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“Dozens of people spontaneously combust each year. It’s just not really widely reported.”
This Is Spinal Tap runs only 82 minutes, which is hard to believe, given how many jokes, both subtle and not so subtle, are thrown at us. One of my favorite moments of the film is when we see Nigel Tufnel’s shrieking guitar solo. He is aimlessly dragging a violin across his guitar, and then stops to tune the violin. Kills me every time I see – which is a lot of times and I always find something new to laugh at I hadn’t noticed before.
This Is Spinal Tap is such a perfect send up of the lost days of arena rock that you will often feel that you are watching a documentary. Every line is perfectly believable. This movie is commonly labelled a “cult classic”, which is a shame, because it is one of »
- Tom Stockman
Interestingly, when viewers are finally able to catch back up with skeezy lawyer Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk) in his upcoming Breaking Bad spinoff Better Call Saul, the character will actually be going by the name Jimmy McGill and won’t have realized his full potential as a lawyer quite yet. And seeing as the series is set six years before Breaking Bad, he certainly has some time to figure everything out. Now, thanks to a clever bit of advertising from AMC, we have our first look at Odenkirk in character as McGill.
A commuter snapped the above pic of a billboard along I-25 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where much of Breaking Bad was set. Funnily enough, the number on the board is real, providing those who call it with a message from Odenkirk’s McGill. Go ahead, try it, you know you want to – we’ll wait.
Now that you’re back, »
- Isaac Feldberg
“Life after death is as improbable as sex after marriage!”
Clue plays midnights this weekend (July 25th and 26th) at The Tivoli Theater as part of the Reel late at The Tivoli Midnight series.
Way back in 1985, before we were translating literally every board game, video game, or action figure into a movie, there was Clue.
As in the Parker Brothers board game, seven suspects find themselves in a mysterious mansion with the body of someone who has been murdered by one of them. Was it Colonel Mustard (Martin Mull) with the revolver in the conservatory? Or was it Miss Scarlett (Lesley Ann Warren) with the rope in the billiards room?
Could it be both?
Clue was filmed with three possible endings. That’s 321 fewer endings than the board game permits, but two endings more than offered by most movies.
“What are you afraid of, a fate worse than death? »
- Tom Stockman
Legendary blues guitarist Johnny Winter, known for his fiery, speedy playing and his long-flowing white hair, died yesterday in Zurich, where he was on tour. He was 70. Winter, the older brother of Edgar Winter, was a contemporary of Eric Clapton and was one of the first blues guitarists so embraced by rock audiences that he was able to sell out arenas during his hey-day in the ‘70s. He was widely influenced by the blues guitarists who came before him, such as Muddy Waters, and he went on to inspire such guitarists as Stevie Ray Vaughan. Born in Beaumont, Texas in 1944, Winter got his start playing in clubs as a teenager. He signed with Columbia Records in 1969 and appeared at The Woodstock Festival that year. He performed with Janis Joplin, as well as his brother. He was inducted into The Blues Foundation Hall of Fame in 1988. Artists including Tom Morello, Kiss »
- Melinda Newman
It seems like an age since we said an emotional farewell to Walter White – the iconic Breaking Bad character that brought Bryan Cranston millions of new fans worldwide. But, despite many opportunities in film having presented themselves – including Argo and Godzilla – along with a Tony-award winning turn on the Broadway stage, it seems the actor has not abandoned the small screen entirely. HBO has acquired the rights to develop the play All The Way for television, and Bryan Cranston is firmly on board.
The role in the play that brought Cranston his Tony award is that of Us President Lyndon B Johnson, and the story centres on his initial, eventful year in office. In the wake of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, the plot encompasses the escalation of the Vietnam War, the launch of the Civil Rights Bill, and the election that brought him Johnson his first full term as President. »
- Sarah Myles
AMC has released two photos from their Breaking Bad spin off series, giving us out first look at Better Call Saul. The photos feature series stars Bob Odenkirk reprising his role as Saul and Michael McKean as Chuck. Co-creator Peter Gould confirmed that Chuck is Bob's brother and he says:
“We have these two comedy legends working together. He’s playing Saul’s brother. He’s one of the main characters we’ve introduced. He’s just a tremendous performer and he also answers questions about ‘Spinal Tap’.”
The series actors and the characters they play also include Rhea Seehorn as Kim, Patrick Fabian as Hamlin, and Michael Mando as Nacho. These characters will represent both legitimate and illegitimate sides of the law.
