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Press tour: 'Better Call Saul' live-blog with Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould

11 July 2014 5:08 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Until about 10 minutes ago, there has been so much conflicting information, if not outright misinformation, about what exactly "Better Call Saul" will be: A straight "Breaking Bad" prequel? A time-bending journey that includes adventures during the reign of Heisenberg? A comedy? A drama with occasional laughs? Huell's story? AMC's press release about the full cast and basic premise and setting fill in some of the details — including that it begins six years before Saul (then known as Jimmy McGill) meets Walter White — and now co-creators Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould will hopefully bring more of the show (not due to premiere until early 2015) into sharper clarity, without actually giving too much of the fun away. I'll be live-blogging all of Gilligan's charming Virginian self-deprecation, all of Gould's jokes, and whatever nuggets we actually get about the new show. (Note: all times will be Pacific.) 5:10 p.m.: Gould and »

- Alan Sepinwall

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Eileen Ford, Founder of Ford Models, Is Dead at 92

10 July 2014 9:10 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Eileen Ford, who co-founded Ford Models with her husband Jerry in 1946 - essentially inventing the modern modeling business, and exerting enormous influence on the world's views of human beauty - has died at 92. She had been hospitalized last week after suffering a fall at her New York apartment. In a statement to People about her mother, Katie Ford said: "Eileen loved Jerry and her family and her friends, as well as Le Cirque, football, ballet, bellini's, Benny Goodman, “21”, books on history, the New York Post and The New York Times, Seinfeld, The Stork Club, her flower garden, The Ritz in Paris, »

- Tim Nudd

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Marvel Changes Movies Part 1: The Rise of Marvel

23 June 2014 1:09 PM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

Marvel began life as a small-time comic book publisher called Timely Publications and released their first comic book in October of 1939 featuring the Human Torch and Namor the Sub-Mariner.  For over sixty years, they dealt with a rollercoaster of popularity and public interest, at times reveling in great success with properties such as Spider-Man and at other times barely making it by.  In 1996, Marvel filed for bankruptcy when the industry slumped, but now, in 2014, Marvel is an absolute powerhouse and is leading not only the comics industry, but the film industry as well.  Today we’ll look at the history of Marvel and the events that led them to a point where they could become a movie-making behemoth.

Movies are changing, and Marvel is at the helm.  Join us for part 1 of a four part special event as we explore where Marvel came from, how they rose to silver screen prominence, »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (Nick Vollmer)

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Lannisters, Ewings or Sopranos: Who is TV's most dysfunctional family?

20 June 2014 7:06 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Channel 4's fantastically funny farce Friday Night Dinner returns for a third series tonight at 10pm - and rest assured, the latest exploits of the Goodman clan are every bit as outrageous as we've come to expect.

But compared to some of TV's more dysfunctional families, Jackie, Martin, Adam and Jonny actually seem rather well-adjusted. Here are five television households you wouldn't want to spent Friday night (or any night!) with...

1. The Lannisters - from Game of Thrones

Murder, incest, shared sexual partners - when it comes to messy family set-ups, there's no beating the Lannisters. With the Starks all but eradicated, this lot are not only the Seven Kingdoms' most powerful clan, but also its most maladjusted.

Most Dysfunctional Moment - Tyrion murdering his father after finding him in bed with his treacherous ex-lover scores pretty high, but it's nowhere near as horrific as Jaime raping sister Cersei »

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Q&A: Nigel Lythgoe and Tom Bergeron on the State of Reality TV

16 June 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Nigel Lythgoe and Tom Bergeron have never worked together before, but they joke they keep bumping into each other in the hallways at work — both dance shows record at the same studio. We caught up with the British judge of “So You Think You Can Dance” and charming host of “Dancing With the Stars” at the “DWTS” rehearsal studio — and their rapport was instantaneous. Before long, plans were hatched for a spinoff “So You Think You Can Dance With the Stars.” “It’s like Batman and Superman in the same movie!,” joked Bergeron.

Variety: What makes for a good reality show?

Lythgoe: Honesty.

