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Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 188

Dan and Alan talk James Gandolfini, 'Mad Me,' 'Hannibal,' 'Under the Dome' and more


Happy Monday, Boys & Girls!
It's a busy week, so expect two installments of The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast this week.
In this regular Monday installment, we talk about finales for "Mad Men" and "Hannibal," review CBS' "Under the Dome" and we pay tribute to James Gandolfini and Gary David Goldberg.
Later in the week, we'll cover "Dexter" and "Ray Donovan" and we'll do this week's rewatch, which was "Mary Tyler Moore" and "The Dick Van Dyke Show."
Here's today's breakdown:
James Gandolfini & Gary David Goldberg (00:2:10 - 00:20:30)
"Under the Dome" (00:20:40 - 00:27:05)
"Hannibal" (00:27:10 - 00:47:50)
"Mad Men" (00:47:50 - 01:39:25)

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

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Watch: Yeah Yeah Yeahs first band ever to shoot music video atop Empire State Building

Watch: Yeah Yeah Yeahs first band ever to shoot music video atop Empire State Building

Watch: 'Despair' gets an aerial view

Apparently, no music video has ever been shot on the top of the Empire State Building. Until now.

Yeah Yeah Yeahs, the New York band, took to a New York icon for their new clip for "Despair," the second single from their latest album "Mosquito."

Patrick Daughters -- who's totally our favorite -- shot the clip, which has the band meeting at the peak of the 102-story building in parts, with Karen O's vocal track starting out a capella. It crescendos to the rising of the sun at the same time as O sings (you guessed it) "my sun is your sun."

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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 188: 'Mad Men,' 'Under the Dome,' 'Hannibal' & more

Dan and Alan also pay tribute to the late James Gandolfini and Gary David Goldberg


Even before the tragic deaths of James Gandolfini and Gary David Goldberg, Dan and I were looking at splitting this week's Firewall & Iceberg Podcast into two installments. Once we lost those two TV giants, the decision to split was easy. So you get tribute talk, an "Under the Dome" review and finale discussion of "Mad Men" and "Hannibal" today, and later in the week you'll get "Dexter," "Ray Donovan" and our pilot rewatch of "The Dick Van Dyke Show" and "The Mary Tyler Moore Show." 

The lineup:

James Gandolfini & Gary David Goldberg (00:2:10 - 00:20:30)
"Under the Dome" (00:20:40 - 00:27:05)
"Hannibal" (00:27:10 - 00:47:50)
"Mad Men" (00:47:50 - 01:39:25)
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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<p>Emile Hirsch and Paul Rudd in &quot;Prince Avalanche&quot;</p>

Emile Hirsch and Paul Rudd in "Prince Avalanche"

Credit: Magnolia Pictures

'Prince Avalanche' trailer puts Paul Rudd and Emile Hirsch at each other's throats

Magnolia will release the film in theaters and on VOD August 9

The more I think back to David Gordon Green's "Prince Avalanche," which I saw at the Sundance Film Festival where it made its world premiere, the more charmed I am by its unexpected charisma, its personal flourishes and its central performances. It popped up as one of our under-the-radar films for the summer movie season, and indeed, when it hits theaters in August, it will be a nice change of pace for those looking for as much after the blockbusters have had their way.

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<p>Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Chloe Grace Moretz listen to Jeff Wadlow describe a shot for 'Kick-Ass 2'</p>

Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Chloe Grace Moretz listen to Jeff Wadlow describe a shot for 'Kick-Ass 2'

Credit: Universal Pictures

Chloe Moretz talks about fighting Mother Russia and returning for 'Kick-Ass 2'

She was 11 the first time we spoke, but she's no kid this time around

BUCKINGHAMSHIRE - Chloe Grace Moretz is once again clad in purple and black leathers, just like the first time we met, but this time around, she seems far more confident and controlled.

On the set of the original "Kick-Ass," I was one of the very first interviews Moretz ever did, and part of what was evident on that set was how protective everyone was of her. Her mother, her brother, director Matthew Vaughn, screenwriter Jane Goldman… everyone was in that same mode, and for good reason. As we watch Amanda Bynes melt down in real time on Twitter these days, it is a potent reminder of just how much damage can be done to a young person when Hollywood gets hold of them, and no one wants to see that happen to Moretz.

