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After teaming up with Will Ferrell for Get Hard and Ice Cube for two Ride Along movies, Kevin Hart takes on The Rock in this entertaining action-comedy bromance. They make a great couple, as Dwayne Johnson's bulk cleverly contrasts with Hart's tightly wound intensity. Even more enjoyable is that they've essentially swapped roles, with Hart as the straight guy opposite Johnson's awkward goofball.
They play characters who knew each other in high school, when Calvin (Hart) was the king of the campus, captain of every sports team, star of every theatre production, top student and boyfriend of the sexiest cheerleader (Danielle Nicolet), whom he went on to marry. On the other hand, Bob (Johnson) was a badly bullied, overweight kid, who now turns up in town for their 20th reunion as a beefy muscleman. Clearly a little unhinged, Bob is also a rogue CIA operative, hunted by his boss Pam (Amy Ryan) for killing his partner (Aaron Paul) and other crimes he insists he didn't commit. So he ropes Calvin in to help clear his name, but Calvin finds this situation so insane that he's not sure who to believe.
While all of this plays out in a blissfully silly way, there's also a bit of an edge to the movie as it explores the issue of bullying with some gentle nuance that includes racism, sexism and homophobia. So even when it's rude or mindlessly corny, the movie is making a point. That said, the message might have been more convincing without the over-the-top violence that fills all of the action sequences. Thankfully, that never drowns out the terrific chemistry between Johnson and Hart, who bounce hilariously off each other as two men who have been emasculated in very different ways and need to prove themselves. This vulnerability makes both of them easy to identify with, especially as they play with their usual on-screen personas.
Continue reading: Central Intelligence Review
Almost forensic in its approach, this smart thriller explores a drone strike from a variety of perspectives that bring the moral dilemmas sharply into focus. This includes textured performances from seriously gifted actors who add layers of political, military, legal and emotional meaning to each moment along the way. So the film is continuously gripping, putting the audience right in the middle of the action.
The target is in a suburb of Nairobi, where three of the world's most wanted Somali jihadists are gathering to prepare two young suicide bombers for a mission. British Colonel Powell (Helen Mirren) is overseeing the operation from London, with her American drone pilots (Aaron Paul and Phoebe Fox) working in Las Vegas. The hitch is that two of the targets are UK citizens, and one is American, which means that they also need to have government officials in on the discussion. So Lt General Benson (Alan Rickman) is watching with British government ministers (including Jeremy Northam and Monica Dolan). Meanwhile in Kenya, a local operative (Barkhad Abdi) is on the scene. But just as everyone agrees to fire the missile, a young girl (Aisha Takow) wanders into the danger zone.
What follows is a remarkably tense escalation of decision-making, as everyone passes the buck up the chain to avoid making the call themselves. Guy Hibbert's script orchestrates this skilfully, keeping the atmosphere taut while stirring generous doses of black comedy into the interaction between soldiers and politicians. This includes amusing scenes in which Britain's foreign secretary (Iain Glen) is dragged into the conversation while suffering food poisoning in Singapore. Yes, the film has a terrific sense of instant global connections, as its characters work together at a huge distance from each other and from the target of their operation.
Continue reading: Eye In The Sky Review
After a post-apocalyptic dystopia (The Road) and Prohibition-era America (Lawless), Australian director John Hillcoat brings his edgy Wild West sensibilities to this gritty present-day heist thriller. The film is fierce and stylish, and utterly gripping even though there's the nagging sensation that nothing is happening under the surface. Thankfully, the actors add plenty of terrific texture to their characters.
It's set in Atlanta, where Terrell (Chiwetel Ejiofor) leads his crew of thugs (Anthony Mackie, Clifton Collins Jr., Aaron Paul and Norman Reedus) through a riotously dangerous bank robbery. They're working for the cold-hearted Russian mobster Irina (Kate Winslet), who demands an even bigger heist before she'll pay them. Terrell has a child with Irina, so feels like he has little choice in the matter, but his team is made up of unstable hotheads and corrupt cops who have their own opinions. One of the cops also has a new partner in Chris (Casey Affleck), a tenacious good guy who's the nephew of a cynical detective (Woody Harrelson) who's just beginning to crack this case. So the gang decides to distract the city's police force with a triple 9, code for a downed officer, while they carry out their next elaborate robbery. The question is who will take the bullet.
Matt Cook's script is a bundle of mad twists and turns, usually the result of impulsive gang members who act without thinking. The tension is very high, as each person's morality is warped at every turn. All while Chris tries to remain upright in the middle of a storm he doesn't quite understand. Each character is up against a wall, ready to do whatever it takes to survive in a situation that is getting increasingly out of control. And without more subtext, or at least a sense of these people's back-stories, no one on-screen is very likeable.
Continue reading: Triple 9 Review
Drones are now one of the most effective weapons the military have when fighting in battle. Their surveillance abilities are incredibly high quality and make it much easier to find and target individuals who are wanted.
Colonel Katherine Powell has been given a mission to go and find and capture an ex-British citizen who's become an extremist and is meeting with some of the men on the most wanted list. Having been previously connected to a series of suicide bombings, the Colonel tracks down the woman (currently going under the new Ayesha Al-Hady) and makes contact with her superiors to let them know her progress.
Using a multitude of surveillance equipment, Powell soon becomes privy to the terrorists next plans, she discovers that the bombers are planning another imminent attack. Placed in an impossible situation, Powell and her bosses must decide how to complete the mission without the loss of civilian life.
When Bob was at school he was the complete opposite to the person he's grown into. The uncool kid known for being quite rotund is now a lean, mean, killing machine - literally. Now going by the name Bob, he's one of the CIA's main operatives and he's about to embark on a tricky mission.
