top Chef: Estrellas" is in the works.

How Aaron Sorkin saved "The Newsroom"

Instead of turning into a mouthpiece of political views, the HBO drama showed the process of journalism -- and how his journalists struggled to get it right. PLUS: What a terrible wig!, and what an unbelievable development!

NFL star DeSean Jackson and Nascar's Joey Logano are headed to Disney XD
They'll appear on "Crash & Bernstein" and "Lab Rats," respectively.

Jerry Seinfeld plans to do 2 six-episode seasons a year of "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee"
Seinfeld says, though, that the plan could change.

Watch Bill Cosby unveil the best "Cosby Show" sweater
Cosby himself says he didn't have a favorite.

"Under the Dome": Behind the scenes
Filming in April in Wilmington, North Carolina was pretty miserable. PLUS: DVRs boost the premiere to 17.76 million viewers.

DVR viewers could make "The Bridge" FX's biggest-ever debut

Ratings have jumped from 3.04 million to 4.64 million with DVR viewers factored in.

"Doctor Who" taking over Heathrow Airport

To celebrate the 50th anniversary, travelers will be treated to a number of "Who"-related surprises. PLUS: See the TARDIS Transformer.

Read about the real "Orange is the New Black"
Here's an excerpt of teh Piper Kerman novel that inspired the Netflix series.

Check out a very "hardcore" "Breaking Bad" tattoo
"Our fans are committed," says Aaron Paul. PLUS: Dean Norris the summer's most-wanted TV actor.

Whitney Cummings romancing Peter Berg

The comedienne and the "Friday Night Lights" honcho have been together since March.

Cheryl Cole's "X Factor" firing is headed to court

An L.A. judge gave her the greenlight to see the other judges' contracts from her season.

"Rizzoli & Isles" getting syndicated
The TNT series will begin in weekend reruns in fall 2015.

Don't follow "Girl Code"
The MTV show confronting adolescent girls issues does it in the cheapest, most demeaning way.

Jeffrey Tambor wore shorts under his "Good Wife" judge's robe
"Shhhhh," he tweeted.

See the many "cry faces" of "Dexter's" Debra Morgan

From "The Surrender" to the "The Full-On Crumple."

"SNL" hired John Mulaney's sister as a writer

Claire Mulaney, a writer/performer in Chicago, is the younger sister of noted "SNL" writer John Mulaney.

Chris Bauer talks "True Blood"
"It's psycho-emotional, and it's a power struggle," he says of the current season. PLUS: Check out Deborah Ann Woll's photo shoot.

AMC unveils a "Walking Dead" Comic-Con poster
The special poster is from artist Alex Ross.

VH1 catches up with "Saved by the Bell's" Lark Voorhies

She's one of the subjects of the new show "Miss U Much," which visits with famous child stars.

"Devious Maids" star Dania Ramirez is pregnant
"Yes, I'm having TWINS!" she announced on Instagram.

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<p>Stone Temple Pilots, sans Scott Weiland</p>

Stone Temple Pilots, sans Scott Weiland

Stone Temple Pilots and Chester Bennington plot tour and EP

Wait for Scott Weiland's reaction in 3, 2, 1...

We know one person who’s probably not too happy about this: Stone Temple Pilots and the group’s new lead singer, Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington, will release an EP this fall  and embark on a North American tour in September.

After parting ways with original lead singer, Scott Weiland, earlier this year, STP members Dean DeLeo, Robert DeLeo and Eric Kretz recruited Bennington to perform with them at the KROQ Los Angeles’ multi-artist Weenie Roast in May.

STP then filed suit against Weiland demanding that he stop using the STP name and that he stop singing STP songs. Weiland countersued.

But in the meantime, Bennington, who remains in Linkin Park, has been in the studio with the three STP members to record the EP, which will include their first single together and current active rock hit “Out Of Time.”

STP will release the EP this fall on its own label.

The tour, with Filter as the opening act,  kicks off Sept. 4 at the Sands Bethlehem (Pa.) Events Center and runs through Nov. 1 in Biloxi, Miss. The group will play new material, as well as STP’s hits.

