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Listen: Bruno Mars breaks your heart with 'When I Was Your Man'
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Listen: Bruno Mars breaks your heart with 'When I Was Your Man'

It's too late to turn back now

When Bruno Mars called his debut album “Doo Wops and Hooligans,” it was clear this was a young artist with a strong sense of the musical history that had gone before him.

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<p>The poster for &quot;Sound City&quot;</p>

The poster for "Sound City"

Dave Grohl's 'Sound City' documentary heading to Sundance

'History of the Eagles' headed to Park City, too

In about six weeks, all the mysteries of Dave Grohl's "Sound City" documentary will be revealed, as it premieres at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. The Foo Fighters frontman is taking his directorial debut to Park City, Utah for the event running Jan. 17-27. 

The film chronicles the good times had at Sound City Studios, the Van Nuys, Calif., recording palace, its history, and "then explores the human element of music in an age of technology, and features performances of new music created exclusively for the film." Acts like Neil Young, Fleetwood Mac, Tom Petty, Cheap Trick, Guns 'N Roses, Rage Against the Machine, Nine Inch Nails and Metallica have all recorded at Sound City; Grohl's previous, tiny little band Nirvana also laid down their album "Nevermind" there.

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<p>I wonder if they pinched him for speeding.</p>

I wonder if they pinched him for speeding.

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New 'Man Of Steel' poster sees Superman in handcuffs

A Facebook contest earns fans a sneak peek at a striking new image

I'll say this for the new "Man Of Steel" poster… it's a very different image than I would expect to see on a Superman poster, and that's a good thing.

Zack Snyder recently said that the trailer that is arriving in theaters in front of "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" is going to be "crazy," and I believe him.  More than anything, I want "Man Of Steel" to shake up the very idea of what a Superman film has been in the past.

Considering just how significant "Superman: The Movie" was to the history of superhero films, you have to acknowledge the bad influence it had as well as the good.  Yes, there is a lovely lead performance by Reeve.  Yes, the second one had very menacing villain characters.  Yes, the John Williams score is one of the best of the genre.  There are things Donner did right that are still being mimicked by directors now.  But the campy tone with the villains, the nonsensical nature of the plots… those things are also still resonating through the new superhero films being made. 

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<p>A scene from &quot;Zero&nbsp;Dark&nbsp;Thirty&quot;</p>

A scene from "Zero Dark Thirty"

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Tech Support: Greig Fraser on shooting the dead of night in 'Zero Dark Thirty'

Freshly awarded by the NYFCC, the DP discusses the 'guerrilla' feel of the production

One of the callbacks critics are noting vis a vis Kathryn Bigelow's "Zero Dark Thirty" is Alan J. Pakula's 1976 political thriller "All the President's Men." Both films detail the minutiae of following a process to an end and how that end impacts the psyche of a nation, never shying away from inherent narrative bogging, unfussy in their visual vocabulary. It's no surprise, then, that cinematographer Greig Fraser, who shot "Zero Dark Thirty" for Bigelow, finds such minutiae fascinating.

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Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 159

Listen: Firewall & Iceberg Podcast No. 159

Dan and Alan talk 'Walking Dead,' 'Boardwalk Empire' and 'Boy Meets World'

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Happy Monday, Boys & Girls.
 
Not much is new this week, but it's still a busy week on The Firewall & Iceberg Podcast. In addition to reviewing a new 30 For 30 doc, talking about the finales of "The Walking Dead" and "Boardwalk Empire" and unpacking a frustrating episode of "Homeland," we also answered four pieces of Listener Mail, including our much-anticipated discussion of "Girl Meets World." You're welcome!
 
Oh and as we mentioned in the podcast, this week's opening music is "Tell Me," the first song on the new album by Numbers and Letters, fronted by HitFix's Katie Hasty. Woot! Download the song here.
 
And here's today's breakdown:
"You Don't Know Bo" (00:01:15 - 00:10:10)
Listener Mail - Young performers and the Emmys (00:10:30 - 00:21:15)
Listener Mail - "Girl Meets World" (00:21:15 - 00:32:30)
Listener Mail - "Under the Dome" (00:32:40 - 00:37:10)
Listener Mail - Slow-playing cancellations (00:37:15 - 00:44:15)
"Boardwalk Empire" (00:44:30 - 00:59:20)
"The Walking Dead" (00:59:20 - 01:09:58)
"Homeland" (01:10:00 - 00:1:24:15)
 

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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<p>Ke$ha's &quot;Warrior&quot;</p>

Ke$ha's "Warrior"

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Album Review: Ke$ha's looking for nothing but a good time on 'Warrior'

The night goes on forever on her new set

On 2010’s “Animal”and its companion follow-up, “Cannibal,” Ke$ha sounded like a bratty little sister to Pink and Katy Perry. On “Warrior,”  out Dec. 4, she makes her bid to push them out of the way for good and makes a case for her disposable, of-the-moment, liquor-soaked, trashy pop.

Ke$ha’s music provides the template for wanna-be party girls, who start to get itchy for the weekend around Wednesday afternoon. Just like those girls, who teeter precariously on 6-inch stilettos about to topple over outside of clubs that won’t let them in, her music feels just as precarious. It’s well-crafted in its patchwork fashion, but feels like it could fall apart at any moment and won’t be remembered in the headachy haze of Sunday morning’s hangover.

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<p>Jessica Chastain in &quot;Zero Dark Thirty.&quot;</p>

Jessica Chastain in "Zero Dark Thirty."