Bergeron: I agree. In the case of “Dancing” being a live show, the camera is very unforgiving. If there’s a dishonest emotion attempting to pass itself as sincerity, you’ll be found out. Honesty is what will endear you to and connect you to the viewer. »

- Debra Birnbaum

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‘Breaking Bad’ The Complete Series on DVD and Blu-ray June 3

19 May 2014 2:18 PM, PDT | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

On June 3, there will be a new, less expensive Breaking Bad Box Set available. It will feature hours of bonus content, including the two-hour documentary “No Half Measures: Creating the Final Season of Breaking Bad.” Now is your chance to watch, and rewatch one of the greatest TV series ever made.

Here is the news release from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment:

The chemistry continues on June 3 when Sony Pictures Home Entertainment releases one of the most critically acclaimed and award-winning shows of all time, Breaking Bad: The Complete Series, available on Blu-ray™ with newly created packaging, and, for the first time ever, as a complete series set on DVD. Just in time for Father’s Day and graduation gift giving, the explosive saga of high school chemistry teacher-turned-meth kingpin Walter White is available in its entirety, including all 62 uncut, uncensored episodes. The 16-disc Blu-ray set features more than 55 hours of bonus content, »

- Jeff Bayer

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Dancing with the Stars Recap: Surprise Elimination in Semi-Finals

12 May 2014 7:30 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

American icons night on Monday's Dancing with the Stars brought Kenny Ortega to the judges' table, Jackson family music to the ballroom - and heavy drama for two competitors. The semi-finals came down to a pair of couples who easily could have vied for the mirror ball against each other, only to result in a bitter departure. Read on for more. After a beautiful night of dancing by the five remaining couples it was between ice skating partners Charlie White and Meryl Davis. White, who had a very high scoring night last week, was the one who bid adieu to the ballroom. »

- Dahvi Shira

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Dancing with the Stars Recap: Surprise Elimination in Semi-Finals

12 May 2014 7:30 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

American icons night on Monday's Dancing with the Stars brought Kenny Ortega to the judges' table, Jackson family music to the ballroom - and heavy drama for two competitors. The semi-finals came down to a pair of couples who easily could have vied for the mirror ball against each other, only to result in a bitter departure. Read on for more. After a beautiful night of dancing by the five remaining couples it was between ice skating partners Charlie White and Meryl Davis. White, who had a very high scoring night last week, was the one who bid adieu to the ballroom. »

- Dahvi Shira

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Casting Net: Patrick Wilson, Jessica Biel lead untitled thriller; Plus, Octavia Spencer, more

8 May 2014 5:24 PM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

Patrick Wilson (Jack Strong), Jessica Biel (The Truth About Emanuel), Imogen Poots (Need for Speed), and Toby Jones (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay) have joined the cast of Andy Goddard’s (Set Fire to the Stars) upcoming untitled Patricia Highsmith film. The upcoming thriller is based off Highslith’s novel The Blunderer. Set in 1960s New York, the novel follows Walter Stackhouse (Wilson), a successful architect who lives the perfect life with his wife, Clara (Biel). Stackhouse’s life slips into chaos, however, when he becomes fascinated with an unsolved murder that forces him into contact with a killer (Jones) and an ambitious detective. »

- Pamela Gocobachi

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Michael McKean Joins Better Call Saul

1 May 2014 4:07 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Most days, casting announcements come thick and fast. At best, they are occasionally intriguing. At worst, they are like inevitable and unavoidable train wrecks that you simply can’t turn away from. Every once in a while, however, a casting announcement comes along that is so steeped in perfection, it emits its own glowing and radiant sunshine, in which we can all bask. On these rare and hallowed days, we can breathe a deep sigh of satisfaction and contentment – safe in the knowledge that somewhere, somehow, someone has our best interests at heart. Today is one of those days. Today is the day we learn that Michael McKean has joined the cast of Better Call Saul.

