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Bob Odenkirk to star in thriller from John Wick writer

Alec Bojalad Jan 15, 2018

Better Call Saul and Breaking Bad star Bob Odenkirk will be lending his comedic and dramatic expertise to a new action-thriller

Bob Odenkirk has had one of the most fascinating careers in Hollywood. He started as one of the best comedy writers in the business by writing for brilliant sketch shows such as Saturday Night Live, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, The Ben Stiller Show, and his own Mr. Show with Bob and David. 

Odenkirk's second life has involved being a respected comedic and dramatic actor best known for his work in the Vince Gilligan-iverse, portraying Jimmy "Saul Goodman" McGill on Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul.

Now Odenkirk will keep his later career renaissance rolling by starring in an action thriller Nobody based on a script from the writer of John WickDerek Kolstad

Odenkirk will also produce alongside his producing partner Marc Provissiero

Having
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The X-Files Season 11 is a Return to Form

Fans of The X-Files are grateful to have Mulder and Scully back. But season 10, the return, wasn’t the X-Files we remember. It’s been 13 years since The X-Files closed in 2002 less than a year after 9/11. And the world has changed considerably. How then does a writer take into account the last decade when writing a conspiracy-laden TV show? You certainly don’t do what Chris Carter and Vince Gilligan did for season 10 of The X-Files. Adding on thick layers of political commentary to a show that only ever subtly covered real-world politics isn’t the best move. In season

The X-Files Season 11 is a Return to Form
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Why Rian Johnson’s ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Is “The Fandom Menace”

Spoilers ahead. Also, all credit for that epic headline goes to improv superstar Sean Paul Ellis. Imagine for a moment that J.K. Rowling, while writing the seventh book in the Harry Potter series, said to herself, "Fuck it," and actively chose to undermine everything about her creation that had earned her millions of fans (and dollars) in the pages of that final tome. Think about how differently the fifth season of AMC's Breaking Bad would have been had Vince Gilligan decided to redeem and ultimately save Walter White despite the character's no-turning-back transition "from Mr. …
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The Real Reason Bryan Cranston Was Hired to Play Walter White on “Breaking Bad”

Breaking Bad‘s Walter White was one of the most memorable protagonists to ever show up on the TV screen. However, the character could not have happened without Bryan Cranston, who played the part to perfection. With that said, it is interesting to note that Cranston would not have been chosen without the input of the Breaking Bad series creator Vince Gilligan, who was familiar with his remarkable range as an actor from The X-Files. What Was Drive? In short, Gilligan was a TV writer on The X-Files. As a result, he wrote an episode called “Drive” featuring a character named

The Real Reason Bryan Cranston Was Hired to Play Walter White on “Breaking Bad
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10 Best TV Episodes of 2017: 'Better Call Saul'

This year, we've asked 10 writers to pick some of their favorite TV episodes from 2017 and weigh in on why they were great stand-alone eps and the highlights of our viewing year. Today: Noel Murray on Better Call Saul's "Chicanery."

Who do you think did more for American jurisprudence: Oliver Wendell Holmes or Perry Mason? Sure, the Supreme Court Justice vigorously defended the rights of free expression through the application of his influential "clear and present danger" test. But thanks to Raymond Burr shouting out "Objection!" and "Immaterial!" every week on television for 10 years,
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‘Sense8,’ ‘Breaking Bad’ Cinematographer John Toll on Working With Wachowskis, Vince Gilligan

‘Sense8,’ ‘Breaking Bad’ Cinematographer John Toll on Working With Wachowskis, Vince Gilligan
Cinematographer John Toll’s four-decade career has spanned low-budget documentary work and two consecutive Oscar-winning classics (“Braveheart” and Western costume drama “Legends of the Fall”), plus groundbreaking work on the pilot of “Breaking Bad,” and the final episode of Netflix streaming series “Sense8.” Toll’s skill as one of the most versatile DPs in Hollywood has earned him the Camerimage lifetime achievement kudo.

