The ‘Breaking Bad’ spin-off appears to be doing a good job of living up to the hype early.
Traditionally, spin-off series either fall into the disastrous ‘Joey’ category, or the 'perhaps better than its predecessor' group which is headed by 'Frasier'. So it’s no surprise that ‘Breaking Bad’ fans where anxious ahead of ‘Better Call Saul’s’ premiere. But if the series’ debut episodes are anything to go by fans can finally breathe a sigh of relief, as ‘Better Call Saul’ seems to hit all the right ‘Breaking Bad’ spots.
Bob Odenkirk in 'Better Call Saul'
The series follows Bob Odenkirk as small time lawyer Jimmy 'Saul Goodman' McGill, seven years before his ‘Breaking Bad’ appearances. He’s joined by another familiar face, Jonathan Banks who reprises his ‘Breaking Bad’ role as private investigator Mike Ehrmantrau.
The 'Breaking Bad' creators Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould, along with actor Bob Odenkirk, spoke to Variety about the hugely anticipated prequel 'Better Call Saul'.
With just under a month to go before the launch of ‘Breaking Bad’ prequel ‘Better Call Saul’, creators Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould and lead actor Bob Odenkirk have spoken to Variety about their hopes for the new show and how they came up with the idea.
Set in 2002, the series focusses on Saul Goodman before he came ‘Saul Goodman’, when he was still named Jimmy McGill. Bob Odenkirk reprises his role as the shady lawyer, and it is also set to feature his private investigator Mike Ehrmantraut (played again by Jonathan Banks).
Bob Odenkirk will return as Saul Goodman in 'Better Call Saul' next month on AMC
Continue reading: Vince Gilligan And Bob Odenkirk Talk 'Better Call Saul'
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.
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
The screen legend wrote a letter of appraisal to the star of the hit series in which he praised his acting ability
Breaking Bad has no shortage of famous fans, but Sir Anthony Hopkins might just be the biggest name to go on the record and declare out loud just how much of a boss Bryan Cranston is. The Oscar-winner recently went on a binge-watching session and got through all five seasons of the show, after which he was so impressed that he just had to write to Cranston and tell him how much he enjoyed his portrayal as Walter White/Heisenberg.
If he though Cranston's Walter White was good, he should see the roller skating scene from Malcolm in the Middle
This wasn't just some loved-up, 'OMG i fink u so hot' letter from the Welsh thespian, this was a serious appraisal from the Silence of the Lambs actor, who declared Cranston performance throughout the five seasons as the best acting he had ever seen!
Breaking Bad Halloween costumes are hugely popular this year.
Google searches for "Breaking Bad costumes" is unsurprisingly nearly three times higher this year. The search engine's annual list of most searched costumes tell us one thing, that Walter White is going to be at every Halloween party you attend this year. He'll be stood next to the Minion from Despicable Me, over in the corner.
The Breaking Bad Cast: Which One WIll You Dress As This Halloween?
With AMC's meth-drama coming to an explosive climax last month, Halloween gives fans a chance - the only acceptance chance - to dress as Walter, Jesse, Gus Fring or Saul Goodman.
Continue reading: Breaking Bad Halloween Costumes Dominate Google Searches For 2013
Spoilers. Spoilers that will ruin the best show ever made. You have been warned.
It’s difficult to fathom a world without Breaking Bad. From the formative earlier episodes to the wrap-up job done by the last half of the fifth season, we’ve come to love and care for Walter, Jesse, Hank, Skyler, Marie and Walter Jr. And Mike. Don’t forget Mike. But instead of mourning the passing of such a giant, it’s important to celebrate the brilliant times it brought us.
Breaking Bad was - and is - a behemoth of modern television. While The Wire and The Sopranos brought us the inner dealings of criminal gangs in New Jersey and Baltimore, commenting on social injustice along the way, BrBa provided a new landscape to romanticize – it was something truly original, borrowing enough tropes of writing gone by to remain familiar.
