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Breaking Bad creator spoke during a panel in La and revealed how fans of the AMC spinoff are at the heart of his creative decisions
“The folks who watch this show … they deserve to be rewarded for their strict attention,” creator Vince Gilligan told an audience at the Cary Grant Theater in Los Angeles, at a panel screening of the penultimate episode on Thursday night.
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- Lauren Gambino
Admit it, millennials: When the news broke Tuesday that FBI agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully would be returning to the Fox network for a six-episode reboot of "The X-Files," many of you said, "Who are Mulder and Scully?" After all, the show has been off the air for 13 years. Since then, Gillian Anderson (Scully) moved to England and did period dramas, while David Duchovny (Mulder) became that creepy old lech on Showtime's "Californication," and "X-Files" creator Chris Carter went Mia and was apparently abducted by aliens.
Still, even if "The X-Files," its stars, and its creator haven't been pinging the cultural radar much in recent years, the return of the show with its original cast and showrunner on board is a huge deal. Much of what we now take for granted in pop culture -- especially on TV and online -- owes a tremendous debt to the 1993-2002 sci-fi drama series. »
- Gary Susman
This review contains spoilers.
Jimmy McGill is nothing if not determined.
His is a pragmatic, low-key determination, to be sure, but it’s his primary motivator, and the driving force of another excellent episode of Better Call Saul. It manifests as an unerring attention to detail, and a real sense of diligence; as Chuck himself says in the opening flashback, Jimmy has “so much drive”. This opening is jam-packed with excellent character details, adding subtle shades to Jimmy, Chuck, Kim (what was that kiss about, eh) and Howard in a way that feels entirely natural, rather than expository. We see Jimmy in a fairly demeaning position, pushing the mail cart around the office of his high-flying brother, wearing a terribly geeky short-sleeved shirt. Does he seem bitter, »
The Twin Peaks-Esque supernatural sci-fi mystery thriller, X-Files, is officially back for more. The Golden Globe and Emmy award winning Science Fiction television series returns this time for a 6 episode run on Fox. The television phenomenon has flirted with various projects since it’s series passing with feature length films like 1998’s The X-Files: Fight The Future($189 million worldwide), and an oddly timed sequel in 2008, “I Want To Believe” ($68.37 Million worldwide).
But what would the series be without the chemistry between detectives Scully and Mulder? Thankfully, Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny return along with series creator Chris Carter; though there is no word if one of the series most renown writers, Vince Gilligan (Breaking Bad), will be penning any of the 6 episodes.
Television revivals seem to have become something of a trend, what with 24 and an announced return to Lynch’s surreal camp odyssey Twin Peaks, you can »
- email@example.com (Aaron Hunt)
The X-Files is coming back to Fox as a limited series. The groundbreaking show brought sci-fi into people's homes from 1993 to 2002, and proved to be the gift that kept giving thanks to one of its greatest legacies: Breaking Bad. Bad creator Vince Gilligan has often spoken about how his time as a writer on The X-Files influenced his storytelling, and that he learned how to be a showrunner by watching X-Files creator Chris Carter work. A number of Bad actors also appeared on the Fox show, including Raymond Cruz (Tuco in Breaking Bad and
- Aaron Couch
Ever since it premiered six weeks ago, Better Call Saul has done what few expected. The drama has not just crawled out from the shadow of its AMC forerunner, Breaking Bad, but taken the keys and driven across the border. When one recalls the climaxes to that show, it makes one wonder if there is any chance Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould could even give a half-hearted attempt at the final two episodes (of 10) that will air in the coming weeks.
The big surprise about Gilligan and Gould’s latest series is how it has reached so many high points by going in the opposite director of its predecessor. Breaking Bad stunned audiences with its macabre humor and dark thrills. On the other hand, Better Call Saul has used humanism and pathos to give viewers a more emotionally investing experience week after week. The bond between Jimmy and Chuck McGill »
- Jordan Adler
A review of tonight's "Better Call Saul" coming up just as soon as I use double ply... There is a truth inherent to the prequel business: you can't change or prevent what your audience knows is coming for these characters. Sometimes, prequels use this to their advantage, whether great ones (where the young Vito scenes in "Godfather Part II" only enhance our feelings for the Brando version of the character), or less-great ones (where whatever emotional power the "Star Wars" prequels have comes from the knowledge of what's going to become of Anakin). Sometimes, though, having to stick to pre-established facts about your characters' future can be a drag, as we're seeing a lot this season on "Gotham."(*) (*) Another good example of prequelitis: "Comanche Moon," the last "Lonesome Dove" novel to be published, but set before the events of the first, has our heroes chasing after a bad guy the »
- Alan Sepinwall
Perhaps the bloodiest rags-to-riches story in cinema history, the saga of Scarface has twice been shown on the silver screen, first with Paul Muni in the role of the criminally savvy immigrant shooting his way to the American Dream, then 50 years later with Al Pacino portraying Tony Montana in the classic Brian De Palma-directed, Oliver Stone-penned version. Now, Universal has announced plans to bring the Scarface story to modern times with a new film penned by Straight Outta Compton screenwriter Jonathan Herman, The Hollywood Reporter writes.
