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As I noted shortly after its release this past May, Gareth Edwards' Godzilla has a lot of trouble in the female character department. While the male leads Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Bryan Cranston and Ken Watanabe got to play solid characters and had an active role in the story, Juliette Binoche was killed off almost instantly; Elizabeth Olsen did little more than worry about her husband and look up in terror; and Sally Hawkins just mutely followed Watanabe around the whole time. This element definitely bothered me as an audience member watching the movie, and it turns out that I wasn't alone: it turns out that Juliette Binoche wasn't too happy about Godzilla's lacking female characters either. Talking with Indiewire about her experience making Godzilla, the French actress revealed that she originally signed on to be in the blockbuster monster movie thanks to what she described as a "beautiful letter »
Neil Patrick Harris was the 4th choice to host Oscars — after Ellen, Chris Rock and Julia Louis-Dreyfus Ellen DeGeneres was against hosting for a 3rd time, according to The Hollywood Reporter, while a deal with 2005 host Chris Rock “failed to materialize.” “Veep” star Louis-Dreyfus, meanwhile, said no to hosting. Bryan Cranston responds to Toys ‘R Us pulling “Breaking Bad” toys: "Nicely played Florida Mom" "Word on the street is that they were sent to Belize,” he tweeted. World Series delivers its worst Game 1 overnight ratings ever Last night’s blowout win was topped by “NCIS,” “NCIS: New Orleans” and “The Voice.” Plus: “Selfie” sees a slight rise, and “Marry Me” falls about 15-20% in Week 2. Click Read Full Post For More PBS: At least 33 million watched part of “The Roosevelts” The average audience for all seven episodes was 9.2 million. Melissa Rivers is poised to inherit more than $100M from Joan Rivers »
- Norman Weiss
No half-measures, even in the toy game. Toys "R" Us is removing a controversial line of Breaking Bad action figures featuring drug kingpin Walter "Heisenberg" White and sidekick-nemesis Jesse Pinkman armed with bags of cash and meth. This follows a heavily publicized protest led by a Florida mother, who earned over 9,000 signatures with her Change.org petition.
"Let's just say, the action figures have taken an 'indefinite sabbatical,'" Toys "R" Us spokeswoman Kathleen Waugh cleverly told NBC News, referencing a classic line from the acclaimed AMC drama. But this »
Apparently Heisenberg is no match for a Florida mom. The Associated Press reported Toys "R" Us has stopped selling Breaking Bad dolls, in the wake of a petition calling for them to be removed. "Let's just say, the action figures have taken an 'indefinite sabbatical,'" Toys "R" Us said in a statement EW obtained. The petition, which garnered over 9,000 signatures, called the company's "decision to sell a Breaking Bad doll, complete with a detachable sack of cash and a bag of meth, alongside children’s toys...a dangerous deviation from their family friendly values." Bryan Cranston was none too »
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Update: Toys 'R Us has decided to pull the Breaking Bad action figures off the shelves following angry mothers petitioning against toys being sold. The company tells E! News in a statement, "Let's just say, the action figures have taken an 'indefinite sabbatical.'" ___________________________________________________________ Attention all angry mothers—the man has spoken. Or tweeted, rather. Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston has responded to at least one specific mom who has made it publicly known that she's against the idea of Toys 'R Us selling action figures based on the AMC series—and what he wrote will only make you love him that much »
Toys R Us is sending its “Breaking Bad” action figures on a trip to Belize, if you catch the drift.
Following a Change.com petition from a Florida mom that called for the retailer to stop selling its line of action figures based on the AMC drama, the toy company announced it would pull the collection from its shelves and online store. The petition claimed that the toys were a “dangerous deviation from (Toy R Us’) family friendly values.”
“Let’s just say, the action figures have taken an ‘indefinite sabbatical,'” a Toys R Us rep said in a statement, referencing a line from the show.
The toys, which the petition says included “a detachable sack of cash and a bag of meth,” were intended for consumers 15 and up. As of Tuesday evening the petition had over 8,700 signatures.
