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Posted Sunday 1/21/18 at 3:26AM EST
Breaking Bad stars celebrate the show's 10th anniversary on Twitter
“10 years ago today Mr. White and Jesse Pinkman decided to start cooking crystal meth,” tweeted Aaron Paul. “Thank you Vince (Gilligan) for coming up with this crazy concept.” Bryan Cranston responded hours later to his former co-star: “Yo Bitch! I stole your line, Aaron. But you can ‘Say my name!’ Just thinking about the 6 magical years on BB with our great cast and crew. I miss you all, even those Heisenberg had to kill. Vince, you're a genius and a wonderful human being. Thank you for the ride of our lives!” Meanwhile, Dean Norris thanked TV wife Betsy Brandt and tweeted he was celebrating the anniversary with a “Shraderbrau and a new mineral. Brandt responded: “I was just about to text you “meet me in the kitchen with a box of wine…I love the story that we told, and I love you.” ALSO: Breaking Bad fans in Albuquerque celebrated the 10th anniversary by flocking to “Los Pollos Hermanos.”
Posted Friday 1/19/18 at 10:48PM EST
Breaking Bad still has a hold on Albuquerque 10 years after its premiere
Saturday marks the 10th anniversary of the groundbreaking AMC drama, which ran five seasons through 2013. “Albuquerque is a diverse metropolis of more than 550,000 people spread over 190 square miles—yet a full 10 years after the show’s premiere, Breaking Bad still has a hold on the city,” reports Erin Vanderhoff. "In Old Town, you can still buy the rock candy 'meth' made by the woman who supplied the crew for the first two seasons; curio stores still sell T-shirts with Walter White’s face on them alongside their ristras and kachina. ‘Bathing Bad’ bath salts can still be found for sale, and for $75, you can take a tour of Breaking Bad filming locations in an R.V. designed to look like Walt and Jesse’s first lab. On Albuquerque’s Craigslist, you can occasionally find copies of the local newspaper published the day after the finale—which includes a fan-placed obituary for Heisenberg himself.
It’s an impressive feat of staying power—especially in a Peak TV era that tends to send viewers lurching wildly from buzzy show to buzzy show.”
Posted Tuesday 1/16/18 at 6:10PM EST
Vince Gilligan recalls the “F*CK YEAH!” in Breaking Bad oral history in honor of its 10th anniversary
The groundbreaking AMC series premiered on Jan. 20, 2008 amid the writers’ strike and up against the overtime portion of the NFC championship game between the New York Giants and Green Bay Packers. Few watched Season 1’s first seven episodes, yet they were good enough to garner four Emmy nominations, including a surprise victory for Bryan Cranston for best actor in a drama series. “I’ll never forget that moment they read out Bryan’s name,” says Gilligan in Esquire’s oral history. “I launched out of my seat like some drunken sports fan, and screamed “F*CK YEAH!" so loud I actually hurt my vocal chords, and I was slamming my hands together. It wasn’t even clapping, just beating them together. I’d never clapped so hard in my life, it was almost scary. Bryan is the whole package; he’s such a fine actor that even if he were the world’s biggest a**hole, he’d be worth working with. But he’s also the greatest guy, and so beloved by his peers. So in hindsight, I think, of course he won! But at the time, it was a shock.” ALSO: Watch a Better Call Saul gag reel.
Posted Saturday 1/13/18 at 12:37AM EST
Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams goes hand in hand with Black Mirror
Amazon's 10-part anthology series starring such big names as Bryan Cranston, Anna Paquin and Steve Buscemi has been referred to as the streaming service’s answer to Black Mirror. “Stylistically and philosophically, though, they’re a binary set,” says Spencer Kornhaber. “Electric Dreams is televisually muddy next to Black Mirror’s austere confidence, but it has an emotional generosity that the Netflix series lacks, serving up plenty of happy endings with twists that are more conventional. Of greater note are the contrasts in the shows’ thematic emphases. Electric Dreams usually insists that the tyranny of the collective is the urgent concern. Black Mirror is often a fantasy of individualism taken too far. The dystopian drama most apt for 2018 might be a synthesis of the two.” ALSO: Some episodes are real gems, while other feel overly familiar.
Posted Thursday 12/14/17 at 9:52AM EST
Bryan Cranston proved to be a terrific guest-host for James Corden
"As I'm sure you've determined by now, you've realized I am not James Corden,” Cranston said in his Late Late Show monologue, filling in for Corden, whose wife gave birth on Tuesday night. "I am actually Harry Styles... it's been a rough 24 hours."
Posted Wednesday 12/13/17 at 6:49PM EST
Bryan Cranston to fill in for James Corden tonight on The Late Late Show
Cranston will guest-host tonight’s show, interviewing Dwayne Johnson and Jack Black, as Corden spends time with his family following the birth of his third child, a daughter. Harry Styles was a last minute fill-in Tuesday after Corden's wife went into labor.
Posted Monday 11/20/17 at 11:08PM EST
In the weeks before his death, Charles Manson loomed large on TV
The notorious killer was mentioned on Netflix’s Mindhunter, which premiered last month. He's also directly acknowledged on Season 2 of Search Party, which kicked off last night. And it was just two weeks ago that Evan Peters portrayed Manson in the episode “Charles (Manson) in Charge,” which reenacted the night of the Manson murders. Manson was also the subject of last week’s season finale. ALSO: Bryan Cranston claims he saw Manson when he was age 11 or 12.
Posted Tuesday 11/14/17 at 10:11PM EST
Bryan Cranston appeared to be using “Walter White logic” in saying that Kevin Spacey and Harvey Weinstein could someday make a comeback
The former Breaking Bad star recently told the BBC “it would take time, it would take a society to forgive them, and it would take tremendous contrition on their part” for the accused sexual abusers to be allowed back in the entertainment industry. As Amy Zimmerman points out, what Cranston is describing already exists — “it’s the standard process of Hollywood redemption, ruled over by majority male power players.” But Zimmerman says it’s the wrong time to even consider whether Weinstein, Spacey and their ilk should be redeemed. “Anyone who proposes a second chance for accused rapists and sexual harassers while the rest of us are still reckoning with these injustices has no place occupying the moral high ground,” she says. “There’s no need for Bryan Cranston to opine on this issue at all. But if he absolutely must, he should center the needs and voices of victims instead of worrying about the potential absolution of their abusers.”
Posted Tuesday 10/24/17 at 4:58AM EDT
Bryan Cranston had said he wanted to be on Curb Your Enthusiasm, and that’s how he wound up as Larry David’s psychiatrist
Cranston’s episode, of course, reunited David and Cranston, who collaborated on Seinfeld. It was also a reunion for Curb executive producer Jeff Schaffer, whose second Seinfeld script was a Tim Whatley episode.
Posted Monday 10/23/17 at 7:10AM EDT
Woody Harrelson sought Bryan Cranston's advice in his portrayal of Lyndon B. Johnson
Harrelson tells Jimmy Kimmel how Cranston, who portrayed the former president in HBO's All the Way, graciously took time to offer his thoughts on playing the LBJ role. Harrelson stars in Rob Reiner’s movie LBJ.