After your remarkable TV work with Vince Gilligan on “Breaking Bad” and now with the Wachowskis on “Sense8” do you feel you’re ready for a break from the small screen?

I don’t feel such distinction between feature work and TV. It’s all about who you’re working with and what the project is. I did “Breaking Bad” because I knew Vince Gilligan. I had never worked with him but we had spoken about working together many times and then he came to visit me and started telling me about the project
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‘House of Cards’: There Should Be No Spinoffs — Let It Fold

‘House of Cards’: There Should Be No Spinoffs — Let It Fold
House of Cards” was built on the backs of three men and carried — beyond its original designs — by one woman. What began as a collaboration between David Fincher and Beau Willimon, starring Kevin Spacey as the power-hungry politico Frank Underwood, soon became “The Robin Wright Show,” as the actress made the most of a character who had more qualms, better plans, and a stronger arc than her husband’s.

But even Claire can’t hold “House of Cards” together anymore. Though fans needn’t look beyond a disappointing and dull fifth season for reason to celebrate a fixed ending — Season 6 will be the last — there are reasons beyond a dip in quality to let this story die, and they begin with an actor on the outs, Kevin Spacey.

Read More:Kevin Spacey: You Cannot Hide Your Shame Behind Our Pride — Analysis

Netflix claims the recent allegations made against Spacey
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When Fandom Goes Wrong: Destructive ‘Rick and Morty’ and ‘Breaking Bad’ Fans Must Relocate Their Chill

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When Fandom Goes Wrong: Destructive ‘Rick and Morty’ and ‘Breaking Bad’ Fans Must Relocate Their Chill
For years, Vince Gilligan has had a simple message for fans of “Breaking Bad”: Please stop throwing pizzas on Walter White’s roof.

Unfortunately, fans have refused to listen to the show’s creator when playing tourist in Albuquerque, visiting key locations like the suburban house used as an exterior for the White family home. Instead, they’ve chosen to pay tribute to the Season 3 episode “Caballo Sin Nombre,” when a frustrated Walter (Bryan Cranston), attempting to make peace with his estranged family, tosses the large pizza he’s brought for dinner on the roof before storming off.

The “Breaking Bad” diehards are bringing their own pizzas to the house and hurling them up, much to the chagrin of current home owner Joanne Quintana. The Albuquerque resident is currently building a six-foot-high metal fence to keep fans out and keep her home safe. “We don’t want to gate ourselves in,
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Disney's Jack and the Beanstalk Animated Movie Is Dead

Disney's Jack and the Beanstalk Animated Movie Is Dead
After spending more than two years in development, Disney is giving the axe to its Jack and the Beanstalk project Gigantic. Disney has yanked the November 25, 2020 release date for this Jack and the Beanstalk musical, with the studio stating that they hit a creative wall, so to speak, with the project. Here's what Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios president Ed Catmull had to say about why they pulled the plug on Gigantic.

"It's impossible to know when we begin a project how the creative process will unfold, and sometimes, no matter how much we love an idea or how much heart goes into it, we find that it just isn't working. With Gigantic, we've come to that point, and although it's a difficult decision, we are ending active development for now. We are focusing our energies on another project that has been in the works, which we'll be sharing more about soon,
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The Saddest TV Shows That Make TV Critics Cry – IndieWire Survey

The Saddest TV Shows That Make TV Critics Cry – IndieWire Survey
Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Tuesday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best show currently on TV?” can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: What is the saddest show? Which show makes you cry the most? (Old and current shows are all fair game.)