Though Toys R Us seems to have bowed to the backlash, »
- Kevin Noonan
Walter White is no match for one concerned parent. Toys "R" Us has removed a line of Breaking Bad action figures from shelves following a Florida mom's grassroots crusade, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. The toy line for the AMC drama, which starred Bryan Cranston as a chemistry teacher who resorts to cooking meth, has been pulled from shelves, effective immediately. The line included figurines of characters Walter and Jesse Pinkman, with Walter's likeness including a tiny tray of crystal meth. See more 'Breaking Bad': 10 Most Mind-Blowing Episodes "Let's just say, the action figures have taken an 'indefinite
- Ryan Gajewski
A Breaking Bad line of actions figures available at Toys"R"Us, which come “complete with a detachable sack of cash and a bag of meth,” are causing quite a stir. A Florida mom, who is even an admitted fan of the AMC drama, has started a petition to have the toy store chain remove the toy line from their shelves. Bryan Cranston, who won multiple Emmys for his role as chemistry-teacher-turned-meth-lord Walter White on the show, took to twitter to comment on the petition:
"Florida mom petitions against Toys 'R Us over Breaking Bad action figures." I'm so mad, I'm burning my Florida Mom action figure in protest
— Bryan Cranston (@BryanCranston) October 20, 2014
Two words (and a video): He won.
Source: Time via: BoingBoing »
- Eli Reyes
This summer's "Godzilla" was memorable for a few things, but for cinephiles, it was a blockbuster that rounded up some pretty great acting talent....only to kill them off (Bryan Cranston, Juliette Binoche) or shunt them into the background (Ken Watanabe, Sally Hawkins, David Strathairn). Perhaps one of the most disappointing person to see exit the movie so early was Binoche. The great French actress didn't have much to do except die in the opening minutes, but according to her, it had quite the impact on Quentin Tarantino. "[Quentin] Tarantino said to me, 'That was the first time I've ever cried during a 3D blockbuster. I had to take off my glasses to wipe away my tears.' I took it as a compliment," Binoche told Indiewire. As for the experience of shooting the movie—which she notes she only took thanks to a "beautiful letter" from director Gareth Edwards—she »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Celebrities honor the late Oscar de la Renta, Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds make us even more jealous of their lives (yup, that’s actually possible), Teresa Giudice wants her prison time to be like Orange Is the New Black and more of today’s First Dibs.
Fashion legend Oscar de la Renta passed away at 82. [Forbes] Blake Lively flaunts her baby bump, this time with her man by her side, and they’re basically perfect in every way. [Perez Hilton] Teresa Giudice requested to go to the Danbury federal prison in Connecticut, which inspired Orange Is the New Black. You can imagine how that went down… [E!] Jennifer Garner made a moving speech about sexism during last night’s Elle Women in Hollywood event. And yes, everyone you love was there. [E!/PopSugar] Bryan Cranston has his own way of dealing with the mom in Florida who protested the Toys R Us Breaking Bad toys. »
- Taylor Ferber
With “Fury” dominating the box office over the weekend, Jimmy Kimmel was following typical Hollywood logic by looking ahead to the sequel. Even better, he managed to pull together an exciting trailer for a new Brad Pitt war saga, with just one small addition, introducing us to “Furby.” See photos: Party Report in Pictures: Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Bryan Cranston, Kate Hudson, and President Obama That letter “b” in the title changed everything, though, as it was nostalgia heaven when Pitt and his tank crew found themselves facing off against a horde of the colorful Hasbro toy robots on Monday night's “Jimmy Kimmel. »
- Jason Hughes
Here's something you might not know: Toys R Us sells Breaking Bad figurines of Walter White and Jesse Pinkman. Here's something you might have predicted: parents aren't happy about the idea of their kids playing with figurines of bald, meth-dealing science teachers. One Florida mother is so outraged that her petition against Toys R Us stocking the toys, which feature Walter carrying a gun and a bag of meth, has made headlines this week. Though a quick search of the store's website reveals that they used to sell these items (you can totally see "6-inch Hazmat Suit Jesse Pinkman"), they don't seem to carry them anymore. In an amusing twist of events, Bryan Cranston entered the controversy by tweeting a response to the woman's complaint: "Florida mom petitions against Toys 'R Us over Breaking Bad action figures." I'm so mad, I'm burning my Florida Mom action figure in protest — Bryan Cranston »
Bryan Cranston, Sally Hawkins, Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Ken Watanabe star in Gareth Edwards' Godzilla (2014), a reimagining of the 1954 Japanese film about the destruction caused by a giant monster. When a devastating event is covered up as a natural disaster, nuclear physicist Joe Brody (Cranston) realises something much more sinister is to blame. Meanwhile, scientist Dr. Ichiro Serizawa (Watanabe) reveals that a powerful monster was awakened and that the creature has now returned. To celebrate the release of Godzilla this coming Monday (27 October), we have Three DVD copies to give away. This is an exclusive competition for our Facebook and Twitter fans, so if you haven't already, 'Like' us at facebook.com/CineVueUK or follow us @CineVue before answering the question below.