Thankfully, it doesn't seem to be the case. Chloe seems level-headed and normal in every way, except perhaps for her obvious talents as a performer. She spends her time these days working with filmmakers like Martin Scorsese and Tim Burton, and it seems like she's being careful in terms of what projects she'll sign on to do. I have a feeling we're going to be talking about her work for a long time, so these interviews end up just being signposts along the way. Chloe at 12. Chloe at 16. Each time with a little more experience and a greater sense of self.

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Michael J. Fox on Gary David Goldberg: 'He changed my life profoundly'

Michael J. Fox on Gary David Goldberg: "He changed my life profoundly"

Fox says of the "Family Ties" creator and "Spin City" co-creator: "With a full heart I say goodbye to my mentor, benefactor, partner, second father and beloved friend, Gary David Goldberg."

CW announces fall premiere dates
The fall season kicks off in October on The CW, starting with "Hart of Dixie" on Oct. 7.

MSNBC's Mika Brzezinski apologizes for her disastrous Russell Brand interview
"I didn't know Russell," said the "Morning Joe" star. "And I don't think Russell liked that. And I've never gotten more vitriol and anger and hatred than I have over this so I apologize for not knowing." PLUS: MSNBC sorry for live Trayvon Martin trial F-bomb.

See a new (spoilery) "Walking Dead" set pic

One character appears to be undergoing a dramatic life change.

Lacey Chabert signs on for Hallmark Channel movie

The "Party of Five" star is joining "Alphas" star Warren Christie in "The Color of Rain."

"Breaking Bad" launches a "Name Lab"

Ever wondered what your name would look like as the show's title?

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"Skywire Live with Nik Wallenda"

 "Skywire Live with Nik Wallenda"

Credit: Discovery

'Skywire Live with Nik Wallenda' pulls in 12.8 million viewers

"Naked and Afraid" becomes the network's highest rated premiere of 2013
It turns out that many, many people will watch if they think there's a chance you'll make a small splat at the bottom of the Grand Canyon. "Skywire Live with Nik Wallenda" featuring "The King of the High Wire" making history as the first person ever to cross over the Grand Canyon delivered 8.5 million total viewers and a whopping 13 million total viewers during the walk segment. These ratings shattering records across numerous platforms, including social media. The special generated 1.3 million tweets, driving it to become the most social show across broadcast and cable in the U.S.
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<p>Mumford &amp; Sons</p>

Mumford & Sons

Credit: Glassnote

Mumford & Sons set late summer tour

British quartet announces new dates for postponed June shows

Mumford & Sons will embark on a month-long tour in August.

The Full English Tour, as the British quartet has dubbed the outing, includes four of the dates the group had to postpone following Ted Dwane’s brain surgery in June. The missed Bonnaroo date, obviously, is not rescheduled, but shows in Dallas, Woodland, Texas; New Orleans and Kansas City are.

Supporting acts are The Vaccines and Bear’s Den.

To purchase tickets, fans need to register at Registrants will then get an email detailing how they can buy tickets.

8/26 - Molson Canadian Amphitheatre - Toronto, ON - Canada
8/28 - Forest Hills Stadium - Queens, NY (Gentlemen Of The Road presents)
8/29 - First Niagara Pavilion - Burgettstown, PA
9/02 - Klipsch Music Center - Noblesville, IN
9/03 - Marcus Amphitheater - Milwaukee, WI
9/04 - Xcel Energy Center - Saint Paul, MN
9/09 - Oak Mountain Amphitheatre - Pelham, AL
9/10 - Centennial Olympic Park - Atlanta, GA
9/11 - Charter Amphitheatre - Simpsonville, SC
9/16 - New Orleans LA @ Mardi Gras World*
9/17 - Woodlands TX @ Cynthia Woods Pavilion*
9/18 - Dallas TX @ GEXA Energy Pavilion*
9/20 - Bonner Springs KS @ Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre*
*supporting acts to be announced

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'Devious Maids' debuts to an unimpressive 2 million

"Devious Maids" debuts to an unimpressive 2 million
That's below the debuts of "The Client List" and "Drop Dead Diva," which had 2.8 million viewers.

