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<p>This is the single worst 'Where's Waldo?' puzzle of all time.</p>

This is the single worst 'Where's Waldo?' puzzle of all time.

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Why does a sneak peek at 'The Wolverine' contain a massive spoiler?

New marketing materials for this summer's sequel frustrate on many levels

This should go without saying after the intentionally vague headline, but there will be some big spoilers in this article for "The Wolverine." Read accordingly.

Here's one of those moments when a decision is made by someone on a film and I'm so baffled by it that I'm not even sure what to write or how to handle the headline.

James Mangold is the director of this summer's "The Wolverine," and that's one of those choices that has kept me interested since he was announced. Darren Aronofsky was first on the film, but when Mangold took over in development, it seemed like a cool and unconventional choice, which can pay off in cool ways sometimes. The entire time Mangold has been in production, he's been pretty vocal about the sort of thing he's trying to make, and they've done a great job of keeping images from the film locked down. As a result, all we've had were a few on-set photographs, a couple of portrait images, and that's it. Descriptions, and nothing more.

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<p>Kevin Bacon becomes the new pitchman for Budweiser Invisible Lager.</p>

Kevin Bacon becomes the new pitchman for Budweiser Invisible Lager.

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Recap: 'The Following' - 'Guilt'

Joe keeps looking for Claire, while Emma and Jacob reunite
Oh, "The Following." Why are you so dark and whiny?
 
After last week's review, it's hard to find more to critique about "The Following" when the show seems hell-bent on delivering more of the same. But I did find "Guilt" interesting for two different reasons: One, it's rather predictable, which gives us some insight into what the writers of "The Following" are hoping to achieve, and two, it aggressively enters the dream-like state that had been hinted at in the first few weeks, giving Jacob some intense hallucinations.
 
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"The Voice"

 "The Voice"

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'The Voice' recap: 'The Blind Auditions Premiere'

Blake snaps up talent, but will Adam choose anyone for his team?

"The Voice" is back, and for the first five minutes of this two-hour marathon show we are reminded how awesome it is compared to, say, other singing competition shows. Cough, "American Idol," cough, "X-Factor," cough cough. "The Voice" cares about the artists! It's not superficial! The voice has Shakira! And Usher! And, you know, Blake Shelton and Adam Levine! And Usher launched Justin Bieber! Take that, Randy Jackson!

Before we get to the blind auditions, the judges perform "Come Together" by the Beatles. Adam Levine is on drums and Usher is on bass. There's Shakira being Shakira! You know, she can play guitar, too,

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<p>Billy Burke as Miles Matheson in &quot;Revolution.&quot;</p>

Billy Burke as Miles Matheson in "Revolution."

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Review: 'Revolution' - 'The Stand'

What did everybody think of the NBC drama's return?

I weighed in on the return of "Revolution" in this morning's post, but I have a couple of spoiler-iffic thoughts on the premiere coming up just as soon as I drive here in a Cutlass Ciera...

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"The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills"

 "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills"

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'Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' recap: Adrienne spoils Lisa's party

Faye and Adrienne manage to suck the fun out of a romantic vow renewal

It's the big finale of "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills," and that also means the big finale for Adrienne Maloof. As we know, not only is she not returning next season, she didn't even bother to go to the show reunion. I guess that means that the reunion will be like what most of this season has already been -- lots of people fighting on her behalf, talking behind her back, and generally making her the center of attention even though she isn't there. I can't say I'm sorry to see Adrienne go. I'm just hoping that means everyone can stop yapping about her. 

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<p>Mumford &amp;&nbsp;Sons arrive at the 2013 Grammy Awards</p>

Mumford & Sons arrive at the 2013 Grammy Awards

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Mumford & Sons' summer tour swings through the West and Southwest

No Lollapalooza date listed yet

Mumford & Sons are rumored to be headlining Lollapalooza, which runs Aug. 2-4, but as the Grammy-winning group’s new tour schedule reveals, they definitely won’t be playing the first night of the Chicago festival.