Continue reading: The Very Best Breaking Bad Moments - Staff Picks
After the airing of 'Felina' on Sept. 29, the song has entered the iTunes Chart for the first ever time and seen it's streaming numbers skyrocket
Ah the power of the internet, it never seizes to amaze. The latest little marvel the information super highway has doled out this time is the newfound success of Brit psych-rockers Badfinger, whose 1972 single 'Baby Blue' is now arguably the hottest song on the web still, after it was used as the closing song on the series finale of Breaking Bad on Sunday, 29 September.
The single, as reported by The Hollywood Reporter, was thrust into the iTunes top 20 for the first time ever, and saw it's streaming numbers - on Spotify and YouTube - go up dramatically, by 9000% in the space of a few hours after the East Coast airing of the show on AMC. This success has failed to peter away, and the song is still being downloaded and streamed at a rate never-before seen. Industry experts claim that the song enjoyed a 3,000% increase in sales in just one day, between 29 and 30 September, an amount that would reintroduce it into the chart on it's own. With it's continued success, the track is likely to be in the top 20 of the Billboard singles chart by the end of the week, if not higher.
There are SPOILERS in this review of the final episode of Breaking Bad.
In many ways it didn’t matter how Breaking Bad ended; the journey was such that the show’s quality was undeniable. And if the journey ended like The Sopranos, Dexter or Seinfeld – i.e., caught up in a maelstrom of controversy and disappointed losers – then so be it.
It's sad to see them go, but what a way to go
But Breaking Bad was, and is, amazing.
Continue reading: The Breaking Bad Finale Review: Felina - My, That Was Satisfying
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 highly-acclaimed writer/director is signed on for more TV work.
Having created the most popular, talked about and possibly best TV show of a generation, Vince Gilligan’s presence behind the scenes is highly sought after, making CBS’s acquisition of him and his new show all the more special.
Vince Gilligan brought this eclectic cast to life with Breaking Bad.
Gilligan actually wrote the pilot for the new show – a cop drama called Battle Creek - before Breaking Bad, but he probably won’t need it, or can turn it into the first episode, as his order is of the straight-to-series kind. CBS will produce 13 episodes of the brand new series.
Continue reading: Breaking Bad's Vince Gilligan Moves Over To CBS For New Detective Drama
Gilligan and 'House' creator David Shore will be working together for an original detective series due to air between 2014-1015
With the end in sight, and Sunday nights looking even more empty and as pointless as they did in June 2007 when The Sopranos came to an end, it looks as though there may be a light shining at the end of this TV-shaped tunnel, because Breaking Bad-creator Vince Gilligan has already been handed the reins for an all-new series.
Gilligan (L) and House creator David Shore (R) are working closely for Battle Creek
A project that Gilligan and CBS have had in the pipeline since 2002, Battle Creek is a crime drama centring on two very different detectives who work together in the two-bit Battle Creek, Michigan, struggling to work with the limited supplies handed to them. As they attempt to clean up the (relatively) mean streets of Battle Creek, they are posed with the conundrum; can you effectively fight crime with deception and trickery, or does it take trust and an endless supply of resources to keep the streets clean. The Hollywood Reporter first confirmed the new series.
Saul Goodman is getting his own series as AMC and Sony TV bosses have given the thumbs up for a 'Breaking Bad' spin-off show
He's the bright shirted, metaphor-filled, smarmy lawyer who has won an army of fans through his shady dealings with Walter White, Jesse Pinkman and other notorious heads of the Albuquerque criminal underworld, but now, Saul Goodman is about to embark on his biggest challenge to date: providing the basis for a decent spin-off series.
Odenkirk's character is a fan favourite
It's been a long time coming, with various rumours emerging from numerous sources, but Bob Odenkirk's character is definitely being given his own show. AMC and Sony Pictures TV bosses confirmed the news through a joint statement on Wednesday (11 Sept.) following various suggestions from the web and elsewhere to keep the spirit of Breaking Bad running.
Continue reading: AMC Green-Light 'Breaking Bad' Spin-Off 'Better Call Saul'
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.