The world was somehow a darker place when Walter White exited our lives – with the broadcast of the final episode of Breaking Bad, on September 30, 2013. Here was a show crafted with exquisite talent and »

- Sarah Myles

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Michael McKean Joins Breaking Bad Prequel Series Better Call Saul

30 April 2014 | Comingsoon.net | See recent Comingsoon.net news »

The "Breaking Bad" prequel spinoff "Better Call Saul" has added Michael McKean to its cast, Deadline reports. He'll play an attorney named Dr. Thurber opposite Bob Odenkirk's Saul Goodman and Jonathan Banks' Mike Ehrmantraut. From AMC and Sony Pictures, "Better Call Saul" focuses on the evolution of the popular Goodman character before he became Walter White's lawyer. Details are few on what overall role Thurber will play, but the outlet notes that the character is "now restricted by an unusual affliction." McKean is no stranger to working with "Breaking Bad" and "Better Call Saul" creator Vince Gilligan. He guest-starred in a Gilligan-penned two-part episode of "The X-Files" in 1998 and reprised the same »

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Bryan Cranston Shares Grossest 'Breaking Bad' Scene

24 April 2014 9:30 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Over five seasons of Breaking Bad, Bryan Cranston was privy to — and, as Walter White, responsible for — numerous unsightly things, including Gus Fring's blown-up face, Jane's overdose and Saul Goodman's shirt-and-tie combos. But during a Tribeca Talks panel at the Tribeca Film Festival (aptly titled "Psychos We Love") the actor singled out a heinous moment from Season One, episode two as his choice for the show's grossest scene, Indiewire reports.

Check Out Our Countdown of 'Breaking Bad"s 10 Most Memorable Murders

"Early on, there was a scene where »

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Pre-order "Breaking Bad: The Complete Series" From Sony, Coming In June

7 April 2014 2:16 PM, PDT | Cinemaretro.com | See recent CinemaRetro news »

Cinema Retro has received the following press release from Sony:

For Immediate Release

“…one of the great shows of television's Golden Age…”

-- The Huffington Post, Maureen Ryan

The Addictive, Emmy Award®-Winning TV Drama

Starring Emmy Award® Winners Bryan Cranston & Aaron Paul

Breaking Bad:

The Complete Series

Newly Created 16-Disc Blu-ray™ Box Set Available June 3

Featuring Hours of Bonus Content, Including the Two-Hour Documentary

No Half Measures: Creating the Final Season of Breaking Bad

Also Available for the First Time Ever as a 21-Disc Complete Series DVD Set

Culver City, Calif. (April 7, 2014) – The chemistry continues on June 3 when Sony Pictures Home Entertainment releases one of the most critically acclaimed and award-winning shows of all time, Breaking Bad: The Complete Series, available on Blu-ray™ with newly created packaging, and, for the first time ever, as a complete series set on DVD. Just in time for Father’s Day and graduation gift giving, »

- nospam@example.com (Cinema Retro)

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The Engrossing Teenage Shows Why They are Who They Are

11 March 2014 9:00 PM, PDT | Village Voice | See recent Village Voice news »

Today it's hard for us to fathom why preachers used to rail so vehemently against jitterbugging. Even with cultural context — black music infiltrating white America; the revolution of rhythm over melody — the athletic whirligig swing-time boogie craze of the '30s and '40s now looks as wholesome as the ice-cream socials of the century before, just a lot sweatier.

The engrossing, sometimes frustrating cine-essay Teenage offers occasional moments of thrilling revelation, chief among them this: Here was the first mass-media pop craze that truly anticipated the world we live in today, one where the tastes of the teens began to shape the culture for the rest of us. Can't find anything fit for a grown-up mind at your cineplex? Blame Benny Goodman.

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Eulogy For Sid Caesar By Cinema Retro's Eddy Friedfeld

22 February 2014 8:52 PM, PST | Cinemaretro.com | See recent CinemaRetro news »

Eddy and Sid after a Master Class at Nyu, 2003. (Photo: Michael Doft)

Sid Caesar’s funeral service was held on Sunday afternoon, February 16 at a private ceremony in Los Angeles.   Among the family and friends paying tribute was Sid’s biographer and friend, Cinema Retro’s Eddy Friedfeld, who co-authored Sid’s creative biography, Caesar’s Hours, published by Public Affairs in 2003.

What follows is the eulogy Eddy delivered before Sid's family, friends and colleagues.

