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'Better Call Saul' Showrunner on Bringing Back Blockbuster Video, Avoiding Courtroom Cliches

15 August 2017 9:30 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - TV News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - TV News news »

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 »

- Michael O'Connell

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Decoding Episode Appeal to Voters Starts With Pilots

11 August 2017 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Better Call Saul” co-creator Vince Gilligan has a theory about why he got an Emmy nomination for directing “Witness” this year. “I can make this short and sweet instead of laying a bunch of creative or artistic claptrap on you,” he says. “It’s probably name recognition.”

To Gilligan, the reasoning behind why any episode gets nominated for an Emmy has long been out of reach. “ ‘Witness’ is a perfectly competently directed episode of television, but we had better episodes of ‘Saul,’” he says. “I literally can’t sit here and say this is why it’s superior.”

The mystery of decoding just how and why specific writers and directors are singled out each year for Emmy nominations eludes virtually everyone in the industry. But on close inspection of the past seven years of nominations and wins, bearing in mind that voting procedures have changed twice, certain trends emerge. And when it comes to nominations, there »

- Randee Dawn

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‘Girls,’ ‘Master of None,’ ‘Stranger Things’ Music Supervisors Set Moods Through Sound

10 August 2017 8:15 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

For the first time in its history, the Emmys are honoring the art of music supervisors, those audio excavators who dig up the perfect song to set a mood, evoke a setting, or express a character’s feelings more succinctly than any line of dialogue ever could. “Music can be used as costumes are — or as art direction, as casting,” says Thomas Golubic, a nominee for “Better Call Saul.” “It is absolutely vital in helping best tell a story.” Golubic joins a freshman class in the category that includes “Big Little Lies,” “Girls,” “Master of None” and “Stranger Things.”

Better Call Saul

In the third season of AMC’s “Breaking Bad” spinoff, Jimmy McGill (Bob Odenkirk) moves several steps closer to becoming Saul Goodman, the ethically flexible strip-mall lawyer whose roster of unsavory clients will eventually include Walter White. Though he worked with co-creators Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould on “Breaking Bad,” Golubic »

- Scott Tobias

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Emmys 2017: Laying Odds on ‘The Crown,’ ‘The Handmaid’s Tale,’ ‘This is Us’ in Drama Race

9 August 2017 8:10 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The biggest drama on Emmy night will undoubtedly come from the drama race: Without the two-time returning champion in contention (“Game of Thrones” is ineligible because of its mid-July debut), it’s a fiercely competitive category, perhaps the most unpredictable of the night. Five freshman series — from across genres and platforms (finally, a broadcast nominee) — are vying against two seasoned programs (“Better Call Saul” and “House of Cards”). Emmy likes to anoint the new prestige show — and this time out, it’s spoiled for choice.

The Odds

The only safe prediction is that the winner will come from among the new series. The question is which? HBO’s “Westworld” claimed the most nominations of any scripted series (with 22) but voters may be befuddled by its plot twists. Netflix’s “Stranger Things” was the surprise hit for the streamer, and rode that wave to awards glory at the SAG Awards and PGAs. But »

- Debra Birnbaum

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‘In the Envelope’ Podcast Episode 9: Bob Odenkirk

8 August 2017 11:00 AM, PDT | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

“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

4 August 2017 1:06 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

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, »

- Liz Shannon Miller

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

3 August 2017 1:03 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

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. »

- Liz Shannon Miller

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

3 August 2017 1:03 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

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. »

- Liz Shannon Miller

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Bryan Cranston interview: Wakefield, Better Call Saul, Curb Your Enthusiasm

31 July 2017 1:54 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Paul Martinovic Aug 3, 2017

The great Bryan Cranston talks to us about his new film Wakefield, his signature role in Breaking Bad, and lots more...

Despite being one of the most in demand actors on the planet, we were lucky enough to catch up with Bryan Cranston while he was over in the UK to promote his new film Wakefield, a dark, literate tale of midlife crisis and male entitlement. Our interview took place mere hours after the Breaking Bad star scandalised the nation’s breakfast tables by casually dropping the word ‘shite’ in an interview on Good Morning Britain with a star struck Kate Garraway. Of course, Bryan Cranston being Bryan Cranston, nobody really minded all that much.

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It’s this butter-wouldn’t-melt, all-pervading likeability that is used to killer effect in Wakefield, the story of »

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The Sdcc Trailer for Season 8 of The Walking Dead Brings War and Brighter Days

22 July 2017 11:37 AM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

AMC once again used the venue of Sdcc to reveal a 5-minute trailer for the 8th season of The Walking Dead.  After watching it, things are gonna get crazy.  Check it out!

Before you watch this trailer, heed Negan's advice and make sure you're wearing the right pants.  We'll wait.  Ready?  Ok, without further ado, the Season 8 trailer for AMC's The Walking Dead.