It was also confirmed in the press release that the series would be a prequel. This is interesting because Gould recently said that they would be working with a flexible timeline. »
- Joey Paur
Right now, the semi-annual Television Critics Association tour — where the TV shows try to get that elusive media buzz that turns a show into a must-see — is assembling. Even though it isn’t set to debut until next year, there was a panel to discuss Breaking Bad spin-off Better Call Saul, which included several revelations about the series. The series will be set in 2002, six years before Saul‘s first Breaking Bad appearance, when Saul was still Jimmy McGill. Meanwhile, Michael McKean‘s will be playing Jimmy/Saul’s brother.
And here’s the first pic of McKean as Saul’s brother.
AMC has ordered a martial arts drama, Badlands, based on a Chinese story, Journey to the West, about four »
- Lyle Masaki
“Dave, this conversation can serve no purpose anymore. Goodbye.”
2001: A Space Odyssey plays midnights this weekend (July 18th and 19th) at The Tivoli Theater as part of the Reel late at The Tivoli Midnight series.
1968 was a watershed year in American history and cinema. Director Stanley Kubrick and writer Arthur C. Clarke combined their geniuses to create 2001: A Space Odyssey, a film that takes humans from the dawn of evolution to the edge of space and time. I saw this movie for the first time at the Esquire Theater on Clayton Road in a 1976 re-release. It was actually on one of their upstairs screens, a tight area that served as a balcony in that theater’s first decades. 2001: A Space Odyssey left this 14-year old dazed and confused – and I still am to this day.
The special effects, even by today’s standards are impressive even though »
- Tom Stockman
First up, we have some concrete details about the direction that the show will take. We were already well aware that Bob Odenkirk (Saul Goodman) and Jonathan Banks (Mike Ehrmantraut) are set to reprise their beloved roles from Breaking Bad, but now a recent AMC press release has put a fresh light on some new plot details.
According to the press release:
The series is set six years before Saul Goodman meets Walter White. When we meet him, the man who will become Saul Goodman is known as Jimmy McGill, a small-time lawyer searching for his destiny, and, more immediately, hustling to make ends meet. Working alongside, and, often, against Jimmy, is “fixer” Mike Ehrmantraut, a beloved character introduced in ‘Breaking Bad.’ The »
- Dale Barham
Previously announced stars and Breaking Bad alumni Bob Odenkirk (Saul) and Jonathan Banks (Mike Ehrmantraut) will be joined by Patrick Fabian as Hamlin, Michael Mando as Nacho, Michael McKean as Chuck, and Rhea Seehorn as Kim. Last names are deliberately being kept under wraps for the time being.
McKean's Chuck character is Saul's brother and figures to have a prominent role on the show. The absence of Chuck in Breaking Bad suggests that these two characters will part ways at some point in the future, either by choice or by Chuck's death.
The creators of the upcoming Breaking Bad spinoff Better Call Saul dropped a few more tantalizing details about the new series on Friday. In an appearance at the Television Critics Association summer press tour, Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould dished out a little new information while discussing some of the challenges they've encountered as they spin a new world around sleazy lawyer Saul Goodman.
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"I thought it was going to be easy," Gilligan said, according to The Hollywood Reporter. "'Oh, we know who this guy is. »
It’s a spinoff, bitch!
Following the monumental success of Breaking Bad, AMC is hoping to lure the millions of Walter White fans to come back and enjoy a prequel within the same twisted universe. Better Call Saul is the highly anticipated AMC spinoff which centers on Bob Odenkirk’s fan favorite character, Saul Goodman, and his life before meeting Walter White.
Co-executive producers Peter Gould and Vince Gillgian took the stage Friday afternoon at the TCA press tour in Beverly Hills to provide some brand new details as to what fans can expect from Saul Goodman’s world. Read on for insight into the Better Call Saul timeline, whether or not more Breaking Bad characters will be thrown into the mix, and a shocking family connection.
It was recently revealed that the debut season of Better Call Saul will consist of 10 episodes and a second season of 13 episodes has already been confirmed. So, what should we expect in terms of story and setting? Well, below is the first official synopsis for the series which is set to debut in 2015.
The series is set six years before Saul Goodman meets Walter White. When we meet him, the man who will become Saul Goodman is known as Jimmy McGill, a small-time lawyer searching for his destiny, and, more immediately, hustling to make ends meet. Working alongside, and, often, against Jimmy, is “fixer” Mike Ehrmantraut, a beloved character introduced in ‘Breaking Bad.’ The series will track Jimmy’s transformation into Saul Goodman, »
- Josh Wilding
AMC released today from the Television Critics' Association (TCA) Press Tour two new photos from the set of the Breaking Bad prequel Better Call Saul, currently in production in Albuquerque, Nm. The photos feature series stars Bob Odenkirk and Michael McKean. In addition, the network confirmed the line-up of series regulars for Saul, set to premiere in early 2015. Joining Bob Odenkirk are Jonathan Banks as "fixer" Mike Erhmantraut, Michael McKean as Chuck, Rhea Seehorn as Kim, Patrick Fabian as Hamlin and Michael Mando as Nacho - characters that will represent both legitimate and illegitimate sides of the law.