Sid said that, like Isaac Newton, he stood on the shoulders of giants, his inspirations- Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton, Laurel and Hardy and W.C. Fields, who helped him develop his career and craft.  Today, Sid, we stand on your shoulders- and celebrate your life, your art, your warmth, character, and friendship. You did things no one else could do and you inspired many others, including people in this room, to take the same artistic risks. »

- nospam@example.com (Cinema Retro)

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Sid Caesar Dies

12 February 2014 2:30 PM, PST | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

His name may not be as well known in the UK, but to comedy aficionados around the world Sid Caesar had a ground-breaking, career-making and long-lasting effect on his chosen profession. He has died at the age of 91.Born in New York in 1922, Caesar initially studied music, heading to Julliard to perfect his sax technique and becoming sufficiently proficient to play with jazz and swing legends such as Benny Goodman. It was while performing at shows that Caesar was exposed to stand-up, and realised that comedy was his true calling. Following work in a skit, his military career in the Coast Guard during World War II initially threatened to delay his chance to perform, but he ended up forming a band and made his true debut on stage while still serving, creating Tars And Stars, which later formed the basis for a musical comedy film.Upon his return to New York, »

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The Ultimate Coen Brothers Cast

21 January 2014 5:30 AM, PST | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Over the past thirty years, the Coen brothers have succeeded in attracting an impressive array of acting talent into their decidedly unorthodox fold. With their offbeat methods and disarming charm, the brothers have been able to coax spectacular and often unexpected performances out of major stars and venerable veterans alike.

Working with the Coens seems to be a liberating experience which can redefine careers and alter perceptions.  But for all their success, the Coens have remained steadfastly loyal to the nucleus of acting talent with whom they forged their reputation, maintaining this formidable core whose presence lends a comforting continuity to their work, and without whom no Coen brothers offering would be complete. They are built into the very foundations of the off-kilter and often unsettling universe the brothers have created.

The Coens’ repertory is a distinctive mix of character actors and indie stalwarts whose unconventional looks and versatility lend »

- Daniel Palmer

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CBS Eyes Start of New Events Business

21 January 2014 3:30 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

CBS is banking on the Beatles to help it start a new line of business.

On February 9, CBS News is slated to hold a live event to mark the 50th anniversary – to the day – of the band’s first American television appearance on CBS’ “The Ed Sullivan Show.” A two-hour symposium held at New York’s Ed Sullivan Theater will feature CBS News’ archival coverage of key Beatles moments as well as experts moderated by CBS News Senior Business Correspondent Anthony Mason, who is known for his profiles of musicians on “CBS News Sunday Morning.”

The event will also mark the launch of what CBS hopes can be a sustainable business offshoot. Through a series of what the company is calling “CBS News Live Experiences,” the company expects to burnish its vast news archives while making use of its local TV and radio stations to reach out to consumers who »

- Brian Steinberg

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AMC’s ‘Better Call Saul’ To Premiere in November

11 January 2014 8:56 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

AMC has laid out its original series schedule for 2014, setting a November premiere for “Breaking Bad” prequel “Better Call Saul” and an April 13 bow for “Mad Men.”

AMC execs unveiled the schedule, which also includes new series “Turn” and “Halt and Catch Fire,” at its session Saturday as part of the winter Television Critics Assn. press tour in Pasadena.

AMC chief Charlie Collier opened the by acknowledging the rebuilding task ahead of the cabler with the farewell of “Breaking Bad” in September and “Mad Men” in its swan-song cycle.

“How can we replace ‘Breaking Bad’ and ‘Mad Men’? We can’t, any more than CBS could replace ‘All in the Family’ and ‘Mash’ or HBO could replace ‘The Sopranos,’ ” Collier said.

Turn,” set among American spies in the Revolutionary war, premieres April 6 with a 90-minute opener. “Halt,” set in the 1980s amid the personal computing boom, will have a June debut. »

- Cynthia Littleton

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Inside Llewyn Davis: the book behind the Coen brothers film

10 January 2014 4:07 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Bob Dylan called him his first New York muse, yet Dave Van Ronk never gained the recognition he deserved. Inside Llewyn Davis draws on his story

Poor Dave Van Ronk. He was in the right place – the Greenwich Village coffee-house scene – at the right time, doing all the right things, singing the right songs to the right people. But he just didn't have the magic. And he didn't have the luck, either.

Sometime in the 1950s, when he was a young man trying to become a folk singer, he had learned a traditional song called "House of the Rising Sun" from a pre-war field recording on which it was sung without accompaniment by a Kentucky miner's teenage daughter. Van Ronk changed it around a bit, keeping the tune and most of the words, but adding a distinctive chord sequence that made an already plaintive lament even more arresting. As his reputation grew, »

- Richard Williams

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