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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Breaking Bad is over, but the ABQ is forever. One of the many gifts Vince Gilligan left us with his amazing AMC show was shooting on location in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Seemingly every single exterior from the show remains as is in the city, meaning the burg is quickly becoming a must-visit pop culture tourist destination.
So when you think tourism, you think photos, right? But this is 2013. Why take one photo when you can take a video? And why take a normal video when you can timelapse? A few talented Breaking Bad fans made the pilgrimage to Albuquerque and shot all of the iconic locations, such as the White Residence, Los Pollos Hermanos, Saul’s and others, with beautiful timelapse photography. Check it out below. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, October 17th, 2013 by Angie Han
If clothes make the man, as the saying goes, then what kind of clothes does it take to create a brilliant monster like Walter White? Brooklyn artist Nathan Peters has the answer in The Wardrobe of Walter White, a comprehensive collection of illustrations depicting every single outfit Walt ever wore in five season of Breaking Bad. Check it out after the jump.
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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 »
Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan likes the world he and the show’s producers, cast, and writers created so much that he doesn’t want to leave. So he’s just like a lot of viewers, who also want to spend some more time in the show’s slightly tweaked version of Albuquerque, New Mexico.
And so there’s the plan to create a spin-off show, Better Call Saul, which will focus on the lawyer Saul Goodman, played by Bob Odenkirk. Like Breaking Bad, the new show will be an hour-long drama, but with heavy comic overtones — in fact, Gilligan says the balance of drama and comedy in this one will be more like 25% to 75%, as opposed to the more drama-heavy original show.
Below, Gilligan explains the approach to making the show, and says that cameos from Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul are very likely.
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Sometimes it’s hard to imagine having something in common with famous actors and actresses. Though they make their living entertaining us, often playing larger-than-life characters, they’re still human. Simple pleasures like a fantastic TV show dazzle them as much as it does us.
With that in mind, here’s a crazy story. Recently, Anthony Hopkins binge watched the entire five seasons of Breaking Bad, buying the newest episodes on Amazon to finish the series. Afterwards, he was so inspired, he wrote a letter to Bryan Cranston praising the show, and calling Cranston’s performance as Walter White “the best acting I have seen – ever.”
It’s a beautiful letter coming from, himself, of the best actors ever. Read it below. Read More »
Posted on Saturday, October 12th, 2013 by David Chen
In the last episode of The Ones Who Knock, Dave and Joanna are joined by Kickstarter backer Alex Murrell from the Midwest Film Nerds podcast to offer final thoughts on this season and read through your e-mails.
You can find all previous episodes at Theoneswhoknock.com. Thanks for an amazing season, everyone!
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Posted on Wednesday, October 9th, 2013 by Angie Han
One week after Walter White concluded his journey on Breaking Bad, people are still turning over that finale in their minds, and coming to very different conclusions.
On one side, we have the artistic director of the One World Symphony in New York City, who so liked the series that he plans to adapt it into an opera. On the other is filmmaker Oliver Stone, who complained that “Felina” was too violent. Hit the jump for more on these very different Breaking Bad reactions.
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Think you’re a big fan of Breaking Bad? Jeffrey Katzenberg has you beat. The current CEO of DreamWorks Animation, who also helped Disney return to animated glory in the Nineties, reportedly offered $75 million to the show’s creators for three more episodes of the hit TV show. He wanted to release additional episodes, in segments, online over the course of a month and make people pay for each one. This was, however, before he knew the ending of the series. Read More »