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Posted Thursday 11/08/18 at 2:22AM EST
AMC Cinematic Universe: Do we really need Breaking Bad and Walking Dead movies?
Source: The Mary Sue
The news that a Breaking Bad movie is in the works coming on the heels of the announcement that Andrew Lincoln has signed on to star in three Rick Grimes movies is another sign that AMC can't let go of its biggest hits. "It seems as though AMC wants to create giant spinoffs of their most famous projects, and I am not buying it so far," says Kate Gardner. "We need a Breaking Bad movie about as much as we need a Rick Grimes trilogy. While I don’t mind franchises and shared universes, not everything has to be a shared universe in the end. Sometimes, contained stories are just fine on their own. Otherwise, you’re more likely to end up with a Dark Universe than you are a Marvel Cinematic Universe."
Posted Wednesday 11/07/18 at 2:51PM EST
Bryan Cranston says he hasn't been asked to join a Breaking Bad movie nor has he read a script
“Yes, there appears to be a movie version of Breaking Bad,” Cranston said on The Dan Patrick Show when asked this morning about reports of the Breaking Bad movie. “But I, honestly have not even read the script. So I couldn’t tell you.” Cranston did admit he has spoken to creator Vince Gilligan about the project. “If Vince Gilligan asked me to do it, sure, absolutely," he said. "He’s a genius.” ALSO: Breaking Bad movie will reportedly focus on Aaron Paul's Jesse Pinkman.
Posted Tuesday 11/06/18 at 11:30PM EST
Breaking Bad movie is in the works
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Vince Gilligan is set to write and direct a two-hour Breaking Bad film, but it's unclear if it will be made for TV or for theaters. The Albuquerque Journal first reported of the project, registered with the New Mexico Film Office. According to The Hollywood Reporter, "details on the project, which has been floating around the industry with a possible fake/working title of 'Greenbrier,' are slim. It's unclear if the movie would be another prequel — like AMC's Better Call Saul — or a follow-up of some sort. It's also unclear is if any of the original stars, such as Bryan Cranston or Aaron Paul, are involved in the new project, which sources stress will be set in the existing Breaking Bad franchise." According to Deadline, the film is "envisioned as a standalone installment in the Breaking Bad franchise that lives in the Breaking Bad universe." The film would be the first project in Gilligan's new three-year overall deal he signed with Sony TV in July.
Posted Friday 10/26/18 at 5:20AM EDT
Steve McQueen slams the current state of TV: "There’s more of it, but less quality"
“I’m not so keen on TV.” says the director of the Best Picture Oscar-winning 12 Years a Slave, who is releasing his new film Widows, an adaptation of a 1980s British TV series, next month. Shortly after his Oscar victory in 2014, McQueen dabbled in TV, filming an HBO pilot for Codes of Conduct, a limited series that was ultimately scrapped. “I think basically I got into bed with (HBO) just at that turning point — just before the turning point because I was with them, and then things started to shift,” he said. “When I was with HBO, Netflix wasn’t Netflix then.” Now, he says, TV has become an arms race to create more content. “TV had its moment," McQueen tells Indiewire "It’s fodder now, isn’t it? It’s fodder. There was a moment in the ’90s or early 2000s when it was amazing. And now it’s just, ‘Get stuff done. We need stuff.’ I don’t know what’s happening now, but obviously the quality has gone down a little bit. There’s more of it, but less quality.” As an example, he pointed to Breaking Bad, which he found amazing, but he says it has led to the "rip-off" Ozark. "It’s unfortunate, right now, there’s so much money, and so little ideas," he says. "The problem is when you have no money, you’ve got to think.” McQueen adds: "Writing is one thing, (but) I don’t think TV does what cinema can do. I just don’t think that that’s possible. This is not to sort of say one is better than the other, but I know what I prefer. I prefer cinema."