On Aug. 2, they will be headlining Montreal’s Osheaga Festival. However, after that, the band has a three-week break before its North American Gentlemen of the Road Stopover dates begin. The Lollapalooza line-up will be announced in April.

The tour, announced today, also includes stops at  Washington’s Sasquatch Music Festival and Manchester, Tenn.’s Bonnaroo. Opening acts are Michael Kiwanuka and Mystery Jets. The outing, dubbed Summer Stampede 2013, starts at Calgary's

 

Mumford & Sons Upcoming Tour Dates
5/21 - Calgary, AB @ Scotiabank Saddledome*
5/22 - Edmonton, AB @ Rexall Place*
5/24 - Surrey, BC @ Holland Park*
5/26 - George, WA @ Sasquatch Music Festival
5/27 - Portland, OR @ Rose Garden Arena*
5/29 - Berkeley, CA @ Greek Theatre*
5/30 - Berkeley, CA @ Greek Theatre*
5/31 - Berkeley, CA @ Greek Theatre*
6/02 - San Bernardino, CA @ Glen Helen Regional Park*
6/03 - Chula Vista, CA @ Sleep Train Amphitheatre*
6/05 - Phoenix, AZ @ Desert Sky Pavilion*
6/06 - Taos, NM @ Kit Carson Park*
6/08 - Austin, TX @ Austin 360 Amphitheater*
6/09 - Austin, TX @ Austin 360 Amphitheater*
6/11 - Dallas, TX @ Gexa Energy Pavilion*
6/12 - The Woodlands, TX @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion*
6/13 - New Orleans, LA @ Mardi Gras World*
6/15 - Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo Music Festival
6/17 - Bonner Springs, KS @ Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre*
6/20 - Telluride, CO @ Telluride Bluegrass Festival
8/02-04 - Montreal, QC @ Osheaga Festival
8/23-24 - Simcoe, ON @ Gentlemen of the Road Stopover
8/30-31 - Troy, OH @ Gentlemen of the Road Stopover
9/06-07 - Guthrie, OK @ Gentlemen of the Road Stopover
9/13-14 - St. Augustine, FL @ Gentlemen of the Road Stopover
 

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<p>A$AP Rocky</p>

A$AP Rocky

Watch: Skrillex and A$AP Rocky party in the Dominican for 'Wild for the Night'

Drop octave and grab your gun. Or don't.

In what starts as a third world thriller is A$AP Rocky's and Skrillex's "Wild for the Night" music video. Pre-teens holding shotguns and glocks (or maybe they're kittens! they're blurred out, could be anything.) in Santo Domingo flock around their favorite crew.

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<p>Ryan Gosling in &quot;Only God Forgives.&quot;</p>

Ryan Gosling in "Only God Forgives."

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10 films we're most hoping to see at the Cannes Film Festival

From Asghar Farhadi to Nicolas Winding Refn, we're counting on a diverse slate

In the blessed six months between the Venice Film Festival and the Academy Awards ceremony -- the Oscar off-season, if you will -- the Cannes Film Festival is the chief hub of speculation and spitballing in the prestige-film racket. As I type this, the blogosphere is already teeming with lists predicting what films will unspool on Croisette in less than two months' time, from heavyweight Hollywood productions to keenly awaited niche items from international auteurs to far-flung obscurities vying to be the next big festival discovery.

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<p>Lady Antebellum</p>

Lady Antebellum

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Lady Antebellum reveals track listing for new album, 'Golden'

Fourth set inspired by time on the road

Lady Antebellum’s fourth album, “Golden,” was inspired by the trio’s life on the road.
 
Out May 7, the Grammy-winning group’s latest set developed out of experimentation between Lady A and its band as they traveled across the world. “We were just kind of in that live show mindset for this album,” said the band’s Dave Haywood, in a statement. “We had that perspective of being on a tour and having seen what translates in an arena. We have a better idea what kind of songs are so relateable where it shakes everybody like, ‘Oh my God, I’ve totally been there’.”

