Just how did Saul Goodman hook up with Mike Ehrmantraut before the events of hit AMC series Breaking Bad? It seems we may soon find out. Jonathan Banks, the actor who played Mike during several seasons of the show, has officially been added to the cast of Better Call Saul, the Breaking Bad spin-off co-created and produced by Vince Gilligan. Unlike potential cameos by Breaking Bad stars Aaron Paul or Bryan Cranston, Banks is a series regular. Read More »
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Briefly: Call it a sick case of life imitating art, but ABC News is reporting methamphetamine tinted the color blue has begun circulating in the Four Corners section of New Mexico. Blue meth, of course, was the signature drug created by Walter White in Breaking Bad. On the fictional show, the blue color was a signifier of the pure quality of White’s product, and distinguished his work as unique. The real-world blue meth, however, is just dyed blue and is reportedly making people sick. Well, “sick” on top of what meth does to a person. [ABC News via Nerdcore]
One of the new offerings from AMC in 2014 will be Turn, billed as “the story of America’s first spy ring,” set at a point when there was just barely an America. Rupert Wyatt (The Escapist, Rise of the Planet of the Apes) directs the pilot, with Jamie Bell playing a New York farmer who forms the Culper Ring in 1778. The group of childhood friends becomes the nascent country’s first real spy organization, and aims to upend lingering British presence as the Revolutionary War goes on.
Check out the first trailer below.
Update: When we first posted this, the trailer was made private shortly after. Now it’s back (officially, it seems) so you can check out the footage for real.
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Sure Breaking Bad had amazing writing, acting, directing, editing, music and everything else. But know what it was really missing? Hollywood visual effects. Animator Edmond Hawkins had the hilarious idea for a web series called Fixing Breaking Bad which takes iconic Breaking Bad scenes, and “fixes” them with visual effects of all shapes and sizes. Check out a few below. Read More »
After the massive cliffhanger in the mid-season finale of this last season of Breaking Bad, everyone expected the showdown between Walt and Hank to take some time. Leave it to Vince Gilligan to mess with expectations again and have it happen right in the premiere episode of the fifth season’s return. The performances by Dean Norris and Bryan Cranston in the scene were second to none; now a behind the scenes clip shows the production of that scene. Somehow, seeing other people in the room witnessing the scene makes it even more tense. Read More »
Briefly: An extra from the upcoming Breaking Bad: The Complete Series has leaked online. It’s an alternate ending to the series many joked about, but now has become a reality. And yes, it has to do with Malcolm in the Middle. Check it out below. Read More »
No matter how good the visuals were, the writing on Breaking Bad was always better. This was made evident to me a few months before Breaking Bad finally faded to black. Director Jason Reitman did a live read of Vince Gilligan‘s pilot script and I described the writing as follows: “As fantastic the first episode of Breaking Bad is to watch, to hear it read reveals another level of brilliance. If you were to travel back in time, sit down with Gilligan in 2007 and ask him to describe what happens in the show over a few beers, that’s what his writing sounds like. It’s perfectly, brilliantly descriptive with a language that’s filled with vulgarity and humor. It has a conversational, culturally current tone that pops off the page.”
So it’s no surprise the script to the Breaking Bad finale, “Felina,” gives much more detail to what we saw on screen. In Gilligan’s language, he describes the final mindset of his main characters, revealing how he truly felt they finished the series. Check it out below. Read More »
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Like Anthony Hopkins said, the level of quality maintained over five seasons of Breaking Bad was “awesome.” This is on every level: acting, writing, directing, cinematography, production design, costumes, effects. However, over the course of five seasons, the actors, writers and directors got most of the accolades. Those people, such as Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, and Vince Gilligan, would be the first to tell you it’s impossible to have such a great show without talented people in every position. One such position has just come to light, as it were.
Breaking Bad camera operator Andy Voegeli took to Twitter recently to share a bunch of behind the scenes photos from various seasons of the show, and it’s a treasure trove of “awesome.” That’s just one image above. We’ve got a dozen more below. Read More »