It's amazing to see how much has changed over the last 8 seasons of The Walking Dead.  If you checked out after the boring first half of the 2nd season, you've really missed out on some of the best television today.  The proof is in this trailer for The Walking Dead Season 8. 

The Sdcc trailer opens with the greatest character to have ever entered the show, Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan). Ever since he was introduced at the end of Season 6, The Walking Dead has been an enthralling rollercoaster »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (Matt Malliaros)

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Ozark review: Netflix's latest original drama

20 July 2017 6:56 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Catherine Pearson Jul 21, 2017

Netflix's new Jason Bateman-starring drama Ozark is a must-watch for crime drama fans...

Warning: contains plot details from episode 1

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Let’s say, hypothetically, that you decide to launder money for the second largest Mexican drug cartel. Just hypothetically. Say you really like the sound of the money and decide that it’s worth taking your chances with their terrifying reputation to fund your children’s futures and put an end to relentless job searches and debt. What do you do when it all turns sour? Marty Byrde (Jason Bateman) has the answer and clearly it’s what we’ve all been thinking. Move to the Ozark mountains.

Ozark is not a story of a man on the run. It’s a story of a man buying time. When the imposing cartel boss Del (Esai Morales) lines up »

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Breaking Bad: Vince Gilligan Shares Five Alternate Series Endings

19 July 2017 6:35 PM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

How else could Breaking Bad have ended? On the show's Breaking Bad Insider podcast, creator Vince Gilligan revealed five alternate endings for the AMC TV show, The Wrap reports.The crime drama centered on Walter White (Bryan Cranston), a high school chemistry teacher who becomes a meth kingpin. The cast also included Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn,  Dean Norris, Betsy Brandt, Rj Mitte, Steven Michael Quezada, Bob Odenkirk, Charles Baker, and Giancarlo Esposito. The show ran on AMC for five seasons before ending in 2013.Read More… »

- TVSeriesFinale.com

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John Toll to Receive Camerimage Lifetime Achievement Award

18 July 2017 7:32 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Cinematographer John Toll — who holds the rare distinction of having won consecutive Oscars, for Legends of the Fall in 1995 and Braveheart in 1996 — will receive the Camerimage Lifetime Achievement Award during the upcoming 25th Camerimage International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography, which will be held Nov. 11-18 in Bydgoszcz, Poland.

Over his four decades working in film and television, Toll has collaborated with such filmmakers as The Wachowskis, Ang Lee, Mel GibsonFrancis Ford Coppola, Terrence MalickCarroll BallardCameron CroweEdward Zwick and Vince Gilligan.

“When working on epic Hollywood films, [Toll] used light, shadow and camera movement to create »

- Carolyn Giardina

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Catch Up With Emmy-Nominated Stars and Shows on the Remote Controlled Podcast

13 July 2017 5:52 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Since launching last fall, Variety’s “Remote Controlled” podcast has had some of the industry’s biggest stars and showrunners stop by for a in-depth chat about their work. Many of the guests on the show earned Emmy nominations, which were unveiled Thursday.

Catch up on conversations with some of the Emmy nominees here:

This Is Us” cast, including Sterling K. Brown and Milo Ventimiglia (lead actor in a drama)

Thandie Newton, “Westworld” (supporting actress in a drama)

David Harbour, “Stranger Things” (supporting actor in a drama)

Neil Meron and Craig Zadan, “Hairspray Live!” (special class program)

Riz Ahmed, “The Night Of” (lead actor in a limited series)

Felicity Huffman, “American Crime” (lead actress in a limited series)

Brian Grazer and Ron Howard, “Genius” (limited series)

Lesli Linka Glatter and Mandy Patinkin, “Homeland” (directing for a drama series, supporting actor in a dram)

Aziz Ansari, “Master of None” (lead actor in a comedy)

Bertram van Munster and »

- Debra Birnbaum

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Emmys 2017: nominees 'chuffed', 'thrilled' (and determined to try harder)

13 July 2017 11:42 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

What Thursday morning’s nominees are saying.

There were plenty of smiles after the nominations were announced. Click here for the list.

Outstanding Drama Series

“Chuffed, thrilled, proud, honoured! So delighted for everyone involved. A proper fat cigar moment, if only I smoked. Drinks all round, if only I drank. I shall have to make do with turning cartwheels.”

Peter Morgan, The Crown

“Best morning ever! So thrilling to be recognized especially in such a wide range of categories! When we at 21 Laps first read the Duffer Brothers’ pilot two years ago, we knew it and they were something special. My collaboration with these mad genius twins, and the way our incredible cast and crew have helped bring the Duffer brothers’ vision and voice to life, is thrilling. We set out to make this weird little show because we loved it. The way it’s been embraced by fans, critics and now the Television Academy has turned »

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Emmys 2017 Snubs and Surprises: ‘Transparent,’ ‘The Leftovers,’ and Pamela Adlon(!)