Coincidentally, one of the most popular kids from his year has also grown up to be a very different person to who he was. Bob calls on the help of one of the old jocks who's now living a far more sedate life as an accountant. Adjusting to a new way of life isn't going to be easy for the former no1 but with the help of Bob, along the course of their journey they might just save the free world from being destroyed.
Central Intelligence is directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber and will be released in June 2016.
Terrell Tompkins and his team of officers are corrupt, finding ways to embellish their wage has turned into a habit that's about to land them in a lot of trouble. When a powerful member of the Russian mafia learns of Tompkins' money making ways, she blackmails him and his team into pulling a heist for her. Fearing they'll be exposed, the gang carry out the job for Irene, a woman who might look glamourous but has a dark soul. Once the job's complete, the crew believe they're in the clear but savvy Sergeant Detective Jeffrey Allen has been put on the case and he soon discovers that there's probably more to the robbery than first thought.
That's not the only problem facing Tompkins, Irene tracks the cop down and requests another job - if refused Irene won't hesitate in taking their lives. This job is far bigger than the last and is an almost impossible mission. Feeling their only option is to distract all the cops in their district, the team come up with a plan to pull a Triple 9 call - police code for 'officer down'. However, with Sergeant Detective Allen constantly uncovering more information and being faced with the ordeal of killing one of their own, the job will be far from straight forward.
Triple 9 is directed by John Hillcoat who also directed 2012's Lawless starring Shia LaBeouf and Tom Hardy & the film adaptation of The Road starring Viggo Mortensen.
'Breaking Bad' saw off the challenge of 'True Detective' at the Emmys.
Breaking Bad's explosive fifth and final season dominated the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, picking up most of the major drama prizes ahead of 'Game of Thrones' and 'True Detective'. AMC's meth-drama took five Emmys in total, with Aaron Paul taking home best supporting actor for the third time.
Bryan Cranston in 'Breaking Bad'
"My god, Breaking Bad - it has changed my life and I am standing up here because of one man and that is Vince Gilligan [show creator]," Paul said, accepting his prize (he also triumphed in 2010 and 2012). "Thank you. I miss him. I love him. The best cast and crew I've ever worked with and for. There's not a single day that goes by that I don't miss running to work."
Continue reading: 'Breaking Bad' Is King Of The Emmys As 'True Detective' Falls Short
Like Vince Gilligan and Bryan Cranston before him, Aaron Paul has signed on with Sony TV.
As Aaron Paul prepares to head to the Emmys - no doubt to collect several awards for AMC's meth-drama Breaking Bad - Sony Pictures TV have entered into an agreement with the actor to develop and produce new projects.
The future is bright for Aaron Paul
Paul, who played Jesse Pinkman so wonderfully in Breaking Bad, has signed a first-look deal with the studio to shepherd projects through his newly launched production company, Lucid Road Productions. It was probably the obvious next step for the actor, who recently got into producing with Netflix's animated series BoJack Horseman.
Continue reading: Ahead Of Emmys, Aaron Paul Signs Production Deal With Sony Pictures TV
If you've never been to L.A. - now is the time to pay it a visit
There are times when everything about a T.V. show is just simply brilliant. It doesn’t happen very often when a long-running series is the whole package of fantastic but when it does, for fans, there is nothing better. Nothing better, that is, except Breaking Bad. Because Breaking Bad is not just a long-running T.V. series with complete viewing brilliance - its actors are also some of the coolest actors that have ever been who want nothing more than to let their fans know just how grateful they are for the show’s success.
Breaking Bad ran for five seasons and has been billed as one of the greatest shows of all time
This time it’s the turn of Aaron Paul to be brilliant - the actor who played meth manufacturer Jesse Pinkman from the award-winning show.
Continue reading: Breaking Bad Breaks Out A Scavenger Hunt
Paul is celebrating the Emmys in style and taking Breaking Bad fans along for the ride.
Pay attention now, because Aaron Paul is doing a cool thing! In honor of Breaking Bad’s LAST EVER YEAR AT THE EMMYS (try not to cry, alright?) the actor is doing a scavenger hunt “all over the Hollywood area.” He announced the thing via Instagram, promising to hide various pieces of Breaking Bad memorabilia around town. And the goodies are definitely a cool prize for anyone who lives in LA and has a couple of hours free on Monday.
Let's just all agree that Aaron Paul is one cool dude, ok?
“In honor of the Emmys and the final time Breaking Bad will be up for anything at the Emmys I will be holding a scavenger hunt around LA on Monday for all of you Breaking Bad fans,” he wrote. “There will be signed Breaking Bad scripts, posters, dolls, action figures and some really cool Breaking Bad art hidden all over the Hollywood area.”
A Long Way Down never quite comes together.
Having just starred together in the muscle-car thriller Need for Speed, Aaron Paul and Imogen Poots team up again this week for A Long Way Down, adapted from the Nick Hornby novel. And while both films have been slated by the critics, the actors clearly enjoyed working on them.
Pierce Brosnan [L], Imogen Poots [center] and Toni Collette [R] in 'A Long Way Down'
Both have spoken at length about how much fun it was to learn stunt driving skills for Need for Speed, and A Long Way Down presented another challenge: dealing with a darkly serious subject matter without getting too heavy about it.
Continue reading: 'A Long Way Down': Aaron And Imogen, Together Again
TV is TV. And movies are movies. Seems simple enough but some people need telling.
TV is currently enjoying the most purple of purple patches. Since shows like The Sopranos and The Wire paved the way for intricately written, complex characters in worlds that aren’t manufactured inside a warehouse in West Hollywood, a new generation of small-screen stories are being told, with HBO at the forefront.
