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<p>A scene from &quot;Nymphomaniac.&quot;</p>

A scene from "Nymphomaniac."

Credit: Magnolia Pictures

Sex or sweeties in first clip from Lars von Trier's 'Nymphomaniac'

It's fair to say the film isn't revealing its hand just yet

Lars von Trier's "Nymphomaniac" -- a supposed sexual odyssey with a starry cast including Shia LaBeouf, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Uma Thurman, among others -- is currently enjoying such a feverish level of anticipation that it could announce a new typeface for its credits and the internet would collectively freak out for a minute. So it's inevitable that the first, minute-long clip to be revealed from the film has been eagerly seized upon by the web -- and even more inevitable that von Trier has punked us with a wholly chaste clip that, alluring as it is, doesn't reveal much of anything (or any of its famous faces). Come on, you didn't think Lars was going to let the cat out of the bag just yet, did you?

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<p>Ilkka Koivula in Aki Kaurismaki's &quot;Tavern Man,&quot; part of &quot;Historic Center.&quot;&nbsp;</p>

Ilkka Koivula in Aki Kaurismaki's "Tavern Man," part of "Historic Center." 

Credit: Urban Distribution International

Edinburgh Film Festival: Auteurs at play in 'Historic Center,' and other short treats

Also: one to watch in the Best Animated Short Oscar race?

One of the pleasures I’ve allowed myself at this year’s Edinburgh fest is more time than usual to graze the handpicked short film programme – annually a point of pride for the festival, though inevitably swamped in the attention stakes by even the most negligible features in the lineup. That’s understandable: it’s hard to cover films that your readers have no certain way of accessing, and even with advances in online exhibition, distribution of shorts remains a niche affair. Taking aside from the annual release of those fortunate shorts rather randomly singled out by the Oscars, civilian cinemagoers are unlikely to see any at all.

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Shark Week adds a late-night talk show: 'Shark After Dark'

Shark Week adds a late-night talk show: "Shark After Dark"

This year's Shark Week programming has been announced, including "Air Jaws," "I Escaped Jaws," "Spawn of Jaws," "Sharks Behaving Badly" and ""Sharkpocalypse."

Nik Wallenda will offer commentary when Discovery re-airs his Grand Canyon walk
"Nik Talks The Walk" will be shown on Sunday.

James Gandolfini's funeral program for sale on eBay for as much as $1000
"The Gandolfini ghouls are out," says the NY Daily News.

New Yorker's Bert & Ernie cover first surfaced 1 year ago

Artist Jack Hunter's image was first submitted to a Tumblr blog. PLUS: Why the cover is infantilizing and offensive, Bert & Ernie cover gets a "Seinfeld" parody, and why is the cover being taken so seriously?

"Duck Dynasty" adding a beardless brother
Alan Robertson, Phil Robertson's eldest son, is joining the show for Season 4 after quitting his day job as a PR manager.

"Game of Thrones" casts Prince Oberyn Martell
Chilean actor Pedro Pascal will take on the major Season 4 role.

"Once Upon a Time in Wonderland" is getting extra episodes
The ABC limited series will expand beyond the 13 episodes ordered.

Netflix launches "Max," a virtual assistant who will recommend TV shows to watch

Netflix says Max is "rumored to be the child of Siri and Hall 9000."

Watch Larry David's full-length HBO "Clear History" trailer

Featuring Larry with a beard and without a beard.

Chicken-eating Dax Shepard rejects PETA's "Sexiest Vegetarian" title
The "Parenthood" star, who was named "Sexiest Vegetarian" with Kristen Bell, said he tried veganism for a year, but stopped six months ago.

"Shark Tank" adds the New York Giants' Academy Award-winning co-owner

Steve Tisch will serve as a "guest shark."

Daniel Radcliffe returns to "The Simpsons," this time to voice a dog

Radcliffe's first cameo on the show was in 2010, as the vampire son of Dracula.

Kim Zolciak caught smoking while pregnant
The "Real Housewives" star was also captured smoking during her last pregnancy.

"Lost's" Rebecca Mader to guest on "Warehouse 13"

She'll appear in one of the Syfy show's final episodes.