Better Call Saul is the prequel to the award-winning series Breaking Bad. Vince Gilligan and Breaking Bad writer and producer Peter Gould created the show together and serve as co-showrunners of the premiere season. The series is set six years before Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk) meets Walter White. When we meet him, »
Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould, creators of AMC’s upcoming “Better Call Saul,” shared details on the new cast members who will be joining “Breaking Bad” alums Bob Odenkirk and Jonathan Banks in the Emmy-winning show’s highly anticipated spinoff series.
As was previously reported, Michael McKean will play Chuck, Rhea Seehorn will play Kim, Patrick Fabian will play Hamlin and Michael Mando will play Nacho – characters that will represent both legitimate and illegitimate sides of the law.
“McKean plays Bob’s brother,” Gould confirmed. “We have these two comedy legends working together. He’s playing Saul’s brother. He’s one of the main characters we’ve introduced. He’s just a tremendous performer and he also answers questions about ‘Spinal Tap’.”
The duo were mum about other character descriptions, although in regards to Seehorn’s character and the inevitable comparisons to Anna Gunn’s Skyler White, Gilligan joked »
- Whitney Friedlander
Team Better Call Saul has officially assembled.
Related AMC Renews Breaking Bad Prequel — See First Photo
At the Television Critics Association’s summer press tour in Beverly Hills on Friday, AMC confirmed the full line-up of series regulars joining star Bob Odenkirk.
Michael McKean (Family Tree) will play Saul’s brother Chuck, Jonathan Banks will reprise his Breaking Bad role of Mike Ehrmantraut, Rhea Seehorn (Franklin & Bash) will play Kim, Patrick Fabian (Grey’s Anatomy) will play Hamlin and Michael Mando (Orphan Black) will play Mando.
“The series is set six years before Saul Goodman meets Walter White,” reads the »
AMC today releasedrtwo new photos from the set of the "Breaking Bad" spinoff "Better Call Saul," currently in production in Albuquerque, Nm. The photos feature series stars Bob Odenkirk and Michael McKean. In addition, the network confirmed the line-up of series regulars for Saul, set to premiere in early 2015. Joining Odenkirk are Jonathan Banks ("Breaking Bad," "Community") as .fixer. Mike Erhmantraut, McKean (This is Spinal Tap) as Chuck, Rhea Seehorn ("Franklin & Bash," "House of Lies") as Kim, Patrick Fabian ("Big Love," "Grey.s Anatomy") as Hamlin and Michael Mando ("Orphan Black," "The Killing") as Nacho . characters that will represent both legitimate and illegitimate sides of the law. »
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
The producers of Better Call Saul are answering some questions about the hotly anticipated Breaking Bad spin-off prequel, and AMC is releasing some new photos. Writer-producers Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould took questions from reporters at the Television Critics Association’s press tour in Beverly Hills on Friday. Here’s what we learned:
1. The series regulars and their confirmed character names joining star Bob Odenkirk: Jonathan Banks (Breaking Bad) as “fixer” Mike Erhmantraut, Michael McKean (This is Spinal Tap) as Chuck, Rhea Seehorn (Franklin & Bash) as Kim, Patrick Fabian (Grey’s Anatomy) as Hamlin and Michael Mando (Orphan Black) as Nacho. »
- James Hibberd
In about 10 or 20 minutes, Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould are going to be at press tour to discuss the "Breaking Bad" prequel "Better Call Saul," but AMC just released the first real fixed plot details, plus a full cast list, so here we go: In addition to Bob Odenkirk and Jonathan Banks reprising their roles as Saul Goodman and Mike Ehrmantraut, the full cast will include Michael McKean as Chuck, Rhea Seehorn as Kim, Patrick Fabian as Hamlin and Michael Mando as Nacho — "characters that will represent both legitimate and illegitimate sides of the law." As for the plot details, here's what the press release says: The series is set six years before Saul Goodman meets Walter White. When we meet him, the man who will become Saul Goodman is known as Jimmy McGill, a small-time lawyer searching for his destiny, and, more immediately, hustling to make ends meet. Working alongside, »
- Alan Sepinwall
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