Charles Dance starring in Game of Thrones as Tywin Lannister in the show's third season
Most recently, True Detective, Boardwalk Empire and Game of Thrones have kept viewers hooked and column inches swelling with imaginative, deep plotlines, expertly written and consummately delivered. AMC have joined the party, too, giving us the most talked about show in Breaking Bad, the most imitated show in Mad Men and the most watched show in The Walking Dead. This really is a purple patch for television.
Continue reading: Please, Don't Make A 'Game Of Thrones' Movie. Just Don't Do It.
Aaron Paul's "Need For Speed" Matches His Need For Change
Did anyone else see this coming? A videogame racer featuring no characters – just cars – molded into a movie turns out to be rubbish. That headline’s too long though, so we had to explain it in this first bit. What’s more, Need for Speed didn’t even manage to beat out Mr. Peabody and Sherman or 300: Rise of An Empire at the box office, both of which have already been for a week.
It's been a bad domestic start for NFS - hopefully it can rake it in internationally
This news will come as a major blow to Buena Vista, who will have undoubtedly hoped the star draw of Aaron Paul – who was on everyone’s lips at the end of last year for his brilliant role as Jesse Pinkman in Breaking Bad – would be enough to garner sufficient hype and make Need For Speed a financial juggernaut if nothing else.
Continue reading: 'Need For Speed' Is Rubbish And It Didn't Make Any Money
The film is looking like a flop on US soil - both in terms of reviews and earnings.
The box office this weekend is finally seeing some movement. The Aaron Paul flick made good profits on its Friday release, but Mr. Peabody and Sherman is looking like the weekend chart topper. On Friday, Need for Speed made a promising start with $6.6 in early profits. Its weekend projections, however are less optimistic. While Dreamworks and its partner Disney were hoping for around $25 million in weekend profits, the film is headed straight for the $18 to $19 million range, THR reports.
Aaron Paul is trying to expand his Breaking Bad fame with Need For Speed.
The studio is still hoping for the flick, which cost $66million to make, to show some franchise potential, mostly from its overseas earnings. Need for Speed is expected to see a weekend rush in international markets, including China. In North America, it earned a B+ CinemaScore. However, reviewers were no less than brutal. The Fast & Furious-style action flick currently holds a 24% “rotten” rating on the review aggregator.
Continue reading: On Debut Weekend, Dreamworks' "Need For Speed" Is Looking Like A Flop
From 'Breaking Bad' to 'Need for Speed', the career of Aaron Paul.
With the release of his new movie ‘Need for Speed’, ‘Breaking Bad’ actor Aaron Paul is looking to move from small screen accolades to big screen stardom. Will the actor sucessfully make the transition? Well so far things have been pretty good for the former movie usher.
Aaron Paul is currently starring in 'Need for Speed'
34 year old Idaho native, Aaron Paul, wasted no time in starting out on his road to fame. Straight after graduating High School, the actor drove to Los Angeles to seek out acting roles and eventually landed a job on the wrong side of the screen, as a movie theatre usher. A few bit parts in movies came, he starred alongside James Franco in forgotten teen movie, ‘Whatever it Takes’ in 2000, appeared as the son of Jeff Bridges in ‘K-Pax’ and also lent his voice to the animated underwater tale ‘Help Im a Fish’. But if you’re looking for Paul’s most memorable early career moment, then you might want to look up the January 3rd 2000 episode of TV game show ‘The Price is Right’. A very, very enthusiastic pre fame Aaron appeared as a contestant and walked away with a desk as his prize. The clip is of course now on Youtube.
Continue reading: The Rise And Rise Of Aaron Paul
Muppets Most Wanted and Need For Speed premiere in L.A., while Veronica Mars opts for Austin and Noah holds its world premiere in Mexico City. Captain America: The Winter Soldier wows critics, and new clips promise laughs in Chef and eye-catching action in Sin City: A Dame to Kill For. And five actors contend to be Star Wars' new hero...
Two new films held their premieres in Hollywood this week. Muppets Most Wanted's world premiere was attended by stars Tina Fey, Ricky Gervais, Ty Burrell, Kermit and Miss Piggy. Meanwhile, Aaron Paul, Dominic Cooper and Imogen Poots walked the red carpet for Need for Speed, which also hits cinemas this weekend. Take a look at photos from the colorful if not slightly odd 'Muppets Most Wanted' Premiere. Or the marginally more grown up premiere for 'Need for Speed' and you can read the 'Need for Speed' Movie Review here.
Following its world premiere at the South by South West Festival, Veronica Mars also held red carpet premieres in Hollywood and New York with Kristen Bell and the cast. You can see the 'Veronica Mars' cast have their selfie game on point at SXSW for the premiere. Or you can read our 'Veronica Mars' Movie review here. And in Mexico City, Darren Aronofsky turned up with cast members Jennifer Connelly, Logan Lerman and Douglas Booth for the world premiere of his new film Noah, which also released a new extended trailer ahead of its release in two weeks. Here the detail on the 'Noah' movie making first waves in mexico despite religious controversy. And here's that 'Noah' extended trailer.
Aaron Paul is on the verge of becoming a household name. It's all downhill from here, he says.
Aaron Paul is giving the TV-to-film transition his best goal and, with Breaking Bad and Need for Speed on his reel, he has an actual shot. In the wake of Need for Speed, his most recent release (7.4/10 on IMDB, 22% on Rotten Tomatoes), as well as Breaking Bad, Paul is enjoying the kind of freedom in his career that only a major award could grant.
After making meth for five seasons, Paul now has a need for speed.
"When I came out here 17 years ago, I had $5,000 to my name and this crazy dream of being in movies," says out-of-towner Paul, 34, for USA Today "Suddenly, I actually get to be picky with scripts. The doors have kind of been blown open."