Daniel Fienberg (@TheFienPrint), The Hollywood Reporter

I just wrote something on this very topic! And I think these are two different questions. Which show makes me cry the most? In the balance across its entire series run? I think the answer has to be “Friday Night Lights.” I’m a sucker for underdog sports stories in general, but “Friday Night Lights” could make me cry in so many different ways, from what happens to Jason Street in the pilot to what Matt Saracen goes through in
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'I loathe these people': Rick and Morty and the brilliant backlash against TV's bad fans

The Back to the Future-parodying animation has ushered in an awful new age of TV trolls – and, in a remarkable move, its creators are finally fighting back

As Breaking Bad was reaching its operatically violent climax in 2013, New Yorker critic Emily Nussbaum wrote about a certain strata of the show’s audience she termed the “bad fan”. “All shows have them,” she wrote. “They’re the Sopranos buffs who wanted a show made up of nothing but whackings (and who posted eagerly about how they fast-forwarded past anything else). They’re the Girls watchers who were aesthetically outraged by Hannah having sex with Josh(ua). They’re the ones who get furious whenever anyone tries to harsh Don Draper’s mellow.” In Breaking Bad’s case, the bad fans were cheering on Walter White’s descent into villainy rather than recoiling from it, whooping with glee at Heisenberg’s
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The Best TV Directors of All Time – IndieWire Critics Survey

The Best TV Directors of All Time – IndieWire Critics Survey
Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Tuesday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best show currently on TV?” can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: Who is the best TV director? Why? (For old, current or upcoming shows.)

Marisa Roffman (@marisaroffman), TV Guide Magazine

The recent Emmy Awards was a good reminder of just how great television directors are right now. It was the best overall crop we’ve had in years, and one of the few categories where it felt like it could have gone any way.

But in terms of best television director, I’m partial to David Nutter. His 30-plus year resume is impressive (“The Sopranos,” “ER,” “The X-Files,” plus an Emmy win for “Game of Thrones”) and wildly varied (he’s done procedurals like “Without a Trace,
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Star Wars Directors Are Dropping Like Flies

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2017-09-06T12:31:41-07:00Star Wars Directors Are Dropping Like Flies

The original directors of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, the Han Solo movie, an untitled Star Wars anthoogy film, and now Star Wars Episode IX have been fired. What's up, Lucasfilm?

Via The Hollywood Reporter.

Call it the curse of a galaxy far, far away. With the announcement Tuesday that Lucasfilm and Colin Trevorrow have parted ways, the Star Wars franchise continues its streak as the most troubled blockbuster series around when it comes to keeping directors. Trevorrow is the fourth ousted helmer from the franchise in the last two years.

Is the Resistance in trouble, or is everything still on target? The Hollywood Reporter's Graeme McMillan, Ryan Parker and Aaron Couch discuss what Trevorrow's exit means for Star Wars: Episode IX, Lucasfilm's hiring practices and more.

McMillan: And so, Colin Trevorrow is out
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Why Vince Gilligan is the Best Storyteller of the Past Decade

If not for a single image put into his head Vince Gilligan might have indeed become a Walmart greeter after becoming so disillusioned with Hollywood. If you don’t know who Vince Gilligan is then you probably don’t watch a lot of TV. He’s the guy that made Breaking Bad, one of the absolute best shows ever made for TV, and the current contender Better Call Saul, into what they are. And to think, it came off of one idea. He’d been growing more and more tired of the Hollywood scene after his run with the X-Files and then it’s supposedly

Why Vince Gilligan is the Best Storyteller of the Past Decade
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‘Better Call Saul’ Co-Creator Vince Gilligan On “Sticking It To The Sandwich Makers” With Visual Approach To Storytelling

One of the most extraordinary, defining figures in television—particularly over the last decade—two-time Emmy winner Vince Gilligan is back in the race this year for his directing of Better Call Saul. Driven on through Breaking Bad and its subsequent prequel series by a passionate love affair with visual storytelling, Gilligan attributes the success of his series to the months of lead time granted by AMC and Sony execs before production starts. As Gilligan tells it, this…
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Vince Gilligan’s New HBO Miniseries About Jim Jones

After graduating from the Nyu film program Vince Gilligan wrote an episode for the “X-Files” and the piece found its way to Chris Carter, creator of the show. He was hired for the writing job at age 28. This was a lucky break for the aspiring young filmmaker. He advanced to writing and producing for the show. His writing is good and it landed him more gigs including a stint for “Breaking Bad.” He’s doing okay but it appears that he’s on a venture that could lead to even greater things. Vince is a creative writer and he knows how