It was another intense installment of everyone's favourite meth-based drama series as things hot up in the run-up to the finale
With only four more episodes to go, things were going to have to be rushed a little in the run up to the series finale of AMC's Breaking Bad, and on Sunday (1 September) night's episode, 'Rabid Dog,' that is pretty much what we got. Although a little haphazard at times, the episode by no means was a disappointment - Vince Gilligan doesn't know the meaning of the word - as it was still every bit the edge-of-your-seat drama that we have come to love. In case you missed it, here's what happened during 'Rabid Dog.' (The rest of this article obviously contains spoilers)
Stars Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul attend the premiere of the new season
Beginning where we left off; Jesse's off-the-rails response to discovering that Walt was behind Brock's poisoning, we find Walt arrive home with Saul's call still pulled up in the drive. Knowing from experience that the back door is probably the best mode of entry at a time like this, Walt carefully enters his home to find the front room completely empty. Calling out Jesse he investigates further, gun in hand, only to find that the house is completely empty, bar the few litres of gasoline strewn across his carpet. Going outside to check Saul's still-running car, he finds a CD with some white substance on it (probably not sugar), seemingly indicating that Jesse has fallen off the wagon once again, although with fairly good reason to be fair. As we find out in a later flashback, this is exactly what's happened, but we'll get to this flashback shortly.
Continue reading: Breaking Bad 'Rabid Dog' Episode Recap: What Does Jessie Know?
Huge spoilers ahead, you have been warned
Two episodes in to the highly-anticipated return of Breaking Bad’s season five, and the landscape of the show has dramatically changed from when we were left dangling last September.
Bryan Cranston as Walter White
Allegiances was the buzz word for ‘Buried’; Hank is set – he wants to bring Walter to his knees, shocked and traumatised by what his brother in law became, all the while unbeknown to him. And true to her character, Marie agrees.
Continue reading: Breaking Bad: Season Five, Episode 10 – The Tension Rises
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
Breaking Bad's final season is due to air on Sunday (11th August) night. With tensions between the two lead characters at breaking point and a tradition of violence, it seems likely the show will have an unexpected and explosive finale.
Breaking Bad's final season has created speculation amongst fans and even the show's own writers, as to how to kill off the characters.
The producer and creator of Breaking Bad, Vinci Gilligan, at The Film Society of Lincoln Center and AMC's celebration of the show, Lincoln Center, New York.
The eight-part final series promises high tension and the continuation of violent deaths. The inevitable possibility of ending Breaking Bad by killing off the lead character is causing the show's writers some sleepless nights. Vince Gilligan, the producer and creator, is leading the team of writers who cannot decide on how to kill off one of the show's lead characters.
The cast of TV drama 'Breaking Bad' arrive for The Film Society of Lincoln Center in New York where AMC celebrate that last episodes of the TV series. The stars including creator Vince Gilligan and main star Bryan Cranston sign autographs and take pictures with fans outside the venue.
Charlie Rose accidentally let slip a tiny detail about the final episodes.
Before the kickoff of Breaking Bad’s final season, creator Vince Gilligan paid a visit Sunday night to the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens to celebrate the opening of a new exhibition, “From Mr. Chips to Scarface: Walter White’s Transformation in 'Breaking Bad.' He also sat down for a chat with Charlie Rose, during which the newsman accidentally spilled the beans on a BB season finale detail, which, while it isn’t all that revealing, still counts as a spoiler – especially on a show that guards its secrets this closely. Though, to be fair, the rest of the chat was much more interesting, as Gillian discussed the challenges of writing a protagonist, going through such a dramatic change, or Breaking Bad’s ultimately numbered days.
Gilligan recently celebrated the finale along with the BB cast.
“ ‘Breaking Bad’ was always much more of a finite construct,” he said. “Most TV shows are designed by their nature to be open-ended, to be indefinite, to go on forever. It’s hard to get a TV show going, and once you get it going, you don’t want it to end and I didn’t want ‘Breaking Bad’ to end. But I knew creatively when your self-imposed franchise, as was the case in ‘Breaking Bad,’ is to take your protagonist and turn him into your antagonist, that is a continuum you’ve just ascribed for yourself, and there’s only so bad that bad could be. By its very nature this is something that has a limited shelf life.”