13 July 2017 9:27 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

A “snub” implies a conscious dismissal; a knowing exclusion; a willful act of disdainful rebuffing. And in the era of “too much TV,” the idea of Emmy voters purposefully boxing out anyone other than Donald Trump is a bit nutty. Those who don’t make the cut aren’t “snubs” so much as they’re… leftovers.

But the 2017 nomination list sure was filled with surprises, good and bad. And while we’d like to refer to the surprising exclusions as leftovers, that’s just too darn confusing when so many of the excluded came from a show called “The Leftovers.” So we’re sticking with snubs. Just know that we know the TV Academy didn’t mean anything by it.

The Snubs

“The Americans”

After breaking into the major categories for the first time last year, FX’s critically acclaimed drama was kicked right back out of the Drama Series race. »

- Ben Travers

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‘Scarface’: Why the Studio Should Give Up On This Troubled Remake

13 July 2017 6:55 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

With the recent news that David Ayer has dropped out of the latest attempt to remake “Scarface,” IndieWire’s editors traded emails on whether or not this troubled project is worth the effort at all. 

Anne Thompson: Over the past decade, the studios have become accustomed to booking release dates before they even have a final script. This creates a rushed urgency to move forward, even when a movie is far from ready. Catherine Hardwicke, after the first “Twilight” had soared to the highest opening ever for a female filmmaker, wasn’t immediately ready to throw herself back into the fray with the second “Twilight.” She wanted more time to nurture the follow-up. So Summit Entertainment left her behind. And the end result a year later, “The Twilight Saga: New Moon,” directed by Chris Weitz, was arguably the weakest of the franchise.

Examples abound, but clearly Universal is in a »

- Eric Kohn, Anne Thompson and Kate Erbland

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Remote Controlled: ‘Better Call Saul’ EPs on Making ‘Big’ Moves, ‘Breaking Bad’ Crossovers, and Gene’s Future

7 July 2017 9:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Welcome to “Remote Controlled,” a podcast from Variety featuring the best and brightest in television, both in front of and behind the camera.

In today’s episode, Variety’s executive editor of TV Debra Birnbaum talks with Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould, executive producers of AMC’s hit drama “Better Call Saul,” which recently wrapped its third season. (Note: this podcast was recorded midway through the third season.)

The third season has seen Jimmy McGill (Bob Odenkirk) evolve more into Saul Goodman, and the producers say that’s been hard for them to watch. “It gets more fascinating with every season, but it gets more bittersweet,” says Gilligan. “The longer the show, the more the story progresses, the closer to becoming Saul Goodman Jimmy McGill finds himself — closer to becoming this character that I don’t like nearly as much.”

But ultimately, they say, it’s a benefit knowing their ultimate endgame. “The »

- Debra Birnbaum

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Stranger Things Actor Expects Netflix Original To Stretch For “Four Or Five Seasons” At Most

30 June 2017 5:27 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Let it be known that Stranger Things, the old-school Netflix phenomenon that captured our collective imagination almost a full year ago, won’t overstay its welcome on the streaming service.

Echoing previous comments made by series showrunners and co-creators Matt and Ross DufferGaten Matarazzo (Dustin) told Paste Magazine that Things is likely to bow off the airwaves after “four or five seasons.” That’s a good thing, too – no, really – as it tells us the Duffer Brothers have a specific arc and finite end in mind for the haunted folks of Hawkins, Indiana.

Think of how Vince Gilligan’s Breaking Bad was staunch in its commitment to a five-season arc, thereby allowing Gilligan and the show’s creative team to put a bow on Heisenberg’s crime-ridden saga and bring a sense of closure to those viewers who had spent years quietly rooting for the apex predator of Albuquerque. »

- Michael Briers

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Better Call Saul Season 4 Given The Green Light By AMC

28 June 2017 1:22 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

It comes as little surprise that Better Call Saul has been renewed for a fourth season by U.S. cable network AMC. The series, which has just wrapped up season three, airs on Netflix in the UK and various other territories worldwide. The third season ended with a bit of a cliffhanger with a lot of uncertainty about various characters in the Breaking Bad prequel series.

Ten new episodes of Better Call Saul have been ordered and they will air on the station, and indeed on Netflix in 2018. Peter Gould and Vince Gilligan executive produce and created the series.

“Supporting artists we respect and admire; delivering truly outstanding character development and nuanced dramatic twists and turns; continuing a legacy of bold creative choices; loving writing that is the best in the business: Truly, ‘S’all good, man,’” said Charlie Collier, president of AMC, SundanceTV and AMC Studios. “Congratulations to Vince, »

- Paul Heath

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