Director Pablo Larraín, »
Following up last week's fantastic episode with another belter, Better Call is on something of a winning streak...
This review contains spoilers.
One of the most interesting things about Better Call Saul is the fact that, seven episodes in, the title character has barely appeared. Oh sure, Jimmy McGill looks a lot like Saul Goodman and shares the same cutting wit, but there's a fundamental difference between the two, and that difference is what makes Better Call Saul so fascinating and ultimately tragic. At its heart this is a show about a man trying to be a good person, even though we all know he will ultimately fail. The Saul Goodman of Breaking Bad is a shallow, unscrupulous character who had no qualms about suggesting Walter White ‘send someone to Belize’ if they became a problem. So just how the hell does insecure, good hearted Jimmy McGill become such »
A review of tonight's "Better Call Saul" coming up just as soon as I picture "The 25th Hour" starring Ned and Maude Flanders... "What are you doing?" -Mike "The right thing." -Jimmy The consensus on last week's episode was that it was easily the strongest hour of "Saul" to date, and a lot of you stated your desire to see the show pivot more into that direction, not only by giving Jonathan Banks more to do as Mike, but by returning to the dark emotional palette of "Breaking Bad" rather than the light comic antics of Jimmy McGill, elder care lawyer. When I spoke with Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould (and editor Curtis Thurber) about the show's ever-changing opening title sequence, we also briefly discussed the response to "Five-o," and Gilligan said that while they like having the ability to experiment — to do an episode where Mike is now the »
- Alan Sepinwall
It's not often that you hear TV producers proudly describe an aspect of their show as looking terrible — and using much less polite language than that — but then it's not often you have TV producers both as talented and idiosyncratic as "Better Call Saul" creators Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould. The aspect in question is the show's main title sequence (embedded above), featuring various images from Jimmy McGill's future life as Saul Goodman, all of it presented with the same terrible image quality of early VHS or public access television. Late last week, I spoke first with Gilligan and Gould — who, I should say, had trouble controlling the laughter at times when using a certain profane adjective to describe the picture quality of those credits — and then with "Saul" assistant editor Curtis Thurber, who put together the different title sequences, about what they wanted and what was necessary to put them together. »
- Alan Sepinwall
Jerusalem – Keshet Media Group kicked off the first full day of its third annual Intv conference on Sunday with a fitting matchup: Keshet CEO Avi Nir sitting down to discuss the power of disruption in television with HBO topper Richard Plepler.
This year’s annual confab, which brings top TV execs from across the globe to Israel’s capital city each year to discuss innovation in the television industry, got a jumpstart Saturday evening with the Israeli premiere of “Dig,” a Jerusalem-set, Keshet-backed program from Tim Kring and “Homeland” creator Gideon Raff. On Sunday, back at the historic Jerusalem Ymca building, Nir and Pleper launched the first of two days’ worth of panels by discussing their shared philosophy on the danger of hubris.
“From about 1995 to 2002, I think HBO ran one of the great insurgent campaigns in the history of modern entertainment,” Plepler said, referring to the generation of creators »
- Debra Kamin
This Week in TV News is a compliment to the Week in Review feature, which will now be focused on film news.
AMC has guaranteed two seasons to the prequel companion series of The Walking Dead, as per THR. The announcement was made earlier this week, and comes as somewhat unsurprising news. The Walking Dead continues to be one of the channel’s highest rated shows, with its popularity showing no signs of waning as the show’s fifth season rolls along. In addition, AMC has found similar commercial and critical success with Better Call Saul, its new series that is itself a spinoff of Breaking Bad.