History Channel seeking Hitler lookalikes

Also wanted: Winston Churchill and Franklin D. Roosevelt lookalikes for a new miniseries.

Read the Emmy episode submissions from 10 comedies
From "Louie" to "Girls." PLUS: 10 drama submissions.

"The Taste" cuts 1 judge

Chef Brian Malarkey won't be back for Season 2.

Gilbert Gottfried tackles "Breaking Bad"

Check him out reading a Walter White monologue.

Watch Rob Lowe as Arsenio on "SNL"

Arsenio Beckman.

"Family Ties" and "Spin City" cast members pay tribute to Gary David Goldberg

Michael Gross, Connie Britton, Alan Ruck and more pay tribute to Goldberg, who died last week.

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<p>Britney Spears</p>

Britney Spears


Watch lyrics float by in Britney Spears' lyric video for 'Ooh La La' from 'Smurfs 2'

Sometimes a lyric video really is just a lyric video

Sometimes a banana is just a banana and sometimes a lyric video is just a lyric video. Such is the case with Britney Spears’ lyric video for “Ooh La La,” her song for “Smurfs 2.”

[More after the jump...]


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<p>&quot;Looper&quot;&nbsp;star Joseph Gordon-Levitt was invited to join the actors branch</p>

"Looper" star Joseph Gordon-Levitt was invited to join the actors branch

Credit: AP Photo

Jason Bateman, Lena Dunham and Prince among 276 invited to join the Academy

As well as...Chris Tucker?

The Academy has announced its annual list of invitees to its esteemed membership, including 276 names from actors Jason Bateman, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Jennifer Lopez and Milla Jovovich to directors Steve McQueen, Todd Phillips and last year's wunderkind Benh Zeitlin.

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<p>Stark Sands, Carey Mulligan and Justin Timberlake in &quot;Inside Llewyn Davis.&quot;</p>

Stark Sands, Carey Mulligan and Justin Timberlake in "Inside Llewyn Davis."

Credit: CBS Films

'Inside Llewyn Davis' soundtrack, featuring Justin Timberlake and Marcus Mumford, out in September

The T Bone Burnett-produced folk collection is sure to be a hipster favorite

American audiences will have to wait until December 6 to see "Inside Llewyn Davis," the Coen Brothers' folk-scene study that wowed critics (and Steven Spielberg's jury) at Cannes last month. But take heart: you can hear it -- well, sort of -- a few months earlier, as the film's excellent (and highly integral) soundtrack is released on September 17. That's in time for Grammy consideration, by the way -- and while it won't be eligible for any music Oscars, they may as well start engraving the Best Compilation Soundtrack Grammy statuette right now.

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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 189: 'Dexter,' 'Ray Donovan,' Dick Van Dyke and Mary Tyler Moore

Dan and Alan also answer your mail


Time for the second of this week's Firewall & Iceberg Podcast installments, in which we discuss one old and one new Showtime drama, answer some mail, and continue our summer pilot rewatch with "The Dick Van Dyke Show" and "The Mary Tyler Moore Show."  Next week's homework: "Hill Street Blues" (note: Hulu has placed the first two episodes together as one video, so you can stop around the 48 or 49-minute mark, when the pilot clearly ends) and "The Shield." 

The lineup:

"Dexter" (00:01:15 - 00:13:00)
"Ray Donovan" (00:13:00 - 00:27:30)
Listener Mail - Best New Shows (00:27:45 - 00:34:55)
Listener Mail - What counts as TV? (00:35:00 - 00:44:40)
Summer Rewatch: "The Dick Van Dyke Show"/"Mary Tyler Moore" (00:44:45 - 01:04:20)
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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UPDATED: Listen to Janelle Monae's new song in the cutest Apocalypse ever

UPDATED: Listen to Janelle Monae's new song in the cutest Apocalypse ever

'The Electric Lady' gets a September release date

In the most adorable end-of-the-world scenario every, Janelle Monae reveals new song "Dance Apocalyptic" with the news of her "Electric Lady" release date.