STP tour dates

Sept 4 Bethlehem, PA @ Sands Bethlehem Events Center

Sept 6 Sayreville @  Starland Ballroom

Sept 7 Atlantic City, NJ @ House of Blues

Sept 9 Boston, MA @ House of Blues

Sept 10 Huntington, NY @ Paramount

Sept 13 Oklahoma City, OK @ Downtown Airpark (w/ Motley Crue)

Sept 14 Newkirk, OK @ First Council Casino*

Sept 17 Sunrise, FL @ BB & T Center (FLA Panthers Event)

Sept 18 Orlando, FL @ House of Blues

Sept 20 Columbia, SC @ Township Auditorium

Sept 21 Ft Myers, FL Shockwave Festival – Jet Blue Park

Sept 24 Midland, TX @ La Hacienda Event Center

Sept 26 Tempe, AZ @ Marquee

Sept 27 Las Vegas, NV @ Freemont Street Experience*

Nov 1 Biloxi, MS @ Hard Rock Live*

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<p>Looks like Lucas Till is enlisting for 'X-Men:&nbsp;Days Of Future Past' after all</p>

Looks like Lucas Till is enlisting for 'X-Men: Days Of Future Past' after all

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On the eve of Comic-Con, a flurry of 'X-Men: Days Of Future Past' rumors arrive online

Are we excited yet?

If I were a betting man, I'd put a little money down on the possibility of 20th Century Fox featuring "Days Of Future Past" at their Comic-Con panel this weekend.

For one thing, it's the single most important franchise that the studio owns at the moment. They are determined to figure out how to keep "X-Men" movies churning out for the near future, and a big part of that game plan is getting this next movie right. Sure, they're hoping "The Wolverine" is a hit with audiences, but the one that has to work is "Days Of Future Past." After all, it's based on arguably the biggest storyline to ever be published in that series, and if they do get it right, they'll be able to cross their original trilogy with the rebooted "First Class" in a way that means it is all part of one big series.

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<p>Chiwetel Ejiofor in &quot;12 Years a Slave&quot;</p>

Chiwetel Ejiofor in "12 Years a Slave"

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'12 Years a Slave' trailer drops with looks at Chiwetel Ejiofor, Brad Pitt and Michael Fassbender

Steve McQueen's latest hits theaters in October

I'm really, really hoping that Steve McQueen's "12 Years a Slave" makes it to Telluride next month (that's right, next month). "Shame" made the journey from Venice to Colorado two years ago so it's possible, if Fox Searchlight/McQueen want to bow there, they could make it back in time. It is, for me, one of my most anticipated films of the year, as I'm sure it is for a great many of you who have been impressed by McQueen's work on "Hunger" and "Shame" in recent years.

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The Civil Wars civilly discuss their split and new album
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The Civil Wars civilly discuss their split and new album

You can cut the tension with a knife

“Great art is birthed from great tension. That’s very much where we are,” says The Civil Wars’ Joy Williams in this behind-the-scenes footage from the making of the duo’s self-titled album, coming out Aug. 6.

[More after the jump...]


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Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 192

Dan and Alan talk Cory Monteith, 'Sharknado,' Emmys and Comic-Con


Happy Monday, Boys & Girls!
It's Firewall & Iceberg time, even if there aren't many new shows to review this week. 
We review "Axe Cop" and "High School USA," the first entries in FOX's new HDHD block and we discuss "The X-Files" as part of our Summer Pilot Rewatch, but we also preview Comic-Con and the Emmy Nominations, which are this week's big events.
Oh and yes... We talk about the majesty that is "Sharknado."
Of course, the podcast starts on a somber note with the tragic passing of "Glee" star Cory Monteith. Apologies for the inevitably harsh transition between that and "Axe Cop," but... That's just how it had to be done.
Next week's Summer Pilot Rewatch (or maybe two weeks from now... schedules are weird) will be "My So-Called Life." On the podcast, Alan says it's on Netflix. He lied. But it is on Hulu.
Today's breakdown:
Cory Monteith (00:00:55 - 00:12:30)
"Axe Cop" and "High School USA" (00:12:40 - 00:21:05)
Emmy preview (00:21:00 - 00:35:10)
Comic-Con preview (00:35:15 - 00:43:00)
"Sharknado!" (00:43:10 - 00:59:05)
Summer Pilot Rewatch: "The X-Files" (00:59:05 - 01:18:00)

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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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 192: 'Axe Cop,' 'Sharknado,' 'The X-Files' & more

Dan and Alan also preview the Emmy nominations and Comic-Con and pay tribute to the late Cory Monteith


It's our last traditional Firewall & Iceberg Podcast — as in, recorded via Skype while we're 3000 miles away from each other — for a while. I'll be going to Comic-Con later this week, and the next podcast should be recorded in Dan's car on the way to the airport on Sunday night (Dan will then post it sometime Monday while I'm sleeping off a red-eye). Then I'll be back in California for press tour, and we'll be recording a few podcasts at irregular times in my hotel room. 