Continue reading: Aaron Paul's "Need For Speed" Matches His Need For Change
The stars of "Need for Speed" were initially reluctant to take on the project.
On first glance, Dreamworks’ upcoming big-screen adaptation of the Need for Speed video game seems like quite a big leap of faith. Movies, based on video games have tended to be hit-and-miss in the past, with the “miss category” boasting far more entries and Need for Speed in particular doesn’t have the kind of story that would typically pull the film out of the pit of mediocrity. The best thing that Need for Speed has going for it, is its cast. At the beginning, even that was uncertain, with Aaron Paul and Ramon Rodriguez hesitant to take on the project at all.
Aaron Paul was initially reluctant to take on the project at all.
"I didn't even want to read the script," Paul told The Hollywood Reporter ahead of Tuesday night's Cinema Society-hosted screening of the film. "I saw the script and I was like, 'Oh, no, another video-game movie'…So, it took everything in me to turn the first page. And once I turned the first page, I kept turning. I was so surprised that it had a great human story behind it and great characters that I found myself instantly invested in."
Continue reading: Not Another Car Film: How Aaron Paul Was Won Over By "Need For Speed"
Have your say on where the Star Wars franchise is going below.
With the sheer size of the Star Wars franchise, Episode VII was always going to be a big deal. J.J Abrams took on a daunting task when he agreed to helm the reboot following Disney’s acquisition of LucasFilms, but have the casting rumors got you excited?
Zac Efron is the latest name attached to the Star Wars franchise
The latest of those rumours concerns a certain former Disney employee, who has attempted to shake off his teen heartthrob reputation by doing, actually, very little at all. He stoked the fire when he confirmed a meeting with Disney and J.J took place.
Continue reading: POLL: Are You Happy With The Star Wars Casting Rumors? Zac Efron?
As new shows try to capture the Breaking Bad magic, the meth drama isn't done picking up awards
Breaking Bad departed last year, leaving a slew of wanting fans in its wake. Hailed as one of the best TV shows of its generation, AMC’s meth drama continued the rise of the boxset craze, making stars out of the likes of Aaron Paul.
But as TV fans look for alternatives – HBO’s True Detective looks to be an apt one – Breaking Bad still hits the news, picking up the Best TV Drama at the Golden Globes, its first Globe despite numerous nominations.
Continue reading: Breaking Bad Goes Out In Style With Golden Globe Wins
[No Spoilers] Looks like a 'Breaking Bad' fan got a bit carried away...
Breaking (Bad) News: a Floridian man who won a contest to watch the final episode of the drama Breaking Bad has been charged with drug possession, according to BBC News.
A 'Breaking Bad' Fan Has Been Arrested On Drugs Charges.
Ryan Lee Carroll has been arrested possessing a synthetic narcotic and a controlled substance without a prescription, though police would not specify whether the drug central to the crime drama, methamphetamine, was one of the substances discovered.
Continue reading: 'Breaking Bad' Contest Winner Charged With Drug Possession
Ever wonder what life would be like for Jesse after the show? So has Vince Gilligan!
Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan isn't a robot, and he, like us, is just as likely to fret and wonder about the lives of the characters he created for the smash-hit AMC series after the final credits rolled. Can Skyler ever move on? Does Walter Jr. ever come to terms with what his dad has done? Does Saul make a clean break? He's played with all the ideas, but none more so than what might happen to the loveable rogue Jesse Pinkman.
Pinkman's (Aaron Paul) exit from the show was much more triumphant than Walter White's (Bryan Cranston), but did life get any easier for him after racing away from his meth-lab prison? We've all thought about it and so has Gilligan. In the latest issue of GQ magazine, the show's creator hoped that Jesse would make a clean break, but admitted that in all actuality, he was more likely to meet a tragic end than a happy one.
David Blaine is back with a brand new show.
Illusionist David Blaine has been buried alive, frozen, stranded on a 100ft plinth for 35 days and starved in a Plexiglas case for a month-and-a-half, but his greatest trick may well have been sneaking Michael Jackson into Parliament...had he not been caught.
The illusionist, whose ABC special, David Blaine: Real or Magic, premiered on Tuesday, November 19, told HuffPost Live host Ricky Camilleri that sneaking into the building with the late King of Pop tops his craziest experiences.
Show creator Vince Gilligan revealed that the stars of the hit show could make a cameo appearance in 'Better Call Saul'
Breaking Bad is over. This is a sad fact that many of us have finally been able to get over since the near-perfect finale was aired earlier this month. But as we already know, show creator Vince Gilligan is already working on a spin-off series centred on everyone's favourite crooked lawyer Saul Goodman. In a recent interview, Gilligan had even more good news to share; that the show may feature Breaking Bad's main stars Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul.
Speaking with The Hollywood Reporter, Gilligan revealed that the show is still in it's infancy, with the plot for the show still being determined. But the crew behind the spin-off series are making leaps towards bringing the show into fruition and Gilligan admitted that the writers are beginning to put together a show that will be much lighter than Breaking Bad, but will still contain a number of dramatic elements, as the team behind the spin-off attempt to find the safe medium between comedy and drama for the show.
"We're both one-hour drama guys," Gilligan said of himself and series co-creator Peter Gould, who created Bob Odenkirk's character during the second season of BB. "So we figured, 'Why not shoot Saul in the same way?' Let's shoot it in Albuquerque, let's get as much of the crew back together as possible, and let's do it the way we did it before so that it will be of a piece with that pre-existing fictional universe that we had so much fun creating."
Continue reading: Bryan Cranston & Aaron Paul Could Both Appear In 'Breaking Bad' Spin-Off
Got yours sorted yet? Pop culture dominates Halloween costumes searches this year.