The show's stars open up (slightly) on end the latest season
If there’s one criticism of Breaking Bad (sorry don’t pelt me with eggs) is that the action slows down to accommodate some pretty high-octane stuff towards the ends of seasons one and two. From season three onwards, though, the action is relentless and many a sleeve was chewed through while Walt did his ‘thing’.
And it looks as though writer and creator Vince Gilligan has maintained the same formula to wrap the show as we enter the final eight episodes of season five in August. Well, that’s according to the cast anyway.
"This season slaughters every past season," Aaron Paul, who plays fans’ favourite Jesse Pinkman, says. "We're burning every bridge, but we're not being dark just to be dark. It just plummets."
Continue reading: Breaking Bad Cast Talk Season Five - Get Ready For A Thrill Ride
We can't wait to see what happens to Mr. White
There’s a dichotomy of emotion surrounding Breaking Bad, with the final eight episodes coming very soon. On the one hand, there’s absolutely no way we can wait much longer to see what happens, but in another, we’re totally devastated by the idea that there’ll never be another new episode to watch.
Mr. White weighs up his actions
And that’s what’s got the show’s creator all sad. So sad, he said it thrice. “First, I want to say that I’m sad, sad, sad about the series ending,” admitted Gilligan at Comic-Con 2013. “I’m going to miss these guys … and coming to Comic-Con. And, yes, I’m very happy with the finale. I hope our fans will be, too.” (Via THR)
Continue reading: Breaking Bad: Vince Gilligan Is "Sad, Sad, Sad About The Series Ending"
Is an 'X-Files' movie on the cards?
Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny were two of the billboard names on the second day of Comic-Con San Diego, reuniting to discuss the 20th anniversary of their seminal sci-fi show The X-Files. Hundreds of fans squeezed into Ballroom 20 to hear Mulder and Scully talk, though the question on everyone's lips was clear: will there be an X-Files feature film?
Anderson recently found herself back in the spotlight with the success of BBC drama The Fall, and Duchovny hasn't been out of work since the show therefore a new series would be difficult, though a movie would certainly be viable. In fact, Anderson admitted she wouldn't be interested in a return to the small screen, though added, "a film would be great," to woops and cheers in the audience, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
It would be the third movie spin-off, after The X-Files and The X-Files: I Want to Believe.
Continue reading: Gillian Anderson, David Duchovny Tease 'X-Files' Movie At Comic-Con
Comic-Con is one of the entertainment highlights of the year, though what's on offer for 2013?
Geeks of the world unite, for San Diego Comic Con 2013 is finally here. The cast and creators of your favorite cult television shows and movies are descending on the Californian city to tease new series', reveal casting details and give away tons of free stuff.
This place is like Glastonbury - it's impossible for you to see everything you want to see - so you're just gonna have to accept the inevitable clashes and focus on our Top 10 events that you really don't want to miss.
Continue reading: Comic-Con 2013: 10 Things You Really Don't Want To Miss
James Gandolfini's funeral was held today in New York. 'The Sopranos' star died of a heart attack last week whilst holidaying in Italy with his son. He was just 51-years-old.
The funeral of Soprano's star James Gandolfini was held today (27th June 2013) at St John the Divine Catholic Church in New York. A private wake was held yesterday (Wednesday 26th June) in New Jersey for family members and close friends.
Representing the cast and crew of The Sopranos was actress Aida Turturra and creator David Chase, who gave a eulogy. Gandolfini's widow Deborah Lin Gandolfini and two close family friends also spoke.
The late James Gandolfini, pictured here attending the 8th Starlit Benefit Gala, New York, 10th June 2013
Continue reading: James Gandolfini's Funeral - Who Was In Attendance?
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!
The riveting pilot episode quickly sets the framework for the entire series. FBI Agent Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) works outside of the bureau's mainstream on discarded, unsolved cases regarding paranormal activity called the X-Files. His immediate supervisors think his work is without merit, so they assign a young female agent, Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) to work with Mulder and disprove his wild theories. Mulder believes we are not alone in the universe; Scully believes science holds the key to the unexplained. Their first case together -- teenagers being abducted and killed in Oregon -- raises more questions than answers and leaves Scully with little exculpatory evidence to report back to her superiors.
Continue reading: The X-Files: The Complete Series Review
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