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The only way is ethics for Man Bites Dog, a pseudo-documentary, which focuses its lens on the media’s obsession with on-screen violence and so-called “Reality TV” and our obsession with watching it. It is probably the most controversial film in Belgian history, and it continues to repel and intrigue audiences in equal measure.
Written, directed and produced by Remy Belvaux, Andre Bonzel and Benoit Poelvoorde (all of whom play starring roles), Man Bites Dog is a cross between mock-cinema verité, à la Spinal Tap but with the violence turned up to eleven, and the ultimate reality TV show. The film shows an amateur film crew who are following a loquacious and charismatic serial killer named Ben. Ben kills to make a living. Strangely he is not seeking revenge or attempting to surmount a past trauma, in fact an interview with his mother reveals that as a child he was »
- Will Roberts
AMC has debuted a brief behind-the-scenes teaser for Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould's upcoming Breaking Bad spin-off Better Call Saul. After revealing that the series starts almost a decade before the events seen in Breaking Bad , the pair introduce Jimmy McGill (Bob Odenkirk) and discuss how he transformed into Saul Goodman. Check it out and read on to find out more about the show.
The series stars Bob Odenkirk as the titled character and will also include Jonathan Banks, Michael McKean, Rhea Seehorn, Patrick Fabian and Michael Mando. It is set six years before Saul Goodman meets Walter White. Jimmy McGill, also known as Saul Goodman, started off as a small time lawyer that is struggling to makes ends meet. The show will follow the events that transform him into the man fans know as Saul Goodman. The series has already been greenlit for a second season. The first »
Bob Odenkirk’s fast-talking Saul Goodman will go down in history as one of TV’s most endearingly skeezy criminal lawyers, but on his upcoming AMC series Better Call Saul, a spinoff from the acclaimed Breaking Bad, he’s known by a different name: Jimmy McGill.
Today sees the arrival of a new teaser for the series, which arrives on AMC next February. There’s not much by way of footage from the actual show, but creators Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould do address some of the questions that they will set out to answer in Better Call Saul.
First and foremost on their minds: how did Saul Goodman become the character we learned to love and hate in equal measure on Breaking Bad? In the teaser, he claims that representing guilty people is not something he’s keen about, but Breaking Bad-era Saul has made defending guilty-as-sin individuals his specialty. »
- Isaac Feldberg
The official premiere date of the Breaking Bad spin off Better Call Saul has been bumped to February 2015. Originally it was announced that the series would make its debut in November 2014, but a recent teaser trailer for the series starring Bob Odenkirk as the hilarious sleaze ball attorney Saul Goodman says otherwise. The 11-second teaser (yes, just 11 seconds!) brings Saul back to the small screen as he declares that it’s always important to have a lawyer on your side. The clip doesn’t show much else, but seeing Odenkirk as Saul again is enough to make Bb fans happy. Michael McKean, Michael Mando, Rhea Seehorn, Jonathan Banks, and [ Read More ]
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- Sarah Anne Luoma
Better Call Saul‘s titular lawyer isn’t just someone you’d want in your corner; he’s someone you’ll need. (Or at least that’s what he wants you to think.)
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“You hope you never need it,” he tells a potential client. “But man, oh man, not having it? No!“
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Premiering in February, »
AMC has given Breaking Bad fans our very first look at Better Call Saul with the release of a teaser for the upcoming spin-off – and by teaser, we do mean teaser. It runs for just nine seconds, and features Bob Oedenkirk’s shady lawyer Saul Goodman comparing lawyer’s to health insurance: “You never hope you need it, but man oh man, not having it? No.”
Watch the first teaser here…
Better Call Saul is set to premiere in February 2015, with AMC airing the show in the States and Netflix snapping up the UK rights. Also returning from Breaking Bad is Jonathan Banks as Mike Ehremantraut, along with new cast additions Michael McKean (This Is Spinal Tap), Rhea Seehorn (Whitney), Patrick Fabvian (The Last Exorcism) and Michael Mando (Orphan Black).
- Gary Collinson
Though Better Call Saul won’t be landing in November of this year, as was previously planned by AMC, Breaking Bad fans craving their latest Albuquerque fix don’t have that long to wait for the highly anticipated spinoff. A new teaser trailer released by the network today promises that the show, which follows the misadventures of lawyer Saul Goodman before he ever became entangled with dastardly chemistry teacher Walter White and his meth-cooking partner Jesse Pinkman, will land in February.
In the brief teaser, Saul makes an effort to land some new clients. It’s slight even by teaser standards, but Breaking Bad fans will likely take whatever they can get of Bob Odenkirk’s sleazy smooth talker at this point.
The exact date of Better Call Saul‘s premiere will of course be revealed closer to next year. Production is currently underway in Albuquerque, where a billboard recently »
- Isaac Feldberg
The first teaser for AMC's “Better Call Saul” finds Bob Odenkirk as the attorney who will become Saul Goodman, explaining why everyone needs a lawyer. The “Breaking Bad” prequel, debuting in February, finds Goodman in the days before he adopts his fake name and meets a nascent criminal mastermind named Walter White. The teaser, which debuted over the weekend, features the criminal attorney likening lawyers to health insurance. Also read: Sneaky ‘Better Call Saul’ Teaser Billboard Pops Up in Albuquerque (Photo) The series, from “Breaking Bad” creator Vince Gilligan and writer-producer Peter Gould, also stars Michael McKean and Jonathan Banks, »
- Tim Molloy
After creating fake ads for dubious products like Mom Jeans, Little Chocolate Donuts, the Bathroom Monkey and the CNN Pregnancy Test, “Saturday Night Live” is developing a stronger interest in real ones.
Broadway Video, the production company behind the venerable program, is seeking a sponsor or sponsors for activities related to the 40th season of the comedy showcase, which could give a marketer the opportunity to have its name associated with an exhibit related to the show, among other things. And “SNL” has in recent months allowed cast members like Cecily Strong and Kyle Mooney to appear in ad campaigns for Jeep and Sprint. These practices, say ad-agency executives familiar with the program, have been viewed warily by “SNL” creator and executive producer Lorne Michaels for years.
Does “SNL” see more commercial opportunities for a show that once boasted of its cast as “The Not Ready for Prime Time Players »
- Brian Steinberg
“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. »
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