Pork company drops Paula Deen

Smithfield Foods had a line of Paula Deen hams as part of The Paula Deen Collection.

Nik Wallenda's Grand Canyon walk draws 13 million
Discovery's two-hour special drew 8.5 million, but 13 million tuned in just for the crossing.

Alec Baldwin interviews Rosie O'Donnell

On Baldwin's "Here's the Thing" podcast, Rosie recalled auditioning for Lorne Michaels -- and getting "Gimme a Break!" instead of "SNL."

Sandra Lee checks out of James Gandolfini's death room in Rome hotel
The Food Network star, the girlfriend of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, checked into Gandolfini's room not long after he died.

"Girls" star Adam Driver is a married man
Lena Dunham was in attendance on Saturday as Driver married longtime girlfriend Joanne Tucker.

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"Four Houses"

 "Four Houses"

Credit: TLC

Watch: Design-obsessed homeowners duke it out on 'Four Houses'

Murray the magician turns up his nose at a secret passage

"Four Houses" moves to Monday nights on TLC at 10 PM (ET/PT) beginning June 24. The 10-part series follows four designed-obsessed homeowners as they snoop, tour and score each other’s homes in hopes of having their home ranked number one and winning the $10,000 cash prize.

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Dr. Oz's magazine debuting next year

Dr. Oz's magazine debuting next year
The TV doctor is teaming with Hearst Magazines on the new lifestyle magazine.

Elisabeth Moss talks about the "Mad Men" season finale and her revealing dress
"My boobs looked the best in that one," she says of Peggy's dress.

Garry Marshall to guest on "See Dad Run" in a "Happy Days" reunion

Marshall will reunite with Scott Baio for an episode directed by his son, Scott.

Hulu likely won't look the same under a new owner
If DirecTV or a cable company acquires Hulu, they'll use the video website for their own interests, which wouldn't fit with the current state of Hulu.

"Game of Thrones" gets the Lego treatment
Check out scenes from the HBO series in Legos.

Hollywood remembers Gary David Goldberg

The "Family Ties" creator was "mentor" to Bill Lawrence, whom he created "Spin City" with. "Family Ties" vet Courteney Cox says he "taught me so much" and Charlie Sheen tweeted: "he's the sole reason I have a tv career." PLUS: Read Goldberg's obituary

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<p>Kick-Ass and The Motherf**ker prepare for the biggest fight of their lives in 'Kick-Ass 2,' this summer's craziest superhero film.</p>

Kick-Ass and The Motherf**ker prepare for the biggest fight of their lives in 'Kick-Ass 2,' this summer's craziest superhero film.

Credit: Universal Pictures

We catch up with Kick-Ass and Hit Girl on the set of 'Kick-Ass 2'

We saw Chris Mintz-Plasse, too, but we can't put his character's name in a headline

BUCKINGHAMSHIRE - I will never stop being excited about visiting Pinewood Studios outside of London. It is one of my favorite places on Earth, and it's always great when they've got several films on the lot at the same time. I walked past Chris Pine, in costume as Jack Ryan and on his way to the set, as I made my way across the lot on the first of two days I spent visiting "Kick-Ass 2."
I walked onto Stage F, one of several at the legendary Pinewood Studios currently in use by this film. I'm sure I've been here before, and I even think it was for a Matthew Vaughn film.  I'm pretty sure this was the interior of the inn owned by Michelle Pfeiffer's character in "Stardust." As I enter, there on a set designed to look like the top of a building, Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Aaron Taylor-Johnson are in the middle of shooting one of the main emotional beats for the climax of the film.

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"What's the point of wearing a mask if you can't do what you want?" Mintz-Plasse says, just before he takes another shot at Taylor-Johnson, whose costume from the first film has been updated with a few pieces that directly recall Big Daddy, the character that Nicolas Cage played in the first film. Incorporating that suit into his own carries an emotional weight this time around, and that's no accident.

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