"Dance Apocalyptic" is yet another example of how hard it is to pin down Monae's sound, which may have plagued sales of her last album "The ArchAndroid." The hap-clappy nostalgic feel is dissimilar to her current single "Q.U.E.E.N.", as funky-soul is replaced by '60s pop and uptempo rock, like Fitz & The Tantrums with Parliament's tinfoil-hatted lyrics. Monae warns of the zombies in your front yard as she does the Watusi, it seems, which works for her until the weird digression at the end, about your food.

My food tastes just fine, as it happens. Wait, what just happened?

UPDATE: Maybe "Apocalyptic" sounds so different because it IS different -- it is one of four bonus tracks on on Target's forthcoming exclusive deluxe release.

I still have good feels about "The Electric Lady," which has the newly announced release date of September 10. Pitchfork will premiere the video for "Dance Apocalyptic" next week, on July 2; see the video teaser below. She'll be performing this Sunday, June 30, at the BET Awards, which was also home to one of her best performances to date, her honorific tribute to Prince in 2010.

Fast-forward, and Prince is confirmed to guest on Monae's "Electric Lady." Have you heard his remix to "Q.U.E.E.N." yet? You should.

Here is Janelle Monae's original "Q.U.E.E.N." video, featuring Erykah Badu.

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Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 189

Dan and Alan talk 'Dexter,' 'Ray Donovan' and Summer Pilot Rewatch


Happy Friday, Boys & Girls!
We really meant to have this second Firewall & Iceberg Podcast installment up earlier in the week, but do to my schedule, time kinda slipped away. Apologies!
In this installment, we review Showtime's "Dexter" and "Ray Donovan," answer a wee bit of mail and discuss this week's Summer Pilot Rewatch double-bill of "The Dick Van Dyke Show" and "The Mary Tyler Moore Show." 
Next week's Summer Pilot Rewatch is a double dose and Sepinwall can add the proper link to this post if he has the time! UPDATE: Alan here! For next week, we're doing "Hill Street Blues" (note: Hulu has placed the first two episodes together as one video, so you can stop around the 48 or 49-minute mark, when the pilot clearly ends) and "The Shield."
Here's today's breakdown:
"Dexter" (00:01:15 - 00:13:00)
"Ray Donovan" (00:13:00 - 00:27:30)
Listener Mail - Best New Shows (00:27:45 - 00:34:55)
Listener Mail - What counts as TV? (00:35:00 - 00:44:40)
Summer Rewatch: "The Dick Van Dyke Show"/"Mary Tyler Moore" (00:44:45 - 01:04:20)

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

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New Yorker celebrates gay marriage with Bert & Ernie

New Yorker celebrates gay marriage with Bert & Ernie
Is this week's New Yorker cover "terrible way" to celebrate the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act?

Watch Jon Stewart's bearded "Daily Show" cameo via Skype
"I didn't grow it," Stewart said of the beard. "...When you get off the plane in the Middle East, they give it to you like the Hawaiians give you a lei."

Paula Deen No. 1 on Amazon
Thanks to the N-word controversy, her upcoming book, "Paula Deen's New Testament: 250 Recipes, All Lightened Up," which isn't due out until October, has soared to No. 1. UPDATE: Kmart, Walgreens and Sears drop Paula.

"Arrested Development" is coming out with a Netflix season soundtrack

Both songs and scores from Season 4 will be released, including an expanded version of "Getaway."

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Watch: Nine Inch Nails' 'Came Back Haunted' music video by David Lynch

Watch: Nine Inch Nails' 'Came Back Haunted' music video by David Lynch

Cloudy rooms, seizure warnings

Nine Inch Nails' new music video for "Came Back Haunted" starts with a warning for those who suffer seizures. There should have also been one for those who suffer nightmares.

The David Lynch-directed clip doesn't so much have a story, but hazy, shaky, blurred and disturbing shots of puffy monster faces, negatives of a ghoulish bug, clouds forming in the corners of rooms, and of course Trent Reznor's pale mug pinkly reciting its jagged little lyrics.

It's just what you wanted this comeback effort to be. That whole previous "Lost Highway" collaboration proves Lynch and Reznor make good partners.

"Came Back Haunted" is the lead single from NIN's new album "Hesitation Marks," due Sept. 3 on Columbia. As previously reported, the album features Fleetwood Mac’s Lindsey Buckingham, King Crimson’s Adrian Belew (who had joined the band but only recently exited). Alessandro Cortini, Ilan Rubin and Joshua Eustis round out Reznor's lineup.