In a year where television dramas have kept getting better and better, and viral videos are the fastest way of getting seen by millions, there's little wonder that Breaking Bad, Miley Cyrus, Game of Thrones' Daenerys and Duck Dynasty are some of the most searched-for outfits of 2013.
Planning On Twerking For Treats?
Halloween has grown from a modest family holiday into a massive, heavily marketed, money-making medley for many companies and being seen wearing a clever or cutting edge costume is top priority for the millions who are planning to attend a party. Though rooted in the tradition of witches, werewolves and demons, Halloween costumes don't even necessarily have to be scary any more, meaning any pop star or TV character can be impersonated to impress friends and notch up 'likes' on Facebook photo albums.
Breaking Bad is over, so what is to become of the show's stars?
We've seen the finale and mourned the loss of one of the most popular series of our time; we have Better Call Saul to look forward to but what is in store for Breaking Bad's stars?
Bryan Cranston at the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards.
Aaron Paul joked that he is desperate for employment, a day after the finale of Breaking Bad aired. The 34-year-old actor was walking along Sunset Strip in Los Angeles when he was caught by one of TMZ's reporters. When asked by the photographer if he was relieved that the show was over, in order to remove the pressure of being constantly asked by fans for insider details, Paul said he wasn't relieved as he now has to hunt for a job.
Continue reading: After 'Breaking Bad', What's In Store For The Show's Stars?
It was a star-studded season premiere at the start of SNL's 39th year on screen.
Last night saw the season premiere of SNL and with Tina Fey hosting, Arcade Fire as the musical guest, six new castmembers and even a cameo from Breaking Bad star Aaron Paul, it couldn’t have been any better. Fey used her opening monologue to “initiate” the six new actors, in a bit, which left them stripped down to some golden lame underwear, much like what a college frat initiation, we’d imagine. Besides hosting, SNL veteran Fey also featured in several sketches, including spot-on send up of HBO's "Girls" where she played a new addition to the cast, an Albanian immigrant named Blerta, an obligatory bit of air travel humor with a sketch about boarding airplanes and a dark and sarcastic used-car commercial from the 1920s.
Fresh off her delightful Emmy appearance, Fey returned to her old home at SNL.
Of course, Arcade Fire weren’t left out of the fun either. A brilliant bit, in which Fey attempted to tell the difference between AF and the new castmembers killed two birds with one stone – continuing the roast of the newbies and also making good use of the musical guests’ hidden acting talents. Of course, they also did that music thing they were there to do and performed three whole songs off their upcoming album Reflektor, due to be released next month.
The fast food joints and car washes of 'Breaking Bad' have turned the most unlikely parts of the New Mexico capital into increasingly popular tourist destinations
Breaking Bad comes to an end after five gloriously gripping seasons this Sunday (29 Sept.), when fans of the show will finally say goodbye to Walter White, Jesse Pinkman and the crystal blue colouring of Albuquerque's criminal underworld. But although the series will soon come to an end, it's legacy will be sticking around for much, much longer, especially in the city of Albuquerque itself, where an influx of tourism prompted by the show has turned some banal locations into the unlikeliest of tourist hotspots.
The Albuquerque Biological Park, Albuquerque Museum of Art and History, the Museum of Natural History and Science and the city's Old Town were once the notable tourist destinations for the New Mexico city, but now people are flocking to the Octopus car wash and Twisters, a burrito joint within the city. As initially reported by the BBC, these are locations that would otherwise slip into a banal backdrop of everyday life in Albuquerque, but today they are now celebrating their newfound heritage as the locations where Walter White (Bryan Cranston) slowly but surely went from sympathetic high school chemistry teacher, to murderous crystal meth kingpin.
The new action packed trailer sees Aaron Paul seeking revenge.
When Aaron Paul’s name popped up in a Need for Speed casting meeting, it’s doubtful another name was even considered. The actor has carved out a huge fan base for himself, due solely to his Grammy Award-winning portrayal of Jesse Pinkman in AMC’s Breaking Bad.
Need for Speed is coming in Spring 2014
He’s as marketable as Breaking Bad is critically acclaimed, and the two aren’t mutually exclusive. But this project represents a risk for Paul; Need For Speed is a video game franchise being adapted for the cinema, and that doesn’t always mean guaranteed success, critically, anyway.
Tobey Marshall is a highly skilled street racer who’s recently been released from a long sentence in prison after being framed for a crime he never committed by a scheming rich businessman. When he sets out on a revenge mission to take part in a race across country, his former friend and ex-partner betrays him and he is forced to escape the law once again.
Continue: Need For Speed Trailer
It’s difficult to know exactly how to start this recap/review. As we reach the end of a show rightly categorized next The Wire and The Sopranos in terms of quality, a strange aura of serenity settles like the snow in New Hampshire.
Granite State encapsulated this with perfection.
Bryan Cranston saw Breaking Bad pick up another major Emmy
Continue reading: Penultimate Breaking Bad: The Calm Before The Storm
A host of deserved wins with a few surprises; the 2013 Emmy awards celebrate the year we were glued to our TV sets.
Last night's Emmy Awards rounded off one of the most addictive and successful years in television for quite some time. Whether you've hooked on Homeland, mad about Mad Men, devoted to Downton Abbey or hyped about House of Cards, the annual TV industry awards dished out some dazzlingly deserved gongs.
Jeff Daniels' Unexpected Best Drama Actor Win Was One Of The Evening's Highlights.
How I Met Your Mother's Neil Patrick Harris acted as this year's compère and although his show wasn't nominated for the best 'Comedy Series,' Neil kept the jokes coming, making fun of how deceptively unpredictable some of this year's awards were.
