Man of Steel

What a year 2013 has been for movie news. Fox, DC, and Marvel all dropped huge announcements about their respective comic book franchises, Lucasfilm passed the Star Wars mantle to J.J. Abrams, and Jurassic Park 4 finally picked up steam after years of false starts — all as the YA adaptations, Biblical epics, and live-action fairy tales continued to pile up.

But if you’re curious about the biggest things to come out of 2013, our list of the 15 most popular posts ought to help. As it happens, they also shed some light on you, our readers. Click the jump to see what the top posts of the year were, and what they may or may not tell us about all of you.

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Ah, December: The month when all the awards buzz that’s been circulating throughout the year starts to solidify into actual nominations. 12 Years a Slave has been considered a strong favorite to win the season since moment it premiered at Telluride, and this morning the Screen Actors Guild threw their support of the slavery drama by nominating four times over.

August: Osage County, Lee Daniels’ The Butler, and Dallas Buyers Club made strong showings as well, with three nominations each. On the TV side, Breaking Bad proved itself the show to beat, with three. Hit the jump to read all the names.

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Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, and Vince Gilligan on the Breaking Bad set

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 »

Breaking Bad - Jesse

(Major spoilers for Breaking Bad follow.)

Breaking Bad is over for good, but not every character closed out the series with a definitive ending. One whose fate was left open-ended was Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul), the gentle soul who had the spectacular misfortune to fall under the sway of Mr. White. The last we saw of him, he was driving off into the distance. Whether that ride ended with a fatal crash, jail time, a successful escape to Alaska, or a Disneyland trip with Brock, we don’t know.

Series creator Vince Gilligan has previously said that the ambiguity was by design, stressing that “it’s up to the individual viewer to decide what happens next for Jesse.” However, that hasn’t stopped him from coming up with some theories of his own. Hit the jump to see what he had to say.

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Breaking Bad Tread Lightly

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 »

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Breaking Bad ended its run less than two months ago, but if you’re already eager to relive Walt’s journey from Mr. Chips to Scarface, the Breaking Bad: The Complete Series collector’s set is due out next week. And today, to show you just what’s inside, series creator Vince Gilligan has taped an unboxing video.

(Mild late season 5 spoiler coming up…) Though the case that the discs come in is an “absolutely nuts-on perfect recreation” of the money barrel that Walt buried at To’hajiilee, it does not, sadly, contain millions of dollars in cold hard cash. It does, however, contain quite a few other goodies, including a Pollos Hermanos apron, a challenge coin, a making-of documentary, and of course, all 62 episodes of the acclaimed drama. Watch the video after the jump.

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Breaking Bad - Felina

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 »

Breaking Bad - Felina

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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