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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Posted on Wednesday, November 20th, 2013 by Angie Han
As a 71-year-old man who’s played both Han Solo and Indiana Jones, Harrison Ford ought to be pretty tough to amaze. Sure, it’s not like he was battling real space aliens or actual Nazis, but he’s been a rich, powerful icon of Hollywood long enough to see some crazy stuff. And yet, apparently not even he is immune to the charms of an expertly executed card trick.
Magician David Blaine has been stopping by celeb homes to perform illusions for his recent TV special David Blaine: Real or Magic. Most have responded with great enthusiasm, but arguably the best reaction is Ford’s. Watch the clip after the jump.
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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 »
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 Monday, October 7th, 2013 by Angie Han
How do you follow up a years-long stint as one of modern television’s most iconic characters? For Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston and Doctor Who star Matt Smith, the answer lies on the stage.
Cranston is set to make his Broadway debut this winter with All the Way, a historical drama in which he plays former U.S. president Lyndon B. Johnson. Meanwhile, Smith has signed on for the British musical version of American Psycho, which launches in December. Hit the jump for more details on their new roles.
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While Albuquerque was always literally on the map, Breaking Bad helped establish it in terms of pop culture. Vince Gilligan‘s show shot on location in the New Mexico city for six years as it continued to gain an audience on AMC, turning Albuquerque into a tourist attraction.
It seems only fitting, then, that in Friday’s edition of local newspaper The ABQ Journal, an obituary ran for a character that didn’t survive the series. If you haven’t seen the finale yet, obviously, this is a big spoiler. Read More »