Posted Saturday 10/13/18 at 3:11AM EDT
TV has built a world where white males are the protagonists of the story, from CBS crime procedurals to antihero dramas
The fall of Les Moonves and the recent premiere of Lifetime's You -- which attempts to subvert the white male viewpoint -- have helped to hammer home the point that a lot of television has been told from the white male point of view. "Straight white men in America are taught that they are the protagonist of the story from birth. Their number includes me — I’ve always intuitively understood myself as the protagonist too," says Todd VanDerWerff. "And this mindset has only become more ingrained in the past 20 years. Under Moonves, CBS became America’s most powerful network, but also went from broadcasting shows like Murphy Brown and Designing Women to mostly being a place where women were corpses, whose murders were solved largely by steely, determined men, with occasional help from quippy female sidekicks." VanDerWerff adds that "over the past 20 years, no network has had a worse record of telling stories centered on characters who aren’t straight white men than CBS, a trend the network has only finally broken this fall. What does it say about a culture when by far its most popular television network is dominated by shows where women serve primarily as support systems, quirky comic relief, and victims?" Antihero shows like Mad Men, The Sopranos, Breaking Bad and The Shield have also helped fuel the narrative that white males can take whatever they want. "The best antihero dramas of the early 2000s, like the best great films of the ’70s, were cautionary tales, deeply moral stories about how, in some ways, the men at the center of them stood in for an America — or at least a white male America — that couldn’t stop gobbling up everything it saw," says VanDerWerff. "The shows suggested, always, that even if their protagonists didn’t get their comeuppance onscreen, it was coming, unless they could change their ways. Only a handful of those protagonists, most notably Mad Men’s Don Draper, eventually came close to doing so. But even now, these shows leave open the question of just how we’re supposed to grapple with the idea that many viewers will always see them as instruction manuals, or as validation of dangerous ideals. What are the takeaways for an audience that doesn’t want to dig into the moral and ethical nuance of The Sopranos and just wants to see Tony whack more enemies, or that believes Skyler White is the true villain of Breaking Bad?"
Posted Wednesday 10/10/18 at 10:46PM EDT
Gus Fring is Better Call Saul's worst character
The problem is Giancarlo Esposito's character on Better Call Saul is that he is exactly who he is on Breaking Bad. There is no mystery about him. There's no potential for change. Gus Fring, says Angie Han, "remains simple. He's exactly the same vengeance-obsessed guy he was in Bad, only slightly younger. If he has any hidden depths worth exploring, if he offers any fresh angles into the nature of obsession, if there's anything else to him that's worth knowing at all, the show hasn't hinted at them." Gus, she adds, is a major character in the story. "Only he doesn't behave like a character. He's more like a machine...He's simply an obstacle to be cleared by the characters we care about – and one we know can't be completely defeated, because he needs to thrive long enough to terrorize Walt and Jesse on Bad. "
Posted Tuesday 10/09/18 at 12:15PM EDT
Better Call Saul's Season 4 finale was TV magic, despite being hampered by Breaking Bad
Source: Entertainment Weekly
The Jimmy McGill storyline on Monday's Season 4 finale felt like a full meal by itself, says Darren Franich. "This was high-level storytelling, crafted with deconstructive precision by writers Thomas Schnauz and Peter Gould," he says. "There’s an ongoing thread in Better Call Saul where Jimmy could almost be a dreamweaver from Inception. He’s a con man, sure, but his lies tilt toward the modern vogue for the word 'narrative,' the possibility of conjuring a whole believable universe of (truthy) facts and (amended) figures. The season 4 finale was his best trick yet." However, Franich says the Breaking Bad storyline was the worst part of Season 4. "So much of this Better Call Saul year felt like a profound evolution, Jimmy’s moral quagmiring rendered with style and sophistication," he says. "But across town, Gus Fring (Giancarlo Esposito) and Mike Ehrmantraut (Jonathan Banks) were stuck in the prequel-iest of prequel subplots. Forget cheap Rogue One references. This was the Breaking Bad version of that old Clerks joke about the Death Star contractors, brought to life with such aesthetic refinement that the overwhelming feeling of boredom was almost an accomplishment...I guess on some level this just is the Better Call Saul experience, this weird polarity between psycho-jurisprudential inquisition and druglord demigod western. The dissonance works for some viewers. To me, it feels like Breaking Bad is starting to become a problem for Better Call Saul, an easy lever to pull when it’s been too long since a cool action scene, a little leg to show any Bad fans who aren’t interested in which ski resort Schweikart & Cokely chooses for its annual teambuilding exercise."