The band’s Charles Kelley adds that the trio wanted to reinvent themselves a little, as jangly first single “Downtown shows, but not too much. “I get annoyed when people reinvent themselves too much because there’s a reason people fell n love with you in the first place, but I think it’s important not to regurgitate the same stuff over and over again.” 

The band co-produced the set with Paul Worley, who has worked with them on their previous efforts. HitFix heard the title track, the wistful, beautiful “Golden,” when the band taped an episode of CMT’s “Crossroads” with Stevie Nicks.



GOLDEN Track List:

1. Get To Me
2. Goodbye Town
3. Nothin' Like The First Time
4. Downtown
5. Better Off Now (That You're Gone)
6. It Ain't Pretty
7. Can't Stand The Rain
8. Golden
9. Long Teenage Goodbye
10. All For Love
11. Better Man
12. Generation Away



 

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Watch: Rebel Wilson straddles Channing Tatum in latest MTV Movie Awards promo
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Watch: Rebel Wilson straddles Channing Tatum in latest MTV Movie Awards promo

Also: Wilson prepares to 'go off' in dynamite new one-sheet

Even in the midst of a life-or-death situation, Rebel Wilson just can't keep her hands off of Channing Tatum.

The "Pitch Perfect" actress, who was tapped to host this year's MTV Movie Awards following an attention-getting appearance at last year's VMAs, invades triple-nominee Tatum's personal space in the latest promo for the upcoming ceremony, which is set to air on Sunday, April 14.

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Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 174

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

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Happy Monday and Happy Seder Night, Boys & Girls!
 
It's time for another busy installment of The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast.
 
This week, we talk about "Revolution," "Orphan Black" and the new season of "Game of Thrones." We also talk about a random assortment of other stuff. It's a full week!
 
Next week? Much more to talk about!
 
This week's breakdown:
"Revolution" (00:01:10 - 00:13:55)
"Orphan Black" (00:14:00 - 00:23:10)
"Game of Thrones" (00:24:00 - 00:37:45)
"Mr. Selfridge" (00:37:45 - 43:50)
A few words on "Happy Endings" on Friday and Jaypocalypse 2.0 (00:44:00 - 01:01:20)
Listener Mail - Marketing versus Creative (01:01:35 - 01:05:55)
Listener Mail - The future of "Law & Order" (01:06:00 - 01:12:05)
Listener Mail - Showrunners on multiple shows (01:12:10 - 01:18:20)
Listener Mail - Live+3 versus C3 ratings (01:18:25 - 01:20:20)

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.] 

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

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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 174: 'Game of Thrones,' 'Revolution,' 'Orphan Black' & more

Dan and Alan also talk 'Happy Endings,' Jaypocalypse 2.0, 'Mr. Selfridge' and answer your mail

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It's a mono-coastal installment of the Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, as Dan is back home for Passover. You tell us if you notice any appreciable difference in sound quality from us being only a few hundred miles apart rather than close to 3000 30000. It's a busy show, with talk about "Game of Thrones," "Revolution," BBC America's "Orphan Black," and a lot more. The lineup:

"Revolution" (00:01:10 - 00:13:55)
"Orphan Black" (00:14:00 - 00:23:10)
"Game of Thrones" (00:24:00 - 00:37:45)
"Mr. Selfridge" (00:37:45 - 43:50)
A few words on "Happy Endings" on Friday and Jaypocalypse 2.0 (00:44:00 - 01:01:20)
Listener Mail - Marketing versus Creative (01:01:35 - 01:05:55)
Listener Mail - The future of "Law & Order" (01:06:00 - 01:12:05)
Listener Mail - Showrunners on multiple shows (01:12:10 - 01:18:20)
Listener Mail - Live+3 versus C3 ratings (01:18:25 - 01:20:20)
 
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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