This wound up being a hodge-podge of stuff, from the tragedy of Cory Monteith's death to the silliness of "Sharknado," plus discussion of FOX's new late-night animated comedies previews of the Emmy nominations and Comic-Con, and our look back at the pilot of "The X-Files." (Our next pilot, to be discussed at a podcast at some indeterminate point in the future: "My So-Called Life," which is actually on Hulu and not Netflix streaming at the moment.) 

The lineup:

Cory Monteith (00:00:55 - 00:12:30)
"Axe Cop" and "High School USA" (00:12:40 - 00:21:05)
Emmy preview (00:21:00 - 00:35:10)
Comic-Con preview (00:35:15 - 00:43:00)
"Sharknado!" (00:43:10 - 00:59:05)
Summer Pilot Rewatch: "The X-Files" (00:59:05 - 01:18:00)
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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Mira Sorvino joins 'Psych'

Mira Sorvino joins "Psych"

The Oscar winner will play a detective as part of a multi-episode arc.

Report: Alcohol and substances found in Cory Monteith's hotel room
E! reports there were "numerous amounts of alcohol" as well as unidentified substances in the "Glee" star's hotel room.

NJ Gov. Chris Christie signs on for a "Michael J. Fox Show" cameo

He'll play himself on an episode this fall.

Simon Cowell was left to judge "The X Factor" by himself over the weekend
Demi Lovato was sick, Kelly Rowland had to leave unexpectedly and Paulina had another prior commitment. "This is the show I've always wanted to have," Cowell said. "Now I will be the only person making decisions. God is good!"

"HIMYM" books Sherri Shepherd
"The View" star will sit next to Marshall on a cross-country flight.

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<p>Both of my kids thought this was MechaGodzilla at first glance. In related news, my kids are awesome.</p>

Both of my kids thought this was MechaGodzilla at first glance. In related news, my kids are awesome.

Credit: Mondo/Phantom City Creative

A striking new 'Godzilla' poster for Comic-Con raises the question of apocalypse fatigue

At what point have we had enough of the end of the world?

One of the things that filmmakers would do well to take away from this year as an important lesson is that we have reached the point of apocalyptic overload as a collective audience.

It makes sense. One of the things that special effects crews have gotten very good at is destroying cities. At this point, it's such a familiar image that it almost doesn't register in terms of how horrifying it would be if it were real. Last night, my oldest son was in my office and a preview for "G.I. Joe: Retaliation" came on before whatever movie I had put in the player. He hasn't seen the film, but he stopped to look at the trailer, and the big "money shot," if you will, is the total and immediate destruction of London. Looking at it out of context like that, as a thrown-away bit of mayhem designed to get you to buy a ticket, it struck me as really distasteful.

One of the biggest sticking points regarding "Man Of Steel" for many of you appears to be the way the chaos and destruction of the final battle with Zod escalates and the sheer scale of the destruction. As violent as that fight is, what I found upsetting in the film was the effect of the World Engine, the terraforming device that consists of two machines, one on either side of the planet. The destruction caused by that device is truly horrible to witness, and I don't think Zack Snyder downplayed that at all. You see cars and buildings and people sucked up into the gravity field and then slammed back to Earth with such brutality that you know nothing could survive it.

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Watch: Justin Timberlake joins Jay-Z for 'Holy Grail' live in the U.K.
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Watch: Justin Timberlake joins Jay-Z for 'Holy Grail' live in the U.K.

Here's what you can expect when the North American tour starts Wednesday

Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake’s Legends of the Summer tour kicks off in North American on Wednesday in Toronto. The two superstars gave fans a little taste of what to expect as they played two dates during Yahoo’s Wireless Festival in the U.K. over the weekend. For Timberlake’s July 12 solo set, Jay-Z joined him for “Suit & Tie,” then on Saturday night, Timberlake returned the favor by coming out for “Holy Grail.” 

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