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‘Zero Dark Thirty’ comes out of hiding with best picture win as NYFCC stirs things up

Some unconventional picks for the east coast crew

If the New York Film Critics Circle believed they might cause a commotion with a number of their 2012 selections, they certainly succeeded in rattling the awards season boat.  The NYFCC, like their Los Angeles counterparts, have rarely gone with the collective wisdom unless it’s the best picture or best director category.  This year? They made sure Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln” remained a centerpiece in the best picture race with honors for best actor (a very deserving Daniel Day-Lewis), best screenplay (cultural touchstone Tony Kushner) and, um, best supporting actress (Sally Field).  Where they really stirred things up was by giving the season’s first major kudos to “Zero Dark Thirty" and pretty much anointing best actress and best supporting actors out of left field.

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Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 159: 'You Don't Know Bo,' 'Boardwalk Empire,' 'The Walking Dead' & more

Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, episode 159: 'You Don't Know Bo,' 'Boardwalk Empire,' 'The Walking Dead' & more

Dan and Alan also review the latest 'Homeland' and weigh in on the 'Boy Meets World' sequel

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It's a post-mortem heavy episode of the Firewall & Iceberg Podcast, as Dan and I deal with Sunday night's episodes of "Boardwalk Empire," "The Walking Dead" and "Homeland," in addition to reviewing the latest "30 for 30" documentary and answering a bunch of mail.

The line-up: 

"You Don't Know Bo" (00:01:15 - 00:10:10)
Listener Mail - Young performers and the Emmys (00:10:30 - 00:21:15)
Listener Mail - "Girl Meets World" (00:21:15 - 00:32:30)
Listener Mail - "Under the Dome" (00:32:40 - 00:37:10)
Listener Mail - Slow-playing cancellations (00:37:15 - 00:44:15)
"Boardwalk Empire" (00:44:30 - 00:59:20)
"The Walking Dead" (00:59:20 - 01:09:58)
"Homeland" (01:10:00 - 00:1:24:15)
 
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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"Revenge"

"Revenge"

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Review: It's getting hella crazy, so why is 'Revenge' so addictive?

Amanda and Jack's relationship isn't the only dysfunctional one

If you're a fan of "Revenge," you know that (spoilers!) Jack is finally figuring out his great new business partners aren't so great, Ashley is out, Marco appears to be in and Daniel has become a more ruthless ass than his own father, which is saying something. If you're not a fan of "Revenge," it's hardly worth explaining the plot. Not only will the twists and turns possibly make your head explode, reading them laid out in cold, hard print will probably make you either cackle, roll your eyes, gag or all three. No one ever said this melodrama about one young woman's quest to avenge her father's death and bring down a mysterious entity called The Initiative (yes, laugh) made a lot of sense. So why is it so darn addictive?

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<p>&quot;How to Survive a Plague&quot;</p>

"How to Survive a Plague"

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'Central Park Five,' 'Queen of Versailles,' 'West of Memphis' shafted by Academy's doc branch

15 titles proceed in a competitive year for the category

More good timing as the Academy has announced its shortlist of 15 advancing titles in the Best Documentary Feature race after Anne and I discussed the field at length on the podcast Friday. And it naturally figures that most of the films we talked about were not passed through.

The biggest omission to my eyes is "The Queen of Versailles," one of the best films of the year -- doc or narrative -- period. Maybe they didn't like that filmmaker Lauren Greenfield lucked into her story, but that film is of the moment and vital as all hell. Alas, this is to be expected. Great stuff is so often skipped over, and it appears the new rules and regs did little to alter that course.

Also left off the list: "West of Memphis," which is just a travesty. I get worked up every year on this shortlist and I'll try not to now, but Amy Berg's film is a monument. Ditto "The Central Park Five," which just won the New York Film Critics Circle prize for non-fiction film this morning and now has to deal with this.

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<p>Arcade Fire</p>

Arcade Fire

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Arcade Fire played new music at a secret show this weekend

Why you can't hear it yet

Arcade Fire are definitely on track to releasing new music in the coming year, especially since they're previewing even more of it at secret shows.

The Montreal-based rock crew performed a tiny show in their hometown this weekend according to fan site Arcade Fire Tube, and apparently the tunes are dance-worthy, if at the least upbeat. Only around 100 people were present for the show. The group were billed under the name Les Identiks.

So where's the blurry live video with some loud dude talking over the sound of the bar's clinking glasses? All those clued in to the performances swore to a no-phone, no-video, no-photo and no-recording policy.

Arcade Fire played a new song "Crucified Again" at a benefit show earlier this fall, you can see that here. Because those guys didn't have the same policy.

Arcade Fire's last album "The Suburbs" was released in August 2010.

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<p>&quot;Zero&nbsp;Dark&nbsp;Thirty&quot;&nbsp;director Kathryn&nbsp;Bigelow</p>

"Zero Dark Thirty" director Kathryn Bigelow

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'Zero Dark Thirty' wins Best Picture and Best Director from New York Film Critics Circle

'Lincoln' wins three prizes, for Actor, Supporting Actress and Screenplay

Last year, the New York Film Critics' Circle rather set the pace for the season by handing their two top awards to “The Artist.” (They also set eventual Best Actress Oscar winner Meryl Streep on her way.) This year, however, they're more likely to mix the conversation up in a few crucial areas. Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress and Best Supporting Actor got a fresh injection in lieu of frontrunner rallying, while the group's selection of Kathryn Bigelow's "Zero Dark Thirty" in the Best Picture and Best Director categories puts it at the top of the Oscar heap.

Check out the full list of winners below and remember to keep track of all the goings on throughout the season at The Circuit.

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