Vince Gilligan’s New HBO Miniseries About Jim Jones
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'Better Call Saul' Showrunner on Bringing Back Blockbuster Video, Avoiding Courtroom Cliches

It is not common for a spinoff to supersede the original in the hearts of its biggest fans, but that's the feat co-showrunners Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould continued to pull off for many viewers with season three of Better Call Saul. AMC's quieter, less meth-y prequel to late Emmy icon Breaking Bad broke new and fertile creative ground with its character study of the McGill brothers — Jimmy (Bob Odenkirk) and Chuck (Michael McKean) — as the narrative continued its collision course with the events of its parent series. (See the tantalizing addition of Giancarlo Esposito's Gus Fring.) Gould...
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‘In the Envelope’ Podcast Episode 9: Bob Odenkirk

“In the Envelope: An Awards Podcast” features interviews with award-winning actors and other creatives. Join host and Awards Editor Jack Smart for a front row seat to the industry’s biggest awards races! Brought to you by HBO. Breaking: It would be Bad if you miss this installment of Backstage’s podcast, and Better if you tune in right away! Bob Odenkirk, the renowned writer, producer, and actor, and star of AMC’s “Better Call Saul,” Peter Gould and Vince Gilligan’s sequel to “Breaking Bad,” joined us to shed light on his many successes. A 12-time Emmy nominee and one-time winner (MTV’s “The Ben Stiller Show” for variety show writing in 1992), the Illinois native went from beloved sketch comedy creator-performer (“Mr. Show with Bob and David” alongside David Cross, plus its recent Netflix follow up “W/ Bob & David”) to admired dramatic actor with his memorable introduction in the “Breaking Bad” universe.
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‘Better Call Saul’: Bob Odenkirk On How ‘Accidentally Being The Right Guy’ Brought Him From Comedy to Drama

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‘Better Call Saul’: Bob Odenkirk On How ‘Accidentally Being The Right Guy’ Brought Him From Comedy to Drama
Bob Odenkirk still thinks that Vince Gilligan may have “accidentally got the wrong guy.”

“I mean, maybe he accidentally got the right guy, is the way to put it,” he told IndieWire. “I got this invitation to play the part, and I was like, ‘But why? I’m very thankful for the opportunity, but what have I done to deserve it?'”

After all, Odenkirk was best known as a comedy guy with very little dramatic experience when he first got the call from the “Breaking Bad” creator to play Saul Goodman, a shifty lawyer hired to get one of Walter White’s associates out of jail.

Read More ‘Better Call Saul’: Bob Odenkirk Pitches Himself as an Emmy Campaign Guru to Fellow Nominees — Watch

Odenkirk’s comedy credits, including the iconic HBO series “Mr. Show,” were bonafide, but when it came to that first appearance on “Breaking Bad,
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‘Better Call Saul’: Bob Odenkirk Pitches Himself as an Emmy Campaign Guru to Fellow Nominees — Watch

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‘Better Call Saul’: Bob Odenkirk Pitches Himself as an Emmy Campaign Guru to Fellow Nominees — Watch
Better Call Saul” has always stood out as unique in the TV landscape, and so fittingly it’s found a unique way to push out the For Your Consideration message for the third season of the “Breaking Bad” prequel.

Read More‘Better Call Saul’: Why That Blockbuster Video Scene Was Important, But Also a ‘Nail-Biter’ to Make

In Season 3, we saw Jimmy (Bob Odenkirk) truly inhabit his Saul Goodman persona for the first time, the twist being that Saul Goodman, in the year 2003, is an alter ego for a sideline business shooting commercials for local businesses.

The below video, a re-edit of Saul Goodman’s original commercial for commercial production services, makes it clear that Saul Goodman isn’t just your go-to source for advertising that services the greater Albuquerque area. Saul’s also your man if you’re an Emmy-nominated actor in need of campaign videos celebrating your work.
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