Here is the tracklist for "Hesitation Marks":

1. "The Eater of Dreams"
2. "Copy of A"
3. "Came Back Haunted"
4. "Find My Way"
5. "All Time Low"
6. "Disappointed"
7. "Everything"
8. "Satellite"
9. "Various Methods of Escape"
10. "Running"
11. "I Would for You"
12. "In Two"
13. "While I'm Still Here"
14. "Black Noise"

Here are Nine Inch Nails' tour dates:

07/26 - Niigata, Japan @ Fuji Rocks Festival
07/28 - Ansan, South Korea @ Ansan Valley Festival
08/2-4 - Chicago, IL @ Lollapalooza
08/9-11 - San Francisco, CA @ Outside Lands
08/15 - Hasselt, Belgium @ Pukkelpop
08/16 - Biddinghuizen, Holland @ Lowlands Festival
08/18 - Hockenheim, Germany @ Rock 'n' Heim
08/21 - Belfast, Northern Ireland @ Belsonic Festival
08/23 - Leeds, England @ Leeds Festival
08/24 - Paris, France @ Rock en Seine
08/25 - Reading, England @ Reading Festival
08/28 - Milan, Italy @ Mediolanum Forum
08/31 - 09/1 - Philadelphia, PA @ Made in America Festival
09/28 - St. Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center
09/30 - Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center
10/01 - St. Louis, MO @ Chaifetz Arena
10/03 - Montreal, QC @ Centre Bell
10/04 - Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre
10/05 - Cleveland, OH @ Wolstein Center
10/07 - Auburn Hill, MI @ The Palace of Auburn Hills
10/08 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Petersen Events Center
10/11 - Boston, MA @ TD Garden
10/14 - Brooklyn, NY @ Barclays Center
10/15 - Newark, NJ @ Prudential Center
10/18 - Washington, D.C. @ Verizon Center
10/19 - University Park, PA @ Bryce Jordan Center
10/21 - Raleigh, NC @ PNC Arena
10/22 - Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena
10/24 - Atlanta, GA @ Philips Arena
10/25-27 - Asheville, NC @ Mountain Oasis Electronic Music Summit
10/30 - Sunrise, FL @ BB&T Center
10/31 - Orlando, FL @ Amway Center
11/1-3 - New Orleans, LA @ Voodoo Music Experience
11/05 - San Antonio, TX @ AT&T Center
11/08 - Los Angeles, CA @ Staples Center
11/09 - Phoenix, AZ @ US Airways Center
11/11 - El Paso, TX @ Don Haskins Center
11/13 - Broomfield, CO @ 1st Bank Center
11/15 - Las Vegas, NV @ The Joint
11/16 - Las Vegas, NV @ The Joint
11/18 - Portland, OR @ Rose Garden Arena
11/19 - Spokane, WA @ Spokane Arena
11/21 - Vancouver, British Columbia @ Rogers Arena
11/22 - Seattle, WA @ KeyArena
11/24 - Edmonton, AB @ Rexall Place
11/25 - Calgary, AB @ Scotiabank Saddledome

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<p>Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx in &quot;White House&nbsp;Down&quot;</p>

Channing Tatum and Jamie Foxx in "White House Down"

Credit: Sony Pictures

Tell us what you thought of 'White House Down'

Roland Emmerich's 'Die Hard' rip-off explodes onto screens this weekend

There's a lot of apologizing for Roland Emmerich's "White House Down" going on out there. On one hand, I get it. It's fun. Etc. And I've certainly been an Emmerich apologist in my time. On the other hand, the film is so PAINFULLY derivative and you can only roll your eyes so many times in a film before it just stops being an enjoyable experience, no? I just didn't realize you could get paid for a script that so liberally cribs another ("Die Hard"). Right down to the Beethoven. Noted. Anyway, HitFix's Drew McWeeny is on my side of the line, calling the film "inconsequential summer programming." But let's hear what you have to say about it. Rifle off your thoughts in the comments section below when and if you see the film, and feel free to vote in our poll, too.

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