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<p>Barbra Streisand performing at the Oscars in February</p>

Barbra Streisand performing at the Oscars in February

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Bill Clinton, Pierce Brosnan and more set to fete Chaplin Award recipient Barbra Streisand

Event is set for April 22 in New York

The Film Society of Lincoln Center recently announced Barbra Streisand as the recipient of its 40th annual Chaplin Award at the Society's annual gala on April 22. The event launched in 1972 with a tribute to Charlie Chaplin, who returned to the US from exile to accept the honor.

Today the role call of presenters has been revealed, including Pierce Brosnan, Blythe Danner, Richard Dreyfuss, Amy Irving and Kris Kristofferson. Given that Streisand has had a ground-breaking career in both film and music, there will be a large musical component to the tribute as well. Tony Bennett, Kristin Chenoweth, Wynton Marsalis and Liza Minelli have been tapped for performances.

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<p>HBO&nbsp;has renewed &quot;Game of Thrones&quot;&nbsp;for a fourth season.</p>

HBO has renewed "Game of Thrones" for a fourth season.

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HBO renews 'Game of Thrones' for season 4

Fourth season will conclude the show's adaptation of 'A Storm of Swords'

HBO has officially renewed "Game of Thrones" for season 4.

Everyone working on the hit fantasy drama has been operating under the assumption that there would be a fourth season, as producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss have elected to split George R.R. Martin's third "A Song of Ice and Fire" book, "A Storm of Swords," over two seasons, with this being the first. But the contracts for a fourth season weren't finalized until today.

The show returned to series-high ratings on Sunday night.

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"The Real Housewives of Orange County"

 "The Real Housewives of Orange County"

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'The Real Housewives of Orange County': Is Alexis being bullied?

She's still talking about Costa Rica, but should she just get over it?

On the season premiere of "The Real Housewives of Orange County," a lot has changed since cameras stopped rolling last year. Vicki and Tamra haven't seen one another for seven months, Vicki is about to become a grandmother AND had plastic surgery to look less like Miss Piggy, Slade got an actual job as an annoying radio DJ, Gretchen has to make her morning coffee ALL BY HERSELF, Alexis got a haircut and Heather is planning a clambake. A clambake! 

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Watch: Drake takes a tour of his hometown in '5 AM in Toronto' video

Watch: Drake takes a tour of his hometown in '5 AM in Toronto' video

Go where the tourists don't go

Drake pays homage to his hometown with his new clip for “5AM in Toronto."  As he tweeted this morning about the video:  “Doing it for the city this time around. Well, every time, but this time especially.”

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<p>The &quot;Mad Men&quot;&nbsp;gang &mdash; including John Slattery, Jon Hamm and Vincent Kartheiser &mdash; is back for season 6.</p>

The "Mad Men" gang — including John Slattery, Jon Hamm and Vincent Kartheiser — is back for season 6.

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Review: 'Mad Men' same as it ever was in season 6

AMC drama lets its characters change, but remains one of the best dramas ever

Midway through the "Mad Men" sixth season premiere (Sunday at 9 p.m. on AMC), Don Draper and Pete Campbell have a conversation that is not only like every conversation they've ever had, but about every conversation they've ever had, and how they are all the same. The show has been on for so long that everyone — Don, Pete, "Mad Men" creator Matt Weiner, the viewers at home — knows exactly how it works.

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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: Is Kyle the ultimate mean girl?

Accused of being a liar who wants her sister to fail, is she as bad as she seems?

During the first season of "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills," Kyle was my favorite, hands down. She seemed far more grounded than, say, Camille (who sneered at poseurs who only had two or three houses and no islands or gold encrusted toilets in Aspen). She came across as fun, bubbly and, yes, concerned about her sister Kim, who seemed flakier than a lard-based pie crust. 

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<p>Danny McBride seems eager to get back to work playing Kenny Powers in a fourth season of 'Eastbound and Down'</p>

Danny McBride seems eager to get back to work playing Kenny Powers in a fourth season of 'Eastbound and Down'

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Danny McBride talks to us about life after happily ever after for 'Eastbound' season four

Is there anything more liberating than starting with a blank slate?

I am rarely happy to be dead wrong about something.

When the third season of "Eastbound and Down" was on the air, I would have sworn that it was the end of the series. That wasn't just empty guesswork, either. Everyone involved with the show saw that third season as an endgame of sorts, and at the end of the final episode, it certainly felt like it was over.

However, now that they are officially gearing up for a fourth season, I am delighted. When I was at WonderCon this weekend, I spoke to a number of the cast members, and Danny McBride was last up. I knew I wanted to talk to him about how crazy things get in "This Is The End," but more importantly, I wanted to see how he was feeling as they get ready to start working on this new season.

What I love about the idea they have is that it felt unnatural to let Kenny Powers have a happy ending. I don't dislike the character, but he doesn't really seem like the sort of character who would really be happy out of the limelight, away from the life he'd built for himself. Katy Mixon wasn't in nearly enough of season three, and I'm excited to see what happens with Kenny as both husband and father.

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<p>Because nothing is scarier than Emma Watson.</p>

Because nothing is scarier than Emma Watson.

