There are actors one suspects can do a lot more than what they’ve been given at any particular point. People might have thought that about Aaron Paul before Breaking Bad gave him the chance to stretch. And Mary Elizabeth Winstead has been a bright spot in several projects so far, but we’ve suspected that she’d eventually get a chance to really do something great.
Smashed features both actors, as a married couple that hits a wall with their drinking and partying, and based on reactions out of Sundance it is Winstead’s big breakout turn. Check out a newly released trailer below to see a taste of her performance. Read More »
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Posted on Thursday, September 6th, 2012 by Angie Han
Although its limited rollout starts in just six weeks, James Ponsoldt‘s Sundance fave Smashed has yet to offer a traditional trailer. Instead, Sony Pictures Classics is rousing some buzz with four new clips that showcase star Mary Elizabeth Winstead‘s acclaimed performance.
Winstead and Breaking Bad‘s Aaron Paul star as a young married couple united by their love of booze. When their habit spirals out of control, however, the wife decides to seek help. The stellar supporting cast includes Octavia Spencer and Parks & Recreation‘s Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally. No wonder the drama won the Special Jury Prize at Sundance this year. Watch the scenes after the jump.
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Posted on Monday, July 9th, 2012 by Angie Han
Even by Breaking Bad standards, the explosive Season 4 finale was one of the most intense the series had ever done — so we’re extra pumped to see what else creator Vince Gilligan have planned for Walter White (Bryan Cranston), who these days is definitely more Scarface than Mr. Chips.
With less than a week to go until the fifth season premiere, AMC is cranking up their Breaking Bad marketing. Today, we’ve got a new trailer, a behind-the-scenes video, and a sneak peek clip after the jump. Major spoilers for Season 4 abound, so if you’re not caught up I suggest you walk away and get yourself up to speed ASAP. We’ll still be here when you get back.
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Posted on Wednesday, June 27th, 2012 by Angie Han
With San Diego Comic-Con just around the corner, a lot of our TV Bits are devoted to news about the cool stuff that’ll be going on there. But there’s plenty of stuff in here for the non-attendees as well, I swear. After the jump:
- Exec producer says Dexter will “definitely” be over after Season 8
- Breaking Bad gets a new trailer. Only 18 days left til the premiere…
- … Unless you’re going to SDCC. Then you get to see BB a day early!
- Speaking of SDCC, the Community panel is moving to a bigger room
- And in still more SDCC news, the Firefly crew will also be in attendance
- There is another Season 2 ep of Happy Endings, and it’s playing at Outfest
- Nathan Lane will have a recurring role in The Good Wife‘s fourth season
- Star/producer/writer B.J. Novak won’t be full-time on The Office anymore
- Sigourney Weaver gets political in an extended trailer for Political Animals
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Posted on Wednesday, June 13th, 2012 by Angie Han
This TV Bits isn’t quite as jam-packed as some of the others we’ve had lately, but there are some juicy tidbits in here. Such as:
- New roles for Breaking Bad star Aaron Paul and Arrested Development star Portia de Rossi
- A glimpse of Marilyn (Charity Wakefield) in Bryan Fuller‘s Munsters reboot Mockingbird Lane
- A still from The Walking Dead Season 3 showing the return of a presumed dead character
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As much as Walter White is the heart and soul of AMC’s Breaking Bad, his partner Jesse Pinkman is the moral compass. He may be a drug dealer turned junkie who now is a master drug manufacturer but Pinkman’s good hearted nature and his clashes with Walt’s sensibilities are what drive the show forward.
The character, so expertly played by Aaron Paul, is the subject of the latest piece of art in the Breaking Bad Art Project. The Rise and Fall of Jesse Pinkman by Rhys Cooper is incredibly cool. Check it out below. Read More »
Sundance has been over for a week, but a few films are still being picked up by distributors. One of the more acclaimed Sundance hits this year was a picture called Smashed, starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Aaron Paul as an alcoholic married couple. When Winstead’s character sobers up, she has to deal with a few lingering issues from her drunk life.
The film, directed by James Ponsoldt (Off The Black), is being showered with praise for the performance from Winstead, which Pete called “powerful, moving — a must see. It will bring you to verge of tears.” Sony Pictures Classics picked up the film over the weekend in a deal said to be worth about $1m. If that price seems low, consider that several of the big Sundance faves from 2010, such as Like Crazy, Take Shelter, Another Earth and Martha Marcy May Marlene, all scored relatively low box-office grosses. All those films will have a strong post-theatrical life, but none managed to break out as a mainstream crossover hit. We don’t yet have a release date for Smashed, but when SPC decides on a date and releases a trailer we’ll pass them along. [The Wrap]
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Filmmaker James Ponsoldt‘s feature debut Off The Black premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2006. It was met with a lackluster response, but everyone seemed to praise the performances despite the troubled screenplay. After seeing last year’s heavily buzzed-about film Like Crazy, Mary Elizabeth Winstead contacted producer Jonathan Schwartz and Andrea Sperling because she wanted to be in a film like the one they produced. This year, Ponsoldt, Schwartz and Sperling returned to Park City Utah with Smashed, which features a must-see tour de force performance from Winstead.
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