There’s no set title for the series as of yet, and working titles have included Fear The Walking Dead and Cobalt. The first season, much like the show that spawned this spinoff, will consist of six episodes, with creator Robert Kirkman working »
- Deepayan Sengupta
Will AMC's new breakout series "Better Call Saul" replace its parent show "Breaking Bad" on the Emmy roster this year for Best Drama Series? And will Bob Odenkirk take Bryan Cranston's slot as Best Drama Actor? Gold Derby's forum posters sure think so. Scroll down to read their passionate pleas. -Break- Join the 'Better Call Saul' discussion in our feisty forums! ThemeParks4Life: Excellent premiere! While I wouldn't say it was as good as "Breaking Bad's" pilot (I never expected it to be), it established itself as its own show. As far as the Emmys go, I feel comfortable in saying that unless something else pops up, Vince Gilligan is locked for Directing. Fantastic shots and direction by him. This would also make a winning submission for Bob Odenkirk, keep your eye out. unsunganthem: This is everything you'd want a spin-off of a great series to »
Vince Gilligan scolded Breaking Bad fans for throwing pizzas on the roof of a house featured in the series while chatting during a recent podcast episode. Vince Gillian On Pizza Prank In Breaking Bad‘s third season, Walter White (Bryan Cranston), in a fit of frustration, tosses a pizza in the air and it somehow lands on the roof […]
- Chelsea Regan
It has finally been officially confirmed. Gareth Edwards will direct the first stand-alone Star Wars movie, and it will be called Rogue One. The news has just been announced at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco by Disney chairman and CEO Bob Iger. Also confirmed to star in the movie is Britain’s own Felicity Jones in a role that is to be confirmed.
Rogue One will be based on a story by Industrial Light and Magic chief creative officer John Knoll, and will be released on December 16th, 2016. Chris Weitz (About A Boy) is scripting. Shooting takes place in London this summer.
In additional Star Wars news, Looper and Brick helmer Rian Johnson has officially been unveiled as the writer and director of Star Wars Episode VII. It will be released exactly forty years and one day after the debut of the first movie. The date for »
- Paul Heath
During Disney’s Annual Meeting of Shareholders this morning, Bob Iger, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Walt Disney Company, made several announcements about the Star Wars cinematic galaxy.
Rogue One is the title for the first film in a unique series of big-screen adventures that explores the characters and events beyond the core Star Wars saga. Rogue One will be directed by Gareth Edwards (Monsters, Godzilla) and written by Oscar nominee Chris Weitz (Cinderella, About a Boy, Antz).
The first actress cast is Felicity Jones, who garnered an Academy Award nomination and critical acclaim for her performance in The Theory of Everything. The idea for the story of Rogue One came from John Knoll, an Academy Award-winning visual effects supervisor and chief creative officer at Industrial Light & Magic. »
- Michelle McCue
"Always in motion is the future," Yoda said. The future of the Star Wars cinematic galaxy, however, is taking shape. This morning at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco, across the street from Lucasfilm, Disney chairman and CEO Bob Iger hosted a shareholder meeting where he announced news regarding the first Star Wars stand-alone movie as well as Star Wars: Episode VIII.
Iger confirmed that Rian Johnson will write and direct Star Wars: Episode VIII. The film, which continues the saga after the events of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, is set for release on May 26, 2017 - forty years and a day after the release of Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope in 1977. Johnson is widely considered one of cinema's most gifted young filmmakers, having directed the modern sci-fi classic, Looper, as well as Brick and The Brothers Bloom. He was also behind the camera »
That galaxy far, far away is expanding with further details. The title to Gareth Edwards' stand-alone Star Wars film, starring Felicity Jones, has been revealed as Rogue One. Additionally, Rian Johnson (Looper) has been confirmed to write and direct Star Wars: Episode VIII, slated to hit theaters on May 26th, 2017.
This morning at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco, across the street from Lucasfilm, Disney chairman and CEO Bob Iger hosted a shareholder meeting where he announced news regarding the first Star Wars stand-alone movie as well as Star Wars: Episode VIII.
Rogue One is the title for the first film in a unique series of big-screen adventures that explores the characters and events beyond the core Star Wars saga. Rogue »
- Derek Anderson
Vince Gilligan has a message for Breaking Bad fans: stop throwing pizzas on Walter White’s roof. One of the Emmy-winning series’ most memorable scenes is now being reenacted by people visiting the Walter White house in Albuquerque, and much like Walt in the aforementioned scene, Gilligan’s pretty upset, and he has every right to be. On this week’s episode of the Better Call Saul Insider Podcast, Gilligan, who, along with Jonathan Banks, joined the show’s hosts to talk about this past Sunday’s episode, took the time to address the Breaking Bad community about what has been going on in Albuquerque and why it needs to stop. While not everyone may know this, someone, who Gilligan calls “the sweetest lady in the world,” actually lives in that house, and she has to deal with all these people who are vandalizing it. “They’re throwing pizzas on roofs and stuff like that, »
- Chris King
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