How the Breaking Bad director twinned decline with dignity. Spoilers ahead.
We’ve invested so much time and love into the characters of Breaking Bad, so when an episode like Ozymandian comes along, it’s important to deal with their separate demises with a considered touch. They’re family now!
This was certainly the case with Hank. Starting the season out as a macho-man; the cracker of bad jokes; a rather sad character, but ending his run in the show as a true hero, despite people still rooting for the anti-hero. Hank represented a modicum of morality towards the end, and it was only fair to send him off with his head held high.
Spoilers ahead. Ridiculous spoilers. Don't read this if you haven't watched it.
Redemption can be a subtle thing. We’ve seen a heavy-handed approach in Hollywood blockbusters and the procedural crime shows that litter networks everywhere. But AMC, for all the gripping, fervent manoeuvres Breaking Bad takes, has a real beauty of modern programming on its hands. It’s subtle, when it needs to be.
The Breaking Bad cast at the premiere for season five
Ozymandias wasn’t just ‘Shakespearian’ as many lazy reviewers have suggested – the same adjective is applied to every episode – no; it was more than Shakespearian. This is a modern tragedy, built upon the foundations of literature cemented in time by the seminal playwright, but deserved of its own legacy, as television screens and box sets slowly marginalise stages and box offices.
Continue reading: Breaking Bad: Ozymandias - Where Does Walter White Go From Here?
The name's Falsenberg.
If a pop culture trend exists, so does a Jimmy Fallon parody of it. Not that we’re complaining, the Late Night host does have a knack for parodies, which he proved once again with his latest – Joking Bad. As it turns out, even knock-knock jokes can be funny, if you frame them right.
Much like Walt, Jimmy has just six more months left - at Late Night, that is.
“Jimmy, I’m afraid it’s bad news,” the segment starts. ”You only have six months.”
Spoilers spoilers spoilers. Heavy spoilers. This will ruin the show for you... (spoilers)
So you’ve come this far, either by the relentless pressure applied by your friend who wouldn’t stop telling you to watch it, or by finding yourself understandably hooked, somewhere towards the end of the first season. Breaking Bad season five has three episodes left, and after To’hajiilee, Walter White looks set for some tough decisions.
“In these final four episodes, a great many chickens will come home to roost for Walt,” said the show’s creator, Vince Gilligan. To recap: Jesse and Hank dreamed up a ruse to lure Walter to his precious cash: a vital piece of evidence if Hank were to ‘bring him down’. Of course, the lingering threat of Tod and his uncle’s gang turning up was always in the back of our minds during the episode's tense finale.
The 'Prometheus' actress will team up with her favourite director once again.
Sigourney Weaver is set to star in another Ridley Scott-directed movie, 34 years after she made her name in his 1979 sci-fi classic, Alien. The 63 year-old will appear in Scott's upcoming biblical epic Exodus in which she will play Tuya, mother of Ramses, reports THR.
Sigourney Weaver Will Play The Mother Of Pharoah Ramses.
Weaver has just finished a stint on Broadway in the Tony-winning Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike and she has also signed up to the Mortal Instruments sequel, City of Ashes.
Continue reading: Sigourney Weaver Signs Up For Ridley Scott's Biblical Epic, 'Exodus'
As ever, we were left hanging as another episode flies by
There was a time when we could root for both Jesse Pinkman and Walter White in tandem; their loyalty to eachother despite threats of death against themselves and Walt’s family was touching. A relationship between generations, built within the confines of crime but standing strong; it was certainly one of the more engaging on-screen partnerships in recent years.
Aaron Paul's Jesse Pinkman is awake to Walt's manipulation
But time and Walt’s actions – his pride – have driven the one-time partners apart. Breaking Bad, season five, episode 11: Confessions, saw Pinkman wake up. And we’re glad, too; Jesse is too important to the show to bow out quietly, even if his enthusiasm for a new life in Alaska made some of us hope he’d end up there, buy a modest house on a nice street – just big enough for a huge TV and a sofa bed – and perhaps get a dog; walk it early in the morning, breathing in that clear Alaska air.
Continue reading: Breaking Bad Season Five Episode 11: So, Who Are You Rooting For Now?
Did you ask Aaron a question last night?
Aaron Paul hit the jackpot with Breaking Bad. His character, Jesse Pinkman, often provides moments of much needed comic relief while the show takes dark routes. He participated in a ask me anything session on Reddit last night, and fans were waiting in the wings to ask their on-screen hero… anything.
Breaking Bad returned on Sunday (Aug 11) and did so with a bang, getting straight to the cliff-hanger left at the end of the mid-season finale. In ‘Blood Money’, Aaron paints a sombre, disdainful Jesse, mistrusting of Walter – the man he put so much effort and trust into. With only seven episodes left, it’ll be fascinating to see where the various characters go, especially after Walt and Hank’s confrontation.
So here's why a 'Breaking Bad' movie couldn't happen. Sort of.
Breaking Bad began its final run on AMC this week, with fans already speculating as to the future of Walter White and Jesse Pinkman. They've lived with these cult hero characters for five seasons and, just like any other television series worth its salt, the ending is a big, big deal.
Remember the ending to The Sopranos? Fans are still trying to figure out what happened there - or what about the rather over-the-top finale of Lost?
Anyway, Aaron Paul - who plays Jesse on Breaking Bad - was hanging out with pals at The Sayers Club in Los Angeles last night when he was asked by TMZ.com if there was a chance the upcoming finale was simply a teaser for a real ending on the big-screen. Could it work?
Continue reading: Spoiler Alert? Here's Why A 'Breaking Bad' Movie Couldn't Possibly Work
The exhibition will chronicle the Breaking Bad storyline after the show's conclusion in September.