- CineVue UK
Bryan Cranston has broken his silence and responded to the Florida mom who started a petition against Toys "R" Us for selling Breaking Bad action figures. The actor, who portrayed meth manufacturer Walter White in the hit AMC series, took to Twitter on Monday, Oct. 20, and joked about the matter. "'Florida mom petitions against Toys 'R Us over Breaking Bad action figures.' I'm so mad, I'm burning my Florida Mom action figure in protest," he humorously tweeted. In the mom's petition, which was launched earlier this month, [...] »
It’s been 67 years since Hollywood screenwriter Dalton Trumbo was blacklisted in the movie-making industry as a result of investigations by the House Un-American Activities Committee of the time, but his story will soon unfold on the big screen with Bryan Cranston in the lead. Directed by Jay Roach (Meet The Parents) and written by John McNamara (The New Adventures Of Superman), Trumbo has now added rising star Adewale Akkinuoye-Agbaje to its cast – bringing with him the recognition borne of his previous roles in Lost, Oz, Pompeii and Thor: The Dark World.
Trumbo tells the story of this troubled screenwriter, who was part of the so-called ‘Hollywood Ten’ (made up of screenwriters and directors) that were cited for contempt of Congress in 1947 for refusing to testify to the committee about their alleged involvement with the Communist Party. He was convicted, and served 11 months in Ashland Federal Prison in 1950, leaving him »
- Sarah Myles
“The Simpsons World” launches Tuesday Every “Simpsons” episode will be available via a website and app, with features including: “The Simpsons Heartbeat,” which organizes every episode by popularity, plus a newsfeed called “Everything Simpsons." ABC picks up Tyra Banks’ daytime talk show "The F.A.B.” "The Fun and the Beautiful” talk show will launch in fall 2015 with moderator Banks, plus Sports Illustrated swimsuit star Chrissy Teigen, YouTube star Leah Ashley, interior designer Lauren Makk and Yahoo Fashion’s Joe Zee. “Bones” will pay homage to Alfred Hitchcock for Episode 200 “The 200th in the 10th” episode will feature Booth and Brennan in their very own ’50s thriller inspired by the Master of Suspense. Click Read Full Post For More Jimmy Fallon to release his 1st children’s book "Your Baby’s First Word Will Be Dada” will help kids show their dads some love. Check out spoilery new “Game of Thrones »
- Norman Weiss
"Breaking Bad" doesn't exactly scream "kid-friendly," but does the AMC drug drama deserve its merch pulled from stores as a result? One Florida mother thinks so, and has started a Change.org petition to get Toys "R" Us to remove Walter White action figures from its shelves.
In the petition, Susan Myers from Fort Myers, Florida writes that the toy store chain's "decision to sell a Breaking Bad doll, complete with a detachable sack of cash and a bag of meth, alongside children's toys is a dangerous deviation from their family friendly values."
"Parents and grandparents around the world shop at Toys R Us, online and in stories, with their children and should not be forced to explain why a certain toy comes with a bag of highly dangerous and illegal drugs or why someone who sells those drugs deserves to be made into an action figure," the petition continued. »
- Katie Roberts
Toys "R" Us is under fire for selling "Breaking Bad" dolls inspired by the violent, drug-fueled AMC series. The critically-acclaimed show, which aired it series finale last year, revolved around Bryan Cranston’s chemistry teacher turned meth maker. And that's exactly what's available for sale in the children's toy store -- a figurine version of Walter White that comes complete with a fake gun, fake cash, and a backpack filled with fake crystal meth (see photo left). »
- Shari Weiss
Godzilla is a movie that everyone has heard about, even if they have never seen it. There have been so many manifestations of Godzilla in cinema, from the original 1954 version, to his battles with Mothra, Mechagodzilla and Hedorah, to the terrible 1998 Roland Emmerich version, to this one, 2014’s Godzilla, directed by Monsters director Gareth Edwards.
I was excited about this film since first hearing about it last year, and have been following its progression over the past few months as casting and further details were announced. When the first trailer arrived on the scene a few months ago I was further intrigued, and by the time the film was released this week, I was thoroughly anticipating the re-emergence of one of cinemas most famous monsters. »
- Chris Cummings
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