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Guess which celebrities die horribly in the new red-band trailer for 'This Is The End'

I couldn't be happier to see a blisteringly dirty new trailer for this upcoming comedy

"This Is The End" looks crazy.

This is another of those moments where I sort of can't believe what studios are willing to greenlight, and I thank god someone's a big enough lunatic to make the films I want to see.

I know "Your Highness" didn't do big money at the box-office, and I couldn't care any less. I got to see it, and if no one else dug it, I still got to see it. I am delighted that Universal was willing to spend their money on a film that seems so ridiculous when you describe it that it sounds like an April Fool's Day joke that got out of hand, with no one willing to admit that they were kidding all the way through the day of release.

"This Is The End" has had a long strange path to get to the screen, starting life as a short film that was a student project. The film, for those who still don't have it on their radar, deals with the end of the world as experienced by a group of soft Hollywood actors who hole up in James Franco's house to try and survive. The cast is all playing themselves, but exaggerated versions of themselves, and you get a real sense of that in the opening half of the new trailer for the film that just came out today.

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<p>Monday's &quot;The Following&quot;</p>

Monday's "The Following"

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Recap: 'The Following' - 'Whips and Regret'

Gamechanger or recapper-enrager? It's certainly the latter...
I've had my issues with many episodes of "The Following" over the past few months, but "Whips and Regret" might be the first to make me outright angry. I'd like to laugh tonight's episode along with the rest of the show's flaws—irregular pacing, terrible plotting, and haphazard character development are easy to pick apart. But tonight's episode reinforced for me how absolutely offensive "The Following" can be as it tries to inject life into what is a largely listless television show.
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Review: Black Angels, 'Indigo Meadow'

Review: Black Angels, 'Indigo Meadow'

Psych-rockers score in songs with fourth full-length


The Black Angels will please – nay, impress – their fans with new collection “Indigo Meadow,” and I’ll venture a guess that they’ll gain a new following on the strength of some individual rock songs. “Don’t Play With Guns” was the first song to arrive online for a reason: the hook is fun enough, even with the cultural sub-plot there, and still has the droning, penchant psych grrrr. “War on Holiday” is up, up, up with splashes of tambourine and low grumbling that would have Julian Casablancas taking notes. “I Hear Colors (Chromaesthesia)” sounds exactly what you’d think a song titled “I Hear Colors” would sound like, then it warps into head-heavy “Twisted Light,” where Stephanie Bailey’s drum melodies lines are just as interesting as the coughing organ freak-outs and Alex Maas’ bookish sing-chanting.
Every chorus seems cherished, every solo contemplated, ever iso moment daintily dotted: and thus every song on “Indigo Meadow” seems indispensible. How 13 tracks feels a bit too long is a gluttony-of-riches problem. Highlights like  “Guns,” Doors-ian “Love Me Forever,” the title track, “The Day” and quiet fire closer “Black Isn’t Black,” makes it worth staying a little longer.


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<p>Stevie Nicks performs with Dave Grohl's Sound City Players at the 2013 SXSW&nbsp;Music Festival in Austin, Texas.</p>

Stevie Nicks performs with Dave Grohl's Sound City Players at the 2013 SXSW Music Festival in Austin, Texas.

Credit: AP Photo/Austin American-Statesman, Jay Janner

Stevie Nicks on her 'In Your Dreams' doc, new 'Twilight'-inspired song, and Dave Grohl

Why she and Fleetwood Mac's Lindsey Buckingham are getting along better than ever

When Dave Stewart first suggested to Stevie Nicks that he film the making of her 2011 solo album, “In Your Dreams,” which he co-produced, her blunt reaction was “I think you’re nuts.”

However, the Eurythmics co-founder convinced Nicks by simply reassuring her “If you don’t like it, we don’t use it.” And in the end, she not only liked it, but she saw the documentary as a way to extend the shelf life of the critically-acclaimed album, which debuted at No. 6 on the Billboard 200, but did not have the high-profile run Nicks hoped it would and fell off the charts after 16 weeks.

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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 175: 'Mad Men,' 'Hannibal,' 'The Walking Dead' & more

Dan and Alan also review 'Rogue' and 'How to Live With Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life)'


It's a special baseball Opening Day installment of the Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, in which we attempt to stay focused even as I watched Dan's Red Sox lay a thumping on my Yankees. In between the shellacking and both of our mixed emotions about Kevin Youkilis, we attempted to review "Mad Men" without arousing the wrath of Matt Weiner, discussed our love of NBC's "Hannibal" and our dislike of ABC's "How to Live With Your Parents (For the Rest of Your Life)" and DirecTV's "Rogue" (which very quickly spun off into a larger discussion of the Is There Too Much TV To Watch ? question), the "Walking Dead" finale, and more. The lineup:

"Mad Men" (00:02:25 - 00:10:05)
"Rogue" and TV saturation (00:10:05 - 00:22:30)
"How to Live With Your Parents For the Rest of Your Life" (00:22:31 - 00:32:10)
"Hannibal" (00:32:10 - 00:48:35)
Listener Mail: HBO's "Vice" (00:49:00 - 00:53:55)
Listener Mail: Garret Dillahunt (00:54:00 - 00:58:38
Listener Mail: Shows and their networks (00:58:40 - 01:03:45)
The "Walking Dead" finale (01:03:45 - 01:26:45)


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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