A pair of thighty whities, a burnt teddy bear, a bag of blue crystals and a high school chemistry set – fans of Breaking Bad will recognize all these as benchmarks along the way of Walter White’s descent into crime, but they have one more thing in common – all these items will be featured in a Breaking Bad themed exhibition at New York’s Museum of the Moving Image.
No word on whether Jesse and Walt's white RV will be featured.
The L.A. Times reports that the exhibition, entitled "From Mr. Chips to Scarface: Walter White's Transformation in 'Breaking Bad,'" will be on show until October 27th, approximately one month after the show’s final episode airs on AMC. So, a select few avid Breaking Bad fans will be able to get their fix (no pun intended) even after the show ends.
Continue reading: Addicted To "Breaking Bad"? This Exhibition Might Help
Time for the endgame.
It’s the final curtain call for Breaking Bad’s Walter White, as showrunner Vince Gilligan and company let us know in a big way last night. A word of warning, this is a recap, chock-full of spoilers, so if you haven’t yet had a chance to see 'Blood Money,' you might want to skip this article. You have been warned.
Cast your mind back to a man not yet corrupted...
After the last episode, which aired on AMC almost a year ago, everyone knew well and truly where they stood – Walt’s transformation into a vicious drug kingpin was complete, while his brother-in-law, D.E.A. agent Hank had just connected the dots and found out his secret identity. Can you say “showdown”?
The ABC show receives even more recognition.
According to the Television Critics Association, Breaking Bad is the program of the year. But they’re not the only ones who think that; Walter White (Bryan Cranston) and Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul) have stunned critics and fans alike in the AMC show, which enters its final eight episodes on August 11th.
The award is selected by the 220 members of the critics' organization, and often recognizes the shows ignored by The Emmys. Breaking Bad has been a revelation since it debuted back in January 2008 on AMC.
It follows a chemistry teacher diagnosed with cancer (White) who teams up with an unruly ex-student (Pinkman) to manufacture and sell crystal meth with the specific view to leaving his family a large sum of money after his death.
Continue reading: Breaking Bad Is Program Of The Year, The TCA Decide
The Television Critics Association Awards pre-empted many likely Emmy winners by presenting awards to shows such as 'Breaking Bad', 'Game of Thrones' and 'Behind the Candelabra'.
The Television Critics Association Awards (TCA Awards), held in Beverly Hills on Saturday (3rd August) night, saw Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones, Parks and Recreation and The Americans winning awards.
Breaking Bad, the drama following a meth-dealing terminally-ill Chemistry teacher and starring Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul, won the top award as 'Program of the Year'. Game of Thrones was awarded 'Best Drama' and 'Best Comedy' was a tie between The Big Bang Theory and Parks and Recreation. The Americans won 'Outstanding New Programme'.
Continue reading: TCA Awards: 'Breaking Bad', 'Game Of Thrones' And 'The Americans' Win
Will the Mythbusters bust some myths? Or will they be embarrassed?
You’ve all got that friend who spends every second of every day telling you to watch Breaking Bad. Well, you know what? They’re right, Breaking Bad is a great show, and it’s coming to an end soon, so you better get watching.
One of the AMC drama’s best aspects is the science; Walter White (Bryan Cranston) and Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul) use high-grade chemistry to create the most pure, potent product on the market. It just happens to be crystal meth, a growing problem in America, especially the further south you go.
The science in the show isn’t just used for drug manufacturing, Walt enlists his favourite friend to help him out with body disposal and contact explosives, when he finds the need to that is. But how realistic and re-creatable are these feats? Well, those spoilsports at Mythbusters are going to find out, as they dedicate an entire show to either ruining or vindicating the award-winning show.
Continue reading: Breaking Bad's Great, But Is The Science On The Money?
The stars and creator talked out the motives behind White's transformation.
Fans still have another eight episodes of Breaking Bad to keep them company on cold and lonely nights, but for stars Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul, as well as the rest of the Breaking Bad team, the experience is all but over. Cranston is particularly sad to see it go, because for him, playing the teacher-turned-drug-lord Walter White was the experience of a lifetime.
Cranston and Paul celebrated in style at the Breaking Bad premiere party earlier this week.
Breaking Bad is over for the cast and crew, but the viewers still have eight more episodes to enjoy.
Breaking Bad’s final season… now that deserves a toast. No, of course it’s not a good thing that one of the best examples of TV writing will be gone from everyone’s lives soon, but the team, who worked hard on each of BB’s six seasons, definitely deserves a toast. Which is exactly what they got at the Wednesday premiere of the final eight episodes. There was champagne and blue meth candy aplenty (the latter is an actual thing, not an inappropriate euphemism). Add to that the classy entrance that the cast made in Walt and Jesse’s iconic RV from the show, and you’ve got yourself a (slightly disturbing) Breaking Bad theme party.
Champagne was the only intoxicant at the party.
The Hollywood Reporter describes the party, including the yellow smoke, coming out of Jesse’s (Aaron Paul) tailpipe as the RV pulled in front of the Kim Novak Theatre on the Sony Lot. If that’s not arriving in style… But the white RV, which has been privy to so many misdeeds throughout the course of the show, was actually used for good this time, as Bryan Cranston used it to raise over $400 000 for The National Center For Missing And Exploited Children, by giving donors the trip of a lifetime (no pun intended) to the Breaking Bad premiere. The stars also hinted at the conclusion of this season – nothing will be left unaddressed and the fans will be satisfied with the ending, that seemed to be the general opinion.
Continue reading: Breaking Bad Premiere Party - One Massive Rager With A Cause
The Emmy Nominations have been released with a strong showing amongst the latest trend of 'smart' dramas. Here are our predictions.