- The Breaking Bad origin story feels empty, like a high-tech underground lab that manufactures Easter eggs -- all of it is masterly; none of it is necessary
- Season 4 was the best and bleakest season, embracing the bifurcated nature of the show
- Better Call Saul's journey is more heartbreaking than Breaking Bad’s, and more agitating, too
- The hugely important final shot, explained
- Season 4 is an indictment of the American justice system
- The Season 4 finale would've made for a great series finale
- How Better Call Saul writers cooked up the perfect con this season
- Bob Odenkirk: "It feels like a new beginning"
- How Better Call Saul rebuilt the meth superlab from Breaking Bad
- Co-creator Peter Gould says the biggest challenge was finding the right balance between Jimmy and Mike: "It scared the hell out of me because it felt different and dangerous"
- Better Call Saul writers will continue to call its protagonist "Jimmy" as long as Kim does
- Gould says "it really feels like we're closer to the end than to the beginning," but "I don't know how many more seasons we've got"
Posted Monday 9/24/18 at 10:05AM EDT
Guillermo del Toro: Better Call Saul has proven to be better than Breaking Bad
The Oscar-winning director used a series of tweets on Saturday to explain why he thinks Better Call Saul has emerged to outshine its predecessor: "A small reflection in the middle of BETTER CALL SAUL's new season: I like it even more than BB, not to be a contrarian but because the evident stakes seem smaller but the moral downfall strike me as deeper, more poignant...With Walter White (who turns Black) you were tracking a massive downfall/transformation. BCS takes you by the hand as Jimmy becomes Saul Goodman (No Good in him) in small painful tumbles...Kim is the key!...Even in his relationship with Chuck, Jimmy was an enabler, he kind of loved seeing Chuck diminished. Both brothers wanted to see the other 'down'. Beautifully laid out." ALSO: Breaking Bad is coming out with a 10th-anniversary music box set.
Posted Tuesday 8/21/18 at 1:32PM EDT
Breaking Bad vet says Better Call Saul cameo was in the works for years
Source: USA Today
In fact, the fan-favorite character was shooting another show in Albuquerque during Season 1 when he ran into co-creator Peter Gould, who said: "It'd be great to have you back."
Posted Thursday 8/16/18 at 10:40PM EDT
Better Call Saul will deliver Los Pollos Hermanos chicken next week via Postmates
Los Angeles and New York City fans can order Gustavo Fring's Breaking Bad/Better Call Saul chicken from Monday through Wednesday through the on-demand delivery service.
Posted Friday 8/10/18 at 6:01AM EDT
Breaking Bad's Walter White could still be alive in Better Call Saul's Omaha scenes
Source: Entertainment Weekly
“We haven’t defined that,” says co-creator Peter Gould. “We haven’t said how long Gene has been in Omaha.”
Posted Tuesday 8/07/18 at 10:55PM EDT
Judd Apatow: I rejected Bryan Cranston for the role of a Pineapple Express drug dealer
"Bryan Cranston auditioned," Apatow said in commemorating the 10th-anniversary of the Seth Rogen-James Franco film. "He may have even read at a table read and I said 'I don’t think he seems scary enough to seem like a real drug dealer.' If he did PE maybe the Breaking Bad people would have said, 'not him, he always plays drug dealers.'" ALSO: Ranking every Breaking Bad episode.
Posted Saturday 8/04/18 at 2:51AM EDT
Read an oral history of Breaking Bad's "Ozymandias"
Source: The Ringer
"It was just a final beatdown, just a battle royal to the finish. In that episode, a lot of things happen that were just really hard to bear," Aaron Paul says of the best episode of one of the best-ever TV series.
Posted Friday 7/20/18 at 5:44AM EDT
Vince Gilligan: Breaking Bad's Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul won't be appearing on Better Call Saul this season
“You will not see Walt or Jesse on Season 4 of Better Call Saul,” Gilligan said at Comic-Con, promising not to be a jerk and pull a fast one on viewers. Gilligan then added, as he's said many times before: “We would be seriously remiss if these characters don’t appear on Saul before it is all over."
Posted Thursday 7/19/18 at 1:17PM EDT
Better Call Saul unveils its Season 4 official trailer
The new trailer offers brief glimpses of Breaking Bad's Lydia Rodarte-Quayle and The Cousins.