This year 'smart' dramas Homeland, Mad Men and Breaking Bad dominate the Primetime Emmy Award nominations yet again and even for fans of the TV shows, it will be hard to predict which of their favourite series will carry off the most gongs. The Hollywood Reporter's Stacey Wilson highlights just how highly contested this year's 'best drama' category is: "If you win this year, it's going to be a real feather," she said to ABC News. The nominees list for each category is decidedly hefty but we've identified the ones that are toughest to call.
Bryan Cranston Voted Best Actor?
Having never won an 'outstanding drama' Emmy before, it looks like Breaking Bad could finally scoop the big gong this year having picked up five Primetime Emmy's before; 3 'best actors' for Bryan Cranston, 2 'best supporting actors' for Aaron Paul. With the first half of its final season currently airing, it looks like this could be the last chance for the show, as popular as ever, to scoop the night's biggest award. Downton Abbey, whilst having previously looked strong, has endured harsh reviews in its third season meaning it will be interesting to see whether this has had any impact on the voters.
The Primetime Emmy Award Nominations will be announced on Thursday 18th July. Netflix's 'Arrested Development' is a likely contender. 'The Americans'; 'Breaking Bad' and 'Scandal' are also likely candidates.
The Primetime Emmy Award nominations will be announced on Thursday (18th July). Speculation surrounding the awards is high, with Netflix's Arrested Development predicted to triumph. The awards will be announced by Kate Mara and Aaron Paul.
Aaron Paul will announce the nominations on Thursday.
Game Of Thrones is also suspected as a strong contender in the category of Best Drama Series. Homeland who won a number of awards last year is predicted to flop owing to its disappointing second series.
This little teaser poster has got us all... well... teased
Breaking Bad will finally come back to our screens on August 11th. We knew that; any fan of the show knew that, but this tantalizing new teaser poster – the first of its kind from AMC, for this show anyway – has really hit it home. Breaking Bad is coming back, on August 11th. Shall we say it again?
If you don’t know what Breaking Bad is about, then you probably shouldn’t be reading this article, as a) you’ve got loads of work to do, and b) SO MANY MASSIVE SPOILERS. The poster, which exhibits the show’s trademark green and smoky style, as well as their use of the periodic table for “Ba” in “Bad”. No explicit mention of the show, but true fans will know instantly, and non-believers will want to find out. "We're trying to enshrine these shows in a way that is meaningful, and really make sure (their final runs) are television events," says AMC chief Charlie Collier, who will be saying goodbye to Mad Men next year after seven seasons. "We think they will stand the test of time and never be forgotten."
Bryan Cranston has won 3 Emmys for his turn as Walter White
Continue reading: Breaking Bad Teaser – All Bad Things Must Come To An End
What a time to be alive it is for Aaron Paul. Not only did he win an Emmy Award last night for outstanding supporting actor in a drama series, but he's also set to marry his beautiful fiancée Lauren Parsekian. The 33 year-old Breaking Bad star gushed to People Magazine on the red carpet yesterday (September 23rd) "She's the greatest thing that's ever happened to me." Continuing to enthuse about the forthcoming wedding, Paul said "[I'm not nervous] at all. I'm just so blessed."
Continue reading: Aaron Paul's Delight At Emmy Win; Looks Forward To Wedding
The 64th Primetime Emmy Awards kicked off last night, and there were some surprises and with Homeland winning best drama. Modern Family also picked up best comedy, but everyone knew that would happen
Some expected Breaking Bad to sweep up, and others predicted that Mad Men would take the crown for an incredible fifth time. As it turned out, the terrorist drama/thriller Homeland took home the top prize. And the show's stars didn't miss out either, with Claire Danes and Damian Lewis both winning the best actress and best actor awards for their performances in the show. It was a great night for Showtime, as everyone (including us) expected the explosive end to season 4 of Breaking Bad to be a shoe-in for the big awards. Aaron Paul, who depicts Jesse Pinkman in AMC's meth drama did win best supporting actor, though.
In a more predictable turn, Modern Family scooped up the best comedy award. The ABC laugh-a-minute comedy, which hits screens again with a new series starting September 26th, picked up a further three prizes, with both supporting actor prizes and the writing award to make it four for the night. Whilst Jim Parsons was widely expected to win the best actor in a comedy award, his performances as Sheldon Cooper on Big Bang Theory being so popular, it wasn't to be, and Jon Cryer of Two And A Half Men was named winner. "Something has clearly gone terribly wrong," Cryer joked.
The 64th Annual Primetime Emmys kicks off this Sunday (September 23rd) and what better way to spend a Friday night than trying to predict who’ll walk home with the big prizes? None. There’s none, apart from maybe watching some of the shows nominated.
The headline this year will be Breaking Bad v Mad Men, and all things considered, it looks like Walter White v Gus will snatch it for Vince Gilligan’s meth-lord drama. Breaking Bad has been somewhat of a revelation since Mr White first approached Pinkman to propose a small time meth empire, but it’ll be fondly remembered in TV lover’s hearts as one of the greatest shows to ever grace a box-set. Contact Music predicts Breaking Bad to break Mad Men’s spell, halting the 50’s advertising magnate’s quest for a 5th Primetime Emmy.
Elsewhere in the drama category are; Boardwalk Empire, Downton Abbey, Game of Thrones and Homeland, and you can guarantee that HBO’s prohibition crime drama will clean up on any set design, make up and costume categories. Claire Danes should pick up Outstanding actress in a drama for her startling role in terrorist thriller Homeland, whilst we tip Bryan Cranston to make it a special evening for AMC by picking up his fourth Emmy award for the male award.
Continue reading: Getting Ready For The Primetime Emmys: Our Predictions!
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